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Judge gives her reasons for deciding that pot is still dangerous

The federal judge who allowed Northern California pot growers to challenge the government’s ban on marijuana says she decided to uphold the law in the end because, although nearly half the states allow for medical marijuana, there are “disagreements among well-informed experts” about whether the plant has any medicinal value.

Read more at SF Gate

UBC researchers aim to find out how patients are accessing medical marijuana

One year ago, UBC nursing professor Lynda Balneaves and PhD student Rielle Capler launched the Cannabis Access Regulations Study, (CANARY), to investigate how the end of homegrown medical marijuana would affect patients. One year later, with federal regulations on medical marijuana tied up in the courts, Capler discusses what they have learned about how patients are accessing cannabis.

Read more at University of British Columbia

Regional commission to assess cannabis use in the Caribbean

CASTRIES, St Lucia — Regional heads of government in the Caribbean have agreed to establish a regional commission on cannabis to conduct an enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding cannabis use in Central America and the Caribbean and to advise on possible changes in the current drug classi­fication of cannabis.

Read more at Curacao Chronicle

Give cities share of marijuana taxes | Commentary

In November 2012, the voters of Washington State approved Initiative 502 (I-502), legalizing recreational marijuana statewide. With legalization, it was predicted we’d see a more tightly regulated legal marijuana market that would eradicate the black market, and a decrease in marijuana-related crime. Revenues for public safety and health were also projected to increase.

Read more at Renton Reporter

Vermonters Need Not Fear State Prosecution For Simple Possession Of Hemp Oil Products

Recently, the Attorney General’s Office was contacted by parents concerned about the legality, under state law, of their receipt and/or possession of a specific cannabis oil product used to treat children with seizure disorders and other medical conditions. The cannabis oil product at issue is made from cannabis which is high in cannabidiol (CBD) but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and referred to generically as “CBD oil.”

Read more at Office of the Attorney General William H. Sorrell

Rec: The League

Vancouver’s newest legal weed emporium, the Herbery, is in a green-and-white plaza, catty-corner from an O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mary Jane’s House of Glass, and—you can’t make this shit up—Blazzin Pizza. It’s everything you want in a 1980s car-focused shopping area. The store was even christened by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Read more at Willamette Week