Several high-profile incidents involving edibles in Colorado could lead to changes in regulations covering infused products. The state has set up a working group that will meet Wednesday to “discuss and consider reasonable amounts of active THC in retail marijuana products in proportion to product serving size” as well as packaging requirements. Colorado’s revenue department said the meeting is the first step in the formal rulemaking process, a strong indication that the state could move to alter regulations governing edibles. Possible changes include requiring companies to produce edibles that can be easily split into smaller doses or at least offer individually wrapped single servings. The working group consists of 18 leaders from the cannabis industry, government, education and healthcare. Separately, a leading legal firm in Denver that helped pass Colorado’s recreational marijuana law sent an email to clients saying that it will be pushing for a new approach to edibles as well. The firm – Vicente Sederberg – plans to lobby for improved packaging and consumer education, training for budtenders and new discussions on serving sizes and labeling. It also wants to work with the state to fund a consumer education campaign that would involve pamphlets and posters at retail cannabis stores. Vicente Sederberg put out a call for help from business owners who “share our commitment to responsible regulations as the surest route to spreading the cannabis industry across the nation and around the world.” Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry has come under fire after a man who consumed infused...
Despite growing evidence that marijuana is more than just a buzz-drug, a
federal appeals court rejected an attempt to reclassify pot as a
medically recognized substance.
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today voted 2-1 to agree with lower courts that "adequate and well-controlled studies" do not exist to support the legitimacy of medical marijuana.
As it stands then, marijuana will remain a federal outlaw drug with
no recognized uses -- worse than cocaine in the federal government's
The ruling won't help those states like California that have
legalized medical pot, as federal authorities can still cite its
schedule I status and crackdown.
Joe Elford, chief counsel for plaintiff Americans for Safe Access:
To deny that sufficient evidence is lacking on the medical
efficacy of marijuana is to ignore a mountain of well-documented studies
that conclude otherwise. The Court has unfortunately agreed with the
Obama Administration's unreasonably raised bar on what qualifies as an
'adequate and well-controlled' study, thereby continuing their game of
ASA says it might appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group states:
ASA has consistently argued that the more than 200
peer-reviewed studies cited in the legal briefs adequately meet this
standard [for legal, medical status].
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is notorious for his staunch anti-marijuana crackdown in the city. Under Bloomberg's watch, more New Yorkers have been arrested for cannabis than under the previous three mayors combined. What's the problem? Well, according to Bloomberg and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the reason for arresting all those people for low-level marijuana offenses is to reduce violent crime in the city. Wait, what? The idea that marijuana turns people violent is a relic of 1930s Reefer Madness, right? Well, yeah. But a brand new study -- released Friday -- provides yet more evidence that the marijuana-violence connection is, as James King of the Village Voice puts it, "a load of crap." Human Rights Watch released the findings of its new study on whether defendants charged with marijuana possession go on to commit violent crimes -- which, of course, they do not. News flash! The study, "A Red Herring: Marijuana Arrestees Do Not Become Violent Felons," found there is no evidence to support the idea that locking up low-level marijuana offenders does absolutely anything at all to, as claimed by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Chief Kelly, "reduce violent crime." Data from the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services was used by HRW to track criminal records of almost 30,000 people who had no prior convictions when they were arrested for "marijuana possession in public view" in 2003 and 2004. (Marijuana has been decriminalized in New York since the 1970s, but NYPD cops routinely trick people into pulling out...