Category: Second Column

Legal Challenge to Federal MJ Policy

February 14 Alan Feuer ‘s report in the New York Times describes “a sweeping lawsuit that is challenging the administration’s marijuana policy by seeking to legalize pot under federal law.” Arguments will be heard February 15 in NYC.  Extensive excerpts follow: In its 98-page complaint, the suit presents its case for legalization not only through a host of constitutional arguments, but also by way of a world-historical tour of marijuana use — from its first purported role 10,000 years ago in the production of Taiwanese pottery to the smoking habits of President Barack Obama in his younger days. It...

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MJ Use Doesn’t Affect Fertility

The Boston University media office provided this release from Salma Abdalla January 30: Marijuana use —by either men or women— does not appear to lower a couple’s chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study. About 15 percent of couples experience infertility. Infertility costs the US healthcare system more than $5 billion per year, and thus identifying modifiable risk factors for infertility, including recreational drug use, is of public health importance. Marijuana is one of the most widely used recreational drugs among individuals of reproductive age. Previous studies have examined the effects of marijuana use on reproductive hormones...

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How MJ Tax $$ will be spent in CA

California’s  Adult Use of Marijuana Act (also known as Prop 64 and “legalization”) specifies how taxes collected from cannabis consumers will be spent: (a) Beginning with fiscal year 2017-2018 the Department of Finance shall estimate revenues to be received pursuant to sections 34011 and 34012 and provide those estimates to the Controller no later than June 15 of each year. The Controller shall use these estimates when disbursing funds pursuant to this section. Before any funds are disbursed pursuant to subdivisions (b) , (c) , (d) , and (e) of this section the Controller shall disburse from the Tax...

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Glantz Recants (while pretending not to)

On January 27 UCSF sent out a blog post in which anti-smoking activist Stanton Glantz acknowledges that marijuana has “some medical benefits.” This recognition is the beginning of a turnaround he won’t acknowledge. On February 9 Glantz will be presenting with other Neo-prohibitionists at a conference at UC Irvine that will certainly make headlines. The neoprobes will be calling for moving marijuana off Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to facilitate research. Their too-little, too-late request will undoubtedly be hailed as “a step in the right direction.”  By Stantlon A. Glantz, PhD. I have been very concerned...

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Materials for Black History Month

Over the years O’Shaughnessy’s has published many articles that we hope will find their way to teachers and students. Cannabis was brought to the Americas by Slaves (W.E. Grimé) LaGuardia/Zinn by Fred Gardner Louis Armstrong by O’S News Service Marijuana in the Treatment of Glaucoma: an affidavit by John C. Merritt, MD James A. Washington: The Judge Who Allowed Marijuana Use Based on ‘Medical Necessity’ by Fred Gardner Ricky Williams Protests Drug Testing by Quitting Football by Fred Gardner Ricky Williams Does ’60 Minutes’ and  Takes a Late Hit Kareem-Abdul Jabbar on the Harlem Renaissance The Naulls Case:  The Nanny State vs. Parents Rights by O’S...

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