Friday, December 4, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, December 4, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Congress Begins Debate On Marijuana Legalization Bill With Final Vote Expected Friday (Marijuana Moment)

// Top New York Republican Lawmaker Says Marijuana Legalization Will Happen In 2021 (Marijuana Moment)

// Colombia Is Thinking About Legalizing and Subsidizing Its Immense Cocaine Industry (Mitu)


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// NBA Will Reportedly Not Test Players for Marijuana Next Season (Complex)

// Thanks to ‘Green Wednesday’ Pot Sales Jump Thanksgiving Week (Denver Westword)

// Columbia Care Closes $69 Million California Acquisition (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Los Angeles names 200 social equity marijuana retail license finalists (Marijuana Business Daily)

// CannTrust to resume cannabis sales in Alberta British Columbia and Ontario (Marijuana Business Daily)

// 216 vendors are still waiting to sell recreational pot in Maine (Bangor Daily News)

// Eaze’s Momentum business accelerator invites applicants (Leafly)


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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Key House Committee Sends Marijuana Legalization Bill To Floor For Vote (Marijuana Moment)

// United Nations approves WHO recommendation to reschedule cannabis in historic vote (New Cannabis Ventures)

// After booming first year recreational cannabis market shows no signs of slowing down (Michigan Radio)


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// New Jersey Lawmakers Want To Put Marijuana On The Ballot Again To Steer Revenue To People Hurt By Drug War (Marijuana Moment)

// California Marijuana Sales Are ‘Very Strong’ Despite Coronavirus State Officials Say (Marijuana Moment)

// Premium-priced cannabis products take a larger share of overall flower sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Patients caregivers say Ohio medical marijuana prices too high and acquiring it compounded by coronavirus (Cleveland.com)

// Maryland Cannabis Operator to Expand Geographically by Funding Diverse Entrepreneurs with $30 Million Startup Capital (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Oregon Governor Takes First Step To Regulate Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy By Forming New Board (Marijuana Moment)

// CBD Doesn’t Impair Driving Landmark Study Finds While THC’s Effects Fade In Hour (Marijuana Moment)


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Friday, October 23, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, October 23, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Montana high court tosses challenge to adult-use marijuana measure (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pennsylvania House Votes To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients From DUI Charges (Marijuana Moment)

// Canadian cannabis sales grow to nearly CA$245 million in August (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Colorado Governor Tells Texas Not To Legalize Marijuana So His Own State Can Get More Tourists (Marijuana Moment)

// US cannabis harvest price report 2020 (Leafly)

// Jushi Prices C$35.5 Million Equity Offering at C$3.55 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// West Virginia taps Metrc for medical cannabis seed-to-sale tracking system (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November (Growth Op)

// Oregon vineyards lose lawsuit against nearby cannabis operation (Oregon Public Broadcasting (AP))

// New Zealand seeks proposals to educate doctors on medical cannabis (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Study Finds No Link Between Legalization & Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities

The annual carnage on America’s highways is a grim reality that has caused some to question the wisdom of cannabis legalization. However, the notion of a link between road fatalities and lifting the legal pressure on cannabis doesn’t stand up to the number-crunching.

The latest to reach this conclusion is a new study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, looking particularly at pedestrian fatalities. Carried out by a team from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the study found that enactment of state-level policies legalizing for either medical or general adult use has not been associated with an increase in the prevalence of fatal motor-vehicle crashes involving pedestrians.

According to a summary on NORML‘s website, investigators examined the association between the loosening of cannabis laws and fatal crash rates (both pedestrian-involved and total fatal crashes) during the years 1991 to 2018. This period spans the first moves toward medical marijuana laws and the embracing of general cannabis legalization by the three states the study focused on: Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Motor vehicle accident trends in those three states were compared to trends in five control states.  

Relying on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), maintained by the federal Transportation Department‘s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers failed to identify any increase in fatal pedestrian-involved motor vehicle accidents that could be attributable to the enactment of more liberal cannabis laws. Indeed, they noted that two of the three states they examined, Washington and Oregon, actually saw decreases in fatal accidents following the instatement of medical marijuana laws.

The study states: “While attention has been given to how legalization of recreational cannabis affects traffic crash rates, there was been limited research on how cannabis affects pedestrians involved in traffic crashes. This study examined the association between cannabis legalization (medical, recreational use and recreational sales) and fatal motor vehicle crash rates (both pedestrian-involved and total fatal crashes)… We found no significant differences in pedestrian-involved fatal motor vehicle crashes between legalized cannabis states and control states following medical or recreational cannabis legalization. Washington and Oregon saw immediate decreases in all fatal crashes (-4.15 and -6.60) following medical cannabis legalization…”

The study did find Colorado showed an increase in trend for all fatal crashes after recreational cannabis legalization and the beginning of sales (0.15 and 0.18 monthly fatal crashes per 100,000 people).

The authors concluded, “Overall findings do not suggest an elevated risk of total or pedestrian-involved fatal motor vehicle crashes associated with cannabis legalization.”

A Consistent Finding

This is not the first time the scientific community has brought back such results from research on the cannabis and driving question. As NORML states, “The study’s findings are consistent with those of others…reporting decreases in incidences of fatal motor vehicle accidents following the enactment of medical marijuana legalization.”  

And while NORML adds that “studies assessing the impact of adult-use retail sales on traffic safety have yielded more mixed results,” the most recent of these have also dismissed a link between legalization and road fatalities.  

For instance, one study last year by researches at Kansas State University found that cannabis legalization has not been linked to an increase in traffic deaths. 

Also last year, a study by Canadian researchers on cannabis and driving cast doubt on zero-tolerance limits for THC. The study found that THC can indeed impair driving — but that applying laws designed for booze to cannabis is bad science and bad policy. THC, unlike alcohol, stays “in your system” (that is, detectable in your blood) long after its psychoactive effect has subsided. It also does not debilitate motor skills the way alcohol does. Instead, the authors of the Canadian study called for a “behavioral” test to see if a driver is impaired. 

Economics vs. Cannabis Responsible for Road Carnage

The question of “marijuana-impaired driving” tends to be misunderstood. For example, it is true that Colorado has seen an increase in overall road fatalities since legalization in 2012, as well as an increase in cannabis-related driving offenses. But the increase in road fatalities is consistent with the trend across the US — and likely related to more motorists on the highways due to low oil prices. It was fortuitous for the prohibitionists that the world oil slump began in 2014 — just in time to provide negative spin for cannabis legalization.  

The Oregon Department of Transportation admits, “There was a dramatic increase in the number of fatalities, in line with the rest of the nation, in Oregon starting in October 2014,” the year Oregon voted to legalize. But, as noted above, there was no such increase after Oregon (and Washington) legalized medical marijuana in 1998.

A 2011 study by the University of Colorado found a reduction in traffic fatalities in states that had legalized medical marijuana. A possible explanation is that folks began turning to more freely available cannabis instead of alcohol or meth—which impair driving far more dramatically. A breakdown of the figures provided by the FARS show that national traffic fatalities had been holding at between 40,000 and 42,000 from 1994 to 2008, the year of economic crash. They then dropped below 40,000, reaching a low of 32,744 in 2014—the year oil prices began their plunge. After that, they started to rise again, reaching 36,560 in 2018, the last year for which the FARS chart provides figures.

Paradoxically, the total number of all deaths per week in the US actually dropped over the period this spring that economic activity ground to a halt under the COVID-19 lockdowns. This was due to reduced highway carnage — the same trend that we also saw during the last economic downturn in 2018, but which was dramatically reversed over the past years of low oil prices. 

Which brings us to the reality that the pandemic and current economic crisis may afford us the opportunity to rethink and redesign our modes of transportation. Because ultimately, it is automobiles that are responsible for the carnage on the nation’s roads. A fundamental and obvious fact that tends to get lost in all the talk about THC (or even far more debilitating things, like alcohol) in the bloodstreams of motorists.

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Friday, February 14, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, February 14, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day (Leafly)

// Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop, and higher costs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California unions ask state’s Democrats to shut out major cannabis trade group (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Baker’s anti-stoned driving bill is dead- but marijuana cafes and employee protections move ahead in Legislature (Boston Globe)

// Scientists Find Aluminum Cans Suck Cannabinoids Out of Infused Beverages (Merry Jane)

// Taxes a big factor behind the financial woes of California marijuana companies (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Scotland Opens First Medical Cannabis Clinic to Treat Chronic Pain (Merry Jane)

// A Psychedelics Company Is About to List on a Public Stock Exchange (Merry Jane)

// California ‘vape art’ exhibit flashes bright light on waste issue (Reuters)

// Las Vegas dispensary offers free joints to Nevada primary voters (Leafly)


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Thursday, June 11, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Congressman Calls For Decriminalization Of ‘Other Drugs’ Beyond Marijuana In New Policing Reform Plan (Marijuana Moment)

// Colorado Cops Are Still Overwhelming Persecuting Black Cannabis Users (Merry Jane)

// Colorado Marijuana Social Equity Businesses Would Be Defined Under New Bill (Marijuana Moment)


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// Many Cannabis Users Believe Driving Under Influence Is Safe (U.S. News & World Report)

// Cresco Labs Names Michele Roberts to Board of Directors (New Cannabis Ventures)

// UMass report: To track marijuana health impact surveys need better questions (Mass Live)

// Michigan House Scales Back Bill That Would’ve Given Medical Marijuana Licenses To Lawmakers’ Spouses (Marijuana Moment)

// Joe Biden Has Come A Long Way On Criminal Justice Reform. Progressives Want More (National Public Radio)

// Pot Kingpin Sued by New York for Predatory Loans Charging 1000% (Bloomberg Quint)

// Oklahoma medical cannabis dispensary settles trademark dispute (Marijuana Business Daily)


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