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Cannabis News Sunday, June 17

Mother of Sick Boy Seeks Legalization of Medical Marijuana

  • LONDON The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the U.K. is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy.
  • Charlotte Caldwell said Sunday she also wants assurances from the government that her 12-year-old son Billy will be able to keep receiving cannabis oil once a 20-day emergency supply approved by the government runs out.
  • Caldwell wants to make sure there isn’t another battle over the medicine that she believes has warded off potentially life-threatening seizures for her son.
  • Billy remains hospitalized in London for severe seizures after border agents at Heathrow Airport confiscated the cannabis oil his mother was bringing in from Canada.

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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on How Marijuana Can Break Opioid Addiction

  • After five-plus years of deep-researching potential medicinal uses for marijuana, Sanjay Gupta neurosurgeon, professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and, most famously, medical correspondent for cable news giant CNN has settled firmly on this conclusion: – – Weed works.
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN star, practicing brain surgeon and medical marijuana advocate.
  • At least part of the solution to combating the opioid crisis, to a growing number of researchers and doctors, including Gupta, is marijuana, the long-derided favorite of stoners that is derived from the cannabis plant.
  • And the real advantage of cannabis for opioid addicts, Gupta says and here he points out the groundbreaking research of Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai in New York may be that the CBD compound of the plant can fix the receptors damaged in…
  • Research by Hurd and others, including University of California-San Diego anesthesiologist Mark Wallace who has been looking at cannabis as an alternative pain reliever for more than 20 years continues even though studying the medicinal uses of cannabis is difficult because of its status as a Schedule 1 drug.

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The Pot Industry Is Overwhelmingly White, and One Congresswoman Wants to Change That

  • Sometimes, all it takes is a poorly named weed strain to illuminate a real problem.Just this week, Shanita Penny, the president of the board of directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association, was contacted by a black woman who was shocked that a marijuana dispensary in Maryland is selling a…
  • Today, the congresswoman is formally introducing the RESPECT Resolution, the first legislation ever introduced in Congress that deals with the racial disparity in the nation’s pot industry head-on, which she has exclusively shared with Rolling Stone.Lee’s resolution is an attempt to spur states and localities across the nation to bring…
  • But if Congress is able to eventually muster the votes to pass this resolution, Lee is confident it would send a strong signal that federal lawmakers want localities to adopt the minimum set of racial justice principles while setting up their own local marijuana marketplaces.Lee says that’s why the first-of-its-kind…
  • For example, people who have marijuana felonies on their records are often barred from voting and from certain jobs, including many within the cannabis industry.
  • This bill would mean they could more easily make a living even, if they want, through selling legal marijuana.In Lee’s hometown of Oakland, incubators and government-sponsored programs focused on training minorities to get into the cannabis industry are thriving, while spots like Maryland which includes predominantly black Baltimore and Prince…

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The Pot Industry Is Overwhelmingly White, and One Congresswoman Wants to Change That