Utah legalizes medical marijuana
Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act into law this week, shortly after state legislators made changes to the medical marijuana bill voters approved in November. The legislative tweaks made the law more restrictive, which many cannabis supporters aren’t happy about. For example, the initial bill allowed people to grow their own marijuana, and the revisions removed this right. Some legal cannabis is better than zero legal cannabis, right?
Vaping vs smoking
Vaping has become increasingly popular with cannabis users over the last few years. Many see vaping marijuana as a healthier alternative to smoking it. A recently-published study shows that this might not be entirely true. In fact, researchers found that people vaping cannabis may experience more immediate harmful side effects than those smoking the plant. Read more about the study here.
Duterte cracks jokes about marijuana
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines recently said that he uses marijuana to stay awake, and then backpedaled and said he was joking. Reminder: Duterte’s war on drugs has killed over 12,000 people. Many of those murdered were using or selling cannabis. It’s probably not a good idea for Duterte to joke about this.
Reporter gives away joints in Lansing
City Pulse, an alternative newspaper in Lansing, Michigan, sent a reporter to the Michigan State Capitol to complete an important mission. What was the mission, you ask? It was to hand out free joints to passerby. Way to celebrate legal recreational marijuana, City Pulse!
Marlboro wants a piece of cannabis action
Altria, the corporation behind Marlboro cigarettes, may be interested in entering the marijuana market. Word on the street is that Altria is looking into investing in a few different Canadian cannabis companies. It seems that tobacco sales aren’t doing so hot.