Stoned fish Farmed fish can get stressed about their crowded living conditions, which leaves them more susceptible to illnesses. Scientists in Lebanon wanted to see if marijuana lowered that stress, so they gave some penned tilapia cannabis oil. The results? The stoned fish were not healthier or less stressed, but their metabolisms increased. Duly noted. Former NBA commissioner talks cannabis David Stern, former commissioner of the NBA, said that marijuana should probably be taken off of the league’s banned substances list. If only Stern had been vocal about this during his time as commissioner. Posh pipes A young art dealer is making a
DOJ admits fault in Washington marijuana case Back in 2014, the Department of Justice went after five Washington state residents for the supposed crime of growing and using medical marijuana. The case drew national attention because the defendants had complied fully with Washington state’s laws. This week, the Department of Justice acknowledged that the department was not authorized to spend money on the prosecution of these individuals since they were abiding by state law. Does this mean the DOJ is done going after state-legal businesses and patients? Probably not. Read more about this case here. Crowdfunding site closes campaign for cannabis-cultivating
Wildfires destroy California cannabis Devastating wildfires in Northern California have destroyed multiple marijuana farms. Because cannabis is illegal at the federal level, financial institutions refuse to insure these businesses. This means that there will be no monetary relief for these business owners. To make matters worse, this comes right before legal recreational marijuana sales start in California. Learn more here. Marijuana tea party Hundreds of United Kingdom protesters gathered for a “cannabis tea party” outside the British Parliament building earlier this week. They’re fighting for legal access to medical cannabis. One organizer said that, “the idea was to do something terribly English and unthreatening.” Mission accomplished.
Cancer patients and medical marijuana A new study shows that in states where cannabis is legal, one quarter of cancer patients are using it. Over 90 percent of those surveyed wanted information about marijuana’s medicinal uses and benefits, but less than 15 percent received cannabis-related information from their cancer doctor or nurse. Give the people what they want! California’s cannabis jobs With legal recreational marijuana on the horizon in California, there’s a lot of hiring happening. We’re not just talking about dispensary delivery drivers and budtenders. The state is looking to fill numerous government jobs, and it won’t be long until local governments begin doing
Cannabis arrests on the rise Despite an increasing number of states legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana, cannabis-related arrests aren’t going anywhere. Police arrested people for cannabis 653,249 times in 2016, which is up about 10,000 instances from 2015. Marijuana possession accounts for the vast majority of these arrests. Not good. MLB isn’t happy with Wiz Rapper Wiz Khalifa threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates game while wearing a “Legalize it” shirt. Major League Baseball felt the need to release an official statement condemning his actions. Don’t invite Wiz if you don’t want to hear about weed. CBD oil
Pharmacy school cancels medical marijuana training program The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy had plans to offer training to medical cannabis industry workers. The classes were originally slated to begin in August, but the administration has decided to suspend the program indefinitely. This decision was made because marijuana is still illegal on the federal level. This is why we can’t have nice things. Judge upholds Kentucky’s medical cannabis ban Three individuals in Kentucky were fed up with not being able to use medical marijuana for their various ailments. They decided to sue the state over its medical cannabis ban. On Wednesday, a judge