Cozen O’Connor: “In May, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Congress that zeroed in on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, a cornerstone of federal cannabis legislation that has handcuffed the Department of Justice from using its resources to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in states with marijuana-legalization laws. The amendment was added to the federal budget in 2014—and has been renewed every year since—but the new AG warned that it could be contributing to a drug epidemic and violent crime. Mr. Sessions also recently sent letters critical of state marijuana laws and enforcement policy to Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, which some supporters of legalized marijuana saw as an ominous sign of an impending crackdown. Anxiety among supporters only continued to grow as the House Committee on Rules blocked a floor vote to renew the Rohrabacher amendment on September 6th.
Phoenix New Times: “Target’s online store stopped selling hemp oil containing cannabidiol, a cannabis extract, on Thursday in the wake of concerns by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency about the products. CW Hemp, makers of Charlotte’s Web high-cannabidiol (CBD), low-THC extract oil, announced Thursday morning that its products could be purchased through the retail giant’s website. According to the Cannabist web site, CW Hemp put out a press release on Thursday announcing that Target sold the products, claiming it meant CBD was ‘going mainstream.’ . . . But by Thursday afternoon, Target’s web page that sold the products was updated to reflect the products’ removal.”
Arizona Central: “As an interior designer, Megan Stone’s job is to create a certain vibe or energy with visual cues and creative materials in a space. But her specific area of expertise also involves breaking down and overcoming stereotypes. Stone must not only make her clients’ spaces customer-friendly, but in many cases also help her clients’ customers forget, even for a few minutes, everything they walked by or drove though to get there. . . . By 2015, Stone had designed dispensaries in seven states, she said. Now, her work is showcased in 15 states in 26 dispensaries. . . . TruMed dispensary had been operating for a year before it connected with Stone about three years ago, said Lauren Gooding, the registered nurse for TruMed.”
Tucson Weekly: “Earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state’s medical marijuana industry by quashing a long-standing legal assault by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Montgomery constantly rails against imaginary dangers of marijuana, likely borne from knowing little to nothing about the plant, and based on flawed data. He was a major player in the fight against Proposition 205 along with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. Just to give you a taste of Montgomery’s perplexing perspective, he once argued in a debate with a medical marijuana advocate and lawyer that marijuana should be illegal because “that’s what God wants.”
Phoenix New Times: “The Arizona Supreme Court saved the state’s medical-marijuana law on Tuesday, slapping down the Maricopa County Attorney’s crusade to overturn it. Without comment, the high court denied a petition by County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office to review a December state Court of Appeals ruling in White Mountain Health v. Maricopa County/Montgomery. That ends the state-level battle against the law.”
Reuters: “Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California’s forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state’s water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk, data reviewed by Reuters show. The presence of potentially deadly pollutants in eight Northern and Central California watersheds is the latest sign of damage to the environment from thousands of illegal cannabis plantations, many of them run by drug cartels serving customers in other states, according to law enforcement. . . . California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming. There are as many as 50,000 marijuana farms in California”
Daily Mail: “Marijuana use does NOT affect teenager’s IQ, says new study (but it does make you dumber as an adult). Using cannabis between 12 and 18 does not make an adolescent’s IQ decline
Children with low IQs are more likely to take the drug as teenagers. Cannabis does not have the suspected effects on brains and education. Researchers from Arizona State University analyzed 1,989 twins born in 1994-5. Past studies revealed cannabis use affects teenager’s educational achievements.”
Madison.com: “A new market as large as $8.7 billion per year could open up in Canada in 2018. That’s the high end of the range projected by accounting and consulting firm Deloitte for the Canadian recreational marijuana market. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pushing to legalize recreational use of the drug by next summer. . . . Several marijuana growers already dominate the medical marijuana market in Canada and stand to benefit if the country legalizes recreational marijuana. The publicly traded companies on the list include Aphria, Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, and MedReleaf. . . . Aphria owns part of Arizona medical marijuana provider Copperstate Farms.”
See Copperstate Farms, LLC.