Marijuana Regulation a Scary Chaotic Mess?
By: Gale Scott, 5-19-16 The current legal climate in which several states are defying the law with apparent impunity is “a scary chaotic mess,” Richard Bonnie, JD, a lawyer with a long association with the American Psychiatric Association said, one in which “marijuana prohibition has unraveled.” “Can we put the genie back in the bottle?,” Bonnie asked, speaking at the group’s 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.Bonnie’s analysis was filled with dire warnings about the consequences of legalized marijuana for public health. There is as yet sparse evidence if any that cannabis has any medical value, he said, despite the public’s enthusiasm. “Medical marijuana has been a Trojan horse,” he said, a way for those who would profit from recreational use sales to get into the game by promoting the herb as having healing powers. Those negative consequences he said can be “psychosis, cognitive impairment and poor school performance, and risk of depression and suicidal ideation.” “A worrisome proportion of users use it intensively and develop diagnosable disorders,” he said, “they are the causalities and [the incidence] may be higher than with alcohol.”
Under existing federal law, there is no legal way the feds can regulate marijuana sales–or let the states do it. That could have dire consequences, a legal expert tells the APA.
Marijuana Industry buys Colorado petition companies, Makes petitioners sign No Compete Clause
We’re hearing news out of Colorado that marijuana proponents have bought off all of the petition companies and have made petitioners sign a no compete clause which essentially makes it impossible for Anti-legalization groups to petition for push back initiatives.”They were offering $75,000 to $200,0000, depending on size of each company, to get contracts that say they will not gather signatures for this ballot measure,” said attorney and former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty.
Lawmaker who pushed medical pot in Md. is part of team applying to sell the drug
The Washington Post, By Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg, July 16, 2016. The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug — a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses.Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) is the clinical director for Doctor’s Orders, according to a portion of a dispensary licensing application obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request.
The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug – a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses. Del. Dan K.
OREGON pot business collusion-corruption
The letter plays a key role in a state investigation into Siler, CEO of Cannacea, a dispensary that opened last fall in Northeast Portland. The fraud inquiry is the first of its kind in Oregon’s marijuana industry. Investigators also are examining the role of a company that Siler hired to help attract investors. The firm, Green Rush Consulting, worked with a felon previously convicted in a financial scam.
Relationships soured between Tisha Siler, a self-described herbalist and holistic counselor, and many of those she hoped would bankroll her operation. The venture spiraled into nasty accusations, multiple court claims against Siler and her dispensary and demands from investors that she return their money, according to court documents and the state’s investigative file.