San Diego Scientist Clears Haze On Medical Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:

When voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical pot. There was only one problem. Scientists still hadn’t firmly established marijuana’s effectiveness as medicine.

Some state legislators wanted to change that. They approached UC San Diego psychiatrist Igor Grant.

“My recommendation was, look, establish a center to study this,” said Grant, who’d previously looked into whether moderate marijuana use causes long-term brain damage (conclusion: it doesn’t).

“It’ll cost you some money but these studies have not been done before,” he told the legislators.

Soon, Grant found himself in charge of the new state-funded Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

 

CalNORML to Challenge Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ruling

CALIFORNIA: In an action supported by California NORML, medical marijuana patient James Maral will file a petition with the California Supreme Court to review the recent Third District Appellate Court decision upholding the city of Live Oak’s ban on medical marijuana cultivation.

San Francisco Attorney Joe Elford will draft and file the petition. “If you ban dispensaries and you ban cultivation, you’re ripping the heart out of California’s medical marijuana laws,” said Elford. “This decision conflicts with the intent of the electorate and Legislature and should not be allowed to stand.”

The announcement comes a day after Fresno county took steps to enact a total cultivation ban on first reading at its Board of Supervisors meeting. A second reading on the ordinance will take place on January 7. [Read more…]