A look inside the secret bank accounts hiding asset forfeiture money, seniors are increasingly turning to medical cannabis, and Dr. Oz has started a petition urging the U.S. government to fund more marijuana research. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said if his son is found to have trafficked drugs, he would order police to kill him “so people will not have anything to say.”
The secret bank accounts hiding asset forfeiture money. In 2014, a sanitation worker had $580 in his pocket — his paycheck for the week. Nassir Geiger drove to a McDonald’s for a snack, and paused in the parking lot to say hi to a coworker. Two officers suspected the interaction was a drug deal, and confiscated his car and wages. No drugs were found, he was never charged with a crime, and has no criminal record. Still, Geiger would go jail for a night, and his week’s worth of wages were put in a secretive municipal bank account. Police would use seized funds to pay for everything from submachine guns to custom embroidery for uniforms, and “tens of thousands in mysterious cash withdrawals.” Now, Geiger is joining other victims of asset forfeiture in a class action suit, and city lawyers have offered to reform forfeiture spending to support drug treatment programs in a potential settlement. Philadelphia Weekly Related: How the government can steal your stuff. The Conversation
WHO considers CBD. Cannabis advocates have submitted public comments extolling the therapeutic properties of CBD in hopes of influencing the World Health Organization. A WHO committee meeting slated for November will review CBD (among other substances) and send recommendations to the UN’s secretary general. “The November meeting is an early step in a long process that may define how CBD is regarded and controlled internationally.” The Cannabist
Aging Coloradans turning to medical marijuana. Mirroring national trends, more seniors in the state are using medical cannabis. Those over the age of 61 are increasingly getting medical marijuana cards, and retirement homes are holding cannabis classes to educate seniors about the drug. Two researchers at the University of Colorado are studying marijuana use in older adults thanks to a $97,500 grant from the state. Many of them opt for CBD products. CPR
Diversity in the cannabis industry. Minorities face greater hurdles entering the industry due to the disproportionate impact of the war on drugs. Leaders in the cannabis industry are trying to advocate for diversity, hoping to avoid a situation like that in the tech industry. “We are calling it out early. We’re starting out saying, ‘You’re going to do better’. . . I hope in five years we’re not talking about diversity,” said the communications director for Women Grow at a recent panel. The Washington Post
Dr. Oz says he was duped. On the heels of his Fox & Friends appearance, Dr. Oz is petitioning the U.S. federal government to fund more marijuana research. “My colleagues and I were sold a bill of goods on a new strategy to treat people suffering from chronic pain. Opioids were the answer,” he writes. “Not only are opioids in fact highly addictive, according to the CDC, there is actually little evidence that they are even effective at relieving chronic pain. I was duped. It’s hard to admit it, but I have to face the facts.” change.org
A pot farm with no carbon footprint. The marijuana industry is well-known for its appetite for energy. But one couple in Colorado has been cultivating cannabis with “zero carbon footprint and zero chemical cultivator.” They use their own hydroelectric turbine to power everything from their security system to fans. The hydroelectric system is fueled by the same water that feeds the plants. “The couple hopes others in the industry will try harder to reduce their carbon footprints.” 9 News Related: A cannabis grower in Northern California says he developed a method that will help growers pass strict regulations on contaminants. East Bay Express
Cannabis in Canada. Ontario, which plans to regulate recreational marijuana through a government monopoly, considers retailing the drug at $10 a gram. “We’re trying to work with all of our colleagues across Canada,” said the province’s finance minister. “The intent is to have some uniformity with these prices across Canada.” The Toronto Star Canadian medical marijuana companies have raised $165.9 million via debt instruments this year. Marijuana Business Daily
In other international news… An Icelandic MP introduced a bill to Parliament that would legalize marijuana in the country. His proposal would allow a recreational market with an age limit of 20-years-old. It also bans advertising of marijuana products and mandates uniform gray packaging. The Reykjavík Grapevine The Irish government is coming under criticism after the health committee prevented a medical marijuana bill from moving forward. Critics say the government is “ignoring well-founded medical advice to prevent it from passing.” Dublin Live The New Zealand Green Party debuted a billboard that read “Yes We Cannabis! Vote Green.” Newsie
Duterte said he would have his son killed. “If I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say,” said the Philippine president during a speech on Wednesday. His son is currently being investigated for his alleged role in a methamphetamine shipment. “I told [my son]: ‘My order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who kill you, if it is true.” The AFP Thousands of Filipinos rallied to denounce Duterte, warning of an emerging dictatorship. Reuters
Word on the States
- In Nevada, the governor summons the gaming policy committee to address the issue of recreational marijuana. Clark county commissioners voted to allow 24/7 dispensaries.
- In Colorado, new marijuana rules prohibit certain shapes of edibles. A marijuana biotech company announces $3 million in fundraising. How Denver’s social use program could spur industry growth elsewhere.
- In Vermont, the commission for studying recreational marijuana legalization will meet next week. A medical marijuana dispensary was burgled three days in a row this week.
- In Maine, proposed marijuana rules would allow online sales and drive-thrus.
- In Michigan, much confusion surrounds the medical marijuana industry.
- In Florida, the state issues an emergency rule for MMJ licensing.
- In Massachusetts, a medical marijuana dispensary will hire 50 to 60 workers by the end of the year.
- In New York, a doctor writes about how MMJ is needlessly expensive and difficult to obtain.
- In Pennsylvania, the state says it will take two years to respond to records requests about MMJ applications.
Word for Word
“Roger Stone arrived 15 minutes late — and uninvited — to his own pro-marijuana rally at The Alchemy Lounge in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition down the street cancelled Stone’s keynote in response to a boycott… But Stone was determined to speak, so he improvised. The lounge offered its space to Stone to participate in a panel about inclusivity, but he never responded. When he walked up on Friday, dressed like a Gordon Gecko Halloween costume, he pushed through the crowd of 20 people gathered on the curb, talked his way inside, and started negotiating. Ms. Kindness, the lounge’s owner and a black woman, confirmed to me the event was unplanned… After the speech, Stone took questions and selfies. One man asked about GMOs and chem trails. Another asked whether the military created AIDS.” – Tosten Burks for Death and Taxes
“I go to a bunch of cannabis events, on average two or three a month. When time and mood permit (translation: always), I step outside with friends and smoke joints. My joints, which I’m always happy to share. And yet… with whom am I smoking those joints? PROFESSIONAL. LICENSED. GROWERS. OF. CANNABIS. Do they ever have any of their own joints to share? No. (JB of Green Bodhi is an exception.) Of course, that doesn’t stop them from talking about them. ‘Oh yeah, I twisted up some Vanilla Hazelnut Double Macchiato Haze joints before I left.’ You did? Gosh, I love hearing about them. What’s even better than that is SMOKING THEM.” – Josh Jardine for The Portland Mercury
“You have movie pot, which is basically fake… After we were done with the scene, I went back to this little bedroom to rest, and I started to feel like I was losing my mind… I [said to the director], ‘There’s something wrong with me I think I need to go to the hospital. There’s something seriously up, I feel like I’m losing my mind.’ I’m shaking, I’m hot, I’m just flipping out. So one of the producers comes in and they’re like ‘How do you feel?’ And I’m like ‘I feel terrible, I don’t know what’s wrong with me….’ he goes back and looks at everything I smoked, he came back [and said], ‘Oh you smoked a full blunt on one of the takes.’ And we’re talking about Humboldt weed. I don’t smoke full joints. This is like strong shit. They had locals roll the joints for us and they just threw some [real weed] in for fun… I’ve never been that stoned in my entire life. And to not know you’re that stoned is such a mind trip. I was like, ‘Take me to the mental institution.'” – Actor Kirsten Dunst, YouTube / Jimmy Kimmel Live