This Week in Cannabis: Marijuana schedule 1 change gets in front of a federal judge, weed gets no credit, Seattle dispensaries get bitter pill, an inedible approach to treats, and a hip-hop weed drop.
The classification of marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance has made its way in front of a federal judge this month. This time the constitutionality of the federal statute will be argued in an evidentiary hearing in front of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, with hopes that a marijuana schedule 1 change is on the horizon.
Testimony is expected to last 3 days starting on Monday (October 27) in the United States v. Schweder, et. al. hearing. According to NORML Deputy Directory Paul Armentano, this is the first time in recent history that a federal judge has granted an “evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation.”
One expert witness for the defense, Dr. Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University in New York City, stated: “[I]t is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is counter to all the scientific evidence in a society that uses and values empirical evidence. After two decades of intense scientific inquiry in this area, it has become apparent the current scheduling of cannabis has no footing in the realities of science and neurobiology.”
According to a breaking report from the Marijuana Business Daily, some 400 recreational and medical marijuana purveyors (with more to follow, allegedly) were cut off from cashless ATM service without explanation.
For many shops that meant going back to the old method of cash only, which impacted sales by up to 30% in some instances. Whether this was a blanket move precipitated by less-than-accurate reporting practices or federal government pressure remains to be determined, but it does represent a step backwards for a burgeoning fiscal solution to an industry that has yet to find one.
More Crack Pot Ideas
Colorado lawmakers should consider making bicycles that face the other way with the amount of backpedaling that has been done in recent weeks regarding marijuana legalization in the state.
Most recently, it was the Department of Health that backtracked, this time regarding their proposed bill to ban marijuana edibles. Their tack proved to be, well, an unhealthy one, drawing immediate criticism from marijuana industry insiders and prompting them to issue a statement that a ban “was not their intent.” Of course it wasn’t. Wouldn’t be very constitutional of them, now would it?
Seattle’s medical marijuana industry received some bad news recently, and some that could spell doom for the dispensary system.
A letter from the Department of Planning and Development stipulates that dispensaries must now get state-issued licenses or cease operations. That in itself is discouraging, but even more so is that the licenses don’t even legally exists yet.
Rapping It Up
A lot of Hip-hop artists support weed. This is not earth-shattering news. But how about them receiving endorsements from dispensaries to continue their vocal support?
A Seattle dispensary, Caviar Gold, has done just that, giving money to rappers to keep puffing on about marijuana. Legal endorsements? How will that affect things? The Huffington Post hosted a roundtable to discuss just that, which you can watch here.