Citywide Psychedelic Decriminalization Doesn’t Protect Commercial Activities

Over the last year, a handful of cities have passed decriminalization measures for psilocybin and other plant psychedelics. Denver was the first jurisdiction to pass a decriminalization measure, and Oakland, Santa Cruz, Ann Arbor, and most recently, Washington, D.C., followed suit.

Each of these decriminalization measures is different, but fundamentally they are the same in that they do not actually make psychedelics legal. All they really do is direct law enforcement in those cities to make enforcement of existing criminal laws a low priority, and only then for non-commercial possession and use. Decriminalization measures don’t change state or federal law, and even don’t really change local law.

These limitations on decriminalization are pretty significant. First off, law enforcement is generally not precluded from making arrests, just directed to make them a low priority. This still gives law enforcement discretion to make arrests. Second, decriminalization is generally limited to specific non-commercial activities. While using or possessing certain psychedelics may be “protected”, engaging in commercial activities is not.

It is clear that even in decriminalization jurisdictions, commercial sales are not yet authorized. We want to examine two case studies following the implementation of various decriminalization efforts to show how risky

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High for the Holidays: Cannabis-Infused Recipes

By forgoing large family gatherings and parties this year due to COVID, many of us are staring down a dull 2020 holiday season. How to spice it up?

With pot, maybe.

Recreational marijuana has been approved by Arizona voters, but for a few more months the 280,000 of us in the state with medical marijuana cards are the only ones that can legally purchase pot. I’ll be taking advantage of my patient status and whipping up a decadent Thanksgiving dinner that incorporates cannabis into the mix. In fact, I’ve already done a trial run to share with you.

– Read the entire article at Phoenix New Times.

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Saskatoon Man Calls For Federal Government To Widen Medicinal Cannabis Coverage

A Saskatoon man is calling for Health Canada to approve medicinal cannabis products for therapeutic use so he won’t go hungry.

Aaron Unger said it’s a much better way to deal with his chronic pain than to use opioid-based medication, which he was previously prescribed and says he’s afraid to use again.

“I believe that if I go back on opioids, I will die of an overdose,” he told Global News.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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California Claims Cannabis Billboards Have Been Displayed Improperly

California just made a significant ruling that is bad for cannabis advertisers who favor the billboard format, but good for those who want to see more regulation. Apparently, officials have been allowing highway-facing billboards that should have been banned on the 2016 bill that legalized recreational cannabis. 

The ruling was made by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Ginger E. Garrett, who judged that the Bureau of Cannabis Control “exceeded their authority in promulgating the advertisement placement regulation” when they allowed billboards to be displayed in certain areas that have been ruled off-limits by the state. 

According to the Ruling made in 2016, 4,315 miles of interstate highways have to be cannabis-billboard free, including stretches of major roads like I-5 and I-80. The suit was brought up by Matthew Farmer, a California man who was worried about his teen and pre-teen seeing cannabis ads.

“He remembered that in the proposition it said that there would not be any advertising to children,” the ruling claimed, “and that there specifically would not be advertising on interstate highways and the major state highways that get all the way to the border, like 101.”

There is currently no set-in-stone plan of how the state

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Maine’s First Month Of Legal Marijuana Sales Total $1.4M

Licensed cannabis retailers in Maine sold more than $1.4 million worth of marijuana products during the first month of legal recreational pot sales, according to data released by state regulators on Monday. Legal sales of adult-use cannabis began on October 9, nearly four years after voters approved recreational marijuana sales for adults in 2016.

On Monday, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) released sales data collected by Metrc, the state’s cannabis track-and-trace system, for October 9 through November 8. The figures for the first 31 days of legal sales showed that smokable forms of cannabis were the most popular products, making up 76% of revenue. Cannabis concentrates accounted for 14% of sales, while infused foods and drinks made up the remaining 10%. A total of 21,194 transactions were logged by cannabis retailers during the first month in business. Sales figures released by the state are preliminary in nature and have not yet been audited by state regulators.

“In comparison, Maine’s medical marijuana program—which includes eight licensed dispensaries, more than 200 stores run by medical marijuana caregivers and individual caregivers that operate out of their homes or embrace the delivery model—sold on average $9.4 million in medical marijuana on a

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Latin America Moves Toward Legalization With Some Absurd Exceptions

Before he was elected, the President of Argentina said that “the war on drugs has failed” and “the solution isn’t to go around persecuting people for smoking a joint”. 

Latin America has been very hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Argentina and other countries continue with their chronic economic problems. Now the New York Times is reporting that the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has issued a decree that allows pharmacies to sell cannabis-based oils, creams and other products, and “orders public and private insurance systems to cover these medications for patients who obtain a prescription.”

Before he was elected, Fernandez said that “the war on drugs has failed” and “the solution isn’t to go around persecuting people for smoking a joint”.

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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Arizona Can Help End Stigma Against Migraine Sufferers And Marijuana Use

A migraine sufferer and researcher advocates for migraines to be put on a list of acceptable MMJ conditions.

The following column is the opinion and analysis of the writer:

For the nearly 39 million Americans who suffer from debilitating migraines, stigma is nothing new. Despite the fact that they struggle with a chronic neurological disease that is the sixth-most disabling illness in the world and is more common than asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy combined, migraine patients are often marginalized.

Even in Arizona, a forward-thinking state that just voted to allow recreational cannabis use, migraine is still not included in the Arizona Department of Health Services qualifying conditions list for medical cannabis despite strong evidence that it is an effective migraine treatment. To both reduce the stigma and provide easier access to effective treatment options to patients of this disabling disease, Arizona should explicitly allow medical cannabis to be prescribed to treat migraine.

– Read the entire article at Tucson.

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