Biography/Memoir

Why a federally licensed marijuana researcher is suing the DEA

…claims that the DEA has created a monopoly around federally licensed marijuana research. …[Dr. Sue Sisley’s] concerned that her study’s results may have been compromised by poor cannabis quality, explaining that the marijuana is far less potent than strains available in dispensaries or on the black market; the limited strains from Mississippi are also mixed…

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Anthropology

Hemp poised to become major crop

Although hemp’s popularity is nothing new, its potential as an agricultural commodity has blossomed since the 2018 Farm Bill, which classified industrial hemp as a commodity and removed it from the list of controlled substances. Even when Oregon had a hemp program, which was established in 2015 after the 2014 Farm Bill passed, the industry…

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Politics

Amendments protecting Tribal cannabis sovereignty pass the House

This amendment was the first tribal cannabis amendment ever offered and passed on the House floor. This would prohibit Department of Justice from spending money to interfere in any tribal cannabis programs, or interfere with tribal cannabis programs within states that have legalized. Under current law, tribes do not have existing protections for state medical…

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Politics

Federal legislation would protect commerce between consenting States [regarding marijuana]

The State Cannabis Commerce Act would protect all state licensed cannabis industries from federal interference, and specifically shields commerce between states that have entered into trade agreements. It opens the door to us to show that allowing legal states to move cannabis from markets where it is abundant to markets where it’s needed. Original Article (Craft…

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Anthropology

Beijing says… [American and Canadian] legalization of marijuana is a ‘threat to China’

*remainder of China’s “Great Wall”China severely punishes those caught smuggling or trafficking… including foreigners … The move puts it at odds with North America, where cannabis has increasing levels of social acceptance. Anyone found with more than 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of a controlled substance can face the death penalty. Authorities in major cities, including…

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Politics

Congress votes to block Feds from enforcing marijuana laws in legal states

The United States House of Representatives approved a far-reaching measure on Thursday (6/20/2019) to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state marijuana laws, including those allowing recreational use, cultivation and sales. The inclusion of adult-use programs represents a significant expansion of an existing policy that protects only local medical cannabis laws from federal intervention which was first enacted in 2014…

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Anthropology

OSU launches global hemp research center

Jay Noeller, an OSU professor of crop and soil science who is to head the new center also noted a sense of an historical cycle coming around. “By bringing the center to Oregon, you can also think of it as we’re returning it home, because this was the site of national research on hemp from…

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Anthropology

A new age dawns for legal cannabis

During the past few months, so many of you have spoken with legislators, or with the media, or with each other. Today that work has paid off. But this is just the beginning. On the afternoon of June 20th, 2019 Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 582, the so-called “cannabis export” bill. In doing…

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