6-9-21 The federal marijuana ban is contributing to climate change
Marijuana isn't actually very green, it turns out. Cannabis is the most energy-intensive crop in the U.S., Politico reports — though it needn't be. Grown in warehouses, marijuana production can require 2,000 watts of electricity per square meter, versus about 50 watts for lettuce, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found. But marijuana grows great outdoors — it is called "weed" for a reason — in some areas of the country, especially Northern California and Southern Oregon. "Because cannabis remains federally illegal, and the federal government regulates interstate commerce, none of the legal cannabis grown in Oregon or California can cross state lines," Politico's Natalie Fertig and Gavin Bade write. "Instead, each new state that legalizes recreational marijuana must also grow enough to meet consumer demand in that state. This would be like every state in America being required to grow all of the oranges consumed each year by its residents, rather than simply buying them from Florida." Some states and cities require indoor cannabis operations to use energy-efficient LED grow lights or take other steps to mitigate carbon emissions, but "reducing the environmental impact of cannabis in state-siloed markets is not simple — or cheap," Politico says. Allowing the country to buy marijuana grown outdoors on the West Coast may not be a perfect solution either, though, since cannabis also takes water to grow, and water is a critically scarce commodity in Northern California and Southern Oregon.
12-5-20 US House passes federal cannabis decriminalisation bill
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to decriminalise cannabis at the national level for the first time. It calls for removing cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and erasing certain federal convictions. It also supports reinvestment in communities adversely impacted by the decades-long "war on drugs". The bill is very unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (More) Act was passed in the lower chamber 228 to 164 on Friday afternoon, with five Republicans - and one independent - supporting the measure. To become law, the bill needs to pass the Senate and be signed by the president. If that happens, it could help bridge a major disconnect between national and state drug policy in the US. Cannabis is still prohibited by the 1970 federal drug policy known as the Controlled Substances Act and classed as a Schedule I narcotic - defined as having no medical value and a high potential for abuse - but states have made their own laws relating to the drug. One in three Americans currently live in states where cannabis is legal for adult use, despite the federal prohibition. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have passed ballot measures or initiatives that allow the recreational use of cannabis by anyone over the age of 21. In addition, 38 states have passed measures that allow its use for medicinal purposes. Last month, voters in three states - Arizona, Montana and New Jersey - overwhelmingly approved ballot measures to legalise recreational use, with voters in Mississippi supporting its medicinal use. South Dakota, a traditionally conservative state, made history when voters there simultaneously backed initiatives for the medicinal and recreational use of the drug. Support for federal cannabis legalisation is now at an all-time high, with a Gallup poll last month showing more than two-thirds of American adults support it. Several lawmakers took to the House floor ahead of the vote, arguing the bill had less to do with legalising marijuana and more to do with how the enforcement of cannabis prohibition has hurt communities of colour, leaving behind "a legacy of racial and ethnic injustices".
2-7-20 Lite "em if you got 'em
A Tennessee marijuana enthusiast lit up a joint in the middle of a packed courtroom, took a deep drag, and then began pontificating about the importance of legalizing weed. Spencer Alan Boston, 20, was in Wilson County criminal court on a simple drug charge when he approached the bench and calmly lit up. A court officer handcuffed him almost immediately and led him away through what was later described as a small cloud of smoke. “We deserve better,” Boston told onlookers. “One of the craziest things I’ve seen,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan.
2-7-20 Meet the cannabis chef leading a culinary revolution
The legal cannabis market in the US is booming and edibles - food that contains cannabis - are becoming increasingly popular. The country's first cannabis cafe recently opened in Los Angeles, although cannabis-infused food cannot currently be made on site. Andrea Drummer is the co-founder and one of the nation's leading cannabis chefs. But she started out life as an anti-drugs counsellor.
1-31-20 What Percentage of Americans Smoke Marijuana?
In a July 2019 Gallup poll, 12% of U.S. adults said they smoke marijuana, a percentage that is essentially unchanged since 2015. The July 2019 Gallup survey found that the likelihood to smoke marijuana varies significantly by gender, age, and political ideology.
- Men (15%) are more likely to smoke marijuana than women (9%)
- At 22%, 18- to 29-year-olds are the most likely age group to smoke marijuana -- about twice as likely as those between the ages of 30 and 64, and seven times as likely as adults older than 65.
- Liberals (24%) are six times more likely to smoke marijuana than conservatives (4%), and twice as likely as moderates (12%).
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