We’re talking about: How lawmakers are being kept informed about cannabis issues; grading Colorado’s recreational sales system; the shortcomings of local zoning laws; whether the “Colorado model” for cannabis regulation is better than other legalized states; and what law changes need to happen in 2016 — public consumption is a biggie.
TOP MARIJUANA NEWS
• You may have heard that marijuana is a gateway drug. New research out this month in the Journal of School Health comes to a different conclusion. A team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida examined data from 2,800 U.S. 12th-graders from a federal survey and found that alcohol consumption, especially early drinking, is the real predictor of future illicit drug use. –Report by The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham
• The death of rock and style icon David Bowie has fans and friends reeling the globe over, recounting their favorite Bowie stories. One example (of thousands) involves Bowie’s stylish and even classy Class C felony arrest for marijuana possession in 1976 — a night in jail that resulted in the single-coolest mugshot ever. –Report by The Cannabist’s Ricardo Baca
• In the past two weeks, drug-sniffing dogs at the Douglas County Sheriff’s office have sniffed out 50 pounds of marijuana authorities say was headed for distribution out of state. Authorities say several people have been arrested after two seizures following traffic stops. Their identities were not immediately released. –Report by The Denver Post’s Jesse Paul
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