LOTS TO TALK ABOUT
• Consuming cannabis for recreation, as a medical marijuana patient.
• Why this artist’s creative process, across many mediums, always includes a couple tokes.
• How 420-friendly Boulder, Colorado, is doing this whole legalization thing differently.
TOP MARIJUANA NEWS
Because Jack Splitt stood strong and tall, others may suffer less: Too often while observing the supercharged public policy arena, we forget why so many go to so much trouble to battle over legislation in the first place. While it can get obtuse and verbose at times — and mean and petty — it’s ultimately about people. This week, we were reminded of — and humbled by — the story of Jack Splitt’s brave efforts to help children and families dealing with extreme medical conditions and diseases. Splitt, who died Aug. 24 at the age of 15, became the face of the successful push to allow children suffering from the kinds of ailments who see benefit from medical marijuana to be able to use it in the classroom. –Commentary by The Denver Post Editorial Board
Stark gap in how doctors and the gov’t view marijuana: Nathaniel P. Morris is a resident physician at Stanford Hospital specializing in mental health. He recently penned a strongly worded op-ed for ScientificAmerican.com on the differences between how some in the medical community view marijuana, and how the federal government regulates it. “The federal government’s scheduling of marijuana bears little relationship to actual patient care,” he wrote in the essay published last week. “The notion that marijuana is more dangerous or prone to abuse than alcohol (not scheduled), cocaine (Schedule II), methamphetamine (Schedule II), or prescription opioids (Schedules II, III, and IV) doesn’t reflect what we see in clinical medicine.” –Report by The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham
The onslaught of crappy weed sitcoms begins with MTV’s ‘Mary + Jane:’ As new states, territories and entire nations legalize cannabis — and as the conversation surrounding legal weed becomes more normalized — the more marijuana settles into the mainstream experience. And since few American outlets are more mainstream than the programming of network and basic cable channels, it is time for legal weed to make its scripted debut on American television. Yes, you’ve been reading about these shows for a couple years now — NBC and Adam Scott have one, Amazon and Margaret Cho do too; There’s HBO and “High Maintenance” and even hitmaker Chuck Lorre (the prolific comedy producer best known for “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike and Molly” and “Mom”) has a marijuana comedy in the works. –Report by The Cannabist’s Ricardo Baca
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