U.K. Parliament May Debate Marijuana Legalization

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By Joan Eberhardt

U.K. Parliament May Debate Legalization

A petition started late last week asking Parliament to openly debate legalizing cannabis collected enough signatures to merit a response before the weekend was over.

The petition, which was posted on the U.K. government’s public online petition site, similar to the White House’s We the People site.

The petition would require that Parliament openly debate the merits for and against cannabis legalization. Officially the government has until January 2016 to respond, but it will likely come up after the session begins in September.

The petition argues that “legalizing cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.  A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.”

It was first posted by college student James Richard Owen who told High Times that “There’s roughly 3 million adult [cannabis] smokers in the UK and I don’t think it’s right for the government to be criminalizing such a large section of society,” Owen said.

Sandra Bland May Have Used Cannabis in Prison

    There is a lot about the story of how Sandra Bland died that should be called into question, including how the 28-year-old woman had three time Colorado’s legal THC limit in her system.

Bland died after she was found hanged in her Texas jail cell, three days after she was arrested when a traffic stop turned sour. While a heavy user could have concentrations as high as 18 nanograms per milliliter, as Bland was, a toxicology expert told the Cannabist that number is not common after that time frame, even for heavy users.

Robert Johnson, chief toxicologist at the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth, Texas, “I have never seen a report in the literature or from any other source of residual THC that high three days after someone stops using the drug.”

Illinois Grower Does Good   

Revolution Enterprises, which is currently constructing one of the state’s largest grow centers, picked up the hotel tab after a tornado rolled through town.

Nine homes were declared uninhabitable and fifty damaged in rural Illinois’ city of  Delavan. Rather than let their neighbors go to a shelter, the grower paid for hotel rooms for everyone affected.The national weather service rated the storm an EF2, which is significant.

The 75,000 square foot grow facility was not damaged in the storm. Revolution Enterprises told the Chicago Tribune they expect to have their first harvest in October.

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