By Spencer Grey
Hey guys, it’s time for another installment of Weekly Weed News! Read on for our top three stories in the world of weed.
Oh, look. Another educated professional has been publicly spouting BS on cannabis in public. Merrilee Brown, an emergency room doctor practicing in backwoods Ontario, tweeted this disaster on August 17th:
In ER last night I treated someone for a cannabis induced psychosis from cannabis ‘edibles,’ in this case, a chocolate bar. She ate one piece of the 16 piece bar. That piece had 20g of THC equivalent to 20 joints! Edibles are often so concentrated that they can be fatal in kids.
Wrong, wrong, and wronger on all accounts! There’s no goddamn way a chocolate bar had 20 grams of THC in it. And even if one of those pieces DID contain 20 grams, A joint does not contain a full gram of THC. Even the highest percentage joint is only going to get up to 0.3 grams, or perhaps 0.55 grams if it’s dipped in wax and/or kief.
And there STILL hasn’t been a death caused by cannabis. For a hot minute, doctors said that the death of one child with myocarditis was associated with cannabis because he had THC in his system. But later, they backtracked and clarified they could in no way prove cannabis was the cause of death.
This is a perfect case of a highly educated individual using their authority status to push patently false information on idiots. We’re not happy about it.
Health Canada, a governmental department dedicated to “helping Canadians maintain and improve their health”, has some strong opinions on what Canadian legal weed should look like (literally). The department has released an extensive document of their “Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis”. The document contains propositions for a tracking system, the range of products available, and crucially, the packaging that should be allowed.
It’s the packaging that’s a sticking point for producers and customers alike. The proposed packaging eliminates all color, branding, and personality from Canadian legal weed products, leaving only the barebones information of the company name (NOT the logo). The proposed packages would look like this, with no variation whatsoever.
Fun, right? While the intention behind this restriction is to keep weed from appealing to kids, we (and many others) find this proposal to be an extreme case of overreach.
Perhaps tired of the unrelenting expansion of the nation’s opioid crisis, the DEA is upping the ante on cannabis research. In 2018, their quota for research-bound cannabis was about 1,000 pounds. This year, the quota has exploded to about 5,400 pounds—over five times the production in a single year.
This is a huge deal, as Federal regulations created in 1968 mandate that all research cannabis must be cultivated at the University of Mississippi. For decades, researchers have complained that it’s too laborious to get the weed, and when they do get it the quality is so bad as to make it essentially useless.
While the DEA hasn’t indicated an upswing in quality, increased quantity is certainly a step forward. And to accompany the rise of pot, the DEA is also cutting back on the manufacture of opioid painkillers. The plan is to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions by 30 percent across three years, and the first step is to lower the quotas on the top six painkillers by 10 percent on average. This marks the third year of opioid quota reductions.
Thanks for reading, we’ll see you soon!