The Digital Dime: 1/03/2020

By Samantha Wahl

Following important cannabis news articles every day can be a real burn-out, we know. That’s why the Emerald rolls up a chronicle of the headiest news hits, and passes them to you at the end of each week. We Bring You: The Digital Dime.

Trump Administration Takes Two Steps Back

President Trump made recent cannabis headlines, and not for praising the plant. Last week, he stated his administration’s right to block funds that protect individual states’ medical cannabis laws. According to Forbes, “Trump is making clear that his administration believes it can broadly enforce federal drug laws against people complying with state medical marijuana laws even though congress told him not too.” While the statement doesn’t promise any immediate action, it does threaten states’ rights against federal interference. 

At the same time, the Trump Administration turns toward immigration. In a Marijuana Moment report, The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security released a notice that would compromise immigration policy, and cannabis rights. Its new proposal would deny those seeking  asylum protection in the U.S. if they possess certain cannabis-related offenses. These offenses include misdemeanors. 

Not Everyone is Down With Canna Delivery in Cali

The California cannabis industry has had its share of trials and errors. Experts claim the secret to its success comes from the policy allowing freedom of product delivery all over the state. However, not everyone agrees. According to MjBizDaily, a lawsuit threatens delivery businesses’ right to sell in areas that have banned commercial cannabis within its borders. Those in favor of the suit don’t want cannabis in their neighborhoods. Those opposed consider how many areas have banned cannabis, and how that will affect industry economics. 

Protect Your Heart

As cannabis is normalized, we experiment with its capacity for medical treatment. A new study, however, puts consumers with heart disease on the radar for health risk, Cannabis Business Daily reports. Published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study focused on regular users, and how smoking cannabis affected cardiovascular function. Results showed, “larger left ventricles and early signs of impaired heart function.” The same article linked chest pains in heart disease patients with cannabis use. This threatens a possibility of heart attacks. While more data is needed to confirm danger, a need for more health warnings is apparent. 

Some Exciting Illinois Updates

The most recent state to legalize, Illinois is leading inaugural sales. On day one alone, its recreational cannabis shops made over $3.1 Million. According to a Marijuana Moment article, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton was amongst the consumers. She purchased cannabis gummies, and publicly supported expungement of prior cannabis-related convictions for the community. As we previously reported, states like Michigan and Massachusetts have been thriving financially upon legalizing adult-use cannabis as well. But as one of the most heavily populated states in the U.S., Illinois is blowing everyone else out of the water. Not only is this the mark of economic prosperity, but also job opportunities for neglected communities across the state. A great start to a new decade, Illinois’ success can be influential to other states moving toward legalization.

Emerald contributor since September 2019

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