The Dime: 7/31/2020

Written by Sonia Case

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.

Party Poopers Galore 

In November, Mississippians are set to vote on Initiative 65. If passed, doctors could recommend medical cannabis as a treatment for patients suffering from a range of 20 conditions. 

Mississippi state leaders though, are not too keen on it. At a press briefing on Monday, July 27th, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, ranted that he has “yet to see anybody put one piece of evidence scientifically or medically in [his] face that says it is a medically approved drug.”

Tucker and other state leaders, like Republican Rep. Jill Ford, would prefer that people vote for Alternative 65A. A much more restrictive measure, it would only allow terminally ill patients to use cannabis flower. Other patients would only have access to cannabis oils or other forms of ingestion. 

Jamie Grantham, a member of Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group that pushed for Initiative 65, urged voters to read the fine print. “The language of Alternative 65A is inadequate and fails to include basic components necessary to establish a medical marijuana program that will help patients,” said Grantham. 

I Guess That’s Something?

On Monday, July 27th, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted against an amendment which would have added federal cannabis legalization to the party’s 2020 platform. The DNC rejected the measure in a 106 to 50 vote. According to HighTimes, however, the draft of the party platform set to be voted on before next month’s Democratic convention does include the federal decriminalization of cannabis. 

Shore Thang 

Looks like New Jersey wants to join the cannabis legalization party. Survey results released this Tuesday, July 28th, show that 68% of participants back a cannabis policy change on the November ballot. That’s seven out of ten New Jerseyites likely voting in favor of cannabis legalization by the end of the year! 

Pop Goes the Cherry

The Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) of Nevada announced an investigation this week into three dispensaries for continuing to sell tainted cannabis flower. The strain, Cherry OG F3, was recalled in March after it failed lab tests for mold, yeast, and other contaminants. The CCB instructed dispensaries to destroy or return the product. Allegedly, the three dispensaries under investigation continued to sell the tainted bud. Not cool, bro. 

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