What the Pros Are Saying About Marijuana

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

Are the new U.S. marijuana guidelines strong enough to sway banks?

On Friday, Feb. 14 the Obama administration made a big move in support of the growing marijuana industry. Banks now have the green light to do business with legitimate marijuana dispensers, via a set of government- given guidelines. But, is this enough security for the financial firms? Frank Keating, president and chief executive of the American Bankers Association, told The New York Times: “This guidance doesn’t alter the underlying challenge for banks. Possession or distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and banks that provide support for those activities face the risk of prosecution and assorted sanctions.” Read the full story.

How chill marijuana rules are affecting winter Olympics in Sochi

The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) increased the threshold for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from 15 nanograms per millilitre of urine, to 150 ng/mls. This means, more athletes were able to smoke or ingest marijuana before competing in the Olympic games. Arne Ljungqvist, who leads the IOC’s Medical Commission and is also on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) board, said the change came after a long debate about the drug: “That’s a reasonable attempt at dealing with a complicated matter.” According to WADA, marijuana is socially acceptable, but is still considered a “performance enhancing stimulant.” Read the full story.

New Yorkers really, really want to legalize marijuana

Colorado, Washington, and now New York? The people have spoken, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll that surveyed 1,488 New York state voters Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. The poll shows that 88 percent of voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, while 57 percent support the complete legalization of the drug in small amounts. Furthermore, the poll finds that 52 percent do not think marijuana is a gateway drug. Read the full study.

Is marijuana a gateway drug?

In preparation for the 2014 General Assembly session in Annapolis, ABC 2 asked local experts if marijuana is a gateway drug. Morgan Fox, a spokesperson for the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, said: “There is no casual relationship between marijuana use and other drugs. Research has shown there is nothing in the chemical make-up of marijuana which would lead to a greater chance of using harder drugs.” Read the full story.

What are the health risks of marijuana use?

Marijuana laws are changing across the country. What health risks should we be aware of? The Los Angeles Times talked to addiction and behavioral health experts. Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said: “It’s absolutely clear that marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol. When people drink alcohol, they often get out of control and get violent… But when people smoke marijuana, they get very relaxed and mellow.” Dr. Timothy Naimi, an associate professor of medicine and community health sciences at Boston School of Medicine, added: “Saying marijuana’s safer than alcohol sets an incredible low bar. Marijuana can still be a dangerous substance.” Read the full story.

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