Our marijuana news recap for June 2020 covers a whirlwind of a month for the cannabis industry. From the lasting effects of the COVID-19 crisis to the looming civil unrest due to the economy and political developments, many are holding strong and pushing through.
In June, we saw a volatile stock market, a reopening of dispensaries across the nation, and an expansion of current medical and recreational cannabis programs. Let’s dive into the news you need to know for June 2020.
Cannabis Resin Found at Ancient Israel Biblical Site
A new study published in the journal Tel Aviv discovered cannabis resin on an altar in a shrine dating back to around 750 BCE. A couple of altars near the entrance of the “Holy of Holies” in the Judahite shrine were excavated 50 years ago and analyzed recently.
Although researchers can’t confirm that cannabis was used for psychoactive purposes, the likelihood is high. If it was used to stimulate the spiritual practice, it would be the first evidence for its use in the cult of Judah.
Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Cannabis Is Morally Acceptable
A new Gallup poll shows that seven out of ten Americans believe that smoking cannabis is morally acceptable.
83 percent of liberals believe smoking marijuana is morally acceptable, while 51 percent of conservatives believe the same.
The poll along with recent polling suggests that an overwhelming majority of Americans, including conservatives, are in favor of cannabis legalization.
Connecticut Adds Chronic Pain To List of Qualifying Conditions
Connecticut has opened the door for many of its residents suffering from chronic pain. Connecticut now joins 33 other states that have listed chronic pain as a qualifying condition.
Michelle Seagull, the commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection, told the Middletown Press that the change could double the number of medical patients to over 80,000.
Despite the ruling, a patient must have chronic pain that has been resistant to conventional treatment for at least six months.
UK Reschedules Epidiolex
UK regulators rescheduled the CBD-based Epidiolex from the restrictive Schedule 2 classification to the Schedule 5 classification, which is approved to treat severe forms of epilepsy.
Epidiolex is an oral solution used in the treatment of seizures in children with epilepsy.
The ruling went into effect immediately in the four constituent nations of the U.K, with a notable exception for Northern Irelan who will be enacting separate legislation.
RIP Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Legendary Cannabis Activist
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, the acclaimed marijuana activist and Harvard psychiatrist, who spoke up for marijuana legalization during the Nixon era, died at the age of 92 at his home.
Dr. Grinspoon’s 1971 book “Marihuana Reconsidered” added academic credibility to the idea of cannabis legalization. In 1993, he published a second book on the medicinal uses of marijuana.
His commitment to supporting progressive marijuana policy and the development of the NORML organization is just a fraction of his contribution to the world.
Colorado Governor Signs Cannabis Social Equity Bill
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a cannabis social equity bill helping minority-owned businesses. The bill creates a statewide definition of what businesses qualify for the social equity license program.
The bill also gives the governor a unilateral ability to pardon people with previous marijuana possession convictions.
Before the bill passed, only people from economically disadvantaged communities qualified for the accelerator program.
The bill adds two new additional categories for eligibility, the proposal allows a person to be eligible to participate in the program if they meet the following requirements:
They lived in a designated economically distressed community for at least 15 years between 1980 and 2010
The applicant or member of their immediate family has been arrested or convicted for a cannabis offense
Their income is at or below an amount to be determined at a later date
California County Clears 2,735 Marijuana Convictions
Sonoma County, California cleared 2,735 low-level marijuana convictions for over 2,000 people. The expungement was facilitated by a groundbreaking software application “Clear My Record” helping District Attorneys dismiss eligible convictions.
Using the software, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office found 2,110 people eligible for conviction relief. Of the cases found, 427 had misdemeanor convictions eligible for dismissal and 1,713 had felony convictions eligible for reduced misdemeanor conviction.
District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced the office would dismiss all of the cases instead of dismissing some and reducing others.
New Study Finds Hemp Oil May Lower Bad Cholesterol
A new study from researchers at The Center for Applied Health Sciences in Ohio and Lindenwood University in Missouri found that the oil extracted from hemp may help people create good cholesterol.
Researchers studied the effects of hemp-derived CBD oil on “65 overweight, but otherwise healthy men and women.” The study found that high-density lipoprotein levels improved lowering their risk of heart disease.
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