Weed Roundup: November 2017
Here are some marijuana-related news stories we found interesting in the month of November:
According to a recent French study by the University of Lyon, those under the influence of alcohol are 10x more likely to lead to a fatal car crash as compared to those under the influence of cannabis. The university analyzed 3,622 fatal car accidents by looking at the drivers at fault and information related to their drug use using their blood analysis records. As Leafly notes, these findings are similar to those done by the National Highway Safety Administration. Important to note: the French study found that drivers that tested positive for THC were 1.65 times more likely to cause a car crash than sober drivers. Use cannabis responsibility and do not drive under the influence!
On November 16th, Peru became the latest country to legalize Marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill legalizing medicinal marijuana was supported overwhelmingly by the Peruvian Congress, joining over 20 countries that have some form of legal marijuana. Peru joins the South American Nations of Columbia, Uruguay, and Chile in allowing for medicinal marijuana use (Uruguay also allows recreational marijuana).
A 12-year-old girl with a severe seizure disorder is suing the DEA and the Attorney General of the United States in an effort to make medicinal marijuana legal across the country. Three years ago her family moved from Texas to Colorado to allow her to use cannabis oil to treat her disorder. After moving to Colorado, she has gone from having a seizure every few days to being seizure free for almost 1,000 days.
Michiganders may be voting on recreational marijuana in 2018. The Michigan-based Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol has submitted the necessary paperwork and signatures to have a recreational marijuana ballot initiative on the 2018 state ballots. If the bill is passed, adults over 21 could possess 2.5 oz of marijuana as well as have 12 cannabis plants in their home in the state of Michigan.
The sad story of an 11-month old that died in a hotel room after being exposed to cannabis has been making the rounds on social media as the first “cannabis overdose” based on blogs and nebulous new sites. As you might suspect, those headlines are misleading and/or downright false according to her doctors. As always, be careful with articles shared on social media! Also, be careful with marijuana and little ones as well.
Toke on Dreamers!