First Dr. Sanjay Gupta, then Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosts a daytime talk show on Fox. Both reversed their opinions about medical marijuana in 2014. Now Dr. Oz says, "People think it's a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic."
There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 14 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
Appointed in May 2015 to replace Michele Leonhart as the DEA's Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg got off to a rough start when he challenged the "notion that marijuana is also medicinal." He repeated that sentiment on Thursday.
On May 23, Whoopi Goldberg called on New York's legislature to pass a bill that would add extreme menstrual cramps to the state's list of the state's qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Goldberg co-owns the cannabis company, Whoopi & Maya.
Legislation allowing the use of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana oil primarily for children suffering from seizure disorders has been approved in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Americans for Safe Access grades 44 states that have some form of medicinal cannabis program in their 2017 "Medical Marijuana Access in the United States" report. Not one state received an A, while 16 were given F- grade.
The news the entire cannabis industry has been waiting for from the White House broke Feb. 23 when Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged that the Department of Justice will likely begin enforcing federal marijuana laws in legal adult-use states, such as Colorado.
The International Cannabis Business Conference returned to San Francisco for the third year in a row with another star-studded lineup on Feb. 17. Rocker turned radio and TV host Henry Rollins, former NBA star John Salley and California's "Cannabis Czar" Lori Ajax, were among the speakers.
Roseanne Barr's proposed Santa Ana dispensary, Roseannne's Joint, has gone up in smoke. "It didn't work out for me and the investor," she now says, referring to CalCann Holdings' Aaron Herzberg.
"He needs cannabis," a NFL source says about Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who suffers from Crohn's disease and has been suspended twice this season for failing drug tests. "You can't take painkillers with the way his intestines are."