There are now nine states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
Roseanne Barr was back in the news this week with the revival of "Roseanne" on ABC. Her support of Donald Trump and his far-right agenda is a major part of the show's storyline. Trump clearly approves.
On Mar. 9, Amazon Studios will release "Gringo," a druggy thriller that focuses on a medical "weed pill" called Cannabax and Mexican cartels starring Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo.
To Dennis Peron, who passed away on Jan. 27 at 71 years of age, all marijuana use was medicinal. It should be etched on his tombstone.
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."
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, Louisiana, 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.