News From the Lab

Veteran Affairs Thumbs Up for Medical Marijuana:
Veterans fresh off Memorial Day celebrations have another reason to rejoice. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin made positive statements in favor of medical marijuana. In a press conference, Shulkin said:
“There may be some evidence that [medical marijuana] is beginning to be helpful and we’re interested in looking at that and learning from that.”
CREDIT: The Joint Blog

Veterans Affairs, according to Shulkins, is evaluating research on medical marijuana use among vets and the potential benefits thereof. This is a good sign. Vet groups like the American Legion have long lobbied Washington to authorize marijuana research for troops suffering from PTSD, brain injuries etc. (Wounded Vets for Pot)
The Trump administration does not have a favorable stance towards marijuana use. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has gone on record saying “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin. Washington Times Last time we checked, Jeff Sessions was not involved in the making of ‘Reefer Madness’! Seriously, who put this guy in office?!
Farmer’s Lab approves David Shulkin’s voice as a welcome change. We hope Washington will keep an open mind and see how medical marijuana is helping suffering vets. Our troops deserve more for their service!
Sources: The Hill

Legalization Hiccups in Vermont and Nevada:

Vermont was set to become the first American state to legalize marijuana possession by an act of the legislature. (So far, we have been legalizing via popular vote.) State Representatives recently passed a bill permitting possession of small quantities of marijuana. Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed that bill when it reached his desk. Scott said he was “not ideologically opposed” to legalization but that he wanted some changes in the bill’s structure. Governor Scott is looking for stronger penalties for DUI drivers as well as adults who smoke or offer marijuana to children.

He is also seeking a thorough study of legalization impacts on Vermont, particularly in relation to public health and safety. Observers are optimistic that Vermont will be a legal state in the near future.Source

Nevada is also not going to be seeing recreational marijuana anytime soon. The issue is about who–the alcohol or the medical marijuana industry–gets to transport marijuana across the state. In November last year, Nevada legalized recreational marijuana. The ballot then stipulated that “only licensed wholesale alcohol distributors could be licensed to transport retail pot for the first year and a half.” In other words, the alcohol industry was promised a transport monopoly (on marijuana) in the Silver State. So far so good. Now the Department of Taxation (DoT) determined that there were not enough backers interested in distribution licenses. (A lot of alcohol distributors don’t want to touch marijuana for fear of losing their federal alcohol licenses.) So the tax department opened up the market for medical marijuana businesses. This did not go well with some folks. The Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada went to court against the DoT. The judge agreed with them and issued a restraining order prohibiting Nevada from issuing distribution licenses. The situation is clearly a mess: read more here

So the tax department opened up the market for medical marijuana businesses. This did not go well with some folks. The Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada went to court against the DoT. The judge agreed with them and issued a restraining order prohibiting Nevada from issuing distribution licenses. The situation is clearly a mess: read more here Review Journal

Austrian Passenger Carrying Cannabis Seeds Acquitted:

An Austrian man was traveling back to his country via Dubai last year. He had about 2 pounds of marijuana seeds In his luggage. We’ve warned readers about traveling abroad with marijuana on your person. This man’s case is a good example of what could happen. At Dubai airport, authorities found the seeds in the luggage and locked the man up. He was charged with criminal possession and eventually handed a conviction sentence for ten years! Dubai’s jails are no place to be a prisoner (look it up: it is pretty bad there). This poor Austrian was done for!
You are probably asking: why was this Austrian flying with those seeds? Apparently, this man was originally from Afghanistan and became an Austrian citizen under their refugee program. His wife, who suffers from neural diseases and requires medication (you guessed right: those cannabis seeds!), is waiting to get citizenship and cannot leave Austria. So the Austrian man goes to Afghanistan to see his mother. Along the way, he decides to get cannabis seeds for his wife. Then he gets caught and convicted in Dubai.
So how did the man get acquitted? Quite simply, he had a good lawyer. Faisal Al Zarouni argued in court that his client was no drug trafficker. The lawyer proved that the man had no criminal intent and was simply trying to get seeds for his ailing wife. The judge agreed and overturned the ten-year sentence. The Austrian man is now (probably) free and on his way to his wife.
You do not want to be in this man’s plight. So once again, we warn you not to travel abroad with marijuana in your possession. You can live without the bowl or blunt while on vacation. Trust us on that!