Christopher Morales, a California criminal defense attorney, provided some legal insight into this complex matter. “The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone from possessing guns if they use or are addicted to cannabis,” Morales explained.

The exact wording of the federal law prohibits any “unlawful user” or addict of cannabis (or any other federally restricted substance) from purchasing guns, even if that individual resides in a state with legal medical or adult-use cannabis laws.

A Nevada medical marijuana patient named S. Rowan Wilson challenged the ruling after she attempted to purchase a firearm for self-defense in 2011. When the gun store refused to sell to her, she filed a lawsuit challenging the federal statute against gun ownership by a lawful marijuana patient.

The case went all the way to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, where, on August 31, 2016, Chief District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that a federal government ban of gun sales to abiding state-legal medical marijuana patients does not violate the Second Amendment.

From Lisa Rough at Leafly.com


Cannabis consumption by US teenagers fell in 2016, according to a new report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Alcohol use rates among teens, however, have risen—leaving some to wonder if minors may be substituting cannabis for alcohol.

Past-month youth cannabis-use rates among minors aged 12 to 17 have gently but steadily decreased since 2002. The rate in 2016—6.5%, down half a percentage point from a year earlier—is now the lowest in more than 20 years, according to SAMHSA data released this month.

The report also found that teen cannabis consumption has fallen every year since 2014, when Colorado and Washington first legalized adult-use cannabis. Past month alcohol use, however, has been on the rise since 2014.

The data released from SAMHSA are the latest evidence that legalizing cannabis for both medical and adult use does not increase teen consumption rates, contrary to fears raised by leading legalization critics.

Morgan Fox, a Marijuana Policy Project spokesperson, said in a statement that even among advocates of cannabis legalization, proposed policy reforms have been focused on responsible use by adults.

“Critics of legalization worry about the message being sent to youth by marijuana policy reform efforts, but the real message is that marijuana should only be used by responsible adults, and it seems to be sinking in,” he said. “Regulating marijuana for adults reinforces that message and creates effective mechanisms for making it more difficult for teens to obtain marijuana.”

One of the age groups that saw the biggest drop in alcohol consumption was individuals aged 18-25. Since 2014, past-month alcohol consumption among that group has dropped from 59.6% to 57.1%. The age group also consumes the most cannabis.

“Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” Fox said, “and regulation gives adults the legal option to choose the safer substance.”

The SAMHSA survey is just the latest report to show cannabis consumption fallingamong teens since states began implementing adult-use cannabis laws. In February, data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported that the rate of cannabis consumption among adolescents “has not changed since legalization either in terms of the number of people using or the frequency of use among users.”

And in Washington state, a study released last week by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a government think tank, found that teen cannabis consumption has decreased or remained steady in the state since legalization.

From Gage Peak at Leafly.com








By Jon MurrayThe Denver Post

Before organizers put together Denver’s first permitted 4/20 pro-marijuana rally seven years ago, Civic Center served as a magnet for ragtag gatherings of enthusiasts each April 20.

This year, it’s back to that old reality — in contrast to  recent expanded 4/20 festivals that rolled out the green carpet for tens of thousands of people, plus vendors, for the all-important smoke-out in solidarity at 4:20 p.m.

Read the entire article at http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/01/19/denver-420-rally-2015/27777/