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Last week a museum dedicated to teaching people about marijuana opened in the South American country of Uruguay.
"Cannabis has historically had so many different benefits," said Eduardo Blasina, the director of the museum. “It has been used as food, as a textile, to make fishing nets and paper, and today it is providing us with novel types of medicine.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration has released its latest Drug Threat Assessment, contributing a whopping 22 pages to marijuana; by comparison, prescription painkiller abuse only garnered 16 pages.
Obviously the DEA still thinks cannabis is a major problem, a problem only made worse by various legalization measures enacted across the country. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it seems some in the media are spreading evil propaganda.
When marijuana arrests drop in places like Colorado or Washington no one is surprised; after all, with full adult use legalization, arrests for something that is no longer illegal are bound to fall.
But when arrests for marijuana drop more than normal in a state like Virginia, people take notice:
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was recently announced as the next host of the Academy Awards when they air on ABC in February. While discussing it on his show, Kimmel brought up an idea that would be sure to garner the world’s attention to the event.
“Marijuana will be legal for recreational use in February,” he said.
If legislators in the U.S. Congress can come to an agreement regarding the passage of a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government from shutting down, the extension will likely include provisions that prevents the Justice Department from going after medical marijuana patients and providers who are in accordance with their state laws.
NFL player Seantrel Henderson is in his third year in the league where he plays offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills. He is currently facing his second suspension for using a substance that is banned for use by the league and player’s union: cannabis.
Since it is his second offense, Seantrel faces a 10-game suspension, something he is expected to appeal.