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The Weeds on weed: what a Dutch study tells us about legalization

The Weeds crew have finally discussed weed — specifically, marijuana use and policy. On the July 19 episode of the podcast, Vox’s Sarah Kliff, Matt Yglesias, and Ezra Klein talk about a paper — aptly titled “High Achievers” — out of the Netherlands that found marijuana use correlates to worse academic performance.

The 2015 Maastricht University study followed university students and tracked their academic achievement, with the intent to measure a temporary policy change in the city of Maastricht that restricted legal access to cannabis based on nationality.

For decades, marijuana use and sale had been legal in the Netherlands and could even be purchased at coffee shops and cannabis shops around the region, which led to a massive increase in drug tourism — people coming to the Netherlands with the intention to purchase or use pot. In time, the city of Maastricht saw its crime rate triple compared with that of cities further from the border. To curb the drug tourism problem (mostly coming from, as the study authors write, “bad tourists” from France and Luxembourg), cannabis shop owners in 2011 issued a “partial prohibition” policy change, which only allowed people from specific nationalities to buy cannabis on their premises. Interested customers had to present a valid Dutch, German, or Belgian ID to be granted entry to a cannabis shop.

This policy created a unique situation, the study authors write, where students at the university could be separated into groups — those that could legally obtain marijuana and those that could not — and their academic performance could be measured. They concluded that students who could no longer legally buy cannabis increased their grades substantially — particularly in classes that required more math or numerical knowledge.

In this episode, the Weeds team discusses these findings as well as how alcohol policies compare to marijuana policies, and the effect the war on drugs has had on legalization efforts in the US.

Sarah, Matt, and Ezra also discuss the state of the rapidly changing health care debate in the Senate, and the dynamics that are creating such a turbulent situation: moderate Republicans balking at the prospect of the uninsured population shooting up; far-right senators refusing to accept anything less than a full repeal of Obamacare as nearly enough; and a lack of leadership from Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

Sarah also unpacks the interesting case of “Obamacare in Alaska,” where insurers received funding from the state to pay for high-cost patients, which, in turn, lowered premiums for everyone — though it cost the state around $50 million.


Two held with weed worth Rs 5.25 lakh

crime branch has arrested two persons with 43 kg weed worth Rs 5.25 lakh. The accused have been identified as Nakulsingh Rajput (23) and Mahendra Singh (26), both residents of Solapur. The police are now trying to find out the source of the contraband, an officer said.
The Thane crime branch on Tuesday received a tip-off that the two accused would be coming to hotel Amar Garden near Mumbra with weed, the officer said. A team then laid a trap at the spot, and the two were apprehended. “They were carrying four bags. On opening the bags, we found there was 43 kg of weed in it, worth Rs 5.25 lakh,” said an officer.
A case was registered against the men at the Kalwa police station, following which they were placed under arrest.


What Jeff Sessions is getting wrong about legal weed

Marijuana legalization at the state level has reduced prison populations and created tens of thousands of real jobs.
Even opioid abuse is lower in places where marijuana is legal.
Jeff Sessions efforts to crackdown on legal weed could destroy years of progress.Nearly a half a century of America's "War on Drugs" has produced the largest prison population in the world, devastated minority communities and contributed to an opioid epidemic that claims more than 20,000 lives a year.

Two decades of progressive marijuana legalization at the state level has helped put a dent in the prison population, created tens of thousands of jobs and opioid abuse is lower in places where marijuana is legal.

Yet, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to turn back the clock.

In late February, Mr. Sessions announced the formation of a crime reduction task force that will review among other things existing federal policy on marijuana and present its findings in late July. Sessions wants the Task Force to review current policy and how the DOJ is tackling a number of areas that he believes contribute to crime, including illegal immigration and drugs.

The attorney general followed that with a letter to Congress in May asking the legislature to do away with a budget amendment bill known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment that has protected medical marijuana states from Federal prosections since 2014.

"State legal cannabis is now a $6 billion industry that employs 150,000 people and is on track to create more jobs than the manufacturing sector by 2020."
Mr. Sessions' stance is not just troubling, it is dangerous. It runs contrary to good policy and the facts.

Between 1970 and 2008, the U.S. incarceration rate rose fivefold. Relative to our population, we lock up seven times as many people as France, 11 times as many as the Netherlands and 15 times as many as Japan. Marijuana possession has accounted for a significant portion of those arrests.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, between 2001 and 2010 there were 8.2 million marijuana related arrests in the county, nearly 90 percent of them were for possession. African Americans were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for possession than whites.

Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana two decades ago, 28 others and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Eight states have also legalized adult use. We now have a track record of legal, regulated marijuana in more than half of the country, and clear evidence that it is a better approach than a blanket prohibition and harsh prison sentences for those who use it or participate in its commerce.

A 2014 study from the University of Texas, Dallas using FBI's crime data showed no rise in crime rates resulting from medical marijuana legalization, and even some evidence of decreasing rates of homicide and assault.

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, Denver saw a 2.2 percent drop in violent crime rates in the year after the first legal recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, and overall property crime dropped by 8.9 percent in the same period while Washington, which legalized recreational use in 2012, saw violent crime rates drop by 10 percent from 2011 to 2014.

The history of the War on Drugs is also a history of the economic and social disparities in our country. Black and brown men are disproportionally incarcerated under our current drug laws, and because mass incarceration breaks up families and severely limits ex-convicts' employment and business opportunities, the War on Drugs has dramatically increased the poverty rate in minority communities.

It is a vicious cycle of prison and poverty that continues to trap millions of Americans. By one estimate, if California emptied its prisons today and sent every incarcerated person to a university it would save the state almost $7 billion a year.

It is not surprising then that prison guard unions and the private prison industry are two of the strongest opponents of marijuana legalization, along with pharmaceutical companies that see cannabis as a threat to their monopoly on prescription painkillers and other high priced treatments.

To be sure, the War on Drugs is a much bigger and more complex issue than marijuana legalization alone, but it is a good place to start. State legal cannabis is now a $6 billion industry that employs 150,000 people and is on track to create more jobs than the manufacturing sector by 2020.

It has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue; California alone is forecasting $1 billion annually. Two decades of state legal marijuana also has shaped public opinion, with record numbers of Americans now supporting legalization. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University shows 94 percent of U.S. voters support medical marijuana programs, and 60 percent favor full legalization.

In today's divided politics, few issues command such unanimous support. Medical marijuana is legal both in red and blue states. The first ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus, announced earlier this year, is made up of two Democrats and two Republicans. And in the cannabis industry social justice and business interests are often aligned, with advocates and entrepreneurs standing shoulder to shoulder against reactionary policies such as the ones proposed by Mr. Sessions.

If he has his way on marijuana, Mr. Sessions threatens to turn back the clock on two decades of painstakingly gained progress, bringing us back to the days of overflowing prisons, disenfranchised communities and a $50 billion black market for cannabis run by drug cartels. We must not allow that to happen.

Commentary by Gina Belafonte, an actress and social justice advocate, Chris Leavy, a former Wall Street executive and current co-chairman of MedMen, a cannabis management and investment firm based in Los Angeles and Lindy Snider, an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Philadelphia.  cnbc.

STUBBORN WEED’ | Trillanes expects Duterte to stay on

President Rodrigo Duterte is to mark his first anniversary in office next week. The folk in Malacañang, however, said it felt much longer than that, with everything that’s happened since last year. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said: “It feels like three years already, right? Considering the amount of work we’ve done, considering the challenges and all the matters that have been addressed.”

The crisis in Marawi is the latest and seemingly most difficult to grapple with.

Five weeks in, the military still has to clear the city of the remnants of Islamist extremists,
and the sudden disappearing act in the previous week by President Duterte did not help clear the fog.

The Palace insisted that Duterte just needed to rest.

Spokesman Abella even seemed to take a dig at Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, by alluding to “other persons who take up the Playstation, whatever.”

For one of the president’s more vocal critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes, the Duterte track record is strewn with failure to live up to his promises and pledges, including solving Metro Manila’s traffic problems and winning the peace in the South: “This administration: Epic fail. On all fronts.”

And, amid the recent questions over Duterte’s health, Trillanes likened the president to the stereotypical Filipino cultural concept of the tenacious shoddy weed.

“May kasabihan, eh, ung masamang damo hindi agad namamatay (There is a saying, stubborn weeds don’t die easy),” Trillanes quipped. Whatever else may be said, however, it’s certain that Duterte remains as popular as ever.

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