After criminalizing cannabis for so long, more states across the US are shifting their policies and legalizing the plant. At least 16 states and Washington, DC, have made recreational weed legal, while 19 states have a medical cannabis program in place. New York celebrated when it became one of the latest states to join the recreational marijuana club. But in all of this excitement, there’s one issue that remains: What happens to all of the people who have criminal records because of weed?
Back in May of 2019, a coroner in Louisiana claimed to have recorded the first death exclusively caused by weed.
Toxicology results for a woman who died suggested she was killed by an excess amount of THC, the primary psychoactive component of weed, the coroner, Christy Montegut, told the New Orleans Advocate. Montegut failed to find anything else—drugs, alcohol, disease—that could have attributed to her death.
A perplexing new syndrome that’s linked to marijuana users is becoming a concern for doctors, Business Insider reports. Continue reading Perplexing Condition Linked to Marijuana Use Is Troubling Doctors
Coke said in a statement Monday that it is “closely watching” the growth of CBD, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana, as an ingredient in what it called functional wellness beverages. Continue reading Report: Coca-Cola in talks with Canadian cannabis company