Moms for Marijuana International, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education of marijuana prohibition’s harms to families, has named Cheryl Shuman its new executive director. Cheryl takes over the role from Founding Executive Director Serra Frank, who built a grassroots Facebook campaign into an international organization with tens of thousands of members. Aimee Shuman, Cheryl’s daughter, will assume the role of Deputy Director. “I am honored by the opportunity to join such a dynamic and ambitious organization,” said Cheryl Shuman in a press release, “with such a clear and focused mission—improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, women and children.” Cheryl Shuman was the 2013 Seattle Hempfest Activist of the Year and her recent media appearances promoting medical marijuana patients and their vaporization of marijuana include CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, The Katie Couric Show, The Rikki Lake Show, The View, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, and Fox Business News.
Quinnipiac University’s latest poll on marijuana takes us to Connecticut, where nine out of ten residents of The Nutmeg State support the medical use of marijuana. Support for medical marijuana by people under age 30 was an astonishing 99 percent to 1 percent. Also, voters in Connecticut support having a medical marijuana dispensary in their neighborhood by almost seven in ten. Support for marijuana legalization held a slight 52 percent majority, with four out of five voters under age 30 in support and women’s support at 49 percent just five points behind men’s. A 61 percent majority of Connecticut voters believe marijuana is safer than alcohol and only 16 percent believe marijuana is more harmful. If marijuana were made more widely available, a majority of 55 percent still believes that alcohol would be more damaging to society. Forty-seven percent of voters admit to trying marijuana, but excluding voters over 65 leaves a large majority of voters who have tried marijuana, up to 62 percent of those under age 30.
Officials in Denver are attempting to stop the Colorado Symphony Orchestra from performing their “Classically Cannabis” fundraising concerts where pot smoking will be allowed. But legal experts are calling into question the authority of Denver to do anything about it. Concert goers would be bringing their own marijuana onto the private property of a gallery with an enclosed, outdoor smoking patio. Denver ordinance forbids consuming marijuana “openly and publicly”, which the patio would not be. The Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking on patios. Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana, does not allow consumption of marijuana “openly and publicly”, which activist attorney Rob Corry argues means both conditions must exist; one could smoke openly on a private patio or front porch (open, but not public), or even smoke surreptitiously in a public park (public, but not open).
Officials in Humboldt County, California, are investigating the poisoning of the dog of a wildlife biologist as potential retaliation by drug cartels over his reports on illegal marijuana growers’ use of a prohibited rat poison. Wildlife disease expert Mourad Gabriel has been studying the decline of the Pacific fisher, a predator related to the weasel, that may be added to the Endangered Species List. Gabriel has been tracing the deaths of fishers back to 2009 and found these animals dying of massive internal hemorrhaging brought on by a highly potent rat poison banned for all but professional exterminators and certain commercial agriculture operations. While fisher deaths have been traced to their consumption of rodents that eat the poison, that poison works its way up the food chain. Since the poison causes a sort of hemophilia, animals can bleed out from a slight cut or bite and no one would suspect it died of poison. Wildlife biologists fear the potential spread of this poison to wild game and eventually humans.