San Diego Proposes Allowing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Sell Recreational Pot
In other news on drug-related debates, how kratom should be classified by the DEA comes under scrutiny.
San Diego Considers Sale Of Recreational Marijuana
A city proposal would allow San Diego's licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1, 2018. That's when recreational marijuana sales are allowed to begin in California under Proposition 64. The proposed regulation, which goes before the planning commission Thursday, would make some tweaks to the city's 2014 medical marijuana dispensary ordinance. (Cabrera and St. John, 12/12)
Is Kratom A Deadly Drug Or A Life-Saving Medicine?
Kratom gained popularity in the U.S. over the past decade or so, as its availability spread online and in head shops. Two or 3 grams of powdered extract steeped in hot water or whipped into a smoothie offers a mild, coffee-like buzz; doses double or triple that size can induce a euphoria that eases pain without some of the hazardous side effects of prescription analgesics. Preliminary survey data gathered recently by Oliver Grundmann, a pharmaceutical sciences professor at the University of Florida, found that American users are mostly male (57 percent), white (89 percent), educated (82 percent with some college), and employed (72 percent). More than 54 percent are 31 to 50 years old, and 47 percent earn at least $75,000 a year. (Gruley, 12/12)