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Headlines: Trump Signs Right to Try Act

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President Trump signed legislation allowing terminally ill patient in certain cases to access drugs currently unapproved by the FDA but undergoing clinical trials. [TRUMP CLIP: “I called on Congress to pass ‘Right to Try’ – it’s such a great name! Some bills, they don’t have a good name. OK? They really don’t {laughter} But this is such a great name. From the first day I heard it – it’s so perfect. ‘Right to Try.’ And a lot of that trying is going to be successful. I really believe that. I really believe it.”] Among the drugs that could qualify for legal use are forms of marijuana, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms currently undergoing some form of FDA clinical trial, but not yet approved for legal use. Patients would not only have to be terminally ill, but they also would have to have exhausted all other forms of treatment first and be unable to qualify for the drug’s FDA trials.

Oregon’s marijuana industry is growing so quickly the state is calling timeout on new licensees. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will not process any new recreational marijuana licenses after June 15, citing a backlog of applications and lack of staff to handle them. As of May 23, the OLCC has received 3,432 applications for recreational laboratories, processors, producers, retailers, wholesalers and research, according to the OLCC list of submitted applications. The licensees currently operating in the state have produced a bounty of marijuana. According to the state’s inventory tracking system, over one million pounds of cannabis flower are currently in the system, or literally a quarter pound for every man, woman, and child in the state. The glut of marijuana has led to a steep crash in prices, with auction houses reporting bulk sales of marijuana flower as low as $50 to $100 per pound. At the retail level, in the saturated Portland market flower specials can be found for as low as $2 per gram.

The lieutenant governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, certified that the efforts to pull medical marijuana off the 2018 ballot have failed. A coalition called Drug Safe Utah was accused of lying to people who had signed the petition, trying to get them to remove their names from it. Meanwhile. a UtahPolicy poll out this week points to a win in November, as 72 percent of voters polled support the initiative. A quarter of voters are opposed with only 2 percent undecided. Recent pronouncements against the initiative by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known as the Mormons, have urged a vote against the initiative, but the poll showed that even the most devout Mormons support the measure 59-to-38. Support among religious Utahns of other faiths is no lower than 83 percent, while the non-religious in Utah support the measure at 96 percent. If passed, Utah’s medical marijuana would be supplied through a system of dispensaries to patients with qualifying conditions. In addition to most standard conditions like cancer and AIDS, Utah would also cover PTSD, autism, and opiate replacement. Patients’ medical, parenting, and housing rights would be protected. Smoking marijuana would be forbidden, but patients can buy actual marijuana. Home grow will not be allowed until 2021, and then only for patients living more than 100 miles from a dispensary.

Netflix is debuting a new show called “Cooking on High,” a marijuana edibles competition show. The show is hosted by comedian and YouTube personality Josh Leyva. Acting as the show’s culinary weed expert is a favorite of the West Coast marijuana activism scene, Ngaio Bealum, featured here in a clip from his album, “Weed & Sex.” [NGAIO CLIP: “If you do smoke a lot of weed, if marijuana is no longer a hobby, if it’s a lifestyle, you have to be kind of pro-active. I know it sounds weird, a pro-active weed smoker? But it’s true, there’s some steps you can take. For instance, when it’s time to renew my driver’s license picture, I get high as hell. You feel me? I pull into the parking lot of the DMV and I hot box my car. Then I go take the picture, because I want them to think I look like that all the goddamn time.”] The show premieres June 22nd on Netflix.

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