Here’s your day in weed:
The D.C. City Council abruptly canceled a hearing on Monday to discuss the regulation and sale of marijuana when the city's new district attorney warned councilmembers they could be subject to arrest if they went forward.
A spending bill passed by Congress in December prohibits the city from using its funds for enacting any sort of law legalizing the possession or sale of marijuana. With that in mind, the D.C. attorney general, Karl A. Racine, warned councilmembers they could face fines of $5,000 each and jail terms of up to two years if they moved forward with the hearing.
D.C. isn't giving up. The city's residents voted to legalize cannabis in November and the mayor believes that law is self-enacting. Whether the city can set up a regulatory system remains to be seen.
Did you say Cincy or sensi?
A proposed ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio would place four of the state's 10 grow sites in or near Cincinnati, making it the state's new pot capital.
The locations of possible grow sites appear in the language of the measure, which would amend the state constitution. One of the grow locations under consideration shares an address with a children's gymnastics center, among other tenants.
Ohioans could vote on legalization as soon as this fall.
Meanwhile in Mexico…
As more states and cities embrace legal weed in the U.S., there are signs that it's taking a bite out of profits for Mexican marijuana growers.
Reporter Ioan Grillo, an expert on the Mexican drug war, found that while pot businesses rise in the U.S., Mexican cannabis production appears to be taking a nosedive. Statistics from the Mexican government show the amount of marijuana seized by authorities in 2013 was the lowest since 2000.
Grillo points out that Mexican growers not only have to compete with a fully legal market in states such as Colorado and Washington, they're up against a more refined product. Mexican weed tends to be grown outdoors in the mountains; U.S. pot is cultivated in greenhouses and growers give you details about everything from the strain to the THC composition.
Plus, gummy bears.
Whole Foods might carry marijuana … someday
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey supports marijuana legalization, so it's not such a stretch to believe he might bring the drug to his stores if it was legal and acceptable to his customer base.
Troy Dayton, CEO of the marijuana research company ArcView Group, told the personal finance site Main Street he heard Mackey talking about the idea at a panel discussion. "It's possible that Whole Foods could be the Whole Foods of Cannabis," he said, possibly before reaching for another helping of pita chips and eggplant garbanzo bean dip.
Whole Foods declined to comment on the story.
Maybe sports stores should sell it, too
An article in The Wall Street Journal divides extreme runners into two categories: "endurance jocks and potheads." They don't cite much evidence about that marijuana use, but, hey, it sounds true.
Apparently some long distance runners use marijuana to keep stress levels down during grueling races and for recovery afterward.
“The person who is going to win an ultra is someone who can manage their pain, not puke and stay calm,” veteran runner Jenn Shelton told WSJ. “Pot does all three of those things.”
Ted Hesson was formerly the immigration editor at Fusion, covering the issue from Washington, D.C. He also writes about drug laws and (occasionally) baseball. On the side: guitars, urban biking, and fiction.