SATIVA AND INDICA
Last week, the peer-reviewed PLOS ONE journal published findings from Canadian scientists who compared the genes of about 130 cannabis plants, and their findings suggest that sativa and indica are far more similar than previously thought. For example, a 100-percent sativa Jamaican Lambs Bread was nearly identical to a 100-percent indica strain from Afghanistan. Per the journal article, “We find a moderate correlation between the genetic structure of marijuana strains and their reported C. sativa and C. indica ancestry and show that marijuana strain names often do not reflect a meaningful genetic identity. We also provide evidence that hemp is genetically more similar to C. indica type marijuana than to C. sativa strains.” In an interview with Wired.com, one of the researchers added, “They’re not totally wrong [about the sativa/indica divide], but the split is nowhere near as accurate as you’d need to be in another horticultural crop with a formal classification system.”
MICHIGAN NOT DOWN WITH AUTISM
Last month, the Medical Marijuana Law Review Panel in Michigan recommended approval for a petition to add autism to the list of qualifying medical conditions. Last Thursday, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Mike Zimmer rejected the petition, writing, "While the record is replete with sincere and well-articulated testimony on the potential benefits of medical marihuana to autism patients and, in particular, parents of autistic children, several troubling concerns remain.” These so-called troubling concerns, ironically, did not include himself.
OHIO: LET’S PLAY MONOPOLY
ResponsibleOhio has accused the state Ballot Board of intentionally crafting the wording of the legalization measure to “mislead, deceive or defraud the voters.” For example, the State Issue title says the measure “grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.” In some ways, the wording is accurate—the measure allows for only 10 parcels that happen to be controlled by ResponsibleOhio financiers—though the likely intent of wording (passed on a 3-2 vote by the Ballot Board) is to discourage the passage of the measure. On Thursday, this fight officially landed in the Ohio Supreme Court.