Medical Marijuana

ABC News reports on another weed-infused fizzy drink (see this story for a previous initiative):

Canna Cola is the new spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.

The beverage combines soda and THC, a psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, to create a drink that co-brand-developer Clay Butler calls “medibles,” edible medicine.

“A lot of people simply don’t want to smoke,” says co-brand developer Clay Butler. “It’s very easy to take your medication in the form of a cookie, soda or brownie and you can do that without drawing attention to yourself.”…

Allie Townsend writes on TIME:

Thirsty? Why not open an ice-cold bottle of pot-infused root beer?


A new line of pot-infused beverages masquerading behind soda flavors are now available to patients with a prescription for medical marijuana. Made by Colorado-based Dixie Elixirs, the carbonated drinks are marketed to medicinal-marijuana patients who wish to avoid “weed culture” stigmas.

The legalization movement may be making giant strides in the U.S., but at least one government agency, the Patent & Trademark Office, is having second thoughts and has removed its medical marijuana…

How Weed Won the West is the story of the growing medical marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles with over 700 legal dispensaries doling out the buds. In this sequel to Showtime’s American Drug War: The Last White Hope, Kevin Booth takes the viewer on what High Times magazine calls “a wild ride” and shows a glimpse at the possible future of cannabis legalization in America.

Steve Elliott writes in Toke of the Town:

Many veterans and others are using cannabis medically to treat the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to preliminary results of a new survey.

Cannabis Science Inc., which describes itself as “an emerging pharmaceutical cannabis company,” is reviewing the interim results of its survey of more than 1,400 people.

“It is clear that many veterans are already using herbal cannabis to self-medicate to relieve the symptoms of PTSD,” said Dr. Robert Melamede, president and CEO of Cannabis Science.

“Consequently, there is a clear need for standardized, FDA approved, oral cannabis products which can, and should be, provided to veterans and others who can benefit from its use,” Melamede said.

Thanks to reader Steve Elliott for the news tip! Steve Elliott writes on Toke of the Town:

If you plan on stealing James Tillman’s marijuana, you’re going to need more than three guys. ​They’re not going to get James Tillman’s weed.

Tillman, 67, on Sunday shot and wounded one of three burglars who broke into his Sacramento, California home to steal his medical marijuana, reports Elyce Kirchner of

The other two fled and haven’t been seen since. Mr. Tillman was definitely having none of their nonsense. After all, his grandkids were at home.

DENVER (CBS4) reports:

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver has decided to get creative and make the business into a full-service restaurant that caters to those who need to use medicinal marijuana to ease physical ailments.

The owner of Ganja Gourmet located at 1810 South Broadway Avenue said the restaurant will “aim to help distribute medicinal marijuana to those licensed to have it and provide an atmosphere where patients can visit with one another in a safe environment.”

Ganja Gourmet plans to offer lasagna, gourmet pizza, jambalaya, paella, chocolate mousse and flavored cheesecakes, among other gourmet dishes.

“It’s a different buzz too. It’s a more alert, more awake buzz,” Medical Marijuana Chef Evan “Budman” said.