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Weekly Cannabis Roundup August 14

Lauren

by Lauren

August 14, 2020 11:45 am ET

This week in cannabis news we go over Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate. We also look over a study claiming cannabis can lead to autism is babies. Lastly, a new documentary on CBD is set to premier in the future. Thanks for tuning into the news this week for these shocking stories.

Video Transcript

Can cannabis increase the chances of a baby being born with Autism? Democratic nominee Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. 

CNN and NBC seem to think so…Is this claim true? Well let’s explore…

Both networks are heavily relying on a single analysis “of over 450,000 pregnant women ages 12 to 44” who self-reported using cannabis during pregnancy… 

This data indicates a bit of an increase in cannabis use among expectant mothers over the course of about 15 years. 

Since legalization has been going full steam, this is expected. 

CNN and NBC both took a single study from Nature.com that also used this data as part of a study to explore neurodevelopmental outcomes in mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy.

Along with local birth data, the study correlated a very minimal increase in autism rates. 

It found that the incidence of Autism was 4/1000 in children with prenatal cannabis exposure compared to 3/1000 among unexposed children. 

While this shows a minuscule increase, it does not show any data on causality 

The study even emphasized a cautious interpretation of these findings…

But both NBC and CNN took it and ran. 

If this isn’t clear proof of how the media uses fear-mongering and vague statistics to push an agenda, I don’t know what is. 

A New documentary that explores the medical use of CBD is slated to premiere later this month! 

CBD Nation will take viewers through the science of cannabinoid treatment that mainstream media and government have largely kept hidden from the public. 

It will also follow several patients as they showcase the difficulties in accessing their medicine. 

The director has stated that this film is intended to confront the stigma that conceals the true value of cannabis. 

Be sure to tune in on Aug 25.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. 

But what does she have to do with the cannabis industry? 

Many are bitter because of her sordid past with drug and cannabis policies when she served as California’s Attorney General, 

while others maintain that her views have changed for the better

She is the lead senate sponsor of the MORE Act.

If you don’t know, the MORE Act is the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act and its purpose is to end federal prohibition of cannabis and expunge the records of those with cannabis-related crimes.

Senator Harris also supports the SAFE Banking Act which provides protections for the cannabis industry since it cannot use banks. 

But both Biden and Harris have had changing opinions throughout their careers when it comes to cannabis policy

Ultimately, we hope that, if elected, they are able to find common ground that will help so many in America recover from the failed War on Drugs and have a better chance at life.

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