Andrea Leadsom, a conservative leadership candidate recently revealed that she had smoked cannabis while at university. Leadsom was responding to questions about her history with past drug use, following the revelation that leadership rival Michael Gove had taken cocaine in his early days.
Ms. Leadsom, the former leader of the Common admitted that while she had never taken cocaine or any other class drug, she had also never smoked cannabis – which she referred to as “weed” – since she left Warwick University, where she studied political science in the 1980s.
She added that everyone is entitled to a private life before becoming an MP and so she did smoke up weed while in university but never after that.
Tory leadership hopefuls were put in spot for their experience with drug use after Michael Gove admitted taking cocaine at several events at social gatherings when he was a young journalist, fresh and raw in the business.
“I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago,” he told The Daily Mail. He said now that he thinks about it, seems like a mistake. However, he doesn’t believe that past mistakes disqualify the present you and the good deeds you have done.
Dominic Raab, one of Mr. Gove’s rivals for the Tory leadership said that his confession should not force him out of the contest. Raab further added that he rather admired his honesty about the drug use.
Sajid Javid’s team said the home secretary had never smoked weed or taken any illegal drugs. On the other hand, Rory Stewart, who last week revealed that he had smoked opium at a wedding in Iran, said he admired Mr. Gove’s honesty about his confession of drug use.
A source close to Boris Johnson highlighted his previous statement when he mentioned he was offered a white substance once at university, none of which went up his nose, but he can not confirm if it was cocaine or not.
When prompted about whether Jeremy Hunt had ever taken illegal substances, his team pointed to his recent confession of drinking a cannabis lassi while backpacking across India.
Ms. Leadsom’s resignation from the cabinet last month triggered a train of events that led to Theresa May’s resignation as Conservative leader. She quit as leader of the Commons because she felt unable to introduce Ms May’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would have allowed the ratification of Brexit under the terms agreed with Brussels in November 2018 but opposed by several Tory Leavers.
The Farm Bill of 2018 has sparked discussions and protests around the United States as the bill changed the marijuana industry by legalizing hemp derived cannabinoid. Commonly known as CBD, cannabinoid is a compound found in hemp, a cannabis genus plant which has healing properties.
It is an anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive component which helps reduce pain, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and even treat severe ailments such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
The federal law allows CBD with a maximum 0.3% THC per individual unit. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid is another compound found in marijuana plants that is responsible for the “high” that people get while smoking weed. Since it alters the state of mind and can cause hallucinations, law enforcement officials have put a threshold limit to the substance.
Despite the federal law removing CBD from the list of Controlled Substances, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the use of CBD in any form in foods and drinks. However, companies have been creating and selling CBD infused products in the consumer market openly.
From CBD infused beer, coffee, burgers, chocolates, gummies to CBD based lotions, tinctures, oils, creams, pills, one can find gamut of products infused with cannabinoid in the market.
CBD has gained immense popularity and is quite the buzzing topic in every nook and corner of the states. While some states have accepted to go with the flow and render legalization to CBD infused products as per the federal law, others hold their foot strong at the 0% THC policy in CBD products.
The FDA held a public meeting on May 31 with stakeholders, law officials, business leaders and consumers to discuss about the effects of CBD. The agency is yet to decide on the regulatory framework for CBD, however it might take up to months or even years for the complete policy framework to build. Till then, companies continue producing irregulated CBD infused products.