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California Company Becomes First to Offer Commercial Insurance to Marijuana Businesses

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:35
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that for the first time legal marijuana businesses in the state now have an insurance company willing to offer them commercial insurance.

According to Jones, legal marijuana businesses are now able to purchase commercial insurance from Golden Bear Insurance Company, the first company willing to offer such services to the marijuana industry. The insurer was given approval last week to began providing commercial insurance to marijuana businesses that are explicitly following state law.

“Consumers who visit cannabis businesses, workers who work there, businesses who sell products to or rent property to cannabis businesses, and the investors, owners and operators of cannabis businesses all should have insurance coverage available to help them recover when something goes wrong just as any other legalized business does,” said commissioner Jones in a statement.

Although Golden Bear Insurance Company isn’t the first company in the state to provide insurance for the marijuana industry (there are currently 25 carriers that provide riskier forms of insurance), but they are the first to offer commercial insurance.

When asked about the potential risk of insurers working with the marijuana industry due to the Trump campaign, Jones says: “We believe the risk of federal intervention with an insurer is low. The fact that 25 surplus lines carriers are writing insurance currently demonstrates this.”

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Walgreens Stocking Overdose Reversal Drug in Stores Nationwide, No Prescription Needed

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 00:38
As part of its “comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse”, Walgreens is now stocking Narcan (Nalaxone), an FDA-approved nasal spray that helps reverse opioid overdoses, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide. 

“By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed,” Rick Gates, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy, said in a press release. “As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In addition, Walgreens is adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by educating patients about Narcan when they are dispensed a controlled substance greater than 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) and may be at risk of accidental overdose.

“This action is an important milestone and we applaud Walgreens initiatives to improve access to Narcan Nasal Spray in communities across the U.S.,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer of Adapt Pharma, the manufacturer of Narcan Nasal Spray. “This effort, combined with the opportunity for patients and caregivers to obtain Narcan Nasal Spray without an individual prescription in 45 states, is critical in combating this crisis.”

In an effort to educate the public on use of naloxone, pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen has distributed Narcan demo devices at no cost to Walgreens pharmacists for use in instructing patients on how to administer the medication. Additional instructions include calling 911, as Narcan is not a substitute for medical care. Anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

“At AmerisourceBergen, we strive to provide our customers the highest quality care and support so they can ultimately enhance the lives of patients in their communities,” said Robert Mauch, Executive Vice President & Group President, Pharmaceutical Distribution & Strategic Global Sourcing for AmerisourceBergen. “We recognize the important role we play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and our collaboration with Walgreens is another key milestone to supply our customers with access to lifesaving initiatives and emergency medications that can help keep individuals safe across the country.”

Last year Walgreens announced an effort to make naloxone available without requiring a prescription in states where regulations allow. The company now offers naloxone without requiring a prescription in 45 states and is eager and willing to work with the remaining states to make naloxone easier to obtain.

Walgreens has also collected more than 155 tons of unwanted medications through its safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across 45 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, year-round at no cost.

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Ontario Announces the First 14 Cities to Have Legal Marijuana Stores

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 06:50
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has announced the first cities that will be home to legal marijuana stores.

Last month Ontario officials unveiled their framework for the legal marijuana industry, which includes having 150 marijuana stores open by 2020, with online sales beginning next year. Yesterday, the Liquor Control Board announced the first 14 cities where legal marijuana outlets will be open.

Those cities will be:

  • Brampton
  • Vaughan
  • Toronto
  • London

  • Mississauga
  • Hamilton Barrie
  • Kingston, Kitchener
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Ottawa
  • Thunder Bay
  • Windsor
  • Sudbury

Ontario is the first province or territory in Canada to put forth a comprehensive plan for the legal marijuana industry. The plan includes allowing those 19 and older to legally purchase marijuana from marijuana stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board.

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Belize Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:30
The country of Belize has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Belize Governor General Colville Young signed into law today a bill decriminalizing the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. The bill “provides for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for the possession of cannabis in such amounts occurring on school premises, in specified circumstances, and decriminalizes the smoking of cannabis on private premises.”

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, said Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs, following the bill’s approval in the House of Representatives.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Veterans Support Medical Cannabis

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:35
According to a new survey commissioned by the American Legion, a vast majority of Veterans in the U.S. are in support of cannabis as medicine.

According to the survey, 81% of veterans support legalizing medical cannabis at the federal level. An even higher number of veteran caregivers are in support, at 83%.

The survey had 1,360 respondents from across the U.S., with 802 being either a military veteran (513) or a non-professional veteran caregiver (289). 92% of respondents from both groups support medical research on cannabis, while 82% of respondents favor legalizing medical cannabis. Support was found across the political spectrum, with 88% of conservatives  supporting medical cannabis legalization, compared to 90% of liberals and 70% of those who consider themselves non aligned with any particular ideology.

The poll has a margin of error  plus or minus 3.43%

servative respondents, as well as 90% of self-identified liberals and 70% of self-identified non-partisans, support federally legalized medical cannabis.

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Court Rules New Jersey Must Consider Reclassifying Marijuana

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:25
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that the state must consider reclassifying marijuana due to the fact that marijuana’s health benefits are “abundantly and glaringly apparent now”.

The court ruled that Steve Lee, former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the legal authority to reclassify marijuana away from Schedule 1 when he denied a request in 2014. The ruling says states that since New Jersey has now had a long-running medical marijuana program, the government must revisit the issue and again consider whether marijuana should be removed as a Schedule 1 drug, which indicates it has no medical value and is as dangerous as substances such as heroin.

According to Attorney Joseph Linares of Newark, who brought forth the case on behalf of inmate Steven Kadonsky, the state may decide to keep marijuana a Schedule 1 drug following the ruling, though they can’t do so because the substance has no medical value.

Linares says the ruling is “an important incremental step” toward reclassifying marijuana. “What this decision does recognize is the widespread acceptance of marijuana use in medical treatment,” says Linares.

To view the full 42-page ruling, click here.

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FDA Sends Warning to CBD Companies

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:11
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to multiple companies involved in the distribution of products containing cannabidiol (CBD).

fdaThe FDA sent warning letters today to four CBD-related companies claiming them to be making unsubstantiated claims “related to more than 25 different products spanning multiple product webpages, online stores and social media websites”. The companies are Natural Alchemist (California), Greenroads Health (Florida), That’s Natural! Marketing & Consulting (Colorado), and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC (also Colorado).

“As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency today issued warning letters to four companies illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes”, states a Wednesday press release. “Selling these unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but also can put patients at risk as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective. The deceptive marketing of unproven treatments may keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases.”

The release states that the FDA “has grown increasingly concerned at the proliferation of products claiming to treat or cure serious diseases like cancer. In this case, the illegally sold products allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the marijuana plant that is not FDA approved in any drug product for any indication.” The companies receiving warning letters “distributed the products with unsubstantiated claims regarding preventing, reversing or curing cancer; killing/inhibiting cancer cells or tumors; or other similar anti-cancer claims. Some of the products were also marketed as an alternative or additional treatment for Alzheimer’s and other serious diseases.”

“Substances that contain components of marijuana will be treated like any other products that make unproven claims to shrink cancer tumors”, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer and we’re not going to look the other way on enforcing these principles when it comes to marijuana-containing products.”

According to The Cannabist, the FDA issued similar warning letters to CBD product makers in 2015 and 2016.

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Here is the First Fortune 500 Marijuana Stock

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:43

By Charles Bovaird, Investopedia.com

Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ)—a Fortune 500 company that owns brands such as Corona beer, Black Velvet Whisky and Casa Noble tequila—recently agreed to take a 9.9% stake in Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp. (TWMJF). The two companies plan to work together to develop and market beverages that will be infused with Cannabis, according to The Wall Street Journal. (For more, see also: Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch.)

Legalization Spreads

Rob Sands, president and CEO of Constellation Brands, told The Journal that the U.S. government will probably legalize marijuana at the federal level in the coming years, considering “what’s happened at the state level.” Even if these expectations don’t materialize, his company could sell marijuana-infused beverages in Canada, where they are expected to be legalized by 2019.

Since Canopy Growth is the world’s largest publicly traded marijuana company, the decision made by Constellation Brands gives the beverage maker a strong presence in the marijuana industry, The Journal reported.

Shifting Demographics

Constellation Brands made this move at a time when there is evidence that some consumers are reducing their alcohol consumption in favor of marijuana, according to Fortune.

“We believe alcohol could be under pressure for the next decade,” analysts for Cowen Inc. (COWN), led by Viven Azer, wrote in a note earlier this year, Fortune reported. “Consumer survey work suggests [about] 80% of consumers reduce their alcohol consumption with cannabis in the mix.”

Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in one capacity or another, according to The Journal. Should more states permit the use of this drug, consumption could rise sharply, providing a strong market for edibles that are infused with marijuana. (For more, see also: Which States Have Legal Pot & Will It Stay Legal?)

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Virginia Senate Majority Leader Working on Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:38
One of Virginia’s top lawmakers is currently working on legislation that would decriminalize marijuana throughout the state.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican, says he’s in the process of drafting a bill that would remove the possibility of jail time for those caught possessing marijuana. The measure is likely to effect those caught possessing an ounce or less. Under current Virginia law, those caught possessing up to half an ounce of marijuana can be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to 30 days; for subsequent offenses the potential jail time rises to a year. Possessing over half an ounce is a felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison.

Norment’s announcement that he’s working on a decriminalization measure comes shortly after the release of a State Crime Commission study which found that such a law would prevent over 10,000 arrests every year in Virginia. Not only would this save taxpayer money to persecute and imprison marijuana users, it will prevent the life-altering consequences associated with a marijuana misdemeanor.

According to the commission’s study, Virginia police have arrested more than 133,000 people on first-time marijuana offenses in the last decade alone.

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There’s Now More Marijuana Shops in Colorado than Starbucks or McDonalds

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 05:32
There are now more marijuana stores in Colorado than Starbucks or Mcdonalds.

There are nearly 500 stores in Colorado that are licensed to legally distribute cannabis and cannabis products to anyone 21 and older, according to figures released by the state. This is considerably more than the number of Starbucks in the state (392), and well over twice the number of McDonalds (208). Clearly, times are changing.

The large number of marijuana stores have results in over $1 billion in legal marijuana being sold in the first 8 months of the year. These sales have resuled in over $162 million in taxes for the state.

Since legal marijuana sales began in Colorado in 2014, there’s been roughly $4 billion in marijuana sold: $699 million in 2014, $996 million in 2015, $1.3 billion in 2016, and $1.02 billion so far this year.

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New Jersey Officials Approve Adding Five New Medical Cannabis Conditions

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 03:46
New Jersey officials have given approval to the addition of five new medical conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program.

New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel voted this week to allow the medical use of cannabis for those with migraines, anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic pain related to internal organs.

Although the panel was in strong support of allowing individuals with these conditions to become legal medical cannabis patients, State Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett has the final say. She now has up to 180 days to respond; she has the option of approving all five conditions, approving some of the five, or not approving any of them.

If Commissioner Bennett does approve the new conditions, it would help to expand one of the nation’s more restrictive medical cannabis programs. Currently there are around 12,500 registered patients, and only five currently operating dispensaries.

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Stanford Study: Marijuana Use Linked to More Sex

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 22:02
A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has found that “despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite appears more likely to be the case.”

(Photo: THC Finder).

The study, published online Oct. 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are based on an analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45. Researchers call the results “unambiguous”.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” said the study’s senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology. The lead author is Andrew Sun, MD, a resident in urology.

The study does not establish a causal connection between marijuana use and sexual activity, Eisenberg noted. But the results hint at it, he added. “The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether or not they had kids.” According to Eisenber, the study is the first to examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United States.

“Marijuana use is very common, but its large-scale use and association with sexual frequency hasn’t been studied much in a scientific way,” Eisenberg said.

To arrive at an accurate determination of marijuana’s effect on intercourse frequency, Eisenberg and Sun turned to the National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey, which provides data pertaining to family structures, sexual practices and childbearing, reflects the overall demographic features of the U.S. population. Originally conducted at regular intervals, the survey is now carried out on an annual basis. It explicitly queries respondents on how many times they’ve had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks, and how frequently they’ve smoked marijuana over the past 12 months.

The investigators compiled answers to those questions for all years since 2002, when the survey first began collecting data on men as well as women. They included data from respondents ages 25-45 and excluded a small percentage (fewer than 3 percent) of respondents who had failed to answer one or more relevant questions.

In all, Eisenberg and Sun obtained data on 28,176 women averaging 29.9 years of age and 22,943 men whose average age was 29.5. They assessed these individuals’ self-reported patterns of marijuana use over the previous year and their self-reported frequency of heterosexual intercourse over the previous four weeks.

Some 24.5 percent of men and 14.5 percent of women in the analysis reported having used marijuana, and there was a positive association between the frequency of marijuana use and the frequency of sexual intercourse. This relationship applied to both sexes: Women denying marijuana use in the past year, for example, had sex on average 6.0 times during the previous four weeks, whereas that number was 7.1 for daily pot users. Among men, the corresponding figure was 5.6 for nonusers and 6.9 for daily users.

In other words, pot users are having about 20 percent more sex than pot abstainers, Eisenberg noted.

Positive association is universal

Moreover, Eisenberg said, the positive association between marijuana use and coital frequency was independent of demographic, health, marital or parental status.

In addition, the trend remained even after accounting for subjects’ use of other drugs, such as cocaine or alcohol. This, Eisenberg said, suggests that marijuana’s positive correlation with sexual activity doesn’t merely reflect some general tendency of less-inhibited types, who may be more inclined to use drugs, to also be more likely to have sex. In addition, coital frequency rose steadily with increasing marijuana use, a dose-dependent relationship supporting a possible active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity.

Nevertheless, Eisenberg cautioned, the study shouldn’t be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link. “It doesn’t say if you smoke more marijuana, you’ll have more sex,” he said.

Stanford’s Department of Urology supported the work.

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Belize House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:55
The Belize House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

The Belize flag.

The approved legislation would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana throughout all of Belize (the exception is if possession occurs on the premises of a school or other educational institution).

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, says Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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New Gallup Poll: 64% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:41
A new Gallup poll has found that 64% of adults in the United States support legalizing marijuana, up from 60% last year, and 50% in 2011. 

This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”

Fox continues; “Adult-use marijuana laws create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect consumers while taking the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals.”

When Gallup first asked U.S. adults whether or not they support marijuana legalization in 1969, only 12% of respondents stated that they do.

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WA: Legal Marijuana Sales Surpass $1.1 Billion in First 9-Months of 2017

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:11
Legal marijuana sales continue to thrive in Washington State, with sales for 2017 already matching sales for all of 2016.

In total there was $1,101,853,539 in legal marijuana sold in Washington from January 1st of this year, through the end of September, according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. This already matches the $1.1 billion sold in all of 2016. The $1.1 billion sold this year has resulted in roughly $242 million in taxes for the state. By comparison, Colorado has sold $1,118,207,832 in legal marijuana through the same period, indicating that both markets are roughly the same size.

Since the beginning of legal marijuana sales in Washington (July 1st, 2014), there has been over $2.7 billion in marijuana and marijuana products sold throughout the state. From these sales the state has garnered roughly $650 million in taxes.

For more information on Washington’s legal marijuana industry, you can visit the website for the Liquor and Cannabis Board by clicking here.

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Study: Those with History of Cannabis Use Less Likely to Have Fatty Liver Disease

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:01

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most prevalent form of liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 million people in the United States.

An international team of researchers from Stanford University in California and the Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea evaluated the association between marijuana and NAFLD in a nationally representative sample of over 22,000 adults. Researchers reported that cannabis use independently predicted a lower risk of suspected NAFLD in a dose-dependent manner.

“Active marijuana use provided a protective effect against NAFLD independent of known metabolic risk factors,” authors determined. “[W]e conclude that current marijuana use may favorably impact the pathogenesis of NAFLD in US adults.”

The findings are similar to those of a prior study published in the same journal in May. In that study, authors reported that frequent consumers of cannabis were 52 percent less likely to be diagnosed with NAFLD as compared to non-users, while occasional consumers were 15 percent less likely to suffer from the disease.

Separate data published online earlier this month in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis also concluded that daily cannabis use is independently associated with a reduced prevalence of fatty liver disease in patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

Full text of the study, “Inverse association of marijuana use with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease among adults in the United States,” appears online here.

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Study: Medical Cannabis Can Help Children With Epilepsy and Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 23:58
Medical cannabis is effective in treating seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea in children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

According to its abstract, the objective of the study was to ‘systematically review published reports to identify the evidence base of cannabinoids as a medical treatment in children and adolescents.” Researchers conducted a meta-analysis using 22 different studies published in various outlets and conducted by researchers at various institutions and universities. This included five randomized controlled trials, five case reports, five retrospective chart reviews, four open-label trials, two parent surveys and a single case series. In total these studies had nearly 800 participants.

“Evidence for benefit was strongest for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, with increasing evidence of benefit for epilepsy”, states researchers. However, they note that “At this time, there is insufficient evidence to support use for spasticity, neuropathic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Tourette syndrome.”

“The real-world results of these programs indicate that cannabinoids can play a role in pediatric care, particularly in the treatment of life-threatening seizures, and that they can do so in a manner that is sometimes safer and more effective than conventional treatments,” Paul Armentano, NORML’s deputy director, told Healthline.

For the full study you can click here.

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3 Best Vaporizers of 2017

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:44

By Mr. Green

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Vaping is now one of the coolest ways to smoke weed. For any of those marijuana enthusiasts out there who have ventured into the world of vaping, you might already know the ways in which it differs to smoking. The health benefits are just few of many reasons why you might want to make the switch to vaping. For most cannabis users, the best thing about vaping is that it gives you a strong hit without using so much of your weed. In fact, you can stay high all day using half the amount of weed you usually would smoking joints all day. I think this is the main reason that these days, many prefer to vape.

And let’s be honest – if you like to be high all day, inhaling carcinogenic material into your lungs can cause some grief after a while. When you vape, you avoid all of that icky stuff because you’re only inhaling water vapor. So don’t go running out into world of vaporizers until you’ve read our suggestions about the best ones to choose. There are a lot of vaping products out there, and you can end up wasting a lot of time and money searching for the right one. So we have made things a little bit easier for you by summing up the 3 best marijuana vaporizers of 2017!

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This year, Grenco Science released the G Pen Pro dry herb vaporizer. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to give up smoking herbal material just because they switched to vaping (which is a sacrifice some must make, unfortunately). For less than $100 US, you can have this chic looking vape pen that is even loaded with a couple of functions. They also announced the G Pen Gio, which is expected to be release in November. 

If you’re a first time vaper, or just really prefer simplicity, this one is a winner. It is totally easy to use, with three different temperature settings: blue for low, green for medium and red for high. The ceramic oven heats up the herb evenly all around so that you don’t end up wasting any material.

It’s really simple to use the G Pen Pro: just load it up and pack it with the tool that comes included in the pack, turn it on and start puffing away. It fits neatly in your pocket or bag. Doesn’t get much more complicated than that!

 

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More of a tech nerd? Then you might be more into the Davinci IQ. It is a bit more expensive than the G Pen, costin $274.99 if you buy directly from Davinci. It comes loaded with some hi-tech features and some design components that ensure a smooth, thick and aromatic smoke.

The most special part of the Davinici IQ is the Zirconia mouthpiece. For those who don’t know, zirconia is a very durable material that is heavy and extremely heat resistant. It gives the person vaping an opportunity to draw in heavy lungfuls without so much pull resistance. You get two in the box.

There is a complete temperature control setting on it, but for those who are lazy there are three predetermined heat settings you can use. There is a smartphone app that you can download and link to your vaporizer so that you can control the settings from your phone! Oh, and there is a very special zirconia chamber that means you don’t have to lose any of the flavor or aroma of your weed. Pack it with dry herb and enjoy a very potent vaporizing experience!

 

 

The PAX 3
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Err, have we hit the jackpot of portable vaporizers? The PAX 3 is tiny and comes witch features that are completely unmatched in the world of vaporizers. All of a sudden, you don’t even have to choose between a dry herb or concentrate vaporizer. You can have it all in the PAX 3.

Other than being tiny and stylish, this vaporizer comes with a concentrate insert. It means if you want to vape some dabbing oil, remove the chamber for dry herb and insert the chamber for concentrates. It’s that easy. While other vapes take around 20-30 seconds to heat up, the PAX heats up in just 15 seconds.

It has a full LED display allowing you to choose the exact temperature for vaping. It also boasts a haptic feedback system, meaning a vibrating vaporizer will tell you when it’s adequately hot for vaping. Like the Davinci, it is also capable of communicating with your smartphone via an app or via bluetooth. We have officially reached the future of intelligent vaping. You can own one of these badass vapes for less than $200 buying directly from PAX!

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Peru Congress Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis, President to Sign

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:28
Peru’s Congress has given approval to a measure that legalizes medical cannabis.

Congress gave overwhelming approval to the measure earlier today; the vote was 68-5. The proposal allows cannabis oil to be produced, imported and sold for medical purposes. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who introduced the bill, is expected to quickly sign it into law.

“Thousands of patients and their family members will have hope and a better quality of life,” said Alberty Belaunde, a lawmaker in the ruling party, following Congress’ approval. According to Belaunde, regulations for producing and commercializing cannabis oil will be written within 60 days.

According to Euro News, earlier this year, an Ipsos poll found that 65 percent of Peruvians support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.

If the legislation is passed into law, Peru will join several of its Latin American neighbors – namely Chile, Colombia and Mexico – as nations that allow the medical use of cannabis.

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New Research Shows Increased Access to Medical Marijuana Associated with Decreased Murder and Robbery Rates

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:07
Increasing access to medical marijuana could decrease murder and robbery rates, according to new research out of Haverford College’s Department of Economics.

“Previous research has analyzed the effects of the implementation of medical marijuana laws on crime rates, but this paper is the first to study how the size of the medical marijuana market affects crime rates”, states the study’s abstract. By using the medical marijuana patient registration rates across states from 1995 to 2015,  lead researcher Matthew Incantalupo used “a difference-in-differences approach to find that a one percent increase in medical marijuana registration rates decreases murder and robbery rates by 0.03% and 0.02%, respectively, and has no significant effect on other types of crime.”

According to the study, these results “show that increasing the legal availability of marijuana through medicalization could decrease murder and robbery rates, two crimes highly associated with the illegal drug trade.”

A University of Texas study released in 2014 came to a similar conclusion, finding that the enactment of laws legalizing medical cannabis are associated with reductions in rates of homicide and assault.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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