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Fired bus driver blames delayed effect of cannabis cookie for DUI arrest

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:59
The lawyer of a former transit driver said his client had eaten a marijuana cookie the night before he was taken off his bus for suspected drunk driving.

Oregon: OLCC Issues Guidance On Cannabis Competitions

Weed News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:22
Oregon is home to some of the best marijuana growers on the planet. I know this to be true because I have attended cannabis competitions in many states, and I have rarely seen cannabis as good as...

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California Is Seeking Comments For Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Regulations

Weed News - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:47
The state of California is seeking public comments on proposed emergency regulations related to cannabis cultivation licensing. Below is more information about it, via a post from the state of...

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After weeks of debate, San Francisco approves rules for recreational pot shops

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:38
Following weeks of emotional and detailed debate over where to allow new stores, San Francisco supervisors approved regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana.

How low-tech marijuana cookies led to a high-tech invention

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:27
The handheld tCheck uses UV light to measure cannabinoids in substances like oil or butter, allowing consumers to test potency of their homemade edibles.

Rick Steves Testifies In Illinois In Support Of Legalization

NORML Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:56

Rick Steves with Illinois NORML’s Ali Nagib

On Tuesday, travel radio and television host Rick Steves, a NORML Board Member, journeyed to Illinois to testify in support of marijuana legalization effort in the state legislature.

“When you legalize marijuana, use does not go up, teen use does not go up, crime does not go up, what goes up ix tax revenue, what goes down is the black market,” Steves said. “Seventy thousand people are locked up in our country every year, 700,000 people are arrested, for possession of marijuana, not violent crimes. They’re not rich white guys, they’re poor people and they’re black people. It’s amazing that it’s happening in our country right now and there is just a way out of this.”

Steves is well known for his public support of reform and has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy in support of outright legalization. During his press conference in Chicago, he was flanked by state lawmakers who have introduced the legislation. In their remarks, they laid out the economic realities of prohibition.

“It is clear that prohibition doesn’t work and that by lifting cannabis restrictions we can encourage economic development in Illinois,” State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said. “We are carefully considering all aspects and potential impacts of legalizing adult-use cannabis, including job growth.”

“Legalizing cannabis will spur the creation of new small businesses and much-needed jobs,” State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said. “We are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity on the table by continuing the outdated status quo of prohibition.”

A recent poll of Illinois voters shows that 66% support the outright legalization of marijuana, and 74% support an end to arrests and penalties for simple possession.

You can watch the press conference by clicking here.

Make sure to follow Illinois NORML on Facebook, Twitter, and visit their website: https://illinoisnorml.org/

Colorado politician takes on Gov. Hickenlooper over marijuana risks

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:46
An El Paso County commissioner publicly accused Gov. John Hickenlooper of turning a blind eye to potential negative effects of legal recreational marijuana to protect an industry that has generated millions in tax revenue.

Travel host Rick Steves testifies in favor of Illinois marijuana legalization effort

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:53
Rick Steves testified Tuesday in front of Illinois lawmakers that his "hunches" about the long-term effects of legalization in early-adopter states like Colorado and Washington have proven true.

Cannabis tech firms MassRoots, New Frontier team up on consumer data

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:31
MassRoots, the marijuana social media and tech company recently in tumult, entered into a technology-sharing arrangement with New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and analytics firm, the companies announced early Wednesday.

Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Stop Selling CBD Products Within 60 Days

The Joint Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:09
According to the Associated Press, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing state excise police to resume checking stores for marijuana-derived oils after the state’s attorney general declared them illegal with one limited exception.

Holcomb said in a statement Tuesday that excise police will “perform normal, periodic regulatory spot checks” of cannabidiol, or CBD, products, and says those checks will focus on products that contain THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The Indianapolis Star reports stores have 60 days to pull the products from their shelves.

The recent opinion from Attorney General Curtis Hill states that substances containing CBD are illegal to possess, make and sell in Indiana under state and federal law.

The opinion said the exception is CBD products that can be used by people with epilepsy who are on a new state registry.

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How To Choose The Right Arizer Vape For You?

The Joint Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:05

By Barbara M.

Vapes are fast turning out to be one of the go-to method for consuming and enjoying dry herb. There are obvious advantages that have helped them rapidly climb to prominence.  The most obvious feature is that vaporizers are a great option for those of you who care for your health. This is because all the nasty toxins and chemicals that are released by combustion when smoking are completely filtered out thanks to the unique heating system that vapes use. Not only this but vapes are also great for those of you who want to get the very most out of your herb. Vaporization is much more efficient with your herb than combustion, and you’ll find that your herb will go much further in a vape, you can be sure that none of it will go up in smoke.

Vaporizers work by cleverly taking advantage of the various boiling points of the active ingredients present in your dry herb. These active ingredients are a type of chemical known as cannabinoids. These chemicals begin to vaporize far below the temperature at which combustion occurs. This means that all of the psychoactive, medicinal, and other beneficial effects are all drawn out of your dry herb while all the nasty chemicals, toxins, and nasty tastes are all left behind.

It goes without saying that the higher quality the vaporizer the higher the quality of the resulting vapor; and the better the quality of your vapor the more enjoyment you get from your herb. If you want the best quality herb you can get then it is important that you invest in a high-quality vaporizer.

There are many factors to think of when you are choosing a good vaporizer, and even within a single brand name there can be a massive amount of variety. Every seemingly minor difference within a vaporizer can lead to a very different vape experience.

Arizer are one of the most diverse brands on the market, Arizer have ticked nearly every box when it comes to the vape market. They have dabbled in every type of vaporizer from portable, to handheld, and even desktop. As an example, they are ideal as they have a common baseline.

Portable Verses Desktop

The two primary types of vaporizers on the market are desktop and portable. Though both types of vape operate on the same principles of vaping they differ greatly in the systems they use.

The main advantages of a portable vapes, a good example of which is the the Arizer Solo II, is portability (funny, that). It features a lightweight and discreet body and a long-life battery that will allow you to use it uninterrupted when you’re away from home. However due to the Solo II’s portable nature some sacrifices had to be made in the vapor potency and quality when you compare it to a desktop vape.

The Arizer Extreme Q is a great example of a desktop vape. It’s stationary nature means that there is more space inside the Extreme Q for larger, more advanced heating systems. The heating systems inside the Extreme Q are a lot more powerful and effective than the ones found inside portable vapes. So you can certainly expect more potent, quality vapor and a larger amount of it too! Because it is mains operated you can expect much longer, uninterrupted sessions that you can enjoy with friends. Of course, the desktop vaporizer achieves all of this at the cost of portability

Conduction Versus Convection

The two most common heating techniques vapes use are known as conduction and convection. Conduction vaping is often found in portable vaporizers like the Arizer Solo. Conduction is a heating method that puts your herb directly in contact with the vape’s heating element, heating it directly, much in the same way that a kitchen stove works. The advantages of conduction include super-fast heat up times, and increased power efficiency. Unfortunately, conduction can often struggle if the temperature is set too high or if the vape’s chamber is over-packed.

 

Convection vaping heats air inside your vape and allows it to flow across your dry herb in the vapor chamber. Convection is usually utilized within desktop vapes, some more modern, high end portable vapes like the Arizer Air II have built in convection heating. Conduction vaporization offers amazing flavour and thick, powerful vapor quality.

 

Conclusion

There are dozens more variations that can be found in a huge variety of vaporizers during this holiday season, even within a single brand such as Arizer. Aroma tubes, glass air paths, and even some more exotic features like the Arizer Extreme Q’s remote control.

As you select your own vaporizer, you should be sure to keep in mind that the smallest variation can lead to a vastly different vaping experience!

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Study: THC May Treat Diabetes-Induced Cardiovascular Disease

The Joint Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:01
According to a new study published by the journal BioMed Research International, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be “a potential new target for the treatment of diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease.”

“The aim of this study was to determine if chronic, low-dose administration of a nonspecific cannabinoid receptor agonist could provide cardioprotective effects in a model of type I diabetes mellitus”, states the study’s abstract. “Diabetes was induced in eight-week-old male Wistar-Kyoto rats.. Following the induction of diabetes, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol was administered via intraperitoneal injection (0.15 mg kg-1 day-1) for an eight-week period until the animals reached sixteen weeks of age.”

Upon completion of the treatment regime, “assessments of vascular reactivity and left ventricular function and electrophysiology were made, as were serum markers of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation.” According to researchers, “Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol administration to diabetic animals significantly reduced blood glucose concentrations and attenuated pathological changes in serum markers of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation. Positive changes to biochemical indices in diabetic animals conferred improvements in myocardial and vascular function. This study demonstrates that chronic, low-dose administration of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol can elicit antihyperglycaemic and antioxidant effects in diabetic animals, leading to improvements in end organ function of the cardiovascular system.”

The abstract concludes by stating that; “Implications from this study suggest that cannabinoid receptors may be a potential new target for the treatment of diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Central Queensland University in Australia, can be found on the U.S. National Institute of Health’s website by clicking here.

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CN BC: Metro Municipalities Brace For Cannabis Retail Gold Rush

MAP - Cannabis - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:00
Business In Vancouver, 29 Nov 2017 - Some cities want to prohibit all recreational marijuana sales; others have already started licensing dispensaries Ottawa's Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, passed third reading in the House of Commons on November 27, little more than seven months before the federal government's July 1, 2018, target date for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill must be approved by the Senate and achieve Royal Assent but the writing is on the wall that legalization is on the way.

Medical marijuana will soon be for sale in Texas. But who can buy it?

Cannabist - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:57
The first Texas CBD products are expected to be available in December; one company seeking to be first to market will be delivering direct to patients

California calls on Feds to reschedule cannabis

The Leaf Online - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:42

  Following marijuana legalization Proposition 64’s 57% victory at the polls last November, the California State Senate has joined Hawaii, Washington and Iowa and the nation’s governors in asking the federal US government to take marijuana out of its schedule 1 classification under the Controlled Substances Act. There is already a bill in Congress to […]

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MJ Freeway discloses another cyberattack on the firm, affecting cannabis businesses

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:15
MJ Freeway, a Colorado firm that provides business software for the legal cannabis industry, has disclosed it was the target of a cyberattack in November 2016.

Connecticut: NORML/SSDP Gubernatorial Debate Tonight In New Haven

Weed News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:44
Connecticut is ripe for cannabis legalization. Members of Connecticut’s Legislature support legalization, polling shows overwhelming support for legalization among Connecticut voters, and a...

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Cannabist 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for gamers

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:01
Give high scores this holiday season with these weed gifts for gamers.

High fashion gets higher with designs celebrating cannabis

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:54
As cannabis consumption becomes fashionable, the world of high fashion is also embracing the plant in subtle and bold ways.

Study: 67% Of Patients Stopped Using Opioids After Using Cannabis

Weed News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:45
Aclara Research, a leader in the development of patient and consumer insights within the cannabis industry, released the preliminary results of their latest study examining Illinois patient usage of...

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