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Will Colorado's second-largest city vote on recreational cannabis sales in 2018?

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:02
Advocates for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs are setting their sights on a 2018 ballot proposal.

Spending bill would slash disaster relief by $1B to fund Trump's border wall

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:19
On its return next week, the House will take up a massive spending bill that would slash almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? A Little Dab Will Do!

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:38

What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? Dabbing is the common terms for smoking or vaping concentrated cannabis. While it has been around for nearly a decade, there are still some uncertainties as to how to perform this technique.  TWB has posted about dabs before, but we wanted to give you the lowdown on [...]

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Anti-legalization group urges feds to "systematically shut down" cannabis industry

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:25
On the fourth anniversary of the Cole Memo, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) announced it had sent a report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailing how states that have legalized cannabis have failed to live up to that Obama-era guidance on enforcement priorities.

Sessions: "We must create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use"

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:56
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

NORML hosts national cannabis conference, federal lobby day

The Leaf Online - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:35

With a focus on expanding recent legalization gains, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws announced the schedule of its 2017 NORML Conference, expected to bring hundreds of cannabis reform advocates to Washington DC September 10 and 12. The conference is set for September 12. Early bird pricing ends soon, so right now […]

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Marijuana store splits residents in Alaska tourist town

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:22
The presence of a marijuana retail store has caused a deep divide in the quirky tourist town of Talkeetna, Alaska.

For Those Who Want to Lead Find Some Weed

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:06

For Those Who Want to Lead, Find Some Weed Looking at the world around me right now I have noticed, as I am sure many of you have, that people are angry. Just so happens there is an excellent relief for aggression out there. It can help people to chill out that temper a little [...]

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Connecticut: End The Budget Stalemate – Tax And Regulate Cannabis

Weed News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:45
I received the following alert out of Connecticut. If you live in Connecticut, do your part: As fall approaches, Connecticut lawmakers are still struggling to reach a budget compromise. In May, both...

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WSLCB: Its High Time for Homegrow

Weed News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 03:51
As each State goes through its legalization aches and pains Washington State is the only one that has not legalized homegrows. Originally slated for September 6th in Olympia but rescheduled to the...

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Man blows up underground bunker while making hash oil, burning self and two others, sheriff says

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 00:04
A Larimer County man has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse after building an underground fallout bunker and then allegedly cooking hash oil in the room, blowing it up injuring himself and a juvenile.

Oklahoma Has Spent Over $2 Million to Drug Test Welfare Applicants, Less than 3% Tested Positive

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 23:45
Oklahoma has squandered millions of dollars drug testing applicants for welfare over the past five years, with just a minimal percentage testing positive.

Since Oklahoma implemented a policy for drug testing applicants of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds in 2012, the state has spent over $2.2 million administering such tests. Out of 19,878 individuals drug tested under the new law, just 2.8% tested positive for drug use.

As part of the law, those applying for welfare are mandated to complete a drug screening. Those deemed likely to be drug users must then undergo a drug test; those testing positive for an illegal substance are banned from receiving funding for at least a year, unless they seek treatment in which case the ban is reduced to six months.

In 2014 the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a similar program in Florida is unconstitutional. The court concluded that there’s no evidence to explain why it’s necessary to force individuals seeking welfare to submit to unreasonable search in order to receive aid, and suggested that the policy plays on stereotypes.

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President Trump Rescinds Order Limiting Police Militarization

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:05
President Trump has officially repealed an order that limits police militarization.

On Monday the Trump Administration rescinded Executive Order 13688, which limited the Pentagon’s ability to transfer some kinds of military equipment to state and local police departments. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the move “leaves law enforcement’s federally provided drones, explosives, and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles without oversight.”

“Military equipment should only be transferred to police if departments can prove appropriate use, training, and oversight, and that the equipment will only be used in specific and necessary circumstances, such as active shooter scenarios,” says Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). “At tremendous risk to public safety, the 1033 Program doesn’t require these vital measures.

Major Franklin goes on to state that; “We must stop reinforcing the mentality that police are warriors and civilians are the enemy – it endangers everyone.”

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Three Marijuana Strains Inspired by Game of Thrones

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:10

By Evan Hundhausen, Herb.co

With the seventh season of Game of Thrones officially over, and with just one season remaining, we thought now was the time to take a look at some marijuana strains inspired by the hit show. Whitewalker OG

Whitewalker OG is bred by Gold Coast Extracts. It won first place at the High Times 2013 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. Jake Browne of “The Cannabist” said this after sampling the strain, “(it) almost entirely shut down the speech center of my brain and made movement feel labored.” Woh, man! Maybe that’s exactly how those white walkers in the show really feel anyhow. You can also find another strain called White Walker Kush bred by DNA genetics.

 

Khaleesi Kush

Khaleesi Kush is a Game of Thrones strain invented by HighRise Seeds, but the seeds seem to have sold out fast and are not available at the time of this writing. It’s an indica and has genetics of Lavatera, Pakistani Kush and Bubblegum.

 

Blackwater

Blackwater is a potent Indica, which received 3rd place at the High Times 2014 Los Angeles Cannabis Cup. The flowers are purple and known to be sticky with a grape aroma. It’s bred by The Cali Connection. Just to remind you, “The Battle of the Blackwater” was when Tyrion Lannister (Yes, the short guy.) lead his army into battle and sent out the stuff called “wildfire” blowing up all those ships!

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Update: Nevada liquor group loses appeal over marijuana transport rules

Cannabist - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:07
Nevada's marijuana regulators have rejected an appeal by a group of alcohol distributors who wanted to block the state from licensing pot businesses to transport marijuana from growers to retail stores.

FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

NORML Blog - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:58

On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

The agency will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing the substances within their international drug scheduling code.

Now, to be frank, it’s a little silly that the FDA is seeking public comment on a topic that would normally be judged based on the merits of evidence-based science and data. But prohibition itself would be considered silly if not for the detrimental effects of a criminal record and lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it.

That being said, cannabidiol is defined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I controlled substance, despite:

  • Its therapeutic properties and lack of abuse potential, despite the safety trials which have determined the substance to be non-toxic and well-tolerated in human subjects
  • Seventeen states explicitly recognizing by state-law that CBD as a therapeutic agent
  • The head of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse publically acknowledging that CBD is “a safe drug with no addictive effects” 

So a request for public comment should never go unfulfilled. So we made it incredibly easy for you to do so.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT FORMAL COMMENTS TO THE FDA NOW

Consumers still prefer bud to edibles or extracts

The Leaf Online - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:55

Herbal bud remains far more popular among cannabis consumers than are edibles or extracts; at least, according to an analysis of retail sales data in Washington state. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA and from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica CA reviewed sales data from over 36 million separate retail cannabis transactions […]

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Tennessee Has Organized A Medical Marijuana Committee

Weed News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:45
Tennessee is one of several states in America that has passed a CBD-specific cannabis law. CBD-specific cannabis laws are largely non-beneficial to most medical cannabis patients, and...

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What Is A Cannabis ‘Tarantula Joint’?

Weed News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:03
I have smoked a lot of joints over the course of the last 25 years. It is, and always will be, one of my favorite ways to consume cannabis. I don’t consume as many of them as I used to since I...

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Seattle Hempfest 2017: 3 Days of Peace For 26 Years

Weed News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:42
This year MSM seemed not to pay attention to Seattle Hempfest as if it’s not prevalent or inconsequential, but I assure you, this is not the case. While thousands peacefully smoke their...

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