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New Poll Shows 2 To 1 Support For Legal Cannabis In New York State

Weed News - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:39
A new poll shows that 62% of New York voters support making marijuana use legal for adults 21 and older, with only 28% opposed. The poll, conducted by Emerson College and commissioned by...

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Colorado grows twice as much hemp as any other state

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:44
Hemp cultivation nationwide went from 9,770 acres in in 2016, to 23,346 acres this year. Colorado's hemp acreage is at 9,000 this year, up from 5,921 in 2016.

Outgoing NJ Gov. Christie calls marijuana taxes "blood money"

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:32
Christie, who adamantly opposes marijuana legalization, said "It's blood money. It's disgraceful and it's disgusting," on his regular radio call-in show last week.

WA: Over $140 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in October, Setting New Monthly Sales Record

The Joint Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:48
In Washington State there was $142,045,620.27 worth of legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in October, easily breaking the previous monthly record set in August ($133 million).

The over $140 million in legal cannabis sold in October resulted in nearly $30 million in taxes for the state. So far for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which began on July 1st of this year, there has been $534 million in marijuana sold, resulting in over $120 million in taxes. For FY 2017, which began on July 1st, 2016, and ended on June 30th, 2017, there was $1,371,882,585.79 in legal marijuana sold in Washington State in fiscal year 2017; the state garnered $314,838,969.21 in taxes from these sales.

This data was obtained by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). According to the WSLCB, 1,896 licenses have been issued throughout the state for marijuana producers, processors and retail outlets.

More information on Washington’s legal marijuana industry can be found at the WSLCB’s Marijuana Dashboard by clicking here.

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Marijuana odor from cultivation center continues to seep into north Boulder

Cannabist - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:19
A cultivation facility that, according to state records, is licensed to local pot shop Boulder Botanics was fined $2,000 for a "failure to remedy odor violations."

Youtuber Takes 100 Marijuana Hits in a Row to Prove you Can’t Overdose from Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:04
In the following video Marijuana Mermaid, a Youtuber who’s had a recent surge in popularity, takes 100 marijuana hits in a row in an attempt to prove that you can’t overdose from the plant.

In the video Marijuana Mermaid spokes from a bong, a bubbler and joints. Rather than choosing low-THC strains to make the challenge easier, she used Stardog (a hybrid with 17.50% THC) and Blue City Diesel (also a hybrid with 17.30% THC).

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Nothing Odd about The Odd Squad Family

Weed News - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:00
Tell me if you’ve heard this before, a black guy, an albino, and a midget (not really, he’s just missing his the rest of his arms and legs) walk into a bar, what do you get? The answer is...

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US: Veterans Are Key As Surge Of States OK Medical Pot For PTSD

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 08:00
Daily Herald, 26 Nov 2017 - NEW YORK -- It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under federal law and doesn't boast extensive, conclusive medical research.

Highlights Of California’s Rules And Regulations For The Legal Marijuana Market

Weed News - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 19:20
By Phillip Smith When California initiates legal marijuana commerce on January 1, it will be the world’s largest legal pot economy. Now, just weeks away, we’re finally seeing the rules...

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Florida: Convicted Murderer Granted Judicial Permission to Use Medical Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 18:26
A schizophrenic man convicted of murder in 1999 has been granted permission from a judge to legally take part in Florida’s medical marijuana program.

Miguel Valdes

According to the Miami Herald, 34-year-old Miguel Valdes was previously convicted for a 1999 gang-related murder, and was released on probation in 2010. Despite Valdes’ murder conviction, a Miami judge has granted him permission to legally use medical marijuana, given he follows the rules and guidelines established by state law. The judge’s ruling came amid strong objections from prosecutors and the state’s attorney.

“It keeps me mellow,” says Valdes, who currently lives with his girlfriend and 6-year-old son. “I really need it for my sleeping. When I’m not taking it, I wasn’t sleeping and I’d wake up in a bad mood. I feel better now.”

“Probation is one of those areas in which a lot of states lacked foresight when they crafted these medical marijuana programs,” says David Mangone, a lawyer for the medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.

According to Valdes’ attorney, the state’s medical marijuana law explicitly allows his client to vaporize marijuana for medical use.

“If his doctor prescribes something that has for thousands of years of history, everyone agrees is safe, [he] should be allowed to take it,” Attorney Bruck said at the hearing.

 

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CN MB: The Leaf To Grow Knowledge On Legalizing Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Nov 2017 - IF you want to know how quickly this country is turning over a new leaf, consider the curious case of Julian Fantino. The tough-on-crime former Toronto police chief was eager to help lead the war against drugs - including cannabis - during his time as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government.

Hawaii medical school cannabis seminar includes doctor's advice about who shouldn't use MMJ

Cannabist - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 01:24
The medical school at the University of Hawaii held its first seminar on medical marijuana with a panel of doctors and lawyers discussing the drug and the regulations governing its use.

Trend-setting hotelier The Standard will soon have marijuana shop in lobby

Cannabist - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:30
Hotel group Standard International is partnering with weed edibles maker Lord Jones to open a shop within its boutique hotel in Hollywood, with plans to expand.

A grow of your very own: Nation's capital a hotbed for DIY cannabis

Cannabist - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 22:12
From young tokers to elderly first-timers to avid gardeners, the grow-your-own scene has bloomed in Washington, D.C. For the customers crowding a grow store, home growing is on par with home brewing. The regulars swap tips, buy supplies, brag about their results.

ICBC Hawaiian Cannabis Destination Event Starts In One Week

Weed News - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 21:42
If you are in the cannabis industry, or thinking of joining, treat yourself this Black Friday (and save $200!) by getting tickets to the first Hawaiian cannabis destination event,...

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Parents4Pot Holiday Drive

Weed News - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 19:00
Once again cannabis consumers, farmers, and decent people, in general, have gathered together to help children and families hurt by the war on a plant. Parents4Pot is doing their 5th-holiday drive....

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: HHS Should Use Medical Marijuana To Curb Opioid Abuse

Weed News - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:30
If you are like me, you have lost friends to opioid abuse. It’s an extremely sad thing to have to go through, and it breaks my heart thinking about the loved ones that I have lost. Over 33,000...

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A Final Goodbye To Michigan’s Existing Marijuana Industry

Weed News - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:50
By The Social Revolution Staff Everyone knows Michigan’s marijuana business space is evolving, and everyone who is anyone knows someone who has already lost their business to new state-mandated...

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Big revenues, few problems from legal cannabis sales

The Leaf Online - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:53

Revenues from adult use cannabis sales continue to rise in the legalization states as fears concerning teen use fail to materialize. Retail marijuana sales now stand at record highs, with monthly sales in Washington State exceeding $130 million – up from $106 million in February. Overall, year-to-date marijuana sales in Washington are $1,101,853,539 in the first […]

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Study: Cannabinoids Have Potential Therapeutic Use in Alcohol-Related Problems

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:30
Cannabinoids hold potential therapeutic use in alcohol-related problems, according to a new study being published in the journal Alcohol, and epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Case reports and observational studies suggest that the use of Cannabis sp. mitigates problematic ethanol consumption in humans”, states the study’s abstract. “Here, we verified the effects of the two main phytocannabinoid compounds of Cannabis sp., cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in the expression of ethanol-induced locomotor sensitization in mice.”

For the study, male adult mice “were exposed to locomotor sensitization by daily intraperitoneal injections of ethanol (2.5 g/kg) for 12 days; control groups received saline.” After the acquisition phase, “animals were treated with cannabinoids: CBD (2.5 mg/kg); THC (2.5 mg/kg); CBD + THC (1:1 ratio), or vehicle for 4 days with no access to ethanol during this period.” One day after the last cannabinoid injection, “all animals were challenged with ethanol (2.0 g/kg) to evaluate the expression of the locomotor sensitization.”

According to researchers; “Mice treated with THC alone or THC + CBD showed reduced expression of locomotor sensitization, compared to the vehicle control group.”

The study concludes by stating; “Our findings showing that phytocannabinoid treatment prevents the expression of behavioral sensitization in mice provide insight into the potential therapeutic use of phytocannabinoids in alcohol-related problems.”

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