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Baton Rouge Lawmakers Vote to Lower Marijuana Possession Penalties

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:37
An ordinance to make the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine rather than jail time has been approved by the Baton Rogue (Louisiana) Metropolitan Council.

The proposed law makes the first-time possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana a $40 fine. Second offenses would be a $60 fine, third offenses an $80 fine, and fourth and subsequent offenses an $100 fine. The ordinance now goes to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome for consideration.

Broome says she  plans to “extensively review” the proposal, though she also says she has “no plans to veto” it. The measure could become law either through Broome’s signature, or her  inaction.

“My position aligns with BRPD and Chief Murphy Paul”, says Broome. “This ordinance will allow us to rededicate resources to felony offenders. It also attaches penalties to possession without the stigma of prison.”

Unfortunately once the law takes effect Baton Rogue police would still have the option of arresting those caught with marijuana under state law.  However, Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Murphy Paul said on Wednesday that police would only arrest individuals if they were not cooperating or refused to give identification to police.

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Hawaii Resolution Urges NFL to Allow Injured Players To Use Cannabidiol In Lieu Of Opioids

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:34
A resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use cannabidiol for medical purposes has been filed in Hawaii’s Senate.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 was filed today in the Hawaii Senate by Senator William Espero (D) along with seven cosponsors. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2018, the House of Representatives concurring, that the National Football League is urged to allow injured National Football League players to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from work-related injuries”.

The resolution also states; “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Commissioner of the National Football League and the respective General Managers of each of the teams that compose the National Football League.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 has been assigned to the Senate Labor Committee. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

Below is the reasoning behind the proposal:

WHEREAS, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl; and

WHEREAS, the misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78,500,000,000 per year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and involvement with the criminal justice system; and

WHEREAS, in 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose and an estimated 2,000,000 individuals in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; and

WHEREAS, approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them; between eight and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder; an estimated four to six percent of individuals who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin; and about 80 percent of individuals who use heroin first misused prescription opioids; and

WHEREAS, this situation has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences, including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses as well as a rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy; and

WHEREAS, the increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C; and

 WHEREAS, many National Football League players suffer from serious injuries during their careers due to the nature of their work and are often prescribed opioids to help alleviate the pain from their injuries; and

WHEREAS, the dangers of overuse and abuse of opioids have been well-documented; and

WHEREAS, however, research studies have demonstrated that cannabidiol is non-intoxicating but exerts a number of beneficial pharmacological effects–for instance, cannabidiol is anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, and antipsychotic; and

WHEREAS, although cannabidiol is a component of marijuana, it does not produce the psychoactive effects that have made marijuana attractive for recreational use; and

WHEREAS, it may be preferable for and beneficial to the health and well-being of injured football players to be allowed to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from their work-related injuries

 

A companion measure (House Resolution 40) was also filed in the House of Representatives by Representative John Mizuno.

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Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved by Full Illinois Senate

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:21
Legislation to place a marijuana legalization ballot measure on this November’s general election ballot has been passed by the Illinois Senate.

The Senate voted 37 to 13 today to approve Senate Bill 2275, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The measure would ask voters; “Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Unfortunately the proposal is nonbinding, meaning its passage wouldn’t actually legalize marijuana. Instead, it’s meant to give state lawmakers a gauge of how voters in the state feel about legalization. If the measure is approved by voters, it’s likely to lead to lawmakers giving the issue serious consideration during the 2019 session.

If Senate Bill 2275 is passed by the House of Representatives, it will be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. In this instance Rauner would have the option of signing the measure into law, allowing it to become law without his signature (either approach would subsequently place the question on the November ballot), or veto it.

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New Studies Show Legal Access to Marijuana is Consistently Linked With Reduced Opioid Use

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:12
Two recently published studies have reaffirmed the relationship between legal access to marijuana and a reduction in opioid use.

In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, researchers assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the patients known to be taking opiates upon enrollment in the program, 63 percent “were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.”

“The consensus of the available data indicates that cannabis may play a potentially valuable role in mitigating the opioid public health crisis”, says Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML.  “It is time to set aside canna-bigotry and to stop placing politics ahead of American lives.”

In the second study, Israeli researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients over a period of six months. 96% of patients “reported an improvement in their condition.” Nearly half of respondents reported either decreasing or eliminating their use of opioids during the treatment period.

A third recently published clinical trial provides insight into explaining this relationship. Investigators from the United States and Australia and assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone on experimentally-induced pain in a double-blind, placebo-controlled model. Researchers assessed subjects’ pain tolerance after receiving both substances separately or in concert with one another. While neither the administration of cannabis nor oxycodone alone significantly mitigated subjects’ pain, the combined administration of both drugs did so effectively.

Authors determined, “Both active cannabis and a low dose of oxycodone (2.5 mg) were sub-therapeutic, failing to elicit analgesia on their own; however, when administered together, pain responses … were significantly reduced, pointing to the opioid-sparing effects of cannabis.” They concluded, “Smoked cannabis combined with an ineffective analgesic dose of oxycodone produced analgesia comparable to an effective opioid analgesic dose without significantly increasing cannabis’s abuse liability.”

The new studies add to the growing body of research finding that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

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Marijuana Firecrackers: Recipe and Video Instructions

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:17
Marijuana firecrackers are easy to make and extremely potent. This powerful combo have made them a popular choice for marijuana consumers. Here’s how to make them, with both written directions and video instructions.

(Photo: OriginalWeedRecipes.com)

Ingredients
    • 0.25 – 0.5 grams of marijuana per firecracker, depending on how potent you want it
    • Two graham crackers, Ritz crackers, saltines or Oreos with the cream removed
    • All natural peanut butter (the oilier the better)  or Nutella

 

Items needed
    • Butter knife
    • Aluminum foil

 

Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit). You can go up to 350 degree, but don’t go above that. You may want to experiment as ovens vary, but 325 degrees seems to work for most
  • Finely grind up your cannabis. The more finely ground, the better; this is true for both increasing potency, and making it more enjoyable to eat
  • Take your crackers or cookies, and spread up to a tablespoon of peanut butter on each one
  • Sprinkle the  marijuana on both crackers. Take a butter knife and softly fold the marijuana into the peanut butter
  • Close the two crackers together, and wrap them tightly in aluminum foil
  • Place them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, and enjoy!

 

Potency

Firecrackers can be incredibly potent. We recommend starting small (around 0.25 grams), and eating just half. Often when people  say about marijuana edibles it’s an unnecessary precaution, but firecrackers can be particularly strong, and can take you off-guard.

 

Taste

Some people love the taste of marijuana firecrackers; others not so much. The taste can be greatly improved by using cookies or graham crackers rather than Ritz crackers or saltines. If using the latter two, you can try sprinkling a small amount  of sugar onto each cracker before combining them. Not burning them (which may take some experimenting) is also key to good taste.

 

Marijuana firecrackers video instructions

Below is an alternate video recipe, provided to us by Vice:

 

Other marijuana recipes

For those looking for more marijuana recipes; here is a list of over 200 recipes for various marijuana edibles, from condiments and appetizers to entrees and desserts (including recipes for the basics such as cannabutter and marijuana oil).: https://thejointblog.com/marijuana-edible-recipes/

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients’ Data From Federal Agencies

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 02:45
Legislation to protect medical marijuana patients from the release of information to federal agencies has been passed by New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee.

The committee voted 13 to 5 to pass the tripartisan measure (House Bill 1672) which was introduced by Representative Caleb Dyer (L), and is cosponsored by Representatives Dan Hynes (R), Timothy Josephson (D), James McConnell (R) and Joseph Stallcop (L).

The proposal would make it so that; “Requests by federal authorities for any information relative to users of therapeutic cannabis contained in the registry shall require a search warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause.” The full text of the 1-page bill can be found by clicking here.

If the measure is passed into law – which would require it to be passed by the full House of Representatives and Senate, and not vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu – it would take effect January 1, 2019.

In New Hampshire the medical use of marijuana has been legal since 2013, with the first dispensary opening in 2016. Last month the state’s full House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize marijuana for all uses, though the measure has so far stalled in the Senate.

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Study: Cannabis is a Safe, Effective Palliative Treatment for Cancer Patients

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 02:26
According to a study of nearly 3,000 people, cannabis seems to be a safe, effective and well tolerated palliative treatment for cancer.

The study was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. The aim of the study “is to characterize the epidemiology of cancer patients receiving medical cannabis treatment and describe the safety and efficacy of this therapy.”

To do so, researchers “analyzed the data routinely collected as part of the treatment program of 2970 cancer patients treated with medical cannabis between 2015 and 2017.” Among the patients, the “average age was 59.5 ± 16.3 years, 54.6% women and 26.7% of the patients reported previous experience with cannabis.” The most frequent types of cancer were: “breast (20.7%), lung (13.6%), pancreatic (8.1%) and colorectal (7.9%) with 51.2% being at stage 4. “The main symptoms requiring therapy were: “sleep problems (78.4%), pain (77.7%, median intensity 8/10), weakness (72.7%), nausea (64.6%) and lack of appetite (48.9%).”

After six months of follow up, “902 patients (24.9%) died and 682 (18.8%) stopped the treatment. Of the remaining, 1211 (60.6%) responded; 95.9% reported an improvement in their condition, 45 patients (3.7%) reported no change and four patients (0.3%) reported deterioration in their medical condition.

The study concludes by stating that; “Cannabis as a palliative treatment for cancer patients seems to be well tolerated, effective and safe option to help patients cope with the malignancy related symptoms.

The full study and its abstract can be found by clicking here.

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Oklahoma Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 00:30
A fairly restrictive bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana has been given approval by a key Senate committee in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 6 to 5 today to pass Senate Bill 1120, which was filed by Senator Ervin Yen (R). The proposal is far more restrictive than a medical marijuana initiative (State Question 788) which is up for a public vote this November.

Senate Bill 1120 would allow those with certain medical conditions (such as neuropathic pain, persistent muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis or paraplegia and intractable nausea or vomiting due to chemotherapy) to possess and use marijuana and marijuana products for medical purposes. Unfortunately the measure doesn’t allow marijuana to be smoked, requiring patients to consume the medicine through other means such as tinctures, edibles and vaping.

Senator Kay Floyd (D) expressed concerns about the measure,  saying she believes the proposal is far too restrictive in terms of the medical conditions that qualify an individual to use medical marijuana. State Question 788 is much more progressive, allowing those with other conditions such as PTSD and anxiety to become medical marijuana patients. Still, supporters of Senate Bill 1120 say it’s a step in the right direction, and would be better than nothing if State Question 788 was to fail.

Senate Bill 1120 must be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives before it can go to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration.

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President Trump Supports the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:03
President Trump supports the death penalty for drug dealers, according to a report by the respect news outlet Axios.

In Singapore, drug trafficking offenses result in a mandatory death penalty, a law that has drawn the ire of international communities including the United Nations. However, apparently President Trump loves it, and he’s been telling friends for months that the country’s policy is the reason its drug consumption rates are so low.

“He says that a lot,” said a source who’s spoken to Trump at length about the subject. “He says, ‘When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] ‘No. Death penalty’.”

According to the report; “He often jokes about killing drug dealers… He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.'”

The report notes that:

  • But the president doesn’t just joke about it. According to five sources who’ve spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty.
  • Trump tells confidants a softer approach to drug reform — the kind where you show sympathy to the offenders and give them more lenient sentences — will never work.
  • He tells friends and associates the government has got to teach children that they’ll die if they take drugs and they’ve got to make drug dealers fear for their lives.
  • Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America, though he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.

Last year President Donald Trump invited Phillipines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House despite his murderous drug war that has led to the killing of over 7,000 people without trial.

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Hemp Legalization Bill Approved by Full Kansas Senate

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 21:52
Kansas’ full Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve a measure that would allow hemp to be legally cultivated.

Senate Bill 263 was given approval Thursday by the Kansas Senate in a 36 to 3 vote. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where passage would send it to Governor Jeff Colyer for consideration.

The proposed law – titled the Alternative Crop Research Act – would alter the definition of “marijuana” under the state’s controlled substances law to exclude “industrial hemp”. The measure would also allow the Kansas Department of Agriculture to cultivate and promote the research and development of industrial hemp. The Department would be given the choice of growing and researching the plant on their own accord, or they could coordinate with a college or university. Under supervision of the Department, individual farmers would also be allowed to grow hemp.

Senate Bill 263 would require the Department to promulgate rules and regulations for hemp cultivation by December 31 of this year.

The full text of the proposal – filed by Senator Dan Kerschen (who’s a farmer himself) – can be found by clicking here.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed similar laws allowing hemp to be cultivated either for commercial or research purposes.

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Study: Topical Cannabinoids Reduce Corneal Hyperalgesia and Inflammation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 21:37
According to a new study published by the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research, and published online by the National Institute of Health, topically-applied cannabinoids are effective in reducing corneal hyperalgesia (defined as a state of nociceptive sensitization caused by exposure to opioids) and inflammation.

“Corneal injury can result in dysfunction of corneal nociceptive signaling and corneal sensitization”, begins the study’s abstract. “Activation of the endocannabinoid system has been reported to be analgesic and anti-inflammatory.” The purpose of this research “was to investigate the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids with reported actions at cannabinoid 1 (CB1R) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2R) receptors and/or noncannabinoid receptors in an experimental model of corneal hyperalgesia.”

Below describes the methods used for this study:

Corneal hyperalgesia (increased pain response) was generated using chemical cauterization of the corneal epithelium in wild-type (WT) and CB2R knockout (CB2R-/-) mice. Cauterized eyes were treated topically with the phytocannabinoids Δ8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), or the CBD derivative HU-308, in the presence or absence of the CB1R antagonist AM251 (2.0 mg/kg i.p.), or the 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY100635 (1 mg/kg i.p.). Behavioral pain responses to a topical capsaicin challenge at 6 h postinjury were quantified from video recordings. Mice were euthanized at 6 and 12 h postcorneal injury for immunohistochemical analysis to quantify corneal neutrophil infiltration.

After conducting the study, researchers found that; “Topical cannabinoids reduce corneal hyperalgesia and inflammation. The antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of Δ8THC are mediated primarily via CB1R, whereas that of the cannabinoids CBD and HU-308, involve activation of 5-HT1Areceptors and CB2Rs, respectively.”

The study concludes by stating that; “Cannabinoids could be a novel clinical therapy for corneal pain and inflammation resulting from ocular surface injury.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada, can be found by clicking here.

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Pre-Filled Vape Cartridges – The Game Just Changed

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 08:00

By Ken D.

Pre-Filled Vape Cartridges – The Game Just Changed

Pre-Filled Vape Cartridges have brought huge advantages in enjoying cannabis. This easy on the go innovation allows you to get lifted in a discreet manner. These benefits are highlighted by:

  1. The ease of use
  2. The discreet nature of the vape pen
  3. The almost indiscernible scent of vaping cannabis with a pre-filled cartridge

With all these advantages there have been serious drawbacks

    1. The Cost of Pre-Filled Cartridges
    2. The lack of choice in flavors
    3. The Lack of Choice in Strains

The Game Has Changed!

You can have All the Benefits of pre-filled cartridges with None of the Drawbacks.

Check out this video and see how you can make your own pre-filled cartridge in 10 seconds and save a ton of money!

How to Vape Concentrates from Wax Liquidizer on Vimeo.

Not only can you turn $100 of concentrate into $800 worth of pre-filled cartridges. You can use wax, shatter, distillate, RSO, and most concentrates to make your own cannabis infused vape cartridges. Concentrates that have raw plant matter such as hash, kief and bubble hash are not recommended.

The freedom to use your favorite strain and create your own cartridge is something pre-filled cartridges just can’ match. Think about mixing a nice Sour Diesel Wax with some Pineapple to create your own tasty blend of vape juice that you can keep in your pen and carry with you.

You may wonder how can I make $800 of cartridges with $100 of concentrate? This is how easy it is.

  1. One Gram of Concentrate + Two milliliters of liquidizer = 3ml
  2. Pre-filled Cartridges hold .5 ml
  3. Three milliliters of cannabis vape juice = 6 cartridges

I buy 4 grams of concentrate for $100

I turn that into 12 milliliters of cannabis infused vape juice.

That makes 24 pre-filled cartridges I have been buying for $35 each

24 cartridges x $35 = $840

The cost of concentrates and pre-filled cartridges vary from state to state and dispensary to dispensary however there is no denying the savings you gain by spending 10 seconds to make your own cannabis infused pre-filled vape cartridges.

 

For more information on how to make your own cartridges check out https://www.waxliquidizer.com

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Alaska Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 04:50
Legislation to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska has been passed by the state’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Bill Walker for consideration.

Senate Bill 6 – filed by Senator Shelley Hughes – was passed today by the Alaska Senate in a unanimous 18 to 0 vote. The vote comes just a few days after the House of Representatives approved the bill, also unanimously (36 to 0). The measure now goes to Governor Walker, who can sign the measure into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it (though the legislature can overturn a veto with a 2/3rds majority).

The proposed law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This would remove hemp from the state’s controlled substances list, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

“It was time to remove hemp from the marijuana statutes,” Hughes said. “There’s no psychoactive impact from hemp. If you were to smoke acres and acres and acres of hemp, all you would get would be a sore throat and a cough.”

Hughes continues; “I just want to use Alaska hemp. It’s been frustrating for us, just because our business is entirely made up of products that we wild-craft or grow ourselves. And so the hemp seed oil, that would just change everything for us, to have it completely Alaska-grown and made herbs and plants in our products.”

The full text of Senate Bill 6 can be found by clicking here.

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The 10 Marijuana Strains Everyone is Smoking

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:39
Here are the 10 marijuana strains everyone is smoking.

Blue Dream.

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states. It’s legal for medical in over 30. Clearly, marijuana has become, or at the very least is quickly becoming, completely mainstream. Because of this, the market for marijuana has exploded. Hundreds of various strains are being offered throughout the country. Despite the vast number of strains, there are 10 strains that are the clear favorites among cannabis consumers. Using data compiled by Leafly, below is a list of the 10 most popular strains at this moment.

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant strain has retained its popularity for years. A dispensary or cannabis store that doesn’t have Blue Dream is a rarity. This cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry and the sativa-dominant Haze has a smooth, uplifting high. It’s known forits delicious blueberry-tinged taste and smell.

Sour Diesel is another mainstay of the cannabis world. A cross betweem Super Skunk and Chemdawg. It has unique and strong diesel-like smell, and an energetic yet potent high.

This hybrid is a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. It brings with it a powerful high, and a sweet, immediately recognizable taste.

Despite an unfortunate name Green Crack is a growingly popular and respected strain. It has an extremely energetic high and powerful body buzz, and its sweet, ofttimes citrusy flavor and smell make it stand out from the crowd.

OG Kush has been one of the most popular marijuana strains for years. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg has an earthy and piney flavor.

Granddaddy Purple is a powerful, well-loved indica. An excellent mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain has a sweet, often berry-like flavor. Most people know this strain for its dense, kiefy nuggets.

Jack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

White Widow’s popularity is due to its energetic, uplifting and powerful high; its uniquely earthy flavor and smell also help it stand out. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica.

Gorilla Glue #4 has shot into prominence over the past few years; it’s quickly become one of the most popular marijuana strains. It won the 2014 Los Angeles and Michigan Cannabis Cups, as well as the High Times Jamaican Cannabis World Cup. Given its status as a balanced and tasty hybrid, it’s likely to remain popular for years to come.

Bubba Kush is a powerful indica-dominant strain, known for its heavy relaxation-inducing effects.

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New Hampshire Bill to Allow Patients and Caregivers to Grow Marijuana Approved by Committee

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:09
A New Hampshire House committee has voted in favor of legislation to allow patients or their caregiver to cultivate marijuana.

The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 13 to 8 this week to pass House Bill 1476, which was filed by Representative Robert Cushing along with over a dozen bipartisan cosponsors.

The proposal states that; “A qualifying patient shall not be subject to arrest by state or local law enforcement, prosecution or penalty under state or municipal law, or be denied any right or privilege for the therapeutic use of cannabis in accordance with this chapter, if the qualifying patient possesses or cultivates an amount of cannabis that does not exceed the following:

(a)  If the qualifying patient does not have a designated caregiver who is authorized to cultivate cannabis for him or her, for the possession or cultivation, or both, of cannabis that occurs at the cultivation location under the control of the patient reported to the department, or while transporting cannabis and cannabis plants and seedlings to a new cultivation location that has been reported to the department within the prior 21 days:

(1)  Six ounces of usable cannabis;

(2)  Any amount of unusable cannabis; and

(3)  Two mature cannabis plants and 12 seedlings, where the plants are subject to public view, including to view from another private property, without the use of optical aids, with a total canopy of no more than 50 square feet.

If more than one qualifying patient, designated caregiver, or both, share a cultivation location, the total canopy of all marijuana plants may not exceed 100 square feet at one dwelling.

The full text of House Bill 1476 can be found by clicking here.

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Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Approve Marijuana Decrim Bill

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:31
In a surprising move Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill to decriminalize certain marijuana possession offenses.

The committee has voted 6 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 251, which was filed by Senator Dick Brewbaker. The proposal would “create the crime of possession of marijuana in the third degree for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and would provide that a first or second conviction would be a violation with applicable fines that would not appear on a person’s criminal record and a third or subsequent offense would be a Class A misdemeanor.” Under current law, the possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Also, under current law a person who possesses marijuana for any other reason than personal use or who possesses marijuana for personal use and has previously been convicted of unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree is guilty of a Class C felony and is guilty of a Class D felony for third or subsequent convictions. This bill “would revise the crime to require possession of two or more ounces of marijuana and would revise the penalties for violations.”

The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

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Snoop Dogg Spaceship Review

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:07

By Barbara M.

Snoop Dogg is one of the one of the most recognisable faces in the world of Cannabis. From his connection with the G pen vaporizers to his own range of flower and concentrates with Leaf’s by Snoop, Snoop knows his stuff when it comes to Mary Jane. While Snoop may have his hand in many green pies, he was yet to release a glassware range with his name on it; until recently. With the release of the Pounds range of premium glassware, Snoop, together with Famous Brandz, have entered the glassware market, with a Bang. The Pounds collection are not only gaining a reputable name for the high quality of their builds but also for the high tech level of percolation taking place inside them.

From the Battleship, with its honeycomb perc sandwiched between two turbines to the Spaceship, with its much smaller Inline ruffle percolator, the quality of percolation is excellent. As legalization begins to take pace, the quality of the buds we have access to are a much higher quality than the past. Along with the much stronger flower available today, we now have access to concentrated forms of Cannabis only seen in recent times. These concentrates are generally much more potent than the conventional flower and can come in a range of forms from waxes to oils. A whole new style of enjoying Cannabis has been developed in recent years, named dabbing, which involves the easy use of concentrates. Dab rigs are similar in shape and size to your average bong, however, instead of using a bowl, Dab rigs use a nail. Once the nail is heated the concentrate is dabbed onto the nail where it then vaporizes and enters the water pipe. It then travels through the body of the piece until it reaches the mouthpiece. In this article we will take a closer look at how the Spaceship Bong by Snoop Dogg’s Pounds is revolutionising the dabbing world.

 

The Spaceship

The Spaceship is the smallest member of the Pounds collection by Snoop Dogg. Coming in at a very small 6.5 inches, this is one of the most compact water pipes on the market. Designed entirely with dabbing in mind, the Spaceship comes with two different kinds of nail, a quartz bucket and a bubble dome & nail. As the Spaceship was designed with solely concentrates in mind, it is certainly more suited to the serious stoner among us.The Spaceship bong uses a small Inline ruffle percolator to cleanse and filter your smoke, ensuring only the smoothest rips reach your lungs. All of this is held together with 5mm thick borosilicate glass, and added positive for an already premium piece.

Percolators

Percolators, in recent years, have become integral parts of the water pipe industry. While the style, size and shape of your percolator may vary, their overall use doesn’t change. Percolators are used to both filter and cool the smoke, as it travel towards the mouthpiece. The difference a percolator can make is sometimes underestimated, however the difference is definitely an issue. We have all felt the burn a dry bong or pipe can cause, that is how it makes such a difference. By using a percolator bong you are reducing the harshness in the smoke while ensuring only the smoothest hits reach your lungs. In the Spaceship Bong by Snoop Dogg’s Pounds the percolator is and Inline ruffle percolator. Inline percolators are very similar to downstems in terms of how it works. As the smoke enters the Inline percolator, it is separated through small openings where it is then spread throughout the water. By doing this, the smoke is cooled and the hits produced become much smoother. As the Spaceship Bong is considerably smaller than most dab rigs, its percolator is situated in a way which maximises the space available.

 

The Build

The quality of the build used in the Pounds collection by Snoop Dogg is what truly makes it a premium glassware range. Being its strongest attribute, the glass quality associated with the Pounds range is certainly gaining powerful reviews. As the entire Pounds range is built using 5mm thick borosilicate glass, the Spaceship Bong is no different. Easier than the others to transport, this perfectly sized Dab Rig is a pleasure to pass amongst friends. The weight and strength of the piece gives you peace of mind where others falter and it really is as easy as simply holding one to find out what the fuss about. By holding the Spaceship Bong, you can sense the quality of the design and build that went into it. It would appear that there are no weak points in the piece where the glass was joined, and it would seem the entire water pipe was formed the one piece of glass. An added bonus.

 

Overall, For Snoop Dogg to give it the green light, the Spaceship Bong had to be doing something right. I found the Spaceship bong to be very powerful for its size, its high quality build and it’s top notch percolation have together accumulated to create a truly impressive piece. The ergonomic mouthpiece is a welcome addition to a water pipe which is easily putting the norm firmly in the past. With the intricate designs displayed in the Spaceship Bong, you are certain to Blast off into space when you use this perfectly petite, premium Dab rig.

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Study: Cannabinoids May Prevent Depressive and PTSD-Like Symptoms Following Severe Stress

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 03:44
Cannabinoids may prevent both depressive and PTSD-like symptoms following exposure to severe stress, according to a new study being published by the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.

“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition highly comorbid with depression”, begins the abstract of the study, which was also published by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “The endocannabinoid (eCB) system and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are suggestively involved in both disorders.” For the study, researchers “examined whether cannabinoids can prevent the long-term depressive-like symptoms induced by exposure to the shock and situational reminders (SRs) model of PTSD.”

Researchers administered a compound meant to mimic the effects of natural cannabinoids in rats two hours after a severe shock. “Cannabinoids prevented the shock/SRs-induced alterations in social recognition memory, locomotion, passive coping, anxiety-like behavior, anhedonia, fear retrieval, fear extinction and startle response as well as the decrease in BDNF levels in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex (PFC)”, states the study. “Furthermore, significant correlations were found between depressive-like behaviors and BDNF levels in the brain.”

The study concludes; “The findings suggest that cannabinoids may prevent both depressive- and PTSD-like symptoms following exposure to severe stress and that alterations in BDNF levels in the brains’ fear circuit are involved in these effects.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at The Academic College Tel-Aviv-Yaffo and the University of Haifa (both in Israel), can be found by clicking here.

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Smokin Js – Activism, Family, Culture

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:52

By Aaron A.

Cubicle life wasn’t what a young Jay Fratt saw for himself in 1997.  Production deadlines and endless engineering meetings did not fulfill his desire to be a part of the ever-evolving, independent alternative culture blossoming in the 90s.  He decided the monotony and repetition of the robotic corporate grind, was not for him.  So, Jay quit his 9-5 job in the plastics industry in order to create a different future, one in which he openly and actively pursued his greatest passion, the legalization of industrial hemp.  Thus was born the small hemp themed clothing store which over 20 years would grow and evolve into the oldest alternative pipe & tobacco store in SW Washington State … Smokin Js.

What a long strange trip it’s been!  Smokin Js has grown up as a business during substantial cultural changes in Washington State.  From medical cannabis legalization in 1998 to full recreational cannabis legalization in 2012, Smokin Js has participated in cannabis activism and education in Washington State the entire way.

 

Free Glass and Promotional Fun

The founder of Smokin Js grew up during the birth of the Internet.  Back then you were expected to contribute something to the Internet in trade for asking for something.  Jay has taken this idealistic philosophy to the advertising methods of Smokin Js.

 

  • Email List Promotion  

 

Smokin Js has an email list!  Like duh, but they do things a little differently than most.  With each email they send they give something away for free to a random person who opens the email.  Typically during the Christmas and 420 months the prize is sick, or should I say dope af.

Sign up Here

 

  • Instagram Photo Contest

 

Yeah Smokin Js is on Instagram.  Proud to have never paid for a service or bought a single follower, Smokin Js is legitimately connected to each person following the company feed.  One of the coolest promotions the company has ever created centers around the Instagram universe:  #JsSmokeSpot.  The hash tag promotion is a monthly 420 photography contest.  Each month the best smoke spot photo tagged on Instagram with #JsSmokeSpot wins a cool smoking prize pack for free.  The Smokin Js founder has been traipsing around the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years looking for cool smoke spots, and now he has created a way for other smokers to share their cool discoveries.  The promotion even has a website where every #JsSmokeSpot submission is displayed.

 

  • Street Team

 

Do you ever get annoyed at paid celebrity endorsements?  Like does Snoop Dogg really enjoy and use that crappy Chinese vape pen, or he is just counting duckets?  The Smokin Js Sreet Team was created by actual Smokin Js customers.  They wanted to know how they could get more involved with the company and participate in the cultural community Jay created.  So he created one of the most innovative word-of-mouth programs in the industry.  Smokin Js Street Team members compete for big prizes with special events during the year.  The goal is to have fun and spread the positive vibes of Smokin Js.  And membership does include added benefits!  Contributing street team members have access to the Smokin Js Grant Program.  From concert tickets to airfare, the Grant Program gives Smokin Js Street Team members the opportunity to customize their rewards.  The street team program helped “Tecate” go from an amateur downhill bomber to a professional skateboarder.  Yeah, pretty cool.

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Bill Allowing Financial Institutions to Work with Marijuana Industry Passes WA Senate Committee, Already Passed Full House

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:58
Legislation to explicitly give permission to financial institutions to provide services to licensed marijuana businesses has been approved by the Washington State Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

The committee voted 5 to 1 today to pass House Bill 2098, which was filed by Representative David Sawyer (D) and is cosponsored by Representatives Brandon Bick (R), Steve Kirby (D) and Cary Condotta (R). The measure, which passed the full House of Representatives last month in an 82 to 12 vote, would provide “immunity from state criminal prosecution to a financial institution providing financial services to licensed marijuana businesses and qualifying patients, health care professionals, and providers under medical marijuana laws.”

For purposes of the bill, “financial institution” is defined as “a bank, trust company, mutual savings bank, savings and loan association, or credit union authorized to do business and accept deposits in Washington under state or federal law. Financial institutions are generally regulated by the Department of Financial Institutions.”

The full text of House Bill 2098 can be found by clicking here. It must now be passed by the full Senate before it can be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for final consideration.

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