Marijuana News in MA and World
The Florida Department of Health has officially nominated five cultivators that will be allowed to produce and dispense a non-psychoactive (low-THC/high-CBD) form of marijuana for medicinal use.
Floridians have patiently waited for lawmakers to implement the 2014 voter-approved bill. The Low-THC Medical Marijuana Law bill will allow for the cultivation, extraction, and distribution of low-THC marijuana concentrates that are high in cannabidiol, or CBD.
The Florida medical marijuana cultivators are spread out amongst the state’s five regions:
Costa Nursery Farms – Southeast Region
Alpha Foliage – Southwest Region
Knox Nursery – Central Region
Hackney Nursery – Northwest Region
Chestnut Hill Tree Farm – Northeast Region
Florida’s medicalwas supposed to become effective in January, but the deadline was changed due to lawsuits and a judge’s evaluation that rejected the Department of Health’s initial attempt at implementing the new .
Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implementedthat legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a look at marijuana possession arrests in previous years:
“I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief — and 70% of the public supported [legalization],” said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Lawmakers in Vermont finalized a four-page set of guidelines which will be drafted into a bill calling for marijuana legalization in the state.
The bill would allow adults older than 21 to consume, purchase and cultivate marijuana for recreational use. The guidelines proposed also consist of a licensure structure for the transportation, manufacturing, research, and retailing of recreational marijuana.
Landlords will have the right to reject tenants who want to smoke or grow marijuana on their property. Individual communities can also decide to bar commercial marijuana.
“The guidelines we’ve seen is a really great start. For us in the medical program, the real priority is making sure the medical program survives and can work in parallel,” said aowner.
Retail sales of marijuana-infused edibles would likely become legal well after sale of marijuana.
Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 in favor of allowing for the consumption of marijuana atretail stores.
If approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Alaska would become the first state to permit regulated areas for marijuana consumption outside of private property, such as a person’s home.
Adults would be able to purchase marijuana at any dispensary retail store and consume it in a designated area on the property. Local banning indoor smoking will still apply.
Other states that have legalized recreational marijuana use offer no state-sanctioned places to consume marijuana, forcing people to stay at home.
Arizona medical marijuana cardholders are at risk of DUI for having any amount of marijuana in their system.
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Arizona medical marijuana cardholders have no immunity from prosecution under a state DUIwhich prohibits motorists from having any amount of marijuana or its chemical compound that causes impairment in their bodies.
The court stated that a cardholder can try to prove in court that they didn’t have enough of the marijuana compound THC in their system to be impaired. Arizona medical marijuana law allows DUI prosecutions of cardholders but not if amounts of marijuana compounds in their systems are insufficient to cause impairment.
Chief Justice Scott Bales stated: “The risk of uncertainty in this regard should fall on the patients, who generally know or should know if they are impaired and can control when they drive, rather than on the members of the public whom they encounter on our streets.”
Many states with medical and recreational marijuanaallow for motorists to drive with trace amounts of marijuana in their system, as well as with inactive marijuana metabolites.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will expedite access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients a couple months before the state’s full medical marijuana program is implemented.
Continual pressure from advocates, patients, and families helped get the Governor to sign the emergency access bill.
“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” stated a mother who’s son needs medical marijuana to treat seizures.
New York Health Department officials said New York’s medical marijuana program should be fully operational by January 2016.
“It’s outrageous that [patients] have been forced to go years without relief while politicians procrastinate, but this newmeans that the day when those who need marijuana-based medicine will be able to safely obtain it from legal will be here sooner rather than later,” said a marijuana industry businessman.
The marijuana industry is quickly expanding throughout the U.S. and with it are new apps. These apps range from social networks liketo dating apps like Tender, while others are games and unique services.
This list reveals 9 of the most popular marijuana-related apps:
1. Mass Roots (Social Network)
2. Duby (Social Network)
3. High There! (Dating)
4. Grasscity (Forum)
5. WEEN (Marijuana Usage Tracker)
6. Cheech & Chong (Merchandise)
7. EAZE (Delivery Service)
8. Weed Firm 2 (Game)
9. Pot Farm (Game)
Colombia’s Minister of Health announced that the government is set to legalize the distribution and use of medical marijuana.
The bill will legalize marijuana strictly for medical and scientific reasons, officials say. “Nobody is talking about legalizing anything except for these two purposes,” said Justice Minister Yesid Reyes.
Once President Juan Manuel Santos signs the bill it will allow Colombia to regulate everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana.
Included in the bill as an “export license,” which will allow Colombian marijuana growers to export their product to other countries where it is legal, such as Canada, Netherlands, and Uruguay.
Colombia is part of a growing trend of countries – Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Australia, U.S. – implementing pro-marijuanain order to treat medical ailments as well as to fight drug cartels via legalization, regulation and taxation instead of war and imprisonment.
Myrcene, a terpene in mangos, – which can also be found in marijuana, parsley, thyme, hops and white wines like Riesling or Moscoto – has been found to enhance the “high” from marijuana.
Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds produced by a variety of plants and are building blocks within nearly every living creature. Terpenes can be responsible for anything from a plant’s aroma to nutritional value. Marijuana contains numerous terpenes, and each marijuana strain has its own unique terpene profile which provides specific aromas and medicinal benefits such as pain or anxiety relief.
One study has found that consuming a mango about 60 mintues before smoking marijuana can increase the intensity of the “high” provided by marijuana.
In another study, Texas A&M found that mangos are effective in preventing and stopping certain colon and breast cancer cells from developing.
Soda, alcohol and other substances are legal in the U.S. even though they are known to cause severe harm to mankind. Meanwhile, scientific studies have proven that marijuana is a safe substance that also provides many medicinal benefits, yet it is still illegal.
The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 60% of marijuana users went on to try other drugs, which appears to justify the “marijuana is a gateway drug” theory, except when you learn that 88% of drug users used alcohol before any other drug. Another study revealed that marijuana does not contain chemical properties that are physically addictive. In comparison, all the substances listed below have been scientifically proven to be damaging and addictive to humans.
This list reveals eight substances that – however enjoyable or, at times, medically necessary they may be – are proven by science to be harmful to humans, yet they are all legal and fairly easily obtainable in the U.S.:
5. Opiates (Painkillers)