Kentucky Legislature Passes Resolution Urging Federal Government to End Hemp Prohibition

A resolution urging the federal government to end its prohibition on industrial hemp has been passed by the full Kentucky Legislature.

Kentucky House Concurrent Resolution 35 was given unanimous approval (36 to 0) Wednesday by the state’s Senate. The vote comes a little over a month after the House passed the resolution 93 to 2. Yesterday it was delivered to Governor Matt Bevin, who now has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it (although a veto could be overturned by a 2/3rds vote in the legislature).

The resolution states that the “General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky urges the United States Congress to take action by enacting legislation that:

(1) Encourages large-scale commercial cultivation of hemp by removing it from the list of controlled substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act;

(2) Prevents the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from sending DEA agents onto farms and other sites where hemp is being grown, stored, and processed;

(3) Creates legal protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to legitimate hemp businesses; and

(4) Instructs the federal Food and Drug Administration to accelerate clinical trials and other research on the health effects of cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids found in hemp.

The full resolution can be found by clicking here.

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Study: Cannabinoids May Help Treat Gut Inflammation

There’s “abundant preclinical literature demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid drugs in inflammation of the gut”, according to a new study published by the journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

For the study, researchers “systematically reviewed publications on the benefit of drugs targeting the endo-cannabinoid system in intestinal inflammation.” They “collated studies examining outcomes for meta-analysis from EMBASE, MEDLINE and Pubmed until March 2017. Quality was assessed according to mSTAIR and SRYCLE score.”

For the study, “51 publications examining the effect of cannabinoid compounds on murine colitis and 2 clinical studies were identified. Twenty-four compounds were assessed across 71 endpoints. Cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid, was the most investigated drug.”

Researchers found that cannabinoids significantly reduced the disease activity index for colitis. They found “no evidence of reporting bias” among the studies they examined, and report that “No significant difference was found between the prophylactic and therapeutic use of cannabinoid drugs.”

The study concludes by stating; “There is abundant preclinical literature demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid drugs in inflammation of the gut. Larger randomised controlled-trials are warranted.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingsom, can be found by clicking here.

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Water Pipes Buying Guide – Everything You Need To Know About Water Pipes | Thick Ass Glass

Water Pipe Buying Guide – Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this maybe you’ve never bought a water pipe before. Maybe you’re looking for all of the valuable information you need to make a smart purchase of your very first water pipe. Good news, this is where all that valuable information lies. Within these words are lessons that you can hold dear for a lifetime. From first steps to potential after-thoughts, we cover all of the basics and more.

Price of the Water Pipe

Just like anything else, the price is the main factor whenever you’re purchasing something. Look at your bank and determine what kind of shopping you’ll be doing. While it’s fun to window shop, it’s best to go in with a budget. You can find fairly quality pieces for a lower budget, if you’re looking to spend that hard earned cash as a reward to your self, pay close attention to our bells and whistles section. Determine your budget and move forward.

Will This Be For Dry or Concentrate Usage?  

Now that we have our budgets laid out, let’s talk about the different types of glass pipes you could potentially come across. Water pipes can be divided into two categories, water pipes for dry usage and water pipes for concentrate usage. If you are using the latter, then you’ll also want to look for a few other things like quartz bangers and nails. If it’s the former, the simplicity of the water pipe will still be intact. Take a moment and think about which category you fall in. (Quick hint, you can fall into both categories – you’ll just need a water pipe that’s adaptable.) After you’ve got that figured out, let’s move into the more granular details.

What Size Water Pipe Is Best For You?

Water pipes come in all different shapes and sizes. Which one will work best for you? This is an

Breaking Down Different Shapes and Sizes of Glass Dab Rigs and Oil Rigs | Thick Ass Glass

Oil Rigs and Dab Rigs — Their Different Shapes and Sizes and Why They Matter

When you’re choosing an oil rig or dab rig, the first thing to consider is quality. But if you’re buying from Thick Ass Glass, you’re already covered there. So the next thing to figure out is the size and shape. There’s no right or wrong choice, but the oil rig or dab rig you choose will affect how you can use it — specifically, what accessories will work and how much you can smoke at once. Read on to find out what questions to think about.

Is The Joint For Your Dab Rig Male or Female

No, we aren’t talking about the joint paper you use. We’re talking about the joint shape of a dab or oil rig. The joints can be either male or female, and they also come in various sizes. Now, this is not a sex education class, but the concept is basically the same. The male joint piece can go inside of a female joint piece, and a female joint piece can slide over a male joint piece. It’s not too hard to see if the joint piece you’ve selected is a male or female. You’ll just have to look at the “parts.” If you are using a female joint piece, then all your accessories must be male pieces, and vice versa.

What’s The Proper Joint Size For Your Dab Rig?

After you find out the sex of the joint piece you need for your dab rig, take a moment and look at the actual circumference of the hole. All joint sizes are not created equal, but every joint size is created for a purpose. Take a look at the advantages of the different sizes below, and find the right size for your dab rig.

10MM Joint Size

You may never encounter the 10MM joint size for dab rigs, but just

The Biggest Benefits of Using a Glass Recycler | Thick Ass Glass

What Is A Glass Recycler?

What is a glass recycler? No, it’s not some cool recycling project from your local elementary school. Instead, it’s a revolutionary, easier way to inhale smoke. Glass recyclers “recycle” the smoke in additional chambers. While older and more traditional water pipes have been known to leave you coughing, these new aged futuristic glass recyclers will leave you feeling smooth.

Benefits of Glass Recyclers

Smooth Hits

The way the glass recycler water pipes “recycle” smoke makes it easier to clear. Without a recycler, you may experience the harsh and hot smoke of a more traditional water pipe. So how does it “recycle”? Once you start to inhale, the smoke begins a filtration process. Often, there are percolators that help the smoke to become more refined. It is pulled through the percolator and then put into another chamber that rids it of bubbles. As a result, a glass recycler water pipe provides a smoother hit.

Cooler Hits

Yes, you may look cooler if you use a glass recycler. Especially one with the TAG log on the side. But here, we’re talking about the temperature of the smoke. With traditional glass water pipes, the smoke only comes into contact with the water once, so it’s still hot when it hits your lungs. Say goodbye to that burning sensation with glass recyclers. In contrast to older water pipes, glass recyclers run the smoke past water again and again for a much cooler hit.

Glass Recyclers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass recycler. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options, including different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


The 5 Best-Selling Downstems in 2018 – Durable and Reliable Glass Downstems | Thick Ass Glass

The 5 Best Selling Downstems in 2018

Downstems are an important part of a water pipe. It carries the smoke from the chamber or the bowl. Because they are such an important piece of your water pipe, we thought it would be best if we gave you the rundown on the best-selling downstems in 2018. Drumroll, please!!

TAG – 18/18MM Downstem

First up, we have the mighty TAG 18/18MM downstem. Now listen folks, this downstem is equipped with just the right amount of umph to get the job done. This downstem has plenty of sizes to choose from! Whether you’re looking for a small sized downstem or one much bigger, you can purchase it here. This downstem fits both beaker water pipes and straight tubes.

TAG – 18/14MM Downstem

Next, we have the versatile TAG 18/14MM downstem. The adjective versatile is a great way to describe this glass downstem. This downstem fits beakers and straight tubes with an 18MM Female Fitting. It can also converts the beaker from 18MM Female to 14MM Female. Pretty impressive, right? If you have more than one water pipe, check this downstem out!


Get fancy with this 5 arm downstem. The TAG 18/18MM 5 arm downstem is a gift from the design gods. Want to wow your friends? Pull this glass downstem out! With its 5 arms, it does a magnificent job to filter the smoke and reduce the harshness. This downstem also comes in many different sizes.

TAG – 18/18MM Showerhead Downstem

If you’re looking to be smoother than butter – we recommend the TAG 18/18MM Showerhead downstem. At the bottom of the downstem, there is a “showerhead”. This allows the water to filter through, providing a smooth hit. This particular downstem can be purchased as small as three inches to six inches, the choice is yours!

TAG – 28/18MM Matrix Downstem

One of the largest downstems that

4 Reasons To Own A Quartz Banger | Thick Ass Glass

4 Reasons To Own A Quartz Banger

What is a quartz banger, you’re wondering? A quartz banger is a type of dab nail made of quartz. If you didn’t pay attention when the teacher was talking about rocks and minerals, then here’s a quick refresher. Quartz may look like glass, but it isn’t. Quartz is another type of mineral or crystal. It’s actually one of the most abundant minerals on the earth’s surface. And quartz bangers have a range of benefits compared to glass and titanium nails.

The Durability of A Quartz Banger

One of the best things about quartz bangers is that they will last you a long time. In fact, quartz is said to be one the most durable minerals. It’s used for its hardness properties in many industries. This makes quartz bangers more durable than either a glass or a ceramic type nail banger. The durability factor alone could be a great reason to look into getting a quartz banger.

Tasteless! Quartz Bangers Are Tasteless!

Another huge reason quartz bangers have gone viral in the last few years is that of their tastelessness. When you get pure quartz, which we have, then you get quartz made from pure silica sands, so there are no other chemicals released from the quartz when you heat it. This allows you taste only what you put in it.

Quartz Bangers Are Heat Resilient

On top of being so durable overall, quartz bangers are also very resistant to heat. Even if you use them daily,  don’t have to worry about the quartz breaking from the heat of the torch. You can get your quartz banger red hot without worry.

Quartz Banger Are Easy to Clean

Another benefit of the quartz is that, while it can take high heat, for the most part, quartz bangers can be used effectively with relatively low heat. After using your banger with low heat, it’s very easy

Trump’s Callous Call for Death to Drug Dealers

Donald Trump makes a point as China’s Xi Jinping looks on.

“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time,” President Donald Trump told an audience in Manchester, N.H. on March 19. “And that toughness includes the death penalty… If we’re not going to get tough on the drug dealers who kill thousands of people and destroy so many peoples’ lives, we are just doing the wrong thing.

“We have got to get tough. This isn’t about nice anymore… This is about winning a very, very tough problem. If we don’t get very tough on these dealers, it’s not going to happen, folks. And I want to win this battle. I don’t want to leave at the end of seven years and have this problem, right?… We’re going to solve it with toughness. Because toughness is the thing they most fear.”

Aside from the fact that the death penalty may be unconstitutional—the Supreme Court in 2008, in Kennedy v. Louisiana, ruled it was cruel and unusual punishment when “the crime did not result, and was not intended to result in death of the victim”—the idea simply rehashes the futile tough-on-drugs policies promulgated by presidents for the last 50 years.

“Executing people for selling drugs is absolutely ridiculous,” Law Enforcement Action Partnership director Neill Franklin, a former Maryland state trooper, told reporters. “Education and treatment, with a mental health focus, are the only things that have proven to work at reducing addiction and overdose deaths. I know from experience that most drug dealers are dealing with addiction themselves. Just how many folks are we willing to murder?”

Canada Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Those 18+

Canada’s Senate has voted to pass a marijuana legalization bill through its second reading.

The Senate passed Bill C-45 yesterday in a 44 to 29 vote. The measure, which would legalize marijuana for everyone 18 and older, passed the House of Commons  in November by a vote of 200 to 82. The bill will now go through a third reading in the Senate. If passed, as expected, it will be sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent (final approval).

If the measure does become law as many anticipate and as Prime Minister Justin Trudea has promised, the possession and personal cultivation of marijuana will become legal for those 21 and older. The measure would establish a system of licensed brick-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets, while also allowing cannabis to be sold online.

According to a report released last year by the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada is set to garner approximately $675 million ($500 million US) annually in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales.

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Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Safe Until September


Reps. Rohrabacher (right) and Blumenauer in 2014. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

ORIGINALLY POSTED JAN. 17, UPDATED MAR. 22: With Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding the Cole Memo on Jan. 4, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (RBA) has been the only federal law standing in the way of a potential crackdown on medical marijuana. On Mar. 21, it was extended for another for another six months.

First passed in 2014, Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (then known as Rohrabacher-Farr) is an amendment to the annual appropriations bill that prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on medical marijuana programs in the 29 states where it’s legal. This is the RBA’s third extension since December.

Rep. Blumenauer (D-Ore.) took the extension in stride, stating:

“While I’m glad that our medical marijuana protections are included, there is nothing to celebrate since Congress only maintained the status quo. These protections have been law since 2014. This matter should be settled once and fort all.”

Several ongoing cases rest on RBA protections. Last August, a federal judge in San Francisco cited the RBA in a ruling …

Hawaii Committee Passes Resolution Urging NFL to Allow Players to Use Medical CBD

A Hawaii House Committee has given approval to a resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use CBD (cannabidiol) for medical purposes.

Hawaii’s House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Resolution 40 on Wednesday, sending it towards a vote by the full House of Representatives. 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.”

A companion bill, Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, was recently assigned to the Senate Labor Committee.

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Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Mortality Following Orthopedic Surgery

Marijuana use was associated with decreased mortality in patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures, according to a study of over 9 million patients, published in the journal Substance Abuse.

“The association between marijuana use and surgical procedures is a matter of increasing societal relevance that has not been well studied in the literature”, states the study’s abstract. “The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between marijuana use and in-hospital mortality, as well as to assess associated comorbidities in patients undergoing commonly billed orthopedic surgeries.”

To do so, the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database from 2010 to 2014 was used to determine the odds ratios for the associations between marijuana use and in-hospital mortality, heart failure (HF), stroke, and cardiac disease (CD) in patients undergoing five common orthopedic procedures: hip (THA), knee (TKA), and shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), spinal fusion, and traumatic femur fracture fixation.

“Of 9,561,963 patients who underwent one of the five selected procedures in the four-year period, 26,416 (0.28%) were identified with a diagnosis of marijuana use disorder”, states researchers. “In hip and knee arthroplasty patients, marijuana use was associated with decreased odds of mortality compared to no marijuana use.” Traumatic femur fixation patients had the highest prevalence of marijuana use (0.70%), which was associated with “decreased odds of mortality, HF, and CD.” For spinal fusions, “Marijuana use in patients undergoing shoulder arthroplasty “was associated with decreased odds of mortality”.

Researchers conclude by stating that; “In this study, marijuana use was associated with decreased mortality in patients undergoing THA, TKA, TSA and traumatic femur fixation, although the significance of these findings remains unclear. More research is needed to provide insight into these associations in a growing surgical population.”

The full study can be found by clicking  here.

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Cannabis at SXSW: Pot Panels, Movies and More

Back when I was an Austin resident from 1994-1996, SXSW celebrated the weirdness of Austin. Local bands played up and down 6th St., hoping for national recognition from industry types who descended on the Texas capitol every March. Twenty-four years later, it’s grown into a 10-day celebration of film, music, technology and progressive thought.

Texas is flirting with medical cannabis and attracting some young, vibrant political figures that want to bring legalization to the Lone Star State. SXSW is the perfect vehicle for furthering this goal. The thousands of attendees are smart and not afraid of taking risks (although most of their risks focus on coding and instrumental harmonies). At the same time, the world of sensory enhancement is one they generally embrace.

There were several chances to engage in cannabis discussions and education at SXSW 2018. I participated in a panel on professional sports with Jim McAlpine, founder of the 420 Games, and Eben Britton, a former NFL player who formed Athletes for Care, We all advocated for the use of cannabis as a substitute for the prescription drugs that athletes are fed in the name of winning.

Other canna-panels featured Ardent Cannabis’ Shanel Lindsay, Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Kaplan, futurist Faith Popcorn and Morgan Paxhia from Poseidon Asset Management. There was a “clean cannabis” meet-up, a talk about marijuana as the next superfood and the Grasslands fundraiser for Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against Sen. Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, hosted by Ricardo Baca. The world premiere of Weed the People—directed by Abby Epstein, produced by Ricki Lake and featuring this cannabis blogger—was also a highlight.

Voters in Illinois’ Most Populated County Approve Marijuana Legalization Referendum

Voters in Cook County, which includes Chicago, have overwhelmingly approved a nonbinding referendum calling for the legalization of marijuana.

With over 63% voting in favor, Cook County voters approved the resolution asking: “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?”

The resolution, which was supported by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, isn’t legally binding, meaning it will have no effect on the county’s marijuana laws. However, it does give state lawmakers a good indication of how strong support is for legalization among a very large chunk of voters.

Cook County is  by far the  most populated county in Illinois, with approximately 5.2 million residents. This is over five times the population of the state’s second largest county, DuPage County (around 930,000).

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Alaska House Unanimously Approves Resolution Urging Feds to Respect Their Marijuana Law

Alaska’s House of Representatives is formally calling on the federal government to respect their marijuana laws.

The House on Monday voted unanimously, 38 to 0, to pass a resolution asking the federal government to respect Alaska’s law that allows, regulates and taxes marijuana use, production and distribution. According to the Associated Press, the resolution also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance.

The resolution now goes to the Senate. The Senate has thus far rejected a resolution from Senator Berta Gardner (D) that pushes back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to rescind the Obama-era Cole Memo (which allowed state-legal marijuana businesses to operate without federal interference given they follow a set of guidelines). However, their refusal to act on that resolution isn’t necessarily an indicator that they won’t approve the House’s measure, especially since it was passed unanimously.

In Alaska the possession and use of marijuana is legal for those 21 and older, who can purchase the plant and products made from it at state-licensed marijuana retail outlets.

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Study: Cannabinoid Receptors a Promising Target for the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior

Targeting the body’s cannabinoid receptors provides a “promising targets” for the treatment of suicidal behavior, according to a new study published by Current Psychiatry Reports.

“The current serotonin-based biological model of suicidal behavior (SB) may be too simplistic”, begins the study’s abstract. “There is emerging evidence that other biomarkers and biological systems may be involved in SB pathophysiology. The literature on the endocannabinoid (EC) systems and SB is limited.” The objective of the present article “is to review all available information on the relationship between cannabinoidreceptors (CB1 and CB2 receptors), and SB and/or psychological pain.”

The review “is limited by the small number and heterogeneity of studies identified: (1) an autopsy study describing elevated levels of CB1 receptor activity in the prefrontal cortex and suicide in both depression and alcoholism and (2) studies supporting the involvement of both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the regulation of neuropathic pain and stress-induced analgesia”, states researchers.

They conclude that” cannabinoid receptors, particularly CB1 receptors, may become promising targets for the development of novel therapeutic tools for the treatment of SB.” Marijuana and its cannabinoids are a natural target and activator of the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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CBD Patch: The Ultimate Guide To CBD Transdermal Patches

CBD Patch

We here at Honest Marijuana love it when cannabis and creativity join forces. It’s the answer to our every “shipping” dream (cannativity? creatabis?) and has produced some truly unique forms of marijuana, like Thai sticks, moon rock, and purple weed. But nothing even comes close to the joy we feel when we think about CBD patches.

Though the CBD patch and the THC patch have only been around for a few years, transdermal patches have existed for almost 40 years. Way back in 1979 when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and kids had to walk to school uphill both ways, the FDA approved the first transdermal patch (scopolamine for motion sickness).

Other patches followed, but the most famous transdermal patch is the nicotine patch, which was introduced in 1991 to help tobacco users kick the smoking habit.

With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in the early part of the 21st century, the next logical step was the CBD patch. Now that it has finally arrived, we’re sure it’ll take the crown as the most famous transdermal patch of them all.

But what exactly are CBD patches, and how do they work? The experts at Honest Marijuana will answer that question and reveal everything you need to know about the newest and coolest way to get the CBD you need.

First, though, let’s talk about the ingredient that makes a CBD patch a CBD patch.

What Is CBD?

CBD molecule

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many chemical compounds within the cannabis plant. Scientists have given these compounds the name cannabinoids. THC is perhaps the most well-known cannabinoid. Others include:

  • CBG (cannabigerol)
  • CBL (cannabicyclol)
  • CBN (cannabinol)
  • CBT (cannabicitran)

And those are just the tip of the cannabinoid iceberg. Scientists have isolated 113 different cannabinoids. Think of these as building blocks that make up the entire chemical composition of the cannabis plant. Pretty cool, huh?

What Is A CBD

From Yippie to Yuppie: ’60s Activist Jerry Rubin

The Youth International Party (Yippies) went beyond the simple peace-and-love mentality of the hippies of the ’60s and ’70s. They were politicized hippies and psychedelicized activists who took their protests against the Vietnam war and America’s repressive status quo to the streets, often theatrically.

Jerry Rubin was one of them, and along with rabble-rousing peers like Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner and Stew Albert, they stirred up dissent on a national scale. While Hoffman was the subject of Steal This Movie in 2000, little has been written about his Yippie running partner until now, thanks to Pat Thomas’ exhaustive Did It! (Fantagraphics Books).

“Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman manipulated the media with the ease of carnival barkers at a county fair.”

Designed as a scrapbook-style homage to the structure of Rubin’s 1970 classic Do It! and Hoffman’s Steal This Book, Did It! balances the scales of history, giving Rubin his due as a flawed but vital member of the counterculture. Among his Yippie highlights were throwing dollar bills to a bevy of greedy brokers at the New York Stock Exchange, nominating a pig for President, encircling and pretending to levitate the Pentagon and turning the incredibly undemocratic proceedings of the infamous Chicago 8 trial in 1969-70, in which he was one of the defendants, into five months of political theater and chaos. Back then, Rubin and Hoffman manipulated the media with the ease of carnival barkers at a county fair.

In Defense of Weedmaps’ Fight with California

It’s hard to know who is the David and who is the Goliath in the dispute between the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and the website Weedmaps, which provides information about marijuana dispensaries in legal state across the country. The conflict surrounds Weedmaps’ refusal to prevent users from posting information relating to so-called unlicensed marijuana businesses in the Golden State.

On Feb. 16, BCC chief Lori Ajax sent a threatening letter to Weedmaps that read in part: “Your website contains advertisements from persons offering cannabis and cannabis products for sale that are not licensed to conduct commercial cannabis activity; therefore, you are aiding and abetting the violation of state cannabis laws.” She subsequently stated that “such unlicensed businesses puts the public at risk as the health and safety provisions, such as testing, are not in place.”

Rather than acquiesce, Weedmaps shot a letter back on Mar. 12, calling on the state “to invite incumbent unlicensed operators into the light to be licensed to provide them opportunities to operate a legally compliant business… The fate of these unlicensed operators is critical to the success of the licensed operators; over 90% of the cultivators and manufacturers in the state are unlicensed (some would estimate even more) and retailers are set to face crippling shortages in products in the coming months. Scrubbing the Internet of the reality of unlicensed operators that have created thousands of jobs over the last 20 years does nothing to fix the underlying issues.”

In January, the state Department of Cannabis Regulations announced that all cannabis businesses under Section 11362.775 of the state Health and Safety Cod have until Jan. 8, 2019 to be licensed. But until then, unlicensed businesses can continue to operate under the sunset clause to Senate Bill 420, enacted in 2016. That clause protects all types of cannabis businesses—manufacturing, cultivation, distribution and testing, (except for volatile manufacturing of concentrates)—as long as they can …

MPP’s Illinois Primary Voter Guide

Primary Election Day happens tomorrow in Illinois, and voters’ choices will have a huge impact on the future of cannabis policy in the state. Lawmakers are now considering legislation to end marijuana prohibition and legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over. Illinoisans should take a close look at whether candidates will stand up for sensible marijuana policy reform.

We’ve done some of the work for you. If you haven’t voted already, please check out our Illinois Voter’s Guide to see where the candidates appearing on your ballot stand on cannabis reform. For more information, including where you can cast your ballot and when voting locations will be open, check out the state’s website here.

While elected officials are more supportive of legalization than ever before, we want momentum to build, and this year’s elections will have a big impact both in the legislature and in the governor’s office. It’s crucial that supporters of cannabis reform make their voices heard in Illinois.

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Maryland Senate Advances Bill to Increase Marijuana Possession Limit from 10 Grams to 28 Grams

Legislation to nearly triple the amount of marijuana allowed under a decriminalization law passed in 2014 has been passed through its second reading in the Maryland Senate.

In Maryland, the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized since 2014. Senate Bill 127, according to an official summary, “increases the amount of marijuana below which possession is a civil offense from 10 grams to one ounce and makes conforming changes.” The measure was passed Thursday through its second reading in the Senate, the day after it was approved by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Senate Bill 127, filed by Senator Robert Zirkin, must now be passed through a third and final reading in the Senate before it can be sent to the House of Representatives. If also passed by the House, the bill would go to Governor Larry Hogan for final consideration.

The full text of Senate Bill 127 can be found by clicking here.

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Here’s the Location of Florida’s 12 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Florida’s medical marijuana law took effect last year. Since then, 12 dispensaries have opened their doors, with a 13th opening soon.

As part of Florida’s medical marijuana law, marijuana dispensaries “can only operate on a Vertically Intergrated System, meaning that they must grow, process, transport and sell their own cannabis products, from “seed to sale.””, states Dispensaries, or “Marijuana Treatment Centers”, can only produce and sell certain cannabis products. These include:

1. Vape Oil : Dispensaries all have their own line of vape oils to choose from. Most are 200mg through 600mg vape cartridges, in high CBD and high THC compounds. This is a popular way to ingest cannabis, since the vapors don’t cause distress to the lungs and the relief is almost instant for patients in need.

2. Oral Oil Tinctures: Marijuana Oil is widely ingested orally. People find this a simple, effective way to consume exact dosages of marijuana. Dispensaries in Florida carry a few different oral oil products. Most are available in CBD and THC blends and can be created with many different cannabis strains like, Grandaddy Purple, Diesel, or Lemon Haze. You can typically find 300mg and 600mg bottles available.

3. Topical : Medical Marijuana Topical applications can be a great way to people who have never tried cannabis to ease into it. Since topical THC and CBD patches are available soon in the sunshine state, you can get relief without any side effects. Florida dispensaries carry topical lotions and balms as well. Dosage may vary and you should consult a medical marijuana doctor before starting any MMJ treatment.

4. Nasal Sprays: Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are stocked with high CBD and THC nasal sprays. These have become a staple for anyone with seizures. In fact many Parkinson’s sufferers have used marijuana nasal sprays to stop their seizures and steady their shakes. Nasal Sprays are available at most dispensary locations, but not

Deadline Looming for Maryland Cannabis Bills

Monday is a crucial deadline for marijuana policy reform bills in Maryland. HB 1264, which would let Marylanders vote on regulating marijuana for adults, needs to move out of the House Judiciary Committee by then to stay alive this year. HB 602, a bill that would protect the rights of Maryland’s medical cannabis patients, must be voted on by the Senate in order to “cross over” to the House of Delegates and move forward during this session.

If approved by 60% of both chambers of the Maryland Legislature, HB 1264 would place a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot that would make possession and home cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis legal for adults 21 years of age and older and require the state to establish regulations and taxation for a legal cannabis market, as well as to ensure diversity in the cannabis industry.

HB 602 would ensure that patients don’t lose their Second Amendment rights under state law simply because medical cannabis helps them with their serious illness. Regardless of what you think about Maryland’s gun laws, no patient should have to lose any of their legal rights because of their status as a patient. This is of particular concern to veterans, who may be dissuaded from trying medical cannabis — a much safer alternative to the opioids they are frequently prescribed for pain or PTSD — because they don’t want to lose these rights.

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Missouri Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp

Missouri’s Senate has approved a bill to legalize industrial hemp, less than a month after the House passed a similar measure. 

Senate Bill 547 was passed yesterday by the Senate in a 29 to 3 vote. A similar measure, House Bill 2034, was passed last month by the House of Representatives in an almost, but not quite unanimous 141 to 4 vote. The two chambers must now reconcile the two bills (or simply pass the measure the other chamber passed) before it can be sent to Governor Eric Greitens for consideration.

According to the official summary of House Bill 2034; “This bill exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as Cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 0.3% THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, it is legal for any person who has received an industrial hemp license to grow, harvest, cultivate, and process industrial hemp.”

The bill “creates an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture and specifies the requirements for an applicant of an industrial hemp registration and agricultural hemp seed production permit”,and states that “The department must issue a license or permit to an applicant who meets the statutory requirements and upon satisfactory completion of a fingerprint criminal history background check. Upon issuance of a license or permit, information regarding all license and permit holders must be forwarded to the State Highway Patrol.”

An industrial hemp license or agricultural hemp seed production permit would be “nontransferable except to a spouse or child who otherwise meets the requirements for a license or permit; is valid for a three-year term unless revoked by the department; and may be renewed as determined by the department.”

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