2017 Canna-Women Impact List: Eight Female Movers and Shakers

DR. DINA BROWNER

Cannabis consultant, Disjointed; owner, Alternative Herbal Health Services

On being a cannabis consultant for TV shows and movies: “It’s fun and exciting, but representing the industry I love can be stressful. Working on Disjointed required me to be present in the writers’ room to help guide them along, using my 15 years of cannabis-industry experiences. I worked with wardrobe, set designers and the prop department to make sure everything on set felt as authentic as possible. I was on set during rehearsals and tapings to work directly with the cast. It’s so important for the actors to feel comfortable, which is why I had them all spend time inside my real dispensary in West Hollywood.”

On making the move to recreational sales: “We’re lucky to be located in a very progressive city. West Hollywood gave us a business permit back in 2005, so we’re one of the only four licensed dispensaries in all of Los Angeles. We’re ready for 2018, just in time to celebrate Season 2 of Disjointed on Jan. 12.”

On women in cannabis: “Sorry boys, the ladies are taking over! Traditionally, men grew and sold cannabis while the women stayed home with the kids. If there was a bust and the man was arrested, the kids still had at least one parent to care for them. Once medical marijuana became widely accepted and legal, more and more women began working as budtenders. Now we’re entrepreneurs, growers and dispensary owners. Not only are women more nurturing, we’re the ones who purchase most of the items for their households. It only makes sense to start marketing to us. We’ve made huge strides in a short amount of time, and I’m so happy to be part of this groundbreaking industry.”


“For decades and decades, we’ve understood that prohibition doesn’t work.”

CAT PACKER

Executive director, Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management

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The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2017

Continuing the trend of the past few years, 2017 produced a plethora of important cannabis-related studies, showing the plant to be beneficial in a wide, diverse range of medical ailments. 

The massive amount of peer-reviewed research on cannabis released in 2017 makes it quite a challenge to narrow the studies into a “top 10” list. However, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Below is our list (the fifth annual) of the 10 most important cannabis studies of the year (in no particular order):

 

A study published by Indiana University South Bend found that cannabis use is associated with decreased rates of mortality from obesity, diabetes mellitus, taumatic brain injury, use of alcohol and prescription drugs, driving fatalities, and opioid overdose deaths.

According to the study, there would be “an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 deaths prevented annually if medical marijuana were legal nationwide”, and cannabis prohibition “is revealed as a major cause of premature death in the U.S.”

 

The statewide legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a reduction in hospitalization from opioids, according to a study conducted at the University of California, and published by both the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependency and the National Institute of Health.

 

According to a study by BDS Analytics; “Cannabis consumers, it turns out, are among the most well-adjusted and successful of American adults, based on results from BDS Analytics’ landmark cannabis consumer research study, the first of its kind in history. The ongoing study is the most comprehensive and detailed look at cannabis consumers ever conducted.”

 

Although memory performance decreases with age, marijuana can reverse these aging processes in the brain, according to a study published …

Study: Cannabis May Help Treat Pulmonary Fibrosis

Cannabis may provide a treatment option for pulmonary fibrosis, according to a new study published by the journal Oncotarget and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to Mayo Clinic, pulmonary fibrosis is “a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly.” As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, “you become progressively more short of breath.”

The study’s abstract begins by stating that; “Activation of cannabinoid receptor type 2 [something done naturally through cannabis consumption] has been shown to have anti-fibrosis function in skin and heart. However, whether activating cannabinoid receptor type 2 inhibits pulmonary fibrosis remains elusive.” In this study, researchers “aimed to investigate the role of cannabinoid receptor type 2 in pulmonary fibrosis in vitro and in vivo.”

After conducting their investigation, researchers found the data to indicate that “activating cannabinoid receptor type 2 by a pharmacological method might be a potential strategy for pulmonary fibrosis”.

The full study, conducted by researchers at the Capital Medical University is Bejing, China, can be found by clicking here.

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Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products in Early 2018

According to health regulators in Mexico, the nation will legalize the sale of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year.

Arturo Tornel, spokesman for health regulator Cofepris, said that the agency plans to formally publish the regulation for pot-based goods within days, allowing those items to enter the Mexico market as soon as a month later, reports Reuters. Tornel notes that Cofepris expects distributors and retailers to import the items, with some companies eventually producing items in Mexico using marijuana grown abroad. The regulation does not apply to sales of pure marijuana.

Supporters of the move expect that it will help to reduce the wealth of drug cartels, which use marijuana as a major source of income.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico have also legalized medical marijuana, and in 2013 Uruguay become the first country to allow the commercial cultivation and distribution of cannabis. Canada will be legalizing the plant next year, and in the U.S. eight states have as well.

In 2015 Mexico’s Supreme Court granted four people the right to grow their own marijuana for personal consumption, opening the door to legalization.

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President Trump Signs Bill Temporarily Extending Medical Cannabis Protections

Legislation to avoid a government shutdown, and extend federal protections on state medical cannabis laws, has been signed by President Trump.

The bill extends the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, initially passed in 2014, to January 19th. The amendment prohibits the Department of Justice – which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – from using funds to enforce federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized the plant for medical use. Trump signed the bill shortly after it was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives.

“Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment—and the businesses that serve them—now have some measure of certainty”, Representative Blumenauer, co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said after the measure was passed by Congress. “Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress.”

The bill signed into law by Trump also extends protections for state laws that allow hemp to be cultivated for research purposes.

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The Importance of Cory Booker

For the modern movement to end cannabis prohibition, Sen. Cory Booker checks off all the boxes when it comes to being an all-star.

The New Jersey Democrat, born in 1969, has lived a remarkable political arc, beginning with outstanding scholarship at Stanford University, attending Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship and graduating from Yale Law School in 1997. A year later, Booker, not even 30, was elected to Newark’s City Council. In 2006, he became the city’s youngest-ever mayor. Booker received national media attention for the innovative and successful public policies he championed, which put him in position to win a special election for the Senate in 2013 after the death of incumbent Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

From his early days on the City Council, while addressing Newark’s then-rampant crime problems, Booker readily embraced “harm reduction” policies rather than the “arrest and lock them up” mentality long championed by police, prosecutors and prison officials. During his seven years as mayor, he worked with the Drug Policy Alliance to help Newark become a vanguard urban community.

 In succeeding Lautenberg, Booker replaced the author of …

Prohibition Money Trail Leads to Legalization

Money and economics drove the push for federal cannabis prohibition starting in the twilight of the Jazz Age. These forces continue to play a tug of war on both sides of the fight to end prohibition.

You can look at culture, politics, lifestyles or whatever. But to understand the ban on pot decades ago and the effort to make it legal now, you also need to follow the money.

Harry J. Anslinger, who led the fight to ban marijuana, arguably had an economic motive to make it illegal four years after the 21st Amendment repealed alcohol prohibition in 1933. He’d risen to prominence in the federal government in 1929 as assistant commissioner in the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Prohibition. With beer, wine and liquor once again legal to consume, he would’ve been out of a job if not for his successful quest to spread the myth of Reefer Madness as the first commissioner of the Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. By scaring politicians and others about the supposed dangers of cannabis, Anslinger got the ball rolling on marijuana prohibition.

Many argue that this federal effort to eradicate cannabis helped fatten the bottom line of William Randolph Hearst by eliminating hemp as a competitor to timber interests held by the newspaper magnate. Hearst also had no problem using tales of marijuana debauchery by scary Mexicans and African Americans to sell more newspapers.

Four Gifts for the High Holidaze

GHOST MV1 VAPORIZER

This space-age model blows away every other vaporizer in its class. The Ghost MV1 employs convection heating of little containers (“crucibles”), so it doesn’t char the material or require it to be stirred—its custom diffuser takes care of that. Since the material degrades slowly, it allows for multiple hits, which ultimately saves the user money. The crucibles can also be used with concentrates. Download their app to control temperatures, and to turn it on and off from your phone. Ghost Vape is working on a model for Slightly Stoopid, whose summer tour they promoted in 2017.

$295; comes in four colors: black, satin, rose and nickel; ghostvapes.com

GREEN CARD GREETINGS

These cards have nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with cannabis. Stuff them with green goodies and send them to your favorite stoners. The 5” x 7” cards come in airtight plastic envelopes. There are 29 Christmas cards and two Chanukah cards currently in stock.

$4.95 per card; five-count holiday pack, $19.99; 10-count holiday pack, $37.99; 20-count holiday pack, $69.99; greencardgreetings.com

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If you …

High Holidaze Pot Cookie Party

GANJA GINGERBREAD COOKIES

The ultimate holiday cookie gets a makeover thanks to the addition of cannabis.

 5½ cups all-purpose flour

• 1 cup cannabis-infused butter

• 1 large egg

1 cup packed light brown sugar

• 1 cup unsulfured molasses

1 tsp. baking soda

 ¾ tsp. salt

 2 tsp. ground ginger

• 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

 ½ tsp. ground clove

1 tsp. vanilla extract

• Store-bought decorator’s icing (optional)

Stir flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves together, and set aside. Use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat cannabis butter, brown sugar  and egg until smooth, then add molasses and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed and stir in dry ingredients until smooth. Don’t over-mix; the dough should be firm, but not crumbly. Divide dough into thirds; flatten each piece into a disk, wrap in Saran, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, knead one refrigerated disk toinch thick. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and transfer to …

Norway Decriminalizes Drugs

The Norwegian Storting (legislature) has approved historic legislation that will decriminalize the possession of all illegal drugs.

According to the Independent, the legislation to decriminalize drug possession was supported by the Conservatives (Hoyre), Liberals (Venstre), the Labor Party (Ap) and the Socialist Left (SV).

“The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment”, said Sveinung Stensland, deputy chairman of the Storting Health Committee, following the vote.

Nicolas Wilkinson, the SV party’s health spokesman, told VG that parliament’s goal was to “stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment”. He says aim is to transfer responsibility for drug policy from the justice system to the health system.

The move follows a 2006 scheme drug that was intended to replace custodial sentences with treatment programs for drug addicts in the cities of Bergen and Oslo. Last year the scheme was rolled out to all Norwegian courts.

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12 Stoner Songs for the High Holidaze

For cannabis enthusiasts—especially in California, where 2018 will mark the legalization of “adult use” sales—who really want to celebrate the holiday season, “yule” get higher than a partridge in a pear tree listening to the following dozen seasonal tokin’ tunes.

1. DENT MAY: “I’LL BE STONED FOR CHRISTMAS” 

L.A.-by-way-of Mississippi ukulele auteur Dent May evokes Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound with this poppy piano-driven ode to being home for the holidays. “So I’m trying to get lifted with you now/We broke into my cousin’s stash/We’re having a blast,” he sings “Got an angel on my treetop/And a devil on my mind/Have a smoke and pour a big shot/’Tis the season to be high.” Being the nice young man he is, Dent then apologizes to his mother.

2. ADAM SANDLER: “THE CHANUKAH SONG”

Originally written for Saturday Night Live in 1994, this has become Jewish stoners’ favorite holiday number (to go along with the “Dreidel” song). “So drink your gin and tonic-ah,” Sandler jokes. “And smoke your marijuana-kah.” His riotous roll call of famous members of the tribe includes “All three Stooges!” 

3. WILLIE

North Dakota Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Approved by Secretary of State

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Friday approved for circulation an initiative to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older.

Proponents of the initiative must now collect around 13,500 signatures from registered North Dakota voters in order to put it to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 general election. The proposal would legalize the possession, personal cultivation and licensed distribution of recreational marijuana for everyone who is at least 21 years old.

The measure would also seal the records of anyone who’s been convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be made legal under the initiative.

If advocates of the measure are successful in placing it on the ballot, and voters approve it, North Dakota would become the ninth state to legalize cannabis.

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Bermuda Senate Approves Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis, Sending it to Governor

Just days after the Bermuda House of Assembly overwhelmingly approved legislation to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, the Senate has done the same.

The legislation, titled the Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalization of Cannabis) Amendment Act and tabled by Minister of Social Development and Sport Zane DeSilva, will decriminalize the possession of up to seven grams of cannabis for personal use. Given the measure has been approved by Bermuda’s full Congress, it now goes to Governor John Rankin for consideration. Rankin is expected to sign the measure into law.

Under the proposed law cannabis possession up to seven grams would no longer be a criminal offense, though police would still have the authority to seize any cannabis found on a person. Charges could also still be applied if it’s determined that the cannabis was intended to be distributed, rather than consumed for personal use. The minister will also be tasked with determining regulations for substance abuse education or treatment for those caught possessing cannabis.

According to a Profiles of Bermuda poll released in 2015, 79% of voters in Bermuda support either decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis.

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First Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses Issued in California

Yesterday California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control issued the first licenses for recreational marijuana businesses, paving the way for legal marijuana sales to begin the beginning of next year.

“This is a great Christmas present,” said California NORML director Dale Gieringer. “Licensing is an inevitable necessity of the modern bureaucratic state. I’m just happy to see the stores open and people be able to walk into a store — any adult including tourists and guests in California — and get cannabis just like they can get alcohol, cigarettes or all sorts of wonderful things in California.”

Altogether 20 licenses were issued to cannabis businesses located throughout the state, including multiple located in San Diego, Lynwood and San Jose. The most – seven in total – are located in Santa Cruz.

Below is a list of the 20 licenses issued yesterday (list provided by GreenState.com):

 

Legal Business Name Record Type Status
Pure CA, LLC Adult-Use – Distributor Temporary License Active LYNWOOD CA 90262
Pure CA, LLC Medicinal – Distributor Temporary License Active LYNWOOD CA 90262
Buddy’s Cannabis Medicinal – Microbusiness Temporary License Active 1075 10TH ST N, BLDG, SAN JOSE CA 95112
HERBL Distribution Solutions Medicinal – Distributor Temporary License Active SANTA ROSA CA 95403
Buddy’s Cannabis Adult-Use – Microbusiness Temporary License Active 1075 10TH ST N, BLDG, SAN JOSE CA 95112
Golden State Sciences Medicinal – Distributor Temporary License Active  KING CITY CA 93930
Yes Cannabis – Laboratory Testing Temporary License Active 181 HUNTINGTON DR W, SUITE 106, MONROVIA CA 91016
Torrey Holistics Medicinal – Retailer Temporary License Active 10671 ROSELLE ST, SUITE 100, SAN DIEGO CA 92121
KindPeoples (formerly KindPeoples Collective) Medicinal – Distributor Temporary License Active SANTA CRUZ CA 95060
KindPeoples (formerly KindPeoples Collective) Adult-Use – Distributor Temporary License Active SANTA CRUZ CA 95060
Torrey Holistics Adult-Use – Retailer Temporary License Active 10671 ROSELLE ST, SUITE 100, SAN DIEGO CA 92121
KindPeoples Medicinal – Retailer Temporary License

Build Your Custom Dab Tool Kit During TAG’s Holiday Sale

If you’re a dabber looking for the best dab tools or cheapest dab rigs then coming to Thick Ass Glass’ holiday sale is going to be your best choice of the year. As an experienced dabber, you know that the right tools can make or break a good dabbing session, and that quality tools make for a better dab.

So when you’re looking at 30% off the entire store at TAG, with everything from dab rigs to ceramic nails and quartz bangers to dabbers on sale, you’re going to come out a winner. Here are just a few highlights for folks who love the dabbing scene:

Quartz Bangers

TAG big quartz bangerOne of the beautiful things about TAG is that we don’t just stock “the same old” when it comes to smoking and dabbing accessories. A prime example we should talk about here is probably the TAG 30x2mm Quartz Banger. Now, it’s important to note that this is a freakin’ big banger.

If you’re new to the dabbing game, we probably would recommend AGAINST such a huge banger, but seasoned pros asked for this particular bucket, and TAG provided. Not only is this thick, high quality quartz… it’s also laser engraved with the TAG logo. And hey, who can doubt the words of TAG customer Felixe B., who notes, “It’s lit”.

Yes Felixe. It is.

Quartz bangers aren’t always the same old at TAG, as we noted. A good example might be the TAG Quartz Trough High Flow Banger, a super thick, completely fantastic “trough shaped” banger that is simply going to change your dabbing style forever. This is FDA Grade Quartz crystal at its best, or as customer John S. puts it, “Way better than any of the headshop quartz I’ve had and for a lot less money.”

We like your attitude, John.

Dabbers

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World Health Organization Says CBD Shouldn’t be a Controlled Substance

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) says that current information doesn’t justify cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis, being a controlled substance.

“There is increased interest from Member States in the use of cannabis for medical indications including for palliative care”, states the WHO report released yesterday. “Responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components. To that end, the ECDD [Expert Committee on Drug Dependence] did an initial review of a cannabis compound called cannabidiol (CBD).”

The report claims that “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions. The ECDD therefore “concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol”.

The committee “postponed a fuller review of cannabidiol preparations to May 2018, when the committee will undertake a comprehensive review of cannabis and cannabis related substances.”

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Over $4 Billion in Marijuana Sold in Colorado Since Start of Legal Sales

Effective today, the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) released statewide historical sales data on marijuana sales from January 2014 to present, and will release monthly reports going forward on the seventh business day of every month.

According to this data – dubbed the Marijuana Sales Report – there has been over $4 billion in marijuana and marijuana products sold since legal recreational sales began in 2014. The data shows that this year (up to the end of October) there has been $1,259,861,988 in marijuana sold, just shy of the $1,307,203,473 sold in 2016. In 2015, there was just shy of $1 billion sold ($995,591,255), and in 2014, the first year of legal sales, there was $683,523,739 sold. For comparison, there has been $2,951,855,447.08 in legal marijuana sold in Washington State, though sales there began in July of 2014, not January like Colorado.

According to the CDOR; “The Marijuana Sales Reports show unaudited monthly sales as self-reported by businesses on State sales returns and do not use Metrc® data (the Marijuana Enforcement Division’s Marijuana Inventory Tracking System). The Marijuana Tax Data reports show tax revenue collected monthly as posted in the State’s accounting system.”

Below is a marijuana sales chart provided by the CDOR:

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Hiding The Smoke Smell

Just because you enjoy a certain hobby doesn’t necessarily mean you want to broadcast it to the entire world. Many people like to keep their hobbies private, and when you’re talking smoking, you’re probably talking about some kind of stigma involved. Hence, when you enjoy legal herbs and concentrates for either recreational or pain management, you might not want the universe to know.

There are certainly eye drops you can get to minimize the redness but smell of smoke is one of those things that’s a bit harder to cover up. People who smoke tobacco run into the same issue: the smell can cling. It clings to your hair, your clothing, your shoes, vehicle; anything. There are ways to manage and minimize the smell while still enjoying your hobby to the fullest. Maybe you need to manage it for work or maybe you just don’t like the smell of it yourself. Whatever your reason, here are some handy tricks for you to try.

When It’s On Your Person

Having the smell of legal herbs clinging to your clothes can dampen anyone’s mood. You don’t necessarily want to broadcast to your office what you do on your spare time and maybe you just want to save yourself the sermon from a conservative relative.

The best option to remove the smell from your clothes, skin and hair is to have a shower and change your clothes. Sounds simple, right? It might be simple but it’s not always doable. If you’ve had a hit while on your lunch break you don’t want to smell of it when you get back to work. So what can you do?

A lot of the same things people who smoke tobacco do:

  • Brush your teeth right after smoking. If you can, chew some gum. This will help remove the smell from your breath.
  • Lotions and body sprays can help cover up the odor on your skin and

Federal Survey: Teen Marijuana Use Down in Colorado and Washington, Now Lower Than it Was Prior to Legalization

According to survey data released by the federal government on Monday, the current rate of marijuana use among Colorado and Washington teens is now lower than it was prior to the states legalizing marijuana for adult use.

The rate of past-month marijuana use by individuals ages 12-17 dropped nearly 20% from 11.13% in 2014-2015 to 9.08% in 2015-2016, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) performed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is now lower than it was in 2011-2012 (10.47%) and 2012-2013 (11.16%). Marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in December 2012, and legal adult marijuana sales began in January 2014.

The rate of past-month marijuana use among 12-17-year-olds also dropped in Washington (from 9.17% in 2014-2015 to 7.93% in 2015-2016), and it is now lower than it was prior to legalization in 2012 (9.45% in 2011-2012 and 9.81% in 2012-2013).

“Colorado is effectively regulating marijuana for adult use”, says Brian Vicente, partner at Vicente Sederberg LLC, who was one of the lead drafters of Amendment 64 and co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “Teen use appears to be dropping now that state and local authorities are overseeing the production and sale of marijuana. There are serious penalties for selling to minors, and regulated cannabis businesses are being vigilant in checking IDs. The days of arresting thousands of adults in order to prevent teens from using marijuana are over.”

Vicente continues; “These survey results should come as welcome news to anyone who worried teen marijuana use would increase following legalization. As a proponent of Amendment 64 and a parent of two young children, they certainly came as welcome news to me.”

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President Trump Signs Bill that Protects State Medical Marijuana Laws

A day after the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approved legislation that extends protections for state-level medical marijuana laws, President Trump signed the measure into law.

President trump signed the legislation into law this morning, temporarily preventing a government shutdown. The measure extends legal protections that prevents the government from using funds to enforce federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized the substance for medical uses (including those with a licensed dispensary system). The extension, however, is temporary; it will be valid until December 22nd, at which point lawmakers will need to pass another extension to avoid a shutdown of most government funding and to prevent invalidity the medical marijuana protections.

These protections – passed in 2014 as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment – prohibits the Department of Justice and DEA from using federal funding to enforce federal marijuana laws in a state that has legalized medical cannabis.

The bill signed into law by President Trump also extends protections on state-level hemp research programs.

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Why Stop At One? Collecting Water Pipes & Dab Rigs

When you have a hobby that requires more than one piece of gear, it’s really easy to get caught up in collecting. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, friends. When it comes to recreational legal herbs there are many glass pipes that can not only add to your collection and serve a different functional purpose. This makes it pretty seriously easy to justify hitting up your wallet for another piece.

12" water pipe with matrix diffuserDifferent situations call for different water pipes and it’s nice to be able to handle anything that gets thrown your way. But there’s a difference in assembling a huge collection just for the hell of it, and creating somethign special. There are some basics you should think about in order to round out what you’ve got. We’ll walk you through what pieces are a must for any avid collector.

Basic is Best

If you’re into the herbs and smoke on a regular basis you’ll want to ensure you’re stocked with a basic water pipe like this. While there are many cool designs out there that work pretty awesome as a conversation starter, if you’re smoking alone that doesn’t really matter.

It’s a smart idea to have your basic water pipe be made of scientific glass and to try to keep the size under 15”. This glass beaker pipe, as an example, will let you see the amount of smoke and water inside which will help you control your hits.

Basic water pipes should meet basic needs: size, percolation and construction. Keeping all of this simplified will help you from getting too caught up with the flashy pieces that are available out there. Remember, we said basic. A piece that meets these needs will be easier to clean, store and go softer on the throat.

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Congress Votes to Extend Federal Medical Marijuana Protections

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have both approved legislation that will extend protections for state-level medical marijuana laws.

The legislation, which prevents a government shutdown, now goes to President Trump who is expected to quickly sign it into law. The measure only extends the protections and prevents a shutdown for two weeks, to December 22nd. Congress must approve another extension by then or most government spending will be halted and the federal law that prevents the government from attacking state-level medical marijuana laws will become invalid.

The medical marijuana protections currently in place and extended by Congress stems from an amendment introduced by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and former Representative Sam Farr (D-CA). The provision prohibits the Department of Justice (which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration) from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the plant for medical purposes. The amendment was first approved in May of 2014.

Congress’ vote also extends protections on state-level hemp research programs.

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LA City Council Votes Unanimously to Make City the Largest in the U.S. with Legal Marijuana Stores

The Los Angeles City Council has approved legislation establishing a regulatory framework for marijuana outlets, which become legal in California next month.

The council voted 12 to 0 to approve the regulations, which will soon see the city distributing licenses for marijuana stores. Residential neighborhoods will be mostly off limits under the new rules, with buffer zones created to ensure that cannabis outlets aren’t located too close to parks, schools or libraries. It’s unclear if the regulations will be in place in time for outlets to begin cannabis sales next month.

“As lawmakers we have a responsibility to reasonably regulate this industry in a manner that is safe, inclusive, and practical,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. earlier today. In addition to Los Angeles, San Francisco officials also recently approved regulations for the legal marijuana industry.

Under Proposition 64, approved by voters last year, those 21 and older are allowed to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis for any use, and are allowed to purchase it from a licensed retail outlet. The portion of the initiative that allows legal sales to begin takes effect next month.

Los Angeles, with a population of almost 4 million, is the most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the United States.

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Smoking Accessories For Cheap During TAG’s Holiday Sale

When is there a better time to save money on smoking accessories than Thick Ass Glass’ amazing holiday sale? We’re not sure. In fact, it may not exist. This is a serious sale that many glass enthusiast wait all year for. Well, it’s here, people. Time to stock up on some excellent glass items.

Slides

Alright, so hands up anyone that has dropped a slide in their porcelain sink? Who have had one slip through their fingers during a session, and crash heavily onto the floor. Well, if ever there was a time to buy some extra slides, friends, it’s now.

The TAG Pinched Screen Slide With Handle, particularly the On-Sale Black Label 18mm version, is literally at wholesale-type prices. Do you know anywhere else that you can get a solid, thick glass slide for under $3? We don’t either. The regular version, labeled or not, no matter the color, is under $6.

Don’t forget to also take a look at the newer version of this TAG slide, the Built In Screen Slide With Handle. Also under six bones. Tons of designs. 14 and 18mm sizes.

Great design, superb functionality, and with the screen built in. If you haven’t picked up a few extra slides, what exactly are you waiting for?

Drop Down Adapters

Find that your water pipe’s main joint is a little too high for your ashcatcher plus a reclaim adapter? Worry not, oh smoking accessory loving friend. With TAG drop down adapters, such as the 1″ dropdown, you can adjust your slide’s height with very little problem at all. Need to go seriously lower because you’re rockin’ one of TAG’s massive 21″ Sextuple Honeycomb Water Pipe? Not a problem. You’re going to want to look at the 2″ drop down. This is one of those accessories that rarely, if ever, goes on sale. Why not pick up a couple for your glass collection today?…