Key House Committee Advances Medical Marijuana Bill in South Carolina

The House version of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, H 3521, emerged from committee today in a landslide 14-3 vote.

Unfortunately, a key deadline has passed, and it’s too late for the medical cannabis bill to become law this year. However, it’s important to remind lawmakers that patients and those who care for them are counting on their support.

There is much to be done before the bill becomes law, but today’s vote marks a big step forward for patients. Both the House and the Senate versions made it through their committees, and the bills were sent to the full bodies in both chambers.

Thank you to bill sponsors, Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy, and the many supporters who have been active behind the scenes and at the hearings, including those who attended an educational symposium for lawmakers yesterday evening.

If you are a South Carolina resident, please contact your lawmakers and ask them to support the Compassionate Care Act in the next legislative session.

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Why Does Weed Make You Hungry?

Why does weed make you hungry

Have you ever mixed Cheetos and Sour Straws? Have you ever covered spicy pickles with whipped cream for an afternoon treat? Have you ever emptied the contents of your refrigerator into the kitchen sink and eaten it with a large spoon?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you’ve experienced (maybe “enjoyed” is a better word) the munchies. Having the munchies is an integral part of the marijuana experience, and every cannasseur has their own hilarious story to tell (peanut butter/marshmallow fluff/caramel corn sandwich, anyone?).

But why does weed make you hungry? What’s going on in your body that makes any and every combination of food sound like the best thing ever? The experts at Honest Marijuana are here to peel back the foil, remove the plastic, and pop the top, if you will, to reveal the chemistry and biology that causes you to become ravenous after toking a doobie.

Before we get to that, it’s essential that you understand the natural feeling of hunger (without the influence of weed). That’s what we’ll focus on in the next section.

Why Do You Get Hungry?

The simple answer is that you feel hungry because your stomach is empty. But that’s much too basic an explanation for our readers, so let’s break it down. Stand back—we’re going to do some science!

Think of your stomach like the fuel tank on your car. You don’t want to run out of gas because that would be a major pain and seriously cut into your social life. So as the needle on your dashboard moves closer and closer to E, you become more and more motivated to stop and fill up your tank.

People eating

A similar thing happens in your stomach. Your body doesn’t want to run out of energy (calories) because that would be a major pain (e.g., eventual death). So as your body’s energy stores decrease, your stomach and gastrointestinal tract …

Alaska Legislature Approves Resolution Urging Federal Government to Respect Their State’s Marijuana Law

Alaska’s full legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to respect their marijuana laws, and to consider a change in federal law.

House Joint Resolution No. 21 was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate. The House concurred with the Senate’s version on April 20.

The resolution urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.”

Alaska is one of nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal, thanks to a citizen’s initiative passed in 2014. The law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, which they can purchase from a state-licensed marijuana retail outlet.

The full text of House Joint Resolution No. 21 can be found by clicking here.

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Three Must-Have Vaporizers for 4/20!

It’s 4/20! People across the globe are toking up in celebration for the unofficial marijuana holiday. But if you want to make sure you’re consuming in style, check out these three AWESOME vaporizers from O2Vape, one of the most respected vaporizer companies in the world.

For those who haven’t heard of O2Vape (where have you been?!?), they are a USA Veteran owned company that has been providing consumers with high quality portable vaping products since 2013. They are the producers of the original buttonless vape pen, which makes it the most mobile and discreet vaping product available to anyone. Demonstrating how much confidence they have in their products, they have a no questions asked, no receipt, no further purchase necessary lifetime warranty!

Here are three of their vaporizers you have to try!


Here’s what makes this one of a kind vape pen the best in the industry:

  • Automatic On / Off safety feature means it won’t turn on when closed in your pocket or purse
  • Variable Voltage settings for any type of vape cartridge or oil
  • Award winning 510 thread wickless ceramic cartridge with round mouth piece included
  • The only right handed FLIP design on the market
  • Built in USB charger.  NEVER lose or carry a charger or charging wire again




The Dryonic II is one of the premier dry herb vaporizers on the market. Below are  some details:

  • Choose your EXACT temp. From 200* to 430*.  Settings allow 5* intervals.
  • A huge 1200 mah battery provides up to an hour of active usage
  • Hidden OLED UI screen
  • Large chamber for broad range of packing sizes up to .5 gram
  • Quartz Glass kiln heats quickly and cleans effortlessly
  •  Pure vapor from top intake convection



With no outdated coils or wires, this wax and oil vaporizer is a thing …

Senate Leader Schumer Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Sen. Chuck Schumer on state marijuana legalization: “The experiment has been a success.” (Photo by Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thinks it’s time to federally decriminalize marijuana because “it’s the right thing to do—freedom.” The Senator’s surprising support for cannabis comes at a time when numerous bills in Congress would do just that.

But Schumer says he’ll be introducing his own legislation “to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other. The legislation is long overdue… If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal? Each state can decide on their own.”

Schumer explains that he too has “evolved” on this issue: “I studied the issue. We’ve now had some evidence. In Washington and other states, t’s done lots of good and no harm. Justice Brandeis said let the states be laboratories. Now’ve have had a few states, we’ve had a few laboratories. The experiment has been a success. Let’s nationalize it… Legalization is just fine… All the parade of horribles that people talked about didn’t occur. Crime did not spike in any place. There’s no evidence that young people are using drugs of any type more. The pathway issue hasn’t proven to be true. So it all makes sense. When you get evidence, you act on it.”

This 4/20 Let’s Make Sure Not to Forget About the World’s Marijuana POWs

It’s 4/20, marijuana’s unofficial worldwide holiday! It’s a time to celebrate the plant, especially for those in areas where it’s legal. But amidst the fun, let’s not forget about those still suffering from the longstanding war on marijuana.

Despite marijuana reform hitting like a tsunami across the world (Uruguay has legalized, Canada is close, etc.) and the U.S. (it’s now legal recreationally in nine states), there remains thousands of people currently imprisoned simply for possessing marijuana. Even in states where it’s currently legal, many sit in prison this 4/20, away from their family and friends, all for breaking an unjust law that’s no longer in place.

Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year in the U.S. for marijuana prohibition, and although some get off without jail time, many aren’t as lucky. In some cases they’re sentenced to numerous years in prison. We must regularly take the time (and especially so on 4/20) to really breath in just how absurd and ugly this situation is; people are having  years of their lives wasted away all for using/possessing a nonlethal plant – a plant that’s now legal in many places.

These “marijuana POWs” are why marijuana reform advocates must demand that the plant not only be legalized, but that the laws be applied retroactively in order to free those currently in prison. Not only must laws be passed to free current prisoners, but to expunge their records (and the records of those previously charged but not currently in jail) so that the marijuana charge/s doesn’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.

All of this said, we’re not telling you not to enjoy 4/20, but while we contemplate and celebrate this amazing plant, let’s retain and build upon a passion for true, unequivocal change. We must never be complacent!

Marijuana Now Decriminalized in New Mexico’s Most Populated City (Just in Time for 4/20)

An ordinance decriminalizing the possession of personal amounts of marijuana has officially taken effect in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The new law coincidentally (or maybe not!) takes effect on 4/20, the unofficial cannabis holiday (the law officially took effect as the clocks hit midnight MDT). The law taking effect comes a little over two weeks after it was passed by the city council in a 5 to 4 vote, and eight days after it was signed into law by Mayor Tim Keller (D).

Under the new law, the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana is a simple $25 ticket, rather than a misdemeanor punishable by jail time as  it was before. The measure was filed by Councilmembers Pat Davi and  Isaac Benton.

“At the end of the day, our police officers have more important things to do”, says Davis.

Albuquerque is by far the most populated city in New Mexico with roughly 560,000 residents, roughly a fourth of all residents in New Mexico (which has a population of slightly over 2 million).

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A 4/20 Message from Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer at legalization rally in 2014.

For the two decades after cannabis was listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance (in 1970), we were spinning our wheels. While a few states decriminalized marijuana, starting with Oregon in 1973, we were basically overwhelmed by Richard Nixon’s misguided War on Drugs.

In 1996, with California’s vote to legalize medical marijuana—followed shortly thereafter by Arizona and Oregon—we moved into a new period of activism driven by the will of the voters, not the politicians. Victories for medical marijuana and decriminalization began piling up in state after state.

The adult-use victories of 2012 and 2014 in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia signaled the shift to broader acceptance and increasingly sophisticated campaigns. The wins in eight of nine states’ elections in 2016 cemented the revolution.

The winner of the next presidential election will be a candidate who embraces our cause to finish the job of ending the failed federal prohibition of marijuana.

The public, and some politicians, finally understood that it was time to end the failed prohibition of cannabis. …

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Announces Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation that would decriminalize marijuana across the United States.

In an interview with VICE News Schumer called the legislation “long overdue”, and said that “too many people” have been effected by the plant’s prohibiton.

“I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other,” said Schumer, who is the leading Democrat in the Senate. Schumer’s announcement comes just weeks after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) announced legislation that would legalize hemp.

“I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, much too long”, says Schumer. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom.” Schumer adds; “If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?”

Schumer’s commitment to file marijuana decriminalization legislation comes just days after President Trump made a commitment to respect state marijuana laws, and to support efforts to change federal law.


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Poll: 61% of Texas Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

According to new polling a strong majority of Texas voters support legalizing cannabis for all uses.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, finds that 61% of voters in the state are in favor of ending cannabis prohibition, with 39% opposed. Democrats support the measure at a much higher rate – 69% – whereas Republican support is 50%, but still significant (43%). Among Independents, support was the same as for Democrats at 69%.

“Texans are not much different than voters in other parts of the country”, states a Quinnipiac University press release announcing the new survey. “They support almost 2-1 the idea of allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use”.

The poll found that although men support legalization at a higher rate than women (65% are in favor with 31% opposed), women still support the move with a clear majority, 57% to 36%.

Among every age group only those 65+ oppose legalization (40% to 51%), with those 18-34 having the highest level of support (79% to just 16%).

More information on this poll can be found by clicking here.

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South Carolina Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Legislation

South Carolina’s House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis legalization bill on Thursday.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (House Bill 3521), was passed by the committee in a 14 to 3 vote. The bill would allow those with certain medical conditions who receive a doctor recommendation to use medical cannabis and cannabis products. A companion measure  in the Senate was passed through the Senate Medical Affairs Committee late last month.

“The diligent work of patients, advocates, and supportive lawmakers is paying off, and South Carolinians are closer to finding relief with medical cannabis than ever before,” says Janel Ralph, executive director of Compassionate South Carolina, which has been working to legalize medical cannabis in the state for years. “This issue needs to stay at the forefront of the legislature’s attention, and we will continue working to educate them about the need for a compassionate medical cannabis program in our state. Patients will continue to suffer until this bill is passed and implemented. We commend lawmakers for allowing the Compassionate Care Act to progress this far, and urge them not to delay taking it up when the next session begins.”

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, introduced last year by Senator Tom Davis and Representative Peter McCoy, would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health and Environmental Control would regulate and license medical cannabis cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries, and independent testing laboratories. Qualifying conditions would  include cancer, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, HIV, autism, Hepatitis C, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and any condition causing debilitating pain, severe nausea, and seizures.

According to a statewide Winthrop Poll, 78% of South Carolina adults support legalizing medical cannabis.

According to an October 2016 Winthrop Poll, 78% of South Carolina residents approve of making cannabis legal for medical purposes.

The Top 10 Events Happening on 4/20

There are hundreds of events taking place during the 4/20 weekend. Here are the Top 10 events happening on Friday, April 20:

1. 420 Hippie Hill

Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Cost: free

Description: This gathering in the park has been occurring annually for the last four decades. Sharon Meadows (a.k.a. Hippie Hill) is located near Kezar Dr. and 3rd Ave.

2. Mile High 420 Festival

Location: Civic Center Park, Denver, CO

Cost: free

Performers: Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, the Original Wailers, Inner Circle, Whitewater Ramble and more

Description: Denver’s main 4/20 event, presented by Euflora, takes place in the heart of downtown. The lineup features mostly hip-hop and reggae acts.

3. National Cannabis Festival Policy Summit

Location: Annenberg Theater at the Newseum, Washington, DC

Cost: free

Description: A full day of panel discussions and keynotes, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), DC Attorney General Karl Racine and Ben Jealous. The next day, the National Cannabis Festival, featuring Cypress Hill, will take place at RFK Stadium.

4. Sweetwater 420 Fest

Location: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $66-$138

Performers: The String

Alaska Senate Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Marijuana Laws, Reconsider Marijuana as Schedule 1 Drug

A resolution urging the federal government to respect Alaska’s marijuana legalization law, and to consider a change in federal law, has been passed by the state’s full Senate.

House Joint Resolution No. 21 urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.” The House of representative has already approved the resolution in a unanimous vote last month.

Alaska of course is one of nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal. Passed in 2014, Alaska’s marijuana law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, which they can purchase from a state-licensed marijuana retail outlet. The law also allows for the personal cultivation of marijuana.

For the full text of House Joint Resolution No. 21, click here.

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Louisiana House Passes Measure to Make Medical Cannabis Law Permanent

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would make the state’s medical cannabis law permanent.

House Bill 823, filed by Representative Vincent Pierre (D), was passed by the House yesterday in a 69 to 23 vote. According to its official text, the measure; “Repeals the termination date of laws authorizing the recommendation or prescription of medical marijuana in the treatment of certain debilitating medical conditions”.

Louisiana’s current medical marijuana law, passed in 2016, allows those with a qualifying medical cannabis condition to purchase and use medical cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying  conditions include cachexia/wasting syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders/spasticity. This law is set to expire in 2020, but would become permanent under House Bill 823.

Earlier this month the House voted 60 to 39 to expand the list of qualifying  medical marijuana conditions to include intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease.

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Bipartisan Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials for Veterans

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans.

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.. the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis.. on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.”

The measure authorizes “the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis.”

According to recent polling published by The American Legion, 39% stated that they “know a veteran” who is using medical cannabis, with 21% saying they themselves “use cannabis to treat a mental or physical condition.”

If you support this proposal you can click here to urge your federal lawmakers to do the same.

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What 3 Things Make the PAX 3 the Sexiest Vape on the Planet?

Sex appeal. That’s what it’s all about with the PAX 3. It’s sleek, it’s compact, it’s minimalist… the iPhone of vaporizers. But where did this unique design come from? Why does it give off this feeling of style? The Californian based PAXLabs has got the branding for the PAX 3 spot on, and it is a pleasure to use. But how did they get to this stage? How did they come up with the most distinctive design on the market and inspire a generation of would-be dry herb vapers? Read on to find out more.

1) Apple Inspired Vape Design

There’s no doubt about where the inspiration for the PAX 3 comes from – just one glance at that matte finish and the distinct lack of any noticeable buttons exudes Apple, and by association, California. What a perfect companion for all you Apple fans out there who like a little bit of dry herb vaping in your life – hell, why not download the corresponding PAX app from the Apple App Store? 😉 In fact, the inspiration is so obviously taken from Apple it doesn’t just stop with the vape itself, let’s consider the packaging for a moment – an unnecessarily large white box with a hefty padded base protecting all the vital components of the PAX 3 (don’t go damaging those cleaning brushes!), ring any bells?

California Vaping

But seriously, when you see your PAX 3 sitting there on the living room table don’t you just dream of driving down the magnificent California coastline in the glorious sunshine, the waves breaking invitingly against the shore, vaping your PAX 3 just before an awesome surf sesh? I know this guy is…

If you’re interested in a less tongue-in-cheek breakdown, check out the latest review of the PAX 3 by Australian Vaporizers.

2) The PAX 3 is the Minimalist’s Wet Dream

What is it about a lack of stuff that gets

The Original 420 Events Took Place in San Francisco

I first heard about 420 in 1990, at a Grateful Dead show at the Oakland Coliseum, when a hippie breezed by our Cannabis Action Network (CAN) booth giving out fliers. They had a scrawny marijuana leaf drawn next to “420” and “Wake’n’Bake,” surrounding a proclamation asking everyone to “Smoke Pot at at 4:20.” The CAN crew quickly figured out it was 4:20 somewhere, more than 24 times a day, and got busy spreading the news to others.

From left: Ed Rosenthal, Debby Goldsberry and Steve Bloom at the 1994 Cannabis Action Network festival in Golden Gate Park.

CAN was on the road back then, driving from city to city hosting Hemp Tour events and rolling with big festivals like Lollapalooza, H.O.R.D.E. and Warped. This was pre-Internet, so we simply copied that flier and passed it out along the way. Each day at 4:20, in whatever time zone we were in, the crew would break out pipes, joints and bongs, knowing that people everywhere were joining us in solidarity. It was a great feeling to imagine all the others celebrating at the same time.

The original flier claimed 420 was a police code for pot-smoking in progress in California, starting a myth that still lingers today. It’s not; we’ve since learned that a bunch of students at San Rafael High School in Marin County started the phenomenon in the early 1970s, using 420 as their code to meet after school to get stoned. Ultimately, that group of friends, known as the Waldos, was credited with coining the term 420. They passed it around through Deadhead circles in the Bay Area until the 420 fliers mysteriously appeared on Shakedown Street at the Oakland Coliseum shows that closed out 1990.

CAN set up a national office in Berkeley in 1992. As the years went by, we kept spreading the message of 420. It was still rare enough to be subversive.

Federal Legislation to Legalize Hemp Advances to Senate Floor

Federal legislation that would legalize industrial hemp across the United States has rapidly advanced to the Senate floor.

Filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), the proposed law (the Hemp Farming Act of 2018) would remove hemp from the federal controlled substances list, effectively legalizing its cultivation and production. In no small part due to the bill being filed by the Senate majority leader, it has been fast-tracked past the committee process and directly to the Senate floor. This is possible through the usage of a procedural move known as Rule 14. Although the move doesn’t guarantee the measure will receive a Senate vote, it makes it incredibly likely.

“By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the county,” McConnel said in a statement announcing the bill’s filing. The measure is cosponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D), Rand Paul (R) and Jeff Merkley (D).

In addition to legalizing hemp federally, the bill allows states to determine their own hemp laws and hemp regulations. Those wanting to research hemp would be able to receive a license from the Agriculture Department.

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Pennsyvania Officials Approve Whole Plant Medical Cannabis Use

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has approved allowing medical cannabis patients to use whole plant cannabis, and has also agreed to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

At a hearing on Monday, the Department of Health approved changes to the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program that were recommended by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board on April 9. This includes allowing patients to access medical marijuana flowers for vaporization in addition to the more expensive processed products they can currently obtain from dispensaries. Smoking marijuana would remain prohibited. It also approved several additions to the list of conditions for which patients can qualify for the program.

The Department of Health will promulgate official regulations with the changes on May 12.

Medical marijuana became available in Pennsylvania to registered patients in February. Only a fraction of the approved cultivation centers and dispensaries are currently operational, and patients are not permitted to purchase whole plant marijuana under the current system. This has led to product shortages and prohibitively expensive medicine throughout the state. There is more information about the benefits to patients of allowing whole plant marijuana here.

“Allowing cannabis in its natural, flower form and expanding the list of qualifying conditions will have a huge positive impact on seriously ill Pennsylvanians,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project, who helped lead the medical marijuana effort in the state legislature. “By being able to provide medical marijuana in plant form, producers will be able to get medicine into the hands of patients much more quickly and for much lower cost to patients. This is vitally important for patient access right now while the program is still getting off the ground and production is not yet at full capacity. We hope these rules are promulgated as quickly as possible so even more patients will be able to find relief.”

Pennsylvania was the 24th state to pass and implement an effective medical …

The Original Flyer That Sparked the 420 Phenomenon

Former Freedom Leaf senior editor Chris Goldstein interviewed editor-in-chief Steve Bloom about the origins of how the number 420 became synonymous with cannabis in 2016. Bloom was the first journalist to write about 420 when he worked at High Times in the 1990s.

Goldstein: You claim to have discovered 420. How did that happen?

Bloom: The last week of 1990 I went to several Grateful Dead shows at the Oakland Coliseum. I was walking in the parking lot and someone handed me a half page flyer. It had this message that people should smoke together at 4:20 and on 4/20. I brought it back to High Times in New York. We passed it around the office and everyone got a kick out of it. I was news editor at the time. I transcribed the flyer and published it in the May 1991 issue. My little write up in High Times was the first time “420” got any national publicity.

Goldstein: What did the flyer say?

Bloom: Four-twenty started in San Rafael, CA in the late ‘70’s. It started as police code for

How To Diagnose And Treat Magnesium Deficiency In Cannabis | HMJ

magnesium deficiency cannabis plant

If you’ve ever done any kind of gardening—any kind at all—chances are you’ve said these words at least once: “What the deuce is wrong with these plants?!” All right, maybe not those exact words, but something to that effect. This sentiment is usually followed by some level of panic because there’s now a very real possibility that you could lose the plant completely (i.e., it dies).

This is especially true when you’re growing cannabis because the end result is a homegrown psychedelic trip or some much-needed medication. So there’s real value waiting for you at the end of this particular rainbow.

One of the more common “What the…” problems is magnesium deficiency in cannabis. It can affect any strain at any time and eventually leads to the complete failure of your crop (again, that’s DEATH, boys and girls). So what’s a concerned cannasseur to do if magnesium deficiency rears its ugly head? Treat the problem and prevent it from happening again, that’s what.

But how exactly can you tell if it’s magnesium deficiency or something else entirely? The experts at Honest Marijuana are here to help. We’ll be your superhero!

In this article, we’ll tell you how to diagnose, treat, and prevent magnesium deficiency in your cannabis plants. Along the way, we’ll also answer some other important questions, such as:

  • What is magnesium?
  • What does magnesium do in cannabis?
  • Can pH levels affect magnesium absorption?
  • How long after diagnosis until your plants look better?

That’s a lot to get to, and we realize the life of your precious pot plants is on the line. Time is of the essence, so let’s get started saving the day. Cue Mighty Mouse theme song.

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium (Mg) is a chemical element on the periodic table (number 12 for those of you who were curious). It was “discovered” in 1618 by Henry Wicker’s cows (seriously, look it up). One hundred and …

Study: Those in the Food Services Industry Most Likely to Use Marijuana, Those in Mining, Oil, and Gas Least Likely

A new Colorado-based study released by the CDC examines the likelihood of a person being a marijuana consumer based on the industry they currently work in.

The study, titled Current Marijuana Use by Industry and Occupation — Colorado, 2014–2015, was released by the CDC on Friday.  Using the 2014 and 2015 BRFSS [Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System] data combined, “state-weighted percentages were calculated, and bivariate analyses using a Rao-Scott chi-square test were performed to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity.” In addition, “prevalence and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by industry and occupation.”

Among the combined 26,936 respondents* in the BRFSS 2014 and 2015 surveys, 18,848 (70.0%) were given the opportunity to answer the question of whether they had ever used marijuana or hashish, and 18,674 (99.1%) responded (either positively or negatively) to the question. Of those respondents, 10,169 (54.5%) indicated that they were employed or had been out of work for less than 1 year. Among the 10,169 workers responding, 14.6% reported using marijuana during the preceding 30 days.

The prevalence of current marijuana use was higher among persons aged 18–25 years (29.6%) than among persons aged 26–34 years (18.6%) and persons aged ≥35 years (11.0%), and higher among men (17.2%) than among women (11.3%). By race/ethnicity, prevalence of current marijuana use was highest among non-Hispanic whites (15.3%), followed by Hispanics (15.1%) and non-Hispanic blacks (14.5%).

Below is a breakdown of marijuana users by industry, starting with the industry with the highest percentage of users, down to the industry with the lowest percentage:

Accommodation and Food Services — 30.1%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation — 28.3%
Other Services (except Public Administration) — 20.9%
Construction — 19.7%
Real Estate, Rent, Lease — 19.6%
Retail Trade — 18.9%
Administration, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services — 18.8%
Information — 18.2%
Manufacturing — 16.3%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing/Hunting —

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Slow Data Reporting Leaves State’s Current Marijuana Market Unknowable

Reporting on Washington State’s legal marijuana market is slow-going, with data released by the Liquor and Cannabis Board being months behind other states.

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, which oversees the state’s legal marijuana industry, operates a neat and fairly comprehensive Marijuana Dashboard which has detailed statistical information regarding marijuana sales, licensing and production. The problem is that the Board seems be incredibly slow at collecting data, and/or reporting it.

The latest monthly sales data for Washington’s marijuana industry was released by the Board roughly two months ago. This was data for October, 2017. This means that data for November, 2017 and onward is unreported and completely unknown by anyone outside of the Board (or maybe it’s even unknown to them). By contrast, in Oregon and Colorado, states which have their Department of Revenues overseeing their marijuana markets, sales and tax data is reported through February of this year. This means that they’re four months ahead of Washington’s available data, and just one month behind current time (this makes March the only finished month where data isn’t yet available, though it will be soon).

Although data being released so slowly isn’t a life-changer for most people. even for those in the industry, it’s another sign that the Board may not be entirely fit to handle the job they’ve been tasked to do. Way back in 2015 we reported on how the Board was utterly confused about the state’s then-new medical marijuana law, and was giving bad advice to medical marijuana collectives that could have led to them receiving felony charges.

We reached out to the Liquor and Cannabis Board for their thoughts on this issue but they have yet to respond.

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Republicans Hijack the Marijuana News Cycle

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) says he’s made a deal with President Trump that will protect businesses in legal marijuana states.

It was a big week for Republicans and weed. First, on Apr. 11, former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he’d joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company “with cultivation, processing and dispensing operations across 11 states.”

Two days later, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said he’d struck a deal with President Trump that would allow recreational marijuana business in the nine legal states to operate without federal interference. Gardener stated:

“Late Wednesday (Apr. 11), I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole Memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix the states’ rights issue once in for all.”

In exchange, Gardner said he would no longer block Trump’s Justice Department nominees.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Gardner’s remarks:

“We’re always consulting Congress about issues, including states’ rights, of which