Major compromise reached in Utah

On October 4 in Salt Lake City, medical marijuana supporters and opponents announced that they have reached an agreement on a compromise medical marijuana law that will be enacted during a November special session after the 2018 election.

Regardless of the outcome of Prop 2 — the medical marijuana ballot initiative that MPP helped to draft — the legislature will enact the compromise bill. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has committed to calling the special session.

MPP strongly supports the agreement because it will ensure that a workable medical marijuana law is enacted and implemented. In Utah, a statutory ballot initiative can be amended or even repealed by a simple majority in the legislature. If Prop 2 passed without any agreement on next steps, patients may have been left waiting years to access legal medical cannabis. This compromise eliminates that uncertainty and ensures legislative leaders are committed to making the law work.

This agreement has the support of the Utah Patients Coalition (the Prop 2 campaign committee), Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, the Utah Senate President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Utah Medical Association.

The compromise bill, while not ideal and cumbersome in certain respects, is workable and provides a path for Utah patients to legally access medical cannabis, including whole-plant products. MPP staff were consulted during the negotiations and provided critical input on the final agreement.

MPP has been assisting the campaign since its inception in early 2017. We helped draft the initiative, and we made significant financial contributions to fund the successful signature drive (and its subsequent legal defense). While we still wish to see Prop 2 pass, both sides have agreed to de-escalate their campaign activities.

MPP would like to thank the many individual donors who supported the Utah Patients Coalition over the last 18 months. Your generosity enabled a successful signature drive. If Prop …

Pepsi Looking Into Cannabis Beverages

PepsiCo’s Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston has announced that the company is looking into the possibility of developing and releasing cannabis-infused beverages.

“I think we’ll look at it critically”, Johnston told Jim Cramer and Sara Eisen last week on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, noting that he’s “not prepared to share any plans that we may have in the space right now”.

Johnston’s announcement doesn’t mark the first time a major beverage producer has hinted at making cannabis or CBD-infused drinks, with some actually taking action to do so. For example, earlier this year Constellation, the producers of Corona beer, took an addition $4 billion stake in the Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth, following up on a previous investment in October.

Last month Coca-Cola said it’s “closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages”.

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National Survey Finds 62% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Survey results released Monday by the Pew Research Center show a strong majority of American adults support legalizing marijuana.

The national survey of 1,754 U.S. adults found 62% think marijuana should be made legal, while only about one-third of Americans (34%) think it should remain illegal.

“A growing majority of Americans are ready to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and move on”,  says Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “They see states regulating marijuana for medical and adult use, and they recognize it is a much more effective approach. Laws that treat cannabis consumers like criminals and disproportionately impact communities of color are steadily losing popularity across the U.S.”

Hawkins continues; “Voters are steadily moving in one direction on this issue, and elected officials are taking notice. States are reevaluating their old prohibition laws and starting to plan their exit strategies. It is time for Congress to do the same and end prohibition at the federal level.”

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The 10 Most Popular Ways to Consume Marijuana

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

The stereotypical picture of marijuana consumption is someone toking up buds in a joint or bong, but as weed comes out from the shadows and into the legal marketplace, entrepreneurs are busily concocting all sorts of pot products.

Consume MarijuanaFrom vape pens to concentrates to edibles, drinks, tinctures, and even creams and topical lotions, marijuana is now available in myriad forms.

But what’s the most popular? Here, we turn to the good folks at BDS Analytics, a company that prides itself on providing “data-driven insights, market intelligence, and complete consumer understanding” of the marijuana industry. BDS has just released its list of the Top 10 ways people are consuming cannabis in 2018, based on results from its proprietary GreenEdge™ Retail Sales Tracking database, which gathered data from California, Colorado, and Oregon from the first half of the year.

The biggest takeaway is that despite all the hoopla about the multitude of new marijuana products, people still overwhelmingly favor inhaling their weed, either as smoke from buds or via vaping. Sales of buds, pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges, and disposable vapes accounted for around $1.8 billion in sales, with another $200 million coming in sales of concentrates, which are typically also inhaled. And it was buds (flowers) that made up more than half of that figure.

Edible and tincture products that made it into the Top 10 only accounted for about $200 million in sales, or about 10 percent of the total pot market in those three states. While edibles and other cannabis concoctions may be the wave of the future, as of now, bud is still the king.

Here are BDS Analytics’ Top 10 pot products, based on total retail sales:

1. Flower: This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. We all had joints, bowls and bongs long before we could easily buy weed-infused kombuchas. Good old flower was there first, and it remains on top. Sales: …

Utah Governor to Call Special Session on Medical Marijuana After November Election

Next month voters in Utah will have the opportunity to legalize medical marijuana through a citizen’s initiative, but even if it fails the state’s governor says he plans to hold a special session on the issue.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Governor Gary Herbert has pledged to call a special legislative session to take up the issue of medical marijuana following the November general election. He says this is the case whether or not Proposition 2 is passed by voters . If voters reject the initiative, lawmakers will take up a proposal that would would allow qualifying patients to obtain medical marijuana from one of up to five “medical cannabis pharmacies”, or at their county health departments.

“The good news here is that whether [Prop 2] passes or fails, we’re going to arrive at the same point,” says Herbert.

While Proposition 2 would allow patients to purchase marijuana and marijuana products from privately owned dispensaries, the state’s would establish a centralized pharmacy to supply health departments with marijuana in “medicinal dosage form.”

Under the deal announced by Herbert, which was debated by state officials as well as proponents and opponents of Proposition 2, he Department of Health would also issue up to five licenses for privately owned cannabis pharmacies, a number that could increase to 10 if need by.

For more information on Proposition 2, click here.

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The Top 5 Cannabis Smoking Methods

There are many cannabis smoking methods, but these five stand above the rest!

 

  • #5 – Pipes

The pure efficiency and practicality of pipes easily put them above other smoking methods not on this list (knifers, fruit, etc.). However, its simplicity (which is both a blessing and fault), and the fact that hits can be harsher than other methods, hold it back from being higher on the list.

 

  • #4 – Bubblers

Bubblers are the natural evolution of the pipe, and their smoother hits propel them to the fourth position. They may not be as smooth as a bong, but they have a degree  of  portability that many bongs don’t. The main thing holding them back? The options below are  better.

 

  • #3 – Blunts

No other method of smoking is better for extended relaxation sessions alone, or for sharing with large groups of people. The large size allows you to take as large or small of a hit as you want without killing it for the people next in line for a toke. And with the proliferation of blunt wrappers made from hemp, the one negative of some blunts (that the wrap is made from tobacco) is negated.

 

  • #2 – Joints

Joints may not be #1, but they’re not far behind. They’re versatile, fun and perfect for sharing without the necessity of putting forth the large amount of bud required to roll a blunt,. Joints really do stand above the crowd… but slightly below the #1 on this list.

 

  • #1 – Bongs

For some, this will make perfect sense – for others, this will be blasphemy. But when you think about it long and hard, it makes perfect sense. Hitting with a bong is so much smoother than joints or pipes. This allows you to either take a much larger hit, or take a hit that’s roughly the same size but far more enjoyable . If you …

Study: CBD Reduces Cocaine Intake

According to a new study published by the journal Neuropharmacology, cannabidiol (CBD) reduces cocaine intake and has “pro-neurogenic effects” in cocaine consuming animals.

(Photo: Dmitry Tishchenko – Getty Images).

The study, titled Repeated Cannabidiol treatment reduces cocaine intake and modulates neural proliferation and CB1R expression in the mouse hippocampus, was epublished by the National Institute of Health.

“Cannabinoid derivatives have shown promising results for treating neuropsychiatric disorders, including drug addiction”, begins the study’s abstract. “To determine whether CBD can attenuate cocaine reinforcement, we assessed behavioural responses induced by cocaine in mice, using the behavioural sensitization, conditioned place preference and intravenous self-administration paradigms.”

Researchers show that “repeated CBD treatment produces anxiolytic effects in the elevated plus maze test, increases the discrimination index of the novel object recognition task and attenuates cocaine-induced conditioned place preference but does not affect behavioural sensitization.” CBD also “reduced cocaine voluntary consumption and progressive ratio breaking point in the self-administration paradigm, but not drug-induced reinstatement. In parallel, CBD increased expression of type 1 cannabinoid receptor, MAPK-CREB phosphorylation, BDNF expression, and neural cell proliferation in the hippocampus, and reduced the GluA1/2 AMPA subunit receptor ratio in the striatum.”

In summary, researchers state that “CBD can modulate some behavioural and molecular manifestations of cocaine reinforcement. Moreover, our findings show that CBD has pro-neurogenic effects also in cocaine consuming animals. Overall, this novel evidence provides new perspectives to use CBD as a therapeutic tool.”

More information on this study can be found here.

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Trichomes: The Complete Guide

Trichomes

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Are you trying to understand all the convoluted online conversation about cannabis trichomes? What are they? How are they grown? How are they harvested? What’s the best way to consume them?

We gotcha! We’ll help you understand what the trichome buzz in the cannabis community is all about. This post will also help you wrap your mind around the biology of trichomes and their importance to you and to the rest of the cannabis plant.

We’ll make sure you know what you need to about how trichomes are both grown and extracted so you can make well-informed decisions to optimize your cannabis consumption.

We’ll break down the basics of a few traditional trichome consumption methods and also hook you up with a brief intro to dabbing to help you get started dabbling with trichomes!

What Are Trichomes?

Trichomes are totally the grooviest and gooiest part of the cannabis plant. Trichomes are the resin glands of the pot plant that contain THC, CBD, and other active medicinal cannabinoids.

Trichomes are literally the cream of the cannabis crop. Trichomes are the basis of the smokeless revolution in cannabis consumption that has saved the lives of countless medical marijuana users, such as Charlotte Figi.  

Charlotte was cured from suffering over 300 seizures a week induced by Dravet syndrome with a tincture of trichomes from a CBD-rich strain of marijuana now known as Charlotte’s Web, named after the girl’s miraculous recovery.

Extracting trichomes from the cannabis plant also preserves terpenes. Terpenes are the pungent oils that give the cannabis plant its distinct tastes and smells.

Like the sweet, fruity taste of Pineapple Twist? That’s the terpenes. Love the skunky smell of Sour Diesel? That’s the terpenes. In fact, terpenes provide a wide range of tastes and smells including the more common citrus, berry, mint, and pine.

Terpenes also create an entourage of health benefits and help fully

PTSD is the Most Common Condition Treated by Medical Cannabis in Illinois

In Illinois, the number of patients who use medical cannabis for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) surpasses that of any other condition, according to a new state report.

The report states that PTSD has become the most common medical ailment among patients who are participating in the state’s legal medical cannabis program. The report also found that the program has grown 83% this year to over 46,000 patients.

The number of patients with PTSD who are legal medical cannabis patients doubled in fiscal year 2018, to more than 4,000. This surpassed fibromyalgia (3,400 patients), and cancer (2,500 patients), which were #1 and #2 last year. Rounding out the top five are spinal cord disease and injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

PTSD was added to the state’s medical marijuana program in 2016, joining around 40 other conditions.

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The 53 Best Weed Strains

three forms of marijuana in and around wooden bowl

One of the special joys of cannabis is discovering which specific strains your endocannabinoid system prefers. However, Leafly.com currently has 1,762 strains profiled in their database and it’s not uncommon to come across strains you won’t be able to find listed in their database.

No one even knows how many strains actually exist because cannabis can be endlessly crossbred to create as many different strains of weed as there are stars in the sky. Some strains of weed like Thai Stick, much like certain stars, have already gone extinct while others have yet to exist.

This is why selecting the 53 best weed strains is an undeniably fun task.

marijuana strainsSource: http://www.mmofhi.com/

The first strain of weed was sent to planet Earth from Sirius, according to the Mali people of West Africa who were chronicled by Herodotus around 300 BC.

The word cannabis, or the “two-dog-plant” according to the Mali, is a combination of the words canna, or canine (dog), and bis or bi, signifying the number two because Sirius is the original homeworld of cannabis in the Mali tradition.

Every strain of the mother plant has its own fascinating short story and history.

news graphic showing planet and satelliteSource: Newswatch33.com

Choosing which strains of weed to try from the limitless varieties without contemplating the kinds of pot that could potentially be growing on other planets is enough to make some green cannabis consumers anxious or excited.

It’s even quite common for really serious stoners to get a little depressed when they contemplate how no one will ever be able to smoke every single strain of wonderful weed in the universe.

We cross-referenced data from Leafly, Weedmaps, Hightimes, Complex, and Weed Horn to bring you the ultimate list of our 53 favorite mouth-watering strains of marijuana. We hope that our guide will help make your quest to find your favorite strains of cannabis a little easier.

The 53 Best Weed

Canadian Cannabis Prohibition Predated U.S. Ban by 15 Years

Gerald Le Dain with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 (Photo by Peter Bregg/The Canadian Press)

Canada’s path to cannabis prohibition closely followed that of its southern neighbor. Like in the United States, a century ago cannabis was widely available in tincture form as a medication before being banned in a campaign that blatantly harnessed racism and xenophobia. Yet now Canada is legalizing coast to coast, starting October 17, while the U.S. federal government refuses to end its 80-year policy.

The Anti-Immigrant Roots of Canadian Prohibition

The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, the first major anti-drug legislation in the US, was passed on a wave of anti-Asian hysteria. In Canada, the connection was even more blatant.

On September 7, 1907, a thousands-strong white mob of the Asiatic Exclusion League rampaged through Vancouver’s Chinese and Japanese district trashing shops and throwing some immigrants in the harbor. “Not a Chinese window was missed,” it was reported.

Business owners demanded compensation, and the deputy labor minister—William Lyon Mackenzie King, who later as prime minister led Canada through World War II—was dispatched to investigate. King was shocked to find that the claimants included (legal) opium merchants. Back in Ottawa, he wrote a report on the opium menace, which warned that the Asian drug was catching on with white women and girls.

Oregon Garnered Over $10 Million in Marijuana Taxes in August, Setting New Monthly Record

According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state made over $10 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in August.

In total, Oregon garnered $10,114,594 million in marijuana taxes in August, narrowly beating  out the previous monthly record set in July (the record before that was the $9.2 million made in January). August’s taxes were made from the sale of around $50 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products.

Of the $10.1 million in marijuana taxes made in August, $8,791,774 came from the state’s tax on marijuana; the remaining $1,322,820 came from local taxes.

The new data brings Oregon’s total tax revenue from marijuana made in fiscal year 2018 to $82,203,729, which already surpasses the $70,263,897 made in fiscal year 2017.

For a full breakdown of Oregon’s marijuana tax revenue since the start of legal sales in 2016, click here.

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Study: Fewer Sexually Transmitted Infections Found in Men Who Use Cannabis

In a new study published being published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and epublished online by the National Institute of Health, men who consume cannabis and no other drugs were found to have less sexually transmitted infections.

“Among men who have sex with men (MSM) the relationship between sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cannabis use is not well established”, states the study’s abstract. With this in mind, reseachers “assessed cannabis use, sexual behavior, and STIs including HIV in a diverse cohort of young MSM.”

For the study researchers “conducted visits every 6 months with 512 MSM between 2014 and 2017 collecting demographics, sexual behaviors, and reports of frequency of substance use. Each visit conducted testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis via blood, urine, and pharyngeal and rectal swabs by PCR, HIV was assessed using rapid tests for HIV negatives and viral load for HIV positives.” Researchers “analyzed the relationship between cannabis use, sexual behaviors and STIs/HIV across 1,535 visits.”

It was found that “Significantly fewer participants tested positive for STIs at visits when reporting the previous 6 months use of only cannabis(11.7%) compared to no drugs (16.3%) or other drugs (20.0%).” In addition, “Fewer MSM reporting only cannabis use than no or other drug use had been incarcerated, had incarcerated partners, experienced interpersonal violence, and were HIV positive.”

Researchers conclude that “When MSM reported using cannabis exclusively fewer STIs were detected and lower risk sexual engagements reported than when MSM reported no drug or other drug use.”

For the full study, conducted by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles and the Los Angeles LGBT Centerclick here.

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iHeartMedia Invests $10 Million in High Times

iHeartMedia announced today that they would make a strategic investment deal with High Times Holding Corp. The $5,000,000 advertising deal comes alongside a $10,000,000 investment.

Per the terms of the agreement, High Times will gain access to the iconic radio brand’s inventory, outdoor advertising, mass media expertise, and other associated services. iHeart will commit to High Times a minimum of $5,000,000 worth of advertising media inventory on the iHeart broadcast radio stations throughout the United States, as well as on its Clear Channel out-of-home advertising billboards. High Times intends to utilize the ad media inventory purchases to publicize its pending maximum $50 million Regulation A+ initial public offering.

“The synergies are obvious,” said Adam Levin, chairman and CEO of High Times. “While TV and movies influence culture, music and events define it. This strategic alignment gives both organizations a vested interest in each other and sets the stage for some really interesting collaborations in the future.”

Boasting over a quarter billion monthly listeners in the US alone and over 850 radio stations, iHeart is the largest radio outlet in America. It also serves Clear Channel Outdoor, a worldwide network of out-of-home advertising spaces which leverages audience insights and product innovation to connect advertisers with consumers in the right place at the right time.

High Times is currently offering shares in the company through a Regulation A+ crowdfunding campaign. Investments are going strong, with millions of dollars already raised from over 6,000 investors.

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Jamaica Makes First-Ever Shipment of Medical Marijuana to Canada

Jamaica has officially made its first-ever shipment of medical marijuana to Canada.

“Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies”, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, in an announcement regarding the shipment.

The shipment was authorized through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. The import permit from Health Canada was obtained on behalf of Jamaican-based licensed producer Timeless Herbal Care which was then granted an export permit by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

According to Courtney Betty, President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, “Timeless continues to be a trailblaser in Jamaica and the accomplishment of landing the first shipment of extracted oil which was cultivated and extracted at our facilities in Jamaica is a fulfillment of a mission we began five years ago. This was made possible by our commitment to the development of small farmers and local communities and through partnerships such as our Research at the University of Technology.”

Betty continues; “Our international partners such as Open Vape and Mount Sinai Hospital are also helping to guide us in producing the highest grade extracted oil which can be used for clinical trials leading to the development of medicinal products for the world.”

Marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica since 2015.

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Pennsylvania Committee Unanimously Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Legalize Hemp

A resolution urging the federal government to end the nation’s longstanding prohibition on industrial hemp has been passed by a key legislative committee in Pennsylvania.

Senate Resolution 421 was passed unanimously (11 to 0) yesterday by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

According to its official summary, SR 421 is “A Resolution urging the Congress of the United States to pass the language from the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, as contained in the 2018 Farm Bill, removing industrial hemp from the Schedule I Controlled Substance List and legalizing commercial industrial hemp production in the United States”.

The resolution also calls on the state’s Department of Agriculture “to conduct a study of industrial hemp research pilot programs and prepare recommended draft statutory and regulatory language.”

The resolution was filed by Senate Sharif Street along with a bipartisan group of 12 other lawmakers. The full text of the resolution can be found by clicking here.

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California Gov. Brown vetoes several key bills, signs others; medical patients hit the hardest

If you live in California, click here to support access on school grounds and tax breaks for donated cannabis. 

Gov. Jerry Brown recently acted on a raft of cannabis bills that passed this year. Here is a quick breakdown of what was signed and what was vetoed.

 

Among the bills signed into law:
  • AB 1793 allows adults convicted of cannabis-related offenses that are no longer considered illegal to have them automatically removed from their records.
  • SB 1294 creates equity provisions that will allow cannabis business licensees who qualify to get access to low- or no-interest loans and grants.
  • AB 2215 requires the Veterinary Medical Board to establish guidelines for licensed veterinarians to discuss the use of cannabis on animals.
  • AB 2020 allows cannabis to be sold and consumed at special events.
Unfortunately, Gov. Brown vetoed several important bills:
  • SB 1127 would allow medical cannabis to be administered on school property for registered patients.
  • SB 829 would exempt cannabis from taxes when donated free of charge to dispensaries for their low-income patients.
  • SB 1863 would allow licensed cannabis companies to deduct standard business expenses under the state’s personal income tax.
Lawmakers are now considering whether they have the two-thirds votes to override the vetoes. Click here to send a message to your lawmakers in support of tax breaks for cannabis donated to needy patients and protections for medical cannabis patients at schools.

 

Cannabis policy made big strides this year, but there is more to do. Please forward this message to family, friends, and allies in California!

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Analysis: Michigan legalization measure would generate $520 million in new tax revenue over five years

A recent study of the potential fiscal impacts of legalizing marijuana in Michigan found that passage of Prop 1 would generate over half a billion dollars in additional revenue for the state in the first five years of implementation. Read local coverage of the analysis here.

Much of the revenue generated from marijuana would be directed to Michigan’s roads, schools, and local communities, which are currently underfunded.

The report, conducted by marijuana policy consulting firm VS Strategies, made predictions based on a model that drew upon analysis of multiple data sources. By 2023, the study predicts that total annual marijuana sales will exceed $800 million in Michigan. Read the detailed findings of the analysis here.

Election Day is just over a month away, and voters will soon be receiving absentee ballots. There’s not much time left, and the YES on 1 campaign needs your help to ensure the measure passes. Chip in with a contribution today to help them dispel the fear tactics and propaganda of their prohibitionist opponents.

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How Many Grams Are in an Ounce of Marijuana

When purchasing cannabis, an ounce is a common quantity – especially among regular consumers. But how many grams are in an ounce of marijuana?

When it comes to purchasing marijuana, an ounce is often considered the holy grail.  It’s not the largest quantity you can purchase, but it represents an amount large enough to actually last a while, even for heavy consumers. When it comes to the marijuana market, an ounce of marijuana is 28 grams. However, technically speaking an ounce of marijuana is 28.34 grams.

The same barely-noticeable discrepancy is true of all other typical forms of marijuana quantities that are sold. For example:

  • 1/8 an ounce = 3.54 grams
  • 1/4 an ounce = 7.08 grams
  • 1/2 an ounce = 14.17 grams
  • 1 ounce = 28.34 grams

Below is a visual comparison of these quantities, provided by Leafly:

 

In addition to the standard one gram, these four quantities will all be an option when purchasing marijuana; this is true whether purchasing from a dealer or a legal cannabis retail outlet. Some offer smaller amounts, such as half grams, but that has become more uncommon in recent years.

Other quantities of marijuana:

The quantities shown in the image above are the most common when it comes to marijuana. However, some like to purchase even larger amounts. Here are some of those options:

Quarter pound of marijuana:

A quarter pound of marijuana is the same as four ounces. Given that most legal states have a limit of 2.5 ounces of less, purchasing a quarter pound or more at one time is typically relegated to the black market. A quarter pound equals:

  • 32 eights
  • 112 grams

Half pound of marijuana:

A half pound of marijuana is the same as eight ounces. A half pound equals:

  • 64 eights
  • 224 grams

Full pound of marijuana:

A full pound of marijuana is the same as 16 ounces. A full pound equals:

    • 128 eights

President Trump’s Marijuana Grade

If grading President Trump strictly in regards to marijuana and marijuana laws, what score would he get? Here we give our take.

Say what you will about President Trump – and most people would happily do so all day if asked, whether they support or oppose him – he’s made moves that have surprised many supporters of marijuana law reform, while simultaneously giving mixed messages on the issue.

Below we list the pros and  cons of Trump’s presidency as it relates to marijuana, and then give him a final grade (again, strictly on this subject).

Pros:

  • Earlier this year Trump teamed with Senator Cory Gardner (R) in announcing that he supports state rights when it comes to marijuana legalization laws, and said he will support future legislation to change the law to ensure that the feds won’t interfere with state marijuana laws. In doing so, Trump went beyond recent presidents in supporting the marijuana reform movement (in fact, both Presidents Bush and Obama spent vast amount of resources raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries).
  • Trump has stated on numerous occasions, including during his presidential campaign, that he’s “100%” in support of medical marijuana. This isn’t the same for recreational marijuana, but is still a positive.
  • For the most part, Trump has avoided the anti-marijuana rhetoric perpetuated by many Republican lawmakers. It’s hard to list not doing something ridiculous as a pro, but given the landscape we will.

 

Cons:

  • Trump chose then-Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Sessions is known for spending decades opposing marijuana and any liberalization of the laws surrounding it, and has actively pushed for an expansion of the war on drugs. If it wasn’t for the Sessions  pick, Trump’s grade would be considerably higher.
  • Other than the Gardner deal, Trump has done nothing to actively support a reformation of marijuana laws – and even the Gardner deal was done in large part because he was blocking

Study: CBD-Rich Cannabis Extracts Present “a Better Therapeutic Profile” Than Pure CBD

CBD-rich extracts which contain at least a small amounts of other cannabinoids “present a better therapeutic profile” than CBD alone, according to a new study published by the journal Frontiers in Neurology.

Cannabis oil (photo: David Downs).

The study, titled Potential Clinical Benefits of CBD-Rich Cannabis Extracts Over Purified CBD in Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy, states that the improved benefits of high-CBD cannabis extracts over pure CBD “is likely due to synergistic effects of CBD with other phytocompounds (aka Entourage effect)”.

According to the study’s abstract. “This meta-analysis paper describes the analysis of observational clinical studies on the treatment of refractory epilepsy with cannabidiol (CBD)-based products. Beyond attempting to establish the safety and efficacy of such products, we also investigated if there is enough evidence to assume any difference in efficacy between CBD-rich extracts compared to purified CBD products.”

Researchers state that “the systematic search took place in February/2017 and updated in December/2017 using the keywords “epilepsy” or “Dravet” or “Lennox-Gastaut” or “CDKL5” combined with “Cannabis,” “cannabinoid,” “cannabidiol,” or “CBD” resulting in 199 papers. The qualitative assessment resulted in 11 valid references”.

The categorical data of a total of 670 patients were analyzed by Fischer test. The average daily dose ranged between 1 and 50 mg/kg, with treatment length from 3 to 12 months (mean 6.2 months).

“Two thirds of patients reported improvement in the frequency of seizures (399/622, 64%)”, states the study. “There were more reports of improvement from patients treated with CBD-rich extracts (318/447, 71%) than patients treated with purified CBD (81/223, 36%), with statistical significance.”

Nevertheless, “when the standard clinical threshold of a “50% reduction or more in the frequency of seizures” was applied, only 39% of the individuals were considered “responders,” and there was no difference between treatments with CBD-rich extracts (97/255, 38%) and purified CBD (94/223, 42%).”

Patients treated with CBD-rich extracts reported lower average dose (6.1 mg/kg/day) than those using purified CBD …

New Oklahoma City ordinance reduces penalty for marijuana possession!

Ask your state lawmakers to take this reform to the state level.

Starting on October 26, Oklahoma City’s maximum penalty for simple possession of marijuana will be reduced to a fine of up to $400. The Oklahoma City Council approved the proposal to remove jail time and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession last week. Until the new law takes effect, the maximum fine for possession is $1,200 and six months of jail time.

If you live in Oklahoma, let your lawmakers know the time has come for statewide decriminalization!

Penalizing individuals with jail time and a criminal record for possessing small amounts of marijuana wastes law enforcement resources. It can also lead to a lifetime of harsh consequences, including denial of student financial aid, housing, employment, and professional licenses. You can find more information on decriminalization here.

Please spread the word!

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Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced!

Ask your legislators to end marijuana prohibition in Pennsylvania!

The drum beat for sensible marijuana policy is picking up in Pennsylvania!

Last Monday, Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older. This bill would also expunge the records of people who have been convicted of certain cannabis offenses.

If you are a Pennsylvania residentemail your state legislators today urging them to support HB 2600!

Ending marijuana prohibition would let adults make their own decisions about a substance that is safer than alcohol. Earlier this year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a report estimating that legalization could generate more than $580 million in tax revenue for the state.

In other exciting news, on Tuesday Lancaster City Council decriminalized simple possession and use of marijuana! Possession of marijuana or related paraphernalia will be now be classified as a summary offense – carrying a fine or community service – rather than a misdemeanor.

Please spread the word so that together, we can end prohibition in the Keystone State.

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Register to vote and make your voice heard!

Click here for help registering in your state.

Election Day may not be until Tuesday, November 6, but in many states voter registration deadlines are coming up soon! MPP has teamed up with non-profit Rock the Vote to make it easier for our subscribers to register in their state. Just click here, and their simple tool will help you fill out the voter registration form in your state or tell you where to register online, if your state allows that.

After you fill out their form online, you’ll get an email with your official registration form attached, and all you have to do is print it and mail it in! Easy. Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? You can also click here if you want to learn more about voting policies in your state, like early voting or voting by mail, as well as whether you can vote if you have a prior conviction.

Voters in Utah, Michigan, North Dakota, and Missouri will get to vote on marijuana initiatives this year, and MPP or our coalition partners have released voter guides in New Hampshire and Maryland. Click here to learn more, and please get out and vote!

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