Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume, Study Finds https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/marijuana-does-not-affect-brain-volume-study-finds <p>Since before the debates against legalizing marijuana began, there were always claims that the drug can change the brain&#39;s structure. Now we have research that has tested many sets of siblings to find where these abnormalities occur, only to find that none of the marijuana smokers had any irregularities compared to their non-smoking&nbsp;siblings after many years.</p> <blockquote> <p>The researchers hypothesized that in the sibling pairs where one had used marijuana and one had not, they would see differences in brain volume. But instead, they found that the exposed and unexposed siblings had the same amygdala volume. &ldquo;We found no evidence for the causal influence of cannabis exposure on amygdala volume,&rdquo; the authors concluded.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana writing course offered at university https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/marijuana-writing-course-offered-at-university <p>For many, marijuana held a special place in college life, but no longer is the use of the drug looked down upon, and now you can even find marijuana as a subject in the classroom. No, the University of Denver is not teaching how to grow your own marijuana; instead, the university is using this class as a platform to start real and productive discussions about the drug and the industry. The new course is called, &quot;Cannabis Journalism reporting and covering the new normal&quot; and the goal is to create an unbiased, transparent conversation that really focuses on good journalism. The University of Denver&#39;s College of Law also now hosts classes about taking on marijuana clients in the ever-changing industry.</p> <blockquote> <p>University Of Denver professor Andrew Matranga said: &nbsp;&quot;It&#39;s called Cannabis Journalism reporting and covering the new normal.&quot;</p> <p>Economics major Kevin Bartlett is taking the class to better understand a trailblazing trend.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s still very taboo and I think that having a more responsible conversation can lead to more open discussions for the rest of the country,&quot; Bartlett said.</p> </blockquote> Florida Cities Moving Full Speed Ahead With Marijuana Decriminalization https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/florida-cities-moving-full-speed-ahead-with-marijuana-decriminalization <p>Florida makes the third most arrests for marijuana possession in the country at about 60,000 per year, yet the residents show overwhelming support to legalize the plant. More and more cities are taking it upon themselves to use their local government to decriminalize small amouts of marijuana. Florida&#39;s largest county, Miami-Dade, decriminalized the possession of up to 20 grams as a civil infraction punished with a $100 fine. Many other cities are following with similar bills, but Florida NORML is pushing for a 2016 vote to legalize marijuana statewide.</p> <blockquote> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that Florida residents are fed up with policies that treat those who possess marijuana as criminals and are looking to their local governments to lead the way in reforming these policies. NORML encourages you to contact your local city commissioners and urge them to consider adopting decriminalization policies in your communities.</p> </blockquote> Oregon's hot hash oil market drives demand for marijuana 'trim' https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/oregons-hot-hash-oil-market-drives-demand-for-marijuana-trim <p>As an industry grows, naturally things fall into their niche as efficiency and convenience work together. The budding marijuana industry is no different, and small details like only keeping the precious flower while throwing the rest of plant in the garbage kept certain businesses from reaching their potential. Companies like Cameron Yee&#39;s, Lunchbox Alchemy, have been throwing away parts of the plant called &quot;trim&quot; for too long before realizing the amount of products he could make with it. Fresh trim from quality strains of marijuana can be used to make the increasingly popular concentrates like oils and even edibles, but at a fraction of the price of using strictly buds. As Oregon&#39;s recreational market approches their first harvest and sales in October, the price of concentrates is sure to plummet while quality rises with the excess amount of trim that will be sold to third party companies like Cameron&#39;s.</p> <blockquote> <p>The demand for trim mirrors the recent rise in hash oil&#39;s popularity. For years, growers viewed the leaves as a nuisance, tossing them into chippers or garbage compactors, said Jorge Cervantes, a renowned marijuana grower who has written extensively about the plant.</p> <p>&quot;This market was a sleeper market,&quot; said Cervantes, who is from Oregon and lives in California. &quot;Until the market became developed and people wanted it, nobody was really paying attention.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Goodbye metals, hello marijuana: Mining firms are switching as the lure of commodities fades https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/goodbye-metals-hello-marijuana-mining-firms-are-switching-as-the-lure-of-commodities-fades <p>The more states that legalize marijuana, the higher interest becomes from companies to branch out to the higly profitable marijuana industry. Copper and gold mining companies like International Goldfields and Chlormet Technologies have begun investing in marijuana by seeking&nbsp;medical marijuana grow licenses and&nbsp;buying facilities. China is the top consumer of industrial metals, and as their economy is slowing down these metal companies are looking for more stable and promising ventures. As only a portion of US states have legalized marijuana in some forms, there is huge potential for even more growth. After growing 74% in one year the legal cannabis market had a value of $2.7 billion last year giving it the title of fastest growing industry in the country.</p> <blockquote> <p>Last year, the legal cannabis market in the US had a value of $2.7 billion, a 74% increase from 2013, making it the fastest-growing industry in the country, according to a report by ArcView Market Research (pdf, registration required). If all 50 states were to legalize sales of recreational marijuana, the firm estimates, the market would be larger than the organic food industry, with a value of $36.8 billion.<br /> Copper, meanwhile, has shed 22% so far in 2015.</p> </blockquote> Weed report: Teen marijuana use not linked to depression, cancer or psychosis in later life https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/weed-report-teen-marijuana-use-not-linked-to-depression-cancer-or-psychosis-in-later-life <p>Despite what you might have heard, new research suggests that the developing teen brain mixed with marijuana does not lead to problems later in life. Contrary to cigarettes and alcohol stunting your growth and development, marijuana use is not linked to any changes in mental and physical health over the course of your life regardless of frequency of use. For years many have claimed that marijuana smoke causes a plethora of health issues like cigarettes was found to cause, but the more research that is conducted, the more marijuana proves itself to be a stricly healthy drug.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;What we found was a little surprising,&quot; said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. &quot;There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Study: Marijuana Users Less Vulnerable To Obesity And Diabetes https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/study-marijuana-users-less-vulnerable-to-obesity-and-diabetes <p>There are many stereotypes surrounding those who smoke marijuana, whether it&#39;s being lazy, unintelligent, or just unhealthy, but new research is going to put many of these assumptions to shame. Researchers from the Conference of Quebec University have found that marijuana use is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) and lower fasting insulin meaning not only are pot smokers more likely to have less body fat, but they&#39;re also less likely to develop diabetes. The American Journal of Medicine published research with similar findings back in 2013 and since, cannabis has been an interest for those interested in controlling diabetes.</p> <blockquote> <p>Furthermore, marijuana users had a smaller risk of contracting diabetes, with lower fasting insulin and insulin resistance. &ldquo;In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR (insulin resistance),&rdquo; the authors said.</p> </blockquote> Here's ResponsibleOhio's first statewide pro-marijuana ad (video) https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/heres-responsibleohios-first-statewide-pro-marijuana-ad-video <p>ResponsibleOhio is on a winning streak this year after first gathering enough signatures to bring their marijuana reform bill to a vote, then airing a simple but effective ad during the presidential debate, and now airing a state-wide ad that is meant to connect with citizens and educate on the facts. This new ad shows a retired police captain explaining his past experience in law enforcement and becoming an expert in drug addiction. He follows up by informing viewers that Ohio spends over $100 million fighting the war on marijuana that simply cannot be won. The ad closes by reminding you that this can be changed if you &quot;vote yes on 3&quot; which if passed will legalize marijuana in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;As a police officer, I walked a beat, served on the vice squad and SWAT team and became an expert on drug addiction. I saw firsthand the effects of Ohio&#39;s destructive marijuana laws. Simply put -- they don&#39;t work. Ohio spends more than $100 million each year on this failed effort. It&#39;s time for marijuana reform. So law enforcement can spend their time cracking down on real criminals and making Ohio a safer place for our families. Vote yes on 3.&quot;</p> </blockquote> First marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas area opens https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/first-marijuana-dispensary-in-las-vegas-area-opens <p>Euphoria Wellness is a brand new medical marijuana dispensary, and the first to open in the Las Vegas area. The store aimed to be the first in the state, but was beat out by another in a smaller city when some developing laws did not go in their favor. Despite being the second to open in the state, Euphoria Wellness is exposed to majority of the state&#39;s population. The dispensary opened on Monday to only 200 pre-registered invited patients, and will not fully open to the public until Wednesday. The main delay in opening the store was getting ahold of legal and safe marijuana to sell, and now that they&#39;re open they&#39;re rationing customers to a max of half an ounce until they can replenish stock.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Euphoria once hoped to open as early as February or March. But the debut was delayed by bureaucratic disputes and the wait for commercial crops to be ready.</p> <p>Euphoria planned to start by selling marijuana bought from home growers, which is allowed under state law, but soon ran into a problem.</p> <p>County officials first told the dispensary it could buy only 2&frac12; ounces from each home grower. They cited a provision in state law saying a patient can only possess that much &quot;usable marijuana&quot; at one time.</p> <p>Such small amounts would make marijuana prohibitively expensive to test and made it impossible for the dispensary to gather enough to open for business.</p> </blockquote> Companies race to create marijuana breathalyzer; Oregon differs from neighbors in THC limit https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/companies-race-to-create-marijuana-breathalyzer-oregon-differs-from-neighbors-in-thc-limit <p>Since the legalization of marijuana, police have had trouble enforcing a consistent policy for impairment while driving. Washington and Colorado have the same legal limit of 5 nanograms per milimeter of blood, but in Oregon there is no such limit. If an officer in Oregon believes the driver to be impaired then they will be placed under arrest and made to take a blood or urine test which can be very excessive when the driver comes out clean. It took the US about 30 years to fully commit to a .08 limit for blood alcohol content and implement it in something as convenient as a breathalyzer. A limit of 5 nanograms is vague and can be reached by a completely sober person who smokes regularly due to THC staying in the blood long after the high has worn off, but creating a limit was a political compromise to see legalization through. Experts say that an effective method of roadside impairment testing for marijuana is atleast a decade away, and until it&#39;s ready there will likely be variation to see what works best.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It&#39;s not against the law to drive a car after drinking alcohol, it&#39;s also not against the law to drive a car after smoking pot,&quot; Hingson said. It&#39;s only illegal to drive while impaired, he points out.</p> <p>&quot;I think it would be a long time before marijuana breathalyzers are scientifically vetted and supported by law enforcement and by the courts the way alcohol breathalyzers are,&quot; Knott said</p> </blockquote> Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/chile-is-about-to-decriminalize-marijuana <p>As the US and others are showing more support for cannabis and legalizing, other countries like chile are following suit on their way to decriminalization. Last month, Chile&#39;s Chamber of Deputies voted almost 2:1 in favor of passing a bill that would allow Chileans to posses up to 10 grams of marijuana and grow up to 6 plants at a time. The bill is still waiting to be adjusted by a health commission and then it must pass the senate before it becomes law. Despite having one last hurdle to jump, marijuana policy reform looks promising in Chile as 86% of citizens are in favor of medical marijuana, and still over half are in favor of full legalization.</p> <blockquote> <p>The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign.</p> </blockquote> Colorado Denies Medical Marijuana Treatment For PTSD https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/colorado-denies-medical-marijuana-treatment-for-ptsd <p>Colorado took on a lot of responsibility when it became the first state to legalize marijuana recreationally, but that is not to take away from the medical marijuana industry that is also flourishing. Medical marijuana shops in Colorado have&nbsp;been serving patients for years now, but only those whose illnesses qualify can reap the benefits of significantly lower taxes and larger legal possession amount compared to recreational marijuana. PTSD is a condition that only a handful of medical states allow to qualify for the drug, and since last month&#39;s decision by the Colorado Board of Health to deny medical marijuana access to sufferers of PTSD, 5 patients have filed a lawsuit hoping to overturn the decision.</p> <blockquote> <p>According to ABC News, the reason medical marijuana was not allowed to treat PTSD is the lack of federal research showing a benefit in patients treated with marijuana. The motion was voted down by a 6-2 vote. Subsequently, a lawsuit was filed in the Denver District Court by five PTSD patients in the hopes of overturning the decision.</p> </blockquote> Advocates Say Marijuana Legalization In Arizona Could Generate $40 Million A Year For Schools https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/advocates-say-marijuana-legalization-in-arizona-could-generate-40-million-a-year-for-schools <p>Arizona is well on it&#39;s way to being added to the short list of states who have recreationally legalized marijuana, but there is still much work to be done. So far, supporters have gathered about 60,000 of the 150,000 signatures needed to bring marijuana legalization to the ballot in 2016. Advocates preach about the cartels&#39; control and that legalizing and regulating&nbsp;would make cannabis much harder to obtain by minors. The planned legislation if passed will result in a similar system to Colorado, with a 15% tax on pot sales, with 40% of tax revenue going straight to public schools. Current estimates show public schools would receive an extra $40 million for the year.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not surprised the Arizona Republican Party finds itself yet again on the wrong side of history, nor am I surprised they&rsquo;re opposing something that would generate so much money for our schools,&rdquo; Tameron said to The Huffington Post. &ldquo;Do you know that it is currently easier to obtain marijuana in Arizona&rsquo;s high schools than alcohol? I&rsquo;m pretty sure drug dealers and their cartel bosses don&rsquo;t ask for I.D., yet well-regulated and well-run businesses that sell alcohol do. Regulating marijuana like alcohol will eventually dry up the black market, making it harder for kids to obtain it.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Canadian university to offer online course in marijuana management https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/canadian-university-to-offer-online-course-in-marijuana-management <p>Canada&#39;s marijuana industry is unlike the US state-to-state legalization, but is instead legalized on a federal level and regulated by the national healthcare department. With so much growth happening so fast, many have seen this as a great opportunity to begin teaching classes on different aspects of the budding industry. Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbie is introducing a course that will teach the essentials of running a medical marijuana business. A medical marijuana industry pro helped put together the course&nbsp;curriculum alongside the Canada National Medical Marijuana Association.</p> <blockquote> <p>Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia has designed &ldquo;Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada&rdquo; to prepare students for the &ldquo;successes and continual challenges&rdquo; of the medical marijuana industry. The 14-week course will be taught exclusively online and will consist of four modules: plant production and facility management, legalities and regulations, marketing, sales and patient acquisition and medical conditions and drug development.</p> </blockquote> Odor of marijuana smoke wafting from neighbor's apartment not legally "offensive," appeals court rules https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/odor-of-marijuana-smoke-wafting-from-neighbors-apartment-not-legally-offensive-appeals-court-rules <p>This week, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled on a case that initially happened in 2012 where a police officer gained a warrant to a man&#39;s apartment based soley on the complaints by neighbors for the smell of marijuana. They claim to have smelled their neighbor smoking cannabis, which became legal in Oregon July 1st. After being fined and spending several months in jail, the man took his case to the Court of Appeals where they determined that the smell of marijuana is not considered offensive like garbage, thus removing the original need for the warrant to his home.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;We are not prepared to declare that the odor of marijuana smoke is equivalent to the odor of garbage. Indeed, some people undoubtedly find the scent pleasing,&quot; the appeals court wrote in throwing out the second-degree criminal mischief convictions of a Philomath man whose home was searched in 2012 because of the aroma of pot drifting from it.</p> </blockquote> These '420 Games' Athletes Want to Change the Perception of Weed https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/these-420-games-athletes-want-to-change-the-perception-of-weed <p>The stigma behind marijuana has always come with the typical lazy &quot;stoner&quot; type of person that people expect, but these athletes are looking to show people that using marijuana can fit into many different lifestyles without weighing down on you. Last week, participants of the 420 Games in San Francisco could be found toking up before a 4.2 mile run among other events. Some of the runners were even retired athletes who say that marijuana helps with painful injuries.</p> <blockquote> <p>The race and accompanying events were planned to change perceptions of marijuana and the people who consume it. Even as legal barriers to marijuana use continue to fall, stigma surrounding its use remain pervasive, according to the Games&rsquo; website.</p> </blockquote> US National Cancer Institute Now Lists Cannabis as Potential Cancer Treatment https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/us-national-cancer-institute-now-lists-cannabis-as-potential-cancer-treatment <p>Cannabis has been a widely accepted treatment for cancer patients to help with the nausea, anxiety, and depression.&nbsp;New research is showing that the cannabinoids found in marijuana&nbsp;not only fight the symptoms of cancer, but also kill the cancer cells themselves. Tests in mice and rats are revealing that many types of cancer cells are being destroyed by THC and CBD, while at the same time the normal healthy cells are being protected. The National Cancer Institute now lists on their website that marijuana can effectively inhibit and shrink tumors, yet the DEA continues to list marijuana as a schedule 1 narcotic next to heroin. Schedule 1 means the drug has a high potential for abuse, and no accepted medical value. How long will it take for government agencys to accept modern research and reclassify marijuana?</p> <blockquote> <p>The National Cancer Institute&rsquo;s listing of Cannabis and Cannabinoids as holding tremendous potential for medical applications, particularly as treatments for cancer, clearly contradicts the DEA&rsquo;s position regarding the Schedule I status of Marijuana. It seems that no one can manage to get on the same page regarding Marijuana, leaving many still pulling from impressions of Reefer Madness to form their opinions.</p> </blockquote> Oregon issues draft rules for recreational marijuana sales https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/oregon-issues-draft-rules-for-recreational-marijuana-sales <p>Some are saying the recent draft of rules for recreational marijuana sales go a little too far, but for a first draft and the access to safe and legal marijuana it&#39;s a worthwhile trade off. Legal recreational sales are scheduled to begin Oct. 1st of this year, and there are many more regulations to set in place before that can happen. Each individual sale will be required to come with a state-issued marijuana information card as well as recording the customer&#39;s bithdate and purchase amount. Individuals will only be able to purchase 7 grams at a time, and so far there is no effective way to stop them from buying more from different dispensaries. Many more rules were included in this first draft, and the public will have about a week to comment before they are implemented.</p> <blockquote> <p>The guidelines for early recreational sales are the first of several sets of rules the Oregon Health Authority will craft for the medical marijuana program, said Steve Wagner, program administrator. He said the agency also will issue rules for processors, growers, testing labs, serving size and labeling.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue Nearly Doubles in One Year https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue-nearly-doubles-in-one-year <p>Colorado&#39;s recreational marijuana sales have been going on for about a year and a half now, and business is&nbsp;booming. This year in the month of June alone, the state collected nearly $10 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales, which is double the revenue from June 2014. State public schools are seeing the benefits from marijuana taxes and are now able to make major improvements. In 2015 from January to May the state collected a whopping $88 million in marijuana taxes, and sales are only expected to keep going up.</p> <blockquote> <p>Revenue from marijuana sales has been used to fund improvements to the state&rsquo;s public schools. &ldquo;The people who were smoking marijuana before legalization still are. Now, they&rsquo;re paying taxes,&rdquo; Gov. John Hickenlooper told USA Today in February.</p> </blockquote> State Medical Board Backs Marijuana For Pain Syndrome https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/aug/state-medical-board-backs-marijuana-for-pain-syndrome <p>Connecticut&#39;s medical marijuana program is making progress in adding more conditions that qualify for the pain-relieving drug. The state&#39;s Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians passed new conditions in a unanimous vote this week, allowing many people including one patient, Michele DiPietro,&nbsp;to finally recieve proper treatment for her painful syndrome. Michele lives in California for part of the year and says medical marijuana not only eases her pain, but also lessens the harsh side effects from the other prescription drugs she takes. The support for medical marijuana coming from the board of physicians is an overwhelming plus for marijuana policy, and with their help patients will be able to find the best form of relief for themselves.</p> <blockquote> <p>One such patient is Michele DiPietro, 25, of Farmington, who has suffered from the syndrome since she was 11. She attended Wednesday&#39;s hearing and praised the board&#39;s unanimous recommendation.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ve been on every pain medicine, every muscle relaxer, every combination of medicine, and nothing has helped my pain,&quot; said DiPietro, who attended Wednesday&#39;s meeting in a wheelchair because the syndrome restricts her walking.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s exciting there is a new option,&quot; she said after the meeting. &quot;If people want to try it, they can. If they don&#39;t, they don&#39;t. I think it has the potential of helping so many people.&quot;</p> </blockquote>