Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Top 5 Banking Changes Coming to the Cannabis Industry in 2017 https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/top-5-banking-changes-coming-to-the-cannabis-industry-in-2017 <p>One of the most consistent problems persisting around the marijuana market nationwide is marijuana businesses not being able to open a bank account. Since federal law still deems marijuana an illicit substance, most&nbsp;banks choose not to work with cannabis businesses out of fear of federal interference&nbsp;and money laundering charges. This has caused big problems for the small businesses who are forced to take and secure massive amounts of cash daily, making them easy targets for theft. The small portion of banks who have been willing to work with the marijuana market are doing so in states with recreational marijuana programs as the regulations are much tighter than medical marijuana only states. Often small local banks or credit unions, these community entities are more likely to continue working with marijuana businesses as they want to keep their community safer and happier, while big banks will continue to deny and shut down any marijuana business acounts they can.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>In the coming year, it should come as no surprise if more cannabis related businesses manage to find access to banking services than ever before. At this point, local banks and credit unions simply want a way to ensure the safety of their community by seeing to it that large sums of cash simply don&rsquo;t exist outside of a financial institution. The only way to put an end to the problem is for more financial institutions to stand up and finally say that enough is enough.</p> <p>In the state of Oregon, a first of its kind study determined that those same voters who wanted cannabis to be legalized in the first place really want to see cannabis businesses offered access to the banking industry just like any other legitimate business. American Banker reported on a survey from 2015 that was conducted by Marijuana Business Daily of 400 professionals in the cannabis industry &ndash; and the results were that only about 40% of them were able to obtain a bank account of any sort. As of March 2016, nationwide data suggested that there were only 301 banks (at the time) who were willing to deal with any cannabis related businesses.</p> </blockquote> Weed entrepreneur brings in over $1 million a year running 'bud and breakfast' hotels https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/weed-entrepreneur-brings-in-over-1-million-a-year-running-bud-and-breakfast-hotels <p>Since the legalization of recreational marijuana by Colorado in 2012, the state has become a massive tourist attraction, but many visitors are finding it difficult to enjoy the legal buds when there is hardly anywhere legal to smoke.&nbsp;Joel Schneider wanted to join the marijuana industry and he found great success in opening the first hotel of it&#39;s kind, a Bud+Breakfast. Guest must be over 21 and rooms&nbsp;cost $299-$399 a night. With comfortable rooms, a stocked bar, chef catered meals, and special 420 happy hour events to keep guests entertained and happy, it&#39;s no wonder the Bud+Breakfast business model is doing so well. Now running 3 properties, Schneider&#39;s revenue averaged $110,000 a month last year. Soon he hopes to expand his business to other recreational states like California.</p> <blockquote> <p>At the time, Schneider was commuting from his home in New York and staying at a hotel in downtown Denver. &quot;I find myself smoking in my bathroom. I find myself hiding with a towel under the door and the shower on,&quot; he said. Even though he was in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, &quot;there was no place to smoke, and it wasn&#39;t fun.&quot;</p> <p>That&#39;s when he got the idea for opening a cannabis-friendly hotel, even though smoking isn&#39;t allowed in hotels. Schneider discovered that B&amp;Bs are considered private property, which would give him more flexibility. &quot;Now it was up to me to find the right private property,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;I get up at 4:20 it seems like every morning to get high,&quot; Schneider said. &quot;I tell my guests, &#39;Come down in your underwear, probably there&#39;s going to be someone else sitting in their underwear, too, and you can just pass a joint with each other.&#39; That&#39;s what I want, I want them to feel like they&#39;re home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Two Retirees Create Marijuana Packaging Business in Colorado https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/two-retirees-create-marijuana-packaging-business-in-colorado <p>Most businesses in the marijuana industry require&nbsp;a large investment to get started, but with lots of hard work and a great idea anyone can succeed in a thriving market. Two retired women are proof of just that after they started their child-resistant&nbsp;cannabis container company and filled an important need in the Colorado cannabis community. With the marijuana industry still new and growing, regulations often change, meaning the businesses have to adapt quickly to remain in compliance with local law, and thats exactly what these ladies have done. When regulations prompted for child-resistant containers, they started their business, Higher Standard Packaging, and took the product a step further with food safe FDA approved containers made out of milk jugs. Higher Standard Packaging never hired any new employees outside of founders Ms. Baker and Ms. Diner, and their family-owned delivery vehicle has made it easy to keep costs low and profits high.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;We thought consumers would want to store their edibles or medicines in containers that were F.D.A.-approved to store food in,&rdquo; said Ms. Diner, &ldquo;so we looked into making them from recycled plastic milk jugs.&rdquo;</p> <p>They decided to start Higher Standard Packaging in the spring of that year, and since then, they have sold nearly seven million units of packaging to Colorado cannabis dispensaries and beyond.</p> <p>The initial set of products consisted of plain white canisters in different sizes with child-resistant caps, made by manufacturing partners in California. To find customers, they cold-called more than 100 businesses, mainly in the Denver area, and visited them with samples and price sheets.</p> <p>Within the first six months, the company began selling other items: tubes, child-resistant caps and more recently, child-resistant, single-serving barrier bags (made of heavy-duty plastic that requires scissors to open). But their mainstay remains plastic containers for flower &mdash; the term for dried marijuana that is ready to smoke.</p> </blockquote> People in the US and Canada spent over $53 billion on marijuana in 2016 https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/people-in-the-us-and-canada-spent-over-53-billion-on-marijuana-in-2016 <p>The green rush of the North American marijuana industry is unlike any new market to exist. In just a few short years of limited legalization, the marijuana industry began bringing in billions in revenue, $6.7 billion in 2016 to be exact. Experts in marijuana market research expect the trend of rapid growth to continue at about 26% each year, meaning a $21.6 billion industry by 2021. The more the legal market expands&nbsp;the faster it will overcome black market sales, which at $46 billion are still a&nbsp;majority of total marijuana sales in North America. $46 billion makes up 87% of the total $53 billion spent on legal, medical, and illicit cannabis in North America last year. But illicit sales have actually dropped from 90% of total sales in 2015, meaning legal markets are slowly but surely converting black market buyers to legal users. The total marijuana market of $53 billion is more than Americans spend on both McDonalds and Starbucks, but at the moment most of it is going willingly untaxed and unregulated.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The North American legal weed market posted $6.7 billion in revenue in 2016, up 30% from the year before. The illicit market generated 87% of total pot sales, down from 90% in 2015.</p> <p>&quot;The enormous amount of existing, if illicit, consumer spending sets cannabis apart from most other major consumer-market investment opportunities throughout history,&quot; Dayton said in a statement. Unlike other fast-growing markets, which include organic foods, home video, and mobile, &quot;the cannabis industry doesn&#39;t need to create demand for a new product or innovation &mdash; it just needs to move demand for an already widely-popular product into legal channels.&quot;</p> </blockquote> National Academy Of Sciences Pushes For Rescheduling Of Marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/national-academy-of-sciences-pushes-for-rescheduling-of-marijuana <p>The National Academy of Sciences is not the first organization to request cannabis be reclassified down from a Schedule 1 drug and they probably wont be the last. Just last week, the academy published a report analyzing 10,000 scientific abstracts on medical marijuana use and came to almost 100 conclusions justifying the medical value of cannabis and cannabis products. The report called The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research finds that&nbsp;&ldquo;cannabis has both therapeutic value and public health risks.&rdquo; These papers underline the same theme being preached by marijuana advocates for years, loosen restrictions to allow cannabis research, then educate the public. Even the few available studies for medical marijuana have found great value in the drug as a treatment specifically for chronic&nbsp;pain, multiple sclerosis, and symptoms of chemotherapy.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The report entitled The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research went on to conclude that &ldquo;cannabis has both therapeutic value and public health risks.&rdquo; The report recommends more research and noted that the classification as a Schedule 1 drug impedes research and that researchers can&#39;t get the cannabis they need in order to address specific research needs. They suggest &ldquo;political and non-political strategies to resolve regulatory barriers to cannabis research, an objective and evidence-based analysis of cannabis policy is necessary.&rdquo;</p> <p>The committee found evidence to support therapeutic uses of cannabis to treat chronic pain in adults. For adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms, they said there was substantial evidence that short-term use of certain oral cannabinoids improved symptoms. They also found that cannabinoids helped adults with chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.</p> </blockquote> Can Marijuana Treat MS Symptoms? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/can-marijuana-treat-ms-symptoms <p>Due to marijuana&#39;s Schedule 1 classification it is extremely difficult to get approved for research on the drug, so in the meantime anecdotal evidence will have to be enough when patients are considering cannabis to treat their illness. In medical marijuana states, patients need a recommendation from their doctor to purchase marijuana, but doctors cannot&nbsp;write a prescription for a specific strain or cannabis product due to the gaps in research and policy. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of many conditions where current treatments just aren&#39;t enough to tame painful symptoms, leading many to search for other options like cannabis. While they wait for a license to research a Schedule 1 substance, the&nbsp;Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University is taking it upon themselves to survey MS patients and allow them to self report their findings with and without cannabis use. So far the submitted data is showing that 66% of respondents are currently using cannabis, and 78% of those cannabis users have lowered their dose of other medications or stopped taking the other medications due to marijuana.</p> <blockquote> <p>My lab&#39;s long-term goal is to determine whether cannabis can safely and effectively treat MS symptoms. But because of current federal regulations our lab can conduct only observational studies at this time. To conduct clinical trials with a Schedule 1 substance, investigators must have a special license, which my lab is in the process of applying for.</p> <p>At the moment, this means we study only people who are or are about to use cannabis and we do not provide cannabis to anyone for our studies.Our preliminary results indicate that people with MS using cannabis have greater physical activity levels, leg strength and walking speed, while also having less spasticity, fatigue and a lower perceived risk of falling. It is of note that these individuals are rarely using only cannabis to help control their symptoms. They are often using cannabis alongside traditional medications.</p> <p>The answers to these questions will provide guidelines for health care providers and people with MS on cannabis use. If these studies can demonstrate that cannabis effectively relieves and treats MS symptoms, they could help establish the medicinal value of cannabis. That could make a case for rescheduling cannabis, making it easier for physicians and researchers to establish cannabis&#39; true benefits and risks.</p> </blockquote> Hackers Cripple Leading Marijuana Sales System https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/hackers-cripple-leading-marijuana-sales-system <p>The budding marijuana industry has had to deal with enough regulation and hardships, but this time one of the industry&#39;s vital startups was targeted with a malicious cyber attack that rippled throughout the legal marijuana market nationwide. MJ Freeway provides a POS system to track marijuana sales and inventory to over 1000 businesses. The Denver-based company&nbsp;was hacked last week damaging their production and backup servers&nbsp;which has significantly slowed down dispensaries allover the country, with some of them even having to close. While no patient/customer information was stolen, the damage is considered severe, and a slow recovery is expected.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>According to a video statement issued yesterday by MJ Freeway CEO Amy Poinsett, the attack took out both MJ Freeway&rsquo;s production and backup servers, in what she described as an &ldquo;unprecedented malicious attack.&rdquo; While the damage from the attack was severe, Poinsett said &ldquo;much is reparable.&rdquo;</p> <p>With their sales systems down, dispensaries have spent the last week struggling to keep things flowing smoothly. One medical nonprofit, New England Treatment Access (NETA), notified clients in the days after the attack that sales would be slower than usual because staff would have to execute them manually. Other outlets, according to Marijuana Business Daily, were forced to close temporarily.</p> </blockquote> Veteran leads charge for medical marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/veteran-leads-charge-for-medical-marijuana <p>Indiana&#39;s Republican dominated legislature has repeatedly denied even a hearing of a medical marijuana bill, but a new voice is speaking up in hopes to change a state&#39;s old views. Last year the national American Legion asked congress to remove marijuana from the list of drugs with no medical purpose, and this last week Indiana&#39;s American Legion followed suite in voting to ask the Indiana legislature to reclassify marijuana and recognize the potential benefit in cannabis. Veterans are a large portion of patients who use medical marijuana and politicians listen to what the veterans have to say. A veteran of the Marine Corps and leading advocate for medical marijuana in Indiana, Jeff Staker, says cannabis can help patients avoid addictions to harmful painkillers like oxycontin.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>On Sunday, the Indiana American Legion approved a resolution supporting the national American Legion&#39;s position and calling on Indiana&#39;s legislature to &quot;remove restrictions from marijuana and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum, will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;Politicians listen to veterans,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Staker and others contend that marijuana can prevent wounded veterans from getting addicted to pain medication and can help combat-related mental health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder.</p> <p>&quot;I said I want to challenge him to prove one thing and one thing only: that marijuana has no medical benefits whatsoever,&rdquo; Staker said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a month or a month and a half and I haven&#39;t heard back.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana gets spotlight in pre-Super Bowl event in Houston https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/medical-marijuana-gets-spotlight-in-pre-super-bowl-event-in-houston <p>Medical marijuana will be in the spotlight at the sports medicine forum scheduled for Feb. 1 with the focus on whether or not marijuana can have a &quot;proper place in professional sports.&quot; The event will be sponsored by Vapen CBD and Merry Jane with tickets available to the public for $65. The NFL will be directly addressed as well as research on cannabis and pain relief, concussion symptoms, and other injuries. Former NFL athletes attending the event include: Jim McMahon, Kyle Turley, and Nate Jackson.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It&#39;s time the discussion is brought to the national stage where it belongs,&quot; said Rory Mendoza, CEO of Cannabis in Professional Sports and organizer of the event.</p> <p>Inhaler manufacturer Vapen CBD and cannabis media and culture company Merry Jane will join forces with Doctors for Cannabis Research to sponsor the sports medicine forum scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 at Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. Open to the public, tickets are available for $65.</p> </blockquote> Colorado Grants $2.3 Million For Marijuana Health and Safety Research https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/colorado-grants-23-million-for-marijuana-health-and-safety-research <p>The&nbsp;Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee was established in Colorado when voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. By the end of last year the committee recommended the research grants that have now been approved by the state of Colorado. 7&nbsp;studies have been chosen to look at marijuana and public health and safety, with studies on the topics of:&nbsp;Duration of Marijuana Concentration in Breast Milk,&nbsp;The Adverse Effects of Edible Cannabis Products,&nbsp;The Cardiovascular Effects of Marijuana in At-Risk Patients, and&nbsp;Comparative Assessment of Driving Impairment on Occasional Versus Heavy Marijuana Users, and more. Officials are pushing for marijuana research in the state to fill the gaps still being enforced by federal prohibition.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment announced the grants at the end of 2016. A total of $2.3 million will go to seven projects. The state already has approved $9 million in research over the past few years.</p> <p>&ldquo;This research will be invaluable in Colorado and across the country,&rdquo; Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the department, said in the statement. &ldquo;The findings will inform our public education efforts and give people additional information they need to make decisions about marijuana use.&quot;</p> </blockquote> New York medical marijuana company to roll out home delivery service in five boroughs https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/new-york-medical-marijuana-company-to-roll-out-home-delivery-service-in-five-boroughs <p>Within the next three months, New York patients will be able to have their medical marijuana delivered to them at home. Deliveries will be made first by Vireo Health, one of the 5 licensed growers, who operate dispensaries in Queens, White Plains, and&nbsp;Westchester County. Officials are doing their best to implement regulations to help patients, especially those that may not be able to leave their homes to purchase their medicine. Extra safety precautions will be taken for marijuana delivery drivers and vehicles. Patients will soon be able to sign up and see program details and pricing online at&nbsp;vireohealthny.com.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This is another step in the department&rsquo;s implementation of the recommendations in the two-year report on New York&rsquo;s medical marijuana program, in recognition of the fact that, in many cases, patients with serious health conditions cannot leave their homes and have difficulty accessing medical marijuana products,&rdquo; the Health Department said in a statement</p> <p>&ldquo;Home delivery will not only help us to improve upon current services, but also expand our reach to those patients who are unable to travel,&rdquo; said Dr. Stephen Dahmer, Vireo Health&rsquo;s chief medical officer.</p> </blockquote> <p>Certified marijuana patients or family members of patients can sign up for home delivery program updates by visiting vireohealthny.com.</p> NAC TO CONSIDER REMOVING MARIJUANA FROM PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES AT UPCOMING MEETING https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/nac-to-consider-removing-marijuana-from-prohibited-substances-at-upcoming-meeting <p>Sports leagues, like federal organizations, have always been harsh on marijuana use and will go as far as suspending professional athletes for years from their craft and possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The Nevada Athletic Commission is having a hearing on Friday with plans to discuss cannabinoids and possibly exluding them from the list of Prohibited Substances and Methods. If the commission chooses to relax&nbsp;regulations&nbsp;on marijuana the changes wont take effect for another 3 months. Athletes should not be banned from a known non-addictive anti-inflammatory, especially when many of them are being prescribed addictive and harmful opiates to manage their pain brought on by the sport.</p> <blockquote> <p>Fighters testing positive for marijuana in Nevada have received some harsh sanctions in the past. Most notably, Nick Diaz was initially suspended five years and fined $165,000 after testing positive for marijuana following his bout with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in Las Vegas. Diaz would later reach a settlement with the NAC reducing his suspension to 18 months and fine to $100,000.</p> <p>According to the agenda for the upcoming NAC hearing on Friday, the commission is going to discuss &ldquo;the possible exclusion of cannabinoids from the list of Prohibited Substances and Methods.&rdquo; TMZ Sports first reported the news on Tuesday.</p> </blockquote> Pot’s legal in California. So why are people still getting busted in Yosemite? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/pots-legal-in-california-so-why-are-people-still-getting-busted-in-yosemite <p>With more states than ever passing marijuana laws this year, its no wonder people are confused about where they can and can&#39;t have cannabis. California voters are heavily in favor of recreational marijuana, but many are still being arrested and fined for possessing the drug in national parks. Federal land like national parks still operate&nbsp;under federal law and officials have full intention of continuing to enforce prohibition. Innocent adults know that a&nbsp;marijuana law passed in their state and they make the mistake of thinking&nbsp;parks like Yosemite are just like any other park in California. The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado sees much fewer people busted for marijuana possession since the state legalized adult use in 2012. On the otherhand, Washington also voted to legalize in 2012 but still has marijuana cases end up in federal coourt.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d anticipate more people thinking now that it is legal in the park,&rdquo; Mitchell said. &ldquo;A lot of people don&rsquo;t recognize that you are going into a completely different jurisdiction; it&rsquo;s just like going into a different state. A lot of people don&rsquo;t know that. They just think they&rsquo;re going into a park, like any other California park.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;But in New Jersey and in Washington state, they&rsquo;re still seeing these cases ending up in federal court. Typically it&rsquo;s misdemeanor possession,&rdquo; Vicente said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s folks thinking, &lsquo;Oh, marijuana is legal in Washington state,&rsquo; or they&rsquo;re a medical marijuana patient in New Jersey, which doesn&rsquo;t have fully legal marijuana, and then they&rsquo;re getting cited for possession.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Over 85,000 People Sign Petition Calling on DEA to Stop Lying About Medical Cannabis https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/over-85000-people-sign-petition-calling-on-dea-to-stop-lying-about-medical-cannabis <p>The war on drugs has been a long game of lies and misinformation, but the people have had enough and are calling on the DEA to stop the lying and admit to the truths they know. A petition with over 85,000 signatures on Change.org is gaining tracking in the short month it&#39;s been alive, and with a little more support it could bring real change. The DEA has been using false information for years about marijuana being a gateway drug and this gives politicians and those in power the ability to quote this wrong information to justify their actions and fortify their prohibitionist goals. The DEA has even admitted to the falsehoods in the past, but has done nothing to update their publicly available information on cannabis.</p> <p>Sign the petition here:&nbsp;https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Many people don&rsquo;t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information&rdquo;, the petition begins. &ldquo;But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been doing this for years &mdash; and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The DEA has actually admitted that the theories that cannabis use leads to harder drugs (gateway theory), long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, are not based in scientific fact, and yet they keep distributing this false information&rdquo;, says ASA. &ldquo;[W]e have found 25 instances of these false claims on their website.&rdquo;</p> <p>Th petition ends by saying that; &ldquo;Forcing the DEA to correct this misinformation would give medical cannabis patients and the families the ability to say, unequivocally, &ldquo;That is not based in scientific fact, and the DEA has admitted that as well,&rdquo; effectively removing these falsehoods from the conversation.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> A tough first year for the North Country's medical marijuana companies https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/a-tough-first-year-for-the-north-countrys-medical-marijuana-companies <p>New York&#39;s medical marijuana program has seen a number of improvements since products first went on sale last year, but the market is still lacking in many ways. One of the problems is patients having trouble finding a doctor who is registered &nbsp;and willing to recommend them cannabis. Of the 807 physicians registered to prescribe the drug, none are found on a state available list. Finding a local cannabis provider can be just as difficult for patients as companies aren&#39;t allowed to advertise. It&#39;s not that New Yorkers don&#39;t qualify, but that the system isn&#39;t easy enough to navigate.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Another basic hurdle is that the companies aren&rsquo;t allowed to advertise.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to build patient volume in order to be able to bring down prices, and make it more affordable to patients,&rdquo; Peckham said. &ldquo;Really there&rsquo;s no demand. And it&rsquo;s not that there aren&rsquo;t people who don&rsquo;t qualify or people who don&rsquo;t want this, it&rsquo;s that people are having a really hard time accessing this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Last month, the health department added chronic pain to the list of 10 eligible conditions. Pot companies are now allowed to deliver products to patients&rsquo; homes. And later this year, state officials say five new companies will be allowed to grow and process marijuana.</p> </blockquote> Trump inauguration marijuana protest arrests unlikely https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/trump-inauguration-marijuana-protest-arrests-unlikely <p>The inaugurationof Presedent-Elect Trump is this month and will feature a huge peaceful public smoking protest. A group of marijuana activists will be handing out over 4,000 joints to adults at the inauguration&nbsp;and everyone will light up at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the speech. While marijuana has been legal to possess in Washington D.C. since 2015, smoking in public is not legal. Adults can possess up to 2 ounces up marijuana and grow in the privacy of their own home, but sales are not legal. Cannabis must be given away as a gift. While public smoking remains illegal, Mayor Muriel Bowser says arresting pot smokers will not be first priority.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Pro-pot activists are planning to give away 4,200 free joints during the inauguration, which is legal in the District of Columbia. They&rsquo;ve also pledged to light up during President-elect Donald Trump&rsquo;s inaugural address, which is not.</p> <p>Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser said police and city leaders want to see people peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. Bowser says arrests for smoking pot &ldquo;wouldn&rsquo;t be our first priority.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Indiana Senator Karen Tallian Submits Medical Marijuana Bill https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/indiana-senator-karen-tallian-submits-medical-marijuana-bill <p>Indiana Senator Karen Tallian has been persistent through the last several years to try and bring medical marijuana to Hoosiers in need, despite the consistent refusals by the republican dominated legislature. If passed, Senate Bill 255 would create a medical marijuana program and allow patients diagnosed with migraines, PTSD, and any persistent chronic illness helped by marijuana to be recommended cannabis by a licensed physician. The bill would also create the Department of Marijuana Enforcement and an advisory committe for further regulation. Backed by the American Legion Department of Indiana, Senator Tallian believes she can garner the support of even more republicans this year, as long as her bill is given a chance to be heard.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;We move by inches down there, so I&rsquo;d take every inch I could get,&rdquo; Tallian said last year. &ldquo;I have a lot of votes over there on the Republican side if I could just get a hearing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Interestingly, Tallian could receive some influential support this session from the American Legion Department of Indiana. The organization is set to vote next week on a resolution aimed at persuading the State Legislature to finally give medical marijuana some consideration.</p> <p>&ldquo;Legislators listen to veterans,&rdquo; said Jeff Staker, the veteran responsible for introducing the resolution. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to get their attention, and who better to do that than veterans?&rdquo;</p> <p>A recent WTHR Howey Politics Indiana Poll shows 73 percent of Indiana residents believe marijuana should be legalized throughout the state for medicinal purposes. Only 25 percent said they opposed, while 2 percent were left undecided.</p> </blockquote> Legal marijuana sales in US 'bigger than dot-com boom' https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/legal-marijuana-sales-in-us-bigger-than-dot-com-boom <p>The North American legal marijuana market brought in $12 billion in revenue in 2016 and experts think it could continue to grow to well over $20 billion by 2021. From 2015 to 2016 marijuana industry revenue grew by 30%, which is significantly larger than the 22% GDP growth during the dot com era. With so many states legalizing marijuana this election it&#39;s likely marijuana sales will continue to skyrocket in the coming years. Currently 21% of the entire US population lives in a place where adults can legally choose to purchase marijuana, and that number is going to continue to grow.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;To put this in perspective, this industry growth is larger and faster than even the dot-com era,&quot; Forbes said.</p> <p>He said sales in Colorado, Washington and Oregon jumped 62 per cent between the period of September 2015 and 2016.</p> </blockquote> Is weed the new black? Marijuana fashion is growing https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/is-weed-the-new-black-marijuana-fashion-is-growing <p>Marijuana has become more popular than ever. You see it in the news headlines, magazines, dispensaries, and you&#39;ve likely seen someone wearing clothes or accessorizing with marijuana logos. The public perception of pot is changing for the better, meaning marijuana&#39;s aura will only become more prevalent. Fashion magazines like Vogue and Marie Clarie have taken the initiative to publish some cannabis content, from celebrity quotes to fashion design, and even cannabis beauty products. This year and for many more to come, marijuana is in.</p> <blockquote> <p>Just this week, The Business of Fashion web site published an article about the luxury opportunities for marijuana: &quot;The opportunities for the luxury industry to capitalise on the legalisation of marijuana go far beyond incorporating a cannabis leaf into apparel designs. The first, most obvious, foray has been into accessories; vapourisers and pipes are now being reimagined through a high-design lens.&quot;</p> </blockquote> DEA’s marijuana-eradication program still targets Washington, where (some) pot is legal https://wheresweed.com/blog/2017/jan/deas-marijuana-eradication-program-still-targets-washington-where-some-pot-is-legal <p>For decades, a US government agency has spent millions of dollars of taxpayer money to hunt down and eradicate a species of plant. Yes, the DEA. And it seems their efforts have been for nothing as there are now more adult marijuana smokers in the US than ever. The real problem is not the mistakes of our past, but the persistent efforts of so many still fighting&nbsp;the losing battle that is prohibition. Even in states that have completely legalized cannabis, like Washington state, the DEA refuses to compromise until their federal funding is cut. Other states to legalize recreational cannabis like Oregon and Colorado saw major drops in DEA funding, Oregon dropping by 80% and Colorado dropping&nbsp;down to $0 since legalizing marijuana. In 2016, Washington state received $760,000 from taxpayers for marijuana eradication making it the fourth-highest funded state. It&#39;s clear the continued aggression towards marijuana is not an attitude shared by the public and the policy&nbsp;should instead reflect the state&#39;s laws.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;While the DEA&rsquo;s Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program has been in effect nationwide for three decades, the recent trend in state laws to legalize and decriminalize the production, distribution or consumption of marijuana calls into question the necessity of such a program,&rdquo; the letter states.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t believe the arguments that this program is needed. From a taxpayer&rsquo;s standpoint, it doesn&rsquo;t make any sense that Washington state is still spending so much money on marijuana eradication,&rdquo; Lieu said. &ldquo;There are so many more worthwhile uses for it.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I hear it all the time: &lsquo;You guys still have an outdoor-eradication program when you&rsquo;re a legalized state? How does that make sense?&rsquo; &rdquo; Sweet said.</p> </blockquote>