Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Michigan House OKs medical pot rules with wide support https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/michigan-house-oks-medical-pot-rules-with-wide-support <p>This Wednesday, the Michigan House of Representatives passed 3 bills helping to clarify the state&#39;s medical marijuana rules. First was to properly regulate both smokable and non-smokable forms of marijuana, as some have beeen prosecuted for using edibles which can be safer than smoking. Second was to tax the medical marijuana market at 9%, which some legislators had issues with as other prescription meds are not taxed. And lastly the third bill to pass was a system to track the cannabis from seed to sale.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;&ldquo;By passing this landmark legislation, the Michigan House today is taking a historic step toward better protecting medical marijuana patients and providing local businesses and communities with a clear, consistent framework to make sure everyone across Michigan plays by the rules,&rdquo; said Willie Rochon, MCDA secretary.</p> <p>&quot;I find the solution to be imperfect, but a good compromise,&quot; he said. &quot;I hope the Legislature will ensure that this evolving market is something that we continue to get right.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Illinois panel OKs medical marijuana for pain conditions https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/illinois-panel-oks-medical-marijuana-for-pain-conditions <p>Illinois will start selling medical marijuana for limited conditions starting next month. Gov. Bruce Rauner&#39;s administration denied 11&nbsp;medical conditions to be&nbsp;added to the state&#39;s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board is hopeful that their newer list including several chonic pain related illnesses will continue to become law. Illinois currently has 39 conditions approved for medical cannabis including&nbsp;cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis.</p> <blockquote> <p>Chronic pain is an approved use in 18 of the 23 states that allow medical marijuana, but not in Illinois. A recent review of 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients found moderate-quality evidence to support the use of medical marijuana for treating it.</p> <p>Under the Illinois medical marijuana law, the recommendations next need approval by Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, a Rauner appointee.</p> </blockquote> Council Passes Bills to Stem the Use of Synthetic Marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/council-passes-bills-to-stem-the-use-of-synthetic-marijuana <p>As if the prohibition of a safe substance like marijuana isn&#39;t ridiculous enough, for years a very harmful &quot;synthetic marijuana&quot; substance has been sneaking through the constantly changing laws and harming users of all ages. The city of New York is looking to fight back against this&nbsp;mischievously marketed legal drug. A new bill passed by the City Counsel will ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids and &quot;imitations of these substances&quot;. The aim of the bill is not to arrest users who are typically the homeless or mentally ill, but to penalize stores who continue to sell the product. First offense will have the store&#39;s cigarette license temporarilly revoked, and a mandatory revocation for a second offense.</p> <blockquote> <p>While Ms. Mark-Viverito is seeking to rid the streets of synthetic marijuana, she&rsquo;s an outspoken proponent for decriminalizing regular old marijuana. She told the Observer during a Council press conference that she didn&rsquo;t think there was tension between those two positions.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that when you start prohibiting certain things people look for alternatives,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Prohibition of the marijuana may, in fact, be leading people into this alternative.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Philly420: Philadelphia marijuana decriminalization at one year https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/philly420-philadelphia-marijuana-decriminalization-at-one-year <p>Last October, the city of Philadelphia decriminalized possession of under 30 grams of marijuana and became the largest city in the US to do so on it&#39;s own. Rather than jail time, and ruining countless chances with a cannabis possession offense, those caught with under 30 grams will be fined $25, or $100 if caught smoking in public. Before decriminalization, the city arrested and jailed arount&nbsp;300 citizens a month for possession. In the last year since decriminalized, roughly 2,400 innocent smokers have been spared embarrassing consequences, and the state budget has been spared an estimated $2 million.</p> <blockquote> <p>One year later the impact of decrim has been positive and far reaching. More than 300 cannabis consumers used to be hauled into jail every month. But now all of the friends of Mary Jane can breathe a little easier. So can the city&#39;s Public Safety Budget.&nbsp;</p> <p>There were 2,408 fewer adults and juveniles put into handcuffs and holding cells for having less than 30 grams of weed. This has has saved the city an estimated $2 million.</p> </blockquote> Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Soars In Texas https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/poll-support-for-marijuana-legalization-soars-in-texas <p>Texas is known for being one of, if not the most conservative state in the US. With that kind of reputation, its no surprise Texans have been historically in favor of marijuana prohibition, but for the first time in the state, the majority has shifted. According to a recent poll by Texas Lyceum, 46% of Texans support marijuana legalization, which is a major increase from around 30% 4 years ago. Of those who don&#39;t support full legalization, 57% support atleast lighter punishments and decriminalization. It&#39;s been a long time coming, but as of now&nbsp;only 19.5% of Texans support the continued prohibition of marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Taking into account those who favored legalization and decriminalization, just 19.5 percent of adult Texans wanted to retain full prohibition, according to the poll&rsquo;s executive summary.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;We have work to do in Texas, but voters are ready for reform and we see an opportunity to repeal marijuana prohibition within the next few meetings of the legislature,</p> </blockquote> Marijuana tax question on November ballot https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/oct/marijuana-tax-question-on-november-ballot <p>Due to a provision in the states constitution, Colorado may have to return a whopping sum of $66.1 million back to taxpayers. State legislators are hoping voters will favor an upcoming proposition that would allow the state to keep the excess taxes instead. The current provision would return about $8 to each taxpayer, but if this new bill is passed it would allow $40 million to go towards school construction, $12 million to be spent on youth programs and marijuana education, and the rest would be decided through the legislature.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;state revenue ended up higher than estimated in the voter guide. Because actual revenue exceeded the estimate, the state owes taxpayers a refund. The only way around it is if voters allow the state to retain the money, which is what led the Legislature to refer Proposition BB to voters.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Retail marijuana sales begin in Salem https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/retail-marijuana-sales-begin-in-salem <p>The day has finally come, Oregon&#39;s recreational marijuana sales have begun and with the state&#39;s unique early sales program, adults 21 and over can purchase up to 7 grams of marijuana buds from&nbsp;over 250 different&nbsp;stores. Some Portland dispensaries began selling at midnight, but most of the state waited until the next morning. Most stores will carry a variety of different strains from low THC to high THC, but no edibles, oils or lotions until next year. One store in Salem nearly sold out of their pre-packaged 1 gram containers which resemble green prescription bottles.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Train Wreck was the most powerful, with 29 percent THC, and also the most coveted.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the most potent right now,&rdquo; Young said, as she pre-weighed 1 gram containers of weed, rapidly trying to stay ahead of the demand that streamed in consistently. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what most people are going for.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/these-marijuana-goggles-are-supposed-to-make-you-feel-stoned <p>The war on drugs has featured many different forms of misinformation like movies and posters, but now our public schools are introducing a skewed lesson to teach teens about the dangers of marijuana use. A company called Innocorp has designed a pair of green goggles that are supposed to simulate what it&#39;s like to be impaired by marijuana, but really all they do is make it difficult to see the color red. The disgrace goes further by letting teenagers wear the goggles, and perform tasks that require the ability to see red which has nothing to do with the effects of marijuana. Not only is this a waste of a chance to properly educate youth about drug use, but its an insane waste of money at $975 for a single pair of goggles and activites.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>But experts I talked to say it&#39;s unclear how tinted goggles can simulate complicated mental phenomena like short-term memory loss and concentration deficiencies. &quot;So the goggles take away the ability to see red, and then the teens are asked to engage in activities that are highly dependent on the color red,&quot; said Joseph Palamar, an NYU professor who researches drug use among teens. &quot;And this is supposed to translate into impairment from using marijuana? Misinformation about drug effects has been used as a scare tactic for decades, and this doesn&rsquo;t seem to be that different.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Oregonians can buy recreational marijuana tax-fee until next year https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/oregonians-can-buy-recreational-marijuana-tax-fee-until-next-year <p>Not only do recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon tomorrow, but all sales will go untaxed until January 2015 when a 25% tax will be added. Until then, some stores will be selling grams as cheap as $12.&nbsp;Last month alone, Colorado brought in $12 million in taxes, giving about 1/4 of that to school construction projects. This untapped tax market has the interest of so many more states, and quite a few such as,&nbsp;Nevada, Arizona, California, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts,&nbsp;will be voting next fall on recreational marijuana for themselves.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;States are proving that regulating marijuana works, both for medical and broader adult use,&rdquo; said Lauren Vazquez, an MPP spokeswoman. &ldquo;We expect to see several more states adopt similar laws over the next couple years, and it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before Congress follows. The marijuana prohibition era is steadily coming to an end.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Native American tribe to open first marijuana resort in US https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/native-american-tribe-to-open-first-marijuana-resort-in-us <p>Last summer, the Justice Department updated policy to allow Native Americans the right to grow and sell marijuana on their own land. Taking advantage of the new policy, the&nbsp;Santee Sioux tribe is opening the first ever marijuana resort, what they&#39;re &nbsp;hoping will be an &quot;adult playground&quot;. This 400 member tribe already owns a casino, hotel and ranch, and hope this will be great additional revenue. The resort will be in South Dakota where marijuana is not legal, though they will legally operate on their own land. The plan is currently to open on New Years Eve, where customers will be able to purchase one gram at a time.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Marijuana is growing at a facility on the reservation now and they hope to sell it for the first time on 31 December at a New Year&#39;s Eve party.<br /> The Justice Department put out a new policy allowing Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana in a similar way to some US states like Colorado in 2014.<br /> The strict provision does not allow tribes to sell marijuana to minors or grow it on public land.</p> </blockquote> https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/worlds-largest-medical-cannabis-dispensary-is-opening-new-location-in-oregon-oct-1st <p>Harborside Health Center, considered the nation&rsquo;s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside will bring its dispensary expertise to Portland at 5816 NE Portland Hwy, near Portland International Airport. The location will be the world&rsquo;s largest medicinal marijuana dispensary when the doors open on October 1st. For more information about Harborside Portland, visit</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Oakland and San Jose, California, is looked upon as a model of how others could operate.&rdquo; &ndash; The New York Times</p> </blockquote> New Jersey To See Fourth Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open Next Month https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/new-jersey-to-see-fourth-medical-marijuana-dispensary-open-next-month <p>New Jersey will open its fourth medical marijuana dispensary next week. It&rsquo;s been five years since the measure to legalize medicinal marijuana was passed. New Jersey&rsquo;s medical marijuana program is extremely strict leaving most patients unable to qualify for patient licensure. The state has had a history of product shortages and price gouges, hopefully opening a new location will lessen these problems.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;More than five years after New Jersey legalized medical marijuana, the state&rsquo;s fourth dispensary is finally ready to launch.It will join three other dispensaries in the state, the last of which opened in late 2013.&lsquo;We anticipate opening the first week of October&hellip;&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin In Oregon This Week https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-in-oregon-this-week <p>The state of Oregon will start selling recreational marijuana this Thursday, only available at Marijuana Dispensaries. Buyers must be 21 years or older and are limited to 7 grams of plant matter per purchase. Sales will initially be restricted to flowers, clones, and seeds. 2016 will see the introduction of edibles, topicals, and concentrates, as legislators iron out regulations for these products.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Recreational marijuana sales will be limited in Oregon at first. People can only purchase flower (no edibles, topicals, dabs, etc.), clones, and seeds. Every other form of marijuana will have to wait until 2016 to be sold for recreational purposes until the state can get more rules in place.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> MARIJUANA CLUBS MORATORIUM MOVES ON IN SPRINGS: WHAT'S IT MEAN FOR DENVER? https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/marijuana-clubs-moratorium-moves-on-in-springs-whats-it-mean-for-denver <p>Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, there has been a need for a safe public place to consume the plant. As of now, marijuana is only legal to smoke in the privacy of your own property, yet there are public buildings to endulge in both alcohol and tobacco. Citizens of Colorado want cannabis clubs, and until recently there was an initiative in place to make that happen. The initiative has since been&nbsp;dropped, but proponents of the initiative have stated that city officials will be working with all parties to put a social cannabis consumption law into place.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Earlier this month, the backers of the Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative, which would have allowed commercial establishments in Denver to offer a setting for cannabis consumption, unexpectedly withdrew the measure.</p> <p>The reason, according to proponent Mason Tvert? &quot;City and business leaders agreed to work with initiative backers to develop a social cannabis consumption law that reflects the interests and concerns of all stakeholders.&quot;</p> </blockquote> SJC bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/sjc-bans-police-stops-solely-for-suspected-marijuana <p>The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has made a ruling on a case pending for several years now. Voters decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana back in 2008, which let the state know that citizens no longer see the drug as a danger or priority for law enforcement. Not only has the SJC ruled that the smell of marijuana is not enough for a search warrant, but police in Massachusetts are no longer able to perform a traffic stop based on the suspicion of marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Traffic laws promote road safety, but there &ldquo;is no obvious and direct link&rdquo; between issuing civil citations for marijuana possession and maintaining highway safety.</p> </blockquote> NSAC suspends Nick Diaz five years, issues $165k fine https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/nsac-suspends-nick-diaz-five-years-issues-165k-fine <p>More and more athletes are facing harsh pentalties due to outdated rules revolving around drug testing. Marijuana has been the root of drug testing debates for years now as it&#39;s the only drug to stay in your system sometimes for weeks after the effects have worn off, while also being relatively harmless. Pro football players, basketball players, and now even MMA fighters are being penalized for marijuana positive drug tests. Fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for 5 years and fined $165,000&nbsp;after failing a third drug test.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Commissioners Pat Lundvall and Francisco Aguilar pointed to Diaz&rsquo;s two previous NSAC suspensions for marijuana, his no-show for a pre-fight test in California, and a 2010 brawl in the now-defunct Strikeforce as aggravating circumstances and supported a lifetime ban. After commissioners Anthony Marnell and Raymond &ldquo;Skip&rdquo; Avansino expressed reservation with a lifetime ban, the commissioners agreed to a five-year term.</p> </blockquote> Countdown to recreational marijuana sales: What you need to know (Q&A) https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/countdown-to-recreational-marijuana-sales-what-you-need-to-know-qa <p>On October 1st, Oregon will join the very exclusive list of US states with a recreational marijuana market, but as a new system it&#39;s important to know where the new legal line is. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase up to 7 grams of&nbsp;marijuana per day,&nbsp;even out-of-state residents. Cannabis concrentrates known as extracts and oils and even edibles will only be available to medical marijuana patients, but anyone can buy up to 4 young cannabis clones. The properly regulated marijuana market begins next year, and until then some restrictions remain in place.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Where can I buy marijuana starting Oct. 1?</p> <p>The Oregon Health Authority has approved 345 medical marijuana dispensary applications, but it&#39;s up to each to decide whether to sell to recreational consumers.</p> <p>The state requires dispensaries to post a prominent sign at the entrance indicating they sell to recreational customers or that they will sell only to medical marijuana patients and caregivers.</p> </blockquote> Newly Risen From Yeast: THC https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/newly-risen-from-yeast-thc <p>The cannabis plant&nbsp;is&nbsp;exceptionally efficient at producing the cannabinoid&nbsp;THC&nbsp;after years or being bred to produce the best high. Until recently, the marijuana plant was the only source of THC, but now scientists are able to grow many cannabinoids straight from yeast. Though it is a complex process, due to marijuana&#39;s current federal classification and being very difficult to test and research, the yeast provides a unique and legal way for scientists to develop and research different sought after cannabinoids such as THC and more recently CBD. THC yeast would also provide an efficient way of creating a THC-beer, though scientists have shown little interest in it.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This is something that could literally change the lives of millions of people,&rdquo; said Kevin Chen, the chief executive of Hyasynth Bio, a company working to create yeasts that produce THC and cannabidiol, another marijuana compound of medicinal interest.</p> </blockquote> Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/colorado-just-became-the-first-state-in-history-to-collect-more-taxes-from-marijuana-than-alcohol <p>In the last 15 years, the United States has seen a shift in the public opinion of marijuana. Now for the first time as a widely accepted drug, the country may be taking a step back from alcohol consumption, and instead choosing to indulge in the much safer drug, marijuana. The Colorado Department of Revenue&#39;s&nbsp;recent report shows that the state collected roughly $70 million in taxes from marijuana, and only $42 million in alcohol taxes&nbsp;for the fiscal year of 2014-2015. For the short time marijuana has been legal in the state, it goes to show that when presented with a safer option, adults will make the informed decision.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s crazy how much revenue our state used to flush down the drain by forcing marijuana sales into the underground market,&rdquo; Tvert said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s even crazier that so many states are still doing it. Tax revenue is just one of many good reasons to replace marijuana prohibition with a system of regulation.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana Taxes Go Up In Smoke for One Day In Colorado https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/sep/marijuana-taxes-go-up-in-smoke-for-one-day-in-colorado <p>Move over 4/20, Colorado just got a new holiday: 9/16. Due to a glitch in the Colorado constitution, on September 16, 2015, taxes on all marijuana purchases will be suspended for the entire day. Apparently this strange little gift occurs on September 16, 2015 because the end-of-year fiscal report is due on the 15th.</p> <blockquote>Forbes-<br /> &ldquo;According to state figures, $700 million worth of legal cannabis was sold in Colorado in 2014. The tax tally was $76 million. Pot taxes were projected to raise $70 million in 2014. They actually raised $58 million, but because overall tax collections exceeded projections, Colorado must ask voters for permission to keep the money. To comply with the requirement that the taxes revert to zero, lawmakers settled on a short one-day tax waiver.&rdquo; <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote>