Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Recreational marijuana in Washington: One year later https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jul/recreational-marijuana-in-washington-one-year-later <p>Recreational Marijuana is still very new to the US and with only a few states participating there have been a lot of different&nbsp;unexpected turns while trying to get the industry moving. Though Washington legalized the drug for recreational use back in 2012, we are just now a year into the first legal sales. It took nearly 2 years to get the program up and running, and even after opening there was a huge gap between supply and demand, forcing legal prices to skyrocket above black market prices. Since then, growers and dispensaries have met needs much more efficiently and brought prices down from nearly $50 a gram to $7 a gram in recreational shops.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re green and growing in the right direction,&rdquo; said Freedom Market owner Kathy Nelson. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing how much money is going right back into the community from this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since retail sales started July 8 last year, more than $5 million has exchanged hands and at least 60 jobs created in the county as a result of the marijuana trade.</p> </blockquote> Rand Paul Holds First-Ever Marijuana Industry Presidential Fundraiser https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jul/rand-paul-holds-first-ever-marijuana-industry-presidential-fundraiser <p>This week, Denver Colorado&#39;s Convention Center hosted Rand Paul&#39;s private fundraiser, but at the same time hosted the&nbsp;National Cannabis Industry Association&#39;s business summit and expo. Is it a coincidence that Rand Paul is one of the few outspoken presidential advocates of allowing states to legalize marijuana free of federal punishment? Rand Paul also believes marijuana businesses should be treated fairly and given access to use the US Banking system and receive proper tax benefits that any other business would.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Paul&#39;s closed-door event cost $2,700 to attend, and despite its curious venue choice, his campaign said it was a private fundraiser not officially affiliated with the expo. &quot;Do we attract people there? Yes,&quot; a Paul aide told The Washington Post. &quot;People know Rand&#39;s position on medical marijuana. People know his position on banking.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana Worship: First Church Of Cannabis In Indiana Wants To Turn Pot Into Religious Freedom https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jul/marijuana-worship-first-church-of-cannabis-in-indiana-wants-to-turn-pot-into-religious-freedom <p>This past Wednesday marked the day the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act went into effect in Indiana, it was also the day of the&nbsp;Church of Cannabis&#39; first ever service. For months planning went into this first day of the new religion&#39;s service, and the plan was to light up some marijuana as a congregation celebrating life&#39;s great adventures.That plan changed when local law enforcement threatened to attend and&nbsp;arrest anyone with marijuana at the service. Despite threats, the service went on, but not with marijuana as planned. Instead the group sang songs, gave testimonies about legalization, and recited&nbsp;&ldquo;a sort of stoners&rsquo; version of the Ten Commandments.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>Notably absent? Any marijuana. State officials announced last week that anyone in smoking the illegal drug at the service would face criminal charges. A heavy police presence accompanied the event. Levin said the church had decided to fight the battle in civil court instead of with criminal proceedings.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m not a criminal,&quot; Levin said. &quot;I&#39;m a religious figure.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana businesses anxious as patient numbers remain low https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/medical-marijuana-businesses-anxious-as-patient-numbers-remain-low <p>On Wednesday, the&nbsp;Illinois Department of Public Health reported that only 100 more patients have been approved for medical marijuana in the state, bringing the running total to 2,600 patients. Around 22,000 patients have signed up, but requiring the submission of fingerprints has slowed down many of them leaving only 3,200 patients finishing the entire application. One industry consultant estimates a necessity of 100,000 patients to keep the state&#39;s medical marijuana industry afloat, but to do so state health officials must approve the addition of more illnesses that qualify for medical marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>After a series of delays, the product is now expected to be ready by October or November.</p> <p>Business owners say they are spending millions of dollars to build up to 21 cultivation centers and are getting ready to grow the first crop</p> </blockquote> Oregon Lawmakers Approve Plan To Allow Retail Pot Sales In October https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/oregon-lawmakers-approve-plan-to-allow-retail-pot-sales-in-october <p>The Oregon House of Representatives approved the measure this week allowing Oregon dispensaries to get a huge&nbsp;head start on marijuana sales. The new measure allows a few months for growing, cultivation, and testing before finally allowing the state&#39;s first recreational sales in October of 2015. Though three months may seem like a long time to wait now that marijuana is legal, it&#39;s much sooner than the planned 15 months of the original bill, and the 18 months that Washington residents waited for their first recreational crop.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;We ought to provide as soon as possible legal means of obtaining this new product,&rdquo; Helm said. &ldquo;And it also recognizes that we need a few months to be able to do that in a rational way.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Louisiana governor signs law making medical marijuana accessible to people https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/louisiana-governor-signs-law-making-medical-marijuana-accessible-to-people <p>Louisiana now has a medical marijuana program after the governor signed the bill into law making it the first southern US state to make marijuana available for patients. The governor also signed a new law reducing second-time marijuana possession from a felony to a&nbsp;misdemeanour. Though this is a huge step forward for the state and good drug policy, however&nbsp;medical marijuana may not be available for purchase for up to two years due to a long regulatory, licensing, and manufacturing process.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Louisiana&#39;s overdue for a major overhaul of its drug policies and this is a good first step,&quot; said Yolande Cadore of the Drug Policy Alliance. &quot;It&#39;s a relief to see that smart policymakers are starting to recognise this political reality.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Ballot campaign launches to allow public 'marijuana bars' in Denver https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/ballot-campaign-launches-to-allow-public-marijuana-bars-in-denver <p>Amsterdam is world famous for it&#39;s legal marijuana laws and the ability to purchase and smoke the drug in public &quot;coffee shops&quot;. Over here in the US, Colorado was the first state to have a regulated recreational marijuana system, but it&#39;s been made illegal for any public consumption with the exception of private clubs. The same group who advocated for Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana in the state is on a new mission to legalize smoking in commercial establishments, or in other words, marijuana bars. Denver is a huge tourist area now with legal marijuana, but its difficult for people to find places to smoke. Marijuana bars would solve that problem in one simple swing!</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Marijuana is a legal product for adults in Denver that is much safer than alcohol,&rdquo; Mr. Tvert said in a statement. &ldquo;Adults should have the right to consume it socially with other adults in commercial establishments that choose to allow it. We also need to ensure that adults who visit Denver and purchase marijuana legally have a place where they can consume it legally.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Delaware's first marijuana dispensary opens https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/delawares-first-marijuana-dispensary-opens <p>Last week, over 300 patients lined up outside hours before Delaware&#39;s&nbsp;first medical marijuana dispensary opened. The state&#39;s medical marijuana bill passed in 2011 but after years of adjusting the rules and regulations patients are finally allowed access to their medicine. Prices in Delaware are so far about $100 cheaper per ounce (about $350 per oz)&nbsp;than neighboring medical marijuana state New Jersey. In a months time, Delaware patients can purchase up to six ounces of marijuana buds. The law allows for buds and&nbsp;concentrates, but not edibles as many other states have chosen to block as well due to issues in proper portion and labeling. The bill allows for three dispensaries in the state, but Governor Markell has announced his plan to only allow one dispensary to open for at least the first year as a pilot program.</p> <blockquote> <p>On opening day, patients began lining up before 7 a.m., though the dispensary did not open until 10:30, Hyland said. &quot;Having that many people wait in line sort of breaks my heart a little bit because we&#39;re not talking about a healthy population,&quot; he said, adding that some arrived in wheelchairs.</p> </blockquote> Streamlined Regulations May Clear Path For More Marijuana Research, Even On Love Potion Number 420 https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/streamlined-regulations-may-clear-path-for-more-marijuana-research-even-on-love-potion-number-420 <p>You may have heard that recently a major hurdle for non-federal marijuana research has been lifted, allowing private companies to have easier access to perform further research on the possibilities of the drug. Already companies are planning out research to do whats never been done before, like one company, PotBotics, who is trying to &quot;create a reference database matching neurological illnesses with their appropriate medicinal cannabanoids at the molecular level.&quot; Another company is planning cannabis concentrates that would focus on things like&nbsp;menstrual symptoms, and libido enhancement. The possibilities are endless once the research is more available, allowing companies to design specified cannabis products.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>NIDA wasn&rsquo;t set up to provide marijuana for medicinal research and so far hasn&rsquo;t been able to supply everything researchers need, according to Burge. In an attempt to increase marijuana availability, his organization will soon be applying to the Drug Enforcement Agency to open an alternative farm for privately funded researchers. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been turned down before, but hope this signal from President Obama will change things,&rdquo; he said.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in Maryland https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/medical-marijuana-moves-closer-to-reality-in-maryland <p>Rules an regulations for Maryland&#39;s medical marijuana program were released last week, and are open for public comment until July 27th. The current draft of the bill allows for plant and liquid forms of marijuana, but not edibles. The state could start accepting applications for marijuana grow and dispensing licenses as early as September, and the programs may be ready for patients by the middle of next year. Maryland will be one of the only states requiring doctors to register to write referrals for marijuana, but will not require them to go through training to do so as some have suggested.</p> <blockquote> <p>Any doctor in good standing would be able to refer patients, but Morhaim expected the most interest from those who treat pain, cancer and other devastating diseases.</p> <p>As with any other drug, doctors would follow the latest research to ensure that marijuana is appropriate for each patient. Doctors would be able to certify patients to get the drug from a dispensary.</p> </blockquote> Cannabis Church Leader: No Marijuana Allowed At First Service https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/cannabis-church-leader-no-marijuana-allowed-at-first-service <p>The first church of cannabis set in Indiana is scheduled to have it&#39;s first service tomorrow, but due to threats by local law enforcement the founder says there will be no smoking of marijuana during service as previously planned. Two state legislators proposed a medical marijuana bill for the state earlier this year but due to lack of support it never saw a vote, leaving marijuana illegal in any form in Indiana. Regardless, the founder of the church is using the state&#39;s&nbsp;freedom of religion bill recently passed to pursue his goal of spiritually legal cannabis,</p> <blockquote> <p>Levin promised Friday to still move forward with the service, though. His cannabis church could be a possible direct test case to Indiana&#39;s religious freedom law, which goes into effect July 1 and protects people from government intervention in the name of religious liberty.</p> </blockquote> Where's Weed debuts new iPhone & Android apps, allowing customers to place marijuana orders directly from their phone https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/wheres-weed-debuts-new-iphone-android-apps-allowing-place-marijuana-orders-directly-from-their-phone <p>DENVER, CO, July 3rd, 2015 - Where&rsquo;s Weed, the largest online source for legal marijuana, is pleased to announce the release of a new online pre-ordering platform via the website and mobile apps.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the new platform, customers can quickly &nbsp;and safely pre-order legal marijuana with trusted businesses in their community. Within 60 seconds, customers can select products, upload medical verification and schedule a pick-up at their convenience.&nbsp;</p> <p>On a small scale beta test across three states, Where&rsquo;s Weed recorded hundreds of pre-orders in the first 30 days, amounting to more than $25,000 in business to consumer transactions.</p> <p>A large portion of the pre-orders were gained through Where&rsquo;s Weed&rsquo;s recently released app for iPhone, Android, and Windows Devices. Due to Apple&rsquo;s restrictive policies that many other cannabis businesses have had issues with, the pre-ordering feature is only available on Android and Windows devices.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Business owners are having huge success with this tool,&rdquo; said Tyler, President of Where&rsquo;s Weed. &ldquo;Not only are we bringing a whole new set of patients to businesses, we&rsquo;re actually able to save them quite a bit of time.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Patients are loving it too. They get real time updates through email or the app about their order and when it will be ready, and we&rsquo;ve seen a lot scheduling pick-ups and deliveries in advanced. Its all about convenience for them.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Online Ordering tool has already expanded into 6 different states with more than 75 dispensaries utilizing it since full launch. Slightly over 500 users have already tried the ordering system.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Where&rsquo;s Weed</strong><br /> Where&rsquo;s Weed helps people connect with trusted marijuana businesses right in their community. Since 2011, Where&rsquo;s Weed has been dedicated to helping patients discover marijuana dispensaries and doctors, review marijuana products and interact with others in the community.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Bill Anders, Where&rsquo;s Weed<br /> Website: www.WheresWeed.com<br /> Email: pr@wheresweed.com<br /> Phone: (303) 502-9293</p> Pills and oils are approved, but smoking marijuana remains prohibited https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/pills-and-oils-are-approved-but-smoking-marijuana-remains-prohibited <p>Last week, Minnesota legislators approved the use of medical marijuana for patients with serious debilitating conditions such as cancer, HIV, and epilepsy in the form of CBD pills and oils. Joining many other states in the movement for patient healthcare, legislators chose to legalize only those forms of marijuana extracts while keeping the smoking of cannabis plant matter illegal.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>While legalization advocates hailed the new rules as a step forward, they argued that Minnesota&rsquo;s approach was unusually restrictive, potentially excluding patients living in rural areas or on tight budgets from obtaining the drugs.</p> </blockquote> Legislature passes recreational marijuana reform bill https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/legislature-passes-recreational-marijuana-reform-bill <p>Washington State House and Senate have both passed legislature that would allow the changes to the recreational marijuana bill such as zoning rules and tax structure. The bill is on it&#39;s way to the governor&#39;s desk , and if he chooses to sign it the tax on marijuana sold in the state will be 37% for both recreational and medical.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The House passed the measure Friday on a 59-38 vote. One of the main changes to the current system would be the elimination of the three-tier tax structure that would be replaced with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.</p> <p>The excise tax is one that everyone would have to pay, both medical marijuana patients and recreational users.</p> </blockquote> https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/gourmet-cannabis-take-a-peek-inside-a-uruguay-marijuana-club-photos <p>Uruguay legalized recreational marijuana in 2013 and has since been slowly implementing parts of the law to get the ball rolling. Differentl marijuana clubs have sprouted up, some allowing members to grow their own plants in club facilities with a max of 45 members and 99 plants. Members of these clubs will be allowed to receive 1.4 ounces of marijuana (40 grams) per month. Strict laws are still in place to keep marijuana regulated properly such as, marijuana club members cannot grow at home and vice versa.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The clubs, which are sprouting up in Montevideo, often include giant greenhouses where members can grow plants to their liking and, of course, smoke a joint or two to test a harvest. Members can receive up to 1.4 ounces (40 grams) per month</p> </blockquote> Rand Paul Ranks Highest In Marijuana Policy Presidential Voter Guide https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/rand-paul-ranks-highest-in-marijuana-policy-presidential-voter-guide <p>The Republican Party has not had a particularly positive stance on marijuana throughout history, but this list of political supporters of marijuana may surprise you with Rand Paul ranking the highest due to his support of medical marijuana and reducing penalties for adult marijuana use. Of course there are supporteres&nbsp;on both sides such as Bernie Sanders and Rick Perry, as well as opposers on both sides like Chris Christie and Joe Biden. Though some of these politicians have previously stated their beliefs against legalizing marijuana, many have begun to see the negatives of prohibition and the positives of keeping non-violent offenders out of jail.</p> <blockquote> <p>The first term Republican senator from Kentucky has been an outspoken opponent of the War on Drugs, stating that it creates an undercurrent of unease in the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;The War on Drugs has created a culture of violence and puts police in an impossible situation,&rdquo; Paul said at the Desert Vista Community Center in Las Vegas.</p> </blockquote> Portland Police issue a very Portland guide ahead of marijuana legalization https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/portland-police-issue-a-very-portland-guide-ahead-of-marijuana-legalization <p>In only a few days time, Oregon&#39;s recreational marijuana bill will go into effect allowing adults over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana to be used in private. In preparation, the Portland Police issued a fun way of reminding citizens of the legal limits for possession. Personal possession in public is limited to 1 ounce, or roughly the size of a voodoo doughnut doll. Possession at home is limited to 8 ounces&nbsp;while everything over that is still&nbsp;illegal. Driving under the influence of pot and public consumption are both illegal, but police urge citizens to NOT call 911 unless there is an immediate risk.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>On a more serious note, you can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants or get a citation for using in a public place. Along those lines, if you do see someone using marijuana in a public place, police urge you NOT to call 911, unless there is an immediate public safety risk.</p> <p>Transporting marijuana products from Washington to Oregon is a violation of Federal drug laws.</p> <p>If you smell marijuana from your neighbor&#39;s home or yard and it&#39;s bothering you, police say you should discuss it with them privately and not call 911.</p> </blockquote> ResponsibleOhio proposes legislation to expunge marijuana offense records https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/responsibleohio-proposes-legislation-to-expunge-marijuana-offense-records <p>ResponsibleOhio has been working hard to bring marijuana legalization to Ohio for years now, but they&#39;re now addressing another problem in preparation for the hopeful oncoming legalization. This new bill, if passed, would expunge previous marijuana offenders from their crime, allowing the information to be erased and freeing them from problematic employment searches and cease many other shortcomings due to a conviction. If the amendment is passed, the legislative language will be exactly how ResponsibleOhio intended, however if lawmakers fail to pass it but its brought to ballot by the voters, then legislators will be able to change and manipulate the law.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;If we&#39;ve decided we want to no longer call this a crime, we should be prepared to erase or be very open to modifying the crime records of anybody who has gotten in trouble with it,&quot; Berman said.</p> <p>Currently, Berman said, Ohioans can face dozens of restrictions for a marijuana offense.</p> </blockquote> At Salem medical marijuana dispensary, a sense of relief https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/at-salem-medical-marijuana-dispensary-a-sense-of-relief <p>This week Massschusetts&#39; first medical marijuana dispensary opened up, and among those in line was a large population of elderly patients just looking for relief. 14 more dispensaries are working on gaining legal approval but only two more are expected to open their doors by this fall leaving patients only one option for now. Trips to the dispensary are strictly appointment only for now, and prices are still rather high, but patients are excited to be a part of this historical moment finally in their home state.</p> <blockquote> <p>Wendy Atwood was waiting in line, too. The 53-year-old said she has used marijuana to ease knee and back pain from arthritis, depression, and anxiety. She also said she has long used the drug recreationally.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am a law-abiding citizen, a mom with two kids, and a day-care provider,&rdquo; Atwood said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be very exciting&rdquo; to walk into the dispensary, she added. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy that it&rsquo;s not under wraps anymore.&rdquo;</p> <p>But the process was hardly speedy. Waves of patients waited up to an hour in line, and then, in small groups, were ushered inside.</p> </blockquote> Fed study: Booze impact greater than pot on driving https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jun/fed-study-booze-impact-greater-than-pot-on-driving <p>New study partially funded by the federal government finds that alcohol impairs drivers much worse than marijuana. In a sophisticated driving simulator, 19 adults were tested with marijuana, alcohol, and placebo in a 45 minute drive to discover the way that drivers become impaired after using such drugs. Alcohol consistently raised the number of times drivers left the lane and weaved, while marijuanas only downfall showed as creating tunnel vision for certain drivers.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Researchers said alcohol &quot;significantly increased lane departures/minimum and maximum lateral acceleration; these measures were not sensitive to cannabis.&quot; Researchers also concluded Cannabis-influenced drivers &quot;may attempt to drive more cautiously to compensate for impairing effects, whereas alcohol-influenced drivers often underestimate their impairment and take more risk.&quot;</p> </blockquote>