Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Bloomington Approves Medical Marijuana Distribution Center https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/bloomington-approves-medical-marijuana-distribution-center <p>Minnesota approved limited medical marijuana back in 2014, and as of now&nbsp;2 medical marijuana facilities have opened in the state. Early this week, Bloomington city council voted to open their own medical dispensary, Minnesota-Medical Solutions, who have other locations in Rochester and Minneapolis. The Bloomington city councile initially passed a ban on medical marijuana shops last year until they set regulations for the incoming system. Bloomington Planning Commission approved the plans for the first dispensary last month. Minnesota-Medical Solutions will be opening soon at 5200 84th St. W.</p> <blockquote> <p>Minnesota-Medical Solutions is one of two facilities operating in Minnesota. It already has centers in Rochester and Minneapolis.<br /> The Minnesota Legislature approved limited distribution and use of medical marijuana in 2014.<br /> Patients who fit the state guidelines would be able to obtain medical marijuana from the Bloomington facility with a doctor&#39;s prescription.</p> </blockquote> Gilbert declares medical marijuana 'emergency,' puts immediate cap on how many shops can sell weed https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/gilbert-declares-medical-marijuana-emergency-puts-immediate-cap-on-how-many-shops-can-sell-weed <p>Gilbert, a town in Arizona has made it clear this week that they do not want more medical marijuana in their town. After opening just one dispensary, those who are still afraid of marijuana have called for emergency action to put an immediate cap on the number of dispensaries allowed in the area. Previous legislation allowed for only 2 dispensaries, however more could move into town from another area. The emergency legislation disallows any more than 2 total dispensaries in the town. Marijuana advocates&nbsp;argue that competition drives quality up and the price down and this limit is only hurting patients, not to mention the problem of only 2 dispensaries for a town of almost 250,000 residents.</p> <blockquote> <p>Town leaders did not want to see a sudden influx of dispensaries, Mayor John W. Lewis said after the vote. &nbsp;The emergency clause was added to put the change into effect immediately, Lewis said.</p> <p>Elizabeth Valentine, who runs a scottsdale marijuana clinic, says a cap of 2 hurts some people&#39;s ability to get their medicine.</p> </blockquote> Emerging data shows marijuana prices are getting a lot cheaper in states where the drug is legal. https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/emerging-data-shows-marijuana-prices-are-getting-a-lot-cheaper-in-states-where-the-drug-is-legal <p>The price of marijuana on the black market has been allowed to grow dramatically due to lack of regulation and high demand. Those willing to take&nbsp;the risk in places where pot remains illegal are able to charge over-the-top prices and people will gladly pay for it. On the otherhand, legal marijuana shops are able to manufacture and sell marijuana for much less, even with tax ontop. In Washington state, prices have been falling at a rate of 2% per month, meaning close to a 25% drop per year! Once cannabis becomes legal nationwide, there will surely be even cheaper pot available as the market blows up, but it will also influence a high-end marijuana niche as well.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;When people purchase marijuana and other illegal drugs, they are largely compensating the dealer and everyone else along the supply chain for their risk of arrest and incarceration,&rdquo; RAND Drug Policy Research Center Co-Director Beau Kilmer told VICE News. &ldquo;With legalization, those risks are eliminated. Legalizing marijuana and allowing it to be industrially farmed like any other agricultural commodity will cause the production and distribution costs to eventually plummet.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Pro-marijuana billboards go up for Mother's Day https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/pro-marijuana-billboards-go-up-for-mothers-day <p>Much of the social stigma involved with marijuana comes from propaganda of&nbsp;20th century.&nbsp;Those who&nbsp;witnessed it first hand hold the remaining tension, the generation of our parents. After being told as fact that &#39;marijuana makes you stupid&#39; or &#39;pot kills brain cells&#39;, its easy to follow that view, until confronted with evidence that suggests otherwise. An entire generation of folks with age induced health issues could benefit greatly from medical marijuana, but without the education to change their minds, the vote to legalize marijuana may not pass and they may never receive the relief they could. As Mother&#39;s Day approaches, The&nbsp;Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released their newest billboard in Arizona featuring the phrase, &quot;Have you talked to your parents about marijuana?&quot;&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The goal is to encourage young voters to start conversations about marijuana with family members, especially older generations who think marijuana is harmful.</p> <p>The billboards direct people to the website talkituparizona.org, that allows them to send a message about marijuana to their parents or other relatives.</p> </blockquote> 'Marijuana Tampon' Might Be the End of Your Period Cramps https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/marijuana-tampon-might-be-the-end-of-your-period-cramps <p>Marijuana use for pain management is nothing new at this point, but most people may not be aware of the historical use of cannabis for menstrual cramps and even chilbirth. Historical texts from allover the world have been found to include the use of cannabis to ease migraines, uterine pain, and even prevent miscarriage. Even Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis by her doctor during her monthly mensrtual cycle. Science and medicine have come a long way since these methods, but the results are still indisputable. The medical marijuana company, Foria Relief, now sells a cannabis suppository that can be used alongside a tampon to treat menstrual pains. At $44 for a pack of 4, the suppositories are only available for patients in California with a doctor&#39;s note.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I have endometriosis that returned after having a partial hysterectomy,&rdquo; one user wrote on social media. &ldquo;When I have flare ups, besides excruciating pain, I look pregnant and the inflammation affects my bladder. Foria is one of the very few things that brings me relief! You should share more of its uses.&quot;</p> <p>Another reads, &ldquo;This is potent medicine and the most healing way I have ever used cannabis. Thank you for the gift of medicine!&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana board rips Rauner's rejections https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/medical-marijuana-board-rips-rauners-rejections <p>Illinois&#39; medical marijuana program has had a slow start and is receiving no help from the governor&#39;s administration after they have consistently denied certain ailments from becoming qualifying conditions. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, occupied by doctors, nurses, and patients alike, has chosen several medical conditions that have been routinely shut down by Governor Rauner&#39;s administration. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board submitted 12 conditions for consideration, 10 of which have been denied before. Emotional testimonies were heard from a mother whose&nbsp;daughter has type 1 diabetes and must fight through massive discomfort and pain to inject insulin, when medical marijuana can ease her symptoms without a syringe. Despite persistence, Rauner&#39;s administration denied 10 of the conditions.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The board rejected using medical marijuana for persistent depressive disorder, Lyme disease and MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection.</p> <p>Ten conditions Rauner&#39;s public health agency rejected again were autism, chronic pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain due to trauma, chronic post-op pain, intractable pain, migraines and osteoarthritis.</p> </blockquote> High Times and Agency Unite to Sell Marijuana to Mainstream https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/high-times-and-agency-unite-to-sell-marijuana-to-mainstream <p>Now that marijuana is much more socially acceptable, the &#39;stoner&#39; vibe no longer applies for the average marijuana smoker. Many different people with many different lifestyles enjoy cannabis for their own reasons, but with the industry still so new, marketing in the marijuana world has yet to go mainstream. A popular marijuana magazine, High Times&nbsp;teamed&nbsp;up recently with advertising agency, Sparks &amp; Honey, to release a paper about the new market for reaching marijuana users called, &quot;Rebranding Marijuana&quot;. While many big brands still fear being associated with marijuana, most are just waiting for the acceptable time to jump in and reach a new awaiting market. Some small companies on the otherhand have taken the leap to begin advertising in High Times and other mediums.</p> <blockquote> <p>Although big brands have been reluctant to target marijuana users, some smaller mainstream brands have shown interest. Two San Francisco-area companies &mdash; the tech company Tile and the Lagunitas Brewing Company &mdash; have advertised in High Times, for example.</p> <p>But even supportive companies may be reluctant to publicize their marijuana connection. Tile declined to discuss the issue, saying through a spokeswoman that &ldquo;the Tile team isn&rsquo;t prepared to talk about their marketing practices just yet.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Job seekers crowd into employment fair for marijuana industry https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/may/job-seekers-crowd-into-employment-fair-for-marijuana-industry <p>This past weekend, San Francisco hosted possibly the largest cannabis industry job fair ever, bringing in huge crowds of people, all who are eager to take advantage of the new and exciting opportunities. 32 companies were present at the event and looking for employees to fill a wide range of jobs like:&nbsp;budtenders, cultivators, delivery drivers, marketers and even software developers. The cannabis industry is still growing and welcomes all innovation and new ideas like any business&nbsp;trying to&nbsp;help connect customers with their products. The cannabis industry is only going to continue growing, and California is likely going to legalize recreational marijuana later this year, making the demand for product and jobs even larger.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The industry is &ldquo;growing in my own backyard,&rdquo; Young said. And with that growth there are an increasing number of jobs in the industry that people wouldn&rsquo;t typically think of, she said.</p> <p>For example, photographers are necessary because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s important in delivery for people to see the quality they&rsquo;re going to get before they order,&rdquo; Young said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/search/?action=search&amp;channel=bayarea&amp;inlineLink=1&amp;searchindex=gsa&amp;query=%22David+Drake%22" style="color: rgb(93, 11, 11); display: inline; text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent;">David Drake</a>, CEO of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/search/?action=search&amp;channel=bayarea&amp;inlineLink=1&amp;searchindex=gsa&amp;query=%22Cannabis+Reports%22" style="color: rgb(93, 11, 11); display: inline; text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent;">Cannabis Reports</a>, a cannabis data and technology company based in Berkeley, said he has seen no shortage of candidates for cannabis-focused tech jobs, an area of work in the industry people also might not typically think of.</p> <p>These tech workers can build websites, develop cannabis-friendly applications and do much of the same work that is seen in other new companies.</p> </blockquote> “It will kill you,” Family sues smoke shop after son’s death https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/it-will-kill-you-family-sues-smoke-shop-after-sons-death <p>In 2012 a young man by the name of Dylan Ordaz was hit by a drunk driver in Oklahoma. Luckily&nbsp;Dylan survived the accident, but he spent months in the hospital recovering from broken bones and road rash. Even after leaving the hospital, he never walked the same and his prescription pills did little to help ease his constant pain. Dylan was interested in using medical marijuana, but the risk of using marijuana while it remains illegal in Oklahoma turned him to a legal alternative with easy access, synthetic marijuana. He told his mother that he needed something that could relieve his pain because he cannot survive with it. But his mother discovered&nbsp;the legal synthetic marijuana eventually took his life when she found him dead in his home at theage of 24. Dylan&#39;s&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">family is suing the&nbsp;owners of the smoke shop where he purchased the synthetic drug after the autopsy confirmed it caused his death. Dylan chose to avoid an illegal medicine widely used for pain around the country, and instead use a legal alternative,&nbsp;causing his death. No deaths from marijuana have ever been recorded, while the legal synthetic alternative continues to attract unsuspecting victims.</span></p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;He had numerous prescriptions that he wouldn&#39;t even feel, because they really didn&#39;t help, and he didn&#39;t want to get hooked on those,&quot; said his mom, Tricia Diaz. &quot;He was in a lot of pain, and he never walked the same, because he was in so much pain in the way he carried himself.&quot;</p> <p>An autopsy showed synthetic marijuana as the cause of death.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m just thankful we do have the proof, so that everyone will believe that this is dangerous, and this is toxic, and they won&#39;t continue to use it,&quot; Tricia said. &quot;That&#39;s why I want to warn everyone now. If there are any of his peers or even older people, there may be adults that are doing this, it will kill you.&quot;</p> </blockquote> OLCC Approves Recreational Marijuana Licenses https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/olcc-approves-recreational-marijuana-licenses <p>Oregon voters passed recreational marijuana in 2014. While recreational shops waited for legislation and regulations, medical marijuana shops have been selling recreational marijuana since last year, but no more. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved 8 licenses which are the first to be awarded under the newly legalized recreational marijuana program. Licensees must pay their license fee before beginning operations ($3,750 - $5,750 depending on the size of grow). 910 applications were submitted and the committee expects an additional 1,000-2,000 during this year. Around 850 licenses are expected to be handed out this year.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Today is just another step on the path to implementation,&rdquo; said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to continue to remain focused on creating a recreational marijuana system that ensures public safety, protects our children, and fosters a successful legal market for the recreational use of marijuana.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Senate passes bill that lets critically ill children get medical marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/senate-passes-bill-that-lets-critically-ill-children-get-medical-marijuana <p>Adults in Connecticut have been able to seek medical marijuana as treatment since 2014, but what about the children with debilitating diseases that could benefit from marijuana? It&#39;s no mystery that cannabis has positively changed many families lives after they discover&nbsp;it can provide relief to some ailments that no approved drugs can. Some opponents continue to fear sending children the wrong message about using marijuana, but after debating and hearing from parents who have seen first hand that the medical cannabis can ease their children&#39;s pain, the bill ultimately passed in the Senate. Now on its way to the Governor&#39;s desk, the bill is expected to be signed into law, granting qualified children the access they need.</p> <blockquote> <p>[Qualifying] conditions include cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, irreversible spinal cord damage and severe epilepsy.</p> <p>In addition, medical marijuana dispensaries could not provide qualified children any marijuana product that is smoked, vaporized or inhaled</p> </blockquote> Legalization of marijuana in Washington had no effect on teens' access to drug https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/legalization-of-marijuana-in-washington-had-no-effect-on-teens-access-to-drug <p>One of the primary concerns for states that are considering any type of marijuana legalization is teens gaining more access to the drug, but this is not the first study to prove&nbsp;that fear to be invalid. The study,&nbsp;&quot;Adolescents&#39; Ease of Access to Marijuana Before and After Legalization of Marijuana in Washington State,&quot; analyzes the data from 2010 to 2014, and shows that in 2010, 55% of teens said marijuana was &#39;easy&#39; to get, while in 2014 the same group showed 54%. &nbsp;While it&#39;s normal for a these numbers to fluctuate small amounts from year to year, it&#39;s important to note that not only did the number of teens with easy access to pot decrease slightly after legalization, but marijuana opponents fears of increased teen access have once again been proved a non-issue.</p> <blockquote> <p>There was virtually no change in the proportion of teens who reported it was &quot;easy&quot; to access marijuana in 2010 (55 percent), compared to 2014 (54 percent) after the new law was enacted, according to the study. This seemingly good news was tempered by additional findings suggesting that current public health efforts around drug abuse prevention may be less effective for marijuana than for other substances teens now perceive as more difficult to obtain.</p> <p>&quot;It is both surprising and reassuring that teens didn&#39;t perceive that marijuana was easier to access after it was legalized for recreational use by adults,&quot; said senior investigator Andrew Adesman, MD, FAAP, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Cohen Children&#39;s Medical Center of New York.</p> </blockquote> Walgreens Broaches Possible Health Benefits Of Medical Marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/walgreens-broaches-possible-health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana <p>When it comes to advocating for marijuana in any form, corporate companies don&#39;t typically announce their support for a federally illicit substance. However, while Walgreens has not officially taken any stance on cannabis, they have released a new blog post for purely informative purposes entitled, Clarifying Clinical Cannabis. A spokesperson for Walgreen Co. said the blog was written to educate their patients who have had questions about the medicine. A controversial topic such as marijuana is sure to spark debate, but it will likely have no negative effects for the company as polls show over half of the United States support the legalization of marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment. However, research has also shown marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional pain medicines don&rsquo;t. Medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer and it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The content is strictly informative, and nowhere do we take any stance on the issue,&rdquo; Jim Cohn, a spokesman for Walgreen Co., told The Huffington Post. &ldquo;It was developed to address some of the questions we&rsquo;ve received from patients and customers through various channels.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> State announces selection of medical marijuana dispensary licenses https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/state-announces-selection-of-medical-marijuana-dispensary-licenses <p>Many years after legalizing medical marijuana, Hawaii lawmakers have finally approved a regulated system and chosen from 60 applicants to pick the 8&nbsp;companies&nbsp;to award&nbsp;marijuana business licenses. The selected applicants now have 7 days to submit their $75,000 licensing fee and then get certified by the&nbsp;Narcotics Enforcement Division of the Dept. of Public Safety. Each company is allowed 2 different production center and 2 different dispensary&nbsp;locations within their approved county, but all sales are being held until July 15 later this year.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The Department will award three licenses for the City and County of Honolulu, two licenses each for the Counties of Hawaii and Maui, and one dispensary license for the County of Kauai.</p> <p>The applicants that have been selected are:</p> <p>City and County of Honolulu<br /> Aloha Green Holdings Inc.<br /> Manoa Botanicals LLC<br /> TCG Retro Market 1, LLC dba Cure Oahu</p> <p>County of Hawaii<br /> Hawaiian Ethos LLC<br /> Lau Ola LLC</p> <p>County of Maui<br /> Maui Wellness Group, LLC<br /> Pono Life Sciences Maui, LLC</p> <p>County of Kauai<br /> Green Aloha, Ltd.</p> </blockquote> N.H.'s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open This Weekend in Plymouth https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/nhs-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-to-open-this-weekend-in-plymouth <p>Saturday, April 30th is the day advocates in New Hampshire will finally see their hard work come to life when the state&#39;s first medical marijuana dispensary opens. Almost 3 years after New Hampshire legalized medical marijuana, Sanctuary ATC opens their doors at 11am and&nbsp;will become the state&#39;s first dispensary. &nbsp;New Hampshire legislation allows for only 4 dispensaries across the state, which 3 different&nbsp;companies will be running.&nbsp;Temescal Wellness plans to open both of their locations within the next few weeks, and the final dispensary, Prime ATC will take even longer due to&nbsp;a cultivation delay. Roughly 800 patients have applied for their medical marijuana ID card, with 613 approvals so far. Upon registration, patients must select one of the 4 dispensaries they wish to seek treatment, but they can also change&nbsp;their minds after registration.</p> <blockquote> <p>So far, Sanctuary ATC&rsquo;s location in Plymouth &mdash; New Hampshire&rsquo;s northernmost dispensary &mdash; is the most popular. As of this week, 147 people have signed up there.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really surprised by the numbers in the North Country,&rdquo; Martin said. &ldquo;We really wondered if there were going to be enough patients in the North Country to sustain an alternative treatment center.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another 136 people have signed up with Prime ATC&rsquo;s dispensary in Merrimack. A combined 170 people have signed up with Temescal Wellness,108 in Dover and 62 in Lebanon.</p> </blockquote> Board to review 15 conditions for Illinois medical marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/board-to-review-15-conditions-for-illinois-medical-marijuana <p>Illinois&#39; medical marijuana program has not been active long, but advocates would like to see more patients have access to the medicine by including more illnesses. Citizens can suggest new conditions 2 times a year, but&nbsp;Governor Rauner&#39;s administration has the power to deny them as has been demonstrated twice before. 15 conditions have been recommended and will be debated on monday including:&nbsp;irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, Lyme disease, osteoarthritis, autism,&nbsp;chronic low-level depression, chronic pain, diabetes, and migraine.</p> <blockquote> <p>This time, the expert panel will discuss petitions submitted during January. Fifteen conditions are on the agenda. They include irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, Lyme disease, osteoarthritis, autism and chronic low-level depression.</p> <p>The expert panel has recommended many of the conditions before to no avail.</p> </blockquote> Lawmakers at odds over medical marijuana access, depth of treatment: 'Don’t get bogged down in your fears' https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/lawmakers-at-odds-over-medical-marijuana-access-depth-of-treatment-dont-get-bogged-down-in-your-fears <p>Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana for decades, but no cultivation or&nbsp;distribution program was ever set up, leaving the bill useless and patients relying on the black market. Lawmakers in the state want to help patients finally gain safe access, but are wary of some proposal&#39;s leniency. The proposal with the most support has already passed through the Senate and is on it&#39;s way to the House. If passed, the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana would greatly increase from the current 3 conditions, adding&nbsp;HIV/AIDS, cachexia, seizure disorders, epilepsy, Crohn&rsquo;s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. The proposal comes alongsides pleas for help from patients suffering without medication. Many patients have been forced to move to a state with a more reliable medical marijuana program such as Colorado, but far from their home and families.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just really upset you don&rsquo;t understand about how many real, physical memories I have had,&rdquo; said LSU law student Jacob Irving, who has spastic quadriplegia. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to leave if this isn&rsquo;t available. &hellip; That would be a sad thing because I think I&rsquo;m a valuable member of the community, and I think you should feel that way too.&rdquo;</p> <p>Michele Hall, whose daughter suffers from severe epilepsy, moved away from her family to Colorado so she could have access to the treatment.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m begging you to please pass this law so we can come home to my family,&rdquo; she said.</p> </blockquote> Vermont House Speaker Doubts Legal Marijuana Will Happen in 2016 https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/vermont-house-speaker-doubts-legal-marijuana-will-happen-in-2016 <p>Over the last few months Vermont has had some traction to become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature, but recent news of lack of support may set the bill back by a year or more. After making it to the House&nbsp;the bill was cut down&nbsp;tremendously, going from a liberal recreational marijuana bill down to a simple decriminalization bill only allowing up to two cannabis plants at home. After another revision by the Ways and Means Committee the proposal would now legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana as well as the two cannabis plants at home, however there would be no retail marijuana market. With the latest revision, more lawmakers have shown support again, but this session&#39;s deadline is May 7, and if the bill is not passed by then it will likely wait to be revisited until 2017.</p> <blockquote> <p>House Speaker Shap Smith recently told reporters that with the legislative session set to expire at the end of next week, not to mention the inability of the House to come to some agreement on a functional proposal, it is not likely that Vermont will legalize a recreational pot market this year. He said there simply are not enough votes in either chamber for Governor Peter Shumlin to expect a bill to land on his desk anytime in the near future.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many Vermonters have been very vocal in support of allowing limited home cultivation, and it appears their voices did not fall on deaf ears,&rdquo; said Matt Simon, the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. &ldquo;This amendment breathes new life into S.241. The House is engaged in a very deliberative process, and we&rsquo;re hopeful it will do the right thing and end marijuana prohibition in Vermont.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> California bill would allow landlords to ban marijuana for renters https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/california-bill-would-allow-landlords-to-ban-marijuana-for-renters <p>Several states could legalize&nbsp;recreational marijuana later this year, including California who already has a lenient medical marijuana system. Lawmakers have proposed&nbsp;bills in preparation for the coming legalization, but some of these possible changes could effect a large amount of patients and tokers. Legislation from 2011 allows&nbsp;landlords to prohibit the smoking of tobacco products on rental properties, and if recreational marijuana is passed this year, all forms of marijuana smoke would be included. Landlords and lawmakers are concerned about the effect of secondhand smoke for other tenants, however all non-smokeable forms of marijuana like&nbsp;edibles and oils, would still be permitted.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Secondhand smoke, regardless of whether it&rsquo;s smoke from tobacco or marijuana, is especially problematic in multiunit apartments and condos because the smoke easily travels the windows, doors and other ventilation systems,&rdquo; Wood said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a nuisance that tenants should not have to live with.&rdquo;</p> <p>California law already prohibits smoking medical marijuana anywhere tobacco is banned, which includes most public places. But the bill sponsor, the California Apartment Association, said it is important to give landlords explicit authority to forbid pot smoke on their properties, since it can create tension among tenants</p> </blockquote> Marijuana Legalization Clears Hurdle to Maine Ballot https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/apr/marijuana-legalization-clears-hurdle-to-maine-ballot <p>After being denied on a signature technicality, the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine is back on track and the needed 61,123 signatures have been confirmed. Now that the initiative has been approved, lawmakers have their chance this Friday&nbsp;to enact the bill immediately or put it on the voter&#39;s ballot in November. While there are still naysayers opposing the coming legalization, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will be working hard this year to educate voters about proper use and the benefits to ending prohibition. If passed, the initiative would tax and regulate marijuana&nbsp;allowing adults over 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces.</p> <blockquote> <p>David Boyer from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said he looks forward to educating Maine voters as to why ending marijuana prohibition makes sense.</p> <p>&quot;We think that regulation and controlling marijuana and putting it behind the counter is a far better approach than giving drug dealers a monopoly,&quot; Boyer said.</p> </blockquote>