Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed California lawmakers propose 15 percent marijuana sales tax https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/california-lawmakers-propose-15-percent-marijuana-sales-tax <p>The Marijuana Value Tax Act was introduced in California this week, if passed, medical marijuana will be taxed at 15% or higher if cities and counties want to enact their own tax. Heavy regulation is coming after the quickly expanding industry has been unregulated since the state&#39;s initial legalization almost 20 years ago. The state brought in $50 million in taxes from medical marijuana in 2014 alone. Revenue from cannabis will be split up between the&nbsp;Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, the state&#39;s general fund, state parks, the Natural Resource Agency, and last but not least is to local drug and alcohol treatment programs.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Marijuana Value Tax Act could bring the state more than $100 million in new revenue. The tax was anticipated after the state passed historic regulations last year that require state and local licenses for medical marijuana businesses under the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulations.</p> <p>Marijuana taxes could eventually be higher than 15 percent if the bill becomes law. As with sales taxes, cities and counties would be able to enact their own local taxes or fees on top of the state&rsquo;s 15 percent tax</p> </blockquote> VT marijuana legalization clears 2nd hurdle https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/vt-marijuana-legalization-clears-2nd-hurdle <p>Vermont is one step closer to being the first state to legalize marijuana through legislature as opposed to popular vote as the bill passes the Senate Finance Committee vote. If passed, adults would be limited to purchasing one half of an ounce at a time, with a 25% flat tax to compete with the illegal black market. Legislators and advocates are still divided on the issue of growing marijuana at home but will continue to revise the bill.</p> <blockquote> <p>The judiciary&#39;s proposal stirred controversy among legal weed advocates when the senators took out the option of homegrown marijuana, pending further study by a commission created to examine marijuana issues. Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, the chairman of Judiciary, said the homegrown issue was a line in the sand, and its inclusion would force him to vote against legalization.</p> </blockquote> Elizabeth Warren asks CDC to consider legal marijuana as alternative painkiller https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/elizabeth-warren-asks-cdc-to-consider-legal-marijuana-as-alternative-painkiller <p>In a letter to the CDC, Senator Elizabeth Warren asked to have medical marijuana considered in further research of opioid addiction. The prescription drug epidemic is a major problem that needs addressing and even presidential candidates are looking for the solution. From&nbsp;2000-2014, prescription opioid use&nbsp;doubled in the US, creating unnecessary addiction while attempting to treat chronic pain. Warren requested the CDC provide more information on&nbsp;&ldquo;the use, uptake and effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment in states where it is legal&rdquo;.</p> <blockquote> <p>She also asked them to look into &ldquo;the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>Medical cannabis laws were tied with lower state-level opioid overdose death rates, according to a study published in the December 2014 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association. And hundreds of people in Massachusetts who are addicted to opioids are being treated with medical marijuana.</p> </blockquote> Australia is about to legalize growing marijuana nationwide https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/australia-is-about-to-legalize-growing-marijuana-nationwide <p>The US have 23 states with medical marijuana and 4 with recreational, Canada&#39;s new Prime Minister wants to fully legalize pot, and now Australia is joining the pot parade. A bill introduced this week into parliament would reverse the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 and make medical marijuana legal for qualifying patients. Expected opposition has actually supported this bill, making the bill expected to pass into law by March. Some parts of Australia have previously started the road to medical legalization but this new legislation will give Australia a consistent and universal medical marijuana system.</p> <blockquote> <p>Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be established for supplying medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions. It&rsquo;s expected to become law by the end of March.</p> <div class="anno-right" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 50px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; position: absolute; left: 640px; top: 20px; bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> <p>&ldquo;This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available,&rdquo; health minister Sussan Ley told parliament.</p> </blockquote> Olympia will get 2 more recreational marijuana retailers https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/olympia-will-get-2-more-recreational-marijuana-retailers <p>The city of Olympia, Washington will soon be home to two additional recreational marijuana dispensaries making four total. Opening day has not been announced yet for the new licenses, and several other recreational licenses are still pending. The city hopes to clear up the unlicensed marijuana businesses as they will be forced to shut down by July 1. Revised zoning codes have added 427 properties eligible for a recreational marijuana business, for a total of 670 locations.</p> <blockquote> <p>Green Lady Marijuana and A Bud and Leaf are already open on the city&rsquo;s east side. This month, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board awarded retail licenses to Northwest Express, 234 Division St. NW, and THC of Olympia, 3203 Martin Way E.</p> <p>After a public hearing Tuesday, the Olympia City Council voted to keep temporary zoning regulations in place for recreational marijuana retailers. The zoning was first approved as an emergency ordinance Dec. 15, ahead of the Liquor and Cannabis Board&rsquo;s plan to issue more recreational retail licenses. In January, the board raised the cap on licenses statewide from 334 to 556 retailers.</p> </blockquote> Eight Fascinating Ways People of the Past Have Used Marijuana to Enhance Sex https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/eight-fascinating-ways-people-of-the-past-have-used-marijuana-to-enhance-sex <p>Marijuana has become pop culture in the last several years and is often discussed as having&nbsp;potential medicinal value, but people forget the appeal of including&nbsp;marijuana in their sex life as an&nbsp;aphrodisiac, lube,&nbsp;or even for&nbsp;fighting ED! Thats right, many cultures throughout history have used marijuana in different remedies thought to cure erectile disfuntion and even prolonge arousal. Colorado and California marijuana markets have recently been introduced to a new cannabis lube that can be used to increase physical sensations with no psychoactive effects.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Weed was thought to prolong one&rsquo;s arousal to herculean lengths, and some texts describe cannabis sex rituals lasting up to eight hours, not stopping until &ldquo;a glow of fire envelops the lovers in total-body orgasms, which result in erasure of mental ideations and ego, the timeless freedom from self which equals Nirvana.&rdquo;</p> <p>Comedian Margaret Cho fully endorses marijuana lube, as she told High Times: &ldquo;Pot puts me in touch with my body. &hellip; You can just really feel and enjoy what&rsquo;s happening to you; it&rsquo;s a great enhancement and a great aphrodisiac. &hellip; I think that people don&rsquo;t connect sexuality and pot as much as they should. And the best thing: marijuana lube!&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps? New Product Causes Concern https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/marijuana-for-menstrual-cramps-new-product-causes-concern <p>A new product is on the horizon to aid women with menstrual cramps, but it&#39;s currently wrapped in controversy over safety concerns. Experts are worried the product could be unsafe, not because it has harmed anyone, but simply because it is medically untested. Foria Relief, the brand new product, contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD and comes in the form of a vaginal suppository. The FDA has not approved the product for medical relief&nbsp;and as long as marijuana remains schedule I, marijuana products will continue to go unapproved.</p> <blockquote> <p>However, Foria Relief has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, meaning that the effectiveness and safety of the product have not been proven. The company notes in a disclaimer that information on its product is &quot;based on patients&#39; reported experiences.&quot; Because the product is not FDA-approved, it cannot be marketed to treat or cure any disease.</p> </blockquote> Unalaska set to ban commercial marijuana sales https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/unalaska-set-to-ban-commercial-marijuana-sales <p>Alaska legalized marijuana for recreational use about a year ago&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">and before the state even begins legal sales, one city has already had enough. Unalaska, Alaksa is debating banning the production and sale of marijuana in the city after a local activist pushed to bring the issue to ballot. The opposition to legal sales comes from the leaders of the local school district and christian fellowship. Their concerned that allowing cannabis sales will &quot;</span>threaten[s]&nbsp;the town&rsquo;s stature as an &#39;idyllic,&#39;&nbsp;or a picturesque and pleasant community&quot;.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">The bill needs to clear one more vote on Febraury 9th to become law.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Unalaska Christian Fellowship Pastor Ron Williams linked longterm marijuana use to reduced intelligence quotients, saying it cut IQ by about 6 percent. Other UCF officials were also opposed at an earlier meeting, including Pastor John Honan and Coe Whittern, an elder at the church.&nbsp;</p> <p>Council member Bong Tungul reacted angrily to the vote against locally regulated sales, saying after the meeting that &ldquo;it doesn&rsquo;t make any sense.&rdquo; The black market, he said, exposes youth to far more dangerous drugs.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Woody Harrelson applies for Hawaii marijuana dispensary https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/woody-harrelson-applies-for-hawaii-marijuana-dispensary <p>Hawaii&#39;s medical marijuana sales are set to begin this July. Permits will be handed out in April to a select few; among&nbsp;the 60+ applicants are&nbsp;Woody Harrelson&#39;s company, Simply Organic Living. If selected, applicants must have $1 million cash and an additional $100,000 for every dispensary location. Hawaii was one of the first states to ever legalize medical marijuana and this year will open it&#39;s first 8 dispensaries across the islands. The state currently has recreational legislation in the works, but lawmakers are not confident it will pass this year.</p> <blockquote> <p>If selected, dispensary applicants must have $1 million cash before applying for a licenses, plus $100,000 for each dispensary location. All applicants must have been Hawaii residents for more than five years.</p> <p>Hawaii became the first to legalize medical marijuana through the legislative process 16 years ago. Lawmakers have introduced laws to legalize recreational marijuana; however they don&#39;t think they&#39;re likely to pass this year.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana bills move forward in the Utah State Legislature https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/medical-marijuana-bills-move-forward-in-the-utah-state-legislature <p>Utah patients may be relieved to hear that 2 different medical marijuana bills are advancing in the Senate. Bill 89 is a very strict bill that would legalize &quot;trace amounts of THC&quot; likely meaning primarily CBD medication for epileptic seizures. The second bill, known as the &quot;whole plant&quot; bill will likely be less restrictive and allow for cannabis buds to be sold, however exact policy details will not be shared until next week. Debate over boths bills were met with testimonies of hopeful patients who have found relief from opioid addiction and pain meds.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I know that this can help so many people and this can prevent addiction,&quot; said Dallas Sainsbury, who suffers from Crohn&#39;s Disease.</p> <p>She described problems with opioids, and said marijuana has been more beneficial. Kenneth Thomason, a terminal cancer patient, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that marijuana helped ease his pain.</p> </blockquote> Delaware bill would allow marijuana oil in schools https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/delaware-bill-would-allow-marijuana-oil-in-schools <p>Last year, Delaware passed legislation allowing for children with epilepsy to participate in the state&#39;s medical marijuana program. After running into some roadblocks, legislators are supporting a new bill without opposition that would allow the school to not only hold onto the medication but also administer it by qualified caregivers. A 2014 poll shows that 81% of the US thinks that doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana for serious illnesses and although federal legislation has not reflected this, almost half of US states have already legalized medical marijuana.</p> <blockquote> <p>As the bill&#39;s main sponsor, he said he views its administration at schools &quot;like a nurse administering an epipen&quot; and said only adults who are pre-qualified to properly apply the oil would be allowed to carry it. He added he has yet to see any opposition from either side of the political aisle and House Speaker Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, has also thrown his support behind the bill.</p> </blockquote> https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/whats-the-cheapest-place-to-buy-legal-marijuana <p>Less than a year into their recreational marijuana program, Oregon has the lowest average price per oz of marijuana at $214 an ounce. Washington and Colorado are the other two states with fully functioning recreational programs, with average prices of $238 and $225. Experts estimate price per ounce will drop to around $150 over the next few years after allowing the programs to mature. The city of Aurora, Colorado has the cheapest average ounce per city at $192.</p> <blockquote> <p>Legal recreational marijuana went into effect in Oregon in July 2015, however, sales didn&#39;t start until October because dispensaries had to complete the registration process. As the recreational market begins to mature over the next three years, prices are expected to drop below $150 an ounce, according to economics consulting firm ECONorthwest.</p> </blockquote> Not Able To Get Medical Marijuana Through The VA, Veterans Struggle With Cost, Confusion https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/not-able-to-get-medical-marijuana-through-the-va-veterans-struggle-with-cost-confusion <p>Scott Murphy is just one of many American&nbsp;veterans who frequent their local Veteran Affairs physician looking for medication for one of the many ailments that come from the military lifestyle. 23 states have legalized medical marijuana, yet VA doctors are governed under federal law and are still banned from even discussing cannabis with their patients. Murphy and many other vets are currently using medical marijuana for chronic pain or PTSD related symptoms, but due to the restrictions at the VA, they must seek medical help elsewhere. The legislation denying&nbsp;VA doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana expired last week, leaving them in a state of uncertainty.</p> <blockquote> <p>Murphy uses it for chronic pain that started with a serious motorcycle accident when he was 18. It broke his femur in half and shattered his hip.<br /> &ldquo;Because of the injuries, when I got older I would&rsquo;ve gotten arthritis. But because of the strenuous work I did in the military in rock marches and heavy lifting and stuff, it just progressed the disease,&rdquo; Murphy said.</p> <p>Macintosh uses it for post traumatic stress disorder.<br /> &ldquo;I was diagnosed with it when I came home from Afghanistan,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Symptoms include trouble sleeping, anxiety.&rdquo;</p> <p>Neither man can get treatment that involves medical marijuana from the Department of Veterans Affairs, even though they get all their other medical services there for free.</p> </blockquote> Jerry Brown selects California's first medical marijuana chief https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/jerry-brown-selects-californias-first-medical-marijuana-chief <p>The state of California was the first to legalize medical marijuana, and it only took 20 years to appoint the right person to the job of regulating the new and quickly changing industry. Last year, advocates pushed for the duties to be taken by this new position at the&nbsp;Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs instead of giving the responsibility to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control&nbsp;. The irony of the situation is that the person appointed as the new medical marijuana czar of California is currently employed as the chief director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverave Control.</p> <blockquote> <p>Medical marijuana advocates last year successfully pushed for the new bureau rather than placing regulatory authority in the hands of the ABC, which enforces liquor laws and oversees the licensing process. But on Thursday, pot advocates shied away from criticizing the appointment of a top ABC official to oversee pot rules.</p> </blockquote> Wiz Khalifa Is Launching A Line Of Marijuana Products https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/wiz-khalifa-is-launching-a-line-of-marijuana-products <p>Wiz Khalifa, the popular rapper and marijuana advocate, has decided to get into the green industry for himself. Partnering up with RiverRock Cannabis based in Colorado, Wiz will have his own line of marijuana products including concentrates and even a personalized strain of marijuana, Khalifa Kush. Wiz&#39;s marijuana products will be available April 20th, but he&nbsp;is not the first celebrity to get involved in the green rush. &nbsp;Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson have both been open about their plans for personalized cannabis brands.</p> <blockquote> <p>In addition to KK, the hip-hop star and RiverRock are set to sell various infused products and concentrates, which the two parties created together. The line is coming out on April 20th, because when else would it</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> DC Council Considers Marijuana Clubs https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/dc-council-considers-marijuana-clubs <p>Washington DC decriminalized marijuana last year for personal possession and consumption, but outlawed about everything else. This year, legislators are working to give pot shops a fair chance at existing in DC after finding out that citizens are willing to risk smoking on the streets. DC was careful with it&#39;s initial legalization, and it&#39;s expeceted that pot shops will be strictly regulated.</p> <blockquote> <p>After unanimously opposing pot clubs less than a year ago, the Democratic-controlled City Council unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that will study how the city could implement licenses for businesses that wish to allow smoking.</p> <p>&ldquo;The train is moving &mdash; it&rsquo;s something that can&rsquo;t be stopped,&rdquo; Democratic Councilman Vincent Orange told The Washington Post. &ldquo;The people went through a lawful procedure to get this approved so you have to give the people what they want.</p> </blockquote> Women cash in on the marijuana boom https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/women-cash-in-on-the-marijuana-boom <p>While most industries are known to be dominated by men, the cannabis industry has shown to be more open and inviting to women as 36% of marijuana business executives are female compared to the 22% nationally.&nbsp;Women from allover the US are joining the cannabis industry in hopes of less descrimination and they&#39;re finding it.&nbsp;Salwa Ibrahim is one example of a woman who saw the chance and jumped at starting a dispensary in california. Since then&nbsp;her business has&nbsp;added cultivation and production facilities, serves up to 1,000 patients daily, and employs 70 people, over half of which are women.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;There is nothing but opportunity for women in this industry. We need to spread the word,&quot; said West. &quot;Women are coming up with terrific business ideas. Many of them are driven by their advocacy for legal marijuana.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Alabama Republican legislators to urge federal government to re-schedule marijuana for medical use https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/alabama-republican-legislators-to-urge-federal-government-to-re-schedule-marijuana-for-medical-use <p>State legislators who are unfamiliar with marijuana are taking baby steps by only allowing CBD extract instead of a full medical marijuana program, however the CBD medicines can still help a lot of people suffering from seizures and pain. The problem with states taking on medical marijuana too cautiously comes from legalizing a form of the drug, but not allowing patients to access it in any legal way. This is exactly the problem Alabama is facing with CBD oils. State legislator Mike Ball is doing his part to change history and reschedule marijuana down to Schedule II. Despite only having power on the state level, Ball knows that cannabis doesn&#39;t deserve it&#39;s curren&#39;t Schedule I ruling, and moving down to Schedule II next to cocaine would not legalize it at all, but instead make it easier for research to be done and progress medical science into the future.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;There is some medical value in it,&rdquo; argues Ball, &ldquo;And we need to take the handcuffs off the medical profession, so that they can research, so that they can study it, so that they can prescribe it.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not as if moving marijuana to Schedule II is even close to legalization.</p> <p>&ldquo;Listen,&rdquo; says Ball, &ldquo;Cocaine is Schedule II. Ok? You tell me why marijuana should be Schedule I, if cocaine is Schedule II.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Facebook deletes medical marijuana pages https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/facebook-deletes-medical-marijuana-pages <p>Dispensaries allover the country log into their social media daily to let paitents and customers know what new medicines and products are in stock and what sales are going on. This week, many medical and recreational dispensaries are reporting that their facebook pages have been deleted due to violating terms of use dealing with &quot;illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs&quot; or so it says when they login. It&#39;s currently unknown how many marijuana businesses are affected by such descrimination, but it&#39;s clear that the legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco will not be included in this ban.</p> <blockquote> <p>Marijuana possession and production violates federal law, although the Obama administration has publicly announced that it would devote law enforcement resources to investigating lawful use permitted by state statutes.</p> <p>Breakwater founder Alex Zaleski called Facebook&#39;s actions &quot;a great disservice to our patients who rely on us to keep them updated on what is going on. We are looking into the matter and hope to resolve it in the patients&#39; favor as soon as possible.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Inside Syracuse's new pot shop: Medical marijuana that sounds like cappuccino https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/feb/inside-syracuses-new-pot-shop-medical-marijuana-that-sounds-like-cappuccino <p>A new medicinal marijuana shop is opening in Syracuse, New York this week that has a short, but special menu. Some would say the menu reads like a coffee shop, but these&nbsp;concoctions are specific to patients&#39; ailments, some with only CBD which does not get the user high but provides relief, often from seizures. The menu also features a THC concentrated choice for those in more severe pain, but all medicines must be sold in concentrates as New York&#39;s MMJ program does not allow for the sale of buds or leaves. The state only has 331 doctors currently registered to prescribe medical marijuana, and only 551 patients through the whole state. Advocates hope as the program progresses more doctors and patients will gain interest.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Patients should approach their doctors and talk to them about this option and talk to the department of health about having more access to physicians,&quot; she said. Peckham said she hopes doctors will use medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription painkillers. She thinks doctors are hesitant because the program is new.</p> </blockquote>