Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog //blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Kelly Clarkson Supports Legalizing Marijuana //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/kelly-clarkson-supports-legalizing-marijuana <p>Your favorite singer success story, Kelly Clarkson, has announced pubilcly her support for legalizing marijuana. Her reasoning is spot on with many people who are educated on the matter of the effects of different drugs. She points out alcohol&#39;s destructive properties that are praised and legal allover the world, but she herself knows many who have died from different forms of alcoholic destruction.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><span style="color:rgb(47, 33, 20); font-family:helvetica neue,arial,helvetica,geneva,sans-serif; font-size:12px">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not even a pothead, I just think it&rsquo;s funny that we legalize something as destructive as alcohol or pills and not that,&rdquo; Clarkson says, adding, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I love me some alcohol, but I don&rsquo;t know anybody in rehab because of pot. And I know a ton of people that have died either from liver cancer or behind the wheel. We legalize things that are so disturbing for our bodies, but one that&rsquo;s completely fine, we say, &lsquo;No, that&rsquo;s bad for you.&rsquo; I&rsquo;m like, &lsquo;Okay, enjoy your scotch. Enjoy your Xanax.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> </blockquote> Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-list <p>Children with epilepsy are starting to become more prominently prescribed medical marijuana as it has been shown to be the only thing to truly stop the seizures and return to them their childhood. For Noah, a 6-year old boy in Michigan, it has not only treated his epilepsy, but also his more reckless symptoms of severe autism. Noah&#39;s mother is able to give him marijuana oil because of his epilepsy, but his autism alone is not enough to receive medical marijuana. Before having tried medical marijuana, he couldn&#39;t control many of his outbreaks of kicking, punching, and pulling hair, but now his mother says he is more calm and focused. This week a committee of health officials will hear the arguments for adding autism to the state list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;It seems to work. ... Wouldn&rsquo;t that be better than giving them all these psychiatric drugs?&rdquo; Chugani said. &ldquo;Not every autistic kid would take this, but if your behavior is wild and you have to be institutionalized, I as a physician would prefer to try medical marijuana. I have at least 50 patients on multiple drugs and still their behaviors are not controlled.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Woman fights medical marijuana firing //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/woman-fights-medical-marijuana-firing <p>Some form of marijuana has become legal in over half the country at this point, but is still illegal under federal law. Many states are finding that despite having legalized the drug, companies are still allowed to enforce federal drug policy and fire employees over marijuana positive drug tests. A&nbsp;woman in Massachusetts, where medical marijuana has been made legal, revealed her medical need for the drug to her employer in her interview and was made to believe it would not be an issue, until her first day of work when receiving the call from human resources that her failed drug test has led her to be fired.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;As long as it is not affecting that person&rsquo;s ability to perform their job, then it should be protected, and that person should not suffer adverse consequences,&rdquo; said Fogelman, who teamed with Fine on Barbuto&rsquo;s case.</p> <p>Barbuto said she was diagnosed with Crohn&rsquo;s disease in 2011, an illness that often robs a patient&rsquo;s appetite. Because she rarely feels hungry, Barbuto struggles to maintain a healthy weight, and traditional medicines have not helped, she said. So she smokes a small amount of marijuana before meals a couple of times a week, she said, to spur her appetite, but not enough to make her feel high.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana to battle black market for customers in Illinois //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/medical-marijuana-to-battle-black-market-for-customers-in-illinois <p>A major concern for legislators and and marijuana investors alike, is wondering why would citizens buy marijuana from a dispensary if they can get it cheaper from the black market. As Illinois approaches their first sale later this year, they are trying to work through all the kinks that other states have struggled with. &quot;Most Americans prefer to buy marijuana from legal sources&quot; says the president of Marijuana Business Media, and with the efforts many dispensaries are taking to be knowledgeable, clean, and have non-aggressive sales styles, the black market of marijuana will surely have no chance.</p> <blockquote> <p>There may be a menu of strains, he said, with different potencies and balances of CBD, the component said to give marijuana its medicinal properties, and THC, the psychoactive ingredient that makes people feel high.</p> <p>&quot;Is this going to put me on the couch, or help me clean the house?&quot; Aaron Varney, co-director of Dockside Cannabis in Washington state, said in paraphrasing what a customer might want to know.</p> </blockquote> Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana offense has sentence commuted //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/missouri-man-serving-life-sentence-for-marijuana-offense-has-sentence-commuted <p>Nearly 30 years ago&nbsp;Jeff Mizanskey was arrested for possession of marijuana, and under Missouri&#39;s three-strike system he was sentenced to life without parole. Jeff says he has seen murderers land in jail, then get released only to land in jail yet again, while he is serving&nbsp;a life-sentence for a non-violent crime. A petition to shorten Jeff&#39;s life sentece has has gained&nbsp;390,000 signatures, and the attention of the governor, who officially shortened his sentence leaving him open for parole.</p> <blockquote> <p>Chris was 14-years-old when his dad went away to prison.</p> <p>&ldquo;It breaks my heart every time we go up there to see him. We have to leave and he has to stay,&rdquo; Chris said. &ldquo;I can only hope he&rsquo;ll be able to walk out of there one day, we&rsquo;ll be able to enjoy our lives together what&rsquo;s left of his and what&rsquo;s left of mine.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana expo draws 'gold rush' to Illinois, without the gold //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/marijuana-expo-draws-gold-rush-to-illinois-without-the-gold <p>Illinois voters legalized medical marijuana over two years ago, and&nbsp;bureaucracy has prevailed in making eager patients wait on their medicine day after day. In anticipation of the upcoming production and sale of marijuana, Illinois hosted a Marijuana Business Conference &amp; Expo with many businesses and&nbsp;entrepreneurs wanting to get into the gold rush of the marijuana industry. Some even got the chance to pitch their business ideas in a &quot;Shark Tank&quot; format to investors, some asking for $500,000 and some $5 million.</p> <blockquote> <p>More than 2,000 people attended the Marijuana Business Conference &amp; Expo, hoping to cash in on a business that is forecast by one industry-backed market research group to grow to $11 billion in annual sales nationwide by 2019, with the prospect of legalization in several more states.</p> </blockquote> Oregon Marijuana Legalization 2015: Weed Smell Could Trigger $500 Fine In Pendleton //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/oregon-marijuana-legalization-2015-weed-smell-could-trigger-500-fine-in-pendleton <p>Oregon was among the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, but not every community in the state was so welcoming. The city of&nbsp;Pendleton has&nbsp;deemed the smell from marijuana to be a nuisance and can be reported similar to a noise complaint&nbsp;and come with a fine up to $500. The fines are aimed at keeping growers out of certain communities, but if a neighbor is feeling violated even just a smoker of marijuana could see a fine for consuming on their own property.</p> <blockquote> <p>Marijuana possession and use will become legal in Oregon for people over 21 on July 1, although legal retail sales are not expected until the fall of 2016. While Pendleton might take in relatively small amounts of money from fines, the state as a whole is still working on its tax structure for legal marijuana.</p> </blockquote> Senate Committee Approves Historic Measure To Increase Veterans' Access To Medical Marijuana //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/senate-committee-approves-historic-measure-to-increase-veterans-access-to-medical-marijuana <p>History is being made in congress in favor of our military veterans! For the first time ever, Congress&#39; upper chambers have voted in favor of marijuana legislation and though it faces more votes to become law, it is a major step in politicians learning to accept the positives of marijuana law reform. If passed, the bill would allow veterans in marijuana legal states, to talk to their VA hospital doctors and discuss marijuana as a treatment option for different ailments.</p> <blockquote> <p>Currently, the VA bans medical providers working with the agency from completing any forms brought by patients that seek marijuana recommendations or opinions in states where the drug&#39;s medical use is legal. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) blocks the VA from using funds to enforce the ban on doctors.</p> </blockquote> Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/illinois-senate-passes-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-but-plans-changes <p>Illinois is one signature away from joining&nbsp;17 other states in decriminalizing marijuana. This week the Illinois state senate approved the decriminalization bill 37-19 and after some language cleanup to make the legislation more clear it will make it to the governor&#39;s desk. One of the senators sponsoring the bill stated that he believes using marijuana is wrong, however he followed up that he also doesn&#39;t believe getting caught wiith pot should ruin a young person&#39;s life. If passed, the bill would take the current penalty of $2500 and possibly a year in jail, to a fine up to $125.</p> <blockquote> <p>Supporters said the measure would keep low-level drug offenders out of the state&#39;s clogged jails and prisons. Earlier this year, Rauner announced a goal of reducing the state&#39;s prison population by 25 percent over the next 10 years. On Thursday, Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly offered the administration&#39;s standard response when asked about pending legislation: &quot;The governor will carefully consider any legislation that crosses his desk.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Proposed marijuana sales tax unveiled by Oregon Legislators //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/proposed-marijuana-sales-tax-unveiled-by-oregon-legislators <p>Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in their state last november by popular vote, and since then legislators have been working to install a functioning system ready to take care of marijuana sales from seed to sale. In recent proposals, the plan was to have recreational sales by July 1st, but now they are projecting the first sales to be in October. Legislators chose to use a sales tax (tax rate not yet decided)&nbsp;for marijuana instead of a fixed fee like certain areas.</p> <blockquote> <p>The medical marijuana legislation is chiefly aimed at limiting the size of growing operations serving medical marijuana patients. &nbsp;Backers say too much of this pot is being diverted to illegal sales.</p> </blockquote> Let's legalize and tax marijuana to help pay for Michigan roads, schools, police //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/lets-legalize-and-tax-marijuana-to-help-pay-for-michigan-roads-schools-police <p>Michigan is facing financial problems that are being taken out in the form of taxes on middle to lower&nbsp;class families, when positive tax reform is just waiting to be cultivated from marijuana sales. Many michigan cities such as East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit&nbsp;are decriminalizing the plants possession, but not fully benefiting with legal sale and taxation. Some legislators are still concerned about endangering the community with marijuana legalization but the facts are showing a decrease in violent property crimes and&nbsp;a major decrease in alcohol-related deaths in areas where marijuana is legal.</p> <blockquote> <p>Regulating and taxing marijuana will never be a panacea for all the challenges our state faces. Taxes raised from regulating marijuana won&#39;t be enough to pay for all of our priorities. However, taking marijuana off the black market will generate much needed revenue, allow us to redeploy law enforcement resources to focus on violent and property crime, and ease the tax burden on the middle class.</p> </blockquote> NEWS Texas medical marijuana bill heading to Gov. Abbott //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/news-texas-medical-marijuana-bill-heading-to-gov-abbott <p>In the past year alone, 14 states have legalized medical marijuana soley in the form of CBD oils to treat seizures, and now is Texas&#39; chance to make a change for the betterment of it&#39;s patients. This medical marijuana bill allowing CBD oils passed the state house 96-34, with some still opposing the law desptie CBD not having the properties to get the user high. The bill is on it&#39;s way to Governor Abbott&#39;s desk. The governor has not mentioned his intentions to sign the bill or not, but has previously mentioned the unlikelyhood of decriminalizing marijuana this year.</p> <blockquote> <p>Republican Rep. Stephanie Klick, the House sponsor of the latest cannabis bill, has said even she wouldn&#39;t have supported her own legislation two years ago. Klick, a nurse, said learning about the impact the oil can have on patients changed her mind.</p> </blockquote> Bernie Sanders Leaves The Door Open On Marijuana Legalization //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/bernie-sanders-leaves-the-door-open-on-marijuana-legalization <p>Still looking for a possible political candidate for the upcoming election? Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders stated this week that he supports his home state of Vermont legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. He also supports Colorado&#39;s legal recreational marijauan program, and said he will be looking for the pros and cons of Colorado&#39;s expiriment when considering further legalization in the future.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It&#39;s really exciting to have Sen. Sanders express unequivocal support for decriminalization and medical marijuana,&quot; said Tom Angell, chairman of the drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority, to The Huffington Post. &quot;And reading between the lines, it seems to me like he&#39;s getting ready to endorse full legalization soon. A growing majority of voters supports marijuana reform, and more candidates are starting to recognize that it makes good political sense to court the cannabis constituency instead of criminalize us.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana's sky-high price in New Jersey //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/medical-marijuanas-sky-high-price-in-new-jersey <p>As marijuana becomes legal in states allover the US, prices have been driven down below the black market thus defeating most illegal sales. Some states are not so lucky though, and even with a state legal medical marijuana program, New Jersey has some of the highest bud prices in the country. Some are reporting purchasing an ounce for over $500, which leaves many to resort to black market sales, or not receive their medicine at all. Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, opposes of legal marijuana of any kind, and is doing his part in holding back the program for patients in need.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Christie, a potential Republican presidential candidate, has recently vowed that if elected he would crack down on states that legalize pot. That&#39;s because the former U.S. Attorney for the District of N.J. considers cannabis to be a &quot;gateway&quot; to other illicit drugs, a view that&#39;s at odds with what experts in the field say. Christie agreed to allow medical marijuana in New Jersey under conditions that experts say are among the strictest in the country.</p> </blockquote> Seeing More Marijuana Edibles, Police Learn To Identify Pot Candies And Sweets //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/seeing-more-marijuana-edibles-police-learn-to-identify-pot-candies-and-sweets <p>For years it has seemed silly for police to care so much with public tax dollars&nbsp;about a harmless plant, but now police are cracking down on brownies...and gummy bears, cookies, chocolate--wherever they suspect marijuana. As if the drug war wasn&#39;t wasting enough time and money, we&#39;re choosing to monitor baked goods to the point of intrusion. In San Antonio police seized about $100 worth of marijuana edibles for the month of February.</p> <blockquote> <p>In February, police in San Antonio seized about $100 worth of edibles, including brownies, gummies and chocolate. Investigators said many of the products had been manufactured in states where marijuana is legal, then shipped to and sold in states where it is not.</p> </blockquote> State overhauls rules for medical marijuana outlets //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/state-overhauls-rules-for-medical-marijuana-outlets <p>Massachusetts residents voted to legalize medical marijuana nearly 3 years ago, and yet there are no medical dispensaries open for business. The process to grant a license&nbsp;for the&nbsp;commercial sale of marijuana has been riddled with politics in the past, leaving only 15 dispensaries with licenses. The new licensing system will work similarly to the pharmacy licensing, as well as improved background checks which will keep businesses legitimate and as secure as possible.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This change creates a more streamlined, efficient, and transparent process that allows the Commonwealth to maintain the highest standards of both public safety and accessibility,&rdquo; Dr. Monica Bharel, the state&rsquo;s public health commissioner, said in a statement.</p> <p>Several marijuana company leaders said they were already prepared to reapply, signaling the start of what is likely to be a long line of applicants. While the 2012 state law capped the number of licenses awarded in the first year to 35, that period is now passed, and regulators are free to exceed that limit.</p> </blockquote> Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed? //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/will-marijuana-for-sick-kids-get-government-to-rethink-weed <p>CBD oil is changing the way voters and legislators&nbsp;are seeing marijuana as medicine. Many states in the US have legalized non-smokable forms of medical marijuana, primarily in the form of oil. These CBD oils have become essential to epileptic children everywhere who have lessened or eliminated their daily seizures with the miracle drug. Though CBD does not get the user high, it&#39;s affiliation with marijuana may cary a stigma for some time to come, causing politicians who personally support marijuana reform to instead avoid tackling marijuana law as it&#39;s&nbsp;just not a priority.&nbsp;&nbsp;FDA approved CBD research is expanding and continuing to show positive results, hopefully eventually forcing the government to reschedule the drug and open for more broad medical testing.</p> <blockquote> <p>Still, Hudak believes that if demand for cannabidiol research increases, it could have a lasting impact by reducing marijuana&rsquo;s stigma. &ldquo;There is a lot of ignorance in the political community about CBD,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I think people, particularly opponents of reform, think of marijuana as a rolled joint and that&#39;s it. When, in reality, it&#39;s a very diverse product.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/dopey-policy-israels-top-cop-calls-for-marijuana-possession-rethink <p>The police chief of Isreal is calling on legislators and police to move on from traditional views on recreational marijuana into a more accepting policy. Currently in Isreal, over 21,000 people use medical marijuana, though recreational use is still illegal. Plans to decriminalize the drug are on the way, and overall the public view is much more accepting of the drug. Now that it has become more common, everyone is seeing that marijuana users are normal everyday, non-violent citizens.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;During our conversation, we reached an outline that will allow recreational use of cannabis to be decriminalized, as long as consumers remain law-abiding citizens,&rdquo; Knesset member Yinon Magal said.</p> <p>Another MP, Tamar Zandberg of Meretz, supported the potential move to legalize the substance, saying that &ldquo;it is time for major change in regards to cannabis.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The public has progressed and understands marijuana consumers are normal citizens who do not harm anyone, and there is no reason to persecute and incriminate them,&rdquo; Zandberg added.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is now time for elected officials to advance and overhaul legislation,&rdquo; she concluded.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana bill stalls; Sen. Courtney intervenes //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/medical-marijuana-bill-stalls-sen-courtney-intervenes <p>Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last november, and on&nbsp;July first&nbsp;they will be able to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana. Unfortunately, the details and regulations for manufacturing and dispensing of the newly legal drug have not been finalized yet, as the legislators have not been able to come to a single agreement on the amendments. Commercial growing and processing will begin in early 2016 and dispensaries can expect to have marijuana ready to sell by the fall.</p> <blockquote> <p>Limited home cultivation and personal possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal July 1. People wishing to get into commercial growing, processing and retailing can begin the process in January 2016. Oregonians could be able to purchase recreational marijuana at a retail store starting in the fall of 2016.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana K-cups and coffee pods are here //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/marijuana-k-cups-and-coffee-pods-are-here <p>Mainstream drugs like caffeine have been graced with creativity and industrialization due to it&#39;s legal place in the free market. Becoming more popular every year is the single serving K-cups to be used in Keurig machines for your morning cup of Joe, and now you can even get k-cups with marijuana infused beans. One k-cup has 10 miligrams of THC, but you can also find marijuana infused coffee creamer and tea, but for now you can only find this in Seattle and California. Expect to see these products on the shelves in your local dispensary when your state legalizes.</p> <blockquote> <p>The California company sells four versions of marijuana-infused K-cups: medium roast, dark roast, decaf and mocha caf&eacute;. It&rsquo;s also sells infused instant coffee and flavored creamers, one of which has already been awarded the prestigious best edible award at HempCon, one of the world&rsquo;s largest medical marijuana trade shows.</p> </blockquote>