Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed East Lansing weighs decriminalizing marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/east-lansing-weighs-decriminalizing-marijuana <p>Confusion about current and upcoming marijuana laws has influenced a public hearing in East Lansing, Michigan on October 11th. The&nbsp;new ordinance to be discussed&nbsp;would bring the cities&#39; laws in line with a charter amendment approved over a year ago, allowing adults 21+ to use, possess, or transfer up to an ounce of marijuana on private property. Possession of less than an ounce on public property or by someone under 21 would also be a civil infraction as opposed to a misdemeanor. Civil infractions come with a $25 fine, community service, or the attendence of a substance abuse course. Police officers would still be able to charge those in possession with state law, which demands certification from a doctor and a state registered medical marijuana card. Michigan State University officials added that marijuana remains illegal on campus and the private property contains their own ordinances.</p> <blockquote> <p>City officials have scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 11 to discuss a change that would allow people over the age of 21 to use, possess or transfer less than an ounce of marijuana on private property.</p> <p>By state law, the use of marijuana is limited to the treatment of certain medical conditions and requires the user to have certification from a doctor and a state registry identification card. Federally, marijuana remains a prohibited substance.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana violation reduced in Minooka https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/marijuana-violation-reduced-in-minooka <p>Following Illinois&#39; decision to decriminalize 10 grams or less or marijuana, the village of Minooka also reduced the penalties of less than 10 grams from a class B misdemeanor to a civil law violation. Those caught in possession of less than 10 grams will be fined $200 while over 10 grams will receive a $250 fine.&nbsp;One legislator says they have no opinion for or against the drug, but they wanted to be more in line with the new state laws. On the otherhand, the Minooka Police Chief has stated his disapproval for the drug and the new law. Police Chief Justin Meyer says marijuana can be a gateway drug, which has never been proven to be true and the U.S. Attorney General has recently been cited as saying cannabis is NOT a gateway drug. But it&#39;s no surprise that the law comes with uninformed opposition. We can only hope that police will operate appropriately under the new law and not choose to let personal bias effect innocent people.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;The state has become more lenient with marijuana laws, so as a village we took steps to become more in line with state law,&rdquo; Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have no opinion for or against, we are just being more in line with the state,&rdquo; Duffy added.</p> <p>The change makes it a civil offense within village limits, with a fine up to $200, for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana. Possession of more than 10 grams up to 30 grams remains a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of $250.</p> </blockquote> MAP: See where legal marijuana will be sold around Alaska https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/map-see-where-legal-marijuana-will-be-sold-around-alaska <p>Alaskan voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana on the 2014 November ballot; it is now&nbsp;nearly two years later and there is still no exact start date to the program. While officials have prepared for the slow progress, users have been waiting with little details on when it might begin. The slow crawl of the marijuana business licensing process has finally reached a tipping point though, as 33 marijuana businesses are listed as &#39;active status&#39; awaiting their licenses. One business, Remedy Shoppe&nbsp;located in Skagway, hopes to be the first licensed marijuana business&nbsp;in Alaska on Oct. 4th after their empty shelf inspection. The race to be the first dispensary is attractive, but there will be no product until the marijuana can be tested at a licensed testing facility. The first testing facilities are also well on their way to gaining licenses after inspections in mid October. The only currently operating marijuana businesses are the cultivators who have stashed their product awaiting testing and first sales. Alaskans have waited a long time for this program, but they will hopefully only have to wait a little longer.</p> <blockquote> <p>An inspector from Juneau is flying in to complete the last step of the licensing process &ndash; an empty shelf inspection, to make sure the shop looks the same as it did on paper to the board. &ldquo;[The owners of Remedy Shoppe] are very eager to be the first licensed retail on October 4,&rdquo; Franklin said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ll be ready.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the facility could be fully licensed next week, it won&rsquo;t have any product to sell. That&rsquo;s because marijuana must be tested before it&#39;s legally sold, and there are no testing facilities licensed yet in the state.</p> <p>&ldquo;The analogy I like to use is we&rsquo;re building a house,&rdquo; Franklin said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The board and staff are underneath the house looking at the electricity and plumbing, and in the meantime the public has moved upstairs and is stomping on the floor and trying to turn on the TV&hellip;and it just takes time to build a house.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Colorado Will Use Extra Marijuana Revenue to Prevent Bullying in Schools https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/colorado-will-use-extra-marijuana-revenue-to-prevent-bullying-in-schools <p>The overwhelming success of the retail cannabis industry in Colorado brings alongside it a surplus in tax revenue for the state. With that the Colorado Departmend of Education is going to grant 50 public schools a $40,000 / year grant that would come with bully prevention coaching offered during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Training will be availble for teachers, staff and parents. Schools will have until October 21st to apply for the betterment of their students emotionals wellbeing. The tax revenue of $66 million will be able to help local communities, with $2.9 going specifically towards the bullying prevention efffort.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Schools that receive the grant will get specialized training from a prevention coach and form a bullying prevention committee including teachers, staff and parents.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a lot of money,&rdquo; Dr. Adam Collins, bullying prevention and education grant coordinator for the CDE, told Denver7. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great opportunity for schools to apply and make sure the social and emotional wellness of their students is taken care of.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> SOLDIERS BANNED FROM MARIJUANA EVENTS https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/soldiers-banned-from-marijuana-events <p>US Army soldiers based in Alaska received new regulations this week when they were prohibited from any events, fairs, or conventions dealing with cannabis. Signed by Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, the policy states that attendance at cannabis events is inconsistent with military service and &#39;has the potential to adversely impact the health, welfare, and good order and discipline for soldiers...&#39; Did the military also recently adjust policy so soldiers don&#39;t drink&nbsp;excessive amounts of alcohol or support the substance, or how about the adverse health and habitual effects of tobacco use? As usual, the government&#39;s views of marijuana are&nbsp;unfair&nbsp;compared to that of legal alcohol and tobacco and the result is impacting it&#39;s citizens and soldiers.</p> <blockquote> <p>U.S. Army Alaska today issued a commanding general policy letter prohibiting Alaska-based soldier attendance at marijuana, cannabis or hemp fairs, festivals, conventions and similar events. These types of events typically involve, but are not limited to, promoting the use of marijuana and disseminating information on the growing and processing of marijuana.</p> </blockquote> N.J. Marijuana Legalization Bill Would Treat Weed Like Tobacco https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/nj-marijuana-legalization-bill-would-treat-weed-like-tobacco <p>What if marijuana was treated the same as tobacco and alcohol - available in convenience stores and gas stations as a common&nbsp;part of our society. A new law proposed in New Jersey would allow just that. Assembly bill&nbsp;A4193 would legalize marijuana for recreational use, allow retailers to sell the product, and &#39;provide for records expungement&#39;. The regulation of marijuana manufacturing, distribution, and possession&nbsp;would fall under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. The bill would treat cannabis similar to tobacco, allow the sales to adults 18 and older. The Assemblymen sponsoring the bill also introduced a bill this year that would lower the drinking age limit down to 18, saying if an 18 year old can sign up for the military, they should be able to drink a beer.</p> <blockquote> <p>The proposed law &ndash; A4193 - would legalize marijuana and &ldquo;provide for records expungement&rdquo; for certain past marijuana offenses. In addition, the bill would make it possible for New Jersey retailers to sell cannabis products similar to tobacco products, including at local convenience stores.</p> <p>&ldquo;This bill would legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act,&rdquo; the bill reads</p> </blockquote> Marijuana is not a gateway drug, admits Obama’s Attorney General https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/marijuana-is-not-a-gateway-drug-admits-obamas-attorney-general <p>The anti-marijuana narrative has held onto the same innacurate beliefs for far too long, including the fallacy that marijuana is a gateway drug. But after many states have legalized the drug in some form and the data is clearly pointing the other way, the U.S. Attorney General admits that prescription drugs, and not marijuana, are the true gateway drugs to opioid abuse. The Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, spoke to a group of high school students this week about opioid and heroin abuse when one student asked if recreational marijuana could lead to the abuse of stronger drugs. Rather than stick to the &#39;say no to drugs&#39; mantra, Lynch explained that heroin and opiate addictions typically start in a medicine cabinet and not through &#39;trafficking rings&#39;. She continues to say that while those who expiriment in life may use marijuana, it is not a specific gateway to other drugs as previously believed.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;In so many cases, it isn&rsquo;t trafficking rings that introduce a person to opioids. It&rsquo;s the household medicine cabinet. That&rsquo;s the source,&rdquo; Lynch told students before fielding questions from the audience.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we talk about heroin addiction, we usually, as we have mentioned, are talking about individuals that started out with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin,&rdquo; Lynch said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t so much that marijuana is the step right before using prescription drugs or opioids &ndash; it is true that if you tend to experiment with a lot of things in life, you may be inclined to experiment with drugs, as well,&rdquo; Lynch added. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s not like we&rsquo;re seeing that marijuana as a specific gateway.</p> </blockquote> Holland-Style Marijuana Lounges Coming to America https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/holland-style-marijuana-lounges-coming-to-america <p>Similar to the problem of speakeasies during alcohol prohibition, marijuana users are forced into underground unregulated businesses if they want to smoke anywhere outside of their home. Many cities and states have considered allowing cannabis lounges but none have followed through as of yet. Legislators feel the market isn&#39;t quite ready, but unfortunately for them the free market persists regardless of legislation. Someone is willing to take the risks, meaning regulations are nowhere to be found. Is the cannabis tested for mold or pesticides, is the labeling accurate, is the bud even legal? When dealing with the underground market, you may never know, which is why legislators must get things moving and allow smokers a public place to socialize that meets professional standards.</p> <blockquote> <p>Either we offer a legal option for marijuana-friendly lounges, or &ldquo;smoke-easies&rdquo; will continue to proliferate in most major cities. Marijuana smoking is a social activity better enjoyed with friends, so the only real question is whether these marijuana-friendly clubs will continue to be clandestine, or whether they will be licensed and regulated and above ground</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana In Germany: After Weed Sales Nearly Double, Will Legal Medical Cannabis Laws Change Soon? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/marijuana-in-germany-after-weed-sales-nearly-double-will-legal-medical-cannabis-laws-change-soon <p>Germany legalized medical marijuana in 2005 for those suffering from chronic pain and illnesses to be treated on a self-therapy basis, and since the amount of patients has substantially grown. Some believe there aren&#39;t enough&nbsp;qualifying conditions &nbsp;and that the methods to access marijuana are too scarce, leading Germany&#39;s Health Minister to propose a law allowing medical marijuana for all medicinal purposes, despite severity. The Federal Drug Commissioner announced a plan last year to have insurance companies cover the cost of medical marijuana for chronic patients, though no regulations have been set at this time. The first 6-months of 2016 are showing nearly double the sales of medical marijuana as the first 6-months of 2015, showing that Germans are happily turning to legal forms of the drug.</p> <blockquote> <p>Federal Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler announced a plan to allow chronically ill people get get medical marijuana expenses covered by insurance providers in 2015. She said the reform would go into effect in 2016. However, her initiative along with Gr&ouml;he&rsquo;s widespread legal marijuana law &ndash; which he hopes to get inducted by early 2017 &ndash; has yet to take effect.</p> <p>Despite the cost, more Germans are trying to get their hands on doctor-supervised marijuana. The industry sold 61.8 kilograms of marijuana in the first half of 2016 compared with 33.8 in the first half of 2015. Officials didn&rsquo;t have an explanation for the latest spike in cannabis sales, but suggested the rise may be due to the increase in licenses issued to patients in the first half of the year.</p> </blockquote> What’s in Your Weed? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/whats-in-your-weed <p>If you&#39;ve smoked marijuana for some time now, you&#39;re probably aware of the two primary compounds, THC and CBD. But how familiar are you with the other active compounds and terpenes&nbsp;that effect the taste, smell, and overall feel of the drug? Research on marijuana and it&#39;s compound has remained limited due to the DEA&#39;s strict schedule 1 classification, but headway is being made in other countries to help us understand what we&#39;re putting in our bodies. The attached chart features several common terpenes found in popular cannabis strains, what kinds of effects they have on the user, and what studies support the notion.</p> <blockquote> <p>There are more than 80 active chemicals in a marijuana plant, but some are more important than others. The big two are the cannabidiols, colloquially known as THC and CBD, which are where the bulk of the medical (and, um, recreational) effects come from. Terpenes are what give marijuana flavor&mdash;it&rsquo;s what makes Orange Crush taste and smell different than your Vanilla Kush&mdash;and are present in many other plants. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Mom and I opened a medical marijuana dispensary — here's what we see https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/mom-and-i-opened-a-medical-marijuana-dispensary-heres-what-we-see <p>The marijuana industry has attracted all types of people eager to help patients and cash in on the budding flower that is cannabis. But you might not expect a mother/son duo who don&#39;t consume the drug to have opened the first licensed dispensary in Illinois. Thats right, Harbory, Illinois&#39; first legal dispensary has taught the family what the average medical marijuana patient looks like and how they can be treated. Half-expecting the clientele to be young men looking to get stoned, the team was pleasantly surprised to see that their average customers would end up being elderly and women. The family first turned their interest to medical marijuana after their grandmother battled cancer without being allowed to try cannabis for relief. Since, the two have learned the ins and outs of the industry as well as how to best help their patients.</p> <blockquote> <p>My mother, Michele Koo, a plastic surgeon who wears high heels and a white lab coat when seeing patients, may not be the person you&#39;d imagine running a dispensary. Nor am I, a Stanford University graduate who left a job at Anheuser-Busch making Super Bowl commercials with the Budweiser Clydesdales. I have never used marijuana; my mom smoked a few times in college. We became interested in medical cannabis after my mom&#39;s mom &mdash; &quot;Na,&quot; we called her, Chinese for grandmother &mdash; died of cancer in California without the benefit of cannabis as an end-of-life palliative.</p> <p>First, I had thought our customers would be younger, male, urban and looking for a quick high. Early &quot;Cheech &amp; Chong,&quot; right? Wrong. Among the roughly 700 people who have walked through our doors, the typical patient &mdash; at Harbory we call them &quot;members&quot; &mdash; skews older and female, a demographic we are proud to match in our incredible staff. Many members are on a fixed income and must choose between buying groceries and buying medicine at our dispensary. These individuals are truly sick and seeking relief.</p> </blockquote> Bills to regulate medical marijuana headed to Snyder https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/bills-to-regulate-medical-marijuana-headed-to-snyder <p>Michigan legalized medical marijuana back in 2008, but in a way that left businesses to fend for themselves without regulation.&nbsp;As of this week, 5 bills detailing medical marijuana regulations&nbsp;are currently on their way to the Governor&#39;s desk where he is expected to sign them.&nbsp;Finally&nbsp;after 8 years of legislative process, Michigan&#39;s medical marijuana program has a chance at proper licensing, taxation, testing&nbsp;and regulation.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">While the program will be taking a professional step forward, not everyone is happy about the coming changes. Some are convinced that all the new requirements for the industry will drive up prices, though the policy director for the National Patients Rights Association says larger scale marijuana grows will likely drive the price down.</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Robin Schneider, legislative policy director for the National Patients Rights Association, based in Grosse Pointe, said: &quot;We believe this is the best common-sense regulatory framework that will assure that patients get access to all forms of medical marijuana,&quot; and that what they get is safe and in carefully measured doses.</p> <p>The bills had been stuck in a Senate committee for 11 months, with sponsors unable to get the majority needed to move to the full Senate. But last Thursday, the bills were discharged from the committee and passed by the full Senate with the bare amount of votes necessary.</p> </blockquote> Marin hospital could be first in state to allow medical marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/marin-hospital-could-be-first-in-state-to-allow-medical-marijuana <p>Hospitals may be the next businesses to allow for marijuana use in California as Marin General Hospital considers an open use policy for the drug. Marijuana seems to be the only drug that isnt&#39; permitted for open use by patients, however Dr. Larry Bedard mentioned he knows it&#39;s being used behind closed doors as kind of a &#39;wink-and-nod&#39; practice. Dr. Bedard hopes to bring marijuana into the hospital&#39;s light by introducing a resolution to the Marin Healthcare District that would have hospital staff research the implications of medical marijuana use by patients. After the DEA failed to reschedule marijuana last month, Dr. Bedard chose to focus&nbsp;the resolution the staff&#39;s approval of the drug.</p> <blockquote> <p>Patients wouldn&rsquo;t be allowed to smoke it, since smoking is prohibited. But Bedard, a retired emergency physician at Marin General who now serves on the Marin Healthcare District board, says he knows of no other legally prescribed drug that cannot openly be used by patients in a hospital.</p> <p>The doctor is taking steps toward bringing it out into the open by introducing a resolution at Tuesday&rsquo;s board meeting for Marin Healthcare District, which governs Marin General. The resolution, if approved, would direct the hospital&rsquo;s administrative and medical staff to review and research the clinical and legal implications of using medical marijuana in the hospital and report back to the board</p> </blockquote> Canadian official slams marijuana policy on U.S. border as ‘ludicrous’ https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/canadian-official-slams-marijuana-policy-on-us-border-as-ludicrous <p>Prohibition is not only taking it&#39;s toll on Americans, but also Canadians who are trying to cross the border and are maybe a little too open about their past. Matthew Harvey is just one of several who have been stopped at the border coming into the U.S. and then banned after admitting to a customs agent that he has smoked marijuana recreationally at one point&nbsp;before he got his medical marijuana card. It&#39;s important to note however that Harvey did NOT have any marijuana on him, and his admission of marijuana use was purely a historical event. According to U.S. law, any foreign national who admits to violating his country&#39;s controlled substance laws at ANY point can be barred from entering the U.S. Meanwhile, there are states in the U.S. selling both recreational and medical marijuana. Canadiana legislators hope to legalize marijuana in 2017, but will users be able to safely travel to the U.S. without worry of being banned?</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;This does seem to be quite a ludicrous situation, because, as you say, not only is the state of Washington, but three or four other jurisdictions in the United States have legalized marijuana,&quot; Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CBC News.</p> <p>&quot;There are certain ironies about the current American position that we will certainly be very vociferous in putting before them,&quot; said Public Safety Minister Goodale, &quot;and trying to ensure that Canadians are treated properly and fairly with a lot of common sense, instead of the rather ridiculous situation that&#39;s emerged in the last number of days.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana Breathalyzers To Test California Drivers For Pot Use https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/marijuana-breathalyzers-to-test-california-drivers-for-pot-use <p>After several states have legalized marijuana, law enforcement has been searching for the most effective and least intrusive method to test for impairment in drivers. Californians were the first to test a new device from Hound Labs which can detect if the user is high from marijuana smoke or even an edible. While testing the device, users who smoked 30 minutes to 3 hours prior&nbsp;both tested positive for THC, the active compound&nbsp;in cannabis. It&#39;s being called&nbsp;the marijuana breathalyze, developed with the help of the University of California&#39;s chemistry department , and the device can also check for alcohol. Until this new technology is ready, law enforcement is forced to rely on innacurate methods of detecting cannabis which can flag a user as &#39;impaired&#39; days or weeks after the user has smoked. Hound Labs hope to finish field testing and get the device around the nation as soon as possible.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>As a part of a initial field test, several drivers were pulled over due to poor driving and were asked to voluntarily blow into the marijuana breathalyzer developed by Hound Labs.</p> <p>The marijuana breathalyzer &ndash; which had some help in development by the University of California&rsquo;s chemistry department &ndash; is able to detect THC on people&rsquo;s breath after they&rsquo;ve consumed edible pot products as well as alcohol.</p> <p>Until it&rsquo;s perfected, police will have to continue relying on testing saliva, urine, and blood to measure marijuana in the system, which can show the presence of drugs days after the user is actually under the influence.</p> </blockquote> Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Lower BMI https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/daily-marijuana-use-linked-to-lower-bmi <p>Marijuana use is often believed to be associated with the munchies, giving the impression that users are more likely to snack and be overweight. Howeverm, a&nbsp;study coming from the University of Miami is showing that daily marijuana users had about a 3% lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who do not smoke at all. In the study, 13,000 adults aged 18-26 were tested for BMI and marijuana use, and then tested again 6 years later. The women smokers&#39; BMI&nbsp;tested 3.1% lower than non-smoking women, and the men smokers&#39; BMI tested 2.7% lower than their non-smoking counterparts. Researchers don&#39;t have an exact explanation for the lower BMI associated with frequent marijuana use, but reserach suggests&nbsp;that cannabis smokers may break down blood sugar faster, allowing their body to keep extra weight off.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Researchers found that people in the study who used marijuana daily had about a 3 percent lower BMI (body mass index), on average, than those who did not use marijuana at all.</p> <p>The researchers said they don&#39;t know for sure what mechanism may explain this link. However, previous research has suggested that people who use marijuana regularly may break down blood sugar more quickly, which, in turn, may help to prevent weight gain, the researchers said.</p> </blockquote> Ohio's medical marijuana law goes in effect Thursday, but no pot for two years https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/ohios-medical-marijuana-law-goes-in-effect-thursday-but-no-pot-for-two-years <p>This year, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana and tomorrow the law goes into effect, so why isn&#39;t there more celebrating? While medical marijuana becomes law tomorrow, the program is nowhere near ready. There are no growers, processors, dispensaries, or anything, and the programs initial rules don&#39;t release until later this month - so when can patients expect access to marijuana? Sometime in the next two years is the only answer so far. As of now, there are no doctors certified to refer patients, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">state law does not protect employees from drug testing for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">cannabis, even for medical marijuna patients. The program is far from ready, but once implemented, patients will be able to receive a 90-day supply of cannabis edibles, patches, oils, tinctures, and plant material for vaporizing only as&nbsp;smoking remains prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Patients qualify if they have any of the following conditions: HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer&#39;s disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Crohn&#39;s disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic, severe, and intractable; Parkinson&#39;s disease; post traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette&#39;s syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.</p> </blockquote> The American Legion Wants Marijuana Reclassified to Help Treat PTSD https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/the-american-legion-wants-marijuana-reclassified-to-help-treat-ptsd <p>The American Legion voted at it&#39;s national convention recently to support a resolution telling Congress to reschedule marijuana through legislation. The Legion notes a tremendous amount of war veterans in only two years who have been plagued by PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury, and marijuana&#39;s&nbsp;neuroprotective potential as a primary concern for medical research. This may not change much yet for Veterans Affairs doctors being able to prescribe to patients, but it will be one step closer if The American Legion can push the DEA to license private-funded research.</p> <blockquote> <p>One of the potential medical values of medical marijuana is as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And in what must certainly at this point make it abundantly clear where the majority of Americans stand on marijuana use, the American Legion has just voted at its national convention to support a resolution calling on Congress to legislatively reclassify cannabis and place it in a category that recognizes its potential value.</p> <p>Therefore, the American Legion wants the DEA to license privately-funded medical marijuana and research facilities and to reclassify marijuana away from being lumped in with drugs like cocaine and meth.</p> </blockquote> Patent No. 6,630,507: Why the U.S. government holds a patent on cannabis plant compounds https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/patent-no-6630507-why-the-us-government-holds-a-patent-on-cannabis-plant-compounds <p>The DEA dropped the ball last month after hinting at a possible rescheduling of marijuana and then instead keeping it Schedule 1. And since, the&nbsp;internet has shaken with frustration over the government&#39;s hypocrisy - keeping marijuana in schedule 1 because it has no medical value, while the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent for some cannabinoids having the ability to protect the brain from damage often caused by diseases like cirrhosis. U.S. Patent No, 6,630,507 represents the federal government&#39;s indication of marijuana&#39;s medical value, yet the DEA continues to push prohibition.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Naturally, it shows that there is a certain amount of hypocrisy that there is &lsquo;no accepted medical use&rsquo; for cannabis according to federal law,&rdquo; Mendez said. &ldquo;And yet here you have the very same government owning a patent for, ostensibly, a medical use for marijuana.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This patent describes the therapeutic potential for cannabinoid chemical compounds that are structurally similar to THC, but without its psychoactive properties, thereby treating specific conditions without the adverse side effects associated with smoked marijuana,&rdquo; Myles said in an e-mail.</p> </blockquote> Rapper 'The Game' to be part owner of medical marijuana dispensary https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/sep/rapper-the-game-to-be-part-owner-of-medical-marijuana-dispensary <p>You&#39;ve seen marijuana brands spread by celebrities such as Chong, Snoop Dogg, Whoopi&nbsp;Goldberg, and now The Game is announcing his part-ownership in one of the 10 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, CA. The Game claims his dispensary, The Reserve, is different than others and they may produce some of&nbsp;the best medicated cannabis on the planet. While the rapper may smoke with the best of them, the dispensary will have to compare their buds in competition to claim such a title. Selling branded strains in buds and concentrates, the shop can take your order today.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Game says, &quot;It&#39;s a little different that any other dispensaries. It&#39;s 100% legal. We&#39;ve got the best medicated marijuana probably in the world.&quot;</p> <p>The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, bought stake in The Reserve, one of ten licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana. He&#39;s also developing branded strains or marijuana buds and concentrates that will be sold in his shop</p> </blockquote>