Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Richard Branson's advice for marijuana entrepreneurs: 'Screw it, just do it' https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/richard-bransons-advice-for-marijuana-entrepreneurs-screw-it-just-do-it <p>The 8th richest person in the UK, Richard Branson, recently gave a keynote speech at the New West Summit in San Francisco where he spoke to marijuana investors and patients about the futures of the marijuana. &quot;Screw it, just do it&quot; was his advice to those taking risks and adventuring into the legal-gray area that is the marijuana industry. As a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Branson is part of 22 world leaders advocating for the&nbsp;decriminalization and regulation of drugs around the world. In his keynote speech, Branson cited Portugal&#39;s 2001 transformation, when they decriminalized&nbsp;many illicit substances like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, and began providing treatment instead of jail. Since 2001, drug-related HIV infections have dropped 90%, and the number of people seeking treatment rose to 60%. The regulation of drugs and treatment of illness has proven to be a better solution for both the the government and it&#39;s citizens.</p> <blockquote> <p>The group calls for the decriminalization of all drugs, and believes regulating drugs &mdash; rather than &quot;leaving it up to the underworld,&quot; Branson says &mdash; places a greater emphasis on public health and protects the safety of communities around the globe.</p> <p>he gave the example of Portugal&#39;s revolutionary drug policy. In 2001, the small European country decriminalized marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illicit substances to shift government efforts from locking addicts up to providing treatment.</p> <p>Drug-related HIV infections plummeted over 90% since 2001, while the number of people in drug-treatment rose 60% from 1998 to 2011. The results were astounding.</p> <p>&quot; If I was not part of the global drug commission, I certainly would be out there in this industry,&quot; Branson said. &quot;It&#39;s an industry with enormous potential, and it can do a lot of good.&quot;</p> <p>He ended by saying, &quot;I&#39;m going to go have a spliff, I think.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> With marijuana going legit, marketing blitz takes a hit https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/with-marijuana-going-legit-marketing-blitz-takes-a-hit <p>&#39;I&#39;m lovin&#39; it&#39;, &#39;Have it your way&#39;, &#39;King of Beers&#39;, all slogans that most Americans are familiar with, but if several states vote to legalize marijuana next month then marijuana branding could become much more mainstream. The still new industry has created a plethora of competitive businesses, and the only way they&#39;ll last is good branding and marketing. The anti-marijuana movement is worried about the future of the marijuana industry, corporate marijuana, and all the advertising and pushing they will do for profit. Prop. 64, California&#39;s upcoming legalization initiative, has limits on marketing geared to protect minors under 21. If passed, certain symbols, language, music, and cartoons will be banned from all cannabis marketing, as well as billboards being banned within 1,000 ft of schools, playgrounds and youth centers.</p> <blockquote> <p>Pot is illegal under federal law, meaning California residents probably won&rsquo;t see television and radio ads for the drug in the near future. But things may change, and Prop. 64 opponents have criticized the measure for leaving the door open for such ads &mdash; which are permitted on television and radio broadcasts, as well as online and in print, as long as the typical audience is at least 71.6 percent adult</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> 'Microdosing' is the future of marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/microdosing-is-the-future-of-marijuana <p>The legal cannabis industry has pioneered some of the strongest strains of marijuana and marijuana products ever, but the newest trend gaining attention is the low dose edible movement. Also called &#39;microdosing&#39;, the act of eating a minimal portion of cannabis edibles has surfaced as new users and recreational users are mindful of their tolerance. Several companies now have products featuring chocolates, bbq sauce, and even bottled water with 5-10mg of THC that consumers can eat without worry of taking too much. There are no deaths on record associated with ingesting marijuana, however consuming too much cannabis can make the user very uncomfortable. Edibles can take up to 2 hours for the user to feel the effects, which has caused many inexperienced users to eat too much. This has made some wary of cannabis edibles, but many people still prefer the lengthy and healthier buzz that eating marijuana brings.</p> <blockquote> <p>Knoblich says the trend borrows from the pharmaceutical industry, which has heralded the &quot;minimum effective dose&quot; principle in recent years. It&#39;s the idea that patients should consume the smallest dose possible that produces a desired outcome without negative side effects.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s that person looking for a glass of wine or beer in the evening [type] experience,&quot; Knoblich says. &quot;We&#39;re looking for that person who isn&#39;t looking to get blasted.&quot;</p> </blockquote> UK Recognizes Marijuana Extract As Medicine https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/uk-recognizes-marijuana-extract-as-medicine <p>The United Kingdom has become the next country to legalize the cannabinoid CBD for medicinal purposes, but those caught possessing the flower or buds of&nbsp;the plant still face time in prison. The UK&#39;s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced that CBD, while not getting the user &quot;high&quot;, has the ability to treat forms of cancer, IBS, depression, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD. The MHRA says the compound CBD has &quot;restoring, correcting or modifying&quot; properties on a person&#39;s physiological functions. The acknowledgement of CBD as medicine&nbsp;is progress for marijuana reform, however a strict CBD-only program can hurt many patients who rely on other forms of cannabis and force them into the black market.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine,&rdquo; a spokesman for the U.K.&rsquo;s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency told The Huffington Post.</p> <p>The MHRA found that CBD has a &ldquo;restoring, correcting or modifying&rdquo; effect on the human body&rsquo;s &ldquo;physiological functions,&rdquo; the Independent reported.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely a positive development,&rdquo; said Michael Collins, deputy director for the Drug Policy Alliance, but he cautioned that measures pertaining only to CBD can be too limiting for patients.</p> </blockquote> Cannabis Conversation: Is pot safe for pregnant moms? Does marijuana cause lung cancer? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/cannabis-conversation-is-pot-safe-for-pregnant-moms-does-marijuana-cause-lung-cancer <p>Cannabis has grown more popular over the last decade and recently&nbsp;more&nbsp;information regarding potential health risks and benefits has started to surface. While researchers know that the health risks of marijuana on adults are minor, the question remains, can pregnant women consume cannabis safely? Relieving arthritis pain for one man and morning sickness for one woman may share cannabis&nbsp;as a&nbsp;similar remedy, however scientists say they need more research to confirm the risks of cannabis on a developing fetus. Currently, the&nbsp;American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mothers halt marijuana consumption until they&#39;re finished breastfeeding, but the list of precautions for pregnant women also include deli meat, fish/sushi, raw eggs, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis, while having some similar compounds as tobacco, is not shown to be increase the risk for cancer, and in fact the primary compound in marijuana, THC, has been shown to slow the growth of some cancers.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>A. There&rsquo;s no level of marijuana use that&rsquo;s considered &ldquo;safe&rdquo; for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, per the experts, just as there&rsquo;s no safe level of alcohol, tobacco or many other substances.</p> <p>More research is underway. But the American Medical Association feels there&rsquo;s enough evidence of risk to push for this warning on all marijuana products: &ldquo;Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana's Moment https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/marijuanas-moment <p>Marijuana legalization has taken huge strides in the last several years, but the movement is far from done. About 5% of the U.S. population has access to recreational marijuana, and on November 9th that number could shoot up to 25%. There are currently 5 states pushing recreational marijuana initiatives with a chance to pass next month, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada. All 5 states are showing winning results in the polls, but it&#39;s important for voters to maintain strong support until the vote. Many experts believe if California legalizes&nbsp;recreational marijuana then the federal government will be forced to follow suit soon after. Ontop of the 5 states considering recreational marijuana, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas are all considering medical marijuana initiatives this year. While Florida has shown strong support for legalization, the other states aren&#39;t polling as confidently.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Measures to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis are on the ballot in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, and recent polls show the &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote is winning in all five states. Approval would mark the biggest advance yet for advocates in the decades-long fight over legalizing marijuana&mdash;one that they believe could ultimately force the federal government to end its prohibition of the drug.</p> <p>&ldquo;On November 8, you can safely say we&rsquo;ve reached the tipping point if these go our way,&rdquo; said Tom Angell, founder of the group Marijuana Majority. The most important battleground is California, where advocates expect voters to approve personal use of pot six years after they defeated a similar measure. Support for Proposition 64 is polling at nearly 60 percent, and the measure has drawn support from leading politicians and newspapers that opposed it in 2010, including Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom...&quot;</p> </blockquote> Arizona's Marijuana-Legalization Measure, Prop 205, Picks Up Pace in New Poll https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/arizonas-marijuana-legalization-measure-prop-205-picks-up-pace-in-new-poll <p>Proposition 205 is Arizona&#39;s chance to legalize a recreational marijuana program next month, and while the opposition would have you believe it has no chance, the initiative is actually gaining traction. If passed, the initiative would allow adults over 21 to possess and grow cannabis, as well as purchase it from a retail shop. Those hoping to halt the legal marijuana movement have funded misleading polls and spent millions to slander Proposition 205 with false ads. But despite their best efforts and private&nbsp;financial backing, the odds are on the side of progress as more young liberal voters are expected to take part in this year&#39;s presidential election, voters who would likely also support marijuana legalization.</p> <blockquote> <p>For instance, one ARDP ad claims that Denver schools get &quot;nothing&quot; from marijuana taxes, but it&#39;s not true, according to Denver Public Schools. A video by the school district explains that Denver doesn&#39;t get the tens of millions in marijuana state-tax money, which mainly goes to rural school districts, but that Denver schools do get a small amount of funding from city-level marijuana taxes.</p> <p>The implication, of course, is that Arizona would also get &quot;nothing&quot; from taxing a substance more than 600,000 Arizonans 21 and older already use regularly. In fact, the state&#39;s own budget analysts predict that Prop 205 would rake in at least $124 million annually in taxes and fees by 2020</p> </blockquote> Ballot Breakdown: Pros, Cons Of Medical Marijuana In Florida https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/ballot-breakdown-pros-cons-of-medical-marijuana-in-florida <p>Floridians will soon have their chance to vote on Amendment&nbsp;2, a medical marijuana initiative that would allow THC products alongside the CBD products already available for medical marijuana patients. Those opposing marijuana legalization seem unaware that Florida already has an operating medical marijuana program&nbsp;with warehouses full of cannabis and ill patients buying medicine. Amendment 2 is only an expansion on the qualifying conditions and available products for patients. In 2014, 57% of Floridians voted yes on an amendment that was similar to this year&#39;s, falling short of the 60% needed to pass. If this year&#39;s Amendment passes, Doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana after roughly 9 months. An estimated 2,000 shops selling medical marijuana would be regulated by the state.</p> <blockquote> <p>If the amendment passes you could expect:<br /> -Patients with Cancer, Parkinson&rsquo;s, MS, ALS, AIDS, and PTSD to be eligible to use marijuana<br /> -Doctors would be allowed to prescribe marijuana within nine months.<br /> -The state would regulate shops selling marijuana. Early estimates show there could be as many as 2,000 of them.</p> <p>Pollara said, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think most people will see any change. Sick people will get the medicine that they need without having to be criminals. Maybe when you are on South Beach instead of a new tattoo parlor, you see a marijuana retail facility but I think by and large most people will see zero impact from this.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> RICK STEVES OFFERS ‘NEW EUROPEAN APPROACH’ TO MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/rick-steves-offers-new-european-approach-to-marijuana-legalization <p>November is right around the corner now and state marijuana initiatives are making the final push to get people aware of the upcoming votes to legalize marijuna in different forms. Rick Steves, an author and TV show host, is doing his part by travelling around the country to advocate for marijuana legalization, and he will soon make his stop in Massachussetts where he&#39;s promoting the Yes On 4 Campaign. Ontop of his $100,000 donation to the campaign, Steves brings a common sense approach to the legalization argument. His travels of Europe have opened his eyes to what could be here in the U.S. He says that &quot;pragmatic harm reduction makes much more sense than legislation morality&quot; meaning we should make laws based on real data and focus on less harm instead of the laws written out of fear. Education about marijuana is needed now more than ever as 5 states will soon be voting on recreational marijuana, and 5 more will vote on medical marijuana.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana,&rdquo; Steves said in a press release. &ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re concerned about the well-being of children, fairness for our minority communities, redirecting money away from criminals and into our state&rsquo;s coffers, stemming the horrific bloodshed in Mexico, or civil liberties, it is clearly time for a new approach.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;If I work hard all day long and want to go home, smoke a joint, and just stare at the fireplace for three hours, that is my civil liberty,&rdquo; he added in an interview on YouTube.</p> <p>&ldquo;To me, high is a place and I really treasure that. When I want to get there, I want to go there, and I don&rsquo;t need my government to give me a passport for that place.&rdquo;</p> <p>The travel lover, who resides in Washington State, has been moving around the country in support of legalization during these critical pre-election months as five states prepare to vote for full legalization and five for medical marijuana</p> </blockquote> Wyoming lawmakers to examine overhauling marijuana penalties https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/wyoming-lawmakers-to-examine-overhauling-marijuana-penalties <p>No legislation has been written yet, but Wyoming lawmakers are discussing a proposal that would create a tiered penalty system for marijuana offenses, with the first offense being a misdemeanor with a $250-1,000&nbsp;fine. Each additional marijuana offense would come with harsher punishments including possible jail time, with the fourth offense resulting in a felony. Penalties for distribution would remain under current laws, and a weight limit will be set that could qualify offenders for a higher penalty or felony. Current state law in Wyoming only penalizes plant forms of marijuana, as the previous legislation covering edible marijuana had been thrown out, though the suggested new system would include edibles as well.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The proposal came out of the Joint Judiciary Committee&rsquo;s discussion on Thursday, which included testimony from the state crime lab, the Wyoming Department of Health, a Wyoming NORML representative and Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg.</p> <p>Current state law only addresses the plant form of marijuana, and courts have ruled that marijuana-infused products may not be able to be prosecuted under the law.</p> <p>&ldquo;That loophole actually creates a danger spot where a joint of marijuana is going to get you into trouble but a pound of brownies is not,&rdquo; said Sen. Leland Christensen, R-Alta.</p> </blockquote> Smoking vs Vaporizing vs Eating Marijuana? https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/smoking-vs-vaporizing-vs-eating-marijuana <p>Marijuana has been around for thousands of years and can be consumed primarily in 3 different ways, smoking, vaping, or eating. There are pros and cons to each method of consumption, but you might find trying out a different method could help you enjoy your buds even more. The primary way people consume marijuana is smoking. While the high-temp smoke can introduce carcinogens and be more harmful to your lungs, the effects are nearly instant and can be stronger than other methods. Vaporizing is growing more popular as legal marijuana markets expand and consumers are trying new products. Vaporizers vary in quality and features depending on price, but a fine tuned low-temp hit can produce less carcinogens than smoking, while also providing a more flavorful and efficient hit. Eating marijuana edibles is the third and final method of consuming cannabis, and while some prefer the effects, improper dosing has caused some unneccessary controversy. By eating marijuana edibles, you&#39;re getting as much of the medical benefits as possible, while also removing the risk to your lungs from smoking. The downside of edibles is the wait time. The user can expect to wait from 30-60 minutes before feeling any effects, and the high can last anywhere from 4-12 hours depending on dosing and user tolerance.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>If you choose to vaporize, it is important to find a high quality vaporizer for weed. Pick a vaporizer that has proper temperature control settings, so that you can fine tune the temperature to your liking.</p> <p>Eating marijuana is a great way to get all of the medicinal benefits of the marijuana plant. When you eat marijuana it takes longer to feel the effects, and the effects also last much longer.</p> <p>However, on the other hand if your using marijuana recreationally. Smoking marijuana gives you the most instant high compared to eating or vaping it. In my opinion it is also a stronger high as well</p> </blockquote> Prehistoric marijuana found in ancient burial site https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/prehistoric-marijuana-found-in-ancient-burial-site <p>It&#39;s well known that many ancient cultures buried the&nbsp;dead with their possessions, but a new grave has been uncovered in China&#39;s Turpan Basin that housed 13 complete cannabis plants&nbsp;displayed as a shroud over the buried. This is the first time that whole cannabis plants have been found inside a grave or used as a burial covering. This spot in the Turpan Basin was populated by the Subeixi culture 2,000-3,000 years ago, making it an important stop on the Silk Road. Scientists say the discovery is exciting and that the ancient culture likely used the marijuana buds for incense or medicinal purposes.</p> <blockquote> <p>Archeologist Hongen Jiang and his team discuss the grave in the journal Economic Botany. The scientists proclaim that the discovery is very exciting. While cannabis has been found in ancient graves before, this is the first time that complete plants have been found. Furthermore, this is the first time the plants have been used as a covering for a human burial, called a &quot;shroud.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> High enrollment: A university in Philadelphia to offer marijuana policy class https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/high-enrollment-a-university-in-philadelphia-to-offer-marijuana-policy-class <p>As more states continue to legalize some forms of marijuana, it seems the drug is here to stay, and with that comes the need for young people educated on marijuana policy, laws&nbsp;and regulations. Several Universities around the U.S. including the University of Denver, University of California-Berkeley, and Temple University in Philadelphia&nbsp;are taking the initiative by offering new marijuana policy classes, helping to pave the way for future journalists and public relations specialists. Temple University will be offering the course for both undergraduate&nbsp;and graduate students. The class will be cancelled if enrollment requirements aren&#39;t met, but school officials are predicting it to be&nbsp;a popular course.</p> <blockquote> <p>Temple University Professor Linn Washington tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he&rsquo;s partnering with a marijuana reform advocate to teach the Marijuana in the News course next spring.</p> <p>The class will be available to communications students who could encounter the issue in their professions, including aspiring journalists and public relations specialists</p> </blockquote> Going digital: Nevada medical marijuana patients can now apply online for MMJ cards https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/going-digital-nevada-medical-marijuana-patients-can-now-apply-online-for-mmj-cards <p>After negotiating over the last year, state officials and the Nevada Dispensary Association have finally implemented an online system for patients to apply for their medical marijuana card. By eliminating the need for patients to physically go to the DMV and a&nbsp;Division of Public and Behavioral Health office, more patients will be able to register and obtain the necessary medication. Patients need only to visit with a doctor for approval to use medical marijuana, then the approval can be scanned and submitted online.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Nevada officials say they will now offer the medical marijuana card application process online.<br /> The Las Vegas Sun reports that the doing so will eliminate the need for patients to make trips to a Department of Motor Vehicles branch and a Division of Public and Behavioral Health office. Patients will be able to submit all forms on the Nevada Dispensary Association website.</p> </blockquote> Is Driving While High Dangerous? Denmark Considers Relaxing Marijuana Laws https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/is-driving-while-high-dangerous-denmark-considers-relaxing-marijuana-laws <p>Denmark, like many countries in Europe and around the world, have strict laws against marijuana use, but they&#39;re considering a change based on evidence that could have been harming sober drivers for years. Currently in Denmark, a driver caught with ANY traces of cannabis in their bloodstream can be fined and have their license suspended for 3 years. Now that marijuana is more common, it&#39;s well known that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, can remain in a users blood stream for sometimes months after, while the user&#39;s high will fade in a few hours. New legislation introduced would set a legal limit of THC and set the bar for inxtocated drivers, protecting the drivers who smoked marijuana long before getting behind the wheel. Denmark is also introducing a medical marijuana trial-program in 2018 that would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for patients with&nbsp;multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, chronic pain and chemotherapy aftereffects.</p> <blockquote> <p>In Denmark, intoxicated drivers with any traces of weed in their blood can be punished with a fine and have their driver&rsquo;s licenses suspended for up to three years. The new bill proposes that drivers only be punished if they have a certain amount of marijuana in their blood since it could take months before THC clears out of the bloodstream. Jan E. Jorgensen of the Liberal Party told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet the new bill will reduce the odds of harsh punishment for people &ldquo;who have not been of any danger to traffic at all.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Illinois Adds Chronic Pain, PTSD to Qualifying Medical Conditions https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/illinois-adds-chronic-pain-ptsd-to-qualifying-medical-conditions <p>Illinois&#39; medical marijuana program has been operating for a short while now and it seems to be doing fairly well while making improvements along the way. As a result, legislators extended the pilot program to atleast to the year 2020. The program is consistently moving forward, but not without a forceful push here and there. A Cook County Judge, Neil Cohen recently ordered for &#39;post-operation chronic pain&#39; to be added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, and the Department of Health has 30 days to respond. Only a few months ago Cohen was pushing for PTSD to be added to Illinois&#39; qualifying conditions, and he succeeded.</p> <blockquote> <p>A new condition has been added to the list of medical marijuana-treated conditions in Illinois. A judge just ordered Post-Operative Chronic Pain to be quickly added to the qualifying conditions. Illinois is one of the few states with a medical marijuana program that doesn&rsquo;t allow treatment of chronic pain with cannabis</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Merle Haggard Marijuana to Enter Colorado Market https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/merle-haggard-marijuana-to-enter-colorado-market <p>Long time fans of Merle Haggard are familiar with his long life of writing music, touring, and his love for cannabis sativa. During his life he grew medical marijuana with family on his 280 acre property in California, hoping to move it to Colorado after the 2012 legalization of marijuana. A year before his death in April 2016, he released a song with Willie Nelson, &quot;It&#39;s All Going To Pot&quot; on April 20th (4/20). Willie Nelson began selling strains of marijuana recently as Willie&#39;s Reserve, and with some help from Haggards family&nbsp;it looks like Merle&#39;s personal strain of cannabis, Merle&#39;s Girls, will also see store shelves soon. His music will last forever, but soon you may want to hunt down and try Merle&#39;s Girls while you have the chance.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept him getting out there and being able to play,&quot; says Colorado Weed Co.&#39;s Michael Smith in an interview with the Denver-based alt-weekly newspaper Westword. Appropriately, Merle&#39;s Girls initial launch will include a sativa strain, although the company will expand its product line &ndash; including a medical blend &ndash; in the coming years. If all goes according to plan, Oregon, Washington and California will also soon carry the product.</p> </blockquote> Inside Barcelona’s private marijuana clubs https://wheresweed.com/blog/2016/oct/inside-barcelonas-private-marijuana-clubs <p>In the city of Barcelona, Spain&nbsp;you can see a diverse night life of bars and clubs, but behind certain private closed doors, you can find marijuana clubs, but not like anything you&#39;ve heard about in places like Colorado or Amsterdam. Spain does not participate in any legal marijuana or medical marijuana programs, however it does protect it&#39;s citizens right to private consumption and right to associate. There are 268 registered members-only cannabis clubs in Barcelona, but to get involved you must know someone already on the inside. Having a connection and multiple-day waiting period has been an efficient way to avoid tourism in the market. The clubs are able to operate only as a nonprofit, allowing members to pay an annual fee, and each member is typcally allowed a max amount of 100 grams per month. There is currently legislation with growing support that would regulate the shops and legally allow them to grow, cultivate, and distribute marijuana.</p> <blockquote> <p>They&rsquo;re not like Amsterdam&rsquo;s coffee shops, or Colorado&rsquo;s dispensaries for that matter. Here, to join a club you have to be personally sponsored by a member. Then you wait, sometimes days, before you&rsquo;re allowed to have any pot. No outsiders are permitted. Tourists are usually not welcome. And in almost every case, you would pass by a club&rsquo;s door and not even notice it.</p> <p>In Spain, marijuana is actually illegal, and that includes for medical use. But the clubs are protected by two facts: Private consumption isn&rsquo;t penalized, and the right to associate is constitutionally guaranteed.</p> <p>The clubs function as nonprofit associations. Members pay a small annual fee and pool money to fund the operation, each according to how much weed they commit to (usually capped at 100 grams per month). This means there&rsquo;s technically no selling or buying involved, according to the clubs, and consumption is private as long as the pot doesn&rsquo;t leave the premises.</p> </blockquote> 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>