Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog //blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Support for N.C. medical marijuana legalization off to blazing start //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/support-for-nc-medical-marijuana-legalization-off-to-blazing-start <p>North Carolina is on the road to legalizing&nbsp;medical marijuana after it&#39;s bill passed a first reading in the General Assembly this month. State Representatives and Marijuana Policy leaders agree that not only is it logical, but the evidence shows that ill patients can gain many benefits from medical marijuana. The representatives also agree that contrary to local belief, legalization will not increase marijuana use in their communities.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s illogical for the government not to legalize marijuana because we could earn money from taxing it, and we could spend less taxpayer money imprisoning kids who were caught with marijuana. All that does is ruin someone&rsquo;s life and waste taxpayer money,&rdquo; freshman Emelina Vienneau said.</p> </blockquote> Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The U.S.: Report //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/legal-marijuana-is-the-fastest-growing-industry-in-the-us-report <p>It doesn&#39;t take much to notice how popular legal marijuana has become in just a few years, but you may underestimate exactly how much its grown! From 2013 to 2014 the market grew a whopping 74% going from $1.5 billion all the way up to $2.7 billion. With just less than half the states having medical marijuana, and only 3 states with recreational marijuana programs (Oregon joins the list as #4 in July) the potentional for economic growth and THC relief is seemingly endless.</p> <blockquote> <p>The huge growth potential of the industry appears to be limited only by the possibility of states rejecting the loosening of their drug laws. The report projects a marijuana industry that could be more valuable than the entire organic food industry -- that is, if the legalization trend continues to the point that all 50 states legalize recreational marijuana. The total market value of all states legalizing marijuana would top $36.8 billion -- more than $3 billion larger than the organic food industry.</p> </blockquote> Can Eric Holder change the federal drug classification of marijuana? //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/can-eric-holder-change-the-federal-drug-classification-of-marijuana <p>New Attorney General Eric Holder believes congress should reclassify marijuana. Some say he himself has the authority to reclassify, though it seems unclear as to exactly how. It turns out he can add and reschedule drugs, but it must be requested by the&nbsp;human services secretary or in response to a public petition. In addition, he must&nbsp;gather data and scientific and medical evaluation from the HHS secretary before doing so. The issue at hand is that the current scheduling of marijuana does not allow govt. funded research to provide sufficient evidence for reclassification.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;The attorney general was addressing the fact that the administration can&rsquo;t change the classification of marijuana unless HHS or the FDA find a &lsquo;currently accepted medical use,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Department of Justice. &ldquo;The attorney general believes that a political and policy issue of this magnitude deserves input from Congress and that, absent new medical findings, congressional action is currently the best avenue for reclassification.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In D.C. //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/recreational-marijuana-now-legal-in-dc <p>As of 12:01am on Feb. 26, 2014 Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. for adults age 21 and over. The use of marijuana is still prohibited in public and on federally owned land, but is allowed for personal use in your own home. One can possess up to 2 ounces at a time, and grow up to 6 cannabis plants. Despite the growing support for marijuana, many republicans in congress are fighting the legalization and the first recreational&nbsp;sales may not be seen until 2016.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This is a significant milestone in the movement for racial justice, civil liberties, and drug policy reform,&rdquo; said Dr. Malik Burnett, D.C. policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. &ldquo;The racially-biased enforcement of marijuana laws in the nation&rsquo;s capital is officially a relic of history.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say <p>You probably already know that marijuana is among the least risky recreational drugs one can consume. What you might not have known is that alcohol was found to have the highest risk of death over heroin, cocaine, meth, tobacco and more. New research is only backing previous studies that show marijuana is safe and deserves to be regulated just like the legal drugs that carry&nbsp;much harsher consequences.</p> <blockquote> <p>Given the relative risks associated with marijuana and alcohol, the authors recommend &quot;risk management prioritization towards alcohol and tobacco rather than illicit drugs.&quot; And they say that when it comes to marijuana, the low amounts of risk associated with the drug &quot;suggest a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana Is Now Officially Legal in Alaska //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/marijuana-is-now-officially-legal-in-alaska <p>Tuesday&nbsp;February 24th, 2014 marks the first day in Alaska&#39;s legalization of marijuana and the fourth state to legalize recreational use. Adults in Alaska can now consume cannabis in their homes, as well as grow up to six plants for personal use. Public use has a $100 fine attatched to it, and the state is stressing safe consumption of marijuana, especially in edibles.</p> <blockquote> <p>Alaska officials have already visited Colorado to see how the social experiment is being run there, and they&rsquo;re planning on a visit to Washington soon. Franklin is grateful that her state, the fourth to legalize marijuana, had a chance to learn from those trailblazers&rsquo; successes and challenges.</p> </blockquote> Is Marijuana the Source of a New Runner's High? //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/is-marijuana-the-source-of-a-new-runners-high <p>Many marathon runners are publicy announcing their routine marijuana use for pre and post workout. Some prefer the after-race THC boost to soothe aches and pains following a long run, while others use it to keep the pain down and focus up during a race. Both&nbsp;agree marijuana can&nbsp;benefit&nbsp;athletes, and many are welcoming questions and ready to spread awareness with&nbsp;pot leaf logos on their running shirts.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;What usually happens is someone laughs and says, &lsquo;I like your shirt,&rsquo;&rdquo; says the 45-year-old longtime recreational runner, who uses a cannabis-infused topical cream to treat bursitis in her hip. &ldquo;I tell them that I&rsquo;m running to help people learn more about the benefits of cannabis and debunk some of the myths. It starts amazing conversations. And when you&rsquo;re running a half marathon, there is a lot of time to talk.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> New study shows no link between marijuana use and car accidents //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/new-study-shows-no-link-between-marijuana-use-and-car-accidents <p>The most closely controlled study of it&#39;s kind now finds that while alcohol in a person&#39;s system increases risk of accident by four times or more, THC in a person&#39;s system increases risk of accident by only 5%. &nbsp;A Washington Police Commander states that drivers found under the influence of marijuana are not typically making road mistakes, but are pulled over for other traffic violations and found to be on pot after the fact.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Marijuana is complicated. This study is a very important part of beginning to learn the factors we need to pay attention to,&rdquo; Trowbrigde says. &ldquo;We know far less about marijuana at this point than we do about alcohol.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Former Federal Judge Regrets 55-Year Marijuana Sentence //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/former-federal-judge-regrets-55-year-marijuana-sentence <p>The war on drugs has brought many dissapointing and unnecessary problems to our country. One that has effected millions of lives is the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes. One particular case is of a man named&nbsp;Weldon Angelos who is currently 11 years into his 55 year sentence for just 3 marijuana sales. Not only is his family working with&nbsp;Families Against Mandatory Minimums to change such policies, but even the federal judge who sentenced him knows he did not deserve to waste most of his life away in prison.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I do think about Angelos,&rdquo; said Paul Cassell, a now-retired federal judge in the Utah circuit. &ldquo;I sometimes drive near the prison where he&rsquo;s held, and I think, &lsquo;Gosh he shouldn&rsquo;t be there. Certainly not as long as I had to send him there. ... That wasn&rsquo;t the right thing to do. The system forced me to do it.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana supporters lobby at the Capitol //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/marijuana-supporters-lobby-at-the-capitol <p>The highly conservative state of Texas may not have been the first to suggest medical marijuana, but it looks like the&nbsp;Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy has made progress in the state. On Wednesday over 250 people will be lobbying in discussion with legislators about marijuana law reform. The current bill up for discussion is a medical marijuana bill allowing serious&nbsp;patients access to legal marijuana to combat their illnesses.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;There are over 24 states, if you include Washington D.C., that have medical marijuana programs,&quot; said Jax Finkel, deputy director for Texas NORMAL. &quot;That accounts for 47 percent of Americans, and we don&#39;t think that Texans should be second class citizens based on the cartography of where we live. So we want to have medical marijuana available for patients they don&#39;t have the time to wait so we hope that our legislators will be bold and make something happen this session.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Michigan marijuana legalization proposals - and a potential race to the ballot - in the works for 2016 //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/michigan-marijuana-legalization-proposals-and-a-potential-race-to-the-ballot-in-the-works-for-2016 <p>Michigan is taking the necessary steps forward to move toward full legalization of marijuana. This weekend Michigan activists are meeting to discuss possible ballot languange, petition circulation&nbsp;and fundraising. Recent polls show around 50% of Michigan voters support regulated and taxed marijuana, and if more can be informed on the many benefits of full legalization then 2016 is a great goal for marijuana legalization in Michican.</p> <blockquote> <p>He called Colorado, where legal marijuana sales through licensed stores began last year, a &quot;successful experiment&quot; that could inform a similar system in Michigan.</p> <p>&quot;What you&#39;re seeing is reduced use amongst adolescents, reduced crime, reduced drunk driving deaths and you&#39;re seeing quite a bit of tax revenue,&quot; Irwin said. &quot;All of those are good things. What I&#39;m hoping to do is take that law and improve upon it for Michigan.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s very preliminary at this point,&quot; she said. &quot;All we can say is that the goal is full legalization for 2016.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Is marijuana making too much money for Colorado? //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/is-marijuana-making-too-much-money-for-colorado <p>Have you ever had so much money that you couldn&#39;t spend it all? Sounds like a nice problem to have, and thanks to marijuana, Colorado has a surplus of tax money with no answer on how to use it. Currently in Colorado&nbsp;there is a law allowing the state to literally give money back to the people, resulting in $2.2 Billion returned&nbsp;since 1992. However, there&nbsp;is a bill in the works to pull marijuana from the taxation refund program, which many Coloradans disagree with.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I don&#39;t care if they write me a check, or refund it in my taxes, or just give me a free joint next time I come in,&rdquo; Aurora, Colo. resident David Huff told the Associated Press. &ldquo;The taxes are too high, and they should give it back.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Dating app targets pro-marijuana singles //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/dating-app-targets-pro-marijuana-singles <p>Having trouble finding that special someone who feels the same about marijuana as you? Then you may find solace in this new dating app, High There!. Allowing you to search for the occasional toker or&nbsp;a daily dabber, this new app takes away the awkwardness of marijuana talk on that first date.&nbsp;Currently the app is only available to those in states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I hated dating on other sites and apps because, as soon as the idea of my cannabis consumption came up - date over,&quot; CEO Todd Mitchem told the Fast Company blog Co.Exist. &quot;I actually walked out of a date [after paying, of course] and said to myself &#39;that&#39;s it.&#39;&quot;</p> </blockquote> //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/marijuana-can-be-helpful-for-some-medical-conditions-surgeon-general-says <p>The new Surgeon General,&nbsp;Dr. Vivek Murthy, has strong feelings about the current status of marijuana and is hoping to address the obvious flaws, such as the 23 states with legal&nbsp;medical marijuana programs while marijuana is still under Schedule 1 classification (no medicinal value and high potential for abuse). However, marijuana is still illegal under federal law meaning patients and providers are still vulnerable to federal law enforcement.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s crazy that federal law still considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, a category that&#39;s supposed to be reserved for substances with no medical value. In light of these comments from his top medical adviser, the president should direct the attorney general to immediately begin the process of rescheduling marijuana.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> New Study Finds Marijuana To Be Effective Against Depression //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/feb/new-study-finds-marijuana-to-be-effective-against-depression <p>According to&nbsp;Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo&#39;s Research Institute on Addictions, depression is another medical issue that can be treated with marijuana. In recent studies on rats, it is found that&nbsp;endocannabinoids are naturally produced, but under chronic stress these levels heavily drop. Endocannabinoids control many things such as cognition, emotion and behavior and when lacking can lead to depression. When marijuana is introduced to the body, these endocannabinoids levels are restored to a safe level, thus fighting many symptoms of depression.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;Using compounds derived from cannabis -- marijuana -- to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression,&quot; lead researcher Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane said in a university press release.</p> </blockquote> Alaska officials look Outside for help with potential marijuana problems //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jan/alaska-officials-look-outside-for-help-with-potential-marijuana-problems <p>In just one months time it will be legal to possess marijuana in Alaska and local government is taking the proper precautions to make sure they do it right. Several officials went to a three-day training conference hosted by Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police&nbsp;on the facts, good and bad, of their first year with legal pot. The main concern for the first year is edibles. Marijuana edibles can look and taste just like any regular household item, and effects may not be felt for hours. Focus is on keeping these edibles out of the hands of children.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Colorado is developing and has implemented regulations, but initially when it came out they never even saw edibles coming,&rdquo; Rathbun said. &ldquo;They got hit by it like a freight train. We&rsquo;re trying to get out in front of that with the edibles, because the THC content ... is 90 percent. There aren&rsquo;t studies to show what that does to people.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Shumlin on marijuana: 'Been there, done that' //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jan/shumlin-on-marijuana-been-there-done-that <p>Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin not only supports the legalization of marijuana, but openly admitted to having smoked through much of his 20&#39;s. Shumlin supports legalization, but wants to take it slow to learn the early issues from recreational states like Colorado and Washington the way they waited with Vermont&#39;s medical marijuana dispensaries.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I would argue that our dispensaries have been doing a great job, that they have not become a market for folks outside of medical need to get access to marijuana, and that we got that one right,&quot; Shumlin said. &quot;So there&#39;s a great example of why it&#39;s smart to wait.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jan/main-denver-airport-bans-sale-of-marijuana-themed-souvenirs <p>If you&#39;re planning a trip to Denver, CO at any point, make sure you get your marijuana memorabilia BEFORE you get to the airport. The main airport in and out of Denver has banned the sale of anything sporting a pot leaf, or the word &quot;marijuana&quot;. Airport officials don&#39;t want tourists to be exposed to marijuana as soon as they start their visit, though they seem to have forgotten the entire walkway dedicated to over 250 Colorado craft brewers and a plethora of beer related merchandise.</p> <blockquote> <p>In Washington state, the only other state with recreational marijuana sales, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport does not ban pot possession or marijuana-themed souvenirs</p> <p>&quot;If you&#39;re opposed to drinking and you walk down (the walkway), you just ignore it,&quot; Jordan said.</p> <p>Airport officials, she said, &quot;just haven&#39;t come to grips that this is a whole new world and they need to adapt.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Pitching Marijuana Startups Brings New Meaning to High Tech //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jan/pitching-marijuana-startups-brings-new-meaning-to-high-tech <p>If you&#39;re investing in the marijuana industry, you may want to take a look at the plethora of startup companies looking for for funding.&nbsp;Arcview Group is holding a&nbsp;Shark Tank style event this week where budding marijuana companies will have their chance to pitch to around 200 investors. One of these companies includes Mass Roots, which is a &quot;social network for the cannabis community&quot;. Mass Roots is gaining attention lately due to their recent conflict with Apple, who is pulling any app from the app store that deals with marijuana.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>If mainstream social media does not welcome the surging marijuana industry &mdash; often shutting down accounts devoted to pot businesses &mdash; that leaves an opening for MassRoots, where businesses and users can find a safe haven. &ldquo;LinkedIn is your professional profile,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is your cannabis profile.&rdquo; And the data harvested about users&rsquo; marijuana use &mdash; how they check in or post about using it &mdash; is &ldquo;incredibly valuable&rdquo; for marijuana-related businesses, Leighton said.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Pa. Senate //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/jan/medical-marijuana-legislation-reintroduced-in-pa-senate <p>Senate Bill 3 is a new piece of legislature introduced in Pennsylvania, but it is certainly not a new idea. It is very similar to SB 1182 which allowed medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. The Senate passed SB 1182 in September with a 43 - 7 vote, but was ignored by the house. It&#39;s clear that voters and legislatures of PA are onboard with medical pot, but must continue to introduce new and slightly altered bills until the house will even hold a vote.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>At a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny County, called on the House to allow a vote on the issue after it passes the Senate.</p> <p>&quot;We know the support is there, but we just need to get it to the floor,&quot; he said.</p> <p>The state needs a comprehensive bill that doesn&#39;t needlessly limit what doctors can prescribe. He would like to see a doctors, not lawmakers, decide which conditions would qualify for the program.</p> </blockquote>