The Impact of Jeff Sessions’ Campaign on Cannabis Legalization

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is against legalizing cannabis in the United States, and he wants U.S. Attorneys to prosecute the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana — even in states where it’s currently supposed to be legal. This is a very confusing and uncertain situation for the cannabis industry in the U.S. as well as for the people who rely on prescribed medicinal cannabis to treat serious medical conditions. This article will explore the reasons for the confusion surrounding cannabis’ legality in the United States, and the future of the United States’ cannabis industry.

If Cannabis is Legal in Some States, Why is Sessions Declaring a War against it?

Thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for either recreational or medicinal use. Even though these states have legalized cannabis through their own state laws, cannabis is still considered an illegal, Schedule 1 narcotic according to the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Narcotics that are part of Schedule 1 of the CSA have been deemed to have a high potential for abuse with no currently accepted medical treatment in the United States. They are also considered to be dangerous to use under any circumstances, so that means cannabis cannot be used for medical purposes, and health care providers may not write cannabis prescriptions for their patients.

Therefore, the federal government still views cannabis as an illegal substance — even in states where cannabis has been consumed for years as part of a regulated state market.

Why Didn’t the Federal Government Prosecute the “Legal” Cannabis Industry and Cannabis Consumers Before Now?

Actually, before 2013, the federal government regularly raided and prosecuted cannabis businesses in states with legal cannabis laws. In 2013, however, then — Deputy Attorney General James Cole drafted a memo (known as the Cole memo), and it told the states that the federal government wouldn’t prosecute cannabis activity deemed legal by state laws. This let states carry out cannabis legalization plans with very little federal interference.

There were a few caveats to the federal government’s laissez faire attitude on the matter, however. According to the Cole memo, states were required to ensure their cannabis legalization schemes included eight preventive measures designed to reduce public risks associated with legalizing cannabis:


  1. Preventing the distribution of cannabis to minors
  2. Preventing revenue from the sale of cannabis going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels
  3. Preventing the diversion of cannabis from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states
  4. Preventing state-authorized cannabis activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity
  5. Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of cannabis
  6. Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with cannabis use
  7. Preventing the growing of cannabis on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by cannabis production on public lands
  8. Preventing cannabis possession or use on federal property


When cannabis legalization opponent Jeff Sessions became U.S. Attorney General in 2017, many cannabis enthusiasts envisioned Sessions taking a tough stance against states with any violations of the aforementioned preventive criteria. Most legalization advocates did not envision him completely ending the Cole memo altogether and encouraging U.S. Attorneys to prosecute individuals engaging cannabis activity that is legal at the state level, but that is the approach Sessions has decided to take.

What Does this Mean for Cannabis Industry and Cannabis Consumers?

After Sessions’ announcement about terminating the Cole memo on January 4, cannabis-based stocks fell by around nine percent, and the stock prices of associated industries also took a hit: For example, the stock price of Scotts Miracle-Gro Company dropped by about five percent following the announcement.

The economic consequences of Sessions’ decision have galvanized various factions of congress from both sides of the aisle. Since the cannabis industry in the United States is expected to generate $2.3 billion in state tax revenue within the next two years, senators and representatives from states with cannabis legalization schemes are scrambling to protect their states’ economic interests.


While pioneering states like Colorado and Washington were previously cited by marijuana advocates as proof of the economic potential in legalizing marijuana, lawmakers are now looking to the nation’s largest economy, California, which officially legalized recreational marijuana on January 1st, 2018, to see just how big of an impact the marijuana industry can have on the health and well-being of a state –– from an economic perspective, but also a public health safety perspective, as well.
This political reaction — coupled with the fact that an October Gallup Poll reported that 64% of Americans, with majorities across party lines, support legal cannabis ––may actually push America toward full legalization more quickly than anticipated. Businesses within the cannabis industry, like cannabis delivery services, would have more freedom to expand their market and distribute cannabis beyond state lines.


Author Bio:






Kurt Darrell is a Colorado resident and an active medical and recreational cannabis contributor in various blogs and online publications. He works with several cannabis companies to help them understand consumer insights regarding marijuana products and consumption. He frequently writes for Cannabis Twenty-Four Seven. He also engages in volunteer work whenever he’s free.





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6 Ways Cannabis Can Help With Your Mental Health

Posted by | October 1, 2017 | Marijuana News

6 Ways Cannabis Can Help With Your Mental Health

All over the world, millions of people are suffering from mental health problems, with depression and anxiety being the most common. These problems are often caused by chronic stress and by the fact that we have become accustomed to leading a hectic lifestyle. Cannabis is one of the most efficient solutions for mental health problems, as you will have the opportunity to discover in the following paragraphs. It can treat a broad range of problems, including the ones related to sexual health, stress and anxiety. And, more importantly, it can improve overall mood and help those who suffer from depression.

  1. Neurotransmitter regulation –  Often, those who suffer from depression and anxiety have a problem with neurotransmitter regulation. Cannabis targets the endocannabinoid system of the brain directly, regulating both the production and release of vital neurotransmitters. Basically, it functions similarly with depression and anxiety medication, without any of the discomforting side effects. Taken on a regular basis, it regulates the most important neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA. You will no longer feel depressed, anxious or stressed, enjoying life once again.
  2. Release and relaxation – Many who suffer from mental health problems have gone through a traumatic event. PTSD is more common than anyone might think, regardless of one’s occupation, background or culture. It can lead to anxiety and depression, with a negative impact on the overall quality of life. Cannabis can help one let go of such traumatic memories, promoting a state of relaxation and calm. It supports the healthy functioning of the endocannabinoid system, working wonders on the level of self-esteem at the same time.
  3. Sexual health – Sexual health and mental problems are intricately connected; when one feels stressed, anxious or depressed, sexual health is often affected, reinforcing the vicious circle. If you are looking for a way to enjoy sexual activity, cannabis might be the answer to your question. You might not be aware of this for a fact, but cannabis can be used to increase sperm volume as well. In turn, this can guarantee a better fertility rate and, thus, an increased chance of becoming a parent. Returning to sexual health, cannabis can help you relax and feel less pressed to perform in the bedroom. You will finally be able to enjoy a satisfying sexual experience, being able to care for your partner as well.
  4. Chronic pain –  Chronic pain can have a significant influence on a person’s quality of life, leading to depression and anxiety. The more severe the pain, the higher the risk of mental health problems is going to be. In this situation, you might want to turn to cannabis as the solution to all of your problems. Cannabis can help with the necessary pain relief, allowing you to engage in daily living activities once again. Moreover, it works to promote a state of relaxation, which is extremely beneficial for a person who suffers from a chronic condition. It helps one fight chronic fatigue and other upsetting symptoms, improving the mood and the overall level of functionality.
    1. Emotional response – When a person suffers from a mental health problem, the emotional response to certain situations might become modified (either too intense or not intense enough). Because of such changes, one might have difficulties adapting to normal-day circumstances. Experiences otherwise acceptable can become stressful, making the emotional response even worse. Cannabis can regulate the emotional response of a person who is suffering from depression, anxiety or chronic stress. It can help the brain to adapt to stressful situations, efficiently regulating emotions quickly.
    2. Fight or flight – Whenever humans are confronted with a potentially dangerous situation, the fight or flight conflict appears at the level of the brain. In a quick period of time, the brain has to decide whether it is safe to remain in that situation or not. When wrongful associations are made, the brain becomes confused and stress naturally follows. The moderate intake of cannabis could help the brain regulate the fight-or-flight response, thus reducing the anxiety and stress associated with otherwise normal situations. This is also possible because cannabis regulates the response to fear, helping one feel better about potentially-dangerous situations.

    Mental health remains a subject of research for scientists from all over the world. Solutions are sought to replace current treatments for chronic stress, anxiety and depression, as these seem to make matters worse. Cannabis is an efficient remedy for those who suffer from such problems, having a wide range of benefits to offer. As you have seen, it can regulate the production and release of neurotransmitters, promote relaxation and ensure a proper emotional response to common situations. Cannabis can be of use to those who suffer from chronic pain and derived mental health problems.

    Cannabis is beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem. It can also be considered an erectile dysfunction natural treatment, helping those who are suffering from unsatisfactory sexual experiences. This is an important point to consider, as these are a lot of people who deal with erectile dysfunction on a regular basis; having a natural treatment such as cannabis is great, especially if we stop for a moment and think how sexual health problems can cause mood swings, anxiety and depression.


    This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a psychological or psychiatric condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read online. Read the full disclaimer here

    Brian Adam is a researcher and advisor with a passion for men’s health and wellness. Brian also diet, believing that the combination of exercise, a healthy diet, and a positive mindset all contribute to achieving one’s full potential. He mostly writes articles on health and  healthcare. You can connect with Brian on Twitter @brianadam884 and on Facebook. 

L.A. Approves Marijuana Rules

Calif. — Los Angeles may become one of America’s hottest marijuana markets soon, after city lawmakers approved new rules on Monday to regulate and legitimize the cannabis industry ahead of January’s full legalization of recreational use in the state of California.

The regulations, which were first drafted in March, spell out requirements for growers, manufacturers and sellers of marijuana, who would need a state license to operate and be required to follow rules about their operating hours, record-keeping and security measures.

A council committee passed the legislation, which will be taken up by the full council.

The regulations also mean, however, that current dispensaries, which can operate with medical licenses, would be shut down as they wait for their licenses under the new legislation. But City Council President Herb Wesson said he would consider a provisional license system that would prevent the loss of revenue for these businesses.

He also the city and the pot industry agree on many issues, like regulating hours and taxes for the dispensaries, but will leave the thornier parts, including licensing and public smoking laws, for later.

Medical weed has been legal since 1996 in California, but voters finally approved recreational pot 2016, and it’s set to take effect in January. Los Angeles alone expects up to $50 million in tax revenue from recreational sales next year; the city made $21 million in taxing the medical marijuana industry in 2016.

January’s debut of legal pot still has hurdles, including higher prices than the illicit market, thanks to high taxes.

Also, in California, public smoking is banned within 800 feet of such places as bars, parks, beaches and schools. Hotels also ban smoking, even on balconies, making it difficult for tourists to light up.

But the state could take a cue from Colorado, which has a booming pot tourism industry, and has found ways to circumvent the open-space smoking restrictions. These include commissioning luxury buses and private buildings (even “smoke clubs” and cannabis hotels) where tourists can smoke, and take them on tours of dispensaries.

Colorado, where retail sales of marijuana became legal in January 2014, has made $506 million in revenue according to pro-legalization research company VS Strategies. Besides California and Colorado, six other states — Oregon, Washington State, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and Alaska — and Washington, D.C. have also legalized recreational weed, part of the growth of the pot business from $2.7 billion in sales in 2014 to the $6.7 billion it made in 2016.

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CBD Drip Review

Posted by | September 15, 2017 | Cannabis Oil, Cannabis Review, Marijuana News, Reviews

CBD Drip

CBD drip is a hemp oil concentrate that is added to vape oil or e-liquid. The drip is aimed at enabling you to enjoy the full benefits of cannabidiol with a vape device or by adding it to a vape substance. Basically, the drip is a concentrated cannabidiol supplement that is used while vaping.

Currently, FDA is yet to approve the use of CBD for diagnosis, therapeutic aid, cure, mitigation, or prevention of any illness. However, many people have used CBD and proven its effectiveness in alleviating pain, reducing anxiety and depression, as well as reducing inflammation. Since no dangers have been associated with CBD, its popularity has been increasing over the years. It’s also legal in the United States and other countries.

CBD Drip Review: Does It Get You High?

CBD drip


For most users, CBD drip is a great alternative to most CBD vape products in the current market. That’s because it is not addictive like nicotine and other products. Instead, the CBD drip comes with highly beneficial hemp oils

that bring peace and the much-needed relief from stress without causing any sort of addiction. Most bottles will say if THC is added, but for legal purposes, CBD drip must come from a Hemp plant and THC levels must be below 0.3%. THC is responsible for the high feeling, not CBD.

CBD Drip Health Benefits

It has shown that CBD drip provides a calming effect that is commonly associated with marijuana. Many people prefer CBD drip to marijuana because it provides a safe and easy way to bring the much-needed relaxation without causing a high feeling. Additionally, the cannabidiol in the CBD drip provides relief from anxiety and pain. As a result of being an antioxidant, it has shown the potential of being able to prevent cellular damage as well.

CBD drip does not have undesirable concentrates and strains of cannabis. Therefore, it does not cause the undesirable effects like paranoia and drowsiness. Adding CBD drip into an e-liquid that does not have nicotine will give you the full health benefits of cannabidiol without the negative effects THC or nicotine.

Since the CBD drip uses highly concentrated hemp oils, you need a little amount of it to achieve the desired results. CBD drip products have undergone extreme laboratory testing by major retailers, which helps give the buyer a sense of peace knowing that the products are safely regulated for use.

CBD Drip Effects

CBD drip is legal and it can be used anywhere if the THC levels are under 0.3%. That means you can use it at work and this works especially well if you are under stress or while relaxing in your living space. Additionally, the CBD drip provides all natural benefits of cannabis sativawithout putting you at the risk of addiction. It is currently one of the most favored ways that consumers and patients take in all the benefits of CBD oil.

And, you can easily purchase the drip online. Once you purchase yCBD drip online, you get hemp oils of the right quality that may not be available at your local store. Using CBD drip means you will not suffer the side effects of THC because these are completely eliminated from the drip.

If you are looking to take CBD and you are a habitual smoker, you maybe want to consider your options by adding CBD drip to your daily habits.  CBD drip is added directly to your e-liquid or herbal vape oil. You should definitely consider CBD drip as an option of CBD consumption.

It is extremely easy to add to e-liquid so you can use it with any vape or e-cigarette. It’s also available at competitive prices and you can get a customized customer service while buying and comparing all the different prices and flavors that are available to you.

The Health Benefits of Vaping instead of Smoking

Vaping has become increasingly popular in a short span of time. The rapid adoption has made it difficult for researchers to come up with concrete studies pertaining to the health benefits of vaping. When an individual vapes, they inhale an aerosol that is made up of flavouring, glycerine, water, propylene glycol and in some cases nicotine. When smoking, an individual inhales tobacco smoke which is made of toxic chemicals that are hazardous for the human body.

Despite the clear distinction, the misconceptions related to vaping are quite popular due to the vested interest of anti-tobacco activists and medical experts.

Normally, if you ask a medical expert about the health benefits of vaping instead of smoking, you are not likely to get a conclusive answer due to lack of data available. However, a few studies have denoted that vaping is less hazardous than tobacco cigarettes rich in nicotine and chemicals. According to a study, vaping is 95% healthier than smoking.

Today, many people are still not aware of the benefits of vaping due to minimal understanding of the subject. Thereby, in this article we will explore the health benefits of vaping instead of smoking.

Health Benefits of Vaping:

  1. Improved Respiratory System

Smoking is one of the primary causes of lung cancer due to the high percentage of carcinogens. It is believed that the smoke of tobacco comprises of several harmful chemicals among which 70% act as catalyst triggering cancer. Thereby, when you smoke cigarettes the tobacco affects the health of your lungs and other organs increasing the chances of terminal illnesses.

Even if you manage to remain safe from cancer, cigarettes do major harm to your respiratory system in general. The soft tissues present in the lungs tend to turn black and harden over time resulting in asthma, emphysema, cough, etc. On the other hand, vaping is a safer alternative to vaping where e-liquids without nicotine can offer similar pleasure without affecting your respiratory system and health adversely.

These e-liquids ranging in different flavours from cake to mint to yogurt can be bought from many suppliers online. It’s vital you find a reputable company to invest in to ensure the products are safe and so you aren’t getting scammed. Through online research on e-liquid suppliers I have found the company VapersWAREHOUSE who are members of the IBVTA and ensure you receive the highest quality products for the best prices. They have many offers and discounts on their e-liquid flavours which you can find on this link; and they are all budget friendly making it beneficial for all.


  1. Improved Physical Health

Common physical health issues related to smoking include sagging skin, stretch marks and wrinkles. When individuals smoke the elasticity of their skin becomes affected. Further, this increases the chances of warts, skin cancer, etc.

Vaping on the other hand makes use of vapours instead of tobacco smoke and other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. Moreover, the e-liquids without nicotine do not harm your skin resulting in improved skin conditions. Many individuals who switched to vaping have observed improvement in the elasticity of their skin.

  1. Improved Reproductive Health

Vaping is a safer alternative for those trying to conceive. The negligible traces of chemicals make it safer for those suffering with fertility issues.

On the contrary, many couples trying to conceive do not realise the potential harm smoking can do to their fertility. Cigarettes can result in major reproductive problems due to the presence of nicotine. Generally, smokers are at a higher risk of miscarriages, birth deformations and low birth weight of children. Moreover, such individuals are likely to experience ectopic pregnancy. Similarly, men tend to suffer from erectile dysfunction due to smoking.


  1. A Healthier Heart

Vaping can help those who are trying to quit smoking. For instance, many brands offer e-liquids that are free from nicotine this not only makes them healthier for the human cardiovascular system, but also assists in quitting smoking for good.

Smoking is one of the catalysts that can affect your health. Nicotine is known as a cardiovascular stimulant where it can worsen the health of cardiac patients. Numerous studies have highlighted that smoking has an adverse effect on the blood vessels. The nicotine present in the cigarettes can clog the arteries of smokers leading to cardiac arrest or heart attacks.


Bottom Line: Vaping Is Healthier

According to the Public Health England study, “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes. When supported by a smoking cessation service, they help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether.”

Vaporisers are becoming extremely popular amongst smokers who desire to continue smoking without inhaling the harmful tobacco smoke. While it is difficult to give up on your nicotine cravings abruptly you can start vaping with nicotine e-liquids. Moreover, if you intend to go cold turkey, then nicotine free e-liquids can make the process easier.

If you are still smoking cigarettes and inhaling tobacco smoke, it’s time you give up for the well-being of your loved ones. Vaping offers a similar experience without compromising on your health or the health of others through passive smoke.

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Surprising New Poll Finds Cannabis Stigma Declining

Posted by | April 19, 2017 | Cannabis News, Marijuana News

As more US states continue to legalize cannabis – and Canada prepares to end prohibition nationwide – social attitudes are also evolving. A new Yahoo News/Marist poll posted earlier this week found that the stigmas that have shadowed cannabis for years are starting to die out. Support for medical and adult use legalization continues to climb (80% for medical, 49% for adult use), and one in four Americans are looking to invest in federally-legal cannabis companies. The poll also found some interesting behavior among cannabis consumers. 86% have used cannabis at a party or social event with friends – not exactly shocking. But did you figure 16% would consume before a religious service? 20% before a funeral? Interesting…

The Yahoo/Marist poll surveyed 1,122 adults in the United States, and was conducted in March 2017.

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WeedWeek: Report predicts industry growth despite federal threat

Posted by | March 28, 2017 | Cannabis News, Marijuana News
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Here are two important, but not cannabis-related, articles about the Trump administration:

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency” by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker


We Lost a War” by Timothy Snyder in the N.Y. Daily News.

Now the news:
Legalization barely came up in confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch is from Colorado but has a limited record on the issue. Vice sifted through what’s there last month.Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) released a bill that would let states drug test the unemployed before giving them financial assistance.

Only two of the 260 dispensaries that have applied to open in Detroit have received approval.

The Florida legislature continues to debate how to regulate MED. Floridians aren’t happy with the rollout, a poll found. (For more see here and here.)

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering 44 bills to alter its new REC law. (For more see here and here.)
Cannabusiness is a new-found source of political contributions in Nevada. Florida too.Arkansas will limit but not ban smoking MED. Louisiana’s MED program is a long way from operational.

An Arizona group wants to legalize all drugs in 2018.

The Indiana legislature is considering 11 cannabis related bills. It’s one of six states that allows no forms of cannabis, including low-THC CBD oil. Utah could vote on MED next year.

Rhode Island’s MED oversight panel will meet for the first time, eight years after it was created.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) called for federal decriminalization. Virginia Congressman Tom Garrett (R) called for the end of federal prohibition.

The Tennessee House blocked decriminalization measures in Nashville and Memphis.

Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman (R) says he disagrees with legalization but will defend it against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. California lawmakers could block local law enforcement from assisting the feds with any action against state-legal cannabis.

A bill that would legalize but not commercialize REC advanced in Vermont.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the prospect of being put on trial by the International Criminal Court for his ongoing drug war. He could face charges of crimes against humanity. Meanwhile vice president Leni Robredo could face impeachment for criticizing the country’s drug war. The country is also learning that drug wars are bad for tourism.

Former CIA director James Woolsey Jr. will speak at a hemp event.



Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are pushing for legislation that would allow the state to levy huge fines or revoke a company’s MED license. Last month, prosecutors filed charges against two former executives of MED company Vireo Health for allegedly shipping $500,000 of cannabis oil to New York to meet a product shortfall. The company is trying to distance itself.
A group of cannabis companies have banded together to start the New Federalism Fund, a lobby to support state-legal marijuana industries. Participating organizations include Privateer Holdings, Dixie Brands and a subsidiary of gardening company Scotts Miracle-Gro.
A report from Arcview Group predicts that the industry will grow 27% annually through 2021, despite fears of a crackdown.Dozens of vaporizer companies raised capital last year, and none of them are focused on tobacco, according to TechCrunch,

A Seattle startup uses bitcoin to allow credit card cannabis purchases.

In Sacramento, the Teamsters are facing-off against the cannabis industry and other major business groups over “independent distribution.” At issue is whether growers and manufacturers need to pay third-party distributors, which California requires for alcohol companies. The Teamsters favor independent distributors.

Maryland may increase the number of grow licenses, part of an effort to include minority-owned businesses in the state green rush. It falls short of demands from the state legislature’s Black Caucus.

I wrote about the Southern California Coalition, a trade group, for L.A. Weekly.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorializes that Trump should create cannabis jobs. In case you missed it, I argued in Slate that jobs are the industry’s best defense against the Trump Administration.

Thirteen California dispensaries, some of them already shuttered, owe more than $12M in back taxes. The Financial Times asks whether pot businesses are unfairly taxed.

Australian MED company MGC Pharma raised A$10M. Australian cannabis stocks are way up.

The SEC has charged a Florida businessman with falsely claiming to have a marijuana license.

Publicly-traded Canadian company Golden Leaf Holdings agreed to buy vertically-integrated Oregon company Chalice Farms in a stock and cash deal.

Israeli cannabinoid drug biotech Therapix went public on the Nasdaq.A student managed $3.5 million investment fund at Stetson University in Florida will consider cannabis stocks.

Ohio businesses want to add a state residency requirement to own one of the planned 24 grows in the state. The state also needs to figure out testing requirements.

The L.A. Times visited a cannabis jobs fair. (“Interest is high,” get it?)

The cannabis is finding a home in California wine country.

Health and Science

A study out of Washington state found that youth use hasn’t increased with legalization.

Syndros, a synthetic THC pharmaceutical, will have Schedule II status.

A study found that cannabis use is associated with an increased likelihood of perpetrating or being victimized by dating violence. The likelihood is higher with alcohol use than marijuana.

A study looks at the case of a 33-year old woman who died after injecting herself with a cannabis solution.

Researchers found that “inhibiting activity in the endocannabinoid system might reduce cocaine’s rewarding and addictive effects.” Other researchers found an association between regular cannabis use and lower BMI.

MED use by the elderly remains controversial, even in San Francisco. The S.F. Chronicle recommends Bay Area dispensaries for seniors.

A New Hampshire Senate committee approved MED use for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a painful connective tissue disorder.

The Republicans’ failed American Health Care Act would have cut services available to opiate addicts.
The Economist says “America’s opioid epidemic is worsening.”

Canada will spend almost C$10M on “public education” about pot.


Product reviews:
Criminal Justice looks at how Alabama locks people up for life, for non-violent pot offenses.The N.Y. Times has a major feature on the dangers posed by “door-busting drug raids.

Lots of illegal drugs are sent by mail.

Sixteen were indicted in Denver on charges that they ran an illegal grow ring that shipped hundreds of pounds out of state monthly. Oregon remains a major source of black market weed.

In Massachusetts, it’s possible that tens of thousands were imprisoned based on incorrect crime lab data.

Reason’s Jacob Sullum explains why U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is wrong about marijuana.

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes recalled the time he got caught with some weed at the 2000 Republican convention in Philadelphia. He wasn’t punished.

The frontrunner to be South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney supports MED legalization.

The City of Oakland is ending hiring discrimination based on past cannabis use. And the city’s efforts to create a racially equitable cannabis industry may be lurching toward a resolution.


U.K. magazine The Spectator published a story called “Make Drugs Dull: Legalizing cannabis the Canadian way.” “California, like Colorado before it, is the model of how not to do it,” the author writes. “The focus in these libertarian frontier states is on freedom — and commerce.”

The New Yorker published a piece called “Reciting Walt Whitman at a Drug Court in Alabama.

A student at Canada’s McMaster University is suing the school after it blocked her from a trip to Ghana over her MED use.

Singer John Mayer has quit drinking and is “very thoughtfully entering cannabis life.”

Three mixed martial arts fighters tested positive for pot.

Playboy’s 2015 “Playmate of the Year” Dani Mathers is promoting a “health-conscious cannabis pill.” Mathers last came to public notice for body shaming a naked woman on Instagram.

Retired NBA star and commentator Charles Barkley said he used cannabis a couple times while he was a pro. He didn’t like it. “I didn’t get no peace,” he said.

Snopes debunked an internet rumor that Jeff Sessions said marijuana use leads to more sex and therefore more abortions. In The Onion, Jeff Sessions channeled his inner Cool Hand Luke.

Jimi Hendrix’s descendants are fighting over the use of his name and likeness on wine and vodka in addition to edibles They’ve been fighting since Jimi’s father Al died in 2002.

Rabbi-turned dispensary owner Jeffrey Kahn visited Ohio.

Woody Harrelson has quit smoking pot.

The N.Y. Post says pot is “infiltrating New York’s most elite social circles.” Civilized attended a “cannabis and virtual reality soiree.

A “cannabis cruise” was cancelled, but the organizer remains a Trump supporter.

Stephen Colbert wondered if there’s “some way to mellow [Jeff Sessions] out.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.
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WeedWeek News by Alex Halperin

Posted by | December 12, 2016 | Marijuana News
This is WeedWeek, because cannabis news is everywhere.
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Here’s the news:
President Elect Donald Trump selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has repeatedly sued the agency to block anti-pollution laws. While this might be seen as support for states’ rights — and by extension the marijuana industry — Mark Joseph Stern at Slate calls Pruitt “one of the phoniest federalists in the GOP.

In particular, Pruitt joined Nebraska in suing Colorado over the state’s REC industry. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, retired Marine General John F. Kelly, opposes legalization saying that it increases health care costs and crime, and that the state experiments with it open the U.S. to accusations of hypocrisy from Latin American nations. Kelly is open to the plant having medical benefits.

Meanwhile veterans’ group American Legion, pushed the administration to loosen cannabis laws. “I think they were a little caught off guard and didn’t expect such a progressive statement from such a traditional and conservative organization,” a senior Legion official told

It also emerged that Jim O’Neill, a Silicon Valley investor who describes as a “Marijuana legalization activist,” could be tapped to lead the Food and Drug Administration. O’Neill is neither a doctor or scientist, typical credentials for the position. For more see here.

Marijuana entrepreneurs want Trump to see them as “job creators,” Forbes reports.

The New York Observer, which is owned by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, called for rescheduling.

In an effort to protect marijuana laws under the Trump administration, Colorado is cracking down on home growers. The state is poised to surpass 3,000 licensed businesses next year.

What attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) means for state-legal pot business remains the big green question. In an in-depth piece, Politico says Sessions could easily “ignore the will of millions of pro-pot voters” and crack down. Time lists seven reasons Trump is unlikely to go after the industry.

The Sessions hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 10 and 11.

Pro-cannabis group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is petitioning the Justice Department to correct what ASA says is incorrect or misleading information about cannabis on the DEA web site. ASA is represented pro-bono by the major San Francisco law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Though he’s promised to legalize next year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he still wants police to prosecute dispensaries. His pro-pot supporters feel “cheated.”

Canadian producer Cronos Group will work with First Nations groups in Canada to help them join the cannabis economy.

An upcoming March ballot measure for regulating the industry in Los Angeles raises many questions.

A Democratic state Senator in Texas introduced a “longshot” MED bill. Virginia Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R), asked for a study of how the state’s cannabis laws might be changed. Tennessee could also be in play.

Oregon took emergency steps to lower the testing burden on growers, but the industry is skeptical.

REC opponents in Maine were accused of not providing enough volunteers for a recount of the recent vote. A judge ruled that following the recent vote, MED dispensaries in Montana can reopen immediately.

Maryland named 102 pre-approved dispensary license winners. In New York, licensees are worried about competition in the relatively small market.

Guam is implementing a MED program. Dusseldorf, Germany is on the path to legalization.

Several former executives of Insys Therapeutics, which sells the powerful opiate fentanyl, were arrested accused of “bribing doctors, defrauding insurance companies, and fueling America’s opioid addiction crisis.” Insys contributed to successfully defeat Arizona’s November REC vote.

GW Pharmaceuticals reported some “pretty grim” quarterly numbers, but it could benefit from its anti-epilepsy experimental drug Epidolex which is in late stage clinical trials.

Bloomberg suggests there’s a Canadian pot-stock bubble.

Legalization in more states could depress California’s export market. And in another interesting piece by Madison Margolin, California’s “extract artisans” now have some legal protections from meth-lab laws.

Vice dives into regulatory tech which it calls the “cannabis surveillance state.

Home grow system Leaf raised $2M.

Celebrity-branded weed costs about 24% more than unbranded. Forbes asks if the trend has gone too far.

Commercial landlords in northern California prepare for legalization.

Quartz profiles marketing company Octavia Wellness which throws pot parties for seniors.  The art world is joining efforts to re-brand cannabis.

The Denver Post’s Cannabist won most influential media source at the cannabis business awards.

Health and Science
A new study in Pharmacological Research, by Czech and Italian researchers, found that pot is an aphrodisiac. Read the study here.
Another study found that marijuana use may damage eyesight.

New York state wants patients to be able to access MED in hospitals. A study found that cannabis users have lower in-hospital mortality rates.

In an effort to reduce opioid use, Oregon wants opioid patients monitored for marijuana use. The health agency view on marijuana vis a vis opioid use is unclear.

The world’s first clinical trial to test MED for chemotherapy patients is beginning in Australia.

A device developed by Israeli start-up distributes “nano-droplets” of CBD as a nutraceutical to relieve inflammation and pain is on sale in the U.S. KKTV looked at the cannabis research happening at Colorado State-Pueblo.

The U.S. is lagging Israel and other countries in cannabis research.

The Washington [state] CannaBusiness Association is starting a fund to support MED access for the needy.


Introducing WeedWeek critic Carolyn Lipka:
Hi! My name is Carolyn Lipka and I’m a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. My work has been in Noisey, Interview and Paper Magazine. I’ve been a medical cannabis patient since moving to LA in 2014 and a recreational user since 2008; I’ve smoked it all from extremely dirt weed in the suburbs of New Jersey to Wifi OG from an upscale dispensary in Los Angeles. The comedy and cannabis community have significant overlap (from Getting Doug With High to Broad City) and I’m happy to continue the trend. My interests include any edible that features dark chocolate and a dense indica heavy hybrid. I love testing out new weed products and my proximity to a huge sector of the industry has afforded me the opportunity to really plunge into trying every vape, bong, grinder and elaborate dab blow torch I can get my hands on.  I graduated from Yale University in 2014 where I did extensive research on the cold war making me the world’s dorkiest weed critic.  Follow me on twitter for humor @clipka_, on instagram for selfies @clipka or snapchat for high thoughts @carolynlipka.
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Criminal Justice
In a report, the DEA said media attention is making it more difficult to prosecute marijuana offenders.
Ferrell Scott, sentenced to life without parole for possession and conspiracy to sell marijuana, was denied clemency by President Obama.

Charles “Eddy” Lepp, “a defiant 64-year-old Vietnam vet and ordained Rastafarian minister” was released after serving eight years in federal prison for growing.

Two pieces in The Guardian examine the human toll of Mexico’s decade-old, U.S. supported drug war

A New York Times photojournalist documented dozens of homicide victims of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. The Duterte administration defended its record to Reuters.

Big deal political thinker Ian Bremmer tweeted that Duterte wants to advise Trump on drug policy.

The activist New Jersey Weedman, who faces cannabis charges, compared himself to a “prisoner at Guantanamo.

Leafly tells the stories of Sam Caldwell and Moses Baca, “drug war prisoners 1 & 2,” in 1937. Both were apprehended in Denver. It also cites the work of a “48-year old drug felon and autodidactic cannabis historian who goes by the pen name “Uncle Mike,” maintains a site at

Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, said he tried MED for his back pain. It didn’t help him but he took a strong stand in favor of it for athletes:

“If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you got lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin,” Kerr, 51, said. “And yet, athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal. And there’s like this perception in our country that over-the-counter drugs are fine but pot is bad. Now, I think that’s changing.”

The comment got attention and he later added to his remarks. Kerr said the NBA should explore MED for pain relief. New York Knicks president and celebrated coach Phil Jackson said he’d also used MED for pain adding, “I don’t think we have been able to stop it in the NBA. I think it still goes on and is still a part of the culture in the NBA. I think it is something that we either have to accommodate or figure out another way to deal with it.”

Forbes has more on the science of athletes and MED.

Vice asked budtenders about their worst customers. They’re not fond of weed snobs and scary types. The Cannabist serves up 10 budtender commandments, including “Thou Shalt Not Be Too High.”

The Pantone Color Institute, picked Greenery as the color of 2017.

The AP visits Malana, India, a Himalayan village that depends on cannabis. Uruguay will host a cannabis museum.

A bestseller in Germany and the U.K. says the Nazis ingested huge amounts of meth, and that Hitler was an opiate addict. “Blitzed,” will be published here in April.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the new list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

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Posted by | September 30, 2016 | Edible Reviews, Marijuana News, Reviews

Hubby’s Dark Chocolate Edible Review

his is our first time reviewing the ever popular chocolate bars from Hubby’s Edibles. These edibles have been on the shelves of Southern California dispensaries since long before the Review was founded. They are a staple medication for many of the patients we talk to, so it is long past time for us to do a review.

For our first outing, I chose the dark chocolate bar, and only partly due to its eye catching gold wrapper. I love dark chocolate, and its bitterness interacts best with the cannabis taste. The chocolate was buttery and smooth but thick against the tongue.  I found it had a warm taste with some hint of cannabis oil, but only if held long in the mouth. It wasn’t the bitter dark chocolate I had hoped for. Instead, I found it rich and velvety.

The Hubby Bar proved to be a consistently potent edible. The whole bar contains 130 mg or just over 20 mg per piece, and the segmented bar makes dosing a snap. If the chocolate is held in the mouth, activation is speeded thanks to sublingual uptake. The high was stoney and hazed over, definitely not for when you need to be active or responsible but perfect for an afternoon in the hammock or a night on the couch watching movies. Pain and anxiety slip away and are replaced by easy, loose-limbed relaxation.

Hubby’s edibles are available at Hand in Hand Patient Care

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Legal Marijuana Prices Are Plunging in Colorado, but Not for the Reason You’d Expect

Posted by | September 12, 2016 | Cannabis News, Legal Marijuana News, Marijuana News

Legal Marijuana Prices Are Plunging in Colorado, but Not for the Reason You’d Expect

Cannabis’ competitive landscape is going up in smoke.

As a whole, the marijuana industry has come a long way in a short amount of time.

When medical cannabis was first legalized in California in 1996 for compassionate use, support for nationwide legalization of the drug was only around 25%, per Gallup. A decade ago, just a third of Americans polled supported full legalization efforts. Yet in Gallup’s most recent poll, 58% of respondents favored legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. In separate polls on the legalization of medical cannabis alone, favorability often exceeds 80%.

With public opinion on marijuana rapidly shifting, we’ve witnessed a recent surge in state approvals. Today, half of all U.S. states have legalized medical cannabis, and four states (along with Washington, D.C.) have allowed adults over the age of 21 to purchase recreational marijuana. In the upcoming elections this November, five more states will vote on recreational marijuana, and four will decide whether to legalize medical cannabis.

Colorado, which was one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012 (along with Washington), illustrates the upside of legalization. On a trailing 12-month basis, legal marijuana sales, including medical and recreational marijuana, have topped $1 billion, netting the state $135 million in tax and licensing revenue in the last year. A good chunk of this revenue will go toward Colorado schools, along with law enforcement and drug abuse programs.

Marijuana prices are plunging, but for a surprising reason

More recently, though, a report from marijuana distribution platform Tradiv highlights an even more encouraging trend for consumers in Colorado. Namely, legal marijuana prices are getting much more competitive with black market prices. Remember: Black market marijuana has minimal overhead costs, as there are none of the costs associated with taxes, regulation, and storefront maintenance, which typically gives it a big pricing advantage over the legal marijuana market.

However, according to Tradiv, wholesale marijuana costs in Colorado have fallen from between $2,400 and $2,600 per pound in October 2015 to just $1,400 to $1,600 per wholesale pound in August 2016. Prices are substantially more competitive for the consumer, and it could result in more revenue than expected for Colorado’s government as more consumers presumably purchase the product through legal channels.

Yet what’s really interesting is the reason behind the falling prices. The typical assumption would be that growing competition is driving down prices as small marijuana dispensaries fight for customers. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently chose to keep cannabis categorized as a schedule 1 (and therefore illicit) substance, which should, in theory, keep big business out. You see, businesses involved in the sale of marijuana often face very high tax rates, as they’re unable to take normal business deductions, and most have little or no access to basic financial services such as checking accounts or lines of credit. The industry doesn’t seem very conducive to big business.



Yet that’s the exact opposite of what’s happening in Colorado. In May, the state extended a moratorium on the issuance of new cannabis licenses, allowing big cannabis players in the state to purchase the majority of licenses available. Furthermore, there are no limits on the number of plants a facility can grow in Colorado, which has allowed these bigger businesses to boost production and essentially flood the market with marijuana, even if demand for the product isn’t there.

In other words, we’re not seeing demand driving competition in Colorado. Instead, an oligopoly-driven oversupply is pushing prices down. While this could be good news for the consumer for the time being, in the long term it could keep smaller marijuana players out of the market by keeping margins low, ensuring that just a few larger players remain. That’s a recipe, in my mind, for higher prices down the line.

Is this how marijuana becomes investable?

On one hand, it appears that Colorado plans to increase the number of grow licenses it issues, which could spur more competition within the state. But if margins keep getting pushed lower by excess supply, it could lower the appeal of entering the industry. While that’s a temporary win for the consumer, the real victory here could be for investors waiting patiently on the sidelines for an opportunity to get involved in legal marijuana’s rapid growth.

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Admittedly, investors have few viable investment options at the moment. Though there are dozens of publicly traded cannabis stocks for investors to choose from, all but a very, very few are penny stocks that are losing money. Penny stocks usually trade on the over-the-counter exchanges where reporting standards can be a bit more lax — finding accurate financial information can therefore be a challenge. That could change if license consolidation continues in Colorado and extends into other states. This is obviously no guarantee, but it’s the first viable path that I view toward marijuana being investable and somewhat transparent as an industry.

For now, my suggestion remains unchanged: Stick to the sidelines and monitor the progression of marijuana. Remember that there are nine important votes on the docket in less than two months that could have a major influence on where the industry heads next.

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Why Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Buy Guns

Posted by | September 9, 2016 | Marijuana News

Why Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Buy Guns

By Christopher Ingraham 
Source: Washington Post

medicalUSA — An appeals court ruled last week that a federal law prohibiting medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing guns does not violate their Second Amendment rights, because marijuana has been linked to “irrational or unpredictable behavior.”

The ruling came in the case of a Nevada woman who attempted to purchase a handgun in 2011, but was denied when the gun store owner recognized her as a medical marijuana cardholder, according to court documents. S. Rowan Wilson maintained that she didn’t actually use marijuana, but obtained a card to make a political statement in support of liberalizing marijuana law.

Federal law prohibits gun purchases by an “unlawful user and/or an addict of any controlled substance.” In 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms clarified in a letter that the law applies to marijuana users “regardless of whether [their] State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.” Though a growing number of states are legalizing it for medical or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal for any purpose under federal law, which considers the drug to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the federal law passes muster with the Constitution, as “it is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely as a consequence of that use to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior.”

The court then concluded that it is reasonable to assume that a medical marijuana cardholder is a marijuana user, and hence reasonable to deny their gun purchase on those grounds.

From a legal standpoint, the nexus between marijuana use and violence was established by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Virginia, in the 2014 case of United States v. Carter. That case cited a number of studies suggesting “a significant link between drug use, including marijuana use, and violence,” according to the 9th Circuit’s summary.

In the words of the 4th Circuit, those studies found that:

“Probationers who had perpetrated violence in the past were significantly more likely to have used a host of drugs — marijuana, hallucinogens, sedatives, and heroin — than probationers who had never been involved in a violent episode.”

“Almost 50% of all state and federal prisoners who had committed violent felonies were drug abusers or addicts in the year before their arrest, as compared to only 2% of the general population.”

“Individuals who used marijuana or marijuana and cocaine, in addition to alcohol, were significantly more likely to engage in violent crime than individuals who only used alcohol.”

Among adolescent males, “marijuana use in one year frequently predicted violence in the subsequent year.”

The 4th Circuit argued that, on the link between drug use and violence, the question of correlation vs. causation doesn’t matter: “Government need not prove a causal link between drug use and violence” to block firearms purchases by drug users. A simple link between drug use and violence, regardless of which way the causality runs, is grounds enough.

Still, the 9th Circuit did suggest causation was part of its decision, saying that irrational behavior can be “a consequence” of marijuana use.

This argument — that substance use increases risky behavior — applies to plenty of other drugs, too, and not just illegal ones. For instance, drug policy researchers Mark Kleiman, Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken have pointed out that tobacco users also are more likely to engage in crime relative to the general population.

“Compared with nonsmokers, cigarette smokers have a higher rate of criminality,” they wrote in their 2011 book Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know. “Smoking in and of itself does not lead to crime, but within the population of smokers we are more likely to find individuals engaged in illicit behavior.”

The authors also point out that there’s a much stronger link between violent behavior and alcohol than there is for many illegal drugs: “There is a good deal of evidence showing an association between alcohol intoxication and pharmacologically induced violent crime,” they write.

They added: “There is little direct association between marijuana or opiate use and violent crime. … it is also possible that for some would-be offenders, the pharmacological effect of certain drugs (marijuana and heroin are often given as examples) may actually reduce violent tendencies.”

Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.

Source: Washington Post (DC)
Author: Christopher Ingraham
Published: September 7, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Washington Post Company



Posted by | August 30, 2016 | Cannabis News, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana News

These nuns are breaking all traditions of ordinary nun-hood. The sisters actually don’t consider themselves Catholic or associate with any specific traditional religion. These women have the purpose of cultivating cannabis and understanding that it is a sacred medicine to be respected. They call themselves Sisters of the Valley, and on their site it states:

“We respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people,”

They’ve created a spiritual space that they consider sacred to produce different kinds of CBD oil’s, tinctures, salves and different organic medicine. Many of these concoctions have proven to be extremely effective in treating a wide range of ailments, anything from back pain, seizures, migraines and much more.

These women are amazing because they observe the cycle of the Moon and produce the medicine in conjunction with the Moon cycles. This is incredible because the energy they are putting into their creations are extremely full of care and purity.

Located in California’s Central Valley, these sisters are really bending the rules of what it means to be a sister.

Check them out here.

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Juneau’s First Marijuana Grow Receives State Approval

Posted by | August 30, 2016 | Cannabis News, Marijuana News

Juneau’s First Marijuana Grow Receives State Approval

Alaska Cannabis Now Magazine

The first-ever state-certified commercial marijuana grow in Alaska’s capitol city is scheduled to open doors as early as mid-October. The farm received it’s final state inspection and a license to cultivate commercial cannabis Aug. 19. Alaska’s first legal cannabis stores are slated to receive their licenses in early September, but The Juneau Empire reports consumers will have to wait a month until the marijuana is actually ready for sale.

Two brothers, James and Giono Barrett, launched Rainforest Farms, which will be Juneau’s first licensed commercial cannabis farm.

“It’s cool to think that someone’s going to purchase the cannabis that comes off of these. I know that’s pretty straightforward, but it’s exciting to me,” James Barrett told The Juneau Empire. “At this point, now that we have our license, it’s all real.”

The Barrett brothers say they currently are growing 300 plants inside. The brothers are growing 55 strains and plan on funneling that number down to 30 strains by the time their product reaches retail storefronts.

Per Alaskan law, each one of the plants will be donning small blue tags in strict accordance with the state’s tracking system. The tags will allow inspectors to track the product from clone to countertop.

Alaska first legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and was the second state to do so, only after the state of California. Dispensaries are not allowed under the medical law, but when Alaska approved adult-use cannabis in 2014 though Measure 2 they began to be established for the recreational market. The new state-appointed Marijuana Control Board will oversee the state’s new adult-use marijuana program, which has been revised several times since the vote two years ago.

Alaska’s new regulatory system has already gone through drastic changes in its early days. Just weeks ago, Alaska Marijuana Control Board member Bruce Schulte was dishonorably expelled from his seat on the board by  Gov. Bill Walker.

“While I have appreciated your willingness to serve on the Marijuana Control Board, I have determined that your continued representation on this board is not in the best interest of Alaska,” Walker wrote in the letter. Schulte reportedly got no explanation and was replaced on the board by Nicholas Miller on Aug. 24.

Alaska is also beginning to see cannabis lab-testing facilities, where strains can be verified. Southeast Alaska Laboratories LLC., was the first business to apply for a conditional use permit as a lab testing facility and state marijuana establishment license.

Are you planning a trip to Alaska to experience adult-use marijuana? Let us know in the comments below.

Benjamin M. Adams is a contributor for Cannabis Now Magazine,, and His work has been seen in Culture Magazine, Treating Yourself Magazine, SKUNK Magazine, and several other cannabis-related publications. He studied Art at the University of Utah and has traveled around the world from the open hash markets in Copenhagen to Jamaica. He’s focused on the efficacy of medical marijuana for HIV and other serious illnesses. Ben lives in Southern California. You can follow him on Twitter @benbot11.
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