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Cannabis industry “deluged” with résumés from millennials

Cannabis industry “deluged” with résumés from millennials

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Growing up in a Colonial home in Downingtown, Alessandro Cesario cultivated an interest in the family garden, trying to become “in tune” with plants and insects, and by the time he was 16, he knew he wanted to work with plants in his career. Specifically, one plant: cannabis.

So he spent four years at Delaware Valley University, taking courses in hydroponics and working in greenhouses and on farms. His ambition was no pipe dream: After he graduated in 2013, Cesario made the jump from vegetables to cannabis — moving to Las Vegas to become the director of cultivation for Desert Grown Farms.

“It’s not like you’re walking into a cubicle, that’s for sure,” said Cesario, 26, who said he works 80 to 90 hours a week managing plants in a 58,000-square-foot warehouse. “Everyone’s super stoked to be here and just to be around the plants.”

Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, which is one of the top providers of agriculture degrees in the state, offers students a chance to study hydroponics — a system for growing plants without soil and a technique used in the cannabis industry. By working with such plants as basil, students can gain specialized skills that can be applied to jobs in the medical marijuana industry.

As applicants young and old flood the marijuana job market in states across the country — and Pennsylvania is now getting its turn — millennials such as Cesario are among the first generation of college graduates who can job-hunt in the legal marijuana industry.

“We’re getting deluged with résumés,” said John Pohlhaus, CEO of Franklin Labs, a grower-processor in Reading.

Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that has legalized medical marijuana. Eight others have approved recreational marijuana, and Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) even introduced a bill last week to legalize medical pot on the federal level. In New Jersey, medical marijuana is legal, and a recreational bill was introduced in May, although Gov. Christie has vowed never to sign it.

Working in the industry requires passion, Cesario said: The delicate plants are “finicky,” and growing medicine means you can’t make mistakes.

“It’s really just overall plant knowledge that’s really helped me to come in here and just know what I’m doing,” Cesario said. Some head growers “are just more like basement growers where they’ve learned over the years” and might struggle to size up.

“DelVal really prepared me to make that jump straight into commercial,” he said.

The school, which is in the midst of creating a new academic specialty in hydroponics and aquaponics, does not teach students how to grow cannabis, nor is it grown on campus. But interim dean Christopher Tipping said he is asked about it “all the time.” His constant reply: “I’ll teach you how to grow a tomato, and if you can grow a tomato, you can grow cannabis.”

The college has about 15 students interested in a cannabis career right now, Tipping said, and administrators think it will increase. “As word gets out, our students are in demand,” he said.

Kurt Dyer, who graduated from the school in May, already has a job as a grower-cultivator at a cannabis growing facility in Maryland.

He didn’t quite know how to get into the industry when he began college, so he decided to network in the marijuana world while earning a degree in horticulture with a specialty in biotechnology.

“School gives you all the techniques and knowledge and know-how to grow the plants . (then) you just learn what that specific cannabis plant actually wants,” said Dyer, 22, who grew up in Albrightsville, Carbon County.

The 12 grower-processors permitted by the state have until January to get ready to operate, under the medical marijuana program approved by the legislature.

In McKeesport, Allegheny County, news reports showed prospective weed workers stretching down several city blocks waiting to enter a July 27 job fair for permittee PurePenn.

Pohlhaus, the Franklin Labs CEO, said he anticipates 30 to 35 jobs in its grow facility, to be filled by the end of the year. “It’s across the board, from people that are familiar with lab equipment, lab processing, agricultural workers, to accountants, financial officers.”

Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, a permittee in Scranton, also has received “countless” job inquiries so far, said chief operating officer Ari Hoffnung. The company is partnering with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, and Hoffnung plans to open the application process in October or November and hold a career fair.

“It’s great to see young people interested in the industry,” he said. “I think we’re at the point now where you can really have a real career and experience career growth and professional development.”

The budding industry also provides an unusual opportunity for companies to establish a more diverse demographic, a new status quo, said Shaleen Title, partner at THC Staffing, an industry recruitment group that focuses on diversity. Pohlhaus and Hoffnung both said they were looking to hire people from different backgrounds, education levels and identities.

“If you see a need, and you want to start a business in this industry. you can just do it,” Title said. “There’s no bias of what a recruiting (firm) in the cannabis industry looks like because there weren’t any. So now when people picture that, they picture me, a woman of color.”

For young people hoping to break into the field, Dyer recommends taking college courses. And because cannabis is legal only in some states, those dreaming of a marijuana career need to be prepared to leave home.

“It’s all about being excited to work in that industry,” Dyer said. “I’m ready to go wherever it takes me.”

Via AP Member Exchange. Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer


Published at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:06:34 +0000

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What to do about Toxic Illegal Cannabis Grows?

What to do about Toxic Illegal Cannabis Grows?

What to do about Toxic Illegal Cannabis Grows?


A recent headline has been making its rounds on major news outlets that goes something like this, “Illegal Marijuana Farms Dump Shocking Amounts of Toxic Waste”. The story revolves around illegal cannabis farms located on Federal and Private lands that have been polluting the surrounding areas to a degree that is harming people and wildlife.

According to Mourad Gabriel, an ecologist with the Integral Ecology Research Center in northwest California the problem is much worse than anticipated. He stated that these illegal sites contain “731,000 pounds solid fertilizer, 491,000 ounces of concentrated liquid fertilizer and 200,000 ounces of toxic pesticides.” Apparently, the amount of waste was enough to send a few people to the hospital for skin rashes and respiratory difficulties.

Additionally, he claims that the ‘cleanup’ of this waste is also not being done thoroughly saying that at many of the sites roughly half of the waste is still there. Local wildlife also coming into contact with the waste have seen some hazardous consequences and this could very well only be the beginning of the issue. Water usage is also a concern with these illegal grows as they consume double of what is required to grow wine grapes.

When you read stories like this, it’s not hard to imagine why some people are so adamant at keeping cannabis illegal. However, perhaps we need to reanalyze this story a bit further and see if we can uncover the root of the problem.

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Why All the Illegal Pot Farms if Cannabis is Legal in California?

The first thing we need to understand is the ‘why’ behind these illegal pot farms, especially since cannabis is legal in California. Getting weed in California is as easy as walking into a store and buying it, or even simpler…getting it via your phone.

So why are there so many illegal grows?

For starters, according to an Oxford Academic Study, California supplies 60%-70% of all the cannabis in the United States according to some estimates. If we even go conservative and claim that California supplies 50% of the US weed, that number is still quite high.

This is especially important when we look at prices per pound in prohibition States. Currently a pound of good reefer in New York can set you back $2500 easily according to  In California, the price is substantially lower, especially surrounding the Emerald Triangle where most of the illegal pot farming is being conducted.

As we apply some simple economics, we understand that the demand in prohibition states are higher than in legal states giving incentive to folks to grow illegal weed for profit. Many of these illegal grows are sponsored by Cartels in Mexico that were cut out of the export business upon the legalization of cannabis. They merely shifted their production to a more profitable location.

Most of the illegal weed being grown in California isn’t destined for California because CA citizens can get it easily and in most cases way cheaper.

How to Solve the Illegal Pot Farm Problem

Now that we established that most of the illegal grows are meant for out-of-state commerce, we can start tackling the problem. The “solve” is quite easy. You have to let the market render the illegal pot farms unprofitable.

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How do you do this?

Legalize it nationally on a Federal level and allow everyone to grow for personal use. This doesn’t mean that dispensaries will go out of business. Most people would not opt in to grow weed at home because of the time and energy it takes just like not everyone is brewing beer in their basements. The legal cannabis industry would not be adversely affected by allowing people to grow weed at home, however the illegal cannabis industry would suffer greatly.

The principle is simple:

Reduce the value of the exported crop by outsourcing production to each individual who would like to grow for personal use. Eventually, the cost of operation of illegal grows would outweigh the profits generated from it and in turn would decrease the amount of production on public lands. This in turn would reduce the amount of pesticides being used, the cost of law enforcement having to scout the surrounding areas for illegal grows and benefit the environment as a result.

Of course, some people would say, “We can’t allow everyone to grow weed at home, what about the children?”

Well, it’s not illegal to craft beer at home and we’re not seeing problems with children binge drinking themselves into alcohol induced comas are we? This isn’t to say that there won’t be any problems with this measure, some people are dicks and that’s just life.

However, overtime people will become accustomed to the idea of cannabis and adolescent interest will start to dwindle. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the average age of a drug addict in Portugal post the decriminalization of all drugs and tell me that I’m wrong. Of course, full legalization requires prevention and education programs…however, the effect on illegal grows post-legalization would be devastating.

Just something to think about.








Published at Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Federal Bill to Protect State Marijuana Laws Reintroduced in Congres

Federal Bill to Protect State Marijuana Laws Reintroduced in Congres

Federal legislation that would protect state marijuana laws, and those following them, has been reintroduced in Congress.

Congressmember Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory ToleranceEnforcement ActH.R. 3534 – which prohibits marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government if they are following their state’s marijuana law. The measure is similar to the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment, a currently in place law that prevents the Departure of Justice from interfering with state laws that have legalized medical cannabis, but would takes this a step further by protecting those in the eight states that have legalized the plant for recreational use.

“My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving states effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such as Washington, a waiver from the Controlled Substances Act.” Congressmember DelBene said in a statement. “It also resolves the banking issues currently forcing dispensaries to operate on an unsafe, all-cash basis.”

DelBene continues; “These waivers will ensure people in states that have different laws than the federal government on marijuana are protected from prosecution, provided they meet certain requirements, as more and more states work to regulate marijuana in their own borders. People in these states should not live in fear of the unpredictable actions of the Attorney General and Department of Justice.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:27:57 +0000

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Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is wrong about everything concerning cannabis

kevin sabet marijuana

If there are two assholes I hate to write about (but am forced to write about) it has to be Jeff Sessions and Kevin Sabet. Today we’re focusing on Mr. Sphincter Supreme Sabet who wrote an opinion piece for CNBC where he went on his reefer madness rant about the ills of legalized cannabis.

For those of you who don’t know who Sabet is, he’s the president of “Smart Approach to Marijuana” or SAM for short. They are deeply invested into rehabilitation clinics all over the US where a lot of their “clients” are cannabis users who were busted with pot and sentenced to mandatory rehab. So definitely he has economic incentives invested into the illegality of cannabis.

He starts off his opinion piece talking about the “promises of legalization” from the pro-pot people. “Curing cancer, fighting the opioid crises, eliminating drug cartels and environmental benefits” were all cited as the “promises” of pro-cannabis groups.

I could write an entire book on those points but for the sake of space and convenience I’ll summarize all the points and counter his points simultaneously. The reason I am forced to write about this dipshit is because he has a huge audience of ignorant people who cling onto his words like a moist dingle berry. He claims that “special interest groups” are pushing a false narrative to legalize cannabis for profit as opposed to all the civil rights violations, racial roots of prohibition and of course the decades worth of deceptive information the anti-cannabis movement has been spewing forth.

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When Reginald Schooled Sabet

In the following part, I’m going to simply write out a summary of the points Sabet made and then I’ll make an effort to respond to them all using facts and logical reasoning.

Sabet:  “Commercial market for marijuana not only harms public health and safety, it also places a significant strain on local economies and weakens the ability of the American workforce to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.”

Reginald: First of all, there is absolutely no evidence of a commercial cannabis market harming public health or safety. The only adverse effect of the cannabis market currently is that it’s a “cash-based system”, meaning there are piles of money sitting in buildings creating incentive for people to steal thus said cash. If we would have banking systems in place for the cannabis market, you’d greatly reduce the criminal incentive surrounding the cannabis market. Furthermore, dispensaries are not making people sick. No one has ever died from consuming cannabis alone and thus the claim that “public health” is effective is absolutely wrong. The claim that it places a ‘significant strain’ on local economies is also incorrect. The legal cannabis market creates tax revenue, increases tourism and has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs…If we were to embrace the cannabis industry fully, we’d see millions of new jobs created over the years and we’d be competing with the global market just fine.

Sabet: Drug use costs our economy hundreds of millions of dollars a year in public health and safety costs. The last comprehensive study to look at costs of drugs in society found that drug use cost taxpayers more than $193 billion – due to lost work productivity, health care costs, and higher crime.

Reginald: “Drug Use” costs us $193 billion. That’s not marijuana. It’s all drugs. This tactic is used quite often by prohibitionists who take general facts and apply it to a specific argument. If he’s so concerned about the Tax Payer, he should also look at the cost of Obesity to the tax payer which comes out to about $147 billion. Mental Illness costs the Tax payer $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. The claim that there is “higher crime” associated with drug use is also bogus. Under a legalized system, crime actually drops. In Portugal petty crime dropped by 80% after they decriminalized all drugs. A lot of the “crime” he cites stems from prohibition itself.

Sabet: And now drug using employees – supported by special interest groups – are organizing to make drug use a “right” despite the negative impacts we know it will have on employers and the companies that hire them.

Reginald: Everyone has a right to use drugs. If he doesn’t think so, then every single company in the US would be allowed to fire people for drinking a beer at their homes. Yes, alcohol has a significant impact on job performance as well, yet we don’t hear him talking about these “legal drugs”. What about people hooked on legal pain killers? Does he want us to live in a puritan society where we abstain from all drug use? I’m not saying, “show up to your job high all the time”, I’m saying, what you do at home should have no impact on your job whatsoever.

Sabet: And what about that promised tax revenue? So far in Colorado, marijuana taxes have failed to shore up state budget shortfalls. The budget deficit there doubled in the last few years, despite claims that pot taxes could turn deficit into surplus.

Reginald: No one ever claimed it will “fix the deficit” but rather the claim was that it would “reduce costs associated with prohibition, incarceration while generating revenue that would have gone to the cartels.

Finally, a point he made on the “eradicating illegal drug cartels” I’d like to say…we have seen an effect happen already. The price of brick weed in Mexico dropped by more than 70% over the past few years and pot farms in Mexico are shutting down.

Kevin Sabet is someone grasping to the idea that “there is a single way people should behave” as opposed to seeing that every single person is different. Drugs don’t affect us all similarly. In fact, if you look at addiction rates all over the US…the only drug that is significantly on the rise is legal opioids being peddled at every pharmacy. So why not focus on that Mr. Sabet?








Published at Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

VOTE : Dumbest Drug Dealer of The Week?

dumb drug dealers

In case you missed it this week, we had two amazingly dumb drug dealers get busted in a very public fashion.  In one corner, we have the Weed Van, run by couple from Alabama.  They thought it would be okay to drive around the country and cross multiple state lines with over 5,000 grams of cannabis products in a van.  (Federal schedule 1 drug according to the DEA, illegal to cross a state line with it as one of the many offenses)  Did they get caught speeding?  Tail light broken?  Nope, they basically painted cannabis leafs all over their van and put their website and phone number on the van as well.

As reported at here:

A Birmingham woman was among two people busted in Chicago in a “Weed World” van over the weekend with nearly $98,000 worth of marijuana, authorities said.

When they arrived on the scene, they found Moss with an open Coors Light, according to news reports. Police said Grigss had a gun, and there was more than 5,000 grams inside the Weed World van.

Weed World Candies is part of a political movement to help fight for marijuana legalization. The lollipops are marketed and sold in vans across country. The candy sold from the vans usually contains no THC, but the advertising on the vans depicts cannabis plants next to lollipops, suggesting a cannabis flavor or the possibility of intoxication after eating the lollipops.

According to the company’s website, “We tour the country in a fleet of “loud” vehicles promoting the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Our product strains include Bubble Kush, O.G Kush, Strawberry Cough, White Widow, SkyWalker Kush, Purple Urkle, and A.K 47 to name a few.”

boat weed hiding

In the other corner, we have a drug runners boat breaking down so he called the Coast Guard for help.   The problem was that he forget he had 1,200 lbs of cannabis in his storage on the boat when the Coast Guard showed up to give him a tow.   Tell us in the comments section which one pulled the biggest bone headed move of the week.

drug boat

As reported by the San Diego Union Journal Here:

Boaters carrying big pot load call Coast Guard for help — and then get arrested.

An alleged drug trafficker called the San Diego Coast Guard for help with a dead boat battery — and the assistance received was probably not what the suspected smugglers wanted.

The Coast Guard got a radio distress call from a power boat in international waters about 29 miles off Point Loma on Sunday morning.

When the San Diego-based patrol boat Sea Otter arrived to help, the Coast Guard boarding team found 1,200 pounds of marijuana below the small boat’s deck.

VOTE : Which one was dumber?

How about the quote from the Coast Guard taking full credit for their amazing detective work paying off.  Remember, the guy called them to come to his boat while he had 1,200 lbs of cannabis on board.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and diligence of the crew,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Eaton, the Sea Otter’s officer in charge, in a news release. “Working together with multiple Coast Guard assets we were able to make another seizure and slow down the flow of illegal drugs into America.”


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Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid exposure as an adolescent doesn’t harm, and often improves working memory as an adult.

“Marijuana is a prevalent illicit substance used by adolescents, and several studies have indicated that adolescent use can lead to long-term cognitive deficits including problems with attention and memory”, begins the study’s abstract. “However, preclinical animal studies that observe cognitive deficits after cannabinoid exposure during adolescence utilize experimenter administration of doses of cannabinoids that may exceed what an organism would choose to take, suggesting that contingency and dose are critical factors that need to be addressed in translational models of consequences of cannabinoid exposure.”

Researchers “recently developed an adolescent cannabinoid self-administration paradigm in male rats, and found that prior adolescent self-administration of the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) [meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids] resulted in improved working memory performance in adulthood.”

Given “known sex differences in both drug self-administration and learning and memory processes, it is possible that cannabinoid self-administration could have different cognitive consequences in females.” Therefore, this study “aimed to explore the effects of self-administered vs. experimenter-administered WIN in adolescent female rats on adult cognitive function.”

For the study; female rats were trained to self-administer WIN daily throughout adolescence. The acute effects of adolescent WIN self-administration on memory “were determined using a short-term spatial memory test 24 h after final SA session; and the long-term effects on cognitive performance were assessed during protracted abstinence in adulthood using a delayed-match-to-sample working memory task.”

In a separate experiment, females were given “daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of a low or high dose of WIN, corresponding to self-administered and typical experimenter-administered doses, respectively, or its vehicle during adolescence and working memory was assessed under drug-free conditions in adulthood.”

While self-administration of WIN in adolescence had no significant effects on short-term spatial memory or adult working memory, “experimenter administration of WIN resulted in improved adult working memory performance that was more pronounced in the low dose group.”

Thus, “low-dose adolescent WIN exposure, whether self-administered or experimenter-administered, results in either improvements or no change in adult working memory performance in female rats, similar to previous results found in males.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:45:43 +0000

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Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high

Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high

An increasing number of Americans are in favor of national legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, and few support a federal crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana for either purpose.

A new Quinnipiac poll released August 3 reported that medical marijuana in particular has broad support: 94 percent of Americans support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” up from 93 percent 5 months ago, and up 5 points in the last year.

Non-medicinal marijuana is growing in support as well, with 61 percent agreeing that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” up from 59 percent in February 2017, and up 10 points since December 2012.

In his letters to governors of states that have legalized recreational marijuana last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited “our country’s concerns with marijuana” as something said “federal and state governments should work together to address.”

But only 20 percent of Americans surveyed by Quinnipiac support “government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana.” This is down from 23 percent in February, the first time the enforcement action question was asked.

The age group most in favor of legalization is 35-49 year-olds, 77 percent of whom support national legalization, and medical marijuana at 97 percent. Only 42 percent of those 65 and older support general legalization, but 92 percent of this age group supports medical marijuana.

A political party line divide on the issue continues, with only 37 percent of Republicans supporting legalization, while 70 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Independents support it.

90 percent of Republicans support allowing medical marijuana however, up 5 points from February, and up 9 points from June 2016.

84 percent of Democrats oppose enforcement of federal laws in states where marijuana has been legalized, while 59 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Independents oppose such a move.

The poll was conducted with 1,125 voters via landlines and cell phones from July 27 – August 1, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

Break-out of responses by age, party, gender, college degree

Full survey available at
DK/NA = Don’t know/No answer

Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?

              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Women 
Yes           61%    37%    70%    67%    64%    59%
No            33     58     23     29     32     34 
DK/NA          5      5      7      4      4      7
              AGE IN YRS..............    
              18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  Non-white
Yes           71%    77%    56%    42%    60%    65%
No            21     21     38     52     35     29
DK/NA          7      3      6      7     5      6
                 Yes     No     DK/NA
Aug 03, 2017     61      33      5
Apr 20, 2017     60      34      6
Feb 23, 2017     59      36      5
Jun 06, 2016     54      41      5
Dec 05, 2012     51      44      5

Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?

           Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Women
Support    94%    90%    95%    96%    95%    94%
Oppose     4      7      4      3      5      4  
DK/NA      1      2      1      1      -      2  
           AGE IN YRS..............    
           18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  NonWhite
Support    93%    97%    96%    92%    95%    93%
Oppose      5      3      4      5     4      6
DK/NA       2      -      -      3     1      1
                Supp    Opp     DK/NA 
Aug 03, 2017    94       4       1
Apr 20, 2017    94       5       1
Feb 23, 2017    93       6       1
Jun 06, 2016    89       9       2

Would you support or oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana?

                                                   White w/ 
                                                        College Degree
              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
Support       20%    34%    14%    18%    23%    17%    17%    24%
Oppose        75     59     84     77     73     77     78     70
DK/NA          5      8      2      5      4      6      5      6
               AGE IN YRS..............    
               18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  Non-white
Support        21%    13%    20%    26%    21%    18%
Oppose         75     83     78     63     74     79
DK/NA           4      3      1     11     6      3

                     Supp    Opp     DK/NA 
Aug 03, 2017         20      75       5
Apr 20, 2017         21      73       6
Feb 23, 2017         23      71       6


Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:41:45 +0000

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Sessions raises “serious questions” about Colorado's marijuana management in letter to gov

Sessions raises “serious questions” about Colorado's marijuana management in letter to gov

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Colorado isn’t making good on its promises to stop marijuana from spilling over its borders, nor is the state keeping it out of the hands of kids.

Sessions raised “serious questions” about the state’s marijuana regulation and called on Gov. John Hickenlooper to remedy the situation in a letter obtained by The Cannabist. It is dated July 24 and arrived at the Colorado Capitol late Thursday, officials said.

The governors of at least two other states that have legalized adult-use cannabis also received letters from the attorney general addressing the efficacy of their respective state marijuana regulatory structures.

In his letter to Hickenlooper, Sessions cited data from a September 2016 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), a federally funded agency operated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado claimed increases in highway patrol seizures, youth use, traffic deaths and emergency department visits since the state legalized adult-use sales of cannabis in 2014.

“These findings are relevant to the policy debate concerning marijuana legalization,” Sessions wrote. “… please advise as to how Colorado plans to address the serious findings in the Rocky Mountain HIDTA report, including efforts to ensure that all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws, to combat diversion of marijuana, to protect public health and safety, and to prevent marijuana use by minors.”

The letter’s structure and message were practically identical to that of a separate letter Sessions sent to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a correspondence that the Huffington Post obtained and reported late Thursday evening. Officials for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s office told The Cannabist late Friday that they also received a letter from Sessions, but declined to immediately provide it.

Notable passages in both the Colorado and Washington letters highlight where Sessions sees flexibility for federal enforcement actions under the 2013 Cole Memorandum — Obama-era guidance for how prosecutors and law enforcement could prioritize their marijuana-related enforcement efforts. Both letters cited bullet-pointed data from each region’s respective HIDTA.

“What is interesting here, however, is that Sessions’ accusations (are) that states are not complying with the Cole Memo, perhaps suggesting he is fine with the Cole Memo just not the previous administration’s enforcement of it,” said John Hudak, a drug policy expert and senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Colorado officials are taking the issues Sessions raised in the letter “very seriously,” said Mark Bolton, Hickenlooper’s marijuana adviser, adding that state officials share the attorney general’s concerns.

But as to whether he thinks Sessions is hinting at any forthcoming federal enforcement actions on marijuana in this new letter, Bolton said, “We don’t take it that way.”

“We want to engage in a dialogue with the attorney general, the White House, the Justice Department about the most effective ways that the state and the federal government can work together to protect our priorities of public safety, public health and other law enforcement priorities,” he said.

Sessions’ latest letters are a response to an April 3 letter from Hickenlooper and the governors of Alaska, Oregon and Washington that implored the attorney general and treasury secretary to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.”

It’s unclear whether Alaska received similar correspondence to those received by Colorado, Washington and Oregon; inquiries from The Cannabist to the governor Bill Walker’s office were not immediately returned.

Federal-state conflicts

Sessions has taken a hard-line stance against state-level marijuana legalization efforts since his appointment as attorney general. His bellicose language has generated concern among legalization advocates that the Trump Administration might abandon the hands-off approach of the previous administration and increase enforcement actions of federal marijuana laws.

The Department of Justice Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, created earlier this year, was expected to review existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing and marijuana. As of last week, Sessions received the recommendations from the task force, some on a rolling basis, and plans to announce policy changes “when appropriate,” Justice Department officials have told The Cannabist.

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the task force had no new policy recommendations related to marijuana, instead recommending that officials continue to review the Cole Memo and other existing policies.

Any Justice Department interference in state-regulated marijuana regimes would be “unacceptable,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement posted Friday:

I was disappointed by Attorney General Sessions’ letter, which relies on incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information on the status of Washington’s marijuana regulations. I’m also disappointed that he has yet to accept my repeated invitations to meet in person to discuss this critical issue face to face. If he does accept, I look forward to providing him with a more complete picture of the robust regulatory program that exists in our state.

Any action from the Department of Justice short of allowing our well-regulated, voter-approved system to continue is unacceptable. I will continue to defend the will of Washington voters.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said she will continue to defend Colorado’s marijuana laws.

“But at the same time, I have always said that legalized marijuana presents significant challenges and public officials need to remain vigilant,” she said in an emailed statement. “That’s the message I gave to officials from the White House and Justice Department when they visited our state last month, and that’s why my office has been responsible for some of the most significant marijuana busts in recent history. We cannot allow bad actors to use our laws as a shield.”

She added she is hopeful that Colorado can work in concert with federal officials.

“In recent years, Washington, D.C., has offered little leadership on this issue. Attorney General Sessions’ letter suggests new interest in a strong federal-state law enforcement partnership aimed at protecting public safety in this area, something I look forward to exploring.”

When Hickenlooper met with Sessions in Washington, D.C., in late April, the governor explained Colorado’s regulatory structure, and how officials are tracking data related to public health and safety concerns. Likewise, Hickenlooper outlined how state marijuana tax revenue is supporting enforcement efforts against illegal activity.

At that time, Hickenlooper told The Cannabist that a federal crackdown on state-allowed marijuana systems seemed unlikely.

Two weeks ago, officials from the Justice Department and other federal agencies met with about 20 representatives from a variety of Colorado agencies involved in marijuana regulation. Colorado officials presented a slew of charts, data and information about marijuana regulation and how the state is addressing public health, safety and law enforcement concerns, according to presentation materials provided by Hickenlooper’s office in response to a public records request made last week by The Cannabist.

The Huffington Post’s report on Thursday included a PDF document of the 140 pages of presentation materials delivered at the Colorado meeting.

Sessions’ latest letter is a continuation of the dialogue between Colorado and federal officials, Bolton said.

“We take (this letter) as an opportunity to continue the conversation that we’ve worked on for the past several months,” Bolton said.

Data questions remain

Colorado officials are preparing a response, which will include a comprehensive review of the relevant data, Bolton said.

However, the state has been cautious about drawing hard conclusions about the correlation of marijuana to various public health and safety issues, he said. The data are still quite new and there needs to be greater points of comparison.

“I think we need to give it some time,” he said.

The HIDTA reports Sessions cited in his letters to Colorado and Washington have come under criticism in the past, and the law enforcement agencies compiling them are “notorious for using data out of context or drawing grand conclusions that data ultimately do not support,” Hudak said.

“This is an inappropriate use of data from the attorney general and shows an obvious disinterest in seeking the right answer that can advance effective public policy,” he said. “Instead, Mr. Sessions is committed to cherry-picking information that fit into his worldview. When it comes to Mr. Sessions and marijuana, ignorance seems to be a pre-existing condition, and he has no interest in seeking treatment for that ailment.”

Washington Gov. Inslee also criticized Sessions’ approach — and use of HIDTA data.

“While Washington has been successful in creating a tightly regulated marketplace and generating needed revenue for the state, challenges do remain,” he said in a statement. “Most importantly, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government. This determination affects all aspects of our state systems, from banking to research to consumer safety.

“It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals AG Sessions has articulated. Unfortunately, he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot of our efforts since the marketplace opened in 2014.”

Officials for the Rocky Mountain HIDTA did not return multiple queries for comment.

Read the letter from Sessions to Hickenlooper

Sessions Hickenlooper July 24 2017 Letter (Text)

View the presentation from the July 18 meeting between Colorado state regulatory officials and federal agents.

Colorado Presentation Marijuana Health (Text)


Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:33:28 +0000

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New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine.

After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical marijuana conditions, including migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. The recommendations, which now must go through several steps to actually become law, would greatly expand one of the nation’s most restrict medical marijuana programs.

The recommendations from the panel will be sent to Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett, who has final say on whether or not the 43 conditions are actually added to the state’s medical marijuana program. There will now be a 60-day public comment period accumulating in a public hearing before Bennett can make her decision.

In New Jersey their are roughly 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients, and five operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:27:48 +0000

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10 All Purpose Cannabis Strains To Cover Almost Anything

10 All Purpose Cannabis Strains To Cover Almost Anything

Top 10 Most Versatile Cannabis Strains Your Medicine Cabinet Should Have


There are hundreds of cannabis strains used by patients worldwide. Each of these strains have their own special healing properties, used for preventive and therapeutic properties. For this reason you can easily toss out those meds from Big Pharma.

Whether you have an ailment you’d like to treat, want to relax, or would just like to have some strains at home in case you feel ill, here are 10 of the top multi-purpose strains your medicine cabinet should have:

cannatonic strain

  1. Cannatonic is one of the most unique strains because of its THC and CBD ratio. If you can get one that’s closer to a 1:1 ratio, hoard it if you can. Cannatonic won’t give you a psychoactive high but this is definitely a valuable strain for its far-reaching medicinal properties. Plus since it doesn’t give you a high, you can medicate with Cannatonic at the start of your day and go to work – it will let you function just fine.

Ideal for: chronic pain, arthritis, inflammation, muscle spasms, migraines, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, cramps, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, anxiety, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, PTSD, Tourette’s syndrome, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, nausea

blue dream strain

  1. Blue Dream is a household name when it comes to medicinal cannabis. It’s so widely used that it’s been a top-selling strain in dispensaries across the nation for several years now. In fact many refer to it as the aspirin of the cannabis world, touting Blue Dream for its countless therapeutic benefits. This sativa-leaning strain makes it ideal for daytime medication, and it doesn’t have any heavy sedative effects so you can medicate anytime you need to; just be wary of the high THC content most strains come with.

Ideal for: nausea, headaches, pain, depression, insomnia, stress, fatigue, ADD, inflammation, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, anxiety, PTSD, muscular dystrophy, spasticity, cramps

harlequin strain

  1. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant strain popularly used for those with anxiety as well as individuals who tend to suffer from other common pain-related ailments. Harlequin provides quick relief in terms of relaxing both body and mind, without getting you too high. Harlequin is best used in the afternoons and lacks the psychoactive properties of other strains, which many patients prefer. Overall it has a subtle effect but is potent medicinally; truly making it a top choice for any household medicine cabinet.

Ideal for: anxiety, stress, inflammation, fatigue, depression, pain, multiple sclerosis, migraines, Parkinson’s, seizures, bipolar disorder, arthritis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, headaches

girl scout cookies marijuana

  1. Girl Scout Cookies is for those who need some of the strong and fast-acting stuff. Girl Scout Cookies is known for its uplifting and energizing properties although it has a high THC content sometimes reaching 24%. This potent strain delivers a delicious high, and if you suffer from intense or chronic pain frequently, this is the strain for you.

Ideal for: chronic pain, nausea, appetite loss, fatigue, and depression, gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stress, muscle spasms, PTSD, inflammation

afkan kush marijuana

  1. Afghan Kush is a famous indica strain, so if you are the type who has ailments that make it difficult to sleep, this one is highly recommended. It knocks anxiety right out of the park, and has a high THC content. Afghan Kush is also a fast-acting strain, so don’t use this during the day. This strain will relax cerebrally and physically, helping you forget stress and anxiety and is also perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Ideal for: insomnia, stress, pain, inflammation, appetite loss, PMS, PTSD, depression

jack herer strain

  1. Jack Herer is a legendary sativa-dominant strain loved for its clear-headed and blissful high. Jack Herer is such a famous medicinal strain that once it was developed by its namesake, it was instantly recognized by Dutch pharmacies as a top medicinal strain. Jack Herer is also a popular daytime medication that you can use on the spot to treat stress and back pain.

Ideal for: pain, depression, stress, fatigue, appetite loss, ADD, headaches

granddaddy purple cannabis

  1. Granddaddy Purple is a classic delicious-tasting indica-heavy hybrid. This strain is popular for individuals who prefer to medicate for various reasons at night because it will lull you into a deep, relaxing slumber especially if you suffer from muscle pain and spasms. Not only does it have potent sedative effects but has numerous medicinal benefits that make it a staple household name.

Ideal for: stress, pain, insomnia, depression, appetite loss

green crack

  1. Green Crack is one of the most therapeutic strains around, widely used for serious conditions from Crohn’s Disease to pain. This is a good strain for daytime medication because it delivers a sharp cerebral buzz that will keep you focused on any work that you need to do, and will last you for several hours. The sativa-heavy high is appreciated by patients especially those suffering from fatigue and depression.

Ideal for: pain, stress, fatigue, ADD, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, PTSD, PMS, appetite loss

white widow marijuana

  1. White Widow may be a new strain, but it quickly gained popularity thanks to its potency and health benefits. It’s widely used to elevate mood and improve concentration and creativity, but keep this at home in case you need quick relief from stress or pain. White Widow is also ideal if you have a tough time sleeping because of the ailments you’re suffering from.

Ideal for: insomnia, stress, depression, appetite loss, pain, cancer, Crohn’s disease, HIV, anxiety

ak47 cannabis

  1. AK-47 may sound menacing, but this strain is valued for its mellow and relaxing properties. It gives a long-lasting cerebral high that you can use to medicate even before attending social events, despite any physical pain you may be suffering from. AK-47 has won many Cannabis Cup Awards for its high THC content, so if you need to medicate but enjoy a fantastic buzz, check this strain out.

Ideal for: stress, pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, depression, stress

What are your must-have cannabis strains for your medicine cabinet?








Published at Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000