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Are You Closely Monitoring These Conditions In Your Cannabis Greenhouse?

Are You Closely Monitoring These Conditions In Your Cannabis Greenhouse?

Are You Closely Monitoring These Conditions In Your Cannabis Greenhouse?

CANNABIS GREENHOUSE

Cultivating cannabis can be challenging especially for first-time growers. There are many aspects that need to be monitored especially if you’re growing cannabis in a greenhouse to make sure that the plants are always in optimum conditions and in a healthy environment. Some growers opt to use a monitoring system for their cannabis greenhouses. 

These are the conditions you should carefully monitor so that your cannabis plants grow as healthy as possible:

greenhouse temperature

Temperature: It’s extremely critical to observe temperature levels whether you’re growing cannabis in your closet or in a greenhouse. However, in a greenhouse, the temperature should be warm enough to enable photosynthesis and nurture the plants. If your greenhouse is on the wrong temperature this will have a direct negative impact on the yield of your plant as well as the pace in which it grows. If the temperature is too hot, this will cause stress; but if the temperature is too low this will hinder the growth of the plant. Ideally, the optimum greenhouse temperature should be between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Greenhouse temperatures should be adjusted based on the growth density you’re looking for as well as the stage your plants are in.

cannabis humidor

Humidity: Photosynthesis and transpiration are directly affected by humidity levels. The ideal relative humidity (RH) for cannabis is 60%. If the humidity levels are too low, water can evaporate too quickly, preventing photosynthesis from occurring; but if the humidity levels are too high will result in mold, fungus, and poor plant growth. Paying close attention to moisture levels in your greenhouse will support your plants as they undergo transpiration; proper humidity levels increase their absorption of nutrients and promote better overall health.

co2 air cleaner

 CO2 Levels: Just like other plants, cannabis needs CO2 to survive. CO2 levels need to be monitored to make sure that your cannabis plants have enough to grow in a healthy manner. The amount of CO2 that your greenhouse will need depends on its overall size as well as how much light your plants are getting. For a standard greenhouse, the CO2 levels should be between 1,000 to 1,500 parts per million; anything less will delay the growth of your plants while if it’s too high it would result in wasted CO2.

sun light in a greenhouse

Light: During the summer months, your cannabis plants will naturally get a lot of light. During the winter months, it’s a different story since giving your plants adequate light during this time of the year can be difficult. Additional lights in your greenhouse may need to be installed during the winter months to supplement for the lack of light. If your plants are in the budding phase, they should be getting 12 hours of light a day but if the plants are in other phases they may need additional light. When cannabis is in its growth stage, they sometimes require being exposed to light up to 18 hours a day. 

Air Circulation: Proper air circulation in your greenhouse enables you to get rid of hot air while supplying fresh air inside. Ensuring that your plants have access to proper circulation can increase your plant yield and growth speed. An exhaust system in place will also help you efficiently manage humidity and temperature while stopping the growth of pest and mold.

Irrigation: Overwatering cannabis plants is just as bad as letting the soil go dry. Cannabis plant roots require oxygen to survive, while the leaves breathe CO2. If the soil becomes waterlogged, the roots can’t do their work. Without oxygen, the roots won’t be able to receive nutrients and engage in photosynthesis, resulting in wilting. Adequate soil moisture will depend on the size of your greenhouse, as well as humidity and temperature levels. It’s essential to closely monitor soil moisture to support the health of your cannabis plants in the long run.

Security: Intruders are always a risk for growers that are cultivating something valuable, and these days cannabis is recognized as the most lucrative cash crop. Both wildlife and human intruders may pose a threat, but with the proper security measures installed your greenhouse can be fortified against unwanted presence. 

Successfully growing cannabis in a greenhouse will take a lot of time and effort, but by paying close attention to these details you’ll ensure better chances of bigger yields and healthier plants. 

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Published at Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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77 Year Old Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Growing Cannabis

77 Year Old Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Growing Cannabis

Prohibition – Protecting you from old people

77 year old man cannabis

Don’t you love it when your tax dollars are being used to put a 77-year-old man in prison for ten years for growing plants? For those incapable of picking up on the sarcasm of the statement…no you shouldn’t love it. 

However, this just happened. A 77-year-old man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for growing over 1000 cannabis plants on his land in Missouri. I’m talking about Charles Frederick White.

How the Story Started 

In March 2012, two undercover detectives were following up on a call from a woman who had her identity stolen and saw many of the transactions occur in Polk County – where Charles White lives. Now to clarify, Charles wasn’t the guy using the identity. 

The undercover cops couldn’t find the address and decided to stop by the neighbor’s house (White’s). They said that they perceived the strong scent of “skunk-like odor” (or weed). They asked a few questions and left only to come back with a search warrant. Sufficed to say, they dropped the identity theft investigation and pursued the case of Charles White. 

When they returned, they discovered more than 1700 plants on his property. The Polk County Sheriff called it the ‘biggest bust in the County’ and since then there was no more reporting on the issue. 

This past Wednesday, White was sentenced to 10 years in prison. While the judge was “not keen on giving the sentence’, he was bound by law to do so. According to the judge, he researched in trying to find a way of not sentencing him…but as mentioned, he couldn’t. 

It’s also important to note that Charles White requires a cane to walk and his eyesight is failing. Why is it important? Because costing roughly $40,000 per year to maintain a prisoner…we’re talking about $400,000 USD being spent on keeping a non-violent person in prison for growing plants. $400,000 that could have been used to keep murderers, rapist, extortionists in prison…but no…an old man  with no violent history will fill that spot. 

LEGAL DRUGS

Discrepancies in the Case

There’s a number of “WTF” moments in this story. For instance, the cops claimed that White’s fence was open, however numerous neighbors testified that it is never open. They also saw the cops get out of their car, unchain the fence and then continued to drive illegally onto the property. Additionally, the outside of the property has a “no trespassing” sign on it. The cops said they didn’t see it. I call bullshit! 

Additionally, White has been hounded by the police for years. This came from when him and a friend purchased hydroponics equipment and he became the prime focus on a brief investigation about his doings. 

The federal judge could give two shits about what’s right…he sentenced White to 10 years in prison. 

HOLDING A HIT

Why we should be outraged

I don’t get offended very easily…but this story makes my blood boil. Not in a SJW kind of way. There is actual logic to my outrage. 

Firstly, you have essentially sentenced a man to die in prison for doing nothing more than growing plants. It’s fucking nature! Yet because the government deems it to be ‘illegal’, a non-violent man who has always been a good neighbor and father will be thrown into a cage like a withering dog. 

Secondly, the vast amount of money spent on keeping this guy in jail, not to mention the money spent on prosecuting, only aids in allowing real criminals to go about their business. $400,000 will be spent on keeping this man behind bars. 

Most rapists get out in 5.4 years. Think about that for a second. Someone who goes out, forcibly violates someone sexually…gets caught and is back on the streets in half the time that an old man with no violent history and a preference for growing plants will. 

There’s something really unjust about the justice system. Why are we spending this much money on keeping people from smoking cannabis or doing any drug for that matter? Isn’t rape, murder and all those real crimes far worse for society than someone smoking a joint?

It’s stories like these that show us just how out of whack the entire drug prohibition game is. We’re punishing people for doing absolutely nothing. Getting high a personal choice. Growing cannabis is simply growing a plant. Yet, because in 1970, some corrupt politicians used a policy to stifle protests and oppress minorities…it’s worse than rape. 

Fan-fucking-tastic!

In all likeliness, White will not survive prison. It will be another victim of the drug war, claiming the life of the innocent and allowing the vile to continue to profit on misery and oppression. If stories like this doesn’t convince you to end prohibition once and for all…you’re the fucking devil! 

For those reading this living in Polk County…get active and make some noise. We can’t let a good man wither in a system designed to keep good people behind bars. 

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Published at Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Over 5% of all arrests in U.S. are for weed

Over 5% of all arrests in U.S. are for weed

In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency on Monday.

Marijuana possession arrests edged up slightly in 2016, a year in which voters in four states approved recreational marijuana initiatives and voters in three others approved medical marijuana measures.

These figures should be regarded as estimates, because not all law enforcement agencies provide detailed arrest information to the FBI. But they do show that the annual number of marijuana arrests is down from their peak in the mid-2000s and stands at levels last seen in the mid 1990s. Marijuana use, particularly among adults, rose during this time.

Marijuana possession remains one of the single largest arrest categories in the United States, accounting for over 5 percent of all arrests last year. More than one in 20 arrests involved a marijuana possession charge, amounting to more than one marijuana possession arrest every minute.

This article is roughly 500 words long. Assuming an average adult reading speed of around 250 words per minute, that means that in the time it takes you to finish this story, an average of two Americans will be arrested for marijuana possession.

Overall in 2016, roughly 1.5 million people were arrested for drug-related offenses, up slightly year-over-year. Advocates for a more public health-centered approach to drug use say numbers like these show the drug war never really went away.

“Criminalizing drug use has devastated families across the US, particularly in communities of color, and for no good reason,” said Maria McFarland Sánchez Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in a statement. “Far from helping people who are struggling with addiction, the threat of arrest often keeps them from accessing health services and increases the risk of overdose or other harms.”

The question of what to do about drug use has become particularly urgent in recent years as deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed. The Drug Policy Alliance points out that Portugal, where the personal possession and use of drugs was decriminalized in 2001, has one of the lowest drug overdose rates in western Europe.

In the United States, on the other hand, most drug use remains criminalized. The current attorney general, Jeff Sessions, wants to crack down further on drug use. Among other things he’s reinstated mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses, recruited a drug war hard-liner to review current marijuana policy, and spoken out repeatedly against the current state-level trend toward marijuana legalization.

Many public health experts have called for illicit drug use to be decriminalized in the United States, arguing that many of the negative effects of the drug trade — crime, disease, over-incarceration — are a result of strict policies that leaves drug users nowhere to turn but the black market. This is particularly true for substances like marijuana, whose effects at the individual and societal level are typically less harmful than even legal substances like alcohol.

National polling shows support for recreational marijuana use hovering around 60 percent. Eight states plus the District of Columbia now allow recreational use of the drug. But the latest FBI numbers suggest that, at the national level at least, this hasn’t yet led to significant changes to pot policing in other states.

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Published at Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:45:47 +0000

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Why You Need An Apocalypse Blunt Today

Why You Need An Apocalypse Blunt Today

Smoking a Blunt During the Apocalypse: The Apocalypse blunt

cannabis blunts to end times

We’ve got major hurricanes hitting the US, earthquakes in Mexico, a political system in shambles and discontent on every side of the social spectrum. I don’t want to sound alarmist or anything…but this is starting to look a tad bit apocalyptic if you ask me. 
Fortunately, the nihilist in me could give two shits about the end of the world. Where most people fear such chaotic scenarios…I’m quite chill when it comes to these events. 

That’s why I decided to roll an Apocalypse Blunt. 

What is an Apocalypse Blunt?

I asked my cannabis hookup to roll me a special blunt. I wanted only the finest weed, covered with kief and dabs and rolled in cannabis leaf. This stogie was not cheap. Once I purchased the blunt, I went and vacuum sealed it and placed it in a dark place. 
Now, no matter if there is a foreign invasion, a comet heading straight for earth, alien invasion or zombie apocalypse…I’ll be able to head into it blazed and ready for anything. 

I knew that the blunt had to be special so I ensured that it had the absolute best ingredients. Now some of you might say, “Dude…that’s going a bit too far” but the prepper inside of me knows that the amount of stress during a moment of chaos can make people do stupid things. 

Toking up will allow you to have a moment of peace before the shit hits the fan. It will ensure that you don’t react to the situation, but you take a step backwards and critically assess the event. 

When it’s the end of the world…

Let’s go to the extreme for a bit. Let’s say the apocalyptic event will extinguish humanity as we know it. Don’t you think it would be amazing to go down blazing a big phatty? I mean, if a comet were to hit earth and kill us all…I’d like to go to the beach, whip out my Apocalypse blunt and watch our demise in living color. In most instances, you’d be dead instantaneously and you’ll be going on the ultimate trip. 

Some might say you need to about your wits when you’re faced with dire situations like this. But if death is certain then I say fuck it…let’s go out with a bang. Hell, I might even do heroin if it’s the last day on earth for humanity. 

What if it’s not the end of the world…

Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit too melodramatic with the ‘end of the world’ bit…let’s say it’s a minor apocalyptic event. Perhaps, a super storm were to hit or you’re in an earthquake stuck in your home not able to move. 

If you need to wait for rescuers to come get you…it’s way better to wait completely baked. It might even inspire you to take proactive steps to ensure your survival. I have seen stoners do amazing feats under the influence. In fact, last year I was stuck in a hurricane, next to a river with electric cables dangling mere meters from where I was. I could have been scared or panicked about ‘what could happen’ but I was rather amazed about the power of the storm while I was smoking a blunt. 

During that hurricane, my brother and I made make-shift shelters out of shit we found lying around because we were talking about it while we were high. We survived that storm with flying colors and actually kind of enjoyed it. 

Smoking weed allows you to deal with stressful situations quite nicely. Additionally, when shit really hits the fan…you sober up in seconds. Adrenaline is a powerful chemical and it will certainly take charge if your life is truly in danger. 

WEED STONERS KIT

Having a weed survival kit

The Apocalypse blunt is my ‘this is it’ moment. It’s something I’ll smoke when I know that ‘fucked’ is an understatement. For other semi-apocalyptic events, I have a weed survival kit. No, this isn’t a box having weed and a lighter in it…rather…it’s a shit load of weed seeds. 

Why do I have weed seeds for a dire moment? Let’s say the world descends into chaos, cannabis could very well become your currency. People will still need medicines, food and so forth. I have enough seeds to start a plantation. If all goes to hell, I’m finding some vacant land and starting to plant all those seeds because I know that within the next six months or so…when medicine, food and drugs are scarce…I’ll be the guy to supply to the world. I’ll start hemp fields, marijuana fields and so forth and will ride out the apocalypse like a champ. 

I don’t know…I was really high when I wrote this piece…so maybe it’s just a stoner’s dream…but then again…if all goes to hell…I’ll be prepared. 

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Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Report: Marijuana Legalization May Have Led to Drop in Murder and Rape Rates in Washington and Oregon

Report: Marijuana Legalization May Have Led to Drop in Murder and Rape Rates in Washington and Oregon

A new report by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has found that marijuana legalization may have helped to reduce rape and murder rates in both Washington and Oregon.

In their second assessment report on the impact of marijuana legalization, WSIPP also found no evidence that marijuana legalization has increased marijuana usage rates among adults or adolescents, and found legalization to have no impact on hard drug use, property crimes or  violent crimes.

“[A]mong respondents under age 21, those living in counties with higher sales were significantly less likely to report use of cannabis in the past 30 days”, says Justin Strekal, poliyical director for NORML, speaking on the report. Stekal says the report shows “evidence that nonmedical legalization in Washington and Oregon may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates”.

For the full WSIPP report, click here.

The report is the second of four WSIPP is required to do, the first being in 2015, the next being in 2022, and the final one in 2032.

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:49:16 +0000

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Las Vegas Gets 24-Hour Marijuana Store

Las Vegas Gets 24-Hour Marijuana Store

Las Vegas has become one of the first places in the United States where marijuana can be purchased legally 24 hours a day.

The Las Vegas City Council has voted Wednesday in favor of allowing Oasis Cannabis, a legal marijuana shop in the city, to stay open 24 hours a day. Up until this point city code forced all marijuana outlets to close between by 3am, and open no earlier than 6am. The vote by the council was unanimous, with Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstaining from the vote given his son has financial interest in some marijuana-related businesses.

The vote by the council brings the city in line with North Las Vegas, which also allows its cannabis outlets to stay open 24 hours a day. Clark County Commissions voted on Tuesday to allow the 26 cannabis outlets in the county to stay open all-day.

Prior to the vote Las Vegas City Councilmember Lois Tarkanian asked Oasis Cannabis CEO Benjamin Stilltoe why why being open a few extra hours would make a different, Stilltoe said; “We have people lined up at our door at 6 a.m., and (we) are rushing people out at 3 a.m.”, and noted that several businesses around him including a tavern are open 24 hours a day.

Oasis Cannabis is located near the Stratosphere at 1800 Industrial Road. According to Stilltoe, their new 24-hour business hours begin today.

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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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:05:59 +0000

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Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

Cannabis Strains for HIV/AIDS

cannabis for HIV/aids

HIV/AIDS is an incurable disease, but cannabis has been shown to help patients make their lives more manageable. In fact, studies even show that cannabis use has the potential to prevent HIV from. 

In a July 2017 study, researchers found that HIV-positive patients who use cannabis have a better chance of preventing the progression of HIV into AIDS. This certainly isn’t news, since there have been other studies proving the efficacy of cannabis for HIV patients.  Another study revealed that THC has the ability to prevent infected cells from entering the brain, which could be useful for developing therapies that focus on the immune system while debunking myths claiming that THC dampens the inflammatory response of the human body. Most medications used for HIV patients don’t have the ability to reach the brain, or aren’t as effective once they do; but in this field THC is promising since it can limit the infection to an area. 

There are also other benefits for HIV patients who use cannabis; it helps with peripheral neuropathy, neuropathic pain, depression, appetite loss, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. The world’s largest HIV/AIDS organizations, such as the American Academy of HIV Medicine already support the concept of patients using medical cannabis. 

Cannabis is by no means intended to replace HIV/AIDS medication. However, it can be used in conjunction with other therapies to make the lives of patients more manageable and comfortable. Here are some strains that are ideal for HIV/AIDS patients:

girl scout cookies marijuana

Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid well-loved by patients for its ability to induce total relaxation while promoting a sense of happiness and euphoria. This award-winning strain is also extremely effective at knocking out pain, and HIV patients who suffer from severe neuropathic or chronic pain will find this strain useful. Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies can help those with insomnia get some much-needed sleep, which is critical for anyone especially people with medical disorders to allow the body to heal from the inside out. Girl Scout Cookies is also suitable for treating lack of appetite, depression, and stress.

magno kush marijuana

Mango Kush is a stain so delicious, it actually tastes a lot like an actual mango fruit topped with the unique flavor of kush and pine undertones. Mango Kush is widely used by patients suffering from insomnia, depression, and pain. This is known to be a powerful strain, making it ideal for HIV/AIDS patients who are looking for strong natural medicine that promotes mental and physical relaxation. Mango Kush also helps with headaches and stress while delivering a happy, uplifted, euphoric, and creative high. 

skywalker strain

Skywalker is a great indica popularly used by HIV/AIDS patients as well as those suffering from other afflictions because this strain produces a pleasurable body high. The unique body high that Skywalker offers make it highly recommended particularly for those trying to address insomnia, neuropathic pain, depression, and nausea. Users also report Skywalker to give a happy, relaxed, uplifted, and euphoric feel; however more often than not it will put you to bed, so be sure to medicate with this strain at the comforts of your own home or at nighttime.

super silver haze marijuana

Super Silver Haze is considered a rock star strain among medical and recreational users worldwide, and it’s no surprise why. This strain consistently receives extremely high reviews, and has been the recipient of the High Times Cannabis Cup for three years in a row from 1997 to 1999. A cross between Northern Lights, Skunk, and Haze makes Super Silver Haze an excellent sativa with a long-lasting happy high, suitable for patients suffering from pain, depression, stress, and nausea. Patients also love the energetic body high it gives them; those with HIV who suffer from fatigue or lack of energy can benefit from using this strain. However, Super Silver Haze has a high THC content usually around 21%, so be prepared for an intense high. 

white widow strain

White Widow, a combination of a South Indian Indica and a South American Sativa, is one of the most famous strains in the world. Loved by patients and recreational users alike, HIV-positive individuals will benefit from the relaxed, euphoric, and happy feelings that this strain invokes. White Widow is a powerful medical strain for its ability to treat pain, depression, stress, insomnia, and lack of appetite. 

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Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?

Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?

Why Aren’t Medical Students Trained To Prescribe Medical Cannabis?

MED STUDENTS AND CANNABIS

Despite the fact that more than half of the US states already legalized cannabis in some way, a survey reveals that most medical schools still aren’t teaching their students about medical cannabis. The survey also states that most students don’t feel prepared to talk about cannabis with patients or prescribe it.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine surveyed medical school students, school deans, fellows, and residents. They also analyzed the curriculum database kept by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and found that medical cannabis is a subject that hasn’t been addressed in today’s medical schools.

“Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation,” says Laura Jean Bierut MD, senior author of the study. Bierut, a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, and an Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University, also said, “Physicians in training need to know the benefits and drawbacks associated with medical marijuana sot ehy know when or if, and to whom, to prescribe the drug.”

Bierut also added that doctors are being asked to provide information to patients on topics that most of them have no training about. The researchers, led by Anastasia B. Evanoff, send survey questions to medical schools in North America including 31 that teach osteopathic medicine. They received 101 replies; 66.7% of school respondents reported that their graduates are not prepared to prescribe medical cannabis while a quarter of deans reported that their trainees aren’t skilled to answer questions about cannabis. They also surveyed 258 residents and fellows who earned their medical degrees from educational institutions around the country before going to Washington University School of Medicine, and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital to complete their training. Almost 90% said that they weren’t prepared to prescribe medical cannabis while 85% admitted to not having received any education about medical uses of cannabis during their education and training at residency programs or medical schools around the country.

Referring to data derived from the AAMC database, the researchers found that just 9% of medical schools reported that they teach their students about medical cannabis. “As a future physician, it worries me,” says Evanoff, a medical student herself. “We need to know how to answer questions about medical marijuana’s risks and benefits, but there is a fundamental mismatch between state laws involving marijuana and the education physicians-in-training receive at medical schools throughout the country.”

There is a quandary here, since many states including Missouri have yet to legalize medical cannabis. But these states are publishing studies that discuss the benefits and risks of cannabis with contradicting information. “You address the controversy,” according to co-investigator Carolyn Dufault, PhD and assistant dean for education at Washington University and an instructor in medicine. “You say, This is what we know, and you guide students to the points of controversy. You also point out where there may be research opportunities.”

The study’s authors also argue that as legalization becomes more widespread for medical and recreational use, doctors should have adequate training in order to competently answer patients’ questions. “More medical students are now getting better training about opioids, for example,” says Evanoff. “We talk about how those drugs can affect every organ system in the body, and we learn how to discuss the risks and benefits with patients. But if a patient were to ask about medical marijuana, most medical students wouldn’t know what to say.”

COLORADO CANNBIS LAWS

Colorado Study

Earlier this year, University of Colorado School of Medicine students said that they support cannabis legalization for both mental and physical reasons. However, they also believe that more research is needed to determine the risks involved.

The study, entitled “Colorado Medical Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Marijuana” was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Springer. “Despite strong support for marijuana legal reform, students expressed hesitancy to recommend it themselves, suggesting that medical students may not believe that there is enough data to safely recommend its use to patients and/or may not feel sufficiently trained to prescribe it,” says Michael Chan, a recent graduate of CU Anschutz Medical Campus and who is now taking his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

“Clearly, medical students have a need for excellent education on marijuana,” says Dan Matlock, MD, MPH, and associate professor of geriatrics at the CU School of Medicine. “There’s a lot we don’t know and, medically, there is so little data.”

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Published at Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor Signs Medical Marijuana PTSD Bill

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law a bill that allows those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to more easily become medical marijuana patients.

Governor Carney has signed the Bravery Bill into law, allowing those with PTSD to become legal medical marijuana patients if they receive a recommendation from a licensed physician. Before the new law those with PTSD could only get approval for medical marijuana use if they were recommended it by a licensed psychiatrist.

The Bravery Bill was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, and received strong bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

With the signing of the Bravery Bill, Delaware now joins New Hampshire, Minnesota, New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical cannabis.

About Anthony Martinelli

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Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:32:07 +0000

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On-demand cannabis: California becoming hot spot for weed delivery, e-commerce

On-demand cannabis: California becoming hot spot for weed delivery, e-commerce

Eaze’s e-commerce platform is meant to feel familiar.

Scrolling horizontally and vertically through product pictures is practically Netflixian. Refining results with tag-based filtering borders on the Amazonic. And when a click of a button turns results into ordered products hitching a ride to a front door, it’s a little Uberish.

Eaze’s software facilitates medical marijuana deliveries in California by connecting patients to dispensaries that sell and then deliver the products.

The burgeoning San Francisco-based startup — which hauled in $27 million in investment capital on Thursday — is among a growing class of tech companies and marijuana industry insiders who predict that dispensaries will go the way of Blockbuster Video as the Golden State begins legal recreational marijuana sales in 2018.

“It’s not unique to cannabis,” Sheena Shiravi, head of Eaze’s public relations, told The Cannabist. “I think that (e-commerce) is the wave of the future.”

Eaze and its cohorts are banking on California serving as the epicenter for an e-commerce cannabis revolution. They’re buoyed by language in marijuana regulations passed last June that say dispensaries are not required to have a storefront.

Designed to unify the state’s existing medical marijuana regulations with those for forthcoming recreational sales, Senate Bill 94 blasts open the doors for more virtual operations, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association (CGA). A cannabis retailer can have a discreet licensed and regulated facility out of which to conduct deliveries.

Industry forecasts peg California’s legal cannabis sales at about $2.8 billion for 2017, climbing to $6.6 billion by 2025 as the recreational marijuana market matures, according to a recent report by New Frontier Data, a cannabis data analytics firm. New Frontier highlights California’s marijuana delivery services as an area with “significant potential for expansion.”

Eaze marijuana delivery software
Laws in California for cannabis delivery give that sector the potential to expand as recreational marijuana sales begin in 2018. Software developed by tech company Eaze allows users in certain cities to order cannabis for delivery. (Provided by Eaze)

The growth of e-commerce should be “very, very explosive,” New Frontier’s executive vice president of industry analytics John Kagia said last week during a webinar presenting the report “Cannabis On-Demand: Evolving Trends in California’s Medical Market” to investors, business operators and researchers.

“California is going to be the most important and the largest single market in the world (for the cannabis industry),” he said.

Beyond California’s sizable population and economic power, the state’s prowess in areas such as technology, media and cannabis cultivation “will be accelerants to the modernization, the increased sophistication and the maturation of the industry,” Kagia said.

Hodgepodge of delivery rules

The state is the country’s oldest medical marijuana state, and its loose regulation of that market has led to a patchwork of legality for on-demand delivery.

Regions of California, notably the San Francisco Bay Area, have allowed for the delivery of medical cannabis. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has banned delivery services.

CGA estimates that there are more than 7,500 cannabis delivery companies statewide that conduct up to 55 percent of current medical marijuana transactions. Expanding delivery has been the group’s highest priority since July 2015, said Allen, and L.A. is their top target.

“L.A. is, in our opinion, the premier cannabis marketplace in the world,” he said.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and Los Angeles’ Department of Cannabis Regulation are in the throes of drafting regulations, and officials were unable to comment specifically on potential delivery policies.

Low-key delivery businesses have appeal

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Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business in Oakland, Calif., checks his inventory on May 11, 2017. Across California, there are an assortment of local rules on cannabis delivery. (Eric Risberg, The Associated Press)

Beyond the City of Angels, CGA is actively working with local government officials, community leaders and law enforcement officials to open local markets to on-demand delivery.

“A lot of the cities and counties really are sensitive to the perceived neighborhood impact of a storefront,” Allen said, noting dispensaries, like liquor stores, are associated with higher rates of crime.

Delivery, he said, allows for increased consumer access without the perceived negative neighborhood impacts.

Eaze has positioned the hub of its operations in the Bay Area, where delivery is legal, but it’s also stationed personnel in areas of the state that could be poised to consider or adopt delivery legislation.

To these communities and regulators, Eaze officials float delivery as a middle-of-the-road solution.

While Eaze is “laser-focused on California,” company officials are shooting some glances in the direction of Nevada, Oregon, Washington, medical-only states such as New York and Florida, and even beyond.

Oregon’s laws have permitted Portland to legalize delivery services and it’s also happening in Nevada, but other states that have legalized marijuana have been reluctant to venture down that road.

In Colorado earlier this year, lawmakers floated a proposal to allow for marijuana delivery. However, the provision stalled in the legislative process after Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed concerns that allowing delivery might raise the ire of federal enforcement agencies.

But with California, home to the largest cannabis consuming population in the country, on board, Eaze is optimistic for its future in the legal marijuana marketplace, said Shiravi.

“What we see in California is hopefully a pilot for federal regulation,” she said.

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Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:09:38 +0000