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California Initiative Would Legalize Magic Mushrooms

California Initiative Would Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Proponents of a California initiative to legalize psilocybin (“magic”) mushrooms have been cleared by Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin collecting signatures.

Psilocybin mushrooms.

Advocates of the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative (Initiative 17-0024) are aiming to place the initiative on the 2018 general election. To do so, they must collect signatures from 365,880 registered California voters by the end of April.

If placed on the ballot and passed into law by voters, the initiative – introduced by Marina mayoral candidate Kevin Saunders – would eliminate all criminal penalties associated with magic mushrooms for those 21 and older. This includes removing penalties for “possessioin, sale, transport and cultivation of psilocybin”. If approved, California would become the first state in the U.S. to legalize magic mushrooms.

Under current law, those caught possessing magic mushrooms – even a small amount for personal use – can be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to a year.

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 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:44:00 +0000

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5 Cannabis Strains For Asthma

5 Cannabis Strains For Asthma

Cannabis Strains for Asthma

CANNABIS ASTHMA STRAINS

You might be surprised to hear that cannabis can treat asthma, but science tells us otherwise. History too – historians discovered that Egyptians used cannabis to treat many conditions including asthma as far back as 1213BC! Even famous writer Marcel Proust wrote about his use of cannabis for the treatment of asthma.

Asthma has taken the lives of over 3,000 people in 2010. The shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness experienced by those who live with asthma can reduce the quality of one’s life. But while many patients prefer not to use cannabis because they are afraid that it may make symptoms worse, the good news is that it’s actually been proven to help.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease, and cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Other ways that cannabis helps reduce the symptoms of asthma include:

  • Cannabis reduces bronchospasms, which is when muscles in the lungs suddenly constrict causing difficulty breathing.
  • Cannabis provides relief from asthma-related pain. More than 75% of asthma patients experience chest pain during an asthma attack, and in some cases it can be so severe and debilitating. The pain is caused by the inability to breathe properly because airflow is interrupted.

While there are several great strains for treating asthma, some patients are hesitant to smoke cannabis the traditional way. If you’re worried, there are other excellent delivery methods you can try. These include vaping, edibles, and tinctures.

Top 5 Strains For Asthma

harlequin cannabis strain

  1. Harlequin is a rare cannabis strain, with THC content ranging from 5 to 10%. In some phenotypes, Harlequin can reach as much as 11% CBD, making it the ideal strain for prevention and management of asthma attacks because it keeps inflammation at bay. Harlequin is a relaxing sativa that delivers euphoric and uplifted effects, making it a good strain for choice for asthma patients to medicate with any time of day.

charolettes web strain

  1. Charlotte’s Web is the perfect strain for asthma patients who don’t want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC but need effective relief for pain and inflammation. This legendary sativa is well-known for its miraculous medicinal uses particularly for pain. Asthma patients who suffer from severe chest tightness are recommended to try Charlotte’s Web; its happy, uplifted, giggly, and focused effects will make you forget that you even have asthma at all.

girl sout cookies

  1. Girl Scout Cookies is one of the most well-loved strains for its delicious flavor and medicinal properties. This strain will effectively treat bronchial and muscle spasms while delivering a sense of euphoria that your body and mind will feel. If you don’t trust us on its effectiveness, keep in mind that Girl Scout Cookies has been the recipient of numerous Cannabis Cup awards. For many patients of asthma and other conditions, Girl Scout Cookies is the go-to strain for pain. This is also an excellent choice if your asthma is preventing you from getting a good night’s rest, since Girl Scout Cookies is also widely used for the treatment of asthma.

cannatonic strain

  1. Cannatonic is a staple strain that every household should keep in place of prescription drugs in their medicine cabinet. This cannabinoid and terpene-rich strain is high in CBD with less than 6% of THC, making it the strain of choice for asthma and pain patients who don’t want to get too stoned. Cannatonic offers a mellow and smooth buzz that ensures you’ll stay focused and productive without melting your mind from intense psychoactivity. Cannatonic is a good strain if you need daytime relief from asthma and pain, even a little before you head off to work or socialize with other people will do you good.

afghan kush strain

  1. Afghan Kush is a potent indica that will help you get a good night’s rest despite asthma and pain. When you medicate with this strain, its effects will primarily be felt in the body, sending you off into a state of serious, delicious relaxation as you feel your pain melt and your bronchial muscles expand. Afghan Kush is high pain-fighting THC as well as anti-inflammatory terpenes caryophyllene and humulene. This strain is known for a body-numbing high, ideal for medication in the evening or right before bed.

What are your favorite strains to help alleviate asthma?

 

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Published at Thu, 02 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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A Guide To CBD Edibles

A Guide To CBD Edibles

A Guide To CBD Edibles

cbd edibles

To many inexperienced cannabis users, or people who don’t have a high tolerance to THC, edibles suffers a bad rep. This is primarily because dosing with edibles is still hazy at best, and it’s pretty difficult to determine how much you’re really ingesting especially if you make your own at home.

Consuming too many edibles without much knowledge on its THC content can bring about several unexpected (and unwanted) side effects. Some of these include temporarily blacking out, extreme anxiety, falling asleep, and a serious case of couch lock. More often than not, inexperienced users also have no idea when the THC in the edibles are going to hit. You can easily go from zero to stoned suddenly without warning. Thus, the intimidating and overwhelming nature of high-THC edibles. But while none of these effects are fatal, patients who prefer the healing properties of cannabis combined with the long-lasting therapeutic benefits of edibles should look into using CBD edibles.

If you’ve been using cannabis for a while know, you’ll know that most edibles are high in THC content and low in THC. However, this doesn’t mean that the market doesn’t have its own valuable CBD-dominant edibles.

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Difference Between THC and CBD Edibles

CBD edibles are made using the same process that is used to create THC edibles. The active cannabinoids are extracted out of a high-CBD cannabis strain by heating it. After extraction, its then infused or cooked into different kinds of food. There are no limits to the kind of CBD edibles you can make at home: from savory food such as pizza, to hard candy, sweets, and chocolate.

THC is typically used in edibles to give a psychoactive high, but not all patients want to get stoned. CBD, on the other hand, is usually used for strictly medicinal purposes. CBD is a powerful healing cannabinoid that can even counter the psychoactive effects of THC, such as paranoia and anxiety, because it blocks THC at the CBD1 receptor.

CBD edibles can also be used by people who don’t have any illnesses or health problems. It protects the body’s overall endocannabinoid system and enables it to respond better to cannabinoids.

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Benefits of CBD Edibles

CBD aids in relaxation, fights anxiety, and treats insomnia… these are just some of the everyday uses of this special cannabinoid. People who consume CBD edibles can expect to feel a delightful body lightness without an altered state of mind. In fact, while there’s absolutely no way you can function at work or be discreet when you’re stoned out of your mind after taking THC edibles, CBD edibles are the complete opposite. This is a major benefit for many patients.

Some of the common medicinal uses for CBD edibles include anxiety disorder, inflammation, insomnia, chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), arthritis, nausea, muscle and joint pain, and even certain neurological disorders. CBD edibles can also be used to kill cancer cells.

The reason why edibles are the preferred administration method of choice for many patients is because its effects last for several hours as compared to the effects one gets from smoking or vaporizing. This is important, particularly for patients with debilitating illnesses, because one or two doses of CBD edibles can provide relief for a duration of time that no other method can provide. Additionally, people with eating disorders can also benefit from ingesting CBD edibles which can help reduce nausea while providing calories, nutrients, and antioxidants that their diet is missing.

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Choosing The Right CBD Edibles

There are dozens of different CBD edibles on the market, and they are all priced differently; some are affordable while others are definitely more expensive. The price of CBD edibles depends on several factors such as the cannabis content, and complexity of the manufacturing process. Many companies also produce artisanal CBD edibles, and many more cater to specific dietary needs by producing gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and organic CBD edibles which are usually more pricey.

Finding the right CBD edibles for your unique needs will depend entirely on what you’re looking for. Ask your budtender about the THC:CBD ratio that each product offers since they all cater to certain medicinal needs, while others are designed simply to be tasty and appetizing.

What are your favorite CBD edibles and why? Share with us in the comments below and check out our CBD store here.

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Published at Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Peru Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Peru Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Peru Becomes another addition to Countries that legalized Medical Cannabis

peru marijuana

Peru joins the growing number of countries to legalize medical cannabis and it seems that there is an element of similarity when it comes to ‘how it happens’. Specifically referencing Latin American countries.

As you may well have heard, Mexico also legalized Medical Cannabis earlier this year and for very similar reasons. What’s the reason you may ask?

In most of these countries the story is the same;

A child or individual is suffering from a specific ailment and cannabis seems to be the only thing that is helping. In the case of Mexico, the law was passed due to a little girl who suffered from a rare case of epilepsy. Once her story went national, lawmakers almost unanimously passed the law permitting Medical cannabis.

Similarly, Peru underwent a “patient-motivated shift” in the law. However, unlike the case of Mexico, the Peruvian legislators passed the law because a collective of mothers were creating cannabis oils in a make shift lab and were supplying medicine to more than 300 children. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

MEXICO LEGALIZES CANNABIS FOR EPILEPSY

Back to the Beginning

Lawmakers voted almost unanimously to legalize the production, importation and the sales of cannabis oil with a 68-5 margin. Within the next 60 days, the bill will be written into law.

According to Alberto Belaunde, an advocate of the proposal; “We’ve ensured that thousands of patients and their family members will enjoy a better quality of life”.

In February, the government raided a makeshift laboratory where a group of mothers manufactured cannabis oil for their sick children.

The lab was located in the home of Ana Alvarez (who we can rightfully call a cannabis hero) who established a group entitled “Buscando Esperanza” or “Searching for Hope” to treat her son’s (age 17) Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome – A severe form of epilepsy. In addition to his epilepsy, he also suffers from tuberous sclerosis, which causes tumors to grow on his brain and other organs.

Despite the victory, Ana isn’t too ecstatic about the passing of the law, mainly because the new bill will only allow strictly regulated localized production of the oil, and doesn’t include organizations like hers.

Another issue she has is that the importation of cannabis oils might become too expensive for her to purchase, as well as for other patients. Their homemade remedy cost significantly less and provided a more robust range of choices for the oils. In total, she had more than 300 patients benefitting from her actions.

“We would have liked the patients’ associations to be have been allowed to produce their own cannabis oil…” Ana Belaunde

We can only hope that it will happen as the new law rolls out.

The Latin American Shift

Latin America, being predominantly catholic, usually had a hard stance against cannabis despite the fact that a lot of the production of the global sales of cannabis derived from the continent. Now, with Peru jumping on the bandwagon, we have Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico all having some sort of medical cannabis program in place. Mexico is supposed to roll out their plans by the end of the year or early next year.

Additionally, Belize is also on the verge of changing their stance on cannabis.

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What does this mean for the US?

Well, for starters, coming 2018…the US will be smack dab in the middle of two large nations that have permitted cannabis as medicine (Canada and Mexico). Mexico, once the law is solidified, will in all likeliness start producing for exportation as well seeing that labor is much cheaper there. They will probably be shipping raw material to nations like Canada or even the US (if it gets to that) for processing and will in turn purchase the already-finished products to sell in pharmacies and so forth.

In other words, the US is falling behind the global cannabis market by keeping marijuana illegal. This of course might change over the next few years as an overwhelming amount of people in the US support medical marijuana. Hell, even Republicans are on board with 51% of them favoring legalization.

Nonetheless, we’re on the verge of a booming new industry and the longer the US waits, the more advantage they will give to other nations to solidify their global position.

Of course, the technology being used in the States within their marijuana market is lightyears ahead of these other nations, however the cost of cannabis is significantly higher as well. Thus, I can almost guarantee that within the next ten years, most of the large cannabis productions will come from these Latin American countries which will drive down the price per product due to a cheaper labor force.

We’re living in exciting times and I for one would like to welcome Peru to the world of Cannabis.

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Published at Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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8 Crucial Differences Between Hemp Oil & Cannabis Oil

8 Crucial Differences Between Hemp Oil & Cannabis Oil

8 Crucial Differences Between Hemp Oil & Cannabis Oil

CANNABIS HEMP OIL

Close Cousins or Distant Relatives?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to cannabis, especially when a lot of terms in the industry look similar yet, ultimately, have different meanings. Hemp oil, cannabis oil and marijuana oil are often used interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. How are they related? And how are they different? This visual guide from HealthyHempOil.com helps illustrate some of the important factors.

The first important distinction to make is that cannabis is a plant genus, which includes both the hemp and marijuana species. These two species are constituents of cannabis. The same holds true when it comes to their respective oils. The term cannabis oil includes both hemp and marijuana oil.

When people speak of cannabis oil, however, nine times out of ten, they’re referring to marijuana oil. While hemp and marijuana oil come from the same plant genus, they are vastly different, just like hemp and marijuana are. A great way to illustrate where the two types of oil differ is the following infographic, courtesy of Healthy Hemp Oil.

Hemp Oil vs Marijuana Oil Infographic - Healthy Hemp Oil.com

THC vs. CBD

There are fundamental differences between hemp and marijuana plants, which is clear by looking at their physical characteristics, size, shape, and preferred growth conditions, as well as their different cannabinoid content and chemical property ratios. It’s estimated that there are nearly 400 cannabinoids in both hemp and marijuana, but THC and CBD are the two cannabinoids of significance for most interested parties.

Each substance has a different effect. In short, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical compound that causes the psychotropic effects commonly associated with marijuana. It is the ingredient that gets you “high” or “stoned.” On the other hand, CBD (cannabidiol) is the chemical compound that may be responsible for a plethora of health benefits, such as stress reduction, enhanced sleep quality, decreased inflammation and a general sense of euphoria.

The difference in hemp and marijuana oil’s THC and CBD content leads to different effects and, consequently, lend to different uses. As illustrated by the previous infographic, marijuana can have as much as 200 times the THC content as hemp oil does. Simultaneously, hemp oil may have nearly twice the CBD content of marijuana. These numbers, of course, fluctuate somewhat between different products and strains, but a general rule of thumb stands: marijuana oil has massively more THC than hemp oil, whereas hemp oil trumps marijuana oil in CBD to a sizeable extent.

what are cannabinoids

Which Cannabinoid is Right for You?

Knowing the uses of each oil is extremely important in order to make an informed decision on which type best suits an individual’s needs. Generally, marijuana oil’s high-THC content lends itself to recreational use, where the psychotropic effects of the oil are desirable and much appreciated. It also has a number of proven health benefits, like pain reduction and increased appetite, among many others to varying degrees. On the flip side, hemp oil’s high-CBD and low-THC content makes it an ideal option for those who wish to experience its down-regulating impact on anxiety and other soothing, health benefits, without feeling stoned and getting high.

Legal Aspect

Another meaningful difference between the two types of cannabis oil has to do with their legal ramifications. Unfortunately, not all states are of the same mind on this matter. Although many states allow the purchase of marijuana oil for medical or recreational use, they do so under different circumstances. For others, like Idaho or Kansas, marijuana oil is still considered illegal. Any interested party would do well to consult a local authority and research the latest updates on their state’s respective laws. When it comes to hemp oil, the picture painted by the current legislation is quite different. Since hemp only has tiny, trace amounts of THC, industrial hemp oil can be purchased legally in all 50 states.

8 Differences between Hemp Oil & Cannabis Oil:

•                     They come from different plants within the cannabis genus and have different physical characteristics.

•                     They have different THC and CBD ratios.

•                     Marijuana oil has psychotropic effects, due to its high THC content.

•                     Hemp oil’s low THC content results in no (or negligible) psychotropic effects.

•                     Both have medical applications, primarily due to their CBD content.

•                     Hemp oil has a higher CBD content.

•                     Marijuana oil is governed by different laws and regulations per state, and it is outright illegal in some.

•                     Industrial hemp oil is legal to purchase throughout all states.

As you can see, Hemp Oil and Marijuana Oil each have unique benefits. We hope you consider these differences when deciding on which oil is best for you.

Finding the Highest Quality Products

Another important thing to know is, how to source your oils from a reputable supplier. Sadly, there are many unscrupulous companies in this industry who are out to make a quick buck. But here is the best way to avoid these shady companies.

Make sure that any oil you buy is 3rd-party lab tested to be free of heavy metals, mold and contaminants. Also, make sure your products are tested for proper cannabinoid levels. We’ve heard horror stories of people getting products with very high levels of THC (when they want CBD).

How can you figure this out? Ask your supplier for a COA (Certificate of Analysis). Any reputable company should be able to provide this for you.

Knowing this little trick will help you find the best suppliers of Marijuana Oil and Hemp Oil.

 

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Published at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Alcohol goliath pours $190M into Canadian cannabis company

Alcohol goliath pours $190M into Canadian cannabis company

Constellation Brands, the alcohol goliath that two years ago acquired craft beer darling Ballast Point Brewing Co. for $1 billion, is putting its money toward another emerging sector — cannabis-based beverages.

The Victor, N.Y.-based company plans to spend C$245 million ($190.88 million USD) to acquire a 9.9 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., the companies announced Monday. Canopy, itself a giant in the emerging Canadian and international cannabis markets, produces and sells marijuana through its brands such as Tweed.

The Wall Street Journal first reported about the investment on Sunday.

Constellation will provide support in areas such as consumer analytics, marketing and brand development, Canopy officials said Monday, adding that the companies will collaborate in developing cannabis-based beverages for adults in areas where marijuana is federally legal.

The terms of the deal include an option for Constellation to increase its future ownership interest in Canopy to nearly 20 percent, Constellation spokesman Michael McGrew told The Cannabist on Monday.

“Canada is expected to become the second country to fully legalize cannabis for adult recreational use at the national level,” McGrew wrote via email. ” We feel it is strategically important to be cognizant of and knowledgeable about this emerging and potentially disruptive market.

“But it’s important to note that we have no plans to sell any cannabis-related products in the U.S. or any other market unless or until it is legally permissible to do so at all government levels.”

Federally legal adult-use cannabis sales are on the horizon in Canada, however, the program’s July 2018 launch likely will allow for the sale of only cannabis flower. The regulated sale of edibles (including beverages) and concentrates is expected to come a year later.

Don’t expect Canopy executives to sit around their Smith Falls, Ontario, headquarters twiddling their thumbs until July 2019.

“We’re not really good about standing around and waiting,” Bruce Linton, Canopy’s chief executive officer, said in an interview Monday. “It’s a great environment when you have licensed rights to be inventive, and you can’t sell the goods.”

Cannabis beverages, in particular, piqued Canopy’s interest. The provincial authorities that could oversee cannabis sales are comfortable with the liquid form, Linton said, noting they’re the same bodies that govern alcohol sales.

“I don’t think we’re a wild outlier on the probability of (cannabis beverages) becoming a governed product,” he said.

Neither Canopy nor Constellation officials mentioned the possibility of an alcoholic beverage infused with THC.

Canopy has positioned itself as an industry leader, setting the market standard in innovation while ensuring compliance with the rules and regulations for the provinces throughout Canada, said Jonathan Sherman, a Cassels Brock attorney who closely tracks the Canadian cannabis industry.

Whether R&D could dictate policy remains to be seen, he said.

“I don’t know if (cannabis beverage regulations approval) comes down to lobbying or if it’s more demonstrating a need for a product” that is safe, regulated and desirable in the (Canadian) market, he said.

Potable, profitable

The fledgling cannabis-based beverage segment has flourished in the early years of America’s state-based recreational cannabis legalization, data show.

For the first six months of 2017, cannabis beverage sales in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, totaled $13 million, up 26 percent from the comparable year-ago period, said Greg Schoenfeld, vice president of operations for BDS Analytics, a Boulder, Colo.-based cannabis analytics firm.

Colorado, the most mature market of the three, accounted for the lion’s share of the sales with $7.95 million, according to BDS. That’s up 27 percent from the first half of 2016.

It’s not explosive growth, but the segment is showing gains every single month, Schoenfeld said.

“We do have a fair amount of delineation — some (companies) are focused on carbonated drinks, others coffee, other tea,” he said. “It’s still a fairly diverse category.”

In Colorado, cannabis beverage sales are on track to hit between $15 million and $15.5 million this year, he said. The segment brought in $12.5 million in 2016 and $7.9 million in 2015, he added.

Beverages claim a 1 percent market share in Colorado, he said. As other legal markets mature, Schoenfeld anticipates they will have a similar make-up.

“When brands invest in developing new products and new categories, there tends to be a response if it’s a well thought-out product,” he said. “There are opportunities for brands to continue to expand the market as well as take it into new directions.”

A deal based on optimism

Confident cannabis-based beverages will be legalized — and profitable — in Canada, Canopy began looking for partnerships with companies already in the beverage market, CEO Linton said.

The company approached Constellation last year after the alcohol conglomerate’s CEO publicly expressed a business interest in developing cannabis beverages.

“Why wouldn’t big business, so to speak, be acutely interested in a category of that magnitude,” CEO Rob Sands told Bloomberg News in November 2016, less than a week after eight states voted to legalize the medical or recreational use of marijuana. “If there’s a lot of money involved, it’s not going to be left to small mom-and-pops.”

Sands’ optimism came at a time when other alcohol purveyors expressed wariness — some publicly in regulatory filings — about the emerging cannabis market and its potential to depress sales.

Meanwhile, a Cowen & Co. equity research report released in late November 2016 suggested that beer volume sales in recreational marijuana states of Colorado, Oregon and Washington under-performed the overall U.S. beer market by 2.6 percentage points.

Constellation, which recorded $7.3 billion in revenue during its past fiscal year, has a portfolio of liquor and beer brands that include as Corona, Mark West, Ballast Point and Svedka. Constellation’s sales don’t appear to have been dinged by cannabis, spokesman McGrew said.

“Based on modeling we’ve seen, cannabis does not seem to have had a negative impact on overall beverage alcohol trends. That said, we do feel it is strategically important to be cognizant of and knowledgeable about this emerging and potentially disruptive market,” he said.

And cannabis has been a “global trend we’ve been watching for some time,” McGrew added.

The investment that comes at a relatively low risk level for Constellation could be a bright spot of some magnitude for Canopy, said Vivien Azer, a Cowen & Co. analyst who specializes in the beverage, tobacco and cannabis sectors.

“From a branding, packaging, product form … but most importantly, from a distribution perspective, that’s where Constellation can really lend (its) expertise,” she said.

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Published at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:17:57 +0000

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Sessions: Drug addiction starts with marijuana. Trump: Just say no

Sessions: Drug addiction starts with marijuana. Trump: Just say no

Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s.

“We’ve got to re-establish first a view that you should say ‘no’ – people should say ‘no’ to drug abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Heritage Foundation, echoing former first lady Nancy Reagan’s famous line.

Sessions said he thinks the country has become “lackadaisical” about drug use. In the past he has railed against permissive attitudes toward marijuana use, praised mandatory minimum sentences for drug criminals and spoken fondly of “20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Reagan started ‘Just Say No.’”

At Heritage, Sessions also spoke approvingly of the “gateway theory” of drug abuse, popular among 80s-era anti-drug crusaders, which states that marijuana use becomes a “gateway” to harder drugs.

“When you talk to police chiefs, consistently they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana,” Sessions said. “It’s not a harmless drug.”

Trump echoed some of these thoughts later at the White House. He promised that “if we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start (taking drugs), it’s really, really easy not to take them.” He added that “there is nothing desirable about drugs. They’re bad.”

But the research on drug policy has come a long way since the Reagan days.

As a slogan, “just say no” informed national anti-drug programs such as DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), which attempted to educate children on the dangers of drug use. The phrase was even turned into a board game.

But the problem with simply telling kids (or adults) to say “no” to drugs is that research shows it doesn’t work. Study after study has demonstrated that programs such as DARE not only didn’t reduce drug use, but in some cases may have actually inspired certain kids to experiment with illicit substances.

The gateway theory is also far from universally accepted. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says “further research is needed to explore this question,” noting that the overwhelming majority of people who try marijuana do not go on to use other drugs.

Other researchers point out that most people try alcohol or tobacco well before they try marijuana or any other drug, which would make the true “gateway drugs” 100 percent legal. Other studies have pointed to socioeconomic conditions and even drug enforcement policies as better predictors of hard drug use than marijuana.

Most Americans have also come to understand the “drugs are bad” mantra as overly simplistic. Alcohol, after all, is a drug, one that 70 percent of Americans say “yes” to in any given year. Marijuana is another drug that nearly two-thirds of Americans say should be legalized – a percentage that has risen even as Sessions has made his skepticism of legalization very public.

Ironically, marijuana may even have a role to play in mitigating the opiate epidemic, as numerous studies have shown that medical and recreational marijuana laws are associated with decreases in opiate dependency and overdose.

While the attorney general says the public has become “lackadaisical” about drugs, in reality the public’s thinking on the issue has become more nuanced. But that nuance has, so far, been missing in the Trump administration’s approach to the current drug epidemic.

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Published at Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:53:39 +0000

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New Gallup Poll: 64% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

New Gallup Poll: 64% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new Gallup poll has found that 64% of adults in the United States support legalizing marijuana, up from 60% last year, and 50% in 2011. 

This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”

Fox continues; “Adult-use marijuana laws create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect consumers while taking the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals.”

When Gallup first asked U.S. adults whether or not they support marijuana legalization in 1969, only 12% of respondents stated that they do.

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 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:41:27 +0000

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Belize House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

Belize House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

The Belize House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

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The approved legislation would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana throughout all of Belize (the exception is if possession occurs on the premises of a school or other educational institution).

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, says Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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WA: Legal Marijuana Sales Surpass $1.1 Billion in First 9-Months of 2017

WA: Legal Marijuana Sales Surpass $1.1 Billion in First 9-Months of 2017

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Legal marijuana sales continue to thrive in Washington State, with sales for 2017 already matching sales for all of 2016. In total there was $1,101,853,539 in legal marijuana sold in Washington from January 1st of this year, through the end of September, according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. This already matches the $1.1 …

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