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The Pros And Cons Of Weed Decriminalization In Atlanta

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Atlanta, Georgia is the latest city in the country to decriminalize cannabis, as of a unanimous vote by the city council on Monday night. Possession of any amount under an ounce now warrants only a $75 fine. Possession is still a crime in the rest of Georgia, warranting up to 6 months in jail or $1,000 in fines.The decision was made to counteract s

You Got To Go Through A Lot Of Trouble To Buy Legal Weed In D.C.

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Gift exchange systems, over-priced T-shirts and coffee mugs, extravagant public gatherings with coded merchandise. This is the kind of shit you have to go through to legally “buy” or “sell” cannabis in the District of Columbia.Though the city legalized weed back in 2015, they only legalized the possession of it, not the sale

1 In 3 Teens Think Driving Stoned Is Legal

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A full 33% of teenagers think that if you’re in a state with legalized recreational marijuana, it’s legal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).Last spring, 2,800 teenagers were surveyed on their know

NFL Takes Stand To Reshape Future Of U.S. Drug Laws

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Amid turmoil in the federal government over the future of federal drug policy, an unlikely force may be laying groundwork to alter the future of drug enforcement: the National Football League.Tom Marino, the guy President Trump nominated for national Drug Czar because of his experience as an agent of pharmaceutical lobbyists while serving as a U.S.

Concentrate Use On The Rise In California, Colorado, Washington

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Research in three different states shows a surge of cannabis concentrates sales. In a market that used to be dominated almost entirely by flower, experts are trying to figure out what’s behind the change, and where it’s headed.Two different analytics firms ran studies in different states, but came to basically the same conclusion. This

Which Fast Food Restaurants Do Stoners Eat At Most?

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Fast food has been a cornerstone of stonerdom since time out of mind. The drive-thru at a Del Taco is, for many potheads, an experience remembered as fondly as it is vaguely.But have you ever wondered which fast food joints cannabis users like best? Neither have we, but for some reason some researchers have spent a lot of time and energy tracking t

Hmong Immigrants Stake Niche In NorCal Cannabis Market

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For immigrants to the U.S., the business they’re in can be crucial, not just for economic stability, but for identity as well.When Hmong people first started migrating to the country in 1975, fleeing the communist takeover of Laos, many could find only jobs in unskilled labor: things like factory or custodial work. It was a long way from the

Al Sharpton: Medical Marijuana A “Civil Right”

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In a speech which called out the hypocrisy and racial inequality of the cannabis business, Reverend Al Sharpton called medical marijuana a “civil right.”Sharpton spoke Thursday at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in Boston.“Who would think that we are in the 21st century debating about whether we are going to co

Northern California Weed Crops Set To Take A Hit From Wildfires

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Wildfires of disaster proportions in Northern California are wreaking havoc on cannabis crops.As of Monday night, ten people are dead from the fires and more than 100 others are being treated for injuries. Not of least concern is damage to property, which will not only leave residents without homes but also severely hinder local industries. 1,500 s

Who Should Our New A-List Weed Celebs Be?

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Tuesday will see the home video release of Grow House, the new stoner comedy written and directed by DJ Pooh, the guy who co-wrote Friday and wasn't Ice Cube. It would be great if the movie was good or fresh or funny, but we have to confess that the trailer makes it look a little bit tired and a little bit cheap. It features, in a cameo, the r

Dabbing Terpenes May Release Unhealthy Amounts Of Toxins, Study Says

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Terpenes are like the herbs and spices of concentrates. They are what gives it flavor, and can affect the high too. But some terpenes may actually might actually make your concentrates way less healthy, according to a new study from Portland State University.When researchers tested the toxic level of terpenes cooked at various dab-like temperatures

5% Of All Arrests In U.S. Are For Cannabis

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What’s the biggest problem in American crime right now? Murder? Robbery? Rape? If you look at it in terms of how U.S. law enforcement spends its time, the answer is cannabis.More than 5 percent of all arrests in the nation are for cannabis, according to 2016 crime data released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and reported by

Target Sold CBD Oil This Week, But Now It’s Over

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The barriers have been broken, the walls torn down. Cannabis products are now being sold by a big box retailer, the mark of legitimacy and normalization in the 21st century globalized world. Except… wait, now they’re not selling them anymore.On Thursday morning, CW Hemp announced that it’s hemp-derived CBD oil was being offered f

Hash Oil Manufacturers Persuade Peru To Legalize Medical Cannabis

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The Congress of Peru has voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in the country. The move marks a fast 180 in the nation’s medical cannabis policy.Since a publicized raid on a medical cannabis extraction lab earlier this year, lawmakers have proposed to decriminalize medical marijuana, and have now gone full measure to l

Could Hawaii’s Cashless Marijuana Market Work?

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Hawaii is making a bold move by creating the country’s first completely cashless marijuana market. As of October 1, the great state will mandate that all cannabis transactions be done using a debit payment app, according to a statement reported by the Associated Press.Hawaii’s motivation for the move seems pretty sound. Avoiding cash, o

California Governor Gets Bill To Limit Butane Sales

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Just in time to trip up California’s oncoming legal weed bonanza, a bill has landed on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk which could seriously complicate the legal manufacture of butane hash oil in the state.AB 1120 would, if signed, make butane legally akin to chemicals used in methamphetamine production. Sales would be limited to 600 millil

Legal Weed Takes Big Steps Back In Nevada and Massachusetts

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Last November, when four new states voted to legalize marijuana, it seemed like a big step forward for cannabis legislation. And it was, but ten months later, some of these states are having to take a little of little steps backward before they make that giant leap for mankind.Both Nevada and Massachusetts saw setbacks in their legal cannabis progr

What’s With The Netherlands’ Ban On Cannabis Extracts?

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The Dutch are practically synonymous with weed smoking. For generations, before the U.S. started to legalize the plant state by state, the Netherlands (Amsterdam, in particular) was the cannabist’s holiday destination of choice. Cheech and Chong went there. Vincent Vega and Ocean’s Eleven too.Even the word “dutch” has come t

Why Does Weed Make Music Even Better?

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Here’s a nice stoned thought for you. You probably already had it, but maybe it got lost between dab hits and Adult Swim episodes. Anyone who’s smoked (or dabbed or vaped, edibled or tinctured) a few times knows that music gets a little deeper when you’re under the influence.Or it’s more like it goes a little deeper. You see

Why Is It So Hard To Get Legal Cannabis Lounges?

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Weed aficionados started getting psyched earlier this week when Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau released an opinion saying that the state has no law against private cannabis lounges where patrons would be free to smoke or otherwise imbibe cannabis products. There were no bills, no measures, no votes. The ruling simply said that current st

The Best SoCal Dispensaries Are Outside LA, Says New List

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Angelino stoners with discerning taste might need to get out of the city to find the best bud service, according to a new list from Leafly.The quarterly, regional list compiles consumer feedback given to the online weed encyclopedia. Then, of course, an algorithm compares the various dispensaries and, presto: you get a comprehensive list of the bes

Woman Claims Cannabis Oil Cured Her Of Brain Tumor

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A Scottish woman has made a full recovery from a deadly tumor and says it’s all thanks to cannabis extracts.In 2013, doctors diagnosed Lynn Cameron with stage four brain cancer and gave her 6 to 18 months to live. Despite the hopeless outlook, Cameron took combined surgical, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, but these had no impact on t

Why Don’t Charities Want To Take Donations From Cannabis Companies?

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“The message was essentially you’re a drug dealer.” That’s what Organa Brands President Chris Driessen told Forbes when describing the response from charities to his company’s proposed donations.Organa Brands has had hella success in the last few years. They make the ubiquitous O.penVape and expand into other concentra

First Ever National Cannabis TV Ad Airs On CNN, Fox News, Beyond

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Cannabis has come a long way in this 21st century. It was only a generation ago that you could still get a decade of hard prison time for possession. And now you can see commercials for it in the same programming block as Tucker Carlson and “I’m Thinking Arby’s” ads.More precisely, you can now see a commercial for a weed law

Why Is Teen Cannabis Use At A 20-Year Low?

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Despite cannabis being legal, in some form, in over half the country, and legal for recreational use in eight states, use among adolescents and teens is at a 22-year low, according to a new federal study.The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released this week and the findings are interesting. The survey showed that the number of te

Trump’s Deal With Dems Is A Stay Of Execution For MMJ

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In the big old clusterbuck that is Washington, D.C. in 2017, Republican President Donald Trump made a surprise deal with Democratic leaders, and he probably didn’t even realize that deal is going to keep medical marijuana protected from the federal government for at least a while longer.The fun started on Wednesday, when Republican congressio

DOJ Using IRS For Shady Investigations Into Legal Weed, Lawsuit Claims

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A federal lawsuit claims the Department of Justice is conducting secret investigations of legal cannabis businesses, using IRS tax investigations as a front, as reported by The Denver Post.The IRS conducts regular investigations of marijuana businesses to preclude them from certain tax deductions. While most businesses can deduct expenses, business

Study: Don’t Smoke Weed Because Maybe It Makes You Walk Funny

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Researchers behind a new study claim that we should be careful about accepting cannabis into  society because there is a possibility that smoking it might make you walk funny.A new Australian article published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependencelooks at how your gait may change depending on whether you imbibe the weed.The scientists fro

Could Cannabis Extract Replace Anti-Anxiety Pharmaceuticals?

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One of the world’s leading business publications says that cannabis compounds could one day replace traditional pharmaceutical anxiety medication.While reporting on a recent study in Psychopharmacology, Forbes Magazine compared the benefits and risks of cannabis-based anxiety treatment with current anti-anxiety medication, finding that, &ldqu

This Is Why You Don’t Set Up Hash Oil Labs In Tornado Shelters

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All sorts of lessons can be learned from the explosion of a marijuana extraction lab in Timnath, Colorado. An explosion critically burned three people, including a 12-year-old child earlier this summer. Authorities are yet to say which solvents were involved in the blast, only that it involves hash oil manufacturing in an old tornado shelter.Michae

Could That Netflix and Weed Cross-Promotion Be Trend Setting?

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When Netflix unveiled official cannabis flower tie-ins to ten of its shows, the streaming service got a boatload of free publicity. Dozens (maybe hundreds) of local, national, and global news outlets ran the story.The media giant clearly knew its audiences. It knew it had a large contingency of stoner viewers and they chose the affiliated series ca

Do Strict Regulations Contribute To Butane Hash Oil Explosions?

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The State of Oregon has a problem. Illegal hash oil labs have been on the rise and so have the number of hash oil lab explosions and injuries resulting from them, to the alarm of state regulators.At least three people have died in extraction lab accidents this year, two from a recent explosion in Portland. Another asphyxiated in February when a bat

Congressmen Tell Sessions To Stop Blocking MMJ Research

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A bipartisan gang of congresspersons are finally banding together to tell this administration that enough is enough. Putting us closer to nuclear war with North Korea out of total ignorance wasn’t enough to draw their ire. Equating white supremacists with anti-racist protesters didn’t do it either. The straw that broke the proverbial ca

What Happens When You Take Weed Across State Lines?

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“When you think about it, what did I really do? I crossed an imaginary line with a bunch of plants.” So says fictionalized drug smuggler George Jung as played by Johnny Depp in the 2001 film Blow.That’s what happens when you cross state lines with marijuana. Imaginary lines. A bunch of plants. Even if those plants are legal on bot

Why Are The Koch Brothers Fighting For Cannabis Rights?

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Charles and David Koch are known as bigwigs in conservative politics. The efforts of these extraordinarily rich brothers and their network have pledged nearly $900 million toward political influence and are said by Politico to have “an infrastructure that rivaled that of the Republican National Committee.”They spend hundreds of millions
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