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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Open In Hawaii By Next Year

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
 

hawaii medical marijuanaI always say that a state’s medical marijuana program is only as good as the ability for patients to safely and easily access medicine. So if a state doesn’t allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana, or designate another person to do so, then that state’s medical marijuana program will never reach its full potential. The same is true if a state does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Not every patient has the means or skill set to grow medical marijuana, and they may not know someone else who does either. It’s vital that those patients have a safe and legal way to buy their medicine.

Hawaii has had a medical marijuana program for well over a decade now, but has never allowed medical marijuana dispensaries on the islands. That has harmed a lot of patients, forcing them to go without medicine or purchase it from the black market if they can’t cultivate it at home. That could change, finally, as early as 2016. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Dispensary owners could find their own piece of paradise earlier than previously expected after a state Senate committee in Hawaii passed a bill allowing dispensaries to open, along with an amendment to a previous bill that would allow them to open next year.

The original bill said licenses would be issued starting in January 2017 with operations beginning in June of that year.

The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii has been advocating for issuance of issue licenses in 2016 rather than 2017, according to the group’s website.

For the sake of patients, I hope that dispensaries become a reality in Hawaii in 2016 rather than 2017. They have gone long enough without safe access. I would really like to see Hawaii allow out of state patients to make purchases at dispensaries, much like what Nevada is going to do. Hawaii doesn’t have as many medical marijuana patients as some other states (roughly 13,000), but Hawaii gets more tourists than most other states, and allowing out of state patients to make purchases would be huge for the Hawaii medical marijuana industry, and those out of state dollars could go to things like schools.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-could-open-in-hawaii-by-next-year/


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Shatter' Marijuana Seized In Pennsylvania 6 Times Stronger Than The Average Pot

Category: Concentrates | Posted on Fri, April, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

A highly potent marijuana product called “shatter” was recently seized in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as part of a drug bust on the home of 23-year-old Samual Schlenbaker, Lancaster Onlinereported Thursday. Shatter marijuana, considered the purest and most powerful weed product, often contains levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, six times stronger than the average pot.

Authorities said shatter marijuana was rare in the area. "We're starting to see evidence of it around here, but I can't say we've run into it a lot," John Burkhart, a Lancaster County Drug Task Force detective, told Lancaster Online. "I do think it has the potential to pick up." Schlenbaker was arrested in mid-March and charged with three felony drug counts, including possession with the intent to distribute, and 59 misdemeanor counts for drug paraphernalia possession.

Shatter marijuana, also called butane hash oil, has gained increasing popularity in recent years among pot consumers in the U.S. The cannabis product resembles clear, thin sheets of dried honey or tree sap and is made by an extraction process that removes any lipids or fats.

"You can grab it and hold it, and it's light,” Kaela Pelland, a health care worker with Réseau Access Network in Sudbury, Ontario, told CBC News. Canadian authorities recently seized a large amount of shatter marijuana. “Then you would, say, smash it and it would shatter, and that's where the name comes from,” said Pelland.

Users usually melt the product and inhale the smoke to get high. The process is sometimes called “dabbing.”

Not everyone is a fan of the marijuana derivative. Some pot legalization advocates say shatter gives the industry a bad rap. “Seeing teenagers wielding blowtorches or blowing themselves up on the evening news might incite a new anti-pot paranoia that could set the legalization movement back decades," Bobby Black, senior editor of High Times magazine, wrote in 2012.

Source:http://www.ibtimes.com/shatter-marijuana-seized-pennsylvania-6-times-stronger-average-pot-1867742


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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder


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In Colorado, Marijuana Taxes May Have to Be Passed Back

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
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Robert Grandt working in a marijuana grow room in Denver. Tax revenue on the substance fell short of state estimates, but overall state income exceeded them.CreditRJ Sangosti/The Denver Post, via Getty Images
 

DENVER — In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness.

A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public — and lawmakers do not want to.

The problem is a strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution that touches every corner of public life, like school funding, state health care, local libraries and road repairs. Technical tripwires in that voter-approved provision, known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, may require Colorado to refund nearly $60 million in marijuana taxes because the state’s overall revenue estimates ended up being too low when the marijuana tax question was put to voters. Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out a way to keep that money, and they are hoping Colorado voters — usually stingy when it comes to taxes and spending — will let them. In rare bipartisan agreement on taxes, legislators are piecing together a bill that would seek voters’ permission to hold on to the marijuana money.

“Despite our anti-tax feelings in the state, there’s an exception being made when it comes to marijuana,” said Michael Elliott, the executive director of the Denver-based Marijuana Industry Group, a trade organization that has not taken a position on the refund issue. “The industry is making a huge economic impact.”

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/us/colorado-lawmakers-scramble-to-keep-millions-in-marijuana-taxes.html


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