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Marijuana Sales Set A Record In Colorado For Third Month In A Row

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

colorado price legal marijuanaThe marijuana industry in Colorado is booming. The ‘green rush’ is on, and there are a lot of people in Colorado that are benefiting from the next great American industry. January and February of this year both set records for legal marijuana sales in the state. The numbers have been released for March sales, and the upward trend appears to be continuing. Per The Joint Blog:

There was roughly $74 million worth of legal cannabis sold in Colorado in March, setting a record for the third straight month.

In total, consumers spent more than $42 million on recreational cannabis, up from the $39 million they spent in February, and the $36 million they spent in January (both figures set records at the time).

In additional to the $42 million in recreational cannabis sold in March, there was $32 million worth of medical cannabis purchased. This is according to data released by the state’s Department of Revenue.

It’s like I always say – why isn’t every state doing this? While some states are doing everything they can to keep marijuana prohibition in place, Colorado is benefiting greatly from allowing legal sales of a substance that is safer than alcohol. April tends to be the biggest marijuana sales month of the year, so I expect this trend to continue in Colorado when the April numbers are released.



Marijuana Likely to Become Stronger Due to Global Warming

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Pot grown outdoors in California could become much more potent as climate change and drought continue to wreak havoc on the state's fragile ecosystems.

According to a new study from The Daily Climate, rising temperatures and CO2 levels will likely boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants, including cannabis.

"If you go back to the times plants evolved on land, the average CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels were 1,000 parts per million; today it's about 400," Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service who led the research, said.

This is significant because only 4 percent of plant species have adapted to these's lower CO2 levels. The rest—including cannabis—still feel deprived. 

But Ziska, who specializes in "weed migration patterns in the face of climate change," believes global warming will benefit these deprived plants with more optimal levels of CO2, meaning "marijuana grown outdoors will likely become stronger and require less water to thrive."

And other scientists agree.

James Duke, a retired USDA entho-botanist, explained that environmental stressors—such as California's drought—typically cause plants to exhibit more medicinal properties.

"The more stress a plant gets—heat or cold or disease or just plain beating it—the more medicinal and less edible it becomes," Duke told The Daily Climate.

Stress causes plants to convert proteins, carbohydrates and fats into "secondary metabolites that protect the plant," he further explained. As far as marijuana is concerned, that means a potential increase in THC, CBD and other cannabinoid levels.



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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder


Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would be open to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, provided the science shows it can benefit patients and tight regulations can be put in place to control distribution.

"I'm open to the idea of medical marijuana," the governor said, "and the discussion of how it can be used as a medicine based on science, and making sure we have good, collaborative efforts so we can answer the questions that are out there."

That appears to be a change from his position during the recent legislative session, when he expressed concerns about a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, that would have created a state-licensed system of medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries where patients could buy the drug with a doctor's recommendation.

At the time, Herbert said the bill could lead to a "slippery slope" toward legal, recreational use.

Madsen's bill failed in the Senate by a single vote, although the lawmaker has said he will reintroduce it next year.

Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, said he views the governor's comments as progress in the marijuana debate.

"Even during the legislative session, it became clear that the governor was backtracking his initial opposition to medical cannabis," he said, "so we expected this to happen and are encouraged to see him becoming more open-minded to it, just as many legislators are."

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