San Diego Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Fees
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, January, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
The medical marijuana industry in California has long operated in a Wild West fashion. There are not solid state rules and regulations in place, and cities and counties either have their own rules, or no rules at all. Throw in a lot of conflicting case law and federal raids, and you can see why there has been a lot of chaos in the industry in California. San Diego has been particularly contentious during the last five years. Fortunately, there is now a licensing system in place, at least at the city level. Per KPBS:
The San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of a package of amendments to medical marijuana regulations that, among other things, establishes a minimum fee of nearly $1,100 for annual operating permits.
The amendments pertain to an ordinance that sets the terms under which dispensaries will conduct their business. The operating regulations differ from land-use restrictions, which determine the allowable locations for pot shops.
“I anticipate there will be more discussion and more changes down the road as San Diego experiences these operations actually open legally,” Councilwoman Marti Emerald said.
Among other things, the City Council wants the annual permit fee to equal the cost of inspections and other expenses needed to regulate the dispensaries. The city’s projected costs include the use of police officers to make background checks, fire personnel, zoning investigators, planners and City Treasury employees.
It will be interesting to see how dispensaries in San Diego react to the new rules and fee. A lot of them have operated for a long time with while paying no fees and didn’t have to follow any guidelines or rules for the most part. Hopefully this becomes an opportunity for the City of San Diego and the medical marijuana industry to get on the same page. Although, I’m worried about the Councilwoman’s statement above that there will be ‘more changes down the road.’ That doesn’t always mean good changes for the industry side.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, January, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
How Marijuana Is Changing Fashion
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
With the explosion of marijuana support in the world, the fashion industry has to change to adapt to the new culture of potheads that aren’t ashamed to brandish how much they love marijuana. The Cannabist, a brand of the Denver Post, recently introduced the nation’s first weed style writer, Katie Shapiro. Her job is to report on the happenings in the cannabis fashion world, from everything to socks to hoodies.
Shapiro said, “My goal with what I cover is to try and elevate the often negative stereotype of “stoner” culture, whether it’s a designer that’s putting a beautiful spin on the pot leaf, luxury smoking accessories, or profiling successful creative types that are proud pot smokers.” She illustrates the connections between pot and fashion, including things like a Q&A section, Shop Sesh, and builders or designers that use marijuana to help their creative standpoints.
Marijuana fashion has exploded with things like Huf socks, leggings that are covered in pot leaves like the style from Black Milk Clothing, and the plethora of marijuana companies that blew up on social media when the plant started to gain immense amounts of attention. Since the plant is said to fuel creativity, people that smoke marijuana tend to be involved in designing or fashion. There is a large potential to make money with the merging of marijuana and fashion.
“I think most of the basic comparison between the two is that fashion is fueled by creativity,” Shapiro says. “Marijuana has always had its place in culture - especially in art, music, fashion. But now that it’s legal, it will be interesting to see how the fashion industry will embrace it - there’s a huge opportunity to blend the two.”
Colorado Harvests $60 Million In 2014
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
Even though there still stands a large amount of controversy over whether or not cannabis is good for the people of the world, there is strong evidence that stands saying it has a lot of potential to be an extremely positive asset. The main attention grabbing effect of marijuana legalization in Colorado is the amount of money that the state has made from the taxes on the plant that is sold in the retail setting. Over the course of 2014, Colorado reportedly made $60 million in marijuana taxes and licensing fees. Not to mention the $145 million that the Harvard report estimated that the state saved by not having to prevent marijuana use.
Since Colorado implemented a 2.9% tax on marijuana (both medical and recreational) plus a 10% retail marijuana special sales tax and a 15% marijuana excise tax, plus application and license fees for the shops, the state make bank off of the marijuana market. In records for the state, it shows that a portion of this money was distributed to local governments where the stores are located, like Denver and the towns of Breckenridge and Telluride. The city of Denver received $128,586.
The first $40 million of the excise tax money, however, was dispersed to a statewide school construction fund, administered by the Department of Education. So far, this fund contains $10 million. The rest of the money goes in to a state general fund, to be spent on whatever the state might need, whether that be snow removal, natural disaster relief, etc.
While some of the numbers may not include things such as costs of administrative expenses and societal costs, the amount of money that Colorado made over the course of the year from marijuana is outstanding. The amount of money made from taxes has increased drastically too, starting at $3.5 million in January and climbing to $7.6 million in October. Colorado holds much potential for the marijuana market in 2015.
Could Medical Marijuana Curb The Heroin Epidemic?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective substitute for treating things such as opioid addiction and even preventing overdoses. With more and more of this incidents happening every day, looking in to medical marijuana for a preventative measure is important. In Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have soared and the state is basically going to serve as a testing ground for the medical marijuana treatment.
Before it was declared illegal, marijuana was used to treat a number of mental health illnesses, including depression. There are numerous studies saying that the plant is therapeutic and benefits those that are suffering. Since the plant also helps to treat nausea, prevent weight loss, alleviate chronic pain symptoms, and assist in preventing symptoms of neurological diseases, some scientists think that the medical possibilities of cannabis are endless, including the treatment and cure of cancer.
In Massachusetts, the leading cause of death among the homeless has shifted from AIDs complications to drug overdoses, with opiates involved in 81% of the deaths recorded. This is a hugely alarming rate, as the city recently expanded clinical services for the homeless. As of right now, the only way to fight this issue is to prescribe Methadone, which has an extremely narrow therapeutic index. What this means is that there’s only a small margin between what is safe to consume and what will kill the person taking it. Marijuana, on the other hand, has one of the widest therapeutic ratios of all drugs.
A recent study released compared states with legalization and those without. The study found a substantial decrease in opioid overdose in the states that enacted medical marijuana laws. The conclusion of the study state that the researchers though that medical marijuana should be part of a policy aimed at preventing opioid overdose. Research also shows that cannabis is a form of self treatment, where people will choose to use cannabis instead of alcohol, opiates, and other illegal substances. This is another reason that researchers are calling for marijuana to be tested as a substitute for other, more harmful substances.
Studies in the Netherlands also found that using marijuana in the Amsterdam coffee houses encouraged people to stop using harder drugs. Additionally, the studies found that when young people used marijuana in a more controlled coffeehouse rather than a poly drug using environment, they learned to use the plant more responsibly without feeling like combining it with other drugs. In short, people learned to use the plant like adults, rather than having to sneak around with it.
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