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New Zealand Stoners Are Facing a Pot Shortage

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

Along with the U.S., New Zealand regularly appears at the top of various global rankings of cannabis consumption. But our stoner friends down under are dealing with an unfortunate situation: There's a dire shortage of marijuana.

Earlier this month, police recovered 9,000 plants in an annual aerial operation, which affected both outdoor and indoor grows. Reporting for the Spinoff, one local writer described the situation as "catastrophic.”

"The bust is another blow for a nation already in drought," the story reads. "Marijuana, easily New Zealand’s most popular illegal substance, is almost unobtainable in any meaningful amount right now. Blame it on the police, the gangs, the weather or just the grow cycle of your average cannabis harvest; no matter which way you slice it, it’s dry out there."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-zealand-stoners-are-facing-pot-shortage-0


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Oregon Health Authority’s Marijuana Extract Policy Hurts Patients That Are Suffering The Most

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

dabs concentrates extracts bho shatterShock waves were sent throughout the Oregon medical marijuana world this week when the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a directive to medical marijuana dispensary operators to no longer accept cannabis extracts. Cannabis extracts are defined by OHA as involving heat and pressure during the creation process. That means no BHO and no CO2 products. No more shatter. No more cartridges. At least not in the near future.

Only entities that have a license to produce extracts are considered legal by OHA. The problem of course being that there aren’t any licenses currently. In fact, the application process doesn’t even start until next month for OHA. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will regulate recreational marijuana, which will eventually have its own licenses for extracts. But as of right now there are no licenses issued in the State of Oregon. So when will licenses be issued? Per Oregon Live:

The health authority plans to roll out a licensing process for commercial extract companies, but André Ourso, manager of the state’s medical marijuana program, said Tuesday that the application won’t be online until April 1.

Applying, he said, is just the beginning of a “long process” for getting registered. In all, he said the process could take “a few months.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-health-authoritys-marijuana-extract-policy-hurts-patients-that-are-suffering-the-most/


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New technique could more accurately measure cannabinoid dosage in marijuana munchies

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

As more states decriminalize recreational use of marijuana and expand its medical applications, concern is growing about inconsistent and inaccurate dosage information listed on many products, including brownies and other edibles. But now scientists report that they have developed a technique that can more precisely measure cannabis compounds in gummy bears, chocolates and other foods made with marijuana. They say this new method could help ensure product safety in the rapidly expanding cannabis retail market.

The researchers present their work today at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Read More:http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2016/march/edible-cannabis.html


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GW Pharmaceuticals’ Stock Value Grows After Study Results Revealed

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

epidiolex gw pharmaceuticalsMany in the marijuana world have worried a lot about big pharmaceutical companies taking over the industry. While I think that some of those fears are a bit overblown, I definitely am a little concerned too. I think that big pharmaceutical companies are going to flood the industry, and that there’s not a lot that can be done to stop it. With that being said, I think that there will always be a place in the marijuana industry for small businesses because they have the products that true veteran cannabis consumers really want.

Yesterday was a big day on the marijuana industry front, especially from a pharmaceutical company standpoint, as the results from a study were released by GW Pharmaceuticals. The results were favorable, and the news sent GW Pharmaceuticals’ stock soaring. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

A British maker of cannabis-based drugs revealed some sorely needed good news on Monday, announcing that an epilepsy medicine it created has successfully treated a severe form of epilepsy in children,according to Reuters.

In a clinical study, GW Pharmaceuticals said its Epidiolex syrup reduced the monthly number of seizures in children with Dravet’s Syndrome by 39%, compared to a placebo that reduced the seizures by 13%.

The results of the clinical study propelled the Cambridge-based firm’s stock price to $81.67 in morning trading on the Nasdaq, a gain of more than 112% over Friday’s closing price of $38.46.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/gw-pharmaceuticals-stock-value-grows-after-study-results-revealed/


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Pittsburgh NORML Issues Statement On Martavis Bryant NFL Suspension

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via CBS Sports)

By now most of Steeler Nation has undoubtedly learned that the black & gold will be without the services of our “star in the making” Martavis Bryant for apparently skipping drug tests with the presumption being that he would fail. Mr. Bryant, as we will recall, missed the first four games of the 2015 season due to cannabis use which is prohibited by the NFL.  I have heard people call him a bad teammate, selfish, immature. I have heard “what a waste of talent” and “he could have been . . . ” I have also heard that Mr. Bryant is hardworking and humble, and in near constant pain from game days.

The NFL, like any employer, is free to set conditions of employment. If Mr. Bryant’s suspension is due to cannabis use the NFL is free to suspend him pursuant to the contract negotiated with the player’s union. Mr. Bryant is no different in this respect from the City sanitation worker, the fire-fighter or anyone else who takes a job knowing that clean urine screens are a condition of employment.

The NFL, however, is no ordinary employer. It makes millionaires out of young men. It demands they engage violent collisions on a weekly basis to entertain the legion of fans. We know that players suffer long term chronic and crippling pain for years. Chicago Bears Super Bowl winning QB Jim McMahon recently detailed his struggles with pain throughout his career and especially since retirement. Former Steelers CB Ryan Clark decried the practice of handing out prescription opioids in the training room with no consideration of the long term effects. Was Mr. Bryant opting for cannabis to treat pain instead of pharmaceuticals? I do not know and will not presume to speculate. I do know that our nation is in the midst of an opioid prescription drug abuse epidemic. One would think the NFL would be open to considering a non-toxic, natural treatment alternative for its most valued assets – its players.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pittsburgh-norml-issues-statement-on-martavis-bryant-nfl-suspension/


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Former California Prison Gone To Pot?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

A vacant California prison that once housed inmates, presumably some of whom were locked-up for marijuana crimes, could serve a surprisingly different function if one California marijuana company has its away. Ocean Green Extracts, a cannabis concentrate producer in Southern California, wants to turn the defunct Claremont Custody Center into a marijuana grow and cannabis oil production center, the Fresno Bee reports.  

As unlikely as it sounds, Ocean Green pitched the idea to the Coalinga mayor and city manager last month, and, according to the Bee, the city council supports the prison-to-pot proposal. Local residents, however, may be harder to convince: If Ocean Green gets its way, Coalinga would become the first in the San Joaquin Valley to allow for medical marijuana.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/former-california-prison-gone-pot


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