75 Percent of Indoor Pot Plants Come From California
It has been reported that California grows more weed than it knows what to do with. Now, we’re realizing that the wild, wondrous and illegal weed that once bloomed in the California’s many national forests and other outdoor locations is being cultivated indoors under LED lights with all sorts of other technologies.
And, they’re getting busted like crazy.
Federal statistics showed that in 2016, authorities seized 313,000 plants from indoor operations in California, which made up 75 percent of all indoor plants nabbed nationwide, according to the DEA.
So, not only is California growing more weed than it can use, it’s growing most of the rest of the country’s illegal weed. Maybe we already knew that, too.
Although the total accounts for only eight percent of all seizures in California, it’s the highest total in at least the past eight years.
Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine
New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Is Crumbling
New York’s medical marijuana program is on the verge of total collapse because, according to a recent report from USA Today’s LoHud, the system has been designed to fail.
It will soon be two years since the state implemented its medical marijuana law, giving certain patients the ability to access cannabis products with the permission of a licensed physician.
But the program, which struggled for the first year to service even 1,000 patients, continues to face challenges, including a lack of interest from the medical community, as well as legal restrictions that have prevented enough participation to keep the program alive.
When the Compassionate Use Act was put into place, the state licensed five companies to oversee the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Yet, the state only gave these operations permission to sell specific, pharmaceutical-like products, which are expensive to manufacture and therefore costly for the consumer.
Gorilla Glue and Cannabis Company Reach Settlement
Gorilla Glue adhesive company and well-know weed strain “Gorilla Glue” have reached a settlement in the trademark infringement case brought by the glue maker against the developers of the GG marijuana strains.
Under the agreement, GG Strains and licensees of their numbered strains—initially named Gorilla Glue #1, #4 and #5—have agreed not to use that name and not use use any gorilla imagery or other similarities to Gorilla Glue Co., according to documents filed in an Ohio federal court, where Gorilla Glue is located.
ADDITIONAL GORILLA GLUE SETTLEMENT TERMS
GG Strains will also have to shut down its gorillaglue4.com website and transfer the domain name to Gorilla Glue the adhesive company by Jan. 1, 2020.
Fentanyl-Laced Weed Is Fake News, But Who’s to Blame for This Hoax?
First: Fentanyl is a real thing, and it’s cataclysmic.
The opiate epidemic was never good, but it has become far worse and far more deadly since drug suppliers turned to fentanyl for raw material. The synthetic opiate, designed to relieve the intractable pain of terminal cancer patients and grant them a few suffering-free days or hours at the end of their lives, is prematurely ending tens of thousands more. About a third of the 64,000 people dead from drug overdoses in 2016 were killed by synthetic opiates like fentanyl and analogues that are even more powerful.
Ridiculously easy and cheap to acquire via dark-web drug marketplaces, fentanyl is turning up in bags of purported heroin, in ersatz pills claiming to be Oxycontin or completely different drugs like Xanax—and it’s also popping up in stimulants sold on the street like methamphetamine and crack.
(Authorities like to blame clandestine labs in China for flooding American communities with this killer, a gross example of 21st-century orientalism that absolves the Americans buying and distributing the drug and the American authorities seemingly incapable of doing anything about it.)
Pot Possession Expungement Bill Finally Becomes Law in Maryland
Maryland’s Senate Bill 949 went into effect on October 1. The long-debated bill will make it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession to clear their records.
Prior to the bill’s passage, anyone convicted of cannabis possession was required to wait 10 years before applying for expungement, despite the fact that Maryland decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in 2014.
Now, the waiting period to apply for expungement has been reduced to four years following conviction.
Senator Brian Feldman, who sponsored the piece of legislation, said the bill aims to help people who were convicted for using or possessing marijuana before it was decriminalized.
“We shouldn’t have folks, particularly younger folks, prejudiced,” Feldman said. “This is real-world stuff, and it just seems incongruent to have on the books prospectively that this is no longer a crime and yet have thousands of young Marylanders hampered with this criminal record.”
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