Following Marijuana Legalization, Testing For Potency And Toxins Becomes A Priority
Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana testing has historically been used to verify whether a person has the substance in their system. But as more states legalize the drug for recreational and medical purposes, there is a growing need to test marijuana for different reasons — to verify its safety, purity, potency and active ingredients.
Part of the push to begin laboratory testing on marijuana came after Washington and Colorado legalized the substance for recreational use in November 2012. According to a report in the Associated Press, the action “has placed regulators and researchers in a race against time to develop health warnings and ratings for potency before the legalized dispensaries open in the states.”
Just like alcohol, when retail sales of marijuana begin next year in the two states, the drug will come with health warnings, potency ratings and certification that it meets the safety limits for pesticides, molds and microbes such as E. coli and salmonella.
Regulators say they want to ensure people are aware of just how strong the drug is before they use it and don’t want people getting enormous doses at once. For these reasons, the concentrations, chemical compositions and active ingredients will all be labeled on the product.
Genifer Murray, the CEO of CannLabs in Denver, said the drug needs to be properly dosed, especially when it is being used medicinally.
“You can’t just say take a few puffs every few hours,” she said. “You can’t die from eating cannabis, but you sure can feel like dying if you eat too much.”
The tests will be expensive, adding about $500 to the cost of every 5 pounds of marijuana, which currently costs between $1,500 to $3,500 for 1 pound, according to the AP. But Murray says the extra cost is worth it because regulators will be able to trace contaminated marijuana back to the source.
Mason Tvert, the spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the decision to test the safety of marijuana “demonstrates a shift in how we are beginning to treat marijuana in this country.”
Read more: http://www.mintpressnews.com
Cannabis Can Enhance Performance In Sports
Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
A recent research paper conducted by the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, inconjunction with the National Institute for Translational Medicine, has found that cannabis can improve performance in sports (whether mild or extreme).
The paper, which examined numerous peer-reviewed studies, concludes:
“Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories (e.g., negative experiences) leading to enhanced performance. It is also worthwhile to note that cannabis smoking improves sleep time and recovery, which may favor performance when an athlete is facing multiple competitions in a short period of time. In light of these positive effects, one can assume cannabis is a doping substance that relaxes the mind and improves recovery.”
Rules change on Olympic marijuana testing
Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
It's been 15 years since Ross Rebagliati won snowboarding's first Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games — and then nearly lost that medal after he tested positive for marijuana.
Since then, the drug has become an integral part of Rebagliati's life. Next month Rebagliati will open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Whistler, British Columbia, called "Ross' Gold." The Canadian has also become a public face for pot-smoking athletes around the globe.
"Anytime somebody gets in trouble for weed I'm the guy the media calls," Rebagliati, who lives outside Whistler, told USA TODAY Sports. "I went on NBC to defend (Michael) Phelps for smoking responsibly. I told them, Hey, it's zero calories, zero fat!'"
Now 42, Rebagliati believes that changing attitudes toward marijuana — it's now legal for medicinal purposes in Canada and 14 U.S. states — justifies the drug's removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.
Like cocaine and heroin, cannabis is banned during competition by WADA, which oversees drug testing worldwide in Olympic sports.
WADA recently amended its rules on cannabis, raising the threshold for a positive test from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. In 1998 at the Nagano Games, Rebagliati recorded a level of 17.8 ng/ml, and argued the test resulted from second-hand smoke, which he still says. Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA, said the raising of the threshold is meant to catch only athletes who smoke during the period of a competition. The drug isn't prohibited out of competition.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com
Why private marijuana clubs are likely in Seattle's future
Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Owners of the medical marijuana collective Have a Heart, which has three storefronts in Seattle, recently opened what might become the model for future private marijuana clubs for recreational use in Seattle.
Have a Heart’s storefront in the University District has a café where medical marijuana patients can consume cannabis – indoors, in a comfortable groovy atmosphere.
Co-owner Ryan Kunkel opened the café because, he said, he’d heard too many stories of how some of the medical marijuana patients from out of town were smoking marijuana in their cars, out on the street or in parks.
“You had your average suburban housewives who need to medicate, so they were doing it in their minivans,” he said. “After I heard more stories like that, I thought, ‘This is crazy.’ We needed to make a place for them to use it.”
So, Kunkel and co. decided to open a cafe-style club for medical marijuana members of its cooperative. You can get a variety of espresso and also “dabs” in the dab bar, those would be hash oil concentrates inhaled from a vaporizing device.
“Patients can go upstairs, take their dab and come down here to hang out,” Kunkel said, sitting on one of the half-dozen comfy couches in the café area, where vaporizing is also allowed.
Kunkel et al. believe they are solidly within a grey zone of the legal system because they only allow vaporizing inside, thus circumventing the state laws against smoking indoors.
And, only members of the collective can get in to use the space, so it is technically a private club … they believe.
When recreational pot is available, where will it be used?
Seattle is looking for some remedy to keep tourists and apartment dwellers from taking their chances on the civil violation front and clouding up the city streets and parks with marijuana smoke.
Entrepreneurs like Kunkel are likely to test the boundaries of the law to open private clubs for recreational use. And, it seems the city of Seattle will be open to that sort of thing.
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com
Marijuana seeds of discontent planted throughout Germany's parks by way of protest
Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
A German city is going to pot - literally — after cannabis activists sowed several pounds of marijuana seeds in its parks, planter boxes and gardens. Gottingen has been hit by green-fingered pro-pot elves who are protesting against what they say is the national "demonization" of the drug.
The group — which calls itself "A Few Autonomous Flower Children" — started laying its seeds of objection in June. Members claim their guerrilla gardening is against Germany's "restrictive drug policies" and say it's incomprehensible "why cannabis, unlike alcohol, cannot be legally purchased."
And they are now witnessing the fruits of their labor — as the first marijuana plants start to bloom, reports Der Spiegel. Cops are now facing a running battle to keep the illegal plants from sprouting up — with some even appearing directly in front of the city's main police station.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
D.C. Councilmember: "Marijuana Does Not Do Harm, It's Not A Gateway Drug"
Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A bill introduced Wednesday by D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital.
The bill would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.
The measure was prompted in part by an American Civil Liberties Union report that found the District of Columbia leads the nation in per capita arrests for marijuana possession.
Councilmember David Grosso, one of nine co-sponsors of the bill, strongly supports decriminalization in the District for a multitude of reasons.
“It’s time for us to recognize that marijuana does not do harm,” said Grosso. “It’s not a gateway drug like people think it is. It’s not causing massive accidents or causing people to go crazy on the streets. And it’s just leading a lot of kids right to jail. Until they’re able to purchase this in a regular store and not have any consequences, that’s what it’s going to continue to do.”
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The ACLU report also states about 90 percent of those arrested for marijuana possession are black.
“For too many years we’ve put non-violent drug offenders behind bars, disproportionately affecting African-American males, especially in the District of Columbia,” Grosso said. “It’s time for us to step up and stop that from happening. The way to stop that is decriminalization.”
Read more: http://washington.cbslocal.com
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