Mandatory Medical Marijuana Testing Coming To Oregon
Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana testing has been a growing sector of the medical marijuana industry for years now, and I don’t see that trend slowing down at all. As more and more states approve medical marijuana dispensaries, mandatory testing is becoming more common. I think it’s a good thing, because it helps patients decide what is the best medicine for them. It looks like Oregon is going to require mandatory testing for recently legalized medical marijuana dispensaries, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it was something the legislature talked about from the start.
A lot of medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon already carry strains that are lab tested. Most of the testing revolves around potency levels right now. As more and more testing labs open in Oregon finding a lab will be a lot easier, which is a big reason that some dispensaries don’t currently carry lab tested meds. It’s only a matter of time before out-of-state labs open franchises in Oregon. I would like to see Oregon-based testing labs open, but only time will tell if that happens.
I have some friends on the rule making committee, so once the rules are finalized around marijuana testing I’ll make sure to post them. Below is an excerpt about the rule making process from The Oregonian:
The new law also includes a requirement for testing marijuana, the latest frontier in states’ evolving approach to regulating cannabis. Twenty states, and Washington, D.C., allow marijuana for medicinal use, but Oregon is among only a handful that will require cannabis testing. Nationally, advocates have lobbied states with medical marijuana laws to mandate lab tests for a range of impurities and even potency, arguing that consumers deserve detailed information about the drug before consuming it.
Among the issues being considered: How often should marijuana be tested and who should perform the tests? Should third-party labs or the dispensaries themselves perform the tests? Should those conducting the tests be required to undergo criminal background checks, similar to the ones required of dispensary owners? What standards should the labs follow? Are any levels of mold, mildew and pesticide acceptable?
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Real Life Nancy Botwin In Scarsdale, NY
Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
A real life version of the famed "weed mom" on the ever popular show Weeds has appeared in the form of a Scarsdale, NY woman named Andrea Sanderlin, mother of three. According to the article on CNBC.com, Sanderlin has been operating a huge marijuana grow operation in a warehouse building in Queens. The operation has been producing marijuana for about four years now, starting back in 2009. The warehouse contained at least 1,000 plants, which she was selling and profiting from.
By claiming that the warehouse space was a classy fashion design firm, Sanderlin lived in luxury, just like Nancy Botwin. But the pot mom's luck fizzled out back in May, when the FBI and DEA followed her to the grow operation warehouse in Queens. The case was incredibly famous when the mom was originally arrested because of the eerie resemblance to the show Weeds. You have to admit that the similarities are insane.
Originally, Sanderlin pled not guilty to the change of marijuana cultivation. The case is back in the news because she recently changed her plea to guilty. The 45-year-old mother faces 10 years in prison when she is sentenced and is currently out on $500,000 bail. She is charged with the cultivation of thousands of marijuana plants from 2009 to 2013.
Washington state approves rules for legal marijuana sales
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
If you're looking for a new line of work, consider a rewarding career in pot in Washington state, where regulators officially opened the door Wednesday to selling marijuana legally.
The state Liquor Control Board adopted rules that will let 334 retail marijuana stores open across the state after almost 11 months of research and discussion since voters approved the legalization of possession of up to an ounce of pot for recreational use.
Applications to run the stores will be accepted starting Nov. 18.
The months of negotiation were needed to figure out how to balance creating a "tightly regulated and controlled" recreational marijuana market while at the same time protecting it from out-of-state imports and illegal trafficking on the so-called gray market, the board said in a statement.
Washington is the second state to issue rules for legal marijuana markets. Colorado approved similar rules last month.
Left undetailed is just how the legal market will work. The ballot initiative that Washington voters passed in November legalized private possession — but it didn't legalize public display or use.
And while the U.S. Justice Department has said it won't sue either state, it has made its opposition to legal sales abundantly clear. As with medical marijuana dispensaries, federal policy is to look the other way.
That has raised doubts — still open — that the federal government won't change banking regulations that ban banks from handling proceeds from marijuana sales.
Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com
Hysterical Media Dub Dabs "The Crack of Marijuana"
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
No article I have written generated as much controversy as one I originally entitled “The Danger of Dabs” (reprinted in HIGH TIMES May 2012 issue as “The Dawn of the Dab”). My thesis was “The danger of dabs isn’t so much physical as it is a public relations nightmare.” A theme that has developed from just a few news reports reveals how the media are framing butane hash oil as the latest dangerous drug endangering our teenagers.
ABC15 in Phoenix ran a story on a Monday entitled “‘Dabbing’ the new drug of choice for teens?“. Following a brief explanation of what “butane hash oil” is without ever mentioning it is essentially marijuana, the bulk of the story features Shane Watson, a rehab counselor and recovering addict explaining how awful his life became because of BHO. The story even warns parents what to look for if their child is “making ‘dab’” without mentioning the marijuana needed to make it. The entire construction of the article is to separate hash oil from marijuana conceptually, to paint “dab” as some different drug entirely.
By Tuesday, ABC2 in Baltimore, ABC7 in Denver, and ABC5 in Cleveland are re-airing the story. On Wednesday, ABC23 in Bakersfield and ABC10 in San Diego repeat the story. The “dab” aired all over the country as any ABC affiliate needing a sensational filler story out of Arizona played the footage.
By Thursday, the ABC15 story made leap into the internet media as a screen grab for a story “‘Dabbing:’ Dangerous New Drug Seized in Maryland” appearing in the Towson Patch. This story features the subtitle, “‘This is the crack of marijuana,’ one official quoted a user as saying of the concentrated butane hash oil.” The official, Sgt. Mike Conner of the Maryland State Police, goes on to say, “It’s so potent. It is dangerous. People claim you can’t overdose on marijuana. In fact, you can. It’s so strong, they are passing out.”
“The crack of marijuana” quote then gained traction when it was re-printed in the Baltimore News Journal on Saturday. Then, in a story called “The Best, Worst Marijuana in the World is Spreading Like Weeds” in the Fredricksburg Patch, “the crack of marijuana” quote is followed by a lead that read “A powerful, concentrated form of marijuana is quickly gaining popularity along the East Coast—but unlike typical marijuana, it may carry the risk of overdose.”
For reference, the story then cites California NORML’s Dale Gieringer writing in O’Shaughnessy’s (the journal of medical cannabis) that “increased use of BHO has led to an increase in hospitalizations for cannabis overdose.” And I can attest to the fact that I’ve never seen people pass out and get wheeled away on stretchers for smoking flowers like I have at events with dabs. There is also my own personal experience with a too-big dab that left me retching my guts all over a Los Angeles sidewalk.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Denvers anti-marijuana-smell proposal nearly snuffed out
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
The proposed city ordinance in Denver that would re-criminalize possession of marijuana in some public places and impose a year in jail and $999 fine for marijuana smell got what seemed to be a pretty cool reception today.
A council committee there took up the ordinance, beat it up and promised to revisit it, likely significantly redrafted, sometime down the road.
What’s it matter to Seattle/Washington and The Pot Blog?
The proposed rules came about as backlash to open use of marijuana in the city and lingering concerns about the social issues legal pot brings up: How kids will perceive marijuana use, whether its use will degrade the business climate downtown and if people will have to live with the smell of pot the next time they throw a birthday party for their kid in a park …
Consequently, it seems prudent to expect efforts to curtail marijuana use here as the legal system comes on board, the legal marijuana market gets underway and people see and smell it more.
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com
Scientists Found a Compound That Keeps Marijuana From Getting You High
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the dopamine-boosting compound in marijuana that, technically speaking, "induces euphoria" — science jargon for "gets you high." It also happens to work on the brain region involved in psychological addiction. Now, a team of researchers has identified a substance that blocks THC's dopamine effect. Why is that important? Let's have a grown-up discussion about weed.
We've already written about the mechanics behind how marijuana makes you feel. But you may be surprised to find out that in the United States, over a million people sought treatment for marijuana dependence in 2009 (Figure 7.8), nearly as many as did for cocaine and heroin combined. While the Marijuana Policy Project points out that 57% of those receiving treatment in the U.S. did so in lieu of serving a prison sentence, people still seek anti-dependence treatment in countries like the Netherlands where marijuana use has been decriminalized.
Like most drugs with addictive potential, THC works by increasing dopamine levels in the "reward centers" of the brain (the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens). A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug abuse found that the drug Ro 61-8048 blocks THC's ability to stimulate dopamine production in the brain's reward centers. Without dopamine, there's no neurological reward to the drug, and no drive to continue using it.
The researchers taught squirrel monkeys to self-administer THC by pushing a lever. Once the monkeys exhibited signs of addiction (in this case, frequent lever pushing), Ro 61-8048 reduced the reward effect of continual THC doses, leading the monkeys to stop seeking additional doses. The same behavior was seen in rats that were taught to dose themselves with WIN 55,212-2, a synthetic THC substitute.
Read more: http://gizmodo.com
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