E-Cigarette Firm Eyes Emerging Cannabis Oil Market
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise.
Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado. And in more than a dozen other states, medical marijuana is available.
The growing availability of legal pot opens the door for Tulsa-based Palm Beach Vapors to market a method for producing a cannabis oil product that can be inhaled through a common e-cigarette, according to CEO and co-founder Chip Paul.
"This is a wave that's kind of sweeping the nation," said Paul, whose company is looking to patent the method and has already signed licensing deals in California and Colorado for what it calls the M-System. He said he intends to set up franchise locations in other states.
The use of marijuana is currently illegal in Oklahoma, but the market for cannabis products is projected to grow as more states move to legalize it. Advocates plan a big push for legalization initiatives on 2016 ballots in California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, according to Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Paul was one of the organizers of an Oklahoma initiative petition calling for the legalization of medical marijuana, an effort that ended in August when volunteers failed to gather the needed signatures of more than 155,000 registered voters. The failed petition sought voter approval of classifying marijuana as an herbal drug that would be regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Health. Doctors would have been authorized to prescribe it for a variety of medical conditions.
Cannabis has a history of medicinal use to treat pain or alleviate symptoms such as nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients and people with AIDS. Paul plans to launch another petition drive in August 2015.
But Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, says the agency is concerned about the inhalation of cannabis oils via e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes work by heating liquid nicotine into an inhalable mist; cannabis oils and waxes work much the same. Palm Beach Vapors does not buy, sell or ship marijuana but licenses the preparation method and additive that produces a vegetable glycerin base in which cannabis oils remain evenly distributed, which is key to labeling concentrations, similar to the nicotine measurements in e-cigarettes, Paul said.
The company has applied for a patent, and expects the M-System to account for 30-40 percent of its annual revenue by 2018, provided the country continues its march toward wider legalization, Paul said.
Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana, but Nate Renschler, who has a Palm Beach Vapors franchise in Newburgh, Indiana, said that sentiment could change when state officials realize the tax benefits of legalization.
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New Mexico Governor Candidate Vows To Protect Medical Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
Gary King is running for Governor of New Mexico. Below is a press release he unveiled involving his views on medical marijuana:
Statement: A Vote for Gary King is a vote to protect medical cannabis patients.
Caring for our own is a strong New Mexican value and a fundamental King family value. When people are in pain we should do everything we can to lessen their suffering. As your Governor I will use my power to protect and improve the Department of Health’s medical cannabis program and improve patient access to this medicine for all New Mexicans who need it by asking my Secretary of Health to make it a priority in his or her department.
All around the state people come up and tell me what being able to legally access marijuana means to them. I can see the truth in their eyes as they speak to me. During this campaign, patients and their loved ones have given me a deeper understanding of how absolutely critical the medical cannabis program is for thousands of our sickest and most vulnerable patients and their families. Whether a veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange and is undergoing chemotherapy, a terminally ill cancer patient or a victim of violence suffering post-traumatic stress who hasn’t slept in 36 hours and cannot rest, I am committed to ensuring that all patients who need medical cannabis have safe and affordable access to their medicine.
Medical marijuana, a history of compassion in New Mexico…
I am proud that the New Mexico Legislature passed the Lynn Pierson Therapeutic Cannabis Act passed in 1978 and the Lynn Pierson and Erin Armstrong Compassionate Use Act in 2007. This compassionate response to the desperate needs of patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma and other debilitating diseases paved the way for hundreds of New Mexicans to find relief for their symptoms in a regulated system. Brave New Mexico women advocated for the passage of these laws, which not only provided relief for hundreds of New Mexicans, they also paved the way for 19 other states to enact similar legislation. As Governor I pledge to protect these laws and honor the legacy of the women who stood up for themselves, their families and other New Mexicans in need.
Medical marijuana and overdose death prevention…
Overdose death rates are at epidemic proportions across the nation and in our state. Medical marijuana is a safe and non-toxic alternative to opiate pain killers. Many people say that medical marijuana helps them abstain from self-medicating with alcohol or using more harmful
substances like narcotics to control their pain.
As New Mexico’s Governor I will reinvigorate our harm reduction efforts and will support Department of Health efforts to educate licensed health care providers in New Mexico about how medical marijuana can be an overdose prevention tool and about certifying patients through the New Mexico Department of Health.
Medical marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs…
Pharmaceutical drugs are helpful for many people, but not for everyone. For many people medical marijuana simply works better than pharmacy pills do to take away their pain, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, etcetera without giving them debilitating side effects, like suicidal ideation, that they have when they take pharmaceutical drugs.
Wild Growing Pot Plant Gets Axed
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
Cannabis is a weed. By definition, weeds are plants that are considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one that grows where it is not wanted. Weeds spread fast or take the place of desired plants. They grow naturally and without human interaction. A few examples are dandelions, crabgrass, and vines (which can kill plants and even trees with their brutal grip). The name “weed” appropriately fits cannabis, as the cannabis plant can grow where ever, when ever. It grows quickly and without help from humans. But even when growing in the wild, on it’s own, cannabis isn’t safe from human tyranny.
In Britain, a two-foot-tall cannabis plant was found growing at the mouth of the River Doon, Ayr. A horseback rider came across the plant one day and couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Since the summer, the plant has been growing and thriving due to the nutrition from seaweed and weeks of dry heat. Police said that they haven’t ever seen anything like this, which kind of shows how in the dark the authorities are of the fact that this plant is what it is; a WEED.
The horseback rider took a photo of the plant and showed it to everyone she knew. All of the people she showed it to knew what it was immediately. The single pot plant stood alone on the beach, leading people to believe that it was dropped there possibly by a bird that had either gotten one of the seeds in it’s food or the lucky bird had recently visited a cannabis farm. Unfortunately for the not-so-little trooper, the location of it’s grow was given to the police so that the plant could be destroyed.
There was recently another incident in which an older woman asked a BBC radio show to help her identify a strange plant that she found growing in her garden. What was the plant? A five foot tall marijuana plant that had taken root in her backyard. Patricia Hewitson was informed of the type of plant on air, with her only response being a shocked, “Oh dear.”
Hewitson, 65, was confused as to why the plant was giving off such a pungent odor and even put a photo on Facebook, asking her friends what the mystery plant was. No one knew and the plant was eventually named by the radio show as being a marijuana plant.
Mom Jailed For Giving Son Cannabis Oil
Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
When a doctor suggests something to a parent with a sick child, the parent is probably going to take the doctors advice. As did Angela Brown of Madison, Minnesota, when she ran out of options for her son Trey Brown (age 15), who had been struck in the head by a line drive while playing baseball. The doctor that Brown was seeing suggested that the family turn to cannabis oil as a last resort, as Trey had started to harm himself and began to think about committing suicide. The Brown family took the doctor’s advice and the oil seemed to give the teen a break from the terrible effects of the accident.
“Trey would describe it as reducing the pressure in his head. He didn’t have the pressure anymore and his muscles would calm down,” Angela said. “Everything was great until I opened my mouth to the wrong person and I got turned in. And family services questioned my son at school, the cops came to my workplace.”
After examining the family and their situation, the county family services dropped the case against Brown but the Lac Qui Parle County attorney was gunning for criminal charges against the mother who was just trying to help her suffering son. Angela now faces two gross misdemeanors which includes child endangerment. Hard to believe since all she was trying to do was make her son’s life easier after experiencing the blow to the head that really effected the way that he was living.
Angela Brown has gained a great deal of support from the social media crowd. People have been urging the prosecutors to drop the case in forums as well as long petitions for the concerned mother. “He is worth every bit of struggle and any bit of time we have to spend in a courtroom,” David Brown, Trey’s father, told reporters in August when the charges were filed.
Colorado Is Funding A Marijuana Breathalyzer
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana opponents act like when marijuana becomes legal, our roads will instantly become so unsafe that everyone should fear for their lives. The fact is, traffic fatalities are at an all time low in Colorado after they legalized marijuana. But never mind that pesky fact, clearly there is a need to find ways to fix this problem that doesn’t exist (sarcasm). That’s why the State of Colorado recently granted $250,000 to a company that creates alcohol breathalyzers to see if they can develop a similar device for marijuana. Per The Cannabist:
The grant, which requires matching funds from the company, will allow Lifeloc Technologies to speed development of a tool that will be marketed to law enforcement, corrections, schools and workplaces.
“There is no equivalent of a marijuana breathalyzer today. Law enforcement does not have a fast, reliable and non-invasive THC impairment test available at roadside,” Lifeloc president Barry Knott said in a statement.
The fact of the matter is there will likely never be a device that can accurately measure current marijuana impairment. Yes, a device can detect if someone has marijuana in their system, but since marijuana stays in a person’s system for weeks and weeks at a time, there’s no way to determine if that individual had recently consumed marijuana, or had done so safely weeks before being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. This grant is a waste of money, but I’m sure there are political motivations behind it, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised to see even more money thrown at the idea if/when it fails to succeed.
Police Donate Stolen Lamps To Sports Team
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
When cops raid a cannabis grow op, they usually take everything. And by everything, I really mean everything. The plants, the pots, the lights, the irrigation systems. Everything is tarn and categorized as evidence, leaving the grower to struggle to come up with food money, forget rent and lawyer fees. But as always, the cops use this to their advantage and try to make themselves look good at the disadvantage of others.
Take, for example, the police in Rochdale, who confiscated grow lights and then donated them to Spotland Stadium in order for the field to grow better grass. Sgt Andy Fern was the man behind the “donation” and the idea was formed after a similar situation in Notts County, who also used stolen grow lights to improve their sports playing field. Lights such as this are expensive, running almost $13,000 for this particular model. The heat from the lamps will assist the grass growth and replicate warmer conditions.
While the head groundskeeper, 24 year old Oli Makin, has nothing but kind words to say about the donation from the police, the article which reported the story said nothing of the devastation that befell the original owner of the lights. “I can’t thank the police enough,” Makin said, truly showing how little people know (or care) about the people who are growing cannabis in order to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Growers spend thousands upon thousands of dollars in order to keep their plants healthy and happy, providing to regular citizens or patients. But inevitably, the cops break in to these grow sites, take everything that isn’t bolted to the floor (and sometimes, they even take those things as well), and leave the grower strapped for money and most of the time, in jail.
So while the Rochdale Hornets rugby team will have a beautiful field of grass to play on, the person who actually paid for those lights is sitting in a jail cell, awaiting a trial for simply growing a plant. The police on the other hand, look like heroes in the community, donating expensive equipment to people who “need” it. But in reality, the equipment is stolen and unjustly given away to sports fields. To some, the police are heroes. To those who know better, they are thieves giving out stolen merchandise… Which was a crime, last time I checked.
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