Wyoming police officials divided on effects of Colorado's marijuana legalization

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell knows people in his community buy marijuana from Colorado.

“When we ask where it came from, without exception, it’s Colorado,” Lowell said. “I assume they’re going across the border, purchasing and coming back.”

But those purchases in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized last year, haven’t translated into an increase in prosecutions for possessing the drug. In fact, marijuana charges in Sweetwater County dropped 18 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Overall, the county has maintained an average of 36 marijuana charges each year for the past three years.

“The change in drug arrests has been nonexistent,” Lowell said.

Law enforcement officials are divided on whether Wyomingites are consuming more marijuana since Colorado decriminalized the drug. Statistics aren’t helpful either.

According to figures released last month by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, nearly 8 percent of arrests in Wyoming last year involved marijuana. But there’s no baseline for comparison because the organization just started collecting data concerning marijuana last year.

Carbon County, Niobrara County and Sweetwater County, in that order, had the highest percentages of marijuana-related arrests last year, according to WASCOP’s data.

“We’ve always got somebody in jail for possession of marijuana, it seems like,” said Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson. “Whether it’s always coming from Colorado, I’m not sure. More than it used to be for sure.”

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Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

For years, opponents of legalizing medical marijuana have built their case on the most powerful of political maxims: Think about the children. But today it’s the suffering of children that might eventually compel the federal government to relax its stance.


Thousands of kids across the United States are afflicted with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, rare forms of childhood-onset epilepsy that can cause dozens, even hundreds, of severe seizures each day. Conventional drugs have been ineffective.

Last year, however, the FDA approved a clinical trial of Epidiolex, a drug made from cannabidiol (CBD)—one of 85 active chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, in marijuana. The initial findings were promising. After 12 weeks of treatment, 54 percent of patients experienced fewer seizures and 9 percent saw their seizures cease. The trial has already moved to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. (Read about the new science of marijuana.)

In addition, scientists are stepping up lab research to better understand the mechanisms of CBD, which, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is not psychoactive. Joseph Sullivan, the director of the University of California Pediatric Epilepsy Center in San Francisco, who was also one of the investigators in the Epidiolex study, says that one of the most significant developments driving this research is that the medical community is no longer lumping cannabinoids together.

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Sea Weed? Packages of Marijuana Wash Ashore in 2 States

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama man stumbled upon a 10-pound package of marijuana that washed up on the beach.

Multiple news outlets report that Ron Smith was taking a morning walk near the Cotton Bayou Beach access in Orange Beach on Tuesday when he noticed what he thought was a seat cushion floating in the water.

Upon closer inspection, he realized the package was actually a bag full of compressed marijuana.

Smith called police, who picked up the package. Authorities say the bag weighed 10 pounds and was worth about $8,000.

WECT-TV reports that another package of marijuana washed up along a beach in North Carolina on May 10. That package contained more than 12 pounds of marijuana. Atlantic Beach Police say Tropical Storm Ana likely washed the package ashore.



Get high every morning with marijuana K-cups

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

As more and more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, edibles and infusions are becoming a massive marketplaceYahoo Finance now reports that coffee businesses are now infusing cannabis in their brews, ready to be bought in K-cups and coffee pods.

Uncle Ike's Pot Shop of Seattle sells pods of "premium infused" coffee, containing 10mg of THC, for $10 each. "I liken it to a Red Bull and vodka," Uncle Ike’s sales manager Jennifer Lanzador told Yahoo. "I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis." The pods are becoming big sellers — probably because of their undeniable convenience — and now reportedly account for 60 percent of Uncle Ike's coffee sales.

Uncle Ike's isn't alone. Companies like California's House of Jane already sells four versions of its own pot-infused K-cups, and found Ben-David Sheppard tells Yahoo that he's planning to launch an infused vanilla bean Frappuccino in time for summer. Now, the best part of waking up... is cannabis in your cup.



Marijuana Likely to Become Stronger Due to Global Warming

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Pot grown outdoors in California could become much more potent as climate change and drought continue to wreak havoc on the state's fragile ecosystems.

According to a new study from The Daily Climate, rising temperatures and CO2 levels will likely boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants, including cannabis.

"If you go back to the times plants evolved on land, the average CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels were 1,000 parts per million; today it's about 400," Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service who led the research, said.

This is significant because only 4 percent of plant species have adapted to these's lower CO2 levels. The rest—including cannabis—still feel deprived. 

But Ziska, who specializes in "weed migration patterns in the face of climate change," believes global warming will benefit these deprived plants with more optimal levels of CO2, meaning "marijuana grown outdoors will likely become stronger and require less water to thrive."

And other scientists agree.

James Duke, a retired USDA entho-botanist, explained that environmental stressors—such as California's drought—typically cause plants to exhibit more medicinal properties.

"The more stress a plant gets—heat or cold or disease or just plain beating it—the more medicinal and less edible it becomes," Duke told The Daily Climate.

Stress causes plants to convert proteins, carbohydrates and fats into "secondary metabolites that protect the plant," he further explained. As far as marijuana is concerned, that means a potential increase in THC, CBD and other cannabinoid levels.



Marijuana Sales Set A Record In Colorado For Third Month In A Row

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

colorado price legal marijuanaThe marijuana industry in Colorado is booming. The ‘green rush’ is on, and there are a lot of people in Colorado that are benefiting from the next great American industry. January and February of this year both set records for legal marijuana sales in the state. The numbers have been released for March sales, and the upward trend appears to be continuing. Per The Joint Blog:

There was roughly $74 million worth of legal cannabis sold in Colorado in March, setting a record for the third straight month.

In total, consumers spent more than $42 million on recreational cannabis, up from the $39 million they spent in February, and the $36 million they spent in January (both figures set records at the time).

In additional to the $42 million in recreational cannabis sold in March, there was $32 million worth of medical cannabis purchased. This is according to data released by the state’s Department of Revenue.

It’s like I always say – why isn’t every state doing this? While some states are doing everything they can to keep marijuana prohibition in place, Colorado is benefiting greatly from allowing legal sales of a substance that is safer than alcohol. April tends to be the biggest marijuana sales month of the year, so I expect this trend to continue in Colorado when the April numbers are released.




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