• Marijuana Use among Teens witnesses Sharp Decline

    December 17, 2014

    A new study, 'Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs' published by University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has revealed that the alcohol and marijuana use among the teen has witnessed a sharp fall in 2014. The survey has taken into account 40,000 8th-graders, 10th-graders and 12-th graders.

    After an increase for the last five years, the marijuana use by students in all three grades has declined to 24% in 2014 as compared to 26% in 2013. Among the high school seniors, the marijuana users fell from 6.5% in 2013 to 5.8% in 2014. The fall is very significant, as many states are making efforts to legalize pot to prevent drug abuse among kids. The anti-marijuana activists may use this report to discourage the legalization process.

    According to the survey, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes dropped to their lowest level since the study began in 1975. This is an interesting trend. If it continues in case of marijuana use too, anti-pot efforts will gain momentum. "There is a lot of good news in this year's results, but the problems of teen substance use and abuse are still far from going away," Lloyd
    Johnston, the study's principal investigator, said.

    Interestingly, Synthetic marijuana, chemical concoctions used to simulate a marijuana high, no longer remain on demand. They are being sold at convenience stores and gas stations. But, their sales have dropped significantly in 2014. 11% of 12th standard students were using the drugs in 2011. In 2014, the figure declined to 6%.

    Use of all prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, sedatives and amphetamines, declined from 16% in 2013 to 14% in 2014 among 12th graders. Narcotic painkiller use dropped again from 7% in 2013 to 6% in 2014. However, Heroin use remained stable for teens.
  • Native American Tribes allowed do Marijuana Business

    December 12, 2014

    The Barack Obama administration has decided to allow the Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana even in those states where pot remains illegal. This is a significant decision, which may have far-reaching consequences. Some federal restrictions may still apply to the relaxation, as marijuana can't be allowed to grow on public land and can't be sold to minors or drug cartels.

    It would be interesting to see how many tribes will take advantage of the decision, as many of them are opposed to legalization of marijuana. The Justice Department guidelines will allow Native American tribes to formulate policies on their own. They can set up schemes to grow and sell marijuana in states where it's illegal, or ban marijuana in states, where it's legal.

    It has been a long-standing demand of the Native tribes who sought more autonomy to set their own regulations on issues such as drugs, taxes and gambling. A 2011 survey conducted by JAMA Network, had revealed that 15 percent of Native American adolescents aged 12 to 17 suffer from a drug abuse disorder, compared to 7.9 percent of the entire adolescent population.

    Only three tribes in California, Washington state and in the Midwest have expressed interest in selling marijuana. Other tribes may or may not follow suit. A tribe in South Dakota has already rejected a proposal to allow sale of marijuana. Former Klamath Tribes chairman Jeff Mitchell from Oregon expressed confidence that tribal governments will deal with the verdict appropriately and consider social and legal aspects as well as other implications before taking any decision.

    The tribal policy in the United States, is based on an August 2013 Justice Department announcement that the federal government won't intervene if the states strictly regulate marijuana and take steps to keep it away from children, criminal cartels and federal properties.

  • Congress to block D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Plan

    December 09, 2014

    Even though nearly 70 percent of voters in District of Columbia had given thumbs up to the recreational use of marijuana in the national capital, the U.S. Congress is looking forward to stall their efforts to legalize the pot. The Initiative 71, which was supposed to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use while still banning sales, may not get the nod of the U.S. Congress.

    According to a summary published on the House Appropriation website, the spending bill to be considered by the Congress this week, prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District.

    According to Drug Policy Alliance, the Democrats who openly vouched for Initiative 71, may strike a deal with the Republicans to show that they protected D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law from elimination, even though they failed in the legalization efforts.

    D.C.'s legalization initiative in November received the mandate to allow use of small amount of marijuana for recreational purpose. However, as per the provisions, all initiatives in the national capital must get the Congressional approval to become law.

    The Ballot 71 initiative would allow adults 21 and above to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants of cannabis at home, and give marijuana to other adults 21 and above. However, it still prohibited legalization, regulation or sale of pot. Only Colorado and Washington have so far legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Apart from D.C., Alaska and Oregon too approved the November initiatives to allow recreational use of pot in their states.

  • Sarah Jain Reviews the DaVinci Ascent Portable Vape

    November 26, 2014

    Sarah Jain is back for a pre-Thanksgiving video review of the Da Vinci Ascent, which is currently one of the best portable vapes on the market. Enjoy.
  • Colorado Pot Shops plan 'Green Friday'

    November 27, 2014

    While people across the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving Day today on November 27 and gear up for the biggest shopping fiesta of the year (Black Friday) on November 28, the pot shops in Colorado have come up with a unique idea. They have decided to turn Black Friday into Green Friday by announcing smoking deals.

    A store in Denver store was offering a limited number of ounces of marijuana for $50 each. This is much less than the $250 per ounce price, which is prevalent in the market. The store has been identified as Grass Station. Only the first 16 customers can avail of this opportunity.

    As this is the first Black Friday since recreational marijuana has been allowed in Colorado, the pot shops are leaving no stones unturned to make it memorable. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014 although it had allowed medical marijuana years ago.

    The 'Green Friday' deals include Sweetgrass Kitchen's single-serving marijuana-infused pumpkin pies, pumpkin-spice mocha chocolate bars containing eight servings of pot and discounts for customers who brought in canned food for the local homeless shelter. One dispensary is selling marijuana in the shape of mini Christmas trees.

    The pot shops in Colorado claim that their offers have already generated much curiosity among the buyers. The next two days would be very crucial for the pot industry in Colorado. If the 'Green Friday' idea turns out to be a big success, the shop owners may be tempted to plan many such events in future. And, Christmas and New Year are not that far.

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    October 23, 2014

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  • Democrat Senator gives Marijuana Push in Georgia

    November 25, 2014

    Georgia became the latest state in the United States to join the legal battle for Marijuana use. Democrat Senator Curt Thompson introduced two pieces of legislation on Monday that would legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Georgia. Both legislation are known as SB 6 and SB 7.

    As per the provisions of SB 6, the state would allow people of 21 years of age and above to purchase a 'limited' amount of marijuana. The taxes and fees collected from the sale of marijuana would be split equally between education and transportation departments of the state. So far, only Colorado and Washington state have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Although Oregon, Alaska and District of Columbia have joined the club recently, the legalization process will go through several phases in these states before people can take advantage of it.

    The SB 7 legislation focuses on legalization of medical marijuana. Under the provisions of this bill, marijuana would be authorized for medical use for such people who suffer from a “debilitating medical condition,” which includes but isn’t limited to cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Alzheimer’s disease. Any other chronic disease or medical conditions that require use of marijuana in the healing process, would also come under this.

    Senator Curt Thompson, while introducing the legislation, made a statement, saying, "During the 2015 legislative session, we will have the opportunity to provide our doctors with an additional tool by legalizing marijuana for medical use.” It can be noted that a bill seeking to legalize cannabis oil for medical use failed to pass the legislature in March 2014. It was sponsored by Republican Allen Peake. It would be interesting to see what response Senator Curt Thompson's efforts will get in the legislature this time.