• Oregon to begin selling Recreational Marijuana in October 2015

    July 29, 2015

    People in Oregon will be able to purchase recreational marijuana much earlier than anticipated. As Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a law on Tuesday allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in existing medical marijuana dispensaries, people will get pot from October 1, 2015. It's a big development, as the law legalizing recreational marijuana in Oregon took effect only on July 1.

    Oregon had approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession, consumption, and cultivation provisions recreational pot became effective on July 1, 2015. And, now, people would be able to purchase it from October 1. The system has worked faster than expected in the state, which had given a huge mandate to legalize recreational marijuana.

    Kristen Grainger, Kate Brown's spokeswoman, termed the development as a "smart solution to a short-term logistical problem. "Oregon’s new recreational marijuana law went into effect in July 2015, but Oregonians couldn’t lawfully buy it anywhere for another year or more. If marijuana is legal to use, it shouldn’t be illegal to buy", she said while talking to a media house.

    The bill allows adults 21 years of age and above to purchase up to 7 grams of dried flower marijuana, as well as up to four seeds or non-flowering cannabis plants. However, it is prohibited to purchase Marijuana topicals, edibles etc. Sales of those items will be permitted only after the recreational marijuana stores open in 2016.

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will establish a regulatory framework and issue licenses to retailers at a later stage. It can noted that only Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana in the U.S. till date.
  • CDC confirms Potential Danger from Marijuana Edibles

    July 28, 2015

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that there is a potential danger from consuming marijuana-infused edibles. The report cited the suicide of a 19-year-old student, who jumped to death from the 4th floor balcony of a Denver hotel in March 2014. The health experts at the CDC believe that risks of consuming marijuana-infused edibles cannot be dismissed outright.

    The story involving Levy Thamba Pongi (19), a Wyoming Exchange student from the Republic of Congo, has raised several questions for sure. Levy, who was on a visit to Colorado in March 2014, ate a marijuana cookie given by a friend. He knew that there were 6 servings contained in the single cookie. Although he was instructed to eat one serving, which contained 10 mg, he went on to finish the entire cookie and later jumped to death.

    The autopsy conducted on Levy Thamba Pongi, had found 7.2 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood in his body. In Colorado, individuals are not allowed to drive if their blood contains 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

    The CDC sought to prove that marijuana edibles have delayed effects (1-2 hours) as against the smoking (5-10 minutes). “This case illustrates a potential danger associated with recreational edible marijuana use,” the CDC said. It also revealed that food, drink and pills infused with THC — the high-inducing compound in marijuana — account for roughly 45 percent of licensed pot sales.

    It can be recalled that Colorado had legalized the recreational marijuana in 2014. Supporters of marijuana, find no big surprise in the findings of CDC, saying marijuana should be used within the permissible limits only, or else it would lead to a life risk. They believe that it's known to everyone and anybody who uses pot beyond the permissible limits, is in fact, putting his/her life in danger.
  • Florida Supreme Court to get 100,000 Medical Marijuana Petitions

    July 23, 2015

    Even as the move to legalize medical marijuana in Florida fell by just two percent during the process in November 2014, people have not given up yet. The advocacy groups are very much active and 'United For Care' has taken the lead in mobilizing support for the pot. The group is now sending 100,000 (almost 30,000 more than required) signatures to the Florida Supreme Court to review the language.

    In November 2014, 58 percent of Florida voters supported Amendment 2, which sought to make medical marijuana legal in the state. However, it could not be passed after failing to reach the 60 percent threshold. Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager of 'United For Care', has expressed confidence that the signatures would be the first step in putting a medical marijuana amendment on the 2016 ballot.

    Since a lot more people will vote in the Presidential polls in 2016, the group expects that their medical marijuana move will get overwhelming support from the masses. The proposed amendment would require the doctors to certify that their patients are suffering from a debilitating illness. The state would then issue ID cards. Patients won't be able to grow pot at their homes, but would get access to treatment centers, which would be licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana.

    If the Supreme Court approves the language on the basis of 100,000 signatures sent by the 'United For Care', the group would have to send 60,000 more signatures to the Florida Division of Elections by February 1, 2016. Once submitted and verified, the amendment would move back to the Supreme Court, which would determine the constitutionality of the amendment.
  • About 44% of Americans have tried Marijuana, reveals Opinion Poll

    July 23, 2015

    According to a poll conducted by Gallup.com, about 44% of Americans have revealed that they have tried marijuana, even though it remains illegal under federal law and only four states have allowed recreational marijuana so far.

    The research-based consulting company, which is best known for its opinion polls, confirmed that this is the highest percentage of people admitting to the use of marijuana ever since they started polls on the same question in 1969 when only 4% people had admitted to using the pot.

    Interestingly, about 11% of the American citizens also revealed that they smoke cannabis even today. The information was released Wednesday. It was collected during the period of July 8-12 via telephonic interviews. In total, 1,009 adults were selected at random. The poll showed that Americans have become more liberal on the issue of legalization of marijuana.

    According to the poll, men are more likely than women to use of have used marijuana."Men (13%) are more than twice as likely as women (6%) to say they use marijuana. Nearly half of men have at least tried it, compared with 35% of women."

    The religious people prefer to stay away from this soft drug, while secular people are inclined towards it. Currently, Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon have allowed the use of recreational marijuana along with the District of Columbia, which is awaiting Congress' nod.

  • Seattle City to close down Uncontrolled Medical Marijuana Business

    July 14, 2015

    The Seattle City Council has decided to shut down the medical marijuana business by July 2016. The decision was taken as part of a new licensing plan proposed by Mayor Ed Murray, which was unanimously approved by the council. The medical marijuana businesses that opened on or after January 1, 2013, will be affected by this decision.

    Seattle will allow City Hall to revoke city business licenses for pot shops that don’t have a state license. A new city license will be issued for state-licensed pot businesses by July 2016. All medical marijuana businesses that opened post 2013, can continue till the new law takes effect. the move is aimed at stall the uncontrolled growth of the pot industry in Seattle.

    City Attorney Pete Holmes revealed that some of the new business owners haven’t obtained basic city business licenses and some sell to non-patients, which is a clear violation of law. Only less than a week ago, there was massive crackdown on 15 dispensaries in some counties. All those dispensaries were found to be unregulated medical marijuana shops.

    Seattle City was initially allocated 21 retail store licenses by Washington state. By July next, the city may get an additional of 20-30 retail licenses.
  • Oregon Airport allows Marijuana on in-state Flights with Riders

    July 14, 2015

    As people above 21 or older in Oregon have been allowed to possess and use recreational marijuana from July 1, the Portland Airport has given its consent to the passengers to carry pot on in-state flights. However, they have to follow the guidelines and carry the legal amount. They can't take marijuana out of state, as it remains prohibited under the law.

    People can have up to 8 ounces in their homes and grow up to four plants out of public view. Oregon residents also can carry up to an ounce outside their homes, although it's illegal to smoke it in public. The Airport officials have been asked to notify the Portland Police if they find any marijuana on passengers. If they are not underage and carry the pot within permissible limits and are traveling within the state, they would be allowed to go.

    People carrying marijuana, are advised to reach the airport prior to the scheduled time, as they will have to go through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints where things may get delayed because of the verification process. While passengers traveling outside the state, would be asked to dispose of the pot to continue with their travel plan, travelers found with more than the permissible limits, would be subject to state and federal penalties.

    Oregon, Alaska and District of Columbia joined Colorado and Washington state in 2014 to legalize recreational marijuana. However, the rules and regulations vary at various airports. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington allows travelers to carry legal amount of pot, but Denver International Airport has a strict policy banning possession and public display of marijuana.
  • Brent Reviews the Dipstick Wax Vaporizer

    July 03, 2015

    Here's something you don't see everyday, a vape pen designed from the ground up for dabbing, The Dipstick.

    As you know, "dabbing" wax requires a much higher temperature to vape than herb. See what Brent has to say about this new product in his Dipstick wax pen review.