The process begins simple enough. Training begins with a white towel as a puppy and it is used to play tug of war. This game becomes a favorite of the animal and each time they see their white towel, they play the game. At first, the towel has no scent at all.
After there is a love for the game, various drugs and explosives are rolled up tightly in bags in the towel. This associates the scent with a toy, rather than the actual substance. So each time the police dog smells the scent, they are not looking for the “drugs” or “explosives” they are looking for their white towel, because they are wanting to play with their handler. Each time he locates the drugs or bomb material, the handler replaces it with the white towel and rewards him with a quick game of tug of war, so the dog continues to associate the scent with the actual illegal substance.
Sometimes in cases of robberies and missing subjects, a similar approach is used. The dog is taught that the scent of bills or a missing person’s article of clothing is actually a new scent for their toy. So when they seek out these items, they are looking to play with them, rather than know that they are looking for a specific item at all.
To cut down on any injury or accidental ingestion of items, the canine isn’t trained to retrieve the marijuana, drugs, or bomb material. Instead, they paw and dig at the spot where they want to play with their toy. This approach is known as aggressive alerting. They are telling their owner that they smell their favorite toy there and they want to play with it. This works in the case of drugs, but a different approach must be taken for bombs and the recovery of people.
In these cases, a passive alert is done. With these scents, the dog will sit down in the area of the scent they have discovered. This signals that a bomb, cadaver, or similar item has been located. The animal will then be rewarded with an item that matches the scent and tug of war is still played. The difference is that they haven’t gone after a dangerous or disrespectful situation on their own.
But just because one of the animals detects the scent, doesn’t mean it is accurate. The North South Wales Privacy Ombudsman recently researched the number of times detection was done for marijuana and other substances by these animals. The study showed that in 74% of the cases, the dog incorrectly identified someone as having drugs on them.
That means if an animal suggests you have something, such as marijuana on you, there is a reasonable chance you haven’t had access to any kind of illegal substances. This is why more handlers are doing a quick search and if nothing is found, they are sending people on their way, rather than making a big production out of it. The reason is they do not want to create any kind of public distrust when it comes to the search efforts of these animals.
Currently, the NFL has a policy in place that bans the use of illegal drugs, along with the misuse of prescription drugs, over the counter medications and alcohol. In this case, the possession of cannabis is viewed on the same level as opiates, cocaine, MDMA and PCP. Yet, amphetamines are acceptable under the NFL substance abuse policy, so long as they are documented for use of treating a legitimate medical condition.
In 2014, the NFL and the NFL Player’s Association opted to separate some items to fight performance enhancing substances also. Diuretics, steroids, stimulants and human and animal growth hormones fell into this policy. The goal was to make things fair on the field, while providing a sensible solution. Still, the use of marijuana as a medical treatment wasn’t touched on, because many states still had not adopted legalized medical marijuana at the time. In order to ensure compliance, players must routinely be tested. That means even if they’ve used marijuana for therapeutic reasons, they could ultimately be punished. Additionally, players who refuse to test, fail, or have been proven to manipulate their specimen are also severely punished.
- * When a player is drafted or when a player switches from one team to another.
* At least once during the preseason. The date is randomly decided between April 20th and August 9th. Additional testing requirements may take place during the preseason.
* Players on an intervention program must submit to pre-determined testing based on their agreement with the NFL.
* Some contracts require routine testing in order to belong to a team. In this case, the player would need to regularly submit to testing.
- An intervention program is just like it sounds. This is when a player has failed a marijuana drug test, or has exhibited the signs that they are abusing a substance of some kind. The intervention process begins at this moment, or at the time they individual is arrested. When it reaches this point, even a prescription for THC, pain medication, or other substances won’t prevent the NFL from taking action.
- In the first stage, the medical director meets with the player. They determine what substances are being used by the player and they will often be placed in a 90 day program to help them recover from the addiction. At this time, regular substance testing is done in order to ensure that there are no surprises along the way. A player can end the intervention program if the 90 day program is determined to be successful. However, if they have a failed test or show other problems, they are fined and the program continues.
Stage two is a two season treatment plan full of testing and fines for violations. The entire course takes place over 24 consecutive months. Of a player is placed in this second stage and they have an infraction, they are not only fined, but can be removed from four games. If they continue to have infractions, the removal increases to six games and they are placed on a higher stage for treatment.
For the third stage, treatment plans remain in place and additional unannounced drug testing is in place. A player can receive a ban from the NFL for up to a year for each time they fail. Marijuana suspensions are less severe in this case, with only a 10 game suspension, rather than a full year long suspension. Once a player has reached this point, the remainder of their career, they remain on this level of treatment.
- Why haven’t we heard more about these rules? The truth is the NFL does everything in their power to keep drug and alcohol abuse among the players away from the general public. There are $500,000 fines in place for anyone who reports on a player’s treatment plan, test results, or participation in the program. The goal is to only have a select few people ever know about the substance abuse problem, so the image of the NFL and the player are not tarnished as a result.
With legalization of marijuana looming in states and perhaps nationally, it is likely that there is a change in how the NFL will view marijuana. As recreational marijuana use and medical marijuana use is becoming more acceptable and takes people off the hardcore pain medications, it is likely that the regulations on marijuana usage will ease up. Especially since every player in the NFL has a legitimate need for medical marijuana to offset the pain that they feel.
- While pain pills and injections allow immediate relief, they still often cloud the judgment of the players. Options like CBD can give the player the benefit of pain reduction, without the heady high that can impact their playing in the game. While most people write the substance off as being a THC induced fest, the truth is there are other ways that players can use cannabis products to help curb the pain and to be the best players than can be on the field. Even law enforcement agencies around the country are allowing their officers to take CBD to offset pain, without them any concern with the officer being on duty because there are no effects to their ability to think and react.
Several players have even come out to say they have actively used marijuana for pain relief, rather than taking prescription pills. The use helped them on the field and to ensure that they could still do their job without any problems. Those players include:
- *Josh Gordon
Each has also stated that countless others have used marijuana in the locker room before a game also. This suggests that there is something going on and that the NFL needs to start reconsidering their stance on marijuana, as it has proven to have actual benefits for those in pain and there are plenty of forms it can be taken in, without giving the high that the teams are so concerned about.
Where the NFL goes from here is up in the air. But when the players take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, you can anticipate that some of them will use marijuana for their pain, while others might take injections and use pain medication. Regardless of what they are taking to help offset the pain, the NFL should embrace the idea of pain relief from these players on field according to the manner that works for them. After all, if there is a prescription from a doctor, what’s the difference between a player popping a Vicodin that can cause a heady high and impair judgment, over someone using marijuana to also treat their pain, with less of a reaction?
Congress and the Senate are already exploring the possibility of passing the CARERS ACT (S. 683 or H.R. 1538) in an effort to legalize medical marijuana. In this case, all states could legally allow the use of medical marijuana, without facing any kind of federal interference from the laws that surround this. This would require the drug to be listed as a schedule II drug, but it opens up further benefit to those who are trying to be proactive with the drug. Marijuana research would become legal in these locations so that labs could explore how to enhance the medicinal effects of these plants, while reducing the amount of THC they contain. That way, there is the full benefit of the plant, without the high that some people chase. At the same time, companies who previously couldn’t obtain a business loan through a bank due to the nature of their business would now be allowed to. While some suggest Chuck Grassley is dragging his feet on the bill, a hearing is expected to be scheduled at some point in 2016 by him to discuss this hot topic.
HR 140 also known at the Respect State Marijuana Laws act is designed with a similar approach in mind. In this case, the bill would support veterans to use medical marijuana without having it impact their federal benefits. At the same time, banks would also be allowed to lend to medical marijuana businesses without there being any kind of repercussion for their support of these businesses. A slew of additional measures and bills are also on the ballot this year that are set to deal with the same issues.
2016 Marijuana bills include the following:
- •S. 2237 – The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015
•H.R. 667 – The Veterans Equal Access Act
•H.R. 262 - The States Medical Marijuana Act Property Right Protection
•H.R. 1013 & H. R. 1014 –The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act / Marijuana Tax Revenue Act
•H. R. 1855 & S. 987 – The Small Business Equality Act
•H. R. 2076 & S. 1726 – The Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act
•H. R. 3124 – Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act
•H. R. 3518 – The Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act
Several states are also placing initiatives on their November ballots to help legalize or regulate the use of marijuana by adults in the state. These states include Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Other states that will deal with a legislation of some kind pertaining to the use of marijuana in November include Arkansas, Florida, and Missouri.
There are states that also are leaning heavily towards the changes in the law. Vermont for example is expected to experience legalization of recreational use in 2016. In fact, their Attorney General has already conceded that this will happen and is already exploring the changes that this will entail for the legal system in the state. Rhode Island in turn is also leaning more towards the legalization of recreational use than not, in the upcoming year.
Several states that seemed more anti marijuana legalization even for medical use have started to change their views. Pennsylvania for example has laws set in motion to begin allowing medical marijuana use. Others that could experience the laws passing in 2016 include Nebraska and perhaps most surprising Utah.
Decriminalization of possession laws are also set to pass in both New Hampshire and Illinois. These states are just another set of places who are realizing that the face of marijuana and the views of the drug in our modern society have significantly changed in recent years.
The presidential race is perhaps another area where the views on marijuana will play a significant role on the impact they have in our country. The views of the main candidates are listed, as well as those who may not be running for president, but still are a strong possibility for vice present candidates for the front runners at this point.
Joe Biden is the first on our list and their views on the changes on marijuana are interesting. While Vice President Biden doesn’t believe that marijuana should be legalized, he is fine with the severity of laws being reduced significantly.
Jeb Bush isn’t much better on his stance against marijuana. While he too believes decriminalization is a wise idea, he does believe it remains a gateway drug. Furthermore, he goes on to suggest that new marijuana strains are far more toxic than the strains of the past.
Ben Carson does not support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use at all. However, he does agree there are medical benefits that are associated with the plant. With views that will intensify the war on drugs, with marijuana included, he might not be the best candidate for those who are pushing for the legalization of marijuana.
Lincoln Chafee has expressed an interest in changing the stance on marijuana. He is responsible for helping to push the decriminalization bill in Rhode Island in 2013.
Chris Christie is someone who is absolutely against marijuana on any level. Christie has stated that even medical marijuana isn’t a wise idea. He’s gone so far to increase the number of restrictions that are associated with it. If elected president, you can assume he’d give the forward progression of marijuana usage a crushing blow.
Hilary Clinton has taken a positive approach to the changes in marijuana usage. Not only has she pushed for medical marijuana, she has also supported the reclassification of the drug to a schedule II drug that would further allow medical research to be done. She also believes laws for the drug should be at the state level and the federal government shouldn’t focus too heavily on what is happening in these states.
Ted Cruz has been critical on the legalization of marijuana use in adults for general purposes. However, he does support the idea of each state deciding their stance on how the marijuana laws are written. That means there is a good chance that if elected, he’d be willing to stand by the laws that are passed on a case by case basis.
Carly Fiorina has stated she does not support marijuana use for any reason at all. However, she is does feel like decriminalization of the drug is the best route to go. Jim Gilmore is completely against marijuana for any use whatsoever. Moreover, he is a full backer of the War on Drugs and believes that marijuana is as equally dangerous as the many other drugs that are out there.
Lindsey Graham believes that medical marijuana is an important option for patients to have. However, he does not believe there should be any legalization for the drug for recreational use.
Mike Huckabee does not believe that marijuana should even be used for any purpose at all. He does back the idea that states can make their own decisions on the stance of this drug and the way that it is used within their territory.
Bobby Jindal believes that medical marijuana should only be used in limited medical situations. There should be no legalization beyond a few circumstances for medical use, and states should not have individual laws pertaining it, that Federal Law is the only one that matters in this case.
John Kasich has said he is totally opposed to the legalization of marijuana. While he says that states probably should have some say about their laws surrounding it, he wouldn’t challenge anyone that passes any form of legalization.
Martin O’Malley supports the legal reclassification of marijuana to a class II substance. He also has signed bills to decriminalize it, despite his personal belief it should be illegal under any purpose. Ultimately, the views of the voters is what matters most to him on this subject.
George Pataki does not favor legalizing marijuana for any means. However, he does believe states should have a say in the matter. Rand Paul vocally supports the right of each individual state to make a decision on marijuana use. He is also the sponsor of the CARERS Act. He also believes banks should be able to lend to those who are setting up a marijuana based business.
Rick Perry is opposed to any legalization of the drug. But he does support the reduction of the crime severity attached to the drug. He also believes states should have the right to establish their own policies.
Marco Rubio has stated his support for non psychoactive forms of marijuana. He does not believe it should be made available for recreational use.
Bernie Sanders is all for states legalizing marijuana. He also supports bills openly and his only concerns vocalized have dealt with the potential concerns with it leading into other drug use if approved for recreational use. He plans on removing it from the list of federal drug schedules if he becomes the next President of the United States.
Rick Santorum is opposed to marijuana for any use whatsoever. He believes any use is a violation of federal law and should be persecuted.
Donald Trump's stand on marijuana originally showed support for legalizing all drugs. He then went back on that statement and suggested marijuana use should be regulated instead.
Scott Walker is opposed to any decriminalizing or legalizing of marijuana and believes it is a gateway drug. He is only open to allowing children with medical conditions to use a THC lowered variation of the drug.
Jim Webb wants to overhaul the criminal justice system. He doesn’t support the war on drugs and feels that a different approach should be taken. He also believes that marijuana needs to be decriminalized. As you can see, the legal stand on marijuana is an open topic of debate in the 2016 election. Fortunately, those who remain educated will have the chance to make sensible decisions when it comes to it and hopefully, there will be access for all who need it.
- Marijuana DUI
- With legal pot on the streets in three states and counting, many folks have been concerned about the issue of driving stoned. In a new study produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is evidence that shows no significant increase in automobile crashes from car drivers with THC in their body, compared to those drivers that were 100% sober. SO far, 19 States including the great state of California have legalized cannabis for medicinal use. Four states have leaglized for recreational, and more are likely to follow in 2016. The recent NHTSA report, based on a year and a half of automobile drivers in the state of Virginia (no legal pot there!)from over three thousand auto crashes and a control group of over five thousand non-crashes. Alcohol tests also were also collected from more than 10K drivers over the same period. In the test, the numbers show that in 7.6% of crashes, drivers tested positive for cannabis, versus 6.1% of the control group. These numbers might suggest that pot was associated with a 25% increase chance of an accident. Some other factors that must be included are the fact that males and younger motoristss have higher crash rates than women and senior drivers; they are also more likely to be hemp product users. Once these other factors are included, "the significant increased risk of crash involvement associated with THC...is not found." Similar findings were determined for other drugs like pills and pharmacy medications. On the other hand, as we all know, alcohol is one of the leading causes of automobile wrecks. The government study confirms thay alcohol and motor vehicles remain a serious public safety issue. Many DUI lawyers are now polishing their skills to include the growing industryy of Marijuana DUI representation.
- Halloween Tough Time For Marijuana Edibles
- There have been a number of stories out there which seem to suggest that Halloween is going to be a tough test for the legal marijuana industry. This is down to the fact that there are a number of candies out there which resemble normal candies but are high in marijuana content. Many people believe that this candy could end up getting into the wrong hands. It is likely that this is one of the news stories which prompted Colorado to announce that they may be cracking down on the edibles segment of the multi-million dollar legal marijuana market. Legal pot is a new frontier. Colorado was one of the first states to implement the legislation and thus they are very much testing out what works and what does not work. This is fine. I expected the law to change quite regularly. I am sure many a marijuana news website felt the same though. The problem is that one of the changes that Colorado is proposing to make seems to completely turn the current laws on their head. This is the idea of banning all edibles which have been infused with marijuana. It was public health officials who made this announcement. They believed that there was no way in which edibles could be regulated to the point where they could be kept away from kids. This means that it is likely that edible marijuana could be falling into the wrong hands and nobody would know about it. There were absolutely no statistics to back this up, but you can see where the officials are coming from here. The problem for many companies is that edible marijuana makes up about 45% of all legal marijuana sales in the state. This means that overnight a good portion of somebody’s business could be wiped out. In fact; there are many companies out there which are finding that their only business comes from those who wish to recreationally eat on their premises. It is likely that once word starts to get out there will be a number of complaints about the introduction of this legislation. One of my main concerns is not actually the fact that businesses will be wiped out (although this is something I sympathize with), it is the fact that the Colorado legislators are attempting to change what was voted for. People in the state voted for marijuana to be legal. It almost seems as though the legislation is recanting on its part of the deal. This is a great shame. I really did not think that the legislation could be changed to the point where whole marijuana products could be banned in one foul swoop. If this legislation goes through, and there is no indication that it will at the moment, then you can expect there to be some sort of ‘uprising’ in the marijuana community simply because edible products are so popular.
- Cannabinoid Oil for Kids
- Parents in some states have been charged with criminal offences for gving their children Cannabinoid Oil for medical reasons relating to mostly severe neurological dissorders including traumatic brain injury. Some familes accross the country have traveled to Colorado to obtain Cannabis oil for their kids. In many cases, the pain relief and reduction in muscle spasms make any legal issues worth it in order to provide care for their children. In some cases, child protective services will get involved, starting investigations and sometimes custody cases as some children live in a single family household. As one mom said, "I didn't give my boy some weed I bought in a parking lot: What I gave him was prescribed medicinal cannabis in a strain specifically designed for this kind of medical use".
- Marijuana Party Bus Regulations
- The State of Washington legal marijuana agency has decided to not allow Cannabis use by passengers on marijuana tours and chater bus operations. The reasons given were to protect the safety, comfort and health of all passengers and customers. Also noted was the fact that while weed is now legal in Washington, public consumption is still against the law.
- Marijuana Effects on Teens
- Is marijuana harmful to Teens? The impact of marijuana on teenagers. It is not my intention to scare you off the drug. It is not addictive in the slightest; however I do wish to highlight a few of the things that studies have brought up over the past couple of years which could potentially indicate a detrimental impact on the development of a teenager. • Firstly; it is believed that marijuana usage can have a detrimental impact on both learning and memory. Studies have demonstrated over and over again that those teenagers who smoke marijuana on a regular basis are far more likely to suffer issues when it comes to education. This means performing poorly on examinations. There is one recent study which springs to mind that followed people from the age of 13 all the way to 38. Those that smoked marijuana on a regular basis, even if they ended up giving the drug up eventually, were more likely to have a lower IQ than their peers. This is not something that is good. It can have a number of problems throughout life. • Coordination is also something which is impacted due to marijuana usage. This is because THC, which is basically the compound inside of the drug that impacts people, has an impact on the areas of the brain which control balance and coordination. This can make it difficult to carry out some sort of activities. This includes sporting activities and even driving. Obviously if the latter occurs it can lead to death, and that is obviously not something we want to happen.
Marijuana can also have a detrimental impact on the decision-making capabilities of a person. It is believed that marijuana can make you do things that you would never normally do. Suddenly you think bad decisions are good decisions. Many people end up engaging in risky sexual behaviour when they are under the influence of marijuana. This is obviously not going to be good. The impact of marijuana tends to happen almost immediately. It is likely that you will suffer from the impacts of the drug for up to three hours after consumption. The worst thing is that the issues can occur for many days after if you are a regular user of the drug. It is impossible to overdose on marijuana (you would never feasibly be able to smoke enough to actually have it be toxic), but there are a few marijuana related deaths out there due to people having poor judgement and coordination. Teenagers are encouraged to think twice as to whether they should really take up marijuana usage. Sure; it may not have problems when you do it once or twice, but if you are doing it on a long term basis then you may end up feeling the impact for many years to come.
- Marijuana Breath Test
- Marijuana is a drug which can completely impact your ability to reason and make the correct decisions. It is also a drug which can hamper your ability to concentrate and you will lack coordination when you consume the drug. In fact; it is much the same as alcohol. This is why the law comes down especially hard on those who consume marijuana and then go out driving. On this page I want to take a little look at the laws related to this. Firstly; you are going to need to know whether you are in a state which prohibits the consumption of marijuana. If you are; the penalties are going to be a lot harsher. This is because not only are you running the risk of falling foul of driving laws but you are also going to be running the risk of being caught in possession of a controlled substance. Straight away this means that you are looking forward to a hefty fine or jail time. I know that in most cases the police will turn a blind eye if they catch somebody in possession of cannabis since the usage is so widespread nowadays, but you almost certainly will not be getting away with that if you are caught driving whilst under the influence and in possession. The evidence will be used against you. Secondly; you are going to be looking forward to substantial fines, and in many cases even jail time (yep, even for first time offenders), if you are caught under the influence of pot whilst you are driving. These fines can stretch to many thousands of dollars, and the jail time can stretch to many years, even for first time offenders. This is because the law has to give out the message that driving whilst under the influence of marijuana is unsafe. >This is not all you have to worry about either. There are other issues related to driving under the influence of marijuana. Firstly; you may struggle to find a job (remember; the conviction will come up on your criminal record), you may even lose the job that you have now if it involves driving (or even if the company you work for has a zero tolerance of drugs). In all cases you will find that the cost of your insurance will shoot up considerably. We are talking in some cases you will notice a doubling of your insurance costs. This is because those who are caught driving under the influence of any drug are seen to be more of a ‘bad influence’ whilst they are on the roads. Remember; you should never be driving on the roads after you have consumed THC products This is not just for the financial penalties and legal penalties that you will be facing if you do. You also have to bear in mind that by going on the roads you will be gambling with your life and the life of other road users.
- Marijuana Friendly Banking Emerging in the New 420 Marketplace
- A United States federal spokesperson recently said that over one hundred banks and CU’s (marijuana credit unions) have started conducting business with legal cannabis merchants, illustrating that the new marijuana laws that allow financial institutions the authority to provide financial services to legal dealers is beginning to work.
While there are over 100 financial companies that are 420-friendly, there is yet an official list of the firms that allow checking, marijuana business loans, etc. Prior to the implementation of the new regulations, weed businesses had to mostly operate in a grey area, and some dispensaries were even fined for paying their taxes in cash! Some of the obvious benefits to the changes are a streamlining of tax and money transfers, as well a s helping the merchants reduce crime liability by limiting a cash-centric operation.
- Marijuana Tax Revenue Report
- Marijuana Tax receipts for fiscal year ending 31 July were significantly less than the original estimates. For the first seven months of this year, the Colorado Marijuana Tax Service received nearly thirty four million dollars- significantly less than the one hundred million dollars predicted. One of the factors to the reduced tax revenues is the fact that since local municipalities have the right to independently decide about the establishment local legal marijuana stores, numerous delays in new shop openings have occurred because of the slow administrative process. For instance, the City Council in Colorado Springs (Colorado’s second largest city) is dragging their feet about legal weed sales even though the locals already voted in favor of hemp during the State initiative. In the next 18 months as more communities finally allow legal cannabis sales, we will see increased sales and increased tax receipts. Most 420 businesses are still in the organizational phase which includes permits, lawyers, zoning, and obtaining marijuana domain names for sale to establish their online presence.
- Las Vegas Legal Marijuana
- Las Vegas recently closed the first round of applications for Medical Marijuana Businesses in the Las Vegas metro area. There was a last minute rush to file paperwork for those hopeful to be one of the few cannabis dealers in the state of Nevada, with over sixty formal applications accepted by the deadline. The City developed a marijuana map online that shows the locations of the proposed MMJ facilities for the public to review. The city charges about $7000 total in non-refundable fees to submit and possibly receive an approved marijuana permit. As part of the process, the applications must be reviewed by the planning and zoning department, then receive final approval from a vote by the City Council. After the voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in 2003, it took TEN YEARS to work out the details. The State has not yet decided on how many grow sites or other production facilities may be established.
- Recreational Pot Sales Start in Manitou Springs
- Home of the only known high-altitude Manatees, the local Colorado Springs community Manitou Springs will be the first town in El Paso County to offer recreational cannabis sales. While Manitou Springs is home to a lot of hippy types the local media portrays the town as skeptical and fearful of legal marijuana sales in their town. Manitou Springs has long-suffered decreased retail sales because of forest fires and subsequent summer flooding. There is also a fear that the new dispensary, a Maggie’s Farm branch, will bring in so much traffic, that it will cause congestions issues. The retail store is located on the edge of the village, so those fears may be unfounded. There is SOME sign of sanity within Manitou Springs as the City council recently decided to allow porches, patios and backyards as private property under the current Colorado law. It is hoped that as soon as the City of Colorado Springs sees the tax revenue Manitou is enjoying, Colorado Springs will soon have full-retail marijuana sales, although a decision won’t be made until 2015.
- Marijuana Edibles and THC Concentrates
- Most people think of Marijuana as a drug that is smoked, but in the new 420 marketplace, there are now a lot of new and interesting ways to get high:
Vape or Vaping: This is a process whereby a device heats marijuana buds or hash oils, waxes, etc. to a temperature that allows vaporization but does not create the gasses and heat of incineration. Business is strong in this segment of the young ecosystem and devices include vape pens, volcano vaporizers, and many other newcomers.
Marijuana Edibles: Chocolate bars, hard candies, gummy bears, tinctures, sodas, teas, muffins, etc. You name it; they will infuse THC into it. The edibles market is very exciting as new products and variants are being developed daily. The State of Colorado has started to accept applications for infused production facilities that stand-alone from a marijuana storefront. Marijuana extraction is a related process and promises to be very lucrative in the future of legality. Butters and oils infused with cannabis products are going to prove popular as they can be substituted for the non-infused in baking and cooking.
Topical Hemp Products: A new segment that includes topical products infused with hemp that include balms, salves, lotions, moisturizers, etc.
- Colorado Retail and Medical Marijuana Sales Statistics
- It has been found that the top one-fifth of the cannabis users in the State of Colorado create over sixty five percent of the total demand for marijuana products including the edibles. About a third of State residents smoke or ingest THC once a month or less, and create very little demand in the marijuana marketplace.
Back in 2009, the MMJ red-card count was only around five thousand people. In 2014, there are around 115K people in Colorado with medical marijuana ID cards! While it sounds like a big number, this means that only about two percent of the residents in CO have a MMJ card. The fees have dropped for the application cost as well as the exams, and it is still advantageous for many to get a red card because the MMJ prices are significantly lower that the legal sales. Prices for medical pot are currently less than $200 an ounce for premium grade; most quarters are around forty bucks.
- Marijuana Business Report
- There is new information release by the state of Colorado about the first six months of legal cannabis, and there are early successes in the Legal Marijuana Marketplace:
The total amount of marijuana products consumed by Colorado adults was estimated at over one hundred twenty tons for 2014. In addition to the total amount for residents, the marijuana demand by tourists to the state is estimated at around nine tons, nearly 130 metric tons in total. This amount is around 30% higher than earlier estimates!
In the State of Colorado, the marijuana is supplied through various retail channels: MMJ (Medical marijuana) outlets and the full-licensed retail marijuana vendors are the primary marijuana distributors. A difficult segment of the cannabis market to estimate is that from home-base 420 growers, unlicensed pot shops as well as the “traditional drug dealer” There is also a very small amount of transactions being conducted known as “Smurfing”, whereby a red-card holder buys the products from a dispensary, only to re-sell the product to a person without a MMJ card.
- Colorado 420 Tourism Statistics
- A lot of Marijuana Tourists do not realize that the State of Colorado does not (yet) have marijuana coffee shops or Pubs, and it is against the law to smoke weed in rental cars, bars, public spaces, motels and hotels, ski slopes, parks, etc. Even though there are significant restrictions on where one might enjoy their 420 Vacation, sales of marijuana to tourists account for over 40% of sales in the Front Range, and over 90% of sales in the Mountain Towns! Imagine how excited the small communities must be at the prospect of new and expanding marijuana tourism dollars.
Another market trend is that the retail legal marijuana prices in mountain towns are sometime 50-100% higher than pot prices down in the Denver Metro. Of course, there is discounting per gram with larger sales, but most ski town visitors only buy an eighth at a time due to sales restriction for non-residents.
- THC Chocolate Bar Shortage
- It has been reported in the Colorado front range that Marijuana Chocolate Bars are in short supply. Edibles made from marijuana concentrates make up an estimated 40% of the total sales at Colorado dispensaries, and chocolate bars are the most popular in the edible category. Some consumers have speculated that the open-sale shops have Bogarted the supply of marijuana chocolates regionally since the open-sale shops charge higher prices than the medical dispensaries and subsequently have higher profit margins. The State of Colorado is soon accepting applications for a new issuance of Marijuana Edible Manufacturing licenses, so supply will increase in time. The application process is expensive and time consuming and has increased complexity because the production of edibles involves food-grade sanitary production practices. In the meantime, consumers can expect to pay a premium for edibles and concentrates, while it seems the price for dried buds is dropping as production ramps up locally.
- Colorado Springs Delays Legal Cannabis Vote - Might increase sales tax
- Colorado Springs, second largest city in Colorado has delayed a public vote to allow open-sale marijuana until at least April 2015. At the same time, the city is considering raising the local sales tax on all citizens. In addition to the United States Olympic Committee and Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs is has been home to many marijuana businesses for years including more medical dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald's outlets combined. The old dog track grandstand building was turned into a marijuana greenhouse, capturing the intense Colorado high-altitude sunshine to produce organic solar marijuana. Many of the light industrial districts are populated with both dispensaries and marijuana grow factories. The local populace voted in favor of legal marijuana for the state election, and will have to vote once again for the local decision to allow open-sale marijuana stores in the city limits. "With millions of easy tax dollars at stake, the decision seems obvious", exclaimed Mike H. as he left a local dispensary. "If they blow it wide-open, it'll save me from having to get my med card every year, and the local dispensaries that have put in their time as established and respected businesses can now have a shot at selling weed to the general public."
- How to pass a drud test- Driving While Stoned
- An estimated 12% of DUI cases in the State of Colorado are attributed to THC intoxication. The Colorado Marijuana DUI law was written to consider drivers with 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood can be prosecuted for driving under the influence (DUI). In addition, if a driver refuses to submit a blood test to check their THC levels, they can be administratively penalized even if not found guilty of DUI or other impairment. Some marijuana users are nervous that they might be illegal all the time: If you are a heavy user of pot, will that individual be over the 5 nangram/ml limit at all times no matter if they smoked 3 hours or even 24 hours previously? Some pot smokers are known to monitor their own THC levels using pee tests and some will occasionally use a marijuana "flush kit" to remove traces of THC from their body. Flush kits have been around for many years, used by people that use marijuana and other drugs, but cannot have THC in their urine because of policies of their employer.
- Domain Hosts Shut Down Marijuana Web Sites
- Most mainstream domain name registrars will allow individuals and companies to register and buy marijuana domain names, but most internet web hosting companies technically make the subject of marijuana against their terms of service. (TOS) Many marijuana business web sites (including Medical Marijuana Dispensaries) have had their web sites blocked or shut down without warning by a web host that considers marijuana business one of their banned subject matters. Since Marijuana is still against Federal law, it is uncertain on how the laws and policies will be enforced, and the decision to suspend, block or shut down a site may be sudden and catastrophic for a new business. To avoid a shut down or other interruptions, the safe choice is to avoid the politics of Pot and use an off-shore web host in a reliable location that will accept marijuana domain names and web sites. This site itself is hosted in Panama, an English speaking, Dollar using stable country with huge international bandwidth because of the Panama Canal land crossing.
- Marijuana Chocolate Bars Shortage Continues in Colorado
- Marijuana Chocolate bars continue to be in short supply in Colorado, both in the Medical Dispensaries as well as the the fully legal 420 stores. Colorado law allows for 100 milligrams of THC per item for full-legal shops, and up to 350 milligrams per item for medical grade marijuana cholate bars. The State is now accepting applicationd for infused marijuana products, but it will be many months before production can increase to relieve the shortages.While Marijuana Chocolate bars are the most popular edible cannabis products being sold in Colorado, local vendors are also selling innovative edibles including a spearmint "chill pill" and Sativa Capsules. The chill pills sport 10mg of THC each, and come in a tin of ten for just over ten dollars. The sativa capsules come in either 25 or 50 milligram THC versions, and run about a dollar each for the 25mg and about $2 each for the 50mg. These products are popular because they are so potent and should only be used by persons with illness or those with higher tolerances to THC.
- Hempfest 2016 Info
- The following is an unofficial guide to Hempfest, the premier hemp event.
1. Don’t forget: 28 grams or less of weed is legal, over that and you might run into trouble!
2. Even though we may be able to smoke legal weed, there are many thousands of people where cannabis laws have destroyed their lives by incarceration, loss of child custody, denied housing, property forfeitures and much more. We must not give up the fight for legal weed.
3. In addition to being the largest legal marijuana festival, Hempfest is the most sophisticated and most responsible to the hemp ecosystem.
4. This year, for the first time in history, adults will be able to smoke in our 420 lounges free of any threat of ticketing.
5. Please help in limiting the waste by recycling and not littering or being rude to the neighborhood. We process over 500 cubic yards of waste during the festival.
6. Hempfest costs almost one million dollars to pull off every year, so the suggested ten dollar donation is nominal. You can also help out at Hempfest 2015 as a volunteer.
7. Minors may attend; pets may not.
8. No weapons, no glass, no fireworks, etc etc. Please use common sense and be courteous.
Have a great time!
- History of Marijuana and Hemp use
- Obviously we know the most recent history of Marijuana, partly because history is still being made with regards to it. After all; more and more states are now starting to legislate for the introduction of either recreational or medical marijuana (and in some cases both!). On this page I am going to take a little look at the ‘way back’ history of medical marijuana usage. This page is all about how marijuana got to the point that it is at now.
Medical marijuana consumption can be traced all the way back to the 3rd Millennium BC (which is basically a very long time ago). Marijuana consumption most likely started in central and south Asia, although the earliest record we have of marijuana consumption can actually be found in Romania. It is here that there was some evidence that cannabis seeds were burned in some sort of ritual. Cannabis has also been found in Egypt, notably buried with a few mummies. >It is likely that the first usage of cannabis as a ‘drug’ was a couple of thousand years ago in India and Nepal. There are some references to a drug known as ‘soma’, although nobody really knows what this is, it is believed that it is meant to be cannabis. l">The first proper usage of marijuana as a drug was through the Aryans. They used it during some rituals and it was expressly used as a method in which to get high. It is believed that it was the Shamans that used the marijuana at this time. The intention was for them to give the illusion that they had their ‘head in the clouds’ and had a much clearer train of thought.
Throughout history there is a number of records which seem to indicate that cannabis was used as a sort of pharmaceutical product. It seems that Muslims were the ones who used it the most throughout history for this purpose. Obviously people are still consuming marijuana to this very day as a method of healing themselves. In fact; a bit of history for you here as it was discovered that William Shakespeare, a world renowned playwright of course, often used marijuana as a way in which to generate ideas. This is obviously something else that is done to this very day (many popular songwriters will consume marijuana for this purpose!)
It wasn’t actually until the 20th Century, the early part (1906) that Marijuana started to be criminalized in the United States. Up until this point there was wide-spread marijuana usage throughout the world. When the United States started to introduce the legislation, the rest of the world started to do so too. It is only now that the United States has started to break away from the legislation that it put into place (of which there was no rhyme or reason to anyway), and start to head towards a country where marijuana is freely consumed.
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