After months of debate, threats and uncertainty, recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, D.C., Thursday — at least according to the city government. Adults 21 and over may now legally use marijuana, possess up to two ounces and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes for personal use. Marijuana sales remain illegal, but the District Council is considering a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana sales, similar to laws in Colorado and Washington state. Because of the city’s unique oversight by Congress, it’s unclear if any measure legalizing marijuana sales and regulation could go into effect before 2016. The legalization of marijuana on the federal government’s home turf adds to a shift in U.S. marijuana policy that began when Colorado and Washington state allowed recreational marijuana two years ago. Alaska’s new recreational marijuana law also took effect this week. Oregon’s legalization takes effect later this year. “This
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Marijuana has been pervasive but illegal in Jamaica for decades, consumed as a medicinal herb, puffed as a sacrament by Rastafarians and sung about in the island’s famed reggae music. After many years of dialogue about the culturally entrenched drug, and emboldened by changes to drug laws in U.S. states, Jamaica’s Parliament on Tuesday night gave final approval to an act decriminalizing small amounts of pot and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry. The historic amendments pave the way for a “cannabis licensing authority” to be established to deal with regulating the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes. Both houses of Jamaica’s legislature have approved the legislation. And in a victory for religious freedom, adherents of the homegrown Rastafari spiritual movement can now freely use marijuana for sacramental purposes for the first time on the tropical island.
Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be a more reasonable approach than current prohibitions. Those are the findings of a new report published in Scientific Reports that compares the lethality of the recreational use of 10 common drugs, including marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and methadone. Researchers found that marijuana has the lowest risk of mortality and is safer than the commonly used alcohol and tobacco as well as the rest of the drugs in the study. They determined the risk of mortality by comparing the lethal dose of each substance with a commonly used amount of each substance. The finding that marijuana has the lowest risk when compared with the other drugs is not surprising — previous research had found that marijuana is a substantially safer recreational drug than other
WHILE THE Seahawks play in the Super Bowl, fans who live in Washington State can smoke a super bowl. Washington, where weed in legal, already has a strain of pot named “Beast Mode 2.0″ after Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Now, a company named Solstice is busy hand-rolling joints for its new “12th Pack” product, an homage to the raucous Seahawks fans collectively known as the “12th Man.” The pack consists of 12 sticks of “Seahawks Blend,” which allegedly hits harder that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. According to King TV in Seattle, Patriots fans have taken to calling Solstice and its customers “stoners.” “To that we just respond, ‘We play within the rules of our state. That’s something you should advise your team to do,’ ” said Joe Santucci, the company’s director of sales and marketing. The first batch of “12th Pack” sold out quicker than expected, so the company
ASPEN, Colo. — Marijuana as an aphrodisiac? That’s the promise behind a new pot spray. It’s called “Foria” as in “euphoria” and it’s sold in perfume-like spray bottles. It made its Colorado debut in Aspen during the Winter X-Games last week at Native Roots Apothecary. The first 100 customers were allowed to buy a ten milliliter bottle for just one dollar. “You know I think it’s time I try something new and exciting and I think my husband will be very excited as well,” said customer Nancy Mayer. Women are told to spray the marijuana extract on their genitals three to five times, 30 minutes before sex. When asked if the sex potion really works, Foria’s communications Director Anna Walters replied, “The answer from thousands of woman so far in California is yes, oh yes! “ Foria has been sold for nine months in California. But in the Golden State
DENVER Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some back. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed. It’s a situation so bizarre that it’s gotten Republicans and Democrats, for once, to agree on a tax issue. Even some pot shoppers are surprised Colorado may not keep the taxes that were promised to go toward school construction when voters legalized marijuana in 2012. “I have no problem paying taxes if they’re going to schools,” said Maddy Beaumier, 25, who was visiting a dispensary near the Capitol. But
Investing in a social network closely tied to a booming industry sounds great, until Apple kicks the thing you invested in out of the App Store because the platform is all about marijuana. It’s one of the many things that can happen when two of the fastest growing industries in America come together, as is taking place this week in San Francisco, where several dozen entrepreneurs are pitching 200 or so investors, Shark Tank style. Organizers of the investor-pitch forum cite as legitimacy the recent multimillion dollar investment by Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel‘s Founders Fund in a holding company of several marijuana-related firms. The entrepreneurs at the Fairmont Hotel are pitching startups selling marijuana-growing equipment, apps that help with medicinal marijuana delivery, and even a spray that an entrepreneur says was developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that coats marijuana with grower information, acting as a kind of
When Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund dropped a fat bag of cash into cannabis private equity firm Privateer Holdings, the whole industry exhaled a puff of excitement and hope. Finally, venture capital was beginning to take the industry seriously. But of course, cannabis-loving entrepreneurs have been around since before that, and they’ve spawned plenty of startups. With regulations slowly moving in the direction of legalization, we’re likely to see more and more companies popping up. Colorado and Washington led the way, with more states voting to legalize the substance within their borders, and Congress’s spending bill for 2015 prohibiting the government from interfering with state legalization. Although there is still a long way to go, here are some important tech startups in the cannabis industry to get you familiarized with this up-and-coming industry: Leafly Leafly, an online community for medical marijuana consumers, earns a spot in our roundup not only because it’s now
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is looking for a few farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. Applications are now open for farmers and producers to work with department in the production of industrial hemp. The Tennessee General Assembly last year passed a law that legalized strains of low-THC varities of cannabis, as well as the measure to start a licensing program. Currently, industrial hemp or Cannabis sativa L. is only allowed to be grown in Tennessee as part of a research or pilot project. Cannabis sativa L. is the same plant species as marijuana but has significantly lower tetrahydroncannabinol (THC) content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. This strain has been specifically bred for use in clothes, construction, oils and nutritional benefits. In order to grow hemp, all applicants must complete and sign the Memorandum of Understanding that dictates what the farmer may or may not do
The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to facilitate research of the substance for medical use, according to a policy statement released Monday. “The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds,” the AAP statement reads. To that end, the group recommends that the DEA reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance to Schedule II. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. has five “schedules” for drugs and chemicals that can be used to make drugs. Schedule I is reserved for drugs that the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no “current accepted medical use.” Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades, along with other substances like heroin and LSD. While a lower
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Perhaps. The Business Times this week rounds up some of the evidence in support of cannabis use by athletes. In November, Men’s Journal interviewed elite triathlete Clifford Drusinsky who said cannabis relaxes him and allows him to focus. Other athletes report it helps with the boredom of repetitive training. Outside Magazine correspondent Gordy Megroztested the theory out himself with a cannabis gummy, finding cannabinoids helped manage fear and anxiety while skiing. Cannabinoid receptors throughout our brains are activated by THC and that can lead to a reduction in anxiety, doctors say. Pot also increases airflow to the lungs by dilating blood vessels there, and cannabis smokingcorrelates to having higher lung volume, while “cumulative marijuana use under 20 joint-years is not associated with significant effects on lung function”, the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society reports. Megroz underwent a simple treadmill test with a physiologist and reported a significant performance
Evolving attitudes about marijuana among the majority of Americans, as well as decriminalization laws starting to sweep the nation, have done little to quell questions about the health effects of longtime use among medical professionals, lawmakers, and people on both sides of an ongoing debate about the plant. Even with a dearth of research, the general consensus in past decades has been that smoking marijuana regularly poses significant health risks. A new study out of Emory University in Atlanta, however, could challenge what has become the fundamental argument for maintaining the plant’s designation as a Schedule 1 drug. “Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded. In an effort to measure marijuana’s impact on lung function, researchers used data from the National Health
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia lawmakers want to loosen the state’s marijuana laws. One state senator says it’s time to decriminalize marijuana outright. Other legislators want to legalize derivatives of the drug for treating epilepsy. Sen. Adam Ebbin, an Alexandria Democrat, has introduced a bill that would eliminate jail time for possession of marijuana and make it punishable by a maximum $100 civil penalty. Ebbin said Thursday at a news conference that criminalization of marijuana not only has failed to reduce use of the drug, but has had harmful effects on society. “It makes criminals out of regular, nonviolent citizens,” he said. “It financially burdens our commonwealth to the tune of $67 million a year in law enforcement costs.” Ebbin also cited racial disparities in enforcement of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the bill, says African Americans are 2.8 more times likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites,
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Bethenny Frankel first got famous as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she’s probably better-known for her Skinnygirl margaritas (and nutrition bars, and popcorn, and other cocktails). Now it looks like Bethenny Frankel may be cashing in on the growing marijuana industry. Although it’s unconfirmed, Frankel will likely soon be launching a strain of marijuana which would curb any munchies-like side effects, making the hypothetical Skinnygirl marijuana in line with the rest of the brand.Frankel’s line would be available in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal. Rumors swirled even more when Frankel toured a popular marijuana distillery in Aspen, Colorado and then tweeted this: OMG it’s the craziest thing to see marijuana legal in Aspen. People walking into pot stores like it’s the @Gap#prohibitiondone The business and media mogul, who is set to return to the cast of Real Housewives
A month after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it did not have an objection, in principle, to Indian tribes growing marijuana on their trust-held land, Mendocino, California’s Pinoleville Pomo Nation (pdf) announced it was building a $10-million greenhouse facility on its 99-acre rancheria in Ukiah. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat said county officials were caught by surprise when news of the greenhouse surfaced, but it wasn’t totally unexpected. Denver-based United Cannabis Corporation(UCANN) recently announced it had signed agreements with three tribes to grow medical marijuana. It didn’t identify the tribes. There are 326 federally-recognized reservations, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Around 115 of the 566 tribes recognized by the federal government are in California. Although California legalized medical marijuana and dispensaries years ago, development of the market for growing and distributing pot has been stunted and chaotic. The federal government still considers marijuana an illegal drug
INDIANAPOLIS — Two Democrats — one in the Senate and one in the House — have introduced bills that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Indiana. Senate Bill 284, by Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, and House Bill 1487, by Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, would allow people with a doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for medical purposes. Tallian’s bill would create the Department of Marijuana Enforcement, or DOME, which would oversee a program for those who use marijuana for treatment. The Democrat from Portage has long fought for legalization of marijuana in Indiana, but her efforts have failed. She has introduced bills that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Two bills Tallian wrote the past two years died without a hearing. In an earlier interview with The Indianapolis Star, Tallian said she hoped a more narrowly defined bill focusing on people with certain medical conditions would
Vermont could bring in millions in tax revenue if it legalizes marijuana but only if if the drug remained illegal in nearby states, a new study commissioned by the state concluded. The Rand Corporation’s 218-page report on what legalization might mean for the New England state was released Friday. The report, which does not make recommendations about how Vermont should proceed, outlines the opportunities and risks of legalization, the Burlington Free Press reports. Estimates on how much revenue Vermont could expect to reap from legal pot vary, reports the Associated Press. In Vermont, the Rand Corporation found that revenue from marijuana consumers could generate between $20 million and $75 million a year for the state. The larger figure could be reached through what the report calls “marijuana tourism and illicit exports.” It also found that nearly 40 times as many marijuana consumers live within 200 miles of Vermont than live in the