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Here’s Where The Cheapest Weed In The U.S. Is (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.
American weed is cheapest in the western states, including Washington and Colorado, where it is legal at the state level but production and distribution remain tightly regulated. Because growing and storing marijuana is so cheap, some experts predict that weed in an open legal market could cost about as much as “other legal herbs such as tea or tobacco.” This doesn’t take into account taxes or possible changes in demand, but regardless, the money wouldn’t be going to criminals who may be selling harder drugs, have no incentive to sell only to adults, and impose other costs on society and on our legal system.
This week Uruguay’s drug czar said the country plans to sell weed for just $1 a gram — not to make money but to destroy the black market. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that a record 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

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Here’s Where The Cheapest Weed In The U.S. Is (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.
American weed is cheapest in the western states, including Washington and Colorado, where it is legal at the state level but production and distribution remain tightly regulated. Because growing and storing marijuana is so cheap, some experts predict that weed in an open legal market could cost about as much as “other legal herbs such as tea or tobacco.” This doesn’t take into account taxes or possible changes in demand, but regardless, the money wouldn’t be going to criminals who may be selling harder drugs, have no incentive to sell only to adults, and impose other costs on society and on our legal system.
This week Uruguay’s drug czar said the country plans to sell weed for just $1 a gram — not to make money but to destroy the black market. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that a record 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization.

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Legalized Marijuana Prompts A Question: What About Hash?

Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.
When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours.
So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a full-time, legitimate paycheck – a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana stores with high-quality hash oil.
“Every major culture that has marijuana associated with it has hash associated with it as well,” said Andersen, whose company, XTracted, already has two Seattle locations serving medical marijuana dispensaries. He said his business would help prevent such pot extracts from ending up on the black market.
Substance abuse experts are concerned that such increasingly popular, extremely potent and potentially dangerous pot extracts will be sold and that state regulators’ interpretation of the recreational marijuana law will allow people to buy vastly more hash than they need for personal use.
That, they fear, will increase the chances that some of it will end up in the black market out of state.
“It’s a concern not just for our kids, but for kids in neighboring states as well,” said Derek Franklin, president of Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.
The legal-weed law, passed by voters last fall, allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of dried pot, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids such as brownies, or 72 ounces of infused liquids such as soda. When the state-licensed stores open sometime early next year, that’s how much people will be allowed to buy.
The law precluded the sale of pure hash and hash oil, but didn’t specifically address concentrated marijuana sales. That’s led to a conversation about hash’s place in the new legal-pot world.

The regulators at Washington’s Liquor Control Board, who are charged with overseeing the creation of the new legal pot industry, issued draft rules this month saying hash and hash oil can be used in “marijuana-infused products” – even if the product that’s being infused is just a drop of olive oil or glycerin, for example.
In effect, the stores can get around the ban on hash- or hash-oil sales by simply adding a minuscule amount of some other substance to what is otherwise nearly pure THC, the primary high-inducing compound in cannabis.
Hash oils can sell for $40, $60 or more per gram, depending on quality – meaning more tax revenue for the state. If such extracts are considered a “marijuana-infused product,” people would be allowed to buy up to 16 ounces of oils in solid form, or 72 ounces in liquid form. Such transactions could run tens of thousands of dollars.
“When we set the 72-ounce limit, we were thinking about marijuana juice or tea, not a high-potency extract like that,” said Alison Holcomb, the Seattle lawyer who primarily drafted Washington’s law.”
Holcomb said it will be up to state lawmakers to adopt new ceilings on marijuana concentrate sales early next year – before the state-licensed stores open for business. The Legislature could also tweak the law to allow for sales of pure hash and hash oil – something hash makers would like to see.
They say if they have to adulterate their product with even a drop of olive oil or glycerin, customers might instead turn to medical dispensaries or the black market.
In Colorado, which also legalized recreational pot last fall, stores will be allowed to sell hash and hash oils.
“Our goal is to replace marijuana prohibition with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, who led Colorado’s legalization campaign. “Some marijuana consumers choose to use more potent forms of marijuana, just as some alcohol consumers prefer a martini or glass of scotch over a beer.”
The term “hash” covers a variety of marijuana preparations, but is generally the compression or concentration of cannabis resin rich in THC.
The preparations can involve anything from the simple shaking of the resin off the plant and pressing it into bricks to the use of stainless steel, closed-loop extraction systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars, use butane or carbon dioxide as a solvent and turn out oil that is more than 90 percent THC.
Drug-abuse prevention advocates argue the proliferation of extracts has also coincided with a dramatic rise in marijuana-related emergency room visits, often for severe panic attacks. According federal figures, there was a 62 percent jump in marijuana-related emergency room visits nationally from 2004 to 2011 – from 281,000 to 455,000.
There have also been explosions as home chemists try to make hash with sometimes dangerous solvents.
Hash oils, which are already sold at medical marijuana dispensaries around the country, can be taken by medicine droppers in liquid form, or by vaporization in the solid forms known as shatter, glass, budder or wax. By means of a metal wand, users place a “dab” about the size of a grain of rice on a glowing-hot metal stem of a pipe and inhale the resulting cloud, which delivers a powerful, nearly instantaneous high.
Andersen said many users prefer it because it gives a “cleaner” high: No plant material is burned, and people know right away what the effect is – rather than waiting an hour or more for a pot-laced brownie or other edible to kick in.
“Dabbing” has become ever more popular over the past decade; a festival in Denver this weekend (7/13-14) was devoted to it. Ralph Morgan, owner of OrganaLabs in Denver, with two medical marijuana dispensaries, said hash and other concentrates now make up nearly one-third of his business.
“This is the way the industry is going,” he said.
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Kristen Wyatt contributed from Denver and can be reached at https://twitter.com/APkristenwyatt

Big Support For Medical Marijuana In Poll

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Most Americans continue to support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, and most think the federal government should refrain from prosecuting patients and dispensaries in states where it is legal.
According to the new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 60 percent of Americans say they favor allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for their patients, while only 26 percent are opposed.
Democrats and independents in the survey were most likely to support legalizing medical marijuana, by a 69 percent to 21 percent margin for Democrats and a 61 percent to 24 percent margin for independents. But even among Republicans, more respondents supported than opposed allowing medical marijuana, by a 46 percent to 38 percent margin.
Majorities of every age group in the poll said they supported legalized medical marijuana.
By a margin of 57 percent to 25 percent, most respondents said that the federal government should not enforce its drug laws against patients and dispensaries following state law that allowed for medical marijuana. The poll was conducted before Nevada on Wednesday became the 19th U.S. state, plus Washington, D.C, to legalize medical marijuana.
Majorities of Democrats (61 percent to 22 percent) and independents (60 percent to 20 percent) agreed, but Republicans were more divided, with 43 percent saying that the federal government should not enforce its laws against medical marijuana users in those states and 37 percent saying it should.
For the two states that have legalized marijuana for all adults, a 55 percent to 29 percent majority of respondents said that the federal government should not enforce its laws.
President Barack Obama has said he would not make going after marijuana users following state laws a “top priority,” but the federal government has continued to prosecute medical marijuana patients and dispensaries.
The poll was conducted May 31-June 1 among 1,000 adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling.

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What’s next for marijuana laws?

Less than two weeks from now, on Dec. 6, anyone over the age of 21 will be able to light a joint in Washington state and, practically speaking, there’s nothing the government can really do to stop that. The same will be true in Colorado within a matter of weeks.

Smoking marijuana there will soon be legal under state law because of the two initiatives — Initiative 502 in Washington and Amendment 64 in Colorado — that passed on Election Day with strong support. The push to legalize recreational marijuana was so successful, in fact, that the Colorado amendment received more votes than President Obama did on the Nov. 6 ballot in that state.

Public sentiment, however, doesn’t change the fact that marijuana use — whether it’s recreational or medical — is still very much against federal law. As these two states begin to set up a framework to tax and regulate the drug, they will at some point have to confront the conflict they’ve created with Washington.

Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has yet to say how it plans to respond. The department could take any number of actions — among its options are filing a lawsuit against the states, taking law enforcement into its own hands, or taking a more hands-off approach.


In the meantime, lawmakers are waking up to the fact that their constituents are clearly calling for some kind of change in the nation’s drug laws. A group of congressmen is urging the federal government to leave Washington and Colorado alone for now.

Additionally, some lawmakers have filed legislation to amend the Controlled Substances Act.

“It’s just a matter of time for the laws to catch up to reality,” Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., told CBSNews.com.

There’s always the chance, though, that the federal government could opt to let the states carry out their experiment with recreational marijuana.

“We hope they will allow Colorado and Washington to be the laboratories of democracy,” said Art Way, the Colorado senior drug policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The fact that 3 million people voted for I-502 and Amendment 64 shows they need to take another look and change their stance.”

If not for high-minded reasons such as supporting democracy, the federal government could leave the states alone for practical reasons. Way pointed out that the federal government hasn’t bothered to sue any of the states that have legalized medical marijuana (after the 2012 elections, 18 states plus the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use). “Hopefully it’s because they don’t believe they have a strong case,” Way said. 


In 2009, Mr. Obama’s Justice Department released the Ogden memo, explaining it would not make going after medical marijuana users a priority, even though any marijuana use violates the Controlled Substances Act. Nevertheless, the Obama administration has cracked down on hundreds of marijuana dispensaries, particularly in California, including sites that were in full compliance with state laws. In a 2011 memo, the Justice Department clarified that the Ogden memo was meant to apply only to individual medical marijuana users — “not commercial operations cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana.”


The federal crackdown focused largely on California’s medical marijuana operations, and not Colorado’s, because Colorado has more stringent regulations in place, both Kamin and Way said. “Colorado tried to keep the criminal element out of it, tried to keep it out of the hands of children… We sort took all the precautions that California did not.”


Added Way, “The fact that the Colorado non-medical initiative in many ways mirrors the current medical marijuana framework is a positive for Colorado.”


While it may be a good sign, Kamin said supporters of recreational marijuana shouldn’t hold their breath. The establishment of a commercial marijuana market, he said, “is exactly what the federal government has said it won’t permit.”

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Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot

 Voters in three states are deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Three other states are casting ballots on marijuana for medical use. 

Colorado
Amendment 64 amends the state constitution to allow the personal use and sale of recreational marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Tax revenues go to school construction and the state’s general fund.
Yes 1,262,022 55%
No 1,045,482 45%
79% reporting

Oregon
Measure 80, endorsed by Willie Nelson, legalizes the personal use and sale of marijuana by adults. Tax proceeds go to the state’s general fund and drug treatment.
Yes 641,576 45%
No 783,947 55%
76% reporting

Washington
Initiative 502 legalizes it — but only for people over the age of 21. And sorry green thumbs: personal cultivation without a license is still illegal.
Yes 1,056,355 55%
No 848,919 45%
51% reporting


Massachusetts
Question 3 follows the lead of neighboring Rhode Island, which has been bogarting all the medical marijuana in Narragansett Bay since 2006.
Yes 1,808,947 63%
No 1,047,778 37%
95% reporting

Arkansas
Issue 5 makes the state the first in the south to approve medical marijuana.
For 496,425 49%
Against 525,632 51%
95% reporting

Montana
Initiative 124 is a total buzzkill: it ratifies restrictions on medical marijuana that the state’s legislature put in place in 2011.
For 225,176 57%
Against 172,586 43%
85% reporting

Marijuana
plant has been used since ancient times for both herbal medication and intoxication. The American Nurses Association said that patients should have secured entry to healthcare marijuana/cannabis. 

Need of Legalization

  • Nobody Dies-Marijuana Use
  • Marijuana For Serious Illness
  • War on Cannabis Cost
  • Reduce the Flow of Money
  • Decrease the Crime Rates
  • Oldest Agricultural Commodities
  • Less Nicotine
  • Enforcement Law
  • Declaration of Independence
  • People Need It

 Legalized States in US

  • California
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • Hawaii
  • Colorado
  • Vermont
  • Montana
  • Rhode Island
  • New Mexico
  • Michigan
  • DC
  • New Jersey
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut

Snoop Dogg Banned From Norway For Marijuana Possession

Snoop Dogg will not be allowed to visit Norway for two years, he’s been banned due to marijuana possession.

Snoop Dogg’s open love affair with Mary Jane has led to some problems with the law in other countries, and one such country, Norway, has now banned Snoop from visiting for two years.

The ban occurred when Snoop was stopped last month at the Kjevic Airport in Kristiansand and was found to have 8 grams of weed. He was fined $2,000, which he paid on the spot.

Snoop’s lawyer says Snoop “can live with the decision” and has no immediate plans to appeal it.
Snoop Dogg Banned From Norway For Marijuana Possession
 

4/20: National Weed Day

National Weed Day is an informal sub-culture holiday that takes place on April 20th annually, in honor of the marijuana buzz term 420. Also known as ‘National Smoke Day’, this holiday gained popularity following the publication in the 1970s of a background story surrounding the term ‘420’. While it is not clear how many countries have individuals that participate in celebrating this date, it is believed to number in the tens of thousands in the United States alone. 

Potential Medical Uses

  1. Nausea: Research has indicated that Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), a component of marijuana, may help treat nausea and vomiting associated with a variety of medical conditions and therapies1
  2. Multiple sclerosis: Studies have had mixed results on the e
  3. Pain: Studies have found analgesic effects1
  4. ffectiveness in the treatment of the tremors, muscle spasms and pain1
  5. Glaucoma: Smoking marijuana decreases pressure in the eye, which is a primary symptom of glaucoma1

     

Marijuana Facts

  1. Slang words for marijuana include Mary Jane, reefer, weed, grass and pot2
  2. Hemp plants look similar to marijuana plants but hemp plants contain very little THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana3
  3. Hemp can be made into fabric, rope and food
  4. Contains at least 60 chemicals called cannabinoids1
  5. Marijuana smoke is often inhaled deeper and held longer than tobacco smoke which increases the lungs’ exposure to carcinogens
  6. Marinol is a pharmaceutical product with similar properties and medical benefits as marijuana4
  7. Some marijuana users show signs of dependence5
  8. Has been illegal in the United States since the early 1900s6
  9. TGI Friday’s in New York City‘s Wall street district closed down for selling cocaine and marijuana7

420 has a lot of meanings but the original meaning is explained to those who do not know what the real meaning signify. Rumors and myths about the term 420 is also explained. Even though marijuana smoking is illegal – unless medical marijuana has been prescribed – the magazine High-Times is dedicated to information pertaining to marijuana and smokers of the illicit drug. Potential Health Risks of Smoking Marijuana

  1. May increase the risk of contracting testicular cancer8
  2. Impaired thinking, problem-solving skills and memory1
  3. Reduced balance and coordination1
  4. Increased risk of heart attack1
  5. Heightened risk of chronic cough and respiratory infections1
  6. Potential for hallucinations and withdrawal symptoms1
  7. Marijuana smoke contains 50%-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract1