Nevada Recreational Cannabis Will Still Launch on July 1st

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Nevada Recreational Cannabis Will Still Launch on July 1st

After a battle that threatened to push back the Nevada recreational marijuana sales launch date, it seems that the July 1st date will be met after all. Governor Brian Sandoval signed an emergency regulation last week that will allow dispensaries to sell off their current supply to adults over the age of 21. The supply is only expected to last for a very short time however, so another solution is still needed. The state intended to create a temporary market until next year when the regulations and processes would be reviewed and finalized. Part of the temporary industry was to initiate the process of meeting the financial goals set by the governor’s office.

Miscommunication with the Alcohol Industry

question 2 grants the liquor industry an 18 month head start on marijuana sales in nevada
Question 2 grants the liquor industry an 18 month head start on marijuana sales in Nevada.

The main issue came from a conflict within the alcohol industry. The initial amendment that legalized recreational marijuana was Question 2 which stated that the alcohol industry was to be given exclusive marijuana distribution rights for the first 18 months of the plant being legalized. When it came time to apply for marijuana licenses however, only 5 alcohol distributors stood forward. For this reason, believing there to be insufficient interest from the alcohol industry, the Nevada Department of Taxation, who are responsible for overseeing marijuana in the state, opened up applications to marijuana distributors.

The alcohol industry filed a case against the Department, preventing them from giving away licenses to marijuana distributors. Carson City District Judge James Wilson ruled that the exclusive rights given to the alcohol industry in the ballot should be adhered to. As a result, dispensaries won’t be able to replenish supplies once they run out. Until licensed distributors enter the industry, dispensaries will be forced to wait before they can sell any more recreational marijuana.

In the Wake of the Court Decision

The governor’s office spokesperson Michael Willden indicated that they were prepared to fight the Judge’s decision. The emergency regulation was launched in order to give the Department of Taxation time to initiate a response. Until distributors are up and running in the state, dispensaries will have to do the best with what they have.

Legalization Statistics

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Cannabis revenue from tourists is expected to greatly benefit Nevada.

Nevada receives approximately 40 million tourists a year and state officials are estimating 63 percent of recreational sales in the state to come from them. It is predicted to eventually contain one of the biggest cannabis markets in the country. California, who also legalized recreational marijuana last November, is expected to have the large industry in the country. The California recreational infrastructure will take a little longer to organize however and is expected to launch in 2018.

New Edible Regulations for Nevada

On top of this, the Department of Taxation also implemented stricter rules when it comes to edibles. Among other things, the new regulations demand that all marijuana infused edibles must be very clearly labeled. This may mean developing new molds for many edible producers. The rules also state that edibles not come in animal, fruit or any other shape that might be considered attractive to children. Bit by bit, all the marijuana regulations are coming together and the state can look forward to launching a booming new industry.

 

Utah Patients Create a Medical Marijuana Initiative

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Utah Patients Create a Medical Marijuana Initiative

After years of attempting to legalize medical marijuana in Utah with no success, residents are working to bring the issue to the public next year for a vote. The Utah Patients Coalition has presented a new medical marijuana initiative that would aim to create a medical marijuana industry in the state. A limited number of growers, producers and dispensaries would be allowed to provide a variety of medical marijuana products to registered patients who have a doctor’s recommendation. Limited numbers of doctors would be allowed to recommend marijuana and the plant will only be allowed to be dispensed as an oil, pill, edible, topical lotion or vaporizer. Smoking will still be prohibited in an effort to appease and compromise with some of the more conservative constituents.

The Primitive Beginning of Utah Medical Marijuana

utah medical marijuana initially available as oil only
Utah medical marijuana was initially available only in oil form.

Utah passed a bill in 2014 to allow patients with epilepsy to use a very limited form of cannabis oil that they could purchase from other states. While this was a step for medical marijuana, it still left so many others, such as those suffering with cancer and chronic pain, untreated. Another concern is that many epilepsy patients, while getting some relief with the oil, were not getting the best possible treatment for their ailment. Higher doses, different strains and varying methods of application were necessary for full relief. The new bill seeks to remedy this and add more debilitating disorders to the list including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and autism.

An Alternative to Addictive Opioids

The press conference held to announce the initiative was attended by many patients or parents of patients holding signs that read “cancer” “PTSD” and other conditions. It was also attended by former Senator Mark Madsen who worked very hard to try and legalize the plant before retiring. Madsen talked about his chronic back pain and the problems he encountered including overdosing when he unsuccessfully tried to treat the pain using prescription opioids. Thousands die every year using opioids. No one has every died or even experienced physical trauma from consuming cannabis and most patients claim that it is the more effective form of medical treatment. In states with legal marijuana, opioid related hospital visits are down approximately 23 percent.

The Goals That Must Be Met

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Medical marijuana stands to provide an alternative to addictive opioids.

Advocates of the new initiative will need to collect 113,143 signatures from registered voters by April next year, although the group plan to have all signatures collected by January 2018 to allow space for dealing with any potential curve balls. Organizers have to hold 7 public hearings throughout Utah before all signatures can be collected. If voters choose to pass the bill, dispensaries are expected to be opened by January 2021. Several groups are planning to assist in gathering signatures including an education group called Utah Residents for Medical Cannabis. Once signatures are collected, they are sent to the governor’s office so that a fiscal impact report can be completed. At that point, the initiative can be added to the 2018 ballot and Utah residents will be given the opportunity to decide whether they want a medical marijuana program.

New York Expands Medical Marijuana Program

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New York’s very strict medical marijuana program has been going through some changes since last December. After a bit of a rough start, the program has been slowly opening up to treat more of the patients who desperately need it, faster. As the demand grows for medical marijuana in the state, the Department of Health has decided to make it possible for doctors, nurses and their assistants to register new patients online the same day. This will allow those who need it to forego the waiting process and get immediate access to relief. According to The Cannabist, they have also added another course on the medicinal use of marijuana so that those who may want to be a part of the program will have access to that advantage.

Current Qualifying Conditions

ptsd is being considered as a qualifying condition for new york medical marijuana
PTSD is being considered as a qualifying condition for New York medical marijuana.

Last December, chronic pain was added to the list of qualifying conditions for the program. Since adding the condition, 7,504 more patients have joined the program, bringing the number up to over 22,000 patients currently signed up to the program. This number is constantly growing as new conditions get added to the program and the system becomes more user friendly. As it stands, only a few conditions qualify for treatment, including cancer, HIV and AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, epilepsy, some spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.

Adding PTSD as a Qualifier

After a plea from U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to help veterans find relief, it appears that PTSD may be added to the list as soon as next week. A bill passed the state Senate 50-13 that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions and is now in the hands of Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign it into law. With so many suicides each year from veterans, the VA is keen to study how medical marijuana can help to treat PTSD in states where it is already legal. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the plant is extremely effective at treating the disorder.

Conflict with Federal Government

federal government has recently taken a stronger stance against marijuana legalization
The federal government has recently taken a stronger stance against marijuana legalization.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration is questioning marijuana as an effective treatment. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long time prohibitionist, wrote a letter to Congress earlier in the year, requesting the right to spend federal funding on going after the medical marijuana industry. 29 states now have medical marijuana programs and polls indicate that the majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana should be legal. All studies on the plant have found it to be safer and healthier than prescription medication, alcohol and cigarettes, yet it remains illegal and classed as a Schedule I substance, the category for the highest risk drugs that have no medical use. As a result of the attack on the industry, several bipartisan bills have been prevented that seek to reschedule or de-schedule the plant as well as ones that aim to protect states from federal interference when it comes to marijuana.

For now, as evidence continues to grow about the medicinal uses of marijuana, the New York program appears to be expanding one condition at a time.

Louisiana University Approves Marijuana Producer

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Louisiana University Approves Marijuana Producer

A major first step has been taken for Louisiana’s medical marijuana industry, as the first production facility has been approved to begin growing and producing the plant at Louisiana University (LSU). While lawmakers created the structure for medical marijuana in the state in 2015, it was decided that growing facilities would only be allowed to function at LSU and Southern University. The Board of Supervisors at LSU have approved an application from Nevada based company GB Sciences to set up a marijuana research and production facility. The company has agreed to pay the university a minimum of $3.4 million over 5 years or 10% of the gross receipts, whichever amount is higher. They have also agreed to give the university $500,000 annually to support medical marijuana research.

The Benefits of the Agreement

LSU has approved GB Sciences as its official medical marijuana grower
LSU has approved GB Sciences as its official medical marijuana grower.

It is now up to System President F. King Alexander to finalize the details of the agreement and the board chairman to sign off on the deal. The leader of the LSU AgCenter Bill Richardson expressed enthusiasm for the medical research that can be explored from the school. GB Sciences CEO John Poss also agreed that the company is interested in the potential research that can be undergone through the new deal as well as the financial benefits. The university will now be able to conduct critical medical research on the plant that has been helping so many people suffering from debilitating disorders.

Details of the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Program

Medical marijuana in Louisiana will only be allowed to be sold and consumed in non-smokeable forms such as oils and pills. Vaporizing will still be allowed. High quality medical grade marijuana products will become available to registered medical marijuana patients with a doctor’s recommendation next year. Those with debilitating and terminal disorders will be eligible to see a doctor for treatment. Conditions such as these include cancer, epilepsy, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other conditions. The production and availability of medical grade marijuana in the state will allow many who are suffering to receive relief.

Strict Conditions of Growing and Research

louisiana medical marijuana only available in non smokable forms
Louisiana medical marijuana will only be available in non smokable forms.

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, the highest risk category, having the strictest rules. Schedule I drugs include heroin and LSD and are considered to have no medicinal benefits. Several senators wrote the DEA last year, requesting that the classification be re-examined. The DEA failed to reschedule or de-schedule marijuana despite the enormous amount of evidence proving that it is safer than cigarettes and alcohol as well as having countless medicinal benefits. The DEA claimed that there was no official, government approved evidence showing its medicinal benefits. This is because, up until that point, it was illegal to conduct medical research on the plant and there were no approved studies.

While the DEA failed to change the classification, they agreed to allow medical research to be done on the plant. The criteria for being approved for such research is very strict. However, the new Louisiana facility could serve to provide official medical research and potentially contribute to changing the plant’s current classification. The Southern University is also planning to strike a deal with a marijuana production company later in the year, thus creating 2 facilities where medical marijuana as well as research will be going to helping those that can benefit most from the plant.

Marijuana Smell Blamed on Shooting Death of Philando Castile

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Marijuana Smell Blamed on Shooting Death of Philando Castile

The demonization of marijuana, a plant that is safer and healthier than both cigarettes and alcohol, has never been so tragic as it is in the case of Philando Castile. Last year, Officer Geronimo Yanez shot and killed Castile in front of his family after pulling him over for a traffic stop on the road. He claims that the smell of marijuana coming from the car made him fear for his life causing him to act with a lethal defense method. Within hours of the shooting, Yanez told investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, “I thought I was gonna’ die. And I thought, if he’s… if he has the… the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 5 year old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what… what care does he give about me. And I let off the rounds and then after the rounds were off, the little girl was screaming.”

Conflicting Reports Over Cannabis Smell

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Philando Castile was shot by an officer who claimed he was alarmed by the smell of cannabis coming from his car.

According to the New York Times, prosecutor Jefferey Paulsen said that the camera on the dash, showed that Castile was “driving normally, pulled over quickly and was alert and courteous when talking to Officer Yanez.” Joseph Kauser, Yanez’s partner, claims that he did not smell any marijuana burning. Possession of 42.5 grams or less (1.48 ounces) of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a $200 in Minnesota. 6 grams in a baggie were presented as evidence in Castile’s possession. Driving under the influence is a criminal misdemeanor in Minnesota but having THC in the blood is not. While THC was found in Castile’s body, it could have been consumed hours before he ever stepped foot in the vehicle. There is no evidence whatsoever that Castile was driving under the influence. Even the smell Yanez claims was present was not detected by his partner.

Using Marijuana Demonization as a Defense

During the trial however, Yanez’s defense attorneys repeatedly claimed that Castile’s decision to possess or consume marijuana was the only crime and that Yanez did what was necessary in this case. They claim that Castile did not respond to Yanez’s request to show his hands or follow orders because he was “stoned.” The marijuana itself was only discovered in the vehicle after the shooting however and the footage from the dash camera shows Castile being courteous. He had a firearm, for which he had a permit, although Yanez’s lawyers claim that he wasn’t forthright about smoking marijuana when he applied for the permit and therefore it should not be regarded as being acquired legally.

A Violent Misunderstanding

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The officer was acquitted on all charges after blaming his actions on fear of marijuana.

Yanez was ultimately acquitted of all charges, making the story all the more disturbing. Marijuana is used for medicinal purposes in 29 states, helping those with Alzheimers’s disease, epilepsy, brain, trauma, pain, cancer, AIDS and countless other debilitating disorders. It is legal for recreational purposes in 8 states. The facts show that it actually reduces violent and aggressive behavior. The majority of Americans polled believe that it should be legalized. Yet tragedies such as these are still occurring. Castile is not the only person to be killed or violated over marijuana use. It seems more than time for re-education to occur before anyone else gets hurt.

Nevada Will Likely See Recreational Cannabis Delay Following Court Ruling

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Nevada Will Likely See Recreational Cannabis Delay Following Court Ruling

Nevada residents may have to wait a little longer than previously expected to buy recreational marijuana. The state legalized the personal use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 last November but residents cannot legally purchase the plant until the infrastructure of the industry has been set up including having the rules and regulations decided upon and the licenses distributed. Unfortunately this is where the hurdle has come into things. The liquor industry filed an injunction against the Nevada Department of Taxation requesting that no distribution licenses be given to anyone other than alcohol distributors.

Snoozing But Possibly Not Losing

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The liquor industry has managed to potentially delay recreational marijuana sales in Nevada.

The original ballot Question 2 that residents voted on in order to legalize the plant stated that alcohol distributors would get exclusive rights to distribute the marijuana to retailers for the first 18 months. In March, the Nevada Department of Taxation claimed that there were not enough alcohol distributors applying for licenses and therefore licenses could be given to marijuana distributors. The deadline for applications was May 31st at which point the department would be able to determine which licenses got processed.

The Judicial Ruling Behind the Delay

The idea would be for marijuana to temporarily be available to sell by July 1, 2017. The temporary industry would have the ability to function with authorities testing regulations and updating any necessary aspects so that it could officially become permanent by January 2018. In the meantime, the state could begin to collect the estimated millions in tax revenue it will receive from the industry. These plans however have been derailed as First District Judicial Judge James Wilson granted an injunction to the liquor distributors, writing in his 11 page ruling, “The plaintiff’s members will very likely be shut out of the marijuana distribution business entirely if the Department issues distribution license to non-alcohol distributors.” This is the main concern being presented by alcohol distributors. There is a lot of fear about being locked out of the industry if they don’t come in from the very start.

Expectations of Postponement

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Sales of recreational weed may be pushed back to allow precedence to the alcohol industry.

So far, only 5 of 93 applicants for the distribution license have been alcohol distributors. With the little amount of interest being shown, the July 1st launch date is expected to be postponed. Those within the industry are anxious about creating any delays on the July 1st deadline, expressing their belief that it will be a “disaster” if sales don’t begin on the set date. Representatives are prepared to “hammer out a deal” according to Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom who sponsored the bill and supported various bills to help get the industry up and running.

If all is able to be organized in time, Nevada will be the first of the 4 states who legalized marijuana last year to begin selling the plant. While it remains illegal on a federal level, several bills exist that are working towards legalizing the plant on a federal level or protecting state rights to run a marijuana industry as it sees fit. Nevada is 1 of 8 states with legalized recreational marijuana including California, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

Medical Marijuana Legalized in Mexico

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Medical Marijuana Legalized in Mexico

As more information becomes available and the medicinal value of marijuana is increasingly felt, Mexico has taken the next step in the road toward marijuana policy reform and officially legalized medical marijuana. This is only the first step of many as the rules and regulations will need to be written and a clearer understanding developed on the uses of THC, CBD and other cannabis derivatives. Beyond this, an entire industry will need to be put in place with growers, testers, dispensaries and doctors which may take some time. Nonetheless, this is a huge step forward for the country and its people who may benefit from the medicinal properties of the plant.

Overwhelming Support for Legalization

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Changing perspectives have finally resulted in full legalization of medical marijuana in Mexico.

The bill received enormous support from the Senate last December where it passed 98-7. On April 28th, the lower house in parliament passed the bill with an overwhelming 374-7 vote and the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, published the bill today. Neto has been a longtime supporter of marijuana reform, telling the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April, “So far, the solutions (to control drugs and crime) implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient. We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

The Changing Perspectives of the President

Neto was at one time a passionate and vocal prohibitionist, very much against the legalization of marijuana. His views since changed as he learned more about the plant and the repercussions of prohibition. His opinions changed so much that, last year, Nieto tried to pass a bill that would have effectively ended prohibition in Mexico. The bill would have allowed adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use. The bill was stalled in Congress by forces beyond his control yet the president has still stood passionately behind marijuana and policy reform.

The Future Lies in Regulation

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Mexico medical marijuana still requires regulations to be put in place.

The general consensus by politicians in Mexico is one of positivity towards moving forward in the new direction, regardless of how much work lies ahead. Even Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, showed his support for the new laws, stating, “I welcome the adoption of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.” It will be up to the Mexican Ministry of Health to draft the rules and regulations that will ultimately govern how this law will be implemented. The bill states that the Ministry will be in charge of  “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

As Mexico moves forward in the direction of ending prohibition, new Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently asked Congress for federal funding to crack down on medical marijuana in the 29 states where it is legal in the U.S. Several bipartisan bills currently exist that seek to protect states from federal interference when it comes to marijuana or seek to legalize, reclassify or declassify the plant altogether. The majority of Americans are in favor of ending prohibition so it’s more likely that this will become the ultimate direction for the U.S. as well.

Bitcoin Provides Banking Solutions for Marijuana Industry

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Bitcoin Provides Banking Solutions for Marijuana Industry

Marijuana businesses have been facing a very difficult situation since their legalization. While 29 states allow for the sale of medical marijuana and 8 states have legalized medical marijuana, the plant remains illegal on a federal level. It is classified as a Schedule I drug which is the highest risk drug category and calls for the strictest laws when it comes to its legal status. This makes it impossible for financial institutions to do business with the marijuana industry in a way that is risk free. Without the use of financial institutions, marijuana businesses have been forced to operate only using cash which heightens the risk of robbery and other potential issues.

The Benefits of Using Bitcoin

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Bitcoin could provide a safer solution for the current cash only marijuana industry.

This is where the world of digital money comes in. Bitcoin is a digital currency that can be used in the same way as money. Companies such as POSaBIT and SinglePoint Inc. have developed financial technology that allows dispensaries to use Bitcoin, making it possible for consumers to buy their weed using their bank cards. It gives dispensaries a place to store their money in digital form, making it safer from robbery than having it all sitting around in cash. Given that legal marijuana was a $6 billion dollar industry last year and is predicted by Cowen & Co. to be a $50 billion industry by 2026, this definitely offers retailers a better solution.

Peace of Mind Through Digital Currency

“There’s no industry — whether it’s the production and sale of cannabis or the production and sale of a cup of coffee — that can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions and traditional services,” said Jon Baugher, co-founder of POSaBIT. “That’s where we thought we could leverage the use of digital currency.” POSaBIT currently serves 30 dispensaries in Washington, where recreational marijuana is a legal thriving industry. The technology allows Washington businesses to operate with more peace of mind.

Overcoming an Uncertain Reputation

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The use of Bitcoins in dark web transactions has sparked some hesitance.

Not everyone is familiar or comfortable using Bitcoin as of yet. The virtual currency also has associations with being used to buy drugs on the “dark web” which doesn’t help to set people’s mind at ease. There are currently several bills that seek to end prohibition in some way and some that simply seek to make it impossible for the federal government to interfere with marijuana businesses in states where it is legal. If any of these bills pass, it will make it possible for banks to participate in the industry.

There has been a lot of opposition to marijuana from the Trump administration, in particular from the current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a long time, outspoken marijuana prohibitionist. Sessions has made statements that called marijuana only slightly better than heroin and said that “good people don’t use marijuana.” He is now asking members of Congress to allow him to use federal funding to go after the medical marijuana industry, regardless of whether it is legal in those states. While his presence continues to put the marijuana industry on shaky ground, Bitcoin could offer a solution for everyone.

New Bill Seeks To Protect Marijuana Industry

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Bipartisan Bill Aims to End Medical Marijuana Prohibition

A group of bipartisan Senators and Representatives have stepped forward on Thursday with a bill that would protect doctors, patients and the medical marijuana industry in states that have elected to legalize the plant. Under the law, the federal government would have no ability to prosecute parties who are abiding by state marijuana laws regardless of the status of the plant on a federal level. Right now, the plant is still considered a Schedule I drug, giving it the strictest rules with the official belief that it is a high risk substance with no medicinal benefits. The current classification does not reflect the scientific data on the plant or the sentiment from the families in the 29 states that have legalized the plant for treating seizures, pain, epilepsy, cancer, AIDS, PTSD and a host of medical purposes.

The CARERS Act

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The bipartisan nature lends strength to the proposed federal medical marijuana bill.

The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States, or CARERS would change the Controlled Substances Act so that states with marijuana laws would be able to govern their own rules regarding possession, production and distribution. Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, issued a statement saying, “The reintroduction of the CARERS Act is the first of many steps we hope this Congress will take to end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana. Polls show overwhelmingly strong support for medical marijuana, and it spans the political spectrum. The federal government should not be meddling in state laws that allow it or obstructing research into its many medical benefits.”

Senators Sponsoring the Bill

According to recent polls, 60 percent of the country support legalizing recreational marijuana and 94 percent believe in legalizing medical marijuana. 3/4 of the population believe that the federal government should not be interfering with states’ laws when it comes to medical marijuana. The CARERS Act reflects the will of the public, sponsored by U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). Additional co-sponsors include Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Al Franken, D-Minn.

Resistance from the Federal Government

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Opioid addiction is reduced in states where medical marijuana is legalized.

Regardless of the support for medical marijuana and the countless stories that illustrate all the ways that medical marijuana has allowed children and adults to receive treatment for their debilitating conditions that ordinarily would not be able to be treated, the industry still faces federal opposition. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a letter to Congress asking for their support to spend federal funds on cracking down on the legal medical marijuana industry. He cites the opioid epidemic as a reason for the crackdown although all the facts show that in states where marijuana is legal in some form, there are approximately 23 percent less opioid related hospital visits from heroin use and prescription opioids. Marijuana has proven to be an effective cure for the country’s opioid problem. Nonetheless, Sessions seeks to go after an industry that has legally saved the lives and improved the quality of life for children and adults suffering from debilitating disorders.

The CARERS Act offers protection from this kind of potential prosecution and protects an industry that has helped millions of Americans.

Cannabis Nutrients Present Important Choices in Your Growing Method

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Cannabis Nutrients Present Important Choices in Your Growing Method

When you are putting together your grow, you have to make a few crucial decisions before you get started. Many decisions you make will affect the methods and techniques you utilize to achieve your cultivation goals. The choice to grow indoors or out will have a great impact on the types of nutrients you use as well as other factors. When it comes to nutrients, understanding what differentiates them from each other and how to properly apply them will help your grow in the end.

Organic Cannabis Nutrients Take Advantage of Nature’s Bounty

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Organic cannabis nutrients are absorbed through fungi and bacteria rich soil.

When a plant grows in the wild, it is fed through the soil by the nutrients supplied by decaying plant and animal matter. It embraces natural processes that we as humans have done our best to recreate. Organic nutrients are made from animal waste and plant matter. The results you get from organic cultivation have some distinct advantages, not necessarily because of the nutrients themselves but by how the nutrients are absorbed by the plant.

Organic soil is rich with fungi and bacteria, otherwise known as beneficial microbes. Organic cultivation takes advantage of these microbes which breakdown the organic nutrients they are fed into a form more readily absorbed by the plant’s root system. The importance of these beneficial microbes in organic cultivation cannot be understated. They are the lynchpin of the entire organic methodology. There are many brands of organic nutrients available or you can make your own at home.

The single most beneficial nutrient feed you can give your plants is made from a simple compost. Composting is basically leaving a big pile of plant material in your backyard and waiting for nature to take its course. As the plant material breaks down, it becomes home to swarms of insects, worms and other critters who then eat the plants and excrete waste. Over time, the breakdown of the plant material, along with the added insects and insect waste, forms a black sludge at the bottom of the pile. Put a scoop of compost into a five gallon bucket of water, then strain it. Your end result will be the best, nutrient-rich feed you can give your organic garden.

Hydroponic Cannabis Nutrients Bypass the Soil

hydroponic growing provides cannabis nutrients without soil
Hydroponic growing provides cannabis nutrients without soil.

Hydroponics typically involves a soil-less method of growing. This can be accomplished by using aquaponics, which require no medium other than water, or through the use of soil replacements like coco coir. As there is no soil present to contribute to the nutrient levels, you have to supply everything that your plants need to grow. Hydroponic nutrients are made from elemental salts in varying combinations that dissolve in water. You will typically have your raw nutrient solutions broken up into several parts in order to avoid clumping through ionization of molecules.

In large grows, you will often see hydroponic nutrients in three separate barrels; A, B, and Bloom. The three solutions are then run through a dosing unit that mixes your nutrients with water, allowing for easy feeding. It is important to balance your pH and EC (or electrical conductivity) before you start to feed. Most people already know about pH but EC is a concept new to beginning growers. It measures the ratio of nutrients to water in the mix with most cannabis strains falling between 1.5 and 2.3 on the EC scale. Hydroponic nutrients are typically used indoors as the nutrient salts are not compatible with an organic grow.

In the end, the method of cultivation you choose will determine the type of nutrients you use. Hydro for indoors and organic for outdoors. There will always be exceptions to the rule but, in general, this is a solid guideline to follow.