420 MAGAZINE ® – Medical Marijuana Publication & Social Networking https://www.420magazine.com Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:07:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Marijuana Horticulture Fundamentals – Review https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/marijuana-horticulture-fundamentals-420-magazine-review-ian-bastage/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/marijuana-horticulture-fundamentals-420-magazine-review-ian-bastage/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:58:31 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6857 [Read More]]]> It is obvious throughout this book that K knows his cannabis and that he really loves to grow. Just in case you haven’t figured it out, the author’s name is K. He has always identified himself by this simple one letter moniker over the years to avoid police attention. His real name is revealed only four times in the book. Since I don’t want to be a spoiler, you will have to buy the book to find out. (Or just maybe you can look in the second to last paragraph of this review for a hint). He has been a significant cannabis grower for over 35 years and is best known for an incognito appearance on the CBS program 60 Minutes in 1996. Over the years, he has authored numerous articles for the cannabis press.

So K has grow cred and lots of it. He also obviously knows how to build a medium to large grow operation and therein lies one of the problems with this book. The author tries valiantly to appeal to a very broad base, from the closet grower to the large income grower. Sure, he gets down in the dirt, (his preferred medium by the way), to give us most of the basics about the plant, grow systems, water, feeding, cloning, growth stages and problems et cetera but the emphasis always leans towards the large warehouse grower.

You might have noted that I said most of the basics, because the author oddly glosses over some important pieces of the cannabis growing puzzle for the small grower. He spends less than one page on feeding in a hydroponic system and skips any mention of autoflowering plants and the cannabis ruderalis cultivar.

It is chock full of pictures like a good cannabis book should be. In fact, a sizable portion of the book has glorious pictures, which includes some interesting time lapse sequences to illustrate growth and a number of picture groupings describing various techniques. That said however, there are also some pictures that leave something to be desired.

I did learn and relearn some important and useful bits of information. His cloning chapter is very good and I am sharpening my blades to try it in my own grow. His chapter on hash making is a great in-depth bonus although he neglects to mention that dry ice screening is proving superior to ice water sieving for many small producers.

You would be forgiven if you felt you ended up with an advertisement. The author references his company, “At Trichome Technologies” about 420 times. Deep in the appendices he plays his trump card, revealing a new invention by Kenneth Morrow of Trichome Technologies. “It is the single most important cannabis development since the THC molecule was isolated.” WHOOSH. My hyperbole meter just went up in smoke, however anything is possible.

I really wanted to learn more about growing, so I was excited to get my hands on this book. It has great book store shelf appeal with a good heft and lots of pictures. Inside, there was substance, with a lot of very solid knowledge imparted. If I were about to set up a 100 plant perpetual grow as a business venture, this book would be perfect. However, as a small grower, I would rate this book at a THC content of 16%. We all know that in today’s world of recreational cannabis with super strains topping 30%, that 16% is pretty good.

Author: K of Trichome Technologies
Book Review By: Ian Bastage, Product Reviewer
Publisher: Green Candy Press, San Francisco CA
Purchase: Marijuana Horticulture Fundamentals: A Comprehensive Guide to Cannabis Cultivation and Hashish Production

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The G9 TC Port Henail – A 420 Magazine Review By Aaron Quix https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/g9-tc-port-henail-420-magazine-review-aaron-quix/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/g9-tc-port-henail-420-magazine-review-aaron-quix/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:42:03 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6855 [Read More]]]> How quickly technology evolves can be measured in a variety of ways, but is usually most obvious when compared to consumer products we use daily. For many of us, medical devices such as a dab rigs and smoking devices can be as common as kitchen appliances, and the TC Port Henail by G9 is a perfect example.

While your friends sit around refilling butane torches and heating their nails, sit back, relax and press the easy to find button on your digital friend five times to power on, and three times to introduce heat. That’s it. Within 25 seconds using the quartz nail, you’re in business. Heating times are similar, but vary slightly between the included nails. Titanium, ceramic and the new, silicon carbide in addition to the common favorite, quartz, are all part of the package. While I favor the silicon carbide for its robust flavor, quartz seems the easiest of them to clean.

Easy to read and simple to set temperature levels make this one of my favorite products to date. With a range from 300 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, I’m able to perfect my experience based on preference.

An American made glass bubbler with a cool design is a plus, and the inclusion of a rubber storage container for medicine make the TC Port pretty cool. But the overall functionality and consistency are its strong points. I get the same perfect hit every single time, and love the battery life on this thing. The unit also boasts a timer, as well as a puff counter so that users can efficiently monitor cleaning schedules for their nails. I found that, when using the quartz nail for example, around 20 hits is doable between cleanings. The TC Port is also super cool looking, sturdy and comfortable to hold. The magnetized breather lid (carb) pairs with your stirring tool to allow storage on top, and has the ability to turn and direct airflow during your draw, which I find pretty neat.

I remember the days when our only options were pipes and a variety of bongs, dugouts and miscellaneous home made devices for medicating. Today, we are blessed with an incredible spectrum to choose from, especially this amazing piece of technology and art combined from G9.

Given its compact and semi-portable design, one might be skeptical of the performance capabilities – but rest assured, it keeps up with the best. I’m hesitant to give a 5 star rating with regard to portability, due to its fragile design and lack of a carrying case. That being said, I do what I have to in order to make this rig a part of my travels because it performs so well! With a super fair price point, I think anyone with an affinity for dabbing should look to the G9 TC Port for their next purchase.

  

Review By: Aaron Quix 420 Magazine Product Reviewer
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Welcome To Cannabis Irrigation Supply https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/welcome-new-sponsor-cannabis-irrigation-supply/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/welcome-new-sponsor-cannabis-irrigation-supply/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:55:10 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6848 [Read More]]]> Please join us in welcoming our new sponsor Cannabis Irrigation Supply to our mission of spreading Cannabis awareness to the world.

420 Magazine began life 24 years ago in an endeavor to end prohibition by creating a forum where appreciation and awareness of the Cannabis plant could flourish. We are not only the oldest Cannabis community website, we are also, thanks to our large and sophisticated membership, recognized as the gold standard for knowledge sharing. To continue offering this free service we rely on like-minded sponsors such as Cannabis Irrigation Supply, to whom we are truly grateful. Please support our Mission by supporting them. Our sponsors make 420 Magazine possible.

About Cannabis Irrigation Supply
Cannabis Irrigation Supply is a family owned and operated business dedicated to the grower. Whether you have one plant or 1,000, whether you are a first time grower or a commercial business, they have everything you need to provide your plants with all the H2O and nutrients they need.

Indoors or out, Cannabis Irrigation Supply have it all – timers, connections, filters, tubing, drip lines, fittings, tools, drip manifolds, sprinklers, injectors – everything up to and including full kits. There is nothing irrigation related that you won’t find in their store. At truly great prices too. And as cannabis awareness spreads, the good news is that Cannabis Irrigation Supply ship worldwide.

35 years ago Joyce (Mom) was a founder of DIG Corporation, one of the first manufacturers of low volume irrigation. Pete (Dad) opened their first online store, The Drip Store, over 20 years ago (back when Amazon only sold books). This family know what they are doing, and are passionately committed to doing it.

They are all about knowing what to recommend for your grow, providing you with free design and tech services, and making your experience the best it can be.

They like to have fun too. Cannabis Irrigation Supply have sprinkled goofy humor throughout their site, so you can relax and smile whilst you spend. They are truly engaged with their business and their customers, and will be delighted if you want to phone to discuss any of their products. If you are in the San Diego area, you are also invited to stop by their warehouse in Vista and say high!

So to get a system that’s tailored to your needs, that works seamlessly and that will take all the worries away, get on the phone to their free design service for fully integrated irrigation.

  

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A Scientific Look At Whether Weed Or Alcohol Is Worse For You – We Have A Winner https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/scientific-look-whether-weed-alcohol-worse-winner/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/scientific-look-whether-weed-alcohol-worse-winner/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:45:50 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6844 [Read More]]]> Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?

It’s a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.

Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.

Time is important, too — while some effects are noticeable immediately, others only begin to crop up after months or years of use.

The comparison is slightly unfair for another reason: While scientists have been researching the effects of alcohol for decades, the science of cannabis is a lot murkier because of its mostly illegal status.

More than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2014. There have been zero documented deaths from marijuana use alone.

In 2014, 30,722 people died from alcohol-induced causes in the US — and that does not count drinking-related accidents or homicides. If those deaths were included, the number would be closer to 90,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, no deaths from marijuana overdoses have been reported, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. A 16-year study of more than 65,000 Americans, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that healthy marijuana users were not more likely to die earlier than healthy people who did not use cannabis.

Marijuana appears to be significantly less addictive than alcohol.

Close to half of all adults have tried marijuana at least once, making it one of the most widely used illegal drugs — yet research suggests that a relatively small percentage of people become addicted.

For a 1994 survey, epidemiologists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse asked more than 8,000 people from ages 15 to 64 about their drug use. Of those who had tried marijuana at least once, roughly 9% eventually fit a diagnosis of addiction. For alcohol, the figure was about 15%. To put that in perspective, the addiction rate for cocaine was 17%, while heroin was 23% and nicotine was 32%.

Marijuana may be harder on your heart, while moderate drinking could be beneficial.

Unlike alcohol, which slows your heart rate, marijuana speeds it up, which could negatively affect the heart in the short term. Still, the largest-ever report on cannabis from the National Academies of Sciences, released in January, found insufficient evidence to support or refute the idea that cannabis may increase the overall risk of a heart attack.

On the other hand, low to moderate drinking — about one drink a day — has been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke compared with abstention. James Nicholls, a director at Alcohol Research UK, told The Guardian that those findings should be taken with a grain of salt since “any protective effects tend to be canceled out by even occasional bouts of heavier drinking.”

Alcohol is strongly linked with several types of cancer; marijuana is not.

In November, a group of the nation’s top cancer doctors issued a statement asking people to drink less. They cited strong evidence that drinking alcohol — as little as a glass of wine or beer a day — increases the risk of developing both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer.

The US Department of Health lists alcohol as a known human carcinogen. Research highlighted by the National Cancer Institute suggests that the more alcohol you drink — particularly the more you drink regularly — the higher your risk of developing cancer.

For marijuana, some research initially suggested a link between smoking and lung cancer, but that has been debunked. The January report found that cannabis was not connected to any increased risk of the lung cancers or head and neck cancers tied to smoking cigarettes.

Both drugs may be linked with risks while driving, but alcohol is worse.

A research note published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF) found that, when adjusting for other factors, having a detectable amount of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) in your blood did not increase the risk of being involved in a car crash. Having a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.05%, on the other hand, increased that risk by 575%.

Still, combining the two appears to have the worst results.

“The risk from driving under the influence of both alcohol and cannabis is greater than the risk of driving under the influence of either alone,” the authors of a 2009 review wrote in the American Journal of Addiction.

Several studies link alcohol with violence, particularly at home. That has not been found for cannabis.

It’s impossible to say whether drinking alcohol or using marijuana causes violence, but several studies suggest a link between alcohol and violent behavior.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes, and a study of college students found that the rates of mental and physical abuse were higher on days when couples drank.

On the other hand, no such relationship appears to exist for cannabis. A recent study looking at cannabis use and intimate partner violence in the first decade of marriage found that marijuana users were significantly less likely to commit violence against a partner than those who did not use the drug.

Both drugs negatively affect your memory — but in different ways. These effects are the most common in heavy, frequent, or binge users.

Both weed and alcohol temporarily impair memory, and alcohol can cause blackouts by rendering the brain incapable of forming memories. The most severe long-term effects are seen in heavy, chronic, or binge users who begin using in their teens.

Studies have found that these effects can persist for several weeks after stopping marijuana use. There may also be a link between daily weed use and poorer verbal memory in adults who start smoking at a young age.

Chronic drinkers display reductions in memory, attention, and planning, as well as impaired emotional processes and social cognition — and these can persist even after years of abstinence.

Both drugs are linked with an increased risk of psychiatric disease. For weed users, psychosis and schizophrenia are the main concern; with booze, it’s depression and anxiety.

The largest review of marijuana studies found substantial evidence of an increased risk among frequent marijuana users of developing schizophrenia — something that studies have shown is a particular concern for people already at risk.

Weed can also trigger temporary feelings of paranoia and hostility, but it’s not yet clear whether those symptoms are linked with an increased risk of long-term psychosis.

On the other hand, self-harm and suicide are much more common among people who binge drink or drink frequently. But scientists have had a hard time deciphering whether excessive alcohol use causes depression and anxiety or whether people with depression and anxiety drink in an attempt to relieve those symptoms.

Alcohol appears to be linked more closely with weight gain, despite weed’s tendency to trigger the munchies.

Weed gives you the munchies. It makes you hungry, reduces the natural signals of fullness, and may even temporarily make food taste better.

But despite eating over 600 extra calories when smoking, marijuana users generally don’t have higher body-mass indexes. In fact, studies suggest that regular smokers have a slightly reduced risk of obesity.

Alcohol, on the other hand, appears to be linked with weight gain. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people who drank heavily had a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. Plus, alcohol itself is caloric: A can of beer has roughly 150 calories, and a glass of wine has about 120.

All things considered, alcohol’s effects seem markedly more extreme — and riskier — than marijuana’s.

When it comes to addiction profiles and risk of death or overdose combined with ties to cancer, car crashes, violence, and obesity, the research suggests that marijuana may be less of a health risk than alcohol.

Still, because of marijuana’s largely illegal status, long-term studies on all its health effects have been limited — meaning more research is needed.

News Moderator: Ron Strider 420 MAGAZINE ®
Full Article: Alcohol or marijuana: Which is worse for your health? – Business Insider
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Greece Hopes Its Economy Can Get High From Medical Weed https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/greece-hopes-economy-can-get-high-medical-weed/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/greece-hopes-economy-can-get-high-medical-weed/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:44:01 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6841 [Read More]]]> Investors in medical cannabis projects are focusing on Greece, where a warm, sunny climate and potentially favorable future legislation could help the government deliver on a promise to pull the country out of a seven-year economic crisis.

Growers have expressed interest in pumping more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.74 billion) into projects to build greenhouse parks for the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis, Evangelos Apostolou, minister of rural development and food, said in an interview. That would give Greece a share of a global market the government says could be worth 200 billion euros in the next 10 years.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is counting on investment to spur economic recovery and allow the country to exit a third bailout program. Forecasts call for growth close to 2 percent this year, rising to 2.5 percent in 2018.

A single campus of 12 to 15 cannabis greenhouses could create 400 jobs, according to a task force preparing a draft bill to legalize medical cannabis in Greece. Unemployment in the country has been over 20 percent since November 2011, one of the highest levels in the European Union.

Tsipras’s government plans to submit a bill covering medical legalization by the end of the year and passage could allow enough time for cultivation in time for a harvest next summer, according to the task force, which is currently working on preparing the legislation.

While countries like Uruguay and several U.S. states have legalized general possession to varying degrees, Greece has no such plans. Cultivation and sales will be for medical purposes only, Apostolou said. “Thousands of Greek households with family members suffering from serious illnesses like cancer and Parkinson’s disease will be able to get drugs produced right here, under World Health Organization guidelines.”

Nausea, Cancer

The WHO cites studies demonstrating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for nausea and vomiting in the advanced stages of illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. Other therapeutic uses have been demonstrated by controlled studies, including treatment of asthma and glaucoma.

Canadian medical cannabis producer Tilray said in September it plans to invest 20 million euros in Portugal as it bets on rising European demand. Toronto-based Cronos Group Inc. has struck an agreement with a pharmaceutical wholesaler to supply Germany’s medical marijuana market and is exploring expanding elsewhere in the European Union, Chief Executive Officer Mike Gorenstein said in an interview.

“We’ve probably had discussions with 20 different countries by now, with regulators, entrepreneurs, pharmaceutical companies,” Gorenstein said by phone. “If we were to pick another country in Europe to produce in it would be based on a historical track record and strong climate.”

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Full Article: Greece Hopes Its Economy Can Get High From Medical Weed – Bloomberg
Author: Eleni Chrepa and Antonis Galanopoulos
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Illinois Doctors Campaign For Medical Marijuana As Alternative To Opioids https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/illinois-doctors-campaign-medical-marijuana-alternative-opioids/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/illinois-doctors-campaign-medical-marijuana-alternative-opioids/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:42:38 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6838 [Read More]]]> As a prominent Chicago surgeon, Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph sees them all too frequently: people who endure severe injuries or multiple surgeries, only to become addicted to prescription painkillers.

One patient who pleaded for help was on such strong drugs already that Bush-Joseph knew he couldn’t handle more surgery without dangerously high levels of opioids.

But nine months later, the patient returned and told the doctor he’d replaced those powerful pain pills with another drug — marijuana. And after seeing the deadly damage opioids can do, Bush-Joseph said such cases have shown him that cannabis can be a safer alternative.

“There’s a large group of patients who have chronic pain who rely on opioids,” Bush-Joseph said. “Those are the patients who would benefit from medical cannabis.”

Illinois’ medical community has been somewhat reluctant to publicly embrace medical marijuana in the two years since the state’s first dispensaries opened.

But some physicians say the matter has taken on added urgency as the nation sinks deeper into an opioid crisis involving both prescription drugs, and heroin and its synthetic analogs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are 40 prescription opioid deaths a day, Illinois health officials have warned it’s the most dangerous public health issue facing the state and President Donald Trump has declared opioid addiction a public health emergency.

Though Bush-Joseph speaks for himself — not for Rush University Medical Center where he is a professor, and not for the Chicago White Sox or Bulls, with whom he has worked — his word as a leading arthroscopic surgeon carries some weight. After severe injury or surgery, he concedes patients typically need opioids like Percocet and Vicodin for a month or two. But after that, he believes patients should have potential access to marijuana as another longer-term alternative.

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons records reveal that Bush-Joseph has stock options in Cresco Labs in Chicago, one of the leading producers of medical marijuana in Illinois. He said he is on Cresco’s medical advisory board, but by law cannot certify his own patients for medical marijuana, and describes himself as a “believer” that it can help people.

To advocate for that cause, Bush-Joseph and two other physicians — Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, former head of the state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, and Dr. Laurence Levine, a Rush urologist — have formed Physicians Against Injurious Narcotics, or PAIN. More doctors initially planned to participate, but Bush-Joseph said they got scared off by concerns about their reputation, or opposition by their hospitals or medical groups.

The doctors support a new bill before the Illinois General Assembly that would expand the state medical marijuana program to allow cannabis to be used by any patient who qualifies for use of opioids. Such a change could vastly expand the program, which now has only about 27,000 participants. Currently there are about 40 specific conditions, including cancer and AIDS, that qualify sufferers to apply to use medical marijuana.

If passed into law, the new bill would allow those who qualify to receive a one-year marijuana card, without the fingerprinting and criminal background check now required. Approval would be expedited to 14 days, rather than the two to three months it can now take.

The sponsor, Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, said the opioid epidemic shows that what’s being done so far isn’t working, and that research shows marijuana can help treat pain.

“We should be actively helping people who are addicted to opioids,” Harmon said, “instead of treating them like criminals.”

Advocates for such a program point to a 2014 study that found opioid overdose deaths decreased by one-third in states that legalized medical marijuana. Unlike deaths from prescription opioids, which the CDC reports has quadrupled since 1999, advocates say it’s virtually impossible to die from marijuana overdose alone.

While a few doctors are coming out in favor of medical marijuana, there remain a large number who do not consider it medicine, because it hasn’t gone through the clinical trials required for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as have prescription drugs.

One synthetic form of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high, has been approved by the FDA to fight nausea, but studies have found that users don’t like it as much and say it’s not as effective.

Whatever form of marijuana patients might use, critics say they’re trading one dangerous drug for another.

Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services for Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, based in the western suburbs, said the “deeply flawed” medical marijuana program lets users take whatever amount and concentration of cannabis they wish, with comically named strains like Bruce Banner that seem aimed more at kids than middle-aged patients.

He cited a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found that long-term marijuana use increased the chance of developing an opioid use disorder. Instead, Linden Oaks uses tools like other medication-assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy and even combinations of Tylenol and Advil, which he said have shown effectiveness in helping people taper off opioids.

“Like opioids, marijuana is a dead-end for pain — you’ll develop a tolerance, need to go up in the amount you smoke and will have to smoke and be high all the time to achieve pain relief,” Weiner said in an email. “In my opinion, we need actual sustainable solutions to chronic pain, not just other addictive substances.”

Lawmakers could take up the proposal to expand the medical marijuana program early next year. They are also expected to consider a separate proposal to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, despite a continuing federal ban. Bush-Joseph said he does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois.

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Full Article: Illinois doctors campaign for medical marijuana as alternative to opioids – Chicago Tribune
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NV: Marijuana Industry’s Future Is Bright, MJBizCon Speakers Say https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/nv-marijuana-industrys-future-bright-mjbizcon-speakers-say/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/nv-marijuana-industrys-future-bright-mjbizcon-speakers-say/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:39:40 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6835 [Read More]]]> New Jersey recreational marijuana legalization may be a highlight of 2018; it’s possible but unlikely the Trump administration will crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry; and major mainstream corporations are “not going to miss out” on the business opportunities presented by the burgeoning marijuana trade.

Those are just a few of the highlights from four keynote speakers on the opening day of the sixth MJBizCon, which began Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Some of the presentations conveyed negative overtones, but the general theme was unbridled optimism.

“There are many unicorns to come, and unicorns are those billion-dollar companies,” Jeanne Sullivan – a veteran of the dot-com boom and bust era – told thousands of MJBizCon attendees.

“They are out on this floor. It is your job to find them this week and to talk to them.”

Sullivan singled out companies in the sectors of cannabis testing, regulatory compliance, data analytics and well-established brands that will likely come to dominate future markets as the marijuana industry comes into its own on a national and global scale.

But those are far from the only opportunities, a point driven home by former Apple and Tesla executive George Blankenship, another of the keynote speakers.

Rather, he focused on innovation as the key to reshaping the marijuana business.

“Sooner or later, you’re going to be able to say, ‘Alexa, send me an eighth of flower,'” Blankenship said.

He noted that before the first iPhone launched in 2007, the vast majority of companies dominating the cellphone industry are firms that have lost their market share, such as Nokia and Motorola, to more innovative firms like Apple.

“What we focused on was what we could do, not what we couldn’t do,” Blankenship said while talking about how Tesla entered the Texas automotive market despite immense logistical hurdles.

“I suggest you think about that as you’re defining the rest of your industry. You should be looking around at what’s possible . that could turn into something special.”

That kind of reinvention could be key to survival down the line for many companies already in the marijuana business as well, given some of the points driven home by Sullivan and Marijuana Business Daily vice president of editorial Chris Walsh.

Both speakers predicted that major mainstream companies are going to play a big role in the future of the cannabis trade.

“These companies are not going to miss out,” Sullivan said, referring to the industry entrances of Scotts Miracle-Gro, liquor distributor Constellation Brands and Netflix.

Sullivan said that her advice to those in the marijuana space is to position themselves as best they can for potential acquisition down the road by larger corporations such as those and others from the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

That will enable them to get the most bang for their buck when they find buyers and are able to cash out.

Because, Sullivan said, the bottom line is that “cannabis is here to stay.”

As icing on the cake, the final speaker of the morning – longtime White House correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh of U.S. News & World Report – offered a prediction that vehemently anti-marijuana Attorney General Jeff Sessions probably won’t be let off the proverbial leash by President Donald Trump.

“One thing that politicians do is they keep track of the polls, and . the polls are very consistently showing that America has had a tidal shift on marijuana. Most Americans favor legalization,” Kenneth Walsh said.

“Trump is following the polls . Trump is also watching what his people want him to do. If he (gets the sense) one way or the other that they want a clampdown on marijuana or they don’t, I think that’s the direction he’ll go in.”

The journalist cautioned, however, that Sessions is still very anti-cannabis and noted it’s possible Trump could decide to lump cannabis in with other culture-war topics he’s engaged in.

“He’s fully capable of being tough on marijuana if he feels his core constituency wants it that way, but I also think he’s capable of changing that if he feels his core constituency is not with him on that,” Walsh said.

“It’s not high up on his priority list. I don’t think it will be, unless his base openly demands it.”

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Full Article: Marijuana industry’s future is bright, MJBizCon speakers say
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Can A State Ferry Marijuana Across Federal Waters? What About The Air https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/can-state-ferry-marijuana-across-federal-waters-air/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/can-state-ferry-marijuana-across-federal-waters-air/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:19:47 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6831 [Read More]]]> A year ago, voters made Massachusetts one of eight states (plus D.C.) to legalize recreational marijuana.

For all its predecessors, the prospect of legal marijuana for both medical and recreational use has meant increased tax revenue, new jobs, and a reduction in black market sales.

Technical issues inevitably arise—How to tax different products and concentrations? What constitutes impaired driving?—but with another nine months to go before the initiative takes full effect, there should be plenty of time to implement this reform.

The Bay State does face one unique issue: how to transport marijuana from the mainland to surrounding islands like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The problem is that transporting marijuana by sea or air—across waters under federal jurisdiction—is illegal.

If distributors were to ferry marijuana across Nantucket Sound, the Coast Guard would have full authority to seize and enforce the federal prohibition. Flying cannabis to the island is just as risky a proposition because federal law prohibits pilots from knowingly flying planes that contain illegal substances on board.

Curiously, however, the applicable regulation says that it “does not apply to any carriage of narcotic drugs, marihuana, and depressant or stimulant drugs or substances authorized by or under any Federal or State statute or by any Federal or State agency.” This raises the obvious question of whether state-legalized marijuana is actually allowed to be transported by air.

The language of this regulation is ambiguous regarding what I’ve taken to calling “Schroedinger’s Weed”—both legal and illegal at the same time —and the FAA hasn’t provided any guidance on the matter.

Even without such guidance, marijuana businesses in Alaska have been taking advantage of the regulatory language in a different way, specifically the part about “knowing” transport. Alaskan businesses simply inform airport police that they are transporting marijuana, while also providing their proper (state) Marijuana Control Board documentation. None of the parties inform the airplane owner or pilots, keeping them unaware of the marijuana.

This type of plausible deniability is likely not viable long-term or on a large scale because the room for error is high and, after all, it remains a legal grey area. A possible alternative would be to narrowly tailor state laws that expressly makes legal the transportation of marijuana within and between any state territory—whether in Alaska, Massachusetts, or anywhere else.

That would create a bona fide “authorized” use by state statute and explicitly invoke the regulatory safe harbor without ambiguity—and it’s hard to imagine congressional will to close the alleged loophole.

If the Massachusetts legislature declines to enact such a law, then the only completely secure legal option would be to grow and sell all marijuana on the islands themselves rather than transporting it in. Even there, however, there would have to be an initial import of marijuana seeds, which may trigger the same federal air and maritime laws (but may be easier to conceal).

Moreover, under regulations being developed for the Massachusetts market, all marijuana must first be tested in a certified lab before being introduced for consumer consumption.

The establishment of such testing facilities on the individual islands would make Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard weed considerably more expensive. These islands are known as being playgrounds for the rich, to be sure, but such impediments may still make marijuana commercially unfeasible, particularly in competition with the black market.

Still, the Cannabis Control Commission, a Massachusetts state agency, is determining ways to ensure that Nantucket and other state islands have access to marijuana—and there have been moves for statutory reform in the state legislature. Meanwhile, Mass Medi-Spa Inc., a marijuana dispensary, is planning on opening in Nantucket within the next year regardless of the state of the laws.

Let’s hope that their vision for pro-federalism, pro-liberty policy reform doesn’t go up in smoke.

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Countries Where Cannabis Has Been Legalized For Everyday Use https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/countries-cannabis-legalized-everyday-use/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/countries-cannabis-legalized-everyday-use/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:17:40 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6828 [Read More]]]> These are the countries where marijuana has become legalized and is no longer decriminalized: Perú, Uruguay, Colombia, India, Ecuador, the United States of America (USA), Spain, and the Netherlands. The rules are not the same from place to place and there are many grey areas as well. For example, smoking in public areas in Spain is forbidden while it is totally legal in countries like Uruguay. In Spain, there are private places for that purpose.

States of the USA Where Cannabis is Legal

On the other side, in other countries cannabis possession is illegal, having at least a little of this plant can result in a fine although in some places the authorities just turn a blind eye on it. In the USA, however, cannabis is used for medical purpose but it is illegal at a federal level. It is important to add that in some states of this North American country, cannabis is allowed for personal use also. These are the states where people can carry cannabis in their pockets without a problem: Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Alaska, Washington DC, and Oregon. Canada has become the latest country to accept marijuana for recreational use.

A “Soft” Drug

Some experts believe this is a shift away from criminalization, however, others think there are strong reasons to make marijuana legal once and for all. One of those reasons is that cannabis seems to be a “soft” drug that causes almost no harm to the human body. For this reason, it has been decriminalized in some states while in others it has become another remedy or medicine to treat diseases.

A Low Blow to Criminals?

Other experts believe that it is easier to combat organized criminals by decriminalizing drugs like cannabis. Yet, drug-traffickers do not only deal cannabis but also heroin, crack and many other drugs. Some medical drug industries use cannabis to produce medicine and products. This law then, benefits them somehow, allowing them to increase their profits since then.

Laws Vary from Country to Country

Since 2012, marijuana has been accepted for at least medical use in the USA. Washington and Colorado became the 1st states in the country to make cannabis legal for personal use. After that, other states decided to create a law to decriminalize cannabis possession in all senses. These laws, however, vary from state to state having parameters regarding the amount and other factors. In other words, a person can have cannabis on hand but cannot exceed the amount while in others that factor is not important at all. The same happens with countries like Colombia and Uruguay. In some places, people also grow cannabis at home or in small closed places.

Why People are “Loving” it

Apart from this idea, technology has also played an important role in this. Many companies have even created LED for cannabis cultivation. It is believed that cannabis will still continue becoming legal in many other countries of the world allowing for the fact that this plant has been used in many ways and its popularity in social networks is increasingly remarkable.

If you log in and surf some Facebook pages, it is easy to see posts related to marijuana, people smoking marijuana or “weed”, its effects “(people post the way they feel when smoking it) and so on. Besides that, people are starting to think that beer, and alcohol in general, causes more deaths in the world than weed (cannabis). They state that smoking marijuana is not addictive at all and that “they have never heard a case of somebody dying from marijuana consumption”.

They say that cannabis does not cause any health problems, hallucinations and that the feeling of smoking it is just fantastic; “it is like you were in another world where everything seems to be flying around you”, they affirm.

The Marijuana Impact on Underage People

In these countries, where cannabis is currently legal, there is an age restriction for personal use, yet, there are lots of consumers who are not even 18 or 21 years old. It is very common to see Youtubers, Twitter, and Facebook users making videos showing how they enjoy marijuana. So, this plant has been the love of many for decades to the extent that some governments are considering making it legal very soon.

How Harmful Could It Be

On the other hand, some countries are reluctant to take this step yet. Other experts believe that although cannabis appears to be less harmful than alcohol, it leads people to commit suicide or crime in some cases. In lawman’s terms, many felonies are attributed to marijuana consumption. Also, lots of healthcare professionals state that cannabis can eventually cause health problems. Consumers have taken a stand and said that small quantities of cannabis do not lead to any health or behavior problems. So, who do you think is right at the end?

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Colorado Girl Suing U.S. Attorney General To Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/colorado-girl-suing-u-s-attorney-general-legalize-medical-marijuana-nationwide/ https://www.420magazine.com/2017/11/colorado-girl-suing-u-s-attorney-general-legalize-medical-marijuana-nationwide/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:15:53 +0000 https://www.420magazine.com/?p=6825 [Read More]]]> Alexis Bortell is hardly the first child whose family moved to Colorado for access to medical marijuana.

But the 12-year-old is the first Colorado kid to sue U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions over the nation’s official marijuana policy.

“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” said Bortell, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child.

The sixth-grader said traditional medicine wasn’t helping her seizures and doctors in her home state were recommending invasive brain surgery.

But a pediatrician did mention an out-of-state option: Medical marijuana.

Shortly after moving to Larkspur, Bortell’s family began using a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope.

A drop of liquid THC in the morning and at night has kept her seizure-free for 2 1/2 years.

“I’d say it`s a lot better than brain surgery,” Bortell said.

But Bortell said the federal prohibition on marijuana prevents her from returning to Texas.

“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” Bortell said on why she’s joined a lawsuit that seeks to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level.

Since the 1970s the Drug Enforcement Agency has classified marijuana as a Schedule One drug, which in the eyes of federal policy makes marijuana more dangerous than meth or cocaine and on par with heroin.

“How is that rationale? It’s not compassionate either, but rationality? It’s just outrageous,” said Alexis’ dad Dean Bortell.

He showed his backyard fields, where he grows five acres of marijuana plants used to derive the medicine that helps his daughter and patients he’s never met.

“When you look at it from a distance and you see it saving their lives, me as a father and an American, I go, what are we doing? How could you possibly look at someone who`s benefiting from this as a medicine and threaten to take it away?” Bortell said.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.

Alexis’ New York attorney Michael Hiller argues it should be legal nationwide.

“As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” said Heller, who added the U.S. government “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”

Denver attorney Adam Foster represents marijuana businesses.

He said he thought the lawsuit was clever but admitted its success might be a long shot.

“Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you,” Foster said.

But he added the federal government might have a hard time arguing medical marijuana has no known medical benefits.

“We now live in an era where 62 percent of Americans live in a state where the medical use of cannabis is legal at the state level,” he said.

Alexis Bortell said she hopes her lawsuit will normalize medical marijuana but also legalize it.

“We’ll be able to be treated like what you call ‘normal’ families,” she said.

Bortell is joined in the lawsuit by another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington, who played on the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team.

The federal government has already lost its first motion to have the case dismissed.

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