Marijuana and Sports Medicine

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Marijuana and Sports Medicine

Marijuana and Sports Medicine

10-19-2017

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For decades, sports athletes — particularly football players — have managed their pain with powerful prescription painkillers, post-game beers and OTC anti-inflammatories. The professional sport’s dependence on drugs to manage pain has now caused the Drug Enforcement Administration to open an investigation and may just be the subject of a federal lawsuit.
The use of marijuana in the… Read more

How to Talk to Your Employer About Medical Marijuana

10-18-2017

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We’re at a turning point in the United States. More than 20 states have legalized medical marijuana use, with that number constantly growing. Many marijuana policies on state and federal levels have evolved as we learn more about medical cannabis, making some legal issues related to weed hard to understand.
As a medical marijuana patient in the workforce, one such issue is whether you… Read more

Do I Need a Different Strain of Medical Marijuana?

10-16-2017

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When you opt to take medical marijuana to treat your symptoms, you need to be aware all medical cannabis products aren’t the same. There are many varieties, known as strains, from various areas of the world. The characteristics of each cannabis strain give it the unique properties that help treat various ailments and conditions.
That means it’s helpful to consider the strain of… Read more

Is Medical Marijuana Safe for People with Heart Stents?

10-13-2017

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According to the CDC, heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States every year. Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, is a potentially fatal condition a patient should address as soon as possible.
The main way to prevent heart disease is to make healthy lifestyle choices. Patients with chronic conditions are increasingly using medical marijuana to enhance their… Read more

What Is the Average Cost of a Marijuana Examination?

10-10-2017

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In most states with a medical marijuana program, you must undergo a doctor’s examination. The doctor will verify you have a medical condition that your state considers eligible for the program. Even if your state already allows recreational marijuana use, the patient may be under 21 or want to take advantage of the extra benefits provided for green card carriers.
Unfortunately, these… Read more

All About Marijuana Kiosks

10-06-2017

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Most of us have used an electronic kiosk or vending machine to order food, withdraw money and check out our own groceries. But, what if we could use them to get our marijuana medicine, too?
Marijuana entrepreneurs are making that idea a reality by bringing electronic kiosks to marijuana dispensaries. In an industry with so many regulations, marijuana kiosks are a breath of fresh air for… Read more

Updates to Medical Marijuana Program in Israel

10-04-2017

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Medical marijuana is known for helping patients who are suffering from certain medical conditions, not only in Israel but across the globe. The Government of Israel recently released a resolution concerning medical cannabis products, access to care for patients who qualify and supply of marijuana products.
Israel certified 100 new doctors for assisting to expedite marijuana licensing, moving… Read more

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

10-03-2017

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As it turns out “the granite state,” isn’t as immovable as the stone for which it’s nicknamed. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, New Hampshire became the 22nd state in the United States to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. This means simple marijuana possession will no longer result in jail time.
Although the bill was signed back in July by Governor… Read more

How to Talk to Patients About Medical Marijuana

10-02-2017

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Though government bodies and officials are becoming more open-minded about legalizing medical marijuana, we already know people have been using it for years, both recreationally and for medicinal reasons. However, what’s interesting is how cannabis has changed culturally over the years. What people once thought of as taboo is now sitting right on our kitchen table.
Honestly, though, it’s a… Read more

What Is Hash?

09-28-2017

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When learning about the different types of marijuana products, you may have come across hashish, also known as hash. Hash is just another name for bud or flower, right? Not exactly — hash is its own unique product you use a bit differently than bud.
We don’t talk about hash as much as we do other kinds of marijuana products, so let’s go over what you need to know about it as… Read more

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Published at Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000

President Trump’s Pick to Head DEA Withdraws Himself from Consideration

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President Trump’s Pick to Head DEA Withdraws Himself from Consideration

 Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the DEA and take over the unofficially titled “drug czar” position, has officially withdrawn himself from consideration. 

Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino.

In a Twitter post made this morning, President Trump made it clear that Representative Marino is removing himself from consideration for the position of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, often referred to as the “drug czar”.

“Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar”, Trump said in the Tweet posted around 5:30am (PT). “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”

Marino’s withdrawal comes after a report by both the Washington Post and 60 Minutes. The report, titled THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S TRIUMPH OVER THE DEA, connected Marino with legislation that has caused a worsening of the nation’s opioid crisis by making it more  challenging for the DEA to keep control of the pharmaceutical industry.

When asked about the selection of Marino to head the DEA during a press conference on Monday, President Trump said “we are gonna look into the report and we are gonna take it very seriously”.

Senator Jo Manchin (West Virginia), sent a letter to Donald Trump the same day, stating that Marino “has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce out nation’s laws.”

“I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” said Manchin.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed issued with Marino, stating that; “Confirming Rep. Marino as our nation’s drug czar is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house. The American people deserve someone totally committed to fighting the opioid crisis, not someone who’s labored on behalf of the drug industry.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:32:11 +0000

Do I Need a Different Strain of Medical Marijuana?

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Do I Need a Different Strain of Medical Marijuana?

Posted by Jason Draizin on 10/16/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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When you opt to take medical marijuana to treat your symptoms, you need to be aware all medical cannabis products aren’t the same. There are many varieties, known as strains, from various areas of the world. The characteristics of each cannabis strain give it the unique properties that help treat various ailments and conditions.

That means it’s helpful to consider the strain of cannabis you use for your own medical needs. One strain might work well for you if you have anxiety, whereas another could be useful to soothe your neurological pain, for example.

Just how many medical marijuana strains are there?  In 2014, there were 779 strains on file, according to a 2014 Los Angeles Times article. That’s far too many to discuss here in this one article. And reviewing every strain of medical pot that could help treat your condition might naturally leave you overwhelmed and confused.

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Instead, we’ll focus on an overview of marijuana strains, touch on some specific strains and discuss why you may need a different strain than the one you’re currently using.

Choosing a Medical Marijuana Strain

You may be under the impression all strains of marijuana offer identical benefits. This is not true. If you’re unfamiliar with the effects of specific cannabis strains, you could end up with one that doesn’t treat your symptoms, well — or at all.

Different strains can treat the symptoms of a plethora of illnesses. So before you choose a strain, it’s a good idea to know about the various subspecies of cannabis — sativas, indicas, ruderalis and hybrids.

What Is Pure Sativa?

Pure sativas can be difficult to grow. They are the tallest varieties of the cannabis plant and can often reach 20 feet in height. Sativas primarily grow in equatorial regions. The plants are thin with light green, narrow leaves. They can flower for 12 to 14 weeks.

 Users describe the flavors of sativas as earthy, sweet and/or fruity. When they’re in their purest form, sativa strains can cause irregular heartbeats and paranoia. You could feel as though you have taken too much caffeine when you take them. On the other hand, pure sativas can give you relief from an overactive appetite, depression, nausea, fatigue and pain. Sativa effects include:

 Increased energy

  • Head high
  • Alertness
  • Creativity
  • Uplifting effect

Because of the effects of sativa strains, individuals tend to take them during the day.

What Is Pure Indica?

In contrast, pure indicas are denser, shorter plants with broad leaves that are darker green than indicas. Originally, these were first found in the central Asian areas of Tibet, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They grow well indoors and usually finish after eight weeks of flowering.

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Indicas tend to have fruity, sweet flavors, although some have unsavory, strong fragrances. Users often seek them for their powerful sedating effects as they can help to fight insomnia and pain. Indica strains provide you with a potent high that’s known by many as a “body stone.” It’s best to take indica when you don’t plan on being particularly active. Indica effects include:

  • Body high
  • Sleep aid
  • Pain relief
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Relaxation

Because of the effects of indica strains, individuals tend to take them in the evening.

What Is Hybrid?

Developers have created strains with a huge range of medicinal benefits. They’ve crossbred and refined strains. The process has given more hope to people seeking medical relief from the plant. Hybrid strains allow patients to take advantage of the positive benefits of the different types of cannabis they contain. There is consequently a reduction of unwanted side effects.

What Is Ruderalis?

Ruderalis is Russian in origin. It has extremely low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels but high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD). When the plant crossbreeds with indicas and sativas, it produces autoflowering hybrids. Auto-flowering means that rather than flowering based on the season, the plant flowers according to its age. These auto-flowering hybrids display the medical benefits of their crossed-plants.

Choosing the Right Cannabinoids

You need to take the cannabinoid content of a strain into account when finding one that works optimally for you. Many people mistakenly believe all marijuana gives you a psychoactive, laid-back and sleepy high.

This is not true. Some strains don’t give you psychoactive effects.  Everything depends on the types of cannabinoids that are most prevalent in the strain you choose.

Cannabinoids Types

Cannabinoids are the molecules in the weed plant that have a medicinal effect. The two most abundant cannabinoids in pot are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD isn’t psychoactive, although it can lighten your mood. THC is the primary psychoactive substance in the plant and gives you a cannabis “high.”

Nowadays, there are many pot strains with a ceiling of as much as 25 percent THC. Ones containing less than 15 percent are not as psychoactive. The majority of strains are either dominant in CBD, THC or have a mixture of both.

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Let’s take a look at what these different cannabinoids are useful for.

Why Use THC Strains As Medicine?

THC strains are helpful in the following ways:

Some high-THC strains are:

  • Blue Dream
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Girl Scout Cookies

Why Use CBD Strains As Medicine?

High-CBD strains offer daytime and pain relief. They are anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, antispasmodic, anticonvulsant and antibacterial. They are helpful with treating the following:

Some high-CBD strains include:

  • Cannatonic
  • ACDC
  • Charlotte’s Web

Combining THC and CBD

Taking THC and CBD together is considered to:

  • Boost anti-inflammatory potential.
  • Enhance pain relief.
  • Boost antioxidant potential.
  • Provide daytime relief.
  • Ease THC-induced paranoia and anxiety.
  • Improve sleep.

Some balanced CBD/THC strains are:

  • Stephen Hawking Kush
  • Sour Tsunami
  • CBD Critical Care

Signs You May Need a Different Strain of Medical Marijuana

There are many reasons you might not be best matched with the type of marijuana strain you’ve bought. These include potential allergies, the pot being too strong or weak, side effects of some strains, your general tolerance level, how cannabis interferes with your daily life and more. Let’s take a look at some of these in greater detail.

Am I Allergic to Marijuana?

If you suspect you may be allergic to pot, your doctor can run a skin test to pinpoint an allergy. Symptoms of a marijuana allergy include:

  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal passage inflammation
  • Congestion
  • Itchy eyes

More severe allergic reactions include minor throat swelling, rashes and hives. During a skin test, your doctor puts extracts from crushed buds, leaves and flowers of the plant in contact with your skin. If you have a positive reaction, like swelling, reddening of the skin, skin breakouts or itchiness, you have an allergy. Some people develop a reaction within hours of a skin test, whereas others don’t react for days.

Your immune system reacts negatively to proteins. It releases immunoglobulin, an antibody that should normally attack foreign entities. Histamine is simultaneously released. The process may cause adverse stomach reactions, such as diarrhea and vomiting, in some medical marijuana users. If your allergic reaction is mild, stomach cramps could be your only gastrointestinal symptom.

Your doctor might prescribe you antihistamines or vitamin C supplements to help alleviate your symptoms. Vitamin C reinforces your immune system and can reduce the intensity of your allergy.

Addressing a Low Tolerance to Marijuana

You could have a low tolerance to medicinal pot if you have a bad experience the first time you take it. For this reason, you should try it in moderation when you begin your medical cannabis journey. You should ask your medical marijuana doctor or budtender about the strains that are best for beginners. For example, you don’t want to take a strain that’s high in THC to begin with, as this can induce paranoia or anxiety.

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Bear in mind that factors such as your tolerance level, amount consumed, delivery method, THC and CBD levels and the weed strain provide every patient with a different experience. If you’re new to weed and are asking yourself, “What is the right strain for me?” these suggestions will help:

  • Choose a strain that’s high in CBD. CBD has relaxing, medicinal qualities, whereas THC is more psychoactive. Additionally, CBD offsets any anxiety you may feel from THC. The best route for you could be to consume only pot strains with low THC levels or CBD-only types. Your marijuana doctor or a budtender can advise you on this.
  • Start off slowly. Ease yourself into taking cannabis. With all the anecdotal success stories around, you might feel tempted to go full steam ahead into trying vast quantities of weed. Don’t. Pot affects people differently. Make sure you’re comfortable with a small dose before you try upping it. When you take marijuana, you impact your brain’s chemistry. By starting off taking small hits, you can discover what your body can tolerate.
  • Consider the delivery method. The way you take pot provides a particular effect. If you smoke a strain and eat that same strain, your experience is different.

Medical Marijuana Delivery Methods and Effects

Let’s take a closer look at the delivery methods you can use and what may be best for you. These are the four most common:

  • Smoking. Most people take pot by smoking it. It’s easy to control the dose you take. Also, the effects of smoking weed last only about 30 minutes. The downside is smoking is bad for your lungs.
  • Vaping. Vaping is a good option if you’re a beginner. It’s not hard on your throat and lungs as you can control the dose and preserve the flavor of the flower.
  • Topicals. Putting topicals on your skin to relieve pain and inflammation has no psychoactive effects. Topicals are a perfect option for beginners.
  • Eating. If you opt to consume edibles, you should only eat a small piece at a time. Edibles take time to kick in. If you take too much too soon, you could begin to feel paranoid. You can eat fresh cannabis and juice it, too.

Other Considerations for Finding the Right Strain of Pot

Cannabis is a unique plant. Learning how different strains affect you involves trial and error. It’s also true that individual batches of each type can vary due to growth environment and the plant’s phenotype, or observable characteristics.

It’s crucial to learn some basics about pot, such as how to store it, so it doesn’t’ go bad.  You need to ensure you store your medical marijuana correctly to get the most out of it. Some edible products need to be refrigerated, so keep that in mind if you travel frequently.  There are other types of pot products you need to keep at room temperature.

Some cannabis products last forever, while others have an expiration date. Also, always be aware of both the dominant cannabinoid and the classification when it comes to picking a strain.  If you’re in any doubt, speak to your medical marijuana doctor or the staff at your dispensary.

Reliable Strains to Consider When You’re New to Medical Marijuana

We’ve compiled a short list of generally reliable strains that are excellent for you if you’re just starting out. They are:

  • Granddaddy Purp. Granddaddy Purp is a berry-flavored indica-dominant hybrid useful to help you get a good night’s sleep naturally. It also boasts pain-killing properties. If you suffer from chronic stress or pain, this strain might be right for you.
  • Blue Dream. Blue Dream is a hybrid of Haze and Blueberry strains. You feel great relief in both your mind and body when you take this strain. The Blue Dream strain has an appealing flavor and aroma that’s especially useful if you suffer from anxiety.
  • Green Crack. Green Crack is a sativa-dominant hybrid. It’s perfect for taking in the morning to provide you with an energy boost and make you feel focused.

The above are some of the most popular strains in the world today. You should have no difficulty whatsoever obtaining these from a dispensary.

Learn More About Medical Marijuana Strains

Diving into the realms of medical cannabis is daunting. There’s so much to find out about and to know. It’s also an exciting prospect as you’re able to take control of your treatment. Medical weed empowers you in that respect.

You can always ask for expert advice on how to choose a marijuana strain and what to look for in a strain of marijuana. For instance, you can ask your marijuana doctor or budtender questions like:

  • Should I switch strains?
  • What’s the best method of ingestion for me?
  • Am I taking too much pot for my needs?
  • Am I taking too little weed to help my condition?
  • Is the strain I’m taking better for daytime or nighttime use?

Often you find the problems you have with a specific strain have a simple remedy. You may just need to adjust your dose or take your pot differently. With some advice and some experimentation, you’ll find the right strain.

Choosing the correct medical cannabis for your needs can be a little tricky since each person must test different strains, doses and ingestion methods until they find the best match. Hopefully, this article has answered some of your questions. Cannabis may seem like a simple plant, but its potential is boundless.

Now that you know more about cannabis strains, search for a medical marijuana doctor or dispensary and/or sign up for our newsletter to get started on finding the perfect strain for you.

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Published at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

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Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

The legalization of cannabis in Colorado has reduced opioid-related deaths, according to a new study published by The American Journal of Public Health.

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The objective of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University, was to “examine the association between Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and opioid-related deaths.” To do this researchers “used an interrupted time-series design (2000-2015) to compare changes in level and slope of monthly opioid-related deaths before and after Colorado stores began selling recreational cannabis.” They also “describe the percent change in opioid-related deaths by comparing the unadjusted model-smoothed number of deaths at the end of follow-up with the number of deaths just prior to legalization.”

According to the study’s abstract; “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month (b = -0.68; 95% confidence interval = -1.34, -0.03) reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado.”

The study concludes by stating; “Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths. As additional data become available, research should replicate these analyses in other states with legal recreational cannabis.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:25:27 +0000

Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

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Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

From January 1st of this year to the end of August, there was over $1 billion worth of legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in Colorado.

Colorado marijuana sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark in just eight months this year. In 2016, it took 10 months to reach the same mark. According to The Cannabist, year-to-date sales are up 21% this year compared to the first eight months of 2016, when sales totaled $846 million.

The over $1 billion in legal marijuana sales for 2017 have resulted in over $162 million in taxes for the state. This is garnered from a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales, which was raised in July from 10% (though at the same time marijuana sales were exempted from the states standard 2.95 sales tax).

In total there has been roughly $4 billion in marijuana sold since legal sales began in 2014: $699 million in 2014, $996 million in 2015, $1.3 billion in 2016, and $1.02 billion so far this year.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:05:38 +0000

A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

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A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

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A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Consider a typical cannabis farmer, growing an indoor crop.

In a protected, controlled environment, they can grow a profitable mix of high-potency, medicinal marijuana and any number of milder strains appealing to a new market.

But the venture comes with both a business and social overhead: high energy bills and a heavy, carbon footprint.

“It’s a big problem,” said Tim Hade, co-founder of micro-grid company Scale. “It has an impact far beyond cannabis consumption.”

A recent study estimated a single, indoor marijuana plant takes the equivalent of 70 gallons of oil to grow. Energy demand at Colorado’s largest utility grew about 2 percent after marijuana was legalized.

Hade said the growing industry could wipe out gains the country made in the last decade that kept energy consumption stable even as the population and economy grew. As the legalized marijuana industry expands in California, it could seriously challenge state goals to reduce greenhouse emissions.

The cannabis industry is starting to address the issue. Startups are hunting for ways to make growing more efficient. Farmers are innovating and experimenting.

Evan Mills, an energy and climate change scientist based in California, said the cannabis industry could make efficiency gains in almost every step of its process. According to Mills’ research, the total amount of energy used to power marijuana farms is equivalent to powering 2 million homes, with emissions equal to 3 million U.S. cars.

Mills said the key change in the industry is a trend toward large-scale cannabis cultivation “which may prove to be far more energy intensive” than the current collection of small-growers.

Scale, based in New York, combines solar, battery storage, and natural gas generators in a system that can cut energy cost by up to 35 percent.

Hade, an Air Force veteran and Stanford Graduate School of Business grad, said the system uses excess heat from generators to fuel air conditioning. With about 30 percent of a farmer’s overhead spent on fuel and electricity, he said, “you have to be sophisticated about energy management.”

J.P. Martin, founder of GrowX, a company in the cannabis accelerator Gateway, has focused his company on making indoor growing more efficient. The startup has produced prototypes for an aeroponic growing system, with sensors, lights and a mesh growing medium. It’s testing the system with two customers.

Natural approach

Martin said the system uses less energy and water than hydroponic growing, and eliminates possible impurities and disease developed from soil.

Cannabis grown indoors is often believed to be more potent — and is more expensive — than crops grown outdoors.

“Traditional farming is a broken model,” Martin said.

But even the promise of new technology — including energy saving LED lighting, sensor-filled growing pods and a network of artificial intelligence and high-efficiency electronics — may not be enough.

“In this warming world, indoor farming is an environmentally unaffordable luxury,” Mills said. “Even deep energy savings leave indoor grows as energy-intensive as most ordinary buildings.”

Some farmers have taken a traditional, natural approach to growing.

Cyril Guthridge, owner and operator of Waterdog Herb Farm in Mendocino County, Calif., plants outdoors. He searches for the right combination of plants and environment to produce high-quality strains of marijuana on his 160 acre homestead.

He has several friends growing indoors and producing great crops, he said. The process can produce high-quality crops, but is usually three times more expensive, he said.

But Guthridge wants to fill a niche for high-quality, naturally grown marijuana. And his farm is off the grid, powered by renewable sources.

“Nature is providing us with a very good environment,” he said.

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Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:35:56 +0000

California Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Parks and Beaches

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California Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Parks and Beaches

Legislation passed by California’s House and Senate to ban smoking and vaping at state parks and beaches has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Surfrider Beach in Malibu.

Senate Bill 386 would have banned smoking and vaping at all California parks and beaches and would have mandated that signage be posted alerting patrons to the new law. This would have effected nearly 300 state parks and nearly 300 miles of state beaches.

If the measure wasn’t vetoed, it would have instituted fines of up to $485 for those caught smoking tobacco or cannabis.

“Last year I vetoed Senate Bill 1333, a similar measure, because I believed that such a far=reaching prohibition in every state park and on every state beach was too broad”, Governor Brown stated in a public statement regarding the veto. “If People can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of the government.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:33:25 +0000

Justice Department Names New DEA Acting Administrator

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Justice Department Names New DEA Acting Administrator

The Department of Justice has officially designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

New DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.

Patterson’s appointment comes after the resignation of now-former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down because he feels President Trump doesn’t respect the law. Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November 2015. As the chief inspector, he had oversight of the Office of Inspections, the Office of Security Programs, and the Office of Professional Responsibility. Collectively, these offices comprise DEA’s internal affairs, compliance, and security programs and provide guidance and support to DEA Headquarters and Field Offices.

Prior to his appointment as the chief inspector, Patterson served in a variety other positions within DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools, in support of field operations.

Prior to his assignment at SOD, Patterson was a group supervisor in the agency’s Miami Division, where he led the operations of the Orlando District Office Task Force, and later served as acting ASAC.

Patterson began his career with DEA in 1988 in the New York Division, where he worked numerous racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations, known as RICO, investigations. He was also part of a special program established to combat the growing opioid epidemic and associated violence in the greater New York area.

At this point it’s unclear how long Patterson will remain as acting administrator before a permanent DEA Chief is named.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:46:20 +0000

Book series looks at growing marijuana

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Book series looks at growing marijuana

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Book series looks at growing marijuana

They’ve written guides about growing fruit, vegetables, houseplants and more. Now, the authors of a popular gardening series have set their sights on something a little different.

“What’s Wrong with My Marijuana Plant? A Cannabis Grower’s Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies” (Ten Speed Press, 2017), by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, is the fifth in their “What’s Wrong With …’ ” series, and is one of the first mainstream gardening books to offer practical advice on a topic some still consider taboo.

“I’ve been interested in medicinal plants for some time,” explained Deardorff. “So it seemed perfectly natural to me to extend our series to ‘What’s Wrong With My Marijuana Plant?’ ”

In the book’s introduction, the authors remind readers that the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal crop. They warn prospective growers to check the laws of their state before planting it. In Washington state, only medical marijuana users can legally grow plants at home.

But, Deardorff says, “Medical marijuana is now legal in 26 states. In some of those states you need a medical recommendation to grow it, but in others even recreation growers can now grow it, so it seemed like the timing was right.”

“Another side to this is that we feel it’s crucially important that any plant to be used medicinally be grown organically, and our book helps people address any problems they encounter during the growing process using organic solutions,” says Wadsworth.

“Our audience is not stoners,” Deardorff adds. “Ninety percent of them are probably older women who are growing marijuana for medicinal uses.”

Aimed at novices

The book, like the earlier books in this series, takes a visual and diagnostic approach that can be especially helpful for novices.

“We focus on the first symptoms a grower can see with the naked eye. So in our book, there’s a picture of what that problem looks like and a detailed description so you can diagnose the problem. Then you can change the growing conditions accordingly,” Deardorff says.

The book is divided into sections based on the parts of the plant, such as leaf, stem, root or flower.

Because so little research has been done on marijuana in the U.S., largely due to its federal legal status, the authors researched the book by interviewing medical marijuana growers around the country, including indoor growers, outdoor growers and home growers.

“We combined the information from these visits with research using publications from the Netherlands and Israel,” Deardorff says. He says those countries are leaders in research on medical marijuana.

“In general, it is a good strong weed,” he says. “It grows well. It grows strong. But like any other plant, it does have issues.”

The most common problem for marijuana plants, he says, is mites. And one common mistake, whether marijuana is being grown outdoors or inside in pots, is not using a potting soil that’s sufficiently light and airy. Plant nutrition is another issue, since nutritional needs change over the life of the plant. That requires different fertilizers. And although marijuana plants are generally robust, they can get powdery mildew or aphids.

“A lot of people are still using pesticides to deal with things when they should really be growing it organically, particularly for a weed like this that may be used medicinally,” he says.

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Published at Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:44 +0000

All About Marijuana Kiosks

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All About Marijuana Kiosks

Posted by Jason Draizin on 10/06/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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Most of us have used an electronic kiosk or vending machine to order food, withdraw money and check out our own groceries. But, what if we could use them to get our marijuana medicine, too?

Marijuana entrepreneurs are making that idea a reality by bringing electronic kiosks to marijuana dispensaries. In an industry with so many regulations, marijuana kiosks are a breath of fresh air for dispensary owners looking for more business options.

You might see a marijuana kiosk come to a dispensary near you — in fact, your local shop might already have one. This innovation is a potential game-changer for dispensaries across the country.

What Are Marijuana Kiosks?

Marijuana kiosks are electronic kiosks that help you buy cannabis medicine. The way they do this varies by the machine manufacturer. The first kiosks only sold edible products, similar to standard vending machines you’d find in business lobbies. You could use them to buy medical goodies like brownies, cookies and drinks. However, edibles don’t work well for every patient, limiting the usefulness of the machines for everyone.

In 2015, the machines began to offer marijuana bud as well, making the kiosks viable for more patients. You can specify the strain and amount of bud that you want to purchase using the machine’s interface. Since you can use marijuana flower in so many ways, patients with a variety of medical needs can now use marijuana kiosks for extra convenience.

Some electronic cannabis kiosks have bonus features that add to the shopping experience. For example, some provide detailed information about the products it dispenses, which helps patients learn more about the product when they purchase it. Other machines even offer video games for you to play while you wait for your order.

How Do Marijuana Kiosks Work?

The general purpose of a medical marijuana kiosk is to make purchasing and paying easier for the customer. Weed kiosks streamline the shopping experience to make it more efficient for both budtenders and patients.

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However, while electronic kiosks facilitate the marijuana-buying experience, you can only use them in dispensaries. Even in states with liberal marijuana laws, you can’t just find a weed vending machine on the street where you can buy your medicine. So, you still have to visit a dispensary to obtain your cannabis.

Plus, even though many kiosks manage most of the ordering process, you still must work with a budtender at some point during the transaction. How much you interact with the kiosk vs. the budtender depends on the kind of machine the dispensary uses. Regardless of the type of machine, you’ll still have access to a budtender in case you have any questions or concerns.

Some kiosks only accept cash, leaving the rest of the transaction in the budtender’s hands. They ensure accurate money counting and retain cash to use as change.

But, other kiosks can do even more. For instance, Jane marijuana kiosks allow you to choose the amount of automation, letting you order on your smartphone or at the kiosk.

Where Are Marijuana Kiosks Legal?

Each brand of kiosk provides machines in different states. They tend to be available in states with more weed-positive laws, such as Washington and Colorado. But, as the marijuana industry grows, kiosk companies branch out to more states.

While certain states allow the use of marijuana kiosks, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. So, manufacturers must take care when conducting business. Many of the legal issues kiosk companies consider involve payment methods.

Specifically, marijuana kiosks address the issues surrounding cash payments in dispensaries. Most businesses in the marijuana industry only use cash transactions because many banks hesitate to process card payments for dispensaries due to the federal illegality of weed.

The first concern about cash-only payments that comes to mind, inconvenience, is made easier with electronic kiosks. Even kiosks only meant to handle cash payments make paying with cash faster. In addition, some kiosks accept bitcoins and vouchers that expand customers’ payment options beyond dollar bills.

Another issue with primarily using cash payments is security concerns. If it’s not stored securely, thieves can easily steal cash from businesses. Kiosks can safely store a dispensary’s cash, discouraging potential thieves and making it harder for those who do attempt to steal.

What Can We Expect From Marijuana Kiosks in the Future?

We live in an age where both the marijuana and technology industries are experiencing rapid growth. Since kiosks involve both industries, we can expect them to grow, as well.

In fact, some of the marijuana kiosk technology we could see in the future already exists for kiosks serving other purposes. After all, we already have machines that dispense products like movies and tea, so we have the technological capacity to make machines that directly dispense marijuana. The ability of kiosk companies to offer machines that dispense weed relies on our legal and social acceptance of cannabis medicine.

If banks didn’t have to worry about legal consequences for handling marijuana transactions, kiosks could read payment cards. Some machines, like the ones distributed by Jane, already have the capacity to read cards — they just need the go-ahead from banks. Lifting the federal prohibition could seriously boost the marijuana economy, let alone kiosk use.

We could also see marijuana kiosk use on an international scale, with Jamaica serving as the pioneer. To enhance the country’s tourism market, Jamaica plans to emphasize the medical benefits of the marijuana grown in their country. As a part of this plan, they want to add kiosks to their major airports so cannabis patients can get their medicine on vacation.

How to Find More Information About Marijuana Medicine and Kiosks

The marijuana kiosk situation depends on where you live and your state’s laws. To get information relevant to your area, you should go to a local dispensary and talk with the staff there. A certified marijuana doctor may also have some answers for you.

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Published at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000