What Trump means for legal weed in Washington: We ask a pot pioneer

What Trump means for legal weed in Washington: We ask a pot pioneer

The Columbian / Associated Press

He sat between Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on “The View,” parried with Stephen Colbert on the Comedy Channel, and declined Bill O’Reilly’s repeated offers to appear on his show.

As the first mainstream newspaper editor in the U.S. dedicated to covering legal weed, Ricardo Baca blazed a trail few of us could’ve imagined a few years ago.

He led The Denver Post’s creation of The Cannabist, a digital publication focused on all things weed. The Cannabist staff grew from two to seven people last year, it got more page views than High Times, and made enough money to support itself while adding — modestly, Baca said — to The Post’s bottom line.

The Cannabist also was the subject of a documentary film, “Rolling Papers.” Fortune magazine ranked Baca as one of the seven most powerful people in American cannabis and the Brookings Institution said he’s one of 12 people to watch on marijuana policy.

Baca announced last month he was leaving The Cannabist to take a position at a technology startup in Denver.

“Once we launch in several months we will be servicing marijuana businesses all over world,” he told The Seattle Times. Until then Baca is not disclosing more about the name of the company, who he’s working with and what they’re doing.

The Seattle Times talked with Baca about his pioneering gig.

The Seattle Times: Voters in Washington and Colorado approved legal weed at the same time, in the November 2012 election. What’s the different about the two states and weed?

Baca: The biggest difference is implementation time and you guys taking five-plus months more and what it meant for rollout and coverage. (Colorado began legal sales in January 2014; Washington started in July 2014.) For those five-plus months there was only Colorado. Before you guys ever came on line, I was writing front-page stories and taping the documentary that turned out to be “Rolling Papers.”

There’s a minor difference in shopping. Everything is prepackaged in Washington, while Colorado is still an open-jar experience (with customers selecting buds from big glass jars). It’s also worth noting on the cultivation side we allow six to 12 plants per household and we only have one county that allows outdoor cultivation.

Any predictions for Washington consumers?

We are entering the time where regulators have had opportunities to tweak and tickle the rules in place. I think now we can start tackling some of the smaller problems like home-growing. I think it’s a shame that individuals in Washington can’t grow at home, given all we know about this substance and that it is safer and less deadly than other substances including nicotine and alcohol. It’s hypocritical, ridiculous and shortsighted. I also think social use or public consumption needs to be addressed. … The places to legally consume weed you’re legally buying is infinitesimal. … It’s hypocritical to allow tourists to buy and then don’t give them any opportunity to consume that substance.

When do you think pot will be legalized nationally?

A: I think 10 years is a good number. Here we are four years into this experiment … granted it’s only the tip of the iceberg, but we finally have this data disproving so many fears and propaganda. Once we have more robust data I don’t see how people can keep this substance prohibited. I think in 10 years we’ll see some form of federal legalization because it allows some interstate commerce. We’ll just have everything grown (outdoors) in Northern California and they can supply the rest of the country. … It’s going to make a lot more sense. I believe 1 percent of Colorado’s overall energy use is by indoor cannabis growers using massive amounts of energy. Just like avocados and almonds, most of our cannabis should be grown in California and trucked to us.

Isn’t it sad that pioneers in our states could get left by the wayside?

There’s a lot of potential for sadness. Eventually federal legalization is going to happen and if you’re not the best of the best in Colorado and Washington, you’re probably not going to have your business for much longer.

What does Donald Trump mean for legal weed?

I’m one of the voices that doesn’t believe Trump means the end of the legal marijuana experiment. He has been very clear he’s pro-states’ rights. (Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General) Jeff Sessions had mixed messages in his Senate confirmation hearings (this week). Given all their other priorities, I can’t imagine where that leaves them time for legalization. They can read polls from the nation’s most legitimate pollsters saying the nation as a whole wants legalization. The last election was such a definitive win, with eight of nine states voting for legalization (of recreational or medical marijuana). Are you really going to go after weed when medical marijuana is now legal in Arkansas? I think it’s past the tipping point.

Your favorite interview?

After 15 years of requesting interviews with Willie Nelson (Baca was previously a music critic) I got an hour on the tour bus with Willie in San Diego. … I ended up with such a spectacular experience at a table opposite him in the Honeysuckle Rose. I told him, ‘I love your music but I want to spend all my time talking about cannabis.’ He said, ‘All right, go for it.’ I appreciated hearing him talk about his first experience with the plant. He had a booze problem and he smoked too much and was playing rough and tumble roadhouses around Fort Worth when he found cannabis was a substance that didn’t make him crazy or put him in compromising positions that getting hammered on alcohol does. It was a compelling story and it was also my story. Once I did discover cannabis four or five years ago I learned instantly this is my intoxicant of choice. More and more, as I talk to people I realize I’m just one of many.

The most surprising thing you learned on the job?

I think it all comes down to reefer madness and going back to your own high-school education and thinking about all the (nonsense) we’ve been told about cannabis destroying lives. Of course weed is not without its dangers and not for everyone. But when I finally dug into the beat and talked to doctors and researchers about what we know, and then learned about the Nixon administration and how they pretty much made up the War on Drugs and started a smear campaign against cannabis.

I grew up as a pretty good kid. I kept my nose clean. I trusted presidents and teachers and then to have my world view shattered made me more cynical.We’re about to say goodbye to our first living president who said cannabis is no more dangerous than alcohol.

I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that helped to spread fact-based, science-based quality information on a substance so maligned over the decades. If in the end I helped stamped out any misinformation about weed then I did my job.

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Published at Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:00:41 +0000

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Cannabis Becomes Legal in Nevada on January 1st

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Cannabis Becomes Legal in Nevada on January 1st

The new year will bring with it new cannabis laws in Nevada, as portions of Question 2 take effect.

Cannabis Becomes LegalOn December 15th parts of Massachusetts’ Question 4 took effect, legalizing cannabis for those 21 and older. Soon it will be Nevada’s turn, as portions of Question 2 take effect on January 1st.

As with Massachusetts (and California) the new law will allow those 21+ to possess up to an ounce of cannabis. The measure also legalizes cannabis retail outlets, which are expected to be open sometime next year; once open, those living 25 miles or more from one of these outlets will be allowed to cultivate up to six plants at a private residence.

The full text of the new law – which was approved last month with 54.5% voting in – can be found by clicking here.

Maine also legalized cannabis last month; their initiative takes effect two weeks later on January 15th. California’s Prop 64 took effect the day after its passage on November 8th.

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.

Published at Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:09:39 +0000

Canadian task force wants to legalize pot

Canadian task force wants to legalize pot

The Columbian / Associated Press

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The marijuana task force report, headed by former Canadian Liberal Health Minister Anne McLellan, recommended that adults could carry up to 30 grams for recreational purpose and grow up to four plants. It also recommended that higher-potency pot be taxed at a higher rate than weaker strains. And said recreational marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Under the proposals, alcohol-free cannabis lounges would be allowed.

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Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight at Midnight in Massachusetts

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Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight at Midnight in Massachusetts

On November 8th Massachusetts voters approved Question 4 to legalize cannabis. Tonight at midnight, as it becomes December 15th, a huge part of that initiative takes effect.

Cannabis Becomes Legal TonightOnce it hits midnight, it will immediately become legal for everyone 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis; if at a private residence they can possess up to 10 ounces. They can also grow up to six plants.

At this point there is no legal outlet for those in the state to obtain cannabis, until the legal cannabis market is up and running (sometime next year). However, if somebody is already in possession of cannabis, or finds a way to obtain it, it won’t be legal for them to retain possession and consume it.

For those wanting the full details on the new law, the full text of Question 4 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.

Published at Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:04:47 +0000

New York Makes Strides in its Expansion of Medical Marijuana Laws: Increased Prescribers and Increased Qualifying Conditions

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New York Makes Strides in its Expansion of Medical Marijuana Laws: Increased Prescribers and Increased Qualifying Conditions

Posted by Jason Draizin on 12/09/2016 in Medical Marijuana Laws

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New York Makes Strides in its Expansion of Medical Marijuana Laws: Increased Prescribers and Increased Qualifying Conditions

Anyone with an ill and suffering loved one understands the pain is causes to watch him or her in so much pain.  Anyone who finds themselves in that situation finds themselves wondering why nothing seems to take the pain away; he or she wishes that they could do more, or at least that the medical professionals could do more.  Now, for New Yorker’s in that unfortunate situation, there is good news. Over the last few months, New York has made significant strides in its expansion of medical marijuana use and laws.  Namely, New York has expanded both the medical professionals qualified to prescribe medical marijuana and the qualifying conditions for its prescription.

Access to health care

Access to health care is a constant hot topic of conversation. With regard to medical marijuana, there will soon be constant questions of how insurance companies will handle the legality in some states versus the illegality in others.  For now, however, in New York, the Health Department is reporting that currently approximately 11,000 patients have been certified for prescribed marijuana by approximately 750 registered physicians to date.  To increase accessibility for patients in need, the Health Department has filed amendments to the current regulations to allow nurse practitioners and physician assistances to certify patients for medical marijuana. The goal is simple, and necessary: to increase accessibility.

In addition, a tremendous and necessary breakthrough was announced on December 1, 2016: The New York State Department of Health added chronic pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.  New York’s medical marijuana law, one of the strictest currently in the United States, requires, among other things, a patient who meets the outlined criteria to suffer from a “serious condition,” or one that is “severe, debilitating or life-threatening.”  Included in these conditions are cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s diseases, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy and more.  In addition, the law allows the health commissioner to add “serious conditions” as he or she sees fit.

The announcement that New York will add chronic pain as a qualifying condition is no small feat.This addition will prove to be, by far, the most far-reaching condition to allow a patient to qualify for medical marijuana. Medically, chronic pain is simply defined as pain that last longer than six months; it could be a “merely inconvenient” pain or a pain that is completely debilitating. Commonly, chronic pain stems from headaches, injuries or muscle or joint pain. As of the most recent surveys, over 100 million Americans experience chronic pain; millions of the chronic pain sufferers call New York home.  Clearly with that many sufferers, and that broad of a definition, New York’s expansion of its qualifying conditions to include chronic pain is a massive expansion, celebrated by proponents of more liberal medical marijuana laws. Frankly, no one should have to suffer if there are options to take that pain away.

The qualification is expected to be officially in place soon after the ball drops in Times Square to ring in 2017. Still in relatively early stages of legality, one can only imagine the future strides medical marijuana laws will continue to take.

Published at Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Study: Cannabis Can Serve as an Aphrodisiac and Enhance Pleasure/Satisfaction

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Study: Cannabis Can Serve as an Aphrodisiac and Enhance Pleasure/Satisfaction

Cannabis can serve as an aphrodisiac as well as enhance pleasure and satisfaction during and following sex.

AphrodisiacThis is according to a new study published by the journal Pharmacological Research. It’s been e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to the study, which examined preclinical trials using human subjects, approximately 50% of those who consumed cannabis reported feeling “aphrodisiac effects”. 70% of users said that they experienced “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction” in their sex lives. The study found no significant differences in the results of men compared to women.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Catania in Italy as well as Charles University and Masaryk University, both in the Czech Republic. Its full abstract is below:

The endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is composed of the cannabinoid receptors types 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2) for marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient; Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the endogenous ligands (AEA and 2-AG) and the enzymatic systems involved in their biosynthesis and degradation, recently emerged as important modulator of emotional and non-emotional behaviors.

For centuries, in addition to its recreational actions; several contradictory claims regarding the effects of Cannabis use in sexual functioning and behavior (e.g. aphrodisiac vs anti-aphrodisiac) of both sexes have been accumulated. The identification of Δ9-THC and later on; the discovery of the ECS have opened a potential therapeutic target for sexual dysfunctions; given the partial efficacy of current pharmacological treatment. In agreement with the bidirectional modulation induced by cannabinoids on several behavioral responses, the endogenous cannabinoid AEA elicited biphasic effects on sexual behavior as well. The present article reviews current available knowledge on; herbal, synthetic and endogenous cannabinoids with respect to the modulation of several aspects of sexuality in preclinical and human studies, highlighting their therapeutic potential.

The full text of the study can be found for free 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.

Published at Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:08:29 +0000

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Working to Enact Change: Medical Marijuana Jobs

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Studies Show Medical Cannabis Benefits MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Symptoms of Spasticity

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Israeli Researchers Confirm That Medical Cannabis Benefits Cancer

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Israeli Researchers Confirm That Medical Cannabis Benefits Cancer

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Published at Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000