CBD Patch: The Ultimate Guide To CBD Transdermal Patches

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CBD Patch

We here at Honest Marijuana love it when cannabis and creativity join forces. It’s the answer to our every “shipping” dream (cannativity? creatabis?) and has produced some truly unique forms of marijuana, like Thai sticks, moon rock, and purple weed. But nothing even comes close to the joy we feel when we think about CBD patches.

Though the CBD patch and the THC patch have only been around for a few years, transdermal patches have existed for almost 40 years. Way back in 1979 when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and kids had to walk to school uphill both ways, the FDA approved the first transdermal patch (scopolamine for motion sickness).

Other patches followed, but the most famous transdermal patch is the nicotine patch, which was introduced in 1991 to help tobacco users kick the smoking habit.

With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in the early part of the 21st century, the next logical step was the CBD patch. Now that it has finally arrived, we’re sure it’ll take the crown as the most famous transdermal patch of them all.

But what exactly are CBD patches, and how do they work? The experts at Honest Marijuana will answer that question and reveal everything you need to know about the newest and coolest way to get …

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Nevada Recreational Cannabis Update and Industry Forecast

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As you may know, Nevada legalized cannabis in 2016 and adult-use sales officially kicked off in 2017. At the start of recreational sales up until now, Nevada has been experiencing a rapidly growing cannabis industry full of ups and downs. From supply shortages and high prices to issues like tourists having no place to consume their cannabis legally, Nevada has certainly felt firsthand what it’s like to roll with the punches and headaches that accompany a brand new industry.

While there have been some trials and tribulations, Nevada’s cannabis industry continues to grow and cement itself as a legitimate source of commerce for the state. As more time goes by and the industry continues to progress, it’s not uncanny to believe that Nevada may become a future powerhouse and destination for cannabis tourism and events.

Nevada Adult-Use Cannabis Overview

Nevada’s recreational cannabis market got the jump on its neighbor California last July, when the state rushed through a provisional law that opened up sales in 2017. While California was waiting to open their dispensaries, Nevada’s recreational cannabis sales hit a record $37.9 million for the month of October. Sales then dropped to $33.4 million in November, although this is still $11 million over projected sales for that month. By the end of December, Nevada had collected $19 million in …

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California Cannabis: Oakland Regulates Against Industry-Fueled Displacement

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Oakland’s City Council recently passed what is, to our knowledge, a first-of-its-kind ordinance intended to protect residential tenants in the city’s “Green Zone” from being evicted by cannabis businesses (as a resident of Oakland’s “Green Zone,” this is an issue of both personal and professional importance to me). The ordinance passed on its first reading last week, and the second reading will happen today.

The issue of cannabis-fueled residential displacement in Oakland seems to have come to everyone’s attention a few months ago, when a Denver-based cannabis company called Green Sage bought The Oakland Cannery, a community of live-work lofts that house more than 30 artists and makers. The tenants learned from representatives of the company that their intention was to convert the building to commercial use space, and to use it as a cannabis cultivation facility. Residents were told they would not be allowed to stay.

While many within the industry are quick to tout the economic benefits brought about by cannabis legalization (which are undeniable), Oakland is one of the first cities to grapple with the potential negative downstream effects on communities that are suddenly flooded with cannabis business dollars. The City recognizes the Bay Area’s affordability crisis in terms of housing, as well as the importance of “affordable housing and space for artistic and …

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Medical Cannabis: Why Self-Medicating Is Usually a Bad Idea

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For a near-incalculable number of people across the United States, cannabis is less an enjoyable recreational product, more an essential lifeline. We’re slowly but surely heading into an era where the incredible medical properties of cannabis cannot be denied or ignored. Opposition remains as nonsensical and misguided as ever, but the overwhelming majority of everyday […]

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Cannabis Entity Selection: Corporation, LLC or Something Else?

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california marijuana c-corpIt’s a good time to revisit the very basics of cannabis company structuring, particularly in light of two new developments in 2018: tax reform and California state-wide legalization. Thus, this three part series “Reviewing Corporate Law Basics” will address:

  • Part 1: Cannabis Entity Selection: Corporation, LLC or Something Else?
  • Part 2: Equity Incentives for Your Startup: Restricted Stock, Stock Options, or Something Else?
  • Part 3: Canna Exits in 2018: Sale, Merger, or Something Else?

Cannabis Entity Selection: Corporation, LLC or Something Else?

Prior to California’s Prop 64 taking effect on January 2018, entity selection for “direct operator” marijuana companies was relatively straightforward. State law required companies to operate on a not-for-profit basis, and non-profit mutual benefit corporations became pervasive, with a smattering of other non-profit entity types. In 2018, these not-for-profit entities are converting en masse to for-profit entities.

Transitioning companies, as well as new operators (both direct operators and ancillary companies), are asking the ever-popular early-stage question: should we be a corporation, an LLC, or an *insert creative choice*? Luckily, for most companies the decision becomes clear based on a few key factors. And for the remaining companies, the founders can make a decision based on their assumptions. Changing corporate forms is an option if necessary.

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Why Medical Cannabis and Physiotherapy Go Hand in Hand

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People who have injured themselves, have an illness, or have a disability use physiotherapy to help facilitate their recovery. Physiotherapy is a necessary component of many patients’ health plans because it enables them to regain the strength they once had.

Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/why-medical-cannabis-and-physiotherapy-go-hand-in-hand…

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International Cannabis Spotlight: Ireland

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The Irish will celebrate with beer, not cannabis, on St. Paddy’s.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Given the origin of the holiday, we write to update you on the regulation of cannabis in Ireland. Historically, Ireland has had a conservative cannabis policy due to the nation’s heroin epidemic, among other factors. In 1977, the government enacted the Misuse of Drugs Act (the “Act”) making it unlawful to produce, possess, and supply controlled substances, including cannabis. That remains the law today.

Violations of the Act distinguish between personal use and possession for sale or supply. Possession of cannabis for personal use is punishable by a fine for the first or second conviction, and then punishable by up to one year in prison for the third or subsequent offenses. Penalties for possession to sell or supply controlled substances are imprisonment based on the conviction. There are larger penalties in place for drug trafficking.

Interestingly, the Act grants the Minister for Health the authority to issue licenses to manufacture, distribute, and sell controlled substances. In 2002 and 2003, GW Pharmaceuticals were granted a license to perform medical trials for Sativex, a cannabis extract spray common in European countries. There have been other instances where individuals were granted a license for personal use for medical issues.

In 2017, a bill was introduced that would …

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The Environmental Impact of Illegal Cannabis Grows

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We shouldn’t blame any profession for its bad apples, should we? Are all lawyers bad because a few defend mob bosses? If you answered ‘no,’ then we have one more question for you: are all marijuana cultivators destroying the environment? Of course they aren’t!

Although there are several outliers (mainly black market growers), the cannabis industry is working hard to promote sustainable cultivation and manufacturing practices. However, anti-cannabis crusaders want you believe otherwise. Their current narrative: we need to keep prohibition because marijuana grows damage the environment.

These crusaders aren’t completely wrong; marijuana cultivation does have several negative impacts on the environment if not conducted in a sustainable manner. What they fail to mention? Legal cannabis is working towards cleaner practices each and every day and the worst of the cultivators survive on the black market.

And what they don’t want to admit? Ending prohibition would curtail the black market and strongly reduce the need for illegal cannabis grows.

The Environmental Impact of Black Market Cannabis

To give you a better feel for the negative impacts of black market cannabis, we’ve itemized the top four ways that illegal cannabis grows negatively impact the environment and the best idea as to what to do about it.

Material Waste Disposed Improperly

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Washington Bans the Box: Hiring Cannabis Employees Just Got Trickier

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The Washington Legislature concluded its 2018 Session last week, and joined Oregon and California in “banning the box” when it comes to employment applications. Specifically, Washington’s new law, dubbed the “Fair Chance Act” (the “Act”),  prohibits employers from looking into any criminal history of potential employees at the point an applicant first applies for a job. The Act is less stringent than California’s legislation and tends to mirror Oregon’s legislation.

The Act passed through both houses of the Washington legislature on March 3, and Governor Jay Inslee wasted no time signing it into law. At this point, the only thing that would prevent the Act from taking effect is a provision which states that funding must be appropriated “by June 30, 2018, through the omnibus appropriations act.” The likelihood of that not happening is very slim. For this reason, we are advising all of our cannabis businesses clients to treat HB 2198 as the law of the land in Washington, starting now.

It is important to note that the Act does not bar employers from inquiring as to criminal history at all points in the application process. Once an employer has determined the applicant is “otherwise qualified” for the position, the inquiry may begin. “Otherwise qualified” means that the applicant meets the basic criteria for the position …

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The Feds and California: Immigration Today, Cannabis Tomorrow?

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The U.S. and California are not getting along so well.

If you’ve been following the news lately you’ve probably noticed that that the Trump administration, along with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have not exactly been getting along with the state of California. Just last week the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Golden State, claiming that three of its laws interfere with the federal government’s authority to regulate the country’s immigration system. The California laws in question are Senate Bill 54 (“SB 54), Assembly Bill 450 (“AB 450”), and Assembly Bill 103 (“AB 103”). This is not the proper venue for an in-depth breakdown of every provision in these laws, but a brief description of each will help frame this discussion:

  • SB 54: Also known as the “California Values Act” was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 05, 2017. SB 54 places limitations on when California law enforcement authorities can cooperate with federal immigration officials.
  • AB 450: Signed by Gov. Brown on October 05, 2017, AB 450 prohibits employers from cooperating with immigration enforcement officers unless the employer has been served with a subpoena or judicial warrant.
  • AB 103: Approved by Gov. Brown on June 27, 2017, AB 103 is a public safety omnibus bill (meaning it is a law that covers a number

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How to Find a Professional Medical Marijuana Clinic in the GTA

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Deciding that medical marijuana is the course of treatment you’re going to go with is a big decision. It takes a lot of research and discussion with your doctor to ensure it’s the best option for you. And, if your doctor doesn’t know enough about medical marijuana, the discussion could also expand to other doctors who are more knowledgeable about it.

Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/how-to-find-a-professional-medical-marijuana-clinic-in-the-gta…

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The Emerging Cannabis Culture of New England

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With most of the western portion of the United States having adopted some sort of progressive cannabis reform, it seems like the legalization movement has shifted out east, specifically in New England. Cannabis has long been an influence on New England culture, and states have recently begun taking progressive measures to bring a prosperous marijuana industry to fruition in the east.

As it stands today, every one of the six states in New England has some form of cannabis reform, with three of them, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, already having legalized recreational marijuana. The remaining three states, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut, have all adopted medical marijuana laws and are pushing for legalization in the near future.

New England Cannabis Culture

To help you get a better feel for New England cannabis culture, let’s break it down state by state.


Massachusetts has experienced relaxed cannabis laws since 2008, when marijuana was first decriminalized in the Bay State. Medical marijuana was legalized four years later in 2012, setting the tone for recreational legalization four years later in November of 2016.

While recreational marijuana is currently legal in Massachusetts, the legal framework surrounding the sale and taxation of cannabis is not yet established. Medical marijuana dispensaries are currently open in Massachusetts, however, recreational dispensaries are slated to open sometime …

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BREAKING: Growers in Oregon’s Josephine County Beat Back a Ban

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Josephine County skipped a step.

In the past six months, we have closely followed the efforts of Josephine County, Oregon, to ban cannabis farming in its rural residential 5 (RR-5) zone (see our coverage here and here). Just last week we mentioned that a coalition of local growers (“Petitioners”) challenging the local ordinance finally had their day in court, presenting their case to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”). In brief, the challenged ordinance, adopted in December, banned marijuana production on RR-5 lots that smaller than five acres, and seriously curtailed production on larger lots. The Petitioners challenged the ordinance on three grounds, alleging:

  1. The ordinance violated ORS 215.130(5) because it does not allow farms operating at the time the ordinance was adopted to continue operating. (ORS 215.130(5) essentially prohibits a county from adopting an ordinance that retroactively bans existing lawful uses.)
  2. The county failed to give mandatory notices to the owners of any properties that would be limited or prohibited from any previously allowed uses.
  3. Local jurisdictions are only allowed to place “reasonable regulations” on commercial cannabis production, and this ordinance did not qualify.

Yesterday, LUBA issued its opinion in favor of the Petitioners, and sent the County back to square one on the ordinance. The Petitioners deserve a hearty congratulations, but the fight is far from …

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Bhang Lassi, cannabis milk shake

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Bhang Lassi is a very popular drink in India both for its aromatic smell and relaxing, spiritual effect. It is an ancient cannabis preparation enriched with seeds, spices, honey and milk which has been used for centuries in this amaing country. In this article we explain you how to easily prepare it at home!

Bhang Lassi and cannabis

Bhang Lassi and cannabis

The popularity of this beverage has its origins in the Hindu religion and is associated with the cult of Shiva: the followers of this goddess used – and still use today – to smoke Bhang (which means “cannabis” in Hindi language) in the temples dedicated to Shiva, also charas (which is hashish obtained by rubbing fresh plants with the hands). Without a doubt, sadhus are the most famous among the followers of Shiva, religious “holy men” who wander along the temples with their traditional clay chillums.

Bhang Lassi and other cannabis derivatives have been traditionally used in religious ceremonies to connect men with Shiva and be purified from their sins. But the popularity of Bhang Lassi skyrocketed when the first tourists interested in recreational cannabis visited India (during the 70’s and onwards) and discovered the traditional cannabis milk shakes, which is to say, Bhang Lassi.

Since the popularity of this drink throughout the territory is huge, you can find …

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California Cannabis: Industrial Hemp Bill Moves Ahead

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On Thursday, SB 1409, which proposes changes to California’s industrial hemp laws, was referred to committee. This piece of legislation proposes some much-needed updates to California’s industrial hemp laws. In our experience, states with adult use marijuana regulations, like California, tend to move more slowly building out their industrial hemp programs, which often come in as an afterthought. In that respect, SB 1409 is a welcome effort.

Currently, California law regulates the cultivation of industrial hemp, and specifies certain procedures and requirements on cultivators, not including an established agricultural research institution. Existing law defines “industrial hemp,” via the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, as a fiber or oilseed crop, or both, that is limited to the non-psychoactive types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and the seed produced from that plant.

Existing California law also requires that industrial hemp only be grown by those on the list of approved hemp seed cultivars. That list includes only hemp seed cultivars certified on or before January 1, 2013. Industrial hemp may only be grown as a densely planted fiber or oilseed crop, or both, in minimum acreages. Growers of industrial hemp and seed breeders must register with the county agricultural commissioner and pay a registration and/or renewal fee.

SB 1409 proposes to delete the exclusionary requirement that industrial hemp seed cultivars …

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Don’t Believe These 5 Medical Marijuana Myths

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There’s a lot of confusion surrounding medical marijuana because the general public doesn’t know a lot about it. Often, doctors don’t know much either. One reason for the confusion is that people think recreational marijuana and medical cannabis are the same thing, and they aren’t. It’s because of this kind of confusion that medical personnel and medical marijuana clinics focus on education. Here are some medical cannabis myths you shouldn’t believe.

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Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/dont-believe-these-5-medical-marijuana-myths…

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Exploring Living Soil in Cannabis Grows

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You can get more accomplished as a team than you can as an individual, so why not recruit some new members to team soil? That’s right, by adding special organisms and other “garden helpers,” you can improve the condition of your cannabis grow – and ultimately your whole cannabis crop – by using “living” or “no-till” soil as your grow medium.

Some of the benefits of using living soil include easier absorption of nutrients by plant roots, reduced watering frequency, limited erosion, improved aeration and additional protection against more dangerous pests.

What is Living Soil?

Living soil is the community of organisms working together to break down organic matter in soil which, in turn, provides valuable nutrition to plants and other surrounding organisms. This no-till soil functions as its own ecosystem, feeding itself and the plants that grow from it through a “soil food web” of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms and anthropoids.

Healthy Soil Example
Living soil has shown to produce extremely high-quality cannabis. photo credit

The rout of decomposition follows the same path: organic matter collects on the ground where decomposers like bacteria, fungi and nematodes break it down. Next, organisms like nematodes and protozoa come alone and feed on the bacteria, fungi, etc., then anthropoids (small insects) come and feast on them until small animals consume them.…

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International Cannabis Spotlight: Spain

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Our Barcelona office continues to keep tabs on Spain’s vibrant cannabis industry, which is different than anything going on in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Last week, the 15th annual Spannabis conference showed that the country’s enthusiasm for marijuana has not diminished in the least, and that Spaniards continue to adapt and push forward within a unique state environment.

Spain’s lack of regulations for cannabis use, its criminal laws against cannabis, and the country’s failure to enforce those criminal laws, presents a unique view of use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis. Unlike the United States, Spain’s laws do not distinguish between medical and recreational cannabis use and/or possession. The Spanish Justice refers to substances listed in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (the “Narcotics List”) as either banned or controlled. The Narcotics List contains most illegal drugs, including cannabis. According to the Spanish Criminal Code, it is considered a criminal offense to develop, produce, or sell any of the substances on the Narcotics List, or engage in any activity designed to encourage their consumption. A distinction is made between substances that cause serious damage to health and other substances that the law considers less harmful.

In Spain, it is illegal to sell cannabis; however, the government does not prosecute the personal and …

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California (FINALLY) Begins Crackdown on Gray Market Marijuana

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Is the tide finally coming in for gray market California cannabis?

For state-by-state legalization to succeed in the long run, state and local governments often need to take significant enforcement measures against existing “gray” cannabis markets to ensure that there’s an even playing field for licensed operators who face the financial pinch and responsibility of comprehensive licensing regulations and robust taxation. To date, each state with an existing, unregulated medical cannabis industry has taken action to make sure that unlicensed, unregulated medical cannabis operators don’t undermine or disenfranchise their otherwise licensed counterparts (see Washington State as a prime example, or the continuing legislative efforts in Oregon).

It appears that California is finally taking certain steps to stop the unlicensed and illegal sale of cannabis within its borders. To regulators’ credit, they don’t have a choice but to tolerate the Compassionate Use Act (“CUA”) collective model through early 2019: the MAUCRSA preserves the criminal immunity of CUA collectives and cooperatives up to one year after the first MAUCRSA licenses begin to issue. The drop dead date on those collectives and cooperatives is now January 9, 2019.

Although these CUA collectives and cooperatives can continue to serve qualified patients and their caregivers without the administrative annoyance or cost of having to comply with MAUCRSA, they can’t engage in the for-profit sale …

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Find a Great Medical Cannabis Clinic with These 7 Tips

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Once you decide medical cannabis is the right treatment option, one of the next steps is finding a great medical cannabis clinic near you. A medical cannabis clinic has medical personnel on site. These health professionals will become your trusted advisors, helping to ensure the treatment plan they’ve created is working to improve your quality of life.

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Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/find-a-great-medical-cannabis-clinic-with-these-7-tips…

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Eli by R-Kiem Seeds, a fast and productive Sativa

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When we talk about Sativa strains, there is a name that comes to mind almost immediately: Jack Herer. This genetics is doubtless one of the most renowned and sought-after cannabis hybrids around the world, winner of countless awards and a true classic in Amsterdam coffee shops. Obviously, it has been used to develop many other new strains, as the spectacular Rosetta Stone, one of the parents of the strain we’ll see today.

In this occasion we’ll know more about one of te best Sativas of Spanish seed bank R-Kiem Seeds, Eli, a variety which comes from the cross between the aforementioned Rosetta Stone and a pure African landrace kept by the guys at R-Kiem, Sawla Ghana.

R-Kiem Seeds is gurantee of quality

R-Kiem Seeds is gurantee of quality

Genetics of Eli by R-Kiem Seeds

Rosetta Stone – the male parent used to create Eli – comes from a hybrid developed in the late 90s by Brothers Grimm Seeds, a cross between Ginger-Ale and the famous White Widow. On its part, Ginger-Ale is basically composed of Jack Herer genes (Cafe Girl, Cinderella and Princess). Thus, Rosetta Stone stands out for her unique woody scent – with awesome turpentine and sawdust notes – and intense and balanced effect. Her growth pattern is more compact than most Sativas, developing a prominent main stem where …

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Cannabis and Autism: Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment?

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In the United States, currently 1 in 68 children born will be diagnosed with autism. Throughout the world, one percent of the population has autism spectrum disorder, affecting more than 700 million people. Recently, many people have been turning to cannabis to help manage the effects of autism in loved ones – with many reported success stories, too.

Despite the overwhelming numbers of people touched by autism and the growing number of people seeking cannabis treatment, very few studies are being conducted on marijuana’s ability to help treat autism.

Autism and Cannabis

Frequently diagnosed in early childhood, there is no known cure for autism. A neurodevelopmental disorder complicated by genetic mutations, parental age, and environmental factors, symptoms of autism include impaired social skills, lack of communication abilities and repetitive and compulsive behavior, often self-injurious. The array of symptoms range from lack of eye contact and stilted social interactions, to those who are unable to speak at all or act out violently.

There is a large, anecdotal collection of successes and a lot of grassroots activism from parents who have used cannabis to help their autistic children, but little medical momentum.

However, this is progressively changing. Moms like Mieko Hester-Perez, whose autistic son Joey was growing increasingly uncommunicative and self-harming, found that her son’s behavior …

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Oregon’s New 2018 Cannabis Laws

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oregon marijuana hempThe Oregon legislature concluded the 2018 session last weekend. As we wrote last month, because 2018 is an even-numbered year, this was a short session lasting just 35 days. We predicted that not all four proposed cannabis bills would pass and that is exactly what happened: the proposed legislation on “special events” for marijuana licensees quickly fell by the wayside. You can be sure someone will push that one again in 2019.

Still, three bills made it through, two of which will impact the Oregon marijuana and hemp industries considerably. These “enrolled” bills have been approved by both legislative houses, and will become law as soon as Governor Brown signs– or within 30 days of passage if she does not. Because these bills passed through two Democrat-controlled chambers, and because Governor Brown is also a Democrat who has never vetoed a cannabis bill, you can be 99.99% sure these bills will soon become law.

Each bill is linked to and summarized below. If you click through, remember that text in bold typeface is proposed new language, and text in [italicized and bracketed] typeface is language that will be removed from existing statutes.

Senate Bill 1544  (Marijuana)

This was the gut-and-stuff bill we discussed last month, which ended up covering a range of issues related to medical and …

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How is Your State on Cannabis? We Asked and You Answered

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Crafting laws and regulations is more art than a science. The authors of initiatives, legislators, and administrative agencies who create and implement rules to legalize medical and recreational marijuana are bound to get some things wrong. This may be due to political pressures, competing interests, and the simple fact that marijuana is prohibited under federal law.

Now that so many states have legalized, we figured a good way to determine what was working and what was not, would be to ask individuals those living in those states. So we did just that on our lively Facebook page by asking for our readers’ feedback. The responses were interesting and all over the board.

marijuana cannabis surveyMany of our readers expressed a concern that California has been over-regulating cannabis since voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016. (We wrote about this issue recently here.) Complaints were focused on the increased price of cannabis products since legalization went into effect on January 1. There were also complaints about how medical patients no longer had access to products that were available prior to the state’s new and expansive cannabis regulations.

In a similar fashion, many commentators claimed that Washington‘s regulatory framework was overly burdensome, though there were not nearly as many complaints about the price of cannabis which has dropped significantly since Washington retail …

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WHO Says CBD is Medically Beneficial, Cites Nearly Zero Health Risks

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Fearful of past rhetoric and stigmatization, there is plenty of confusion over the medicinal properties of cannabis and its derivatives. Thankfully, a new report has started to clear things up. A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, has nearly zero health risks.

For patients who use CBD, the WHO reports that the most adverse problems stem from drug-to-drug interaction. By itself, CBD has shown almost no health risks to humans. It is “generally well tolerated” by patients and has a “good safety profile” according the report.

This is good news for cannabis activists across the world. More countries are opening their doors to accommodate CBD as a medicine, and the report shows no evidence of recreational use or public health problems associated with pure CBD. On top of that, this study marks an important precedent in cannabis research and will hopefully fuel the flame for even more research and positive results to come.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the results of the WHO study and its potential impacts on human health.

Where Does CBD Come From and How is it Consumed?

Cannabis plants come in a variety of cultivars, or types, and each contain a certain percentage of CBD. The hemp cultivars have higher …

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Is CBD Legal? Hemp Industry Case Ruling Due Soon

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As noted before in this blogHemp Industries Assoc. v. DEA, pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, appeals the DEA’s final administrative rule creating a new drug code number for “marihuana [sic] extract,” defined as “containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis.”  Petitioners, a cannabis industry trade group and other industry participants, argue that DEA’s rule effectively reschedules CBD as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), in violation of the Farm Act of 2014, which allows the states to set up pilot hemp programs. The DEA counters that this rule does not restrict substances that were not previously controlled, but simply adjusts DEA’s methods for tracking substances that Congress put in Schedule 1.

On February 15, 2018, a Ninth Circuit panel of three judges heard oral argument. You can watch the argument here. Because federal appellate courts never issue decisions at oral argument, we won’t know how the court decides for several months. But watching the argument gives some clues to how the judges are thinking about this case.

Before you watch, consider first that this case is a challenge to a rule made by the DEA, a federal administrative agency exercising rule-making power expressly delegated to it by …

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5 Signs It’s Time to Switch Medical Cannabis Clinics

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Medical cannabis clinics are medical health clinics. Thus, when you walk into a clinic, it should look and feel like a health centre. You’re trusting your health to those who operate the clinic, and so you should feel confident and safe doing so. There are many different kinds of clinics in the GTA, but if you see these signs in your clinic, it’s time to leave and find a better one.

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Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/5-signs-its-time-to-switch-medical-cannabis-clinics…

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Oregon Cannabis: Josephine County Growers Get Their Day in Court

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Josephine County’s anti-cannabis ordinance is frozen, for now.

The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for cannabis producers in Josephine County, Oregon. Back in September, a coalition of producers stopped a county ordinance targeting farms in rural residential zones that would have drastically increased setback requirements, required the OLCC licensee itself to own the real property, and prohibited any farm from using private roads, easements, or owner-maintained public right-of-ways.

Celebration proved premature, as the county adopted a new ordinance on December 6, 2017 that is arguably worse. The ordinance targets all properties zoned rural residential with more than 12 mature plants and drastically curtails commercial cannabis production. For example, on rural residential lots:

  1. Cannabis production is banned on all lots or parcels of five acres or less.
  2. Cannabis production on lots larger than five acres is limited to an eighth of the size that would otherwise be allowed under OLCC rules.
  3. 100 foot setback are on all sides are required for all structures and grow canopies.
  4. The OLCC licensee must itself own the real property.

Farms hoping to avoid these requirements must have been fully licensed by the OLCC before March 6, 2018 in order to apply for a variance from these regulations.

As expected, earlier this year a group of growers filed suit against …

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High at DIA: How to Navigate Denver International Airport While Stoned

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Flying causes anxiety for many people and since cannabis has been shown to help treat anxiety, the idea of getting high before a flight out of Denver is commonplace. But rather than risk confiscation, fines or worse for traveling with marijuana, many are choosing to consume cannabis before arriving at the airport altogether.

Before going through Denver International Airport (DIA) high, here are a few things you should consider.

Getting High Before Your Fly

Smoking some green on the way to the airport will get you high for the first few hours which could make check-in a bit of a challenge if you’re not prepared. A little self-coaching can go a long way, though. For example, before smoking, be sure to have your ID and credit card ready and understand the baggage check procedure should you need.

Kiosks are a great way to get your boarding pass and go (if you’re not checking bags, that is) which will help you avoid talking to anyone with your freshly-baked brain.

We also suggest wearing shoes, jackets and belts that are easily removable for your trip through TSA, and to bone-up on other travel stipulations and procedures via the airport website prior to airport arrival.

What to Consume?

If you want to still be high by the time you take …

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Spot Zoning Initiatives, or, How Not to Structure a Local Cannabis Ordinance

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Courts often invalidate unfair spot zoning ordinances.

We recently discussed the California Environmental Quality Act as a limitation on local zoning authority through environmental regulation. Another important limitation on local authority when it comes to cannabis ordinances is spot zoning, which is the act of singling out specific parcels of land to benefit specific owners at the expense of others in the surrounding areas. Spot zoning can exist in the form of restricting activities from occurring on specific parcels, or by providing exclusive use benefits to specific parcels—such as allowing licensed marijuana operations in select places. It is essentially the practice of creating zoning “islands” that are decidedly dissimilar to their surrounding areas, and is often the subject of legal challenges.

Recently, a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge invalidated Measure O, a voter-approved ballot initiative that eliminated a city-wide ban on medicinal cannabis and required the City of San Bernardino to allow commercial cannabis operations in certain parts of the city. The court found that although Measure O provided a variety of areas in which cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and distribution could occur, it limited the possible dispensary sites to just two addresses, one of which was the Flesh Showgirls strip club.

The court noted that not all spot zoning is invalid per se, but …

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How Do I Book a Medical Cannabis Consultation?

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For people suffering from certain illnesses, medical marijuana therapy could be the best treatment option. Cannabis is all-natural and you’ll experience fewer side effects (if any) than you would if you were taking pharmaceuticals. For example, if you have chronic pain, the most common drugs doctors prescribe are opioids, which are highly addictive. Medical marijuana, however, is effective at relieving pain and it doesn’t have any addictive properties.

Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/how-do-i-book-a-medical-cannabis-consultation…

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CBD Oil For Cats: The Definitive Guide

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CBD oil for cats

If you’re like those of us here at Honest Marijuana, you love your pet(s) like a member of the family. We know it’s traumatic when your favorite feline or cherished canine gets sick. That’s why we’ve put together this definitive guide to CBD oil for cats (don’t worry, dog lovers; there’s a guide for you too).

In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about CBD and CBD oil for cats, including:

  • What is CBD?
  • What is CBD oil?
  • What are the benefits of CBD oil for cats?
  • How do you administer CBD oil to a cat?
  • Where do you get CBD oil for your feline friend?

We’ll also discuss dosage recommendations and what side effects you can expect when using CBD oil for cats. Let’s start our discussion with the most basic question of all: what is CBD?

What Is CBD?

CBD is the common abbreviation for the scientific word cannabidiol (pronounced can-uh-BIH-dee-all). It’s one of a group of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are found almost exclusively in the cannabis plant (indica, sativa, and ruderalis).

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most famous (or infamous) cannabinoid thanks to its psychedelic effects. But CBD is quickly growing in popularity because of its myriad medical benefits. Other cannabinoids of note are:

  • CBG (cannabigerol)
  • CBL (cannabicyclol)
  • CBT

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California Cannabis Countdown: Cotati

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Hang a left for cannabis licensing by March 26th.

California has 58 counties and 482 incorporated cities across the state, each with the option to create its own rules or ban marijuana altogether. In this California Cannabis Countdown series, we cover who is banning cannabis, who is embracing cannabis (and how), and everyone in between. For each city and county, we’ll discuss its location, history with cannabis, current law, and proposed law to give you a clearer picture of where to locate your California cannabis business, how to keep it legal, and what you will and won’t be allowed to do.

Our last California Cannabis Countdown post was on the City of San Luis Obispo, and before that the City of Redding, the City of San Rafael, City of Hayward, Alameda County, OaklandSan FranciscoSonoma County, the City of Davis, the City of Santa RosaCounty and City of San BernardinoMarin CountyNevada County, the City of Lynwood, the City of CoachellaLos Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Desert Hot SpringsSonoma County, the City of Sacramento, the City of BerkeleyCalaveras CountyMonterey County and the City of Emeryville.…

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Overproduction and Cannabis: How a Surplus Might Harm the Industry

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As 2018 ramps up, the rapidly expanding legal cannabis industry finds itself at the center of a struggle as old as commerce itself: growers are supplying far more product than consumers demand.

The problem is so prevalent that in January, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, Billy J. Williams penned an open letter in the Oregonian, opening bluntly, “Oregon has a massive marijuana overproduction problem.”

Williams elaborated that in 2017 alone, Oregon postal agents seized over two and a half times more product than had been caught through the mail in Colorado in the previous four years combined.

Oregon’s neighbor Washington has experienced its own overproduction woes since 2015, too.  With the October 2017 harvest bringing a projected 60% increase to the market, that surplus is only going to grow. The excess has caused a call to action in the industry, which has been experiencing rock bottom prices with some retailers selling an ounce of flower for $40 to recoup losses.

The Problem with Overproduction of Cannabis

While cheap cannabis sounds like a godsend initially, the implications of such an extreme nadir are far-reaching. Operating at a loss stagnates business growth, which in turn hurts average wages and hiring rates.

Workers at the lowest end, like budtenders, packagers, growers, and productions assistants, are affected the most. These positions form the

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