Minorities needed in the Cannabis Lime-Light

Minorities needed in the Cannabis Lime-Light

June 22, 2017

From Cheech and Chong to Snoop Dogg, minorities have been the face and voice of the cannabis movement. Minority public figures often embraced the plant at a time it was most stigmatized and criminalized. Now, America seems to be changing its cannabis’ tune and more socially accepting of pot. With new cannabis legislation, decriminalization, and business opportunities to start; some are questioning minority representation in the industry, and why black farmers are left without a plot. In Maryland, not one of the fifteen cannabis growers chosen by the state for cultivation licenses is minority-owned. Only 1% of the marijuana dispensaries in the nation are black owned.

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Accurate Cannabinoid Measuring Method Developed for Marijuana Edibles

Accurate Cannabinoid Measuring Method Developed for Marijuana Edibles

June 09, 2017

In states where edibles are available for the public to consume in terms of either legal recreational or medicinal marijuana, a labeling issue has been causing some headaches.  Many edibles do not have accurate information listed on the label in terms of THC content.  Edible companies have stated they have concerns because when they send the products off to be tested, often varying results are obtained by different labs doing the testing.  Because of this, a new testing method has been developed.

Commonly edibles have been tested with high performance liquid chromatography, but the machines that do this test were not developed with edible marijuana products in mind as the input.  A special process has been developed where edibles are ground up with dry ice or liquid Nitrogen, then diatomaceous earth is added.  Using flash chromatography then allows certain products to be pulled out.  After that, the high performance liquid chromatography can then be used to derive accurate results.

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A Lack of Weed - the Solution Is: Legalize It!

A Lack of Weed - the Solution Is: Legalize It!

June 08, 2017

A Lack of Weed - the Solution Is: Legalize It! In the 80’s it was “Just Say No”, the campaign created in tandem with the War on Drugs. Since then, evidence has shown that the War has been an abject failure, and in fact may have been directly responsible for the rise in the Mexican drug cartels. Luckily there seems to be a new solution: Legal marijuana.

According to 2015 data released by the US Border Patrol, the marijuana confiscations has dropped to the lowest point in a decade, as reported by the Washington Post. Due to California, Colorado, and Washington having legal means of cultivating and distributing the plant, prices have fallen for Mexican growers.

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Marijuana Grows Economy Internationally

Marijuana Grows Economy Internationally

June 07, 2017

There are numerous countries throughout the world with a stagnant or failing economy. The people living in such countries, Latin America, Southern Europe, Asian and Pacific regions, need a new industry. An industry with growth, job creation and tax revenues. The next big thing, the export of marijuana products and various extracts derived from the plant. 

Most governments have stringent laws concerning the cannabis industry, due to various international treaties. As of last year 185 countries have signed a document declaring weed as a class one narcotic. There have been other treaties over the course of time that have reinforced that marijuana is a narcotic and should remain illegal.

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280 Gram of Weed Detected in the Airport - Avoid the Dark Net

280 Gram of Weed Detected in the Airport - Avoid the Dark Net

June 06, 2017

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Bill Maher Smoking a Joint on Live TV

Bill Maher Smoking a Joint on Live TV

June 05, 2017

Los Angeles February 12th 2016, try to remember, where you were when Comedian Bill Maher smoked and passed marijuana a” joint” on Live TV. Real Time host Bill Maher is now being sued by the FCC ready for it… 1.7 million dollars.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler “What if a kid sees the episode and thinks smoking weed is okay? “I could understand his point if alcohol and prescription drug companies were not running rampart on TV and adding their social acceptance. It would seem…hypercritical right Mr. Chairman... “One of his panel members was obviously not happy with the event and Maher put her in danger from the potentially deadly marijuana smoke.” While zero deaths have not been confirmed from cannabis usage it has been a godsend for the numerous medicinal patients.

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Is Marijuana Green When It Comes to Energy Efficiency? Use Led Grow Lights!

Is Marijuana Green When It Comes to Energy Efficiency? Use Led Grow Lights!

June 05, 2017

With the high demand on the cannabis industry also comes very high energy consumption. They need 24 hour lighting cycles, air conditioning, and ventilation systems for many growing sites around the U.S.

According to a study done by scientist Eric Mills, with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, legalized indoor cannabis accounts for 1% of total electricity used in the United States. Which costs $6 billion dollars per year. This kind of consumption produces 15 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions an amount equal to three million cars.

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A Case for Cleaner Cannabis: Creating Jobs

A Case for Cleaner Cannabis: Creating Jobs

June 02, 2017

With the legal markets of cannabis buzzing with rapid growth, and many areas struggling to keep a steady supply of quality plant material available based on unprecedented levels of demand, safety is a concern that needs to be addressed at every level. Dr. Andy LaFrate of Charas Scientific in Denver, CO uses liquid chromatography testing to determine mold, heavy metal, and pesticide content of samples.  In an interview with Smithsonian.com, he said, “It’s pretty startling just how dirty a lot of this stuff is.”

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Another Story From England - Weed Helps!

Another Story From England - Weed Helps!

May 30, 2017

David an English man from Liverpool and father of 3 was diagnosed with bowel cancer at only 30 years old. David tried many types of treatments including radiation and chemotherapy and still not would rid him of his cancer. After being told he only had 2 years to live at the age of 33 he was told his cancer was no more . This was the result of David hitting rock bottom and feeling as if he has no were to turn. He started to look for alternatives on the Internet and came across cannabis oil.

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Businesses in Silicon Valley have been trying to give marijuana a more friendly face

Businesses in Silicon Valley have been trying to give marijuana a more friendly face

May 26, 2017

Businesses in Silicon Valley have been trying to give marijuana a more friendly face when it comes to purchasing it. In making it friendlier, they are also changing the stereotypical Rasta/ganja image of marijuana. HelloMD founder, Mark Hadfield said, “ What we see is moms, dads, professionals, old people, everyone wanting access to cannabis”. The "everyday America" is the largely growing market that HelloMD is trying to appeal to.  HelloMD is a start-up business that connects patients and doctors instantly over the Internet. 

Technology is bringing efficiency and simplicity to the industry.  The cannabis industry generated an estimated 2.4 billion in 2014 so imagine how much it will generate with Internet.

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The Pros of a Local Marijuana Dispensary

The Pros of a Local Marijuana Dispensary

May 24, 2017

Dispensaries are consistent in their products variety, quality and top of the line premium strains of herb. This includes your buds being weighed to the gram (not including the baggie). Better pricing as compared with illegal states, you are buying at a going rate of three times those prices of dispensaries in legal states. Customer services is important your “Budtender” (not friend of a friend) is knowledgeable and encourages you to ask questions and shop around. Weather you have medicinal needs or a recreational night out…the budtender has what ails you. Selections also include an array of baked goods, candies, and hash oils. The deals are often and daily, hourly, monthly whatever they are exceptional. I never had a customer appreciation day.

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Michigan Police Heading in the Wrong Direction

Michigan Police Heading in the Wrong Direction

May 24, 2017

Despite the criminals behind the Flint Michigan water fiasco being free, the state of Michigan has been targeting the “real criminals,” recreational marijuana users. Arrests for the possession and use of marijuana have sharply increased 17% between 2008-2014 according to state police. Surprisingly, this increase in arrests relating to marijuana comes at the same time that total arrests for all crime fell 15%. This means that two-thirds of all drug arrests were related to marijuana in 2014, and 86% of those arrests were simple possession charges.

These numbers are astonishing considering 74% of Michigan residents under 30 years of age and 51% of residents over 60 support ending the cannabis prohibition.

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Guess What Medical Marijuana did; Painkiller Deaths Drop 25%

Guess What Medical Marijuana did; Painkiller Deaths Drop 25%

May 23, 2017

In states where medical marijuana is legal, pharmaceutical painkiller deaths have dropped by as much as 25%. Prescription drug deaths have been a major problem in the U.S. and now with a suitable safe replacement for treating pain they are slowly declining.

The difference is noticeable. Since 1991, the amount of deaths due to pharmaceutical opioids has approximately tripled. However, in the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana 25% fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually. In the August issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the “researchers hypothesize that in states where medical marijuana can be prescribed, patients may use pot to treat pain, either instead of prescription opiates, or to supplement them—and may thus require a lower dosage that is less likely to lead to a fatal problem.”

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NJ Governor's Lack of Compassion Forces a Family to Relocate

NJ Governor's Lack of Compassion Forces a Family to Relocate

May 23, 2017

Vivian Wilson a former NJ state resident was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome(DS) a life threatening form of epilepsy. She first experienced a seizure when she was 2 months old. She has had to endure so much from heart and oxygen monitors, an eye patch (to prevent direct sunlight), catheter, oxygen tanks and various other medical equipment for her condition.

Vivian was qualified for the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program due to her illness and was recommended by her neurologist. Unfortunately the Wilsons were unable to seek additional  psychiatrists and pediatricians willing to approve her for the state's program. New Jersey's law concerning edibles produced a road block for the Wilson's daughter.

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Marijuana Dispensaries and the World of Banking

Marijuana Dispensaries and the World of Banking

May 22, 2017

It is legal in 23 states on some degree to sell marijuana, however these dispensaries are still forced to act as though they are running underground operations when it comes to their finances. They are constantly in danger of being robbed due to having to do business in cash, but are expected to follow a multitude of  rigorous rules. Otherwise, if they miss one step, the business owners are in danger of being shut down or even worse. Somehow it just doesn’t add up. Or does it? 

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Edibles Just Got Sweeter

Edibles Just Got Sweeter

May 18, 2017

Mindy Segal showed off some fancy treats last Saturday. Segal, an award-winning pastry chef from Chicago revealed some treats that might include her signature style during the  Professional Dispensaries of Illinois' Medical Marijuana Education Expo in Buffalo Grove.

She owns Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago and has offered to develop products specifically for the medical marijuana industry, becoming the first well-know chef to do so. 

However, the fragmented marijuana laws around the country are hindering her progress somewhat. While she has been working in a small kitchen in Colorado for the time being, she can’t work in Illinois until Cresco Labs, builds a kitchen at its growing center in Joliet.

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Lift Cannabis & Hemp Expo – Calgary (Video)

Lift Cannabis & Hemp Expo – Calgary (Video)

May 16, 2017

The Cannabis industry in Canada is quickly becoming mainstream, with tradeshows happening all the time.  Since a plan for full legalization was proposed the industry has exploded.  Weed Girls are just one of several businesses that participated at the recent Lift Cannabis & Hemp Expo in Calgary.  It was our pleasure to meet more people and to share our message in person.  Our goal is to educate and help normalize Marijuana and it's medicinal uses.  We are looking forward to the year to come!  Follow our blog at www.weedgirls.ca

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Former Super Bowl QB endorses medicinal marijuana

Former Super Bowl QB endorses medicinal marijuana

May 16, 2017

Jim McMahon a former Super Bowl winning QB for the Chicago Bears has been feeling the affects of his hard hitting career. McMahon’s 15 year playing career was marred with injuries including multiple concussions & surgeries. As a result he has accumulated a laundry list of conditions which include: chronic pain due to a broken neck, loss of memory, speech impediments, arthritis, depression, TBI (Trauma Brain Injuries) and an early onset of dementia. At one point he was taking up to 100 Percocet pills a month for his conditions.

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New CBD Trials in Epileptic Patients Leads to Promising Results

New CBD Trials in Epileptic Patients Leads to Promising Results

May 16, 2017

At The American Epilepsy Society’s annual meeting, held on December 7, 2015 in Philadelphia it expressed opportunistic research concerning the use of hemp extract known as CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is a non-psychoactive extract from the hemp plant. This non-psychoactive extract does not alter one's mood, consciousness or perception.  Although this clinical research is anecdotal, the results were positive in most patients with debilitating seizures. Such forms of  these treatment-resistant disorders include Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) and Dravet Syndrome (DS).

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The Booming Cannabis Market

The Booming Cannabis Market

May 11, 2017

If you consider yourself an entrepreneur, a cannabis enthusiast, or simply someone looking to get involved in a new market then the cannabis industry might just be for you. Of course, this is said with some precautionary undertones; cannabis continues to be recognized as a Schedule 1 controlled substance according to the FDA with its cohorts:  LSD, heroin, peyote, ecstasy, and methaqualone. In other words, the overall federal consensus about cannabis is that cannabis has dubious use under medical supervision and has an alarming rate for impending abuse...

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The Last Shall Deliver First: Cali’s Not Tardy to the Canna Lounge Party

The Last Shall Deliver First: Cali’s Not Tardy to the Canna Lounge Party

April 26, 2017

We can all agree since the first states, Colorado and Washington, began to legalize marijuana use we were patiently waiting in-line for the approval of cannabis bars and lounges. But it has been years and unchanged laws that has prevented us from socially smoking with our friends outside of our homes. California looks to be the first state to change that and tap into a need in the cannabis market. California's Governor, Jerry Brown, seeks to unify the state's recreational and medical cannabis laws with the legislative bill entitled...

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Cannabis Industry Pays the Price for State's Demand

Cannabis Industry Pays the Price for State's Demand

March 29, 2017

States that consider legalizing marijuana solely as a governmental revenue stream may want to lower expectations and budget accordingly. Illinois state legislators recently sponsored a bill to legalize marijuana in hopes to overcome their deficit with the tax revenue.[1] The bill proposes a $50 per ounce wholesale excise tax, in addition to sales tax of 6.25% on transactions. Illinois is looking to supplement a multibillion-dollar budget with $349 to $699 million in cannabis tax revenue.[2] Fifty percent of the tax revenue will go towards Illinois’ General Fund, thirty percent to education, ten percent to substance abuse, and ten percent to public safety.[3]

As the national legal weed market expands there is a causal effect to cannabis' supply and demand. Marijuana prices will continue to decline as more people are able to grow, store, and supply across the nation. Overall...

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America’s Marijuana is Harmed Again

America’s Marijuana is Harmed Again

March 01, 2017 3 Comments

President Trump's administration recently addressed the cannabis industry and its potential crackdown by the federal government on states who have legalized cannabis use (1). If true, the plan to enforce federal laws condemning cannabis would do more harm than good. 

First, the power to police or criminalize an action is reserved for states by the constitution. This is one of the few powers given to the state and not the federal government. States who have decided to legalize marijuana use are standing on the very foundation of our forefathers. Going against this reserved right, will definitely lead to an increase in federal court cases defending the constitutionality of the enforcement. And ultimately a waste in tax dollars covering the court expenses. 

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