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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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...
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.