10 Unusual Ways to Consume Cannabis

Marijuana users have always been crafty, but as cannabis becomes more mainstream and less stigmatized, the opportunities for innovation have exploded.

Most people still prefer to get high the old school way (pipes, bongs and joints, for example), but companies are coming up with increasingly creative ways to get a buzz on.

Also, for medical users, this kind of innovation allows people to get symptom relief without hacking up a lung or getting stoned every time they need to medicate.

Here are some of the most unusual ways that people are consuming cannabis:

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Some Air Canada Employees to Be Banned From Using Pot On- and Off-Duty

Air Canada said some of its employees will be banned from using marijuana both on- and off-duty despite recreational use becoming legal in Canada next month.

The company said it has revised its alcohol and drug policy to include cannabis ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email. “As a result, employees working in safety-critical areas at the company, including flight operations and aircraft maintenance, will be prohibited from using cannabis and cannabis products at all times, both on-duty and off-duty.

– Read the entire article at City News.

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Schoolchildren in Russian Republic of Buryatia May Face Mandatory Drug Screenings

If administrators in the Russian Republic of Buryatia get their way, students in the region may soon be required to take drug tests. The move is similar to past proposals, many of which have been quickly condemned as human rights violations.

Schoolchildren Could Face Mandatory Drug Tests

As reported by Russia Today, the Republic of Buryatia is now considering implementing a new drug policy. And the way many people see it, the proposal could be a draconian and heavy handed attempt to vilify cannabis.

According to the news outlet, Buryatia’s head administrator, Aleksey Tsydenov, floated the new proposal. If it is eventually passed into law, all students in the region would be subject to required drug tests.

This would include all schoolchildren, seemingly without any regard for their age. Additionally, the proposal would require all first-year university students to take a drug test. Finally, Tsydenov’s proposal would also force all vocational school students to take mandatory drug tests.

The policymaker said the required tests would help crack down on people using illegal substances. Further, he also said that requiring these types of tests would be a deterrent to keep others from consuming illegal substances.

In order to carry out such

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Owner of Australian Smoke Shop Chain Imprisoned for Selling Synthetic Weed

Residents of Western Australia’s capital city Perth have grown accustomed to the Cloud 9 smoke shops dotting the metropolitan area. Some passersby may even remember when Cloud 9 came to national media attention after a series of shop raids in 2015 and 2016 turned up large quantities of synthetic cannabinoid products. Now, after a lengthy two-year trial, the owner of the Cloud 9 chain of smoke shops in Australia, Hoang Nam Nguyen, has been sentenced to two years in jail for selling illegal drugs. Nguyen’s sentencing marks the first time someone in Western Australia will serve time for selling banned substances.

Cloud 9 Smoke Shop Owner Jailed Following Law Banning Synthetic Cannabis

Before police slapped cuffs on Nguyen back in 2015, his Cloud 9 smoke shops had been the target of some serious controversy. The shops have a reputation for selling synthetic cannabinoid products— known in the U.S. as “K2” or “Spice”—more or less openly. Because as law enforcement and prosecutors have found, synthetic cannabinoid products are often cocktails of otherwise legal chemicals. In fact, calling them “synthetic cannabinoids” is somewhat of a misnomer. These products don’t contain THC, just dangerous chemical mixtures designed to simulate the same psychoactive effects.

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36 New Jersey Towns Have Preemptively Banned Legal Marijuana

Even before New Jersey lawmakers have completed drafting a cannabis legalization bill, 36 towns in the state have preemptively banned legal marijuana.

Legislators in the Garden State are currently working on legislation that would legalize the recreational-use and sale of cannabis. Most drafts have included provisions allowing municipalities to ban marijuana businesses, and so far, nearly 40 towns have done so.

In Atlantic County, the towns of Brigantine and Pleasantville have already passed ordinances banning pot businesses. Towns in Bergen County that have done the same include: Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Lodi, Mahwah, Midland Park, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff Township. Upper Saddle River, also in Bergen County, passed an ordinance opposing cannabis legalization but has not enacted a ban on cannabis businesses.

North Caldwell in Essex County has already said no to recreational cannabis, while in Hudson County, Secaucus, Union City, and Weehawken have as well.

The towns of Cranbury and Old Bridge in Middlesex County have also enacted preemptive bans on marijuana businesses. Spotswood also opposes legalization, but has not outlawed recreational cannabis businesses.

In Monmouth County, the list includes Hazlet, Oceanport, Upper Freehold, Wall, and the town of West Long Branch.

In Morris County, Chatham Township has

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First Legal Cannabis Plant in Oklahoma Sold to Vietnam Veteran

The growth and expansion of medical marijuana in Oklahoma hit a key milestone this week. For the first time ever, a marijuana plant has been sold legally in the Sooner State. This is an important step forward as the state continues figuring out the details of its brand new medical cannabis program.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Program

It’s been a big year for marijuana in Oklahoma. In June, voters in the state approved the legalization of cannabis for medical uses. State Question 788 won 56 percent of the vote. On the other side, 43 percent of voters opposed the measure.

Almost immediately, the state’s new program fell into chaos. Shortly after the vote, a group of doctors began advocating for the ban of smokable forms of cannabis. Subsequently, the Oklahoma State Board of Health began trying to fast-tracking and push through a number of restrictions to the state’s new medical marijuana laws.

Most notably, these restrictions attempted to ban the sale of smokable forms of medical cannabis. Additionally, the Board tried to require all dispensaries to have a pharmacist on site at all times.

These restrictions came under fire and the state found itself facing at least two separate lawsuits. Ultimately,

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Election Day may not be until Tuesday, November 6, but in many states voter registration deadlines are coming up soon! MPP has teamed up with non-profit Rock the Vote to make it easier for our subscribers to register in their state. Just click here, and their simple tool will help you fill out the voter registration form in your state or tell you where to register online, if your state allows that.

After you fill out their form online, you’ll get an email with your official registration form attached, and all you have to do is print it and mail it in! Easy. Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? You can also click here if you want to learn more about voting policies in your state, like early voting or voting by mail, as well as whether you can vote if you have a prior conviction.

Voters in Utah, Michigan, North Dakota, and Missouri will get to vote on marijuana initiatives this year, and MPP or our coalition partners have released voter guides in New Hampshire and Maryland. Click here to learn more, and please get out and vote!

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California Governor Signs the California Cannabis Equity Act

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294) into law on Wednesday, authorizing the expenditure of $10 million in state funds to support so-called cannabis social equity programs. The programs assist members of communities most severely impacted by the War on Drugs that wish to enter California’s newly legal cannabis industry. The grants will be used to offer equity applicants and licensees business loans or grants, waivers for licensing fees, technical support, and other services.

Cities including Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco have already established social equity programs. State Senator Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena who authored SB 1294, told the Compton Herald in June that the measure will help expand municipal equity efforts.

“Currently, there are no state programs addressing the barriers and challenges faced by those attempting to enter this unique industry,” said Bradford. “If people of color with financial capital and high business acumen are having difficulty gaining licenses, one can only imagine the struggles individuals with zero capital and previous convictions are faced with.”

Addressing Bias in the War on Drugs

The text of SB 1294 addresses some of the disparity in the enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws in California.

“During the

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Calgary Police Officers Banned From Consuming Legal Marijuana Even on Days Off

Police union unhappy with policy issued to all officers last Friday.

Calgary police officers will not be allowed to consume marijuana once it’s legalized even on their days off — and the union representing members is unhappy, saying the service “took the easy way out.”

The abstinence directive was issued to CPS staff on Friday less than four weeks before recreational marijuana is legalized across the country.

“Sworn members who are qualified to use firearms and are able to be operationally deployed are prohibited from using recreational cannabis while on or off duty,” reads the policy, a copy of which was obtained by CBC News.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Ontario Government to Allow Pot Smoking Wherever Tobacco Smoking Allowed

Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.

The government will also not put a cap on pot shops when it starts licensing and regulating the province’s private cannabis retail marketplace, and municipalities will have until January to opt out of hosting the stores.

The details were announced by Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli a day before new legislation on pot rules was set to be tabled.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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