New Study Shows Vaping Cannabis Produces Stronger Effects Than Smoking It

In recent years, many cannabis users have turned to the sleekness of the vape pen, and there’s little mystery about why: vaporizers are seen as a discreet, less socially invasive way to consume weed. They’re also perceived as a healthier choice when compared with the lung-polluting effects of bongs, joints, and bowls.

But—and we hate to be the bearers of bad news—while vaping technology may reduce the inhalation of pyrolytic smoke compounds, that doesn’t mean that your Kandypen is entirely without risk. A study published by JAMA Network Open suggests that vaporizing cannabis can lead to more immediate deleterious side effects and physical impairment, as compared to puffing the same amount of herb from a joint.

The study was based on the reactions of 17 adults, all of whom averaged 27 years of age and qualified as infrequent smokers who haven’t used cannabis in over a year. So, take the following results with a grain of salt. Participants consumed varying quantities of marijuana in both vapor and smoke forms over three separate eight-and-a-half hour sessions. Then, the subjects answered a questionnaire that delved into the drug’s subjective effects. They also performed tests that measured their cognitive, psychomotor, and cardiovascular responses.

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Ontario Cannabis Recall Due to Mold Extended to B.C.

Last week, recreational cannabis consumers in the Canadian province of Ontario started noticing moldy buds. Officials quickly issued a product recall on the damaged and potentially harmful marijuana. Now, it turns out the compromised product has extended far beyond Ontario and is showing up in parts of British Columbia. As a result, the recall has also extended to include both Ontario and British Columbia.

Moldy Marijuana in Canada

According to Canadian news source, Global News, word of the moldy weed first started showing up on a Reddit thread. In addition to mold, many customers said they found tiny bugs in their weed.

After complaints began surfacing online, investigations quickly revealed that the contaminated bud comes from a company called RedeCan Pharm.

This company reportedly provides cannabis to the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). Additionally, it also provides product to British Columbia’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB). Both OCS and LDB are primary recreational marijuana retailers in their respective provinces.

Initially, complaints of moldy or bug-infested cannabis came primarily from consumers in Ontario. But more recently, the same complaints have been coming from consumers in British Columbia.

That means that RedeCan Pharm’s voluntary recall—originally issued for more than 900 ounces of weed in Ontario—has

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Eaze Delivers: California Firm Brings Cannabis to Your Doorstep

Eaze’s “Chief Cannabis Evangelist,” Jason Pinsky (Photo by Tommy Quicksilver)

If you’ve ever ordered a car from Uber or a book from Amazon, navigating your delivery of a pack of Lowell Smokes from Eaze is a no-brainer for anyone with a smartphone, as I found out recently.

Just go to Eaze.com, set up a user name and password, take a photo of your California driver’s license (or registered ID) to prove you’re 21, submit credit card information and you’re off to the races.

The Eaze menu is clean and uncluttered, with a wide variety of flower, pre-rolls, tinctures and oils, all from least expensive to most, left to right. Like any other commerce site, you add items to your cart, then check out. Any purchase over $50 has no delivery fee; anything less carries a charge of $5.

The prices are competitive with licensed brick-and-mortar dispensaries, though the addition of the required 9.5% sales and statewide 15% excise taxes pushes the total of my two Biscotti Singoli hash-infused pre-rolls ($40) and one LoudPack Kosher Kush preroll ($12) to $69.86 with the $17.86 surcharge.

EAZE’S JASON PINSKY: “If Amazon and Lyft were to smoke a joint and have a baby,

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New Bill in Michigan Would Prohibit Home-Grown Cannabis

A bill introduced in the Michigan Senate would prohibit the home cultivation of marijuana as allowed with the passage of Proposal 1 by voters in the Nov. 6 election. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said on Thursday that he does not want home growers to flood Michigan’s neighborhoods with cannabis.

“People don’t get to make alcohol and serve it in unregulated bars to anyone they want to. Homegrown marijuana is basically unregulated,” Meekhof said. “It should be in some regulated form, so we have consistency and safety. It’s a mind-altering substance like alcohol. It should be somehow controlled.”

Proposal 1, which was adopted with 56 percent of the vote in this month’s midterm elections, permits adults 21 and older to cultivate only 12 plants at a time and prohibits them from selling their harvest. Home growers are permitted to give cannabis to other adults as gifts. Cannabis consumption lounges are permitted by the initiative, but only with approval and special zoning from the local jurisdiction. The new law will go into effect on Dec. 6.

Jeffrey Hank, the director of MiLegalize, a group that campaigned for the passage of Proposal 1, characterized Meekhof’s bill as “lame-duck mischief.”

“He’s really being totalitarian if he thinks

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Industrial Hemp is Now Included in the 2018 Farm Bill

In a move that marks a major shift in U.S. agriculture and drug policy, House and Senate lawmakers have come to an agreement over the status of industrial hemp in H.R. 2, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Known as the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2 includes far-reaching provisions that lift the ban on hemp, authorize hemp production and research and amend the Controlled Substances Act. Furthermore, the reconciled version of the Farm Bill paves the way for the federal regulation of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extracts. For hemp CBD consumers, that would mean both better product consistency and quality and an end to the legal ambiguity of hemp CBD.

Congress Lifts Hundred-Year-Old Prohibition on Commercial Hemp

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has consistently opposed the legalization of cannabis. But in Congress, McConnell has been nothing short of a champion of industrial hemp. “It is a different plant,” McConnell told reporters back in May. “It has an illicit cousin which I choose not to embrace.”

Yet the longest-serving Republic Senator in the history of the U.S. has fully embraced industrial hemp. Already back in 2014, McConnell led the effort to add hemp-related provisions to that year’s Farm Bill. Those provisions allowed states

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Legal Weed Is Now One Step Closer to Reality in N.J.

After months of false starts and delays, New Jersey took a big step Monday toward legal weed, with state lawmakers advancing a bill that would legalize the possession and personal use of recreational marijuana.

Committees from both the state Senate and Assembly approved the bill , which now awaits a full vote in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature before it could be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy .

After nearly four hours of debate in a hearing room packed with about 200 people, the bill cleared the Senate budget committee, 7-4 with two abstentions, and then Assembly budget panel, 7-2, with one abstention.

This is the first official action taken by the Legislature on recreational marijuana since Murphy took office in January, in part on the promise to legalize marijuana. Prior to Monday’s hearing, no legal weed bill had made it past introduction.

– Read the entire article at NJ News.

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Marijuana and Marijuana Concentrates Become Legal in Michigan on December 6

The possession of marijuana and marijuana concentrates will become legal in Michigan next week on Thursday, December 6.

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers certified the election results for Proposition 1 on Thursday, meaning that key provisions of the initiative will take effect 10 days after, on Decebember 6. Starting that day, those 21 and older in the state will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 grams of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. In addition, they will be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at a private residence.

The initiative also legalized marijuana stores, though they won’t be open for some time. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs now has up to 12 months to begin accepting applications from those seeking to operate legal marijuana businesses. Marijuana retail outlets are expected to open sometime in 2020.

When Michigan voters approved Proposition 1 earlier this month, they made their state the 10th to legalize recreational marijuana, following Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.

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Credit Union 1 to Offer Banking Services to Alaska Cannabis Businesses

Alaskan cannabis companies can now access basic banking services, thanks to new pilot program launched by the financial cooperative Credit Union 1. In a press conference announcing the launch of the pilot today, Credit Union 1 CEO James Wileman said the program was a response to the cash crisis facing marijuana-related businesses in Alaska.

Alaska legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014 and enacted the law in early 2015. This year, analysts project retail sales will top $200 million. Without banking services, companies have to find a way to store and protect all that cash. But they also have to be able to use it to cover expenses, pay employees and even pay taxes. In several states, community credit unions have stepped in to fill the gap. And now, Credit Union 1 will do the same for cannabis companies in Alaska.

Pilot Program will Offer Alaska’s Cannabis Industry Limited Banking Services

Credit Union 1’s pilot program won’t offer a full suite of financial services to the state’s marijuana businesses. Initially, the bank is only offering the essentials: checking and savings accounts and deposit and withdrawal services. Once clients set up their accounts and funds are flowing, Credit Union 1 hopes to offer

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Thailand Advances Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis and Kratom

Thailand just moved a big step closer to legalizing the medicinal use of both cannabis and kratom. After a new initiative won unanimous support, key lawmakers are now working to review and finalize an amendment to the country’s narcotics laws. If the initiative eventually passes into law, Thailand could become the next country to make medical marijuana legal.

Thailand’s New Amendment Proposal

The primary focus of the new initiative is to make it legal for patients to use marijuana and kratom for therapeutic purposes. In order to make this happen, lawmakers will eventually need to pass an amendment to Thailand’s Narcotics Act.

And that’s exactly what a group of 44 members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) want to accomplish. This is the group responsible for the current proposal.

As reported by Thai news sources, the amendment being proposed includes the following changes:

Cannabis and kratom would be allowed in Thailand for medical uses. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board would oversee the establishment of cannabis grow and production sites. Thailand’s public health minister would work with a narcotics control committee to oversee the entire program. The amendment would allow ministries, local administrative agencies, the Red Cross, the Government

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Medical Cannabis Growers in Arkansas Have Possible Rollout Date for Product

Medical marijuana growers in Arkansas are planning to have cannabis products available for approved patients by spring of 2019. The state’s five licensed cannabis cultivators reported their progress at a meeting of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Wednesday.

Bold Team LLC of Woodruff County and Natural State Medicinals in Jefferson County told the commission that they should have product available by April. Osage Creek Cultivation LLC in Carroll County and Natural State Wellness Enterprises in Jefferson County both report that they hope to deliver product by the summer.

Cultivator Seeks New Location

Delta Medical Cannabis Company Inc. of Jackson County also reported it could deliver cannabis products by the summer if the company is able to solve problems with the location of its facility. The company is hoping to move from its current site near Arkansas State University Newport to a new one about a mile away. An unsuccessful applicant for a cultivation license is challenging Delta’s selection, asserting that the company’s location violates regulations prohibiting cannabis companies from locating near schools. The applicant’s protest comes despite a commission ruling that a college or university does not qualify as a school under the medical marijuana statute.

Don Parker, the president of Delta

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