US House of Representatives May Vote on Cannabis Legalization This Week

This week, the United States House of Representatives could be voting on the federal legalization of cannabis. Representative Jerry Nadler announced on Monday that the house judiciary committee had posted a markup for HR 3884 a.k.a. the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act — which means a vote could go down as early as Wednesday.

“I look forward to moving this legislation out of the House Judiciary Committee, making it one step closer to becoming law,” said Nadler in a press release.

From the get-go, the MORE Act looked like it had a better-than-average chance at making it through the legislative gauntlet than its many predecessors. The bill was created and introduced by Nadler of New York, who is the judiciary committee chair.

Pressure has increased on Congress to pass federal legalization ever since it approved the SAFE Act. That bill guaranteed banking protections for cannabis companies and financial institutions, raising many questions about why similar relief has not been given to cannabis users and the United States’ sizable population of individuals incarcerated on drug-related charges.

Primary on the MORE Act’s priorities is the re-classification of marijuana to remove it from the Controlled Substances Act and Schedule I category

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Life Above the Clouds: How to Make Cannabis Masala Chai

In several languages, including Russian and Hindi, “chai” simply means tea. Unlike regular tea, however, which is made with water as a base, chai is often made with milk, or a dairy alternative. We didn’t add cannabis to the recipe this time, but you can easily make your chai infused by adding cannabis-infused milk, or some pre-made canna-butter or coconut oil.

Cannabis Masala Chai
A sweet and spicy black tea with milk

Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 10 min

Serves 4

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Nevada Marijuana Testing Lab’s License Suspended For ‘Misleading’ Results

Lab testing is a key factor in most legal cannabis markets. Most immediately, this is what helps ensure that the products consumers purchase are not contaminated with harmful substances such as mold, yeast, pesticides, or other chemicals.

It’s also one of the ways that weed-legal states try to ensure a certain level of uniformity in terms of telling consumers the potency of different products.

Ultimately, lab tests serve a number of functions as more and more governments begin figuring out how to regulate a legal marijuana industry.

Yesterday, Nevada state authorities suspended the license of a marijuana testing lab. Authorities now claim that the lab was falsifying THC potency in products moving through its labs.

Certified Ag Labs License Suspended

According to local media reports from Nevada, cannabis testing company Certified Ag Labs recently had its license suspended by the state.

A notice reading “registration and license suspended” was reportedly posted to the company’s facility in Sparks, Nevada on Monday.

At this point, representatives from Certified Ag Labs have not been communicating with the media. But the Nevada Department of Taxation issued a statement about the license suspension.

“Products tested by Certified Ag Labs, LLC may be labeled incorrectly and

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Canada’s Pot Stocks Get Hammered Again: Is the Party Over for Cannabis Investors?

There was a time just a few short months ago that buying into the world of legal cannabis seemed like a sure thing.

A major pot stock sell off continued on markets Monday, partially because consumers are less than enthused about legally available cannabis.

In theory, the black market should be under tremendous pressure now, by the new regulated and ultimately safe marijuana supply sanctioned by provincial governments in Canada.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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South Dakota’s New Anti-Drug Slogan is ‘Meth. We’re On It.’

The internet exploded in derision this week over South Dakota’s anti-methamphetamine campaign, which features photos representing South Dakotans and some variation of the phrase “Meth: We’re On It.” But the state’s governor wants us to know that the entire endeavor is meant to get us talking.

“Hey Twitter, the whole point of this ad campaign is to raise awareness,” tweeted Republican Governor Kristi Noem. “So I think that’s working…” Not everyone agreed on the politician’s efficacy verdict, but there was a general consensus that with the $449,000 tagline — yes, an attempt had been made.

Perhaps the rabid response to the campaign was due to the fact that in South Dakota, the meth crisis is taking on worrisome proportions. A full 3.8 percent of young people in the state consumed the drug in 2016, according to the state’s Department of Social Services. That’s above the national average, which during the same period stood at three percent.

A Nationwide Epidemic

South Dakota, however, is hardly alone in its battle against meth addiction issues. In Wisconsin, meth has overtaken opioids as the primary drug concern. Government labs dealt with 1,452 deaths from the substance, a number that represents an increase of 450

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West Virginia Sets Start Date For Medical Cannabis Permit Applications

West Virginia regulators have announced that the Office of Medical Cannabis will begin accepting applications next month for permits to operate in the state’s coming legal medical marijuana industry. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health said in a press release on Tuesday that the application period would open on December 19.

During the 60-day application period, prospective cannabis growers, processors, distributors, and dispensaries will be able to apply online at www.medcanwv.org. Applications will only be accepted through the Office of Medical Cannabis website; paper applications will not be available.

Jason Frame, Director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, said that the state is on its way to regulated medicinal cannabis for its residents.

“This is a key step in the process to make medical cannabis available to West Virginians with serious medical conditions,” said Frame. “We and many others continue to work toward a goal of providing eligible West Virginia residents the ability to procure quality-tested medical cannabis.”

The application period for permits to operate in West Virginia’s medicinal cannabis industry will begin on December 19, 2019 at 3 p.m. and will close on February 18 at 3 p.m. No further

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Colorado Rules Medical Marijuana Patients On Probation Can Use Cannabis

Coloradans on probation can continue to use medical marijuana, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Monday, rebuking a district court judge’s decision from two years ago.

In a unanimous decision, Colorado’s highest court ruled that defendants with cannabis prescriptions are free to do so unless it could be proved that doing so would negatively affect their progress.

The ruling stems from a 2017 case involving Alysha Walton, who pled guilty for driving under the influence of alcohol. Walton received probation, but El Paso County, Colorado Judge Karla Hansen denied Walton’s use of medical marijuana because the defendant was unable to get a physician to testify on her behalf. Walton did provide documentation to show that she had an authorized prescription, but Hansen deemed that insufficient.

A 2015 Colorado law permits individuals with medical marijuana registry cards to continue to fulfill their prescriptions while on probation.

Judges Disagree

In their ruling on Monday, the state Supreme Court justices said they “disapprove” of Hansen’s judgment.

“The supreme court holds that the statute’s plain language creates a presumption that a defendant who is sentenced to a term of probation may use medical marijuana unless one of the enumerated exceptions applies,” the justices wrote. “The

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New Jersey Lawmakers Kill Cannabis Legislation, Leaving It Up To Voters

On Monday, top Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey killed a bill that would have legalized recreational cannabis. The move marks the second time lawmakers have pulled the plug on legalization this year. Now, however, lawmakers are proposing to put the question of recreational legalization on the November 2020 ballot, leaving it up to voters.

In a joint statement with Senator Nicholas Scutari, the lead sponsor of the cannabis legalization bill NJ S2703, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said the legislation did not have enough votes to pass. Support for recreational legalization among lawmakers has dwindled in recent months, with some blaming Gov. Phil Murphy’s expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program for cooling support for full legalization.

New Jersey Lawmakers Hand Off Legalization Efforts to Voters

2019 seemed like the year New Jersey would finally legalize recreational marijuana. In March, Gov. Murphy, who had campaigned on a social justice platform which included broad cannabis reform, announced that he had finally come to an agreement with legislative leaders on the broad outlines of legalization. After months of closed-door meetings and tough negotiations, Gov. Murphy finally got the adult-use legalization bill he’d wanted.

Murphy and pro-legalization lawmakers, however, have had a

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Is Chicago’s History of Corruption Concerning for Psilocybin Reform?

Psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”) is believed to provide therapeutic relief to several possible medical conditions. Like cannabis, an uptick of lab results offered additional insights into what many have claimed anecdotally for years. 

In recent years, researchers concluded that a single dose of psilocybin can produce “substantial and enduring decreases” in depression and anxiety levels in cancer patients. Other studies acknowledge the possible efficacy of psilocybin in various conditions like suicide, depression, anxiety, OCD, and addiction to certain substances. 

Most, if not all, studies concerning psilocybin end with the same call to action for additional research. The call has seemingly been answered by recent studies, as well as numerous currently underway. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) lists lab research endeavors focusing on psilocybin. It currently lists studies on psilocybin’s interaction with cancer, cognition, perception and depth inversion as ongoing efforts.   

The often promising lab results emboldened community efforts in Denver and Oakland, leading to both cities decriminalizing the psychedelic in some form or another. In Denver, its bill applies specifically to psilocybin mushrooms, whereas in Oakland, its bill extends to other fungi and entheogenic plants. 

The late Spring 2019 passages by both cities led to speculation that more could

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What is ‘Already Vaped Bud’ and What Can You Do With it?

If you’ve come across the concept of AVB but aren’t exactly sure what to make of it, you’re certainly not in the minority. AVB is an abbreviation of “already vaped bud”, which is pretty self-explanatory.

When cannabis is vaporized, the vast majority of the THC in the bud is extracted for inhalation. Unlike combustion, the vaporization process doesn’t leave behind a pile of useless ash. Instead, you’re left with a piece of plant matter that’s been stripped of much of its THC content, but by no means not all of it.

Of course, it’s true to say that not all already vaped bud is alike. Depending on the initial THC content of the bud and the temperature you heat it to, you could be left with next to no THC in the resulting AVB, or a surprisingly potent piece of pot. In any case, AVB almost always contains enough THC and/or CBD to do something useful with.

Or at least, something more productive and economical than throwing it in the trash.

In the spirit of all things ‘waste not, want not’, here’s a brief overview of just a few creative uses for the AVB you’ve been wasting all these

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