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Group pushing for Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas releases first TV Ad

A new TV ad pushing for recreational marijuana is set to hit the airwaves on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

Responsible Growth Arkansas (RGA) is highlighting where some of the taxes derived from recreational cannabis sales will go in this new ad.

Whether Arkansans will see a recreational marijuana use question on the November ballot is yet to be determined as it is still being reviewed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The State Board of Election Commissioners denied certification of the ballot title, but an appeal from the group’s supporters is being heard by the state’s high court. The court conditionally certified the measure to be on the November ballot while it decides whether the votes will count.

RGA hopes this ad will educate voters on Issue 4 in the meantime.

“The funding for law enforcement, for drug courts, for UAMS for research – I think that as a career law enforcement officer, and now that I’m in the Arkansas cannabis business, one of the questions that everybody always asks or statements that people make to me, I just wish they would legalize it and tax it and use the money for the common good,” said Lance Huey.

Huey is a former Arkansas State Police trooper, sergeant, and served nearly two terms as the Grant County Sheriff. Huey left the sheriff’s office to pursue a career as the Director of Security for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. He’s now part of the cannabis industry and RGA.


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Group pushing for Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas releases first TV Ad

A new TV ad pushing for recreational marijuana is set to hit the airwaves on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

Responsible Growth Arkansas (RGA) is highlighting where some of the taxes derived from recreational cannabis sales will go in this new ad.


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5 Tips to ensure the perfect High Meditation

If you do your research and follow these tips, you should have no problem enhancing your meditation practice with a little help from weed.

Marijuana and meditation are kindred spirits in a way. People use both separately to find a sense of peace, tranquility and the feeling of being present in the moment. Marijuana has also infused itself into many forms of meditation over the years.

Weed has spiritual roots in meditation that date back to some of the oldest meditating civilizations. In fact, according to VICE, “The Vedas—historical texts written in India around 1500 BC—name cannabis as one of the five sacred plants.”   

While meditation and marijuana are connected, it does not mean that when you take a bong rip and close your eyes you will find your zen. If you are interested in using marijuana to elevate your meditation, you need to look deeper at meditative practices, and how marijuana affects your mind and body.

In order to have a successful and meaningful meditative practice with marijuana, you need to do a bit of planning. But if you do your research and follow these five tips, you should have no problem enhancing your meditation practice with a little help from weed.

Take The Proper Dosage

Perhaps the most important guiding principle when combining marijuana and meditation is taking the right dosage. The amount of marijuana you need for your meditation depends on exactly how high you think you should be for the practice. Many people like to microdose in order to get some calming effects without being too mentally altered, while others prefer being completely high when they try to find inner peace. 

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More people are turning to Hemp products for Relaxation and Relief

An explosion of CBD products seems to decorate the shelves of nearly every kind of business these days, offering products from CBD honey to CBD-infused yoga pants (yes, really). It’s more than obvious that CBD has become the latest health and wellness trend.

When the U.S. Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, it legalized industrial hemp, which helped launch the popularity of CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol. This compound, which is derived from industrial hemp, contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in hemp’s cousin, marijuana. In South Carolina, marijuana remains an illegal drug, but chemicals like CBD from industrial hemp are legal.

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John Fetterman calls on Biden to Legalize Weed ahead of Labor Day — Here’s how POTUS responded

Fetterman pledged to press on the topic of marijuana legalization ahead of Biden’s visit to his state of Pennsylvania.

If the recent polls are any indication, it’s looking like John Fetterman (D) has a good chance of beating Dr. Oz (R) to become Pennsylvania’s next Senator. Ahead of President Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh this Labor Day, Fetterman plans to press on the topic of marijuana decriminalization, an issue that has been one of the guiding posts of his campaign.

Fetterman released a statement this past Monday, urging Biden to deschedule marijuana before his visit to Pittsburgh.

“It’s long past time that we finally decriminalize marijuana,” said Fetterman. “The president needs to use his executive authority to begin descheduling marijuana, I would love to see him do this prior to his visit to Pittsburgh. This is just common sense and Pennslyvanians overwhelmingly support decriminalizing marijuana.”

Fetterman also posted his sentiments on Twitter, telling Biden that he has “the power to use your executive authority to chart a new course.”

In his statement, Fetterman also mentioned that marijuana is not a serious crime. “As mayor of Braddock, I made it my mission to combat serious crime. I know firsthand what real crime looks like. Marijuana does not fit the bill,” he wrote. “It’s time to end the hypocrisy on this issue once and for all.”

During a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Fetterman’s statements, but she deferred. “When it comes to drugs, the highest priority for the administration is addressing an overdose crisis,” she said. “But at the same time, President Biden believes that there are too many people serving unduly long sentences for nonviolent drug crimes, a disproportionate number of whom are black and brown. That’s why in April, during the Second Chance Month, President Biden announced 17 sentences, commutations, and three pardons, which are more grants of clemency at this point in a presidency than any of his five recent predecessors.”

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Cannabis grow Proposal heads back to Planning Commission

In a business matter that’s highlighted a tussle between Planning Commissioners and County of Santa Cruz staff, the Commission has been handed a second chance to properly deny a cannabis cultivation operation proposal in Upper Zayante.

Local residents are trying to stop it, arguing it will use too much water and cause other problems—like increased police presence and rats.

On Tuesday, after staff reported the Commission hadn’t acted properly, the Board of Supervisors considered granting the applicant a new hearing by taking jurisdiction.

In his presentation to the board, County Resource Planner Michael Sapunor noted after public hearings in December and March, the zoning administrator gave the go-ahead for a marijuana farm with 20,000 square feet of canopy at 375 Old Mount Road.

Sapunor said the business would have to follow conditions in an archaeological report, use temporary shade house covers on the buildings and install hedges. They’d also have to secure a cannabis business license, he added.

But after hearing testimony from residents who worried about a variety of factors—chief among them water scarcity—the Planning Commission denied the project 4-1.

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'It will poison a lot of our children': Battle over marijuana heats up in Hunterdon County

LEBANON TOWNSHIP - The township Planning Board is scheduled on Tuesday to start hearing an application to build a marijuana grow facility on Anthony Road, perhaps the most controversial issue in the northern Hunterdon County municipality in recent years.

The application by The NAR Group, of Warren Township, to open a 20,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility at 62 Anthony Road, the former site of the Diamond Aerosol manufacturing facility, was originally scheduled to be heard on Aug. 16, but NAR requested a postponement until Aug. 30.

To accommodate the large number of residents interested in attending, the hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium of Woodglen Elementary School on Bunnvale Road.

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Georgia Medical Marijuana Production at a Standstill

"Still no indication at this point that we're gonna have the licenses issued and granted anytime in the near future, unfortunately," says Allen Peake

MILLEDGEVILLE - This time last year, there were hopes that medical cannabis production and distribution offices would be opening in several spots in Central Georgia and around the state, like the one on Central State Hospital grounds in Milledgeville. 

Since then, complaints about the selection process and legal threats to the state threw off the whole schedule.

13WMAZ’s Jessica Cha explains where we stand now. "We're obviously disappointed that this delay is costing jobs and earnings not made this year,” says Walter Reynolds, interim executive director of the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority. 

Reynolds says they sold a 100,000 square foot building on their property. The licensees for a new medical cannabis processing plant planned to set up there, bringing over 100 jobs. 

Now, they're in limbo. "Say that licenses were approved tomorrow. I estimate that it would probably take no less than six to eight months to turn around the facility and make it ready for production,” Reynolds explains. He says it's just a waiting game now.

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Here’s how many Cannabis Licences New York will initially Award

Regulators plan to award up to 150 licences across 14 regions in New York State

New York regulators are a few short months away from launching legal cannabis sales. Over the past year, responsible parties have been preparing laws and setting the stage for this launch.

Last week, the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released a regional breakdown of possible dispensaries, showing just how many licences would be awarded per area.

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Florida sets Medical Marijuana dosage, supply limits

TALLAHASSEE - Florida health officials have released a highly anticipated rule setting THC dosage amounts and supply limits on products doctors can order for medical-marijuana patients.

The emergency rule sets a 70-day total supply limit of 24,500 mg of THC for non-smokable marijuana and establishes dosage caps for different routes of administration such as edibles, inhalation and tinctures.

The rule, which was sent to patients and doctors on Friday and went into effect Monday, also carries out a state law that imposed a 2.5-ounce limit on smokable marijuana purchases over a 35-day period. While the rule lays out limits for THC in non-smokable products, the limit for whole flower and other products that can be smoked are based on weight. They are not based on levels of THC, the euphoria-inducing component in marijuana.

And the emergency rule creates a process for doctors to seek an override for patients they believe need to exceed the limits. The rule does not identify a way for patients or doctors to appeal if the requests are denied.

The dosing and supply caps came nearly six years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana and more than three years after the Legislature, at the behest of Gov. Ron DeSantis, authorized smokable marijuana.

In setting up the framework for the medical-marijuana program, lawmakers gave the Department of Health the power to use emergency rules to craft regulations. Emergency rules can be published without taking public input, as is required for non-emergency regulations. The use of the emergency rule is "kind of the burr in my bonnet" about the dosage and supply caps, Pensacola doctor Michelle Beasley told The News Service of Florida on Monday.

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Marijuana use is outpacing Cigarette use for the first Time on Record

More people in the U.S. are now smoking marijuana than cigarettes, according to a Gallup poll.

Cigarette use has been trending downward during the past decades, with only 11% of Americans saying they smoke them in a poll conducted July 5 to 26, compared to 45% in the mid-1950s.

Sixteen percent of Americans say they smoke marijuana, with 48% saying they have tried it at some point in their lives. In 1969, only 4% of Americans said they smoked marijuana.

Attitudes around both substances have also shifted dramatically.

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New study suggests THC may have a positive effect on PTSD symptoms

After consuming their pills and THC reaching its peak effect, investigators provided participants with emotional regulation tasks

A new U.S. study seems to support the idea that THC has a positive effect on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Published in the journal Neuropharmacology and conducted by researchers from Wayne State University, the small study signals that the combination of a specific type of therapy and moderate amounts of THC were particularly beneficial for people with PTSD.

Researchers conducted a double-blind experiment on 51 participants who received a low dose of THC. The subjects, who were randomly given either 7.5 milligrams of THC or a placebo pill, were kept under supervision and timed.

Participants were scanned on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures the small changes in blood flow that occur with brain activity, while researchers conducted regular check-ins on their mental state.

After consuming their pills and THC reaching its peak effect, investigators provided participants with emotional regulation tasks, such as displaying triggering images and repeating this process. The goal of the exercise was to have participants reappraise the images and, thus, help to successfully regulate their emotions.

Results showed that participants who had consumed THC were able to reduce and manage their negative emotions. The compound also activated areas of participants’ brains normally stunted in people with PTSD.

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THCV: The Fusion of two 21st Century Billion Dollar Industries

lt will be interesting to see how Big Pharma will react if science proves beyond reasonable doubt that THCV is both safe and effective in reducing weight.

Weight loss is a billion-dollar industry that has Americans spending a staggering $33 billion each year on products. While the estimated value of the industry was $250 billion in 2021, the nascent cannabis industry was valued at $13 billion in the same year and is gunning for the $100 billion mark. Will the new cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) help to get it there?

THCV is one of the numerous phytocannabinoids that are present in cannabis sativa. As much as it bears structural similarities to the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, the two are different in many ways.

First, THCV does not trigger psychoactive effects. Anecdotal reports even indicate that like CBD, THCV may offset some of the intoxicating effects of THC.  Second, while THC is an appetite stimulant, THCV has the opposite effect; it suppresses the appetite and increases energy metabolism. This has earned it the moniker “diet weed.”

Study Links THCV to Weight Loss

A 2020 study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research demonstrated the appetite-suppressing effects of THCV. The researchers were interested in finding out the therapeutic potential of THCV in managing obesity and diabetes.

The study was a systematic review of electronic peer-reviewed literature that had been published from 1970 to 2019. The following seven keywords were considered for inclusion:

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Why Cannabis consumers should be conscious even in a Legal State

The legalization of cannabis in several American states is great news for consumers. There couldn’t be a better time to embrace it, whether you are a medical or recreational consumer.

You can buy a broad range of products from legit sellers, and there are good chances of finding plenty of them in a legal jurisdiction. The best part is that you can expect quality products, excellent services, and optimal pricing because the competitive landscape requires every seller to go the extra mile with their offering. 

You can shop from a dispensary or order online for doorstep delivery because both are legitimate in states that allow the sale and use of cannabis. Moreover, suppliers follow product trends and have the best products for buyers sooner than later. While everything sounds great to a buyer, you cannot take legality for granted, even in a legal state. You may go wrong in several ways and get on the wrong side of the law before you imagine. Let us explain why cannabis consumers should be conscious, regardless of their location.

Check the local laws thoroughly

Knowing that you are in a legal state gives immense peace of mind as a consumer. But you will find much more about the local laws by scratching the surface. Check the state-specific laws to understand whether you can use cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes or only for medicinal use. For example, states like California and Arizona allow it for both objectives. Conversely, others like Florida and Arkansas permit it only for medical consumers. Yet others, such as Alabama, permit the use of non-psychoactive variants for medical purposes, while psychoactive ones are outright illegal. Local laws may sound confusing, but it is vital to read them before embarking on the journey with cannabis, even in a legal location. 

Dig deep into the rules

Once you know the state laws, you are almost halfway through with legal consumption. You must still dig deep into the local rules to be on the right side of the law. Essentially, these relate to the permissible age and quantities of stash you can buy and possess at a time. Skipping these rules can spell big trouble, even if buying and consuming is lawful in your area. The permissible age for consumers is 21 years in the country, but the rules regarding quantities may differ. For example, Colorado allows adults over 21 to possess and give away a maximum of an ounce of cannabis. But dc weed laws vary a bit as they can own up to two ounces of cannabis. Checking state-specific limits are crucial to prevent legal issues down the line. Also, stay ahead of the latest updates as the rules constantly evolve.

Understand the difference between dispensaries and stores

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Can You Freeze Weed?

When properly stored in a freezer, the degradation process of cannabis almost stops entirely. However, there are some things you should know before you do this.

When cannabis is dried and cured, its potency is at its highest. Over time weed loses its potency, especially if exposed to light and heat. Many different methods have been developed to keep the potency of cannabis from degrading. One of these methods is storing weed in the freezer.

If you buy bulk cannabis and/or harvest a healthy supply of homegrown cannabis you might find yourself looking for ways to maintain its potency. Freezing weed may be an option for you.

What happens if you put weed in the freezer?

When you put weed in the freezer, you stop the degradation process — the process by which cannabis loses its potency. A 1999 study by researchers at the University of Mississippi found that the THC in cannabis depletes by an average of 1/6th within the first year. They found that after:

One year, cannabis’ potency reduces by 16.6%Two years, cannabis’ potency reduces by 26.8Three years, cannabis’ potency reduces by 34.5%Four years, cannabis’ potency reduces by 41.4%

Does putting weed in the freezer preserve it?

Putting weed in the freezer does preserve it. When properly stored in a freezer, the degradation process of cannabis almost stops entirely.

This is good news for anyone looking to store their weed for long periods of time without worrying about its potency. However, there are some things you should know before you put your weed in the freezer.

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How Beshear’s Medical Marijuana taskforce can force the Legislature to Act

I love University of Kentucky Football and I would often joke with my out-of-state friends that the reason our announcers pump the crowd up with a loud “It’s a First Down Kentucky!” is because, historically, that was all we had to celebrate.

Thank God we have since graduated to celebrating touchdowns and winning seasons.

Right now, we have a Republican super majority in our state house co-sponsoring a popular medical cannabis bill that will inevitably die in the Senate.

Those who have cheered this co-sponsorship in the past have since learned that this is Frankfort’s version of “It’s a First Down Kentucky!” Sadly, the Republican house majority is sleeping on its current legislative leverage while placating our sick and dying advocates, many of which who trudge their wheelchairs through the Capital snow year after year for the same empty promises.

Beshear’s MedicalCannabis Advisory Committee  can change that outcome next session.

How? Optically, this taskforce needs to reach into our rural health communities to enlist doctors who understand the importance of medical cannabis. When working with Secretary Grimes years ago to create the first ever medical cannabis taskforce for our state, we discovered hundreds of medical professionals and veteran leaders who were in strong support of a regulated marijuana program.

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Langley plant propagation facility signs deal with major Cannabis Provider in Canada

Bevo Farms’ parent company was acquired by Aurora Cannabis for more than $45 million.

Bevo Agtech, which owns and operates 63 acres of greenhouses on more than 160 acres of land across the Lower Mainland, has recently sold a controlling interest of their company to Aurora Cannabis.

This Canadian cannabis company has operations in 25 countries around the world and has now grown their presence in Western Canada even further by purchasing 50.1 per cent of Bevo.

Currently, Bevo has limited its propogation of agricultural plants to Langley, Aldergrove, and Pitt Meadows. However, as part of this new deal, Bevo will now gain control of the Aurora Sky facility in Edmonton, Alta.

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Financial entities seek to expand California Cannabis banking efforts

Abaca, a financial platform for cannabis operators, and Pacific Valley Bank are partnering as a means of expanding cannabis banking access within the California market.

This marks the first time since California legalized medical marijuana 26 years ago that legal operators in the industry have access to such a combination.

“Many operators across the state have been let down by unsophisticated, unreliable, and unnecessarily burdensome banking solutions,” Abaca CEO Dan Roda said.

“Now, operators have access to the best of both worlds – the human touch of a California community bank with a deep understanding of the unique needs of the market and the powerful technology of a financial platform that enables operators to seamlessly manage their finances online.”

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What happens when you Legalise Cannabis?

Countries all over the world are debating whether to legalise cannabis; but what really happens when legislators make the recreational drug legal?

Recreational cannabis has been legalised in a number of states in America. A study published in the scientific journal Addiction has evaluated the impact that this law has had on cannabis use in these states. Recreational cannabis use increased by 20%

Researchers found that when you legalise cannabis, more individuals begin using the drug recreationally. For example, recreational cannabis use in the U.S. states where cannabis has been made legal has increased by 20%.

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How minor Cannabinoids and Marijuana are Impacting the Wellness World

For use only by adults 21 years of age and older; 18+ for medical states. Keep out of reach of children.

Do not operate a vehicle or machinery while under the influence of this drug. Laws governing the legality, availability and use of marijuana vary by state.

These days, everyone seems to be talking about cannabis. While the plant has been around for thousands of years, we’re constantly learning more about it beyond its euphoric reputation. As more research becomes available and our understanding of wellness evolves, not only has the conversation surrounding cannabis changed, but consumers are thinking about it differently too. 

While cannabis has been long used for its euphoric feels, new statistics indicate that among ~2,000 adults ages 21+, 75% of Americans would consider using cannabis for health and wellness purposes.† How, you may ask? Most of us are familiar with THC and CBD, but what many are less familiar with is the role that the cannabis plant’s lesser-known minor cannabinoids might play when it comes to well-being. 

So, it’s time to take a fresh look at this ancient plant! More specifically: how it’s here to support our endocannabinoid system. 

Is the endocannabinoid system key to wellness?

As a refresher: We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is made up of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that our body makes on its own), cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes that support our central nervous system. To better understand how cannabis products—like Curaleaf’s new Plant Precision Gummies—interact with the ECS, we reached out to Dr. Stacia Woodcock, PharmD:

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