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Advocates call for more equity in Illinois Recreational Cannabis Industry

CHICAGO - Advocates and state lawmakers are pushing for more fairness in the cannabis industry.

They gathered on Tuesday in the West Loop to call on state leaders and regulators to do more to help business owners to get what's called "social equity cannabis licenses."

"The cannabis industry for social equity was to hire Black and brown people in communities that were hardest hit and we have not realized that yet," said State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-8th).

The activists said Gov. JB Pritzker and state lawmakers need to do more to cut red tape and lower barriers to entry. They want to see more loans and grants distributed and more leniency for people who need more time to open their businesses so these license holders can compete with big cannabis corporations.

They also want producers to be able to grow more cannabis.

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Public invited to ‘Cannabis Conversations’ about marijuana industry Oct. 3,4

Farmington Hills is hosting two public feedback sessions next week on the commercial cannabis industry, welcoming residents and members of the business community to share opinions and concerns.

“Cannabis Conversations” — outreach and education sessions — will run Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the city council chambers at Farmington Hills city hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

At the sessions, the public will also hear results from the city’s recent information gathering efforts with commercial cannabis industry representatives on production and retail distribution of marijuana.

Cannabis Conversations are open to all members of the public and will also be livestreamed on YouTube. They will also be recorded and posted on the city’s website main page.

Questions can be submitted prior to or during the meetings via email to psmith@fhgov.com. Public comments will be limited to three minutes each.

For additional information, go to the City of Farmington Hills website at www.fhgov.com and click on the Cannabis Information Outreach icon.

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Why smoking Weed and going to the gym are a Match Made in Heaven

Whether it's to boost motivation, facilitate recovery or find more pleasure in exercise, weed can be your new exercise partner.

One good thing about cannabis being in the constant spotlight is that much research has been developed around it. And with the growing population of people using marijuana for exercise has been an exciting subject of study.

Researchers are beginning to debunk several myths about cannabis and prove theories that stoners have long held.

Cannabis, whether in its Indica, Sativa, or hybrid varieties, can be a support in your fitness life, but don’t think that smoking a joint and lying on the couch all day will give you the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his best days.

But, the question is, what happens if you mix cannabis with exercise?

Cannabis & Exercise

Cannabis Reduces Inflammation

Cannabis is known to help reduce muscle inflammation and joint pain. Many studies we mentioned above have found CBD to be a great ally in relieving inflammation.

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Fairfield takes steps to stop Marijuana use at Local Park

FAIRFIELD - A town task force decided to take action after finding evidence of underage drug use at a local park.

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, a town-created task force aimed at addressing youth drug and alcohol use, recently helped get community watch signs installed at the entrances of the Mary Katona Memorial Open Space.

Catherine Hazlett, the coalition's program director, said this became necessary after nearby residents repeatedly found marijuana and vaping products discarded around the open space.

Hazlett said a parent who lives near Holland Hill Elementary School and takes his children on walks through the open space told Fairfield CARES about it last fall.

 

"We are the local prevention council for the town of Fairfield, and our focus is on substance use prevention and mental health wellness for youth and young adults," she said. "He contacted me and I met him at the park and we walked the area."

That resident had photos of marijuana and tobacco vaping products, as well as pipes to smoke flower marijuana, littered around the property, Hazlett said. Fairfield CARES reached out to school officials at Holland Hill to keep them aware of the situation, Hazlett said. 

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San Diego health officials remind Parents of the risks of teen Marijuana use

Parents encouraged to talk to their kids early and often to prevent substance abuse.

SAN DIEGO - San Diego health officials last week highlighted the mental health-related risks of marijuana, particularly frequent use of high-potency cannabis among youth.

The potency of cannabis — measured by the amount of THC found in products — has been on the rise for years, with a roughly 0.20 percent increase every year from 1970 to 2017, according to a study published by the Society for the Study of Addiction. THC is the chemical that gives cannabis its effect.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which cites various studies, regular use of marijuana, especially high-potency cannabis, is a risk factor for psychosis and mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.

Among youth, the risk is greater.

It’s for this reason that officials with Family Health Centers of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital and Marijuana Prevention Initiative urged parents last week to talk to their children early and often about the risks. The Marijuana Prevention Initiative held a news conference Thursday at the City Heights Family Health Center.

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Investors are high on the Cannabis Industry, but Federal Rules kill the buzz

At a wealth management conference hellbent on bucking trends, green and alternative investing were two topics that dominated the conversation.

But for one afternoon during "the world's largest wealth festival," the OG green investment took center stage.

With Huntington Beach as their backdrop and Future Proof 2022 as their host, five insiders who know the ins and outs of the budding legal cannabis industry discussed the investment opportunities presented as more states huddle in the smoke session.

But marijuana remaining illegal at the federal level means compliance and perception continue to create challenges for the most alternative of alternative investments. 

Still, Tiby Erdely, founding partner of the Denver, Colorado-based investment firm KEY Investment Partners, believes the momentum generated each time another state decriminalizes or outright legalizes cannabis makes federal rescheduling a matter of when, not if.

As of fall 2022, 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The tally climbs to 39 states and Washington, D.C., when looking at the legalization of medical marijuana. The complete holdouts are a collection of midwestern and southern states that are at least broaching the conversation.

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Lower-risk guidelines for Cannabis use

Cannabis is often marketed and presented as a less problematic drug than its contemporaries alcohol and tobacco.

However, just like everything else in this world, there is a risk associated with cannabis use.

Lucky for you, dear reader, there are ways to mitigate this risk while still partaking.

In a new review of previous studies published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, scientists have created general guidelines for lower-risk cannabis use. 

The article contains 12 recommendations, but there are a few major, actionable guidelines: Delay cannabis use until adulthood, avoid high-potency THC products, use infrequently, abstain from inhalation methods and refrain from driving high. 

First is waiting until adulthood. Luckily, you have confirmed you’re at least 21 to enter this section, so you’re at much lower risk than adolescents for cannabis use. Cannabis use prior to the completion of puberty is associated with “adverse health and psycho-social effects, especially in those who engage in intensive use,” according to the study.

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Why Cannabis Consuming parents need the protection of Child Welfare Laws

While societal rules are changing, people’s personal norms aren’t because if it’s acceptable to smoke weed outside, how do parents set ground rules at home?

As of the time of writing, 18 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. A majority of US states have also approved it for medicinal use. In these areas, it’s legal for adults over the age of 18 — parents included — to consume marijuana the way they would a bottle of beer.

However, the stigma is still there. The cultural bias can still be astounding especially for parents who need marijuana the most. Each state has its own specific laws regarding cannabis use though in many cases, it’s far too easy to charge a parent for endangerment or even child neglect if they consume marijuana and others suspect that their children are being put at risk.

While we’re living in terrific times — legal marijuana and all — parents must still think carefully and strategize around cannabis consumption. Whether or not your cannabis use puts your child at risk, it will depend on many things such as how conservative your social circle is, whether you act impaired around your child or not, and what your lawyer thinks.

Unfortunately, there are many gray areas still at this time when it comes to parenting, child safety, and marijuana use.

There are many parents who have no problem consuming responsibly. After all, what ‘harm’ is being done when you smoke a few puffs when your kid is in bed? Then there again, there are also those who abuse it, and they give the rest of the responsible parents a bad rap.

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Mobile Cannabis dispensary coming to DFW advocating Texas' Medical Program

The dispensary will be rolling into Fort Worth Oct. 8 and Dallas Oct 10.

FORT WORTH - Some cannabis enthusiasts may want to roll up Oct. 8 as the mobile cannabis dispensary Goodblend will be holding a joint marijuana march and freedom festival to inform the public on the state's medical program. 

Goodblend, a subsidiary of Parallel, is one of three medical cannabis operators license to operate in Texas. The "Ride For Your Rights" CannaBus Tour, they say, is an effort to energize medical cannabis supporters in the state and educate those interested in getting a medical cannabis prescription and how the process works. 

There are more than 150 conditions currently approved to qualify someone as a Texas Compassionate Use Program patient. Goodblend provides a network of registered physicians for anyone to find a doctor in Texas near them who can prescribe medical cannabis.

“The medical cannabis program will never change unless Texans stand up and make it change,” Parallel CEO Reece Fulgham said in a statement. “The ‘Ride For Your Rights’ CannaBus Tour was designed to educate and galvanize support for expanding access to Texans in need. We hope the support rallied will convince Texas policymakers that there’s strong public demand for real, lasting change.”

The last bill passed in Texas regarding medical cannabis was House Bill 1535, which greatly expanded access by including those suffering from PTSD and all forms of cancer to the list of qualifying conditions. Millions more Texans can now qualify for TCUP, but fewer than 30,000 patients in the state are currently registered in the program.  

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Weed Chips? KC brands are looking capitalize on the potential of legal Marijuana in Missouri

Guy's Chips is deep in development for a new product that would take advantage of Missouri's November ballot initiative on recreational marijuana.

ANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ahead of the vote this November that could legalize marijuana in Missouri, iconic Kansas City brands are now entering the world of medical marijuana.

Among them is Guy's Chips.

At an undisclosed location inside of Franklin's Stash House, a craft cannabis manufacturer in Kansas City, the local snack maker is developing a new weed-infused potato chip.

The cannabis maker gave KMBC a rare look inside their facility. Franklin’s manufactures cannabis products for Missouri’s medical marijuana market.

"This is a highly regulated facility. This is like food manufacturing. This is like craft beer. This is so much more normal than we maybe think it is," Franklin's Stash House CEO Michael Wilson said.

This is the first time Franklin's Stash House has let a TV camera inside. They’re currently working on a line of THC-infused James’ Lemonade.

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American adolescent substance abuse—except for Cannabis and Vaping—has declined

Substance abuse among American adolescents is diminishing, except for an uptake in cannabis and vaping use—show new findings published today in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Use & Misuse.

Examining data from 536,291 adolescents between 1991–2019, an expert team of researchers suggest that while the reasons for this phenomenon are not entirely clear, they appear to correlate to a number of other social factors.

Notably among them, these include increased parental monitoring, and decreased partying and dating.

Discussing the results, lead author Noah Kreski, from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explains that a number of demographic factors seem to correlate to increased substance abuse even today.

"Substance use prevalence decreases across decades were largest for the groups defined by significant paid employment or high levels of social time, either with low engagement in other activities or lower levels of supervision, though these groups had the highest initial prevalence of each variety of substance use," says Kreski.

Kreski and the team, which also included experts from New York University, used the Monitoring the Future survey—conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—to track trends in use of cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, vaping of both nicotine and cannabis, and other substances for children in school grades 8 (13-14 years-old), 10 (15-16 years-old) and 12 (17–18 years old).

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Mayor and county sheriff speak out against Recreational Marijuana

SIOUX FALLS - As Sioux Falls officials highlighted their public safety concerns today, some also broached the topic of recreational marijuana.

South Dakota voters will head to the polls in November to decide on the issue with Initiated Measure 27, but if it was up to Mayor Paul TenHaken or Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead, cannabis would not be legal beyond medical use.

“If we think that legalizing marijuana in the fall is going to lead to a safer community then we have another thing coming,” TenHaken said.

There are three “myths” people will hear coming from the IM 27 camp, TenHaken said.

One is that South Dakota prisons are full of marijuana convictions, which is not accurate, TenHaken said.

“The second is that crime will decreased because we will have legalized a drug that’s caused drug rips and so forth,” TenHaken said. “The absolute opposite happens, and I share that because the data supports that.”

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Momentum building for legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Hawaii

There's a huge push underway to allow the recreational use of marijuana, even though the drug is still illegal under federal law.

A group of state leaders, dispensaries and patients are crafting a plan to establish a system for the Legislature to consider next session.

And more lawmakers are supporting legalization than ever before as a way to diversify the economy and bring in more revenue for the state.

"We are closer than ever moving forward in that direction," said Rep. Ryan Yamane, (D) Mililani. "We've always heard about if we legalize marijuana it would bring hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy." 

According to the Hawaii Cannabis Industry Association, medical marijuana brought in an estimated $50 million in annual sales last year and more than $2 million in state general excise taxes.

But those against legalization fear the drug will lead to more drug addiction and crime on the streets.

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There is a way to get a Marijuana related conviction cleared in PA

Conviction for using weed following you around? Check out pardon program.

Filling out an application online as part of a one-time expedited process through the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons takes a few minutes, but it can change a lifetime.

The pardon is for select minor, non-violent marijuana criminal convictions.

More than 1,600 people have already applied for a pardon through the PA Marijuana Pardon Project.

"This is an opportunity for individuals who are seeking to move forward with their lives to get a second chance," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a media release. "I encourage anyone who may be eligible to apply today."

The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons is accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 30. The online application for an accelerated pardon through this one-time project is available at pa.gov/mjpardon. Once a person submits their application, they will be contacted if any necessary follow-up is needed.

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Cannabis-friendly Hotels target high-end Travelers

Though the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. has spawned plenty of "bud and breakfasts" and weed-friendly, budget hotels, a handful of boutique hoteliers are targeting the high-end cannabis traveler - no pun intended.

Expansion at the sector's more premium end comes as the number of Americans interested in cannabis-related travel has swelled, according to Brian Applegarth, founder of the Cannabis Travel Association and Cultivar Brands, a strategic marketing agency specializing in the cannabis industry.

In early 2020, just prior to the pandemic, Cultivar partnered with MMGY Travel Intelligence to analyze the burgeoning cannabis traveler segment. They discovered that 29% of all active leisure travelers in the U.S. could be identified as being part of a growing "cannabis-motivated travel audience."

Findings from a recent pandemic-era survey, released this summer, indicate that the size of that audience has increased to 37% of all active leisure travelers, with Gen Z and millennial travelers, in particular, reporting overwhelming interest in engaging in at least one cannabis-related activity while on vacation.

"There's also this sophisticated kind of connoisseur" that's emerging, said Applegarth. "And the data shows, if you look at the median and mean household incomes, the cannabis-interested audience has a very compelling profile when it comes to disposable income."

California leads the way

The trend is being led by properties in California, both an early adopter of relaxed marijuana laws and the nation's top grower of cannabis.

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Idaho Department of Agriculture stopping sale of pet CBD and hemp products

BOISE - Starting Nov. 1, all stores will have to stop selling pet CBD and hemp products.

For pet supply store Bark N' Purr, owner Jennifer Willett said this will not only have an impact on her store but also the customers.

"We have had people in the store crying. We have had testimonials on social media. We have had phone calls. Just people saying what do I do now," Willett said.

For five years, the store has been carrying a variety of CBD and hemp products.

"Our products are 0.0% THC, third party tested, so that means there's nothing sliding through here that is going to be dangerous to an animal," Willett said.

According to the ISDA, these products are illegal.

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Alabama is reportedly jailing pregnant Cannabis Users and not allowing them to Post Bail

A pregnant woman in Alabama was kept in jail for three months after officials learned that she had smoked cannabis and, reportedly, she’s not the only one.

On May 25, the 23-year-old woman was pulled over for a routine traffic stop when officers noticed a small amount of marijuana in her car. When she admitted that she had smoked weed two days earlier, the same day she found out she was pregnant, it has been reported that police threw her in jail.

According to The Guardian, Alabama has a law allowing this. Unlike most drug offences where people have the option to post bail and be released, pregnant women are, instead, taken into state custody for the fetus’s protection.​

Media reports suggest the case is particularly egregious since officers initially wanted the woman to be interned in a drug rehabilitation program.

Upon examining her, however, centre workers apparently did not admit her, believing her to be a casual cannabis user and, as such, unlikely to reap the benefits of their service. That being the case, she ended up spending three months in jail.

Her pregnancy reportedly worsened while in jail. Having a family history of miscarriages and difficult pregnancies, she was allegedly often bleeding and didn’t have medical attention.

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When exactly should I pop my edible?

Timing edibles can be tricky. There’s no exact science, but there are some tips that can help you get the most out of heightening experiences.

Edibles are growing significantly in popularity, and are finding their way into all sorts of activities. From exercise, travel, sleep and everything in between, someone is popping an edible and seeing if it enhances the experience. Edibles do, in fact, enhance all sorts of activities (when practiced safely, of course). But they also take time to work their magic.

When it comes to edibles, it’s all about timing. Too soon and you’re high before you want to be. Too late and you’re staring at your watch wishing you ate your gummy sooner and wondering how much longer it will take to feel the effects. While there’s no definitive answer, here are some helpful tricks to enhance your edibles experience.

When You Have a Long Journey Ahead

Best Time: During Pre-Boarding Announcements

Edibles are becoming a companion of the avid traveler. For those who take frequent long flights (five hours or more), or are frequent riders of long buses and trains, edibles can really take the edge off. Even if you aren’t able to sleep, the anxiety and restlessness decreases. Suddenly, looking out your window is interesting, and just like that – you’re at your destination. But timing your edible for a long journey is critical.

If you have a coast to coast flight or something similar, around 6 hours, then a standard dose edible (between 5 and 10 mg — depending on your tolerance) is perfect. 

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Recreational Marijuana supporters open Rapid City office

South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, which is leading the effort to pass Initiated Measure 27 for recreational marijuana, announced the opening a new campaign office in Rapid City.

Organizers said the office opened Friday at 230 E. North St., in Rapid City.
 
“We’re very excited to open our campaign office in Rapid City given the very positive response to our drive-thru signature gathering events earlier this year,” said campaign manager Matthew Schweich.
 
“We will use this office for many purposes including training volunteers, distributing lawn signs, organizing phone banks and door knocking campaigns, and selling Yes on 27 T-shirts and hats.”
 
Initiated Measure 27 is the 2022 ballot measure that voters will decide on Nov. 8. IM 27 would legalize personal possession of small amounts of cannabis by adults 21 and older in South Dakota. If approved by voters, the law would take effect July 1, 2023
 
“Now that we’re past Labor Day, our campaign is kicking its voter registration and field operation into high gear by mobilizing supporters and volunteers across South Dakota,” said Quincy Hanzen, deputy campaign manager for the Yes on 27 campaign.
 
“We are very excited to expand our operations in the Rapid City area.
 
f you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer, or if you just have a question about voter registration, then please call or text our campaign hotline at 605-269-8552.”
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MetroWest saw a sharp decline in teen Marijuana use during the pandemic. Will it last?

As the availability of recreational marijuana has gone up in MetroWest with the arrival of new dispensaries, use of the drug among teens in the region has fallen dramatically, according to data from the MetroWest Health Foundation.  

As of last fall, only 21% of MetroWest high school students had ever used marijuana, down from 31% just three years prior, according to the foundation’s MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey.

The survey included 39,293 middle and high school students across 25 MetroWest communities, per the foundation's 2021 report.

The latest figures are “well below any previously reported in the survey,” according to MHF Senior Program Officer Rebecca Donham. 

Since the foundation first began administering the survey in 2006, lifetime marijuana use among high school students had hovered around — and often above — 30%. The decrease from 2018 and 2021 marked the sharpest drop between survey years, per the foundation’s report.

That decline is also in line with national trends reported in the “Monitoring the Future” survey sponsored by The National Institute on Drug Abuse at The National Institutes of Health.  

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