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Does Consuming Cannabis Break Your Fast?

With so many beneficial compounds found in the cannabis plant, these can help supercharge your body with inflammation-fighting and immunity-boosting goodness.

Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular health trends today. Generally defined as abstaining from food and drink for a set number of hours, there are multiple ways that one can fast and still enjoy its health benefits.

Whether you choose to fast every day for at least 10 hours or more, fasting has been proven to improve health in many ways, including: autophagy (the body’s natural way of cleaning out damaged cells), promoting weight loss, improving cognitive function, reducing insulin resistance, fighting inflammation, improving heart health, and so much more. Fasting daily, or even during specific days in a week or month, is a practice that more people are doing.

In addition, it has been a growing trend for people to integrate cannabis into their healthy lifestyles. Individuals also use cannabis before or after a workout. A recent survey of 600 individuals in states where adult-use cannabis is legal showed that 81.7% of people recommended using marijuana with their workout.

“The majority of participants who endorsed using cannabis shortly before/after exercise reported that doing so enhances their enjoyment of and recovery from exercise, and approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise,” said the study’s authors.

Cannabis certainly complements a healthy lifestyle in several ways:

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Creative ways to add Hemp Oil to your diet

Not all oils are created equal – sesame oil is perfect for stir-frying and sauteing, while olive oil is best for salads and baking.

Hemp oil, on the other hand, is in a class of its own. Hemp oil is a healthy and versatile cooking oil that can be used in many different ways. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the characteristics of hemp oil and how to use it in cooking healthy meals.  

What Is Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil comes from hemp seeds, a plant of the same species as cannabis (marijuana). However, hemp seeds lack Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance that gives marijuana its drug-like effects. 

Hemp oil is extracted the same way as olive oil.  The hemp plant seeds are cold pressed to get the oil, then kept in a cool, dark location for processing and transportation. Despite not being one of the most popular seeds right now, hemp seeds have long been a staple of the diets of Chinese and Indian people.

Hemp oil has a mild, nutty flavor and a light, delicate texture that makes it perfect for salads, dressings, sauces, and dips. You can also use hemp oil for baking biscuits, cakes, and other desserts. 

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Despite cannabis now being legal in N.Y., child welfare agencies are still using weed to separate families

“Half of those interviewed at length were parents who said it has felt impossible to extricate themselves from deeply rooted biases in the child welfare system surrounding marijuana use, specifically toward people of colour”

Despite the legalization of cannabis in New York, child welfare agencies continue to cite use of the substance in family courts, with parents sometimes being separated from their children because of marijuana consumption.

It is reported that these parents are often minorities, who were disproportionately adversely affected during the War on Drugs.

When marijuana was legalized earlier this year in New York State, many lawmakers argued that racial equity was one of the main potential benefits behind this decision. But available data doesn’t seem to support the view.

​“Half of those interviewed at length were parents who said it has felt impossible to extricate themselves from deeply rooted biases in the child welfare system surrounding marijuana use, specifically toward people of colour,” the website reported. “Those interviews, along with records from family court cases, suggest marijuana continues to be used both to help separate children from their parents and keep families apart in long-running family court cases,” it added.

New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) notes that cannabis is never the sole reason why a child is separated from his or her parents. According to the agency, drug and alcohol claims are often lumped together, thereby making the influence of each issue difficult to determine.

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Study: Regular Cannabis use not linked to Anhedonia (What Is Anhedonia?)

Researchers found that those who didn’t use cannabis or didn’t use it regularly had higher levels of anhedonia than those who consumed cannabis regularly.

The relationship between anhedonia (the inability to derive pleasure from things or activities) and regular cannabis use has been controversial as previous studies have produced conflicting results. It doesn’t help that every negative psychosocial trait that was ascribed to reefer madness during the dark era of cannabis prohibition still lingers on.

If you grew up in 80s and got to watch “Your brain on drugs,” you can possibly relate. For many decades, marijuana has been “guilty as charged” when it comes to every negative social and psychological trait. But a new study has shown otherwise.

The study, published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, showed a null relationship between anhedonia and regular cannabis use. The researchers used data from an earlier study that had investigated cannabis use in teens, called the “CannTeen study.”

Researchers examined 274 participants including adults (26-29 years) and adolescents (16-17 years). The participants were regular cannabis users who had used cannabis in the last three months, with an average use of four times per week. The Snaith Hamilton Pleasure Scale was used to measure anhedonia while the Apathy Evaluation Scale was used to measure apathy.

The results showed that the control group (those who didn’t use cannabis or didn’t use it regularly) had higher levels of anhedonia. This was quite surprising and contrary to the widely held belief that regular cannabis use diminishes one’s enthusiasm for life.

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Cannabis users’ ‘lazy stoner’ Stereotype is ‘Unfair’: Scientists

The “lazy stoner” stereotype just went up in smoke.

We all know the cliché: potheads are called spaced-out, lethargic and unmotivated. But a new study has revealed that isn’t always, or even often, the case with cannabis users.

Researchers in the UK found that those who consume cannabis regularly are no more loafing than non-users — and no less likely to enjoy life’s pleasures, either.

“We’re so used to seeing ‘lazy stoners’ on our screens that we don’t stop to ask whether they’re an accurate representation of cannabis users,” said University of Cambridge neuroscientist Martine Skumlien, an author of the study, in a statement Thursday.

“Our work implies that this [term] is in itself a lazy stereotype, and that people who use cannabis are no more likely to lack motivation or be lazier than people who don’t,” Skumlien continued.

The researcher added, “Unfair assumptions can be stigmatizing and could get in the way of messages around harm reduction. We need to be honest and frank about what are and are not the harmful consequences of drug use.”

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The New Mexico State Fair will have its first ever Cannabis Exhibit

ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico State Fair often introduces something new that will catch the attention of fair-goers.

This year is no exception, they are introducing the first ever cannabis exhibit. “Discovering Cannabis” will only be open to people 21 and up.

“There’s no consumption, we’re not having any of that here at the fairgrounds. There’s nothing like that this is purely educational so that you understand how this industry works,” said Dan Mourning, State Fair General Manager.

The exhibit will be hosted by Verdes Cannabis, one of the longest-operating dispensaries in the state. “There will be talks about different delivery methods in your body and how cannabis works on your body, there’s going to be talks about how to grow your own cannabis at home now that it’s legal,” said Celeste Melchor, Verdes Cannabis Marketing Manager.

The exhibit will be located inside the Manuel Lujan building on the fairgrounds and it’ll be monitored by security at all times. People KRQE News 13 spoke with thought having an exhibit like this could be helpful.

“So I think it’s super educational and I think it’s great that they’re talking about the different uses of cannabis to people so that they know the benefits,” said Annaliese Durant. “At least they’re going to getting real information and facts from people who have studied cannabis and know the benefits and things like that.”

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N.J. legal weed: An introduction to Cooking with Cannabis

We have all heard stories about weed edibles even if we have never seen or tried them. You may be wondering how they are made and why you can’t get high off simply eating a bud or two.

Cannabis is a plant with hundreds of complex chemicals that need to be treated just right to get the most benefit out of them. When seeking to get intoxicated from weed though, there is only one to be concerned with: THC.

Here’s our quick guide on how to get cooking with cannabis.

First, you must convert

If you have ever just straight up ate some weed out of curiosity or on a silly dare, then you are probably aware that it will not get you lifted by itself. As a matter of fact, you can’t even properly taste or smell the weed by just eating it.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that gets you high isn’t there yet — it’s still in its inactive state, called THCa. To convert it, you need controlled heat over time. This is called the decarboxylation process.

When smoking or vaping, this process happens right in the joint or pipe, but for edibles, there’s a more drawn out process. Temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher can destroy the cannabinoids and terpenes, rendering the weed itself useless for getting high.

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Hemp-based spirit The Pathfinder promises no booze and no bad vibes

Alexa M. stopped by Art in the Age in Old City last weekend to pick up a gift for a friend, and came across this non-alcoholic spirit distilled from fermented hemp.

The alchemy alone left my brain in a pretzel. Curiosity — coupled with the bottle's promise to destroy "bad vibes" and its ranking at the top of best zero-proof drink lists — left me thirsting for a taste.

Why it matters: For anyone looking for more non-alc options in the Philly metro, The Pathfinder might be for you.

Tastes like: Cola with bitter and floral notes, similar to an amaro. Ingredients include wormwood, angelic root, ginger, sage, juniper, saffron and orange peel.

Thought bubble: The Pathfinder on its own packed too large a punch for my liking. But I loved how refreshing it was when I turned it into a fizzy spritz.

Where to find: Locally, The Pathfinder is only sold at Art in the Age. But you can also order bottles online.

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Why more and more Companies are betting on Cannabis Drinks

Is the U.S. finally ready to give THC drinks a shot? Some industry experts think so.

Now that people are officially smoking more cannabis than tobacco, it’s time for companies to try to make a profit off cannabis drinks. Weed-infused beverages haven’t amassed much success, mainly because THC is difficult to present in liquid form but also because the drinks tend to taste like grass.

Now, there’s a variety of brands hoping to change things by creating THC-infused drinks and providing a new and more accessible method to get high. Still, these products are in their infancy.

CNBC reports that the market is slowly getting crowded, with various companies trying to be the first to crack the formula and deliver the first successful and mainstream THC drink. “The choice for consumers was not as wide in the past but now we’ve seen dozens of companies get involved in the cannabis beverage space,” said Amanda Reiman, VP of public policy research at cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data.

Some of the biggest beverage companies in America are getting involved in the cannabis drinks space; Pabst Blue Ribbon, Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Brands, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Ceria are some of the biggest names on the list. PBR is selling non-alcoholic cannabis drinks containing 10mg of THC. The drinks are available in pineapple, mango, strawberry, and lemon flavors, and, since cannabis remains federally illegal, are sold online or in dispensaries located in legal states.

While cannabis drinks have been brought up in the past, some experts are calling this moment unique, and the right time for the drink to have its breakthrough. “There have been multiple false starts for anointing beverages as the next big thing,” said Keef Brands CEO Travis Tharp. “But I think we’ve gotten to a point where we are showing that the year over year growth is something that is substantial.”

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Cannabis Lounges could become a reality in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - City leaders are working to expand on-site cannabis consumption. 

The state does allow for limited on-site consumption with permits and city approvals, and until now, the city of Sacramento has not adopted a policy of its own.

It took decades for Californians to be able to walk into a store, buy cannabis legally, go home and consume it. Now, the city is trying to figure out the rules and regulations to allow people to consume their marijuana inside a place of business. 

Some cities across the state and the country are offering licenses for lounges where people can consume cannabis safely and legally. Sacramento is trying to make it work in the city. 

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“Not everybody has the luxury of using cannabis in their home. And some people might be away from their homes. They might be at the Golden 1 Center or they might be at a hotel visiting, and our consumption lounge will give these people the freedom to actually go into a safe space to actually consume, legally,” Isaac Altamirano, local cannabis expert said.

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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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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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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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Recreational marijuana still banned on University Campuses

BOZEMAN - Recreational marijuana sales became legal this year in Montana, but that doesn’t mean it’s allowed everywhere.

It’s still against policy if a student 21 years or older purchases marijuana and takes it onto Montana State University or University of Montana's campus.

“We certainly recognize the new dynamic with dispensaries all around campus and across the river downtown. So, you know, last spring was a learning opportunity for us, but there were no major incidents,” University of Montana communications director Dave Kuntz said.

The short answer is the federal government hasn’t legalized recreational marijuana. MSU says since they receive federal funds, they must adhere to all federal laws.

The University of Montana has the same policy.

“We'll just continue to work with students and make sure that we’re striking that right balance of understanding the new laws that are here in place, but also, you know, keeping our policies and campus consistent from year to year,” Kuntz said.

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High-Potency Marijuana More More Likely to Result in Addiction, Psychosis

Approximately 147 million people worldwide consume cannabis, or marijuana each year; a number that continues to grow, especially in North America and Europe, according to the World Health Organization.

At the same time, the cannabis available today is more potent than ever before. A systematic review published in Addiction found that levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the active ingredient in marijuana—has been increasing for decades. The review found that, in a gram of herbal cannabis, the part typically smoked, THC concentrations have increased by approximately 2.9 milligrams each year since the 1970s. A standard dose of THC is considered to be between 5 and 10 mg, which typically produces a mild intoxication for non-regular users. In the review, researchers measured concentrations as high as 20 mg of THC per gram of herbal cannabis.

Now, new research finds that higher concentrations of THC lead to higher rates of addiction and mental health problems. The data come from a new meta-analysis published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry that included 20 studies comparing the effects of higher and lower potencies of marijuana.

The authors found that participants who used higher-potency marijuana were more likely to experience psychosis than those who used lower-potency marijuana. Higher potency marijuana, especially when used daily, also led to an increased risk of psychotic relapse.

Users of higher potency marijuana are also more likely to become addicted to the drug and develop more severe dependence. One study found that higher-potency marijuana was four times more addictive compared to lower-potency marijuana.

The review found that the effect of higher potency marijuana on depression and anxiety is unclear.

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Young adults are using more Cannabis and Psychedelics

'The pandemic, with all its mental stressors and turmoil, has likely contributed to the rise'

Marijuana and psychedelics use among young adults has reached an all-time high, according to a federal survey. The data was collected by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and shows a jump back to form following a year of low usage of all substances from young adults due to the pandemic.

The survey was conducted on 19 to 60-year-olds from April to October 2021 and found that 43 per cent of young adults (aged 19 to 30) claimed to have used cannabis 20 or more times over the course of the previous month — a 34 per cent increase from previous survey results. These increases were also present in people aged 54 to 50, but to a lesser degree.

Researchers who conducted the survey are surprised by these findings, which show that young adults are not only more interested in cannabis and psychedelics than previous generations but also in nicotine vaping and alcohol.

According to the NIH, reports of binge drinking by young adults (defined as having five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks) returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2021 after significantly decreasing in 2020.

“High-intensity drinking, defined as having 10 or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks, was at its highest level since it was first measured in 2005, reported by 13 per cent of young adults in 2021, compared with 11 per cent in 2005. However, past-month and past-year alcohol use, and daily drinking have been on a downward trend in young adults for the past 10 years.”

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Can I get a DUI for using Marijuana?

News 6 traffic expert answers viewer questions.

ORLANDO - News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve on Thursday was asked, “Can you be charged with a DUI for using marijuana?”

“Yes,” Trooper Steve said. “If your normal faculties are impaired by anything that affects your operation of a motor vehicle, you could be charged with DUI.”

There are medical laws that pertain to transportation, but we’re talking about driving under the influence of the drug, Trooper Steve said.

“Under no circumstance, whether you’re prescribed marijuana or another type of narcotic, can you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of that substance,” he said.

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‘Under the counter’ vapes found to contain Cannabis

Concerns have been expressed that young people are using vapes which contain cannabis extracts, and that these products are being purchased online or “under the counter”.

Denis Murray, one of the country’s senior adolescent addiction counsellors, confirmed that a vape given to him by a concerned parent contained an oily liquid which subsequently tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a controlled drug.

“The young person reports getting it from a friend,” he said. 

“While parents struggle with the dilemma of allowing their children use regular flavoured non-nicotine vapes, I don’t know of any parents who are comfortable with their children having access to vapes containing THC or possibly other substances, as these products are not registered in Ireland even for adults.”

Mr Murray, who has worked with the HSE’s Adolescent Addiction Service in Dublin for the past 25 years, said: 

"My understanding is that they are acquired under the counter in some shops and online.

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Is teen Vaping a gateway to Cannabis use?

A recent report is raising questions over whether teen vaping can lead to marijuana use later in life.

Findings from the Centers for Disease Control found that 1 in 9 high school students said they had vaped in the past month. And research from a recent study published in the JAMA Network Open found that adolescents who use e-cigarettes are over three times more likely to move on to marijuana.

Dr. David Fagan, vice chair of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, told FOX 5 NY he isn’t surprised, as he says kids have more access than ever before.

"Now we’re saying nicotine may be the gateway which hits pleasure-seeking areas of the brain which then you’ll say ‘I’ll try cannabis’," Dr. Fagan said. "As more states legalize the recreational use of marijuana there’s this idea it’s safe and harmless."

But doctors and drug experts say it’s the opposite, especially for teens whose brains aren’t fully developed.

Other findings from the study show that more than 1 in 10 youths who say they have never used cannabis go on to do so within a year. 

"A lot of adults think vaping is a way to quit smoking," said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President and CEO of Family and Children’s Association. "We know when it comes to young people vaping tobacco is the training wheels before they move on to marijuana."

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Businesses push for patios at Cannabis Lounges, Clark County leaders voice concerns

LAS VEGAS - Marijuana industry leaders across Las Vegas are pushing for patios at tourist-friendly cannabis lounges, while some Clark County leaders voice concerns about smell and odor impacting communities.

The Cannabis Compliance Board gave the green light to businesses to open patios in the future, as long as the setup complies with local guidelines. Businesses such as Thrive, which just opened a dispensary off Sammy Davis, Jr. Drive near the Strip, hoping to capture the tourism market and offer cannabis indoors and on a patio.

“We’re excited about developing a high-end restaurant concept that will allow for patrons to not only smoke their cannabis but enjoy cannabis in other forms,” said Christopher LaPorte of Reset Vegas. “We see the need for cannabis tourists to have a place to smoke and to enjoy cannabis,” he said.

The push for patios is driven not only by customer demand but also desire for ventilation. “Indoor air quality advocates also supported the opportunity to have outdoor areas because, number one, it helps us as operators to mitigate not only the odor but air quality,” LaPorte said.

Clark County leaders are working to create policies for future lounges, and some on the Clark County Commission have concerns over allowing patios. “I worry about people that don’t want to be around it,” said Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick at the August 16 commission meeting, whose office gets numerous complaints over marijuana smells caused by tourists on the Strip.

“There’s no way they’re going to keep [the odor] on the premises... I worry about the transmission of the odor at a strip mall. Say, you sell clothing,” Chair Jim Gibson said, having already investigated various complaints from other cannabis establishments.

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