Research that analyzed past studies on THC levels and impairment found that cannabis breathalyzers may never work.

Marijuana breathalyzers have been in development for years. These mythical tools could solve one of the main issues associated with the legalization of marijuana: measuring THC impairment in drivers. But a new study reveals that current breathalyzers are nowhere near that goal.

The study, conducted in Australia by researchers at the University of Sydney, found that marijuana breathalyzers were inconsistent in measuring impairment from THC. Researchers analyzed 28 studies on driving performance and concentrations of THC in blood and saliva and found the connection between the two inconsistent.

The idea of marijuana breathalyzers is based on alcohol breathalyzers, which are administered on the road and provide an accurate assessment of people’s blood alcohol levels. This has been efficient over the years in providing a relatively accurate take on people’s intoxication levels and how it affects driving skills. This doesn’t appear to be the case with THC.

This new study analyzed a variety of older studies that focused on how THC affected people’s reaction time and divided attention, skills that are necessary for driving safely. While the study found some strong connections between THC levels and impairment in inexperienced cannabis users, once cannabis users were seasoned (using the drug several times a week), these connections disappeared.

“Higher blood THC concentrations were only weakly associated with increased impairment in occasional cannabis users while no significant relationship was detected in regular cannabis users,” said Dr. Danielle McCartney, lead author of the study.

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For Adam and Julia Weets, hemp is a business opportunity that allows them to contribute to their community and support their family.

The Alpha residents have been growing hemp for a couple years as part of their business, Alpha’s Alternatives.

The Weets grow hemp for CBD, which is a non-psychoactive agent used to help with pain, insomnia and a host of other health issues.

“CBD is something your body has natural receptors for,” Adam Weets said.

“When you take it, it doesn’t mask things, but instead helps your body get to where it should be.”

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Nobody said you can’t have some fun while you try to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. If you enjoy marijuana, it can actually help you reach your goals.

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously easier to make than they are to maintain. If you are determined to make 2022 a better year you may want to seek help from your good companion Mary Jane.

Marijuana is an often-overlooked but helpful tool when it comes to achieving and maintaining many common New Year’s resolutions. Not only can marijuana assist you in changing some of your habits in 2022, but it can help you have fun while you do so.

Staying Active

Increasing exercise and body activity is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Every January eager individuals flock to gyms only to find themselves staring at their barely-used gym membership charge on their bank statement a few months later. Gyms may help some, but you may also want to consider incorporating marijuana into your workouts.

“Cannabinoids have the propensity to heighten what is already happening in the body; exercise releases endorphins, and patients may feel even better or more positive after exercising when they ingest cannabis substances,” Dr. Dayna McCarthy, who specializes in sports and regenerative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital, told MarketWatch.

In other words, weed can enhance the great feeling you get during and after a workout. You will still have to find the discipline within yourself to exercise, but incorporating marijuana into your workouts can make them more pleasurable. This may make you want to work out more regularly.
 

Cutting Out Drinking

Using marijuana to help cut out drinking may seem like a slippery slope, but if done with intention and discipline it may be quite successful. Substituting cannabis for alcohol has shown some success, and with marijuana being less physically addictive than alcohol it can have strong long term results.

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The U.S. consumer base is diversifying, and reasons for use are extending well beyond recreational use into broader medical and wellness applications.”

A recent report from cannabis data and analytics firm New Frontier Data has found that a growing number of U.S. cannabis consumers prefer bud to booze.

The report, Cannabis & Wellness: A New Consumer Paradigm, examines consumer trends and patterns of cannabis use, such as consuming the plant as an alcohol replacement or for physical and mental health.

The report found that the most common reasons for consuming cannabis were stress relief and relaxation. Additionally, 23 per cent of respondents use cannabis to support overall wellness, including 13 per cent of consumers reporting cannabis consumption prior to exercise.

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents reported the plant had a positive impact on their life.

“The U.S. consumer base is diversifying, and reasons for use are extending well beyond recreational use into broader medical and wellness applications,” said Giadha A. DeCarcer, New Frontier Data’s founder and executive chair, per Cannabis.net.

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Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry about weed when travelling? Sadly, that is not yet the case.

It’s the holiday season! This sweet, but stressful, time of the year is generally packed with travel, food and awkward family interactions.

Cannabis may help avoid some of the inevitable awkwardness, including tuning out that annoying aunt or uncle. But that demands travelling with marijuana.

Whether getting home by air or by land, here are some of the most important things to remember about travelling with cannabis in the U.S.

By Air

Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry about weed when travelling? Sadly, that is not yet the case. While some airports in the U.S. are not so strict about having a little bud on hand, others are. For example, Denver’s airport, which is located in the very legal state of Colorado, forbids weed.

As for the Travel Security Administration, its stance is crystal clear. Since marijuana is federally illegal, passengers with cannabis on them will be stopped.

Still, it helps to know one’s rights. The advice of some is not to interact with police officers unless necessary and, if detained or arrested, do not consent to a search and inform them that you want a lawyer.

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Though there’s nothing stopping people from consuming marijuana the same way they always have, it wouldn’t hurt to try something fresh with the onset of a new year.

There are numerous ways cannabis consumption has changed over the course of the past several years. Widespread marijuana legalization throughout the nation has led to an influx of innovation when it comes to the options people have for consuming it.

Making matters more intriguing is the fact that attitudes across much of the world are changing when it comes to cannabis. This may lead to many cannabis enthusiasts expanding their horizons when it comes to the accessories they consider their essentials, which should be a welcome idea. This is especially the case if you’re still stuck in the days of rolling doobies in the basement.

2022 presents the perfect opportunity to change up both scenery and marijuana consumption methods. Here’s what it’ll take.

A Smell-Proof Stash Can

Even though marijuana isn’t as frowned upon as it once was, it can still be enough to cause trouble in some locations. By having a smell-proof stash can handy, no one in public will be able to tell what you have when taking cannabis on the go.

There are lots of smell proof stash cans with designs that mirror regular household items like bug spray and tea cans. They serve the purpose of being both effective at hiding the smell and looking inconspicuous to strangers. This allows people to carry their goods with peace of mind and safety no matter where they’re located.

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Young people significantly reduced the use of drugs in 2021. But the COVID-19 pandemic led to the rise in the use of nicotine products and the misuse of prescription medications.

These are the latest results from the Monitoring the Future survey, a long-term epidemiological study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The findings are in line with a continued long-term decline in the use of illicit drugs. However, according to the study, these findings represent the most significant one-year decrease in overall illegal drug use reported since the survey began in 1975.

Monitoring the Future investigators collected 32,260 surveys from students enrolled across 319 public and private schools in the United States from February through June 2021. Adolescents decreased the use of many substances, including alcohol, vaped tobacco, and cannabis.

The percentage of eighth (13-14 years old), 10th (15-16 years old), and 12th (17-18 years old) graders students reporting using cannabis in 2020 decreased significantly in 2021.

 

In particular, eighth-grade students reduced cannabis use by 37.7%, while 10th graders by 38.2% and 12th graders by 13.3% compared with the 2020 survey's results.

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The most amazing aspect of this product is the fact that it gives the user the control to determine just how high they want to get.

Cannabis powder is not a new product; it has been around for more than five years. It’s only just getting its due recognition due to the new legislation here and there. Entrepreneurs along the West Coast have included powdered cannabis edibles in their stocks, and at the rate it’s been gobbled up, we could be in for a game-changer

Many people seem to believe cannabis powder is simply cannabis flowers that have been ground into fine dust. Instead, cannabis oils are used.

What Is Cannabis Powder?

This is a product made from cannabis oil. In any production process, the oil extract is mixed in the form of starch that is soluble in edibles and drinks. Cannabis powder is mixed into water, where it dissolves. Many people expect these products to sit on the surface of the liquid because it was made from oil extract, however, it doesn’t. When consumed, the user feels the effects of the powder in less than 30 minutes after use. The product is fast gaining popularity among medical marijuana patients due to its quick-acting effect.

Cannabis powder is more preferable because it is easier to use, and there is less risk compared to other delivery methods. Cannabis powder falls under the category of edibles.

How Edibles Used To Work

Edible cannabis companies have always produced edibles from oil tinctures and extracts. But, in the past, it was not done perfectly. The products usually failed to dissolve in the drinks fully. And because packaged products often had the wrong labels stating the number of cannabinoids within each bite, there was no exact way to know if one was taking too much or too little THC/CBD  than the labeling stated.

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What do you do when you feel the “Grim Reefer” revealing yourself to yourself? The first thing you should do is isolate yourself from whatever is going on in your immediate environment.

Like it or not, one of the potential negative side effects of cannabis can be paranoia and in some cases, panic. The latter is typically set off by the former, but throughout my years of smoking cannabis and engaging with the user base – I have personally witnessed a few people who “lost their bananas” on weed. The stress of holiday season can bring some strange reactions to your normal weed enjoyment, too.

A few times, I also found myself tip toeing the fine line of sanity as a direct result of weed. Once, because I over consumed on edibles which sparked a deep 18 hour trip I’ll never forget. Another time I smoked some dank weed in Santa Monica from a stranger who claimed to be a dispensary owner. It was certainly some of the more potent stuff I’ve smoked in my life and made “the way back” a lot more difficult than I had imagined. The public nature of the expedition was what added a level of difficulty. Some cannabis strains may induce the “paranoia” feeling more than other marijuana strains.

Panic, anxiety, paranoia can happen if you’re in the wrong place, or with the wrong people. When you don’t feel safe or in an environment that you can relax in, one of two things can happen. Either you run down a rabbit hole of paranoia and fear, or you sober up and get the heck out of there.

In most cases, when my gut tells me to get out of a place, I listen! However, sometimes you can be smoking alone when panic sets in. I once had a friend of mine freak out at the realization that we’re on a rock floating in space. His mind was able to perceive the smallness of his being compared to the infinite expanse of the universe and as a result, he started to hyperventilate.

What this did was quickly expel all of the CO2 from his blood that induces hypocapnia, which in turn can begin to produce symptoms that exacerbate the narrative in your head.

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The holidays present numerous opportunities for surprise situations that can make life awkward or stressful. Here’s how to cope.

Getting high is always enjoyable, but getting too high can present a myriad of problems. Even worse is the fact that nothing can blow a high faster than becoming the center of attention inadvertently.

Doing so during the holidays when there are numerous family and work functions to attend can be exceptionally embarrassing, too. Fortunately there are a few supplies that cannabis enthusiasts can keep nearby that can subtly offset the consequences of overindulgence.  

Lemonade

Most people who regularly use cannabis already know that having a drink handy is a good idea for multiple reasons. Lemonade is particularly useful because the citrus can be effective in helping to offset the effects of THC due to the presence of the limonene terpenes that promote alertness upon consumption.

While the best way to ingest the terpenes necessary to offset the effects of THC is to consume lemon slices or lemon peels, that may not be the most subtle way to go about managing your high. In most cases though, no one will assume anything about you enjoying a bottle of lemonade. Lemonade also provides people with the opportunity to quench the cottonmouth that comes with marijuana consumption.

Though it may seem unlikely, lemonade could be the best aid in helping to manage a seemingly uncontrollable high.

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This is the biggest achievement for the entire hemp industry, as the FSSAI’s recognition of hemp as nutritional products will not only help in the introduction of new era for the product but also bring a new wave for the hemp products.

According to the recent amendment of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has finally announced the recognition of Hemp Seeds and Seed Products as a Food Source.

This is the biggest achievement for the entire hemp industry, as the FSSAI’s recognition of hemp as nutritional products will not only help in the introduction of new era for the product but also bring a new wave for the hemp products.

Hemp is a member of the cannabis family.  It is a cousin to ‘Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica’.  According to the Ministry of hemp , “Your lungs will fail before your brain attains any high from smoking industrial hemp”. Hemp has an incredibly low percentage of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (less than 0.03%) compared to psychoactive strains of cannabis (which can vary between 5% and 35%, in today’s market).

Hemp is genetically distinct from its cannabis cousins. While the history and politics of hemp have been well-documented.

Hemp has also been shown to have  antibacterial properties. In fact, hemp fibres have been used as an antibacterial finishing agent and surgical devices. Hemp is composed of compounds with antibacterial properties such as esterified sterols, triterpenes, β-sitosterol, and β-amyrin. Additionally, hemp powder has antibacterial properties which have shown to be effective against Escherichia coli . Plant scientists believe that hemp’s antibacterial properties may be linked to lignin-related compounds such as phenolic compounds, as well as alkaloids and cannabinoids.

Also research on the biology of hemp will help us in understanding its ability to be such a versatile and effective textile crop. From studying yield traits we could improve our understanding of the plant. Studies on hemp seeds and hemp seed oil could give us insight into grain yield and composition. Finally, research into hemp fiber could provide data for plant scientists on stem development and composition, genetic regulation of fiber traits, and biofuel production.

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s character appears to covet the Genius Mini cannabis pipe that makes two appearances in the first couple episodes of the Sex and the City reboot.

The makers of high-end, sometimes bespoke Genius Pipe for cannabis must have been tickled pink when they noticed that it was on screen for all to see in the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, now airing on HBOMax.

Though the product was not named, the mystery about the origin of the unusual cannabis device has now been solved, according to a press release from Genius, whose pipe is said to offer great taste, fine herb, a unique cooling and filtering functionality and, in step with all things Sex and the City, plenty of style.

No doubt, viewers of the first two episodes of And Just Like That have noticed the weed theme into the new half-hour show, which premiered last week.

In the first episode, Parker’s character, Carrie, can be seen trying to ignore (but perhaps longingly recalling) the Genius Mini as Che, played by Sarah Ramirez, steals a few puffs as the two share an elevator ride.

Carrie’s current smoking status isn’t clear, but one need only think back to the original series to find plenty of love of bud.

After a night gone bust, following Berger’s break-up with her via a Post-it, Carrie is ready to pack things in and go home when Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall, casually slides a joint from inside her dress to save the night.

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Further proof that statewide cannabis legalization policies are not associated with any significant rise in either the use of marijuana by young people or in their ability to access it.

Data released on Wednesday from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey has shown an unprecedented year-over-year decline in young people’s use of marijuana and other controlled substances.

The authors noted, “The percentage of students who reported using marijuana (in all forms, including smoking and vaping) within the past year decreased significantly for eighth, 10th, and 12th grade students.”

Specifically, the data identified a 38% year-over-year reduction in self-reported marijuana use among eighth-graders, a 38% decline among 10th graders, and a 13% decrease among 12th graders.

“We have never seen such dramatic decreases in drug use among teens in just a one-year period,” said Nora Volkow, director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in a press release.  NIDA funded the study. “These data are unprecedented and highlight one unexpected potential consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused seismic shifts in the day-to-day lives of adolescents.”

In September, Dr. Volkow publicly acknowledged in a podcast with Ethan Nadelmann, former Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, that the enactment of statewide laws regulating the adult-use cannabis market has not led to an increase in the percentage of young people experimenting with the substance. Only last week, Volkow said in an interview that there was no proof that smoking cannabis was harmful.
 
The MTF findings, which come just months after the US National Institutes of Health released similar conclusions, also noted that there has been a dramatic year-over-year decrease in cannabis use by those ages 12 to 17.

“These latest findings add to the growing body of scientific literature showing that marijuana regulation policies can be implemented in a manner that provides access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access and misuse,” NORML’s deputy director Paul Armentano said in an email statement.

Armentano pointed out that Monitoring the Future’s findings are consistent with numerous other studies that have concluded that statewide cannabis legalization policies are not associated with any significant rise in either the use of marijuana by young people or in their ability to access it.

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Can you use raw marijuana in your baked goods? Or trust the THC levels printed on packaged treats? Here are some “facts” about edibles that just aren’t true.

As legal marijuana has swept throughout communities across the nation, the popularity of edibles has risen dramatically. People that have access to legal marijuana have the option of either purchasing edibles from a dispensary, or making their own homemade versions.

Unfortunately, some people have held back from indulging in edibles due to myths that have been spread about consuming them. The widespread popularity of edibles over the course of the past several years has led to the development of numerous myths. And while some are harmless, others perpetuate inaccurate and harmful narratives about marijuana. Here are four of the most common ones.

Overconsumption Can Be Fatal

Since edibles often have a high concentration of THC, it’s not uncommon for people who eat one to become concerned that they’re feeling the effects of it a little too strongly. Even though that’s the case, there’s no need to worry that overindulging on an edible could lead to an accidental fatal overdose. While edibles contain a higher concentration of THC than your average joint, they still contain nowhere near the amount necessary to cause a fatal marijuana overdose. 

Edibles Perform Best As Desserts

The concept of edibles working best when served as a dessert isn’t surprising given how “weed brownies” have become synonymous with the consumption of edibles. The popularity of cannabis-infused candies only perpetuates this falsehood. 

The root of the myth that edibles are best served as desserts is based on a story that one of the earliest recipes on record for edibles consisted of brownies (which actually weren’t brownies at all) made by one of the nation’s earliest pot pioneers, affectionately nicknamed “Brownie Marie”. Another reason why edibles are most commonly associated with desserts is because flavors like peanut butter and chocolate can do wonders as far as masking the taste of cannabis goes.

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Plus, how California brands are increasingly working together

Elizabeth Udell is a senior digital marketing manager in the cannabis industry, currently working at Cookies Retail. She's worked in California and with MSOs in the medical and adult use industries for six years and has a background in music marketing.

Elizabeth specializes in social media and content, teaching the discipline at San Diego State University at night and on the weekends. In 2019, she and her team at MedMen won two Gold Clios for their short "The New Normal," directed by Spike Jonze.

We spoke with Elizabeth for our Higher Calling series, where we chat with leaders in the cannabis space.

Elizabeth, tell us...

Where you grew up, and where you live now.

I was born and raised for a few years in New York City and then followed the Jewish migration pattern to South Florida—Boca Raton. Keeping with the migration, I've now lived in L.A. for seven years.

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The University of Arizona announced Tuesday it will offer new noncredit cannabis certification programs to educate students about various aspects of the robust industry that has emerged since legalization.

Certifications will be offered in the Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Law and Policy, and Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine, with each including three eight-week online courses that can be completed in approximately six months.

The courses will be taught by instructors of Green Flower, a leader in cannabis education, and feature cannabis entrepreneurs, board-certified physicians, attorneys and public policy specialists.

“We are delighted to partner with Green Flower to help learners gain skills necessary to be a professional in the burgeoning cannabis industry,” Craig Wilson, UArizona vice provost for online, distance and continuing education, said in a press release.

“Understanding multiple viewpoints like business, law and policy, and health care and medicine as it relates to the cannabis industry will help our learners establish a solid foundation.”

Registration for the program is now open with the first cohort starting on March 7. Each certificate costs $2,950, but a $500 registration discount is available for the first cohort.

The courses will be delivered online in an asynchronous format, the university said, which does not require students be online at a specific time to complete the work.

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On most of our holiday gift lists, there is a category that was practically unheard of twenty years ago – gifts for the family furbabies. Whether it’s our own precious pitbull or Aunt Jane’s creaky fifteen year old cat, many of us have a whole lot of pets to buy for this season.

This year, why not make it something more meaningful than a generic chew toy, or a pet sweater? Why not give the gift of vibrant pet health? CBD tinctures for animals is the coming thing, and many vets actually recommend it for chronic conditions.

Why Does My Pet Need CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol , is one of over a hundred plant compounds called cannabinoids that are found in cannabis or hemp. It’s related to THC, but not the same thing – it doesn’t have psychoactive properties or make you high. Human use of CBD is extremely popular for a lot of reasons, but pet use has taken off in recent years.

THC is bad for animals, but CBD is safe to use. It works by interacting with receptors in our endocannabinoid system. All mammals have an EC system, even some other animals like lizards have rudimentary versions.

And interestingly, while humans are big CBD users, most of the successful preliminary testing for CBD has actually been performed on animals.

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Not only do states have different laws, but some airports even have different policies when it comes to marijuana and the TSA. 

It seems like every few months there is an entirely new rulebook for marijuana. Where it is legal, how much you can possess, where you can smoke it and where you can bring it vary greatly and change frequently throughout the country. 

When you purchase cannabis legally in the United States you might think you are in the clear when you bring it with you to the airport. Before you enter the TSA line, however, you should consider marijuana laws, and also who owns the airspace you are about to travel through. Understanding the laws and policies surrounding THC and the TSA can save you from a big headache, a bigger fine and even a criminal record.

Recreational Marijuana

So far, 18 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Each state has different rules on how and where you can consume marijuana. When you fly in an airplane, however, you leave state territory and enter federal jurisdiction. Marijuana is still completely banned as a schedule I substance on the federal level. This means traveling on an airplane with recreational marijuana is illegal.

“The airspace you’ll be traveling through is considered federal territory; hence, why it can’t come on your flight,” according to The Washington Post. “That includes flying within states where pot use is legal, or flying between states — even if both allow it for recreation.” 

Although it is illegal to take recreational marijuana on an airplane, TSA has taken a surprisingly chill stance on cannabis. TSA posted a very direct public service announcement of sorts on Instagram on the matter of traveling with cannabis, stating, “Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats.”

This stance may seem rather liberal, but the TSA has made it clear they are looking for safety threats, not marijuana. 

However, they also include verbiage that you should take note of if you are considering the risk of bringing marijuana through airport security. The TSA website states, “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

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What do social consumption lounges look like in practice? What are the rules and regulations that social consumption lounges must adhere to? How and where are social consumption lounges currently legal in the United States? Here’s what you need to know.

Social consumption lounges are becoming increasingly popular in legal cannabis markets. Just what are social consumption lounges? They’re a safe, enclosed space where cannabis consumers of legal age can come together and enjoy cannabis products, much like a bar environment for consuming alcoholic beverages.

Social consumption lounges are particularly attractive for their potential to bring in cannabis tourists. Although adult use cannabis can help promote tourism, tourists typically can’t smoke in most places indoors (including their hotel accommodations) nor consume on the street or in public, due to strict public consumption rules set by state regulations. This leaves the perfect set-up for consumption lounges, which provide the appropriate and legal environment for tourists to consume cannabis.

What do social consumption lounges look like in practice? What are the rules and regulations that social consumption lounges must adhere to? How and where are social consumption lounges currently legal in the United States? Here’s what you need to know.

What are social consumption lounges?

Social consumption lounges—also known as consumption lounges, cannabis lounges, cannabis consumption area and cannabis consumption lounges—are retail lounges that permit on-site cannabis consumption, such as smoking and vaping cannabis flower as well as ingesting cannabis infused products like edibles and tinctures. Similar to a bar that serves alcoholic beverages, all consumers in a cannabis lounge must be at least 21 years of age. While smoking typically isn’t permitted in retail businesses, smoking is permitted in lounges.

While state-specific regulatory bodies are responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing the rules surrounding U.S. social consumption lounges, Dutch “coffee shops” may have served as the inspiration and model for U.S. industry. Contrary to the name “coffee shops”, patrons don’t go to Dutch coffee shops for coffee. Rather, they go because the sale and consumption (including smoking) of cannabis is permitted and socially accepted. According to travel resource Amsterdam.info, Dutch coffee shop culture emerged in the 1970s when the federal government made a clear legal distinction between “hard” and “soft” drugs. Soon after in 1972, the first coffee shop named Mellow Yellow opened. Although cannabis wasn’t clearly legal or illegal, Dutch law enforcement tolerated the growing number of cannabis coffee shops, focusing instead on prosecuting heroin and lethal illicit substances. Today, the Amsterdam City Council permits coffee shops to operate after they obtain a non-transferable license, which must be displayed in shop windows, thanks to an agreement with the coffee shop union Bond van Cannabis Detaillisten (BCD).

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Dozens of Floridians have been hospitalized due to their use of a marijuana alternative.

More than 40 Florida residents in Hillsborough County have been hospitalized due to severe bleeding caused by the use of synthetic marijuana.

"We are closely monitoring this situation and working with public health agencies," said Florida Poison Control in a Monday statement. "Toxicologists and poison specialists are assisting hospitals in the treatment of these poisoned patients."

The individuals in question displayed "symptoms associated with coagulopathy, a condition where the blood's ability to clot is impaired," reports the Hillsborough County Department of Health. "While the symptoms reported have varied, most cases have had bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, and heavy menstrual bleeding."
 
Poison Control claims that the bleeding outbreak is attributable to people buying synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice," from local dealers in the area around Tampa, Florida.

Synthetic marijuana refers to a multitude of illegal substances that "produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as 'safe,' legal alternatives to that drug," says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The product is often sold under various names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, and many others.

Synthetic marijuana was once sold in convenience stores and online but has been heavily restricted by the law, claims the NIDA.

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