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The law also includes several provisions aimed at promoting social equity in the cannabis industry and repairing damage caused by prohibition.

On Monday, New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that legalizes adult-use marijuana possession and licenses retail marijuana sales.

“The enactment of these laws is long overdue,” said NORML State Policies Manager Carly Wolf — whoemphasized that state and local police have made over 6,000 arrests for marijuana-related violations in the months since NewJersey voters overwhelmingly decided at the ballot box. “Now, going forward, tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding New Jerseyans will no longer be subject to arrest and a criminal record for their personal use of marijuana, and the commercial market will be regulated in a fair and inclusive manner.”

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NORML stated that three bills were signed by the Governor. A21/S21 licenses the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Under the new law, adults may legally purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Retail sales are subject to state sales tax. Seventy percent of the revenue derived from sales taxes on retail marijuana purchases will be directed toward reinvestment in designated, lower-income communities. Sales are expected to begin this summer.


The cannabis community is certainly pleased to see that the state of Virginia has legalized adult-use cannabis, but it will be some time before sales can begin. Still, despite support for the legislation it looked to be a nail-biter to the end. The Virginia House and Senate lawmakers were in agreement on passing the law, but they differed on just exactly what it would look like.

The two sides have been working over the past few weeks to reach a compromise, which was beginning to look less possible. Then on Saturday, it seemed the law just managed to squeak through. Marijuana Moment reported, “The Senate voted 20-19 to approve the conference committee report on its bill as well as the identical version for the House legislation. The House voted to approve the conference report on its bill, 48-43, with two abstentions. When considering the Senate version, the House voted 47-44, with one abstention.”

The next stop for the legislation goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization. However, it will be some time before Virginians will actually be able to purchase adult-use cannabis in the state.

Sales Begin January 1, 2024

Part of the compromise included a compromise towards having enough time to create the program’s regulations. Marijuana Moment reported that “The Senate has pushed for a reenactment clause to be included which would extend the process into next session, whereas the House side wanted to complete legislative work during the current session, arguing that enough research has already been done to effectively decide the issue. But Senate negotiators won out, meaning that the legislature will revisit cannabis regulations and post-legalization penalty structures next session.

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Old people look old because their skin stops producing collagen — or, possibly, because they are full of spiteful regret for a life poorly lived, an existence misspent in the pursuit of frivolous things. Younger people look old because their skin was ravaged by something. It’s the sun, mostly, but also stress, overeating, boozing, or — cue the New Age health solutions music!— an onslaught of rampaging free radicals.

If you want good skin that looks young(ish), the best technique is to stay out of the sun. That isn’t good enough, and so we have a beauty and cosmetic industry that promises to either delay one of the above inevitable outcomes, or to fool other peoples’ eyes into thinking it hasn’t already happened.

There is some science at work here. Most skincare products marketed as “anti-aging” are generally just delivery mechanisms for antioxidants. Antioxidants are anything that inhibits oxidation. Common antioxidants in living organisms include vitamin C or A, which your body should have enough of already if you maintain a healthy diet.

But an Australian company working on a “CBD-rich anti-aging cream” believe it’s found evidence that super-cannabinoid CBD is an antioxidant — and that thus, CBD is the secret ingredient in cosmetic and healthcare products that will keep you (looking) young in defiance of your years and bad lifestyle choices. But is it legit?

This is CBD we’re talking about, so the honest answers are “I don’t know” and “maybe,” with an additional “other stuff that is already well known and widely available may work just as well, if not better.” But since neither skepticism nor caution can compete for pageviews with a potential fountain of youth, here are the details.

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Cannabis is not the only industry that can act as a microcosm of the world but it may be the most prominent. Cannabis is still federally illegal so there are many areas in which people can be turned away from participating due to previous arrests for cannabis.

During the Fall Emerge 2020 Virtual Cannabis Conference & Expo, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy led a panel discussion with industry-leading advocacy organizations. Together, they addressed the myriad concerns surrounding social equity within the cannabis industry.  

Several organizations, including Women Grow and the Last Prisoner Project, were also present to add their insights to the equity-themed conference. Each has a primary directive to achieve social equity and dismantle systemic racism within the cannabis community. 

Cannabis and Criminal Justice

The Cannabis and Criminal Justice panel covered many topics, one being what exactly is the issue with handling systemic racism within the cannabis industry.

Speaker Mickey Belaineh, director of criminal justice law and policy with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP), explained how during their years in law school, they began to see cannabis popping up more and more during their time in a traditional criminal justice sector. They decided to move their focus to the issues facing communities of color through LPP. “I found this to be odd,” they explained, “cannabis continues to be a tool that is used to perpetuate mass incarceration, and yet when we talk about solutions to mass incarceration cannabis reform is often an afterthought.”

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Known to have a positive effect on the reduction of inflammation, CBD oils and tinctures can offer moms benefits they may not know of.

As more and more companies are catering to new moms or new-again moms, physicians are often answering questions about CBD and marijuana. Dr. Marina Yuabova FNP, DNP Associate Professor in Health and Science Department at CUNY, believes CBD lotion and creams are useful during the postpartum period.

“CBD’s effects are comprehensive and can help your body self regulate, which can potentially boost the mood and increase energy levels,” she explained. “Many people have found success in overcoming exhaustion, sleeplessness, and fear using these kinds of products.” Known to have a positive effect on the reduction of inflammation, CBD oils and tinctures can offer moms benefits they may not know of.

Often marketed as self-care, the benefits of CBD and marijuana products have been studied, including easing inflammationhelping with anxiety, as well as offering reprieve for pain.

In fact, a University of Washington study recently focused on marijuana as an alternative to opioids given for pain. Research cited several studies and found that cannabis could be a substitute for opiates, decreasing overdose risk:

Moms Are Smoking More Marijuana

If you've ever eaten hemp seeds, worn a hemp bracelet, or used body care products with hemp as an ingredient, you might find it hard to believe that cannabis's non-intoxicating cousin was't legal in the U.S. until 2018, when lawmakers finally made hemp legal as part of the 2018 Farm Bill after more than 80 years of prohibition. Prior to hemp's legalization, and because of arcane FDA rules about the harmless crop, US farmers were not allowed to grow it on US soil. 

Prior to 2018, some parts of the hemp plant, primarily textile made from hemp fiber and seeds from the aerial parts of the plant, could be imported to the US as long as the product contained less than 0.3 percent THC. This shortsightedness turned out to be a big financial loss for US markets since prohibition on hemp didn't discourage consumers from seeking it out. 

In 2017, US consumers spent $553 million on hemp food, supplements, and body care products, all of which were made with hemp seed oil from foreign countries — primarily China, as China, Hungary, and Romania are the top producers of hemp in the world. 

American consumers love body care products, and are eager to try new cannabis-infused goods judging by the explosive growth of the CBD market, expected to expand by nearly 16 percent and become a $1.8 billion industry by 2022. With that being said, is investing in hemp body care products good for your skin and are they worth the price?

What Is Hemp Soap?

Hemp soap is exactly what it sounds like: a cleansing agent, typically found in either liquid or bar form, that contains hemp seed oil as one of its primary ingredients. But not all hemp soaps are created equal. Soap in general is made by mixing fat and oil with a base. Ingredient labels are required to list ingredients in descending order, so the ingredient with the highest concentration will be listed first, and those with lesser ingredients follow down the line. If hemp is toward the bottom of that list, there probably isn't enough hemp seed oil in the soap to provide any of its myriad benefits. Other ingredients often in hemp soap typically include moisturizing oils like jojoba or coconut, and essential oils such as peppermint or lavender to sweeten the smell. 

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Maine officially rolled out adult-use cannabis sales last October. Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Mississippi are all on track to open up shop soon, creating a greater likelihood that we'll see more cannabis dispensaries across the U.S. sooner rather than later. 

According to Zendesk's Customer Experience Trends Report 2020, "nearly three out of four customers (74 percent) feel loyal to a specific brand or company, and more than half (52 percent) will go out of their way to buy from their favorite brands or businesses."

That said, consumers put customer service as the second most crucial attribute that increases their loyalty to a particular brand. What does this mean for cannabis dispensaries? They must define their customer retention strategies and execute if they want to have a loyal, predictable, and dependable customer base.

Jason Cragholm, Founder & CEO of QualSCORE, the first fully systematized solution for cannabis businesses to measure and track quality and customer happiness, was asked how he sees most dispensaries approaching their customer retention strategies, and how he foresees improvements in the future.

"Today, as a small cannabis dispensary, if you're good you're overshadowed by bigger companies that have more marketing capital because your reputation relies purely on word of mouth. What this means is that not only do you have no solid way of proving how good you are, but you also have limited feedback to go on if you want to improve your product, service & reputation. We're now approaching a time where dispensaries who have the most reliable & accurate feedback about what their customers think and feel will win — both in the local & online space."

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Cannabis legitimization has demonstrated several advantages for some reasons – pot’s remedial worth improves lives and decreases compulsion and the business development and potential is useful for the economy. However, there are as yet the individuals who demand that ongoing cannabis utilization, such as using phoenix tears Canada, simply makes individuals more dumb.

To exacerbate the situation, a recent report has as far as anyone knows discovered confirmation that pot use diminishes an individual’s IQ after some time. This deception has fanned out quickly among against pot distributions throughout the previous five years, prompting expanded disarray on the issue. 

There are a ton of elements that go into play when considering these patterns – and making these cases – and considerably more that specialists deliberately forget about. In this way, before you experience another enemy of pot crusaders wanting to act wonderful about the hazards of cannabis and knowledge, we should investigate what these examinations truly propose. 

The Science Behind Cannabis and IQ 

There is next to no exploration contemplating the drawn out impacts of cannabis and the data that is out there is very restricted. You can also choose the CBD version of cannabis, where there will be THC effects of weed. These can be bought at places like CBD Oil Canada. This makes it hard to think of exact ends and considerably more hard to induce with conviction that patterns in some random examination address precise relationships among cannabis and (fill in the clear). 

For instance, since cannabis stays illicit, it very well may be hard to track down guinea pigs in any case not to mention ones who will stay for the long stretch. Utilization patterns are additionally difficult to screen due partially in view of its illicit status and to a limited extent due to the numerous factors that go into item power or individual resilience levels. Yet, maybe the most factor of all, the one that will decide if an examination produces positive outcomes or negative ones, are analyst inclinations. 

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Vitality and Kynd in 14 Leven Street, owned by businessman Jas Nottay, is currently serving hemp coffees and other hot drinks infused with legal cannabis products from a hatch after it opened earlier this month.

The all-vegan coffee shop will be serving baked goods, including muffins, cookies and brownies, made using hemp and CBD oil as of this week.

Manager Kat Seale said the response so far to the new cafe had been “overwhelmingly positive”.

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She said: “It’s been fantastic since we’ve opened.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caught the world completely off guard. It changed the way everything works, and it made a significant impact on most industries all over the globe. The cannabis industry also saw some massive changes due to its impact.

Millions of people entered a lockdown, which led to huge shortages in cannabis supplies as sales increased by 54%. That includes sales of medical edibles that grew by 60% in the last year alone. Edibles are now the most popular cannabis products in seven states in the US.

The Increasing Need for New Products

Ever since cannabis use became legal in some US states, the market has practically exploded overnight. Colorado is the first state that fully allowed recreational use of cannabis, which led to a massive increase in sales and revenues.

As the market keeps growing, so does the need for new products. The COVID-19 pandemic has put things into overdrive, and cannabis products became far more popular than anyone expected. The increased need has put growers under pressure as they struggle to meet the orders. Many shops ran out of supplies, so some users switched to alternative options such as edibles.

The edibles market already started growing in 2019, but 2020 was the best year so far. Cannabis companies found themselves in a new situation where they can’t produce enough products to satisfy customer needs. That’s why they decided to develop new cannabis products and improve existing ones, focusing on non-inhalable forms of consumption.

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Cannabis concentrates of all kinds have been growing in popularity, but last year, rosin rose to the top. This year, we expect solventless cannabis to get even more famous.

Every year, there are always so many exciting things to look forward to in the cannabis industry. This year is different. Because COVID-19 affected the industry in unexpected ways in 2020, having a new president in place, as well as the continued demand for various cannabis products, all contribute to an interesting time, to say the least.

There’s also the fact that more cannabis markets opened up in the Midwest last year, with more expected in the south. Cannabis is growing exponentially and the addition of more legal states means that the industry is going to have another massive year.

Here are the trends you can look out for in 2021:

“Minor” cannabinoids share the spotlight with THC and CBD: Though THC and CBD are the rockstars of cannabis, that’s not to say that there aren’t any other important cannabinoids. In fact, there are many other “minor” cannabinoids that should also be getting some attention.

This year, don’t be surprised to see the growth of cannabis products created specifically to highlight the benefits of other cannabinoids such as THCVCBN, or CBG. Though these compounds aren’t as popular, many manufacturers are working to isolate them and produce tinctures, extracts, and even flower containing higher amounts of them. So the next time you visit your favorite dispensary, check out the menu and give some of these products a try.

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Cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC) are known to provide all sorts of benefits for seniors, from relieving arthritis pain and inflammation to strengthening and improving brain function. But there is another critical benefit that cannabinoids offer seniors, and it has a lot to do with the aging process. Let's explore.

The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which means that we naturally produce cannabinoids (this is why they are called Endocannabinoids as in "within" ). Cannabinoids are also found in hemp and marijuana plants (called Phytocannabinoids).  Most importantly, both types of cannabinoids function the same way and provide similar health benefits in the body.

The ECS is responsible for keeping our body in balance (called "homeostasis") with the help of the cannabinoids. Think of it as the body's command center that keeps us humming along like a well-oiled machine. It controls all of our physiological systems - the nervous system, digestive tract, brain, hormones, immune system, bones & skin, liver, and heart. 

As the body ages, the ability to produce cannabinoids declines and causes an unbalanced endocannabinoid system (ECS). It becomes unhealthy and susceptible to illness and disease. The more severe the condition, the higher the level of ECS dysfunction.

Stress, environmental toxins, prescription drugs, and unhealthy foods also disrupt homeostasis. Foods high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are also necessary for our body to produce cannabinoids.

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“Because I would like to see my people liberated,” entrepreneur Al Harrington recently replied pointedly when asked why he chose the cannabis industry after retiring from professional basketball.

Harrington – CEO of Los Angeles-based canabis company Viola Brands – was also clear about his entrepreneurial focus. “Black people who suffered a lot,” he said.

“When you think about the cannabis plant and what it has done to my community, 85 percent of all drug arrests are cannabis-related,” Harrington explained. “Our [white] counterparts are bragging on panels that they paid their way through college by selling weed on campuses, and that they never had any interruptions or issues.

“I’m fighting for the people that are still locked up.”

During this current Black History Month – indeed, year round – black leaders of legal cannabis/CBD organizations are expressing frustration over the numbers of minority men arrested and imprisoned for even minor cannabis offenses. The American Civil Liberties Union in 2020 reported that African Americans were 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

Cannabis activist Khadijah Tribble poses in front of Washing, D.C.'s African American Museum.

As cannabis continues to grow in legality for both medicinal and adult-use, consumers have indicated changing parameters for which format they prefer, with concentrates and edibles muscling in on dried flowers stronghold.

In 2017, dried flower represented a full 50 percent of the entire U.S. cannabis market, but this market share dropped to 36 percent by 2019, according to PMMI’s report Cannabis Market Update: Unique Challenges for THC and CBD Products. The decline in dried flower coincided with significant gains in other formats with concentrates expanding by 13 percent to reach 36 percent of market share. Edibles also grew slightly in the same period, from 12 percent market share to 14 percent.

The “other” category of cannabis products grew the most, per PMMI’s update, with a diverse set of formats such as creams, gels, dried teas/powders and inhalers more than doubling, from 15 percent in 2017 to 36 percent in 2019.

When selecting cannabis packaging, the first — somewhat obvious — factor to consider is the cannabis product format to determine what type of packaging is most suitable. While data for packaging formats of cannabis products is difficult to nail down, a few basic styles remain preferable for some of the largest cannabis categories.

While dried flower is most commonly placed by hand into a plastic jar with a child-resistant lid, small cups with child-resistant lids are the preferred packaging format for concentrates. While plastic cups were popular in the early days of cannabis sales, many producers have migrated to small glass cups. In addition to cups, concentrates are also commonly packaged in needleless syringes, allowing for easy metering of doses. Concentrates as additives to food and beverage are packaged in small glass bottles with a dropper top. Many brands in the concentrate market are also placing vape cartridges into a blister, pill bottle or a pop-top container to meet regulatory requirements.

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Cannabis is a big business. Consumer spending in the US is set to rise by $13bn in the four years from 2018, as legalization hits more states and the medical cannabis sector continues to thrive. Analysis of this booming trade indicates that medical marijuana dispensaries are turning over more money per square foot of retail space than Apple Stores and Tiffany’s.

One consequence of this incredible increase in activity is the innovations and advancements in how marijuana is consumed. These new consumption methods have opened the doors of the marijuana world to a whole new audience, especially those who are consuming cannabis for medicinal purposes. 

For those new to cannabis, and even for seasoned veterans, these new methods can be confusing. As a whole new host of devices and modes of delivery hit the market, they bring new questions. So read on as we breakdown some of the most popular ways to introduce THC into your system.

Vaping

You may already be familiar with vaping and e-cigarettes from the craze that took hold a few years ago touted as a healthy alternative to smoking tobacco and a stepping stone to quitting nicotine altogether. 

Hot on the heels of nicotine vapes are cannabis vaporizers. There are many different ways to vape cannabis and a whole host of devices to match. One of the most popular is the dry herb vaporizer, a device that heats cannabis flower just enough to release THC but not so much that the bud combusts and releases toxin-filled smoke. Brands like Pax continue to push the boundaries of the dry herb vaporizer technology, such is the case with their new Pax 3 which can be seen here. This dry herb vaporizer allows the marijuana to be heated up in just 15 seconds and is roughly the same size as an average cigarette lighter.

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Cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids. However, there are two that are the main and the most popular ones. These two cannabinoids differ in effects and legal status. We talk about THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). Each one produces something different and contributes both to the sensation that marijuana produces and its therapeutic applications. Knowing both compounds allows you to better choose the variety when growing, as well as knowing what to look for according to whether you want something recreational or medicinal. The other components can also influence our body, but they are more difficult to isolate and we know less about their possible effects.

THC vs. CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant compound in Cannabis sativa, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive. CBD possesses some unique capabilities that THC cannot match. It is also the main ingredient in CBD oil, an increasingly popular wellness supplement.THC is the main compound in Cannabis sativa. Concentration aside, THC’s fame stems from its psychotropic side effects.

While CBD can influence well-being without major side effects, THC interacts with specific regions of the brain and causes a feeling of euphoria that temporarily affects the way we think and feel. In other words, CBD does not contain any psychoactive component and does not make you high. Many products used to relieve pain or to take care of your skin contain CBD. CBD products, like the purest CBD oil for a healthy lifestyle, are getting more and more popular day by day. In contrast, THC is the principal psychoactive component of the plant.  

Benefits of CBD

Pain Relieving Effect

CBD is incorporated in many products that are used daily. Soaps, lotions, oils, and other skincare goods are highly recommended to relieve pain. People that have used these oils or lotions claim that they felt pain alley nearly immediately after the use. It is believed that CBD containing products reduce muscular, chronic pain, alley painful effects of chemotherapy and similar therapies. 

Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression have an impact on our mental health causing also physical disorders. CBD containing oils are recommended as an alternative treatment for both depression and anxiety. Many users of CBD oils claim that drugs prescribed to treat anxiety and depression have many side effects, meanwhile, CBD does not have any known negative effect and acts faster than medical drugs. CBD acts on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

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Cannabis sales in Michigan approached $1 billion in 2020, state records show.

According to data from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), combined sales of medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis reached $984.7 million.

Adult-use cannabis made up more than 50% of statewide sales, reaching $510.6 million, while medical marijuana sales eclipsed $474 million.

Sales peaked in July, when consumers spent $109.5 million on adult-use cannabis and more than $52 million on medical marijuana.

In addition to July, monthly consumer spending on cannabis surpassed $100 million four other times in 2020 — August, September, October and December.

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The key differences can be found in terms of taste, bioavailability, extraction, and consumption method.

Cannabidiol or CBD is taking the market by storm. Part of CBD’s fame is the anecdotal health claims and therapeutic effects that treat various ailments. It has positive effects on anxiety and pain relief among other benefits.

While there are many methods of consumption, at the center are CBD e-liquid and CBD vape juices. To most users, these two products are quite confusing. And with the CBD industry at its infancy stage, there’s a lot of misleading information online leaving you unsure which one to trust.


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Before vaping went mainstream, taking CBD orally was the most popular method. Now, there are many products giving users wide options. Even once you decide to vape, you still have to pick an e-juice from the hundreds of products in the market. That means doing a comparison of CBD vape juices and then picking the most suitable.

Which one is better when it comes to CBD e-liquid vs CBD oil? In this article, we look at what sets these two products apart to help you make more informed decisions

The Future Of Smokable CBD Products Is Not Great

Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a formula that would help you feel full longer, after you ate? Studies have shown repeatedly that people who expose themselves to CBD and other formulas of cannabidiols over their lifetime don’t gain weight like other people over the years.

There’s a number of different researchers looking at exactly why this isn’t happening, and how this benefit could be applied to a broader population. One way it appears is that CBD and other formulas help people control their weight is simply by making you feel fuller for longer.

There are CB1 receptors aligning the gut that help with managing inflammation that can cause problems like diarrhea or constipation. But there are also CB2 receptors that impact the smooth muscle around the colon.

The food moving through the colon is very responsive to the stimulation from this smooth muscle, where it sort of squeezes in a stable pattern and helps to move food through the intestinal system. But the smooth muscle can be relaxed a little bit with CB receptor stimulation and that can help to slow the transit of food from the mouth all the way to the anus.

If you’re chronically constipated, that’s not great news because you don’t want to be even more constipated by exposure to CBD or other cannabidiols. However, if you’re trying to lose weight and you want to feel fuller longer after you eat food, slowing the transit of the food and making it sit in the stomach or in the intestines for longer, will make you feel fuller. It will give you a sense of fullness after eating food for longer than if you didn’t have that stimulation.


Responsible cannabis consumers refrains from driving while impaired from significant cannabis use, nobody wants a DUI.

That point is apparently lost on cannabis opponents, who argue cannabis reform will inevitably and immediately be followed by a ‘stoned driver’ epidemic.

The ‘terror on the roadways’ argument is one of the most popular talking points for cannabis opponents, even though it is not well-founded.

No state or country on the planet that has legalized cannabis for adult use has also legalized impaired driving, nor is that expected to ever happen.

Impaired driving due to cannabis use was, is, and likely always will be illegal and related laws will be enforced against those that violate the law.

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