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Drone Marijuana Delivery Service Coming Soon

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Eaze provides marijuana delivery service throughout California, excluding Los Angeles, where it is prohibited. At the San Bernardino High Times Cannabis Cup, the innovative marijuana tech company gave a demonstration of drone delivery services. While the technology is ready, Eaze has not provided a launch date for their drone delivery service.

The presentation was titled “Drone Lifted Experience,” LA Weekly reports. Although L.A. prohibits marijuana delivery, Measure M was recently passed to allow delivery service. The framework for the service still has to be established.

Quite a bit of support is already shown for the drone delivery service. Delivery persons carrying both marijuana and cash are targets for robberies, so drone delivery would be much safer.

Sheena Shiravi of Eaze said, “The biggest takeaway from the demonstration is how technology is moving the industry forward. It’s not that far away. We really want to showcase the power of technology in this industry and help regulators understand it.”

Daniel Yi of MedMen said, “These are exciting times for the cannabis industry. As marijuana becomes more mainstream, we expect to see all kinds of innovations in the sector. That’s the beauty of opening up the space to legitimate commerce. You invite creative minds from other sectors to apply their ideas into this space. Whether any single innovation sticks will be up to consumers and regulators to decide, but ideas should always be welcome.”

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Study: More Americans Choosing Marijuana Over Prescription Drugs

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A study has found that prescriptions for painkillers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications has dropped in states where medical marijuana is legal.

The researchers studied Medicaid recipients, according to The Washington Post, and their results found that where medical marijuana is legal Medicaid prescriptions for the same drug categories they studied dropped significantly.

Opiate painkiller prescriptions reduced by 11-percent. Anti-nausea prescriptions dropped by 17-percent. Antidepressants were prescribed 13-percent less. Seizure and psychosis medications prescriptions reduced by 12-percent.

The researchers said, “Patients and physicians in the community are reacting to the availability of medical marijuana as if it were medicine.”

Other studies have shown an overall reduction in opiate overdoses and abuse in states where medical marijuana is legal.

One conclusion of the study is simple: Legalizing medical marijuana coincides with reductions in opioid painkiller prescriptions.

The reduction in prescriptions allowed Medicare to save nearly half a billion dollars.

The researchers know that science and data have proven that marijuana can be used medicinally, and mentioned that there is “substantial and growing evidence that the requirements for Schedule I status involving ‘no currently accepted medical uses’ are no longer met by marijuana.”

Guam Lawmakers’ Incompetence Delays Medical Marijuana Launch

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Guam’s lawmakers are delaying the implementation of its recently approved medical marijuana program to allow time to clarify the new law.

Cultivators want to get the application process started, but the system isn’t ready for them yet, according to Guam Pacific Daily News. In December, lawmakers officially approved the implementation of its medical marijuana program. The setbacks, according to James Gillan of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, are merely bureaucratic at this point.

Gillan said, “The problem with this law is that it really is probably the most illogical piece of legislation I’ve ever read. One part of the law says we have to start accepting applications and another part says we need to have regulations in place. You can’t have both at the same time.”

The hold up is the creation of regulations. It was mandated when the program was officially implemented that applications for marijuana businesses were to start being accepted within 30 days. Due to a lag in response from members of the required panel, delays continue.

A laboratory to test products hasn’t been approved yet either, so that too is causing delays.

Gillan said, “There really can’t be anyone who is really seriously thinking about (business licenses) until there is a certified laboratory. People have inquired about this, but no one has applied for it yet because there is no rules and regulations. I am in complete support of marijuana as medicine. But I want to do it in a way where we don’t have lawsuits in place.”

Recent developments, due to a veto from Governor Calvo, took away medical marijuana patients’ rights to grow marijuana at home.

Gillan and other officials hope to start making progress on rules and regulations by mid-May.

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New Poll: Americans (Finally) Consider Marijuana Safer Than Opioids

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A new poll by Yahoo/Marist released this week shows that two-thirds of respondents of a phone survey say that marijuana is safer than opioids, especially when it comes to pain relief. One in five respondents say that opioids are less risky than marijuana, while the remaining respondents weren’t sure.

Prescription opioid and heroin overdoses are responsible for 91 deaths every day in America, and opioid addiction affects more than 2 million Americans, according to Coloradoan. 83-percent of those polled said that marijuana should be legal nationally for medicinal purposes.

When it came to Trump’s approach to recreational marijuana, America really is divided. About 38-percent said he should take a less strict approach and 30-percent say he should be stricter.

Vermont Senate Approves Bill to Regulate Marijuana for Adults

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The Vermont Senate approved a bill today, April 21, that would regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana and end penalties for personal possession and cultivation by Vermonters ages 21 and older.

The Senate-amended version of H. 167 will receive one final vote before being sent back to the House for consideration, the MPP reports.

A majority of Vermont voters are in favor of the policy changes proposed in H. 167 , according to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling. Fifty-seven percent support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana, and 54% support regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol. The results are available at www.mpp.org/VTpoll.

Matt Simon, the MPP’s New England political director, stated: “Most Vermonters think marijuana should be made legal for adults, and they’re looking to lawmakers to come up with a plan. We applaud the Senate for approving a thoughtful alternative to marijuana prohibition that would account for public health and improve public safety. We would love to see the House step up and join the Senate in supporting this sensible reform. If the House isn’t willing to support the Senate’s proposal, it at least needs to support its own Judiciary Committee’s plan and pass H. 170.”

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4/20 Guide: Shows to Watch During Marijuana’s Highest Holiday

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Rather than watching the tried-and-true marijuana-themed movies this 4/20, consider checking out some new shows instead. While the old standbys are still entertaining, think about tuning into Weed Week on the Viceland network instead. From the origins of the special 4/20 holiday to hilarious antics, there’s something for everyone’s taste.

Some shows will premiere this week while others will have new episodes, according to Newsweek.

The new season of Weediquette starts on April 19. Weediquette is in its third season and is hosted by Krishna Andavolu. The premiere is scheduled for 10 p.m. EST. It focuses on immigrants who’ve been directly affected by the drug war.

Bong Appetite is hosted by Abdullah Saeed and debuts at 10:30 p.m. EST on April 19. Bong Appetite focuses on the culinary side of the marijuana industry. Chefs will cook up marijuana-infused dishes throughout the episode.

The Weed Show with Charlo Greene airs Monday – Friday at 7 p.m. EST online. It’s available on its own website and Facebook Live. You may recognize the name Charlo Greene as the woman who quit her TV broadcasting career on live television. The 4/20 episode will have a live audience. “Black Jesus” will also make an appearance on Thursday’s live show.

Grow House is a new marijuana-themed movie featuring Snoop Dogg, Lil Duval and Deray Davis. You’ll have to catch an Uber to the theater to see this flick as it hits theaters on 4/20.

Comedy Central is airing the “Medicinal Fried Chicken” episode of South Park at 8:30 p.m. EST. South Park episodes have included references to marijuana since as far back as 2001.

Desus & Mero will swap coasts and travel to Los Angeles to film their show. You can catch it on Viceland until Thursday, April 20 at 11 p.m. EST.

Time Traveling Bong will air this week on Comedy Central. It’s about a magical bong that makes time travel possible.

Baked Goodes premieres on YouTube on Thursday, April 20. The show depicts a group of bakers who want to start a marijuana edibles company.

Another food-related show, F**k, That’s Delicious, takes viewers through NYC’s best eats and discuss the history of the 4/20 holiday. It airs on April 20 at 10 p.m. EST on Viceland.

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Dept of Homeland Security: “Marijuana Is Not a Factor in the Drug War”

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, said on Easter that “marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.” He said the biggest problem is with the highly addictive drugs, like meth and heroin, and that that the solution isn’t arresting people for using drugs.

Kelly said, “Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war. It’s three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south,” according to Fortune.

Regarding a solution for the drug epidemic in the U.S., he said, “The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill.”

The International Church of Cannabis Opens on April 20

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The International Church of Cannabis opens on April 20 in Colorado. Elevationists, as the church calls themselves, will be permitted to use marijuana on-site as the church considers marijuana to be a “sacred flower.” Their building is a 113-year old church that was brought back to life.

Use of marijuana at the church allows members to “take the sacred flower to find inspiration and meaning,” according to RT. A patio area features art and sitting space for relaxing. Inside the artwork is vibrant and abstract.

Steve Berke, the landlord, said, “We were looking at condos and apartments. Then ultimately, a group of my friends convinced me to keep this as a community church, but with a little different angle to it.”

The locals have mixed opinions about the new church. Members of the church will have to supply their own marijuana and accessories. The church itself will not provide any marijuana or accessories.

The church opens in a few days despite a few renovations left to tackle, such as handicap accessibility to all areas of the church and an aging boiler system.

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The 2017 Coachella Music Festival’s Abutting “Marijuana Oasis”

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The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California — better known simply as Coachella — is one of the US’s premier music festivals, so it’s no surprise that a flurry of unsanctioned parties happen just outside of Coachella’s event grounds.

One of those parties, Billboard reports, is an unprecedented event: a “Marijuana Oasis” just outside of Coachella 2017 (April 14-16).

A couple companies are hosting an invite-only retreat space down the road from Coachella that is devoted solely to marijuana. The aptly-named Marijuana Oasis will feature geodesic domes, each one occupied by a California marijuana company — Nameless Genetics, FlavRX, Brass Knuckles — that will be supplying their marijuana products to attendees.

In regards to the Marijuana Oasis, one spokesperson said, “Imagine you go to a wine tasting — we provide it as a sampling. We don’t charge. It’s exclusive, VIP. If you’re an A-lister, you’re going to be there, it’s a one of a kind experience. Whether you want to try edibles or try concentrate for the first time or just smoke some great flower, we give it all away. It’s more or less there for brands to showcase how great their products are.”

Coachella 2017 has a huge line up for the 3-day event. A few of the artists playing are: Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Martin Garrix, Bastille, Royksopp, Lorde, New Order, Hans Zimmer and Dj Khaled, according to the music and event app More Bass.

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Canada Officially Announces Bill to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana in 2018

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his plan for nationwide marijuana legalization. Should the legislation pass, the law would go into effect by July 2018.

Trudeau’s plan would allow adults ages 18 and older to buy and grow small amounts of marijuana, reports CTV News Canada.  Selling to minors would result in serious criminal charges with sentences up to 14 years. Trudeau says that the framework of the program will include strict regulations for all aspects of the industry.

Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale said, “If your objective is to protect public health and safety and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors, and stop the flow of profits to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure.”

He continued by saying, “Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world… we simply have to do better.”

Under the new law, adults ages 18 and older would be permitted to possess up to 30 grams of dry flower in public. Sharing up to 30-grams would also be allowed between adults. Regulated retailers would be permitted to sell dry flower and marijuana oil products. Adults ages 18 and older would also be permitted to grow up to 4 plants at home for personal use.

Edibles will be permitted, but not right away. Trudeau wants the implementation of the law and the retail side of things to be established before introducing edibles to the market.

Liberal MP Bill Blair said, “We have a responsibility to act as expeditiously as we can… we can’t drag our feet; we aspire to get this done as quickly as possible.”

It would still be illegal to import or export marijuana without legal permits. Strict packaging and labeling laws will be in place to reduce the appeal of the products to the youth.

Canada will have a zero-tolerance approach to stoned driving. The administration will set strict intoxication limits and guidelines for retail shops to operate under. Provinces will have control over regulating the industry in their territories regarding licensing, distributing and selling.

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