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Colorado’s Marijuana Sales in 2017 Have Already Surpassed $750M

Colorado Marijuana Retail Sales

In the first half of 2017, Colorado reports marijuana sales of over $750 million, with recreational sales bringing in $531 million and medical sales $220 million. That is a 25.7% increase in comparison to the first half of 2016.

So far this year, Colorado has generated close to $116 million in sales tax revenues and licensing fees combined, according to Washington Examiner.

Bethany Gomez of Brightfield Group said, “What you’re seeing in Colorado is similar to the other industries, we’re starting to see lower double-digit growth rates, rather than the triple-digit growth rates. That time of massive growth expansion in Colorado, I think, is over.”

Sales peaked in March, raking in $131 million. Sales are expected to slow to around $100 million per month over the next year.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had a discussion with Attorney General Sessions recently. Regarding that conversation, Hickenlooper said, “He has higher priorities. Marijuana’s not the same threat to this country as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine – and he recognizes he has limited resources. He said, ‘Listen, we’re not going to come in and shut everything down.’ We have not seen any crackdown. He really said he didn’t plan on having a crackdown.”

Top 5 Health Reasons Why Women Should Use Marijuana

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There are ample health benefits that marijuana provides for women, and listed here are 5 of the most important:

Mood Regulator
Mood swings, whether it’s “that time of the month” or not, happen. Pharmaceuticals often make women feel numb and unable to function normally. However, marijuana is known to work with the central nervous system to calm aggravation, which controls the body’s different moods. Furthermore, several marijuana strains are designed to promote uplifting, happy effects and reduce depression, anger and other negative moods.

Balance Hormones
Women’s hormone levels change frequently. Fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to weight gain, increased stress, depression and other mental issues. The cannabinoids found in marijuana help balance hormone levels to help the brain and central nervous system keep hormone levels on an even, balanced level.

Reproductive System 
Cannabinoid receptors exist in female reproductive organs. However, the endocannabinoid system doesn’t naturally produce enough cannabinoids to regulate this system, so supplementation can help. Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help improve the health of the female reproductive system, and for women who have difficulty conceiving, this may be a great option.

Menstrual Cramps 
For women who are still menstruating, cramps aren’t just every now and then. A majority of women experience menstrual cramps with every cycle, so it’s a chronic pain issue. Most women don’t realize that menstrual cramps that are severe and aren’t remedied by pharmaceuticals can be considered a chronic pain disorder for which they can get a medical marijuana card.

 Severe PMS  
The varying symptoms of PMS can make some women feel crazy during their menstrual cycle. Some women experience PMDD (Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder), PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), or severe mental health events during this time of the month. Cannabinoids can help reduce inflammation and pain. Some strains may even help reduce heavy blood flows if a terpene called Delta3Carene is present.

4 Cool Vaporizers That Heat up Fast

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It’s a fast-paced world and technology needs to keep up. That’s why vaporizers with fast heat-up times are imperative.

Some vapes can take over 30 seconds to heat up, which leaves consumers sitting and waiting. But we’ve found 4 awesome vaporizers that take just 5 seconds or less to heat up, so you can quickly take a hit and continue your day.

Here are 4 vaporizers that heat quickly:
Herbalizer

The Herbalizer

Firefly

The Firefly 2
Kandypens

The KanydPens Elite
R2

The R2 RiG Edition

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Politicians Are Wrong: New Study Finds Marijuana Doesn’t Lower IQ

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For decades, it’s been said that using marijuana will lower one’s IQ. But science has just found that there’s no factual basis for this contention. A recently published study concluded that “short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions.”

Investigators from the U.S. and UK have studied neuropsychological performance in adolescent twins, according to The National Memo. The authors of the study reported that “family background factors” impacted cognitive performance, not marijuana use. Researchers at the University of California – Los Angeles and University of Minnesota performed similar analysis in 2016 and found the same results.

In the 2016 study, the longitudinal analysis concluded that there was “no significant differences in performance among those who used marijuana and their non-using twins.”

Furthermore, investigators concluded that, “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change… we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline…[T]he lack of a dose – response relationship, and an absence of meaningful differences between discordant siblings lead us to conclude that the deficits observed in marijuana users are attributable to confounding factors that influence both substance initiation and IQ rather than a neurotoxic effect of marijuana.”

Earlier this year, researchers in Florida also explored the issue and said, “Our findings did not reveal a significant association between cumulative marijuana use and changes in intelligence scores.”

Political opponents of marijuana reform continue to argue that marijuana use reduces IQ. For instance, Ann Coulter recently commented: “Marijuana makes people retarded, especially when they’re young.”

Vaping Is Quickly Overtaking the Marijuana Industry (And for Good Reasons)

Vaping

Vaping is a convenient, discreet, cleaner and easier way to use marijuana than smoking, which is why it’s popularity is increasing so rapidly.

The legal marijuana industry is now estimated at nearly $7 billion, and vape products make for a big chunk of it. In 2016, in California, almost 25-percent of sales in the industry were for vape cartridges, according to Business Insider.

Eaze, a marijuana delivery service in California, tracked sales of various marijuana products and, from 2015 through 2016, flower sales dropped by 21-percent, while vape products quickly grew. In 2015, vaporizer cartridge sales were just 6-percent of products sold in the industry, but in 2016, that number grew to 24-percent, a 400% increase.

In Colorado, Washington and Oregon, vape cartridge and concentrate sales also increased.

Concentrate sales growth in 2016:

  • Colorado – 57%
  • Washington State – 194%
  • Oregon – 105%

Edibles and pre-rolls are close behind vaping’s popularity.

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Natl Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Descheduled

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This week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved measures urging for the removal of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. This would open the door for banks to work with marijuana businesses. States could also determine their own approach without concern of federal interference.

Passage of resolutions requires 75-percent support from states represented at a general business meeting, according to Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

In the resolution, it reads, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove cannabis from scheduling thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges that each of its members will have differing and sometimes conflicting views of cannabis and how to regulate it, but in allowing each state to craft its own regulations we may increase transparency, public safety, and economic development where it is wanted.”

In 2016, a resolution to reschedule marijuana to a lower classification was approved by the NCSL. Prior to that, in 2015, the NCSL passed a resolution saying that, “federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference.”

Congress is mulling over several marijuana-related bills hoping to fix banking issues and aid in fixing tax codes relating to state-approved marijuana businesses.

Karen O’Keefe of MPP said, “State legislators and the vast majority of voters agree that marijuana policy should be left to the states. Legitimate, taxpaying marijuana businesses should not have to ace the difficulties of operating on a cash-only basis. Allowing banks to offer them financial services will be good for the industry and benefit public safety. Even more so, states should not have to worry about the federal government interfering with their marijuana policy choices.”

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Wildly Popular Adult Card Game Launches a Marijuana Version

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Cards Against Humanity, the popular adult card game, has partnered with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to create a new “Weed Pack.” The new set includes 30 cards and can be purchased on the Cards Against Humanity website. The proceeds from sales of the Weed Pack are donated to the Marijuana Policy Project to help with marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois, where the card game maker is headquartered.

MPP received $70,000 in donations from Cards Against Humanity, according to NBC Chicago, who has also donated to multiple organizations including the Wikimedia Foundation, DonorsChoose and the Sunlight Foundation.

Jo Feldman, head writer for Cards Against Humanity, said, “We’re proud to support the Marijuana Policy Project because our current marijuana laws are failing. Nationally, there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. The MPP has been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws for the better, in Illinois and nationwide.”

The card company isn’t afraid of drawing attention to itself. For instance, it recently tried to obtain Barack Obama as its new CEO, and mentions of it publishing the browser histories of all members of Congress have also circulated lately as a means of stopping a rollback of some net neutrality protections.

If you are interested in the “Weed Pack” and supporting marijuana legalization efforts, the pack costs just $5.

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Puerto Rico Gambles on Medical Marijuana to Fix Economic Crisis

Pureto Rico Marijuana

Puerto Rico is experiencing an economic crisis. Luckily, the island’s medical marijuana program is expanding and helping with job creation and revenue from taxes.

Medical marijuana was legalized on Puerto Rico two years ago, but Governor Ricardo Rossello signed a bill just last month that will really help the improve the industry, according to CT Post. The new bill will help expand the program, including more cultivation capabilities.

Jesus Aponte, a biologist and chemical engineer, oversees 2,000 medical marijuana plants growing at Nature Ventures on Puerto Rico. He said, “This is an economic niche that we can grab onto.”

Goodwin Aldarondo of Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana said, “A lot of people were waiting for this law. It’s the only viable alternative we have to solve the economic situation. It’s been many, many years since Puerto Rico has had a new industry.”

David Quinones of Natural Ventures said, “Name one new industry in Puerto Rico capable of generating millions and billions in capital and improving an economy in a mega-crisis. There is none.”

On Puerto Rico, a typical gram costs around $20. Specials do exist where some dispensaries are able to offer $10 grams. There are 27 dispensaries and 11 grow facilities on Puerto Rico. The island also has two labs and five manufacturing centers. There are now almost 300 certified doctors to recommend medical marijuana, all of them pay $1,500 every three years for eligibility to certify patients to use medical marijuana.

What Are Terpenes and Why Are They so Important for Marijuana Users?

Terpenes Cannabis

Terpenes are the pungent oils that give cannabis strains their own unique aromatic profile. They are produced in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

There have been over 100 different terpenes identified in the cannabis plant. The terpenes interact synergistically with the cannabinoids found in the plant. These days, many cannabis strains are bred to have higher levels of THC, and as a result, cannabinoids in the strains have decreased to trace amounts, but fortunately the terpene profiles remain.

Terpenes have been proven to have incredible medicinal value because they bind to human cannabinoid receptors and effect the chemical output. They can also modify how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier. They have also been known to influence dopamine and serotonin receptors by altering the rate of production and destruction of the receptors.

Many other herbs, plants and fruits also contain terpenes.

Terpenes

Terpenes commonly found in cannabis:
Alpha-Pinene
Aroma: Pine
Effects: Alertness, Memory Retention and counteracts anxiety brought on by THC
Medical Value: Bronchodilator, Antiseptic, Antibacterial
Strains: Elderberry

Myrcene
Aroma: Musky, Cloves, Earthy and Herbal, with a touch of citrus
Effects: Sedating, Relaxing and known to enhance the effects of THC
Medical Value: Antioxidant, Anti-carcinogenic, Anti-inflammation and Anti-insomnia
Strains: Citrix

Limonene
Aroma: Citrus
Effects: Elevated mood, stress relief
Medical Value: Anti-fungal, antibacterial and antidepressant
Strains: Tangie, Double Tangie Banana and 24K

Caryophyllene
Aroma: Pepper, spice, wood and clove
Effects: No known effects
Medical Value: Gastro-protective and anti-inflammatory
Strains: Gorilla Glue #4, Blueberry and Master Kush

Linalool
Aroma: Floral, citrus and candy
Effects: Anxiety relief and sedation
Medical Value: Anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant and anti-acne
Strains: Blue Dream, Sensi Star and The Rem

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AG Sessions Upset as DOJ’s Task Force Decides to Allow Marijuana Laws

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The Department of Justice’s task force subcommittee on marijuana policy has decided to not recommend any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws.

The task force asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue, according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). The recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions and are non-binding.

Since August 2013, Dept. of Justice policy has been not to enforce federal marijuana laws against individuals or businesses in states that are complying with state medical or adult-use marijuana laws, provided that one of eight federal priorities is not implicated.

In 2014, Congress passed an amendment to an omnibus spending bill that prevented the Dept. of Justice from spending any resources to interfere with state-legal medical marijuana laws. This amendment was subsequently renewed, but it now stands to expire on Sept. 30 unless it is approved in a congressional conference committee or Congress fails to pass a budget.

While on the campaign trail, President Trump was asked his view on state marijuana policy reform, and he consistently said it should be a states’ rights decision.

Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted effective medical marijuana laws. Marijuana is legal and regulated for adults in eight states, and adult possession and limited home cultivation are legal in the District of Columbia.

According to an April poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 73 percent of U.S. voters “oppose government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.” Ninety-four percent of U.S. voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, and 60 percent support making marijuana legal in the United States.

Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the MPP, said, “The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses. In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer. The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference.”