Cannabis May Pose A 'Long-Term Risk' To The Alcohol Industry

Cannabis May Pose A 'Long-Term Risk' To The Alcohol Industry

The legal marijuana industry could emerge to become one of the biggest threats to the multi-billion dollar beverage alcohol business, according to a new report from a top analytical firm.

The IWSR, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, in conjunction with and BDS Analytics, says a growing number of consumers, especially millennials, are showing a preferences to consume both booze and buds, versus older generations which tend to stick with just one. That could cut into long-term loyalty efforts by beverage makers, especially those in the beer and spirits fields.


“Our research shows that up to 40% of adults 21 and over consume cannabis in states where it’s legal,” said Jessica Lukas, vice-president at BDS Analytics. “Cannabis presents substantial opportunities across consumer industries, including new occasions that alcohol cannot and will not play. Consumers will continue to look to cannabis products over alcohol for occasions when they are feeling creative, need to get motivated, or seeking health, medical or wellness benefits.”



Certainly, money spend on cannabis is not necessarily money taken away from alcohol companies. But the IWSR is warning that makers of adult beverages need to begin anticipating consumer’s shifting demands now if they want to avoid trouble down the road.

Last year, Americans drank 3.345 billion cases of alcohol, a 0.8% decline from 2017. That worked out to about 7.9 billion gallons of booze, roughly 160 million bathtubs full.


21 Ganja-Loving Twitter Users Share The Highest Things They've Ever Done

21 Ganja-Loving Twitter Users Share The Highest Things They've Ever Done -

There are about a zillion wonderful benefits to legalizing marijuana: taxes that go to educationjob creation, and thinning out our overcrowded prisons. Then there's the fun stuff. Twitter user @icexqueen asked her followers to share some hilariously high anecdotes and the thread made us laugh very hard for a Monday. We can only hope that as greens become more accessible we get more of these tear-inducing stories.




Trippy Slow-Mo 4K HD Footage Of People Smoking Weed For The First Time

Trippy Slow-Mo 4K HD Footage Of People Smoking Weed For The First Time

There’s something about people smoking weed for the first time that’s endlessly fascinating to people who have smoked weed before.

You see this often when people hit a certain age and their friends start smoking. The first person to smoke weed then wants to watch all of their friends take their first toke until there’s only one friend left who haven’t poked the smot and everyone wants to sit in a circle and watch this person rip a bong like it’s a special on BBC’s Planet Earth. Sound familiar or was this just my experience growing up?




Marijuana Still Isn't As Legal As You Think

Marijuana Still Isn't As Legal As You Think

Weed isn’t a fucking Miracle drug or anything but it’s much safer than alcohol for example and it’s ridiculous that it’s still illegal.

Massachusetts Mayor First In Line As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin

Massachusetts Mayor First In Line As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin


Massachusetts became the first state on the East Coast Tuesday to allow recreational marijuana sales, meaning tens of millions of adult consumers, including those in New York City, are now within a three-hour drive from a pot shop.

CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil reports from Northampton, Massachusetts, where one of two stores opening in the state is located and where David Narkewicz will welcome legal recreational marijuana as both the ceremonial first customer and the town's mayor.

"I think there's a lot going on here in trying to bring marijuana out of the shadows," Narkewicz said.



But when asked whether the purchase is simply ceremonial or it will be consumed, Narkewicz said, "I am actually going to probably preserve it and display it…because it is historically significant."

Massachusetts is the seventh state to open retail marijuana shops, but the first to open them east of the Mississippi. The milestone comes as the cannabis industry celebrates a series of new highs.

Earlier this month, Michigan became the first Midwestern state to approve recreational cannabis– joining 10 other states and Washington, D.C. In October, Canada became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana.

But the steady march of marijuana legalization has Dr. Sharon Levy concerned. She runs the adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston Children's Hospital.

"Instead of saying, 'Well, we'll assume these things are safe until they're proven harmful,' maybe we should be saying 'These things might be harmful until they're proven safe.' I don't think that's something we've done a very good job with," Levy said.

Amanda Rositano is the director of operational compliance for New England Treatment Access – or NETA – which, as of today, sells a range of cannabis products including pre-rolled joints, loose buds, oils and edibles to anyone over the age of 21.

"I think dependence can be an issue just like dependence can be an issue when it comes to ice cream. We will advocate using moderation, educate people about cannabis," Rositano said.

Under Massachusetts law, retail shops can sell each customer no more than an ounce of flower or 20 servings of edibles – both in child-resistant packaging. For now, those restrictions and others are good enough for Mayor Narkewizc.

"There has been marijuana use going on in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a long, long time. What's changing is it's now being regulated. It's now being tested. It's now being strictly monitored. That's really the major change that's happening," Narkewizc said.

Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana more than two years ago, but retail stores had to meet a number of rigorous conditions laid out by the state before opening. The initial small rollout is intentional. Lawmakers are hoping to avoid problems other states, like Colorado, have faced such as increases in crime.

Growers Warn Canada-Wide Cannabis Shortages Could Last Years

Growers Warn Canada-Wide Cannabis Shortages Could Last Years


The supply shortages that have plagued many provinces in the first month of legal cannabis will likely persist for years, industry insiders say.

Provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have all reported varying degrees of shortages.

New Brunswick was forced to temporarily close more than half its stores, while the Quebec Cannabis Corporation has reduced its store opening hours to four days a week. Labrador’s only legal cannabis store said it was forced to temporarily close after being without any product for nearly two weeks.

“Some licensed producers… have been unable to deliver the volumes that they had originally committed to,” said Kate Bilney, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch.



Khurram Malik, CEO of the Toronto-based cannabis company Biome Grow Inc., said the lack of supply is due in part to the tough regulations imposed by Health Canada on the country’s 132 licensed producers, and the time required by companies to develop a quality and compliant product.

He said the federal department also took too long to approve licences.


“The rules here are so difficult to grow cannabis — quite frankly more difficult than anywhere else in the world — that if you’re a new licence holder and you’ve never done this before, it’s going to take you a year, year-and-a-half, or two years to get any decent, consistent quality product out the door in any predictable volumes,” said Malik, adding it’s much easier and cheaper to grow in jurisdictions such as California.

“The good thing with that is, yes, it makes things difficult domestically, but the rest of the world looks at us as outright experts in this. They say if you can grow in Canada, you can grow anywhere.”


Malik said he suspects some companies did stockpile cannabis leading up to Oct. 17, but logistics such as packaging and shipping have held up distribution as producers navigate the red tape of a brand new sector.

“There may be empty store shelves right now in various provinces, but there’s product sitting in vaults ready to move.

“That will clean itself out in the coming weeks,” said Malik, whose company has facilities under development in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

“Once that’s out of the way, then you’re going to have intermittent shortages throughout 2019 and into 2020 as people produce and ship right away.”

Health Canada said it has taken steps to improve the licensing and capacity of producers, including increasing approved production capacity from 185,000 square metres to more than 1.2 million square metres since May 2017.

The department declined a request for an interview. But a statement from spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau acknowledged that product shortages would likely continue “in the months ahead.”

“As with any new industry where there is considerable consumer demand, we expect there may be periods where inventories of some products run low or, in some cases, run out,” said Jarbeau in an email.

“Health Canada remains confident that there is sufficient supply of cannabis overall to meet market demand now and into the future.”


The department said given the long-standing prohibition of cannabis, there were no established benchmarks to precisely estimate demand levels, or to determine which products would be in high demand.

“As the overall supply chain gains experience in the Canadian marketplace, it is expected that such localized and product-specific shortages will become far fewer in number,” she said.

Brenda and Trevor Tobin, the mother-and-son owners of Labrador City’s High North, said demand at the store currently far outweighs the available supply.

The shop sold all of its cannabis in the first three hours on legalization day, and in the weeks following, products dried up for almost two weeks.

Brenda Tobin said she continues to sell product faster than producers are able to deliver it. She said that has prompted some of her customers to buy cannabis illegally.

“A lot of them have said, ‘Well I guess it’s back to the black market’,” said Tobin. “We hate to hear that, but I’m assuming if they want their product, they’re going to get it one way or the other.”

She said product availability has also been restricted as producers send lists of available products, rather than the shop being able to request certain products, she said.

Authorities in B.C. and Alberta said licensed producers have not been able to deliver on the volumes they had originally committed to, but neither province provided specifics.


“While we forecasted and planned for this level of demand, we did not anticipate the supply challenges,” said Heather Holmen, manager of communications for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis.

“The shortage of product is a Canada-wide challenge.”

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation said it received less than 40 per cent of the product it ordered from 14 licensed producers in August, but was able to bring in inventory from a P.E.I. producer days before legalization to help address the shortage.

The shortages meant that three Nova Scotia cannabis stores closed early a few hours early on three occasions during the first week of legalization. There have not been any closures since then.

Cannabis NB said it received 20 to 30 per cent of its order for legalization day. It said 12 of the province’s 20 stores were forced to temporarily close in the last few weeks, but have all since reopened.

“Temporary closures are sometimes required to allow for new inventory to arrive,” Cannabis NB said in an email. “We expect supply levels to eventually normalize, however, the demand is consistent, and supply is a challenge.”

Meanwhile in Ontario — where its online store is the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis until brick-and-mortar stores are put in place next year — the provincial ombudsman has received more than 1,000 complaints related to delivery delays, poor customer service and issues with billing.

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said this week that the online Ontario Cannabis Store was returning to its original delivery time of one to three days, after receiving 200,000 orders since Oct. 17.


Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer for the New Brunswick-based OrganiGram, said cannabis companies knew it would be a challenge to fulfil the demand during the first few months following legalization, and a shortage was inevitable as producers play catch-up.

“There’s a huge novelty factor and I think it probably has really captured the imagination of Canadians in general,” said Gracewood. “It’s a validation that Canadian consumers are willing to embrace regulated and legalized product.”

Gracewood said Canadian consumers have a whole new world of cannabis products to look forward to, and he expects producers will start developing product niches.

Ottawa has said it is aiming to make edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates legal by next October.


Utah Lawmaker Doesn't Recommend 'Shooting Up Marijuana,' But Says 'No Big Deal' After First-Use

Utah Lawmaker Doesn't Recommend 'Shooting Up Marijuana,' But Says 'No Big Deal' After First-Use

A Utah lawmaker, and self-described marijuana virgin, learned his colleagues plan to vote against a controversial cannabis act, so he made the trek to Las Vegas, ate his first cannabis gummy bear and now wants legislature to follow suit. And he’s totally serious.

Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis held the tasting session on Facebook live weeks ahead of the revision to Prop 2, which will decide how weed can be ingested, where and how it’s sold and what kinds of conditions qualify for a medical cannabis card in Utah. He said at least one senator should try it before they debate the measure.

“Everybody, mellow out, recognize that this is nothing to be afraid of,” Dabakis said in the video posted 24 hours after his unforgettable cannabis test-drive. “Because the people who are terrified by it seem to be the people who HAVE NEVER TRIED IT.”

Standing in the parking lot of a dispensary called NuLeaf, Dabakis struggled with the packaging before eventually splitting the gummy in half and opting for a cautionary lick-test before eating it. He was sure no lawmaker had used marijuana prior to this plunge, so the senator decided he’d make the “great sacrifice.” Well, he made it through the experience unscathed after eating the other half and then eating the another half and then going to Cirque Du Soleil, according to Vice.

“I wouldn’t suggest shooting up marijuana to anybody, but I’ll tell you, it’s a lot of ho-hum,” said the (former) marijuana virgin. “I think the reefer madness crowd, you guys, you need to try it. It’s not that big of a deal.”




Moments later, the senator got specific and proposed that everyone in Utah’s legislature “go try gummy bears.” He added maybe they can pass a one-day law for a “special session and do it in the capitol with nurses around and doctors.”

A vast majority of Utah’s Senate is Mormon, Dabakis said, noting the Mormon church has been openly opposed to medical marijuana. But Dabakis swerved right past this obstruction with a dependable plan that that excuses conflicting religious beliefs, citing the experiment as “informational.”

“Make no mistake, anti-reefer madness people are in total control now, and they’re going to re-write what the people have, so having said all that I’m just saying: ‘It’s no big deal,’” he said, adding that taxpayer’s money was not used to purchase the $30 edible.




There was no “ahhhh moment” as the senator described it. He was just mellow. And maybe him not dying will do nothing for the proposition. But the videos, which collectively have over 400,000 views, garnered support from some of the public, if nothing else.

“I will pay for all the edibles to give to each member of Utah’s legislature!” a Facebook user wrote in the comment section. Another called him “a true hero to the people of Utah.”

29 Pics That Show The Real Side-Effects Of Weed

29 Pics That Show The Real Side-Effects Of Weed -





Winnipeg's First Toking And Driving Ticket Issued 1 Hour Into Legalization

Winnipeg's First Toking And Driving Ticket Issued 1 Hour Into Legalization



One hour after pot was legalized, Winnipeg police issued their first ticket for consuming cannabis in a car.

Around 1 a.m., Winnipeg Police Service traffic division Insp. Gord Spado says one of his officers issued the ticket during a traffic stop.

"An hour into legality, and something illegal," Spado said Wednesday.

Spado said while the cannabis was likely illegally purchased — online sales started at 12:01 a.m. but weren't being delivered yet at 1 a.m. — no ticket was issued for that.

"It doesn't look like anything was pursued as far as the illicit component of it goes," he said. "I think that's just the education piece of our members, knowing where to go with that. It's still new to us, too, right, so we're still learning."

Spado notes it will be difficult to determine if cannabis has been illegally purchased. Another challenge will be ticketing people for consuming edibles in vehicles.

"If somebody has an edible in a car and we can prove it, that's also an offence," Spado noted. "Sometimes we can [prove it], sometimes we can't. And when edibles are legally produced commercially, then it might be a little bit easier, because there'll be packaging and things like that that might be visible."

The ticket, like a lot of offences pertaining to legal marijuana, comes with a $672 fine.

Since changes came in with the Cannabis Harm Prevention Act last year, WPS officers have issued two citations for transporting cannabis in a vehicle.

Some fines for new marijuana offences:

$2,542: Supplying cannabis to a young person under age 19
$2,542: Growing non-medical cannabis in a residence in Manitoba
$672: Smoking or vaping cannabis in provincial parks
$672: Smoking or vaping cannabis in a public place
$237: Driver carrying cannabis in or on vehicle (ie: not in trunk; same fine for off-road vehicles)
$672: Consuming cannabis in or on vehicle on a highway
$672: Consuming cannabis in or on off-road vehicle

Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit Pot Shop But Only Got Away With Oregano

Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit Pot Shop But Only Got Away With Oregano

A group of teens smashed a stolen van into a marijuana dispensary in Colorado Springs and stole a bunch of herb. Actually, it was herbs. Oregano, to be specific.

The owners of Native Roots, at Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway, told our partners at KKTV they don’t put real marijuana in the display cases.

The smash and grab happened just after 1 a.m. in front of several witnesses.

“I was coming out from work, and all of a sudden we heard this big old crash,” Brent Wrathbone told KKTV. “[The suspects] came out with bunches of marijuana in their arms.”

Wrathbone said the suspects threw a beer bottle at him as he called police.

“I decided just to call the cops and we decided to get their plate number and everything and then I get a beer bottle thrown at me,” he told 11 News.

The suspects left the van behind — well inside the store.

Wrathbone and other witnesses told police they saw the group leave in a separate getaway car waiting on the other side of the dispensary.

Officers believe there were two people in the van when it crashed into the store and two others in the getaway vehicle.


15 WTF Things That Happened When People Hooked Up While High

15 WTF Things That Happened When People Hooked Up While High

Maine Restaurant To Get Lobsters High Off Marijuana Smoke Before Killing Them

Maine Restaurant To Get Lobsters High Off Marijuana Smoke Before Killing Them

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine currently offers its lobsters steamed or boiled. But the owner is really hoping you'll enjoy them baked out of their skulls.

Charlotte Gill, who opened Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor seven years ago, is experimenting with getting the lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing and cooking them, believing it to be more humane than the traditional methods.


“I feel bad that when lobsters come here there is no exit strategy,” Gill told the Mount Desert Islander. “It’s a unique place and you get to do such unique things but at the expense of this little creature. I’ve really been trying to figure out how to make it better.”

In the restaurant’s first experiment into the process, a lobster — nicknamed “Roscoe” — was placed into a box with a few inches of water at the bottom, and marijuana smoke was then blown through the water, into the box.

Gill, also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver in the state of Maine, claims Roscoe was much calmer and less aggressive for the subsequent three weeks, and didn’t try to attack the other lobsters in his tank even though his claws were unbound.

She later released Roscoe to the sea “as a thank you,” according to the Islander.

Following the tests, Gill has dedicated a special outdoor station to sedating the lobsters with THC-infused smoke, but only at the customers’ requests. In the future, she plans to build an even larger tank in order to sedate multiple crustaceans at once.

“The animal is already going to be killed,” said Gill. “It is far more humane to make it a kinder passage.”

Gill also believes this method won’t actually impart the edible lobster meat with THC, as the lobsters will be steamed before being served, thus destroying any residual traces.

“THC breaks down completely by 392 degrees, therefore we will use both steam as well as a heat process that will expose the meat to 420 degree extended temperature, in order to ensure there is no possibility of carryover effect (even though the likelihood of such would be literally impossible),” she told the Islander.

“I’m not selling an edible,” she added.

12 Times Tumblr Pondered The Agony And Ecstasy Of Elon Musk

12 Times Tumblr Pondered The Agony And Ecstasy Of Elon Musk

Why is it that everyone's obsessed with Elon Musk? Is it the fact that nobody else seems to embody the bold industrialist man of science ideal that's been a part of American mythology since Thomas Edison? Is it because he sits at the crossroads of our generation coming to terms with the limitless possibilities and unavoidable flaws of capitalism? Perhaps it's the fact that while other billionaires are dull, hoarding assets and amassing wealth through inscrutible financial instuments Elon is in the news every day pushing new (and sometimes strange) ideas? It could be the fact that he is a canonical part of the Marvel Universe (I'm not the only one who remembers that cheeky cameo in Iron Man 2).

Considering all the controversies and weird rumors that have surrounded him in 2018 it's no wonder why we can't seem to stop talking about him. Money, fame, happiness, drugs, politics, technology, THE FUTURE ITSELF are all wrapped up in the world of this quiet computer programmer who grew up to inspire (and draw ire) from the entire world.

Legendary Stoner Fights Off 4 Bear Spray Wielding Attackers During Cannabis Store Robbery

Legendary Stoner Fights Off 4 Bear Spray Wielding Attackers During Cannabis Store Robbery

Four males, believed to be of middle eastern decent entered the store with their faces covered while brandishing canisters of bear spray. They were met with great resistance by the store clerk and despite being sprayed he managed to successfully fight them off and force them from the store.

Tesla Stock Plummeted After Elon Musk Smoked Weed On Joe Rogan’s Live Podcast

Tesla Stock Plummeted After Elon Musk Smoked Weed On Joe Rogan’s Live Podcast



If you happen to see Azealia Banks circling the unemployment office, this would be why. Her recent position as the number-one source for exposing Elon Musk’s deeply cringey behavior has just been made redundant. Elon can personally take it from here.

Elon hasn’t had such a great couple of months. It was discovered recently that Elon donated to the Republican party. He’s been accused of union-busting. Tesla shares dropped after Elon called one of the Thai cave rescuers a pedo. It was recently discovered that he’s still calling that Thai cave rescuer a pedo. Yesterday, Elon Musk appeared on the 1169th episode of The Joe Rogan Experience with Joe Rogan, a two-and-a-half hour podcast episode that was streamed live on YouTube.

Elon could have used his time on The Joe Rogan Experience to build up some goodwill and reassure stockholders that he’s not slowly losing his mind. But…he didn’t do that. Instead, Joe and Elon talked about Tesla, watches, Mars – all subjects that are very relevant to his interests. Then Elon proved he’s definitely a super cool, chill dude by sipping whiskey and taking a puff from a blunt that Joe had rolled.

Around the 2:10:00 mark, Joe lights up and Elon asks if it’s a joint or a cigar. Joe asks if he’s ever smoked a blunt before, and Elon answers like he’s starring in a peer pressure drug PSA by saying: “Yeah, I think I tried one once.” Joe then comments that he probably can’t smoke because of stockholders, to which Elon responds by taking a puff. If any stockholders are concerned, don’t worry – I’m pretty sure none of the chronic made it to his lungs.


Elon’s attempt at looking cool might have won some people over, but not the people that count in business. According to NBC News, Tesla stock dropped 9% today. Two high-profile executives, Human Resources head Gabrielle Toledano and Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton, also announced today that they’re leaving the company. Dave joined the Tesla team just last month. He released a statement saying that the “level of public attention” placed on the company was more than what he’d expected.

Tesla’s stock dropped sharply around 10am, but it began to rise again. NBC News says that Tesla could, and probably will, bounce back – even if temporarily.

According to Azealia Banks, Elon wanted to set his Tesla stock price at $420 a share because he’s so into weed. Yet he’s beyond awkward when it comes to actually smoking it. Not to mention his obsession with underground tunnels and Mars. You know, it’s really too bad they’re not his target market, because Elon would be a hit in the just-discovered-weed teen stoner market.




Street Dimebags Vs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Street Dimebags Vs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

In 2016, VICE met business partners in Atlanta who had a dream of getting into the legal weed business, but couldn’t see a way to take their illegal grow off the streets. Two years later, the entrepreneurs—Felix and Kingston—are now running Gas House, a successful legal weed company in Oakland whose products are sold in dispensaries across California. In an industry home to a small number of black business owners, Felix and Kingston have become pioneers inspiring others to leave the underground market behind.

VICE met up with the duo to learn more about how they market their products, and the legal requirements they had to meet to transition from the black market to an above-board operation. Then we talked with dispensary owners, locals, and cannabis entrepreneurs about the access and inclusion gaps in California’s legal weed industry—and what companies like Gas House are doing to close them.

10 Surprising Side Effects To Legalizing Marijuana

10 Surprising Side Effects To Legalizing Marijuana -


We’re seeing an experiment in action. Over the past few years, more and more countries and states have been legalizing marijuana, and we’re finally getting to see what effect it really has.

There have been all kinds of predictions. The naysayers have been sure that legalizing pot will all but bring the world to its doom, with drug abuse and crime running rampant. And on the other side, pot advocates have all but suggested that it’ll usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, where mankind finally settles its differences over a toke.

Enough time has passed now, though, that we can pretty definitively say what really happened—and it’s not all what you might expect.

10 Car Crashes Go Up, But Fatalities Go Down

When you legalize weed, it seems, you replace a lot of your drunk drivers with high drivers. And that has some interesting side effects.

First off, legalizing marijuana definitely leads to more people smoking marijuana. In Colorado, adult marijuana use has gone up by 29 percent since it was legalized. But a lot of those people picking up joints are putting down beer bottles, especially before driving.

Drunk driving, in Washington state, has gone down nearly 33 percent since 2007. High driving has gone up about 50 percent—but its hard to get much meaning out of that, because marijuana stays in the bloodstream for weeks after the effects wear off.

What seems to be happening, though, is very slow, very careful car crashes. Statistically speaking, car accidents have gone up in places that have legalized pot, while car crash fatalities have gone down.[1] And while nobody knows for sure exactly what that means, it’s hard not to chalk that up to a lot of stoners very, very slowly bumping into each other.

9 The Police Clear More Crimes

Marijuana advocates were right: When you legalize marijuana, police really do get to focus on the real crimes.

In their first year of legal pot, marijuana possession charges fell by a staggering 98 percent in Washington state. And that’s a huge deal. Between 2000 and 2010, before weed was legalized, the state spent $200 million enforcing marijuana laws—meaning that legalizing pot essentially freed up $196 million worth of police resources.

And, yes, it has led to better policing. Both Colorado and Washington have seen faster crime clearance rates across the board since legalizing marijuana.[2]

It’s also better for citizens. An unexpected side effect of legalizing pot is that cops aren’t searching cars as often, simply because they can’t use “your car smells like weed” as an excuse to search them anymore. One Washington cop has said: “Probably 90 percent of my felony arrests, they started with the odor of marijuana.” Since legalization, though, he’s been letting those people off—which, in theory, should reduce racial profiling.

8 More Kids Go To The Hospital For Eating Pot Brownies

As soon as marijuana was legalized, hospitals started seeing kids pile into the emergency rooms, high out of their minds on pot brownies. It was epidemic—in a single year, the state of Colorado treated 87 children under the age of nine for ingesting cannabis, an increase of 450 percent since pot was legalized.

And that’s a good thing!

No, we’re not on some vendetta to get kids high—we just think there might be another way to interpret those numbers.

Most of these cases happen because a kid sneaks into the parent’s edibles and starts munching away at a pot brownie, not realizing that there’s more in it than just sugar. It’s possible that legalized marijuana is making that happen more often—but it’s a lot more likely that parents are just less afraid of taking their kids to the hospitals now that pot is legal.

In the past, parents have faced child endangerment charges and even lost their kids just because their child snuck a THC-laced cookie out of a forbidden cookie jar. It’s reasonable to assume that the main reason more kids are going to the hospital for this is that the parents are less afraid. Before, they were probably just dealing with it by waiting it out and hoping for the best.

One thing we know for sure is that is that underage marijuana use doesn’t go up at all where marijuana is legalized. In fact, in Washington state and Colorado, teenage pot use has gone down.[3]

7 Homelessness Seems To Increase

When Colorado legalized marijuana, locals started to complain about their new neighbors. Their homes, as one resident put it, had “suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers, and a large number of homeless drug addicts.”[4]

There’s been a bit of controversy over whether or not that’s really true. has gone ahead and written it off as largely false, saying that Colorado’s homeless population was nearly cut in half between 2012 and 2013, when marijuana was legalized, apparently in some kind of inexplicable homeless mass exodus.

But if we can argue with Snopes, they’ve overlooked a major point. In 2013, Colorado changed the way it counts its homeless population, and the state itself credits the new system for the sudden, major drop in their homeless count. The drop isn’t a mass exodus—the numbers, before, were just wrong.

Other than that weird blip, which really has nothing to do with legal weed, homelessness steadily increased in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, California, and Alaska after legalizing pot—suggesting that, yes, the locals are right. Pot-loving transients really do migrate to places that let them smoke legally.

6 Tourists Come Just For The Marijuana

In 2015, Colorado made a record $2.6 billion off of tourism. People started flooding out to Colorado in unprecedented numbers.

The state of Colorado insists it was because of a top-notch tourism campaign—but the facts kind of suggest that people weren’t coming to see the Rockies. That year, a survey of people vacationing in Colorado found that 49 percent of them were there for weed.[5]

Strangely enough, most of them ended up chickening out and not actually buying any: Only eight percent of Colorado’s tourists actually visited a marijuana dispensary. Still, nearly half of them said that legalized pot was at least part of the reason they decided to spend their vacation time high among the mountains.

In Amsterdam, where they’re a bit more honest about these things, the tourism board estimates that 1.5 million tourists drop by every year purely because of legalized pot—which is an awful lot of money to flush into an economy.

5 Tourists Smoke Themselves Into The Hospitals

Those tourists who do partake, though, have a bad habit of going a bit overboard. Since Colorado legalized marijuana, their hospitals have had to deal with twice as many people from out-of-state showing up in the ER, so high that they’ve freaked themselves out.

It happens more often than you’d think. In 2014, 1.68 percent of Colorado’s out-of-state hospital patients specifically told the doctors they were there because of marijuana.[6] They’d smoked themselves silly, and they either hurt themselves or broke into such horrible anxiety attacks that they ended up begging their friends to call a doctor.

The funny thing is that the locals don’t do it. There has been no change whatsoever in the number of in-state patients complaining about marijuana. It’s just the tourists who binge-smoke themselves into the ER, apparently convinced that if they’re going to get a chance to legally get high, they need to get higher than anyone has ever been.

4 Dogs Start Getting Stoned

It’s not just people who have been getting high. When marijuana gets legalized, dogs start getting high, too.

According to the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, marijuana poisoning in dogs in Colorado has quadrupled since pot was legalized. One veterinarian claims that her hospital treats an average of five stoned-out-of-their-mind dogs every week.

It’s not that people are sticking joints in their dogs’ mouths—or, at least, that usually isn’t what happens. Typically, the dogs get into owners’ edibles and chomp away on them. They end tired, staggering, and sensitive to light. In extreme cases, they’ll even up throwing up and passing out.

The dogs are usually fine within 24 hours, but some have actually died after eating edibles. Those deaths were probably brought on by the chocolate instead of the marijuana, though, as the chocolate in a brownie is far worse for dogs than the weed.[7]

3 Opioid Use Goes Down

No matter how you feel about marijuana, it’d be hard to say that it’s as bad as opioids. Opioids kill—in fact, they kill 42,000 Americans every year.

Legalizing marijuana, though, seems to be a pretty effective way to bring those numbers down. According to one study, opioid prescriptions go down by an average of 14 percent whenever medical marijuana is legalized.

Partly, that’s because it gives people an alternative. When marijuana is illegal, patients don’t have many other choices for dealing with pain except for taking opioids, which can be very addictive and very dangerous. But the other part is that marijuana is just plain cheaper. On average, marijuana costs patients about 60 percent as much as opioids like hydrocodone.

And, yes, it saves lives. Legalizing medical marijuana, on average, has reduced deaths from opioid overdoses by 25 percent.[8]

2 Crime Rates Plummet

Reefer madness has yet to set in anywhere that marijuana has been legalized. Crime, in Washington state, is the lowest it’s been in 40 years, while Colorado has seen a 2.4-percent drop in violent crime since legalization.

But that’s nothing compared to the states further south. In the states bordering Mexico, where marijuana trade is usually controlled by drug cartels, crime rates have absolutely plummeted where marijuana has been legalized. In California, legalizing pot for medical use alone lowered violent crime by 15 percent, robberies by 19 percent, and murders by ten percent.[9]

And, yes, that’s because the cartel is out of town. Drug-related homicides went down by 41 percent—nearly being cut in half—since medical marijuana was legalized in California.

Weed, it seems, doesn’t really turn people into criminals. If anything, legalizing weed is making the drug cartels hemorrhage money—and might even get rid of some of them.

1 Public Schools Get Better

In 2015, Colorado brought in an extra $135 million in tax revenue through cannabis alone.

That’s a lot of money—and most of it has gone into helping Colorado’s schools. When marijuana was legalized, Colorado ruled that most of the new money would go into schools, and they’ve kept that promise. During the 2015–2016 school year, marijuana taxes contributed $80 million toward school construction projects. In 2017, schools in Deer Trail, Colorado, were given $34 million to build a new campus and specifically credited the money to marijuana taxes, which means that the kids there got a brand-new facility because of weed.

According to a Harvard researcher, if the entire United States legalized marijuana (and other drugs) and then taxed and regulated their sale, it would raise an extra $106.7 billion per year.[10] That figure comes from the theory that the nation would earn $58.8 billion in tax revenues and save the $47.9 billion they spend on drug prohibition each year.

That would be enough money to make every college in the US free—and there’d still be money left over to spread around.

College Study Will Pay You To Smoke Weed And Drive

College Study Will Pay You To Smoke Weed And Drive

After years of arguing legalization of marijuana, states are finally coming around, making it fine to toke up. It’s been a long time coming, but 2018 saw eight states allowing weed for recreational purposes (and even more for medicinal use).

California is one of the recent additions to allow the burning of fat ones. With its legalization came concerns about the impact on impaired driving. If the state will allow marijuana the same way they do alcohol, that might open up a bunch of DUI issues nobody wants. So, in an effort to be more educated on the subject, a team of researchers is paying people to light up and get behind the wheel.

A team at the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) is conducting experiments to determine what the effects will be when you’re high as a kite and try to operate a vehicle. This gives a whole new definition to driving at a “high rate of speed.”

The folks at CMCR teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to conduct the study, authorized by the state legislature. Participants literally smoke joints rolled by the researchers (because science). And don’t worry, they’re not sticking a bunch of high test subjects in cars and letting them loose on the roads. Instead, they’re putting them in a driving simulator. Basically, people are getting high and playing video games which is, like, every pothead’s dream come true.

As of late last week, the research team still needed 80 more subjects to participate. If you’re ready and willing to get paid for driving high, this might be the study for you. Just make sure to get a ride home.

Wyoming Officials Shocked To Find Marijuana Growing In City Planters

Wyoming Officials Shocked To Find Marijuana Growing In City Planters


A Wyoming city has discovered its potted plants have literally gone to pot, reports. Officials in Powell believe pranksters planted marijuana seeds in city-owned flower pots this spring, leading unsuspecting city workers to water and care for them. The Powell Tribune reports city Parks and Recreation staff noticed the unauthorized greenery late last month while watering the pots, including one not far from the police station. Parks Superintendent Del Barton says workers pulled two plants on June 29 and took them to police.

Another was found a couple days later. Barton says workers suspect there may be others. Police Chief Roy Eckerdt believes the clandestine cultivating is "somebody's sense of humor." After learning about the "weeds" in the city pots, just a short distance from the police station, he had a little more checking to do. "I went out and checked all the plants in front of the PD to make sure there weren’t any [marijuana plants] in any of ours," Eckerdt says.




Weed has been legal in Alaska for a long time, so they have some great weed based activities for anyone able and willing. Check out this review of things a cannabis-consuming tourist can do while they’re stoned.

Police Searching For Suspects After Teens Say They Stole Their Marijuana

Police Searching For Suspects After Teens Say They Stole Their Marijuana

Rochester police are investigating after two teens go to police saying they were robbed at gunpoint.

The boys say they were selling marijuana to two other people when one of them pulled a gun on them. It happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Barlow Plaza.

The boys, ages 15 and 16, say they were weighing marijuana in a car, when one of the suspects in the back seat took it. The teens told police they chased the pair and were able to get one of their wallets before a gun was pulled on them.

The teens gave police a description of the suspects and the I.D. inside the wallet. The teens say two other people were also in the suspect's vehicle.

After reporting the incident to police, the teens were found to be in possession multiple unprescribed prescription pills.

Fisherman Reels In Marijuana Bale Off Pompano Beach

Fisherman Reels In Marijuana Bale Off Pompano Beach


A fisherman made a “high” catch while celebrating his birthday on the water off Pompano Beach.

Jorge Bustamante said he hooked in a bale of marijuana, Monday morning.


The fisherman notified the Coast Guard. A crew came to pick up the bale, nicknamed “square grouper” by officials.

However, before it was taken away, Bustamante took pictures. He also jokingly called the unusual catch his “Pablo Escobar birthday present.”


Canadian Cannabis Production Method In Niagara Could Be A Game Changer

Canadian Cannabis Production Method In Niagara Could Be A Game Changer


At least one major licensed producer has welcomed news that the Canadian government will be introducing regulations that will allow growing of cannabis in outdoor farms.
Responding to a news report from The Globe and Mailthat the federal government will be legalizing outdoor grow, CannTrust CEO Eric Paul said his company has been "preparing for" outdoor grow and has a plan in place to implement large-scale outdoor production.

"Traditional farmers will be tapped to contract-grow cannabis outdoor," Paul told Grow Opportunity. "We're going to give them our genetics, we will put the fence around and the security... we will apply for the (Health Canada) licence and they will be a contract grower for us."

Paul and other executives at CannTrust unveiled Tuesday (June 26) its brand new, high-tech greenhouse facility in the Niagara Region. The new $40-million Niagara Perpetual Harvest Facility in the town of Pelham, Ont., is a 450,000-sq.ft. hydroponics greenhouse with an estimated capacity to grow up to 50,000 kilograms of cannabis per year. The facility will gradually expand to 600,000 sq. ft., doubling CannTrust's capacity to over 100,000 kilograms.

In a news report, The Globe and Mail quoted a spokesperson for Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor saying the government's move to allow outdoor grow "under strict rules" comes after a thorough consultation process.

The Cannabis Canada Council, the national association for the cannabis industry, had been advocating for a ban on large-scale outdoor cultivation for cannabis, saying allowing outdoor grows poses security risks that could divert products to the illegal market. Most major licensed producers have also been heavily investing into their indoor grow facilities.

The economics for outdoor grows, however, make sense and will result in lower production costs, said Paul. He said traditional indoor grows have costs of about $2 per gram. A more efficient, state-of-the-art facility, such as the new CannTrust greenhouse farm in Niagara brings down the cost to about 75 cents per gram. An outdoor farm, however, would not have many of the costs associated with an indoor facility such as power and environmental control systems. This could lower the cost to about 25 cents per gram, Paul explained.

"The reason we're doing (outdoor grow) is to help the LCBO and the OCS (Ontario Cannabis Stores) be competitive in retail against the black market. It's the only way you're going to get the black market out," the CannTrust CEO said.

The federal government, according to The Globe and Mail report, is expected to announce the new outdoor grow regulations later this week. Inudstry observers expect the same strict security restrictions will be imposed on outdoor facilities as it has been for indoor grows.

Cannabis grown outdoors, with less environmental control systems, will be used for extraction to produce edible products for CannTrust, Paul said. The premium, high-quality dried flowers will continue to be grown in the high-tech greenhouses, he added.

CannTrust's new Niagara region facility is expected to operate on a perpetual harvest system, with a continuing work cycle 365 days a year, "creating a steady production capacity and a more stable work environment for employees," CannTrust said in a statement. The facility will ultimately have a work force of around 250 full-time employees. The site will also be home to a new, large extraction facility in the near future, Paul said.


Canada's Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Canada's Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift almost a century-old prohibition on cannabis.

Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass Bill C-45, after seven months of study and debate.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said the provinces will need two to three months after the bill is passed before they’ll be ready to implement the new legalized cannabis regime.

“We have seen in the Senate tonight a historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition of cannabis in this country, 90 years of needless criminalization, 90 years of a just-say-no approach to drugs that hasn’t worked,” said independent Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the upper house.

Canada is the first industrialized country to legalize cannabis nationwide.

“I’m proud of Canada today. This is progressive social policy,” Dean said.

However, Dean and other senators stressed that the government is taking a very cautious, prudent approach to this historic change. Cannabis will be strictly regulated, with the objective of keeping it out of the hands of young people and displacing the thriving black market in cannabis controlled by organized crime.

“What the government’s approach has been is, yes, legalization but also strict control,” said Sen. Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate.

“That does not in any way suggest that it’s now party time.”

Conservative senators remained resolutely opposed to legalization, however, and predicted passage of C-45 will not meet the government’s objectives.

“The impact is we’re going to have all those involved in illegal marijuana peddling right now becoming large corporations and making a lot of money and they’re going to be doing it at the expense of vulnerable people in this country,” said Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, predicting young people will have more — not less — access.

“When you normalize the use of marijuana and you’re a young person and you had certain reservations because of the simple fact that it was illegal, there’s, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it.”

But Dean countered that the Conservatives have been making the same argument since the bill landed in the Senate seven months ago, regardless of what they heard from expert witnesses. And he suggested that’s because they received marching orders from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to do everything in their power to delay or block legalization.

“That tells me that maybe they haven’t been open to learning and listening the way that other senators have in this place,” he said of the Conservatives’ unchanging position on the bill.

By contrast, Dean said many independent senators were initially opposed to or uncertain about legalization but changed their minds after hearing from more than 200 expert witnesses who testified before five different Senate committees that examined the bill minutely.

The Conservatives are the last remaining openly partisan group in the Senate, to which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to name only non-partisan, independent senators recommended by an arm’s-length advisory body.

Senators last week approved almost four dozen amendments to C-45. The government accepted 27 of them and tweaked two others. But it rejected 13 amendments.

Among the rejected amendments was one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana if they choose.

Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban homegrown pot, even though the bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling. The purpose of the Senate’s amendment was to prevent legal challenges to their constitutional right to do so.

Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan attempted Tuesday to have the amendment reinstated in the bill — which would have meant the bill would have to be bounced back to the House of Commons and could have set the stage for a protracted parliamentary battle between the two houses of Parliament.

But senators voted 45-35 not to insist on that change.

Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the independent group of senators, said C-45 was “a bit of a stress test” for the new, less partisan Senate.

“I think the new Senate came out very well. We worked very hard on reviewing the bill, proposing amendments” but ultimately deferred to the will of the elected House of Commons, as unelected senators should, he said.

The World’s Most Expensive Joint Is Valued At $24,000

The World’s Most Expensive Joint Is Valued At $24,000

Stone Road Farms, a Los Angeles-based cannabis startup, has been making a name for themselves over the past few months thanks to their innovative and luxurious hand-rolled joints, which only use pure flower.

With farmland in Grass Valley (no pun intended), the organically grown cannabis is crafted in small batches and is of the highest grade quality thanks to the artisan wells and strong California sunshine that feed it.

Stone Road’s joints come in three different varieties: Birthday Cake (Indica), Cherry Pie (Hybrid) and Sour Rasberry (Sative), though it’s their $24,000 joint that has people talking.

The startup decided to celebrate the company’s new compliance status with the state of California by throwing a one-night benefit party, which featured the world’s most expensive joint.

Stone Road Farms founder Lex Corwin commissioned the piece and hired famed joint-roller Weaver for the over-the-top project, which took two weeks to complete.

In addition to of one-pound of Stone Road’s ground cannabis and bubble hash, Team Elite Genetics’ award-winning flower and six ounces of Soilgrown Solventless concentrate were wrapped in blunt paper with three layers of 24-karat rolling papers to create the masterpiece.

To add even more lavishness and awareness, Corwin had Weaver craft the world’s most expensive joint in the shape of an elephant tusk.

Corwin, who has had a long-standing obsession with elephants and a history of working with conservation groups, wanted to bring forth the destruction caused by the ivory trade.

“Beyond throwing a party to celebrate our expansion, I wanted to incorporate a social cause element, so I decided to create a joint in the shape of a giant elephant tusk to signify the detrimental toll the ivory trade takes on wild elephants,” says Corwin.

The 30-inch long, pound and a half joint was auctioned off by evening end to one of Stone Road’s early investors for $4,000, despite being valued at over $24,000.

Trump Suggests He Will Support Ending Federal Ban On Marijuana

Trump Suggests He Will Support Ending Federal Ban On Marijuana


President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown. Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

Trump made his comments to a gaggle of reporters Friday morning just before he boarded a helicopter on his way to the G-7 summit in Canada. His remarks came the day after the bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed their measure. One of the lead sponsors is Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is aligned with Trump on several issues but recently has tangled with the administration over the Justice Department’s threatened crackdowns on marijuana.

“I support Sen. Gardner,” Trump said when asked about the bill. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.” The legislative proposal, which is also championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), would reshape the legal landscape for marijuana. California and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized all adult use of marijuana. An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use.

But even as states legalize, marijuana has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal. Concerns about federal law enforcement seizures have inhibited most lenders from working with marijuana businesses. And investors have also proceeded cautiously. A lifting of the federal prohibition would bolster efforts to create uniform testing and regulatory standards for marijuana, and potentially free scientists to pursue research into the medical uses of marijuana.

Trump said he is likely to support the federal legalization effort despite a warning against it from the coalition of narcotics officer groups. “We urge you to see through the smoke screen and reject attempts to encourage more drug use in America,” they wrote in a letter to Trump Thursday.

Youtube ‘Prankster’ Vitaly Zdorovetskiy Gets Monkey High

Youtube ‘Prankster’ Vitaly Zdorovetskiy Gets Monkey High


I really can’t deal with these YouTube prank channels. In general, the pranks aren’t that funny, it’s just “Hey, I’m out here being a dickhead, won’t it be funny when people get mad the way you would logically expect them to?” For some reason, though, people seem to like them, which is why when one of them finally does something stupid enough to bring them to my attention they have like, 10 million subscribers.

That brings us to VitalyzdTv, a YouTube channel that has nearly 10 million subscribers and just did something dumb enough to bring them to my attention. Here’s a sample of the sort of thing they normally do as “pranks”.

That one manages to be vaguely racist at points, in addition to being 5 minutes of “Get it, there’s a soda named Squirt!”

But what did they do that people are talking about them? Well, they posted a video to Instagram of them allegedly getting a monkey high.



And oh my god did social media freak about how it’s cruel to get a monkey high. PETA even took a break from trying to show everyone how your thanksgiving dinner is fucked up to investigate if it’s cruel.


You fight the good fight, guy with 10 followers, you’re making a difference.

There’s good news, though, because we’ve known for years that monkeys like getting high. Certainly doesn't mean it's okay to get them high, but ya know, weed lmao.

The report illustrates how the FDA leaned on a controversial study, paid for by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, to draw some of its conclusion. The study from 2003 concluded that since squirrel monkeys really seem to enjoy the stoned effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis should be considered a real threat to the grand scheme of drug addiction in the United States. The FDA said these types of studies are “often useful in predicting rewarding effects in humans, and is indicative of abuse liability.”

More good news is that smoking weed with monkeys is a really good way to get a lethal form of herpes, so hopefully these dumb fuckers won’t be around to do their idiotic pranks much longer. Herpes B can cause “severe neurological impairment,” so these dudes might actually have it already. Imagine the headline: Youtube Dumbasses Get Herpes From Monkey and Die. Finally, a story with a happy ending.





One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

In a move High Times says puts Colorado "ahead of the curve" once more on the cannabis front, Gov. John Hickenlooper has OKed a law that lets school nurses administer medical marijuana to students. The Denver Post reports House Bill 1286allows a school nurse to give non-smokable medical marijuana to qualifying students, as long as there's a written agreement between the parent and school principal; the parent brings the marijuana to school (kids can't bring it to school with them), along with a doctor's note on when and how to take it; and the medicine is kept in a locked storage unit at the school. Previously, it was permitted for Colorado parents to come to schools to administer medical marijuana to their children, who often take it for seizures.

In a letter announcing he'd signed the bill, Hickenlooper cited Hannah Lovato and her son, Quintin, as one of the "overwhelmingly persuasive" factors in his decision. Lovato tells KDVRabout the big difference cannabis oil made in the life of Quintin, who suffers from grand mal seizures, as well as other types, and Tourette's syndrome. But she notes it's not working as well as it could because he needs an extra dosage in the middle of the day, when he's in school and she and her husband are at work and unable to administer the meds themselves. "If a nurse was able to give him that third dose at school, that would … help us out immensely." The new law doesn't mandate school personnel have to administer the medicine, only that they can without fear of prosecution.




In this influential study, three golfers of different skill levels try a series of golf shots after consuming more and more marijuana to see how cannabis affects their game. A semi-pro, an amateur, and a casual golfer progress through five rounds of driving off the tee, hitting with an iron, and putting on the green, first while sober then smoking more and more with each round of shots.

California Officials Have Concerns Over Federal Lands Being Used For Growing Illegal Pot

California Officials Have Concerns Over Federal Lands Being Used For Growing Illegal Pot

Drug cartels illegally growing marijuana on federal public lands in California are getting bolder and using banned, toxic pesticides, officials said Tuesday.

The secret marijuana sites are organized, funded and operated by Mexican cartels, said US Attorney McGregor Scott. The issue is particularly stark in California, which has more than 16 million acres of national forest lands, including Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

“This is not a bunch of people growing marijuana in the woods,” Scott said in a news conference Tuesday. “This is people who are using chemicals and causing manifest environmental damage to a crown jewel of the United States — our federal public lands.”

The illegal growers divert the water supply, use toxic chemicals banned in the US and clear native plants and trees, in order to grow marijuana plants on what were pristine federal lands.

The issue of illegal marijuana farms on public lands has persisted in California for years, but Maj. Gen. David Baldwin of the California National Guard said they had seen a “tremendous uptick and increase in the amount of environmental damage and degradation that’s done by the growers, that have become bolder and bolder to take the public lands.”



One of the major concerns is the widespread use of toxic and illegal pesticides, which pose dangers to the environment, wildlife, water supply and human health.

One of the pesticides detected at the illegal sites is carbofuran, which is banned in the US on all crops grown for human consumption. The toxic pesticide can seep into soil and streams, killing plants, wildlife including threatened species, and affecting humans who hunt and consume the animals.

Tests found that 78% of the illegal marijuana grow sites had signs of carbofuran.

Federal, state and local officials pledged to work together on this issue with $2.5 million of funding from the US government. “Our national parks and forests are priceless treasures … but these assets are being destroyed by criminal organizations that cultivate millions of marijuana plants on these lands each year for profit,” Scott said.

The US Forest Service estimated that about 1.4 million illegal marijuana plants were found in California last year. Many of these marijuana sites are located in rural counties where there are vast stretches of US forest land.


“We’ve been besieged in recent years,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “We’re absolutely overwhelmed.”

The growers also tend to be armed, which could be dangerous for visitors to public lands. Some of the growers claim to be affiliated with Mexican drug cartels such as the Sinaloa cartel and Jalisco Nueva Generación, said Bill Ruzzamenti, director of the Central Valley California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program.

They leave behind plastic pipes, irrigation lines, tools, human waste and other garbage in what had been undisturbed habitats, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, which shared a photo from one of the sites.

“In addition to the poison and waste, the cultivators divert water to the marijuana plants, drying up streams and reservoirs used for plants, animals and humans,” it stated.






“Baby Carter suffers from Lamellar Ichthyosis, a rare skin disorder with no care that causes dark scales because of dead skin cells that don’t flake off. Despite corrective surgery, Carter’s skin is so tight that he can’t shut his eyes and spends most of his time indoors. But now they’re hopeful that a cream made from cannabis oil will continue to show amazing improvements to his skin.”

Guy Tries Marijuana As A Stain Remover

Guy Tries Marijuana As A Stain Remover

The all natural cleaning power of pot... or not.

Oregon Pot Growers Pivot To New Product

Oregon Pot Growers Pivot To New Product


A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet—one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp—marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin—have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, and Oregon now ranks No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states with active hemp cultivation, the AP reports. The rapidly evolving market comes amid skyrocketing demand for a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, seen by many as a health aid.



In its purified distilled form, CBD oil commands thousands of dollars per kilogram, and farmers can make more than $100,000 an acre growing hemp plants to produce it. That distillate can also be converted into a crystallized form or powder. "Word on the street is everybody thinks hemp's the new gold rush," said Jerrad McCord, who grows marijuana in southern Oregon and just added 12 acres of hemp. "This is a business. You've got to adapt, and you've got to be a problem-solver." Oregon's inventory of marijuana is staggering for a state its size—almost 1 million pounds of usable flower, plus 350,000 pounds of marijuana extracts, edibles, and tinctures. Under state law, none of it can leave Oregon.

Thousands March In Chile For Legal Cannabis Cultivation

Thousands March In Chile For Legal Cannabis Cultivation -

Protesters held signs declaring 'To grow is your right,' 'No more prisoners for cultivating' and 'Legal use, not criminal,' while many openly smoked joints.

At least 80,000 people have marched through the main avenue in SantiagoChile in a joyful protest in favor of the legalization and regulation of medical andrecreational cannabis. The march is the 13th of its kind and featured musicians, artists, costumes and giant joints.

"We want private cultivation to be regulated, to allow marijuana to be used freely because everyone smokes and we don't annoy anyone," a 27-year-old Marcher told AFP.

Protesters held signs declaring 'To grow is your right,' 'No more prisoners for cultivating' and 'Legal use, not criminal,' while many openly smoked joints.

Similar marches also took pace in other cities, such as Valparaiso and Concepcion. The marches are organized by the Fundacion DayaMama CultivaAmigos del Cannabis, and Cultiva Medicina: organizations that have campaigned for years to legalize marijuana in Chile.

In late 2015, then-President Michelle Bachelet approved a law that authorized the production and sale of medicines derived from cannabis, however the rules restrict this heavily and set prices far out of reach for most people.

"We are going to continue cultivating (marijuana) for the health and freedom of all Chileans," the executive director of the Fundacion Daya, Ana Maria Gazmuri, told EFE. "We don't accept that the state keeps violating our rights. To respect the rights of cannabis users is to respect human rights."

Many of those who marched grow their own cannabis and use it for medicinal purposes. One such grower told AFP that she had "no other option" when her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy and nothing else was helping the condition.

Peru also staged marches, demanding the government complete promised regulation for medical cannabis oil. A law permitting medical use of cannabis has already been passed, but the regulations have yet to be drawn up to implement it.

"Medical marijuana is legal in our country; it is recognized as medicine," the president of Buscando EsperanzaAna Alvarez, told Reuters.

"We have achieved that in a short time – exactly seven months. The law of medical marijuana has been drawn up; now we're just waiting for the regulation.

"Us, the patients, are waiting calmly because we want a fair regulation: regulation that adjusts to the needs of the patients, not to the needs of the big industries. We want this medicine to reach every patient who needs it, whether they have the money or not."

Former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had proposed the measure after police cracked down on a group of mothers making cannabis oil in a makeshift laboratory to treat their epileptic children.



Kevin Smith tells the story of the heart attack he suffered while filming his Showtime stand-up special, ‘Silent But Deadly,’ and what doctors say helped him survive it.

What To Do If You're Too High On Weed

What To Do If You're Too High On Weed


A few simple tips and tricks to help you survive until it passes. You'll be ok little buddy, just hang in there.



Recreational marijuana became legal in California in January. But for small-scale veteran growers like Jason Fleming, licensing backlog may shut his business down before he sells a single nug on California’s new legal market.

We Tried Deep-Fried Marijuana Leaves

We Tried Deep-Fried Marijuana Leaves

Shibumi in LA makes deep-fried marijuana leaves. They don't actually get you high, but the fried leaves do have a calming effect. Shibumi fries the leaves in a tempura batter and tops them off with CBD salt. The restaurant is also known for their pork smoked with dried marijuana stems and CBD-infused kimchi.

Even A Day Late, Try Not To Laugh At These 420 Jokes

Even A Day Late, Try Not To Laugh At These 420 Jokes

As we continue in celebration of this National holiday, enjoy the stand comedy compilation of some of the funniest 420 comedians that have come through the Laugh Factory in Hollywood!

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 4/20 Plans Involve Marijuana

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 4/20 Plans Involve Marijuana

Chuck Schumer will introduce a bill Friday—which is, appropriately, 4/20—to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the Senate minority leader tells VICE News in an interview set to air in full on HBO Thursday night. "I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, much too long. Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom," Schumer says in a clip of the interview posted on Twitter. Slate calls it "a major development for the movement to reform drug laws," and adds that Schumer apparently signed a bong during the VICE interview.

The History Of 420

The History Of 420

The 420 code for cannabis was created by the five Waldos in 1971. Steven Hager deployed the code to spread information about the history of the spiritual use of cannabis. When his culture disappeared him, the original Waldos made Hager one of them. True story!


10 Wild Stories From The Anti-Marijuana Campaign

10 Wild Stories From The Anti-Marijuana Campaign


Recreational marijuana use didn’t become an issue in the United States until after the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s, when immigrants arriving in the US brought with them their intoxicant of choice. “Marijuana” was Mexican slang for a psychoactive variety of the plant Cannabis sativa, of which a non-psychoactive variety known as hemp had been grown in Virginia and other colonies since at least the 17th century.[1]

Prejudice against immigrants played a part in getting marijuana banned in several border states, and such feelings remained in place when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics turned anti-marijuana sentiment into a national movement in the 1930s. Using the yellow press to spread scare stories, the Bureau helped generate support for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively criminalized the drug.

10 ‘Reefer Makes Darkies Think They’re As Good As White Men!’

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One man who stood to gain from conflating drug use with race was Harry J. Anslinger, who had previously worked for the Bureau of Prohibition. When Prohibition came to an end, Anslinger gave up chasing rumrunners to pursue drug dealers as the head of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

If Anslinger wanted his new agency to make an impression, then it was in his interest to exaggerate the threat posed by marijuana. Rejecting the botanical term Cannabis sativa in favor of the foreign-sounding colloquial term (which was frequently misspelled “marihuana”), Anslinger targeted his message toward white conservatives.[2]

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,” he is quoted as saying, “and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

Anslinger’s remarks would cause uproar today, but in the 1930s, the few politicians who spoke out against him couldn’t dent his influence in Washington.

9 Marijuana: Assassin Of Youth

During Harry Anslinger’s first decade as head of the Bureau of Narcotics, several independently made pictures with a marijuana theme were released. Funded and directed by exploitation filmmaker Dwain Esper, Narcotic (1933) and Marihuana(1936) can be dismissed as trash that sought to put rubes in seats by tackling a “forbidden” subject, but Reefer Madness (1936) was funded by a church group and is clearly anti-drug propaganda.

Less well-known but equally propagandist is Assassin Of Youth (1937), named after a magazine article written by Anslinger in the same year. Originally published in The American, the article opens with a young woman jumping to her death from her fifth-floor apartment. “Everyone called it suicide, but actually it was murder. The killer was a narcotic known to America as marijuana and to history as hashish.”[3]

Anslinger then goes on to list several similar cases, most of them taken from the “Gore File,” a compilation of crimes linked (often tenuously) to marijuana use. Several of these stories are referred to in the movie when an undercover reporter is shown The Marijuana Menace, a short film “compiled from articles published in some of our best magazines.”


8 ‘Lives Of Sin, Horror, Corruption And Murder!’

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Lila Leeds was a 20-year-old actress with a handful of (mostly uncredited) roles under her belt on September 1, 1948, when she was arrested along with Robert Mitchum. Sentenced to 60 days for marijuana possession, she discovered on leaving jail that nobody wanted to hire her except Kroger Babb, a shady producer who wanted to exploit her newfound notoriety.

Cast as Anne Lester in the 1949 film She Shoulda Said No! (aka Wild Weed and other titles), Leeds plays a young orphan who enters a downward spiral after trying marijuana at a “tea party,” the shame of which forces her brother to commit suicide. Arrested and given a tour of the mental hospitals where marijuana addicts end up, Anne serves 50 days and ends the film clean and ready to cooperate with the police to bring down more dealers.

Publicity for the “semi-documentary” claimed that the film showed how “the use of the weed lead[s] to use of heroin, cocaine, opium . . . and actually leads to lives of sin, corruption, horror and murder!” Just as realistic-sounding was the claim that Leeds would “become one of the leading feminine stars in the motion picture industry.”[4] In fact, She Shoulda Said No! was her last credited screen appearance.

7 Think Of The Children

In Assassin of Youth, Anslinger called for “campaigns of education in every school, so that children will not be deceived by the wiles of the peddlers, but will know of the insanity, the disgrace, the horror which marijuana can bring to its victim.” He was about to get his wish.

Published in 1938, Plain Facts For Young Women On Marijuana, Narcotics, Liquor And Tobacco opens with two young women pleading guilty to their crimes (“these marijuana cigarettes I smoke made it seem right to steal autos and commit hold ups”) and then delivers a stern antidrug lecture. If the intended audience wasn’t alarmed by chapters titled “Maybelle The Doper,” “Marijuana The Assassin,” and “Are Smoking Women Attractive?” then illustrations captioned “Narcotics bind their victims as with chains” and “Marijuana peddlers are a menace to high school students” drive the point home.[5]

The following year saw the publication of Facts First On Narcotics, which begins with a note on pronunciation (“marihuana is pronounced like this: ma-re-hwa’na”) before cautioning students that “it is only a few short steps from a marijuana smoke to the insane asylum.” At the back of the book is a “Things To Do” list that includes such suggestions as “Write a booklet in which you tell why peddlers of drugs, including marijuana, like to have children form the drug habit.”

6 Hallucinations

Claiming to have “spent years investigating and lecturing on marihuana [sic] and other narcotic drugs,” Earle Albert Rowell and his son Robert penned On The Trail Of Marihuana: The Weed Of Madness, a short antidrug book that makes several spurious claims. One of the most amusing is this colorful description of a marijuana addict’s hallucination:

Street lights become orangoutangs [sic] with eyes of fire. Huge slimy snakes crawl through small cracks in the sidewalk, and prehistoric monsters, intent on his destruction, emerge from keyholes, and pursue him down the street. He feels squirrels walking over his back, while he is being pelted by some unseen enemy with lightning bolts.

The Rowells also claimed to have spoken with Dr. James Munch, a “world renowned scientist” who had smoked marijuana and recorded his reaction. “After I had been smoking awhile, I found myself sitting in an ink bottle,” Dr. Munch wrote. “I was in that ink bottle for two hundred years. Then I flew around the world several times.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, Harry Anslinger hired Dr. Munch as the Narcotics Bureau’s expert on marijuana, a position he held until 1962. Testifying before Congress at hearings that preceded the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, Dr. Munch admitted to experimenting on dogs with marijuana.

“The reason we use dogs,” he said, “is because the reaction of dogs to this drug closely resembles the reaction of human beings.”[6]


5 ‘Three Fourths Of The Crimes Of Violence In This Country Today Are Committed By Dope Slaves!’

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Written by Annie Laurie (aka Winifred Black) for William Randolph Hearst’s news syndicate, the above quote tells you all you need to know about Hearst’s attitude toward marijuana.

As the owner of vast acreages of timberland, Hearst was determined to prevent hemp from becoming America’s premier paper source. He faced an uphill battle because by the 1930s, the technology existed to not only make hemp papermaking a reality but also make it cheaper and more sustainable than tree-pulp papermaking. The solution: launch a campaign against Cannabis sativa.

It was Hearst who first published Anslinger’s essay “Assassin Of Youth,” although his San Francisco Examiner was attacking marijuana as early as 1923, claiming that the drug “makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man.” Another factor in his war against the “Mexican drug” was the revolution, which resulted in the loss of some 800,000 acres of Hearst timberland.[7]

4 The Eight Stages Of Addiction

According to On The Trail Of Marihuana: The Weed Of Madness, there are eight stages through which a marijuana addict passes. First is the euphoria, followed by intellectual excitation and illusion regarding space and time. Intense auditory sensibility is then followed by fixation of ideas and overbalancing emotional disturbances.

The penultimate stage is the manifestation of such emotional disturbances, where the addict acts upon their impulses and commits violent irresponsible acts before finally succumbing to terrifying hallucinations.[8]

Authors Robert and Earle Albert Rowell attribute these findings to one Dr. Moreau, “a French scientist of the early nineteenth century who spent many years experimenting with and studying hashish.” However, the only 19th-century scientist Google found was the antagonist of H.G. Wells’s The Island Of Dr. Moreau, published in 1896. Perhaps the authors were mistaken?

3 ‘Marijuana Is A Means To White Slavery!’

This is a another spurious claim made by the Rowells in their book, although to their credit, this time they don’t go as far as inventing sources.

In fact, they don’t give any verifiable details of any kind. While lecturing in “the smaller towns around a large Midwestern city,” they heard “repeated rumors of girls having mysteriously disappeared. It was feared they were in the metropolis, the victims of white slavers.”

The Rowells must have ventured down to “the metropolis” and followed the case carefully because they then encountered frantic parents who “told the Sheriff strange stories of rumors connected with marijuana. One Saturday night, accompanied by a squad of deputies, the sheriff raided the disreputable houses of the city, and found some of the missing girls ‘working’ there. Almost without exception, their stories revealed marijuana as the bait and cause of their downfall.”[9]

2 Jazz Musician = Marijuana Addict

“It had been known for some time that the musician who desired to get the ‘hottest’ effects from his playing often turned to marijuana for aid,” writes Harry Anslinger in “Assassin Of Youth.” “While under the influence of marijuana, he does not realize that he is tapping the keys with a furious speed impossible for one in a normal state of mind.”

To Anslinger’s ears, jazz music was all the proof he needed that those who played it were marijuana addicts (and likely insane). Instructing his agents to follow the likes of Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and Louis Armstrong, he sent the following memo: “We will have a great national round-up arrest of all such persons on a single day. I will let you know what day.”

Giving Washington his assurance that he would not target “the good musicians, but the jazz type,” Anslinger didn’t find the jazz community easy to fracture. He could find no one willing to confess or give up their colleagues. In fact, as soon as one musician was arrested, his friends bailed him out. As the Treasury Department lost patience, Anslinger instead switched his focus to Billie Holiday, an easy target because not only did she use heroin, but her background meant there were unscrupulous characters ready to pass information about her to the authorities.[10]

Anslinger’s pursuit of the singer began in 1939 and lasted until her death in 1959. Even as she lay dying in New York City’s Metropolitan Hospital, narcotics agents handcuffed her to the bed, confiscated her possessions, and restricted visitors. She implored one friend: “They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me in there. Don’t let them.”

1 ‘He Killed His Family With An Ax!’

One of the most notorious marijuana stories, repeated in the films Reefer Madness and Assassin Of Youth, concerns a youthful addict who killed his family with an ax.

On October 17, 1933, 19-year-old Victor Licata murdered his parents, sister, and two brothers while they slept. According to Harry Anslinger, the investigating officers found Licata wandering in a daze, unable to remember committing the crime, but when questioned, he admitted to “smoking something youthful friends called muggies.” Licata was subsequently committed to a mental hospital, where he killed another patient before taking his own life.[11]

Though the crime seemed to fit Anslinger’s belief that marijuana eliminated the line between right and wrong, there was a more jarring explanation for the teenager’s behavior. Because Licata’s parents were first cousins, and two other relatives were committed to asylums, the examining psychiatrist concluded that his actions were the result of hereditary insanity.

The conclusion was bolstered by the fact that the police had previously attempted to have Licata committed and that one of his brothers was diagnosed with dementia praecox. Committed to Florida State Mental Hospital, Licata was diagnosed as suffering dementia praecox with homicidal tendencies.


Woman Turns To Indianapolis Firefighters For Help With Stoned Raccoon

Woman Turns To Indianapolis Firefighters For Help With Stoned Raccoon

People turn to firefighters for help during all kinds of emergencies, but this one might actually be a first.

Wayne Township firefighters woke up in the middle of the night to a woman frantically pushing their doorbell.

"As many times as the doorbell on the firehouse was pushed, the firefighters were quite certain that something bad was going on outside," said Wayne Township Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt.

The woman was upset and saying she needed treatment. Not for herself, but for her pet raccoon.

The reason?

She said the raccoon had been exposed to a large amount of marijuana.

"They could tell that the raccoon was lethargic and met all of those symptoms that we typically run into when someone's been exposed to marijuana," Pruitt said. "It really left the guys scratching their heads that someone brought a raccoon to the firehouse at 2 a.m. seeking help, and especially with the condition the animal was in, so we hope that the raccoon made a full recovery."

Pruitt said the firefighters felt bad, because as much as they love animals, there wasn't much they could do except let time take its course.

Trump Promises There Is NO Marijuana Crackdown Coming

Trump Promises There Is NO Marijuana Crackdown Coming



Although U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has spent the better part of the past year threatening to launch a vicious crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana, the latest word from the White House is that the business of growing and selling weed in the United States is safe from those redneck shenanigans…at least for now.

President Trump, who has remained mostly silent on the issue of marijuana legalization since taking office, said earlier last week that he has called off the dogs, leaving cannabis operations to keep on keeping on without fear of federal prosecution.

But this retreat from the administration’s hammer-fisted approach to the drug culture does not mark an official policy change. But rather, it comes in the form of a non-binding deal struck between President Trump and Republican Senator Cory Gardner. Basically, the lawmaker got the president to assure him that marijuana businesses operating in legal states are no longer at risk for having their doors kicked in by the goons at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. As part of the deal, Gardner has promised Trump that he will stop blocking Justice Department nominees.

“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Gardner said in a statement. “Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”

“Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees,” Gardner added.

According to various reports, including one from the Washington Post, the Justice Department was not consulted prior to the deal. This means that while the Trump Administration has essentially reverted back to the days of the Obama administration with respect to how it handles legal weed – the hands off approach – Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not issued yet another worthless memo to put the cannabis industry at ease. Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo at the beginning of 2018, which gave legal states the freedom to experiment with the concept of marijuana legalization. At the time this article was written, the Justice Department still had not provided a statement regarding the president’s decision to back off its hateful relationship with marijuana. It is not known whether Sessions will publish an updated directive.

Marijuana advocacy groups had mixed feelings about the news. Some see it as a positive move, while others do not trust any of the promises that come from the current administration. But most agree this is only the first step in taking the cannabis legalization issue to the next level.

“We applaud this commitment from President Trump, who promised during his campaign to take a federalist approach with regard to marijuana policy,” NORML Director Erik Altieri said in a statement.

“That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump’s appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

But this move in no way means that the United States is any closer to ending federal marijuana prohibition. It is up to Congress, at this point, to pass legislation to allow marijuana to become a part of taxed and regulated commerce, the same as alcohol and tobacco. The only problem is the legalization issue does not have enough support on Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republicans alike continue to ignore the fact that more the 60 percent of the American population has expressed great interest in this reform.

“With the support of the President, the American public and mounting evidence that regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol is much preferable to prohibition, there is no reason for Congress to delay any longer,” Don Murphy, director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “There are several pieces of marijuana policy legislation being considered right now, and every one of them should get hearings immediately.”

For now, all Trumps’ promise means is that the cannabis industry can rest easier knowing that federal marijuana enforcement is not a priority. But without Congress putting more concrete policies into place, the president could decide at any time to unleash the hounds.


Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat Poison Killed 3 And Sickened More Than 100 In The US

Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat Poison Killed 3 And Sickened More Than 100 In The US

Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in four other states.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted doctors nationwide that patients with severe, unexplained bleeding may be additional cases.

The CDC is helping Illinois authorities investigate the outbreak in that state, which began in early March. Illinois reported seven more cases on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to at least 116.

Several patients and samples of so-called synthetic marijuana from Illinois have tested positive for a lethal ingredient often used in rat poison, the CDC and Illinois authorities said.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums and internal bleeding. CDC’s alert says outside Illinois, emergency rooms in Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Maryland have treated affected patients since March 10.

Illnesses have been linked to fake marijuana before but this is the first outbreak involving rat poison contamination, said the CDC’s Renee Funk. Those sickened require hospitalization and treatment with vitamin K to control bleeding, she said.

“This is an unusual outbreak,” Funk said Tuesday, adding that is unclear how the contamination occurred.

Fake marijuana, also called synthetic cannabinoids, contains man-made chemicals that produce a high similar to marijuana. It is sold in smoke shops and other stores as liquids that can be used in e-cigarettes or in dried plant material that can be smoked. Nicknames include K2, Spice and Kush.

“The number of cases continues to go up each day,” Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Tuesday. “Synthetic cannabinoids in general are not safe and this is one example of not knowing what chemicals are in the product. We are telling people don’t use synthetic cannabinoids.”

The federal government and many states have banned some of these products or specific ingredients, but the CDC says manufacturers skirt these laws by creating new products or labeling them “not for human consumption.”

Tests on fake pot bought at a Chicago convenience store by undercover agents detected the rat poison ingredient, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release. Three store employees were arrested and face federal drug charges.

Illnesses from fake marijuana have increased in recent years; a CDC report noted at least 456 cases between 2010 and 2015. The products are up to 100 times more potent than the active ingredient in marijuana and severe reactions have included seizures, coma and delirium.

Can Marijuana Be Used To Treat Herpes?

Can Marijuana Be Used To Treat Herpes?

For the 48 percent of Americans infected with HSV-1 and another 12 percent running around with HSV-2, this could be the most welcoming news of their lives.

According to The Fresh Toast, new research is backing up what previous studies have revealed, and it looks as though scientists have found a pretty powerful tool to combat both cold sores and genital herpes. That tool? You guessed it – weed, brah.

Some of you know that herpes also comes in the form of shingles, and they can resurface in times of high stress or when other diseases attack the immune system. Well, a 2010 study “tested a facial lotion that contained cannabinoids on people with postherpetic neuralgia, a pain condition similar to shingles, and that lotion reduced pain by 87 percent.”

That research backs up several other tests that were conducted on herpes patients from 1980 to 2004. In 1980, researchers used THC to treat both HSV-1 and HSV-2 infected subjects, and the replication of the virus came to a halt. Other studies in 1991 and 2004 yielded the same results while other tests revealed “the possibility of THC suppressing the spread of genital herpes infections and of reducing the replication of the herpes virus in human cells that have been cultivated in vitro.”

So there you have it, kids. It looks as though THC can essentially take care of an unwanted side effect of a little TLC.


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