2014 marked the first official year of legal cannabis sales in the United States, ever, and Colorado sold a whopping $700 million worth of cannabis during this first year, according to official tax records. According to The Cannabist and based on the numbers pulled from the official Department of Revenue this year, the cannabis sales total for the the tax year were $699,198,805. $385.9 million of that can be attributed to medical sales across the state, and $313.2 comes from recreational sales, squeaking by right behind the medical with some pretty impressive numbers.
On Tuesday, February 3rd, medical cannabis vending machines officially opened in Seattle, WA. The same thing has been available in Denver since last April, and we are hoping to see a rise in this trend, both medically and recreationally, across the country. These vending machines are called ZaZZZ, and allow customers to purchase cannabis straight from the machine instead of having to deal with a budtender.
Last week, Obama finally gave approval to banks to work with cannabis businesses in a legitimate capacity. This is something that has been a major concern in the past, as businesses have been operating on a cash-only basis and therefore struggling to establish legitimacy and maintain open and honest policies.
Recently, a major bill introduced to the Italian senate fully legalizing recreational cannabis has received support from both parties, and is currently making strong progress towards becoming law. According to an article for International Business Times, a motion was signed a few weeks ago to legalize cannabis across Italy. Senator Benedetto Della Vedova is behind the bill, and so far has the backing of 60 other politicians. Della Vedova has ties to the Radical Party in Italy, which has been trying since the 1970s to make cannabis legalization a reality in Italy.
So far, the massive movement towards legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis across the country has gone remarkably well. Crime rates and black market activities are down in the four legal states, one legal district, and 23 medical states. And the industry that is emerging from this positive change is astoundingly successful, becoming a business empire in its own right.
We’ve all heard of the munchies, and the more serious side of cannabis and appetite boosting, for those who are ill and have trouble eating. But many who are trying to watch their weight are concerned about getting the munchies and overeating. However, a new scientific study suggests that most pot smokers are slimmer than their smoke-free peers.
For the first time pretty much ever, a majority of Americans approve legalizing cannabis based on the findings of a recent poll. According to an article for USA Today, the latest General Social Survey poll taken by the National Opinion Research Center states that out of all subjects polled, 51.7% support legal cannabis, 41.7% oppose it, and 6.6% are undecided. While this is still a narrow margin, it is clearly up from the 43.3% who supported cannabis legalization in 2012.
Milestones in the History of Marijuana Prohibition
Exploring the legal and liberal use of marijuana in North Korea North Korea may be the most isolated nation on earth and an oppressive prison- state, but its apparent policy on marijuana may shock you. You can openly buy and smoke pot in North Korea. Reports from visitors and defectors claim that North Korea has no law against the sale and consumption of marijuana. Or, if there is indeed a law on weed, it is widely ignored and unenforced.
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Like Star Trek’s Enterprise, Uruguay dared to boldly go where no country has gone before: legalization of recreational marijuana. Although there are other countries like The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain that has decriminalized marijuana possession, its transport, distribution and sale still remains illegal in those countries.
Just thinking. Sensible, intelligent – and yes, famous – people have a lot of good to say about recreational use of marijuana. At the very least, positive insights on marijuana even on a recreational level bolster the case for legalizing medical marijuana. Here are what famous people said about marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Bill is reintroduced in Pennsylvania More than a year ago, SB 1182, a legislation that would allow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, was stonewalled and did not make it to the House floor. Medical marijuana advocates and supporters see a glimmer of hope now that Senate Bill 3 had garnered the support of both Democrats and Republicans. Senate Bill 3 is almost identical to SB 1182, a bill which passed the Senate in 2014 by a vote of 43-7 but was turned down by House.
When Charlotte and Chase Figi were born as twins on October 8, 2006, it brought sunshine to Matt and Paige, the child’s parents. But the happiness of the Figi’s dimmed as soon as it appeared and quickly turned into shadows. Barely three months after the birth of the twins, Charlotte had a sudden seizure that lasted for 30 minutes. They saw her eyes flickered as her whole body violently trembled.
Marijuana don’t kill. Whereas prescription drug kills around 100,000 people a year, marijuana doesn’t. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School, claim that ‘in 10,000 years of known use of cannabis, there's never been a single death attributed to marijuana’. People can die from overdose of coffee or too much wine but no one will from too much marijuana.
There are already pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis content that are available in the market. Why use medical marijuana when there are already two FDA-approved drugs with synthetic cannabinoids?
According to archaeologists, cannabis was among the earliest crops purposely planted by human beings around 6,000-12,000 years ago. The earliest recorded historical entry about cannabis can be traced back as early as 2737 BC. A Chinese pharmacology treatise written by Emperor Shen Nung mentioned cannabis as medicine for gout and rheumatism.
The parents of seven year-old Mykayla Comstock were devastated when their daughter was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-cell ALL) in July 14, 2014. T-cell ALL is a very rare type of leukemia. As an aggressive form of cancer that typically haunts children, it is caused by the unrestrained reproduction of Lymphoblasts in the body from the bone marrow.
More than half the United States could see medical marijuana legalized in the next few years, as there are 23 states that have approved legalization and 16 states awaiting a decision as early as this year. The first two states to watch are Pennsylvania and Florida. That’s according to Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization that headed the push for legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.
When Colorado’s so-called 70/30 rule expired in October 2014, it meant a lower cost of entry for recreational marijuana business owners. Nearly six months later, the residual effects are apparent -- most notably the declining value placed on medical dispensaries. Until Oct. 1, Colorado’s recreational dispensaries were required to grow at least 70 percent of their product. This meant business owners had to either have cultivation expertise or the financial backing to pay for it. That entry barrier lifted with the expiration of 70/30, which opened the door to low-grade, wholesale purchases. No longer did shops have to pay for overhead costs associated with cultivation facilities. They could simply find the cheapest product on the market -- regardless of mildew, bugs or quality -- and move it to places where customers will pay top dollar.