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Marijuana Sleep

According to a study published in the journal, Addictive Behaviors, sufferers of sleep disorders can find relief with marijuana.

Investigators from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of California at Berkeley, and the National Center for PTSD studied marijuana strains and cannabinoid concentrations among medical marijuana users who reported using marijuana to overcome their sleep problems.

Researchers found that marijuana may help with sleep disorders, that participants who consumed marijuana for nightmares preferred sativa marijuana strains to indicas, and those who consumed marijuana for insomnia were more likely to consume marijuana strains with higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD) compared to those who did not.

It was found that people who were less likely to use sleep medications were more likely to use marijuana with higher THC concentrations versus those who used sleep medications more frequently.

OH Marijuana

Ohio citizens will be voting on recreational and medical marijuana legalization measures on their ballot in November 2015.

The Marijuana Legalization Amendment would allow adults 21 or over to purchase marijuana for medicinal or recreational use and to grow four plants for personal use. A network of 10 authorized cultivation locations will be approved around the state.

The group that worked on getting the measure onto the ballot, ResponsibleOhio, collected more than enough signatures to get on the November 2015 ballot. Ultimately, they submitted over 700,000 signatures to place the measure on the ballot, needing only 305,591 valid signatures to qualify

“It’s time for marijuana legalization in Ohio, and voters will have the opportunity to make it happen this November. We couldn’t be more excited,” said a ResponsibleOhio spokesperson. “Drug dealers don’t care about doing what’s best for our state and its citizens. By reforming marijuana laws in November, we’ll provide compassionate care to sick Ohioans, bring money back to our local communities and establish a new industry with limitless economic development opportunities.”

Marijuana Legalization

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has been very successful in Colorado and Washington state. State tax revenues have increased, housing markets have improved, teen marijuana use rates have not increased, crime has decreased, and the black market drug industry has decreased.

U.S. citizens are witnessing the amazing societal benefits from marijuana legalization and are creating initiatives to get marijuana legalized in their states. Listed below are the most current efforts to legalize marijuana on a state-level.

Arizona

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will legalize possession of an ounce of flowers and 5 grams of concentrates, home cultivation of six mature plants per adult and a max of 12 per household plus possession of the harvests, but landlords could prohibit cultivation on their properties and localities can ban home growing altogether. Marijuana will be taxed at 15 percent. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

– Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AZFMR) will legalize possession of an ounce of flowers and an ounce of concentrates, home cultivation of twelve mature plants per adult plus possession of the harvests, but landlords could prohibit cultivation on their properties. Localities could not ban home growing. Most marijuana crimes below a half-pound or 100 plants are reduced to misdemeanors. Marijuana metabolites in their urine can no longer be used to fire employees or convict DUIs. Marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent.

California

– Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (ReformCA) has not put forth initiative language yet, but has hired political consultants Joe Trippi and Jim Gonzalez, as well as the company Progressive Campaigns Inc. to handle the gathering of petition signatures. ReformCA is backed by or working with all the major national marijuana reform groups.

– Community Restoration Act to Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis (CRA) has been filed by Alice Huffman of the California NAACP. It may be more conservative than what ReformCA will propose, offering just one ounce of possession in public and a 25 square foot garden, from which adults may possess all their harvest at home.

– Compassionate and Sensible Access Act (CSA) amends California medical marijuana law to end the practice of local bans on medical cultivation and dispensary access.

– California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) will allow adults to cultivate 99 mature plants and possess 12 pounds of useable marijuana, free non-violent marijuana prisoners, open up tax-free statewide access to medical marijuana, end workplace drug testing for marijuana metabolites, and establish industrial hemp production and commercial marijuana with a 10 percent cap on taxes.

– California Artisan Cannabis Initiative (CACI) places no limit on how much useable cannabis a person could possess, but does limit a personal garden to six cannabis plants. This initiative takes great care in providing for “craft cannabis” growers who are producing fewer than 100 plants.

– California Bipartisan Decriminalization of Cannabis Act (CBDCA) proposes that adults 21 and older be allowed five pounds of marijuana, a pound of concentrate, and a 500 square foot personal garden. All medical dispensaries will become recreational shops with a 15 percent excise tax and localities could not ban them.

– Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act (MCLR) seems to place no limit on how much cannabis one can possess and cultivate, leaving that to be determined by a Cannabis Control Commission set up by the initiative.

– Responsible Use Act (RUA) will allow 1.5 pounds and 12 mature plants. Like CBDCA, RUA will make all medical dispensaries become recreational shops and forbid local bans, but the tax will be $8 per ounce plus up to a 2 percent local tax.

– Right to Medical Marijuana Act (RMMA) adds a simple statement to the California Constitution that “any resident, having obtained the age of 18 years has the right to grow, own, purchase, and obtain a permit from the State to sell organic marijuana for medical use, without a licensed physician’s recommendation or prescription.”

Florida

– People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) is the second attempt by attorney John Morgan and the United for Care Campaign to place a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Florida. The 2014 effort got 58 percent of the vote, but needed 60 to win. The amendment will not allow patients to home grow, but will allow access to whole-plant medical marijuana.

Maine

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will legalize possession of one ounce and cultivation of 6 plants. The Alcohol Bureau will regulate the commercial marijuana market, consisting of adult use social clubs and 70 initial retail stores run by a majority of Maine residents, subject to a 10 percent tax on top of standard sales tax. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

– Legalize Maine will legalize possession of 2.5 ounces and cultivation of 6 mature plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings. The Dept. of Agriculture will regulate the commercial marijuana market, consisting of adult use social clubs and unlimited retail stores with preference given to medical marijuana caregivers and dispensaries, subject to a 10 percent flat sales tax.

Massachusetts

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, but has yet to disclose any details of their initiative.

– Bay State Repeal proposes to legalize marijuana farmer’s markets and cannabis cafés, and protects marijuana farmers and marijuana retailers from any restrictions not made on other farmers and alcohol retailers. Its marijuana laws will be made retroactive for people previously convicted of marijuana crimes, to help reduce fines and sentences. Personal possession and home cultivation are made legal with no specific limits.

Michigan

– Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee will allow cultivation of 12 plants over 12″ tall and unlimited plants under 12″ and possessing the results of the harvests. Gifting of up to 2.5 ounces to other adults is allowed. Commercial marijuana will be available and subject to a 10 percent tax.

– Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MICannabis) will legalize home cultivation of marijuana with a maximum of two plants in flower, though localities could ban home cultivation or raise the limit to four flowering plants. Adults could share any of their homegrown marijuana with other adults. A commercial system of retail marijuana will exist with taxes yet to be determined.

Missouri

– Show-Me Cannabis will legalize possession of 1 ounce of extracts, 12 ounces of flower, 16 ounces of edibles, 20 ounces of liquids, and cultivation of 6 marijuana plants. It will also establish a medical marijuana program and a commercial marijuana market. It will also provide a path for expungement of past marijuana criminal records.

Nevada

– Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada will legalize possession of 1 ounce of flowers and an 1/8-ounce of concentrates and cultivation of 6 marijuana plants per adult with a max of 12 per household, and to possess the results of the harvests. There will be a commercial marijuana market with a 15 percent excise tax. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

Marijuana Strain Names

The vast history of human marijuana consumption and an emerging U.S. marijuana industry have brought about an incredible array of crazy marijuana strain names. Cultivators are producing new strains around the clock, and finding the right name for a new strain requires some creativity.

Some strain names really hit the nail on the head while others appear to miss the mark by miles; either way, these crazy strain names are always something to giggle about with friends.

Many marijuana strains are named after people, places, tastes or effects, but there’s an ever-growing number of unusually named strains that will make you scratch your head and laugh. Here are eight crazy marijuana strain names that you ought to know:

1. Pineapple Dog Shit (Hybrid)

2. Buddy Fucker (Hybrid)

3. Fucking Incredible (Indica)

4. T.I.T.S. # 1 (Hybrid)

5. Romping Goddess (Hybrid)

6. Alaskan Thunderfuck (Sativa)

7. Super Cat Piss (Sativa)

8. XXX OG (Indica)

Do you know a crazy strain name? If so, find this post on our Facebook page and mention it in the comment section!

Arizona Marijuana Info

More than 80,000 people are currently qualified to legally possess, cultivate, or sell marijuana for medicinal purposes in Arizona.

The latest report by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows there are:

78,830 medical marijuana patients

126 medical marijuana patients (minors)

597 medical marijuana caregivers

126 medical marijuana caregivers (for minors)

1,972 dispensary agents (i.e., dispensary employees)

“Approximately 90 dispensaries are operating in Arizona and sales are expected to exceed $150 million in 2015,” stated a spokesperson for AZmarijuana.com, Arizona’s leading marijuana industry website.

As of last year there were about 65,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona. The 2015 Arizona Department of Health Services report shows there is a steady increase of several thousand qualifying medical marijuana patients each month, and it is expected that the Arizona medical marijuana industry will continue to develop at a steady pace.

Ryan Hurley, an attorney working in the Arizona medical marijuana industry said that “because more dispensaries have opened up, an increase in patients was expected” and “the stigma and fear of being a cardholder gets reduced each passing day, particularly when you have mainstream media outlets, [including] CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, extolling the myriad benefits of medical marijuana. Because of all of this, I expect to see steady measured growth in the number patients over at least the next year or two.”

Arizona will likely be voting to legalize marijuana for adult use on the November 2016 ballot. The initiative expected to make it onto the ballot is known as the The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and is based off of Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws.

Source: Phoenix New Times

Megan Stone

Marijuana dispensaries around the U.S. are capitalizing on interior design investments. TruMed dispensary, located in Phoenix, Arizona, recently debuted their new concentrates bar, an innovative design by Megan Stone, owner of The High Road Design Studio located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In less than two weeks following its completion, TruMed dispensary recouped on its investment with the specialized concentrates bar. While total sales continue to increase per month, concentrate sales are growing three times faster.

Stone is an award-winning marijuana dispensary designer who is revolutionizing marijuana retail by creating environments that are modern, sleek and also generate increased profitability for dispensaries.

“We’ve found that when a dispensary invests in their appearance as well as advertises to a local and targeted demographic that their customer base increases drastically. And their new customers are loyal and refer other people to the dispensary,” stated a spokesperson for Ganja Consulting, a marijuana industry consulting agency.

Stone recently spoke at the National Marijuana Business Conference in Chicago and the Dispensary Next Expo in Portland on “The Psychology of Retail Design”. In the fall, Stone will once again present at the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) in Austin regarding, “Cannabis: A Candid Look at the United States’ Next Big Retail Experience.”

Marijuana Memory

Scientists have uncovered more details about the neurochemical pathway which leads to marijuana’s effects on short-term memory. The scientists made a breakthrough in the neurochemistry of marijuana and also designed a compound that is capable of blocking THC’s effects on memory in mice. The study was published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

The neuroscientists found links between certain serotonin receptors and the cannabinoid system. The receptors share a region in the brain and also activation of the 5HT2A receptor which causes a release of endocannabinoids, the body’s natural “darts” for the cannabinoid receptor’s “dartboard” (in a similar way that your body produces serotonin to act as a signal carrier in your serotonin system).

Researchers in Barcelona looked deeper into the serotonin receptor and cannabinoid receptor connection and found that the two receptors are actually connected to each other. The two receptors associate with each other to form what’s called a heteromer.

Through experimentation on mice the researchers found that THC’s effect on short-term memory is not caused by the cannabinoid receptors, but pain relief and other medical benefits from THC do stem from the cannabinoid receptor. Meanwhile, the attached serotonin receptor appears to be the culprit for certain psychoactive effects.

When normal mice were given a special drug that blocked the association between the two receptors, they didn’t have short-term memory loss when given THC, but they still had the pain-relieving effects from the THC.

The results from this research will be very important for the development of new medicines spawning from marijuana.

Public Marijuana Consumption

A pro-marijuana group in Denver says it has enough signatures to get a measure for public marijuana consumption onto the November ballots.

The Limited Social Use campaign is attempting to pass a measure that would allow marijuana use in bars and other public places. But the measure would call for users to bring their own marijuana and comply with Denver’s clear-air laws, which means marijuana would have to be consumed as an edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio away from public view.

The group says it has collected over 8,000 signatures and need just 4,700 to get the measure on November’s ballot.

Campaign organizers and some Denver business owners will hold a news conference outside of the City and County Building before they turn in their petition to the Denver Elections Division.

If passed, Denver would become the first U.S. city to allow public marijuana consumption. Clubs and bars would have the final say about whether their customers can or cannot consume marijuana on their property.

National Institute Drug Abuse Marijuana

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a U.S. government institution, believes that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana, is “a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

Volkow made these comments in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post.

Studies have shown CBD to possess a variety of therapeutic benefits, including anti-cancer properties, anti-diabetic properties, and bone-stimulating activity. Clinical trials have documented CBD to possess anxiolytic (anxiety suppressant), anti-psychotic, and anti-seizure activity in humans. Other trials have further concluded CBD to be “safe and well tolerated” when administered to healthy subjects.

To date, 40 states have passed pro-marijuana laws that allow for the medical use of marijuana in some form.

Marijuana Drug Cartels

Medical and recreational marijuana legalization has led to many proven benefits in the United States: increased tax revenues, new jobs, healthier marijuana, and helping people with health ailments; as well as decreasing the ability of minors to get access to marijuana because the black market is dwindling due to state-legal marijuana markets blossoming. Marijuana legalization is hindering the Mexican drug cartels, which the Department of Justice calls the “greatest organized crime threat to the United States.”

Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope stated that “approximately 30 percent of cartels’ drug export revenues come from marijuana.” Although marijuana legalization has minimal effect on the cartels’ ability to smuggle hard drugs like heroin into the U.S., decreasing the cartels’ marijuana revenue will greatly burden their wealth and influence and should subsequently reduce their ability to move drugs into the U.S. Any impediment for the cartels’ would be a great achievement for all of mankind.

Violent crimes have been decreasing in Mexico since 2011, when homicides hit a high and Mexican police departments reported nearly 23,000 murders. In 2014, they reported nearly 15,000. Some of the reduced violence could be a result of marijuana legalization in the U.S.

As more Americans purchase marijuana legally from state-licensed dispensaries, the less marijuana the cartels will sell due to a decrease in demand. As cartels’ marijuana profits dwindle they’ll try to sell different drugs in the U.S. and/or search for new markets – such as South America, Africa, Asia or Europe – to increase profits. Fortunately, states with medical and/or recreational marijuana markets typically use a percentage of their marijuana tax revenue to create drug education programs for their citizens. And with quality drug education programs there will be a major decrease in the demand for drugs in the U.S. Eventually, demand for illegal drugs will vastly diminish and the cartels will turn to new markets or to new illegal operations such as counterfeit goods or smuggling weapons.