Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Snoop Dogg Marijuana

Snoop Dogg is getting further into the marijuana industry by creating a venture capital business.

The venture capital company intends to raise $25 million to launch a fund focused on investing in marijuana industry startups.

Snoop Dogg is a managing member of the Los Angeles-based fund called Casa Verde Capital, L.P. (Casa Verde, when translated from Spanish, means ‘greenhouse.’) The filing reveals Casa Verde Capital as a venture capital fund and discloses that it is looking to raise $25 million from outside investors, with no minimum investment.

Ted Chung and Even Eneman are two executives from a talent agency and are partnering with Snoop Dogg as managing members of Casa Verde Capital.

Snoop Dogg has experience is investing. He has recently invested in Robinhood, a free stock trading platform targeted at young investors, and the social media site Reddit.

Delaware Marijuana

Delaware lawmakers gave final legislative approval for a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of up to an ounce of marijuana. Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation into law almost immediately.

The bill allows Delawareans to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and use the drug privately without facing criminal sanctions. Police can still confiscate marijuana. Penalties for simple possession will be replaced with a $100 civil fine. The law takes effect in six months. Selling marijuana remains criminal under the law.

Gov. Markell’s spokeswoman said in a statement: “The governor remains committed to reducing the number of people entering the criminal justice system and refocusing resources where they are needed most and House Bill 39 supports these efforts.”

The Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement after Thursday’s vote, “Marijuana is an objectively less harmful substance than alcohol, and most Americans now agree it should be treated that way. Delaware has taken an important step toward adopting a more sensible marijuana policy.”

Church Marijuana

A group of 600 United Methodist churches in New England is calling for an end to the War on Drugs. The New England Conference of United Methodist Churches is a group that represents 600 congregations in six Northeastern states and voted in favor of Resolution 15-203, which uses Christian principles to call for an end to the War on Drugs.

The resolution says “the public policy of prohibition of certain narcotics and psychoactive substances … has failed to achieve the goal of eliminating, or even reducing, substance abuse.”

It goes on to detail how the drug war has failed to achieve its intended goal of reducing drug abuse and has resulted in numerous unintended consequences such as the creation of violent and dangerous underground markets, countless lost lives from gang violence and unregulated products, increased dangers posed to law enforcement, prison overcrowding, the rapid spread of needle-borne illnesses due to a lack of sterile syringes, and the disparate impact that these laws have had on poor communities of color.

A statement from the group declares support for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a commitment to work to regulate drugs from a public health perspective:

“Be it resolved: That the New England Annual Conference supports seeking means other than prohibition to address the problem of substance abuse; and is further resolved to support the mission of the international educational organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ending drug prohibition.”

Oregon Marijuana

Marijuana will become legalized for adults in Oregon on July 1, 2015. Oregon will regulate its recreational marijuana market similarly to Colorado.

The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act will allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and grow up to four marijuana plants. State officials are still in the process of establishing a regulated system for recreational marijuana cultivation and sales.

Voters in at least five states are expected to consider similar ballot measures in November 2016. A voter initiative has officially qualified for the ballot in Nevada, petition drives are underway in support of initiatives in Arizona and Maine, and initiatives are in the process of being drafted in California and Massachusetts.

“Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol and it’s far less harmful to the body,” stated Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting ballot initiative efforts in five states. “Adults who prefer to use marijuana instead of alcohol should not be punished for making the safer choice. In Oregon, they no longer will be.”

Alcohol Marijuana

Many states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana hastily implemented biased zero-tolerance or “inactive marijuana metabolites present” laws toward marijuana-DUI because of a lack in scientific evidence to support these state governments that are forced to make marijuana-related laws.

A recent study by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) found that THC blood concentrations increase significantly with alcohol consumption, which could impact states’ legal limits for driving under the influence.

The study tested many different doses of marijuana and alcohol combinations, and compared them with control and placebo groups. Without alcohol, THC concentrations fell between 32.7 and 42.2 µg/L THC with low and high doses respectively, but with alcohol those concentrations increased to 35.3 and 67.5 µg/L THC.

More research is being conducted in this area that will hopefully help lead lawmakers to creating rational marijuana-DUI laws.

Anxiety Marijuana Strains

There are two common types of side effects for marijuana users, and they happen to be exact opposites. Some marijuana strains cause anxiety in people, while some strains relieve anxiety.

These common side effects can typically be attributed to the quantity of THC in marijuana strains. Luckily, there are many marijuana strains in dispensaries now days that have little to no THC. These low-THC/high-CBD marijuana strains are wonderful for anxiety sufferers, as are most indicas and some sativas and hybrids. Below are a few marijuana strains ideal for anxiety suffers:

Granddaddy Purple (Indica)
Blue Dream (Hybrid)
Girl Scout Cookies (Hybrid)
Jack Herer (Sativa)
Strawberry Cough (Sativa)

Contact your local dispensary to see if they carry any of these marijuana strains or similar strains.

Costa Rica Marijuana

The Costa Rican government has outlined details for implementing a pending bill to research and regulate marijuana for medical uses.

The bill was introduced by ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Marvin Atencio last year to tax marijuana products and regulate the use of medical marijuana through registration cards for patients provided by the Ministry of Health.

“By taking this issue seriously, Costa Rica is demonstrating compassion for those whose suffering could be alleviated with medical marijuana,” said the Policy Manager of the Americas at the Drug Policy Alliance. “With so much momentum for drug policy reform building in the Americas, Costa Rica’s medical marijuana initiative brings Central America into a debate that is already strongly underway elsewhere in the region.”

Medical marijuana will only be used as a last resort for patients and recreational use of marijuana will remain illegal. Medical marijuana will be distributed through conventional drug stores and will follow the same prescription rules as other drugs.

Marijuana Research

The Obama administration has removed a bureaucratic obstacle for privately-funded research of the medicinal properties in marijuana that had long stifled scientific research on marijuana.

Previously, if researchers wanted to conduct research on marijuana they’d need perform months of paperwork to propose what they wanted to study and why, and usually resulted in their study being denied.

“I think it’s a sensible change; but people are being delusional if they think this will result in a flood of research on the drug,” said Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, an anti-legalization group. “But it’s a step in the right direction as the development of a non smoked cannabis medication goes forward.”

More bureaucratic hurdles for marijuana research still exist – more than any other drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) monopoly on legal marijuana production doesn’t exist for any other drug, meaning that heroin and cocaine remain easier for researchers to work with.

“The next step should be moving marijuana out of Schedule I to a more appropriate category, which the administration can do without any further Congressional action,” said aid Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority, a pro-legalization group. “Given what the president and surgeon general have already said publicly about marijuana’s relative harms and medical uses, it’s completely inappropriate for it to remain in a schedule that’s supposed to be reserved for substances with a high potential for abuse and no therapeutic value.”

CA Marijuana

A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that 54% of Californians support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, and only 41% opposed.

The results are consistent with recent national polling by CBS News which found that 53% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, and 43% opposed.

Among California’s likely voters, 56% favor legalization and 41% are opposed. A majority of whites (60%) favor legalization, while a similar proportion of Latinos (60%) oppose it.

California residents will be voting on legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in 2016.

Marijuana Teens

Many opponents of medical marijuana believe that legalizing marijuana for medicinal use sends a message to youths that marijuana use is okay, and ultimately encourages them to experiment with it or harder drugs.

Well, a new study conducted by Columbia University in New York says they’re wrong. The study included 21 states with medical marijuana laws and found there was no sign of significant increase in use.

“Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana,” said Deborah Hasin, lead author of the study.

The study was based on an ongoing government-funded survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders, which asked about marijuana use in the previous month. The researchers reviewed responses from more than 1 million students in 48 states, from 1991 through 2014. They found that marijuana use tended to already be higher in states that went on to adopt medical marijuana laws, but they did not see an additional spike after the law was passed.

The researchers actually saw a decline in marijuana use by 8th graders in those states.

The study shows why it’s important to use rigorous research to check out theories — even those that seem reasonable, wrote a substance abuse expert.

The study’s results were published on the journal Lancet Psychiatry and were also presented at a medical conference in Phoenix.