Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Jim Webb Marijuana

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb recently became a presidential candidate and thinks the U.S. should focus on a public health approach to drugs that does not involve incarcerating people.

Webb mentioned the country’s success in reducing tobacco use by educating people instead of criminalizing them in his recent comment: “one of the most fascinating changes in our society in my adult lifetime has been the approach towards cigarette smoking. If you think about this, we didn’t make cigarettes illegal. We just got the information out there and educated people about the potential harm.” And he added that “there have to be similar approaches when it comes to drug use.”

Webb’s comments came during an appearance at the National Sheriffs Association conference and appear to indicate that Webb favors legalizing or at least decriminalizing drug use in the U.S.

Vaporizing

The benefits of vaporizing instead of smoking are well documented: it is better for health and, for most consumers, it’s also less expensive in the long run.

Here are four reasons why you should consider making the switch from smoking to vaping:

1. It’s Healthier

The combustion of marijuana can produce several known carcinogens and tar, which can irritate the lungs and lead to chronic bronchitis. Vaporizers were primarily designed to overcome this issue. By heating marijuana at a lower temperature than combustion, the devices produce an inhalable vapor that still contains the active medical ingredients in marijuana (cannabinoids), but without the harmful by-products.

2. It’s Cost-Effective

While some vapes require an initial investment of about $200, many often cost as little as $40. And vaping saves you money in the longterm, because you use less marijuana to get the same effects as with smoking.

3. It’s Discreet

Some vapes do still emit a noticeable vapor and marijuana odor, but for the most part, newer vaporizer pens are much more discreet than smoking and are odorless.

4. The Flavor

Most vaporizers enhance the flavor of the marijuana strain being vaped, which adds to the many pleasures already attributed to marijuana.

Marijuana Asthma

Early research suggests that CBD, a substance naturally found in marijuana, is an effective treatment for minimizing the inflammation experienced by asthma sufferers.

The research study found that the studied rats treated with CBD experienced a reduction in two types of cytokines, known as Tp and Th2. In addition to showing that CBD treatment was effective in reducing cytokine levels, the study also suggests that CBD may influence a reduction in the major stimuli of mucus hyper-secretion, another prominent symptom experienced by those with asthma.

The study’s findings were consistent with that of the Ribero study, which shows CBD to have potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. It is noted, however, that the asthma-associated inflammation of the rat models differed somewhat from that of the LPS-induced inflammation of the mice models being studied for decreasing inflammation due to lung injuries.

This study and many others like it are demonstrating the need for more effective, rigorous and timely studies on the potential medicinal benefits from marijuana.

Marijuana Creativity

Some marijuana strains are known for helping to produce creativity. For this reason, many artists and musicians throughout history have used marijuana to increase their creativity.

Here is a list of some marijuana strains that can help produce creativity:

Blue Dream (Hybrid)
Maui Waui (Sativa)
Sour Diesel (Hybrid)
XJ 13 (Hybrid)
Alien OG (Hybrid)
Deadhead OG (Hybrid)
Girl Scout Cookies (Hybrid)

WA Marijuana

Last year Washington became the second state to launch a recreational marijuana market. It had just a few recreational dispensaries that were selling high-priced marijuana to lengthily lines of customers.

A year later, Washington state has about 160 operating recreational dispensaries and tax revenues have soared past expectations.

Washington did around $250 million in marijuana sales in the past year. And about $62 million constitutes marijuana excise taxes. The state’s original forecast was $36 million. And when state and local sales and other taxes are included, the total revenue for the state’s government tops $70 million.

Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use, earned nearly $44 million from tax revenue in it’s first year and is predicting it will bring in $94 million during 2016, its third year.

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.