Category: Medical Marijuana News

3 Best Vaporizers of 2017

By Mr. Green

Vaping is now one of the coolest ways to smoke weed. For any of those marijuana enthusiasts out there who have ventured into the world of vaping, you might already know the ways in which it differs to smoking. The health benefits are just few of many reasons why you might want to make the switch to vaping. For most cannabis users, the best thing about vaping is that it gives you a strong hit without using so much of your weed. In fact, you can stay high all day using half the amount of weed you usually would smoking joints all day. I think this is the main reason that these days, many prefer to vape.

And let’s be honest – if you like to be high all day, inhaling carcinogenic material into your lungs can cause some grief after a while. When you vape, you avoid all of that icky stuff because you’re only inhaling water vapor. So don’t go running out into world of vaporizers until you’ve read our suggestions about the best ones to choose. There are a lot of vaping products out there, and you can end up wasting a lot of time and money searching for the right one. So we have made things a little bit easier for you by summing up the 3 best marijuana vaporizers of 2017!

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This year, Grenco Science released the G Pen Pro dry herb vaporizer. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to give up smoking herbal material just because they switched to vaping (which is a sacrifice some must make, unfortunately). For less than $100 US, you can have this chic looking vape pen that is even loaded with a couple of functions. They also announced the G Pen Gio, which is expected to be release in November. 

If you’re a first time vaper, or just really prefer simplicity, this one is a winner. It is totally easy to use, with three different temperature settings: blue for low, green for medium and red for high. The ceramic oven heats up the herb evenly all around so that you don’t end up wasting any material.

It’s really simple to use the G Pen Pro: just load it up and pack it with the tool that comes included in the pack, turn it on and start puffing away. It fits neatly in your pocket or bag. Doesn’t get much more complicated than that!

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More of a tech nerd? Then you might be more into the Davinci IQ. It is a bit more expensive than the G Pen, costin $274.99 if you buy directly from Davinci. It comes loaded with some hi-tech features and some design components that ensure a smooth, thick and aromatic smoke.

The most special part of the Davinici IQ is the Zirconia mouthpiece. For those who don’t know, zirconia is a very durable material that is heavy and extremely heat resistant. It gives the person vaping an opportunity to draw in heavy lungfuls without so much pull resistance. You get two in the box.

There is a complete temperature control setting on it, but for those who are lazy there are three predetermined heat settings you can use. There is a smartphone app that you can download and link to your vaporizer so that you can control the settings from your phone! Oh, and there is a very special zirconia chamber that means you don’t have to lose any of the flavor or aroma of your weed. Pack it with dry herb and enjoy a very potent vaporizing experience!

The PAX 3
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Err, have we hit the jackpot of portable vaporizers? The PAX 3 is tiny and comes witch features that are completely unmatched in the world of vaporizers. All of a sudden, you don’t even have to choose between a dry herb or concentrate vaporizer. You can have it all in the PAX 3.

Other than being tiny and stylish, this vaporizer comes with a concentrate insert. It means if you want to vape some dabbing oil, remove the chamber for dry herb and insert the chamber for concentrates. It’s that easy. While other vapes take around 20-30 seconds to heat up, the PAX heats up in just 15 seconds.

It has a full LED display allowing you to choose the exact temperature for vaping. It also boasts a haptic feedback system, meaning a vibrating vaporizer will tell you when it’s adequately hot for vaping. Like the Davinci, it is also capable of communicating with your smartphone via an app or via bluetooth. We have officially reached the future of intelligent vaping. You can own one of these badass vapes for less than $200 buying directly from PAX!

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Peru Congress Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis, President to Sign

Peru’s Congress has given approval to a measure that legalizes medical cannabis.

Congress gave overwhelming approval to the measure earlier today; the vote was 68-5. The proposal allows cannabis oil to be produced, imported and sold for medical purposes. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who introduced the bill, is expected to quickly sign it into law.

“Thousands of patients and their family members will have hope and a better quality of life,” said Alberty Belaunde, a lawmaker in the ruling party, following Congress’ approval. According to Belaunde, regulations for producing and commercializing cannabis oil will be written within 60 days.

According to Euro News, earlier this year, an Ipsos poll found that 65 percent of Peruvians support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.

If the legislation is passed into law, Peru will join several of its Latin American neighbors – namely Chile, Colombia and Mexico – as nations that allow the medical use of cannabis.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

New Research Shows Increased Access to Medical Marijuana Associated with Decreased Murder and Robbery Rates

Increasing access to medical marijuana could decrease murder and robbery rates, according to new research out of Haverford College’s Department of Economics.

“Previous research has analyzed the effects of the implementation of medical marijuana laws on crime rates, but this paper is the first to study how the size of the medical marijuana market affects crime rates”, states the study’s abstract. By using the medical marijuana patient registration rates across states from 1995 to 2015,  lead researcher Matthew Incantalupo used “a difference-in-differences approach to find that a one percent increase in medical marijuana registration rates decreases murder and robbery rates by 0.03% and 0.02%, respectively, and has no significant effect on other types of crime.”

According to the study, these results “show that increasing the legal availability of marijuana through medicalization could decrease murder and robbery rates, two crimes highly associated with the illegal drug trade.”

A University of Texas study released in 2014 came to a similar conclusion, finding that the enactment of laws legalizing medical cannabis are associated with reductions in rates of homicide and assault.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Report: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession in Pennsylvania

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

African Americans in Pennsylvania are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession offenses in 2014, adult marijuana possession arrests increased 33 percent during this time period – at a cost of $225.3 million to taxpayers. Black adults were 8.2 times more likely than their white counterparts to be arrested for possessing marijuana. In 2010, African Americans in Pennsylvania were 6.5 percent times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession crimes.

Recent analyses from other states, such as New Jersey and Virginia, have similarly identified racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests. Nationwide, African Americans are approximately four timesmore likely than whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana, despite members of both ethnicities using the substance at similar rates.

“Pennsylvania’s insistence in continuing to fight the war on marijuana, is at the root of the problematic data presented in this report,” the ACLU of Pennsylvania concluded. “Law enforcement has not only continued its business-as-usual arresting policies in enforcement of cannabis prohibition, it has ramped up enforcement as marijuana use has become more accepted throughout the commonwealth and the nation. If laws don’t change, this pattern will likely continue; law enforcement could become even more heavy handed until policymakers are clear that it is time to end this approach. The clearest way to send that message is to end prohibition altogether.”

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the report is available from the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Lucky’s Market Becomes First Nationwide Grocery Store to Sale CBD Oil

Lucky’s Market has become the first nationwide grocery store to openly sale CBD oil in its stores.

Lucky’s Market – backed by Kroger – has roughly two dozen stores open throughout the United States, including in Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Wyoming. What makes Lucky’s Markets willingness to sell CBD oil so unique is that the DEA recently clarified that CBD is federally illegal, even when devoid of any THC.

“As the scientific literature indicates, cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabidiol (CBD), are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the CSA definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves”, states the DEA’s Clarification of the New Drug Code (7350) for Marijuana Extract.

Despite the DEA’s clarifying that CBD is illegal, Lucky’s Market isn’t worried.

“We’re not afraid to be disruptive and pave the path and be pioneers,”  Sindy Wise, Lucky’s director of apothecary, told The Cannabist. According to Wise, CBD is “the next big thing in terms of natural medicine”.

For more information about Lucy’s Market, click here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Bill to Legalize Hemp Approved by Wisconsin Senate Committee

A key Senate committee in Wisconsin has given approval to legislation that would legalize industrial hemp.

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted to approve the measure yesterday, sending it towards a vote in the full Senate. The proposal was passed unanimously, indicating widespread, bipartisan support.

Under the proposed law, a system of state licenses would be established that could be obtained by farmers in order to legally grow and cultivate hemp. The legislation labels hemp as having no more than 1% THC – if hemp crops have over that, it would be illegal. In addition, people with prior drug convictions wouldn’t be eligible for the licenses.

Roughly 30 states have legalized hemp despite it remaining illegal federally, including Kentucky, Illinois and California.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

President Trump’s Pick to Head DEA Withdraws Himself from Consideration

 Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the DEA and take over the unofficially titled “drug czar” position, has officially withdrawn himself from consideration. 

Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino.

In a Twitter post made this morning, President Trump made it clear that Representative Marino is removing himself from consideration for the position of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, often referred to as the “drug czar”.

“Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar”, Trump said in the Tweet posted around 5:30am (PT). “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”

Marino’s withdrawal comes after a report by both the Washington Post and 60 Minutes. The report, titled THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S TRIUMPH OVER THE DEA, connected Marino with legislation that has caused a worsening of the nation’s opioid crisis by making it more  challenging for the DEA to keep control of the pharmaceutical industry.

When asked about the selection of Marino to head the DEA during a press conference on Monday, President Trump said “we are gonna look into the report and we are gonna take it very seriously”.

Senator Jo Manchin (West Virginia), sent a letter to Donald Trump the same day, stating that Marino “has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce out nation’s laws.”

“I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” said Manchin.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed issued with Marino, stating that; “Confirming Rep. Marino as our nation’s drug czar is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house. The American people deserve someone totally committed to fighting the opioid crisis, not someone who’s labored on behalf of the drug industry.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Random Drug Tests Are Unconstitutional

Washington’s Supreme Court has ruled that random urinalysis tests are unconstitutional.

The ruling, which sets immediate precedent, came after three individuals were charged in Spokane County with DUI in 2015. As a condition of their charges, Cortney Blomstrom, Christopher Cooper, and Brooke Button were forced to undergo regular urine tests (the latter two were charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and had previous criminal records). The three, however, objected to the court order, claiming it to be too invasive.

After taking the case to the Spokane County Superior Court and having their request (to remove the urine test requirement) denied, the case was moved up to the Washington State Supreme Court, which sided with the three and reversed the testing requirement.

“Urinalysis is at least as invasive as a roadblock or a pat-down search,” said the court in their ruling. The tests were found to be in direct violation of an individuals privacy, meaning it violated the fourth amendment which prevents unreasonable search and seizure without

The court did, however, offer a partial dissent, stating that “Judges should not be categorically prohibited from imposing necessary and narrowly tailored release conditions on defendants arrested on probable cause for DUI.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

The legalization of cannabis in Colorado has reduced opioid-related deaths, according to a new study published by The American Journal of Public Health.

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The objective of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University, was to “examine the association between Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and opioid-related deaths.” To do this researchers “used an interrupted time-series design (2000-2015) to compare changes in level and slope of monthly opioid-related deaths before and after Colorado stores began selling recreational cannabis.” They also “describe the percent change in opioid-related deaths by comparing the unadjusted model-smoothed number of deaths at the end of follow-up with the number of deaths just prior to legalization.”

According to the study’s abstract; “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month (b = -0.68; 95% confidence interval = -1.34, -0.03) reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado.”

The study concludes by stating; “Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths. As additional data become available, research should replicate these analyses in other states with legal recreational cannabis.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Survey: 11% of D.C. Area Government Employees Have Bought Legal Marijuana

According to a new survey, 11% of government employees in the D.C. area have purchased marijuana legally from a dispensary.

The 11% is considerably higher than the 8% average among all adults in the D.C. media market, which covers roughly five million adults in D.C. as well as parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The survey of 1,368 people was conducted by Consumer Research Around Cannabis.

The 11% of government employees having legally purchased marijuana account for an even higher percentage of total marijuana buys at 16.7%. The survey found that 41% of the government employees approved of both legalized adult use and medical marijuana, with only 11% opposed to both.

“Those in charge are anti-marijuana, but that doesn’t represent what most people believe in the higher levels of these agencies”, says NORML founder Keith Stroup. “Most people at the Department of Justice are frankly embarrassed by Attorney General Sessions.”

Interesting, the survey found that 88.3% of those who purchased marijuana recently are employed in some capacity, compared to just 64.5% of the general population in the same area. 76% of these consumers have a household income of $50,000 a year or more, with 37% saying they are making over $100,000. In addition, 68% have at least an undergraduate degree.

“I think it’s clear that the data debunks many of the negative connotations attached to cannabis use – weather for medicinal or recreational use,” said Jeff Stein, Vice President at Consumer Research Around Cannabis. “They are well educated, have good jobs and are on financially sound. Cannabis consumer data like this should be a wake-up call to government officials and companies that have thus far ignored this growing consumer group.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.