Researchers found those who heavily use cannabis before the age of 16 displayed more impulsive, reckless driving.
Why did the USDA set the dividing line at 0.3% anyway? The answer to that question lies in Canada and in the work of research botanist Dr. Ernest Small.
The hope was that this testimony could demonstrate a pathway by three federal agencies represented to free up marijuana for possible federal legalization and medical research
Unlike marijuana products available in legal markets, smuggled and black markets are not tested for potency or toxins, putting consumers at risk.
When Canada legalized adult-use cannabis in October of 2018, the only product legally available for sale was raw cannabis flower. The legalization of other popular weed products, including edibles, extracts, and even vape pens, was put off for an entire year. This delay was imposed to give lawmakers extra time to draft additional regulations regarding the packaging, distribution, and sales of these products.
Starting last October, these so-called “Cannabis 2.0” products have officially been legalized, and individual provinces have gradually launched new product lines over the past four months. This month, it’s Ontario’s turn to kick-off a new wave of weed products. The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), the province’s government-operated weed retailer, just announced online availability of over 70 new products, starting this Thursday.
“We know that Ontarian adults have been waiting for these products for a long, long time,” said David Lobo, OCS vice-president of corporate affairs, to CBC News. The current line of edibles includes 4 infused chocolate bars, 8 different soft chews, 3 kinds of chocolate squares, a chocolate chip cookie, and more. These products will retail from $7.50 to $16 per item, and can include anywhere from 2mg of THC to 10mg — the maximum limit allowed under Canadian law.
The OCS is also offering over 40 different highly-anticipated vaping products, priced between $29 to $139. Online shoppers will also be able to buy cannabis tea, mints, and a number of other new options. These 2.0 products were rolled out to brick-and-mortar stores last week, but are available for online purchase via the OCS website as of today.
Lobo said that he expects the initial supply of edibles and vapes could be sold out by the end of next week, but added that suppliers will be able to restock quickly — a huge improvement over the massive supply shortages that plagued the country’s initial rollout of legal weed sales. “We expect that supply shortages on these products will not be as long and lingering,” said Lobo to the CBC.
The OCS actually lost over $42 million in its first year of sales, largely due to startup costs and supply shortages, but Ontario’s legal weed market looks ripe for expansion in 2020. The province now allows adults to use legal weed products in public, including parks and sidewalks — making it easier for pot tourists to safely sample the country’s legal wares.
Ontario is also working to open dozens of new weed shops, greatly expanding the availability of licensed weed products to its 15 million residents.
“We are tracking at the end of this fiscal year to be in the positive,” Lobo explained to CBC News. “And through the upcoming provincial budget in the spring, we will provide more detailed information about what our finances are going to look like for years to come.”
Medicinal cannabis rules require users to keep the weed in its original packaging while it’s being transported from one place to another.
Black market drug dealers have been known to cut their product with strange — and dangerous — additives, but one Wisconsin man surely just claimed the title for one of the weirdest drug mixtures ever.
Wisconsin police recently arrested 26-year-old Austin Schroeder and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kaitlin Geiger, for allegedly selling drugs out of their apartment in Menomonee Falls. After receiving a tip about the couple selling drugs, police sent an informant to their apartment. The informant bought weed from the couple on two occasions, according to a court document, which gave cops probable cause to search the apartment.
Upon raiding the couple’s home, cops found 70 grams of weed, a small quantity of MDMA, paraphernalia, and a scale. Police also discovered a “large amount of unknown powder and vegetable material located in the apartment,” which they were unable to identify, according to ABC affiliate WAOW News 9. Cops may have first assumed that this unknown powder was a common drug cutting agent, like baby powder or benzocaine, but it turns out this mysterious substance was far more unusual than they could ever have suspected.
Schroeder told cops that his mother had died and been cremated a little over a year ago, and explained that “he took some of her ashes and mixed them with a variety of substances, some of which he ultimately ingested.” Supposedly, Schroeder even rolled some of these ashes up with some weed and smoked it. Police have not disclosed whether any of the drugs found in the apartment were cut with these ashes, or whether the couple ever sold drugs mixed with human remains.
The court documents do not include any explanation as to why Schroeder felt the need to smoke or snort his own mother’s mortal remains, but it could be possible that the young man was inspired by Keith Richards’ infamous claim that he once snorted coke mixed with his father’s ashes. Richards was just kidding, of course, but it’s possible that Schroeder was dead serious about smoking his own mom.
The couple appeared in court for a preliminary hearing this week, and were released on a signature bond. They are scheduled to return to court on January 28th.
Carlos Santana is officially joining the legion of celebrities who’ve launched their own cannabis brands. But in his characteristically smooth fashion, the axe shredder will be bringing some cosmopolitan flavor to his weed company, too.
On Wednesday, Santana announced he’s partnering with Left Coast Ventures to develop his own line of THC and CBD products, which includes smokable buds, of course. The announcement said the Santana brand, “influenced by his Latin heritage,” would provide “high-quality products designed to leverage the power of historical remedies and allow consumers to discover and follow their light.”
“Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness,” Santana said in a press release. “It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting, and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!”
If you’re itchin’ to get your hands on some Santana sativa right now, you’ll have to wait until the summer for his brand’s official launch, which will include THC-heavy pre-rolls and flower. In the fall, Santana will release his CBD line of topicals and other infused products, all of which are derived from hemp.
Also, Santana’s weed products will only be available in California, at least at first. Fingers crossed that cannabis consumers in other weed-legal states will get to sample his crops sometime after they roll out in the Golden State.
Santana forever changed American music — and the tunes we all toke to — when he debuted in the late ‘60s with his unique blend of traditional Latin and African rhythms combined with good ol’ fashioned American rock-n-roll. And even at the age of 72, he’s still rocking everyone’s faces off, having recently collaborated with members of the Grateful Dead and rappers Tyga and YG. He was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and has won 10 US Grammys and three Latin Grammys across a career that spans over half a century.
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The times sure are changing when it comes to cannabis normalization. And for proof, look no further than the Colorado Springs Airport, which recently announced it received over 37 pounds of weed since it started implementing amnesty boxes back in 2014.
Amnesty boxes first rolled out at both Denver International Airport (DIA) and Colorado Springs Airport shortly after the state launched legal recreational marijuana sales in January 2014. To prevent flyers from taking state-legal weed products on board a flight (and potentially transporting said weed to a prohibitionist state), airport officials installed these amnesty boxes as a courtesy. The idea was if people deposited their weed into the box before passing through the TSA checkpoints, it would expedite the security-check process, as well as avoid any potential mix-ups with TSA agents and law enforcement.
According to police records obtained by Gizmodo, Colorado Springs Airport’s amnesty boxes received 37.48 pounds, or 17,003 grams, of weed products since 2014. The records don’t distinguish what kinds of products were donated, or even what the THC contents of those products were.
Colorado Springs’ police policy is to destroy all weed products deposited into the amnesty boxes. Which is a shame, considering those products could be donated to registered medical cannabis patients. Instead, all of the energy, resources, and time that went into growing, processing, packaging, and distributing those products go to waste.
Meanwhile, two Illinois airports — O’Hare and Midway — recently installed amnesty boxes after beginning recreational weed sales on January 1 of this year. Additionally, officials at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport near Peoria, Illinois voted late last year to let passengers board planes with weed in their luggage. According to the TSA, security agents aren’t actively looking for small amounts of weed for personal use, but that doesn’t protect passengers who are caught with cannabis in cities, states, or countries still under pot prohibition.
We’ll likely see more amnesty boxes pop up in places with legal weed, but hopefully policies will soon change so that the deposited weed products are put to good use.
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The French court claims a man who committed murder isn’t responsible because he was under the influence of cannabis.