Weed Week in Review March 12, 2021

Weed Week in Review March 12, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

This is a terrific four panel cartoon. It’s serious. And the statistics in it tell pretty much the entire story about the inequity of marijuana laws for the last 85 or so years. Marijuana laws are white man laws that were directed at (primarily) black populations and indeed all people of color. It’s still happening today. It’s frustrating to see. There should be more equality in this industry and this short 4 panel comic actually points out some ways to ensure that people of color are not left out of the bonanza that legal weed is bringing to both the state governments and eventually to the federal government.

This is far bigger news than the press coverage. Yes, it’s on the front page of many publications, but it’s buried on the bottom. And it is a big deal, no doubt about it. If you’ve studied history at all, the word marijuana came from Mexico, invented as a pejorative by white folk in Washington, DC and nabobs in Mexico. Yes, the history of stigmatizing cannabis is horrid and racist, but it’s beginning to come to an end. Now we need research. I did think about going to visit my friends in Oaxaca and snagging some Acapulco Gold…which is grown in Colorado, but only by one grower.

Why is this not surprising? Several reasons; First, is the quality in the black market is probably better. In the legal market, there are usually producers who are trying to maximize their profit. This has them cutting corners…mostly in curing. Second, if the taxes on weed are too high, the value proposition goes to the black market. Third, inertia is hard to stop and people are happier sticking to the same old same old. Easy to stay where you are, then change. There are a few misstatements of fact in the article, but nothing that materially changes the finding about the black market. One last thing; It took about 30 years for the alcohol market to stabilize after repeal. Why would legal marijuana markets be any different than a legal alcoholic beverage market?

Study: Cannabis Effective Treatment for 90% of Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Fascinating. Yet another condition where the symptoms are ameliorated by the use of cannabis. Weed is good stuff, yes. Ulcerative Colitis can be debilitating. Similar to Chron’s Disease, it’s

The ‘Other’ Way Cannabis Can Help Treat Cancer

Good look at many of the ways how cannabis is or can be used to treat cancer. One of the more interesting research was how consuming pot can get better adherence to the

 

Weed is still illegal in states where sex with farm animals isn’t

I honestly don’t know what to do with this information. The whole idea of being able to have sex with farm animals while being completely legal, but getting arrested while smoking a joint is beyond anything my brain can process. And I can usually process a lot. So in the hypothetical case of someone getting arrested for smoking some weed while hawmping on ol’ bossy, is just … it’s just beyond comprehension. And pretty damn funny too, if it wasn’t so sad.

Weed Week in Review March 5, 2021

Weed Week in Review March 5, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Ah, Texas. What’s can I say about you? Right up there with Montana and a few other states, the stupidity of the republicun run state is astonishing. Delta 8-THC, which is derived from hemp, which is technically cannabis sativa and not cannabis hempus or whatever, contains a chemical called Delta 8-THC. Guess what? Delta-8 can give you a buzz about as good as our old buddy Delta 9. And in Texas, since it’s a derivative of hemp, it’s LEGAL!!! Either the Texas legislature needs to outlaw this chemical or… … it needs to tax it. DUH! While none of us like taxes, this is the perfect time for Texas to wake up and smell the terpenes…the cannabis terpenes!

Majority of Texas Voters Want to Legalize Cannabis

The people want it. The legislators don’t. 60% or so of Texas voters want to legalize cannabis. Why oh why won’t the legislature vote to legalize weed? Oh, I forgot. The legislature with a HUGE republican majority doesn’t listen to the voters. Why? Because they’re republicuns? Or are they republicans? The thumbs up is for the people This thumbs down if for the legislators. I really don’t understand why republicans have become the party of anti-people. They seem to revel in the idea that they don’t have to listen or pay heed to the voting public…THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM INTO OFFICE IN THE FIRST PLACE. Have they bamboozled the people to that extent? I guess I can look at Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Mississippi along with Texas to see what the republicans want these days. I get conservative. These are not conservative people. They’re assholes. Pure and simple. The people vote you into office. Do their bidding.

U.S. Cannabis Sales Hit Record $17.5 Billion As Americans Consume More Marijuana Than Ever Before

A lot of Americans consume weed. A whole lot. COVID has served to increase the amount of cannabis people consume. Colorado sold over $2 billion in cannabis. Washington state collected over one BILLION dollars in taxes (I don’t know the taxation rate in Washington). A billion dollars in tax revenue. This story pretty well lays out some of the reasons, but there are so many. When cannabis is legalized nationally, and it will be, make no mistake, the potential in sales and revenue might dwarf alcohol. No wonder many alcoholic beverage companies are moving into the cannabis space. Can’t blame them. They understand how people want their drugs, whether it’s alcohol or weed. Or both!

Barbara Dittrich: Don’t believe that marijuana isn’t dangerous

This woman is an effin’ idiot. For some reason, she wants to pursue a narrative that dates back 100 or so years. Why? Why do people continue to cling to the idea that marijuana is bad. Marijuana is evil. Marijuana is a gateway drug. She’s related to the Sabets and Berensons of the world who refuse to look cannabis square in the eye. To this woman, alcohol is benign. She wants to ban everything in face of the evidence that nothing that’s banned stays banned forever. Doesn’t matter whether it’s cannabis, alcohol, porn, other drugs or gambling. People want these things because … well, we’re human. Get off your high horse lady and get real. Blaze one. Have some fun.

Weed is still illegal in states where sex with farm animals isn’t

I honestly don’t know what to do with this information. The whole idea of being able to have sex with farm animals while being completely legal, but getting arrested while smoking a joint is beyond anything my brain can process. And I can usually process a lot. So in the hypothetical case of someone getting arrested for smoking some weed while hawmping on ol’ bossy, is just … it’s just beyond comprehension. And pretty damn funny too, if it wasn’t so sad.

Weed Week in Review February 26, 2021

Weed Week in Review February 26, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Bill would delay sale of voter-approved recreational marijuana until 2023

(Also, see the last story on this page) This is going to be an ongoing problem in the states where republicans (and it always seems to be the republicans!) are thwarting the will of the voters. Now Montana is going to follow the lead of South Dakota, in trying to halt the process where legal weed can be sold and the state can profit through taxes. I can’t pass judgement on a 20% tax on the retail price of pot, which is what they’re looking for, I think the tax could put a definite squeeze on the growers to be both profitable and have the cannabis sell at a price that’s competitive with the illicit market, aka the extralegal market. If the legislators and Governor would get their heads out of their collective keesters aka asses we might actually get a meaningful program. I wonder why they’re sostupid about the process that voters want.

Hashish oil peddling from Vizag after repeated seizures of marijuana

Here’s an example of how some parts of the world view cannabis legalization and it’s not a pretty picture. The author attributes the phrase; “A drop of marijuana oil on a cigarette is enough to cause hours of narco-effects on those who take it, officials said, adding they have caught men …” Surreal. But this is how many in India view marijuana use. In a throwback to the 1970s, they still call it ‘narco’ which is a term that really doesn’t apply to cannabis consumption. Go figure…

Murphy signs N.J. legal weed bills, ending 3-year saga

It’s about frikken time as they might say. Gov. Murphy of New Jersey finally finally signed a bill making adult use cannabis legal in the state. Last week, this column reported that the number of arrests for possession for marijuana have actually gone up over the last year, especially after the voters overwhelmingly voted to legalize our friendly plant. And we do know who the preponderance of arrests were targeted at, yes? People of color, if you didn’t already know. While the bill doesn’t have provisions for minority ownership of dispensaries, nor does it have an amnesty for possession, it’s a start. Interestingly, some pundits are saying that the market will be a billion dollars within there years. I think it will be way sooner than that and New Jersey will reap the tax benefits for legalized weed.

And this just in:

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

Not only has New Jersey legalized weed for adult use, they have also told law enforcement to stop arresting people for pot. And the attorney general of New Jersey told police and prosecutors to stop pressing marijuana cases. At least it’s a little relief for communities of color all over New Jersey. YAY!!!!

North Dakota House approves plan to legalize recreational pot; bill headed to Senate

North Dakota House passes joint bills to legalize and tax marijuana

WOWIE!!! North Dakota with adult use weed??? Kind of surreal. Especially given the way Montana has reacted to the voter passed amendment to their constitution to make adult use pot legal. Guess where all the money from Montana is going to go? Why, North Dakota, of course. Right now, there are 35 states that have medical marijuana. Far fewer have adult use and even fewer have legislative adult use cannabis. New Jersey joined those ranks this week…even though the population passed legalization last November.This is really good. Really really good.

While much of the country is at a standstill, the cannabis industry is hiring

The cannabis industry is large and getting larger. There’s more news about this than the alcoholic beverage industry, I’m guessing mostly because it’s a far newer industry. Make no mistake about it. It is a new industry and since pot is still illegal in many states, it’s still a ‘baby’ industry. If the federal government removes cannabis from schedule 1 and decriminalizes marijuana, the industry will explode. If anyone in the US thinks this won’t be a significant source of jobs, income and tax dollars, they’ve been living on a different planet; I’m not sure which planet they’re living on, but they’re not paying attention. The US still has influence in most of the world, in spite of our last president’s attempts to remove us from the world stage. And if the US legalizes pot, the rest of the world wil

The best new cannabis strains to grow in 2021

If you like to get in the weeds … with weed … here’s an article for you! Leafly.com has declared these strains the best for home grow in 2021. Why these strains is beyond me, but they do one thing in the article I don’t like; Touting auto-flowering strains. I get why producers want to sell these strains they’ve developed to home growers. It makes life way easier for the grower. Growing weed is easy. There’s a reason it’s called weed. Growing quality weed is harder. Auto-flowering strains are usually crossed with cannabis ruderalis, which is a particularly weak plant. It’s the third major cultivar of cannabis after sativa and indica. But if you want to grow your own, here’s a place to get started.

‘Red State Assault’ on Ballot Measures Threatens Direct Democracy

GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. The unspeakable assault on our democracy continues by republicuns. (the misspelling is on purpose). Why do people in general think that their views, when they have a little power, are more important than the people who put them in office in the first place? It’s getting insane and the only way for this to end seems to be the end of the republicun party as we knew it. Knew is in the past tense because the party won’t last for a long time like this. First the supporters of the asshole who started calling the election results rigged 4 months before the election gets his people (they are lower than human) to assault the Capitol of the United States and now the same sub-humans are assaulting the democracy we love and cherish. The only way to defeat them is to vote them out of office. Hopefully, there are more Americans who believe in our democracy than there are these people, but it’s currently hard to tell.

Cannabis 101 – A Getting Started Guide

Cannabis 101 – A Getting Started Guide

Whether you’ve never tried the “evil weed” or if you are ready to jump back into the bakery after a long absence, here’s the guide to getting started on for today’s cannabis connoisseur. In this article we will cover how to buy weed, the best way to try weedwhy you might want to try weed, and how much weed a beginner should try. We will also discuss how weed is consumed today (you’ll be surprised), what are some common uses, what you might want to try and how you can continue learning about our favorite plant. (more…)

Weed Week in Review February 19, 2021

Weed Week in Review February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

Weed Week in Review publishes a weekly report of the good, the bad and the ugly about weed in the US (and other places too). We’ll provide a little commentary about what’s happening in the world of weed.

Report Finds Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Not Associated With Adverse Social Effects

Part of me wants to think this is kind of a ‘Duh!” report. But it’s not just that. Every report (this one was authored by The Cato Institute) that has come out since legalization in the many states pretty much says the same thing…there are no associative adverse effects that came with the legalization of weed in the various states. Why am I not surprised? Given the documented evidence that there are no adverse effects associated with legalization, why are there still some (think South Dakota for now) who are dead set against legalization? While I don’t have an answer to that, many of the same people who are against legalization are QAnon believers, so you can pretty much tell them anything that’s negative and they’ll believe it. Sad, but it’s the state of affairs in the U.S. these days.

New Jersey Has Arrested Over 6,000 People for Cannabis Since Legalization Vote

This is a pure and simple case of the police abusing their power to arrest people with marijuana. This headline means that since the election on November 3rd, it’s been just over 100 days since the election that legalized recreational marijuana in New Jersey and that equals about 60 people a day getting arrested. Anyone want to place a bet on the percentage of people arrested are mostly minorities and there mostly black? About 40% of the population of New Jersey are minorities and I’d willing to bet anyone reading this that over 70% of the arrests of people of color. All the Attorney General needs to say is stop arresting people. That would end it. The AG has already told prosecutors in New Jersey to stop prosecuting pot cases, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the police from arresting people for possession. Pure and simple; This is an abuse of police power.

More Than Half of Cannabis Users With Parkinson’s Disease Report Clinical Benefits

Why am I not surprised that Parkinson’s disease has clinical benefits associated with cannabis. Cannabis has been gaslighted for over 100 years now and that pretty much means that there has been no real research into the benefits that weed might provide to Parkinson’s or any other disease for that matter. 100 years of research lost. Cannabis might well be the most complex plant in the world and we haven’t yet begun to make sense of all the compounds in it. But the fact that it HAS helped Parkinson’s patients is important. How many other diseases might benefit from cannabis treatments? We just don’t know.

As NJ marijuana reform slows, racial inequity of enforcement continues, advocates say

Social inequity in marijuana enforcement is a known and measured thing. We know that minority communities have taken the brunt of marijuana enforcement and arrests for decades. In November, the citizens of New Jersey voted to legalize and make pot available to any citizen over the age of 21 to purchase. Yet, the arrests in minority communities continue. What the attorney general for New Jersey should immediately do is tell the police departments across New Jersey to do is stop making arrests for marijuana and stop the prosecution of felonious and misdemeanor charges against all people. That would be a start.

More People with MS Turning to Cannabis for Help with Pain, Sleep

Another cannabis health exploration done because there’s no research into how pot can help people with MS. But for many it seems to work. This survey conducted by the University of Michigan about pain and MS was national in scope. Summarizing they said; “A new survey shows high usage rates of cannabinoids like CBD for multiple sclerosis, but most patients are figuring out these new products on their own.” It’s sad that people have to find their own cures in this age of science, but there you have it. They do and that’s sad. But if it gives relief without having to get regulated, whether it’s legal or not, it’s probably a bigger benefit to them then a government funded and run study that wouldn’t have results for several years. And here’s another research project for MS and relief from cannabis. Study: 61% of Parkinson’s Patients Benefit from Medical Cannabis

How Long Does Cannabis Stay Fresh For? Scientists May Have the Answer

If you like to get in the weeds … with weed … here’s an article for you! The online publication Analytical Cannabis will serve the need of anyone who wants to be part of the science of our favorite plant. For me, I do like the fact that the publication is putting some long needed rigorous scientific research into cannabis. There is no one subject when it comes to weed that has had sufficient research. This story is something that we’ve needed to explore for a long time. Analytical Cannabis has done a fine job of explaining this, even if not all of us can understand the science behind the findings. But it IS important.

Teens May Be More Likely to Use Marijuana After Legalization for Adult Recreational Use

GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. I’m tired of seeing this flawed study picked up by the media without further research and presented as fact. There are so many more studies that show the opposite is actually happening in adult use legal states. Teenagers tend to have lower rates of marijuana consumption in adult legal states. There are many studies about this and there are only one or two studies that say the opposite. Why do some feel the need to show the negative side of cannabis, even when they know it’s not true? Why don’t publications spend as much time showing the evils of alcohol? For decades, many ‘scientists’ attempted to show that coffee was bad for us. Now we’re finding out that coffee is actually probably good for our cognitive health! We need to get real.

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