Public companies are beginning to conduct clinical trials of Cannabis medicines. Also, for the first time, Dr. Rabe’s, a mainstream doctor at a mainstream conference presented direct evidence of cannabis treating cancer. He discussed how his research showed that cannabinoids kill or inhibit all the major forms of cancer, and how live-cell encapsulation could enhance those effects.
The knowledge of using cannabis to directly treat cancer has been consistently growing over the past several years. Advocating primary cancer treatment with cannabis rather than just mitigation of symptoms has historically been relegated to fringe activists, with virtually no acknowledgment from mainstream drug policy reform organizations or corporations.
VON – Stephen Shearin believes his company is evolving the marijuana industry by creating a vending machine for pot and pot products.
"It's extremely cool this is the first one," Shearin said.
Shearin is the chief operating officer for Tranzbyte, a company that owns American Green. American Green is the manufacturer of a vending machine called the ZaZZZ, which starts by verifying a person's age through their driver's license.
"They would swipe their driver's license at which point multiple cameras would allow us to use some advanced biometrics to make absolutely certain that the person who swiped the card is the owner of that card," Shearin said.
The ZaZZZ machine could contain marijuana, pot edibles, and other pot-related products. But, it will not be located in the open public.
"These are designed at this point legally to go inside dispensaries," Shearin said.
He compares the machines to automated express checkouts at the grocery store. He says the point of vending machine is help business move fasters inside marijuana dispensaries.
Greg Honan is the owner of Herbal Elements, a dispensary in Eagle-Vail. His store will be the first to house the ZaZZZ vending machine. Honan says the pot vending machine actually makes his product more secure.
"You can really stack inventory in a safe manner in a concentrated area," Honan said.
He says the products sold inside will all be tracked by radio frequency identification chips.
"This takes a little pressure off of the people monitoring the medicine area so they don't have to look over shoulders. You can fit a lot more choices in a small area," Honan said. "There's no theft issue, There's no product disappearing."
Since the machines will be located inside dispensaries with a necessary driver's license verification, Shearin says people do not have to worry about marijuana getting into the wrong hands.
"I'm a father of a 12-year-old daughter and I wouldn't want her having access to it, so we paid close attention to that," Shearin said.
The vending machine was unveiled in Avon to the company's investors who travelled from around the country to see it take pictures with the Zazzz.
"Almost like it's a part of history," Jerry Skinner, an investor from Massachusetts, said. "If it works out, it could be a big thing."
Right now, the vending machine will not be in the open public, but Shearin says that could change.
"As time and laws evolve, who knows where it will be," Shearin said. "At that point, we'll have higher security. But, at this point, it's not something we have to address because versions one, two will never be in the town square."
After multiple failed attempts at regulating the medical marijuana program, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), introduced legislation he believes will finally establish some order to the state's multibillion-dollar marijuana indsutry. This new legislation would create a statewide set of rules. "People have seen that the more regulation you have, the less chaos you have."
Since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, the lack of a statewide standard has left California vulnerable to crackdowns. Since 2011, the Obama administration has shut down medical cannabis businesses throughout the state on the grounds that the industry has spiraled out of control. Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration raided several dispensaries in Los Angeles, and a pot shop in Mendocino, closed by federal authorities earlier this year, only recently reopened.
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Eric Holder on the hot seat about the DOJ enforcement of controlled substances. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee if you think we have retreated from our enforcement of controlled substances, you are wrong. Judiciary Committee. He also pointed out eight areas of priority for pot prosecutions, including marketing to minors, driving under the influence and criminal cartels.
As states and cities move to liberalize marijuana laws, the administration looks at changes to federal policy and the No. 2 House Democrat reverses course on decriminalization, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. found himself in a charged congressional hearing on Tuesday.
Pressed by members from both sides of the aisle to defend Justice Department practices in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, Holder insisted the Obama administration has not “retreated.”
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The Maryland House of Delegates voted 78-55 Saturday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. This new bill would eliminate criminal charges for possession less than 10 grams. This is great news for supporters in Maryland.
It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain too much marijuana.
Right now in Maryland, if you’re caught with enough marijuana to roll one joint or enough to fill a greenhouse, it’s a criminal offense.
As medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states and DC, more than two-thirds of the doctors (67 percent) said medical marijuana should be an option for their patients and (69 percent) that it can help with certain treatments and conditions. Only 52 percent of the public surveyed believed medical marijuana could really help patients.
“The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems. In fact, many doctors already prescribe it,” says Dr. Michael W. Smith, chief medical editor of WebMD, an award-winning online health portal.