The day has finally come, Oregon's recreational marijuana sales have begun and with the state's unique early sales program, adults 21 and over can purchase up to 7 grams of marijuana buds from over 250 different stores. Some Portland dispensaries began selling at midnight, but most of the state waited until the next morning. Most stores will carry a variety of different strains from low THC to high THC, but no edibles, oils or lotions until next year. One store in Salem nearly sold out of their pre-packaged 1 gram containers which resemble green prescription bottles. Train Wreck was the most powerful, with 29 percent THC, and also the most coveted. “It’s the most potent right now,” Young said, as she pre-weighed 1 gram containers of weed, rapidly trying to stay ahead of the demand that streamed in consistently. “That’s what most people are going for.”
The war on drugs has featured many different forms of misinformation like movies and posters, but now our public schools are introducing a skewed lesson to teach teens about the dangers of marijuana use. A company called Innocorp has designed a pair of green goggles that are supposed to simulate what it's like to be impaired by marijuana, but really all they do is make it difficult to see the color red. The disgrace goes further by letting teenagers wear the goggles, and perform tasks that require the ability to see red which has nothing to do with the effects of marijuana. Not only is this a waste of a chance to properly educate youth about drug use, but its an insane waste of money at $975 for a single pair of goggles and activites. But experts I talked to say it's unclear how tinted goggles can simulate complicated mental phenomena like short-term memory loss and concentration deficiencies. "So the goggles take away the ability to see red, and then the teens are asked to engage in activities that are highly dependent on the color red," said Joseph Palamar, an NYU professor who researches drug use among teens. "And this is supposed to translate into impairment from using marijuana? Misinformation about drug effects has been used as a scare tactic for decades, and this doesn’t seem to be that different."
Not only do recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon tomorrow, but all sales will go untaxed until January 2015 when a 25% tax will be added. Until then, some stores will be selling grams as cheap as $12. Last month alone, Colorado brought in $12 million in taxes, giving about 1/4 of that to school construction projects. This untapped tax market has the interest of so many more states, and quite a few such as, Nevada, Arizona, California, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, will be voting next fall on recreational marijuana for themselves. “States are proving that regulating marijuana works, both for medical and broader adult use,” said Lauren Vazquez, an MPP spokeswoman. “We expect to see several more states adopt similar laws over the next couple years, and it’s only a matter of time before Congress follows. The marijuana prohibition era is steadily coming to an end.”
Last summer, the Justice Department updated policy to allow Native Americans the right to grow and sell marijuana on their own land. Taking advantage of the new policy, the Santee Sioux tribe is opening the first ever marijuana resort, what they're hoping will be an "adult playground". This 400 member tribe already owns a casino, hotel and ranch, and hope this will be great additional revenue. The resort will be in South Dakota where marijuana is not legal, though they will legally operate on their own land. The plan is currently to open on New Years Eve, where customers will be able to purchase one gram at a time. Marijuana is growing at a facility on the reservation now and they hope to sell it for the first time on 31 December at a New Year's Eve party. The Justice Department put out a new policy allowing Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana in a similar way to some US states like Colorado in 2014. The strict provision does not allow tribes to sell marijuana to minors or grow it on public land.
Harborside Health Center, considered the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside will bring its dispensary expertise to Portland at 5816 NE Portland Hwy, near Portland International Airport. The location will be the world’s largest medicinal marijuana dispensary when the doors open on October 1st. For more information about Harborside Portland, visit “Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Oakland and San Jose, California, is looked upon as a model of how others could operate.” – The New York Times
New Jersey will open its fourth medical marijuana dispensary next week. It’s been five years since the measure to legalize medicinal marijuana was passed. New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is extremely strict leaving most patients unable to qualify for patient licensure. The state has had a history of product shortages and price gouges, hopefully opening a new location will lessen these problems. “More than five years after New Jersey legalized medical marijuana, the state’s fourth dispensary is finally ready to launch.It will join three other dispensaries in the state, the last of which opened in late 2013.‘We anticipate opening the first week of October…’”
The state of Oregon will start selling recreational marijuana this Thursday, only available at Marijuana Dispensaries. Buyers must be 21 years or older and are limited to 7 grams of plant matter per purchase. Sales will initially be restricted to flowers, clones, and seeds. 2016 will see the introduction of edibles, topicals, and concentrates, as legislators iron out regulations for these products. “Recreational marijuana sales will be limited in Oregon at first. People can only purchase flower (no edibles, topicals, dabs, etc.), clones, and seeds. Every other form of marijuana will have to wait until 2016 to be sold for recreational purposes until the state can get more rules in place.”
Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, there has been a need for a safe public place to consume the plant. As of now, marijuana is only legal to smoke in the privacy of your own property, yet there are public buildings to endulge in both alcohol and tobacco. Citizens of Colorado want cannabis clubs, and until recently there was an initiative in place to make that happen. The initiative has since been dropped, but proponents of the initiative have stated that city officials will be working with all parties to put a social cannabis consumption law into place. Earlier this month, the backers of the Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative, which would have allowed commercial establishments in Denver to offer a setting for cannabis consumption, unexpectedly withdrew the measure. The reason, according to proponent Mason Tvert? "City and business leaders agreed to work with initiative backers to develop a social cannabis consumption law that reflects the interests and concerns of all stakeholders."
The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has made a ruling on a case pending for several years now. Voters decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana back in 2008, which let the state know that citizens no longer see the drug as a danger or priority for law enforcement. Not only has the SJC ruled that the smell of marijuana is not enough for a search warrant, but police in Massachusetts are no longer able to perform a traffic stop based on the suspicion of marijuana. Traffic laws promote road safety, but there “is no obvious and direct link” between issuing civil citations for marijuana possession and maintaining highway safety.
More and more athletes are facing harsh pentalties due to outdated rules revolving around drug testing. Marijuana has been the root of drug testing debates for years now as it's the only drug to stay in your system sometimes for weeks after the effects have worn off, while also being relatively harmless. Pro football players, basketball players, and now even MMA fighters are being penalized for marijuana positive drug tests. Fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for 5 years and fined $165,000 after failing a third drug test. Commissioners Pat Lundvall and Francisco Aguilar pointed to Diaz’s two previous NSAC suspensions for marijuana, his no-show for a pre-fight test in California, and a 2010 brawl in the now-defunct Strikeforce as aggravating circumstances and supported a lifetime ban. After commissioners Anthony Marnell and Raymond “Skip” Avansino expressed reservation with a lifetime ban, the commissioners agreed to a five-year term.
On October 1st, Oregon will join the very exclusive list of US states with a recreational marijuana market, but as a new system it's important to know where the new legal line is. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase up to 7 grams of marijuana per day, even out-of-state residents. Cannabis concrentrates known as extracts and oils and even edibles will only be available to medical marijuana patients, but anyone can buy up to 4 young cannabis clones. The properly regulated marijuana market begins next year, and until then some restrictions remain in place. Where can I buy marijuana starting Oct. 1? The Oregon Health Authority has approved 345 medical marijuana dispensary applications, but it's up to each to decide whether to sell to recreational consumers. The state requires dispensaries to post a prominent sign at the entrance indicating they sell to recreational customers or that they will sell only to medical marijuana patients and caregivers.
The cannabis plant is exceptionally efficient at producing the cannabinoid THC after years or being bred to produce the best high. Until recently, the marijuana plant was the only source of THC, but now scientists are able to grow many cannabinoids straight from yeast. Though it is a complex process, due to marijuana's current federal classification and being very difficult to test and research, the yeast provides a unique and legal way for scientists to develop and research different sought after cannabinoids such as THC and more recently CBD. THC yeast would also provide an efficient way of creating a THC-beer, though scientists have shown little interest in it. “This is something that could literally change the lives of millions of people,” said Kevin Chen, the chief executive of Hyasynth Bio, a company working to create yeasts that produce THC and cannabidiol, another marijuana compound of medicinal interest.