Fewer than four in 10 Colorado voters say that marijuana legalization has been bad for their state, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. A plurality — 47 percent — say legalization has been good, while an additional 9 percent say it hasn’t made a difference either way.
Colorado voted for marijuana legalization in 2012, with the first recreational marijuana shops opening in 2014. At the time, opponents warned of dire consequences, such as skyrocketing crime rates and increases in underage marijuana use.
But a recent Cato Institute analysis found that none of those nightmare scenarios have come to pass so far. Teen use is down, crime is flat and many other social and economic indicators are unchanged.
“The absence of significant adverse consequences is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents,” the Cato authors conclude.
The Public Policy Polling survey, commissioned by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, suggests that that’s how many Colorado residents see it, too. About 61 percent of voters there say legalization has had a positive impact on the economy, and 58 percent say the tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales has been good for the state.
Most interesting, from a public health standpoint, is the finding that nearly one in four Colorado voters say they know someone who is drinking less alcohol now that marijuana is legal. Research has generally shown that marijuana consumption is associated with fewer health risks — both to consumers and society as a whole — than alcohol consumption. If Coloradans are substituting marijuana for alcohol, the state could see some subtle gains in public health as a result of that shift.
There are, of course, negative outcomes associated with legalization, too. The Colorado Department of Health says marijuana-related emergency room visits are up. The state has also had some difficulty regulating edible marijuana products, such as candy and cookies, which have sent a number of kids to the hospital.
The survey found that men (55 percent) hold significantly more positive views on legalization than women (40 percent) do, and that Democrats (58 percent) and Independents (52 percent) are considerably more likely than Republicans (32 percent) to say that legalization has been good for Colorado.
But the biggest marijuana divide is seen in age: Three-quarters of 18- to 29-year-olds say that legalization has been good for the state, compared with 27 percent of voters over 65 who say the same.
Despite these divisions, however, a majority of Colorado voters (51 percent) would oppose any plan to repeal marijuana legalization. Only 36 percent would support such a measure.
The FBI statistics shows law enforcement is spending less time on marijuana arrests, yet it still works out to more than one arrest every minute
Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday by the FBI.
The number of arrests for marijuana possession in 2015 — 574,641 — is the lowest number since 1996. It represents a 7 percent year-over-year drop, and roughly a 25 percent drop from the peak of close to 800,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2007.
The FBI data suggest that, in aggregate, law enforcement officers are devoting less time to marijuana enforcement relative to other drugs. In 2010, for instance, marijuana sales and possession together accounted for 52 percent of all drug arrests. By 2015, that number had fallen to 43 percent. By contrast, the numbers show police have been making more arrests for cocaine and heroin, and for other non-narcotic drugs.
Still, the marijuana possession arrest rate works out to more than one arrest every minute.
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Advocates of drug policy reform have long criticized the high rate of marijuana arrests as misplaced criminal justice priorities. The Drug Policy Alliance calls marijuana arrests “the engine driving the U.S. war on drugs” and says that “the huge number of marijuana arrests every year usurps scarce law enforcement, criminal justice and treatment resources at enormous cost to taxpayers.”
A widely-cited 2013 ACLU report estimated that the total cost to taxpayers of marijuana possession enforcement in the U.S. was $3.6 billion. It also found that while whites and blacks use marijuana at similar rates, black users were four times more likely than whites to be arrested for it.
Arrests can be devastating on their own, however. Most people arrested for marijuana use held in jail for at least a day and receive a criminal record that can affect their employment, according to a Drug Policy Alliance report from earlier this year.
The criminalization of marijuana use can also lead to police encounters that turn out to be fatal. Police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina say they confronted Keith Lamont Scott earlier this month after allegedly observing him in a car with a suspected marijuana blunt and a handgun. Scott was ultimately shot and killed in the encounter.
This fall, five states will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Four more will vote on medical marijuana.
I have been smoking marijuana for the better part of two decades. Ninjasmoker and Travis have also been consuming marijuana for a long, long time. Naturally, we have come across several types of marijuana dealers; some good, and some bad. This article is intended for entertainment purposes and who knows, maybe people will learn some tricks and tips that might educate them a bit.
This article (the first of a three part series) is about selling marijuana the old fashioned way. If you live in a state that has dispensaries or collectives, then you might not relate to this article anymore, but it is still worth reading to reminisce about the good old days. For the vast majority of Americans, who live in non-medical marijuana dispensary states, buying/selling marijuana on the down low is the only option. I know dozens of active sellers in my part of America, and talk to hundreds of others online, and I have compiled a guide to help others in the industry. Load up your bong and let’s get to it.
A major item that any marijuana dealer needs is a scale. I remember in the early 90’s when a ‘digi’ would cost over $100. In 2010, they are all over the State of Oregon for $40 these days, and if you go online, they are even cheaper. My personal favorite brand is Ohaus, which is a higher end model. But the main thing to get is one with a 0.0 reading, brand can be secondary. You will be weighing out 3.5 gram increments, so the scale obviously has to be able to display a reading that includes tenths. Make sure to check that it works before you buy it (which is impossible online) if you can. Use nickels, which weight 5 grams, or if you’re lucky, your scale comes with a calibration weight. Make sure to be comfortable with your purchase because your scale will be a significant part of your life for the years to come.
Another thing that you will need is a cell phone. We no longer live in the era of pagers and answering machines. If lag too long, your customer will go elsewhere. You will be looking at your phone screen more than your own face from now on, so you might as well get something that suits yourself. There used to be a day when people thought cell phones and pagers were for drug dealers and doctors only. Now, I even see bums with cell phones.
An obvious item that you will need are start up funds. The most common entry level into the marijuana industry is the half ounce. It breaks into 4 eighths, or 8 dubs depending on where you’re at, and so flipping the first 3/4ths of it usually results in a free eighth as the seller. One lesson that every successful dealer learns early is that ‘the larger the bank roll, the better it is for business.’ The more you can buy, the cheaper it is, the longer you can sit on it, the longer you can float it out, and therefore, the easier it is to do business. One of my dealers would always refer to his enterprise as a machine, and that money was lube for that machine. Makes sense.
Of course, if you have a really good friend that is in the hustle, they might be willing to ‘float’ you some product on credit. I would personally advise against this if at all possible. You never know how people are going to be until you actually owe them the money — will they be understanding, harassing, ball busting…you never know until it actually comes time. I have begrudgingly taken floats in the past from people that said ‘no problem,’ just to have them calling me for the money the same day with some chaotic excuse. I like to be the guy that buys my herb straight up, and I think it would be optimal if everyone out there did the same on the seller end. You can never predict when shit will hit the fan, and the more people you owe at the time, the lamer it is.
You will also need baggies. If you are successful, then you will need lots of baggies. Back in the day Glad made the sweetest fold top bags. They were strong, weighed 1.4 grams exactly, and they were the best. They must have discontinued them because I don’t see them anymore. In fact, I barely see any fold top bags anymore. They are always the ‘push seal’ kind. I don’t the sandwich industry knew about the transition, but I guarantee stoners across America did! I remember one guy that had a bunch of Christmas themed sandwich bags, to where he didn’t use them all in the holiday season. It would be mid July and I’d be getting my herb in a Frosty the Snowman baggie. Classic.
Finding Customers is the backbone of your business. You can have all the hooks in the world, and a huge stack of funds, etc, but if you don’t have people physically purchasing from you on a regular basis, you are going to slowly deplete your funds. I knew so many people in Oregon that ran into a huge stack of cash (usually an inheritance), went balls out and bought a huge pile of reefer, then realized they had no one to sell it to.
So how do you get more customers? It really depends on how much risk you are willing to take and what the demographic situation is in your area. The absolute best way is to either be on a college campus, or be working at the right place. Fortunately for TWB readers, we have previously covered both topics. Click here if you want to find out which jobs are stoner friendly, and click here if you want to know which college campuses are the most stoner friendly. You want to find the right balance between loyal, trustworthy customers that will buy a lot of marijuana, and not selling to too many people, which can cause you to get jacked or busted.
How do you find new hook ups? Some things to remember when you are purchasing larger amounts than personal use; never settle for a bad hook up, realize that finding bulk sellers is much harder the higher you go up the chain, and try to get as close to the source as possible. For that last tip, remember that you can buy direct from the grower, but most growers don’t have it all the time. You want to diversify your hook ups, until you find one superb hook up. Then ride the train for all it’s worth! The more loyal you are to that one super hook up, the more loyal they will be in return. I know marijuana dealers that have been going through the same single hook up for well over a decade. If it isn’t broke, why fix it, right?
I previously mentioned that buying a half ounce and breaking it up is the most common entry point to the marijuana industry. However, there are rare occasions that might result in selling more than that. This can be due to your place in society for instance. This is common when you are from the West Coast. You might have never sold before, but you have a friend move back East. Inevitably, they want some of the West Coast Chronic because there isn’t any where they live now. So you start running bulk orders. This is a good point to discuss selling style — Bulk vs. Breaking it Down.
The fastest way to make money selling marijuana is to sell it in bulk. If you know someone that wants pounds, and you can make hundreds of dollars off of each pound, well it doesn’t take a genius to figure out you can make a killing in just one run. When you sell in bulk, you make more money in that one transaction. However, with the increased profits, there is also an increased risk. The higher the possession amount, the higher the penalty. Another problem with buying in bulk is availability. Say you buy a quarter pound at a time, and finding four different ounces on the regular is fairly easy to do. Now, say that you are trying to buy five pounds, like you usually do. If your main guy is out, then you are pretty much out too. The last thing that you want to do is go out into the unknown and try to get it from a new, random source. That’s how people get jacked or busted!
Now, compare selling in bulk with selling it by breaking it down. Finding a 3000 dollar pound is easy on the West Coast, and if you can break that down into eighths and half ounces, you make a ton of money. In the aggregate, you make far more money off of that pound than had you sold it in bulk. Also, you have the added benefit of not having as much on you. When you are going to deliver an eighth or half ounce, you are under the limit in most jurisdictions for trafficking. However, there is an increased risk due to the fact that you have increased exposure on the streets. When you sell in bulk, you are selling to one or two people, doing one transaction ‘every so often.’ When you sell it by breaking it down, you are completing dozens, if not hundreds of transactions in order to get rid of the weight, and meeting people all of the time. A benefit, however, is that when you buy it in smaller increments, it is easier to find. I know 100 people at any given time that have an ounce to sell. However, I only know a few people that can get huge bags of it on a moments notice…I know people that are firm believers in both styles of marijuana sales, bulk or breaking it down, and clearly there are benefits and drawbacks to both.
Setting a selling price is crucial to your business, and it can vary from customer to customer. Let’s face it; some people are savvier than others. You should never rip anyone off, but realize that there are some rookies that will pay more than veterans. There’s a famous quote that I always tell people, ‘You can sheer a sheep many times, but you can only skin them once.’ Meaning, sure you can make a bunch of money off a person in one transaction, but you can make far more in the long run if you give them a decent deal, and they give you all of their business and keep coming back to buy more. Selling marijuana in this regard is like any other thing in economics — find the price where supply meets demand and you will do good business. Click here for a great article about marijuana prices.
One thing that you will run into (guaranteed) when you start selling is the ‘buddy hook up.’ Whether it’s your best friend, or your relative, or even your spouse, you will run into times that they want the hook up, and since they know you so well, they want a deal. When you encounter this, you have to handle it with care. Remember — FELONIES ARE NOT FOR FREE. You shouldn’t be hooking people up for free, not even your inner circle. There is a lot of risk involved, so make sure that you are compensated accordingly. By no means am I saying that you need to tax the S out of your buddies, but make sure that they at least smoke you out or hook you up with a sandwich or something. And if it’s a reoccurring thing, found some equal ground. Explain to them that you want to make it work for everyone, so ‘let’s figure out a price that will make everyone happy.’ Remember, a happy customer and a happy seller will do business forever; it’s when the deal gets shifted in favor of either side that people usually look for other hooks/customers.
Another thing that you will run into is the ‘harassing customer.’ Anyone who has sold knows this guy — he calls every 2 minutes, sends texts every minute, and has even been known to show up unannounced in person. These types of customers can break the will of even the most seasoned veteran. I understand that people have to sell to these customers out of necessity, but if you can, avoid these people at all costs. My friend’s mom put it best, ‘They want what you have. If they need it so bad, they will wait for your time to free up. If not, than clearly they didn’t need it so badly.’ Find a good balance of customers that are mellow, and appreciate your services.
Karma is a big force in the marijuana industry. If you are a jacker or welcher, then chances are people won’t deal with you. If you are straight up, and play by the unspoken rules, people will clamor for your business. There are a lot of growers and bulk sellers out there, and they are always looking for solid customers to join their team.
You will know that you have become a successful marijuana salesman when you have gotten past ‘the hump.’ This is a term that my friend and I used when we were growing up. The general evolution for a marijuana seller is typically as follows: you start out just wanting free weed. ‘If I could just smoke my brains out for free, I would be happy’ is what you tell yourself. Then there comes a point where you are making so much profit, and hooking up so often, that you couldn’t smoke all your profit even if you tried (which chances are, you have tried hard!). That, my friends, is ‘the hump’ that I am referring to. Once a seller crosses this point in their career, they will probably last awhile and always hustle in some form, or at least try to.
Finally, here are a few things that you DON’T NEED if you are trying to become a successful marijuana dealer:
Random, Useless Possessions — I understand that running into a new stack of cash is exciting, but blowing all of your profit on stuff is a bad idea for several reasons. First, like I previously discussed, cash is a high commodity in the hustle. The more money you have, the more you can buy, etc. If you blow all of your bank roll on a new car or whatever, you won’t be able to continue making money like you have been (not to mention it brings attention when you are constantly spending money, yet work at a fast food place or have no job).
Guns — Law enforcement looks at marijuana and guns as the worst combination (not sure why), so if you can avoid having a gun where you do business, that is a good idea. Plus, if you feel the need to carry a gun around because you sell marijuana, than you are obviously dealing with the wrong crowd of customers!
High Profile — The expression ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ is a common phrase uttered amongst marijuana dealers. Yes, you are making a lot of money selling marijuana, and yes, many people think that is cool…However, sitting in a jail cell, or getting a jacker’s gun pointed at your face is not cool, and should be avoided at all costs. The best way to ensure this is maintaining a low profile. Know when to have fun, and know when to be conservative. DRUG HABITS AND ALCOHOLISM ARE A PLAGUE, AND WILL RUIN YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE QUICKNESS!!
I encourage others to add tricks and tips to this article in the comments section. Look for the second installment of this series — ‘How to Be a Marijuana Dealer — Growing Your Business’ in the upcoming days…
1. Privateer Holdings
The marijuana investment company recently closed a $75 million fundraising round that included the Founders Fund, an investment firm created by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, taking a multi-million dollar stake. The investment was a big one for both Privateer and the cannabis industry on the whole because it represented the first major institutional funding in a marijuana company.
Privateer, which says the $75 million funding is the largest yet in the pot industry, operates a trifecta of pot-related companies: Canadian medical marijuana growing facility Tilray; a Yelp-like website to search marijuana dispensaries called Leafly; and, the recently unveiled Marley Natural, which will sell recreational cannabis strains branded with the name of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley.
2. GW Pharmaceuticals
This British pharmaceutical company has been developing drugs derived from cannabis compounds THC and the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (which, unlike THC, does not produce a “high”) for more than a decade. GW Pharmaceuticals GWPH -0.72% is currently testing a new cannabidiol-based drug, called Epidiolex, that is intended to treat severe epilepsy in children and young adults. At the same time, investors who are eager to pump money into the cannabis industry’s expanding medical research segment are sending up the company’s shares.
GW’s stock topped $100 per share last month and are up nearly 68% so far this year, giving the company a market value of about $2.2 billion.
This medical marijuana delivery app has been billed as the “Uber for pot.” And, while Eaze is nowhere close to the ride-hailing app’s multi-billion dollar valuation, the delivery service that can bring pot to your door (assuming you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal) recently took in some major investment money. Eaze announced its $10 million Series A funding earlier this month from a handful of venture capital firms.
Interestingly, one of the reported investors in Eaze’s funding round was Casa Verde Capital, a VC firm backed by rapper Snoop Dogg, a well-known pot-enthusiast who already has his own branded vaporizer.
This pot-focused social networking app overcame a brief exile from Apple’s App Store earlier this year and has since grown to more than 275,000 users. MassRoots, which lets cannabis lovers connect and share pictures with one another, is now being traded as a penny stockafter raising more than $1.3 million in funding through a pair of investment rounds that left the company valued at $25 million overall.
MassRoots’ troubles with Apple seem to be over now that the app has added a geo-restricting function that limits its users to the 23 states with legal medical marijuana. CEO Isaac Dietrich told Fortune in February that his company is lining up advertisers in the hopes of capitalizing on its user base. Dietrich thinks MassRoots could see $1 million in monthly revenue within two years.
MedMen managing partner Adam Bierman told Fortunelast year that he wants his company to become “the Four Seasons of pot,” referring to the luxury hotel chain. In other words, he sees the marijuana management and consulting firm becoming a trusted name in the industry that can manage medical marijuana businesses across the country. Currently, the focus is in Nevada, where MedMen is in talks to manage licensed dispensaries and cultivation facilities. As the company moves toward its goal of managing a bigger variety of pot businesses, MedMen will tap into the $3.75 million in funding it raised from investors last fall.
MassRoots (OTC: MSRT), the cannabis technology company with a registered user base of over 900K, filed an amended S-1 yesterday pointing to an imminent stock offering. The company, upon the registration going effective, is seeking to sell up to 10mm units at $0.50 per unit. Each unit will include a common share and a warrant, which we understand to have an exercise price of $0.90 per share, below the $1.10 implied by the filing. If the company is successful in selling all of the shares it intends to offer, it will raise $5mm.
MassRoots has 49.3mm shares outstanding as well as 12.3mm shares that could be issued upon the exercise of warrants or convertible debentures ($0.51 weighted average exercise price) and 5.7mm shares that could be issued upon the exercise of employee stock options ($0.63 weighted average exercise price).
The funds raised will be used for general corporate purposes, working capital and business development as well as the primary purpose, which is to pay $1.917mm to retire a bridge note. The March 2016 Note Offering of $1.515mm is due in September. The company last sold equity in November, raising over $1mm selling shares (with warrants) at $1.25.
MassRoots shares are trading at $0.68, down 38% YTD:
In an 8-K filing with the SEC this afternoon, Medicine Man Technologies (OTC: MDCL) announced that it will be acquiring Pono Publications, which publishes “Three A Light”, a step-by-step book on growing indoor top shelf cannabis, and Success Nutrients, Inc. Josh Haupt is the Principal Officer and Director of the two companies. The binding Term Sheet calls for MDCL to issue 7mm shares valued at $12.6mm within the next 90 days, representing 41% of the entire company upon closing.
Medicine Man Technologies is the consulting company that has licensed IP from leading Colorado cannabis company, Medicine Man, which is run by Andy Williams. He is the CEO of MDCL, while Brett Roper serves as COO. The company has 24 active clients in 13 states. The company recently announced a potential acquisition of Capital G Ltd, an Ohio limited liability company and its three wholly owned subsidiary companies, Funk Sac LLC, Commodigy LLC, and OdorNo LLC, in consideration for the issuance of an aggregate of 1.3 million shares of our Common Stock.
Prior to touring Josh Haupt’s cultivation facilities, I had never met an industrial cultivator of cannabis that was better than Medicine Man. Now I have. I believe Josh Haupt and Three A Light TM are hands down the best industrial cultivators of cannabis in the world. I could not be more excited to welcome Pono Publications and Success Nutrients to Medicine Man Technologies.
Andy Williams, CEO of Medicine Man Technologies
The revenue and earnings potential of both products are tremendous. Paired with the leadership and charisma that Josh Haupt will bring to our executive management team and the synergies of our current product and service portfolio, the potential growth on all product and service fronts is exciting.
Success Nutrients began operations in December and generated over $100K sales in July, while Pono Publishing has generated about $400K since December. The combined companies intend to offer existing and future clients of the firm a cultivation improvement offering.
Humbled, MassRoots Continues its Focus on Cannabis Technology and Data; Web Traffic Hits All Time High
DENVER, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB: MSRT), one of the largest and fastest growing technology platforms for the cannabis industry, continues to focus on its core business: building the best technology products it can for cannabis consumers and businesses. The Company, which recently completed its backend migration to Amazon Web Services, expects to introduce several new features over the next four weeks to open new growth channels and potential revenue streams.
Additionally, MassRoots is pleased to report that its Alexa score, a measurement of a website’s traffic, hit an all-time high on May 22, 2016.
Revamped MassRoots for Business Portal
The revamped MassRoots for Business portal consolidates many online marketing functions for cannabis-related business in one central platform. Businesses can schedule posts on MassRoots, Facebook and Twitter; purchase advertising on both MassRoots owned-properties as well as third party digital properties; and view actionable, real-time data from MassRoots and third party sources in easy-to-read formats. We believe this will serve as a solid foundation for future business-related features as we prepare to integrate dispensary point-of-sale data. We expect the revamped MassRoots for Business to launch in early June 2016.
Revamped Dispensary Finder and Features
One of the main reasons people use MassRoots is to find quality dispensaries and products in their area. With our revamped dispensary finder and profiles, our goal is to provide the easiest and quickest way for consumers to do so, while integrating social recommendations to aid consumers in finding the best products. We expect our revamped dispensary finder and profiles to launch in June 2016.
Revamped Discover Page
Based on an analysis on Google Trends, there are currently tens of millions of Google searches every month for cannabis-related terms and questions – consumers, voters, activists and government officials looking for high-quality, reliable information on cannabis. Since launching MassRoots’ web platform in December 2015, we have been able to generate over 2 million page views from hundreds of thousands of unique visitors by indexing the content from our network on Google; however, this is only a fraction of the total searches that occurred during the same timeframe. In order to expand our market share of search results and web traffic, we intend to expand the functionality and content of MassRoots’ discover page to better connect consumers with the information they are looking for. We expect these features to launch in June 2016.
MassRoots is one of the largest and most active technology platforms for cannabis consumers, businesses and activists with 900,000 users. It is proud to be affiliated with the leading organizations in the cannabis industry, including the ArcView Group and National Cannabis Industry Association. MassRoots has been covered by Fox Business, CNBC, Fortune, BBC, Cannabist and the New York Times. For more information, please visit MassRoots.com/Investors.
This information does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or assets of MassRoots. All information presented herein with respect to the existing business and the historical operating results of MassRoots and estimates and projections as to future operations, the success of events that we are attending, and other information, is based on materials prepared by the management of MassRoots and involve significant elements of subjective judgment and analysis which may or may not be correct. While the information provided herein is believed to be accurate and reliable, MassRoots makes no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of such information. In furnishing this information, MassRoots reserves the right to amend or replace some or all of the information herein at any time and undertakes no obligation to provide the recipient with access to any additional information.
Certain matters discussed in this announcement contain statements, estimates and projections about the growth of MassRoots’ advertising business, potential partnerships, and our related business strategy. Such statements, estimates and projections may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein include, among others, the success of our advertising initiatives, the continued growth and engagement of our user base, our ability to work with partners of the Company, and unforeseen technical or other problems or issues that could affect the performance of our products or our business. Further information on our risk factors is contained in our filings with the SEC, including the Amendment to our S-1 Registration Statement filed on October 29, 2015. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. MassRoots undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The recipient of this information is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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With the legalization of cannabis comes a host of new concerns.
Both legal and public opinion of cannabis is changing in America.
Today, in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the possession and sale of cannabis for medicinal and non-medicinal purposes is legal.
Alongside these four states, another 15 are considering legalizing recreational cannabis use.
Washington, DC, legalized the personal use (but not commercial sale) of cannabis in 2015.
And a national survey conducted in 2013 found that 52% of Americans thought marijuana should be made legal.
As the law steadily softens across the country, research into the long-term effects of cannabis is more important than ever.
Cannabis research on the rise
There are few areas of medical investigation as controversial as cannabis research, but previous studies into the social impact of cannabis have yielded contradictory or unclear findings.
Despite these controversies, a study team, led by Magdalena Cerdá at the University of California, recently conducted a thorough investigation into the social and economic aspects of heavy cannabis use.
Alcohol abuse is more likely than cannabis to play a role in events such as traffic accidents and violence. However, when cannabis and alcohol’s effects on relationships, delinquency and education are measured, results are less conclusive.
The number of potential factors to consider are vast, making results difficult to analyze and interpret. These factors include the likelihood of cannabis and alcohol users to abuse other drugs; also, the illegal status of cannabis means that users might be tied to other illegal activities, or incarcerated, both of which have negative consequences unrelated to cannabis itself.
Additionally, heavy cannabis use from an early age might have its roots in underlying psychopathology or preexisting social or economic problems at home.
Cerdá’s research attempts to head off as many of these confounding variables as possible.
A fresh look at the impact of cannabis
The study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, uses data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study that followed 1,037 New Zealand children from birth until the age of 38.
The financial consequences of cannabis abuse might be worse than alcohol.
The group represented a cross-section of the population and received a maximum of 11 follow-up assessments over the years.
For the current study, the researchers utilized data from 947 individuals.
In total, 18% of participants were considered marijuana-dependent in at least one of the assessments, and 15% were classified as regular cannabis users in at least one assessment.
According to Cerdá, the team found that “regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use.”
“Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”
These findings remained constant even after controlling for factors such as childhood socioeconomic problems, lower IQ scores, depression and antisocial behavior in adolescence, lower motivation to achieve, higher levels of impulsivity, criminal convictions and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Alcohol, lesser of two evils?
The results showed that both alcohol and cannabis abusers experienced similar declines in social class; they were both more likely to carry out antisocial behaviors in the workplace and to have relationship problems.
However, the heavy cannabis users were more likely than the alcohol abusers to have severe financial difficulties; for instance, they more regularly reported difficulty finding enough money to enable them to eat.
Moffitt, a psychologist at Duke University and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, UK, sums up the findings: “Cannabis may be safer than alcohol for your health, but not for your finances.”
These results and others like them are increasingly important as the legal status of cannabis shifts. As Cerdá says:
“Alcohol is still a bigger problem than cannabis because alcohol use is more prevalent than cannabis use. But, as the legalization of cannabis increases around the world, the economic and social burden posed by regular cannabis use could increase as well.”
The researchers are quick to remind readers that their research “does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalization,” their results simply show that “cannabis was not safe for the long-term users tracked” in their study.
Although results from previous investigations have been contradictory, this study has paid particular attention to the detail and offers a deeper insight into the long-term social and financial implications of cannabis abuse.
Further research is sure to follow, and the picture will grow clearer with time. Medical News Today recently covered research investigating cannabis’ effect on the processing of emotions.
Dawn Darington is a pioneer in the medical cannabis community. She has spent the last couple of decades dedicated to the Washington State medical movement, healing a multitude of patients with cannabis. With the medical marijuana system on the rocks in Washington State, Dawn’s primary mission now is education.
A couple of months ago, as I was shuffling through education panels during CannaCon in Seattle, I heard a panelist make a claim that instantly grabbed my attention among all the loud, distracting vendors. “I can cure skin cancer with cannabis in 30 days.” This intrigued me so much that I began a journey to track the panelist down. Luckily, a short chase led me to the cannabis freedom fighter, also known as Dawn Darington. Dawn has always been a passionate voice and friendly face in Seattle’s tight-knit cannabis community, and I actually interviewed her for an in-depth patient profile a couple of years ago for my book, As The Grass Grows. When I reached out to see if she would be willing to share her regimen for healing skin cancer with Marijuana.com, she was enthusiastic to share this information and educate people in need all over the world. I sat down and talked with Dawn after a Seattle Cannabis Alliance meeting, and she walked me through How to Cure Skin Cancer in 30 days or less…
Skin cancer effects over 3.5 million people in the U.S. alone. It’s a stealthy cancer that may not have noticeable symptoms until it has developed into a more serious problem. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, current western treatment gives you an expensive choice between surgery or radiation. What kind of decision is that? With medical marijuana legal in almost half of the United States, we now have more access than ever to treat skin cancer in a completely natural and healthy way.
First, Dawn wanted to make it clear that she’s not a doctor. This regimen is based only on what she has personally experienced by treating medical marijuana patients through her safe access point, Choice Wellness. She also wanted to make it clear for this article that she can’t help you get cannabis or cannabis oil, but “if you can get your hands on it, I will teach out what you need to do for your situation.”
There are two types of cannabis oil you can use to treat skin cancer, and both can be made at home. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a hot-search topic and if you scroll through Youtube, you’ll see several claims that it has cured some severe cases of skin cancer. However, RSO is traditionally made with isopropyl alcohol, or Naptha, which is a combustible petroleum product found in lighters and napalm. In other words, it’s not the cleanest alcohol solvent on the market, and when we’re trying to eradicate cancer, we want the purest medicine possible. This is where full-extract cannabis oil (FECO) steps in. FECO follows the same steps as RSO, but rather than using iso or naptha, it is made with 190 proof grain alcohol. You can make your own FECO at home by soaking cannabis (preferably high-THC buds) in 190 proof grain alcohol for 30+ days. Some states prohibit the sale of 190 proof alcohol, so in this case you are limited to making RSO. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some states have medical marijuana safe access points where you can purchase cannabis oil and not have to worry about making it yourself.
Dawn begins by explaining that each patient’s situation is incredibly unique. The treatment regimen depends on what kind of cancer the patient has, if they have been subjected to any western treatment, and of course their unique personal biology. I learned there is a wide range of different cancers that actually require various forms of treatment. Dawn made me realize how difficult it is to cure your cancer with cannabis if you don’t have access to an educated guide.
Western treatment for cancer, such as chemo and radiation, can cause some serious damage that needs to be repaired before cannabis treatment can begin. If you have been subjected to radiation or chemotherapy, Dawn recommends a high-CBD cannabis oil suppository to eradicate all the radiation in your body. This may not be the most pleasant experience, but it’s a necessary step if you have been subjected to radiation, or else the cancer will just keep stubbornly coming back.
Here is Dawn’s basic procedure for curing skin cancer with cannabis oil. Please notice that it doesn’t include dosages because each person’s situation is unique. Since this is a topical application, dosage doesn’t need to be as precise as it does when it is taken orally. Some people feel relaxed after applying the cannabis oil on their skin, but you will not get ‘high’ from this regimen.
What You’ll Need:
- High-THC Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) or Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
- Calendula Oil
- Place a drop of Calendula oil on a small piece of gauze. (The Calendula oil helps push the cannabis oil into your skin)
- Apply the high-THC cannabis oil directly on your affected skin so that you cover the cancer spot completely with the oil.
- Cover the cannabis oil with the calendula-infused gauze and slap the band-aid on top.
- Change out and replace every 1-3 days.
In 3-4 weeks, Dawn claims your skin cancer will have disappeared!
Dawn has seen this procedure heal countless skin cancer patients without exposure to destructive procedures such as radiation. Through her patient trials she has found some treatments that don’t work, which I want to go through, briefly. Dawn has experienced that CO2 oil, a more expensive option to RSO or FECO, does not have the same healing effects as alcohol-based extracts. She wasn’t sure why she wasn’t getting the same results until she looked into the chemistry behind CO2 oil production and found that the process actually changes the molecular structure of the THC cells. “Essentially, it’s not pulling the same package off of the plant,” Dawn says. She also warns of the hemp-based CBD products you can find online. Dawn, like many medical marijuana experts, believe wholeheartedly in the entourage effect – meaning the medicinal qualities of marijuana are most powerful when working all together. In other words, CBD alone is not as effective as CBD working together with THC.
Cannabis is a powerful medicine and this is just one example of it’s many healing properties. It’s easy to feel trapped in a corner with the treatment options that western medicine offers but from Dawn’s experience with a little weed, some grain alcohol and a bit of patience, you can eradicate skin cancer with a plant in a safe, natural way.
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“Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller,” said the great traveler Ibn Battuta.
This statement couldn’t be truer of traveling through Canada. We have an enormous country geographically and with that “embarrassment of acreage” comes a widely diverse population, spread across great distances but still sharing the common traits of what it is to be Canadian.
Now with upcoming legislation that will allow the country to sell recreational MJ nationwide, the opportunity for cannabis enthusiasts to see the great white north is upon us, and tour companies are planning to roll out “cannatourism” packages as soon as legally possible.
One such company based in BC, CannaTour, is billed as “The number one leading tourism agency that provides individuals with access to the Canadian cannabis industry in its entirety.” Ashley Moore is the Customer Service Manager and Sales Rep and she is confident that this is going to be big. “We are born and raised residents of BC and have access to growers, producers, dispensaries, and other amazing experiences.” Moore wants the tours to reflect the diverse country of Canada by introducing travelers to the men and women of the cannabis community.
Moore has been getting ready to provide her services on a broader scale once legalization is in place and she has seen increasing interest in marijuana tourism. “The demand for tourism in Canada, in general, is exploding, the cannabis tourism scene is also growing fast in terms of suppliers who want to work with us and the customer lists we are gathering. At the end of the day, millions of people around the world will visit Canada for tourism, and many of them will want to try cannabis and use our service.”
Moore is restricted in her activities to a certain extent, but not for long. “What we offer [right now]is somewhat VIP in the sense that we do things that can be considered a ‘grey area’ [in the eyes of the law]. Clients will get to tour cannabis growing operations, experience production facilities for Co2 oil, etc., tour the dispensaries in Vancouver or Toronto on an air conditioned bus, tons of outdoor activities like mountain biking, fishing, hiking, skiing all done while using cannabis.”
They’re also helping educate people on the new marijuana industry coming to Canada and assisting interested entrepreneurs who want to enter the cannabis business. “We will offer packages to meet business owners if a client’s desire is to enter the Canadian cannabis industry, we help with networking and sending people in the right direction.”
So the preparation continues for Ashley and her team as well as others looking to offer travel packages to cannabis lovers, and she is excited to expand once Trudeau opens the doors. “Right now we are offering some exclusive tours to hand selected clients. When legalization takes place, we will open that up slowly to a wider audience using what was said above in the context of tourism. Over time, we hope to be a liaison for those interested in Canadian cannabis and those who want to experience tourism here.”
No matter who you are or where you came from, as long as you are not a member of ISIS you will be welcomed in Canada. For those of us who love to travel (and that is most of us) the only thing better than visiting a new destination, would be if you were able to do it with your friend Mary Jane. Barring any red tape issues from the feds, by next year that will be our reality.