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Massachusetts Supreme Court Throws Out Over 21,000 Drug Convictions

Massachusetts Supreme Court Throws Out Over 21,000 Drug Convictions

In the largest dismissal of convictions in U.S. history, Massachusetts has thrown out more than 21,000 drug convictions linked to a former state chemist who admitted to faking test results.

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan.(Photo: David L. Ryan/AP)

The convictions were overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court several years after former chemist Annie Dookhan admitted to faking test results in 2013. The court threw out all drug cases where Dookhan was involved, in order to make sure that none of the individuals convicted were done so wrongly. In total, 21,587 convictions were overturned, by far the largest single dismissal of criminal charges in United States history.

According to NPR; “Over the nine years Annie Dookhan worked at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute outside Boston, she admitted to returning positive results on drug evidence she never tested and to sometimes forging co-workers’ signatures.” As the scandal unfolded, hundreds of people were released from prison and hundreds more had their charges dismissed. Dookhan herself was released from prison last April after serving about two and a half years of her three- to five-year sentence.

“Innocent persons were incarcerated,” Justice Carol S. Ball of Suffolk County Superior Court wrote in her 2013 sentencing decision. “Guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms. Dookhan created, and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core.”

But the ACLU says it’s not just a single person who is to blame. Kade Crockford of the ACLU writes that the scandal stemmed from a system that is set up to facilitate convictions. Crockford continues, “It was that system that enabled her abuse, covered it up, and then fought to preserve the convictions that stemmed from it.”

NPR’s Tovia Smith reports that on top of the 21,587 convictions tossed Thursday, prosecutors are still seeking to uphold several hundred others, which may also involve tainted evidence.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:41:30 +0000

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420 Vancouver 2017

420 Vancouver 2017

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Martin Szabo is a commercial and portrait photographer who lives in Vancouver, BC. Martin specializes in cannabis product photography, still life, portraits, animals, and food & beverage as those are the things he loves most in life. His style, although always evolving, can be best described as minimalist, elegant, pure & sexy. When he is not squinting behind the viewfinder or editing in a dark studio nook, you can usually find him obsessing over another photography book, enjoying the back country outdoors and mountaineering, cooking up a new Szabo du jour for two, or sipping on a glass of his favorite BC vintage.

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Published at Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:49:04 +0000

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Growing Your Own Marijuana

Growing Your Own Marijuana

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Why You Should Try Growing Your Own Marijuana

Marijuana has been proven time and time again to have healthy benefits. It is a lifestyle choice that can relieve stress, pain, and can create a general sense of calm and a state of relaxing. There are many benefits to having a supply of marijuana but even more positive benefits to growing your own.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should try growing your own marijuana.

It will save you money

If you happen to live in an area of the world where cannabis is legal, you will quickly find out that it is quite expensive. Prices for just a single gram of marijuana can exceed £20. Having a supply of several cannabis plants can really help to mitigate costs. Plus, if you have several plants at your disposal, producing a large amount of cannabis buds, you may be able to play around with different delivery methods that consume a large amount of cannabis.

Cannabis can be used for more than just smoking

Having an ongoing supply of cannabis means that you will be able to experiment more with the plant. Cannabis can be used for so much more than simply smoking. Through various refinement techniques, people are very successful at being able to use the plant for oils, juicing, or cooking.

Being able to cook with cannabis requires a large amount of the plant, but opens the world up to creating different edibles. Plus, juicing cannabis has been found to have some amazing health effects. But, in order to obtain cannabis juice, you will need to have raw marijuana leaves, and a great deal of them.

You will be able to have exactly what you want

Growing your own cannabis from seed means that you will always have the exact strain of cannabis that you want. If there is a particular type of cannabis strain that you like, you can be sure to only grow that type of plant. If you are looking for weed seeds, UK has some of the best available with the widest variety (and some of the best prices).

You will know exactly where your marijuana came from

Being able to grow your own marijuana means that you know exactly where your cannabis came from and what it went through. Not only does this mean that you will be able to pick the exact strain of marijuana seed that you like, but you will be able to control every aspect of the growth process. This means that you know what soil was used, the conditions that were used to raise the plant, and the way in which the plant was handled.

Marijuana is not new, but being able to legally distribute and purchase the plant is. This means that there are not a ton of quality assurance methods in place and sometimes manufacturers can take short cuts to simply produce a product. These short cuts can take the form of dangerous bacteria or pesticides that may have been used on the plant. By growing your own marijuana, you will know exactly what has been used to grow the plant and you will know that it is safe.

Growing your own marijuana means that you will have plenty to share

Having your own marijuana plants means that you will have a big supply of cannabis to be able to share with friends and family. Not only will having enough cannabis to share with friends and family be good for the above listed health benefits, but it can help to end the stigma surrounding marijuana. Having the plant in public to show to friends and family can help others see the beauty in the plant and can help educate.

Being able to grow marijuana is rewarding

Beyond the end product made from growing cannabis, being able to produce a healthy cannabis plant from seed is rewarding. There is a reason why house plants are so popular! It can be exciting to germinate, grow, and harvest a healthy plant from seed. Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment once the seed and plant has finally taken shape.

It is a great hobby with plenty of benefits to your health and way of life.

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Published at Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:15:45 +0000

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Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

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A couple years ago I was introduced to Ganja Yoga, a class given by Dee Dussault one of the first Yoga practitioners to infuse her yoga classes with cannabis. It was a very relaxing journey and she’s now released a book for those who are unable to attend her classes.

I’ll be reviewing her book as soon as my copy arrives, but just wanted to let me readers know that her book is on sale now.

The day has finally come:

Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery is officially on sale!

Early reviews of the book have come in and it’s wonderful to see people appreciate and enjoy the message of Ganja Yoga. Here’s a sampling of what people are saying:

“Finally—the book that we’ve all been waiting for! Dee Dussault has masterfully crafted the ideal handbook on how to integrate the vast powers of yoga and cannabis. This beautiful book incorporates glistening pearls from Eastern philosophy, yet speaks to the average person, in a readable style that almost feels personal—and it may change your life. Beautifully illustrated and creatively designed, I couldn’t recommend Ganja Yoga more highly.” –David Jay Brown, author of The New Science of Psychedelics and Mavericks of the Mind

“Dee Dussault has led the way in bringing the age old combination of ganja and yoga to the Western world. In an easy to read accessible guide she explains the many benefits to be found in a marriage between sacred medicine and hatha yoga.” –Chris Bennett, author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution

“Hip, user-friendly…Dussault employs both scientific studies and humor while handing out tips on safe consumption and class etiquette…though some yoga purists may resist the concept, Dussault makes an entertaining and well-informed case for the marriage of cannabis and yoga.” –Publishers Weekly

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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:50:31 +0000

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Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

Cannabis Merchant Account Crackdown

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President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions completely scared off financial service providers. Major companies like Paypal, Square, and Stripe purged companies selling ancillary marijuana products around January and February earlier this year.

Entrepreneurs speculate that this happened because Trump’s brilliant idea of suggesting that the feds regulate recreational pot even more, and AG Jeff Sessions referred to the legal cannabis industry as “violent”. Using menacing language like this rocked the boat, and as a result businesses that sell CBD products, software, and even vaporizers were affected. Payment processors basically kicked them out as customers.

According to an article on Inc.com, Shanel Lindsay of Boston startup Ardent which produces a decarboxylating device used to cook cannabis flowers, was kicked out of Square, Stripe, PayPal, and at least 4 other online financial services. As a result she missed three weeks’ worth of sales since she had to wait to be approved by offshore financial providers during the first two months of Trump’s administration.

Cannabusinesses throughout the country felt the shock. “Everyone running an ancillary business got kicked off all at once,” Lindsay said. “It was an unrelenting wave; you could not deny it. All of the banks seemed to be highly attuned to the issue and there was no flying under the radar.”

CANNABIS AND CASH PAYMENTS

As if cannabusinesses didn’t have enough problems to worry about especially when it comes to dealing with banks and payments, this time it was much worse. Previously, banks had to face yearly compliance reviews from the feds and internal audits were done. Businesses that were perceived to be too risky were shut down. However, during President Obama’s term he helped loosen up the situation by encouraging banks to work with cannabis businesses although his memo was not binding.

To add insult to injury, here comes White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying tht he thinks there will be greater enforcement on recreational cannabis, and Sessions comes out using more menacing language about the legal cannabis industry. Banks expunged cannabis-related accounts. Even if you look at the terms of service of payment processing giants like PayPal, it’s clear that cannabis businesses are viewed as pariahs. They state that cannabis and ancillary cannabis businesses are prohibited from using their services. Banks underwrite services like PayPal so in the event that a bank is required to purge a business, these guys have to do the same thing. However, PayPal, Stripe, and Square spokespeople deny that these moves have anything to do with the Trump administration.

Stephen Brudner, who founded Merchant Services Consulting Group, a business that matches companies with payment processors, there was a sudden spike in interest from companies who were getting in touch on February. Naturally, they all asked for help to get on payment processors but he was unable to help them. “Our phones rang constantly. People selling vaporizers, CBD products, other ancillary companies, we just had to tell them we don’t have a home for you right now,” says Brudner. “Ancillary marijuana companies are considered ‘unbankable’ at the moment.”

CANNABIS JARS

The cannabis industry continues to grow and there are no signs that it’s going to slow down. Because of this, there will always be payment processors and banks that are willing to take the risk and work with cannabuisnesses although payment processors who operate overseas have to face a more challenging situation.

Lindsay’s payment processor emailed her saying that the business was “suspended by our bank”. According to the processor, the bank identified transactions which were used to pay for prohibited products although they didn’t divulge any more details. As if that wasn’t enough, the processor told Lindsay that the $35,000 in her account would be held for 90 days to protect themselves from disputes and charge backs, severely affecting the cash flow of her business.

April 20 is just a few days away, which is officially the biggest cannabis holiday of the year, translating to a surge in sales for businesses. However, since they have to deal with a lack of payment issues April 20 could actually be problematic. Instead of celebrating the green rush from the holiday, cannabis businesses will be scrambling to find solutions to their banking problems.

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Published at Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer

Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer

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This guys created one of the best desktop vaporizers out there. The Vapexhale is a great investment and with all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

Want to know more about VapeXhale EVO Cloud Vaporizer?

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Over the years, a lot of cannabis users have resorted to desk and portable vaporizers for their herbs and e-liquids.

Let’s Be Honest

Unfortunately, A lot of people can’t afford to invest in an expensive Volcano as their primary desktop vaporizer.

Good news:

Given these dilemmas, the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer makes a great option.

It isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of VapeXhale vaporizers.

In fact, the VapeXhale EVO is already the improved version of the original VapeXhale Cloud vaporizer.

The VapeXhale CloudEVO is the newer and lighter version that has faster heat times and a steadier temperature than the original VapeXhale Cloud. And the good news is that the first version of the VapeXhale Cloud was already considered a stand out by both vape connoisseurs and critics alike.

For someone anticipating the best vaporizers for this year, the 2017 VapeXhale Evo Vaporizer is probably one of the best things that you shouldn’t miss. It has a lot of hype behind it, thanks to its sturdy construction and improved design.

The Good/ For starters, The VapeXhale CloudEvo offers high-quality vapor and impressively large clouds with the VapeXhale CloudEvo because of the vaporizer’s superb heating element and PerpetuaHeat technology.

Though it isn’t advertised as a medical device, its all-glass vapor path ensures that you only get high-quality vapor from this device.

For some, we may even be looking at the next contender to possibly dethrone the best vaporizers in today’s market.

Unlike other vaporizers that simply cater to herbs, the VapeXhale Evo is also a versatile option that can cater to your preference for different materials.

Users have the choice to use either herb or concentrates on this device.  And since it has a flexible temperature range, you can get the best-tasting vapor regardless of the material that you use.

You can also choose to replace the mouthpiece with different glass attachments called Hydratubes.

The purpose of these glass attachments is to provide different kinds of diffusion to its users.

That simply means an entirely different vaping experience for the same unit.

You can make use of a Hydratube specific for mild to more concentrated output.

The Bad  / We’ll have to admit that there are not a lot of bad things to say about this device. However, let’s discuss things that can still be improved.

For instance, you have the 30-minute auto shut off feature. Though it was included in its design for safety and to decrease wear and tear on its parts, however, it can also be a cause of slight inconvenience.

If you are the type who loves to vape for a couple of hours with friends while doing other things, you’ll have to wait for the device to start again once it turns off.

Next, in order to enjoy maximize the use of the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer, you’ll have to make an extra investment with the Hydratube.

That simply means that unlike other vaporizers that come with either a whip or balloon (or both), you still have to spend a few extra dollars in order to enjoy the full potential of the device.

And since it has a lot of glass parts, it is a good idea to be very careful when using the device.

Though it goes with a warranty, it can be a bit annoying to wait for the replacement of the hydratable once you’ve accidentally dropped it.

If you are very particular about the temperature of your vaporizer, you might find the vaporizer’s design a bit problematic.

Without LED display, you have no idea if you are hitting particular temperature.

Since it only makes use of a knob, you’ll just have to remember the position of the knob to get the exact same setting that you liked the last time.

In terms of performance, though you get excellent flavor from the device.

Though it takes a bit longer for the device to heat up, it is something worth it. You’ll have to wait for two minutes for the CloudEVO to get to the right temperature.

However, when it has reached your ideal temperature, you still have to wait a bit longer before you can take a draw.

And lastly, after consuming a bowl, it takes around 10 minutes between sessions to cool the bowl in order for you to load new material.

Yes, it still takes a bit of patience when using the CloudEVO. But don’t worry, it is all worth it from here.

What’s New

VapeXhale Vaporizer - What's new What exactly is new on this device?

Let’s begin discussing its design approach.

The CloudEVO makes use of a simplified approach to desk vaporizers. It doesn’t have any additional fancy feature that complicates things. That being said, it is the perfect non-intimidating device for beginners.

Also, this convection vaporizer is quite different from forced air versions that make use of a fan to get air into your lungs. Instead, it only provides vapor for every draw that you make, allowing this unit to give the user the best value for their money on their material.

Also, unlike other vaporizers that give you fixed vaping experience, it offers different options to choose from.

Are you the type who loves to get strong vapor from every draw? Or perhaps, you are the type who simply likes a mild hit?

Investing on Hydratubes can help give you the right fit for your device.

Construction and Functionality

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Build  The CloudEVO is an 8 inches high device minus any glass attachment on top.

It has an out-of-the-box design compared to other products that you see out there.

It doesn’t have the usual LED lights that you see on your typical desk vaporizer.

Though it looks a bit odd, its design is functional meant for the user’s vaping preference.

A default version of the VapeXhale CloudEVO standard starter kit has a standard mouthpiece.

When attached, it adds around 6-8 inches on top of the vaporizer. It also goes with two herb baskets and the VapeXNail concentrate attachment.

If you prefer a more specific vaping experience, you can choose to replace the mouthpiece and have the VapeXhale Hydratubes. The Hydratubes makes use of water filtration and adds 6-10 inches to your device.

The initial size of the VapeXhale CloudEVO isn’t too big without the glass attachments but suddenly becomes a stationary vaporizer once all the necessary glass attachments have been placed.

Compared to the other vaporizers, it is still much smaller than the Volcano. The VapeXhale EVO’s base is stable even with all the contraptions.

It has a durable design with easily accessible on and off switch. You simply have to turn the knob fully clockwise to tinker the preferred temperature that you want.

The device itself heats up in just two minutes, while it also includes an auto-shutdown feature that turns off the device after 30 minutes of inactivity.

The chamber can hold as much as 0.5 grams of material depending on how packed you placed your material in its bowl.

Performance

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Performance In terms of performance, the device is among the top in the vaporizer industry today.

But what makes this product unique is the different kinds of experience that you get for every Hydratube contraption that you opt to attach to the unit.

It caters to individuals who love getting a strong vapor to those who love an average level of diffusion.

As a convection vaporizer, VapeXhale Cloud EVO offers flavorful draws.

It makes use of a patent pending “PerpetuaHeat” technology that allows the system to adjust the temperature according to its user inhales method, which means that the herbs in your chamber are not used if you are not drawing.

This also means that the vapor doesn’t have any plastic taste due to the all-glass path design of this vaporizer.

How easy is it to use The CloudEVO?

All you need to do is to switch the power and select the temperature.

You can even opt to just leave the device at your desired temperature as last time for it to automatically heat at that the same temperature once you begin a new session.

The glass piece will turn red once it starts to heat up and then turns green once it hits the desired temperature.

Heating Element and Temperature

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Heating elementPrecision is the key to what makes this vaporizer stand out. It has a ceramic unit along with the Thermal Technology system.

But unlike other convection devices that have a noisy fan, the VapeXhale simply relies on your draws to heat the herb in its chamber.

In terms of temperature, there’s no way of telling exactly what the device is going to give you.

However, the device can give you the lowest temperature at 7:00 at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest at 5:00 which gives a temperature of around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Placing the knob at 12 o’clock can give you approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Depending on the material that you use, you’ll have to play around with the device to get the best results.

As for dry herbs, you can start placing the dial at 1 to 2 o’clock and play around from 3 to 4 for the concentrates.

Your dial approach will also depend on your choice of Hydratube contraption.

It is suggested that you stick to experimenting with the dial of your device in order to get the best flavor.

How to use the vaporizer?

VapeXhale Vaporizer - How to use Simplicity is what makes The VapeXhale CloudEVO vaporizer a great device.

Though for some, the lack of LED lights to indicate the temperature is somewhat a bit of a turn-off.

It is undeniably beginner friendly and has a less intimidating approach to modern day desk vaporizers.

  • Loading your herb

The first step is to load your material on the device. As rule of thumb, 50% full is an ideal setup since it is a convection vaporizer and you’ll need air to heat the material. Packing as much 75% of the bowl’s capacity will simply not give you the best results.

Also, make sure that you don’t pack the material too tightly since you will need to draw in order to heat the substance. The good thing about this device is that it includes EZ bowls. It makes loading of your material easy.

  • Loading concentrates

We mentioned that the VapeXhale CloudEVO also allows the use of wax, e-liquids, and oils. For this scenario, you have the VapXnail which is a separate attachment that can be used. It is made of same glass material that ensures butane free vaping sessions.

  • Filling with water

Next, you’ll want to fill the mouthpiece percolator chamber with water. Next, you will have to set it on top of the vaporizer neck.

  • Heat and draw

Then, you can turn on the device and toggle to the preferred temperature. Once the LED light turns red, it signals that your device is already heating towards the desired temperature. And once it turns green, this means that the desired temperature has been reached. This signifies that you can already take your draw from the VapeXhale CloudEVO. From here, you can take a draw and enjoy.

Bottom line

VapeXhale proved that there’s so much more to improve even if you already got it right the first time around.

But since the company is committed to crafting the next “king of vaporizers,” they’ve provided the market with the VapeXhale CloudEVO.

They took the simplified approach to vaporizer design and got it right!

It is a breath of fresh air to see no LED temperature display and other quirky controls in front. It is also lightweight and durable, not to mention it also offers clean tasting vapor.

Also, the Hydratubes is considered a game changer by many vape enthusiasts.

This allows users to tweak their vaping experience without relying on a new device.

It gives you the opportunity to control the diffusion that you want for your vape sessions.


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Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:36:38 +0000

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Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

Pharma, Beer and the Future of Cannabis

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There has been a lot of news this year in relation to cannabis, some good, some bad and others well…”meh.” Today we’ll be talking about a few issues relating our favorite plant and the organizations surrounding it.

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Cannabis the New Beer

Firstly, you’ll be more than happy to hear that cannabis is gaining momentum in the US and many beer drinkers are opting in to buy weed over brew. A new survey by Cannabiz Consumer Group revealed that 27% of beer drinkers in states that have legalized, are opting to buy weed over their favorite beverage and participants in states that currently don’t have a legal system in place agreed.

The total sample pool was of about 40,000 people. Currently, the Beer industry is generating roughly $100 billion in sales each year, however if cannabis were to be legalized, they expect to be losing more than $2 billion per year as the Cannabiz Consumer Group expect roughly 7% of national beer drinkers to make the switch once fully legalized.

This in my humble opinion is a lowball figure as the surveys revealed that more like 25% of the beer drinking population will most likely make the change.

Now this doesn’t mean that cannabis consumers don’t like beer. Every now and then a smooth joint and a cold beer can do wonders, especially if it’s sunny out and you’re chilling next to the pool. However the average cannabis consumer doesn’t drink nearly as much beer per week as the average beer consumer.

Nonetheless, I think it’s a good thing that people are switching to cannabis over beer due to the fact that it’s just healthier and doesn’t incite violence, as alcohol does. Did you know that nearly half of all violent crimes can be linked back to alcohol? Knowing figures like this, the switch from beer to cannabis is a welcome one.

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Pharma still Meddling with Cannabis Legalization

Perhaps 80 years ago the biggest opponent of legal marijuana was the oil and petroleum industries, however these days big Pharma is one of the biggest opponents. This is evident with the legalization efforts that happened in Arizona this past year. Insys gave $500,000 USD to “Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy” which is the most prominent anti-cannabis organization operating within the state.

This was just a few months after the DEA “okayed” one of their newest drugs “Syndros” which is a synthetic version of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Obviously, if Arizona legalized last year, it would have cut deep into their profit margins and pharma can’t have that happen now can they?

The donation they gave to ARDP roughly constituted 10% of their total donations which means it was quite sizable. In the end, they attributed to maintaining marijuana on the back burner for a few more years all because they want to protect their profit margins.

Now, it’s okay for a company to want to protect their profit margins, however when you do it at the expense of everyone else…well then you’re simply being a dick about it.

This is nothing new. The prison industrial complex, Big Pharma, Big Alcohol and the works all supports prohibition because as you can see, regardless of where marijuana is legalized…it’s cutting into their profit margins.

Prisons will have fewer inmates if cannabis was legal. Pharma would lose out on billions if marijuana was legal because patients prefer to use cannabis over pharma meds where possible. This is the crude reality every cannabis activist should be aware of…money and power are the main motivators for the prohibition of marijuana.

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The Future of Cannabis

Now, we might look at the information presented to us and see a dreary landscape for the future of cannabis, however according to GreenWave Advisors it might not be so bleak.

They speculate that by 2021 the entire US will go the way of legalization. Regardless of what the Trump administration is attempting with cannabis, the people have spoken. There are already ballots in motion for 2018 and 2020 for other states that want to opt in for legal marijuana.

The main motivators behind these initiatives are tax revenue, healthcare and of course seeing how well it’s working in other states like Washington, Colorado and so forth.

With more investors ready to dish out the cold hard green, we will begin to see an explosion within the cannabis industry over the next few years that will overshadow the progression we have made in cannabis over the past two decades.

Once enough states have legalized marijuana, the Federal government will essentially have no more jurisdiction over cannabis, seeing that there are roughly 5,500 DEA agents globally, it’s nearly impossible to prosecute cannabis operations without state involvement.

If all states or most states have legalized cannabis, they would not be able to assist the DEA since it would technically be legal within the state. And thus, the hand of the federal government will be forced and they would have no other option but to bend to the will of the people.

And once this occurs, we’ll see the cannabis industry grow to new heights…and this is something to look forward to.

The Sticky Bottom Line

While the landscape surrounding cannabis might seem stormy at moments, the fact of the matter is that there is seemingly nothing that can be done to stop the legalization of cannabis. It seems we have finally hit the tipping point in relation to legalization.

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Canopy Grows Through Reefer Madness

Canopy Grows Through Reefer Madness

SMITHS FALLS, ON, April 13, 2017 /CNW/ – Later today the Canadian government is expected to table legislation intended to end decades of cannabis prohibition. Looking forward to a legal recreational market made up of an ecosystem of new and exciting businesses, many of which will be introducing themselves to Canadians and their communities for the first times, Canopy Growth wishes to take the opportunity to provide an update on its social responsibility programs.

In addition to numerous donations to local cultural and health-based initiatives, Canopy Growth has previously committed that $1 per bottle of cannabis oils sold through its subsidiaries will be allocated to address issues that are unique to cannabis consumption. Through this dedicated fund, Canopy Growth has already provided resources to the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CPDC) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada in order to create safe driving campaigns to address the important issue of driving under the influence of cannabis. We know that this is an important issue in the context of legalized recreational cannabis use and as a company we know we need to do our part to increase awareness through impactful, independent evidence-based campaigns.

As a first step, CDPC conducted an in-depth evidence review and knowledge translation. This work, led by renowned drug policy experts Donald McPherson and Rielle Capler, is complete and available online. MADD Canada’s television campaigns were written with the best available research in mind and are presently in production for airing later in the spring.

Following our acquisition of Mettrum and the launch of the Tweed Main Street online store where patients can access all products produced by several of Canada’s leading producers of cannabis in one location, we are pleased to commit that the $1 per bottle education contribution will now extend to Mettrum oil products as well.

Moving forward, we know that too many young Canadians are consuming cannabis and parents need resources to speak to their children about drug use. With that in mind, the next prong of our CSR program will focus on supporting parents and other adults to have informed conversations with youth about the use of cannabis.

We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished to date and look forward to setting an example of how a modern cannabis producer can play a role in reducing the stigma associated with cannabis and ensuring that as we transition from an era of prohibition and into an era of legal cannabis consumption, we do so in a way that has a positive impact on Canadians and Canadian communities.

Here’s to Future Growth.

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis company, offering diverse brands and curated cannabis strain varieties in dried and oil extract forms.  Through its wholly‑owned subsidiaries, Canopy Growth operates numerous state-of-the-art production facilities with over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity.  Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names in Canada and abroad.  For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

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The 5 Best Weed Vaporizers of 2017

The 5 Best Weed Vaporizers of 2017

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers are as popular nowadays as they have ever been in the past. New Portable Weed vaporizers seem to be released week after week as the advancements in vaporizing technology shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. There has been a continuous growing trend in recent years as we see people become more health conscious and this can also be seen to be spilling over into the vaporizer industry as people seek the most healthy and efficient way to consume their dry herb materials. Vaporization offers many fantastic health benefits over combustion and this combined with the growing advancements in Vaporization technology means we are seeing vaporizers that are more compact, aesthetically pleasing and more efficient than ever before. Of course this is absolutely fantastic for all the Vape enthusiasts out there who wait patiently to get their hands on the newest and most anticipated vaporizers on the market, however it can become over-whelming, especially for those of us out there who do not have the best knowledge of the vaporizer market. This is what we will be aiming to do today, taking a much closer look at the best weed vaporizers that are currently available today. Some of the brands you may recognise as they have become near household names (especially within the Vaping industry) and some of the brands may be new to you, but whatever the case may be, here below are the top 5 best portable weed vaporizers that are currently available in 2017.

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Firefly 2 Vaporizer

The original Firefly Vaporizer was one of the most well-known and popular portable dry herb vaporizers to first burst onto the scene. The original Firefly Vaporizer was a huge success and Vape enthusiasts across the world fell in love with it. The Firefly was known for it’s super quick heat up time, and believe it or not the Firefly 2 has actually improved on this. The Firefly 2 was hugely anticipated once it was announced that the original Firefly was to have a successor and people from all walks of life waiting impatiently for the release of this new beast. Similar to the original unit, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is the perfect vape for someone who is in search for a portable vaporizer that is capable of producing premium, high quality vapor nearly on-demand. The Firefly 2 Vape has nearly instant on demand heating systems so this is the perfect unit for those of us who enjoy splitting a bowl across multiple sessions or are in need of a quick session without wasting any of the good dry herb materials.

Firefly 2 – Design

The Firefly 2 is a much more compact piece than the original vaporizer. In comparison to it’s predecessor, the Firefly 2 Vape is roughly 33% smaller and more compact and it weighs in almost 55% lighter which really shows just how far the vaporizartion technology has come in recent years. If we were to compare it to other well known vapes out there, the the Firefly 2 Vape is a similar height and weight to the Crafty Vaporizer from Storz and Bickel. The Firefly 2 is much lighter as manufacturers turned to using a magnesium alloy body as opposed to the stainless steel one found in the original Vaporizer. The Firefly 2 is definitely a very stylish vaporizer and it’s colour scheme may be off-putting for people who value discreetness as a priority in their Vaporizers, however with it’s super impressive heat up time, the Firefly 2 Vape allows for ultra-quick sessions and also minimal smell is left behind in comparison to other handheld weed vaporizers.

Firefly 2 – Technology

In comparison to the original Firefly, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is a much improved piece of equipment. The FF2 makes use of a impressive 50 watt heater system that is also combined with a whole borosilicate glass bowl, the combination of these two things is the reason behind Firefly’s impressive premium vapor. The Firefly 2 Vape comes with six different heating settings which include 5 that are for vaping dry herb materials and one heat setting specifically for vaping concentrates. The heating system in this vaporizer really is no slouch, it’s capable of reaching 400F (240C) in just 3 seconds and can hit 420F (215C) in a mere 5 seconds, this thing is seriously impressive. The Firefly 2 Vape will only heat your dry herb materials when you are hitting them and this is why it is so successful at splitting a bowl across many different sessions, something that is a massive advantage over other handheld dry herb vaporizers. The Firefly 2 Vape also has a much better airflow than it’s predecessor and this is down to a unique design change: the bowl of the FF2 has a 55 hole pattern in it which allows it to intake much more air and thus improving airflow which means that the vapor produced is much more pure and delicious.

Firefly 2 – Summary

The Firefly 2 is a fantastic vaporizer. The fact that it can produce premium vapor that is on par with some desktop vaporizers really says it all. As far as portable dry herb vaporizers go, the Firefly 2 is damn near the top in terms of quality of vapor produced. The Firefly 2 also has a minimal learning curve and is hugely accessible to all people, regardless of their previous Vaping experience. The FF2 is also a very low maintenance piece, requiring minimal cleaning and updating to keep it in top condition. This Vaporizer is also extremely good for those of us out there who enjoy vaping concentrates (one of the fastest growing aspects within the Cannabis industry) the 500F temperature setting for concentrates allows for supreme, tasty and pure vapor – something that would be very difficult to find in other portable weed vaporizers.

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Boundless CFX Vaporizer

One of the standout Vapes to be released in recent years. The Boundless CFX Vape took us, and many more, by surprise – a really, really good surprise. The Boundless CFX was released at a very competitive price for the quality that this vape is capable of. The Boundless CFX is a portable dry herb conduction vape that is paired alongside it’s brother vape the CF Vaporizer (which is a smaller, less powerful handheld weed vaporizer) and they are both aimed at the classic Storz and Bickel Vapes the Mighty and Crafty. Both of the Boundless Vapes were released at significantly lower prices and can easily compete with competition due to their powerful batteries and heating systems. The CFX Vape comes with a complete temperature spectrum which can be controlled by the user and is displayed on a 1.7″ LCD display screen.

Boundless CFX – Design

The Boundless CFX Vaporizer may not be the most compact or small vape when we compare portable weed vaporizers, however it does have a very nice feel in your hand and it can be easily pocketed if discreetness is something that you require in a vaporizer. The CFX Vaporizer does come with a large bowl which makes using it in groups and in a session with friends, easy and enjoyable. The Boundless CFX Vape stands at 5 inches tall and is roughly 3 inches wide to just over an inch in depth, so it is quite a decent portable vaporizer but maybe not as compact as others within this list.

Boundless CFX – Technology

The CFX Vaporizer comes with a ceramic heating chamber that is combined with a medical grade plastic vapor path whihc ensures the smoothest, pure and tasty vapor is produced. This vaporizer also has a full range of heating temperatures at it’s disposal, the spectrum ranges from 100-430F (38-221C). One of the best aspects to the Boundless CFX Vape is it’s quick heat up time. The CFX is capable of heating up to 400F in roughly 20 seconds which is extremely good for a dry herb portable vape of this size and at this price. The Boundless CFX actually has one of the fastest heating systems for conduction styled vaporizers currently on the market. As far as vapor quality goes, the Boundless CFX Vape is exceptional for the price of this vaporizer. You can expect to get real dense vapor that is both cool and smooth with top notch taste as well, you can’t really ask for much more, can you?

Boundless CFX – Summary

For their first release of portable Vaporizers, Boundless have really hit a home run here. The Boundless CFX is an extremely good vaporizer for it’s price, and those out there who have tried it have had only great things to say about the device. The CFX has the ability to reach full temperature in roughly 20 seconds, it offers a complete range of temperature spectrums, so whatever you preferred vaping temperature is, the CFX has you covered and it can produce thick, dense clouds of vapor almost effortlessly. All in all, the Boundless CFX is a top notch dry herb portable vaporizer that is available at an extremely competitive and consumer friendly price.

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DaVinci IQ Vaporizer

DaVinci have been involved in the manufacture of Vaporizers for quite some time now and the IQ Vaporizer is their third portable vape that they have produced. DaVinci put their name on the scene when they introduced the first DaVinci Vaporizer which was a massive hit when it was first released. They then followed this up with the release of the Ascent Vaporizer, another fantastic portable weed vaporizer which had a hugely anticipated release and subsequently lived up to the hype as people feel in love with the DaVinci brand. Towards the end of 2016, DaVinci announced the imminent release of their third portable dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer and this one is the best by far and away. The IQ Vape comes with entirely new and slick design and has many impressive features including smart path technology and the use of zirconia for their vapor path (zirconia ceramic bowl, zirconia vapor path, and mouthpiece).

DaVinci IQ – Design

One of the most impressive things about the IQ Vaporizer and probably the first thing that you will notice is how small and compact a vaporizer it really is. This is a look at just how far vaporization technology has come as the DaVinci IQ is one of the most powerful yet smallest vapes. As for as aesthetic purposes go, the IQ Vape is one of the nicest and slickest looking portable dry herb vaporizers currently on the market. Seriously, this thing is gorgeous. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer weighs in at roughly 145 grams, which means it isn’t the lightest portable dry herb vape on the market (for reference the Pax 3 Vape weighs in at around 95 grams) however the IQ more than makes up for this with it’s compact size.

DaVinci IQ – Technology

Straight to the point, the vapor quality that is produced from the IQ Vaporizer is fantastic, in fact it has gotten such rave reviews that people have said it is the best vapor that you will get from a conduction based portable dry herb vaporizer. One of the main reasons for this is that the IQ Vaporizer has a vapor path constructed 100% from zirconia and this helps to produce very dense and cool premium vapor quality. The IQ Vaporizer is quite the powerful vaporizer and it sure is capable of producing some huge, dense vapor clouds and it also is powerful enough to not become over-worked or over-powered as easily as other conduction based portable vaporizers when you’re looking to hit the vape back to back. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is also extremely efficient when vaping your herb and the AVB (Already Vaped Bud) that is left over can be seen to be toasted quite evenly. The IQ Vaporizer also comes with a full range of temperature spectrum which ranges from 250F all the way up to 430F. The heating system also works exceptionally fast and the IQ Vape can reach your desired vaping temp in roughly 45 seconds.

DaVinci IQ – Summary

The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is one of the finest portable weed Vaporizers to be released for some time. The combination of it’s superb style, exceptional battery and efficient vaping with it’s price point means that the IQ Vape is really a winner.  DaVinci have hit the ball out of the park with the IQ Vape: the quality of this Vape is seen through it’s solid and sturdy build, innovative heating systems and features and the size, design and style are all massively on point. All in all, DaVinci have done it yet again, the IQ Vaporizer is a real winner.

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Pax 3 Vaporizer

Pax is a name that has become synonymous with portable vaporizers. The original Pax was one of the most well known and popular vaporizers to be released and since then Pax have continued to release real quality portable weed vaporizers. Pax has been dubbed the “iPhone of Vaporizers” and it’s really hard to argue with this as they continue to up the ante on all other competitors within the portable dry herb vaporizer industry. Towards the end of 2016 we seen them get ready for the release of their most highly anticipated vape yet, the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 was a significant upgrade over it’s predecessor (the Pax 2 Vape) and it included the ability to vape concentrates (which more and more people are looking for to be a standard in their portable weed vaporizers).

Pax 3 – Design

The Pax 2 Vaporizer was one of the most popular portable dry herb vaporizers so naturally there was huge anticipation for the new release of the Pax 3 Vape. The Pax 3 has the same physical dimensions as it’s little brother however it has gained 3 extra grams due to the change in features and internal functions. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is a very beautiful and stylish vaporizer and it is discreet and compact so it can be slipped into a pocket at a minutes notice if needs be. The finish on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is also one of it’s best features as it has a gleaming, high polished finish and looks fantastic.

Pax 3 – Technology

This is one of the biggest areas of improvement for the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 has a significantly faster heat up time in comparison to the Pax 2. The Pax 3 is capable of reaching it’s desired vaping temperature in roughly 15 seconds, which is perfect for those of us who wish to enjoy a quick vaping session. The Pax 3 Vaporizer comes with 4 different heating temperatures that range from 360F(182C) to 420F(215C). The biggest new feature to be added to the Pax 3 Vaporizer is it’s ability to vape concentrates. This was obviously influenced by the growing demand within the cannabis industry for all things concentrate related, and Pax listened to their die-hard fans and delivered. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is also compatible with a smartphone app which allows the user to gain exceptional control over the range of vaping temperatures.

Pax 3 – Summary

Overall the Pax 3 Vaporizer is a seriously impressive vape. The upgrades to the Pax 3 from the Pax 2 have made this a significantly more efficient and powerful portable weed vaporizer. the faster heat up time on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is certainly a massive draw for fans, and combined with the smart control app means that this is one of the finest portable vapes currently on the market.

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Mighty Vaporizer

The Mighty Vaporizer is brought to us from German Vape manufacturers Storz and Bickel. The Mighty is portable vape that uses a hybrid convection heating system, which is the same for its little brother vape the Crafty. The Mighty differs from the Crafty in that it is nearly twice as powerful and and over twice the battery life.  The Mighty Vaporizer has one of the best battery life out of all portable weed vaporizers and that really is saying something.

Mighty Vape – Design

The Mighty Vaporizer is one of the largest portable vaporizers that is currently on the market and there have been arguments made over whether it is a true portable vape or not. However it is handy to throw into a bag or purse, you may run into difficulty trying to squeeze the Mighty Vaporizer into your pocket. This is a fantastic Vaporizer to be used when you are hanging with friends and it’s perfect for sharing when in a group session.

Mighty Vape – Technology

The Mighty Vaporizer is unique in that it uses both conduction and convection heating elements which can also be called a hybrid. This method allows the Mighty Vaporizer to produce some outstanding vapor which is dense and absolutely full of flavour. The Mighty Vape is capable of producing this premium vapor consistently and will vape your bud evenly and efficiently. The Mighty Vape has a built in LED display that makes using it so simple and it also is super easy to control and maintain the temperature.

Mighty Vape – Summary

All in all, the Mighty Vaporizer is one of the best vaporizers you can get at the moment. It is exceptionally powerful and efficient. This is a vaporizer that could be marked as a “Must have” and if you can deal with the the ability to easily hide it, then this is the perfect vaporizer for you, regardless of your vaping needs. The Mighty Vaporizer is so easy to use, produces premium and dense vapor and is one of the most consistent vaporizers on the market.

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Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:11:43 +0000

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Donald Trump Names Tom Marino Next Drug Czar – Marijuana Advocates Not Happy

Donald Trump Names Tom Marino Next Drug Czar – Marijuana Advocates Not Happy

Pennsylvania Congressmember Tom Marino (R) will serve as the nation’s next Drug Czar.

Tom Marino.

Drug Czar is the unofficial but oft-used title for the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As a member of Congress, Marino has consistently voted against marijuana policy reform legislation, even those that are simply medical marijuana related.

“We are disappointed but not at all surprised to hear a marijuana prohibitionist is being selected as the next drug czar”, says Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “After all, whoever fills the position is required by law to oppose any attempts to legalize the use of marijuana for any purpose.”

Marino continues; “Despite a steady stream of anti-marijuana drug czars over the past several decades; 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical use and eight states have enacted laws regulating it for adult use. We expect that trend to continue regardless of who the next drug czar is… President Trump repeatedly said he believes states should be able to determine their own marijuana policies; and the vast majority of Americans agree. We remain hopeful that the administration will respect state marijuana laws.”

Marino notes that; “It is also critical that Congress take action to ease the tension that exists between state and federal marijuana laws.”

Given that the drug czar is illegal required to oppose the legalization of illegal substances, his view on the issue is only minimally important.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:31:39 +0000

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