2015 Recap: A Year of Cannabis

2015 Recap: A Year of Cannabis

January 1 – Colorado celebrates one year of legal marijuana sales

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Colorado made over $70 million in tax revenue in 2015 solely from marijuana sales. A majority of that money went directly to the public school system.

January – The Italian Army plants its first cannabis farm

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The Italian Army has been supplying the nation’s pharmaceutical drugs for the past few years. In January, they began growing their first cannabis farm in hopes to cut the cost of importing the plant.

February 25 – Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana

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In February, Jamaica made the the possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense. If caught with up to 2 ounces you would be charged with a $5 fine and no criminal charges.

February 26 – Washington D.C. Legal Marijuana Law Goes into Effect

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In February, Washington D.C.’s legal marijuana law went into effect making it legal to posses, grow, and smoke marijuana in the nation’s capital.

April – Chile harvests first medical marijuana crop

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In April, Chile harvested its first ever medical marijuana crop. The crop will be used to treat 200 cancer patients in the country.

April 20 – Denver celebrates 4/20

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On April 20, the city of Denver held multiple different events to celebrate the smoking holiday. People from around the world came to the mile high city to experience and celebrate legal cannabis.

June – Costa Rica lays out guidelines for medical marijuana bill

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In June, the Costa Rican government laid out the guidelines for a potential medical marijuana bill. If passed, Costa Rica would be another South American country to add to the list of marijuana reform in 2015.

October 1 – Recreational cannabis sales begin in Oregon

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On October 1, Oregon became the 3rd state in the United States to allow the recreational sale of marijuana. In just the first week, Oregon raked in over $11 million in revenue, just from cannabis sales.

October – Australia OK’s medical marijuana

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In October, Australia legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

October 15 – Croatia legalizes medical marijuana

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Croatia’s medical marijuana law went into effect in October, yet there are still not any prescriptions available to be prescribed by doctors.

October 18 – Justin Trudeau is elected prime minister of Canada.  Trudeau pledges to legalize cannabis in Canada.

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Since his election as prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has pledged that he will legalize the adult-use of cannabis. He has already began taking the necessary steps to nation-wide legalization.

October 28 – Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls on U.S. to end the federal ban on marijuana.

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In a speech at George Mason University, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders became the first presidential candidate to ask the United States federal government to remove the federal ban on marijuana.

November 3 – Ohio says “NO” to legal Cannabis

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In November, the people of Ohio said “no” to a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The bill was turned down because of the way that the industry would be setup. If the bill passed it would have setup an undesirable oligopoly market.

November 4 – Mexican Supreme Court clears path for legalization

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The Mexican supreme court opened the door for legal marijuana with a ruling challenging the nation’s strict substance abuse laws. The ruling declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use.

December 18 – President Obama pardons 95 non-violent federal drug offenders

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On December 18, President Barack Obama pardoned 95 non-violent federal drug offenders. Of the 95, two were serving life-sentences for marijuana-related offenses.

December 22 – Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree legalizing and regulating medical marijuana

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To end 2015, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree fully legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Although the medical community agrees this is the right move, many people are concerned that Colombian narcos (drug-traffickers) will take over the industry.

2016 looks very promising for the cannabis industry. With multiple states and countries looking to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it looks like 2016 will be a huge year for progress in worldwide legalization of cannabis!

5 Reasons Why You Need a Roll-uh-bowl Portable Waterpipe

5 Reasons Why You Need a Roll-uh-bowl Portable Waterpipe

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If you are unaware of or don’t already have a Roll-uh-bowl in your bag of smoking accessories, here are the top 5 reasons why you need to get one of these portable waterpipes now!

1. Portable & Indestructible

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It folds to the size of your palm, making it easy to fit in your pack, pocket, or purse. Great for camping, hiking, snowboarding and the active lifestyle of any smoker!

2. Made in the USA from Health Grade Silicone- safe, no toxins  

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These babies are made from Certified Class VI FDA Medical Grade Silicone. The same material as baby bottle nipples. NO CHEMICALS.

3. Easy to clean

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Forget the 30 min hassle of cleaning your bong. Just toss the Roll-uh-bowl in your dish washer and you are good to go! 

4. You can dab on the go 

All about concentrates? Flip over the eject-uh-bowl and this beast turns into a portable dab rig!

5. It comes with a nifty wristband

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The wristband that comes with the Roll-Uh-Bowl is perfect for helping you fold up the apparatus when it’s not being used, and can be used to rep MassRoots & Roll-Uh-Bowl when the portable waterpipe is in use!

Want to rep MassRoots? Be sure to check out the LIMITED EDITION MassRoots Roll-uh-bowl on their site.

Follow @rolluhbowl on MassRoots to stay up to date on all things Roll-uh-bowl.

The Feds get Sued by a Cannabis Credit Union

The Feds get Sued by a Cannabis Credit Union

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Last month, a group of congressman set out to provide safeguards for banks seeking to provide services for legal marijuana businesses by introducing the Merkley Amendment to the Senate floor.

On July 23rd, the Senate passed the Merkley Amendment, which would “prohibit federal regulators from discouraging or reprimanding a bank from providing services to marijuana businesses in states where such businesses are legal.” Previously, cannabis companies would have to rely solely on cash transactions, which brought along many safety risks and made it extremely difficult for the government to collect taxes.

“The federal government should not be forcing Oregon’s legal marijuana businesses here in Oregon to carry gym bags full of cash to operate their business,” said Merkley. “This is an invitation to robberies, money laundering, and organized crime. We need to enable our banks to serve these legal businesses without fearing devastating reprisals from the federal government.”

Despite the passing of the Merkley Amendment, a recent decision by the Federal Reserve suggests that the U.S. federal government is still not on board with marijuana banking, or even fair access for a cannabis credit union. On July 30th, the Federal Reserve rejected an application from Denver-based Fourth Corner Credit Union (FCCU) for a “master account.” If approved, the request would have allowed the credit union to operate with other banking services and provide necessary services to marijuana companies in Colorado.

Since the ruling, FCCU filed a lawsuit in Denver against the Federal Reserve Bank and the National Credit Union Administration to see that they get a fair and impartial hearing on their request for a master account.

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Colorado has Fourth Corner’s back. John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s Governor, has publicly backed the credit union and has been outspoken about the need for marijuana businesses to have access to banks. Colorado approved the credit union’s state license last year, making it the world’s first ever marijuana-friendly financial institution. The credit union, however, cannot open its doors until it has approval from the federal government.

The Federal Government’s indecisiveness has caused much uncertainty and restlessness for cannabis companies that are still operating on a cash-only basis. This, however, will be a long fought battle. With everyone’s eyes on the federal courts and overwhelming support for the cannabis industry, the feds may have to come to a resolution between legal marijuana companies and federal banking regulators sooner than they expected.

Source: www.pymnts.com

Can weed help heal broken bones?

Can weed help heal broken bones?

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Got cannabis? Watch out milk, it looks like you may have some competition! Scientists in Israel have recently discovered that the chemical compound CBD (found exclusively in cannabis) may help heal bone fractures.

A recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that broken bones healed stronger and faster when the patient was exposed to the non-psychoactive chemical cannabidiol (CBD).

Scientists administered CBD to a group of rats that had mid-femoral fractures. After eight weeks, the scientists compared the rats that were administered CBD to the rats that were not given anything. The rats that were given CBD showed greater improvements to the bones than the ones given nothing. The scientists also injected another group of rats with a mixture of CBD and THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. After comparing those results, the scientists found that only the CBD contributed to the improved healing of the bones.

“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet, one of the lead researchers, in a statement. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

Dr. Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at Tel Aviv University and the late professor Itai Bab of the Bone Laboratory at Hebrew University led the research.

“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said.

Currently, 23 U.S. states allow for the medical use of marijuana, however it is still prohibited by the federal government. With the continued release of new research on the positive effects of the medical marijuana, and with eight or mores states on the ballot for medical marijuana in 2016, we may see real change on the federal level, for marijuana legislation within the next year.

11 Historic Stoners: A History of Smoking Weed

11 Historic Stoners: A History of Smoking Weed

From Kings and Queens to Explorers and Pharaohs, here’s a list of 11 historical stoners that might catch you by surprise!

1. William Shakespeare

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Known as one of the best writers and playwrights in the world, Shakespeare’s creativity may have sparked from something a little more natural than you might have expected. Researchers found traces of cannabis in clay pipes uncovered in the garden of his home. After all, he did write of a “noted weed” in one of his sonnets.

2. Queen Victoria

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Ruling the British Empire from 1837-1901, Queen Victoria was England’s longest ruling monarch. Victoria’s team of physicians would prescribe her marijuana for menstrual pains. She became the first internationally known medical marijuana patient. Who knows, if she were alive today she might have made a few trips across the big lake to join in the Colorado festivities!

3. George Washington

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Washington, like Queen Victoria, used marijuana to alleviate pain. He, however, didn’t have to worry about menstrual cramping, but instead used medical marijuana to alleviate pains from toothaches. The “Father of the United States” kept a journal in which he wrote about growing and cultivating marijuana and hemp.

4. Joan of Arc

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This French medieval heroine was accused of witchcraft and using “witch herbs” to hear voices and see visions. It just so happens that these herbs turned out to be marijuana. It was never proven that Joan had smoked weed, but then again, it was never proven that she hadn’t smoked it either. You can make your own judgement.

5. Pharoah Ramesses II

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Many Egyptian Pharoahs used marijuana for different medical purposes like hemorrhoids and sore eyes. Marijuana was found preserved in the tomb of Ramesses II. If these guys could figure out that marijuana has a medical purpose, what’s going on with the U.S. government?? I mean come on, they built the pyramids..

6. Elizabeth I of England

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Queen Elizabeth I of England may not have partaken in the use of cannabis herself, but she made sure England had plenty of it! In fact, in 1563 she ordered every landowner with over 60 acres of land to grow marijuana in their gardens. Too bad she isn’t alive today.

7. Christopher Columbus

columbusIn 1492, Columbus sailed to America becoming the first European to find this land. Among his assortment of plants and herbs, Columbus brought marijuana seeds. In the event of a shipwreck, the sailors would be able to use the seeds to grow for supplies and food. Luckily Columbus successfully made it to America without a shipwreck, so the marijuana seeds might, quite possibly, have been used for more “recreational” purposes. We may never know.

8. James Madison

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“The Father of the Constitution” once claimed that hemp gave him insight to create a new and democratic nation. Sounds like he’s the “Father of the Ganj-tution” to me…

9. John F. Kennedy

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Close friends of John F. Kennedy say that he used marijuana often to help with back pain. He even used during his term as President and planned on legalizing marijuana in his second term. Curse you Lee Harvey Oswald!

10. James Monroe

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Monroe began smoking marijuana when he became the U.S. Ambassador to France. He continued to smoke weed until the age of 73 when he passed away.

11. Emperor Shennong

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The earliest recorded use of marijuana for medical purposes comes from 2700 B.C. under Chinese Emperor Shennong. Shennong found marijuana to be effective in treating gout and rheumatoid pain. Marijuana was not only used for medical purposes. Early manuscripts were found with passages encouraging people to grow hemp for industrial purposes too!

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