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A Look Back: Marijuana In 2014

A Look Back: Marijuana In 2014

2014 marked one of the most historically significant years for cannabis legislation since Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The wheels of the legislative process are slowly turning, and laws are starting to reflect the views of the growing majority of marijuana supporters in the United States. This infographic takes a close look at the changing tides of legislation and the rapidly shifting social perceptions of marijuana in 2014.

marijuana stats 2014

Yes, last year was a good year for cannabis proponents. Although Federal prohibition on marijuana remains in tact for the foreseeable future, the attacks on medical marijuana growers and providers were officially put to a halt this year. Now, almost half of the country allows some form of medical marijuana and 2 more states (and the District of Colombia) have decided that the use of marijuana should be legal for adults. Cities like Philadelphia, Houston, and Cincinnati are lessening penalties for possession in an effort to quell the harsh and unjust racial disparity in marijuana related arrests.

The 2014 midterm elections went favorably for marijuana proponents. A strong showing of support in Oregon and Alaska changed marijuana laws and DC overwhelmingly passed their initiative to legalize marijuana. Florida voters showed up to polls with 58% supporting the legalization of medical marijuana, but Florida laws say that 60% of the vote is needed to pass constitutional amendments.

Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington underwent their first year of legalization without any major calamities. Money is now filtering into state treasuries and crime rates in Colorado were down at the 6 month mark. Colorado recreational shops opened in January and combined with medical sales, brought in $60 Million in tax revenue by October. Washington recreational sales opened up on July 8 and raked in about $15 million in the first 6 months of the program. While it may take a few years to get the kinks worked out, the sky has yet to fall from the so-called ‘social experiment’ with legalized marijuana.

Beyond tax dollars and new legislation, leading voices in our country are now becoming more friendly with marijuana. From President Obama’s straightforward talk on pot to the grandparents lighting up for the first time, it seems that American society is reconsidering how they think about marijuana. Even the New York Times boldly chimed in with a plea to change our National drug policy.

The future is undeniably bright for cannabis in the United states. One estimate projects that the cannabis industry could reach a whopping 10 Billion dollars by 2018. Money spent on marijuana is now being channeled into schools and research, rather than the pockets of Mexican cartels. As proponents for legalization march onward toward 2016, the next 2 years will set the stage for the future of cannabis in America.

The World’s Biggest Cash Crop: Cannabis

The World’s Biggest Cash Crop: Cannabis

Recently, Information Is Beautiful went digging for information regarding the world’s most lucrative cash crops. Most people know that marijuana is gaining stake in the US economy and there is little chance that things will change any time soon.

Domestic marijuana prices may actually be on the decline as domestic production ramps up, but the cost of a high-quality ounce of weed is still over $300 per ounce. Concentrates are often priced at over $60 per gram which would make them more valuable per ounce than gold. This graph shows how the extremely profitable cannabis plant compares other common crops in the amount of revenue they can generate per square kilometer.

Most Lucrative Crops Per km

Colorado was the first state in the US to legalize recreational consumption of cannabis. We’re just starting to get the full picture of how much impact the plant can have on state tax revenues and other states are opening up shop. This graphic illustrates how cannabis stacks up next to other heavily taxed commodities in the state of Colorado.

Colorado State Tax Income By Source

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New To Edibles? We Have You Covered [Infographic]

New To Edibles? We Have You Covered [Infographic]

Marijuana legalization is happening all across the United States, and legalization has brought new, more convenient ways to consume cannabis. Edibles have been around since your dad was eating pot brownies at Woodstock, but today’s legal market may mystify even the most experienced users. Medical patients and recreational consumers alike may be surprised by the hundreds of edible marijuana products differing in type, taste, potency and packaging that fill up dispensary shelves today. The team at Whaxy has partnered with Medical Jane, to introduce to you this educational guide, promoting knowledgeable and responsible cannabis consumption.

Marijuana Edibles Information

There are a several important things to remember when you consume marijuana edibles to have a safe experience. For experienced marijuana consumers many of the common pitfalls may seem obvious, but consuming edibles can produce an entirely different experience than smoking. Whether it’s choosing the right product or determining the right amount to eat, novices and experts have many of the same questions.

1. What Type Of Edible Is Best?

Nearly any type of food can be infused with cannabis, as long as it contains some form of lipids (fats). The effects between different types of edibles do not vary widely, so this is mainly a question of personal preference. The most notable difference between edible types is how they are absorbed into the body.

There are two different ways in which edibles can be absorbed into the bloodstream; sublingual and gastrointestinal. The first, sublingual, is latin for “under the tongue.” This type of absorption occurs when consuming suckers, lozenges, tinctures, or hard candy. This occurs at a much faster rate than gastrointestinal absorption because the cannabinoids are able to enter directly into the bloodstream through the tissues of the mouth.

Gastrointestinal absorption does not happen until the edible has entered the digestive tract. This means it will take longer to feel the effects. This type of absorption occurs when you consume items such as brownies, cookies, baked goods, savory snacks, and drinks.

2. How Much Should I Eat?

How much depends on your past experience with marijuana. For rookies, the rule is start low and go slow. Many, including the state of Colorado, suggest a starting dosage of 10 mg. This may not seem like much for experienced smokers and those who have an high tolerance for marijuana, but everyone consuming cannabis should err on the side of caution.

The Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation recently produced the First Time Five website, which recommends only 5mg of infused edibles to ensure that no consumer, medical or recreational, has a poor experience. Remember that you can always eat more, but once it’s in your system you have to ride out the effects.

3. How Long Until They Kick In?

Unlike smoking marijuana, the effects of edibles may not be felt for up to and beyond 90 minutes. Peak effects may be delayed up to 2 hours, whereas the peak effects of smoking or vaporizing come in as little as 5-10 minutes. This is because of the way our bodies process THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

When smoked, delta-9 THC bypasses processing by the liver and directly enters our bloodstream via the lungs. When eaten, cannabis is metabolized by the liver, changing delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. This results in a slower onset with more intense effects. The effects of the digested 11-hydroxy-THC are often described as being more psychedelic.


Use Caution

Planning your experience is extremely important. First and foremost, always make sure that edibles are properly labeled and stored in child-resistant containers that are kept out-of-reach. It is wise to be in a safe and controlled environment, especially for inexperienced users, as it may reduce possible feelings of anxiety.

It may be smart to set your limits before you begin and not exceed those limits. With alcohol, you might say, “I will only have one beer.” Similarly you can set your limits and stick to them. Chocolates and truffles are extremely easy to gobble up, but you have to remember that they are medicated.

Never get behind the wheel while under the influence of marijuana. A safe and comfortable environment is highly recommended and if you have to leave, use a designated driver.

Always keep non-infused snacks on hand to prevent over-consumption of your marijuana edibles due to a case of the munchies. Drink plenty of water, and do not consume on an empty stomach, as this may intensify the effects.

If you are making your own edibles, make sure to choose a strain that you are familiar with. Before cooking, determine how strong you would like each serving to be. We have created an edibles calculator that will help you determine how many milligrams will be in each serving of your homemade goodies.

Marijuana Dosage Calculator

Photo Credit: Zé.Valdi

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The State Of Marijuana [Infographic]

The State Of Marijuana [Infographic]

With last week’s changes to marijuana legislation in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC, it’s fair to say that legalization is in the front of many minds. Aljazeera has broken it down for us with their recent infographic showing where it’s legal, how much pot you can posses in newly legal states, and where it might be legalized next. The graphs show that marijuana support has risen from just 12% back in 1969 to 52% today. This distinctive change in the tides will certainly fuel more policy reform in the coming 2016 election year.

marijuana United States

via Aljazeera

Cannabis Quarterly Jobs Report

Cannabis Quarterly Jobs Report

Last month WeedHire, a website that connects the cannabis industry with jobseekers, published their quarterly report on industry job growth. With the full legalization of 2 more states and the District of Colombia since that report, there will undoubtably be another bump in industry job offerings through the end of the year. WeedHire’s report says that they expect the job market to grow nearly 700% over the next five years.

It’s not just budtenders, trimmers, and growers that are expanding job growth in the sector either. WeedHire has job listings like state employed research scientists, tax technicians, and attorneys. Most commonly, jobs range in the 30k to 50k annual salary range, but the website says that they’ve seen several job postings with starting salaries above six digits.

Still, administrative and sales functions like budtending make up more than half of WeedHire’s job listing this last quarter with most of the listings coming from California, Colorado, Washington, and Washington. No doubt that Oregon will be amongst the top job offerers in the coming months.
With the marijuana industry expected to reach $10.2 Billion over the next five years, there is not a hint of doubt that the sector will continue to offer job growth for Americans. Keep an eye out in early January another promising quarter of job growth from the marijuana industry.

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