Report: Cannabis Stores Less Likely to Sell to Minors than Stores Selling Liquor or Tobacco

MinorsAccording to a new report by Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, minors have an easier time purchasing liquor and tobacco from retail outlets than they do buying cannabis.

According to Justin Nordhorn, the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s enforcement officer, 90% of the time licensed cannabis retail outlets were found to pass a test designed to see if they will sell to someone under the legal age to buy cannabis (21). These results are considerably better than liquor stores, which pass underage sales test around 86% of the time; for tobacco sales that number is even lower.

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Nevada Senator to Introduce Bill Allowing Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales to Begin Right Away

 Legal Recreational Cannabis SalesNevada State Senator Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) has announced that he’s drafting legislation that would allow medical cannabis dispensaries to begin immediately selling cannabis to everyone 21 and older, until licensed cannabis retail outlets are operating throughout the state (likely sometime in 2018).

Oregon lawmakers approved a similar law after voters passed legalization in 2014; the move garnering the state millions in taxes.

“They allowed the existing medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana and as far as we could tell, there’s no reason we couldn’t do that in Nevada,” Segerblom told CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.

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Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Bill to Legalize Medical CannabisTexas State Senator Jose Menendez has filed legislation that would legalize medical cannabis, including a system of licensed dispensaries.

“Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” says Senator Menéndez. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a of variety people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war.”

Under the proposed law, those with a recommendation from a physician would be allowed to possess and use medical cannabis. A regulated system of dispensaries and cultivation centers would be authorized to provide patients with a means of safe access to their medicine.

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Study: Cannabis Use Among “Baby Boomers” Up 71% Since 2006

Via New York University Press Release

jointThe recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States. Eight states have voted in favor of legal recreational marijuana and 26 states in total allow medicinal marijuana.

There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding generation.

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Poll: 92% in Ireland Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

When it comes to medical cannabis, virtually no one in Ireland is opposed to its legalization.

 IrelandAccording to a new poll, 92% of those in Ireland support legalizing medical cannabis; support was highest in the Munster counties, with 94% in favor of the move.

In terms of gender, 93% of women support medical cannabis legalization, compared to 90% of men.

The survey was conducted by Red C Research and was commissioned by Help Not Harm. The goal of the study was “to understand the general views of the public towards the medical use of cannabis”. Help Not Harm is a non-profit organization working towards “a health-based approach to drugs in Ireland”.

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The 5 States Most Likely to Legalize Cannabis Next

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

Here’s a look at the 5 states most likely to legalize cannabis next.

5 statesFour states, including California, the nation’s most populous, voted to legalize marijuana on November 8. That doubles the number of legal states to eight (plus the District of Columbia), and more than quadruples the number of people living in legal marijuana states, bringing the number to something around 64 million.

Every one of those states legalized marijuana through the initiative process, but we’re not going to see any more initiatives on state ballots until 2018, and perhaps 2020. That means that if we are to make more progress on spreading marijuana legalization in the next couple of years, it’s going to have to come at the state house instead of the ballot box.

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Report: Beer Sales Declining in States Where Cannabis is Legal

Beer sales are down in states that have legalized cannabis, according to a new report from Cowen and Company.

beer-salesThe report found that sales among some of the top beer distributors have declined significantly in Colorado, Oregon and Washington; all states where the licensed distribution of cannabis is legal.

According to Vivien Azer, Cowen and Company’s managing director and senior research analyst, beer markets that have; “collectively underperformed” in the last two years in states where cannabis is legal. Azer says “the magnitude of the underperformance has increased notably” in 2016. Beer volumes have fell more than 2% year-to-date and are trailing the overall U.S. beer market.

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New York to Add Chronic Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

New York’s Health Department has announced that chronic pain will soon become a qualifying medical cannabis condition.

Chronic PainOnce the change takes effect chronic pain will become the most far-reaching medical cannabis condition in the state in terms of the number of people it effects.

“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain”; Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in press release. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”

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Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, we take a look at the year’s top 10 cannabis-related studies.

Top 10 Cannabis StudiesIt’s been a big year for cannabis science. A plethora of studies have been released demonstrating its wide medical properties. Although it was a challenge, we’ve narrowed these down to the top 10, with two honorable mentions. These include what we believe to be the most important in their implications.

The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2016 (in no particular order):

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Over $1.28 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sold in Washington State this Year

There has been nearly $1.3 billion in legal cannabis sold in Washington state so far this year. This is according to new data released by Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board.

legal cannabisFrom January 1st of this year, to the end of November, there was $1,285,567,300 worth of legal cannabis sold. With a full month still remaining, total sales for 2016 are likely to pass $1.4 billion.

The over $1.2 billion in cannabis sold in 2016 has resulted in over $240 million in taxes for the state.

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