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In the past few years, legal cannabis has emerged as a booming global industry, despite the fact that it remains prohibited both by U.S. federal law and the UN Single Convention treaty from 1961. This is a growing contradiction on the world stage, and there is a sense that fundamental change is inevitable — despite deeply entrenched stigma and prohibitionist dogma. 

Whether you want to know where to plan your next vacation or are sick of feeling behind on the constantly evolving regulations, we’ve got your back with an overview of the state of legal cannabis today.

What U.S. States Have Legal Adult-Use Cannabis? 

Today, 11 states and Washington, D.C. have legal recreational cannabis: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Vermont, Michigan and Illinois.

However, four of these states have not yet set up their legal cannabis markets. In 2014, voters in the District of Columbia approved cannabis consumption, although implementation of the market has been bottlenecked by Congress, which controls the district’s budget. In January 2018, Vermont became the ninth state to legalize cannabis and the first to do so by legislation — but their law included no stipulations for setting up legal dispensaries. Michigan voted to legalize in November 2018, and has yet to open any adult-use stores. In May 2019, Illinois became the second state to legalize via legislation, and is similarly working to set up their legal market.

Do U.S. Territories Have Legal Cannabis?

The Northern Mariana Islands, a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States, in September 2018 became first U.S. territory to legalize adult-use cannabis. It was also the second U.S. jurisdiction after Vermont to do so by legislation rather than by popular ballot. This April, the U.S. territory of Guam enacted a cannabis legalization measure that calls for the establishment of an adult-use industry on the island.

What U.S. States Have Medical Cannabis?

That’s a somewhat trickier question. California led the way with passage of Prop 215 in 1996. Since then, 32 more states have passed medical marijuana laws (of widely varying degrees of leniency) either by legislation or referendum: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. also have medical marijuana laws on the books.

But there are some ambiguities here, as some states have restrictive rules that make it functionally quite difficult for citizens to get medical cannabis. For example, the New York and Minnesota laws allow for medical use of extracts, but not herbaceous cannabis.

And then there are the so-called “CBD-only” laws. Utah in 2014 passed a law allowing medical use of cannabis extracts that contain the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD. Several other states have since followed in passing CBD-only laws, including Wisconsin, Wyoming and Virginia. Texas and Florida allow low-THC CBD-heavy strains of herbaceous cannabis, but bar actually smoking it, allowing only vaporization.

Only three states that have no medical marijuana provisions whatsoever: Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota. However, there has been some progress. South Dakota in 2017 passed a provision legalizing CBD contingent on approval by the state health department and Nebraska in 2015 passed a law that allowed for a CBD pilot program under the auspices of the state university. By this reckoning, Idaho stands alone with no legal space for medical marijuana (very broadly defined) whatsoever. This is less significant since last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD coast to coast.

Amid all the progress, there are still states where cannabis is harshly prohibited — such as Louisiana, where even the medical program has been bottlenecked by bureaucracy.

What U.S. States Are Moving Forward with Cannabis Legalization?

Quite a few. “Virtually every legislature in the country is taking a close look at its marijuana policies, and many have adopted significant reforms in 2019,” Karen O’Keefe, who directs state policy at the Marijuana Policy Project, recently told The Hill

The MPP released a report in July on legislative progress for cannabis reform. A record 27 states have considered cannabis legalization bills this year. High hopes were dashed when statehouses failed to approve legalization bills in New York, Connecticut and New Mexico. New Mexico legislators did, however, vote to decriminalize cannabis. And in New York, lawmakers widened the state’s decrim law as a consolation prize to legalization advocates.

While there is much contestation about the details of what legalization would actually look like, in both New York and New Jersey, the governors are officially on board. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has also just come out in favor of legalization.

What’s the Federal Status of Cannabis?

Cannabis remains a Schedule I substance under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act — the most restrictive category, absurdly shared with heroin. There are several pending measures in Congress to change that, and remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances.

On Sept. 25, the House passed the SAFE Banking Act, which would give cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system. The bill now moves on to the Senate. In July, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on cannabis policy that advocates hailed as “historic,” with numerous Congress members openly embracing legalization.

What’s the Federal Status of Hemp and CBD?

Hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) and hemp-derived CBD were officially legalized by passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last December, but legal ambiguities persist. Most significantly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has still failed to promulgate regulations for use of CBD as an additive or ingredient. This means that any products adding in CBD are technically illegal in the eyes of the federal government, though it seems uninterested in enforcing this distinction.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has similarly failed to bring its regulations into conformity with the new federal law — leading to litigation by would-be Native American producers, who depend directly on USDA approval thanks to their unique jurisdictional status. The USDA is now promising the regulations will issued this fall, in time for next year’s planting season.  

What Countries Are Moving Toward Cannabis Legalization? 

Only two countries on Earth have formally legalized cannabis — Uruguay in 2013 and Canada in 2018. (Here too, there is some contestation: two Canadian provinces have banned homegrown cannabis, recently a matter of litigation.)

Pressure to legalize cannabis is fast mounting in several countries around the world.

Last October, the same month that legalization took effect in Canada, Mexico’s Supreme Court issued a binding decision that cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional, and ordered the country’s congress to amend the law. Mexican lawmakers in September introduced a legalization bill.

New Zealand has also pledged a referendum on legalization, to be held next year. 

The recent fall of the conservative government in Italy has raised hopes that it could be the first European country to formally legalize. Bills to legalize were introduced in Portugal this year, but saw little progress. The Netherlands, contrary to widespread misconception, has not legalized cannabis, and its permissive decrim policy has recently sparked a backlash from conservatives.

In the Middle East, legalization is being increasingly embraced by the political establishment in Israel and in Lebanon.

South Africa decriminalized cannabis last year, and neighboring Lesotho now has a booming cannabis economy under what some have termed a policy of de facto legalization.

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Anxiety is a familiar world problem. In the U.S around 40 million people are suffering from anxiety every year. It makes about 18 percent of the total population. Anxiety is said to be a form of psychiatric disorder. Dealing with stress is not just worrying, but also makes life difficult for the victim and those around the victim. Research indicates that both the environment and genetics play a crucial role in the development of an anxiety disorder.

Many people fall to cannabis to treat this condition as research shows that it is an effective treatment. However, cannabis and anxiety have a slightly twisted relationship. Just as it can treat anxiety, when you use it excessively, it can worsen the situation. It may be due to the active ingredients readily found in cannabis. These are THC and CBD. At low doses, they are responsible for helping treat anxiety.

THC is the main component in marijuana and is what makes you high. On the other hand, CBD does not have as much impact. However, researchers say that the higher the levels of CBD, the better it is for the users with anxiety since it acts on the receptors of serotonin.

Additionally, different varieties of cannabis in the market carry their chemical compositions and effects. Some variations may reduce anxiety, while others may increase it. Here are some of the strains you need to acquire to battle against stress.

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The Nordle CBD Feminised Seeds is the high-end version of the Mr. Nice Afghani strain. It contains a THC to CBD ratio of 1:1. The cannabis seed grows with a Christmas tree shape and is from the Indica family. When you grow it in an indoor grow tent, it will remain in the flowering stage for 8 to 10 weeks and deliver a yield of about 500 gr/m2. It has thick buds that carry a fruity aroma with some notes of garlic or chives. When you grow the seeds outdoors, in the northern latitudes, you should be ready to harvest as October ends.

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The White Widow start to flower when you reduce the amount of light they receive per day. They thrive in indoor environments and can grow to a height of 2 to 4 feet. The plant’s flower for 8 to 9 weeks producing buds of high quality. The seed is a hybrid strain that originates back in the Netherlands during the 1990s. It is a cross between the South Indian Indica and the South American Sativa. It contains an abundant amount of THC that calms you down due to its powerful and lasting mental buzz. The White Widow I easy going and does not have any adverse effects.

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The Girl Scout Cookies Extreme is excellent for beginners as the seeds are highly resistant to pests, diseases, molds, and infestations. It can grow to a height of 66 inches and is suitable for both outdoor and indoor growth settings. The strain originated from California and is a mix of The OG Kush (an Indica) and the Durban Poison (a Sativa). It can deliver an immediate rush of euphoria and happiness.

Can Cannabis Replace Anti-anxiety medication?

A publication made in the medical journal Psychopharmacology noted that daily users of cannabis reacted rather bluntly when they are in a high-stress environment after abstaining from marijuana for some time. Users that have never taken weed felt anxious and had high levels of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress. Addicts to cannabis were reported to have lower levels of anxiety while their cortisol levels were the same as when not under stress.

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Doctors prescribe treatments such as Xanax and Klonopin to patients suffering from acute anxiety to offer them short term relief. They are useful during that brief period but leave behind side effects such as confusion, fatigue, and disorientation. The patient can as well develop tolerance and dependency on the drug. More than 8000 Americans died in 2015 due to taking an overdose of benzodiazepines.

Some drugs are prescribed for the long term relief of anxiety called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Such include Zoloft and Prozac. They bring about several side effects that include insomnia, low libido, drowsiness, headaches, and an increase in suicidal thoughts.

Compared to all the other drugs, medical marijuana has the upper hand since it is useful and has relatively fewer side effects. A publication made in the pharmacological Research identifies cannabidiol (CBD) to enhance the efficacy of the GABA neurotransmitter while working to reduce the impact of cortisol in the body.

Summing up

You can treat symptoms of anxiety through psychotherapy and medication. Self-medication by using marijuana can help you deal with stress for the long term. However, due to federal restrictions, it is not established. Before using cannabis, you should first consult with your doctor. You should remember that cannabis reacts differently to everyone. The first step to acquiring the right weed strains to fight your anxiety is identifying your sensitivity and tolerance to the weed. Secondly, you need to experiment with different varieties to identify the one that reacts positively with your symptoms. We hope that by following the above, you can determine what to look for whenever searching for an excellent strain to help solve your anxiety issues.

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A new study reveals that crime rates dropped in Denver after legalization of cannabis.

Predictions from pundits that legalization would turn Colorado into a crime-ridden wasteland are wrong. A recent study proves that crime rates in Denver fell after marijuana was legalized.

In fact, the study also shows that areas with dispensaries saw substantial drops in crime. The team analyzed Denver crime data collected from January 2013 through December 2016. Recreational cannabis sales started in Colorado in 2014 after legalization.

The authors state in the abstract: “The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a 19 percent decline relative to the average crime rate over the sample period.”

The team also found that the drops in crime rates are highly localized. In other words, nearby neighborhoods don’t see the same benefit as those with dispensaries.

Different studies, different results

Another study from earlier this year found that after legalization of recreational cannabis rates near dispensaries in Denver increased at first, but then dropped. The researchers also found that the correlation between dispensaries and crime weakened significantly as time passed.

In the more recent study, the strongest drop in crime rates were for nonviolent offenses. These include many public-order crimes such as like criminal mischief and trespassing.

Violent crime also dropped, though this wasn’t statistically significant. The researchers link this principally to fewer aggravated assaults.

The studies do show somewhat different results. However, the disparity is likely down to differing methodologies, including different data sources and geographical areas. And while certain crimes related to dispensaries persist, they are not especially common.

Legalization: Not in my backyard?

In any event, the research shows that as dispensaries come in, law enforcement comes with them. This leads to an overall drop in crime rates that contradicts the ideas some people have about legalization.

For example, in November 2017, an editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette called legalization an “embarrassing cautionary tale.” Specifically, the writer cited an increase in fatal traffic car accidents attributable to “high” driving, more homelessness, and increased drug violations in schools.

However, there is no evidence to support the high driving claim. Furthermore, the argument about drug violations in schools is patently false, citing years before legalization. Finally, although homelessness did increase during that time, experts say that had nothing to do with legalization.

The bottom line? This latest research confirms what we already know. Legalization does not cause crime to increase, and there is no real evidence to support that contention. As more states consider legalization, they can do so with research backing them up.

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When it comes to growing WEED, everything goes. By everything, I mean enough light, nutrients, water, fertilizers and the right temperatures. If you do not provide the crops with all the essentials, then you will not reap what you expect.

Among the essentials, nutrients and fertilizers are very vital for the health of the crops. The two have a direct effect on the health and growth potential of your weed. Using the right fertiliser and the correct nutrients helps the crops to flourish which in turn leads to much higher yields.

In this article, we look at some of the Best Nutrients for Cannabis in Soil that you can use for healthy growth and better yields.

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Fox Farm is not new to weed growers, as it is one of the most respected brands in the market. This particular product comes in a trio of three formulas that many growers use for the potential growth of their crops. The three, Big Bloom, Grow Big and Tiger Bloom formulas are good for both first time users and for those that are older in the weed growing industry.

The formula is affordable, versatile and the blend works well together to give the best results. Using the formula on the soil ensures that your crops deliver bigger buds and healthier thriving plants. Grow Big Bloom is ideal for the vegetative stage to ensure healthy compact growth, Tiger Bloom is ideal for the budding stage and big bloom is ideal for all the growing cycles.

Grow Big helps to produce lush vegetative, tiger bloom is a fast acting fertiliser that contains phosphorus while big bloom gives the plants the food they need throughout all the growing phases.

Pros

  • Comes in three effective formulas
  • Suitable for all growth cycles
  • Helps to give lush vegetation, which leads to better and more bud formation leading to higher yields
  • Easy to use formulas
  • Affordable

Cons

  • We could not find any disadvantages about this product

Verdict

Fox Farm Trio Formula is a top notch for all weed growers as it provides nutrients for all stages of the plants growth. It is especially good for those staring their weed growing journey for the first time, as it is simple and affordable.

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If you are looking for the best nutrients to give your crops that extra push for larger and more potent flowers, use Advanced Nutrients Big Bud Liquid Fertiliser and you will not regret your decision. Many weed growers trust the liquid fertiliser with its effective results for maximum potency and bloom boosting capabilities.

The fertiliser contains L-amino Acids, Potassium and Phosphorous all in their right proportions to give the crops the nutrition they require. The fertiliser is easy to use even for first time users and even though the fertiliser is pricier than many others in tube market are, it is worth its price.

Pros

  • Provides denser, heavier and larger flowers
  • Boost buds that are more potent
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Best suited for the flowering phase

Verdict

Though weed needs great health for all the stages of its growth, the flowering stage determines what the final yield will look like. Using this nutrient fertiliser ensures that you get larger flowers and more potent buds, which in turn increases the yields. It is worthy its cost if you are looking for quality and quantity.

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The final stages of plant growth are very critical, as they need the best nutrients in order to produce the highest quality yields. Using the above nutrient on the soil for the last leg of weed growth ensures that the FLOWERING of the plants exceeds the expected potency.

The soil nutrient, which is especially ideal for hydroponic indoor weed growing, contains less phosphorous levels with more nitrogen and potassium levels. Some of the most notable ingredients in the nutrient mix are Fishmeal, Kelp, Amino Acids, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium Carbonates, Composted Seabird Guano and Rock Phosphate.

Pros

  • Contains a combination of highly nutritious ingredients suitable for the late growing phases of the crop growth
  • Helps to produce vigorous and healthy green vegetation
  • All ingredients are organic
  • Works well with all growing mediums
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Nothing negative to write home about

Verdict

This is another great product to use if you want healthy and happy plants. It ensures that you get higher yields with more potent flowers and buds. I would definitely recommend it for the last stages of your crop growth

Wrapping it up

It is very important that you feed your weed crops with the best nutrients if you want them to grow healthy and strong. Giving them the best nutrients also ensures that you get higher yields. The above nutrients all contain the best ingredients for healthy growth of the crops. They are all safe to use even for first time weed growers and you can use any of them to apply to the soil for maximum yields and healthy looking crops.

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When it comes to consuming cannabis, there is seemingly no limit to the ways we can get that endocannabinoid rush. There are hundreds of contraptions to improve and enhance the cannabis experience and more are always in development. To get a sense of the rapidly evolving marijuana consumer product space, it’s important to note that within a matter of years, cannabis concentrate enthusiasts went from titanium nails to PuffCo Peaks and Dipsticks. For those who really want to make sure they’ve got the most clout when it comes to smoking, dabbing or vaping pot, spend some time in a cannabis consumption lounge.

The Scene at Moe Greens

It’s Tuesday afternoon and myself and two of my colleagues, Photo Editor Gracie Malley and Associate Editor Julia Clark-Riddell, are sitting in the deep-backed circular booth in San Francisco’s Moe Greens smoking lounge. Laid out on the table before we arrive is everything we need to smoke — a pipe, ashtray, rolling papers, a lighter — but behind the bar in an adjacent room are several even more enticing offerings.

Although I’ve decided to come to Moe Greens to try out a smoking device that turns out was a limited-time prototype offering, I quickly pivot my interests to what I’m going to call the “Seth Rogan special.” It’s an insane gravity bong called Stundenglass that hit the scene when a video of Rogan taking a rip off of one went viral in February 2018.

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“It’s a flashy piece,” Moe Greens Manager Eric Masters says as he sets it down on the table in front of us. “People know it and people want to be able to use it… It came with Seth Rogan’s name, so it was pre-built with people coming in for it.”

The table-top piece has a pill shape with two chambers, one for water and one for smoke, and uses the force of gravity to pull the smoke through the water and into one’s lungs.

Masters sets me up with a hit that fills the chamber with a thick hit of cloudy smoke. While I am able to draw it all in, it’s my first real rip of the day and fills my eyes with tears as I exhale the Cherry Cheesecake from Gold Seal SF. But there’s no reason to worry. Masters — much like a sommelier recommending a bottle of wine — is still tableside and gets me a glass of water.  

High Before You Buy

Located on a stretch of Market Street not far from the headquarters of tech giants such as Twitter and Uber, Moe Greens is one of several city-sanctioned cannabis smoking lounges in San Francisco, California. To gain entry, those 21 and older must first make a purchase (Moe Greens does not allow any outside cannabis to be smoked in the space). Once inside the lounge area, separated from the shop itself via a set of interior windows, patrons are welcome to smoke or dab in the lounge, which generally sets a 30-minute time limit on the stay.

Cannabis has been legal for adult-use in California since November 2016 and lounges like the one at Moe Greens provide invaluable spaces for public consumption. Open to travelers and locals, the lounge at Moe Greens offers not only a safe place to consume marijuana, but also access to all the newest gizmos and gadgets to do so. Masters is in charge of working with companies to bring in new smoking devices and host product demos within the space.

“It’s a try-before-you-buy model unlike anyone else has done,” he says of the program.

The lounge sees a diverse number of people on any given day and assists people who are unfamiliar with the apparatuses for smoking. Also included on every table is a card explaining the signs of over consumption (including dizziness, confusion and an accelerated heart rate), as well as some tips if someone begins to feel uncomfortable with the amount of cannabis they have consumed (water, fresh air).

Alongside differences in our body types, many things can play a role in the high one feels when consuming marijuana. Additional information on the cards at Moe Greens is a valuable ask for any cannabis smoker to consider when enjoying our favorite flower. “Today have you… traveled on a plane? Drank water? Eaten food? Consumed alcohol?”

When trying out a fancy gravity bongs worth $500, packed with top-shelf bud, it’s pretty much necessary to have such information close by.

So Many Choices

Before our afternoon tasting session ends, Masters brings over a Vitae bong with interchangeable glass pieces. The piece is stacked with a set of triple honeycomb percolators and, once filled with a sungrown Super Fruit from Elysian Fields, delivers a smooth hit.

While myself and my crew of fellow Cannabis Now colleagues enjoyed our time experimenting with the new glass in the lounge, one of the best parts of the experience for me was knowing that anyone can do the same.

Moe Greens will be hosting a demo for the Jinni “infinity waterfall” pipe on Sunday, Oct. 27. In the meantime, everyone with a desire to be hyper-acquainted with all the latest in THC tech can visit the lounge at Moe Greens.  

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There are various ways you can smoke marijuana. As a cannabis enthusiast, it is quintessential that you learn how to pack and handle a pipe. Among the various cannabis contraptions in the market, the smoking pipe is the most popular. Before using a pipe, you need to learn the fundamental principles on how to use it. Cannabis pipes share the same characteristics to the traditional tobacco pipe. It consists of a bowl that is deep enough to hold the marijuana and an airtight channel that allows air to flow to the mouthpiece. In some cases, pipes can also have a second air channel that influences the airflow delivery of the first channel.

Traditional pipes were made out of ceramics, wood or even bamboos. Today, the most common cannabis pipes are made out of borosilicate glass due to its versatile nature. You can find pipes in various sizes and shapes. They can also vary in complexity and functionality. A majority of these pipes use water as a filter to cool the smoke just before you inhale. If you are new to smoking with a tube, you should look for pipes that resemble a spoon. They are inexpensive and easy to use. Here is an example of a pipe you can use:

Mantello Royal Small Tobacco Pipe

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The Royal Tobacco Pipe measures 3.5 inches in length and 1.25 inches in height. It has a bowl diameter of 0.81 inches. It is easy to clean and does not require any screen. The pipe is made of resin with an acrylic mouthpiece. It is durable and has a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Packing your Bowl

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Apart from only a pipe, you need a heating element such as a lighter to help you smoke your pipe. There are numerous types of heating elements made from non-butane that you can choose. However, the most effective heating element ensures that the heating conditions are correct when burning a pipe bowl. A lot of consumers prefer burning their bowls with a wick since it does not give off any undesirable taste. A glass wand can as well give off similar results. However, upon use, it vaporizes the weed and gets rid of the combustion smoke but still maintains a lighter note of cannabinoids and flavor.

You should also consider whether or not to use a screen for your pipe. A screen is a protective barrier that helps to protect you from inhaling small bits from burning cannabis. If you do not get a filter to use, you can use a piece of wire that is twisted into a coil or a small dry rock that measures the same as your pipe bowl. When making a makeshift pipe screen, you should not use aluminum foil or any soda can since it may be coated with materials that are dangerous to breathe in.

Essentials When Preparing Your Cannabis Bowl

You need to properly prepare your pipe bowl to maximize the amount of air that flows into your device to deliver the smoke effectively. The first and most significant step would be to break down the marijuana plant. Chopping it into smaller pieces allows the air to flow freely into the bowl. Still, you should make sure that it is not broken down too finely. Using a grinder can be the best option.

If you want to prevent particles from passing through the bowl, you can stuff the bottom part with a stem if you do not have a screen. It also helps make the airflow even better. Additionally, you should pack your marijuana in the bowl lightly at the bottom but densely at the top. It helps to keep the top burning while enough airflow gets into the pipe.

Rules to Follow When Smoking Cannabis with a Pipe

If it is your first time to use a pie, there are a few details you need to observe to get the best experience. When smoking in a session with other people, it is crucial that you ensure the bowl you are using is proportionate to the size of your smoking circle. When alone, you can use a pipe with a micro bowl, one that you can consume in one single hit. However, when in a larger group, you should use densely packed party bowls so that each attendee gets to smoke a fresh hint of marijuana.

It is the provider of the cannabis that gets to choose who to light the first cannabis. You should burn only a fraction of the visible cannabis to give everyone a similar experience. Everyone can then get to enjoy the great flavor of marijuana.

You need to keep your pipe clean to smoke cannabis properly. Resins from marijuana build up over time in pipes, making them cloggy. You, therefore, need to perform occasional maintenance of your weed bowl regardless of whether it is of wood, metal, or ceramic.

Summing Up

With the knowledge above, you can now pack and smoke cannabis using a pipe on your own. You should always remember to practice the right etiquette when smoking with other people. More importantly, you should be careful when handling marijuana only to smoke it in a safe and legal location.

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The concentrate world is in the midst of a portable e-rig revolution. Wax users can now enjoy traditional rig-like hits anywhere they want to, without having to use a torch.

While a multitude of brands have thrown their hats into the ring, the new KandyPens Oura might just be one of the best electric dab rigs out today. Designed in Santa Barbara, California, the KandyPens Oura is available in a multitude of stylish pastels shades that will complement any vape vibe well.

The team seemingly had one goal in mind when making the KandyPens Oura: huge clouds.

Housed in the petite zinc-alloy package is a beastly 3000mAh battery — one of the largest available in a portable dab rig. This powerful battery helps the KandyPens Oura keep a consistent temperature throughout your session, ensuring the flavor of your material stays true. Charging the device from a dead battery takes less than an hour, an impressively quick process for such a large battery. Heat up time before draws clocks in around 10 seconds, so you’re never waiting long for a deep draw.

The KandyPens Oura has four temperature options to help you explore your material. Yellow is the lowest and green is the next step up. Red is the second hottest, while blue rounds out the set as the highest temperature option. Even the lowest temperature options deliver massive clouds of vapor, and the highest setting will definitely manufacture Instagram-worthy rips.

The KandyPens Oura comes with a quartz atomizer to ensure huge vapor clouds no matter the temperature, with a ceramic bowl option also packaged with the device. The inert nature of the ceramic bowl helps to keep outside flavors out of your draws and add a few more tasting notes compared to the voluminous nature of the quartz. 

One of the coolest features of the KandyPens Oura is the borosilicate glass attachment. The bulbous shape of the attachment makes for an uber-low draw resistance due to your vapor being collected inside the round part of the glass. This design suits two kinds of dab consumers: those who want a large amount of vapor all at once, and those who prefer to “sip” or microdose their vapor. Being made of borosilicate glass, it can withstand everyday drops without the risk of shattering.

Competition is fierce in the electric dab rig market right now, but KandyPens has thrown down the gauntlet with the KandyPens Oura. While the e-rig can produce thick vapor quickly, geared toward people putting a premium on cloud size, the ceramic bowl option also means is a little more room for flavor exploration.­

If you’re ready to make the plunge, grab KandyPens Oura now at vapor.com and make sure to use coupon code CNOW to get a nice 15% off.

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The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids, each interacting with the human brain in a specific way. Researchers are increasingly focusing on the key role dopamine plays in those interactions.

This is not surprising, as dopamine is critical to the brain’s “reward system,” which has a part in creating motivation by “rewarding” us with a euphoric kick — or, in its negative role, denying us that kick. This, in turn, makes dopamine crucial to understanding addiction and other behavior patterns identified as pathological, such as depression. 

The ongoing research into cannabis and dopamine may shed light on the recent string of much-hyped claims linking cannabis use to “psychosis and schizophrenia” — and what the actual risks, and potential benefits, really are.

All About the Dopamine

The evidence for a cannabinoid-dopamine link has been mounting for some time. What exactly the link is, and what it means for long-term users, is not yet clear.

A 2016 British study on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that “the available evidence indicates that THC exposure produces complex, diverse and potentially long-term effects on the dopamine system, including increased nerve firing and dopamine release in response to acute THC and dopaminergic blunting associated with long-term use.”

This suggests an immediate buzz from “increased nerve firing,” but diminishing returns as dopamine production is “blunted” (no pun intended, we may presume). This is a pattern that may seem familiar to many long-term users.

A paper entitled “A Brain on Cannabinoids: The Role of Dopamine Release in Reward Seeking,” published in 2012 by Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, reviewed several recent studies to postulate that problems with dopamine release could be the cause for “cannabis-withdrawal syndrome.”

It stated that quitting pot can cause “anxiety/nervousness, decreased appetite/weight loss, restlessness, sleep difficulties including strange dreams, chills, depressed mood, stomach pain/physical discomfort, shakiness, and sweating.” This all may seem rather overstated, but it is plausible that cannabis creates its craving by monkeying with the dopamine-regulated reward system. “It is likely,” the paper concluded, “that these withdrawal symptoms contribute to cannabis dependence through negative reinforcement processes.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), THC’s effects on mood are determined by two types of neurons: GABA neurons and glutamatergic (glutamate-releasing) neurons.

GABA cells (for gamma-aminobutyric acid, the type of neurotransmitter these cells pick up) block the release of dopamine in order to keep you more stable, but THC can inhibit the release of GABA neurons. When the GABA neurons are inhibited, you get that pleasant dopamine rush. When the glutamatergic cells are inhibited, your brain is deprived of glutamate — which, akin to dopamine, is associated with pleasure, and closely interacts with it.

This dual effect may explain why some people enjoy cannabis and others do not: “Whether the drug is experienced as rewarding or aversive depends in large part on which of the two neuron types is inhibited more,” the NIDA wrote. And this can vary from organism to organism. “As a result, when a person is exposed to THC, the experience can be rewarding, aversive, or neutral.”

Cannabinoids As ‘Anti-Psychotic’ Treatment

Recent research has looked to cannabinoids as possible treatments for psychiatric disorders — and like most such treatments, this has to do with the impact on how dopamine is produced and transmitted in the brain.

Traditional “antipsychotics” appear to function by controlling the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, acetylcholine and serotonin. An August article in Medical Life Sciences News states, after reviewing six peer-reviewed studies: “The dopamine hypothesis, which has dominated psychosis treatment to date, postulates that an excess of dopamine in the brain causes psychotic symptoms.” 

Antipsychotic medications widely in use today bind to dopamine receptors, thus reducing dopamine production. But for those people who do not respond to these traditional pharmaceuticals, cannabinoids are being explored as an alternative treatment.

CBD is particularly looked to as a possible “new class of treatment for psychosis.” Citing recent studies, the Medical Life Sciences report finds: “When the effects of CBD as an adjunct to conventional antipsychotic medication are examined, modest improvements are found on cognition and the impact of patients’ illness on their quality of life and global functioning.”

But if CBD is chilling your dopamine out, THC might be flooding your neuro-receptors with the stuff — at least initially. That’s because while CBD appears to be an antagonist of the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptors, TCH appears to activate those same CB1 receptors, causing feelings of euphoria.

Long-Term Brain Changes?

The same cannabinoid-dopamine link that holds hope for new treatments may also point to risks for heavy cannabis users, especially those whose brains are still developing. A 2017 study by researchers at Utah’s Brigham Young University, published in the journal JNeurosci, found evidence that long-term cannabis use may in fact change the brain.

The study focused on the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a region of the brainstem identified as one of the two most important clusters of dopamine receptors (the other is the adjacent substantia nigra). The researchers examined how the VTA’s cells changed in adolescent mice that received a week of daily THC injections. They compared the results on normal mice and “CB1 knockout mice” — that is, those genetically tweaked to disable their CB1 receptors. They especially looked for impacts on GABA cells.

The findings determined that “THC acutely depresses GABA cell excitability” — which actually means that high-THC cannabis can overcome the GABA cells and cause the release of more dopamine, giving you that sought-after buzz.

Here the team postulates a clue to the brain mechanism behind what is called “cannabis use disorder” — defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 as a “problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.”

Of course, critics have pointed out that such categories are inherently question-begging: Is the “impairment or distress” actually caused by the cannabis use, or are people who suffer from such “impairment or distress” for unrelated reasons self-medicating (consciously or not) with cannabis? If the latter, cannabis use may actually be having a positive, therapeutic effect on sufferers, and the theorists of “cannabis use disorder” may be reading things precisely backwards.

Some Skepticism Warranted

How this research is applied and interpreted by the psychiatric establishment definitely demands some critical scrutiny, given the long-entrenched prejudice against cannabis, and bias in favor of prescription pharmaceuticals.

In 2014, numerous media reports (both American and British) touted a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences purporting to link cannabis use to anxiety and depression. The researchers studied the brains of 24 cannabis “abusers” — defined as those who smoke multiple times a day — and how they reacted to methylphenidate (more commonly known as Ritalin), a stimulant used to treat hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder. The study found the “abusers” had “blunted” behavioral, cardiovascular and brain responses to methylphenidate compared with control participants. The “abusers” also scored higher on negative emotional reactions. The researchers concluded that cannabis interferes with the brain’s reaction to dopamine.

Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at SUNY Albany, speaking to this reporter at the time, raised the same questions about possible confusion of cause and effect in such studies.

“I think that giving folks Ritalin or any other stimulant in an effort to assess dopamine release says little if anything about how cannabis users would respond to natural sources of reinforcement,” Earleywine said. “These people also weren’t randomly assigned to use cannabis, so we have no idea if the altered dopamine reaction preceded or followed cannabis use. Finally, I think if any Big Pharma product did the exact same thing in the lab, we’d be reading about how it protected people against the addictive potential (and induced dopamine release) associated with Ritalin or other stimulants.”

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black market vaping products causing mystery illness

A new clue and more black market vaping products emerge as health officials at the state and federal level continue to investigate the sudden rash of lung illnesses hitting vapers across the US. Tests now show one chemical was present in many patient samples from different locations.

That chemical, vitamin E acetate, is derived from vitamin E. US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) investigators found the vitamin E acetate oil in many of the sampled cannabis products taken from sick patients across the nation.

The US FDA revealed the findings via call and press release Friday, September 6, 2019. On the call, New York State health department officials revealed that vitamin E acetate was also found in almost all recent patient cannabis samples in the state.

Black market vapes: use caution

This link between the mystery illnesses and one substance is the first break of its kind in this case. However, health officials emphasized that it is too soon to be sure that this is the cause of the illness.

Vitamin E is essential to human health, occurs naturally in foods like almonds and olive oil. The little vitamin E supplements you see at the store are full of vitamin-derived oil, vitamin E acetate.

Although this makes the substance sound harmless, it’s not totally clear what vaping it might do to the body. The lungs are designed to handle gases, not oils, and many patients report respiratory symptoms.

It’s also difficult to track an illness without a standardized method for reporting potential cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now investigating at the national level. However, they are doing so without any state level reporting requirement or many of the standard protocols that ease investigations of infectious diseases.

The Washington Post reports that there were 215 possible cases in 25 states as of August 27. Additional reports of lung illnesses continue to roll in. And after three deaths, the CDC warned the public not to vape at all until they better understand the illness and its causes.

Contaminants and black market vaping products

It seems likely so far that counterfeit substances, contaminants, and other negative consequences of the black market are causing this illness. For example, health officials at both the state and federal levels are focusing largely on illicit products.

Many patients admitted to healthcare providers that they purchased cannabis products off the street. Many are teens who cannot legally buy the products from a licensed retailer.

Vitamin E acetate is itself not an approved additive for use in medical marijuana in New York. In other words, in the place with the strongest vitamin E acetate connection, the substance is, by definition, only present in black market vaping products.

And despite the promising vitamin E link, no one substance has been present in every sampled. Health officials are also keeping a close eye on other important factors such as environmental and behavioral issues.

VV has reported on the issue of heating compounds and vaping them with unknown health effects in the past. This is an ongoing area of research, which we can expect to see develop in the coming months and years. What is even odder about this story is the sudden, nationwide onset of this illness.

In the meantime, there’s no question that buying whatever products you use from licensed, reputable dispensaries or other retailers is the safest way to go. Never trust black market vaping products, or anything priced similarly.

And if you do get sick, report it and get help.

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With more and more states legalizing the growing of CANNABIS worldwide, many people are taking the advantage and growing the crop for both medical and recreational purposes. The legalization has seen an upsurge of home growers planting the weed with confidence and pride. Majority of these home growers grow their weed indoors and they use every available space to realize their dream.

It gets even easier as there are many weed indoor growing resources in the market today. Besides a GROW TENT, a grow room, those with limited space are growing their weed in Closets and Cabinets. The difference between closets and cabinets is that closets are slightly larger and give you more space for better crop growth and more plants. Cabinets are size constrained but they are also a great option.

Growing marijuana in a closet also ensures that you do restrict yourself to smaller strains only such as the indica. You can plant both INDICA and SATIVA without having to worry about the height of the crops. Just like growing your weed in a grow tent, growing in a closet also requires the same kind of resources and equipment. Your crops will need light, water, nutrients, ventilation, good humidity and temperature levels and a good airflow.

The advantage of growing weed in a closet is that you do not need a heavy-duty lighting set up system. A simple decent system will go a long way in ensuring that your closet crops get as enough light as crops growing outdoors or in a bigger grow room setup with a much larger lighting system. We reviewed some of the BEST LIGHTS FOR GROWING WEED IN CLOSET.

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Our top picks of the best lights for growing weed in closet

Yueme 1500W LED Grow Light

Yueme 1500W LED Grow Light

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If you are a first time marijuana grower and you want to start your journey growing your crops in a closet, you will go wrong with Yueme 1500W LED Grow Light. For starters, it is one of the most suitable lights for all the growth stages of your crop and it is affordable. The COB LED GROW LIGHT provides your closet weed with full spectrum light ranging from 380nm to 600 nm.

The light spectrum includes red, blue and white, which are common with majority of LED grow lights. The lighting system comes with an on-off switch that allows you to monitor the lighting options better. For protection of the crops, the light has UV and IR. It is also one of the best energy saving lights, as it requires only 300 watts to provide its full potential.

The light has stable heat dissipation, which is more durable compared to other LED grow lights. The full package includes the 1500W grow light, a hanging kit, a plug cord and an instructions manual.

Pros

  • Provides full spectrum light
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Affordable
  • Has UV and it lights for crop protection
  • Has stable and durable heat dissipation

Verdict

Yueme manufactures high quality grow lights and you can never go wrong with any of their products. This particular product is ideal for closet weed growers as it is both affordable and effective. I would highly recommend it especially if you are a first time weed grower.

CF Grow Waterproof 100W LED Grow Light

CF Grow Waterproof 100W LED Grow Light

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Constructed after decade of extensive research and experimentation, this grow light is both affordable and of the highest quality. The waterproof 100-watt LED grow light is especially great for first time growers on a tight budget. Its waterproof effects ensure that the light stays dry even when there is humidity in your grow space or accidental water showers.

It is energy efficient as it draws around 50 watts of power per hour. The COB LED grow light also comes with a high-end heat dissipation, which helps to keep temperatures at 65 degrees Celsius. The light is small, light and it does not come with any cooling fans. The expected light lifespan is 50,000 hours and it comes with a two-year warranty

Pros

  • Provides full spectrum light
  • Waterproof
  • Two-year warranty
  • Lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Silent

Cons

  • It is not clear of the total coverage the lights provide

Verdict

Growing weed in a closet does not require complicated lighting systems. CF Grow Light is a simple, thin and light that will not occupy space in your closet. It is the best light to use for all the growth stages of your crops and I highly recommend it.

Hipargero LED Grow Light

Hipargero LED Grow Light

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Hipargero LED grow light uses the highest quality LED chips to provide full spectrum light for your closet weed. The chips are among the best in the market and provide a much higher PPFD and lumens than many other grow lights in the market. Their red light abundance also promotes the flowering stage of the weed, which leads to higher yields.

The COB LED grow light comes with a heat sink and a high heat conducting shell that keeps it cool at all times. The chips simulate natural sunlight effectively and they are durable and long lasting.

Pros

  • Provides full spectrum light
  • Effective for all growth stages
  • Red light promotes a better flowering phase
  • Comes with two high speed cooling fans which keeps the light cool at all times
  • Comes with a one year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Does not come with daisy chaining properties

Verdict

This amazing LED grow light will give your closet crops all the benefits they need for proper growth. It is also a highly rated grow light and I would definitely recommend it.

Wrapping it up

COB LED grow lights have superior lighting qualities and they are becoming popular with many indoor growers. They use the latest technology, which gives them an edge over many other LED grow lights. All the above COB LED grow lights come with full spectrum light qualities, they have long lifespans and unlike many other COB LED grow lights, they are affordable.

If you are a closet grower and looking for lighting systems that will last for long, then choose any of the above COB LED grow lights and you will be good to go.

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Workers in the cannabis industry are entitled to the same protections under federal law as those in any other industry — regardless of the fact that they work with a Schedule I drug, a federal appeals court has ruled. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver held in a Sept. 20 decision that provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, apply to “all workers,” including those in the cannabis industry. The FLSA, landmark New Deal legislation first passed in 1938 and amended many times since then, sets a nationwide minimum wage and standards for overtime pay, as well as protections against child labor and other abuses.

The case concerned Robert Kenney, a former employee of Helix TCS, a company that provides security services for businesses in Colorado’s state-legal cannabis industry. Kenney sued the company for misclassifying him as exempt from the FLSA’s rules on overtime pay. Kenney claimed that he and other security guards employed by the company regularly worked more than 40 hours per week — and were therefore entitled to overtime.  

In a motion to dismiss the case, Helix argued that it isn’t required to follow FLSA rules, because its business is in conflict with federal law. But the Tenth Circuit didn’t buy it.

“Denying FLSA protection to workers in the marijuana industry would consequently encourage employers to engage in illegal markets where they are subject to fewer requirements,” the court said in its decision. 

The court held that the language and legislative intent of the FLSA make clear that employers are not exempted from complying just because their business practices are federally prohibited. 

The overtime case is now greenlighted, and Kenney is set to pursue his claim in federal district court. “The hard part is over now,” Kenney’s attorney Rex Burch told Colorado Public Radio.  

His former employer, of course, contests this. “Helix pays all of its workers fairly and lawfully,” Jordan Factor, an attorney for the company, retorted in a statement. “We are disappointed in the court’s ruling and believe they got it wrong. Congress did not intend to guarantee overtime to workers in the federally illegal marijuana industry. We are exploring all of our options, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

Colorado Public Radio also spoke to Curtis Graves, a lawyer at the Employers Council, which handles a variety of human resource issues. “We work with a lot of marijuana businesses, and I don’t know of any trying to get out of paying overtime,” Graves said. “To the contrary, they tend to be super-cautious about all employment laws, because they don’t wish to call attention to themselves, at all.”

But, in fact, another such case is pending in Oregon. Cannabis Law Blog notes that in January, Michael Garity, a former employee of cultivator WRD Investments, filed a wage and hour claim against the company under the FLSA.

According to the complaint, Garity was hired to provide expertise and labor in support of WRD Investments’ cannabis grow near Junction City. Garity claims he was a “non-exempt” employee, and that WRD Investments was required to pay him at least minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime rates for all hours worked over 40 hours per week. In the complaint, he alleges that in 2016 and 2017, he worked approximately 2,500 hours without any compensation — and that he frequently worked over 40 hours per week without overtime pay. 

Whether Garity prevails on the merits remains to be seen. But the decision in Kenney’s case seems to preclude a motion to dismiss. 

Good News for Cannabis Unionization Push

The Tenth Circuit ruling also provides a general boost for efforts to unionize the cannabis industry. At the forefront of this drive is the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which has launched a Cannabis Workers Rising campaign.

The Teamsters and United Farm Workers of America are also supporting the campaign, and it has won some key victories. A law passed in California this year requires cannabis businesses with 20 or more employees to enter into a “Labor Peace Agreement” with a “bona fide labor organization.” This mandates that businesses remain neutral in worker organizing efforts. The Labor Peace requirement for the City of San Francisco applies to cannabis businesses with 10 or more employees.  

In Washington, UFCW Local 21 and the Have a Heart dispensary chain in August 2018 signed the state’s first contract between a union and an adult-use cannabis retailer.  

The first such contracts between the UFCW and dispensaries were signed in Colorado in 2011, for the medical marijuana market, before the state’s legalization initiative passed the following year.

And organized labor is poised to be on board from the start in Illinois, which passed a law to legalized cannabis this June. Illinois politics website Capitol Fax reports: “Unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 and Service Employees International Union Local 1 had been at the negotiating table for months working on the marijuana legalization bill.”

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“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste… it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not before.” – Rahm Emmanuel

Nobody knows exactly what’s caused 530 Americans to fall ill with vaping-associated pulmonary illness, nine of whom are dead, after using vaporizer products — some with THC oil, some with nicotine or other flavored “vape juices,” some who used both.

And yet somehow, many people know exactly what to do. Conveniently, it’s exactly what they’ve always wanted to do, well before the first vape-related illness was made public.

From pushing outright bans (that seem destined only to help the underground market, where many of the vape carts in question originated) to shamelessly pushing misinformation to prop up their preferred hobbyhorse, the confusion and very real fear are providing opportunistic grifters the perfect cover.

Though there are some commonalities — the use of vape products, symptoms including shortness of breath, chest tightness, dizziness, and vomiting, consistent with lipiod pneumonia — both the identity of the offending products as well as the potentially deadly contaminant within are still not known, as Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie told Cannabis Now on Tuesday. To date, Oregon — where cannabis is legal and sold in stores regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission — counts five victims and one fatality. All are believed to have visited legal dispensaries and purchased vaporizer cartridges—but whether it was those products or something else that caused them to fall ill just isn’t known yet, Modie said.

Variations of this “we don’t know yet, it’s too early to tell” are what you’ll hear from health officials on every level, from the states where vaporizer products are sold (and at least in the case of cannabis products sold at dispensaries, regulated) to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is in the process of analyzing cartridges sent by the states for testing.

Until the exact cause can be identified, the best course of action is to stop vaping altogether, as California Department of Public Health officials advised on Tuesday. In that state, home to both the largest legal and illegal cannabis markets in the world — as well as an enormous wholesale market where bootleg vaporizer cartridges and potentially harmful thickening agents are available for cash on the spot — as many as 90 people have fallen ill, with two deaths. But again, the cause is not known. “There are numerous unknown factors at this time, and due to the uncertainty of the exact cause, it is our recommendation that consumers refrain from vaping until the investigation has concluded,” said Charity Dean, a physician and assistant director of the California DPH.

In the meantime, elected officials who have never really liked marijuana from the beginning are moving to ensure that the only place cannabis vaping products will be available is the underground market. On Tuesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker — who vehemently opposed marijuana legalization in 2016, before deciding to accept political contributions from the industry — announced a four-month ban on all vaping products, cannabis and nicotine.

Massachusetts’s proposed ban is the country’s strictest by far. Other states to enact bans, like Michigan, where cannabis is also legal, did not include marijuana in its ban as Baker did.

Though public-health officials said they would devote extra resources to cigarette users to help keep them from taking up smoking to get their nicotine fixes, there doesn’t appear to be any such provision for cannabis users. They can smoke weed — but then again, with public smoking bans and strict rules on cannabis use in apartments and elsewhere, can they?

Though in some states sales of vaporizer cartridges have been outpacing sales of traditional cannabis flower (use of which has not been associated with deaths or serious lung ailments) in the wake of the crisis, the public appears to be heeding health officials’ advice. Sales of vape devices at legal dispensaries in states like Oregon have plummeted — leaving a gaping inefficiency in the market that online retailers operating in a wholly unregulated space have been happy to fill, as the Wall Street Journal reported.

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At least so far, the vape crisis hasn’t upended long-awaited and still-popular plans to legalize cannabis. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state moved to limit the sales of flavored e-liquids, said Tuesday that he remains “serious” about legalization, but will push for some sort of regional framework that would see New York, Connecticut and New Jersey share similar laws.

But not for lack of trying. Also on Tuesday, America’s leading anti-legalization group used the crisis — and specifically Massachusetts Gov. Baker’s announced ban — to spread misinformation. Specifically, Kevin Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (which from the beginning has labeled the crisis the #PotVapingCrisis, happy to ignore the teens and other victims who publicly copped to using JUUL pods and nicotine products) capitalized on the confusion to push the line that the offending products had all been purchased from legal outlets.

When confronted with the statements from the Oregon Health Authority and others maintaining that it was too early to make such a pronouncement, Sabet declined to comment.

In this way, the vaping crisis has something for everybody — everybody except those of us curious to know exactly what’s happening, who to blame, and how to stop it.

TELL US, do you think “vaping crisis” is overblown?

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