State issues first marijuana license, steady flow predicted
BOSTON – State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to grant the state’s first recreational marijuana business license to a marijuana grower in Milford. The license approved by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday will allow Sira Naturals to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of marijuana at their indoor facility at 13 Commercial Way in Milford. Sira Naturals already grows marijuana for medical patients at its Milford cultivation facility and operates medical dispensaries in Cambridge, Somerville and Needham. The company grows more than 60 strains of marijuana and turns it into cookies, caramels and other edibles. The CCC has had the authority to issue business licenses to marijuana companies since June 1 and expects that retail sales will begin on or around July 1, even though the regulators have not yet licensed any retail shops.
CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said Thursday that the CCC expects to consider license applications at its meetings for the foreseeable future. CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins said Sira Naturals plans to be fully operational within four months of being licensed, though he noted that the company is already growing marijuana for medical use and has the ability to transfer some of that product to the adult use market. The provisional license is conditional upon a fingerprint-based check of state and federal criminal databases, payment of the $5,000 annual license fee, a certification that the company is in compliance with the Department of Public Health’s regulations for medical marijuana, and other conditions. Sira Naturals submitted its application to the CCC before any other companies, on April 18, and the CCC received word from Milford June 8 that the company is following all local zoning ordinances and town bylaws, Collins said.
Event Curator Shows Marijuana’s Feminine Mystique
Katie Partlow wants to show the softer side of cannabis. As the founder of the Los Angeles events company The Black Dahlia, Partlow is fast building a nationwide reputation as she blends entertainment and information at her weed-centric private parties. By bringing a cross section of cannabis vendors, activists, and educators into a diverse mix of guests, she aims to stretch the demographics and knowledge of marijuana. Previous events have combined cannabis vendors with art, food, live music, sound baths, burlesque, and drag. Her first public event, the February 2016 Comedy, Cake and Cannabis, featured stand-up comics and a mirrored maze of rooms decorated like oversized wedding cakes in a downtown Los Angeles art gallery.
At its heart, the Sunday afternoon party in late May 2018 was a gently subversive, taboo-busting exploration of the ways women, and particularly mothers, can use cannabis products. Fresh marijuana leaves optional – with The Flower Daddy, or relaxed through an abbreviated tea ceremony and session of Lit Yoga, currently California’s only cannabis-and-yoga studio. Each session illustrated how cannabis fits into a responsible, wellness-focused lifestyle. Her events’ wellness themes were further inspired by Partlow’s mother, who found pain relief in cannabis, guided by her daughter’s knowledge. Vendor Doreen Sullivan, founder of My Bud Vase, used her decades of experience as a marketer and single mother in Charleston, South Carolina, to bridge a gap she identified in the cannabis market.
Because most bongs are awkward, obvious, and phallic, the Los Angeles native began making decorative bongs from flower vases that bring a feminine, and discreet, look to the paraphernalia. This post has been updated to clarify the details of Partlow’s first event.
Marijuana users feel MORE pain: They may develop a lower pain tolerance
Marijuana users may develop a lower pain tolerance, new research suggests. A small study found people who use cannabis require higher doses of painkillers than non users after major traumatic event like a car crash. This new research conducted in Colorado – which was the first state to legalize – suggests that short-term pain relief could weaken the body’s resilience to pain over time. Frequently abusing the substance also significantly reduces a user’s ability to resist socially unacceptable behavior when provoked, the research adds. Study author Josiane Bourque from the University of Montreal, said: ‘Our findings confirm that becoming a more regular marijuana user during adolescence is associated with a risk of psychotic symptoms.
Of these, 54 tested positive for recent marijuana use while 16 claimed they used the drug more or less every day. On average, the marijuana users required 7.6mg of opioid painkillers a day in hospital, compared to 5.6mg for non-drug users. On a scale of zero-to-10, with 10 being the worst, people who had used cannabis rated their daily pain as 4.9, compared to 4.2 for non users. This could cause marijuana users to stay in hospital longer because ‘we don’t want to discharge them on massive doses of narcotics’, said Dr Anne Wagner, from the UCHealth Burn Center, Colorado, who was not involved in the study. Users may also experience drug withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting, which can delay healing.
Lead author Kristin Salottolo added: ‘Marijuana users in need of pain control deserve special consideration when selecting the dosage and frequency of narcotics ‘. The researchers add further studies are required to determine how best to ease discomfort in cannabis users.