B.C.’s legal marijuana rules: possession limit, growing at home and drug-impaired driving
The B.C. government has released more information on the use of recreational marijuana when it becomes legal in Canada later this year. In urban areas, licensed retailers will only be allowed to sell cannabis and cannabis accessories, and will not be allowed to sell other products, such as food, gas, clothing and lottery. Anyone 19 years old or older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of non-medical cannabis in a public place, which aligns with the government’s proposed possession limit. People will not be allowed to use marijuana in any vehicle.
Smoking marijuana will generally be allowed in public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted. Some provinces have already announced public smoking of marijuana will not be allowed under any circumstances. WATCH: Marijuana will not be sold alongside alcohol in B.C. Local governments will be able to set additional restrictions, as they do for tobacco use. New regulations will also be introduced to give police more tools to remove drug-impaired drivers from the road, including a new 90-day administrative driving prohibition for drug-affected driving.
Home cultivation of non-medical cannabis will be banned in dwellings used as daycares. Farnworth said there are still a lot of regulations that need to fall into place, including more information on medical marijuana. Marijuana advocates were more charitable – particularly regarding the ban on co-location of pot and liquor. LISTEN: Unionized workers not impressed by marijuana announcements.
Upset Tummy? Researchers Suggest Marijuana Edibles May Help ⋆ The Emerald Report
Researchers from the University of Connecticut were recently trying to find out how to decrease inflammation in the intestines and found that when they fed lab mice capsaicin – the stuff that makes chili peppers taste hot – they would have less inflammation. It turns out that the anandamide found in capsaicin is in marijuana, affecting the same receptors in the brain, lowering immune response and limiting inflammation. Capsaicin binds to a receptor in the brain called TRPV1. This interaction produces a chemical called anandamide which are lipids that engage cannabinoid receptors. The chemicals found in marijuana engage the same receptors, but that the endogenous variety is produced by our own bodies.
These findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because marijuana is still a schedule I drug, it’s difficult to get a federal license to study marijuana; as such it’s hard to know if ingesting marijuana can create similar results as hot peppers. If the Federal restrictions were lifted, this research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis. As it stands now, Srivastava and his colleagues don’t know how or why anandamide might relay messages between the immune system and the brain. The macrophage population and activity level increases when anandamide levels increase.
The effects pervade the entire upper gut, including the esophagus, stomach, and pancreas. They are still working with mice to see whether it also affects disorders in the bowels, such as colitis.
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Including Camper’s regular medical patients, Organic Solutions of the Desert is serving 300 to 350 people a day. OSD has been in business for seven years and Camper was one of the first in the city legally licensed to sell medicinal marijuana. DOUBLING STAFF. Camper hired new help bringing his total employees to 22, but anticipates he will have to double his staff to make things run even more smoothly. Camper did his best to make sure he had everything covered his first day open for recreational sales, including additional parking.
An eighteen-gallon container sits open with a large taught bag of marijuana Camper had to reject because the grower did not have proper paperwork that made it legal for Camper to sell. Relying on his attorneys for the more complex questions, Camper constantly checks the State’s various websites for up-to-date information. Camper does a little business with Northern California, but chooses to support local growers as much as he can. Camper always believed marijuana would be legal someday. Camper is optimistic that the states that allow legal marijuana and are heavily invested have too much tax revenue to lose, and will fight back against any move to stop marijuana sales.
At the time, there was no simple way to treat Hep C and Camper turned to marijuana. HELPING THE HOMELESS. For now, Camper’s clientele are 75 percent medicinal and 25 percent recreational. Camper is considering retiring, maybe in a year, to let the next generation take over.
Maine Legislators Override Governor’s Veto of Marijuana Legalization
For the last year and a half, Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has been blocking implementation of a 2016 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Yesterday state legislators showed their patience with LaPage’s objections had been exhausted, overriding his veto of a bill aimed at creating a system to license and regulate commercial production and distribution of cannabis. The vote was 109 to 39 in the House and 28 to 6 in the Senate, well in excess of the two-thirds required. LePage’s April 27 veto message made it clear that he is implacably opposed to the marijuana policy that voters endorsed when they approved Question 1 in 2016. While anyone who grows or sells marijuana is committing a federal felony, it is less clear that officials who license and regulate marijuana businesses are thereby violating the Controlled Substances Act.
Arguably they are simply certifying that the businesses have met the requirements to escape punishment under state law. Assuming that the CSA does prohibit licensing and regulation of the marijuana industry, it is clearly at odds with the federalist principles embodied in the 10th Amendment, which let each state decide for itself how to deal with production and distribution of cannabis within its borders. Presumably that is one reason why even Maine legislators who opposed legalization are determined to follow the will of the state’s voters.