West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program Board Set to Meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia is holding its first meeting.

The advisory board is set to meet Wednesday at the University of Charleston. Among the topics for discussion is a work plan for the program’s first year. The meeting is open to the public and will include a comment period.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a law April 19 making West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.

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A Truly Extreme OG: (Extremely Sleepy, That Is)

Test Results: THC 30.6%  |  Tested by: Peak Analytics

Extreme Cream is a dynamite indica, blending Extreme OG and Cookies & Cream into a truly surprising strain. It looks like a killer, with heavy streaks of purple and thick kief coating making it shine. Upon opening, a sweet OG funk immediately filled the room and left a slightly spicy note clinging to my sinuses. Despite the smell, the smoke has a rich, earthy taste I couldn’t get enough of. The heavy, cerebral high rolled in like a thunderstorm, leaving me in a sleepy daze for hours. Perfect for finding an elusive full night’s rest, or quieting the mind at night.

Extreme CreamAvailable at: Diamond Green 4002 S 12th St. Tacoma, WA 98405 | Cannabis City 2733 4th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134

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Toasted Tweets | Aug. 16, 2017

It’s all the rage, have you heard? Moms smoke pot now. Yeah, like no doi! Many of our moms have at least experimented with it because pot is super-mellow, and is easy to get your hands on. And it’s fun and (relatively) inexpensive. Now, with legalization, moms are struggling to smoke with the same rights as all. Dig into the conversation via our collection of Toasted Tweets. But definitely get high first, because this shit is wild, funny, weird, interesting and goes deep.

“Moms who smoke pot. Their controversial story tonight!” Are you covering “moms who have wine with dinner”? No? Then stfu.

— Susan Arendt 🃏 (@SusanArendt) August 1, 2017

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Book Review: ‘Marijuana Harvest’ Helps Cultivators Hone in on the Craft

New book from Ed Rosenthal and David Downs explores innovations in other agricultural industries and applies them to cannabis cultivation.

Master cannabis cultivator Ed Rosenthal is in a state of constant experimentation. Within his office there is a blue jar with an electronic top measuring the precise humidity levels inside. The Miron glass jar is a deep midnight blue, designed to eliminate most light from passing through, and has a note taped to the outside that reads “Test: Do not open.” The jar is just one of the many trials Rosenthal is conducting as a part of research for his newest book release “Marijuana Harvest,” and inside there is a tomato that he keeps for months to assess the freshness of the produce. It’s all part of the process to write the chapter on curing cannabis, a step that’s “essential to the taste and experience of the finished buds.”

“Like aged wines, well-cured buds are smooth and flavorful,” the book explains. “Uncured buds still ‘work’ but are not nearly as enjoyable or desirable. However, curing does not make buds more potent than they already are.”

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Washington State Responds To Attorney General Sessions’ Veiled Threats

As first reported by Tom Angell of MassRoots.com, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a July 24 letter from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which Sessions’ made multiple allegations all based on a single misleading 2016 report.

One would say, they didn’t pull any punches:

“Your letter, citing the March 2016 Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA) report on marijuana in Washington, makes a number of allegations that are outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

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Chai Havdalah: Food, Music, Judaism & Weed

A party environment introduces the benefits of cannabis to the Jewish community.

After being in Los Angeles for a year, cannabis events became a routine part of my life; however, it soon became clear that most of these parties were lacking something: they were too dark, too noisy, and with little to no food or entertainment. I realized the cannabis community had not figured out how to throw a “mainstream event.” They were stuck in the mindset that cannabis was still an underground thing and the parties reflected that. If the cannabis industry is ever going to lose its stigma then it must present itself in a more welcoming fashion to attract people who aren’t already active in the community. Thinking about what was missing from the cannabis party scene led me create WeedBar LA, an events company specializing in premier cannabis experiences.

For our first event, I wanted to do something personal, so I decided to incorporate all my favorite things: food, music, Judaism and weed. My faith is an important part of my identity and I knew that I would be doing a mitzvah (a good deed for you goyim) if I could introduce the benefits of cannabis to other Jews. A party to commemorate Havdalah, the end of the Jewish Sabbath, would be the perfect blend of everything that I hold dear. Thus Chai (pronounced high) Havdalah was born! After all, what could be better for a stereotypically neurotic community than a 200 mg infused cannabis challah?

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Product Review: Level+ Infused Beverages Hone in on the Microdose

These beverages offer a simple ingredient line-up and a mellow buzz.

Microdosing, or consuming small amounts of cannabis to experience the restorative health benefits of marijuana without the haze of a strong high, is trending and more cannabis products are coming out to cater to this growing market. But what about taking it a step further and microdosing a product that is already a microdose? That’s where Level+ comes in.

Level+ infused drinks are made with natural ingredients and come with either 5 mg of THC or 5 mg of CBD per 16-ounce bottle. Cannabis infused drinks are an excellent way to discreetly medicate throughout the day and these drinks would be best suited to mellow out the stress of an intense day at the office or as a safe introduction for those who are new to cannabis edibles.

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Private Sector Banks Putting the Squeeze on Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Industry

On July 19, Uruguay started selling legal weed in pharmacies—making it the world’s first state-run marijuana marketplace with the government involved in the entire chain of movement from cultivation to purchase.

The problem however is that, at $1.30 per gram, the country has already run out of weed and it’s program has only been operating for less than a month.

From the very first day when sales started, there were shortages; some pharmacies were cleaned out before closing time.

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California Businessman Believes the Smell of Marijuana Hurts Wine Grapes

Robert “Pat” Patrick is the CEO of the local chamber of commerce in Lodi, California, a stretch of the state’s agricultural heartland that, in recent years, has made a name for itself as a nascent winemaking region.

It’ll never be Napa or Sonoma, but brother, if you’ve ever taken a sip of red wine and been greeted by a bold flavor explosion—like drinking a jam sandwich, made by an overcompensating Guy Fieri, borrowing Sam Elliott’s boots right after a 100-mile horseback ride through a tobacco juice swamp—you know the pleasures of a Lodi Zinfandel.

Grapes are a big deal here—in 2015, Lodi was Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Wine Region of the Year”!—so Patrick will predictably take unkindly to anything threatening the area’s 110,000 acres of vineyards. Like marijuana fields, the smell of which, according to Patrick, can permeate the skin of a wine grape and render it less valuable.

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Can Topical Cannabis Heal Wounds?

Photo by Justin Cannabis.

With vaping and edibles getting so much attention these days, let us not forget about the value and benefits of topical cannabis, like balms, lotions, oils and salves, that are showing remarkable results in healing skin wounds and abrasions, as well as easing muscular pain.

The cannabis plant contains over 90 unique chemicals, known as cannabinoids, with THC being the primary and best-known compound for obvious reasons, cannabidiol (CBD) is now recognized as the second compound of significance.

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