Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Uruguay Under Landmark 2013 Law

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Marijuana is going on sale at 16 pharmacies in Uruguay, the final step in applying a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase.

Authorities say nearly 5,000 people have registered as consumers allowing them to buy marijuana when sales start Wednesday. About two-thirds live in the capital, Montevideo.

The price is set at the equivalent of $1.30 per gram. Ninety cents of that goes to the two businesses chosen to cultivate the marijuana. The rest is split between pharmacies and the government, which will use its share to fund prevention programs.

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CLOTHESPIN CREATIVITY: Nostalgia Meets Eclectic

This piece was made in April of 2017 by artist Chase Hardman, who goes by @hardman_art_glass on Instagram. His inspiration for this piece, according to the artist, was “childhood memories.” He wanted to come up with something fresh, and thought back to the clothesline at his grandma’s house. This nostalgia led to the creation of a fully functional glass clothespin, artfully attached to the rig.

Chase first started to blow glass at age 17, back in late 2007. He moved to Oregon and was greatly inspired by the work of Hamm’s Waterworks (@hammswaterworks on Instagram). He loved the art form, and after chatting it up with Hamm one day, Chase decided it was what he wanted to do. He’s been creating glass art ever since.

This piece is currently available. Like most of Chase’s work, it can be purchased directly by contacting him on Instagram. You can also find his glass in shops around the country.

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CEYLONESE SMOKING CULTURE: Sri Lankan Club Makes Ancient Cannabis Trade Accessible

For a country that has produced and used cannabis for thousands of years, it’s surprisingly hard to find high-quality cannabis in Sri Lanka. During my stay, I hunted down weed from various sources on several occasions—with mixed results.

I paid anything from five hundred to three thousand rupees for the same quantity (about 0.7g) of brown, seeded cannabis from three local “street” dealers. Much of the time, the price seemed to vary depending to how many tuk-tuk drivers needed to go pick it up!

The cannabis I first got ahold of was locally known as Kerala Ganja (or just “KG”), and is stated to be from the eponymous southern Indian state. It’s not clear whether it actually does come from Kerala—presumably some or most does, as there’s a known export market from India to Sri Lanka, but it’s also possible that some of what is sold as KG is locally grown.

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SWITZERLAND SUPERMARKETS WILL START SELLING CBD JOINTS

On July 24, supermarkets in Switzerland will start selling what has been touted as the first “hemp cigarette” in the world.

An independent cigarette maker called Heimat is producing tobacco products out of Switzerland and has now turned its attention to the cannabis market. Switzerland legalized cannabis with up to 1 percent THC in 2011, which only allows Heimat the ability to sell CBD. The 20% CBD joints cost 19.90 Swiss Francs per pack.

Initially, the joints will be sold off of the Heimat website and in Coop supermarkets, one of Switzerland’s largest retail and wholesale companies.

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GREEN PARTY NEW ZEALAND RAMPS UP THEIR PERSONAL USE CAMPAIGN

After years of stagnation, it seems that talk of marijuana reform in New Zealand is gaining real momentum.

At the beginning of June, the country’s Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, announced that doctors are permitted to prescribe CBD for patients in need.

A week later, a private member’s bill put forth by the Green Party was chosen for debate within the government. When Marijuana.com interviewed the author of the bill, Julie Anne Genter, she said that the bill carried weight because of a “groundswell of public support” on the issue.

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WHEN MOM SHOPS FOR WEED: Medical Marijuana: A Mother’s Journey-Washington or Bust

As a mom desperately trying to quell inflammation from the autoimmune disease that has haunted my son’s existence for the past six years, I sought out medical marijuana when Western medicine’s arsenal of immunosuppressive drugs failed him. Like any proper medical sleuth, I reached out to experts around the globe to learn more about the endocannabinoid system and why many people believed this non-toxic plant was a medical miracle often alleviating their symptoms and pushing them into remission.

Although I was able to get a medical marijuana license in my home state of Michigan, I could not find a knowledgeable caretaker for my son’s particular disease nor a responsible one who would return my phone calls. Dispensaries were few and far between and equally not medically oriented. In my mind, his care (and other circumstances), required a 2,200-mile cross-country move to Washington State.

Whew! Now what?

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Does the ‘Stoned Ape’ Theory Explain Human Evolution?

Ethnobotanist and psychedelics advocate, Terence McKenna, wrote a book called Food of the Gods, which is an exploration of humans’ symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals—now and in pre-historic societies.

McKenna came up with an interesting, albeit controversial theory, which was this: what enabled Homo erectus (our ancestors from 1.8 million years ago) to evolve into Homo sapiens (us now) had to do with their encounters with magic mushrooms and psilocybin, the psychedelic compound within them.

McKenna called this the “Stoned Ape Hypothesis” and posited that psilocybin caused the primitive brain’s information-processing capabilities to rapidly reorganize, which in turn kick-started an evolution of awareness that led to the early art, language and technology found in Homo sapiens’ archeological records.

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Officials: 10-Year-Old Boy Among Youngest Victims of Opioid Crisis

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis.

Preliminary toxicology tests show Alton Banks had fentanyl in his system when he collapsed and died at his home on June 23, the Miami Herald reported . Health officials say fentanyl and other synthetic forms of the drug are so powerful that just a speck breathed in or absorbed through the skin can be fatal.

That’s what investigators believe happened to Alton.

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Court: Firing Someone for Medical Marijuana Use Is Illegal Discrimination

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Monday in Massachusetts that voter approval of medical marijuana means that employers can no longer simply fire employees who test positive for THC, if the workers can prove they are consuming it with a doctor’s recommendation.

The ruling comes from the case of Cristina Barbuto who suffers from Crohn’s Disease and was using MMJ several times a week to help ease the pain.

Barbuto, who had informed her new bosses of her illness and her MMJ usage, got fired after only one day on the job when she tested positive for marijuana.

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Maine Looking for Tips on Marijuana Policy

Photo by Jesse Faatz.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wants tips on how best to regulate adults’ use of marijuana.

The state’s financial and agricultural departments are asking for the public’s thoughts on Maine’s retail marijuana marketplace and the public health, budgetary and enforcement concerns of implementation.

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