Hawaii Braces for Surge in Medical Marijuana Patients

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health is preparing for a surge of patients signing up for the state’s medical cannabis registry, as two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are officially open for business.

Hawaii News Now reports more than 18,000 patients have joined the state’s medical cannabis registry.

About 38 percent of the patients reside on the Big Island, while 29 percent live on Oahu.

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Dispensary Profile: Verde Natural

Colorado provider grows quality cannabis with soil and selectivity.

Walk through the doors of Verde Natural and you’ll realize that this Colorado dispensary takes the “natural” part of its name quite seriously. Once inside, the comforting earth tones of Verde’s wooden interior and displays are only a precursor to the soil-grown cannabis this medical marijuana provider has become known for.

“We are hands on with our plants 100 percent of the way, from clone to harvested flower bud,” marketing manager Matthew Mattson said. “We grow all of our plants in raised soil beds using our recycled soil, feed the plants an all organic diet, hand trim the flowers at harvest and slow cure the flower to make sure it has a strong and vibrant terpene profile.”

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THE CLINIC CARES: One of Colorado’s Oldest, Most Highly Acclaimed Dispensaries

The Place

Located in the heart of South Denver, The Clinic is easily accessible from the highway and is an absolute must-stop for anyone near the University of Denver. With plenty of parking spaces and a large staff onsite, you can count on getting what you need. The shop environment is cool and sophisticated, with modern amenities and beautifully-themed hexagon shapes throughout. After taking a moment to appreciate the designs, an employee told me they were going for an ‘Apple Store’ type of vibe, which they perfectly captured.

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Cannabis Deserts

Even in states that are home to some of the best cannabis on Earth, access to medicine can be a challenging dilemma.

Many people think of California as a veritable utopia for cannabis aficionados and in many ways they’re right. The Golden State is home to some of the finest cannabis genetics in the world and remains a mecca for the best and brightest minds in the industry. While people in prohibition states are waiting by the phone and hoping their shady dealer brings the same stuff as last time, they imagine Californians are at the candy shop, holding up a line out the door, vacillating between whether to purchase the Mango Kush, Cake Badder wax and medicated cherry chocolates or the Cherry Chocolate Kush, Mango wax and medicated cake.

Like many regional stereotypes, there are a few kernels of truth to the notion that Californians are spoiled by easy access to quality medicine, but the whole truth is a bit more complicated and a lot less pleasant.

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Capturing Cannabis

A book featuring beautiful cannabis gardens in Northern California.

Adventurous Netherlands photographer Steef Fleur ventured into the heart of Northern California with a camera and an ambitious plan to capture the experience of cultivating hidden cannabis farms for the book “Humboldt – Green Gold USA.” Within the thick of the woods, she uncovered clandestine cabins, towering plants with dense, bulging colas and an entire culture centered on peacefully growing a federally illegal plant as a source of medicine.

The seemingly secluded forest of soaring redwood trees houses a community that depends on the farmers to religiously produce world-class buds every harvest without fail. Journalist Martin van de Velde explores this rural lifestyle to tell a story of dedicated, independent cultivators who continue to shape the infamous narrative of a region responsible for supplying cannabis throughout and beyond the Golden State to the East Coast – decades before the Green Rush hit the rest America. As the political landscape rapidly shifts throughout the state, it’s exciting to see a cultural staple still thriving with the pounds and pounds of perfectly-trimmed buds to prove it.

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Inside a Colorado Grow

Exploring an indoor grow in Colorado that houses cannabis targeted for the recreational and medicinal markets.

The pungent smell of cannabis permeates the air in front of the row of industrial buildings on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. I’ve arrived at Bloom County Growers, a 2,000-square-foot operation that grows cannabis for both medical and recreational sales. Beautiful buds – Durban Poison, Grape Stomper, Bubba OG – grow alongside each other. The only difference that makes one plant medical and another recreational lies in the RFID tracking tag wrapped around the stem – yellow for the medical herb and blue for the recreational.

“It’s all very strange,” grower Scott Pope said of the dual recreational and medical cannabis markets present in Colorado.

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Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise

Photo by Justin Cannabis.

A new study has found that closing medical marijuana dispensaries does not reduce crime in neighborhoods, but rather, causes the exact opposite.

Once again, we have academia and science to prove our point: weed dispensaries make for good neighbors.

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The Latest: Nevada Approves 2 Recreational Pot Distributors

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on Nevada’s recreational marijuana regulations (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The head of Nevada’s Department of Taxation says the agency has approved licenses for two alcohol wholesalers in compliance with a court order to begin distributing recreational marijuana to retailers running low on supplies.

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Science and Sales: Budtender Boot Camp Hits Portland

On a recent visit to a Portland dispensary, I explained to the budtender what I wanted and why. She asked a few relevant questions, thought for a moment, flipped through a notebook of her own making, then finally said: “I’ve got it.”

I could not have been happier with the results.

The experience forever changed my idea of what a budtender is and how their input can help one make a possibly complicated decision.

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Nevada: State of Emergency Declared to Help Issue Pot Licenses

BY SCOTT SONNER

ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Most of Nevada’s recreational marijuana retailers are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are expected to approve will help keep them from running out of pot supplies, but some are “running on fumes,” an industry official said Tuesday.

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