Spectrum King LED’s Closet Case 140 Simplifies the Art of the Home Grow

In case you haven’t noticed, cannabis is all over the news. It could be argued that cannabis IS the news, or at least the only news worth talking about.

As so many states within our glorious nation and a number of countries around the world begin to grasp legalization, many people find themselves considering the idea of growing some weed for the first time.

I, for one, applaud this idea. It’s not just because I work in the industry. It’s because when people start growing their own, they begin caring a bit more about themselves and the world around them. Not necessarily in a hippie, free love way (not being critical or judgmental. just sayin’…) but in a well-being sense–and perhaps even experience a heightened awareness.

People have been farming as close to forever as anyone can reckon. Many have moved that farming indoors. Of course, if you’re going to grow indoors, you’re going to need a light source, since plants tend to like that. You’ll need a high-quality source, like, for example, Spectrum King’s Closet Case 140 watt grow light.

So if you decided you want to join the growing game, it’s always best to start with a small and easy set-up. The Closet Case 140 watt grow light is a simple-to-use fixture that allows you to start growing cost-effectively, has a 5-year warranty, is IP65 rated (safe for use in wet and humid environments… like grow tents, closets or rooms) and it’s only $219.00.

Let’s face it, a primary benefit of growing your own is cost. With a light like the Closet Case 140, you save a ton of money on your electricity bill because it pulls a lot less power from the wall. In addition, the Closet Case 140 doesn’t generate a lot of heat, and that saves on air conditioning costs. So you not only save money, you also get great yields and better buds.

Spectrum King LED's Closet Case 140 Simplifies the Art of the Home Grow

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One important point is to avoid buying something on a website just because it has a low price. The age old adage is all too true: you get what you pay for. Instead, look for positive reviews and lots of them to make choosing much safer.

Here’s a typical review of the Closet Case 140:

“The little light that does!!!!! Great light… great results… and little heat. If you are having second thoughts…buy this light and you will never again have second thoughts. I liked the first one so much I bought another one.”

When you’re going to spend your hard-earned money, it’s always a good idea to do some research first. Seeing which brands of lights have actual customer testimonials and videos across the myriad of social media platforms showing what they can do…

If your state (or country) allows you the luxury of a legally growing a little patch of heaven and you find yourself rejoicing at the thought of doing just that, then give the Closet Case 140 watt grow light a look. You may very well have found the right tool for the job.

With a little time and not much money, you can have plenty of great weed. Growing cannabis indoors makes for a rewarding hobby which, who knows, could become a new career choice or at least something to look forward to whenever you get home. Think about that for a minute…

Now go for it.

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Getting Medical Cannabis in Australia is Apparently Pretty Complicated

Although Australia legalized the medicinal use of cannabis in 2016, accessing it remains a lengthy, bureaucratic ordeal that’s left many Australians frustrated. The introduction of a new online application was intended to simplify the process. But reports from Down Under have indicated that the road to acquiring medicinal cannabis in Australia might be bumpier than most people realize.

According to BuzzFeed News, a panel of industry experts had trouble explaining “the many layers and bureaucratic processes” involved with the application. The event, which took place at the University of Sydney on Monday, brought together government representatives, academics, and patient advocates. While the panel was “formally focused on addressing the experiences and challenges faced by all sides of the medical cannabis world,” the conversation quickly turned to “the country’s often criticized access pathway.”

John Skerritt, deputy secretary for health products regulation at Australia’s Department of Health, cited “the 48-hour turnaround online portals” as evidence of a streamlined application process. Lucy Haslam, a former nurse and patient advocate, said that her phone “would not stop ringing” with calls from people who experienced technical difficulties with the government’s system, reports BuzzFeed News. Some audience members shared their stories of resorting to buying cannabis from the black market, though one person in attendance “insisted that their road to legal access via the pathway had been easy.”

In July, one man avoided jail time for juicing cannabis to treat his daughters, both of whom suffer from Crohn’s disease. He told Australia’s ABC News that he turned to growing and juicing his own cannabis “after struggling to find a doctor” who would help him legally access medical cannabis. Stephen Taylor said that his family has considered going to the United States in search of an easier-to-navigate application process.

A recent SBS News report stated that “about seven people a day are being approved for medicinal cannabis” in Australia, but that it remains “severely restricted.” Patients are allegedly having to “jump through all kinds of hoops” in order to get the access they need.

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Woman Tries to Murder Husband For Using Medical Marijuana

A Pennsylvania woman is in jail on attempted murder charges after stabbing her husband over his use of medical marijuana. Adams County Assistant District Attorney Miranda Blazek announced the allegations against Palma A. Conrad, 70, in a press release on Tuesday. Conrad is charged with attempted murder, attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault.

“It is alleged that Conrad stabbed her husband multiple times in the chest, face, neck, and mouth intending to kill him,” Blazek said.

According to a police affidavit filed by Officer Anthony Gilberto of the Littlestown Police Department on Monday, Conrad stabbed her husband, Richard Conrad, because of his desire to use medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”

Gilberto had responded to a 911 call from the Conrads’ house and as he arrived saw Mrs. Conrad exiting the home with a black eye and blood on her hands, arms, and face. She told Gilberto she had stabbed her husband, who was inside the house, according to the police complaint. Mrs. Conrad was taken into custody and placed in a police car.

Upon entering the home, police found the victim lying on the living room floor covered in blood. He told police he had been sleeping in a chair when his wife stabbed him. When police asked Mr. Conrad how his wife got the black eye, he said that he had punched her in the face after she stabbed him. Emergency medical services then arrived and Mr. Conrad was transported by helicopter to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

Police found a pair of scissors, a steak knife, and a butcher knife that had apparently been used by Mrs. Conrad in the attack.

“All three were covered in blood,” Gilberto wrote.

Woman Admits Attacking Husband

Police interviewed Mrs. Conrad at the scene. She told Gilberto that she and her husband had argued over his use of medical marijuana. Mrs. Conrad said she became angry and then attacked her husband while he sat in his chair. Mrs. Conrad stated she did not know if he was asleep or awake.

“I got a knife and stabbed him,” Conrad told Gilberto.

Mrs. Conrad said the knife “bounced” and she lost it. Mr. Conrad then “came after” and punched her. Mrs. Conrad then scratched and stabbed her husband’s face again. Mr. Conrad then told her to call 911 because he was dying, so she did.

Mrs. Conrad was also taken for medical treatment before being interviewed again by police. She repeated that she was upset over her husband’s use of medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”

She also admitted that the idea of killing her husband had “rattled around” in her head for about a month. She also told police that she was disappointed to learn her husband was still alive.

Palma Conrad was arraigned on Monday and is being held in Adams County Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bail bond. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for November 7.

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Coca-Cola CEO Denies Plans to Develop CBD Drink

Last month, rumors started going around about the possibility of Coca-Cola entering the CBD market with a new, infused beverage. And by September 17, Bloomberg was reporting on “serious talks” between Aurora Cannabis, a major Canadian cannabis company, and Coca-Cola. Unnamed sources insisted the two companies were in the advanced stages of negotiating a drink deal. Publicly, however, Coca-Cola dodged questions about the talks, saying only that it was keeping an eye on the CBD space. Aurora likewise declined to issue any comments about the rumored talks.

But Aurora’s stock price still soared 23 percent the day the rumors became public. Ultimately, though, the rumors proved they didn’t have much staying power. At the same time, investors seemed to reason, why wouldn’t Coca-Cola pursue partnerships in the multi-billion dollar legal cannabis industry? Today, however, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey put to rest any lingering sense that the rumors were true.

Coca-Cola CEO Says There are No Plans for a CBD Beverage at This Time

Speaking with investors over the phone on Tuesday, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey fielded a question about the CBD drink deal with Aurora. That’s a “simple one,” Quincey replied, reports Business Insider. “We don’t have any plans at this stage.”

Judging from the response of the stock market, however, Quincey’s answer likely confirmed what most had already come to suspect: there’s no deal in the works. Aurora Cannabis (ACB) is trading up 3.4 percent on the NYSE as of this writing. The Coca-Cola Co (KO) is also trading up 2.5 percent. In other words, investors weren’t banking on a cannabis-infused beverage deal.

This doesn’t mean Coca-Cola isn’t planning on talking with companies about possible beverage deals at some point; it would be a huge mistake not to. Analysts project the CBD market will grow to $2.1 billion by 2020. And many of the products that will drive sales in that space will be infused foods and beverages, in addition to cosmetics, topicals and other medicinal and therapeutic salves. Then there’s the downward pressure on the soda market in the U.S. According to a late-2017 study in Obesity, fewer people and even fewer young people are drinking sugary beverages.

Coca-Cola doesn’t only sell soda, of course, and the company continues to expand its brands of “health and wellness” beverages and tea. Similarly, cannabis companies are developing ever more CBD-infused beverages, marketed to consumers interested in CBD’s health benefits. Taking both factors into account, it’s almost inconceivable that Coca-Cola, one of the world’s largest purveyors of beverages, wouldn’t make moves into the cannabis space. In fact, Coca-Cola spokespeople responded to last month’s rumors by saying that CBD wellness beverages are exactly the kinds of products the company is eyeing.

Is Coca-Cola’s Move Into Legal Cannabis Just a Matter of Time?

Still, Coca-Cola executives don’t have to publicly close details about deals that could very well fail to materialize. Indeed, that’s exactly what may have happened here. Coca-Cola, or Aurora, could have simply backed out. Perhaps its investors will pressure Coca-Cola into the legal CBD market sooner rather than later. But so far, the trend for very large corporations like Coca-Cola has been to wait and see, not take a risk. A company like Coke can afford to bide its time.

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Scientists Identify a Species of Bloodsucking Flies With a Taste for Cannabis

A team of scientists have identified a species of bloodsucking flies that also have a taste for cannabis. The researchers, led by professor Alon Warburg from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, published their findings this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Bloodsucking Vampires

The scientists were studying sand flies, which can transmit diseases including leishmaniasis, a serious and disfiguring disease caused by a parasite in the blood. The authors of the report wrote that sand flies pick up and pass along the parasite that causes the disease while sucking the blood of larger animals to nourish their next brood of young.

“Sand fly females become infected with Leishmania parasites and transmit them while imbibing vertebrates’ blood, required as a source of protein for maturation of eggs,” they wrote.

The sand flies also suck the sap of plants and by studying which plants the insects are eating, the scientists can learn more about the spread of the parasites.

“In addition, both sand fly sexes consume plant-derived sugar meals. Therefore, the structure of plant communities can influence the transmission dynamics of sand fly-borne diseases,” the researchers explained.

To learn more about the sand flies diet, the scientists trapped samples in five locations from Brasil to the Middle East, where a serious outbreak of leishmaniasis fueled by civil unrest in Syria is affecting thousands. The scientists then analyzed the DNA found inside the sand flies to determine from which plants they had been feeding.

Sand Flies Prefer Cannabis

The researchers learned that many of the sand flies had been sucking the sap of cannabis, even though wild samples of the plant were found in only one collection site. In fact, so many of the sand flies had been consuming cannabis sap that the team of scientists believes they prefer it over other plants.

“We infer this preference based on the substantial percentage of sand flies that had fed on C. sativa plants despite the apparent “absence” of these plants from most of the field sites,” they wrote.

The researchers determined that the low availability of cannabis coupled with its high prevalence in the samples indicated the sand flies were seeking out the plant as a food source.

“We conclude that cannabis comprised but a small fraction of the available sugar sources in any particular habitat and that its ample representation among sand fly plant meals signifies bona fide attraction,” the scientists wrote.

The scientists went on to note that the sand flies’ attraction to cannabis could have implications for the prevention of leishmaniasis and other serious diseases.

“Our findings demonstrate that, in proportion to their abundance, Cannabis sativa plants were consumed by sand flies much more frequently than expected (i.e., C. sativa is probably highly attractive to sand flies). We discuss the conceivable influence of C. sativa on the transmission of Leishmania and its potential utility for sand fly control.”

The researchers explained that insect traps specifically attractive to sand flies could be produced by including an extract of cannabis plants as bait. Such species-specific traps could potentially be an effective control against sand flies and thus slow the spread of disease-causing parasites.

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Some Countries are Warning Their Citizens Not to Smoke Weed in Canada

More foreign nationals residing, working, studying and visiting weed-legal Canada are receiving warnings from their home countries to avoid cannabis at all costs. So far, consulates and embassies have issued a range of warnings to their country’s citizens abroad. And while several seem simply to be urging caution and an awareness of Canada’s cannabis laws, other foreign offices are warning overseas citizens that possessing and consuming legal cannabis in Canada still amounts to a criminal liability back home. Those countries are warning their citizens not to smoke weed in Canada.

Japan and South Korea Threaten Legal Action Against Nationals Who Smoke Weed in Canada

In the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of the October 17 implementation of Canada’s Cannabis Act, foreign offices representing Mexico, the U.K., Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, France, and Malaysia have all issued statements regarding the legalization of cannabis. But so far, only Japan and South Korea are warning their nationals abroad not to smoke weed in Canada due to the possibility of legal repercussions when they return home.

Since the late 1950s, South Korea has taken a strict prohibitionist stance against cannabis, outlawing both adult and medical use. The country’s most recent legislation against weed, the Cannabis Control Act, was passed in 1976 by the military dictator President Park Chung-hee. And on the eve of legalization in Canada, South Korean law enforcement officials reminded South Koreans abroad that for them, the Cannabis Control Act isn’t just the law of the land, but of the entire world.

“Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they did so in countries where smoking marijuana is legal,” Yoon Se-jin, head of the Narcotics Crime Investigation Division at the Gyeonggi Nambu provincial police agency, told the Korea Times. “There won’t be an exception.”

The Japanese consulate in Canada echoed the sentiments of South Korean officials. In the lead up to legalization, the consulate issued repeated warnings to its citizens that Japan’s laws against cannabis possession and use may apply to them even in Canada.

Other Countries Urge Caution but Don’t Prohibit Nationals from Using Legal Cannabis

Instead of a prohibitive approach and threats of criminal prosecution, foreign offices of other world countries are trying to prepare citizens with information and guidance. Mexico’s embassy in Canada, for example, are working on a document for Mexican tourists to help them navigate Canada’s legal weed laws. Germany is taking a similar approach, but also reminding nationals abroad about laws in their home country. Both countries have issued no warning about potential legal consequences.

The U.K. and China are urging slightly more caution. They’re warning citizens abroad that there are still ways to violate Canada’s legal cannabis laws. Those violations, the Chinese and U.K. consulates warn, could lead to deportation and therefore legal consequences back home.

In fact, one common thread between all of these warnings to citizens abroad is the focus on the possibility of deportation. Canada can deport any foreign national who violates national or provincial laws. Given the uneven development of Canada’s licensed dispensary market, the preponderance of unlicensed growers and sellers, and the patchwork of rules of regulations across different provinces, there are still plenty of ways for cannabis consumers to find themselves afoul of the law. For visitors and those living in Canada from other places, violations can come with extra consequences not just in Canada, but back home.

Never Travel Across Canada’s Borders With Cannabis

Warnings and admonitions are one thing. But enforcing laws in other nations is easier said than done. And even Japanese and South Korean officials have acknowledged the difficulty of enforcing their country’s cannabis laws in Canada. In other words, it’s unlikely citizens abroad will face consequences for weed back home unless they either get caught in Canada or make it easy—say via social media—for law enforcement to identify cannabis use.

Crossing Canada’s international borders with cannabis, however, is a surefire way to face legal and criminal trouble. Aware that cannabis is now legal in Canada, border officers on both sides of the line are on heightened alert for drug trafficking. So if you’re abroad in Canada, just make sure there’s not any stray cannabis hanging out in the bottom of your bag when it’s time to leave.

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Entrepreneur Wants to Turn Canada’s Cannabis Waste into Prosthetic Limbs

A Halifax entrepreneur says he can source the raw materials for his line of plastic prosthetic limbs from the country’s dire new problem with legal cannabis over-packaging. Kindness3D founder Jacob Boudreau once created a fully-functional, 3D printed X-Men’s Wolverine claw for a child amputee. Now he claims to have redesigned a paper shredder to make it capable of converting environmentally-unfriendly marijuana packaging into hands for those in need.

How Does Cannabis Impact the Environment?

Concerns over the marijuana industry’s effects on the environment are far from new. As far back as 2010, the New York Times was calling into question the excessive amount of fuel consumed by indoor grow-ops. Seattle’s The Stranger reported that in the first three years of legalization, Washington’s marijuana industry created 1.7 million pounds of plant waste. But wins in the legalization movement have spiked concerns as new companies across the US and Canada bundle their product into trendy plastic packaging whose volume can at times seem preposterous. The trend has compounded an issue that begins at the root and now extends through the point of cannabis sale.

Canada broadly legalized marijuana production, sale, and consumption earlier this month. In the earliest days of the country’s legal sales, MacLean was part of a wave of surprised marijuana consumers who raised complaints against the bulky packaging being employed by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the state’s only licensed cannabis retailer.

“I mean, a baggie has been doing the trick for years and years and years now,” Nova Scotia cannabis customer Greg MacLean told the CBC.

Not all are taking the local onslaught of weed packaging sitting down. But Boudreau, for his part, has not specified how much cannabis waste can be utilized by his small prosthetics company. Kindness3D has only been able to ship two of its devices: one to an amputee in Costa Rica and another in Brazil. Scale aside, those interested in supporting Boudreau’s initiative can sign an online petition created in the hopes of convincing the NSLC to start collecting cannabis packaging waste for his company.

An article by the Rooster stated that standard opaque packaging for seven grams of marijuana can weigh as much as 29 grams, which is four times heavier than the flower inside. That investigation noted that marijuana packaging “has less to do with the contents it holds than what it is required to say about them.” State and federal regulations often include a laundry list of warnings and indications that marijuana producers are required to include on containers.

Many retail operations are also barred by law from running their own recycling programs. In California, waste disposal guidelines can include hiring certified waste haulers and even removing cannabis-contaminated parts of the product to make it eligible for disposal. In response, companies like Sun Grown Packaging and HISIERRA have developed recyclable, child-resistant pouches for cannabis products.

To whatever extent he is capable, Boudreau is hoping to be part of the solution to the issue in Nova Scotia. “It’s something we’re really excited about,” he told CBC. “We’re doing our part to kind of help out and as well repurpose this packaging and create some artificial limbs from it.”

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Mike Tyson is Starting a TV Show About His Life as a Cannabis Grower

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson is developing a television sitcom based on his life as a cannabis grower and entrepreneur, according to a report from Page Six of the New York Post. Production has already begun on “Rolling With the Punches” at the office for Tyson Ranch near Los Angeles in El Segundo, California. The show stars Tyson, his bodyguard Chuck Zito, and Russell Peters as his “useless best friend.”

Tyson explained the premise of the show, which is loosely based on the former boxer’s real life.

“It’s simple. I’m playing a retired boxer who is growing marijuana,” Tyson said. “It’s basically me acting like me, so people can get a look at what my life could be like in different scenarios.”

Rob Hickman, a former top executive at Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, is Tyson’s partner in the television venture. Promotional videos have already been sent to television networks and Hickman, who is producing the show, said he expects it to begin airing in five months.

Tyson said that he is an advocate for the medicinal use of cannabis and that 85 percent of professional athletes use it to treat pain, inflammation, and anxiety.

“I smoke it all day, every day,” Tyson said.

In October 2000, Tyson’s technical knockout win in a bout with Andrew Golota was later changed to “no contest” after Iron Mike tested positive for cannabis use.

Art Imitates Life

Late last year, just days before California legalized recreational cannabis sales, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Tyson Ranch in California City, California, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. Jennifer Wood, California City’s Mayor, said that the cannabis resort envisioned for the site could help spur an economic rebirth for the desert town. The community has sought to lure businesses in California’s fledgling legal cannabis industry to locate in the area. The ceremony was also attended by Tyson’s business partners Hickman and Jay Strommen.

“Undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated,” Hickman said.

Twenty acres of the ranch will be dedicated to cannabis cultivation operations that “will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment.”

The ranch will also operate the Tyson Cultivation School to educate cannabis growers. Cannabis industry infrastructure including an extraction facility, edibles factory, and hydroponic farming supply store are also planned for the site. Amenities for students and visitors including cabins, “glamping” grounds, and an amphitheater will also be built at the Tyson Ranch.

The ranch will be operated by Tyson Holistic, a company that is staffed mostly by veterans. The grounds are near the Edwards Air Force Base and Tyson Holistic sees taking care of service people and veterans as a top priority for the firm. The company plans to give back to the community in addition to providing new jobs and economic opportunity for the area.

Earlier this year, a video of the Tyson Ranch brand launch party in Los Angeles was posted to YouTube. The former world undisputed heavyweight champion has also trademarked the name “Iron Mike Genetics” for Tyson Ranch branding and marketing.

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Vermont CBD Makers and Sellers Stress Purity, Standards

Derek Mercury, owner of Jeffersonville, Vermont-based Maple Plus, says simple is better.

“It’s a very simple product,” he says of the enhanced maple sugar that became available on April 20 of this year. “There’s just two ingredients.”

Those ingredients: maple sugar derived from Vermont pure maple syrup and cannabidiol (CBD), one of the chemical components of hemp, which he adds in the production.

From beer to cheese to produce, buyers and sellers of Vermont goods take pride in knowing exactly what goes into the products on the shelves. As more products containing CBD as an active ingredient enter the market, people who make and sell these products are stepping up their testing standards and looking for new ways to assure users their products are uniform in composition and safe for use.

Makers want to see more accountability and higher standards for products.

“It’s a currently overlooked facet of CBD right now,” says Chris Thomas, co-founder of Good Body Products in Guilford, Vt. “It’s kind of the wild west for CBD. People aren’t thinking about where it’s coming from.”

While more than half of U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, have legal medical cannabis, it remains illegal under federal law. Being such, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate derivatives of the plant, including CBD. Products containing CBD cannot receive a certified “organic” label.

In a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania bought 84 commercially available CBD products on the internet and had them tested by an independent lab.

The test results found that only 31 percent of the products tested contained the actual dose of CBD as advertised on the label. Twenty-six percent contained less CBD than the label indicated and 43 percent contained more.

Another finding in the study: “Concentrations of unlabeled cannabinoids were generally low; however, THC was detected in 18 of the 84 samples tested,” according to the paper.

Tetrahydrocannabidol (THC) is the active ingredient in cannabis that produces a “high.”

By state regulation, any product containing cannabis extracts must contain less than .3 percent THC.

To verify the chemical composition of ingredients and the purity of products, labs provide testing, cannabinoid extraction, refinement, and product developing to businesses around the state. Companies also send samples out of state to be tested in third-party labs in Massachusetts.

In all areas of the Vermont CBD market, makers and sellers have adopted their respective approaches to the frequency and thoroughness of testing.

“If you can’t afford the test then get out of the business,” says Dennis Waters, who works in operations at Green Mountain Hemp in Saint Albans.

At Maple Plus, the CBD extract that Mercury purchases is tested before it’s added to the maple sugar. Before the maple sugar goes to market, a sample is tested by a lab in Waterbury. Batch numbers are stamped on every box, and the test results are available on the Maple Plus website.

“There’s multiple points of lab testing to ensure the quality and dosage of the ingredients.” he says. “I want people to know how much CBD they’re getting in each box of our sugar. It varies slightly batch to batch, but we want people to know what’s in our product.”

Elmore Mountain Therapeutics in Elmore, Vt. produces whole-plant CBD extract in a sublingual tincture and a topical balm. Each batch the company releases is tested by multiple labs, and the results are also listed for reference on the company’s website.

“We use two different labs to test for potency, purity, and contaminants and we feel very confident about the results,” says Ashley Reynolds, who runs the business with her husband, Colin.

Other makers want to see more accountability and higher standards for products.

“I feel like there’s not a lot of standards in the state and there’s not a lot of information so people are doing whatever they feel like,” says Waters. The lack of standards, he explains, can lead to products that are inaccurately labeled or contain “hot hemp,” or cannabis that has too high concentrations of THC.

“It’s really up to the store owners to check what they sell,” he says. “You don’t just want to buy something that says ‘CBD.’ It’s up to us to police our own store.” Waters says he demands test results from makers wanting to sell products in his store and emphasizes that no one should be in the business if they can’t afford to test.

“You don’t want someone who works in immigration, law enforcement, or the government to be concerned about what’s in the bottle and have that weigh on their mind,” says Michele Waters, a retailer at Green Mountain Hemp. “They should know there’s a line and that this is what you get with us and we don’t step outside that line.”

Dawn Rose Kearn is the sales manager at AroMed Aromatherapy in Montpelier and says she regularly talks with customers who have questions about products.

“A lot of what we do is maintaining information accuracy,” she says. “We also do some educating about what an ethical price point should be.”

Kearn says more CBD products are coming into the state from Colorado, California, Kentucky or as far away as Denmark. With some of these products, it can be difficult to verify where the plant was grown, which parts of the plants were used, and which extraction methods were used to obtain the extract.

“That’s why we work with Vermont-based farmers to maintain a close eye on the vetting process,” she says. “We want to maintain a close relationship with them.”

Chris Thomas of Good Body Products believes Vermont has a pretty conscientious community of growers. “We have a really good commitment to sustainability and organics,” he says. “As long as that is done correctly, the only thing that I think could be done to assure customer safety is the abundant testing.”

Thomas says that transparency will be critical as the demand for CBD-added products continue to grow.

“My attitude is there’s still plenty of room for everybody.” he says. “If you do it right, you’re bringing a therapeutic product to the market. CBD is good stuff.”

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Missouri Has Three Marijuana Initiatives on the Ballot. Here’s Your Guide on Each

Voting remains one of the principle acts of being a citizen of the democracy. And on November 6th, citizens of the “Show Me” state can show up to the polls. There, Missourians can choose to vote for the right to medical marijuana. This ballot appears already complicated by Senate elections and measures to raise the minimum wage. But it does deserve a pause for explanation when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana. On the ballot, two of the measures are amendments to the Missouri state constitution. Only the one which receives the top total vote will be put into the state document. But the third measure would create a new state statute, and in doing so, legalize medical cannabis. This third option could pass even if one of the constitutional amendments also sees itself voted into law. If this happens, the law will see a final decision in court.

Should Missourians who support medical marijuana show up to vote, this state will make the 31st on the list of those who have legalized marijuana. But in order to ensure that this landmark ballot makes sense to all who need to weigh in, here follows the three measures on the ballot, explained.

Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative

When a voter from Missouri enters the polling place, it will be important to understand that they have the option between voting in two amendments when it comes to medical marijuana. Only one will end up making the constitution. So, the voter must think over the differences between these two routes and decide the best decision for their state. If both are voted in yes, only the one with the highest total vote will go through.

In Amendment 2, the first detail makes medical marijuana legal. It taxes the drug sales at 4 percent. The revenue made from this will go towards health care services for veterans. A patient will also have the ability to home-grow marijuana.

Leading the charge on this particular amendment, New Approach Missouri wants to take back the power of medical decisions for patients from politicians and government leaders. With this amendment, they hope to make into law their right to medical marijuana, which often serves as a breakthrough for debilitating conditions.

Amendment 3: Medical Marijuana and Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute Initiative

Like Amendment 2, Amendment 3 offers the  voter legal medicinal marijuana. But unlike the other, this amendment will tax marijuana sales at a much higher rate of 15 percent. Find the Cures led the campaign for this amendment. And with this extra revenue, they want to create a research center for marijuana in Missouri. This facility would be overseen by attorney Brad Bradshaw, who also serves as the amendment’s author.

Find the Cures promises that the money generated from these sales will stand to benefit the fight against incurable and intractable chronic diseases. But their argument for this amendment doesn’t stop there. They say that a vote to legalize medical marijuana will not only help the medical community, it will serve to give jobs back to the community.

Proposition C: Medical Marijuana and Veterans Healthcare Services, Education, Drug Treatment, and Public Safety Initiative

So while a voter must choose between Amendments 2 and 3, they can also vote for Proposition C. Proposition C would create a state statute in Missouri which would also legalize medical marijuana. Taxed at 2 percent, marijuana’s revenue would benefit veterans, drug treatment, education and public safety. Run by Missourians for Patient Care, this campaign aims to make medical marijuana written into state law with the chance for change at a later date.

This statute would work differently than the amendments. To get the ball rolling on pulling together this law, it was a little simpler than the amendments. It required around 60,000 fewer signatures than other petitions to be put on the ballot. But most importantly, a vote for Prop C allows for local and state improvements in the form of amendments later.

Written into the constitution, neither Amendment 2 or Amendment 3 can be altered in the future.

It’s Dope to Vote

For years, Rock the Vote has encouraged voters everywhere to the polls. This year, especially in Missouri, the voters should show up to vote on their own. Because this year, good health and medical marijuana have a place on the ballot. And the options, while confusing, all serve one purpose: to legalize it. But how each measure plans to use the revenue may change voters’ options. Also, if a voter seeks to amend these laws in the future, the amendments are not the option. Instead, Prop C offers the ability to change the document as the state changes and sees the effects of the law.

Voting yes for any of these measures makes a positive move towards legalizing medical marijuana on a national level. And while Missouri contemplates legal medical marijuana, other states face a vote to see possible recreational marijuana. It may now be tense before the vote. But for Missouri, and other states in the US, change is coming.

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