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Marijuana Industry Creating Opportunities

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Seems like the pot boom that took the nation by storm is actually doing more good than harm. So far the state of Colorado has collected $2 million in taxes for the month of January. As you know, Colorado was the first state in the US to legalize the commercial sale of cannabis in 2012.

In  the  first of January this year, retails stores opened for business and they were able to file tax returns in for $14 million. Of course, these figures only represent taxes collected on recreational marijuana if medical marijuana is included, the figure rises to $3.5 million.

Ironically, the money raised from the industry has been earmarked for youth drug prevention, substance abuse treatment and public health. But it doesn’t stop here. In New York, two friends are making a killing with their marijuana delivery business. Though what they do is illegal, “Abe” and “Brian” still hold that they are morally sound people.

According to the pair, they try to do right by people.

“Even though what we do is illegal, we’re both morally sound people,” Abe said in a recent interview,

“We try to do right by people. That’s what I always tell my mom, anyway.”

Abe and Brian run Secret Fleet and though their company is relatively new, they are building a large clientele rapidly. The pair attest to Just to having made 55 deliveries in one nigh. This translates to approximately $1100 with each delivery they make earning them $20.

You might be wondering how the pair run an illegal business. Brian the other half of the company puts everything in perspective:

“I tell my family I’m just a regular bike courier trying to make it as an actor,” this former pharmaceutical researcher says.

“I don’t like having to hide what I do. But my family is made up of very traditional, conservative people. And I don’t know how they’d react to it.” Abe’s mom on the other hand knows what he does and fears for his son.

By now you should have an idea of where I am going with this post. The marijuana industry is proving to be very lucrative and the nation can generate a lot of funds from the industry if they approach the whole matter objectively. From these two stories do you think marijuana should be legalized?

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News Presenter Gets Fired For Vaping Marijuana Live

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A Denver event planner was fired after she vaporized marijuana on live television was she presented a story on the recent marijuana “pot rush”.  According to the Denver Post, Amy Dannemiller was fired from her job at CNBC after her bosses saw her vaping marijuana on a news night segment.

If you thought that was all, think again. Dannemiller actually launched a business last month where she hosts cannabis theme dinner parties. Talk about cashing in on the windfall. The truth is, its pretty hard to differentiate between the real vapers and the fakers out there trying to becoming overnight celebrities.

Now, this does not mean Ms. Dannemiller falls in the former, group, however, it does reveal the lengths at which people are willing to go to prove a point. In her words, this is what she said:

“I’m just trying to change the mind-set and definition of what cannabis consumption looks like. I’m actually shocked that so many people think the fact that I consume marijuana is so shocking. So I think it is important to say, ‘I use marijuana, and that’s OK.’ ” 

Looking back, it’s easy to see that pot use isn’t OK with everybody, even though four major polls the past year have documented America’s first-ever shift toward favoring legal marijuana.

However, the story gets more interesting.. When asked during a recent interview if she had any regrets about her actions, this is what she said:

“It’s just something I knew I had to do,”

“There are so many images in all of this media — people taking bong rips and pipe hits and passing joints — and if I’m trying to say that this should be normalized but didn’t want myself on camera, I would be hypocritical.”

Today I want to flip the script a bit and ask for your honest opinion. Do you think Amt Dannemiller’s actions were right irregardless of whether it was late night television or not and do you think states should enforce laws that take care of citizens who are not for the legalization?

Feel free to share what you think about this. Your views are always welcome.

 

Support To Legalize Marijuana Increases

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A Quinnipiac poll done Monday on New York residents, revealed that more than 50% of illegible voters favored legalization of recreational marijuana in small amounts compared to 39% who were against it.

“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York state voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

This information comes just days after treasury issued new guidance for medical marijuana legalization. What’s interesting is the fact that in similar polls conducted across the nation, massive support for the decriminalization of this is evident. In Minnesota, 51% of those polled were in favor of marijuana being used for medical purposes while 63% per cent were against the move to legalize it for recreational use.

Of course, the Minnesota Sheriff department think otherwise.

“Making it legalized, it’s just going to be that much more out there and that much more we as law enforcement are going to be working on,” Bill Bergquist sheriff of Clay County  said.

As the numbers of those in favor of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana increase, I ask, do you think America should come to terms with the inevitable and accept the legalization process? Thinking about your future and that of your children, would you want them to grow up in a culture where smoking and vaporizing marijuana is a normal thing.

The truth is, until we begin to look at the whole marijuana debate objectively, the more the misconceptions about this herb and its benefits will prevail. Of course, here at Marijuana Vaporizers, we will continue to update you on the latest marijuana news and reviews on the best vaporizing products to help you make better informed buying and health decisions.

Think about the questions I asked above and feel free to share your true views on this issue. Stay tuned for more hot vaporizer reviews and news .

 

Treasury Issues Guidance For Marijuana Industry

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In what is probably another big move forward in the fight for the legalization of marijuana, the federal government last Friday made a serious announcement that I am sure will be music to the ears of many marijuana business owners. The federal government announced new guidelines that would allow banks to provide services to marijuana businesses.

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that marijuana business owners are slowly starting to get social acceptance. The stigma toward the herb is slowly dying out as more and more people get more knowledgeable on how beneficial it really can be. This announcement which was made by the division of the U.S. Treasury the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) said the move will “promote greater financial transparency in the marijuana industry and mitigate the dangers associated with conducting an all-cash business.”

This memo which is an official acknowledgement of the legitimacy of marijuana retailers will no doubt help to increase the availability of banking options for pot business owners. That said, if you are a marijuana retailer, you will still need to pass a number of checks before you can get access to the services you need.

In particular, the banks will still have to verify and review your marijuana license to operate, do background checks to see if your business might be involved in any illegal activities and consistently monitor public resource information on your business for detailed specifics of the business and its related activities.

That said, not everyone thinks the move was good. Frank Keating President and CEO of the American Bankers Association was quoted as saying the new guidelines were not a solution.

“While we appreciate the efforts by the Department of Justice and FinCEN, guidance or regulation doesn’t alter the underlying challenge for banks,”

“As it stands, possession or distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and banks that provide support for those activities face the risk of prosecution and assorted sanctions.”

So I ask you. Was treasury through FinCep right to issue these guidelines or was this the wrong move? Personally, for the industry I think it was the right move and the ripple effect could well spill into other sectors of the economy, however it will take a lot of convincing on the mainstream public.

 

Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized?

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Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis on Tuesday pledged her support for medical marijuana and said that she would consider decriminalizing possession of “small amounts of the substance”. Now, I don’t what these small amounts would be, however, what i do know is that this will do a lot to decongest prisons.

Speaking to the Dallas Morning News, Davis said she would be taking a cautious approach to the whole issue.

“I want to wait and see what happens in Colorado,” she said. “Do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t. But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”

Current governor Rick Perry was also of the same idea that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana would benefit the state immensely, however, he  is against the idea of legalizing marijuana.

“I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for,” she said. “Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.” he said.

From the above text we have seen that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana will help to decongest prisons, however, do you think this is enough to make marijuana legal? Personally, I think the it will be a couple of months may be even a few years before marijuana is no longer considered an illegal substance let alone being allowed for recreational use. Of course the benefits of medical marijuana are clearly self evident. Here is an article we did we did on the benefits of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana is know for its healing properties and is now clinically proven to treat and in some instances cure terminal diseases once thought of as incurable. Cancer, leukemia and seizures are just a few of these diseases. So what’s you take? When you look at the big picture, do you think America is ready for the decriminalizing of marijuana? I would love to hear you thoughts on the whole matter. Share them in the comments below.

 

Pot Smoking Beiber And Father Abuse Flight Attendant

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Last Friday, teen singer Justin Beiber, his father and a group of ten friends boarded Justin’s leased Gulfstream jet bound for New York. With the upcoming Superbowl, the singer had intended to spend the weekend chilling and watch the big game from a private suite in Metlife stadium before sampling the big apple’s vibrant nightlife.

However, things did not go according to plan. This pot smoking gang terrorized the flight attendant so much that the pilot had to ask the flight attendant to stay with him in the cockpit. Reports from the incident that have surfaced said the the luxurious Gulfstream IV jet was full of marijuana smoke to the point where the pilots had to wear their oxygen masks.

In the report, the flight attendant who remains anonymous said Beiber and his father “were extremely abusive verbally and she would not work another flight with them.”

A number of local authorities including the DEA, customs and border agents and police  were there to receive the plane when it landed in Teterboro and reported that there was still marijuana smoke in the cabin. When questioned, Beiber admitted to taking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Now, here is the irony. Despite Beiber and his friends putting the career of the pilots at risk (pilots had to wear oxygen masks during the flight to avoid inhaling the weed and have their licenses revoked for failing a drug test), they were unwilling to press any charges against them. So they walked  off scott free.

However, karma always has her way. Things had to average out and Beiber paid for his actions when he was turned away from New York City Club 1 Oak and 4 other Superbowl parties. So our question to you is, though many of you are in favor of legalizing cannabis – at least for medical and recreational use, would such a move be a good idea?

Personally, I feel that this case should be treated as an isolated one, however, this is not excusing Beiber’s actions. They were wrong, and should be punished regardless of whether Beiber is a star or not.Do you agree? Share your thoughts and comments below.

DEA Agent Joins Lucrative Legal Marijuana Industry

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Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use, there has been a lot of interesting stories making the rounds. Everyone from the president to the average Joe on the street have been quick to give their two cents on the whole issue.

With the pot industry exploding,  a lot of people are looking at cashing in on the windfall. Believe it or not, the marijuana industry has now snared the very people who were strongly against it. Just this week word broke out that former DEA agent Patrick Moen who quit his post last year has now been recruited by a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring businesses in the marijuana industry. Surprisingly, Moen not only has a law degree, but also a strong background in law enforcement. He was once a police office in New York City

Moen becomes the second DEA agent after Paul Schmidt one of the highest ranking DEA agents in Oregon did the unthinkable by joining the marijuana industry. Of course,  a lot of people especially Moen’s colleagues are not happy with his switch. He however, maintains that his move was basically due to the fact that he was seeking a new challenge.

“There was no Aha moment,” Moen said when interviewed by the Seattle Times. “I had been contemplating career moves, looking for new challenges. It was partly a reflection of the general dysfunction of the federal government. Gridlock in D.C. has trickled down to affect every employee. It hurts morale. I’ll leave it at that.”

When asked why he left the DEA an agency he had at one time in his career characterized as the cream of the crop, Moen said that he realized that targeting marijuana was not an effective use of federal resources. How about that.

Schimdt on the other hand said that he saw marijuana as the least of the evils when compared to other drugs like heroin, meth and cocaine.

In fact in an interview with the Oregonian, he revealed the irony behind his move. “A lot of people say, “How could you be so against it on Monday then on Tuesday, you are all for it ?” he said. The truth is, as more and more information becomes readily available concerning the uses of marijuana, a lot of people’s resistance to the herb will start to decrease.

So far, we have seen the President speak on marijuana and the NFL Commissioner positively comment on the whole cannabis debate. The question, is the world ready to legalize marijuana?

Obama On Marijuana Use

Obama On Marijuana Use

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President Obama has finally been dragged into the marijuana debate. In an interview with the New Yorker Magazine, Obama not only confirmed his use of marijuana as a kid, but he also made a rather startling remark.

According to the president marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. He could not have said it better.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president said.

President Obama however made it clear that smoking marijuana is not something he encourages.

“Smoking marijuana is not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,”  Obama said.

If you have been reading my posts these past couple of days, you will notice that we have taken a slightly different approach with our content.

Not only are we focusing on vaporizers and everything related to it, we have also been taking the time to demystify some of the common myths surrounding cannabis, hemp, CBD and THC.

So why do I say Obama is right in his comparison of alcohol and marijuana? As you know by now, there is a lot more to Cannabis than just the blissful high feeling you get. Cannabis actually has healing properties and is used to treat chronic illnesses and conditions. I actually did a post on CBD as a cure for seizures and other illnesses.

So will the president’s remarks determine how quickly the medical and recreational use marijuana laws get passed in other states still debating the issue? I don’t see how. However, it does give an idea on the kind of If the president does give an idea of how open this subject has become.

Of course, a lot of opponents of this law did not like what the president had to say. Many question whether the new laws will raise concerns about public health and whether the easy availability of this drug would leas to more under age use and increase in the levels of crime.

 

Marijuana For NFL USE?

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is the latest public personality to add his voice to the ongoing cannabis legalization debate. Ever since the controversial cannabis law allowing the recreational use of the herb came into effect on January 1st in the state of Colorado, a lot of hype has surrounded the topic with many people the world over still coming to terms with the shocking news and now marijuana for NFL use is looking more like a reality.

Though it is legal to buy cannabis in some states, smoking marijuana is illegal under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Wanting to get Goodell’s take on the whole matter, ESPN asked whether a time will come when players will be allowed to use medical marijuana is states where it is legal. This is what he said:

“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine”.

His remarks come in the wake of more and more states laying the ground for legalizing the use of medical marijuana. So far, two states Colorado and Washington allow recreational use of marijuana with Alaska close to becoming the third. Twenty one other states including: Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware and New York allow the use of medical marijuana,

The question is, “Will the sports world embrace medical marijuana?” The truth is, the benefits for medical marijuana are enormous especially for sports like football and soccer where breaking bones is part of the game. In these sports the pain that is endured by players is unimaginable. Former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson knows the pain all too well and his vivid description can be reason enough for the sport to start using medical marijuana.

“You never live pain-free in the [National Football League],” Jackson was once quoted as saying. “You don’t discuss it. But you manage pain on a daily basis. Every morning there’s this moment – especially when you wake up in training camp — when you’re like, what the f— am I doing? How am I going to make it through this practice? Even getting out of bed is hard. How you deal with it is your own personal thing.”

With Goodell’s recent comments it seems like pain will be a thing of the past for most players – at least in states where the use of medical marijuana is legal. That said, do you think marijuana for NFL use is okay and more importantly, where do you draw the line between medical marijuana use and recreational use?

 

Legalization of Marijuana In Colorado – Good Or Bad Decision?

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A debate that won’t end anytime soon is the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and whether it was a good decision. Cannabis has long been considered a harmful substance and has been associated with unruly people until recent discoveries proved that this ‘herb’ has very essential healing properties in it.

It’s almost two weeks since the cannabis law came into being and already recreational marijuana sales have exceed $5 million!. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, state authorities foresee a $600 million wholesale and retail turnover by the end of the year.

So just why is there a lot of hullabaloo surrounding Colorado’s move? Well, like with anything in life, there will always be proponents and opponents. In this case, opponents of this move have actually put up a very strong defense against why they think this is not only a wrong move for the state but for the entire nation.

First of all, marijuana or cannabis as most people know it is the most accessible street drug in America. 48% of  Americans surveyed said they have experimented with drug and 6.5% of high school seniors admit to using it daily. Medical Marijuana on the other hand is known to help in the cure of diseases like cancer, glaucoma even menstrual cramps, however their according to major bone of contention is that both short and long term use of cannabis will result in harming the body and the mind.

Proponents of the legalization of marijuana on the other hand think otherwise. Most agree that the medicals benefits far outweigh the negatives and that the move was long overdue. When it comes to the treatment of symptoms of AIDS, cancer and glaucoma, proponents are all in agreement that cannabis helps greatly with with this.

Bottom line: You have full responsibility over your health. In rare cases like this, some drugs have benefits which outweigh their risk. Cannabis just happens to be one of them. Do you agree We would like to hear your thoughts on this.