Cannabis Law Tips – Show 64

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Medical Marijuana in Arizona

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PTSD has been added as a condition for which a patient may receive a medical marijuana patient card in Arizona. This will allow PTSD patients, as other patients to purchase up to 2.5 oz. of medical marijuana every two weeks from a state-licensed dispensary.

After more than a two year struggle, PTSD advocates finally persuaded Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, that there is sufficient medical evidence to support the beneficial use of medical cannabis by PTSD suffers. PTSD joins CANCER, GLAUCOMA, POSITIVE STATUS FOR HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS, ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME, HEPATITIS C, AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS, CROHN’S DISEASE, AGITATION OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, A CHRONIC OR DEBILITATING DISEASE OR MEDICAL CONDITION OR ITS TREATMENT THAT PRODUCES ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: CACHEXIA OR WASTING SYNDROME; SEVERE AND CHRONIC PAIN; SEVERE NAUSEA; SEIZURES, INCLUDING THOSE CHARACTERISTIC OF EPILEPSY; OR SEVERE AND PERSISTENT MUSCLE SPASMS, INCLUDING THOSE CHARACTERISTIC OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, as conditions for which a person may receive a medical marijuana patient’s card.

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As you may already know, most medical marijuana patients claim “severe and chronic pain” as their qualifying condition. This is really not unexpected and I don’t know why mmj detractors seize on this statistic as a basis for claiming that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program is a farce. There are thousands, if not millions of people in this country that suffer from “severe and chronic” back pain, as well as painful arthritis and other painful conditions. For years they have taken narcotics and other legal and illegal medications for their pain. Some have died from overdoses. Others blindly stare at the television all day. Some have become criminals in order to get their medications.

On the other hand, in the past three years I have met dozens of people that feel blessed by the fact that they are able to use medical cannabis instead of most, if not all of their narcotics. I don’t know what else to say: Wake up America! Medical Marijuana helps sick people! Why can’t we embrace this concept and regulate or legalize and tax this important medicine?

P.S. If you are a card holder or when you become one, it might be beneficial to review the list of qualifying conditions and see if you have other grounds for getting your card other than “chronic pain.” I did. It might help someone else some day.

This is attorney Jeff Kaufman for Weeducated Radio reminding you to carry your card. You can show it to the police, but never let them search your vehicle or home without a search warrant.

Jeffrey S. Kaufman, Esq.

5725 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 190

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 994-8000

(480) 994-8129 fax

www.jeffkaufmanlaw.com

www.arizonamarijuanalawyers.com

By rubylexi • February 11, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 64

This is a jam-packed show and will definitely give you some great ammo for our continued fight against the war on cannabis. In this episode of Cannabis News, we talk all about the new educational campaign launched by MPP. It’s a whole new way to Get Weeducated and we love it! We also talk about the exciting changes likely to happen in Jamaica, with regards to cannabis. We also discuss the chances for D.C.’s cannabis initiative as Obama signed in a new budget that directly affects the funding available for Washington D.C. to implement the legalization measure. And if you’re in the mood for brain explosions, we’ve got you covered. We found a great little study that gives us a great talking point when the opposition says there just isn’t enough research, showing the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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MPP launches historic marijuana education campaign in states where it is now legal for adults.

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It’s time to get real about marijuana education.
For more than 80 years, marijuana education in the United States has largely been the product of government agencies and other organizations that staunchly support keeping marijuana illegal for all people and under any circumstances.
Not surprisingly, traditional marijuana education campaigns have been characterized by the same type of fear mongering, misinformation, and derision that led to the establishment of marijuana prohibition.
They have been intellectually dishonest and marked by unfounded and outrageous claims. They have exaggerated the potential harms of marijuana and omitted any discussion of its relative safety compared to alcohol and other legal and illegal substances. And they have alienated their target audiences with farcical ads and exploitation of stereotypes.
Most importantly, these traditional marijuana education campaigns — now commonly referred to as “anti-marijuana” education campaigns — have failed to prepare people for the scientific, sociocultural, and legal realities of marijuana in America.
Now that marijuana is a legal product like alcohol in some states — and on its way to becoming legal in others — it needs to start being treated that way. That’s where the Consume Responsibly campaign comes in.
Rather than ridiculing marijuana consumers or trying to convince them marijuana is more harmful than it actually is, our goal is to educate them about the substance, the laws surrounding it, and the importance of consuming it responsibly.

Major Changes Coming To Jamaican Pot Laws?

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.
Justice Minister Mark Golding, who introduced the legislation to the upper house, said it would establish a “cannabis licensing authority” to deal with regulations on cultivation and distribution of marijuana and industrial hemp for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

We are just so, so biased.

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This is a study conducted by the American Medical Association to determine the safety and efficacy of the FDA approval process. They examined all therapeutic agents approved between 2005 and 2012. In that time period, 188 drugs were approved and the study examines the data used to determine safety. Most were based on results from less than 800 people, on average. Effing insane.

Obama Budget Would Let D.C. Proceed With Pot Legalization, Sales

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President Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan would allow the District to spend its own tax dollars to legalize and regulate marijuana by rolling back restrictions put in place by Republican lawmakers last year.
Congress passed a spending bill in December that blocks the District from spending any money — either federal or local tax dollars — to enact legislation that would legalize or reduce penalties associated with the recreational use of marijuana or any other Schedule 1 drugs.

Lifetime Medical Marijuana Recommendations Are Legal In Washington

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In Washington State, physicians that specialize in medical cannabis often offer 1-year and 2-year recommendations to qualifying individuals, though don’t offer ones that last indefinitely (‘lifetime recommendations”). Many dispensaries throughout the state, in fact, will deny patients who have lifetime recommendations, claiming that it’s required for a recommendations to be renewed either yearly, or biyearly. This, however, just isn’t true. Lifetime recommendations are entirely legal in Washington State, which we confirmed through the state’s Department of Health.

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Cannabis Music – Show 64

This episode’s Featured Cannabis Music is actually much more than just one song. We talk about a really cool website called, MarijuanaMusic.net. It’s basically a website where you can use or create playlists specifically designed to aid in the growth and development of your cannabis plants. HOW COOL IS THAT?

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Here’s what their website says:

Welcome, where music grows plants

We use the music as a method for growing plants

ROOTS

Playing music for several hours during the day greatly affects plant growth.

FACTS

Although illegal in many countries, some people use marijuana on a daily basis as medical or ludic motives, but there are a lot of misinformation out there.

 

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Cannabis Recipes – Show 64

Cannabis Infused Spaghetti Squash Bowl w/ Chili Lime Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash (Cut in half with seeds removed)
  • 4-5 Kale stalks
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup Roasted nuts of your choice ((I used spanish peanuts))
  • 3 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 3 sprigs Chopped Basil
  • 1 bunch Broccoli ((chopped into florets))
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

lime peanut sauce

  • 1/2 " Fresh Ginger (peeled and rough chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (peeled and rough chopped)
  • 1-2 teaspoon Siracha (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
  • 1 Lime (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1.5 tablespoons Organic Soy Sauce
  • Splash Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cannabis Medicated Grapeseed Oil (or other mild oil (for the oil recipe, go to oil.weeducated.com))
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (medicated for a super kick!)

Directions

Step 1
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Step 2
Cut squash in half and bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment for one full hour or until meat removes easily.
Step 3
While squash is baking, cut shallots in half and slice thinly. Set aside.
Step 4
Dice herbs and set aside. Rip kale from stalks and slice in thin strips and set aside. Wash broccoli and chop. Set inside a steamer basket until ready.
Step 5
Take all the ingredients for sauce and blend in small food processor or blender. Set aside.
Step 6
After removing squash from oven allow to cool and set broccoli to steam.
Step 7
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Place squash and broccoli in bowl with kale. Add most of dressing and mix thoroughly. Add remaining nuts, herbs and shallots and mix well. Serve with a drizzle of remaining dressing on top. AND ENJOY!!!!!!!!!
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Cannabis Product Review – Show 63

Nom nom nom! We’re super excited to bring you this episode of Weeducated Product Review. It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve done a traditional review and this is a GREAT product to come back with. We picked these little babies up (legally, of course) on our trip to California for the Emerald Conference.  They’re called MediBears and they are made by a company called MediBrothers. The best part? They’re available in Washington, Oregon and California! Ok, I lied…the actual best part? Holy hell, they are STRONG. Like…whoa.

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And also, here’s a great story (albeit old) about the MediBrothers…. Check it out!

By rubylexi • February 4, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis Law Tips – Show 63

2016 Arizona Recreational Marijuana Act

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I’ve just got a copy of the Marijuana Policy Project of Arizona’s draft of a proposed initiative to decriminalize marijuana, in limited quantities, and allow its possession and growth by everyone over age 21.

Here is my take on it, from the point of view of various segments of society.

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Patients: Whoppee! We can grow 6 plants. We don’t need a special card to purchase recreational marijuana. I don’t even have to be a state resident to get high in two totally different ways over the Grand Canyon (aside from the federal land issue). We can possess up to only 1 ounce at a time, including up to 5 grams of extracts, waxes, etc. Tinctures and edibles are treated fairly. We can still only consume marijuana on private property, with permission of the property owner. The DUI standards are clarified to just and only require proof that the driver was actually “impaired” in order to be convicted, rather than basing charges on the presence of metabolites of THC in one’s system.

The tax rate is 15%, plus the usual sales taxes. No need to by a card. The marijuana must be tested, which will raise the price, but make it safer, at least theoretically.

The penalty of possession of more than 1 oz., but less than 2.5 az is a “petty offense,” like littering, subject to a fine of no more than $300.00, which is rumored to be included in the cost of the Super Bowl tickets next time it’s played in Arizona.

Business: For those that are already in or want to get into the cannabis business, there will be two Gold Rushes. Some existing licensees (licensed dispensaries) and their board members will have the exclusive right to become recreational marijuana cultivators and licensed retail recreational marijuana shops, until July 1, 2019. It makes sense on many levels. Unless you are willing to wait until July 2, 2019, if you are not already a board member of a medical marijuana dispensary when the Act passes in November, 2016, you won’t be happy.

On the other hand, subject to rules to be adopted by DHS, you can still become a licensed “marijuana distributor” (wholesaler and/or delivery service) of licensed “marijuana cultivator.” You can even become a licensed wholesale “marijuana product manufacturer” of edibles, tinctures, wax, etc., without owning a dispensary or cultivation site,.

The cost of getting into recreational business is “grandormous,” presumably to discourage the timid or weak. Dispensaries: $20,000 the first year; $6,600.00 thereafter. Cultivators: $30,000.00 the first year; $10,000 thereafter; “Product Manufacturers, infusers, kitchens; $10,000 plus the cost of government compliance; $3,300.00 thereafter; “marijuana distributors,” delivery services and wholesalers of licensed recreational cultivation and/or maybe dispensary supplied medicine, $15,000 the first year; $5,000 thereafter; Testing facilities; $15,000, plus the cost of government compliance; $5,000.00 thereafter.

Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you that the recreational program, including the millions it expects to raise, is going to be run by the Arizona Department of Gaming, not the Arizona Department of Health Services. Perhaps we will be seeing advertisements that say something like: “You’ll benefit more by using marijuana legally, than playing the lottery.”

Jeffrey S. Kaufman, Esq.

5725 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 190

Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Ph: 480-994-8000

Fax: 480-994-8129

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Cannabis Events – Show 63

We’ll be attending the Marijuana Investor’s Summit in Denver, Colorado in April of 2015. We’re super excited about it and it looks like it will be one hell of an event for anyone looking to find funding or looking to fund cannabis businesses. Stay tuned for more information and check out their site, here, for more information or to get your own tickets!

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Here’s what their website says:

Marijuana Investor Summit 2015 offers early adopters a deep dive into the legalized cannabis markets. Summit sessions and the pre-conference half-day boot camp will be taught by experts from both the investment industry and the successful entrepreneurs of the legal marijuana community.

Whether you have a business, are planning a new business, want to invest, or just want to know more about this frontier market, come to Denver to learn, share and network.

Join like-minded peers and learn how you can help shape this frontier market!

LEARN: Whether you are an entrepreneur or an investor, here’s what you will learn:

  • The business of legal marijuana
  • How to invest: Risks and rewards of being an early adopter
  • How to build your business and find investors

NETWORK: Full trade show, cocktail parties, special events and multiple networking and collaboration opportunities. Who will be at Marijuana Investor Summit 2015?

  • The people who are the future of legalized marijuana
  • Investors, entrepreneurs and service providers
  • Your next investment
  • Your next investor

 

Marijuana Investor Summit 2015—Where innovation and investment meet

Join MJINews and Cannafundr at the inaugural Marijuana Investor Summit & Boot Camp April 20-22 at the Crown Plaza – Denver International Airport and learn how to participate and invest in the legal marijuana Industry

April 20: Marijuana Investor Summit Boot Camp (Separate admission)

Join us for a pre-conference boot camp featuring dual tracks for investors and entrepreneurs.

  • Understand the market and the risks and opportunities from seed to sale
  • Raising capital: valuations; private vs. public markets
  • The pitch; the ask; the close

April 21-22: Marijuana Investor Summit 2015

Come to the Marijuana Investor Summit to learn, share and invest in this burgeoning industry.

Featuring:

  • Educational sessions
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Exhibitors and Trade show
  • Special guest speakers

Live investor pitch session

 

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Cannabis Music – Show 63

Oh ya…Time to get your groove on. Get it funky now. For this episode of Cannabis Music, we feature a great little song that you may have already heard. As Frank said, it’s a great tribute to youth and freedom and aptly named. We hope you enjoy, ‘Young, Wild and Free” by Wiz Kalifa and Snoop Dogg, featuring Bruno Mars.

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Cannabis News – Show 63

In this episode’s Cannabis News, we cover lots of topics, including a revisit to the Denver Airport where we discuss their final determination on whether or not to allow cannabis themed merchandise. And we share some news that makes Alaska an even cooler place to visit. And we discuss the surprise move by the American Academy of Pediatrics that has cannabis consumers and parents of kids with seizure disorders jumping for joy. However, not everything is sunshine and rainbow pooping unicorns. We discuss the battles raging in Alaska and Oregon to keep what was voted in, as opposed to what the politicians think is best for us. And we also touch on another recent hurdle in the cannabis industry’s efforts to find permanent and legal banking solutions.

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Main Denver Airport Bans Sale of Marijuana-Themed Souvenirs

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Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.
The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state’s image.
Marijuana possession and any pot-related advertising were already forbidden. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a free-standing kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado’s place as the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales.
Airport officials feared the souvenirs would send the wrong message.
“We don’t want marijuana to be the first thing our visitors experience when they arrive,” airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said.

MBank pulls out of Colorado a week after taking on cannabis accounts

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The Oregon community bank that a week ago openly welcomed Colorado marijuana industry customers has changed its mind, publicly saying it doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle the overwhelming response for service.
But people familiar with the move say the retreat was pressed by federal banking regulators who stepped in late last week to tell MBank executives that crossing several states to work with an industry that remains illegal under federal law was simply too risky.
“Following national press, the volume of inquiries in Oregon, Washington and Colorado has been so overwhelming that we don’t currently have the infrastructure to adequately support all these customers,” MBank CEO Jef Baker said Monday. “Colorado is the farthest from our market area and the most difficult to provide the quality customer service to.”

Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés

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Beginning on February 24, thanks to a ballot initiative approved last November, Alaskans 21 and older will no longer face criminal penalties for marijuana possession (up to an ounce), sharing (ditto), or cultivation (up to six plants, half of them mature). Lest the streets be filled with happy tokers celebrating their new freedom, the Anchorage Assembly yesterday unanimously passed an ordinance that bans marijuana consumption in “public places,” including “places of business or amusement.” But unlike the Denver City Council, which has not seen fit to allow cannabis consumption in any business open to the public, the Anchorage Assembly approved anamendment that makes an exception for consumption “authorized by a state permit or license or authorized by a municipal permit or lease.” That provision leaves open the possibility of businesses that cater to people, including tourists, who want to use marijuana in a setting other than a private residence.

Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to facilitate research of the substance for medical use, according to a policy statement released Monday.
“The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds,” theAAP statement reads. To that end, the group recommends that the DEA reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance to Schedule II.
Under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. has five “schedules” for drugs and chemicals that can be used to make drugs. Schedule I is reserved for drugs that the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no “currently accepted medical use.” Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades, along with other substances like heroin and LSD. While a lower schedule for marijuana would not make it legal, it could ease restrictions on researching the drug.

Marijuana Legalization Under Attack In Alaska And Oregon

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Last time I checked, we live in a democracy. America is a country where some states have initiatives, and if those initiatives pass on Election Day, they become law. That applies to just about every public policy area, except marijuana policy. During the 2014 Election, voters in Alaska and Oregon passed marijuana legalization initiatives. If the initiatives were for anything else, they would become law with little to no changes, and no one would think twice about it.
SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber expressed concern Tuesday about how much marijuana Oregonians would be allowed to possess at home under the new legalization measure — and he indicated that he might ask legislators to seek lower limits.
The governor, saying he has “many concerns” about the initiative approved by voters, questioned the logic of allowing voters to possess up to a half-pound of marijuana at home but just 1 ounce in public.
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Cannabis Recipes – Show 63

Four words….Cannabis. Seven Pepper. Salsa. Need I say more? This recipe may be one of my all time favorites! It’s super easy and delicious. Aaaaaand medicated. Get it done.

Medicated Cannabis Seven Pepper Salsa

Seven Pepper Cannabis Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Tomatoes
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • 2 Yellow Peppers
  • 2 Orange Peppers
  • 4 Green Peppers
  • 4 Raw Banana Peppers
  • 4 Pasilla Peppers
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 White Onions
  • 2 Red Onions
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Limes
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cannabis Infused Oil (For the oil recipe, check out, oil.weeducated.com)
  • Extra Cannabis Infused Oil (for drizzling)

Directions

Step 1
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Clean and cut all the veggies and place in roasting pan. Drizzle with medicated oil and bake for 60 minutes on 350. Allow to cool.
Step 2
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Pick cilantro off the stems after washing thoroughly. A handful should be enough.
Step 3
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Juice the limes and add salt, pepper, cumin and apple cider vinegar!
Step 4
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Combine all ingredients in food processor or NINJA! Blend until desired consistency. (I like mine chunky!) Add additional salt pepper or lime juice to taste! Salsa will always taste better the next day because the flavors have melded. Serve with homemade chips and enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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