America’s Smartest Cities Love Pot

Not a coincidence at all that a recent survey shows that smart people love pot. 🙂 The survey ranked cities across the nation based on the percentage of residents aged 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or greater level of education. The top three most educated cities are all college towns with thriving cannabis industries in states employing different models of marijuana regulation. Read more here in the High Times...

The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Every day brings us closer and closer to winning the war on drugs…as in stop fighting about it. Legalizing Marijuana is proving to not be the end of the world as some who are against it prophesized.  In fact, studies are showing that crime is down, DUII’s are down, access by the under 21 crowd is down. Leading at the ballot box from Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans are charting a path to a saner national drug policy Read more here in the Rolling Stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-war-on-drugs-is-burning-out-20150108#ixzz3OFDhJgpJ...

Feeling Fortunate

Sitting here, day before Christmas Eve, listening to Christmas music. I started thinking, I am a very fortunate person. Why you ask? Simple. I have the best of what I could ever ask for. I have a roof over my head, food in the cupboard, but more than that, I have my family, friends and co-workers.  Each one are the best gift anyone could ask for. It is never about how many things you have or how much money you have.  It is all about who you bring into your life, the people you surround yourself with that makes a person fortunate in their life.  I may not have much in the bank, the best house or car, but I am rich beyond belief. I have a wonderful caring husband, two beautiful children, two gorgeous granddaughters (yes, I am biased, I am a grandma, sue me! LOL). I have some very dear longtime friends and an office full of fantastic people I am very proud to call friends. So when you sit down this Christmas and start to think you did not get what you wanted from Santa, remember: “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got” – Cheryl Crow – Soak up the Sun HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – Weed Viking...

Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Washington State is still sending mixed signals to the Medical Marijuana community on whether or not it will actually be issuing licenses for dispensaries to operate in the state. Washington reminds me a lot of how it was in Oregon before Oregon’s Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries (officially legalized, no ‘grey area’). Dispensaries are all over the place in Washington. By not licensing and regulating them, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, and the State of Washington is losing out on revenue everyday in the process. It’s time that Washington put in place clear rules and regulations for dispensaries so that the industry can operate above reproach, and help the State with much needed tax and fee revenues, like Oregon is doing now. Read more here in The Weed Blog...

Potheads are genetically happier?

A new study out of Japan is showing that marijuana use is linked to a ‘happiness gene’ in humans.  So does this mean Potheads are genetically happier? According to a recent neuroimaging study, the human cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1 receptor) gene is sensitive to positive emotional stimuli. The effects are greater in some people than in others where a particular variation of the gene is found. In other words, people in whom the variant of the gene is more often active are generally happier most of the time. The same gene is responsible for the euphoric effects associated with an intake of marijuana. Read more here in the Medical Marijuana...

Misinformation: Marijuana vs. Your Brain

The University of Texas has published a new study on the effects of continual use of cannabis on the human brain. They found through MRI scans of frequent cannabis users that they have less grey matter in the orbital front cortex, but they also showed a greater connectivity in the brains of cannabis users. “Cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,” according to the patent, held by the same federal government that continues to block medical marijuana research, “for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” So, given all that, how do you think the Los Angeles Times, one of the nation’s prestige newspapers, chose to headline their story on the new study? How about: Regular Pot Smokers Have Shrunken Brains. “Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them,” the article begins in apparent glee, as if a dire warning regarding the mental health of tens of millions of Americans calls for just the right, lighthearted opening. “[The study] compared 48 ‘chronic’ marijuana users (at least four times a week over the past six months) with 62 non-using control subjects who were matched for age and gender with the using group. Subjects were an average age of 28 to 30 years old.” Read more here in this High Times...

Fired Medical Marijuana Users Eligible For Unemployment!

Fired Medical Marijuana Users Eligible For Unemployment! — The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that workers who are state-approved users of medical marijuana should get unemployment compensation if fired solely for testing positive for drugs. With Michigan setting a new precedence, hopefully it will not be long that the rest of the US does the same. Marijuana is medicine for a lot of people.  Just because they choose to use it off work hours, does not mean they will be using it at work. Read more here in the Detroit Free Press...

Marijuana Laws in All 50 States

This is what legal marijuana looks like in the United States as election day approaches. Most states have some form of decriminalization or medical marijuana laws, what does your state look like? Read more in this High Times...

And The First Philly Weed Ticket Goes To…

Philadelphia, PA has finally decriminalized marijuana and the first one to get a citation was the local NORML representative! Doing something that day that would have put him in jail the day before. Read more in the Philebrity.com...