Missouri Marijuana News

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions in cannabis circles worldwide. Not to mention, a highly disputed argument that generates all manner of wild and wacky claims.

The question being – what does science tell us about male cannabis plants? More specifically, is it possible to get high by smoking in any of the various parts and components of a male pot plant?

Male Vs Female Cannabis

There are two basic types of cannabis plants – male and female. That’s excluding hermaphrodite plants, which we’ll be leaving out of the equation for now. As you’ll know, it’s the female of the species that produces the more potent components than their male counterparts. Specifically, female plants produce THC in much more generous quantities. By contrast, male plants are viewed as no less than a nuisance by anyone not attempting to cross-pollinate different strains.

As for the basic science of it, a male cannabis plant cannot produce the pollen it requires to produce seeds. They rely on the close proximity of female plants, though can ultimately stop them in their tracks with regard to THC and bud-production.

Hence, they’re almost always removed from the equation and destroyed just as soon

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It has been nearly five years since residents of Washington, D.C., voted on Initiative 71, effectively legalizing low-level cannabis possession and home growing of the plant. However, recreational sales remain stunted in the nation’s capital.

The core part of the problem? D.C. was prohibited from using local tax dollars to establish a tax-and-regulate scheme by Congress. Under Republican control, the legislative body attached a provision in federal budgets each year since 2014 that’s left D.C. in limbo when it comes to recreational marijuana sales.

One D.C. lawmaker, however, is determined to change that. With Democrats now in the majority in the House of Representatives, where the rider on federal budgets originates, D.C. At-Large Councilmember David Grosso sees an opportunity to get the District out of this limbo once and for all.

“This status quo has led to a confusing and problematic state of affairs with residents and businesses unclear on what is legal, what is not, and wondering how it can be that it is legal to possess marijuana but not to buy or sell it,” Grosso, who is an Independent, said in a press release. “We need to fix this. The new reality on Capitol Hill means that chances

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Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, announced Tuesday his plans to include the initial steps of cannabis legalization in his state budget proposal for 2019. Speaking before Wisconsin Technology Council board members, Gov. Evers responded to a question about his views on cannabis. Evers said he personally favors adult use legalization, echoing Minnesota’s new governor, Tim Walz.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers “Personally Would Sign” a Cannabis Legalization Bill

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers supports cannabis legalization. At the same time, he doesn’t want to rush the process. In response to a question about his views on marijuana, Evers expressed an interest in taking incremental steps toward a full adult-use industry in Wisconsin.

Evers said his first steps would be to work toward medical cannabis legalization. That’s something that Wisconsin can accomplish legislatively, and Gov. Evers could kickstart that process by including medical legalization in his two-year budget proposal. Taking a longer view, Evers said his administration would push for a statewide voter referendum on full legalization. Wispolitics.com reports Evers told Technology Council board members that he “personally would sign that bill,” but just wants “to make sure we do it correctly.”

“Correctly,” of course, has meant different things to different legislatures

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It’s shaping up to be another big year for cannabis, as politicians and policymakers move to destigmatize, decriminalize, and — in some cases — legalize the drug nationwide. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently presented his plan to legalize recreational cannabis throughout the state. Democrat Tim Walz, the newly elected governor of Minnesota, wants his state to be the next to legalize. And in Rhode Island, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has conceded that it’s time for her state to move toward legalization, too.

All of that might explain why the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) has hired 15 lobbyists to take on its robust policy initiatives for the year ahead. According to The Hill, the lobbyists are charged with advancing the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, a bipartisan bill written by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

Most notably, the bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act, essentially permitting any business in compliance with state cannabis laws to exist and operate without having to worry about the feds knocking on their door.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an especially vocal

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The U.S.’s 50 state governors just got their annual report cards from a leading national marijuana legalization organization, and—for the first time—over half of them got passing grades.

The new scorecard, released on Wednesday by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), comes at a time when a growing number of governors are focusing on ending cannabis prohibition in their states.

Over the past week, for example, at least eight governors have devoted portions of their inaugural or State of the State speeches to highlighting their support for marijuana law reform.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Doctors at an Australia hospital will treat terminally ill patients with psilocybin in a study to determine if the drug can ease the anxiety often experienced at the end of life. Researchers at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne plan to administer the hallucinogenic compound to 30 dying patients in April, according to media reports.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret Ross said that terminally ill patients in the study would be given a single dose of a synthetic psilocybin drug. Initial studies have shown that one psilocybin treatment session can give patients an altered outlook on life for up to six months. The treatments are conducted by trained observers in a supervised setting and therapists recommend that patients not use the drug outside of the clinical environment.

Officials at St. Vincent’s say that three out of 10 palliative care patients experience extreme distress during the final months of life. The study to be conducted at the hospital took more than a year to be approved by an ethics committee and regulators at the state and federal level.

Similar Study Shows Success

A similar study of terminally ill cancer patients was conducted at Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology, said that

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Dozens of unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries that were forced to close at the beginning of the year by Michigan regulators have received permission to reopen due to a shortage of legal cannabis in the state. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to allow those provisioning centers, as they are officially known, that are in the process of applying for a license from the state to resume operations until March 31.

On January 1, state officials closed 72 unlicensed dispensaries across the state and placed restrictions on medical marijuana caregivers supplying product to the industry. The actions have caused product shortages and a spike in cannabis prices at licensed dispensaries. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the board to address the shortages in a press release on Tuesday.

“We have heard from Michiganders closely affected by the ongoing transition to licensed marijuana facilities,” Whitmer said. “It is important that we ensure that patients have access to their medicine while the medical marijuana industry continues to develop.”

Robin Schneider, the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association, said on Tuesday that his group was working with the government to find a solution to the shortage.

“With almost no access left to medicine

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Prosecutors in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska said they have chosen to dismiss a criminal case involving a mother and son who opened a CBD store. The decision could have important legal implications for CBD in the state of Nebraska. Most immediately, the entire case highlights the confusion and tension surrounding CBD under Nebraska state law. And importantly, within that context, the decision to drop the case could pave the way to a more lenient approach to CBD in the state.

Dismissing the Case

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Dave Eubanks confirmed this week that his office will not follow through on charges against Heather and Dreyson Beguin.

The mother and son team were facing criminal charges for opening and operating a CBD store. For them, the drama began back in December.

On Dec. 14, Scotts Bluff police raided their store. Subsequently, Heather and Dreyson were both arrested. And when the dust settled, the two found themselves facing serious felony charges. Specifically, they were charged with felony counts of distributing a controlled substance.

Now, prior to their scheduled court cases, the county attorney has decided to dismiss the case. Eubanks told local news source KETV Omaha that his office has better things to

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York presented his plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state on Tuesday. The governor outlined highlights of his proposal in a written message that was distributed to lawmakers as part of his State of the State address.

Under Cuomo’s plan, a state Office of Cannabis Management would be created to regulate the recreational cannabis industry. The new agency would also be tasked with developing a plan to review and seal past convictions for marijuana offenses.

Cuomo’s plan would include licenses for cannabis cultivators, distributors, and retailers. Marijuana cultivators would not be allowed to own retail dispensaries. A twenty percent state tax and 2 percent local tax would be imposed on transactions from wholesalers to retailers and cultivators would be assessed taxes on a per-gram basis. The governor said that the tax rates of neighboring states were a factor in determining the rates for New York.

“The how is something that we’re talking about right now,” Cuomo said. “I think you have to look at New Jersey and you have to look at Massachusetts. They are natural competitors in the marketplace.”

State taxes in Massachusetts on recreational pot total 17 percent and local governments

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A Health Canada-approved Whistler medical cannabis producer will donate the oil extracts to be taken by cancer patients in nine cities across Canada.

B.C. Cancer will lead a first-ever, national clinical trial that aims to answer whether cannabis plant extracts truly help with symptom relief.

Recruitment for the 48-day trial in 150 patients will begin soon after the expected Health Canada and ethics approval is obtained. Patients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto will be enrolled in the trial investigating whether cannabis properties reduce cancer-related symptoms including pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and nausea.

– Read the entire article at Vancouver Sun.

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