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N.H.’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Saturday 4-30-16
By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
Source: Union Leader
PLYMOUTH NH — The state’s first therapeutic cannabis dispensary is opening today.Sanctuary ATC (alternative treatment center) will begin selling medical marijuana, and edible products that contain it, at its Plymouth location.It’s the first of four ATCs expected to open in New Hampshire this year.“We’re very excited,” said Jason Sidman, CEO of Sanctuary ATC. He and the rest of the staff on Friday were “running through a few last-minute things, getting ready for the big day,” he said.Sidman said he’s been working for more than a year to get the Plymouth dispensary and Sanctuary’s cultivation facility in Rochester up and running.Patients have been knocking on the door of the dispensary for weeks, asking when it’s opening, Sidman said. “I go outside to talk to them and it makes it all worth it,” he said.Jeffrey Meyers, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services, which is implementing the new therapeutic cannabis program, praised the program staff and Sanctuary officials for their “tireless efforts in realizing this significant achievement on behalf of patients and caregivers.”Only qualifying patients or their designated caregivers who have registered with DHHS, and received their registry identification cards, are allowed to purchase cannabis at the dispensary, which is situated at 568 Tenney Mountain Highway.To qualify for the program, a patient must have a relationship with a physician for at least three months before that physician can certify that the patient has one of the qualifying medical conditions as well as symptoms that are specified in state law.Lawmakers passed the therapeutic cannabis law in 2013. In the years since, the state health department has had to write rules covering both patients and dispensaries, review proposals from groups applying to operate the ATCs, award contracts and monitor construction of the facilities.When the Legislature created the program, Meyers said, “It envisioned that people in New Hampshire suffering from serious medical conditions would be able to access therapeutic cannabis for relief.“I am very pleased to announce that with the opening of the Sanctuary dispensary in Plymouth, that day has arrived,” he said.According to DHHS, Temescal Wellness, Inc., has received a conditional registration certificate. The company is cultivating therapeutic cannabis and will open its dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon in the next few weeks.Prime ATC, which is completing construction of its cultivation center, expects to open its dispensary in Merrimack later this summer.For more on the state’s therapeutic cannabis program, including a list of qualifying medical conditions and symptoms, go to: NH DHHS
NH’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens; buyers hope for relief
Source: Union Leader
By DAN SEUFERT
PLYMOUTH — The first person to buy medical marijuana in New Hampshire has had four operations in the past four years for painful muscle ailments. Jesse, a North Country resident who wouldn’t give his last name, said he’s tried opiate medications, massage therapy and acupuncture to halt his pain. “It hasn’t helped,” he said. “I’m hoping the marijuana will.” On its first morning of operation Saturday, Sanctuary ATC (alternative treatment center), the state’s first therapeutic cannabis dispensary, had about two dozen people. with various ailments waiting on its patio, many sitting on stools with canes or crutches at their sides.
It wasn’t clear what the mood was inside the dispensary. The only people allowed inside were customers who had registry cards from the state health department. Outside it wasn’t a celebratory crowd. Each cardholder had stories of physical pain. Many told of daily, extreme pain.
They said little about the cannabis they were about to purchase — strains with names like Charlotte’s Web. The topic again and again shifted to opioids. Not heroin use, not drug abuse in general, but rather, the negative effects of popping pain pills.
Philip Pouliot of Nashua was outside waiting for his wife, Rachel, who suffers from sciatica and numerous other nerve problems. As Philip described Rachel’s pain, she was in the Sanctuary ATC dispensary, going through orientation with the aid of medical professionals and Jason Sidman, the company’s CEO.
“She’s tried everything; nothing works,” Pouliot said. “Oxycontin, Demerol, Percocet, morphine. They haven’t done a thing for her.”
Sitting nearby, a cane under one arm, was Patrick Murphy of Franklin, who suffers from leg pain, the kind that keeps him awake at night and makes it hard to get around in the day. “Opiates do nothing for me, either,” Murphy said. “All they do,” another man said, “is make you need more and more of them until they aren’t any use anymore.”
“I don’t think many of us like opioids much,” said Sherri Levesque, a lupus sufferer. She said she had done hours of research on cannabis-based pain relief and was looking forward to her first dose of marijuana, which was cultivated in Rochester by Sidman’s company.
Sanctuary ATC was one of three nonprofits chosen from among 14 applicants by the state to grow the plants and run a licensed dispensary. The company is the first of four dispensaries expected to open in New Hampshire this year, said Rod Bascom of the state’s Bureau of Health Facilities Administration and Licensing.
The dispensary in Dover could open as soon as Wednesday, Bascom said. The other two, in Lebanon and Merrimack, will open later this year.
ATC cardholders can buy up to 2 ounces of marijuana every 10 days. Prices vary but an ounce was roughly $350.
Bascom was pleased with the turnout. The Plymouth dispensary — which is “more secure than any bank in this town,” he said, with cameras covering every inch aside from the bathrooms — has 150 registered buyers, who will be paying about the same price as marijuana buyers pay on the street, he said.“But they know this is the safest, best-grown brand of the product,” he said.
Bascom also talked about opiates, especially New Hampshire’s drug crisis. Other states have been able to remedy, at least partially, their opioid problems by offering users marijuana in its place.
“Speaking only for myself, not for my department, I think (marijuana) is part of the solution for us,” Bascom said. “When we started the program I was not a proponent, but I’ve done the research,” he said. “Marijuana is not addictive, there are no withdrawal symptoms when you stop. It’s not a gateway drug, either. Ask these people. They’re going the other way.”
As he spoke, Rachel Pouliot emerged, and the next person in line was escorted inside for education. “I hope this helps,” she said. “Nothing else does.”
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Maine Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana
By Phillip Smith, Alternet Source: AlterNet Maine — Marijuana legalization will be on the Maine ballot in November. The final obstacle to a popular vote was removed last Friday, when state legislators punted on their chance to act on the citizen legalization initiative, opting instead to send the question to the voters instead. Earlier, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which organized the state’s legalization initiative had to go to the courts to force recalcitrant state officials to recognize the validity of thousands of challenged voter petition signatures. The campaign had handed in roughly 100,000 signatures and only needed 61,000 valid voter signatures.
But Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap threw out nearly half of the signatures for various reasons, including some 17,000 that he rejected because he said the notary’s signature on the petition forms did not match his signature on file. The campaign appealed to the courts, and three weeks ago, a state court ordered Dunlap to review the signatures again.
Last Wednesday, Dunlap certified an additional 11,305 signatures, which was enough to put the initiative over the top. That was followed by the legislative votes last Friday, which cleared the way for voters to make the call themselves in November.
The legalization initiative is likely to win. The most recent poll has support for legalization at 54%, and voters in Portland, the state’s largest city, and South Portland have already approved local initiatives to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot.
Maine now joins Massachusetts and Nevada as states where marijuana legalization is on the ballot this fall. At least two other states, Arizona and California, should also see legalization initiatives qualify for the fall ballot, but those campaigns are still in the signature gathering phase. There is an outside chance that Michigan could qualify an initiative this year, too.
Meanwhile, the Vermont House is today grappling with a legalization bill. That bill has already passed the Senate, but the House has been divided, and it is not at all clear that the bill will survive the session. The Vermont bill is the best chance this year for marijuana to be legalized by a state legislature.
No state has yet legalized marijuana through the legislature. All four legalization states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington, DC, legalized marijuana through the initiative process. By year’s end, there should be a couple more legalization states and possibly as many as five, but again, it will be the voters, not the politicians, leading the way.
Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.
Source: AlterNet (US) Author: Phillip Smith, AlterNet Published: May 2, 2016 Website: http://www.alternet.org/
2ND New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens today 5/02/2016 In DOVER NH
DOVER, N.H. —A medical marijuana dispensary will open in Dover on Thursday, officials said. Temescal Wellness has received a registration certificate from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to begin operations at its Alternative Treatment Center dispensary.
Patients and caregivers who have registered with the dispensary will be able to get therapeutic cannabis from the dispensary, officials said.
The Dover dispensary is the second Alternative Treatment Center to open in the state. Sanctuary ATC’s Plymouth dispensary opened Saturday.
The department’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program will include four dispensaries. Temescal Wellness is expected to open a center in Lebanon in a few weeks, and Prime ATC is expected to open in Merrimack this summer.
For more information, visit the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/index.htm.
US state laws for driving on marijuana are unscientific – AAA study
By JOAN LOWY Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Six states that allow marijuana use legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws.
The study commissioned by AAA’s safety foundation said it’s not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high, that can reliably determine impairment. Yet the laws in five of the six states automatically presume a driver guilty if that person tests higher than the limit, and not guilty if it’s lower.
As a result, drivers who are unsafe may be going free while others may be wrongly convicted, the foundation said.
The foundation recommends replacing the laws with ones that rely on specially trained police officers to determine if a driver is impaired, backed up by a test for the presence of THC rather than a specific threshold. The officers are supposed to screen for dozens of indicators of drug use, from pupil dilation and tongue color to behavior.
The foundation’s recommendation to scrap the laws in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington comes as legislatures in several more states consider adopting similar laws.
At least three states, and possibly as many as eleven, will vote this fall on ballot measures to legalize marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use, or both. Several legislatures are also considering legalization bills.
“There is understandably a strong desire by both lawmakers and the public to create legal limits for marijuana impairment in the same manner we do alcohol,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s president and CEO. “In the case of marijuana, this approach is flawed and not supported by scientific research.”
Determining whether someone is impaired by marijuana, as opposed to having simply used the drug at some time, is far more complex than the simple and reliable tests that have been developed for alcohol impairment.
There’s no science that shows drivers become impaired at a specific level of THC in the blood. A lot depends upon the individual. Drivers with relatively high levels of THC in their systems might not be impaired, especially if they are regular users, while others with relatively low levels may be unsafe behind the wheel.
Some drivers may be impaired when they are stopped by police, but by the time their blood is tested they have fallen below the legal threshold because active THC dissipates rapidly. The average time to collect blood from a suspected driver is often more than two hours because taking a blood sample typically requires a warrant and transport to a police station or hospital, the foundation said.
In addition, frequent users of the drug can exhibit persistent levels of the drug long after use, while THC levels can decline more rapidly among occasional users. Nine states, including some that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, have zero-tolerance laws for driving and marijuana that make not only the presence of THC in a driver’s blood illegal, but also the presence of its metabolites, which can linger for weeks after use.
That makes no sense, said Mark A. R. Kleiman, a New York University professor specializing in issues involving drugs and criminal policy. “A law against driving with THC in your bloodstream is not a law you can know you are obeying except by never smoking marijuana or never driving,” he said.
He said rather than switching to a new kind of law as AAA recommends, states should consider simply making it a traffic violation.
Studies show that using marijuana and driving roughly doubles the risk of a crash, Kleiman said. By comparison, talking on a hands-free cellphone while driving – legal in all states – quadruples crash risk, he said. A blood alcohol content of .12, which is about the median amount in drunken driving cases, increases crash risk by about 15 times, he said.
Driving with “a noisy child in the back of the car” is about as dangerous as using marijuana and driving, Kleiman said.
The exception is when a driver has both been using marijuana and drinking alcohol because the two substances together greatly heighten impairment, he said.
The foundation also released a second study that found the share of drivers in fatal crashes who had recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized it for recreational use in December 2012. From 2013 to 2014, the share of drivers who had recently used marijuana rose from 8 percent to 17 percent.
While it stopped short of blaming the crashes on that increase, AAA traffic safety director Jake Nelson said traffic fatalities went up 6 percent in Washington during that same while the fatalities nationally declined.
How many of you guys have tried your hand at growing your own marijuana (legally, of course)? How many of you have spent several hours designing a grow room, purchasing lights, fertilizers, pots, growing mediums, seeds? Have you ever tried to sort through the wealth of marijuana growing information on the internet? I must admit that one resource we are seriously lacking at Weed Smoker’s Guide is information about growing marijuana quickly and correctly.
The internet is full of so-called ‘grow guides’ that may teach you a thing or two about marijuana, but they don’t really go into the details and in-depth descriptions that one would need to have a successful marijuana harvest every time. I have scoured the internet for countless hours researching marijuana growing and all it is is a scavenger hunt to find the correct and non-conflicting information you need to grow marijuana well for your situation and the amount of space you have available. What is really ridiculous when how-to guides and books start telling you you can grow 20 pounds of marijuana in 5 foot by 5 foot closet in only a month.
Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Ryan Riley is a complete source for growing beautiful buds of medicinal marijuana. It is authored by Ryan Riley, a medical marijuana connoisseur, grower and teacher. He has spent several years learning how to grow potent medical marijuana plants from the best of the best in the medical marijuana industry.
When first cracking open Growing Elite Marijuana, I was immediately surprised by the amount of the information piled into this eBook. It has information for the absolute beginner marijuana grower and smoker as well as containing lots of advanced growing techniques and methods for the experienced marijuana grower. I must admit though, the book tops out at around 720 pages, which certainly isn’t something I had expected from a marijuana growing book, it is hands down the biggest, most comprehensive guide out there that has a lot of time put into it. Most of the books and guides I have seen for growing marijuana range from 10 pages to 300 pages. At first, it was troubling for me as I was trying to wrap my head around what exactly was in this book to make it be so long. Honestly, everything anyone would absolutely need to know is in Growing Elite Marijuana. It takes just about every concept related to the cultivation and growing of cannabis and explains it in an easy to read and easy to understand format so anyone can do it.
Growing Elite Marijuana is full of good, high quality content that anybody just starting out will appreciate as well as tons of advanced growing techniques for those marijuana growers that have been around the block and already have a few harvests under their belt. The book is divided into 12 specific chapters, each one covering a specific area of marijuana growing: Marijuana Basics, Cannabis, Lighting, Growing Marijuana, Growing With Soil, Cloning, Hydroponics, Your Grow Area, Growing Outdoors, Cannabis Maintenance, Harvest, and Advanced Growing. Each chapter is then sub divided into separate sections covering a specific topic. For example, Lighting has the follow sections: The Lighting System, Light Sources, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting, Lighting Your Plants, Electricity, Electrical Safety, Lighting Schedule. As you can tell from the titles of the sections, Ryan Riley goes into great detail about all aspects of lighting for marijuana growing.
The last chapter in the book includes several advanced techniques that are quite important to an advanced or a commercial grower. It features sections relating to marijuana genetics, breeding, strain creation as well as providing CO2 for better yields and eliminating odors. One thing I particularly like about these advanced sections is that just because they are for advanced growing techniques they are not explained using advanced terminology and abstract ideas. Just about anybody can pick up this book and head over to the advanced growing section and understand what is being explained.
There was one downside that I think would be pretty easy to include in the eBook. You cannot navigate to the topics/chapters listed in the Table of Contents by simply clicking on them. Instead you have to actually navigate to that page number and there is no PDF built-in table of contents that would solve that problem also. I don’t know if this is for compatibility reasons or what, but it would be much easier to be able to navigate the book through the table of contents instead of having to search for the page number of the chapter you want to go to.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide by Ryan Riley is as in-depth as it needs to be in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format for learning how to grow your own weed. The sheer volume of pages in the book may scare some of you, but it includes everything you would need to know and would need on hand to start a marijuana grow from seed to harvest. It sure beats scouring forums on the internet for that little bit of information or any clarification you need. Head on over to grab your copy of Growing Elite Marijuana: The Complete Guide. If you’re unsure about purchasing this book and have any questions or concerns feel free to ask and we will be happy to answer them.
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Magical Butter Machine Review written by: FMS If you enjoy canna butter or canna infused oils, you should consider acquiring the Magical Butter machine. In the past, canna products could only be prepared as infusion using general appliances such as the crockpot, a double boiler, the stove or using the Mason jar technique. While these methods are effective, they are difficult for people without time or prior experience in the task. The Magical Butter appliance is designed to simplify the task and make homemade butter and oil infusions available to anyone interested. Basically, this product is designed and manufactured as a botanical extractor. Its purpose is to minimize the manual labor required in making high quality herbal infusions for various applications. The machine consists of an immersion blender which is responsible for cutting leaves and grinding them for maximum extraction. The ground herbs are heated, stirred and steeped in the appliance to produce high quality infusions. Here is a short description of the advantageous features of the Magical Butter product that enhance its functionality. Multipurpose Machine The Magical Butter machine is primarily used to prepare canna butter. This is a high quality combination of butter and canna leaves extract. However, the appliance is not limited to this simple recipe, so it can be a useful asset even if you are not interested in this product. In simple terms, the machine can be used to extract diverse types of botanical herbs including ginkgo, nettle, raspberry leaves, liquorice and chamomile among others. This counter top appliance can infuse these herbal extracts into diverse types of products including lotions, butters, tinctures, oils and grain alcohol. Therefore, you will get great long-term value for your product. Automated Functions The appliance is fitted with a microprocessor which controls the actions during the preparation of a recipe. Therefore, the functions of the machine are automated, making this a convenient asset for both infusion experts and novices. The machine will grind and stir the herbs without manual intervention. Essentially, there is a button for every recipe, so you can prepare your desired product with just one push. The primary buttons available are designed for oil, butter and tincture preparation. There is also a button for special eight-hour recipe. Moreover, the appliance has an automated self-cleaning system which can also be accessed by pushing a button. You can also set the preferred temperature for your recipe using the machine’s digital thermostat. Simple Straining The Magical Butter machine is designed for easier straining of the herbs after they have been prepared for the infusion. Basically, the product comes with a purify filter. This is an efficient ninety micron filter which removes the particles and general dregs from the ground mixture. The result is a more pure extract for your herbal products compared to the results achieved using cheesecloth or even coffee filters. The package also includes a silicone love glove to help you during handling of the appliance. Additional Materials When you acquire the Magical Butter appliance, you will get a comprehensive owner’s manual. This will provide proper guidelines on how to use the machinery for the best results. In addition, you will get recipe book in the package. This is a beneficial addition for anyone without any prior experience in making canna butter at home.
Pros of the Product – The appliance can be used to make oils, tinctures, butter and other similar products. – The digital thermostat will allow you to set the temperature that is best suited for your botanicals. – The machine is self-cleaning. – The straining process is more efficient with the include filter. – The automated functions mean that you can prepare your products with one button. – The appliance will not retain the smell of any herbs that you will grind. Cons of the Product – There is a minimum fill line, similar to the one in an electrical kettle. While it can make small batches of herbal products like canna butter, it is prudent to adhere to the limit. Conclusion The Magical Butter machine is perfect for preparing edible herbal products like butter, honey and other healthy products. In addition, this product can prepare topical items for medicinal use. These include pain relief salves, medicinal lotions, homemade lubricants and quick tinctures. Therefore, you can get maximum use of the appliance for various applications and gain a lot of value for your money. BUY HERE $30 OFF!!
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