Israel Decriminalizes Marijuana

(Written by Ian Fisher, reposted from the NYT)

JERUSALEM — Israel, which has been at the forefront of research into medical marijuana and the drug’s commercialization, took a major step on Sunday toward officially decriminalizing its recreational use.

At a time when many American states and European countries are loosening marijuana laws, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan that would impose fines rather than criminal penalties on those caught using the drug in public.

Growing and selling marijuana, which is widely used here recreationally and medicinally, would remain illegal.

“On the one hand, we are opening ourselves up to the future,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet. “On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two.”

The decision still requires the approval of Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset.

Until the decision on Sunday, people charged with marijuana use could face heavy fines and even incarceration, though the official policy in recent years effectively amounted to decriminalization. There were fewer than 200 arrests in 2015.

About 25,000 Israelis, in a population of 8.5 million, hold permits to use medical marijuana to ease symptoms of cancer, epilepsy and other diseases, but that number is expected to grow rapidly.

Under the new rules, people caught using marijuana publicly a first time would face a fine of about $270 rather than criminal charges. Fines would rise with repeated offenses, with criminal charges filed only after a fourth offense. The new rules were drafted, after much debate, by Gilad Erdan, the public security minister. “The government’s approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information and treatment instead of criminal enforcement,” he said after the cabinet’s decision on Sunday.

Israel has been active for decades in studying the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and the government and private industry have been working to turn it into a major business, including for export.

ICan: Israel-Cannabis, a venture fund and technology incubator for start-ups in the medical marijuana business, praised the decision.

“This step, although not legitimizing use, is due to reduce the negative perception of the plant as ‘immoral’ or ‘criminal,’ increasing openness to its outstanding medicinal and wellness properties,” Saul Kaye, a pharmacist and the fund’s chief executive, said in a statement. “The decision will significantly increase entrepreneurship and investment into cannabis in Israel.”

While marijuana use has long been overlooked by the authorities in Israel, the police have continued enforcement against growers and dealers. A campaign is underway for the law to distinguish between those growing small amounts, particularly for medical purposes, and those growing it commercially. The cabinet decision on Sunday did not address that issue.

New Poll: Americans Want Feds to Respect State Laws

tl;dr – Reposted article from the Reno Gazette Journal, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans from all across the political spectrum want the federal government to respect state laws which have already passed.
Full text of article below.

The vast majority of U.S. voters support making marijuana legal and think the federal government should respect state marijuana laws, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning.

Ninety-three percent of Americans support medical marijuana use and 59 percent support legalizing recreational marijuana, according to the poll.

Five out of seven Americans — including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, independents, and all age groups — are opposed to the government enforcing federal prohibition laws in states where marijuana is legal for medical or adult use.

Nevada legalized recreational marijuana use during the November election; they legalized medical marijuana in 2000, although the first medical marijuana dispensaries did not open until more than a decade later.

The nationwide survey included 1,323 voters and the results reflected trends similar to those indicated in national polls released by Gallup and the Pew Research Center in October. The Gallup and Pew polls found support for ending marijuana prohibition at 60% and 57%, respectively.

“Americans of all ages and political persuasions can agree that the federal government has no business interfering in state marijuana laws. People do not want federal prohibition laws to be enforced in states that have rejected them,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There appears to be near universal support for allowing the use of medical marijuana, and the majority in favor of broader reform is growing quickly. Our country might be divided on some issues, but more and more it is looking like marijuana policy is not one of them.”

Some investors in the marijuana industry have been concerned about where President Donald Trump’s administration will stand on marijuana. The new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed in the past that he considered marijuana a dangerous drug, though no efforts have been made as of yet to rescind the existing Cole Memorandum.

The Cole Memorandum establishes an agreement between the Federal government and states that if state law is followed within the industry, federal officials will not pursue violations of federal law that prohibit all uses of marijuana, still considered a Schedule I drug.

“President Trump said throughout his campaign that he supported states’ rights to determine their own marijuana policies. We are hopeful that he will maintain that position, which is clearly in line with the majority of Americans,” Tvert said. “It appears the administration would face strong criticism from both sides of the aisle and most people in between if it attempted to interfere in states’ marijuana laws.”

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/marijuana/2017/02/23/new-poll-americans-want-feds-respect-state-marijuana-laws/98308620/

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Proposition 64: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the recent legalization of marijuana in the state of California under Proposition 64 and how it might relate to you.

What does Prop. 64 legalize?

Prop. 64 authorizes the possession, transport, purchase, consumption and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to eight grams of marijuana concentrates for adults aged 21 and up. Adults may also grow up to six plants at their household out of public view.

How will the adult use of marijuana be regulated?

In October 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a series of bills that together established the first statewide regulatory system for medical marijuana in California. The adult use of non-medical marijuana will be regulated using the same framework and by the same state agencies provided for in those laws. The Bureau of Marijuana Control will be the centralized office in the Department of Consumer Affairs, with the Departments of Public Health (testing and manufacturing) and Food & Agriculture (cultivation) playing large roles. Supporting roles will be played by other agencies such as the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Pesticide Regulation, Health Care Services, and the Water Board.

When will California begin issuing licenses?

California’s Bureau of Marijuana Control will begin issuing licenses on January 1, 2018.

Will marijuana be taxed?

There will be a 15 percent retail tax on the purchase of medical and nonmedical marijuana, in addition to state and local sales taxes. Cultivators will also have to pay an excise tax on dried flowers ($9.25 per ounce) and leaves ($2.75 per ounce). Cities and counties may establish a separate tax.

Will Prop. 64 tax patients?

Medical marijuana patients with ID cards will be exempt from state sales tax, but they will still be required to pay the excise tax and any local taxes. Patients currently pay sales tax, but no excise tax.

Does Prop. 64 change medical marijuana laws?

Prop. 64 builds on the legislative medical marijuana bills, and existing laws such as Prop. 215, to strengthen, not limit, medical marijuana protections. Protections added by Prop. 64 include: new privacy protections for patients; preventing cities and counties from banning the home cultivation of marijuana inside an enclosed structure; exempting patients from state sales tax; and prohibiting the lawful conduct or status of a patient from being the sole basis for restricting parental rights.

This information is brought to you by Californians for Responsible Reform, and sponsored by Drug Policy Action. For more information, and the full list of questions, click here!

High CBD Product Comparisons

Brought to you by one of our spectacular wellness consultants, Laurie Light, we have some product comparisons below for your review! Take a look at the details of some of our high CBD products and perhaps try something new to find what’s right for you!

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Treatwell 20:1 Tincture Drops

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$30 for .5 oz bottle (15ml)

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  • 142mg of CBD per bottle
  • 15 full dropper doses per bottle = 9.5mg CBD
  • 30 half dropper doses per bottle = 4.75mg CBD

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Absorb CBD 20-25:1 Tincture Spray

Taken as a tincture, 4-6 hours of relief. May take 15 minutes – 1 hour to feel effects if more is swallowed than absorbed sublingually.

$50 for .5 oz. bottle (15 ml), 200mg CBD per bottle

33 singe spray doses per bottle = 6mg CBD

16 double spray doses per bottle = 12mg CBD

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Gummicares Extreme CBD 30:1 (Orange)

More like an edible than tincture. 6-8 hours of relief. May take an hour to feel effects.

$10.50 for 1 gummy, 30mg of CBD per gummy

4 doses per gummy = 7.5mg CBD

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Gummicares Extreme CBD PLUS (Green)

More like an edible than tincture. 6-8 hours of relief. May take an hour to feel effects.

$10 for 1 gummy, 30mg of CBD + 10mg THC per gummy

4 doses per gummy = 7.5mg CBD AND 2.5mg THC

Price per dose:

  • $2.50 per 1/4 dose of gummy (7.5mg CBD)

HelloMD: Medical Consulting and Education

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HelloMD is a leading digital healthcare platform for the cannabis industry. Octavia Wellness clients use this service to connect with a doctor, get a medical cannabis recommendation over live video (Telehealth), and gain access to advice on a multitude of content on medicinal efficacy.

Medical Cannabis Cards: Clients can get their Medical Cannabis Card directly from our site via Tele-video for a discounted partner rate of $39.

The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis medications work so efficiently because of the endocannabinoid (EC) system, present in all humans and many animals as well. This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-54-30-am

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