Advocates of cannabis use are wary about the decision of state lawmakers to limit the locations where users can use e-cigarettes to fight the rising use by teens of vaping devices that contain nicotine.
A bipartisan bill will have its first hearing on Wednesday. It aims to include e-cigarettes and other vaping apparatuses to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act that prohibits the use of tobacco in offices and public spaces.
Electronic cigarettes apply heat to a nicotine solution. Then, the user inhales the vapor produced.
Medical cannabis advocates say that expanding the law may have unintentional effects on patients who use vaping devices. For instance, the ban may include apartments and may restrict these people on vaping their prescription cannabis.
In some states like Vermont, they already levy taxes on electronic cigarettes to stop teenagers from vaping.
Health officials in the US now consider the growth of teens using these devices an epidemic. In a recent study by the Colorado government, it discovered that 27% of minors use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices regularly.
The inclusion of electronic smoking devices in the Colorado law will ban their use in designated smoking areas in hotels, retirement homes, assisted living facilities, and public housing, as well as in workplaces and other open spaces.
Also, the law will ban using these devices within 25 feet of entrances. At present, the distance is only 15 feet.
According to the sponsors of this law, they want to make vaping burdensome for adults to encourage teens to limit their consumption. A study suggests that teens who vape nicotine can result in a lifetime of tobacco use.
Democratic Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet said that they want to stop vaping and e-cigarettes as an anecdotal experience for teenagers. Smoking in restaurants, in the airport, and anywhere public present a subliminal message to teenagers that using vaping devices is safe.
Federal law bans the sale of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to minors, but their tobacco use has risen.
Cannabis activists push for the substance’s exemption from the list of vaping materials that will be in the Colorado bill. They point out that such an action is discrimination against medical cannabis users who use the element for their PTSD, chronic pain, and other conditions.
The draft, on the other hand, includes nicotine or other substances for human consumption.
According to Cindy Sovine, a lobbyist for cannabis groups, the Colorado bill wants medical marijuana patients who vape to pound sand. The updated language used in it will make it arduous for medical cannabis users to comply.
She hopes that cannabis vaping can be exempt from the bill.
According to MichaelsonJenet, the lawmakers are analyzing the concerns. They are deliberating on exemptions for cigar casinos and bars, as well as other enterprises. They aren’t changing the law under which property owners can decide to allow smoking in their apartments or to assign areas for it.
Colorado already bans public pot consumption. It is now trying to limit the use of vaping devices to arrest the issue of minors using them regularly.
Federal Government of Queensland Gives Clearance For Building The World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Glasshouse
The federal government of Queensland is highly hopeful about medical cannabis ushering in great advantages for their economy and maybe that is why they have given a thumbs-up signal to the set-up of a giant medicinal cannabis glasshouse. It is expected that this will fuel more jobs and boost up the flow of income in days to come.
About The Facility
Asterion Cannabis, a Canadian company received the approval for building up the facility in Toowoomba which can produce 20000 plants in a single day for harvest. A research contract has been entered into between the University of Queensland and Asterion pertaining to an 18 months’ program. This is expected to investigate the cloning of more productive cannabis strains which can cater to the towering demand. It is imperative to note here that this drug will be used for treating various health conditions like arthritis, epilepsy, severe nausea, multiple sclerosis and even chronic pain.
Karen Andrews, the Minister of Science believes that this fully functional glasshouse can produce 500 tonnes of medicinal cannabis in a year which carries an export value of $1 billion. She announced that, “The $450 million project will boost jobs across the Toowoomba region, and help position Australia as a major exporter of medicinal cannabis.”
Catering To Medicinal Requirements
This latest news which emerged on Thursday stands out in stark contrast to the previous rule under which patients were under obligation to obtain the approval of the state prior to receiving medicinal drug. A specialist doctor can now directly prescribe medicinal cannabis to them. However, general practitioners shall have to apply to Queensland Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration before gaining similar authority as that of their specialist peers.
Ontario Plans Its First Tryst With Cannabis At The POTio Beer Festival
The people of Ontario are bound to feel delighted with the inauguration of the very first outdoor pot smoking area at the “POTio” festival. People can readily broaden their knowledge about the world of cannabis by paying a visit and learning about its means of safe consumption. POTio is the very first festival which is expected to be followed by an array of other organisers for coming up with events and festivals all across Ontario.
Bluesfest held at Ottawa will provide a separate place to smokers for indulging in their habit. Anyone above 19 can enter a fenced off area in close proximity to the central stage at LeBreton Flats for smoking cigarette as well as legal joints. Smoking was allowed for the very first time last year in the festival. It was also open to people who could provide proof of their medical marijuana usage. A strict no-smoking rule shall be enforced by the security staff on the remaining festival grounds.
Mariposa Folk Festival
Tobacco smoking has already received a green signal at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia other than certain areas like near the playgrounds which fall under the purview of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. This is expected to change after the municipality vote of 1st April on banning vaping and tobacco smoking in city parks. Chris Hazel, the manager of Mariposa sounded pretty confident while talking about this issue as he revealed that “We’ll roll with whatever punches they throw.”
Toronto Craft Beer Festival
This changing landscape is also being adapted by the Toronto Craft Beer Festival which is planning to celebrate the legalization of marijuana with a cannabis-only vaping and smoking space. Spokesman Tony Millar announced in a press release, “What better way to optimize on a sensory experience than by adding some cannabis to the mix.” He also added that, “With cannabis being legal, it is legal to consume in designated (smoking) areas. We just wanted to make sure our guests were having a good experience, and a safe experience.”
This festival will span over three days and shall be held at the leased land on Ontario Place’s west island wherein people will get to taste various types of beer, food and eccentric music. However, Health Canada has advised not to smoke pot and drink alcohol simultaneously as mixing the both “increases impairment.”
Cannabis activist and entrepreneur Abi Roach feels that some people while come to this beer festival with adequate stock of weed. She announced that,“We aren’t selling cannabis, so the people that are bringing cannabis into (the POTio) already have the cannabis on them and they were going to consume it anyway. We are not pushing anybody to do so.”
She further added that, “It’s important that we don’t just give people a space to smoke weed. I want to give them education about what they are doing and for those who are just curious, and maybe won’t be consuming, I want them to walk in, explore a strain, and understand, and open their minds.”
“I always say to folks that moderation is key. You have to let your body get to understand what is right and what is wrong for it. Some people I know consume cannabis and alcohol and it’s fine, nothing happens. But the two substances do not necessarily mix well for everybody, especially if you are a novice user for either. So, take it easy.”
“You don’t need to smoke a whole joint or consume an entire vaporizer or consume an entire edible. You can micro dose, and build up so you don’t get to a point where you over-consume.I wouldn’t tell you to drink a whole bottle of gin. You slow down, have one shot and see what happens, and have another one. Cannabis is the same.”
Hemp worth $2 million lies in warehouse after being suspected as illegal marijuana by Cops
Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. in late 2018, it expanded an industry which is already skyrocketing the market with extensive market shares and growing popularity of CBD infused products for the consumer market.
Congress put the marijuana look-alike squarely under the legal hood which has been creating a bit of a chaos in the hemp industry with an unsettled development.
Truckers can now carry hemp from one state to another without any legal implications, however, they have been stopped and sometimes even arrested by police who couldn’t identify whether the substance in possession was hemp or marijuana. The only way to differentiate between hemp and marijuana is by determining the amount of tetrahydro cannabinol or THC, which the officers can not identify because they don’t have that kind of technology at hand.
The U.S. Government allows hemp with none or as little as 0.3 percent THC under the federal law set for legal marijuana. Any substance that exceeds the 0.3 percent mark can potentially make a person high which still falls under the illegal category and hence can be arrested for the same. Drug sniffer dogs will alert the police if they identify such hemp. But still the question of identifying between hemp and a low potency illegal pot remains intact.
In lieu of this, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration earlier this month requested on information from private companies that could have the technology for field tests that are sensitive enough to distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
“Nobody wants to see someone in jail for a month for the wrong thing,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said. “To enable us to do our job, we have to have something that can help us distinguish.”
It is an unanticipated issue for the rapidly booming hemp industry which relies on the interstate transportation of hemp from farms to the processing labs that extract the cannabidiol or CBD for further consumer usage. The pure CBD then extracted can be used by several companies to incorporate it in their products.
Kentucky and Oregon are one of the largest produces of hemp, and much of their raw material is processed in Colorado. Companies that transport the plant often have to drive through Idaho and Oklahoma, which is where frequent arrests have been made for hemp transportation.
Hemp remains illegal under Idaho law, and lawmakers are struggling to pass a bill for it. Several law agencies have suggested to include stringent rules for hemp usage and have guidance on field tests.
The issue goes far with the extensive timeline that would occur as the states that already have their hemp programs must have them approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which would probably take months if not till next year.
Grant Loebs, who is on the board of directors of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association said after demanding for better testing of hemp “It’s the greatest example of the cart being put before the horse that I’ve ever thought of. You’re trying to make hemp legal so farmers can grow it, but you haven’t put into place anything that’s going to keep marijuana dealers from taking advantage of a huge loophole.”
Thousands of pounds of legal hemp worth more than $2 million combined after processing remains locked up in the warehouses of Oklahoma and Idaho as evidence while the cases still remain pending. At least 3 truckers and 2 security guards have been arrested and charged with for felony drug trafficking who were carrying state-certified hemp.
Robinson who represents one of the companies involved in the Oklahoma case says that the local law enforcement is intervening with the decision made by Congress to support and promote American farmers and the American economy.
Robinson and other people hope for the U.S. Drug Administration to work quickly on the issue at present and create rules for validating hemp transportation like state agricultural certificates or lab certificates which could replace the THC field tests that consume more time.