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Milpitas Council Mulls Over Cannabis Sales Tax in Ballot

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Milpitas Council Mulls Over Cannabis Sales Tax in Ballot

Earlier this month, the council of Milpitas City, California mulled whether to place a cannabis sales tax measure in the November 2020 election ballot, said The Mercury News. Mayor Rich Tran brought the matter forward for discussion.

Tran, who voted in support of banning marijuana businesses back in 2018, remarked that voters should have a say on the issue. He said, “I believe this proposed cannabis sales tax is one step that we can take from now until the first Tuesday in November to allow residents to exercise their freedom to choose.

Meanwhile, councilman Anthony Phan expressed his support of the new discussions regarding the ballot measure. According to him, cannabis businesses will provide the city with a new revenue stream which will diversify the city’s income source.

He added that this will benefit Milpitas “especially in the fiscal position that [the city] is in and the fiscal position that [the city] will inevitably be in.” Phan was the councilman who proposed the cannabis sales tax measure in 2018.

While Phan is optimistic about the proposal, a city staff remains adamant about the amount of support it will garner in light of the existing ban on marijuana businesses. The source said that Milpitas must first allow such businesses to be able to impose a cannabis tax on their sales.

The staff noted that the ban can be lifted through voters’ choice or with the council’s approval. Because of this, two ballot measures should appear in November 2020: one for allowing cannabis businesses in the city and another for the tax.

Meanwhile, the discussion has sparked a controversy within the city council with Councilwoman Karina Dominguez accusing Phan of being a lobbyist for the cannabis industry. According to the councilwoman, the measure will cause a conflict of interest involving Phan.

The council member refuted such claims saying that Dominguez’s statement is “pure libel” and that he will take legal action should such accusations come to light once more.

The Mercury News noted that the Phan did not participate in past votes concerning marijuana as he was affiliated with a company that transacts with businesses in the cannabis industry. However, California’s Fair Political Practice Commission later cleared him of any potential conflict.

As for residents’ opinions regarding the industry, the report remarked that other plans to let businesses operate in the city were junked as hundreds of residents expressed their disapproval.

UPDATE – After reviving the idea of adding the cannabis sales tax measure for November ballot, the council has decided to trash the proposal.


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The Wonderful World of Weed Edibles

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Smoking anything can be very harmful to your body and many people prefer not to smoke. Although some people believe that smoking marijuana is better for your overall health than smoking cigarettes, the smoke can still have harmful effects. Sometimes people want an alternative. They want to feel the effects of marijuana, without actually smoking it. Weed edibles are the best way to do so. In this article. we’re going to be talking about what are weed edibles and how they affect your body and the modern cannabis market of today.

What Are Weed Edibles?

Weed edibles are different kinds of foods and drinks that have been infused with marijuana. This is achieved by creating marijuana oil and adding it to a desired food or drink. Some may argue that a drink infused with marijuana is not a weed edible, as you drink it, not eat it, but they may refer to it as a weed drink. The most common types of edibles include baked goods and candies, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to weed edibles. If marijuana and weed edibles are legal in your state or whichever country you live in, you can purchase premade weed edibles at a marijuana dispensary. You can also make your own if you have access to some cannabis.

How Do Weed Edibles Effect The Body?

There are two main types of weed edibles that you can purchase; THC weed edibles or CBD weed edibles which both have different effects. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid and the main psychoactive component in marijuana. CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the major active ingredients in cannabis that comes from the hemp plant which is apart of the marijuana family. If you choose a weed edible with THC, then you will feel a high or a sense of euphoria and some sedation, whereas if you choose CBD, then you won’t experience a high, but you may feel more relaxed or relief from any chronic pain you may be suffering from.

Weed edibles can be a great option if you don’t want to smoke marijuana, but you do need to be careful of how much you eat as they are a lot more potent than your average joint. When eating weed edibles, it is absorbed differently than if you were to smoke it. In short, when cannabis is consumed rather than smoked, it gets metabolized by the liver and changed from delta-9 THC to 11-hydroxy-THC. This creates more of a psychedelic effect which is completely different compared to your average high.

Another thing is that it is a lot easier to dose yourself correctly when you smoke because you can control how much weed you want in your joint, blunt, or bong. With weed edibles, if you eat too much, you may experience extreme paranoia especially if you are inexperienced with marijuana plus it takes longer to feel the effects from an edible than if you were to smoke, so it can be very easy to consume too much. If you are new to marijuana and experimenting, then it is advisable if you decide to eat a weed edible, you only eat a small amount and see how you feel after 30 minutes- 1 hour.

To conclude, weed edibles can be the perfect alternative if you want to feel the effects of marijuana without smoking. There are tons of options in regards to the type of edibles you can get and the effects they have on your body. Whether you choose a CBD weed edible or a THC weed edible, make sure to do your research beforehand and decide which type and how much is right for you. Talk to friends and family that have experience which weed edibles and marijuana or even a budtender at your local dispensary as they may be able to guide you in the right direction. Just have fun and be safe while experimenting, because marijuana has great effects and can be a lot of fun plus help with a lot of issues.

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Why Cannabis Stocks Could Take the World by Storm in 2021

Jordan Webber

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It’s been quite a turbulent year so far, and the world is not entirely out of the woods yet. 2020 was “supposed” to be the dawn of a new decade meant to uplift and inspire all; what a let down it has been for the vast majority of us. As the year closes out, we are all hoping for a more prosperous future ahead. It shouldn’t be too far fetched given just how low of a low we all experienced throughout 2020.

Since the days of marijuana prohibition, marijuana was thought to be this harsh, addicting substance that was a gateway to other “harder” drugs. Adults have kept it away from their children and anyone who used it could easily be deemed a “drug addict,” a “washout,” or a “lush”. All of these were based on falsehoods and the truth is now coming to come to light.

Marijuana and Hemp CBD have definitive medical benefits and many studies are emerging to justify these claims. There are far more harmful substances out there that are currently legal in most of the world such as tobacco and alcohol. It’s looking like the world is starting to understanding the truth about “weed” and that it’s not the horribly addictive and destructive substance that it was hyped up to be in the past. As we ascend into 2021, will cannabis stocks be the next big investment craze? Only time will tell. 

As the new year rolls around, you may be looking for ways to diversify your financial investments and cannabis stocks could very well be the vehicle to do so in 2021. If you’ve been paying attention at all this year, you may have seen marijuana stocks all over the news and expectations of it being legalized on a federal level this year. Whether you are a cannabis enthusiast or just someone who is looking to take on the future in a progressive way, there is no way to overlook marijuana stocks in 2021.

2020 was a year of many firsts, such as the football team located in the nation’s capital losing their name (Formerly known as the Washington Redskins), the Pope endorsing same-sex civil unions, and Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president. Speaking of the vice president-elect, the world flooded into cannabis stocks just after Mrs. Harris mentioned her endorsement of the MORE Act, which would expunge weed convictions and make marijuana legal on the federal level in the United States of America. Stocks like Tilray ($TLRY), Aurora ($ACB), Aphria ($APHA), and Canopy Growth Group ($CGC) skyrocketed shortly after the name drops.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that the buzz around cannabis this year is one of the significant “high” lights that will trend into the new year. Cannabis are on a tear, and there are even Special Purpose Acquisition Company’s (SPAC’s) being created to harvest the growth in the cannabis industries.  It is quite possible that cannabis could be the next real global revolution in health and it’s definitely something to keep in mind in terms of your financial portfolio.

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Where To Get Top Cannabis News

Carissa Stevens

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The legalization of cannabis has seen a growth in recreational marijuana use, as well as a surge in medicinal cannabis use. CBD products are now mainstream. They are the drug of choice for many people. As a result, cannabis use no longer carries the stigma of years gone by.

Increase Cannabis News Providers

The growing popularity of cannabis has also seen an increase in demand for cannabis-related news. Along with that, you also have an increase in cannabis products from the best pre-rolled cones to the cannabis herb grinders. Specialist websites are popping up all over the internet. They provide all sort of information, from how to grow marijuana plants and the best type of CBD and THC products. Through to legal changes, study results and even financial news. In short, cannabis news is big business!

Fake Cannabis-Related News Exists Too

Like most things that experience a surge in popularity, not everything you read is legitimate. When it comes to cannabis news, you can’t take what you read at face value. It’s essential to know that your information source is trustworthy, objective and reliable. Many websites pose as legitimate information sources. But, in reality, they are nothing more than promotional sites for their own products.

Even more disturbing many of these sites are promoting products that are overpriced or of low quality. There also plenty of so-called “gurus” sharing their wisdom and experience. Sometimes that experience is growing a couple of plants in a bedroom or using CBD oil for a few months.

So, what sources can you trust?

Obviously, plantsbeforepills.com is a great place to start. We always aim to provide balanced, informative articles for our readers. We cover global cannabis news and all the latest medical marijuana developments. If you are looking for additional sources, here are three well known and reliable sites to check out.

HighTimes.com – High Times has been around since 1974 in print format. Now it is online and provides a cross-section of information covering hemp and marijuana. High Times is an excellent resource for both recreational and medicinal cannabis information. You’ll find well-informed articles covering the latest products, treatments and studies.

Leafly.com – A global information source on all things cannabis. Leafly covers recreational and medical matters. You’ll find everything from cannabis news to product reviews and scientific developments. Along with news, you can also order online and find local dispensaries.

MedicalJane.com – Medical Jane is an excellent resource for information on medical marijuana products. It isn’t so much news site but a fantastic reference resource. Got a query about a medical marijuana matter? You should be able to find an answer at medicaljane.com.

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