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Pennsylvania Rep Files a Bill to Allow Recreational Marijuana in State-Run Liquor Shop

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PA Bill to Allow Recreational Marijuana on Liquor Store

A lawmaker from Pennsylvania introduced a bill on Wednesday, Oct 2, that would legalize the sale of recreational marijuana and allow cannabis to be sold in over 600 state-owned liquor stores.

David Delloso, a Democratic state representative, introduced House Bill 1899, which allows individuals aged 21 and above to legally possess and consume marijuana. Under the bill, sales of cannabis will be limited to businesses licensed by the state. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) would be responsible for administrating the production and sale of marijuana at the state-controlled stores.

“What I’m afraid of is, without this bill, if we don’t sell cannabis in the state stores, big corporate interests throughout the United States are going to come to Pennsylvania and they’re going to put corner stores up,” Delloso said. “They aren’t going to provide family-sustaining jobs, and all the profits are going to leave Pennsylvania.”

The medical marijuana in the state has been approved last April 17, 2016, with 17 initial qualifying medical conditions.

Economic Benefits to Pennsylvania

According to Pennsylvania’s Budget and Policy Center, over 18, 000 new jobs could be produced once recreational marijuana is to be legalized within the state. The bill also proposes that retail sales of cannabis be taxed at 19%, which could generate around $581 million per year for the state in new tax revenue.

“As an administrative agency tasked under current law with responsible, effective, and efficient regulation of the sale of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania, we generally leave policy discussions regarding the future of this agency up to the General Assembly and the Governor,” said press secretary for the Liquor Control Board, Shawn Kelly. “If, however, a new law presents the PLCB with additional or different duties and responsibilities, we would adapt accordingly.”

With the said measure, individuals convicted of possession of marijuana would have their criminal record expunged while inmates currently confined for such offenses would be released.  Employers would also no longer be able to fire or discipline employees if a drug screening shows the “presence of a nonintoxicating level of cannabis.”

“It is time for us to not just have a conversation but sit down and really look at details on how we can do this in Pennsylvania understanding that the support is there, the revenue will be there for us and we could do a lot of good things with those resources,” added State Rep. Jordan Harris, (D) Philadelphia County.

To date, the House Bill 1899 has been raised to the House Judiciary Committee for its consideration.

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5 Products Available At Cannabis Dispensaries

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Many people have long enjoyed the variety of health benefits of cannabis. The substance is the base of numerous products sold in venues for legal purchase known as marijuana dispensaries. Read on for a brief overview of cannabis, its purported benefits and the items that one might find available for sale inside such destinations.

Cannabis Overview

 Cannabis is a commonly grown plant. Various components of this herb, such as its seed oil and dried leaves, are employed for a wide variety of therapeutic and medicinal purposes.

 Systemic Impact

 The chemicals in cannabinoids, which are products composed of cannabis, project a soothing effect over the brain’s neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters submit messages throughout, which help nerve cells throughout the body perform various important functions. These components, also known as brain cells, impact critical, everyday actions, like cognitive functions, coordination, movement, thought and sensory perception.

 Some people use cannabis-based substances, such as marijuana, for recreational purposes. When employed for such uses, the drug can exert an ultra-soothing influence over the brain and induce a feeling of tremendous calm and could potentially diminish one’s cognitive functions, like memory and concentration, in addition to their reflexes and reaction times.

Bowl of Buds at Marijuana Dispensary – Closeup details shots of fresh kind buds.

 Marijuana has, however, found an important place in modern medicine. For those who smoke the chemical, they often experience potentially positive occurrences, including decreased levels of pain and an improved appetite. These attributes possess the capacity to benefit subjects stricken with major illnesses, such as cancer and other life-threatening maladies. As well, medical professionals prescribe them in medicinal dosages to those dealing with such ailments.

 That said, when ingested for remedial endeavours, most cannabis-laden products do not impact the mind but lessen a host of systemic problems capable of eliciting numerous untoward and potentially life-altering symptoms.

 Ingestion Methods

 There are several ways for an individual to ingest cannabis into their system. Most people are familiar with the most common internal route, which is smoking. Those who use marijuana inhale lit cigarettes composed of the substance or inhale vapours created from the substance’s smoke.

 However, cannabis-based products enter the body through different avenues. Many items containing cannabidiol, often abbreviated as CBD, come in topical form. These materials come in the form of oils, ointments and lotions, which receive application to the skin. On other occasions, cannabidiol can be ingested in various foods and beverages or taken as a supplement presented in capsule form.

 Therapeutic Uses Of Products Containing Cannabis

 Scientific studies have concluded that cannabis-laden products do not merely help seriously or terminally ill subjects. Items like CBD oil might provide relief for individuals coping with less severe but potentially life-changing issues, including:

 Pain

 CBD has proven effective in treating the discomfort associated with chronic conditions, like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Such subjects witnessed improvement in performing simple activities, such as walking and executing other pertinent movements without significant pain.

 Sleep Quality

 Individuals experiencing sleep challenges or even full-blown insomnia have noticed some improvement after using CBD products. Regardless of the precipitating factor, many users have gotten more vital sleep as a result.

 Skin Maladies

 CBD has proven effective in easing the physical manifestations associated with the common skin ailment known as acne. Researchers have been unable to draw an exact correlation between cannabis and the ailment. However, said scientific professionals opine that these fruitful results may be attributable to the drug’s inflammation-fighting properties, in addition to its ability to suppress excessive systemic production of an oily skin secretion called sebum.

 Cardiovascular System

 Studies conducted have shown that individuals who use CBD products may witness a reduction in blood pressure. High blood pressure is often a major culprit in potentially life-threatening problems, like heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease.

 Various Mental Disorders

 The soothing effects of cannabis-comprised items may precipitate improvement in individuals diagnosed with mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression. CBD products have gained notice as potential therapeutic options for these issues because said products are thought not to elicit the side effects that other drugs commonly employed to treat such ailments do.

 Substance Abuse Treatment

People employ cannabis as a drug addiction treatment. Researchers have found that CBD may modify brain circuits related to drug dependency and has returned favourable results in aiding those with addictions to narcotic substances, like heroin.

Five Products Available At A Cannabis Dispensary

 Topical Products

 CBD oil is amongst the most popular products a marijuana dispensary sells. These products often come in different types and aromas. Industry insiders opine that the effects are not as strong as other cannabis products. However, these items are still potent enough to provide suitable relief for health issues, such as skin problems, pain and headaches.

 Edible Items

Foods can have cannabis infusions added. Experts suggest the oral route is the most effective mode of administration for those using said materials for medicinal purposes. Products commonly containing cannabis concentrations include foods, like chocolate and beverages, such as coffee and tea.

 Pills

 Capsules are favoured by many because such modes of administration enable users to monitor the amounts they are ingesting carefully. Though somewhat more expensive than edible products, pills are easy to take and do not possess the distinctive cannabis taste that some might find disagreeable.

 Vaporizers

 Usually, vaporizers appear like pens that allow those who prefer smoking cannabis to ingest the substance in as healthy and effective a way possible. Vaping pens have cartridges that process water into vapour. When one vapes, they are not forced to hold the smoke in their mouth. Such practices are far more gentle on the user’s lungs.

 Sprays

 These products typically come in bottles equipped with eyedropper-like objects. Usually, users remove the dispenser from the bottle and drop a small percentage of liquid under their tongue. Industry insiders suggest that this method is popular because cannabis effects commence with greater expediency than other methods.

What To Look For In A Marijuana Dispensary

 Not all such facilities are created equal. Prospective customers are encouraged to conduct business with establishments demonstrating responsibility. Reputable distributors understand that cannabis is a drug and will not sell to individuals indiscriminately. In many cases, proprietors of such establishments will want to know the potential purchaser’s purpose for using the substance.

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How to Start a Cannabis Dispensary Business Legally [Video]

Carissa Stevens

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Do you have plans to enter the budding marijuana industry and become a CBD entrepreneur? Learn all the ropes before you get started.

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Hobo Cannabis Wants Delivery Service to be Legal in BC

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Cannabis store chain Hobo Cannabis is urging legislators to make delivery service legal in British Columbia, said CBC. This call is a step toward stopping illegal dealing in the province. The licensed dispensary, along with other certified vendors, argued that they are “at a disadvantage against unlicensed competitors who deliver weed.” The report emphasized that BC does not have cannabis laws allowing the delivery of cannabis products.

This issue has been a concern for many licensed vendors for a long time, said Harrison Stoker, vice president of Donnelly Group, the company that owns Hobo Cannabis. However, the illicit delivery of cannabis products has become more rampant over the past few months because of the virus pandemic, as customers choose to get their products delivered to protect themselves from the public health risk.

According to Stoker, “The illicit market [in BC] is very intelligent, very strategic and very mature in their business models.” He also said that the pandemic was a prime time for the illegitimate industry. Stoker asserts that legalizing delivery services can help them compete with such illegal sellers. It could also help fight the black market.

The CBC report noted that consumers can have their products legally delivered through mail by going through the government-operated BC Cannabis Store. However, packages take a few days before they arrive, as opposed to delivery options that could be same-day.

The article also cited Weedmaps, a cannabis-focused website, which offers a list of delivery services in the Lower Mainland. It even guarantees quick delivery, usually within one hour. Stoker argues that modern times call for a more updated approach as “people expect these kinds of modern retail features.”

By allowing licensed stores to deliver, customers do not have to opt for black market products. Instead, they can choose among authorized products just like what happens in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, where delivery is legal.

Meanwhile, the province’s Ministry of Public Safety said that it is now evaluating the possibility of legalizing deliveries. It has also been taking steps to crack down on the illicit industry, despite facing significant challenges because many of them operate online. The Ministry is in charge of the legal cannabis program in the province.

Mark Haden from the UBC School of Population and Public Health with experience in writing about drug regulation said that legalizing deliveries is a great short-term move. The better action in the long-run is to “bring the illegal sector into line with the law.”

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