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Study Finds Drunk Driving 10 Times More Deadly Than Stoned Driving

Marijuana Car Accidents

After examining some 3,600 car accidents, researchers have found that alcohol is approximately 10-times more likely to cause fatal car crashes than marijuana. University of Lyon researchers studied data from every fatal crash in France in 2011, and published the study in the journal PLOS-One.

The researchers determined that in comparison to sober drivers, “drivers under the influence of alcohol are 17.8 times more likely to be responsible for a fatal accident,” while those driving under the influence of marijuana are only 1.65 times more likely.

Another recent investigation has indicated that these numbers are in line with actual risks. Journalist David Bienenstock performed an investigation earlier this year where he looked at drugged driving. His findings indicate that drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 were 293% more likely to be in an accident than sobers drivers, and drivers with marijuana in their system were 5% more likely. Furthermore, texting is even more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol, with findings of a 310% increased risk of a crash.

The French researchers said, “Past investigations have shown a decreased capacity of drivers under the influence of cannabis, in particular a decrease in attention, increased reaction time and reduced ability to control direction. Drivers under the influence of alcohol tend to drive faster, which goes hand-in-hand with an over-estimation of their own capacities whereas drivers under the influence of cannabis tend to drive more cautiously.”

From this research, both texting while driving as well as driving under the influence of alcohol are significantly more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana. But sobriety is still the safest way to drive.

MassRoots Accuses Founder/CEO of Stealing $250K and “Improper Sexual Activities”

MassRoots App

MassRoots, a marijuana social media app, has alleged that the company’s founder, Isaac Dietrich, stole over $250,000. MassRoots was launched in 2013 by Dietrich, who was ousted from his position as CEO last month.

Stealing money isn’t the only crime MassRoots is accusing Dietrich of, according to The Seattle Times. The company is also accusing him of illegal drug use and “improper sexual activities.” A civil lawsuit was filed on November 14. Despite the lawsuit, Dietrich remains on the MassRoots board of directors.

Dietrich says the lawsuit is “frivolous” and “completely unfounded.” He plans to start working on ousting his three fellow board members.

MassRoots remained quiet about the reasons they wanted Dietrich removed from his position in the company. Scott Kveton was named the new CEO.

The lawsuit says, “Dietrich has been unjustly enriched by paying himself and others, amounts in excess of $250,000 without authorization and without Company approval.” The suit is calling this “civil theft of Company funds.”

The company says that Dietrich deliberately concealed transactions from the other board of directors knowing that they’d object to the transactions.

MassRoots hasn’t specified a specific monetary compensation penalty, but Dietrich has said that, “MassRoots is entitled to three times the amount of its damages, together with costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.”

Dietrich has also mentioned that following an audit in September, “no material deficiencies on the books” were found.

Dietrich is filing a proxy to move forward with taking a shareholder vote to replace the board of directors. He said, “The proxy is being filed today, so it’s going to be very fast. I think within 48 hours of the definitive proxy being filed, I will have the votes to remove the board. This lawsuit is not going to have any impact on that vote, and I’m still going to win by a very large margin.”

Dietrich fully intends on reobtaining his position of CEO of MassRoots as soon as possible. He said, “When I’m back in control of the company, my first act of business is going to be nullifying this lawsuit.”

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4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Taking CBD Products

CBD THC

One of the most beneficial extracts from the cannabis plant is CBD (cannabidiol). Many people overlook the substance because it doesn’t produce a psychoactive “high” like THC. However, its health benefits are vast. Below are some reasons to consider using CBD as part of your health improvement regimen.

Whole Body Health

The endocannabinoid system often needs external cannabinoids to help control the central and peripheral nervous systems. These systems help control how signals are sent throughout the body and help maintain emotion, pain, mood, appetite, motor skills and overall body function. The immune system also plays a role here, as without the necessary cannabinoids it needs to function, it can malfunction or attack itself. CBD appears to actually help improve the immune system.

Reduce Effects of THC

Some dispensaries still don’t post the THC levels in their flowers; lack of information can lead to the over consumption of THC. Overdoing it and becoming “too high” can happen. When it does, it generally leads to an unpleasant experience, especially if edibles were consumed. Luckily, CBD can help mitigate the high caused by THC.

Clear Headed

THC sometimes slows the mind making it forgetful and sluggish. CBD helps keep the head nice and clear, assisting in normal function and deterring some of the side effects from THC.

Improve Work

THC-containing products may hinder people’s ability to perform a job safely. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t hinder job performance. CBD products that contain zero THC can actually help improve work performance by providing relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, nausea and a myriad of other symptoms.

Contact your local dispensaries to learn what marijuana products they currently carry that contain CBD or CBD with THC.

California Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Could Soar to 45% in Areas

California Marijuana Dispensary

In 2016, 56% of voters in California approved Prop 64 to legalize recreational marijuana in January 2018. The state’s marijuana market is projected to be the largest in the U.S. and see around $1 billion per year in marijuana tax revenue.

While taxes help the state, the huge tax rates being proposed on marijuana sales might force Californians to continue buying marijuana from the black market instead of at state-licensed dispensaries, Madison.com reports. Some Californians could be paying over 40% in taxes per marijuana purchase, which puts the market in jeopardy before it even gets started.

Breakdown of expected taxes:

  • Cultivators must pay $9.25 per ounce of flower or $2.75 per ounce of leaves, plus a 15% excise tax on final products
  • 61 municipalities have adopted local business taxes ranging from 7.75% – 9.75%
  • All taxes additional to the state sales tax of 7.5%

A Fitch Ratings report said, “High tax rates raise prices in legal markets, reinforcing the price advantage of black markets.”

Some say that California should use Canada as an example, where the government is proposing a tax of $1 per gram.

Police Dogs Are Being Trained to Ignore Marijuana Scent

Canine Marijuana

In Colorado, police dogs are being trained to ignore the scent of marijuana. Several departments throughout the state will partake in the retraining program. Older canines that are already trained to detect marijuana are expected to be phased out of service.

Officer Garrett Duncan has worked with his canine partner, Tulo, for a decade, according to KPRC2. He said, “We’re just not going to train them with marijuana, so they won’t know the odor. They won’t have any reason to indicate or tell us there is marijuana around because they won’t know.”

It isn’t clear when exactly Colorado police departments plan to start phasing out older canines for the younger, marijuana-ignoring canine officers.

12-Year-Old Medical Marijuana Patient Is Suing Jeff Sessions, DEA and DOJ

Marijuana Court

12-year-old Alexis Bortell has epilepsy. She is joined by her father and former NFL player Marvin Washington in filing a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Bortell family moved from Texas to Colorado to have access to medical marijuana for Alexis’ epilepsy, according to ABC News.

Traditional treatments and medical procedures did not provide any relief for Alexis’ form of epilepsy. When the Bortells tried medical marijuana, Alexis had immediate relief for the first time in her life. Before marijuana, she was having multiple seizures daily.

“This lawsuit stands to benefit tens of millions of Americans who require, but are unable to safely obtain, cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions,” states part of the lawsuit. “Since being on whole-plant medical cannabis, Alexis has gone more than two years seizure-free.”

The restrictive medical marijuana law in Texas doesn’t allow Alexis access to potent enough marijuana that she needs.

Canadian Government Proposes Marijuana Tax of $1 Per Gram

Canada Marijuana Tax

The Department of Finance (DOF) is on-board with the Canadian government’s proposed recreational marijuana tax $1 Canadian dollar per gram, which is roughly a 10% tax.

Canadian marijuana businesses are quite happy about this news, CNN Money reports. The new tax will apply to both medical and recreational marijuana. The recreational marijuana market should be in operation by July 2018.

The DOF said that, “The proposed level of taxation is intended to keep prices low to eliminate the black market.”

The news of the low tax rate has already sent Canadian marijuana stock prices soaring. Some stocks have already risen as much as 15%.

Feedback regarding the proposed rate is being accepted till December 7. The funds received from tax revenue will be “divided equally between the province or territory and the federal government.”

The DOF said, “Revenues raised from the taxation regime will help support investments in public education, enforcement, research and other activities integral to the effective system of legalization and regulation of cannabis.”

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10 Well-Known Female Celebrities That Publicly Use Vaporizers

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Many Americans are familiar with male celebrities – like Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, Snoop Dogg and John Cusack – that frequently vaporize, but not many know about the females. Here’s a list of some famous female vaporizer aficionados:

Kate Moss – Supermodel

Katherine Heigl – Actress

Christina Milian – Singer & Actress

Chelsea Handler – Comedian

Rihanna – Singer

Michelle Rodriguez – Actress

Lindsay Lohan – Actress

Whoopi Goldberg – Actress & TV Host

Katy Perry – Singer

Sarah Silverman – Comedian

Lyft Is Providing Special Discounts to Reduce Stoned Driving

Lyft Marijuana

The 320 Movement in Colorado wants to keep marijuana-consuming drivers off the roads. The Marijuana Industry Group (MIG), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Lyft are collaborating on the project that will have Lyft providing special discount codes for marijuana users throughout the state.

This isn’t their first crack at helping marijuana users get home safely; Lyft did participate in last year’s 4/20 festivities in Denver with 1,200 discount codes being redeemed for safe rides home, according to Westword.

Sam Cole, Traffic Safety Communications Manager for CDOT, said, “Despite the fact that marijuana impairs judgment, coordination, decision-making and reaction time, an alarming number of users – 55% – still believe that it’s safe to drive under the influence of marijuana,” so we “have partnered with Lyft and MIG in an effort to combat this belief while also providing marijuana users with a safe ride, so they don’t even have to consider driving high.”

MIG Executive Director Kristi Kelly said, “The reduction of impaired driving is a shared priority, and state government and Colorado’s cannabis industry are united in their ongoing commitment to raising awareness of, and reducing the incidence of, any impairment while driving.”

The 320 Movement began this November and will last through April 2018. Toolkits will be delivered to about 125 Colorado marijuana retailers.

Toolkit contents include:

  • Postcards for display and distribution
  • Social media hashtags to promote the movement
  • Window clings for store displays

The pilot program was only available in Denver, but the new 6-month program will be available to marijuana users statewide.

Gabe Cohen, general manager for Lyft Colorado, said, “Helping reduce the number of Coloradans driving high is an important and long-term goal for Lyft. We are excited to accelerate our work with CDOT to help educate the community about the dangers of driving high, and we are absolutely committed to continue to provide a safe and affordable alternative through Lyft.”

Those wishing to use the service can do so once a month for a 32% discount, or up to $5 total.

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O.penVAPE Launches Vaporizer Cartridge Distillate Product Line

OpenVape ISH

O.PenVAPE just launched a new flavored distillate vape cartridge product line. The new product line, called ISH, is designed for novice marijuana users.

The ISH vape cartridges do not use terpenes for flavor, instead they distill the solvent-extracted concentrates to purify them. Distillates are said by many to be smoother than other concentrates like shatters, waxes and resins.

The ISH pens are designed for users that want to taste a flavor that is something other than marijuana.  Currently there are three flavors: Blue Raspberry, Watermelon and Bavarian Cream.

Chris Driessen of Organa Brands, O.PenVAPE’s parent company, said, “We had lots of feedback that people wanted a flavored cartridge, as it appeals to a totally different market than say, the Craft Reserve. Plus, the addition of flavoring sets it apart in this category. The consumer is someone who is perhaps not a strain aficionado – someone looking for rich flavor, without a strong marijuana taste.”

Driessen also said, “I didn’t know how much I would love these flavors until I tried them, but once I did, I was really impressed with the work of our R&D team. It’s not your typical cartridge, and is definitely a refreshing take on flavored distillate.”

The ISH product line is currently available in Colorado. But O.PenVAPE is expected to expand the product to other markets, like Arizona, Nevada and California. The suggested retail price for the ISH cartridges range from $20 for a 250 mg option to $30 for 500 mg.

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