State Regulations on Limiting Use: A Jeff Spicoli Adventure

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Over here at Cannaceutics, we have noticed an uptick in patients being unaware that the state of New Mexico tracks the amount of medicine patients buy, and also limits the amount patients can buy. Currently when a patient receives their first cannabis card, they are allotted 230 “units” or grams of medicine within a rolling 90-day period.

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Strain Reviews: Chernobyl and AK47


Our strain review this week covers a couple of sweet sativas that are new to the Cannaceutics rotation, Chernobyl and AK47.

Chernobyl is a sativa-dominant hybrid cross of the ever-popular Trainwreck, Trinity, Jack’s Cleaner and Space Queen. In the jar it has lighter green frosted buds and a lightly sweet pine scent with definite lemon overtones. This sativa produces a light head and body buzz that gives way to comfortable mental clarity. This cross will stimulate appetite as well! Patients looking for relief from pain, mood disorders and appetite issues will benefit.

AK47 is another sativa-dominant hybrid cross consisting of South American, Mexican, Thai and Afghani strains. In the jar it is darker green than Chernobyl with plenty of orange hairs, and smells a bit like overripe fruit – in a good way! For me, AK47 provided more of a body boost than Chernobyl did. My mood was lightened and I got a fair bit of organizing done around the house! As with Chernobyl, patients trying to relieve pain, anxiety, and depression will benefit from AK47.

Both Chernobyl and AK47 will be available at Cannaceutics on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and as always, are available while supplies last.

THC and the Cannabinoid Profile: Higher THC Percentages Don’t Necessarily Indicate Effectiveness

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These days, patients routinely request whichever strain we have with the highest THC reading, while levels of anxiety in American adults are skyrocketing. We tend to think of CBD as the “painkilling ingredient” in cannabis, but it is also an antipsychotic agent that can positively affect a patient’s mood. Of course patients are free to choose whichever strain they like, but taking a look at the proportions between THC and CBD tells us that a high percentage of THC isn’t necessarily what every patient needs in order to find relief. Read more

Medicated Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese with Bacon


When I was asked to come up with the occasional recipe for Little Green Bags, I got pretty excited. I love cooking and look forward to exploring the possibilities of home cooking with cannabis with our readers. We can go so far beyond batches of brownies, kids. I’ll be presenting a mix of simple, inexpensive recipes here – and I’ll throw a few more complicated things in once in a while. We’re going big today!

Our inaugural recipe serves up comfort food that will cure your aches and pains! Good old mac & cheese is a great carrier for cannabis butter; two kinds of cheese and a splash of Worcestershire sauce camouflages the cannabis taste, and bacon… well. Do we really need a reason? I highly recommend getting a small amount of thick-cut peppered bacon from the meat counter in your favorite market or splurge on a small amount of bacon from a real butcher shop. You need very little, so spending more per ounce won’t make much of a difference in your cost – and better quality makes all kinds of difference in your dishes’ flavor. Read more

Congress Gives Jeff Sessions $0 To Go After Medical Marijuana Laws


WASHINGTON ― Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws.

In their newly unveiled budget bill, lawmakers included a provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, that allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September, is expected to pass this week.

Here’s the full text of the marijuana provision:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

It’s not unusual to find this tucked into a budget bill; lawmakers have been renewing the medical marijuana provision in every consecutive budget since it first passed in 2014. But what it shows is that Congress isn’t interested in stepping up federal oversight of state pot laws under the Trump administration, even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hints that he wants a crackdown.

He issued an ominous warning in February to states with legalized marijuana. “States, they can pass the laws they choose,” Sessions said at a Justice Department press briefing. “I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

He has also said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that pot is only “slightly less awful” than heroin. Last year, heroin killed nearly 13,000 people. Nobody has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not like that some states have legalized marijuana. But he’s outnumbered.

Jeffrey Zucker, president of the cannabis business strategy firm Green Lion Partners, praised lawmakers for sticking with the status quo.

“Medical cannabis patients in the U.S. can rest easy knowing they won’t have to return to the black market to acquire their medicine,” Zucker said. “Operators can relax a bit knowing their hard work isn’t for naught and their employees’ jobs are safe.”

In theory, Sessions could still take action against states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have laws like this, and they are not shielded by the language in the budget bill.

And while medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia (and another 15 states have laws allowing limited use of cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in pot that holds promise for therapeutic use), cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. That’s why proponents of medical marijuana are thrilled by the ongoing legislative caveat, but ultimately have their sights set on changing the law.

“While this is great as a continuing step, it’s important for activists and the industry to remain vigilant and getting cannabis federally unscheduled and truly ending the prohibition of this medicinal plant,” Zucker said.

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