ARTICLE: Vote yes on Measure M to help L.A. make marijuana laws

21 Feb

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You may be wondering, if Marijuana is legal, why do I still have to vote for regulations?

Though prop 64 made cannabis legal, it still requires local governments to create legislation dealing with local taxation, regulations, and enforcement before any recreational shops can open.

Check out this article published today by LA Daily News, as it details why it is still so important to hit the polling places next month on March 7th.  It differentiates Measure M from Measure N, explains how marijuana laws are currently positioned under Proposition D, and why it is so important to vote for Measure M for fair and responsible regulations in Los Angeles.

Read the whole article, CLICK HERE!

Citations

Board, The Editorial. “Endorsement: Vote Yes on Measure M to Help L.A. Make Marijuana Laws.”Endorsement: Vote Yes on Measure M to Help L.A. Make Marijuana Laws. LA Daily News, 21 Feb. 2017. Web. 21 Feb. 2017. (http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20170221/endorsement-vote-yes-on-measure-m-to-help-la-make-marijuana-laws)

Vote YES on Measure M! Cannabis Regulations for LA

21 Feb

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While recreational marijuana was made legal with Prop 64 last November, it didn’t detail who can grow, sell, and run pot businesses in Los Angeles. Measure M does this by providing thoughtful and fair taxation, enforcement, and regulations crafted by cannabis business-owners and City Council collaboration. The Los Angeles Times just released an informative endorsement ARTICLE supporting Measure M, which will be on the LA Ballot in two weeks Tuesday, March 7 2017.

Measure M is the only measure supported by the larger marijuana industry and City Council alike. We urge everyone to vote for Measure M because it lays out an inclusive, responsible, and comprehensive plan for marijuana laws and regulations in Los Angeles.

Measure M gives the city of Los Angeles the power to replace Proposition D, a now outdated and restrictive marijuana law, with new regulations. It also gives City Council the power to tweak and change regulations as necessary, allowing smooth adaptation of the marijuana industry to this community.

Under Measure M, the local Los Angeles gross receipt tax would go down from 6% to 5% for medical cannabis, be set at 10% for recreational cannabis, and set at 1-2% for delivery, transport, research, and cultivation of cannabis.

Measure M would also apply civil and criminal penalties to those who break the laws. The department of Water and Power is authorized to shut off utilities in illegal pot shops.

Measure N (as in No!) is another marijuana regulation initiative on the ballot however it is no-longer supported. It unfortunately remains on the ballot due to timing, as it was too late to remove from the ballot. Measure N excludes most existing marijuana businesses and delivery services, hindering access to medicine, and ultimately failed to gain support. Use caution while voting, however, as the two measures will be close together on the ballot. Be sure to choose Measure M.

Don’t forget to send in your vote-by-mail, or go to your local polling place Tuesday, March 7th to vote YES on Measure M to bring LA comprehensive marijuana laws! Only two weeks until voting day!

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To Check out the article by the Los Angeles Times, CLICK HERE

Citations

The Times Editorial Board. “Measure M Would Give L.A.’s Legal Marijuana Industry the Comprehensive Oversight It Needs. Vote Yes.”Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

(http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-measure-m- 20170207-story.html)

Ballotpedia Staff.“Los Angeles, California, Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Initiative, Measure N (March 2017).”Ballotpedia.org. The Encyclopedia of American Politics, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

(https://ballotpedia.org/Los_Angeles,_California,_Marijuana_Regulation_and_Taxation_Initiative,_Measure_N_(March_2017)

 

FAQ’s: Changes Since PROP 64 Legalized Marijuana

20 Feb

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 Curious about what’s happened since Prop 64 Passed? 

Many of our patients have been wondering what changes Proposition 64 is bringing about. It passed this last November 2016 allowing legal possession, cultivation, and recreational use of marijuana. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding the changes from Prop 64.

Q: Do I still need a Medical Marijuana Recommendation to order marijuana products from Goddess Delivers or other marijuana collectives?

A: Yes.

Because there are no laws or regulations available for businesses yet, we must remain a Medical Marijuana collective and must require a doctor’s recommendation. Not until 2018 will recreational shops open where you can buy weed with your California ID showing you’re over 21 old.

Q: Will the price of my medicine go up?

A: Most likely, because of taxes.

Right now CA patients are paying state sales tax based on their county, between 7.5% and 10%. That will go up to a flat 15% across the board for all CA medical marijuana patients. The 15% tax imposed on marijuana businesses by prop 64 applies to medical marijuana too, however medical marijuana patients do not have to pay the additional state sales tax (between 7.5% and 10%) that retail marijuana stores will. The only way the price of medicine would not go up is if the marijuana producers absorb the extra costs from taxes by lowering their prices, which is not likely a viable option.

Q: What’s the breakdown of taxes imposed under prop 64?

A: For the state of CA as a whole, there will be a flat 15% tax on all retail and medical marijuana sales, a cultivation tax on growers of $9.25 per ounce of flowers, and $2.75 per ounce for leaves. For recreational marijuana, the state’s 7.5% sales tax is tacked on in addition, making it a whopping 22.5% tax. The good news is medical marijuana patients are so far exempt from paying state sales taxes, keeping their tax at 15%. Counties can impose their own additional taxes.

Q: What will recreational laws and regulations look like?

A: If you want to open a marijuana business, you will need a state license, and to follow state rules and regulations. Selling pot without a license can bring fines and jail time.  

Los Angeles will vote on (and likely pass) a measure on the ballot next month on March 7th creating regulations for LA marijuana businesses. Measure M, or CERTA (Cannabis Enforcement, Regulation, and Taxation Act), is supported by the City of Los Angeles and would grant licenses to the 135 dispensaries that were prop D compliant first, then many more are expected to be issued. Criminal and nuisance penalties will also be put into effect banning marijuana businesses in proximity to children, etc.

Q: What does prop 64 allow right now?

A: It is now legal for anyone over the age of 21 to use, as well as possess and give away (not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana and eight grams of concentrate. It’s also legal to grow up to 6 plants per parcel of land for personal use. Local laws may ban outdoor growing, but cannot ban growth of 6 plants indoors, or in a ‘secure’ location.

Q: What is still illegal after prop 64?

A: No smoking will driving, or driving under the influence of marijuana. The state has allocated funds to law enforcement to create accurate tests to determine at what point someone’s driving is hindered by marijuana use.

Also, there is still no selling marijuana without a license. You cannot grow your own and sell to your friends or neighbors, only give away as a gift. Sales will have to wait for regulations and a license, likely until 2018.

Q: Can I smoke anywhere now?

A: No.

 It is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public, unless your local city ordinance says it’s alright. Even if locally allowed, it would still be illegal in places you can’t smoke tobacco, as well as 1000 feet from children schools, day-cares, or play areas. If caught smoking in public you can receive a fine up to $250.

Q: Will we see weed ads?

A: Not many.

Since federal law still sees marijuana as an illegal drug, and it is illegal to advertise illegal drugs on TV, so until that changes we will only see the federally funded anti-drug ads. You will see some ads around California, with restrictions. There is no advertising to minors, so you won’t see ads appealing to kids or on kids channels, or within 1000 feet of kids schools, day-cares, or play areas. There is also no billboards allowed on roads leading out of state.

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Do you have more questions? Email them to info@goddessdelivers.com, attn: BLOG, and we will put together another FAQ of patient questions! Thanks a lot!

(Check out the sources below for more detailed post-prop 64 facts!)

Citations

Humphreys, Keith. Special To The Washington Post.“This Blunder on New California Marijuana Law Could Cost State Millions.”The Cannabist. N.p., 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. (http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/11/16/california-medical-marijuana-tax-proposition-64-omission/67735/)

Staggs, Brooke Edwards. “Medical Marijuana Patients Could save Money in Prop 64 Tax Dispute, but State Could Lose.”The Orange County Register. N.p., 18 Nov. 2016. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-735900-california-use.html)

Bricken, Hilary. “SoCal Ballot Battles: The Future Of Marijuana Businesses In Los Angeles.”Above the Law. N.p., 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. (http://abovethelaw.com/2017/01/socal-ballot-battles-the-future-of-marijuana-businesses-in-los-angeles/?rf=1)

Canorml_admin. “What’s Legal, and What Isn’t, After Prop. 64.”What’s Legal, and What Isn’t, After Prop. 64 | California NORML. N.p., 8 Nov. 2016. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. (http://www.canorml.org/news/what_will_be_legal_and_what_wont_after_Prop_64)

“Proposition 64 | Official Voter Information Guide | California Secretary of State.”Proposition 64 | Official Voter Information Guide | California Secretary of State. California Secretary of State, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. (http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/propositions/64/)

Enter Video Raffle for FREE MARIJUANA Giveaway!

22 Jan

 

Raffle for FREE MARIJUANA GIVEAWAY is Counting Down!

First prize will win a ½ Ounce of buds PLUS a grab bag of edible goodies from Kiva, Bloom Farms, Lord Jones, Liquid Gold, Tetralabs, GOLDcart, and Cheeba Chew! All entries receive a free gram on their next order.

How do I get all this awesome free stuff, you say?

Simply enter the raffle by posting a VIDEO REVIEW on Youtube of one of the products we carry, and, voila! You could win the prize! It is a blind raffle pick, not hand-pick so don’t let your amateur video skills stop you! Don’t forget to enter by April 15th, 2017. That’s 83 days and counting, so grab your smart phone or video camera and get started! If you win your medication will be delivered to you April 20th 2017! CLICK HERE to read required rules on how to post to enter the raffle officially. Good Luck!

Measure M: Vote for Inclusive, Diverse LA Cannabis Industry

9 Jan

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A step forward for marijuana delivery services in LA comes as the City Council’s Proposition M gains support of the pro-pot community, detailed in this article by LA Weekly. It replaces the restrictive measure the UCBA Trade Association originally proposed, which allowed only 135 marijuana collectives in Los Angeles, excluded delivery-only or 3rd party delivery collectives, and split the pro-pot vote. That measure would have likely excluded Goddess Delivers from operating. The UCBA was pressured by the city and Southern California Coalition to drop their industry destroying initiative. Luckily, the SCC and the City Council have been standing up for an independent, diverse, and inclusive cannabis industry in Los Angeles. Proposition M now has the support of of the larger pro-pot community and could expand the number of legal shops in LA to up to 495, as well as legalize more forms of delivery service. Goddess Delivers, the LA Delivery Alliance and the majority of the cannabis industry urges everyone to support Prop M on this upcoming March 2017 ballot.

To read the full article, click here.

VIDEO: Mother’s Struggle with Cerebral Palsy and Access to Cannabis

25 Nov

Witness a glimpse of the daily struggle this mother with Cerebral Palsy endures, followed by the miraculous relief and control gained by smoking marijuana.

She was forced to drive the streets to locate medicine due to living in a state without medical marijuana, risking the loss of her children if caught using marijuana. Moving to California, a state which had decriminalized medical marijuana, improved her and her children’s lives by guaranteeing safety and access to medicine.

Want to know more about Jacqueline Patterson’s story? click HERE for an article with more details.

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Article: Cannabis Does Not Kill Brain Cells, It Protects Them

13 Nov brainwaves

An intriguing article in the Huffington post by Dr. David Bearman contradicts the common misconception that marijuana kills brain cells, proving it could help traumatic brain injuries heal by actually preventing cell death.

Access the article HERE

How to Medicate with Hash or Wax

5 Jun

How do you medicate with Bubble Hash, Hash Oil, Shatter, or Wax?

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Warm It, Don’t Burn It:

Bubble Hash, Hash Oil, Wax, and Shatter are better consumed by controlled heating rather than burning. Cannabinoids vaporize at 356ºF (180ºC) so it is unnecessary to heat them up to the point where inhalation might burn the lungs. It is easy for a long term smoker to simply pack a concentrate on top of a bowl, but this isn’t a viable choice for a patient who is suffering from a smoking aggravated lung condition.

However one study indicate that Cannabis may help with certain lung conditions.

A 2002 study found that cannabinoids appear to stabilize breathing in sleeping patients. So even if smoke inhalation isn’t optimal for lungs in the long term, studies indicate cannabis imbibed in a different manner can be helpful for breathing conditions.

What do you do if you want your concentrates without smoking them?

Hand-Held Vaporizers:

Vapor pens are a fantastic, portable way to take concentrated medication. Vapor pens, pre-loaded hash oil cartridges, honey oil syringes, and other forms are all available to current patients through the Goddess website. They look exactly like e-cigarrettes, so are easier to use in uncertain social situations.

Refills are available in a variety of strains and flavors which include Indicas, Sativas, CBD, and Hybrids.

Stationary Vaporizers

Standing vaporizers like the Volcano are powerful options for patients with at home medical needs, and most can be utilized for hash, oils, and waxes. Even vaporizers which are intended for use with dry bud can be modified for use with certain concentrates.

However, when it comes to simplicity, stealth, and mobility – hand-held vaporizers are a more multi-use choice.

Eat it

Concentrates are powerful when eaten.

However, they aren’t guaranteed to taste good.

Oils can be melted or mixed into drinks or food. Some patients have tried eating them straight by using a toothpick to scoop up small doses. Other patients go a different direction and make their their own edibles with Ganja Goddess Butter or Ganja Goddess Oil.

Our Mint Meltaway chocolates are edibles that are made with CO2 extracted medication.

With any method, patients trying a concentrate or edible for the first time should consume with caution in a comfortable environment. Use in small increments until the appropriate dosage is understood.

Direct Application

Some patients have called in and reported taking concentrated CBD or Hash oil and applying it directly to the area in question, for example in the case of skin or prostate cancer.

Goddess Delivers could not find any scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of direct application. Please let us know if you find any!

Dabbing

Wax, Shatter, and Hash Oil can all be dabbed. The process refers to taking a small portion of the concentrate and heating it on a hot surface, such as a nail or knife, and inhaling the vapor.

It is similar to vaporizing and is an effective method for medicating with shatter and waxes.

If a patient needs to medicate in a public or business environment, using a portable e-pen vaporizer might be a more discrete choice than dabbing, but that is entirely up to the medium used.

New Patients are Welcome

The Goddess Delivers knows that medicating can be a daunting task for new patients with no experience with medical marijuana. We’re here to serve you. If you have any questions that can’t be answered by these articles, please feel free to call in and speak to one of our representatives.

We won’t give you medical advice, but we will offer our personal opinions.

Talk to your doctor to see what medication is right for you.

Further Reading:
What is the difference between Hash, Oil, and Wax?
Do you carry Rick Simpson Oil?
CBD without the THC?
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD strains?
How to figure out what medication is right for you.

Citations:

Carley et al. 2002. Functional role for cannabinoids in respiratory stability during sleep. Sleep 25: 399-400

“UCSF Study Finds Pot Smoke Less Harmful Than Tobacco – CBS San Francisco.” CBS San Francisco. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

“How To Medicate With Concentrates.” Medicating With Concentrates: Using Wax, Hash Oil, Shatter Or Ice Hash As Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

Hash vs Kief vs Wax?

6 May

What is the difference between the different types of concentrates?

Kief

Kief is an unprocessed raw medication.

Particles of trichomes that fall right off the plant are collected and packaged into this powerful product. It is concentrated and fluffy in consistency. Often placed on top of bowls or joints, Kief is often used to increase the potency of the inhalation. This method of use is most effective for patients with extreme pain or physical discomfort, whose condition requires the most powerful result possible.

Hash

Human use of hash, both recreationally and medicinally, has been dated back to 3,000 BC. Purified stalked resins glands (the same as kief), also known as tri-cones, are compressed with heat. Water purified hash is known as “bubble hash” and has a paste like consistency that varies widely in color and texture.

It’s high THC content it is most effectively utilized through a vaporizer.

Hash comes in a variety of forms, including Bubble Hash and Hash Oil.

Bubble Hash is a solid, sometimes crumbly form of the medication, easy to manipulate as it holds it shape. Hash Oil is more fluid, making it easier to apply when it comes in a syringe.

Hash Oils are processed in a variety of different ways, including cold water, butane, and CO2 processing. With CO2 extraction, pressure is applied to carbon dioxide to turn the gas into a liquid which is then used as an inert liquid solvent. When the temperature is brought back up the CO2 evaporates, leaving behind clean and solvent free medication.

One of our favorite solvent free oils is the HGH solvent-free.

Wax

Processed with methods often involving butane, wax is a dense paste from yellow to dark brown. Butane processing involves first infusing dehydrated cannabis with butane then purifying with hot water immersion or a vacuum pump. It is a highly concentrated form that is broken off in small chunks to smoke.

Wax is difficult to use in a dry bud vaporizer due to the fact that it often melts when exposed to temperature. There are specific vapor pen cartridges that have heat coils inside them that are more optimal for vaporizing wax.

Why use concentrates?

Kief, Hash, and Wax all come from the marijuana plant and are powerful forms of medication. The differences range in how they are created, from the raw Kief to extremely processed Wax.

Talk to your doctor to see if concentrates are right for you.

Further Reading:
How to Medicate with Hash or Wax
Do you carry Rick Simpson Oil?
CBD without the THC?
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD strains?
How to figure out what medication is right for you.

Citations:

Usaybia, Abu; Notes on Uyunu al-Anba fi Tabaquat al-Atibba, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965.

Inciardi, James A. (1992). The War on Drugs II. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 1-55934-016-9

“Dabbing into the World of Marijuana Wax: A Guide”. laist.com.

About CO2 Extracts.” Co2 Extracts, Supercritical Co2. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.

Processes. (n.d.). Eden Labs Blog RSS. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://edenlabs.com/processes/co2-extraction