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I was in Cali last week at the MedMen store and the various carts/vapes available are insane. Considering how well they are professionally packaged, and the fact that they emit no odor, I am really surprised that all sorts of clandestine businesses specialized in shipping the carts across state lines haven't popped up. Or maybe they have and I'm just really poorly connected, but the chance of them being intercepted I would think would be very, very, low.
 

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I was in Cali last week at the MedMen store and the various carts/vapes available are insane. Considering how well they are professionally packaged, and the fact that they emit no odor, I am really surprised that all sorts of clandestine businesses specialized in shipping the carts across state lines haven't popped up. Or maybe they have and I'm just really poorly connected, but the chance of them being intercepted I would think would be very, very, low.
They have.

The best herb around the country is exported out of Cali, Oregon, and Colorado
 

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I've tried weed hundreds of times in my life and I've never once enjoyed it. Visited my sisters in Oregon and bought a tiny vape device with a vial of raspberry oil...

Still hated it. Guess I'm done now. Beer and whiskey only from here on out.

I wish I liked it though god damn.
 

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So out here in AZ we have inhalers that look like asthma inhalers and was wondering if anyone tried it. They are a little more expensive but if it hits like a vape pen then I'm down for the extra price. Most places are banning vape but can't ban an asthma inhaler.
 

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I finally broke down and bought a vape pen here in Tucson. 20 - 30 bucks for 500 mg, on sale. Lasts a few days for me. I love the convenience and the powerful hits, but hardly a value.
 
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I've tried weed hundreds of times in my life and I've never once enjoyed it. Visited my sisters in Oregon and bought a tiny vape device with a vial of raspberry oil...

Still hated it. Guess I'm done now. Beer and whiskey only from here on out.

I wish I liked it though god damn.
Next time try it while playing a video game or watching a movie and report back.
 

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Next time try it while playing a video game or watching a movie and report back.
Been there. Simply nothing pleasurable to me about the sensation. The moment I feel it I just wished it would stop.
 
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Hell with that. Try it and then have sex. Report back then. I promise that sex with alcohol or nothing does not even compare to sex while stoned.
Yeah, this I don't get. Maybe it's because I'm a regular smoker but weed does not make me horny, nor motivated in bed. At best I want a BJ and then rollover and start snoring. All I want to do when stoned is play video games, eat good take out, watch TV/movies, and read. That shit has not only never gotten old, but as I get older actually eclipses the desire to go out and get laid. A few fat joints, some BBQ take out, and Divinity 2 vs getting dressed up and blowing $150 on dinner to listen to some chick tell me how useless she is? It's like no competition anymore.
 

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Maybe I am lucky in how Pot Effects me. I know my wife also enjoys sex while under the influence more than without. She does have RA so I am sure part of that has to do with the pain relief. I presume its effect is different for everyone. Age and health also play a part. I do not smoke it daily and so that might also be why it still works for me. It is a Vasodilator which helps with both maintaining an erection while adding to the sensation. This part of the reason is why food taste so damn good. It also adds to Stamina. I am able to go longer and harder because of the Vasodilation but it could certainly be risky for anyone of poor health. The high is the icing on the cake. I have known many people that agree that sex is on another level when stoned. I am sorry if it does not have that effect on you. I feel kind of bad for people that are not effected by THC.
 
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It affects me like that on the few occasions where I've had to quit for months, then start up again, but as a regular smoker weed just makes me hungry, tired, and easily entertained-- all things I want after a day of work.

I will say weed does make me last longer in bed, but I think that's a result of diminished interest more than a physiological effect. It also has no effect on pain for me, quite the opposite in fact, it makes me more aware and annoyed by any pain I have.

At least for me, "medical" wise, the only conditions I find it useful for are a) insomnia and b) anorexia. Shit makes me sooo hungry I can't keep food in the house.
 

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yeah I know the weed is, but I haven't seen the commercial cartridges anywhere here in Texas.
They are available. 40/0.5g of the really potent junk. Don't remember the %s.

Been there. Simply nothing pleasurable to me about the sensation. The moment I feel it I just wished it would stop.
Control freak. Lol

Some people just don't dig it.
 

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It's my experience that different strains can have drastically different effects when it comes to the sensations involved. I can't handle certain types as it feels like I've lost control over everything and the high is just a frustrating exercise in trying to gain some semblance of control, while with others it's the typical happy eat everything & good orgasms high. The mood I have going in seems to matter as well. Sometimes I can engross myself into a game instead of a movie or something, but other times I'm running into walls while staring at maps for a good minute or so until I realize what I'm doing and I need to do something more passive.

That's my frustrations with using weed for mood altering purposes as it's just so damn inconsistent, especially when looking at the various levels of the high that you progress through. I'm not sure I would use it at all if it wasn't incredibly useful for sudden shifts out of shitty moods.
 

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A year in review with perhaps a preview of things to come this year.

Read the ten biggest stories that shaped marijuana policy in 2018.


#1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs
More adults than ever before believe that marijuana use by adults ought to be legal. An October poll conducted by Gallup reported that 66 percent of adults – including majorities of Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and those over the age of 55 – back legalization. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling firm. A 2018 Pew poll similarly reported greater public support for legalization than ever before, while a June poll by the Center for American Progress reported that 68 percent of voters nationwide endorse legalization – the highest level of national support ever recorded in a scientific survey.


#2: Marijuana Initiatives Win at the Ballot Box
Voters in four states – Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah – passed voter initiated measures in 2018 regulating the use of marijuana. Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah became the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd states to enact medical cannabis access laws, while Michigan became the tenth state to permit adult marijuana use. In January, Vermont legislatively enacted provisions permitting adults to grow and possess marijuana for their own personal use.


#3: Congress Amends CSA to Lift Ban on Commercial Hemp Production
Hemp-specific provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill (aka The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) for the first time amend the federal classification of marijuana to distinguish between cannabis and hemp. Under the new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC are no longer classified as a schedule I controlled substance. The Act also broadens the definition of ‘hemp’ (Section 297A) to include “any part of the plant, including …. extracts [or] cannabinoids” that do not possess greater than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis. The Act also for the first time in decades permits for the licensed commercial cultivation of hemp under a partnership of state and federal regulations.


#4 Canada Legalizes Adult Marijuana Use and Retail Sales
Canadian lawmakers this summer approved federal legislation permitting the use of marijuana by those ages 18 and older, and regulating adult use cannabis production and sales. Retailers began selling cannabis in compliance with the new law in October. In November, justices for Mexico’s Supreme Court also struck down the nation’s marijuana ban – finding that laws criminalizing the private use and cultivation of cannabis by adults are unconstitutional.


#5: Governors Campaign, Win On Marijuana Legalization Platforms
Candidates for Governor in numerous state races campaigned and won in 2018 on a pledge to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis. Specifically, incoming governors in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Illinois explicitly pledged to enact legalization. Re-elected Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has also pledged to enact adult use legalization in early 2019, as has New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.


#6: Incoming House Rules Chair to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Measures
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern said in November that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. Representative McGovern replaces outgoing Rules Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX), who lost his re-election bid. Representative Sessions used his position as Chairman of the House Rules Committee to block House floor members from voting on over three-dozen marijuana-related amendments during his leadership tenure. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” McGovern said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and we need to respect that. Federal laws and statutes are way behind.”


#7: Legal Marijuana Access is Associated with Reduced Opioid Abuse
Over a dozen peer-reviewed studies were published in 2018 finding that regulated marijuana access is associated with lower rates of opioid use, abuse, and mortality. Among patients enrolled in medical cannabis access programs, use of opioids frequently decreases or is eliminated altogether.


#8: FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike for Second Straight Year
The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws rose for the second consecutive year, according to data released in September by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, police made 659,700 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2017. As in previous years, marijuana possession arrests were least likely to occur in the western region of the United States, where possessing the plant has largely been either legalized or decriminalized. By contrast, in Midwestern states, marijuana-related arrests comprised over 53 percent of all drug arrests.


#9: FDA Approves First Ever Plant-Derived Cannabis Medicine
Regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration in June for the first time granted market approval to a plant-derived cannabis medicine, Epidiolex. The medicine contains a standardized formulation of plant-derived cannabidiol for the explicit treatment of two rare forms of severe epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. In September, the US Drug Enforcement Administration classified Epidiolex to Schedule V — the lowest restriction categorization available under federal law.


#10: States, Localities Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions
California became the first state to automatically review and expunge past marijuana-related convictions, under legislation enacted in October. Delaware enacted a similar law calling for the mandatory expungement of certain marijuana-related offenses, joining several other states that permit those with past records to petition to have those records sealed. Local officials in various cities in 2018, including Denver, Philadelphia, and Seattle, announced the facilitation of similar policies.

I think #6 has the potential for the greatest change in Federal law. Maybe this year is finally the year that the Federal Government truly does change how Marijuana is viewed on a Federal Level.