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San Diego legalizes recreational pot dispensaries, might allow pot farms, testing labs

San Diego legalized recreational

 

San Diego legalized recreational pot dispensaries on Tuesday and the city also opened up the possibility it will allow pot farms, manufacturing facilities and testing labs.

San Diego is the first city in San Diego County to approve recreational marijuana sales since state voters approved Proposition 64 in November, and no other cities in the county have indicated they intend to follow suit.

Sales of recreational pot will begin when statewide regulations being crafted in Sacramento are completed sometime before January 2018. Dispensaries along the coast may have to wait for Coastal Commission approval, but city officials said that’s expected by October.

The San Diego City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow the sale of recreational marijuana at 15 dispensaries approved by the city to sell medical marijuana, pending the state action.

Council members also agreed to consider later this year approving regulations for commercial cultivation, testing and distribution of marijuana in bud and other forms, such as edibles.

Specific regulations for those activities weren’t available for the council to approve on Tuesday because city staff and the San Diego Police Department had recommended the city ban them based on concerns about crime and other potential problems.

Council members said they were partly motivated by the November election, when 62% of city voters approved Proposition 64.

“They told us what they expect us to do,” said Councilman Chris Ward, noting that Proposition 64 also allows local governments to legalize cultivation, manufacturing and testing.

Read original article from the LA Times here by David Garrick February 1, 2017, 8:50AM

Looking at the future of cannabis – Meadow interview with A Green Alternative

A Green Alternative: Leading the Change in San Diego’s Transforming Cannabis Industry

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A Green Alternative is the first permitted dispensary in San Diego County, and also the first in San Diego to partner

with Meadow. They deliver all over the city and set themselves apart by the high quality of their products, their

concern for patients, and their focus on customer service. We sat down with AGA’s COO Zach Lazarus to talk about

our favorite plant and the future of the cannabis industry.

 

Meadow: Hey Zach, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Let’s jump right in: can you tell us a bit about how

you got started in the industry? Why cannabis?

 

Zach: After I met my partners, I saw the good they were providing in the community and wanted to participate in

that. I got to see first hand how they were helping people, especially cancer patients, and I wanted to get involved.


“I got to see first hand how cannabis was

helping people, especially cancer patients.”

 

Meadow: So what were some of the challenges that you faced while building and growing your dispensary?

 

Zach: One of the biggest was definitely the lack of traditional banking. There are no small loans to help grow

operations or smooth cash flow. Then there are the issues with taxation: the unfairness around 280E and not

letting businesses claim their expenses means we get taxed multiple times on the same dollar. Also there are

concerns about safety when serving our community. Unlike pharmacies, we have an armed guard to make sure

our patients are protected.


There is a big split between the operators of lawful and unlawful dispensaries: on issues of safety, taxation, and

serving the community the differences are huge. We have to consider issues of general liability and workers comp

insurance, while unlicensed dispensaries cut corners and pay employees under the table. This has made the

market pretty saturated, but it’s just a matter of time before municipalities, counties and the state are all

aggressively closing unlawful dispensaries. This has already started happening in Chula Vista, where they are

switching from civil to criminal penalties. 


“There is a big split between the operators of lawful

and unlawful dispensaries: on issues of safety, taxation,

and serving the community the differences are huge.”

Looking at the future of cannabis

 

Meadow: Big changes are under way. Can you tell us a little bit about how you found Meadow?

 

Zach: Well, [Meadow CEO David] Hua gets it. Meadow is educating people about cannabis, and their founders have

the vision for a medicinal revolution of cannabis. Others will try to copy and fail, but Meadow’s platform and

business model will set them up to be like the General Electric of cannabis, the go-to provider for licensed

dispensaries and delivery services serving patients.

 

Meadow: That’s very flattering! We do have a big vision, but so do our partners, exceptional people like you. So

what advice would you give budding cannabis entrepreneurs? What does it take to be successful in the cannabis

industry?

 

Zach: Look at all the future licensing opportunities, and find one that fits your mold or where you believe you could

pursue a business model that would be successful. Next, operate legitimately at the municipal level, and be ready

for state licensing by 2018. There are opportunities out there, you just have to find them. I think Humboldt may be

saturated right now, but we’ll have to wait and see.

 

“Meadow’s founders have the vision for a medicinal

revolution of cannabis… [They will be] the go-to provider

for licensed dispensaries and delivery services.”

 

Meadow: That’s an interesting thought. Right now land prices there are rising quickly, and possibly unsustainably.

What do you see as the future of cannabis, say in the next 5–10 years?

 

Zach: My personal take is that Proposition 64 [the Adult Use of Marijuana Act] will pass in November. After that

happens we have a year of compliance before recreational sales start. I expect that prices will spike, leading to

bubble, and we may see a typical gram go up to $40 even. This will lead to a a larger black market forming, until it all

comes crashing down to maybe as low as $6 a gram once new facilities are licensed and come online. This will make

cannabis far more accessible than under prohibition.

 

“Proposition 64 will pass in November. After that happens

we have a year of compliance before recreational sales start.”

 

Meadow: Well, it sounds like we have an interesting time ahead of us! Thank so much for taking the time to speak

with us Zach.

 

Zach: Thank you! Looking forward to continuing our partnership to bring cannabis to the world.


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Meadow builds software for the medical cannabis industry in California.

To learn more about turnkey software for your storefront, delivery, and back office, visit www.meadowplatform.com

 

 

 

 

Article reposted from:

The Dandelion

Musings from the Meadow

on Medium.com here

 

Marijuana Puzzle

San Diego, here’s a puzzle while you wait for your marijuana delivery.

We realize that waiting for your marijuana to be delivered can be an agonizing and sometimes an
excruciating process. So we decided to share a puzzle that can help you pass the time.
*hint* Scrolling the mouse wheel over the puzzle pieces can turn them around.
Have fun San Diego!
marijuana-puzzle

For more great puzzles visit jigsawplanet.com.

About Strains and Terpenes

Each strain has its own aroma and effect.

This unique signature is not only the result of cannabinoids, but also due to lesser known molecules: The flavonoids, terpenes, terpenoids.

Some strains are sedating, some energizing, some take your spirit to the land of euphoria, some are perfectly apt as a natural painkiller, some spill a bucket of inspiration in your head and some provide a bit of all of the above. But it’s not only the cannabinoids that are responsible for these different effects – lesser known molecules known as flavonoids and terpenoids play a huge role in the overall aroma and effect of a strain.

Often, the overall quality of a strain is measured by its THC content, and of course, a few tokes of some fine weed with a good load of THC will get you high. But it reveals an approach overly focused on one single compound – THC in this case. This same fixation can be found across the pharmacological landscape, it is the obsession with the “active ingredient“. Wether it’s THC or vitamin C – much of the work over the last century has been about isolating the active compound and stripping it from its natural environment. And there are good reasons for this; it allows for more precise dosage and standardization of quality. Research is easier with just one compound, cutting out the noise of complex natural systems. And lastly, isolation of active compounds allows for processes to be turned profitable, which is much more difficult with natural preparations.

terpenes
Everyone agrees that good bud is more than just a THC level. At this point, cannabinoids have become well known and CBD became the second most important “active ingredient“. But what this approach hides, is that a good smoke is much more about an intricate balance between all ingredients, rather than a single percentage of an isolated compound. This is particularly true in the case of a very complex plant like cannabis, which produces well over 220 compounds. About 85 of those are cannabinoids, and another 120 are so called terpenes and some 20 are flavonoids.

WHAT ARE FLAVONOIDS?

The unique smell and flavor of a cannabis strain is produced in part by its flavonoids, the aromatic molecules. Some flavonoids, like quercetin, luteolin and kaempferol, naturally appear in many different plants. But flavonoids that are unique to cannabis are called cannaflavins, and they don’t just smell good, they are pharmacologically active. For example, cannaflavin A has been found to to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the inflammatory molecule PGE-2, and it does this 30 times more effectively than aspirin.

Similar to CBD, flavonoids also modulate the effects of THC. Through complex biochemical mechanisms, flavonoids interact on many different sites in the body. Some interact with estrogen receptors, others act as potent antioxidants or inhibit enzymatic processes.

WHAT ARE TERPENES AND TERPENOIDS?

Terpenes appear naturally and abundantly in humans, plants and animals, often to deter parasites. Similarly to flavonoids, terpenes also emit a strong smell and flavor. Terpenes are volatile molecules that evaporate easily and contribute to the aroma of the buds. Research has discovered that terpenes are psychoactive and contribute to the overall effect of a strain. They show a wide range of effects, including sedation, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and many more. Perhaps surprisingly, up to 30% of cannabis smoke is composed of terpenes and terpenoids.

The difference between terpenes and terpenoids is that terpenes are simple hydrocarbons, while terpenoids consist of additional functional groups. In nature, simple hydrocarbons like terpenes are often the building blocks for larger and more complex molecules, such as steroids, pigments and vitamins. In cannabis, terpenes and THC share a biochemical precursor, geranyl pyrophosphate, which is developed in the resin glands of the plant and then evolves into the cannabinoids and terpenes.

Just like many other strong-smelling flowers and plants, cannabis develops those terpenes to attract beneficial insects and to repel predators. Many factors, including the climate, weather, maturity level of the plant, the used fertilizers, the soil type the plant grows in and even the time of day have influence on a plant’s development of terpenes.

The great variety of aromas in cannabis strains is already impressive, but the most fascinating property of terpenes is their ability to interact with the other active compounds in the plant. Terpenes can modify how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier. But their influence reaches even as far as to regulate neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, altering their rate of production and decomposition, their movement and availability to receptors.

While well over 100 different terpenes and terpenoids have been identified in cannabis, we are summarizing below some of the most prominent ones. Here a short list of terpenes, their aroma and medicinal benefits.

Borneol

Aroma: Spicy, menthol, camphor
Effects: Sedative, calming
Medical value: Used in traditional Chinese medicine as moxa, also to reduce stress.
Also found in: Cinnamon, galanga, and wormwood
Strains high in Borneol: The church, Diamond Girl, Green-o-matic

Carene

Aroma: Sweet, cedar, pungent
Effects: Unknown
Medical value: In aromatherapy used to dry excess fluids, tears, running noses, excess menstrual flow and perspiration
Also found in: Cedar, pine, rosemary
Strains high in Carene: El Niño, Lemon Skunk, King’s Kush

Caryophyllene

Aroma: Spicy, warm, sweet, woody
Effects: Unknown
Medical value: anti-inflammatory and analgesic. In high doses a calcium and potassium ion channel blocker. One of the compounds that contributes to the spiciness of black pepper.
Also found in: Black pepper, hops, lavender, rosemary, cloves, oregano.
Strains high in Caryophyllene: Arjans Haze #2, Super Silver Haze, Nevilles Haze

Eucalyptol

Aroma: Spicy, minty, camphor
Effects: Centering, balancing and stimulating
Medical value: Used as a cough suppressant. Antibacterial, used in mouthwash and body powder.
Also found in: Rosemary, sage, wormwood, basil, tea tree, camphor laurel
Strains high in Eucalyptol: Kings Kush, ChemDawg, Bubba Kush

Limonene

Aroma: Sour, citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit)
Effects: Uplifting, refreshing
Medical value: Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, enhances the mood
Also found in: Citrus fruits, rosemary, peppermint
Strains high in limonene: OG Kush, Damn Sour, Diamond Girl, Super Lemon Haze, Jack the Ripper, Lemon Skunk

Linalool

Aroma: Sweet, flowery, citrus, candy like
Effects: Uplifting and sedating
Medical value: Helps with anxiety, elevates the mood
Also found in: Over 200 plants produce linalool; Lavender, mints, rosewood, citrus fruits, birch trees, and even some fungi.
Strains high in linalool: Amnesia Haze, Grape Ape, G-13, Lavender, Deep Purple, LA Confidential

Myrcene

Aroma: Sweet, fruity, green vegetative, tropical, earthy
Effects: Sedation and relaxation
Medical value: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, elevates the mood.
Myrcene is also found in: Mango, hops, lemon grass, thyme, guava, East Indian bay tree, verbena and mercia
Strains high in myrcene: White Rhino, Sweet Mango Auto, K. Train, El Niño, Skunk #1, White Widow

Pinene

Aroma: Pine
Effects: Mental Focus, alertness, aids memory, counteracts some of the effects of THC
Medical value: Bronchodilator, helps with asthma, acts antiseptic, antibiotic, insect repellant
Also found in: Pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill
Strains high in pinene: Trainwreck, Cheese, ChemDawg, Super Critical, Jack Herer, Bubba Kush, Super Silver Haze

Terpineol

Aroma: Sweet, floral, citrus, lilac
Effects: Strongly physically relaxing, responsible for the couchlock?
Medical value: Unknown
Also found in: Apple blossoms, orange
Strains high in Terpineol: Money Maker, White Rhino, Superbud

Reprinted from http://www.zamnesia.com/blog-beyond-cannabinoids-flavonoids

California, Always Setting Trends In All Things That Matter!

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When it comes to setting any “Green” trends, the whole country seemingly looks all the way west… to California!

From electric cars to banning plastic bags to legalizing marijuana, California is one of the states that is in the

lead, if not the one setting the pace for change throughout the country.

 

As if the natural beauty of California isn’t enough, San Diego opened its first legal marijuana dispensary, A Green

Alternative, late last year. The dispensary itself sets the tone for what the industry should follow: you will find a

large selection of medical marijuana products of all types. The environment itself is impressively clean and safe

with guards at the entrance to ensure the safety of their employees.

 

However, the best part is that A Green Alternative took things a few steps further to deliver the ultimate client

experience. Just in case a client doesn’t feel like heading to the shop because they are tired after a long day of

work or perhaps they feel sick… the reason doesn’t matter. Using GoMeadow, the patient can place an order

and have it be delivered to their door… never having to step outside or change out of their pajamas. So, in essence,

the premier San Diego marijuana delivery service, pretty much!

 

Of course, the industry is in its infancy and is already showing great signs of progress. The legalization process is

the first step and with A Green Alternative creating a safe, clean environment for the rest of the city and state to

follow, things are headed in the right direction. But what else is amazing about California?

Health Trends!

Most health trends seem to take root in California before they catch on with the rest of the country. In fact, if you

have lived on the east coast and then checked out California’s cuisine, you will notice a huge difference in the way

food is made there.

 

For instance, east coast’s version of Chinese food is way different than the west coast version in both flavor and

nutrition. The same can be said for Mexican food. Mexican food on the east coast is loaded with sour cream and

cheese (which makes it extremely delicious in a fattening way!) However, order Mexican food on the West coast

and it contains more guacamole, no sour cream if any, and very little cheese. In the same manner, one cannot find

New York style pizza in California (for the obvious reason, but still!) or any marvelous foods such as a stromboli or

delicious cheesesteaks:

delicious cheesesteak

If you are addicted to those foods, it takes a bit of an adjustments. If you start looking at the overall picture,

however, you will realize that most foods in California are prepared in a more health conscientious manner. You

will find more hiking activities (more activities, period!), fruits, avocado/guacamole, fresh seafood, and farmer’s

markets every where.

 

California is all about embracing nature, your body, health, a clean state of mind. While the rest of the country

complains about the housing market, Californians enjoy everything amazing this state has to offer its residents!