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California to crack down on ‘gray marijuana’

California to crack down on ‘gray marijuana’

California is one of the pioneers, paving the way for other states, in adopting policies allowing the use of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. The Californian government has passed laws to govern not only the use of marijuana, but also to allow conditional cultivation, distribution and sale of cannabis by government licensed parties.

Quickly realising that the already existing medical marijuana laws had loopholes and was being exploited by the unlicensed collectives and cooperatives, California finally decided to address the issue and take preventive measures to ensure that illegal sale of marijuana is curbed. This crackdown on the “gray marijuana” market was essentially to ensure that the licensed operators were not at a disadvantage considering the fact that they had to follow the formal route of licensing, cultivation and sale involving more financial and social accountability. Read more

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Drug abuse has been a matter of concern for individuals and policymakers across the United States. Over the past few years, the number of individuals falling trapped in the habit of addiction has incredibly risen. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately one in four young adults aged 18 to 25 were the current users of illicit drugs in 2016. Read more

Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Not long ago, a 48-year-old California woman who smoked up to six medical marijuana strains a day was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles. She showed symptoms like dizziness, tiredness, aggressive behavior and difficulty in remembering her own name. She was diagnosed with a potentially deadly meningitis infection.

Owing to her problem, the woman’s behavior had become so erratic that she not only lost her job but also assaulted a nurse at a medical center. Unable to figure out her ailment, the staff at the CSMC emergency room referred her to the psychiatric department. “We thought it might be catatonia (abnormal movement triggered by mental issues), and it took us some time to rule out a psychiatric illness,” said Dr. Bryan Shapiro, who treated the woman. Read more

New track-and-trace software to help California prevent marijuana black marketing

New track-and-trace software to help California prevent marijuana black marketing

With 30 states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana in one form or the other, the risk of cannabis abuse has only become higher than ever in the United States. California, which was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program way back in 1996, took a leap by legalizing weed for recreational use from January 1, 2018. However, realizing the threat of misuse of the legally grown marijuana the state engaged a Florida-based software company to develop a tracking system to keep tabs on the publicly available cannabis. Read more

Fentanyl test strips in high demand, but hard to find

Fentanyl test strips in high demand, but hard to find

Dependency on drugs is fast becoming a normal feature. With the number of drug users increasing on a daily basis, there is also a sharp rise in overdose fatalities. In an effort to control an overdose, harm-reduction workers are nowadays using a tool to help drug abusers avoid death. This tool or drug test strips are able to detect the presence of fentanyl.

There have been regular calls to the Ontario-based biotechnology company BTNX, which offers the testing kits, by distraught parents who have lost their children to fentanyl overdose. They have been eager to get their hands on drug testing strips, which are said to detect the presence of fentanyl. However, CEO of the company, Iqbal Sunderani, says he is forced to turn them down. Read more