Chronicle AM: OK Medical Marijuana Kerfuffle, UK Gov Won't Block Festival Pill Testing, More... (7/12/18)

Oklahoma voters approved a medical marijuana initiative last month, but now a new battle is brewing; the British government says it will not block pill testing at clubs and festivals, and more.

The battle over medical marjuana is just beginning in Oklahoma. (Creative Commons)
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Massachusetts US Attorney Says Enforcement of Federal Pot Laws Will Be Limited. US Attorney Andrew Lelling warned that he won't "immunize" state residents from federal law enforcement, but that he will focus on overproduction, targeted sales to minors, and organized crime. Lelling also said that fighting opioid addiction remains his highest priority.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Strict Medical Marijuana Rules. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed rules regulating medical marijuana that include banning the sale of smokable marijuana at dispensaries and requiring a pharmacist at dispensaries. "These rules are the best place to start in developing a proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana, with the highest priority given to the health and safety of Oklahomans. They are also the quickest and most cost-efficient way to get the process actually started as required by the law passed by the people. I expect modifications could occur in the future. I know some citizens are not pleased with these actions," Fallon said in a statement.

DEA Says Oklahoma Pharmacists Dispensing Marijuana Would Violate Federal Law. Although Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed into law regulations requiring that a pharmacist be present at medical marijuana dispensaries, the DEA's Special Agent in Charge in Oklahoma, Rich Salter, warned that the medical marijuana program as a whole violates federal law. Any pharmacist who dispensed an illegal drug would be at risk of losing his or her license, he added.

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Groups Vow To Take Action In Last-Minute Regulation Changes. The Oklahoma Cannabis Trade Association and the Oklahomans for Health, the group that spearheaded the successful medical marijuana initiative, held a news conference Wednesday to decry regulations imposed by the state Board of Health and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R). "Those are not reasonable," said medical marijuana advocate Nora Sapp. "We the people spoke on July 26th. We didn't ask permission. We told them what we are going to do." The two groups said they would fight the regulations.

International

British Government Says It Won't Block Pill Testing at Festivals. The British government has said it "would not stand in the way" of pill testing at music festivals and clubs. Policing minister Nick Hurd said that the Home Office would defer to the judgment of local officials in allowing festivals and live music venues to allow illicit drugs to be evaluated for safety. "The fact that chief constables in Avon, Cumbria, Somerset, and Hampshire have stepped forward and said… we do want to cooperate with this, sends a strong signal."

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"smokable" ban blocks vaporization option

The proposed language would prevent buyers from acquiring dry flower herb on grounds that they are suspected of intending to "smoke"it when in fact there is an Easy-Learn, Heat-not-Burn technique for VAPORIZING sifted dry herb in a screen-equipped one-hitter.

The first thing is to attach a footlong flexible drawtube over the butt (sucking) end of the one-hitter so your eyes can focus on what your hands do when you enact the Vapetoke Technique.

Insert 25 mg. herb that has been sifted through 1/16th-inch screening to obtain a particle size which provides ample surface area to vaporize out the cannabinoids. 

"Hold 1/2" lighter flame an inch below,

Suck smoooooooth, slow,

Don't start glow

Till after 9-19 seconds or so.

After finishing the toke, do 30 warm wet W's in and out of a breathbonnet (=breadbag) to maximize absorption.

As soon as sufficient numbers of the certified user population are aware of the above-cited Technique it might no longer be necessary to deter "smoking" (carbon monoxide, carcinogens, cannabinoid waste etc.).  Unfortunately the media even today heads many cannabis-related articles with a picture of a HBOM hot burning overdose monoxide Joint.  How soon will there be an effective campaign to educate anyone how to use a flexdrawtube one-hitter? 

p.s.

Forgot to mention, try to hold the lighter flame low enough that heated air entering the utensil opening is in the desired cannabinoid range 325-385F or so.  And by all means after you think you have gotten the cannabinoids vaped out move the flame near enough to glow off that remnant of delicious cellulose.

It occurred to me maybe could purchasers be issued budflower on presenting evidence of Intent to Vaporize, Not Smoke, i.e. show the dispensary staff a nice brown-tubed Personal One-hitter?

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