Legal Alternatives To Weed​

Impact on Tax Revenue

Better than expected sales of marijuana in Colorado and Washington over the past several years have resulted in buoyant tax revenues. In 2019, Colorado collected more than $302 million in taxes and fees on medical and recreational marijuana. Sales in the state totaled over $1.7 billion. Sales in the U.S were $12.2 billion in 2019 and projected to increase to $31.1 billion by 2024, according to a report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. Local research supports this view as well; a report from the Colorado State University-Pueblo's Institute of Cannabis Research recently found that the legal cannabis industry has contributed more than $80.8 million to the local economy in 2017, primarily through taxes and other fees. Should marijuana become legal on a federal level, the benefits to the economy could be exceptional: A report from cannabis analytics company New Frontier suggests that federally legal pot could generate an additional $105.6 billion in aggregate federal tax revenue by 2025.

That is the carrot dangled before many states. In December 2019, it was reported that since January 2018, California’s cannabis sales had generated 411.3 million in excise tax, $98.9 million in cultivation tax, and $335.1 million in sales tax. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission reported in November 2019 that in the first year of opening marijuana retailers, $393.7 million was generated in gross sales.

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Home Recipe for a Roundup Alternative

If you’re worried about Roundup and cancer risks, you can cook up an alternative using easy-to-find household ingredients. The internet is full of formulas you can make at home, but you should be careful. Even seemingly safer or organic mixtures can kill plants you want to protect, damage your soil or cause you harm.

  Source: North Dakota State University

Source: North Dakota State University

Researchers at North Dakota State University tested a popular vinegar, salt and soap homemade herbicide formula in 2014. They found it was effective at killing small annual weeds. It didn’t work very well on large annual weeds or perennials. Annuals are plants that only live a year. Perennials are those that live two years or more, coming back each year.

The researchers found glyphosate was cheaper, but the homemade mix, using store brand ingredients, was still less than $3 a gallon. That made it practical for home use against certain weeds.

The mixture can still be toxic to humans and animals if swallowed. Based on animal tests, the researchers estimated that a gallon of the salt and vinegar concoction was nearly 10 times more toxic than the store brand glyphosate they tested it against. So it should be stored away from children and pets.

So the vinegar you are using to spray your weeds is probably made from corn that was sprayed with glyphosate: the very herbicide you were trying to avoid. North Dakota State University researchers

You should also be aware that vinegar may contain glyphosate. That’s because most vinegar is made with corn and most corn in the United States is grown from Roundup Ready seed. Those are crops genetically modified so farmers can continue using Roundup as the crop matures.

“So the vinegar you are using to spray your weeds is probably made from corn that was sprayed with glyphosate: the very herbicide you were trying to avoid,” the researchers wrote.

You might get around this problem by using certified organic vinegar.

Using Weed For Pain, Stress, etc

Using the entire cannabis plant and getting all of the natural chemicals and strains (including CBD and THC) can allow for the most benefit. Using either pure CBD or THC separately can give different results when relieving your pain. THC can contribute to the feeling of being high, but taking CBD along with it can help to lessen the effect.

In addition, the CBD strain helps the THC last longer, to further extend the effects of your pain relief. Who doesn’t want that?

Medical marijuana can also help ease stress, pain, anxiety and so much more, but only in the correct dosage. The proper dosage is important to receive the full benefit.

But at Quitnet, we can already see the question forming in your head. You know about all this and the benefits, but you still have to ask: “what if I don’t want to smoke weed?”

Why CBD Oils?

For those who don’t want to smoke medical marijuana, CBD oil is one of several alternatives that can provide the same medicinal effects as smoking weed, as well as treat other health problems including anxiety and depression. The oil can also reduce the side effects of cancer treatments such as nausea and vomiting that come from chemotherapy (although, we have to be clear: CBD does not guarantee to cure, prevent or diagnose medical conditions).

Using CBD oil can also reduce an old teenage woe – acne. CBD oil stops your face from producing the excess oils that eventually cause acne, and it also works as an anti-inflammatory agent on your skin. It can even work to prevent seizures in both adults/young children and help treat addiction.

Medical marijuana would be legalized under Republican proposalYour browser indicates if youve visited this link

The bill would establish a program permitting adults and some minors with serious medical issues to use non-smokable forms of marijuana.

Saved Money

When considering the economic benefits of legal marijuana, it's important to think of the money that might be saved as well as revenue that could be generated through such a process. Currently, federal marijuana enforcement costs several billion dollars per year. A 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that the costs at that time were approximately $3.6 billion per year. The more states that legalize cannabis, the lower the cost of enforcement would likely be; if marijuana were to be legalized on a national level, these costs would likely drop considerably. If marijuana were removed from the list of controlled substances, far fewer court cases involving the substance would go to trial, resulting in fewer incarcerations, and, in turn, more money saved.

Legalized marijuana also stands to benefit medical consumers of cannabis-based products. As marijuana becomes legal in more and more parts of the country, it's likely that the price will drop overall as a result of commoditization. This may not immediately seem like good news for overall tax revenue or for marijuana companies looking to maximize profits. However, individuals utilizing marijuana-based products for medical treatment would stand to benefit considerably from lower prices for these items.

Signs of Use

If you are a parent of a young adult, it pays to know the behaviors and physical effects of using fake weed. While exhibiting one or two of these signs might not mean that your child is using, they are all strong indicators of drug use and should be taken seriously.

Behaviors:

  • Burning incense
  • Buying or using eye drops
  • Possessing dried plants or herbs
  • Having rolling papers or vape pens
  • Receiving suspicious packages in the mail
  • Displaying unusual or secretive behaviors

Physical effects:

  • Restlessness
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Pale complexion
  • Acting confused
Drug Testing and Drug Screening for Teens

Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal

Regularly using “fake weed” can result in increased tolerance, or needing more and more of the drug to experience the same high. If you regularly use synthetic cannabinoids, you can also become both physically and psychologically dependent. This means if you stop abruptly, you'll likely experience withdrawal symptoms.

Since the chemical composition of fake weed is unknown and can change from batch to batch, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal may also vary.

How Long Does Fake Weed Stay in Your System?

How long synthetic cannabinoids stay in your system depends on several factors, including the type, how it is administered (i.e., inhaled or ingested), amount consumed, and frequency of use. Since these synthetic drugs don't trigger a positive result on most standard urine drug tests, many people turn to these drugs in an attempt to avoid positive drug screens for employment, rehab, or legal reasons.

Addiction

Long-term, regular use of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to addiction. If you have a history of mental illness or a substance use disorder, the risk of addiction is even greater.

In addition to building up a tolerance and experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, other signs of synthetic cannabinoid addiction can include:

  • You use more than intended, even after telling yourself that you’ll only “take a few hits.”
  • You are unable to cut down or stop and have likely failed numerous times at quitting.
  • You spend lots of time getting high, often at the expense of spending time with loved ones or doing activities you once enjoyed.
  • You continue to use despite any problems with family and friends, employment, or legal troubles.
  • You depend on the drug to “relax” or for creativity.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Withdrawal

Symptoms of synthetic weed withdrawal can range from mild to severe, depending on how frequent and how long you have been using, and include the following:

  • Headache
  • Severe anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

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States that do not have a legal version of marijuana are turning to these hemp alternatives. Even in legalized states, customers are skipping a trip to the local dispensary altogether and ordering online or purchasing from their local convenience store or …

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