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New York State Association of Counties Preps for Legal Pot

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Yesterday morning, Steven Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties, appeared on the Capital Press Room with Susan Arbetter.

In response to Governor Cuomo's Address at the New York City Bar Association on Monday, Acquario weighed in on Cuomo's plan to legalize marijuana across the state.

While cannabis would provide counties with much needed resources for education and public assistance, executive director Acquario was not exactly "championing" this cause, due to the severity of the opioid epidemic that has taken over the lives of many New Yorkers.

Acquario said "this is a major shift in public policy and we have been combatting an opioid epidemic, it's confusing, it's a confusing issue to teenagers and families in New York." He goes on to say "to introduce marijuana policy during a drug crisis is confusing, there are a lot of issues surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana, this issue needs to be engaged with local governments."

Another issue he raised concerns the use of the term "recreational" with cannabis. There is a lot of pushback using this word as it makes people fearful that impressionable children will be encouraged to use cannabis or try it for the first time, because it is now considered a "recreation."

According to Acquario, the largest area of concern is public health, specifically, the issues of teen access to cannabis, the regulation of the clean indoor air act, and coordination with Big Tobacco. "We are telling kids that it is not ok to smoke tobacco, but that it is ok to smoke marijuana?" He makes an interesting point here, one that definitely requires consideration before we unleash a multibillion dollar drug market on one of the most populous states in the country.

It is also important to get the tax structure right, Acquario references California, where there is a massive black market of marijuana, as a result of the state's failure to appropriately set tax rates on the sale of cannabis. It is important that Governor Cuomo learn from the mistakes of the other states that have legalized cannabis, New York is a huge state with enormous potential for revenue, which all hinges on our ability to get the program right from the beginning.

What is the counties role in all of this? Consumer protection and public health. the New York State Association of Counties has met with the Governor and voiced their concerns. It is now up to Governor Cuomo and his handpicked team to take New York to the forefront of the recreational cannabis market in the U.S.



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Can't Sleep? Catch Some Zzzs With CBD

Can't Sleep? Catch Some Zzzs With CBD

By: Melissa A. Kay

For those who have trouble sleeping, counting sheep is as good a solution as drinking a Venti Starbucks before bed. The tossing and turning is exasperating, and if you sleep with a snorer, the aggravation is two-fold. From outside noise to too much light to the bed not being good enough for your Goldilocks standards, insomnia is a serious issue.

Not only does your night seem to go on forever as you watch the clock move in slow motion, but the next day, you're far from your peak. Your reactions are slower, you feel physically drained, and your mind is all over the place – if you can even think at all. Sleep is super important, so any hours spent awake in bed are precious ones you won't get back. And no, "making them up" over the weekend doesn't exactly work.

What to do? Sleeping pills are popular, but they can become addictive. Plus, if they haven't fully worn off by breakfast, you can be impaired and potentially dangerous if you must drive to work or school. Some folks try meditation to put their mind at ease, but if you don't have the time or the willpower to reach Zen before ten, the idea is all theory and never practiced. Sipping herbal tea is tasty, but it doesn't soothe everyone to sleep as the pleasant picture on the box demonstrates. If anything, it makes you have to run to the bathroom at 3am, just as you were finally about to drift off into dreamland. CBD, on the other hand, has proven effective, helping people hit the sack without the trouble they've experienced time and time again.

One major reason people can't sleep is due to stress and anxiety. When there's so much on your mind, falling asleep is difficult. We try to resolve problems, think of solutions, and worry about what will happen tomorrow rather than falling asleep as we ought to. We dwell on the past, replay scenarios in our heads, and punish ourselves or others needlessly and endlessly. All this brain activity promotes a pattern of feeling wound-up and wide awake. It's hard to feel peaceful when your brain is overloaded with ideas and agendas. CBD can help calm your nerves, release your angst, and allow you to compartmentalize your conundrums so you can shut your eyes and do what is supposed to come naturally.

As per Harvard Medical School, "CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep." And the American Sleep Association (ASA) notes, "Some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific (brain) receptors potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it's also possible that sleep may improve."

If you spend night after night lying awake wondering how you'll survive the next day feeling so sleepy, give CBD a try. A small dose before bedtime should do the trick, allowing you to relax and finally feel refreshed the next day. It's non-addictive so you won't need to rely on it, and perhaps you'll one day find that you're able to sleep soundly without it. That said, CBD offers a world of additional health benefits for the mind and body, so feel confident continuing with your evening CBD routine. Sweet dreams!

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Planet 13 Las Vegas: World's Largest Dispensary

Over 40,000 sf ft of fun!

On November 1st, Planet 13 opened in Las Vegas and now holds the title of "World's Largest Dispensary." (well, not really, they just call themselves that, but let's not nitpick)

Located near the Trump International, you can find Planet 13 at 2548 W Desert Inn Road.

What began with 16,000 usable square feet of retail space, has now blossomed into 40,000 square feet and includes several interactive installations for visitors. These installations include a 3-D projection room, a motion activated floor that lights up when you walk across it, and my personal favorite, the ability to write on the walls with a laser.

Developed by Larry Scheffler, a former councilman and his partner, Bob Groesbeck, a former Nevada mayor, Planet 13 is projected to cost a minimum of $7.5 million dollars and will be built in several phases. This complex will eventually be over 112,000 square feet of retail space in total and will include a coffee shop and a brewery on top of the already enormous dispensary.

As soon as you enter the front door of the dispensary you must go through the usual security checks. These include a metal detector or wand and search of any bags. The next step is to verify you are over 21 by showing your state issued drivers license or another acceptable form of identification.

Once you are through security, you will encounter the first installation which is a special floor (10x16) that lights up as patients walk across it, a feature which is sure to demand the attention of even the most veteran of stoners!!

To your left will be the dispensary room, which only has 3 walls, but still requires you to go through another security check (they have actual turnstiles, you must scan your admission ticket to enter).

As soon as you enter the dispensary room, you will be greeted by a friendly employee who is more than willing to take the time to show you around and help you figure out exactly what type of products will suit you best.

Keep in mind, there are limits to how much you can buy in the adult use market. If you are over 21, you may possess up to one ounce of dried cannabis flower, and up to 1/8th of an ounce of concentrated cannabis.


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Pax Labs Raises $20 Million

Who would have thought a college experiment by two Stanford students would lead to a $15 billion vaporizer business?

San Francisco based startup, Pax Labs Inc., has raised $20 million in a special round of funding, and rumor has it their valuation has ballooned to over $15 billion.

In an effort to keep themselves lean on VC money, existing shareholders were asked to come up with the funds, and Pax was able to avoid giving away a large stake of equity. According to CEO Bharat Vasan "This is a deliberately small round, to avoid becoming overly dependent on venture capital."

In 2007, a small company named Ploom Inc. was formed by James Monsees and Adam Bowen. The goal was to make a sleek, and technologically advanced loose leaf vaporizer. At the time, it was described as for tobacco use only, even though it was clearly made for cannabis in its flower form (clearly a lot has changed in the last 11 years). The Pax was finally released and has been revised twice since then.

Pax 3

In 2016, the Pax 3 was released. On that same day, their newest device, called the Pax Era was released and Ploom Inc. became Pax Labs. The Era was designed specifically for use with cannabis concentrates. This device is almost an exact replica of the Juul, another massively popular nicotine vaporizer, also developed by Monsees and Bowen.

Pax labs has got a winner with the Era, which is used with pre filled pods that are available in dispensaries in select states out west. Users are able to control the vaporizer wirelessly through an app on any mobile phone. The app allows you to connect to the Era and set it a specific temperature. You can also monitor the battery life and change the LED lights to different colors when the device is in use.

Pax does not sell any marijuana or cannabis oil, but sells the empty pods to companies that fill them with their own oils.

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Jimmy Buffett: Latest Celeb To Enter The Weed Biz

Rejoice! All you Jimmy Buffett fans out there, the "Margaritaville" singer has just announced the creation of the "Coral Reefer" medical marijuana brand.

Partnering with Florida based Surterra Wellness, Buffett has agreed to license his band name, "Coral Reefer", as a medical cannabis brand with plans to distribute its products through Surterra's entire network of stores. Founded in 2014, it has become one of the fastest growing cannabis businesses in the country and currently owns licenses to operate in Florida and Texas with plans to expand to additional states.

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Before You Take Another Pain Reliever, Read This

The word "inflammation" traces back to the Latin meaning for "set afire." As I've gotten older, my body and pain has changed. When I was young, I experienced temporary pain, occasionally from various injuries. But now, I'm living with chronic pain in my knees and joints. Simple tasks like climbing up stairs or driving can make my knees feel like they're on fire. I love taking my grandkids to the playground, but recently that's been tough to enjoy. I've tried everything: pills, hot packs, cold packs, over-the-counter and Rx meds. I've blended superfood smoothies and embarrassed myself in yoga classes, but nothing works. Prescriptions come with too many side effects and leave me feeling light-headed and nauseous.

Being busy keeps me happy and I'm not the type of person who can sit around all day and do nothing. When I started missing my daily walks and resenting the playground, my daughter suggested I try a CBD product. New to the market, they're catching a lot of buzz on managing pain. She recommended a brand called Sagely Naturals because they make easy-to-use products like lotions and capsules infused with CBD and other natural ingredients. This was something new, so I decided to give it a try.

Sagely Naturals is on a mission is to get people back to doing what they love most. They try to ease pain and relieve stress. Their CBD is sourced from organic and non GMO hemp. The hemp is grown and extracted at a facility that adheres to strict standards of operations.When I was young, I thought cannabinoids were just for hippies at Woodstock. But I've learned that CBD is a completely legal compound that can be extracted from hemp, kale, or even broccoli! Nowadays these products can be shipped to all 50 states. I was skeptical, but my daughter explained that there is absolutely no THC in Sagely's CBD products so I feel confident I'm not going to end up with any unwanted psychoactive effects. I had to ask these questions, but now I know there is nothing to worry about.

I started with Sagely's Relief and Recovery Cream, and I liked the comfortable feel of rubbing the peppermint-scented lotion on my hands. After a few weeks, the pain in my hands had lowered enough that I felt comfortable cooking meals for my family again. Then I started using the Relief and Recovery Capsules. I started by taking one in the mornings, and tried a few different dosages until I found the perfect balance for my unique body and pain level. The pills are the only things that have worked to minimize the pain in my knees, making it easier to get up and down stairs and feel independant again.

Now, I'm not afraid of the playground anymore. I love being able to help take care of my granddaughter, instead of my daughter always having to take care of me. Using the cream and capsules have become part of my morning routine. I also keep a small bottle of cream in my purse just in case I need it throughout the day. Sagely has given me the freedom to do all of my favorite things again, without chronic pain weighing me down.

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