Let’s face it, times are tough right now. Budgets are getting cut everywhere, the economy is still in shambles, natural disasters are going down everywhere. So with all this wild stuff going down, you need to make sure you are going to have a little bit of bud to get you through the hard times.
Prices in my area are about $25 for a gram of something dank. The recession seems to have pushed the prices up a little and the quantities down a little. So what is a broke 20 something supposed to do to make sure they can smoke every day and often?
Conserve, conserve, conserve!
Here are some things you can do to easily start conserving your weed and save yourself a lot of coin!
How To Conserve Your Weed Easily
Smoke less weed
Ahh, okay. You didn’t want to hear it but it’s the truest way to save some of your weed. Smoke less! It doesn’t mean stopping altogether. But perhaps it’s time to let go of that wake and bake. It means you won’t have to buy an ounce at a time and can save some money by buying quarters instead!
Save your roaches
A lot of smokers instantly dump their roaches. This is unnecessary. You’d be surprised how much weed you can collect from your joint stumps. At the end of the month, you can roll them all up in a blunt and enjoy a little bit of extra weed. If you’re not really left with much, you can empty them out and put them in a cone piece. It sounds stingy, but remember that times are tough!
Cut off your scavenger friends
Usually I’m an advocate for sharing weed with friends, but in difficult times it might be okay to tell a little white lie. Tell them that you’re busy when they call asking to smoke some weed, or tell them that you’ve run out of herb. There’s nothing wrong with keeping your stash a secret from your scavenger friends. After all, weed is expensive and when you’re running low, it can be downright difficult to share. Everyone’s got that friend who loves to scrounge around for weed in your pocket. So let them go for a while.
Vaporizing your weed is a great way to minimize how much you consume. It gives a powerful high without actually using so much of your stash. Plus, for those who don’t know, you get more THC out of a vaporized smoke. Some of the THC actually gets destroyed in the smoking process, whereas vaporizing it means you can get all the THC out. You get higher by smoking less weed.
Stop joints, start cones
We all know how easy it is to chew through a bag when you’re smoking blunts and joints. You need a lot of herb to fill up a paper or a blunt. Plus, blunt wraps and papers cost money. If you put your weed in a pipe or cone piece, you can conserve your weed for much longer. Some weed even gets lost to the storytelling process. We all have that friend who lets the joint burn down while telling stupid jokes.
Smoke some, sell some
Now, I’m not suggesting you turn into a big time drug dealer. But you can save a lot of money by selling some of your weed. When you buy in larger amounts it’s usually cheaper. Then you can sell grams for more to your cheap friends. You might even end up getting your weed for free this way after you calculate all the costs and the money you can make. You probably have some friends that like to smoke weed, too. So sell them a gram or two here and there.
Don’t carry all of your weed
So you’ve been invited over to a friend’s place or a smoking circle. If you take the whole quarter, chances are you are going to smoke a lot of it, if not all of it. So every time you find yourself on the way to a friend’s place, just carry a gram bag with you. That will ensure that you don’t end up smoking your whole stash. You’ll be able to save most of your ganja for yourself without looking stingy at the smoking circle.
Corner the bowl
By lighting just one corner of the bowl, you can get way more smoke out of your cone. You’ll also be surprised how stoned you can get off just half of the weed you actually put in the cone. If you’re sharing, then one cone will be enough for two or three people. If not, then you’ll have some weed left in the bowl in a couple of hours when it’s time for your next smoke.
Use a one hitter
A one hitter pipe is one that usually just fits one hit inside of it. It’s enough to get high without overdoing it and wasting a whole ton of weed. A lot of the time, we smoke way more than necessary. It’s a “eyes bigger than your appetite” kind of situation – except that the appetite is never satisfied. Take one hit and watch how high you get! And also watch your stash decrease much slower.
Store your weed in a jar (and don’t grind it all)
It can be really tempting to grind your entire stash as soon as you get it so that it’s ready to be used. But this can deceive you into smoking way more than you should. When you get your bag, put some of it in a jar and hide it somewhere. It will make for good storage and give you something to smoke at the end of the month. If you do this every time you buy a bag, you might even start to collect a whole bunch of storage. This can then be smoked in those really difficult times!
Use a three tier grinder
When you use a grinder that has three tiers, there is usually a compartment at the very bottom for collecting kief. Yes, it takes a long time to collect kief this way. But after a few months of using that grinder (and that grinder only), you can be left with a few grams of very powerful kief. This is especially true if you like to smoke top quality weed that has a lot of trichomes on it. They all fall to that bottom compartment and create something like a reserve for when things get rough and you run out of herb.
Don’t let your weed go bad
By storing your weed in a glass jar, you avoid the risk of it going bad. In a plastic baggy (especially in humid places) it can go bad really quickly. Glass jars are how growers cure their weed over a long time, and it can actually get stronger. However, in a baggy, weed can start to get moldy and lose its power. Don’t leave your jar on the window sill, either. Storing it in a cool, dark place will make it last much longer. This also means that it won’t dry out too much. Smoking weed that has dried out a lot can be extremely harsh on the throat. It also burns much faster, meaning that you’re not really conserving that much at all.
How to make your weed last longer
To make your weed last longer, you need to control its exposure to air and heat. Don’t forget that heating up your weed is usually the way to use it up. So by keeping it somewhere sunny or warm, you’re contributing to its degradation. Do NOT put it in the refrigerator. It will accumulate moisture in there and cause you a myriad of problems, including mold. The same is true of the freezer. Freezing it can damage the trichomes, which are the part of your weed that get you the most high.
Avoid storing your weed in plastic or metal. Glass is the best material to store your weed in. Even though I don’t recommend airtight jars, they also shouldn’t let too much air in. It requires a very delicate balance to keep everything in the jar as it should be.
If you’re feeling really desperate and want to store your weed for a really long time, you can always convert it to tinctures or oils. They last for an extremely long time, as long as your oil isn’t easily perishable. On the other hand, cannabutter goes off quickly because it’s an organic kind of substance. Alcohol is the best way to make your weed last for a really long time. It extracts most of the cannabinoids and gives you a good storage location for a couple of ounces that you want to store for a really long time. You’ll love having a tincture lying around when there’s nothing to smoke, too!
Cannabis and the 2020 Election
Next month, five states will be voting on seven ballot measures to legalize cannabis. A variety of proposals, including constitutional amendments, statutory initiatives, and alternative measures, could establish new medical cannabis markets in two states and expand legalization to include adult use legalization in four states. Three of these proposals would enshrine cannabis possession and consumption within state constitutions.
This article will explore the proposals themselves as well as the short-term implications of legalization on existing license holders and the industry.
Arizona voters have another opportunity to legalize cannabis next month, after narrowly defeating adult use legislation four years ago. In recent years, the Copper State’s medical cannabis market has seen significant MSO expansion, and new mandatory testing requirements launch at the beginning of November.
There are roughly 150 medical cannabis licenses in the state currently — all of which would receive priority status in the application process for adult use licensing. Additionally, diversity applicants and applicants in areas currently lacking cannabis retail access would be fast-tracked applicants.
Prop. 207 does include local control and opt-out provisions, and a new 16% tax would direct revenue to a variety of funds, while retail operators would be able to launch delivery services as soon as 2023.
Mississippi could become the 34th state to legalize cannabis for medical use, but two competing measures are creating complications on the ballot. A citizen-driven campaign led to the placement of Initiative 65, while the legislature responded with Alternative Initiative 65A.
Initiative 65 establishes a medical cannabis program similar to the program structure of many other states; with clearly defined qualifying conditions, possession limits, taxes, registration fees, and a regulator — the state health department. The alternative includes no definitions and only allows smokable cannabis products for terminally ill patients, leaving a highly restrictive market requiring enabling legislation.
Previous bills have been proposed, but never brought to a vote — leaving some skeptical that anything at all may come of Initiative 65A.
Montana’s existing medical cannabis program relies on a system of caregivers who cultivate cannabis and make manufactured products, including edibles and concentrates. Additionally, there is a limited number of licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Legalization would be a major evolution for Montana, which has seen multiple ballot initiatives and legislative interventions in recent years.
Two measures have been placed: one constitutional amendment to set the age of 21 as the minimum buying age and a measure to establish a commercial adult use market. While no early sales provisions are included, Montana companies would be the only businesses able to start sales for the first year after legalization.
New Jersey voters may make history, legalizing the adult use of cannabis and triggering a race among Mid-Atlantic states to implement sales first. While all of New Jersey’s neighbors have existing medical cannabis programs, none have taken steps to expand further. In recent years, numerous regional state legislatures have attempted to legalize, and Public Question 1 may tip the scales for an entire region with over 50 million residents.
The text of the amendment is brief, but it establishes a definition for ‘cannabis’ while permitting possession, use, and industry operations for adults ages 21 and up. The existing Cannabis Regulatory Commission would be tasked with regulating the industry, but the state legislature must first come to an agreement and pass enabling legislation.
Currently, New Jersey’s medical market includes roughly fifteen licenses, including cultivation and manufacturing, as well as a limited number of dispensaries. The next phase for cannabis in NJ is uncharted territory for now: it is unclear if existing licenses will be given the first opportunity to serve the general public.
Given licensing delays and a slow rollout in Illinois, lawsuits and delays could be in New Jersey’s future — with some analysts suggesting a four-year timeline from amendment passage to full implementation. This may be good news for MSOs, including Columbia Care, Verano, and Acreage Holdings, among others.
South Dakota has long been unfriendly to cannabis in all forms and has some of the nation’s strictest marijuana possession penalties. While other non-medical states have at least given a nod to low-THC medical hemp programs, the Mount Rushmore state hadn’t established any kind of hemp or cannabis program at all until the legislature passed industrial hemp legalization this past spring.
Now, the state could make history as the first to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use purposes at the same time. Two proposals are on the ballot: an initiated measure to launch a medical cannabis program, and a constitutional amendment to fully legalize cannabis, with provisions including adult use, a medical program, and expanded hemp legalization.
Medical use is enshrined in both proposals, while the constitutional amendment would prevent the legislature from any type of statutory tampering to limit a retail market. The constitutional amendment would establish a commercial market for both adult use and medical purposes. Medical use would include home cultivation. As there is no cannabis market in the state at this time, no businesses would be able to take advantage of “early sales” provisions, as seen in other states.
Previously, medical cannabis programs and commercial licensing schemes predated adult use legalization, and the majority of these proposals came into existence by way of the ballot. In most of the earliest states to fully legalize, this was the case: Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all had some form of voter-approved medical cannabis legislation first.
Implementation of adult-use legalization has, however, varied across the states. In these proposals, Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey have existing medical cannabis infrastructures, but the implementation of adult use will likely lead to program changes.
Some legalization measures have allowed for existing medical dispensaries to launch sales to adults during a period of late-stage rulemaking. These businesses have operated under modified compliance rules, with track-and-trace requirements and varying tax rates until legalization rules are completed.
After Oregon voters approved legalization in 2014, the state’s medical market rapidly expanded with early sales on the horizon. At one point, there were more medical dispensaries in the state than Starbucks or McDonald’s locations. That number later dropped as businesses converted their licenses over.
For some of the states with legalization on the ballot this year, the transition out of medical will pose challenges: product shortages, long customer lines, new tax rates, uncertainty over product offerings, and testing requirements on top of an already difficult pandemic business environment.
Overall, legalization measures promise to bring a significant impact to consumers and patients in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. It’s hard to quantify the short-term improvements to consumers and industry operators, as passage of these initiatives will set off a flurry of legislative and regulatory discussion over the holidays and into the spring. Existing licensees and hopeful applicants should keep an eye for new opportunities: public comment periods, application deadlines, and new sales opportunities on the horizon.
Jason Kikel is a Senior Data Analyst at Cannabiz Media, where he researches licenses across the cannabis marketplace and the policies behind them. He brings forth a variety of experience in urban planning, agriculture, and education, as well as enthusiasm for an expanding industry. Jason graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University and recently completed his Master of Community + Regional Planning at The University of New Mexico. A longtime cannabis policy reform advocate, Jason first jumped into the cannabis economy as a graduate student while completing his master’s thesis, studying the legalization-land use-water policy nexus in Colorado. Jason recently delivered a presentation on this research, “Land Use, Water, and Policy Considerations in Emerging Cannabis Markets: Lessons from the Arid Mountain West” at the inaugural Institute for Cannabis Research conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Cuomo advisor predicts New York will legalize pot in April
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s advisor on marijuana policy said this week the Empire State could legalize weed in April of next year with a bill that would serve as a model for other states looking to allow recreational pot in the United States.
Axel Bernabe, assistant counselor to Governor Cuomo, was a guest on the Under The Canopy series, recently launched by Canopy Growth, where he discussed cannabis legalization efforts in New York. According to Bernabe, a bill to legalize marijuana will be introduced through the state budget in January again, while he expects legalization to take effect by April.
As New Jersey appears ready to legalize marijuana this November, Bernabe said the Cuomo administration has been watching its neighbor “closely.”
“We’re watching New Jersey closely. We’ve always been confident that we’d get to this before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum they still have to have an agreement between the governor and the Senate over there,” he said.
“If New Jersey can beat us to it, they’ll get a gold star but I still think we’re gonna set the model for this,” Bernabe added, referring to the bill’s social equity provisions, among other things.
During the interview, Bernabe also said that New York has been monitoring how legalization has been unfolding in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, but has also consulted with states on the West Coast, where the legal pot industry is larger and more developed.
Regarding hemp, Cuomo’s advisor said the state will release its guidelines and regulations for CBD consumer products early next year as well.
“Those products are already out there, so there’s no sense in pretending they’re not,” Bernabe explained.
For this reason, the governor and his team have been working on guidelines, which will include maximum dose per serving labeling and warnings about potential THC content in various hemp-derived products. New York has copied a lot of Florida’s hemp regulations while crafting its own policies, Bernabe stated, before telling Canopy Growth’s David Culver that the administration is currently putting the finishing touches to the guidelines.
Although Governor Cuomo promised his state would legalize weed soon, marijuana legalization was left out of the New York state budget for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the state particularly badly earlier this year.
Cuomo previously proposed working in conjunction with the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania on coordinating a recreational marijuana system for the region.
PURA Concludes Farmersville Meetings – Deal Imminent
Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE — Puration, Inc. (OTC PINK: PURA) today announced that CEO Brian Shibley concluded a key meeting yesterday essential to finalizing the acquisition of 72-acre property in Farmersville, Texas central to the company’s recently announced Farmersville Brands strategy. “The acquisition is imminent. Look for an announcement very soon,” said Mr. Shibley.
PURA has scheduled the release of a comprehensive update this Friday, October 23, 2020, to provide the latest information on progress with the Farmersville Brand strategy. The Friday update this Friday will include the latest on the company’s planned dividend of PAO Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: PAOG) stock in conjunction with PURA’s sale of its cannabis cultivation business to PAOG.
For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Top 10 Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) Providers
Where to Find the Electirizer and Magmarizer in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
How to get Electabuzz and Electivire in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
Cloud9 terminate contracts of JT, motm, Sonic, T.c
How to get Absol in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
Loops Esports’ Federal named MVP of the PMPL Americas season 2
Loops Esports win PMPL Americas season 2, 3 teams qualify for the PMGC
How to evolve Tyrunt and Amaura in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
Here are the scores and standings for the PUBG Mobile EMEA League 2020 Finals
PUBG Mobile Global Championship to highlight player achievements with Esports Annual Awards 2020
Rivals League member Emma Handy on her first top finish at the 2020 Grand Finals
Best moveset for Sirfetch’d in Pokémon Go
How to get Galarian Yamask in Pokémon Go
How to Climb in Fall Guys
Phasmophobia Server Version Mismatch: How to Fix the Error
Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch Bundle Restocked and Available Again
Animal Crossing Joe Biden: Visiting Joe Biden’s Animal Crossing Island
Among Us Matchmaker is Full: How to Fix the Error
How to get the Reins of Unity in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
Apex Legends Season 7 UFO Teaser Arrives In-Game
Bjergsen Retires, Takes Up Head Coach Role for Team SoloMid
Heroic beat Astralis to complete lower bracket gauntlet, reach final at DreamHack Open Fall
How to get Victini in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
How to “head to the Giant’s Bed to find the Mayor” in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
How to complete Legendary Clue? 4 and catch Necrozma in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion
TSM Doublelift: “The entire Worlds experience after the first week, we probably had a 10-percent win rate in scrims”
Call of Duty: Warzone players report game-breaking glitch at the start of matches
All Minecraft MC Championship 11 teams
Washington Justice re-signs Decay, acquires Mag
Silver Lining Warzone Blueprint: How to Get
League of Legends pros react to Bjergsen’s retirement announcement
Comstock Warzone Blueprint: How to Get
Concerns Arise as North Korea’s Financial Services Commission Unsure of Its Cryptocurrency Mandate
Genshin Impact Resin System Change Introduced in Latest Patch
Revolution Warzone Blueprint: How to Get and Build
Red Crown Warzone Blueprint: How to Get
Animal Crossing’s Turnip Prices Will Hit All-Time High on ‘ Ally Island’
Black Ops Cold War Playstation Exclusive Zombie Mode Teased
BR Solo Survivor Warzone Mode Recently Added
Blinding Lights Fortnite Emote: How Much Does it Cost?
Techcrunch1 week ago
Original Content podcast: It’s hard to resist the silliness of ‘Emily in Paris’
Startups1 week ago
Solve the ‘dead equity’ problem with a longer founder vesting schedule
Startups1 week ago
Three views on the future of media startups
Blockchain5 days ago
Bitcoinnami Officially Launches on October 21, 2020
Startups1 week ago
Pear hosted its invite-only demo day online this year; here’s what you might have missed
Startups1 week ago
VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead
AI1 week ago
How AI Revolutionize the Way Video Games Developed and Played
AR/VR1 week ago
‘Blaston’ is a Fantastically Creative VR ‘Shooter’ That’s All About Making You Move