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More than 700 calls for children ingesting marijuana in 2017 in US, up from 23 in 2016
 
The Georgia Poison Control Center reports that it received seven calls about marijuana edibles 2016, but that number jumped to 42 a year later.
 
Nationally, such calls mushroomed from 23 in 2016 to more than 700 in 2017. The marijuana-infused treats come in a variety of forms including Rice Krispie treats, gummy candies, brownies, and Goldfish crackers.
 
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has had to buy an extra freezer just to store the number of samples they must test. A spokeswoman estimates the department has tested more than 400 edibles since 2016.
 
“The main concern,” she says, “is that a lot of times, these types of cases are showing up in our school systems. The effects on children can be serious – everything from hallucinations, to paranoia, to vomiting.”
 
Read Fox News story here.

 
Medical marijuana: How close is too close?
 
It turns out that the former president of New Approach Missouri, which pushed Amendment 2 onto the ballot last year, is now complaining about a provision his group wrote into the initiative.
 
Amendment 2 calls for a 1000-foot buffer between any medical marijuana facility and an elementary or high school, day care center, or church. Dan Viets, an attorney who now chairs the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association, wants the 1000-foot buffer reduced, even though he wrote it into the law.
 
When asked why he now disagrees with this provision, Viets said it was included in the initiative in anticipation of arguments against medical marijuana, in other words, as a sop to voters to pass the initiative.
 
The map of Columbia, Missouri, above shows how many churches, schools, and day care centers are located in the city, with the largest circles representing 1000 feet buffers. A former colleague of Viets at New Approach, who now is a spokesman for MoCanTrade, a medical marijuana trade association, says communities across the state are debating whether they can live with a smaller buffer or if they really need one at all. It’s a safe bet the “communities” are pot industry spokesmen.
 
Despite proponents’ whining, most cities are sticking to the 1000-foot buffer written into the law that changed the state’s constitution.
 
Read Columbia Daily Tribune story here

 
2019 will be major for cannabis in Congress. Who is spending to be heard?
 
Federal lobbying disclosures for the first quarter of 2019 show that the marijuana industry spent an estimated half million dollars ($515,000) to lobby Congress on a variety of marijuana bills, according to Cannabis Wire, a daily newsletter that reports on the industry.
 
The newsletter’s title, “Who is spending to be heard?” avoids the question of who isn’t spending and is therefore not heard, namely the millions of children and families who will bear the brunt of a nationwide commercial marijuana industry the lobbyists are seeking.
 
Nonetheless, here’s a rundown of what major pot businesses spent in the first three months of this year to bring the US closer to legal pot everywhere:
 
National Cannabis Industry Association, founded in 2010: $200,000
 
Cannabis Trade Federation, founded last year: $270,000
Representing the Federation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: $60,000
Representing the Federation, The Raben Group: $30,000
 
National Cannabis Roundtable, founded in February: $45,000
(Honorary chairman John Boehner)
 
NORML, founded in the 1970s: Less than $5,000 and therefore not required to file.
 
Marijuana Policy Project, founded in 1994: Did not file a lobbying disclosure report because it is lobbying states rather than the federal Congress.
 
Read Cannabis Wire story here

 
Cannabis vaporizer company PAX Labs raises benchmark $420 million in funding
 
PAX Labs, founded by James Monsees and Adam Bowen in 2007, introduced JUUL eight years later in 2015. JUUL is the e-cigarette shaped like a flash drive that has surged in use by teenagers across the country.
 
The FDA warns of a 77 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students today compared to 2017. And the Truth Initiative estimates JUUL owns 72 percent of the e-cigarette market share. One standard JUUL pod delivers the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Young adults who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to begin smoking real cigarettes than their counterparts who don’t use e-cigarettes.
 
The founders of PAX Labs spun JUUL off as a separate company in 2017 and head it up today. In December 2018, tobacco giant Altria bought a 35 percent stake in JUUL for $12.8 billion, making JUUL’s owners billionaires.  
 
PAX now makes an e-joint called PAX 3. It is a vaping pen especially designed to heat marijuana plant material as well as pods containing marijuana concentrated oils to make users high. “Ari Atkins, PAX Labs' R&D engineer, said ‘We don’t think a lot about addiction here because we’re not trying to design a cessation product at all.’ He added, ‘anything about health is not on our mind,’” according to Wikipedia.
 
And last weekend, PAX Labs announced it had raised $420 million to expand its e-joint business.
 
Read more about PAX Labs here
Read Marijuana Business account of PAX capitalization here.
Read Truth Initiative study here.
See PAX 3 for (wink, wink, nod, nod) “dry herb + concentrate” at PAX Labs website here.

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