Recreational cannabis dispensaries will soon be able to begin marijuana delivery throughout Oregon. Oregonians will be able to call their local dispensary and place an order for marijuana – just like their pizza or Chinese food. Since its legalization in 2015, marijuana has been a controversial subject, with lawmakers scrambling to figure out the fine details of marijuana sales and possession in Oregon. However, Oregonians and Portlanders alike, certainly feel the presence and influence of marijuana in the state. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), marijuana sales reached $265 million in 2015. As reported on KGW, multiple dispensaries throughout Oregon have applied for permits to begin servicing customers who place mobile orders for cannabis. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is still requiring customers to be over the age of 21, and allowing deliveries solely between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, dispensaries will only be allowed to deliver in cities where they are permitted to sell. Oregon will be the first state to allow such a service. Though the service is barely starting, the OLCC is making sure that business have the adequate permits to sell and deliver marijuana. In Portland, there are currently just under 170 dispensaries. The application for home delivery will cost dispensaries $750 and the license will be another $3,500. While marijuana continues to become more accessible to people, it is still unlawful to drive while high in the state of Oregon. With this new delivery service, customers will be able to stay home and get cannabis delivered right to their front door. Driving under the influence of marijuana is still subject to punishment under the law. It’s important to remember that marijuana laws and regulations are constantly changing in [...]
The marijuana breathalyzer is a device designed to work much like an alcohol breathalyzer. In theory, the test subject blows into the device. The device then reports whether or not the test subject is under the influence of marijuana. However, the current devices cannot measure impairment. They can only estimate the level of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol; the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) on a test subject's breath. Image from Hound Labs used under Fair Use doctrine. Hound Labs Marijuana Breathalyzer Hound Labs Inc. is an Oakland-based company that has introduced a hand-held portable device that measures the presence of THC in breath. The device is intended to be used roadside by law enforcement. The device requires two breath samples from the test subject (much like Oregon's Intoxilyzer 8000). The Hound Labs breathalyzer was developed in partnership with scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and it was designed to detect impairment from any recent THC consumption (smoking, vaping, or edibles). The company boasts that it's the first company to create a device capable of detecting and measuring THC in breath. They further claim that the device can accurately measure levels to below 500 picograms. The problem with this sort of claim is that it has absolutely nothing to do with whether someone is mentally or physically impaired because people will be affected differently by THC and the level of expelled THC from test subjects will also vary wildly. Image from Cannabix Technologies used under Fair Use doctrine. Cannabix Technologies Marijuana Breathalyzer Cannabix Technologies Inc. is a Vancouver, B.C. based company that has also developed a marijuana breathalyzer. Cannabix claims that the use of FAIMS (high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry) can detect trace amounts of THC. However, as of the writing [...]
Is it possible to use marijuana and be ambitious? Successful? Happy? Reason Magazine recently ran a story listing 10 Really Successful Pot Smokers. Not only is the list quite diverse, but their #1 successful pot smoker will make you sing.