North Coast pot producers react to draft rules for California’s medical marijuana industry - Sovereign Health Group
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State regulators in California have released the first draft of rules for the production, distribution and sales of medical marijuana within a highly regulated business environment. The proposed rules, released on April 28, 2017, include strict limits on the hours of operation and specify the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to be infused into oils.

Authorities view this move as the state’s first attempt in decades at regularizing the medical marijuana sector. The new rules will set higher standards for cleaner and more consistent cannabis products for consumers. The public has now 45 days to give their feedback on the draft.

“We are gearing up to push the state to fine-tune the rules, which do not address recreational marijuana,” said several key players in the North Coast cannabis industry. The set of elaborate regulations to govern the medical marijuana industry in California will be subjected to multiple revisions, and is expected to be rolled out in 2018. Reacting to the new set of rules, Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, said that he was positive about the new changes but he did have a list of technical concerns regarding the meaning and functionality of the clauses.

However, several cannabis industry players insisted on the likelihood of a rise in further requirements for different aspects of the business such as delivery, testing and security. Financial experts estimate an overall surge in costs at $524 per pound in the state of California. Currently, cannabis is being sold at a wholesale price ranging between $800 and $2,500 per pound.

The proposed rules aim to track individual plants from seeds and flowers to processing facilities. Under the new framework, dispensaries wouldn’t be allowed to package products or hand out free samples, instead, they would be only authorized to sell products that comply with rules governing the volume of deliveries to the kind of delivery vehicle.

Meanwhile, critics are unhappy with the state’s plans to limit the amount of THC in cannabis products. Mara Gordon, the founder of Aunt Zelda’s, a leading manufacturer of cannabis-based medical oils in the Bodega Bay area, feels that the state has failed to understand the needs of a medical marijuana patient. With the proposed limitation of THC to 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package, Gordon believes that it would be unfair towards patients battling chronic health conditions. “A patient suffering from cancer or epilepsy could easily take 200 milligrams of THC per day, which under the proposed rules would require consuming greater volumes of oils or foods,” he said. However, Gordon agreed that the rules would be fine in the case of recreational marijuana products.

Cannabis is an addictive substance

In the wake of the growing popularity of the pro-cannabis campaigns, which insist on decriminalization of the drug, many fear that the harmful and addictive nature of the drug will get sidelined. Despite public opinion swaying in favor of marijuana, the simple fact that it is not a benign drug cannot be ignored. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic value of marijuana. It continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act owing to the high potential for abuse.

The steady spike in marijuana addiction rates in the United States can be attributed to the growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness and the social popularity of the drug across all sections of society. Studies suggest that it is almost impossible to grow up in the U.S. and not be exposed to marijuana. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015.

In the recent years, the harmful effects of marijuana are becoming increasingly apparent. THC, the neurotoxin present in marijuana, is the main reason why individuals are unable to discontinue its use despite the negative impact on their lives. Prolonged smoking is known to cause shortness of breath, feeling of tightness in the chest, production of morning sputum and airway obstruction in the nasal passages. Studies suggest that marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke, which could cause neck and head cancer in users.

Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract. Also, attention deficits and problems with dexterity are common in chronic users.

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Research shows that everyone has the neurobiological potential to become an addict. However, in the area of rewards, every individual might not be on the same level as people with addiction to any substance, where it might be simply hard-wired into their gray matter. Also, marijuana modifies the brain’s reward system by inducing a dopamine rush, which automatically tweaks the brain for a heightened response to other drugs.

Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his or her life. Our customized marijuana addiction treatment programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically. Treatment at Sovereign Health of San Clemente is designed to help foster marijuana addiction recovery by facilitating treatment for marijuana addiction in one of the best rehab centers in California.

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