Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill: “We must get this right”

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill: “We must get this right”

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday that he planned to veto a bill making Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the legislature on a compromise.

Scott said he is sending the bill back with suggestions for another path forward and suggested that changes could be made to the bill in a special session this summer.

“We must get this right,” Scott said. “I think we need to move a little bit slower.”

The governor has said he’s not philosophically opposed to marijuana legalization but has concerns about public safety, children’s health and impaired drivers.

Under the legislation, small amounts of marijuana would have been legal to possess and grow for anyone over age 21.

Eight other states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized recreational marijuana. Vermont would have been the first state to legalize marijuana by vote of a state legislative body. The other states and D.C. legalized marijuana after public referendums.

Studies by the Vermont Department of Health have found that Vermont has among the highest prevalence of marijuana use in the country and the second-highest use among people ages 12 to 25.

Proponents of marijuana legalization have said passage by the Democrat-majority legislature shows the inevitable expansion of marijuana legalization and the recognition by officials that it’s better to regulate and tax the industry than to keep it underground.

Vermont’s legislature passed the measure six months after residents in Massachusetts and Maine voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Both states are now developing mechanisms to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Nearly 20 states have bills pending that would legalize adult-use marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The other eight states that have legalized marijuana have done so via citizen referendums, but Vermont does not have a legal mechanism to carry out such referendums.

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Published at Wed, 24 May 2017 16:30:46 +0000

Federal bills from Colorado legislators seek to shield state marijuana laws, open banking

Federal bills from Colorado legislators seek to shield state marijuana laws, open banking

Colorado federal lawmakers this week amplified efforts to protect state-enacted marijuana laws and cannabis businesses.

Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman on Thursday introduced the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017, which would add a provision to the Controlled Substances Act that would prevent federal preemption of state law. A day earlier, Colorado’s two senators threw their support behind banking legislation for the marijuana industry.

DeGette, a Democrat, and Coffman, a Republican, said in interviews Thursday that they resurrected their legislation — it previously was introduced in 2012, 2013 and 2015 — because of the saber-rattling that’s coming from the new administration around drugs, crime and marijuana enforcement.

“It’s really important right now, obviously, because it would clarify what the federal law is,” DeGette said. “What would flow from that, I think, would be letting people have their bank accounts and ensuring (Attorney General) Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice aren’t going to come down and enforce the federal laws on states that have exercised their right.”

Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance — the strictest of classifications, defined as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

DeGette and Coffman’s bill aims to clarify congressional intent within the CSA by inserting a provision about federal preemption:

“(b) SPECIAL RULE REGARDING STATE MARIHUANA LAWS.–In the case of any State law that pertains to marihuana, no provision of this title shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of the Congress to occupy the field in which that provision operates, including criminal penalties, to the exclusion of State law on the same subject matter, nor shall any provision of this title be construed as preempting any such State law.”

Related: Why the federal government still calls cannabis “marihuana”

That list of states has increased significantly since DeGette and Coffman first broached this issue in 2012, when Colorado voters decided to legalize adult-use marijuana. Currently, 29 states, a number of U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., have medical marijuana laws; eight states have recreational marijuana laws; and several others allow the limited use of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD).

The support in Congress has grown as well, DeGette said.

“More states are legalizing either recreational or medicinal marijuana and their representatives are recognizing that this is creating some unique challenges that need to be addressed,” she said.

However, the federal marijuana bills may never see the light of day because of staunch opposition from committee chairs, Coffman said.

“I worry that we’re not where we need to be,” he said.

But Coffman, who opposed Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana, said it’s a matter of states’ rights and a matter of fighting for his constituents.

“I think in terms of getting the administration to back off, this is really important,” he said. “Even if this legislation doesn’t pass, it sends a signal to the administration to watch it when it comes to coming down on states that have made the decision for medical and/or recreational marijuana.”

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The resurrection of the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017 came a day after Colorado’s senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner, announced their sponsorship of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2017, the Senate companion bill to legislation introduced a few weeks back by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado.

The initial sponsors of the Senate version of the SAFE Banking Act include Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon; Ron Wyden, D-Oregon; Rand Paul, R-Kentucky; Patty Murray, D-Washington; Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada; and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

“Conflicting federal and state marijuana laws make it difficult for legitimate businesses to use the basic financial services they need access to and this bipartisan legislation gives them that access they need,” Gardner said in a statement. “We must also take into account the risk to public safety as these businesses are being forced to carry around bags of money to pay for their employees and rent. Legal businesses should not be treated like this, and I’m glad that Republicans and Democrats are working together to address this issue.”

The bill’s primary aims are as follows, according to Gardner’s office. The legislation would prevent federal banking regulators from:

  • Prohibiting, penalizing or discouraging a bank from providing financial services to a legitimate state-sanctioned and regulated cannabis business, or an associated business (such as a lawyer or landlord providing services to a legal cannabis business);
  • Terminating or limiting a bank’s federal deposit insurance solely because the bank is providing services to a state-sanctioned cannabis business or associated business;
  • Recommending or incentivizing a bank to halt or downgrade providing any kind of banking services to these businesses;
  • Taking any action on a loan to an owner or operator of a cannabis-related business.

Other provisions include:

  • Creating a safe harbor from criminal prosecution and liability and asset forfeiture for banks and their officers and employees who provide financial services to legitimate, state-sanctioned cannabis businesses, while maintaining banks’ right to choose not to offer those services;
  • Requiring banks to comply with current Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) guidance, while at the same time allowing FinCEN guidance to be streamlined over time as states and the federal government adapt to legalized medicinal and recreational cannabis policies.

Denver Post staff writer Mark Matthews reported from Washington, D.C.


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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 18:59:10 +0000

Seattle HempFest and Oregon Hemp Convention Join Forces for the PDX Hempfest Expo

Seattle HempFest and Oregon Hemp Convention Join Forces for the PDX Hempfest Expo

I have been attending the Oregon Hemp Convention (OHC) event ever since I got active with the cannabis industry in Oregon, and The Weed Blog has been covering the OHC for a long time.  I was a speaker in the Fall of 2015, and helped with a Women Grow booth there in 2016.  It was an incredible experience both times.  I have never been to HempFest (shame on me, I know!!)  but I know many people who have been involved with planning the event, and that it is one of the longest running cannabis advocacy events in the U.S.  It was so exciting to me when my friend Jerry Norton, hemp farmer and activist and chief organizer of the Oregon Hemp Convention, let me know that these two amazing events have joined forces for the PDX HempFest Expo in June.  Here is more information, but this is the short link for tickets.  For sponsorship opportunities at what will undoubtedly be a “highly” attended cannabis event, look here.

Seattle HEMPFEST and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX HEMPFEST Expo in franchise agreement in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217.

The Seattle HEMPFEST, established 1991, is the largest annual cannabis related event, drawing an annual attendance of over 100,000. The Seattle HEMPFEST owns a federal copyright on the term HEMPFEST, and operates a licensing program to broaden reform messaging and mutually increase brand awareness and reach. A license has been secured by the PDX HEMPFEST Expo and both organizations are excited about the new alliance.

“We are thrilled to partner with our Portland family as we continue to define the Pacific Northwest as a regional leader in the burgeoning cannabis industry,” says Vivian McPeak, Seattle HEMPFEST’s executive director. “Cannabis is not the gateway to hard drugs like we’ve been told, but it can be a gateway to economic recovery and sustainability. The proof will be on full display at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo,” he continued.

A full day of educational presentations will be taking place at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo, featuring industry leaders to discuss the various aspects of the rapidly changing cannabis business landscape. Expo speaker topics will include cannabis law, security, human resources, insurance and banking, extraction, edible manufacturing, growing outdoors, grow mediums and nutrients, topicals, an investors pitch deck forum, labs, CBD’s, packaging, Oregon seed to sale tracking, a hemp panel, an Oregon State Advisory Rules Committee Q & A, new industry developments and how to get in on the Cannabis Green Rush.  Learn more about the speakers here.

You can learn more about the PDX Hempfest Expo on their website or Facebook event page.

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Published at Wed, 17 May 2017 16:08:17 +0000

A frantic push for medical marijuana in Texas, bureaucratic heartbreak and renewed resolve

A frantic push for medical marijuana in Texas, bureaucratic heartbreak and renewed resolve

AUSTIN, Texas — On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9, Jax Finkel, the executive director of Texas NORML, was frantically trying to find a bill. Somewhere, deep in the catacombs of the Texas state Capitol, House Bill 2107, the first comprehensive medical marijuana bill to clear a committee in the state’s history, was getting shuttled around. It needed to be located immediately. She says, “I was literally walking between offices looking for the cart.”

Just days before, HB 2107 had passed out of the House’s Health Committee by a vote of 7-2. From there, it was a five-step process to move the bill through the system to the Calendars Committee, which would then schedule the bill for a debate and vote on the House floor. Finkel says this process “usually takes three business days, but it can be done in a matter of hours.” At this point, hours were all they had left.

The Calendars Committee met at 5:30 p.m. for a quick five-minute roll call of approved bills, which Finkel livestreamed on Facebook in the hopes HB 2107 would be on the list. It wasn’t. Finally, at 7:30 p.m., the bill arrived, ready for approval. But if the Calendars Committee didn’t reconvene to schedule by 10 p.m., then the bill would crash. And the Legislature wasn’t going to meet again until 2019. Actual human lives hung in the balance of a minor bureaucratic procedure.

It was a political miracle that Texas had even reached this point. In 2015, against most predictions, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the Compassionate Use Act, a limited and highly restrictive bill that allowed a small number of children with intractable epilepsy access to low-THC cannabis medicine containing non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). But not only did the law exclude the vast majority of potential medical marijuana patients, and not only did it keep patients from having access to any cannabis products containing THC, it still has yet to be fully implemented. Story after story continue to appear in the local and national news about Texas medical marijuana “refugee” families, forced to leave their homes and head to states where medical marijuana is legal so their children could get the treatment they needed.

When it came to medical, most advocates in the Texas marijuana-rights movement didn’t expect much from this legislative session, which ends May 29. They instead turned their attention to decriminalization legislation (HB 81 and companion SB 170) that would establish a system of civil penalties for weed possession, which cleared committee early but then later died on the House floor without a vote.

In the state Senate, José Menendez filed a comprehensive medical bill last November, SB 269, but it has sat dormant in committee as the GOP-dominated body pursued other legislative priorities, like banning sanctuary cities and telling transgendered teens which bathroom to use.

In the House, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, saw a political opportunity, and a chance to do some good. After watching a heartwrenching YouTube video in which the Zartlers, a North Texas family, treat their teenage daughter’s severe autism with vaporized cannabis, Lucio III checked to see if a companion medical bill had been filed in the Texas House. It hadn’t. Thus HB 2107 was born. “We filed it right away,” Lucio III tells The Cannabist. “Just based on what I had read, I knew it was the right thing to do.”

Lucio III reached out to Rep. Jason Isaac, a Republican from Dripping Springs who had shown sympathy toward medical-marijuana reform, to sign on as cosponsor to HB 2107. But it languished in the House for months after it was first filed in mid-February. With the end of the legislative session on the horizon, activists decided that something had to be done quickly.

Speaking to lawmakers’ minds, hearts

In the last week of April, they hastily put together a press conference on the Capitol steps, emphasizing testimony from conservative Christian mothers and veterans with PTSD. “It is God’s plant and he gave it to us for good,” one mom said. Others held signs that said, “Cannabis saves lives.”

Behind the scenes, advocates were also working the phones. The bill’s fate lay in the hands of Walter T. “Four” Price, an outspoken Christian Republican who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Public Health. Three families from his district in Amarillo pressed his office with phone calls, including relatives of a teenager with Crohn’s disease and another family that had recently been forced to move to Trinidad, Colorado, to take care of a young child with epilepsy.

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Legislation to allow patients access to whole-plant medical marijuana progressed further than it ever had in Texas in 2017. (Denver Post file photo)

Says Heather Fazio, the Texas political director of The Marijuana Policy Project: “We wanted him to see that it’s not just Austin that wants medical marijuana. There are even people in Amarillo.” On April 27, Price scheduled HB 2107 for a hearing.

Because of scheduling conflicts, that hearing didn’t begin until almost 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, and it ran into the early hours of the morning. Yet the Public Health Committee stayed riveted as advocates ran through an extraordinary series of testimonies. Doctors and medical researchers testified about marijuana’s vast potential as a medicine. One after another, constituents presented a series of tragic stories that would have broken Scrooge’s heart. The politicians heard from disabled veterans, desperate mothers and fathers, the sick, the sad, the dying, people in pain. At one point, HB 2701 cosponsor Isaac, who’s not on the committee but was there in support, had to step off the dais to grab some tissues. Few dry eyes were left in the room by the time the hearing ended.

Word got around the House fast. “Some hearts were changed on that night because of the reality of what families and veterans were going through,” says Terry Franks, Isaac’s chief of staff. “It hit them hard. I don’t think they realized what an important issue this is for folks.”

Early the next day, Lucio III and Isaac were on the House floor, looking for support. It was easy to find. When they started, the bill had five cosponsors. By the time they were done, it had 77, including 28 Republicans. A majority of the House now not only supported medical marijuana, but they supported it so wholeheartedly that they wanted their names on the bill. In an absurdly partisan political season, only medical cannabis had been able to bring people together.

Lucio III credited the activists, who have been working tirelessly to change people’s minds. “These advocates have been reaching out to these members, sharing their hearts, talking about the difference in quality of life,” he says. “People had already been educated. I was just the one to execute it.”

Then Price, even though he’d voted against the Compassionate Use Act in 2015, scheduled HB 2107 for a committee vote for Friday, May 5. He voted against this bill, too, but it sailed out of committee on a 7-2 vote. “Allowing that to happen makes Representative Price a hero,” Fazio says. “He demonstrated incredible professionalism, and we value that.”

The nail-biting began. Could HB 2107 make it through the bureaucratic process in time? “We don’t see anyone on the Calendars committee who would have an opposition to this bill,” Lucio III says in a phone call from the House floor after the bill cleared the committee. “But the timing is not our friend.”

Over the weekend, advocates were in overdrive, calling, emailing, pleading. Out of nowhere, whole-plant medical cannabis had an upset chance to become the law in Texas, prompting an early response: “Rejoice!” Finkel posted on the Texas NORML Facebook page.

At 7:30 p.m. on May 9, as HB 2107 officially arrived at the Calendars Committee office, Isaac desperately called for a point of order on the House floor, asking that the committee quickly convene. The House, which was busy debating (and eventually approving) a bill to allow state-funded adoption agencies to reject applications from LGBT, Jewish, and Muslim families, didn’t hear his plea. By 10 p.m., the dream was dead.

“We will continue to fight”

A visibly disappointed Lucio III and Isaac recorded a hasty video (watch below), saying that they would continue to fight on for the families and veterans of Texas. “In this time of divisive politics,” they wrote in a letter to grieving supporters, “we have found bipartisan agreement that the well-being of our loved ones suffering from debilitating conditions should rise over the fray of Left and Right. … We will continue to fight for the patients suffering in Texas who could benefit from medical cannabis.”

Lucio III and Isaac both stressed that in 2019, a medical cannabis law would be their top priority from Day One of the legislative session, which could prevent further bureaucratic tragedy. This assumes that they’re re-elected, as every Texas House member has to run every two years. In an interview, Lucio III says: “My level of commitment has grown significantly. It’s become a labor of love. My wife keeps saying, ‘This should be your legacy work, to help these families.’”

Meanwhile, activists are going to have to spend another legislative session looking to gain rights that, by 2019, likely will be commonplace throughout much of the country. Heather Fazio says it’s “going to be a campaign issue.”

“People want someone’s head on a pitchfork,” Texas NORML’s Finkel said after the bill’s demise. “They are frustrated and angry. And you know what? They should be. They are dying. It’s awful. But they’re going to have to get involved during the full cycle…We finally find this bipartisan bill that so many people could agree on, and it was too late.”

Video by Rep. Jason Isaac and Rep. Eddie Lucio III after HB 2107 failed to get to the House floor for debate and vote:

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Published at Tue, 16 May 2017 20:17:10 +0000

NASCAR nixes weed company logo from driver's car

NASCAR nixes weed company logo from driver's car

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Carl Long was forced to strip the logo of a Colorado-based marijuana vaping company from his car Friday after NASCAR said it violated rules governing sponsorship and paint schemes.

The logo for Colorado-based Veedverks was plastered on Long’s green and yellow No. 66 for tech inspection, but a NASCAR spokesman said it was never vetted and approved. And when officials learned of the hood logo, they had crew members remove it before the car went to the track.

NASCAR officials said it will not adorn the car the rest of the weekend.

Long returned to NASCAR’s top series this weekend after an eight-year banishment over an unpaid fine from a rules infraction earlier in his career. The penalty was commuted by NASCAR this season.

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Published at Sat, 13 May 2017 00:07:49 +0000

Sessions overturns Holder memo, returns to harshest drug sentencing policy

Sessions overturns Holder memo, returns to harshest drug sentencing policy

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the sweeping criminal charging policy of former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and directed his federal prosecutors Thursday to charge defendants with the most serious, provable crimes carrying the most severe penalties.

The Holder memo, issued in August 2013, instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences. Defendants who met a set of criteria such as not belonging to a large-scale drug trafficking organization, gang or cartel, qualified for lesser charges – and in turn less prison time – under Holder’s policy.

But Sessions’ new charging policy, outlined in a two-page memo and sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant attorneys general in Washington, orders prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” and rescinds Holder’s policy immediately.

The Sessions memo marks the first significant criminal justice effort by the Trump administration to bring back the toughest practices of the drug war, which had fallen out of favor in recent years with a bipartisan movement to undo the damaging effects of mass incarceration.

“This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us,” the attorney general’s memo says. “By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences.”

The new policy is expected to lead to more federal prosecutions and an increase in the federal prison population. In February, Sessions seemed to prepare for that inevitability, reversing a directive from previous deputy attorney general Sally Yates for the Justice Department to stop using private prisons to house federal inmates.

Yates said at the time that doing so was possible because of declining inmate numbers. Sessions, though, said it had “impaired the [Bureau of Prisons’] ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system” – hinting that he saw a very different future for putting people behind bars.

In speeches across the country, including his first major address as attorney general, Sessions has talked of his belief that recent increases in serious crime might indicate that the United States stands at the beginning of a violent new period. He has noted that the homicide rate is half of what it once was, but he has said he fears times of peace might be coming to an end if law enforcement does not quickly return to the aggressive tactics it once used.

Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to review all its reform agreements with troubled police departments across the country – which he says stand in the way of tough policing – and marijuana advocates fear he might crack down on the drug even in states that have legalized it.

The Sessions memo was largely crafted by Steven H. Cook, a federal prosecutor who was president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys and is now detailed to the Justice Department. Cook was a harsh critic of the Obama administration’s criminal justice policies. The implementation of Sessions’s memo will be overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who has come under criticism in recent days for the firing of former FBI director James B. Comey.

The new policy revokes Holder’s previous guidance to prosecutors to not specify the quantity of drugs in the charges they brought to avoid triggering mandatory minimum sentences – provided the defendant did not have a significant criminal history, was not violent, or was not a leader of an organization or tied to a gang.

That was particularly significant, because large quantities of drugs typically forced judges to impose stiff sentences – 10 years for a kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine or 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Prosecutors, too, could use the threat of a mandatory minimum penalty to facilitate plea bargains, and some were irked that Holder’s memo stripped them of that tool.

Cook has said that the Holder memo “handcuffed prosecutors” and it limited when “enhancements” can be used to increase penalties, an important leverage when dealing with a career offender and getting them to cooperate.

Sessions’ memo says there could be exceptions, but those cases must be approved by a U.S. attorney, assistant attorney general or other supervisor, and the reasons documented in writing.

The memo also directs prosecutors to always pursue sentences with the range calculated by federal guidelines – which are sometimes above even the mandatory minimums – unless a supervisor says it is OK to do otherwise.

“There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted,” the memo says. “In that case, prosecutors should carefully consider whether an exception may be justified.”

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 14:04:04 +0000

Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

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Our Verdict

The Kannstor Grinder is the best grinder you can get on the market today. Beautiful designs, great prices and a variety of sizes makes this grinder a great buy!  

Want to know more about Kannastor grinders?

Smart move, you came to the right place.

Finding the right grinder is an absolute necessity for people that have a strong desire to have the best vaping experience.

Over the years, the demand for the best vaping experience has increased which also paved the way not only for high tech vaporizers but additionally for the high end high grade accessories that compliment them such as the grinder.

You’ve heard this advice a million time.

When looking for a new grinder, you need to make sure its user-friendly, durable, and a design that makes it functional.

It needs to do its job well of grinding herbs in order to maximize the vaping experience.

One of the brands that stood out over the years is Kannastor. Kannastor has been around making different types of grinders since 2003.

That’s 14 years of experience for them. 

They’ve covered both the single chamber and the multi-chamber varieties. And given their years in the business, this makes them a veteran in the world of vaporizers and grinders.

All these years, they’ve been working to adjust their designs in order to create the best grinders possible.

The Good

There are a lot of good things that can be said about the Kannastor vaporizers.

In fact, they offered some of the most advanced designs in the market today.

One of the features that make them unique and a stand out brand is the material used on their products.

Kannastor Grinders are made of aerospace grade anodized aluminum.

Aerospace grade anodized aluminum offers a more durable option than your typical aluminum grinders.

Still not convinced?

Get this: Kannator grinders have a glass fronted storage that allows you to see what exactly happens inside the grinder.

And having an exterior threading, the device secures the materials that you place inside the grinder.

Also, a trademark design of Kannastor Grinders is its ability to churn the herbs smoothly.

Let’s dig a little bit deeper. 

It has sharp diamond shaped teeth that can simply break down the herbs without a problem. You end up with consistent and smooth grind every time you use their products.

In some cases like the GR8TR grinders by Kannastor, it even made use of teeth on both top and bottom to make sure that it is easier for its users to make ground herbs.

It also comes with a warranty that ensures users that they purchased a durable product. Unlike other brands, you can guarantee that Kannastor Grinders will last for a long, long time.

The aerospace aluminum plays a role in terms of maintenance.

This makes it easier for you to get rid of all the dirt and pieces that were stuck from the last grinding session. All the

All the gunk and pieces stuck between the parts can easily be removed using household cleaning items.

In addition to that

The screen used on the Kannastor Grinders is made of stainless steel material. This prevents rusting and can help maintain the quality of your herbs.

The screen also has the perfect size that only allows the kief to be collected at the bottom of the device.

You can also choose different types of screens from Kananstor depending on how fine you want your herbs.

Another great feature of the Kannastor Grinders is its large storage capacity. This makes it the perfect option for those who prefer to do a long vaping session, not to mention help organized users store their herbs in one place.

The Bad

One of the most common problems that we have experienced with Kannastor Grinders is the fact that it is quite difficult to replace the screens.

It is a bit ironic on the part of the company considering their main selling point is Kannastor’s removable screens.

However, replacing the screen isn’t really something that you will have to do regularly.

If you are the type who vapes regularly, it is a good idea to already have additional screens right from the start the moment you purchased the Kannastor Grinders.

Another common problem is the plastic part on the Kannastor grinder sometimes detaches that can interfere with the process of grinding the herbs.

Design and Performance

Kannastor, over the years, perfected their grinder designs.

They’ve come up with different varieties that can help meet every vaping enthusiast’s preference and needs.

The construction of each grinder is quite different.

They’ve designed a range of single chamber to multi-chamber grinder designs for its markets with different needs and preferences.

The single chamber grinders make a perfect accessory for those who love to vape on-the-go while multi-chamber designs are perfect for those who love to vape for medical reasons.

All of its multi-chamber grinders have easy to remove screens that help you to maintain the device without a problem.

In fact

You can even choose how fine you want the screen to be!  That means that you can get the desired consistency that you want for your herbs.

Aside from the grinder’s screen, the design of Kannastor Grinders prevents resin from getting stuck in between the teeth of your unit.

Maintenance

Maintenance is an important part of ensuring a grinder’s performance.

Since the Kannastor Grinder is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, this is something easy to do. However, make sure that you use solvents such as alcohol to get rid of the resin stuck on your screen and in the teeth. You can also apply dishwashing soap and water on the grinder.

Different types of Kannastor Grinders

  • 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder

Kannastor produced many 4-Piece grinder variants. These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder comes in different sizes from 1.25 inches to 3 inches depending on how wide you prefer your grinder to be.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder has a magnet that keeps the top piece in contact with its lower pieces. This prevents you from making any mess while grinding your material. In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

It also makes use of diamond-shaped teeth that allows the device to perform a good ground on the herbs that you place inside the device. Combine it with the crank design, and you end up with a user-friendly device.

The GR8TR by Kannastor is a highly versatile product that you can enjoy.

The GR8TR is available in Solid Body Grinder, Jar Grinder, and Vape versions.

Whichever you choose, the GR8TR offers a number of unique features that you might like to check.

For instance:

It has interchangeable grinding plates. This means that you can choose the consistency that you want every single session.

It has a Micro-Teeth and Dish Press Design which offers effortless grinding.

Which give you the ability to grind on both sides top and the bottom end of the grinder.

It was designed specifically for people with medical conditions requiring lesser physical effort in order to deliver the best ground for their vaping sessions.

Kannastor Grinders feature what they call Friction Rings. Offers is an easy grinding experience after

Friction Rings offers an easy grinding experience session after session.

The Friction Rings create an “air ride” which helps reduces the friction between the exterior wall and the inner wall of the grinding chamber.

In addition to this, the manufacturer also focused on providing better storage for their device.

It has storage for an additional GR8TR plate which allows you to adjust how fine you want the grind to be.

On top of the device, you can find more storage area that can be used for course, fine and unground material.

  • Single Chamber Grinder

From a 1.25-inch version to a 2.5-inch version, Kannastor offers good single chamber options for its users.

What makes the single chamber grinders still relevant today in the world ruled by multi-chamber grinders?

For starters, the single chamber grinders have a straight forward design.

It can also be a portable version that you can pair with your portable vaporizers.

Though it doesn’t have the screen that allows you to collect the kief, it offers a compact design which allows you to do the basic thing that every vape enthusiast wanted.

Final Verdict

Kannastor developed many different types of products over the years.

They’ve catered to the different types of vape enthusiasts ranging from those who love to maximize the kief to the more straightforward individuals who prefer the single chamber designs.

Kannastor grinders make the perfect pair for any device used for vaping.

It provides a smooth consistency that can make the vaping experience even better.

It has a non-stick feature that is also worth mentioning.

Sleek and modern design, it has the right kind of material that prevents messy preparations from happening when grinding your herbs to finer pieces.


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Published at Wed, 03 May 2017 15:21:04 +0000

Compton Grinder: US Made Grinders You Should Try

Compton Grinder: US Made Grinders You Should Try

In the past few years, vaping has become a subculture embraced by those who also listen to hip-hop. You even have rappers like Snoop Dogg that have their own line of vaping and strong relations with the vaping community. And for this reason, it isn’t even surprising that you have a large following for the Compton Grinders.

You even have rappers like Snoop Dogg that have their own line of vaping and strong relations with the vaping community. And for this reason, it isn’t even surprising that you have a large following for the Compton Grinders.

And for this reason, it isn’t even surprising that you have a large following for the Compton Grinders.

As the name suggests, Compton Grinders have the West Coast hip-hop scene as its strong influence. Compton is a premium brand that offers different varieties of grinders ranging from the 2-piece all the way to the 4-piece grinder. They offer great designs that make their products stand out from the rest of the other grinders in the market.

Compton is a premium brand that offers different varieties of grinders ranging from the 2-piece all the way to the 4-piece grinder. They offer great designs that make their products stand out from the rest of the other grinders in the market.

They offer great designs that make their products stand out from the rest of the other grinders in the market.

Apart from their branding that breathes the hip-hop culture, they are also a serious brand following because of the solid materials and functionality that makes them among the top brands in the industry.

And unlike other brands that have outsourced the work from some off-shore factory, Compton made an unusual move to bring their production to US soil!  And because of this, it has allowed them to maintain the highest quality

Because of this, it has allowed them to maintain the highest quality of their products since they have control of every part of the production process.

The Good

In terms of material, Compton Grinder can stand toe to toe against top brands.

They make use of anodized aluminum that meets the industry standard in terms of durability. This prevents scratches and chipping while using the vape accessory.

It also has a magnet that keeps the compartments of the grinder in place. This prevents the device from spilling your material accidentally.

Included in their device is a screen that is made of steel mesh. This is perfect for those who love to maximize the kief on the herbs that they use.

Another thing that makes Compton Grinders a great option is because of the varieties of sizes available.

Are you the type who prefers to keep a small amount of herbs? Or maybe, you like a more standard medium sized grinder? They have them all. All kind of grinders from 2 inches to 2.5 inches.

They also utilize sharp diamond shaped teeth known in the industry to help maximize churning of herbs. As each tooth is perfectly spaced, it offers consistent texture once the herbs have been cut into smaller pieces.

Compton Grinder has created a loading zone which allows the user to know exactly where to place the material in for an efficient grind.

The Bad

If there is anything that Compton can improve on, first that would have to be their warranty and return policy.

Unlike other products in the market, you get 30 days to return the product. Another downside about the return policy is the fact that they don’t accept returns if it has been used.

Though their products aren’t bad in any way shape or form, the company simply doesn’t want to deal with demanding clients who only want to try out their product and return it after the next few days.

Aside from their weak product return policy, their products aren’t considered cheap. This could easily be the drawback for being a product made from America. But of course, given the number of options that enthusiasts have, it is quite surprising that they are still keeping a hefty price tag on their products.

This could easily be the drawback for being a product made from America. But of course, given the number of options that enthusiasts have, it is quite surprising that they are still keeping a hefty price tag on their products.

But of course, given the number of options that enthusiasts have, it is quite surprising that they are still keeping a hefty price tag on their products.

Design and Performance

Priority for Compton is the ergonomic design of their products. You can easily grip on the grinder and churn the material without any problem. It has been designed to prevent slippage.

It also has an option that gives you the chance to remove the screen for maintenance or for easy replacement. And because of the material which the screen is made of, you will not have any trouble keeping the Compton Grinders clean and in its best condition.

Even if you load a good amount of herbs in your Compton grinder, you still get consistent and smooth output.

What makes the Compton Grinders great is the fact that you can ensure that every session gives you clean herbs. You can remove the screen and have it replaced or cleaned. This gives you the

You can remove the screen and have it replaced or cleaned. This gives you the best-filtered material every single time you use the Compton Grinders.

Maintenance

As mentioned, the Compton grinders do have a removable screen that makes it easier to clean and maintain the device. One of the things that Compton addressed is the difficulty of removing the screen on the grinders. What they did is to add a knob style tool that serves as a screen remover. This makes it easy to remove the kief and clean all the parts of the device.

Different types of Compton Grinders

  • 4-Piece Compton Grinders

Made of aircraft grade aluminum according to their website, the 4-Piece Compton Grinders make a good option if you are interested in having the right amount of herbs grounded consistently. It has a built-in loading zone which allows you to load just the right amount for this particular grinder.

It also makes use of perfectly spaced razor sharp teeth that can break your herbs down to smaller pieces in the most efficient manner. The first grinder has a locking ring that gives you the freedom to replace and maintain the stainless steel micron screen that is used to screen the herbs. With consistent sizing, you also get uniform sized herbs for your sessions.

Another thing that makes the 4-piece Compton Grinders unique is its Teflon grade O-rings. What it simply does is to make sure that there is no metal on metal contact that causes friction and adds to the wear and tear of your device.

And on its exterior, the 4-piece Compton Grinders are made of anodized finish with that makes it corrosion resistant. This allows the grinder to still look brand new even after years.

There are three available sizes for the Compton 4-Piece grinders.

Unlike other brands wherein you have the small, medium, and the large version, Compton Grinders are either small or medium sized for the 4-piece grinders.

If you are the type who loves to regularly vape, it is highly suggested that you turn to the medium sized version. You can also choose from different colors ranging from gray to green.

The 4-piece grinder is ultimately for those who love to use the kief. Though generally, the 4-piece grinders are more expensive but they will get the job done!

  • 2-Piece Compton Grinders

If you are a fan of simple and handy grinders that are easy to use and keep inside your pocket, you might find the 2-Piece Compton Grinders interesting. The aesthetics of the 2-Piece Compton Grinders range in different colors from red to gun metal grey. As for the price, the 2-piece grinder costs around $35.

Give the number of individuals who are looking to vape outside the comfort of their home, this product makes the perfect accessory to your handy vaporizers. Just like the 4-piece Compton Grinders, the material used on this product is made of aircraft grade aluminum that can withstand the usual wear and tear from the usual grinding process. It also makes use of an anodized finish that allows the grinder to withstand corrosion.

It is a functional grinder that has a specific loading zone for your herbs as well. This allows the razor sharp diamond shaped teeth of the 2-piece grinder to break down the herbs in an efficient manner. And aside from its maximum cutting efficiency, the 2-piece grinder is also easy to maintain.

Unfortunately, if you are very particular about the kief and pollen of the herbs, you may not be able to enjoy it in these Compton grinders. However, you can still expect evenly sized herbs that have been cut.

Final Verdict

Regardless whether or not you love to listen to hip-hop music, Compton makes a good choice if you are out in the market looking for durable and efficient grinders.

Compton produced different interesting products over the years. They’ve come up with variations of grinders and other accessories loved by their market. They made a reputation making interesting designs in different colors on ashtrays aside from the grinders.

For this all-American brand, they do offer great products that can fit different vape enthusiasts’ taste and preference. However, there is always room for improvement. Perhaps, they can improve on their return policy and make it less constrictive for the consumers. This can go a long way, especially if they really care about their customer’s overall experience with the brand. They also offer 2 and 4 compartment options that you can check that have limited options when it comes to size. These could be some of the things the brand can improve on.

In terms of the design on the grinders, Compton has provided some of the best designs in the market. Aesthetically, they provided a wide variety of loud and subtle colors that make the products stand out. In terms of the performance, they have added features that make their device stand out. For instance, they have specified the area where to place the herbs to get the best results.


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Published at Sun, 07 May 2017 17:28:24 +0000

Trump says he reserves right to ignore medical marijuana protection provision in spending bill

Trump says he reserves right to ignore medical marijuana protection provision in spending bill

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September.

The bill cleared both houses of Congress this week and Trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central New Jersey, well ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.

Trump signed the bill despite his objections to numerous provisions included in the measure. One such provision prohibits the Justice Department from using any funds to block implementation of medical marijuana laws by states and U.S. territories. In a signing statement that accompanied the bill and that laid out his objections, Trump said he reserved the right to ignore the provision. He held out the possibility that the administration could pursue legal action against states and territories that legalize marijuana for medical use.

Marijuana remains illegal for any purpose under federal law. The White House previously signaled a looming crackdown on recreational pot use.

“I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” Trump said in the signing statement, a tool that previous presidents have used to explain their positions on appropriations bills.

Trump also objects to provision governing the transfer of prisoners held at a U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the White House said his objection should not be seen as a shift in policy, but as a statement of his view that the provision could conflict with his constitutional authority and duties in some circumstances.

Trump said during the presidential campaign that he wanted the detention center, known as “Gitmo,” kept open. At one point, he pledged to “load it up with some bad dudes.”

Other budget battles lie ahead as the White House and Congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Republicans praised $15 billion in additional Pentagon spending obtained by Trump, as well as $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security, though not for the wall he has vowed to build along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration, and the extension of a school voucher program in the District of
Columbia.

Trump also wants a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.

Republicans and Democrats who negotiated the spending bill in recent days had successfully defended other accounts Trump had targeted for spending cuts, such as foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, support for the arts and economic development grants, among others.

The sweeping, 1,665-page bill also increases spending for NASA, medical research, and the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.

Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to complain about the bipartisan process that produced the measure but later changed his tone and began highlighting the spending that was added for the military and for border security. He advocated in one tweet for a “good shutdown” in September to fix the “mess” that produced the bill, but then appeared in the White House Rose Garden hours later to boast that the measure amounted to a big win for him.

In other areas, retired union coal miners won a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retirees. House Democrats won funding to give Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped government $295 million to help ease its Medicaid burden.

Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor in Washington contributed to this report.

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Published at Mon, 08 May 2017 10:26:59 +0000

Vermont marijuana legalization bills stay alive as lawmakers extend session

Vermont marijuana legalization bills stay alive as lawmakers extend session

MONTPELIER, Vt. — In the waning days of the legislative session, Vermont’s efforts to legalize marijuana appeared to have stalled. But Friday afternoon, one day before legislative leaders plan to adjourn, the Senate approved a marijuana legalization bill that they say serves as a compromise.

The legislation is nearly identical to the legalization measure the House already has passed, and key House lawmakers are behind it. Sen. Dick Sears, Reps. Maxine Grad and Chip Conquest, all Democrats and staunch legalization advocates, had been crafting the legislation during recent days.

It’s unclear when the House will take up the legislation. Lawmakers had hoped to adjourn Saturday, but Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson tweeted the House would go into recess Friday and resume Wednesday.

When the House discusses the marijuana legislation, members could take a vote or attempt to send the bill to a conference committee, where House and Senate lawmakers would hash out the details in the final hours of the 2017 session.

Small amounts of marijuana would be legal to possess and grow starting in July 2018 under the bill the Senate passed Friday. In the meantime, a nine-member commission will develop a law that would tax and regulate marijuana and present it to the legislature next year.

“This is an effort, Mr. President, to compromise. To find a way for Vermont join two other New England states to have a legalized, regulated seed-to-sale system at some point in the hopefully near future,” said Sears, a key player in Vermont’s legalization effort.

Maine and Massachusetts have legalized marijuana.

Vermont senators voted 20-9 to pass the legalization measure.

“We cannot continue to stick our heads in the sand,” said Republican Sen. Joe Benning, a longtime legalization advocate.

Opposition to the bill was muted, partly because it was a foregone conclusion it would pass. Senators already approved a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana weeks ago.

Marijuana legislation isn’t the only outstanding major issue. House and Senate budget writers still are haggling over how to fund teachers’ retirement, and hanging over every lawmaker’s head is the possibility of a veto.

Republicans and Democrats are split over how to realize up to $26 million in savings due to new, cheaper health care plans for teachers mandated under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott and House Republicans narrowly lost a vote late Wednesday to pass their plan, which would force teachers to negotiate their health care benefits directly with the state.

“It was a tough vote,” said House Republican minority leader Don Turner. “My perspective now is the governor has to issue a veto threat.”

Democrats say forcing teachers to negotiate with the state infringes on teachers’ collective bargaining rights and proposed an alternate system that would keep negotiations at the local level.

But Scott said he isn’t convinced the Democrats’ plan would work and has said it would be “irresponsible” to leave the statehouse without developing a system to save the money and lower property taxes.

Scott has yet to grant House Republicans’ wish by saying he will veto the budget so as to force lawmakers into considering his plan.

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Published at Sat, 06 May 2017 00:41:15 +0000