Alibi V.26 No.38 • Sept 21-27, 2017 

News on the Green

Verdes Foundation logo
Verdes Announces New Location

The Verdes Foundation is moving its ABQ dispensary location from its current Coronado address to 7301 San Antonio NE near the end of October. A spokesperson for Verdes said the new location will have larger space to better accommodate patients and introduce new interactive educational opportunities. The new dispensary is expected to have more space for private nursing consultation.

Study Says Cannabis Use Not Caused by Legalization

A study released by the journal of Addiction last week concluded that the growing rate of cannabis use is not the result of legalization. Researchers at the Public Health Institute's Alcohol Research Group analyzed data from National Alcohol Surveys and compared them to the legalization time line. They found that rather than law enforcement policy changes, the leading cause for the spike in cannabis use is caused by what they call “period effects”—or societal changes that affect all cultural or generational groups.

The Marijuana Show
TV Show Looking for Next Cannabis Millionaire

Amazon Prime's The Marijuana Show, a reality show boasting over $18 million offered by accredited investors in just two seasons, will be looking for new cannabis entrepreneurs to feature on their show at the Cannabis World Conference and Business Exposition in Los Angeles. The show is described as “Shark Tank for Pot.”

Damage Caused by Teenage Use of Cannabis Reversible

Although there has never been any definitive proof of the claim, some studies have linked teenage use of cannabis with adult onset of schizophrenia or schizophrenia-like symptoms. But a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry seems to have found the mechanism by which such effects could occur. The study found that rats who were exposed to THC at a young age experienced a reduction in the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. As a result, the researchers discovered that they could reverse the schizophrenia-like effects in the rats' brains by using drugs that activate GABA, meaning the THC's negative health effects were not permanent.

Binge Smoking

Last month, Netflix hosted a pop-up cannabis event at Alternative Herbal Health Services in West Hollywood, selling a set of strains based on a selection of its most popular original shows. According to a press release, “Each strain was cultivated with the specific shows in mind, designed to complement each title based on their tone.” The shows used for inspiration included Orange is the New Black, Arrested Development, Bojack Horseman and others.

N.M. Loves Cannabis

Civilized Life ranked all of the states that have medical cannabis programs by how much of their population uses the medicine. New Mexico was ranked fourth with 2.13 percent (44,403 patients) of our residents enrolled. California took top honors with 3.83 percent (1,526,250 patients) enrolled.