Useful Marijuana Terminology

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When it comes to marijuana, there is enough misunderstanding to go around without confusing the various terms used to describe the drug. Too many slang terms concerning pot are thrown around without awareness, causing confusion and even harm. Luckily it is easier than ever to discern which terms mean what. This brief glossary of marijuana terms is meant to assist you in making the best decisions about the drug.

Access Point: Also known as a pick-up location, an access point is a place where patients can pick up their medical marijuana.

Alcohol Extraction: When essential oils and trichomes are stripped from a plant, it is known as alcohol extraction. The process is completed using ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.

Aroma: Although it does refer to the scent of a flower or plant, “aroma” also refers to its taste. Some common marijuana aromas include earthy and skunky.

Bong: Water pipes that marijuana smokers use to smoke the drug are known colloquially as bongs. Bongs can range in their design. Some specific designs even have their own names, such as the hookah.

Buds: The fluffy, flowering part of the marijuana plant is called a bud. This is the portion of the plant with the greatest concentration of THC and is the most-often used part for this reason. Buds are also known as flowers.

Cannabinoids: Many of the pain-relieving and other benefits to medical marijuana come from the cannabinoids found in marijuana. These are chemical compounds found in the drug. There are over 85 known cannabinoids, the most common being tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which produces a “high.”

Cannabis: The plant genus that includes marijuana, hemp and other related products is known as cannabis. Cannabis can be grown almost anywhere on the planet but the genus originated in Asia.

CBD: An abbreviation for the chemical compound cannabidiol, CBD is a medical marijuana compound used to treat pain, anxiety, inflammation and other medical conditions without producing a psychoactive “high” effect in the process.

Concentrate: Solvents made from dissolved marijuana are referred to as concentrates. The high concentration of THC in the final product makes concentrates a popular choice for marijuana users. Concentrates vary widely, from resin to wax to oil form.

Dank:Despite the putrid-sounding term, “dank” refers to any marijuana that is considered good quality. The opposite of dank, the term “harsh” refers to pot of poor quality.

DispensaryLegal locations from which you may purchase marijuana for medical or recreational use are known as dispensaries.

HashAlso known as hashish or hash oil, hash is a highly-concentrated product made from the flowering tops of the female hemp plant. Hash may be chewed, smoked or taken in liquid form.

IndicaTwo main strains of cannabis exist. Indica refers to the sedative type of marijuana.

Sativa: One of the main two strains of cannabis, sativa refers to the cerebral-affecting type of marijuana.

Strain: Any different variety of marijuana is known as a strain. New strains are always under development, ensuring that there are always hundreds of different strains on the market.

Tincture: Liquid marijuana prepared with alcohol or glycerol for edible purposes is known as a tincture.

Topical: Topical marijuana products are those that can be applied to the skin for medicinal purposes. They typically include lotions and creams.

Vaporizer: A common way to use marijuana is through a vaporizer, or a device that heats flowers or marijuana oils to provide instantaneous effects.

Alaskas' Legal Weed. A Quick Guide.

This Alaska Legal Weed Guide will educate you about the biggest states pot industry.

Legal Marijuana in Alaska: An Overview

Even though marijuana use in Alaska was only just formally legalized in 2014 under Ballot Measure 8 (PDF), citizens of the state have been growing it and using it for decades. The Alaska Supreme Court even ruled that citizens are able to use the drug under the protection of their individual state’s rights 40 years ago. That said, most Alaskans consider themselves conservative, which has led to some issues in regulating marijuana. If you plan to buy, grow or sell marijuana in the state, there are some important things to familiarize yourself with first.

Buying and Using Marijuana in Alaska

While the Marijuana Control Board regulates marijuana use in Alaska, there has been heated debate over how to regulate the drug. While people are allowed to purchase and grow marijuana for recreational use, the Alaskan Senate has limited the amounts to one ounce of usable material and 6 plants per person.

You must be at least 21 years old in order to purchase, sell or cultivate marijuana in Alaska. It remains a crime to do so if you are under 18 and you may be prosecuted under law if you are found to violate this mandate.

Anyone who sells marijuana in the state must have a valid business license for selling pot. Check with your sources before you buy to ensure that you are purchasing from a legitimate, legal business for your own protection.

Public consumption of marijuana in Alaska is prohibited. You need to restrict your marijuana use to the privacy of your own home for the best chance of not being prosecuted for use.

An adult age 21 or older is legally allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants at once. Up to three of these plants may be flowering. Although no current law exists to limit the number of plants per household, legislation is being considered to limit the total number of household plants to 12.

As with any other state, sending marijuana over the state line remains prohibited in Alaska due to the drug’s illegal status in many other states. Driving under the influence of marijuana and selling the drug without a license are both considered crimes as well and are punishable by law.

Property owners in Alaska are allowed to ban the growing of marijuana on their property. The law states that “a person, employer, school, hospital, recreation or youth center, correction facility, corporation or any other entity who occupies, owns or controls private property may prohibit or otherwise regulate the possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation or growing of marijuana on or in that property.”

According to No. AS 17.38.020, adults may only grow plants for their own use, although they may give up to one ounce away to others. Personal marijuana cannot be bought or sold, nor can it be combined with other adults’ crops of marijuana to increase crop yield.

The punishments for violating the law can vary, but most include a ticket and a fine to pay. Marijuana use on federal lands can result in the loss of your driver’s license, community service and possibly even a probation sentence.

Fast Facts

Marijuana use in Alaska is most consistent among 18 to 25-year-olds.

Individual communities in Alaska are allowed to opt out of having commercial marijuana establishments in their towns.

Marijuana use for recreational purposes was first allowed in Alaska in 1975.

The law in Alaska prohibits building or operating a marijuana licensed facility within 500 feet of a school, youth or recreation center or building where religious services are held. Such buffer zones are not currently in place regarding parks.

Prices for weed in Alaska vary. A gram can cost as low as $16 while an ounce may be as high as $400, depending upon the location.

A Quick Guide to Recreational Weed in Colorado

Oregon's Marijuana Quick Guide. Laws and Facts.

Legal Marijuana in Colorado: An Overview

Per Colorado Amendment 64, passed in 2012, and further legislation in 2014, legalization of marijuana in Colorado is now enjoyed by both citizens and tourists alike. From flowers to pot-infused gummy bears, Colorado features a vast array of pot products for sale. Even with this smorgasboard to choose from, you still need to be aware of the laws and regulations regarding marijuana use before you grow, buy or sell in the state. Check out the following information before you make a decision.

Buying and Using Marijuana in Colorado

Sellers of marijuana in Colorado have to be licensed in order to sell. It is always a good idea to research your source before you buy for your own protection. Ask your seller to show you his or her credentials and make sure they are legitimate.

You have to be 21 years old or older in order to purchase pot in Colorado. You can have up to an ounce of flowers, but you can have other products as well. Be ready to show your government issued ID card to make your purchase. It is also a good idea to bring cash just in case your store does not accept debit cards.

Be sure to use your marijuana safely and responsibly. Since Colorado became the first state to legalize the drug in 2014, the number of emergency room visits related to irresponsible pot use has increased. Almost 1 out of every 1,000 emergency room visits are now related to marijuana use, resulting in an overall 30% increase. Cases of hospitalization regarding marijuana use have also increased. However, some of these individuals may now be reporting incidents after previously “toughing out” any injuries or illnesses due to the legalization and reduction of social stigma around the drug.

Marijuana use is prohibited in most public places in Colorado, so your safest place to use it is in on your own property.

Taking or sending pot over the state line remains prohibited due to the varying laws in different states regarding the drug. It also remains a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana or to sell it without a license. It is also still a crime to sell to minors. To avoid any problems with the legal system, it is best to follow the law while you legally use your marijuana.

Not all strains are available at all shops. In fact, there are so many strains that it would be impossible to get every single one at one dispensary. Call your dispensary to find out if they carry a certain strain before you make a trip.

Punishments for violating the law vary, but most offenses result in a fine. Large offenses may include incarceration.

Fast Facts

Marijuana arrests in Colorado are down since the drug became legalized by almost half. There have been 46% fewer arrests made following decriminalization.

Only 9% of marijuana users become dependent on the drug.

The price of marijuana in Colorado has slightly decreased in the last year. Prices for an 1/8 ounce range from $27 t $60 depending upon the strain purchased and the store where the marijuana is being sold.

The legal limit for driving with pot in your system in Colorado is 5 Nanograms/mL of blood.

A slight decrease in the number of pot-related DUIs has occurred.

Almost half of the population has tried marijuana at some point. 42% of Americans report having tried it.

The hops found in beer are in the same marijuana plant family.

Most studies support the theory that marijuana is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol.

Rates of pot use among teens in Colorado remain unchanged since the drug was legalized. Rates of teen use of marijuana are actually dropping across the country as more states decriminalize use.

Legal Marijuana in Oregon: A quick Guide.

Legal Marijuana in Oregon. This quick guide will help you.

Legal Marijuana in Oregon: An Overview

Although recreational use of marijuana has only just recently been approved for all adults in Oregon via Measure 91, which was approved in 2014, the state has a long culture of marijuana use and history. Use of the drug was decriminalized in 1973. Since 1999, marijuana users in Oregon have outnumbered those in the rest of the country by up to 45%. Marijuana grows well in Oregon, which lends to the culture of recreational use in the state.

Not only was Oregon one of the first states to authorize marijuana for medical use, but it was the very first state to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use in small amounts. Even so, there are still laws in place that regulate the use, purchase and sale of cannabis in the state. Use the following information to legally buy marijuana in Oregon.

Buying and Using Marijuana in Oregon

Beneath Measure 91(PDF), adults may possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home, but only one ounce while away from home. You must be at least 21 years of age in order to buy marijuana or even have it on your person in the state of Oregon.

Unlike some other states that have legalized pot, Oregon allows citizens to actually grow the plant within the home. There is a current limit to four marijuana plants per household.

Marijuana use is prohibited while driving on a public road in Oregon. Use is also forbidden in public places in general.

Tax monies generated from the sale and regulation of marijuana is funneled into the state’s schools, drug treatment and police agencies.

Any marijuana seller in the state must be a licensed and regulated seller, so ask your source about his or her credentials before making a purchase to ensure your own protection. Smoking your pot in private at your own home is the best way to remain safe from any kind of prosecution, since use of marijuana in public is considered prohibited by law.

That said, some locations—including select speakeasies—do allow their patrons to smoke pot on the premises. This is a gray legal area of operation, so it is still considered a risk. Ask friends about these locations as they are not publicly listed in order to avoid trouble from law enforcement.

Oregon is one of the few places out-of-state visitors can legally obtain a medical marijuana card, so if your state criminalizes marijuana use but the drug could help your illness, Oregon is a good place to obtain it.

To obtain a medical marijuana card in Oregon, visit a marijuana clinic, fill out an application and see a physician. Your Oregon medical marijuana card will be accepted in multiple states, including Michigan, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island and Arizona.

Refuse to purchase marijuana near a school. It is considered a felony offense to sell the drug within 1,000 miles of a school in Oregon.

Unlike some states, Oregon only requires a valid government ID in order to buy marijuana.

Sending marijuana over the state line is prohibited due to various state laws regarding the drug, even if it is legal in the state in question, as is driving under the influence of marijuana or selling the drug without a license. Following these laws to the letter is the easiest way to avoid any legal ramifications associated with marijuana use.  

Although marijuana use is locally decriminalized, at the federal level it remains illegal. As long as you follow local laws, you are unlikely to face any criminal charges, but should you be charged with a federal crime it is possible to have marijuana use included on your charges.

Fast Facts

Oregon’s marijuana prices are some of the cheapest across the country. Because of the state’s tax system, prices typically range from $10 to $30 a gram.

Washington State Weed: Taxes and Tipping your Budtender

Washington State - should you tip your bud tender? Why or why not?

Regardless of how you feel about tipping, the practice is legal for purchasing just about everything ... including recreational marijuana.

In Washington State, Seattle is on the verge of eliminating at least some forms of tipping, due in large part to the mandatory $15 minimum wage that is slowly being phased in over the next few years. It makes sense, too - we purchase so many things in our daily lives where tipping is not a condition of the sale. A lot of people, myself included, like ONE final price.

When Washington State started the privatization of distilled spirit retail sales in June of 2012, a lot of people were very upset with the outcome. The cost of the product went up dramatically... and not only that, but the sticker shock at the end of the sale was mostly of genuine surprise. We went from state stores who included everything in one price (all taxes and fees), to having one price shown for the item, and the taxes calculated separately at check out. The current tax rate for distilled spirits in WA state is 20.5% of the retail purchase price plus $3.7708 per liter. If you purchase one liter of cheap Vodka, for instance, the price you see on the shelf will be something like $11.99... but when you check out the price would come to $18.22 ($18.21875)... a difference of $6.23 which is OVER 50 (FIFTY!) PERCENT higher than the price you see on the shelf (not to mention this same bottle might have actually been only $9.99 - all in - when the state stores were open just days earlier but that's a whole other conversation). 

Where am I heading with this? I think a lot of people really want transparency with the prices they see. It helps consumers make informed decisions. 

In 2012, the airline industry had a bit of a shake up when new regulations were passed that demanded they list the FINAL PRICE  of the item FIRST, and then provide itemized details about the taxes and fees afterwards. This change made what was once a tedious process (checking each ticket individually) into a streamlined way of easily checking prices. Consumers really won here. The airlines have and will never be done with additional fees... it is pretty obvious they cant help themselves... see all of the new baggage, food, and other fees that have been multiplying over the past few years. These fees have become a large part of the airlines revenue and are currently not included in "final price"... its added later. This makes shopping for tickets, once again, more complicated for the consumer as the fees can range from $5 to $75 or more depending on your bag, its dimensions, and weight. It does make things a little more fair for people who just want barebone service (who would otherwise be charged to check a bag, likely through higher "margins"), but it complicates the user experience. So, a final price with taxes included is great. You quickly and easily know how much you will be paying to get from one airport to the other. It also makes sense to charge for things that only some people might want to take advantage of (like food, bags, and drinks). If I don't need bags, drinks, or food I don't want to pay for those things (indirectly). These extras that people used to get free, they now pay for, and that is OK. 

What is the point I am trying to make? Well, its complicated (<- that is the point).

As of January 8, 2016, the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board (PDF) has allowed tipping in the legal Marijuana Industry, but that doesn't mean it is an acceptable practice in all situations. In fact, the bulletin was specific that in no way can tipping be mandatory specifically to avoid a situation where tips become a part of the sale (like you may find in restaurants - for example: groups of 6 or more must add a mandatory 18% gratuity).

So, as of now, it is up to consumers to decide if they want to leave a tip... and how much. It could be your change. It could be a dollar... it could be more... and you can decide... but should you have to? I believe the fact that there is even a tip jar there to begin with puts pressure on people to tip regardless of service... and in most cases you don't need to tip at all (unless the budtender really does go above and beyond, and if that is the case just give them money directly... not to a tip jar where the money could be pooled, go to the owners, or something else weird that I cant even think of). If you are just going to the marijuana store to pick stuff up, like you would at Target or Bartell's, why would you leave a tip? You likely wouldn't. So what is the point? 

Legal Marijuana in Washington State - A quick Guide.

Washington State Recreational Marijuana Guide

Legal Marijuana in Washington: An Overview

Although marijuana use has been decriminalized in the state of Washington since 2012, that doesn’t mean you can just load a bill into any vending machine and walk away with a pouch of weed. There are still laws and regulations to be aware of before you try to purchase marijuana. Use this handy guide to legally buy marijuana in Washington.

Buying and Using Marijuana in Washington

Any marijuana seller in the state must be licensed and regulated, so check into your source’s credentials before you buy for your own protection. When you do smoke pot, you need to do it in private, with your own place of residence serving as your safest bet. You cannot be in public view, but the odor of your product must also not be detected by the public.

Most public places prohibit marijuana use. Any place that enforces a smoking ban also prohibits marijuana. Other locations that explicitly do not allow use of marijuana include restaurants, clubs, lounges, most hotels, bars, concert venues, sporting arenas and any federal lands. Smoking while driving or while being a passenger in a vehicle is also prohibited.

You must be 21 years of age in order to purchase or possess marijuana in Washington. You are limited to having one ounce of useable pot, or dried flowers, on your person at any time, but you can have up to 16 ounces of solid infused product or 72 ounces of liquid infused product. The law also allows you to privately own marijuana paraphernalia.

To purchase your marijuana, be sure to have your government issued ID card handy. You will also need to bring cash. Some shops do accept debit cards but they are not allowed to use credit cards.

Sending marijuana over the state line is prohibited due to various state laws regarding the drug, even if it is legal in the state in question, as is driving under the influence of marijuana or selling the drug without a license. Following these laws to the letter is the easiest way to avoid any legal ramifications associated with marijuana use.

Some marijuana laws vary by county across the state, so it is always a good idea to check into each county’s laws before venturing into a supplier’s shop. Due to local laws, specific strains may not be available in all areas. Some cities have also outlawed dispensaries, so be sure to look up shop locations to find the nearest dispensary near you.

Some shops may still be in the process of opening, so be sure to call before making a trip. You can enter your zip code at Leafly to find your nearest dispensary as well. Curious about whether or not a pot shop is coming to your neighborhood? Visit the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board website to find out.

The punishments for violating the law can vary, but most include a ticket and a fine to pay. Marijuana use on federal lands can result in the loss of your driver’s license, community service and possibly even a probation sentence.

Fast Facts

Washington carries some of the cheapest prices across the country at $1500 per pound. 

As of March 2016, prices continue to fall at $9.32 per gram, down from $25 per gram in September 2014. 

Lots of employers still ban the use of marijuana in the workplace. Check with your company’s policy before chancing a drug test. 

Home growing marijuana is still illegal. 

Some rare strains of pot, such as Red Stem Afghani, can be found in Washington. 

It is illegal to have more pot on you than is stipulated by law, to purchase or use pot if you are under age 21, or to violate any other laws. It is also a crime to use marijuana on federal lands, such as National Parks and forests. 

Studies indicate that women may be more sensitive to the painkilling properties of marijuana than men. 

Pot is the most commonly used recreational drug in the country. 

It is up to tribal lands to enforce their own laws regarding recreational use of the drug. Dispensaries are not legally allowed in Skagit County for this reason.