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Dabs, the Latest Pot Trend Police and Media Are Needlessly Freaking Out About
A highly potent form of marijuana has made its way to the East Coast, and law enforcement and “advocates” are very worried. In fact, they’re so worried that they are making false and baseless claims about its dangers.

The stuff is basically butane hash oil, which is now generically called “dabs.” It can come in the form of oils, “budder,” or “wax.” The stuff known as “shatter” has THC concentrated to extremely high levels, reportedly as high as 90%. The stoniest buds from pot plants, on the other hand, have a THC level of around 25% to 30%.

Shatter is the hash oil derivative in the form of marijuana wax, and is typically produced as a thin, hard, translucent sheet, which will shatter in pieces if dropped to the floor. It is generally vaped, rather than smoked.

Make no mistake—dabs is strong stuff. One toke of dabs contains about as much THC as a joint of pot, and even experienced pot smokers have been known to have unpleasant experiences …

Read more at Alternet.

A Seller of Marijuana-Related Domain Names Expects a Very Big Year
Drew Riegel makes a six-figure salary in the marijuana business without touching the plant, holding any physical inventory, or hiring any employees. Instead, he closely watches the development of the emerging industry, identifies the web domain names the players there might want, and buys them. Keeping about 1000 names at a time, he sells them to companies or individuals, through his web site He keeps some names for himself and uses them to create web sites offering marijuana-related content that link to other web sites where customers can buy related products. Riegel receives a percentage of those sales revenues, a common internet practice called affiliate sales.Some of his current favorite holdings right now, and

Website names are important because Google does not allow cannabis advertising and key word sales. Because of this restriction, “organic search results,” the web addresses that appear when a user searches the internet using Google, are extremely important to companies in cannabis-related businesses. “You can’t buy Google ads for rolling papers, pipes, vapes, hash oil equipment or most anything related to marijuana,” said Riegel, so websites that appear organically when users search words like “marijuana vapes” are important.

Read more at Forbes.

New Hampshire Seeks To Add PTSD to List of Medical Marijuana Ills
A bill introduced Thursday in the New Hampshire state assembly seeks to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for medical marijuana treatment, which was legalized in 2013 but remains hard to obtain in the Granite state.

The proposed legislation comes as New Hampshire grapples with an opioid and heroin addiction and overdose crisis. Medical marijuana advocates argue that better access to cannabis would offer an alternative means of pain relief to people now using painkillers or heroin. In 2015 the state’s medical examiner attributed 385 deaths to opiates, almost double the 192 fatalities in 2013, according to New Hampshire Public Radio.

Also, adding PTSD to the list of illnesses approved for cannabis treatment could provide another option to people who’ve found no relief with standard anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication, advocates say.

A University of New Hampshire poll last year found strong backing for the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana, with support levels growing each year.

Read more at AlJazeera America.