Security systems, cameras and armed guards have dominated the cash-rich cannabis business since the inception of legal medical and recreational marijuana laws.  Recently, drones and robots have been introduced to defend against outside threats to businesses’ valuable and vulnerable assets as well as to minimize the often-costly consequences of human error.

Mechanically, robots and droids can conduct a complex series of actions automatically and efficiently with the capability of alerting human monitors when they detect that something is wrong.   They differ from armed guards because they ‘don’t shoot back at intruders’ and ‘can take a gunshot better than humans’’.  Though there is a chance that they will soon arm the robots with pepper spray.

Canndescent, a grow in Desert Hot Springs uses Hardcar Security to monitor and secure the perimeter of their site. A UGV, or Unmanned Ground Vehicle, made by a group called Intellos, provides the evening patrol and delivers more assurance than the visions of a lonely night guard falling asleep or playing video games at his post.

Recently, Eaze, a cannabis delivery company demonstrated the use of a drone at the Cannabis Cup in San Bernadino.  A spokesperson for the company said “We see it in the future.  It’s on the horizon”.

Automation seems to be all over the industry.  Smokey Point Productions in Washington has automated the seeding, feeding and trimming processes in their cultivation business and find it to be incredibly efficient.  “This saves me from having a person mix the nutrients and do it manually”.  A person however is used to place the product in a package but then the machine finishes the process when it seals, bar codes and counts the packages.

With the industry on a trajectory to very rapid increased growth, it only follows that the size of grow operations and delivery warehouses will need to embrace automation and the use of newer more efficient ways to deal with their volume and demand for speed.

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It may be counterintuitive, but what if marijuana is not a ‘gateway” drug to other more dangerous drugs at all, but rather is quite the opposite?

Made possible by the growing legalization of marijuana, rehabilitation centers like High Sobriety in Los Angeles are overseeing the use of marijuana as a substitute for more potent drugs and as a bridge to the addict’s new sober life.

Dr. Marks Wallace is the University of California San Diego’s chairman of the division of pain medicine in the Department of Anesthesia and has treated hundreds of patients with marijuana over the past five years to help in the transition off opiates. He like others do agree that more studies are needed for this specific use.

Even though a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences “found no evidence to support or refute the conclusion that cannabinoids are an effective treatment for achieving abstinence in the use of addictive substances”, the group did find strong evidence that cannabis and related compounds can be used to treat chronic pain in adults. As chronic pain is a different animal, experts remain skeptical if this applies to wean people off opioids.

Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Willenberg, who treats addicts and oversaw research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, calls it completely absurd! He says that it doesn’t work and it is like “trying to cure alcoholism with valium”.

The idea for this type of treatment is a result of several emerging factors in the world of addiction. There has been an explosion in the number of opiates consumed in this country and an increased death toll to go along with it. The traditional 12-Step program requiring abstinence with its prohibitive costs often leads to relapse and failure. A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study found that states with medical marijuana laws have seen lower rates of death from opiate overdose. The Schedule 1 label by the federal government has made funding for additional studies to test this hypothesis, sparse. A combination of these and other factors have led to alternative ways to treat addicts.

The national opioid epidemic will continue to encourage and necessitate the need for better options as the climate of addiction treatment struggles to find a better way.

written by VEG PayQwick


Bridge club, book club, mahjong club, medical marijuana club?  Makes you want to sign up now for some senior living arrangement, eh?

In the first such deal in the state, Etain Health of New York contracted with a Bronx nursing home to provide medical cannabis products to its residents.

Originally New York marijuana law only allowed physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients, but health regulators have recently expanded it to allow nurse practitioners that same ability.   Steps are being taken to afford the same to physicians’ assistants. Etain will train the staff at this nursing home to become certified to recommend medical marijuana.

Up until now, seniors have been the most reluctant group to embrace marijuana for any use, including medical reasons.  This aging group has many concerns and misconceptions about marijuana and need information about the many ways cannabis can be used.   They need to know realistic outcomes and expectations, dosages and availability, and how their quality of life can be enhanced by its medicinal value.

SAFETY ISSUES:  Seniors 65 and older are only 14% of the nation’s population but they use more than 30% of all prescription drugs, including some highly addictive pain killers like Vicodin and other opioids for chronic pain.  While these conventional drugs have a potential to kill when abused, no overdose of marijuana has ever resulted in death.

Powerful antioxidant effects of marijuana can offer relief for disorders like lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia and inflammations such as that of the liver from Hepatitis C.  Many see it as a great alternative.

ADDICTION:  Cannabis is not physically addictive.  Seniors have used it for chronic pain, stress and anxiety daily without getting addicted.  A host of different strains can provide relief from chronic pain but can also make one feel energized and focused without the psychoactive effects that seniors sometimes worry about.  What’s wrong with that concept?

SMOKING IT:  Our grandmas and grandpas think that the only way to use marijuana is to smoke it.  Cannabis-infused ointments and oils have shown great promise and results for those with arthritis and neuropathy, while baked products, candies and honey can incorporate cannabis which creates enormous choices for this group; choices they didn’t know they had.

In addition to her visits to the gym and her kale salads, 68-year-old Sue Taylor now includes marijuana in her quest to stay youthful.  She uses her Gummie Cares for sleep and pain as she needs it.  Once a high school principal who preached and exposed the dangers of drugs to her students, she has changed her mind and is now an advocate for aging Americans using marijuana.  She speaks at community meetings to help educate the seniors who are curious.

“Seniors don’t want to get high, they want to get well”.

Why not help spread the word and share some of your own expertise on this subject with a senior today?  After all, chances are good that a senior care facility will one day be in our own future.