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Health & Nurturing
2013 June
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
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Business-related aspects of the new regulations
for the adult-use cannabis market:
-The following businesses must apply for and
obtain a license: retail marijuana stores, infused
products/edibles manufacturers, cultivation facili-
ties and testing labs. The state will begin accept-
ing applications for these businesses on Oct. 1,
and the first retail stores selling marijuana to the
general public could open as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
-Dispensary owners can either convert their
operations to focus solely on the recreational side
or keep the MMJ business and add a retail arm
as well. They can apply to have both the medical
and recreational businesses at the same location
if local laws allow for such an operation. When
the license becomes effective, the applicant must
identify the medical marijuana inventory that
will become retail inventory, and there must be
¡°physical separation¡± between the two. Individu-
als who currently run dispensaries, cultivation
sites and infused products companies that are
licensed by the state, or have a pending license
application, are the only ones who can apply to
operate recreational cannabis businesses until
July 1 of next year. Entrepreneurs who do not
currently own dispensaries can file a notice start-
ing Jan. 1 saying that they intend to submit an ap-
plication. When the state begins accepting general
applications in July 2014, it will give preference to
those who submitted a notice of intent. Licenses
for this group would then become effective as
early as Oct. 1. The state can limit the number of
retail marijuana business licenses/shops and over-
all production for individual cultivation opera-
tions or for the industry as a whole.
-The first retail stores and infused products com-
panies will have to grow 70% of the marijuana
they sell until Oct. 1, 2014, when they can start
buying it from retail cultivation facilities.
-State licenses are subject to local approvals,
meaning cities can ban retail marijuana shops.
Store owners, managers and employees as well
as investors in retail cannabis businesses must be
Colorado residents. Owners must be residents for
at least two years before applying for a license,
and they also must submit to a background check.
The application fee is $500 for those who cur-
rently run licensed medical marijuana businesses,
or are in the process of obtaining a license, and
$5,000 for those who don¡¯t.
-Colorado residents 21 and over can purchase up
to an ounce of marijuana at a time from any given
retail store by showing their driver¡¯s license.
Visitors will also be able to purchase marijuana,
opening the door to cannabis tourism and in-
creasing potential sales exponentially. However,
out-of-state consumers will only be able to buy a
quarter-ounce in any single transaction in a bid to
help limit diversion of cannabis to other states. All
marijuana must be sold in sealed, nontransparent,
child-proof packaging with labels that display po-
tency levels, net weight, batch number, warnings
and other information. Edibles labels must also
contain ingredients, possible allergens, serving
sizes and nutrition information.
The Medicine Cabinet
If you are suffering from fatigue, you feel de-
pressed or too stressed, and you are looking for
more energy, water could be just the ticket. Also,
if you are interested in losing weight and/or con-
trolling your appetite, if you suffer from dry skin,
indigestion, backaches, or headaches, drinking
more water might be the solution, at least partly.
Water makes up between 70 and 80 percent of
our bodies--the blood and brain are 90 percent
water! Your cells need it to do everything they¡¯re
assigned by God, and your kidneys use it to filter
out harmful elements. It also helps to lubricate
our joints, metabolize fat, keep the brain thinking,
and a host of other life-sustaining processes.
More About Fatigue.
75 percent of Americans are chronically dehy-
drated. In 37 percent of Americans, the thirst
mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for
hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down
one¡¯s metabolism as much as 3 percent. One glass
of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for
almost 100 percent of dieters in a University of
Washington study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger
The #1 Medicine: Water
for daytime fatigue. Prelimi-
nary research indicates that
8-10 glasses of water a day
significantly eases back and
joint pain for up to 80 percent
of sufferers. A mere 2 percent
drop in body water can trigger
fuzzy short-term memory,
trouble with basic math, and
difficulty focusing on the com-
puter screen or on a printed
page. Drinking 5 glasses of
water daily decreases the risk
of colon cancer by 45 percent,
plus it can slash the risk of
breast cancer by 79 percent,
and be 50 percent less likely to
develop bladder cancer.
Your body recycles water in a way only God
could have devised, but you will naturally lose
water through breathing, sweating, and elimina-
tion. To avoid losing excess water, stay away
from alcohol, caffeine, and sugar, which slow
the absorption of water. Drinking just one can
of sugary soda per day, without adjusting the
amount of food eaten or increasing one¡¯s exercise
level, can add 15 pounds of body weight over a
year¡¯s time. A 12-ounce can of sugary soda has
150 calories. Americans now drink twice as much
sugared soda per person as they did 25 years ago.
Fruit and vegetable juices, and water with a bit of
lemon, are great alternatives to the soda habit.
Pure Water Can Be a Wonderful Doctor!