What to Look Forward to With Pennsyvlania’s Growing Legal Weed Market

Pennsylvania is getting ever closer to legal recreational marijuana but policymakers still face tough questions about what this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry would look like.

With cultivation underway and both patients and doctors registering with the program, the state’s MMJ market is progressing ahead of schedule – a rarity in the cannabis industry.

 

Pennsylvania is the fifth-largest state in the country, home to nearly 13 million people, but some people still ask is weed legal in pa?

Considering the state’s extensive list of conditions that can be treated with MMJ – including chronic pain – the patient base could reach 100,000-200,000 once the market matures.

According to Marijuana Business Daily estimates, the state’s dispensary sales could exceed $100 million annually a few years after the program launches.

Here’s what you need to know about the situation:

  • A total of 50 dispensary licenses and 25 grower/processor licenses will be issued in Pennsylvania. However, the permitting process is being rolled out in two phases. To date, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued 27 dispensary licenses and 12 grower/processor licenses. No timeline has been released for the second phase of licensing.
  • Each dispensary license holder is authorized to open up to three storefronts, meaning a maximum of 150 dispensaries will be allowed to open throughout the state. Several of the 27 current dispensary license holders have chosen to open multiple locations, with a total of 52 dispensary storefronts expected to open shortly after the program launches.
  • Given the potential size of Pennsylvania’s MMJ market and the lack of any residency requirements, a significant amount of companies based outside Pennsylvania have pursued MMJ business licenses in the state. Four of the 12 grower/processor licenses and six of the 27 dispensary licenses were granted to out-of-state companies.
  • Similar to New York, the sale of both flower and edibles are prohibited in Pennsylvania. This has potential to suppress MMJ sales, because some potential patients may choose to stay in the black market.
  • Of the four states that border Pennsylvania with active MMJ programs – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and New York – the average time for the first licensed dispensary to open after the state’s MMJ bill passed was 37 months. Should Pennsylvania begin MMJ sales in or around April, as expected, it will beat this average elapsed time from legalization to sales by over a year.
  • In response to Attorney General Jeff Session’s decision to rescind Obama-era policies that allowed legalized marijuana to thrive in the United States, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has pledged to defend the state’s MMJ program. In a statement released earlier this month, Wolf staid: “We are evaluating the exact impact rescinding the directive could have on Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program but I will continue to do everything in my power to protect Pennsylvania patients.”

Pennsylvania just launched its medical marijuana program, and leading politicians have already started to discuss full legalization. Burleson said, “We view PA as an attractive market, given the state’s large population and initial strong patient adoption for the medical program. We are forecasting the PA medical market to nearly triple from an estimated $125 million last year to approximately $350 million by 2022.”

Just last week, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the state would reopen the application process for obtaining licenses to grow commercial hemp. Only Pennsylvania and Kentucky have submitted plans to the Department of Agriculture to allow for full production of industrial hemp.

After the 2014 Farm Bill was passed that allowed for limited hemp cultivation, Pennsylvania passed its own legislation — the 2016 Hemp Research Act. Farmers with a permit could grow up to five acres of hemp, but then that was increased to 100 acres. The Commonwealth has issued a total of 84 permits for the 2019 season, however, that could go higher as applicants who had previously been denied can now reapply for a permit.

Overall, the state reported taking in approximately $11 million through December 31, 2018 for the total program. This was slightly below the expected $12 million, however the program didn’t begin until February. Pennsylvania could potentially earn $581 million in annual revenue if the state legalized adult use cannabis, according to a report released by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

The report went on to suggest that the total market size for the state could be $1.6 billion. The report noted, “The $1.66 billion estimate includes only the total direct sales of marijuana. It excludes the economic activity generated by jobs and businesses created to support the retail marijuana industry in Pennsylvania. It also does not account for the decreased criminal justice system costs as a result of eliminating arrests and incarcerations for possession of marijuana.”

Currently it is a somewhat level playing field for Pennsylvania dispensaries. Each license was limited to three dispensaries, although according to Cannabiz Media, a company that tracks licenses, Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTBIF) acquired another company’s license location and is up to five. Other active license holders include Columbia Care, Cresco Labs Inc. (CRLBF) , Grassroots Cannabis and Holistic Pharma. Grass Roots’ dispensaries are named Herbology and that company is up to four locations due to an acquisition. There are 144 pending licenses and an additional 56 applications.…

Practical Feng Shui For Home Decore

Most of the information that is available concerning Feng Shui is highly over-simplified. It often comes in the form of out-of-context eastern principals, mixed in with basic interior design horse sense from the west, to form a hybrid which many professional.
Feng Shui analysts agree can be as harmful as it is helpful. Feng Shui is more than just choosing certain colors, or “getting rid of clutter”, as many books and articles will have you believe. It is actually an extremely complex system of mathematical formulas that give highly specific advice based on the type of home, its layout, and its time of construction. There are no simple answers in Feng Shui, however there is something we can learn from the methods the ancients used to derive these principals.

Real Feng Shui is a system that has been evolving over thousands of years. The concept behind this design form is the idea that energy or “chi” flows through everything. Feng Shui is an attempt to maximize the flow of positive chi through a space to benefit the lives of the people within that setting. Feng Shui is originally based on the I Ching, an ancient Chinese text of mystical origins. Over the years successive schools of thought have come to dominate this decorative philosophy. As each new movement came to power, they refined the formulas and functions of previous schools. In this ongoing process of refinement, every possible arrangement of objects was tested against numerous people’s emotional and spiritual reaction to them over thousands of years. These reactions allowed the ancients to slowly improve their diagrams for the placement of objects.

This ancient mathematical formula for laying out the design of a setting does seem to be a sound method for improving the quality of a room’s décor. While this may be due to the ancients having determined the way chi flows, their real accomplishment might instead have been to develop a systemized mathematical representation of a wide scale, long term psychological study. While trying to determine the flow of energy, they may have instead determined the basic principals of design that elicit positive responses in humans, by experimentally testing and recording peoples reactions to different object settings.

Real Feng Shui is extraordinarily specific, and complex. The only way to do real Feng Shui is either to become a student of this art, and painstakingly learn the many principals and subtleties it requires, or to hire a professional to do an analysis and work over of your home. Either way, use of this design style requires a large sacrifice, and is outside the realm of most people’s time and money budget.

However, Feng Shui does teach us something that is very useful when decorating your home. The ancient thinkers who developed this idea derived it by simply paying attention to the feeling of objects in different spaces. This is a process that every person has it within their power to do. Everyone has taste, everyone has feelings. By simply getting in touch with your inner critic, you can become the source for your own personal Feng Shui. No matter how specific they were, a Philosopher from a thousand years ago is not going to understand the spiritual and emotional nuances of you, your family, and your home as well as you do. By using the strategy rather than the formula of Feng Shui, you can develop a highly personalized design that is a true expression of yourself.

Walk into a room, and see how it makes you feel. Notice the colors, the objects, and their placement. What do they evoke in you? Is the room comfortable? Is it calming or invigorating? Maybe there is something wrong in the room, even if you can’t tell exactly what it is, register that feeling. If you are attentive, you will start to get sensitive to the psychological influences that placement and design have on your own mind.

Color

Colors have very strong and individual effects on people. Different shades will have radically different results on people’s mental behavior. Dark colors can either be relaxing or depressing, light colors can be uplifting or annoying, and extreme colors can be exhilarating or aggravating. Pay attention to how these colors make you feel. When you visit other peoples homes, or even their shops or offices, pay attention to the effect that walking into a room has on you. Sometimes you will enter a space and feel naturally relaxed. Other places can have a negative effect, making you feel uncomfortable or agitated for no apparent reason. Remember the colors and the shades of these rooms, especially if you have a particularly strong response to one.

Colors also affect the nature of interactions, and when you enter a new space you should always pay attention to the way people behave to one another. If there is a room in your home where people tend to get into arguments, reassess the colors in that room. Bright or extreme colors can irritate people’s eyes and increase their metabolism, making them more likely to fight. Darker rooms can put people in a bad mood and make them lethargic. Color and placement are not the only things that influence interactions, but by paying attention you may be able to understand the subtle influence it can have.

Flow

In traditional Feng Shui, the goal is to maximize the flow of positive chi in an area. While you will probably not be able to detect the essence of the energy of a space, you can increase the feeling of flow in a room by paying attention to the way people and objects move through the space.

The flow you want to achieve is in the essence of the room. You want there to be easy access for people moving through the room, as well as in and out of it. You want objects to be able to move from their storage, into use, and back without adding to clutter. This kind of flow is a mixture of organization and design that focuses on removing blockages and allowing easy movement through every area.

You will be able to feel whether a room has flow just by walking into it. There are tiny currents of air that run through every space. We do not generally notice these currents, however using your intuition you can just barely perceive this air. The difference between greater and lesser currents will be translated into your mind as greater or lesser flow. As always, make yourself sensitive to the subtleties of the space.

Experiment

It is important to allow yourself to be wrong. If you don’t make mistakes, you won’t learn anything. Pay attention to emotional variations you feel from placing different decorations and colors in different spaces. At a certain point, stop and simply exist in the room, remaining attentive to the feel of the space. Occasionally, make small changes, and observe the emotional and interactive differences.

If you don’t have the time or strength to constantly move furnishings and furniture around, then try visualizing different scenarios. Sit somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and imagine the room in a different style. Imagine yourself in the room, and try to incorporate every detail in the room into the setting. Feel how your emotions respond to such a setting. Pay attention to any problems you may feel. Allow yourself access to the subconscious of your mind, and trust its natural inclinations, as it will pick up on problems and solutions that you won’t consciously understand. Use color charts and pictures to help with the imagination process.

Feng Shui is a very respectable form of interior decorating with a long and rich history. However, it was originally based on simple trial and error, as ancient Chinese thinkers explored the many different ways that positioning and design can affect the most subtle workings of the human mind. Today you can try to recreate that method, by experimenting with yourself and your surroundings to produce a room that will affect you and your family in a positive way. While you probably won’t achieve the accuracy of the ancients in your first attempt, each try will educate you as to the style and design that suites you best as well as the way it affects you. Exploring this further can allow you a creative outlet enabling you to get in touch with the very basic nature of art that exists within you.…

Decorating the Great Outdoors

The house is warm, and filled with the touches of the Holiday Season. It’s time to go outdoors and check things out a bit. There are some wreaths on the door, the children are building a snowperson and the family pet is romping there right along side the family. There are the wildlife just watching, waiting and wondering what new features will be added to the “neighborhood.”

If you have an old wooden planter or barrel in your shed or garage, bring it out. Bend some heavy wire into a handle and nail or staple it to the barrel. Wrap or staple garlands of evergreens around the barrel and handle, and then tuck some holly, clusters of pinecones, and assorted seasonal sprigs between the garlands. Cover the dirt inside of the barrel with a very generous amount of snow. Fill your basket with apples, Indian corn, or dried oranges, dried cranberries, etc. – A gift basket on your front lawn for nature’s children to enjoy.

  • Animals and birds give us so much during the entire year, a treat for the Holidays just seems appropriate. Another treat for your “outdoor” friends, besides the popcorn and cranberry garlands – (birds and squirrels just love this) Spread stale bagel halves with peanut butter or honey and then dip in birdseed. Use twine strung through the hole in the bagel and use as tree ornaments on your outdoor limbs. Brightly colored bows will attract a myriad of birds to your “treat” tree and your entire family will enjoy watching the “new arrivals” come and join the festivities.
  • Window boxes that were delightful in the summer can be put to good use during the winter time as well. Use sand, pea gravel or dit to hold greenery and berries in place. Start with the taller and fuller items in the middle and work toward the ends with the smaller and less full sprigs. Evergreen, boxwood and pines are fantastic in outdoor arrangements. Don’t be afraid to blend colors and textures – its the Holiday season and just being outdoors and working on your home is pure enjoyment.
  • Add a splash of color to outdoor buildings can also be a fun way of decorating the outdoors. A clementine wreath is just spectacular with its bright arrangements of seasonal fruit. The wreath is heavy and does need to be securely hung on doors and buildings. Using a plastic foam ring, approximately 12″ in diameter, use fine wire and punch through the clementines (about 27 of them) to go around. The wire should go completely through the fruit and be long enough to bend down again, as a hairpin to attach to the wreath. Add assorted greens using the same technique as well as bright dried berries and other touches. Different, very bright, and colorful and a dramatic touch to your outdoor area.

Decorating your home for the Holidays does include the outdoors as well as the indoors. Its fun and a great way to spend a week-end – enjoying the weather, being outside, and having fun – the bonus – a beautiful home inside and out. ENJOY!…

Do I Need an Architect?

There can be few things in life that are theoretically more satisfying than designing, or even remodeling, your own home. Just think: get out some pencils, paper, maybe an eraser or two, and some slide rules, and let your imagination run wild… Until you realize that you can’t draw anything more complex than a square – and even then it takes all you’ve got just to make sure the corners join up properly.

So when planning a new addition to the home, or even a new home, you should perhaps get in an architect. The trouble is (and no offence meant here to architects), you don’t really know what they do other than really good drawings on nice paper, where everything works properly and to the correct proportions. In short, you don’t know where to start. Rest easy, architect luddites – here’s a simple explanation of what an architect does, why they do it, and why you might need one.

The role of the architect

Okay, so architects draw plans. But they are also responsible for the general appearance of the built landscape – or they should be. In actual fact, architects are often left out of the building process for reasons of laziness or expediency. Many builders view them as a needless obstacle to quick work, and as such, in many urban areas, poor planning and zoning combined with no architectural input at all has led to some monstrosities.

While you may have some very real ideas about what you want to do to your house that really aren’t that crazy despite what your spouse says, you need to turn them into reality. What looks fine on paper may not work in concrete, may not be affordable, or may be downright dangerous. Here, an architect can advise you on what will work, what won’t, and how you can turn those dreams into reality. He or she can then turn these rough ideas into workable blueprints and models for construction with total regard for your budget.

The architect is very often a problem-solver as well. When you’ve worn your pencils down to blunt nubs, chewed your fingernails to the quick, and drained your sixth cup of Columbian-strength coffee just trying to work out where you can put a door, get the architect in. They will be able to look at your problem both from ‘outside the box’ and from an expert point of view.

Of course, the architect’s role doesn’t end there. With specialized – and probably local – knowledge of planning, construction, and building regulations, an architect can ensure that what gets put up stays up and not torn down due to some petty local regulation that forbids turreted carbuncles on the sides of two-story houses. Of course, good and legal design also ensures that the resale value of your home gets upped.

So now you know that architects do a bit more than draw and design. But did you know that they will be able to help you source and evaluate contractors and subcontractors? He or she will also be able to continually monitor the project to maintain standards and continuity of work. In many cases, the architect will involve a builder – and you – in the preliminary processes you all understand the nature and scope of the work proposed. This is important as it helps you to retain control of budgets.

Whether you need an architect will largely depend on the scale and complexity of your project, but from the above, you should be in a position to determine whether your budget justifies the expertise of a professional. Bear in mind, however, that paying for the privilege of experience and qualification often wins out in the long run after costly botch-jobs have been repaired…

 

Finding the right architect

As with absolutely everything in the world ever, word of mouth is the most reliable source of information on architects. However, it is a fool who accepts only one opinion, and if you don’t move within a friend/family circle that uses architects, then you will need to do some research and evaluation. So log onto Global Estate’s Web directory, search for an architect and off you go.

This is an obvious oversimplification because as with any industry, the quality of workmanship varies from architect to architect, and some specialize in certain types of construction – such as residential or commercial – so you need to shop around. Thus, as you look through a directory – whether online or in print – you should bear in mind professional architecture standards. In the US, most professionals are accredited to the American Institute of Architects, and it is likely that a similar body exists in whichever country you live.

Once you have a list of potentials drawn up, call them up, and have a chat. Ask them about recent work and testimonials; describe your project and ask them for their opinion, then arrange to meet them in person if they sound up to the job. However, make sure you ask them about consultation fees for this initial meeting, and ask them about everything from the drawing phase to the construction phase. Please don’t get the impression that architects are out to make a quick buck from you – in most cases, it is in their best interests to ensure that clients get good value for money. Again, word of mouth and testimonials will help you to judge whether the architect you choose is the right one for you.

For the full range of services described above, be prepared to part with 10-15 per cent of construction costs for a new home and 15 to 20 per cent for remodeling. Wow. That’s a lot of money. But look at it this way: if the job is done properly, then by the time you come to sell and hopefully make a profit, the amount will be much less in proportion to other costs and your potential profit.…

Ways To Organizing Your Bathroom With Baskets

Baskets are an easy, inexpensive way to add some eye appeal to any room of your home…including the bathroom!
I recently redecorated my bathroom and re-organized and cleaned up some of the clutter by putting things in baskets. It changed the whole look of my bathroom.

I purchased my baskets very inexpensively at a local discount store and a thrift store, looking for ones of different sizes and shapes. The ones from the thrift store cost about a dollar, and the others, including a large one, were less than $10. The variety of sizes allows you more flexibility when placing them around the bathroom.

After I had rearranged my bedroom, I ended up with a pretty floral iron shelf rack that I didn’t have room for anymore. It fit perfectly in the bathroom in between the towel rack and the shower. Instead of just piling stuff on top if it, I arranged some of my baskets on it with things we reach for often.

The top shelf contains a medium-sized basket with rolled-up washcloths standing up in it. A small basket next to it contains my foot scrub and lotion and cuticle cream.

The second shelf has folded towels stacked on one side and a basket next to it with several kinds of lotions.

The bottom shelf has a large basket with several rolls of toilet paper (in easy reach).

If you have room, a large basket on the floor is a great place to store all of your bathroom reading material.

I also placed a small basket with my razor and shaving cream on the edge of the bathtub.

I have also seen shelves that are lined with small baskets for cosmetics, cotton balls, cotton swabs, etc.

You can place potted plants in baskets.

I wanted to liven up my baskets just a little more so I looked for some sort of linens to line them. At a flea market I found a set of five antique linen napkins with crocheted edging for $5. I now have 5 matching basket liners!

These baskets really clean up the clutter and can give your bathroom a neater, more organized look. It’s also easier to keep clean when everything has its place.…

Choosing Color for the Living Room

The living room is the setting which will blend the people in your life into the occasions of your home. It is the hardest room to decorate because it has to be versatile, comfortable, and entertaining. Guests, relatives, friends; this room will be the showcase of your home for all of them. This makes the decoration of the living room especially important. The colors and designs you choose will have subtle effects on the psychology of the occupants in the setting, resulting in slight changes to the interactions held there. In a social center such as this, you do not want that influence to be a negative one. A way to help control this is to understand the psychological effects of color on the people in a room.

Color is what surrounds us, it makes up our environment. Everywhere we look there is color, and this affects our minds. Certain colors have positive effects. Yellow is a happy color, while grey is considered dismal. These effects change as the shading changes, and of course other factors can alter them as well. Too much yellow is actually an eye irritant. Color and its effects have been studied by psychologists for many years and they have found many generalities that affect most Americans in a similar manner. However, it is important to note that these ideas are not universal, and you should always follow your own taste when designing a room.

Before you begin you should decide what you want to evoke. Are you looking to make this a quiet peaceful room or a place for wild parties? Would you like the room to feel elated or are you looking for a place of serenity. Once you know what you want, you can simply paint by the numbers, being careful to always pick the shade that evokes the desired effect most in you.

The most popular color in America is blue. This color produces a sense of calm, and is often associated with the ocean. The color blue can make a room look larger, and it stimulates elated emotional responses. Lighter blue is more popular and will make a room seem more open then darker navies.

The next most popular color in America is Green. This is the color of nature, and is almost always associated with growth. Using green is slightly more invigorating then blue, but still produces a sense of mental calm. Green is the easiest color on the eye, and is actually good for eyesight. Avoid sickly greens and use nature as your guide to mix and match colors into a green themed room.

Earth tones give a room a close grounded feeling, and can promote a sense of intimacy. They are rustic natural colors that seam simple and warm. Soft tans and browns are the colors of family, and will give your living room that feeling of home. Besides, they don’t show dirt. Greens can be matched in with browns, to create a feeling of nature and the outdoors in.

Colors to avoid in large doses are reds and yellows. Too much yellow can cause eye irritation and uncomfortable feelings. Red, while highly invigorating, is also a very aggressive color. Use of too much red could easily lead to fighting. To avoid conflict, use reds and yellows only as accessories, and only when they match the room’s main color.

It is almost impossible to get angry in a pink room. In light tones and small doses this color gentles people’s personalities. However if you paint the whole room a wild pink you may find yourself irritated by the brightness. Instead use pink in an understated manner. Throw in pink accessories, or a few pink decorations. If you want to theme a room pink, then choose a light color that will match earth tones. However you should be cautious; the more pink that gets used the more people tend to get lazy and unmotivated.

Make a decision about what kind of setting you want to invoke, and then decide on the colors that will help get you there. Make sure the colors you use will match one another. Maintain balance between different extremes, and refer to yourself often. Only you know if the harmony of the room is helping to bring balance into your home. You are your own best resource.…