As medical marijuana legalization is becoming law of the land in states across the country, many states are struggling with best practices and how to implement the laws quickly and correctly. It often falls to state departments, local legislatures, and other agencies to sort out licensing and sales practices.
Though this process can be difficult for the government agencies in charge of such oversights, it is the citizens of the state who suffer the most when provisions are dragged out unnecessarily.
This has led to lawsuits filed by those who allege they have experienced direct pain or damages due to the way states are implementing new laws.Recently, a lawsuit was filed in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Court against the Florida Department of Health for failing to comply with Amendment 2 of the state’s constitution allowing for the sale and use of medical marijuana.
The amendment appeared on the ballot and received a majority vote in November 2016, and the state legislature signed into law provisions for implementation. According to Florida Senate Bill SB8A, the state Department of Health was mandated to issue 10 new Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) licenses by Oct. 3, 2017, but had not at the time of the filing. MMTCs are the only places allowed to process, grow, and sell medical marijuana in the state.
The plaintiffs are a Florida nursery planning to provide medical marijuana and an epilepsy patient who is seeking relief from seizures.
The family who owns the nursery said they were inspired to convert …
It started early on Wednesday, Dec 20th, as six members of our marketing and purchasing team met to assemble the sandwich factory, making more than 200 ham and turkey sandwiches. Along with sandwiches, bottles of water and hygienic items, we purchased over one hundred socks and gloves to distribute along with bins of warm clothing essentials we had collected at our stores, from customer donations.
To assist in our local community, members of the Evergreen Market assembled over 200 sandwiches for those in need living in Auburn and Renton.
Our first stop was at Auburn’s Ray of Hope, a recent addition to help combat community homelessness with resources and support. Ray of Hope was opened with space donation from Valley Cities at 2536 I St. NE, Auburn, WA. Daily power is supplied by Puget Sound Energy, while staff and volunteers from Auburn’s Food Bank provide help and assistance. It will remain open for a year and a half until the city finds a more everlasting solution for permanent housing for homeless living in Auburn.
Those present on Wednesday afternoon at Ray of Hope were grateful for the food and clothes donations, wishing us a Merry Christmas with thank you’s, big smiles and plenty of gratitude. This was a feel-good moment, but also presented the harsh burn of reality, of being comfortable this season while so many are without homes, families or work. Our team was happy to do what we could to make these people feel part of our community, with warm clothes …
On December 15, 2017, Health Canada held a roundtable on cannabis legalization in Vancouver at Canada Place, and it was a very busy day. Featuring cannabis industry groups such as the Cannabis Growers of Canada and legal experts like Kirk Tousaw (who also livetweeted the meeting), it brought together unique perspectives from all aspects of […]
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Welcome to the Pot Leaf Treehouse!
While it may be easy to get swept up by the busyness of every day chores, work, and the mundane parts of life, sometimes you just need to disconnect from tech and reconnect yourself with nature; the greens, the blues and the wind!
Getaway to the magical destination of the Potleaf Treehouse in Monroe, Washington.
Deep in the luscious forest that borders Monroe, Washington, is a magical setting created by Tracy Rice. Not only are the natural surroundings glorious; with intense forest smells that whisk you into a creative fantasy land; but so are the dwellings; tree-houses, gypsy wagon homes and even a plastic bubble world! This is unlike any destination you have probably visited.
The host, Tracy, was warm, quirky and energetic. She engaged with authenticity and made me feel like we were friends in another life! Yet, if you’re looking for some extra privacy and a total disconnect, she will provide that too. I was impressed with her flexibility and attention to detail. Although the Pot Leaf Treehouse is limited in space, if there was something forgotten at home, Tracy is sure to make it available for your stay in this 108 square ft cozy wooden getaway. (It feels bigger, I swear!)
This 420 friendly getaway is perfect
Yes, they still exist. In 2017, with cannabis on the verge of legalization and dispensaries adding beautiful greenery to our cities, I am amazed to announce that personal pot dealers are not yet extinct. In fact, I found one! It turns out that my old dealer Pat is still in the game. Highly amused and […]
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The owners of a marijuana dispensary in Colorado are challenging a provision of U.S. Tax Code that the Internal Revenue Service has interpreted to mean state-legal marijuana businesses should not be allowed to take deductions or claim credits.
The couple asserts in a brief filed in U.S. Tax Court that the IRS’ determination of their taxes owed for 2010 through 2012 were unjust, and that they were unfairly taxed compared to other business owners. A marijuana attorney representing the pair characterized the specific section of the code as “absurd.”
Section 280E, deals with expenditures in connection with illegal sale of drugs. As noted in a 2015 internal memo within the IRS, although a marijuana business is illegal under federal law, it remains obligated to pay federal income tax because Section 61(a) doesn’t differentiate between income derived from legal sources and those derived from illegal sources (See the 1961 case of James v. U.S.).
The couple alleges Section 280E, enacted back in 1982, was not based on accounting principles, but rather on the idea that public policy was not to allow regulation of marijuana operations and that drug dealers are inherently bad for society. However in 2017, we live in a world where voters in 29 states and D.C. have opted to allow access to medicinal cannabis and several more – including California – have approved measures to allow for recreational cannabis use.
The tax court brief notes that plaintiffs classified their business as a S Corp, which under the tax code requires …
Marc and Jodie Emery must each pay a $150,000 fine, a $45,000 victim surcharge and spend two years on probation for the “crime” of selling cannabis. Christopher Goodwin, Erin Goodwin, and Britney Guerra also pleaded guilty. Where’s the justice? Who’s the victim? The impossibly vague “public?” Judges are supposed to be impartial. But Justice Leslie Chapin […]
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Cultivation and sales of marijuana to recreational users will soon be legal in California, and ahead of that schedule, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (previously the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation) has issued a regulatory framework that covers everything from concentration of edibles to zoning rules. Excitement in palpable as legal sales are expected to grow by 26 percent over the next five years (thanks in large part to Proposition 64), which would mean the establishment of a $22 billion industry.
Although there are many regulations that are fairly standard, such as outlines for growing and testing, the crop-size limitations are the two that have raised the most ire.
Many are concerned about the scope of these regulations and what they will mean for cannabis businesses – particularly smaller ones. It was largely expected that crop size limits would occur to some degree, but the final regulation only limits medium-sized growers’ licenses. That could potentially open the door for smaller and larger marijuana grow farms, but because large companies have deep pockets, the concern is that smaller businesses (which will have a tougher time landing loans) will be pushed out too. Business Insider refers to this as a potential oligopoly. Mass production by these larger players could drive down marijuana prices in the short-term, but eventually, absent sharp competition, these prices would rise. Speculation is that the state will even more heavily tax the product by as much as 45 percent, a cost that will ultimately be passed onto consumers.
On the flip side, …
The dream of legally lighting up on Canada Day 2018 is going up in smoke as PM Justin Trudeau said cannabis won’t be legalized by July 1st, although Trudeau did say it will still happen “next summer”. Trudeau’s refusal to specify a date buys the Liberals a lot more time, but we also shouldn’t forget that […]
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High quality cannabis is not cheap. Just ask the millions of smokers who can afford it. Have you ever thought about the benefits of growing your own weed? Perhaps you should. Growing cannabis will help cut down the cost of purchasing it as well as provide you with a great experience. Growing cannabis may seem […]
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Well, we are officially in the midst of holiday season. And if you’re in a stressful whirlwind of finding the perfect gifts for all your loved ones, let’s take a break and have some fun — that’s what the holidaze are about anyways, right? We at Marijuana.com love stepping up to the challenge of turning […]
An American study recently looked at states where medicinal cannabis is legal and studied its impact on alcohol sales. The researchers found that within two years of medicinal cannabis becoming legal, there was a 13% drop in beer and wine sales! Keep in mind that researchers studied states where medicinal cannabis was legal. If recreational […]
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CLN caught up with Julie Chiariello, from SKUNK Magazine, about watching the Emerald Cup grow to be one of the world’s best cannabis events, California’s fiery year, and why the fight continues even with California legalizing in January 2018. CLN: How was the 2017 Emerald Cup? Julie: Skunk Magazine has watched the Emerald Cup grow from a small […]
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Researchers in Colorado are exploring the ways in which “dabbing” – a form of rapid consumption of cannabis concentrates by vaporizing – can impair one’s ability to drive, and they’re doing it with iPods.
A group of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder are teaming up with a researcher from Colorado State University to explore this highly potent method of using marijuana. CSU notes this study is a “first-of-its-kind,” and the hope is to eventually prevent instances of driving under the influence that endangers lives.
Our L.A. marijuana defense attorneys recognize that our state, like Colorado, has a vested interest in enforcing anti-impairment laws for motorists. After all, we know marijuana has the ability to impair one’s driving abilities and we know impaired drivers have slower reaction times and lowered inhibitions that can endanger passengers and other motorists. However, the problem specifically when it comes to marijuana impairment behind the wheel is that the determination is subjective.
California Vehicle Code 23152(f) holds that it is unlawful for anyone who is “under the influence” of any drug (including marijuana) to drive a vehicle. Unlike other jurisdictions, California does not set a per se limit on how much marijuana one can have in their blood before being deemed above the legal limitation. Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana even for recreational use, did not alter this statute, which can result in a maximum 6 months in county jail, among other penalties, for a first-time offense.
There are a number of marijuana DUI defenses our attorneys …
A friend of mine was facing a long bus trip and made a Facebook post about how hard that can be with a lack of cannabis and severe chronic pain. Immediately, I suggested she try using edible cannabis because the problem was not being able to smoke on the bus. Her response was absolutely horrifying […]
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Marijuana business owners have many reasons to carefully manage their assets. Now, a recently-published article by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for U.S. Trustees gives another: Marijuana businesses cannot expect help with liquidation or restructuring in the event of bankruptcy. The executive office for trustees is the watchdog agency over bankruptcy proceedings.
Like so many complex legal issues for cannabis business owners, this comes down to the conflict between state and federal law. Although California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana with Proposition 64 last year (and medical marijuana more than 20 years prior), it is still an illegal Schedule I substance under 21 U.S.C. Section 811, the Controlled Substances Act.
Per the recent article Justice Department officials published in the ABI Journal, the bankruptcy system cannot be used by cannabis businesses because:
- Bankruptcy cannot be used as an instrument in the ongoing commission of a crime, and thus reorganization plans that allow or require the continuation of illegal activity can’t be confirmed;
- Bankruptcy trustees and other fiduciaries of estates cannot be made to administer asserts if the act of doing so would necessitate violation of federal criminal law.
This is most unfortunate because bankruptcy is a vehicle through which businesses can be salvaged and emerge more financially sound. Many businesses face insurmountable financial problems, and the cannabis industry is more unstable than most. Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows a company to liquidate the business and discharge debts, while a Chapter 11 bankruptcy helps a business temporarily suspend certain obligations while …
All aboard the Goodship!
Never heard of this saying? Well then, we invite you to check out The Goodship Higher Education Lecture Series, moving into their 14th talk, coming soon.
Get high and get your Higher Education on!
In a warm and inviting space, The Goodship presents talks to enlighten your mind and open your world; come with your head in the right space; you know what we mean!
The Goodship is an edible company started by Jody Hall in 2014. Well-known in the local Seattle food scene as the talent behind cupcake bakery collection, Cupcake Royale; Hall wanted to merge two markets she enjoyed tremendously into one, and thus, The Goodship was born!
With the idea that opening your mind to understand higher level concepts can come from branching out of the ordinary thought to more innovative patterns, Goodship has installed a lecture series event to celebrate the use of cannabis; whether ingested or smoked, to better appreciate new concepts and dive deep into discussions.
The expressed mission of Goodship’s Higher Education is to bring the “heady conversations out of the basement and into a shared community experience” by utilizing the modern and inviting arena below the Melrose Market in Capital Hill.
Underneath Capital Hill’s Melrose Market is the perfect space to get into the deep conversations brought to you by Higher Education.
Diving into deep topics like science, technology, psychology and art; they hope to break down social limitations that have restricted these subjects from being a …
The 14th annual Emerald Cup just wrapped up its craft cannabis-filled weekend in Sonoma County, and every year, it just keeps getting better than ever. CLN was there on the grounds with Craig Ex, the expert from Expert Joints, and Julie, from Skunk Magazine, and they told us all about their Emerald Cup experience. Find out […]
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Now that cannabis is going to be legalized, we are seeing former high ranking RCMP and Conservative politicians- who used to rail against the ‘evils’ of cannabis while supporting or enforcing laws that put thousands of Canadians in jail (ruining lives and wasting taxpayers’ money in the process)- launching for-profit cannabis businesses of their own […]
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Last week, the state of California started accepting applications from marijuana businesses and start-ups seeking to operate within the state’s legalized marijuana industry in 2018. This is a major milestone from this burgeoning market, and it’s being furthered by a new online system that will allow retailers, distributors and product testing services to obtain the licensing necessary to engage in business under newly unveiled state regulations.
Sales of recreational marijuana in California will begin Jan. 2nd. Although our state was the first to approve of medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996, we have lagged when it comes to implementing recreational marijuana sales. Still, as the largest state to enact such a law, many other states following suit will be watching carefully. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation prior to the passage of Proposition 64) announced that with applications beginning to be submitted, we’re one step closer to the issuance of the first commercial cannabis business approvals.
The launch of the online system appeared to be going well, with officials saying visitors were mostly just exploring the site as opposed to actually sending in full applications. Some got started on an application, submitting certain bits of information, and then saved it to finish later. Temporary licenses, which are effective for four months, won’t be effective until the beginning of the year, and businesses must first obtain a local permit before they can successfully apply for a state-issued license. These temporary licenses cost $1,000 per application fee. A …
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Does powdered CBD look too much like cocaine? Marijuana has been fully legal in Colorado for the past five years. It is a scenario that has given the cannabis industry the foothold needed to get on the path to becoming one of the fastest growing and most profitable business sectors operating in the United States. But despite legalization, law-abiding citizens still jam up in the state’s legal system because municipal police officers cannot seem to tell the difference between cannabis products and illegal drugs that could potentially land someone in prison.
This situation has the Turner family in a state of peril. All because a small town cop mistook powdered CBD for cocaine.
Douglas County resident Crystal Turner recently began using CBD to combat her muscle pain. The 32-year-old software engineer and mother of four has trouble taking over-the-counter pain relievers. They make her nauseous. But Crystal found success with powdered CBD. The herb proved to be a solid remedy for her aches and pains. It also helped to improve her overall state of mind.
“It helped with my body pain, it helped with my mood even, and didn’t have any side effects,” she said.
A Twisted Turn
In October, as Crystal drove home from work, an officer with the Parker Police Department pulled her over, seemingly about expired tags. But a routine traffic stop transitioned into a question about whether she possessed illegal drugs. The officer, …
Check out Craig Ex’s interview with Berner, the Bay Area canna-businessman and rapper, as they talk about the launch of his Cookies brand, the new products you can look forward to from the Cookies Fam, and Berner’s upcoming album, The Big Pescado. As one of the driving forces behind Cookies, Berner is part of the […]
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The British Columbia Government, instead of taking a leadership role with cannabis legalization, has decided to cop-out, take the safe route, and appoint the BC Liquor Distribution Branch as the wholesale supplier, albeit with a private-retail sector (but no word yet on the current dispensaries). Despite the assurance from liquor lobbyists that anything other than the […]
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With the approval of regulations for recreational marijuana, the L.A. City Council has paved the way for the city to become the biggest city in the U.S. to allow legal marijuana growth, sales and use.
The council’s decision followed many months of political wrangling and bitter disputes. But now, the city has clear rules that will kick off the beginning of commercial cannabis sales.
Although new cannabis businesses in Los Angeles could be open as early as January 1st, there is some skepticism about whether the floodgates will truly be open by then, given the fact that the new year is only a few weeks away and the holidays tend to be an extremely busy time, with lots of government office closures that could slow the process. There is plenty of motivation, however, given the fact that there are throngs of eager buyers in this city of 4 million people.
Marijuana has been legal in California for the last 20 years, but recreational marijuana was only approved by voters last year. While the state has its own regulations, individual cities are also scrambling to decide what additional rules and restrictions they want to impose, if any.
In Los Angeles, the new rules passed in a 12-0 vote. The regulations that were approved are complex and extensive and, governing where and how marijuana can be grown and sold. Among the new regulations:
- Retail marijuana businesses in L.A. will only be allowed to operating in specially-zoned industrial and commercial regions of the city.
- Cannabis companies won’t
Many comparisons have been made to recreational marijuana and alcohol, particularly in how advocates have recommended regulation. Although there are similarities, we know that recreational alcohol use, dependence and abuse has caused far more issues than marijuana, and evidence suggests that trend may continue, even as marijuana legalization spreads. In fact, new research indicates that legalizing marijuana may have the added benefit of reducing the impact of alcohol-related societal woes.
During alcohol prohibition, there were some major arrests made, but organized crime benefited more than anyone else from what history shows. Alcohol is a potentially dangerous and addictive drug. However, because it is generally considered socially acceptable, anyone over 21 can purchase as much alcohol as they want. This is not the case for marijuana under the laws in what is constantly becoming a smaller minority of states and the federal law.
While many people drink socially, many others drink to cope with the stress of daily life, various mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, and other forms of trauma. Even though most studies show that dependence on alcohol only makes those medical conditions worse, alcohol is often used as a form of self-medication even when it results in abuse. Alcohol also is well-known to cause liver poisoning, organ failure, and now it is suspected of causing cancer, according to a recent study that was popularized via a Netflix documentary on the same subject.
Marijuana does not have these issues, and according to a recent news article from the Washington Post, legalized …
Try a Swift’s Mint roughly 30 mins before you do wine tasting to enhance the flavors and your presence in the moment.
As a longtime wine drinker, and relative newcomer to the cannabis space,
I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the two industries; both are occupied by growers who are passionate about how they cultivate their products; both produce natural substances that are consumed to enhance an experience; and both have been used for centuries. Recently, I have been thinking about how wine and cannabis can be used together in a way that is complementary.
The subject of cannabis and alcohol is somewhat controversial; many heavy cannabis users don’t drink a lot of alcohol, and many people who drink alcohol don’t mix in cannabis. This does make some sense, in that too much of either one ends badly when you mix in the other. However, I have found that small amounts of cannabis can enhance my enjoyment of a glass of wine.
While the effect of cannabis is a highly personal thing that can vary from person to person, for me consuming a micro dose of cannabis allows me to focus and be more mindful and present. It is certainly anecdotal, but I genuinely feel that I am more engaged when I have a little bit of THC or CBD on board. Perhaps I am a bit ADD, but I find that cannabis brings focus that is otherwise a bit lacking at times. Again, too much of a good thing and that …
There is no question that we are in the midst of a major opioid abuse epidemic in the U.S. While it has gotten a lot of attention in the media lately, the solutions proposed by those in power have generally been limited to cracking down on the smuggling of illegal narcotics across U.S. border, spending small amounts of money on public health programs to fight addiction, and threatening to rollback efforts to lessen prison sentences for those arrested for non-violent drug offenses.
Many have been advocating for medical marijuana as a possible alternative to prescription painkillers that are very addictive and prone to abuse, but these efforts have so far only resulted in a lot of push back.
The reason these conventional efforts are not making an impact is because most who abuse prescription opioids started out with a work-related injury or some type of trauma such as from a serious car accident, and then were prescribed narcotic painkillers. At some point, the insurance companies wanted to avoid paying for more of the drugs, or the doctors became concerned the patient was becoming addicted, and the prescriptions were simply cut off. This led to typical drug seeking behavior and the problem just gets worse where some find themselves addicted to illicit street drugs. Even though these drugs are clearly more addictive than medical cannabis, and a whole lot more dangerous, the U.S. Attorney General has just said he is looking at how to crack down on marijuana even in states where it is legal.…
Alongside many others, my heart is grieving the closure of Victoria’s first public cannabis lounge, The Green Ceiling. November 24th, 2017, the doors unexpectedly closed… but rather than focus on the loss, I want to tell you about what it was for so many people. After all, Bob Marley said it best, “We just can’t […]
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There have been many reasons claimed that marijuana was highly dangerous and addictive by those who want to keep it illegal under federal law no matter how many states choose to legalize medical or recreational cannabis. There are as of the time of this article, 29 states that have legalized either medical marijuana or recreational use of marijuana as well as the District of Columbia.
One of the reasons they argue it is dangerous is because it has been labeled a so-called gateway drug. The many times disproven theory is that if someone uses marijuana, even though many do not see it as harmful, that a person is far more likely to try “harder” drugs such as cocaine and heroin. In other words, marijuana is a gateway to the dangers of all sorts of illicit drug use. If we take this argument another step, some with claim these marijuana users are not only addicted to marijuana at this point, and have moved no to cocaine and heroin, but they are also engaging in all sorts of street crime to fund their pricey habit.
As our Los Angeles medical marijuana attorneys can explain, though this theory sounds laughable to many, it is the basis for much of the opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana and the recreational use of marijuana. In addition to the gateway theory, many also argue that marijuana itself has all kinds of negative health consequences. Even though there is hardly any evidence to support any of these claims, they will …
Even in states where medical marijuana is legal under the relevant state law, it is still illegal under federal law. This conflict of law manifests in many ways, most recently in a directive in Hawaii, where medical marijuana users in Honolulu are being asked to voluntarily surrender any firearms they may own. Officials have given them 30 days to comply with this voluntary directive. While this may sound strange, according to a recent article from Task & Purposes, that is what the police are doing now that the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened a few months prior to this new plan.
According to the local police department, a state statute essentially says that a fugitive shall not own a firearm, and neither can any person who is prohibited from owing or possessing a firearm under a relevant federal statute. The felon in possession portion of the statute is present is in the criminal code of most if not every state’s criminal code, so this is not a new argument, but those using medical marijuana are not convicted felons for the reason of using medical cannabis. They may be convicted felons for other reasons, and if that is the case, there is no question they are not allowed to own or possess a firearm.
As our Orange County medical cannabis attorneys can explain, the second part of the statute is where it gets a bit murkier.
While this is their state law, the law in California goes somewhat further and says that a …
Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996 as our state was the first to legalize. Since that time, more than half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized either medical marijuana, recreational marijuana use, or both. California, while not leading the legal recreational use movement, has recently legalized it for anyone over the age of 21 as of 2018.
According to a recent news article from the Washington Post, medical marijuana has finally arrived in dispensaries throughout the state of Maryland, and more are opening each month. This is not to say marijuana has just been legalized for medical use in the state, but it is finally in dispensaries. The law was passed years ago, but there were so many delays and legal battles, many patients desperately in need of medical cannabis were wondering if this day would ever come.
As our Los Angeles medical cannabis attorneys can explain, this is not a new phenomenon. In some states, there were medical marijuana laws passed either by the legislature or direct voter action as is what happened in California, and then it took around a decade for some of these states to get the dispensaries open and filled with medical marijuana products.
One of the reasons for this is because marijuana is still illegal under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (USCSA). It is classified at the highest schedule, because in the 1970s, poorly informed Congress members stated that cannabis is highly addictive, very dangerous, and has a high probability …