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U.S. Government To Start Releasing Cannabis Industry Employment Data Next Month

Weed News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:45
One of the biggest selling points of marijuana legalization is that it creates a taxed and regulated industry that generates jobs. In my home state (Oregon) the cannabis industry has already...

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Beyond Resistance: Ending The Failed War On Drugs

Weed News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:15
It is the 28th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: ending the failed War on Drugs. It’s past...

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Michigan’s Licensing And Regulatory Affairs To Go On The Road

Weed News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:40
During the Licensing Board meeting on October 21, the Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) revealed a LARA plan to travel across the state to demonstrate the new seed-to-sale...

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CN NS: Tasty Budds President Apologizes After Police Raids And Drug

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 28 Aug 2017 - Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin is "very sorry" about alleged illegal activities that police say were occuring at his company's storefronts. "We want to be very clear that the alleged illegal activity was occuring at one Tasty Budds location (Sackville Location)," reads a written statement sent to The Chronicle Herald and attributed to Mal McMeekin.

American Legion Resolves In Support Of Expanding Veterans’ Access to Medicinal Cannabis

NORML Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 16:02

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana.

The resolution, passed yesterday at the Legion’s annual convention, urges the “United States government to permit VA medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana laws exist.”

The language is similar to pending legislation in Congress, H.R. 1820: The Veterans Equal Access Act. In July, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24 to 7 to include similar language as an amendment to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Identical language in the House was blocked from consideration by House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 MilCon-VA bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to strip the language from the bill during a concurrence vote.

Federal policy prohibits V.A. doctors – including those residing in legal medical cannabis states – from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. 

Both the American Legion and AMVETS issued public calls last year for federal marijuana law reforms. Veterans are increasingly turning to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to opioids and other conventional medications to treat conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress

Many Americans use Cannabis for Chronic Pain Because it is Better than Opioids

The Weed Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 16:00

CANNABIS FOR CHRONIC PAIN Currently, 1/3 America suffers from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. It commonly coincides alongside secondary symptoms and conditions, from trouble sleeping to a weakened immune system to anxiety and depression. The problem with chronic pain and other health conditions, however, is that many people turn [...]

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Tips for Successfully Growing Marijuana Indoors

The Weed Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:12

Tips for Successfully Growing Marijuana Indoors Whether or not you have a green thumb, growing marijuana can be a challenge. If you want to grow your own indoor marijuana plant, you might encounter some trouble. These tips can help you have a successful grow, regardless of the color of your thumb. Do your research Before [...]

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American Legion Passes Resolution in Support of Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:32
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, has passed a resolution calling for a change in federal law to allow medical marijuana for veterans.

The American Legion, which represents over 2.4 million veterans, approved the resolution yesterday at their national convention in Reno, Nevada. Legion member Rob Ryan of Ohio authored the resolution, which calls on the federal government to for allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana in states where it’s legal.

“Our state congressmen, when the American Legion says something, they listen”, says Ryan. “Hopefully, this will have the same impact at the federal level. People should not be afraid to go to their doctors and talk honestly.”

Last year the American Legion passed a resolution calls for the government to “amend legislation to remove marijuana from schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.”

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CN AB: Local Doc Says Pot Not The Be All, End All

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 25 Aug 2017 - Cannabis will not be the panacea everyone with an ailment is thinking it will be, says a local physician, and it is going to challenge law enforcement when it comes to impaired driving. "If there ever has been an issue in medicine as clouded by opinion and ignorance, it is medical cannabis," said Dr. Gaylord Wardell, anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Medicine Hat.

CN BC: B.C. Medical Marijuana Firm Issues Recall Over Tainted Drugs

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Aug 2017 - A Vancouver Island medical marijuana producer has recalled products sold last year after a spot test of its supply by Health Canada showed two pesticides present in a sample of cannabis oil. The recall announced Thursday stems from a crackdown by the federal department in March after months of product recalls dogged the medical-cannabis industry, which is set to make billions of dollars once Ottawa legalizes the drug for recreational use.

U.S. Marijuana Stock Index Cut in Half and then Some Since Trump Elected President

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:09
The U.S. Marijuana Index has dropped drastically since Donald Trump was elected president.

On November 7th, the day of the general election, the U.S. Marijuana Index was at 108.75; this was not too far from the market’s all-time high of 126.35 (which was on January 16th, 2015). Eight and a half months later, as of the end today’s market, the index has dropped over 50% to 51.79.

According to MarijuanaIndex.com: “The U.S. Marijuana Index tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in the United States. Constituents must have a business strategy focused on the marijuana or hemp industry, and are required to meet our minimum trading criteria.” The Index is “equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly.”

For more information you can click here.

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The First Public Building Made of Hemp in the United States Now Open in Idaho

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 02:52
The Borah Basin Building, the first public-use building made from hemp in the U.S., is now officially open in Ketchum, Idaho.

“I looked to natural materials to create more insulating, more efficient, and less energy intensive homes,” 26-year-old Mattie Mead told Komo News. “And through that study Hempcrete stood out to me as above and beyond one of the greatest options for creating a building that is not just energy efficient but is also healthy.”

Hempcrete, made from hemp, is an ideal building material as it’s fire resistant,  rot resistant, pest resistant, and mold resistant, all while being carbon-negative. “So in essence our building and our walls are carbon sinks – they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Whereas most other building products are carbon positive – they put out more carbon dioxide than they absorb,” says Mead.

To build the house, Mead’s company, Hempitecture, partnered with BaseCamp, a nonprofit located in Idaho.

“There’s something that’s remarkably inspiring about being 45 minutes from the nearest town and being able to be sheltered, warm, comfortable, have facilities to use, and to have a space to connect with themselves and the natural environment around them,” says Mead, who says the building took three years to complete and was funded mostly through $27,000 garnered on Kickstarter.

“I cannot take sole credit for this building project because there were a lot of people who were so instrumental in the construction of this building. So to be a part of a community experience like that in Idaho was really special.”

To learn more about the Borah Basin Building, click here.

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Colorado Governor Responds to Jeff Sessions Criticizing his State’s Marijuana Law

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 01:28
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman have responded to a July 24th letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who raised “serious questions” about Colorado’s marijuana laws.

“The State of Colorado has worked diligently to implement the will of our citizens and build a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement system that prioritizes public safety and public health,” Hickenlooper and Coffman wrote in the letter which was obtained by The Cannabist. “When abuses and unintended consequences materialize, the state has acted quickly to address any resulting harms.” They note that; “While our system has proven to be effective, we are constantly evaluating and seeking to strengthen our approach to regulation and enforcement.”

“Colorado’s system has become a model for other states and nations,” the letter states. “Our agencies have consulted with countless jurisdictions around the world as they work to construct a comprehensive and effective regulatory framework.”

They continue; “We stand ready to work with our federal partners to fortify what we have built. We are confident that if we work together, we can maintain a responsible regulatory and enforcement model that protects public safety, public health and other law enforcement interests.”

Sessions also sent letters to Alaska, Washington and Oregon, with governor’s in alll three states having  already responded in a manner similar to Hickenlooper.

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What to do with a Male Marijuana Plant: Four Options

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 01:02

By Trevor Hennings, Leafly

Have a male marijuana plant, but you’re not sure what to do with it? Here’s four possibilities .

Unlike most flowering plants, cannabis is unique in that it requires both a male  and female plant to reproduce. While hermaphroditic (self-pollinating) cannabis does exist, the plant most commonly expresses male- or female-specific sex organs.

Female cannabis plants produce the large, resinous buds that are dried, cured, and consumed. For this reason, females are typically the only plants you’ll find in someone’s cannabis garden.

Male plants are commonly regarded as useless and discarded. While pollination by males is essential for producing more cannabis plants (unless working from clones), it’s a process that is generally best left to breeders so growers can focus on producing consumable seedless buds called sinsemilla. 

Do male plants truly belong in a compost bin, or could they serve a more beneficial purpose to gardeners? Surprisingly, there are more uses for male plants than one might think.

1. Breeding

The obvious function of male cannabis plants is for breeding seeds. When pollinating females, males provide half of the genetic makeup inherited by seeds. Because of this, it’s important to look into the genetics of the male plants. Their shape, rate of growth, pest and mold resistance, and climate resilience can all be passed on to increase the quality of future generations.

2. Hemp Fiber 

When it comes to hemp fiber, the male cannabis plants produce a softer material while females are responsible for producing a coarse, stronger fiber. The soft fiber from the male plants make them more desirable for products like clothing, tablecloths, and other household items.

3. Concentrate Production

It may come as a surprise that male plants can be psychoactive in nature—though much less potent than females. The plants do not produce buds, but small amounts of THC can be found in the leaves, stems, and sacs, which can be extracted to produce hash or other oils. 

4. Garden Enhancement

Cannabis plants offer more benefits in the garden beyond bud production. Both male and female cannabis plants produce aromatic oils called terpenes, which are associated with pest and disease control. Since males also produce terpenes, you may consider including your males in a vegetable or flower garden (as long as they’re well separated from any female cannabis plants). Dried material from cannabis plants have also been used to produce terpene-rich oils that are applied to repel insects and pests as natural bug sprays.

Additionally, cannabis plants are deep rooting plants with long taproots. Taproots are known for their ability to dive deep into the ground and break apart low-quality soil, allowing for moisture and nutrients to infiltrate and improve the soil quality. These taproots also help keep the soil in place, thereby preventing nutrient runoff and loss of soil during heavy rains. 

Humans are largely focused on female cannabis plants, and rightly so. But it’s important to acknowledge and cherish the characteristics of the male cannabis plants as well. Females may produce the buds we know and love, but by limiting diversity of the males, we could be losing out on potential benefits we do not yet understand. Specific males could have compounds we are unaware of that might play significant roles in how females develop, or how cannabis as a whole develops in the future.

If attempting to capitalize on any of the above benefits without the intent to breed, keep in mind that cannabis pollen is extremely good at traveling long distances, determined to find a female. It helps to have a solid understanding of how pollen works and travels before you embark on any of these alternative uses so as not to accidentally pollinate your own plants or a neighbor’s.

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Here’s Why It’s So Bad For Roger Stone To Keynote A Cannabis Conference

Toke Signals - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:59

A boycott of the next month’s, Cannabis World Congress in L.A. for booking the controversial Roger Stone as keynote speaker, is gaining momentum. At least 17 speakers and seven sponsors of the Expo have announced they plan to boycott the event if Stone isn’t removed as keynote speaker, reports Dennis Romero at the LA Weekly. ‘Dirty […]

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Study: Cannabis Appear Effective in Treating Vocal Tics in those with Tourette Syndrome

The Joint Blog - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:22
Regular administration of cannabis-based medicines is directly associated with improved  speech in patients with Tourette Syndrome, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

For the study, researchers from Hannover Medical School (Germany) “report the cases of two young German male patients with treatment-resistant Tourette syndrome (TS), who suffer from incapacitating stuttering-like speech disfluencies caused by vocal blocking tics and palilalia.” In case 1, a 19-year old patient received whole-plant cannabis at a dose of 1 × 0.1 g daily. In case 2, a “16-year old patient initially received dronabinol at a maximum dose of 22.4–33.6 mg daily.”

According to the study; “Both treatments provided significant symptom improvement of vocal blocking tics as well as of comorbid conditions and were well tolerated.” Researchers examined “significant improvement not only of simple and complex motor and vocal tics, but also in the overall symptomology including comorbid conditions and most importantly significantly improved patients’ quality of life including their social contacts and performance at school without side effects.”

Thus, the study concludes, “cannabis-based medicine appears to be effective in treatment-resistant TS patients with vocal blocking tics.

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Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

NORML Blog - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:11

This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state medical marijuana programs from the federal government. Specifically, it would limit the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis producers, retailers, or consumers.

Although the amendment was reauthorized by Congress in May, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been aggressively lobbying leadership to ignore the provisions. At the time, President Trump issued a signing statement objecting to the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer provision.

Nonetheless, support for the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer protection amendment has only grown in recent years. House members initially passed the amendment as a budgetary rider in 2014 by a vote of 219 to 189. By the following year, 242 House members voted in support of the language.

To date, the language has not been included in the base appropriations bill and in every case of its passage, it has required being added as a separate rider by a vote on the floor of the House.

Now, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions may deny the democratic process and not allow the amendment to be considered for a full vote of the House.

You can send an email to your Representative now to urge their support and co-sponsorship of the amendment by clicking HERE.

In July, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) successfully offered and passed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee, meaning that the language will be considered in a conference committee should the House be denied the opportunity to express it’s support for the 30 states which have legalized medical marijuana and 16 states that have authorized CBD oil access.

Finally, join us for our 2017 National Conference and Lobby Day to speak with your elected officials and their staffers in person, September 10th – 12th. Click here to find out more and get your tickets. 

New York: Comment On proposed Medical Marijuana Regulatory Changes

Weed News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:00
I received the following legislative alert out of New York yesterday: Starting today, and for the next 30 days, the public can comment on the draft rules to make significant improvements to New...

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Oakland’s Marijuana Equity Permit Program

NORML Blog - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 14:53

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for marijuana businesses. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers of entry into the industry. Ultimately, their goal is to remove the barriers for those who have been wronged in the past and level the playing field in the medical cannabis arena. From their research developing this program, the Oakland City Council discovered that over the past 20 years, the Black community has been dramatically overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests–reaching as high as 90% of all these arrests at one point in time.  

To qualify as an Equity applicant, the individual must be an Oakland resident who has an annual income at less than 80 percent of the Oakland Average Medium Income and either has a past marijuana conviction in Oakland or has lived for ten of the last twenty years in police beats that experienced a disproportionately higher amount of law enforcement. Additionally, the Equity applicants are not required to pay the permit application fee.

Since the access to affordable rent and business locations is a huge barrier, Oakland’s medical cannabis regulations created the Equity Incubator Program. Under this program, general applicants receive permitting priority if they provide Equity applicants with free rent for a minimum of 1,000 square feet of space to operate their business.

Overall, Oakland is addressing the discrimination within the cannabis industry that has plagued their city for far too long. Though the program may not be perfect, they are setting an example of how to begin to address marijuana-related oppression that has impacted historically marginalized groups.

You can find more information from the City of Oakland by clicking HERE.

First person appointed to Massachusetts marijuana regulatory board was anti-legalization

Cannabist - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 14:42
A Democratic state senator who opposed the Massachusetts ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana was named by Gov. Charlie Baker to the cannabis regulatory board.
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