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Are LED Grow Lights Better Than HPS For Growing Marijuana Indoors?

Weed News - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 23:48
When it comes to growing marijuana, there is no shortage of things that people argue about. The only thing that I think all growers can agree on is that other growers suck. I have grown cannabis...

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1,000+ People Sign Up For Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program On Opening Day

Weed News - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:07
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law was signed on April 17, 2016, but until recently was just in the rule making and implementation phase. In the middle of last month Pennsylvania allowed...

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Legalization Alone is Not Enough, How We Create A New Market Matters

NORML Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 16:20

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. 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 to entry into the industry; ultimately trying to level the playing field within the medical cannabis arena. The Oakland City Council found that the Black community has been dramatically overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests in the past 20 years, accounting for 90% of these arrests at times.

The city is including an incentive for non-equity applicants by fast-tracking permits from property owners who offer free rent to equity applicants as a way to assist the entrepreneurs who have had little access to capital. Additionally, tax revenue collected from this new licensing process will be used to establish an assistance program for equity applicants, offering no-interest startup loans, exemption from the permit application fee, and technical assistance.

To qualify as an applicant and receive this assistance, the individual must be an Oakland resident with an annual income that’s 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.

Although the program may not perfect, Oakland is setting an example of how to begin to address marijuana-related oppression that has impacted historically marginalized groups. Other states that have legalized marijuana, or are in the process of doing so, should look to the Oakland model because legalization alone will not address the historic injustices perpetrated by law enforcement under prohibition.

However, as states both decriminalize and legalize the recreational use of marijuana, researchers still find enormous racial disparities within arrest rates. From a 2013 ACLU report, researchers found that although marijuana use rates are almost equal among Black and White individuals, Black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession compared to their White neighbors. Even with decriminalization, most states still have outrageous fines in lieu of jail time—$5 worth of marijuana can result in a $150 fine in Ohio. For most people, that is a large portion of their paycheck that would otherwise go towards rent, food, and other basic necessities. And, most importantly, the same racial disparities within arrest rates of marijuana possession are likely replicated in civil offenses for marijuana possession. Even with decriminalization, police are still going to be targeting Black people at the same rate. In Washington, DC last year, arrests for public use of marijuana nearly tripled just one year after marijuana use (but not marijuana sales) became legal in the city. Many of these arrests directly impact poor people and minorities, especially because it’s only legal to consume marijuana on privately owned property. Individuals who rent or are in public housing cannot enjoy private consumption.

So, even when more states begin to legalize marijuana, Black individuals are still going to be less likely to be able to thrive in the regulated marijuana market because of the copious amount of fines, prison time, and harassment from law enforcement. Not to mention, even when fines are replaced for minor marijuana possession instead of jail time, those that are unable to pay the fine may be arrested or forced to appear in court–raking in additional fines to pay. However, not even programs similar to Oakland’s are enough to resolve these discrepancies. A number of states have laws that don’t allow those with past convictions to apply to open a marijuana business, which disproportionately discriminates against minorities that have been targeted for marijuana possession offenses prior to legalization. To rid of this disparity, states with legalization laws should be issuing automatic expungements of prior marijuana-related arrests.

The enforcement of marijuana prohibition has gone out of its way to marginalize the Black community, so it’s only right that each state work just as hard to remedy this problem. A great place to start is with a program that allocates a certain amount of funds, resources, and applications for minorities who want to start a marijuana business, in states that have legalization laws. Without these programs and without recognizing these injustices, racial disparities will continue and Black people will not be given a fair opportunity to thrive in a regulated marijuana market.

Ontario Announces the First 14 Cities to Have Legal Marijuana Stores

The Joint Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 06:50
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has announced the first cities that will be home to legal marijuana stores.

Last month Ontario officials unveiled their framework for the legal marijuana industry, which includes having 150 marijuana stores open by 2020, with online sales beginning next year. Yesterday, the Liquor Control Board announced the first 14 cities where legal marijuana outlets will be open.

Those cities will be:

  • Brampton
  • Vaughan
  • Toronto
  • London

  • Mississauga
  • Hamilton Barrie
  • Kingston, Kitchener
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Ottawa
  • Thunder Bay
  • Windsor
  • Sudbury

Ontario is the first province or territory in Canada to put forth a comprehensive plan for the legal marijuana industry. The plan includes allowing those 19 and older to legally purchase marijuana from marijuana stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board.

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Happy Cannabis Legalization Anniversary To Oregon, Alaska, And D.C.

Weed News - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:24
Three years ago today my life changed in a profound way. I have been a cannabis consuming Oregonian since 1993, and as such, lived in fear of persecution for over two decades from a consumer...

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What Is The Best Way To Decarboxylate (Decarb) Cannabis?

Weed News - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:59
Few things are as satisfying as making your own cannabis edibles. If you are an avid cannabis consumer, then you likely know what I am talking about. Being able to purchase edibles at retail outlets...

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CN MB: Liquor And Lotteries Wants To Handle Marijuana Industry

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Nov 2017 - MANITOBA Liquor and Lotteries (MLL) wants to handle all angles of legal pot in Manitoba - everything including production, distribution and sales. The Crown corporation said Friday that it submitted an expression of interest to the government of Premier Brian Pallister in September.

S03E29: She deciphers data to give cannabis consumers what they want

Cannabist - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 00:10
Featured guest: Natasha Irizarry, co-founder and CEO of Stashbox, a personalized monthly subscription box. Talking cannabis marketing, consumer trends and statistics.

Cannabist Show: She deciphers data to give cannabis consumers what they want

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:54
Featured guest: Natasha Irizarry, co-founder and CEO of Stashbox, a personalized monthly subscription box. Talking cannabis marketing, consumer trends and statistics.

"A significant event": CBD-based pharma drug Epidiolex presented to FDA for approval

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 22:49
GW Pharmaceuticals, a.k.a. Greenwich Biosciences, has submitted to the FDA a New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a cannabis-based epilepsy drug with CBD.

Ohio selects first growers for medical marijuana program

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:38
Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, but it could be months before they can start their first crop.

Maine Governor Ignores Voters; Vetoes Legal Marijuana Sales

Toke Signals - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:31

Republican Governor Paul LePage on Friday ignored voters, vetoing legislation that would have regulated the production and sale of cannabis to adults in Maine. In so doing, the Governor spinelessly passed the buck. Apparently, the timid LePage feels that he and the people of Maine don’t really run the state. He appears to have ceded control […]

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Belize Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:30
The country of Belize has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Belize Governor General Colville Young signed into law today a bill decriminalizing the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. The bill “provides for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for the possession of cannabis in such amounts occurring on school premises, in specified circumstances, and decriminalizes the smoking of cannabis on private premises.”

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, said Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs, following the bill’s approval in the House of Representatives.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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From working against legalization to leading a cannabis advocacy non-profit

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:18
Barinder Rasode, a city councillor in British Columbia, Canada, went from blocking legislation to starting a medical marijuana non-profit.

Busy debut: 1,000 sign-ups for Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on first day

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:52
More than 1,000 people signed up for the new Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on its first day, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Oregon Marijuana Business Conference Early Bird Prices Go Up At Midnight

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:00
The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC), Oregon’s oldest and longest running cannabis industry event, is coming to Ashland later this month. If you have attended an OMBC event in the...

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Nevada Tax Commission extends emergency marijuana sales regulations

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:50
The Nevada Tax Commission voted to extend the existing emergency regulations allowing recreational marijuana licensing and sales for another 120 days.

Maine Governor Vetoes Legal Marijuana Sales Implementation Legislation

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:26
Republican Gov. Paul LePage today vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late...

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Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Veterans Support Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:35
According to a new survey commissioned by the American Legion, a vast majority of Veterans in the U.S. are in support of cannabis as medicine.

According to the survey, 81% of veterans support legalizing medical cannabis at the federal level. An even higher number of veteran caregivers are in support, at 83%.

The survey had 1,360 respondents from across the U.S., with 802 being either a military veteran (513) or a non-professional veteran caregiver (289). 92% of respondents from both groups support medical research on cannabis, while 82% of respondents favor legalizing medical cannabis. Support was found across the political spectrum, with 88% of conservatives  supporting medical cannabis legalization, compared to 90% of liberals and 70% of those who consider themselves non aligned with any particular ideology.

The poll has a margin of error  plus or minus 3.43%

servative respondents, as well as 90% of self-identified liberals and 70% of self-identified non-partisans, support federally legalized medical cannabis.

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Maine Governor Vetoes Retail Legalization Implementation

NORML Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:22

Gov LePage (R-Maine)

Republican Gov. Paul LePage today vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late last month during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority. (Members of the Senate voted 22-9 in favor of the bill. Members of the House voted 81-50 in favor of the bill.)

[11/6/17 UPDATE: Members of the House of Representatives voted to let Gov. LePage’s veto stand. Some House lawmakers are further calling for legislators to extend the existing moratorium on retail sales beyond February 1, 2018.]

LePage said, “Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine.”

The Governor’s veto reverses a campaign pledge where he indicated that he would support the enactment of adult use regulation if it was approved by a voter referendum.

A majority of Maine voters decided last November in favor of a statewide initiative legalizing the adult use, retail production, and licensed sale of marijuana. Governor LePage lobbied against the measure and in January lawmakers passed emergency legislation delaying the enactment of many of its provisions until February 2018. Since that time, the Governor has refused to work with lawmakers with regard to how to regulate marijuana sales and other provisions of the law. The Governor did endorse legislation that sought to delay any further implementation of the law until 2019, but lawmakers defeated that measure.

The Governor’s veto, if not overridden by lawmakers, will further delay the ability of legislators to regulate the commercial cannabis market in a manner that comports with the voters’ mandate.

NORML Political Director Justin Strekal called the Governor’s actions “disappointing but hardly surprising.”

He said: “A majority of Maine voters decided in favor of regulating adult marijuana use and strong majorities of both the House and Senate approved legislation to implement this mandate. It is unwise for the Governor to stand in the way of this progress.”

He added: “It makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective for Gov. LePage to try to put this genie back in the bottle. It is time that he look to the future rather than to the past, and take appropriate actions to comport Maine’s marijuana laws and regulations with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.”

NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri went further: “Governor LePage’s veto is just the latest in a line of anti-democratic attacks coming from his office and his stonewalling will only ensure the prolonged existence of a criminal black market in Maine and deny the state coffers of needed tax revenue. Maine should be looking at ways to expeditiously implement a robust legalization program that represents what state voters approved at the ballot box.”

Presently, adults may legally possess, consume, and cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis, but no regulations exist governing its retail production or sale.

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