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CN AB: Pot Shops Shut Down

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 22 Dec 2017 - Cops close two cannabis dispensaries, multiple charges pending City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis dispensaries, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.

CN ON: Up In Smoke

MAP - Cannabis - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:00
Cape Breton Post, 22 Dec 2017 - Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them behind For Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam's debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous - the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none.

Action Alert: Federal Medical Cannabis Protections Are In Danger

Weed News - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:11
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New York Lawmakers Holding Marijuana Legalization Hearing

Marijuana Moment - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:03

New York lawmakers will hold a joint session on marijuana legalization early in the new year.

“This hearing will examine the potential for allowing regulated sale and adult possession of marijuana in New York and how it would affect public health and the criminal justice systems,” a notice posted on Thursday by the chairs of the Assembly Committees on Codes, Health and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse says.

Under current New York law, marijuana possession is decriminalized. But a loophole that allows police to bust people for cannabis seen in public view has led to robust arrest rates.

“Forty years ago, New York decriminalized non-public possession of small amounts of marijuana, making such possession a non-criminal violation punishable only by a fine. However, a significant number of people are arrested for public possession of a small amount of marijuana every year,” the hearing notice says. “Studies have repeatedly shown that those arrested are disproportionately African American and Latino. Existing laws expose many of these nonviolent offenders to possible imprisonment and a lifelong and unnecessary criminal record that can prevent gainful employment and full participation in society.”

The state also has a relatively limited medical cannabis laws that has gradually expanded over the years to allow greater patient access and qualifying conditions.

The three-committee joint hearing on legalization will be held on January 11.

Information on how to submit testimony is online here.

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Mexico To Allow Marijuana-Based Product Imports Next Year

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 23:15
Huge news was reported yesterday out of Mexico, with Mexico’s health regulator announcing that the country will start allowing ‘marijuana-based products’ to be imported from other...

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California considers "green banking" as it transitions to adult-use marijuana

Cannabist - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 23:08
California has a possible solution to the problem of banks being unwilling to handle money from the state's multibillion-dollar legal marijuana industry, one that officials say would be the first system of its kind in the nation.

Long-time marijuana activist faces charges in California

Cannabist - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:48
A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California, toting 22 pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said.

Nevada recreational marijuana sales continue to outpace projections

Cannabist - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 21:20
The Nevada Department of Taxation says September's $27.7 million in sales was down from August, but $5 million more than the state had anticipated.

Exclusive: Inside the first-ever Aspen High Summit, a meeting of music and marijuana masterminds

Cannabist - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 20:57
"Good music and good cannabis can really make me feel the same way," said keynote speaker Steve DeAngelo, "they both activate the brain-heart connection, they stimulate each other and put one in touch with the other.”

Hawaii Adds ALS as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

The Joint Blog - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 20:55
The Hawaii Department of Health has added Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use.

According to the department, the decision “was based on a rigorous review and analysis of written and oral testimony, a public hearing, and peer-reviewed scientific evidence.” Of the 29 states and U.S. jurisdictions that permit medical cannabis, 19 include ALS as a qualifying health condition.

During its review, the department determined “medical cannabis may be appropriate for patients diagnosed with ALS after receiving a comprehensive assessment by a patient’s physician or APRN and a risk-benefit discussion.”

In April 2017, the Department of Health opened the petition process to allow patients, physicians, and advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) to petition the department to add new debilitating medical conditions to the existing list of conditions that could benefit from the use medical cannabis. Soon after, a petition to add ALS was filed.

“Unlike prescription medications that undergo rigorous clinical trials for the treatment of certain health conditions before being released to consumers, medical cannabis does not have that same level of evaluation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration”, states the department. “Under Hawaii Revised Statutes, all new conditions must be thoroughly reviewed from an evidence-based perspective and be subject to a public hearing. This year, the Department of Health received two such requests and began the review process.”

The other condition submitted for consideration was general anxiety disorder (GAD). The Department of Health unfortunately declined this request because “at this time there is inconclusive medical evidence that cannabis has beneficial use in the treatment or alleviation of symptoms of anxiety, social phobia, and social anxiety disorder (SAD), and no evidence specific to GAD.”

Next year’s deadline to request the addition of new health conditions is Feb. 19, 2018. The petition form is available online for patients, physicians, and APRNs and must be submitted by the deadline to be included in the public hearings tentatively scheduled for May 2018. Any petitions received after Feb. 19 may be considered the following year.

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Generous grandparents: Elderly couple tells cops 60 pounds of weed was for presents

Cannabist - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:46
An elderly couple who was arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck told officers that the drugs were meant to be Christmas presents.

ACLU of Georgia Takes A Case For Peachtree NORML

NORML Blog - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:36
Background

In June of 2016 members of Peachtree NORML began a practice of visiting official law enforcement Facebook pages when marijuana bust “brag” posts were put up. We began expressing our opinions on those posts. Those opinions were often deleted from these official pages and the citizens making them were blocked from commenting. These actions are an abridgment of a citizen’s First Amendment Right to criticize a governmental official or entity. Sheriff Joey Terrell of Habersham County, Georgia was one of the officials who deleted dissenting comments. We decided to contact the ACLU, and they decided to take up our case for us.

The ACLU sent a letter to Sheriff Terrell, demanding that he cease the practice of deleting dissenting comments and restore commenting capabilities to those persons who had been blocked from the page. Initially, Hunt & Taylor Law Group replied to the letter, stating the following:

Mr. Young:

We are the county attorneys for Habersham County, Georgia. While we technically do not represent the Sheriff as he is an elected official and we are retained to represent the Board of Commissioners and various county departments that are not headed by elected officials, we do, on occasion, respond to requests from those elected officials of the County who seek advice. In that regard, the Sheriff shared with us your letter regarding his FaceBook page. He was concerned that it was his personal FaceBook account and contained information that he wanted to share about the Sheriff’s office. I explained to him that as the elected sheriff of Habersham County, he was the “face” of the department – even on his personal FaceBook page. He understands now that he cannot censor comments even on his account. He has advised me that he will make changes to his account and no longer receive any kind of comments but rather use it as an “announcement page”. I personally know very little about FaceBook and do not know exactly how that will be accomplished. My understanding is that his account will no longer be interactive as he is concerned about responses that will not be appropriate – such as bad language. He will now only post news items.

Donnie Hunt
County Attorney
Habersham County, Georgia

 

I personally felt Sheriff Terrell was taking the coward’s way out but to his credit, so far, he has acquiesced to our demands, restored the ability to comment to those who were blocked, and is still allowing comment. His post concerning the matter has a bit of a “whine” to it, though, and I’ll let you the reader determine if the Sheriff’s “personal” page is really personal, since it is riddled with the trappings of his Office.

Oaths

Elected officials in Georgia are required to swear several Oaths before taking office. Among them is an Oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. They don’t get to pick and choose which parts of it they will uphold. They are answerable to US, and we need to hold their feet to the fire when they abridge our rights.

I hope this sends a clear message to ALL elected officials in Georgia regarding deleting dissenting comments from their Facebook pages. If it doesn’t, and they persist, we’re prepared to take this to the Federal Courts.

Thank Yous

I want to thank Sean Young, ACLU GA’s Legal Director, Fallon Traylor (who was the Policy Advocate when this all got started), and Chris Bruce, the Policy Counsel, who pointed me in the right direction to make this happen.

I also want to thank all the members of Peachtree NORML who took screenshots and shared them with me. Without them, this couldn’t have happened. Thank you for standing up!!

Much respect for all of you.

Tom McCain is an Air Force Veteran, retired law enforcement officer, former Chief Deputy of Johnson County, and the Executive Director of Peachtree NORML. You can find out more at http://www.peachtreenorml.org/ and follow their work on Facebook and Twitter. Peachtree NORML is supported by grassroots contributions and your support means a lot – consider making a donation now

100% of Oregon dispensaries pass cannabis sting operation (Newsletter: Dec. 21, 2017)

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:54

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/ TOP THINGS TO KNOW

100% of Oregon marijuana retailers passed a sting operation and refused to sell cannabis to underage minors.

Mexico’s health regulator said the country will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early in 2018.

/ FEDERAL

The acting chief of staff and general counsel at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy was suddenly dismissed.

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) made one more last-minute unsuccessful attempt to insert a fix to the 280E penalty on marijuana businesses into the tax reform bill. Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), who is a cosponsor of a standalone 280E reform bill,  spoke up against adding it to the broader tax bill because he sees it as a “poison pill.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that “federal marijuana policy is an issue where the government is light years behind the times.”

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted that “we must continue the fight to modernize our nation’s marijuana policies.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that expungement programs are an “important step in repairing the damage of past marijuana convictions.”

/ STATES

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed into a law a bill allowing expungement of criminal records for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell up to one ounce.

Maine lawmakers will hold a hearing on marijuana legalization implementation legislation on January 5.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) did not include any funding for the state’s industrial hemp licensing program in his budget request, putting its future in jeopardy.

Colorado officials published a journal article on “lessons learned after three years of legalized, recreational marijuana.”

Oregon regulators voted to make changes to marijuana rules to implement approved legislation. They also released updated guidance on pesticide usage.

Hawaii regulators added Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis as a medical cannabis qualifying condition but rejected a petition to add general anxiety disorder.

Alaska regulators are concerned about potential inaccuracies in marijuana potency testing.

A Washington State representative prefiled a bill to earmark some marijuana tax revenue to pay for legal services for indigent defendants.

Ohio regulators released a list of medical cannabis processor business license applicants.

New Hampshire lawmakers prefiled legislation to create a medical cannabis oversight board.

A South Carolina senator discussed his recently filed resolution calling on the federal government to remove barriers to marijuana research.

A Guam senator says a bill to implement medical cannabis regulations is almost complete.

/ LOCAL

Travis County, Texas commissioners approved a proposal to allow people to avoid criminal charges for marijuana possession by taking a diversion program.

The Los Angeles, California City Attorney’s Office is concerned that a proposed public bank to serve the marijuana industry could violate federal laws.

New data shows continued racial disparities in St. Louis, Missouri marijuana enforcement.

/ INTERNATIONAL

The Canadian government is shooting down rumors of a possible delay in its marijuana legalization implementation timeline.

Lawmakers in Portugal will introduce marijuana legalization and medical cannabis legislation in early 2018.

Austria’s new government plans to ban the sale of hemp plants and seeds.

/ ADVOCACY

Longtime activist Dana Beal was arrested again for allegedly transporting large quantities of marijuana.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

Utah adults support a proposed medical cannabis ballot measure, 73%-23%.

A poll found that Michigan Republican primary voters oppose legalizing marijuana for adults over 18, 59%-25%.

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board is concerned that California still hasn’t solved the marijuana industry’s banking access issues.

The Bismarck Tribune editorial board is criticizing North Dakota regulators for delays in medical cannabis implementation.

/ BUSINESS

Nevada retailers sold $37.9 million worth of recreational marijuana products in October.

MassRoots is at risk of being evicted from its office over owed rent. (Disclosure: I am a former employee and minority shareholder.)

/ CULTURE     

HBO released a new trailer for season 2 of “High Maintenance.”

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Oregon Dispensary Shango Donates $3,000 To Military Veterans Groups

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 05:40
The five Shango Premium Cannabis dispensaries in the Portland area combined to give more than $3,000 to two VFW groups and one national veteran’s cannabis organization as part of its...

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Hawaii Approves ALS As Qualifying Condition For Medical Marijuana

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 05:10
The Hawaii Department of Health has added Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use. The decision was based on a rigorous review and analysis...

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100% Of Oregon Dispensaries Pass Marijuana Sting Operations

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 04:40
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has conducted the first of its statewide minor decoy operations to determine if marijuana license retailers are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations...

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The 3 States Best Positioned To Legalize Marijuana In 2018

Weed News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 04:09
By Phillip Smith Election Day 2016 was a big day for marijuana: Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all supported successful legalization initiatives, doubling the number of states...

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Oregon Marijuana Stores Score 100% In Youth Sales Sting Operation

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 01:28

The following is a press release from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

OLCC Launches Marijuana Retailer Minor Decoy Checks

Bend Licensees Pass OLCC Check for Sales to Minors

Portland, OR – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has conducted the first of its statewide minor decoy operations to determine if marijuana license retailers are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations ensuring minors aren’t able to enter the business to purchase marijuana products.

On December 19, 2017 OLCC marijuana inspectors visited 20 marijuana retailers in central Oregon, and all of the 20 businesses visited in Bend and La Pine passed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.

“That our licensed retailers in central Oregon scored 100 percent on refusal to sell marijuana to a minor is a sign that this segment of our regulated industry understands the importance of compliance,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “As we continue these checks I hope that these results will be reflected across the state.”

Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Failure by a marijuana licensee, or its employee, to check a customer’s identification before the attempted purchase of a marijuana product is a violation that could result in a seven (7) day license suspension or a fine more than $1100.

During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to enter a licensed marijuana retailer and/or purchase marijuana products from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing entry to anyone under 21. Commission inspectors supervise the minor volunteers. The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of marijuana.

The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Minor Until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.

The OLCC tests licensed marijuana businesses throughout the year, with each licensed retailer receiving a minimum of one visit per year. The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s and identify false identification.

“This is part of our stepped up compliance and enforcement activity,” said Marks. “We’re working to make sure that all segments of our regulated market are living up to the requirements of their license, and the expectations Oregonians have that they will act responsibly and follow the law.”

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To see a list of marijuana retailers that were included in the sting operation, go here.

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What Is The Open Cannabis Project?

Weed News - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:40
It is truly an exciting time to be a cannabis fan. Eight states have legalized cannabis for medical use, 29 states have legalized cannabis for medical use (beyond just CBD), and Washington D.C. has...

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Senator Wyden Cosponsors Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Weed News - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:10
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today became the first U.S senator to cosponsor Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. He announced his support in...

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