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Michigan cannabis legalization advocates have raised half a million dollars to get on 2018 ballot

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:04
Michigan marijuana legalization organizers need to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures to get an initiative on the November 2018 state ballot.

Banks In Uruguay Are Refusing To Work With The Legal Cannabis Industry

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
In late 2013 Uruguay became the first country to pass a national cannabis legalization policy. It took a while for Uruguay to get its legal cannabis sales system into place, with legal sales not...

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Federal DOJ taskforce leak: Leave cannabis law to states

The Leaf Online - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:36

Ever since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions took power, one big question has been how his anti-cannabis bigotry would affect marijuana reform. Those concerns intensifed when Sessions surrounded himself with hand-picked prohibitionists. He then lobbied Congress to fund a new war on medical marijuana and revealed that his agency plans to step up property seizures […]

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California Marijuana Industry Is Putting Its Money On Gavin Newsom

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:30
By Phillip Smith Marijuana is already a multi-billion dollar a year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now,...

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Second Meeting Of MMFLA Licensing Board Is Today

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:52
At 1:30 today in East Lansing the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will host the second public meeting of the MMFLA’s Licensing Board. The Licensing Board consist of five members, all...

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Op-ed: Colorado officials should speak out on fake marijuana data used by feds

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:37
Ricardo Baca guest commentary: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should join Washington in calling out federal data as unreliable, misleading and inaccurate.

US MI: Communities Dilemma: Yes Or No To Medical Marijuana Businesses

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug 2017 - To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's communities. As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide whether they want in or out.

Indiana Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:17
A lawmaker in Indiana says he plans to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Republican State Representative Jim Lucas (Seymour) says he has “every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana”, according to the Indy Star.

“I can’t comprehend how we can deny people something that provides them with relief that’s not addictive and is not killing anyone when we know for a fact that prescription opioids are killing people,” says Lucas, who has been seeking feedback from doctors, veterans organizations, cannabis advocacy groups like NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and Facebook users.

According to Lucas, he still has “a lot to learn on this”, and that; “Right now, I’m drinking from a fire hose, reaching out to credible groups and individuals.”

Lucas would be the first Republican lawmaker to introduce a measure to legalize medical cannabis in at least five years.

“I understand this is going to be a minefield,” says Lucas. “My plan is to make this such an issue with the media and the people that the state will be forced to give it a proper hearing.”

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How Much Does Cannabis Cost Where You Live?

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 02:40
Cannabis has intrigued me since the first time I consumed it in the early 1990’s. Since that time I, as many others had before me, got particularly fascinated in the types of cannabis that...

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Cannabis industry "deluged" with résumés from millennials

Cannabist - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:06
Millennials are the first generation of college graduates who can job-hunt in the legal marijuana industry, and many are showing an interest.

Oaksterdam U offers minority cannabis scholarships

The Leaf Online - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:20

The first and still preeminent cannabis college in the USA launched its $25,000 Big Rock Minority Scholarship fund on August 3. The Oaksterdam University scholarship focus is on Latino students via The Jim Gonzalez Award; on Veterans via The Bruce Scott Award; on African Americans via The Alice Huffman Award, and on Seniors with The […]

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Hemp Festival planned to make debut in northern Vermont

Cannabist - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:03
Eli Harrington thinks holding the first-ever Vermont Hemp Festival in the rural, remote Northeast Kingdom makes perfect sense.

Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For Relief

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2017 - In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.

Study: CBD Blocks Opioid Reward, May Help Treat Addiction

The Joint Blog - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:10
According to a new study published in the journal Planta Medica, cannabidiol blocks the reward of opioids and as such may be useful in treating those addicted to them.

This study, conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi and Oxford, “sought to determine whether the cannabis constituent cannabidiol attenuates the development of morphine reward in the conditioned place preference paradigm.” Separate groups of mice “received either saline or morphine in combination with one of four doses of cannabidiol using three sets of drug/no-drug conditioning trials.”

After drug-place conditioning, “morphine mice displayed robust place preference that was attenuated by 10 mg/kg cannabidiol.” Further, “when administered alone, this dose of cannabidiol was void of rewarding and aversive properties.”

Researchers conclude that; “The finding that cannabidiol blocks opioid reward suggests that this compound may be useful in addiction treatment settings.”

The full study – published online by the U.S.National Institute of Health – can be found by clicking here.

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This just in: "Super Troopers 2" hits theaters 4/20

Cannabist - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:50
Will the snozzberries tast like snozzberries the second time around?

S03E18: He's a godfather of Denver comedy and pro heckler

Cannabist - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:44
Featured guest: Comedian David “Deacon” Gray. Talking about fresh voices in cannabis comedy and pro heckling. Plus, exclusive interview with the Lucas Bros.

Cannabist Show: He's a godfather of Denver comedy and pro heckler

Cannabist - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:37
Featured guest: Comedian David “Deacon” Gray. Talking about fresh voices in cannabis comedy and pro heckling. Plus, an exclusive interview with the Lucas Bros.

Speakers And Partners Dropping From CWCBE Due To Association With Roger Stone

Weed News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:42
If you woke up from a coma over the last week and turned on CNN,  it might seem as if you were transported back to the 1950’s and 60’s. One week ago, hundreds of white supremacists, KKK members and...

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How one Cali county is working with industry to find a balance on weed regs

Cannabist - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:34
Yolo County, California is fostering what could be a prime example of the cannabis industry working in tandem with local economy and law.

Nevada's cannabis sales start has changed the legal landscape

Cannabist - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:33
Nevada cannabis entrepreneurs and consumers are having an easier time, according to lawyers in the new recreational industry.
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