Cannabis Seeds

2016

Guam: Governor Wants Territory To Legalize Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Guam voters legalized medical marijuana in 2014. Governor Eddie Calvo (R) now wants the island territory to look at legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use.

“We’re talking about cutting what would be red tape and concerns about funding for required enforcement on the new marijuana legislation that became law” Governor Calvo said in a Faceook post made Monday. “I want us to look at how states navigated into recreational marijuana; let’s figure it out and then tax the heck out of it and use those taxes to help fund our hospital, public safety and education.”

A poll conducted earlier this year by Pacific Daily News found that 80 percent of Guam citizens support pot legalization, but the poll's validity can be questioned because it was conducted online with little safeguards in place to ensure accuracy.

Maine: Marijuana Legalization Is Finally Confirmed

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The opposition for Maine's measure to legalize recreational marijuana, Question 1, finally dropped their request for a recount last weekend, meaning Maine residents can look forward to enjoying the plant legally.

According to the Press Herald:

“Unofficial results of the vote released on Election Day showed the measure passed by 4,073 votes, 381,692 to 377,619. The anti-legalization campaign gave notice to the director of the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections on Saturday afternoon to end the recount, which was on hold for a holiday break until January. Under the measure, the Legislature has nine months to establish rules to deal with such issues as child-proof packaging, restricting advertising to minors, and licensing.

Officials on both sides of the recount were critical of their opponents during the process, with Yes on 1 accusing opponents of slowing down the recount by not providing enough volunteers. No on 1 criticized legalization proponents of rushing to enact the law.”

The approval of Question 1 makes it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, purchase marijuana at retail outlets, and grow a limited number of plants at home.

China: Hemp-seed Eating Village Has Oldest, Healthiest People In The World

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Bama Yao is a village in China that can boast that its citizens live to be far older than the global average and suffer from few health problems. Scientists believe the secret is in their diet, which includes lots of hemp seed.

It's true that Bama Yao has very clean air and water, and their diet doesn't include the fat, animal proteins, salt, and sugar that are so common in the American diet. But many experts believe the villagers' consumption of a superfood high in essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) is the secret to their longevity, and their primary source of receiving these fatty acids is through a diet rich in hemp seed.

Life expectancy in Bama Yao is well over 100 years. Its inhabitants have a mostly plant-based diet and typically exercise moderately on a daily basis. Hemp seed, which makes up a major portion of their diet, contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which contribute to a healthy brain. Hemp seed are also rich in calcium, iron, vitamins A, E, D, many B vitamins, and dietary fiber. The fiber in hemp seed helps to prevent overeating by making a person feel more full.

Colorado: Governor Has Advice For Other States About Legalizing Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Four years ago Colorado became one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults. Governor John Hickenlooper opposed the law, but voters overwhelmingly approved the measure.

Now the Democratic governor finds that he is the first one other governors call for advice on pot. “You don’t get to choose what your legacy is,” he said.

California Governor Jerry Brown, who opposed his state's measure to legalize recreational marijuana, called Hickenlooper in the weeks before that measure was voted on.

Hickenlooper said he gives the same, specific advice to anyone who calls him. "We didn’t regulate edibles strongly enough at first,” he said in an interview this week at a gathering in Coronado of the Western Governors’ Assn. He referred to a spike in emergency room visits by children who had eaten marijuana products.

“Ingestion of edible products continues to be a major source of marijuana exposures in children and poses a unique problem because no other drug is infused into a palatable and appetizing form,” wrote Dr. Sam Wang, a physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the lead author of a report about the increased number of emergency room visits published in July.

U.S.: Hemp Industry Association Says DEA Ruling Does Not Make CBD Illegal

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The Hemp Industry Association has made an announcement that a recent ruling by the U.S. DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) did not make cannabidoids (CBD) illegal.

The following statement was issued by the Hemp Industry Association:

Yesterday the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Final Rule on the coding of marijuana extracts. Unfortunately some misleading media stories and social media postings lead quite a few people to panic at reports that CBD was being banned under this new rule.

The Sky is NOT Falling. The Final Rule published by DEA did not change the legal status of CBD. This can only be done by a scheduling action which has NOT occurred.

HIA has carefully reviewed this with our legal advisors and discussed it with industry experts. While there are some differing opinions on the effect of the rule, there is general agreement that yesterday's ruling did not change the status of CBD. Here are some important facts to know:

Cannabidiol is not listed on the federal schedule of controlled substances
Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill defines hemp as distinct from marijuana and does not treat it as a controlled substance when grown under a compliant state program.

Despite these facts, DEA has stated that CBD is a controlled substance previously.

Montana: Judge Rules To Reopen Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Voters ended the Montana Marijuana Act last month, renaming it the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. One change that came with the renaming was a three-patient limit on providers, a change that closed medical dispensaries all over the state, leaving thousands of patients with no provider.

The limit, which took effect in August, was overrruled last week by District Judge James Reynolds.

"The folks that are maybe the most in need are the least able to provide, to grow their own," Reynolds said about his ruling, as reported by the Associated Press. "I think speed is more important than niceties."

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association expected the three-patient limit to be eliminated with the passing of the new initiative, but it was not.

"It punished the patients and the sickest people in the state," Bobby Long, owner of the Flower dispensary in Missoula, told the Missoulian. "It helped the black market and hurts people who were trying to do the right thing."

"The people who work providing marijuana in Montana were — let's face it — they were jerked around quite a bit," lobbyist Kate Cholewa told the AP. "They are somewhat used to it, and very good at coming back."

U.S.: New DEA Rule Bans CBD

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Update 12/16/2016: Although widely reported by many news sources that the DEA has banned cannabidiol (CBD), the Hemp Industry Association has made it clear that the DEA has, in fact, not banned CBD.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just banned cannabidiol (CBD), placing it on its list of Schedule 1 drugs. CBD is a chemical found in marijuana that won't make you high, but will stop seizures and help people with debilitating conditions.

Schedule 1 drugs are considered to have no medical benefit and to be highly addictive. The DEA banned the herbal pain reliever Kratom earlier this year, another alternative to dangerous prescription opioids.

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said this code “will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana.”

The rule reads, “For practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. However, if it were possible to produce from the cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code.”

Mexico: Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Mexico may soon have legal medical marijuana available after its senate passed new legislation Tuesday to approve cannabis use for qualified patients. The bill, which was submitted to congress by President Enrique Pena Nieto early this year, still must be approved by the lower house before medical marijuana becomes legal in Mexico.

Mexico started allowing medicine with cannabidiol, an active chemical ingredient of marijuana, in 2015. The medicine was only granted on a case-by-case basis, however. The new law would allow patients with a variety of medical issues to use the plant and cannabis products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient.

"It's been years that we've been fighting for acknowledgment and approval and recognition of the medical and therapeutic uses of cannabis, and today we finally have something,” Lisa Sanchez of Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia, a crime-stopping organization, told Reuters.

The measure was approved by the Mexican senate with a vote of 98-7.

California: Antioch Extends Moratorium On Non-medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The new city council in Antioch, California agreed Tuesday to extend a moratorium on non-medical marijuana.

Council members unanimously approved the temporary ban for up to ten and a half months while they what kind of restrictions they want to impose under the new state law legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and over.

The passage of Proposition 64 last month means those over 21 can possess a certain amount of marijuana, and can grow up to six plants at home.

But Proposition 64 also allows cities to ban the outdoor cultivation of non-medical marijuana as well as regulate — although not outlaw — indoor grows. In addition, although the new state law allows businesses to sell marijuana, it gives cities the right to trump that power by limiting or prohibiting commercial sales.

Resident Mark Jordan encouraged the council to consider what marijuana-based businesses could do for the city financially.

Ohio: Some Patients Already Receiving Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Even though Ohio is not ready to open its first medical marijuana dispensaries yet, some patients in the state are already receiving medical marijuana.

Patients are going to the Holistic Center in Toledo where they are issued an affirmative defense card, which protects them from prosecution if stopped with marijuana in Ohio. They are then able to head north to Michigan to get medical marijuana.

We have doctors who are actually very passionate about providing alternative solutions to opioids," said Louis Johnson, of Omni Medical Services. “The state is still working out their infrastructure but the law says patients have the right to use marijuana and as long as a doctor certifies such then they have that right to do so," said Johnson.

There are several conditions that can qualify a patient in Ohio to use medical marijuana:

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Alzheimer's disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Cancer
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Crohn's disease
Epilepsy or another seizure disorder
Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma
Hepatitis C
Inflammatory bowel disease
Multiple sclerosis

Pain that is either of the following:
Chronic and severe
Intractable.

Parkinson's disease
Positive status for HIV
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Sickle cell anemia
Spinal cord disease or injury
Tourette's syndrome

Virginia: Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Cited For Marijuana Possession

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Lauren Jauregui of girl band Fifth Harmony was cited for possession of marijuana on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority told ET that the singer was given a citation at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia.

According to Dina LaPolt, attorney for the 20-year-old singer and Fifth Harmony, "Lauren Jauregui was not arrested and detained as reported, but simply given a citation for possession of marijuana and released on her own recognizance."

"She will address the matter appropriately through the legal system," LaPolt continued. "This will not interfere with any future scheduled performances or activities."

Fifth harmony fans took to Twitter after news of Jauregui's citation broke out, using the hashtag "#FreeLauren". Singer JoJo tweeted "#legalizeit".

Fifth Harmony is scheduled to headline Vevo Brasil's FunPopFun Festival by Fanta on Wednesday. That's likely where she was headed when she was cited.

The girl group -- which is also made up of Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Camila Cabello -- is also scheduled to perform at Power 96.1's Jingle Ball in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday.

California: San Diego May Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Sell To Everyone 21 And Over

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

San Diego has become the first city in California to introduce legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to everyone 21 and older until the state's new recreational use regulations are finalized.

The ordinance also establishes rules for recreational cannabis outlets, which should be opening sometime in the first half of 2018. The rules are almost identical to those in place for medical cannabis dispensaries, including a requirement of being 1,000 feet from public parks, schools, daycare centers, churches, playgrounds, libraries and residential neighborhoods.

“While we haven’t completed a detailed review of this proposal, the city’s highly restrictive zoning for medical cannabis dispensing has proven effective at protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and using the existing restrictions as the model for these new regulations is a good starting point,” said Phil Rath of the United Medical Marijuana Coalition. “We look forward to engaging this process moving forward to ensure the regulations are clear, enforceable and allow our members to continue to operate peacefully in our respective communities.”

Thanks to last month's passage of Proposition 64, adults over 21 in California can possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and grow up to six plants at home.

Massachusetts: Marijuana Legal At Midnight Tonight

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

It will be legal for adults 21 and over in Massachusetts to possess marijuana and to grow the plant at home starting at midnight tonight. The Governor's Council recently certified the results of the November election.

“This is a historic day for Massachusetts,” said Jim Borghesani, who was the spokesman of the Yes on 4 campaign. “[W]e urge all residents intending to use or grow marijuana to educate themselves regarding what is and isn’t allowed under the new law.”

Borghesani also argued against changing the law, as some officials have said they intend to do next year. “This law was written with great deliberation and care, and it requires no legislative fixes or revisions. It would be unwise to extend the period where possession is legal but retail sales aren’t in effect. We hope that the Cannabis Control Commission is appointed by the March 1 deadline and that they begin the crucial work of writing the regulations that will control the new industry,” he said.

Massachusetts: Sen. Stan Rosenberg Wants To Raise Legal Marijuana Smoking Age To 25

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said Tuesday that he would be interested in raising the legal smoking age for marijuana under state law to 25.

He did admit, however, that it was his idea alone, and that it would be hard to accomplish in the Legislature.

"I feel obligated to put it on the table and have it discussed even if the decision is to stick with 21," Rosenberg said.

In November, voters passed a measure to make marijuana use and possession legal for adults 21 and over. Although no retail stores are opening yet, pot will be legal to possess in the state on Thursday.

When asked by reporters why he favors the later age for legal pot use, he said that he has seen neurological studies indicating that the brain is not fully developed until age 25, and smoking large quantities of marijuana can affect brain development and have a lifelong impact.

He acknowledged the idea is only his personal opinion, and said "it's not going to be a popular proposal."

Colorado: State Tops $1 Billion In Sales For 2016

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Colorado has passed the $1 billion mark already for cannabis sales in 2016, reaching the milestone after 10 months.

Roughly $1.1 billion in legal sales of legal recreational and medical marijuana were sold by the end of October, according to tax data released from the state's Department of Revenue. 2015 saw total sales of $996 million according to reports from the state.

Colorado has collected more than $150 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales through October 2016, the first $40 million being allocated to school projects.

The state fell just short of the $1 billion mark last year.

It only took Colorado 10 months to pass $1 billion in legal cannabis sales in 2016, one year after the state came up just shy of that milestone revenue figure.

Marijuana businesses in Colorado, which voted to legalize the drug for recreational use in 2012, reported roughly $1.1 billion in legal sales of medical and recreational marijuana and related products this year through the month of October, according to the latest batch of tax data from the state’s Department of Revenue. That number easily tops the roughly $996 million in total marijuana revenue the state reported in 2015.

U.S.: Fewer Teens Are Smoking Marijuana Despite Fears That Legalization Would lead To Increased Use

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

A report released Tuesday by The Marijuana Policy Project says that fewer teenagers are smoking marijuana. The report should help invalidate the claims that marijuana legalization and reform lead to increased teen use.

The Monitoring the Future Survey sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) made the following points:

-Among 8th-graders, the rate of past-year marijuana use dropped significantly from 11.8% in 2015 to 9.4% in 2016, its lowest level since 1993. Past-month marijuana use also dropped significantly, from 6.5% in 2015 to 5.4% in 2016, and daily use dropped from 1.1% in 2015 to 0.7% in 2016.

-Among 10th- and 12th-graders, rates of past-year, past-month, and daily marijuana use remained relatively stable compared to last year.

-Rates of use among 12th-graders appear to be higher in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without them, but previous studies have found that rates of use were already higher prior to the adoption of such laws.

-Students’ perception of risk surrounding marijuana remained relatively stable from 2015 to 2016. The perception that marijuana is very easy or fairly easy to access declined slightly for 8th- and 10th-graders, and it increased slightly for 12th-graders.

Colombia: President Santos Uses Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech To Call For A 'Rethink' In War On Drugs

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, recently used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as an opportunity to call for the world to 'rethink' the war on drugs.

He said the zero-tolerance policy might be "even more harmful" than all the other wars being fought worldwide.

Santos said it was "time to change our strategy" on drugs, and that Colombia had "paid the highest cost in deaths and sacrifices" in the so-called war on drugs.

"We have moral authority to state that, after decades of fighting against drug trafficking, the world has still been unable to control this scourge that fuels violence and corruption throughout our global community," he said.

"It makes no sense to imprison a peasant who grows marijuana, when nowadays, for example, its cultivation and use are legal in eight states of the United States. The manner in which this war against drugs is being waged is equally or perhaps even more harmful than all the wars the world is fighting today, combined."

Mexico: Officials Voting To Expand Medical Marijuana Laws

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Officials in Mexico are set to vote on expanding medicinal marijuana laws today. The measure, if passed, would broaden the allowed import and use of cannabinoids in medicine.

Mexico's three political parties came to an agreement last week on their opinions surrounding the use of medical marijuana. Today's voting will determine what happens with the reform to the General Health Act.

The new laws are not meant to completely open the medical marijuana but to increase access to CBD and other beneficial aspects of the plant through cannabis-derived products.

“No it is not legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, what we are creating is a specific regulatory system for certain substances in the plant that has positive effects on the health of those who have some diseases or illnesses,” said PAN Senator Roberto Gil, a supporter of the reform.

But THC will not be a part of the reform. The lawmakers agreed that all regulations will focus on cannabis derivatives with a concentration of 1 percent THC or less.

If the measure does pass, the United States could soon have two neighboring countries with some form of legal medical marijuana.

Italy: Legal Marijuana Could Come Soon Despite Pope's Disapproval

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

A new movement to legalize marijuana is taking place in Italy and the Pope is not happy about it. Although the Italian government has abolished its state religion, the people are still heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, so it will be interesting to see how much influence his opinion will have when the issue is voted on soon.

The Italian parliament is already discussing what legal marijuana would be like in their country. The bill being considered is supported by many groups on the left side of Italian politics. The bill would allow Italian citizens to grow up to five plants at a time, and carry up to five grams in public and be in possession of up to fifteen grams at home.

Pope Francis is still firmly against legalizing marijuana, seeing it as a drug and a risk for addiction, and not a gift from God as some people see it. In 2014 the pope said there should be no yielding or compromise on the ban of marijuana. He has said that legalization of cannabis would not solve the real problems surrounding the drug.

Hopefully the Italian people will lead the way in Europe to establishing progressive marijuana policies and other countries will begin to follow suit.

Maine: Marijuana Opponents Start Recount, But Fail To Staff Enough Volunteers

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The State of Maine passed Question 1 on Election Day with a narrow margin of just under 3,000 votes, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Opponents of legal marijuana in the state have called for a recount, a process that could take a month and cost the state an estimated half a million dollars. But opponents didn't provide enough volunteers to recount the votes for the first two days.

The Portland Press Herald reported that the The Yes on 1 campaign, which backed the initiative that appears to have legalized recreational marijuana, criticized the No on 1 side and said the shortage of counters had slowed the tedious process of hand counting ballots.

State elections officials said Wednesday the process is back on track after a slight delay at the beginning, and that state staff and other volunteers filled in when necessary. While the state asks each side to provide equal numbers of volunteer counters, there is no state law requiring the No on 1 campaign to provide a certain number of volunteers in order to proceed with the recount.

While the law doesn't require a certain number of volunteers, it would only seem logical for opponents to provide enough volunteers to actually perform the recount they want to happen.

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