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California: Attorney Going For 8th Consecutive Win In Marijuana Cultivation Cases

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Are prosecutions for legitimate marijuana plant growing still a thing? In rural California counties, apparently so.

Attorney Joseph Tully (author of California: State of Collusion) is going for his eighth consecutive win in rural California marijuana grower trials as juries continue to foil rural prosecutorial crusades against cannabis.

Monday is prosecution witness day in the People v Erin O’Neil trial in South Lake Tahoe arising from O’Neil’s openly growing 271 plants (about 240 pounds) under California’s Compassionate Use Act (medical growth collectives) in Placerville, California (known as “Hangtown” back in mining days).

Why does this trial matter?

Growers almost always cave and plead out when facing prosecution for this amount of cannabis to avoid any possibility of prison time. In this case O’Neil is standing up to retired rural prosecutor Worth Dikeman (who came back out of retirement to prosecute this case) to say “Enough is enough.”

“On the eve of full legalization why do we allow a retired prosecutor to waste taxpayer dollars for his personal crusade against marijuana which is counter to the law?” asked lawyer Tully. “It’s reminiscent of the Old South after the Civil Rights Act – they are way behind on the law and important social change.”

The People v Erin O’Neil is being held Monday through Wednesday this week and next.

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California: The Green Exchange Launches Online Marijuana Store

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The Green Exchange, Inc. has launched the world's first online marijuana store. This innovative portal allows California dispensaries or collectives to view available cannabis inventory, connect with growers, make purchases direct from the farm, or place a bid via a unique online auction platform.

The Green Exchange is free to use, and there are no contracts, fees or obligations. Dispensary owners or managers are invited to visit the website and try it out.

The new system also provides an automatic social media notification, so when a dispensary obtains cannabis, a message can automatically be sent to the dispensary's Twitter and Facebook followers, notifying them that a new selection of cannabis is available.

In this regard, the website also functions as a sales and marketing tool that gets the word out to dispensary patients and potential patients – all free of charge.

The Green Exchange was developed by a group of cannabis industry veterans, who have been growing in Mendocino County for more than 10 years.

"We think it's important for everyone to know that we are not Wall Street outsiders or Silicon Valley Executives, looking to make a fast buck in the marijuana industry," said Joshua Artman, cofounder and CEO of The Green Exchange, Inc. "We get our hands dirty every day.

"We know how to grow a quality product," Artman said. "And now, through an innovative, web-based system, we are able to offer this product directly to dispensaries, with no middleman or markup."

California: New Marijuana Delivery App Claims Fastest Delivery On The Market

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The Green Exchange, Inc., the developer's of "Loud Cannabis," which it calls the world's first HIPAA compliant mobile app that connects cannabis growers directly to patients to facilitate delivery of farm-to-table fresh medical marijuana, on Thursday claimed their service provides the fastest delivery on the market.

Unlike Eaze, Meadow and more than half a dozen other delivery apps that have popped up in the last year, Loud Cannabis says it is unique in that it connects growers directly with patients. "This direct connection with the grower provides the fastest delivery of the freshest, highest quality cannabis available, anywhere, anytime," reads a prepared statement from the company.

Loud Cannabis is available as a free app for mobile devices and smart phones. Other services often require visiting a non mobile-friendly website from a computer.

Loud Cannabis also features patented technology that automatically lists a grower's inventory onto social media channels so that consumers can instantly see the newest, freshest marijuana crops and read about each strain, its grow conditions, and potency.

"The inherent problems with other delivery services like Eaze, is that under the current law, you have to be organized as a collective to deliver marijuana to patients," said Joshua Artman, founder and CEO of The Green Exchange (developers of the Loud Cannabis app). "These other delivery services only have as much inventory as the few dispensaries with whom they have relationships.

California: L.A. Voters Vote To Cap Number of Marijuana Dispensaries

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The citizens of Los Angeles on Tuesday voted to regulate medical marijuana by passing Proposition D, one of three medical marijuana regulation measures on the ballot. The Proposition received 62.57 percent of the vote.

Proposition D caps the number of collectives at those who opened prior to 2007, about 130, raises the gross receipts tax from $50 to $60 per $1000 of gross receipts, and establishes the distances they must keep from schools, parks, one another and residential neighborhoods. It also requires that collectives be closed between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m., prohibits the consumption of marijuana on the premises and requires background checks on managers.

Unfortunately, the Proposition also does not allow for a new collective to receive a permit if one of the pre-2007 collectives closes.

Proposition D was supported by several members of the City Council, the Greater Los Angeles Collective Association (GLACA), the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), both Los Angeles mayoral candidates and the current city attorney and his challenger. Under the Proposition, organizations consisting of four or more people who cultivate, process, distribute or give away medical marijuana must obtain a license from the city.

California: Feds Continue Attacks on Medical Marijuana Collectives

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Hemp News

The federal crackdown on medical marijuana continues, with the feds sending landlord threat letters from the U.S. Department of Justice to collectives. A new round of letters went out this week to landlords and collectives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Many California cities have had similar federal interference recently, including Oakland, Berkeley, Fairfax, Long Bach, Santa Ana and others.

Los Angeles has lost more than 80 collectives, and San Francisco has seen more than a dozen permitted medical cannabis dispensaries close due to the federal threats of asset forfeiture, prosecution and imprisonment.

California's Patient Advocacy Network is responding with a Day of Action on Monday, May 6. "Feds Out of California" rallies will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with more details to be announced.

• San Francisco: Noon, Federal Building, 90 7th Street, S.F., CA 94103

• Los Angeles: Noon, Edward R. Royal Federal Building, 255 E. Temple St., L.A., CA 90012

• Sacramento: Noon, Federal Building, U.S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Supporters are encouraged to contact California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday, May 6, to demand that she stand up for California and defend Prop 215, the medical marijuana law. Ask that Atty. Gen. Harris work to stop the federal attacks on collectives, patients, property owners and banks.

U.S.: Web Marketing Service Offered To Medical Marijuana Businesses

U.S.: Web Marketing Service Offered To Medical Marijuana BusinessesBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new service, MarijuanaAdvertising.com, says it is the marketing solution to dispensaries, collectives, delivery services and safe access providers.

The launch of the new service is designed to allow medical marijuana safe access providers to advertise their brand, to provide more transparency and search engine visibility while increasing traffic, conversion rates and patient referrals, according to the .

According to its creators, MarijuanaAdvertising.com will allow dispensaries to buy a professionally designed website, a search engine optimization tune-up, a syndicated press release, a social media blast to 50,000 fans, geo-targeted coupons, newsletter blasts to key consumers and inclusion in the Medical Cannabis Network's web linking program of 300 cannabis related web properties.

MarijuanaAdvertising.com also said it offers brand image consultation, marketing placement, logo development, and blog marketing content.

MCN said it created the service for medical marijuana businesses looking for search engine optimized websites with visually appealing designs.

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