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Alaska: Marijuana Advocates Call For Home Growers To Be Able To Legally Sell Weed

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Home cannabis growers in Alaska need a way to enter the legal marijuana market, a group of advocates said Tuesday at the first public hearing dealing with legal marijuana businesses in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

"Most of the entrepreneurs are wanting to start a small boutique-sized facility in their home," said Shuan Tacke of Fairbanks, treasurer of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, reports Amanda Bohman at the News Miner. "No one would even know that it is next door to them as they don't even know now most of the time."

Tacke was among seven people to testify before the Planning Commission on an ordinance, 2015-41, which defines which zones allow cannabis dispensaries and companies.

Under the measure, no marijuana commerce would be allowed in residential zones. The Borough Assembly will have the final vote on the measure.

The details of the measure, according to deputy planning director Kellen Spillman, are:

• Heavy industrial zones are the most permissive for marijuana commerce. Cultivation, testing, manufacturing and retail would be allowed in heavy industrial zones.

• Cannabis cultivation would be allowed in agricultural and general use districts, but large facilities would be conditional and involve public hearings.

• Retail cannabis stores would be allowed in commercial and industrial districts.

Colorado: Ganjapreneur Interviews Chloe Villano, Founder of Clover Leaf University

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Ganjapreneur has published an interview featuring Chloe Villano, a serial entrepreneur from Colorado who has become one of the most esteemed cannabis business consultants in the country.

The interview focuses on Chloe's position as the founder of Clover Leaf University in Colorado, the first state-licensed private cannabis trade school in the country, and on her work with Clover Leaf Consulting.

Chloe discusses what first brought her into the cannabis space and demonstrates the wide variety of classes and services offered at Clover Leaf University.

“I believe it’s not just the education itself but how you teach it that is important,” Villano said. According to Chloe, the University has plans to launch a host of new online courses as well as an international platform.

The interview also covers how the complicated transition from medical to recreational cannabis in Colorado has affected the industry.

"I think the Colorado legislature has done a remarkable job making the transition as smooth as possible for these businesses," Villano said.

The full interview is available on the Ganjapreneur website.

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."

Unsurprisingly, Keith Richards Still Likes A Morning Joint

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Keith Richards likes to wake and bake. "Wait... I need a NEWS STORY for this?" You may be thinking. But the guy's 71 now, and he quit cocaine a decade ago.

"I smoke regularly, an early morning joint," Richards told Mojo Magazine. "Strictly Californian."

Richards, who lives in a home in Sussex, England, which he bought in the 1960s and has a Manhattan apartment, praised the legalization of cannabis in some American states, reports The Telegraph.

"One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of American [showing states where pot is legal], where it goes, green... green... green," Richards said. "Whether it's a good thing in the long run, I don't know."

Richards gave up cocaine back in 2006 after falling out of a tree and undergoing brain surgery. He said he hasn't taken heroin since 1978. He still drinks, he told Mojo, but "other than that, I'm pretty straight."

According to Richards, the Stones may return to the studio at the end of this year.

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Colorado: MMJ America Reports Marijuana Greenhouse Yields Higher Than Indoor Growing

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In an effort to expand their production and improve the quality of their products, MMJ America, a supplier of medical marijuana in Colorado, invested in a greenhouse. The facility was equipped with environmental control systems, custom designed for their specific application based on ideal growing conditions.

The company was able to test and verify the marijuana growth in their newly designed greenhouse, compared to their historical method of indoor growing. Identical sized propagated plants were placed in the marijuana greenhouse and under supplemental lighting at the same time. The vegetative plants are seeing anywhere from 30 percent to 80 percent increases in size and weight after just 6 weeks, according to MMJ America.

Malek Noueiry, the general manager of production at MMJ America’s multi-facility operations, said he was very surprised at how dramatic the growth was in the marijuana greenhouse. “The plant growth was so much faster than what is typical in an indoor grow, so we had to adjust our fertigation to double the amount of nutrients that plants were capable of absorbing,” he said.

MMJ America hired Rough Brothers to design, supply, and install the greenhouse systems to support the controlled environment. The greenhouse was covered with high quality diffused glazing material specifically chosen to allow deeper sunlight penetration into the canopy of the marijuana plant. The control system operates the fertigation, daily light integral (DLI), temperature, and humidity.

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U.S.: Advocacy Group Launches 'The Truth About Marijuana' Educational Series

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New Campaign Aims to Deepen Public Knowledge about Medical Marijuana

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Wednesday launched "The Truth About Medical Marijuana" educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues.

During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.

“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. “With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”

Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time. In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana.

U.S.: Neuroscientist Says THC Level In Sandra Bland's System Was Negligible

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The amount of THC in Sandra Bland's system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.

"Of course, the scientific evidence almost never supports these fantastic distractions," Dr. Hart said. "Yet, the 'drug-crazed black person' myth continues to be revitalized decade after decade by racists masquerading as public servants."

"I find this line of reasoning insulting and offensive," Dr. Hart said. "It seeks to misuse the science of behavioral pharmacology to excuse reprehensible acts perpetrated by the state or state proxies."

"As part of my research, I have given thousands of doses of marijuana to people and carefully studied their immediate and delayed responses," Dr. Hart said. "And I have never observed a marijuana-induced violent and self-destructive attack or anything remotely similar to the summer reefer madness put forth by desperate public officials."

"Bland's levels were well below the THC levels that I have found necessary to induce intoxication," Dr. Hart said.

"It was Encinia who behaved irrationally and escalated the situation, not Bland," Dr. Hart said. "There is no indication that she was under the influence of marijuana or that it caused her to behave foolishly.

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Accepting Applications For Guest Contributors

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Ganjapreneur last week announced that they are accepting applications for guest contributors who wish to share their own experiences navigating the tumultuous cannabis industry via the rapidly-expanding website.

As an online marijuana business resource, Ganjapreneur is committed to providing its readers with the best possible information and news regarding the cannabis industry. However, the best insights often come with experience, and for that the team behind Ganjapreneur is reaching out to their readers, many of whom are entrepreneurs in the cannabis space or professionals in a related industry.

Becoming a guest contributor means more than just sharing your knowledge with the public, according to Ganjapreneur: it affords you a unique opportunity to establish your expertise with the Ganjapreneur audience. All contributions will include an “About the Author” section with a photo of the author (if desired), a short professional bio, and a link to the author's website or social media profile. If the contribution is made by a business or organization, a brief description will be used instead.

Guest contributions will require a rigorous editing process before they are accepted. Guest articles will be published on the Ganjapreneur website, broadcast over the organization's social media channels, featured in its weekly newsletter, and made available via the Ganjapreneur mobile app.

U.S.: Marijuana Arrest Turns Into Music Career For Chief Greenbud

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A simple marijuana possession charge in a small Nashville suburb back in 2005 changed the career trajectory of a small business owner and songwriter. When he saw firsthand how the system handles those convicted of what he saw as a victimless crime, Chief Greenbud decided to share his experience.

After writing several songs on the subject and posting them online, he was asked to perform for a local chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Ten years later the Chief is releasing his fourth album and has amassed over 1.7 million followers on his social networks.

Chief Greenbud's latest CD, "Chief Greenbud Volume 4" is set for physical and digital release on August 25.

The Chief said he's especially proud of the title, saying “I've spent a lot of time thinking about it. We've had multiple meetings brainstorming ideas to come up with the perfect name to represent what we're putting on the CD. I feel that we captured its essence,” he noted lightheartedly.

“There are several songs that I am excited for people to hear," Chief Greenbud said. "‘Everybody Gets High’ is an upbeat anthem that every stoner will be able to groove to and sing along with.”

Another song on the disc is 'iBake', about a regular guy who likes to smoke a little weed but is fearful of what may happen if he is caught. As the lyrics state, "I can’t wait for the day when my state says okay, and I won’t waste a single minute being afraid I bake."

U.S.: Media Effort To End Marijuana Prohibition Kicks Off With TV, Internet, Radio PSA Campaign

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Public Service Ads By Award-Winning Creative Audio/Music House Designed to Educate the Public and Reform Harsh Sentencing Laws

After witnessing first hand the effects of the nation’s draconian marijuana laws, Howard Bowler, president of the award-winning audio post/music production company HOBO, is responding the only way he knows how -- through the power of sound. The company is launching a TV, radio and Internet public service campaign targeting states where measures to legalize marijuana are on the ballot.

HOBO’s creative team wrote and produced the ads that are available for free to any broadcast outlet and organization interested in this issue. All of the spots can be customized for local markets. Several regional radio spots have already been produced with input from the organization Regulate Rhode Island.

Click here to check out one of the radio spots entitled: "Master-Peace Theater.”

“The more I learned about the origin of prohibition, the more I realized these laws have a complex political history, are not based on science or health and yet their social impact is huge,” Bowler said. “Last year alone 700,000 people were arrested on marijuana related charges. That’s more than for all violent crimes combined.

U.S.: Alzheimer's Association Conference To Recognize Legitimacy of Medical Marijuana

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Wellness Connection of Maine will be the first-ever medical marijuana dispensary invited to present at this year’s national conference

In light of a recent study that shows low levels of a compound found in marijuana may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, D.C. will -- for the first time ever -- recognize the plant’s potential use in the treatment of the brain disease.

Representing the nation’s medical marijuana industry will be Becky DeKeuster, cofounder and director of Community & Education at Wellness Connection of Maine, the largest provider of medical marijuana in the Northeast.

DeKeuster has worked as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis industry for 15 years, operating in all facets, including direct patient care and legislative efforts. Her poster – #4275 – titled, “Therapeutic Cannabis in Dementia Care: Policy and Practice,” will be the first presentation of marijuana’s potential role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia allow medical cannabis – nearly half of these having legalized medicinal use of the plant within the last five years.

The AAIC will host international investigators, clinicians and care providers to share the latest studies, theories and discoveries in dementia science. The conference will include more than 85 sessions and 1,800 poster and oral presentations featuring the latest dementia research around the world.

U.S.: Poll Reveals Bipartisan Support Among Voters For Reducing Prison Population

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An overwhelming consensus exists among American voters about how to reduce the U.S. prison population, according to a new national survey focused on criminal justice reform.

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released results from the survey, which reveal an overwhelming consensus among voters of the three leading political parties and various political leanings about how to reduce the U.S. prison population and the path forward to reform.

Commissioned by the ACLU and administered by the Benenson Strategy Group, the national survey was conducted from June 2-6. All respondents were registered voters who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election.

The survey found, in part:

• Republicans and Democrats alike say that communities will be safer when the criminal justice system reduces the number of people behind bars and increases the treatment of mental illness and addiction, which are seen as primary root causes of crime.

• Overall, 69 percent of voters say it is important for the country to reduce its prison populations, including 81 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of independents, and 54 percent of Republicans.

• In a sharp shift away from the 1980s and 1990s, when incarceration was seen as a tool to reduce crime, voters now believe by two-to-one that reducing the prison population will make communities safer by facilitating more investments in crime prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

U.S.: Marijuana Straight Talk TV Show Prepares Third Episode

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When it comes to the complicated and controversial subject of cannabis, Free Speech TV’s "Marijuana Straight Talk" show, hosted by Becca Williams, boldly goes where no one has gone before, according to the show's producers -- and viewers seem to be going along for the ride in big numbers.

The show was the network’s second most popular weekly current affairs program in terms of households reached, according to Free Speech TV. Additionally, Rentrak, a media measurement and analytical services company, reported that "Marijuana Straight Talk" was Free Speech TV’s third most popular in terms of TV ratings and average audience size.

The network’s general manager, Jon Stout, said he was surprised by "Marijuana Straight Talk"’s reception. “It’s a remarkable response — given that this show is just out of the starting gate,” he said.

After riding a tidal wave of print and media coverage, cannabis has come crashing into the public consciousness. Now, more than ever, Americans are marijuana-minded.

U.S.: New Stoner Web Series "Cinedopes" Re-Launches Tuesday

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Attention Comedy Fans! "Cindeopes" is an irreverent comedy that follows the hilarious struggles of Tim, a dime bag weed dealer/failed filmmaker who inherits a movie theater run by an eclectic mix of morons and deviants, and it re-launches on Tuesday, July 14.

Tim, played by "Cinedopes" creator/writer Brian Drolet (MTVs Disaster Date and The Hills), partners with his life-long buddy and neurotic, aspiring lawyer, Blake, played by Writer/Co-Executive Producer Ben Gleib (GSNs Idiotest, The Book of Life, Chelsea Lately).

Tim and Blake decide to get with the times and leave the illegal weed business behind by converting their new indie theater into the world’s first cinema/marijuana dispensary.

"Cinedopes is a cannabis and movie lover’s dream come true; it’s the first time audiences can toke up, hit the concessions stand and thoroughly enjoy their cinematic experience," according to a press release from Stoned Girls. "Packed with movie references, quotes and parodies, any fan of film will enjoy this series.

Canada: Free Online Resource Introduced For Medical Marijuana Patients

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MarijuanaMedInfo Inc. on Wednesday introduced www.MarijuanaMedInfo.ca a free, online resource for patients and healthcare professionals. The website provides scientific, clinical, regulatory, reimbursement and access information on the medical use of marijuana.

"The new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations simplified the process for patients and physicians and removed some barriers to access" said Dan Rego, president of MarijuanaMedInfo. "What has been lacking is the provision of an educational initiative on the clinical use of cannabinoids for healthcare professionals and the public."

MarijuanaMedInfo.ca is designed to allow visitors easy access to published medical information on the use of marijuana for medical purposes, sorted by condition or disease. Information is provided around all aspects of medical cannabis use in Canada including the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, the Guidelines of the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, the Licensed Producers and the strains of medical marijuana available, coverage/ reimbursement of drug costs, medical marijuana clinics, routes of administration, precautions and warnings, as well as the medical document Healthcare professionals must complete.

Additional educational materials focused at healthcare professionals managing medical cannabis can be obtained at no cost.

California: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed In Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid Case

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A federal lawsuit is being filed in the case of Santa Ana police officers who engaged in inappropriate behavior during raids of medical marijuana collectives. The officers were seen on hidden camera footage eating cannabis-infused edibles and threatening to kick a wheelchair-bound, legally blind dispensary volunteer.

The Law Office of Matthew Pappas, The Human Solution International, the Law Office of Anthony Curiale and The Swain Law Office will hold a press conference on Friday, July 3, 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Live, located at 900 W. Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Attorney Pappas and retired L.A.P.D. Deputy Chief Steve Downing will discuss additional video of Santa Ana officers engaged in inappropriate behavior during raids of medical marijuana collectives and will provide an update on evidence of political corruption related to Santa Ana's medical marijuana ordinance and lottery.

Patient Marla James will show a new electric wheelchair paid for and provided to her by a cannabis oil company in Colorado after people working for the company watched video of the May 26 Sky High collective raid in Santa Ana. Thereafter, attorneys Anthony Curiale, James Kajtoch and Stefan Borst-Censullo will discuss a multi-million dollar state claim for damages filed on behalf of patients attacked during April and May raids in Santa Ana.

In addition, the Swain Law Office will announce the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Kansas Department for Children and Families and State of Kansas.

U.S.: Reps From 30+ Cities To Meet On Innovative Approach To Low-Level Drug Offenses

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LEAD Established Unique Collaboration Among Law Enforcement, Human Service Agencies, Business Leaders, and Community Members to Produce Nearly 60% Reduction in Recidivism in Seattle

Wednesday: Convening Hosted by Major Foundations and Seattle Police Department

Thursday: Convening Co-Hosted by Major Foundations and The White House

This week, government officials and community leaders from more than 30 city, county and state jurisdictions will gather to discuss an innovative program that brings together diverse stakeholders seeking to achieve better outcomes in public health and safety by diverting people from jail to services.

The program, known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, was pioneered in Seattle. Under LEAD, police divert individuals who commit low-level drug offenses to harm reduction based case management services. An independent evaluation found that it reduced the likelihood of reoffending by nearly 60 percent compared to a control group that went through the criminal justice system “as usual.”

LEAD’s successes and positive evaluations have sparked widespread attention and interest, especially in a moment when the police role in dealing with “quality of life” issues is controversial and the way forward after the War On Drugs is uncertain.

California: Free Concert and Rally for California Cannabis Hemp Initiative July 11

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The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 (CCHI 2016) and ALOTOFFUN Productions invites everyone to a free concert and political rally at MLK Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, July 11 from 11:30 AM to 7 PM.

This event will be the official kick-off of the CCHI 2016 campaign to thoroughly end Cannabis Hemp prohibition in California. The organization is seeking backing and volunteers to help with this effort.

This special event continues the effort to mobilize and inform the public about qualifying the CCHI 2016 for the Nov. 8, 2016 California ballot.

This special informational event is being held on Saturday, July 11, from 11:30 AM to 7PM. For more info: www.rallyforcchi2016.com

The CCHI 2016 signature drive will begin begin in late Fall 2015 in which the CCHI 2016 will have 180 days to gather 600,000 signatures from registered Californian voters to qualify for the Nov 8, 2016 ballot.

Full text of the CCHI can be found at:
www.cchi2016.org

This event is free and donations are kindly accepted.

Musical acts Include: psychedelic rock, reggae, Grateful Dead, soul and funk.
Legendary SF 60's band, Sopworth Camel will headline with Gigantis, Island of Black and White, Clear Conscience and many other musical guests participating. For a complete list: www.rallyforcchi2016.com.

Speakers in support of qualifying the CCHI for the 2016 ballot include:

Ross Mirkarimi: Sheriff of San Francisco
Longtime proponent of Cannabis legalization, is scheduled to speak between 3-4 p.m (schedule permitting).

U.S.: Orange Is The New Black Author Piper Kerman Joins Drug War Discussion

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Interview with DPA’s asha bandele on What Television Can and Can’t Tell Us About Women, the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, joined the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion on mass incarceration, women affected by the failed Drug War, and how television and media have approached these issues.

Piper’s book has been adapted into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix that serves as an entertaining and enlightening portrayal of her experience being incarcerated. She has been an influential force in revealing the injustices present in our criminal justice system while shining a humane light on people in prison.

Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the prison population. Between 1980 and 2010, the number of women in state and federal prisons grew by an incredible 646 percent.

An estimated 61 percent of women in state prison and 56 percent of women in federal prison are mothers of minor children. Two-thirds of these parents are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, a substantial proportion of which are drug law violations.

DPA Fact Sheet: "Women, Prison and the Drug War"

Photo of Piper Kerman: University of North Carolina Wilmington

Oregon: Kickstarter Project Debuts To Fund Documentary On Marijuana Industry

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Studio McDermott, Portland-based film studio,on Thursday announced their Kickstarter project to assist in funding "Oregon: The State of Cannabis," an in-depth look at Oregon's burgeoning cannabis industry and the pioneers behind it.

Fueled by the successful passage of Oregon's Measure 91 in 2014, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott have already logged over 120 interviews with some of the most important players in the newly legal cannabis industry. Their hope is to preserve the history of the pioneers who are creating the legal cannabis industry.

"From the basement of an old school cultivators to the deep pockets of big business, a completely new market is emerging," said Max McDermott, cinematographer and editor at Studio McDermott. "When you witness the birth of an industry, you see how quickly things have to move in order to be successful."

"Cannabis legalization will impact all Oregonians," said Michael McDermott, the award-winning director of photography and co-founder of Studio McDermott. "Oregon: The State of Cannabis is capturing a moment in history that would otherwise be lost."

Having already poured hundreds of man-hours and resources into this passion project, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott are now looking to the public to help fund the remaining research and post-production expenses.

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