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Oregon: Kaya Holdings Opens New Marijuana Grow and Manufacturing Complex

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Kaya Holdings, Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has signed a lease on a 6,000 square foot facility in central Portland to serve as the company's expanded marijuana and cannabis manufacturing complex and West Coast operations base.

The company announced it will consolidate Kaya Farms and the newly acquired assets of OC Harley Gardens, including equipment, plants and all related licenses into the new facility for a substantially expanded grow with significantly increased volume capacities. "The Grow will continue uninterrupted to produce high quality, connoisseur-grade marijuana, as the expansion occurs to prepare the Company for the October 1st commencement of recreational sales in Oregon," a prepared statement reads.

"Additionally, the new facility allows for industrial level marijuana product manufacturing for our coming roll-out of proprietary strain-specific concentrates, extracts and related products, as well as the establishment of a commercial grade kitchen to produce a complete Kaya Kitchens line of cannabis-infused baked goods and candies," the announcement reads.

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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Colorado: Beyond Pesticides Notifies State of Illegal Pesticide Use On Cannabis Crops

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Group Proposes Alternative Approach that Complies with State and Federal Law

Beyond Pesticides on Tuesday submitted a letter to the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) highlighting violations of federal law and encouraging CDA to implement an alternative approach to allowing the use of unregistered pesticides on cannabis crops throughout the state.

This letter was written in response to recent actions by CDA allowing the use of hazardous pesticides under general label language that does not specifically address use on marijuana, and encourages stakeholders to pursue exemptions for other highly toxic pesticides.

Both approaches violate federal law and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to Beyond Pesticides. Given the potential legal challenges associated with approving toxic pesticides for use on cannabis, Beyond Pesticides is "encouraging" CDA to allow within the state only the use of pesticides that fall under section 25(b) of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

For months the state has been at odds with marijuana growers and municipalities, most notably the City of Denver, over whether or not pesticides can be used to cultivate marijuana crops. In June, CDA published a list of pesticides it believes are available for use on cannabis, despite the fact none have been registered by EPA, as required by FIFRA.

Nevada: Heliospectra's Grow Lights Chosen For Massive Las Vegas Marijuana Cultivation Facility

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One of the largest marijuana cultivation installations in the world, located in Las Vegas, will be using LED lighting, it was announced on Thursday.

Heliospectra AB, maker of intelligent lighting technologies for plant research and greenhouse cultivation, and American Cannabis Company, Inc., a full-service cannabis industry consultant and provider of proprietary and preferred products, announced they have successfully sold one of the largest LED cultivation installations in the world to a Las Vegas cannabis licensee.

Phase I of this contract represents over $672,000 USD (5.7 million SEK) in revenue for Heliospectra's LX601C lamps and is to be installed during the fourth quarter of 2015. American Cannabis, Heliospectra and the operator have designed a cutting edge facility that they say will deliver high quality end product at lower cost, with a substantially lower carbon footprint, than the current HID or HPS lamps used in similar operations.

"Not only is this our largest deal to date, it is one of the largest indoor, horticultural LED installations in the world," said Staffan Hillberg, CEO of Heliospectra AB. "This operator represents the culmination of hard work – from our product engineering to American Cannabis's facility design.

Italy: Parliament Looks At Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A proposal to legalize the recreational use of cannabis has been introduced in the Italian parliament, and has gained the support of more than 200 lawmakers.

The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee of lawmakers, agreed on a provisional text to legalize the consumption, growing, production and sale of cannabis under certain conditions. "The text was signed by 218 members of parliament, and not just the usual backers of such measures," reports Antoine Sander at Politico.

The bill would make it legal to possess up to 15 grams of marijuana, to cultivate up to five plants, and to smoke it in private, and would allow its sale in government-licensed shops, reports The Courier Mail of Brisbane.

Cannabis clubs, with a maximum of 50 people, could cultivate marijuana as a group and then share the harvest, with strict prohibitions on selling it to the general public.

Sponsored by Benedetto Della Vedova, a junior minister of foreign affairs, the bill was supported by 217 other members of Italy's two chambers of parliament, which have more than 900 lawmakers in total.

Oregon: Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Law Including Sentencing Reform

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Oregon Rewrites Marijuana Criminal Code to Reduce Most Felonies to Misdemeanors and to Make Prior Convictions Eligible to be Cleared

Law Goes Beyond Other Legalization States to Reduce Harsh Marijuana Sentences and Allow for 78,319 Prior Marijuana Convictions to Potentially be Cleared

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week.

Measure 91 legalized possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older and regulated commercial production, manufacturing, and retail sales of marijuana. Legalization for personal use took effect July 1, 2015.

As of that date adults 21 and older can legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside the home. They may also grow up to four plants at home, as long as they are out of public view. The regulatory structure for commercial retail sales will not be up and running until next year.

In addition to addressing the implementation of Measure 91, H.B. 3400 contains broad sentencing reform provisions that extend well beyond the elimination of criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana and cultivation of up to four plants. The new law reduces most marijuana felonies to misdemeanors or lesser felonies with significantly reduced sentences.

Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect July 1

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Adult Possession, Home Cultivation Permitted Immediately

Cultivation, Retail Businesses Expected to Open Fall 2016

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Measure 91, a voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana in Oregon passed with 56 percent approval, takes effect July 1 and will immediately allow for adult possession and home cultivation. The law permits adults 21 and older to grow four plants (as long as they are out of public view) and keep eight ounces at home, and possess one ounce in public. Public consumption and sales will remain illegal.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency charged with regulating marijuana in the state, will begin to accept applications for cultivation, processing, testing, and retail business licenses starting January 4, 2016, and businesses are expected to be operational later the same year. More time was allotted to create specific regulations for concentrates to ensure the best possible public safety outcome, so these products will likely not be available immediately when stores open.

Oregon: Possession, Home Cultivation of Marijuana Become Legal For Adults July 1

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Oregon to End Wasteful and Racially Disproportionate Marijuana Possession Arrests; State Expects Significant Fiscal Benefits

Beginning July 1, adults 21 and older in Oregon will be able to legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana in their home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their home. Adults may also grow up to four plants as long as they are out of public view. The regulatory structure allowing for commercial retail sales is still in the works and will not be implemented until next year.

Oregon voters passed Measure 91 last November with 56 percent support. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two U.S. states – and the first two jurisdictions in the world – to approve ending marijuana prohibition and legally regulating marijuana production, distribution and sales. In the 2014 election, Alaska and Oregon followed suit, while Washington D.C. passed a more limited measure that legalized possession and home cultivation of marijuana but did not address its taxation and sale due to D.C. law.

Alaska’s law started to take effect earlier than Oregon’s, with Alaska officially ending the criminalization of marijuana possession and cultivation in February. Thus Oregon is now the 4th U.S. state to begin implementing its marijuana legalization law.

U.S.: Democratic Congressman Wants To Defund DEA's Marijuana Eradication Program

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) is backing legislation to end funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration's wasteful marijuana eradication program.

“This is a ridiculous waste of precious federal resources, especially when multiple states and jurisdictions have already legalized marijuana,” Lieu said in a statement on Wednesday, reports Fox News. “It is time for the federal government to stop making marijuana use or possession a federal crime.”

Lieu's proposed amendment to a 2016 fiscal spending bill would cut in half the DEA's $18 million budget for eradicating cannabis grows, according to the report.

The $9 million in savings would fund domestic and sexual abuse support programs for children, reports Mark Hensch at The Hill.

Rep. Lieu on Wednesday said he intends to completely end the DEA's marijuana eradication program by fiscal 2017.

"Next year, I will bring another amendment to eliminate the program completely," he said.

Lieu called the program wasteful, given growing support for cannabis legalization nationwide.

Under the eradication program, DEA provides your tax dollars to state and local law enforcement agencies to confiscate and destroy growing marijuana plants. The program goes after both outdoor and indoor operations.

Chile: Hundreds of Thousands Attend Largest Pro-Marijuana Demonstration Ever

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By Mike Bifari
Hemp News

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile on Sunday to ask for a new law that allows the self-cultivation of marijuana and a change in the drug law in Chile. Estimates of 400,000 marchers are agreed on, but the number of people in Sunday's March range from 250,000 to 500,000, making it the largest pro-cannabis demonstration in history.

The demonstrators marched through the main streets of the Chilean capital to apply for a new drug policy and regulation of cannabis in March '11 Grow Your Rights' organized by Movimental, a civic association working with new drug law policies.

Movimental said that in recent years "the demand for a new drug policy and a new regulation on Cannabis, has achieved a remarkable and majority social legitimacy", which is reflected in the massive participation in the call on Sunday.

Families with children and people of all ages gathered at noon in a peaceful demonstration to demand, he said one of the participants told The Associated Press, "for the freedom of every person, it is a plant, like all others, such as tomatoes, such as avocado. It is a plant, there is nothing illegal, plant something natural."

Many attendees wore references to the marijuana plant, both as crown
tattooed on the body or printed on colorful flag backgrounds. The
march was also attended by people with different types of diseases who
resort to marijuana for medicinal use.

"I have diabetes, hypertension, lupus and now I found something in the

U.S.: Native American Organics Announces Launch of Cannabis Company

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The launch of a new national company which will partner and assist in producing high grade marijuana products will benefit Native American Indian tribes, according to an announcement from Native American Organics, LLC.

"The company will provide cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, processing, testing and regulatory support to ensure transparent and uninterrupted operations," according to a Tuesday press release. In addition, the company will focus on research-based laboratory testing.

The new corporation is a partnership between Red Tipped Arrow, LLC, a 100 percent Indian-owned economic development company, and Wright Family Organics, LLC, a California-based medical marijuana research and operations organization.

According to the company, the focus of Native American Organics is to partner with and support Indian Tribes situated in states where medical and or recreational marijuana is legal. "Through deployment of state of the art technology and equipment, NAO will guide and assist tribes in gaining entry into the fast growing and highly competitive Cannabis market with a strong focus on the development of organic natural products," NAO announced.

"Cannabis has been used to aid and assist with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, which impacts American Indian Veterans who served our country with bravery and honor," NAO announced. "Other areas of concentration will include Epilepsy, Cancer, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's."

Oregon: Harmful Bill To Limit Medical Marijuana Growers Passes Senate 29-1

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday voted 29-1 for a harmful bill tightening regulations on medical marijuana cultivation, with the claimed intent of reining in diversions to the black market.

The measure, Senate Bill 964, has encountered spirited opposition among many medical marijuana patients and growers, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. But lawmakers -- echoing their northern neighbors in the Washington Legislature -- claimed the success of Oregon's new recreational cannabis market depends on clamping down on marijuana grown for patients.

Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), chair of a House-Senate joint committee on implementing the legalization initiative approved by voters last November, claimed the "large amount" of marijuana diverted to the black market makes it harder for licensed sellers to compete, and could result in federal action against the state.

Oregon now produces an estimated $1 billion a year of "largely black market medical marijuana that ends up all over the country, a problem which is far worse than I ever dreamed," Sen. Burdick dramatically claimed.

U.S.: NCIA To Present 2nd Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

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The National Cannabis Industry Association on Friday announced its second annual national conference, the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, taking place June 29-July 1 in Denver, Colorado.

The summit will offer cannabis business leaders an open forum to discuss best practices and business developments throughout the industry. Over the course of three days, attendees will have the opportunity to explore various workshops and tours, view over 100 exhibitor stations, network with over 2,000 attendees from the cannabis business industry, attend an investor demo day event, and finally let loose at the popular Cannabis Carnival II.

The summit is positioned for business owners and operators across multiple verticals in the cannabis industry. Several topic-oriented tracks will give attendees the opportunity to focus on their area of expertise.

Tracks offered include: Running Your Cannabusiness; Cultivation and Processing; Money Matters: Finance, Accounting and Insurance; The Law, Policy and Reform; as well as Emerging Topics offering attendees an open forum to discuss industry updates and trends. Featured educational sessions will highlight some of the industry's leading pioneers and figureheads.

Conference Highlights

• Educational facility tours and workshops

• Investor Demo Day Event, featuring a select group of cannabis startups

• Second Annual Cannabis Carnival Music Concert, featuring an eclectic lineup of world-class musicians

Arizona: Fourth Largest Cultivation Facility Continues Expansion

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Scientific Botanical Leasing on Friday announced that its North Central Phoenix retail dispensary is currently under construction.

The medicinal cannabis dispensary was awarded and will service the North Phoenix territory encompassing approximately 138 square miles straddling the I-17 Freeway North of the 101 Freeway.

The facility is located on Happy Valley Rd. and 7th Avenue approximately 1-1/2 miles from the I-17 Freeway and a 500,000 square foot outdoor shopping mall.

The dispensary is supported with products from the company’s state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot cultivation and product manufacturing facility located two miles south at the Deer Valley Airport, in Phoenix.

Both the North Phoenix dispensary and cultivation facility are slated to come on line August 1.

Scientific Botanical Leasing owns and manages medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facilities that are leased to state licensed dispensaries.

U.S.: Medical Cannabis Cooperative Announced For Independent Marijuana Cultivators

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The American Seed & Oil Company Medical Cannabis Cooperative, an organization of independent hemp and marijuana cultivation organizations, was announced on Tuesday. The intent of the cooperative is that by working together, cultivators can more rapidly and soundly expand their respective operations.

American Seed & Oil Company is dedicating its previously announced $1.2 million in secured funding to The Medical Cannabis Cooperative.

"American Seed & Oil Company is committed to establishing a leadership position within the developing U.S. legal cannabis industry," said Steven Rash, CEO of Algae International, Inc. and its operating subsidiary, the American Seed & Oil Company. "We believe our investment of time, talent and resources in a Cooperative Cannabis Cultivation strategy will more rapidly expand our revenues and assets than solely investing in the construction of wholly owned cannabis cultivation operations."

"We are already piloting a number of cannabis consumer products; working to develop a number of cannabis commercial products; contributing to the effort to mature and advance legalization nationwide and at the same time investing in the infrastructure to grow and process cannabis," Rash said. "We continue to evaluate and evolve our overall approach toward all these ends.

Australia: 'Hydro Cannabis' Targeted In Grow Raids

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More than 30 people have been charged after police investigating the cultivation of hydroponic cannabis raided 60 properties in South Australia.

The investigation began in May 2014, centering on four hydroponic businesses, reports AAP. It culminated in five days of raids beginning on March 24.

According to police, 37 grow houses were searched, resulting in 31 arrests and the seizure of 711 cannabis plants, 26 kilograms of dried cannabis, two grams of amphetamine and two grams of cocaine.

Also seized were 33 firearms, $91,805 in cash, 12 vehicles and a "large quantity" of hydroponic growing equipment.

The investigation continues, according to assistant police commissioner Paul Dickson on Wednesday.

"This operation will certainly shake up the hydroponics industry and disrupt any criminal activity being undertaken by these individuals," Dickson said.

D.C.: Thousands Gather To Give, Receive Marijuana Seeds

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Thousands of people gathered on Thursday for the District of Columbia's first-ever legal marijuana seed sharing event, with a second giveaway is planned for Saturday.

With D.C. police officers looking on, city residents lined up and then walked away from a bar and restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds, report Aaron C. Davbis and Perry Stein at The Washington Post.

The seed attendees were taking advantage of Initiative 71, a ballot measure approved last fall by voters which legalized marijuana possession. The line for the marijuana "seed share" snaked around the building, including people of many ages and ethnic backgrounds.

"The RSVP list when we closed it today was at 2,000," said Adam Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign, who welcomed those who came to share and receive seeds at Libertine, a bar on 18th Street NW, reports Michelle Basch at WTOP.

"I hope that from the seeds that we plant this week, (that) this fall ... we have a great crop, and people are really generous in sharing, and we actually bring the price of underground marijuana down," Eidinger said. "Home growth is what 70 percent of voters approved."

Israel: Galilee Farmers Want To Grow Cannabis; Government Says No

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Israeli farmers in Galilee want to grow medical marijuana, but Israel's government, so far, hasn't budged in forbidding such a practice.

At present, only eight farmers in Israel have permission to grow cannabis, reports Idan Cohen at Jerusalem Online. The government opposes increasing the number of cannabis licenses, but disappointed farmers want to increase their profits.

Galilee farmers are especially interested in exporting marijuana overseas. "The State of Israel is preventing the export of Israeli cannabis, which could bring millions of dollars to the state and the farmers; I am not sure why they delay it," said Dubi Amitay, president of the Israeli Farmers Association.

Negev farmers, in January, also asked permission to grow medical marijuana. Several farmers from the Eshkol Regional Council, near Gaza, asked the government to let them grow cannabis for medicinal purposes, and to give them priority due to their losses during Operation Protective Edge, when Israeli forces attacked the Gaza Strip.

Despite their request, and raising public awareness to their cause, the farmers were not successful. The government not only refuses to expand the licensing program; it also refuses to reveal the exact location of its existing licensed cannabis farms.

Photo of Israeli medical cannabis: Channel 2 News

U.S.: Study Finds Uneven Pesticide Restrictions On Growing Legal Marijuana

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Marijuana may be legal in your state for medicinal and recreational use, but are toxic pesticides used in its production?

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A study released on Wednesday of the 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana either for medical or recreational use finds a patchwork of state laws and evolving policy that define allowed pesticide use and management practices in cannabis production. This variety of state law is occurring in the absence of federal registration of pesticide use for cannabis production because of its classification as a narcotic under federal law.

The investigation, "Pesticide Use in Marijuana Production: Safety Issues and Sustainable Options," evaluates the state laws governing pesticide use in cannabis production where it is legalized.

"The use of pesticides in the cultivation of cannabis has health implications for those growing the crop, and for users who are exposed to toxic residues through inhalation, ingestion, and absorption through the skin," said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. "The good news is that five states and DC have adopted rules that require marijuana to be grown with practices that prevent the use of pesticides.

"State officials have an opportunity to restrict all pesticide use at the front end of a growing market, require the adoption of an organic system plan, and set a course to protect health and the environment," Feldman said.

U.S.: Indoor Harvest Corp Begins Growing Marijuana, Trading On The OTC

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Indoor Harvest Corp, through its brand name Indoor Harvest™, a design build contractor, developer, marketer and direct-seller of commercial grade aeroponic and hydroponic fixtures and supporting systems for use in urban Controlled Environment Agriculture and Building Integrated Agriculture, has announced that its common shares have begun trading under the ticker symbol INQD.

On February 26, the company applied to have its common stock traded on the OTCQB. Until its application is accepted, the Company will trade as an OTCPink via the OTCMarkets platform under the ticker symbol INQD.

"It has been a long process, but we are excited to announce that we've now begun trading as a public company," said Indoor Harvest Corp's CEO and founder, Chad Sykes. "We will be releasing the results for fiscal year 2014 in the near future and look forward to starting our pilot project with Tweed Marijuana, Inc. in Canada.

"With our going public effort behind us, it's time to shift focus toward scaling the company, bringing on board expert talent and wrapping up development of our product offerings. 2015 should prove to be a pivotal year for the company moving forward as we introduce new technology for building integrated agriculture," Sykes said.

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