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Nevada: New Bill Would Make Regulations For Marijuana Edibles Strictest In the Nation

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Nevada legalized the recreational use of marijuana last year, and sales could possibly start by this summer if things work out. A new marijuana-related bill has been introduced to the state regarding edible marijuana products that will be the strictest in the nation if it passes.

The Marijuana Times reported:

"One of the more recent bills that was introduced to the Senate aims to further restrict processors of edibles, who already have to adhere to strict packaging requirements. Nevada Senate Bill 344 would make it illegal for cannabis edibles to have sugar in them unless they are considered baked goods – effectively banning candy like lollipops and gummies, as well as sodas, chocolate bars and other items that are widely popular in legal cannabis states.

Oregon: Marijuana Edibles Market Growing

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Following the rollout of edible marijuana products to Oregon's recreational cannabis market on June 2, manufacturers of pot-infused chocolate bars and gummy bears are stepping up their production.

The Oregon Legislative Revenue office expects a 10 to 15 percent increase in collected taxes for June recreational sales as a result.

The trend is expected to continue for the next few months, at least. The estimate is based on preliminary reports from the industry, and trends seen in Washington and Colorado, following their introduction of cannabis-infused products.

“It is a new range of products, a new market, and not necessarily the same market that marijuana leaves have been in for a long time,” said Mazen Malik, the senior economist at the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office. “Sales should be toward the higher end (of a 10 to 15 percent boost) in the beginning of the month, and then come down. People want to see how this works.”

Oregon recreational pot taxes in 2016 had reached $14.9 million total by May 30, according to the Oregon Department of Revenue. The Legislative Revenue Office anticipates gross tax revenue should average $3.7 million per month.

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Clears Air On Edible Ban

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A lot of confusion has been swirling around Colorado House bill HB16-1436 prohibiting edibles that "entice children," supported by SMART. Does the bill really ban all edibles? Does it go into effect July 1, 2016? The simple answer to all these questions is no, according to the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

"At C4 we worked diligently to amend this bill to protect the integrity of the cannabis industry," the group announced Wednesday in a prepared statement. "Through our commitment to the industry as a whole, we were successful in ensuring the rapidly growing edible market maintained its integrity and commitment to its consumer base."

"C4 was successful in working across the aisle to bring common sense business policies that protected products and maintained our commitment to responsible edible production," the statement reads.

"The bill language exempts from prohibition; edibles that are in geometric shapes, simply fruit flavored, the use of company logos on the product and edibles in the shape of a marijuana leaf," the statement reads.

South Carolina: Marijuana Infused Candy Turns Up In State

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Law enforcement officers on the South Carolina coast are warning parents after they discovered a load of marijuana-infused candies during a traffic stop recently on Interstate 95, WHNS reported.

Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department said the candies were infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the psychoactive chemical component of marijuana. Officers said the candies are virtually indistinguishable from brand name candies without a chemical analysis.

They said the THC-infused candies were produced in Colorado, where marijuana is legal, but that it's not legal to possessor transport these products out of the state.

According to the labels, the candy is stated to contain 100 mg of THC.

Deputies are urging parents to be aware that these products are showing up in the state and to report any suspicious candies to law enforcement.

Colorado: Weed Sales Set New Monthly Record At $117.4M

April 2016 set a record for highest monthly total marijuana sales in Colorado.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Colorado's monthly cannabis sales broke a record with their highest total yet: $117.4 million worth of flower, edibles, and concentrates sold in April 2016.

The state Department of Revenue reported that marijuana shops sold almost $76.6 million in recreational cannabis for April, significantly passing the previous high-water mark of $62.2 million for December 2015.

In comparison, recreational sales increased more than 80 percent from $42.4 million in April 2015. Medical marijuana sales for the month also were going strong at $40.8 million, which is a 22 percent increase from the previous month.

The record-setting sales also meant a healthy revenue payoff for the state. There are three different taxes on Colorado’s recreational cannabis — the standard 2.9 percent state sales tax, a special 10 percent sales tax and a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale transfers, which is earmarked for school construction projects. The more than $5.5 million collected in excise tax is a monthly record from when recreational sales began in January 2014, and brings the yearly total to $16.7 million.

Colorado: Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Eliminate 80% of Cannabis Products

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A proposed initiative to install a new cannabis-related measure into the Colorado Constitution would effectively end Colorado’s successful first-in-the-nation effort to permit the sale of recreational cannabis to adults, according to industry experts BDS Analytics.

The initiative would impose limits on cannabis product format and would restrict all cannabis products to a maximum 16 percent THC content. Drawing from its database of more than 10,000 products in Colorado and its wealth of data analysis professionals, BDS Analytics concludes that products on the market today that generate more than 80 percent of cannabis revenue would be banned.

In addition, almost every edible product (which account for 11.5 percent of sales) would have to be repackaged, according to the company.

“When we first encountered the proposed language we quickly understood it would have a dramatic effect on the market, and so we immediately began a meticulous analysis of how it might change the landscape for commercial cannabis,” said BDS Analytics CEO Roy Bingham. “Unfortunately, our instincts were correct.

"Should the initiative become a part of the Colorado Constitution, it would hobble Colorado’s fastest-growing industry,” Bingham said.

Oregon: Oregrown Offers Guided Tour of Cannabis Edibles, Extracts and Topicals

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Oregrown Industries, a farm-to-table cannabis company, invites the public to a "guided tour" of cannabis extracts, edibles and other products at their flagship dispensary in downtown Bend. Beginning June 2, these products are available for the first time to Oregon's adult recreational customers.

"This is a very exciting time," says Oregrown founder Aviv Hadar. "90 percent of Oregon's non-medical cannabis consumers have never encountered these products. We know everyone has questions.

"That's why we want Oregrown to be a place where people can ask questions and make informed decisions," Hadar said. "We are so excited to about the expanded variety of locally grown, handcrafted cannabis products now available to all adult customers."

Hadar says well-made extracts offer a combination of excellent flavor, convenience and ease of use that make them a favorite among discerning consumers.

"Oregrown's hash oil is made with a sophisticated process that results in higher potency and an incredible flavor profile," Hadar says. "At the same time, depending on your delivery method, you can really dial in your dose with much greater precision than you can with flower."

Adult-use customers may purchase a single unit of extract containing up to 1,000 mg of THC per day.

Oregon: Recreational Marijuana Edibles, Topicals, Extracts On Sale June 2

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While recreational marijuana customers in Oregon have been able to buy up to 7 grams of flower since last October, edibles, topicals and extracts haven't been available to them until now. That all changes on Thursday, June 2, when all of the above will be available -- albeit in limited amounts -- to adults 21 and older.

"Licensed and regulated sales have already created jobs and generated revenue for our great state, and the sky hasn't fallen like our opponents predicted," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner for Measure 91, which legalized marijuana in the state.

Starting on June 2nd, Oregon will take the next step as adults 21 and over will be able to purchase:

• One marijuana-infused edible per day containing up to 15 mg of THC
• Any amount of cannabis-infused topical products containing no more than 6 percent THC
• One receptacle of cannabis extract containing up to 1,000 mg of THC

Oregon: Marijuana Edible Makers Launch 'Try 5' Public Education Campaign

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The Oregon Responsible Edibles Council on Thursday announced the launch of their initial public education campaign, “Try 5.”

OREC, formed in late 2015, is a non-profit trade association of Oregon edible marijuana processors, with a mission of educating the public regarding the safe and responsible usage of edible marijuana products for adults 21 and over. Through the much needed and timely campaign, “Try 5”, OREC will be able to teach the public about proper dosage levels and help prevent accidental over-ingestion for consumers new to cannabis-infused edibles.

The “Try 5” campaign encourages new and first time edible consumers to “Know Your Dose” and start with no more than 5mg of THC. "Edibles often come in multi-serving packages and newer consumers need to know not to ingest the contents of the entire package," OREC's prepared statement reads.

The campaign features educational posters distributed to licensed dispensaries throughout the state, and will include informational booths at Oregon universities, magazine and newspaper advertisements, as well as t-shirts, hats and buttons to be worn by dispensary employees.

U.S.: Edible Marijuana Candy Is Sending Kids To The ER

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Marijuana is now legal in 24 states and the District of Columbia for either recreational or medical use. Marijuana edibles are becoming increasingly popular and kids across the nation are getting hurt.

In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the ER after eating a marijuana cookie he found in a park. Two children in Michigan were taken to the hospital after getting into a man's stash of gummy candies containing THC, tetrahydrocannibinol, marijuana's psychoactive component. Poison control facilities across the country reported 4,000 kids and teens exposed to marijuana just last year.

"This is extremely dangerous," Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen in a recent interview. "When young children get ahold of these products, they can have severe reactions, including nausea, vomiting, disorientation, anxiety-like reactions and even psychotic reactions that can make them do things they wouldn't normally do."

Police warn that kids could bring edibles to school and share them with friends without being aware of what they are.

U.S.: Detailed Forecast Released For 4/20 In Colorado And Washington

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Hallmark hasn’t leveraged its formidable marketing muscle to promote 4/20 — not yet, at least. Nevertheless, an analysis by a cannabis industry source of data intelligence finds that April 20 and the days surrounding it have clearly, and emphatically, emerged as the cannabis industry’s principal holiday, with dramatically boosted sales.

One thing 4/20 has in common with more traditional holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day — lots and lots of candy!

BDS Analytics’ close analysis of cannabis sales during last year’s festivities, based on hundreds of thousands of retail transactions worth millions of dollars in Colorado and Washington, draws a range of fascinating 4/20 conclusions. Among them:

• The four days leading up to, and including, 4/20 in Colorado captured three of the most lucrative cannabis sales days during all of 2015.

• Washington’s sales were less dramatic, at least when compared to the months following 4/20. But 4/20 sales did spike, and BDS Analytics anticipates sales this year tripling or even quadrupling last year’s numbers.

• Sales in Colorado this year should exceed $5 million per day from Friday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 20. One of the days should exceed $6 million.

Vermont: Governor Says Marijuana Legalization Is 'Enlightened' Thing To Do

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Vermont could make history this spring. As Governor Peter Shumlin nears the end of his term in office, he wants the state to become the first in the union to legalize marijuana through its Legislature.

In an interview with Katy Steinmetz of Time Magazine, Gov. Shumlin said "I think the more enlightened states are trying to get ahead of this one" when it comes to cannabis legalization.

"There is no question America is going to move to a more sensible policy, state by state," Shumlin said.

"We’re all spending huge amounts of energy focusing on the evils of pot smoking and we hardly talk about the fact that in 2010, we sold enough drugs legally through our pharmacies in the form of Oxycontin to keep every adult American high for a month," the Governor pointed out. "That has led to death, destruction, addiction to heroin that’s affecting every state in America. And then we flip out about the possibility that we could move to a more sensible approach to marijuana."

"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has also talked openly about using marijuana," Steinmetz asked Gov. Shumlin. "Have you ever tried it?" "Yes," Shumlin replied. "I was in Vermont in the '70s... We inhaled."

"I'm hoping that Vermont will be the first state that does it legislatively because we have learned from the states that have made mistakes doing it by referendum," Gov. Shumlin said. "We are trying to pass the first cautious, sensible marijuana legalizing bill in the country."

California: Medical Marijuana Online Marketplace 'Sava' Launches

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Twenty years after California made history by becoming the first state to legalize medical marijuana, its residents will be introduced to Sava, which calls itself "the first retail website focused on selling artisanal cannabis products." Think Etsy meets High Times magazine. Sava will promote quality health and small business, while helping to introduce the benefits of medical marijuana to a larger audience.

The idea occurred to founder Andrea Brooks after a CBD tincture offered life-changing relief from the systemic nerve damage that had left her in constant pain and unable to get out of bed most days. "Cannabis helped jumpstart my healing process and I had an epiphany," Brooks said. "I could make it my mission to help others navigate the world of medical marijuana."

Sava offers more than 60 products to customers of legal age with a medical card. The items — from tinctures, edibles and Shea butter to epsom salts — are tastefully packaged and ethically sourced. Like Etsy, Sava allows its independent producers including Outset Edibles, Alchemy by Dark Heart, Flour Child, Treat Yourself and Skyline Boulevard to highlight their products in a way that best suits their style.

"Andrea brings a compassionate and knowledgeable approach to providing healthy cannabis products to customers…all from the comfort of their own home," says Cindy Pinzon, from Treat Yourself, a company that sells vegan Cherry-almond pop-tartlettes, paleo coconut-banana cakes and whipped body butters on Sava.

Massachusetts: Lawmakers Plan To Ban Home Cultivation If Marijuana Legalized

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Massachusetts voters haven't even legalized marijuana yet, and already state lawmakers are planning how to gut important parts of the law, in case it passes.

A sharply worded Senate report released on Tuesday says that if voters legalize recreational cannabis in the state, lawmakers should promptly cancel their wishes by outlawing home cultivation, imposing high taxes, and prohibiting most edible products, reports Joshua Miller at The Boston Globe.

While the report from the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana claims not to take an official stance on the proposed ballot question to legalize, it repeatedly, and even shrilly, warns of legalization's supposed dangers. The authors claim that legalization could make it easier for children to access marijuana -- despite the fact that it would be limited to adults 21 and older, and black market drug dealers certainly aren't asking for ID currently.

The bipartisan 118-page propaganda piece, I mean "analysis," comes the same week Gov. Charlie Baker, Atty. Gen. Maura Healey, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston published a scathing op-ed in The Boston Globe opp=osing legalization, and the Massachusetts Legislature's judiciary committee heard testimony on the ballot measure.

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber To Hold Press Conference On Marijuana Edibles Standards

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The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) has scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon. Attendees will hear from several C4 members, as they discuss C4’s recent all member, voluntary adoption of new edibles standards. There will be time for questions.

The newly adopted standards are as follows: C4 manufacturers will no longer produce or sell marijuana infused edibles that are in the shapes of humans or animals. Animal shapes such as gummy bears, gummy worms, “sour patch kids,” and other items will be prohibited.

“I am proud to announce that members of the C4 organization, along with our Board of Directors, began discussing this initiative to address these concerns in the fall of 2015,” said Tyler Henson, C4 president.

“C4 has worked to ensure our members adopt manufacturing and sales standards which recognize that legal marijuana should only be consumed by adults," Henson said. "This is done in good faith and in the spirit of cooperation with cannabis regulators, community leaders, and our elected officials as we work together to continue to advance both public safety and robust industry standards.”

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber Adopts Voluntary Edibles Standards

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The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4), a state association of 43 parent companies that employ more than 1,600 people, on Wednesday announced the adoption of new, voluntary edible standards that encompass both manufacturer and retail business members.

“I am proud to announce that members of the C4 organization, along with our Board of Directors, began discussing this initiative to address these concerns in the fall of 2015,” stated Tyler Henson, C4 president.

“C4 has worked to ensure our members adopt manufacturing and sales standards which recognize that legal marijuana should only be consumed by adults," Henson said. "This is done in good faith and in the spirit of cooperation with cannabis regulators, community leaders, and our elected officials as we work together to continue to advance both public safety and robust industry standards.”

The newly adopted standard is as follows:

C4 manufacturers will no longer produce or sell marijuana infused edibles that are in the shapes of humans or animals. Animal shapes such as gummy bears, gummy worms, “sour patch kids”, and others items will be prohibited.

As a business organization, C4 is committed to producing products that are marketed and sold only to law-abiding adults over the age of 21. C4 members will thereby begin to phase out all these products – with an estimated complete implementation date of October 1.

U.S.: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely To Use Edibles, Vaporizers

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People who use marijuana for medical purposes are much more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational users, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The study, which surveyed people from four western states that have legalized medical marijuana, also found that those who use marijuana for medicinal purposes are more likely to report daily or near-daily use and consume more as measured by grams per day.

In addition, those who only use marijuana for medicinal purposes do not report use of marijuana concurrently with alcohol, while those who report using recreationally consume marijuana with alcohol on nearly one in five occasions. Findings regarding the simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana is important because past research shows such activity is more likely to result in health harm, including accidents.

The study, found that 41 percent of people reported having used marijuana recreationally at least once in their lifetime, while only about 7 percent of those surveyed reported using marijuana for medical purposes. More than half of those who said they used for medicinal purposes reported that they did not have a physician’s recommendation to do so.

Published online by the journal Addiction, the study provides some of the first evidence about patterns of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana. While past efforts have surveyed special populations such as those suffering from cancer pain, the RAND study draws on a sample of the general household population in these states.

Illinois: Award-Winning Chicago Chef Launches Line Of Marijuana Edibles

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Illinois medical marijuana patients will soon have a line of decadent chef-crafted products to choose from with the announcement of James Beard Award-Winning Chef Mindy Segal's new edible line. Segal, owner of Chicago's acclaimed Hot Chocolate Restaurant, is described as "the first high profile, award-winning celebrity chef to attach her personal brand to products in the cannabis industry."

Segal is partnering with Cresco Labs, Illinois largest cannabis cultivator, to produce the products. They plan for the line of infused products to be available for distribution beginning in late February with a variety of delicious and accurately dosed edibles.

Her initial products will include a line of chocolate brittle bars, a line of infused granola bites, an infused chocolate drink that is intended to be warmed to enhance the soothing effects, and a ready-made mix with do-it-yourself instructions.

"We've all heard the expression 'it tastes like medicine' but there's no reason it has to," Segal said. "With my recipes and Cresco's technology, we're developing this line of products to be consistent every time and absolutely enjoyable to eat."

U.S.: What Happened When States Legalized Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

When the sale of marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado and Washington last year -- and in Oregon this year -- a few predictions, both good and bad, were made about the outcome. Here's what has actually happened so far.

Positives

• No increase in teen use: Opponents of legalization claimed young people would flock to weed if the legal penalties were removed. That hasn't happened, reports Daniel Dale at The Star. Major studies have found no increase in teen use in states the legalized medical marijuana; in Colorado, fewer students said they used pot after legalization than before.

• Tax windfall: Colorado has taken in more than $86 million in cannabis taxes and fees this year, far more than for alcohol. Washington state is predicting $1 billion in marijuana taxes over the next four years. "All that money that was going to criminals and the hands of cartels is now being sent toward legitimate taxpaying businesses," said Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber Warns Against Overregulation of Edible Products

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The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged against a culture of dangerous potential overregulation of legal cannabis edibles in Colorado.

At the HB13-1361 and HB14-1366 Work Group Meeting on August 11, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of the Department of Revenue (DOR) discussed with various stakeholders the creation of new rules surrounding all edible cannabis products.

The Chamber also stands behind the consensus at the meeting regarding standard measurement procedures and the need for public education to always be the number one priority.

However, many proposed new regulations on edible products could create a strong negative impact not only on legal, licensed, compliant marijuana business throughout Colorado, but also on public safety for adults and children alike, according to the Chamber.

“The more we encourage overregulation, the more we risk pushing marijuana activity back onto the black market and into home kitchens without oversight or any regulation whatsoever,” said Tyler Henson, president of the Cannabis Chamber.

Furthermore the Chamber announced it is "disappointed in the letter that was signed by many of our state legislators that asked MED to ignore the rule of law and create rules based on false propaganda that has been perpetuated by prohibitionists."

“The letter that was signed by 85 state legislators is troubling," Henson said. "The letter is riddled with misleading information and asks the MED to create rules based off intent rather than what the bill mandates the state to enact.”

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