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U.S.: Who Will Be The Next Marijuana Millionaire? The Marijuana Show Opens Season 2 Auditions

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After a successful first season, "The Marijuana Show" — which calls itself "the first-ever reality show about Cannabis" — is announcing Season Two auditions during Hemp History Week, with live auditions on June 18-19 and June 21.

Coined the “Shark Tank for Ganjapreneurs,” the reality-competition show offered over $5 million to contestants in Season One. The show profiles ganjapreneur hopefuls, giving each contestant the opportunity to pitch an idea to a panel of accredited investors, and then participate in a Boot Camp aka Bud Camp to develop a variety of cannabis technologies and products through mentorship, and ultimately access to millions of dollars in investment capital.

The Marijuana Show can be viewed online and will air fall 2015 on Dish, Comcast, Xbox, Samsung, Roku and several other streaming sites reaching over 50 million households.

Ganjapreneur hopefuls can audition online. Two-minute video pitches will be accepted from all over the country. Live auditions will take place in Seattle on June 18 and 19 by RSVP only and at Hempapalooza on June 21 in Brinnon, Washington.

Entrepreneurs who have unique products, an established business, permits, licenses, and sales are encouraged to audition to see if they can be the next Marijuana Millionaire. Wannabe Marijuana Millionaires should be able to present business plans and proof of licenses and permits, and they must be 21+ with valid ID.

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber Urges Common Sense Labeling and Education

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) on Wednesday emphasized its commitment to advancing responsible, common sense labeling of marijuana products in order to prevent accidental ingestion and promote child safety.

“If we’re truly interested in protecting our children and encouraging responsible cannabis use, it is absolutely imperative that we operate on facts over fear,” said Tyler Henson, President of C4. “We cannot allow the ‘newness’ of edible marijuana products to cause false panic and cloud our judgment or our lawmaking.”

As such, the C4 Chamber announced it strongly supports legislation that will increase the effectiveness of cannabis packaging by reducing “white noise” and drawing attention to child safety through proper storage.

Current label regulations require information that does not allow for the average-sized product packaging to have the room to provide important warnings in large enough font to be effective.

By advocating for highlighted warnings on packaging, like “Keep the Products out of Sight and Reach of Children” and to “Keep this Product in Its Original Packaging”, the C4 Chamber joins other government and health agencies in echoing this step as the most solvent reform.

Tennessee: GOP Medical Marijuana Bill: Eat It Or Rub It On, But Don't Smoke It

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Tennessee's weirdly Puritan attitude towards cannabis is being highlighted this week by a medical marijuana bill being drawn up by Republican state lawmakers.

Those drafting the legislation said the measure would allow the cannabis to be eaten or applied externally through topical oil, but not smoked, reports Chris Bundgaard at WKRN.

"It would likely be the most conservative medical marijuana bill in the country, and if passed, the nation's most carefully controlled law," bragged Capitol Hill lobbyist David McMahan, who failed to explain what's so damned attractive about "the most conservative medical marijuana bill" rather than "the medical marijuana bill most helpful to patients." McMahan's lobbying firm has been hired to help guide the bill through the GOP-dominated Tennessee Legislature.

McMahan told News 2 he has been hired by a group called Tenncangrow, which is listed as a Murfreesboro LLC and headed by estate planning lawyer David B. Laroche.

The two GOP bill sponsors, Rep. Ryan Williams of Putnam County and Sen. Steve Dickerson, MD of Nashville, said the bill would be "limited" in scope.

McMahan called it a "carefully controlled measure with a limited delivery method." It really is starting to sound as if these folks believe that the fewer patients helped, the better a medical marijuana bill is.

U.S.: Former N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson Calls WA State Pot Rules 'Worst-Case Scenario'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, now CEO of a marijuana company, on Sunday told an audience of cannabis industry representatives that voters, not politicians, are behind the legalization movement, and he called Washington state's troubled implementation of legalization Initiative 502 a "worst-case scenario."

Johnson, a vocal advocate of legalization and former Presidential candidate who plans to run again next year, gave the keynote speech at the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. About 750 people attended the conference, according to organizers.

Johnson, CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a publicly traded company producing marijuana-infused products.

When it comes to Washington's botched implementation of flawed legalization Initiative 502, Johnson was very critical of the over-taxation of cannabis in that model.

"How are they going to regulate it and make it a legal product? They have screwed it up as bad as they possibly can," Johnson said. "They have taxed it to the level where if you are a prior user of marijuana, prior to it being legal in Washington, you are still consuming it on the black market because of how expensive it is. It's the worst-case scenario and they have it playing out in Washington state."

"Pay attention to how you are taxing it," Johnson said. "You are moving the entire industry from a black market.

New Jersey: Governor Refuses To Help Suffering Children With Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's cold-hearted refusal to allow sick children in his state safe access to medical marijuana was the subject of a blistering editorial inMonday's Star-Ledger.

"The issue of edible marijuana in New Jersey comes down to an irrefutable premise: The governor of this state has had numerous chances to liberate children from suffering over the last 18 months, yet he has chosen not to do it," wrote the Star-Ledger Editorial Board.

"Chris Christie seems content to live with this disgrace," the board wrote. "At one time, he summoned the audacity by looking into the faces of inconsolable parents and chirping the dim-bulb refrain, 'It's complicated,' and now he merely dismisses a law that he signed himself and hopes that nobody notices."

The op-ed unsparingly points out that two years after Vivian Wilson's parents were forced to move to Colorado for the sake of their toddler's health, there is still no workable edible marijuana program for New Jersey's needlessly suffering children -- "because Christie's administration doesn't prioritize compassion."

U.S.: cNation Streaming Media Channel To Focus On Cannabis Uses

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Resource Ventures, Inc., has announced that its streaming media channel, cNation, will be focusing on the many uses of cannabis.

"We've placed a premium on focusing our production efforts on the different ways cannabis is being used in addition to smoking it," said Resource Ventures Interim President Michael Cipolla. "Specifically, edible forms in a wide variety of presentations, including savory main and side dishes, snack and energy foods, desserts, drinks, tinctures, and other extracts.

"As part of our new branding, this content can be found in the cFood section of the channel," Cipolla said. The streaming media channel was formerly known as "One Plant One Planet" before being rebranded as "cNation."

Company research suggests a certain segment of the population is keenly interested in cannabis for a variety of different reasons, but is unfamiliar with the myriad of ways in which it can be ingested beyond smoking it.

"Everyone is familiar with the fact that cannabis is primarily smoked, so we didn't feel a compelling need to place much emphasis on that method of use," Cipolla said. "Rather, we've placed our focus on the different ways cannabis is being used in both commercial and home kitchens to create incredible food and drink selections for both medicinal and recreational uses."

U.S.: CEO of Marijuana Recipe Website Interviewed by Ganjapreneur

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Matt Gray, CEO of The Stoner's Cookbook, discussed the history of the website and the launch of its new crowd-funded recipe book for cannabis cooking in his recent interview with Ganjapreneur

Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and culture, has published an interview with Matt Gray, CEO of The Stoner's Cookbook, a resource for marijuana culinary enthusiasts to find and share infused recipes. In the interview, Gray discussed how he became involved in the project more than a year ago.

"I was the co-founder and CEO of a successful education startup in Toronto called Bitmaker Labs," Gray said. "We trained full-stack software developers and got them jobs at top tech companies across North America.

"After exiting that business I was eager to get into the cannabis industry," Gray said. "I saw it as the opportunity of a lifetime. I met the founders of The Stoner’s Cookbook through a mutual friend and I knew I could help them turn their passion into a high-growth business."

The Stoner's Cookbook currently has over 2.8 million followers on Facebook and boasts millions of website impressions each day. The types of recipes shared, Gray said, vary dramatically.

California: E-Commerce Meets Medical Marijuana For Patients

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Private Reserve Compassionate Care Inc. on Tuesday announced the grand opening of their e-commerce website www.Cannabizon.com) that will service medical marijuana patients throughout California.

“Much like any other e-commerce online experience, our California based patients simply order and pay their 'donations' for their favorite Medical Marijuana medications from our website, and we will ship their orders directly to their front door for signature and delivery in 1-2 business days,” a prepared statement from Cannabizon reads. "The only difference being that products are only available to California based Medical Marijuana patients. They need simply to log-on, sign-up, to start their e-commerce experience."

Cannabizon.com said it "knows that many local California municipalities refuse to allow traditional brick-n-mortar dispensaries or delivery services to operate within their city limits. Equally important, many of the more popular Edible and Vapor Companies have no way of offering their products statewide.

"Cannabizon.com answers all of these challenges, and acts as a safe and highly effect delivery channel for many products that are simply out of reach to those patients that most benefit from them," the company's statement reads. “Even when available locally, many of our patients are not able to visit a brick-n-mortar dispensary for reasons that range from health related travel restrictions to personal security and/or privacy concerns.”

Colorado: Marijuana Policy Project Launches 'Consume Responsibly' Campaign

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The Marijuana Policy Project on Wednesday launched the first-ever comprehensive public education campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where marijuana is legal. The campaign is being launched in Colorado and will be exported to Washington and then other states as they adopt similar laws.

MPP will kick off the campaign with a news conference at noon Mountain Time Wednesday in front of its first paid ad, a billboard at 816 Federal Boulevard in Denver that warns tourists, “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation.” It also encourages them to start with a low dose of THC and go slow when consuming edible marijuana products, which can take up to two hours to feel the effect.

The billboard features a distressed woman in a dark hotel room, alluding to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s now-infamous June column detailing her over-consumption of a marijuana-infused candy bar in her Denver hotel room.

The billboard directs people to the campaign’s website — http://wwww.ConsumeResponsibly.org — which features detailed information about marijuana products, their effects, and the laws surrounding them. It also addresses issues such as preventing and responding to over-consumption and accidental consumption. The Consume Responsibly campaign will initially include print and online ads, as well as materials in retail marijuana stores.

Colorado Considers New Rules For Marijuana Edibles

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A panel of marijuana producers and industry watchdogs started work on Friday to figure out how to make edible cannabis products more identifiable to children even when removed from packaging -- a challenge some edible pot makers say can't be achieved.

Colorado currently requires edible marijuana to be sold in child-safe packages which note that the contents contain marijuana, that the product can make consumers sick, and that it shouldn't be consumed before driving, reports Kristen Wyatt at The Associated Press.

But the Colorado Legislature tightened the rules earlier this year after reports of children accidentally ingesting marijuana treats. Lawmakers passed around platters of chocolate chip cookies, noting with alarm that those infused with marijuana looked just like regular cookies.

"We've heard so many stories of people consuming marijuana not knowing it was marijuana," claimed Rachel O'Bryan, an attorney and leader of Smart Colorado, an anti-marijuana group. "Without a stamp or clearly visible difference, these products are deceptive."

Edibles makers said they aren't trying to fool anybody, but that actually requiring the products themselves not to look like other foods is taking it too far.

"It works for some products, but others, it's going to be extremely hard and more than likely impracticable," said Julie Berliner, owner of SweetGrass Kitchens, which makes cannabis cookies.

U.S.: Drug Policy Alliance Says Marijuana Edibles Should Be Tested and Regulated

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Drug Policy Alliance on Tuesday released an official statement on marijuana-infused products -- "edibles" -- which it says "are an important part of the burgeoning marijuana market." The DPA recommends laboratory testing, labeling, and regulation of the products.

The statement applies to cannabis-infused foods, drinks, tinctures, "or any other product infused with marijuana that is often consumed orally," according to the DPA.

"For many consumers, these products are a better option than smoking," the statement reads. "Infused products are also vital to people who use marijuana for medical reasons, because their effects last longer and can be manufactured with doses that meet patients' needs in a reliable way. However, proper regulation is necessary to ensure reliability and safety."

According to DPA, the products should be regulated and tested to ensure safety, quality and reliability of information. DPA recommends labeling edibles "with detailed information to ensure that consumers are informed about what they are consuming and educated on how to safely consume, and that all edibles should be kept away from children."

DPA is advocating for four main principles when it comes to cannabis infused products.

1. Edibles must be kept away from children.

2. Edibles must be clearly labeled.

Oregon: New Medical Marijuana Rules Require Child-Proof Packaging, Outlaw Most Infused Sweets

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday issued draft rules to keep marijuana-infused foods and candies away from children.

The rules result from the passage of Senate Bill 1531, a measure which allows municipalities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, which were finally legalized last year after years of existing in a gray area of the law. The rules are controversial and opposed by many medicinal cannabis patients and advocates, since they ban many sweet marijuana-infused medibles popular with patients, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

Dispensaries may not sell marijuana-infused products "manufactured in a form that resembles cake-like products, cookies, candy, or gum, or that otherwise may be attractive to minors because of its shape, color, or taste," the oddly written draft rules state.

Oregon Health Authority Officials drafted the rules (gee, could they have indulged in the treats first?), which according to agency spokeswoman Karynn Fish, will take effect next week. Dispensaries will not be able to legally sell cookies and candies after that point.

Fish said the health authority is accepting public comment on the draft rules. You can email comments to medmj.dispensaries@state.or.us .

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