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California: First Crop At Flowering Stage For Maple Leaf Green World

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Maple Leaf Green World on Monday announced that the plants at its California greenhouse facility have been flourishing and most have reached 7 feet in height. Accordingly, the company's greenhouse personnel have started the flowering process.

This crop has four different strains and each strain has a different time frame for flowering. Harvesting is expected to take place in July after flowering, which will be followed by drying and grinding to prepare the finished products for shipment.

The size of the plants is very significant, as the bigger the plant, the higher the yield. In addition, the demand for medical marijuana is expected to be quite high during the summer months as the usual harvest time for most producers is from September onward.

As such, the selling price of the company's product is expected to be considerably higher than the price customarily available for a later harvest.

Continued progress has been made in the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in California. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act has received more than double the required signatures to place the initiative on the ballot in the upcoming November elections.

For more information regarding Maple Leaf Green World Inc., visit www.mlgreenworld.com. The website has been updated with photos of the flowering plants of the California MJ project.

California: Humboldt County Sheriff's Vehicles Show Unusual Activity Tuesday

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At about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, “at least eight” Humboldt County Sheriff’s vehicles gathered at the River Lodge Conference Center in west Fortuna, according to reports from witnesses.

On Monday, June 6, a similar group of Humboldt County Sheriff vehicles had congregated in the Carlotta area, reports Kym Kemp on her website Redheaded Blackbelt. "Several reports noted they had a chipper," Kemp reported. "One reader insisted she saw several different convoys."

The information posted on Tuesday by the Sheriff’s Office indicates that three were arrested on Monday by Humboldt County’s Drug Task Force for growing/cultivating marijuana. These were likely related to the law enforcement convoy/s out Highway 36, according to Kemp.

"In what may be a totally unrelated development, Southern Humboldt is buzzing about what appeared to be a series of low flying helicopter recognizance flights–reports have come in from Shelter Cove, Blue Slide, and Salmon Creek," Redheaded Blackbelt reports.

"We have requested more information from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and will update when possible," Kemp posted.

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.

Oregon: Stanford Urges Voters To Write Lawmakers, Protect Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Paul Stanford, director of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH), which owns Hemp News, on Friday called on Oregon voters to write their lawmakers to protect medical marijuana in the state.

"There is a month left of the Oregon legislative session and plenty of time to have an impact on the legislation," Stanford said on his public access television/webcast show "Cannabis Common Sense" Friday night.

"Here are a few things I hope people will testify to the M91 committee about," Stanford said."

"1) Progressive license fees. Why should a company with $10 million in income pay the same license fee as a small business making only $100,000? It will cost far more to regulate the big entities. This is also a great way to level the playing field and help Oregon grow an industry made up of small business and family farms. Progressive fees could also generate substantial revenue from the richest sectors of the new industry.

"2) Support local opt out only after a general election vote. This is the version of the opt out supported by the House members of the M91 committee. SB 964 is only halfway through the process. If enough people focus on this provision, we can change it.

3) Increase the weight limit for household 4 plant gardens. The eight ounce limit applies to the entire household no matter how many people that is. Virtually every home grower will be a felon when they harvest.

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.

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.

U.S.: Mainstream Gardening Media Group Identifies 'Smoke Your Garden' As Next Big Shift

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In yet another sign of the epochal changes in public perception towards marijuana, the mainstream Garden Media Group, headquartered in Pennsylvania, has identified "Smoke Your Garden" as the next big garden industry shift.

"With an increasing number of states decriminalizing marijuana, more people will begin growing their own and need seeds, plants and products," Samantha Arcieri of the Garden Media Group told Hemp News on Wednesday. "We’ve concluded that all products associated with the cultivation and growing of marijuana could be the next big ticket items for independent garden centers across the county."

"Garden Centers can capitalize on new laws by carrying products that help people cultivate these plants and can become leaders in the industry," the 2015 Garden Trends Report reads.

"New business opportunities range from tech companies that track seed-to-sale operations to real estate agents who find space for growers," according to the report. "Garden centers can capitalize on new laws by carrying grow lights and hydroponic supplies, plant nutrients and additives, potting soils and growing media, eco-renewable mulch, and eventually cannabis seeds and new cultivars."

"The legal marijuana market is growing at a rate poised to overtake even that of global smartphones!" according to the report.

U.S.: Ecologist Designs Water Filter For Marijuana Growers

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Ecologist James P. McMahon has been developing water filtration systems for more than 10 years and worked on water quality and river restorations for another decade prior to that. With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, McMahon has ventured into a new sector of the water filtration industry – developing purification systems that provide optimum water quality for growing marijuana plants.

McMahon’s company, Elevate 420, specializes in providing water purification systems to home, retail and wholesale marijuana growers. All are designed with the science of marijuana growing in mind. McMahon designed the Bud Booster™ water filter specifically for home and retail marijuana growers.

“Growers interested in producing large, healthy buds really must eliminate toxins like fluoride, chlorine, and chloramine in the water they use to grow,” McMahon said. He said his Bud Booster water filters do just that. “The Bud Booster water filter is the best filter for growing marijuana in locations where total dissolved solids are 300 parts per million or less.”

McMahon recently spent extensive time in Denver analyzing growing conditions and learning what growers are using for water filtration.

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“What I saw in Denver is that very few growers were taking into consideration that chloramine and fluoride need to be removed from the water because they can inhibit bud growth,” McMahon said. “The fluoride in municipal water systems is known to interfere with phosphorous uptake.”

New Jersey: Upcoming Atlantic City Marijuana Growing Seminar Called Nation's Largest

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Huge crowds visit Atlantic City everyday for the purpose of gambling.

Dale Sky Jones is heading there for what she sees as a sure bet.

Dale is the chancellor of Oaksterdam University, an Oakland, California institution that is presenting an educational seminar on growing marijuana to be held in Atlantic City August 23-26.

Oaksterdam was founded in 2007 to address the growing needs of the marijuana movement, from patients to regulators. Its mission is to increase cannabis awareness and to provide students with the highest quality practical education. It has provided top-grade training for cannabis and marijuana policy reform for over 18,000 students at several campuses in the United States.

Dale said Oaksterdam is coming East in response to the groundswell of interest in the legalization of marijuana that is projected to continue at a rapid pace.

Medical marijuana currently generates an estimated $2 billion in annual sales. Those sales are expected to at least quadruple in the next five years. Currently, 23 states (in addition to D.C.) allow medical marijuana, and several more have statutes in the pipeline.

The four-day event will provide up-to-the-minute insights into the current trends of the U.S. cannabis movement, according to organizers, who said there is a sudden need for qualified job applicants who are certified to provide legal, medicinal quality marijuana, so the school covers everything about cannabis production, from seed to harvest, as well as important legal and civil rights issues.

U.K.: Up To 1/3 Of Stolen Electricity In Britain Used To Grow Cannabis

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The United Kingdom's energy regulator on Wednesday proposed new rules to combat electricity theft, revealing that up to one-third of the power stolen each year goes to grow illegal cannabis.

"Theft of electricity increases the costs paid by customers and can have serious safety consequences," claimed Chiara Redaelli, an economist at Ofgem, which regulates energy in Britain.

"It leads to misallocation of costs among suppliers that can distort competition, and hamper the efficient functioning of the market," Redaelli claimed. "It also has links to organized crime, and in particular cannabis cultivation."

Up to 25,000 cases of electricity theft take place each year in the U.K., according to Ofgem, and this costs the industry at least 200 million pounds ($304 million), about 7 pounds or $10 per customer.

About one-third of the stolen electricity is used to power the lights under which marijuana is grown, according to Ofgem.

The high level of cannabis-related electricity theft is due to the intensive energy requires of marijuana farming, according to Redaelli. She said illegal pot farms each consume around 12,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or electricity per month -- 40 times more than the average domestic consumption of 300 kWh per month.

"This consumption is often not paid for, either because it is unrecorded (because of meter tampering) or because the bill is not paid," Redaelli claimed.

Kentucky: State Police To Start Flyovers Searching For Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Kentucky State Police are resuming helicopter flyovers this summer as part of the agency's quixotic, expensive annual marijuana "eradication" campaign.

The boondoggle, which wastes untold police time and taxpayer money every year in a doomed fight against cannabis cultivation, is hampered this year by rising fuel costs. That, according to James Mayse at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, means the whirlybirds won't spend as many hours in the air as they did in past years.

Instead of conducting blanket flyovers, the agency said it will target areas where marijuana has been frequently grown in the past, and will use tips from snitches to schedule areas for inspection.

State Police Trooper Stu Recke said a helicopter works out of one post for about a week during the summer doing "marijuana eradication" work.

The State Police agency also works with the Kentucky National Guard to fight marijuana cultivation, but that joint effort usually focuses on the eastern part of the state.

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Massachusetts: Judge Decides Marijuana-Growing Mom Shouldn't Go To Jail

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A judge in Massachusetts said on Wednesday that he didn't see the need for marijuana-growing mom Cathy Luong, 45, to go to jail.

Hampden Superior Court Judge John S. Ferrara rejected an agreement between defense and prosecution that would have put Luong in jail for six months, giving her two years' probation instead, reports Buffy Spencer at The Republican.

Workers and police entered Luong's $400,000 Springfield home on December 11, 2011, due to a gas leak emergency. They found a large hydroponic cannabis-growing operation, got a warrant based on what they saw, and seized the evidence.

Luong on May 31 pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. The sentencing was held last Wednesday.

The state had dropped a charge of violating a drug-free school zone, with its mandatory two-year sentence, and possession of a large capacity firearm, in reaching the plea agreement which was rejected by Judge Ferrara.

The gun had been found in a drawer in Luong's nightstand.

Assistant D.A. Matthew W. Green and defense lawyer Thomas Lesser had agreed to ask Ferrara to sentence Luong to one year in the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center, with six months to be served and the rest suspended with two years' probation.

New York: 225 Marijuana Plants Seized From Olean Home

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Hemp News

A New York man is in jail after a investigators executing a search warrant found 225 marijuana plants growing in his home in Olean.

Police claimed the cannabis would be "worth about $200,000."

Roman Gabriel, 34, was arrested after police searched the residence around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, reports WKBW.

Investigators claimed they found lighting, an irrigation and ventilation system, and fertilizers in the home, which is owned by Gabriel's parents. They estimated the value of the seized growing equipment at $10,000.

Gabriel was arraigned and is being held on $5,000 bail.

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Arizona: Medical Marijuana Policy Experts Host Phoenix Educational Event

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host an Educational Series Event on Tuesday, March 26 in Uptown Phoenix. Geared to assist medical marijuana entrepreuners and investors create responsible and successful businesses, Educational Series Events feature a panel of experts and networking period for cannabusiness professionals.

Tuesday's 90-minute program will feature experts on state and federal marijuana policy who will discuss efforts to reform federal law as well as the ongoing efforts in the Arizona legislature to improve or quash the medical marijuana program.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and networking reception.

What: NCIA Educational Series Event, "State and Federal Policy Update"

Where The Vig Uptown, 6015 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7-10 p.m.

Who: Ryan Hurley, Rose Law Group, Phoenix, AZ (bio)

David Jones, Capitol Counsel, Washington, DC (bio)

Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association, Phoenix, AZ (bio)

Moderated by Betty Aldworth, National Cannabis Industry Association, Denver, CO

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