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Colorado: Marijuana Is Legal In Some States - But Only If You're A U.S.Citizen

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Marijuana may be legal in a growing number of states, but not many people know that it's still very much against the law for all non-U.S. citizens to use it. In fact, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has penalized and deported more people convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past decade than ever before.

Claudia, a native of Chile, learned this the hard way after being flagged for an in-depth security screening after landing at Los Angeles International Airport on October 8, 2015. "It's normal," she says. "Sometimes the officers review people." Besides, she had never been in trouble in her life.

Agents directed Claudia into a big, open room where she was asked to place her luggage on a table for examination. Officer Torres, a customs agent, asked her about her planned one-week trip to San Francisco and made friendly small talk as he went through her suitcase and purse.

Torres asked Claudia about past trips to the U.S., and she told the agent of visits to Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, and Colorado. At the mention of Colorado, he asked to see her phone. He quickly began scrolling through photos from her last visit to the States from April to June of that year. "Can you do this?" she asked.

"Yes", he replied, which Claudia accepted; she had nothing to hide, after all.

California: Marijuana-laced Candy Sickens 19, Including 6-year-old

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Nineteen people became sick Saturday at a quinceanera in San Francisco, authorities said.

KGO said that 12 of the victims tested positive for THC, marijuana's psychotropic ingredient. They experienced symptoms such as nausea, rapid heart rate, and dilated pupils

Tests showed that gummy bears at the party contained THC.

"These are innocent kids," said Paul Hernandez, security guard in the building where the party was held. "They don't know. They see a candy, they eat it.

Authorities have not been able to determine where the candy cane from.

"We want to make sure from this perspective this wasn't an intentional act by the caterer or anyone who attended the party," San Francisco police officer Grace Gatpandan said in an interview with KGO.

A representative for the Women's Building said "the only thing we include with our rental is space and tables and chairs."

California Democratic Party Endorses Adult Use of Marijuana Act

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November ballot measure becomes the first marijuana legalization initiative in state history to receive the official endorsement of a major political party

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which will appear on the November 2016 statewide ballot in California, on Monday announced that it has received the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party (CDP).

The largest statewide Democratic Party organization in the nation, the CDP joins the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation, and the San Francisco Democratic Party in endorsing AUMA.

While the CDP has long had as part of its official platform putting an end to the failed and costly policy of marijuana prohibition in California, this is the first time in state history that a major political party has officially endorsed a specific cannabis legalization ballot measure.

“This landmark action by the California Democratic Party underscores the responsible and consensus approach of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and strengthens what is already the largest, most enthusiastic and most diverse coalition ever assembled in support of a marijuana legalization effort,” said Brian Brokaw, AUMA campaign manager.

U.S.: HelloMD Introduces Answers, Q&A Web Service On Medical Marijuana

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HelloMD, a digital healthcare platform for medical marijuana patients, on Tuesday announced the launch of Answers, a web-based service that allows cannabis users, or those considering using cannabis, to ask questions to the HelloMD expert community lead by doctors and physicians.

The company said it is the first to launch a service of this kind, providing qualified physicians to address America's questions on cannabis.

Legal marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the United States. According to a new report compiled by researchers from The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in Oakland, more than 1.5 million shoppers purchased legal marijuana from a dispensary, either medical or recreational, in 2014.

This year, the industry is expected to grow by 25 percent, capping at around $7.1 billion in sales. By 2020, the industry is expected to make a giant leap to $22.8 billion.

This type of compounding growth in a relatively new industry brings with it many questions.

According to HelloMD CEO and co-founder, Mark Hadfield, "We routinely receive high praise from our patients, but we also get consistent feedback that patients would like more time with our doctors. Many feel that they have more questions than answers as they begin their journey into the world of medical cannabis.

California: Medical Cannabis Conference Set For May 21-22 In San Rafael

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United Patients Group, a medical cannabis information and education website, will host its second annual medical cannabis conference, "Medical Cannabis: The Science. The Truth.," May 21–22 at Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

With the medical cannabis industry rapidly evolving, newly minted "experts" abound. The conference, striving to provide a "university like experience," will be void of exhibitor booths, "weed challenges" and other gimmicks that seem to plague the burgeoning industry, and instead provide attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from the best minds in the medical cannabis industry.

"As our industry matures, we strive to stay true to our mission of providing credible, unbiased information in an area of health and medicine that is still fraught with obstacles and half-truths," said founder John Malanca. "The singular goal of our conference is to further the potential for medical cannabis by providing healthcare providers, mental health professionals, nurses and the general public with information that is void of the hype."

UPG's conference is carefully curated and highly focused, and many of the weekend conference speaker sessions are approved for continuing medical education (CME) credits for healthcare professionals.

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