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Arizona: Jim McMahon Appears In Ad For Marijuana Legalization

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon has appeared in a political advertisement supporting legalizing marijuana in Arizona.

McMahon currently lives in Scottsdale, and says he has used marijuana to treat severe headaches and other lingering effects from his days playing in the NFL.

"When I had my first injury, that's when I used my first painkiller and I was using them daily pretty much the rest of my career. It takes its toll; taking too many of those things," he says in the ad for Proposition 205. "Once I retired I got rid of those, I moved out here to Arizona, I got my medical card, I've been using marijuana ever since. Someone like me can afford to be a medical marijuana patient, but others aren't so lucky. Marijuana should be available to all adults who need it. I'm voting yes on Prop 205 and hope you will too."

McMahon's ad first appeared during the "Thursday Night Football" game between the Bears and Packers at Lambeau Field last night.

A recent poll of registered voters found 50 percent of them favored Prop 205. About 42 percent opposed it and 8 percent were undecided.

U.S.: Pro Motorcycle Racer Gets Marijuana Company Sponsorship

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Professional motorcycle racer Johnny Rock Page and marijuana industry media company Hemp American Media Group have together made history via a sponsorship deal that makes for the first time a professional racer has ever been sponsored by a marijuana company. The sponsorship is for Page’s 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike season.

"This deal conveys the public’s improving perception and acceptance of marijuana," said Colby Ayres, co-founder and marketing director of Hemp American Media Group. "We are ecstatic that Johnny Rock Page and MotoAmerica are progressive in their views towards marijuana," Ayres said.

"Although I no longer use marijuana, I truly believe that it can help cancer patients and those who need it for other medicinal purposes," Page said.

MotoAmerica's Superbike racing series is the IndyCar of motorcycle racing. Each motorcycle is completely custom, creating the fastest motorcycle racing in the world.

The MotoAmerica Superbike season begins in April in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of The Americas race track where Page will seek a win in the season opener. The season’s nine races throughout the continental U.S. will be televised on the beIN SPORTS TV Network.

Ohio: Researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley To Discuss Effects of Marijuana on PTSD

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Renowned PTSD researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley will be addressing the Ohio House of Representatives Marijuana Task Force and speaking to the media and the Ohio community during a Thursday press conference.

Dr. Sisley, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a physician in the field of medicinal cannabis and will share her expertise with the Ohio House task force on medical marijuana.

She will address the potential benefits of using cannabis to treat PTSD; in addition, there will be a press conference for media personnel and others to hear Dr. Sisley discuss her work.

The press conference will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, at the Ohio Statehouse, Ladies Gallery. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Cid Rhomberg of Apeks Supercritical, a CO2 botanical extraction equipment manufacturer based in Johnstown, Ohio.

The Marijuana Task Force testimony will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, at the Ohio Statehouse, Room 313, Finance Conference room.

Arizona: Backers of Marijuana Initiative to Launch Phoenix Open-Inspired Billboard

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Billboard Highlights the Relative Safety of Marijuana Compared to Alcohol

The billboard will be up all week during the widely attended Coors-sponsored golf tournament known as the ‘greatest party on grass;’ it features two adult marijuana consumers relaxing in a field and asks, ‘If beer and golf make for the “greatest party on grass”… Why can’t adults enjoy a safer party on grass?’

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona on Monday launched Phoenix Open-inspired billboard to coincide with the kickoff of tournament events. It will be up through the end of the tournament on Sunday.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) held a news conference in front of the billboard on the southwest corner of 7th Street and Lincoln.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world’s best-attended golf tournament, according to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, which refers to the Coors-sponsored event as the “greatest party on grass.”

The billboard features two adult marijuana consumers relaxing in a field and reads, “If beer and golf make for the ‘greatest party on grass’… Why can’t adults enjoy a safer party on grass?”

“We’re glad that Arizona residents have the opportunity to attend the Open, consume alcoholic beverages, and enjoy the ‘greatest party on grass,’” said CRMLA chairman J.P. Holyoak. “We also think it’s important to acknowledge that alcohol is a much more harmful substance than marijuana.

Arizona: Backers of Marijuana Initiative to Unveil Billboard Monday

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Phoenix Open-inspired Billboard to Be Unveiled on Monday to Coincide With Kickoff of the World’s Best-Attended Golf Tournament (Also Known as the ‘Greatest Party on Grass’)

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona will unveil a Phoenix Open-inspired billboard on Monday to coincide with the kickoff of tournament events. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EST in front of the billboard on the southwest corner of 7th St. and Lincoln.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world’s best-attended golf tournament, according to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, which refers to it as the “greatest party on grass.” The billboard will run throughout the duration of the tournament, which ends Sunday, February 7.

WHAT: Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol news conference to launch Phoenix Open-themed billboard coinciding with the kickoff of the world’s best-attended golf tournament

WHEN: Monday, February 1, 11 a.m. MST

WHERE: In front of the billboard on the southwest corner of 7th St. and Lincoln, Phoenix

WHO: J.P. Holyoak, campaign chairman
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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMarijuanaAZ.org.

Arizona: Scientific Botanical Leasing Closes First Round $800K Funding

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Cpompany Rolls Out IRA and Qualified Plan Investment Offering

Scientific Botanical Leasing, specializing in engineering and development of cannabis cultivation and related manufacturing facilities, on Wednesday announced that it has finalized its first round funding totaling $800,000, and has opened its Series 2015B offering to new investors ($25,000 minimum, $1.5 million maximum offering, accredited investors only, 506C).

The Series 2015B offers commercial real estate secured Notes, which can be purchased by IRA, Qualified Plan and other investors that meet the offering requirements.

The CEO of Scientific Botanical Leasing, Brent Nerguizian, touched on the need for organized, legally compliant, secure investment alternatives with real equity and capable sponsorship. “After 30 years of managing real estate investments and hedge funds, it is exciting to finally be able to offer a highly structured, legally compliant, secure investment in commercial real estate related to the cannabis industry,” Nerguizian said.

The company has executed lease agreements for its facilities with an Arizona state licensed dispensary for a term of 10 years. The funds will be used to complete the $1.7 million total of tenant improvements, payoff bridge financing and complete tenant signing incentives.

U.S.: Phytopurh Launches Website Previewing Phytocannabinoid Products

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Preview To Debut of Phytocannabinoid Products in Early Fall

Phytopurh, a pioneering company developing and marketing phytocannabinoid (plant-based cannabinoid) products, on Tuesday announced their website is now live as a preview to the launch of its flagship products: Phyto-100 and Phyto-500 in early fall.

Recognizing the growing demand for products in this category, Phytopurh developed a proprietary Purh-Blend™ formula "containing dietary phytocannabinoids from foods and plants," including the what the company says is the "finest quality eco-friendly full spectrum hemp."

"Our primary focus is to develop best in class pyhtocannabinoid products specifically targeting the food and beverage segment in this category," said Marge Adelman, senior vice president of marketing. “We’re pleased that our website is now live in anticipation of the debut of our products.”

Phytopurh’s chief science officer, Brazos Minshew, who has a long, successful history of creating nationally recognized brands said, “It is our mission and hope that our customers enjoy our special phytocannabinoid foods created to help balance the endocannabinoid system and promote health, harmony and happiness in the lives our customers.”

New and exciting research is emerging that demonstrates endocannabinoids harmonize your immune system with your brain and stabilizes nerve impulses that can have a profound effect on health. Studies show that cannabinoids are beneficial for immune function, circulation, digestion, and hormone balance.

U.S.: Former Weedmaps COO Appointed New CEO of Northsight Capital

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Northsight Capital, Inc. on Thursday announced that Bill Lupo, which it called "one of the most seasoned executives in the cannabis space," has accepted the position of CEO and will take over company operations immediately. Lupo will also go on Northsight's board of directors.

Lupo was previously the COO of Weedmaps.com, a leading company in the cannabis space, and COO of Ghost Group, a venture firm concentrating on the marijuana business.

Lupo is an accomplished digital and media veteran with a 15-year track record of leadership, management, growth experience in Fortune 100 and early stage companies, across adtech, search, e-commerce, content, Saas, and mobile models. His B2C and B2B background includes both work in the restructuring field, and growth companies. His experience includes a senior capacity role with Deluxe Corporation's Digital division and growth roles with VC backed companies ($1M-$100M+ by revenue in size), the majority having positive outcomes for investors and stakeholders.

Notable senior operating roles include contributions at Deluxe Corporation as the VP of Small Business & Digital, growing an Internet search based product line into a $100M+ business, with over 600K+ customers. Early on, Lupo was regional sales manager for Yodle, and AltaVista, which was acquired by Yahoo.

U.S.: Cannabis Retail Designer Gets Award

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Megan Stone, Owner of The High Road Design Studio, is Redesigning the Marijuana Retail Industry

Megan Stone, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based cannabis retail designer and owner of The High Road Design Studio, was honored with the fourth annual Designer Dozen Award by Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine (VMSD).

Stone was selected for her progressive and innovative work in the cannabis industry. The award is hosted by VMSD magazine and parent company ST Media Group. It showcases 12 of the best and brightest emerging retail designers under 35.

“This list of up-and-coming talent represents the ones introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century,” said VMSD Editor-in-Chief Patricia Sheehan.

An authority in the cannabis field for her breadth of experience and dispensary designs, Stone jumped into the market in 2013 when she founded The High Road Design Studio.

As a former budtender and dispensary manager, Stone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her company, educating cannabis business owners on the importance of design in professionalism, branding, customer loyalty, and profitability.

Featured both internationally and nationally, Stone’s designs have appeared in VMSD Magazine, Cosmopolitan Online, Marijuana Business Daily, Puget Sound Business Journal, and The Cannabusiness Reporter.

Global: Northsight Inks Option To Acquire Spanish Weed Site LaMarihuana.com

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LaMarihuana.com gets 1.3 million monthly visits, has 1.2 million Facebook fans, 53,000 Twitter followers

Northsight Capital Inc. on Monday announced it has signed an exclusive option to acquire LaMarihuana.com, which, according to the company, is "considered the Hispanic community’s leading cannabis portal."

LaMarihuana was founded in 2001 in Spain and currently has more than 1.3 million visits monthly, making it the most visited portal worldwide by the Spanish-speaking community. LaMarihuana has more than 1.2 million Facebook fans and 53,000 Twitter followers.

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2013, was 54 million people, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. LaMarihuana is a full informational site, with daily news, forums, reviews, business directory, chat, seedbanks, and other relevant information for the cannabis industry.

If the acquisition is completed, LaMarihuana will become a part of the Northsight platform and will work in conjunction with www.WeedDepot.com, Northsight’s leading marijuana dispensary website. As part of the acquisition, Northsight will acquire LaMarihuana’s website and content, customer information and all related technology. Northsight announced that it expects that key members of the current LaMarihuana team headquartered in Spain will stay on with Northsight post acquisition.

U.S.: Cannabis Retail Designer Receives Award For Innovation

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Megan Stone, Owner of The High Road Design Studio, is Redesigning the Marijuana Retail Industry

Megan Stone, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based cannabis retail designer and owner of The High Road Design Studio, is helping to revolutionize marijuana retail on a national level. Stone was honored last month with the fourth annual Designer Dozen Award by Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine (VMSD).

Stone was selected for her progressive and innovative work in the cannabis industry. The award is hosted by VMSD magazine and parent company ST Media Group. It showcases 12 of the best and brightest emerging retail designers under 35.

“This list of up-and-coming talent represents the ones introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century,” said VMSD Editor-in-Chief Patricia Sheehan.

An authority in the cannabis field for her breadth of experience and dispensary designs, Stone, a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, jumped into the market in 2013 when she graduated the Interior Designers Institute and founded The High Road Design Studio.

As a former budtender and dispensary manager, Stone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her company, educating cannabis business owners on the importance of design in professionalism, branding, customer loyalty, and profitability.

U.S.: New Marijuana Industry Site WikiWeed.com Launched

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Northsight Capital, Inc. on Friday announced the launch of their latest marijuana-industry website, WikiWeed.com.

WikiWeed.com is an informational, user-driven Wiki focused on both recreational and medical marijuana topics and information that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users.

There is a plethora of words and definitions for and related to marijuana. Topics for WikiWeed.com include everything from encyclopedia definitions about marijuana to slang street terms. All are invited to help edit WikiWeed.com but must first apply to become a moderator, which can be done on the site.

WikiWeed.com currently has more than 350 articles of information and various definitions relating to marijuana. The public is welcome and encouraged to contribute to the site.

Arizona: 7 Marijuana Industry Facts From 2014

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Arizona’s medical marijuana industry has seen significant growth over the last few years, and it is predicted to continue to grow at a very rapid rate.

AZmarijuana.com, a marijuana industry website, released a list of seven significant Arizona marijuana industry statistics from 2014:

1. 85 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were operating in Arizona as of Dec. 31, 2014.

2. Nearly $112 million of revenue was generated by Arizona’s medical marijuana industry (based on an estimate that the average dispensary price for medical marijuana was $350 an ounce).

3. There are more than 61,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona.

4. Eleven cards were revoked, which included caregivers with multiple cards.

5. Female qualifying patients and caregivers were usually older than male qualifying patients and caregivers.

6. 18-30 year olds had the most dispensary transactions followed by 31-40 year olds and then 51-60 year olds.

7. 1,563 (approximately 2.5 percent) of the medical marijuana qualifying patients and 371 (approximately 58 percent) of caregivers were authorized to cultivate marijuana.

Global: MissMarijuana.com, 300 More MissMarijuana Domains Go On Sale For $1.5 Million

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Papa Baer Productions, LLC, on Thursday announced they are offering for sale all currently owned Miss Marijuana cannabis web domains.

Included in the sale are Miss Marijuana World and Miss Marijuana for all 122 world countries in the Miss Universe pageant, such as MissMarijuanaBrazil.com, according to Papa Baer.

Also included are Miss Marijuana Pageant, MissMj.com, MissMJUSA.com. MissMarijuanaArizona and all other states and months are included.

The entire list of domains can be seen at www.MissMarijuana.com .

“This is as good an investment as one could make considering the current and potential future growth of the cannabis industry," said Howard R. Baer of Papa Baer Productions. "MissMarijuana.com, combined with the additional 300 MissMarijuana and MissCannabis domains are the primary real estate in this segment of the marijuana space and should increase dramatically over the next few years.”

"The ownership of Miss Marijuana worldwide covers every pageant for Miss Marijuana possible," Baer said.

Marijuana.com reportedly sold in 2011 for $4.2 million.

U.S.: New Marijuana Industry App Launched By Weed Depot

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Weed Depot has launched its new marijuana industry app that it says allows users to access its huge database of marijuana strains, dispensaries, doctors, head shops, and more.

Weed Depot said its app "makes it possible for users to easily find all sorts of marijuana-related information from any mobile device." The app also consists of listings for national and international businesses that operate in the legal (medical and recreational) marijuana industry.

A Weed Depot spokesperson said that they are “working to develop even more functionality and information into the app in the future” so that it becomes the “go-to app for anything marijuana-related.” They want the app to become “the world’s destination for marijuana information.”

The company plans to incorporate a marijuana jobs section, marijuana press releases section, marijuana-infused recipes section, and more into the app.

Businesses can get listed on the Weed Depot app and website for under $200 per month, according to the company. Weed Depot and its sister businesses, listed on The Marijuana Companies’ website (www.TheMarijuanaCompanies.com), in the marijuana industry help to make it one of the largest marijuana industry advertising network platforms currently available.

The Weed Depot app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and on the iTunes App Store.

Weed Depot is owned and operated by Northsight Capital, Inc. (OTCBB: NCAP).

U.S.: Celebrity Cannabis Chef Payton Curry To Join MarijuanaRecipes.com

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Celebrity chef Payton Curry will be taking charge of an upcoming cannabis cooking website featuring infused foods, MarijuanaRecipes.com announced on Wednesday.

The site is set to launch "in the very near future," according to parent company Northsight Capital, Inc. MarijuanaRecipes.com will link to the company's cannabis industry website and mobile phone app, "WeedDepot," delivering content including directions, information, articles and ratings for medicinal and recreational users of cannabis.

Chef Curry has been seen on many popular TV programs in the Phoenix area, including Fox News, Good Morning America, and others. A restaurant owner, Curry has also given instructions on television for the proper use of medical marijuana in the cooking process, and has held local cannabis cooking classes for hundreds of participants.

In addition to developing the marijuana recipes site, Chef Curry will be doing live and video cooking classes, which will be available on www.MarijuanaRecipes.com and www.WeedDepot.com, with worldwide streaming video.

WeedDepot is designed to attract cannabis consumers and to appeal to cannabis related businesses in all 50 states. Cannabis related businesses will be able to advertise and deliver content to consumers through this robust platform set to launch the week of September 4, 2014.

"Northsight does not handle, grow, distribute, sell or manufacture cannabis or cannabis related products," the company notes in a prepared statement.

Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Launched

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Arizona man has launched an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in the state.

Dennis Bohlke, 59, a north Phoenix computer programmer, is leading the Safer Arizona initiative, reports Yvonne Wingett Sanchez at The Republic. Bohlke said the measure is modeled after Colorado's newly enacted constitutional amendment, which taxes and regulates cannabis.

"The intent of the initiative is to legalize marijuana in Arizona and to treat it as we treat alcohol," Bohlke said.

The measure would amend Arizona's Constitution to allow people 18 and over (not 21 and over, as in Washington and Colorado) "to consume and possess limited amounts" of marijuana. The state would license grow facilities, retail marijuana stores and other related businesses.

The initiative needs 259,213 valid voter signatures by July 3, 2014, to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

There is no major financial backing to fund signature gathering, according to Bohlke; that has been the death knell for efforts in other states including, most recently, Oregon's Measure 80. He acknowledged it will be "challenging" to gather the necessary signatures to qualiy for the ballot without major funding.

Bolhlke said he had spoken with Republican, "Tea Party" and Democratic lawmakers about the measure, and while they won't openly support him, they seemed "very receptive" to his initiative.

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