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California: Attorney Going For 8th Consecutive Win In Marijuana Cultivation Cases

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Are prosecutions for legitimate marijuana plant growing still a thing? In rural California counties, apparently so.

Attorney Joseph Tully (author of California: State of Collusion) is going for his eighth consecutive win in rural California marijuana grower trials as juries continue to foil rural prosecutorial crusades against cannabis.

Monday is prosecution witness day in the People v Erin O’Neil trial in South Lake Tahoe arising from O’Neil’s openly growing 271 plants (about 240 pounds) under California’s Compassionate Use Act (medical growth collectives) in Placerville, California (known as “Hangtown” back in mining days).

Why does this trial matter?

Growers almost always cave and plead out when facing prosecution for this amount of cannabis to avoid any possibility of prison time. In this case O’Neil is standing up to retired rural prosecutor Worth Dikeman (who came back out of retirement to prosecute this case) to say “Enough is enough.”

“On the eve of full legalization why do we allow a retired prosecutor to waste taxpayer dollars for his personal crusade against marijuana which is counter to the law?” asked lawyer Tully. “It’s reminiscent of the Old South after the Civil Rights Act – they are way behind on the law and important social change.”

The People v Erin O’Neil is being held Monday through Wednesday this week and next.

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Colorado: Marijuana Growers Have Legal Alternatives To 'Organic' Label

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado's marijuana industry has thus far benefited from the regulatory gray area where it resides, but according to an expert in organic certification, any other operation that routinely labeled its products "organic" without certification would have been shut down and fined almost immediately.

"If those farmers were farming any other agricultural crop, they would be contacted within a month or two," said Chris Van Hook, an accredited organic certifier for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and owner of Clean Green Certified, which offers alternative organic certifications for cannabis, reports Emilie Rusch at The Denver Post.

"It's very clear in the organic regulations," Van Hook said. "It's an $11,000-per-violation labeling infraction to call an uncertified product organic."

Industry figures are working to find a way to legitimately market cannabis products as pesticide-free and environmentally friendly. Van Hook established his "Clean Green" certification seal in 2004, and another organization, based in Denver, could begin certifiying marijuana as pesticide-free later this year.

"The quicker the cannabis industry can address the misrepresentation, the better it will be for consumers and farmers," Van Hook said. Clean Green, based in Crescent City, California, has already certified more than 100 cannabis grow operations, processors and collectives.

Hawaii: Medical Marijuana Patients Rely On Down-Low Grower Network

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Most of Hawaii's 13,000 medical marijuana patients first had to commit a crime to obtain and grow their medicinal cannabis under the state's laws. Though Hawaii voters legalized medical marijuana back in 2000, it didn't make provisions for legal dispensaries; it required patients to grow their own supply, but didn't specify where to get the seeds or plants.

"When the state passed the law, they allowed you to have a card, but they didn't provide you any way to get the product, grow the product or how to make the product into any form of medicine," said Jari Sugano, whose first cannabis plant came illegaly from another Hawaiian caregiver, reports News21. The plant was the only way she could grow medical marijuana for her now six-year-old daughter, who has Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

The sale or transfer or seeds and plants is still illegal in Hawaii, even between qualified patients. For 15 years, the absence of a legal solution has fueled a thriving black market and made it hard to know who's using weed legally and who's not. Only this year did the Hawaii Legislature finally get around to legalizing dispensaries.

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.

Oregon: Harmful Bill To Limit Medical Marijuana Growers Passes Senate 29-1

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday voted 29-1 for a harmful bill tightening regulations on medical marijuana cultivation, with the claimed intent of reining in diversions to the black market.

The measure, Senate Bill 964, has encountered spirited opposition among many medical marijuana patients and growers, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. But lawmakers -- echoing their northern neighbors in the Washington Legislature -- claimed the success of Oregon's new recreational cannabis market depends on clamping down on marijuana grown for patients.

Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), chair of a House-Senate joint committee on implementing the legalization initiative approved by voters last November, claimed the "large amount" of marijuana diverted to the black market makes it harder for licensed sellers to compete, and could result in federal action against the state.

Oregon now produces an estimated $1 billion a year of "largely black market medical marijuana that ends up all over the country, a problem which is far worse than I ever dreamed," Sen. Burdick dramatically claimed.

U.S.: Medical Cannabis Cooperative Announced For Independent Marijuana Cultivators

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The American Seed & Oil Company Medical Cannabis Cooperative, an organization of independent hemp and marijuana cultivation organizations, was announced on Tuesday. The intent of the cooperative is that by working together, cultivators can more rapidly and soundly expand their respective operations.

American Seed & Oil Company is dedicating its previously announced $1.2 million in secured funding to The Medical Cannabis Cooperative.

"American Seed & Oil Company is committed to establishing a leadership position within the developing U.S. legal cannabis industry," said Steven Rash, CEO of Algae International, Inc. and its operating subsidiary, the American Seed & Oil Company. "We believe our investment of time, talent and resources in a Cooperative Cannabis Cultivation strategy will more rapidly expand our revenues and assets than solely investing in the construction of wholly owned cannabis cultivation operations."

"We are already piloting a number of cannabis consumer products; working to develop a number of cannabis commercial products; contributing to the effort to mature and advance legalization nationwide and at the same time investing in the infrastructure to grow and process cannabis," Rash said. "We continue to evaluate and evolve our overall approach toward all these ends.

U.S.: CannLabs, Amercanex Partner On 'First Fully Electronic Cannabis Marketplace'

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CannLabs subsidiary StrainData to provide certification and quality assurance to wholesale cannabis exchange

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Could these guys become the Carfax of cannabis? Two American companies in the cannabis industry this week announced a partnership that they say will result in the nation's "first fully electronic cannabis marketplace."

CannLabs, Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement through its subsidiary StrainData to provide CannLabs’ certified testing data to the Amercanex Cannabis Exchange. Amercanex is the first fully electronic cannabis marketplace in which cultivators, wholesale distributors and retail vendors can buy, sell, or exchange their inventories in a fully transparent intrastate market.

A recent Huffington Post article called the legal cannabis industry “the fastest growing industry in the United States.”

Amercanex will extend its marketplace services to include, through StrainData, CannLabs’ cannabis potency and contaminant testing data. The StrainData search engine features “CannLabs certified” cannabinoid profiles for an exclusive network of premium cannabis providers.

By empowering growers and dispensaries to share their testing data in real-time, StrainData says it offers exchange members the ability to make informed decisions when purchasing cannabis.

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