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Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

The mainstreaming of marijuana is about to get huge boost.

Recreational marijuana sales will launch in three states next year, including the biggest one of all: California.

It’s already for sale in five states, but the addition of a legal retail marijuana market in California, with its massive economy and population, will dramatically change the landscape.

California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer.

“We obviously still have a lot to do, but yes, we’re going to be ready to go on January 1,” said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the Bureau of Cannabis Control in California. “We will be issuing new regulations in November, so we’re hard at work on those at the present time.”

Among the checklist of expected regulations is new oversight on water usage — like drip irrigation and reusing waste water — that could prove expensive for marijuana businesses. Other rules will require licensing and background checks for distributors and safety and education training for consumers.

Dispensaries like Green Alternative, which has 10,000 patients in San Diego, are getting ready to add non-medical customers to their clientele.

“We are in the process of stockpiling cannabis in order to fulfill the market needs,” said Zach Lazarus, COO of the Green Alternative. “We believe there will be a huge rush. We go through two to four pounds [per day] on average, and we anticipate going through three to four times as much when we open the doors for recreational.”

This requires not only stockpiling pot, but negotiating hurdles on the state and local level, for licensing, zoning, taxation and other issues.

Erik Altieri, executive director of the pro-legalization group NORML, said it might take longer than January “to set up the regulation process and to work out how the new recreational market will exist alongside its already quite large medical market.”

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control in California put its proposed regulations up for public review and began holding community workshop meetings in Long Beach, Fresno and Sacramento in September.

Massachusetts will implement retail marijuana sales on July 1, once state officials finalize whether certain localities will be able to maintain a marijuana ban in their respective towns, said Altieri.

“We are committed to make that deadline,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission in Boston, which held its first meeting on September 12 on developing and implementing regulations.

Maine would have the smallest market, and it’s unclear when they’ll get it off the ground. Dan Tartakoff, clerk for the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee of state lawmakers, said draft regulations were released in September proposing a 20% tax rate.

Related: Nevada issues first marijuana delivery licenses

These states already have medical marijuana programs and dispensaries, but soon they’ll also have stores that can sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. Recreational marijuana dispensaries already exist in Colorado, which was the first to legalize adult-use pot in 2014, and also Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada, which started in July this year.

Voters in California, Massachusetts and Maine approved legalization of recreational marijuana in referendum votes in November 2016, on the same day that Donald Trump was elected president. It typically takes at least a year for state officials to set up regulations for the industry.

The addition of California could grow nationwide sales to $24.1 billion by 2025, according to New Frontier Data, which tracks the cannabis industry. That’s compared to $6.6 billion in 2016.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, in 1996, and sales for that market are expected to total $2.76 billion this year. Opening the retail market will expand sales dramatically, to $3.8 billion in 2018, and to $6.6 billion in 2025, according to projections from New Frontier Data.

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It also means the entire West Coast will be a free zone for retail marijuana as the industry gains its first legal markets on the East Coast. North America is going to grow even greener next year, because Canada is getting ready to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide.

In Massachusetts, sales are expected to increase from $106 million in 2017 to $457 million in 2018, and eventually to $1.4 billion in 2025, according to New Frontier Data. The market is smaller in Maine, which is expected to increase from $83 million this year to $175 million next year, and to $434 million by 2025.

Recreational marijuana is also legal in Washington, D.C., but there is no legal retail market for it. Residents are allowed to possess, grow and consume marijuana on their own property, but not buy or sell it.

Marijuana is actually illegal according to the federal government, which equates it to heroin. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he opposes legalization, but he hasn’t done anything to crack down on the industry.

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Politics
Ahead of REC legalization, California seeks to stem the flow of pot leaving the state. California also named the 22-members of its Cannabis Advisory Committee. They include industry executives and activists, politicians, health officials and law enforcement.
L.A. may limit who can appeal to block licenses. California will host three workshops on applying for state permits.
San Francisco quashed a proposed REC dispensary in the Outer Richmond after opposition from older Chinese residents and the conservative Pacific Justice Institute. San Diego became one of the first California cities to create a fully-legal cannabis supply chain.
Growing at home remains a divisive topic Washington, where it’s not allowed. For more see here and here.
Maryland’s first MED crop is ready for testing, but it’s not clear when it may go on sale. Black state lawmakers want to ensure for black entrepreneurs have access to the industry.
Maine may require cities to opt-in to cannabis businesses. REC in Maine faces opposition from Republican lawmakers.
Alaska voters rejected proposed cannabis business bans in Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula.
A Pennsylvania business denied a MED license has dropped its lawsuit against the state. The state’s MED program appears to be on track.
Marijuana.com asks if the suit [Retired NFLer Marvin] Washington vs. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, could be the case that overturns cannabis prohibition.
In Massachusetts, Sessions said the Justice Department would continue to prosecute interstate pot trafficking, but didn’t comment on state legal businesses.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said she “used to be invited to [parties]…long, long ago, marijuana was maybe present at those parties?” She did not say she had consumed it.
Canadians support legalizing REC, but law enforcement and medical groups say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s timeline to make it happen by July is too aggressive.
John Fritchey, one of Cook County’s (Chicago) commissioners, called for legal REC. Illinois Gubernatorial candidates have starkly different views on cannabis. The race is next year.
Native American tribes continue to weigh the cannabis industry.
A former Missouri House speaker says he doesn’t know why someone would send an email purportedly from him, attacking legalization activists.
Business
Portland’s Willamette Week talks to the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a group seeking to keep corporate cannabis at bay. There’s a similar effort to oppose the “Walmart of Weed” in Massachusetts. Willamette Week also looked at a grow’s “obsessive-compulsive quest” to go carbon neutral.
Falling wholesale prices in Colorado have dragged on prices nationwide.
Utility company National Grid discussed the industry’s energy needs at a Boston conference.
A Pennsylvania company is selling its license and 47,000 square foot “turnkey” grow for $20M.
Out of state companies want Ohio MED licenses. The state released a list of applicants.
Creditors are after a closed Denver pot shop which borrowed more than $1M.
A bipartisan bill to repeal industry-hated tax rule 280E has attracted 33 sponsors in the House.
The IRS flagged non-profits associated with MED for extra scrutiny, a report found.
Cannabis billboards are coming to Massachusetts. Lack of sales continues to drag on New York state’s five MED dispensaries and high prices are pushing customers to the illegal market.
A Florida MED company wants the state to allow edibles.
L.A. may create a city-owned bank, the country’s first, to serve the cannabis industry.
Shane McMahon, son of U.S. Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon, invested $500,000 in EnviroGrow, a company making pre-fab modules resembling shipping containers, for cannabis grows.
S.F.’s Westfield mall won’t allow pot chocolatier Défoncé to open a store.
GG Strains LLC and the The Gorilla Glue Co. settled their trademark dispute over the strain Gorilla Glue #4.
Bank of Montreal and Toronto-Dominion Bank are becoming the industry’s preferred banks. Canadian MED stocks climbed following a proposed taxation regime in Ontario. For more on taxes in Canada see here.
Alberta may allow private businesses to sell cannabis. A group of 12 MED producers in the province have formed a collective which they say can operate without any help from the provincial government.
The SEC filed charges against an executive for an “insider trading scheme” with a kickback of 10 pounds of weed. Bloomberg View columnist Matt Levine doesn’t recommend trading weed for stock tips, if you’re going to sell the weed. “It’s just a little inelegant.”
According to Green Market Report, Coke is cannabis users’ favorite soft drink.
Edible maker Truffle Man, known for selling in S.F.’s Dolores Park, is going legit.
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Health and Science
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency could crack down on cannabis companies making false health claims. He cited claims about shrinking tumors as something which could come under scrutiny.
A study suggests the children of mothers who were vegetarians during pregnancy are more likely to drink and use marijuana by their 15th birthday.
A study found cannabis users may be more likely to develop an opioid use disorder.
In an update on its web site, the VA says it can’t help with access to MED. Government Executive says the agency is blocking MED research.
The American Psychological Association criticized barriers to MED research.
A Florida nursing home declined to give a patient MED because it’s federally illegal.
After 20 years, a revamped DARE anti-drug education program is back in Colorado classrooms, minus the “Just Say No” message. “The DARE brand is toxic,” former Colorado pot czar Andrew Freedman said. Colorado is also using pot tax revenue to create animated “Sims-style” videos about drug abuse.
Wildfires have tainted “untold tons” of California pot.
Pacific Standard hails a program in Kentucky for its approach to addiction care for pregnant women.
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Criminal Justice
Slate looks at the case of Jessica McElfresh, the San Diego cannabis attorney accused of being an accessory to a crime for representing raided MED business Med-West. San Diego DA Summer Stephan is the chosen successor to retired anti-pot prosecutor Bonnie Dumanis
The DEA named career agent Robert Patterson as its new acting director.
An investigation by Reveal found court-ordered rehab programs that amount to little more than slave labor at chicken processing plants and other private companies.
A bipartisan group of Senators is trying to revive criminal justice reform. Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner apparently favors it.
Massachusetts crime lab scandals widened further. The state, where REC is legal, continues to arrest a disproportionate number of blacks for cannabis offenses.
In Forbes, Mona Zhang discusses cannabusiness hiring people with felony records.
California weed accounts for 75 percent of indoor plants seized nationwide.
A new law in Maryland allows some prisoners to seek reduced sentences for drug offenses.
The former police chief of Santa Ana, Calif., in Orange County has sued claiming he was forced out of his job for calling out city employees, including Mayor Miguel Pulido, for making “alleged shady deals” with dispensaries.
Local authorities seized $3.9M in illegal plants near Pueblo, Colorado, a center of legal growing.
State and local authorities arrested 18 in raids on Yuba County, Calif., cannabis farms. One of the detainees is said to be the leader of a Rastafarian church where an officer fatally shot an armed worker this summer.
Leafly takes a look at the case of a DACA recipient (the “dreamer” program) who faces deportation for possessing a gram of weed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is trying to keep more of its data private.
Authorities in Grand Traverse County, Mich., shuttered eight dispensaries.
The sheriff of Siskiyou County, in far northern California, has asked the Sessions Justice Department for help controlling illegal grows. He has not heard back.
Washington state’s supreme court ruled random urine tests as a condition of release are unconstitutional.

Nevada has massive first month of marijuana sales

Nevada dispensaries raked in more than $27 million during the first month of recreational marijuana sales, generating more than $3.6 million in taxes, according to figures released Thursday by the Nevada Department of Taxation.

How does that stack up against the other states with legal marijuana?

It’s nearly double.

Colorado and Oregon each sold about $14 million in marijuana during their respective first months of sales. Washington sold $3.8 million in its first month.

“We came out of the gate like a shotgun,” said Matt Morgan, CEO of Reef Dispensaries.

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Morgan said that, even three months into recreational sales, Reef’s dispensary located behind the Fashion Show Mall has a line inside the store at nearly all times and outside about 40 percent of the time.

Nevada’s market will only grow, he said.

“I still don’t think everyone understands that it’s recreational in Nevada yet,” Morgan said.

That falls right in line with Nevada’s marijuana sales estimates, even though there were no state projections for July because of uncertainty about when stores would begin sales. State officials have projected that special sales tax will generate $63.5 million over the first two years of sales.

“Although July was not accounted for in our projections, the first month’s revenues demonstrate that the state’s structure appears to be collecting at a rate consistent with the consensus forecast.” said Mari St. Martin, spokeswoman for Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Another $974,060 came from the 15 percent wholesale tax levied on both medical and recreational marijuana when it is transferred between the grower and the seller.

That was significantly more than the $548,000 the state projected for July. If those figures stay consistent, the wholesale tax would generate about $23.4 million for the fiscal biennium.

Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said the state expects that excise tax to grow over the next two years as more cultivators get licensed and begin to operate.

The state has also pulled in $6.5 million in marijuana license and application fees.

Those revenues will be used to cover the administrative costs to regulate the industry for the Tax Department and local governments, and all remaining funds go to the state’s public education fund.

Recreational sales started on July 1, and the state has issued 250 recreational marijuana licenses thus far, 53 of them to dispensaries.

Contact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.

Alaska voters reject local bans on legalized marijuana

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation’s largest state passed a voter initiative legalizing the recreational use of the drug.

The votes Tuesday came during local elections in the state’s major marijuana growing areas — in and around Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula southwest of Anchorage. All lost by wide margins.

“I’m happy to know that the 100 plus employees that are employed right now are going to keep their jobs, and there’s going to be many more jobs on top of that,” said Amy Jackman, campaign manager for ‘Keep Cannabis Legal’ on the Kenai Peninsula, where the ban was rejected by roughly 64 percent of voters. “And all these families down here, they’re not going to lose their savings and their livelihoods.”

The 2014 statewide initiative that legalized marijuana allows local governments to ban pot businesses within their borders.

“We’re disappointed, but at the same time our purpose for these initiatives on the ballot was to give the voters a chance to make this decision and not have it made by our local government. So in that sense, it’s a success,” said James Ostlind, chairman of the group that backed the bans with separate measures in the city of Fairbanks and the surrounding Fairbanks North Star Borough. Both measures were rejected by about 70 percent of voters.

If the bans had been successful, they would have forced retail stores and cultivation facilities to close within 90 days and that would have left a gaping hole for other retail stores across the state in need of product. Personal use and growing pot at home for that use would still be allowed.

Backers said zoning laws are too lax, letting marijuana businesses open too close to homes. Proponents fear any rollbacks will embolden other communities to institute bans or the Legislature to roll back legalization.

But Jackman said the overwhelming victory in support of the marijuana industry “encourages people to move on to something else.”

Cary Carrigan, the executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, called the victories pivotal.

“A lot of these prohibition votes have been driven by church congregations,” he said “They’re looking for something to demonize, and it’s not us. People accept us.”

After a failed initiative, there’s a two year hiatus before it can come back, Ostlind said. He wasn’t ready to predict another initiative attempt in 2019.

“If the marijuana industry starts to cause more damage to a community than they do good, then people will stand up and they’ll want to do something about it,” he said.

The election was held the same day the Alaska Department of Revenue released its monthly marijuana tax receipts from cultivators. The state collected nearly $700,000 in August, which was the highest monthly amount since collections began last October. Ten new cultivators began paying taxes in August, and half are from areas where votes were being held Tuesday.

Since October 2016, cultivators in the greater Fairbanks area have paid nearly $1.2 million in taxes, while those on the Kenai Peninsula have paid more than $655,000. The state doesn’t have tax figures for retails stores since those taxes are paid to local governments only.

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6 Ways Cannabis Can Help With Your Mental Health

Posted by | October 1, 2017 | Marijuana News

6 Ways Cannabis Can Help With Your Mental Health

All over the world, millions of people are suffering from mental health problems, with depression and anxiety being the most common. These problems are often caused by chronic stress and by the fact that we have become accustomed to leading a hectic lifestyle. Cannabis is one of the most efficient solutions for mental health problems, as you will have the opportunity to discover in the following paragraphs. It can treat a broad range of problems, including the ones related to sexual health, stress and anxiety. And, more importantly, it can improve overall mood and help those who suffer from depression.

  1. Neurotransmitter regulation –  Often, those who suffer from depression and anxiety have a problem with neurotransmitter regulation. Cannabis targets the endocannabinoid system of the brain directly, regulating both the production and release of vital neurotransmitters. Basically, it functions similarly with depression and anxiety medication, without any of the discomforting side effects. Taken on a regular basis, it regulates the most important neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA. You will no longer feel depressed, anxious or stressed, enjoying life once again.
  2. Release and relaxation – Many who suffer from mental health problems have gone through a traumatic event. PTSD is more common than anyone might think, regardless of one’s occupation, background or culture. It can lead to anxiety and depression, with a negative impact on the overall quality of life. Cannabis can help one let go of such traumatic memories, promoting a state of relaxation and calm. It supports the healthy functioning of the endocannabinoid system, working wonders on the level of self-esteem at the same time.
  3. Sexual health – Sexual health and mental problems are intricately connected; when one feels stressed, anxious or depressed, sexual health is often affected, reinforcing the vicious circle. If you are looking for a way to enjoy sexual activity, cannabis might be the answer to your question. You might not be aware of this for a fact, but cannabis can be used to increase sperm volume as well. In turn, this can guarantee a better fertility rate and, thus, an increased chance of becoming a parent. Returning to sexual health, cannabis can help you relax and feel less pressed to perform in the bedroom. You will finally be able to enjoy a satisfying sexual experience, being able to care for your partner as well.
  4. Chronic pain –  Chronic pain can have a significant influence on a person’s quality of life, leading to depression and anxiety. The more severe the pain, the higher the risk of mental health problems is going to be. In this situation, you might want to turn to cannabis as the solution to all of your problems. Cannabis can help with the necessary pain relief, allowing you to engage in daily living activities once again. Moreover, it works to promote a state of relaxation, which is extremely beneficial for a person who suffers from a chronic condition. It helps one fight chronic fatigue and other upsetting symptoms, improving the mood and the overall level of functionality.
    1. Emotional response – When a person suffers from a mental health problem, the emotional response to certain situations might become modified (either too intense or not intense enough). Because of such changes, one might have difficulties adapting to normal-day circumstances. Experiences otherwise acceptable can become stressful, making the emotional response even worse. Cannabis can regulate the emotional response of a person who is suffering from depression, anxiety or chronic stress. It can help the brain to adapt to stressful situations, efficiently regulating emotions quickly.
    2. Fight or flight – Whenever humans are confronted with a potentially dangerous situation, the fight or flight conflict appears at the level of the brain. In a quick period of time, the brain has to decide whether it is safe to remain in that situation or not. When wrongful associations are made, the brain becomes confused and stress naturally follows. The moderate intake of cannabis could help the brain regulate the fight-or-flight response, thus reducing the anxiety and stress associated with otherwise normal situations. This is also possible because cannabis regulates the response to fear, helping one feel better about potentially-dangerous situations.

    Mental health remains a subject of research for scientists from all over the world. Solutions are sought to replace current treatments for chronic stress, anxiety and depression, as these seem to make matters worse. Cannabis is an efficient remedy for those who suffer from such problems, having a wide range of benefits to offer. As you have seen, it can regulate the production and release of neurotransmitters, promote relaxation and ensure a proper emotional response to common situations. Cannabis can be of use to those who suffer from chronic pain and derived mental health problems.

    Cannabis is beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem. It can also be considered an erectile dysfunction natural treatment, helping those who are suffering from unsatisfactory sexual experiences. This is an important point to consider, as these are a lot of people who deal with erectile dysfunction on a regular basis; having a natural treatment such as cannabis is great, especially if we stop for a moment and think how sexual health problems can cause mood swings, anxiety and depression.

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    This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a psychological or psychiatric condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read online. Read the full disclaimer here


    Brian Adam is a researcher and advisor with a passion for men’s health and wellness. Brian also diet, believing that the combination of exercise, a healthy diet, and a positive mindset all contribute to achieving one’s full potential. He mostly writes articles on health and  healthcare. You can connect with Brian on Twitter @brianadam884 and on Facebook. 

Pot legalization in California brings a bonanza of government jobs

By: Associated Press

Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. And more scientists.

Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy, it’s government jobs.

The state is on a hiring binge to fill what eventually will be hundreds of new government positions by 2019 intended to bring order to the legal pot economy, from keeping watch on what’s seeping into streams near cannabis grows to running background checks on storefront sellers who want government licenses. Thousands of additional jobs are expected to be added by local governments.

The swiftly expanding bureaucracy represents just one aspect of the complex challenge faced by California: Come January, the state will unite its longstanding medical cannabis industry with the newly legalized recreational one, creating what will be the United States’ largest legal pot economy.

Last January, just 11 full-time workers were part of what’s now known as the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the state’s chief regulatory agency overseeing the pot market. Now, it’s more than doubled, and by February the agency expects to have more than 100 staffers.

The agency is moving into new offices later this year, having outgrown its original quarters. It’s expected new satellite offices will eventually spread around the state.

There also will be scores of jobs added to issue licenses for sellers, growers, truck drivers, manufacturers and others working in the projected $7-billion industry. The state has taken to Facebook to lure applicants.

The bureau is using a video snippet of actor Jim Carrey, hammering his fingers into a computer keyboard, to catch the eye of prospective applicants online. “Get those applications in … before this guy beats you to it,” it reads.

“New job just ahead,” reads another post. “We’re hiring.”

This year’s state budget contained about $100 million to fund regulatory programs for marijuana, which includes personnel to review and issue licenses, watch over environmental conditions and carry out enforcement.

Planned hiring into 2018 covers a range of state agencies: Fifty people are bound for the Public Health Department, 65 are slated to join the Water Resources Control Board, and 60 are expected at the Food and Agriculture Department, which will oversee licensing for cultivators.

Some of the work is highly specialized.

Environmental scientists will be responsible for developing standards for pot farms near streams, to make sure fertilizer or pesticides do not taint the water or harm fish. An engineer will monitor groundwater and water being diverted to nourish plants. Lawyers are needed to help sort out complex issues involving the state’s maze of environmental laws.

Pay varies with position but can be attractive, with some scientist posts paying over $100,000 annually. Special investigators with the Consumer Affairs Department could earn in the $80,000 range.

Policing cannabis cultivation, legal and not, has been a long-running concern in the state. Recently, Republican state Sen. Ted Gaines of El Dorado urged Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in Siskiyou County because of what he called rampant illegal marijuana grows.

Gaines said criminals are treating the county as “their own illicit greenhouse” while polluting waterways with pesticides and other waste.

Meanwhile, state and local governments are rushing to enact rules to govern the new pot economy, a process that so far has produced mixed results.

The state says it will be ready to begin issuing licenses in January, albeit temporary ones.

In coastal Mendocino County, about 700 cultivators have applied for local permits, though it’s estimated thousands of people grow pot in the county north of San Francisco. The fear is that many growers and sellers will remain in the black market, undercutting legitimate sales.

“My biggest concern is that the state regulations may prove to be so onerous that it will discourage people who want to be legally compliant from coming forward,” said John McCowen, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors.

“And that will mean greater opportunity for those operating in the black market,” McCowen added.

While the state is adding jobs to oversee the marketplace, law enforcement will face new demands that come with a price tag, from keeping roads free of stoned drivers to helping weed out illegal operators.

The California Highway Patrol is expanding training for officers to identify intoxicated drivers. In cities that permit cultivation, manufacturing or sales, police duties could also include protecting legitimate operators from gangs intent on pushing them out of business.

And a key issue will be keeping legally grown pot from moving into the black market.

To combat illegal activity, whether through code enforcement or policing, “we are going to have to invest,” said Gardena Police Chief Edward Medrano, who heads the California Police Chiefs Assn.

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WeedWeek, 9/30/17: Rulemaking Stalls in S.F. and L.A

Posted by | September 30, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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Los Angeles, the world’s largest cannabis market, released a revised set of proposals for regulating the industry. Many businesses condemned the proposal, saying it would force them
to close down for an undefined period while they waited for licenses. Also at issue is whether growers and manufacturers who had been operating on the grey market should get priority. The proposed rules don’t allow for social use.
The city also released maps showing where businesses can locate in relation to schools.
San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen signed a 45 day moratorium on new cannabis businesses. The moratorium preceded the release of a draft proposal for regulating the industry. The proposal is incomplete since it lacks a provision for racial equity. For more see here.
California state regulations may not be released until late November; California’s top cannabis regulator, Lori Ajax, admits she’s nervous about whether it will all work. Her agency rebranded itself the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
The Cannifornian looks at California’s pesticide problem.
California has a new informational site called “Let’s Talk Cannabis.
Maine’s REC law is taking shape, but no one knows whether Gov. Paul LePage (R), who opposes REC, will help implement it. It may allow non-vaping cannabis lounges. Home growing is a contentious issue in the state.
Massachusetts regulators asked for public input. REC sales are supposed to begin in nine months.
Vermont’s pot commission assumes legal REC is coming.
In Florida, a black grower is suing the state to block it from issuing licenses set aside for minorities. He says he’s unable to apply for a license because the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association stopped allowing new member to join.
The Tampa Bay Times talks to pro-Trump, pro-cannabis Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.)
In Pennsylvania, The Morning Call finds flaws in the MED license application process.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will discuss legalization with the provincial premiers this week.
The Cannabist previews Denver’s upcoming Marijuana Management Symposium, a conference for more than 350 policy makers.
In the midst of their nation’s drug war, Filipino legislators endorsed MED use.
Business
Nevada’s first month of retail sales (July) grossed $27M, generating $3.6M in taxes. The state’s tax department has asked the state AG for a ruling on whether the law allows cannabis lounges.
Nevada suspended testing company G3’s license. It did not explain the suspension but said no product recalls were necessary. G3 lab director Dr. Chao-Hsiung Tung resigned from an industry advisory panel.
New rules for edibles take effect in Colorado this weekend.
Oregon regulators learned of a man who ran a dispensary and had a childcare business in his home.
Weedmaps engaged former Rep. Ron Klink (D-Pa.), as a lobbyist.
New Cannabis Ventures spotlights Safe Harbor Private Banking, another outfit trying to bank the industry.
Lawyer Hilary Bricken lays out five red flags for California M&A deals.
The N.Y.Times tells the saga of a rural Oregon grower and hashmaker in a nasty feud with his neighbors.
LAWeekly talks to Pulse, an app for monitoring grows.
Adolphus Busch IV, as in Anheuser-Busch, supports MED in Missouri.
Toronto investment firm Green Acre Capital closed a C$25M fund.
Canada could add 150,000 cannabis workers in coming years. Canada has more than 200,000 MED patients, up 168% from last year. A Canadian professor predicts cannabis will be the next big food trend.
Canadians politely raised their eyebrows after learning that a member of the country’s independent commission on legalizing REC, is now running a cannabis company. He said there was no conflict between the roles.
Snoop Dogg investment vehicle Casa Verde Capital invested $2M in Trellis, a Toronto-based inventory management software company.
Israeli start-ups are eager to start exporting, but concerned about possible drawbacks like greater youth access.
Cannabis chocolatier Défoncé signed a tentative deal to open a shop in San Francisco’s Westfield Mall, the first in a “class A” mall.
Target started selling CW Hemp-brand CBD oil on its web site Thursday morning and then quickly changed its mind.
Rolling Stone explains why it’s hard to get rich selling legal weed. Gizmodo explains how the market makes weed more potent.
Failed drug tests are contributing to the labor shortage in South Carolina.
Actress Jessica Alba is suing Colorado CBD company Honest Herbal saying it infringes on the trademarkof her non-cannabis related wellness company The Honest Co.
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A study found legalizing MED led to a higher chance of people claiming social security disability insurance (SSDI). “Expanding marijuana access has negative spillover effects to costly social programs that disincentive work,” the researchers wrote.
A study found teenagers are much less interested in alcohol than in the past. Some of the teens interviewed said they used marijuana instead.
In experiments, a combination of THC and synthetic cannabinoids to cause seizures in mice.
Butane hash oil contains significant carcinogens when dabbed at higher temperatures.
Some California growers want to be environmentally responsible.
The GOP is making its peace with MED, Rolling Stone says.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R), a legalization opponent, resigned after flying in private jets at taxpayer expense.
Canadian MED producer WeedMD agreed to be the “preferred supplier” to three long term care and retirement home companies. The left wing NDP worries the deal will disadvantage patients.
Canada has a new campaign warning kids away from cannabis.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals announced a successful mid-stage trial of a cannabis gel to treat Fragile X syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder.
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Acting DEA head Chuck Rosenberg resigned. Rosenberg, a holdover from the Obama administration is a critic of President Trump and no fan of MED either, calling it a “joke” in 2015. It’s not clear who will replace him.
Tom Angell calculates U.S. pot arrests are on the rise.
After a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Sheriff of Cowlitz Co., Wash. said he didn’t get the impression of an imminent crackdown.
A Humboldt County couple face murder charges after a deadly butane explosion in the garage they rented out.
A proposed “cite and release” program for pot possession stalled in Dallas.
A Missouri grower will appeal his convictions to the state supreme court, arguing that the state’s 2014 “right-to-farm” amendment allows cannabis growing.
A Missouri judge sentenced a 77-year old man to 10 years in prison for growing 1,700 plants at his rural home. “This is not a sentence I feel particularly good about,” the judge said, but the law didn’t allow other options.
An ACLU-backed lawsuit in Georgia challenges the effectiveness of a 160-hour course to train ‘drug-recognition experts,’ i.e. a course to determine whether someone is impaired.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald blames the war on drugs for a spike in Brazilian gang violence.
Mark Pedersen, who provided cannabis oil to a handicapped teenager in Colorado, leading to laws allowing MED in schools, has been charged with drug manufacturing.
Police in the Indian state of Telangana (Hyderabad) broke up a village cannabis trade that has operated openly for decades.
Canadian conservative Conrad Black calls for an end to the war on drugs. Liberal Rev. Al Sharpton says marijuana decriminalization is a civil rights issue.
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Rescue teams had to be deployed to assist four men who got really high on top of Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. The alleged mountain tops out at 3,210 feet above sea level. Despite the mockery they endured on social media, Vogue says these climbers help explain the future of cannabis use.
Leafly has a three-part series on the Emerald Triangle on the cusp of legalization.
Slate says the industry shouldn’t ignore its roots in the LGBTQ world.
Portland’s Tin House Books published “Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis,” By Nichole Graf, Micah Sherman, David Stein and Liz Crain. Willamette Week gives it a nice review.
Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson says his bipolar disorder, and not his pot smoking, was responsible for a series of breakdowns he suffered. Before speaking with doctors he’d assumed the weed was to blame.
Anja Charbonneau, former creative director of Danish style magazine Kinfolk, is launching a cannabis magazine for women called Broccoli.

L.A. Approves Marijuana Rules

Calif. — Los Angeles may become one of America’s hottest marijuana markets soon, after city lawmakers approved new rules on Monday to regulate and legitimize the cannabis industry ahead of January’s full legalization of recreational use in the state of California.

The regulations, which were first drafted in March, spell out requirements for growers, manufacturers and sellers of marijuana, who would need a state license to operate and be required to follow rules about their operating hours, record-keeping and security measures.

A council committee passed the legislation, which will be taken up by the full council.

The regulations also mean, however, that current dispensaries, which can operate with medical licenses, would be shut down as they wait for their licenses under the new legislation. But City Council President Herb Wesson said he would consider a provisional license system that would prevent the loss of revenue for these businesses.

He also the city and the pot industry agree on many issues, like regulating hours and taxes for the dispensaries, but will leave the thornier parts, including licensing and public smoking laws, for later.

Medical weed has been legal since 1996 in California, but voters finally approved recreational pot 2016, and it’s set to take effect in January. Los Angeles alone expects up to $50 million in tax revenue from recreational sales next year; the city made $21 million in taxing the medical marijuana industry in 2016.

January’s debut of legal pot still has hurdles, including higher prices than the illicit market, thanks to high taxes.

Also, in California, public smoking is banned within 800 feet of such places as bars, parks, beaches and schools. Hotels also ban smoking, even on balconies, making it difficult for tourists to light up.

But the state could take a cue from Colorado, which has a booming pot tourism industry, and has found ways to circumvent the open-space smoking restrictions. These include commissioning luxury buses and private buildings (even “smoke clubs” and cannabis hotels) where tourists can smoke, and take them on tours of dispensaries.

Colorado, where retail sales of marijuana became legal in January 2014, has made $506 million in revenue according to pro-legalization research company VS Strategies. Besides California and Colorado, six other states — Oregon, Washington State, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and Alaska — and Washington, D.C. have also legalized recreational weed, part of the growth of the pot business from $2.7 billion in sales in 2014 to the $6.7 billion it made in 2016.

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Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

Posted by | September 24, 2017 | Cannabis News, Cannabis Oil

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

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The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine. A new survey from Brightfield Group and HelloMD covered 2,400 of HelloMD’s community of 150,000 members and did a deep dive into the usage of CBD products and their effectiveness. HelloMD is an online community that brings together doctors and cannabis patients.

Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound that doesn’t give users the feeling that they are high or stoned. Instead, it is known to have medicinal qualities. Contrary to the image of men being the predominant consumers of cannabis, this survey found that 55% of the CBD users were women, while men preferred the THC-dominant products. Brightfield Group, which helped conduct the survey, studies consumption patterns and demand trends and is committed to providing accurate data in the cannabis industry which seems to be rife with unsupported claims.

The most common reasons people used CBD were to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain, according to Dr. Perry Solomon, the Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. Forty-two percent of the CBD users said they had stopped using traditional medications like Tylenol pain relievers or prescription drugs like Vicodin and had switched to using cannabis instead. Eighty percent said that they found the products to be “very or extremely effective.” Only 3% or less found the product to be either ineffectual or only slightly effective.

One of the areas that the CBD producers will have to work on is educating the consumer about CBD products. There are more than 850 brands of marijuana-derived CBD products on the market and 150 hemp-derived products. (Marijuana and hemp are the two variations of the cannabis plant.) Eight percent of the consumers surveyed admitted they didn’t know which CBD product they had used.

Adding to the confusion is the murky legal status of CBD. Technically, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) labels all CBD products as illegal. However, hemp-derived CBD is available in just about every state and even online through Amazon. Marijuana-derived CBD tends to only be found in states with legal medicinal marijuana. “This confusion is actually helping the producers of these products as consumers are turning to reliable and trusted brands,” said Dr. Solomon. Care by Design is one of the top marijuana-derived brands in the California market, followed closely by Bloom Farms, a leader in the cartridge oil market for vape pens. Kiva Confections is the third favorite choice in the chocolate market. The survey found that these three brands dominated leaving the rest of the market very fragmented. One of the complaints from the CBD users in the survey was that marijuana-derived CBD products were more expensive than hemp-derived products.

When it came to hemp-derived CBD products, that market was led by Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers, which gained fame from the CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta. It was followed by Plus CBD oil and Mary’s Nutritionals. The complaint from the hemp-derived users was that it was less effective than the marijuana-derived CBD and that might explain why 90% said they would only buy marijuana-derived CBD. All users preferred vaping for consumption followed by traditional marijuana buds or flower with edibles as the third preference. They also spent between $20 and $80 a month on CBD products.

Dr. Solomon noted that patients using vapes feel the effects of the CBD faster than if they use an edible. If they are looking for relief, they want it quickly. However, in the case of insomnia he said a vape method of consumption works best if you have trouble falling asleep, but if you have trouble staying asleep than an edible is the better choice. “This landmark survey, in terms of its size and depth, shows the tremendous value that these products have for patients,” Dr. Solomon said. “Hopefully, access for products such as these will help patients all across the country who cannot obtain medication that contains THC.”

Correction: This article previously stated that cannabidiol is one of two cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains at least 85 unique cannabinoids.

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) said the Justice Department can still crack down on state-legal cannabis. “I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated, and it’s more difficult to regulate than I think was contemplated ideally by some of those states.”
The Obama era Cole Memo that allows the industry to exist, doesn’t protect from prosecution, he added. “That’s been perceived in some places almost as if it creates a safe harbor, but it doesn’t. And it’s clear that it doesn’t,…That is, even if, under the terms of the memo you’re not likely to be prosecuted, it doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is legal or that it’s approved by the federal government or that you protected from prosecution in the future.” See his complete remarks here (a 42-minute video on a variety of topics.)
Congress extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from cracking down on state-legal MED, through December. Supporters are concerned about securing the next extension.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) introduced a bill to enable MED research. His speech included lots of puns, like, “It’s high time to address research” into MED. (High-larious!)
California will ban cannabis delivery by bike, robot, drone and boat. The legislature also signed a bill to ban cannabis use on beaches and in state parks.
Los Angeles, the world’s largest legal market, is racing to get regulations in place by Jan 1. The city planning commission approved a zoning ordinance for cannabis businesses.
After a cannabis conference withdrew his speaking invitation, Trump ally and political gadfly Roger Stone came to L.A. anyway.
San Diego will allow growing and manufacturing.
A poll found Massachusetts voters are skeptical about the state’s ability to regulate REC. Maine lawmakers will consider doubling REC taxes to 20%.
In Pennsylvania, the Health Department will have to justify any information in MED business applications that they withhold from the public.
An unsuccessful license applicant is suing Pennsylvania, to the consternation of some lawmakers.
Another Pennsylvania MED business is seeking an injunction against a subsidiary of Vireo Health. Vireo received a license despite criminal charges pending against two former employees for allegedly driving $500,000 in oil across state lines.
One year before it comes online, Ohio’s MED program has lots to do.
Nevada could be the first state to allow consumption lounges.
Employees at Arkansas’ largest airport can’t use MED.
Police say they won’t be ready, and growers predict a supply shortage, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still wants to legalize REC next year. The left-wing NDP party wants Canada to reach a deal with the U.S. on ending lifetime entry bans for Canadians who have ever consumed marijuana.
Rolling Stone explains MED legalization in Mexico, which happened this Summer.
South Africa plans to start issuing grow licenses for MED (“dagga”). Plans to decriminalize REC in Israelare advancing slowly.
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California delivery app Eaze raised $27M to expand into REC. Bailey Capital led the round. DCM Ventures, Kaya Ventures and FJ Labs also invested. Delivery services consider California the pivotal market.
Marijuana Policy Project hired former anti-pot Senator Alfonse D’Amato (D-N.Y.) as a lobbyist. Initially his focus will be on strengthening the New York industry. Existing New York MED businesses are suing to prevent more licensees from entering the market.
Less than two years into a five year contract, Nevada said it would drop MJFreeway’s seed-to-sale tracking software for competitor Metrc. MJFreeway has experienced two security breaches this year, but the announcement was not expected.
Westword interviews Colorado marijuana czar turned consultant Andrew Freedman and looks at how Colorado is fine-tuning its regulations.
California state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) said he will release a proposal for a state bank to serve the industry. Amid skepticism, Colorado-based Partner Colorado Credit Union thinks it can serve cannabis companies nationwide.
Hawaii is the first state to go cashless on MED sales.
A Portland Mercury reporter teases an upcoming story about the regulatory struggles of Drip Ice Cream and Luminous Botanicals, two preferred craft cannabis brands that have been forced to stop selling products.
The Wall Street Journal looks at whether Canadian stock exchanges will list U.S.-based cannabis stocks.
A Bloomberg columnist is skeptical of the cannabis and cryptocurrency markets.
In the S.F. Chronicle’s Green State, I found some big names in tech who are involved in the green rush, whether they want to be or not.
A Detroit MED dispensary is closing in hopes of eventually winning a license.
Uruguay will allow cash-based dispensaries because banks don’t want to work with the pharmacies that currently sell pot.
Some charities won’t accept donations from cannabis businesses.
The Green Market Report, a new site, wants to be the CNBC of cannabis. The CEO is financial journalist Debra Borchardt.
The Journal of Cannabis, a PDF magazine on “industrial hemp, MED, wellness, horticulture and culture” recently published its first issue.
A MED farm in Sri Lanka hopes to export to the U.S.
Colorado’s hemp industry faces growing pains.
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While teen cannabis use has not increased with legalization, adult use has. The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham points out 19% of cannabis users are daily users, up from 12% in 2002.
In response to the data, HIV-positive columnist Andrew Sullivan wrote about his dependence on pot.
The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee wants to develop a national testing program for marijuana products. (Also, cannabis journalist and activist Tom Angell has moved from MassRoots to a new home at Forbes.)
A Columbia University study finds marijuana can cause “psychotic-like effects” in high risk young adults.
Nevada will launch a PSA campaign to dissuade pregnant women from using cannabis.
Soil in California’s Central Valley agricultural region may be too contaminated by pesticides to grow cannabis, Green State reports.
There’s a petition for Canada to implement tight environmental controls on the cannabis industry.
The FDA approved the first mobile app for substance abuse disorders, a big boost for developer Pear Therapeutics. The cognitive behavioral therapy app is designed to be used in conjunction with counseling.
Some universities are experimenting with hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture.
Netflix released a documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
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Rolling Stone tells the stories of five Americans serving long sentences for non-violent cannabis related offenses.
The feds have asked health officials in at least eight states for MED patient data, raising suspicions about what the government wants to do with it.
The Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Maricopa County (Phoenix) top prosecutor Bill Montgomery (R), who argues the county can ignore the state’s MED law because of federal illegality.
A foster mother in Arizona won’t be eligible for support payments from the state because a state-legal CBD product was found in her home.
California State Senator Ted Gaines (R) asked Gov. Jerry Brown (D)to declare a state of emergencyrelated to illegal grows in the state’s far north. In Siskiyou County, he writes, “All laws regarding legal marijuana cultivation are being ignored by individual criminals, crime syndicates and drug cartels.” The L.A. Times has more. The N.Y. Times finds growers in northern California who aren’t changing their ways with legalization.
Oregon will co-operate with the Justice Department to eliminate illegal grows. Colorado and Washington also want to reduce the number of illegal grows.
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department is ending Obama-era initiatives to oversee local police forces.
A beneficiary of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or “Dreamers”) program faces deportation for possessing about a gram of weed.
Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner hosted a discussion on criminal justice reform which included prisoner advocates. AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein did not attend. In 2004, Kushner’s father, a billionaire real estate developer, was convicted of crimes including witness tampering and spent more than a year in federal prison.
In a surprise vote, the House blocked an asset forfeiture expansion supported by AG Sessions.
A dispensary employee was kidnapped in Washington.
A California bill would enable people who have been arrested but not convicted to protect that information from prospective employers.
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Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana nationwide

Posted by | August 3, 2017 | Cannabis News

Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana nationwide

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is proposing a far-reaching bill that would both legalize marijuana at the federal level and encourage states to legalize it locally through incentives.

The New Jersey Democrat’s bill, called the Marijuana Justice Act, has virtually no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Congress and in a presidential administration that’s decidedly anti-marijuana.

“You see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities — poor communities, minority communities — targeting people with an illness,” Booker, the former mayor of Newark, said in a Facebook Live rollout of his legislation.

The bill would legalize marijuana at the federal level and withhold federal money for building jails and prisons, along with other funds, from states whose cannabis laws are shown to disproportionately incarcerate minorities.

Under the legislation, federal convictions for marijuana use and possession would be expunged and prisoners serving time for a marijuana offense would be entitled to a sentencing hearing.

Those “aggrieved” by a disproportionate arrest or imprisonment rate would be able to sue, according to the bill. And a Community Reinvestment Fund would be established to “reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs” for everything from re-entry programs to public libraries.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana.

“They’re actually seeing positive things coming out of that experience. Now I believe the federal government should get out of the illegal marijuana business,” Booker said, adding that it “disturbs” him that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that the federal government may take a harder line on marijuana.

Booker’s bill comes as New Jersey considers legalizing marijuana. Legislative leaders have expressed support for a bill introduced by Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scuatri. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy — the heavy favorite to be elected governor — has said he would sign such a bill.

Gov. Chris Christie, who leaves office in January, has vowed to veto any marijuana legalization bill. The Republican governor also chairs a presidential commission on opioid addiction.

Marijuana legalization advocates were thrilled with Booker’s proposal.

“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress,” Tom Angell, chairman of the group Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. More than just getting the federal government out of the way so that states can legalize without [Drug Enforcement Administration] harassment, this new proposal goes even further by actually punishing states that have bad marijuana laws.

“Polls increasingly show growing majority voter support for legalization,” he said. “So this is something that more senators should be signing onto right away.”

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Posted by | July 29, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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A congressional committee voted to extend protections for state legal MED against federal law enforcement. The move defies U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) who requested its removal. The extension, which has been in place since 2014, will be tacked onto the 2018 federal budget.

AG Sessions did not release the recommendations of a crime reduction task force expected to contain updates on federal marijuana enforcement. In a short statement the AG said he receives recommendations on a “rolling basis” from the task force. The statement didn’t mention marijuana. For more see here.

KKTV has more on the closed door meeting between the task force and authorities in Colorado Springs.

Sessions’ job appears to be safe for now after President Trump spent a week publicly berating the AG for recusing himself from the administration’s Russia scandal. (The Onion says Sessions peruses at minority incarceration statistics to cheer himself up.)

House Republicans blocked a committee vote on MED access for veterans. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) had made the case for it with a deeply felt speech.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a legalization opponent, signed a new REC law, a legislative adaptation of a REC initiative passed by voters in November.  It raises sales taxes from 12% to 20% (3% to the municipality). It also creates a pathway to edibles. (For more see here.)

Shaleen Title, a Boston attorney, and entrepreneur who was involved in the effort to secure stronger equity protections, calls the Massachusetts law “great law.” Title is a board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association which has published a model bill for state legalization.

The cannabis industry has contributed more than $300,000 to the California gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), far more than any other candidate. The vote is in November 2018.

The L.A. Times calls on the city to follow the voters’ will and regulate the industry.

California needs to revert to an “emergency rulemaking process” if it’s going to start issuing licenses by the January 2 goal.

Five plaintiffs including former NFL-player have filed a federal lawsuit against AG Sessions and the DEA claiming the plant’s schedule I status is unconstitutional.

Pew’s Stateline project says legalization still faces a “rocky road.” (Mmmm, rocky road.)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants the state to repeal its REC law.

Canadian provinces are trying to shape legalization.

Former drug czar William Bennett predicts the legal states will soon regret it.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seems sympathetic to the cannabis banking issue.

L.A. may set up a public bank for cannabis businesses. (The Santa Barbara Independent looks at how cannabis businesses deal with all the cash.)

The Toronto Stock Exchange needs to figure out a policy for listing U.S. cannabis companies since they are federally illegal in their home country.

Under its new ownership, High Times plans to go public through a special purpose acquisition company.

California growers produce eight-times as much cannabis as is consumed in the state. Hezekiah Allen, head of the California Growers Association says state licensed growers “are going to have to scale back. We are on a painful downsizing curve.”

MJ Biz Daily asks if Minnesota MED company Vireo can survive two former employees facing charges for driving product from Minnesota to New York.

Australian MED company Creso is expanding to Canada with the acquisition of MED producer Mernova Medical. A Canadian company wants an Ohio MED license.

A company called Craigsweed.com changed its name to GanjaRoad.com after a cease and desist warning from craigslist.

Struggling social media app MassRoots raised $1.2M.

Companies trying to set up pot busses for Vegas tourists have hit a legal snag.

Food and drink professionals want to set up cannabis businesses in D.C.

Raymond Sackler, an entrepreneur who introduced OxyContin, died at 97. In later live he became a celebrated philanthropist.

Anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet says legalization is a drain on the economy and needs to be stopped. Drug testing is a significant expense for companies, who struggle to find factory workers who can pass.

Sabet confirmed a recent conversation with AG Sessions to WeedWeek but declined to comment on what they discussed.

Legalization in Nevada benefits Uber and Lyft drivers.

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Health and Science

The powerful House Appropriations Committee suggested cannabis’ schedule I status impedes medical research. Despite promises, the DEA has yet to award a grow license for research purposes.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) sponsored a bill that would better enable MED research.

Florida doctors are testing cannabinoids as a treatment for concussion induced headaches, anxiety and pain.

Doctors groups are debating whether there should be drug testing for doctors following an L.A. Times report on drug use by USC medical school dean Dr. Carmen A Puliafito.

The U.K.’s MS Society says patients should have MED access as a last resort.

I recently came across an investigation by the OC Register looking into how southern California rehab centers exploit addiction.

For the first time, Denver forced a flower recall on account of mold and mite contamination.

Columbia Journalism review says politicians and the media now depict white people who are addicted to opioids more gently than previous depictions of drug crises affecting primarily minorities.

Washington apologized for anti-marijuana billboards aimed at Hispanics. 

Criminal Justice

In Time, Tessa Berenson looks at how Sessions could crack down on state legal weed, and why he might not. Some still fear a crackdown.

President Trump told an audience of police, “Don’t be too nice,” to “thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.” The audience laughed and cheered.

Trump is also repeatedly overstating the link between undocumented immigrants and a criminal gang called MS-13.

Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner reportedly supports shorter drug sentences than AG Sessions.

The New York Times discusses how more aggressive drug policing hurts women, who tend to be relegated to lower levels of the illegal trade. And, yes, the article clarifies, it is possible to obtain a warrant to search someone’s vagina.

A Washington Post opinion piece suggests police departments have become addicted to asset forfeiture revenues.

Violent crime has declined in Washington since REC legalization.

A three judge panel ruled in favor of a Kansas couple who want to sue their local sheriff’s office after a dramatic raid on their home.

The Texas Observer talks to Harris County (Houston) district attorney Kim Ogg (D), who decriminalized pot and opposes overly harsh drug sentences.

The Coast Guard said pot is illegal in boats in U.S. waters.

A Nevada D.A. rejected plea bargains for REC sales to minors. Enforcement of pot laws varies across Florida.

Marijuana arrests still account for half of drug arrests in Canada.

A U.K. judge sentenced 14 members of a major “skunk” ring to a total of 90 years.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his drug war. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said drug traffickers should be shot.

Smugglers are still ingenius in their methods, the N.Y. Times reports.

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Culture

The L.A. Times visits longtime Mendocino County entrepreneur and grower Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup festival. Blake misses the “more paranoid, more profitable” way of life that’s disappearing.

Legalization supporter and Bloomberg View columnist Virginia Postrel wishes pot smokers would “stop stinking up the sidewalks.

Noël Duan takes a long look at fashion’s infatuation with cannabis. Rihanna’s in there too.

A Tucson group is helping homeless veterans get MED cards.

The country’s first public hemp building opened in Sun Valley, Id.

The new space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” could be a stoner classic.

I think this Good Mythical Morning video is rather charming.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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Rolling a Joint with Seth Rogen

Posted by | June 19, 2017 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video

Rolling a Joint with Seth Rogen – from our friends at Merryjane.com

Rolling With Rogen is a new MERRY JANE series, produced by Seth’s own Point Grey Pictures, which gives viewers a chance to learn how to roll something and smoke something directly from someone who clearly knows what he’s talking about. Aside from his involvement with cannabis, Seth is immensely involved and dedicated to his Alzheimer’s charity, Hilarity for Charity.

In this episode, watch and learn from the pro himself, and see how Rogen rolls his joints. If you have never been able to roll a proper missionary joint, this is your best chance. You definitely won’t be able to get it right for a while, but practice makes perfect so keep this video bookmarked in your browser and one day you’ll be able to say, “THANKS FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO ROLL A JOINT, SETH ROGEN!”

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CBD As an Aid for Mental Health

 

The brain is vastly improved by CBD. CBD does this in an important and complex manner. CBD has no psychoactive effect attached to it. This is because signaling does not originate from the CB2 and CB1 receptors directly. CBD is different from THC which has psychoactive effects attached to it. For many years now THC had monopolized the news but now more and more chose a hybrid and buy marijuana seeds that grow plants of higher percentages of CBD The following are ways by which CBD can help with mental health.

 

 

It has antipsychotic effects

CBD can be used as an antipsychotic medication. It can be used the same way as amisulpride. This makes it perfect for those that suffer from schizophrenia. CBD is preferred by so many people because it has fewer side effects than amisulpride. The effect CBD has on anandamide gives it the antipsychotic effects it possesses. The availability of cannabinoids increases anandamide in the brain.

 

 

It helps to treat depression

There is a serotonin receptor relating directly to depression symptoms that interact with CBD. It has also been discovered that CBD calms those regions that get very active during an anxiety disorder. This is done when CBD reduces the flow of blood to the hypothalamus and other regions of the brain that are connected to anxiety. After treatment with CBD, neurochemical and behavioral studies were conducted on OBX mice that were modified surgically. It was discovered that CBD reversed the inability to feel pleasure which is anhedonia and OBX induced hyperactivity.

 

 

It is used to treat addictions

It was found by Morgan and some other researchers that smokers that were treated with CBD reduced the total number of cigarettes they smoked by 40%. The placebo group had no change in the total number of cigarettes smoked. The capability of CBD to decrease the need for opioids was discovered during preclinical research. But there is still a need to carry out more research on the use of CBD as a cure for addictions.

 

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Top 10 Marijuana Discoveries in 2017 by Kurt Darrell

Posted by | June 16, 2017 | Cannabis News

Top 10 Marijuana Discoveries in 2017 by Kurt Darrell

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A recent Gallup poll found that roughly 60 percent of U.S. citizens support the legalization of marijuana. As the highest percentage in 47 years, it reveals the popularity of cannabis in the United States. Despite its newfound support, there are still many detractors of marijuana usage; some calling it “harmful,” while others consider it a “gateway drug.” So what is the truth?

 

As the drug continues to gain popularity in American society, new research is being conducted every day that can inform users and keep them up-to-date with new findings on the benefits, and potential side-effects, of using marijuana. Here are 10 of the top marijuana discoveries from 2017 so far.

 

  1. Marijuana Actually Does Relieve Stress

 

While many marijuana users have claimed the drug helps them feel more relaxed and lowers their stress levels, there has not been actual clinical proof that supports these their claims until recently.

 

A new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, THC, does reduce stress — although it is in a highly dose-dependent manner. While higher doses of marijuana can potentially lead to increased anxiety, lower level doses were found to reduce stress and prevent  the jittery feelings that many experience before public speaking or being in crowded, or unknown, areas.

 

  1. Marijuana Compounds Can Reduce Seizures

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Research published in The New England Journal of Medicine presented findings that showed children with Dravet syndrome — a severe form of epilepsy — experienced fewer seizures after ingesting a cannabis compound called “cannabidiol.” Unlike actual marijuana, cannabidiol does not have psychoactive properties.

 

Over a 14 week trial, participants with Dravet syndrome saw monthly seizures drop from an average of 12.4 to an average of 5.9 — a 52 percent decrease. More amazingly, in five percent of patients exposed to the compound, seizures stopped altogether during the study.

 

  1. Marijuana Can Increase Alcohol Use

 

The Research Society on Alcoholism studied any correlation between alcohol use and cannabis use. Their studies concluded that the use of marijuana often increased the likelihood of alcohol users’ transition from one stage of potential alcoholism to the next.

 

While other factors — including “trauma exposures” or “use of marijuana by offspring” — were also linked to transitions, the RSA suggested further research must be conducted on the connection between marijuana and AUDs due to the increased use of cannabis in the United States.

 

  1. Marijuana Found to be Linked to Schizophrenia

 

Scientists at Tel Aviv University have found evidence that shows cannabis may be a trigger for mental issues in adolescents. Their research concluded that while marijuana does not necessarily make users schizophrenic, it could serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia in younger users whose genetics already make them susceptible to the disorder.

 

  1. Marijuana Can Calm Your Gut

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According to new research, marijuana has been found to have much in common with chili peppers. Among the many similarities, both were found to interact with the same receptors in the human stomach, which can keep your gut in balance. These findings could lead to new treatments and therapies for things like diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and colitis.

 

  1. Cannabis Helps with PTSD

 

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, many of whom are American veterans that struggle to find treatment. A new study has received a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to study the effectiveness of marijuana used to manage PTSD symptoms. With several different levels of potency and over 50 veteran participants, smoking marijuana may be a big step forward in the mental care of America’s veterans.

 

  1. Marijuana Could Cure Heroin Addiction

 

Cannabinoids — extracts derived from medical marijuana — are now believed to have the ability to help heroin users reduce their cravings and ease their withdrawal symptoms from the opioid. Essentially, the cannabinoids were found to communicate with similiar neurons in the brain that opioids communicate with, just with a much stronger impact. The extracts could provide a more therapeutic alternative without the risk of overdose.

 

  1. Marijuana Could be Good for Your Pets

 

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2017 may be remembered as the “Year of Animal Cannabis” because more and more pet owners are reporting that they have used marijuana extracts, as well as pet-safe edibles and ointments, to treat their pets’ cancer, seizures, arthritis, and anxiety, with positive results.

 

While many veterinarians do not support this practice, due to a lack of scientific research into the effects of marijuana on animals, many people are discovering that the drug is helping treat their furry friends’ wide range of ailments. This has even led some companies to begin selling cannabis tinctures that can be added to pet foods or administered orally to treat pet illnesses.

 

  1. Marijuana Can Help Cure Cancer

 

In a major medical breakthrough announcement, British company GW Pharmaceuticals has stated that cannabis does, in fact, kill cancer cells.

While the company has been testing medical marijuana’s connection to cancer for years, it only recently released clinical evidence that linked the drug to a reduced mortality rate for people with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) — a form of brain cancer that can kill patients within two years.

 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute, as well as the FDA, have released similar statements that point to synthetic THC as a possible treatment for leukemia and other cancers.

 

  1. Marijuana Could Treat Multiple Sclerosis

 

A study performed at the Canadian University of Manitoba is researching whether cannabinoid treatments can have positive impacts on neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). The results of the study could help provide support for clinical testing of cannabinoid oil products for MS patients who experience chronic pain. While the research is not a full-blown discovery yet, its potential effects could be wide-ranging and help the more than 2.5 million people around the world who suffer from MS.

 

Going Forward

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With the tremendous rise in popularity of marijuana, and the legalization of it in several states, the need for research into the health benefits — and potential negative effects — of cannabis has never been more important. As scientists discover more uses for the drug, it may not be long before marijuana becomes more than just legal — it could soon become a prime treatment for many illnesses.

 

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Author Bio:

Kurt Darrell is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. He’s been an avid advocate for medical marijuana usage for years and enjoys educating others about its various benefits and uses. When he’s not writing, he’s usually tending to his plants.

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