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Mom: Cannabis oil drastically improving daughter’s life

Posted by | September 1, 2015 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Legal Marijuana News, Legalize Marijuana in Georgia

Mom: Cannabis oil drastically improving daughter’s life

ATLANTA — Cannabis oil is working for the 2-year-old Winder girl 11Alive has been following through her journey, and it was never more evident than during a recent therapy session.

“How do you feel? You look awesome,” said Lainey Cleveland’s therapist.

Smiling is monumental, a laugh is life changing, and standing — well, that’s a dream that suddenly feels real for Erin Cleveland and her daughter Lainey.

“It’s like she’s coming alive,” Cleveland said.

Lainey recently went through an intense 10-day therapy session, and 11Alive was there on the continuation of the journey following this family.

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Edible Marijuana Is Booming, But These Aren’t Your Father’s Pot Brownies

Posted by | August 19, 2015 | Cannabis News

Edible Marijuana Is Booming, But These Aren’t Your Father’s Pot Brownies

Forty years ago, making a pot brownie meant crushing some buds into your batter and stirring by hand.

Now workers bake marijuana-laced brownies by the dozen in industrial kitchens, and they’re sold in marijuana dispensaries alongside products like Lemon Crinkle Cookies, Bubba Kush Root Beer, Cheeba Chews and Mile High Mint Bars.

The market for marijuana “edibles” has exploded as medical cannabis legalization has spread across the U.S. in 23 in states, from Hawaii to Maine. Four of these states and Washington, D.C., have also legalized recreational use.

“Edibles are a very tantalizing, tempting way for people to experiment because they come in every form you can think of,” said Jim Gerhardt, a longtime police officer and vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.

In Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and has had medical marijuana since 2000, consumers bought 5.8 million infused edibles and concentrate products in 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue Annual Update.


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Medical marijuana dispensaries closing down as fast as opening up

Posted by | August 1, 2015 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Marijuana News

Medical marijuana dispensaries closing down as fast as opening up



Recreational marijuana is officially on the fast track to store shelves in Oregon after Gov. Kate Brown signed a law Tuesday that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to adults beginning Oct. 1.

Although the number of pot dispensaries in Oregon has tripled since 2013, local business owners say opening up shop is not as easy as it sounds.

Matt Walstaller opened Pure Green back in January 2014, but he said the ride down the marijuana business lane has not always been smooth.

“A lot of people think this is weed, I’m going to make millions but it’s not that easy.”

Since planting his feet on the corner of 37th and Sandy in northeast Portland’s Hollywood District, he said he saw the growth of marijuana dispensaries in the area.

“They’re just everywhere and they’re popping up faster and faster.”

But at the same speed, he said he has also seem them close down.

“We’re in a limited market because we can only sell to card holders, it’s highly saturated, there’s always way too many shops to serve the market and it’s not the same as the old days where all you had to do was grow it and sell it,” he said.

Walstaller said his shop has done well since opening because unlike many cannabis businesses, he was prepared.

“If you’re going to be different in some way, if you don’t find something that sets you apart, you’re going to run into challenges,” he said.

In 2013, the Oregon Health Authority said there were 100 dispensaries in Oregon. Today, there’s around 300, with permits pending each day. Heidi Marks is owner of the Green Oasis.

“When I first found this location, it was like a dispensary desert,” she said.

She has also seen and felt the impacts of the growing market.

“I opened it thinking I got this, and realized I don’t have this,” she said.

Marks said she’s also seen shops like one she recalls off Naito Parkway open, then close in the blink of an eye.

“I was shocked because I don’t think they were open for six months,” she said.

But both owners agree come Oct. 1, marijuana sales statewide will improve.

Dispensaries who are approved to sell recreational marijuana starting Oct. 1 can only sell a quarter ounce and up to four plants per person, per day.

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2016 ballot proposals include medical marijuana – South Dakota

Posted by | May 27, 2015 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana News

2016 ballot proposals include medical marijuana – South Dakota

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota medical marijuana supporter hopes to begin gathering signatures within a month to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot to allow people with serious medical conditions to use pot.

Activist Melissa Mentele said Tuesday that her ballot measure language is now under review at the state Attorney General’s office.

Mentele and other organizers need to gather 13,871 signatures by Nov. 8 to get the proposal on the ballot.

The proposal is geared toward people who have conditions such as cancer who proponents say could be helped by marijuana.

Other organizers are sponsoring ballot initiatives for the 2016 election to prohibit the sale and transfer of tobacco and alcohol in South Dakota. Bob Newland, a pro-marijuana activist, says the measures are about “consistency” in the law.

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Cops Raid ‘F*ck It, I Quit’ Ex-Anchor’s Alaska Cannabis Club

Posted by | March 23, 2015 | Cannabis News, Marijuana News

Former KTVA anchor Charlo Greene made news last year when she proclaimed on the air that she was quitting her job to focus on her pro-marijuana campaign for the Alaska Cannabis Club. Well, that club was raided by police on Friday, reports Greene’s former employer, KTVA.

Law enforcement officials acted on a search warrant which said “there is now being concealed property, namely: Marijuana, in cultivation or harvested, resins, oils, hashish or other THC derivatives, concentrates, edibles and equipment used in the extraction of THC,” among other “illegal transactions.” Officials also searched for electronic statements “used in or intended for use in or derived from trafficking in controlled substances.”

Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, told her former employer that they took a few marijuana plants, bongs, pipes, phones, computers and two vehicles from the residence. She claimed it was only a “fourth degree misdemeanor.”

“This is basically a medical marijuana dispensary,” Greene, the CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, toldKTVA as she watched authorities raid the building. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana, we don’t sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for card holders to come and share their own cannabis.”

Greene told the Associated Press in an email that she reopened the club the next day: “By opening back up bright and early, less than 24 hours after the local police department’s failed scare tactic, we, at the Alaska Cannabis Club, have made it clear that the will of the people is stronger than any force they have — and we aren’t going anywhere.”

Recreational marijuana use is currently legal in Alaska, but it is still illegal to sell pot and smoke it in public places. KTVA only identified Greene as a “former television reporter,” and did not mention that she used to work for the network. No arrests were made at the scene, and nobody was charged with a crime.

Watch the report below, via KTVA

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7 celebrities looking to cash in on the cannabis industry’s ‘Green Rush’

Posted by | January 26, 2015 | Cannabis Business, Cannabis News

Celebrities look to cash in on a growing industry while entrepreneurs hope famous names will help their products stand out in a crowd.

While the alcohol industry has long had celebrities like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bethenny Frankel endorsing brands, we’re just starting to see marijuana brands endorsed by musicians, actors and, well . . . Bethenny Frankel again.

Entrepreneurs across the U.S. are flocking to the burgeoning cannabis industry as more and more states pass legislation legalizing the sale of marijuana in some form. That proliferation of pot-related businesses means that business-owners are scrambling for ways to make their brand stand out in the minds of consumers. Cue the celebrities, who have been popping up across the marijuana industry recently with product endorsements as well as their own pot-related brands.

When you think of celebrities and pot, a host of well-known weed advocates likely spring to mind. Music icon Willie Nelson is an outspoken supporter of marijuana legalization who often throws his support behind political candidates with similar views. Meanwhile, actress and co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg penned a column last year that details her love of her vaporizer pen — a tool for inhaling weed and other herbs — and comedian Sarah Silverman even showed off her own “vape” pen on the red carpet before attending last year’s Emmy awards.

In other words, there seems to be no shortage of celebrities who would surprise no one by jumping into the legal pot business. Here’s a look at several famous names who are already looking to cash in on the “green rush”:

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Texas decriminalizes marijuana…almost!

Posted by | December 17, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Texas Cannabis News

December 17, 2014

AUSTIN, TX — A coalition of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans introduced a proposal Monday to make possession of a small amount of marijuana in Texas a civil infraction, instead of a crime.

House Bill 507, filed by state Rep. Joe Moody, would make those caught with an ounce of pot or less subject only to a $100 fine. Currently, some of those people could face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to to $2,000 and a criminal record.

Moody, D-El Paso, said during a news conference at the Capitol that the change would save thousands of mostly-minority Texans from a lifetime record while saving money through reduced jail costs. Similar moves in other states have shown that the policy would not increase marijuana usage, he said.

“A civil penalty is good government, and good government is always good for Texas,” Moody said.

Ann Lee, executive director of the Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, agreed, arguing that reducing penalties for drug violations is in line with the philosophy of conservatives who “stand for freedom.”

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have taken jail time off the table for those caught with small amounts of marijuana, according to the coalition, but similar efforts have failed in Texas in the past. Any relaxation of marijuana laws will start as a longshot in next year’s legislative session, in part due to fierce opposition from law enforcement groups.

Sheriff Chris Kirk, a spokesman for the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, told the Houston Chronicle last month that, “the sheriffs of Texas are going to bring all their influence to try to stop the legalization of marijuana at any level” next session.

Still, members of the coalition expressed confidence during the news conference. Moody said he has only heard positive feedback.

“I haven’t heard a lot of the push back that you might expect,” he said.

Reported by Brian M. Rosenthal in the Austin bureau of the Houston Chronicle. 



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Cannamoms try to get medical pot for their kids

Posted by | November 25, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana News, medical marijuana

Marijuana not just for hippies

Moriah Barnhart’s daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 2. Moriah said that Dahlia, now 4, was not expected by doctors to live as long as she has.


But the blue-eyed, rambunctious little girl has exceeded doctors’ expectations.

“The majority of the progress I’ve seen in her, physically, mentally and emotionally” is due to cannabis, Barnhart told CNBC.

Moriah is one of four mothers who refer to themselves as the Cannamoms, advocating for medical marijuana to be legalized in all states so that their critically ill children, and others like them, can have access to a drug that is still illegal on the federal level.

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Throughout her chemotherapy and beyond, Moriah said cannabis had helped Dahlia tremendously, but she can’t get access to marijuana legally in Florida, where she lives.

Moriah and three other mothers made the journey from Florida to California to try cannabis for a protracted stay. All four at some point have given their children marijuana, and they say they witnessed an improvement in their well being afterward.

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Oklahoma’s Cannabis Debate: Battling Confusion

Posted by | November 8, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Oklohoma Cannabis News

A special report on the 10-year-old Oklahoma girl who’s inspiring one lawmaker to go way outside his comfort zone— to push for the legalization of medical cannabis


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Gaming executives left out of marijuana business – Las Vegas

Posted by | November 8, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Las Vegas, Legal Marijuana News, Nevada Medical Marijuana News

The battle continues between gaming executives who want in on the medical marijuana industry and the gaming regulators who say ‘no way.’ The Nevada Gaming Commission says an entrepreneur cannot do both

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Voters back legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C.

Posted by | November 6, 2014 | Alaska Marijuana News, Oregon Marijuana News, Oregon Recreational Marijuana, Washington D.C. Marijuana News

Voters back legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C.

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Arizona Man Trades $160K Diamond for $20 Weed, Cops Say – Really!

Posted by | October 1, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video

 An Arizona man could have gotten himself one of the fanciest cars on the road and had money left over with what a diamond he allegedly stole was worth, but instead police say he traded the $160,000 gem for $20 worth of marijuana.

Walter Earl Morrison, 20, of Phoenix, Az., was charged with felony theft after he allegedly stole a package containing the diamond while unloading a UPS cargo plane, authorities told ABC’s Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV.

The diamond was valued at $160,000, according to KNXV-TV. That’s enough money to buy a Maserati sports car and still have enough left over to make a down payment on a house.

But Morrison had different plans.

He traded in the $160,000 diamond for $20 worth of weed, which according to a global marijuana price index is the rough equivalent of two joints.

A spokesperson for UPS told KNXV that the diamond was recovered and delivered to its intended customer. Morrison was fired.

Morrison is scheduled to appear in Phoenix’ Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Cannabis job fair draws hundreds in Bellvue

Posted by | September 29, 2014 | cannabis jobs, Legal Marijuana News, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, News Video


From security to software, agriculture to transportation, the Marijuana Business Association’s cannabis job fair was unlike any Kevin Donald’s ever attended.

“I would like to understand more about it,” he told one employer at a booth inside a Bellevue hotel.

Donald came all the way from Raleigh for the Marijuana Business Association job fair Saturday. He’s a college professor with a PhD and has never worked with pot.

He’s not even sure what job he wants.

“I don’t know because I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “And that’s the reason I decided about a week or so ago to buy a plane ticket and just fly out here.”

Despite the unknowns, Donald is sure he wants in.

Just under 500 job seekers networked for opportunities. They ranged from the long time unemployed to career cannabis industry insiders.

Thirty employers set up booths offering more than 140 jobs across Washington.

Donald is a cultural anthropologist and plans to research the field while working in it, even though he just got a new teaching position in North Carolina.

“But I’ve already done it,” he said. “This is something that I’ve never done.”

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TV Reporter Quits Job On-Air to Lead Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization Campaign: “Fuck It, I Quit”

Posted by | September 22, 2014 | Alaska Marijuana News, Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Legal Marijuana News, Legalization of Medical Marijuana, Marijuana News

Charlo Greene made quite an exit.

On Sunday, the KTVA Anchorage reporter dropped a bombshell (and an F-bomb!) when she announced live on-air that she was quitting her job to focus on legalizing marijuana in Alaska.

Charlo’s announcement came immediately after a story on the Alaska Cannabis Club, the “only medical marijuana resource” in the region, according to its website. According to the club’s website, they do not distribute marijuana directly, but they do “connect medical marijuana cardholders in need to medical marijuana cardholders with green :)”

After the segment, Charlo told viewers, “Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.”

But the kicker? “And as for this job,” she said, “well, not that I have a choice but, f–k it, I quit.”

Charlo shrugged and walked off camera before KTVA, a CBS affiliate, cut to its shocked anchor back at the desk, who apologized “for that” and threw to a commercial. News director Bert Rudman later issued a statement on behalf of the program, saying, “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”

Charlo later told Alaska Dispatch News her employer had no idea she was going to quit or that she was affiliated with the Alaska Cannabis Club. When asked why she made her exit in such a dramatic way, she said, “Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real…most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”

The bill, according to, would regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in the state, allowing adults 21 and older “to possess, use, show, buy, transport or grow set amounts of marijuana, with the growing subject to certain restrictions.”

Charlo is encouraging voters across the state to vote yes to the statewide legalization of recreational marijuana. The Alaska Cannabis has started an IndieGogo fundraising page to help effort campaign costs.

In a YouTube video titled “Why I Quit,” Charlo further explained her decision to refocus her efforts. She also urged others to share “your own ‘my marijuana’ story,” showing, “that we smokers are responsible, contributing members to society.”

Alaskans can cast their votes on Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 4, 2014.

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Marijuana Legalization in CO: Crime Down, Revenues Up

Posted by | September 7, 2014 | Cannabis News, Cannabis News Video, Colorado Marijuana Jobs, Colorado Marijuana News

Marijuana Legalization in CO: Crime Down, Revenues Up

–Marijuana legalization in Colorado has led to a rise in revenue and a drop in crime

Colorado state tax reports issued on May 8 showed that $19 million worth of cannabis was sold legally in the state in March, up almost a third from February. The state also reported $7.3 million in retail weed tax revenues, plus another $12.6 million from taxes on medical cannabis. Last week, state lawmakers moved to spend some proceeds — about $33 million — on school nurses and public education touting responsible use.

Colorado lawmakers also moved to create a special bank to handle cannabis transactions, which remain illegal under federal law. But a so-called “Dank Bank” appears to be DOA, because it needs US Treasury approval, and a bill in Congress to green-light pot banking faces long odds.

As far as public safety: crime in Denver declined slightly, compared to the same three-month period a year ago. This is despite doom-laden prognostications from Denver and Colorado officials as well as national law enforcement. “Property crime is down 14.6% compared to the same period in 2013. Violent crimes are down 2.4%,” PolicyMic reports.

Ninety days after adults over 21 could begin buying cannabis over the counter, taxes were up and crime was down. Above, satisfied customers in Denver January 1, 2014

The results mesh with a recent PLOS One research study that found that legalizing medical marijuana does not result in more violent crime.

“Alternatively, state MML may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates, net of other covariates. … These findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.”

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