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AmeriCann Partners With Medical Marijuana Applicants In Illinois In $9 Million Alliance

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:30
AmeriCann, Inc. (ACAN OTCQX), a company that develops cannabis cultivation facilities and provides capital for cannabis entrepreneurs, has partnered with local medical marijuana applicants in the state of Illinois. “AmeriCann’s management team members have had extensive first-hand experience with compassionate medical marijuana programs for many years,” AmeriCann CEO Tim Keogh stated.  “We have seen the [...]

Colorado: Company Launches High-End Grow Box For Either Weed or Veggies

Hemp News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:35

Rather than move furniture to make room for his indoor garden, Aaron Schrems put his garden inside the furniture.

With no carpentry experience and modeled using pieces from IKEA furniture kits, Schrems, CEO of Chicago-born and Colorado-based North of 80, invented what he calls "the ultimate urban garden:" a grow box, complete with lights and shelves for plants, that doubles as a beautiful piece of high end furniture.

"With more and more people in the world living in cities, I thought that this would be a perfect way to help people reconnect with nature," Schrems said. "At the same time, they can produce their own healthier food."

And there’s marijuana... of course.

"In places where it's legal, people can grow their own marijuana from seed or clone, which means saving up to thousands of dollars a year while putting to rest any questions about provenance, quality, and value."

The stylish growing cabinet Schrems created, called the 108, has a sleek exterior composed of sustainably harvested hard woods. Inside, constantly circulating fresh air is filtered by activated charcoal as it enters and exits the box. Premium LED lights with a spectrum tuned to the nanometer improve productivity nanometer, while an adjustable shelf and custom copper plant tray maximize growing area and light coverage.

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U.S.: 'High Maintenance' Web Series Features Nameless Cannabis Dealer

Hemp News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:24

Catch up on the celebrated web series High Maintenance before new episodes premiere on November 11 on HighMaintenance.tv

The web series High Maintenance, which follows a nameless cannabis dealer as he delivers his product to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city they live in, marks Vimeo’s first foray into original programming with the six episodes launching exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Emmy Award-winning casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor and editor Ben Sinclair (Delocated, 30 Rock, The Big C, and the forthcoming film, The Nest) and manager Russell Gregory at Regarding Entertainment first debuted High Maintenance on Vimeo in late 2012.

"High Maintenance" is collaboration in every sense of the word; Blichfeld and Sinclair write, direct, and edit every episoden together. Taking the new medium of the “web series” to different heights, the two make every episode as long as it needs to be, rather than having any particular set program length, with Vimeo providing them with the freedom to both experiment and perfect their special brand of short-form storytelling.

Critic Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker has called "High Maintenance" "A shoebox that opens into Narnia [...] Meditative, dreamy invasions into the lives of creative-class New Yorkers, with smart dialogue, seams of compassion, and an O. Henry air of surprise.”

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Federal District Court Judge Asks: Should Federal Law Classify Cannabis As One Of The Nation’s Most Dangerous Drugs?

NORML Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:07

Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM.

Members of Congress initially categorized cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification available, in 1970. Under this categorization, the plant is defined as possessing “a high potential for abuse, … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, … [and lacking] accepted safety for … use … under medical supervision.”

Expert witnesses for the defense – including Drs. Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University in New York City, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington – will testify that the accepted science is inconsistent with the notion that cannabis meets these Schedule I criteria.

“[I]t is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is counter to all the scientific evidence in a society that uses and values empirical evidence,” Dr. Hart declared. “After two decades of intense scientific inquiry in this area, it has become apparent the current scheduling of cannabis has no footing in the realities of science and neurobiology.”

The government intends to call Bertha Madras, Ph.D., Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and the former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush.

Additional evidence has been presented by way of declarations by Marine Sgt. Ryan Begin, a veteran of the Iraq War; Jennie Stormes, the mother of a child suffering from Dravet Syndrome – a pediatric form of epilepsy that has been shown in preliminary trials to respond to specific compounds in the cannabis plant; James Nolan, Ph.D. an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at West Virginia University and a former crime analyst for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Christopher Conrad, noted cannabis author, archivist, and cultivation expert.

This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted an evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation. Attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke, both members of the NORML Legal Committee, contend that the federal government’s present policies facilitating the regulated distribution of cannabis in states such as Colorado and Washington can not be reconciled with the insistence that the plant is deserving of its Schedule I status under federal law.

They write: “In effect, the action taken by the Department of Justice is either irrational, or more likely proves the assertions made in Part I (B) of this Brief: marijuana does not fit the criteria of a Schedule I Controlled Substance.”

Speaking recently in a taped interview with journalist Katie Couric, United States Attorney General Eric Holder expressed the need to revisit cannabis’ Schedule I placement under federal law. Holder said, “[T]he question of whether or not they should be in the same category is something that I think we need to ask ourselves, and use science as the basis for making that determination.”

The testimonial part of the evidentiary hearing in United States v. Pickard, et. al., is expected to last three days.

New York: NYPD Continues Quixotic, Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

Hemp News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:57

From March to August Under de Blasio/Bratton, NYPD Made More Marijuana Possession Arrests than Bloomberg/Kelly in Same Period of Previous Year

Extreme Racial Disparities Persist as Blacks and Latinos Make up 86% of Marijuana Possession Arrests, Despite Young Whites Using at Higher Rates

A new report released on Monday by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities.

The report, "Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014" draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues its practice of making wasteful, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests.

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Medical Marijuana Inc Files Huge Lawsuit Against Other Cannabis Companies

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:48
The marijuana industry can be a shady place at times, which is something that I’ve stated over and over. There are more ‘snake oil salesmen’ in the marijuana industry right now than I can stand. There are also more haters in the industry that I think there is in any other industry. People, for various [...]

Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Delaware

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:42
A growing majority of Americans want to see marijuana legalized, taxed, and regulated. The citizens of Delaware are no exception. A recent poll found that a strong majority of Delaware residents want to see Delaware follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize marijuana. Per Delaware Online: According to a new University of [...]

Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:31
It has been a wild ride for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been around for a long, long time in Oregon. However, until late 2013 they were illegal, and it wasn’t until this year that licenses were issued to make some of them completely legal. Ironically, even though the dispensaries were [...]

Florida Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Showdown in the South

NORML Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:41

On November 4, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution, Amendment 2, to establish a medical marijuana program in that state. This vote is especially important as it would be the first southern state to legalize medical use, and would likely encourage other states in the region to take a serious look at the use of marijuana as a medicine for seriously ill patients.

Why A Constitutional Amendment?

Fearful that the conservative Republican state legislature would have passed legislation overriding such a change, if it were simply a state law changed by voter initiative, People United for Medical Marijuana, the sponsor of this proposal, elected to try to include the policy changes as an amendment to the state constitution. Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions initiative, must therefore receive 60 percent of votes cast to be enacted as a constitutional amendment, a high goal and a real challenge for any proposal to meet. That decision is one that may be instructive for future voter initiatives, with most polls currently showing we will win a majority of votes, but likely less than 60 percent.

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Hemp Building Material Absorbs Pollutants And Improves Insulation

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:17
Hemp never ceases to amaze me. Hemp is great for making clothes. Hemp seed is a great food source. Hemp is better to make paper out of than wood, although as we continue to transition to digital formats, that need is becoming less prevalent, but still prevalent enough to be relevant nonetheless. I read an [...]

How Much Money Does A Seattle Marijuana Store Make In A Day?

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:08
Legal recreational marijuana sales started in Washington near the beginning of July. However, until very recently, there was only one legal recreational marijuana store in Washington’s largest city of Seattle. There are now two stores in Seattle, with hopefully more opening sooner than later. The Seattle marijuana market consumer base is by far the largest [...]

Advanced Cannabis Solutions Purchases Bank Location In Denver

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:07
The Bank Facility Purchased By Advanced Cannabis Solutions Will Be Called ‘The Greenhouse’ And Will Eventually Serve As A Full Service Bank For The Cannabis Industry In the not too distant future, the cannabis industry will be allowed to bank like any other industry without obstacles. At least that’s my hope. But I don’t think [...]

No On 91 Campaign Makes The Case FOR Legalization

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:00
On Friday, Mandi Puckett, the head of the No on Measure 91 campaign trying to defeat legalization in Oregon, held a press conference Friday that was chock full of concerned moms and precocious kids.  More telling was the presence of law enforcement and drug treatment professionals joining in to protect the drug war grants and [...]

NORML PAC Endorses Senator Cory Booker For U.S. Senate

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:30
NORML PAC has endorsed Senator Cory Booker (NJ) for re-election the the United States Senate representing New Jersey. “We endorsed Cory Booker during his election campaign in 2013 and we are honored to do so again,” stated NORML PAC manager Erik Altieri, “Senator Booker kept the promises he made to champion crucial criminal justice and [...]

Regulations For CBD Oil Proposed By Missouri Department Of Health And Senior Services

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:00
By John Payne Last Thursday, October 9, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services proposed regulations for the recommendation and distribution of CBD oil to patients with intractable epilepsy. The proposed regulations explain the requirements and process by which patients can apply for a “Hemp Extract Registration Card” that allows each patient to possess [...]

Fighting Stigmatization Of Drug Users In Denver

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:30
By Phillip Smith In many ways, ours is harsh, moralistic, and punitive society. One need only look at our world-leading incarceration rate to see the evidence. We like to punish wrongdoers, and our conception of wrongdoers often includes those who are doing no direct wrong to others, but who are doing things of which we [...]

US NJ: March To Legalize Marijuana Comes To New Jersey

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
The Trentonian, 19 Oct 2014 - TRENTON - Several hundred people gathered in front of the New Jersey statehouse on Saturday to push for the legalization of marijuana. The event would be the second major gathering near the statehouse where the crowd would light up in defiance of the law. The last occurred in April on Easter. No arrests appear to have been made at the event which went off without much complication, despite one individual passing out around the beginning of the event. A relative told organizers that his brother suffers from anxiety and was overcome, he was transported to an area hospital by EMT's for evaluation. For registered nurse Jennie Stormes the event would be a bittersweet goodbye. After years of fighting to get her son Jackson access to cannabis to treat his seizures in New Jersey, she has made the decision to uproot her family and head to Colorado where the drug is legal.

US CO: Colorado Politicians Mostly Silent On Pot

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Oct 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Colorado has seen feisty debates this fall, with candidates in close races for governor, Senate and the U.S. House arguing over abortion rights, energy policy and the death penalty. Just don't expect any of them to talk much about the biggest news of the year: legal pot. While the state's 10month-old marijuana retail experiment has received worldwide attention and sales of recreational and medical pot have generated more than $45 million for state coffers, most voters have collectively shrugged. Predictions that they would go scrambling back to the polls to repeal the legal-pot law they passed in 2012 haven't yet materialized.

US NM: Pot Question Has The Interest Of Early Voters

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 19 Oct 2014 - A non-binding question about pot seems to be growing interest in Bernalillo County ballots. Eighteen early voting centers opened throughout the county on Saturday, the first day early voting was available at numerous locations.

Querkle Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 03:11
Querkle Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Querkle marijuana strain was created by legendary seed breeders at TGA Genetics. I have always loved the name Querkle, which is a marijuana strain that comes as a result of crossing Purple Urkle with Space Queen. The Querkle marijuana strain is an indica-dominant marijuana strain.  Average flowering time is [...]