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U.S.: Company Announces 99% Pure CBD For Sale

Hemp News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:34

UsCBDpur, an importer of CBD extracted from industrial hemp and containing no THC, on Tuesday announced that they are now offering 100 gram to 1 kilo lots.

UsCBDpur says its cannabidiol is non-synthetic and represents a breakthrough in the clean extraction of CBD from thousand year old cultivars of Asian hemp (old strains bred for high fiber with little regard for any THC content).

"UsCBDpur contains no heavy metals, no THC and no residual cannabinoids/terpenes," states a prepared releasea from the company. It is simply PURE CBD, consistently testing at 99%+ pure!"

The company has what it calls "an affordable 100g entry level" beginning at $12,000. This means they are charging a stiff $120 a gram even at that volume. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) often sell for $25 to $40 a gram in the medical marijuana community -- at the single-gram level -- for comparison purposes.

"We decided to provide affordable entry levels for smaller manufacturers and formulation or consultation companies," said company director David Mouser. "If you do the math, it's a 7:1 ratio in costs.

"Everyone will enjoy cutting their CBD oil costs," Mouser said. "And think of the possibilities of pure powder formulations! That's huge, plus it is 100 percent CLEAN."

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Washington: Schools Turn Down Marijuana Farmer's $14,000 Donation

Hemp News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 19:54

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

“I never thought it’d be a problem to give money away,” said marijuana farmer Randy Williams, the owner of Fireweed Farm, just north of Prosser, Washington. School officials on Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from Williams, claiming they were "taking a stand" against youth marijuana use.

"We're not taking it. End of story," snapped Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

"That's a mistake on their end because they're not helping anything," Williams said after visiting the school district office last week to try to make the donation. Tolcacher, who was out at the time, called the would-be donor on the telephone on Monday to turn down the money.

Williams said his next choice for the donation is the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties; that youth nonprofit will "evaluate internally," according to executive director Brian Ace. If they turn him down, he might offer the money to the VFW, Williams said, reports Ross Courtney of the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Williams, one of the few legally licensed marijuana farmers in Yakima Valley, promised at a first-ever marijuana auction November 15 at his farm to donate the proceeds of one "low-grade" lot to local schools. The weed brought in about $13,500; Williams kicked in the difference to make it an even $14K.

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Colorado: Health Officials Recommend $7.5 Million In Grant Funding For Clinical Cannabis Trials

NORML Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:38

State Public Health Department officials have recommended over $7 million dollars in grant funding to pay for a series of state-sponsored clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoids.

The proposed studies include a pair of clinical trials to evaluate the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic plant cannabinoid, for patients with pediatric epilepsy. Two additional trials will assess the use of cannabis for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress. Other studies will assess the efficacy of either cannabis or CBD in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors, ulcerative colitis, and pain management. (More specific summaries of all eight proposed studies are available online here.)

Grant funding for the proposed studies requires final approval by the state Board of Health in December.

Following funding approval, researchers will still be required to gain additional federal approval in order to obtain access to research-grade cannabis or CBD.

The state of California previously sponsored a similar series of clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of marijuana. Those studies evaluated the use of whole-plant cannabis in patients with neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, and autoimmune deficiencies. A summary of those trials, published in 2012, concluded, “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”

Global: Online Screening of Classic Reggae Movie 'Countryman' Set For Dec. 5

Hemp News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:52

Next Friday, December 5, Palm Pictures will revive the great tradition of "midnight movies" with an exclusive online screening of the legendary reggae classic Countryman. Directed by Dickie Jobson, the film is a 1982 cult classic, featuring classic tracks from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Toots and The Maytals.

Preceding the movie screening, at 11:30 pm on Friday 12/5, the film's co-star Carl Bradshaw will live-chat from Jamaica via Google Hangouts On Air with veteran reggae journalist Rob Kenner. The live chat with Bradshaw and the special "Midnight Movie Streaming" will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts here.

Countryman, a real life Jamaican fisherman and mystic, played himself in the 90-minute art house film. His feats of skill and daring in that movie made him an “ital” (natural) Rasta superhero and were an accurate reflection of his way of life.

The film's depictions of ganja use only serve to further endear it to a devoted cult audience.

Island Records founder and Countryman Executive Producer Chris Blackwell recalls, “He was a unique character, able to live in the jungle. We decided to do a film with him because you could never find a movie star who could wrestle with alligators and run through swamps the way he did.

"Countryman was an amazing person, always positive and full of humor," Blackwell ssaid. "Being of African and Indian descent, he embodied the Jamaican motto, ‘Out of Many, One People.’”

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Colorado Health Officials Recommend Grants For Marijuana Research

The Weed Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:30
Something you hear marijuana opponents say over and over is that ‘there needs to be more marijuana research conducted’ before they support reform. That of course is usually only a delay tactic, proven by the fact that these same marijuana opponents fight marijuana research efforts as much as possible. I think deep down they know

Cannabis Culture Awards Now More Important Than Ever

The Weed Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 13:24
On Thursday 27th November 2014, the Cannabis Culture Awards will be presented; since 2004, the most important distinction awarded to exceptional people or organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to the world of cannabis and hemp. Winners Howard Marks and Marc and Jodie Emery will receive their award in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp

Washington DC Moves Closer To Allowing Recreational Marijuana Stores

The Weed Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:20
D.C. lawmakers voted yesterday in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large). Today’s action by D.C. lawmakers on a tax

Texas NORML’s 7th Annual Activist Training Day

The Weed Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:17
Texas is going to be a tougher state to get marijuana legalized in compared to other states. Unlike other states that have already legalized marijuana, Texas does not have a citizen initiative process. That makes marijuana activism that much more important in the Lone Star State. Texas NORML is hosting it’s seventh annual activist training

US WA: Prosser Schools Nix Marijuana Farmer's $14,000 Donation

Cannabis News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 05:00
Seattle Times, 26 Nov 2014 - PROSSER - School officials Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, taking a strong stand against youth marijuana use. "We're not taking it; end of story," said Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

Marijuana Enforcement In Boulder Is Costing Less Than Anticipated

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:21
Kevin Sabet always wants to talk about the costs associated with marijuana legalization. He has stated many times that for every dollar that legal marijuana generates, there will be 10 dollars in ‘social costs.’ Of course, Mr. Sabet has never provided specifics, and definitely has never provided any proof to back up his claim. If

Marijuana Legalization Proposal Filed In Georgia

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:21
When it comes to marijuana legalization efforts, the State of Georgia is probably not the first state that pops into your mind. But, despite Georgia not being at the top of people’s ‘marijuana legalization watch list,’ marijuana legalization efforts are underway in the Peach State. Per The Joint Blog: Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson has

California: Nestdrop Brings Its Medical Marijuana Delivery App To San Francisco

Hemp News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:39

Expanding from its home market in Los Angeles, Nestdrop, which calls itself "the country's first completely in-App, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service," is now available for San Francisco patients on Android smartphones and tablets.

Medical marijuana patients will be required to upload a photo of valid ID and either a doctor's recommendation or medical marijuana identification card to Nestdrop's securely encrypted vault to receive approval before ordering. Unlike other online medical marijuana delivery services, Nestdrop says it is the first to provide an entirely in-app marketplace experience and orders will be fulfilled within an hour or less.

Nestdrop's medical marijuana service is currently available on Android throughout San Francisco as well as parts of Oakland and San Jose. More cities in the Bay Area will be added regularly.

"Expanding into San Francisco marks a milestone for us as we continue our mission of providing a safe method for medical marijuana patients to get the medicine they need in a convenient, discrete fashion," said Nestdrop co-founder Michael Pycher. "We are also excited to be the first medical marijuana delivery service in two major markets, with more on the way."

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D.C.: Nation's Capital Takes Major Step Toward Taxing and Regulating Marijuana

Hemp News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:29

Panel of Councilmembers Approves Legislation that Would Establish Licensing and Regulation of Marijuana in Washington, D.C.

Council Acts Just Weeks After Nearly 70% of D.C. Voters Approved Ballot Measure Legalizing Marijuana

D.C. lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large).

Tuesday's action by D.C. lawmakers on a tax and regulate bill comes just three weeks after nearly 70 percent of voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 71, a ballot initiative that legalizes possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 and allows individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home. However, due to D.C. law, the initiative was not allowed to address the taxation and regulation of marijuana sales.

The panel of Councilmembers voted to approve sections six through eight of the “Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013” (Council Bill #20-466), which was introduced in 2013 by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large). Tuesday's vote followed a hearing on Council Bill 20-466 that was jointly held by the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Committee on Finance and Revenue.

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Responsible Pot Use, Responsible Parenting: What’s The Problem?

NORML Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:36

One of the policy areas in greatest need of reform involves the typical response of our child custody system in this country when they learn that a parent smokes marijuana; in all states today, including those that have legalized marijuana either for medical use or for all adults, the child custody agency stubbornly maintains an unfair bias against parents who smoke marijuana.

I suspect most of us have personally witnessed the disruption to someone’s life that results when, for any of a number of possible reasons, a parent’s marijuana smoking becomes known to the state’s child welfare agency. Sometimes it is because the couple are going through a hostile separation or divorce, and one parent attempts to use the other’s use of marijuana to gain advantage, either to limit that parent’s access to the children or to get a more favorable financial arrangement. Other times it begins with the complaint of a nosy neighbor who claims to have smelled marijuana (or to have seen someone smoking it), and who calls the authorities.

Regardless of the origin of the complaint or the motivation of the complaintant, once the state’s child welfare agency is called into the dispute, a legal process is begun that will all too often be disruptive to the health and welfare of the child, the very opposite of the stated intent of the inquiry. It is also an expensive and heartbreaking experience to a parent or parents who have to hire lawyers and focus their life for months on end jumping through any number of legal hoops to demonstrate that, despite their marijuana smoking, they remain loving parents who provide a safe and healthy environment for their minor children.

To understand this awkward legal squeeze all too many parents find themselves facing, it is important to realize we have parallel legal systems in effect in these states: one deals with what conduct is or is not criminal; the other focuses only on what is in the best interests of the child. And even as we continue to make progress removing the responsible use of marijuana from the criminal code, either for medical use or for all adults, the child custody courts in those same states continue to begin any inquiry with the presumption that marijuana smokers are not fit parents, and marijuana smoking by adults, even when it is protected conduct under that state’s laws, is dangerous to any children and evidence of an unhealthy environment in which to raise a child.

Read the full article at marijuana.com

California: 2014 Emerald Cup Presented By Locals, For Locals

Hemp News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:36

"Unlike New York-based High Times events or L.A.-based Hempcon, The Emerald Cup is presented by locals, for locals, and the state’s definitive county fair draws much of California’s original cannabis industry." ~ SFGate, "Smell The Truth"

“Not only is the spirit of the event responsible, it is vital that the lessons it has to offer are heard and understood by those outside it. Sustainability, earth-friendly practices, clean medicine and better business standards all take center stage during the event, one which is beginning to attract a global audience.” ~ John Vergados, SKUNK Magazine

The Emerald Cup will make its highly anticipated return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, on December 13 and 14. For more than a decade, The Emerald Cup has become synonymous with setting the highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis and is the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world, making it “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.”

For the third year in a row, SKUNK Magazine will present the Emerald Cup’s grand prize of an all-inclusive stay for two at their resort, Pure Garden, in Negril, Jamaica.

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U.S.: Moms United to End the War on Drugs Speak Out Against Prohibition

Hemp News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:09

“The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table” Campaign Highlights Those Not With Us Because of Incarceration, an Overdose Death or Prohibition Violence

Each holiday season, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) and moms from around the country share their stories of loss while calling for an end to the War On Drugs -- which has been so disastrous for tens of millions of families. Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally impacted by the War On Drugs.

The holidays are a particularly painful time for families – whether they are separated because of a loved one’s incarceration, lost on the streets due to drug problems, in danger because of drug war violence, or have lost a loved one to accidental overdose.

“I have painful memories of holidays when my son was absent because he was locked behind bars for drug use, and of family celebrations when one of my sons wasn’t included because he was lost in the maze of his addiction,” said Gretchen Burns Bergman of San Diego, founder of A New PATH, Moms United lead organizer and the mother of two sons who have struggled with heroin addiction and incarceration.

“We haven’t celebrated the holidays since 2008, when my son died of an accidental overdose," said Denise Cullen of Palm Desert, California. "We can’t escape the emptiness.”

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Respecting ‘Stoner Culture’ Will Pay Off For New Marijuana Investors

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:00
The landscape of the marijuana world is changing a lot these days. For a long time the marijuana industry operated in the shadows. The industry back then was largely comprised of stoners that were part of the counter culture movement. Yes, some were hippies who wore tie dye and listened to Grateful Dead. I was

High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Proceeds Despite Threats By Mayor

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:17
Amsterdam was once the ‘Mecca of marijuana.’ They had the best marijuana on the planet according to my friends that traveled there, and their laws were very liberal. After all, that’s why High Times always held their annual Cannabis Cup event there. But it appears that those days are gone, as this year’s Cannabis Cup

US WA: Mayor Seeks New Rules For Medical-Pot Dispensaries

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:00
Seattle Times, 25 Nov 2014 - Licenses, Zoning, Product Testing Murray Says Seattle Can't Wait for Legislature to Act Mayor Ed Murray's office outlined its plan to regulate Seattle's proliferating medical-marijuana industry Monday, including a new city license and standards for testing, packaging and advertising.

US CO: Pot Retailers Adopt Holiday Spirit

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:00
Washington Times, 25 Nov 2014 - Dispensaries Offer Pot-Laced Foods, Discounts DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.