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Doug Fine To Discuss Hemp Industry At International Cannabis Business Conference

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:26
Doug Fine, bestselling author, humorist, and journalist behind bestsellers like Farewell, My Subaru and Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution will be presenting at the International Cannabis Business Conference from September 13th and 14th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. Doug’s most recent book - Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next [...]

US NJ: Column: White Entrepreneurs Crowding Out Black Ones in

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
The Trentonian, 28 Aug 2014 - Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally's casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana. Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City.

US CA: Column: On Race, Arrests, Marijuana and 'The New Jim

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Aug 2014 - In Sacramento, Black People Are Arrested 5.7 Times More Often Than White People Are marijuana arrests really a racial thing? - -Mike Green

US NM: SF Council Reduces Marijuana Penalties

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 28 Aug 2014 - Move Bypasses Public Vote on Nov. Ballot SANTA FE - There won't be an election on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Santa Fe after all - a divided City Council went ahead and adopted a decriminalization measure late Wednesday night.

US NJ: Column: White Entrepreneurs Crowding Out Black Ones in

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
The Trentonian, 28 Aug 2014 - Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally's casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana. Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City.

US AZ: Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association Vs. Humble

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Tucson Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - The Legal Wrangling Over PTSD And Medical Marijuana Continues With New Complaint Filed Against Department Of Health Services Back in July, folks with the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association were undeniably happy with an administrative judge's recommendation that the state allow post-traumatic stress disorder on the list of qualifying conditions for those who apply for a medical marijuana patient card.

US MD: Editorial: A Medicinal Plant

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug 2014 - Proposed Maryland rules on access to medical marijuana are so restrictive that many patients may never be able to receive it Astate commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes.

US CO: Column: Why Is the Price of Recreational Weed So Much

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Westword, 28 Aug 2014 - Dear Stoner: Why is the price of recreational cannabis usually 50 to 100 percent more than its medical equivalent? I do fully understand that the rec weed is more heavily taxed, but I'm referring to the price before taxes. Isn't it the same weed? Does it cost more to grow it or license it - or is it just another example of price-gouging? I must be missing something here! DJ From Ohio

US AZ: Column: Adventures In Edibles

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Tucson Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - While most people associate marijuana with smoking, with the rise of medical marijuana culture in recent years, marijuana-infused products, more commonly referred to as edibles, now come in more forms than you could count, from hot sauces to gummy bears. Some patients choose these products to avoid exposure to smoke, some because edibles can be a more discreet way to medicate. Then again, some people just prefer the effects via ingesting. If you haven't checked into it, you might be surprised by the sheer volume and variety of options. We picked some of the most intriguing edibles from local dispensaries.

US CO: Column: Boulder Backs Off On 'Lab Rat' Campaign

Cannabis News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Boulder Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - I reported last week that the Boulder Valley School District, which I wouldn't call a pro-cannabis organization, announced after careful consideration that it wouldn't support Gov. John Hickenlooper's "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign to scare teenagers into not using cannabis and wouldn't allow the slick, ad-agency rat cages to be placed on school property. The city of Boulder announced Friday that it was set to erect one of the life-sized lab-rat cages near the corner of 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, right across the street from Boulder High School property. Thankfully, on Tuesday, after Councilman Macon Cowles brought the issue up on the city email hotline, the city quickly backtracked and announced it would not participate in the campaign, either. Better late than never.

US MD: Editorial: A Medicinal Plant

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug 2014 - Proposed Maryland rules on access to medical marijuana are so restrictive that many patients may never be able to receive it Astate commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes.

US CO: Column: Why Is the Price of Recreational Weed So Much

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Westword, 28 Aug 2014 - Dear Stoner: Why is the price of recreational cannabis usually 50 to 100 percent more than its medical equivalent? I do fully understand that the rec weed is more heavily taxed, but I'm referring to the price before taxes. Isn't it the same weed? Does it cost more to grow it or license it - or is it just another example of price-gouging? I must be missing something here! DJ From Ohio

US AZ: Column: Adventures In Edibles

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:00
Tucson Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - While most people associate marijuana with smoking, with the rise of medical marijuana culture in recent years, marijuana-infused products, more commonly referred to as edibles, now come in more forms than you could count, from hot sauces to gummy bears. Some patients choose these products to avoid exposure to smoke, some because edibles can be a more discreet way to medicate. Then again, some people just prefer the effects via ingesting. If you haven't checked into it, you might be surprised by the sheer volume and variety of options. We picked some of the most intriguing edibles from local dispensaries.

U.S.: Cannabis Job Site Launches Mobile App

Hemp News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:14

WeedHire on Tuesday announced that WeedHire.com, a jobs site for the legal marijuana industry, has launched a mobile android app.

WeedHire.com said it is the first cannabis-related job site to create such a mobile app. The company said it has also created an app for the iPhone, which has already been submitted to Apple for approval and is expected to launch in the coming weeks.

WeedHire.com officials said the company a mobile version of its website for smartphone users accessing the site through their phone-based internet browsers.

"The new mobile app will allow users to conveniently access WeedHire.com right from their phone where they can review open positions and apply directly from wherever they are," said David Bernstein, CEO of WeedHire.com. "This means people can see the most recent jobs as they come out, without needing to be in front of a computer, making WeedHire.com that much more efficient for our users."

WeedHire.com says it connects professionals looking for jobs in the legal cannabis industry with employers, including government regulators, equipment manufacturers, and medical professionals.

Current job postings for cannabis related employment include many positions such as growers, budtenders, dispensary operators, security guards, dispensary administrators, solar panel specialists, delivery drivers, lab techs, marketing specialists, lawyers, insurance agents and government jobs, according to the site.

Global: Cannabis Science Operating Medical Cultivation Programs In Europe, N. America

Hemp News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:59

Cannabis Science, Inc., a United States-based company specializing in marijuana formulation-based drug development and related consulting, on Tuesday provided an updated guidance report on its current pre-clinical drug development programs underway, beginning with scientific cannabis cultivation programs in Europe and North America, testing multiple marijuana strains for multiple critical ailments.

"The company's efforts in Spain complement Cannabis Science's plans in Canada and the company's current, pre-clinical collaboration with the Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care on Aging (INRCA) in Italy, where the company is testing toxicity and efficacy of cannabinoid formulations for neurobehavioral diseases including sleep disorders," said Mario S. Lap, director and president of European Operations at Cannabis Science.

The facilities are located in the Alicante region of Spain; the company said it has successfully initiated an agricultural program spanning combined 15 hectares parceled according to seed strains and growth cycles and protocols. The tests focus on production requirements and research framework to conduct scientific testing of the active constituents in the cannabis plant.

The company said it will set those protocols "to multiply optimal results into drug formulation regimens for pre-clinical studies."

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D.C.: Hemp Industries Association To Present 21st Annual Conference Sept. 21-22

Hemp News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:45

The 21st annual conference of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will be held Sunday, September 21 and Monday, September 22 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Business leaders and farmers in the hemp industry in North America and from abroad will meet during the two-day event to discuss strategies and plans to legalize industrial hemp and return hemp to the American agrarian landscape once again.

The conference will include expert speakers, hemp exhibits and sales, luncheon, silent auction, networking dinner, presentations, panel discussion and updates on industry developments and expanding markets for hemp products.

Speakers from the hemp industry and movement will present at the conference including Doug Fine, author of Hemp Bound, John Roulac, President of Nutiva, Steve Allin, featured speaker and author of Building with Hemp, Christina Volgyesi, Marketing Director of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, and other leaders in the hemp industry.

The 21st conference occurs at a significant moment in hemp history, as the first legal hemp harvests in the U.S. in decades will be taking place in Colorado, Kentucky and Vermont this fall. Exceeding $581 million in 2013 annual sales according to SPINS market data and HIA estimates, hemp is among the fastest growing categories for food and consumer products in the U.S.

In addition to presentations on hemp manufacturing, agronomy, and other industry issues, a special panel discussion focusing on new cannabidiol (CBD) research and its market potential will take place on Sunday.

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Illinois: Governor Signs Hemp Research Measure Into Law

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:03

Democrat Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation, House Bill 5085, authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.

The new law takes effect in January.

Illinois joins more than a dozen states — including Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah earlier this year — that have enacted legislation redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and authorizing state-sponsored research and/or cultivation of the crop.

In February, federal lawmakers approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. 

High Times’ Cannabis Consumer Choice Polling

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:42

Our friends at High Times (and former NORML director Dr. Jon Gettman) are running an online poll asking for consumers’ choice regarding the preferred marijuana distribution that emerges post-prohibition.

Legal Marijuana: Which Market Do You Prefer?
As we approach the new inevitability of legalized cannabis, three models have been proposed for a national marijuana market.
By Jon Gettman

In the past, the goal of marijuana legalization was simple: to bring about the end of federal prohibition and allow adults to use the plant without threat of prosecution and imprisonment. But now that legalization is getting serious attention, it’s time to examine how a legal marijuana market should operate in the United States.

Below are descriptions of the three kinds of legal markets that have emerged from various discussions on the subject. We would like to know which one you prefer.

First, though, let’s touch on a few characteristics that all of these proposals share. In each one, the market has a minimum age for legal use, likely the same as the current age limits for alcohol and tobacco. In each of these legal markets, there will be penalties for driving while intoxicated, just as with alcohol use. You can also assume that there will be guaranteed legal access to marijuana for medical use by anyone, regardless of age, with a physician’s authorization. The last characteristic shared by all three mar- kets is that there will be no criminal penalties for the adult possession and use of marijuana.

Proposal #1:
Government-Run Monopoly
Under this approach, there would be no commercial marijuana market allowed. Marijuana would be grown and processed for sale under government contracts, supervised and/or managed by a large, government-chartered nonprofit organization. Marijuana would be sold in state-run retail outlets (similar to the state-run stores that have a monopoly on liquor sales in places like Mississippi, Montana and Vermont, among others), where the sales personnel will be trained to provide accurate information about cannabis and its effects. Products like edibles and marijuana-infused liquids with fruity flavors would be banned out of a concern that they can encourage minors to try the drug. There would be no advertising or marketing allowed, and no corporate or business prof- its. Instead, the revenue earned from sales would pay for production costs and the operation of the state control organization; the rest of the profits would go to government-run treatment, prevention, education and enforcement programs. Regulations would be enforced by criminal sanctions and traditional law enforcement (local, state and federal police). No personal marijuana cultivation would be allowed. The price of marijuana would remain at or near current levels in order to discourage underage use.

Proposal #2:
Limited Commercial Market
Under this approach, the cultivation, processing and retail sale of marijuana would be conducted by private companies operating under a limited number of licenses issued by the federal government. Advertising and marketing would be allowed, but they would be regulated similar to the provisions governing alcohol and tobacco promotion. Taxation would be used to keep prices at or near current levels in order to discourage underage use. Corporate profits would be allowed, and tax revenues would be used to fund treatment, prevention, education and enforcement programs. Regulations would be enforced by criminal sanctions and traditional law enforcement (local, state and federal police). No personal marijuana cultivation would be allowed.

Proposal #3:
Regulated Free Market
Under this approach, entrepreneurs would have open access to any part of the marijuana market. Cultivation, processing and retail operations could be legally undertaken by anyone willing to bear the risks of investment and competition. Advertising and marketing would be allowed, but they would be regulated similar to the provisions governing alcohol and tobacco promotion. Prices would be determined by supply and demand, with taxation set at modest levels similar to current taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling. (These vary widely from state to state, but assume that under this model, the price of marijuana would be substantially lower than it is in the current market.)

Also, home cultivation would be allowed. Licenses may be required for any sort of cultivation, but these would be for registration purposes only and subject to nominal fees based on the number of plants involved. Individuals and corporations would be allowed to make whatever profits they can through competition. Tax revenues would fund treatment, prevention, education and enforcement programs. Competition and market forces would structure the market rather than licenses or government edicts, and regulatory agencies rather than law enforcement would supervise market activity.

A Different Approach
There are two key issues when it comes to deciding among these proposals. First, should the price of marijuana be kept high through government intervention in order to discourage underage use as well as abuse? Second, does commercialization translate into corporate money being spent to convince teenagers to use marijuana? Many of the proposals for how a legal market should operate are based on assumptions about these two issues, which leads to recommendations that the government must, one way or another, direct and control the marijuana market.

Obviously, the first two proposals outlined above reflect those very concerns. The third takes a different approach, in which marijuana is treated like similar psychoactive commodities, and the public relies on education, prevention and age limits to discourage underage use as well as abuse.

We want to know what type of legal marijuana market you prefer. Please take part in our poll on the HIGH TIMES website.

How To Recognize Zinc Deficiencies In Marijuana Plants

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:00
A lack of zinc can occur from time to time and the hallmark of a zinc deficiency is a collection of gnarled and twisted leaf blades. Chlorosis and the yellowing of older leaves in between the veins can also indicate a zinc deficiency. This is frequently coupled with a general pale feel to the marijuana [...]

Oregon Sheriffs Make A Large Donation To Anti-Marijuana Summit

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:00
Law enforcement is supposed to be impartial when enforcing Oregon laws. They are not supposed to carry out their own agendas or infuse their own political beliefs into their jobs. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to marijuana. In my home state of Oregon, the Oregon Sheriffs’ Association seems to always [...]