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  • December 09, 2016

    California Legalization Creates Accidental Tax Holiday for Patients

    By BEN ADLIN

    California cannabis patients: Do you have a Department of Public Health-issued medical marijuana ID card? If so, you’ve just gotten out of paying state tax on cannabis until 2018. Thank the authors of Proposition 64—even though they didn’t mean it. That’s right, the statewide tax break was a mistake, the result of an unforeseen hiccup in

  • December 09, 2016

    California Just Legalized Cannabis! Now Comes the Hard Part

    By BEN ADLIN

    California, let it sink in. No matter your feelings on Proposition 64’s convoluted details, tonight you legalized cannabis in a state where nearly 1 in 8 Americans live. You removed criminal penalties and laid the foundation for a legal, regulated market that could set the global standard. Tomorrow’s headlines might herald the fact that almost

  • December 09, 2016

    Montana Dispensaries to Re-Open Immediately, Judge Rules

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana’s medical marijuana dispensaries to re-open after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should not delay the measure’s implementation. District Judge James Reynolds of Helena ruled the error that pushed back the effect

  • December 09, 2016

    Vermont Governor Weighs Pardons for Small Amounts of Cannabis

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday invited residents convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana before the state decriminalized it to apply for pardons. Shumlin, a Democrat, said applications will be accepted now through Christmas. He said he’s using the governor’s pardoning power “to expedite our move

  • December 09, 2016

    Three Lives Transformed by Post-Legalization Pardons of Cannabis Offenses

    By Marley Natural

    “Just last week somebody went away for 30 years for carrying a gram of cannabis. If that person had just been in a state where it was medicinally or recreationally legal, they would be free … There is no justice in that.” –Dr. Rachel Knox, Medical Chair, Minority Cannabis Business Association As voters in nine states sit down to consider

  • December 09, 2016

    DEA Annual Report Finds Decline in Smuggling, Teen Use, and Prosecution

    By LISA ROUGH

    The Drug Enforcement Administration released its 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary recently, and a few items are catching the eye of cannabis advocates around the country. Among the observations about the current state of cannabis in America, the report states: “While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, many states have

  • December 09, 2016

    Arkansas Political Leaders Name 5 to Cannabis Panel They Opposed

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas political leaders on Wednesday named five people to the state Medical Marijuana Commission, setting up a panel that will adopt policies and regulations that each of the elected officials opposed when ballot issues were considered at the polls last month. “We were rather vocal in our opposition to the amendme

  • December 09, 2016

    I Tried to Buy ‘Prop. 64 Friendly’ Cannabis in California. Here’s What Happened.

    By CHASE SCHEINBAUM

    Californians voted overwhelmingly to legalize adult-use cannabis last month, but with the celebratory joints now smoked down to roaches, plenty of Golden State residents are asking whether they can finally dispense with the rigmarole of getting a doctor’s recommendation to buy bud. Technically, the answer is no. But that hasn’t stopped some

  • December 07, 2016

    Comprehensive MMJ Bill Introduced in Texas Legislature

    By TG BRANFALT JR

    Democratic Texas State Senator José Menéndez has filed a medical cannabis bill that would allow Texans with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana under the recommendation and consultation of their doctor, KFDM 6 reports. Menéndez was the sponsor for SB 339, Texas’ current medical cannabis law, which allows for limited medical cannab

  • December 07, 2016

    Washington Business Association to Provide Financial Support for Low Income MMJ Patients

    By TG BRANFALT JR

    The Washington Cannabuisness Association is launching a program to help low-income patients pay for their medicinal cannabis, the News Tribune reports. According to association Director Vicki Christophersen, the program is a necessity for many patients because medical cannabis is not able to be covered by insurance due to federal drug laws. “P

  • November 30, 2016

    Desperate Montana medical marijuana patients seek immediate re-opening of dispensaries

    By By Matt Volz, The Associated Press

    HELENA, Mont. — Montana medical marijuana advocates and patients are asking a judge to fix a mistake in a voter-approved ballot initiative that inadvertently delayed the re-opening of shuttered pot dispensaries by eight months. A state law that limited medical marijuana providers to three patients apiece took effect on Aug. 31 after a five-yea

  • October 14, 2016

    Hip-Hop Artist The Game Is The Latest Musician To Invest In Marijuana

    By Hugh McIntyre

    As different parts of the U.S. have started legalizing the sale of marijuana, musicians have been some of the first people to put on their entrepreneurial caps and find a way to combine their star power and the built-in audience that the drug already has to make money.

    Rapper The Game is increasing his presence in the w

  • October 14, 2016

    COPS TO GET ‘POTALYZERS’ FOR ROADSIDE MARIJUANA TESTS

    By Bill Weinberg

    Researchers at Stanford University have developed a “potalyzer”—a device that can detect human THC levels, so cops can determine if a motorist is too impaired to drive.

    The hand-held device uses sophisticated bio-sensors to detect THC molecules in saliva. Police officers will supposedly be able collect a spit s

  • October 14, 2016

    THE EFFECT OF CANNABIS COMPARED WITH ALCOHOL ON DRIVING

    By R. Andrew Sewell, MD, corresponding author James Poling, PhD, and Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD, PhD

    Abstract

    The prevalence of both alcohol and cannabis use and the high morbidity associated with motor vehicle crashes has lead to a plethora of research on the link between the two. Drunk drivers are involved in 25% of motor vehicle fatalities, and many accidents involve drivers who test positive for cannabis. Cannabis and alcohol acut

  • October 14, 2016

    Maker of deadly painkillers is bankrolling the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona

    By The Washington Post

    The campaign against marijuana legalization in Arizona received a major infusion of cash last week from a synthetic cannabis drugmaker that has been investigated for alleged improper marketing of a highly addictive prescription painkiller, according to campaign finance reports.

    The $500,000 donation from Insys Therapeutics, base

  • October 14, 2016

    Not so dope: Police test first marijuana breathalyzer on Cali drivers

    By RT

    As part of an initial field test, several erratic drivers were pulled over and asked to voluntarily blow into the breathalyzer. Two of the drivers who took part in the test admitted to smoking marijuana in the previous 30 minutes, and delivered a positive reading on the handheld device.

    Other drivers who confessed to smoking pot

  • October 14, 2016

    TV Goes to Pot: Marijuana-Themed Series Light Up the Small Screen

    By Rob Owen

    Marijuana is having its moment in American culture, with recreational pot use now legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts vote on recreational use in November. It’s a trend reflected in popular entertainment. Three TV series devoted to the subject air within the next month.

  • October 14, 2016

    Following Its Country Music, Nashville May Loosen Up on Marijuana

    By RICHARD FAUSSET

    NASHVILLE — Willie Nelson’s famous habit of smoking marijuana is not seen as a badge of outlaw courage here anymore, so much as the frivolous foible of an eccentric uncle. A popular FM station disgorging the Boomer rock hits of yesteryear calls itself Hippie Radio 94.5; one of its sponsors is a smoke shop that incessantly hawks glass

  • October 14, 2016

    Americans Admitting Cannabis Use Nearly Doubles

    By Chris Roberts

    Thirty million Americans can’t be wrong.

    More American adults than ever say they currently use cannabis, according to results of a Gallup poll released Monday, which showed an increase of nearly 100 percent in cannabis confessionals.

    According to the polling outfit’s Consumption Habits poll conducted

  • October 14, 2016

    LEGAL POT COULD UPEND YEARS OF DRUG SMUGGLING IN ARIZONA

    By Associated Press

    NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — The hills on the Arizona border with Mexico are steep and bumpy as Paul Estrada drives along the fence, patrolling for drug and human smugglers.

    Passing traffic signs pocked with bullet holes, the sheriff’s deputy points at parts of the wall that are but a few feet tall and laments how easy it i

  • October 14, 2016

    Supreme Court to rule if police opinions about whether a driver is high should count as expert evidence

    By Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen

    OTTAWA  — A dispute over the admissibility of police “opinions” at drugged-driving trials lands at the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday in a case spotlighting an emerging legal dilemma over the hazy science of marijuana impairment.

    With federal legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use ex

  • September 13, 2016

    Sustainability for the Cannabis Industry, Part II: The New Cannabis Cons- umer

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Sustainability for the Canna- bis Industry: Part I

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Education & Experience: Understanding the Operations

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    HPLC Column Selection for Cannabis Chromato- graphers

    By Aaron G. Biros

    The DEA declined to reschedule cannabis, but not all is lost as policy changes indicate a growing.

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  • September 13, 2016

    The Emerald Test Yields Positive Results for Cannabis Labs

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Hemp-Derived Products with a Contract Manufacturer

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • September 13, 2016

    A2LA Accredits TEQ Analytical Laboratories

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • September 01, 2016

    Hemp-Derived CBD Oil: Maintaining Quality in the Manufacturing Process

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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  • August 31, 2016

    Greenhouse Ventures Names Lindy Snider Lead Advisor

    By Aaron G. Biros

    Snider brings years of investing experience to the cannabis business accelerator.

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