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Get ready for the cannabis culinary-arts scene to explode

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:24
Chefs and investors have been teaming up to offer an eye-boggling array of cannabis-infused food and beverages, weed-pairing supper clubs and other extravagant pot-to-plate events in preparation for legalization come Jan. 1.

Easy as Pie Vegetable Tart: Perfect for parties or giving leftovers a tasty new look

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:22
Chef Laurie Wolf offers a weed recipe that can be dressed up for holiday hors d’oeuvres or dressed down for a quick weekday dinner.

Virginia's experimental hemp research program still "a work in progress"

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:16
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia is wrapping up its second year of a research program that allows farmers to grow hemp, a crop long banned because of its association with marijuana. The 78 acres (32 hectares) planted across the state in 2017 was more than double the 2016 total. But research…

These States Are Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2018

Marijuana Moment - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 17:56

After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use).

Now, a number of states are poised to legalize marijuana and approve other far-reaching cannabis measures in 2018.

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Top marijuana regulator says California's enforcement needs to be flexible at first

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 17:29
Lori Ajax is California's top cannabis regulator and has been at the center of the effort to establish rules for a legal pot economy valued at $7 billion.

Christmas Eve package drop at Ohio prison not from Santa

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:39
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports a man tried to throw four packages containing tobacco, cellphones and marijuana over a prison fence.

Big labor wants to unionize California cannabis workers

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:01
Unions have sighted a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.

Arkansas VA says they won't recommend, pay for medical marijuana

Cannabist - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:47
Although Arkansas voters have approved the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not be allowed to recommend or prescribe the drug to veterans, and the V.A. will not pay for it.

Can I Fail A Drug Test Because Of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?

Weed News - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:48
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Kampia out at MPP (Newsletter: Dec. 26, 2017)

Marijuana Moment - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:40

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Marijuana Policy Project founder Rob Kampia is no longer employed by the organization and is starting a new cannabis-focused consulting firm. Marijuana Moment obtained Kampia’s three-page memo outlining the new company’s plans and spoke to him about the reasons he is leaving MPP. There are still several unanswered questions, some of which may be answered by a looming major newspaper story about previously unreported sexual misconduct allegations against him that is expected to be published soon.

President Trump is reportedly taking personal interest in the case of an American being punished for medical cannabis in Indonesia.

2017 isn’t even over yet, but lawmakers in a number of states are already making legislative moves to prepare for 2018 marijuana legalization efforts.

/ FEDERAL

U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review after a report indicated the Obama administration essentially allowed Hezbollah to traffic drugs into the U.S.

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and two cosponsors introduced a bill to give hemp businesses greater access to banks.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) jokingly tweeted that an elderly couple arrested for marijuana was not him and his wife.

As a Festivus grievance, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) noted that Hatch has better marijuana jokes than he does.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) issued a statement on the short-term extension of state medical cannabis protections.

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) tweeted that “we must end the threat [to medical cannabis] that comes with every deadline and provide a permanent solution.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted that “ending the ‘war on drugs’ must include restorative justice for all those who had their lives destroyed by harsh convictions.”

Indiana Democratic congressional candidate Dan Canon supports legalizing marijuana.

The U.S. House industrial hemp bill got one new cosponsor, bringing the total to 39.

/ STATES

Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, supports legalizing marijuana. Another Democratic candidate, former state legislator Connie Pillich, said she would sign a marijuana legalization bill if passed by lawmakers.

A New Mexico senator prefiled a proposed marijuana legalization constitutional amendment.

California’s top marijuana regulator says the implementation of legalization “is going to be an adjustment for a lot of folks.” Separately, the state treasurer sent a letter to members of Congress requesting the extension of a federal budget rider protecting state medical cannabis laws.

Massachusetts regulators posted draft rules they initially approved last week.

Alaska regulators will discuss marijuana testing issues on January 2.

A West Virginia delegate plans to introduce legislation to allow vertical integration in the medical cannabis industry.

Some Colorado officials are questioning the validity of surveys that track youth marijuana use.

Iowa regulators are trying to figure out why more companies didn’t apply for state medical cannabis oil licenses.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Georgia’s interior minister admitted that the country’s drug policies are repressive.

/ ADVOCACY

Prohibitionist organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana released its 2017 annual report, showing more than $1.3 million in annual funding between its two branches.

A new group called Physicians, Families and Friends for a Better Vermont is lobbying against marijuana legalization.

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

A study’s findings “do not support a link between reduced motivation and [cannabis use] among adolescents after controlling for relevant confounds.”

A survey found that “youth with [multiple sclerosis] endorse recreational marijuana as safe, and many use marijuana frequently despite appreciating a negative impact on memory.”

A study concluded that “Spanish-speaking Latino respondents had less accurate knowledge of laws permitting use of marijuana than English-speaking Latino respondents, while reporting greater agreement with negative health effects and higher perception of risk associated with marijuana use.”

/ BUSINESS

First Green Bank, which provided financial services to marijuana businesses, is now closing down such accounts.

Labor unions see a lot of potential in organizing marijuana industry workers.

/ CULTURE     

Monica Lewinsky tweeted happily about a marijuana strain named after her.

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How To Make Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Frosting (Recipe)

Weed News - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 20:49
Whenever I evaluate which marijuana recipes to make for friends and family, I always consider the tolerance level of the people that will be receiving my edibles. If the person has a really high...

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Rob Kampia Leaves Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Moment - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 19:19

Marijuana Policy Project founder Rob Kampia is no longer employed by or serves on the board of the organization.

He is starting a new cannabis policy group called Marijuana Leadership Campaign (MLC), structured as a for-profit LLC consulting firm.

The new company “will focus almost exclusively on changing U.S. laws,” Kampia said in a relatively unusual memo shared with Marijuana Moment late Saturday night, which also says that the firm has lined up “nearly $500,000 in seed money” from “a marijuana investment firm in Los Angeles, a major marijuana dispensary in Colorado, Kampia’s wealthy friends in Texas (where he lives half-time) and a coalition of new donors in South Carolina.”

The split with MPP is occurring as greater attention is being paid to past allegations of sexual misconduct by Kampia amidst a national backlash against workplace sexual harassment and abuse.

In 2010, a lengthy Washington City Paper story reported that Kampia had sex with an intoxicated MPP employee, an incident after which a staff revolt nearly led to his ouster from the organization. He later took a leave of absence to seek therapy, telling the Washington Post that he was “hypersexualized.”

Now, Kampia’s departure from MPP comes as several sources tell Marijuana Moment that a major newspaper is working on a story about previously unreported allegations against the former executive director. It is unknown when that article will be published, but its existence has been an open secret in cannabis reform circles for weeks.

Formally leaving the organization is the second and final wave in Kampia’s diminishing role at MPP, which he co-founded in 1995.

In November, days before Thanksgiving, MPP announced that Kampia had stepped down from his role as executive director but would remain at the organization in a new capacity focused on fundraising and strategy.

The new memo, shared with Marijuana Moment just before midnight on the day before Christmas Eve, says that the first announcement “opened new business opportunities for Kampia” and that while he “initially proposed splitting his time equally between MPP and the new MLC, Kampia and his fellow MPP board members reached a second milestone by voting unanimously on Dec. 20 to end his full-time status at MPP this weekend.”

It was also revealed this week that Kampia is no longer a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Advisory Council. Kampia said in an interview with Marijuana Moment on Sunday that he remains a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) board of directors.

The memo appears to lay out the case that Kampia’s departure from MPP has nothing to do with any old or new allegations of sexual misconduct, and he said in the interview that conversations among the organization’s board “about me shifting into lesser roles at MPP extend all the way back into late October.”

“We didn’t even talk about the s-word at all,” he said, referring to sex. “It wasn’t even on our minds, which I think was kind of naive of us given the stuff that’s happening with all of these celebrities.”

But Kampia acknowledged in the interview that he “did know that there was a story in the works somewhere” at the time he registered the domain name www.marijuanaleadershipcampaign.com on December 5.

“I didn’t know which publication. I didn’t know any of the questions. I didn’t know the name of the reporter. I didn’t know anything,” he said. “I just knew that people were sort of talking about how there’s a story in the works.”

Kampia has been a key architect of many of the most significant marijuana policy victories over the past two decades, and has arguably been the legalization movement’s best fundraiser.

In the memo, he says that MLC “will work alongside the institutions he views as most effective in each sector” of the movement and industry. While the document names MPP, NCIA and New Federalism Fund as “leading the charge,” and says that the new company will “provide substantial funding” for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) and Clergy for a New Drug Policy, Kampia said in the interview that he hasn’t “cleared the fact that I want to give them money” with those groups.

LEAP and DFCR did not respond to requests for comment.

The memo says Kampia will divide his time between work on Texas, South Carolina, Michigan and congressional cannabis policy reform efforts as well as “raising money to make MDMA (known as ‘Ecstasy’) available as a prescription medicine for the treatment of PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.”

He plans to raise more than $2 million in 2018 from steering committees comprised of donors contributing at least $100,000 each.

When asked if the investors who have already committed nearly half a million dollars to the new venture are aware of the looming newspaper story on sexual misconduct allegations, Kampia said that “they know about the worst allegations that have ever been made about me, and I have no reason to believe that the [newspaper] story will be worse than that, so these guys are friends of the family and they’re not going to be surprised by anything in the [newspaper] and in fact they might be pleasantly surprised.”

Several of the projects mentioned in the MLC document are campaigns that Kampia had been raising money to support through MPP, but he rejected the idea that his outside efforts would drain the nonprofit of resources.

“Are there people that want to fund Texas where they might otherwise be nervous about writing a check to MPP, where they might have to pay for payroll for Rhode Island, Vermont and the national operation?” he asked, suggesting that his new outfit would be “value-added” rather than competition.

“One thing for sure that no one would do if not for the fact that I’m going to agitate for it, is to take out Congressman Pete Sessions,” he said, referring to the Republican House Rules Committee chairman who has consistently blocked marijuana amendments from being voted on. “Take out, meaning not to date him,” he said, but to un-elect him.

In the memo, Kampia twice offers quotes that he suggests are in jest, at least in part.

In the first instance, he jokes that working full-time for nonprofit organizations is “a good way to avoid amassing wealth,” while working on marijuana policy reform through an LLC will allow him to form business relationships with for-profit institutions.

Kampia, who owns a Washington, D.C,. row house that he has often referred to as “The Purple Mansion,” dismissed concerns that people might take offense to his quip about amassing wealth.

“It depends on what your definition of wealth is. I don’t have cash,” he said in the interview. “All my money goes into my mortgage. So you could say that I have wealth or not, depending on your perspective. I don’t mind if that offends people or not, because socialists who are averse to wealth probably already hate me.”

He also “half-jokingly” wrote that he hopes “to be standing behind President Rand Paul during his bill-signing ceremony [for ‘the ultimate bill to legalize marijuana on the federal level’] in the White House in 2022.”

“I don’t think Trump is going to survive reelection,” he said when asked what Paul’s path to the presidency in the 2020 election would be. “I would like to see [Trump] impeached…and I think Mike Pence is tainted as a result of being in bed with Trump. So I think that you are going to see a bunch of challengers… Rand Paul was obviously my favorite candidate last time around and so I’m cheering him on. I don’t have any inside knowledge, though. I haven’t talked to him personally.”

The memo mentions Kampia’s holiday vacation plans in the Caribbean and says that when he returns to the country the new organization will hold a series of leadership meetings in Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

He will also write a book that “provides an insider’s look at the marijuana-legalization movement.” He told Marijuana Moment that the working title is, “How We Legalized Marijuana.”

The memo offers a very specific account of the book’s progress to date.

“I’m particularly excited about writing my book, which will be nonfiction but will oftentimes read like fiction, as my life is strewn with outrageous experiences that are sometimes relevant to readers who have an interest in politics generally and marijuana policy specifically,” Kampia wrote. “The book is already one-eighth written, and I’m planning to spend my time in the Bahamas and other sunny islands writing another three- eighths of the book. In fact, one reason I’m leaving MPP is to write this book, with an aggressive book tour planned for the fall of 2018.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Kampia was still listed as an employee and board member on MPP’s website.

An MPP communications staffer could not be reached for comment by publication time, but a board member who did not wish to be named said, “I can confirm that we have been negotiating his permanent separation from the org for weeks and that he is no longer conducting any MPP business.”

Read Kampia’s full three-page memo on the new firm below:

Rob Kampia Memo by tomangell on Scribd

Photo courtesy of ReasonTV.

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The Cannabist's SmokeSongs: Christmas Trees

Cannabist - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 16:06
It's the night before Christmas and all through the house, er, world, there's ... chaos. Tune out 2017 and turn up our latest playlist to elevate your Christmas cheer.

Why Jack In The Box’s ‘Merry Munchie Meal’ Is A Big Deal, And Also Why It Isn’t

Weed News - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 17:34
Back in 2012, I became friends with someone who may be the most successful person in the cannabis industry. This person doesn’t know that I am writing this article, so I will keep his name out...

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Talk About Marijuana At Christmas This Year

NORML Blog - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 15:15

We have much to be merry for this year. Lawmakers in 26 states have passed legislation to advance cannabis reform, including New Hampshire becoming the 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana and West Virginia becoming the 30th state to pass a medical marijuana program.

This progress has come as a result of years of organizing and conversations with our fellow citizens about the role of government in relationship to a plant. Having the tough conversations about the scope of the government’s right to stop, search, and incarcerate individuals for possessing or consuming marijuana for either personal or medical benefits.

And now for the first time ever, Gallup polling recorded outright majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents supporting the legalization of marijuana. The only way to find out if this includes your aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives is if you bring it up.

So use us as a resource – NORML.org has FactsheetsTalking Points, and you can even pass your phone or computer around the table to have your friends and family contact their lawmakers right then and there to support reform in our Action Center.

As we look toward an uncertain future, we know we must work to both sustain our existing gains and to win future victories. With your continued financial support, we are confident that we can bring the era of marijuana prohibition to an end and usher in the new era of legalization. Together, we will be unstoppable. Together, we WILL legalize marijuana across this great country.

From all of us at NORML to all of you, we hope you have a very, very green Christmas.

Onward.

CN AB: Trying To Stay Ahead

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 23 Dec 2017 - Paraphernalia retailers wait for smoke to clear as legalization of marijuana draws near After decades of trailblazing cannabis-related retail - often under police scrutiny - Calgary head shops say legal recreational marijuana offers them a hazy future.

President Trump Signs Bill Temporarily Extending Medical Cannabis Protections

The Joint Blog - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 02:14
Legislation to avoid a government shutdown, and extend federal protections on state medical cannabis laws, has been signed by President Trump.

The bill extends the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, initially passed in 2014, to January 19th. The amendment prohibits the Department of Justice – which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – from using funds to enforce federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized the plant for medical use. Trump signed the bill shortly after it was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives.

“Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment—and the businesses that serve them—now have some measure of certainty”, Representative Blumenauer, co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said after the measure was passed by Congress. “Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress.”

The bill signed into law by Trump also extends protections for state laws that allow hemp to be cultivated for research purposes.

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Final year begins for SB420 collectives

The Leaf Online - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 01:36

California’s unlicensed medical marijuana providers are bracing for the end of the critical SB 420 collective defense in less than a year. Ironically, the end appears to be dated one year from the opening of this year’s hugely successful Emerald Cup. “The Bureau of Cannabis Control website includes an announcement, posted December 14, 2017,  that […]

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Los Angeles won't be ready to sell marijuana Jan. 1

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 22:54
California kicks off recreational sales on New Year's Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal marijuana.

The 2017 Cannabist Readers' Choice voting now open

Cannabist - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 22:18
We want to know your fave strains, vapes, edibles, dispensaries and budtenders in 2017. Votes will be accepted through midnight December 31, 2017 (in your timezone) and results will be announced here on the site in the first week of January.
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