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LA City Council Votes Unanimously to Make City the Largest in the U.S. with Legal Marijuana Stores

The Joint Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:01
The Los Angeles City Council has approved legislation establishing a regulatory framework for marijuana outlets, which become legal in California next month.

The council voted 12 to 0 to approve the regulations, which will soon see the city distributing licenses for marijuana stores. Residential neighborhoods will be mostly off limits under the new rules, with buffer zones created to ensure that cannabis outlets aren’t located too close to parks, schools or libraries. It’s unclear if the regulations will be in place in time for outlets to begin cannabis sales next month.

“As lawmakers we have a responsibility to reasonably regulate this industry in a manner that is safe, inclusive, and practical,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. earlier today. In addition to Los Angeles, San Francisco officials also recently approved regulations for the legal marijuana industry.

Under Proposition 64, approved by voters last year, those 21 and older are allowed to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis for any use, and are allowed to purchase it from a licensed retail outlet. The portion of the initiative that allows legal sales to begin takes effect next month.

Los Angeles, with a population of almost 4 million, is the most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the United States.

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Illinois Republican Announces Support For Marijuana Legalization

Weed News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:00
A lot of discussions have occurred lately regarding Illinois’ chances of legalizing marijuana. Considering how hard it was to get medical marijuana passed in Illinois, and direct...

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A true boatload of weed: 6 tons seized on Mediterranean Sea near Greece

Cannabist - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:54
Greek authorities say they have seized more than six tons of processed cannabis from a tugboat in the Mediterranean Sea and arrested six crew members.

"It's a very tense situation": Maryland dispensaries off to bumpy start with shortages, closures

Cannabist - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:32
Many Maryland medical marijuana dispensaries have run out of inventory in the opening days of sales or have been forced to limit sales to preregistered patients.

Minnesota: Two New Qualifying Conditions Eligible For Medical Cannabis

Weed News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:28
Minnesota is home to one of the most restrictive medical cannabis programs in America, but it is slowly getting better. Below is an e-mail alert that I received out of Minnesota yesterday: Starting...

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Delaware police officials seek to firm up gun ban, want weed use noted on driver's licenses

Cannabist - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:21
Some law enforcement officials are suggesting new steps to ensure that Delaware marijuana users don't have guns.

North America Retail Cannabis Sales To Hit $10 Billion In 2017

Weed News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:19
The legal cannabis industry continues to thrive in North America. Legal marijuana sales in North America were roughly $6.7 billion in 2016 according to a report from Arcview Market...

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The Mount Rushmore of Marijuana: Our cannabis critic's favorite strains

Cannabist - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:23
The Cannabist's Jake Browne kicks off his farewell tour with an ode to his four essential marijuana strains.

Ohio officials under fire for hiring marijuana consultant who has drug conviction

Cannabist - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:43
The state faced criticism Wednesday for hiring a consultant with a drug conviction to help select Ohio's medical marijuana growers.

America's biggest marijuana market finalizes rules for recreational weed

Cannabist - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:43
The Los Angeles City Council approved a dense set of recreational marijuana regulations for cultivation, sales and business licensing.

Calls For OG Analytical Boycott After CEO Reported To Be A White Supremacist

Weed News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:15
There is no room for hate in the marijuana industry. There is no room for hate anywhere in society, but that absolutely and especially includes the marijuana industry. Discrimination should not be...

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What Should The Legal Age Be For Cannabis?

Weed News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:45
In the eight American states (and D.C.) that allow cannabis possession and consumption for adult use, all of them have a legal age limit of 21 years old. All of the campaigns that brought about...

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Massachusetts Advisory Board Recommends Cannabis ‘Social Consumption’ Policy

Weed News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:11
Social cannabis consumption reform is part of what I refer to as the ‘second phase’ of legalization. Just because a legalization measure is approved by voters (or soon legislatures!) does...

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San Francisco finalizes regs for recreational marijuana, but not in time for Jan. 1 sales debut

Cannabist - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:42
San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday.

Med schools don’t prep docs on cannabis

The Leaf Online - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:20

Most people agree that medical marijuana patients benefit from a doctor’s advice and supervision. One little problem, though. Most med schools don’t teach doctors about cannabis. Survey finds paucity of training Medical students are rarely provided with educational information specific to the medicinal use of cannabis and are ill equipped to discuss the issue with […]

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Over 250% More Marijuana Waivers Granted by U.S. Army in 2017 Compared to 2016

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:40
The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana has increased by over 250% this year compared to 2016.

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According to the Associated Press, the number of waivers granted for past marijuana use rose to more than 500 this year from just 191 in 2016, a 260% increase. Three years ago, no such waivers were granted. The large increase is due to officials dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size.

“Provided they understand that they cannot do that when they serve in the military, I will waive that all day long,” said Major General Jeff Snow, head of the Army’s recruiting command. The marijuana use exclusions represent about one-quarter of the total misconduct waivers the Army granted in the budget year that ended September 30th. They accounted for much of the 50% increase overall in recruits who needed a waiver for some type of misconduct.

Snow said the figures probably will rise further as more states legalize or decriminalize marijuana.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Paraguay Congress

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:30
A bill to create a legal system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses has been approved by Paraguay’s Congress.

On Tuesday Paraguay’s Congress overwhelmingly approved legislation to establish a system allowing marijuana seeds to be imported and grown for medical use. The voted comes roughly seven months after officials authorized the importing of marijuana oil, with oversight given to the nation’s health ministry.

“We are very happy because this will also allow for the import of seeds for oil production,” says Roberto Cabanas, vice president of Paraguay’s medicinal cannabis organization. Cabanas daughter has Dravet syndrome which has required their family to pay hundreds of dollars each month to import cannabis oil.

In South America Peru, Chile, Argentina and Colombia have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes, while Uruguay has fully legalized growing and selling marijuana for any use.

Paraguay, the 9th most populated country in South America, has a population of around 6.7 million.

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Oregon Group Aims to Legalize Medical Magic Mushrooms

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:04
A group called the Oregon Psilocybin Society is putting together an initiative that would legalize the medical use of magic mushrooms. 

“It enhances creativity, it enhances openness,” says Tom Eckhert, who founded the Oregon Psilocybin Society with his wife Cheri Eckhert. The two have spent the past two years creating an initiative that would legalize psilocybin (“magic”) mushrooms for medical purposes. The two expect the issue to be put to a vote of the people by 2020.

“We envision a very regulated production center that the state keeps track of inventory and things of that nature, so we know that it’s not getting out where it shouldn’t be getting out to,” says Chris. If he and his wife are successful in putting the forthcoming measure to a vote, and it’s passed into law, Oregon would become the first state to legalize magic mushrooms for any use.

In California proponents of an initiative to legalize magic mushrooms were recently cleared by Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin collecting signatures in attempt to place the measure on next year’s general election ballot. Unlike the proposal being formulated by the Oregon Psilocybin Society, California’s initiative would remove all criminal penalties for “possession, sale, transport and cultivation”, allowing it to be used for recreational – and not just medical – purposes.


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Canada: Cannabis-Infused Dog Munchies Planned By Canadian Pot Grower

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 06 Dec 2017 - Turns out, this bud isn't just for you. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd., a small Canadian company operating in the country's fast-emerging marijuana industry, plans to sell dog chews containing cannabis extracts.

Rush on at Indiana shops to snatch up CBD oil products before they're pulled

Cannabist - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 21:38
Indiana stores selling cannabis-derived CBD oil are seeing a spike in sales after the state's attorney general declared the products illegal with one exception.
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