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Missouri lawmaker seeks support for legalizing medical marijuana in state

Cannabist - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:06
Columbus, Missouri Ward Councilman Michael Trapp is asking colleagues to pass a resolution encouraging the state legislature to make medical marijuana legal.

Here's how Colorado is combating the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic

Cannabist - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:39
The nation’s drug epidemic kills someone in Colorado about every 9 hours and 36 minutes — in 2016, 912 deaths — a fact that rings like a siren for state leaders who are combating the leading driver: prescription and illicit opioids.

Happy Cannabis Legalization Anniversary To Colorado And Washington

Weed News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:17
Tuesday November 6, 2012 is a day that will always be remembered by cannabis activists nationwide. It’s the day that Washington State and Colorado voters voted to legalize cannabis. I will...

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Public banks offer hope for cannabis industry

Cannabist - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:46
The formation of public banks to serve the cannabis industry is gaining acceptance among marijuana entrepreneurs and a growing number of cities and states.

California Company Becomes First to Offer Commercial Insurance to Marijuana Businesses

The Joint Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:35
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that for the first time legal marijuana businesses in the state now have an insurance company willing to offer them commercial insurance.

According to Jones, legal marijuana businesses are now able to purchase commercial insurance from Golden Bear Insurance Company, the first company willing to offer such services to the marijuana industry. The insurer was given approval last week to began providing commercial insurance to marijuana businesses that are explicitly following state law.

“Consumers who visit cannabis businesses, workers who work there, businesses who sell products to or rent property to cannabis businesses, and the investors, owners and operators of cannabis businesses all should have insurance coverage available to help them recover when something goes wrong just as any other legalized business does,” said commissioner Jones in a statement.

Although Golden Bear Insurance Company isn’t the first company in the state to provide insurance for the marijuana industry (there are currently 25 carriers that provide riskier forms of insurance), but they are the first to offer commercial insurance.

When asked about the potential risk of insurers working with the marijuana industry due to the Trump campaign, Jones says: “We believe the risk of federal intervention with an insurer is low. The fact that 25 surplus lines carriers are writing insurance currently demonstrates this.”

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US MA: State To Hire Full-Time Cannabis Connoisseur

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 06 Nov 2017 - Help wanted: Pot inspector. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources posted a listing on the state's career site Friday for an agricultural inspector who will specialize in a new crop in Massachusetts: cannabis.

CN ON: Expo Sheds Light On Pot Industry

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Nov 2017 - Vendors hope to inform and educate THOUSANDS of people streamed into Winnipeg's first-ever HempFest Cannabis Expo this weekend to listen to presentations by industry leaders and check out exhibits set up by cannabis and hemp businesses from around the country.

CN ON: Is The Fix In?

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 06 Nov 2017 - Lone province pot pusher is the Ont. gov't! The fix is in and it's only a matter of time until the city's marijuana dispensaries are forced out of business by the new pusher in town - the Ontario government.

CN ON: Expo Sheds Light On Pot Industry

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Nov 2017 - Vendors hope to inform and educate THOUSANDS of people streamed into Winnipeg's first-ever HempFest Cannabis Expo this weekend to listen to presentations by industry leaders and check out exhibits set up by cannabis and hemp businesses from around the country.

Walgreens Stocking Overdose Reversal Drug in Stores Nationwide, No Prescription Needed

The Joint Blog - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 00:38
As part of its “comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse”, Walgreens is now stocking Narcan (Nalaxone), an FDA-approved nasal spray that helps reverse opioid overdoses, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide. 

“By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed,” Rick Gates, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy, said in a press release. “As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In addition, Walgreens is adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by educating patients about Narcan when they are dispensed a controlled substance greater than 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) and may be at risk of accidental overdose.

“This action is an important milestone and we applaud Walgreens initiatives to improve access to Narcan Nasal Spray in communities across the U.S.,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer of Adapt Pharma, the manufacturer of Narcan Nasal Spray. “This effort, combined with the opportunity for patients and caregivers to obtain Narcan Nasal Spray without an individual prescription in 45 states, is critical in combating this crisis.”

In an effort to educate the public on use of naloxone, pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen has distributed Narcan demo devices at no cost to Walgreens pharmacists for use in instructing patients on how to administer the medication. Additional instructions include calling 911, as Narcan is not a substitute for medical care. Anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

“At AmerisourceBergen, we strive to provide our customers the highest quality care and support so they can ultimately enhance the lives of patients in their communities,” said Robert Mauch, Executive Vice President & Group President, Pharmaceutical Distribution & Strategic Global Sourcing for AmerisourceBergen. “We recognize the important role we play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and our collaboration with Walgreens is another key milestone to supply our customers with access to lifesaving initiatives and emergency medications that can help keep individuals safe across the country.”

Last year Walgreens announced an effort to make naloxone available without requiring a prescription in states where regulations allow. The company now offers naloxone without requiring a prescription in 45 states and is eager and willing to work with the remaining states to make naloxone easier to obtain.

Walgreens has also collected more than 155 tons of unwanted medications through its safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across 45 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, year-round at no cost.

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Are LED Grow Lights Better Than HPS For Growing Marijuana Indoors?

Weed News - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 23:48
When it comes to growing marijuana, there is no shortage of things that people argue about. The only thing that I think all growers can agree on is that other growers suck. I have grown cannabis...

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1,000+ People Sign Up For Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program On Opening Day

Weed News - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:07
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law was signed on April 17, 2016, but until recently was just in the rule making and implementation phase. In the middle of last month Pennsylvania allowed...

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Legalization Alone is Not Enough, How We Create A New Market Matters

NORML Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 16:20

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in the new green economy. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers to entry into the industry; ultimately trying to level the playing field within the medical cannabis arena. The Oakland City Council found that the Black community has been dramatically overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests in the past 20 years, accounting for 90% of these arrests at times.

The city is including an incentive for non-equity applicants by fast-tracking permits from property owners who offer free rent to equity applicants as a way to assist the entrepreneurs who have had little access to capital. Additionally, tax revenue collected from this new licensing process will be used to establish an assistance program for equity applicants, offering no-interest startup loans, exemption from the permit application fee, and technical assistance.

To qualify as an applicant and receive this assistance, the individual must be an Oakland resident with an annual income that’s less than 80 percent of the Oakland Average Medium Income and either has a past marijuana conviction in Oakland or has lived for ten of the last twenty years in police beats that experienced a disproportionately higher amount of law enforcement.

Although the program may not perfect, Oakland is setting an example of how to begin to address marijuana-related oppression that has impacted historically marginalized groups. Other states that have legalized marijuana, or are in the process of doing so, should look to the Oakland model because legalization alone will not address the historic injustices perpetrated by law enforcement under prohibition.

However, as states both decriminalize and legalize the recreational use of marijuana, researchers still find enormous racial disparities within arrest rates. From a 2013 ACLU report, researchers found that although marijuana use rates are almost equal among Black and White individuals, Black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession compared to their White neighbors. Even with decriminalization, most states still have outrageous fines in lieu of jail time—$5 worth of marijuana can result in a $150 fine in Ohio. For most people, that is a large portion of their paycheck that would otherwise go towards rent, food, and other basic necessities. And, most importantly, the same racial disparities within arrest rates of marijuana possession are likely replicated in civil offenses for marijuana possession. Even with decriminalization, police are still going to be targeting Black people at the same rate. In Washington, DC last year, arrests for public use of marijuana nearly tripled just one year after marijuana use (but not marijuana sales) became legal in the city. Many of these arrests directly impact poor people and minorities, especially because it’s only legal to consume marijuana on privately owned property. Individuals who rent or are in public housing cannot enjoy private consumption.

So, even when more states begin to legalize marijuana, Black individuals are still going to be less likely to be able to thrive in the regulated marijuana market because of the copious amount of fines, prison time, and harassment from law enforcement. Not to mention, even when fines are replaced for minor marijuana possession instead of jail time, those that are unable to pay the fine may be arrested or forced to appear in court–raking in additional fines to pay. However, not even programs similar to Oakland’s are enough to resolve these discrepancies. A number of states have laws that don’t allow those with past convictions to apply to open a marijuana business, which disproportionately discriminates against minorities that have been targeted for marijuana possession offenses prior to legalization. To rid of this disparity, states with legalization laws should be issuing automatic expungements of prior marijuana-related arrests.

The enforcement of marijuana prohibition has gone out of its way to marginalize the Black community, so it’s only right that each state work just as hard to remedy this problem. A great place to start is with a program that allocates a certain amount of funds, resources, and applications for minorities who want to start a marijuana business, in states that have legalization laws. Without these programs and without recognizing these injustices, racial disparities will continue and Black people will not be given a fair opportunity to thrive in a regulated marijuana market.

Ontario Announces the First 14 Cities to Have Legal Marijuana Stores

The Joint Blog - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 06:50
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has announced the first cities that will be home to legal marijuana stores.

Last month Ontario officials unveiled their framework for the legal marijuana industry, which includes having 150 marijuana stores open by 2020, with online sales beginning next year. Yesterday, the Liquor Control Board announced the first 14 cities where legal marijuana outlets will be open.

Those cities will be:

  • Brampton
  • Vaughan
  • Toronto
  • London

  • Mississauga
  • Hamilton Barrie
  • Kingston, Kitchener
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Ottawa
  • Thunder Bay
  • Windsor
  • Sudbury

Ontario is the first province or territory in Canada to put forth a comprehensive plan for the legal marijuana industry. The plan includes allowing those 19 and older to legally purchase marijuana from marijuana stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board.

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Happy Cannabis Legalization Anniversary To Oregon, Alaska, And D.C.

Weed News - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:24
Three years ago today my life changed in a profound way. I have been a cannabis consuming Oregonian since 1993, and as such, lived in fear of persecution for over two decades from a consumer...

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What Is The Best Way To Decarboxylate (Decarb) Cannabis?

Weed News - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:59
Few things are as satisfying as making your own cannabis edibles. If you are an avid cannabis consumer, then you likely know what I am talking about. Being able to purchase edibles at retail outlets...

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CN MB: Liquor And Lotteries Wants To Handle Marijuana Industry

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Nov 2017 - MANITOBA Liquor and Lotteries (MLL) wants to handle all angles of legal pot in Manitoba - everything including production, distribution and sales. The Crown corporation said Friday that it submitted an expression of interest to the government of Premier Brian Pallister in September.

S03E29: She deciphers data to give cannabis consumers what they want

Cannabist - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 00:10
Featured guest: Natasha Irizarry, co-founder and CEO of Stashbox, a personalized monthly subscription box. Talking cannabis marketing, consumer trends and statistics.

Cannabist Show: She deciphers data to give cannabis consumers what they want

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:54
Featured guest: Natasha Irizarry, co-founder and CEO of Stashbox, a personalized monthly subscription box. Talking cannabis marketing, consumer trends and statistics.

"A significant event": CBD-based pharma drug Epidiolex presented to FDA for approval

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 22:49
GW Pharmaceuticals, a.k.a. Greenwich Biosciences, has submitted to the FDA a New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a cannabis-based epilepsy drug with CBD.
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