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US MA: Cannabis Exposition Comes To Boston And No, That Smell Is Not

MAP - Hemp - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 05 Oct 2017 - Organizers of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition say they expect more than 2,000 people at the event Thursday and Friday at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It's the first time this particular exposition has come to town. The organizers also held events this year in New York and Los Angeles.

CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In Niagara Falls

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
The Tribune, 05 Oct 2017 - Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focussed on impending legalization of marijuana next July Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

CN ON: Toronto Endorses Province's Pot Plan

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 05 Oct 2017 - Toronto city council has, by a narrow margin, endorsed Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for tightly regulated marijuana sales through LCBO-style stores. Council voted 21-16 Wednesday in favour of backing Wynne's pot plan, while demanding that the city be compensated for any related costs when the federal government legalizes marijuana next year.

CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery Says

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
Niagara This Week, 05 Oct 2017 - The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis. "We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."

Canada: Plan To Add GST, Excise Tax On Cannabis Stokes Black Market

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Oct 2017 - Ottawa will charge GST on recreational marijuana in addition to the planned excise tax of $1 a gram, threatening to make legal cannabis more expensive than its black-market competition. The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 1 is designed to replace the illegal market with a heavily regulated industry, but experts say the final sales price will be key to its eventual success or failure. Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette warned Wednesday in a blog post that an excise tax would likely push the price of legal marijuana above black-market prices observed in 2015-16.

Justice Department Names New DEA Acting Administrator

The Joint Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 03:46
The Department of Justice has officially designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

New DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.

Patterson’s appointment comes after the resignation of now-former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down because he feels President Trump doesn’t respect the law. Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November 2015. As the chief inspector, he had oversight of the Office of Inspections, the Office of Security Programs, and the Office of Professional Responsibility. Collectively, these offices comprise DEA’s internal affairs, compliance, and security programs and provide guidance and support to DEA Headquarters and Field Offices.

Prior to his appointment as the chief inspector, Patterson served in a variety other positions within DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools, in support of field operations.

Prior to his assignment at SOD, Patterson was a group supervisor in the agency’s Miami Division, where he led the operations of the Orlando District Office Task Force, and later served as acting ASAC.

Patterson began his career with DEA in 1988 in the New York Division, where he worked numerous racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations, known as RICO, investigations. He was also part of a special program established to combat the growing opioid epidemic and associated violence in the greater New York area.

At this point it’s unclear how long Patterson will remain as acting administrator before a permanent DEA Chief is named.

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California to publish new rules in November

The Leaf Online - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:49

To no one’s surprise, California’s three cannabis licensing agencies announced on September 29 the withdrawal of the pending medical cannabis regulations that were proposed in late spring. They also named the individuals who were appointed to the state’s advisory board. The much-anticipated withdrawal will officially occur on October 6, according to a statement on the […]

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World Anti-Doping Agency Removes Cannabidiol (CBD) from Prohibited Substances List

The Joint Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:56
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially removed cannabidiol (CBD) from their 2018 list of prohibited substances.

“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited”, states a WADA document titled Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes, 2018 Prohibited List. WADA is however banning synthetic cannabinoids such as K2 and spice.

“Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance,” the document notes.

Given that CBD is allowed but THC isn’t, athletes hoping to use the substance without failing a drug test will need to make sure they use CBD derived from hemp, or CBD that has been entirely separated from any traceable level of THC.

WADA’s threshold for THC is 150 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

The document listing this change, among others, can be found by clicking here.

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California offers cannabusinesses assistance

The Leaf Online - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:31

California’s new Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will  host three free public workshops on cannabusiness licensing in mid-October. These workshops will focus on what information is needed and what resources are available for people who are planning to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses. The three public licensing workshops will take place in Los Angeles […]

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CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In Falls

MAP - Hemp - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Oct 2017 - Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational And

MAP - Cannabis - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 03 Oct 2017 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses. The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

CN ON: Pot Advocate Back In Falls

MAP - Cannabis - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Oct 2017 - Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focused on impending legalization of marijuana next July Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.

CN ON: OPED: Give First Nations Priority Access To Marijuana Industry

MAP - Cannabis - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 03 Oct 2017 - The legalization of marijuana in Canada in July 2018 gives the federal government an opportunity to bring communities - including Indigenous ones - into this lucrative sector in a big way. For example, Manitoba's Opaskwayak Cree Nation recently took a major stake in a medical marijuana company. OCN purchased $3 million in shares in National Access Cannabis, a privately held company that recently traded publicly for the first time.

Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

The Joint Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 21:16
In a unanimous vote Atlanta’s full City Council has given approval to a marijuana decrim measure.

Today the council unanimously approved Ordinance 17-O-1152, introduced by Councilmember Kwanza Hall on March 20th.

“Today we stand with every parent of Atlanta who is fearful of or has seen their children’s lives destroyed, or careers ruined because of a racist policy that unjustly incarcerated minorities by more than ninety percent,” said Hall following the vote.  “Reforming the racist marijuana laws on the book in Atlanta has been just one in a number of reforms that I have fought for.

Hall continued; “And one of the leaders who recognized the unfairness and harshness of the law was Dr. George Napper, who was our city’s first African American Chief of Police, and I’d like to thank him for his support”.

This legislation was one in a series of justice reform policies Councilman Hall has introduced, including “Ban the Box” which passed in 2014, the creation of the Pre-Arrest Diversion Pilot Program in 2015, a law enforcement transparency and accountability measure and legislation to end broken windows policing in 2016.

One of the most powerful speakers during the vote was Charnette Trimble of Council District 4.  “You destroy the black male, and you destroy the black family unit.”

The ordinance changes the penalty in the Atlanta Municipal code for possession of marijuana less than an ounce from the “general penalty” –which is a fine of up to $1000 and up to six months in jail–to a maximum fine of $75 and no jail time.

The legislation had been held since May. A key fact presented during the debate is that in Atlanta, the overwhelming number of arrests for marijuana-related offenses are African Americans (92%), even though studies have determined usage is at similar levels across racial demographics.

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Marijuana Expungement Bill Becomes Law in Maryland

The Joint Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:36
A marijuana expungement bill has officially become law in Maryland.

Senate Bill 949 was given approval by the House in April with a vote of 94 to 43; prior to that the measure passed the Senate with a unanimous 47 to 0 vote. Following inaction from Governor Larry Hogan, the legislation officially became law on Sunday, October 1st.

According to official language, Senate Bill 949 would allow for the expungement (removal) of a marijuana charge if “the person was convicted of possession of marijuana under §5–601 of the Criminal Law Article”. The measure initially required “that filing fees for petitions for expungement collected by the District Court be remitted to the Administrative Office of the Court be used only for a specified purpose”, but that was amended out in the House.

October 1, 2014 marked the start of a statewide policy in Maryland that decriminalized the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, which was previously an arrestable misdemeanor.

For the full text of Senate Bill 949, click here.

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Oakland reformer Appel seeks Assembly seat

The Leaf Online - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:40

Long-time Oakland cannabis reform advocate Judy Appel kicked off her campaign to represent the 15th Assembly District as a legislator in Sacramento. Having spent three decades as a thoughtful, progressive leader in the local community, Appel’s deep roots and long-standing commitment to the district make her an early front-runner. Checks may be made payable to: […]

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Up To One-Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Marijuana: New Study

Toke Signals - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 18:53

A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used cannabis in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms. The study was published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. It also revealed […]

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Rhode Island: Too much pot commission power?

The Leaf Online - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:30

Nearly 60 percent of Rhode Islanders now support legalization, and the legislature has created a commission to study how this can be done. Reform activists are now questioning whether the commission might have been given too much power in making its recommendations. Regulate Rhode Island advocates want that process moved into the sunlight of the […]

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CN ON: Charges Dropped Against 'Budtenders'

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 30 Sep 2017 - Caught up in pot shop raids Charges have been dropped against two of the clerks charged in police raids on Magna Terra Health Services marijuana dispensaries last spring. It's the first time prosecutors in Ottawa have withdrawn charges against "budtenders" working at illegal pot shops. That's in contrast to Toronto, where prosecutors have thrown out many of the drug trafficking charges against marijuana store clerks.

CN BC: Column: Pot Laws A Challenge For Government

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 30 Sep 2017 - They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's provincial election delayed the process. Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature and simply forgot to get it done.
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