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Netflix Cancels Disjointed, Exemplifying that People Are Over Stoner Stereotypes

The Joint Blog - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:22
The marijuana-focused Netflix series Disjointed has been cancelled, and it has only itself to blame.

Disjointed had everything going for it. It’s a marijuana-themed show in an era where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational purposes in dozens of states, and its usage is quickly losing its stigma and becoming more and more mainstream. It had Netflix as a platform, which allows for more creative freedom than most cable networks. It was created by Chuck Lorre, who also created The Big Bang Theory (which has been one of the most popular shows for years), and David Javerbaum, a former head writer for the Daily Show. To top it all off, the show was able to cast Kathy Bates in the lead role as an LA-based dispensary owner; Bates has won two Emmy Awards, and has been nominated over a dozen times dating back to 1996.

Despite having all this going for it, the show failed to make it past season 1. Netflix recently announced that the show has been cancelled after a 20-episode initial run (10 episodes released in August, followed by 10 more in January). Given Netflix doesn’t release viewer counts for their shows, there’s no way of  knowing if it was cancelled more for a lack of viewers, or for its poor critical reception (it has a score of 43 on Metacritic and 23% on Rotten Tomatoes). What is clear, is that there simply wasn’t a large enough appetite for the type of comedy that Disjointed offered, which too often relied on the “dumb stoner stereotype”.

Disjointed could have taken a more intellectual approach to the show’s subject matter (and being focused on a dispensary gave them the perfect setup), but instead they harkened back to the days of Cheech & Chong. Though this may have worked a decade or two ago, people are looking for a more nuanced approach to marijuana use. Most cannabis consumers simply don’t find this type of comedy funny (and some find it offensive or simply ignorant), and those who don’t consume cannabis are either bored by it (it’s oh-so been-there done-that), or understand that playing into a decades-long and incredibly unhelpful stereotypes doesn’t make for good television .

This isn’t to say that Disjointed was necessarily an awful show, and that it didn’t have its funny or clever moments, it just had far too few of them, and didn’t do enough to offer a new or modern brand of cannabis comedy. As such, it failed to retain its presence in popular culture. Hopefully future shows that have a cannabis theme will learn from their mistakes.

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Pensylvania Medical Marijuana Sales Now Underway

The Joint Blog - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:09
The legal distribution of medical marijuana began today in Pennsylvania, with six dispensaries opened throughout the state (and 81 planned to open in the coming months).

The new law, which officially took effect today, allows certified patients to obtain their medicine legally for the first time. Six out of the 10 dispensaries that have been approved to operate have opened their doors, and up to 81 more dispensaries are expected to open across the state over the next few months. Nearly 4,000 patients are certified to purchase medical marijuana products at these locations, and more than 13,000 are awaiting approval to participate in the program. This stage of the implementation process is taking place ahead of schedule, less than two years after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 16 into law.

“Seriously ill Pennsylvanians will be able to get relief earlier than expected thanks to the diligent efforts of regulators and operators,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project who helped lead the medical marijuana effort in the state legislature. “There is still a lot of work to be done before implementation is complete. We are hopeful that the medical marijuana program will continue to be refined and improved to ensure patients have safe, reliable, and affordable access to their medicine.”

The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board is still in the process of making recommendations for changes to the program. The Board met this week to discuss allowing patients to access medical marijuana flowers at dispensaries as a way to increase treatment options and lower costs for patients.

Pennsylvania was the 24th state to pass and implement an effective medical marijuana law. There are 29 states with effective medical marijuana laws and more than a dozen states are expected to have medical marijuana bills introduced this year.

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Oaksterdam, CHA host hemp business workshop

The Leaf Online - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:55

As California shifts into hemp production, the California Hemp Association and Oaksterdam University presented California Hemp Business Workshop, a one-day workshop on industrial hemp, to help get people started in this wide open field in the state of California. The day-long workshop provided a unique opportunity to network with hemp business peers, startups and members […]

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Cops to Trump: Sessions is wrong on opioids

The Leaf Online - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:47

If President Trump and Congress want to tackle America’s opioid epidemic, accepting the recommendations of his opioid commission to expand addiction treatments would be a good start. However, to address this public emergency with the serious intent that it deserves, the administration also needs a consistent, coordinated approach to both criminal justice and health care. […]

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Medical marijuana laws reducing gang violence

The Leaf Online - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:26

Is legal cannabis a cure for cartel gang violence along the US / Mexico border? Maybe, but at least it could be a good start. Regulating marijuana for medical use is associated with a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal. A team of […]

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US HI: Hawaii Cannabis Expo Vendors Capitalize On Budding Pot

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Feb 2018 - Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo. Drew Gennuso, owner of Trim Ready Hawaii, showed Ari Medina how to trim legal hemp, which looks like cannabis, Friday at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Pre-legalization marijuana convictions being cleared

The Leaf Online - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:54

Several regional governments in states with legal marijuana have begun to erase past marijuana convictions, despite US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican leadership in the House of Representatives efforts to reverse even medical use. Among other things, this means the people who are affected can honestly say that they have never been convicted of a crime when they […]

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NM takes steps toward legalizing at age 21

The Leaf Online - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:41

A bill to legalize marijuana in the state of New Mexico crossed its first hurdle as a legislative committee voted in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. The resolution would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and up and for regulation of the production, […]

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US IN: Senate Joins House In Passing Indiana Cannabis Oil Bill

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
Daily Herald, 05 Feb 2018 - INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to purchase and use a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits, following a key vote by the state Senate on Monday. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from marijuana and hemp, though the substance, typically sold as an oil, lacks enough of the main psychoactive component THC to get high.

Signatures turned in for Michigan cannabis initiative

The Leaf Online - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:06

Cannabis reform is on course to be an election issue on at least one state ballot this year. Proponents of a voter initiative campaign in Michigan to legalize and regulate personal adult use and retail sale of cannabis in the state have turned in more than 360,000 signatures in their drive to qualify the measure for […]

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US MD: Industrial Hemp Advocates Hope This Is Their Year In Annapolis

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Feb 2018 - The industrial hemp plant has a lot of boosters. They praise it for its hardiness and versatility. They say its oils yield food and medicine, its fibers produce clothing and plastic-like auto parts. They contend that when planted strategically, it can absorb manure and other pollutants before they flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

Tax rates hold keys to legal cannabis markets

The Leaf Online - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:44

Just a few weeks into the rollout of California’s legal adult use cannabis sales, permitting has begun taking off in spurts in the counties and municipalities that have approved such activities. Many cities and counties are still wary of Proposition 64 and implementing bans against cannabis operations or strongly restricting availability for such licenses. Many […]

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Indoor cultivation energy efficiency on the rise

The Leaf Online - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:32

For the 50 states and Washington, D.C., the biggest national energy efficiency question being raised is whether legal medical marijuana cultivation would create a surge in electrical energy consumption. Most eyes are on California, the largest producer of cannabis consumption in the US, if not the world. Learn best practices for branding and marketing at […]

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US PA: Dwight Evans First Pa. Congress Member To Cosponsor Ending

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 19 Jan 2018 - When it comes to legalizing marijuana Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) is "one thousand percent on board." When it comes to legalizing marijuana U.S Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) is "one thousand percent on board," he told me by phone on Thursday afternoon.

California bill would automatically erase prior marijuana convictions

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 23:32
A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into a new era.

If the U.S. legalizes marijuana, what happens to its international drug treaties?

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:52
The U.S. currently only partially complies with international conventions that unequivocally prohibit recreational marijuana use as part of the global fight against drug trafficking.

Vermont Senate Approves Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Already Passed House, Governor Expected to Sign

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:32
Legislation that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older has been approved by Vermont’s full Senate.

H. 511 has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, meaning it will soon be sent to Governor Phil Scott, who’s expected to quickly sign the measure into law. If he does, the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, and the personal cultivation of up to two mature (or four immature) plants would be legal for those 21 and older. H. 511 would make Vermont the ninth state to legalize marijuana, and the first to do so through the legislature (all other states have legalized through the initiative process).

“This is a big step forward for Vermont,” says Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Vermonters should be proud that their state is becoming the first to do this legislatively, rather than by ballot initiative.”

57% of Vermont voters support legalizing marijuana, with just 39% opposed, according to a statewide survey conducted in March by Public Policy Polling.

“This will be an important milestone for the legalization movement”, says Matthew Schweich, interim executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “When Gov. Scott signs this legislation, Vermont will become the first state in the country to end marijuana prohibition through legislative action.” Schweich says that; “Now that yet another state has rejected marijuana prohibition, there is even more pressure for Congress to take action to prevent any federal interference from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It’s time for the federal government to respect the authority of states to determine their own marijuana policies.”

Vermont isn’t the only state currently attempting to legalize through the legislative process, as just yesterday New Hampshire’s House of Representatives approved a similar measure.

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Vermont Likely To Become The 9th State To Legalization Marijuana

Weed News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:16
Vermont made history last year when its legislature passed a marijuana legalization measure. Unfortunately, that measure was vetoed by Vermont’s Governor, who requested some tweaks to the...

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Vermont Senate Approves Legalization of Marijuana Possession and Cultivation, Awaits Governor’s Signature

NORML Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:30

Today, the Vermont state Senate approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate a limited amount for personal use.

“While prohibitionists like Attorney General Jeff Sessions desperately try to force our country to return to the dark ages, his flailing seems to be for naught, as Vermont is now positioned to be the first state to legalize marijuana possession by legislative action,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “The American people have made their position clear, it is time to move away from the failed policies of the past and to move in the sensible direction of legalization. Vermont will likely be the first state to take such an action this year, it is unlikely to be the last with New Jersey, Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut and others likely to give legalization legislation serious consideration during the 2018 legislative session.”

H. 511 was approved by the state’s lower chamber last week in a 81-63 vote. Now that it has passed the state Senate, the bill will be sent to Governor Phil Smith for his signature. Despite vetoing a similar effort last year, Governor Scott has stated he would likely sign this renewed effort.

Passage of legalization in Vermont in 2018 would be a legislative first. To date, all eight states that have enacted legalization of the adult use of marijuana, as well as the District of Columbia have done so by a direct vote of the people.

One in five Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens reside someplace where the medical use of cannabis is legally authorized. As is evidenced by Vermont lawmakers’ actions, it is clear that the Trump administration is not going to be able to cease this momentum in favor of the enactment of rational marijuana policies.

“For the second time in two years, Vermont lawmakers have rejected the failed Flat Earth policies of marijuana prohibition,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said,”The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who choose to consume cannabis are no longer criminalized or stigmatized. Governor Scott would be wise to provide Vermonters with this path forward, rather than cling to the failed policies of the past.”


Vermont Legislature Legalizes Marijuana

Marijuana Moment - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:23

Vermont lawmakers took final action on Wednesday to make the state the first in U.S. history to legalize marijuana by an act of lawmakers. Gov. Phil Scott (R) has pledged to sign the bill into law.

Vermont Governor “Comfortable” Legalizing Marijuana In Early 2018

While eight other states and Washington, D.C. have also ended cannabis prohibition for adults over 21, they did so with voter-approved ballot initiatives.

Vermont’s legislative move signals a milestone in the evolving politics of marijuana. Polls consistently show majority voter support for legalization, and more politicians are beginning to see the issue as a winning one they should embrace rather than run away from.

In neighboring New Hampshire, the House of Representatives approved a similar legalization bill on Tuesday.

The marijuana victories come just days after the Trump administration rolled back Obama-era guidance that generally allowed states to implement their own legalization laws without federal interference.

Both New England states’ proposed laws provide for a noncommercial approach to marijuana under which possession and home cultivation of relatively small amounts would be allowed, but storefronts and sales would not.

In Vermont, the bill would allow people over 21 years of age to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow as many as two mature and four immature cannabis plants.

Once legislative counsel finalizes the bill formatting and it is officially transmitted to the governor’s desk, he will have five days to act on it.

Last year, the state fell just short of legalizing marijuana. The legislature passed a bill to legalize personal cannabis possession and homegrow, but Scott vetoed it. However, in doing so, he laid out a few small changes he wanted legislators to make in order to win his support. The Senate quickly acted to make the requested revisions, but the House was not able to overcome procedural hurdles to get it done in time during a short special session over the summer.

The House approved the bill last week, making a minor amendment, necessitating Wednesday’s final Senate vote to send the measure to Scott’s desk. Final passage was accomplished via a voice vote.

Legalization supporters appear ready to keep pressing toward full-scale commercial legalization as soon as the governor signs the current proposal, which is set to take effect on July 1.

“It’s up to citizens across the state whether or not we see a bill like that pass this year with their participation in the process,” Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman (Progressive) said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I would like to see that. I think every year we go by not doing it, we are perpetuating the underground, unregulated, unjust system that we have today while other states are moving forward.”

The Senate approved bills to allow legal marijuana sales last year and in 2016, but they didn’t gain traction in the House, which favored the noncommercial approach.

Advocates believe that New Jersey is also poised to end marijuana prohibition via the legislature this year. Phil Murphy (D), who will be sworn in as governor next week, campaigned on full-scale commercial legalization, and the Senate president says he is ready to pass a bill.

A number of other states are expected to vote on ballot initiatives to legalize recreational or medical cannabis later this year.

These States Are Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2018

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