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California: San Diego Allows Recreational Pot Sales In Medical Shops

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The San Diego City Council met on Tuesday to consider proposed regulation changes in marijuana business practices in the city. One of the main issues discussed was the possibility of allowing recreational pot sales in medical marijuana dispensaries.

Terrie Best, Chapter Chair of Americans for Safe Access in San Diego, told The Weed Blog that “council voted to grandfather in (and write land use law within 9 months) business tax certification holders in the areas of manufacturing, cultivation and testing. Deliveries will now need to be connected to a Medical Marijuana Card Clinic (MMCC) conditional use permit only, no stand-alones. We also may have lost events where products are used and consumed.”

She added, “Our outdoor Proposition 64 six plant personal right must be exercised under a green house, and all MMCC’s will be allowed to sell to adults 21 and over along with their patient clients.”

Best applauded the city council, saying “Not too bad for a town FULL of loud prohibitionists. I am upset about the delivery loss and event ban though. But, I don’t think it will stop us.”

California: San Diego May Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Sell To Everyone 21 And Over

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

San Diego has become the first city in California to introduce legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to everyone 21 and older until the state's new recreational use regulations are finalized.

The ordinance also establishes rules for recreational cannabis outlets, which should be opening sometime in the first half of 2018. The rules are almost identical to those in place for medical cannabis dispensaries, including a requirement of being 1,000 feet from public parks, schools, daycare centers, churches, playgrounds, libraries and residential neighborhoods.

“While we haven’t completed a detailed review of this proposal, the city’s highly restrictive zoning for medical cannabis dispensing has proven effective at protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and using the existing restrictions as the model for these new regulations is a good starting point,” said Phil Rath of the United Medical Marijuana Coalition. “We look forward to engaging this process moving forward to ensure the regulations are clear, enforceable and allow our members to continue to operate peacefully in our respective communities.”

Thanks to last month's passage of Proposition 64, adults over 21 in California can possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and grow up to six plants at home.

Colorado: Good Chemistry Launches 'Craft of Cannabis' Campaign

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

As Good Chemistry — specializing in cultivating consistent, high-quality cannabis— expands production capabilities in Colorado and Nevada, the company is debuting its “Craft of Cannabis” initiative with a new advertising campaign and website. Built on exquisite original photography, the ads showcase the people and plants behind the finest flower grown in Colorado.

“Our mission has always been to cultivate the best cannabis on the market,” said founder and CEO Matthew Huron, a master gardener who has been honing his craft for nearly two decades. “We are proud of the flower that we produce.

"Our Craft of Cannabis campaign aims to show consumers the excellent standards of our Cannabis artisans and the remarkable beauty and character of our plants,” Huron said.

The Craft of Cannabis campaign was developed by branding expert Michael Markowitz, president of Michael Markowitz + Associates, whose clients have included, among others, Panera Bread, Anheuser Busch and Universal Studios.

The new GoodChem.org website provides behind-the-scenes access to Good Chemistry’s nurseries, where the team includes botanists, carpenters, mechanics, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, inventors, caregivers, and more.

Nevada: 'Showgrow' Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Las Vegas

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Showgrow, a medical marijuana dispensary located at 4850 S. Fort Apache Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, held its grand opening on Friday, June 24.

Growblox Sciences, Inc., announced it has secured 20 percent of the dispensary shelf space of Showgrow Las Vegas for the exclusive display and marketing of its cannabis strains. Growblox announced it also has rights through Showgrow to make home deliveries of its products.

Growblox owns a 10 pecent interest in GBS Nevada Partners LLC, which wholly owns Showgrow. Nevada Partners contracted with GreenLight District Holdings, LLC, an industry leading dispensary operator, to manage the daily operations of Showgrow.

"We are very excited that Growblox is entering the Nevada retail market, as we know local population and visitors are at the global crossroads of product awareness, efficacy, and best standards of operations," said Growblox Board Director Leslie Bocskor.

California: Marijuana-Infused Coffee Creamer Launching In September

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Wake-and-bake options will expand in California this September when 1PM Industries, which just expanded its operations from Northern California to the southern part of the state, plans to introduce infused coffee creamer.

1PM on Wednesday announced that the Company has expanded its Von Baron Farms products to Southern California area. According to the company, it began delivering product to dispensaries in Southern California on Monday, June 27.

The company will begin holding its Southern California product demo days on July 7.

Von Baron Farms began selling its medical marijuana products to dispensaries in California in January 2016, and is currently selling its products in approximately 40 Northern California dispensaries.

1PM announced it has begun its final phase of development on its THC infused coffee creamers, which are expected to launch in September 2016.

The addition of coffee creamers will expand the company's product line to: Cookie Spread, CBD Shot, BuzzKill, THC Shot, Breaking Batter Shake & Pour and Infused Coffee Creamer.

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Nevada: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offering Patient Orientation July 13

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With medical marijuana currently being a hot topic of discussion in Nevada, The+Source medical marijuana dispensary, located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., will hold an educational orientation and seminar about the variety of benefits and uses of medical cannabis for patients at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

The dispensary is giving patients the opportunity to learn from its in-house director of medical education, Dr. William Troutt, who will lead the orientation to educate attendees both new and pre-existing about the benefits of medical cannabis.

The+Source invites the public, along with medical marijuana cardholders and non-holders, to learn more about the medical aspects of marijuana. The+Source will continue its mission to educate community residents with the opening of their second location this summer at 9480 S. Eastern Blvd..

More information about the upcoming orientation can be found online at www.thesourcenv.com.

U.S.: Senate Committee Allows Banks To Provide Services To Legal Marijuana Stores

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Fourth Straight Senate Victory for Marijuana Reform

Senate Bill Would Also Allow D.C. to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted 16 to 14 to allow banks to provide services to marijuana businesses. Currently, because marijuana is illegal under federal law, both medical and non-medical marijuana businesses are unable to access banking services like any other business. The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon).

Consequently, many marijuana businesses operate on a cash-only basis, leading to huge public safety issues as businesses become the target of robberies, and are forced to hire armed security to protect their takings.

“One of the motivations for legalizing marijuana is to eliminate the illicit market and put marijuana in the hands of a legitimate regulated market,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Whether you are for or against legalization, you have to recognize that having marijuana businesses handling huge amounts of cash with nowhere to deposit the money is a public safety concern that Congress has to tackle.”

California: Santa Rosa Medical Marijuana Company Raided By Federal DEA Agents

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed on Wednesday morning by local law enforcement and the federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, and financial paperwork.

Care By Design produces an array of medical marijuana products for thousands of patients in California, including patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD and other intractable medical conditions.

Care By Design products are CBD-centric. CBD is a therapeutically beneficial compound that does not get people high, and can moderate the intoxicating effects of THC. Care By Design products are available in non-smokable formulations such as gel caps and oral sprays, and available in a variety of CBD:THC ratios so that patients can manage the psychoactive effects of medical marijuana.

Hawaii: Marijuana Activist Sues, Says Licensing Medical Pot Violates Federal Law

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A longtime activist in Hawaii who is facing criminal charges of selling pot for running a now-defunct medicinal cannabis collective is suing to try to stop the opening of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

The suit was filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court by Mike Ruggles of Mountain View, naming as defendants Hawaii Governor David Ige, state Health Director Virginia Pressler, state Attorney General Douglas Chin, and the four companies which have been awarded state licenses to grow and sell marijuana, along with those companies' owners, reports West Hawaii Today.

Ruggles' suit alleges that Hawaii's medical marijuana dispensary law is a violation of federal racketeering and drug laws.

“The state cannot license people to break federal law and that’s exactly what they’ve done with these dispensaries," Ruggles claimed. "How does California do it? You’ll notice Act 228 (Hawaii’s medical marijuana law passed in 2000) mirrors California’s medical marijuana law word for word. Dispensaries in California are not regulated, and that’s how they get around (federal law). You see, the state cannot give citizens a license to break federal law. What they can do is ignore federal law being broke.”

Oregon: Oregrown Brings One-Of-A-Kind Cannabis Cultivars To Eugene

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Oregrown Industries, a farm-to-table cannabis company based in Bend, Oregon, has partnered with TJ's Organic Provisions to offer four of Oregrown's exclusive flower cultivars at TJ's signature dispensary in Eugene.

"It's an incredible honor to see our flower on the shelves at TJ's, just has it has been an honor to carry their products in our own dispensary," said Oregrown co-founder Aviv Hadar. "TJ's has served Oregonians for many years with some of the finest organic cannabis in the world. They produce and carry only the very best."

Oregrown's handcrafted edibles, extracts and transdermal patches are available in dozens of quality dispensaries, Hadar said, but the partnership with TJ's Organic Provisions marks the first time Oregrown has distributed flower beyond the company's flagship dispensary in Bend.

"Oregrown's flower is very popular, and we sell out too quickly to share it beyond our own dispensary," Hadar said. "That makes this a special milestone. We set aside a limited quantity our core flavors and we are so excited to share them with TJ's loyal customers."

Exclusive Oregrown cultivars available at TJ's include Oregon Afghan, The One, Golden Ticket Chernobyl, and Oregon Diesel.

New York: Report Finds Too Few Patients Can Access Medical Marijuana

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77% of Patients and Caregivers Surveyed, Who Accessed the Program, Say They Cannot Afford the Medicine They Need

Advocates Call On New York Legislature to Pass Bills to Increase Patient Access to Medical Marijuana

The Drug Policy Alliance on Monday issued a report assessing the first four months on the state’s medical marijuana program. The report is in response to demand for information in the face of the absence of all but the most limited public information from the New York State Department of Health. The report, the first systematic assessment of the program so far and its impact on patient access, found patients and caregivers face significant barriers to accessing medical marijuana.

On January 7, New York became the 23rd state to rollout its medical marijuana program. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized as being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country.

Since the program was launched, patients and advocates have been frustrated by numerous barriers to accessing the program, including difficulty finding participating physicians, trouble accessing dispensaries and medication, and affordability.

Colorado: Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Eliminate 80% of Cannabis Products

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A proposed initiative to install a new cannabis-related measure into the Colorado Constitution would effectively end Colorado’s successful first-in-the-nation effort to permit the sale of recreational cannabis to adults, according to industry experts BDS Analytics.

The initiative would impose limits on cannabis product format and would restrict all cannabis products to a maximum 16 percent THC content. Drawing from its database of more than 10,000 products in Colorado and its wealth of data analysis professionals, BDS Analytics concludes that products on the market today that generate more than 80 percent of cannabis revenue would be banned.

In addition, almost every edible product (which account for 11.5 percent of sales) would have to be repackaged, according to the company.

“When we first encountered the proposed language we quickly understood it would have a dramatic effect on the market, and so we immediately began a meticulous analysis of how it might change the landscape for commercial cannabis,” said BDS Analytics CEO Roy Bingham. “Unfortunately, our instincts were correct.

"Should the initiative become a part of the Colorado Constitution, it would hobble Colorado’s fastest-growing industry,” Bingham said.

Oregon: Oregrown Offers Guided Tour of Cannabis Edibles, Extracts and Topicals

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Oregrown Industries, a farm-to-table cannabis company, invites the public to a "guided tour" of cannabis extracts, edibles and other products at their flagship dispensary in downtown Bend. Beginning June 2, these products are available for the first time to Oregon's adult recreational customers.

"This is a very exciting time," says Oregrown founder Aviv Hadar. "90 percent of Oregon's non-medical cannabis consumers have never encountered these products. We know everyone has questions.

"That's why we want Oregrown to be a place where people can ask questions and make informed decisions," Hadar said. "We are so excited to about the expanded variety of locally grown, handcrafted cannabis products now available to all adult customers."

Hadar says well-made extracts offer a combination of excellent flavor, convenience and ease of use that make them a favorite among discerning consumers.

"Oregrown's hash oil is made with a sophisticated process that results in higher potency and an incredible flavor profile," Hadar says. "At the same time, depending on your delivery method, you can really dial in your dose with much greater precision than you can with flower."

Adult-use customers may purchase a single unit of extract containing up to 1,000 mg of THC per day.

Ontario: Anger After Dozens Of Marijuana Shops Raided By Toronto Police

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Medical marijuana is legal in Canada but only licensed providers can sell it to people who are approved by a doctor to use it.

Police made 90 arrests Thursday while raiding 43 Toronto marijuana shops.

The raids come just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Government is on the verge of making marijuana legal for recreational use.

Protesters gathered outside police headquarters Friday, calling the marijuana dispensaries essential.

People held up signs reading "Bad Laws, Bad Cops" and "Save Our Dispensaries."

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders held a news conference addressing the storefront raids on Friday but was shouted down by protesters.

He said the crackdown was on stores that police believe are selling marijuana to recreational users.

There are 83 known unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Toronto.

He said the raids, which collected 269 kilograms of dried marijuana and many edibles such as cookies and candies, came in response to "significant complaints" from community members.

The stores had been selling marijuana products with "inaccurate information" about the amount of THC they contain, he said, calling it a "genuine health concern".

Arizona: Cannabis Retail Designer Receives 3rd National Recognition

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The awards keep coming for cannabis retail designer Megan Stone of The High Road Design Studio. The young entrepreneur is lighting up the billion-dollar cannabis industry by creating award winning dispensary environments catering to the modern consumer.

This month Stone was announced as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by design:retail magazine for her luxury dispensary designs. Stone was selected for the national recognition from more than 140 nominees for the award, one of three major awards recognizing the Tempe, Arizona based retail designer in 2016. Winners for the retail magazine award were honored in New York City in May.

“I design the way I do because, for many people, cannabis has been a miraculous plant. Buying it should be an experience that reflects that,” Stone said.

Stone’s revolutionary designs have established a new cannabis aesthetic transcending long-standing clichés of tie-dye tapestries and peace-sign motifs. Along with the Top 40 Under 40 Award, Stone was named a finalist for the prestigious 23rd Annual A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) Design Awards Competition alongside CHANEL, Target and Nordstrom, and was named Technical Professional Marketer of the Year by SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services) Arizona.

Oregon: Oregrown Cannabis Company Brings Beauty To Downtown Bend

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Oregrown Industries, a farm-to-table cannabis company, teamed up with the Downtown Bend Business Association on Thursday to turn an overgrown patch of land near the company's flagship store into a landscaped pocket park.

"Oregrown is committed to being a positive force in our community," said Oregrown co-founder Aviv Hadar. "This goes beyond creating jobs and local ownership. This pocket park is a small project, but it's an authentic expression of who we aspire to be."

A dozen volunteers from Oregrown and the Downtown Bend Business Association removed weeds and plant lavender beds and other landscaping purchased by Oregrown. The new plants will be watered and maintained through the business association's Flower Basket Program, a project that provides more than 100 hanging flower baskets throughout the downtown area.

"This spot is the gateway to downtown Bend on the north side, and we are so happy to be partnering with Oregrown to improve it," said Rod Porsche, executive director of the Downtown Bend Business Association. "The area has needed attention for some time. It's great that the folks at Oregrown saw the need and are stepping up to keep downtown Bend beautiful."

Hadar says Oregrown will continue to seek out opportunities be good neighbors.

Canada: Toronto Police Raiding Marijuana Dispensaries For Non-Medical Sales

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Toronto police are currently raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, charging people for trafficking non-medical cannabis.

The drug squad is reportedly working with several police divisions, along with the Toronto Licensing and Standards division in conducting the raids, reports 680 News.

The dispensaries which have been raided are:
• 600 Church St.
• Eden Medicinal Society (Queen Street location)
• Cannabis Connoisseur
• The Green Room (Spadina and Nassau)
• Weed, Glass and Gifts
• Cannawide in Kensington Market

Toronto police claim this is a criminal investigation. The drug squad officers claim they are enforcing Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Police claim they handed out cautions on May 18, and if the dispensaries were still operating illegally, they will be fined.

Canada: Vancouver Grants First Marijuana Dispensary License

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Vancouver last week became the first city in Canada to issue a marijuana dispensary license after creating a separate set of bylaws regulating the establishments.

The Wealth Shop, just outside the gates of the University of British Columbia in the Vancouver neighborhood of Point Grey, got the city's first license to operate a cannabis business, reports Katie Shapiro at The Cannabist.

The store, which hasn't yet opened for business, will be required to pay an annual licensing fee of $30,000 to the City of Vancouver. The majority of already existing pot shops operate as "compassion clubs," which require a $1,000 fee to get a license. Currently, both types of shops still operate outside the Canadian federal government's medicinal cannabis program.

Canada: Unlicensed Marijuana Dispensaries Thriving In Toronto

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More than 100 unlicensed marijuana dispensaries have sprung up in Toronto, most in the past six months, since the election of Justin Trudeau, who won on a legalization platform, among other progressive issues

Only a few dozen medicinal cannabis producers have a license from the Canadian federal government to sell marijuana; all other outlets are considered illegal, reports Jacob Templin at Quartz.

A few medical marijuana dispensaries have existed for years in Toronto, catering to a smallish clientele, requiring doctor's prescriptions, and operating out of undisclosed locations. The new breed of dispensaries, however, tend to have storefronts and are open to the public, according to Adam Verk, a project manager at The Big Toke, which consults with and collects data on cannabis-related businesses in Toronto.

"In the past six months it's gotten crazy, and a lot of them aren't following protocols," said Amy Brown, who has operated CannDo, a Toronto-based medical marijuana dispensary, since 2014.

It's unclear whether new federal laws will legalize the dispensaries. The Liberal government isn't unveiling its proposed legislation until Spring 2017.

Colorado: Loopr Launches Mobile Cannabis Lounge and Mobile App

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Colorado’s 'first upscale cannabis-friendly transportation service' combines Uber-like app with luxury 44-seat buses running routes around a curated selection of Denver dispensaries, bars, restaurants, and nightlife destinations

Visiting Denver's many dispensaries, restaurants, bars, clubs, sporting venues and other destinations while enjoying cannabis becomes a premium, but accessible, legal experience with the introduction of Loopr transportation service and application.

The Loopr buses are 45’ Freightliner luxury coaches that include comfortable seating for 44, a glassware and dab bar, granite countertops on the four booths, more than a dozen video monitors for entertainment and route information, free WiFi, a lavatory and refrigerator, laser light show(!) and more.

The robust transportation app allows users to geo-target the Loopr bus location on its circuit around the city and receive accurate pickup and dropoff times. Whenever Loopr customers are ready to move around the city, or if they just want to spend time in the mobile lounge, they can purchase a day pass or subscription to always enjoy their favorite cannabis products with onboard service.

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