Education

Virginia: VSU to Host Industrial Hemp Field Day on August 17

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By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

A first-of-its kind industrial hemp field day at Virginia State University (VSU) will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states.

The event, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug 17 from 8am-3pm at VSU's Randolph Farm located at 4415 River Road in Petersburg, VA, will showcase an industry overview, discuss markets for industrial hemp products, industrial hemp research at VSU, and an industrial hemp plot tour.

Colorado: Cannabis Tax-Funded Program Awards Scholarships Totaling $420,000

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Each of the recipients will be getting $2,000 for the 2017-18 school year

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

The Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation (PHEF) and Pueblo County Commissioners have awarded scholarships totaling $420,000 for the 2017-18 school year. The program, believed to be the world’s first cannabis tax-funded scholarship program, will award approximately $2,000 of it to 210 students on June 20.

The scholarship, which was made possible through cannabis revenue, raised an additional $50,000 by utilizing grant-matching from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

U.S.: Company Launches Initiative To Reduce Need For Pesticides On Marijuana

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A long-time partner of the cannabis industry is looking to dry up the need for heavy pesticide use.

Quest Dehumidifiers, which sold its first dehumidifier to the marijuana industry in 2006, has launched an initiative to help growers and consumers better understand the impact humidity levels have on plant health, which in turn may potentially reduce the need for unpopular pesticides.

The effort comes in the wake of an increasing number of recalls, pending state regulations, and consumer demand for truly organic cannabis – all of which will continue to impact growers.

“Cultivators know humidity impacts plant growth, but we see varied levels of understanding when it comes to using dehumidification to help prevent devastating plant molds and fungus, such as powdery mildew,” said Clif Tomasini, product manager at Quest. “We want growers to know we have their back and will give them credible, evidence-based information to help them grow clean cannabis.”

Largely educational in nature, the initiative includes media partnerships, public outreach, in-person meetings with growers, potential funding of third-party research, white papers, and an increasing focus on digital content that answers growers’ biggest questions about dehumidification.

Oregon: Marijuana Edible Makers Launch 'Try 5' Public Education Campaign

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The Oregon Responsible Edibles Council on Thursday announced the launch of their initial public education campaign, “Try 5.”

OREC, formed in late 2015, is a non-profit trade association of Oregon edible marijuana processors, with a mission of educating the public regarding the safe and responsible usage of edible marijuana products for adults 21 and over. Through the much needed and timely campaign, “Try 5”, OREC will be able to teach the public about proper dosage levels and help prevent accidental over-ingestion for consumers new to cannabis-infused edibles.

The “Try 5” campaign encourages new and first time edible consumers to “Know Your Dose” and start with no more than 5mg of THC. "Edibles often come in multi-serving packages and newer consumers need to know not to ingest the contents of the entire package," OREC's prepared statement reads.

The campaign features educational posters distributed to licensed dispensaries throughout the state, and will include informational booths at Oregon universities, magazine and newspaper advertisements, as well as t-shirts, hats and buttons to be worn by dispensary employees.

Nevada: Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Hold Orientation For Parkinson's Patients

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The+Source, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada, will offer an informational orientation and seminar about the use of medical marijuana for patients battling Parkinson’s disease at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7.

Led by the dispensary’s director of Medical Education, Dr. William Trout, the orientation will provide patients with information about the use of medical marijuana for treating the effects of Parkinson’s disease, along with other qualifying conditions including epilepsy, glaucoma and seizures, among others.

In an effort to educate the Las Vegas Valley about the uses of medical cannabis, The+Source invites everyone, including new medical marijuana cardholders and non-cardholders, to learn more about the medical aspects of marijuana and ask questions in a safe, welcoming environment.

In addition, local organization Friends of Parkinson’s will also have an informational table at the event, and will be available to discuss the disease in more detail.

More information about the upcoming orientation can be found online at www.thesourcenv.com. The+Source is located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas.

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Global: Medical Cannabis Institute Launches Online Curriculum For Nurses

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Medical Cannabis Institute (TMCI) on Thursday announced today that it has been rebranded as TMCI Global (TMCI). The change, according to the company, reflects the Institute’s mission to become the hub for international cannabinoid professional education reaching healthcare professional around the world.

“Our newly designed and branded website continues to serve the global healthcare community, but now we have expanded our content, functionality and deepened our author contributor and affiliate programs so that TMCI Global can provide the best online medical cannabis learning experience for healthcare professionals,” said Vicky Mossman, VP Partner Development at Scitent, the parent company for TMCI Global.

As part of the new website unveiling, TMCI launched Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Nurses, the first comprehensive online medical cannabis curriculum for nurses. The program, at $369, has 8 hours' credit available for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours, according to TMCI.

California: San Diego Cannabis Conference and Expo Set For August 6-7

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If you're interested in learning more about the emerging cannabis industry, consider visiting the San Diego Cannabis Conference and Expo, Saturday, August 6 - Sunday, August 7, at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr., in San Diego.

Presented by LEAF Brands Inc. and WEEDMAPS, the service that maps out local marijuana dispensaries in states across the U.S., the conference will be held from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, and is expected to draw thousands of attendees from across the country and throughout the Pacific coast. The event is open to the public.

Vendor booths are available now with tickets going on sale April 20. Tickets are $100 per day and available online and at the door. Attendees who pre-register by July 5, will receive a $25 per day discount. Tickets and more information are available at socalccexpo.com or by calling 1-602-718-9355.

“San Diego provides a perfect waterfront venue for individuals from across the country who want to combine their summer vacations with cannabis business and education opportunities,” said LEAF Brand Inc. CEO Rory Mendoza. "This is the first time a large scale cannabis conference has taken place in the city and town officials have welcomed us with open arms."

Event highlights and speakers include former NFL players from the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a legal panel with up-to-date information about federal and state legislation, and a panel bringing together the most powerful women in cannabis.

Nevada: Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Host Patient Orientation

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The+Source, one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries to open for business in the Las Vegas Valley, will offer an informational orientation and seminar at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 3.

Located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., the orientation is free of charge and does not require an RSVP. Aimed at new medical marijuana patients and cardholders, the orientation is also open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the medical uses of cannabis.

All attendees will have the opportunity to speak with The+Source’s director of medical education, Dr. William Troutt. Attendees do not have to be cardholders to participate.

“It has been my sole focus to consult with thousands of patients to help them find the cannabis-based medicine that is right for their ailment,” said Dr. Troutt. “Every patient is different; and how each person reacts to various strains of cannabis is different. I work with The+Source to educate patients, so they can find the best medication.”

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

About The+Source

"The+Source aims to provide a safe, clean, comfortable, respectful and compassionate environment to its patients looking to obtain medical marijuana," according to the dispensary.

California: Cannabis World Congress In L.A. Boasts Women Grow Sponsored Education

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Women Grow, a professional networking organization for women leaders in the cannabis industry, is partnering with the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles to produce 15 business-focused educational sessions at the September event.

CWCBExpo in LA will take place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Women Grow tracks at CWCBExpo in LA will feature leading industry experts from the Women Grow Speaker's Bureau. These women and men will draw on experience to share entrepreneurial insight with the next generation of industry professionals.

Topics include "Upcoming States for New Licenses;" "Future Billion-Dollar Segments: Pets & Skin Care;" "New Technology for Efficient Grows;" "What Women Want From the Cannabis Industry;" and "Capitalizing on the Senior Market While a Providing a Service."

"Women Grow's ongoing partnership with CWCBExpo is an exciting opportunity for us to educate and inspire the next generation of cannabis industry leaders," said Jazmin Hupp, cofounder and CEO of Women Grow. "By offering expert-led educational programming that focus on the topics that matter to new entrepreneurs, we are setting the stage for the industry's long-term success."

Women Grow's national leadership team will be in attendance at CWCBExpo in LA, according to Hupp. They will network with attendees and share insights on investment, cultivation, retailing, brand marketing, advocacy, and more.

Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Could Raise $40 Million Annually For Education

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Backers of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol estimate the measure would raise more than $40 million annually for education in Arizona. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol highlighted the potential revenue Wednesday by presenting the state with a jumbo-sized check during a “back-to-school” news conference in front of the state capitol.

“Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream,” said State Sen. Martin Quezada, a member of the Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board who spoke at the news conference. “Marijuana sales are going to keep taking place regardless of whether this initiative passes or fails. But only if it passes will they raise tens of millions of dollars each year for public education in Arizona.”

The proposed initiative would enact a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales from licensed retail stores to adults 21 years of age and older, which would be used to fund the implementation and enforcement of regulations. Of any additional tax revenue collected, 40 percent would be allocated to the Department of Education for school construction, maintenance, and operating costs, and 40 percent would be allocated to the Department of Education for full-day kindergarten programs.

New York: Gov. Cuomo, Politicians Return To Failed Drug War On Synthetic Cannabinoids

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Advocates: New Yorkers Need a Public Education and Health Approach to Deal with Emerging Drugs

Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued regulations and the New York State Senate introduced a bill that would criminalize the sales of synthetic cannabinoids.

Recently, there have been several media reports of tragic episodes involving synthetic cannabinoids, such as spice and K2. Epidemiological reports suggest an increase in hospitalizations due to these substances.

Synthetic cannabinoids are a class of cannabinoid chemicals typically sprayed over plant matter and packaged with names like “K2,” “Spice” and “Green Giant.” These are only the latest “legal highs” to come on the market that simulate the effects of prohibited drugs like marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA), opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine.

In the past, as these kind of substances have been banned, manufacturers have simply invented new variations of the same substances to skirt the bans as well as for legitimate scientific purposes.

“New York needs to find effective, evidence-based strategies for responding to problematic use of these substances," said Kassandra Frederique, policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "Unfortunately, however, to date, the response from the media and from elected officials has been to employ failed drug war strategies and rhetoric.

Colorado: Innovative Cannabis Dispensary Good Chemisry Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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More than 200 guests toasted Good Chemistry’s Fifth Anniversary at Spill Lounge on Saturday night. The celebration crowned a year of exciting developments for the Colorado dispensary and producer, capped by the grand opening of a new Aurora location that showcases the industry’s leading retail design, and consumer-friendly and helpful shopping experience.

Good Chemistry’s original location on Colfax in Denver’s Capitol Hill will also incorporate the new category system once renovations are complete this month, according to Wednesday press release.

“I got involved in the cannabis industry in its nascent stages because I wanted to aid people who suffer from a variety of illnesses by giving them the opportunity to add cannabis to their treatment plans,” said Good Chemistry founder and CEO Matthew Huron. “My background in cultivating medical marijuana has distinguished Good Chemistry with innovative programs such as the Good Chemistry Compassion Program.

"It is very rewarding to recognize our fifth anniversary, and we know there is still enormous work to be done in this field,” Huron said.

Good Chemistry will continue fifth anniversary celebrations when it sponsors AIDS Walk Denver on Saturday, August 15. The company also returns for the fourth year in a row as a Universal Sponsor for One Colorado Education Fund’s Ally Awards, which will be held the following Saturday, August 22. One Colorado is an organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for LGBT Coloradans and their families.

Colorado: Ganjapreneur Interviews Chloe Villano, Founder of Clover Leaf University

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Ganjapreneur has published an interview featuring Chloe Villano, a serial entrepreneur from Colorado who has become one of the most esteemed cannabis business consultants in the country.

The interview focuses on Chloe's position as the founder of Clover Leaf University in Colorado, the first state-licensed private cannabis trade school in the country, and on her work with Clover Leaf Consulting.

Chloe discusses what first brought her into the cannabis space and demonstrates the wide variety of classes and services offered at Clover Leaf University.

“I believe it’s not just the education itself but how you teach it that is important,” Villano said. According to Chloe, the University has plans to launch a host of new online courses as well as an international platform.

The interview also covers how the complicated transition from medical to recreational cannabis in Colorado has affected the industry.

"I think the Colorado legislature has done a remarkable job making the transition as smooth as possible for these businesses," Villano said.

The full interview is available on the Ganjapreneur website.

U.S.: Alzheimer's Association Conference To Recognize Legitimacy of Medical Marijuana

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Wellness Connection of Maine will be the first-ever medical marijuana dispensary invited to present at this year’s national conference

In light of a recent study that shows low levels of a compound found in marijuana may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, D.C. will -- for the first time ever -- recognize the plant’s potential use in the treatment of the brain disease.

Representing the nation’s medical marijuana industry will be Becky DeKeuster, cofounder and director of Community & Education at Wellness Connection of Maine, the largest provider of medical marijuana in the Northeast.

DeKeuster has worked as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis industry for 15 years, operating in all facets, including direct patient care and legislative efforts. Her poster – #4275 – titled, “Therapeutic Cannabis in Dementia Care: Policy and Practice,” will be the first presentation of marijuana’s potential role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia allow medical cannabis – nearly half of these having legalized medicinal use of the plant within the last five years.

The AAIC will host international investigators, clinicians and care providers to share the latest studies, theories and discoveries in dementia science. The conference will include more than 85 sessions and 1,800 poster and oral presentations featuring the latest dementia research around the world.

U.S.: Getting High In Senior Year - Is Marijuana Associated With Other Drugs?

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The study reveals “boredom,” “experimentation,” and “insight” are reasons for use related to increased and decreased risk of use of other drugs.

Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70 percent of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug.

Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” group.

“Aside from marijuana, a wide range of illicit drugs are prevalent, each having different use patterns, and different effects and dangers associated with use,” said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). “Our research helped to identify subtypes of illicit marijuana users who use other drugs, as this may be able to inform prevention efforts.”

Global: National Cannabis Patients Wall Humanizes Patients In 40 Countries

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The National Cannabis Patients Wall, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to humanize and change medical marijuana laws founded in 2014 in Tennessee, now reaches 40 countries around the world and has more than 17,000 members, organizers announced on Tuesday.

"We endeavor to help patients find support, encourage and support activism while educating the public about medical cannabis and its advantages, and raising funds to build display walls to represent patients from every state," explained NCPW founder Dana Arvidson of Nashville, Tennesseee.

“The National Cannabis Patient's Wall not only signifies our solidarity as patients in need of a safer and effective alternative to harsh pharmaceuticals, but also the barriers we must overcome, our current State and Federal laws, which keep us from the medicine we desire and need," Arvidson said.

Arvidson said the group, which maintains a prominent social media presence including on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google+, aims to help patients in every state and country reverse the prohibition of cannabis this year, "and to end the needless suffering, before more people die."

"We work daily to assist the repeal of marijuana prohibition, opening the door to common sense regulation," Arvidson said.

According to Arvidson, one of the best parts of NCPW is letting patients know they aren't facing illness and often legal persecution all alone.

"We provide patients with a place to gather with others who feel the same way," she said. "It truly helps when a patient knows they are not along in their struggle.

Global: New Program Extends Reach of Medical Cannabis Education to Physicians, Patients

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The Medical Cannabis Institute (TMCI) on Wednesday launched its new affiliate program, expanding the reach of its educational programming to new audiences within the patient community, as well as to new global markets in Central and Southern Europe.

The three initial TMCI Affiliates are My Compassion, based in Taylor, Mich.; NeoHerbal, located in Europe; and United Patients Group (UPG) of Greenbrae, Calif.

According to Vicky Mossman, VP of partner development, interest in medical cannabis education is growing rapidly. “While physicians need medical cannabis education, patients and their caregivers are motivated to learn more about medical cannabis science, research and treatment, especially patients suffering from glaucoma, chronic pain, PTSD and cancer,” said Mossman. “Our affiliate program allows TMCI’s educational initiative to reach a broader set of clinicians, patients and caregivers as legalization increases and medical cannabis becomes more mainstream.”

As part of the TMCI program, affiliates serve as education ambassadors for medical cannabis education. The TMCI program provides access to a range of affiliate resources, including the TMCI Affiliate seal and guidelines, as well as print and web materials on the medical cannabis curriculum.

U.S.: New Guide Covers Issue of Drug Use at Music Events

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"Managing Drug Use at Your Event" Aimed at Event Producers, Focuses on Improving Health and Safety of Festival Attendees

Guide Calls for Drug Education, Onsite Mental Health Services and Drug Checking

In response to an increasing number of deaths at music festivals and other events in the U.S. and a rising emphasis on use of police and enforcement tactics, a new guide aims to give event producers an alternate approach that places health first when it comes to drug use. The recommendations in the guide include onsite drug education, mental health services and drug checking.

The guide states that alcohol and other drug use is “the norm at almost all events” while acknowledging that addressing illicit drug use is challenging. Drug war-era policies, such as the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act -- passed in 2003 and commonly known as the RAVE Act -- have loomed large.

The RAVE Act has been misinterpreted by many event producers as grounds to shut down their business if they take any approach to drug use beyond zero tolerance. “We know it’s a tricky subject, but it’s time to get real,” the guide states, concluding that, “The fact is, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use at events saves lives.”

As detailed by the guide, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use includes both improving practices event producers already employ, like use of security and medical teams, as well as adding new services, like onsite drug education and mental health spaces.

U.S.: Medical Cannabis Institute Launches Website For Healthcare Pros, Caregivers, and Patients

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Site closes an education gap since the science of medical cannabis is generally not part of today's medical training

Scitent, Inc., a provider of eLearning business solutions for healthcare organizations, nonprofits, and associations, on Monday launched The Medical Cannabis Institute, a website featuring continuing medical education (CME) on medical cannabis topics.

The site is designed to help educate a growing global community of healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who want and need to learn about the science behind and clinical application of medical cannabis, according to Scitent.

The Medical Cannabis Institute's charter group of content providers includes Patients Out of Time, the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, and Healthy Choices Unlimited, and comprises distinguished faculty and healthcare professionals who are experts in medical cannabis.

As of September 1, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and three states have pending legislation. As the legalization of medical cannabis advances across the United States, The Medical Cannabis Institute brings together content from experts in the field to close the education gap.

Colorado: CannaSearch Cannabis Career and Education Fair Slated For Sept. 14

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CannaSearch, which is being billed as the nation's first and largest cannabis career and educational fair is scheduled for Denver on September 16.

CannaSearch, LLC says it designed the event to help match career seekers with cannabis employers from all over the United States.

"Currently, we are observing numerous states preparing for cannabis business and are seeing companies become increasingly more sophisticated around the hiring process," said Todd Mitchem, co-organizer of the event. "This includes a desire to hire more employees for traditional career roles such as management, retail, sales, marketing, accounting, IT, quality control, administration and horticulture."

"The added educational component to this job fair was designed to guide job seekers who lack understanding of what it takes to work in this budding industry," Mitchem said (nice pun, by the way). "Participants will be able to sit in on one-hour presentations, which will cover a broad range of topics spanning from bud tending to executive leadership advice."

CannaSearch says it is "securing 50 of the country's top cannabis brands as well as a collection of major sponsors" who will participate in the event, which, the company says, is "a project that is certain to gain global attention."

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