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Some Universities Offer Classes On Marijuana. LSU Plans to Grow It - Cannabis News

A number of prominent state universities have launched programs to prepare students for the legal cannabis industry.

Not only can you partake of marijuana in many parts of the country, but now you can also learn at the university about the growing amount of scientific study, business opportunities and legal issues around the plant.

And these aren’t courses at small, obscure colleges. Universities adding cannabis classes include Ohio State University, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont and the University of California, Davis.

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Poll: Majority of Pa. voters support legalized marijuana - Cannabis News

Support in Pennsylvania to fully legalize marijuana has reached a record high, according to a poll published Thursday by Franklin and Marshall College.

A majority of voters in the Keystone State, 59 percent, said “yes” when asked if cannabis should be made legal, said polling director Terry Madonna.

When pollsters first began asking the question in 2006, only 22 percent were pro-pot.

“Notice the evolution. It’s been a slow and inexorable growth in support during the past decade,” Madonna said. 

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Are Marijuana Business Leaders The New-Wave of Politicians? - Cannabis News

The state-of-affairs concerning medical and recreational marijuana is constantly receiving media attention in relations to both economics and politics. Business leaders from the cannabis space are taking notice, and beginning to utilize this attention by transferring into politics.

The political state of the United States consistently goes through evolution, more often than not these changes manifest by way of social, cultural, and economic influences.

These powers, in turn, directly influence those individuals who are chosen to lead the country: politicians.

To put this notion in context, many see the election of President Trump as a direct result of an infusion of pop-culture into the U.S. political sphere, as Trump is undoubtedly the first president to be a modern-day media icon as well as reality television power-house. 

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American Legion calls for ‘direct involvement’ from VA Secretary for federally-approved cannabis PTSD study - Cannabis News

The powerful veterans group says lack of support puts pioneering, federally approved study in jeopardy.

The American Legion is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to clear roadblocks threatening completion of a groundbreaking clinical study on the use of medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in U.S. military veterans.

The federally-approved study is being administrated by Dr. Sue Sisley, site principal investigator with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), at the Scottsdale Institute outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

The project is one of nine medical marijuana studies funded by historic grants from Colorado’s Health Department.

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What Is a Marijuana Edibles Chef? - Cannabis News

People who are passionate about cooking and cannabis find the position of an edibles chef to be a rewarding way to use their creativity and talents for making classic treats and innovative recipes that incorporate marijuana.

As the cannabis industry expands across North America, you might be wondering what, exactly, is a marijuana edibles chef?

Simply put, a marijuana edibles chef is a person who (legally) creates cannabis-infused food and drink products to be sold at dispensaries for medical or recreational consumption.

While many people think that making cannabis-infused foods is as easy as baking your favorite dessert with cannabutter, marijuana edibles chefs are now doing much more than that.

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Washington, D.C. Lawmaker Wants to Remove All Barriers to Medical Marijuana Access - Cannabis News

With recreational cannabis legal in the District but no retail sales allowed, the Medical Marijuana Improvement Act would create a self-certification system to spread access to every D.C. adult.

Recreational cannabis use is legal in Washington, D.C., but thanks to the District’s lack of statehood and some pesky legislation handed down from Congress, the East Coast hub hasn’t been able to set up a system for adult use retail marijuana.

The awkward set of regulations has created a cannabis industry based on overpriced consumer products that come with a gift of legal weed.

To try and solve those grey market inconsistencies, one D.C. lawmaker is trying to turn the city’s medical marijuana system into the most accessible program in the world.

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Could Legalization of Marijuana be in Idaho's Future? - Cannabis News

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Male vs. Female Cannabis: How to Determine the Sex of Your Plant - Cannabis News

Because cannabis grows as either a male or female plant, we can isolate the benefits of growing females with or without male interference.

In the world of plants, reproduction can happen in a variety of ways.

Hermaphrodite plants grow single flowers that have both male and female reproductive organs.

Monoecious plants produce two different types of flowers on the same plant. And then there are dioecious plants like cannabis, which produce either male or female reproductive organs.

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Creator of the “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” reflects on weed’s long, strange trip - Cannabis News

Underground comix artist, expatriate and counterculture icon Gilbert Shelton is watching legalization efforts 50 years after he helped make cannabis cool.

Once upon a time, many decades ago during a mythical time known as “The 60s” America’s counterculture conceived a new art and literary genre known as “underground comix.”

Before animojis, emojis, and even GIFs, these hand-drawn (and often self-published) comic strips by artists such as Robert Crumb, Manuel “Spain” Rodriquez and Gilbert Shelton communicated satirical, subversive, raunchy, funny and insightful takes on the state of American society.

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California Officially Calls On Feds To Reclassify Marijuana - Cannabis News

Last November, California voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Now, the state's lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis.

"The Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its derivatives from a Schedule I drug to an alternative schedule, therefore allowing the legal research and development of marijuana or cannabis for medical use," reads a joint resolution approved by the California Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 60 to 10.

The Controlled Substance Act's Schedule I -- the most restrictive category -- is supposed to be reserved for drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse. 

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Arizona Supreme Court: Federal laws can’t be used to block legal marijuana sellers - Cannabis News

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court won’t allow state and local officials to hide behind federal drug laws to throw roadblocks in the path of those who want to sell marijuana.

Without comment, the justices have refused to review, much less overturn, a Court of Appeals ruling rejecting arguments that federal law trumps the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

The lower court said the fact that marijuana remains a felony under federal law does not preempt the state from deciding to decriminalize it for some.

That same ruling also specifically rebuffed contentions that having county officials issue the zoning permits required for dispensaries would mean they were illegally aiding and abetting in the violation of federal law.

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Why Hollywood's Marijuana Portrayals Are Out of Step With the Times - Cannabis News

Recent portrayals in 'Ballers' and 'Disjointed' include outdated depictions of the cannabis industry as it becomes more regulated.

Hollywood has a drug problem. As America slowly crawls out from under the devastating weight of a failed War on Drugs, much of the entertainment industry still treats legal marijuana as a low-hanging punchline or forgettable, if buzz-worthy backdrop — as opposed to the most significant drug policy shift of our lifetimes.

And I get it. I’ve worked in the regulated cannabis industry since 2009, and I see these compelling stories and the inherent humor on a daily basis. 

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New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect - Cannabis News

New Hampshire just became the 22nd state in the U.S. to eliminate the possibility of spending time behind bars for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed, and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed, a bill to decriminalize cannabis in the Granite State.

The legislation went into effect on Saturday. That means cannabis is now decriminalized in all of New England.

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PTSD patients in Delaware will get easier access to medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Veterans and other post-traumatic stress disorder patients will have easier easier access to medical marijuana.

Governor John Carney signed the Bravery Bill into law, and it allows PTSD patients to receive a medical marijuana card from any properly licensed physician.

"Our veterans have fought for our freedom and have enabled us to enjoy safety and a good life, so the least we can do is provide them with relief," said State Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry.

Prior to this, PTSD patients could only get approval for medical marijuana from a licensed psychiatrist.

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‘Ganja-preneurs’ At LA Pot Expo Expect Cannabis Industry To Go Sky High - Cannabis News

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It’s one of the nation’s biggest events for the cannabis industry and this year it’s even more significant.

Marijuana will be legally sold in California On Jan 1.

On Thursday thousands came together in downtown Los Angeles to learn more about the upcoming “Green Rush.”

But are they worried about a possible federal crackdown?

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California businesswoman trades garage for ganja - Cannabis News

San Rafael resident Laura Bertolli sold the longtime family business, Bertolli’s Auto Body Shop, and plans to join the marijuana industry.

Twenty-one years ago, Laura Bertolli took over her father’s San Rafael auto body business, which he started 19 years earlier after migrating from Italy.

Last week, she watched as Bertolli’s Auto Body Shop signs were dismantled and replaced by those of GMP Cars.

She sold the shop in the hopes of using her business background and passion for marijuana to join the growing cannabis industry.

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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Pushes Medical Marijuana As Opioid Alternative - Cannabis News

A conservative Republican U.S. senator spoke about the "possible benefits of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids" on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon, and introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at expanding cannabis research.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has represented Utah in Congress since 1977, has historically not been a champion of marijuana law reform, and continues to oppose full recreational legalization.

But in a floor speech he said that "in our zeal to enforce the law, we too often blind ourselves to the medicinal benefits of natural substances like cannabis."

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Maine: High court to decide if medical marijuana covered by workers’ comp - Cannabis News

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will decide if state law requires Workers’ Compensation Insurance to pay for a millworker’s medical marijuana or if the insurer could be charged as an accessory in a drug deal under federal law.

Justices are set to hear arguments in the case Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, which will be the first time the state’s highest court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for the cost of medical marijuana.

The case pits a former Madawaska mill employee, injured on the job, against the company that administers the mill’s insurance for injured workers.

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Marijuana Makes a Play for the Runway, as Legalization Spreads in the U.S. - Cannabis News

With increased legalization and the corresponding decrease in the stigma attached to marijuana, it only makes sense that forward-looking fashion designers would want to tap into this market.

"The marijuana industry never had room for professional design while stuck in the criminal sector," Fast Co. noted recently.

As such, stoner merch was, for decades, largely limited to cheesy t-shirts and stereotypically Rastafarian-inspired wares, but as marijuana is being legalized – or otherwise decriminalized – in various states in the U.S. (in accordance with state law, as it is still categorized as a controlled substance per federal law), an entire lifestyle movement is mounting around it.

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Canada's Canopy Growth signs deal to supply Australian company with medical cannabis

Canopy Growth Corp. has signed an agreement with AusCann Group Holdings Ltd. to be its exclusive supplier of medical cannabis for the Australian market.

Canada's largest licensed cannabis producer says it will start with the transfer of a range of medicines for research and commercialization in Australia.

The deal allows Canopy to pursue other Australian opportunities.

The agreement follows a partnership deal last year that saw Canopy take stake in AusCann in exchange for expertise in a number of areas including production, quality assurance and operations.

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Hawaii says it is first state to go cashless for pot sales - Cannabis News

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said.

The dispensaries will ask patients to use a debit payment app to buy their pot instead of cash.

The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado.

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Chatting with Lori Ajax, California’s Chief of Cannabis Regulation - Cannabis News

We checked in with California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control to see how the creation of America’s largest legal marijuana market is coming along.

Lori Ajax has a big job. Originally appointed in February 2016 by California Governor Jerry Brown to oversee what was then the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, her mission became much larger in November 2016, when Golden State voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing recreational cannabis as well.

Now charged with regulating both medical and adult-use marijuana distribution and retail, the renamed Bureau of Cannabis Control has been working rapidly over the past year to get all the rules and procedures in place before the mandated start date for licensed cannabis sales of January 1, 2018.

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Don't worry, Mom, it's not a bong; it's art - Cannabis News

The Chateau Marmont exhibition will feature 25 bongs by about 30 artists, with prices ranging from $5,000 to $300,000.

Call it high art. A pop-up art gallery inside the Chateau Marmont hotel features a display of hand-blown, art-glass marijuana paraphernalia — and the price tags run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Grey Space Art, which will be at the hotel through Oct. 5, is the brainchild of a 22-year-old New Yorker named Benjamin Milstein, who said he amassed cash after investing in cannabis stock in 2013 two weeks before it became legal in Colorado.

That sparked an interest in functional glass art in the form of bongs and pipes and prompted him to embark on a journey around the world — Japan, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain, among other places — to buy sculptural works.

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Trump-Dem Budget Deal Extends MMJ Protections to Dec. 8 - Cannabis News

Medical marijuana patients, growers, and dispensaries have three more months of protection from Jeff Sessions and any federal crackdown, thanks to the deal cut late last week between President Trump and Congressional leaders.

The hurricane relief, federal spending, and debt ceiling agreement between President Trump and Congressional Democratic leaders included a Rohrabacher-Blumenauer clause, which will effectively shield state medical marijuana programs from federal intrusion until December 8, 2017.

The language in the deal means the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent states—as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico—from “implementing a law that authorizes the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

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Minnesota Representative Argues for Cannabis Legalization to Help Dismantle Racial Inequality - Cannabis News

Minnesota Rep. Paul Thissen believes the recreational legalization is necessary to curb racial inequality in the state’s criminal justice system.

As one of the 29 states with legalized medical marijuana, Minnesota has often proven to be a beacon of progression in the generally conservative Midwestern region.

While Democratic lawmakers tried their luck with a pair of recreational cannabis measures earlier this year, the GOP-controlled Legislature has yet to budge on the issue, leaving many Minnesotans, particularly people of color, at risk of pot-related prosecution.

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Weed Warriors: Meet Six Women Shaping the Cannabis Industry - Cannabis News

From creating edibles to crafting policy, these women are influencing the way marijuana industry is rolling out in America.

Among the many benefits of marijuana legalization – from an influx of tax revenue to a reduced prison population – the emerging $7 billion market is providing new opportunities, with fewer barriers, for enterprising women.

As a product, cannabis "crosses genders, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and political views," says Sally Nichols, a leading pot investor. "To me, that was a game-changer."

Here are six women advancing the cause of America's most intoxicating cash crop.

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Behind the scenes at America’s new legal cannabis farms - Cannabis News

As the daughter of a pot farmer, Kristen Angelo grew up around the plant. Now, she’s using photography to eradicate the stigma, and encourage what she believes to be a major grassroots social and political movement.

As the daughter of a pot farmer, Kristen Angelo practically grew up in a grow room.

The Seattle-based photographer was exposed to cannabis culture at a young age as her family resided on Vashon Island, an enclave of bohemian-living that’s long been associated with guerrilla farming.

But in the 90s, the Island became swept up in a drug war that ended with Angelo’s father incarcerated in Federal Prison, for what the lead detective considered “the most sophisticated growing operation” he had seen in nearly a decade.

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You can now get your sparkling water laced with cannabis - Cannabis News

Forget lime flavoring—the latest kind of infused seltzer involves a much, um, buzzier sort of green add-in.

Yes, cannabis-laced sparkling waters are officially a thing now, although it shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

We predicted weed would be on a major popularity high this year, as its health benefits continue to come into focus. (Research shows it may bring relief to everything from depression to inflammation.)

And so far, the plant’s proven to mix particularly well with beverages, popping up everywhere from cocktail glasses to coffee pods to superfood tonics. So why not cater to the LaCroix-swilling crowd, too?

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First Cannabis Ad Runs on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC - Cannabis News

In a first for the cannabis industry, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Viceland, the Weather Channel, Headline News, and Fox Business are now airing a national advertisement for a cannabis law firm.

The Hoban Law Group, a national firm that specializes in hemp, medical marijuana, and adult-use cannabis issues, worked with Denver-based producer DCP Media to create a spot that met the requirements of a variety of networks. It wasn’t easy.

Bob Hoban, the firm’s founder and namesake, told Leafly the networks wanted to make sure “we didn’t hit people over the head with the word ‘marijuana.’

So in the ad we talk about industrial hemp, and the medical and adult use marketplaces. They asked us not to flash a lot of marijuana plants, which was fine, that’s not our M.O. anyway.”

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Congressman Rohrabacher Pleads for Republicans to Support Medical Marijuana Protections - Cannabis News

In a recent op-ed, California Representative Dana Rohrabacher explains why it is important to keep federal drug enforcement out of the medical marijuana community.

In a recent op-ed published in The Washington Post, Congressman Rohrabacher attempts to apply some pressure on his colleagues with respect to the medical marijuana issue.

He stresses the importance of cannabis treatment for military veterans, a case in which traditional medications, including opioids, have often failed.

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California Legislators Defeat Proposal to Ban Cannabis Advertising on Clothing - Cannabis News

As the Golden State green rush gets set to explode, canna-businesses will be able to brand t-shirts, hoodies, and whatever other merchandise they please.

California’s impending recreational and revamped medical marijuana markets are set to come on line at the beginning of next year and almost overnight become the world’s most active cannabis industry.

And while city officials and state legislators sort out the last bits of pre-legalization regulation, the state’s cannabis companies scored one more win this week, when Golden State lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have banned canna-businesses from printing branded clothing or other promotional merchandise.

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More and more US universities are adding ‘cannabis classes’ to their syllabuses

It makes sense that as weed increasingly seeks to pervade American life, that it gets some representation in academia.

More and more universities in the United States are starting to offer ‘cannabis classes’ to students wanting to learn more about the plant.

Cannabis is a multi-billion pound industry across the pond, with increasing numbers of states seeking to legalise it.

As such, we’re seeing an explosion of innovative products and companies popping up – keeping the US economy afloat with green dollar bills.

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New Jersey, Vermont, and Rhode Island State Legislatures Could Pass Marijuana Laws in 2018 - Cannabis News

Although state legislatures all over the country have been apprehensive to pass measures pertaining to the legalization of marijuana, that could all change in 2018, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily.

A number of states are set to give serious consideration to recreational marijuana bills next year.

Although there have been a couple of close calls over the past couple of years, every solid attempt at state government approved pot legalization has been snuffed out in the eleventh hour.

But industry insiders, like Marijuana Policy Project executive director Rob Kampia, and Drug Policy Alliance senior director of national affairs Bill Piper, say they encouraged by the possibility of legal weed going the distance in the next legislative session. 

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Congressman proposes budget amendment to protect marijuana research from DOJ - Cannabis News

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz: "No one should be afraid to do research on medical cannabis."

A Republican congressman has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical cannabis research in the majority of U.S. states.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker representing the western panhandle of Florida, this week sponsored an amendment to the upcoming Consolidated Appropriations Act that, if included and passed, would provide protections for researchers of Schedule I substances in states that have legalized some form of medical cannabis.

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The Cannabis Caucus Continues To Fight For Progress In Washington D.C. - Cannabis News

There are currently 22 pieces of marijuana legislation before the 115th U.S. Congress – more than ever in history.

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 a few bi-partisan legislators launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California; Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon; Don Young, a Republican from Alaska; and Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado launched the first of its kind caucus at a press conference in Washington DC. 

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Deep Dive: A Look At America’s Marijuana Evolution - Cannabis News

As the cannabis movement hits a critical stage, here is a look at how we got to this point.

When President Barack Obama was sworn into office, only 13 states had legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and none allowed its recreational use.

By the time Donald Trump was inaugurated, those numbers had grown to 28 states (plus Washington, D.C.) where medical marijuana is legal and eight states (and D.C.) where recreational use is permitted.

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The Cannabis Industry Boasts a Higher Percentage of Female Business Owners than Corporate America - Cannabis News

There’s still a lot of work to be done on the equality front, but a new survey suggests that about a quarter of legal weed businesses are owned or were founded by women.

America’s cannabis industry is expanding exponentially in both physical and financial size, but legal weed is still very much in its infancy stage.

And as the market grows from coast to coast, and boardroom to boardroom, so too has the industry’s diversity.

And while there is still a lot of work to be done in creating spaces for people of color and those from diverse backgrounds, a new survey from Marijuana Business Daily suggests that American cannabis is already well ahead of traditional business when it comes to the percentage of companies founded and owned by women.

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Tennessee gubernatorial candidate looks to legalize medical marijuana - Cannabis News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's a hot topic in the state: whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.

Beth Harwell, the Tennessee Speaker of the House and a Republican candidate for governor, said she supports legalizing medical marijuana.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis went to Nashville to talk to her about what made her change her mind. Beth Harwell has a sister who lives in Colorado and injured her back doing yoga.

"She was prescribed opioids," said Harwell. "She would need to be on them for 12 weeks. She was in a body brace. She really realized after a couple weeks of action she would be addicted if she didn't take an alternative course of action."

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How to get a job in the marijuana industry - Cannabis News

For anyone curious about working in the world of weed, a new resource makes job-hunting easier.

A recruiting agency for legal cannabis firms has launched a website that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for employers and job seekers.

The site, Vangsters.com, allows hopefuls to apply to jobs and crate employee profiles, with a focus on marijuana-specific skills and software.

With eight U.S. states having legalized recreational marijuana, and 20 more allowing it for medical use, it's clear the field is set to only keep growing.

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Priscilla Vilchis Is Set to Become First Latina to Receive California Marijuana License - Cannabis News

Vilchis’ eye is on both the profit margins and the health benefits of her beloved CBD products.

In many ways, it makes sense that Priscilla “Queen of the Desert” Vilchis was among the first CEOs to receive a few of California’s first preliminary licenses to cultivate and produce recreational marijuana from the City of Lynwood.

She’s a SoCal native who was raised just up I-5 in Pasadena, but also a member of the industrialization generation of businesspeople who are dramatically revamping the marijuana industry at the dawn of the state’s legalization.

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Sonoma State University offers a Finance, Investment and Investment Law seminar, focusing on the state’s legal cannabis industry

Some of the cannabis industry’s leading venture capital and financial professionals will address the one-day workshop, while examining the issues that can make or break the state’s new recreational cannabis market.

Rohnert Park, California (August 29, 2017) – California is now just several months away from full recreational cannabis legalization and the creation of the nation’s largest legal marijuana market.

Cannabis sales in California are already projected to reach $7 billion annually. At the same time, state regulators are scrambling to create the framework for what is intended to become a highly-regulated industry.

As part of its ongoing Cannabis in California seminar series, Sonoma State University (SSU) is offering an opportunity to learn more about the financial, legal and investing challenges and opportunities of this rapidly-growing but still developing sector.

The Finance, Investment and Investment Law seminar will take place on the SSU campus on Friday, October 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Cannabis Sound Baths Conjure Sonic Spiritual Healing and Heady Highness - Cannabis News

Traditionally, sound bathers stretch out on some type of cushion or yoga mat, close their eyes and let the gentle reverberations of gongs and crystal bowls wash over them.

Cindy Capobianco was getting high and going to sound baths before many even knew what the Integratron was.

The California-transplant with a long history in fashion and marketing, said it was in the mid-’90s when she first smoked a joint and headed inside the UFO-looking structure in the desert, to be calmed and spiritualized by this type of aurally-enhanced meditation.

“It was totally a transformative experience,” she said. “No one was really thinking about sound baths back then.”

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Baltimore readies for 11 medical marijuana businesses to open - Cannabis News

Baltimore City officials have chosen to simply treat the marijuana facilities like pharmacies under the zoning code — and not pass special legislation for them.

As Baltimore prepares for the opening of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, some residents say it’s been difficult to get information about where they’re opening or how the sites were selected.

The Baltimore City Council plans to hold a hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday to get details about “the launching of upcoming medicinal marijuana dispensaries, their impact on local zoning and enforcement, and their impact on community master plans in Baltimore City.”

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American Legion Adopts Resolution Supporting Medical Marijuana - Cannabis News

RENO, Nev. -- The American Legion adopted a resolution Thursday urging the federal government to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana in states where it's legal, adding to the group's efforts to get cannabis in the hands of veterans it could help.

The resolution, passed at the group's national convention in Reno, Nevada, was authored by American Legion member Rob Ryan of Blue Ash, Ohio.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio has the fourth highest rate of overdose deaths in the nation, behind West Virginia, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

It's also one of the 29 states that permit some form of cannabis use. Ryan said he's heard from veterans "over and over and over again" who use marijuana as an alternative to addictive opioids.

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Santa Ana marijuana dispensary modernizes the way to purchase pot - Cannabis News

There’s a new joint in town. MedMen, one of the largest marijuana retailers in the country, opened its newest medical marijuana dispensary last month in Santa Ana, making its 3,000 square feet of retail space one of the largest dispensaries in the county.

The cannabis firm offers around 1,000 products, including concentrates, flour, edibles, canine/feline products and topicals.

“Our aim is to make this a true retail experience by being innovative and bringing in new products,” said Daniel Yi, 50, MedMen director of communications.

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States Work To Help Marijuana Industry Reduce Power Costs

Growing marijuana takes a lot of energy, which comes into conflict with state efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Now, some places are helping the pot industry to become more energy efficient.

Growing marijuana can require a lot of electricity.

That's become an obstacle in states where recreational use is legal, including Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

Those places have ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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4 Ways to Make Use of Male Cannabis Plants - Cannabis News

Do male plants truly belong in a compost bin, or could they serve a more beneficial purpose to gardeners? Surprisingly, there are more uses for male plants than one might think.

Unlike most flowering plants, cannabis is unique in that it requires both a male and female plant to reproduce.

While hermaphroditic (self-pollinating) cannabis does exist, the plant most commonly expresses male- or female-specific sex organs.

Female cannabis plants produce the large, resinous buds that are dried, cured, and consumed. For this reason, females are typically the only plants you’ll find in someone’s cannabis garden.

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This company has come up with cannabis-infused beer. No, seriously - Cannabis News

Apparently, the Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Company has crafted a new beer called "Supercritical" that is infused with cannabis.

The Lagunitas Brewing Company is certainly going to make a lot of folks happy out there.

Apparently, the Heineken-owned Lagunitas has crafted a new beer that is infused with cannabis. Dope, right?

Lagunitas has collaborated with CannaCraft, a known manufacturer of cannabis-based products. This “Supercritical” beer as they have called it, is an IPA that consists of marijuana terpenes, which adds to it the flavour and the aroma.

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A Gin and Tonic Joint? Why Flavor Is the New Cannabis Trend - Cannabis News

It’s all about marijuana strains and products brimming with flavorful terpenes, both to achieve a great-tasting hit and a superior high in the hours to come.

This is perfect,” says Ry Prichard, rubbing his hands together and staring at the spread arranged on the dining room table in front of us: Plates of steaming elk prime rib drizzled in gravy, accompanied by a row of small glass jars filled with ultra-high-potency marijuana concentrates with names like Skywalker OG and African Haze.

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Word From Seattle’s Hempfest: ‘Nobody’s Hiding’ Anymore - Cannabis News

Last weekend brought Seattle Hempfest—AKA the biggest annual cannabis event on the planet—to the Seattle waterfront, for three days of pro-cannabis outreach, activism, music, mingling, marketing, and glorious sunshine.

Photojournalist Jovelle Tamayo was there for Leafly with a question for attendees: “What’s the most surprising change that you’ve witnessed since legalization?”

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Arizona Marijuana: Everything to Know About Marijuana Law in AZ - Cannabis News

It’s an interesting situation: legalized medical marijuana and dispensaries in one of the United States’ most conservative territories. How do these conflicting events coexist?

Brandi Atkins, an Arizona resident and former dancer, was diagnosed in late 2015 with a rare autoimmune disease that made her joints and muscles swell, causing chronic pain.

She popped in and out of the hospital with a cornucopia of prescription medications handed out to alleviate her pain, ease her symptoms, and navigate around her type 1 diabetes.

These medications would often clash with her disease and cause her blood sugar to soar. In desperation, she turned to medical marijuana.

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10 States Most Likely to Pass Recreational Marijuana Next - Cannabis News

Every week's there's a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization.

As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here's a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

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Nevada pot license expansion on hold again until Aug. 29 - Cannabis News

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's marijuana regulators have agreed to delay the expansion of distribution licensing to meet growing demand at pot retail stores until the state tax commission can hear another appeal from a group of state liquor wholesalers next week.

A Carson City judge lifted an injunction last week that had prohibited the Nevada Taxation Department from licensing anyone other than alcohol businesses to transport recreational marijuana from cultivators to dispensaries.

Judge James Russell said he had no authority to override the department's decision earlier this month that there weren't enough alcohol distributors to keep up with demand.

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10 surprising spaces that are being converted into California cannabis businesses - Cannabis News

As California’s legal marijuana industry booms, property owners and entrepreneurs are seizing the chance to transform spaces across the state into cannabis grow sites, processing facilities and dispensaries.

Marijuana grow sites are taking over vacant warehouses — or in some cases displacing tenants — in cities such as Long Beach and Oakland.

Cannabis businesses are also being built from the ground up in more remote areas, such as Adelanto and Desert Hot Springs. And they’re taking over struggling sites, from record stores to boat builders.

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Utah medical marijuana signature gathering under way - Cannabis News

SALT LAKE CITY -- Signature gathering is under way to put medical marijuana on the 2018 ballot in Utah.

As people waited in line for lunch at the popular "Food Truck Thursday" event at the Gallivan Center, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition hit them up to sign in support of putting the issue before voters in the 2018 election.

Some of those soliciting signatures are those who would benefit if medical cannabis were legalized in Utah.

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Social Life Network Targets a Myriad International Niche Sports

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 17, 2017 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTC PINK: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company, based in Denver Colorado, announces it's second licensing agreement.

Social Life Network built it's social networking and ecommerce blended platform to meet the growing demand for niche social networking around the world. Today, Social Life Network announced that it has signed a licensing agreement to build and service multiple custom social networking platform for the Sports Social Network, Inc., a social networking and ecommerce company focused on targeting niche sports verticals internationally, such as hunting, fishing, golf, cycling, and racket sports to name just a few.

Shawn Tapp, CEO of Social Life Network, Inc. and a 20 year veteran of the digital media, with roots in the real estate industry from 1995 through 2012, announced the 2 year license agreement for $125K annually, with an automatic annual extension valued at 20% of the profits. Under the agreement, Social Life Network will build, service and aid the Real Estate Social Network company in growing it's social network platform internationally.

Sports Social Network's CEO, Lynn Murphy, shared that he will start by targeting the enormous international hunting and fishing industry, that has been slow to adopt ecommerce and social media. Lynn notes that his company will focus on providing niche sports verticals with the social networking tools that better connect the professionals, and better educate the players and enthusiast. Lynn played Offensive Guard at BYU and went on to the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, but was sidelined with injuries that have plagued him over the years, but also drove him to launch the Sports Social Network to use as a communication platform to help educate young athletes on injury prevention.

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How to Make Your Cannabis Dispensary More Disability-Friendly - Cannabis News

Consider making a few adjustments to your dispensary to make the experience a little easier for disabled customers or medical marijuana patients.

Walking into a dispensary can be an intimidating experience. Whether the customer is a newbie or a seasoned cannabis consumer, it still requires some confidence to walk in, talk to strangers about a previously illegal drug, and find the right products.

For someone who suffers from a disability, this endeavor could be next to impossible. 

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L.A. City Council approves new Cannabis Department head - Cannabis News

Cat Packer, 26, said the department will protect Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, children, the environment and legal cannabis businesses.

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules.

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The VA Can’t Provide Cannabis to Veterans With PTSD, so This Group Gives It Out for Free - Cannabis News

Once a month, staff members at the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance (SCVA) fill more than 100 brown paper bags with high-quality medical cannabis and pass them out for free at a local community center.

For the military veterans who receive it—many of whom struggle with PTSD—the medical cannabis acts as a lifeline to health.

The SCVA, which operates out of an old office in a Santa Cruz neighborhood, has been serving local men and women since 2011, when the organization was founded by military veterans Aaron Newsom and Jason Sweatt.

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The Industrial Hemp Farming Act is back — is this the year Congress legalizes the crop? - Cannabis News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are again calling for industrial hemp to be legally separated from marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, and advocates believe they might just have the political momentum to succeed.

These are times of cautious but rising optimism for supporters of industrial hemp.

Since 1970, all forms of Cannabis sativa L., including hemp, have been classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Past legislative attempts to remove hemp from the CSA — six bills in the House and three in the Senate since 2005 — all died in committees without a floor vote.

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Cleansing With Cannabis: 4 Ways to Treat Tension With THC - Cannabis News

Nurture your body and mind by cleansing yourself of everyday pressures with a little help from THC.

We’ve all heard of cannabis cleanses that aim to flush THC from the body by using a variety of herbs and vitamins.

But what if it’s possible to use cannabis as a key ingredient in overall wellbeing?

From lessening your stress to loosening body tension, cannabis can be a welcome addition to a plethora of health regiments and self-care routines.

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Maryland regulators approve eight new medical marijuana growers - Cannabis News

Maryland’s medical marijuana regulators approved final licenses for eight growing companies on Monday, allowing them to start cultivating the drug.

Several companies said they are ready to begin growing immediately, while others say they will take weeks to get started.

“Now, we have a real industry,” said Cary Millstein, CEO of newly licensed grower Freestate Wellness in Howard County.

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California finds 'pot of gold' in wine and weed - Cannabis News

As California prepares to hand out licenses to marijuana businesses on Jan. 1, many are eyeing Northern California's winemaking regions as a pot of gold.

On a warm summer evening at a vineyard in Sonoma, California, a group of well-heeled guests gathered at a local Sonoma vineyard sipping rose, feasting on food... and smoking cannabis.

The event was hosted by marijuana entrepreneurs looking to build bridges with longtime winemakers. "I think that as we see it become more socially acceptable, you will see more and more people open to giving it a try," said Sam Edwards, president of the Sonoma Cannabis Company.

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Hawaii: Maui medical marijuana dispensary to close temporarily - Cannabis News

Maui’s first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to open for business will be closed Monday and Tuesday and will change its operating hours.

Maui Grown Therapies says it had expected its most recent batch of flowers to clear state lab certification by Saturday, but that didn’t happen, The Maui News reported.

Company officials said it sold out its first batch of certified flowers Saturday. Maui Grown Therapies opened for business Tuesday. Company officials say the dispensary could only sell flowers — resulting in depleted flower stocks on Maui and “disappointed patients.”

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Marijuana politics emerge as 2020 flash point - Cannabis News

The debate over legalization is about to receive a full airing on the presidential campaign trail.

SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana legalization just moved from the fringes of the last presidential campaign to center stage in 2020.

Between a sweeping new package of legislation introduced last week by one of the top Democratic presidential prospects and, on the other end of the spectrum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vigorous opposition to recreational use of marijuana, the debate over legalization of cannabis is about to receive a full airing on the presidential campaign trail.

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Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high - Cannabis News

Latest numbers from Quinnipiac University Poll also show little support for a federal crackdown in states that have legalized cannabis.

An increasing number of Americans are in favor of national legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, and few support a federal crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana for either purpose.

A new Quinnipiac poll released August 3 reported that medical marijuana in particular has broad support: 94 percent of Americans support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” up from 93 percent 5 months ago, and up 5 points in the last year.

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This Harvard MBA grad is building a luxury weed business — 'the Hermès of cannabis' — that he expects to bring in $50 million a year - Cannabis News

Canndescent's Instagram page looks like that of a luxury lifestyle company.

It features chic people doing yoga, painting, working out, surfing, partying and reading in the bathtub.

Canndescent is a cannabis company. It grows and sells weed. Adrian Sedlin, a graduate of Harvard Business School and the founder and CEO of Canndescent, wants to make pot sophisticated.

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Gorilla Glue lawsuit: Cannabis biz stuck in the middle of branding battle over strain name - Cannabis News

The entrepreneurs behind GG Strains built their brand on the popularity of award-winning Gorilla Glue #4. The company that makes Gorilla Glue adhesives wants its name back.

This origin story is the stuff of legend in the cannabis world.

Back in 2012, A Nevada medical marijuana cultivator working under the under the uniquely spelled pseudonym “Joesy Whales” was trimming a new plant born from a happenstance encounter between established strains Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel.

The phone rang. When Whales, whose real name is Jackie Don Peabody, answered the call, the resin secreted by the flower caused his hands to stick to the phone like glue. The hybrid marijuana strain was thus christened: Gorilla Glue #4.

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More than 1000 New CBD Businesses Join the WeedLife Network Over the Past Year

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 10, 2017 / More than 1000 new CBD businesses join the WeedLife Network, a wholly-owned property of Social Life Network, Inc. (OTC PINK: WDLF), over the past year. That's up from 100 the previous year. The CBD industry is wheels up, and taking off!The WeedLife Social Network has more CBD and Hemp companies from around the world using it to connect, educate and market to consumers than any other website or app online. This puts WeedLife.com at center stage for the fastest growing and eventually the largest market in the world, Cannabidiol (CBD).Industry experts believe that the sale of CBD infused products, aimed to help everything from skincare to pain management, will dwarf the THC industry by more than 1000% in time. The question on the minds of businesses that have now focused on supporting this next great health movement around the world is how much larger and when. Matt Karnes of Greenwave Advisors predicts at least a $3 Billion U.S. marketplace by 2021, in a Forbes article in mid-December 2016. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2016/12/12/the-cannabis-market-that-could-grow-700-by-2020/#5ff300fe4be1 ).Shawn Tapp, CEO of Social Life Network, Inc., the social network technology that operates WeedLife.com feels the experts now need to recalculate their estimates up. Tapp thinks that with the radical increase of new CBD focused businesses from around the world that are using their social network to focus on educating consumers, means the consumer demand will drive the sales much higher than previously estimated.He adds that for the past six months, their development team has been quietly working on technology that will cater to this new audience, and they aim to heavily monetize this international consumer traffic and worldwide business participation on their WeedLife Social Network.About WeedLife ®WeedLife.com is part of the WeedLife Network™ which is a wholly-owned property of Social Life Network, Inc. which trades on OTC Markets under the symbol: WDLF (http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/WDLF/).Social Life Networks, Inc. (http://social-life-network.com/) is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service, based in Denver Colorado. The founders initially launched their social network platform in the emerging cannabis and hemp industry in 2013, but have expanded it to meet the growing demand for niche social networking in the real estate industry and a myriad of sports verticals. Their social networking platform can be accessed by over 120 countries, and is translated in to 10 languages.More information can be found at http://www.social-life-network.com.DisclaimerThis news release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the United States Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, with respect to achieving corporate objectives, developing additional project interests, the company's analysis of opportunities in the acquisition and development of various project interests and certain other matters. These statements are made under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein.For More Information, Please Contact:James S. Painter IIIEmerging Markets Consulting LLCwww.emergingmarketsllc.com321-206-6682SOURCE: Emerging Markets ReportOriginal link
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More than 1000 New CBD Businesses Join the WeedLife Network Over the Past Year (2)

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 10, 2017 / More than 1000 new CBD businesses join the WeedLife Network, a wholly-owned property of Social Life Network, Inc. (OTC PINK: WDLF), over the past year. That's up from 100 the previous year. The CBD industry is wheels up, and taking off!

The WeedLife Social Network has more CBD and Hemp companies from around the world using it to connect, educate and market to consumers than any other website or app online. This puts WeedLife.com at center stage for the fastest growing and eventually the largest market in the world, Cannabidiol (CBD).

Industry experts believe that the sale of CBD infused products, aimed to help everything from skincare to pain management, will dwarf the THC industry by more than 1000% in time. The question on the minds of businesses that have now focused on supporting this next great health movement around the world is how much larger and when. Matt Karnes of Greenwave Advisors predicts at least a $3 Billion U.S. marketplace by 2021, in a Forbes article in mid-December 2016.

Shawn Tapp, CEO of Social Life Network, Inc., the social network technology that operates WeedLife.com feels the experts now need to recalculate their estimates up. Tapp thinks that with the radical increase of new CBD focused businesses from around the world that are using their social network to focus on educating consumers, means the consumer demand will drive the sales much higher than previously estimated.

He adds that for the past six months, their development team has been quietly working on technology that will cater to this new audience, and they aim to heavily monetize this international consumer traffic and worldwide business participation on their WeedLife Social Network.

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This former minister expects to make $22 million next year selling marijuana - Cannabis News

Before he decided to cash in on the cannabis craze, Dan Osborne was a minister for eight years in Salt Lake City, Utah (though he's not a Mormon).

In November 2016, Dan Osborne voted "no" to Proposition 64 in California, the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

He smoked pot in high school, but that was a long time ago, and his perspectives have changed.

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10 Most Unexpected People Who Support Marijuana Legalization - Cannabis News

Marijuana legalization is an issue that can bring together people from all over the political spectrum.

From libertarians to socialists, almost any political ideology can support legal cannabis.

But that doesn't mean that it's not surprising when certain famous people support the issue.

Here are the most unexpected people who support marijuana legalization.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam calls for decriminalization of marijuana - Cannabis News

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s Lt Gov. Ralph Northam calls for the decriminalization of marijuana in a letter to the Virginia State Crime Commission on Monday.

Northam says Virginia’s current marijuana enforcement and sentencing laws remain “costly and disproportionately harmful to communities of color.”

In the letter, Northam says Virginia spends $67 million on marijuana enforcement, which is enough to open up another 13,000 pre-K spots for kids.

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How Public Relations Firms Are Capitalizing On The Marijuana Green Rush - Cannabis News

A good PR manager can do a lot for a company. This is especially true for cannabis businesses, which fight with stigma, colliding regulatory and legal frameworks, lack of financing and an inability to advertise their products and services through traditional channels.

 It's not unusual to hear people say public relations firms have no real purpose.

“They charge me to get me press coverage, which is ultimately free,” a mid-cap CEO told Benzinga in a recent event in New York. He had a point.

The thing is, his understanding of what PR firms do was quite limited. Actually, very few people know what people in the public relations business do. 

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How to Be a Polite Pot Tourist - Cannabis News

Last weekend I purchased some marijuana. Not from some friend of a friend of a friend, but from an actual dispensary in Boulder, Colorado.

Boulder, like the rest of Colorado, has recreational marijuana dispensaries where you can purchase weed legally. It was cool.

But while my partner had purchased legal marijuana in the past, I didn’t know the first thing about the standard operating procedure of bud buying.

If you’re not a native, or are visiting a state just to get some cannabis while you vacation, you might want to adhere to a few easy to follow guidelines to make yourself a model dispensary customer. 

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Texas state senator pushes for medical marijuana - Cannabis News

AUSTIN - A bill filed in the state senate on Friday is pushing for the expansion of medical marijuana in Texas.

State Senator Jose Menendez filed Senate Bill 79 Friday in an attempt to expand the disorders for which medical marijuana can be used.

A study done in May shows support for medical marijuana in Texas is up four percent from two years ago.

However, that does not mean Senate Bill 79 will make it onto the special session agenda.

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Cannabis and Meditation: Best Practices for an Elevated Mind - Cannabis News

As the zen saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”

Easier said than done, right? To clear the mind and prepare for true meditation, you must forget about your list of chores, put away tomorrow’s anxieties, and try not to dwell on that embarrassing thing you did 12 years ago at your best friend’s party.

If you find yourself struggling to let go of your thoughts, consider lighting up before clearing out.

Cannabis has a knack for focusing the mind when combined with meditation techniques, and with our guide below, it won’t be long before meditation is a simple part of your daily health regime.

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Cannabis Grower Buys California Town to Build Pot-Friendly Outpost - Cannabis News

American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalizes on California legalizing marijuana: It’s buying an entire town.

The company has acquired the tiny burg of Nipton, California, for about $5 million and plans to invest as much as $2.5 million over the next 18 months to create a pot-friendly tourist destination.

The purchase includes 120 acres of land with a general store, a hotel, a school building and mineral baths.

American Green, based in Tempe, Arizona, will use the existing structures and build new ones -- powered by renewable energy -- to revitalize the town, said project manager Stephen Shearin. 

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Poll finds support for marijuana legalization - Cannabis News

Nearly half of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use and a strong majority believe it should at least be available for medical reasons, according to a new poll.

The latest Harvard–Harris Poll survey found that 49 percent of Americans polled believe marijuana should be legalized for both medical and personal use.

Thirty-seven percent say it should be legalized solely for medicinal purposes, meaning that 86 percent of respondents support legalizing the plant in some form.

Only 14 percent say marijuana should be illegal.

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North Dakota surprised by 97 letters of intent for medical marijuana centers - Cannabis News

The North Dakota Department of Health received 97 letters from those intending to apply to be a medical marijuana manufacturer or dispensary, a figure that surprised state officials running the program.

The department asked those interested in submitting proposals to be selected as a so-called “compassion center” to submit a letter of intent by the end of the day July 28.

“We weren’t sure if we were going to get 15 or if we were going to get 40 or way more,” said Kenan Bullinger, the department’s medical marijuana director.

“That really helps us plan for the future on how much … time we need to spend reviewing these applications.” Bullinger said they hope to open the application period later this month. 

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Sen. Booker to introduce bill to legalize marijuana - Cannabis News

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to introduce a bill Tuesday to make marijuana legal at the federal level, marking the first time the New Jersey Democrat has come out in favor of full legalization and further stoking tensions with a Trump administration that has sought to roll back the clock on federal drug policy.

The Marijuana Justice Act, as Booker is calling his bill, would also allow people serving time for marijuana-related offenses to be resentenced and automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes.

It uses federal funds to encourage states to liberalize their marijuana laws, Booker said in a statement ahead of the bill’s formal introduction.

“Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said.

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Massachusetts governor signs bill to allow recreational pot - Cannabis News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has signed a new measure that sets in motion a nearly yearlong process to legalize marijuana for recreational use, after months of negotiations with the state legislature.

The law comes nine months after voters in Massachusetts and three other states approved ballot measures to allow recreational marijuana.

The first recreational pot shops are set to open in July 2018.

“We appreciate the careful consideration the legislature took to balance input from lawmakers, educators, public safety officials and public health professionals, while honoring the will of the voters regarding the adult use of marijuana,” Baker said in a statement.

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Medical Marijuana Job Fair in Pennsylvania Draws Hundreds - Cannabis News

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A job fair for one of Pennsylvania's first medical marijuana processing plants has drawn hundreds of potential applicants.

Videos posted on social media Thursday show hundreds of people in line hoping to land a job at PurePenn's future facility in McKeesport, a city about 12 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The company's website says it will grow cannabis plants and produce pharmaceutical-grade capsules, ointments and oils.

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'High Times' ready to roll with public offering - Cannabis News

(Reuters) - The publisher of marijuana enthusiast magazine, "High Times," plans to take the company public, High Times Holding Corp announced Thursday, as an increasing number of U.S. states legalize the drug.

Oreva Capital, which in June announced it had bought a controlling stake in High Times for $70 million, is selling the company to special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Origo Acquisition Corp (OACQ.O), for $250 million.

"High Times is one of few household names in the cannabis industry," said High Times Chief Executive Adam Levin, who will continue to run the company post-merger.

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Trending: Why more and more experienced workers want a new career in cannabis - Cannabis News

Job seekers looking for a way into the cannabis industry share details about their backgrounds, aspirations and how they’re working to stand out from the crowd.

A quick look at almost any news article on America’s cannabis industry will confirm its growth has been historic.

In fact, a report earlier this year by New Frontier Data predicts the legal marijuana industry will create nearly 255,000 jobs by 2020 – with total market sales reaching more than $24 billion nationally by 2025.

And testimony to that surging interest in the industry was on display at the recent Vangst Cannabis Career Summit in downtown Denver – where scores of job seekers shook hands and dropped off résumés with representatives from about 35 companies. 

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Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana Protections - Cannabis News

The Senate Appropriations approved an amendment to protect state medical marijuana patients Thursday morning, delivering a setback to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In May, Sessions delivered a letter to Congress specifically requesting that leaders reject that budget amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

The amendment, led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), passed in a voice vote with strong Republican support.

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Canada: Vancouver Pot Activist Calls for Open Cultivation of Cannabis Plants

A cannabis plant in every yard?

That could be the slogan for Dana Larsen’s Overgrow Canada pot-seed campaign.

 

The marijuana advocate led a project this year to give away 5 million cannabis seeds this year; last year he and his colleagues gave away 2.5 million.

“We’re encouraging people to plant them openly,” he said Sunday. “The goal is to normalize cannabis growing.”

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Massachusetts marijuana laws got a Statehouse rewrite. Here's what you need to know - Cannabis News

The Massachusetts marijuana law is getting a rewrite. The state has actually two marijuana laws -- approved by voters -- that Statehouse lawmakers revised, largely behind closed doors.

The medical marijuana law passed in 2012 and the recreational marijuana law passed in 2016.

The 2016 state law broadly legalized recreational marijuana use for adults ages 21 and over. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

The revisions are in a bill on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, awaiting action.

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Retired NFL players back new Denver nonprofit advocating for medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Athletes for Care hopes to change the public's perception of cannabis -- and professional athletes.

During the day, the prescription opiates stung like a knife in Eben Britton’s gut. At night, cravings for the pills prescribed to manage pain caused by six years as a NFL offensive lineman roused him from his sleep.

But on this sunny Saturday morning in Denver’s Berekley Lake Park, Britton was all smiles, palming a rubber kickball he prepared to pitch in the Athletes For Care (A4C) kickball game during Denver’s 420 Games.

Britton found another way — another means of managing the pain, the depression, the anxiety, the head-rattles that plague careers and trigger darker struggles for some athletes well into retirement: cannabis as part of a holistic approach to healing. 

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North Dakota farmers hope to grow medical marijuana - Cannabis News

TRAILL COUNTY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Budding blooms could bring big bucks to local farmers, as they get ready to grow medical marijuana.

It's the first year that the Adams family farm is growing hemp.

But they're hoping to soon cash in on a different crop, as the state of North Dakota opens up to allow people to grow medical marijuana.

Christopher Adams, Farmer: "So the seeds are coming in, well you can kind of start to see them right here."

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Just How Good Are LED Lights for Growing Cannabis? - Cannabis News

Over the last decade, LED lighting has gained quite a bit of popularity among indoor cannabis growers.

Though LEDs (light emitting diodes) have been around since the early 1960s, they were not able to produce the wide spectrum of color they’re now known for until later on.

LEDs were also very expensive, making them an unreasonable option for grow lights compared to HID (high intensity discharge).

With today’s demand for energy-efficient lighting, however, LEDs have dropped in price and increased in quality. 

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Cannabis Criminalization Has Been Eradicated In New England - Cannabis News

With one signature, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu made history on Tuesday by decriminalizing cannabis in the Granite State and uprooting cannabis criminalization in New England.

Every other state in the region had already decriminalized cannabis - beginning with Maine in 1976. But New Hampshire held out despite numerous attempts to reform its marijuana laws.

"[T]he House...has been passing decriminalization bills since 2008,” noted Matt Simon -- New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “It is refreshing to see the Senate finally come to an agreement with the House on this issue....The governor deserves credit for his steadfast support of this common-sense reform."

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Hemp Goes High Fashion With Bad Decision Adventure Club - Cannabis News

The hemp-based clothing line is thinking big.

When you think of hemp clothing, you usually conjure up images of hippie dippy tie-dye clothes. Scratchy and made of dull colors available at rock festivals or retailers that favor green causes.

Now hemp is going high fashion with emerging apparel brand Bad Decision Adventure Club (BDAC).

Usually, hemp is the fabric of choice for pro-marijuana types since the fiber is derived from plant cannabis sativa. Industrial varieties without the psychoactive properties have been grown since the 5th century B.C. when Phoenicians used hemp for sail cloth. 

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New Hampshire decriminalizes marijuana possession - Cannabis News

New Hampshire had been the only New England state that had not decriminalized marijuana.

CONCORD, N.H. — Penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire have been reduced.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Tuesday that makes possession of up to three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana and five grams of hashish a violation, instead of a misdemeanor.

The proposal passed the House and Senate in Concord with bipartisan support.

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5 Benefits Of Cannabis Tea - Cannabis News

There are ways to derive the health benefits of marijuana without lighting up.

I wonder what my teenage pot parties would have been like if my friends and I had been consuming cannabis tea instead of smoking joints.

I’m sure we’d still have been listening to The Grateful Dead and staring at LP covers (yes, that’s how far I go back).

But perhaps we would have been a little less freaked out when our parents arrived home and the whole house smelled like reefer.

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Wisconsin State Representative Says Marijuana Legalization Will Benefit State's Farmers - Cannabis News

State Representative Melissa Sargent is introducing a bill to legalize both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana in Wisconsin.

The Madison Democrat introduced similar bills in the last two legislative sessions.

Sargent says it provides more than 100 pages of protections that currently do not exist in the state and, she says, provides oversight and protections for consumers.

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Israeli Cannabis Company Brings Smokeless Meds to New Mexico

The Israeli company Panaxia already launched a production facility in Bernalillo, now it will offer smokeless proprietary cannabinoids in New Mexico.

An Israeli company responsible for the first-ever pharmaceutical cannabis production lab in the United States has now begun selling its smokeless, precisely dosed products in New Mexico.

Together with the Albuquerque-based distributor Ultra Health, the Lod-based Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. first launched its production facility in Bernalillo, New Mexico, in March.

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Seminar advocates for medical cannabis in South Carolina - Cannabis News

A 2016 poll noted that 78 percent of South Carolina residents support medical cannabis. 

Retired military veteran Mark Montrose and his wife were jubilant when they received the call that after two years of waiting, the couple could pick up their newly-adopted baby girl Mary-Kate. But that joy would not last.

A regular four-month checkup led to an emergency trip to the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. Mary-Kate had suffered an inter-uterine stroke with permanent neurological impairment.

She was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Before reaching age 10, she began to have seizures and underwent multiple brain, eye, and leg surgeries.

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Will this be the year Congress expands veterans’ access to medical marijuana? - Cannabis News

A Senate committee just voted to allow VA doctors to talk medical marijuana with patients, but a similar measure was killed last year despite bicameral support.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday amended must-pass legislation to add language expanding access to medical marijuana for military veterans. Again.

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment to the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill would prohibit federal funds from interfering with a veteran’s ability to take part in medical marijuana programs approved by states where cannabis is legal.

It would also allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors in those legal states to “make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.” 

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This marijuana-infused coffee pod company makes K-Cup-style coffee with a kick - Cannabis News

A startup out of San Diego, California, has made it easy to add a little extra lift to your morning with marijuana-infused coffee pods.

This week, Brewbudz debuted a line of coffees and teas spiked with marijuana flower and encased in single-serve, fully compostable containers.

Each pod costs about $7 and is available at select dispensaries in Nevada.

The idea is simple: Sink a pod into your Keurig or Keurig 2.0 brewer, drink, and enjoy a caffeine jolt that comes with a buzz.

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