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Meet the Seattle Chef Making a Meal of Marijuana - Cannabis News

A latecomer to the world of weed, Unika Noiel is now serving up cannabis-infused dishes.

A lollipop and a trip to the grocery store changed chef Unika Noiel’s life forever.

“When I was growing up,” explains the head chef and manager at Pioneer Square’s Italian restaurant Che Sara Sara, “my mother steered me away from doing drugs. Like all moms, she wanted me to get my life on track, get my career going. But when I turned 30, I said to myself, ‘I think this is the time.’ ”

So Noiel, born and raised in Tacoma, called a friend who called a dealer who arrived with a few weed-infused lollipops he’d gotten from a Washington medical dispensary. 

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Medical marijuana: Georgia State Representative, wife say veterans would benefit from legalization - Cannabis News

MACON, Ga. -- State leaders and community members in Georgia are fighting for the legalization of medical cannabis oil to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.

The Georgia College State of the State poll released recently showed that 77 percent of Georgians support medical marijuana legalization.

State representative Allen Peake said, "We ought to be able to step forward and say, hey, you fought for our country, now we're going to fight for you."

Peake has advocated for medical cannabis for years, and he's not the only person who believes veterans deserve it.

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Legalizing Marijuana Will Combat Racism, Says New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy - Cannabis News

New Jersey will reap approximately $300 million in annual tax revenue after legalizing recreational marijuana, but that's not the top reason why Governor-elect Phil Murphy wants to repeal pot prohibition in the Garden State.

"The principal reason, and the most important reason for us to pursue this [legalization] is social justice," Murphy said yesterday on FOX 5.

"New Jersey has the widest white/non-white gap of persons incarcerated in America. I say this as much as a former national board member of the NAACP as I do as a governor-elect."

He added that the "biggest contributing factor" to that problem is "low-end drug crime" such as possessing marijuana. 

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Las Vegas marijuana conference embracing innovation, professionalism - Cannabis News

The annual convention, called MJBizCon for short, is now in its fourth year in Las Vegas and sixth overall, and expects about 18,000 attendees this year, up from the 10,881 who attended last year.

To some, the marijuana industry still evokes images of grungy dreadlocks, Rastafarian symbols and shady underground markets.

But as more states look to legalize either medical or recreational marijuana, many in the industry are looking to replace those stereotypes with a more clean-cut look in what has been a constant battle for legitimacy.

And for the nascent industry, the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, which kicked off its three-day convention Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, brings just that sort of opportunity.

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The Perfect Cure: What We’ve Learned About Drying Marijuana After Decades of Trial and Error - Cannabis News

Crafting the perfect cannabis flower is a demanding process from seed to sale, and the drying and curing stages are critical aspects.

Far too many farmers work hard all summer in their gardens, only to blow it during these vital steps.

Many harvest too early; others too late. The master growers, however, know exactly how to pamper their buds from the time they are cut until they are packaged and ready for enjoyment.

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The Evolution of Cannabis Packaging - Cannabis News

Twenty-four states now have laws on the books that dictate the packaging guidelines for cannabis products.

Remove your continuum transfunctioner from your utility belt and travel back to the time of mass marijuana prohibition, maybe a nice, even, decade ago.

Can you hear Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On” playing as someone’s ringtone? Alright, you have arrived safely in 2007 — remember to buy a bunch of Bitcoins.

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Canada: A tale of two cannabis markets

The Colorado cannabis industry is in many ways the inverse of the current Canadian cannabis industry.

As of June 30, 2017, there were 201,398 Canadians registered to purchase cannabis from licensed producers and 6,880 registered to grow for personal use as provided for in the federal regulations that support the Canadian medical cannabis market.

Canadian licensed producers are large-scale indoor or greenhouse grows, some with hundreds of thousands of square feet of canopy.

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Wisconsin: Democratic governor candidate Flynn favors legalizing pot - Cannabis News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if Wisconsin voters want to legalize marijuana, he’s all for it.

Flynn on Tuesday called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to put a non-binding referendum on the November 2018 ballot asking if there’s support for the legalization and sale of marijuana.

If it would pass, Flynn says as governor he would push the Legislature to follow through.

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The Next "It" Ingredient in Beauty Products is Marijuana - Cannabis News

Among beauty brands, CBD is becoming the next “it” ingredient incorporated into buzzy new products that hydrate skin, relieve swollen spots, and reduce under-eye bags.

When CAP Beauty launched a new dietary supplement in August, the retailer didn’t send beauty magazine editors any promotional cupcakes or cookies. Instead, they sent pot brownies.

The desserts—non-psychoactive, they didn’t get anyone high—were made with CAP’s The Daily Hit, an oil-based supplement made with the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD has been shown in pre-clinical studies to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and, unlike other popular cannabinoids (like tetrahydrocannabinol, which is psychoactive), it’s legal in all 50 US states.

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Senator Tim Kaine Wants More Marijuana Research - Cannabis News

In the span of less than a week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has signed on to two separate bills to expand marijuana research.

The 2016 Democratic vice-presidential nominee isn’t exactly a champion of cannabis law reform, but he does support broadening scientific inquiry into the drug’s potential medical uses, according to his recent actions in the Senate.

On Monday, Kaine cosponsored a bill sponsored by GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah that would ease researchers’ access to marijuana for studies on its medical benefits and require the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop recommendations for good manufacturing practices for growing and producing cannabis for research.

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New York governor signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD - Cannabis News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed to mark Veterans Day.

“Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home,” Cuomo said.

The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.

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Will Your State Be the Next To Legalize Marijuana? Here's 5 that are Close - Cannabis News

Next year could see a huge shift in favor of green, and we’re not talking about the environment.

Lawmakers have taken notice of the shift in public opinion on marijuana legalization, and many are no longer afraid that supporting legal weed is political suicide.

There are now eight states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana, and four of those laws were enacted in the past year alone.

“As medical marijuana grew, we saw that support for legalization has increased at an accelerating pace,” says David Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org, which advocates for better drug policy.

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Las Vegas gets a marijuana drive-thru, touted as first of its kind in the country - Cannabis News

Marijuana shoppers in the Las Vegas Valley will now be able to order their weed like they do fast food, thanks to Nevada's first pot drive-thru set to open today.

Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, located on tribal land on 1235 Paiute Circle near downtown Las Vegas, will open the one-lane drive-thru to the public at noon.

Designed for elderly and handicapped customers who’d prefer not to leave their vehicles, the drive-thru service will offer about 15 popular flower, edible and concentrate products.

“We want all customers to have that same experience of being able to get in and get out,” said Benny Tso, chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. “It’s about speed and convenience.”

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Steep taxes on recreational marijuana are a powerful incentive for states to legalize

Legalizing adult-use marijuana frees states from huge enforcement and incarceration and creates a huge new source of revenue.

Much has been made about the change in attitude toward marijuana legalization across the United States over the past decade. Surveys now find a majority of Americans favor legalizing the once-demonized plant.

However, it doesn’t take a cynic to see there is another motivator behind legalizing cannabis. That, of course, is money.

Lots and lots of money. States that have legalized marijuana, especially for recreational use, are raking millions into tax coffers. 

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More veterans parlaying their military skills into cannabis careers - Cannnabis News

From cultivation to managing shops to keeping them secure, veterans find a calling in all levels of the cannabis industry.

Chad Drew considers himself a veteran of not only the Air Force but also the cannabis industry. The 41-year-old is sales manager at the Colorado Harvest Company, a chain of dispensaries in metro Denver.

And he believes his decision to get into legal cannabis as a profession eight years ago, after leaving the service and then finishing college, was helped by his time in the armed forces.

“The military totally played a part in it,” he told The Cannabist, when asked how he got hired. “When you serve, you come from a different cut of cloth. It instills a lot of discipline within you.”

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Is This Pot Ad With a Happily Stoned Mom for Real? Well, Yes and No - Cannabis News

The 90-second parody video mimics now-infamous pharma ads in its look, tone and voiceover.

Life can be a real buzzkill. There’s the mortgage to stress about, the tiger moms to compete with, the kids and the aging parents to care for.

What does a Gen X gal with a little disposable income have to do for some relief around here? Subscribe to a marijuana delivery service that can send over “the dankest herb” and “the real sticky icky,” and fire one up.

Sweet bliss! A new digital ad, launching today, introduces Briteside, a startup in Oregon that delivers weed in as little as 90 minutes to residents of Portland, Bend and Ashland (there’s an in-store pickup option, too).

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Will Illinois Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana? - Cannabis News

A proposed referendum on a primary ballot is causing a stir.

Will Illinois be the next state to legalize marijuana? A proposed primary ballot referendum seems to indicate that there is a distinct possibility that it will be.

And since Illinois already has a medical marijuana program and has decriminalized cannabis, the possibility isn’t so far-fetched.

In March, voters in Cook County, Illinois might see a referendum on their primary election ballots. County Commissioners John Fritchey and Luis Arroyo have expressed interest in the possibility of legalized recreational weed.

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This weed grow is opening its doors and operating like a brewery - Cannabis News

Move over, craft beer. Vineyard and brewery tours are big business for large and small operations, and now that cannabis is become more accepted across the United States, companies are starting to capitalize more on their farm to table approach.

Seed & Smith just opened a new venture in Denver, turning an old forklift manufacturing facility into a full-blown weed grow.

The indoor cultivation center comes complete with a full tour, giving tourists and interested cannabis consumers a sneak peek behind the process of growing and processing cannabis for consumption in various forms.

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Cannabis Companies Struggle To Be Charitable - Cannabis News

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado cannabis companies have found it is hard for them to be charitable.

Nonprofits often turn away pot profits for fear of losing federal grant money.

But at least one Denver-based organization is not feeling any joint pain.

There is such a thing as a free lunch at The Gathering Place. The daytime drop-in center serves women, children and transgender individuals.

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This luxury cannabis company is completely revolutionizing the way we think about weed

As marijuana legalization continues across the country, weed is becoming increasingly mainstream. 

However, as much as the stoner stereotype has evolved into a broader label that also encompasses CEOs, educated millennials, and the Spicolis of the world, it still has a negative connotation.

Industry leaders have quickly learned that destigmatizing marijuana use begins with educating the public, but Adrian Sedlin of Canndescent has figured out that, as with anything, it's really all about branding.

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Marijuana Won Tuesday's Election

Voters in two states chose new governors on Tuesday.

Both of those elections -- as well as the results of a number of local races across the country -- will have huge implications for efforts to legalize marijuana.

Here's an overview of cannabis-specific ballot measures that voters approved, along with details on how the Democratic gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia will boost marijuana reform campaigns in those states.

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Medical Cannabis Won't Be Available in North Dakota For at Least Another Year - Cannabis News

The state legalized MMJ in 2016, but patients may have to wait until next winter for their medicine.

North Dakota residents hoping to take advantage of the state's medical cannabis program are going to have to wait at least one more year for their medicine, state officials have reported.

This Monday, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) filed their proposed rules for the medical marijuana program with the state Legislative Council.

"The NDDoH has thoughtfully crafted these rules to ensure patient safety, product safety, and public safety," State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte said.

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Constellation's move into cannabis looks interesting

A somewhat unlikely pair – a beverage alcohol company and a cannabis firm – finalized their partnership on Nov. 2, 2017.

Victor, N.Y.-based Constellation Brands had announced on Oct. 30 that it had acquired a minority stake in Ontario-based Canopy Growth.

According to a statement, Constellation invested $245 million in exchange for 9.9 per cent equity in Canopy Growth. “As a result, [Canopy Growth] has issued 18,876,901 common shares in the company to an affiliate of Constellation.”

Canopy Growth is a leading provider of medicinal cannabis products, while Constellation is an international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits.

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Election 2017: The Cannabis Races We’re Watching Closely - Cannabis News

Cannabis legalization is an issue appearing on a variety of state, city and gubernatorial elections around the country on Tuesday.

Voters in New York will have the chance to vote on a constitutional convention question on this year’s ballot.

Voting yes would trigger a constitutional convention, which would allow changes to be proposed to the state Constitution.

Voters would be then able to weigh in on those changes in a November 2019 election.

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On Legalization’s 5th Anniversary, Here’s What We’ve Learned - Cannabis News

Monday, November 6, 2017, marks the five-year anniversary of the glorious back day in 2012 when Colorado and Washington voted to become the first two US states to legalize recreational cannabis.

Since then, the data generated by those two states have refuted pretty much every dire fear that the nation’s drug warriors predicted would come to pass.

Legalizing and regulating cannabis has made for a safer and more just society, while ushering in the beginning of the end of a costly, massively corrupt, and wholly counterproductive war on a largely beneficial plant.

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Dispensary Dictionary: Cannabis Definitions for Rookies - Cannabis News

Whether you use cannabis medically or recreationally, there are certain terms you should know.

It's smart to walk into a dispensary armed with knowledge, so there’s no miscommunication between you and the budtender.

The more educated you are, the better your chances of having a fairly priced, fulfilling experience. So we've come up with a dispensary dictionary.

While some of this might seem a little remedial to experienced consumers, it should come in handy for new marijuana users and transplants alike.

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State Colleges Now Teaching Cannabis, and Harvard Is Playing Catch-Up - Cannabis News

With cannabis legalization spreading rapidly both within the US and abroad, job-seekers have been increasingly interested in academic programs geared toward landing a job in the emerging cannabis industry.

It’s sensible enough. More than half of all US states in have legalized medicinal cannabis, and eight and Washington, DC, have legalized adult use.

As we reported earlier this year, those legal cannabis markets support nearly 150,000 full-time jobs as of 2017. The green rush is real.

But getting into the industry doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks at an Ivy League school like Harvard, which recently announced a class for master’s-degree students.

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American Legion: Veterans overwhelmingly support medical cannabis research, legalization - Cannabis News

A new survey finds military veterans across the U.S. and from a wide range of demographics favor legalizing medical marijuana.

With polling showing Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has hit new highs, a new survey by the American Legion shows strong support within the military veteran community for medical marijuana research and legalization.

The “robo-call” survey commissioned by America’s largest veterans service organization polled vets and their non-professional caregivers in early October.

It found that 81 percent of veterans and 83 percent of caregivers support the federal legalization of cannabis to treat a physical or mental condition.

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Basic Cannabis Growing Setups for Cultivators With Tight Budgets - Cannabis News

Many home growers wonder, “Can I grow cannabis on a tight budget?” The simple answer is yes.

Although there is a large industry built upon expensive grow equipment, cannabis can be produced with simple systems for less money than you might think.

You can, of course, purchase additional tools and equipment to improve your garden, but many of these are not required.

Cannabis requires sunlight, nutrients, water, and air to grow. These four essentials are readily available for free or at relatively low costs. 

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The Next 15 States to Legalize Marijuana - Cannabis News

Marijuana use among adults by state can provide a rough approximation of a state’s cultural attitude toward pot.

In every state on this list, annual marijuana usage rates among adults 18 and older are comparable to usage rates nationwide, and in some cases, are far higher.

In Vermont for example, 20.6% of adults have used marijuana in the past year.

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Bellacures Launches Cannabis 'Canna-Cure' Manicures and Pedicures - Cannabis News

The posh nail salon has jumped on the CBD wellness bandwagon.

As someone who never really went through a hippie phase or noodle danced through the parking lot of a Grateful Dead show, I’ve been somewhat dubious about the rising popularity of cannabis merchandise in fashion and beauty because of the previously crunchy manner in which marijuana-related products were branded.

Well, between the statewide legalization of marijuana in California and the chic- (yes, chic) looking and plenty potent accessories, salves and edibles from companies like Beboe, Lord Jones and To Whom it May Concern, these products are reaching a whole new demographic of people who are enjoying the look and feel of their effects.

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N.J. must recognize marijuana's medicinal value, court says - Cannabis News

An appellate court decision Tuesday recognized medical marijuana's health benefits, and ordered the state to reconsider its schedule 1 classification as a harmful drug.

TRENTON -- State and federal law classified marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs more than 45 years ago, citing its "high potential for abuse" and a lack of medical value.

But a groundbreaking decision by a state appeals court on Tuesday said the Christie administration must revisit marijuana's legal standing under state law because its health benefits are "abundantly and glaringly apparent now."

A state Appellate Court ruled that Steve Lee, the former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the authority to re-classify marijuana from the "schedule 1" category of the most harmful of drugs.

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Fears mount for California MMJ patients over “cannabis deserts” - Cannabis News

Advocates worry that local bans on the commercial cannabis industry will make it much more difficult for some patients to access medical marijuana.

With California on the verge of creating a cannabis market worth an estimated $7 billion by 2025, medical marijuana advocates are sounding the alarm that legalization is having the unintended consequence of cutting off scores of patients from their medicine.

California’s Proposition 64, which legalized adult use and sales of recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, also gave counties and municipalities the right to restrict where marijuana businesses can be located and to completely ban sales in their jurisdictions.

The initiative approved by voters in November 2016 brought upheaval to the medical marijuana industry, which was established under nearly two decades of little state oversight.

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Senator Cory Booker Says He Knows Many Members of Congress Have Used Marijuana - Cannabis News

“I know in casual conversations in the Congress, many legislators who’ve done pot themselves. This pejorative pot smoker label doesn’t fly."

Congress tends to have a pretty hostile view towards marijuana. Despite a few people supporting legalization efforts, most politicians trot out the same tired arguments about cannabis leading to horrible things.

But one senator is finally calling them out. Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill a few months ago that would legalize marijuana and help release prisoners who are in jail for minor cannabis convictions.

A member of the press asked him a question about motivating people who use marijuana to get involved politically, and Booker shot back saying that those stereotypes are outdated and he knows members of Congress who've used the drug.

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Alcohol Industry Targets Pot With Constellation-Canopy Deal - Cannabis News

Seller of Corona beer to buy 9.9% stake in marijuana business; Company says it has no plans to sell cannabis in the U.S. yet.

Alcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc. is making a foray into marijuana, a precedent-setting move for an industry that has mostly stayed on the sidelines during the cannabis boom.

Constellation will pay about C$245 million ($191 million) for a 9.9 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian seller of medicinal-marijuana products.

The deal kicked off the biggest rally in nearly a year for Canopy, which trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker WEED.

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Another New England state studies legalizing marijuana - Cannabis News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A special legislative commission is looking into the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island as the state's northern neighbor readies to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Bills to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island have stalled in previous legislative sessions.

The General Assembly agreed in June to look into the issue further by creating the commission, which met for the first time Wednesday.

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Rich history of cannabis on display at Seattle Museum - Cannabis News

Prior to 1937, marijuana was considered medicine, and its versatile parent plant, hemp, was grown and refined for the production of paper, textiles, clothing, biofuels and more.

But that all changed with a variety of state and federal bans, and today, most cannabis products remain illegal, at least at a federal level.

When Prohibition hit, the federal government instructed pharmacists and homeowners to dispose of their now-illegal inventories of tinctures and elixirs.

Most did, but not everyone got the message, or cared to follow the rules.

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Pennsylvania county approves medical marijuana policy for employees - Cannabis News

Effective Nov. 1, Cambria County and its employees will comply with and abide by Pennsylvania's law concerning medical marijuana use – with county leaders pledging not to discharge, threaten, refuse to hire, or discriminate against those certified to use the drug.

The Cambria County commissioners unanimously approved the policy at a meeting Thursday at the Nanty Glo Food Pantry Warehouse.

According to the policy, it will be a county employee's responsibility to notify the human resources department about his or her certification to use medical marijuana.

Under Pennsylvania's Act 16 of 2016, those with serious medical conditions are permitted to obtain marijuana in the form of a pill, oil, liquid, cream or gel for a medicinal purposes only.

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7 Reasons why eating weed is actually good for your health

Just 20 or 30 years ago, cooking with cannabis was still considered both completely taboo and reserved solely for Cheech & Chong-watching stoners. 

Far as anyone was concerned, the only health benefits of marijuana were that it got you stoned and made you laugh.

Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’re probably now aware that there are a ton of benefits of cooking with cannabis that have absolutely nothing to do with getting stoney baloney’d.

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Congressional members to VA chief: Allow veteran-focused marijuana research - Cannabis News

The letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is the latest effort by some lawmakers and veterans groups to encourage cannabis research to proceed.

Members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs are urging Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin to ensure the VA’s research and development office fulfills “its stated mission,” by allowing research into the effects of marijuana on military veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The letter, issued Thursday, was signed by all 10 Democratic representatives on the committee. It is the latest effort on the part of some lawmakers and veterans’ organizations calling for such studies to proceed.

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Here are 420-friendly Halloween costume ideas for weed lovers - Cannabis News

Whether you’re heading out for a party this weekend or just passing out candy on Tuesday night, it’s time to nail down that Halloween costume.

Need some inspiration? There are a growing number of off-the-shelf costumes just for stoners, from this big bag of weed to this creepy pot leaf mask.

But we’ve got ideas for some DIY costumes that will also let you quietly or boldly declare your love for cannabis this “Halloweed.”

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The Marijuana Evolution Of Senator Orrin Hatch - Cannabis News

All of a sudden, a Mormon Republican senator from Utah is one of Congress’s leading champions for medical marijuana.

“The evidence shows that cannabis possesses medicinal properties that can truly change people’s lives for the better,” Sen. Orrin Hatch said last month when introducing legislation to remove roadblocks to studies on the drug’s medical potential.

“I strongly support research into the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and I remain committed to helping patients find the help they need, whether they suffer from cancer, severe seizures or any other chronic disorder.”

In the days since that Senate floor speech, Hatch has spoken about medical cannabis at seemingly every opportunity. 

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Take Control of Mites in Cannabis Crops - Cannabis News

Growing operations are regularly losing crops to these pests, and understanding them is the key to controlling the problem.

There is no doubt that the cannabis industry is a growing one. Man has cultivated this crop for many years, yet only in the last few has commercial production come into the spotlight.

It seems that with all our years of experience, humans would know how to grow this crop without issues, but going from growing a few plants to commercial production changes things.

One issue that many growers are finding is that cannabis has many pest problems. 

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Will 2018 be the year marijuana takes over? - Cannabis News

So far, all the states that have legalized marijuana have done so through grassroots petitions and ballot initiatives meant to bypass risk-averse lawmakers in state houses.

California, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have all followed Colorado and Washington either to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana or, at a minimum, to decriminalize possession and consumption of small amounts of the drug.

But 2018 may be a tipping point — the moment when the momentum of pot makes it impossible for state lawmakers to avoid.

State legislatures are poised to begin passing marijuana reform laws next year. 

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A Guide to Federal Drug Rescheduling (And What It Means for Cannabis) - Cannabis News

Could the US ever legalize cannabis federally? The simple answer is yes, but the reality is far more complex.

The reason laws and regulations around cannabis are so complicated leads back to the federal government – more specifically, the Controlled Substances Act, Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on October 27, 1970.

The act divides all known medicines, substances, or drugs into various categories based on their potential for abuse, medical applications and known benefits, and safety considerations.

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How to support your cannabis garden with trellising

Trellising your cannabis garden is a crucial step on the path to a successful harvest. 

This practice not only helps support your buds as they grow, but it also helps light penetrate the canopy and increase airflow to improve yield while also preventing bud rot and pest issues.

Utilizing trellises can help organize your garden, making your plants easier to work with while improving their appearance and health.

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130-acre marijuana park in Michigan to be largest east of Mississippi, developer says - Cannabis News

WINDSOR TWP. -- Plans are underway to build a 130-acre medical marijuana industrial park in the township that its investors say will be the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi.

Once built, the development called Harvest Park is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in a variety of marijuana-related fields, said Jeff Donahue, Harvest Park Development LLC's managing director.

"I think the location is perfect," said Donahue, a Lansing native. "It's an area ripe for development."

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Why My Wife and I Used Our Wedding to Celebrate Responsible Cannabis Consumption - Cannabis News

We decided to share a key part of ourselves with those nearest and dearest to us by integrating cannabis into our wedding reception. 

It was an unseasonably warm October evening as I walked toward the live mariachi band with my new bride, Cynthia.

In between days of dreary rain and freezing snow, somehow the clouds parted and made room for a perfect wedding under the stars last weekend in Lafayette, Colorado—just north of Denver.

As the eight-piece band set off into a soaring chorus of harmonies, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of joy. 

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Legalize marijuana in New Jersey? Your choice for governor will determine that - Cannabis News

TRENTON -- Voters in this year's New Jersey governor's race are not just picking Chris Christie's successor. Their choice will dictate whether or not marijuana for recreational use will be legalized in New Jersey.

Electing Democrat Phil Murphy means New Jersey would soon join eight other states in legalizing marijuana for people 21 and older and creating what is predicted to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.

He's promised to sign a legalization bill into law within the first 100 days of his term.

Democrats who control the state Legislature appear willing. Murphy said he sees legalizing marijuana as a solution to the social justice problem of higher arrest and conviction rates for blacks than white. 

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A healing drug: Former NFL players advocate the use of cannabis - Cannabis News

Several former NFL players advocated the use of cannabis as a healing medicine Saturday during the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo in Phoenix.

A six-member panel consisted of four former NFL athletes — including Marvin Washington, Mark Restelli, Jim McMahon and Grant Mattos — discussed the benefits of the medical use of cannabis for athletes in the NFL alongside cannabis therapeutics specialist, Uma Dhanabalan, and former Colorado State University student-athlete, Treyous Jarrells.

Former New York Jet Marvin Washington said allowing the use of marijuana by athletes would help address major problems.

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5 States Angling to Put Recreational Marijuana on the Ballot in 2018 - Cannabis News

Two of these states haven't even legalized medical cannabis.

Sure, it's the pun of all puns, but the marijuana industry really is growing like a weed.

According to cannabis research firm ArcView, the North American legal-cannabis market saw sales increase by 34% in 2016 to $6.9 billion, and they're liable to grow by an average of 26% a year through 2021.

That's a nearly $22 billion market up for grabs, and investors certainly want a piece of that pie.

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After the smoke clears: What’s next for Northern California’s cannabis industry? - Cannabis News

Experts say the region’s legal cannabis sector could face a long and costly recovery following a series of catastrophic wildfires that are still raging.

The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry.

Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions of dollars in property loss and scores of acres of scorched farmland and forests.

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6 Most Popular Indica Strains in America - Cannabis News

Have you ever wondered which marijuana varieties are the the most popular cannabis indica strains in America?

Cannabis indica strains are typically shorter, bushier plants with broader leaves than sativa varieties and they have a reputation for providing relaxing, sometimes sedative effects over both body and mind.

Indicas are popular choices for relieving insomnia, stress, and pain.

To give you an idea of what's most-asked for in dispensaries across the country, here we highlight six of the most popular indica strains in America.

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Big names, big money come through to help Missouri's medical marijuana initiative - Cannabis News

With less than six months to go, at least one proposal to legalize medicinal use of marijuana in Missouri appears to be in a strong position to get on statewide ballots next year.

New Approach Missouri says it already has collected 100,000 signatures from registered voters, and expects to have well over the necessary 165,000 by the state’s May 6 deadline for submitting initiative petitions.

“This is an issue that really crosses partisan and regional boundaries,’’ said spokesman Jack Cardetti.

He cited last year’s successful legalization votes for medical marijuana in Arkansas, North Dakota and Florida.

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Massachusetts farmers hope to keep marijuana business local - Cannabis News

One of the major efforts involves a new law establishing marijuana craft cooperatives.

Sheffield farmer Ted Dobson wants to grow pot -- and he doesn't believe he needs an indoor warehouse with a state-of-the-art security system to do it.

"Having protected myself from wildlife for years and, if necessary, people, no farmer's going to allow any cash crop to get stolen," Dobson said. "We'll take necessary precautions."

Dobson is one of a number of farmers in Massachusetts who are hoping to get into the nascent recreational marijuana industry. 

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8 questions about edible cannabis, compassion with Mindy Segal - Cannabis News

Mindy Segal, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, announced in December 2015 that she would be venturing into cannabis-infused edible products for medical marijuana patients.

The acclaimed chef and owner of Mindy’s HotChocolate recently spoke at Taste Talks about her line, Mindy’s Artisanal Edibles, created in partnership with Cresco Labs and available at licensed dispensaries across the state.

We caught up with Segal to talk about the cannabis industry, chocolate and what it means to be a compassionate person.

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Pot company donates $40K of weed and opens doors to those displaced by Northern California wildfire - Cannabis News

A medical cannabis dispensary is opening its doors and donating medicine to those displaced by the wildfires that have ravaged northern California over the last few days.

CannaCraft's AbsoluteXtracts and Be Kind Flower will donate $40,000 of medical cannabis to patients that have been evacuated or displaced by the wildfires, which has since claimed the lives of 21 people, and destroyed over 160,000 acres.

The company announced on Wednesday that it will be partnering with Mercy Wellness and a number of local dispensaries to distribute a AbsoluteXtracts vape pen or Be Kind premium flower to those affected.

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Canada’s largest cannabis producer is doubling in size

Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producer is about to get even bigger. 

On Wednesday, Canopy Growth Corp. announced that it will develop up to 3 million square feet of additional greenhouse capacity in British Columbia.

The move, part of a newly announced joint venture with a large-scale British Columbia-based greenhouse operator to form BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., will more than doubles Canopy’s cultivation footprint, according to a company release.

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Rep. Blumenauer to Congress: Let medical marijuana research help solve opioid crisis - Cannabis News

The Oregon Democrat also called on Congress to end its “stranglehold” on research by passing the Medical Marijuana Research Act.

As it slowly acknowledges the depths of the opioid epidemic, Congress is failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a simple and effective solution, Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday.

The Oregon Democrat and longtime champion of medical marijuana made the remarks in testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the opioid crisis.

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Social Life Network appoints D. Scott Karnedy as Chief Operating Officer

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2017 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTC PINK: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver Colorado, is pleased to announce that it has added D. Scott Karnedy to its board of directors and executive staff.

Social Life Network built its social networking and ecommerce technology platform to meet the growing demand for niche social networking around the world. Shawn Tapp, CEO and a fellow digital media veteran, announced that “D.”, as he is known, will be joining them at Social Life Network, Inc. as their COO and board member.

D. Scott is a digital media veteran with 30 years experience. He held the position of Senior Vice President at Myspace and was head of global sales there, as well as head of Sales & Marketing Solutions at Sirius XM. He also served as Chief Revenue Officer at IndiWire and Technicolor and held executive sales positions for digital media at AOL, iHeartRadio and CBS Radio.

“Social Life Network has spent the past year in search for the right person that can hit the ground running and achieve our lofty revenue goals,” says Tapp, “and I couldn’t be happier to have D. Scott Karnedy in charge of building our global sales and marketing team. He too has been part of the ever-changing landscape of digital media these past three decades, and he understands how our social networking technology is best positioned to business professionals in the niche industries that we’ve targeted.”

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How a 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Weed Prohibition in America - Cannabis News

A federal lawsuit claims the ban on bringing medical marijuana across state lines violates an epileptic girl's constitutional rights.

Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures.

She takes the oil orally by syringe twice a day, and always keeps a THC spray on hand in case she experiences an aura, or pre-seizure event.

The auras happen maybe once every three to four weeks – far less often now that she moved to Colorado than when she lived in Texas. 

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Atlanta mayor signs ordinance to decriminalize marijuana - Cannabis News

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday morning that he signed the city council ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.

He made the announcement on the Ryan Cameron show saying he signed the ordinance at 6:24 p.m. yesterday.

Reed said they had a signing ceremony planned to include the politicians who played a roll in the legislation.

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10 Everyday Terms Every Marijuana Newbie Needs To Know - Cannabis News

These basic words will introduce you to the world of marijuana.

If you’re only discovering the world of marijuana, there are a few terms that you need to get acquainted with so you don’t make a fool of yourself in front of other people.

There are decades worth of words and expressions that have been developed over the years within the cannabis community; luckily, it’s never too late to catch up.

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Doctors in Maryland to offer veterans free medical marijuana consultations - Cannabis News

A local physicians' group is offering free evaluations and registration assistance to military veterans who are interested in using medicinal marijuana in Maryland.

Canna Care Docs, which has locations in Columbia, Takoma Park and Cockeysville, helps evaluate patients to determine whether medical marijuana would be a viable medication option, and helps patients get certified with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

The company has 12 local employees and works with a larger nationwide network operating in five other states that have legalized medical cannabis, including Delaware and Washington, D.C.

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5 Cannabis Breeders Who Have Changed the World of Modern Cannabis - Cannabis News

Evidence suggests that cannabis cultivation dates as far back as 12,000 years, making it one of the oldest farmed crops.

Since then, cannabis genetics have been selected and bred to better serve the needs of different human populations.

The last 50 years has seen a dramatic leap in quality, potency, and diversity of cannabis that can be directly attributed to breeders.

Here are five of my personal favorite cannabis breeders who have brought legendary genetics to market.

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What Has California’s Epic Wildfire Season Done To Marijuana? - Cannabis News

Cannabis farmers lament “campfire pot”, “beef jerky,” and “hickory kush.”

Wildfires torched the western states this summer, damaging property, homes and farms throughout the region. In Northern California alone, the National Interagency Fire Center estimates that 411,742 acres were destroyed or damaged by 3,692 fires.

The state’s cannabis farmers were not spared in the devastation. According to GreenState, this year’s outdoor harvest will be tainted by smoke and ash from the fires.

Although there have been worse summers in the past decade — 2012 and 2015 were more severe — this year’s crop will have a different flavor.

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10 of the Highest Yielding Strains of Cannabis - Cannabis News

When growing marijuana for yourself or as a commercial crop, it's important to know what some of the highest yielding strains of cannabis are.

While factors such as the growing space and cultivation techniques influence the size of a crop's yield, the genetics of a strain plays the biggest role in how much cannabis a plant will produce.

What we list here may not be the most potent marijuana varieties, but they are 10 of the highest yielding strains of cannabis being grown today.

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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes ban on smoking at California parks, beaches - Cannabis News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Smoking and vaping will still be allowed at California state parks and beaches, despite lawmakers’ attempts to ban it.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two bills Friday that would have banned lighting up in a park or at the beach.

In a veto message, he writes, “if people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of government.”

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Kentucky senator backs legalizing marijuana to fund state's pensions crisis - Cannabis News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An influential Kentucky legislator thinks marijuana can help weed out the state’s pension problem.

“We've got a desperate situation in Frankfort over the pension issue,” said Sen. Dan Seum (R-Fairdale).

Seum believes desperate times require desperate measures, which is why he is backing the idea of legalizing and taxing marijuana for adult use as a way to dig out of the $30 billion pension hole.

“Twenty-eight states now have one form or another of legalized cannabis, or marijuana," Seum said. "Colorado is really knocking down some good money on that."

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‘Entrepreneur’s Dream’: Cannabis Expo Held In Boston - Cannabis News

BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time, there’s a trade show for pot here in Boston.

And it’s all about the business opportunities that legal, recreational marijuana could offer in the state.

Retail sale of marijuana is expected to begin in the middle of next year. That means entrepreneurs are trying to get in on the ground floor.

“This is the face of cannabis now,” says Dan Humiston, one of the organizers of the Cannabis Expo, pointing to the clean-cut people attending the conference.

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Grandma’s guide to grass: California’s pot website cuts through cannabis haze - Cannabis News

The site is the first step in the state's public education campaign to inform California residents about the drug as it becomes more widely used and available.

SACRAMENTO - Every day, Anna Denny encounters people who know their way around a joint.

Denny owns Elevated 916, a smoke shop in north Sacramento that sells tobacco products and smoking accessories.

But many of her customers don’t limit their smoking to tobacco. Because they’ve been there, done that, Denny just can’t imagine them using a new state website that offers resources — and plenty of warnings — about the use of marijuana now that lighting up recreationally is legal in California.

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End 4/20 Shame: Dispelling the Smoke Around Female Entrepreneurs - Cannabis News

Being a female entrepreneur is incredibly difficult.

A recent study by researchers from Columbia University and the Wharton School of Business found that only 2% of venture capital funding goes to women entrepreneurs, despite the fact that they own 38% of U.S. businesses.

The good news is that cannabis is looking to break the green ceiling. A survey by Marijuana Business Daily revealed that women make up 36% of the leaders in the cannabis industry, including 64% of high-level positions.

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Social Life Network Releases New Version of its Business Social Network for the International Cannabis and Hemp Industry

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / October 5, 2017 / Social Life Network, Inc. (OTC PINK: WDLF), a cloud-based social media and social network technology company based in Denver Colorado, announces the new release of WeedCircles.com, the world’s most accessed business social network for hemp and cannabis business entrepreneurs.

WeedCircles.com is used by business professionals in more than 120 countries -- to help them connect, share information and successfully navigate the constantly-changing landscape of the hemp and cannabis industry world-wide.

WeedCircles.com was officially launched in 2014 and according to its management has gone through a dozen updates over the past three years. This latest version, however, represents a major milestone in the company’s social network platform.

The re-release of the WeedCircles platform includes a major re-write of the network’s base code to include machine learning. This major release that leverages “AI” will provide users with information and business connection that have the highest probability of being valuable and instrumental to their social business growth.

Social Life Network services multiple industries, including many sports verticals and the real estate industry. That expansion has, in turn, helped to raise the bar for the technology the network has been providing to the legal hemp and cannabis industry.

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Hitman Coffee, Los Angeles’ First Cannabis Coffeeshop, Defines a New Era of Legal Weed - Cannabis News

Instead of trying to combine on-site consumption with on-site sales, Hitman focuses on providing a purely safe space for cannabis users to enjoy without fear of persecution.

Doug Dracup, the dabbing dynamo behind Hitman Glass and the respected cannabis competition Chalice Cup, has redefined the scope of legal weed in Los Angeles with Hitman Coffee, LA's first Amsterdam-style "coffeeshop."

While the stark, lofted space functions legally as a private art gallery, Hitman hosts a slew of events, from art shows, comedy nights, and medicated brunches, to dance parties, stoned yoga, and industry panel conversations.

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Atlanta Is The Latest U.S. City to Decriminalize Marijuana. Here's What That Means - Cannabis News

Atlanta’s city council decided unanimously to decriminalize marijuana Monday night.

They voted 15-0 to make the penalty for possession of one ounce or less a $75 fine — a move that aims to neutralize uneven policing and enforcement of drug laws in the city where 92% of individuals arrested for marijuana between 2014 and 2016 were black.

It’s important to note that this change in Atlanta’s doesn’t make it legal to possess marijuana.

It also won’t override the fact that outside Atlanta city limits, Georgia penalties for possession of marijuana include a 6-month jail term and fine of up to $1,000.

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How to Choose Your Marijuana Grow Medium - Cannabis News

Choosing the best medium for your Cannabis growing is a very important decision you need to make first.

This factor will influence the entire growing process of your pot so you need to have a thorough research about the important things to consider in choosing your Marijuana medium.

In this article, I will talk about how to choose your Marijuana grow medium in order to help you come out with a good choice and be knowledgeable about this matter before starting to grow your own Marijuana plant.

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Canada: Calgary conference helps employers come to grips with marijuana boom

A sold-out conference in Calgary is helping businesses learn more about the impacts of cannabis in the workplace and what employers need to know before it's legalized next year.

Many employers are scrambling to get a better understanding of cannabis and how to deal with growing numbers of employees licensed to use it medically, as well as the implications of legalization next year.

The conference is hosted by Cannabis At Work — an HR-focussed company established two years ago to help businesses navigate Canada's marijuana boom and manage marijuana use in the workplace.

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These 10 Are States Most Likely to Pass Medical Marijuana Next - Cannabis News

There are currently 29 states in America with some form of legalized medical marijuana.

Most politicians have begun to change their minds about the legitimacy of medicinal cannabis.

But some states continue to resist efforts to legalize the drug even for medicinal purposes.

Here are the 10 states most likely to legalize medical marijuana.

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Native American Leaders Meet to Discuss Cannabis Businesses on Tribal Lands - Cannabis News

Tribal leaders from California and Washington state believe that the marijuana industry could reap massive economic and health benefits for their communities.

As cannabis legalization unfurls across the United States, a number of Native American tribes are looking to the plant as an economic boon to help their struggling communities.

Last week, tribal leaders from California and Washington state met to discuss allowing their lands to be used for pot businesses.

According to USA Today, In attendance were members from the National Indian Gaming Association, several of whom were calling on tribes to welcome the cannabis industry onto their lands.

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Colorado drags down national marijuana prices in first half of 2017 - Cannabis News

Despite drop, new report tracking U.S. spot prices for wholesale cannabis finds "remarkable" stability given recent political uncertainty.

The price of a pound of legal marijuana continues to plummet in 2017, according to a new report tracking the commodity’s U.S. spot price index.

Wholesale cannabis prices dropped 18.6 percent nationwide in the first half of 2017, with Colorado prices dropping by up to 40 percent compared to the first half of last year, according to Cannabis Benchmarks’ “2017 Mid-Year Wholesale Market Report.”

Similar to commodities like gold and oil, the Denver-based independent price reporting agency tracks spot prices — the current value in the marketplace at which an asset can be bought or sold for immediate delivery.

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Pot legalization in California brings a bonanza of government jobs - Cannabis News

Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. And more scientists. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy, it’s government jobs.

The state is on a hiring binge to fill what eventually will be hundreds of new government positions by 2019 intended to bring order to the legal pot economy, from keeping watch on what’s seeping into streams near cannabis grows to running background checks on storefront sellers who want government licenses.

Thousands of additional jobs are expected to be added by local governments.

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5 Women Who Use Pot In Their Everyday Lives Share How They Do It - Cannabis News

"I find low-dose edibles give me a very pleasant body buzz."

Microdosing with marijuana, that is, consuming small amounts of the drug, has become increasingly popular as laws around pot have loosened (right now, 30 states plus the District of Columbia allow it for either medicinal or recreational purposes).

But stoners need not apply: The whole point is to reap the reported benefits—less anxiety and stress, better focus and sleep—without getting a buzz.

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Wisconsin Cities are Legalizing Marijuana Themselves - Cannabis News

Absent state action, city governments are reportedly free to change marijuana policy within municipal limits.

Wisconsin, the land that gave us Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and former sheriff Richard Clarke— malformed half-offerings from a higher power who ran out of copier toner and just gave up—is lagging far behind other nearby states in getting right with marijuana reform.

Instead of waiting on state lawmakers, a handful of Wisconsin cities are legalizing marijuana on their own.

Like everywhere else in the U.S., a majority of the citizenry in Wisconsin favors legalization -- and unlike nearby Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and even North Dakota, Packers fans don’t enjoy so much as a workable medical marijuana system.

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Nevada marijuana sales hit $27M in first month - Cannabis News

RENO — Nevada took a gamble on recreational marijuana, and it’s paying off.

Dispensaries sold $27.1 million of pot in Nevada in July alone.

That's almost double what both Colorado and Oregon sold in their first months. It's almost seven times what Washington sold.

Banking on weed, Nevada made $10.2 million off the fledgling industry during the first month of sales in July, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation. 

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Legal Weed May Be a Windfall for McDonald’s and Taco Bell - Cannabis News

The munchies are driving up fast-food sales in states where marijuana is legal.

Cannabis has been shown to increase users’ appetite, sending many customers of legalized dispensaries to fast-food chains, according to a new study by Green Market Report and Consumer Research Around Cannabis.

Forty-three percent of legal-marijuana users ate at a McDonald’s restaurant in the past four weeks, the survey found.

Eighteen percent ate at Taco Bell, while 17.8 percent went to Wendy’s. Those results were significantly higher than among respondents who hadn’t visited a dispensary.

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Giving the gift of green in the ‘District of Cannabis’ - Cannabis News

In the so-called “District of Cannabis” it’s legal to grow and consume marijuana, but illegal to buy or sell it. The result of this unique legal grey area has spawned a thriving cottage industry of businesses in Washington, D.C. using the “gifting” loophole.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to justify $45 for an ordinary black cotton T-shirt, but the customer at a store in Washington D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood does so without question.

The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: “Thank you and here’s a gift for you to have as a souvenir.”

It’s another satisfied customer in the so-called District of Cannabis, the unique legal and commercial space spawned by the District of Columbia’s unusual approach to marijuana legalization.

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Marijuana decriminalization bill advances in Atlanta - Cannabis News

The city of Atlanta took a big step Tuesday toward decriminalizing marijuana possession.

The city council's public safety committee approved the bill. The measure goes to the full city council The law would only apply in the city limits – and conflicts with a state law that calls for jail time.

If it passes, it will give police a lot of leeway as to which law – state or city – would be enforced.

Eight states plus the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana possession. It wouldn’t be legal in Atlanta, but its possession would only carry a maximum $75 fine under the proposed ordinance.

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Want to try weed wine? You’re in luck if you live in California - Cannabis News

Marijuana-infused wine has become quite popular in California. So much so that it’s tough to find vendors who have it in stock.

California is the only state where it’s legal to infuse weed with wine.

It’s against the law to infuse marijuana with alcohol in all other states, even where weed is legal for recreational or medicinal purposes.

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Tennessee's Next Governor: Costs And Benefits Of Medical Marijuana Divide The Candidates - Cannabis News

Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

Although none is calling to legalize cannabis outright, several say the state should consider allowing it for people who have serious health issues.

It may be one of the few questions that does not break down along party lines, so much as whether the candidates think medical marijuana truly has benefits.

Five of the seven candidates — including three of the Republicans — say their may be circumstances under which Tennesseans ought to be allowed to possess and use marijuana.

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New York moves closer to easing medical pot rules - Cannabis News

New York’s Department of Health is close to easing regulations for companies to make new products; and patients, their caretakers and providers to learn about medical marijuana.

But medical marijuana advocates say the DOH should prune more of the rules that have grown pot prices and stunted patient use since New York legalized the drug in 2014.

DOH officials countered that they’ll continue to make the medical cannabis program more accessible and affordable.

But the federal government’s pot prohibition - which prevents insurance coverage, makes the drug pricey.

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Students can now major in 'medicinal plant chemistry,' or marijuana, at a Midwestern university - Cannabis News

A small college in the Midwest has launched a program in of its chemistry department that gives new meaning to the phrase "higher education."

Northern Michigan University is offering a medicinal plant chemistry program — effectively, a major in marijuana — that will prepare students for careers in the burgeoning marijuana industry.

It's the first degree of its kind at a four-year undergraduate college, CBS Detroit reports.

The school hopes to become a major pipeline for the legal marijuana business, which employs between 165,000 and 230,000 Americans — about as many people as there are dental hygienists working in the US.

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'Interpening': Interpreting terpenes to know how cannabis will make you feel - Cannabis News

“The Trichome Institute is really just a mission to end cannabis misinformation by educating people on cannabis things that we know to be real and true.”

Max Montrose, the 29-year-old president of the Trichome Institute in Denver, is “on a weed hunting mission.”

Montrose’s quest involves locating proper samples of cannabis to teach the students in his class how to detect specific characteristics of the cannabis flower.

He’s been providing cannabis education classes in Colorado for more than eight years now.

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Why Medical Marijuana Research Is Gaining Support From the GOP - Cannabis News

There's currently a lot of roadblocks to researching medical marijuana – and a growing number of people in Congress want that to change.

Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch.

The state's senior senator – an octogenarian who is third in line for the presidency – publicly broke ranks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, GOP leaders and many of his Mormon constituents when he endorsed medicinal marijuana last week.

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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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