June 27, 2015

California Cannabis Cup: State's Biggest Marijuana Festival

With increased support for medical marijuana legalization and complete marijuana legalization, the medical cannabis industry has not only become a legitimate business but also a potentially very profitable business.

orangebud.jpgWhile not too many years ago, High Times magazine was seen as a fringe publication for those who enjoyed smoking marijuana and illegally growing it at home, the magazine has now become a major force in the commercialization of the medical marijuana industry.

According to a recent article from San Francisco Gate, the magazine's annual California Cannabis Cup is ready to go and will host thousands of attendees who wish to learn about the industry and sample the various products from the 420 medical cannabis collectives selected to participate in the event.

There will licensed medical doctors present throughout the weekend festival to diagnose patients and, if appropriate, give them a medical cannabis recommendation letter, which will allow them to sample the medical cannabis products on site during the festival.

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June 25, 2015

Study: Legalized Marijuana Doesn't Increase Teen Use

One of the most damaging claims of those who are against legalization of medical marijuana or even decriminalization is that doing so would make it easier for teens to get their hands on marijuana. Saying something will corrupt children has always been a powerful argument. But there is also substantial evidence to suggest marijuana legalization for adults does not have a negative effect on most teens.

teeninlove.jpgAccording to a recent article from Forbes, a new study finds legalization of medical marijuana has not led to an increase in teen usage. The study was just published in The Lancet psychiatry journal. With it, researchers looked at the differences between marijuana use in teens in the 21 states that have medical marijuana legislation on the books and those states that do not. As it turns out, there was no significant difference in marijuana use in the two groups of states.

The researchers utilized over 24 years of data from more than 1 million teens from the 48 contiguous states in the continental United States. The study focused on marijuana use in teens ranging in ages from 13 to 18. Researchers from Columbia University's epidemiology department did find that, while there is no increase in teen usage in states after legalization, there was a higher frequency of teen usage in these states prior to legalization, as compared to states that have not legalized medical marijuana, but there was no significant change following legalization.

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June 23, 2015

Statewide Medical Marijuana Regulation in California on the Table

In 1996, California led the way in medical marijuana legalization. This was a very big step, and it was done at a time when the federal government and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had every intention of arresting and prosecuting even the sickest of medical marijuana patients for doing something that was legal under California state law.

ballot.jpgNot only were DEA agents going after patients and dispensary owners, the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and other federal banking oversight agencies were going after any banks that allowed medical cannabis dispensary owners to hold accounts at their respective banks, since they considered all this money proceeds from an illegal enterprise. The IRS was also going after people for claiming, or not claiming, what they considered illegal income on tax documents.

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June 21, 2015

Attitudes Toward Marijuana Use Continue to Evolve

According to a recent news article from the Los Angeles Times, the shifting attitudes and relaxation toward marijuana use has gone a long way in removing the stigma long associated with marijuana use.

vancouver-hemp-rally-1-jpg-407664-m.jpgLess than two decades ago, marijuana dealers were seen as a dangerous drug dealers engaged in criminal activity. This was not just some, but all sellers of marijuana. Parents would routinely warn children to stay away from anyone selling marijuana, and people would talk about how the drug was destroying the community and robbing it of its values.

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June 20, 2015

West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Dispensary Caters to Celebs

There is no doubt that the American public is fascinated by celebrities and everything they do. People love to watch reality shows where celebrities live their ordinary lives, though it is often obvious that many of this reality show situations were set up by the show's producers.

medicaldoctor3.jpgThis love for watching celebrities even in their minutia extends to their marijuana consumption habits. According to a recent article from New York Jewish Week, a woman who is known as Los Angeles's Queen of Cannabis is now considered the marijuana "doctor" to many of Hollywood's most famous residents. She operates her medical cannabis dispensary out of West Hollywood.

One of her biggest customers and supporters is the famous rapper Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, and he has his personal indoor grow operation custom-painted marijuana greenhouse at her dispensary, where she keeps it operating at full capacity. He was given the greenhouse as a gift from the maker, complete with his name painted on the product, but he did not have anyone to use it, so he turned it over to his long time friend and marijuana doctor, as he named her, to keep it filled with cannabis plants.

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June 18, 2015

Delaware Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Many still remain quite vocal in the opposition to decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of marijuana, yet despite these opponents, each year more and more states are moving closer to complete legalization.

imprisonment1.jpgAccording to a recent news article from the LA Times, the governor of Delaware has just signed a bill decriminalizing the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and the use of marijuana in a private area. Smoking or otherwise consuming marijuana in public would still be considered a misdemeanor criminal offense that is punishable by a maximum fine of $200 or up to five days in jail.

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June 15, 2015

Report: California Marijuana Industry to Create 1 Million Jobs

With a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana set for 2016, California is on the verge of a rapidly-expanding industry. marijuana.jpg

Medicinal marijuana has been good for the state's economy, as well as the health of its people. Recreational marijuana may be even better.

The executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association reports some 100,000 jobs have been created as a result of the medical marijuana industry. This is even in spite of the various governmental crackdowns through arrests and civil forfeiture actions over the last several years. Legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, he said, would easily create as many as 1 million jobs over the course of an eight-year span.

The ballot measure would open the doors for more than just more cultivation operations and dispensaries. We would see more testing labs. There would be packaging companies, wholesale firms, businesses that would process the drug, operations that would extract it and companies that would specialize in edible products.

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June 14, 2015

How High Quality Marijuana Changes Drug War

Marijuana is no longer the low quality brownish-green low quality product in the 1960 through the late 1990s, filled with stems and seeds. Today we are dealing with high quality strains of marijuana that have very high levels of THC. Marijuana is also no longer being illegally imported from Mexico in the same large quantities as it once was, as it is being grown in indoor hydroponics operations right here in the United States.

medpot.jpgAccording to a recent news feature from Bloomberg, this is changing the so-called war on drugs in major ways. Authorities never contemplated that not only would shipments from Mexico slow down on their own, but also now they are actually seeing marijuana grown in United States being illegally shipped to Mexico. This also was something drug enforcement agents never thought they would see.

The author of the article met with a street lieutenant of a Mexican gang, which was founded in Texas prison and made millions, beginning in the 1980s, by smuggling marijuana in from Juarez to the United States. While this still occurs, he is now talking about the hottest new strain of marijuana on the Juarez drug market, and it is being grown in America.

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June 13, 2015

Finding Success in Marijuana Industry

In today's world, medical marijuana may be much needed medicine to many sick patients, while to others it is very much a business - and a profitable one at that, for at least those who are running a successful operation.

money-problems.jpgHowever, as with any business, there are various ways to measure success. For some smaller companies, net earnings are the true benchmark of performance. In other words, the amount of money an owner can deposit in his or her personal bank account each month is the measure of success. For some large companies, especially publicly traded ones, year over year growth and efficiencies may be the gold standard of whether a business is doing well. At the same time, others will only focus on individual figures, such as return on investment (ROI) and monetization, even if that involves troublesome over-valuation.

According to a recent news feature from Forbes, owners of medical marijuana businesses are finding it hard to find an accurate measure of success. Part of the problem deals with a potentially inaccurate public perception of how the industry operates. Many people seem to think the vast majority of medical marijuana dispensaries are reaping huge profits. Essentially, people believe if that if you grow a few plants, the money will come hand over fist. However, as the article points out, those in the medical cannabis industry face a variety of problems those in traditional retail sectors never have to worry about.

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June 11, 2015

House Fails to Pass McClintock-Polis Amendment

According to a recent news report from The Cannabist, the United States House of Representatives has just passed the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Marijuana Amendment, but failed to pass the McClintock-Polis Amendment.

congress3.jpgFirst, let's take a closer look at the bill that did pass, pursuant to a house vote. The Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Marijuana Amendment is the same legislation already in place based upon last year's vote, which prevents the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with states' medical marijuana programs. This law passed last year with a vote of 219 to 189. In order for it to remain in place, House members were required to vote on the amendment again this year, and there was increased support, as it passed 242 to 186.

While it is always good to see increased support for legalized medical marijuana, even with more GOP party members holding seats than in previous years, the House failed to pass the McClintock-Polis Amendment, as it was defeated by a vote of 206 to 222. This amendment would have prevented the DOJ from arresting and prosecuting people for use, sale or possession of marijuana in a state in which it is legal under relevant state laws.

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June 10, 2015

Santa Ana Residents Resist Medical Marijuana Ordinance

According to a recent news report from the Orange County Register, plaintiffs have filed multiple lawsuits against the City of Santa Ana in relation to the public lottery held to distribute licenses for marijuana collections within the city. The lottery system was created as part of a new ordinance pertaining to medical marijuana, and plaintiffs allege they way in which city officials used the lottery was fraudulent, and it makes it more difficult for patients desperately in need of medical marijuana to obtain their medicine.

lawandorder.jpgPlaintiffs filed their respective complaints between December of last year and May of this year. One of the main problems plaintiffs have with the ordinance is that it requires at least 500 feet between medical marijuana dispensaries and 1,000 feet separation from any school, park, or residential zones.

While some regulation is understandable, as the city officials were hesitant to allow multiple dispensaries in one location, as some extremists fear it would end up looking similar to Amsterdam's famous red light district, these vastly over-broad restrictions result in a large portion of medical marijuana patients in certain areas of the city being put at a serious disadvantage, as it is not possible to adhere to these regulations and still operate a legal dispensary. In other words, the law selects where, and in reality, who, can own these medical marijuana dispensaries. This is where the fraud allegations come into play.

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June 9, 2015

Medical Marijuana Patient Not Guilty on Federal Charges

According to a recent news article form Review Journal, a Las Vegas jury has just acquitted a medical marijuana patient of the felony drug charges prosecutors pressed. This case, including the trial itself, has garnered a substantial amount of national attention due the fact the general public does not support such a prosecution.

imprisonment1.jpgWitnesses say the defendant wept as the clerk of court read the jury verdict. He had been found not guilty of both charges. Witnesses say a few members of the jury itself were actually crying following a reading of the verdict. One of the two charges he had faced for more than three years could have resulted in his being sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in state prison.

Defendant is a 65-year-old medical marijuana patient, and his trial lasted nearly a week. It took jury around one hour to find him not guilty on all counts.

The specific charges filed against defendant were possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. While both counts are actually felonies in that jurisdiction, it was the marijuana with intent to sell charge that could have resulted in significant prison time.

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June 7, 2015

Susan Sarandon: World Would Benefit From Legal Marijuana

It is well known that many of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses and the nation's music performers support the use of medical marijuana and legalization of marijuana in general. Some of the first names that come to mind are actor Woody Harrelson and musicians Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg. Another celebrity who has been very vocal about her support for legalization of marijuana is actress Susan Sarandon, who is best known for her roles in Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking and Bull Durham, as well as many other Hollywood blockbusters.

earth-3d-1155576-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from the Mic.com, Sarandon now says legalization of marijuana can go a long way in making the world a better place in which to live. Specifically, Sarandon has said in an interview with High Times, it is "absurd" that more states have not legalized marijuana. She discusses how it is not only an important source of income for workers and business owners, but it has been shown to be an effective treatment option for children who have seizures.

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June 5, 2015

Medical Marijuana Crackdown in California Still Ongoing

Despite the fact that the majority of the public, especially in California, supports medical marijuana and even total legalization, law enforcement agencies in the state are doing whatever they can to crack down on the medical marijuana industry.

handcuffs.jpgAccording to a recent report from the San Francisco Gate, authorities raided a state licensed medical marijuana dispensary operating in the South Tahoe area. Authorities have released a statement saying that, on June 1, 2015, a joint operation between the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, California Department of Justice, South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, and Employment Development Department carried out the execution of several search warrants against one large dispensary and its owner for alleged tax evasion and alleged illegal possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Authorities further say this massive joint task force had been conducting an investigation of the medical marijuana dispensary for several months, and they have only seized evidence of alleged contraband, but did not make any arrests as of this time. The task force spokesperson says, once the evidence collected during the raid has been fully reviewed, they will make decision as to whether they will make any arrests or file any charges.

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June 3, 2015

Marijuana-Scented Coffee Hits the Shelves

The medical marijuana movement started out years ago when a group of courageous California residents realized the medicinal value of marijuana and how much it benefited patients and fought for the right to use the medicine without fear of being arrested.

coffe-beans-1438719-2-m.jpgThere were various advocates and not-for-profit organizations that helped make medical marijuana legal in California today. However, from the humble beginnings, a new era has emerged. Today, the medical marijuana industry is big business. There are many who constantly try to enter the burgeoning California medical marijuana industry to get their share of the profits.

According to a recent news article from Fast Company, one company has recently started selling marijuana-infused coffee. First, it should be noted that, due to FDA regulations and other state and federal laws, this coffee does not actually contain any active TCH compounds, but rather the coffee gives off the odor of very high quality marijuana when brewed. If you are wondering if there is a market for this product, and whether people really want their coffee to smell like marijuana, the answer appears to be yes, as the company CEO reports the coffee beans to be selling faster than they can produce more.

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