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According to a recent news feature from the San Francisco Weekly, NAACP leaders in California are pushing for more back ownership of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. While there are many black workers in the medical cannabis industry in Los Angeles and across the state, these workers are typically security personnel or working as budtenders in the dispensaries. There is very little black ownership of major dispensaries and that is what NAACP leaders want to change.

paying.jpgThere is a saying that has become somewhat well known in the industry is that that the green rush is more of white rush that many would like. According to research, less than one percent of the nation’s 3,600 dispensaries are owned by black individuals.
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If one goes to a local pharmacy and applied for a job as a technician, there is obviously no requirement that the prospective employee personally take any of the drugs with which he or she will be working. It would be rather ridiculous to think that someone who dispenses Vicodin for example would have to be a user of that particular drug.

pills-out-of-bottle-1394618-m.jpgHowever, according to a recent news feature from the San Francisco Chronicle, that is exactly the requirement for those who work at a medical marijuana dispensary. While California is seen as progressive in many ways pertaining to medial marijuana legalization, as it was the first state to enact medical marijuana legislation, it seems that these regulations may in some ways still be trapped in the past.
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There has been a recent validation for medical cannabis as treatment for women menstrual discomfort. This was followed by an announcement that actress Whoopi Goldberg is launching a new medical marijuana business project designed to help woman with menstrual discomfort issues.

cannabissatvia.jpgAccording to a recent article from Inquisitir, industry insiders believe Goldberg’s days on The View may be numbered as ABC executives apparently are not supportive of medical marijuana initiatives and projects and they may consider Goldberg’s new business venture as a conflict of interest.
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There is no question that people love their pets and want to take care of their pets to the best of their ability. Many will spend as much money as they can afford to have complex operations performed for the pets when necessary event when those operations cost upwards of $10,000. With this is mind, it should come as no surprise that pet owners are willing to try medical marijuana on their pets to see if it helps with pain and discomfort.

oil.jpgThis makes sense since pets often suffer from the very same diseases that effect humans. A recent news feature from LA Weekly, looks at whether it is a good idea to give medical marijuana to pets. First, it should be noted that people are not finding ways to have their pets smoke marijuana as the medical cannabis is administered in a liquid form as it is in the case of human children who suffer from serious medical conditions like epilepsy.
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With medical marijuana being legal in California for around two decades and a strong possibility that marijuana will be legal for recreational purposes pursuant to a ballot initiative in the upcoming November election, police claim they are worried about people driving while high.

genetics-laboratory-1559976.jpgMany people seem to believe that if they have a valid prescription for medical marijuana or are even in an area where recreational use of marijuana is completely legal, it is okay to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. This is simply not the case. It does not matter whether or not marijuana is legal in terms of a driving under the influence charge. However, it could matter in terms of a possession of a controlled dangerous substance charged, especially with a large quantity.
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A part of the recent legislation to regulate medical marijuana on a statewide level in California, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Lori Ajax as the head of the newly established Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. The head of this new agency is being called the medical marijuana czar.

ballot-box-1519379.jpgAjax recently gave an interview for the Los Angeles Times, during which she discussed some new developments and challenges in regulating medical marijuana on a statewide level. Ajax was previously the deputy chief of the Alcoholic Beverage Control agency in California before accepting her new role as medical marijuana czar. However, even her role at the new office is likely to change even more substantially if the voters pass a proposed ballot referendum that would legalize marijuana for recreational use as has already been done in Colorado and other states and the District of Columbia.
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According to a recent news feature form CBS Money Watch, while it was once considered a “niche” business for those cultivating medical marijuana, experts now predict that the medical marijuana industry will bring in between $24 billion and $44 billion by the year 2020. This is as a result of the fact that more than half the states in the county and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Some states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

80188_money_4.jpgThese predictions come from a few different sources. For example, the Marijuana Business Fact Book has estimated the number at $44 billion. To put this number in context, if the marijuana industry was able to bring in this amount of money, it will equal of the proceeds of major international corporations listed on Forbes 500.
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We are in the midst of one of the most heated primary contests in U.S. history. We have seen protesters shutting down Donald Trump rallies, and even tension between the supporters of the respective Democratic candidates. While it seems like nobody is willing to agree on anything this year, according to a recent news feature from attn, all of the presidential candidates seem to be okay with marijuana legalization. This is very important for the industry and the patients.

whiwhitehouse.jpgThe reason this is such as important issues is because even though more than half the county has legalized either medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, it is still a federal crime to possess any amount of marijuana.
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According to a recent news article from the Los Angeles Times, a California landowner have been assessed $100,000 in fines for a water violation on a marijuana farm. The farmer did not run the grow operation, but he did lease his land to the cultivators to use to produce the marijuana plants.

waterpipe.jpgSpecifically, officials from the regional water quality board alleged that around 2.25 acres of the land was cleared in an illegal manner to make room to grow marijuana. Due to the way in which the land was cleared, officials had said around 430 cubic meters of soil was pushed into a nearby natural waterway. This in turn affected the flow of a waterway, which is a violation commonly assessed to those growing marijuana.
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There is no question that medical marijuana can be big business. There is of a lot of money to be made for those already in the industry and those still looking to get involved. However, while it can be very profitable, most of these medical marijuana grow operations and dispensaries in areas like Los Angeles and Orange County are technically registered as not-for-profit entities such as medical marijuana collectives.

money-problems.jpgThe reason for this is because when the 1996 Compassionate Use Act legalized medical marijuana in California, it required all businesses to be for treatment only, and they could not earn a profit. While on the one hand it sounds good to be a non-profit organization, those involved in the medical cannabis business were obviously not eligible for Federal 501 (C)(3) status, so they have to pay federal taxes. They also have to pay state taxes.
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