July 31, 2015

Blue Ribbon Commission Report Offers Road Map to Legal Marijuana

A panel headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome has released a report urging California legislators and voters to proceed cautiously with legalization of marijuana for recreation.
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The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which was founded two years ago, outlines a total of 58 strategies, goals and recommendations for marijuana legalization that focus on limiting access to young people, offering sufficient treatment programs and public education campaigns.

The underlying theme throughout the report was that heavy government regulation is key to the process, and several suggestions were made on engaging the federal government to, at minimum, relax the banking standards and IRS rules that currently block these types of businesses.

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July 28, 2015

U.S. Senate Committee Favors Marijuana Banking Bill

Ever since the beginning of medical marijuana legalization, a central issue has vexed the industry: Banking. piggybankonmoney.jpg

Because the drug remains illegal under federal law, federally-insured banks (pretty much all of them) could not open accounts for marijuana dispensaries or businesses without the risk of violating federal money laundering statutes.

This is true even though many states now recognize the legal distribution of marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal purposes.

But money has to change hands. Rather than keeping it all-cash, which heightens the risk of robberies, financial crimes, gang involvement and tax errors, marijuana industry advocates have been pushing to have this regulation on banks eased.

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July 26, 2015

TV Anchor Fired for Testing Positive for Marijuana

Although possession, use and distribution of marijuana has been made legal in various forms throughout the country, many employers have policies that do not reflect this.
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Take for example the television news anchor in Oregon who was fired after testing positive for the drug. A new report indicates the morning weekend anchor at a smaller ABC affiliate was involved in a minor accident while she was on assignment. Per company policy, the anchor was required to undergo a drug test.

She failed it. She was fired.

However, the anchor-turned-activist, 25, says she was totally sober while she at work. She insists she used the drug several days prior to that shift. This is completely plausible, given the way marijuana is processed by the body. Unlike alcohol, which courses through a person's system very quickly, marijuana lingers. It can be detected for days or sometimes even weeks in the body's of those who use it regularly.

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July 24, 2015

CDC: Death From Marijuana Cookie Prompts Need for Warning Labels

In March 2014, an exchange student from the Republic of Congo was visiting Colorado from his host state of Wyoming when he consumed a single marijuana cookie that contained six times the recommended per-serving dose of the drug.
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Soon after, the 19-year-old jumped off a four-story balcony to his death. He had no reported history of drug abuse or of mental illness at the time of his death.

Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a report that contains a review of that case, as well as several others that have been linked to excessive consumption of marijuana.

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July 22, 2015

Report: Oregon Airport Allows Carry-On Cannabis

Attempting to carry marijuana or any form of cannabis onto an airplane has historically been a good way to end up prison, especially if the amount being transported is substantial.
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However, that could be changing, at least in states where the drug is now legal.

The Portland International Airport in Oregon now allows passengers to fly out of their terminal with carry-marijuana. But - and this is a big "but" - it only applies if passengers are flying from PDX to one of the four airports elsewhere in the state.

Numerous signs throughout the terminal serve to remind passengers that transporting marijuana across state lines is against federal law, as well as the laws of other states.

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July 20, 2015

New Monthly Delivery Service for High Quality Medical Marijuana in California

Medical delivery services have been becoming more popular in recent years. Much like the popular ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, customers can take out their smartphone and request a delivery of medical marijuana. Patients are, of course, required to sign up with the service before their first delivery, show a government issued California resident identification car or driver's license, and show proof of a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana. Once you have done this, you can get an order from a dispensary whenever you need one.

mobile-phone-in-hand-1438232-2-m.jpgHowever, according to a recent news article from Rolling Stone, there is a new type of delivery service operating in the state of California. This service operates by sending a monthly delivery of high quality medical marijuana products to members of the club. The club requires you first go online, fill out some basic biographical information, and upload your valid doctor's referral saying that you would benefit from medical marijuana, along with imputing a valid credit card number.

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July 19, 2015

California Medical Marijuana Problems Allegedly Harming Salmon Population

There is no question the state of California is constantly dealing with problems related to water shortages. There is also no question that those involved in agriculture are having major problems getting enough water to manage their respective farms. There was even a recent allegation that actor Tom Selleck, best known for his role as Magnum PI on television has been "stealing truckloads of water" from local California fire hydrants for use at his 60-acre avocado farm.

salmon-on-ice-1549374.jpgAccording to a recent news story from Quartz, marijuana farms in California are drying out local rivers, and it is wreaking havoc on the salmon population during spawning season. California state senator Mike McGuire is quoted as saying the growing of medical marijuana in the state is "literally sucking rivers dry."

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July 17, 2015

Federal Agents Seize Marijuana For Indian Tribal Land in CA

According to a recent news feature from Contra Costa Times, federal agents entered tribal land and seized more than 12,000 marijuana plants. The land is located in California and belongs to two Indian tribes, both of which are federally recognized, as stated by the United States Attorney's Office in Sacramento, California.

marijuana-540317-m.jpgAlturas Indian Rancheria and Pit River tribes own the tribal land, located in Modoc County, California. Federal agents entered the lands with search warrants when they located and seized the plants and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana.

Prosecutors say the application in support of the search warrants was signed by agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and on it as probable cause for the search was a claim that officials from the small tribes told the local sheriff they planned to grow medical marijuana on land near their casino.

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July 15, 2015

CA Legislative Aide Accepted Marijuana Gifts

According to a recent news article from Buzz Feed, an aide to California Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon was found to have accepted gifts from a marijuana industry lobbyist. Specifically, this aide is said to have accepted a vape pen and other cannabis products valued at $85 or more from a lobbyist who was trying to get the aide to become more educated on the benefits of medical marijuana.

marijuana-plant-52691-m.jpgThe first question asked was whether this gift was unethical according to California's Political Reform Act. According to experts on the ethics act, the answer is no. The Political Reform Act prohibits full time employees and consultants working under contract for a legislator from accepting gifts worth more than $10 dollars from any lobbyist in any single month. All gifts over $10 are to be reported, and other regulations may prevent the employee or contractor from accepting such gifts.

However, this particular aide feels, under what many consider a loophole to the ethics law, he was not in violation of the act. He was working full time for the state representative, and he referred to the representative as his boss. However, his boss, or the California Senate, did not pay him, as the California Democratic Party paid him and is actually his employer for the purposes of this ethics act. As he was not an employee of a representative for legal purposes, he was not required to report these gifts.

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July 13, 2015

Republican House Reps Do Not Want Federal Medical Marijuana Studies

The reason marijuana is illegal under federal law is because it is listed a Schedule One controlled substance on the Untied States Controlled Substances Act (USCSA). It was added to the schedule in 1970, as it was determined by the drafters of the law that marijuana had a high potential for substance abuse, had no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and there was a lack of accepted safety measures to use marijuana under medical supervision.

bloodtest.JPGFor years, prior to inclusion on the federal schedules, there have been numerous reasons given for why marijuana in dangerous, ranging from how it will allegedly cause people to commit violent crimes, to how it is a gateway drug for more dangerous drugs. There was a also a federal tax on marijuana as means of prohibiting the drug, but when that tax was found unconstitutional, it was added to the newly created USCSA schedules.

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July 12, 2015

Federal Prosecutors Continue To Wage War on Large California Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Despite the fact that the current presidential administration has stated it is not a priority for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the United States Attorneys Offices throughout the nation to arrest and prosecute people for possession and sale of medical marijuana in places where it is legal under state law, such prosecution still occurs.

u-s--supreme-court-hallway-658238-m.jpgAccording to a recent report from Reason.com, one "rogue" federal prosecutor continues to target a medical marijuana dispensary in California that has been described as the world's largest of its kind. The claim appears to be that, based upon the vast size of the dispensary, there must be people who are purchasing marijuana, not for medical use, but for recreational use, which is still illegal under California law and is of course illegal under federal law.

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July 10, 2015

California Approves Organ Transplants for Medical Marijuana Users

For patients suffering organ failure, it can be a scary time while waiting on the state organ transplant list for a suitable transplant organ to become available. Many are dying while facing what is essentially a race against the clock. If a transplant organ becomes available, and they can have the surgery in time, there is chance they will survive, if they make in through the surgery and their body does not reject the new organ.

medical-doctor-1314902-m.jpgTrying to make sure a transplant patient will not reject a donor organ requires a very precise match from patient to donor, and that is the reason the transplant list is so long and why it takes so much time to find a suitable organ. This is a major problem, because we are often dealing with people who do not have long to live.

As our Orange County medical cannabis collective attorneys can explain, until now, if a patient tested positive for use of marijuana, the hospital would remove the transplant patient from the organ transplant list, finding they were no longer eligible. The reason behind this policy was an antiquated belief that those who smoked marijuana were drug addicts who did not take care of their bodies, so they were essentially not worthy of a donor organ when there are those who would test negative also waiting for a transplant organ.

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July 8, 2015

Medical Marijuana to Help Veterans

Many of the veterans who served our country returned home with a lot of physical and mental health issues. One of the biggest afflictions faced by these brave men and women is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be paralyzing and can be triggered by even the most common day-to-day events. For example, the simple act of driving under an overpass on the highway can trigger a major PTSD event. The reason for this is, when soldiers were traveling in convoys under these kinds of overpasses, they were instructed to swerve erratically to avoid having an improvised explosive device (IED) dropped on them from people hiding on the overpass. This was a relatively common event.

peacekeeping-soldiers-1245571.jpgAccording to a recent news article from CBS News, medical marijuana may offer significant help to veterans suffering from PTSD and other medical conditions as a result of their service to the nation. Many veterans say the were fortunate enough to service a war zone but still face nightmares every day based upon their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One soldier interviewed for the story says he still suffers from pain, both physical and mental, from the four years he spent in Iraq. He said he has a lot of friends who died, and some of them died in his arms. He described the situation as a "tornado" going on in his head constantly that never stops. He further said, without medical cannabis, it would never slow down, and he would not be able to talk about the events to participate in the interview.

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July 7, 2015

Questions about Potency of Medical Marijuana

The conventional wisdom is that marijuana is much stronger today that it has ever been in years past. Medical marijuana is often grown using specialized strains of cannabis seeds and modern hydroponics to create the most potent marijuana possible with each crop. While this may be true on a broad scale, according to a recent news article from NPR, medical marijuana actually being sold at dispensaries across the country is often less potent that the dispensary owners claim it is.

tray-of-marijuana-1437843-m.jpgThe article is based on a new study, which reveals some of the problems involving how cannabis is measured and how medical cannabis products are labeled. The study first looked at edible cannabis products. Researchers believe that most edible marijuana products sold for medical purposes have labels that are not accurately representing the amount of THC. THC is the chemical abbreviation for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and is the chemical responsible for people getting high when they take marijuana. However, there is some confusion with this, because there is a synthetic cannabis product with a chemical structure of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that is known as dronabinol and is prescribed to cancer patients to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

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July 4, 2015

Marijuana Ice Cream Popular in California

In the past, most marijuana users smoked the drug. People used various devices, including bongs or water pipes, but these were all simply different delivery methods for marijuana smoke. While people would sometimes make baked goods with THC oil extracted from marijuana, such as the ever popular "pot brownies," edible marijuana was not exactly a culinary art.

ice-cream-827211-m.jpgToday, edible marijuana products have become extremely popular, and professional bakers and pastry chefs are making them. Today, you can walk into a dispensary and purchase all kinds of edible cannabis products, ranging from gourmet candy to coconut-flavored THC oil for use in beverages, and a whole host of other marijuana edibles.

According to a recent article from the Franchise Herald, marijuana ice cream is becoming "a big hit" in California. A collective known as the Cannabis Creamery in Sausalito, California is making high quality ice cream infused with THC and selling it to patients at their storefront operation and shipping it to dispensaries in California, so other patients who do not live near the creamery can have access to the medicine.

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