Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
Day One Recap Of The 2015 Cannabis Business Summit

Day One of the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s (NCIA) 2nd Annual National Business Summit has begun in Denver, Colorado. With the cannabis industry now being dubbed as the fastest growing industry in the United States, the race is on for entrepreneurs and investors to carve our their slice of the market. It’s not just hedge fund managers and corporate CEO’s who are getting in on the action. It seems that everyone and their Auntie is getting into the cannabis industry these days. With marijuana now a topic of national attention, entrepreneurs are looking for a way to differentiate themselves from

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Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Takes Effect In Oregon On Wednesday

Measure 91, a voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana in Oregon, takes effect July 1st and will immediately allow for adult possession and home cultivation. The law permits adults 21 and older to grow four plants and keep eight ounces at home, and possess one ounce in public. Public consumption and sales will continue to remain illegal. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency charged with regulating marijuana in the state, will begin to accept applications for cultivation, processing, testing, and retail business licenses starting January 4th, 2016, and businesses are expected to be operational later the same year. More time was

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Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
Thank You To All Of The Women Grow Portland Chapter Sponsors!

I love the Women Grow chapter in Portland, Oregon. I think that any avid TWB reader knows that by now. I remember when my friend Leah told my wife that she was co-founding the chapter with Sara Batterby, I was very excited to see it launch. I haven’t met Sara yet, but I know that she is very good at what she does proven by how successful the Portland Women Grow Chapter has been thus far. Leah of course is one of my heroes. Her and her husband Travis helped lead the fight to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, and

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Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

I received the following press release from New York University and figured I’d post it for discussion: Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70% of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug. Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs. A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
Announcing The Fourth Annual Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness Money Bomb

By John Payne Every year since 2012, Show-Me Cannabis has held the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness Money Bomb over Independence Day. We will continue that proud tradition for the fourth year in a row now, and I hope that you will take part in it by making a contribution between Thursday, July 2, and Sunday, July 5. Of course, the primary purpose of the event is to raise money to reform Missouri’s cannabis laws, but the timing is no accident. It reminds people that this issue is one of liberty and precisely the sort of cause that patriotic

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
On The UN's Global Anti-Drug Day, Civil Society Fights Back

By Phillip Smith The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today released its 2015 World Drug Report as the organization marked the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, but civil society groups around the world used the occasion to take to the streets to demand an end to the global drug prohibition regime. The report itself was relatively anodyne by UNODC standards, noting that illicit drug was “stable,” with around 250 million people having used illegal drugs in the previous year. There was “little change in the overall global situation regarding the production, use and health consequences

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
Canadian Medical Marijuana Company Tilray Set To Lay Off 61 Employees

When it comes to the business world, I always tell people that marijuana is different. Strategies that work in other industries don’t always work in the marijuana industry. There are a multitude of reasons. The consumer base for marijuana is different than other industries due to the fact that those consumers had to operate in the shadows for so long, and there’s a lot of consumer behaviors that go along with that that aren’t found in other industries. Also, whereas other industries operate according to long established rules and policies, the marijuana industry is very new and the rules and

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
That One Time When Kevin Sabet Got OWNED By A Senator During A Hearing

This last week a Congressional drug caucus was held where testimony was provided by Kevin Sabet. As usual, Kevin was ripe with reefer madness. Usually Kevin speaks to crowds that are completely sympathetic to his views, and rarely question anything he says because he has them so snowballed (after all, they are paying thousands of dollars to have him tell them half truths about marijuana policy and science!). But this speaking engagement was different. United States Senator Cory Booker was in attendance, and he didn’t take kindly to Kevin Sabet’s reefer madness tactics. If you are like me, I’m sure

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
It's Full Speed Ahead For Marijuana Legalization In California Next Year

By Phillip Smith On June 14, more than 200 people gathered at the Sebastopol Grange for a fundraiser and organizing meeting of  local pot growers, the Sonoma County Growers Association. They were being mentored by their northern neighbors from Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, the Emerald Growers Association, which already has lobbyists in Sacramento and is in the middle of the effort to legalize weed in California next year. The Emerald Triangle is the largest marijuana growing area in the country’s largest marijuana producing state. Two days later, more than a hundred people met in a conference room at the Oakland Marriot

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
July 1: Possession And Home Cultivation Of Marijuana Becomes Legal In Oregon

Beginning July 1st, adults 21 and older will be able to legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana in their home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their home. Adults may also grow up to four plants as long as they are out of public view. The regulatory structure allowing for commercial retail sales is still in the works and will not be implemented until next year. Oregon voters passed Measure 91 last November with 56% support. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two U.S. states – and the first two jurisdictions in the world

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