Jul 142016
 July 14, 2016
Law Enforcement Group Endorses California's Proposal for Legalization

CALIFORNIA – The group, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) recently announced their endorsement of California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The initiative will be on the ballot this November under Prop 64, and is set to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults. Additionally, Prop 64 would increase privacy protections for medical marijuana patients who have required medical marijuana identification cards, allow courts to re-sentence many prisoners serving time for marijuana offenses, and re-designate or dismiss many marijuana offenses from the criminal records of those who have already served out their sentences. Tax revenue from marijuana sales would be allocated for

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Jul 142016
 July 14, 2016
New Episode of Charlo's Place: Making Dabs with Extracted CEO Ryan Hedrick

Yesterday, Extracted Colorado founder and CEO Ryan Hedrick swings by Charlo’s Place to offer education on rosin tech and to discuss his decision to go from being an employee to a boss. Ryan explains how you can make your own dabs at home with a flat iron and why he says this method of pressing rosin to create concentrates is better than other extraction methods. The Extracted CEO goes on to tell the story of how he went from working through the ranks at a number of processing sites to creating and running Extracted Colorado, a wildly popular early stage concentrate

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Jul 142016
 July 14, 2016
Congressman Swalwell Adds His Support for California's Prop 64

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, the Yes on 64 campaign announced East Bay congressman and former Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) announced his support for Proposition 64, the statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Prior to his election to Congress in November 2012, Swalwell served as a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for seven years. As a congressman, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and previously served on the Committee on Homeland Security. “As a former

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Jul 132016
 July 13, 2016
U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing Today on Researching Marijuana's Potential Medical Benefits and Risks

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on “Researching the Potential Medical Benefits and Risks of Marijuana.”  Testimony will be heard from Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), who are original co-sponsors of medical marijuana legislation introduced last year in the Senate known as the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act. Other scheduled witnesses include officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among others. A full witness list is available at http://bit.ly/29AqfZf.  “Laws recognizing the medical value

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Jul 132016
 July 13, 2016
Florida's "No on 2" Campaign Releases Ad Claiming Budtenders Are "Dope Dealers With Store Fronts"

No on 2, the opposition campaign for Florida’s proposal to allow medical marijuana, recently released a 30 second ad claiming that budtenders are “dope dealers with store fronts.” The spot attempts to draw distinctions between the qualifications of pharmacists and budtenders. The budtenders shown, who just so happen to be of minority decent, are scorned for having “no clinical experience” and “no medical training.” However, the ad does claim that budtenders “know a lot about pot firsthand.” Which, in my opinion, is plenty good enough for me. I’d much rather have my budtender tell me that the new Tiger’s Milk strain helped his

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Jul 122016
 July 12, 2016
Fed Up with Federal Barriers, American Researchers Take Action

By Chloe Sommers A couple of researchers from the University of New Mexico wrote a letter in Science magazine, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), about the ridiculous hurdles medical researchers face when it comes to studying cannabis. “Our report was just a short (but much overdue) opinion piece designed to inform the general medical and scientific communities as to some major problems with our research system here in the U.S.,” wrote one of the authors, Jacob Miguel Vigil, PhD in an email. Vigil has been trying to conduct traditional clinical trials using the plant for a

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Jul 122016
 July 12, 2016
North Dakota Could Be Voting On Medical Marijuana This Election

BISMARCK, N.D. — The chairman of a group gathering petition signatures to put a medical marijuana initiative before North Dakota voters says it has successfully reached the signature count needed for November ballot access. Apparently supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, the North Dakota medical marijuana initiative, will hold a press conference Monday at the state Capitol prior to taking their signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office. “We’re at about 15,500,” committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan said of the signature total. “We should be in pretty good shape.” A total of 13,452 signatures are needed for

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Jul 112016
 July 11, 2016
Democrats Call for 'Pathway' to Marijuana Legalization

The Democratic Party endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders’s campaign had no new language about marijuana. The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for “policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty.” But on Saturday afternoon, the committee brought up an

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Jul 112016
 July 11, 2016
Silicon Valley Investors Are Starting to Warm Up to Cannabis

By Alison Vekshin, Bloomberg News SAN FRANCISCO — When three Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs made a presentation to 40 Silicon Valley investors last year, it was as though they were discussing something dirty. “There was an uncomfortable chuckle in the room, kind of like you’re talking about porn,” says Fulton Connor, the Sand Hill Angels Inc. member who arranged the meeting. His fellow venture capitalists just couldn’t get past the fact that marijuana remains prohibited under federal law. They’re way more chill now, he says. In May, Connor’s firm, which typically invests in mainstream startups like the taxi-hailing app Flywheel, steered

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Jul 102016
 July 10, 2016
Cannabis World Conference & Business Expo Taking Place September 7-9 in L.A.

California is the most populous state and with it poised to be the 5th U.S. state to legalize recreational use it will be a game-changer in the cannabis business. The second Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be the premier West Coast event for learning about the opportunities, new products and latest legislation that will be impacting the cannabis industry.             Registration is now open for this trade show and conference that will bring together all spectrums of the cannabis marketplace for three days of learning, networking and business-building. CWCBExpo LA will

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