Jul 252016
 July 25, 2016
Donald Trump Breaks With Republican Platform On Medical Marijuana

Right after officially receiving the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump is already creating rifts between himself and the party platform. Trump has said that he supports medical cannabis “100 percent” and has signaled that, if elected, he would allow states to implement their own laws without federal interference. “The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership,” the 2016 GOP platform states. “In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law. At the other end of the drug spectrum, heroin use nearly

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Jul 242016
 July 24, 2016
City OK's Medical Marijuana - Instantly Erases Debt

By Alex Schwantner “What a long strange trip its been…’ we listened to the citizens and created a package that was reflective of the population…” This from Mayor Patrick Keogh of the central California city of Coalignia summing up six months of intense debate over marijuana policy. Now, with the allowance of cultivation and processing within the city, Coalinga was able to finalize a deal with Marijuana producer Ocean Grown Extracts regarding the sale of a dormant prison for use as a production facility. The $4.1 million sale “will immediately bring Coalinga’s general fund into the black,” according to a

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Jul 242016
 July 24, 2016
New Research Shows Promise In Cannabis Fighting Dementia

Do you know someone suffering from dementia?  Chances are, you do (or have) because the sad statistic is that one in three seniors dies with dementia.  And the incidences are expected to triple in the near future. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.  The most promising research for Alzheimer’s disease?  Marijuana, but sadly, cannabis is illegal in most places. EVERYONE SUFFERS BECAUSE OF DEMENTIA (WELL ALMOST EVERYONE) Dementia is expensive.  The US estimates that in 2016, dementia will cost the country $236 Billion.  That’s a “B”. Billion.  (*Sheesh. With that much money in play, I imagine someone is

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Jul 242016
 July 24, 2016
Colorado Town's Water Not Contaminated With THC After All

Water in the town of Hugo, CO is not contaminated with THC after all, state tests concluded Saturday morning. Saturday morning’s update from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the initial test kit results are now believed to have been false positives. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation provided the more conclusive results indicating the water does not have THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. A water advisory for the town that had officials warning residents to avoid drinking or using the water was canceled Saturday morning with the news. “We are happy to report that the water advisory is

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
NCIA To Host Two Cannabis Caucus Events In California Next Week

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the only national trade association for legal marijuana businesses in the U.S., will host a two California Cannabis Caucuses on Tuesday, July 26, in Santa Monica, and on Thursday, July 28, in Oakland. The events will be co-hosted by the California Cannabis Industry Association. Cannabis Caucuses are educational and networking events designed to update cannabis professionals on the latest in policy and industry developments, while helping connect local cannabis business leaders. Featured speakers for the Santa Monica event include Josh Drayton of the California Cannabis Industry Association and Bethany Moore of NCIA. Featured speakers in Oakland include

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
The Good Word on Vaporizers

By The Reverend Dr. Mitchell Earleywine Devotees of the plant, please gather around. Although knowledge is scarce, we have it right here. Many a man and woman has asked the burning question: Do vaporizers work? I can only say that in The Church of Empiricism we have done our due diligence, gathered the data, and drawn definitive conclusions tempered only by the usual cautions inherent in Science with a capital “S.” The work began with simple reports from cannabis connoisseurs. Those who used vaporizers reported fewer symptoms of bronchitis, including the dreaded tightness in the chest, the belabored morning cough,

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
Next Stop For the CBD Oil Industry: Dog Treats

Written By Joel Goldstein Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana, along with THC. This oil is extracted from industrial hemp instead of recreational marijuana and sold in states across the country where it has already been legalized. Although it is still not legally permitted in every state, it has risen in popularity over the last few years because of its medicinal uses. Consumers use CBD oil to alleviate general aches and pains, headaches, anxiety and other common ailments. It can currently be found in many forms including capsules, topical creams and

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
Colorado Town Finds THC In City's Water - Police Consider Foul Play

Hugo, CO – A small Colorado town of about 800 residents, roughly 90 miles east of Colorado Springs, was rocked yesterday when tests confirmed residents had THC in their running water at home. Local law enforcement agencies immediately send out a notification to the local community warning residents not to bathe, drink, or let their pets drink the water. Soon after, the Colorado Department of Health issued a similar statement. There have been no reported incidents of “high-like” symptoms from residents. Concerns about the water contamination were first brought to light by a Hugo company that recently performs quick “field

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Jul 222016
 July 22, 2016
Italian Parliament to Consider Marijuana Legalization on Monday

Italy may become the next country to legally regulate marijuana, with a legislative proposal expected to be debated in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies on Monday, July 25. “Italy has rarely if ever provided leadership in Europe on drug policy reform,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the US-based Drug Policy Alliance, “which is why this bill, if it becomes law, will be of great significance not just within Italy but regionally and even globally.  With five more U.S. states preparing to vote on marijuana legalization on November 8, and Canada poised to legalize marijuana next year, Italy could well provide

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Jul 222016
 July 22, 2016
8 Steps To Secure Banking For Marijuana Businesses

Written by Derek Davis of California Cannabis CPA If you own or plan to own a cannabis business, it’s important to know that getting financial support from most banks will be difficult to do—but resources are available to help. We’ve put together a quick checklist for things to consider when trying to set up banking with your Marijuana business. In 2014, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance for financial institutions on this matter. Their goal was to clarify the expectations of the Bank Secrecy Act—which requires financial institutions to detect and prevent

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