Sep 142016
 September 14, 2016
Oregon Cannabis Industry Facing Regulatory Uncertainty

New Challengs Face Oregon Cannabis Industry. By Cynthia Salarizadeh The Oregon Cannabis Industry is facing both double regulations, and regulatory Uncertainty. While seed-to-sale regulations are becoming the accepted norm in all states which have decriminalized cannabis, the situation in Oregon presents new challenges for industry dispensaries and growers. That’s because Oregon is regulated by two separate agencies that have control over seed-to-sale and the traceability and packaging of cannabis: the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) that oversees recreational sales and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that overseas medicinal products. The reason for the two oversight agencies has to do with timing:

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Sep 142016
 September 14, 2016
How Do Cannabinoids Work in the Human Body?

Knowing the science behind the cannabis plant is not only important, but fascinating! You may recall our recent post about cannabinoids being a potential treatment option for chemotherapy-induced hearing loss, which made me feel like a 101 on cannabinoids was in order. Cannabinoids are complex chemical compounds that are secreted by the cannabis plant through its flowers that mimic naturally occurring compounds produced by our bodies, called endocannabinoids. When cannabis is consumed, the cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain and body (CB-1 and CB-2 respectively), with a wide variety of effects possible depending on the cannabinoid profile present

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Sep 132016
 September 13, 2016
New Poll has Massachusetts' Cannabis Legalization Initiative Winning this November

With less than two months before election day in November, a new WBUR/MassINC poll has found that Massachusetts voters are prepared to pass Question 4 to legalize cannabis. According to the poll, 50% of voters in the state plan to vote “Yes” on Question 4, with 45% planning to vote “No”. Just 5% remain undecided. According to the poll, 80% of voters feel that even if they don’t support legalizing cannabis, they don’t believe that consuming it is “morally wrong”. Just 14% do, with 6% undecided.   If passed into law this November, Question 4 would legalize the possession of

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Sep 132016
 September 13, 2016
NAACP and Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana Endorse Florida's Amendment 2 to Legalize Medical Cannabis

The Florida NAACP and Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana have both endorsed Amendment 2 which would legalize medical cannabis and is up for a vote this November. “We are thrilled to once again have the endorsement of the Florida NAACP and to now have Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana, a Florida non profit and advocacy outreach organization fighting to pass a sensible medical marijuana law is fantastic”, says Ben Pollar, Campaign Manager for United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2. “We really appreciate their support and we look forward to working with them”. “I firmly believe my father, who suffered from

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Sep 132016
 September 13, 2016
What makes an Infused Edible Brand Successful

Cannabis Business Minds  is a podcast that focuses on gaining insight from business leaders in the cannabis industry.   The goals of this podcast are education, best practices, and new ideas, and strives to help it’s listeners learn about topics in business, marketing, and technology as well as share the success stories of business leaders. In this episode, they discuss infused edible branding.  Beyond just a tasty treat, cannabis infused products need to follow strict health, packaging, and labeling requirements. In California, there’s not a lot of guidance on labeling requirements. Julianna Carrera from Auntie Dolores has taken self-regulation to a

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Sep 122016
 September 12, 2016
Proposition 64 Garners the Endorsement of Courage Campaign

PROPOSITION 64 GARNERS THE ENDORSEMENT OF COURAGE CAMPAIGN AND ITS 1.3 MILLION MEMBERS Influential grassroots advocacy organization says Prop 64 and ending the costly war on marijuana in CA is a “vital social-justice priority” SACRAMENTO—Today, Courage Campaign, California’s widely-respected progressive online advocacy organization with more than 1.3 million members, announced that its members have overwhelmingly voted to endorse Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November. It did so with an enthusiastic 74 percent vote of its members. “Proposition 64 does much more than simply bring an end California’s failed and

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Sep 122016
 September 12, 2016
Massachusetts Legalization Campaign has Raised $2.4 Million this Year, Seven Times More than Opposition Campaign

The campaign in support of Massachusetts Question 4 to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has raised over $2.4 million in 2016 in support of their effort, according to data retrieved from the state. The $2.4 million raised for the Yes on 4 campaign is nearly seven times the amount raised by the initiative’s opposition group, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. This group – which is supported by Governor Charlie Baker, among others – has only raised around $360,000 since it launched earlier this year. The primary contributor to the Yes on 4 campaign is

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Sep 112016
 September 11, 2016
New Polling has Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative at 70% Support

New polling released by Public Policy Polling has found that 70% of voters in Florida support Amendment 2 to legalize medical cannabis, with just 23% opposed; 7% remain undecided. The poll comes roughly two months before the November 8th election. “Poll after poll has us winning this race in November and finally allowing Florida’s doctors to make the recommendations they feel are best for thousands and thousands of suffering patients in Florida”, says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2. “Still, the No On 2 Campaign is doing everything it can to provoke fear

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Sep 102016
 September 10, 2016
High Standards and Craft Process: Dab Society's Cotton Candy

For your Shatterday, we have a concentrate review of one of the finest in the Pacific Northwest, in my opinion. Here in Oregon, Dab Society Extracts is certainly a name that turns heads when the concentrate conversation arises in both industry and consumer circles. The company launched in 2014 and has been committed to the highest standards while embracing a fine craft approach to everything they do, earning them the first processor license in the state. Dab Society utilizes BHO processing because they feel it preserves terpene flavor profiles the best. I felt very fortunate to get a sample off of a 75 gram Cotton Candy

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Sep 092016
 September 9, 2016
Study Finds Cannabis Use Linked to Lower Body Mass Index

According to a new study published this month in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, cannabis use is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI). Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, researchers estimated “fixed-effects models to more rigorously study the relationships between marijuana use and body mass index over time.” Their analyses include “numerous sensitivity tests using alternative estimation techniques and at Wave IV we investigate the relationship between marijuana use and an alternative measure of body size (waist circumference).” According to researchers;

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