Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Italian Army To Grow Medical Marijuana

In my home State of Oregon, it’s up to medical marijuana patients to grow medical marijuana, or designate a person to do it for them. That’s a similar rule for other medical marijuana states that allow medical marijuana cultivation. In state’s like New Jersey, patients have to rely on companies that won contracts to grow medical marijuana. In Italy, it sounds like the military is going to be tasked with growing marijuana for medical purposes. Per the International Business Times: The Italian army will grow medical marijuana to meet the country’s needs for cannabis derivatives drugs. The Ministries of Health

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Canadian Marijuana Stock Prices Rise

Cannabis stocks are a very tricky business. Just about every cannabis company that offers stock in America is a scam. As I always say, they rely more on the hype surrounding the cannabis industry to sell their stock than they rely on the quality of their product or service. These companies are easy to spot. If you want to evaluate an American cannabis company’s stock, take a step back, look at their product or service, and ask yourself, ‘are people really buying this product or service right now?’ Or even better, ‘is there even a product or service that is

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Senator Pat Roberts: Marijuana Legalization Is A State's Right

It wasn’t that long ago that politicians, especially federal politicians, would never come out publicly in support of marijuana reform. I always argued that Republicans should get on board with marijuana policy, if for any reason because they are supposed to be the party that champions state’s rights, which absolutely includes marijuana policy. I wasn’t asking Republicans to come out and campaign for marijuana legalization (although it would be nice if they did), but they should absolutely support the idea that if state voters approve something, the federal government shouldn’t be able to block it. In a sign of the

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Another Medical Cannabis Dispensary Lawsuit Filed In Massachusetts

Determining the best candidates to receive a medical marijuana dispensary license is important. It’s not just about who has the best business background, or who has the most money. The right people need to get licenses to ensure that patients get the best medicine at the best price. Giving a license to one applicant over the other can result in poor medicine quality, supply shortages, price gouging, and a number of other issues. That’s why I don’t like license lotteries. The licensing process in Massachusetts has been racked with issues, leading to multiple lawsuits against the State of Massachusetts. Another

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Poll: Majority Of Colorado Residents Still Support Marijuana Legalization

Colorado passed a historic marijuana legalization initiative during the 2012 Election. I was at an election party in Oregon watching the voting results come out of Colorado with Jay Smoker, and I vividly remember when Colorado was declared a winner giving out many hugs and high fives to the marijuana activists that were also in attendance. It was an event that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I also remember almost instantly marijuana opponents were touting it as ‘the beginning of the end’ and that Colorado voters would soon regret their decision. Zoom forward almost two years

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Texas Teen No Longer Facing Life In Prison For Cannabis Brownies

Texas has very, very harsh cannabis laws. A case that demonstrates that is the case of Jacob Lavoro, who is 19 years old. Jacob Lavoro was caught with cannabis brownies, and the State of Texas was trying to throw the book at him. Because they were brownies, and had flour, sugar, and other ingredients, the weight of the brownies was being considered the weight of the possession with intent to distribute. That all added up to a first degree felony charge, which carries a prison sentence of up to life in prison. Fortunately, that charge was dropped, but unfortunately, another

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Sep 082014
 September 8, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part IV: The Sheriff's Reefer Mad "Facts"

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  Check back on Part I, Part II, and Part III of our report for more details. Thanks to the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association donation of $10,000 to the two-day “Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol & Other Drugs Summit” in Madras, Oregon, this event, roundly criticized in the media as a political event intended to oppose Measure 91 to legalize marijuana, will go on as scheduled, allegedly as an “educational event”, despite

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Sep 072014
 September 7, 2014
What Are The Top Marijuana Websites On The Internet

The Top Five Marijuana Websites On The Internet By Traffic Volume I have read many, many ‘top marijuana website’ lists over the years. Some are ranked by estimated revenue, some are purely subjective, and others have a combination of measurement that includes subjective and objective elements. A lot of the websites on the lists aren’t actually at the top, or near the top, of any measurable category, and I always wonder if they paid to get on the list, or if the person that made the list was just listing their favorites. This of course is fine, anyone can make

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Sep 072014
 September 7, 2014
International Cannabis Business Conference Is Next Weekend

The International Cannabis Business Conference Is The Best Industry Event This Year The marijuana industry is growing exponentially, that’s no secret. Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you want to learn more about the marijuana industry. Maybe you want to learn how to get a career in the marijuana industry. Or maybe you want to learn how to invest in the marijuana industry. If this describes you, you should consider attending the International Cannabis Business Conference next weekend in Portland, Oregon. The list of speakers is like a ‘who’s who’ of the marijuana industry. Speakers include United States

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Sep 072014
 September 7, 2014
California's Marijuana Industry Is Flourishing

It’s been almost two decades since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996; since then, the cannabis industry has grown tremendously. Since the passage of Prop 215, 22 other states have adopted medical marijuana legislation, two states have outright legalized, and three more are poised to legalize this year. Though California has yet to approve non-medical cannabis for adult use, it has the largest cannabis market in the nation, according to a widely referenced report published last year by The ArcView Group. “California remains the largest state market at $980 million, even without Adult Use

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