Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Smoke Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

California Initiative for Cannabis Legalization Update

California is the birthplace of legal cannabis. In 1996, California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act, allowing medical patients to grow and use their own cannabis. Legalizing recreational cannabis in California seems to be inevitable, but the manner in which the initiative is passed could set a precedent across the other states of America.

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Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook) is the financial force behind the proposed initiative, which was modified this week to include more protections for youth exposure. Over the past few weeks, organizations with rival proposals have been converting their support over to Parker’s bill as high profile groups give their stamp of approval. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Drug Policy Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access are just a few of the notable organizations and individuals that have sided with Parker.

Pennsylvania House Committee Moves Bill Forward

In Pennsylvania, the House Rules Committee approved of a new medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 3, with a vote of 25-8. The committee vote occurred on Wednesday, and the full House could be potentially vote on the bill as early as next week. Senate Bill 3 introduces a regulatory framework to ensure the medical patients in Pennsylvania have access to safe and secure cannabis.

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Vermont School to Offer Cannabis Science Class

The College of Medicine at the University of Vermont will soon be offering a course on the unbiased science behind cannabis. According to pharmacology professor Wolfgang Dostmann, the goal of the course is to “demystify the whole thing and say what [cannabis] is, what is going on with it, how does it work.”

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One of the many problems that will be uncovered as this course unfolds is the true lack of empirical data and unadulterated science. For politicized reasons, cannabis has been demonized for the last eight decades, and the science has been purposefully guided to reflect the federal government’s insistence that cannabis is a dangerous, deadly drug.

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Colorado Tourism Being Influenced by Cannabis

The news this week was filled with reports on the positive effect that cannabis has had on Colorado’s tourism. The Colorado Tourism Office commissioned a study showing that legal cannabis was an increasing factor behind trips being planned for the state.

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Surveys in October and November showed that nearly 49 percent of Colorado vacations were influenced by the availability of legal cannabis. The study did not, however, measure how many people were deterred to travel to Colorado due to the cannabis laws.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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The Emerald Cup – (Santa Rosa, CA: Dec. 12-13)

The Emerald Cup is one of California’s most prestigious cannabis events. Twelve years ago, Tim Blake decided to found a competition to highlight the wonderful cannabis being cultivated in Northern California.

The Emerald Cup measures the best cannabis out of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity county, and many other California locations. Smoke Reports is excited to attend. Check out our blog on the event.

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Sungrown Cannabis Festival – (Portland, OR: Dec. 12)

Sungrown Cannabis Festival is a gathering of local growers, producers, artists, chefs and community members to celebrate the first legal sungrown cannabis harvest in the state of Oregon.

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Blazers Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: Dec. 12-13)

The 2015 Blazers Cup cannabis festival is a 2-day celebration of the best medical marijuana in Southern California. With live musical performances from The Game and Kid Ink, we will be recognizing California’s premier MMJ growers, breeders, edible chefs and extract artists.

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High Times Business Conference & Expo – (Washington, D.C: Dec. 14-16)

The High Times Business Conference & Expo will be host to over 2,000 entrepreneurs, major investors and business leaders, along with 100+ exhibitors. Come network with the top decision makers amongst the largest and most diverse gathering of cannabusiness professionals in the industry.

A blend of seminars, keynotes and break out sessions along with an expo of the top services, support and products for budding entrepreneurs, this will be the ultimate place to grow business.

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Puff, Pass, and Paint – (Portland, OR: Dec. 18)

Join Denver-based painter Heidi Keyes and her crew for a casual and creative 2-hour smoking session, while you follow along with her step-by-step instructions to create your own mind-altered masterpiece (or get inspired and completely follow your own whims – up to you!). Classes only hold up to 20 students to allow for individual attention, an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, and joint-passing ease.

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DOPE Industry Awards – (Seattle, WA: Dec. 19)

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the best industry in the world and all the amazing people and companies that are a part of it. The DOPE Industry Awards will once again be a night to remember, honoring the finest in the Cannabis Industry. Last year’s event hosted over 700 people and was considered by many to be the event of the year.

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