Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis 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.

Happy New Year

Cannabis Reports is excited for 2016 and the opportunities for the cannabis community to further progress. We recently looked back at the events of 2015 to appreciate how lucky we all are to be a part of the cannabis movement. You can read about our team growth, platform development, and general cannabis news that all took place during the past year.

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For 2016, we kicked the year off with a name change from Smoke Reports to Cannabis Reports. Great new name, still the most advanced cannabis technology.

NY Begins Medical Cannabis Program

New York’s Compassionate Care Act was signed in July 2014. On Thursday, January 7th, nearly 18 months later, the first licensed dispensary is opening its doors to cannabis patients. The state has only licensed five businesses for cannabis operations, for a total of 20 retail locations. Those critical of the cannabis program in New York point to the evident bottleneck surrounding safe access to medical cannabis.

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Cannabis flowers were explicitly forbidden for medical use. Patients in New York will only have access to methods and forms of consumption approved by the Commissioner of the cannabis program. Additionally, patients and caregivers can only possess a “30 day supply” of medicine, and can only acquire new medicine during the final week of that monthly refill period.

CA Deputy Arrested for Cross-Country Cannabis Trafficking

On December 29th, Yuba County Deputy Christopher M. Heath was arrested in York County, Pennsylvania. The California police officer is charged along with two other men for transporting nearly 250 pounds of cannabis flowers (estimated at over $2 million) from California to the West Manheim Township in Pennsylvania.

The three men were released on bail after being charged with trafficking the cannabis in two large pick-up trucks. Heath was in possession of his police issued handgun during the cross-country trip. The bail for all three men was one million dollars, raising questions of how a sheriff’s deputy could so quickly afford to post that amount.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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THC Fair – (Medford-Ashland, OR: Jan. 9-10)

You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in the amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more!

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The Errl Cup – (Tempe, AZ: Jan 9)

The Errl Cup was established for the patients by patients to have a competition to determine the best marijuana/cannabis medicine in the State of Arizona. This one day event will be for Arizona MMJ patients and will be free of charge to any valid Arizona MMJ Patients. Patients can come and see our variety of vendors presenting their products and allowing patients to test their products free of charge.

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The event will have entertainment, live music, food, a medication area, a non-medicated area, an awards show, a judging event, and many other cannabis and non-cannabis products, service, and information to better educate and inform the valued patients in Arizona.

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NCIA Quarterly Cannabis Caucus – (Nationwide: Jan. 12-14)

NCIA is debuting a new nationwide event series! NCIA’s Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses will be held in the cannabis industry’s 12 most active regions. January 12 – Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C.), Oregon (Portland), January 14 – Florida (Orlando), Northeast (Boston, MA).

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Growers Competition – (Denver, CO: Jan 16)

Attention all growers, extractors, and industry professionals! Saturday, January 16th will be the second annual Growers Competition. This is a FREE, invite only event to showcase your best products and compete in hopes of taking home the 1st place prize!

The event is BYOC and will be accompanied with music, glass blowers, vendors, munchie food, drinks, giveaways, raffles and much more! Want An Invite? Think You Got The Best Buds? If so, be sure to sign up via EventBrite for your invite and the opportunity to have your product judged in hopes of taking home the crown!

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