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.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Supports the Descheduling of Cannabis

At the International Cannabis Business Conference last weekend in San Francisco, former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, gave a passionate keynote speech regarding the illegality of cannabis and how current legislation is not based in scientific fact.

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Dr. Elders has publicly supported the Bernie Sanders proposal to completely deschedule cannabis, and create a regulated medical and recreational system. Sanders announced this proposal in November, and as of yet, no other senators have co-sponsored the bill.

Sean Parker Invests an Additional $500,000 to California Cannabis Bill

Sean Parker has now donated over $1 million of his own dollars to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). The bill has recently been referred to as the Sean Parker bill, and the billionaire’s strong financial support has convinced the leading activism groups to support the proposed initiative.

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The AUMA bill is designed to set up a regulated medical and recreational marketplace that imposes strict punishment for those operating outside of its terms. The bill would allow for California residents to possess up to one ounce of cannabis flowers in public.

Parker has not yet publicly announced why legalizing cannabis in California is worth two payments of $500,000 in less than three months time.

The Attorney General of Arkansas Approves Constitutional Amendment

The Attorney General of Arkansas, Leslie Rutledge, has approved and certified a recent constitutional proposal to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas. The proposed amendment, “The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016,” will need to gather the signatures of 85,000 registered voters in order to get the issue on the November ballot.

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This is not the first time that Arkansas has approached the subject of medical cannabis. In 2012, voters rejected a similar medical cannabis proposal that was also approved by Rutledge. Rutledge insists that approving these proposals in no way reflects her personal opinions.

Bill Maher Smokes a Joint on Live TV

Last Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher included along discussion about restrictive cannabis laws and the lack of medical freedom surrounding the issue. At the conclusion of the segment, Maher pulls out a rather large cannabis joint and sparks it up, eventually passing it around to his guests. Many reports came out about a major fined being levied by the FCC, although those reports were unsubstantiated.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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CannaCon – (Seattle, WA: Feb 18th-20th)

CannaCon is dedicated to creating and strengthening lifelong partnerships within the emerging cannabis industry. It is our mission to provide a global venue for CannaBusinesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and community partners to showcase industry products, people and innovations; to cultivate business values within the cannabis industry through education and responsible community involvement.

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The Origins of Concentrates – (San Francisco, CA: Feb 19th)

Come join this wonderful presentation with a photo show on the Origins of Concentrates with Frenchy Cannoli. Frenchy will take you on a guided tour of producing countries, and answers questions.

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The Wake & Bake Brunch – (San Francisco, CA: Feb 21)

There is nothing better at the end of a weekend than to enjoy some of California’s best cannabis flower and an amazing meal before the hustle and bustle of the week to come.

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Puff, Pass, & Pottery – (Denver, CO: Feb 26)

The 2nd special event from the Puff, Pass & Paint team, featuring a 420-friendly pottery class with teacher Jessa Decker-Smith. All art supplies included. Twenty-five students maximum per class.

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The Lost Art of Hashish – (San Francisco, CA: Feb 28)

The primary goal of Frenchy Cannoli’s work is to promote appreciation of traditional hashish as it is made in producing countries. Come spend a day with Frenchy learning the ancient art of sieving, and at the same time participate in a fundraiser for a cause that should be near and dear to all our hearts; supporting the National Cannabis Industry Association’s PAC to educate politicians and policy-makers on the facts related to this amazing medicinal plant, and the honest business efforts of all of us who support legalization.

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