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.

DEA Releases Inventory Data, Sets Timeline to Consider Rescheduling Cannabis

The DEA, along with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, released answers to political questions regarding America’s backward approach to cannabis. In response to demands of transparency, the DEA announced it would be reconsidering cannabis scheduling during the first half of 2016.

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There is no guarantee that the DEA will recommend the rescheduling of cannabis, however the fact that they are addressing it is a big step for the cannabis movement. The DEA confirmed it has received a report from the FDA on the matter.

Another surprising instance of transparency was that the DEA answered inventory and supply questions about the NIDA-University of Mississippi exclusive contract for cannabis cultivation. In 2015, the University of Mississippi produced a total inventory weight of over 1,000 kilograms.

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However, considering that much of that plant weight consisted of live clones, the potential quantity of flowers that could be created under the NIDA program far exceeds the amount listed in the response.

Cannabis Reports CEO Featured in MarketWatch Article

David Drake, founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports, was featured in the recent MarketWatch article on big data in the cannabis industry. Other technology CEOs were interviewed for the article, and they all shared Drake’s message of responsibility and transparency as we build an open cannabis community.

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“It makes people a lot more comfortable about the industry when you know all the data is there and it’s all transparent.”

-David Drake, Founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports

Harborside Dispensary Cancels Plans to Expand Outside of California

Steve DeAngelo and his brother Andrew have made it known that they will no longer proceed with expansion outside of California. Harborside Health Center is often considered the shining model for legal cannabis retail, and the DeAngelo brothers have already grown beyond their Oakland-based location.

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Harborside recently sold its Portland Oregon branch due to the lack of flexibility in the Oregon cannabis market. Constrictive laws reduce the ability for businesses to make profits in Oregon, so the Harborside franchise will focus on cornering the California market.

Cannabis Activist Arrested in Calgary

Dana Larsen was arrested for passing out free cannabis seeds during his cross-country Overgrow Canada Tour. Larsen’s tour is a protest against Canada’s twisting opinion on cannabis.

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Justin Trudeau was recently elected Prime Minister and had promised to make cannabis a non-issue with new, responsible laws. So far, there have been over 25,000 cannabis possession arrests under Trudeau in the few months he has held office.

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Medical Cannabis Companies Join Forces to Research Whole Plant Extracts

Constance Therapeutics has announced a partnership with Gridiron Cannabis Coalition to conduct research that highlights the effectiveness of full-plant extracts for cannabis healing. Past research from international locations like Israel has shown whole-plant extracts to be more medically effective than an isolated cannabinoid on its own.

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Upcoming Cannabis Events

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IMPACT: Cannabinoid Deficiency Diseases – (Denver, CO: April 9)

IMPACT: Cannabinoid Deficiency Diseases is here to answer all your questions. Each panel will have a 10 min Q&A session, and vendors will be on-site to help answer your questions on products, getting a medical card, and more.

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San Francisco Bay Area Cannabis Career and Job Fair – (San Francisco, CA: April 10)

Attend the San Francisco Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair taking place Sunday, April 10th at City Nights in San Francisco, CA! There will be dozens of well-established employers on site excited to meet prospective new team members!

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CannMed 2016 – (Boston, MA: April 10-11)

With over 27 US states and several countries now legalizing medicinal use of cannabis, the endocannabinoid system is becoming an important public health topic and a rich area of discovery for novel therapeutic interventions.

With the recent advent of next generation sequencing and the enablement of personalized medicine, never before in history have we been as well-positioned to better understand the genetics and regulation of the endocannabinoid system.

Likewise, the intersection of mobile analytical technologies is enabling a new field of safety testing for production of cannabinoids. CannMed 2016: Personalized Cannabinoid Medicine Conference will focus on the intersection of these three powerful fields: cannabinoid-based therapies, personalized medicine, and mobile technologies.

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Oregon Quarterly Cannabis Caucus – (Portland, OR: April 12)

NCIA’s Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses will educate, connect, and inspire you and your team, with a customized state and federal policy briefing and meaningful networking opportunities with regional and national industry leaders.

Mid-Atlantic Quarterly Cannabis Caucus – (Washington, D.C: April 12)

The 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, and in the Mid-Atlantic Region will take place in Washington, D.C. on the second Tuesdays in the first month of each new quarter.

Northeast Quarterly Caucus – (Boston, MA: April 14)

Each Cannabis Caucus is free of charge for current NCIA member and includes: an in-depth federal policy update from senior NCIA staff or staff from a disctrict gonressional office, a comprehensive state and local policy update from a local elected offical or memeber of NCIA, an informational packet filled with detailed legislative analysis and recent federal policy developments, an organization update so you can keep up to date with what NCIA is doing for you, the opportunity to network with the leaders in the cannabis industry.

Florida Quarterly Cannabis Caucus – (Miami, FL: April 14)

Each Cannabis Caucus is free of charge for current NCIA member and includes: an in-depth federal policy update from senior NCIA staff or staff from a disctrict gonressional office, a comprehensive state and local policy update from a local elected offical or memeber of NCIA, an informational packet filled with detailed legislative analysis and recent federal policy developments, an organization update so you can keep up to date with what NCIA is doing for you, the opportunity to network with the leaders in the cannabis industry.

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The 10th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Cannabis: A Botanical Medicine – (Baltimore, MD: April 14-16)

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leaders in the herbal/botanical world with cannabis/cannabinoid researchers, clinicians, patients and caregivers.

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The Official 420 Rally – (Denver, CO: April 16)

Food, fun and music for everyone, all holiday weekend! This year’s event line-up is still being finalized, official lineup to come!

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Hempcon – (San Francisco, CA: April 15-17)

Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may benefit from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere event of the year with live A-list entertainment & huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, caregivers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutes, equipment, accessories, and many more.

Hempcon will be an educational event with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to get educated more about medical marijuana, you have got to be there!

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SoCal Cannabis Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: April 15-17)

The Cannabis Cup has been moved to San Bernardino, CA at the NOS center. This three-day festival features educational seminars, cannabis industry booths, and a medicating area.

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