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.

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This past week, we witnessed several government entities address cannabis in both positive and negative ways. In general, cannabis legalization feels like an inevitable future, but certain situations remind us that there is still a fight to finish.

Germany to Legalize Medical Cannabis

On Tuesday, German’y health minister declared that Germany would legalize cannabis for medical purposes early next year. Cannabis would be available at pharmacies and only for those who have a prescription.

Germany plans on importing medical cannabis until they can establish their own state-governed supply chain. Currently, Germany categorizes cannabis as a dangerous drug, with a potential prison sentence of up to five years (and an limitless fine).

German Health Minister: Hermann Groehe

German Health Minister: Hermann Groehe

However, many consider Germany to have one of the most relaxed national views toward cannabis. Also, there are already at least 382 individuals who have permission to use cannabis in a supervised fashion by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

Oregon Making Edibles, Oils, and Recreational Business Licenses Available

It has been over ten months since cannabis became recreationally legal in Oregon. In that time, there have been a multitude of hiccups for cannabis businesses trying to operate in the Beaver State.

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On May 1st, Oregon’s intended cannabis governance agency, the OLCC, granted the first eight official business licenses for cultivators. Over the next several months, they plan on reviewing and approving an additional eight hundred license applications.

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Additionally, recreational sales of cannabis-infused edibles, oils, and topicals are not yet permitted. According to temporary rules announced by the Oregon Health Authority, individuals 21 and older can purchase specified items from June 2nd through December 31st of this year, when the temporary program ends. Purchases of these products will include a 25% sales tax.

Alabama Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill permitting the use of cannabidiol (CBD, non-psychoactive) by patients with debilitating conditions and symptoms. The bill, also known as Leni’s law, is the follow-up to Carly’s law that was passed two years ago in an effort to authorize the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to conduct cannabidiol research.

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Lena Young’s family relocated to Oregon in order to provide their daughter with cannabidiol medicine. Over the last few years, several conservative states have passed cannabidiol laws due to public pressure from affected families and empathetic grassroots movements.

So far, results from the UAB study indicate that over 50% of participants have a reduction in seizures as the result of cannabidiol treatment.

600 Thousand Sign California Petition for Recreational Cannabis

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act has apparently received over 600,000 signatures, far beyond the 365 thousand required to put the voter initiative on the California ballot this November.

AUMA succeeded in part due to major financial support from advocacy groups, as well as Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook).

Buzzkill: Vermont House Shoots Down Legalization

The Vermont House shot down a proposal to legalize cannabis possession of up to one ounce of flowers. The vote was 121 against and only 28 in favor. The House also voted down a measure that would have put the issue in front of state voters.

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Vermont is one of twenty-four states that does not have an avenue for voter petitioned initiatives.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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CannaGrow Expo – (San Diego, CA: May 7-8)

The CannaGrow Expo is open to all, 18+, and is intended for cannabis growers, dispensary owners, grow managers, and grow enthusiasts to explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and techniques.

CannaGrow San Diego will feature 18 grow-focused educational sessions lead by world-class growers over two action-packed days, plus an expo hall full of the latest tools & technology for growing cannabis.

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Spring Marijuana Business Conference & Expo – (Orlando, FL: May 9-11)

3000+ Industry Executives, Experts & Major Investors ready to meet the needs of the many emerging market. Massive Expo Hall packed with vendors ready to show off the latest products and services. Expert speakers with all-new presentations and Q&A Sessions.

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6th Annual Cannabis Industry Lobby Days – (Washington D.C.: May 12-13)

NCIA’s Lobby Days provide the best opportunity to show our nation’s decision-makers what a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry looks like. NCIA members from across the country descend on Capitol Hill to tell their stories and urge their representatives to fix the unfair tax and banking policies crippling our industry.

With multiple states looking to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis in 2016, fixing federal policies is more critical than ever.

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IMPACT: Autoimmune Disorders & Cannabis – (Denver, CO: May 14)

The monthly IMPACT Network conference will be on Autoimmune Disorders & Cannabis Saturday, May 14th, from noon to 5 pm at Green Labs in Denver’s RiNo district. Patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and industry leaders are all welcome.

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Improving Women’s Health with Cannabis – (San Diego, CA: May 15)

NTC Venues invites you to the first annual My Fair Lady Luncheon. The mission for this event is to present people with an upscale event while we bring an educational platform on improving women’s health with cannabis.

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Yoga with a View – (Denver, CO: May 15)

Mason Jar Event Group is bringing together the sweet blend of Colorado’s finest indulgences for a day filled with relaxation and rejuvenation in an intimate setting. Set in unique and inspiring locations, these events combine yoga, a farm-to-table brunch, and cannabis pairings from some of the regions finest.

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NW Cannabis Classic – (Anchorage, AL: May 14-15)

Anchorage is the first stop on the NW Cannabis Classic tour and offers a can’t miss experience for vendors and visitors alike, complete with innovative product demos, vibrant vendors, informative seminars, music, lucrative networking opportunities, and undeniable excitement – it’s all happening in Anchorage!

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