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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: June 17th, 2016

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.

Senate Appropriations Committee

This past Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment 16-14 that would keep federal agencies from using funds to punish financial institutions that accept cannabis business deposits. ChDvzDRW0AEl1cE The approval of this measure means that the Senate floor will now discuss cannabis banking for the next Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017. Banking has been one of the most prohibitive aspects of the shift toward legitimate cannabis. Financial institutions risk losing their federal accreditation if they work with businesses that operate in the cannabis industry. o4ckhz-b88668945z.120160320095634000gcsff1cr.10 This is because cannabis is still classified by the DEA as being a Schedule I drug, with a high potential for abuse and absolutely no known medical benefit. Cannabis Reports lists 628 studies that pertain to 138 conditions, all of which point to the opposite.

Colorado Bans Appealing Gummies

House Bill 1436 was signed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, outlawing cannabis-infused edibles that may be appealing to children. Specifically, the law prohibits edibles that “resemble the form of a human, animal, or fruit.”

These types of restrictions could effect many manufacturers who have built brands based on these types of treats. Policymakers have argued that cannabis edibles in playful forms are more likely to be mistaken by children for a regular treat.

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

The law goes into effect this July 1st, and Colorado has also instituted a regulation to mark all cannabis edibles with a distinct mark that intends to dissuade children from accidental ingestion.

Microsoft Enters Industry

Microsoft has entered the cannabis industry by partnering with Kind Financial, whose software Agrisoft is meant to rival other “seed-to-sale” traceability softwares. KIND-Launches-Government-Division-with-Microsoft-Corp-061616-center-top-1024x512 The New York Times quoted Kimberly Nelson, executive director of state and local government solutions at Microsoft, as saying: “As the industry is regulated, there will be more transactions, and we believe there will be more sophisticated requirements and tools down the road.” 160616145740-kind-david-dinenberg-540x304 Compliance has been a major issue for cannabis regulators as the industry finds its legitimacy. Many softwares, such as Metrc, MJ Freeway, and BioTrackTHC, have signed contracts with states in which commercial cannabis sales for medical or recreational use have been permitted.

Baltimore Ravens Drop Eugene Monroe

The Baltimore Ravens have dropped offensive tackle Eugene Monroe under dubious circumstances. Earlier this year, Monroe donated a substantial amount to cannabis research, and publicly supported cannabis as an alternative to the opioid epidemic that plagues veteran NFL players. AP_827866436534 John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, has claimed that the team’s motive to distance themselves from Monroe is purely a “football move.”

Harbaugh, perhaps acting as a conduit for the Ravens’ notoriously dramatic front office, pointed to the recent draft of tackle Ronnie Stanley and also noted that Monroe has had problems with injuries as of late. On the other hand, Harbaugh said he believes Monroe is a fantastic player who will have no problem finding a home on a different NFL team. So why then did the Ravens so hastily drop Monroe? The decision to trade was announced earlier this week, with a firm cut deadline of Thursday. John-Harbaugh-Ray-Rice-February The New York Giants are reported as saying (very pointedly) that their organization does not judge players on personal opinions. Many experts are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell applied pressure on the Baltimore Ravens due to the league’s stifling stance on cannabis.

University of MO says no to MJ T-shirt

NORML’s campus chapter at the University of Missouri at Columbia is arguing that their first amendment rights have been violated after they were denied the ability to sell T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf.

Mizzou's Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School's Trademark (source)

Mizzou’s Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School’s Trademark (source)

The MU chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws was intending to sell the T-shirts in an attempt to raise money. They even put in effort to seek permission from their school’s administration, but only received a rejection letter in response, which they intend to review.

Hunters, conservationists sue CA

Mendocino County is being taken to court by the Mendocino County Blacktail Association for permitting increased cannabis cultivation without properly conducting research on the environmental impacts. The Blacktail Association paints themselves as wildlife conservationists intent on preserving the rich environmental culture of Mendocino County. See the photos from their website below: Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.27 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.07 AM The lawsuit is a result of an urgency ordinance that allows permitted cultivators up to 99 plants per parcel, rather than the 25 plant limit that still exists for non-permitted cultivators. According to the The Press Democrat, a local news source for Mendocino county: “The county adopted interim rules because a permanent ordinance had been delayed by the admitted need for an environmental impact report.” IMG_2031 So basically the county is being sued for implementing an interim ordinance as they conduct a study on the environmental ramifications of increased cultivation.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

cannabis_world_congress_and_business_expo1_360_360 Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo – (New York, NY: June 15-17) The 2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is the leading forum for doing business in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. If you’re employed in the cannabis industry, a current business owner, interested in starting a cannabis business, provide private equity & investment resources, or provide professional or business services, this is an event you can’t afford to miss. 1464549677977 High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Francisco, CA: June 18-19) HIGH TIMES is returning to the Cow Palace on June 18 – 19 for the 2016 NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup. This is the 7th Annual HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in the Bay Area, the longest running of all HIGH TIMES U.S. Cups. HIGH TIMES Editors will be conducting seminars with leading experts of local and national fame and visiting VIPs in the newly expanded VIP lounge. Over 400+ vendors will be on hand to educate and entertain an already record crowd. CBSExpo_2016-1 NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit – Oakland, CA: June 20-22) Make Your Voice Heard: The ONLY event where you will have an opportunity to meet with national policy makers and influencers as they converge with the leading trade association shaping the cannabis economy. Network with 3,000 of your peers – including growers, dispensaries and infused makers product manufacturers. 15% off tickets by using code: “REPORTS15” Your exposure to the highest concentration of legitimate buyers and sellers in America’s fastest growing industry, all in one place. Gain knowledge in 30+ sessions with over 75 speakers to bring you up to speed on the rapid changes of your industry. new_g__header THC Fair – (Fairbanks, AK : June 25) You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in our amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more! https-_2f_2fcdn.evbuc.com_2fimages_2f20226505_2f83343844451_2f1_2foriginal Cannabis Charity Open – (Denver, CO: June 26) Premium Pete’s Cannabis and High Rollers dispensary are partnering with The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine to host the Cannabis Charity Open benefiting the Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP). As part of an industry born by the will of the voters, it is important to give back to the community. By sponsoring the charitable golf tournament in Denver, they hope to help those affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier, more comfortable lives.

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Colorado Governor Signs Jack’s Law Guaranteeing Access to Medical Cannabis in Schools

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has served since 2011, and has signed his name on a number of cannabis-related bills. On Monday, June 6th, 2016, he signed “Jack’s Law,” providing sick children with debilitating conditions the right to use medical cannabis at school as long as it is administer by their primary caregiver.

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Last year, a law was passed that permitted school districts to implement policies allowing caregiver-administered cannabis use, but enacting these policies was optional. Representative Jonathan Singer, who carried last year’s bill, introduced “Jack’s Law” (House Bill 16-1373) this session to make clear that students at all schools should be able to take cannabis for medical purposes.

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In the photo above, Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB 16-1373 with Jack Splitt and his mother Stacey Linn, who moved from New Jersey due to suppressive medical cannabis laws.

The new law eliminates confusing language that gave schools the option to “adopt a policy.” Now schools must provide accommodations for their students who need medical cannabis in order to participate in the educational process.

“A primary caregiver may possess, and administer to a student who holds a valid recommendation for medical marijuana, medical marijuana in a non smokeable form upon the grounds of the preschool or primary or secondary school in which the student is enrolled, or upon a school bus or at a school sponsored event. The primary caregiver shall not administer the non smokeable medical marijuana in a manner that creates disruption to the educational environment or causes exposure to other students.”

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The only exception is if the school district or charter school can show evidence of having lost federal funding as a result of implementing HB 16-1373, and in addition to the loss of federal funding, have made it conspicuously evident on the school district’s website that the district or charter school does not intend to comply with “Jack’s Law” for federal funding reasons.

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The story of Jack Splitt and “Jack’s Law” is another incredibly positive example of sick children and their families raising the bar for medical cannabis accessibility. Despite the federal funding exceptions, Colorado has once again approved legislation that hopefully serves as a model across the rest of America.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: May 13th, 2016

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.

Medical Cannabis Bill Clears Ohio House, Moves to Senate

Cannabis has been a popular discussion over the last several months. After a recreational bill was shot down last November by voters who opposed monopolies, Ohio cannabis activists are at it again.

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House Bill 523 qualifies patients suffering from 20 different conditions to receive a physicians recommendation. The state would implement some sort of licensing system for businesses to be able to create and distribute cannabis products, but no smoking is allowed under the bill.

Orlando Passes Decriminalization Ordinance

Orlando, Florida is following Tampa’s lead in the progressive cannabis movement. In a 4-3 vote by Orlando’s city council last month, representatives have determined that simple possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis flowers is a code citation rather than an arrest able offense. The ordinance goes into effect in October 2016.

Downtown Orlando Skyline

Downtown Orlando Skyline

$270 Million in Sales During Colorado’s First Three Months of 2016

Cannabis business is booming in states that have legalized cannabis for recreational use. In March 2016 alone, officials estimate that Colorado brought in $88.9 million, with over 60% of that revenue originating from recreational sales. Colorado has a 15% sales tax on recreational cannabis purchases, the money from which is allocated primarily to schools.

THC Tests for Drivers Unscientific, Inaccurate

A study commissioned by AAA, the automotive safety and insurance company, found that the THC impairment tests being approved for drivers did not accurately determine safety. It has been suggested that rather than implement a flawed testing system, driving while under the influence of cannabis (which is very hard to determine) should just result in a ticketed traffic violation.

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Upcoming Cannabis Events

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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, AK: 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 here!

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Cannaisseur Series Anniversary Dinner – (San Francisco, CA: May 21)

The Cannaisseur Series was created to provide a unique and intimate food focused event that is shared with open, like-minded ‘adult users’ of Medical Cannabis. A place where one can come and enjoy a gourmet meal using seasonal California ingredients paired with intermezzos of cannabis flower, edibles and more.

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Green Flower Media: Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit – (Online, Free: May 21-22)

Live-streamed to a global audience in real time for FREE, Green Flower’s Virtual Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit features the world’s top cannabis entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who will deliver ultra-compelling talks designed to help you start, grow, or scale your cannabis business today.

Whether you’re thinking about entering the industry, you already have a growing business in the space, or you’re an interested investor, this live-streamed online Summit will give you the guidance and direction you need to make your dent in the blossoming cannabis universe.

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