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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: April 1st, 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.

War on Drugs Has Failed, According to New Report

According to a report commissioned by the John Hopkins Ivy League University and published in The Lancet, the “War on Drugs” has been a major attack on public health without any measured decriminalization.

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After reviewing examples of drug policies all over the world, the report showed evidence that US drug policy is “discriminatory against racial and ethnic minorities and women, and has undermined human rights.” The policies instituted by Richard Nixon were not scientifically based, and that has damaged our approach to sensible drug policy.

OR Extract Producers Can Continue Business

Oregon extract producers had a rough month last March. HB 4014 went into effect on March 3rd, making it a class B felony to produce extracts without a manufacturing license. The major problem was that the Oregon Health Authority had not yet processed any applications for extract production, and so the entire extracts arm of Oregon cannabis basically shut down.

Outcry at a Public Meeting in Oregon (source)

Outcry at a Public Meeting in Oregon (source)

The majority of extract companies took no chances and simply shut their doors for the month. But smaller extract companies were put into a very precarious situation: either continue to operate under heavy penalties, or cease operations and potentially go out of business completely.

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As states legalize cannabis, it is important that policymakers from other legislatures observe the positive and negative aspects of implementing regulated cannabis. The main thing they must remember is that any state-imposed hiccup, accidental or intentional, will drive business back to the less-constrained black market.

CO Proposes Upper Limit on THC in Products

Republican Representative Kathleen Conti proposed an amendment to a House Bill in Colorado that would put an upper limit on the amount of THC allowed in a product. Many people feel the proposed amendment is not well thought out for many reasons.

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The argument made by Conti is that products should be limited until there is more information about how high potency cannabis can have effects of adolescent development. The proposed limit is currently 15-16% THC, which would eliminate any possibility for extracts, most edibles, and today’s typical flowers (17-20% THC).

AP Poll: 61% of US Adults Favor Legalization

According to a recent survey, nearly 61% of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized in some form. The poll was conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago.

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The study saw a total of 1,042 respondents, 639 of whom favored some level of legal cannabis. Out of the 639 for cannabis though, only 33% of them (213 respondents) supported legalization without purchasing limits or a doctor’s prescription. Alcohol purchases are not limited by quantity or any type of prescription.

Support for Cannabis through October 2015 (Gallup)

Support for Cannabis through October 2015 (Gallup)

The negativity around cannabis is no longer engrained in adults, and an increasing number of folks are considering cannabis as a plant rather than a demonized narcotic. This poll found an additional 3% of the population supports legalizations since the last time a national poll was conducted. In October of 2015, a Gallup survey found 58% of US adults would be comfortable with legalized cannabis.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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San Diego Cannabis Farmer’s Market – (San Diego, CA: April 2)

Back by popular demand, the community welcomes the second San Diego Cannabis Farmer’s Market and is set for April 2nd 2016. The Freshest in Safe Access, Farmer to Patient, Education and Information!  Aiming to provide positive, active community for our patients with a warm community atmosphere.

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NoCo 3rd Annual Hemp Expo – (Loveland, CO: April 1-2)

Last year saw 70+ vendors, 50+ speakers and panelists, 1250+ attendees and participants, and the biggest hemp-centric gathering of like minded individuals in the USA!

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Ann Arbor Hash Bash – (Ann Arbor, MI: April 2)

A short but sweet 46-year-old tradition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor every April, Hash Bash is an hour-long collection of speeches, live music, street vending and occasional civil disobedience. In 2015 the Bash boasted a record 8000-15,000 attendees, largely owing to the appearance of singer Tommy Chong.

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Holistic Cannabis Summit – (Online: April 4-7)

The theme of this inaugural summit is Medical Marijuana: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask. What does that mean for you? Find out and tune in for FREE. Learn from top experts in the cannabis and holistic health communities who explain how this ancient plant works in concert with a multitude of healing modalities.

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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 Bar 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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Oregon Extract Producers to Get Licenses After Enduring a Month of Legal Limbo and No Business

The last month has been chaotic for the Oregon cannabis industry. Due to state law that went into effect on March 3rd, producers of cannabis extracts must have a license to legally operate. The issue? The Oregon Health Authority was not yet prepared to process manufacturing applications.

Portland Extracts Halted Production to Stay Safe

Portland Extracts Halted Production to Stay Safe

Thankfully, extraction licenses will become available tomorrow, April 1st. The OHA released a statement allowing cannabis processors with pending applications to operate on March 23rd, but most compliant cannabis companies were taking no chances.

“A medical marijuana processing site that has submitted a complete application for registration with OHA is exempted from criminal liability.”

-Oregon health Authority, Bulletin Released on March 23rd, 2016

House Bill 4014 was intended to make illegal at-home butane hash manufacturing a class B felony. Instead, it shined a spotlight on the importance of responsibly applying regulations. Cannabis legalization has been marred by legal oversights in the past, and with this in mind, policymakers should be sensitive to not restrict the legal market as they implement regulations.

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When major Oregon extract companies ceased their operations, the effects were felt across the industry and community. The entire point of legalization is responsibly shifting cannabis from a black market into a regulated industry.

The Dangers of Illegal Cannabis Production

The Dangers of Illegal Cannabis Production

This is an important lesson and we need to learn from past mistakes. It is up to the states to make licenses available in a timely manner, or to at least anticipate deadlines and create emergency extensions before companies are forced to close shop.

Many of the smaller production companies without large investors are going to have a difficult time bouncing back from over three weeks of no business.

As the country moves toward legalization, policymakers need to be certain that they do not impede legal business, because that will only drive people to operate in illegal markets.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: March 18th, 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.

NFL Players Donating to Cannabis Research

The conversation behind cannabis for injured sports players continues to pick up steam. Recently, an NFL official admitted a link between head trauma and long-term health problems.

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Eugene Monroe, an eight-year veteran of the NFL and currently an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, took to social media to express the importance of NFL players working together to build the research and programs necessary to support players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Monroe asked other players to involve themselves in the conversation, and to donate money to cannabis research. Monroe donated $10,000 and announced he would donate more if other players did not step up to tackle the challenge.

Oregon Finds Itself Stuck with Extracts

The growing pains of the legal cannabis industry can be incredibly disruptive. The Oregon Health Authority announced on Tuesday that it would be holding retailers legally responsible for selling cannabis extracts from unlicensed processors.

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The problem is that Oregon has not yet released its licensing program for extract makers, meaning that no processors are capable of legally making extracts. Oregon had previously made unlicensed extract production a felony. Extracts can still be legally distributed to Oregon cannabis patients.

LA County Creates Cannabis Task Force

Los Angeles County has voted for the creation of a task force that intends to shut down all of the dispensaries and deliveries operating illegally. Dispensaries have been banned in certain unincorporated areas since 2011, but until now, there has been very little opposition or prosecution from regulators.

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The task force plans on acting very quickly, with the first report anticipated within four months. There  are potentially thousands of illegal cannabis dispensaries operating in the unincorporated areas of LA County.

Santa Ana Police Charged for Actions During Raid

Three officers of the Santa Ana Police Department have been charged with petty theft and vandalism. The incident occurred in May of 2015 when Santa Ana police raided the Sky High Holistic cannabis dispensary.

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The officers had been accused of eating cannabis-infused edible products during the raid. The police had dismantled a visible system of sixteen security cameras, but did not dismantle a hidden camera system complete with four cameras.

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The actions of the officers during the raid was recorded at length, but a special prosecution unit has said it has found no evidence that the officers consumed cannabis products.

Pittsburgh Police Think Drug Testing is “Unconstitutional”

The police union in Pittsburgh has filed a civil rights grievance against the city. The issue? Cops don’t want to have to undergo drug and alcohol tests. Under the claims that drug screening the police in this case would violate their constitutional rights to privacy.

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The mayor of Pittsburgh is arguing that the police contracts do allow for drug tests in certain circumstances, and that screens are conducted based on recent incidents only.

Cannabis Valued at $44bn in 2020

Every year, reports come out that assess the future of the cannabis industry. Without fail, the estimated worth of the cannabis industry increases as more businesses and investors center the space.

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Marijuana Business Daily’s most recent report predicted that the value of the cannabis industry would have a $44 billion dollar impact in 2020.

Vox Poll: How US Voters Feel About Drugs

A Vox poll of 2,000 registered U.S. voters found that America does not want to decriminalize drugs, for the most part. The exception? Cannabis.

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59% of respondents favored decriminalizing cannabis. The next most popular drug for decriminalization was psilocybin mushrooms, which only found favor among 22% of respondents.

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When asked whether cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes, 68% of participants supported the notion. However, only 52% of the folks participating in the poll thought that cannabis should be legal for recreational use.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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Cannabis Grand Cru – (Seattle, WA: March 19)

Cannabis Grand Cru represents cannabis culture, lifestyle, business & community in a premier event setting. The cornerstone of the Grand Cru brand is a series of intimate events designed for both cannabis-industry professionals and adults that enjoy the cannabis experience and desire to learn more and enjoy in the company of like-minded individuals.

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Local Sesh – (San Diego, CA: March 20)

Local Sesh provides a fun and educational event that caters to the local cannabis community, as well as to provide advocacy for this miracle plant. Patients are welcome to join us as we bring our local medical marijuana community closer together in celebration of the progress so far and the future to come!

Compliant dispensaries, collectives, deliveries, and various other medical marijuana providers and industry professionals will be there enjoying Local Sesh and so should you!

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The Four-Twenty Games – (Santa Monica, CA: March 26)

Announcing the 1st annual Los Angeles 420 Games. This will be the frist 4.20 Fun Jog/Walk/Skate/Ride in LA, featuring Lagunitas beer tasting, great music and edicational speeches. Come join the fun and continue to help change the perception of cannabis and the poeple who use it!

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Abra Ca Dabs – San Bernardino, CA: March 26-27)

An annual 2-day cannabis festival with hundreds of award-winning vendors showcasing the latest products of 2016.

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