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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: April 29th, 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.

Walgreens Publishes Positive Cannabis Advice

Walgreens enlisted one of their community pharmacist residents, Dahlia Sultan PharmD, to publish a guide called: “What is Medical Marijuana? Clarifying Clinical Cannabis.” Walgreens ranks as the company with the 35th largest revenue in the United States, and the 114th overall revenue on a global scale.

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Sultan’s article is well-rounded and explores the science of cannabis without fixating on the past several decades of negative clinical studies conducted by the American government. There are hundreds of clinical tests on medical cannabis from countries like Israel, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

The general topics of discussion are cannabinoids interacting with endocannabinoid system, the modern medical cannabis debate, and the mounting clinical evidence supporting effective therapeutical benefits. At the end of the article, Sultan encourages patients to consult a licensed physician.

Hawaii Delays Business Licenses

Hawaii temporarily postponed the distribution of the eight medical cannabis business licenses on April 15th. It was suggested that the licenses would be available by April 29th (today, two weeks after the postponement), but technical difficulties with fingerprinting and background checks may even extend the absence of business licenses into May.

Maine to Vote on Legalization in 2016

On Wednesday, the Chief of the Maine Supreme Court, Justice Leigh Saufley, ruled that the cannabis legalization campaign had successfully submitted 62,848 valid signatures, meeting the minimum requirement to send the legalization proposal to state legislators, and ultimately to the ballot this November.

Previously, thousands of the signatures were in dispute due to notary discrepancies. Lawmakers are likely to vote today (April 29th) on whether to send the citizen initiative on to voters.

Oklahoma/Nebraska Sue Colorado, Again

If at first you don’t succeed? Continue to impede! Earlier this year, Oklahoma and Nebraska were dealt an incredibly embarrassing blow when the Supreme Court of the United States declined to even hear their suit against Colorado.

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Now, the misguided Attorney Generals from Nebraska and Oklahoma are teaming up again, this time piggy-backing on a Colorado appeals case, citing “unique sovereign interests.” The lawyers representing Pueblo County (the defendant in this appeals case) have publicly responded that Nebraska and Oklahoma are just trying to sidestep the regular procedures after being so firmly rejected by the Nation’s highest court.

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Green Rush Job Fair – (San Francisco, CA: April 30)

Cannabis is America’s fastest growing industry. With legalization spreading like wildfire and billions of dollars to be made, cannabis is the business you need to be in. Every sector of the Cannabis industry will be represented, from cultivators to customer service, manufacturing to marketing, graphic design to genetics, security systems to social media.

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MardiGrass – (Nimbi, Australia: April 30-May1)

The MardiGrass Mission: To bring about change by the most entertaining means possible.

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ArcView Cannabis Pitch Forum – (Portland, OR: May 1-3)

The benefit of the ArcView Group is simple. There is no other way to see this many quality investment opportunities in one place at these valuations.

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

A two-day educational expo dedicated to the art & science of growing cannabis. 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. If you care about cultivating world-class cannabis, you need to be at the CannaGrow Expo.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: July 17th, 2015

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Smoke 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.

Sacramento County Board: Fines for Water Used in Cannabis Cultivation

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on July 14th to revise the water code to consider water used for cannabis cultivation as a fineable offense. In 30 days when the rule goes into effect, violators will be subject to a maximum fine of $500 dollars each day. Outdoor cannabis was previously banned, and now legal indoor cannabis cultivation is limited to nine plants. Anything more will be considered water wasting, and subject to the daily fines.

Those who are against this new rule include cannabis patients and industry members, who point out that Sacramento county supports other agriculture not subject to this scrutiny. Sacramento is also home to a lot of golf courses that have not yet adopted “turf reduction” strategies to reduce water consumption.

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Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Requires Lots of Water

Seattle Forces 60% of Medical Dispensaries to Shut Down

In Washington, Seattle city council members unanimously approved a proposal to effectively shut down all medical cannabis dispensaries formed after January 1st, 2013. Business formed after this date will be required to cease operations and cannot apply for a recreational cannabis license. The city says that these businesses are breaking numerous fire and building codes, and are generally engaged in unethical business practices unworthy of a “medical” title.

Retail operations licensed by the State now offer the only legal way to sell marijuana. In contrast, many unlicensed “medical” marijuana retail operations have long since abandoned even a pretense of being a collective garden as described above, and instead simply offer the public sale of marijuana without complying with any of the requirements of Initiative 502 or RCW 69.51A.” – Daniel T. Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

“Retail operations licensed by the State now offer the only legal way to sell marijuana. In contrast, many unlicensed “medical” marijuana retail operations have long since abandoned even a pretense of being a collective garden as described above, and instead simply offer the public sale of marijuana without complying with any of the requirements of Initiative 502 or RCW 69.51A.”

– Daniel T. Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

There are 45 medical dispensaries that were operating with a license prior to January 1st, 2013, and these groups will be allowed to stay open, provided they obtain a business tax license from Washington’s Liquor & Cannabis Board by July 1st, 2016. This new rule goes into effect in thirty days, and will funnel more money to the city’s cannabis tax revenue. To read more about this development, check out our blog post on this subject.

Colorado Rejects Medical Cannabis for PTSD

In a 6-2 vote, the Colorado Board of Health declined to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a medical condition treatable under the state’s medical cannabis program. Despite heartfelt testimony from doctors and anecdotal evidence from veterans, board members were not convinced because there was not enough science backing the claims. Colorado would only have been the tenth state to recognize PTSD as a medical condition treatable with cannabis use.

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Veterans Say Cannabis Helps PTSD, Lawmakers Say No (source)

Hawaii Governor Signs HB 321: Protections for Patients and Dispensaries

Hawai’i Governor David Ige signs HB 321, showing his support for Hawaiian cannabis patients by giving protections to medical dispensaries to make cannabis more accessible. Hawai’i has had a medical cannabis program since 2000, but due to no legislation providing any protections, accessing good cannabis products has been difficult for patients. HB 321 hopes to establish a regulated and safe medical program with protections for legitimate dispensaries and patients:

  • Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers.
  • Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place, under certain conditions.
  • Replaces the requirement that a certifying physician be the qualifying patient’s primary care physician with a requirement that the physician have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient.
  • Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State pursuant to rules adopted by the department of health after 1/1/2018.
  • Prohibits primary caregivers from cultivating medical marijuana after 12/31/2018, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers, subcontractors, and persons authorized to enter and remain on such premises.
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Hawai’i Governor David Ige Shows Support for Medical Cannabis

More Buzz About Cannabis Breathalyzers

As cannabis moves closer to legalization, lawmakers and police are still figuring out how to combat cannabis intoxication while driving. Companies like Cannabix are developing new technologies to detect THC using breath samples. Cannabis DUI products have been in prototype for sometime now, and although there is a current buzz, we are still a ways off from having a reliable model. Once technology catches up with lawmakers, we can have a national conversation about how the exact amount of cannabis that is too impairing.

Cannabis Breathalyzer (source)

Cannabis Breathalyzer (source)

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: July 2nd, 2015

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Smoke 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.

Oregon Now Supports Recreational Cannabis

Oregon’s legalization of cannabis went into effect on July 1st, 2015 under Measure 91, signed by Governor Kate Brown. Oregon policymakers are still working out the details behind how to implement a recreational industry for cannabis, which may not be ready for months or even a year. You must be twenty-one years of age or older to legally consume cannabis. Each residence is allowed up to four plants, and public consumption is still against the law. Individuals can have up to eight ounces of cannabis flowers at home, and a maximum of one ounce of cannabis flowers in public.

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Louisiana Joins States with Medical Cannabis Laws

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana signed two bills regarding cannabis:

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Traditionally Very Conservative with Cannabis

1. SB 143 allows physicians to prescribe cannabis to patients “clinically diagnosed as suffering from glaucoma, symptoms resulting from the administration of chemotherapy cancer treatment, and spastic quadriplegia in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.” Doctors can submit reports to the Senate and House committees recommending additional medical conditions to be eligible for the state’s medical cannabis program. The newly-signed bill also removed the requirement that Doctor’s prescribing cannabis had to be registered with the DEA to prescribe Schedule I substances. The bill does not approve inhaled cannabis as medicine, and also fails to fully establish the rules and regulations for the medical production or dispensing of cannabis within Louisiana. This means that there could be a substantial amount of time before patients actually have access to reliable, state-approved medicine. The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has until January 1st, 2016 to create rules and regulations authorizing physicians to prescribe cannabis. On another positive note, this bill, also known as “The Alison Neustrom Act,” once again proving that politicians must reconsider stubborn beliefs when a human life is staring back at them.

2. HB 149 was the second bill passed a law that reduced punishment for cannabis offenses when possessing fourteen grams or less. While violators cannot be fined more than $300 dollars, they can still be thrown in the parish (county) jail for up to fifteen days.

Cannabis Remains Socially Taboo in Louisiana, But It's Getting Better (source)

Cannabis Remains Socially Taboo in Louisiana, But It’s Getting Better (source)

Medical Cannabis Laws in Minnesota Start July 1st

Minnesota’s medical cannabis program debuted on Wednesday (7/1/15), and although the rules and regulations are among the strictest in the nation, cannabis access for patients in dire need is a very positive step for this northern state. There are a few drawbacks with the medical cannabis program in Minnesota that will hopefully be revisited. There are only eight approved cannabis dispensing locations in the entire state of Minnesota. This means long commutes for patients not residing in populated areas. Like Louisiana, Minnesota does not believe smoked cannabis can possibly constitute medicine, and therefore only capsules, tinctures, topicals and vapors can be distributed. Minessota also has eligibility requirements, meaning some conditions do not qualify for the medical program as they would in other states:

  • Cancer
  • Terminal Illness
  • Seizures including epilepsy
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe muscle spasms, as associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Tourette’s syndrome
Minnesota Patients Now Have (Limited) Access to Cannabis (source)

Minnesota Patients Now Have (Limited) Access to Cannabis (source)

Hawai’i Soon to Have Dispensary System

Hawai’i has had medical cannabis since 2000, but during the past fifteen years, no dispensary network has been approved. The Governor of Hawai’i, David Ige does not intend to veto HB 321, which establishes a licensing system for medical cannabis dispensaries to be able to acquire and provide medicine to patients. Cannabis patients are allowed to have three ounces of usable cannabis, along with a maximum of three mature plants and four immature plants. For the majority of Hawaiian cannabis patients, growing their own plants is not a viable option, forcing them to rely on the black market to obtain cannabis for their medical therapy. The dispensary system could roll out as early as July of 2016, although Gov. David Ige maintains that rushing through the licensing system may not be the best option for patients. HB 321 requires the state and health departments of Hawaii to declare interim rules for licensing no later than January 4th, 2016.

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A Citizen of Hawai’i Stands Next to Her Homegrown Plant

California Bust Seizes Thousands of Pounds of Cannabis

Humboldt County Sheriffs served eight warrants between June 22nd and June 26th, resulting in the seizure of roughly $26.5 million dollars worth of cannabis.

The Sheriff’s Office seized or eradicated the following items from the search warrants:

1. 23,211 marijuana plants.
2. 4,394 pounds of processed marijuana.
3. 15 pounds of marijuana hash in brick form.
4. 16 firearms.
5. 50,000 rounds of ammunition in the following calibers, .50 caliber, .308 caliber and .556 caliber.

– Search Warrant: Case 201502868: www.HumboldtGov.org

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You can read more about the raid in our recent blog post. Please feel free to comment there regarding the legal uncertainty of cannabis cultivation in the Emerald Triangle.

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Enormous Amounts of Trash Were Found at Some of the Locations Searched by Sheriffs

Senate Committee Hearing on Cannabis Research

On June 24th, 2015, the Senate Caucus of International Narcotics Control discussed the efficacy of CBD (cannabidiol) and the existing hurdles that are keeping new research from being conducted. During the hearing, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) asserts that CBD (cannabidiol) is not being thoroughly researched due to bureaucratic hurdles that associate CBD with its psychoactive counterpart, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Sen. Booker questions doctors and government administrators to confirm that medical studies concerning CBD would be more conductible if CBD was not listed as a Schedule I drug, with no medical benefit and a high risk of addiction. This Senate committee was responsible for convincing the Department of Health and Human Services to stop requiring the Public Health Service review of all cannabis research proposals. The PHS review was considered redundant because it overlapped with the FDA review. You can read more about the Senate hearing in our recent blog post.

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Senator Cory Booker: Advocate for CBD Research

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