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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: July 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.

Reuters Reports Californians Will Be Voting on Cannabis in November

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act was submitted along with over 400,000 signatures of adult California voters who want to see the bill on the November ballot. The proposed law would grant recreational cannabis users 21 years and older the right to possess up to an ounce and grow up to six plants for personal use. November marks the twentieth anniversary of California’s historic vote to allow medical cannabis in 1996.


Judge: Illinois Must Add PTSD to List of Approved Cannabis Conditions

In response to an Iraq war veteran’s lawsuit, a Judge ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of approved conditions within thirty days. Judge Neil Cohen determined that the administration in charge of reviewing additional conditions was not living up to the language in their charter.


There are several pending lawsuits for other conditions to be added to the list of approved diseases and symptoms that for which medical cannabis is permitted, including: migraines, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoarthritis, and autism.

Cannabis Amendment Removed from VA Funding Package

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill recently made headlines when a provision for medical cannabis passed an appropriations committee vote. However, the provision was completely removed by the time the House floor voted on the legislation.

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

The House passed the legislation, but there is still hope for the cannabis rider because the Senate was unable to agree on a separate funding dispute involving Zika. The provision could be added back to the funding bill after this weekend.

Recent Study Shows Cannabis Helps Alzheimer’s Disease

In a recently published clinical study, cannabinoids were shown to be effective in reducing the chronic build-up of harmful proteins in the brain. Not only did cannabis display positive anti-inflammatory effects, it also proved to be protective against the future build up of these excess proteins.


Upcoming Cannabis Events


Kyoto Hemp Forum – (Kyoto, Japan: July 2)

No matter in which region or country you live, what jobs or businesses you are involved in, whether you are rich, or poor, or whatsoever, the changes you are facing from global industrial pollution are real. As long as we depend on toxic energy that is killing us, there is no sustainable future. It is time to be utilize Hemp as the leading biomass energy provider.


The Cannabis County Fair – (Laytonville, CA: July 8-9)

Enter the Northern California Collective and Cooperative area- where some of the world’s most renowned medical cannabis products are available to you. Sit back, relax and medicate!


Chalice California – (San Bernardino, CA: July 8-10)

Welcome to Chalice Festival the premier Music, Glass, Hash and Art event. It is in fact the only festival of its kind that features cannabis and glass art so prominently.


IMPACT: Cancer & Cannabis – (Denver, CO: July 9)

Topics covered include breast cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, and much more. Don’t miss this event if you or a loved one has cancer. IMPACT: Cancer & Cannabis 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.


Medical Marijuana: The Physician’s Update – (Portland, OR: July 9-10)

Learn about the history of medical cannabis and how the endocannabinoid system functions. Treatment options and delivery methods for your patients will be presented. Quality control standards and laboratory testing of cannabis will also be discussed.


Cannazaar – (Denver, CO: July 10)

An outdoor, daytime bazaar-style event with amazaing people and vibes!! Hosting a variety of entertainment, local vendors, unique food trucks, yard games, art installations, designated buses, and crowd-pleaser performers! Cannazaar has something for ALL to enjoy and indulge. Each Cannazaar event has been designed to offer something special and different for each Sunday.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: November 13th, 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. Get ready folks. It’s been a big one!

Illinois Begins Medical Cannabis Sales

Nearly two years after Illinois voters approved a medical cannabis program, the state finally authorized sales to begin on Monday, Nov. 9th. Last week, state officials gave the go-ahead for licensed cannabis producers to begin shipping medicine to licensed retailers. There are an estimated 3,300 cannabis patients currently registered in the Land of Lincoln.


There are nine licensed dispensaries, but Joseph Wright, Director of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, expects anywhere between 20 and 25 licensed retailers by the end of the year. One interesting piece of the Illinois medical program is that patients have to register one location as their primary retailer.

Patients can still enter and purchase from any of the dispensaries, but failure to register with a primary location kept a few folks from accessing their medicine on Monday. Here is a list of the nine dispensaries currently serving the state.

Veterans Day, the Pill Bottle Display, and the Senate’s Decision

Happy Veterans Day from the Smoke Reports team. We are proud to support safe access to cannabis medicine for everyone, however this week we have been focusing on the epidemic of former military members committing suicide due to the weight of PTSD or depression.


Veterans have long been fighting for access to medical cannabis, but the Federal government has only responded by threatening to take away healthcare benefits of individuals registered to use medical cannabis.

On Veterans Day (Wednesday), the Cannaball Run of 2015 arrived at its final location to bring awareness to the fight for Veterans to access cannabis. The convoy from the Cannaball Run met other Veterans and support groups at the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C., and then marched down Pennsylvania Ave to the White House gates where Veterans were leaving pill bottles to protest the pharmaceutical cocktails that are currently the option for veterans with PTSD and depression.

Some very positive news regarding Veterans and cannabis did emerge this week. The Senate passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which induced an amendment that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients in states that have voted cannabis programs into effect. The Appropriations Bill now moves onto the House of Representatives for review and amending.

Hillary Weighs in on Cannabis Legislation

Cannabis is shaping up to be a major point of discussion during the Democratic presidential campaigns. Sen. Bernie Sanders recently proposed the full removal of “marihuana” and “tetrahydrocannabinol” from the Controlled Substances Act which classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug.


Hillary Clinton also weighed in on the situation, providing an alternative approach to cannabis business and research. Clinton proposed simply re-classifying cannabis as a Schedule 2 drug, which Sen. Sanders argues does nothing to alleviate the tax issues for businesses, the rash criminalization of youths, or the negative connotations that have been associated with cannabis for the past eight decades.

DEA Chief Say Cannabis Medicine is a Joke

Earlier this week, Chuck Rosenberg, Chief Administrator for the DEA, discounted all medical benefits of cannabis, calling medical cannabis “a joke.” Of course, this is what has to be said by the chief of the agency responsible for blindly following the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Cannabis is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has a high potential for addiction and absolutely no potential for medical benefit.

Chuck Rosenberg, A Mouth in Desperate Need of a Foot

Chuck Rosenberg, A Mouth in Desperate Need of a Foot

The Federal government has been largely ignoring or impeding any clinical research that concludes any possibility that cannabis may be an effective medicine. Still, over 80% of the states of America have passed legislation addressing medical cannabis compounds to at least some degree.


The comments sparked outrage around the cannabis community, as well as with policing agencies that were aggravated before when Rosenberg was unable to decide if cannabis was more or less dangerous than heroin. Rosenberg, who has absolutely no scientific background, is currently the chief of an organization that is still being guided by the War on Drugs.

Upcoming Cannabis Events


Marijuana Business Conference & Expo – (Las Vegas, NV: Nov. 11-13)

Networking opportunities with 4,000 cannabis industry members. The expo floor is 30,000 square feet with cannabis-related vendors read to talk business. Over 50 expert speakers will be giving presentations and Q&A sessions on advanced cannabis topics.

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THC Fair (The Hemp and Cannabis Fair) – (Salem, OR: Nov. 14-16)

This fair is a celebration a celebration of legal cannabis! You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in the amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more!


PotLuck Medical Cannabis Expo – (San Diego, CA: Nov. 15)

PotLuck is the master of organizing wonderfully-themed events at enjoyable venues. Bringing together a collective energy of caregivers, organizations, advocates, artists and supporters is what this event is all about. PotLuck recognizes the value of medicinal cannabis and the aid it has brought to countless patients with varying ailments.

PotLuck events are one of the keys to the forward progress, recognition and acceptance of cannabis and its properties as a medicine in California and the rest of the country. All open-minded individuals that believe the same are encouraged to participate in these PotLuck events in order to learn, network, increase awareness and strengthen the foundation. When like-minded individuals come together for a good purpose, amazing outcomes are the result.


The New West Summit – (San Francisco, CA: Nov 20-21)

The New West Summit is set to be the first cannabis technology conference, and promises to offer businesses valuable information on the tech opportunities available in the cannabis space.

Smoke Reports will be attending the event as both a pronounced sponsor and a media partner. Tickets to the New West Summit can be found on Eventbrite, where the coupon code “smokereports” can be redeemed for 50% off of the ticket price. The event takes place at the Parc 55 Hotel in downtown San Francisco on November 20th and 21st (Friday and Saturday).

Find out more in our New West Summit blog feature.

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Illinois Allows Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Begin Supplying Patients with Medicine

Nearly two full years after Illinois voted to implement a medical cannabis program, November 9th, 2015 marks the first day that approved patients can legally purchase cannabis products in the Land of Lincoln.


Just last week, state officials gave licensed cannabis businesses the green light to begin shipping and distributing medical cannabis products. Illinois, like many states exploring medical cannabis programs, is still trying to determine the most productive methods of licensing and regulating cannabis sales to sick patients.


Illinois has approved a limited number of conditions (39 total: ILCS 130/10.H.1) for which a patient can receive a cannabis recommendation.

On October 7th of this year, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended an additional eight conditions that should be added to the list of conditions approved to be treated with medical cannabis: chronic pain due to trauma, chronic pain syndrome, chronic post-operative pain, intractable pain, osteoarthritis, autism, irritable bowel syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


There are an estimated 3,300 registered cannabis patients in the state of Illinois, all of whom are expected to obtain medicine from a limited number of licensed dispensaries. There are currently nine licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois, but Joseph Wright, Director of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, expects somewhere between 20 and 25 dispensary stop be licensed by the end of the year.

Here is a list of the current cannabis dispensaries open for business in Illinois:

One of the interesting aspects about the Illinois medical cannabis program is the strict registration milestones imposed on patients. Registered patients can visit any of the medical dispensaries in Illinois, but they must register their medical identification number online with a primary cannabis location.

Many patients were not aware of this stipulation, and were denied access when they tried to access medical dispensaries today. Cards were sent out on Oct, 30th, and online registration can take over 24 hours to complete.


Despite a few hiccups which are almost guaranteed in the cannabis industry, Illinois seems to be on the right track to implementing a regulated medical program for sick patients hoping to use cannabis. Safe access to medicine is the foundation behind the cannabis legalization movement, and every state that activates a sensible medical cannabis program is one step closer to hosting responsible drug policies.

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