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Nevada Shuts Down Cannabis Database After Massive Data Exposure

Data security continues to be a major issue for the cannabis industry, after a medical cannabis database in Nevada accidentally exposed the personal information of thousands of cannabis business applicants. The breach was caused by a bug that did not properly secure the eight-page documents filed for nearly 12,000 individuals.

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Applicants were required to electronically submit their information, including full names, complete addresses and contact information, Social Security Numbers, citizenship status, race, gender, and a state-approved photo ID. That is more than enough information for an individual with malicious intent to cause some serious damage in the way of identify theft.

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As of December 29th, online access to the database portal was completely revoked, and the unprotected web address was eliminated. Nevada state law requires the government to notify all applicants of the leak in the coming days. Early in December, the portal had been shutdown temporarily when technical staff noticed an issue. Access was re-established a week later. The database of business applicants contains only a portion of the data hosted by Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program, which gathers patient information as well.

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Data vulnerability has plagued many industries that inherently require the storage of sensitive information. The majority of US states have passed some sort of cannabis law, but so far no data security standards have been established. A number of consumer websites in the cannabis space have also come under fire for their lack of security after it was discovered that amateur computer programmers were able to access user information datasets.

Nevada has come a long way when it comes to cannabis laws.

Nevada has come a long way when it comes to cannabis laws.

Security researchers are confident that the data breach in Nevada  was a technological accident, although that does not lessen the impact of exposing the sheer volume of personal records. Nevada voters recently approved the adult use of cannabis, which will require the Medical Marijuana Program to create a new database for recreational cannabis business applicants.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: August 28th, 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.

Smoke Reports at SF HempCon 2015

HempCon (August 21-23)  is a cannabis convention where members of the industry can show off their goods to attendees. Smoke Reports sent a few team members to the San Francisco Cow Palace and interview vendors, with the goal of highlighting 2015’s coolest cannabis brands. We had a fantastic time learning about different cannabis companies, as well as sampling edibles, extracts, and flowers throughout the day. We saw everything from pre-made pancake batter to strain-specific tinctures that tasted like fruit! You can read the Smoke Reports HempCon feature on our blog, and check out the winners on HempCon’s website.

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Analysis of Tax Revenue from Colorado and Washington

In a recent analysis, tax revenue from Colorado and Washington has surpassed $200 million dollars. Those numbers do not even include the funds made available from sales tax, industry fees, and licensing costs. Both states brought in a lot of tax revenue, however, people who are familiar with cannabis legalization and taxation warn other states not to get over-zealous about the tax potentials.

“The big lesson we tell other states is you probably shouldn’t legalize marijuana if you want to make money — that’s not why you do it… You do it because you think that a regulated marketplace might be safer than an unregulated marketplace or you believe that the war on drugs didn’t work.”

– J. Skyler McKinley, deputy director of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) Office of Marijuana Coordination.

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First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opens in Las Vegas Area

Euphoria Wellness has opened in Clark County, setting itself as the first cannabis dispensary in the Las Vegas area. Medical cannabis has been legal in Nevada since 2000, and patients and lawmakers have been fed up with the lack of structure for legal dispensaries. Euphoria Wellness marks the beginning of a change to the Las Vegas  area, where patients from other states can use their cards to acquire cannabis through a process called reciprocity.

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Illinois Approves First Dispensary Application

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced on August 25th that they have accepted and filed the registration for the state’s first medical cannabis dispensary. The dispensary, called Harbory, will be located at 8195 Express Drive in Marion, IL (Google Maps).

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The approved registration for Harbory comes over a year and a half after the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act went into effect on January 1st, 2014. The Illinois cannabis legislation requires medical dispensaries to source cannabis exclusively from the licensed growing facilities that have also received approval from the IDFPR. So far, no cultivation facilities have been officially registered, so there will still be a waiting period before patients can shop at the Marion dispensary.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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NW Cannabis Classic – Tacoma, Washington (August 28-30)

Tacoma is the second stop on the NW Cannabis Classic tour. Visitors can participate in competitions, workshops, lectures, and enjoy food, entertainment and recreating areas. There will be a large variety of vendors showcasing their products.

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CannaGrow Expo – Portland, Oregon (August 28-29)

This event is a two-day educational expo, dedicated to the art and science of cultivating cannabis. The event is open to everyone 18 years of age and older. Booths will be providing informational resources for growers, dispensary owners, grow operations managers, and amateur enthusiasts. There will be no cannabis use or sales at this event.

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The 420 Games Golf Tournament – San Jose, California (August 29th)

The 420 Games is at it again! This golf tournament comes only weeks after their awesome 4.20 Mile Fun Run in San Francisco. The event, in partnership with Harborside Health Center, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29th at the Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

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Cannabis Education Forum – West Hollywood, California (August 29th)

The Cannabis Education Forum is a space where businesses, patients, and medical professionals can have an open discussion about the current state of cannabis along with public input. The event takes place on Aug. 29th from 12-5pm at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium (647 N Vicente, West Hollywood).

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Freedom Festival – San Francisco, California (September 13th)

Smoke Reports will be taking part in the San Francisco Freedom Festival, so mark your calendars in advance! The festival will celebrate and explore the concept of freedom through the arts, activism, and healing. Admission is free, and there will be live music, interactive art, guest speakers, workshops, massage, and more. The event takes place at the Old Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, Sept. 13th, from 12-6pm.

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: August 21st, 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.

CA Amends AB 266 Including Strict Requirements for Cannabis Testing

On August 17th, the California state legislate introduced amendments to Assembly Bill 266. The proposed amendments would require strict regulations and standardized operation techniques for all licensed lab testing facilities.

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This round of amendments calls for testing facilities to better manage their employees, and remain secure and impartial when performing chemical tests on cannabis products. Testing cannabis for compounds and contaminants would also be required:

Compounds

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC-A)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Cannabidiolic Acid (CBD-A)
  • The terpenes described in the most current version of the cannabis inflorescence monograph published by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Any other compounds required by the Division of Medical Cannabis Manufacturing and Testing.

Contaminents

  • Residual solvent or processing chemicals.
  •  Foreign material, including, but not limited to, hair, insects, or similar or related adulterant.
  • Microbiological impurities, including total aerobic microbial count, total yeast mold count, P.aeruginosa, aspergillus spp., s. aureus, aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, or G2, or ochratoxin A.
  •  Whether the batch is within specification for odor and appearance.
  • Residual levels of volatile organic compounds shall be below the lesser of either the specifications set by the United States Pharmacopeia (U.S.P. Chapter 467) or those set by the Division of Medical Cannabis Manufacturing and Testing

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The amendments would also affect cannabis manufacturers and how they label their products. Access to the following information will be required on all cannabis-infused product labels:

  • Manufacture date and source.
  • The statement “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS.”
  • The statement “FOR MEDICAL USE ONLY.”
  • The statement “THE INTOXICATING EFFECTS OF THIS PRODUCT MAY BE DELAYED BY UP TO TWO HOURS.”
  • The statement “THIS PRODUCT MAY IMPAIR THE ABILITY TO DRIVE OR OPERATE MACHINERY. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION.”
  • Packages containing only dried cannabis flower must display the net weight of medical cannabis in the package.
  • A warning if the product was exposed to nuts or other known allergens during production.
  • List of pharmacologically active ingredients, including, but not limited to, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoid content, the THC and other cannabinoid amount in milligrams per serving, servings per package, and the THC and other cannabinoid amount in milligrams for the package total.
  • Clear indication, in bold type, that the product contains medical cannabis.
  • Identification of the source and date of cultivation and manufacture.
  • The date of sale.
  • Any other requirement set by the licensing authority.
  • Only generic good names may be used to describe edible medical cannabis products.

As you can clearly see, the future of cannabis product labels in California is going to be very interesting. These proposed requirements are going to take up a lot of space on the packaging, which used to be valuable branding space for cannabis producers. Now, warnings and product content information are going to dominate the available space for branded packaging.

Examples of Older Cannabis Labels

Examples of Older Cannabis Labels

Judge Rules that Video of a Dispensary Raid Can Be Used in an Internal Police Investigation

A judge has ruled that surveillance footage from a Santa Ana cannabis dispensary raid can be used in an internal police investigation. The incident occurred on May 26th, when Santa Ana police officers entered the Sky High Holistics dispensary with guns drawn.

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Police attempted to dismantle the security camera systems, but failed to disengage all of the cameras. The videos show some very disturbing audio and video footage that appear to show police agents saying offensive things about disabled people, and confiscating money and cannabis products. One agent appears to sample some cannabis edibles during the on-duty raid.

An On-Dute Officer Allegedly Samples a Cannabis Edible

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Santa Ana police argued that permitting the video to serve as evidence in an internal investigation violates their right to privacy. Judge Ronald Bauer threw out this notion by saying, “[They] should not expect privacy in their on-duty performance of an official function at a marijuana dispensary.”

Sky High Holistics has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit agains the Santa Ana police department, accusing officers of excessive force, and the theft of cannabis flowers, products and thousands of dollars in cash.

Smoke Reports Begins Creating “Faces of Cannabis”

The Smoke Reports team has started compiling stories for our new multimedia project, “Faces of Cannabis.” We are taking the opportunity to link human faces with the success of cannabis, so that doctors, patients, caretakers, family members, and educators can learn from the experiences of those who have battled serious medical conditions using cannabis.

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This project will include videos, interviews, stores and other content that promotes confidence in those researching if medical cannabis may be right for them. Cannabis is a very personal experience, and everyone responds differently due to our unique endocannabinoid systems. The “Faces of Cannabis” project will highlight the many paths that cannabis patients have pioneered.

San Francisco 420 Games a Major Success

On August 15th, the 420 Games hosted the San Francisco 4.20 Mile Fun Run in Golden Gate Park. Hundreds attended the event which included vendor booths, Lagunitas beer tasting, the reggae music of Pato Banton, and of course the community fun run.

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Jim McAlpine, the driving force behind the 420 Games, puts on these events in an effort to end the lazy “stoner” stereotype. McAlpine, who founded the ski pass lifestyle company SnowBomb, uses these games to foster an environment where adults can responsibly use cannabis in an active setting. Check out the 420 Games website for information about future events.

First Las Vegas Dispensary to Open Monday

Next Monday, August 24th, the first medical dispensary will open its doors in the Las Vegas area. Nevada voters legalized cannabis for medical use back in 2000, but the state never set up a system for distributing medical cannabis though retail outlets.

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The opening of Euphoria Wellness has been repeatedly delayed by county regulators who were unconvinced that the dispensary would be able to legally source medical cannabis. Several other dispensaries around the Las Vegas area are expected to open in the upcoming months. Nevada’s medical cannabis program does allow reciprocity if you have a medical recommendation from another state.

Colombian Supreme Court Decriminalizes Personal Cannabis Cultivation

On Tuesday, August 11th, the Supreme Court of Colombia ruled that personal cultivation of up to twenty cannabis plants is permissible by law. Colombia decriminalized personal cannabis possession of less than 20 grams back in 2011.

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The Colombian government will continue to debate future cannabis laws, and the topic of complete legalization may be held later this year as leading senators propose adaptations that call for more responsible drug policies.

Canadian University to Offer Cannabis Courses

The Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada’s British Columbia will be offering courses on cannabis cultivation and business administration. The program, known as an  Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada, is the first accredited educational program in the country.

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The two courses will initially focus on cultivation, facility management, legalities, regulations, marketing, patient management, and product manufacturing. The course will be conducted online, and a large number of participants are expected.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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NorCal HempCon – San Francisco, California (August 21-23)

HempCon returns to Northern California, and the Smoke Reports team simply cannot contain our excitement for this event. Cannabis businesses big and small will be hosting vendor booths at this event, complete with information and freebies.

You must be 18 years of age or older and have a medical cannabis recommendation from a doctor in order to attend. There will be dispensaries, producers, collectives, caregiver associations, evaluation services, legal services, grow equipment companies, and more.

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NW Cannabis Classic – Tacoma, Washington (August 28-30)

Tacoma is the second stop on the NW Cannabis Classic tour. Visitors can participate in competitions, workshops, lectures, and enjoy food, entertainment and recreating areas. There will be a large variety of vendors showcasing their products.

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CannaGrow Expo – Portland, Oregon (August 28-29)

This event is a two-day educational expo, dedicated to the art and science of cultivating cannabis. The event is open to everyone 18 years of age and older. Booths will be providing informational resources for growers, dispensary owners, grow operations managers, and amateur enthusiasts. There will be no cannabis use or sales at this event.

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