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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: May 6th, 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.

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This past week, we witnessed several government entities address cannabis in both positive and negative ways. In general, cannabis legalization feels like an inevitable future, but certain situations remind us that there is still a fight to finish.

Germany to Legalize Medical Cannabis

On Tuesday, German’y health minister declared that Germany would legalize cannabis for medical purposes early next year. Cannabis would be available at pharmacies and only for those who have a prescription.

Germany plans on importing medical cannabis until they can establish their own state-governed supply chain. Currently, Germany categorizes cannabis as a dangerous drug, with a potential prison sentence of up to five years (and an limitless fine).

German Health Minister: Hermann Groehe

German Health Minister: Hermann Groehe

However, many consider Germany to have one of the most relaxed national views toward cannabis. Also, there are already at least 382 individuals who have permission to use cannabis in a supervised fashion by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

Oregon Making Edibles, Oils, and Recreational Business Licenses Available

It has been over ten months since cannabis became recreationally legal in Oregon. In that time, there have been a multitude of hiccups for cannabis businesses trying to operate in the Beaver State.

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On May 1st, Oregon’s intended cannabis governance agency, the OLCC, granted the first eight official business licenses for cultivators. Over the next several months, they plan on reviewing and approving an additional eight hundred license applications.

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Additionally, recreational sales of cannabis-infused edibles, oils, and topicals are not yet permitted. According to temporary rules announced by the Oregon Health Authority, individuals 21 and older can purchase specified items from June 2nd through December 31st of this year, when the temporary program ends. Purchases of these products will include a 25% sales tax.

Alabama Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill permitting the use of cannabidiol (CBD, non-psychoactive) by patients with debilitating conditions and symptoms. The bill, also known as Leni’s law, is the follow-up to Carly’s law that was passed two years ago in an effort to authorize the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to conduct cannabidiol research.

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Lena Young’s family relocated to Oregon in order to provide their daughter with cannabidiol medicine. Over the last few years, several conservative states have passed cannabidiol laws due to public pressure from affected families and empathetic grassroots movements.

So far, results from the UAB study indicate that over 50% of participants have a reduction in seizures as the result of cannabidiol treatment.

600 Thousand Sign California Petition for Recreational Cannabis

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act has apparently received over 600,000 signatures, far beyond the 365 thousand required to put the voter initiative on the California ballot this November.

AUMA succeeded in part due to major financial support from advocacy groups, as well as Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook).

Buzzkill: Vermont House Shoots Down Legalization

The Vermont House shot down a proposal to legalize cannabis possession of up to one ounce of flowers. The vote was 121 against and only 28 in favor. The House also voted down a measure that would have put the issue in front of state voters.

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Vermont is one of twenty-four states that does not have an avenue for voter petitioned initiatives.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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

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.

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Spring Marijuana Business Conference & Expo – (Orlando, FL: May 9-11)

3000+ Industry Executives, Experts & Major Investors ready to meet the needs of the many emerging market. Massive Expo Hall packed with vendors ready to show off the latest products and services. Expert speakers with all-new presentations and Q&A Sessions.

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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, AL: 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 in Anchorage!

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Oregon Begins Approving License Applications for Recreational Cannabis Companies

It has been a bumpy ride for recreational cannabis in Oregon. On July 1st of 2015, recreational cannabis became legal under Measure 91. Only three months later on October 1st, recreational sales became legal, resulting in long lines for dispensaries like Shango (pictured above).

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However, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has had a few hiccups in processing and distributing applications.

Thankfully, an emergency provision allowed for medical dispensaries to sell products to recreational users (SB 460; since there were no approved recreational retailers by October 1st, 2015).

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But cannabis extract businesses in Oregon had a rough March of this year due to a state law (HB 4014) that prohibited businesses from extracting cannabis without a license. Many businesses ceased all operations for an entire month, which is an incredible burden on small companies.

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The plan was for the OLCC to begin processing business applications starting on January 4th of 2016 so that there would be ample time for businesses to prepare for the commencement of the official program in January of 2017.

Better late than never right? The OLCC still plans to have the recreational industry up and running by January 2107, and has pledged to rapidly process business licenses so organizations can begin setting up shop without fear of punishment.

OLCC Approves the First Eight Business Licenses for Recreational Cnanabis (source)

OLCC Approves the First Eight Business Licenses for Recreational Cannabis (source)

The OLCC issued eight licenses to cultivators throughout the state. Granting licenses to cultivators first allows them to begin operating once they pay their annual business license fee.

This was a smart move by the OLCC, since cultivators need the maximum time to set up their operations and produce flowers. While the Oregon recreational rollout has not gone as smoothly as it could have, Oregon continues to consider the supply chain and accessibility for recreational consumers.

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For instance, medical cannabis dispensaries have been allowed to sell to recreational consumers 21 and older through the end of 2016. The OLCC claims it will be granting licenses during weekly meetings through early June.

The agency plans to issue over 850 licenses by the end of the year when the OLCC assumes full control over the recreational cannabis program.

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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.

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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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