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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: June 17th, 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.

Senate Appropriations Committee

This past Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment 16-14 that would keep federal agencies from using funds to punish financial institutions that accept cannabis business deposits. ChDvzDRW0AEl1cE The approval of this measure means that the Senate floor will now discuss cannabis banking for the next Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017. Banking has been one of the most prohibitive aspects of the shift toward legitimate cannabis. Financial institutions risk losing their federal accreditation if they work with businesses that operate in the cannabis industry. o4ckhz-b88668945z.120160320095634000gcsff1cr.10 This is because cannabis is still classified by the DEA as being a Schedule I drug, with a high potential for abuse and absolutely no known medical benefit. Cannabis Reports lists 628 studies that pertain to 138 conditions, all of which point to the opposite.

Colorado Bans Appealing Gummies

House Bill 1436 was signed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, outlawing cannabis-infused edibles that may be appealing to children. Specifically, the law prohibits edibles that “resemble the form of a human, animal, or fruit.”

These types of restrictions could effect many manufacturers who have built brands based on these types of treats. Policymakers have argued that cannabis edibles in playful forms are more likely to be mistaken by children for a regular treat.

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

Proposed Colorado Edible Cannabis Warning (source)

The law goes into effect this July 1st, and Colorado has also instituted a regulation to mark all cannabis edibles with a distinct mark that intends to dissuade children from accidental ingestion.

Microsoft Enters Industry

Microsoft has entered the cannabis industry by partnering with Kind Financial, whose software Agrisoft is meant to rival other “seed-to-sale” traceability softwares. KIND-Launches-Government-Division-with-Microsoft-Corp-061616-center-top-1024x512 The New York Times quoted Kimberly Nelson, executive director of state and local government solutions at Microsoft, as saying: “As the industry is regulated, there will be more transactions, and we believe there will be more sophisticated requirements and tools down the road.” 160616145740-kind-david-dinenberg-540x304 Compliance has been a major issue for cannabis regulators as the industry finds its legitimacy. Many softwares, such as Metrc, MJ Freeway, and BioTrackTHC, have signed contracts with states in which commercial cannabis sales for medical or recreational use have been permitted.

Baltimore Ravens Drop Eugene Monroe

The Baltimore Ravens have dropped offensive tackle Eugene Monroe under dubious circumstances. Earlier this year, Monroe donated a substantial amount to cannabis research, and publicly supported cannabis as an alternative to the opioid epidemic that plagues veteran NFL players. AP_827866436534 John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, has claimed that the team’s motive to distance themselves from Monroe is purely a “football move.”

Harbaugh, perhaps acting as a conduit for the Ravens’ notoriously dramatic front office, pointed to the recent draft of tackle Ronnie Stanley and also noted that Monroe has had problems with injuries as of late. On the other hand, Harbaugh said he believes Monroe is a fantastic player who will have no problem finding a home on a different NFL team. So why then did the Ravens so hastily drop Monroe? The decision to trade was announced earlier this week, with a firm cut deadline of Thursday. John-Harbaugh-Ray-Rice-February The New York Giants are reported as saying (very pointedly) that their organization does not judge players on personal opinions. Many experts are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell applied pressure on the Baltimore Ravens due to the league’s stifling stance on cannabis.

University of MO says no to MJ T-shirt

NORML’s campus chapter at the University of Missouri at Columbia is arguing that their first amendment rights have been violated after they were denied the ability to sell T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf.

Mizzou's Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School's Trademark (source)

Mizzou’s Censorship Supposedly Stems from the Use of the School’s Trademark (source)

The MU chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws was intending to sell the T-shirts in an attempt to raise money. They even put in effort to seek permission from their school’s administration, but only received a rejection letter in response, which they intend to review.

Hunters, conservationists sue CA

Mendocino County is being taken to court by the Mendocino County Blacktail Association for permitting increased cannabis cultivation without properly conducting research on the environmental impacts. The Blacktail Association paints themselves as wildlife conservationists intent on preserving the rich environmental culture of Mendocino County. See the photos from their website below: Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.27 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.19.07 AM The lawsuit is a result of an urgency ordinance that allows permitted cultivators up to 99 plants per parcel, rather than the 25 plant limit that still exists for non-permitted cultivators. According to the The Press Democrat, a local news source for Mendocino county: “The county adopted interim rules because a permanent ordinance had been delayed by the admitted need for an environmental impact report.” IMG_2031 So basically the county is being sued for implementing an interim ordinance as they conduct a study on the environmental ramifications of increased cultivation.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

cannabis_world_congress_and_business_expo1_360_360 Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo – (New York, NY: June 15-17) The 2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is the leading forum for doing business in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. If you’re employed in the cannabis industry, a current business owner, interested in starting a cannabis business, provide private equity & investment resources, or provide professional or business services, this is an event you can’t afford to miss. 1464549677977 High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Francisco, CA: June 18-19) HIGH TIMES is returning to the Cow Palace on June 18 – 19 for the 2016 NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup. This is the 7th Annual HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in the Bay Area, the longest running of all HIGH TIMES U.S. Cups. HIGH TIMES Editors will be conducting seminars with leading experts of local and national fame and visiting VIPs in the newly expanded VIP lounge. Over 400+ vendors will be on hand to educate and entertain an already record crowd. CBSExpo_2016-1 NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit – Oakland, CA: June 20-22) Make Your Voice Heard: The ONLY event where you will have an opportunity to meet with national policy makers and influencers as they converge with the leading trade association shaping the cannabis economy. Network with 3,000 of your peers – including growers, dispensaries and infused makers product manufacturers. 15% off tickets by using code: “REPORTS15” Your exposure to the highest concentration of legitimate buyers and sellers in America’s fastest growing industry, all in one place. Gain knowledge in 30+ sessions with over 75 speakers to bring you up to speed on the rapid changes of your industry. new_g__header THC Fair – (Fairbanks, AK : June 25) You’ll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment and more in our amazing expo hall. Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, prop 91 and more! https-_2f_2fcdn.evbuc.com_2fimages_2f20226505_2f83343844451_2f1_2foriginal Cannabis Charity Open – (Denver, CO: June 26) Premium Pete’s Cannabis and High Rollers dispensary are partnering with The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine to host the Cannabis Charity Open benefiting the Denver Colorado AIDS Project (DCAP). As part of an industry born by the will of the voters, it is important to give back to the community. By sponsoring the charitable golf tournament in Denver, they hope to help those affected by HIV/AIDS to live healthier, more comfortable lives.

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Cannabis Reports Gets a Big Shout-Out from Developers Who Build with Our Open API

Late last May, Josh Pardee and Kelly Martin of CannaFo.com and DaKine420 sat down for an interview with Time4Hemp. While the entire hour-long discussion is fantastic, the Cannabis Reports team was humbled by an amazing shout-out to our team, our platform, and our mission.

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We take great pride in supporting the developer community, and have helped hundreds of individuals and dev teams since we opened up our API in June of 2015.

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It was evident early on that Mr. Pardee and the CannaFo team were committed to building an exceptional tool to disperse cannabis information, and their project is getting a lot of wonderful attention.

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If you are unfamiliar with CannaFo, you should definitely take a minute to explore the information throughout their site. CannaFo lists top quality strains, products, and cannabis services in an easy-to-use format, and also serves as an encyclopedia and marketplace.

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Since both of our teams have spent a good amount of time bonding together over open technology, Cannabis Reports could not be happier to see such a successful application like CannaFo making solid use of the data we offer through our open API.

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Full Interview with Time4Hemp

You can watch the full interview below, as well as find a transcription of the shout-out to Cannabis Reports beginning at minute 49:00:

Transcription of Time4Hemp Interview Shout-Out [49:00]

[Kelly]: And I would like to make one shout-out, because these guys were very, very helpful in sharing their data, and that’s Cannabis Reports. They allowed us to actually use a bunch of their data that they have been compiling for a number of years, and they share it. They are big advocates, they want the information out there, they want to help people, and just a great group of people. I thank them very much for them helping us with our project too…

[Josh]: Yeah, for all those developers out there, when Leafly shut down their developer options, Cannabis Reports has definitely got their hands on quite a bit more data. They are more like me and Kelly are, they are really trying to take this information and they want to see things like CannaFo branch off of that, or cool app ideas, and they are out there to definitely help you get access to information like CannaFo is, and build your own projects and put back into the cannabis community, and that’s wonderful, so definitely check them out.

The Cannabis Reports team is happy to help any and all developers build off of our open API. Please each out to us through our Contact Page to request an API key. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

Meet David Drake and Cannabis Reports at the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland, June 20-22

The Third Annual Cannabis Business Summit and Expo is coming to Oakland next week. The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is hosting the event at the Oakland Marriott City Center on Monday June 20th through Wednesday June 22nd.

You can use the code “Reports15” for 15% off of event tickets.

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This NCIA event is one of the most industry-centric conferences for cannabis business owners. Over 3,000 operators are expected to attend, including growers, retailers, product manufacturers, and ancillary businesses.

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NCIA has also organized over 150 expert speakers, including scheduled keynotes to be delivered by California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and cannabis icon Steve DeAngelo, founder of Harborside Health Center.

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Part of the incredible success of these NCIA summits is the organization of cannabis topics to be discussed over the three-day event. The six educational tracks to be discussed next week are:

  • Money, law and your business
  • Running your CannaBusiness
  • Emerging topics in the cannabis industry
  • Cultivation and processing
  • Policy and reform
  • Medical applications of cannabis

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Come Meet the Cannabis Reports Team at Booth 97

Cannabis Reports is incredibly excited to participate with the other wonderful cannabis companies that will be displaying their brands on the expo floor. Our team hopes to answer any questions about the ways Cannabis Reports can dramatically help cannabis businesses push their brand to new heights.

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You can find our founder and CEO David Drake, along with other members of the team, at Booth #97 throughout the exhibition sessions.

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NCIA Exhibit Times:

  • Monday (June 20th): 5pm to 8pm
  • Tuesday (June 21st): 8am-7pm
  • Wednesday (June 22nd): 9am-3pm

Come stop by our booth to explore how cannabis genetics, intelligent tracking systems, and market data can be combined to elevate the technological accomplishments for any cannabis company. Besides valuable information, the Cannabis Reports team will also be distributing freebies like stickers, lighters, and educational booklets with industry data.

David Drake Joins CannaBrand for the Marketing Panel

David Drake, founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports, will join Matt Bell, Devon Richardson and Megan Carr of Cannabrand for the panel titled: “Innovative Marketing Solutions as Cannabis Goes Mainstream.”

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Cannabrand is a Denver-based marketing agency that helps cannabis companies with their complete brand strategy. The panel will take place on Monday June 20th, from 1pm to 3:30pm in Junior Ballroom 1 on Level 2.

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Drake intends to compliment the marketing expertise offered by Cannabrand with technological advice for brands that want to distinguish themselves from the industry norm, which is typically behind other consumable industries.

NCIA Oakland Event Details

Cannabis Reports will be one among many wonderful exhibitors. The NCIA Business Summit and Expo is a fantastic opportunity for like-minded companies to connect with one another and discuss opportunities for “cross-platform pollination.”

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In fact, that term was coined by Uwe Blesching, PhD and author of The Cannabis Health Index, a comprehensive analysis of clinical cannabis research. Blesching has been instrumental in helping Cannabis Reports expand our dataset of clinical studies, with over 620 different studies and their relation to over 130 different conditions, symptoms, and diseases.

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Uwe Blesching will be attending the event and signing copies of his book on June 22nd from 9:30am to 9:45 am at Booth #200, the NCIA Bookstore booth.

Come Say Hello to the Cannabis Reports Team

Come Say Hello to the Cannabis Reports Team

David Drake and the Cannabrand team will be an enlightening panel, although attendees should also strive to hear from other cannabis experts on topics like data, conservancy, intellectual property, and investor relations.

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