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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: December 11th, 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.

California Initiative for Cannabis Legalization Update

California is the birthplace of legal cannabis. In 1996, California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act, allowing medical patients to grow and use their own cannabis. Legalizing recreational cannabis in California seems to be inevitable, but the manner in which the initiative is passed could set a precedent across the other states of America.

(SF Chronicle)

(SF Chronicle)

Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook) is the financial force behind the proposed initiative, which was modified this week to include more protections for youth exposure. Over the past few weeks, organizations with rival proposals have been converting their support over to Parker’s bill as high profile groups give their stamp of approval. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Drug Policy Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access are just a few of the notable organizations and individuals that have sided with Parker.

Pennsylvania House Committee Moves Bill Forward

In Pennsylvania, the House Rules Committee approved of a new medical cannabis bill, Senate Bill 3, with a vote of 25-8. The committee vote occurred on Wednesday, and the full House could be potentially vote on the bill as early as next week. Senate Bill 3 introduces a regulatory framework to ensure the medical patients in Pennsylvania have access to safe and secure cannabis.


Vermont School to Offer Cannabis Science Class

The College of Medicine at the University of Vermont will soon be offering a course on the unbiased science behind cannabis. According to pharmacology professor Wolfgang Dostmann, the goal of the course is to “demystify the whole thing and say what [cannabis] is, what is going on with it, how does it work.”


One of the many problems that will be uncovered as this course unfolds is the true lack of empirical data and unadulterated science. For politicized reasons, cannabis has been demonized for the last eight decades, and the science has been purposefully guided to reflect the federal government’s insistence that cannabis is a dangerous, deadly drug.


Colorado Tourism Being Influenced by Cannabis

The news this week was filled with reports on the positive effect that cannabis has had on Colorado’s tourism. The Colorado Tourism Office commissioned a study showing that legal cannabis was an increasing factor behind trips being planned for the state.


Surveys in October and November showed that nearly 49 percent of Colorado vacations were influenced by the availability of legal cannabis. The study did not, however, measure how many people were deterred to travel to Colorado due to the cannabis laws.

Upcoming Cannabis Events


The Emerald Cup – (Santa Rosa, CA: Dec. 12-13)

The Emerald Cup is one of California’s most prestigious cannabis events. Twelve years ago, Tim Blake decided to found a competition to highlight the wonderful cannabis being cultivated in Northern California.

The Emerald Cup measures the best cannabis out of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity county, and many other California locations. Smoke Reports is excited to attend. Check out our blog on the event.


Sungrown Cannabis Festival – (Portland, OR: Dec. 12)

Sungrown Cannabis Festival is a gathering of local growers, producers, artists, chefs and community members to celebrate the first legal sungrown cannabis harvest in the state of Oregon.


Blazers Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: Dec. 12-13)

The 2015 Blazers Cup cannabis festival is a 2-day celebration of the best medical marijuana in Southern California. With live musical performances from The Game and Kid Ink, we will be recognizing California’s premier MMJ growers, breeders, edible chefs and extract artists.


High Times Business Conference & Expo – (Washington, D.C: Dec. 14-16)

The High Times Business Conference & Expo will be host to over 2,000 entrepreneurs, major investors and business leaders, along with 100+ exhibitors. Come network with the top decision makers amongst the largest and most diverse gathering of cannabusiness professionals in the industry.

A blend of seminars, keynotes and break out sessions along with an expo of the top services, support and products for budding entrepreneurs, this will be the ultimate place to grow business.


Puff, Pass, and Paint – (Portland, OR: Dec. 18)

Join Denver-based painter Heidi Keyes and her crew for a casual and creative 2-hour smoking session, while you follow along with her step-by-step instructions to create your own mind-altered masterpiece (or get inspired and completely follow your own whims – up to you!). Classes only hold up to 20 students to allow for individual attention, an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, and joint-passing ease.


DOPE Industry Awards – (Seattle, WA: Dec. 19)

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the best industry in the world and all the amazing people and companies that are a part of it. The DOPE Industry Awards will once again be a night to remember, honoring the finest in the Cannabis Industry. Last year’s event hosted over 700 people and was considered by many to be the event of the year.

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