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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: January 22nd, 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.

Study Shows Cannabis Reduces Alzheimer’s Symptoms

In a recent study published by The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Israeli researchers found evidence that THC is a potential treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The trial examined eleven patients over a four week period, ten of whom finished with major decreases in delusions, agitation, irritability, apathy, and sleep distress.

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Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Sends Shutdown Notices to Dispensaries

Seattle dispensary owners are once again facing closures. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) delivered letters last week giving two weeks notice that 5 of the 47 recreational cannabis retailers will not be receiving a license for operation.

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Washington is very concerned with eliminating the  gray areas of the industry, and has imposed limits to the number of retailers that can receive licenses.

All of the 47 retailers with licenses or awaiting licensing approval received the notice from the state, and even Seattle’s mayor Ed Murray sees harm in forcibly closing dispensaries who have already withstood several rounds of closures.

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The fact that many of these retail organizations have been operating in compliance for years does not guarantee whether they may remain in business.

Media Incorrectly Associates Cannabis with Drug Trial in France

Last week, the general media had a field day. Cannabis had finally been the direct cause of brain death. Every major new outlet jumped on this news, each article adding more fuel to the flames.

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In their haste, each one of these organizations rushed to publish gripping headlines without any due diligence that responsible journalism requires. Worldwide media organizations later blamed the French media agency i-Télé for the erroneous story, but only after they had retract their own articles.

The confusion all originated because the pain-killing drug being tested was an FAAH inhibitor, which acts on the body’s endogenous endocannabinoid system.

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The drug trial was in Phase I when the adverse effects became clear. The trail was immediately shut down, and the Portuguese drug company Bial were quickly suspended.

Major United Kingdom Study Shows Cannabis Does Not Necessarily Decrease IQ

A major study out of the United Kingdom has produced some very interesting findings that highlight society’s desire to blame negative health on a single cause.

The study in this case examined the IQ of 2,235 teenagers when they were 8 and again when they were 15. Roughly 24% of participants reported having tried cannabis, and just over 3% reported having used cannabis more than 50 times.

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Those teenagers who regularly used cannabis did have lower IQ scores and generally poorer educational performance. However, the researchers found no evidence that cannabis was responsible for this correlation.

“Our findings imply that previously reported associations between adolescent cannabis use and poorer intellectual and educational outcomes may be confounded to a significant degree by related factors.”

-Authors of the study: Are IQ and educational outcomes in teenagers related to their cannabis use? A prospective cohort study.

Cannabis Health Summit

On January 23rd and 24th, Green Flower will be hosting the first virtual Cannabis Health Summit. This online event is free and will be featuring over twenty medical cannabis experts and industry leaders.

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Cannabis Reports will be covering the event both days on our blog and throughout our social media platforms. You can engage with our team both days that weekend between 9am and 5pm on our Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram.

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Hempcon – (San Francisco, CA: Jan 22-24)

Hempcon is back in San Francisco for another round of fun and excitement. This event brings patients in contact with their favorite producers and retailers. Music, games, freebies, and discussions are just a few of the things to look forward to when attending Hempcon. This event will take place at the San Francisco Cow Palace.

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Shades of Green: The State of Cannabis in California for People of Color – (Oakland, CA: Jan 26)

Supernova is pleased to present a FREE seminar for the POC community focused on subjects relating to medical cannabis, legalization, and prison reform. The evening was created in response to the clear need for involvement of communities of color in the legislative efforts regarding cannabis and how to participate in the cannabis market being created in California.

The event will have two panels: one focused on the current state of affairs with an overview of the relevant legislation, regulations, and local politics, and the other will center on the future: the industry opportunities here in California, and how to get involved.

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High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: Jan 30-31 and Feb 5-7)

This two weekend event will be the largest High Times Cannabis Cup ever held, with thousands expected to attend. Due to ticketing issues from a previously cancelled cannabis cup, High Times is offering full transfers of previously purchased tickets for cancelled events.

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Indo Expo Trade Show & Conference – (Denver, CO: Jan 30-31)

The Indo Expo Trade Show and Conference looks to assist in building relationships between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the Indo Expo will support the growth of the industry both locally and nationally by bringing together industry professionals from around the country.

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Alaska Cannabis Institute Business Forum – (Anchorage, AL: Jan 30-31)

ACI weekend seminars feature two intensive days of learning and are offered only 2-3 times per calendar year. If you’re looking to be one of the first marijuana business license holders in Alaska… this is the course for you. Attendees will receive 12+ hours of live instruction from 10 different industry leaders coming from Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

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Cannabis and Taxes: Weighing Social Benefits and Tax Revenue in Cannabis Legislation

Legalized cannabis has the potential of bringing millions of tax dollars to a state’s budget. In a recent analysis, Colorado and Washington have garnered a combined $200 million dollars in taxes on medical and recreational cannabis sales. Those numbers do not even include the funds made available from sales tax, industry fees and licensing costs.

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Many news outlets pounced on the story, highlighting the enormous tax revenue that could be made available if other states choose to legalize and regulate cannabis. The amount of money seems to be the star of the story, but those familiar with the allocation of tax revenue from cannabis warn that sensational tax profits should not be the foundation of cannabis legalization.

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Colorado estimates that it accumulated over $117 million dollars from recreational and medical cannabis sales, and Washington has calculated over $83 million in tax revenue. While these numbers are impressive, they are only fractions of the multi-billion dollar annual budgets required for each states’ operations. In fact, both states wrote their cannabis legislation to allocate the funds for further research and cannabis education for youths.

“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.

California Legalization: Consider the Children

California is expected to see a cannabis legalization measure on the 2016 ballot, and it is encouraging that legislators in America’s cannabis mecca have taken this message to heart. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission report, released earlier this year, calls for any future California cannabis legislation to keep in mind the importance of youth education and prevention of increased exposure.

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The Blue Ribbon Commission calls for legislation to be authored to “capture and invest tax revenue through a fair system of taxation and regulation, and direct that revenue to programs aligned with the goals and needed policy strategies for safe legalization.” These goals are public safety, youth education, and creating a sustainable regulation system.

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Another main point is that if California were to set up cannabis legalization to maximize tax revenue from cannabis sales, the success of that legislation would hinge upon maximum cannabis use, which threatens the chance of exposing youths to cannabis before they are educated.

Spreading the Message of Sensible Cannabis Legislation

As cannabis legalization moves forward across the country, it is important that all states adopt the mindset of creating a safe and sustainable cannabis market, rather than promise increased tax revenue to be spread across various department budgets. As Colorado and Washington have shown, public safety, youth education, and funding progressive regulatory and research organizations is key to bringing responsible cannabis to our society.

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

Sacramento County Board: Fines for Water Used in Cannabis Cultivation

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on July 14th to revise the water code to consider water used for cannabis cultivation as a fineable offense. In 30 days when the rule goes into effect, violators will be subject to a maximum fine of $500 dollars each day. Outdoor cannabis was previously banned, and now legal indoor cannabis cultivation is limited to nine plants. Anything more will be considered water wasting, and subject to the daily fines.

Those who are against this new rule include cannabis patients and industry members, who point out that Sacramento county supports other agriculture not subject to this scrutiny. Sacramento is also home to a lot of golf courses that have not yet adopted “turf reduction” strategies to reduce water consumption.

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Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Requires Lots of Water

Seattle Forces 60% of Medical Dispensaries to Shut Down

In Washington, Seattle city council members unanimously approved a proposal to effectively shut down all medical cannabis dispensaries formed after January 1st, 2013. Business formed after this date will be required to cease operations and cannot apply for a recreational cannabis license. The city says that these businesses are breaking numerous fire and building codes, and are generally engaged in unethical business practices unworthy of a “medical” title.

Retail operations licensed by the State now offer the only legal way to sell marijuana. In contrast, many unlicensed “medical” marijuana retail operations have long since abandoned even a pretense of being a collective garden as described above, and instead simply offer the public sale of marijuana without complying with any of the requirements of Initiative 502 or RCW 69.51A.” – Daniel T. Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

“Retail operations licensed by the State now offer the only legal way to sell marijuana. In contrast, many unlicensed “medical” marijuana retail operations have long since abandoned even a pretense of being a collective garden as described above, and instead simply offer the public sale of marijuana without complying with any of the requirements of Initiative 502 or RCW 69.51A.”

– Daniel T. Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney

There are 45 medical dispensaries that were operating with a license prior to January 1st, 2013, and these groups will be allowed to stay open, provided they obtain a business tax license from Washington’s Liquor & Cannabis Board by July 1st, 2016. This new rule goes into effect in thirty days, and will funnel more money to the city’s cannabis tax revenue. To read more about this development, check out our blog post on this subject.

Colorado Rejects Medical Cannabis for PTSD

In a 6-2 vote, the Colorado Board of Health declined to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a medical condition treatable under the state’s medical cannabis program. Despite heartfelt testimony from doctors and anecdotal evidence from veterans, board members were not convinced because there was not enough science backing the claims. Colorado would only have been the tenth state to recognize PTSD as a medical condition treatable with cannabis use.

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Hawaii Governor Signs HB 321: Protections for Patients and Dispensaries

Hawai’i Governor David Ige signs HB 321, showing his support for Hawaiian cannabis patients by giving protections to medical dispensaries to make cannabis more accessible. Hawai’i has had a medical cannabis program since 2000, but due to no legislation providing any protections, accessing good cannabis products has been difficult for patients. HB 321 hopes to establish a regulated and safe medical program with protections for legitimate dispensaries and patients:

  • Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers.
  • Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place, under certain conditions.
  • Replaces the requirement that a certifying physician be the qualifying patient’s primary care physician with a requirement that the physician have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient.
  • Allows persons authorized to use and possess medical marijuana in other states to be treated similarly to qualifying patients in this State pursuant to rules adopted by the department of health after 1/1/2018.
  • Prohibits primary caregivers from cultivating medical marijuana after 12/31/2018, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Authorizes the department of health to conduct criminal history checks on license applicants, licensees, prospective employees of dispensaries and production centers, subcontractors, and persons authorized to enter and remain on such premises.
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Hawai’i Governor David Ige Shows Support for Medical Cannabis

More Buzz About Cannabis Breathalyzers

As cannabis moves closer to legalization, lawmakers and police are still figuring out how to combat cannabis intoxication while driving. Companies like Cannabix are developing new technologies to detect THC using breath samples. Cannabis DUI products have been in prototype for sometime now, and although there is a current buzz, we are still a ways off from having a reliable model. Once technology catches up with lawmakers, we can have a national conversation about how the exact amount of cannabis that is too impairing.

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Cannabis Breathalyzer (source)

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