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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER: SF may temporarily block new medical cannabis dispensaries from opening

September 12th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER: SF may temporarily block new medical cannabis dispensaries from opening”

San Francisco’s decision whether to stunt the growth of the cannabis industry by enacting an interim moratorium comes to a head today.

 The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote this afternoon on Supervisor Malia Cohen’s legislation to enact a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of permits for medical cannabis dispensaries (MCDs). The length of the moratorium could be extended with subsequent board votes for up to two years.

The proposed moratorium comes as voter-approved legalized recreational marijuana will go into effect Jan. 1 and as The City is crafting regulations for recreational use. Those regulations are expected to create a process for medical cannabis dispensaries to also sell recreational marijuana.

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THE GUARDIAN: Patients to get easier access to medicinal cannabis under Greens bill

September 12th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “THE GUARDIAN: Patients to get easier access to medicinal cannabis under Greens bill”

The Greens leader, Richard di Natale, has accused the federal government of “ignoring the will of parliament” on the importation of medicinal cannabis as doctors complain that the current system has “multiple obstacles” that prevent terminally ill patients from obtaining the drug.

Di Natale will introduce a bill on Tuesday to clear the way for importers to stock more medicinal cannabis products.

While the government made medicinal cannabis legal in 2016, it did not allow medical practitioners to prescribe terminally ill patients some previously approved products without seeking prior authorisation, under Category A of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s special access scheme.

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THE CANNIFORNIAN: How a cannabis patch has given a former NFL star some relief

September 8th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “THE CANNIFORNIAN: How a cannabis patch has given a former NFL star some relief”

SAN FRANCISCO — The flesh-colored bandage is sealed to the southeastern region of Reggie Williams’ knee.

The former Cincinnati Bengals star linebacker doesn’t go anywhere without his 96-hour pain reliever. It helps him live with a right knee that is as gnarled as redwood burl.

The patch has turned Williams, 62, into a disciple of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive ingredient found in the marijuana plant that many say has therapeutic value.

I’ve tried everything,” said Williams, who lost two Super Bowls to the 49ers. “More than even smoking, this patch is consistently making a positive difference.”

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GREEN RUSH DAILY: This Is The First Cannabis Ad To Air On A National Network

September 8th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “GREEN RUSH DAILY: This Is The First Cannabis Ad To Air On A National Network”

A Colorado-based law firm is responsible for the first cannabis ad to ever air on national television.

With the cannabis industry booming, it’s no surprise that the Green Rush is getting a lot of attention. National attention that is. And considering that media is the biggest conduit in the Information Age, it’s only natural that pot is appearing on our television screens. No, we’re not talking about “Weeds.” We’re talking about advertisements. That’s right: the first cannabis ad has finally hit the small screen, and on national networks, no less.

The ad, which aired earlier this month, has so far been featured on mainstream networks like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Weather Channel, Viceland, Headline News, and Fox Business.

Perhaps the most surprising element of the commercial is perhaps what it’s not for. Rather than showcasing a dispensary or retailer, it’s a bona fide showcase for Hoban Law Group, a Colorado-based law firm.

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LEAFLY: California Won’t Ban Cannabis Ads, for Now

September 8th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “LEAFLY: California Won’t Ban Cannabis Ads, for Now”

California lawmakers have backed away from a plan to impose significant restrictions on cannabis advertising, agreeing to kill a bill that would have banned cannabis-industry ads on clothing and other merchandise.

The proposal, by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), would have prohibited state-licensed cannabis businesses from advertising “through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.” Nonprofits and other noncommercial speech would have been exempt.

Allen and other supporters of SB 162 said the measure was aimed at protecting children from potentially harmful marketing practices. But critics complained that the bill went too far and could ultimately do more harm than good.

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LEAFLY: American Veterinarian Group Gets Behind Cannabis Rescheduling

August 31st, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “LEAFLY: American Veterinarian Group Gets Behind Cannabis Rescheduling”

A leading veterinary organization is joining the fight to reschedule cannabis in an effort to speed research into the plant’s effects on our furry friends.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) approved a resolution at its conference last month to begin exploring how to advocate that cannabis be rescheduled federally, moving it from Schedule I to Schedule II. The move would increase opportunities to research cannabis for therapeutic use among both animals and humans.

“The House APPROVED recommending that the AVMA Board of Directors investigate working with other research organizations and medical stakeholders to reclassify cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses,” the organization said in a resolution posted on its website.

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THE CANNABIST: Tiny Colorado town has a weed store for every 170 people

August 31st, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “THE CANNABIST: Tiny Colorado town has a weed store for every 170 people”

Parachute, a community of only about 1,200 people just off Interstate 70, has approved its seventh recreational marijuana store.

As Grand Junction to the west and Rifle to the east don’t allow the sale of recreational marijuana, Parachute, which turned to pot when its natural gas tax revenue took a hit, continues to establish itself as a destination for drivers for that stretch of the I-70 corridor.

At the Board of Trustees hearing on Aug. 16, the board approved of a license for a retail marijuana store, Tokin’ Tipi LLC, which will further build Parachute’s “Highway Tourist District.” The proposed retail marijuana store location previously housed Old Mountain Gift and Jewelry and will be on East Second Street just off the highway.

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HIGH TIMES: Veterans: VA is publishing ‘worthless’ pot studies, blocking real research

August 31st, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “HIGH TIMES: Veterans: VA is publishing ‘worthless’ pot studies, blocking real research”

For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been dealing with a quiet crisis in a way similar to how it dealt with abhorrent conditions at its main hospital: Continue apace with a broken system and pray nobody notices. Spoiler—it’s not working, and it’s obvious.

As many as 30 percent of the 2.7 million men and women deployed to war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 returned with post-traumatic stress disorder. Many other veterans also suffer from chronic pain. To date, opiates have been central to the VA’s strategy for dealing with war’s predictable and lasting collateral damage. (That the country’s opiate crisis arose at the same time as the country’s two ongoing and apparently edless foreign wars is sheer coincidence, surely.)

A growing number of combat veterans believe cannabis is an appropriate, effective and nonaddictive long-term solution for PTSD and chronic pain, and they want to be able to use it with the full approval and cooperation of the VA.

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LEAFLY: 6 Ways to Enjoy Cannabis Without Having to Smoke It

August 31st, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “LEAFLY: 6 Ways to Enjoy Cannabis Without Having to Smoke It”

Think back to the first time you smoked cannabis. You probably recall the burning throat, the uncoordinated attempts to use a carb, the inability to gauge how long to pull the smoke… Ah yes, those were the days. But the memories of yesteryear for you veterans are very alive and real for those just now jumping on the cannabis bandwagon.

Not everyone likes to smoke, and those with compromised lung health may not even have the option. The stigmatized image of smoking might be the only thing stopping some people from trying cannabis, even if they live in a state with legal marijuana (maybe you can see your mom taking a bong rip, but I sure can’t).

Even though there are a number of different ways you can consume cannabis that have evolved over the years, you may be looking for a more health-conscious option. Here are some suggestions for a smoke-free cannabis experience.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Trump Wants to Get Tough on Crime. Victims Don’t Agree.

August 25th, 2017 Posted by CANNABIS INDUSTRY 0 comments on “THE NEW YORK TIMES: Trump Wants to Get Tough on Crime. Victims Don’t Agree.”

Sending more people to prison, deporting illegal immigrants, cracking down on marijuana use — those are some of the things the Trump administration has said will make America safer.

But what do crime victims think about all this? It is a group whose views are rarely measured, but a poll commissioned by the Alliance for Safety and Justice sought to find out.

A few notes of caution: The group supports criminal justice reform, including incarcerating fewer people, and seeks to promote the voices of victims who agree. […]

But it is a rare chance to hear from victims, more than 800 of whom were asked about their views on the administration’s criminal justice policies. By and large, their priorities appear very different from the president’s.

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