420 Magazine ® – International Cannabis News – September 2015

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Select Marijuana Users Could Be 45% Less Likely To Develop This Type Of Cancer

Few issues have garnered more attention from Americans in recent memory than the expansion of marijuana. Marijuana’s Tug-Of-War Just a decade ago, based on a poll from Gallup, only around a third of respondents to its survey were in favor of seeing marijuana legalized on a national level. Yet, here were stand in 2015 with three major polls (Gallup, General Social Survey and Pew Research Center) all pointing to…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Colorado Raises $150 Million From Marijuana. Will More States legalize?

Colorado has brought in more than $150 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to official state data. That doesn’t make it a budgetary panacea, warn lawmakers. “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,” said J. Skyler McKinley, deputy director of the governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination, to the Huffington…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Banks Don’t Want Marijuana Money Due To Regulatory Complications

Every month, Jamie Perino hires a security detail to come to her three recreational marijuana dispensaries. They stop by, collect thousands of dollars in cash and head out to deliver the money to the state, county and city. Perino, the CEO of Euflora dispensaries, said she can’t find a bank that will work with her. She pays her employees and her landlord in cash. She can only accept cash from customers. She must…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Who’s Legalizing Marijuana In The United States?

Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. One of the most powerful and influential groups – Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project – was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two of four states that now allow recreational use. MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Marijuana Supporters See Reasons For Optimism

When Les Stark of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition organized a rally in Wilkes-Barre last year, he was excited at the prospect of new state laws on medical cannabis and industrial hemp. He’s still waiting, but the status of marijuana in Pennsylvania may be changing. Several bills are moving through the state Legislature. Stark, of Exeter Township in Berks County, is confident that when he organizes an event next…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Medical Marijuana: What Are The Rules?

After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana patient in California. He now can legally purchase and possess marijuana from any one of thousands of marijuana businesses in the state. Across the country in Connecticut, an established physician-patient…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-06-2015
Georgia Native Sees Potential In Growing Marijuana

Mike Bragg waited a while before telling his family in south Georgia about his new business growing medical cannabis. The former commercial real estate agent, whose business went under early in the 2008 recession, knew his relatives would think he was nuts. Bragg, an Albany native who now lives and works in Silicon Valley, is not looking so much like a renegade these days. A commission, created by the…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Canada Receives Its First Application For A Medical Marijuana Grow Operation

Gateway Industrial Park could potentially be the home of Kamloops’s first medical marijuana grow operation. “This is a first within the City of Kamloops. While we have had other inquiries this is the only formal application,” development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski says. The application is to rezone the property at 8170 Dallas Drive, which is currently zoned industrial. Medical…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Florida: Push On Again To Get Medical Marijuana Question On The Ballot In 2016

The Key West City Commission Tuesday night finalized a local law that allows police to write citations for people possessing small amounts of marijuana rather than arrest them on a misdemeanor charge. Statewide, there is a larger pot fight. A 2014 statewide referendum to allow pot use for certain medical conditions under a doctor’s care failed by just 2 percent. Looking toward the November 2016 ballot,…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
California: Jerry Brown’s Last-Minute Medical Marijuana Regulations

With just under two weeks remaining in the legislative session, California Gov. Jerry Brown is working to craft what would become the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana. While details on the exact nature of the regulations remain scarce, the Sacramento Bee reports that aides in Brown’s office are working hard to pass a “compromise” medical marijuana measure before the end of the session. The…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Wellness Connection Of Maine Recalls 2 Strains Of Medical Marijuana

The Wellness Connection of Maine is voluntarily recalling two strains of medical marijuana. The Wellness Connection of Maine says while medical marijuana is legal under Maine state law, it has not been federally approved. In the absence of national industry-wide or state-mandated “generally accepted practices” for testing cannabis, the Wellness Connection of Maine has created stringent internal quality…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Wyoming Medical Society Announces Opposition To Medical Marijuana Effort

The Wyoming Medical Society has come out against a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Wyoming. The statewide group, which counts more than 700 physicians and physician assistants as members, announced its opposition in a position paper posted to its website. The statements says the group “opposes medical marijuana outside of the regulatory process of the U.S. Food and Drug…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Colorado: Makes Plans For Symposium On Local Marijuana Regulation

Denver city officials didn’t exactly embrace Amendment 64 before voters statewide – and heavily in Denver – approved recreational marijuana legalization in 2012. But Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry. This week the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy, headed by Ashley Kilroy, announced that it will…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
New Mexico: Two City Councilors To Push For Marijuana Decriminalization

Two Albuquerque city councilors plan to introduce legislation next week that would make it a civil offense – not a criminal violation – under city law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana. Their proposal would also declare marijuana as the lowest law-enforcement priority for city police. Officers, however, would still have discretion to cite people under the state law for marijuana possession – the…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Oregon: Citizens Sought To Help Draft City’s Marijuana Rules

The City of Bend is seeking applicants for four seats on the Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will assist the City Council in developing time, place and manner restrictions related to marijuana businesses in the city. The advisory committee will begin meeting in mid-September and meet every other week. The City Council intends to consider time, place and manner regulations in December. …
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
The Women In Weed Who Could Make Legal Marijuana A Billion-Dollar Industry

It seems fitting that a plant called Mary Jane could smash the patriarchy. After all, only female marijuana flowers produce cannabinoids like the potent THC chemical that gets users buzzed. Pot farmers strive to keep all their crops female through flowering female clones of one plant, called the Mother. And women are moving into the pot business so quickly that they could make it the first billion-dollar industry…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-05-2015
Oregon: Two Months After Marijuana Legalization, More Changes On Way

It’s just been over two months since marijuana legalization went into effect in Oregon. Those involved in cannabis in the state told GoLocalPDX that while plenty has changed in the state in the past 60 days, there are lots of changes to prepare for in the coming weeks. The next date that many in the cannabis community have circled on their calendars is October 1. That’s when already licensed medical marijuana…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
How Marijuana Is Being Embraced By The Wellness Movement

Picture this: you’re watching Scandal. After a long day of stealth and subterfuge, Olivia Pope has returned home, wrapped herself in a white cashmere robe and is ready to unwind. But instead of a glass of red wine, maybe she sips some tea infused with peppermint and cannabis, perhaps Evergreen Herbal’s caffeine-free chai “with bold flavors of cinnamon, clove and cardamom.” Or eats a handful of nuts roasted with…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Massachusetts: Second Medical Marijuana Facility Opens

The state’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened today in Brockton, an addition that patient advocates say is crucial to getting patients broader access. In Good Health, located at 1200 West Chestnut St. in Brockton, is second only to Alternative Therapies Group in Salem to open a medical marijuana dispensary nearly three years after voters approved the sale of medical marijuana in Massachusetts. “It’s…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Cannabis Oil Last Hope For Texas Child With Epilepsy

In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that legalized the use of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients, making Texas the 16th state to allow access to limited medical use of marijuana-derived oils. “A lot of Texans are ready to see access to medical marijuana for those patients that have debilitating conditions,” Heather Fazio with the Marijuana Project said. “We worked for a bill that would have allowed a…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Legislature Passed Marijuana Law That Fails Needs Of Patients

Medical marijuana patients were generally ignored when the Cannabis Patient Protection Act was up for debate this year. Instead legislators pushing this bill were more concerned with those who would benefit from restrictions on cannabis such as the pharmaceutical industry. The shortsightedness shown by those pushing this legislation may end up costing patients and others, including the state, in the long run. In…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Arkansas: Poll Shows Support For Physician-prescribed Medical Marijuana Usage

While Arkansas voters are not for completely legalizing marijuana, they are overwhelmingly supportive of a restrictive usage of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a new Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group survey. In the latest poll of 400 registered voters conducted on Aug. 20-23, 2015, 84% said they agreed with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Q: Do you agree…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into The Marijuana Business

This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen. There will be live music, food, outdoor games – and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D. That pot lounge – modeled on an Amsterdam…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
New Hampshire Proposes ‘Pre-Registration Period’ For Medical Marijuana ID Cards

As New Hampshire inches closer toward the launch of its medical marijuana program, officials are continuing to iron out rules that will affect how people can apply to legally possess the substance and how treatment centers handling therapeutic cannabis will have to operate. Public hearings on changes to two sets of rules – one on the registry for the medical marijuana program and one on the alternative treatment…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Washington: Medical Marijuana Registry Viewed Warily

Washington state officials are in the midst of creating a voluntary medical marijuana registry for patients. On Thursday, officials from the state’s Department of Health listened as about a dozen Southwest Washington residents expressed concerns about the idea of a medical marijuana database. State lawmakers passed a measure this legislative session reconciling the state’s medical and recreational marijuana…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Marijuana Advocates Pledge To Work With Colorado For New Marijuana Rules

Backers of a ballot measure to allow marijuana use in Denver bars and restaurants have halted their campaign. The Clerk and Recorder was expected to certify signatures, qualifying their initiative for the ballot on Friday. “We want to collaborate with city officials,” said Mason Tvert, a marijuana advocate who said his group was approached by city officials who want to craft a policy together. “We were…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Nebraska: Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally At Courthouse

Supporters of petitions to legalize cannabis for medical purposes and make a new political party attended a rally Thursday afternoon at the Adams County Courthouse. About eight supporters participated in the rally, holding signs asking passers-by to sign the petitions. One petition would put an initiative on the ballot for voters in Nebraska to decide whether to make medical marijuana legal in the state….
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Cannabis Industry Finds A Foothold At The Oregon State Fair

The Oregon State Fair might need to break out some green ribbons – marijuana is moving in. This year’s fair, which runs through Labor Day, is in many regards your typical celebration of Americana, but with marijuana newly legalized for recreational use, it also means an opportunity for Oregon’s burgeoning cannabis industry – one that could soon lead to plants and edibles entered alongside orchids and apple pies…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Israel Could Grow Into A Global Cannabis Startup Superpower

Known for its dynamic tech startups, agricultural innovations, and security solutions, Israel could soon add cannabis powerhouse to the list, thanks to domestic efforts to decriminalize the drug… and a push to use it as a medical export. Israel is already a leading global player in clinical testing and Israeli growers have been leveraging those clinical trials to produce new strains for decades. These growers…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Colorado: Pro-Marijuana Activists Pull Back On Ballot Measure

Pro-marijuana activists campaigning to allow the drug to be used legally in adults-only businesses like nightclubs or bars said on Thursday they were withdrawing a ballot measure that would have put the issue before voters in Denver in November. Activists said they were pulling the initiative because they believed they could reach a compromise with city officials and business groups that would result in local…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Texas: Medical Marijuana Supporters Hold Waco Rally

A small contingent of medical marijuana advocates staged an awareness rally at one of Waco’s busiest intersections during afternoon drive-time traffic Thursday. Motorists honked at about 17 people waving flags and neon signs at the intersection of West Waco Drive and North Valley Mills Drive. Many held cardboard posters with slogans such as “Patient lives matter” and “Honk for marijuana,” in various colors,…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Arizona Medical Patients Can Legally Purchase Marijuana In Reno and Las Vegas

Arizona’s medical-marijuana patients now can patronize newly opened dispensaries in Reno and Las Vegas and possess up to 2.5 ounces anywhere in Nevada. Arizona, like some of the other 23 states with medical-marijuana laws, allows people with valid medical cards from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona, but they can’t legally buy it at Arizona dispensaries. Nevada apparently is the only state…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
California: Brown Brokering Late Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is crafting the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, a session-closing play that could end nearly two decades of clashing interpretations and court battles. With the Legislature scheduled to leave town next week, Brown’s office is said to be bearing down on the details of a compromise medical cannabis measure, legislation that would have implications for the…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-04-2015
Senator To Address Cannabis Industry In New York

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is set to become the first ever sitting senator to give a keynote speech for a cannabis industry conference later in September, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The conference, put on by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), is scheduled for Sept. 21 in New York City and will attract hundreds of cannabis professionals from all over the United States….
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
New York: Company Tells Board It Will Consider Other Sites For Marijuana Dispensary

Representatives of a medical marijuana company said they will consider alternative sites for Suffolk County’s first dispensary of the drug after Riverhead Town officials moved to block a proposed location on Route 58. Columbia Care NY LLC officials said at a town board work session Thursday that they will present town officials with two or three alternative sites before Sept. 16. Riverhead officials have…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
New Mexico: Former Sheriff Wants In On Medical Marijuana

A former sheriff who previously lobbied against medical marijuana in New Mexico now wants a piece of the weed pie. Darren White, whose law enforcement credentials include stints as cabinet secretary for the Department of Public Safety, Bernalillo County Sheriff and public safety director for the City of Albuquerque, is one of eight names serving as a board of director with Purlife, which filed an application with…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
How Cannabis Can Kill Cancer

Among the deadliest diseases these days, cancer tops the list. Though some other diseases are also in the list, but many of them are curable in the end. It is not that medical science has not been trying to find a breakthrough in the treatment of this deadly disease, but the success rate has not been that high. One cannot blame the lack of human endeavors to fight diseases like cancer. However, the recent…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Wisconsin: Cancer Survivor Sparks City’s Marijuana Reform

When Ben Kollock first felt a swollen lymph node in his neck in the winter of 2014, he thought he had a routine cold that would pass after a few days of suffering through a runny nose and stuffy head. But after a visit to the doctor to check it out, Kollock in February learned it was a symptom of something much worse: the then-26-year-old had leukemia, a cancer that attacks the body’s bone marrow and lymphatic…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Do Alaska Cannabis Regulations Allow For Chefs To Get In The Game?

Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they’re setting the initial boundaries of the legal market. “I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over, to serve cannabis-infused foods? I’m a chef and I…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
New Jersey: City Council Vote Makes Good Sense To Dispensary

The August 31 vote by Salem City Council to allow adults 21 and over to enter medical marijuana facilities beginning October 1 makes good civic sense to Cindy and Mark Cusick, owners of the Herbal Grasslands medical marijuana dispensary in South Salem. The vote, which allows recreational cannabis users to purchase product legally from licensed medical dispensaries beginning next month, passed by 8 – 1, with the…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Colorado: Pets Get Taste Of Cannabis Company Products

One of Denver’s largest cannabis manufacturers is trying to bring a few new products to market, including a remedy for anxious dogs. Dixie Brands, the parent company of Dixie Elixirs cannabis-infused drinks, said it plans to launch two new items in November. Aceso and Therabis are made from a concentrate of industrial hemp, a breed of the cannabis plant that contains negligible quantities of…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
New Hampshire: Public Hearings To Be Held On Medical Marijuana Rules

The public will have a chance to comment on a series of proposed updates to the rules around New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program at two hearings scheduled for 1 and 2 p.m. today at the Brown Building Auditorium, 129 Pleasant St. The first hearing, at 1 p.m., will address the rules that govern the registry for the state’s medical marijuana program. Among other items, the rules introduce a proposal to…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Minnesota Medical Marijuana Manufacturer Delays Opening Additional Dispensaries

A Minnesota medical marijuana manufacturer will delay opening additional dispensaries until spring in hopes that patient numbers will grow. Minnesota Medical Solutions, which opened dispensaries in Rochester and Minneapolis in July, had planned to open one in Moorhead and another in Eden Prairie this fall, according to its CEO, Dr. Kyle Kingsley. “The patient numbers just don’t justify immediately opening…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Demand Soaring At Massachusetts’ Lone Marijuana Dispensary

The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts. That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Here’s What’s New In Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment

Medical marijuana is close to being back in the hands of Florida voters, but this time around, the amendment has new wording. Here’s what’s new, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager of medical marijuana organization United for Care: The original amendment allowed five medical marijuana patients per caregiver, but now it says the Department of Health decides the number of patients per caregiver. …
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
California: Medical Marijuana Ads Light Up Bay Area Broadcast

An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary has started running television ads in one of the first campaigns of its kind in the Bay Area, even as the industry remains illegal at the federal level. Magnolia Wellness, located at 161 Adeline St. in West Oakland, has begun running ads on local public channels KRON and KOFY. The ads features multiple patients who talk about the health benefits of cannabis, but don’t…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Nevada: More In City Work To Get Into Medicinal Marijuana Business

One week after Clark County’s first dispensary opened for business, more people are looking to get legal. The Department of Motor Vehicles say it has seen a significant increase in the number of customers looking for amended licenses. Those licenses are stamped with the words “Medical Marijuana Patient.” Businesses looking to get you legal are cashing in as well. Officials with Dr. Reefer, a company that…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Illinois Medical Marijuana Cards Top 3,000

About 3,000 of some 3,700 people who have applied for cards allowing them to buy medical marijuana have been approved by the state of Illinois. That’s according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, which updates the figures on the first Wednesday of each month, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The number of residents applying and receiving the cards in Illinois grew slowly in August, as legal…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Canada: Ruling On Medical Facilities Expected By December

A Nova Scotia firm expects to know by Christmas whether it can open a pair of medical marijuana production plants in the province. George McCarthy, a roofing contractor and president of Prime Pot Inc., is seeking to create licensed growing facilities in Port Hawkesbury and Dartmouth. After making application to Health Canada a year and a half ago, McCarthy said his enterprise is now tied up in a security…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
Sue Sisley Doing Her Best For Marijuana And Vets With PTSD

After 17 months, Dr. Suzanne Sisley is about to get the marijuana she needs to start a federally approved clinical study into whether marijuana helps veterans with PTSD. She proposed this research five years ago, and has been herding bureaucratic turtles ever since. She’ll do the study in Arizona even though none of the state’s universities wanted to work with her on the fully funded study into one of the hottest…
by Jacob Redmond on 09-03-2015
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