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The Heartbreaking Plight of Colorado’s ‘Marijuana Refugees’

Last week, Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal, flanked by dozens of families with children suffering from rare and intractable medical conditions, stood on the steps of the state capitol and signed the state’s first medical marijuana bill into law. “This certainly has touched my heart,” the teary-eyed governor told reporters and others assembled for the signing. “And I’m pleased today we’re going to make a…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 175
Nevada Lawmakers Take Colorado Marijuana Tour

With smiles, selfies and a few nervous chuckles, a group of Nevada legislators and policymakers got a first-hand look at Colorado’s fast-growing legal marijuana industry this weekend, coming face-to-face with thousands of green growing plants. The small group is part of Nevada’s efforts to understand legalization could mean. The Silver State has permitted medical marijuana, and now there’s talk voters might be…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 207
Man In Desperate Need Of Medical Marijuana Crowd-sourcing Moving Costs

With millions of dollars flowing across the internet via crowd-sourcing sites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter, one man has decided to use these tools as a way to get what he so desperately needs: Moving money to get to a state with medical marijuana. Here is his story: Seth Green and his mom need to relocate to Colorado to be able to secure safe medication and have access to qualified and informed physicians to…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 265
Marijuana Is Not, Repeat Not, A Gateway Drug

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug. The gateway theory argues that because heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users often used marijuana before graduating to harder drugs, it must be a “gateway” to harder drug use. The theory implies that there is a causal…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 186
Colorado: Smoke Clears On 4/20 Festivities

What would it take for Colorado – and the entire nation – to finally put an end to the failed war against marijuana? It was April 18, 2009. Mere hours remained before thousands of pot enthusiasts would descend upon designated locations in Denver and Boulder to do what they’d always done each April 20. At 4:20 p.m., they’d each light up a joint. In the meantime, I was concluding my presentation as the opening…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 210
Missouri: Ponders Medical Marijuana And The Money To Be Made Selling It

Steve Mitchem’s career has spanned from evangelical minister to president of the luxury jeweler Tivol to the controversial world of online lending. For the last few years, he’s also been growing and selling marijuana. The Kansas City businessman is a partner in Buddy Boy Brands LLC, one of Colorado’s largest medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation companies. Over the last few months, he’s been doing his…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 112
New York: Meet The Man Behind Proposed Medical Marijuana Growing Facility

When discussing medical marijuana, the conversation inevitably turns to whether the federal government or a state will legalize recreational use of the drug. That’s not the case when you’re talking to Josh Stanley, who has been called the “pioneer” of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry. Stanley and his business, Citiva Medical, are focused squarely on the medicinal uses of the cannabis plant. With New…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 156
Iowa: Push To Decriminalize Marijuana Continues

The push to decriminalize marijuana in Cedar Falls may have diminished since the City Council voted it down in January, but the idea hasn’t died out. While state legislators debate increasing accessibility to medical marijuana and reducing penalties for possession of small amounts of the substance in Des Moines, the University of Northern Iowa student government and a group of local activists are breathing new…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 123
The Marijuana Industry And It’s First Crossroads

Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree, and public perception of the plant is clearly shifting. Medical marijuana is being used in treatment of a variety of illnesses including several types of seizures, cancer and post-traumatic stress…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 275
Oregon: Cannabis Greenhouses Proposed For Community Improvement

The proposed development of commercial greenhouses to grow recreational marijuana near Lakeview will be discussed at a community meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Lake County Senior Center in Lakeview. Jerry Chen, co-founder and CEO of the 42nd Group, said the firm envisions using geothermal energy to develop 20 large greenhouses north of Lakeview near Hunter’s Hot Springs Resort. He said the business could…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 143
Colorado: Why We’re Starting Our 7-Year-Old Daughter On Medical Marijuana

If all goes as planned, my daughter, Julia, will start medical marijuana on Monday. (Say that seven times fast.) Medical marijuana on Monday. This is really happening. Julia started taking anti-seizure medication when she was 7 months old, following her first seizure and diagnosis of Infantile Spasms. In the seven years since then, she’s tried 13 different pharmaceuticals and various combinations of those 13…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 121
University Of Akron Students Invent Device To Detect Marijuana In Drivers

Two University of Akron students won a $10,000 inventors’ award for developing a sensor that they say will allow police to determine in minutes if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Mariam Crow and Kathleen Stitzlein, graduate students in biomedical engineering, hope to eventually market their roadside testing device, the Cannibuster, to police in states where marijuana has been legalized, according to…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 134
Canada: Set To Open Medical Marijuana Facility That Will Ship Across The Country

Two young entrepreneurs are confident their business plan for a medical marijuana facility, set to launch within weeks in Masson, Que. will bring them success, and more importantly, relief to sufferers across the country. Sebastien St-Louis and Adam Miron, both 31, are brothers-in-law and co-founders of the Hydropothecary – a facility that will soon distribute medical marijuana throughout Canada. “Like all…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 131
Industrial Hemp Producers Laud North Dakota Bill, But Are In Wait-And-See Mode

Some observers say a bill passed this session by the North Dakota Legislature that sets down guidelines for industrial hemp provides important momentum for growing the crop and could help create an industry for Indian tribes. However, it could take a while to sort out federal policies. Hemp is used to make clothing and other products, but growing it has been illegal under federal law because the plant is related…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 36
Washington: Some Patients Concerned About New Medical Marijuana Rules

Many patients who depend on medical marijuana are paying close attention to Washington’s new regulations, which could have a big impact once they take effect. “It should be to help patients get more access in this new legal market, not less,” said Cari Boiter, a patient who uses medical marijuana to treat a hereditary joint problem. Boiter says the products she buys at the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 127
Florida: State’s Lawyers Argue Nursery Ineligible To Fight Marijuana Rule

Lawyers for state health regulators have a week to convince a judge to toss out a challenge to a proposed medical-marijuana rule in a case that could hinge on whether a nursery was “pregnant” when its owner filed the complaint. After hearing two days of testimony, Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins on Friday put on hold the Florida Department of Health’s repeated requests to dismiss the challenge filed by…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 165
Alabama: Patients On Waiting List For Carly’s Law Study Told They’re Approved

Carrie Akins received a letter in the mail recently stating her daughter Avery had been “approved/recommended” by the University of Alabama at Birmingham CBD Treatment Approval Committee members to take part in the college’s trial that would use marijuana-derived medicine to treat seizures. However, the message continued to say “this letter does not guarantee” that the 8-year-old Foley Elementary School student…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 171
Legalized Cannabis Isn’t Good Business, Yet

Marijuana has been smokin’ hot lately, with Wall Street trying to tap into the reefer madness with all sorts of funds aimed at businesses in Colorado and Washington state. That being said, legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis is not the same as making it good business. Federal law still considers marijuana a Class I drug (with no redeeming medical value), effectively denying marijuana entrepreneurs access to…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 129
Florida: Charlotte’s Web Rule Challenge Comes Down To ‘Snapshot In Time’

The battle over the Florida’s Charlotte’s Web law may come down to a snapshot in time. The question before administrative law Judge W. David Watkins is at what point Baywood Nurseries became an affected party with standing to sue and block the state from implementing the Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act of 2014. Put another way, to use the words of a Department of Health attorney, when did Baywood become…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 104
Please Pass The Pepper…And The Joint

On a dark corner here in the Mission District on March 31, the doors opened at 7 p.m. for an under-the-radar pop-up dinner. Stationed at the entrance was a man who meticulously carded each of the 60 guests, even two with white hair. Inside the bar, long tables were set with wineglasses, place cards and something you don’t see much of anymore: ashtrays. Soon after the party began, smoke wafted through the…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 168
Pennsylvania: Nearly 200 Marijuana Plants Found In Home

Two people have been arrested after police found nearly 200 marijuana plants in their Genesee Township home. Accused are Matthew James Andrews, 46, and Chelah Marie Ryan, 36, both of 214 Main St., Genesee, Coudersport-based state police reported. According to police, they executed a search warrant at the Main Street residence based on information obtained during an investigation into an indoor growing…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 105
California: With Legalization, Lawyers Turn To Business Of Marijuana

Law firms and marijuana have long intersected in criminal court. But as pot goes mainstream, firms are getting into the business side of the multi-billion-dollar industry. Over the past several years, small and mid-sized firms have started marijuana divisions that advise pot-related businesses about issues such as where they can locate, what their websites and product labels can say and how to vet new clients….
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 130
Hawaii: No Compassion In Overtaxing Medical Marijuana

As you might be aware, in 2000 Hawaii enacted a medical use of marijuana law (Act 228, Session Laws of Hawaii 2000). The problem, of course, has been how to get this medical marijuana to those who need it without violating other laws. This year our Legislature is working on House Bill 321, which would establish standards for and regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries. The bill started off in the House, and…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-26-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 126
Colorado: Cannabis Tax Earns Capitol Support Along With Some Voter Ire

A measure that would ask Colorado voters to allow the state to keep revenue from marijuana taxes is making its way through the Legislature. House Bill 1367 – sponsored by state budget writers – would ask voters this November to approve applying $40 million of marijuana revenue toward school construction projects, $12 million for youth programs and marijuana education and $6 million for general state spending, for…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 330
Colorado: Recreational Pot Prices Expected To Fall Fast This Year

Colorado is on the verge of a marijuana price war. As competition heats up in a market where demand is particularly sensitive to low prices, analysts are expecting a drop this year in prices for the state’s recreational pot. As the number of retailers increases, the competition is only getting tougher. Analysts at New Frontier Financials say that “the rate with which new cultivators are entering the market is…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 1045
Louisiana: So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance?

Jacob Irving steadied himself with his arms and slowly unfolded his legs as he climbed from a front-row audience chair to a seat at the witness table. From there he faced panel of lawmakers on a lower floor of the Louisiana State Capitol. He was a 21-year-old LSU student last year when he shared his story with the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. He had tried to encourage them to support legislation that…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 304
With The Fight For Freedom Over, Angela Brown Makes Plans To Move From Minnesota

Angela Brown was ready for her day in court. Ready to fight a misdemeanor charge that she endangered her sick child by giving him a few drops of marijuana oil. But days before the trial was to start, the county attorney dropped the charge, depriving Brown of a chance to defend her choice of treatment for her son – a choice that brought national attention and notoriety to the family and their hometown of Madison,…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 349
California: 30 Arrested At Large Marijuana Grow Warehouse

For sheriff deputies, it was the largest pot bust of the county’s current marijuana season after raiding a large-scale, “nursery-style” marijuana grow Thursday morning in Delano. The raid led to the arrest of 30 individuals of Laotian descent and the seizure of 2,600 pounds of partially processed marijuana, worth an estimated street value of over $2.6 million, and 49 pounds of fully processed marijuana, worth a…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 3 Views: 308
State’s Attorney General Rejects Another Marijuana Legalization Proposal

Another marijuana legalization effort in Ohio has missed its initial state hurdle. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a petition Friday for the proposed Legalize Marijuana in Ohio constitutional amendment, citing problems with its summary. The group must resubmit a description he deems “fair and truthful” to proceed to the 2016 ballot. It is one of three efforts to relax Ohio’s marijuana laws that…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-25-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 613
Federal Government Disapproves Of Canada’s Plan To Regulate Medical Marijuana Shops

The federal government is telling the City of Vancouver it does not have the authority to legitimize pot with its proposal to regulate “illegal” medical marijuana dispensaries. Health Minister Rona Ambrose sent a letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on Thursday saying she was “deeply concerned” by the city’s plans to discuss regulation at an upcoming council meeting. “Marijuana is not an approved drug or…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 341
Canada: Medical Marijuana Users Try Class Action After Health Privacy Breach

Lawyers will go before a Federal Court judge in Halifax in June to ask the court to certify a proposed class action on behalf of 40,000 medical marijuana users whose privacy was breached by Health Canada in 2013. There are 2,105 Nova Scotia class members in the case. A confidentiality order protects the real names of the two lead plaintiffs, a Nova Scotia man who works as a health-care professional and an…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 256
Florida: Tech Company Helps With New Mexico Marijuana Sales

Florida is still living in the dark ages when it comes to marijuana – and the possibility of a medical marijuana bill seems to have been killed because lawmakers just can’t figure out how to write one, despite nearly half the country already implementing some sort of medical marijuana legislation. Meanwhile, BioTrackTHC, a Fort Lauderdale-based tech company creating software to manage marijuana inventory in…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 336
California: Medical Marijuana Proponent Finds A Novel Way To Skirt City Bans

Orange County lawyer Randall Longwith has been hired by about 75 eager medical marijuana growers and suppliers across California to find a way to legitimize medical marijuana in O.C. cities where it is currently illegal. And he thinks he’s found a way to do so: the voter initiative process. Two years ago, the California State Supreme Court dealt a blow to the medical marijuana community when it upheld a city’s…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 379
Legal Marijuana In Texas?

Cannabis legislation is popping up like seedlings in states across the nation because public opinion polls show most Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana for a variety of reasons. A Gallup poll in late 2014 showed 51 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, down from a high of 58 percent in 2013 but still above the 50 percent mark reached in 2011 and 2012. The upward trend reflected a…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 958
California: Time To Bring Marijuana Out Of The Shadows

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, which permitted the use and dispensation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Over time, cities and counties throughout California have approved or prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries for a variety of reasons. Eight years ago, the city of Riverside elected to prohibit dispensaries and fought all the way to the state Supreme Court to affirm its legal right…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 538
Michigan: Medical Marijuana Battle, Father Fights For Custody Of Son

Medical marijuana is a controversial, sometimes sticky issue, especially in Michigan. Max Lorincz is a father from Spring Lake who is fighting for his right to use medical marijuana, and get his son back. He’s a card-carrying patient, but was charged with a felony, after a single smear of oil was found in his home. After Lorincz’s probable cause hearing has left him waiting for a decision from a judge. Since…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 281
Canada: Hydropothecary Growing To Meet Medical Marijuana Demand

The faded sign off a West Quebec road still points to an old garden centre. But the greenhouses at the end of the peninsula in the Masson-Angers neighbourhood of Gatineau no longer grows the types of plants your average gardener buys in spring. The former Botanix-Aux Jardins de La Pointe now houses the Hydropothecary, a small-but-growing medical marijuana production plant. It’s the first of its kind in Quebec….
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 235
Majority Of Americans Back Legalizing Marijuana

The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News. Fifty-three percent of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should marijuana use be legal?” That is the highest level of support ever recorded by CBS pollsters since they began posing the question in 1979. Forty-three percent of respondents…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 234
New Mexico: Tribal Hemp And Cannabis Summit

People from various Native American communities gathered at the Albuquerque Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Thursday to learn more about marijuana. A local medical marijuana magazine and a Native American economic development organization teamed up for the Tribal Hemp and Cannabis Summit. The event covered all kinds of topics, including medical benefits, industrial hemp, manufacturing possibilities and what it…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 188
Illinois: Bill To Extend Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

The red tape holding up an actual, legal, medical marijuana transaction in Illinois should not count against the people who need the drug, according to a bill in the General Assembly. Medical marijuana is supposed to be a four-year pilot program, and this bill would make it four years from the time a dispensary can open. The argument is it’s not only fair to the patients and dealers, it’s fair to the state…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 152
Amendment To Allow VA Doctors To Discuss Marijuana With Vets Rejected

The House Appropriations Committee rejected the idea that VA doctors should be allowed to discuss medical marijuana treatment options with patients Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Sam Farr of California tried to introduce the amendment to the 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, only to be rejected by the committee. Farr reacted, saying that “By ignoring the changing views on medical…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 219
Weed Industry To Be Worth $13.4 Billion By 2020, Adding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs

The marijuana industry is the fastest growing business sector in the United States, according to a recent market report, with sales expected to reach $3.6 billion by the end of 2015, and $13.4 billion by 2020. With legalisation of the drug for medicinal or recreational use slowly sweeping the nation, there is a huge gap in the market not only for marijuana itself, but all the various paraphernalia associated with…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 198
New Marijuana Bill Would Protect State’s Legal Cannabis Sales

New businesses dealing in marijuana are popping up across the U.S. as more and more states begin legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. Everything from pot delivery services to pot-laced breath mints has hit the market as entrepreneurs move to claim their slice of the newly developing industry. However, the disparity between local state laws and federal legislation has left many small business owners…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 235
Oregon: City Renews Ban On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

With its one-year moratorium on medical marijuana set to expire May 1, the City Council revisited the issue during a work session Monday and ultimately decided to continue to impose a business license ban on medical marijuana facilities moving forward. The council voted unanimously in April 2014 to support a one-year moratorium on state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries being placed within city limits. …
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 199
Are Marijuana Regulations Weeding Out Family Farmers?

Perry asked me not to use his last name. It wasn’t because of the plants in his basement – they’re perfectly legal now – but more out of garden-variety stoner’s paranoia. He worried some enemy might see his name in the news and come looking for him. Whatever – his identity isn’t important. It’s not like he was leaking potentially false information about weapons of mass destruction. I was just there to talk to him…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 334
One State’s Legalization Supporters Back The Benefits Of The Entire Species Of Plant

New Mexico has long been the site of a struggle regarding marijuana. The state historically is one of the big thoroughfares for the illegal smuggling of weed from Mexico, and curanderos have been using it for folk medicine in the Southwest for even longer. One of the most vocal advocates for the legalization of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational or industrial use is Bryan Krumm. Krumm, a licensed…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 185
Pennsylvania: Farmers Lobby To Grow Industrial-grade Hemp

An image makeover for cannabis isn’t limited to convincing lawmakers that the drug can help children with seizures and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. As a proposal to allow use of medical marijuana makes headway, a growing segment of the farming community is pushing for relaxed bans on hemp production, as well. Last year’s federal Farm Bill allowed state universities and agriculture departments…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 257
Push To Grow And Sell Industrial Hemp Dies In Indiana Legislature

Efforts to help Indiana gain federal approval to grow and sell industrial hemp have died this legislative session. Hemp isn’t intoxicating, unlike its illegal cousin marijuana. It’s used for legal products including clothing and oil, but cannot be grown under federal law without permission. The latest measure would have excluded industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. It also would have protected…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-24-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 77
Connecticut: Bill Would Allow Wilton Girl And Others To Use Medical Marijuana

Just about every four months, Wiltonian Ella Wright has a life-threatening seizure. Sometimes she seizes for such a long period of time her body begins to suffer from total organ failure. The seizures spread like wildfire in her brain, her mother, Dana Haddox-Wright, said. The longer they are allowed to continue, the worse they become, and while most children have a “five-minute window” for medical intervention,…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-23-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 269
Ohio: Girl’s Zip Code Excludes Her From Medical Marijuana Treatment For Seizures

Sophia is a gifted, seven-year-old girl who enjoys singing. But there’s something that separates her from other children: she has intractable epilepsy, meaning there’s no pharmaceutical cure for her seizures. Despite three brain surgeries, complicated diets and a litany of medications, nothing has worked. There is, however, one medication still left untried. That medication is medical marijuana, or more…
by Jacob Redmond on 04-23-2015 Replies: 0 Views: 223
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