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Fri
22
May

Smoke and mirrors: Medical marijuana crackdowns in Livermore draw critics

LIVERMORE -- When police swooped in and effectively shut down the city's lone medical marijuana collective in a raid in March, cannabis advocates weren't surprised.

They said the action was emblematic of Livermore's heavy-handed crackdown on medical marijuana patients, exerting a level of force unlike any they've seen in other major Bay Area cities. Police, on the other hand, insist the people they are arresting are manipulating the law and committing criminal acts.

Nineteen years after California legalized medical cannabis, advocates claim that numerous card-carrying Livermore residents have had their families broken up and assets seized, and lost their homes, for doing what they thought was allowed under state law.

Fri
22
May

Legislators renew push to legalize industrial hemp growing

(Harrisburg) -- While state lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana for medical use, some are urging the commonwealth at least allow one type of the crop for commercial use.

Advocates view industrial hemp as a win-win.

Let's first be clear: industrial hemp is like marijuana, but can't really be smoked.

Instead the plant is used in clothes, cars, and paper, among many other goods.

Bills in both the state Senate and House would legalize commercial harvesting of the crop and legislators used a recent hearing to build a case for it.

Jonathan Miller with Kentucky's Hemp Industry Council was once was a lawmaker who thought it would be easy to vote against something associated with marijuana.

But, he says he did his research, and it paid off.

Fri
22
May

Wolf Of Weed Street: FindaMarijuanaDoctor.com

As the United States starts collectively losing their prejudice towards Medical-Marijuana and its many positive uses for patients in need FindaMarijuanaDoctor.com (FAMD) looks to match patients with Doctors & Vice Versa. Polling data demonstrates that prohibition will eventually end and data from Doctors has demonstrated the many uses for cannabinoids for a wide range of ailments. The goal of FAMD is to advocate for both Doctor & Patient, to increase awareness of the positive effects of Medical-Marijuana while simultaneously eradicating the negative propaganda surrounding this plant. If you are reading this, you most certainly know someone that has benefited from #MMJ in some way, maybe you're a Doctor, maybe you want to be a patient & aren't sure how to proceed.

Thu
21
May

Watch: Theraplant uses creative approach to producing medical marijuana for Conn. dispensaries

WATERTOWN–Medical marijuana is an up and coming industry in Connecticut.

Legalized three years ago, licensed facilities grow it and dispensaries sell the medicine to patients, all under heavy regulation by the Department of Consumer Protection.

On of the facilities licensed to produce medical marijuana, Theraplant, is located in a highly secure facility meant to protect the budding industry.

“We took painstaking steps to design this building to be as safe and secure as possible and grow the best medicine possible,” said Ruby.

Thu
21
May

Obtaining a Medical Document with E-Prescribing

When Licensed Producers under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) think of the long process of obtaining a medical document from a patient or physician, they often imagine it as a huge hurtle to overcome - a pain in the neck. Health Canada allows for e-prescribing or secure fax for obtaining the original medical document - a method not many MMPR applicants know of.

Wed
20
May

New Doobster App for On Demand Legal Marijuana Delivery Does Things Differently

Logistics Trust, Inc. has launched a subsidiary named Doobster (www.Doobster.org), a mobile application and platform (the “Doobster Platform”) that allows a consumer of legal marijuana to order products from their smart phones, tablets or computer and have the products delivered to their physical location. Doobster is launching in 15 states by empowering stakeholders at all levels with its innovative business model.

Wed
20
May

Marijuana tracking system maker sues rival over publicity materials, putdowns

A Lakeland company behind Colorado’s tracking system for marijuana plants has accused a competitor of deceptive business practices.

Lawyers for Franwell say BioTrackTHC, based in Ft. Lauderdale, lies in publicity material and lies about Franwell in the media and communications to state regulators.

The purpose, according to documents filed by Franwell in federal court May 11, is to interfere with the Lakeland company’s $1.5 million Colorado contract and to sway officials to choose BioTrack for a competitive contract in Jamaica.

Wed
20
May

'Home-brew' morphine from brewer's yeast now possible

Home-brewing could soon take on a more dangerous twist: Scientists have engineered brewer's yeast to synthesize opioids such as codeine and morphine from a common sugar, an international team reported on Monday.

"It is going to be possible to 'home-brew' opiates in the near future," Christopher Voight of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the research, told reporters.

The process described in Nature Chemical Biology is inefficient, requiring 300 liters of genetically engineered yeast to produce a single 30 milligram dose of morphine.

But with improvements that are well within reach, that dose could be obtained from "a glass of yeast culture grown with sugar on a windowsill," Voight said.

Tue
19
May

Startup jumping into pot testing industry

For the president of a food and animal testing lab, the marijuana industry is starting to look like a good investment.

Seth Wong and JJ Slatkin are putting $1.7 million into a new marijuana testing lab called TEQ Analytical Labs.

Wong, 34, is the president of Industrial Laboratories, where he’s worked since 2003. His family owns a majority of the 70-year-old Denver-based food and drug testing lab.

“We’re sitting here, watching the industry, and we realize that we’ve got these competitive advantages,” Wong said. “We have experience testing drugs, and we understand how to test raw materials like plants.”

Tue
19
May

Is marijuana the next menu trend?

Will marijuana soon be on your menu? Steve Fox, director of VS Strategies, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and panelist for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show's "Marijuana on the Menu" session thinks so. Since 2002, Fox has been a leading figure lobbying for legal, regulated marijuana. His efforts have included educating the public on the benefits of marijuana and de-stigmatizing its use.

When Fox and his team wrote Amendment 64 for Colorado to legalize recreational marijuana, the group had a goal: insert a measure for the restaurant industry that would allow patrons to use cannabis inside privately owned establishments.

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