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Dec

Maryland farmers pass on supporting medical marijuana

The Maryland Farm Bureau has declined again to support efforts to grow marijuana for medical purposes in the Free State.

Officially, the powerful agricultural lobby is taking no position on the fledgling industry. For the second time in as many years, a county delegation's attempt to bring the state group on board failed to make it to a vote before the full delegation.

"It's something I think a lot of members are watching other states to see how it plays out," said Matt Teffeau, the farm bureau's assistant director of government relations. "A lot of our members are interested in it, but it doesn't have the support to move forward."

Wed
09
Dec

Women-led marijuana group forming second Michigan chapter

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Women Grow, a national group of women dedicated to legally growing and marketing marijuana and marijuana-related products and services, is forming a West Michigan chapter. 

The group will host an initial networking event from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Peppino's,130 Ionia Ave. SW, in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 on the week of the event. 

"I would love to help communities learn how to embrace this instead of fighting it," said Jamie Goswick, organizer of the event.

Wed
09
Dec

Kevin Sabet Is The Marijuana Movement's Biggest Threat, But Can He Really Stop 'Big Pot'?

BETHESDA, Maryland -- Kevin Sabet, the man Salon called the quarterback of the new anti-drug movement, the guy Rolling Stone labeled the No.

Wed
09
Dec

Medicinal cannabis trial crop to be planted on Christmas Island

Medicinal cannabis company AusCann Group is set to plant a crop on Christmas Island after raising $3 million.

 

The company, which is chaired by former federal Liberal MP Mal Washer, said it had already commenced engagement with members of the 2000-strong community on the Indian Ocean territory, which hosts immigration detention facilities.

AusCann, which is planning to list on the Australian market in early 2016, outlined today that it believed there would be minimal impact on the Christmas Island ecosystem as the trials would be undertaken on reclaimed phosphate mining land.

Tue
08
Dec

Sen. Jones plans to advance medical marijuana reforms

Sen Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge(Photo: Dale G. Young / Detroit News file)

Lansing — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rick Jones said Tuesday he plans to advance a package of bills clarifying the legal status of medical marijuana dispensaries and “edible” forms of pot before the Legislature adjourns for the year.

Whether there will be a full Senate vote yet this year on the House-passed bills, said Jones, remains to be decided by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, and the GOP majority caucus in the Senate.

Jones backs the legislation, which he said is necessary to clear up problems with Michigan’s medical marijuana law.

Tue
08
Dec

Four arrested in Carbondale pot shop robbery in central Colorado

CARBONDALE — Four people face charges after a Carbondale marijuana shop was robbed at gunpoint as it was opening Monday morning.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said two robbers walked through the front door of Sweet Leaf Pioneer marijuana shop on Village Road at about 10 a.m. and one showed a gun to employees. No customers were in the shop at the time, the chief said.

The pair fled in a red Ford Mustang with “an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a press release from Carbondale police.

Authorities alerted law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for a stolen red Mustang.

Schilling said the robbers also took items besides cash, but he wouldn’t disclose what they were.

 

Tue
08
Dec

How Cannabis Companies can get the Reg A Beat

As many in the cannabis space know, reggae music was developed in Jamaica, mostly independent of the music industry’s influence and spin. And Regulation A, as now amended because of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, will allow companies, including those in the cannabis world, the option to take themselves public with or without the need for a Wall Street underwriter, and certainly without the involvement of the individual states.

Tue
08
Dec

Oregon: City Looking To Temporarily Decrease Sales Tax In Order to Maximize it Later

Marijuana discussions return to the Gresham City Council on Tuesday as officials plan to recommend to councilors the repeal an existing 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana, and instead ask voters to approve a 3 percent tax.

The repeal of the 10 percent tax would keep the city in compliance with laws passed by state lawmakers this year that amended last year's Ballot Measure 91, according to City Council records. More than 51 percent of the Gresham voters who casted ballots supported Measure 91, which authorized recreational drug use.

Tue
08
Dec

Illinois: Would Dispensary Try For Recreational Marijuana In Future? 'Absolutely Not'

WRIGLEYVILLE — Security plans for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Lakeview left some neighbors so satisfied they suggested nearby bars implement the same measures.

The 24/7 on-site security and extensive surveillance camera capabilities were enough to convince some that MedMar Inc. would successfully operate at 3812 N. Clark St.

Tue
08
Dec

Cannabis specialist GW Pharma ramps up capacity ahead of key drug approval

Pharmaceuticals firm hopes to get positive results from key trials next year, paving the way for the regulatory green light

GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes drugs derived from the cannabis plant, is scaling up its manufacturing capacity ahead of an expected approval of a new treatment for children with life-threatening epilepsy.

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