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Colorado offers film incentives for marijuana-growth romantic comedy

Colorado's film office is subsidizing a movie about marijuana, but officials are emphasizing that it is a star-driven romantic comedy in which the state's most controversial crop just happens to play a role.

Members of the Colorado Economic Development Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to offer as much as $600,000 in film incentives to "Miss Cannabis," a feature film slated to star Melanie Griffith as a Beverly Hills housewife who loses her fortune in a ponzi scheme and moves to her last remaining property, an old vineyard. Only when she gets there does she find that the land is being rented to hippies who use for growing marijuana.

Thu
23
Jul

Watch the pot ad that got yanked off TV

 

It went up in a puff of smoke.

But you can see it here -- the first-ever recreational marijuana ad that was to air on U.S. television but got pulled on Monday night due to legal concerns.

The ad shows footage of young people partying in clubs and hiking up mountains.The ad for Neos, a provider of cannabis oil and vaporizers, was planned to be shown on KMGH, an ABC affiliate in Denver, where marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use.

"You lead an adventurous life, always finding new ways to relax," says the voicever. "Now enjoy the best effects and control with Neos portable vape pen and recreate discreetly this summer."

Thu
23
Jul

Merits or Connections? The Insider’s Guide to Obtain a Medical Marijuana License in New York

New York’s medical marijuana program, approved and signed into law in July of 2014, is about to take off, with five out of some 43 applicants about to receive a licence any day now.

The competing companies who have applied for state Health Department licenses were left in the dark during the process, and New Yorkers have very few clues as to who will grow the herb, process it and sell it in a legal/non-smokable form.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was never an overly-enthusiastic proponent of medical marijuana, imposed strict rules and heavy oversight of operations before signing the bill into law.

Thu
23
Jul

Marijuana Growers Hit A Snag: Toxic Pesticides

Farmers who grow marijuana for Colorado's legal market are running into problems as they try to control mildew and pests. Because of the plant's illegal status at the federal level, a main source of agricultural guidance isn't available to pot farmers.

Attempts to regulate marijuana production often hit another problem, as the plant's wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops.

"You don't smoke tomatoes, you don't smoke grapes," John Scott of Colorado's Department of Agriculture tells the AP. "You don't extract those into oil products that'll be either used through dermal products, through lotions, or infused into other foods."

Thu
23
Jul

Marijuana is a Presidential Issue

Discussion of marijuana in the public space has come a long way since Bill Clinton famously claimed he didn't inhale in 1992. We've even come quite a way since Barack Obama said he definitely inhaled because, "That was the whole point," before saying in the same breath that he'd made a lot of mistakes in his youth. The moment that Rand Paul, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the CARERS Act in the U.S. Senate, marijuana and its legal status was catapulted from a state to a national stage. In fact, Paul's widely publicized campaign for president -- including fundraising during the National Cannabis Industry Association conference in Denver -- is one of the many factors that will make marijuana legalization a front-and-center issue in the 2016 Presidential race.

Thu
23
Jul

Pesticides & Herbicides Are The Industry's New Problem, But Growers May Already Have a Solution

Marijuana’s prolonged illegal status continues to impede on the growth of the industry, even in states that have already legalized pot for recreational use, such as Washington and Colorado. Due to a lack of reliable research on the cultivation of marijuana crops, growers are struggling with which pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides to use without compromising the safety of a product many Americans use.

Thu
23
Jul

High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

Any Italian will tell you: pasta is healthy and makes you feel good. But what about spaghetti made from cannabis?

Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won't get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety.

"Hemp food is truly organic," said Marzio Ilario Fiore, 30, whose farm in the Molise region produces hemp oil and flour. "Hemp requires no pesticides, no fertilizers, and only moderate amounts of water." Cannabis is most often associated with the psychoactive effects of marijuana, but some strains of the plant can also be cultivated for food.

Thu
23
Jul

5 ways to override the lazy brain in your company culture.

Humans are lazy thinkers. Although the brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of our body weight, it generally uses 20 percent of the body’s energy. That’s why the human learning machine prefers to operate in a low gear—on autopilot—as much as possible: It’s a conservation thing. As Nobel laureate and behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman puts it, “Laziness is built deep into our nature.” So (your slothful brain is probably thinking) what’s wrong with that? Well, the big problem is that business has taken the “laziness model”—aka operational excellence—as far as it can go.

Wed
22
Jul

Maryland State hires college to evaluate medical-marijuana applications

BALTIMORE — A state panel charged with regulating Maryland's new medical-marijuana industry announced an agreement Tuesday for Towson University to serve as a consultant on applications from entities seeking licenses as cannabis growers, processors and dispensers.

In its agreement with the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, Towson's Regional Economic Studies Institute, or RESI, will provide oversight in developing applications and assist in managing applicant evaluations, according to a news release issued by the commission.

The panel anticipates that applications and instructions for prospective growers, processors and dispensers will be available on its website in September.

Wed
22
Jul

Terra Tech Subsidiary IVXX Adds 4 New Los Angeles Based Retailers

IVXX continues to expand California presence

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