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Tue
31
May

Trump Tuesday: 10 Times John Oliver Slammed Donald Trump That You Need To See Again — VIDEO

It was a topic HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver tried their best to avoid for a long time. Yet even the best-laid plans can go awry and eventually the British late-night host was forced to step into the ring to take on Donald Trump's presidential campaign. And thank God for that, really, because I just can't imagine a world without Drumpf. However, the infamous "Donald Drumpf" segment wasn't the last, or even the first, time the comedic talk show host has poked fun at the real estate mogul. John Oliver has hilariously criticized Trump on more than a few occasions.

Tue
31
May

Oregon: It's Getting Much Harder For Marijuana Entertainment Events And Venues

One of my favorite niches or sectors of the marijuana industry in Oregon is the marijuana entertainment sector. The first one that I had ever heard of was the World Famous Cannabis Cafe (WFCC). It has since been shutdown due to new indoor air rules, but at one point in time it was the hotspot destination in Oregon. Other venues built on a similar model started popping up all over Oregon. Some are still operating, while others have been shutdown like the WFCC.

Tue
31
May

Petition to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma Underway

Medical marijuana supporters believe the drug will soon become legal in Oklahoma.

Right now, a petition is circulating to get the issue on the November ballot.

Oklahoman’s for Health need 66,000 signatures.

The petition kicked off May 14th and will end August 11th.

So far the group says it has around 8,000 to 10,000 signatures.

About half of those were collected at this weekend’s Paseo Arts Festival.

Those heading the petition feel strongly that legalizing medical marijuana would turn our state around.

Tue
31
May

Arizona Marijuana Activist Billy Hayes Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

A judge sentenced cannabis activist Billy Hayes to two years in prison on Friday for his role in two medical-marijuana businesses.

Tue
31
May

Medical Marijuana Testing Rule Possible Boon for S.W. Colorado Labs

A requirement for medical marijuana dispensaries and growers to have their products tested could be a boon for Durango testing facilities – if a local license is in place in time.

The state’s mandatory testing rule takes effect July 1, and Aurum Labs and Green Lab Solutions are asking city officials to create a license for the testing, owners said. The labs test for marijuana potency, mold and bacteria.

Their request is reasonable, said Councillor Dick White, who was approached by Aurum Labs representatives about creating a city license.

But city officials want to work on several changes to local marijuana regulations, including the new license, and pass them at the same time. White could not say how long that might take.

Tue
31
May

Two Insurers to Stop Treating All Pot Users as Smokers as Marijuana Increasingly Accepted

In a sign of marijuana’s growing normalization in Canada, two major life insurance companies have decided to treat cannabis users as non-smokers, reversing a long-standing policy and offering many of them far cheaper premiums.

Like their competitors, Sun Life and BMO Insurance have for years classified anyone who disclosed using marijuana – either recreationally or for medical purposes – as a smoker, saddling them with charges that could be triple those of non-smokers.

But in memos released over the last week, the companies say the latest research on the drug’s health impacts convinced them to change that approach.

Tue
31
May

Pot Dispensaries Urge City to Drop Charges

Mitchell Cutler had just finished selling a THC-infused ointment to an arthritic woman — her “medicine” — when Toronto police showed up and charged him with possession for the purposes of trafficking.

“If these charges do stick I guess my future is pretty much over,” said the marijuana dispensary worker, who says he has never before been in trouble with police.

Cutler was at city hall Monday as part of a coalition of pot dispensaries urging the city to drop the charges laid by Toronto police during raids last Thursday.

Tue
31
May

New Laws May Close 150 Detroit Pot Shops

Detroit's crackdown on marijuana storefront shops could lead to about 150 fewer shops than existed in the city at the height of the industry, Mayor Mike Duggan said.

Teams of city inspectors and police officers have begun visiting stores to enforce Detroit's new medical marijuana ordinances, which took effect March 1.

"There is room in this town for probably 50 or 60 medical marijuana dispensaries spaced legitimately, and they have to be in industrial or high commercial areas," Duggan said in an interview. "They can't be in residential areas."

Tue
31
May

Cayman Islands: Civil Servants to Get Bonus, CIG to Import Cannabis Oil

There were not many surprises in the premier’s Budget Statement delivered in the Legislative Assembly on Monday morning but the PPM leader announced two unexpected and unrelated items that will be welcomed by many. Alden McLaughlin said that all civil servants will receive a 2.2% one-off bonus payment in their June pay packets based on annual salaries, in addition to the pay reviews that are coming up this year. And in another surprise announcement, he revealed that government would soon begin importing cannabis oil to allow doctors to prescribe it as a medicine for certain diseases.

Mon
30
May

Bermuda: Cannabis policy input pleasing

The Director of Public Prosecution’s call for public input on a caution policy covering simple possession of cannabis has elicited a “pleasing” range of responses thus far.

However, Larry Mussenden told The Royal Gazette he did not see the move as “crowdsourcing — or a vote, either”, on a legal shift with profound implication for police as well as the public.

“We have to strike a balance. A caution policy has to be understood by the public, young and old,” he said. “The Commissioner of Police and his officers must be able to administer it efficiently and effectively.”

The DPP’s decision to solicit views for a fresh look at police cautions, as a possible alternative to convictions, was announced on May 19, and it continues until June 10.

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