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Hemp backers say bill gives momentum, especially for tribes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Some observers say a North Dakota bill passed this legislative session that sets guidelines for industrial hemp production should make it easier to grow and may help create an industry for Indian tribes, although it could take a while to sort out federal policies.

Hemp can be used to make clothing, lotion and many other products, but growing it has been illegal under federal law because it is type of cannabis plant and looks like marijuana. Unlike marijuana, people can't get high on hemp.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. David Monson is meant to put the state in line with the new federal farm bill that allows hemp to be grown through state agriculture departments and college research stations.

Sun
26
Apr

Eye on NY: Meet the man behind proposed medical marijuana growing facility in Seneca County

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 York legalizing the use of medical marijuana, the company is looking to be one of five licensed growers of the drug in the state. 

For Stanley, the question is why move to New York? Why not stay in Colorado where he became a leading voice for the medical marijuana movement? 

In short, it's about science. 

Sat
25
Apr

Pot Shop Warnings for Pregnant Women Rejected in Colorado

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado proposal to require marijuana shops to post warnings for pregnant and nursing women failed Wednesday when Senate Republicans said the first-in-the-nation requirement would be unfair.

The bill to require maternal pot warning signs had the support of some Republicans and the state Health Department.

Supporters conceded that there's limited research that maternal marijuana use harms fetuses and nursing children. But they said Colorado should err on the side of warning consumers about the newly legal drug.

Sat
25
Apr

BioTrackTHC Partners with Cannabis Global Initiative to Expand Business Opportunities

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 22, 2015 -- BioTrackTHC the leading provider of seed-to-sale software solutions for medical and retail marijuana businesses and state governments, today announced that it has retained Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI) to expand the reach of BioTrackTHC's cannabis tracking technology to new domestic and international regions.

"CGI and its president, Wanda James, are primary movers in this sector and we know that this agreement will bolster BioTrackTHC's already rapidly growing business," said Steven Siegel, CEO, BioTrackTHC. "In fact, just this week Wanda James was named as one of the 20 most influential people in the cannabis industry by International Business Times, a tremendous and well-deserved honor."

Sat
25
Apr

With state legalization, law firms create new practice groups to advise marijuana businesses

 

SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.

Marijuana divisions are popping up at law firms to advise pot shops on where they can locate, what their websites can say and how to vet new clients.

"It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry.

Sat
25
Apr

Thousands Of Families Demand Legal Medical Marijuana For Their Critically Ill Kids

Thousands of families of critically ill children and advocates for marijuana reform launched a national campaign Wednesday supporting the legalization of certain strains of cannabis oil that have shown therapeutic benefits.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) first introduced the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act, named for 8-year-old Charlotte Figi, who successfully treats her debilitating seizure disorder with a non-psychoactive form of marijuana, last year. The measure, re-introduced in March after revisions, would remove similar types of medical cannabis from the federal list of Schedule I substances, which the federal government considers to have no medicinal value. All forms of marijuana are currently illegal under federal law.

Sat
25
Apr

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.

Fri
24
Apr

Marijuana Business Incubator Launches In Texas As Entrepreneurs Anticipate Legalization

Texas is known for many things, but legal cannabis isn’t one of them -- yet. Although the state hasn’t legalized marijuana use at this point, one enterprising incubator has taken on a number of pot entrepreneurs making big plans for the next few years.

The Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA) has already begun working with nine startups on everything from business plans to legal advice. It also lobbies on cannabis policy issues at the state level.

Fri
24
Apr

More Danes smoke cannabis than previously thought

A recent study has shown that a higher number of Danes either smoke cannabis regularly or have at least tried it than previously believed.

Aarhus University’s Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research revealed that around 17,000 Danes between the ages of 15 and 25 smoke the drug at least 20 days a month, while the Danish Health and Medicine Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) had previously put that figure at 11,000.

The research also revealed that 43 per cent on young Danes had tried cannabis, with one in 10 of them having smoked it in the past month. Furthermore, only a few days before the numbers were published, the Danish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed) released data showing that almost one in four 15-year-old boys had tried cannabis.

Fri
24
Apr

Cannabis trio have a point but should lay off the booze

The Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol party deserves credit for exposing the hypocrisy of the so-called 'War on Drugs'. However, it shouldn't do so by demonising drink, argues Henry McDonald.

There is a lot to be said in favour of Northern Ireland's latest party to enter the general election contest - Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol (CSTA). The three candidates - standing in West Tyrone, East Londonderry and North Down - will do local public discourse a massive favour by highlighting the absurdity of the so-called "War on Drugs" and the monumentally stupid policy of prohibition of all narcotics.

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