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Power needs of pot industry raise issues with Energy Dept.

As the state works out rules regulating recreational marijuana in Oregon, the electric power needs of indoor pot operations are raising issues for energy officials.

 

SALEM — As Oregon prepares for legal marijuana July 1, the state’s energy agency is looking for ways to curb electricity use by indoor pot growers.

Indoor marijuana gardens are well-known power hogs, but Oregon faces a dilemma as it researches how to extend its energy efficiency programs to the cannabis industry: federal money that typically helps pay for efficiency projects cannot be used for any activities that involve pot.

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Aurora recreational pot venture going well after first six months

Six months into Aurora's venture of recreational marijuana sales, city officials say after a slow start everything is going about as well as could be expected.

In January, the city collected about $103,000 in tax revenue and another $109,000 in February. In the last three months of 2014, as a few stores opened, Aurora earned a little over $100,000 total.

By the end of 2015, the city expects to have between $1.5 million to $2 million in revenue from legal pot sales.

And those who waded through the process and claimed one of the city's 24 licenses are starting to see big dividends.

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Apr

Willie Nelson Talks Booze And Marijuana In New Memoir

Willie Nelson is well-known these days as an avid marijuana supporter who recently created up his own weed brand, Willie’s Reserve. Yet, the country-singing superstar wasn’t always so bold about his love for weed. In fact, a 1936 film about it even scared him, according to his new memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life, written by Nelson and contributor, David Ritz.

Nelson’s first legal troubles with marijuana began in 1977 when he was arrested in the Bahamas for possession. Although he was released with the condition that he never return to the island, Nelson had no intentions of quitting his love of smoking, which started when was just a child.

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The Complete List of Cannabis Delivery Methods

When it comes to cannabis consumption, the second-most important consideration, after the flower itself, is the delivery method. This point is often overlooked, as evidenced by the prevalence of consumers who have limited their experimentation to only one or two methods. If you find yourself within this category but aspire to become a comprehensive cannabis aficionado, let this be your checklist. Gaining the mental and physical benefits of cannabis is largely dependent upon how it's consumed, with each method providing a unique experience and host of effects. Who knows -- you could find a new favorite. Let the exploration begin!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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