North America

Fri
19
Feb

Gov’t to Expand Ganja Research and Development

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is encouraging Jamaicans to prepare to take advantage of the economic benefits to be derived from the ganja industry.

He said licences will shortly be issued to farmers for the legal cultivation of ganja, and plans are in place to expand research and development.

“In April to May of this year, we will be expanding that facility to enable full commercialisation for those of you who want to get into the thing properly and legally…,” Minister Paulwell said.

Thu
18
Feb

Is BitCoin an Answer to Marijuana's Banking Needs? No Way, No How

There has been quite an uptick in the discussion of BitCoin as an alternative to fill the banking need for cannabis.

I do not believe it is even a temporary solution to the problem.

Since Colorado created a “for profit” model for cannabis distribution, every aspect of this industry has been subject to invasive government oversight. “Seed-to-Sale tracking,” which I helped to develop, created a paradigm that uses technology to cover every movement of the plant on its way to market.

To add an alternate currency at the end of the transaction further muddles the legitimate sale of cannabis.

Tue
16
Feb

2-Month-Old Youngest Ever To Be Treated with Cannabis Oil

In an unprecedented move doctors in Colorado are treating a 2-month old baby with cannabis oil at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The Nunez family of Albuquerque, New Mexico travelled to Denver seeking treatment for their daughter, Amylea who was born in December and started suffering from seizures immediately after birth. She was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy.

Tue
16
Feb

Legal Marijuana Sales Could Quadruple by 2020, New Study Shows

According to a new report from ArcView Market Research, legal marijuana sales could grow by 30% per year through 2020.

Ready or not, legal marijuana could be coming to a state or city near you in the not-too-distant future.

Since 1996, we've witnessed an incredibly quick rate of expansion for marijuana at the state level. Beginning with California legalizing medical marijuana, 22 additional states, along with Washington, D.C., now allow for medical cannabis to be prescribed by physicians for specific ailments that vary by state.

Tue
16
Feb

Budding operation: NM's nonprofit medical marijuana takes 'big business' turn

Eric Howard takes great pride in his “ladies,” each of which can yield up to 16 ounces of medical cannabis in a 16-week life cycle.

“They get so heavy, they fall over right at the end,” said Howard, master grower at an 11-acre growing facility in Bernalillo owned by Ultra Health LLC. A trellis system is needed to support the heavy flowering branches of the mature plants.

Howard urges a visitor to feel one of the dense flowers, which leaves a sticky resin on the fingers.

Tue
16
Feb

Investors, celebs rush to desert city Adelanto for marijuana cultivation

The ordinance that allows commercial cultivation of medical marijuana in Adelanto requires growers to make every effort to hire at least half of their workers in the city.

Adelanto needs all the jobs it can get. Its unemployment rate soared to 22 percent during the recession, and it's still 9.7 percent, compared with a statewide rate of 5.8 percent.

Freddy Sayegh, a Los Angeles lawyer who represents three cultivation projects, estimates the new industry will generate 3,000 jobs for the town. His three facilities might account for 500, he said, with workers tending and trimming the plants and providing security, sales and research.

Tue
16
Feb

Celebrities are Getting into the Legal Marijuana Game

Legal marijuana means big profits that no longer go to criminals and cartels. So who is going to get those legal cannabis profits? Obviously those with the drive and foresight to navigate a new and evolving industry; also, being a celebrity doesn’t hurt.

Celebrities are flooding into the “dope game.” There are those you would expect; well-known cannabis users who have been preaching the awesomeness of Mary Jane for decades who now plan on cashing in on being absolutely right.

Tue
16
Feb

Mystery cannabis 'consortium' eyeing Longmont's biggest biz property

Sprawling 70-acre campus is listed for $85M

Pharmaceutical interests with ties to cannabis are reported to be involved in talks to purchase Longmont’s largest commercial property: The 70-acre facility formerly home to European biotech firm Amgen.

The campus was put up for sale in June for an asking price of $85 million, following the listing of Amgen’s 300,000-square-foot Boulder facility. That property was purchased for $14.6 million by AstraZeneca in September.

Tue
16
Feb

Bill Maher Smoked A Joint On TV To Strengthen His Argument

Marijuana legalization is a huge and hot topic right now, and yes, the United States is making progress in it all, but some think it is moving too slow. Bill Maher is one of those people and he knows there is still a long way to go before it is legal everywhere, and it is no secret that he loves to smoke a bit of weed now and again. Well, smoking it legally indoors and on the set of Real Time with Bill Maher is something up for question, but that’s exactly what he did last night.

During a segment on Real Time on Friday night, Maher totally blasted the hypocrisy of the marijuana laws in the United States. In order to push his point and make an entirely huge statement, he lit up a joint and smoked weed on television.

Tue
16
Feb

Big Marijuana Execs Want Young Professionals, Emphasis on 'Professional'

Weed has gone legit. Gone are the days of seedy back-alley deals and surreptitious deliveries. (Unless -- do you know a guy?) As legalization expands, clandestine dealers are being replaced by respectable mom-and-pop shops, glossy grow-ops, and tourist-friendly "weederies." To solidify its position, the industry is looking to hire a crop of new young professionals. But it will make those hires on just one condition: They have to take this job -- deep breath now -- actually quite seriously.

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