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Virginia plants seeds for new hemp industry

RICHMOND, Va. — When people think of hemp, marijuana often comes to mind — because the two plants are varieties of cannabis.

But hemp has a variety of uses, from making textiles and building materials to feeding livestock. The settlers at Jamestown grew hemp. So did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In the 1940s, Henry Ford reportedly built a car body of hemp fiber and ran it on hemp oil.

In the 1950s, however, the United States banned hemp because of its association with marijuana. That prohibition has remained in effect — until now.

Virginia soon will legalize the growing of industrial hemp under legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Stamford zoning officials mull medical marijuana sites

STAMFORD — Stamford zoning officials are considering whether to establish medical marijuana factories and dispensaries in some neighborhoods.

The Stamford Advocate reports the Zoning Board has begun crafting a proposal to allow the facilities in some parts of Stamford.

New regulations are still a ways off, with a public hearing likely in a month or two.

Factories and dispensaries must apply to the state Department of Consumer Protection for operating permits.

The General Assembly legalized medical marijuana in 2012. The first dispensary in the state opened in South Windsor in August. The state consumer protection agency says six dispensaries and four factories operate in Connecticut.

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Wichita man gets 12 years in prison for trafficking marijuana

WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita man is set to spend 12 years in federal prison for trafficking marijuana.

Jeremy Harris, 33, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He admitted in the plea that he obtained and distributed 12,000 pounds of marijuana in Kansas from 2011 to 2013.

In August of 2013, investigators seized 35 steel containers containing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana near Augusta. One of Harris' co-conspirators later admitted driving from El Paso, Texas to Wichita more than 15 times, each time transporting more than 150 pounds of marijuana. He and at least one other conspirator were responsible for transporting marijuana to Kansas, then taking bulk cash to Texas and Mexico for payment.

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State Democrat wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin

MADISON – A Democratic lawmaker introduced legislation Monday morning that would legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, but the bill will likely go up in smoke.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, held a press conference at the Capitol along with the president of the Wisconsin Cannabis Project. They said the change would reduce crime associated with growing and selling cannabis and create jobs.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.

Sargent introduced a similar bill last year, but it made no progress through the state Legislature.

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MBank to Close All Cannabis Accounts

MBank, the small Oregon-based financial institution that has serviced the cannabis industry since last year, told Marijuana Business Daily that it will close all of its accounts with marijuana companies in the next two months.

Jef Baker, the CEO and president of MBank, said the cost and time spent on compliance is too much for the Gresham, Oregon-based community bank to handle. The company – which quickly became one of the largest banks serving the marijuana industry – has about 70 to 75 accounts with cannabis businesses, Baker said. Most of them are in Oregon, though a few are in Washington State.

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Legalise cannabis and ecstasy as medicines, expert tells Scots

WHITEHALL's former chief drug adviser has called for Scotland to legalise cannabis and ecstasy as medicines.

 

Professor David Nutt - sacked by the last UK Labour government after saying some drugs were less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco - has long campaigned for decriminalisation.

Now, with other campaigners, Prof Nutt wants to see the SNP use its Westminster influence after next month's general election to push through reform north of the border on cannabis and MDMA, the scientific name of ecstasy.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health to revamp medical marijuana dispensary process

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced changes to the Commonwealth’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary program in a Wednesday press release, including the requirement for all patients to obtain an electronic certification from a physician and register for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced changes to the state’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary program Wednesday, which will license Registered Marijuana Dispensaries similar to the licensing of other healthcare facilities. 

Additionally, the release stated, this new process will grant licenses to registered marijuana dispensaries similarly to the way in which they grant licenses to pharmacies.

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Oregon Senator Wyden talks tax breaks for marijuana businesses

EUGENE, Ore. - With just days left to file income taxes, Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation that would allow marijuana businesses to take deductions as long as they are following state laws.

Wyden has also proposed a tax reform plan that would make filing taxes easier and create incentives for local businesses.

“We really have a one page form, just over 30 lines long and if we go to something like that - Oregonians are going to be able to get their April back," Wyden said.

He said these changes would reflect the will of Oregon voters and provide some certainty for small businesses.

He hopes to move forward with these tax changes in the upcoming months.

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How Hillary Clinton Handles Marijuana Will Be Interesting...

As 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continues to voice disdain for the war on drugs, it will be interesting to see whether fellow presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shifts her views on drug reform, especially since she's wavered on the issue for years.

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Potential pot entrepreneurs pay for cannabis career tips at Sacramento seminar

Retired Silicon Valley engineer Angelo Mallol, 56, turned out Sunday for a seminar on how to start a small business – in the pot trade.

He asked questions as instructor Gerry Bedore of the Cannabis Career Institute spoke about emerging opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting to enter California’s medical marijuana market and cash in on a likely 2016 state ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use.

The Cannabis Career Institute, founded by a Los Angeles marijuana activist and pot deliveryman known as “The Cannabis Warrior,” held a daylong Sacramento program on how to open cannabis businesses, from niche bakeries and organic gardens to marijuana distribution services.

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