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Arizona Marijuana group executive says he will target rival group

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  • The director of a group behind an initiative to legalize pot in Arizona threatened to target a marijuana dispensary medical director who joined a competing legalization effort.
  • The influential Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project and the newly created Arizonans for Responsible Legalization have both said they will pursue initiatives in 2016.
  • The documents shed light on conflicting philosophies behind the proposed ballot measures.

The director of a group behind an initiative to legalize pot in Arizona threatened to target the business affairs of a marijuana dispensary medical director who joined a competing legalization effort, documents obtained by The Arizona Republic show.

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Bud Genius Announces LOI to Acquire Evergreen Licensing – an Exclusive Licensor of Tommy Chong Products

Company controls licensing rights in the nation’s largest cannabis market, with $1.3 billion in yearly sales

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

 

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Florida Plan to Expedite Medical Marijuana Hits Racial Hurdle

TALLAHASSEE — A bill attempting to get the implementation of the state's Charlotte's Web marijuana law back on track has created a new dilemma for its sponsor: how to make it equitable for black farmers.

Under the existing law, only farms that have been in continuous existence for 30 years and grow 400,000 or more plants are eligible to bid for one of five licenses to cultivate and distribute the noneuphoric strain of cannabis for patients with epilepsy, cancer and chronic muscle spasms.

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Secrecy of Illinois Medical Marijuana Program Key Issue in Lawsuit

While campaigning for governor, Bruce Rauner said, “The application process for medical marijuana should not be held in secret where insiders win and taxpayers lose; it should be open and transparent.”

But now, lawyers for the state are fighting to keep from having to turn over information about exactly those bids.

A Rauner spokeswoman said the the state is simply “complying with the rules set forth in the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.”

The issue will come to a head Wednesday in a Cook County courtroom as part of a significant lawsuit.

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Plans halt for 20-acre Phoenix marijuana-cultivation site

Story Highlights

  • Tryke Companies pulls application for 20-acre medical marijuana facility in Phoenix
  • Site was granted variance by city for operation near residential area, drawing protest
  • Residents, councilman say they are grateful for withdrawal

Plans are off to bring a medical-marijuana cultivation facility near a north Phoenix neighborhood, quelling the outrage of residents fighting the zoning variance that would allow it near their homes.

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OLCC signs contract to manage recreational marijuana business licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission this week signed an agreement with a Kansas-based company to build the online application process for recreational marijuana business licenses.

NIC USA, Inc., will design an online application for commercial growers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. The state must begin accepting applications by January 2016.

The system will be used to apply for a new license or renew an existing one, pay license fees by credit card and pay marijuana taxes, as well as update license information.

The agency's agreement with the company has an annual subscription fee of $80,000 and no up-front costs.

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Company says marijuana may have lasting impact on Kansas employers

 

 

 

 

WICHITA, Kan. -- Between the issue or marijuana reform in Wichita and legalization lawsuits in Colorado, marijuana is taking the spotlight in the Midwest. However, one company says the drug may have a big impact in Wichita.

Edward Young, with the National Screening Bureau, says the use of pot may have a lasting effect on safety and health of workers.
According to Young, studies show that those who do use drugs are five times more likely to file a workers' compensation claim. They're also more likely to steal.

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Alaska Pot bill passes without Kelly's marijuana concentrate ban

JUNEAU — Pictures of blown-up homes, pot-infused candy and a dire warning that weed edibles will kill children weren’t enough to ignite support for a Fairbanks senator’s amendment to ban marijuana concentrates in 2017.

Republican Sen. Pete Kelly’s attempt to criminalize marijuana concentrates when the two-year constitutional protection for Ballot Measure 2 expires fell flat on the Senate floor Monday, with many fellow Republicans and urban Democrats concerned the ban was an overreaction that undermined voter intent.

The amendment was offered to a largely non-controversial bill updating criminal law to be in line with the voter initiative to legalize marijuana.

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Pot lobby turns its back on 'Cheech & Chong'

Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.

 

The marijuana lobby is tired of the “Cheech & Chong” stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress.

That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association dropped actor and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push slated for the end of April. According to an internal email obtained by POLITICO, the cannabis industry wants to move past the stoner stereotypes embodied by Chong as it tries to remake itself as a serious and respectable segment of the economy.

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Driving While High On Weed: New App Could Allow Marijuana Users To Monitor Sobriety From ...

Researchers have created a smartphone app that could help determine whether someone is too high to get behind the wheel and would allow police to identify impaired drivers, an important development for law enforcement and marijuana consumers alike as more states move toward full marijuana legalization. The app, developed by researchers from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, uses high-speed cameras to detect involuntary, jerk-like eye movements associated with marijuana use, according to the State Press. The technology was unveiled earlier this month.  

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