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Chicago firm withdraws suit over marijuana permit

A Chicago company announced Monday it has withdrawn the first lawsuit against the state challenging the way officials dispensed medical marijuana business licenses.

PM Rx LLC said in a statement it has agreed to dismiss all its claims against the state and a rival company, Cresco Labs. Cresco had won a permit to grow medical marijuana in a state police district that covers Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties, but PM Rx challenged the way the Department of Agriculture issued permits.

Wed
20
May

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) Faces Anti-Slapp Motion In Return to its $100 million ...

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) has got itself in a pickle recently. The company now faces an anti-slapp motion, with regard to its lawsuit against Project CBD. The latter is a non-profit education company focusing on cannabis science and therapeutics. MJNA had initially filed a lawsuit of $100 million against CBD, on the grounds of first amendment. The lawsuit concerns project CBD’s report titled “Hemp Oil Hustlers”, published in October 2014.

Wed
20
May

Marijuana-infused coffee pods hit store shelves

Cannabis infused coffee is available in loose grounds and convenient single-serving pods. (Fairwinds Manufacturing)

Cannabis-infused coffee is now available in convenient single-use pods for those who want a little more buzz to their a.m. jolt.

Seattle-based Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop now sells pods of  premium Catapult coffee at a steep $10 per pod. Each pod works in standard, single-serve coffee makers and contain 10 mg of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. The shop previously sold loose grounds infused with marijuana but the pods are “quickly becoming big sellers,” said the shop. 

Wed
20
May

E-cigarettes Aren’t Benign, Suggest Recent Studies

A slew of new studies detailed at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in Denver, Colorado this week are raising concerns about e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs). While the new “drug device” studies are generally ongoing, and so unpublished, their cumulative effect was impactful.

Some e-cig flavorings alter lung function at cellular level

Tue
19
May

Visionary Seneca Entrepreneur Ross John Signs Joint Venture Agreement To Develop First Cannabis Industry On Sovereign Seneca Indian Land

Indian Relations Expert Lisa Sundberg Joins Forces With Media Personality and Cannabis Expert Cheryl Shuman Founder of Beverly Hills Cannabis Club Announcing Launch with Historic Media Educational Campaign and Event Series for Indian Country

Visionary Seneca leader Ross John, Sr., announces today the formation of a joint venture agreement to research and develop complete and appropriate cannabis economic business models ideal for Native peoples and their territories. The joint venture is designed to use Native sovereign status as a unique development asset that can help streamline and nurture cannabis related projects and programs. “Sovereignty is an asset,” said Ross John Sr.

Tue
19
May

Dr. Carl Hart on What Parents Need to Know About Drugs

The scientist and award-winning author on keeping kids safe--and why he says the police are a bigger concern for his sons than drugs

The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s most influential organization working to end the war on drugs and its resulting mass incarceration and criminalization, initiated the “Telephone Townhall” series last year to increase public understanding about the myths about drugs that drove the explosion of laws and sentencing schemes that cemented the United States as the world’s largest incarcerator.

Tue
19
May

COLORADO CANNABIS CEO: MARIJUANA WILL EVENTUALLY BE TRADED LIKE ANY OTHER COMMODITY

Ryan Fox, founder and chief executive of Denver-based cannabis producer Kindman, says the legal marijuana industry is still evolving and that current cannabis shortages reflect the sector’s growing pains.

Here in Colorado we recently completed the second annual “420” celebrations since the legalization of recreational marijuana in early 2014. And for second straight year, cannabis dispensaries in Denver and elsewhere were crowded with happy consumers during the 420 weekend; people from all over the country and around the world, ready and willing to take part in the festivities.

Tue
19
May

Oregon lawmakers to consider sales tax for retail marijuana

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider creating a sales tax for marijuana in place of fees applied to growers, the method approved by voters in last year's ballot measure legalizing the drug.

The idea is contained in a lengthy bill that is up for discussion Wednesday in a joint House-Senate committee tasked with implementing Oregon's legal marijuana program.

Proponents of a sales tax say it might be a better way to keep retail pot prices competitive with untaxed black-market prices. They say they'd like to collect roughly the same amount in taxes as they would get from the original method.

Tue
19
May

Weed etiquette: Emily Post's great-granddaughter on marijuana manners

The unspoken rules of the “puff, puff, pass” ritual — including all of the steps it takes to toke up — are obvious to those who already partake. But for those just now starting to explore the world of weed, there’s a lot to learn.

Unlike many trends and businesses and that are emerging with legal marijuana, it might come as a surprise that etiquette has always been something that has had its place in smoking culture.

Tue
19
May

DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?

The termmedical marijuana refers to using the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat a disease or symptom. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, calledcannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.

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