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‘Medical necessity’ defense for growing pot wins acquittal in Florida case

Just about every day for more than 30 years, Jesse Teplicki consumed marijuana in one form or another to ease the relentless symptoms of chronic anorexia nervosa. And for the last decade, he quietly grew and harvested his own supply, even processing the plants into pats of butter.

So by the time police officers, acting on an anonymous tip, came to his Hollywood home two years ago, Teplicki was ready — and open about his pot use. He allowed the two Broward County Sheriff’s deputies into his home, escorting them to the locked garage where he had 16 potted marijuana plants growing. Then he showed them the other 30 plants taking root in his backyard also for personal use.

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CannaServe Announces Concierge Business Advisory Service for Cannabis Dispensaries and Ancillary Businesses

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) March 30, 2015

Legal cannabis business owners and entrepreneurs constantly face uncertainties and critical situations due to the current nature of the emerging industry. Quite often, they need quick answers to legal, accounting, human resources, insurance, banking, compliance or other cannabis industry specific business questions. However, most business owners often hesitate to contact a lawyer or other business professional out of fear of the very expensive “Ticking Clock Syndrome", or simply because they don't have a trusted business advisor or reliable “go to source” readily available to them.

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Illinois Training event helps job seekers in medicinal marijuana industry

A thick line of people formed inside a Doubletree hotel Saturday afternoon, all of them waiting to learn if they had earned the distinction of certified budtender, one of many titles for a person who works behind the counter at a medicinal marijuana dispensary.

Hemp Staff, a Florida-based company that aims to educate, certify and assist jobseekers in the medicinal marijuana industry, hosted two sold-out budtender training and certification sessions Saturday morning and afternoon at the hotel in Rosemont.

Though marijuana is still illegal under federal law, a state pilot program that took effect last year has allowed for up to 21 cultivation centers and 60dispensaries to grow and sell medicinal marijuana in Illinois.

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Smoked dry: Massive marijuana cultivation has 'lethal' impact on California water supply – study

California's current drought has been caused by the demand for water needed to cultivate cannabis, which, under state law, is illegal for recreational use. Streams are running dry, fish are dying, and it’s just the beginning, US scientists warn.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently published a study, the first of its kind, in the PLOS journal. The scientists, who studied the devastating environmental effects of marijuana cultivation in the region, concluded: “Due to climate change, water scarcity and habitat degradation in northern California is likely to worsen in the future.”

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After legalization, marijuana events fighting for a foothold in Portland

People ambled through the Oregon Hemp Convention on Friday, casually inspecting colorful glass bongs and trying samples of rice crispy treats and chocolates, chatting with vendors about growing marijuana plants at home and extracting cannabis oil safely.

Our more relaxed attitude toward marijuana is nothing new, but this was all still a bit surreal.

But as Oregon eases into recreational marijuana, bigger festivals and conventions like this weekend's event should become the norm, popping up throughout the year at venues in and around Portland.

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Pharmaceutical Heiress Sued By Condo Tenants For 'Offensive' Levels Of Marijuana Smoke ...

Jacqueline Lasdon is a pharmaceutical heiress and self-proclaimed “opera singer gone rogue” who received a $2.5 million trust fund disbursement from her late grandfather, a pharmaceutical magnate. After the she received the money, she purchased a home at the upscale Onyx Condominium. However, it seems her fellow tenants are not too keen on Lasdon living in the building and are filing a lawsuit that includes abuses such as “offensive” levels of marijuana smoke coming from her unit and various “transients” entering the building to visit.

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Summary of the five Ohio marijuana proposals

There are five legalization efforts underway in the state, four by ballot measures to amend to the state’s constitution and one as a proposed legislative bill in the House of Representatives. Following is a quick look at what the measures call for.

 

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Initiative: Marijuana Legalization Amendment.

Ballot goal: November 2015.

Background: This business-backed, political action committee announced its plan to get on the November ballot. The group has cleared all certification and is collecting the needed 305,591 signatures to get on the ballot.

Amendment basics:

• Legalizes medicinal and recreational use for those 21 and older.

• Limits commercial production to 10 growing locations.

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The Cannabis Patch Production Begins in Aspen

Ganjaprenuer Josh Meacham can finally say he’s found a sweet spot to make his pot patches.

Meacham began production this week of the cannabis-infused patches at his lablike facility below the now-defunct Johnny McGuire’s Deli at 730 E. Cooper Ave.

RX Green is the name of the startup company with just a handful of employees. And it’s been awhile in the making.

At one time, Meacham had planned to manufacture the patches at the old Poppies Bistro Cafe building at 834 W. Hallam St., but that deal fell through, leading him to find a spot in the Buckhorn Arms building.

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Arizona medical marijuana for PTSD study gets OK from feds

PHOENIX -- An Arizona-based psychiatrist and marijuana researcher is moving forward with a controversial cannabis study that could have nationwide implications.

Just months after her termination from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sue Sisley has been given the go-ahead from the federal government for the study and has secured funding as well.

Sisley has faced numerous hurdles in her efforts to study the effects of four marijuana strains on veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It has been five years now battling the government at all levels to try to get this study underway," she said.

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President Obama Talks About Problems of War on Drugs With Creator of HBO’s The Wire

President Barack Obama and David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, sat down to talk honestly about the challenges law enforcement face and the consequences communities bear from the war on drugs.

 

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