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Your Marijuana Habit Is Still Sucking California Dry

Over the past few weeks, all eyes have been on California as the super-parched state endures its fourth year of record-breaking drought. In mid-March, after officials announced new, far-reaching water restrictions for residents and businesses, attention turned towards the worst offenders when it comes to water use. Earlier this week, a host of articles centered on the conveniently easy-to-remember fact that it takes an estimated one gallon of water to produce a single almond.

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Legalized marijuana creating new business in Portland

Portland, Ore.— The legalization of marijuana is already beginning to reshape the economy in Oregon. Entrepreneurs are looking for ways to profit from products and services that support this new industry.

"Every day my scale, my business plan is constantly changing because I'm realizing the opportunity is much larger than I would have imagined," said Noah Stokes, founder and C.E.O. of OmniGuard Security.

Stokes has expanded his existing company by opening a new division 'CannaGuard Security' that specializes in protecting legal marijuana operations.

"In the industry, if you talk to anybody who grows, has been growing or is currently growing, they've all been robbed," said Stokes.

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14
Apr

'The promise of marijuana' may no longer save Washington's health centers

The House and Senate budget proposals would divert marijuana taxes to the general fund instead of to non-profit community health centers that serve the uninsured.

A key part of Washington state's recreational marijuana initiative I-502 is a tax on legal marijuana. Five percent of that tax was meant to fund the state's cash-strapped community health centers.

But neither the Senate Republicans nor House Democrats have called for that in their budgets, which were revealed at the end of March.

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14
Apr

Maine hires inspectors for medical marijuana operations

AUGUSTA — In a first for Maine’s medical marijuana industry, the state has hired an outside group to inspect growing operations, a move criticized by advocates who say the process hasn’t been well-outlined.

In March, the Maine Department of Human Services signed a one-year, $167,000 contract with the Maine Sheriffs’ Association to inspect growing operations across the state. David Sorensen, a DHHS spokesman, said it’s primarily for “caregivers,” allowed under state law to grow marijuana for up to five patients who have gotten recommendations from doctors to use the drug.

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14
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More marijuana exposures reported statewide

A concerning trend: More calls are coming into the Washington Poison Center about marijuana. But are more people being exposed or are people just more willing to call?

 

The Washington Poison Center reports more marijuana exposures during the first three months of 2015 than it did in the same period last year.

Through March this year, 72 exposures were reported to the Poison Center compared with 54 during the same period in 2014. Last year, a total of 245 exposures were recorded. Exposures reported include calls from the public as well as healthcare professionals.

Since marijuana was legalized, the number of exposures has grown, according to the center’s data.

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5 takeaways from Colorado's experience with marijuana-infused edibles

DENVER, COLORADO -- Andrew Freedman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's point person on marijuana policy, recently sat down with The Oregonian/OregonLive to talk about the lessons Colorado offers Oregon and other states grappling with how to regulate marijuana.

Freedman, a Harvard educated lawyer, talked about how the state has confronted challenges posed by the fast-growing marijuana-infused edibles industry, which last year accounted for about 45 percent of sales in the recreational market.

Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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14
Apr

Shawn DeNae: The Exhausting Work of A Cannabis Business Advocate

Advocating for cannabis reform is energy consuming business.  I’m tired and I’m not alone.

When I became involved in late 2010, I fed off the intense enthusiasm and passion of the cannabis community.  There was a huge push to get an medical marijuana bill passed and via a miracle, SB5073 passed both the House and Senate in April 2011 and went to the Governor’s office where it was gutted and we have been fighting to regain ground ever since.

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Apr

Washinton Medical Marijuana Regulation One Step From Inslee's Desk

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

Both the state House and Senate have now approved measures to roll medical cannabis into Washington’s recreational pot system. That means big changes ahead for marijuana patients.

Today, a medical patient might go to their corner or local dispensary. If the bill goes into effect, that patient would go into a recreational store that is dual licensed. There might also be stand-along medical marijuana specialty clinics, but the sort-of ubiquitous green cross stores basically go away under this system.

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14
Apr

Charlotte’s Web is Now Available through Novus MedPlan

Novus Acquisition & Development Corp. (NDEV 0.18 0.00%), provider of a cost-saving medical plan for patients within the wellness industry,recently announced that Charlotte’s Web strain of cannabis would be available at a 30% discount to the retail price through its interactive web portal to patients enrolled in the Novus MedPlan.

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14
Apr

Primary Research Firm Emerges In Growing Cannabis Industry

If you build it, who will come?

Verabis (www.verabis.net), a primary research firm that focuses on the cannabis industry, can help you get to the bottom of this question and more. And they’ve got some data about the industry to share.

Did you know that 70% of cannabis enthusiasts use cannabis product once or more a week? And four out of five of these people consume cannabis at least once per day. Verabis has seen significant differences in product preferences when it comes to the gender split. For example, women are more drawn to mint and gum than men. Men are more likely to trust vaporizers. Moreover, one in four say their use of cannabis will increase in the coming year. Are you ready?

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