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Will California Cannabis Regulations Be Too Burdensome?

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The world is watching as California comes into the main fold this next year with a full adult legalization policy. The enormity of the market, matched with global regional brand recognition, and California’s propensity for bureaucracy make an interesting confluence for cannabis. Farmers have been operating, some for decades, in remote corners of northern California….

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Cannabis Prohibitionists Proclaim That the Sky Will Fall in Canada

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Members of the Canadian House of Commons health committee have been hearing testimony this week about the planned roll-out for Canada’s cannabis legalization program, which is set to go into effect in July 2018 – not a long time from now, for those familiar with the cannabis industry. Investors and entrepreneurs interested in the Canadian…

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Hawaii Establishes Cashless Financial System for Cannabis Dispensaries


Yesterday, Sept. 12, Governor David Ige and state Financial Institutions Commissioner Iris Ikea of Hawaii, made a public announcement which is sure to please the dispensary owners in their state. Governor Ige announced a plan for the first state-authorized financial institution which allow cannabis businesses to operate without cash and access electronic financial services which…

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Let the FDA and United Nations Know You Support CBD


Holy smokes! It’s a quick turnaround, but I just learned that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking comments for recommendations on wording it plans to give in the near future to the World Health Organization (WHO). The comments will be reviewed in advance of a report regarding a number of controlled…

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Rohrabacher and Blumenauer React to Blockage of Their Marijuana Amendment

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In a late night announcement, US House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), co-founders of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, issued a press release announcing a decision to remove from consideration an amendment which would prevent funding to the Department of Justice for prosecution of state-legal medical cannabis operators and consumers, and which has…

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California Legislators Defeat Ban on Cannabis Advertising

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Last week I reported the California legislature was meeting in special session, and that one of the measures moving forward included a somewhat strict prohibition on cannabis branding and labeling. As legalization moves forward and states invent new regulatory frameworks, we seem to be doing a bit of a balancing act regarding health and safety,…

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New Testing Standards Implemented in Oregon


The Recreational Marijuana Program at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) made an announcement on Wednesday, August 30, related to the state’s pesticide testing program. Now, every batch of licensed and regulated cannabis in the commercial market must be tested for pesticides. And implementation begins immediately. Last fall, you may recall Oregon-based cannabis businesses producing…

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American Cannabis Activists Irk German Drug Czar

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Marlene Mortler, the Drug Czar of Germany, sounds like she has taken a cue from the garbled logic of US Drug Enforcement Administration and Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a man I think of as the Arch Nemesis of Cannabis. (Or perhaps “The Anti-Cannabist”?) In any case, Mortler has been engaging in familiar…

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Ticket Prices Good Through Nov. 30, 2017