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Recently introduced legislation from Republican lawmakers to grow industrial hemp is moving forward to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism for a vote Wednesday morning.
Hemp, a form of cannabis, has less than one percent THC content and can be used in many things including automobiles, body care and food.
Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, and Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum introduced the bill in March.
The bill would require farmers who want to grow hemp to obtain a license from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. In order to be eligible for the license, farm owners must submit GPS coordinates of the land on which industrial hemp will be grown or processed and pay a fee for the license.
DATCP must also obtain a criminal history search from the state Department of Justice because applicants are not allowed to obtain a license if they have been previously convicted of violations of the controlled substances law.
Moreover all license holders must ensure that their crop falls under one percent concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, when tested, otherwise the product would be seized and destroyed, according to the bill.
Even with all these restrictions, Kremer said in an email to the The Badger Herald that making hemp accessible for Wisconsin’s farmers would be beneficial for the economy.
“It has the potential to grow the economy,” Kremer said. “The United States it the world’s largest importer of hemp…the more products we can make or grow here at home, the better.”
According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. imports $600 million worth of hemp product annually. Wisconsin had also been a leading producer of hemp pre-World War II, but the federal government outlawed this crop in 1970 due to it’s genetic similarity to marijuana.
A 2014 farm bill reopened hemp as tradable goods for 31 U.S. states.
This is why Kremer thinks Wisconsin should go back to its agricultural roots in industrial hemp farming.
“This bill is the first step toward the rebirth of an opportunity for Wisconsin farmers,” Kremer said. “Giving farmers the choice to grow hemp allows them to further pursue crop diversity and new markets.”
The status of medical cannabis in Australia is such that many are still sourcing medicines illegally – and perhaps not getting what they paid for.
According to Professor Iain McGregor, the most recent figures indicate just 153 patients across Australia have been authorised to acquire medicinal cannabis products under the nation’s Special Access Scheme. Approximately 30 Australian doctors have been granted Authorised Prescriber status, prescribing products to a further 101 patients.
As to when those figures were current isn’t clear, but in May, we reported just 130 people in Australia at that point in time had ever been given approved access to medicinal cannabis products and there were just 25 authorised prescribers across the nation.
Professor MacGregor, who is academic director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney, says a number of steps could be taken to improve and accelerate access. These include an amnesty for current users of illegal products, allowing appropriately trained GPs to prescribe without specialist involvement, and rescheduling of low-THC cannabis products as over-the-counter medicines.
Some desperate patients are choosing to circumvent laws in order to acquire medical cannabis products, but this isn’t without its risks – legal and otherwise.
According to New Daily, some patients are being sold fake and “toxic” cannabis oil manufactured by unscrupulous or inexperienced individuals in backyard laboratories across Australia.
14 different samples of cannabis extract sent to New Daily from customers of three different illegal suppliers were tested by an unnamed research facility and the results analysed by Safe Work Australia. According to SWA, 13 products were found to have no medicinal value, contained hazardous solvents or were “heavily intoxicating.” With regard to the latter, this means the products had high levels of THC.
Among the contaminants were naphthuric acid (naphthalene), a potential carcinogen, and Phenol, a household disinfectant.
This report doesn’t mean all those making extracts in Australia are creating poor quality medicines, nor is the contamination issue confined to Australia. Contamination has also been cause for concern in the USA, even among legitimate commercial products.
However, the issue does highlight the fact that sourcing products such as cannabidiol (CBD) through illegal sources can be risky, and patients/carers need to carry out appropriate due diligence if they intend pursuing this course of action. If a patient’s body is already compromised by a condition, then adding further stress to the body by ingesting toxins could have serious consequences.
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State lawmakers are circulating a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in the state. While previously outlawed, supporters say legalizing the crop could create opportunities for farmers.
The bill, proposed by state Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, and state Rep. Dave Considine, D-Baraboo, would allow state agencies to give
According to his spokesperson Grace Colas, Considine — who is a farmer by trade — has several constituents who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to grow industrial hemp on their farms.
“[Considine] himself grew up around wild hemp out in the 81st [Assembly] District and always wondered ‘Why cant we use this? Why can’t we make money off of
The plastic fibers in hemp can be used to make fabric, furniture, bricks, insulation, paper products and more.
While anyone with a drug conviction could not acquire a license, some are skeptical of the crop because of
“The difference between marijuana and hemp is you’re growing hemp for seeds and fiber, and marijuana you’re growing for buds,” Grignon said.
Thirty other states have legalized hemp production, including Kentucky, which Considine’s office pointed to as a good example for Wisconsin.
“We think it’s past time for this to be a reality for Wisconsin farmers,” Colas said.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Small Business will vote Wednesday morning on whether or not to advance the bill.
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2. High protein binding of metabolites in the blood stream to albumin – your body can only eliminate free unattached THC through the kidney and bowel.
3. “Bottleneck” of metabolite formation in the liver. In order for your body to clear THC your liver has to turn it into a variety of more water soluble metabolites.
Depending on the level of usage and the person in question (age, gender, size etc.) the half-life or time the drug stays in your body varies greatly. A one-time user typically taking 3-5 days to test negative, infrequent use possibly taking more like a week to 10 days, and daily consumption can take several weeks to well over a month. There are also case reports of well over a month to 2 months in large (over 200 pound) and heavy users (daily or multiple times daily).
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The list of consequences stemming from the country’s rapidly worsening opioid crisis continues to grow. Opioid addiction and abuse is spilling out of the shadows of America’s most destitute communities, creating some pretty gnarly threats to public health and safety. From small manufacturing towns in New England to coastal California, communities hit by the opioid crisis are finding they have a new and serious threat on their hands.
The United States heavily criminalizes illegal opioid use. Yet addiction to opioids and the use of opioids is rapidly on the rise.
Many opioid users are victims of homelessness, which means they usually have to shoot up in public. Hoping to avoid the severe repercussions for possessing needles for drug use, users will often haphazardly discard their used syringes. Carelessness and indifference play a part, too.
The epidemic of opioid addiction, however, has dramatically increased the “pollution levels” of used syringes.
So much so, in fact, that more and more people are accidentally sticking themselves with the discarded needles. Children and young people, who play in public parks and beaches, are especially at risk of exposure.
In some places, the problem has become so severe that one proactive resident described the situation as “just raining needles everywhere we go.” That’s according to Ricky Morrison, who heads a cleanup effort along the banks of the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Morrison’s sentiments echo those of other community advocates who say getting stuck by a used needle has become a “rite of passage” for local youngsters.
“It’s very depressing. Infuriating. It’s just gross,” said Gabrielle Korte, who helps clean up needles as part of the group Take Back Santa Cruz. They’ve found nearly 15,000 needles in four and a half years.
And aside from local community efforts like those led by Morrison, not much is being done to combat the growing syringe threat.
According to NBC News, some experts believe increasing funding and access to drug rehabilitation and treatment programs will reduce use and cut down on syringe pollution.
Others are calling on states to implement free clean needle exchange programs.
These programs offer a “safe place” for addicts to use, while offering them information on treatment. Some studies show that needle exchange programs effectively reduce syringe pollution. But their overall effectiveness is still under debate.
Communities are still debating the best tactics to stem the rising tides of used needles. Used needles pose serious health hazards. They are vectors of blood-borne diseases, like HIV and Hepatitis.
Experts are still studying the causes behind the rapid uptick in heroin use, opioid addiction and overdose deaths. According to the Atlantic, several studies have linked hot spots in the opioid crisis to places with high unemployment. Joblessness, these studies suggest, might be contributing to higher rates of drug addiction.
Other theories suggest that the rise in the use of legal, prescription opioids for treating pain is also a major factor.
Many patients become easily addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. However, when they can no longer acquire their meds through a pharmacy, many turn to illicit means.
So what does weed have to do with all of this? Well, studies continue to emerge which reveal strong causal relationships between access to medical cannabis and reduced opioid issues.
In fact, that body of research has become so extensive, that the federal government had to admit as much on it’s own NIDA website.
Earlier this year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that “medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids needed to control pain.”
With even the feds admitting that access to medical cannabis may be an effective response to the opioid crisis, it’s only logical to suggest that less opioid addicts means less used needle pollution.
The production of industrial hemp — a cousin of marijuana but distinctly different from the illicit drug — is a step closer in South Carolina as more than 120 farmers signed up to grow the crop here.
That’s great news for Janel Ralph of Conway, whose daughter Harmony takes cannabidiol or CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp, to control her seizures from intractable epilepsy. She was the first to apply for a growers permit.
Ralph started her own hemp oil production facility to produce CBD for her daughter and then expanded it into a business, Palmetto Harmony. She now imports her hemp from Kentucky and Colorado. If granted a permit, she plans to grow crops in the 45,000 square feet of greenhouse space she has in Horry County.
“Modern medicine can’t control (Harmony’s) seizures,” Ralph said. “She’s tried seven different epileptic drugs. But this does.”
Hemp is used for myriad purposes, from food to clothing to composites for car and airplane parts to oils for medicines and dietary supplements. Advocates in South Carolina say it can provide another cash crop for Palmetto State farmers and provide a healthy addition to a farmer’s crop rotation.
In August, just two months before the deadline for one of just 20 growing permits, no farmers had filed an application. There were many reasons, including concerns that hemp would open the gate for decriminalization of its cousin, marijuana. The application process itself also was complex.
“It was an extensive process, and it took some folks some time to get their materials together,” said Aaron Wood, an assistant commissioner with the S.C. Department of Agriculture.
But, Wood said, he wasn’t surprised when the floodgates opened after the September deadline for applying was extended by one week.
“We didn’t know what to expect, but based on the level of interest throughout the legislative process, we’re not” surprised, he said.
The licenses will be issued to South Carolina growers who have passed a State Law Enforcement Division background check. The growers also have to work with an in-state research university to develop products and a market for them. And they must have a contracted buyer for the hemp.
If more than 20 farmers meet the criteria, the licenses will be issued based on several factors, including which farmers have the greatest chances of success. Also, the Department of Agriculture will try to spread the licenses across the state to see which regions have the best growing conditions.
After the first year of 20 licenses for 20 acres, the program the next year would expand to 40 licenses for 40 acres each. After that, the agriculture department and the state’s research universities would determine whether the program would be expanded.
Unlike marijuana, hemp can’t get you high. It contains 0.3 percent or less of the psychoactive chemical that will get you high. Marijuana, a separate variety of Cannabis sativa, can contain up to 40 percent.
Today, about 90 percent of the hemp used in the United States for industrial purposes is imported from China. But more states are allowing hemp to be grown.
Thirty-one states have laws that provide for hemp production or that allow pilot programs under the auspices of the federal 2014 Farm Bill. The states include North Carolina and Tennessee.
Colorado and Kentucky lead the nation in hemp production, growing the crop on more than 10,000 acres each.
The prohibition of hemp began in 1939 when the federal Marijuana Tax Act strictly regulated the cultivation and sale of all cannabis varieties.
Then the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified all forms of cannabis as a Schedule I drug, making it illegal to grow in the United States. As a result, the industrial uses for hemp evaporated and largely were forgotten.
One of the concerns today about sanctioning hemp cultivation is that large hemp fields could be used to mask the cultivation of marijuana. But hemp is the dominant of the two species and would neutralize the psychoactive compounds in marijuana.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reportedly arrested seven medical marijuana delivery providers last week, after a sting, in which officers placed orders and lured the drivers to a golf course in Santee, California.
Dan Shook, who manages the MMJ delivery services, San Diego Organics and San Diego Native, said that several other operators received orders over a span of several hours on October 12.
All of the requests for cannabis were accompanied by a digital copy of a medical marijuana recommendation signed by a physician licensed by the State of California. A verification service was used to confirm the recommendation as valid, and photos of a California driver’s license in the same name as the patient were also provided with the orders.
Once the drivers arrived at the specified delivery location, Carlton Oaks Country Club, they were arrested by deputies and taken into custody on charges of misdemeanor transportation of marijuana, and their vehicles were impounded.
Five male drivers were taken to the county jail in downtown San Diego, where they were booked and released. The fate of two women arrested and taken to the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility has not yet been determined.
“This is the first time that I can recall a sting set up specifically to target what would otherwise be a state-law abiding interaction,” Shook said.
Elizabeth Wilhelm, the president of the advocacy group San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance, feels the sting operation was a publicity stunt by local law enforcement with a reputation for antagonism to the medical marijuana community.
“We feel conducting a sting operation at a country club is grandstanding. Public shaming only serves to fuel the divide between law enforcement and the cannabis industry,” said Wilhelm.
The City of Santee and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which provides law enforcement for the suburban town, have not responded to requests for more information on the sting.
Retail outlets should be charging sales tax on products made from the hemp-extract cannabidiol, the Vermont Department of Taxes said in a recent ruling.
Ceres Natural Remedies, a CBD retailer with locations in Burlington and Brattleboro, queried the tax department about the issue after some initial confusion.
“We wanted to make sure we were doing everything in accordance with the law,” David Mickenberg, a lawyer representing Ceres, told Seven Days.
As a result, Mickenberg said the Ceres store will charge 7 percent state and local sales tax on its over-the-counter CBD products, which include pills, salves and patches designed to offer pain and anxiety relief.
Ceres was initially charging sales tax but paused after numerous complaints from customers who said that other retailers were not charging sales tax, according to Mickenberg. The company then sought the guidance of the Tax Department, he said.
Green State Gardener, another Burlington outlet that sells CBD products, has been charging sales tax on such items and will continue to do so, according to cofounder Kelsy Raap.
While drugs, including some nonprescription products such as aspirin, are
exempt from sales tax, the Tax Department noted in its ruling that CBD products do not qualify as medical treatment under federal law.
“Because … cannabidiol products do not qualify as ‘drugs’ as defined in the statute and regulations, these products are not exempt from Vermont sales tax,” Tax Department lawyer Emily Bergquist and Commissioner Kaj Samsom said in the September ruling.
The increasingly popular CBD products are made from non-psychoactive hemp plants and contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) levels. Hemp is considered a controlled substance under federal law.
Samsom said it was unclear if sales tax would apply to CBD-infused foods, which are otherwise tax-exempt. Iced tea on its own, for example, is exempt from sales tax as a food product. But should CBD-infused iced tea be taxed? The state would have to determine whether a specific product is mainly a food or a CBD product, Samsom said.
“This would be case specific and I do not believe we have encountered this question with all the necessary relevant facts,” he said.
Samsom said he’s doesn’t yet know if the state will reach out to retailers about the sales tax decision. Typically, Samsom said, the state does such outreach when it determines there is widespread confusion. The department has not posted the ruling on its website.
Vermont has in recent months seen a proliferation of CBD products, from beer to tea to candy as well as dietary supplements and salves.
The so-called Wine Country fires have become some of the most devastating in California history, and cannabis farmers are among those hit hardest.
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Although still in its infancy, Puerto Rico’s MMJ industry struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.
On September 20, Hurricane Maria ripped through the island of Puerto Rico. The storm tore down homes, ruined supplies and killed at least 48 people. According to the latest data, it also hurt the U.S. territory’s medical marijuana industry by destroying equipment and facilities crucial to the survival of the cannabis plants.
According to Goodwin Aldarondo, the president and CEO of Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana, “big manufacturing and grow facilities have had their roof blown off, there is water in their manufacturing rooms, equipment damaged, no light for plants and most are dead.”
“You’re talking about millions of dollars of damage, and we just started as an industry,” he added.
Last year, Puerto Rico officials passed regulations designed to establish a medical marijuana program.
Some reports suggest that the medical marijuana industry could help pull the island out of its $74 billion debt. This prediction did not figure in the possibility of damages as a result of high winds and massive flooding.
The Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Association doesn’t know the extent of the damage yet.
They say they are working to assemble those figures. The most these disheveled operations can hope for, however, is that the insurance companies are able to pay the claims. The federal government does not recognize medical marijuana as a legitimate business. Thus, none of the owners or investors connected to the industry qualify for federal assistance to help their businesses recover.
“The longer the industry is out of commission, the more the entire island will suffer,” said Ingrid Schmidt, the president of the Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Association.
“We were expecting a lot from this industry,” she said. “It’s the only industry that was creating jobs, and a lot of hope was put into this industry because it was critical to the financial circumstance that our island is going through.”
There is a bit of good news, though.
Most of the medical marijuana operations have reopened to some degree. But only a small handful of these operations are able to dispense cannabis to patients.
It is for this reason that some of the rules have changed regarding dispensary designation, which, as of the beginning of October, has given registered patients the ability to secure cannabis products from any dispensary with product to sell.
As for now, all of the medical marijuana facilities are still reliant on generators for power. And the people desperately need all the clean water on the island to stay hydrated. This has made it difficult to irrigate plants.
But, despite the island’s lack of electricity and clean water, there are plenty of paper towels thanks to a recent visit by President Donald Trump. As Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana industry struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, we can’t underestimate the power of paper towels.
Sadly, while the president recently promised to help the U.S. territory through the crisis for as long as it takes, he has since said that the federal government cannot help “forever.”
Trump also discussed the possibility of completely eliminating Puerto Rico’s multi-billion dollar debt. But now, that too seems highly unlikely.
“There is a trend in Minnesota among farmers, that they love to push the boundaries, and experiment with what we can and cannot grow here,” said Karen Lanthier, member services coordinator with Minnesota Grown. The 30-year-old organization helps member farmers and growers market their products.
For instance, Lanthier said, “years ago, the common wisdom was that you can’t grow wine grapes in Minnesota. But today, we have 42 vineyard members in the Minnesota Grown program.”
Amid the fall harvest time, those experimenters are taking stock of their season and planning for next year. For Rich Las, that means harvesting hundreds of pounds of freshwater prawns he raises in a hoop-style greenhouse.
“My dad liked shrimp, I liked shrimp, so I figured, why not?” said Las, who lives near Orr. Las didn’t like the controversial and often dirty conditions in which most prawns are farmed in Southeast Asia, so he thought about raising his own. “I ordered some up, and went from there,” he said.
That would be about 8,000 two-week-old larvae in two tablespoons of water that are shipped from a farm in Texas. While the crustaceans are technically a freshwater prawn, Las usually refers to his catch as “shrimp,” since that’s what most people would recognize.
Far northern Minnesota isn’t natural shrimp spawning habitat, so Las had to re-create the specialized conditions the shrimp require. First up: a 1,000-gallon tank in his garage that’s heated to a balmy 84 degrees. The freshwater shrimp spend about 45 days in the small tank, eating a powdered shrimp feed. Finally, it’s on to the big tank, a 14,000-gallon, 20-by-50 foot tank that’s four feet deep and kept at 82 degrees.
Then follows months of feeding, feeding and more feeding, while the shrimp eat and molt, eat and molt. The shrimp cling to a netting suspended in the warm water after they molt, to hide from their tank mates, who might decide to make a meal of them.
Las estimated that the two tablespoons of larvae would grow into about 400 pounds of adult shrimp. If he has a good harvest, he plans to add another large tank next year, to turn “Up North Shrimp” from his hobby into more of a business. He sells the shrimp locally and delivers to Hibbing and Virginia, generating new customers through his Facebook page and by word of mouth.
If he continues to be successful, he hopes to construct a pole barn so he can raise the prawns year-round.
He sends his young daughter and son in to harvest the quick-moving adult shrimp.
“We drain most of the water, the kids put their boots on, and we give them a bucket and a net,” Las said. “They love doing it.”
As for Las, he said just about everything about raising the shrimp is enjoyable. “I like feeding them, I like watching them grow,” he said. He was surprised at how fast the adult shrimp can rocket around the tank, he said.
“Their tail is so big, they just give one ‘flick,’ and they’re gone,” Las said.
Vineyard on the Range
Becky Reini and her husband, Allan, were thinking of things they could do after the couple retires. They like to make wine, and Becky Reini’s parents own some land near Buhl, so maybe … a vineyard?
“I throw out ideas like this, and usually they are shot down within seconds,” Becky Reini said. “But this one wasn’t.”
While wine vineyards are suited to more-temperate climates, the University of Minnesota has developed some cold-hardy varieties “that should survive 40-below weather,” Reini said. So 250 grapevines went in the ground last summer, and this year the couple tended and trained the vines along a five-foot-high trellis.
“It’s something to challenge us, but not overwhelm us,” Reini said.
Complementing the vineyard is a small flock of miniature sheep that the Reinis said will help keep the weeds down between the rows of grapes. The 10 “Babydoll Southdown” sheep, which are just two feet high at the shoulder, will one day roam the vineyard, nibbling grass and other unwanted vegetation. But right now, the vines aren’t quite tall enough to escape those nibbling mouths, Reini said.
“There are two sheep that have a taste for grape leaves,” she said. “They will just lick them right off the vines, every leaf they can get to.”
It will take a few more years for the vines to put forth enough grapes to actually make wine. When that day comes, Reini hopes to bottle it as a medium-bodied red. They recently talked with a vineyard owner in Carlton who has been growing grapes for about six years, but they think they may have the northernmost vineyard in the state.
“It’s been a steep learning curve,” Reini said. “The sheep have taken front and center. We’ve never had livestock before, so lambing was an adventure.”
The family is learning everything they can about wine, about lambing, and about wool.
Part of the attraction has been putting Reini’s parents’ property just south of Buhl to a multi-generational use, she said. In addition to the flock of sheep and the future winery, Reini’s brother and family also have a thriving artisan bread-baking business headquartered on the property.
“We will be the one-stop Communion shop,” Reini joked.
Don Wedll is learning a lot about a crop that once grew well in Minnesota, before it was outlawed — industrial hemp.
Wedll is experimenting with growing hemp alongside environmentalist and writer Winona LaDuke. LaDuke holds a permit from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to grow hemp, which, according to the federal government, is still a controlled substance. Industrial hemp, which has very little of the chemical that makes marijuana a controlled substance, is grown for its seeds or fibers. The seeds are often used in foods, and the fibers can be made into a strong fabric and other products.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is in the second year of a pilot program to see if there is enough interest in growing hemp as a cash crop, said Andrea Vaubel, the department’s assistant commissioner.
They had seven producers join the program the first year. That jumped to more than 40 growers who planted hemp on about 21,000 acres this year.
“It’s really gone well,” Vaubel said. “We feel this is like any other agricultural commodity, and we think Minnesota has real potential.”
“We feel this is a really good product for growing in Minnesota,” Wedll said. “Years ago, the industry was pretty productive, but then it was banned.”
He is raising a plot of hemp in Crow Wing County, while another of LaDuke’s friends has a hemp plot near Saginaw, just east of Duluth. The partners are learning a lot about growing hemp, Wedll said.
Don’t plant it after the summer solstice, or it won’t grow well. Don’t try to plant the hemp seeds with a machine designed for corn kernels. And the hemp plant seems to need some additional fertilizer, rather than growing fertilizer-free, as Wedll had hoped.
But Wedll, LaDuke and others are persisting.
One challenge is what to do with the hemp once it’s successfully grown. For growers who want to harvest hemp seeds for the oil, there are no regional processors, Vaubel said. Processing companies are wary of investing in such a thing as long as the question of hemp’s legality is still in limbo, Vaubel said.
“The future is a question mark at this point,” Vaubel said, though she remains optimistic and loves talking about the project.
Vaubel said industrial hemp could one day follow the path of soybeans, which were once grown as a small specialty crop and today are a commodity powerhouse in Minnesota.
By Michael Bachara
Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that he signed the historic city council ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.
“I am pleased to sign this ordinance, which eliminates jail time as a penalty for a conviction for possession of less than an ounce, into law,” Reed said. “People of color, young and low-income people are disproportionately jailed – with sentences up to six months – for possessing small amounts of marijuana. An average of 1,000 people are arrested each year in Atlanta for possession only. We needed to change that. I believe our public safety resources are better directed to stopping and preventing violent crime.”
I signed the bill last night. #FactsMatter https://t.co/kAmwNWz6DD— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) October 11, 2017
While this is a significant step forward for all Atlanta residents, especially parents who fear their children may be jailed for what used to be an unjust marijuana law.
The passage of the ordinance took imprisonment off the books for people caught with less than an ounce of the illegal drug. The ordinance also reduced any potential fine to a maximum of $75, which is a step in the right direction.
Under old law, possession of marijuana within the city of Atlanta was punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for a period of up to six months.
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President Trump issued a statement on Monday regarding the controversy surrounding his drug czar nominee. The White House is expected to name Rep. Tom Marino, from Pennsylvania, as the new Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Marino has a history of being pro-pharma and anti-cannabis.
In fact, it was reported that he championed a law that allowed the opioid crisis to escalate. In an unexpected turn of events, Trump says he will be looking into the reports and is taking it “very seriously.”
Tom Marino and a handful of other members of Congress teamed up with shady drug distributors to create legislation that would make it easier to distribute prescription painkillers. Furthermore, the new laws prevented the DEA from taking action against pharmaceutical companies. That made it easy for major drug distribution companies to supply corrupt doctors and pharmacists, who then sold the narcotics to the black market.
According to data from the International Business Times, Marino has taken more money from the pharmaceutical industry than any other sector.
This weekend, the Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutes reported on the 2016 law and Marino’s involvement with its implementation. He was the chief advocate of the law that the DEA had spent years opposing. The law passed after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA. Orrin received nearly twice as much from the pharmaceutical companies as Marino.
For years, drug companies were being fined by the DEA for neglecting to stop the suspicious sales of hundreds of millions of pills. However, the new law makes it nearly impossible for the DEA to freeze the shipments of any suspicious narcotics from within the industry.
On top of drafting a law that made it harder for the DEA to stop the opioid crisis, Marino was caught “judge-shopping” for a cocaine-dealing buddy.
So, our future drug czar has a history of letting drug distributors fly. Hopefully, Trump is still shopping for a drug czar nominee, cause it looks like we might need one.
Despite the claims being made against Marino, Trump only had praise for him.
“He’s a good man and I have not spoken to him but I will speak to him to make that determination,” Trump said at a joint press conference on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We are gonna look into the report, and we are gonna take it very seriously.”
After seeing the Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation, several Senate Democrats are demanding Marino’s nomination be withdrawn.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said on Monday that she will be introducing legislation that will repeal the law Marino helped put into place. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is another fighting to have the drug czar nominee withdrawn.
Manchin said he was “horrified” by what he learned from the report and that the president no longer has his “trust or that of the public,” when it comes to tackling the opioid crisis.
“During the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS, we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry,” Manchin said in a statement.
After a recent indicator scan, we have noted that Span A is currently higher than Span B for shares of Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (HEMP.V). Traders may be paying close attention as this signal may indicate a possible bullish move.
Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (HEMP.V) presently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 252.25. Typically, the CCI oscillates above and below a zero line. Normal oscillations tend to stay in the range of -100 to +100. A CCI reading of +100 may represent overbought conditions, while readings near -100 may indicate oversold territory. Although the CCI indicator was developed for commodities, it has become a popular tool for equity evaluation as well. Checking on another technical indicator, the 14-day RSI is currently sitting at 83.59.
Many traders will use a combination of moving averages with different time frames to help review stock trend direction. One of the more popular combinations is to use the 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Investors may use the 200-day MA to help smooth out the data a get a clearer long-term picture. They may look to the 50-day or 20-day to get a better grasp of what is going on with the stock in the near-term. Presently, the 200-day moving average is at 0.48 and the 50-day is 0.46.
Taking a look at other technical levels, the 3-day RSI stands at 97.37, the 7-day sits at 91.60 and the 14-day (most common) is at 83.59. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an often employed momentum oscillator that is used to measure the speed and change of stock price movements. When charted, the RSI can serve as a visual means to monitor historical and current strength or weakness in a certain market. This measurement is based on closing prices over a specific period of time. As a momentum oscillator, the RSI operates in a set range. This range falls on a scale between 0 and 100. If the RSI is closer to 100, this may indicate a period of stronger momentum. On the flip side, an RSI near 0 may signal weaker momentum. The RSI was originally created by J. Welles Wilder which was introduced in his 1978 book “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems”.
The Williams %R is designed to provide a general sense of when the equity might have reached an extreme and be primed for a reversal. As a general observance, the more overbought or oversold the reading displays, the more likely a reversal may take place. The 14 day Williams %R for Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (HEMP.V) is noted at -7.41. Many consider the equity oversold if the reading is below -80 and overbought if the indicator is between 0 and -20.
At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (HEMP.V) is standing at 59.75. Many chart analysts believe that an ADX reading over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would suggest no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal. The Average Directional Index or ADX. The ADX was created by J. Welles Wilder to help determine how strong a trend is. In general, a rising ADX line means that an existing trend is gaining strength. The opposite would be the case for a falling ADX line.
By Michael Bachara
This legislative session, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced comprehensive cannabis reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. If passed, the bill would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
The historic bill, S. 1689, would remove cannabis from the US Controlled Substances Act, which would end the federal criminalization of cannabis, incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests, expunge federal convictions specific to cannabis possession, allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for cannabis-related violations to petition the court for resentencing and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.
At the moment, thirty states, Washington, DC and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis, while an estimated 63 million Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. Voters overwhelmingly support these policy changes. 59 percent of Americans support full marijuana legalization and 71 percent believe that states, not the federal government, should set marijuana policy, according to a 2017 Quinnipiac University poll.
American citizens are tired of the ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition, which financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
Please ask your Senators to support The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017.
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The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission received 95 applications for cultivation sites and will select no more than five. There are 227 applications for dispensaries.
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There was yet another deadly prison uprising in Mexico. The latest grim manifestation of the unrelenting prison crisis in Latin America comes from the northern Mexican state of Nuevo León. Authorities confirmed last week that the riot resulted in the deaths of 16 inmates and wounded an additional 25. The uprising took place at the Penal de Cadereyta facility.
In Mexico, and elsewhere, prison riots and violence among inmates are not uncommon occurrences. Prison riots in Mexico often result from the struggles between rival narco-gangs.
But this particular one started as an inmate protest over abysmal conditions at the overcrowded state lock-up.
During the riot, prisoners took guards as hostages to leverage basic demands such as adequate food and water. One prisoner died while fighting with the guards before the state police entered the fray. The inmates erected barricades of mattresses and set them on fire. This, in turn, prompted the police to respond with lethal force .
This prison uprising in Mexico should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
There were enough warning signs that trouble was brewing at Cadereyta. A similar protest at the facility on March 27 resulted in four killed and about 20 wounded. That uprising was prompted by the authorities’ move to have inmates submit to X-ray searches in an attempt to crack down on contraband entering the facility. And back in October 2011, a clash at the prison left seven dead and 12 wounded.
This level of violence is not unheard of in Cadareyta.
This town was also the scene of one of the worst massacres in Mexico’s ultra-violent cartel wars back in 2012. In May of that year, the cartel decapitated and mutilated 49 people and left their remains in plastic bags on the side of the highway throughout town. To this day, it remains unclear who carried out the massacre. The suspects are either the Zetas or the Gulf Cartel, the rival outfits fighting for control of Nuevo León.
After this latest prison uprising in Mexico, the local Consejo Cívico (or Civil Council in English), a citizens’ group, demanded that the government be held accountable. They protested the use of force as premature and charged that authorities did not make sufficient efforts to open a constructive dialogue with the rebelling inmates. The statement noted that in the two years since Gov. Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez Calderón took office in Nuevo León, the state’s prisons have seen 73 inmates killed in five separate violent incidents. This is compared to a total of 67 over the six years of the previous administration.
Ironically, Rodríguez Calderón was elected as a gadfly and outsider. He ran as an indpendent, a rare thing in Mexico. During his campaign, he said that he would put an end to the chronic narco-violence in Nuevo León. So much for false promises. Here in the United States, we can certainly empathize.
The Simmering Bone, a Waitsfield company, is recalling 14 ounce jars of its beef and chicken broth products that were adulterated and produced without the benefit of state or federal inspection.
The recalled products are labeled as “the Simmering Bone Classic Chicken Broth CBD Booster Blend,” and “the Simmering Bone Fire Roasted Tomato and Shiitake Beef Broth CBD Booster Blend.” The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 44798” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
A total of four jars of the products subject to the recall were sold at the Vermont Hemp Festival in Burke, on September 9.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Under USDA Recall Classification, this situation is defined as a Class I with a high health risk.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Rachel Collier, owner of The Simmering Bone, at (802) 578-7579. — from Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.
On Friday, Governor Rick Snyder made public the first round of members appointed to the Marihuana Advisory Panel — a requirement of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act implemented in December of last year. The 17-member Marihuana Advisory Panel will consist of experts from a wide variety of fields who will suggest best practices for […]
California marijuana growers north of San Francisco were facing mandatory evacuation orders as well as potentially millions of dollars in crop damage and loss amid widespread wildfires in the region.
Erich Pearson, director of SPARC Farms in Glen Ellen south of the Tubbs Fire reported on Facebook early Monday: “We are safe but these fires in Sonoma Valley are really bad. Winds are too strong and it’s too dark to fly planes. Trinity Oaks neighborhood is gone.”
He added: “Glenn Ellen is evacuated. … They’re evacuating up here too but it’s a ridge away.”
Pearson stated he was staying with employees on the Glen Ellen property who refused to leave. SPARC’s Glenn Ellen facility was preparing to harvest its annual outdoor crop Tuesday.
Major Santa Rosa-based cannabis manufacturer CannaCraft has closed its 110-employee business today, and told employees to stay home. CannaCraft spokesperson Kial Long said employees are open to use CannaCraft’s headquarters south of the San Rosa evacuation zone as an evacuation center.
Long said she’s received no reports from the numerous Sonoma County cultivators with whom CannaCraft works. “I know of a lot of cultivation sites in the line of this fire.”
There might be more than 3,000 cannabis gardens in Sonoma County, according to county surveys.
The timing of wildfire season could not be worse for cannabis, because the delicate, fragrant flower buds bloom in the middle of fire season.
“Especially when it’s ripe — I can tell you from personal experience, wildfire definitely will make your cannabis have a smoky flavor to it; just like wine,” said Kristin Nevedal, executive director of the International Cannabis Farmers Association, based in the Humboldt County town of Garberville, said in a September interview.
Fire-prone Northern California harbors the world’s largest concentration of cannabis farms in the remote forested mountainsides of Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Further south in Sonoma County, where the current Tubbs Fire is burning, many commercial medical and soon-to-be-recreational as well as personal cannabis farms also exist, along with ancillary businesses.
Beyond picking up the smell of the fires, smoke-exposed crops are more susceptible to disease, leading to unhealthy levels of mold, mildew and fungus.
Nevedal said farmers won’t know the extent of smoke damage until after the harvest season, which runs through October.
California is America’s number one domestic producer of cannabis — growing an estimated 13 million pounds per year. Four out of five of those pounds of pot grown in-state is shipped out of state, researchers estimate. Much of that pot is grown outdoors, and is planted in the Spring and harvested in the fall.
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How much cash would you be willing to cough up to see President Donald Trump tarred and feathered in the streets of Washington D.C.? Figuratively speaking, of course. Well, for Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt, it is worth several million dollars to see the Donald’s four-year term as a mockery of the White House put to an embarrassing end, AKA Trump’s impeachment.
On Sunday, Flynt ran a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post offering a $10 million reward to any person with information leading to the impeachment of President Trump. The ad, which has the appearance of an official government notice, comes complete with contact information so that tipsters can start sharing their despicable Trump tales for a chance at more money than most Americans will ever see in their lifetimes.
At the core of Flynt’s high-roller pursuit to nab the nation’s Orange Goblin by the short and curlies is the argument that the 2016 election, in which Trump defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, was “illegitimate in many ways,” suggesting that it was Clinton that should have taken over as the leader of the Free World, according to the popular vote.
“Trump has proven he’s dangerously unfit to exercise the extreme power accrued by our ‘unitary executive,’” Flynt wrote. “Impeachment would be a messy, contentious affair, but the alternative—three more years of destabilizing dysfunction—is worse.”
This is not the first time that Flynt has put a hefty price on the heads of those suited tyrants representing a political agenda that blatantly goes against the grain of the basic freedoms supposedly guaranteed to the American people.
Once upon a time, the infamous First Amendment defender offered up a cool $1 million in cash for anyone with incriminating tales of “infidelity, sexual impropriety or corruption” involving members of Congress. The ad invoked a level of panic on Capitol Hill, causing then House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston to submit his resignation.
In 2012, Flynt took his $1 million bounty to the presidential race, offering the money to anyone who could get their hands on the tax returns of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
But when it comes to putting down the rabid dog that is the Trump administration, a foul debacle that has the U.S. on the fringe of nuclear war with North Korea, Flynt, who calls Trump “the most powerful moron in history,” believes it is time to raise the stakes.
“Just because you pay for it, does not mean it’s not any good,” Flynt said in an interview with the Washington Post. “I don’t think you can live as recklessly as Trump has for 30 years and not leave some baggage along the way… I can’t think of something more patriotic to do than to try to get to get this moron out of office.”
Although President Trump has not yet taken to Twitter to offer his thoughts on the ad, his son, Donald Trump Jr., called Flynt’s attempts to push his daddy out of the White House an act of desperation.
“I love the smell of desperation in the morning,” he wrote in a Twitter post. “It smells like victory.”
While Larry Flynt is probably best known for bringing porn into the mainstream by duking it out with hole-in-a-sheet religious zealots in the U.S. Supreme Court, he is also a vocal advocate for the nationwide legalization of marijuana.
“Pharmaceutical companies don’t want people turning to pot for pain relief because it means they’ll be spending less on prescription pills,” Flynt said in a 2012 statement. “The alcohol industry doesn’t want the competition, either.
“With mounting scientific evidence that pot is safer than alcohol, legal marijuana would clearly put a major dent in the booze business’ profits,” he added. “Private, for-profit prisons only make money if they’re full, and that means locking up weed growers and pot smokers. This is what’s wrong with America. Our elected politicians ignore the people’s wishes and do the bidding of the corporations that line their pockets with cash.”
Last year, Forbes Magazine reported that Flynt was now an investor in the cannabis industry, purchasing $100,000 in stock from the public traded cannabis firm Pineapple Express.
Flynt’s daughter, Theresa, who is largely responsible for the creation of the Hustler Hollywood retail chain, has been the vice president of business development for the company since 2015.
For pretty much my entire smoking career, even before reaching the professional ranks, I have avoided nectar collectors like chocolatey trim run. Not because the straw-like dabbing device was ineffective or wasn’t a ton of fun to use, but because I am not in the “one percent” — the people who can afford to enjoy […]
Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. She takes the oil orally by syringe twice a day, and always keeps a THC spray on hand in case she experiences an aura, or pre-seizure event. The auras happen maybe once every three to four weeks – far less often now that she moved to Colorado than when she lived in Texas. When doctors in Texas were left with no other option than to suggest an experimental lobotomy, her parents moved to Colorado. Cannabis had to be better than removing a portion of Bortell’s brain.
“I’m now over two years seizure-free because of my cannabis medicine. In Texas, our goal was three days, [and] that’s the max I ever got,” says Bortell, who’s now in the sixth grade. “It’s helped me succeed in school more, since I don’t have to go to the nurse every day because of auras and seizures. There was no medicine in Texas that would stop my seizures, and not only that, but they had horrendous side effects that would be worse than the actual seizure.”
Wise and articulate beyond her years, Bortell received an invitation from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to lobby her representatives in Washington D.C. this past September. But she couldn’t go, and instead could only Skype: Since Bortell can’t go anywhere without her cannabis medicine, she couldn’t travel without committing a federal felony by transporting a Schedule I narcotic across state lines. What’s more, even if she could travel to D.C. – where marijuana is medically and recreationally legal – she can’t bring her medicine onto federal land, including the Capitol, national parks, monuments and military bases. (Her father, Dean Bortell, is military vet.)
Now Bortell is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government, and her attorneys argue that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which classifies cannabis as illegal, infringes upon various constitutional rights.
“This is not just a case about the CSA. This is a civil rights case that focuses on the rights of individuals using life-saving medication to preserve their lives and health,” says Bortell’s attorney, Michael Hiller, founder of Hiller PC and former professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “It’s not just about cannabis, it’s about people’s ability to exercise their rights to free speech, to petition the government for a redress of grievances under the First Amendment, the right to travel, the fundamental right to be left alone and the right against Congressional overreach.”
The federal cannabis lawsuit team – co-counsel Michael Hiller, Lauren Rudick, Joseph Bondy, and David Holland – filed a complaint in September to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawyers – who are all members of the New York Cannabis Bar Association – are working on the case pro bono in hopes of winning a watershed decision descheduling marijuana under federal law.
As the federal government is wont to do, the defendants — Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, Chuck Rosenberg, acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA itself and finally, the United States of America – will file a motion to dismiss on October 13th. If the judge grants the motion, the plaintiffs will file an appeal to the Second Circuit.
The case could have ramifications throughout the country. “If the court were to grant our relief, requesting a declaration that the CSA is unconstitutional as applied and enjoining the federal government from enforcing it, the case really has the potential to impact tens of millions of people,” says Hiller.
As a plaintiff, Bortell represents the thousands of children with epilepsy who stand to benefit from descheduling cannabis. But even broader applications and interests are at stake. Co-plaintiffs include six-year-old Jagger Cotte, a Georgia-based medical marijuana patient who suffers from Leigh’s Disease, which disables and kills 95 percent of its victims; Jose Belen, a disabled veteran of two tours in Iraq now living with PTSD in Florida; Marvin Washington, former pro football player, who’s now launched a line of CBD products; and the Cannabis Cultural Association, a nonprofit helping people of color enter in the cannabis industry.
The attorneys argue not only that the CSA infringes on the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, but that the foundation of marijuana’s place under CSA itself is bunk. “The whole explanation for why it’s a Schedule I substance is predicated on lies and racism,” says Holland, executive and legal director of Empire State NORML and former counsel to High Times Magazine.
In their complaint, the attorneys allude to the past 10,000 years of history, highlighting the various ways in which mankind has used cannabis medicinally and functionally. Fast forward to the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, the founding fathers wrote the Constitution on hemp paper, while pharmacists sold marijuana tinctures over the counter. (Marijuana and hemp, both different kinds of cannabis, are distinguished by their THC value.) By the 1920s and 1930s, cannabis became more closely associated with Mexican immigrants and African American jazz musicians. In 1937, Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry Anslinger drafted the Marihuana Tax Act, imposing criminal penalties on the possession, production, and sale of cannabis, and commencing the modern day War on Drugs.
By the 1960s and 70s, cannabis became the common denominator between Vietnam war protestors and radical groups like the Black Panthers. Nixon’s own right-hand man John Ehrlichman came out decades later explaining that criminalizing marijuana was a means of criminalizing blacks and hippies: “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
When the CSA was enacted in 1971, marijuana was placed in Schedule I only “temporarily,” even though by definition it didn’t fit the category. Today, blacks and Latinos are still disproportionately victimized by prohibition. Even in places like Colorado, more minority kids are arrested for weed than anyone else, while in California, police arrest blacks for weed three and a half times more than whites. “We’ve always had the federal government policing our bodies,” says Jacob Plowden, co-founder and creative director of the Cannabis Cultural Association. And even legalization hasn’t always worked, he adds. This case is the only way to turn the system on its head.
“What is deeply troubling about all of this is that the CSA makes absolutely no sense,” says Hiller. “We know for a fact that the U.S. government knows that cannabis cannot be legally classified as a Schedule I drug, the requirements for which are a high potential for abuse, no medical efficacy whatsoever, and a substance so dangerous that it can’t be tested even under strict medical supervision. And we know cannabis doesn’t meet those requirements.”
As Hiller points out, there is a disconnect between what the government claims legally, and how they actually operate. The government has a patent on cannabis for the treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, HIV-induced dementia and autoimmune disorders. And under U.S. patent law, you can’t apply for a patent unless you can demonstrate some form of the utility of whatever you’re seeking a patent for. “The government has obtained a patent for cannabis based on the fact that it works,” says Hiller. Moreover, since 1978, the federal government has been sending joints to medical patients as part of an IND (Investigational New Drug) program, only to find that cannabis alleviated symptoms for these 15 participants without serious side effects.
Then in 2014, the Department of Treasury issued a FinCEN guidance to banks, advising them on how to work with cannabis businesses. Meanwhile, 29 states and three territories all allow some form of cannabis to be used medicinally or recreationally – meaning more than 60 percent of the population has access to this plant. “It just makes no sense for the government to classify cannabis as a drug that’s so dangerous that it can’t even be safely tested, while at the same time encouraging companies to do business with cannabis businesses,” says Hiller. “It makes no sense for the Federal Government to have a medical patent and to distribute cannabis to patients for nearly 40 years through the IND Program, while at the same time claiming that it has no medical efficacy and can cause brain damage. Ask the federal government, ‘Do you really believe it?’ and the fact of the matter is, they don’t.”
As with same-sex marriage, Hiller says, if the federal government had to defend cannabis prohibition on facts, they’d lose.
“This lawsuit represents the truth,” says Bondy, a criminal defense attorney who is an expert in federal cannabis law. “Marijuana has a recognized medical purpose. For the government to persist in the position that it doesn’t is foolish.”
No matter who wins the case, it’s a sure bet that the losing party will appeal, according to Bondy. “These issues are so important to the public interest, so important to constitutional safeguards that a full evidentiary record has to be made. We welcome this as an opportunity to demonstrate fully and fairly that we are right.”
Meanwhile, Alexis Bortell still must choose between breaking the law and preserving her own life. “Every time I look around my classroom, I think about what my classmates will be when we grow up. But there’s nothing I can be because the government thinks I’m bad,” she says. “I know they’re wrong. I do hope we can win this case. If that happens, maybe I can be a doctor, or if I need to, run for legislature.”
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Michigan officials are gearing up for a mad rush on Dec. 15, the first day cannabis business-license applications become available in the state.
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Will the Emerald Triangle’s small growers survive legalization? It’s the question on everyone’s mind in regard to California’s impending cannabis legalization. And what about the impact of the wildfires that are ravaging Northern California?
As of yesterday, the wildfires devastating Northern California have reached a death toll of 40. The flames have wreaked havoc, destroyed homes and are also taking their toll on this year’s cannabis harvest. It’s a critical situation for everyone in Northern California.
In regard to the damaged and destroyed cannabis farms, the wildfires could significantly impact the statewide legalization of weed in January. Specifically, the quality and quantity of this year’s harvest.
According to Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, at least seven cannabis farms have been destroyed. He expects the number to “increase significantly” as people return to their homes.
If the fires destroy a significant amount of the harvest, the prices could skyrocket—just when they are expected to plummet further as legalization takes effect. Ironically, the wildfires could potentially cushion the transition to legalization. For the Emerald Triangle’s small growers, at least.
Among them, a common worry is being priced off the market by major players entering the industry, with the capital to exploit economies of scale.
Stett Holbrook grapples with the price of weed in his article titled, “The High Price of Cheap Weed.” Holbrook writes that California’s legal medical marijuana business generated $1.8 billion in revenue last year. Meanwhile, the state’s illicit markets pulled in a staggering $5.1 billion. Once legal recreational cannabis hits the market, its value could hit $5.8 billion in the next four years.
But Holbrook notes the reluctance of many outlaw growers to legalize their crops by registering with the authorities.
So far, only about 3,000 of the estimated 50,000 cultivators in the Triangle have applied for permits. For reference, experts define the Emerald Triangle as Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.
“For some operators,” Holbrook writes, “the cost of legalization–tens of thousands of dollars for even a modest-sized operation, not including attorney and consultant fees—is simply too high.”
There is also the threat of competition from the south.
Well-capitalized operators are planting cannabis in giant greenhouses in the traditional agricultural heartlands of the Central Valley and Monterey County’s Salinas Valley. They have a price point of about $1,300 a pound. Just a few years ago, Emerald Triangle growers could get more than triple that.
Given this, how will the Emerald Triangle’s small growers survive legalization?
At a California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, Humboldt State University agriculture expert Fred Krissman weighed in. As an example of how industrial cannabis could affect Emerald growers, Krissman pointed to Harborside. This Oakland-based dispensary is developing a 47-acre farm with 360,000 square feet of greenhouses in the Salinas Valley.
To help protect the Triangle’s traditional growers, Krissman calls for limiting farms to one acre, as well as imposing a government-subsidized floor price of $1,000 per pound at the farm gate. But he recognizes such ideas have little chance of success in the current loose regulatory climate.
Some protectionist measures are being taken—but not on behalf of the north country’s small growers. To protect Salinas Valley’s existing $5 billion traditional agricultural sectors, Monterey County officials have restricted cannabis cultivation to existing greenhouses. This move has sparked a real estate frenzy for ramshackle greenhouses that used to produce flowers before “free trade” opened the door to cheaper Colombian imports in the 1990s.
The specter of “corporate cannabis” was part of what led to the defeat of the 2010 legalization initiative in California. At least keeping a market niche for the small producers will now be a challenge for growers, advocates and policy-makers alike.
The public and legal perception of cannabis in the U.S. is changing at a rapid rate. Currently, eight states have made it legal to possess recreational marijuana, with a multitude of states passing legislation to decriminalize recreational use and legalize medical use. Because of this, industrial hemp grown in the U.S. will be used for the first time in apparel.
Bastcore, a Nebraska-based company, secured the first contract to supply U.S.-grown hemp on Thursday.
The company has a proprietary process for converting hemp stalks into materials for textile use, according to Business Insider. It will sell the fibers to Recreator, a Los Angeles apparel company that fuses environmental activism and agricultural causes with style.
“This fiber supply contract marks a historic milestone in the U.S. hemp industry, and particularly for American-made hemp textiles, since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill,” Bastcore CEO John Lupien said, according to Business Insider.
The 2014 Farm Bill, officially known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, removed federal restrictions on industrial hemp, and allowed states that have legalized hemp manufacturing to start research programs to study its benefits. This coincided with the legalization of cannabis in Colorado that same year.
“This partnership should encourage rural communities to re-invest in natural fibers and textile production,” Recreator CEO Matt McClain told Business Insider. “We are excited to show the pull-through capacity of Recreator by implementing Bastcore’s American-grown and processed hemp fiber into our premium apparel line.”
While legislation relating to legal cannabis in the U.S. continues to change, it opens the door to a new direction for domestic manufacturing. Companies might not be wholly reliant on domestic cotton production and processing.
Since doper Marc Emery has claimed title of the Prince of Pot, perhaps it is time to crown Justin Trudeau the King of Weed.
Thus far, it seems reefer royalty is our prime minister’s primary quest, as he is obsessed with pot’s legalization — by Canada Day 2018, come hell or high times — while spending little time on substantive issues other than taxing small business out of business.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau claims he will now tweak his tax reforms somewhat so that the family farm, for example, can be passed on to the next generation without painful penalties, but time will tell.
The overall economy?
Not a problem. The marijuana file will rake in untold millions for the national coffers with Trudeau’s surprise announcement of a $1-a-gram federal excise tax on legal weed, plus 13% HST of course and, before anyone knows it, the debt and deficit will be up in smoke. So goes the pipe dream.
Last week, when the premiers met in Ottawa with the PM, talks originally planned to discuss indigenous issues and climate change quickly got down and dirty on the sharing of the pot on pot.
It was reminiscent of street-corner drug dealers arguing over turf and take, with the premiers bemoaning that their jurisdictions will be doing most of the slog — setting up retail, dealing with law enforcement, et cetera — for relative chump change in return.
The best line came from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.
“I think it reminds me a little bit of the two salesmen who are having a vicious argument about the commission split on a deal they haven’t done yet,” he said. “We really don’t know what the ramifications of this are.
“This is an historic change, and we don’t know the real cost.”
Yet, for the King of Weed, it is rush, rush, rush.
There is also an increasing clampdown on those pesky illegal pot dispensaries that are popping up everywhere across the country, and are particularly irksome to the ruling Liberals of Ontario who want their monopoly protected, and run by unionized and templated off-shoots of the Liquor Control Board.
In a rather profound example of law enforcement overkill, an Ottawa pot dispensary was raided last week for the second time this year by drug cops disguised by balaclavas, and accompanied by fully geared-up members of the SWAT team.
Five clerks were hauled away in handcuffs, and later charged with drug trafficking, as police involved in the raid were heckled by a small group of demonstrators, some of them dispensary co-workers.
“How much taxpayers’ money did you waste?” one reportedly yelled. “Are you f—ing kidding me?”
“They should be investigating cocaine dealers.”
Yes, peace and love is in the air.
What also troubles the feds, and the provinces, is that these pot dispensaries are also selling edibles, which will be a no-no when marijuana is legalized in order to prevent toddlers for mistaking their parents’ THC-laced gummies for Halloween treats.
And there is some interesting stuff being sold.
When Postmedia reporter Jacquie Miller visited an illegal Ottawa outlet named Dr. Greenthumb, priding itself for selling the cheapest pot in town — $8.50 a gram, cash only — she found a “fully-loaded 375 mg gummy” selling for $30.
It was in a Ziploc bag, and shaped like a revolver.
And, “fully loaded” is not far off.
As Miller noted a “single serving” edible in Colorado has only 10 mg of THC, the chemical in marijuana that delivers the buzz.
Imagine if someone’s toddler mistakenly swallowed that revolver-shaped gummy at Dr. Greenthumb laced with 375 mg of THC?
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New research published in the American Journal of Public Health says legal cannabis is saving lives in Colorado. How exactly is weed saving lives in the state? Since marijuana legalization, Colorado has seen a decrease in the number of opioid-related deaths. Monthly opioid deaths in Colorado were on a steady rise until legalization in 2014.
Researchers examined the association between Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and opioid-related mortality.
Using data from the years 2000-2015, the authors of the study found a decrease in opioid-related deaths in the two years following Colorado’s legalization.
“After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6 percent in the following 2 years,” wrote authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.
The authors point to the fact that recreational marijuana sales only began in 2014. As a result, they don’t have much data to work with.
However, a number of other studies have found an association between medical marijuana laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in the United States.
In fact, prior to 2010, the three states with medical cannabis laws had far fewer opioid-related deaths. The mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate was 24.8 percent when compared to states without access to medical cannabis. Secondary analyses resulted in similar findings.
The authors of multiple studies have found medical cannabis laws to be associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates. The more recent research illustrates that recreational marijuana seems to also cause a decrease in prescription opioid overdoses. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that legal cannabis is saving lives in Colorado post-legalization.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has compared legalizing cannabis to allowing the opioid epidemic to escalate. Research, on the other hand, would argue that cannabis can help reduce opioid-related overdoses. Unlike opiates, cannabis overdoses never result in death. Instead, they tend to end with the best sleep you’ve ever had or in worst cases anxiety. Jeff Sessions is comparing apples to oranges.
As more research surfaces, it will become more obvious that cannabis is one of the best weapons against the opioid epidemic.
The authors of the latest study on legal cannabis and opioid-related deaths hope to see their results replicated. States that have recently approved recreational marijuana, like Washington and Oregon, will be monitored by policymakers.
Officials who say recreational marijuana can help close budget holes may be on to something.
The average consumer of legal recreational marijuana spends $111.05 per month on marijuana products, according to a new LendEDU poll of 1,000 consumers.
Of them, 27.6 percent of respondents said they spend more money per month on marijuana than on eating out, the study found. LendEDU is a New Jersey-based online marketplace for student loans and other financing topics.
“The point to be made is that in states where marijuana has become recreationally legal, the consumption of the drug has become both a priority and lifestyle choice,” LendEDU research analyst Mike Brown wrote, adding that more than 50 percent of consumers surveyed actually include marijuana expenditures in their monthly budgets.
Eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged state officials here to follow suit, arguing that it could generate at least $200 million in annual revenue, in addition to reducing the costs and social stigma of marijuana-related arrests.
Colorado saw $129 million in tax revenue on $1 billion in marijuana sales last year, DePasquale said. Given that Colorado’s population is less than half the size of Pennsylvania’s, DePasquale called his calculation of $200 million in annual revenue a “conservative” estimate of how much Harrisburg might pull in.
So far, however, DePasquale’s suggestion remains only a pipe dream — despite efforts by State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) to advance recreational marijuana legislation.
In the meanwhile, as the LendEDU study pointed out, consumer spending on legalized pot continues to bloom amid a highly competitive retail landscape.
“Because of an over-saturated market where marijuana retail stores are as common as the Golden Arches of McDonalds, people have more access to make purchases than at any other point in history,” Brown wrote. “This access has simultaneously led to more consumers buying more cannabis products, but at a cheaper price thanks to competition and less costs for the marijuana retailers.”
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On Greek TV, a Greek official calls for marijuana legalization for recreational purposes. The official in question is Yiannis Tsironis. He’s the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, originating from Greece’s Green Party. Yeah, we figured as much.
Like many other countries, our own included, Greek federal policy outlaws cannabis.
Despite the country’s history of producing hashish, authorities officially criminalized the plant in 1890. Although the cultivation and possession of hashish were illegal, Greek citizens continued to use it. Particularly after the first World War. Greek soldiers, as well as refugees from other countries, used cannabis. The prohibition was not particularly forceful or effective at that point.
Although cannabis (and other drugs) is still illegal in Greece, lawmakers have eased the policies regarding it.
The penalty for getting caught still may include jail time. But the courts recognize the difference between drug users and drug traffickers. Greek courts also make a distinction between cannabis and what they deem “dangerous drugs” like heroin.
This year, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, thus becoming the latest European country to implement a nation-wide medical marijuana program. At the moment, weed is still illegal for recreational purposes.
But will it always be?
Recently, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Yiannis Tsironis, stated his opinion that Greek lawmakers should fully legalize cannabis in the country. He even said that Greek citizens should be able to legally grow cannabis plant on their property.
Tsironis cited the drug abuse problem in Greece as a reason for his position to legalize marijuana. In the interest of harm reduction, Tsironis said that he wants addicts to be able to purchase drugs legally. And so, the Greek official called for marijuana legalization in his home country.
Would something like this actually work?
While we can all agree that marijuana legalization, or at least decriminalization, would be absolutely positive, can we say the same of other drugs? It’s actually not the most outlandish idea.
In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs to combat the epidemic of addiction in their country. Instead of automatic jail sentences for those the police caught with drugs, courts handed out civil penalties and health interventions.
Deaths from drug overdoses plummeted. Addicts took advantage of the health interventions. Turns out that most people addicted to drugs don’t want to be.
Because we know that cannabis is non-addictive and not even in the same ballpark as harder drugs, decriminalization and legalization seems like an obvious route to go. Especially in the interest of public health and overcrowding in prisons, among other things. Tsironis has started the conversation and debate on cannabis legalization in Greece. It’s only the first step to real change, but still, it’s a step. Hopefully, Greece will legalize the plant, and hopefully, it will help alleviate some of the struggles of addiction in their country. At the very least decriminalization could be a good start to the social progress they seem to want to make.
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The New York State Health Department issued new guidelines earlier this month for the state’s medical marijuana program. As of Oct. 5, staff working at healthcare facilities in the Empire State are protected from unjust incarceration or prosecution for obtaining medical marijuana for their patients, according to the state’s website. Per section 1004.23, those “designated caregivers, […]
With Canada scheduled to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018, here are the seven Toronto food experiences no cannabis-enhanced human should miss.
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As Donald Trump took office in January, cannabis advocates across the country braced for what seemed like a looming and inevitable federal crackdown on marijuana. While the president’s views on cannabis were as erratic as his stance on many other issues, Trump’s cabinet nominees eliminated any doubt about the track the administration would take toward weed. Trump appointed folks with extremely anti-cannabis views to the three positions directly involved with federal marijuana policy. But with the Trump administration bleeding staff like a stuck pig, many are wondering who’s currently in charge of federal cannabis policy?
As the shape of the Trump administration came into focus back in January of this year, many commentators feared that the federal government was preparing to jump start a new chapter in the failed War on Drugs.
But over the last few weeks, high profile resignations in the Trump administration suggest the federal government couldn’t coordinate a crackdown on cannabis if it wanted to.
That’s because two out of the three most important positions regarding federal weed policy are currently empty. So who’s currently in charge of federal cannabis policy?
Well of course, there’s Trump himself. And despite some rumors that Trump was on the hunt for a new U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions still holds his post.
But aside from Trump and Sessions, two major positions have recently become empty. So who did Trump lose? What agencies did they head? And how will that impact federal pot policy?
The Secretary of Health and Human Services heads up the nation’s marijuana policy-making branch. Whereas the DEA enforces marijuana laws, HHS makes policy recommendations. It also oversees other agencies which play a role in the prohibition on cannabis, like the FDA.
When the federal government had the chance to reclassify marijuana last year, HHS was a major reason it didn’t happen. Cannabis is still listed as Schedule I on the federal Controlled Substances Act, alongside heroine and ecstasy. That’s because HHS effectively safeguards that classification and directs agencies, like the FDA, to make recommendations against rescheduling weed.
Tom Price, as you might expect, has a miserable record on cannabis. He voted half a dozen times against rules that would stop the Department of Justice (now headed by Sessions) from interfering in states with legal medical and recreational weed. And he voted three times to prevent Veterans Affairs physicians from making medical cannabis recommendations for sick veterans.
But just a few days after Chuck Rosenberg resigned as the acting head of the DEA, Price resigned as head of HHS. Price resigned after news came out that he had spent taxpayer money on expensive chartered flights for personal air travel. The news drew sharp criticism from the media and Trump himself, who promised during his campaign to “drain the swamp.”
Currently the DEA is without a permanent leader. That’s because former DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg resigned at the end of September.
Rosenberg gave no official reason for his departure, but according a New York Times report, those close to him suggest he came to feel that Trump “had little respect for the law.” On July 29, Rosenberg publicly criticized the infamous “rough ’em up” speech Trump made to law enforcement officers condoning police misconduct.
Rosenberg was an Obama appointee. He took over the DEA in 2015. He was also a close associate with FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired during the ongoing investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia.
But Rosenberg was no friend to cannabis.
When he took over the DEA in 2015, he called medical cannabis “a joke,” and raised other hackles among cannabis advocates, and 160,000 of them called for his ouster in a petition.
The DEA takes its marching orders from the Attorney General. And through its “Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program,” the DEA arrests tons of people for cannabis crimes. As the law enforcement arm of federal cannabis prohibition, the DEA is the agency that takes action.
At the moment, it looks like the only person with any real conviction at the helm of federal cannabis policy is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Plenty of ink has been spilled chronicling Sessions long record of opposing cannabis decriminalization. Sessions, in many ways, can be seen as the arch-nemesis of cannabis reform in the United States.
During Sessions’ confirmation hearing, numerous Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, denounced Sessions record of racism, bigotry and his appalling record on civil rights. Indeed, Sessions has said that he thought the Ku Klux Klan, a white-supremacist hate group, was “OK until I found out they smoke pot.”
But for now, he’s more or less alone at the wheel.
Earlier this month, Sessions’ Justice Department did appoint an interim chief to the DEA. Robert Patterson, a career investigator, is currently serving as interim DEA chief until Trump finds a permanent replacement for Rosenberg.
So what are Patterson’s views on cannabis?
They’re mostly unclear at the moment. Patterson has been at the DEA since 1988. He began his career investigating RICO cases and has since been a key part of a DEA program fighting the rising opioid crisis in the United States.
So far, however, he hasn’t made any outrageously misinformed claims about cannabis. And that sets him apart, at least in a small way, from his predecessor.
And that’s good news for the millions of people who already have access to legal weed. The likelihood of a serious, coordinated federal crackdown is looking slimmer and slimmer.
Victims of modern slavery are finally receiving the help they desperately need. The Salvation Army revealed that an alarming number of people trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced labor, have been referred to them for support. Cannabis grow slaves are one of the most common types of forced laborers in the UK.
According to the Salvation Army, 5,868 clients have received their support in the last six years. That represents a 300 percent increase in the number of modern slavery victims being referred.
In the last year alone 1,554 people have entered the Adult Victims of Modern Slavery Care and Co-ordination Services. Counting the clients already receiving support, there are 2,589 victims receiving aid since the start of the year.
During the program’s sixth year, two-third of victims being supported by the Salvation Army are women. One-third are men, and there have been three transgender clients in the past year. Forty-eight percent of victims have been trafficked for prostitution or sexual exploitation. Thirty-nine percent are trafficked for labor exploitation, and 13 percent are brought for domestic servitude.
For the first time, the highest number of male clients seeking support are from Vietnam. Many of them were forced to work on cannabis farms across the UK.
One victim was trafficked at the age of 16. After his mother sold their home in Vietnam, she paid £10,000 for him to be smuggled into the UK to join his father.
The victim is known as T. His first stop was a cannabis farm that was set up in an apartment above a shop in England.
According to the Salvation Army, T was “made to work long hours in unbearable heat with no pay and only occasional food brought every couple of days by a man who would leave again and lock the door behind him after just a few minutes.”
After a police raid, T was referred but ran back to his traffickers in hopes of being reunited with his father. Instead, he was put back to work setting up cannabis farms across the UK for several more years.
T was later forced into prostitution because his traffickers claimed his debts surpassed £100,000. He was beaten and told his parents would be harmed when he tried to run away.
“T was forced to go from one small hotel to another, sleeping with both men and women and receiving no more than £100 a month,” the Salvation Army stated.
T was brought to the Salvation Army again, after being arrested at another cannabis farm, where they sent him to an immigration detention center.
The information we have is only on victims that have been referred. There are still cannabis grow slaves and many other modern slavery victims receiving no help. Fortunately, the UK is doubling the amount of spending on modern slavery to £150m.
Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (TSE:HEMP) insider Charles Holmes sold 50,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.68, for a total transaction of C$34,000.00.
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