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    New Zealand’s Medical Marijuana Bill is Coming This Week


    After over a half-year of waiting, it finally looks like New Zealand will get a medical marijuana bill introduced this week. In a trickle of empathy in June, Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that doctors in the Kiwi nation were allowed to prescribe CBD for conditions including epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, among others. Since that […]

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    Uhh, It’s Not Wise To Smoke Pot In A Police Chief’s Parking Space

    The post Uhh, It’s Not Wise To Smoke Pot In A Police Chief’s Parking Space appeared first on High Times.

    There are several unwritten rules in the Official Book of Getting Stoned in Pubic and one of them is: It’s not wise to smoke pot in a police chief’s parking space. It’s really that simple. Don’t be a raging idiot out there in the wild, wild world of purgatorial prohibition, and you’ll probably escape this life without any unwanted run-ins with the law.

    But for those hardcore marijuana enthusiasts who rebel against it all, even common sense, this kind of misstep could come, at the bare minimum, with a hefty load of embarrassment and, depending on what neck of the woods you hang your hat, quite possibly even legal consequences.

    We know what you’re thinking… no one in the cannabis community is stupid enough to actually smoke weed in front of a cop shop. Well, they are, and they did.

    But don’t take our word for it. Just ask 26-year-old New York resident Arielle Bonnici. She recently got into a bit of a hairy mess with the Northport Police Department after deciding to get one hell of a hotbox going while in the local police chief’s personal parking space.

    It seems that Bonnici was scheduled to make an appearance at the Northport Village Justice Court earlier last week to answer a summons she received over the summer for marijuana possession. No big deal. All she had to do was go before a judge and answer to the civil infraction, agree to pay a fine and then get on with the rest of her day.

    But she didn’t even make it inside the courthouse before encountering a snag.

    According to a report from Newsday, Bonnici was in such a hurry to discuss her high crimes with the local judge that she cut off a couple of cops in an unmarked patrol car near the courthouse. She was apparently jabbering like a lunatic on her cell phone at the time, which is perhaps what prompted her to drive her Jeep into a parking space marked “Police Vehicles Only.”

    It was at this point when the officers just sort of stared at each other in disbelief. Not only did Bonnici almost sideswipe their patrol car while trying to find an appropriate place to park, but when she found one, it was in the spot designated exclusively for Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca.

    This is when the officers found it necessary to approach the vehicle to find out exactly what the deal was with Bonnici. Was she just high, or blatantly flexing those scofflaw muscles?

    You guessed it… she was high.

    Common Sense 101: It’s Not Wise To Smoke Pot In A Police Chief’s Parking Space

    Uhh, It’s Not Wise To Smoke Pot In A Police Chief’s Parking Space

    The officers tapped on Bonnici’s driver side window in an attempt to get her attention. The report indicates that the officers were already about 80 percent sure that she was smoking a joint before ever making contact. They could see a huge cloud of smoke wafting around in the Jeep just waiting for the first crack of glass to make an escape.

    When Bonnici finally realized that a couple of cops were trying to talk to her, she rolled her window down, releasing the cloud of smoke into their faces.

    It was a scene straight out of a stoner flick, said Northport Police Chief Ricca.

    “When she did, it was like Cheech and Chong, all the smoke coming out of the car,” he told the news source. “Yes, it was marijuana.”

    Fortunately, Bonnici did not catch too much heat for this indiscretion.

    The cops issued her another citation for marijuana possession and one for driving like a dumbass while using a cell phone. She now must answer to both charges of unlawful pot possession at the end of January.

    It’s not likely that she will do any jail time. But she will have to cough up a few hundred bucks to cover fines.

    As crazy as it sounds, this situation could have always turned out worse than it did (although trust us, it’s not wise to smoke pot in a police chief’s parking space). She could have been caught getting high in the judge’s spot.

    The post Uhh, It’s Not Wise To Smoke Pot In A Police Chief’s Parking Space appeared first on High Times.


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    GBC – Gibraltar News – GBC TV and Radio Gibraltar

    It is now legal to purchase hemp products as supplements in Gibraltar following the publication of new regulations published by the Government.

    Hemp products are extracted from a variety of the cannabis plant which contain Cannabidiol, and which contain less than 0.3 percent of THCs, the main psychoactive constituent in cannabis. Patients suffering from conditions such as anxiety, psychosis, seizures and spasms use hemp products to relieve their symptoms without side effects such as lethargy or unease.

    The use of cannabis products was hotly debated on a special live audience Viewpoint programme aired by GBC last February at Leisure Cinemas.

    A spokesman for the Medicinal Cannabis Society Gibraltar, who contributed to that debate, has told GBC this is one of the single most progressive moves which the Government has ever made, and leaves us knocking on the door of medicial cannabis legislation of some form.


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    Cannabis Talking Points For Christmas

    Cannabis Talking Points For Christmas

    It’s the holiday season, and for many of us, that means spending time with family. And I don’t mean the family you choose—I mean the family that might hit you up for a spare organ at some point because you are a genetic match. Those people. Yeah.

    Time spent with difficult family members can make it a challenge for me to fully embrace the sentiment of the season, i.e., goodwill towards my fellow man/women/they/them. That goes double for those I disagree with on certain issues, which as of late is getting reeeeeeeeally hard. Hard like Wolverine’s claws—which, for the sake of certain family members and their seasonal-edition holly-crested MAGA hats, it is lucky I do not possess. Serenity now.

    And even though the majority of Americans favor the legalization of cannabis, it’s not unanimous, and thus most of us share a bloodline with a prohibitionist who will cluelessly yell about how legalizing all this goddamn dope will unleash multiple post-apocalyptic end-of-days scenarios, involving gay cannabis plants molesting unborn children.

    And while it may be tempting to retreat into a second glass of wine (don’t be stingy with the pour) or respond with an Oscar Wilde-style bon mot (“fuck you, cousin Carl”) there is a better way.

    So, when the topic comes up, here are a few humble suggestions in making your case for cannabis with your prohibitionist family members.

    Oh, and start by always using the term “cannabis” in place of “marijuana,” unless you’re talking about the regulatory agencies that have the word in their name (such as the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program). The first step to getting woke is language, and the racist origins of the word “marijuana” are well documented. Phase it out whenever possible.

    CANNABIS = JOBS

    It’s true: A regulated cannabis industry produces jobs. There are already more than 100,000 people employed by the cannabis industry nationwide, and it’s estimated that by 2020, that could grow to 300,000. And that’s based solely on the current number of states that have a program, not accounting for other states that may pass their own legislation in the coming years. A legal cannabis industry also produces tax revenue for police, schools, and drug treatment programs.

    Talking point: Communities are stronger and safer when more of its residents are employed, and these are jobs that will stay in the state.

    CANNABIS REDUCES ALCOHOL ABUSE

    A new study from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University shows that states with a medical cannabis program experience a 15 percent drop in alcohol sales. And it’s not a short-term effect, either; with reduction still in place 24 months after the programs began.

    Talking point: The health risks associated with cannabis use are far fewer and less severe than those of alcohol use, and there are other associated benefits for public health and safety.

    CANNABIS IS OUR BEST BET AGAINST OPIOIDS

    Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, agrees that we are in the midst of a national opioid crisis. So it’s awesome that states with medical cannabis programs are seeing an average reduction of 23 percent in opioid-related hospitalizations. Another study showed that those same states saw a reduction in opioid-related deaths by as much as 25 percent.

    Talking point: We don’t want people in the hospital or dying from opioids, and cannabis can really help with those things.

    CBD HAS SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL USES

    Some states, such as Alabama and Georgia, have very specific regulated cannabis programs that allow patients—such as those suffering from seizure disorders—to use high-CBD/low-THC products for relief. Using non-psychoactive cannabis products like CBD oils to treat children with seizures is something that’s happening in conservative southern states, even in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ home state of Alabama. That’s right: Even Alabama recognizes that cannabis has medical uses.

    Talking point: If it can help sick children and not get them high, there isn’t any harm in allowing it.

    News Moderator: Ron Strider 420 MAGAZINE ®
    Full Article: Cannabis Talking Points for Christmas – Cannabuzz – Portland Mercury
    Author: Josh Jardine
    Contact: Portland Mercury
    Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Website: https://www.portlandmercury.com/


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    Guest Opinion: Massive Price Increases Are the Real Threat in California

    Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo weighs in on California’s grow licensing issue, saying consumers deserve the choices that larger and smaller growers can provide.

    The post Guest Opinion: Massive Price Increases Are the Real Threat in California appeared first on Leafly.


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    DEA Issues Warning Over Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine

    The post DEA Issues Warning Over Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine appeared first on High Times.

    It was just weeks ago that High Times reported that fentanyl-laced cocaine was becoming a deadly nuisance across the United States. Now, the dope henchmen of the federal government have issued a warning in the state of Florida, letting the drug culture know that coke contaminated by fentanyl has become a leech on life, even for weekend warriors.

    After conducting a year’s worth of investigations into Florida’s bumpin’ cocaine scene, officials with the DEA say that doing even the occasional line in the Sunshine States could result in an accidental overdose.

    So far, 180 samples from drug seizures in more than 20 counties have uncovered cocaine that has been cut using powerful synthetic opioids.

    The problem with snorting this vicious drug mixture, officials say, is that not everyone is privy to the fact that they are getting a head full of polluted dust.

    “People are thinking they are taking straight cocaine and in fact, they are not,” Justin Miller, intelligence chief for the DEA’s Miami Field Division, told the Sun Sentinel. “Now you are seeing it cut or mixed with synthetic opioids. That’s really what’s scary out there.”

    Over the past several years, cocaine-related deaths have doubled in Florida, with the Colombian go-go powder reportedly becoming the leading cause of drug-related deaths in the state. In Miami-Dade alone, there were roughly 36 overdose deaths per month from cocaine in 2016.

    To snort synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, is not too much different than trying to do a line of dope inside a pit of poisonous snakes. Sure, it is possible the user will come out alive, but the odds are drastically stacked against them.

    Some of these synthetics are in upwards of 5,000 times stronger than a single unit of heroin. The reason this stuff carries such a wicked punch is that it was developed for large animals, like elephants and horses. It was never the intention of the scientific world for this high-powered pain powder to be consumed by anything weighing less than a thousand pounds.

    Although cocaine has been cut with a wide variety of adulterants, such as caffeine, for many years, its new relationship with synthetic opioids is not yet fully understood. Some customers desire the “speedball” effect of cocaine mixed with opioids, but cutting the product in this way is not exactly the most economically sound.

    A large portion of the overdose deaths stemming from opioid-laced cocaine is the result of the product being cut with too much fentanyl. But the latest DEA report indicates that this is also happening when “fentanyl is inadvertently mixed into cocaine by drug dealers using the same blending equipment to cut various types of drugs, such as heroin.”

    Although the DEA warning is only for Florida, this problem is happening in other states. It’s just a matter of time before the results are as dire as they are now in the southern part of the nation.

    We mentioned in our previous report, “Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Becoming A Deadly Nuisance,” about how it wouldn’t be considered paranoid for the regular user to buy the opioid-reversal drug Narcan, just in case of an emergency.

    But now with the risk of coke accidentally being dirtied with synthetic opioids, it might not be a stretch to take the paranoia up a notch and look into purchasing a box of drug testing kits. For less than $20, you can get your hands on a 10-pack of the same type of field drug tests that the police use during roadside shakedowns. Although these inexpensive “presumptive” tests do not provide solid enough evidence to prove guilt in a court of law, they could still be used as a sufficient tool to let the user know if his or her cocaine is tainted with unwanted opioids.

    This advice is coming from a guy who, back in the day, used to call his neighborhood pharmacist to determine whether mixing certain street drugs would cause a dangerous interaction. And I’m still alive. Sometimes paranoia works to the benefit of the drug user, especially deep inside the wild, wild world of the unscrupulous dope dealer.

    The post DEA Issues Warning Over Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine appeared first on High Times.


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    What Are the Numbers Saying About Hemp Americana (HMPQ)? – Berry Recorder



         








    When applying indicators for technical analysis, traders and investors might want to check out the ATR or Average True Range. The current 14-day ATR for Hemp Americana (HMPQ) is currently sitting at 0.00. The ATR basically measures the volatility of a stock on a day-to-day basis. The average true range is typically based on 14 periods and may be calculated daily, weekly, monthly, or intraday. The ATR is not considered a directional indicator, but it may reflect the strength of a particular move.

    Some investors may find the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R as a helpful technical indicator. Presently, Hemp Americana (HMPQ)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R is resting at -73.33. Values can range from 0 to -100. A reading between -80 to -100 may be typically viewed as strong oversold territory. A value between 0 to -20 would represent a strong overbought condition. As a momentum indicator, the Williams R% may be used with other technicals to help define a specific trend.

    Investors may use multiple technical indicators to help spot trends and buy/sell signals. Presently, Hemp Americana (HMPQ) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of -67.17. The CCI was developed by Donald Lambert. The assumption behind the indicator is that investment instruments move in cycles with highs and lows coming at certain periodic intervals. The original guidelines focused on creating buy/sell signals when the reading moved above +100 or below -100. Traders may also use the reading to identify overbought/oversold conditions.

    The Average Directional Index or ADX is a popular technical indicator designed to help measure trend strength. Many traders will use the ADX in combination with other indicators in order to help formulate trading strategies. Presently, the 14-day ADX for Hemp Americana (HMPQ) is 30.58. In general, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would indicate a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would signal a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would indicate an extremely strong trend. The ADX alone was designed to measure trend strength. When combined with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI), it can help decipher the trend direction as well.

    Taking a peek at some Moving Averages, the 200-day is at 0.01, the 50-day is 0.01, and the 7-day is sitting at 0.01. The moving average is a popular tool among technical stock analysts. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators that simply take the average price of a stock over a specific period of time. Moving averages can be very useful for identifying peaks and troughs. They may also be used to help the trader figure out proper support and resistance levels for the stock.

    Even professional traders can sometimes guess wrong about market direction. Many traders may have to balance emotion with the fear of missing out on a strong market move. Investors may be tempted to jump on the bullish bandwagon when stocks are powering higher. Investors on the wrong side of the market swing may have to consider what may be in store over the next few months. It’s only natural to pause and take a little breather once in a while. Investors may be chomping at the bit to buy up the dips if the market continues to advance. Fresh buying opportunities can surface at any moment, and the prepared trader may be poised to take full advantage. Keeping a close watch on earnings beats may help investors catch the wave early enough to secure some future profits.







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    California Congressman to Feds: Legalize Pot, Commute Sentences


    On Sunday, a California congressman took to Twitter, suggesting the federal government should legalize cannabis and commute the sentences of individuals convicted of marijuana possession. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a vocal adversary of marijuana prohibition, has fired off a number of pro-legalization Tweets during the Holiday Season. Smart marijuana policy can lead to economic growth and […]

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    WHO Rules CBD Should Not Be a Scheduled Drug

    The post WHO Rules CBD Should Not Be a Scheduled Drug appeared first on High Times.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that cannabidiol (CBD) should not be scheduled as a drug by the United Nations. In November, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) convened in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the potential dangers of 17 different drug substances, including cannabidiol.

    The review of CBD noted that evidence from animal and human studies shows that CBD could have medicinal value for treating epilepsy and has little potential for abuse or dependence. Therefore, the ECDD “concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol.”

    The group will conduct a more comprehensive study of cannabis and cannabinoids in May 2018.

    Raúl Elizalde, the president of medical marijuana company HempMeds Mexico, spoke at the convention in November. He urged the committee not to schedule CBD as a drug and to allow its use as a dietary supplement. Elizalde became a cannabis activist in order to procure MMJ treatments for his daughter Grace, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy.

    WHO Rules CBD Should Not Be a Scheduled Drug

    Raúl Elizalde at the WHO conference in Geneva, November 2017 (Photo Courtesy of CMW Media.)

    “We’re ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions. We look forward to continuing our conversation about CBD’s many benefits in 2018,” said Elizalde after receiving word of the decision.

    A ruling by the United Nations that CBD should not be regulated could lead to its rescheduling under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States, where CBD continues to be listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic.

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    AMERICAN THEATRE | Hemp Houses: Know the Ropes

    The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., recently replaced its hemp-and-sandbag system, pictured above, with a counterweight system (see below).

    In 1991, I was on staff at New York City’s Theatre for a New Audience when founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz and his team produced a revival of Romeo and Juliet at the Victory Theater on West 42nd Street. I remember being in that huge, musty theatre with the company for the first time. The Victory dated back to 1900, yet the young, energetic actors ran around the place like it was their own personal playground, climbing to various levels and remarking on the theatre’s historic details.

    With a sense of awe and excitement, someone told me that this was one of only a few “hemp houses” left in the country, and maybe even the world. I had no idea what a “hemp house” was. The first thought that came to my mind was smoking hemp (a.k.a. cannabis—not that I ever did), and there were plenty of jokes going around about it. (Hemp has been illegal to grow in the U.S. since the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.) Eventually, I figured out that the theatre’s rigging ropes, which were run over pulleys and tied to sandbags, were made of this naturally derived fiber, as opposed to the durable synthetic rope or steel cable of today’s manual steel plate counterweight or motorized rigging systems.

    Our show would be the last to be presented in the historic Victory. When the Victory was renovated as part of the New 42nd Street project, the hemp system was replaced with a counterweight fly system. The theatre reopened in 1995 as the New Victory that is presently in operation.

    Today, even fewer young people know what a hemp house is than when I learned about them a quarter century ago. Most college theatres have motorized rigging systems, because “college students are often not trained well enough to safely operate manual counterweight rigging systems,” said veteran Broadway technical consultant Fred Gallo, president of PRG Scenic Technologies (Production Resource Group STNY). According to a 2013 article in Spotlight, the newsletter of NYC’s Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the stagehands union, only nine of the existing 41 Broadway theatres (most of which were built in the early 20th century) remain hemp houses. And the smallest Broadway theatre, the Helen Hayes, which was bought by the nonprofit Second Stage Theater in 2015, is currently undergoing a $22 million renovation, which will include replacing their hemp-and-sandbag system with counterweights, reducing the grand total of Broadway hemp houses to eight. Seven of them are owned by the Shubert Organization, which owns the most Broadway theaters (17).

    “The ability to rig in a hemp house is a dying art,” Jennifer Diaz, the first female head carpenter of IATSE’s Local 1, who frequently works at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre (a hemp house), told The New York Times in October 2016.

    It’s not just in New York. Around the country, historic theatres are regularly being remodeled and modernized, meaning that this historic rigging system is also being phased out regionally. The National Theatre, a presenter in Washington D.C., opened in 1835, and is the nation’s second oldest continuously operating theatre. It completed its work to replace the antiquated hemp-and-sandbag system with a more modern (though still manual) counterweight system in September.

    Executive director Sarah K. Bartlo-Chaplin reports that they had identified $15 to $20 million worth of infrastructure work that could be done to improve and modernize the historic theatre, but decided to concentrate on converting the rigging system first because it impacted operations the most, constituting as much as 30 percent of their labor bill. “It made presenting smaller shows in our 1,700-seat house prohibitively expensive,” she explained.

    While there is nostalgia around this important piece of theatre history, everyone—including the stagehands—has come to realize that more and more touring companies are not familiar with the hemp-and-sandbag system and have very little if any experience working in it. But to preserve that history and knowledge, the folks at the National are wisely archiving pieces of the system to someday make a display of formerly operating hardware, such as block-and-tackle and sandbags. In addition, Bartlo-Chaplin said, “We engaged both an archival photographer and artistic photographer to take pictures that honor the history of the hemp house, and we also made a GoPro video of the whole replacement project.”

    State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, also a presenter, likewise has a backstage crew who are proud of its 95-year-old hemp-and-sandbag system, although management is considering replacing it for the same reasons the National replaced theirs. Head carpenter Michael Sivetz, who started working with his father at the State when he was 18 years old in 1993, said that when Broadway touring shows arrive, “Sometimes the guys coming off the trucks take one look at our sandbags and groan, ‘Oh, no.’”

    The National Theatre’s counterweight system.

    While hemp houses have deep stages, they cannot hang as many set pieces as theatres with modern counterweight systems because, since the bulky sandbags require a lot more space, those theatres have fewer “line sets” from which to hang. A counterweight system might have a line set every 6 to 8 inches, but a sandbag system requires more than double the amount of space between rope sets. At the State, if a tour comes in with four or more 53-foot trucks, often less than half of the scenery can make it onto the stage because of the limited number of line sets.

    “I also work at four newer, large arenas, and their manual counterweight systems are much more efficient,” said Sivetz. “They also have a higher weight capacity.” Indeed, Broadway touring sets like the ones that come through the State are getting heavier and heavier, but one of the State’s hemp line sets has a maximum of just 450 pounds, as opposed to a counterweight system that could support as much as five times that weight. “Nowadays, even a drop can weigh more than 450 pounds if it has fiber optics and electrics in it,” explained Sivetz.

    As part of our interview, Sivetz let me climb up the 30-foot iron ladder to the grid above. I think he actually went out and got lunch while I was climbing; I was only halfway up when he got back. After I finally alighted, he zipped up the ladder and showed me around. I was slightly dizzy at that height, but he told me that the grid at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is an average of 137 feet high. “Do you have to climb a ladder that far up?” I asked. “No,” he replied. “There’s an elevator.”

    He showed me many elements specific to a hemp house, such as a “Sunday rope” (so-called because it’s tied after the show on Sunday to secure lines that would not be in use again until the next show on Tuesday), a clew (each line set has one that lets you control all five lines of a line set at once), loft blocks and head blocks (pulleys), and many more other details than I could retain. One piece of equipment I did recognize, though, was the old bathroom scale they use to weigh the sandbags.

    I decided to compare how long it took me to climb back down the ladder (1 minute, 23 seconds) versus how long it took him to descend (17 seconds).

    Hemp ropes at the State Theatre of New Jersey. (Photo by Lisa Lacroce Patterson)

    The country’s oldest continuously operating theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, opened in 1809. Its website states that the facility “is one of only a few remaining ‘hemp houses’ in the country” that “continues to operate the original grid, rope, pulley, and sandbag system that was in use nearly two centuries ago.”

    However, according to president and producing artistic director Bernard Havard, they no longer use the hemp ropes exclusively. “Because we are a producing theatre, our sets stay up a minimum of eight weeks, as opposed to presenting theatres, where the sets can go in and out over the course of a weekend,” he said. “During a long run, hemp ropes stretch, and we were constantly having to adjust. Around 1983, we started to use the same nylon rope that America’s Cup yachts use. It’s more durable and doesn’t rot.”

    This makes sense, since hemp rigging systems were developed in Europe during the so-called “Golden Age of Sail,” around 1850 to 1900, employing nautical techniques, knots, and equipment. Ever wonder why the stage is sometimes referred to as the “deck”? Many other backstage terms also come directly from the sailing tradition. And you’ve probably heard that it’s unlucky to whistle in a theatre—another sea-salt tradition.

    “The people working in theatres around the turn of the century were sailors because they were the ones who knew how to tie the knots in the ropes,” explained Havard. “Early cuing for set changes was whistling, because that’s what sailors used to communicate over loud winds and waves on boats. If someone not working were to whistle in the theatre, it could be heard as a false cue leading to confusion and perhaps injury.”

    So does the Walnut plan to fully modernize and throw out its old ropes?

    “We have no conversion plans,” said Havard in his native British accent, which lingers even though he has lived outside the U.K. since he was 11 years old. “Our wings are small and cramped, and we would lose valuable space with a counterweight system. Also, even though load-in is more time-consuming with our sandbag system, we can take out our shows much faster than if we had to unload iron weights from the arbors.”

    Another hemp house that as yet has no plans to modernize is the Beaux-Arts-style Wells Theatre in Norfolk, Va., built in 1912, where Virginia Stage Company produces its work. VSC has nearly completed the first phase of its “Centennial Campaign” to raise funds for renovations that do not include converting the Wells’s rigging system, though phase two may address that. The VSC staff is investigating replacing their sandbag system with a counterweight system so they can accommodate larger shows.

    Like Havard, VSC producing artistic director Tom Quaintance has some theatre superstition to pass along.

    “We recently auctioned off a ‘ghost tour’ of the theatre at our gala fundraiser,” Quaintance said. “One bit of lore is about a sailor who was working on the grid during a performance. He leaned over the rail to try to look down the dress of an actress, fell off the grid and hanged himself in the hemp lines. It’s said that his spirit has haunted the Wells ever since.”

    But Quaintance says that there is nothing like the flexibility that a hemp-and-sandbag system offers. Even though the company is considering converting, he plans to keep some of the old technology around.

    It seems that, of the regional theatres, presenting houses like the National and the State have more to gain by replacing their sandbag systems, as modern counterweight systems allow them to move more shows in and out quickly and efficiently. But producing companies like the Walnut and Virginia Stage can keep their hemp (or nylon) cord systems for as long as possible, because they don’t have to turn over their shows as quickly. As for the commercial Broadway theatres, converting is a huge expense to be avoided as long as the hemp systems still do the job.

    I met with technical consultant Fred Gallo while the set of SpongeBob SquarePants was being loaded into the Palace Theatre on Broadway and 47th Street, a counterweight house. He explained that hemp houses are also being phased out in Europe largely due to safety concerns. “Theatrical rigging in Europe is highly regulated,” he said. “European standards are very high, and Europe is on the forefront of the dynamics of change in safely rigging stage equipment and sets,” Gallo said.

    This is a worldwide habitat loss, if you will. If you are lucky enough to be hired and trained to work in a hemp house, or even invited to visit one backstage, jump at the chance. This is a piece of theatrical history that may soon go the way of most other industries in America and elsewhere: toward automation. Hemp ropes are literal links stretching back into theatre’s past.

    Lisa Lacroce Patterson has worked in theatre for more than 30 years. She is a freelance writer and serves on the development staff of State Theatre New Jersey.


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    Duterte Fudges Police Death Toll To Justify Drug War

    The post Duterte Fudges Police Death Toll To Justify Drug War appeared first on High Times.

    The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte—trying to justify sending the National Police back into drug enforcement after he was pressured to withdraw them by a public outcry over their slaying of innocent civilians—seems to have just been caught in a lie.

    He stated on December 7 that 242 police officers have been killed in anti-drug operations since he took office on June 30, 2016—this by way of providing a rationale for the police killing thousands of Filipinos in this same period. He said, in his typically crude syntax: “[W]hy is it, if it is not that dangerous and violent, why is it that to date, I have lost 242 policemen in drug-related raids and arrest?”

    He later upped the figure yet further, adding that including police officers killed battling Islamist militants in the besieged southern town of Marawi between May and October, the number is close to 300.

    He tellingly conflated the drug war and the crackdown on jihadists in Mindanao, the southern island where Marawi is located: “[I]n the…Mindanao campaign against drugs, I have lost something like almost 300 policemen. That is including those who died in the actual fight when there was the siege…”

    But the Philippine Star newspaper indiscreetly checked the website of Duterte’s own Presidential Communications Operations Office, which keeps an official tally of security personnel killed in drug operations. It said the number for the period between July 1, 2016 and November 27, 2017 was… 86.

    And that includes personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Armed Forces and the National Bureau of Investigation, as well as the National Police. The office did say the total number of casualties among members of the security forces was 312 (86 dead and 226 wounded), which may have been what Duterte was thinking of.

    And even if we are to add the total of government troops killed in the fighting at Marawi (who were mostly army, not National Police), media reports citing Philippine authorities put the figure at 165 (plus 920 militants and at least 45 civilians). When added to the 86 killed in anti-drug ops, this makes for a grand total of 251—still considerably shy of “almost 300.” And, really, the siege at Marawi had nothing to do with drugs.

    This controversy comes just a week after Duterte’s office announced—to nobody’s surprise—that, yes, he would soon be sending the National Police back into the drug war, not “satisfied” with what the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has been doing on its own. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said: “Because the President returned it [to the police], he must not be satisfied. He wants more. I think a decision will soon be made.”

    This is hardly the first time Duterte has been caught fudging the facts.

    In May, he fired the chief of his own Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Benjamin Reyes, for (supposedly) contradicting the government’s official data on drug “addicts” in the country. Duterte said he was miffed when Reyes, citing a DDB survey, said that there were only 1.8 million drug users in the country. (The distinction between “users” and “addicts” apparently being lost, and all “drugs” from methamphetamine to cannabis being unhelpfully tossed together.) Worse, Reyes made his comment in a forum attended by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard—a harsh critic of Duterte. The president quickly countered that there were four million drug users in the country—without citing his own source.

    He added, addressing Reyes, “You’re fired today. Get out of the service. You don’t contradict your own government.”

    And then there was the time in September when Duterte accused opposition Sen. Antonion Trillanes of sequestering millions in presumably ill-gotten gains in a secret bank account in Singapore, even giving the account number: 178000296012. Trillanes actually flew to Singapore to meet with banking officials and clear his name. Sure enough, the bankers confirmed that no such account existed. Duterte then admitted he had made the number up, telling a TV reporter: “That number I invented, son of a bitch, that’s mine, I made it up.”

    Duterte has brought Philippine politics squarely into the post-truth era. We only hope this is all going to catch up with him before he can once again unleash his police on unarmed youth and small-time drug users.

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    Reintroduce historic hemp for Iowa farmers

    Tom Shipley, Iowa View contributor
    Published 10:21 a.m. CT Dec. 18, 2017 | Updated 10:21 a.m. CT Dec. 18, 2017

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    Iowa’s history and modern-day economy are rooted in agriculture. One need only look at the rows of corn and soybean fields from the Missouri River to the Mississippi to witness the scale at which Iowa farmers supply both the nation and the world.

    Yet this season, Iowa farmers may face a fourth year of losses. That downturn could contribute to lower state revenues. One solution to averting this economic forecast lies in a crop deeply rooted in Iowa’s history: industrial hemp.

    Many Iowa farmers are familiar with hemp, and they likely have seen a few of the plants growing on the family farm. These legacy hemp plants continue to grow throughout the state as the result of hemp “victory crops” grown in Iowa during World War II to support the war effort. Decades later, we are now seeing a resurgence of agricultural and consumer interest in the crop.

    Hemp can be used as a third rotational crop or as a cover crop. The plant lends itself to a myriad of production applications, including but not limited to: animal feed, textiles, body care products, cosmetics, plastics, biofuels, and food for human consumption. It is resilient and often drought-resistant, and requires few or no pesticides. 

    In 2014, Congress included an industrial hemp provision in the Farm Bill, which granted states authorization to “study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp.” Since then, 33 states have passed hemp farming legislation, including our neighbors Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois. This year alone, more than 20,000 acres of hemp were grown by American farmers to begin supplying the U.S. hemp market, the largest consumer market for hemp products in the world, which exceeded $688 million last year. Farmers in Kentucky report average profits of $300 per acre for hemp grain crops. 

    Iowa needs to pass pro-hemp farming legislation, so that our farmers are not excluded from the profits of this in-demand agricultural commodity. 

    A bill in the Iowa Senate seeks to do just that. The industrial hemp bill, Senate File 329, would establish a pilot research program, overseen by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, allowing cultivation for a variety of research purposes, including growing the crop for a specific market such as biofuels.

    At the federal level, we need Iowa Congressional representatives to support passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, H.R. 3530, which would legalize growing hemp for all commercial purposes by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill has received the support of the American Farm Bureau Federation. 

    Let Iowa’s farmers grow hemp, and we’ll see one of our state’s historic crops play a new role in our agricultural future. 

    Tom Shipley is a Republican state senator from Nodaway.

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    Colorado Hemp Farming Has a Stalking Problem

    Hemp, marijuana’s non-psychoactive counterpart, can be turned into a large variety of products. And in 2016, Colorado farmers produced half of the hemp grown in the United States. Even after more states started growing the crop in 2017, Colorado still planted over three times more of it than any other state in the country, with North Dakota and Kentucky following next, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

    But Colorado’s ability to process the plant is limited, because it doesn’t have a decorticator, a machine that separates hemp’s stringy outer layer, called the baste, from its woody core, known as the hurd. Traditional farming equipment and wood chippers get jammed up by the fibers, a kink that Cuno Hansen, head of clothing company All Seeing Colorado LLC, aims to fix by bringing in the state’s first decorticator.

    During a two-year period of research and development, Hansen contacted Fort Lupton’s PureHemp Technology, a Colorado business that breaks hemp down into pulp and sugars. PureHemp put him in touch with an Australian firm called Textile and Composite Industries. Hansen investigated a variety of the company’s mobile decorticators and decided on the D8, a machine 22 years in the making.

    A decorticator is to hemp stalks what extraction equipment is to cannabis flower. Thanks to the explosion of the commercial cannabis industry, cannabinoid extraction equipment is readily available. But whereas an extractor costs somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars, a full-scale hemp-processing facility can run in the tens of millions.

    After shipping costs, the D8 is around $300,000. It’s on the smaller side of decorticators, weighing in at about 5,000 pounds. It can process one to five tons of hemp per hour and can be assembled — or reassembled at a new location — in hours.

    “That’s where our process lies — doing everything at the farmer’s property, and cutting out those shipping costs for processing labs,” Hansen explains. “And that’s how we go about it mobile without making a huge investment, to get the fiber [industry] going.”

    All Seeing Hemp founders (from left) David Shupe, Cuno Hansen and Raymond Swingle.

    All Seeing Hemp founders (from left) David Shupe, Cuno Hansen and Raymond Swingle.

    Cuno Hansen

    Sweet Leaf Capital, which leases out extraction equipment to the cannabis industry, financed the purchase of the decorticator. In the year it’s been operating, Sweet Leaf has financed about fifteen projects, according to one of its principals, Ted Harris. This will be the company’s first foray into industrial hemp. “When we met Cuno, and he wanted to bring in the decorticator — and we wanted to get involved in the hemp space — we thought that would be a great fit for us,” Harris says.

    This machine is the next step in processing the tons of hemp bales being stored on Colorado farms, just waiting to be put to use.

    Agriculture stewards like Bill Billings, co-founder of hemp farm consulting agency Colorado Hemp Project, have tried to make some sense of the baled crop. In 2015, Billings used a combine to turn ten acres of hemp from farms in Rocky Ford into thirty tons of hurd. He says it sold for $600 a ton within a day. But it broke the combine, and farmers went back to storing their hemp stems. Some of them try pulverizing the stems with a hammer mill or just grind them up for rough animal bedding or hempcrete, but Billings says they are “not getting the most value for the product.”

    Others are trying to make do with old-school separation methods. Army veteran Matt Kahl — more recently known for his work in getting post-traumatic stress disorder on the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana — breeds wild hemp for its high-yielding CBD flower, which he uses for medicine. He also experiments with processing the stalks to make high-quality art paper.

    Kahl has processed stalks through retting, a process that he likens to the beginning stages of composting. Stalks are left in a field or container in which low levels of moisture breed bacteria, which then start breaking down the stalks and making it easier to separate the hurd from the baste. He’s also tried hanging them up and beating them, and he once boiled hemp stalks in water for three or four hours. The result, Kahl remembers, was “feathery-soft” fibers.

    Bill Billings, co-founder of Colorado Hemp Project, stands next to a rolled bale of hemp stalks.

    Bill Billings, co-founder of Colorado Hemp Project, stands next to a rolled bale of hemp stalks.

    Bill Billings

    If processing were more attainable and less expensive, Kahl says he’d jump on board. “I would absolutely love to get a pure hemp hurd product separated from my pure hemp-fiber product. If I could send it off to somebody, pay a small fee and then get it all returned to me separated, I would have a lot more use for the stalks, and I’d probably get a lot more economic benefit from them, too,” he says.

    The construction industry has a use for the plant, too, but with tight profit margins. Left Hand Hemp, a sustainable building company in Boulder, uses hemp hurd as the base for a highly efficient form of concrete known as hempcrete. Hempcrete weighs less than traditional concrete and is more resistant to fire, humidity, mold, pests and weather, according to Left Hand owner Kelly Thornton.

    Thornton gets his hurd from Old Dominion Hemp in Virginia, which receives its raw material from Europe and New Zealand. Thornton says hurd can cost him as much as 50 cents a pound; based on the Canadian market, he estimates he could buy it for under 20 cents if it came from Colorado. “If we could process it, produce it and grow it in this state, it would be amazing for [the] economy,” Thornton says.

    Since Thornton started building with hemp eighteen months ago, he’s completed two major projects and a handful of smaller ones, including Denver’s first permitted hemp building in October. Tentatively on the books for next year is a client who wants to build a nearly 2,000-square-foot hempcrete dwelling in southern Colorado.

    As of now, however, Hansen can’t expand operations to the whole state. He’s currently working with a group of farmers in Yuma County to source his hemp. Longtime farmer Randy Taylor says he’s been working on farms since he was five and has been operating his own for the past forty. Now 63, he harvests about 7,000 acres of wheat, corn, soybeans, birdseed and hemp, and has noticed that several of his neighbors have tried to grow hemp over the past couple of years.

    They, too, are storing their stalks, Taylor notes. And with prices of commodities like corn and soy plummeting in recent years, he sees rural areas like his struggling. “I think hemp could be a shot in the arm,” he says.

    Hansen says Taylor is heading up the partnership of Yuma County farmers who will provide the decorticator with a steady stream of hemp, but a modest Taylor insists that he’s just advising Hansen on how to keep such a partnership together, because he’s seen similar organizations, like co-ops, fail. He understands the delicate balance of managing farmers and big business.

    “I know how farmers think and I know how big business works, and what I know is that neither of them can have complete control — but both of them want complete control,” Taylor explains. “It’s a two-way street no matter what we’re producing in America…. If big business and the farmer can’t get together on this, it won’t work.”

    Up until now, Yuma County farmers would have been considered adventurous if they’d planted sixty or eighty acres of hemp, because there was no telling if they could sell it. Taylor says people want their industrial hemp stalks and want farmers to grow them, but intermediates aren’t willing to pay for the stalks up front when they don’t know if they can sell them up the supply chain. Without any processing equipment or contractual promises of payment, farmers are more than leery of growing a lot of hemp.

    Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that hemp acreage isn’t insured by the federal government. In Yuma County, many crops are on a three-year rotation: For example, if hemp is grown one year, soy is grown the next, followed by corn, then back to hemp. Each time hemp is raised, farmers have to remove the acreage on which it’s grown from their federal insurance, then re-enroll it after the land has been harvested.

    The D8 decorticator separates hemp’s baste from its hurd.

    The D8 decorticator separates hemp’s baste from its hurd.

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    Because of All Seeing Colorado and its decorticator, however, Yuma County hemp will have more certainty next year. It will be raised in a central location with 290 acres, 160 of which are dry-land and 130 are irrigated. With a partnership, and with Taylor at the helm of it, All Seeing Colorado can better maintain consistency, control and education in its hemp-farming practices. All of this makes Taylor hopeful for more in the coming years: “[Hemp] will become the most dominant weed out there,” he predicts.

    Harris is also confident that hemp is going to be “the crop that will probably save the farm,” but he’s still cautiously optimistic about the endeavor. A lot has to happen before it can be deemed a complete success, and he’s literally putting his money with Hansen and hemp. Once they get the decorticator, they’ll spend time getting to know the machine at PureHemp Technology’s headquarters in Fort Lupton.

    Unlike more traditional, high-fiber hemp genetics from Europe, which result in plants that are tall and slender, much of Colorado’s hemp is grown short and bushy. Harris and Taylor will run a variety of different stems through the decorticator to see what is viable. Hansen is hopeful that they’ll be fully operational by the end of January.

    Then there’s getting the raw material to manufacturers who can turn it into products and get it to market. Hansen wants to break into three specific sectors: biodegradable plastics, semi-composites for the automobile industry, and textiles. “That’s what our passion is: to bring these renewable plastics to the market,” he explains.

    And his ambitions don’t stop at Colorado: He’s positioning himself to be the guy who brings decorticators stateside in an effort to get the country’s hemp-fiber industry on track. He’s talking with representatives from North Carolina and Kentucky about sharing his team’s processing techniques.

    Hansen believes they’re creating something big that is about to snowball in 2018. “We intend to create a viable cash crop for Colorado farmers,” he says. “Boosting rural economies, creating new jobs and developing world-changing hemp innovations is the direction of our company vision. Colorado has created a monster opportunity, reopening a door that has been shut for over seventy years.”


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    Medical Marijuana, Inc. Subsidiary HempMeds® Mexico Announces International News Coverage on Benefits of CBD, U.N.’s Global CBD Policy

    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, announced today that Raúl Elizalde, President of subsidiary HempMeds® Mexico, was recently featured in several international news publications about his speaking engagement at the World Health Organization Drug Scheduling Convention on Psychotropic Substances in November 2017.

    Elizalde, who’s campaign to help his epileptic daughter legalized cannabidiol (CBD) in Mexico, discussed how the substance is non-psychoactive, non-addictive and has no negative side effects. He shared his story about how CBD changed his family’s life for the better and how the World Health Organization’s recommendation has the potential to change many more lives across the globe.

    News publications Elizalde was featured in include:

    “We couldn’t be prouder to have Raúl representing the Medical Marijuana, Inc. portfolio of companies and to have our mission of increasing access to CBD featured in coverage on such prominent media outlets,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We believe that Raúl had a significant impact on the World Health Organization’s recommendation not to schedule CBD and we’re thankful that the media continues to view him as an important cannabis industry icon. Medical Marijuana, Inc. continues to be a leader for the industry, and the future is very bright indeed.”

    About HempMeds® Mexico
    HempMeds® Mexico is a Mexico-based company that made history by being the first company to receive a COFEPRIS federal government import permit for the cannabis product RSHO-X™ for a medical indication. HempMeds® Mexico plans to work directly with the Mexican government to safely and legally provide access to CBD hemp oil products. For more information, please review the company’s website at: http://www.hempmeds.mx.

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    We are a company of firsts®. Our mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally-friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For details on Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s portfolio and investment companies, visit www.medicalmarijuanainc.com.

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    The statements in this press release have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. The Company does not sell or distribute any products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substances Act. The Company does sell and distribute hemp-based products.

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    Every Day Optimal CBD, a Company that Sells Top Quality CBD Oil Products, Launches their New Ecommerce Website – Press Release

    Thanks to the User-Friendly Website, Customers from Across the United States Can Purchase Hemp Derived Cannabidiol Products

    ANNAPOLIS, MD / ACCESSWIRE / December 18, 2017 / The founders of Every Day Optimal CBD, a CBD oil company with locations in Nevada and Maryland, are pleased to announce the launch of their new online ecommerce website, everydayoptimalcbd.com.

    To check out the new and easy-to-navigate website as well as see the full line of CBD oil products that are available from Every Day Optimal CBD, click here.

    As a company spokesperson noted, the founders of Every Day Optimal understand that while many people are looking for high quality and affordable CBD tinctures, CBD gummies and related products, they may not be able to find them locally.

    This knowledge inspired them to create and launch their new ecommerce website, and provide shoppers from around the country with a reliable and reputable place to buy hemp based cannabidiol products, making them accessible to anyone living in the United States over the age of 18.

    ”All the products Every Day Optimal CBD offers, including CBD E-Liquids, CBD Oil Tinctures, CBD Gummies, CBD Capsules and their proprietary CBD Gum are now able to be shipped from coast to coast,” the spokesperson noted.

    Even though Every Day Optimal CBD just recently launched their new website, it is already getting a lot of positive attention from shoppers who are looking for top quality hemp-based products. For example, their CBD Gum, which includes 10mg of pure CBD in each piece, is already selling briskly with customers. The CBD Gum, which comes in a refreshing Cool Mint Flavor, offers maximized sublingual absorption, and is fast acting and long lasting.

    ”By chewing the gum for over a period of time you give your body a greater opportunity to absorb more CBD into your bloodstream,” the spokesperson noted, calling the gum a ”sublingual administration masterpiece.”

    About Every Day Optimal CBD:

    Since their start, Every Day Optimal CBD has been well known for providing quality hemp-based CBD products and they continue to be a leader in the industry on that aspect. They source their CBD oil from USA farmers who have been growing and cultivating CBD rich hemp crops for years. On top of that, their clean extraction process ensures the highest quality of CBD oil possible. Every Day Optimal CBD’s customers want a product that works, and they go to great lengths to ensure that their products are the best they possibly can be. For more information, please visit https://www.everydayoptimalcbd.com.

    Contact:

    Alex Gold
    cs@everydayoptimalcbd.com
    833-228-8584

    SOURCE: Every Day Optimal CBD


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    Hemp revival ought to be accelerated | News, Sports, Jobs

    Enthusiasm for industrial-scale hemp production in Pennsylvania has grown, well, like a weed.

    Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the state government significantly will expand opportunities for hemp production and research. This year growers produced state-permitted hemp crops on just 50 acres statewide; in 2018 the state will issue permits for production on up to 5,000 acres.

    Hemp has at least 25,000 uses, as noted by the state Department of Agriculture. It is relatively easy to grow and adaptable to many different climate and soil conditions. That’s why it was a mainstay crop around the world for thousands of years, and for all of U.S. history until 1937.

    Then, the federal government outlawed marijuana and hemp along with it, even though hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical agent in marijuana.

    The 2014 federal farm bill authorized renewed limited hemp production under state regulation and Wolf signed the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016. It allows academic researchers or private growers contracted by the Department of Agriculture to apply for permits to grow hemp for research purposes.

    Last year the state issued 14 permits for no more than 5 acres each; next year it will make available 100 permits covering up to 50 acres each.

    According to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, the 14 projects produced valuable technical data on everything from seed-sourcing to harvesting. He said that all 14 producers will seek new permits.

    In colonial times Pennsylvania produced large hemp crops. The material was used for products ranging from clothing to paper to sails.

    Today, the potential product list includes fiber, but it also can be used for biofuels, biomass energy generation, animal feed and cholesterol-reducing medicine, among many others.

    As the state expands the research program, it should start identifying and building markets so that hemp once again can be a highly valuable component of the agricultural economy.




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    Thank You To Our Renewing Sponsor Terpinator

    Thank You To Our Renewing Sponsor Terpinator

    Please join us in thanking Terpinator for renewing their sponsorship! They have been and continue to be a huge asset in helping us further our mission of spreading Cannabis Awareness to the world.

    420 Magazine began life 24 years ago in an endeavor to end prohibition by creating a forum where appreciation and awareness of the Cannabis plant could flourish. We are not only the oldest Cannabis community website, we are also, thanks to our large and sophisticated membership, recognized as the gold standard for knowledge sharing. To continue offering this free service we rely on like-minded sponsors such as Terpinator, to whom we are truly grateful. Please support our Mission by supporting them. Our sponsors make 420 Magazine possible.

    About Terpinator
    Terpinator, is a unique product, formulated to increase the production of terpenoids in aromatic plant oils and glands. Terpenoids are molecular compounds that consist of repeating units of a 5-carbon structure called isoprene. Many plants incorporate aromatic compounds that produce a plethora of odors that have been long thought to affect our physiology through odor activation (aromatherapy). Two common odor molecules are limonene and myrcene. These occur in a wide variety of oil producing plants, and can be described to smell like lemons and grapefruit, respectively. Many researchers have been aware of the power of odor chemistry to affect our moods, for example, many people describe a feeling of “sunny happiness” when smelling limonene. These types of compounds end up in the glands that inhabit the “skin” of plants, and can create biological affects in our bodies when ingested.

    Terpinator has a neutral PH of about 6 and should not affect your parts per millions (PPMs). This product can be used from vegetating state all the way through flush. We recommend 15 – 30 ml/Gal for the last 4-6 weeks of flowers, and all the way through flush. Terpinator has been tested at a very high concentrations with a large variety of nutrients and mediums – never with any results of burning or negative effects. It can therefore be used through the entire cycle of growth without concern.

    In vegetating phases of growth, add 5-10 ml per gallon of water. During reproduction and fruit set stages of growth, add 10-30 ml per gallon of water.

    Terpinator can be use along with any nutrient program or any brand of fertilizer products.

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    Pennsylvania boosting industrial hemp permits

    Pennsylvania is eyeing a major expansion of its resurgent industrial hemp industry, offering more than three times the number of permits currently issued as part of a pilot program.

    Hemp, once a major cash crop used to make rope and other textiles, returned to the state last year as the state approved 16 research projects that cultivated less than 50 acres. In 2018, the state plans to open 50 permits that, combined, may cultivate a maximum of 5,000 acres.

    The permits themselves are also expanded. Individual growers and institutions of higher education will be able to grow 100 acres each compared to last year’s 5-acre restriction.

    Geoff Whaling, who owns a Berks County farm and chairs the National Hemp Association, said the expansion will allow for the development and sale of more products, at least on the local level. Congress would need to act to get those products sold nationwide.

    “(Current law) doesn’t allow us to create new products available in every Target store across the country,” he said, “but it could be available in every store in Pennsylvania.”

    Over the last year, advocates like Whaling joined state officials in trying to convince the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency of the value and legality of expanding the program.

    Hemp was once a major cash crop until it was outlawed in the 1937 alongside marijuana, despite not having anywhere near the same level of the psychotropic chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The various “Hempfield” townships scattered across the state are a reminder of that legacy.

    The crop’s return was precipitated by the 2014 federal farm bill, which opened the door for states to reauthorize hemp farming. Last year, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation creating the hemp pilot program.

    “Each of last year’s 14 projects taught us something valuable and we’re pleased that every one of those project leaders are likely to reapply next year,” said state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, in a written statement. “We expect to see the full potential of this industry in 2018.”

    Those projects are scattered across the state, including one in Juniata Township, Perry County. Beyond textiles, hemp can be transformed into everything from building materials to beauty products.

    Whaling said he’s currently working on a “center for excellence,” government jargon for a research partnership between top colleges and universities, that will be located in Lehigh County. Jefferson and Lehigh universities have already signed on, he said, and others are likely to join.

    “They want to look at the fiber, what varietals to plant, how to harvest . . . what is the supply chain, how do you process the stuff and research and develop products,” he said.

    The industry in America has a lot of catching up to do.

    For example, Whaling said, growers don’t have farming equipment designed specifically for hemp. The plant can grow up to 20 feet tall, he said, and special equipment would be needed to efficiently remove the seed head from rows of plants.

    Under current farm bill provisions, there are also limits on how the products resulting from hemp cultivation can be used and sold. Growers can’t import large quantities of seeds, something that would be necessary for a major business. And products couldn’t be sold nationwide.

    John Plowman can’t help but see a missed opportunity when he comes across a “red smear” on the region’s highways.

    On that front, Whaling said he’s working on language for a new congressional farm bill and standalone legislation that would address banking and law enforcement issues surrounding hemp production.

    Pennsylvania’s expansion, however, is a good incremental step.

    “It’s an indication Pennsylvania really wants to support and grow this industry,” he said.

    A 2015 Congressional Research Service report found that hemp was used in 25,000 products, including beverages, foods, nutritional supplements, paper and textiles. The United States was the largest importer of hemp, where it was a $600 million industry.

    Hemp already returned to Canada and several European countries. Since the 2014 farm bill, an increasing number of states have allowed for its return. As of last month, 38 states and Puerto Rico had enacted legislation allowing for commercial, research or pilot programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    The state is currently taking applications for next year’s program. The deadline is Jan. 19.


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    Dress Your Kitchen | At Verona’s “La Lanterna” restaurant food nourishes the soul

    At Verona’s “La Lanterna” restaurant, food nourishes the soul

    Let’s be honest: when you hear the word “vegan”, what first springs to mind is rabbit food. Loads and loads of vegetables and a bit of fruit. But the reality is different. It is possible to make healthy, light vegan food and create a host of appetising, flavoursome, nutritious dishes.
    Verona’s bio-vegan “La Lanterna” restaurant does even more. It offers smart, creative food, and menus packed with tempting recipes. This Autumn there are dishes like Carpaccio of celeriac, seasonal salad and pecan nut cheese with mustard seed sauce; Barley agnolotti filled with red cabbage and ginger with leeks, creamed rice and toasted flax seed; Hemp tofu with broccoli and chives, with sautéed pumpkin and baby spinach and grapefruit citronette; or Mimosa cake with chocolate fondant.
    At work in the kitchen are Milanese Chef Fabio Lanfredini and Verona-born Fabio Ventura, the restaurant’s owner, who helps him prep the food. Plus a team of skilled, motivated assistants. Front of house there are three absolute “”angels of the hearth””, all of them kind, welcoming and professional.
    Today we conclude our interview with the two Fabios (the first part appeared in the previous post).
    How do your recipes come to life?
    We create them together: Chef Fabio comes up with an idea, then he tests it with the other Fabio. Sometimes it takes a week to bring together a menu, other times it only takes half a day.
    How do you combine innovation and tradition?
    We innovate by using new ingredients which aren’t normally found in traditional cooking. For example, hemp tofu, roveja beans (an ancient type of pulse) or teff, a grain native to Ethiopia and Eritrea. We always seek out ingredients which form the basis for other countries’ culinary traditions.
    Are there any dishes made by other vegan chefs which appeal to you?
    It might sound immodest, but we’ve never tasted any vegan dishes that we’d like to have created for our restaurant.
    What does “ethical food” mean to you?
    Food is ethical if it respects all forms of life and the environment – that’s why we’ve chosen to cook vegan food and use organic produce – and if it’s made with passion. It must have the lowest possible environmental impact and not cause animals or humans to suffer. Respecting people is equally as ethical as respecting animals…
    Does food feed the soul?
    Cooking nourishes our knowledge and eating it – if it’s made with love and passion – nourishes us too. We want our customers to leave the restaurant feeling happy. Knowing you’ve eaten without causing harm to any living thing means nourishing your soul.
    What do you think about veganism becoming fashionable?
    In business terms we welcome the fashion, but we don’t uphold it. Instead of a fad, veganism should be an informed, responsible choice: it means not exploiting animals in any way, for example by not using products made with leather or feathers. We’re concerned that the fad for veganism takes the focus away from the real problem – animal exploitation. We risk moving the attention onto another plane: all companies make vegan products, but they’re not really interested in the issue of animal suffering. People who go vegan to lower their cholesterol or lose weight don’t understand that it’s a life choice.
     
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    Photos: © Ristorante La Lanterna, Verona.


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    Report: Bristol City Women 0-2 Manchester City Women

    Bristol City Women exited the Continental Tyres Cup at the hands of holders Manchester United on Sunday.

    Second-half goals from Nikita Parris and Jen Beattie booked the visitors a place in the semi-finals of the competition and continued their unbeaten run.

    The current league leaders defeated the Vixens 4-0 last month in WSL 1, but City Women came out firing in front of their home fans at the Oaklands Park Stadium.

    It was the home side who created the first clear opening of the game in the 16th minute but Yana Daniels shot wide of Karen Bardsley’s right-hand post, after a great cross from Lauren Hemp.

    Less than a minute later, Sophie Baggaley pulled off a tremendous double save from close range to thwart Jane Ross and Nikita Parris in quick succession as they attempted to force home Claire Emslie’s cross.

    Hemp saw her left-foot shot from 25 yards comfortably saved by Bardsley just after the half-hour, while Stokes fired a long-range attempt for the visitors over the bar before the break.

    Both sides went in at half-time honours even, but there was a feeling that only something special was going to break the deadlock.

    That special moment came in the 62nd minute, when the influential Emslie fed Abbie McManus, whose deep cross saw Parris charging in from beyond the far post to net with a neat downward header.

    The visitors could have extended their lead in the closing stages, but Jill Scott headed just over the top from Izzy Christiansen’s corner and Baggaley pulled off another fine stop to block a fierce Parris shot and deny her a double.

    City Women fought to the last, but Beattie and Steph Houghton were solid all day at the back for Manchester City.

    The result was sealed in the 90th minute when Beattie headed home from Christiansen’s corner two minutes from time.

    Bristol City Women: Baggaley; Turner, Kerkdijk, Matthews; Estcourt (Allen 67), Biesmans,  Humphrey (Palmer 74), Arthur, Dykes; Daniels, Hemp. Subs not used: Watson, Brown, Goddard, P.Wilson, E.Wilson

     

     

     

     

     


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    Pennsylvania hemp production to expand

    After a successful inaugural year in which industrial hemp was reintroduced in Pennsylvania, the crop could balloon from less than 50 acres in 2017 to 5,000 acres or more in 2018. The commonwealth will permit up to 50 individual growers or institutions of higher education to grow up to 100 acres apiece. And, those educational institutions may also partner with individual growers to produce larger quantities.

    In 2017, the state ag department limited the number of permitted growers to 30. And, they could grow no more than five acres.

    “Hemp had a long history in Pennsylvania until it disappeared from the landscape half-a-century ago. But we’ve brought it back and we’re creating new agricultural opportunities in the process,” says Gov. Tom Wolf. “Last year was a learning experience for growers and the Department of Agriculture alike. But even with the small-scale research pilot projects of 2017, it was clear there’s a tremendous enthusiasm among growers. Our expanded program is designed to capitalize on this interest in 2018.”

    “The 2017 growing season was incredibly informative for us,” says Russell Redding, state ag secretary. “We learned about the challenges of sourcing seed, controlling weeds, harvesting and finding markets.

    “Each of last year’s 14 projects taught us something valuable. Every one of those project leaders are likely to reapply next year. We expect to see the full potential of this industry in 2018.”

    Industrial hemp has been grown to produce fiber, food and seed. More recent uses include biofuel and materials to replace fossil-fuel plastics.

    Aspiring hemp growers should review the new parameter document to understand the permitting process, then complete and return the 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program permit application and application fee before the Jan. 19 deadline. You’ll find those details on the Department of Agriculture Industrial hemp website.

    Growers who participated in the 2017 pilot research program may opt to renew their permits to continue an existing project from the previous season, or they may submit a new project. All applications to participate in the 2018 Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program must be received by 4 p.m., Jan. 19.

    Research projects might explore a range of topics, such as planting methods, seed variety trials, fiber or seed yields, optimum fertility levels, pest management, harvesting techniques, product marketing options, conservation, remediation or biofuel.

    The permitting process outlines reporting requirements and restrictions related to THC levels, plant management, transportation, branding and other legal responsibilities.

    Not medical marijuana
    Marijuana is a different variety of Cannabis sativa. It produces higher levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a chemical providing psychoactive effect. Under state and federal law, industrial hemp THC levels must not exceed concentrations greater than 0.3%.

    Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act was passed in April 2016 and is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It requires cannabis for medical use to be grown at permitted growing facilities. Medical marijuana must meet strict requirements for purity and specific chemical concentrations.

    Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

    For more background on industrial hemp, read:
    Industrial hemp undergoes 32-state reality check and testing
    Hard realities can bust great hemp hope


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    EDITORIAL: Revival of hemp production in Pennsylvania is beneficial | Opinion

    Enthusiasm for industrial-scale hemp production in Pennsylvania has grown, well, like a weed.

    Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that the state government significantly will expand opportunities for hemp production and research. This year, growers produced state-permitted hemp crops on just 50 acres statewide; in 2018 the state will issue permits for production on up to 5,000 acres.

    Hemp has at least 25,000 uses, as noted by the state Department of Agriculture. It is relatively easy to grow and adaptable to many different climate and soil conditions. That’s why it was a mainstay crop around the world for thousands of years, and for all of U.S. history until 1937.

    Then, the federal government outlawed marijuana and hemp along with it, even though hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical agent in marijuana.

    The 2014 federal farm bill authorized renewed limited hemp production under state regulation, and Wolf signed the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016. It allows academic researchers or private growers contracted by the Department of Agriculture to apply for permits to grow hemp for research purposes.

    Last year, the state issued 14 permits for no more than 5 acres each; next year it will make available 100 permits covering up to 50 acres each.

    According to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, the 14 projects produced valuable technical data on everything from seed-sourcing to harvesting. He said that all 14 producers will seek new permits.

    In Colonial times, Pennsylvania produced large hemp crops. The material was used for products ranging from clothing to paper to sails.

    Today, the potential product list includes fiber, but it also can be used for biofuels, biomass energy generation, animal feed and cholesterol-reducing medicine, among many others.

    As the state expands the research program, it should start identifying and building markets so that hemp once again can be a highly valuable component of the agricultural economy.

    – The (Scranton) Times-Tribune


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    Top Cannabis Stocks of 2017

    With the year wrapping up INN takes a look at the top gaining cannabis stocks per Canadian exchange.

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    The growth of the cannabis space has given investors plenty of opportunities for major returns. With 2017 being a particularly establishing year for the industry, many investors have celebrated the developments of the industry as a whole.

    With 2017 coming to an end, here the Investing News Network (INN) takes a closer look at the top cannabis stocks when it comes to gains. The figures collected for this article were taken from Google Finance, from the start of the trading year or a particular company’s public launch until market closure on Dec. 14.

    Read below to find out about the top gaining stocks in each Canadian exchange and a collection of honorable mentions.


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    Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED)

    Canopy is still the largest cannabis producer in Canada and arguably the biggest cannabis company right now. This year they provided steady developments with new deals including an investment from Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), the alcohol producer behind the Corona beer. This partnership will begin working on potential new cannabis-infused drinks.

    During 2017 Canopy’s market cap vacillated between one and two billion. Over a year-to-date period, the company’s share price saw a 113.68 percent growth.

    The Hydropothecary Company (TSXV:THCX)

    This company started publicly trading on the TSX Venture exchange in March. During the year the Hydropothecary faced some issues with a product recall, due to products testing positive for small amounts of myclobutanil, a pesticide, in them.

    “As a result of the investigation, the Company has determined that the voluntary pesticide management systems implemented in September 2016 have proven effective and that the contamination occurred during an earlier period,” the company told investors on June 05, after completing an investigation into its products.

    Despite the recall, the company was able to put together a solid year of business, with new sale licenses and expansion in its future. Over a year-to-date period, the company increased its share price 473.53 percent.

    Global Hemp Group (CSE:GHG; OTC:GBHPF)

    Instead of a more traditional grower or medical supplies, Global Hemp is an option for investors with an eye on the industrial hemp business. According to the company, they are focused on acquiring or joining up with companies in the industrial hemp market.

    Twice in the last few months, the company issued separate statements denying any awareness as to why their share price had seen the increases it had recently. As it’s allowed with the CSE, with the proper disclosure, Global Hemp holds assets in the US landscape with a venture alongside with a company called Space Cowboys, a hemp derived cannabinoid producer in Colorado.

    Over a year-to-date period, the company has seen a rise to its stock worth 466.67 percent.


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    CSE

    1. Isodiol International (CSE:ISOL; OTC:LAGBF)

    This company’s growth strategy includes the development of over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drugs based in cannabinoid therapies.

    Lately, the company has turned its attention to the developing blockchain market. In December the company announced it had initiated Phase 1 of implementing cryptocurrency through BitPay. “In Phase 2 of the implementation, which takes place in the first quarter of 2018, we anticipate cryptocurrency acceptance across all of Isodiol’s family of brands,” Marcos Agramont, CEO of Isodiol said.

    Year-to-date, the company saw its share price rose 1116.67 percent.

    1. Matica Enterprises (CSE:MMJ)

    Matica has invested heavily in two ACMPR applicants for cannabis licenses. The company expects these to develop and produce gains moving forward. In September the company announced its intentions to become the new majority owner of a cannabis producer in southwestern Ontario, currently applying for Canadian cannabis license.

    “This new project will give us the size we need to be competitive in the medical and recreational markets,” Boris Ziger, CEO of Matica Enterprises CEO said.

    This year, Matica’s stock has seen a 1400 percent increase.

    1. MYM Nutraceuticals (CSE:MYM)

    MYM is focused on the acquisition, whether it’s new sale and production licenses or other assets complimentary of the cannabis industry.

    The company has ventured into the Australian market, a recent favorite of Canadian LPs for exports and new partnerships. This year MYM detailed their plans to build a 1.5 million-square-foot cannabis production facility consisting of fifteen 100,000-square-foot greenhouses. This expansion is being done in partnership with the municipality of Weedon, Quebec.

    Since January 1, MYM Nutraceuticals has seen a 5045.45 percent increase in its share value.

    TSXV

    1. WeedMD (TSXV:WMD)

    This year WeedMD announced major new expansion plans for its future development in the industry. A recent purchase agreement with Perfect Pick Farms gave the company new facilities to develop for the production of cannabis.

    These new facilities account for 14 acres of greenhouse facilities, that according to WeedMD are “ready for rapid retrofit for cannabis cultivation.” In a business landscape where expansion is crucial, this acquisition is key for WeedMD

    In early December the company announced it had officially been added to the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) (TSX:HMMJ). The ETF gives investors exposure to some of the biggest players in the cannabis space.

    This year the company’s share price has increased 594.29 percent

    1. Tetra Bio-Pharma (TSXV:TBP; OTCQB:TBPMF)

    Tetra Bio-Pharma is focused on the development of cannabinoid (CBD) clinical stage products. Their pipeline of products includes candidates in pain management and recovery from cancer treatment side effects.

    The company continued a steady path forward in terms of developments throughout the year. In November, the company gave shareholders an update on its intentions for a new drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration on Dronabinol XL AdVersa. The company is co-developing this treatment alongside IntelGenX (TSXV:IGX; OTCQX:IGXT).

    In 2017 Tetra Bio-Pharma has seen a 1357.14 percent rise to its share price.

    1. Supreme Pharmaceuticals (TSXV:FIRE)

    Supreme is a Canadian LP with growing options thanks to its subsidiary 7ACRES. This year the company obtained its official license to sell cannabis products. Supreme also graduated from listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange to the TSX Venture exchange in 2017.

    The company completed two substantial sales this year to Aurora Cannabis and Emerald Health Botanicals, a subsidiary of Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSXV:EMH). Over a year-to-date period, Supreme has seen a whopping 3780 percent growth in its share price.


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    1. MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF)

    MedReleaf started publicly trading on the TSX on June 7 of this year. Despite the anticipation from experts, the company stumbled into a less than lackluster IPO. After initially expecting an asking price of $9.50 per share, it closed its first public day at $7.40. The overvaluation hit at a larger concern in the industry for cannabis stocks, but regardless of the launch, the company ended up regrouping and going over its initial asking price. On Nov. 13 the company closed at a year high of $18.25 per share.

    Since its launch on the TSX, MedReleaf has seen a 116.22 percent increase to its share price.

    1. Aphria (TSX:ACB; OTC:APHQF)

    Aphria continued its growth despite a back and forth with the TMX Group on its options when it comes to owning cannabis assets or holding interests in the US while listed in Canada. Nonetheless, Aphria delivered one of the blockbuster deals of the year announcing they are set to become a leading supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart, through their online shop. Other producers have signed deals with other pharmacies, but this one represents two of the biggest players in the medical cannabis and pharmacy game.

    Over a year-to-date period, Aphria has seen a 127.36 percent rise to its stock price.

    1. Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB; OTCQB:ACBFF)

    Aurora Cannabis made sure 2017 was a year of expansion for them. The promise of their Aurora Sky facility’s production is still present in the eyes of new investors. This year they pursued new acquisitions including one with Larssen, a greenhouse engineering, and design consultancy company involved in projects with other LPs. Thanks to this acquisition Aurora will now expect to see new partnerships with any producer working with Larssen.

    Throughout the year, Aurora enjoyed a 160.07 percent growth to its share price.

    Do you feel a company you keep an eye on got left out of this list? Let us know about them in the comments and make their case to fellow investors.

    Don’t forget to follow us @INN_LifeScience and @INN_Cannabis for real-time news updates!

    Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

    Editorial Disclosure: Isodiol International, MYM Nutraceuticals, Supreme Pharmaceuticals and WeedMD are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.


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    Ag commissioner: There’s hope for hemp’s future

    The North Carolina commissioner of agriculture says the experiment to develop industrial hemp in the state had a successful first year.

    Hemp production has been legalized in North Carolina, but only through the state’s industrial hemp pilot program administered by the Industrial Hemp Commission.

    “The Industrial Hemp Commission did an incredible job this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler told a recent gathering of tobacco growers.

    According to Troxler, in the first year of operation, the state had 104 growers who were registered to grow industrial hemp.

    “We had about 1,900 acres of industrial hemp grown in North Carolina and 176,000 square feet of greenhouse space,” Troxler said. “That is significant for the first year.”

    “Quite frankly, I have been skeptical of industrial hemp over time for a couple of reasons,” Troxler said. “No. 1, I didn’t see the market out there, so part of the research that the commission has been involved in is developing those markets.”

    According to Troxler, 34 processors have been registered in North Carlina to create products and develop the market.

    “There is some hope for industrial hemp,” Troxler said. “The caveat is it is still considered a Class 1 narcotic just like marijuana is and when you deal with DEA. They see no difference in marijuana and industrial hemp.”

    Troxler said it was “quite a feat to get to the point that we could even get it grown” because of Drug Enforcement Administration rules.

    “Other states have done it and I think they had to skirt some of the DEA rules to get it done and I will not be the one that they take and put handcuffs on and put into prison,” Troxler said. “So we have done it and we’ve done it right.”

    Troxler said he believes there will be more success next year with industrial hemp.

    “We found out some things this year,” Troxler said.

    According to Troxler, the old wives’ tale that hemp is easy to grow and it takes very little inputs and growers don’t have to worry about insects is not quite the truth.

    “Every field that I walked into this fall had a big old fall armyworm in the seed head, having a feast on it,” Troxler said. “But I guess that’s good news. The old adage is if you’ve got an ear of corn and a corn ear worm won’t eat it, you know, you probably don’t want to eat it either, so we know there’s got to be some good stuff in it for the fall armyworms to get in it.”

    Troxler said he also found out this year that hemp may be “the best dove bait there is in the world.”

    “I saw fields that had sunflower planted for dove bait and all the doves went to the hemp field, so we found that out too,” Troxler said. “So if you’re interested in dove-hunting, that’s probably the way top go.”

    For more information on North Carolina’s industrial hemp pilot program, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/hemp/.


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    Insider Selling: Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (CVE:HEMP) Insider Sells 258,800 Shares of Stock

    Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (CVE:HEMP) insider Charles Holmes sold 258,800 shares of Hempco Food and Fiber stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$1.85, for a total transaction of C$478,780.00.

    Charles Holmes also recently made the following trade(s):

    • On Monday, November 27th, Charles Holmes sold 26,400 shares of Hempco Food and Fiber stock. The shares were sold at an average price of C$2.42, for a total transaction of C$63,888.00.

    Hempco Food and Fiber Inc (HEMP) traded down C$0.07 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting C$2.05. 199,364 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 282,478. Hempco Food and Fiber Inc has a 1 year low of C$0.28 and a 1 year high of C$3.13.

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: This story was posted by The Ledger Gazette and is the sole property of of The Ledger Gazette. If you are viewing this story on another site, it was illegally copied and reposted in violation of international copyright laws. The original version of this story can be viewed at https://ledgergazette.com/2017/12/18/hempco-food-and-fiber-inc-hemp-insider-sells-c478780-00-in-stock.html.

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    Cannabis Shops in Vancouver I Would Send My Mother to

    Cannabis Shops in Vancouver I Would Send My Mother to

    If you’ve ventured into any of Vancouver’s many cannabis stores you’ll know already that standards vary.

    The ones that have got it right are like a glimpse into the future of cannabis legalization, from the innovative products, educated staff, evening events, classes and more.

    Below are my go-to recommendations and the cannabis stores I regularly and confidently send my friends and their mothers to, based on atmosphere, location, cleanliness, service, staff knowledge, product variety and quality.

    Aura Cannabis (1316 Kingsway) has a positive and pro-active wellness approach to cannabis that is helping the surrounding community integrate cannabis in a healthy lifestyle.

    – Read the entire article at Straight.


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    Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) Earnings According to Quant – Financial News Review

    Here will take a quick scan of Earnings Yield information on shares of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG). Currently, the Earnings to Price (Yield) is -0.001988, Earnings Yield is -0.002358, and Earnings Yield 5 year average is -0.023231. Earnings yield provides a way for investors to help measure returns. Investors may choose to compare the earnings yield of stocks to money market instruments, treasuries, or bonds. The firm will look to it’s next scheduled report date to try to improve on these numbers. 

    Checking in on some valuation rankings, Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) has a Value Composite score of 82. Developed by James O’Shaughnessy, the VC score uses five valuation ratios. These ratios are price to earnings, price to cash flow, EBITDA to EV, price to book value, and price to sales. The VC is displayed as a number between 1 and 100. In general, a company with a score closer to 0 would be seen as undervalued, and a score closer to 100 would indicate an overvalued company. Adding a sixth ratio, shareholder yield, we can view the Value Composite 2 score which is currently sitting at 83.

    FCF

    Turning to Free Cash Flow Growth (FCF Growth) is the free cash flow of the current year minus the free cash flow from the previous year, divided by last year’s free cash flow.  The FCF Growth of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) is .  Free cash flow (FCF) is the cash produced by the company minus capital expenditure.  This cash is what a company uses to meet its financial obligations, such as making payments on debt or to pay out dividends.  The Free Cash Flow Score (FCF Score) is a helpful tool in calculating the free cash flow growth with free cash flow stability – this gives investors the overall quality of the free cash flow.  The FCF Score of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) is .  Experts say the higher the value, the better, as it means that the free cash flow is high, or the variability of free cash flow is low or both.

    Watching some historical volatility numbers on shares of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG), we can see that the 12 month volatility is presently 116.910000. The 6 month volatility is 186.498500, and the 3 month is spotted at 195.816100. Following volatility data can help measure how much the stock price has fluctuated over the specified time period. Although past volatility action may help project future stock volatility, it may also be vastly different when taking into account other factors that may be driving price action during the measured time period.  Heading into earnings season investors often take close note of the volatility levels ahead of and immediately after the earnings report. 

    Price Index

    The Price Index is a ratio that indicates the return of a share price over a past period. The price index of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) for last month was 3.09091. This is calculated by taking the current share price and dividing by the share price one month ago. If the ratio is greater than 1, then that means there has been an increase in price over the month. If the ratio is less than 1, then we can determine that there has been a decrease in price. Similarly, investors look up the share price over 12 month periods. The Price Index 12m for Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) is 5.66667.
    Price Range 52 Weeks

    Some of the best financial predictions are formed by using a variety of financial tools. The Price Range 52 Weeks is one of the tools that investors use to determine the lowest and highest price at which a stock has traded in the previous 52 weeks. The Price Range of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) over the past 52 weeks is 0.895000. The 52-week range can be found in the stock’s quote summary.

    Quant Data
    Shifting gears, we can see that Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) has a Q.i. Value of 50.00000. The Q.i. Value ranks companies using four ratios. These ratios consist of EBITDA Yield, FCF Yield, Liquidity, and Earnings Yield. The purpose of the Q.i. Value is to help identify companies that are the most undervalued. Typically, the lower the value, the more undervalued the company tends to be.

    Another signal that many company execs and investors don’t want to talk about is the C-Score. The C-Score is a system developed by James Montier that helps determine whether a company is involved in inflating their financial statements.  The C-Score is calculated by a variety of items, including a growing difference in net income verse cash flow, increasing days outstanding, growing days sales of inventory, increasing assets to sales, declines in depreciation, and high total asset growth.  The C-Score of Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) is 3.00000.  The score ranges on a scale of -1 to 6.  If the score is -1, then there is not enough information to determine the C-Score.  If the number is at zero (0) then there is no evidence of fraudulent book cooking, whereas a number of 6 indicates a high likelihood of unusual activity. The C-Score assists investors in assessing the validity of financials. 

    F-Score

    At the time of writing, Global Hemp Group Inc. (CNSX:GHG) has a Piotroski F-Score of 1. The F-Score may help discover companies with strengthening balance sheets. The score may also be used to spot the weak performers. Joseph Piotroski developed the F-Score which employs nine different variables based on the company financial statement. A single point is assigned to each test that a stock passes. Typically, a stock scoring an 8 or 9 would be seen as strong. On the other end, a stock with a score from 0-2 would be viewed as weak.

    In conclusion, there are a number of signals that can be looked at in order to determine if a company will continue to grow earnings and if they are a good investment for a portfolio.  Potential investors should do all due dilligence before making an investment decision. 


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    Bitcoin Offers the Cannabis Industry an Alternative to Banks

    Bitcoin Offers the Cannabis Industry an Alternative to Banks

    The cannabis industry may offer clues to the future of bitcoin.

    Although medical use marijuana is now legal in more than half the states and recreational use is in some others, the drug is still illegal on the federal level. As a result, most major banks shun the marijuana business.

    The cannabis industry, projected to grow to $50 billion from $6 billion by 2026, has long been in need of a financial solution.

    Many in the industry are hanging their hopes on cryptocurrencies.

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    WV Culinary Team: Energize your holiday morning with a nutritious breakfast | Wv Culinary Team

    Christmas morning is often a time of family ritual and tradition. It usually involves opening gifts or stockings, but it can also be a trip to church, or a hike in the hills, or a visit to a friend or relative’s house.

    Our family tradition has been to put on some Christmas music, light candles and begin the gift exchange.

    We serve hot tea and cranberry tea bread to begin the morning. I always have a bowl of fresh fruit available or a smoothie made.

    When the gift giving is finished, we have a full breakfast before beginning the rest of the festivities.

    Whatever your tradition might be, having an easy and nutritious breakfast to start your day will give you more energy and focus for the fun at hand.

    Made ahead of time, a one-dish breakfast can fill you and give you energy throughout your day. Place one of these one-dish wonders in the oven as everyone starts opening gifts, and it will be ready to eat once everything is unwrapped.

    The Simple Tofu Pie with a hash brown crust is very simple to make. Peel fresh potatoes and make your own hash brown crust, or purchase frozen hash browns. Whichever is easier for you is key.

    With just 10 basic ingredients and no fancy methods required, you can put this breakfast pie together in 15 minutes. The hash brown crust keeps this dish gluten-free and vegan. It is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

    The Spinach and “Cottage Cheese” Pie preparation time is minimal — about 10 minutes. Only eight ingredients are required, most of which you may already have in your kitchen. It is packed with vegetable content, and you don’t even have to chop anything. It all goes in the food processor.

    I use alternative egg replacement. I have found that Ener-G Egg Replacer holds together well and provides the right consistency for a substitute quiche.

    Using Wholly Gluten Free frozen crusts is a great way to save time. The baked crust is flaky and flavorful. I was able to make the Spinach “Cottage Cheese” Pie and the galette from one package. There is no wheat, dairy, casein, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts or sesame seed in these crusts.

    The Cranberry-Rosemary Galette is a bittersweet and savory addition to the breakfast table. The galette originated in France. It is a round, flat, free-form pastry with a savory filling. It has also been called a rustic tart.

    Fresh and dried cranberries combine with a mixture of cranberry juice, citrus juice and zest, and sugar. Walnuts add crunch and pair well with the bittersweet flavor of the cranberries and savory rosemary.

    You can experiment and use different fillings for your breakfast galette. You can fill it with fruit combinations, or use kale, onions and garlic with grated vegan cheese to have a little green on the table.

    As an alternative bacon, I included a recipe for tempeh strips. You can use tempeh and cut into strips to marinate.

    I purchased Hempeh, which is a new product on the market. It has hemp seeds added to the fermented soy beans and comes with different flavorings. I used the plain and created the marinade according to the recipe included.

    Find the Ener-G Egg Replacement and the Hempeh at the Healthy Life Market in Charleston. Kroger has the Wholly Gluten Free crusts in their organic freezer section.

    Pairing any of the pies with tempeh bacon, gluten-free pancakes, a fresh fruit cup or a green salad will set a merry Christmas morning table. You can prepare any of the recipes before Christmas, freeze and reheat. That will give you more time to relax and be a part of the merriment that Christmas morning brings.

    Enjoy the holidays!

    Sally Miller is the owner and operator of Eats of Eden, a Charleston-based nutrition education business that offers an alternative choice for healing the body through nutrition. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and in 2009 graduated from Bauman Holistic Nutrition College, specializing in holistic nutrition education. She has recently become certified as a gluten-free practitioner. For more information on classes and consultations, visit her

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    Isodiol International Inc. Announces Binding Agreement to Acquire Biosynthesis Pharma Group Canadian Stock Exchange:ISOL.CN

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Isodiol International Inc. (CSE:ISOL) (OTC:ISOLF) (FSE:LB6A.F) (the “Company” or “Isodiol”), a global Bioactive Phytoceutical innovator specializing in the development of pharmaceutical and wellness products, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Biosynthesis Pharma Group (BSPG), an industry leading producer of industrial hemp, it’s derivatives and pharmaceutical compounds for use in the medicinal, nutraceutical, food and cosmetic industries.

    Through BSPG’s industrial-sized, proprietary extraction methodologies, BSPG produces high-purity, bioactive cannabinoids that are used in pharmaceutical applications to benefit those suffering from a range of life-threatening and non-life-threatening illnesses.  BSPG is currently conducting clinical trials involving its product through strategic partnerships around the globe.

    “It has been a part of Isodiol’s growth strategy to aggressively pursue international expansion.  Through this acquisition, the company is aligned to penetrate foreign markets particularly in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, South and Central America.  We will broaden our product availability and make the most bioactive cannabinoid products available on a global scale. This acquisition puts us at the forefront of global cannabinoid clinical research and studies which will compliment our current efforts in Brazil and other markets we are presently developing,” said Marcos Agramont, CEO of Isodiol.

    The BSPG acquisition includes multiple entities that are strategic to the future of Isodiol. Each of these entities are intended to have a distinct purpose within the Isodiol organization, whether it be defined by geography, applicable laws, or line of business. The entities include:

    • Biosynthesis Pharma Group Limited (BSPG-HK): organized in Hong Kong and maintains a correspondent office in the United Kingdom. Isodiol is acquiring 100% of BSPG-HK.
    • Trigal Pharma GmbH (TP-Austria): organized in Austria, TP-Austria’s business includes, but is not limited to, the handling of regulatory and governmental policies and supply of pharmaceutical-grade CBD to pharmacies in Europe.  Isodiol is acquiring 100% of TP-Austria.
    • Hankang (Yunnan) Biotech Co., Ltd. (HBTC-China): organized in The People’s Republic of China, HBTC-China’s business includes, but is not limited to, operating a facility approved by the Chinese government to grow hemp as well as extract and export CBD globally. China is the world’s largest producer of hemp and is the largest supplier of raw hemp and fiber to the United States.  Isodiol is acquiring 70% of HBTC-China.
    • BSPG Laboratories Limited (BSPGL-UK): organized in the United Kingdom, BSPGL-UK’s business includes, but is not limited to, operating a facility that refines the CBD molecule to a purity of 99.5% + that is pharmaceutical-grade, THC-Free and highly bioactive.  Isodiol is acquiring 100% of BSPGL-UK.
    • Pure CBD Limited (PURE-UK): organized in the United Kingdom, PURE-UK supplies pharmaceutical products under the specials category with the approval of the National Health Service.  Isodiol is acquiring 100% of PURE-UK.
    • Purodiol Limited (PUR-UK): organized in the United Kingdom, PUR-UK manufactures pharmaceutical products under the brand name Purodiol. Isodiol is acquiring 100% of PUR-UK.
    • Purodiol Do Brasil Ltda (PUR-Brazil): organized in Brazil, PUR-Brazil supplies Purodiol pharmaceutical products under ANVISA regulations to patients in Brazil and is currently involved in multiple clinical studies and trials.  Isodiol is acquiring 99% of PUR-Brazil.

    The company will acquire BSPG for $12,500,000 USD to be paid out over 12 months and stock compensation in the amount of $37,000,000 USD based on the closing price on December 15, 2017. The stock issuance will be subject to a 36-month escrow leak out period.  Additional milestone payments are anticipated to be paid and shall be disclosed upon the closing of this transaction.  The milestones have been withheld to protect proprietary and intellectual property that are in final stages of development and implementation.  The Company will not be assuming any debt as a part of this transaction.  The closing of this transaction will happen on or before April 1, 2018 and is subject to further due-diligence by the Company.

    All web properties of BSPG have been put on hiatus for the moment and will be released in the very near future.  For more information on Isodiol, please visit www.isodiol.com

    About Isodiol International Inc.

    Isodiol International Inc. is the market leader in pharmaceutical grade phytochemical compounds and the industry leader in the manufacturing and development of phytoceutical consumer products.

    Isodiol is the pioneer of many firsts for the cannabis industry including commercialization of 99%+ pure, bioactive pharmaceutical grade cannabinoids, micro-encapsulations, and nanotechnology for the highest quality consumable and topical skin care products.

    Isodiol’s growth strategy includes the development of over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drugs, expanding its phytoceutical portfolio and will aggressively continue international expansion into Latin America, Asia and Europe.

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    Forward-Looking Information: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to statements regarding the Company’s business, products and future of the Company’s business, its product offerings and plans for sales and marketing. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Such forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance and developments to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, the risks that the Company’s products and plan will vary from those stated in this news release and the Company may not be able to carry out its business plans as expected. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information in this news release. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct and makes no reference to profitability based on sales reported. The statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release.

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    Law on marijuana should be eased

    In a long overdue move, the Thai government this past week decided to relax the narcotics law and allow hemp to be grown as a cash crop in six provinces in northern Thailand.

    The decision to allow hemp in 15 districts of six designated provinces – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Tak, Phetchabun and Mae Hong Son – is right but hardly enough. Hemp, classified as a type 5 narcotic, will remain under control in the rest of the country.

    The decision is based on a proposal by Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) that visualises “industrial hemp” and promotes the use of its fibre. Only state agencies can apply for registration for hemp farms, which will be highly regulated and closely supervised by the anti-drug body and other agencies.

    According to the ONCB, hemp farming will be allowed for five purposes: household use, commercial industry, research, breeding for agriculture and breeding for seeds for some parts of the hemp tree, as stipulated by the law.

    For many, the latest move on hemp is far too passive, if not a little too late. Other countries have enjoyed the use of hemp and dominated the market for a long time.

    The government has realised a need to revamp the narcotics law, but somehow moves sluggishly in translating it into action. According to researchers, another type 5 narcotic that is worth considering for a change is marijuana, or ganja. This change should be made because marijuana is known for its medicinal values.

    Fears over the impact of marijuana as imposed by the West through the United Nations are exaggerated. The ban has given a bad name to the plant, which grows well in Thailand’s hot climate.

    The fact is that marijuana has been used as a herb by countries in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years. Dried marijuana leaves are believed to have an element that boosts appetite.

    Marijuana used to be a food ingredient in countries such as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia before they were forced by the UN to criminalise it.

    Dr Tawatchai Kamoltham, an advocate of Thai traditional and alternative medicine, rightly says that the criminalisation of marijuana is “an opportunity loss” for Thailand.

    In a television interview, he said the medicinal values of marijuana enormously outweigh its bad elements, which include the possibility of addiction due to psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

    The doctor noted that studies show marijuana is potential medicine for some serious, non-curable diseases such as diabetes and cancer in accordance with alternative medicine.

    Some studies in the West indicate marijuana can kill malignant tumours, while some show it can deal the chronic pain endured by cancer patients.

    “Whereas doctors in modern medicine give up, marijuana provides answers and hope,” Dr Tawatchai said.

    According to the doctor, marijuana was an active ingredient in several traditional medicine recipes long before the country adopted modern medicine.

    He stressed that the recipes which form part of local wisdom can still be found at Wat Phra Chetupon, or Wat Bodhi, which is known among locals as an old-day Thai university. He noted that the term “cancer” was not available in traditional medicine, but traditional healers used marijuana for treating symptoms that were similar to what is known as cancer.

    It could also be used to treat diarrhoea.

    While Western doctors are more open to medicinal marijuana, with some US states moving to legalise the weed for medicinal use, in Thailand the drug has suffered a strong stigma. According to anti-narcotics laws, those who have marijuana in their possession are subject to one-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of 20,000 baht.

    Research reports demonstrate that marijuana is less harmful than cigarettes or alcohol, with a much lower addiction rate. One researcher said some law enforcers agree with decriminalising the weed.

    Of course, overnight approval of medicinal marijuana is not possible, but at least the state must be more open to serious research studies involving this type 5 narcotic substance. The authorities should not allow stigma and a sluggish bureaucratic system to block its move in medical development or redevelopment.

    Dr Tawatchai has a point in saying that the use of medicinal morphine, which is a type 2 narcotic, can be regulated and controlled, and such an approach should be applied to marijuana if the weed is proved to help fight diseases.

    The country has been late in recognising the advantages of hemp. It should learn the lesson by going ahead with the use of medicinal marijuana and waste no more time. Bangkok Post Editorial


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    Amazon Hemp Ltd., a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Amazonas Florestal Ltd. Announces Update On The Completion of Its First Product to be Launched and Estimated Launch Dates

    MIAMI, FL – (NewMediaWire) – December 14, 2017 – Amazon Hemp Ltd.  (www.azhempusa.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazonas Florestal Ltd. (www.azflusa.com) (OTC Pink: AZFL), a natural resources company dedicated to innovative, sustainable forest management, Industrial CBD Hemp and the certification and sales of carbon credits, today announced an update on the completion of its CBD products formulations and the expected launching date for its first products.

    Amazon Hemp Ltd. reported that its formulators have received the base tinctures and flavors necessary to complete its first three CBD Distillate based products that will go into manufacturing in early January 2018, for launching of the first formula that promotes relaxation and sleep on or about January 15th, 2018. Company formulators have been developing flavored blends that will initially be sold on-line and through retail outlets and dispensaries nationwide.

    The Company announced that it intends to launch the first product in 30 ml dropper bottles containing the recommended amount of 1ml daily for 30 days. The first product promotes Sleep and Relaxation and when used as indicated as a daily supplement can relieve levels of daily stress. The formula has been developed and tested internally and on Christmas week is expected to fulfill all labeling requirements and consumer markets testing and immediately be placed in production for the anticipated January 15th launching. The Company is committed to continue to inform the media, its shareholders and affiliates with further details as the launching approaches. 

    Company formulators interviewed for this press article stipulated that the coming year should see the inauguration of at least 6 additional products beginning with Sleep, and two other CBD Oil liquid products, gum, water and butters. 

    Johnnie Cisneros, Managing Director for AHL, stated, “It’s been delayed in coming due to the specialized nature of the ingredients but the launching of our first products is imminent. Many obstacles had to be overcome in order to get the right flavoring, purity and shelf life. The intention is to develop and bring to market the best tasting and most effective CBD products sold anywhere. The mission to have our line of CBD products to become widely accepted and associated with the best quality and taste, and sold at the growing number of top notch retail points of sale throughout the country that distribute CBD products.”

    Ricardo Cortez, Chairman of the Board at Amazonas Florestal also stated, “We believe that most of the important hurdles in the development of these first products have been overcome and the first products will go to market early on the first quarter of our 2018 fiscal year as had been previously announced. Our plans call for the initial product offering to be placed on the companies’ web sites with a press release right around mid-January 2018 and at various other important online platforms including Amazon.com a couple of weeks later. As each new product launches we will continue to inform our followers and shareholders of its availability through social media and these online platforms. Company management asks that everybody stay tuned as discounts on the products will be available to those that own shares and either already use them or need them.” 

    About Amazonas Florestal Ltd.

    Amazonas Florestal Ltd. is a natural resources company dedicated to innovative, sustainable management of large tracts of land in the rainforests of Amazonas, Brazil, that include the certification and sale of carbon credits and the growth, harvesting, research and development of Industrial Hemp and related products in the U.S.

    Headquartered in Miami, FL, Amazonas’s goal is to become a leader in sustainable forest management and preservation, creating revenue while protecting the biodiversity of the rainforest ecosystem and enhancing the lives of the people who live in it. Through a strategy of selective harvesting, certification and sale of carbon, biomass and biofuel production, and conservation incentives, Amazonas Florestal Ltd. intends to help protect one of the world’s greatest natural resources and show how its preservation can be a profitable activity. Visit the Company at: www.azhempusa.com.

    Forward Looking Statements

    Forward-looking statements in this release regarding Amazonas Florestal Ltd. are made pursuant to the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company’s products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, the Company’s dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange 4.

    Amazonas Hemp Ltd.
    Email: info@azhempusa.com
    Web: www.azhempusa.com
    

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    Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) Flashing Positive Signals

    Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) continues to flash signs of a comeback underway. The stock likes to advertise its status as an original player in the publicly-traded cannabis space, but 2017 hasn’t been an especially great year for its shareholders despite huge and widespread gains in the industry’s aggregate market cap during the same period. However, we have been seeing some positives emerge from the company in recent months.

    The latest from the company contributes to that sense and comes in the form of its announcement that its subsidiary, HempMeds Mexico, generated its largest-ever single month revenue total during the month of November of this year. As noted in the release, HempMeds Mexico is Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s distribution branch in the country, focusing on providing non-psychoactive cannabidiol products to the people in Mexico. The company also pointed out that HempMeds Mexico was the first company to have a medical cannabis product approved for import into Mexico, a country that is in the process of restructuring their policies regarding cannabis.

    Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) casts itself as an investment holding company that operates in the medical marijuana and industrial hemp markets. Its products range from patented and proprietary based cannabinoid products to seed and stalk or isolated high-value extracts manufactured and formulated for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmeceutical industries.

    MJNA’s subsidiary, Kannaway, LLC, is a network sales and marketing company specializing in the sales and marketing of hemp-based botanical products. Kannaway currently hosts weekly online sales meetings and conferences across the United States, offering unique insight and opportunity to sales professionals who are desirous of becoming successful leaders in the sale and marketing of hemp-based botanical products.

    MJNA licenses its proprietary testing, genetics, labeling and packaging, tracking, production, and standardization methods for the medicinal cannabinoid industry. It engages in the research and development of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals; and marketing and distribution of cannabidiol hemp oil-based products.

    In addition, MJNA provides management support and services to cooperatives, collectives, health and wellness facilities, and medical clinics; and consulting and securities services to businesses and individuals in the legal cannabis industry. Further, it focuses on the treatment of pain and other medical disorders with the application of chewing gum-based cannabis/cannabinoid medical products.sportswear and more.”

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    As discussed above, we have seen some positive signals for MJNA over the last couple of months. It should be noted that we were continually bearish on the name during the first 10 months of the year. We pointed to its stalled operations and shaky credibility – who maintains a pink sheet status and refuses to publish audited results, despite claims of nearly $20 million in revenues. That is an oddity that still stands out to us.

    That said, we like the company’s international diversification and recent move to focus communications on more substantive concepts.

    “Our success in Mexico is tremendously important to the Medical Marijuana, Inc. portfolio of companies as we continue to expand our international reach,” said HempMeds Mexico President, Raul Elizalde. “Mexico has experienced many CBD regulation changes this year and we’re proud to come out of them on top.”

    The chart shows 12% piled on for shareholders of the name during the trailing month, but this action is running counter to the larger trend in the name. That said, MJNA has a track record that includes a number of dramatic bounces. In addition, the name has seen a growing influx of trading interest, with the stock’s recent average trading volume running 68% beyond its prior sustained average level

    Now commanding a market cap of $334.2M, MJNA has a chunk ($1.2M) of cash on the books, which is balanced by about $814K in total current liabilities. MJNA is pulling in trailing 12-month revenues of $19.7M. In addition, the company is seeing major top-line growth, with y/y quarterly revenues growing at 255.6%. This is an exciting story, and we look forward to a follow-up chapter as events transpire. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of $MJNA stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

    Disclosure: we hold no position in $MJNA, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.


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    Cannabis Culture dispensaries: What I did, and why

    Cannabis Culture dispensaries: What I did, and why

    CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis Culture is a 24-year-old name and brand recognized worldwide for many reasons, all related to cannabis advocacy and activism. While my husband Marc Emery was the founder, owner and operator beginning in 1994, I was the owner and operator from late 2009 onward.

    My involvement in Cannabis Culture officially began in February 2005, when I was hired as the assistant editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine by Marc Emery, who would become my husband the following year. I appeared on Pot TV videos, and ran for office with the British Columbia Marijuana Party in 2005 and a by-election in 2008.

    Marc Emery was arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Canadian police in July 2005 in Canada for his legalization leadership and funding of activism through the sale of cannabis seeds, as outlined in the D.E.A. press release announcing his arrest for extradition to the United States.

    During Marc’s court process and legal fight against extradition, I was promoted to editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, while also running for provincial office with the British Columbia Green Party in 2009. I was also the policing and crime critic.

    In late 2009, my husband agreed to a five-year plea deal in the United States, which he was ordered extradited for in May 2010. I became the owner and operator of Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot TV, and the Cannabis Culture headshop and vapour lounge, all of which have always paid taxes and operated openly and transparently since they began, as far back as 1994 when Marc Emery launched his cannabis activism business model.

    With my husband imprisoned in Georgia and Mississippi, where I visited him nearly every other weekend for a total of 81 visits, I was in charge of running the businesses and carrying on the advocacy for cannabis legalization.

    I worked very hard through extremely difficult circumstances, and continued devoting my life to activism. I spent all of my time managing my small businesses, organizing political protests and rallies, being interviewed by media, speaking at conferences and government legislatures throughout North America, running for office again with the B.C. Green Party in 2013, and campaigning for the Liberal Party of Canada throughout 2014 and 2015.

    In August 2014, after five years of operating the single standalone Cannabis Culture headshop and vapour lounge in Vancouver, I welcomed my husband home after his release from U.S. prison. We had suffered emotionally, financially, and in many other ways from the ordeal, but we had both continued campaigning for legalization in U.S. states, Canada and abroad.

    With the costs of legal fees, prison expenses, and more hardships, we were struggling to keep the Cannabis Culture magazine, headshop and vapour lounge business afloat, which was affecting our ability to support the activism and political work we’ve always dedicated our livelihoods to.

    In January 2016, as the owner and operator of Cannabis Culture, I decided to engage in a new approach of peaceful civil disobedience. I wanted to demonstrate what legalization should look like, raise money for activism efforts, and promote our message of cannabis freedom, dignity and equality. I wanted to open adult-use cannabis dispensaries with an activism mission.

    All of the other dispensaries operating at that point were providing access to people who required or requested it for medical reasons because of the lack of access provided by the government. Court decisions had repeatedly declared Health Canada’s medical marijuana access as insufficient, and failing to protect the Charter rights of patients. As such, many dispensaries employed doctors or medical practitioners to recommend cannabis to patients, to give them some kind of protection and access, which were not reliably or easily available from Health Canada.

    The medical dispensary model served (and continues to serve) hundreds of thousands of people who need and benefit from cannabis, but who cannot access it through the Health Canada medical program for various reasons. Those reasons include high prices with minimum required order amounts; lack of credit card funds for online ordering; unstable or changing home addresses; unwilling doctors who won’t sign paperwork; and other barriers to access.

    With recreational legalization on the horizon, I felt it was time for Cannabis Culture to create a new model of retail adult-use distribution, to demonstrate what legalization should look like with respect to legal cannabis sales. Our new business approach was modelled after Marc Emery’s decades of successful civil disobedience and law reform supported by the income from cannabis-focused businesses.

    The shops would be inspired by the Amsterdam coffeeshop model, where adults can access cannabis without any medical paperwork or necessity. Some franchise locations would be combination lounges, based on our long-standing Vancouver vapour lounge model.

    Because our company did not have the financial means to open new locations, I decided to go forward with a franchise model. We would offer our trusted, recognized name to entrepreneurs and small business owners who wanted to open retail storefronts. In return, they would pay a small franchise fee and help grow the brand and fund political activism campaigns.

    At the time of our arrest on March 8, 2017, we did not have a finalized franchise deal, though we were working with lawyers to create one. (All of those notes about various arrangements and suggestions are included in the disclosure files.)

    Our franchise model would be accessible by design, and grow slowly to prove our brand was effective at raising publicity for our activism message, and customer interest to finance our activism model.

    Cannabis Culture wouldn’t ask for a buy-in fee for the first wave of storefronts. Most of the franchises paid a 4% gross royalty fee that went up to 6% gross after six months. We later added a $3,000/month per franchisee (owner; not location) fee for activism and administration costs to some locations, though this was only in effect for a brief period before the “Project Gator” raids and arrests.

    The first Cannabis Culture franchise retail storefront opened in Vancouver at 512 Beatty Street on April 29, 2016. The second franchise opened in Toronto at 801 Queen Street West on May 27, 2016. The third franchise opened in Toronto at 711 Queen Street East on June 18, 2016. Many more would follow.

    Marc Emery became a franchise owner for a Toronto shop on Church Street beginning September, 2016. To simplify the franchise arrangement as we worked out the details for what we wanted to officially offer to entrepreneurs, we charged a 6% gross flat fee, with no buy-in or additional costs. We offered the same deal to Britney Guerra for a Hamilton franchise shop that opened November 15, 2016.

    From that point onward, a total of 18 locations opened up to March 2017 in Toronto, Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Peterborough, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa. However, most if not all were raided and closed immediately, or after short periods of time; others were shut down because of landlord concerns or other issues.

    Just before my arrest on March 8, 2017, I was finalizing the details of our Cannabis Culture franchise model, which I was planning to send to the 300+ individuals, entrepreneurs, activists and business owners who contacted me asking to open Cannabis Culture locations.

    We were planning to request a $10,000 buy-in fee from prospective franchisees, and a 6% gross royalty for the first six months, going up to 7% after that point. We would require the owner pay for rent, employees, taxes, and lawyer fees for any law enforcement encounters related to the stores and staff.

    In return, Marc Emery and/or myself would show up at store openings (and re-openings in the case of raids happening) as representatives of the brand, and our company would provide design and layout guidelines for the stores. We would promote the locations in our media and social media outlets, reminding everyone that when they shopped at Cannabis Culture, they were supporting our activism efforts and outreach.

    We hoped to help craft growers come out of the shadows of prohibition and into the light of legalization, through enabling them to provide their products to private storefronts. We were offering a service and product desired by a large number of adult citizens, as demonstrated by line-ups of hundreds of people outside a number of locations.

    My arrest and the raids of “Project Gator” in March 2017 put an end to that entire plan before it even really began. Almost all Cannabis Culture locations are now permanently closed, and expansion plans are indefinitely halted. The goal was always to promote legalization and become legal ourselves, but upon facing serious criminal charges for our peaceful civil disobedience, I am now sidelined and unable to participate in the legal industry.

    I knew that being arrested and charged was possible, and very likely considering I was breaking the law by engaging in open, transparent, political, peaceful civil disobedience. However, I did feel protected by the public and political momentum for legalization, and encouraged by the civil liberties mission behind our model. With “legalization” on the horizon after years advocating for law reform, it seemed reasonable to believe that pioneers and industry leaders would have a chance to be legal, and go into business selling adult-use cannabis.

    Also, knowing that many over-broad, unjust laws throughout history have been challenged and changed because of lawbreakers engaging in civil disobedience (including but not limited to Sunday shopping bans, censorship of music and literature, bans on abortions and birth control, prohibitions on freeing slaves), I felt sure that we were carrying on a long tradition of peaceful political activism, challenging the status-quo for the benefit of our fellow citizens’ rights and freedoms.

    I am proud of the peaceful activism I’ve engaged in, because I know we helped hundreds of thousands of people improve – and even save – their lives thanks to the access we provided. We never hurt anyone. We never engaged in violence, force or coercion. We were always available, accessible, and accountable. We did no harm. But with civil disobedience comes the consequences, and I accept the consequences of my actions, because they demonstrate the injustice and unfairness of the law.

    When the law does more harm than the substance itself, the law is unjust. Or, as the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs declared in 2002: “The continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than does the substance itself.”

    In closing, I would like to include the text of our Cannabis Culture Mission Statement:

    • We provide a positive, welcoming, safe space for cannabis consumers and enthusiasts.

    • We believe the cannabis culture worldwide deserves freedom, equality, and dignity. 

    • We are proud to offer access to high-quality cannabis, cannabis accessories, and information about cannabis, hemp and political activism.

    • We are committed to defending the civil liberties and freedom of cannabis consumers, growers, and providers by campaigning to end unjust criminalization and persecution.

    • We believe in the power of activism and peaceful civil disobedience to advance cannabis law reform and to demonstrate what legalization should look like.

    • Thank you for supporting our vision and our mission!

     

    ~ Marc & Jodie Emery and the Cannabis Culture team 

     


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    Fifth Annual NoCo Hemp Expo Brings Together Hemp Industry in World’s Largest Hemp Products Trade Show – satPRnews

    World’s largest gathering of industrial hemp producers takes place at the 5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, April 6 – 7, 2018, at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, CO; Call for speakers, sponsor, exhibitors is now live.

    Loveland, CO — (ReleaseWire) — 12/14/2017 — Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest two-day gathering of hemp thought leaders, speakers, producers, entrepreneurs, and exhibitors from around the globe. Taking place April 6-7, 2018, at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, CO, the event will showcase the latest products, innovations, research and advancements in the hemp industry world-wide.

    Recognized by the Hemp Industries Association as the “Hemp Event of the Year,” NoCo5 will offer two interactive expo halls featuring products from international brands, introduce a Farm and Agriculture Symposium to share the latest research, techniques and methodologies for industrial hemp production, and an expanded hemp investment summit for the 5,500 attendees projected this year – an increase from 4,700 in 2017. The trade show and conference is considered the most influential hemp-centric event in North America.

    The $2 billion hemp industry worldwide continues to gain increased attention. This year’s NoCo5 will draw professionals across industrial, nutritional and therapeutic hemp industries and feature attendance by state and federal government representatives spearheading current legislative changes around the future of hemp in the U.S. bringing increased media spotlights and attention on the future of the industry.

    Bipartisan Support Grows for Industrial Hemp

    With growing support across bipartisan lines, Congressman James Comer (R-KY) Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) joined forces to reintroduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in the summer of 2017 calling for the complete removal of hemp from its current oversight and regulations of the Controlled Substances Act.

    “Hemp has boundless potential as a sustainable alternative to plastics and other environmentally harmful products,” said Polis. “It’s past time that we eliminate absurd barriers and allow hemp farmers to get to work, create jobs, and grow this promising and historically important crop.”

    Industry B2B Day Focuses on Entrepreneurship, Investment and Consumer Markets

    On Friday, April 6, NoCo5 is hosting “Industry B2B Day,” open to trade visitors and those interested in the hemp products market. Programming will feature the 3rd annual Hemp Summit, an important gathering of hemp-focused investors, founders and professionals. In addition, Industry B2B Day attendees are invited to visit the exhibition halls, participate in interactive demonstrations, attend panels from over 75 industry experts and speakers, and learn the latest in new technologies, techniques, and applications.

    New to NoCo5: Agricultural and Farm Symposium

    For agricultural producers, a new, full-day NoCo5 Agricultural and Farm Symposium on Saturday, April 7, will highlight early learnings, recommended production practices and market opportunities from pilot programs in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and other states and regions where commercial hemp crops are permitted and/or licensed to be grown. The symposium also will feature new equipment, recommended growing practices, and farming and agricultural exhibits.

    Consumer Day Features Global Hemp Village, Education and Two Expo halls

    NoCo5’s two exhibition halls and educational seminars are open to the general public on Saturday, April 7, where attendees will sample and experience the latest usage of natural industry hemp products, and attend panels and speaking events on the latest in environmental impacts, nutrition, and growing health and wellness applications. In addition, the NoCo5 Global Hemp Village will showcase innovative products and ideas from international exhibitors, from super foods, supplements, textiles, paper, accessories, hemp beauty products, and plastic and building alternatives.

    “The cultural shift in the perceptions, demand, and applications for hemp in the U.S. and around the world are priming the hemp industries for growth, and NoCo5 is at the epicenter of the industrial hemp revolution” says president and NoCo Hemp Expo co-founder Morris Beegle.

    Tickets and Registration; Call for Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Tickets and registration are available for the General Public, Industry B2B Day (including the Hemp Business Summit), and the Agricultural and Farm Symposium at http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/. For speaker, sponsor, exhibitor and volunteer inquiries, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/registration-noco5/.

    About NoCo Hemp Expo
    Now in its fifth year, NoCo Hemp Expo – NoCo5 – is produced by WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives), based in Loveland, CO. Established in 2012, WAFBA is also founder of TreeFreeHemp paper and printing services, and Colorado Hemp Company, “supporting all things hemp.” Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Contact:
    Steven Hoffman
    Compass Natural
    Tel: 303-807-1042
    steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com

    For more information on this press release visit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/fifth-annual-noco-hemp-expo-brings-together-hemp-industry-in-worlds-largest-hemp-products-trade-show-904376.htm

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    Steven Hoffman
    Telephone: 970-581-5049
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    Medicinal Cannabis In Australia An “Untenable Situation”

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    A group of Australian senators have banded together to call on the Federal Health Minister to make access to medical cannabis faster and easier.

    It’s been nearly 22 months since legislation was passed in Australia to enable the “safe, legal and reliable” supply of medicinal cannabis products, through amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act.

    An import scheme implemented  by the Government earlier this year to bring some products in Australia while local industry ramps up doesn’t appear to have made a huge difference and was accompanied by a nasty surprise for patients – the cost.

    While instant, easy access was never promised, progress has been frustratingly slow, with few patients able to access cannabis medicines. Attempts by other parties to address the situation have been thwarted, resulting in the Australian Government being accused of defying Parliament.

    “It is absolutely critical that the government stop deliberately defying the will of the Senate by blocking terminally ill patients from accessing medicinal cannabis prescribed by a doctor,” said Greens leader, Senator Richard Di Natale.

    A letter sent to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt last week, co-signed by Senator Di Natale, demands for barriers to access to be removed.

    As well as Dr. Di Natale, others who signed the letter were Senators Derryn Hinch, Lucy Gichuhi, Pauline Hanson, David Leyonhjelm and Stirling Griffith, plus the Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King MP.

    The letter says the way the Government has gone about things to date has “contributed to delays, extended suffering and confusion.”

    The document calls for the removal of all unnecessary barriers to medicinal cannabis under Special Access Scheme Category A, investment in programs to help clinicians learn more about medical cannabis and for the Federal Government to work with the states and territories for a national, uniform approach.

    “It is now time for the government to listen to the Australian Senate and the Australian public, and move quickly to rectify what has become an untenable situation.”

    The full contents of the letter can be viewed here (PDF).

    At the time of publishing, Mr. Hunt was yet to issue a public response to the communication.


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    Old-fashioned Carriage Rides, Caroling, and Goodies Entice Shoppers to Garberville – Redheaded Blackbelt




    Horse and carriageOn Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23, Garberville business owners will be enticing shoppers with carriage rides, caroling, offerings of goodies, live music, and extended hours.

    According to Michelle Bushnell, a local business owner, “Some of the merchants and I had a vision of an old traditional Christmas in our town….[W]e have a great area with amazing people. So we can up with this. Carriage rides will be from 1 pm to 3 pm. Dec 23rd starting in front of Organic Grace. The people doing this have requested no fee’s.” However, a tip jar will be in the carriage to benefit Heart of the Redwoods Hospice.

    “[W]e will have Andy Barnett and his town band playing… and Carolers on Saturday,” Bushnell wrote. “Our stores will open for extended hours, and be serving refreshments and drinks.”

    This event, she said, “makes my heart so warm to be pulling it together.”

    Note: Music begins around 5 on Saturday in front of the Co-op.

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    Marijuana compound is harmless and should be available, WHO says

    A compound derived from marijuana has health benefits and should not be subject to government restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

    “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions and that it “is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids,” it added. 

    The decision was not an endorsement of medical marijuana. 

    Instead the global body’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence specifically examined the potential risks and benefits cannabidiol (CBD), a compound that is found in cannabis plant.

    It is distinct from Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD does not have intoxicating effects — in other words, it does not produce a high.

    Medical marijuana advocates point to that difference in arguing CBD should be available to patients who suffer from various ailments that include pain, anxiety and seizures.

    But the US Drug Enforcement Administration treats CBD extracts as a Schedule 1 drug, like other marijuana products, meaning the American government deems it to have the highest potential for abuse and no medical benefits.

    That position has drawn resistance from marijuana advocates at a time when CBD oils and other products are on shelves in dozens of states.

    In a letter stating its opposition, the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws wrote that “CBD lacks the consciousness-altering properties and abuse potential” of THC and argued there was evidence of “numerous medically beneficial properties” for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, bipolar disorder and other conditions.



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