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Senator Wants California Legislature to Urge Trump to Reschedule Marijuana

Senator Wants California Legislature to Urge Trump to Reschedule Marijuana

Senator Wants California Legislature to Urge Trump to Reschedule Marijuana

On March 21, 2017, California Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, presented a resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety that would have the California State Legislature urge the United States Congress to pass legislation to reschedule marijuana and have President Donald Trump sign it.

Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Legal Pot Could Steal More Than a Quarter of Beer Drinkers

Legal Pot Could Steal More Than a Quarter of Beer Drinkers

In the latest speculation about the impact of legal marijuana on beer sales, Cannabiz Consumer Group research shows more than a quarter of beer drinkers have switched or would switch to marijuana, causing a major hit to retail sales of beer. Cannabiz estimates retail sales of beer could drop $2 billion annually, or 7.1 percent of existing sales.

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada Bill Would Vacate Convictions for Marijuana Possession

Nevada residents convicted of simple marijuana possession could get a new lease on life if one state lawmaker gets his way. Introduced by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, Assembly Bill 259 would vacate the convictions of Nevada residents who had been caught with one ounce or less of marijuana before Jan. 1, 2017.

Federal Marijuana Does Not Test Well

Federal Marijuana Does Not Test Well

Marijuana grown by the federal government for research purposes does not have the same quality as the pot from other sources. Until recently, the U.S. federal government had to grow all the marijuana that would be used in scientific research, but researchers have found the government’s pot to be, essentially, irrelevant.

Enter England: Oxford University Launches Medical Cannabis Research Program

Enter England: Oxford University Launches Medical Cannabis Research Program

Oxford University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, recently announced that it is launching a program to research the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in the treatment of cancer, inflammatory disease and pain.

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana 'Only Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

On March 15, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech to law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia, on his mission to fight violent crime and bolster public safety. It was during his discussion of drugs that Sessions brought marijuana into the conversation, reinforcing a stance that he has previously communicated.

Colorado Marijuana Business Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investments

Colorado Marijuana Business Ordered to Stop Soliciting Investments

On March 9, 2017, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies announced that Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has ordered John W. Long, Jr., of Nederland, as well as his marijuana businesses, Green Farms Consulting and Green Farms Holdings, to cease and desist offering and selling unregistered securities.

Cannabis Prohibition and the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

Cannabis Prohibition and the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

Cannabis prohibition is remarkably similar to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Diego, Dr. Joshua Hartsel discussed the tremendous opportunity unfolding in California’s market in regards to extracts and other concentrate products.

Marijuana Markets on Both Sides of Niagara Falls

Marijuana Markets on Both Sides of Niagara Falls

The California Cannabis Business Expo wound down on March 8, closing with two panels at the Marijuana Investor Summit: one featuring the CEOs of three U.S. based firms active in the cannabis space; the other featuring four business and financial executives from Canada, who could speak to the state of the same industry in a very different legal and cultural context.

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

Sean Murphy Weighs in on the Future of Medical Cannabis

At the California Cannabis Business Expo on March 8, 2017, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the science and technology of medical cannabis were given a crash course in the future of cannabis, and cannabidiol, as an alternative to pharmaceuticals by Hemp Business Journal founder Sean Murphy.

After January 2018: Learn to Jump Through California's Hoops

After January 2018: Learn to Jump Through California’s Hoops

in January 2018 two distinct California state laws will come into effect, the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use Marijuana Act, the mandating act for a new adult-recreational industry. So the question is: what hoops is an entrepreneur going to have to jump through to avail himself of this double opportunity?

Cannabis Companies Bloom at the CCBExpo's Emerging Brand Showcase

Cannabis Companies Bloom at CCBExpo’s Emerging Brand Showcase

On March 7, 2017, at the California Cannabis Business Expo, the Emerging Brand Showcase gave fledgling cannabis companies the opportunity to pitch their brands to a panel of industry experts, including AJ Gentile, CEO and co-founder of SpeedWeed; Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s; Jen Gentile, Chief Marketing Officer at SpeedWeed; and Gino Gentile, SpeedWeed’s Vice President of Business Development.

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

The Devil in the Details: Silvia San Nicolas on Cannabis Compliance

When it comes to the legal marijuana industry, the devil is in the details; and nothing is more devilish, or more onerous, than complying with the intricate rules and regulations imposed upon the industry.

Two Special Guests Kicked Off CannaPitch at the CCBExpo

Two Special Guests Kicked Off CannaPitch at the CCBExpo

CannaPitch, a cannabis industry live pitch session featuring five industry experts as pitch appraisers on the one hand and a unique set of entrepreneurs on the other, proved the highlight of the first day of the California Cannabis Business Expo, in San Diego, on March 5, 2017.

Standards Could Get Professional Treatment with ASTM's Cannabis Committee

Standards Could Get Professional Treatment with ASTM’s Cannabis Committee

You’ve found a strain that you love and it’s available at your local dispensary, but do you know under what conditions it was grown or how it was handled when infused into your favorite edible? Maybe the budtender guarantees you’ve selected a quality product, but you may soon be empowered beyond blind trust as the next level of universal standards are on the horizon.

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ's Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ’s Policy on State Marijuana Laws

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the potential of “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana law under the Trump Administration, the industry reacted immediately. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has penned a letter in an effort to protect the recreational marijuana industry.

Job Seekers to Find Opportunities at CCBE's Cannabis Career Fair

Job Seekers to Find Opportunities at CCBE’s Cannabis Career Fair

With eight more states having legalized some form of cannabis this past November, the industry is preparing for an unprecedented expansion, creating more job opportunities and careers for qualified individuals. If you’re looking for a career in cannabis, the Southern California Cannabis Career Fair at the California Cannabis Business Expo on Sunday, March 5, is a must-attend event.

Legislation Introduced to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

Legislation Introduced to Decriminalize Marijuana Federally

On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.

As Cannabis Stocks Extend Their Gains, Investors to Gather at the Marijuana Investor Summit

As Cannabis Stocks Extend Gains, Investors to Meet at Marijuana Investor Summit

Heightened public awareness leading up to the U.S. elections in November drew in massive increases in trading volume, pushing the U.S. Marijuana Index and Canadian Marijuana Index to double in price in less than a two-month period in September and October.

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

The Reality of Marijuana for Minorities Scores a Seat at the Oscars

Award season is coming to an end this month with the 89th Academy Awards airing on Feb. 26, 2017, at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. Two of this year’s nominated films depict the consequences of drug use in minority communities — a completely different experience than that of some of this year’s nominated actors.

Trump Administration May Order 'Greater Enforcement' of Marijuana Law

Trump Administration May Order ‘Greater Enforcement’ of Marijuana Law

During a White House Daily Briefing on Feb. 23, 2017, press secretary Sean Spicer gave insight into how the Trump Administration may proceed in regards to the enforcement of federal marijuana law.

Dive Into the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

Dive Into the Evolution of Extraction Technologies

On March 7, 2017, hear Dr. Joshua Hartsel, CEO of Speakeasy 710, a California-based cannabis oil producer, lead a session at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Diego on the tremendous opportunity opening up in California’s market with regards to extracts and other concentrate products.

Study: 23% of Colorado's Cannabis Workers Lack Health and Safety Training

Study: 23% of Colorado’s Cannabis Workers Lack Health and Safety Training

In mid-February, researchers at Colorado State University and the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, published “Work and Well-Being in the Colorado Cannabis Industry.”

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape the Future of Cannabis Policy

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.

Entrepreneurs, CannaPitch and Careers on First Day of #CalCanBizExpo

Entrepreneurs, CannaPitch and Careers on First Day of #CalCanBizExpo

Entrepreneurs, investors and career seekers are eager to navigate California’s newly legalized recreational cannabis market and the California Cannabis Business Expo is ready to show current and future stakeholders the way on its opening day at the Sheraton Marina Hotel in San Diego on March 5, 2017.

Hickenlooper to Talk Cannabis Taxes With Legislators in California

Hickenlooper to Talk Cannabis Taxes With California’s Legislators

As governor of the first state to implement legalized recreational cannabis, Gov. John Hickenlooper has priceless insight when it comes to state regulation and taxation of recreational cannabis and now California is ready to learn from him.

Sounds of Marijuana at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Sounds of Marijuana at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards

With California having both legal medical and recreational marijuana, performers may see more legal green than Grammy gold on awards night. Here’s a rundown of the nominees who love marijuana just as much as they love music.

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Cannabis in Australia: The Case Against Enthusiasm

Gaelan Bloomfield and Ram Venkay, partners in a new investment fund that will be managed from Australia and will focus on Calif.-based cannabis investment opportunities, are notably wary about the prospects at home, Down Under.

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

Higher Ed in Cali: Two Universities Offering Medical Cannabis Education

With its Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, Humboldt State University in California has been at the academic forefront of marijuana since 2012, but other institutions of higher education in the state are starting to follow suit.

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Health announced that Aloha Green Holdings and Maui Grown Therapies have been approved to commence their cannabis cultivation operations, making them the first two dispensaries in the state to receive such approval.

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

Progress in Cali: San Diego Approves Recreational Marijuana Sales

While several municipalities in California have enacted temporary bans on recreational marijuana and others have yet to decide the fate of the state’s newly legalized industry, America’s Finest City has just become the first city in San Diego County to approve recreational marijuana sales.

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Is the Surface Smooth and Easily Cleanable?

Edibles Entrepreneurs in Oregon: Smooth and Easily Cleanable Surfaces

While non-food-contact surfaces are critical to the form and function of a facility for edibles, food-contact surfaces are at the frontline of food safety. Equipment purchases have to ensure hygienic design and permit efficient disassembly for cleaning, scrubbing, inspecting and sanitizing.

Enforcement in California: Two Dispensaries Raided in Santa Ana

Enforcement in Cali: Two Dispensaries Raided in Santa Ana

On Jan. 26, 2017, California’s Santa Ana Police Department raided two dispensaries, Sky High and Elevated Dreams, for operating without local business licenses.

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

The Real Reason Craft Cannabis is Here to Stay

Nothing evokes passionate debate in the cannabis community like the threat of big business taking over. The arguments against big marijuana fill the internet. The heartfelt plea to preserve small farms is echoed throughout the US, Canada, and Jamaica. At the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas last November there was even a debate dedicated to arguing which was better: Craft Cannabis vs Big Marijuana.

Kyle Kushman's Ventures in Vegas with GrowBLOX Sciences

Kyle Kushman’s Ventures in Vegas with GrowBLOX Sciences

With 13 Medical Cannabis Cups to his name, Kyle Kushman is a prolific cultivator. Strains and genetics are his passion and the host of The Grow Show podcast and High Times columnist loves to share his knowledge.

South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

On Jan. 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of South Carolina lawmakers, led by Sen. Tom Davis, introduced a bill to the state Senate to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of medical marijuana for patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions.

MedMen Acquires One of New York's Struggling Marijuana Providers

MedMen Acquires One of New York’s Struggling Marijuana Providers

On Jan. 9, 2017, MedMen, a turnkey marijuana management company based in California, acquired Bloomfield Industries, one of New York’s five organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana

Rhode Island Awards First Three Cultivator Licenses

Rhode Island Awards First Three Cultivator Licenses

On Jan. 4, 2017, Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation issued licenses to the state’s first three medical marijuana cultivators, all of which are based in Warwick.


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