And I'm honored once again! Just a bit late for International Women's Day, I get to interview two of the higher ups in the Organa Brands family, Crystal and Jenna! They are going to lay down what it's like to run a franchised company that really looks to respect the communities in which it finds itself.
+ Thanks to an obscure legal loophole, medical cannabis will be legal with supporting documentation for fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held between June 14 and July 15 in Russia, according to The Moscow Times. Read More...
+ A new Australian study will soon evaluate how medical cannabis could help treat patients who suffer from Tourette syndrome. Read More...
+ Israel’s Medivie Therapeutics Signs Off On Big Euro Deal – Issues Warning To GovtGanjapreneur have reported, "Israeli medical cannabis company Medivie Therapeutics and its subsidiary High Pharma has announced a $110 million deal to cultivate and manufacture medical cannabis products for a European client in what the company calls the largest deal of its kind in Israel to date"
+ The Cannabist — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben Bartlett to his office with a novel idea. Berkeley was already the first city in the nation to formally declare itself a sanctuary city on immigration, barring city officials from cooperating with federal authorities. Why not do the same thing with marijuana? Last month, it did. READ FULL STORY
+ Maryland Launches Medical Cannabis Program, Considers Voter Initiative for Adult-Use Legalization
The state chapter of NORML and medical cannabis license holder Curio Wellness share insight on the state’s evolving medical program and the opportunity for adult-use.
+ Legal Marijuana Question a Step Closer to Being on November Ballots in Illinois
The state Senate voted to ask on the November ballot whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Illinois.
+ West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Changes
The House of Delegates passed a bill that would increase the number of growers, processors and dispensaries that can participate in the medical mariju
+ Idaho House Approves Bill Allowing Use of Marijuana Derivative
If approved, Idahoans would be allowed to legally possess and use the oil for medical purposes for themselves or their minor children.
+ Dust-Up Over Closed Meeting on Idaho CBD Oil Bill Prompts Apology, Political JabsAn Idaho Senate committee chairman apologized for violating Senate rules by convening an impromptu–and likely illegal–closed meeting of his committee.
+ According to a report by the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, the UK produced almost half of the world’s legal cannabis in 2016 at a whopping 95 tons of production, followed by Canada’s 80.7 tons of production, with Portugal and Israel trailing at 21 tons and 9.2 tons respectively. Chile and the Netherlands each produced 1.4 tons of legal cannabis that same year.
+ Last week, The American Legion’s national commander and several other witnesses testified on behalf of the efficacy of medical cannabis before the Senate and House Committees of Veterans’ Affairs in a joint hearing. Read More...
+ As marijuana laws expand across the West, a few tribes in Nevada and Washington state have explored selling pot at dispensaries, on and off reservations. But no tribe is as far along in the process of becoming a fully operating venture as the one here at Warm Springs. Spearheaded by younger tribal members who are eager to join the legalization movement sweeping the country, the tribe has taken steps to become the first vertically integrated Native American pot operation — growing pot on the reservation and selling it off-site. The effort has detractors, particularly elders who worry about substance abuse and bristle at the idea of inviting more federal scrutiny to their land. But they are hardly being heard in the push to explore this new opportunity. Read More...
+ With the major expansion of German’s medical cannabis program last year, German health insurance companies are now beginning to foot the bill for medical cannabis patients to get their medicine... READ MORE
+ California Governor Jerry Brown is pushing back against Jeff Sessions, telling reporters that the attorney general acts "more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer." The comments came after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state, challenging its sanctuary laws on immigration. The lawsuit comes as an increasing number of states consider adopting sanctuary laws for their marijuana programs. Similar to sanctuary laws for immigration, declaring a city a cannabis sanctuary prohibits local law enforcement from cooperating with federal agencies on marijuana enforcement. Read More...
+ Cannabis regulators in Massachusetts just officially signed off on rules for its new industry. According to Mass Live, Steve Hoffman, chairman of the state's Cannabis Control Commission, said that Massachusetts is still on track to open retail cannabis shops by mid-summer. Read More...
+ PROTESTS ERUPT IN BRAZIL AFTER CANNABIS RESEARCHER IS THREATENED BY POLICE
Police summoned Elisaldo Luiz de Araújo Carlini, a retired professor from the Federal University of São Paulo on Feb. 21, on suspicion of inciting drug crime, stemming from his past research on cannabis. The Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science recently issued a joint statement, strongly condemning the subpoena of Carlini. Read More...
+ California Has Already Issued More Than 2,000 Cannabis Cultivation Licenses
Is California setting marijuana growers up to fail?
+ Voice of San Diego — California’s legal weed experiment is having an impact in an unexpected place: Mexico. Read More.
+ Rock 'n' roll icon Gene Simmons is partnering with Invictus MD Strategies Corp., a Canadian licensed cannabis producer, according to a March 14 press release. Simmons will serve as Chief Evangelist Officer and spokesperson and will provide marketing counsel. Read More...
+ A scholarship funded by cannabis revenue is being provided to 600 lucky students in Pueblo, Colorado.
+ Forty medical marijuana businesses across Michigan got an unpleasant visit Thursday from state officials and the Michigan State Police, ordering them to stop operating. And those visits are just the beginning. Hundreds more are expected to get cease and desist letters in the coming days. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs began the process of shutting down medical marijuana facilities that are operating illegally and haven't submitted applications to the state for a license. Read More
+ Live Science — What does coffee have to do with cannabis? According to a new study, your morning joe causes a drop in the levels of certain substances that are linked to the body's system for responding to marijuana. The levels of these substances — metabolites found in what's known as the endocannabinoid system — decrease in people who drink between four and eight cups of coffee a day, according to the study, published today (March 15) in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Endocannabinoids are molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors, which are found all over the nervous system, as well as in immune and endocrine tissue. The body makes its own endocannabinoids, but it also responds to foreign cannabinoids, like the ones found in the leaves of plants of the Cannabis genus. READ FULL STORY
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