On the show Monday, June 4th, 2018 I'll be interviewing Luke from Kumba Hills Farm.
From their website: "Oregon is known for its cannabis culture from the cultivator to consumer. With every strain we offer, Kumba Hills believes in transparency in excellence. When choosing our strains, you have a right to know the product lifecycle from seedling to harvest, and you’ll rest assured knowing our cannabis was properly cared for and grown on a manageable scale. We empower and encourage you to know your grow."
Pot for All: How Congress Is Trying to Make Weed Legal. From decriminalization to opening up the banking industry, both sides of Congress are preparing cannabis bills –but with much different approaches. Over the past decade, marijuana legalization has happened at break-neck speed at the state and local level. And yet, pot-related reforms have moved glacially at the federal level, especially since prohibitionist Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general. But his staunch opposition and attempt to roll back Obama-era protections for local marijuana businesses has actually attracted new support to a flurry of marijuana related bills that have been picking up support in this Congress.Two new studies show a correlation between medical marijuana and lowered rates of opioid abuse – but what is it about weed that seems to help? Read More
U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren have said that they intend to introduce the STATES Act, which would echo Cole Memo policy and exempt state-legal regulated marijuana markets from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. The announcement came after the highly publicized "deal" struck between the senator from Colorado and President Donald Trump. So far, though, it remains unclear when the bill will be filed. Rachel Gillette, a Colorado attorney specializing in cannabis law, tells Cannabis Dispensary that drafts of the bill signal a real financial benefit to marijuana businesses: "As a result of this legislation, it would fix a number of problems--including limited access to banking, as well as 280E."
FROM NORML: Study: CBD Extracts Safe And Effective In Treating Rare Form Of Pediatric Epilepsy
SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDING TO STOCKPILE HEMP GENETICS
Lawmakers plan to set aside half a million dollars in order to preserve hemp genetics. The Senate Appropriations Committee, on May 24, directed the federal Agricultural Research Service to spend $500,000 to maintain an industrial hemp seed bank. Read More...
U.S. OFFICIALS ORDER BREWERY TO CEASE PRODUCTION OF CBD BEER. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ordered San Francisco-based Black Hammer Brewery to halt production of its signature beer containing hemp-derived CBD, citing permitting conflicts. Read More...
Illinois’ House of Representatives voted last week on a bill to legalize the commercial use of hemp and may soon send it the governor’s way for approval. Read More...
Reverse takeovers of Canadian companies seems to be a growing trend for U.S. marijuana businesses. Regulatory hurdles and stiff competition make both the U.S. and Canadian cannabis markets challenging. To seize the opportunities and overcome the obstacles, businesses are seeing the value of going public to raise the capital...READ MORE
CALIFORNIA CANNABIS BANKING BILL CLEARS SENATE
A state-backed bank could soon cater to cannabis businesses in California. On May 30, Sen. Bob Hertzberg announced the California cannabis banking bill on the Senate floor that would establish a limited purpose state charter bank for use by licensed cannabis businesses in California.
Cura CEO Nitin Khanna Steps Down Amid ‘Personal Allegations’.
Founder and President Cameron Forni will assume CEO position as Cura looks to international expansion. To see the official statement from Cura. Click here.
WILL THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY BE THE FIRST TRUE GENDER EQUALIZER?
Entrepreneur — The numbers don't add up. Women make up a majority of the U.S. population (51 percent). They earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of all master’s degrees. Women also earn 47 percent of all law degrees and 48 percent of all medical degrees. And yet, there are so few women at the top of corporate America. Among the S&P 500 companies in the financial services industry, women make up 54 percent of the labor force, but only 29 percent hold executive and senior-level positions--and only 2 percent are CEOs. The startup space is abysmal at best for women looking to get ahead. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. startups report that they have no women in the C-suite, and 71 percent have no women on their boards. READ FULL STORY
A promising athlete was on board to play college football at his dream university—until the NCAA ruled that taking non-psychoactive medical cannabis makes him ineligible to play. Read More...
Vicente Fox recently spoke in support of legalizing cannabis not only for medicinal purposes but also recreational in Mexico. Read More...
Could New York Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana? The New York Police Department regularly faces criticism over the disproportionate number of Black and brown people who are arrested for marijuana possession. The department’s constant refrain has been that officers go where they are called. They respond to complaints to the city’s 311 assistance line or calls to 911. Arrests, they say, flow naturally from those calls to action. But a New York Times analysis published this month threw that contention into serious doubt. As the paper reported, “among neighborhoods where people called about marijuana at the same rate, the police almost always made arrests at a higher rate in the area with more black residents.” Read More
Here’s Where California’s Next Governor Stands on Cannabis
California votes on June 5. So far it's Gavin Newsom vs. five contenders. Will they help or hurt the state's fastest-growing industry? READ MORE
FEDS TO USE MILLIONS TO TARGET ILLEGAL CANNABIS FARMS THAT USE TOXIC PESTICIDES. In a May 29 announcement from The Associated Press, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and California officials said that together they plan to use $2.5 million in federal funding to target illegal cannabis growing operations that use toxic pesticides. Read More...
Oregon Mom Cited After Child Ingests Marijuana-Infused Candy
A mother in La Pine was cited for child neglect after her 2-year-old son ate homemade marijuana-infused candy police say she left unattended.
OREGON'S POT OVERFLOW SETS EXAMPLE FOR OTHER STATES TO AVOID Experts say the dizzying evolution of Oregon's marijuana industry may well be a cautionary tale for California, where a similar regulatory structure could mean an oversupply on a much larger scale. Read More...
OLCC Will Pause Acceptance of Marijuana License Applications. Focus Will Be on Existing Licensees and Current Applicants.
May 30, 2018 News Release: Portland, OR -- The OLCC will temporarily shift licensing staff to focus solely on recreational marijuana licensing renewals for current licensees, already submitted recreational marijuana applications, and medical marijuana registrants required to start using Oregon's Cannabis Tracking System
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced today it will temporarily shift licensing staff to exclusively process recreational marijuana license renewals and applications for recreational marijuana licenses received by June 15, 2018. Any applications for recreational marijuana submitted after June 15 will be set aside for processing until the OLCC processes outstanding applications and renewals in the queue.
Since April 2016, the OLCC has issued almost 1,900 recreational marijuana licenses and almost 29,000 marijuana worker permits. The pace of application submissions has not slowed, and as a result, the licensing application process timeline has lengthened. The temporary suspension of new licenses reflects this extended review period currently experienced by applicants, and it will allow the OLCC to clear the application backlog and ensure ongoing oversight of the legal marijuana market.
“In order to ensure that the OLCC is fulfilling its regulatory duties and providing timely responses to businesses in the industry, we must focus on the current participants in the system and preserve for the Oregon Legislature its consideration of the necessity for further statutory controls on marijuana licensing in 2019,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
The OLCC has deployed staff from across the agency several times since the start of licensing to handle spikes in license and worker permit application submissions. However, the occasional surges have turned into a steady stream of applications. Even with additional staff approved by the legislature, it is taking agency staff longer to work through license renewals and license location changes, and to approve changes to existing licensed premises.
In addition to processing new license applications, the OLCC is obligated to service its existing licensees through license renewals and changes in business structure filings. The agency has learned during the first two years of licensing that it takes significant staff time and resources to complete marijuana license renewals.
Also, as a result of a change in Oregon law up to 2,000 (OMMP) grow sites are required to register with the state’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) by July 1, 2018. The OLCC will be responsible for compliance auditing and inspection of these grow sites using CTS.
OLCC’s combined auditing of the state’s recreational and medical marijuana markets is expected to provide comprehensive oversight of legal cannabis production. The OLCC is also putting additional resources into the field for compliance activity, with a focus targeting Oregon’s 2018 fall outdoor harvest.
“Public and consumer safety are guiding priorities for the OLCC and our work with regulators, law enforcement, and the marijuana industry,” said Marks. “The success of our regulated system will continue to rely on our cooperative effort to encourage legitimate participants in this system, while deterring and shutting down illegal activity.”
Former 'Weed Country' Stars Indicted in Tennessee for Marijuana Found on Tour Bus
AP reports: “The U.S. attorney’s office in Jackson says Michael and Tawni Boutin, of Medford, Oregon, face charges including manufacturing and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. Narcotics agents said they found 20 pounds of marijuana and 3 pounds of hash oil in a house and the Boutins’ tour bus in Jackson.”