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Meet the Man Who Discovered Weed’s Secret Ingredient

Professor Raphael Mechoulam originally asked the National Institute of Health in the US for a grant to study cannabis he was turned down. “They told me, ‘Come back to us when you choose another subject—marijuana is not an American problem,’” the 84-year-old Israeli professor recalls. More than half a century later—after becoming the first scientist to isolate THC, having a long, successful career dedicated to discovering cannabis and its effects on the body, and now being referred to in Israel as the “Grandfather of Marijuana”—professor Mechoulam still sounds a little proud when he mentions how fast the NIH changed its mind. Read more here in the Vocativ.com...

Pot-smoking moms tired of being judged by wine drinkers

There is a huge stigma on moms who choose marijuana as their drug of choice to relax and stay focused on the myriad of tasks facing them on any given day.  Rather than reach for an alcoholic beverage, they choose to reach for a bong loaded with cannabis. “If I wanted to, I could sit with a glass of wine in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other, with a cigarette pressed between my lips, under the influence of prescription narcotics — all the while holding my child in my lap,” says Serra Frank, founding director of Moms for Marijuana and mother of two, ages 9 and 12. “Everywhere we look our families are bombarded with advertisements for these drugs. Our societies benefit from taxes placed on the manufacture and sale of these drugs. Yet, we can’t make the decision to choose one of the most commonly used drugs, one that has proven to be much safer than all the rest? That’s just not logical.” Read more here in the Today Parents...

Marijuana on Wall Street as pot goes public

As more states legalize recreational marijuana, entrepreneurs are sprouting everywhere including on Wall Street as pot is now starting to be publicly traded in across the table stock trades.     Read more here in the Mashable.com article: http://mashable.com/2014/12/15/marijuana-growers-go-public/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfa3BybzVqYWN1Zmx4dmI5OCJ9...

The first e-commerce was a drugs deal

40 years ago students at two technical colleges arranged the first marijuana drug deal via the internet. In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, the seminal act of e-commerce was a drug deal. The students used the network to quietly arrange the sale of an undetermined amount of marijuana. Read more in The Guardian article here: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/apr/19/online-high-net-drugs-deal  ...

Taxes Hammering WA Marijuana Stores

While it may seem the legal cannabis stores are making money hand over fist, they really are not. Most of their profit margin is taken away by all the taxes they have to pay to the state. Read more here in the Marijuana Business Daily article:...

Weed by the Numbers

  Since marijuana became legal for recreational consumption, the State of Washington has been watching the numbers.  Taxes are coming in at record numbers. It’s a little tough to draw any big conclusion about state-licensed marijuana sales in Washington just yet … what with the scattered opening of stores, early supply crunches and the fact that these businesses are on their own once they get through the very expensive gauntlet of qualifying for and getting a license … So, the only big winner for sure will be Washington state government. With total sales through Dec. 1 coming in at $48,462,549, the state will draw $12,115,637 in excise taxes (that does not include retail sales taxes).   Read more in the Seattle PI...

Medical Marijuana and Employers

As more states move to enact either medical and/or recreational marijuana laws, employers are kind of confused about how to enforce the drug testing in the workplace. As more states trend towards legalization, employers must keep close watch on legal developments in this area. Before disciplining an employee for a positive drug test arising from marijuana use outside of work, who does not present with current “intoxication,” employers should consult with experienced employment law counsel—especially if the employee in question has sought (or expresses a plan to seek) accommodation. It may be reasonable for employers to consult their drug testing vendors—both to stay abreast of advances in marijuana testing and to ensure a testing program that complies with state law. Read more in the Forbes...

Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana

As the United States slowly clears the smoke out of the room and marijuana becomes more widely legal, the Mexican cartels are starting to take a hit in the wallet. There is less and less of the Mexican brick weed coming across the boarder as more people in the US turn to the legal medical and recreational markets for marijuana. Read more in this article from NPR.com: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/12/01/367802425/legal-pot-in-the-u-s-may-be-undercutting-mexican-marijuana...

Potheads are genetically happier?

A new study out of Japan is showing that marijuana use is linked to a ‘happiness gene’ in humans.  So does this mean Potheads are genetically happier? According to a recent neuroimaging study, the human cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1 receptor) gene is sensitive to positive emotional stimuli. The effects are greater in some people than in others where a particular variation of the gene is found. In other words, people in whom the variant of the gene is more often active are generally happier most of the time. The same gene is responsible for the euphoric effects associated with an intake of marijuana. Read more here in the Medical Marijuana...

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

Flying with Marijuana seems to be kind of a grey area. TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Whether or not marijuana is considered legal under local law is not relevant to TSA screening because TSA is governed by federal law. Federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently than non-medical marijuana. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. Read more in the Boing Boing...

Reasons to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, a time filled with family and food, there are so many things to be thankful for. Good health, a good job, a new addition to the family, perhaps a new home or car and of course our friends and families are the most important. In 2014 we added something else to be thankful for, there were 8 grand victories for Cannabis legalization. Guam, Italy, Philadelphia, Maryland, Australia, Washington DC, Oregon & Alaska all joined with Washington State and Colorado to make legalization or at least decriminalization a reality. Read more in the article by...

Nevada reciprocity: Have an MMJ card? You can buy pot in Vegas in 2015

Thank you Nevada! If you have a Medical Marijuana card from any state it will be legal to buy medical marijuana from the dispensaries there in 2015. Supporters are already gearing up for the election in 2016 where they hope to get recreational marijuana laws past similar to other legal states. Medical marijuana cardholders throughout the U.S. will be able to purchase pot in Nevada starting in 2015. All they’ll have to do is show their medical marijuana license, show a government ID proving they’re 21 or older and sign an affidavit — and they’ll have access to that shop (but no others) for their stay in Nevada. Read more here in here in The Cannabist...

Misinformation: Marijuana vs. Your Brain

The University of Texas has published a new study on the effects of continual use of cannabis on the human brain. They found through MRI scans of frequent cannabis users that they have less grey matter in the orbital front cortex, but they also showed a greater connectivity in the brains of cannabis users. “Cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,” according to the patent, held by the same federal government that continues to block medical marijuana research, “for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” So, given all that, how do you think the Los Angeles Times, one of the nation’s prestige newspapers, chose to headline their story on the new study? How about: Regular Pot Smokers Have Shrunken Brains. “Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them,” the article begins in apparent glee, as if a dire warning regarding the mental health of tens of millions of Americans calls for just the right, lighthearted opening. “[The study] compared 48 ‘chronic’ marijuana users (at least four times a week over the past six months) with 62 non-using control subjects who were matched for age and gender with the using group. Subjects were an average age of 28 to 30 years old.” Read more here in this High Times...

Cannabis Cup heading to Portland!

July 2015, the date that Marijuana becomes officially and legally for sale in Oregon brings the High Times Cannabis Cup to Portland Oregon! Dan Skye, editor in chief of High Times, called the Pacific Northwest a “hot bed for marijuana” Oregon follows Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana consumption for adults 21 and over. Read more here in the High Times...

MJBA: Dollars & Sense of Risk & Financial Planning for Your Cannabis Business

The MJBA (Marijuana Business Association) will be hosting: Dollars & Sense of Risk & Financial Planning for Your Cannabis Business Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) Red Lion Hotel | 11211 Main St | Bellevue, WA 98004 For more information please visit: http://emails.mjba.net/2014-11DollarsAndSense.html   Please join: • 502 Security • Agrisoft • Analytically Correct • Arkley Accounting Group • BioTrackTHC • Blue Line Protection   Group • Cannabis City • Cannabis Commodities Exchange • Canna Guard Security • Center for the Study of Cannabis & Social Policy • CIPS • Conerstone Financial Group • the Dave app • Guardian Data Systems • Guske & Associates • LEAF HR • Mass Mutual • MJ Research • MJ Freeway • Miller Soils • Mosaic Insurance Alliance • Numerica Credit Union • Price Management Group • Rocke & Associates • Salal Credit Union • SCAR • Viridian Sciences • Viridian Staffing • Western Cannabis Insurance • And...

Multnomah County Oregon Dismisses Marijuana Cases

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says it will dismiss marijuana cases, won’t prosecute future ones. This is a great step forward since the passing of measure 91 legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 and over. Read more here in the Oregon Live...

This software startup aims to ride the ‘cannabusiness’ wave

Vancouver Washington based Viridian Sciences is once again in the news as three more states just legalized recreational marijuana. “The Vancouver, Washington-based software startup has a suite of business management products designed for the cannabis industry. And the company will publicly launch its products next week at the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.” “There is a lot of interest coming from different areas,” Dufour said of business development. “It’s not just producers or processors, it’s people who are running a true enterprise.” Read more here in the Business Journals article:...

Hemp Airplane In The Works

Hemp is amazing. The list of things that can be made from hemp just keeps growing. Hemp is able to be used as food, clothing, building materials, oils, and now…Airplanes. Canada based company, Hempearth has plans for airplane made mostly from hemp materials, including using hemp bio-fuel to run the engine. The parts they have made so far test out to be stronger than fiber glass. Read more here in this Weed Blog article:...

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon

Southwest Oregon marijuana growers are divided on the legalization measure 91. Thousands grow cannabis under the legal protection of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), others grow illegally without the OMMP protections. “There is a significant percentage of the growers who want to see this legal,” said Richard Chasm, a bearded 64-year-old who lives outside Roseburg. Chasm thinks the solution is for growers is to get involved in the political process so the changing pot economy doesn’t leave them behind. Read more in this OPB News Article:...

Day Two of Marijuana Scheduling Hearings: Drs. Carl Hart and Philip Denney Take the Stand

The second day of hearings on the rescheduling of Marijuana from a schedule one drug to a less harmful schedule two, continued on Oct. 28. Two very accredited doctors gave testimony showing that Marijuana is viable as a medicine for many Americans in pain from various illnesses. Despite being grilled repeatedly Dr. Phillip Denney, a retired medical cannabis practitioner held fast on the facts about Marijuana. Read more in the California NORML...

Hemp Across the States

Nineteen states in the United States have enacted laws providing for pilot programs to grow hemp. This year, Colorado harvested it’s first hemp crop since 1957! As more and more states start to relax and legalize marijuana for personal consumption, hemp comes out of the shadows once again. Read more in the Hemp Helps...

Prison is not Appropriate Treatment for Marijuana

The Federal Court stated: ‘We Have Our Doubts That Imprisonment Is An Appropriate Treatment’ For Marijuana’ This is a great step forward in the fight for legalization of marijuana. If Federal appellate judges are saying prison is not the right place for people who use marijuana, it hopefully will not be long before the Federal Government agrees and removes it from schedule 1 status and fully legalize throughout the United States. Read more here in the Think Progress...

Turning straw into gold: Cannabis extracts

There is a lot of money to be made in the legal marijuana scene.  Most think that it is only the flower of the cannabis plant that is worth using or selling, but that is where they are wrong. Cannabis extracts or oils are where the new money lies.  Once the oils or extracts are created, they can be dabbed, infused into edibles, and smoked through a vape pen. Extracts can be made from the less attractive parts of the cannabis plant, parts like the lower sugar leaves and lower grade buds. Also, extracts can be made from plants that have had problems, such as mold or bugs, since extracting the oils from the plant strips and cleans all the bad stuff away. Cannabis extracts are currently worth more per ounce than Gold. Read more in the Marijuana Venture...

Fired Medical Marijuana Users Eligible For Unemployment!

Fired Medical Marijuana Users Eligible For Unemployment! — The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that workers who are state-approved users of medical marijuana should get unemployment compensation if fired solely for testing positive for drugs. With Michigan setting a new precedence, hopefully it will not be long that the rest of the US does the same. Marijuana is medicine for a lot of people.  Just because they choose to use it off work hours, does not mean they will be using it at work. Read more here in the Detroit Free Press...

Marijuana Laws in All 50 States

This is what legal marijuana looks like in the United States as election day approaches. Most states have some form of decriminalization or medical marijuana laws, what does your state look like? Read more in this High Times...

Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion In 2020

If every state in the United States and the Federal Government fully legalized marijuana, the industry could be worth $35 billion by the year 2020. OK, let that sink in a minute…$35 billion…that is a lot of zeros to keep track of. Instead of spending billions a year on a failed war on drugs, the US could be pulling in billions in profit from the cannabis industry. Read more here in the Huffington Post...

Nevada Will Weigh Recreational Marijuana

Starting in January 2015, the Nevada legislature will be looking at full legalization as advocates have gathered over 100,00 signatures. If it passes, Nevada will be the first state to legalize via state legislature.  If it does not pass, it is almost guaranteed a spot on the 2016 ballot. Read more here in the Marijuana Business Daily...

War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday

On Monday a Federal Judge will be listening to testimony from 3 doctors on why the war on marijuana is unconstitutional. The doctors are being granted a very rare chance to give evidence stating why marijuana or cannabis should not be a schedule 1 drug. Cannabis was put on the schedule 1 restriction in 1970 by Richard Nixon who actually ignored the evidence presented to him at that time. Read more here in the Smell the Truth...

And The First Philly Weed Ticket Goes To…

Philadelphia, PA has finally decriminalized marijuana and the first one to get a citation was the local NORML representative! Doing something that day that would have put him in jail the day before. Read more in the Philebrity.com...

Oregon Judge: Towns Can Ban Dispensaries

Towns and counties in Oregon can restrict or ban medical marijuana dispensaries if they do not want them around. With recreational marijuana initiative 91 on the ballot in November, there is a worry that towns will be able to do the same to retail stores citing the decision on medical dispensaries There are currently five Oregon towns that have banned dispensaries, including Hermiston, Jacksonville, Medford, Oakridge and Tualatin.   Read more here in the Marijuana Business Daily...

Why All Homes Should Be Made Out of Hemp

In the Northwest of Scotland, in the township of Achabeag, something amazing is going on. An English company called Hemp Projects is building prototype houses made completely out of Hemp fiber, water and powdered lime which makes hempcrete, a fully sustainable building material that is fire proof, water proof and pretty much earthquake proof.  Hempcrete has a zero carbon footprint making it a very ecological building material.   Read more in the article from Hemp for...

Cannabis chemists look for professional recognition

Cannabis chemists are looking are petitioning for professional recognition with the American Chemistry Society (ACS) just like any other chemist in the world. Ezra Pryor, an ACS member who is the president of Ezchemconsulting, a consulting company in California that provides advice on the extraction, purification and incorporation of cannabis extracts and natural products. Pryor argues that cannabis chemistry is a rapidly expanding profession with many industry-specific issues. Read more of the Chemistry World article...

CANNABIS KILLS ALL KNOWN GERMS..DEAD..INCLUDING MRSA SUPERBUG

Dr. Robert Melamede reported recently on the current state of research into the use of natural plant cannabinoids to reduce the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA), and the prospects for development of topical whole-cannabis treatments. Read the full article here from...

Oregon cities scramble to tax pot before its legal

Looking to get ahead of the recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot November 4, some towns in Oregon are enacting taxes on legal weed hoping to have the city tax grandfathered in on top of the state laws and taxes. Read the full story from KATU...

Exploding sodas, part 3

The saga of the exploding Legal sodas continues. Adam Stites, owner of Mirth Provisions, says they think they have found the issue causing the over carbonation in the bottles, turns out it was excess yeast in this batch of soda. Read the full article from The Columbian Newspaper here:...

Big Business Differences Between Oregon, Washington Rec Laws

When Oregon legalizes Recreational Marijuana in the upcoming November election there will be some distinct differences for the Oregon Laws: – Sales tax rates in Oregon would likely be much lower than in Washington State – Oregon has already regulated its MMJ industry, so the roll-out of recreational could be much smoother – Rec shops in Oregon would be allowed to grow and process marijuana – Oregon residents would also be allowed to grow marijuana at home Read the full article from Marijuana Business Daily:...

Local marijuana stores flush with supply

For the first time since Marijuana was made legal in Washington State, retail stores now have enough inventory to keep the doors open! With the outdoor grow operations starting the fall harvest, supply is finally catching up with demand and prices are starting to even out. Read the full article from The Columbian Newspaper here:...