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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that could have removed Issue 7: The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act from the November ballot. The lawsuit, filed by Arkansans Against Legal Marijuana, a coalition including the Farm Bureau, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Melanie Conway and the Family Council Action Committee, claimed the ballot title for Issue 7 was vague, misleading and didn’t cover all aspects of the act.

Melissa Fults, Arkansans for Compassionate Care: "Quote: [Melissa Fults for State Representative]

Melissa Fults,
Arkansans for Compassionate Care:

“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Supreme Court on the challenge to Issue 7’s ballot title and are moving forward with the hopes of the same outcome for the lawsuit challenging our signatures”
[Melissa Fults for State Representative]

“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Supreme Court on the challenge to Issue 7’s ballot title and are moving forward with the hopes of the same outcome for the lawsuit challenging our signatures,” said Melissa Fults, campaign director for The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

Another lawsuit, filed by Kara Benca, a Little Rock attorney, challenges the signature collection process and claims to be able to remove 15,000 signatures, which would leave insufficient signatures for Issue 7 to remain on the ballot. Read Full Article →

Officials Want Voters to Know That Prop. 205 Will Raise Much-Needed Funding for K-12 Education

[Herbal Risings]

[Herbal Risings]

New video ad featuring local teacher, mother, and grandmother — viewable below — notes that raising money for schools ‘isn’t the only reason to regulate and tax marijuana, but it’s a good reason’

Several Arizona school officials on Thursday threw their support behind Prop. 205, highlighting the much-needed revenue that will be raised for K-12 education if voters approve the initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Read Full Article →

[Ray Stern / Phoenix New Times]

The estimate of annual tax revenue for education from marijuana legalization has since been upped to $55 million by the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
[Ray Stern / Phoenix New Times]

The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will launch a statewide digital ad campaign and hold news conferences with school officials in two cities on Thursday, September 22, to highlight the revenue that Prop. 205 would raise for K-12 education.

Thirty-second and 15-second versions of the new ad, “Money for Schools,” can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2cDTASp.

At 10 a.m. in Tempe, the three women who appear in the ad — a local teacher, a mother, and a grandmother — will join campaign leaders for a news conference in the parking lot outside of NSAA High School and Middle School (1216 E. Apache Blvd.). Read Full Article →

Smoking cannabis every day can help you control your weight, according to the latest science. Contrary to the stereotype of a stoner unable to control the munchies, those who use marijuana actually have a lower body mass index (BMI) than non-users, according to the results of a new study.

The research, from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and Miller School of Medicine, were published in the September 2016 issue of The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. It shows that daily female cannabis users have a BMI about 3.1 percent lower than that of female non-users, and daily male users have a BMI 2.7 percent lower than male non-users.

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, used to classify overweight and obese individuals. Read Full Article →

From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, according to the CDC. [PRNewsFoto/HelloMD]

From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, according to the CDC.
[PRNewsFoto/HelloMD]

HelloMD, a digital healthcare platform for medical marijuana patients, on Wednesday announced they are launching that they called “the largest patient survey concerning pain, opioid use and cannabis ever performed.”

hellomd-logo LogoIn collaboration with University of California Berkeley, HelloMD will ask 100,000 of its registered participants questions regarding cannabis and how it has affected their use of opioids. The company is following up on their landmark “Medical Marijuana Patient Survey Results” study of 17,000 patients, conducted in January of this year.

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, (CDC). The opioid epidemic reached critical proportions with 18,893 people dying from overdoses in 2014 alone. Read Full Article →

Event offers guidance on reducing environmental footprint of cannabis production

Joel Salatin will keynote the conference [Modern Farmer]

Joel Salatin will keynote the Symposium
[Modern Farmer]

The Organic Cannabis Association (OCA) will host the first-ever Cannabis Sustainability Symposium on October 26, 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center.

This full-day event will educate attendees on the latest tools, techniques and technologies for efficient and safe cannabis production. The Symposium is being planned with in-kind support from Denver Environmental Health and the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group.

Speakers include lighting and HVAC professionals, sustainability experts from New Belgium Brewery, Denver Water, Alpine Waste and more. The Symposium will be keynoted by leading alternative farmer and inspirational speaker Joel Salatin.
Read Full Article →

Willie and Micah Nelson in 2013. Son Micah is now on the Board of Directors of the National Hemp Association [ABC 7]

Willie and Micah Nelson in 2013. Son Micah is now on the Board of Directors of the National Hemp Association (NHA)
[ABC 7]

Powerful Names Add Clout and Strength for
Industrial Hemp Legalization Movement

Nelson Celebrates by Playing a Hemp Guitar at Farm Aid 2016

Micah and the hemp guitar at Farm Aid 2016

Micah and the hemp guitar at Farm Aid 2016

History was made in the industrial hemp legalization movement as music fans watched and listened to talented musician Micah Nelson perform with a hemp-made guitar at Farm Aid 2016 which took place last weekend in Virginia.

The one-of-a-kind all hemp musical instrument was provided by the Iowa Hemp Association on behalf of the National Hemp Association (NHA), that recently announced the addition of Nelson to its Board of Directors.

Micah Nelson is the founder of the band, “Insects vs. Robots,” and is the son of musician and National Agricultural Center Hall of Fame inductee, Willie Nelson. The elder statesman is as much famed for his agricultural advocacy work as his musical contributions.  Read Full Article →

LA Times joins San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times in saying “It’s time to legalize and regulate marijuana in CA”

The Los Angeles Times, California’s largest daily newspaper, on Sunday officially endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which will be on the statewide ballot in November.

Along with the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times, it is now the fourth major daily newspaper in the state to endorse the more restrictive Proposition 64 after having opposed the most recent attempt to legalize marijuana in California, the more liberal Proposition 19, in 2010. Read Full Article →

Care By Design (cbd.org), a large-scale producer of CBD-rich cannabis medicine, and Project CBD (projectcbd.org), a local nonprofit engaged in cannabis education and advocacy, have joined forces to conduct the first large-scale survey on cannabis and the treatment of pain in the elderly.

Research has shown that 50 percent of older adults who live on their own and 75-85 percent of the elderly in care facilities suffer from chronic pain. Pain affects a person’s mood, memory, relationships, and overall quality of life. Constant aches can cause frustration, depression, anxiety, anger, social isolation, poor sleep, and related complications.

A growing number of the elderly are becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. People over the age of 65 years comprise only 13 percent of the population, yet account for more than one-third of total outpatient spending on prescription pain medications in the United States. Read Full Article →

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and Washington State Department of Agriculture agree to purchase testing equipment and dedicate staff to test for illegal pesticides

Rick Garza, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board [NBC Right Now]

Rick Garza, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
“The agreement will significantly expand the state’s ability to test for pesticides”
[NBC Right Now]

More than two years after legal marijuana sales began in the state, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) on Thursday announced that they have an agreement in place that will allow the two agencies to work together cooperatively to test for illegal pesticides on marijuana.

The WSLCB will pay for the specialized equipment necessary to test for pesticides and two WSDA employees who will be dedicated to carrying out pesticide tests.

This agreement is for pesticide enforcement, random testing and testing when illegal pesticides are suspected, according to the agencies.

“This agreement will significantly expand the state’s ability to test for pesticides,” said WSLCB Director Rick Garza. “Testing for pesticides is a complex and costly process.” Read Full Article →