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Community members look on as Captain Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office addresses the media on July 21, 2016. THC was supposedly discovered in the water in Hugo prompting a city and federal investigation. [Michael Reaves/The Denver Post]

Community members look on as Captain Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office addresses the media on July 21, 2016. THC was supposedly discovered in the water in Hugo prompting a city and federal investigation.
[Michael Reaves / The Denver Post]

Some folks apparently really need for marijuana to be scary.

Take, for example, public officials in the small town of Hugo, Colorado. On Thursday afternoon, authorities told the town of about 800 people not to drink the water for at least 48 hours, because it supposedly has THC in it. Actually, at first, they even said it shouldn’t be used to cook with, or even to bathe; the warning was later downgraded so that it was safe to shower, brush teeth and do laundry.

The initial screening was done with a “field testing kit,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Captain Michael Yowell said, reports Keith Coffman at Reuters. The state health department will conduct more thorough testing. Read Full Article →

Alaska marijuana regulators considered a draft regulation that would have allowed cannabis shops to sell product for onsite use, like a bar sells drinks, but after one member raised “concerns,” the Marijuana Control Board is now looking at a narrower plan that would let people buy pot products in an authorized store, then go to a separate area to use it.

Mark Springer, left, at a meeting of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board [Fairbanks Daily News Miner]

Mark Springer, left, at a meeting of the
Alaska Marijuana Control Board

[Fairbanks Daily News Miner]

Customers would be allowed to take re-sealed unused portions of pot home with them, reports Becky Bohrer at The Associated Press.

Board member Mark Springer said the discussion over onsite use had started with providing a place for tourists off cruise ships to buy and use legal marijuana, and evolved to allowing marijuana bars. Springer said he thought that approach would be more acceptable to the public. Read Full Article →

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More than 100 Cannabis and Business Subject Matter Experts
Offering Presentations

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) has announced its educational programming for September 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. More than 100 speakers will provide subject matter expertise on tracks that cover Starting & Running a Cannabis Business; Industry Trends & Innovations; Legislation & Advocacy; Science & Technology; and Legal & Finance.

Christine Ianuzzi, CWCB Expo: "Quote" [Upscale Media]

Christine Ianuzzi, CWCB Expo:
“Much consideration of our program content has been given to the recreational legislation that is coming up for a vote this fall as well as the opportunities for continued explosive growth in the industry”
[Upscale Media]

“This year’s Los Angeles conference program was built with the most important and relevant speakers, presenters and topics regarding the cannabis industry today,” said Christine Ianuzzi, managing partner and show director, CWCBExpo. “Much consideration of our program content has been given to the recreational legislation that is coming up for a vote this fall as well as the opportunities for continued explosive growth in the industry.”

Leading cannabis and business authorities scheduled to speak at CWCBExpo LA include:  David Dinenberg, founder and CEO, Kind Financial; Felicia Carbajal, cofounder, California Cannabis Advocates; Wanda James, CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary; Kenny Morrison, founder and CEO, VCC Brands; Saul Kaye, cofounder and CEO, iCAN: israel-cannabis; Heather Manus, president, Arizona Cannabis Nurses: and Chris Sayegh, The Herbal Chef. Read Full Article →

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[CannAwards]

Jesce Horton, chairman, Minority Cannabis Business Association: "Quote" [Willamette Week]

Jesce Horton, chairman, Minority Cannabis Business Association:
“It’s important to recognize the people and companies helping the industry achieve a new level”
[Willamette Week]

Cannabis Economy has opened nominations for the 3rd Annual CannAwards. The CannAward presented to each winner is an actual 3-foot, 3-pound sledgehammer with the CannAwards logo emblazoned on the handle.

“At such an critical time in the development of this industry, it’s important to recognize the people and companies helping the industry achieve a new level,” said Jesce Horton, chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and Oregon State Cannabis Task Force appointee.

One of last year’s winners, Tripp Keber, Dixie Elixirs’ CEO, noted, “This award means a lot. To be nominated by my contemporaries, voted by my peers and receive industry recognition is humbling.”

“At this moment in time, cannabis business leaders are showcasing a stunning amount of innovation and leadership in creating a multi-billion dollar industry from scratch that encompasses agriculture, manufacturing, medicine and retail,” said Seth Adler, producer of the CannAwards. “These leaders are doing all of this in the face of their product being federally illegal.”

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Bill to Legally Regulate Marijuana Has Broad Support
Across Italian Political Spectrum

Italy Hopes to Join Growing List of Countries
That Have Recently Reformed Marijuana Laws

Italy may become the next country to legally regulate marijuana, with a legislative proposal expected to be debated in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies on Monday, July 25.

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Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance:
“Italy could well provide the catalyst that Europe needs to move forward in ending marijuana prohibition”
[DPA]

“Italy has rarely if ever provided leadership in Europe on drug policy reform,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the US-based Drug Policy Alliance, “which is why this bill, if it becomes law, will be of great significance not just within Italy but regionally and even globally.  With five more U.S. states preparing to vote on marijuana legalization on November 8, and Canada poised to legalize marijuana next year, Italy could well provide the catalyst that Europe needs to move forward in ending marijuana prohibition.”

The bill would decriminalize the possession of 15 grams of marijuana for recreational use at home, and 5 grams for use outside of the home. Furthermore, it would allow the cultivation of up to 5 plants for personal use, and authorize cannabis clubs for up to 50 members. Read Full Article →

Freedom and Bodily Autonomy for Medical Marijuana Patients

Is Cannabis a constitutional right? And does its use deprive a citizen of some of the enumerated rights in the US Constitution, including the right to possess a firearm?

S. Rowan Wilson

S. Rowan Wilson
[Seattle Startup Week]

Oral arguments for the Human Rights legal case of S. Wilson v. Loretta Lynch are this Thursday morning, July 21, in the 9th Circuit District Court at the Browning Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. The case is moving into its fifth year.

S. Rowan Wilson is appealing the District Court’s dismissal of her action against the U.S. Attorney General, challenging the constitutionality of provisions that criminalized the sale and possession of a firearm by the holder of a state marijuana card.

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Pace of industry startups unsurpassed in Colorado corporate landscape; two subcategories of the cannabis industry alone have fostered nearly 100 companies in the last year

The cannabis boom is boosting more than dispensary traffic, grower income and state tax receipts — it also is hatching new cannabis brands at an intense pace.

The twelve months ending May 2016, for example, have seen the emergence of 93 new companies developing products in the concentrates and edibles subcategories of the cannabis industry, according to a BDS Analytics review of the Colorado cannabis marketplace.

These include companies launching new edibles products, like lozenges and beverages, and companies seeking commercial success in the busy concentrates subcategory, which includes products like pre-filled vaporizer cartridges and different styles of cannabis concentrates. Read Full Article →

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Washington state’s version of “folding” the medical marijuana industry into legal recreational side of the business is proving rough going. Almost three weeks into the new system decreed by SB 5052, under which all medical marijuana dispensaries without I-502 licenses, and all cannabis farmers’ markets in the state, must shut down, but patients’ needs simply aren’t being met by the recreational system.

Danielle Rosellison, Trail Blazin' Productions: "" [Ganjapreneur]

Danielle Rosellison, Trail Blazin’ Productions:
“It’s not as smooth as one would hope”
[Ganjapreneur]

“It’s not as smooth as one would hope,” admitted Danielle Rosellison, co-owner of Trail Blazin’ Productions, a marijuana grower in Bellingham, reports Kie Relyea at the Bellingham Herald.

Medical marijuana dispensaries, which have existed in the state for close to a decade after voters approved a 1998 medicinal cannabis law, are being shut down, and patients are being encouraged to enter a state database. While patients can be exempt from 9 percent sales tax if they enter that database, they still have to pay a whopping 37 percent excise tax on their medicine. Read Full Article →

On the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Oregon, Cannacea was riding high. Owner Tisha Siler was later fined $2,500 for allowing one vendor to give away cannabis in the parking lot.[Stephanie Yao Long / The Oregonian]

On the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Oregon, Cannacea was riding high. Owner Tisha Siler was later fined $2,500 for allowing one vendor to give away cannabis in the parking lot. Now her shop has become the target of the first cannabis business fraud investigation since legalization in Oregon.
[Stephanie Yao Long / The Oregonian]

Tisha Siler

Tisha Siler

A Portland marijuana dispensary has become the first cannabis business to be investigated for fraud since Oregon legalized weed in 2014.

Cannacea has shut its doors after it was learned that Oregon never issued a medical dispensary license to the business.

Tisha Siler, Cannacea’s founder, came to Oregon in 2014 to open the business after she got what she thought was a letter welcoming her to open up shop, reports Shaunee Flowers at Inquisitr.

It turns out Siler, 45, wasn’t licensed at all, after paying $25,000 to Green Rush Consulting, despite receiving an official-looking letter that said she had been awarded seven dispensary licenses.

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Eastern Part of State Missing Out on Economic Boom

Oregon has marked its first year of legal cannabis, and Oregonians are buying lots of weed — at least in the western part of the state. For some reason, cities in Eastern Oregon aren’t very much into marijuana, or, apparently, the cash it brings.

The state’s official seed-to-sale tracking system will become operational later this year, but the Legislature has already given the go-ahead for early recreational pot sales, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

Oregon has collected $14.9 million in tax revenues from recreational cannabis sales since January, translating into about $60 million in sales. Pot sales are taxed at 25 percent, and the resulting revenue has far outpaced economists’ estimates. Read Full Article →