Accidental entrepreneurs find skills in high demand as pot grows up

For people with traditional business backgrounds, the path to cannabis industry isn’t always straight

RIDGWAY — Eric Jacobson scoops up a handful of rich soil. The largest organic marijuana grow on the Western Slope soon will take root in this dirt.

“Perfect sandy loam,” he says, kicking through snow a few yards from the gurgling Uncompahgre River. “You don’t dare build homes on this. There’s a higher and better use for this land than 3-acre ranchettes.”

If you told Jacobson a decade ago that he’d be emerging as one of Colorado’s top…

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The Medical Cannabis Industry Will Benefit Hawaii’s Agribusiness Sector

Cannabis, an extremely versatile plant is going through a renaissance in the 21st century.

With the help of community leaders, proactive legislators, and helpful government officials, support for those who want to produce and use this crop for medicinal and industrial uses is growing. Mahalo nui to all those who have taken their time to look at this issue in a deliberate manner, and provide substantive support to make the commercial production of cannabis a reality. Mahalo to the Hawaii Legislature and the Hawaii…

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Several new laws go into effect in New Year

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) —

Hundreds of new laws take effect Friday in California.

Among the most controversial is the one requiring students entering the public school system to get the full vaccine schedule, no personal beliefs exemptions.

Also, state colleges and K-12 schools are now gun-free zones, even to concealed-carry license holders.

There are also new laws regulating medical marijuana and ones helping terminally ill patients hasten their deaths.

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Recipes: This twist on edibles starts infused, with a weed-free sweet finish

Timing really is everything when it comes to edibles.

I have a New Year’s Eve modified food plan for all of us with two tasty treats — one is an infused appetizer to whip up with your cannabutter stash, one’s a weed-free parfait. No pressure, of course. Just a gentle nudge.

I don’t mean to sound too technical, but, in…

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Seven things that will change in 2016

In the new year, NSW will partner with Victoria to conduct clinical trials of medical cannabis, ahead of a planned legal access to locally manufactured medicinal cannabis products for use in exceptional circumstances from 2017. The government will begin a …

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2015 Stories of the Year: Legislature passes medical marijuana law

The state Legislature joined dozens of other states in loosening medical marijuana laws when it voted to decriminalize possession of a limited amount of some liquid made from cannabis.

By nearly unanimous votes in March, the Georgia Senate and House decided to set up a medical marijuana registry for patients who have one of eight diagnoses: Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, seizure disorders, severe cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or sickle cell disease.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal,…

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It’s Coming: Kosher Marijuana

Kosher marijuana is coming to New York. Vireo Health said its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union (OU).

“Being certified kosher by the OU will not only help us serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States, but also combat unfortunate stigmas associated with medical cannabis,” Ari Hoffnung, the company’s CEO, said in a statement.

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Precedent Setting Medical Marijuana Municipal Ballot Measure For Signal Hill

signal hill patients access pacSignal Hill Patients Access PAC today unveiled amended ballot measure language to permit medical cannabis in the heart of Long Beach by regulating medical cannabis with new sections featuring a labor peace agreement provision and onsite consumption of medical cannabis permission. In addition, the amended ballot measure language also includes sections for “Energy Offsets encouraged” and a residential permission provision that permits cultivation by right in the city with no need for any type of official permit from the municipal…

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First kosher marijuana to go on sale in New York

The Orthodox Union certifies medical marijuana produced by pharmaceutical company Vireo Health; Rabbi: ‘using medical cannabis should be regarded as a mitzvah’.

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A US pharmaceutical company announced Wednesday that its medical marijuana has been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU).

 


 

Vireo Health, one of the five companies permitted to market their medical marijuana in the State of New York stated that this is the first time medical…

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Eureka Set to Ban Commercial Medical Marijuana Growing Temporarily

The Eureka City Council is scheduled to enact a temporary citywide ban on commercial cultivation of medical marijuana at its next meeting, Tuesday night. The agenda item is on the consent calendar, meaning it’s not scheduled to be debated but rather simply passed. It would amend the city’s municipal code to outlaw commercial growing while still allowing qualified patients to grow their own.

According to the staff report on the item, the City is motivated time-wise by the March 1, 2016, deadline included in Assembly Bill 243,…

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New York Cannabis Company Gets Kosher Certification

Vireo Health of New York, one of five medical marijuana companies licensed in the Empire State, announced Wednesday that all of the company’s products produced there have been certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Vireo officials hope the kosher certification will help attract Jewish medical cannabis patients and reduce the stigma associated with marijuana use.

New York’s medical cannabis laws allow only non-smokable marijuana products.

The certification process included visits by…

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Medical Marijuana: Not Even On The Ballot In Oklahoma

While the federal government appears to be loosening up on medicinal marijuana, not all states are following suit. One of the most conservative states in America, no group has even been able to gather enough signatures to get medical marijuana on the ballot in Oklahoma. The most recent attempt to get medical marijuana up for a vote in the Sooner State was made by Green the Vote.

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Tax changes and new rules for Ontario motorists as of Jan. 1

A series of regulatory and fee changes are set to take effect in Ontario on Jan. 1, 2016, including increases in electricity bills and a break for natural gas users.

The debt retirement charge of about $70 a year is being eliminated from hydro bills, but so is a 10 per cent discount program that saved the average residential consumer about $200 a year.

The Ontario Energy Board has approved rate decreases effective Jan. 1 that should save the average household that relies on natural gas about $48 a year.

The Ontario tax credit…

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NY to have world's first kosher pot

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Year in Review: New Marijuana Markets, Booming Rec Sales and Banking Retreat

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By John Schroyer

This is the first entry in a three-part series looking at key marijuana business developments in 2015 and examining what lies ahead for 2016.

The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for the cannabis industry, with new business opportunities popping up regularly in the United States and abroad. A half-dozen new markets came online, scores of cannabis businesses expanded across state lines, the nation’s largest MMJ market finally passed regulations and the future of the…

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Orthodox Union Certifies Medical Marijuana Products, Deem Their Use a ‘Mitzvah’

In July 2014, five companies were awarded licenses by the New York State Health Department to grow and sell marijuana in the state, and in New York City. One of them, a Minneapolis-based company called Vireo Health, which produces “pharmaceutical-grade cannabis-derived medicine,” announced Wednesday that all of its products had received kosher certification from the Orthodox Union. Vireo’s pot products—intended by law for use by patients who suffer from a variety of serious illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s…

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Catherine Hiller: Coming Out Green

Last March, I came out green to two million people: the circulation of the Sunday New York Times.

I hadn’t expected to come out in such a spectacular fashion – in the most public way imaginable. True, I was about to publish Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir, in which I am frank and enthusiastic about my longtime cannabis use. Candor is the point: it never occurred to me to use a pseudonym. But most memoirs published by small, independent presses like mine (Heliotrope Books) sell just a few…

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Daily Kickoff: Year in review | Obama & Seinfeld | New Iran sanctions | Kosher cannabis


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2015 IN REVIEW: It has been one busy year to say the least. Hard to remember a recent time when the issues involving the Jewish and pro-Israel community played out on the front pages of the national media to the extent they did in 2015. One of the challenges of producing a daily newsletter and being tied to the second-by-second news cycle is that we don’t always maintain focus on the longterm picture and perspective. Yesterday, we took some time to go…

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Kosher marijuana to go on sale in New York to 'help serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States'

  • New York company will soon offer first certified kosher medical marijuana
  • Vireo Health’s non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union
  • It is one of five companies chosen to grow and distribute medical pot
  • Governor and lawmakers approved use of medical marijuana in 2014

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Company: Rochester medical marijuana pharmacy to open in mid-January




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The company awarded a medical marijuana license in our area says its Rochester area pharmacy will open mid-January.


That obviously means, the company won’t open by January 1, the first day medical marijuana sales are allowed to begin.


In a statement, Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita said, “Columbia Care is looking forward to…

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Anti-pot racketeering suit settles, opens door for future RICO claims

Colorado drug-law expert: RICO claims are ‘going to be incredibly problematic for the industry’

A high-profile racketeering lawsuit against a proposed Summit County marijuana shop and companies that did its banking, bonding and accounting settled in U.S. District Court earlier this month — a substantial victory for cannabis opponents hoping to stun legalization efforts in America.

The suit, filed by the anti-drug group Safe Streets Alliance on behalf of the Holiday Inn hotel in Frisco,…

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Largest pot recall yet: Mountain High Suckers pulls nearly 100,000 packages

The city of Denver issued its largest-yet recall of marijuana products on Wednesday afternoon, involving nearly 100,000 packages of cannabis-infused edibles.

Edibles company Mountain High Suckers voluntarily recalled 99,574 packages of its suckers, lozenges and powdered candy over concerns about potentially dangerous pesticide…

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Company: Will offer NY world's 1st certified kosher pot

ALBANY, N.Y. A New York company says it will soon offer the first certified kosher medical pot.

Vireo Health says its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union.

Vireo says it’s the first time a medical cannabis product has been deemed kosher.

The Orthodox Union says it awarded certification after inspecting Vireo’s facilities to ensure the marijuana was grown and processed according to kosher standards. Those include, for example, insect-free plants.

Vireo…

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Disabled Utah mom nearly jailed for child endangerment over medical marijuana use

Enedina Stanger holds her daughter while speaking to reporters outside the Weber County, Utah Sheriff’s Complex on Dec. 28, 2015. (KSTU-TV)

A 27-year-old mother of two in Ogden County, Utah narrowly avoided jail time over her use of marijuana to alleviate the pain caused by her rare disease, KSTU-TV reported.

Enedina Stanger appeared at the local sheriff’s complex on Monday for processing after pleading guilty earlier this month to a drug possession charge — a reduction from her original charge of felony child endangerment. She was…

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Third Michigan Marijuana Measure Clears Initial Hurdle

Michigan election officials have approved the language of a third ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Abrogate Prohibition Michigan must now gather 315,000 legitimate petition signatures to get its ballot initiative in front of voters next November.

While the competing measures suggest strong interest in recreational marijuana legalization – with polls showing solid support – there are also concerns that having more than one measure on the ballot could…

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Guess who's building Illinois medical marijuana industry? Ex-law enforcers

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — With fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the nascent medical marijuana business in Illinois is off to a slow start. Yet it hasn’t kept away a cadre of cannabis entrepreneurs who once relied on guns, badges, tough drug laws and lengthy prison sentences to fight the drug.

While neither state…

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Nice day for a weed wedding, says Boulder's 'Airbnb for pot smokers'

BOULDER — When Sean Roby launched his cannabis-friendly short-term rental company Bud and Breakfast in April, it was to great demand: All 30 of the Denver venues sold out for the inaugural weekend, shrewdly timed with the pot smokers’ 4/20 holiday.

But the idea for his businesses was more than 13 years in the making.

Roby registered…

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NY to have world's first kosher medical pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A medical marijuana company in New York says it will soon offer the world’s first kosher medical pot.

Vireo Health says its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union.

Vireo says it’s the first time a medical cannabis product has been deemed kosher.

Inspectors from the Orthodox Union made the determination after visiting Vireo’s facilities to ensure the plant was grown and processed in keeping with kosher standards.

An executive at Vireo…

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A slow shift on working marijuana into alcohol-centered road safety

Three years after Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana, little is known about whether the state’s roads are less safe — and law enforcement efforts remain largely focused on alcohol, not pot.

One glaring example: A Coloradan who pleads guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana is…

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Maine Dispensaries Could Get Boost From NH Patients

Dispensaries in Maine could start seeing an influx of patients from New Hampshire, at least temporarily.

New Hampshire decided to start issuing medical marijuana cards to registered patients this week even though the first dispensaries won’t open until spring of 2016 at the earliest.

Until those dispensaries open, registered patients can visit nearby Maine – which allows medical cannabis sales to visitors who have valid MMJ cards from other states – to purchase marijuana.

Maine medical…

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Company says it will soon be first to offer certified kosher medical marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York company says it will soon offer the first certified kosher medical pot.

Vireo Health says its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union.

Vireo says it’s the first time a medical cannabis product has been deemed kosher.

The Orthodox Union says it awarded certification after inspecting Vireo’s facilities to ensure the marijuana was grown and processed according to kosher standards. Those include, for example, insect-free plants.

Vireo…

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Kosher cannabis: New York medical pot grower says products are certified by the Orthodox Union

Vireo Health of New York, which was one of five companies chosen by the state to grow and distribute medical pot, said it will be the first “medical cannabis company in the world” to have the “OU” symbol on its oils, vaporization cartridges and …

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Weeding out the trends

Looking back on 2015’s medical marijuana developments

As 2015 comes to an end, it seems like a good time to look back at how far the Michigan medical marijuana industry has come this year. There are also several important trends that emerged this year in medical marijuana sales and consumption.

This year, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state has really blossomed.

With that, we saw the emergence of a major trend: the transformation of pre-rolls (ready-to-smoke rolled joints). When the first…

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Hawaii Medical Marijuana Regulations Released Final Rules Agency Offers Consulting for Stakeholders

PRNewswire — Santa came early this year for Hawaii dispensary applicant hopefuls when the Department of Health officials opted out of an official public commentary period and final dispensary regulations were adopted just days before Christmas. While many are eating, drinking and being merry, Final Rules Consulting agency advises potential Hawaiian dispensary applicants to keep focused because the window of opportunity will close shortly (January 29th before 4:30pm Hawaii Time).

With a limited amount of time, Final Rules, a national marijuana-consulting agency, advises industry hopefuls on how to craft merit based responses in 3-5 pages or less during in person meetings January 2nd -5th. Customize your team’s responses with your unique approach to cannabis based on the newly released Hawaii Administrative Rules for medical marijuana following the Dispensary Application Alphabet.

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Errl Cup Will Test Products to Ensure Arizona Medical-Marijuana Patients Get What They Pay For

The Errl Cup is testing pot concentrates so that medical-marijuana customers know where they’re getting the best products and where they’re getting ripped off.

Free to all medical-marijuana cardholders, the event is set for January 9 in Tempe. It will feature a competition for best flower and concentrate, test results from secret shopping, and give out awards for best customer experience at dispensaries…

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AMERICANN : Plans to develop property as the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center “MMCC”

Previously the Company entered into an agreement to purchase a 52.6 acre parcel of undeveloped land in Freetown, Massachusetts. The property is located approximately 47 miles southeast of Boston.

The Company plans to develop the property as the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center “MMCC”. Plans for the MMCC may include the construction of sustainable greenhouse cultivation, processing, and infused product facilities that will be leased or sold to Registered Marijuana Dispensaries under the…

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New year, new laws in Minnesota

When the new year takes effect, so will several new Minnesota laws. While many of them will function largely as legal minutiae for most people, a few could have noticeable effects on daily life for some Minnesotans.

Minnesotans diagnosed with intractable pain will become eligible to use medical marijuana to treat the disease. The added condition could bolster enrollment numbers and make the drug cheaper for cannabis patients. The state defines…

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No easy answers in study of legal marijuana's impact on alcohol use

Does legalization of marijuana lead pot users to drink more, or are they likely to substitute alcohol for weed? A new paper seeks to discover how changing marijuana laws affect the use of alcohol, the nation’s most popular drug.

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Medical Marijuana Grows Up in California

California’s new law regulating medical marijuana takes effect Friday, professionalizing the industry in the state. California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant.

The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will gear up and start issuing permits. Dale…

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Colorado still not sure whether legal marijuana made roads less safe

Three years after Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana, little is known about whether the state’s roads are less safe — and law enforcement efforts remain largely focused on alcohol, not pot.

One glaring example: A Coloradan who pleads guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana is required to install a device on his car’s ignition to measure the alcohol in his breath.

“Basically, I could continue to smoke as much weed as I wanted, and the DMV would be none the wiser,” said Colin McCallin, a Denver defense attorney who specializes in DUI laws.

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Fire at medical marijuana dispensary in Washington

MONROE, WA — A fire early last week at the Have A Heart medical marijuana dispensary betweenSnohomish and Monroe Washington temporarily closed it down.

A makeshift sales area was created in front of the dispensary on Wednesday, Dec. 23 using a portable building.
The cause of the fire and amount of damages were not known at press time. The building was charred inside, with melted glass at the windows.

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Hawaii Dispensaries Could Get Tax Break

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii may not have to pay excise taxes under a state law meant to encourage businesses to set up in economically distressed areas, the Associated Press reported.

But a state representative may try and block the tax break. Under Hawaiian law, businesses that locate in so-called enterprise zones are excused from paying excise taxes for seven years, according to the AP. They also receive sizable breaks on state income taxes. Enterprise zones are areas with high…

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Patients star in effort to counter medical marijuana stigma

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Medical marijuana manufacturers are putting patient’s success stories in the spotlight in hopes of countering longstanding stigma about the drug.

Sales of medical marijuana pills, oils and vapors started in July. Jess Blake from Duluth says the treatment for a cancerous brain tumor has turned her life around.

But companies and patients themselves say they still feel the hesitance surrounding marijuana. Many doctors have opted not to certify patients for the program, citing a lack of solid research on marijuana’s…

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N.J. company buys Virgin Islands medical marijuana firm

A New Jersey holding company has completed its acquisition of a medical marijuana firm, and named new leadership as part of the transaction, it announced Monday.

Piscataway-based Mobile Broadcasting Holding Inc. said in a news release that it wrapped up the deal for U.S. Virgin Islands-based Medically Minded LLC announced earlier this month, naming Ken Sobel the company’s…

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Uber competitor Sidecar calls it quits

Sidecar closing

After years of trying to catch up to competitors Uber and Lyft, lesser-known ride-hailing startup Sidecar is ceasing operations.

The company will stop offering all rides and deliveries on December 31, 2015 at 2 pm PT. Sidecar founder and CEO Sunil Paul announced the decision in a Medium post on Tuesday.

Sidecar was an early competitor in the ride-hailing app world. Launched in 2012, it raised $35 million in funding from major venture capital firms, including Virgin’s Richard Branson.

It branched out to a number of U.S. cities,…

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From hippie pot activists to Hotline Bling parodies, five things poised to go extinct in 2016

If 2016 is anything like previous years, between 200 and 10,000 animal species won’t make it to New Year’s Eve. But rare beetles aren’t the only things poised to disappear forever. The next 12 months also promise the full or partial extinction of the following.

Hippie pot activists

For decades, Canada’s pot-legalization camp has been dominated by the likes of B.C.’s Marc Emery, who will tell you that marijuana prevents cancer, makes for better drivers and should be smoked during pregnancy. But with Canada on the verge of legalizing…

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Medical marijuana patients get the spotlight in battle against drug stigma

MINNEAPOLIS — Armed with stories from patients whose lives have turned around after using medical marijuana, the state’s companies who cultivate and sell the medications are hoping to counter the longstanding stigma that still surrounds Minnesota’s newest medicine.

The medical community’s unease hasn’t stopped since Minnesota’s program launched nearly six months ago, even though the state has said repeatedly that the drug is a regulated medicine.

That hesitation kept a doctor’s approval out of Jess Blake’s…

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The subtle mainstreaming of cannabis in Colorado is happening everywhere

Like countless commuters in Denver’s urban core, Marty Otañez can’t help but smell the pot smoke as he rides to work along the Cherry Creek bike path downtown. “A couple years ago it was only under the bridge at Colfax and Speer,” Otañez said of the clouds emanating from public tokers. “Now it’s pretty much every 100 meters.”

Increased pot smoke swirling around city streets and parks is one of the most recognizable effects of Amendment 64 — which legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Colorado — particularly since public consumption remains illegal.

At concerts, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the Pepsi Center, it’s something of a foregone conclusion, no matter how aggressively the staff attempts to prevent it.

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2015’s biggest marijuana stories all rolled into one

The year 2015 will go down as huge for medical cannabis patients and allies, as well as adults who just want to be left alone to smoke some weed. Colorado raked in a record $70 million in cannabis taxes, with $40 million earmarked for schools — leading to the first-ever, weed-supported scholarship fund in the state.

Amid widespread medical and adult-use legalization, teen use rates haven’t climbed a bit. Here’s some more of the news that clicked the most with Smell the Truth’s readers: “DEA warns Utah lawmakers that legal pot could lead to stoned rabbit attacks”…

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Fourth Corner Makes Case for MJ Banking, Awaits Ruling

If R. Brooke Jackson was a congressman, he would rule in favor of banks that want to open accounts for marijuana businesses. But at a hearing on Monday, Jackson told lawyers for the Fourth Corner Credit Union that he is a U.S. district court judge who must uphold existing federal laws that make it illegal for banks to serve cannabis-related clients.

Judge Jackson’s comments don’t bode well for the Colorado credit union, which filed a lawsuit in October asking the court to issue an…

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