Ep. 52 – He's a concentrates expert; He s CEO of vape giant OpenVape

Featured guests: Cannabist concentrates columnist Ry Prichard and OpenVape CEO Ralph Morgan.

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LOTS TO TALK ABOUT

•  Plans in Colorado to cap recreational THC amounts

•  A new line of vape pens for high end consumers

•  Can concentrates become the normal means of consumption, overtaking cannabis…

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Cannabist Show: He's a concentrates wiz; He's CEO of vape giant OpenVape

Featured guests: Cannabist concentrates columnist Ry Prichard and OpenVape CEO Ralph Morgan .

LOTS TO TALK ABOUT

•  Plans in Colorado to severely limit recreational THC amounts.

•  A new line of vape pens for high-end consumers.

•  Can concentrates become the most mainstream method of marijuana consumption, overtaking cannabis flower?

TOP…

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Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

TALLAHASSEE, FL —  Republican Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation into law permitting the use of medicinal cannabis to terminally ill patients.

House Bill 307 expands the state’s so-called ‘Right to Try Act’ – legislation that permits terminally ill patients to experiment with non-FDA approved remedies – to include the use of medicinal cannabis.

Under the new law, which took immediate effect, patients diagnosed with no more than 12 months to live are eligible to access both low-THC and high-THC strains of cannabis.

The measure…

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Whoopi Weed? Comedian Launches Line of Cannabis for Cramps

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg has announced she will join the long list of celebrity entrepreneurs by founding her own line of marijuana products specifically made for relieving painful period cramps. Yes, you read that right. Pot for your puss.

CNET.com reports that Goldberg and her partner, cannabis entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth, aim to get women through those heavy flow days with their top-shelf, medical-grade marijuana.

“This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the…

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The patchwork pot law mess: Michigan pair cleared of drug charges

A self-described Michigan “soccer mom” who had “every belonging” taken from her family in a 2014 drug raid has been cleared of all criminal charges, 19 months after heavily armed drug task force members ransacked her home and her business. But in many ways, her ordeal is only beginning.

Annette Shattuck and her husband, Dale, had been facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to manufacture marijuana and maintaining a drug house. But last month, Michigan Circuit Court Judge…

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Congressmen Want Protection for MJ Advertising

Advertising for legal marijuana companies may become a bit easier in the near future, if a handful of members of Congress have their way.

Eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to ask that the Department of Justice enact a policy of not prosecuting publications that run state-legal cannabis advertisements, according to the North Coast Journal.

“We therefore request that DOJ offer guidance to clearly establish… that DOJ…

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The best pot brownies recipe? Inside scoop on Leafly's pot brownie bracket

The pot brownie is one of the quintessential icons of psychoactive drug counterculture.

For whatever reason it was never the THC-infused cookie or cupcake that went on to define the conversation around cannabis edibles. Decades before marijuana legalization was even a realistic glimmer in advocates’ eyes, the pot brownie was…

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Navy veteran with PTSD says pot, not legal scrapes, led to five kids' removal

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Navy veteran seeking to get five of his children back from state custody in Kansas says his use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD — not the family’s past scrapes with the law — prompted the state’s action.

Raymond Schwab, 40, said the Kansas Department of Children and Families took…

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Mary's Medicinals says competitor is attempting to put it out of business

The owner of a Denver medical marijuana business claims that a Snowmass-based competitor tried to put her out of business by spreading rumors and filing phony complaints with regulators.

Nicole Smith, founder and CEO of Denver-based Mary’s Medicinals, claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver that RX Green owner…

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NAACP Official: Marijuana Industry Lacks Minority Owners

The head of the San Francisco NAACP has publicly backed a black female dispensary license applicant in the city, saying laws that essentially exclude minorities from leadership positions in the cannabis industry need to change.

“I enthusiastically endorse Ms. Tikisha Ong and urge you to support her efforts to bring much-needed African American community representation to the city’s medical cannabis industry,” the NAACP’s Rev. Amos Brown wrote in a letter to city councilors earlier…

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Colorado MMJ Company Sues Competitor, Alleges Foul Play

The founder of Mary’s Medicinals, a Colorado medical marijuana company that produces infused products, has sued competitor RX Green, claiming its owner used underhanded tricks to put her out of business.

Nicole Smith, founder and president of Mary’s Medicinals, alleges in a lawsuit in Denver District Court that RX Green owner Joshua Meacham began last August trying to get a number of customers to stop purchasing from her company, the Denver Post reported.

The suit alleges that Meacham…

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Whoopi Goldberg Launches Medical Cannabis Products That Aim To Offer Relief From Cramps

Another celebrity brand of pot is hitting the market.

Following in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson, Whoopi Goldberg getting into the pot biz! This time though it is gender specific.

Whoopi is lending her name and financial backing to a line of medical marijuana products just for women. Weed for menstrual cramps!

The line includes a Balm, a sipping chocolate and a bath soap all infused with cannabis.

The products are available only in California and on whoopiandmaya.com, that is her her partner in this venture.

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Marijuana Extraction and Concentrates Trends: Q&A With Expert Matt Gaboury

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By John Schroyer

Marijuana extracts and concentrates are perhaps the most cutting-edge niche of the entire cannabis industry, with technology, practices and products that are constantly evolving.

Matt Gaboury worked in cannabis extraction for several years before starting a concentrates company, Cultibar, along with another firm, Calyx King Consulting, that helps businesses in this field.

Marijuana Business Daily sat down with Gaboury to ask about some of the newer developments on the…

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Good Dog! Pet Brings Home $1,000 Worth Of Marijuana

A pet dog went out to do her business but came back a crime-fighting hero.

Miley, a black lab mix, will receive a certificate for bringing home a pound of marijuana that started an investigation, the Jones County (Mississippi) Sheriff’s Office told The Huffington Post on Thursday.

“We are very proud of her,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Allyson Knotts said. “We love her.”

Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing. On March 26, Miley left the house on a bathroom outing and brought back what appeared at first to be trash that she had torn through. But…

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Proposed Pot Tax Would Fund Housing For Homeless People In LA

Eager to find a way out of its current homelessness crisis, Los Angeles may look to a potential pot tax to help fund new housing projects.

Due to an increase in the number of homeless people and a lack of resources, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council members declared a homelessness state of emergency back in September. In an effort to raise the estimated $2 billion needed for housing vouchers and units, the city proposed a number of measures, which includes a tax on medical marijuana, according to a report released earlier this…

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ClubM Rocks California with Statewide Delivery of Premium Medical Cannabis

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 1996, California became the first state to establish a medical marijuana program, setting off a tectonic shift in the legal and cultural landscape surrounding cannabis.  

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Twenty years later, San Diego-based ClubM is sending another shockwave through California cannabis culture, with an invitation-only online membership that…

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Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative Certified, Signature Gathering Begins

Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative Certified, Signature Gathering Begins

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must collect 305,591 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot; the proposed measure would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to legally access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

COLUMBUS, OH — The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed ballot initiative on Thursday that could establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio. The five-member board reviews proposed ballot measures to ensure they represent only one issue.

Ohioans for…

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Liesha Petrovich: The Pot Biz: Should You Join the Next Gold Rush?

Ever since marijuana was legalized in some parts of the United States, with different degrees of access depending on where you live, I’ve wondered about the business side of pot.

As a microbusiness advocate, researcher and owner, I wanted to know if this was a truly viable business for the self-employed or small business owner. Personal, moral and ethical judgments aside, this is a unique situation in the business world. A formerly illegal substance, one with a long history of sending dealers to prison, is now a legal retail product….

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Huron County Manufacturer Helping the Environment

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A small Huron County manufacturer is turning more than just heads.

With the opening this week of the new medical marijuana facility near Kincardine, it’s going to be more than just plants that grow.

Seaforth-based Actium Resources designs, builds and supplies composting equipment for a number of markets…

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Medical Cannabis Outreach teaches residents how to apply for state’s program

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In January Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to expand Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program to a host of conditions from PTSD to autism to osteoarthritis.

The rejection has some industry experts concerned that the roughly 4,000 patients in the program now are not enough to sustain the infant industry.

Medical Cannabis Outreach wants to increase that number, traveling across the state to assist those who do qualify for medical cannabis can be assured they get it.

One way they educate…

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Feds, sheriff probe intruder's killing at Huerfano home filled with illegal pot

Huerfano County’s sheriff says the shooting comes during an influx of illegal marijuana grows

Southern Colorado authorities say they are still working with federal agents to investigate this month’s fatal shooting of a man who was trying to break into a home that had an illegal, 400-plant marijuana grow.

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman said he thinks the attempted home invasion March 14 about 20 miles west of Walsenburg was directly linked to the massive cannabis operation.

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Americans spent nearly 5 times more on pot than on girl scout cookies last year

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Sheriff says raid in Pueblo West nets millions worth of illegal marijuana plants

From left, Daniel Bingham, Dennis Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clawson, Richard Sample, Angel Rodriguez, Derek Breckbill and Gary Bruce.

From left, Daniel Bingham, Dennis Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clawson, Richard Sample, Angel Rodriguez, Derek Breckbill and Gary Bruce. (Pueblo County Sheriff s Office)

Authorities on Wednesday arrested seven people and seized $7.6 million worth of marijuana plants along with a quarter-million dollars of equipment used to make hash oil from five Pueblo West homes.

More than 1,900 illegally grown plants were seized in the raids, triggered by a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office investigation, said Gayle…

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Whoopi Goldberg Launches Cannabusiness To Cure Cramps

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Legendary comedian and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg will launch a line of medical marijuana products aimed at calming menstrual cramps, Vanity Fair reports.

Goldberg has teamed up with “canna-businesswoman” Maya Elisabeth of Om Edibles, a medical marijuana company in northern California founded by women. The new company (called Maya & Whoopi) will roll out a line of “cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and a THC-infused bath soak” in April…

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Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne to headline big Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center

Let’s be real: Any music festival commemorating 4/20 shouldn’t have Snoop Dogg holding down the festivities. Coloradans have seen more than enough of the weed-loving caricature he’s become in recent years.

While we’d like to think the fresh blood picked for this year’s Denver 420 Rally was because of a wizened organizer,…

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Full list: The 61 drug offenders whose sentences Obama just commuted

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama granted commutations to 61 people Wednesday. In total, Obama has granted clemency to 248 federal inmates.

Here are the names of all 61, according to the Justice Department:


Henry Claude Agnew – Miami

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern…

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Coalinga City Council votes to allow medical marijuana to be grown in city

COALINGA, Calif. (KFSN) —

The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow the cultivation of medical marijuana in the city.

The Council approved, with a vote of four to one, to place a measure on the ballot for voters to decide on whether to allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

Council members also voted four to one to turn the former Claremont Custody Center into the cultivation center.

The Council also decided unanimously that if all other measures go through to allow citizens the chance to vote if they want the cultivation to…

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Americans: Alcohol, not marijuana, is the United States' biggest drug threat

America’s communities are besieged by a highly dangerous, addictive drug. Its users can become agitated and violent, harming themselves and family members. It’s incredibly toxic and even lethal at high doses. Many people who start abusing it are unable to quit. It’s responsible for nearly 90,000 deaths each year….

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Supreme Court Dismisses States’ Lawsuit Against Colorado

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed Nebraska and Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging Colorado’s marijuana regulation laws.

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The decision is available here.

The attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court in December 2014, arguing that the state’s decision to regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana was “placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” The Colorado and U.S. governments both filed briefs urging the court to dismiss the…

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Former L.A. city councilman, medical cannabis advocate Bill Rosendahl dies

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles City Councilman and medical marijuana patient-advocate Bill Rosendahl has died at age 70 after battling cancer for four years.

His successor, Councilman Mike Bonin says Rosendahl died Wednesday morning.

Rosendahl served on the council from 2005 to 2013, retiring to fight the cancer which was diagnosed in…

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Oregon Authorizes Early Edibles & Extracts Rec Sales

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law a bill permitting medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to sell cannabis-infused products and extracts to recreational consumers before the state’s rec system is completely online.

Early rec sales began last October in Oregon, with dispensaries being allowed to sell limited amounts of cannabis flower to adults over 21, but edibles and extracts were left out of the equation until now.

The bill, Senate Bill 1511, also permits recreational stores…

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Whoopi Goldberg To Launch Medical-Marijuana Company For Women

According to a Gallup poll, 6% of women currently use marijuana vs. 8% of men. [graphiq id=”dq9CZgHmlDv” title=”Projected Growth in Adult-Use and Medical Cannabis Sales” width=”640″ height=”493″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/dq9CZgHmlDv” link=”//www.graphiq …

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Whoopi Goldberg hopes her new weed line will offer menstrual cramp relief

Entertainer Whoopi Goldberg has started a medical marijuana business in San Francisco — and she hopes her products will provide “an alternative for relieving the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation,” Goldberg said in a release.

Goldberg paired with award-winning edibles maker Maya Elisabeth, who founded Om…

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Australian MMJ Could Be a $100M Industry

If Australian states all legalize medical cannabis, the combined industry could be valued at upwards of $100 million, according to a research paper by the University of Sydney Business School.

Though that may not seem like much – given that Colorado alone sold almost $1 billion last year – it could be a solid start, especially since Australia is home to 23 million people.

The research paper, which was reported by Business Insider Australia, was based on data from worldwide legal marijuana…

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Whoopi Goldberg Launches Cannabis Business

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg is the latest celebrity to enter the burgeoning marijuana business.

Goldberg is partnering with Maya Elizabeth, the owner of OM Edibles, a growing collective and infused products seller.

The pair have launched a separate company called Whoopi & Maya that is developing products specifically for women.

The company will offer four cannabis-infused products that are aimed at reducing the pain and cramps from periods: a balm, a tincture, a sipping chocolate and a bath soak,

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Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne coming to Denver's 4/20 at Civic Center Park

Wiz Khalifa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as a part of the Snoop Dogg 420 Wellness Retreat in Morrison, Colorado on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Wiz Khalifa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as a part of the Snoop Dogg 420 Wellness Retreat in Morrison, Colorado on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Let’s be real: Any music festival commemorating 4/20 shouldn’t have Snoop Dogg holding down the festivities. Coloradans have seen more than enough of the weed-loving caricature he’s become in recent years.

While we’d like to think the fresh blood picked for this year’s Civic Center Rally…

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Alex Thiersch: Professional Athletes Call for Action on Medical Cannabis

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Leading up to last year’s NFL draft, my firm noted the heavy toll that contact sports take on athletes, and how medical cannabis could help to alleviate that burden. Cannabis has been in a much bigger spotlight over the past 12 months and as part of that many retired and active professional athletes have spoken up about the plant and its potential. Across multiple sports athletes have stated that cannabis could be a superior treatment for sports-related injuries, without the drawbacks of current opioid pain medications.

Professional…

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Inside the world of the 'weed nuns': Sisters who run a medicinal marijuana business pictured smoking cannabis, tending plants and making their pot-infused products in striking …

California nuns who grow marijuana have posed for a series of powerful photos documenting their day-to-day work.

Sister Kate and Sister Darcy, who live in Merced and go by the name Sisters of the Valley, have given photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois a candid look at their controversial business, which involves cultivating week for remedies they sell online.

The pair, who consider themselves nuns but not in the traditional or Catholic sense, are licensed Medical Marijuana growers, but their business has recently come under threat…

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Obama Grants Clemency to 61 Federal Drug Prisoners

Obama Grants Clemency to 61 Federal Drug Prisoners

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses.

This follows the commutation of 95 people in December, 2015, 45 people in July of that year, 22 people in March 2015, and 8 people in December of 2014. All of those who received commutations today were serving time in prison for nonviolent drug offenses, and many were victims of the disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine.

President Obama has been under significant public pressure from…

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GW Pharmaceuticals Could Make Major Splash in U.S. Cannabis Industry

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By Omar Sacirbey

A British company that develops cannabis-based medicine is on the verge of a major breakthrough that could ripple across the U.S. marijuana industry.

GW Pharmaceuticals will likely seek FDA approval in the fourth quarter of this year to sell an epilepsy drug derived from marijuana, according to an analyst who follows the company.

If it wins that approval, GW Pharmaceuticals could start sales in the U.S. by the end of 2017, giving it access to a potentially billion-dollar…

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California marijuana jobs: Hunt at a cannabis career fair in San Francisco

Once an emerging trend and now a major industry’s necessity, marijuana job fairs are becoming more and more common throughout the United States’ legal (and semi-legal) cannabis markets.

And California medical marijuana company Bloom Farms will announce its fourth marijuana job fair later today — the SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair on April 10. Companies at the fair…

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Whoopi Goldberg Wants To Fix Your Period Cramps With Medical Marijuana

Ladies, legal weed is here to give you some relief from those awful menstrual cramps thanks to Whoopi Goldberg. 

Goldberg announced Wednesday she is launching a medical marijuana company with “canna-businesswoman” Maya Elisabeth complete with products like edibles, tinctures, topical cream and a THC-infused bath soak to help with period cramps, Vanity Fair reported. The company is called “Whoopi & Maya.”

“I want to go nice and slow with this. I don’t want this to be a joke to people. It’s not a joke to women,” Goldberg told USA…

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Milford Eyes Tougher Medical Marijuana Regulations

MILFORD, CT – Currently, Milford has one of the least restrictive zoning regulations in the state concerning medical marijuana dispensaries.

And that is largely why the city has been approved for two such locations by the state at 318 New Haven Avenue and 255 West River Street.

Residents living on West River Street and nearby are vehemently protesting the dispensary saying it’s too close to their residential neighborhood and are worried about crime and declining property values.

One resident said a recent real estate transaction fell…

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Mary's Medicinals Files Lawsuit Against Founder of RXGreen to Halt Continued Libel, Slander, Civil Conspiracy and Fraudulent Reporting

DENVER, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mary’s Medicinals, developer of award-winning cannabis products including the first Transdermal Cannabis Patch, today announced that due to an ongoing pattern of harassment, fraudulent reporting and the dissemination of false information, it has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Colorado against Joshua Meacham, founding partner of RXGreen Cannabis, for charges including libel, slander, civil conspiracy, intentional interference with prospective business relations,…

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1PM Industries Launches Its CBD Shot and E-Commerce Site for its Nano "Cannabidiol" (CBD) Product Line

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 1PM Industries, Inc. (OTC: OPMZ) announced today that the Company has launched its CBD Shot and E-Commerce Site for it Nano-Cannabidiol (Nano-CBD) product line.

The Company’s CBD shot is a 1.9 ounce CBD shots with the equivalent of 100mg of CBD.  The Company’s CBD Shot has some amazing anti-pain, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety benefits, but without any kind of high. It doesn’t put you to sleep. It calms you down. It allows you to deal with things. The Company shipped samples to…

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Legislators answer education, medical cannabis questions

FOREST CITY — Friday’s legislative forum was the first at the newly renamed Waldorf University.

“We’re happy to have you at Waldorf University,” President Bob Alsop said to Sen. Dennis Guth and Reps. Terry Baxter and Tedd Gassman on March 25.

He then asked the legislators if they would support increasing the Iowa Tuition Grant for institutions like Waldorf.

The grant is to help entice Iowa students to stay in Iowa. Alsop said the…

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Medical Marijuana Used For PTSD By Veterans Despite Little Research, Lack Of Support From VA

As veterans in Colorado sue to have access to medical marijuana through Veterans Affairs (VA), some veterans are already using marijuana as a treatment to relieve the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For the veterans who are using it to get relief, they claim that it works to provide relief for their symptoms.

According to the VA, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder happens after a person has been through one or more traumatic events. Although combat is one event that veterans can experience,…

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