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Learn How To Legally Invest In The Marijuana Industry

Category: Events | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

ryan hurley rose law group marijuanaInvesting in the marijuana industry is a tricky thing. In most other industries, the main things to look for in an investment is if and when you will get a return on your investment, and how much. That is true of the marijuana industry as well, but investing in the marijuana industry also involves the added element of legality. There are many, many good ideas out there in the marijuana industry, but a lot of them involve operating in a legal gray area at best.

There are a lot of details involved in the marijuana industry surrounding legality. The federal government still considers marijuana to be illegal, while some states have medical or recreational provisions (or both). Throw into the mix 280E, banking, insurance, intellectual property, and other considerations, and you have a very complicated situation. A very common e-mail that I receive is ‘I want to invest in this idea, but is it legal?’

If that is you, you should attend the World Cannabis Congress and Business Exposition in New York in June, and hear attorney Ryan Hurley’s presentation. Mr. Hurley will be speaking at the event, and the topic of his presentation is ‘How to Legally Invest in the Cannabis Business.’ You can hear Ryan discuss the legal and practical issues of investing in the marijuana industry with lessons learned from 5 years in the trenches. Federal vs. State Law, 280E, issues regarding non-profit dispensaries, important contract terms for cannabis contracts, and an overview of new markets and opportunities to invest will be discussed.

Ryan Hurley is at the forefront of the marijuana industry, having advised countless businesses in the Arizona medical marijuana industry and beyond. Below is a brief biography about Ryan Hurley, via the Rose Law Group website, of which Ryan is a member:

Ryan Hurley is a partner, chair of Rose Law Group’s Medical Marijuana practice group and head of the Renewable Energy Policy and Research Department at RLG. Ryan concentrates his practice in the areas of medical marijuana, renewable and alternative energy, water law and land use and zoning.

Mr. Hurley is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a member of the American Solar Energy Society, has served as the Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, chair of the Pinal Partnership Renewable Energy Committee, and is a regular speaker at conferences around the country on issues related to both medical marijuana and renewable energy. Ryan is also a Bitcoin enthusiast and helps keep RLG on the cutting edge of new developments in law and technology. Mr. Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and his J.D. in 2005, from The University of Arizona. 

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Congressmen Blame Baltimore Riots on Prohibition

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

The topic of marijuana reform in the United States took an interesting turn on Capitol Hill earlier this week, when a number of congressional leaders blamed the recent eruption of violence against Baltimore law enforcement on the failed exploits of the American drug war.

During a press conference to discuss the reintroduction of legislation to legalize money generated by the cannabis industry, federal lawmakers took the opportunity to point out that Baltimore would not be in its current state of fiery disarray if not for the misaligned policies Uncle Sam has imposed against the possession of controlled substances. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon took to the podium on Wednesday, to explain how the War on Drugs has manifested a seething undertow of tension across the nation, spawned by decades of filthy police state tactics aimed at locking up otherwise law-biding citizens for the possession of a plant.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, who also attended the press event, explained that police shakedowns for marijuana have become a scourge on civil society.

"Right now when you see all of this disturbance in our inner cities, a lot of that has to do with frustration that's been a problem when police end up having to search people to see if they can find some joint in their pocket, a little piece of weed, in order to ruin their life and put them in jail,” he said. “That doesn't happen a lot in Orange County, but I know it happens in the inner city." 

While the correlation between the domestic drug war and the Baltimore riots may sound like a stretch to the average citizen, pertinent details surrounding the cause of this televised uproar supports this theory wholeheartedly. Reports indicate that 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who allegedly died by the hands of police officers, had a history of charges ranging from intent to distribute to possession of marijuana. When taking this into account, it is impossible to deny that the prohibition of cannabis, which is now legal in some fashion in over half the states, was the catalyst to the unsavory chain of events that lit the fuse earlier this week in Baltimore.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder


Congress to Discuss Allowing Veterans to Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers will soon gather on Capitol Hill to discuss the issue of allowing veterans to have the same access to medical marijuana as their civilian counterparts. The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to debate a number of issues pertaining to veteran’s affairs later this week, including a recent proposal by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, which would enable military veterans suffering from debilitating mental and physical conditions to use medical marijuanain states where it has been made legal. 

Although the federal government prevents physicians employed with the Veterans Administration from even discussing marijuana as a potential treatment option for their patients, Blumenauer has drafted a simple amendment that would prevent the agency from using its funding to impose this prohibitionary stance. The objective of this modest policy adjustment is to simply prohibit the VA’s budget from being used to prevent veterans from taking advantage of their state’s medical marijuana program.

Fortunately, many legislative forces have shifted their attitude in regards to the use of medical marijuana, especially when it comes to treating the men and women who have suffered the wrath of a serious health issue as a result of serving the United States at a time of war. Congressman Blumenauer, along with Representatives Tom Reed of New York, Sam Farr of California and Dana Rohrabacher, also of California, believe the federal government owes it to those soldiers who have found themselves scarred while defending our nation an opportunity for a better quality of life through the medicinal benefits of cannabis. 

“It is unacceptable for our wounded warriors to be forced out of the VA system to simply seek a recommendation on whether or not medical marijuana is a good treatment option,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “We should not be preventing access to medicine that can help them deal with these injuries to survive and thrive. I encourage my colleagues to show compassion to our veterans and pass this amendment.” 

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