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Microsoft gets into the Cannabis business!

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

microsoft-gets-into-the-cannabis-businessFirst social media, now marijuana -- Microsoft Corp. is so hip these days.

Three days after investing in LinkedIn Corp. LNKD, -0.19%  in a record-setting $26 billion deal, the company announced its first venture into the world of marijuana, striking a partnership with KIND Financial to provide seed-to-sale software to state and local governments for the management of cannabis commerce and distribution.

The deal makes Microsoft MSFT, -0.47%  one of the first major technology companies—and one of the first major publicly traded companies -- to acknowledge the rapid legalization of marijuana, with recreational use already legalized in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C., and up for vote soon in five other major states, including California.

Major brands have been mute on the controversial topic, but more have started to show their support as acceptance has spread. Last month, Walgreens Boots AllianceWBA, -0.70% posted a blog touting research showing the benefits of medical marijuana, which is now legal in 24 states.

The legal marijuana industry is expected to balloon in coming years. Sales of legalized marijuana are projected to hit $6.7 billion this year, compared with $5.4 billion a year ago, according to industry tracker ArcView Market Research.

Read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/microsoft-gets-into-the-weed-business-2016-06-16


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Colorado Bans Weed Gummy Bears

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

Last Friday, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1436 into law, effectively banning THC-infused gummies in the shape of humans, animals or fruit. These shapes will be illegal starting July 1, so stock up while you can.

A purely political move which will do nothing to curb accidental ingestion of cannabis edibles by children, this ban on certain gummy shapes is a reactionary measure by lawmakers who fear that cannabis candies attract kids.

While common shapes like bears and fish that mimic mainstream candy will be banned, cannabis gummies shaped like stars, weed leaves or other geometrical shapes are still OK to produce. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-bans-weed-gummy-bears


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Colorado State University To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact On Communities

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

aurora colorado marijuanaIn the lead up to the successful marijuana legalization vote in Colorado in 2012, marijuana opponent Kevin Sabet made the outlandish claim that for every dollar that marijuana legalization would generate for Colorado, there would be ten dollars in ‘social costs.’ These ‘social costs’ include policing stoned drivers, dealing with an uptick in addiction, and a bunch of other stuff that never really became reality. Kevin Sabet has been blasted many times for trying that scare tactic, and rightfully so.

The impact that marijuana legalization has had on Colorado communities has been very positive. Jobs are being created, and tax revenues are being generated. Those marijuana tax dollars are helping schools and homeless communities in Colorado. There are even scholarships set up which are funded by marijuana tax revenues. In every measurable way cannabis legalization is working in Colorado. Colorado State University-Pueblo recently received funding to study what the actual impact marijuana legalization has had on Colorado communities. Per The Denver Channel:

On Monday, Pueblo County officials agreed to provide up to $270,000 in funding to research the impact of marijuana on the community and the efficacy of treating various issues, like post-traumatic stress disorder, with medical marijuana.

Also, a new law calls for $900,000 from Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to be given to CSU-Pueblo for cannabis research. Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 191 on Monday, June 6.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-state-university-to-study-marijuana-legalizations-impact-on-communities/


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OLCC Approves Cannabis Tracking System 3rd Party Software Providers

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2016 by THCFinder
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(via oregonlive.com)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Metrc (TM) have approved four software solution providers whose products are compatible for integration with the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Program Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).

These products will allow OLCC recreational marijuana licensees to electronically transmit inventory and sales data into the CTS, a time-saving step that eliminates the need for additional updating by manual data entry.

The approved companies include: OMMPOS of Astoria, OR, Flowhub of Denver, CO, Greenbits of Portland, OR and Odava of Portland, OR. The four companies currently have clients using their software solutions in Oregon‘s medical marijuana system.

Software solution providers can apply for certification in five inventory management categories: sales, packages, transfers, plants, and harvests; certification is also available for administrative functions: strains, items, and rooms/locations.

All licensees in Oregon‘s Recreational Marijuana system are required to use the CTS. Licensees are not required to use POS or inventory management software and can enter their CTS data manually. The OLCC is not endorsing these software solutions.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/olcc-approves-cannabis-tracking-system-3rd-party-software-providers/


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Mexico's El Chapo Likely to Be Prosecuted in Brooklyn

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the nationwide sweepstakes among federal jurisdictions to put Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on trial, the place currently leading the pack is far from the border: Brooklyn.

Justice Department officials in Washington still aren't commenting on the closely watched decision involving seven prosecutor's offices that have indicted Guzman on drug conspiracy and other charges over the past two decades.

But two law enforcement officials familiar with the process told The Associated Press that it's likely that if transferred from Mexican to U.S. custody in the coming months, Guzman would be sent to the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the decision.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ap-mexicos-el-chapo-likely-be-prosecuted-brooklyn


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University Of Missouri Ignores Warnings, Censors Student Support For Marijuana Reform

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 14th 2016 by THCFinder
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One of my favorite times of my life was when I was in college. I didn’t take the typical route that many other people take. I didn’t go to college right after high school, and started attending after I had lived quite a few years as an adult. I had to fight hard to get my life to a point where I could make college work, and I like to think that’s a big part of why my college experience meant so much to me.

It was while I was studying in college that I first learned about blogs, and how blogs can be used with great effect to spread awareness. I learned a lot about freedom of speech and expression, and how important of a right it was to be able to express political views in particular. I supported cannabis reform throughout college, and was fortunate enough to go to a university that respected my outspoken support for reform.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere. I read a story recently involving the University of Missouri censoring political speech on campus. Per Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) refuses to allow a recognized student group to create T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-missouri-ignores-warnings-censors-student-support-for-marijuana-reform/

(image via Wikipedia)

One of my favorite times of my life was when I was in college. I didn’t take the typical route that many other people take. I didn’t go to college right after high school, and started attending after I had lived quite a few years as an adult. I had to fight hard to get my life to a point where I could make college work, and I like to think that’s a big part of why my college experience meant so much to me.

It was while I was studying in college that I first learned about blogs, and how blogs can be used with great effect to spread awareness. I learned a lot about freedom of speech and expression, and how important of a right it was to be able to express political views in particular. I supported cannabis reform throughout college, and was fortunate enough to go to a university that respected my outspoken support for reform.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere. I read a story recently involving the University of Missouri censoring political speech on campus. Per Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) refuses to allow a recognized student group to create T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.

(image via Wikipedia)

One of my favorite times of my life was when I was in college. I didn’t take the typical route that many other people take. I didn’t go to college right after high school, and started attending after I had lived quite a few years as an adult. I had to fight hard to get my life to a point where I could make college work, and I like to think that’s a big part of why my college experience meant so much to me.

It was while I was studying in college that I first learned about blogs, and how blogs can be used with great effect to spread awareness. I learned a lot about freedom of speech and expression, and how important of a right it was to be able to express political views in particular. I supported cannabis reform throughout college, and was fortunate enough to go to a university that respected my outspoken support for reform.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere. I read a story recently involving the University of Missouri censoring political speech on campus. Per Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) refuses to allow a recognized student group to create T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.

(image via Wikipedia)

One of my favorite times of my life was when I was in college. I didn’t take the typical route that many other people take. I didn’t go to college right after high school, and started attending after I had lived quite a few years as an adult. I had to fight hard to get my life to a point where I could make college work, and I like to think that’s a big part of why my college experience meant so much to me.

It was while I was studying in college that I first learned about blogs, and how blogs can be used with great effect to spread awareness. I learned a lot about freedom of speech and expression, and how important of a right it was to be able to express political views in particular. I supported cannabis reform throughout college, and was fortunate enough to go to a university that respected my outspoken support for reform.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere. I read a story recently involving the University of Missouri censoring political speech on campus. Per Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) refuses to allow a recognized student group to create T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.

(image via Wikipedia)

One of my favorite times of my life was when I was in college. I didn’t take the typical route that many other people take. I didn’t go to college right after high school, and started attending after I had lived quite a few years as an adult. I had to fight hard to get my life to a point where I could make college work, and I like to think that’s a big part of why my college experience meant so much to me.

It was while I was studying in college that I first learned about blogs, and how blogs can be used with great effect to spread awareness. I learned a lot about freedom of speech and expression, and how important of a right it was to be able to express political views in particular. I supported cannabis reform throughout college, and was fortunate enough to go to a university that respected my outspoken support for reform.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere. I read a story recently involving the University of Missouri censoring political speech on campus. Per Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Despite repeated warnings that it is violating the First Amendment rights of its students, the University of Missouri (Mizzou) refuses to allow a recognized student group to create T-shirts featuring a cannabis leaf and the university’s name.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has twice warned Mizzou that its treatment of the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MU NORML) violates the First Amendment.


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