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Colorado Seeks To Create Organic Marijuana Labeling Rules

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

growing marijuanaI always say that the average marijuana consumer becomes more and more sophisticated every day. There will always be marijuana consumers that live in the ‘dark ages’ but with more and more states creating regulated marijuana industries, marijuana consumers are increasingly making their purchases at regulated outlets. Most marijuana consumers that I know that make their purchases at regulated outlets say that they do so because they like knowing what they are buying, something that isn’t always the case with the black market.

More and more consumers that I know are demanding all organic cannabis, and that’s a trend that I expect to continue moving forward. But what does that mean? What makes one harvest ‘organic’ and one not? That’s something that Colorado lawmakers debated started Friday. Per ABC:

Colorado starts work Friday on becoming the first state to regulate organic labels in its pot industry, with other legal weed states watching to see whether they too should step in to help consumers wondering what’s on their weed. Organic standards are regulated federally, and pot remains illegal at the federal level, meaning there’s nothing stopping commercial pot growers from calling their wares organic.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-seeks-to-create-organic-marijuana-labeling-rules/


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Monona considers change to marijuana laws

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

MONONA (WKOW) -- The city of Monona's Public Safety commission will meet on Wednesday to discuss whether to ease up penalties for marijuana possession in certain situations.

Right now, someone caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana in a public or private place-- like a home-- can face a fine of up to $313. Officials in Monona are now considering a proposal to eliminate fines for adults who have small amounts of marijuana at home and only issue a $1 fine if caught with marijuana in public. 

Alderman Brian Holmquist says the meeting is just the preliminary discussion on the proposal. 

"Really this is a look at our current ordinance," Holmquist says. "Look at if there are changes that we look to do or keep it the same as it is."

Read More:http://www.wkow.com/story/31276893/2016/02/21/monona-considers-change-to-marijuana-laws


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Indiana Wants to Increase Drug Penalties, But Not for Marijuana Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

While some states have made the move in recent years to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders the system locks away behind bars, the Indiana Legislature is considering a bill this session that aims to increase the penalties for those caught in possession of specific controlled substances, but not marijuana.

The bill – HB 1235 – would shred a law approved by the state two years ago reducing the sentences for drug-related offenses, and impose a new set of rules that would reinforce the mandatory minimum sentences imposed against people busted for drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Representative Greg Steuerwald, who introduced the legislation, believes it would assist in alleviating the drug problem in the Hoosier state by forcing repeat offenders to serve out the full span of a mandatory jail term instead of giving them their freedom after serving only 75 percent of their sentence.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indiana-wants-increase-drug-penalties-not-marijuana-offenders


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Hemp Industries Association Responds To FDA Warning Letters Regarding Mislabeling Of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

cannabidiol cbd cannabis marijuanaHemp Industries Association (HIA), the non-profit North American hemp trade association, has published its statement in response to recent warning letters sent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacturers of CBD products, regarding mis-labeling of drug claims on said products.  Available on the FDA website, the letters explain that per the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, CBD products may not be marketed as drugs, meaning manufacturers cannot make claims regarding CBD products’ efficacy in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, the FDA asserts that cannabidiol products may not be marketed as supplements, because ‘new drug’ consideration is currently pending for CBD. To view these letters in their entirety, dated February 4, 2016, please visit:http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/#browse.

It is the position of the HIA that legal hemp products containing CBD were marketed as foods and dietary supplements long before cannabidiol formulations were submitted to the FDA for testing as a ‘new drug.’ As such, CBD products are exempt from laws that preclude CBDs from product status as dietary supplements pending ‘new drug’ approval by the FDA. Though none of the companies in receipt of these warning letters are current or former HIA members, the HIA urges these CBD product manufacturers to revise their product labeling and marketing such that no medical claims are made.

“There is great potential for the CBD market to expand in the U.S., but we need to move forward as an industry on a path that defines cannabidiol products as dietary supplements, much like multi-vitamins and herbal products,” said Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/hemp-industries-association-fda-warning-letters-mislabeling-cannabidiol-cbd-products/


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Iowa State Executives Appeal Free Speech-Marijuana Logo Case

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State University administrators are appealing a federal judge's ruling that they violated the free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts.

Attorneys for ISU President Steven Leath, Senior Vice President Warren Madden and two other administrators notified the court Wednesday of their appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge James Gritzner had issued an order on Jan. 22 granting members of the ISU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws a permanent injunction blocking university administrators from using a trademark policy to prevent the group from printing shirts depicting the school mascot and a marijuana leaf.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/iowa-state-executives-appeal-free-speech-marijuana-logo-case


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Red Tape in Legal Pot States Pushing Industry and Market into a Corner

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Bans, restrictions and government red tape in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana are, in many cases, undermining the industry, resulting in the continuation of an active and profitable black market. This was not meant to be.

By burying the incipient pot industry under piles of regulations, high taxes and harassment of growers and dispensaries, governments seem to be attempting to appease the pot opponents by essentially sitting on the fence while creating obstacles.

The result is that these unreasonable restrictions on the burgeoning legal marijuana market are enabling illegal dealers to continue doing what they do best—operate on the black market.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/red-tape-legal-pot-states-pushing-industry-and-market-corner


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