Alaska Marijuana Regulators Approve First Licenses

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska regulators were applauded Thursday as they approved the first licenses for legal marijuana growing and testing facilities - another milestone for the fledgling industry.

Priority was being given to growing and testing operations to ensure that retail stores will have legal product to sell. The first retail licenses are expected to be issued later this year.

Thirty applications were on the agenda Thursday at a meeting of the Marijuana Control Board in Anchorage. Two were for testing facilities. The rest were for grow operations.

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Michigan’s Recreational Marijuana Initiative Shutdown By 180-Day Policy

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

It appears that Michigan voters may have just lost their opportunity to decide whether the state should legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Reports indicate that a proposed ballot measure supported by MILegalize has been rejected by election officials because more than a hundred thousand signatures were collected well past the 180-day window allotted for these types of campaigns. 

Although MILegalize turned in nearly 350,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office last week, Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a bill clarifying an old law that requires ballot measures to secure the necessary signatures within 180-days. 

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Bureau Creates Opportunity For MILegalize By Suggesting Petition Denial

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

The Michigan Bureau of Elections today issued a Staff Report containing a recommendation for the Board of State Canvassers to not certify the petitions submitted by the MILegalize marijuana legalization campaign. That’s a good thing, said MILegalize Chair, attorney Jeffrey Hank.

“The Bureau gave the expected response- but the speed of the decision really creates an advantage for us,” said Hank. The Board meets on Thursday, and the Staff Report is on their agenda for that meeting. “This gives MILegalize the greatest amount of time to litigate before the ballot deadline. The process could have stretched out through the summer.”

Even though the Staff Report recommendation was expected, it is not a good precedent to set for other ballot proposals initiated by Michigan citizens in the future. “MILegalize’s Board is disappointed that the Bureau of Elections would enforce an antiquated policy impossible to comply with in order to keep Michigan citizens from having the opportunity to vote on the MILegalize proposal in November,” Hank added.

Last year, MILegalize and other petition groups asked for an update to the 1986 policy; the Board created one and then deadlocked on a vote to initiate it. “The State Board of Canvassers refused to rectify an unworkable and unconstitutional policy despite plenty of notice and opportunity to do so. The State’s interpretation of Michigan’s 1963 Constitution Art 2, Sec 9, MCL 168.472a, and caselaw continues to be in error and will likely be rectified only through legal action.”

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Why This Marijuana Stock Jumped 19% in May

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

What: Ahead of important data that may add conviction to the use of marijuana to treat epilepsy patients, shares in GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) soared 18.7% last month, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what: No public company has focused as much money and attention on proving the medical benefits of marijuana than GW Pharmaceuticals. The company has been knee-deep in the study of marijuana cannabinoids as medicine since the 1990s.

Up until this year, however, the company's research has fallen mostly short in its attempts to prove the link between marijuana and better patient outcomes. Last year alone, studies evaluating the use of THC in cancer pain and schizophrenia failed.

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Will Michigan Voters Get to Decide on Legal Marijuana in November?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

Michigan voters may have the rare opportunity in the upcoming November election to decide whether the state should legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. That is as long as MILegalize, the group fighting to get an initiative in front of the people, has successfully managed to secure the signatures needed to qualify for the next phase of its campaign, and if it can avoid being sabotaged by the actions of the state legislature.

On Wednesday, organizers with the MILegalize crusade reportedly submitted more than 350,000 petitions to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office in hopes of qualifying the necessary 252,523 signatures it’s going to take to earn a spot on the November ballot. However, there is a distinct possibility that the majority of the signatures the group has collected in 2016 could be disqualified due to a piece of legislation currently lingering on the desk of Governor Rick Snyder asking for clarification to the 180-day limit the law is supposed to allow for signature collecting campaigns.

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Oregon Cannabis Growers’ Fair Is Coming To The Oregon State Fairgrounds

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

I have lived my entire life in the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, and home to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. I have gone to the Oregon State Fair, and events at the fairgrounds, as far back as I can remember. My community college graduation was held there, specifically at the Pavilion. The Oregon State Fairgrounds property is a hub for Oregon’s agriculture industry, which is one of the largest in the country.

Knowing all of that, it was with tremendous surprise and joy that I learned that an event is coming to the Oregon State Fairgrounds, and to the Pavilion no less! And it’s not just any cannabis event. It’s the Oregon Cannabis Growers’ Fair, which is going to feature actual live plant displays. As I said, Oregon is a national leader in agriculture, and cannabis is on its way to taking its rightful place at the top of Oregon’s leading agriculture products. After all, cannabis cultivation is at its core agriculture, and so it’s fitting that this event is coming to the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

I tip my hat to the organizers of this event because of where it will take place. The Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion is a government property, and getting the State of Oregon to agree to allow live plant exhibits was something that I’m sure wasn’t an easy task. The fact that this event is occurring where it’s occurring is huge. So huge that it can’t be understated how historic this event really is, and is really a sign of the times.

One thing that I love about the event is that it’s going to be on the weekend. So many events take place during the week when people like me who have a day job can’t attend. The Oregon Cannabis Growers’ Fair will be taking place on August 13-14. I’ll be there, and hope to see you there too. Below is more information about the event. You can purchase tickets at this link here, which start at just $20. You can also check out the event on Facebook:

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