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Marijuana CEO Puts Tornado Victims in Hotel Rooms

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

When tragedy happens, a pot dealer is typically the last person a community expects to come to the rescue. However, when a vicious tornado ripped through central Illinois last week and caused extensive damage to dozens of homes, the proprietor of the medical marijuana company swooped in to lend a helping hand, paying to house all the victims in a nearby hotel.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Tim McGraw, CEO of Revolution Enterprises—a medical marijuana business licensed to cultivate in the small town of Delavan—paid for all of the people displaced by a recent tornado to stay in hotels until their living situation returns to some degree of normalcy. 

The town’s mayor, Liz Skinner, said that at least nine homes were completely destroyed and millions of dollars of damage was incurred.

The not-yet-operational, 75,000 square-foot cultivation center owned by Revolution Enterprises was fortunate enough to escape the wrath of Thursday’s twister—a stroke of luck that ultimately prevented the company from enduring the pains of starting operations all over again.

It was for this reason—when company heads heard that the families rendered homeless by the tornado would be forced to sleep on cots at the American Legion Hall—they immediately coughed up the green from their personal accounts to pay for everyone to stay in a hotel.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-ceo-puts-tornado-victims-hotel-rooms


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Congressional Briefing To Highlight Need To Fix Research System For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

congress marijuana sanjay gupta weedOn Thursday, July 23rd Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.   The briefing will provide expert testimony on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research, the state of  contemporary medical marijuana research and the impact of reform proposals.

Dr. Sue Sisley will present testimony on how federal barriers have directly blocked her research on using marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including the adverse impacts of the Drug Enforcement Agency licensing only one entity (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to grow the federal research supply of marijuana. Dr. David Casarett, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and author of the recently published book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana will discuss contemporary medical marijuana research.  The final speaker will be John Hudak, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and Managing Editor of the FixGov blog. Mr. Hudack will be discussing the often misunderstood impact of moving marijuana to a different schedule classification under the Controlled Substances Act.

“With prominent members of Congress calling for more research on medical marijuana,  it’s time we start hearing from experts about how to make increased medical marijuana research a reality,” said Steph Sherer ASA Executive Director.  ”These experts can tell us first hand how the federal government’s policies undermine research and how reforms like the CARERS act can move this essential medical research in area forward.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressional-briefing-to-highlight-need-to-fix-research-system-for-marijuana/


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Planned First-Ever Marijuana TV Ad Pulled From Colorado Station

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

The first television ad for a marijuana product, set to run on a local Colorado station Tuesday night, has been pulled from the lineup over legal concerns.

The 15-second spot for Neos, which makes "vape pens" infused with cannabis oil, was scheduled to air on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH before the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show, a Neos representative told NBC News last week.

But Scripps, the parent company of Denver station KMGH, decided that the commercial shouldn't run, said Valerie Miller, a Scripps communications manager.

The local station had previously approved the spot, but then told Cannabrand, the marketing company representing Neos, that the ad would be put on hold indefinitely as the parent company "investigates the legality of airing a 'federally illegal' substance on federal airwaves," a Cannabrand statement said. Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado but not on a federal level.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/plan-first-ever-marijuana-tv-ad-pulled-colorado-station-n395976


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Scientists Discover CBD May Help Bone Fractures

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research recently showed the clinical potential of CBD for treating bone-related diseases.

Rats with fractured femurs healed faster when given CBD, and with a mixture of CBD and THC. CBD + THC healed bones well, but THC was not necessary to gain the effect. The research focuses on gaining the medical potential of cannabinoid without getting the patient high by using CBD only.

Scientists also uncovered other links between the cannabinoid system and the skeleton, meaning that research will continue into the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for bones. CBD has been studied  for the treatment of Graft-versus-Host disease in bone-marrow transplants, further implicating the connection between the skeleton and the cannabinoid system.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/scientists-discover-cbd-may-help-bone-fractures


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Politician Announces Legislation To Provide Pathway For Expungement Of Certain Marijuana Offenses

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

asset forfeiture marijuana arrestToday, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) announced plans to introduce legislation reinforcing steps taken by Oregon to legalize and provide a clean start for certain marijuana offenses. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015, to be introduced on Tuesday, creates a pathway for the following two groups of federal marijuana offenders to expunge – or clear the criminal record of – their marijuana offense: those who were federally charged for activity that was state legal at the time; and those whose offense was the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.

“The penalties of failed prohibition policies should stop ruining people’s lives. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 follows Oregon’s lead to provide a pathway for expunging certain federal marijuana crimes,” said Representative Blumenauer. “People who were caught up in the federal criminal justice system for a marijuana offense that was legal under state law at the time should not carry around a drug record. I support legalizing marijuana at the federal level to put a stop to any state-federal conflicts once and for all, but it is also important that we create pathways for expungement for those who should never have been charged in the first place.”

Since 1996, twenty-three states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed medical marijuana laws. Additionally, four states – including Oregon – have legalized the adult use of marijuana. Those who moved forward with manufacturing and distributing marijuana in accordance with those laws have too often been caught up in the federal criminal justice system. While the current policy of the Obama Administration is to not prosecute individuals complying with state law and federal enforcement priorities, this was not always the case and may not always be the case going forward. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 creates a path for expungement for any individual with a federal criminal record associated with a marijuana offense that was legal under their state at the time.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/legislation-for-expungement-of-certain-marijuana-offenses/


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East Oregon Cities Banning Commercial Pot Sales

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

Though legalized recreational cannabis has been welcome in western Oregon cities, like Portland, since July 1, more conservative locales in East Oregon are not so enthused about “party pot”. As reported by KTVB-7, cities like Vale, Nyssa and Ontario have either passed or are planning to pass ordinances to prohibit commercial pot sales.

This development is not merely a political move by reactionary legislators. Almost 70 percent of voters in Malheur County voted against Measure 91 in November 2014, which was victorious statewide in legalizing marijuana for adults.  

By virtue of Oregon House Bill 3400, cities located in any county that tallied more than 55 percent of the vote against Measure 91 are permitted to ban recreational pot shops. These measures only prohibit commercial sales of pot within a given city’s limits—possession and use of recreational weed remains completely legal throughout Oregon.

For some cities like Vale, officials claim banning ganja storefronts is also a matter of practical necessity because the lack of available space would render it difficult for a weed retailer to comply with the regulations of Measure 91, such as being situated the mandated distance away from schools and medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/east-oregon-cities-banning-commercial-pot-sales


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