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Lawmakers announce deal on medical marijuana legislation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana.

The regulatory framework to corral the billion-dollar medical cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have received the blessings of the two chambers and Gov. Jerry Brown, said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, one of the authors of the measures.

Bonta said his measure, which along with the others will be released Friday, would require state and local licenses for medical marijuana businesses. It would create a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to oversee the licensing and regulatory effort and involve the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health.

The new bureau would be housed in the Department of Consumer Affairs and led by a director confirmed by the state Senate.

Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, another author, said local cities and counties will be able to place taxes for cultivation and retail on the ballot in addition to the sales taxes on marijuana, and could designate fees to recoup regulation costs.

Read More:http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article34837449.html


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article34837449.html#storylink=cp

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Vietnam Veteran Denied Medications Because He Has Marijuana In His System

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

Denied stampWhen you’re sick and there is medicine that can help you, and the consumption of that medicine doesn’t hurt anyone, I think you should be able to use that medicine. It seems like a simple principle, but for some reason cannabis opponents can’t seem to fully agree with that statement. They think that the statement applies for some medicines, but not all medicines. And in the case of a Vietnam veteran in Topeka, Kansas named Gary Dixon, marijuana opponents feel that he shouldn’t have any medicine at all because he tested positive for consuming cannabis within the previous 30 days preceding the test. He went to fill his prescription at the Topeka VA and was denied. Per ABC 2:

“I went in to get a refill on my pain medication and they refused to let me have it, because I have marijuana in my blood,” Gary Dixon, Vietnam veteran.

Gary Dixon is a 65-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran. While in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange.

“I hurt, and I hurt from something I got fighting for my country,” says Dixon.

Now he’s got stage four lung cancer, doesn’t have much time left to live and readily admits to smoking marijuana.

A suffering patient who served our country proudly cannot get his prescriptions filled simply and only because he has cannabis present in his system. What kind of country do we live in? This story is absolutely disgusting. If I had stage four cancer, you better believe I’d have cannabis in my system too, in addition to whatever else I thought would help my situation. If anyone disagrees with that, they don’t have any compassion at all as far as I’m concerned. I hope that national media and organizations will pick up this story and spread it far and wide to help bring attention to Mr. Dixon’s situation.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/vietnam-veteran-denied-medications-because-he-has-marijuana-in-his-system/


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Colo. to waive marijuana taxes for one day

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER Colorado’s unusual tax law is forcing the state to suspend taxes on recreational marijuana for one day.

The sales-tax break on Sept. 16 will shave $20 off the price of a mid-grade ounce of pot in the Denver area, where ounces this summer sell for about $200 before tax.

It’s unusual for a state that has many times rejected sales-tax holidays on things like school supplies, clothing or energy-efficient appliances. Officials say it could cost the state $3 million to $4 million.

“At first I was in disbelief we were doing this,” said Cheri Hackett, who owns Botanacare, a dispensary in the Denver suburb of Northglenn. “Once our lawyer said, ‘No, we really are doing this,’ we started getting ready. We’re thinking there will be huge crowds.”

Hackett is printing signs to alert customers to the holiday and is trying to boost inventory for a one-day crush of business.

Read More:http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/09/09/colorado-marijuana-tax-holiday/71926636/


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UFCW Urges California Legislature To Pass Medical Marijuana Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

california capital marijuanaJim Araby, Executive Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, issued the following statement today urging the Legislature to pass long-overdue regulations for the medical cannabis industry. The UFCW is the only union representing cannabis workers in California.

“After months of negotiations, no significant policy disagreements remain between the major parties, a significant achievement made possible because law enforcement, local government, labor, and industry worked together to protect the public by moving critical legislation forward.

“We applaud Governor Brown’s leadership in recognizing that regulation of the medical marijuana industry is long overdue and for facilitating a collaborative process to provide guidance for what an acceptable bill would look like.

“Now is time to finalize legislation that will protect consumers and workers in this fast-growing California industry. We must pass a bill this year. The current ‘Wild West’ system has gone on for far too long.

“Regulation is good for workers, good for consumers and good for California. Consumers will gain new assurances that they will get a safe, accurately labeled product and industry workers will gain the kind of training and workplace protections employees in other industries have long enjoyed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ufcw-urges-california-legislature-to-pass-medical-marijuana-regulations/


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Colorado’s Marijuana Revenue Is So High, The State Has To Give Residents Money Back

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Colorado has collected so much marijuana tax revenue since the plant was legalized, that now a state law may return some of the overall tax money collected directly into residents’ pockets.

The Colorado state constitution puts a limit on how much tax money they are legally allowed to collect. Colorado has brought in so much that the state actually has to give some of the revenue back.

That means that the $50 million in recreational pot revenue collected in the first year alone of legalization is going to tip the scales of legality itself, and require some of the money to be given back. This has put law-makers and politicians in a bit of an awkward situation, as neither Republicans nor Democrats want to give any of the money collected back.

“I think it’s appropriate that we keep the money for marijuana that the voters said that we should,” Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

“This is a little bit of a different animal. There’s a struggle on this one,” Republican Sen. and budget writer Kevin Grantham said.

“It’s just absurd,” Democratic state Sen. Pat Steadman, said.

“I have no problem paying taxes if they’re going to schools,” a Colorado marijuana consumer, Maddy Beaumier, 25, said as he shopped at a local dispensary.

Read More:http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/09/colorados-revenue-is-so-high-the-state-has-to-give-residents-money-back/#


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The Next Generation of Medicinal Cannabis: High-CBG Strains

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Cannabigerol, a small non-psychoactive component of cannabis, shows significant promise as atreatment for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and skin diseases, but its mostly unavailable in the medical marijuana market. Does a cheap and natural source exist for this rare medicinal cannabinoid?

All the major cannabinoids in marijuana come from cannabigerol (CBG); enzymes in the trichometurn CBG into THC, CBD and CBC. Since it’s the precursor for the major compounds, very little of is left over in mature flowers. Harvesting early doesn’t necessarily lead to high amounts of CBG; trichome scientists believe CBG gets turned into THC, CBD or CBC almost soon as it gets made.

Medical marijuana patients have access to high-THC and high-CBD cannabis, but what about high-CBG strains? They are rare, but they exist.

Certain strains of European hemp (which produces high CBD) can carry a genetic mutation that causes the “CBD-gene” to become inactive, and the plant accumulates cannabigerol instead of CBD.Botanists have shown this is a recessive trait, but it’s still possible to harness CBG-producing genetics for patients and dispensaries around the world.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/next-generation-medicinal-cannabis-high-cbg-strains


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