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  1. A Snag For Legal Marijuana In New Jersey? New Assembly Speaker Won't Commit

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    Minutes after being chosen Monday as the next speaker of the New Jersey Assembly, Craig Coughlin declined to commit to a key goal of Gov. elect and fellow Democrat Phil Murphy: legalizing marijuana.

    Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said during a news conference that he has "not indicated" whether or not he supports legal pot.

    "I want to make sure it makes sense," said Coughlin, a member of the Assembly since 2010 . "As with any bill -- particularly any
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  2. CO: Police Drug Dogs Trained To Ignore Marijuana

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    The world of law enforcement moves pretty quickly. Officers, including those with 4 legs, have to be ready for changes.

    That's the case at the Rifle Police Department where their 9-year-old police dog is being retired to make room for a new breed of drug dogs.

    These dogs are trained to better sniff out drugs and to ignore marijuana.

    Departments all over the state will soon be taking part in this program. This means the older dogs, trained to track pot,
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  3. Medical Marijuana Patient, Doctor Registries Open As Program Eyes 2018 Launch

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    Pennsylvania launched medical marijuana registries for patients and doctors on Wednesday with more than 100 physicians approved to oversee use of the drug.

    Acting Health Secretary Rachel Levine said another 200 doctors are going through the process, which requires four hours of training on medical cannabis and how it's administered.

    In the coming months, she and other state officials plan to meet with physicians groups to encourage more to come on board. According to the
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  4. Can Cannabis Help You Get In Shape

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    Before Tyler Hurst sets out for his morning run, he slips on a pair of those shoes that fit each toe like a glove. Then he takes a few hits off a vape pen packed with Agent Orange, a particularly uplifting strain of cannabis.

    “The chemicals that are released in our brains when we run are the same ones that are released when we get high,” said Hurst, 28, a freelance writer and recreational runner who lives in Phoenix.

    “I just run a lot better once I have my runner’s high.”
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  5. "Nobody Has Insurance": California Wildfires Burning Up Marijuana Farms

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    Deadly wildfires in Northern California are burning up marijuana farms in the so-called Emerald Triangle.

    Blazes have destroyed a number of farms in Mendocino County right before legal recreational sales begin in California.

    Cannabis business owners who lose their crops have little reprieve.

    “Nobody right now has insurance,” said Nikki Lastreto, secretary of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association. “They might have insurance on their house, but not on their
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  6. Why Recreational Weed In California Could Cost More

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    Folks in the cannabis industry fear that cultivation, production and retail regulations could drive up the price of weed just when consumers are able to buy in stores without a doctor's recommendation. In January, recreational weed sales for those 21 and older are expected to mark a new era in California. But it could be hard enough for old-school growers and producers to jump through new regulatory hoops that supply won't match demand.

    "The first quarter of next year, prices will
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  7. CO: Men Arrested In Rifle With 120 Pounds Of Marijuana From "Nearby" Grow Site

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana last week in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains.

    A Rifle police officer on patrol Wednesday spotted an SUV without working brake lights that evening. “As soon as [the officer] stepped out of his patrol car he could smell the overwhelming, nauseating smell of marijuana,” according to an arrest report.

    He found the SUV’s cargo area
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  8. CA: Cannabis Harvests Threatened By Sonoma County's Tubbs Fire

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    California marijuana growers north of San Francisco were facing mandatory evacuation orders as well as potentially millions of dollars in crop damage and loss amid widespread wildfires in the region.

    Erich Pearson, director of SPARC Farms in Glen Ellen south of the Tubbs Fire reported on Facebook early Monday: “We are safe but these fires in Sonoma Valley are really bad. Winds are too strong and it's too dark to fly planes. Trinity Oaks neighborhood is gone.”

    He added:
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  9. CA: Grandma's Guide To Grass - State's Pot Website Cuts Through Cannabis Haze

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    Every day, Anna Denny encounters people who know their way around a joint.

    Denny owns Elevated 916, a smoke shop in north Sacramento that sells tobacco products and smoking accessories. But many of her customers don’t limit their smoking to tobacco.

    Because they’ve been there, done that, Denny just can’t imagine them using a new state website that offers resources — and plenty of warnings — about the use of marijuana now that lighting up recreationally is legal in California.
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  10. CA: Cannabis Harvest Heats Up In Sonoma County

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    Just as grape growers keep watch for the moment of peak ripeness, cannabis farmers have for generations monitored the color of the bud’s trichomes, an aromatic crystal resin that transforms from clear to milky white, then gold to amber.

    For many, the signs are there. It’s time to bring the crops in.

    The outdoor cannabis harvest has begun across the North Coast, the first year when the state will attempt to measure and tax the crop within a new regulated system.
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  11. Israel's Booming Medical Marijuana Industry Now Offers Hope To Autism Patients

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    Thanks to the country’s liberal research policies, two studies are progressing that could dramatically improve the lives of autistic kids and their families.

    A 10-year-old autistic boy named Einav and his family were spiraling to a dangerous low point a year ago. The parents soldiered through their son’s rages and obsessive behaviors, not to mention bends that would last entire days into sleepless nights. He would hit them and even throw stones at them. He would also harm himself by
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  12. MI: Over 850 Marijuana Plants At Growing Facilities Lead To State Charges

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    Two Flint marijuana growing facility operators have pleaded to drug-related charges after state attorneys say they were illegally in possession of over 850 marijuana plants.

    Their attorneys, however, say the charges highlight the "grey area" in state's medical marijuana laws.

    After police raided the two medical grow facilities on North and South Saginaw streets in Flint in February 2016, State Attorney General Bill Schuette charged Gary Metzger, 66, and Troy Hall,
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  13. In The Age Of Trump, How Do You Build A Legal Marijuana Industry From The Ground Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    Election night 2016 was such a shocker nationally that maybe you’ve forgotten that, oh yes, California voted to legalize recreational marijuana. And come January, if you’re at least 21, cannabis can be officially taxed and sold to you, just like, oh, the cheese doodles you’ll be wanting to eat after you light up. It is a massive undertaking, turning an illegal underground industry into a legal and legit one – a business that could put $50 million a year in tax money into the city’s purse.
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  14. Charities Just Say No To Cannabis Contributions

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    Charity organizations are reluctant to take donations from cannabis companies, even if the state has legalized the industry. Organa Brands learned this the hard way. The company was flush with success and wanted to give back to the community, but charities just said no.

    “It felt like a slap in the face,” said Organa Brands President Chris Driessen. “Because the message was essentially you’re a drug dealer.” Organa Brands is the parent company of O.penVAPE, one of the largest cannabis
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  15. Automation In The Pot Industry Is Picking Up With Unforeseen Speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Strider View Post
    When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, few could have predicted the scale of the growth which would bloom across the industry. Legal marijuana sales in the US and Canada are now expected to pass $20.2 billion by 2021 at a predicted annual growth rate of 25 percent, accounting for larger and faster industry growth than witnessed during the dot-com era.The growth is not just being facilitated by sale of pre-rolled joints in dispensaries. Entrepreneurs,
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