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Cannabis Industry News - February 12, 2016

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Martin Lee: Educating the Public About Medical Cannabis

- Martin Lee is co-founder and director of the California-based Project CBD, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and publication of cannabis-focused research — particularly investigations into the medicinal applications of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. Martin has worked as an award-winning investigative journalist, covering the development of medical cannabis for years in the pages of O’Shaughnessy’s. […]


Mike West: Understanding Hemp-Derived CBD

- Mike West is an advocate, researcher, and entrepreneur in the world of cannabis and hemp. Currently he serves as the director of manufacturing at Cresco, a cannabis production and processing company in Illinois that holds three of the states 21 cannabis licenses. Mike recently joined our host Shango Los for a discussion about hemp-derived CBD, […]


Bubbleman: Inspiring Innovation in the World of Hash

- Marcus Richardson, AKA Bubbleman, is founder of Fresh Headies Ltd. — the international distributor of the acclaimed Bubble Bag, which both popularized and revolutionized the eight-bag hash making technique. He is also the creator of Hash Church, a growing and successful online community of hash makers and enthusiasts. Bubbleman recently joined our podcast host Shango Los to discuss his experience breaking open the international hash market in […]


Bamboo: Preserving Landrace Cannabis Genetics

- Bamboo is the co-founder of Coastal Seed Company, where he is a landrace and heirloom cannabis preservationist. He is currently working to breed a stabilized, high-CBD Afghani landrace varietal called The Last Laugh, boasting a 39 to 1 CBD to THC ratio. He is also the head of extraction research at The Highest Grade Consulting, […]


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HERB: A Gourmet Cannabis Cookbook

- HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Cannabis is a gourmet cookbook of cannabis-infused recipes featuring beautiful photography and a wide variety of recipes. The book was created by The Stoner’s Cookbook, an online infused recipe resource for medical cannabis patients, and was written by master chefs Laurie Wolf and Melissa Parks. The book also […]


Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Patch and CBD Topicals

- Mary’s Nutritionals is the non-THC containing product line from the people who bring you Mary’s Medicinals. Their medicinal products are celebrated in states that have medical marijuana for their effectiveness, unique blends and novel delivery systems. Their Mary’s Nutritionals line does not contain any THC and instead focuses solely on the healing power of hemp-derived […]


Dab.Land Electric Nail

- Before electronic nails, dabbing was one of those things that you either loved or hated because of the need to use a crème brúleé torch to heat the nail. Some found the torch exciting and edgy and elitist while others could not imagine how putting a flaming torch in the hand of someone about to […]


Thinc Pure Rosin Extracts

- Thinc Pure appeared in Washington’s medical cannabis market in 2015 with a splash. Their CO2 extracted cartridges contain no adulterants like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or coconut oil. Few processors are able to extract at the correct viscosity for vape pen cartridges and choose to include those additives so their oils flow through the wick […]


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Ophelia Chong: Changing Public Perceptions of Cannabis with Stock Photography

- When she launched StockPotImages.com in 2015, Ophelia Chong saw more than a business opportunity: she saw an opportunity to embrace and support the normalization of cannabis. Ophelia, a career photographer, made Stock Pot Images to be the first stock photo agency that specializes in cannabis-related imagery. Though she forayed as a relative newcomer to the industry, Ophelia has since attended many conventions and […]


Dr. Donald Land: Testing Commercial Cannabis for Pesticides

- Dr. Donald Land is the Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill, one of the leading scientific cannabis analysis labs in the world. He is also a Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis. Dr. Land recently joined us to discuss the trending topic of pesticide use in legal cannabis markets, and how Steep Hill aims to […]


Kellie Butterfield Dodds: Helping to Normalize Cannabis Through Film

- Kellie Butterfield Dodds is the founder and owner of the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California, an annual event that celebrates cannabis and exposes marijuana culture through the medium of film. Kellie is a California-grown ganjapreneur and cannabis activist based out of the Emerald Triangle. She moved to Southern Humboldt County in 2006, where in 2010 she co-founded the […]


Chris Kelly: Bringing Medical-Grade Extracts to the Recreational Market

- Chris Kelly is the Vice President and General Manager of Landrace Labs, a cannabis production company serving Washington State’s recreational market. He is also the founder and former CEO of Green Lion Farms, a medical cannabis company based in Seattle. Landrace produces high-quality CO2 extracts as well as flowers and pre-filled vape cartridges that are for sale […]


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WA Department of Health Does Not Support Specialty Clinics for Medical Cannabis

- Officials from the Washington State Department of Health issued an email this morning over the state’s medical cannabis Listserv that will surely spell disappointment for medical cannabis patients around the state. When the Washington legislature passed the Cannabis Protection Act during the 2015 legislative session, the Department of Health was tasked with developing recommendations regarding potential specialty clinics […]


Mormon Senator Pushes Medical Cannabis Bill Despite Opposition from LDS Church

- A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Utah proposed by Senator Mark Madsen — who is also a proud Mormon — now faces new opposition from the LDS Church. In a state where 288 people died from opioid overdoses in 2014, Madsen has fought to change the perception of cannabis among his colleagues as a safe alternative to potentially […]


Florida Revises Full-Strength Medical Cannabis Bill for Terminally Ill Patients

- A bill that would legalize full-strength medical cannabis for those suffering from terminal illnesses was revived in the Florida legislature Monday. The bill, which for months was legislatively sidelined, includes a rewrite that sets the number of eligible producers at five. The House Appropriations Committee approved HB307 by a vote of 9-2, and is headed […]


Obama 2017 Budget Would Lift Restrictions on D.C. Cannabis; Give DOJ More Power

- President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget for 2017 that proposes Washington, D.C. be allowed to spend its tax money to implement retail cannabis regulations. The budget would lift current restrictions on the use of local funds by D.C. lawmakers to create a recreational cannabis regulatory system. The Republican-led Congress passed a spending bill at […]


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California Lawmaker Introduces New Bill for 15 Percent Tax on MMJ

- Under a new bill introduced Wednesday by state Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), called the Marijuana Value Tax Act, California would see a tax hike up to 15 percent on medical marijuana to fund land restoration and rehabilitation programs. The tax could go even higher if SB987 becomes law, as the 15 percent figure does not include local […]


World’s First Cannabis Business Cruise Scheduled for October, 2016

- The U.S. cannabis industry has witnessed some amazing developments, but now marijuana entrepreneur James Lee is preparing to offer a deal that some years ago would have been considered little more than a pipe dream. On October 24, 2016, a commercial-grade cruise liner filled with cannabis professionals will depart from Florida for Jamaica, where they will be greeted with an epic all-you-can-consume cannabis […]


Australia Set to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Clinical Trials

- Australian legislators have introduced a bill to Parliament that would legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific use in clinical trials, Reuters reports. The legislation would provide for the creation of a national regulatory system for the licensing of medical cannabis growers and processors. Patients suffering from painful and chronic conditions would be […]


WA Department of Health Does Not Support Specialty Clinics for Medical Cannabis

- Officials from the Washington State Department of Health issued an email this morning over the state’s medical cannabis Listserv that will surely spell disappointment for medical cannabis patients around the state. When the Washington legislature passed the Cannabis Protection Act during the 2015 legislative session, the Department of Health was tasked with developing recommendations regarding potential specialty clinics […]


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California Lawmaker Introduces New Bill for 15 Percent Tax on MMJ

- Under a new bill introduced Wednesday by state Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), called the Marijuana Value Tax Act, California would see a tax hike up to 15 percent on medical marijuana to fund land restoration and rehabilitation programs. The tax could go even higher if SB987 becomes law, as the 15 percent figure does not include local […]


Anchorage Assembly Finalizes Recreational Cannabis Regulations

- The Anchorage Assembly finalized regulations for the recreational cannabis industry this week, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports. Many restrictions have been tightened — particularly relating to property buffers between marijuana businesses and sensitive locations such as schools, parks, and other cannabis retailers. The buffer has been reworked from 1000 ft. to 500 ft., which may seem to be more […]


WA Department of Health Does Not Support Specialty Clinics for Medical Cannabis

- Officials from the Washington State Department of Health issued an email this morning over the state’s medical cannabis Listserv that will surely spell disappointment for medical cannabis patients around the state. When the Washington legislature passed the Cannabis Protection Act during the 2015 legislative session, the Department of Health was tasked with developing recommendations regarding potential specialty clinics […]


Mormon Senator Pushes Medical Cannabis Bill Despite Opposition from LDS Church

- A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Utah proposed by Senator Mark Madsen — who is also a proud Mormon — now faces new opposition from the LDS Church. In a state where 288 people died from opioid overdoses in 2014, Madsen has fought to change the perception of cannabis among his colleagues as a safe alternative to potentially […]


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Hopeful Industrial Hemp Farmers Pushing Forward in North Dakota, Oregon

- Hopeful hemp farmers in North Dakota and Oregon are stepping forward to join their states’ experimental hemp programs. The two states are expected to issue licenses for experimental hemp plots — hemp is the non-psychoactive sister plant to cannabis, and is extremely useful in the creation of various textiles, bio-fuel, paper, and construction materials. Both […]


First Lady of Japan Considers Hemp Farming

- In an interview with the Japanese magazine Spa!, First Lady of Japan Akie Abe said that studying the history of hemp has gotten her interested in cultivating the plant, which is strictly limited in Japan. Hemp, specifically cord and clothing made from hemp fiber, plays a key role in traditional Shinto ceremonies. The plant traces […]


India Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production In Northern State of Uttarakhand

- A state in northern India will become the first in the country to legalize the cultivation of hemp. Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, announced that farmers throughout the state will be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp. Only two regions in the state–the Terai and Bhabhar regions–are exempted from legalizaiton. […]


U.S. Hemp Sales May Reach $500M This Year

- U.S. citizens are expected to purchase up to $500 million worth of hemp products during 2015, a preliminary analysis by the Boulder-based Hemp Business Journal recently revealed. Americans bought $400 million in such products during 2014, indicating a rapid expansion (25% over one year) in the demand for hemp-based products. Items purchased range from simple clothing and cosmetics […]