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  • Cannabis on Native American Reservations...
    by CRA-z on May 7, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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    by Cannabusiness Report and Ryan Nerz

    While covering marijuana culture in Washington state, Fusion's cannabis correspondent Ryan Nerz decided to investigate a topic he'd been curious about for a while: What's happening with weed on Native American Reservations?

    There's not much info about it on the interwebs. And yet, many Americans assume the trademark Native American peace pipe has always been filled with that peaceful herb. But Native American author, attorney, and activist Gyasi Ross stepped in to dispel the old peace pipe rumor and explain that Washington state's tribes are almost unilaterally differing from the rest of the state, which has legalized recreational marijuana.

    Why can tribes make their own laws, which sometimes contradict state laws? Sovereignty, says Gyasi. We've been here for thousands of years. We've been here when here wasn't here. We can make our own laws.

    Credit: Ryan Nerz, C.J. Dominguez, Sebastian Perry, and Darwin Phillips

  • New Study marijuana kills cancer cells a...
    by CRA-z on April 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM
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    Hey it’s Godfrey Hobs Canadian News here. There’s been some very interesting cannabis related news recently coming out of a surprising source the United States Federal government. More specifically, this news came from NIDA or the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    NIDA, or the National Institute on Drug Abuse is a United States federal-government research institute whose mission is to "lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.”

    Recently they have certainly been successful in some parts of their mission. A NIDA study found some interesting results recently. One of their reports, updated in April 2015, cautiously admitted that marijuana is capable of killing certain cancer cells. You heard that correctly. Marijuana is capable of killing certain cancer cells. Here’s a look at the exact quote from the report:

    “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

    Cannabis in the United States is federally considered to have no medicinal value despite being legal in several states and having medicinal status in many others. Cannabis is currently a schedule one drug in the US meaning that it is considered, by the federal government anyways, to have no medicinal value.

    Earlier in February, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful. I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking.”

    Very few news outlets are reporting this story. Most of the news sites that are reporting it seem to stick to the line that the United States should reschedule cannabis to a schedule 2 drug – acknowledging the medical benefits it has.

    To me the big take away from the story though is the fact that cannabis can be good for your health in some circumstances. Earlier this year the Conservative government of Canada spent more than $7 million on a 12-week anti-drug advertising campaign which included an anti-marijuana TV commercial. 7 million amounts to more than Health Canada spent on advertising for all of its programs and services combined in the previous 2013-14 fiscal year. Is this really where our money needs to be spent? An opinion poll conducted for the federal government less than a year ago found that over 2 thirds of Canadians want marijuana laws changed.

    So what do you think of this story? Does it shock you that a federal research institute in the United States would come out saying that cannabis can be good for your health in some circumstances? Should Canada change its drug laws? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for watching. Please don’t forget to like and favorite this video and of course, subscribe to Godfrey Hobs.

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  • Aphria Medical Marijuana to double its L...
    by CRA-z on April 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM
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    One of Canada's licensed medical marijuana facilities will double in size this summer, a year after Health Canada radically changed industry rules. Aphria Medical Marijuana cultivates 17,000 marijuana plants in a 3,000-square-metre facility operating in Leamington, Ont., south of Windsor. By summer, it will be twice that size and operating in two buildings, rather than one. ....read article


  • 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars s...
    by CRA-z on March 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM
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    LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities seized 400 lbs of chocolate bars containing edible marijuana that were hidden inside boxes in a car they stopped Tuesday, Feb. 24, at mile marker 40 on eastbound I-70. The Missouri state trooper stopped the 2015 Infiniti QX60 for a traffic violation, and during the traffic stop, authorities say the driver had inconsistent answers and his behavior seemed deceptive.

    The trooper asked for consent to search the vehicle because the suspect’s story didn’t add up and when it was granted, the trooper located the marijuana chocolate inside boxes in the cargo area of the vehicle.

    Jeffrey J. Woo, 42, from Ladera Ranch, California, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and transported to the Lafayette County Jail. The arrest happened at about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

    Police said the chocolate bars were transferred to highway patrol headquarters in Lee’s Summit, where they are locked up in an evidence room.

    “These edibles that we are seeing look like regular chocolate bars, look like regular candy bars, look like regular food, and we’re worried,: Sgt. Collin Stosberg said. “Our main concern is obviously getting in the hands of our children, and these THC levels in these edibles are at an all time high.”

    The chocolate bars resembled regular chocolate bars with flavors such as bacon, peanut butter and jelly swirl.

  • Neterlands Government Crackdown on Marij...
    by CRA-z on March 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM
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    The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world's most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country's government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring "weed passes" to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down.

    VICE News visited Amsterdam to see what effects the new restrictions are having. After speaking to coffeeshop owners — one of whom has to close his shop because he's technically too close to a school — we went to a weed festival and visited the home and greenhouse of Doede de Jong, one of the country's few outspoken growers.


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  • Everything We Know About the Drug War & ...
    by CRA-z on February 12, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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    As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong.

    Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs." His findings may surprise you ? from the U.S. government's persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver's success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal's experiment with full decriminalization of all drugs. This video is an excerpt from the interview with Johann Hari.

    Watch the full 20-minute discussion here:

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  • Medical marijuana easily dispensed in Va...
    by CRA-z on January 31, 2015 at 12:31 AM
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    Quick consultation with a nurse or naturopath gets people access to as much marijuana as they want. read more

    Marijuana is being openly sold in specialty stores in Vancouver under the guise of a government-approved system meant to limit sales for medical use only, a documentary by the CBC's fifth estate shows. 

    Medical marijuana has been legally sold in Canada since 2001 under strict government guidelines and only under authorization from a physician.

    But the fifth estate’s Mark Kelley found that in Vancouver these days the drug is readily available in medical marijuana dispensaries, where a quick consultation with a nurse or a naturopath gets people a membership and access to as much marijuana as they want.

     

  • Canadian medical marijuana company makes...
    by CRA-z on January 22, 2015 at 4:47 PM
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    Source: Globe and Mail

  • Tommy Chong on the Business of Marijuana...
    by CRA-z on January 21, 2015 at 3:00 AM
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    Tommy Chong, who first hit fame in the 1970s as part of the pot-laced comedy duo Cheech and Chong, is in a unique

  • The Cannabusiness Report
    by CRA-z on January 11, 2015 at 11:47 AM
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  • New bank could save the pot industry
    by CRA-z on January 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    By Katie Lobosco

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

    Kristi Kelly owns legal marijuana stores in Colorado called Good Meds and has lost 23 bank accounts in five years. Even though medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and 22 other states, it's still illegal on the federal level. And that means banks generally don't want anything to do with pot shops.

    That creates a slew of headaches for these entrepreneurs, who are often forced to operate all-cash businesses. That is time consuming and costly -- and can be dangerous.

    But a new credit union formed specifically to serve the marijuana business could be a turning point for the fledgling pot industry.

    Fourth Corner Credit Union is supported by a group of attorneys, business owners and legalization advocates who see an opportunity where traditional bankers see only potential legal problems. Pending final approval from the Federal Reserve, it could open in January.

    "It will be much safer than the cash-based operation that exists today," said founding member Mark Mason. "The feds should be thrilled."

    Here's what it will mean for business owners.

    They'll be able to have bank accounts: Sometimes a pot business owner is lucky enough to get an account if a bank either turns a blind eye, or doesn't immediately understand the true nature of the business. But it generally doesn't last for long. That's why Kelly eventually turned Good Meds into an all-cash business.

    They'll save time: Kelly has an entire team dedicated to keeping track of the cash, double and triple checking handwritten ledgers.

    They have dubbed the entire process "Bank Kristi."

    It'll be easier to pay employees: A pot business can't issue paychecks without a bank account. At Good Meds, employees have to go to a different location to pick up their wad of cash every payday, count it, and sign off.

    Their businesses will be safer: Businesses with lots of cash on hand are big targets for criminals. For now, Kelly moves the money out of Good Meds' main location to a more discreet location for the safety of her customers and employees.

    They'll be able to accept credit cards: This would cut down on the amount of cash a business has to handle. It could also bring transparency to the industry, making it easier for governments to regulate the businesses -- making sure they are not involved with drug cartels, said Michael Elliott, the director of the Marijuana Industry Group.

    "If it does open, it would be exciting. But ultimately Congress needs to fix this issue," Elliott said.

  • Legal Leading to Medical Cannabis Refuge...
    by CRA-z on January 4, 2015 at 11:28 AM
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    Some are moving to Colorado to seek medical aid in a state where marijuana is decriminalized.


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