How to Get Rid of Pests and Parasites on Marijuana Plants

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How to Get Rid of Pests and Parasites on Marijuana Plants

By Dianna Benjamin, WikiLeaf.com

Mother nature is beautiful.  Except she’s also kind of gross and at times, highly inconvenient.  And since cannabis is a plant, it is subject to pests and parasites.  Whether marijuana is grown indoors or outside, it cannot escape the circle of life, and apparently, humans aren’t the only ones interested in consuming cannabis.  Here is a list of the most common parasitic threats and what to do about them.

Cannabis Pests and Parasites

Spider Mites

These guys are probably the most common of all pests and can cause the biggest headache.  Spider mites don’t play; they reproduce rapidly, reach full maturity in a matter of days, and binge on plant material until chlorophyll is depleted and the plant is dead.  It doesn’t take long for a spider mite spotting to turn into a full blow infestation and the demise of an entire cannabis harvest.

Aphids

Easy to miss, aphids are tiny, quick, and devastating.  Like spider mites, they reproduce quickly and feast on the cannabis plant matter. They are especially damaging to indoor gardens that lack the natural aphid predators outdoor gardens can harness for protection.

Grasshoppers and Crickets

Pot lovers by nature, these insects will make the cannabis plant their primary food source without quick and effective intervention.  Crickets and grasshoppers typically feast at night and leave behind a whole lot of damage for growers to discover in the morning.  While birds love to eat these bugs, they must dig through the soil to get to them, and that can cause damage to root systems.

Caterpillars

Plant Pests and ParasitesLike grasshoppers and crickets, caterpillars are very attracted to cannabis, and their insatiable appetites can destroy the crop.  Borer caterpillars go unnoticed because they burrow through the plant, hollowing it out and killing it before growers realize what’s happening.

Cutworms

They sound as lethal as they are.  Cutworms can destroy a harvest before it even has a chance to begin growing.  These night crawlers eviscerate cannabis seedlings and the tops of cannabis plants.

Leaf Miners

These insects are creepy and make me a little paranoid about eating anything leafy.  They burrow through the cannabis plant and mine the leaves of cells and nutrients.  In their wake, they leave behind brown or white streaks through the leaf tops.  The adults leave their larvae under the leaves, and those babies grow up to be just like their creepy, burrowing parents.  Unfortunately, the best remedy for these bugs are your hands since most pesticides that target leaf miners are more dangerous than they are beneficial.  Yep, that means you’ve got to find ‘em and squish ‘em.

Fungus Gnats

From their larval-hood to adulthood, these microscopic insects love to eat the cannabis plant.  They start by eating fungus near the plant’s base, but steadily eat through the roots.  This can be devastating for plant growth and soil drainage.

Slugs and Snails

Simultaneously cute and disgusting, these common garden pests eat cannabis plant matter and can eventually do a lot of damage.  They aren’t particularly discreet, though.  They leave streaks of shiny slime everywhere they go.  Like I said.  Cute and disgusting.

Whiteflies

These tiny, flying insects love to chow down on cannabis.  They live beneath cannabis leaves, and, because of their size, are not easy to see.  Whiteflies can be particularly dangerous because of their ability to spread disease.  As fliers, they are extremely mobile, and once they show up, they can take down an entire harvest.

Thrips

These tiny bugs thrive on the cannabis flower.  An infestation of them can ruin the crop’s ability to fully mature.  Like whiteflies, thrips are notorious for spreading diseases which can be even more detrimental to the plant than the thrips’ appetite.

Mealy Bugs

These insects are not a problem in small numbers, but an infestation could overrun a harvest.  Mealy bugs are small and live in the plant’s crevices.

They make their presence known by leaving behind gifts of cotton-like balls

These insect-hand-crafted gauze balls can cover a cannabis plant, and the presence of the mealy bugs can cause plant discoloration.

Ants

Rather than posing a direct threat to cannabis plants, ants are indicators of other problems since they are attracted to aphids or whiteflies.  Additionally, as burrowing insects, ants can damage the cannabis root systems.

Birds

Like ants, birds aren’t always bad.  In fact, they can be extremely helpful in eliminating other pests like caterpillars.  However, birds love seeds.  Birds are most hazardous to cannabis before the plant has even sprouted.

Cats and Dogs

We love our pets, but they aren’t the best for cannabis grows.  Although it isn’t likely that they will eat the cannabis, a cat’s ammonia-heavy urine and pet fecal matter are harmful for cannabis gardens.  The ammonia will wreak havoc on your plants and the feces attracts harmful pests.

Deer

Rudolph and Bambi love plants, and that includes young cannabis.  Deer Plant Pests and Parasiteswill eat an entire plant, destroying a harvest well before maturity.  Fortunately, a mature cannabis plant’s pungent aroma is a natural repellant for scent-sensitive deer.  Before maturity, however, cannabis plants must be vigilantly guarded against these large herbivores.   

Mice and Rats

While mice and rats are not particularly inclined to seek out cannabis, they will eat it if it’s there and nothing else seems better.  They are also the mammalian versions of roaches—they’re everywhere.  Even when you don’t see them, they see you, the insidious vermin.

Gophers

Another rodent, gophers tunnel underground.  While burrowing alone isn’t always a bad thing—moles do it, too, but they aerate the soil and eat pesky insects for you—gophers also eat the cannabis roots, sometimes even pulling the entire plant down into their subterranean dwellings.

Natural Solutions to Pests and Parasites

Despite her inconvenience, mother nature is also a force of balance.  Ecosystems work to create and sustain life because each part of that system contributes to its overall wellbeing.  So here is a list of critters to welcome to a cannabis friendly ecosystem.  Keep in mind that these are pretty much exclusive to outdoor grows.

Amphibians are natural predators for snails and slugs.

Aphid midges are great natural predators for over 60 types of aphids.

Damsel bugs eat lots of pests including caterpillars, leafhoppers, thrips, and aphids.

Ground beetles binge eat on slugs, snails, and cutworms.

Lacewing larvae and adults thrive on caterpillars, mealybugs, thrips, whiteflies, and aphids.

Lady bug larvae and adults feast on mites, mealybugs, and aphids.

Birds of prey are natural predators for mice, rats, and gophers.

Sunflowers are pretty, covering, and natural repellants to cutworms.

Wasps and praying mantises are natural predators for caterpillars.

Environmentally Friendly Pest Control and Pesticides

Sometimes introducing natural predators to a cannabis grow isn’t an option or enough.  Here are safe ways to deter pests from your cannabis:

Neem oil has been regarded as an incredibly potent and versatile pesticide for centuries.  A spray containing this oil, organic soap, and warm water can ward off all kinds of insects.

Salt spray is an effective repellant for spider mites and other insects because it dehydrates the bugs and their larvae.

Citrus oil can be used in combination with cayenne pepper, soap, and/or water to create a natural pesticide for slugs and ants.

Onion and Garlic sprays are a natural repellant for most insects.

Scarecrows or reflective objects are good, reversible deterrents for birds.  Once the seeds have sprouted, you can remove these items so birds can help you get rid of other pests.

Fences are the best deterrent for large mammals including dogs, cats, deer, and humans.

Diluted dish liquid is a good way to get rid of grasshoppers and crickets.

Cornmeal is a safe way to deter ants from your plants. While ants are natural predators for whiteflies and aphids, they also threaten cannabis root systems, so apply cornmeal to the soil to keep them away.
References

Bergman, Robert.  “Marijuana Pests & Bugs—Control and Identification.”  I Love Growing Marijuana.

Group, Edward.  “10 Homemade Organic Pesticides.” Global Healing Center.  28 April 2010.

ROL Staff.  “10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants.”  Rodales Organic Life. 11 May 2016.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:03:13 +0000

Jeff Sessions Shuts Down DEA Research of Marijuana

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Jeff Sessions Shuts Down DEA Research of Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department has effectively shutdown a potential increase in the research of marijuana by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sessions has effective stopped the DEA from taking action on more than two dozen requests to grow marijuana to use in research, according to a report by The Washington Post.

As noted by the Post, a year ago the DEA began accepting applications to grow more marijuana for research, and as of this month, had received 25 proposals to consider. However, the DEA says they need the Justice Department to sign-off on more research in order to move forward, and so far, the department hasn’t been willing to provide it.

“They’re sitting on it,” said one law enforcement official familiar with the matter. “They just will not act on these things.” As a result, “the Justice Department has effectively shut down this program to increase research registrations”, says a senior DEA official.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said the agency “has always been in favor of enhanced research for controlled substances such as marijuana.”

Lauren Ehrsam, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment when requested by the Post.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:41:52 +0000

Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

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Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

Those hospitalized for trauma who test positive for marijuana are considerably less likely to die during their stay than those who don’t, according to a new study.

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For the study, published by The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and published online by the National Institute of Health, researchers conducted a “5-year (2008-2012) analysis of adult trauma patients (>18 y/o) in Arizona State Trauma Registry”. They included “patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a positive toxicology screen for marijuana”,and excluded “patients with positive alcohol or other substance screening”. Outcome measures were “mortality, ventilator days, ICU [intensive care unit], and hospital Length of Stay (LOS)”. In total, 28,813 patients were included in the analysis.

Researchers determined that  “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a lower mortality rate (5.3 percent versus 8.9 percent) compared to patients with a negative marijuana screen”. On sub analysis of patients who received mechanical ventilation, “marijuana positive had a higher number of ventilator days (2d vs. 1d, p=0.02) and a lower mortality rate (7.3% vs. 16.1%, p<0.001) than those who were marijuana negative.”

Researchers conclude the study by stating; “A positive marijuana screen is associated with decreased mortality in adult trauma patients admitted to the ICU. This association warrants further investigation of the possible physiological effects of marijuana in trauma patients.”

The full study, conducted at the University of Arizona, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:38:58 +0000

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5 Techniques For Detecting Cannabis in Our System

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5 Techniques For Detecting Cannabis in Our System

Synthetic Marijuana

08-11-2017

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Everyone’s always looking for a better way to do things, and producing medicine is no exception. When scientists began to explore the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, some cultivators honed their breeding process to make marijuana that contained more uniform ingredients and potency.
Others worked to produce something that was like marijuana but could be legally sold to the… Read more

Cannabis Beer

08-08-2017

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Food products are infused with cannabis to combine medicinal properties with a comfortable delivery system. From a medical perspective, food and beverages infused with medical marijuana represent another option for treating patients suffering from debilitating conditions.
Cannabis concentrates can easily be added to food or beverages, and those products can be purchased at a dispensary. Most… Read more

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

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There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

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Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

avoid these activities with marijuana

One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

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Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

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Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid exposure as an adolescent doesn’t harm, and often improves working memory as an adult.

“Marijuana is a prevalent illicit substance used by adolescents, and several studies have indicated that adolescent use can lead to long-term cognitive deficits including problems with attention and memory”, begins the study’s abstract. “However, preclinical animal studies that observe cognitive deficits after cannabinoid exposure during adolescence utilize experimenter administration of doses of cannabinoids that may exceed what an organism would choose to take, suggesting that contingency and dose are critical factors that need to be addressed in translational models of consequences of cannabinoid exposure.”

Researchers “recently developed an adolescent cannabinoid self-administration paradigm in male rats, and found that prior adolescent self-administration of the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) [meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids] resulted in improved working memory performance in adulthood.”

Given “known sex differences in both drug self-administration and learning and memory processes, it is possible that cannabinoid self-administration could have different cognitive consequences in females.” Therefore, this study “aimed to explore the effects of self-administered vs. experimenter-administered WIN in adolescent female rats on adult cognitive function.”

For the study; female rats were trained to self-administer WIN daily throughout adolescence. The acute effects of adolescent WIN self-administration on memory “were determined using a short-term spatial memory test 24 h after final SA session; and the long-term effects on cognitive performance were assessed during protracted abstinence in adulthood using a delayed-match-to-sample working memory task.”

In a separate experiment, females were given “daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of a low or high dose of WIN, corresponding to self-administered and typical experimenter-administered doses, respectively, or its vehicle during adolescence and working memory was assessed under drug-free conditions in adulthood.”

While self-administration of WIN in adolescence had no significant effects on short-term spatial memory or adult working memory, “experimenter administration of WIN resulted in improved adult working memory performance that was more pronounced in the low dose group.”

Thus, “low-dose adolescent WIN exposure, whether self-administered or experimenter-administered, results in either improvements or no change in adult working memory performance in female rats, similar to previous results found in males.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:45:43 +0000

Can You Donate Blood While Taking Medical Marijuana?

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Can You Donate Blood While Taking Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis Beer

08-08-2017

marijuana beer

Food products are infused with cannabis to combine medicinal properties with a comfortable delivery system. From a medical perspective, food and beverages infused with medical marijuana represent another option for treating patients suffering from debilitating conditions.
Cannabis concentrates can easily be added to food or beverages, and those products can be purchased at a dispensary. Most… Read more

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

marijuana pizza

There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

thc in system

Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

avoid these activities with marijuana

One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

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Published at Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

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Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

17 years after Hawaii legalized medical cannabis, the legal sale of the medicine through a state-sanctioned dispensary has finally begun.

Maui Grown Therapies (44 Paa Street, Kahului) officially opened their doors today after receiving approval from the Department of Health to begin operations. According to Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs for the dispensary, they have been pre-registering patients and are currently accepting people only by appointments, though walk-in says are expected to start as soon as next week.

“Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii,” says Freitas Gorman. “This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.”

“This is an important day for qualified patients and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use,” said Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, in a statement. “Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.”

Hawaii was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, though lawmakers didn’t approve dispensaries until 2015.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:22:03 +0000

National Conference of State Legislatures Calls for Marijuana to be Removed from Controlled Substances Act

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National Conference of State Legislatures Calls for Marijuana to be Removed from Controlled Substances Act

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution today urging that marijuana be removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

This would give federally approved banks the ability to work with marijuana businesses. and would also allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without the threat of federal interference. For a resolution to pass, it must be supported by a majority of participating legislators in each of 75% of the states represented at the conference’s general business meeting.

The resolution states:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove cannabis from scheduling thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges that each of its members will have differing and sometimes conflicting views of cannabis and how to regulate it, but in allowing each state to craft its own regulations we may increase transparency, public safety, and economic development where it is wanted.

The full resolution can be found online at http://comm.ncsl.org/productfiles/92221867/Debate_Calendar.pdf

A different version of this resolution, which called for rescheduling marijuana to a lower schedule, was approved by NCSL last year.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:47:59 +0000

Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

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Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

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LOS ANGELES — Billions of dollars are expected to flow through California’s legitimate marijuana industry next year when recreational pot becomes legal, but most of those businesses won’t be able to use banks.

The reason: Many banks don’t want anything to do with pot money for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still lists marijuana as illegal — and regulates the banking industry. There is uncertainty over how the Trump administration will react.

Because of those fears, pot dispensary operators in the 29 states where the drug is legal, either for medical or recreational purposes, often find themselves nervously handling obscene amounts of cash.

During the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued guidelines to help banks avoid federal prosecution when dealing with pot businesses in states where the drug is legal.

But most banks don’t see those rules as a shield against charges that could include aiding drug trafficking. And they say the rules are difficult to follow, in effect placing the burden on banks to determine if a pot business is operating within the law.

For example, the Justice Department wants to make sure pot profits in states where marijuana is legal are not being funneled to gangs or cartels. Banks are unsure how to make such a determination.

The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle pot money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of the industry.

Colorado tried in 2015 to set up a credit union to serve the marijuana industry but was blocked by the Federal Reserve. A court ruling last month could open the door for another attempt.

Elsewhere around the country, the Oregon Department of Revenue built a fortress-like office for dropping off and counting cash.

Some pot businesses have tried to open bank accounts by setting up management companies or nonprofit organizations with ambiguous names — in other words, by misleading the banks. But those accounts can be shut down if a bank realizes where the money is coming from.

“It is not normal for people to walk around with millions of dollars of cash. We have to deal with this reality,” lamented Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, who has proposed creating a municipal bank that would serve cannabis businesses.

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Published at Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:00:37 +0000