Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

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Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

From January 1st of this year to the end of August, there was over $1 billion worth of legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in Colorado.

Colorado marijuana sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark in just eight months this year. In 2016, it took 10 months to reach the same mark. According to The Cannabist, year-to-date sales are up 21% this year compared to the first eight months of 2016, when sales totaled $846 million.

The over $1 billion in legal marijuana sales for 2017 have resulted in over $162 million in taxes for the state. This is garnered from a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales, which was raised in July from 10% (though at the same time marijuana sales were exempted from the states standard 2.95 sales tax).

In total there has been roughly $4 billion in marijuana sold since legal sales began in 2014: $699 million in 2014, $996 million in 2015, $1.3 billion in 2016, and $1.02 billion so far this 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 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:05:38 +0000

A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

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A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

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A growing problem: How to lighten carbon footprint of cannabis farms

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Consider a typical cannabis farmer, growing an indoor crop.

In a protected, controlled environment, they can grow a profitable mix of high-potency, medicinal marijuana and any number of milder strains appealing to a new market.

But the venture comes with both a business and social overhead: high energy bills and a heavy, carbon footprint.

“It’s a big problem,” said Tim Hade, co-founder of micro-grid company Scale. “It has an impact far beyond cannabis consumption.”

A recent study estimated a single, indoor marijuana plant takes the equivalent of 70 gallons of oil to grow. Energy demand at Colorado’s largest utility grew about 2 percent after marijuana was legalized.

Hade said the growing industry could wipe out gains the country made in the last decade that kept energy consumption stable even as the population and economy grew. As the legalized marijuana industry expands in California, it could seriously challenge state goals to reduce greenhouse emissions.

The cannabis industry is starting to address the issue. Startups are hunting for ways to make growing more efficient. Farmers are innovating and experimenting.

Evan Mills, an energy and climate change scientist based in California, said the cannabis industry could make efficiency gains in almost every step of its process. According to Mills’ research, the total amount of energy used to power marijuana farms is equivalent to powering 2 million homes, with emissions equal to 3 million U.S. cars.

Mills said the key change in the industry is a trend toward large-scale cannabis cultivation “which may prove to be far more energy intensive” than the current collection of small-growers.

Scale, based in New York, combines solar, battery storage, and natural gas generators in a system that can cut energy cost by up to 35 percent.

Hade, an Air Force veteran and Stanford Graduate School of Business grad, said the system uses excess heat from generators to fuel air conditioning. With about 30 percent of a farmer’s overhead spent on fuel and electricity, he said, “you have to be sophisticated about energy management.”

J.P. Martin, founder of GrowX, a company in the cannabis accelerator Gateway, has focused his company on making indoor growing more efficient. The startup has produced prototypes for an aeroponic growing system, with sensors, lights and a mesh growing medium. It’s testing the system with two customers.

Natural approach

Martin said the system uses less energy and water than hydroponic growing, and eliminates possible impurities and disease developed from soil.

Cannabis grown indoors is often believed to be more potent — and is more expensive — than crops grown outdoors.

“Traditional farming is a broken model,” Martin said.

But even the promise of new technology — including energy saving LED lighting, sensor-filled growing pods and a network of artificial intelligence and high-efficiency electronics — may not be enough.

“In this warming world, indoor farming is an environmentally unaffordable luxury,” Mills said. “Even deep energy savings leave indoor grows as energy-intensive as most ordinary buildings.”

Some farmers have taken a traditional, natural approach to growing.

Cyril Guthridge, owner and operator of Waterdog Herb Farm in Mendocino County, Calif., plants outdoors. He searches for the right combination of plants and environment to produce high-quality strains of marijuana on his 160 acre homestead.

He has several friends growing indoors and producing great crops, he said. The process can produce high-quality crops, but is usually three times more expensive, he said.

But Guthridge wants to fill a niche for high-quality, naturally grown marijuana. And his farm is off the grid, powered by renewable sources.

“Nature is providing us with a very good environment,” he said.

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Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:35:56 +0000

California Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Parks and Beaches

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California Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Parks and Beaches

Legislation passed by California’s House and Senate to ban smoking and vaping at state parks and beaches has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Surfrider Beach in Malibu.

Senate Bill 386 would have banned smoking and vaping at all California parks and beaches and would have mandated that signage be posted alerting patrons to the new law. This would have effected nearly 300 state parks and nearly 300 miles of state beaches.

If the measure wasn’t vetoed, it would have instituted fines of up to $485 for those caught smoking tobacco or cannabis.

“Last year I vetoed Senate Bill 1333, a similar measure, because I believed that such a far=reaching prohibition in every state park and on every state beach was too broad”, Governor Brown stated in a public statement regarding the veto. “If People can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to the coercive power of the government.”

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, 10 Oct 2017 03:33:25 +0000

Justice Department Names New DEA Acting Administrator

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Justice Department Names New DEA Acting Administrator

The Department of Justice has officially designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

New DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.

Patterson’s appointment comes after the resignation of now-former DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down because he feels President Trump doesn’t respect the law. Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November 2015. As the chief inspector, he had oversight of the Office of Inspections, the Office of Security Programs, and the Office of Professional Responsibility. Collectively, these offices comprise DEA’s internal affairs, compliance, and security programs and provide guidance and support to DEA Headquarters and Field Offices.

Prior to his appointment as the chief inspector, Patterson served in a variety other positions within DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools, in support of field operations.

Prior to his assignment at SOD, Patterson was a group supervisor in the agency’s Miami Division, where he led the operations of the Orlando District Office Task Force, and later served as acting ASAC.

Patterson began his career with DEA in 1988 in the New York Division, where he worked numerous racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations, known as RICO, investigations. He was also part of a special program established to combat the growing opioid epidemic and associated violence in the greater New York area.

At this point it’s unclear how long Patterson will remain as acting administrator before a permanent DEA Chief is named.

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, 05 Oct 2017 03:46:20 +0000

Book series looks at growing marijuana

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Book series looks at growing marijuana

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Book series looks at growing marijuana

They’ve written guides about growing fruit, vegetables, houseplants and more. Now, the authors of a popular gardening series have set their sights on something a little different.

“What’s Wrong with My Marijuana Plant? A Cannabis Grower’s Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies” (Ten Speed Press, 2017), by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, is the fifth in their “What’s Wrong With …’ ” series, and is one of the first mainstream gardening books to offer practical advice on a topic some still consider taboo.

“I’ve been interested in medicinal plants for some time,” explained Deardorff. “So it seemed perfectly natural to me to extend our series to ‘What’s Wrong With My Marijuana Plant?’ ”

In the book’s introduction, the authors remind readers that the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal crop. They warn prospective growers to check the laws of their state before planting it. In Washington state, only medical marijuana users can legally grow plants at home.

But, Deardorff says, “Medical marijuana is now legal in 26 states. In some of those states you need a medical recommendation to grow it, but in others even recreation growers can now grow it, so it seemed like the timing was right.”

“Another side to this is that we feel it’s crucially important that any plant to be used medicinally be grown organically, and our book helps people address any problems they encounter during the growing process using organic solutions,” says Wadsworth.

“Our audience is not stoners,” Deardorff adds. “Ninety percent of them are probably older women who are growing marijuana for medicinal uses.”

Aimed at novices

The book, like the earlier books in this series, takes a visual and diagnostic approach that can be especially helpful for novices.

“We focus on the first symptoms a grower can see with the naked eye. So in our book, there’s a picture of what that problem looks like and a detailed description so you can diagnose the problem. Then you can change the growing conditions accordingly,” Deardorff says.

The book is divided into sections based on the parts of the plant, such as leaf, stem, root or flower.

Because so little research has been done on marijuana in the U.S., largely due to its federal legal status, the authors researched the book by interviewing medical marijuana growers around the country, including indoor growers, outdoor growers and home growers.

“We combined the information from these visits with research using publications from the Netherlands and Israel,” Deardorff says. He says those countries are leaders in research on medical marijuana.

“In general, it is a good strong weed,” he says. “It grows well. It grows strong. But like any other plant, it does have issues.”

The most common problem for marijuana plants, he says, is mites. And one common mistake, whether marijuana is being grown outdoors or inside in pots, is not using a potting soil that’s sufficiently light and airy. Plant nutrition is another issue, since nutritional needs change over the life of the plant. That requires different fertilizers. And although marijuana plants are generally robust, they can get powdery mildew or aphids.

“A lot of people are still using pesticides to deal with things when they should really be growing it organically, particularly for a weed like this that may be used medicinally,” he says.

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Published at Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:00:44 +0000

All About Marijuana Kiosks

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All About Marijuana Kiosks

Posted by Jason Draizin on 10/06/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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Most of us have used an electronic kiosk or vending machine to order food, withdraw money and check out our own groceries. But, what if we could use them to get our marijuana medicine, too?

Marijuana entrepreneurs are making that idea a reality by bringing electronic kiosks to marijuana dispensaries. In an industry with so many regulations, marijuana kiosks are a breath of fresh air for dispensary owners looking for more business options.

You might see a marijuana kiosk come to a dispensary near you — in fact, your local shop might already have one. This innovation is a potential game-changer for dispensaries across the country.

What Are Marijuana Kiosks?

Marijuana kiosks are electronic kiosks that help you buy cannabis medicine. The way they do this varies by the machine manufacturer. The first kiosks only sold edible products, similar to standard vending machines you’d find in business lobbies. You could use them to buy medical goodies like brownies, cookies and drinks. However, edibles don’t work well for every patient, limiting the usefulness of the machines for everyone.

In 2015, the machines began to offer marijuana bud as well, making the kiosks viable for more patients. You can specify the strain and amount of bud that you want to purchase using the machine’s interface. Since you can use marijuana flower in so many ways, patients with a variety of medical needs can now use marijuana kiosks for extra convenience.

Some electronic cannabis kiosks have bonus features that add to the shopping experience. For example, some provide detailed information about the products it dispenses, which helps patients learn more about the product when they purchase it. Other machines even offer video games for you to play while you wait for your order.

How Do Marijuana Kiosks Work?

The general purpose of a medical marijuana kiosk is to make purchasing and paying easier for the customer. Weed kiosks streamline the shopping experience to make it more efficient for both budtenders and patients.

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However, while electronic kiosks facilitate the marijuana-buying experience, you can only use them in dispensaries. Even in states with liberal marijuana laws, you can’t just find a weed vending machine on the street where you can buy your medicine. So, you still have to visit a dispensary to obtain your cannabis.

Plus, even though many kiosks manage most of the ordering process, you still must work with a budtender at some point during the transaction. How much you interact with the kiosk vs. the budtender depends on the kind of machine the dispensary uses. Regardless of the type of machine, you’ll still have access to a budtender in case you have any questions or concerns.

Some kiosks only accept cash, leaving the rest of the transaction in the budtender’s hands. They ensure accurate money counting and retain cash to use as change.

But, other kiosks can do even more. For instance, Jane marijuana kiosks allow you to choose the amount of automation, letting you order on your smartphone or at the kiosk.

Where Are Marijuana Kiosks Legal?

Each brand of kiosk provides machines in different states. They tend to be available in states with more weed-positive laws, such as Washington and Colorado. But, as the marijuana industry grows, kiosk companies branch out to more states.

While certain states allow the use of marijuana kiosks, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. So, manufacturers must take care when conducting business. Many of the legal issues kiosk companies consider involve payment methods.

Specifically, marijuana kiosks address the issues surrounding cash payments in dispensaries. Most businesses in the marijuana industry only use cash transactions because many banks hesitate to process card payments for dispensaries due to the federal illegality of weed.

The first concern about cash-only payments that comes to mind, inconvenience, is made easier with electronic kiosks. Even kiosks only meant to handle cash payments make paying with cash faster. In addition, some kiosks accept bitcoins and vouchers that expand customers’ payment options beyond dollar bills.

Another issue with primarily using cash payments is security concerns. If it’s not stored securely, thieves can easily steal cash from businesses. Kiosks can safely store a dispensary’s cash, discouraging potential thieves and making it harder for those who do attempt to steal.

What Can We Expect From Marijuana Kiosks in the Future?

We live in an age where both the marijuana and technology industries are experiencing rapid growth. Since kiosks involve both industries, we can expect them to grow, as well.

In fact, some of the marijuana kiosk technology we could see in the future already exists for kiosks serving other purposes. After all, we already have machines that dispense products like movies and tea, so we have the technological capacity to make machines that directly dispense marijuana. The ability of kiosk companies to offer machines that dispense weed relies on our legal and social acceptance of cannabis medicine.

If banks didn’t have to worry about legal consequences for handling marijuana transactions, kiosks could read payment cards. Some machines, like the ones distributed by Jane, already have the capacity to read cards — they just need the go-ahead from banks. Lifting the federal prohibition could seriously boost the marijuana economy, let alone kiosk use.

We could also see marijuana kiosk use on an international scale, with Jamaica serving as the pioneer. To enhance the country’s tourism market, Jamaica plans to emphasize the medical benefits of the marijuana grown in their country. As a part of this plan, they want to add kiosks to their major airports so cannabis patients can get their medicine on vacation.

How to Find More Information About Marijuana Medicine and Kiosks

The marijuana kiosk situation depends on where you live and your state’s laws. To get information relevant to your area, you should go to a local dispensary and talk with the staff there. A certified marijuana doctor may also have some answers for you.

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Published at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Number of fatal crashes involving drivers with marijuana in their system up since legalization

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Number of fatal crashes involving drivers with marijuana in their system up since legalization

The Columbian / Associated Press

Number of fatal crashes involving drivers with marijuana in their system up since legalization

YAKIMA — The number of fatal Washington crashes involving drivers with marijuana in their system rose to 79 last year — more than double that of 2012 when voters legalized its recreational use.

In Yakima County, however, the number has remained essentially unchanged at an average of about five a year, according to the state Traffic Safety Commission.

But experts caution the statistics focus only on fatal crashes and don’t provide a complete picture of the impact pot is having on road safety.

When issuing impaired driving citations, most police agencies don’t differentiate between alcohol, pot or other drugs. They’re simply categorized as DUIs.

As a result, data regarding marijuana-impaired drivers isn’t complete. No statewide data is kept on serious injury accidents involving marijuana because of reporting inconsistencies by local police agencies, according to the safety commission.

Also, researchers are studying if current methods of testing for marijuana impairment and whether the current legal limit of THC in a person’s system is an accurate assessment of impairment.

From a traffic safety standpoint, the state wasn’t ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana, said Nathan Weller, a Pullman-based consultant helping Washington State University with a marijuana-impairment study.

“The amount of challenges that went along with it was unknown at the time (of voter approval) and now we’re playing catch-up,” he said.

Data shortfall

The Yakima Police Department has seen the number of DUIs creep up since pot was legalized, from 296 in 2012 compared with 331 in 2016. But like so many other agencies, it doesn’t track what substance caused the impairment.

State lawmakers would have to mandate such a tracking system before departments would take on that responsibility, said Debbie Stadler with the department’s records office.

Assessing whether a driver is impaired by marijuana often is difficult, let alone establishing a tracking system, said Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic.

Unlike alcohol, marijuana is stored in a person’s fatty tissue, which can cause a regular user to test for high concentrations in their system without being high at the time.

On the flip side, a driver could be high on pot by ingesting it without noticeable signs of impairment, Brusic said, all factors that can make it difficult to prove marijuana use as the cause of a particular incident.

“In my opinion, we may never get to the point where we can track it like alcohol,” he said.

Sobriety tests

Most officers use a standard field sobriety test that initially focuses on impairment rather than determining whether a driver is over the legal limit, said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Brandon Villanti, who works in the impaired driving unit in Seattle.

“We look for impairment and inability to provide attention, motor skills, ability to operate a motor vehicle,” he said. “So our officers are not making an arrest on legal limit but on impairment, and that is confirmed with a blood or breath test.”

But those tests may not be adequate considering the variables of involving marijuana intoxication. Eating pot products can take one to five hours before the peak affect kicks in, compared to the more immediate affect produced by smoking it. That can make it difficult to determine the level of impairment at the time of an accident, Weller said.

For example, someone who smoked it may have a low level of THC in their blood an hour later even though they were high when they were driving, he said.

A person who ingests pot may not have been high at the time of driving but later test positive at a police station, Weller said.

And pot is hard for users to regulate compared with alcohol. For many people it’s safe to drive one hour after a drink, two hours after two drinks, and so on because the amount of alcohol in each drink is regulated.

But quantifying the amount of THC in products isn’t as easy, Weller said.

Participants described getting higher off some products that claimed to have lower THC concentrations than others, he said.

“It’s a rabbit hole right now,” Weller said. “We’re just scratching the surface.”

Researchers in the WSU study are working on developing a Breathalyzer similar to ones used to detect alcohol, he said.

Similar work is being done in Colorado, where fatal crashes involving marijuana have shot up since legalization there in 2012.

Villanti said there are times when a blood test may not reveal the impairment an officer sees on the road. Depending on the case, a drug recognition expert may be brought in to investigate. There are 200 recognition experts in the state who can not only identify a substance of drug but calculate what a person’s level of intoxication was hours before a test, he said.

Experts are usually brought in to investigate serious injury crashes. Villanti said.

“If it’s a vehicular homicide, I think we’re definitely going to put in the resources needed to prosecute,” he said.

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Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:05:51 +0000

Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

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Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance

In a unanimous vote Atlanta’s full City Council has given approval to a marijuana decrim measure.

Today the council unanimously approved Ordinance 17-O-1152, introduced by Councilmember Kwanza Hall on March 20th.

“Today we stand with every parent of Atlanta who is fearful of or has seen their children’s lives destroyed, or careers ruined because of a racist policy that unjustly incarcerated minorities by more than ninety percent,” said Hall following the vote.  “Reforming the racist marijuana laws on the book in Atlanta has been just one in a number of reforms that I have fought for.

Hall continued; “And one of the leaders who recognized the unfairness and harshness of the law was Dr. George Napper, who was our city’s first African American Chief of Police, and I’d like to thank him for his support”.

This legislation was one in a series of justice reform policies Councilman Hall has introduced, including “Ban the Box” which passed in 2014, the creation of the Pre-Arrest Diversion Pilot Program in 2015, a law enforcement transparency and accountability measure and legislation to end broken windows policing in 2016.

One of the most powerful speakers during the vote was Charnette Trimble of Council District 4.  “You destroy the black male, and you destroy the black family unit.”

The ordinance changes the penalty in the Atlanta Municipal code for possession of marijuana less than an ounce from the “general penalty” –which is a fine of up to $1000 and up to six months in jail–to a maximum fine of $75 and no jail time.

The legislation had been held since May. A key fact presented during the debate is that in Atlanta, the overwhelming number of arrests for marijuana-related offenses are African Americans (92%), even though studies have determined usage is at similar levels across racial demographics.

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, 02 Oct 2017 21:16:40 +0000

Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

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Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

The Columbian / Associated Press

Marijuana industry looks to add more women, minorities

WASHINGTON — Compared to a year ago, times may seem tough for those banking on the legalization of marijuana.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has raised “serious questions” about legalization, appears less friendly to the cannabis industry than his predecessor. Even after the District of Columbia permitted recreational use of the drug in 2015, arrests in the city for public use of marijuana are on the rise.

Yet, a panel of speakers who gathered Wednesday at Howard University said entrepreneurs — particularly women and minorities — should not fear what those in the marijuana industry call “the cannabis space.”

“It’s a good business — we’re at the start, it’s brand new,” said Lisa Scott, a former chef who runs Bud Appetit, an edibles company based in D.C. “So many minorities are locked up — white people are getting filthy rich from it.”

The panel, “Minority Leaders in Cannabis,” came together through Women Grow, a national for-profit group founded in Denver in 2014 “as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale,” according to its website.

Chanda Macias, head of the group’s D.C. chapter and owner of a dispensary in Dupont Circle, said cultivating diversity in the marijuana business is vital.

“We are the leaders — the minority leaders — in cannabis, and we make cannabis look good,” Macias said at the event.

The hurdles to people of color seeking to produce and sell marijuana products are significant, those on the panel said. The war on drugs disproportionately targeted minorities, and criminal histories can complicate applications for dispensary licenses.

Meanwhile, communities destroyed by the crack epidemic are not always eager to welcome a pot business to the block — even though those communities could benefit economically and physically from marijuana products, advocates said.

“Prohibition is built on a racist formula,” said Rachel Knox, a member of a family of doctors in Portland whose practice focuses on cannabis. “The health-care disparity between blacks and whites is large.”

After the election of President Donald Trump, some in the industry worry about the specter of federal action against the marijuana industry. The drug, a federal Schedule 1 controlled substance, has a “high potential for abuse” and “no medically accepted use” in the eyes of the federal government.

“I can’t say I feel comfortable,” Macias said. “As the industry continues to change, less minorities participate because of their fears.”

But according to Marvin Washington, a cannabis investor and former New York Jets defensive lineman, minorities have a historic chance to turn a bad break into a good one.

“We have the opportunity to do this right and make sure the people that suffered when cannabis was in the black market … have the opportunity to participate in the upswing,” he said.

Washington, a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice that seeks marijuana legalization, also discounted the possibility that Sessions would somehow re-criminalize marijuana across the nation after legalization in D.C. and elsewhere.

“The genie is out of the bottle,” he said. “I’m not sure how you get it back in.”

As the issue winds its way through the courts, Gia Mor?n, Women Grow’s communications director, said it’s important for a new industry to address diversity early — and avoid the battles that Silicon Valley is fighting over minority representation.

“We are calling it out early,” Morón said. “We’re starting out saying, ‘You’re going to do better.’ … I hope in five years we’re not talking about diversity.”

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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:53:54 +0000

Las Vegas Gets 24-Hour Marijuana Store

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Las Vegas Gets 24-Hour Marijuana Store

Las Vegas has become one of the first places in the United States where marijuana can be purchased legally 24 hours a day.

The Las Vegas City Council has voted Wednesday in favor of allowing Oasis Cannabis, a legal marijuana shop in the city, to stay open 24 hours a day. Up until this point city code forced all marijuana outlets to close between by 3am, and open no earlier than 6am. The vote by the council was unanimous, with Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstaining from the vote given his son has financial interest in some marijuana-related businesses.

The vote by the council brings the city in line with North Las Vegas, which also allows its cannabis outlets to stay open 24 hours a day. Clark County Commissions voted on Tuesday to allow the 26 cannabis outlets in the county to stay open all-day.

Prior to the vote Las Vegas City Councilmember Lois Tarkanian asked Oasis Cannabis CEO Benjamin Stilltoe why why being open a few extra hours would make a different, Stilltoe said; “We have people lined up at our door at 6 a.m., and (we) are rushing people out at 3 a.m.”, and noted that several businesses around him including a tavern are open 24 hours a day.

Oasis Cannabis is located near the Stratosphere at 1800 Industrial Road. According to Stilltoe, their new 24-hour business hours begin today.

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, 22 Sep 2017 07:05:59 +0000