A new docu-series is out. 'growing wild' puts some more light on cannabis

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For three year, Cannador has created a name for itself in the cannabis industry as the home ofhigh-end storage products and accessories for the cannabis enthusiast. But on Tuesday, the company has a new line for the cannabis lover: A mini docu-series showcasing the industry as it expands from coast to coast.

Growing Wild, is an ambitious new YouTube series produced and reported by Zane Witzel, CEO and founder of Cannador. For Witzel, a successful entrepreneur, is also a self-described “true believer in the benefits of cannabis.” The Growing Wild series, Witzel says, will help spread the word.

“My goal is to discover, learn and share” the stories of those on the front line of the cannabis industry. Growing Wild promises to showcase cultivators and culture in recreationally legal states across America. The first episode focuses on the Portland scene, which is growing rapidly since it was legalized in 2014.

“I wanted to create something that would help shed light on the culture and cultivation of cannabis in recreational states because there’s a very apparent disconnect between the science and social consensus of cannabis legalization. Traditionally, one follows the other, but our government is having difficulty pushing past the irrational scheduling of cannabis that was made almost 50 years ago,”
- Witzel in an interview with @dailymarijuanaobserver

The 45-minute Episode One includes interviews with some of the movers and shakers of Portland’s cannabis industry. The conversations take interesting and educational turns as the entrepreneurs discuss the challenges of the nascent market segment.

For Witzel, the film project is about educating the masses and dispelling myths. He also hopes to use the platform as a creative way to connect the industry to Americans who may not understand the benefits of cannabis.

Episode One of Growing Wild features Hifi Farms, Phylos Bioscience, Farma, Cultivation Classic, Serra, Division Wine Bar. Witzel interviews Mowgli Holmes, Samantha Montanaro, Lee Henderson, Sara Batterby, Richard Vinal, Mason Walker, Jeremy Sackett &  Emma Chasen.

The first episode is available, below.

 

Cannabis and Violence. It has all been rounded up to the skunk cannabis.

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A string of serious crimes has been committed by users of skunk cannabis.

Muhiddin Mire, 30

The schizophrenic was jailed for life for the attempted murder of commuters at Leytonstone Tube station, East London, in 2016. A court heard his addiction to skunk cannabis had altered his brain to make him believe he was being followed by MI5.

Walter Pantellaro, 27

The kung fu champion was tried for kicking his way into a London flat in March and attacking a woman, 22, with a knife. She was saved by her 15-year-old brother, who was hurt as he defended her with a chair.

Pantellaro, a schizophrenic who thought he was God, told police he had taken cocaine. But tests showed the only drug in his system was cannabis.

Nicholas Salvador, 25

A cage fighter, he was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor for beheading an elderly woman with a machete on a rampage through gardens in North London in 2015.

He was a heavy user of skunk cannabis and thought his victim was Adolf Hitler or a demon in the form of an old lady.

Matthew Graham, 29

The office worker was detained after stabbing a prostitute in the neck with a seven-inch knife in Rochdale in 2015.

He struck her with such ferocity that the handle snapped off while the blade remained lodged in her neck. The court was told he was a schizophrenic whose attack had been triggered by his use of cannabis.

Michael Adebowale, 22

The Islamist extremist was jailed for the murder of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South-east London, in 2013. His trial heard that his symptoms of psychosis were increased by heavy use of cannabis.

Frederick Russell, 28 

He was tried for stabbing a homeless man near Putney Bridge Tube station, West London, in 2013. Russell was said to be a schizophrenic with a history of alcoholism and cannabis use.

Nicola Edgington, 32

She was convicted of murder after stabbing a stranger Sally Hodkin, 58, in the street with a 12-inch butcher’s knife in 2013.

Edgington had been in detention for killing her mother but had been freed. Before the stabbing, she had told a psychiatric nurse she had stopped taking her medication and had used skunk cannabis.

The latest study by five researchers from institutes based in Montreal, Canada, examined the lives of 1,136 men and women who were patients at psychiatric hospitals in Missouri, Pittsburgh and Massachusetts.

Records were gathered from interviews carried out every ten weeks for a year after their discharge.

It said patients who were using cannabis at each of these five checks were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to have turned to violence than those who had not used the drug.

The study pointed to ‘significant findings regarding the adverse effects of cannabis use on violence’.

It found there was a ‘more constant relationship’ between cannabis and violence than between alcohol or cocaine use and violence. The researchers said the link between cannabis and violence was not two-way but ‘uni-directional’.

Researchers said that cannabis causes violence and they found no evidence that the link is the other way round – ie that violent people are more likely to use cannabis.

"There was no support for theories put forward by campaigners anxious to free the drug from the taint of links with crime."

The academics said the effect of cannabis use was clear and not diminished by other factors such as patients who were heavy drinkers of alcohol.

The study comes after a series of American states have decriminalised cannabis – despite it being stronger and more potent than the hash smoked by hippies in the Sixties – or made it available for medical use. 

A number of influential figures have backed a campaign for British laws banning the drug to be relaxed, including Richard Branson, Sting and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Even Prince William gave a boost to the liberalisation lobby last month when he asked a group of recovering addicts at a drugs charity about legalising banned drugs.


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State cuts through the cannabis haze by rolling out a website. And grandmas are not happy about it. Find Why!!

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Every day, Anna Denny encounters people who know their way around a joint.

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

Because they’ve been there, done that, Denny just can’t imagine them using a new state website that offers resources — and plenty of warnings — about the use of cannabis now that lighting up recreationally is legal in California.

“Some of this, I can see it being useful for a grandma who might be interested [in cannabis] and is getting her information from her grandson, In that case, this website is probably a better source.”

Grandmas and all other Californians can now visit the “Let’s Talk Cannabis” website launched last month by the state Department of Public Health. The site is the first step in the department’s public education campaign to inform state residents about the drug as it becomes more widely used and available.

It’s not a user guide. Instead, it is geared to youth, parents and drivers, mostly focusing on weed’s potential risks and harms.

Research on its effects has been mixed, but cannabis has been linked to potential cognitive impairments and driving accidents; it may be hazardous for developing fetuses. Today’s dope is also two to seven times stronger than it was in the 1970s, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

Last November, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, making California one of eight states — plus the District of Columbia — to legalize the drug for recreational use. California’s recreational measure immediately made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to 1 ounce or 28.5 grams of cannabis.

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Hear Andy's story. A journey from an ADHD patient to a successful Gardner. thanks to cannabis.

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When Andy McConville suffered a mental health crisis he realised he could put his green fingers to better use.

Andy McConville has landed his dream job - and he owes it all to the fact he used to be a cannabis farmer.

The 34-year-old horticultural specialist spent a decade growing weed for his own use at home.

It was only when he suffered a mental health crisis about three years ago that he realised he could put his green fingers to better use.

He initially began smoking cannabis to help him cope with the symptoms of what he now knows is ADHD.

But after a while his drug use began to take its toll.

Andy estimates that he’s had between 250 to 280 jobs since he left school at the age of 15. He got his first job working for a plasterboard company, and has had scores of trade jobs ever since, from being a plumber, to joiner, fork lift driver to warehouse assistant. He’s also worked at an ice cream factory, which he said was great for getting free choc ices for lunch, and has been employed as a dog walker.

Following his diagnosis Andy, who grew up in Tameside, decided to put his gardening skills to good use.

“He asked me what I enjoyed doing most and I said ‘growing’. It was a weird thing, I stumbled on it myself, but I knew straight away that’s where I found peace.”

He enrolled on a horticultural course at Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale, and began volunteering at a community allotment run by homeless charity Petrus in the town.

And he now works at Todmorden Incredible Aqua Garden - a state-of-the-art hydroponics, aquaponics and permaculture garden centre.

Watch his full interview on the link given below to know it word by word for a better future. 

 

State Cannabis Task Force hears the concerns related to the CANNABIS legalisation

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The Adult Cannabis Use Task Force met for the second time Wednesday. The task force is gathering information on potential legalization to submit to Gov. John Carney early next year.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security wants strict state regulations on recreational cannabis - if lawmakers decide to legalize it.

Homeland Security Director John Yeomans said he’s against allowing people to grow cannabis at home. In Colorado, some residents have exploited rules permitting people to grow their own pot, leading to a “grey market.”

Meanwhile, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce voiced employers’ concerns about attempts to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware.

Labor lawyer Tim Holly told members businesses are concerned about workplace injuries, unemployment claims and the definition of impairment.

Holly said if the state legalizes cannabis use for adults, companies want immunity from worker’s compensation and unemployment claims.

He also argued for employers to keep their existing right to have zero tolerance policies for drug use and ability to fire workers for using pot.

Members of the task force also presented recommendations on labeling and packaging of recreational cannabis. The meeting also addressed food safety issues and preventing use by minors.

The task force is made up of state lawmakers, agency leaders and interest groups. It plans to meet once a month for the rest of the year.

GD Pharma becomes first company in South Australia to begin cannabis extractions

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An Adelaide company is to become the first in South Australia to begin cannabis extractions and create market-ready products from a secret laboratory in the city.

GD Pharma has been importing cannabis components from overseas but under its new manufacturing licence it will be able to import the plants, extract the chemicals, and produce a range of experimental prescription products.

Chief executive Antony Condina said it meant they could control the concentration of cannabis to create tailor-made products for a wide range of clients.

Some 266 patients are approved to use medicinal cannabis Australia-wide.

He said the main hurdle to achieve the manufacturing license was the risk of cannabis being shifted into the black market, including risks of theft and being "held up".

GD Pharma's secret new factory will operate by the end of year and would take about one week to produce a batch of diluted resin that costs about $500 for a bottle.

Mr Condina said they were unlikely to draw a profit because red tape restricted doctors' ability to prescribe cannabis.

"Last year it was estimated about 100,000 Australians would benefit from medicinal cannabis but, in reality, there's only been around 100 patients in 11 months who have been approved for products."

Proponents say there is evidence to suggest cannabis products can help with conditions like multiple sclerosis, severe intractable epilepsy in children, intractable nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

Those opposing it, however, along with the Federal Department of Health, have cited a lack of quality research along with ongoing investigations and trials as the reason for restrictions.

NDP chooses government over private retailers for selling cannabis

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The NDP government is weighing whether to set up government-run stores to sell cannabis in Alberta or leave the market to private retailers when recreational cannabis is legalized next year.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley unveiled the government’s proposed framework for legal weed Wednesday, with the province setting 18 as the legal age for consumption — matching the age for alcohol and tobacco use in Alberta.

The province will also mandate that legal weed be sold only in stand-alone stores, with no sales of alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals in the same facility.

But the government says it’s seeking further input on whether to set up government-owned and operated stores to sell legal cannabis, as is being planned in Ontario, or license and regulate private retailers.

Unlike Ontario, Alberta has had no system of government-owned liquor stores since privatization in the 1990s.

However, under the government’s plan, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will serve as a central wholesaler for cannabis as it does for alcohol, ensuring uniform distribution costs and that only legally produced and federally regulated cannabis products are sold in the province.

Angela Pitt, justice critic with the United Conservative Party, said that’s a proper role for the commission, but she questioned why the NDP would consider creating government-owned stores.

The Alberta Party and Liberals are also opposed to government-owned cannabis stores, though all three opposition parties are prepared to accept 18 as the legal age for consumption.

The federal Liberal government has set July 1, 2018, as the date for legalization of legal cannabis but has left many of the details to the provinces. 

Alberta will not change the federal government’s public possession limit of 30 grams — the equivalent of about 40 joints — for adults. It will also maintain the federal limit of four plants per household.

The province will have a zero-tolerance policy for youth possession, with tickets for those under 18 in possession of under five grams of cannabis and potential criminal charges for possession over that amount.

 

Past pot convicts struggle to find a job in the cannabis industry

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As the cannabis industry continues to grow, a debate is brewing over whether those with drug convictions should be allowed in the industry. Cannabis businesses are in a position of uncertainty amid U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-drug rhetoric. Meanwhile, the fast-growing, multi-billion-dollar industry is drawing investors and entrepreneurs.

Indeed, there is a hypocrisy evident in some corners of the newly legal cannabis market. Earlier this year, Massachusetts medical cannabis provider Patriot Care drew controversy after it opposed a proposal to remove the ban on felony drug convictions from the state's medical cannabis program.

Many states have cannabis laws that bar drug offenders from entering the cannabis industry in an effort to legitimize the trade and help prevent out-of-state diversion. In practice, the ban does not prevent trafficking. But it does shut out individuals with cannabis-related convictions, who are disproportionately black and Latino. And in a twist of absurdity, many of these felony bans apply only to drug-related crimes.

 

Huge Leap in the world of cannabis: Atlanta decriminalizes marijuana

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The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed legislation this week that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he will sign the legislation, which doesn't legalize the drug but lessens penalties associated with it. Under the old law, people found with an ounce or less of pot faced a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. Now, violators would face a fine of $75 and no jail time.

City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who sponsored the measure, said the vote passed 15-0.

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Hemp, Inc.'s First Hemp Harvest in North Carolina Currently Underway

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Hemp Inc., a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with the largest industrial hemp multi-purpose processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today that the Company has begun harvesting 550 acres of North Carolina-grown hemp, and later kenaf (hibiscus cannabinus, a cousin plant to industrial hemp)The 550 acres of hemp and kenaf belong to both Industrial Hemp Manufacturing LLC (Hemp, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary) and independent North Carolina farms that are strategic partners with Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC. The hemp and kenaf -- to be harvested at various locations throughout the state -- will be processed and manufactured at Hemp, Inc.'s, now, 85, 000 sq ft facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina.

Those interested in purchasing viable industrial hemp seed should contact Ms. Sandra Williams at swilliams@hempinc.com. These are seeds grown from industrial hemp plants from North Carolina's first hemp seed harvest... from certified seed out of Europe. The company expects to have around 100,000 pounds of seed available which will consist of a mixture of Felina 32, Futura 75, and Carmagnola.

The Company previously announced its plan to grow 3,000 acres of hemp and kenaf in North Carolina, however, the Drug Enforcement Agency delayed giving the state of North Carolina their hemp permit, thus, farmers were not able to get seed in time for this year's planting.

 

Oil tanker busted with 800 kgs of Ganja in vijaywada

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The Vijayawada police intercepted 800 kg of ganja (marijuana) being smuggled in an oil tanker on the Ramavarappadu Ring Road on Wednesday and arrested three people.

The ganja was being smuggled from Odisha to Chennai.

Disclosing the bust to mediapersons on Wednesday, deputy commissioner of police Gajarao Bhupal said his staff had received intelligence about the cargo and stopped an Innova car that was accompanying the tanker. A search of the vehicles unearthed the banned substance.

Heavy carbon footprint - A growing problem in the cannabis farms

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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

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.

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.

 

Native American tribes capitalize on cannabis

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Native American tribes in Nevada are expanding beyond casinos and venturing into the cannabis industry. In June, Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 375 and Senate Bill 396, which allow Nevada's Native American tribes to directly negotiate with the state over the use and sale of medicinal marijuana on tribal lands.

Nevada Native American tribes like the Yerington Paiute Tribe, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe formed an agreement with the State of Nevada that allows them to grow cannabis, produce concentrates and edibles, perform lab-testing, and dispense marijuana products to customers.

In 2016, the Las Vegas Paiute held a ceremony on Snow Mountain Indian Reserve to bless the site of one of the largest ganja cultivation and processing organizations with at least two dispensaries and three greenhouses on a 15,000-square foot facility that will be called the Nu Wu Cannabis Marketplace.

While the Nevada government enacts hefty taxes on marijuana sales, some Native American tribes are looking to amend tribal laws that may lead to tax-free cannabis. How is this possible? The U.S. Supreme court recognizes tribal sovereignty, which allows the Native American people to self-govern. Though individuals are responsible for federal income taxes as U.S. citizens, tribes are not subject to federal income taxes on their earnings and can form business corporations to keep their income exempt.

Tribal Cannabis Consulting specializes in Native American cannabis policy and established the first cannabis compact which allowed tribal and state governments to establish business agreements signed by Nevada’s governor. The firm aims to expand Native American economic presence in the marijuana marketplace and helps tribes create their own regulatory codes for matters like issuing medical marijuana cards.

Together, tribes and the state government are working to develop a governing system that will outline and enforce marijuana cultivation and sale on Native American Land and establish a universal agreement that will keep dispensaries in accordance with their state and federal laws.

Famous author and business columnist, Faith Popcorn endorses cannabis as the future crop

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Faith Popcorn is a best-selling author, CEO, futurist, and highly successful prognosticator who has predicted some of the most influential and profitable trends in modern history. Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, General Electric, IBM, Nike, and Procter & Gamble have looked to Popcorn for strategic insight. In this month’s Food & Drink International Magazine, Popcorn makes her latest prediction over what she feels is the next big market disruptor — cannabis.

From Popcorn’s perspective, leaders in the food and beverage industry are too busy “tinkering” with their current offerings and, as a result, ignoring the legal marijuana sector as a path to huge profits. She cited the catalysts for her outlook include the eight states that legalized marijuana last November.

Further to the progress in November, a CBS poll in April showed that 61 percent of Americans favor full legalization and 88 percent agreed that medical cannabis should be legal.

The reinforcement coming from the younger generation — 71 percent of millennials supported legalization in the CBS poll — is not just a case of normalization taking effect. The American Psychological Association says anxiety and stress in society today is most prevalent for this generation. Popcorn added that millennials are highly interested in natural, earthy products, and would rather ingest a plant over a pill for health-related issues.

Further proof in the Popcorn prediction comes with the growing trend of top chefs who are hosting invitation-only "Dope Dinners" as she puts it. Popcorn also discussed the emergence of cannabis advertising agencies in Los Angeles and elsewhere, which normalize the product and force Fortune 500 companies to explore possibilities in the cannabis space.

Popcorn levelled out her enthusiasm for pot by adding that it will be some time before we see a product from “someone like Kraft that’s spiked with THC,” due to the fact that the plant is still illegal at the federal level in the United States. She added, however, that “it’s coming.”

Popcorn’s final advice to corporate America is to mobilize as soon as possible. Early on in the 1980s, she predicted the huge bottled water trend and advised Coca-Cola to get involved. Popcorn added that many companies took their time on the water prediction and almost missed the boat.

Regardless of whether North America’s biggest companies will heed Popcorn’s sage advice, the endorsement of cannabis in and of itself is an important step in the fight to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Learn the art of making Pot Chips by using the marijuana leftover leaves

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It's harvest time, which means many Portlanders will soon be trimming their flowers. If you aren't growing your own, you've probably got a friend who is. This also means that once you've pulled the flower, you're going to have a bunch of fresh leaves you don't know what to do with.

In the spirit of the whole-plant movement, we are going to rock your cannabis world with pot-infused pot leaves.

These pot chips are infused twice, once when brushed with infused oil and again when sprinkled with a cannabis spice mix. Here's how to bring it all together, starting with the spice mix.

Step 1: Make the Cannabis Spice Mix

This mix will give you a light buzz. You can also sprinkle the spice mix on chicken or fish, or add it to a vinaigrette or marinade. I make a lot of this mix when my garden is at its peak. It seems to keep indefinitely in an airtight container. I have also added the dried herbs to olive oil or butter, and then it's a quick drizzle rather than a sprinkle.

Ingredients:

1/4 oz. cannabis

1/4 oz. fresh lemon thyme

1/4 oz. oregano

Heat oven to 200 degrees. Place the herbs on a baking sheet with sides.

Place the herbs in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. The herbs will have dried and turned brown.

Allow the herbs to cool thoroughly.

Place the herb mixture in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.

Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep out of direct sunlight.

Step 2: Make the Cannabutter

The next step in the process is making the cannabis butter you'll need for the pot chips. This butter can also go into home-cook........................................

You can check out the whole recipe on the link given below. This page is coming up with some creative stuff.

 

Meet Hillary Peckham: The 25 years old young entrepreneur and one of the five licensed cannabis producers for New York

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Hillary Peckham is just 25 years old, but she is already the Chief Operations Officer for Etain, LLC, the only woman-owned, family-run medical marijuana registered organization in New York.

Etain was awarded one of just five coveted licenses to produce medical cannabis in New York. The license includes a 22,000-square-foot cultivation and processing facility and four dispensary locations across the state, in Kingston, Albany, Syracuse, and Yonkers.

Since opening doors in January 2016, Etain watched the medical cannabis program in New York grow from just 51 patients to more than 31,000. With the addition of chronic pain as a qualifying condition, the program will only continue to expand and has inspired at least one new product from the dispensary.

Read the full interview conducted by Leafy by clicking on the link given below.

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Know the history of Northwest weed: From hippies to prohibition to the medical decriminalization

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Before Portland had bougie weed shops furnished by Design Within Reach, budtenders with man buns, and poly-hybrid designer cultivars called King Louis XIII, we had great weed.

Strains like Blueberry, Space Queen and Dogshit are part of our cultural heritage. These cultivars were grown in attics and basements on suburban cul-de-sacs, and guerrilla style on government land. They were revered for their idiosyncratic highs and distinctive flavors.

Since full legalization, many of these strains have become relative rarities, eclipsed by more marketable strains in a climate in which everyone from retired basketball players to long-dead reggae singers are peddling product. Just tracking down many of these old-school strains takes a lot of legwork.

Rare as they've become, these iconic cultivars tell the story of Northwest cannabis, from the early hippie days to the drug war to the medical years up through today.

For more details, click on the Full Article link given below.

 

The first marijuana crop in Maryland is ready but still, not available for sale. Know why!!

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The first crop in Maryland’s long-delayed medical cannabis program is mature and waiting for testing, but it is still unclear when patients might be able to buy it.

And industry officials caution that when it is ready for sale, there will not be nearly enough to meet market demand.

The nascent industry has grown in fits and starts, beset by delays, court cases and a complete overhaul of the commission this summer.

On Tuesday afternoon, regulators approved eight more firms to enter the market — one grower, four processors, two independent testing labs and two dispensaries.

ForwardGro, the Anne Arundel County company that was the first in the state to get a growing license, sent its product to the lab last month and is waiting.

ForwardGro spokeswoman Gail Rand said her company gave the testing lab some of its product to help the facility calibrate its machines, a process that is still underway. That must be completed before the marijuana flowers are tested for potency and quality, then certified for sale. She could not estimate when that would happen.

Newly approved dispensary owner William Askinazi said he’s hoping to have at least some product in two to four weeks.

The medical marijuana commission granted him permission Tuesday to open the doors at Potomac Holistics, his 3,000-square-foot medical suite near Shady Grove Medical Center in Montgomery County. In addition to dispensing at its office space, Potomac Holistic plans to deliver cannabis to patients all over the state.

There is not a public list of doctors available, so patients must seek out professionals to recommend it. Doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and midwives can recommend the medicine.

During a meeting of the cannabis commission held in the Frederick County Council chambers, Jameson cautioned that the whole supply chain won’t be up and running at once, and patients may need to wait.

Wisconsin congressman supports the bill that allows American farmers to grow industrial hemp

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A Wisconsin congressman is supporting a bill that would allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp. Sixth District congressman Glenn Grothman said he can’t imagine any reasons to object to returning hemp as a crop for Wisconsin farmers.

The Republican congressman has joined 9 other Republicans and 15 Democrats as a co-sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The bill amends The Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent of THC and was legal in the U.S. until 1937.

At the state level, an industrial hemp bill from a pair of Republican lawmakers is scheduled for a public hearing next week in Madison. The 2014 federal farm bill cleared the way for hemp research programs, and at least 30 states are allowing the crop, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

Legislation from state Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and state Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) would legalize production of the crop, with permits issued by the state Agriculture Department.

Ag & Markets conduct workshop to explain the process of growing hemp legally

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The state Department of Agriculture and Markets today will host a workshop for farmers, businesses and institutions interested in joining the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program.

The workshop, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, 203 N Hamilton St., will guide prospective industrial hemp researchers through the program application process. The Watertown workshop is one of three the department began hosting Monday throughout the state including workshops in Binghamton, Batavia and Albany.

Applications for the program are due Nov. 22.

The program was established in 2016 for educational institutions and partner producers. In April, however, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expanded the program to include both education institutions and private entities.