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  • Craft cannabis industry in California is 'on the brink of collapse,' advocates say

    01/14/2022 11:08:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | January 14, 2022 | By Alicia Victoria Lozano
    LOS ANGELES — Cannabis advocates, small farmers and business owners called Thursday for an overhaul of the California marijuana tax system as they struggle to keep afloat amid rising operating and regulatory costs. They gathered outside the State Capitol in Sacramento to make their case and warn that the industry could collapse if steps aren't taken soon. “We’re here today because the craft cannabis industry here in California is in crisis and on the brink of collapse,” said Amber Senter, a co-founder and the executive director of Supernova Women, a nonprofit organization that works to create opportunities for people of...
  • Compounds in hemp block COVID-19 from entering human cells, study says

    01/11/2022 5:11:54 PM PST · by EBH · 28 replies
    CNY Central ^ | 1/11/2021 | by KVAL Staff
    CORVALLIS, Ore. (KVAL) — Compounds found in hemp "show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells," Oregon State University says. New OSU research on hemp and COVID-19 was published Tuesday in the Journal of Natural Products. Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center in the College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute, led the study. According to OSU: Hemp, known scientifically as Cannabis sativa, is a source of fiber, food and animal feed, and multiple hemp extracts and compounds are added to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements and food,...
  • 'Millionaire' cannabis mogul is accused of kidnapping woman, beating her and carving '6' on her hand for the six months she had to 'love him or be killed'

    12/30/2021 1:54:10 PM PST · by Trillian · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 December 2021 | Keith Griffith
    A self-proclaimed millionaire in the medical cannabis industry has been charged with holding a woman captive for weeks, beating her and carving the number '6' into her hand as a warning that she had six months to love him or be murdered. Ramone Marcio Martinez, 39, was arrested on Wednesday in Salt Lake City on police charges of aggravated kidnapping, assault and five counts of aggravated assault in the case, which is being classified as domestic violence. Police were alerted to the case when the woman texted a friend saying she was being held against her will, and 'begging for...
  • Rand Paul mocks Democrats for failing to pass cannabis reforms

    12/25/2021 9:32:45 PM PST · by RandFan · 12 replies
    twitter ^ | Dec 23 | Sen. Rand Paul
    @RandPaulDemocrats control the House, Senate and White House and we still can’t get cannabis banking reform bills passed. This should be a complete no brainer, as so many states have legalized now and we need business to operate. I would go much further and end the federal war on a plant entirely, but at LEAST let legal business operate as legal business. It probably doesn’t help that the two Democrat leaders are almost as old as the movie Reefer Madness, and clearly gave it two thumbs up when they watched it. The war on cannabis is among the many dumb...
  • Congress to take up marijuana reform this spring

    12/19/2021 7:55:21 AM PST · by RandFan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/21 07:45 PM EST | BY SAUL ELBEIN
    Congressional Democrats are gearing up for a sweeping set of initiatives aimed at decriminalizing marijuana that they plan to take action on this spring. The federal proposals seek to establish 21st century banking services for the nearly $18 billion industry and purge the criminal records of thousands of marijuana offenders. “The growing bipartisan momentum for cannabis reform shows that Congress is primed for progress in 2022, and we are closer than ever to bringing our cannabis policies and laws in line with the American people,” Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote in a memo to the Congressional...
  • San Francisco suspends cannabis tax to help dispensaries compete with drug dealers

    12/05/2021 7:42:42 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 30 replies
    San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the ordinance's author, said in a statement suspending the business tax on cannabis will help support legal cannabis retailers as they struggle to compete with illegal cannabis sellers.
  • New rash of California marijuana robberies threaten survival of businesses

    12/04/2021 8:08:27 AM PST · by mylife · 52 replies
    A spate of violent robberies targeting marijuana businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area last month have thrown into question the survival of several small businesses, with the combined losses of those operators estimated to be at least $5 million. The crimes ranged from break-ins that resulted in minor damage to, in some instances, wild gunfights between criminals and security guards, according to media reports and sources. At least one person was shot, and a scandal has emerged over San Francisco police officers apparently looking on while burglars made off with cannabis products from a store they’d broken into. The...
  • (San Francisco) Bay Area pot shops face mob robberies, get little help

    12/02/2021 4:28:47 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 65 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | December 1, 2021 | Veronica Irwin
    Among the more than a dozen smash-and-grab robberies in the Bay Area in recent weeks, cannabis facilities may have been the hardest hit. In San Francisco, at least four cannabis businesses have been robbed in the last two weeks, according to news reports. At least 20 have been hit in Oakland, where most of the Bay Area’s cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facilities are located. “It’s proving to be unbearable for cannabis operators,” said Amber Senter at an Oakland press conference held by cannabis business owners on Monday. Senter owns multiple cannabis business licenses in San Francisco and Oakland, and...
  • Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide (NM Pueblo)

    11/22/2021 3:06:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | November 19, 2021 | Morgan Lee AP
    A federal raid on a household marijuana garden on tribal land in Picuris Pueblo is sowing uncertainty and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American reservations, as more states roll out legal marketplaces for recreational pot sales. In late September, Bureau of Indian Affairs officers confiscated nine cannabis plants from a home garden that was tended by Charles Farden, a local resident since childhood who is not Native American. The 54-year-old is enrolled in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program to ease post-traumatic stress and anxiety. New Mexico first approved the drug’s medical use in 2007, while Picuris Pueblo...
  • Around 500,000 pounds of illegal marijuana seized in White City ($500,000,000)

    11/20/2021 7:08:56 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 43 replies
    Ktlv ^ | 11/20/21 | KTLV Staff
    On Thursday, Oregon State Police Southwest Region (SWR) Drug Enforcement Section (DES) team seized approximately 500,000 pounds of illegal marijuana in White City. The OSP SWR Drug Enforcement Section team served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Antelope Road that day. The location had five industrial-sized warehouses zoned for commercial use. "Over 100 individuals were initially detained, identified, interviewed, and released," OSP said in a press release. "Several of the individuals were migrant workers living on-site in subpar living conditions without running water." During the operation, which spanned over two days, a large amount of illegal, processed marijuana...
  • Representative Nancy Mace Introduces Bill To End Federal Cannabis Prohibition

    11/17/2021 4:45:00 AM PST · by wastedyears · 33 replies ^ | 11/15/2021 | Will Yakowicz
    Rep. Nancy Mace, a first-year Republican from South Carolina, introduced a bill on Monday that proposes to end the federal prohibition on cannabis.
  • Crist says as Florida governor he would legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records

    10/15/2021 9:05:38 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/2021 | CAROLINE VAKIL
    Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) on Thursday said that he would expunge criminal records of those facing certain marijuana-related charges and legalize the drug if he is elected the governor of Florida. “Let me be clear: If I’m elected governor, I will legalize marijuana in the Sunshine State,” Crist said in a video posted on his Twitter on Thursday. “This is the first part of the Crist contract with Florida.”
  • Mom gave mushrooms, marijuana to 14-year-old daughter, cops say

    10/13/2021 8:08:10 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/2021 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Pennsylvania mom admitted giving her teen daughter psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana during a “bonding experience,” authorities said. Brandy Lee Betz, 42, was charged with felony child endangerment after she was reported to cops in June regarding her drug use earlier this year with her 14-year-old daughter, according to an affidavit obtained by the Patriot-News. The referral indicated Betz gave the teen “shrooms” and marijuana while in her Middletown home. Dauphin County child welfare officials conducted a parallel probe and Betz confessed to smoking pot with the girl, according to the affidavit.
  • With cannabis edibles everywhere, dogs are getting stoned on neighborhood walks

    09/30/2021 9:15:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    While excess cannabis consumption by canines is not new, cases are growing as more and more states legalize the drug, and its use becomes more widespread, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The group’s poison hotline suggests that as more and more states have legalized recreational marijuana, reports of marijuana toxicity in dogs have also grown. Between 2017 and 2020, national call volume for cannabis ingestion rose from 1,436 to 3,923 cases, said Tina Wismer, a veterinarian and senior director of the New York-based ASPCA Poison Control Center. Those numbers are likely just a...
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): Today I voted to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs

    09/30/2021 11:28:14 AM PDT · by RandFan · 58 replies
    twitter ^ | Sep 30 | Rep. Matt Gaetz
    @RepMattGaetz Today I voted YES on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs, decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policy. (1/2) Though not perfect (bad tax and spending provisions) the MORE Act is a step in the right direction as science has already proven the substance has healing properties in many chronic ailments. (2/2)
  • Garbage truck crash reveals suspected illegal marijuana grow operation in Sterling Heights

    09/10/2021 4:03:08 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 7 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 9/9/2021 | Charlie Langton and Amber Ainsworth
    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich (FOX 2) - Sterling Heights police are investigating after a garbage truck crashed into a marijuana grow operation Wednesday morning. The truck was traveling south on Mound Road approaching 15 Mile Road around 5:30 a.m. when a vehicle turned south onto Mound from a turnaround just north of 15 Mile while the light was red, cutting off the truck. The garbage truck driver swerved but still hit the turning vehicle, police said. The garbage truck drove through the northbound lanes of Mound. No other vehicles were hit, but the truck struck a building at 35100 Mound. The...
  • N.B. soldier found guilty of secretly feeding troops cannabis-laced cupcakes

    08/19/2021 10:32:49 AM PDT · by jerod · 23 replies
    CBC news ^ | Aug 18, 2021 | Lauren Bird ·
    Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell of Base Gagetown faces maximum of 5 years in prison New Brunswick soldier accused of giving cannabis-laced cupcakes to troops on a live-fire training exercise has been found guilty of nine charges. Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell was convicted Wednesday of eight counts of administering a noxious substance to soldiers without their consent and one count of behaving in a disgraceful manner, a charge under the National Defence Act, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to the prosecution. A 10th charge of committing an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline, which...
  • And Now the Left Targets Marijuana as an Enemy of Climate Change

    08/12/2021 3:31:56 PM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 8/12/2021 | Matt Vespa
    Climate change is back in the news probably because a new report declared that this is a make-or-break decade to curb global warming. This is what—the seventh time we were told this was a critical decade for climate change. In 2007, these experts said that the Arctic Ice Cap would be gone by 2013. It ended up growing by over 533,000 square miles. And then, they said in the 1970s that global cooling was an existential issue as we undergo periods of glaciation. They were wrong again. As the environmental Left goes haywire over carbon emissions, everything has been slated...
  • Puffed out! Canada's legalized weed business flops with rush to grow the drug resulting in a 1.1 BILLION gram marijuana mountain that can't be sold as HALF of all cannabis is still bought illegally

    08/09/2021 12:08:57 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 09 2021 | ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
    Canadian marijuana manufacturers are sitting on 1.1 billion grams (2.4 million pounds) of the drug that they can't sell as the country's legalized weed industry runs out of puff. Last October, Canadian cannabis firms had around 1.1 billion grams of harvested or processed cannabis sitting in storage. Around 95 per cent of that weed is considered ‘largely unsaleable’ because it has been spoiled by time, and because there's just too much existing supply to try and sell it. The low quality of the products as well as the slow process by which the provinces allowed for licensed stores to sell...
  • Puff, puff, sip: Cannabis and beer join forces

    08/05/2021 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Axios via Yahoo ^ | August 5th, 2021 | John Frank
    Not too long ago, legalized recreational marijuana threatened to crash the beer industry's party.The former often "inspired" the latter, but a 2016 attempt by a Colorado brewery to bridge the divide with a CBD beer ran into regulatory trouble after its much-hyped debut. Colorado brewers are venturing into cannabis beverages, in part as a diversification strategy. And beer industry icons are joining marijuana companies as consultants, the most recent being Oskar Blues' founder Dale Katechis partnering with Veritas Fine Cannabis.