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HelloMD & UC Berkeley to Conduct Largest Study on Cannabis, Pain & Opioid Abuse

HelloMD & UC Berkeley to Conduct Largest Study on Cannabis, Pain & Opioid Abuse September 13, 2016 | HelloMD Staff Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, (CDC). The opioid epidemic reached critical proportions with 18,893 people dying from overdoses in 2014 alone. These statistics are staggering. Opioid abuse touches every corner of this country, fueled by inappropriate prescribing practices and abundantRead More


Bend Chamber finds marijuana business partner for program

Bend Chamber finds marijuana business partner for program Joseph Ditzler | Sep 16, 2016 Oregrown Industries Inc., a Bend-based firm, recently became the first marijuana business to sponsor a Bend Chamber of Commerce program since legalization of recreational marijuana for adult use in 2014. Oregrown this month agreed to help underwrite the chamber’s Young Professionals Network, a program that brings young business people ages 21-40 together for quarterly social events and provides them discounts for admission to chamber programs like What’s Brewing forums and the annual economic forecast. The young professionalsRead More


Cannabis in Washington State to Be Randomly Tested For Pesticides

Cannabis in Washington State to Be Randomly Tested For Pesticides Tobias Coughlin-Bogue | Sep 15, 2016 In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, the Washington State Liquor and Control Board announced some serious action on pesticides for pot that’s been a seriously long time coming. Rick Garza, the agency’s director, outlined a $1.15 million program wherein the WSLCB will contract with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to set up a randomized pesticide testing scheme for the state’s cannabis producers. It’s been a damn long time coming, but this agreementRead More


Random tests for pesticides in pot to begin

Random tests for pesticides in pot to begin Bob Young | September 15, 2016 Washington will start random testing for illegal pesticides in pot, becoming the first state to carry out such tests. In an agreement announced Thursday, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and the Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will cooperate on testing about 900 samples a year. “This is a significant milestone on the road toward consumer protection,” said Steve Fuller, WSDA policy adviser. Random tests for pesticides in pot to begin


Estimates from proposed marijuana tax could bring City of Eugene $200k to $600k

Estimates from proposed marijuana tax could bring City of Eugene $200k to $600k Cameron Walker | September 14th 2016 If you were going to make a few hundred-thousand dollars more next year, what would you spend it on? It’s a question that Eugene city councilors are asking themselves. If voters approve it, the City of Eugene will collect a 3% tax on retail recreational marijuana sales. Estimates from city staff say it could bring in anywhere from two to six-hundred thousand dollars. At a work session Wednesday, the Council discussed where thatRead More


Farmers race against Mother Nature’s clock to harvest first legal marijuana crop

Farmers race against Mother Nature’s clock to harvest first legal marijuana crop Shannon Ballard | September 14, 2016 On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, farmer Leif Abel is hurrying to harvest what will become his most lucrative crop. “It’s getting cold out,” Leif Abel said. “This is outdoor agriculture, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re growing cannabis or lettuce — Mother Nature calls all the shots.” Greatland Ganja is a family business located on a secured lot just off the Sterling Highway in Kasilof. Earlier this year it became the second cultivation facility inRead More


Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’ ASHA BANDELE | SEPT. 15, 2016 This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for otherRead More


2016 In Marijuana Edibles: Year of the Gummy

2016 In Marijuana Edibles: Year of the Gummy Steve Elliott | September 14, 2016 View the article here.


New political disease: Addiction to marijuana taxes

New political disease: Addiction to marijuana taxes MAY 27, 2015 | Reuven The legalization of recreational marijuana led by Washington and Colorado is on the march nationally.  Our experience is being watched in cities, states and nations around the world and has global implications. When the people of Washington legalized recreational marijuana they did so under the hope and expectation of a well regulated and appropriately taxed system. They were, it seems to me, simply tired of a failed war on drugs that did not increase public safety, severely punished relatively modest recreational drug use andRead More


Bud Farming Backlash: Rural America’s Uneasy Embrace of Cannabis Farming

Bud Farming Backlash: Rural America’s Uneasy Embrace of Cannabis Farming PAUL ROBERTS When Seattle entrepreneur Roy Arms went looking for a place to grow recreational cannabis a few years ago, few spots looked as promising as the Wenatchee Valley. Straddling the banks of the Columbia River, three hours east of Seattle, the valley had everything Arms needed for hisSeven Hills Farms greenhouse operation: abundant sunshine, ample irrigation water, and hydroelectric power sixty percent cheaper than Seattle’s. And Chelan County officials seemed to genuinely embrace legal weed. “Back then, they justRead More