Utah Makes Cannabis Accessible to Terminally Ill, Allows Farms for Research

Utah has taken some baby steps toward recognizing that cannabis is a highly-beneficial medicine for its residents. Two bills that would allow terminally ill patients access to medicinal marijuana and farmers to grow marijuana for research purposes under state supervision were given a favorable nod by lawmakers Wednesday as they were pushed out of a legislative committee and sent to the Utah House floor. Orem Republican Rep. Brad Daw presented substitute versions of House Bills 195 and 197 to the House Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday. The bills drew some concern from lawmakers and others, yet not enough to stop […]

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Cannabis Industry Battling Federal Ban on CBD Oil

The cannabis industry is fighting a ban on CBD oil, a derivative that is used in a wide array of products but doesn’t get users high. Many users, this writer included, use CBD daily as a way to combat anxiety, pain, depression, and various other symptoms and ailments. The case that landed before San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday. The half-billion dollar U.S. hemp industry is up in arms about a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency rule. The DEA created a brand new drug code for all cannabis extracts, including CBD Oil products. The hemp industry argues this […]

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Texas Dispensary

First Texas Dispensary Opens

Texas is known as a deep-red state with archaic cannabis laws, but progress is being made in small steps. The first Texas dispensary is now open in the lone star state. However, only a select few patients will be able to procure the medicine. On Thursday, Compassionate Cultivation will open its doors to its customers to become the first licensed cannabis oil dispensary in Texas. It is located just outside of Austin in Manchaca, the Dallas Observer reported on Monday. The news comes after a 6-year-old girl, who suffers from epilepsy, became the first Texan to receive medical marijuana prescription. However, the dispensary […]

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Marijuana Banking

Colorado Credit Union Approved for Marijuana Banking

After years of legal battles, a Colorado credit union has finally won conditional approval from the Federal Reserve Bank to serve ancillary canna-businesses. Back in 2014, Fourth Corner Credit Union received a charter from the state of Colorado allowing it to serve state-legal cannabis firms. Federal law prohibits any bank from dealing with a business that handles funds relating to an illegal drug, however, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City denied the credit union’s request for a master account on these grounds. A master account allows a bank to access the national banking system, and the credit union would not […]

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U.S. Attorney Billy Williams

Oregon Prosecutor Says There is Too Much Marijuana

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened the unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided states with legalized weed on how to avoid federal scrutiny. The meeting included representatives from 13 other U.S. attorney’s offices, the FBI, the […]

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Sessions Anti-Cannabis

Sessions Anti-Cannabis Position Challenged By House Democrats

House Democrats have taken their first step in opposing AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions after his blatant attack on states’ rights when he rescinded the Cole Memo last month. Eleven members of the House Judiciary Committee are demanding a hearing into the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to roll back an Obama-era policy on marijuana enforcement. A letter signed by 11 Democrats calls for Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, to hold a hearing of the full House Judiciary Committee to discuss the recent move by Sessions, which gives federal prosecutors more leeway to launch marijuana cases in states […]

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Cannabis Banking

States Ask Congress to Support Cannabis Banking

A bipartisan mix of attorneys general from states that have legalized cannabis urged congressional leaders Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow banks to do Cannabis Banking. Law enforcement officials from 17 states, the District of Columbia and Guam say exempting banks that service cannabis businesses from federal criminal and civil penalties would provide safeguards for a multibillion-dollar industry operating largely on cash transactions. In the letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Congressional leaders, the signatories asked Congress to advance the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act introduced last year. “The […]

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Vermont Legalizes Cannabis

Vermont Legalizes Cannabis

Vermont Legalizes Cannabis – Vermont becomes the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation and is the ninth state overall to enact the law after California made it official at the beginning of January. Republican Governor Phil Scott on Monday signed into law House Bill 511, which legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, for adults 21 and older. This new law will go into effect in July and interestingly, the legislation says nothing about creating a state market for recreational weed. “I […]

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Blue Pineapple Chunk Strain

Omega Blends Farm – Blue Pineapple Chunk Strain

Oregon-based Omega Blends Farm is a family-owned indoor hydroponic cannabis grower, offering some of the finest cannabis on the market.Their flagship, the Blue Pineapple Chunk Strain, is a testament to their mission of quality. It is a cross of blue dream and pineapple chunk. This unique strain will provide energy with a long lasting full body high. A cross of the highly-popular Blue Dream and Pineapple Chunk, this strain is bred with the seasoned toker in mind.  A few hits and you will be impressed by the potency of this flower, as the cerebral boost comes on strong and makes […]

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New Regulations For Oregon Hemp Come Down

As of January 5, The Oregon Liquor Control Commission(OLCC) is enacting new rules for hemp regulation. Hemp was previously regulated by The Department of Agriculture. The new law left hemp in a state of limbo from the end of 2017 until today, when the new rules were officially announced. The new state law requires hemp growers or processors to obtain an OLCC certificate to bring their products into the OLCC system. Also, OLCC-licensed marijuana processors will need a special endorsement to process hemp. The Oregon Department of Agriculture already licenses hemp growers, processors (called handlers) and seed providers. The state […]

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