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Oregon: Call To Action - Protect Grants Pass Medical Marijuana Patients and Growers

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The Grants Pass City Council is considering an ordinance to ban all sun-grown and greenhouse-cultivated medical marijuana. This harmful ordinance is expected to be presented on May 20 at the city council chambers at 6 P.M.

Patients who depend upon compassionate growers will be harmed the most by this proposal, according to activist Alex Rogers. "This proposed ban not only hurts Grants Pass OMMP participants, but could lead to the slippery slope of more and more cities and counties following suit and passing their own bans," Rogers said.

PATIENTS AND CONCERNS CITIZENS NEED TO MEET AT 5 PM, WEDNESDAY MAY, 20, AT 101 N.W. A ST. GRANTS PASS (@6TH ST.)

In the meantime, call the mayor and city council members and tell them that you oppose any ban of medical marijuana gardens; this will only hurt patients and push people into the illicit, underground market:

Darin Fowler, Mayor 541-660-3696
Roy Lindsay, Ward 541-291-0346
Dan DeYoung, 541-479-8777
Rick Riker, 541-479-7333
Lily Morgan, 541-476-6168
Dennis Roler, 541-479-4272
Ken Hannum, 541-659-4579
Mark Gatlin, 541-441-7674
Jim Goodwin, 541-761-5733

Norway: Vikings Cultivated Hemp 1,300 Years Ago

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Archaelogical findings show that cannabis cultivation was common among the Vikings of the Iron Age in southern Norway; the only questions now are how they used the fiber, seeds and oil from the versatile hemp plant.

Hemp was cultivated on a remote mountain farm between the 650 and 800 A.D., at the beginning of the Vikings' ascendancy, reports ThorNews.

Samples from excavations at the Sosteli Iron Age Farm have been stored in the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, reports Asle Rønning at Forskning.no.

This isn't the first time that traces of hemp cultivation have been found, according to archaeologist and county conservator Frans-Arne Stylegar. Previously, there have been several discoveries of hemp seeds in eastern Norway, including a find in the Hamar municiplaity dating back to the 400s A.D. But in the other cases, only a few grains were found, and this was a more extensive discovery.

Sosteli is a much less central location than other places where hemp traces were found, indicating that cannabis cultivation was common among the Vikings.

It is uncertain whether the Vikings used cannabis as a drug, but it is seen as likely that they used hemp fibers to make textiles and ropes.

Washington: Save Medical Marijuana -- You Can Now Get R76 NO Signature Sheets At Any FedEx

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Medical marijuana dispensaries are slated for extinction in Washington state, thanks to the passage of SB 5052 by the Legislature. But the R76 NO campaign would head off 5052 at the pass, essentially nullifying the law through the voter referendum process.

The R76 NO campaign, representing as it does a way out of the death sentence imposed upon the medical marijuana community in Washington as we've known it for the past 17 years, is gaining a lot of support statewide, but one recurring question has been where supporters can get signature sheets so that they can help the referendum qualify for the November ballot. Due to the untiring efforts of Washington activist Don Skakie, medical marijuana supporters can now go to any full service FedEx location in the state and get printed, double-sided, 11x17 Referendum 76 signature sheets for just 12 cents each.

According to Skakie, all you have to do is ask for File Retrieval Code 2EE4248 under Account Discount #0589281101 to print the signature sheets. "We have been given permission to use this account from the Georgetown Cultural Arts Center," Skakie said. "YOU MUST PAY FOR THESE COPIES, but the activity will benefit the Center by helping them meet their annual minimum purchases to keep their account open at these prices. Go and do great things!"

U.S.: Leading Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart Challenges Lawmakers About Drugs And Addiction

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Award-Winning Author of High Price Has Pivotal TED Talk Released on 90th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s Birth

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Carl Hart, PhD, a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University, whose work has redefined how people are discussing addiction, on Tuesday released two more groundbreaking and deeply compelling talks, one before a TEDMED audience in Northern California; and another a special Telephone Town Hall attended by hundreds of advocates, policymakers, faith leaders and medical professionals, and covered by Ebony.com, the African American news and lifestyle site.

California: Lightning In A Bottle Festival Integrates Harm Reduction Services Onsite

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Popular Festival Has Track Record of Success in Keeping Attendees Safe

The California-based Lightning in a Bottle festival is breaking new ground in the United States by taking a comprehensive harm reduction approach to drug use at its event. It is the only festival in the U.S. to offer both peer-led drug education and mental health services onsite, communicate about those services to its attendees, and evaluate their effectiveness post-event.

The festival, set to take place this Memorial Day weekend (May 21-25) at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, offers harm reduction services through the organizations DanceSafe and the Zendo Project.

DanceSafe is a public health organization working since 1998 mostly within the electronic dance music community to promote non-judgmental health and safety information, ranging from safer sex and “protect your hearing” resources to straightforward drug education that explains drug effects and safer use practices honestly. The Zendo Project is a group of trained therapists and volunteers who assist festivalgoers undergoing a difficult psychological experience, whether drug-related or not. They set up a separate “safe space” apart from main festival areas, and often work in tandem with onsite medical teams.

U.S.: New Doobster App For On Demand Legal Marijuana Delivery Does Things Differently

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Logistics Trust, Inc. has launched a subsidiary named Doobster, a mobile application and platform that allows a consumer of legal marijuana to order products from their smartphones, tablets or computer and have the products delivered to their physical location. The company said it is launching in 15 states.

Started as a logistics and compliance consulting company in January 2013 by Scott Abadjian, founder and CEO, Logistics Trust said it now plans to provide consumers with a user-friendly, on-demand mobile (SaaS) platform.

"Consumers can register and order products quickly and with confidence," the company announced in a press release. "Products are delivered to a consumer’s location within minutes by using smart algorithms, advanced routing, heat maps, GPS, location services and other techniques."

“Doobster is not Uber for marijuana; we are more than a marijuana delivery app,” Abadjian said. "The Company intends to make the term 'doobster' synonymous with quality logistics and compliance facilitation services within the legal marijuana industry.

"Another objective of the Company is to create long-term value for its customers and business partners through the quality of its technology and services, its ability to facilitate compliance with applicable state and local laws, and its active commitment to helping customers and business partners build wealth," Abadjian said.

Doobster Platform users will include the following parties:

• State-authorized Cooperatives/Collectives/Dispensaries (“vendors”; “dispensaries”);

New York: One World Cannabis Implements Regulatory Services For Medical Marijuana Program

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Training and Education Infrastructure to Provide "Turnkey Service" to Yield New York Medical Cannabis Patient Communities

OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp., an Israel-based developer of cannabinoid-based therapies targeting a variety of different indications, on Monday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, One World Cannabis Ltd., is implementing regulation and patient-care consultancy services in New York to further advance the application and registration of medical cannabis business licenses within the existing medical cannabis program.

"Our intention is to provide support to local New York businesses which intend to dispense and manufacture medical cannabis and help shepherd certifications through the Medical Cannabis Program," said Dr. Yehuda Baruch, One World Cannabis director of research and regulatory affairs and international authority on medical cannabis programs.

In addition to helping guide certified New York-based medical cannabis businesses through the regulatory framework and operating infrastructure, One World Cannabis said it is helping to institute the creation of a medical cannabis patients' center, consisting of patient communities. The company said it is also offering training and educational modules for patients -- as well as physicians, caregivers and researchers -- to enhance the understanding of patient-focused medical cannabis programs within existing and developing U.S. markets.

Texas: House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill; Will Go To Governor For Signature

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Bill is intended to allow access to low-THC marijuana extracts for qualifying seizure patients; House fails to pass amendment to fix major problem

The Texas State House on Monday approved a bill 96-34 intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law.

SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and it is an historic vote in that sense,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Lawmakers missed several opportunities to amend the bill in ways that could have provided real relief to countless Texans. Not a single patient will be helped by this legislation.”

SB 339 requires doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which exposes doctors to federal criminal sanctions. By contrast, doctors “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use medical marijuana in the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws and the District of Columbia. Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

Texas: House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill; Will Go To Governor For Signature

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Bill is intended to allow access to low-THC marijuana extracts for qualifying seizure patients; House fails to pass amendment to fix major problem

The Texas State House on Monday approved a bill 96-34 intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law.

SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott.

“On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and it is an historic vote in that sense,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Lawmakers missed several opportunities to amend the bill in ways that could have provided real relief to countless Texans. Not a single patient will be helped by this legislation.”

SB 339 requires doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which exposes doctors to federal criminal sanctions. By contrast, doctors “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use medical marijuana in the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws and the District of Columbia. Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

Massachusetts: ACLU Win Protects Thousands In Cases From Drug Lab Scandal

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State High Court Ruling Provides Safe Harbor for Those Who Challenge Wrongful Convictions Based on Tainted Evidence from the Hinton State Drug Lab

The highest court in Massachusetts on Monday provided a safe harbor for thousands of people with tainted convictions stemming from Annie Dookhan's misconduct at the Hinton state drug lab.

In a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, and Foley Hoag LLP on behalf of three individuals affected by the lab scandal, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a sweeping defense of due process, ruling that people may challenge their wrongful convictions without fear of retaliation by prosecutors.

"Today's decision is a profound victory for tens of thousands of people who were denied due process by misconduct at the Hinton Lab, and for anyone who has a stake in the integrity of the Commonwealth's criminal justice system," said Matthew R. Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. "For years, many of Annie Dookhan's victims have worried that challenging their tainted convictions could subject them to even harsher convictions and sentences.

"Many others did not even know that they could challenge their convictions in court, because public officials neither identified all of Dookhan's cases nor directly notified her victims," Segal said. "In a sense, many people did not know how to find the courthouse doors, and many others were too afraid to knock.

Washington: Pot Shop Sells Marijuana-Infused Coffee Pods

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marijuana-infused coffee has been around awhile, but now you can get cannabis-infused Keurig-style coffee pods.

Seattle recreational marijuana store Uncle Ike's Pot Shop has started selling "Catapult" K-Cup style coffees infused with cannabis, reports Meredith Engel at the New York Daily News.

The pods, made by Fairwinds Manufacturing, work in single-serving coffeemakers and include 10 milligrams of THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. That's not a big dose, but it's the maximum allowed by Washington state in recreational cannabis edibles.

The pods cost $10 each, and that's a bargain, according to Uncle Ike's sales manager Jennifer Lanzador. "People might scoff at the price, but when you think of Starbucks (charging) $4, $5 a cup anyway, and you get the nice kick of THC, it's really not an expensive price at all," she said.

"It's delicious," Lanzador said. "Sometimes with edibles you'll get that real pot flavor, (but) I did not notice much of a pot taste."

With both energy-boosting and calming effects, it reminded her of a Red Bull/vodka cocktail, Lanzador said. "I had more energy, but I still had the relaxation you get from cannabis," she said, reports Mary Beth Quirk at Consumerist.

Oregon: Politicians Poised To Dismantle Oregon's Medical Marijuana System - CALL TODAY

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Politicians in Salem are poised to pass a bill at 5 p.m. on Monday that would partially dismantle Oregon’s medical marijuana system and ban state-regulated marijuana businesses. The Senate Committee on Implementing Measure 91 is planning to slip this by quickly, without any public testimony.

Public testimony is crucial because politicians need to know why this bill is so bad for Oregon. New Approach Oregon is asking that you please take a moment right now to call a few state senators and tell them them the public should have the right to be heard before the medical marijuana system is drastically changed. Phone numbers are below.

"We voted to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana, NOT to have politicians push it into the criminal market and make it harder for medical marijuana patients to get life-saving medicine," said Measure 91 Chief Petitioner Anthony Johnson of New Approach Oregon.

Senate Committee on Implementing Measure 91:
Sen. Ginny Burdick (D): 503-986-1718
Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D): 503-986-1704
Sen. Jeff Kruse (R): 503-986-1701
Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R): 503-986-1950
Sen. Lee Beyer (D): 503-986-1706

Senate Democratic Leadership:
Senate President, Peter Courtney: 503-986-1600
Senate Majority Leader, Diane Rosenbaum: 503-986-1700
Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Arnie Roblan: 503-986-1705
Senate Majority Whip, Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward: 503-986-1717
Senate Majority Whip, Mark Haas: 503-986-1714
Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Michael Dembrow: 503-986-1723

U.S.: NCIA To Present 2nd Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

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The National Cannabis Industry Association on Friday announced its second annual national conference, the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, taking place June 29-July 1 in Denver, Colorado.

The summit will offer cannabis business leaders an open forum to discuss best practices and business developments throughout the industry. Over the course of three days, attendees will have the opportunity to explore various workshops and tours, view over 100 exhibitor stations, network with over 2,000 attendees from the cannabis business industry, attend an investor demo day event, and finally let loose at the popular Cannabis Carnival II.

The summit is positioned for business owners and operators across multiple verticals in the cannabis industry. Several topic-oriented tracks will give attendees the opportunity to focus on their area of expertise.

Tracks offered include: Running Your Cannabusiness; Cultivation and Processing; Money Matters: Finance, Accounting and Insurance; The Law, Policy and Reform; as well as Emerging Topics offering attendees an open forum to discuss industry updates and trends. Featured educational sessions will highlight some of the industry's leading pioneers and figureheads.

Conference Highlights

• Educational facility tours and workshops

• Investor Demo Day Event, featuring a select group of cannabis startups

• Second Annual Cannabis Carnival Music Concert, featuring an eclectic lineup of world-class musicians

Florida: Clinical Conference on Medical Cannabis To Be Held In Palm Beach

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The Ninth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on May 21 through May 23, with more 30 of the top healthcare professionals, doctors, and patients advocating Medical Cannabis treatments.

Patients out of Time is hosting The Ninth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on May 21 through May 23. Patients out of Time will bring together world-renowned experts in cannabis therapeutics to assist healthcare workers, related business interests, and the general public, from around the country, on ways to improve patient outcomes with the use of cannabis therapeutics.

The conference will have expert presentations, panel discussions and onsite exhibitors available to introduce healthcare professionals to the fundamental research on the use of cannabis as an effective and powerful medicine. This conference will award Continuing Medical Education credits for healthcare workers who participate in specific events.

There will also be a special benefit dinner and auction to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Patients Out of Time.

"Cannabis is a powerful and effective medicine, "said Mary Lynn Mathre, president and cofounder of Patients Out of Time and the president and founding member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about everything from cannabis healthcare administration to social advocacy from world leaders in the field."

California: Referendum Suspends Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban In Santa Cruz County

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The first successful Santa Cruz County voter referendum in 13 years has suspended an ordinance adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial cannabis cultivation. The ban was adopted on April 14, and was to go into effect on May 15.

Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz (RCSC) circulated the referendum and after only 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county, with 7,248 valid signatures required to qualify the referendum for the ballot.

The ordinance was suspended when the Santa Cruz County Clerk Elections Department confirmed on May 11 that the referendum petitions contained more than the minimum number of signatures. The county has 30 calendar days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, from the date the petition was filed, May 7, to verify the validity of the signatures.

As provided in the California Elections Code, 500 randomly selected petition signatures will be verified initially. For this referendum, 71.1 percent of the randomly selected signatures must be valid to qualify the referendum for the ballot based on the random sample count alone.

As of 4 pm on Friday, May 15, the Clerk's office had processed 266 signatures and found 73.6 percent of them to be valid. Based on this trend, the referendum will most likely qualify for the ballot when the remaining 234 randomly selected signatures have been checked.

If the validity rate at that point is below 71.1 percent, all of the signatures must be verified. To reach the minimum 7,248 required, an overall validity rate above 64.7 percent must be maintained in a full count.

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