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Minnesota: Marijuana Policy Project Makes Maximum Contribution To GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

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MPP backing Republican gubernatorial candidate in light of his support for a more compassionate and comprehensive medical marijuana program

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) PAC has contributed $4,000 to the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson. The contribution to the Johnson for Governor Campaign is the maximum allowed under Minnesota law.

Johnson is challenging Gov. Mark Dayton in the Minnesota gubernatorial election following a legislative session in which the governor refused to support a compassionate and comprehensive medical marijuana program championed by patients and approved by the Minnesota Senate. The contribution was made in light of Johnson’s support for the more inclusive legislation. A matching contribution was made to the Senate DFL PAC as well.

The medical marijuana proposal supported by Johnson and a bipartisan Senate coalition would have protected an estimated 30,000 seriously ill Minnesotans, according to a fiscal analysis prepared by the state. Gov. Dayton refused to sign such a bill and insisted on a restrictive program that will only help an estimated 5,000 patients.

The governor’s resistance also resulted in the law prohibiting the use of marijuana in its natural form, requiring patients to use oils or extracts that will be produced by just two manufacturers for the entire state. Some patients have said they will not sign up for the program because whole plant cannabis is the most effective form of treatment for their conditions.

D.C.: Marijuana Initiative Gets Major Endorsements From NAACP and NOW

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Endorsements Come on the Heels of Recent Support from Local Chapters of the SEIU, D.C. Working Families, and UFCW

Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Releases Report on Collateral Consequences of Arrest

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the D.C. Branch of the National Organization for Women on Thursday came out in support of marijuana legalization and endorsed D.C.’s Initiative 71.

Initiative 71, which is on the November 4 ballot, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants in their home. D.C. laws prevent the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana; however, the D.C. Council is currently considering a bill which would account for such provisions.

Additionally, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on Wednesday released its groundbreaking report entitled "The Collateral Consequences of Arrests and Convictions under D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Law." The report is the first of its kind to examine the effect of the collateral consequences associated with arrests for residents in the DMV area.

Texas: Woman Thrown Out of Church For Using Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
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A woman in Beaumont, Texas says she was cast out by her church for using medical marijuana.

Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis oil extracted from marijuana to treat degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis, reports Brittany Rainville at KBMT-TV.

Fellow church members at Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church became concerned after Bodle publicly supported the medicinal use of marijuana on a TV news report.

12News had first spoken to Bodle at the arraignment of Jeremy Bourque, who is facing marijuana charges. Bodle was there to show her support for cannabis legalization and medicinal use.

She said she got a letter from her pastor telling her to stop using and promoting marijuana, and six weeks later the congregation decided to revoke her church membership.

Bodle's son, Jason Falconbridge, said cannabis is the only pain relief his mom can find. "She's got a beautiful heart and to see her ostracized makes me angry," Falconbridge said.

Falconbridge read a letter from his mother's physician which mentioned, "She takes the extract for medicinal and not recreational purposes ... She has benefited from taking this supplement and it has improved her quality of life."

"It's about bringing relief from pain and suffering and that's what Jesus wants; he doesn't want to see his children suffer and that's why he created this awesome plant," Bodle said.

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Now Accepting Marijuana Job Postings

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With the addition of their new "Post a Job" page, Ganjapreneur has entered the world of online job boards geared toward the marijuana industry. The website launched their marijuana industry job feed several weeks ago, which up until now has merely aggregated links to jobs had been posted around the web. With the new form, employers will be able to fill out their own job posting to be published on Ganjapreneur's website and Android app.

"This is just one small feature of what we're building out," a Ganjapreneur spokesperson said. "Ultimately we're going to be a lot more than a simple job board.

"We're aiming to be a business hub for the industry as a whole, so naturally, helping people find careers related to cannabis and helping employers reach out to potential employees is going to be a big part of that," the spokesperson said. "But we have many more features in the works that will be coming out soon."

All jobs listed by Ganjapreneur are available both on their website and their recently-launched Android app. Ganjapreneur has announced that their app will also be available in the Apple App store in the near future.

The website announced its official launch over the summer, and has since published a large number of news articles, business editorials, and interviews with cannabis industry pioneers.

Michigan: Companies Team Up To Deliver Terpene-Infused Hemp CBD Products

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Pan's Ink and Michigan Hemp Company on Tuesday announced they have entered into a strategic supply agreement through which Pan's Ink will provide tailored, natural terpene mixtures in bulk to Michigan Hemp Company for use in MHC's hemp CBD products. Pan's Ink will distribute its terpene mixtures to MHC under the Pan's Ink brand, TerpAid™.

Terpenes are an essential part of hemp and cannabis medicine, just as are the cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD). These aromatic compounds work in concert to promote healing and well being through the "entourage effect."

Pan's Ink is known in the legal cannabis, smoking accessories, and aromatherapy industries for its line of terpene customization products. These products are used by customers to target the effects of their legal cannabis or other herbal smoking products in order to provide consistent symptom relief.

Pan's Ink also supplies balanced terpene profiles in bulk form to manufacturers. "We are thrilled to be working with hemp pioneers Joe Brown and the Michigan Hemp Company in this new venture," said Jack Turner, CEO and Founder of Pan's Ink.

"Terpenes are an integral part of cannabis medicine, and our 100 percent natural terpenes are the best in the industry," Turner said. "Teaming up with Michigan Hemp Company will gain Pan's Ink a valuable new relationship and will allow Michigan Hemp Company to augment its already cutting-edge products."

U.S.: Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Benefits of Medical Marijuana Outweigh Risks

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As Floridians get set to hit the polls on Nov. 4 and decide the fate of legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State with Amendment 2, another debate is brewing: do the benefits of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain outweigh the risks?

According to a recent survey conducted online in October by Harris Poll on behalf of Miami Jewish Health Systems among over 2,000 adults, two out of three Americans – some 68 percent – believe that yes, the benefits of using medical marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks.

When looking at age groups, those between the ages of 55-64 (74 percent) are more likely to agree with the statement "the benefits of using medical marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks" than those age 45-54 (63 percent) and those age 65+ (59 percent). Men and women feel the same way, with 68 percent of men stating the benefits of marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks and 69 percent of females indicating this.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Miami Jewish Health Systems from October 8-10, 2014 among 2,060 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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California: Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens Cut Off Treatment For Kids With Epilepsy

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Researchers announce that clinical trials involving anti-convulsive form of marijuana is showing "promise" in children

As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of medicinal cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.

On August 5, unidentified men in camouflage dropped from an unmarked helicopter onto the 120-acre property of Potter Valley resident and cancer survivor Susan Schindler, cutting down her lawfully cultivated medical marijuana plants. In addition to growing for herself, Schindler was cultivating rare strains of medical marijuana rich in CBD, a non-psychotropic constituent of the plant, which were being used orally by children with epilepsy.

Schindler was also cultivating plants rich in THCV, another active constituent (or cannabinoid) that was producing positive results for a patient with Parkinson's disease.

Maine: Marijuana Legalization Advocate Challenges Police Chief To Pot vs. Booze Drug Duel

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Local advocate willing to go ‘hit for shot’ with Chief Edward Googins — who said, ‘Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny’ — to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol

David Boyer will be waiting for Googins at high noon in the Mill Creek Park gazebo — with enough alcohol to kill a man — to determine who will be the last one standing for a 7 p.m. debate

In order to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, marijuana initiative proponent David Boyer is challenging South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a drug duel. Boyer will be in the Mill Creek Park gazebo at high noon on Wednesday prepared to take a hit of marijuana for every shot of alcohol consumed by Googins to see who will be the last man standing for a previously scheduled debate for 7 p.m. that evening.

In an October 14 news story Chief Googins said, “Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny.” He also said marijuana is too dangerous to make legal for adults because it “continues to create and perpetuate other problems.”

Chief Googins made a similar comment during a press conference at the Mill Creek Park gazebo earlier this year. He is actively campaigning against a citizen-initiated referendum on the November ballot that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older under city law.

Washington: Premium Cannabis Infusions Usher In New Era of Marijuana Edibles

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It’s been nearly two years since voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502. And it’s been more than two months since legalized retail cannabis finally became available in the state. Yet, something has remained missing – something consumers have been so eagerly awaiting, according to the Seattle-based Db3 Corporation.

Zoots premium cannabis infusions are now available at select licensed retailers in Washington state, "bringing with them," the company says, "the promise of changing the way people think about marijuana edibles." Zoots concentrated liquid drops, energy drinks and lozenges all feature proprietary blends, made with the highest quality ingredients, that the company says give consumers the power to control their own experiences, safely and enjoyably.

“This day has been a long time in the making, and we couldn’t be happier for the people of Washington State now that it is finally here,” said Michael Devlin, co-founder and president Db3, the maker of Zoots. “We worked long and hard to dot all our I’s and cross all our T’s so consumers can be assured of top quality edibles. To finally be able to bring such edibles to the market is a testament to our team’s hard work.”

With concerns in Colorado and Washington about dosage, THC levels and transparency, Zoots is the brand consumers can turn to when they want the freedom to control their own experiences, according to Devlin. Zoots proprietary blends bring something unique to the market, including packaging that provides consumers clear instructions on both serving size and usage, according Db3.

Washington Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Regulation Measure

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Second sheriff endorses Measure 91: “The evidence keeps coming in: Our new approach is working”

The Sheriff of King County, Washington, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported I-502, Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because, he said, Washington state’s regulated approach to marijuana is working.

“Month by month, tax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels,” Urquhart says in a new ad from Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign (you can view the ad at the bottom of this article). “Wasteful arrests are way down. DUIs are down. Drug prevention programs are getting funds. Strict regulations are working.”

U.S.: New Marijuana Market Research Report Predicts $21 Billion Legal Cannabis Market By 2020

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GreenWave Advisors, LLC, a newly established independent research and advisory firm serving the burgeoning marijuana industry, on Tuesday released its inaugural research report, “The GreenWave Report: State of the Emerging Marijuana Industry – Current Trends and Projections.” The firm estimates that retail marijuana industry sales could reach $21 billion by 2020 and separately, suggests that if marijuana is legally sold in all states and D.C. by 2020, the consolidated market for retail medical and adult use sales could total $35 billion in the first full year of a federally legalized market.

The firm is the first to provide a state by state bottom up fundamental analysis of the U.S. medical and adult use marijuana retail markets. The analysis also provides a first glimpse of the similarities in reported results in the legalized markets thus far.

“We are pleased to offer investors the first independent, comprehensive, detailed and transparent look at the market potential of the retail marijuana industry,” said Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner at GreenWave Advisors, LLC.

In the upcoming election, Florida residents will vote on a measure to legalize medical marijuana and the citizens of Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide on full legalization. “We want investors to be ready for the imminent changes that will profoundly impact investment strategies in the marijuana industry”, Karnes said.

Colorado: Company Launches High-End Grow Box For Either Weed or Veggies

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Rather than move furniture to make room for his indoor garden, Aaron Schrems put his garden inside the furniture.

With no carpentry experience and modeled using pieces from IKEA furniture kits, Schrems, CEO of Chicago-born and Colorado-based North of 80, invented what he calls "the ultimate urban garden:" a grow box, complete with lights and shelves for plants, that doubles as a beautiful piece of high end furniture.

"With more and more people in the world living in cities, I thought that this would be a perfect way to help people reconnect with nature," Schrems said. "At the same time, they can produce their own healthier food."

And there’s marijuana... of course.

"In places where it's legal, people can grow their own marijuana from seed or clone, which means saving up to thousands of dollars a year while putting to rest any questions about provenance, quality, and value."

The stylish growing cabinet Schrems created, called the 108, has a sleek exterior composed of sustainably harvested hard woods. Inside, constantly circulating fresh air is filtered by activated charcoal as it enters and exits the box. Premium LED lights with a spectrum tuned to the nanometer improve productivity nanometer, while an adjustable shelf and custom copper plant tray maximize growing area and light coverage.

U.S.: 'High Maintenance' Web Series Features Nameless Cannabis Dealer

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Catch up on the celebrated web series High Maintenance before new episodes premiere on November 11 on HighMaintenance.tv

The web series High Maintenance, which follows a nameless cannabis dealer as he delivers his product to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city they live in, marks Vimeo’s first foray into original programming with the six episodes launching exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Emmy Award-winning casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor and editor Ben Sinclair (Delocated, 30 Rock, The Big C, and the forthcoming film, The Nest) and manager Russell Gregory at Regarding Entertainment first debuted High Maintenance on Vimeo in late 2012.

"High Maintenance" is collaboration in every sense of the word; Blichfeld and Sinclair write, direct, and edit every episoden together. Taking the new medium of the “web series” to different heights, the two make every episode as long as it needs to be, rather than having any particular set program length, with Vimeo providing them with the freedom to both experiment and perfect their special brand of short-form storytelling.

Critic Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker has called "High Maintenance" "A shoebox that opens into Narnia [...] Meditative, dreamy invasions into the lives of creative-class New Yorkers, with smart dialogue, seams of compassion, and an O. Henry air of surprise.”

New York: NYPD Continues Quixotic, Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

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From March to August Under de Blasio/Bratton, NYPD Made More Marijuana Possession Arrests than Bloomberg/Kelly in Same Period of Previous Year

Extreme Racial Disparities Persist as Blacks and Latinos Make up 86% of Marijuana Possession Arrests, Despite Young Whites Using at Higher Rates

A new report released on Monday by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities.

The report, "Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014" draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues its practice of making wasteful, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests.

Oregon: Moms from Oregon, Colorado and Washington Endorse Measure 91 Marijuana Legalization

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Moms from Oregon, Washington and Colorado on Friday gathered at the Yes on 91 headquarters to show their support for Measure 91, which would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older in Oregon.

“My top priority is the safety of my children,” said Leah Mauer, who founded a Facebook group called Moms for Yes on 91. “The current approach is failing to keep them safe.

"A better approach is to take marijuana away from illegal dealers and cartels and put it behind the counter at a regulated, inspected and properly zoned store,” Mauer said.

Colorado and Washington are already experiencing successful results from their approval of the regulated use of marijuana:

• Teen use and access to marijuana is down in Colorado. (Source: US News & World Report, Aug. 7
• Arrests are down for marijuana violations. (Source: The Denver Post, Jan. 14)

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