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U.S.: Bob Marley's Son Launching Line of Premium Marijuana Products

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With four states plus D.C. now having legalized marijuana, Julian Marley, the son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, will be the featured likeness on a new line of premium cannabis products.

Julian continues to speak out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and promote its healing benefits. Kingsley Brand, LLC, licensor of Julian Marley’s likeness and trademark name, has exclusively partnered with Drop Leaf, LLC to promote the movement to decriminalize marijuana and promote its healing benefits with the launch of a new product line, Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana.

In the next few months Drop Leaf announced it will introduce to the market several signature strains of marijuana in addition to other products under the Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana brand name. They will be working with DNA Genetics, the industry’s leading developer of marijuana strains, to create high quality strains to serve medicinal and recreational users.

Drop Leaf and DNA Genetics are currently conducting research and development with certain origin seeds to produce their own signature Julian Marley strain for the Julian Marley JUJU Royal Premium Marijuana collection with hopes of making these strains available to dispensaries, caregivers, and worldwide where it is Legal.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk Festival Already Denied Permit For 2015

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

When this reporter attended September's Hempstalk Festival in Portland, I saw a well-organized, orderly event, where plenty of information about the cannabis hemp plant and its many uses was disseminated by activists and speakers, along with bands, vendors, and bounteous opportunities for people-watching. What I did not see -- and I attended the entire two-day festival -- was people smoking or selling weed inside the event.

Portland parks officials, who seemed to have attended an entirely different event, waited only a day after Oregon's historic vote to legalize marijuana under Measure 91 to mail a letter to Hempstalk organizer Paul Stanford, reports Andrew Theen at The Oregonian.. It wasn't a nice congratulatory note, either -- it was a firm denial of his request to hold next year's Hempstalk Festival at Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park, or any other public property, next year.

"The passage of ballot measure 91 makes no difference in the City's decision," reads a prissy statement from Parks Bureau customer service center manager Shawn Rogers. The denial "stems only from the inability of organizers to manage the event in accordance with the necessary conditions clearly outlined and revisited on multiple occasions."

City officials claim attendees smoked marijuana at the event -- but again, I was there the entire time, and I never saw a single joint torched, even backstage.

Nevada: MariMed Advisors, DispensaryPermits.com Help Secure Medical Marijuana Permits

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According to company officials, MariMed Advisors, Inc. and DispensaryPermits.com were instrumental in helping clients capture highly coveted provisional medical marijuana cultivation and production permits awarded by the State of Nevada on Monday, November 2. "The Nevada provisional permits continue MariMed and DispensaryPermits.com’s track record of success in securing medical marijuana permits," read a joint statement from the companies.

Washoe County-based CannaVative Group, LLC received both cultivation and production provisional permits. Clark County based Harvest Foundation, LLC received a cultivation permit.

“We are excited and honored to be given this opportunity to advance the medical marijuana industry in Northern Nevada,” noted Joey Gilbert, Esq., V.P. Strategy & Government Affairs, The CannaVative Group, LLC. “We are looking forward to working with the City of Reno, Washoe County, the State of Nevada and the MariMed and DispensaryPermits team to create one of the best medical marijuana programs in the country that will provide safe medical marijuana to the patients who truly need it.”

The receipt of the provisional permits culminates an intensive five-month permit application process requiring submission of extensive security, design, financial, systems and reporting, cultivation, packaging, marketing and ongoing operations plans and background checks.

California: Nestdrop Launches Medical Marijuana Delivery On Android

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Nestdrop says it launched the country's first in-App, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service for Android smartphones and tablets on Friday, and immediately started delivering to patients in need. The iOS version of Nestdrop will receive medical marijuana service in the next few weeks, according to the company.

Medical marijuana patients will be required to upload a photo of valid ID and either a doctor's recommendation or medical marijuana identification card to Nestdrop's securely encrypted vault to receive approval before ordering. Unlike other online medical marijuana delivery services, Nestdrop is the first to provide an entirely in-app marketplace experience. Nestdrop orders, for both alcohol and medical marijuana, will be fulfilled within an hour or less.

"The response we've received since our initial announcement has been incredible with patients throughout the nation excited for Nestdrop," said Nestdrop co-founder Michael Pycher. "Today marks a giant step forward in providing a safe alternative method for medical marijuana patients to get the medicine they need in a convenient, discrete fashion."

As part of the simple registration process, medical marijuana patients must upload a photo of a doctor's recommendation or Medical Marijuana Identification Card as well as a valid ID to order from Nestdrop's medical marijuana section. Once manually approved by a local dispensary, which can take as little as five minutes, patients will have full access to the same medicine that they are used to getting in-person, for the same donation amount.

U.S.: 'Don't Call Us Stoners': Company Publishes Cannabis Brand Development Study

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Canna Ventures, a marketing and branding agency focused on the cannabis industry, on Wednesday will announce the publication of its first research report entitled “Cannabis Brand Development Study: Know Your Target Market.” According to the agency, the report is a first-of-its-kind national market research study that examines the evolving attitudes of consumers towards cannabis and goes on to define four distinct market segments which marketers of cannabis related businesses can reference when creating and developing their brand.

“The cannabis ecosystem is poised to rapidly accelerate in Washington and Colorado and perhaps several other states in the coming months," said Eric Layland, one of the co-founders of Canna Ventures, who will be presenting findings from the report at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo taking place in Las Vegas on November 12-14. "However, many of these new businesses really don’t understand who their target market is and the traits they should take into consideration when developing a brand.”

“This survey was not intended to gauge the political views of respondents," Layland said. "Rather, the objective of this research was to gather perspectives on the lifestyle and desires of cannabis users and understand what drives their interaction and adoption of brands.”

The 17-page report provides a detailed look at the attitudes consumers have towards cannabis. Some of the key findings of the report include:

U.S.: Willie Nelson Says Obama 'May Be Happy' About DC Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

President Obama "may be happy" that D.C. voters legalized marijuana in the nation's capital, according to country music legend and stalwart cannabis supporter Willie Nelson.

Nelson, who performed Thursday night at the White House for veterans, says he once smoked a joint on top of the presidential mansion after an appearance there during President Jimmy Carter's administration, reports Aaron C. Davis at The Washington Post.

The country music icon, a close personal friend of Paul Stanford and the Campaign to Restore and Regulate Hemp (CRRH), has given ringing endorsements to the political initiative work of CRRH.

Nelson said in an interview with CNN that he probably wouldn't bring up the topic of marijuana to Obama on Thursday night, but thinks the President is probably sympathetic to the cause.

"I think I realize how he feels about it and I've read some of his books and things about when he was a kid, how he may have delved into that matter a little bit," Nelson said. "I'm sure he's very understanding of what is going on and he may be happy to see it happening."

Nevada: Backers Say They Have Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On 2016 Ballot

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Supporters of an initiative petition to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Nevada on Friday said they have collected far more than the required number of signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol plans to turn in about 170,000 signatures to county clerks on Wednesday, reports Sean Whaley at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. To qualify for the ballot, 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters are required.

Brezny said he expects to have almost twice the number of signatures needed in each of Nevada's four Congressional districts.

If the signatures are there, the legalization proposal for those age 21 and older will go to the 2015 Legislature. If the Legislature fails to approve the proposal within the first 60 days of the session, it goes on the Nevada general election ballot in 2016.

The measure is modeled after Amendment 2, the recreational marijuana legalization law approved by Colorado voters in 2012.

Support among Nevada voters was measured in 2013 at 54 percent for and 42 percent against, Brezny said when the petition was filed in April.

U.S.: FBI Reports 693,000 Arrests For Marijuana Offenses In 2013

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More than 87% were for simple possession

An estimated 693,481 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report. More than 87 percent of these arrests were for possession, which means one person was arrested for marijuana possession approximately every 51 seconds on average in the United States.

The same report last year showed that 749,842 marijuana arrests were made in 2012.

“We're pleased to see the drop, but arresting even one adult for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol is inexcusable," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "Every year we see millions of violent crimes attributed to alcohol, and the evidence is clear that marijuana is not a significant contributing factor in such incidents. Yet our laws continue to steer adults toward drinking by threatening to punish them if they make the safer choice. These arrest numbers demonstrate that the threat is very real.

"Law enforcement officials should be spending their time and resources addressing serious crimes, not arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana," Tvert said. "Every year, these statistics show hundreds of thousands of marijuana-related arrests are taking place and countless violent crimes are going unsolved. We have to wonder how many of those crimes could be solved — or prevented — if police weren't wasting their time enforcing failed marijuana prohibition laws.

Vermont: Public Hearing On Marijuana Legalization Scheduled For Wednesday

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A public hearing on the legalization of marijuana in Vermont is scheduled for Wednesday. The hearing will be held statewide via Vermont Interactive Television.

Earlier this year, the Vermont Legislature ordered the administration to study marijuana legalization, with a report due in January, reports the Associated Press.

The state contracted with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center to study the production, distribution, and possession of cannabis.

Wednesday's hearing will be held by Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and Beau Kilmer, who co-directs the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

Spaulding and Kilmer will make brief presentations, after which people attending the meeting will be allowed to ask questions and make comments.

U.S.: Marijuana Legalization Puts Military In Awkward Position

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With the number of states where marijuana is now legal reaching four (plus the District of Columbia), the United States military is still trying to enforce 20th Century drug policies of zero tolerance towards cannabis, despite the shifting sands of public opinion.

With Alaska, Oregon and D.C. joining Colorado and Washington as legal havens for weed, the army has gone to great pains to remind troops that state law doesn't help servicemen who smoke pot, reports RT.com.

The military is governed by federal laws, under which marijuana possession remains a criminal offense; use or possession of cannabis also remains a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and can result in court martial.

Each branch of the military claims to keep troops off marijuana by frequent drug testing and stiff penalties for those who test positive.

According to Army testing data recently obtained by the Washington Times, 30,836 of the 41,000 soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state were tested in fiscal 2014; that's about 75 percent. Meanwhile, at Fort Carson, Colorado, all 26,000 active duty personnel were tested.

New York: NYPD Poised To Stop Low-Level Marijuana Possession Arrests

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Advocates Cautiously Optimistic, But Key Questions and Concerns Remain

An article on the front page of Monday's New York Times outlines a plan by the de Blasio Administration to end low-level marijuana possession arrests in New York City. According to the article, those found with small amounts of marijuana would be issued a court summons and immediately released.

This would be a shift from the current arrest practice, wherein police charge people with a misdemeanor – the person is then handcuffed, taken to the precinct and held for hours, fingerprinted and photographed, and eventually released with a court date and a virtually permanent arrest record. Ending arrests for marijuana possession is a constructive step towards reform, yet many questions and concerns about the new proposal remain.

The new proposal comes on the heels of a recently released report by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, which analyzed marijuana arrest and income data. It shows that low-income and middle class communities of color face dramatically higher rates arrests for marijuana possession than do white communities of every class bracket.

Remembering Jim Klahr, Oregon Cannabis Freedom Fighter

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By Michael Bachara, Hemp News

Musician Jim Klahr, an activist working to establish cannabis as an option for healthcare providers in the United States and a pre-transplant patient at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU), passed away awaiting a liver donor at OHSU on November 9, 2014.

Days earlier, on November 4, 2014, Oregon residents voted to end marijuana prohibition with Measure 91. In the campaign's declaration of victory, Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner of the measure, thanked Klahr for his dedication and commitment to the issues surrounding cannabis.

As a long-time Oregon medical marijuana activist Klahr continually expressed the need for cannabis advocates to run for political office to have their voice and views represented within the legislature.

Klahr was a founder of Oregon Green Free – to help those who utilize the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to become self-sufficient under the law of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. He believed medicinal, social and sacramental cannabis all have their place in society.

As an eight-year member of the Oregon Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (OACMM), the committee established to implement rules for the state's medical marijuana program, he fought tirelessly for cannabis freedom, eventually serving two-terms as OACMM Co-Chair.

A chief petitioner on Oregon Measure 74, the 2010 initiative to improve safe access for medical marijuana patients, Klahr was also an instrumental spoke in the campaign to elect Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in 2012.

U.S.: CannaBranders Launches Web and Branding Services For Marijuana Industry

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Cannabis is big business and CannaBranders, announcing the launch of their website this week, is positioning itself to be a leader in the medical marijuana branding and web services market.

The web and branding company dedicated solely to the (legal) marijuana/cannabis industry, has announced they will be attending the National Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas on November 12-14.

CannaBranders will be sponsoring NCIA’s 4th Anniversary Banquet, "Vive la Révolution," on Thursday, November 13. The conference is produced by Marijuana Business Daily and will have more than 1,500 cannabusiness pros and major investors from more than 30 US states and 10 countries such as Medical Marijuana, Inc (OTCPK:MJNA), HEMP, INC (OTCPK:HEMP), Cannabis Science, Inc (OTCQB:CBIS), Growlife, Inc (OTC:PHOT) and GreenGro Technologies (OTCPK:GRNH).

CannaBranders has assisted many marijuana business organizations through specialized cannabis industry marketing in order to achieve their targeted goals. They offer marijuana website design, marijuana graphic design, cannabis industry marketing, medical marijuana marketing and even how to open a marijuana dispensary.

U.S.: Majority of Americans Still Support Marijuana Legalization, According to New Gallup Poll

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Poll Conducted Weeks Before Oregon, Alaska and D.C. Voters Decide to Legalize Marijuana

A new Gallup poll has found that a majority of Americans still support the legalization of marijuana. The Gallup poll found a slim majority of Americans -- 51 percent -- favor legalizing the use of marijuana - similar to the 50 percent who supported it in 2011 and 2012, but down from a reading of 58 percent last year.

The poll was conducted in mid-October but released just days after voters in Alaska, Oregon and D.C. voted to legalize marijuana. In Alaska, 52 percent voted in support, in Oregon it was nearly 56 percent and in D.C., the number was a whopping 69 percent.

Building off of the successes of 2014, advocates for marijuana legalization will be putting legalization on multiple ballots in 2016, including California.

U.S.: Sixth Annual Hemp History Week Set For June 1-7, 2015

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The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp have announced that the sixth annual Hemp History Week will be held June 1-7, 2015. Surging with momentum following a monumental year in 2014, wherein hemp was both legally cultivated and harvested in Kentucky, Colorado and Vermont, this year's campaign will focus on the increased acreage of hemp on U.S. farms with the theme Sow the Seed.

Throughout all 50 states, more than 1,100 grassroots events will bring documentary film screenings, cooking demonstrations, retail promotions, educational outreach, spring plantings and hemp home building courses to the public, catalyzing movement on the issue of hemp legalization nationwide.

To learn more about Hemp History Week, visit: www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

Spring Hemp Plantings

HIA and Vote Hemp will work with farmers in states that have legalized the cultivation of hemp, to coordinate events this spring to celebrate the planting of hemp crops. The events will be open to both community and media attendance.

An environmentally sustainable crop, hemp helps restore nutrients to soil via phytoremediation, and does not require chemical inputs of pesticides and herbicides to flourish. As farmers open their hemp fields to the public, grassroots activists will offer educational events about industrial hemp—its history, agronomy, health and ecological benefits—as we join together to sow the seed.

The Health Benefits of Hemp

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