Tikun Olam® Ltd., the first, largest and foremost government-licensed producer of medical cannabis in Israel, on Thursday announced a joint partnership in New York State with Compassionate Care Center of New YorkTM (CCCNY), a privately held New York-based biopharmaceutical company applying to be a Registered Organization under New York's Compassionate Care Act, and MedReleaf Corp., a privately held federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis in Canada, which has set the gold standard for the industrial production of medical-grade cannabis in North America.
Founded in 2005, Tikun Olam is the only large-scale industrial producer of medical cannabis in Israel, supplying one third of qualifying Israeli patients with pharmaceutical-grade products. Tikun Olam has the most extensive patient experience treatment database in the field of medical cannabis with over 10,000 patients being monitored for nearly a decade and the data for the treatment of each patient's ailments recorded along with the efficacy of the different strain variations and dosages administered.
It is the only private company to have its proprietary medical strains of specifically-bred cannabis clinically tested on humans and referenced by name in peer-reviewed published articles reporting on the successful trials. In fact, Tikun Olam's strain Erez® was used in the only completed double-blind-placebo clinical trial on humans for Crohn's disease, which resulted in complete remission for 50 percent of the patients in the cannabis group and 10 percent in the controlled group.
Kaya Holdings, Inc. on Friday announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire assets from OC Harley Gardens, a Portland based marijuana grow, which, according to Kaya, "produces high quality, connoisseur-grade, medical marijuana as the countdown to legal recreational sales in Oregon continues."
The assets include an existing duly licensed patient base with associated plants and grower licenses, unique genetics, equipment, and use of the facility on a rent-free basis.
"This asset purchase is part of our plan to expand our production capacity prior to the introduction of legal recreational marijuana use in Oregon, which could be as early as October 2015 or sooner," said Kaya Shack CEO Craig Frank. "OC Harley Gardens produces excellent marijuana and grows unique varieties with THC ranging from 20-27 percent which will further add to our wide selection.
"Our Kaya Farms grow operation permits us to maintain a consistent selection and high quality standards," Frank said.k "We believe the assets of OC Harley Gardens, which will be integrated into the Kaya Farms, will support the Kaya Shack™ supply chain, and further enhance our efforts in this regard.
The Green Exchange, Inc., the developers of "Loud Cannabis," which the company calls "the world's first online portal and HIPPA compliant mobile app that connects growers to patients," on Tuesday announced the launch of their Patient Delivery Application.
"Loud Cannabis" is a free app that is now available for Android phones. The app uses patented technologies to allow patients to sign up with a farm collective, browse available inventory, purchase products, and arrange for immediate home delivery.
"This new app will empower farmers and give patients a direct connection to the source of their cannabis," said Joshua Artman, founder and CEO of The Green Exchange. "When people buy food, they want to know its origin, freshness and quality. Now this 'farm-to-table' distribution model is available to help farmers connect with more people, and provide patients with fresh cannabis with integrity and transparency."
Unlike other "delivery-service" apps that are hitting the market, Loud Cannabis was developed by farmers - for farmers, as well as for cannabis users who care about quality, according to The Green Exchange.
When a grower adds inventory into the Loud Cannabis app, it is simultaneously loaded into an Integrated Social Media (ISM) push platform, so that consumers can instantly see the latest product offerings via Twitter. This feature helps growers build their brand, increase the value of their products, and drive sales, according to the company.
By Steve Elliott
Medical marijuana dispensary owners on Thursday begged Oregon lawmakers to let them sell to recreational cannabis users, once legalization is implemented on July 1.
"We don't know a single dispensary doing well in this over-saturated market," said Meghan Wallstatter, who along with her husband Matt owns the Pure Green dispensary in Portland, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. She called recreational marijuana sales a "much-needed lifeline" for medical dispensaries.
The Oregon Health Authority has approved 310 dispensary licenses; another 93 are pending, according to a June 12 tally.
More than 130 dispensaries have been approved in Portland, and only a few of them are making money, according to consultant Sam Chapman, who said it could lead to a a big shakeout with only a few shops left open.
"If we truly want to keep this a craft industry and we want to empower the mom and pop businesses to be able to survive in this industry, we need to have early recreational sales," Chapman said. "A lot of these businesses are starting to drown."
The Oregon House-Senate marijuana committee is looking at language that would allow dispensaries to sell some cannabis products to recreational users while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission sets up its own retail network.
Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin on Wednesday verified the signatures gathered for a referendum, and suspended an ordinance adopted on April 14 by the Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial medical marijuana cultivation in the county.
The county clerk rreleased a “Certificate of Examination of Referendum Petition” to Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz (RCSC), a network of citizens dedicated to protecting medical cannabis patients' rights, to preserving the environment and to guarding the health and safety of the Santa Cruz community. The certificate states, “The result of the examination is that the petition is sufficient.”
RCSC circulated the referendum, and after 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county, on May 7. Required were 7,248 valid signatures to qualify the referendum for the ballot.
The ban ordinance will remain suspended until the County Supervisors decide to either repeal the law or let the county voters vote at the June 2016 primary election whether to approve or reject it.
The ordinance would have allowed a patient/caregiver to cultivate on only a space 10 feet by 10 feet, and required the garden to be on the property where the patient/caregiver resides. The ordinance also would have allowed only a single collective to operate in the entire county.
Delaware becomes 20th state in the nation to remove the threat of jail for simple marijuana possession
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law Thursday night that will remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana. The Delaware Senate approved the bill 12-9 earlier in the evening. The new law will take effect in six months.
HB 39, introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) in the House and sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chair Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East) in the Senate, will replace criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a $575 fine and three months in jail.
Delaware is the 20th state to decriminalize marijuana possession or make it legal for adults. Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws removing the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession, four of which also regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. The Illinois General Assembly approved a similar measure in May, which is now awaiting action from the governor.
The Delaware Senate on Thursday approved a bill 12-9 on Thursday that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The measure, which was approved in the House earlier this month, will now be sent to Gov. Jack Markell (D), who is expected to sign it into law. In a March letter to the editor of The New York Times, Gov. Jack Markell said he is “hopeful that [his] state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.”
HB 39, introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) in the House and sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chair Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East) in the Senate, would replace criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a $575 fine and three months in jail.
“Laws that criminalize people for simple marijuana possession are outdated and counterproductive,” Rep. Keeley said. “Delaware is taking an appropriate step to right size the penalty for small quantity possession.”
“Senate action on this bill is commonsense and will remove the potential implication a criminal record can have for a person seeking employment, housing, and education,” Sen. Henry said. “It is important to more appropriately penalize people in possession of marijuana for personal use.”
Cannabis business website Ganjapreneur has announced its latest podcast episode, which features prominent medical marijuana researcher Dr. Ethan Russo in a conversation about his research regarding the Endocannabinoid System — a unique system found in all vertebrates, including humans, which promotes homeostasis and a biological balance across bodily functions.
In the interview, Ganjapreneur podcast host Shango Los asks Dr. Russo about Endocannabinoid Deficiency (ECD) and the potential for it to be treated with cannabis. As Russo explains, ECD is just coming into general awareness now as a cause behind several conditions including Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, Infantile colic, Glaucoma, PTSD, Bipolar disease and others.
When used as a form of treatment, "A lot of what THC does is paralleled by the effects of... natural chemicals in the body that everyone has," Dr. Russo explained.
Before going public with his research, Dr. Russo worked for years as senior medical advisor for GW Pharmaceuticals; there, he oversaw three separate clinical trials for Sativex, one of the world's first cannabinoid-based medicines to be approved for public use.
Today, he is medical director at Phytecs, a company specializing in the production of cannabis-based treatments related to the endocannabinoid system. Due to legal complications and concerns over the federal legality of his work, Dr. Russo only began to speak publicly about his research earlier this year.
By Steve Elliott
Portland police on Wednesday said that Oregonians who travel to Washington state to buy marijuana to bring it back are "not an issue" as long as they stay within legal limits.
Beginning on July 1, Oregonians 21 and older are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana away from home, and up to eight ounces at home, under the recreational cannabis legalization law approved by voters last November.
Oregonians going to Washington to shop for marijuana are nothing new, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. Sales data released by the Washington Liquor Control Board for May showed that one recreational 502 shop in Vancouver -- just across the state line -- sold more marijuana than any other shop in the state, thanks in part to Oregonians, who account for about half of sales.
But Portland police said they don't see this as a problem.
"We are not doing interdiction on people who are going there to buy their weed and bringing it back," Sgt. Pete Simpson said. "Our drugs and vice division has not and does not focus on low level drug transfers of any kind. They are working large scale operations, which is not what we are talking about."
The National Cannabis Industry Association, a national trade association representing the businesses of the legal marijuana industry, will hold its second annual national conference, the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, from June 29 through July 1 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
The Summit will offer cannabis business leaders three days of in-depth discussions and workshops, exploring business best practices, cutting-edge technological advances, and marijuana policy developments on both the state and federal levels. Three Members of Congress - Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) - are confirmed to participate in the Summit or the popular Cannabis Carnival benefit concert taking place on June 30.
The Cannabis Business 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; and 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 innovators, according to NCIA.
When Jeremy Bamford started Colorado Pot Guide (coloradopotguide.com) in 2013, the idea was straightforward: Give locals and visitors everything they need to find and enjoy cannabis, while also helping them stay on the good side of the law.
The informative, practical and easy-to-use approach triumphed, with traffic blossoming to 250,000 visitors a month by early 2015. The company has been tapped by everyone from overseas reporters seeking guidance about Colorado’s great experiment to tourists across the country hunting for dispensaries and cannabis-friendly lodging options for their next vacation.
Now, Colorado Pot Guide goes national, with PotGuide.com. The rollout begins with Washington state, which legalized medical and recreational marijuana, and Nevada, a medical-marijuana state with an upcoming ballot issue that seeks to make recreational marijuana legal in early 2016
“Our guide clearly resonated with people in Colorado, so we decided to offer locals and visitors in other states the same breadth of high-quality, engaging content, as well as all-inclusive listings of cannabis-related businesses and services,” said Bamford, who lives in Denver. “My goal from the beginning was to include all businesses in the guide for free — not just those that advertised or paid for an enhanced listing.
"I have always geared the website towards the reader, both in educating and connecting them to relevant service providers," Bamford said. "I want PotGuide.com to be their trusted, resource in the world of marijuana, day after day.”
Findings Mirror Growing Support for Legalization Across the Country
Advocates Say That Taxing and Regulating Marijuana Reduce Injustices of Marijuana Arrests and Generate Millions of Dollars in Tax Revenue for Projects to Benefit All New Jerseyans
A significant majority of New Jerseyans expressed for support for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana in a Rutgers-Eagleton poll. The poll was conducted in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance.
The poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana like alcohol for adults 21 and over. Those surveyed were most persuaded to support marijuana legalization and regulation as a result of New Jersey’s costly marijuana laws.
New Jersey wastes more than $125 million a year arresting people for marijuana possession. This absurd policy criminalizes otherwise law-abiding citizens and wastes law enforcement resources that would be better spent on serious crime and public safety issues.
"Support for legalization in New Jersey is growing, which mirrors national polls,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "By asking a question that makes clear legalization for adults 21 and over would come with taxes and regulation, we provided context that may account for some of the 9-point jump in support from our April 2014 poll.
The Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill 4-2 that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for simple adult marijuana possession and replace them with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. The measure will now be considered by the full Senate.
HB 39, introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) in the House and sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chair Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilimington East) in the Senate, would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an adult a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine with no possibility of jail. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $575 fine and up to three months in jail.
The House of Representatives approved HB 39 on June 2, and Gov. Jack Markell (D) said in a March letter to the editor of The New York Times that he is “hopeful that [his] state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.”
“Adults should not face potentially life-altering criminal penalties simply for possessing a small amount of marijuana,” Sen. Henry said. "The potential impact for employment, housing, and education are too severe under current law for the violation.”
Report Recommends Sweeping Reforms, Including Decriminalizing All Drugs
Momentum for Reform Accelerates as California Introduces Bills to Aid Non-Citizen Defendants Arrested for Drug Possession
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday released a first-of-its-kind report showing that tens of thousands of people are deported from the United States each year for minor drug law violations.
The report, "A Price Too High: U.S. Families Torn Apart by Deportations for Drug Offenses," documents how deportations of non-citizens for minor drug possession offenses have spiked in recent years, increasing by 43 percent from 2007 to 2012. In total, more than a quarter of a million people (roughly 266,000) have been deported for drug offenses since 2007, most commonly for minor drug possession offenses.
Under current immigration laws that focus on targeting “threats to public safety and national security,” decades-old offenses and/or pardoned drug convictions can lead to mandatory detention and deportation. However, Human Rights Watch found that most non-citizens deported for criminal convictions had only committed minor, nonviolent offenses.
The damning new report provides another example of how the war on drugs has become a war against migrant communities, fueling racism, violence, and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. Roughly 40,000 people (or more) have been deported every year since 2008 due to drug law violations.
Wana Products on Tuesday announced the launch of WanaCaps XR, a family of extended release cannabis capsules that provide medicinal benefits for up to 12 hours.
Wana Products partnered with Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc., a United States-based Drug Development Company with research and development in Israel, that developed the proprietary technology behind the extended release formulation.
WanaCaps XR will be offered in three different formulations: capsules with a 10:1 CBD to THC ratio (WanaCaps XR High CBD Capsules), a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio (WanaCaps XR High THC Capsules), and a balanced formulation with 1:1 THC:CBD ratio (WanaCaps XR THC/CBD Balanced Capsules).
“WanaCaps XR represents the next generation in the evolution of marijuana for the medical community,” said Nancy Whiteman, co-owner of Wana Products. “The extended release formulation enables patients to dose once or twice daily so they can get on with their lives without the constant need to be thinking about re-dosing. Additionally, WanaCaps XR are formulated to be highly bio-available so patients feel the therapeutic impact quickly.”
“The new capsules also address one of the major concerns of cannabis patients, which is that the initial high peak of cannabinoid activity soon after administration which can cause uncomfortable side effects such as disorientation and dizziness,” Whiteman said. “Instead, with WanaCaps XR, patients experience a long-lasting, stable effect for up to 10 hours without the ups and downs. Overall, it’s just a much better experience for patients.”