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Colorado: Mary's Medicinals Welcomes Dr. Noel Palmer As Chief Scientist

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As part of what it calls its "ongoing mission to provide clean, effective and accurately dosed plant-based health and wellness products," Mary's Medicinals today announced that it has enlisted Noel Palmer, Ph.D. as chief scientist. In this role, Dr. Palmer will direct and manage all research, development and testing for current and future products.

"We're thrilled to add Noel's expertise to our team," said Nicole Smith, CEO, Mary's Medicinals. "As one of the most respected researchers in the cannabis industry, his understanding of plant chemistry will allow us to continue to improve the efficacy and accuracy of our products, and his skill set will lend itself perfectly to the development of our new Mary's Nutritionals line."

Dr. Palmer brings 15 years of experience as a laboratory scientist with an emphasis on plant properties to Mary's Medicinals. A member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, his R&D and testing of product potency and efficacy is award winning.

Most recently, he was recognized as Americans for Safe Access Researcher of the Year 2014. In collaboration with ASA and the American Herbal Products Association, he was closely involved in drafting the Industry Standards for Laboratory Testing of cannabis.

"Mary's Medicinals has established itself as a leader in the creation of effective, quality cannabis medicine," Palmer said. "I look forward to applying my understanding of the powerful properties of plants to finding new ways to help patients find relief."

Arizona: Community To Rally Tuesday Against Secret Police Bill

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Petition with more than 2,400 signatures demanding veto to be delivered to Gov. Ducey

Community groups will be rallying outside Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office Tuesday afternoon to speak out against SB 1445, a proposal that would require law enforcement agencies to conceal police officers’ identities for months following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

During the rally, a petition with more than 2,400 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Ducey’s office demanding he veto this legislation if it reaches his desk.

This bill is unnecessary, takes discretion away from local officials, promotes mistrust of the police and threatens Arizona’s proud tradition of open government, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Furthermore, police officers’ extraordinary powers are much more likely to be abused when their use is concealed from the public.

WHAT: Speakers will encourage Gov. Ducey to veto this dangerous legislation if it reaches his desk and address the harm this law would inflict on communities of color, people with mental illness and their families, immigrants, and LGBT people, among others. A representative of the family of Michelle Cusseaux, who was killed by a Phoenix Police officer last summer, and representatives of the community group Justice for Rumain Brisbon, who was fatally shot by a Phoenix Police officer in December, are scheduled to speak.

Arizona: Community Leaders To Speak Out Against 'Secret Police' Bill

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Community leaders in Arizona on Wednesday morning will speak out against Senate Bill 1445, a proposal being considered by the Arizona Legislature that would conceal police officers’ identities following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

SB 1445 threatens to further erode trust between law enforcement and communities by undermining the public's ability to hold officers and agencies accountable for abusive behavior. Current law properly balances the public’s right to know with officer privacy.

The stakes are high. If this bill becomes law in Arizona, it will send a harmful message to cities and states across the country that it's appropriate to keep officers' identities secret.

That’s why community leaders are banding together to stop this bill from becoming law.

WHO: Community leaders, including Pastor Warren Stewart, Jr., Rev. Reginald Walton and Phoenix Human Relations Commission Chair Brendan Mahoney

WHAT: Speakers will address the harms of SB 1445 and announce a campaign to encourage Gov. Doug Ducey to veto this dangerous legislation if it reaches his desk.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Bolin Memorial Park, just east of the Arizona Capitol Complex (1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007).

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California: First Cannabis Film Festival In USA Premieres May 1 In Humboldt

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According to organizers, it's the first-ever annual Cannabis Film Festival in the United States -- and they could hardly have picked a more appropriate location in Garberville, the heart of the Emerald Triangle.

"The action starts on Friday, May 1, with a full weekend of activities until we yell, 'Cut' on Sunday, said organizer Jack Rikess. "Be part of history as we usher in a new era with bright lights, a smoking red carpet and other assorted treats and surprises. The event is open to the public."

Tickets are on sale now, according to Rikess.

Jack told Hemp News that the Cannabis Film Festival provides a means for filmmakers to share their work with both distributors and the general public. "The CFF is designed to enable 'cream of the crop' film projects to gain exposure to larger and more mainstream audiences," Rikess said.

"The festival is also an amazing opportunity for a broad range of organizations to help further the cause of enlightening the general public about cannabis," Rikess said. "The Cannabis Film Festival is a full weekend event that provides a venue for cannabis-related businesses and local artisans to expose their goods and services to festival attendees in between the viewing of film submissions.

"Our mission is to increase public awareness of all aspects of the cannabis industry through educational and entertaining film media with the intention of raising consciousness regarding the many uses and applications of cannabis," Rikess said.

U.S.: Baby Boomers Love Weed, and Weedy.com Is Taking Note

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While U.S. marijuana laws change and society retracts itself from previous prohibitionist attitudes, the Baby Boomer generation is consuming cannabis at a higher rate than ever before. As of 2013, 44 percent of adults between ages 50 and 64 reported using marijuana, up from 9 percent in 1985, according to the Gallup Poll.

Weedy.com, a new dispensary discovery website, on Wednesday announced it is following these trends, and is specifically catering to the medical marijuana needs of the baby-boomer generation.

Weedy is the first platform released by Green Web Services, Inc., located in Silicon Valley, founded by Ryan Hunt, Charlyn McNamara, Trang Nguyen and Noosphere Ventures. Focused on consumer education, Weedy allows users to search for doctors, strains, and dispensaries for medical marijuana from any geographic location.

Medical marijuana has previously been stigmatized in the United States, especially amongst Baby Boomers. Weedy was deliberately created to fill the void in the lack of education within the medical marijuana space, and to counter that stigma with information—and an abundance of it. The education-based platform connects patients to dispensaries and provides in-depth information regarding which strains and methods aid various health problems.

U.S.: Recording Artist 2 Chainz To Examine Weed On Episode Of 'Most Expensivest Shit'

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Grammy-Nominated 2 Chainz and GQ Team Up For Season 2 of Hit Web Series "Most Expensivest Shit"

13-Episode Season Launches Tuesday on Condé Nast Entertainment's THE SCENE with Brand New Episode, "Weed"

Platinum selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist 2 Chainz has teamed up with GQ again for the highly anticipated second season of the hilariously entertaining web series “Most Expensivest Shit.” In each episode, host 2 Chainz showcases the most outrageous toys of the rich, revealing the most rare, sought-after, and expensive extravagances available today.

The 13-episode season launches on Tuesday on Condé Nast Entertainment’s THE SCENE with “Weed,” which finds the candid host testing out the most expensive marijuana products in Los Angeles.

Watch Season 2, Episode 1 on THE SCENE here or on GQ’s YouTube channel here.

Watch the Season 2 trailer here.

Colorado: Snoop Dogg's 2nd Annual Wellness Retreat Set For 4/20

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For the second consecutive year, Uncle Snoop’s Army will present Snoop Dogg’s Wellness Retreat in Colorado on 4/20.

The retreat is a concert featuring Snoop Dogg and special guests A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz, with additional guests forthcoming. The concert will take place in Englewood, CO on 4/20/2015.

Last year’s Wellness Retreat concert sold out almost immediately and featured special guests Wiz Khalifa, YG, Smoke DZA and more. This Spring, Snoop will debut his first album on Columbia Records, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, titled BUSH.

Snoop invites guests to Inhale, Exhale and Recharge for a once in a lifetime concert in a state that celebrates and protects legal marijuana.

Tickets are available via AXS.com beginning Friday, February 13 at 10 am Mountain Time.

Alaska: Marijuana News Show Now Broadcast On KBYR Anchorage

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TNMNews, which calls itself "the unbiased marijuana talk radio program," is now broadcast on KBYR Anchorage. The announcement follows the news last month that TNMNews is also broadcast on KFAR 660 AM, the oldest radio station in Alaska.

"KBYR has become the third terrestrial station to pick up our unbiased cannabis-related news and talk show," said Todd Denkin, president of TNMNews and CEO of its parent company, DigiPath, Inc. "Cannabis is a hot topic in Alaska, where voters recently gave thumbs up to the recreational use of marijuana by passing Ballot Measure 2."

Hosted by Todd Denkin and Jen Gentile, the latest episode of TNMNews examines how political activism is working to advance acceptance of marijuana use in America and features leaders in the fight to expand cannabis in healthcare and its role in films and television.

First up in this week's show, certified nurse Lanny Swerdlow describes how in 1995 he administered cannabis to a patient for the first time. The patient had contracted HIV/AIDS, and he was wasting away while experiencing severe side effects from his medication cocktail.

Cannabis mitigated the side effects, so Swerdlow's patient stayed compliant with his prescribed medications. It also stimulated the patient's appetite, reversing his wasting, and helped lift his spirits. The problem that Swerdlow faced in treating his patient with marijuana was having to "deal with criminals to get it for him."

Global: 3 New Episodes of Weed-Centered Web Series 'High Maintenance' Released

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Vimeo on Thursday released three new episodes of the heralded cannabis-centered web series "High Maintenance."

Created by married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the series successfully launched Vimeo on Demand’s first foray into original programming.

"High Maintenance" centers around a cannabis dealer known simply as "The Guy" (Sinclair) who slips in and out of the lives of his clients – an eclectic array of Brooklynites, from the likes of a harried personal assistant buying weed for her boss to a misunderstood asexual magician.

The series has received a bevy of acclaim from prestigious outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, and Slate (among others).

In this new batch of episodes, "The Guy" delivers to a new set of clients, all who have vastly different motivations – or lack there of – for smoking weed. We also get a glimpse into “The Guy’s” personal life.

The new episodes are available globally and have subtitles translated to German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese, enabling High Maintenance to reach a wider audience than ever before.

Pricing for the series on Vimeo on Demand remains the same as the previous cycle of three episodes: to rent episodes individually, the cost is $1.99 or EUR 2.49. To buy all episodes the cost is $7.99 or EUR 6.49.

The 13 episodes from Season One are available for free at HighMaintenance.tv.

U.S.: New Episodes Of Weed-Centered 'High Maintenance' Web Series Announced

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Vimeo has announced that a new cycle of three episodes of the heralded web series "High Maintenance" will premiere exclusively on Vimeo on Demand February 5 – the second half of the series’ second season. Created by married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the series successfully launched Vimeo On Demand’s first foray into original programming.

"High Maintenance" has received a bevy of acclaim from prestigious outlets like The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, and Slate, among others.

The new episodes are available globally and have subtitles translated to German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese, enabling "High Maintenance’s" audience to have an incredibly wide breadth.

"High Maintenance" centers around a cannabis dealer known simply as "The Guy" (Sinclair) who slips in and out of the lives of his clients – an eclectic array of Brooklynites, from the likes of a harried personal assistant buying weed for her boss to a misunderstood asexual magician.

In this new batch of episodes, "The Guy" is poised to deliver to a new set of clients, all who have vastly different motivations – or lack there of – for smoking weed.

Pricing for the series on Vimeo on Demand remains the same as the previous cycle of three episodes: to rent episodes individually, the cost is $1.99 or EUR 2.49. To buy all episodes the cost is $7.99 or EUR 6.49.

Oregon: Department of Agriculture Gives Farmers the Green Light to Grow Industrial Hemp – Seeds to be Sown in Spring 2015

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By Amy Peradotta, M.P.A. (Special to Hemp News)

In a phone interview on January 29th, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Operations Manager, Ron Pence confirmed, "the rules were filed by the ODA with the Secretary of States Office and were requested to become effective upon filing.” This is great news for anyone interested in growing industrial hemp in Oregon this year. Although a few details still need to be worked out, if all goes as planned, this spring Oregonians will be planting the first legal hemp crop in the state since 1957.

As early as next Monday, February 2, 2015, licenses will be available for anyone who wants to grow hemp in Oregon. Licenses are valid for three years and cost $1,500. While proponents have not been happy about the prohibitive cost of the licensing fee, many are still planning to move forward. The license application form will be available online the week of Feb. 2-6, 2015 on the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s website. Interested growers can download the application, complete the form, and mail it in to the Oregon Department of Agriculture along with the licensing fee of $1,500.

U.S.: Marijuana Conviction On Your Record? Criminals Wanted For Scholarship

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

You might think that criminal record of yours limits your opportunities. But now there's a $1,000 law school scholarship available where applicants must prove they've already been in trouble with the law.

The Appelman Law Firm, LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says the idea is designed to reward those who've made better choices after a conviction -- "those who have managed to turn their lives around and intend to pursue a career in criminal defense."

"There's a real need for passionate attorneys in criminal defense," said Avery Appelman, the firm's founder. "Nothing instills a great passion for justice quite like having suffered through the process yourself."

That's where the Appelman Law Firm Criminal Defense Scholarship comes in, and Appelman isn't alone in thinking a criminal record shouldn't be a barrier to making a better life.

"There are just too many ways to run afoul of the law for anyoen to think they are immune," Appelman said. "A mistake can easily lead to an arrest or jail."

Attempts to determine just how many criminal statutes exist have failed, because there are so many. An estimate from the government in the 1980s put it at about 3,000 in the federal system alone. Shortly afterward, another study from the American Bar Association said that was too low a figure, but couldn't come up with a better number.

Adding in state crimes only makes the situation worse. For many, avoiding a criminal record has become more a matter of luck than of being a good citizen.

California: Residency Requirement For Medical Marijuana May Be A Myth

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The residency requirement for legally getting a medical marijuana authorization in California doesn't really exist, according to at least two Bay Area lawyers who say the industry is misinterpreting state law.

Veteran marijuana lawyer William Panzer on Thursday confirmed the contents of a talk given by another attorney, Lauren Vazquez, to a group of entrepreneurs on January 22, reports David Downs at SF Gate.

"No, there is no residency requirement," Panzer said. "It's just misinformation."

"Why not?" Panzer said. "My wife hurt her ankle in Florida and had to go to the doctor for pain pills. They didn't say, 'Sorry, you don't live in Florida.'"

Almost all authorizing physicians and dispensaries in California enforce the residency requirement, turning away tens of millions of dollars in business each year by enforcing what looks to be a non-existent rule.

One of every 20 California adults is estimated to have used cannabis medicinally for a "serious" condition, and 92 percent of them believe it was helpful, according to recent polls.

Vazquez, speaking to about 30 marijuana investors, said that the preface to the 1996 Compassionate Use Act mentions "Californians," but the preface has no legal weight. This was confirmed by the California Supreme Court in a split ruling in 2013, allowing cities and counties to ban medical marijuana activity.

Oregon: Panel To Speak On Cannabis As A Biotechnology In Eugene On Jan. 21

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A panel of experts will speak on "Cannabis as a Biotechnology" from 3:30 to 5 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce at 1401 Willamette Street.

Speakers include Troy Morris of MxResearch and colleagues who will explore medical and recreational cannabis as a "real resource, a clinical tool, which should benefit Oregon most if applied effectively," reports Eugene Weekly.

"The approach creates a hub of biotechnology in Eugene, and converts the old-world I-5 drug corridor into a pipeline for research connecting performance agriculture with biotech quantification and clinical investigations that generate best practice, direction and policy," reads a statement from the organizers.

For more information, contact Paul Berger, paul@saavsus.com .

Washington: Seattle Hempfest Announces Hempfest Business Show

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Seattle Hempfest announces “The Hempfest Business Show” Industry Showcase at Seattle Center on Hempfest weekend

August 15 & 16, 2015
Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM,
Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall,
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

With the coming of recreational marijuana legalization in Washington state, Seattle Hempfest has put on a suit and tie. A flourishing medical industry and an emerging statewide legal recreational cannabis market mean cannabis businesses are blooming, according to Hempfest, and now the former civil disobedience "protestival" is now providing a showcase for the newly legal businesses.

The Hempfest Business Show, taking place August 15 and 16 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, "is about creating an environment in which these industries flourish & mature," according to Seattle Hempfest.

Running concurrent with Hempfest, which will be taking place a few blocks away, "Hempfest Business will connect business owners with the suppliers of cultivation equipment, packaging, marketing, web design, insurance, nutrients, and the myriad of other products and ancillary services it takes to run a cannabis business in the modern age."

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