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   Nov 09

Inside the First-Ever Government-Organized Marijuana Symposium

Daily Deal Train Wreck ShirtThe Cannabist, Sohum Shah, November 6th, 2015

The number of conferences in the cannabis industry is almost on par with the ever-expanding music festival scene. With new conferences seemingly appearing on a weekly basis, deciding on the events worth the investment (money, time, bandwidth) can be difficult.

However, when a friend who works for the city and county of Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy told me about a two-day symposium the city was holding for 420-situated regulators, I knew I had to attend.


Denver’s inaugural Marijuana Management Symposium, which wraps up with a full day of programming on Friday, was a chance for Denver to share its approach to cannabis regulation — and for the city to also learn from policy makers from around the country, continuing the collaborative process that has led us to where we are today.

Interestingly, the event was hosted by the city’s regulators — as opposed to the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, which operates within the Department of Revenue.

I got to the Colorado Convention Center around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, picked up my media pass and got a quick rundown of the event from Dan Rowland, the city’s marijuana communications adviser.

I headed into the main presentation room, coffee in hand and eager to hear from “the other team.” Did I mention I also work in the industry? Because I do, and as industry members, we sometimes perceive our regulators as if they are our parents during the teen-angst years — their rules seem unnecessarily strict because they’re out to get us!

Of course, this could not be further from the truth. With regulators attending the symposium from throughout Colorado, other states and even Amsterdam, the event’s goal was to share insight from the implementation of our unique social experiment. It was a chance to show regulators from around the world that a robust system of cannabis regulation and taxation was the product of collaboration among industry representatives, regulators, lawmakers and community stakeholders.

Unlike many jurisdictions, Denver has a dedicated regulatory body for marijuana.

After Mayor Michael Hancock’s pre-recorded introduction and a keynote emphasizing the importance of city government, the first panel was underway. Led by Denver’s marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy, it was a brief history lesson on marijuana law in Colorado, followed by a case study on how many state and local agencies worked collaboratively to learn about and work through the ongoing enforcement of pesticide use in marijuana cultivation facilities. From an industry point of view, the case study demonstrated a concern for public safety and health above anything else.

I stepped outside for a smoke, a cigarette, where I noticed attendees of the weed industry stalwart Champs Trade Show nearby smoking joints and bowls out on the sidewalk. Many of them were from out of state and were likely unfamiliar with our public consumption laws. Nonetheless I couldn’t help but appreciate the fact that they were blissfully unaware that representatives from many state and local regulatory bodies were comfortably seated in a room just a few hundred yards away.


I walked back inside and was introduced to Yvette van Groenigen, the marijuana policy adviser to Amsterdam’s mayor. Despite the common misconception that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands, small marijuana sales (5 grams or less) are tolerated in Amsterdam, but cultivation and transport are not legal. So she had arrived in Denver (for the first time) an eager student, ready to learn and absorb information to share with her city council back in Amsterdam.

Overall, she said she was “very impressed” with the professionalism exhibited by the operators and employees of the facilities she visited. She was also pleasantly surprised that industry workers were also passionate advocates, contrary to the operators in the Netherlands who oppose legalization based on a potential threat to commercial profit.

The first day of the marijuana symposium wrapped up with a couple of panels and a cocktail reception. I walked around with my Coors Banquet, catching up with industry friends from NORML, Good Chemistry, the National Cannabis Industry Association, FlowHub and elsewhere. I also ran into David Mendoza, the marijuana policy adviser to the Mayor of Seattle. We reminisced about a technology panel we sat on together in Seattle last year and discussed the implementation of regulations around Washington’s medical marijuana industry.

Today marks three years since Colorado voters historically — and decidedly — approved Amendment 64, legalizing recreational cannabis. We have the most well-regulated system in the world, but as I discovered at the symposium, our regulators are also still learning as they go.

The city’s Rowland said it best: “The story, as we know it, is still being written.”


Original article posted at the Cannabist

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   Nov 06

10 Little-Known Uses for CBD

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High Times, Tyler Terps, November 3rd, 2015

Among the cannabinoids in cannabis, the main psychoactive compound, THC, often outshines the one that provides a natural anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effect.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, lacks the colorful high commonly associated with your traditional marijuana high and doesn’t have much of a noticeable effect when isolated. When combined with THC, the relaxing effect combats any feelings of paranoia or panic that can sometimes be felt under the influence.

While lauded for it’s effect on epilepsy, recent cannabis research has identified CBD as the component responsible for a great deal of marijuana’s medical benefits. Here are 10 medical use for CBD that you might not have known about:

1. Cigarette Addiction

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 24 smokers were randomly chosen to receive either an inhaler of CBD or a placebo. Participants were asked to take a puff every time they had an urge to puff a cigarette. Over the week, those with placebo inhalers saw no change in their total number of cigarettes consumed, while those who were taking CBD saw a nearly 40 percent drop in their intake. Using the inhaler decreased the number of cigarettes without increasing their craving for nicotine, pointing towards a purpose for cannabidiol in the withdrawal process.

2. Acne

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health discovered that CBD can provide treatment for acne. Researchers used cannabis-derived cannabidiol on the human sebaceous glands and came to the conclusion that CBD acts as a highly effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting lipid synthesis.

3. Diabetes

In a study using CBD, the development of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice was prevented. Although there wasn’t a direct effect of cannabidiol on glucose levels, the treatment prevented the production of IL-12 by splenocytes. Preventing this cytokine is important because it plays a huge role in many autoimmune diseases.

4. Fibromyalgia

Common treatments for fibromyalgia are anti-inflammatory medications, opioid pain medications and corticosteroids. A 2011 study that focused on CBD treatment for fibromyalgia produced very promising results for future uses in treatment. Half of the 56 participants used CBD, while the other half used traditional methods to treat their condition. Those that used cannabis saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see much of an improvement.

5. Prion/Mad Cow Disease

Cannabidiol has been shown to halt prions, the proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow. The formation and accumulation of prions was prevented with the aide of cannabidiol during a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2007. For mice that were infected, CBD increased their survival time by about a week.

6. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

CBD is known to produce anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects when ingested by slowing everything down and calming the user. Those with PTSD are often overcome with anxiety and stress, so patients frequently find relief by using cannabidiol. The antipsychotic benefits provide a stable mental environment for those that need it most.

7. Schizophrenia

In 2012, a group of German researchers published a study in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The potent antipsychotic Amisulpride and CBD were compared between 42 schizophrenia patients. The two treatments were deemed effective, but the short side-effect profile of CBD out shined the pharmaceutical option.

8. Crohn’s Disease

Some scientists say CBD could be an effective treatment for bowel diseases like Crohn’s Disease. THC and CBD interact with the system that controls gut function in the body, something that Crohn’s patients suffer issues with. The component of cannabis’ anti-inflammatory ability brings a lot of relief to those suffering from this condition.

9. Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists at the Cajal Institute used animal models and cell cultures to find that CBD reversed inflammatory responses and served as durable protection from the effects of multiple sclerosis. Mice with 10 days of CBD treatment had superior motor skills and showed progression in their condition. Using this information, researchers concluded that CBD has the potential ability to reduce various aspects of MS.

10. Insomnia

One of the few side effects of CBD is tiredness, but for many, it’s what they seek out in the natural herb. Since pharmaceuticals for aiding sleep pose risk for addiction and leave you feeling groggy the next day, it’s best to go the safe route with non-habit forming CBD. When searching for strains to combat insomnia, try staying with Indica and CBD-heavy strains to knock you out when you need it most.

Original article posted at High Times

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   Nov 06

Why Doesn’t Ohio Have a Legal Cannabis Law Today?

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Huffington Post, Alex Thiersch, November 4th, 2015

Cannabis is still illegal in the state of Ohio. By now the news is out that Ohio’s Issue 3 — to legalize the personal use of cannabis — has failed with 65% of voters against and only 35% in favor. This was a very highly publicized ballot initiative with a tremendous amount of lobbying and legal positioning on both sides. In the end, what made Issue 3 fail and how did it fail by such large margins? Is Ohio just not ready for legal cannabis, or were there other factors involved?

Certainly the so-called oligopoly provisions in Issue 3 played a large part in the final vote tally. The ten companies which funded the initiative under the name Responsible Ohio would have been the ones directly controlling all production of legal cannabis in the state. There has been growing discontent among both voters and lawmakers since casino gambling had been legalized in the same fashion and once it became clear that Responsible Ohio was following suit a large backlash among the electorate coalesced. Groups that traditionally support legalization like the Ohio Green party and the Ohio Libertarian party balked at the proposed law, and even NORML only offered lukewarm support. Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based company which is one of the leading manufacturers of CO2-based cannabinoid extraction equipment, published 14 separate concerns including that the law’s structure in several ways invited increased federal scrutiny. Other factors came in to play as well, from hazy and undefined rules for regulating home grow to a lack of vetting and transparency regarding the ten companies that sponsored the initiative.

Not even the millions of marketing dollars spent were able to overcome the deficit the law’s structure created – though it certainly didn’t help that some of those dollars went to the ill-conceived Buddy mascot that was sent to tour college campuses.

At the end of the day all of the latest polling shows that Ohio only has a 53% approval rating for legalizing the personal use of cannabis, and Responsible Ohio didn’t field a proposal that alleviated the concerns of any voters that were opposed. Instead its ballot measure included several provisions that made the slim margin in favor disappear. The failure of Issue 3 wasn’t a failure to approve the personal use of cannabis; rather it was a failure to propose an initiative that would pass muster with the voters of Ohio.

Does such a proposal even exist?

Polling indicates that a medical cannabis bill would have passed easily with Ohio voters at 90% in favor, and Ohio’s potential medical cannabis patients are really the ones that lost out in this. If a medical-use initiative had been on the ballot – instead of attempting to make Ohio the first state in the country to move directly from illegal to regulated personal use – then Ohio would likely have a cannabis program in the works today. This hypothetical law still wouldn’t be perfect in the eyes of many full-legalization advocates, but it would have eased the daily lives of tens of thousands of Ohio patients who will now have to continue to rely on either side-effect-laden pharmaceuticals or on cannabis from the black market.

These patients will have to wait another year for an opportunity to get the relief they need, and advocates will have another year to try and put together a ballot initiative that will be able to pass in Ohio.

It’s important to remember that Issue 3’s failure does not necessarily mean that Ohio voters will not pass a cannabis law. It just means that Ohio voters aren’t so supportive that they will pass any cannabis law that is put in front of them. The fact that Ohioans today woke up with the same cannabis laws they had last week doesn’t change the fact that legal reform in the state can still have a bright future.

Original article posted at Huffington Post

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   Nov 05

The Next President Must End the War on Cannabis


Cannabis Now Magazine, Mike Adams, October 28th, 2015

When the latest round of Democratic presidential candidates stepped out on to the stage in Nevada to give the American people a first-ever televised meet-and-greet with the political figures marred with certifiable delusions of changing the United States for the better, it was apparent from the beginning that the event had been secretly billed “The Hillary Clinton and the Bernie Sanders Show.” With the former First Lady positioned directly in the middle of a zoo of unpredictable political animals, the initial tone of the so-called debate suggested that at least one of the well-dressed snarling dogs would be eaten alive in front of millions of viewers before CNN had a chance to cut to commercial.

Although the debate never really ever entered the realm of bare-knuckle violence that the majority of the nation tuned in to see, there was a great deal of excitement resonating throughout the cannabis class when moderator Anderson Cooper revealed, before taking a short break, that the candidates would be forced to answer a question on the issue of marijuana reform. Unfortunately, this portion of the debate was not quite the interrogation that some of us would have liked.

Both Clinton and Sanders (none of the others had a chance to respond) were simply asked how they would vote for an initiative to bring a full-scale recreational cannabis industry to Nevada in 2016. While it was certainly encouraging to hear Sanders reveal that he would vote “yes” on the issue of allowing legal pot sales, Clinton’s retort was uninspiring at best, saying that she supports medical marijuana but is not ready to stand alongside the issue of launching recreational cannabis commerce.

The next day, however, during an interview with KUSA-TV in Denver, Clinton told reporters that she supported Colorado’s right to do whatever they wanted in regards to their cannabis laws because she wants “other states to learn… what works and what doesn’t work.”

It seems the issue of states’ rights in regards to marijuana reform has all of a sudden become what pot reformers and lawmakers are fighting for rather than placing focus on the big picture – putting an end to prohibition for all of the citizens of the United States. Several bills have already been introduced this year to the U.S. House of Representatives in an attempt to pass a law that stops the federal government from interfering in state cannabis laws. Meanwhile, some federal legislators are simply working on getting as few meager riders approved in hopes that they will be attached to a government spending bill for the next fiscal year, without any concern over just how worthless these types of temporary amendments have proved themselves to be in the grand scheme of national change.

It should go without saying that it is not enough for the 2016 presidential candidates to support each individual state’s right to establish marijuana laws of their own choosing. It is necessary at this juncture to seriously begin the discussion of how the next president plans to get the ball rolling on nationwide cannabis reform. Ideally, doing what the nation did with alcohol over 80 years ago and eliminate prohibition.

How Long Must the Great Colorado Marijuana Experiment Continue?

Hillary Clinton says she wants to continue monitoring Colorado’s recreational market to see what works and what doesn’t, but what more does she need? In the first year of retail sales, the state raked in around $70 million in tax revenue, most of which went towards schools and other state projects, while far less crime was reported across the board. Furthermore, the state has not erupted into a vile scene of fatal collisions and doped up baby killers since opening its doors to the cannabis community. Some of the latest statistics show that out of the more than 5,500 arrests made in 2014 for driving while intoxicated (alcohol, drugs, or both), only 354 (roughly 6 percent) of those cases were suspected of being caused by cannabis alone. There isn’t even enough evidence that stoned driving is enough of a problem to support the $1 million the state spent last year running their “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign.

Legal Marijuana Comes With a Proven Economic Boost

What’s more is legal marijuana has created thousands of brand new jobs in Colorado alone – roughly 16,000 people licensed to work in the cannabis industry earning an average wage of $17 per hour. If Bernie Sanders is truly all about reestablishing the middle class, which he seems to be, he might want to get on board a plan to take the Colorado model nationwide.

But What About the Children?

Admittedly, there have been some reports of children being hospitalized after mistaken cannabis-infused edibles for candy, but statistically speaking, there are fewer of these types of incidents than those involving over the counter drugs and household cleaning products. In their annual report, the National Poison Data System revealed that the leading cause of poisoning in children under the age of 13 is Ibuprophen and Acetaminophen – causing in upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 cases each year. Cannabis is actually at the bottom of the list, far beneath common, legal items, including diaper cream, toothpaste, liquid fabric softener, tobacco and alcohol.

Is Prohibition Really Terminal?

Earlier this year, Representative Earl Blumenauer told C-SPAN that the recent support in the U.S. House of Representative for stripping power away from the Drug Enforcement Administration suggests that the War on Weed will be over in another five years. Other lawmakers, not to mention Willie Nelson, have predicted that cannabis will be legal at the federal level within the next decade – and we’ve been hearing that noise for about five years.

If the next President of the United States is one who insists on rolling down the same or similar path as President Obama, it seems unlikely that there will be enough momentum from the top to push the issue of federal reform to the next level in the 5-10 year timeframe. After all, while the leader of the free world cannot step inside the Oval Office and sign an Executive Order to end the nation’s prohibition standard, he or she can initiate the process in Congress.

We need a president who will stand up to the beast on Capitol Hill. When taking this into consideration, Bernie Sander’s answer to the question of supporting Nevada’s marijuana initiative in 2016 trumps anything that has come out of the mouth of Hillary Clinton over the past week. If elected, Sanders could be more open to initiating the repeal process, while Clinton seems more likely hold steady with the philosophies and actions of the current administration. And we simply cannot stomach another 4-8 years under leadership that simply take a “hands off approach” to state marijuana laws. We need concrete changes to be made.

Again, respecting states’ rights is not enough of a promise by any of the presidential candidates, regardless of their sworn political allegiance, to move this country in the direction that is needed to make solid advancements. Yet, marijuana reform groups and even regular supporters seem to have misplaced their passion for forging ahead with nationwide legalization and have settled instead for praising a candidate every time one tells the press that he or she does not have any intentions of tearing down the recreational pot markets if they are elected in 2016.

A lot of people have been bamboozled by Hillary Clinton’s celebrity status, some even suggesting that she won the debate because she showed the confidence of a president. But putting her in the White House is nowhere even close to what this country needs to emerge from the ditch we’ve been treading in for quite some time. Bernie Sanders supports the reestablishment of the middle class and cannabis has what it takes to boost the American middle class economy to a place unseen for many decades. But in order to make this happen, the United States government needs to allow the cannabis industry to become a contributor to the Gross National Product.

Respect states’ right, of course, but we have to do much more if marijuana advocates expect significant redemption in the next decade.

Original article posted in Cannabis Now Magazine

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   Nov 05

DEA Chief Says Smoking Marijuana as Medicine “Is a Joke”

CBS News, Paula Reid & Stephanie Condon, November 4th, 2015

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DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg on Wednesday rejected the notion that smoking marijuana is “medicine,” calling the premise a “joke.”

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said in a briefing to reporters. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

As more and more states experiment with loosening marijuana laws, Rosenberg said that people shouldn’t conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medicinal marijuana.

“There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise” medicinally, he said. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

Rosenberg’s remarks coincide with the release of the DEA’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, which shows that drug use is up among most types of illicit drugs, except for cocaine. Each day in the United States, over 120 people die as a result of a drug overdose, the report says.

The report notes that marijuana remains illegal under federal law, even as states continue to pass laws approving of its use within their state borders. “Marijuana concentrates, with potency levels far exceeding those of leaf marijuana, pose an issue of growing concern,” it says.

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana legislation. In addition to the 23 states with medical marijuana laws, 17 more have approved legislation regarding “CBD-only” marijuana. CBD is a cannabinoid/chemical compound of marijuana. That means 80 percent of states have approved some form of medical marijuana.

Meanwhile, Washington state, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have all passed laws approving recreational marijuana use.

On Tuesday, voters in Ohio rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use.

Rosenberg on Wednesday said that voters should have an intellectually “honest” debate about legalizing marijuana. “I don’t recommend it, but there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal,” he said.

As for the Ohio vote, he said there are no broader conclusions to draw from the outcome, calling the ballot initiative “a weirdly written statutory scheme.”

“I don’t know that there are any great lessons to draw from it,” he said. He noted that it is an “off-year election, so turnout may be a little bit lower. I see it as anomalous.”

Rosenberg also spoke to reporters about rising crime rates. The Drug Threat Assessment Summary says that “Methamphetamine distribution and abuse significantly contribute to violent and property crime rates in the United States.”

Even so, Rosenberg said he agreed with FBI Director James Comey, who has suggested that crime rates may be going up in major cities because police officers are too concerned about viral videos to enforce the law. Rosenberg was a senior staffer for Comey before becoming acting DEA chief. When it was pointed out to him that this point of view puts him at odds with the White House, Rosenberg said, “The White House is a building. I’m not sure I know what the White House thinks. I think Comey was spot on.”

He added that Comey gave “a thoughtful and measured speech” on the matter. “When you are criticized on the left and the right, you have probably hit it just about perfectly,” he said. Both Comey and Rosenberg have encouraged more data collection to more fully understand what is causing a spike in violence in certain cities.

Rosenberg added that he doesn’t believe this so-called “Ferguson effect” would apply to federal officers, since they typically don’t serve as first responders and don’t wear body cameras.

Rosenberg also answered questions about Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, saying that he’s optimistic that El Chapo will be caught and that the U.S. will press for extradition.

Original Article Posted at CBS News

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   Nov 03

Bernie Sanders’ Stance on Marijuana Can Pave the Way For Pollution Free Transportation

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Huffington Post Blog, Wade Norris, October 29th, 2015

The Washington Post reports that Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders proposes to remove Marijuana from the Schedule 1 Federal list of dangerous drugs:

Sanders’s plan would not automatically make marijuana legal nationwide, but states would be allowed to regulate the drug in the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco. And people who use marijuana in states that legalize it would no longer be at risk of federal prosecution.

His plan would also allow marijuana businesses currently operating in states that have legalized it to use banking services and apply for tax deductions that are currently unavailable to them under federal law.

I am sure a lot of people are talking about this because of several reasons, Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, lots of people especially minorities are doing time in prison for non-violent offenses related to Marijuana use, and as evidenced by the multiple thousands of people who have moved to my state of Colorado to seek Medical and now Recreational Marijuana, its a big deal.

However there is something profoundly revolutionary about this — by providing a way for Marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin Hemp to be a legal product for its various uses, from paper, to clothes, biofuel, food and especially reducing our carbon by CO2 absorption.

Consider this information provided by blogger Texas Twister’s link

Hemp cultivation and production do not harm the environment. The USDA Bulletin #404 concluded that hemp produces four times as much pulp with at least four to seven times less pollution. (Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938).

Consider a few more facts about hemp:
• Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
• Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
• Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it an excellent rotational crop.
• Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
• Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, which can be used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
• Hemp nut is a very healthy food, being the highest protein crop (after soybean) and high in omega oils.
• Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts.
• Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than wood, requiring no chemical glues.
• Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
• Hemp can be used to make paint.
• Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
• Hemp can be grown more than once per year.
• Hemp fibers can make very strong rope and textiles.

Of all the reasons for Corporations to make weed ‘scary’ from conspiracy theories that I have heard, DuPont wanted to make synthetic Nylon replace Hemp rope, to Wood Pulp companies wanted to do away with their competitor Hemp paper (which apparently our Constitution was written on), the most obvious might be Big Oil
Consider this evidence:

14) Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel. (Popular Mechanics, 1941.)

15) In 1938, hemp was called ‘Billion Dollar Crop.’ It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars. (Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938.)

16) Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled ‘The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.’ It stated that if hemp was cultivated using 20th-century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The well known ‘Reefer Madness’ propaganda movie released in 1936 was integral to reducing the Billion dollar hemp industry to Zero, and Fossil Fuel Oil stepped in and became the polluting Trillion dollar industry.

One of my fellow musicians that I got to know this past year at our 420 performance, wrote a song which celebrates this issue

“Cannabis Car”

And new companies are bringing this concept to reality.
And not just the car made from hemp, but what is more dangerous to Big Oil’s bottom line, powered by hemp biofuels.
From the Guardian UK:

But surely if it was mass-produced, this one drawback could be overcome and its many benefits as an efficient biofuel could be harnessed.

As far as research and implementation of hemp for biofuel, the US is way ahead of Europe and there are a range of websites dedicated to the use of hemp as a fuel for cars.

In the UK, companies such as Hemp Global Solutions have been set up very much with climate change and the reduction of carbon emissions in mind, but there is little, if any, research in this country that has looked into the viability of the hemp plant as a fuel for cars.

So why was there not a single mention of this miracle crop, that, in addition to being able to be used as fuel, can also be used as paper, cloth, converted into plastic and is a rich food source containing high levels of protein?

While we environmentally concerned citizens await the mass distribution of affordable electric cars, in the meantime if we were able to cheaply grow and produce Hemp biofuel, then in a few years we could eliminate the need for Fossil Fuel based Diesel.

And unlike fossil fuels, Hemp has many other uses than just a source of fuel, and it eats Carbon Dioxide, rather than produce it.

Bernie Sanders is on to something big, and its not just about the War on Drugs, it’s about revolutionizing our Fuel Energy supply.

Original Article Posted at Huffington Post

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   Nov 02

Colorado Asks Voters to Reshuffle Spending of New Pot Taxes


Associated Press, Kristin Wyatt, November 2nd, 2015

The only statewide ballot question in Colorado next week seems like a no-brainer: Should the state keep $66 million in marijuana taxes it has already collected to spend on schools and drug-abuse prevention?

The measure arose from an accounting error two years ago, when the taxes were first approved. And it has broad support, from Democrats, Republicans, the marijuana industry and nearly every newspaper in the state.

But the fine print of Proposition BB goes beyond allowing the government to keep the money it already collected. It rearranges the spending plan to give money to some new recipients, including the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America – youth groups that never sought the handout and aren’t keen on being associated with pot.

Lawmakers insist the marijuana money will be spent as voters generally intended when they approved a 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax on recreational pot in 2013. For example, the measure sends $40 million to a school construction fund.

“We are looking at trying to keep it related to helping kids stay away from drugs and also education efforts and things of that sort,” said Rep. Beth McCann, a Denver Democrat. She leads the Tony Grampsas Community Board, which is getting $2 million from marijuana taxes to fund anti-violence efforts.

If the referendum is approved, the money will flow though state agencies to a variety of recipients, who have little choice but to accept it.

The youth groups are listed on the ballot measure, probably to enlist more support from voters. But in the case of 4-H, the money is actually going to the Colorado State Fair, which expects to receive $300,000 for renovations.

“Really, that money is going to be spent toward facility repair and remodels at the state fairground, which in turn supports FFA and 4-H members when they show at the state fair,” said Kenton Ochsner, state FFA adviser with the Colorado Community College System. “I did not apply for those funds.”

The story is similar at the Colorado Department of Education, which is getting $2 million for a new “school bullying prevention and education cash fund.”

“We really haven’t analyzed it yet and decided how the money would be put to good use,” department spokeswoman Dana Smith said.

Another $200,000 goes to the Department of Law to train police. Roadside marijuana impairment could be the training topic, but the measure does not require the money to spend on anything pot-related.

An even bigger chunk, $8 million, doesn’t have any designated recipient. That’s because more taxes were collected than lawmakers expected when the ballot measure was written. They expected $58 million. The final tally was $66 million.

The measure’s main author, Democratic state Sen. Pat Steadman, said the $8 million will go to the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, which can be used for numerous educational and anti-drug efforts. But some worry that non-pot users could someday end up paying for programs initially funded by pot taxes.

“It’s all for the kids, and that’s great. I think the question is: Are you creating a new subsidy that is going to require longtime financial support?” asked Jessica Peck, a Denver-based attorney who specializes in marijuana law.

If Proposition BB fails, some $25 million in income taxes will be refunded to taxpayers whether they bought pot or not. Those refunds would run from $6 to $16 a person, depending on the filer’s income.

Another $17 million in excise taxes would go directly back to those who paid it – the pot growers. Colorado would then slash the 10 percent sales tax on recreational pot to nearly zero for a time before eventually restoring the tax as marijuana sales climb.

Marijuana Taxes

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   Oct 30

The NFL Should Be Investing In Marijuana Research If It Wants To Survive

Forbes, Jason Belzer, October 18th, 2015

The National Football League has survived more public relations crises in the past year than most multi-billion dollar organizations endure in a decade. Yet the greatest existential threat to the NFL — if not to the existence of football itself — still remains Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE.”

As former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau’s documented struggle with CTE demonstrated, the presentation of symptoms that occurs in those stricken with the disease are not always readily apparent. Concussions and sub-concussive impacts on the brain cause the rapid brain decay that is a precursor to CTE. Eventually, the lobes of the brain blacken and lose density—causing depression, early on-set dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and eventual death.

Terrifyingly, the vast prevalence of the disease may not have been known until fairly recently. Just this year, Boston University found the existence of CTE in the brains of 96% of 91 tested subjects, all of whom played football at some organized level. When the disease was first discovered in 2002 in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the NFL initially tried to limit the fallout from the discovery. According to Omalu, “NFL doctors told me that if 10% of mothers in this country would begin to perceive football as a dangerous sport, that is the end of football.”

Why  it remains to be seen whether Junior Seau's death was preventable, his suffering from CTE would certainly have been helped by the usage of marijuana

If the league were to finance this research, they would face an avalanche of cries of hypocrisy, as the league has a strict no-drug policy. Realistically, the program is often taken as seriously by its players as the league’s selection of the policy’s mandated testing date of April 20th (the unofficial holiday of recreational users of Marijuana). Players who have not been cited or arrested for drug possession, and who have not tested positive as part of the league’s drug program, need only to pass the single yearly Marijuana test and are then free from testing until the next off-season. Quite notoriously, players simply pass the annual test and continue to use the drug therapeutically for injuries during the season. Medical Marijuana is legal in 23 states, recreational use is legal in three states, and the drug has been decriminalized in many of the United States’major cities, yet the drug remains “illegal”for use by players.

Although the initial publicity for the NFL might be negative, the potential impact reaching into future generations is tremendous. Not only would the league attempt to cure a major medical question that plagues modern sports, but it could potentially set a precedent for major corporations to push Marijuana research forward to fully discover the drug’s potential. The looseness of the NFL’s current Marijuana policy, as well as Commissioner Goodell’s recent statement that the league is willing to support research into Marijuana’s medical uses specific to football, suggest that this partnership is a more than viable option.

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