Can the CEO of Texas Cannabis Soften the State’s Approach to Pot?

Mark GrahamPatrick Moran, CEO of Texas Cannabis, plans to turn the former cotton gin in Gunter into a facility to produce cannabis oil. The old cotton gin on the west edge of Gunter seems an odd place to launch an economic boom. A breeze blows through broken windows and holes in its rusting, corrugated metal walls. Inside, a half-dozen or so squat machines that once separated cotton from seed sit corroding in a jumble of elevated metal walkways Read entire story

Banking on Pot: Arizona’s Banks and Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries Seek an Unprosecutable Relationship

Ray Stern Finding banking services for his business, Encanto Green Cross, has been difficult for Nick Kriaris. On a recent Friday afternoon, Nick Kriaris, owner of Encanto Green Cross medical-marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, and his brother, Chris, tried to open an account at Bank of America for their nonprofit business with $420 in cash. The attempt at the bank branch at 3030 North Central Avenue was, to some extent, a stunt, from the Read entire story

Missouri Gov Pardons Nine Nonviolent Offenders, Ignores Man Serving Life for Pot

As far as late Christmas presents go, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to pardon nine non-violent offenders is as big and unprecedented as they come. But for a governor who before Monday pardoned only one person since taking office in 2009, the list of formerly-naughty Missourians is arguably more notable for the name it doesn’t include. While the eight men and one women Nixon pardoned yesterday already served their sentences Read entire story

New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Program Added 2 New Qualifying Conditions To The List

Two new medical conditions were added to the qualifying conditions list for New Mexico's medical marijuana program. If you suffer from Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease and get a recommendation from your doctor you can now legally possess and use medical marijuana as stated in the changes approved by Governor Susana MartinezNew Mexico’s Secretary of Health Retta Ward announced the Martinez Administration’s decision to add these 2 Read entire story

YouTube Terminated Our Cannabis Country Channel, CannabisCountryTV

It is with much regret that I have to inform you that our Cannabis Country YouTube Channel, CannabisCountryTV has been terminated by YouTube.It was brought to my attention when Paul, a journalist working with Weed World contacted me regarding the termination of our channel. Paul was investigating Youtubes policy of terminating accounts dealing with Cannabis when he found out not only our channel was terminated but a number of headshops and seed Read entire story

In A Last Minute Push Iowa Lawmakers Approve A CBD Only BIll

Last Tuesday A bill that would allow Iowa residents with a doctor's recommendation to go out of state and purchase CBD oil, and bring it back to Iowa. The House passed the bill with a 75-20 vote and was approved by the senate with a 38-8 vote. All that's left is for the bill to be signed by Governor Terry Branstad.If the governor signs the bill, patients will be allowed to possess 32 ounces of CBD-infused oil. However the law does not allow Read entire story

Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee Approved A Measure That Would Allow Past Cannabis Convictions To Be Sealed

Colorado Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 218 with a 3 to 2 vote. The bill would allow anyone who was convicted of a marijuana related offense before amendment 64 was in effect, to request their conviction record to be sealed.The court would seal the conviction record after the person applies and pays the filing fee. However, the District attorney would have to approve the request before the court can order the record to be sealed. Once a Read entire story

Minnesota Senate Approved A Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana

A bill to legalize medical cannabis was approved by Minnesota's Senate. Senate Bill 1641 was approved by a 48-18 vote. With the vote showing 2/3rds of the voters in favor of the measure, its enough to override a state's governors veto. Governor John Kasich has made it clear he does not support the move to legalize medical marijuana.If approved, the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis would be legal for those who receive a recommendation Read entire story

House Votes to Defund Federal Interference with State Medical Marijuana Laws

State medical marijuana laws may soon stand on firmer ground. On Friday, June 1, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives, controlled by the Republican Party, voted to prohibit the Department of Justice from distributing federal taxpayer funds to state and local law enforcement officers to act contrary to states’ medical marijuana laws. The bill now heads to the Democrat-controlled Senate. California, along with 21 other states, notably Washington Read entire story

California Medical Marijuana Bill Killed for 2014

California Medical Marijuana Bill Killed for 2014, Exceptions and the Rule in Sacramento, and the Perspective from Fresno. Thursday, August 14 marked the death of California’s medical marijuana regulation bill for the year. The California Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to pass Senate Bill 1262 that afternoon. The bill had until Thursday to be validated by Appropriations, and until the end of August to pass in the Assembly. The bill was Read entire story

Marijuana and Midterm Elections

Marijuana and Midterm Elections: How the Vote Affects Northern California. The legalization of marijuana was on the ballot and voters’ minds locally and across the country. Many California cities and counties passed bans on collectives, cooperatives, and dispensaries. Two Lake County regarding marijuana, Measures O and P, were defeated. This guarantees the restrictive Measure N will remain in place. On a positive note, Alaska, D.C., and Oregon Read entire story

California Children Suffering From Siezures Are Cut Off From Their Medical Marijuana Treatment

Four-year-old Connor Dalby who has been suffering from severe seizures, along with hundreds of other children, have been cut off from their medical marijuana treatment. Connors parents, along with hundreds of other Southern California families must now search for a new solution after the no profit Realm Of Caring had to shut down due to threats of legal prosecution. Conner has been suffering from vicious seizures since he was just three months Read entire story

City Of Bellevue Washington Legalized The Sale Of Marijuana For Recreational Use

The 5th largest city in Washington has legalized the sale of cannabis. The city of Bellevue Washington has voted to allow the sale of cannabis for recreational use.Stores that are state licensed will be able to sell marijuana legally to those 21 and older. Stores are expected to be open by the end of the year.The City Council voted voted 5 to 2 to reject a proposed moratorium that would place a ban on stores selling recreational cannabis. Luckily Read entire story

Marijuana Watershed Protection Act

The Marijuana Watershed Protection Act Proposed by California Assemblyman Jim Wood is, according to an article in the Times-Standard, a way to seek “greener” pot for California. According to the article, Assembly Bill 243, as it is known, would “require indoor and outdoor medical marijuana cultivation to be conducted in accordance with state and local laws and best practices related to land conversion, grading, electricity usage, Read entire story

Denver Marijuana Edibles Manufacturers Had A Surprise Visit From Food Safety Inspectors

Businesses that manufacture and sell marijuana edibles in Denver recently found themselves getting a surprise inspection from the Denver Department of Environmental Health.The surprise inspection lead to three product recalls and the destruction of thousands of edible products worth tens of thousands of dollars. Inspectors found food products left out just sitting on shelves when they should be refrigerated. Other violations included:Food Read entire story

Salal Credit Union Announced They Will Do Business With Marijuana Stores

Bob Schweigert, a representative of Salal Credit Union announced that they will do business with stores selling recreational cannabis in Washington State.The announcement took place at the Marijuana Business Association's Canna Business & The Law seminar in Seattle. The big announcement came during a Managing Your Marijuana Business Money panel. The credit union is willing to work with business's that cultivate, process and/or distribute Read entire story