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Radical Rant: 2016—The Year of Marijuana

Radical Rant: 2016—The Year of Marijuana
While the 2016 presidential election has captured America’s attention, there is only one subject grabbing more headlines than whatever offensive thing Donald Trump has said this week, and that’s marijuana.
Magazines like TIME, National Geographic and Newsweek have devoted numerous covers to the issue. The Washington Post now regularly features marijuana statistics in its WonkBlog column. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has now produced three ratings-blockbuster specials on medical marijuana, and the other cable news networks have their own special reports and reality series on pot.
It’s no wonder.
American attitudes toward marijuana have changed more rapidly in the past 10 years than any other issue aside from same-sex marriage rights. In 2006, the Gallup Poll showed just over a third of Americans (36 percent) supported marijuana legalization. There were just eight medical marijuana states at the time, and marijuana legalization had suffered defeats at the state level in two consecutive congressional elections.
Today, the Gallup Poll has shown its third-straight majority support nationwide for legalization—a 58 percent approval that matches the first majority with a 51 percent majority in-between. There are now 23 states with medical access to marijuana or marijuana products, 16 states with medical access to low-THC marijuana products and four states that have outright legalized adult personal use of marijuana.
In 2016, the volume knob on marijuana gets cranked up to 11—eleven more states in play, that is.
There is already one state, Nevada, with adult personal use legalization on the ballot. Four more states—California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine—are likely to have legalization on the ballot. Florida is poised to make another run at medical marijuana access, and Missouri might be able to make the ballot for medical as well. Michigan and Ohio have an outside shot at getting legalization on the ballot, and Vermont and Rhode Island may bypass the initiative process by legalizing marijuana through their legislatures.
And don’t forget that hundreds of sovereign Native American nations also are considering whether to legalize marijuana.
Then there are the legal issues still yet to be solved for the states that have already reformed their marijuana laws.
Marijuana businesses still don’t have access to banking services and cannot deduct their standard costs of doing business thanks to financial and tax regulations designed to thwart the cocaine kingpins of the 1980s, not the legitimate operations of state-legal marijuana enterprises.
Lawful medical marijuana patients still face firings, evictions and denial of life-saving organ transplants thanks to antiquated policies created in support of the federal scheduling of marijuana as a “dangerous drug of abuse.”
So enjoy today’s New Year’s Day holiday, and mark it down as Day One of the greatest year for marijuana in America to date. We have a lot of work to do, so let’s get to it!
(Photo Courtesy of CaliforniaMarijuanaCollege.com)
Source: Google Alerts – MarijuanaRadical Rant: 2016—The Year of Marijuana

College Station driver arrested with more than a pound of marijuana

College Station driver arrested with more than a pound of marijuana

A 29-year-old College Station man was arrested Wednesday after police say they found a large amount of marijuana and several cannabis extracts in his car.
After he was taken to the Brazos County Detention Center, the booking deputy found more marijuana, hash oil and 50 anxiety pills in his jacket pocket, officials said.

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Source: Google Alerts – MarijuanaCollege Station driver arrested with more than a pound of marijuana

Brooklyn house fire leads police to discovery of marijuana and guns

Brooklyn house fire leads police to discovery of marijuana and guns
NYPD 71st Precinct via Twitter
Members of the 71st Precinct pose with the stash of drugs and guns they found at a Brooklyn home.
This pot operation is up in smoke.
A fire in a Brooklyn home led police to find a marijuana grow house — and a stash of guns, police said Thursday.
A blaze broke out in the Sterling St., Crown Heights, home of Richard Ramos, 58, around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, cops said, adding that when firefighters arrived, they noticed drug paraphernalia inside.
Police were notified and spoke to Ramos, who told them he had guns inside as well, authorities said. Cops got a search warrant for the place, and went in at 11 p.m. They found four large marijuana plants, more weed sealed in plastic bags, grow lamps, three revolvers, a Derringer pistol and ammunition, according to police.
Ramos was arrested and faces felony weapon and misdemeanor pot possession charges.
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Kosher medical marijuana?

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State senator doesn't favor wind energy, medical marijuana

State senator doesn’t favor wind energy, medical marijuana

District 34 state Sen. Curt Friesen said the Legislature took a stand on some “pretty emotional topics” last year, such as the death penalty and dealing with the criminal justice system in addressing mandatory minimum sentences.
He spoke on Tuesday to the Hall County Board of Supervisors.

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The Medical Cannabis Industry Will Benefit Hawaii's Agribusiness Sector

The Medical Cannabis Industry Will Benefit Hawaii’s Agribusiness Sector

Cannabis, an extremely versatile plant is going through a renaissance in the 21st century.
With the help of community leaders, proactive legislators, and helpful government officials, support for those who want to produce and use this crop for medicinal and industrial uses is growing. Mahalo nui to all those who have taken their time to look at this issue in a deliberate manner, and provide substantive support to make the commercial production of cannabis a reality. Mahalo to the Hawaii Legislature and the Hawaii Department of Health for doing what they can to legalize and make safely available an important medicine.
As Hawaii continues with its process of figuring out how to cultivate and regulate this herb commercially, we should take a look at some positive aspects of this crop, as well as a bit of legal background on where we are and how we got here.

A display at the Marijuana Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Economic Benefits
According to Wikipedia (and we believe everything they post, right?) globally, in 2013, 60,400 kilograms of cannabis were produced legally. In 2013 between 128 and 232 million people are thought to have used cannabis as a recreational drug (2.7 percent to 4.9 percent of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65).
The Economist magazine estimates the global cannabis black market value at $50 billion. U.S. consumption of various legal and imported hemp products in 2013 increased 24 percent to $581 million. Low THC hemp grown for medicinal purposes is valued at $1,000pound.
Clearly, there is a lot of money to be made with this crop. There is abundant unused land and water for agriculture here. Hawaii can and should position itself to reap considerable profits exporting cannabis products and marketing them locally. …

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Source: Medical MarijuanaThe Medical Cannabis Industry Will Benefit Hawaii’s Agribusiness Sector

Legal US Marijuana Hurts Mexican Drug Cartels, Farmers

Legal US Marijuana Hurts Mexican Drug Cartels, Farmers
Small-scale Mexican marijuana farmers say the loosening of marijuana laws across the U.S. has increased competition from growers north of the border and could put them out of business. The Mexicans used to get $100 per kilogram for their illegal crops, but that price has crashed to $30 per kilogram in the last four years, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.”I’ve always liked this business, producing marijuana,” one 50-year-old farmer from the northwestern state of Sinaloa told the LA Times. This season’s crop will be his last, he said.The price declines have prompted a notable decline in marijuana production in Mexico, along with a drop in illegal trafficking to the U.S., according to officials on both sides.Read more
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Medical Marijuana Dispensing Machines

Medical Marijuana Dispensing Machines

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KSRM Top Stories of 2015: #2 – Alaska Develops Marijuana Regulations

KSRM Top Stories of 2015: #2 – Alaska Develops Marijuana Regulations

2015 has been a year of developments for Alaska in the legalized marijuana realm and now the state’s Marijuana Control Board is preparing to accept commercial cannabis applications in February of 2016.


Alaskan voters legalized marijuana in November of 2014 by a 53.23% YES, 46.77% NO.

Emergency regulations were implemented by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on February 24, the day recreational cannabis was permitted for those 21 and over, but some definitions were still foggy.

Soldotna held multiple meetings to determine what “in public” would be defined as inside city limits, determining where cannabis cannot be smoked according to the ballot measure which legalized pot.

Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik says his officers had a pretty good handle on where is and isn’t public.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MLYNARIK-ON-OWN-MERIT.mp3Chief Mlynarik: “You have to look at every one on its own merits and see if you would consider that public or not, knowing that if you do cite someone they have the right to defend themselves and you have to make sure that the enforcement action you take is going to be proper. You have to look at it and see all the circumstances involved.”
What is Public? Marijuana Work Session Explores

Ultimately the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issued a clearer definition of “in public” in June.

Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper of Homer decided early on that while a state marijuana entity had not been created yet the Kenai Peninsula Borough needed to be monitoring the developments of regulations.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/COOPER-ON-TASK-FORCE.mp3Cooper: “I look at us not having a task force in place to monitor the state’s progress to not looking at the voter pamphlet until election day. There are so many things that we have to address and prepare or and when we look at waiting until what the state comes up with, the referendum has timelines and deadlines and they’re asking us on testimony throughout their progress so I think it’s critical we have this task force because I know not one of us has read every document that has to do with this law.”
State Marijuana Board Heard and Held, KPB Task Force Created

That task force was created in June and comprised of 11 members: two assembly members, three knowledgeable public members, one law enforcement member, mayoral staff, and four appointees nominated by those.

KPB Marijuana Task Force Members Selected

On July 1, Governor Bill Walker announced his appointments to the state’s Marijuana Control Board, including Soldotna Police Chief Mlynarik.

Governor Walker’s Marijuana Control Board Appointments Announced

While many municipalities waited for that state board to finalize commercial marijuana regulations, local cannabis advocates sought help from other states which have also legalized cannabis sales.

Alaska Green Resources skyped with marijuana advocate Aidin Pen of Washington over the summer. AGR member and Kenai Peninsula Borough Maijuana Task Force Member Dolly Phelps spoke about some of Pen’s suggestions.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/PHELPS-ON-SUGGESTIONS.mp3Phelps: “It would be difficult for a small time grower to compete with the hundred thousand square foot facilities and what’s happening in Washington is a lot of outside money has been able to come in and here in Alaska we want to try to protect our industry that we’re fighting so hard to get to begin with and this is one of the ways that we can do that. To limit the garden sizes will make it unappealing for outside interests to come here, you know some will.”
Alaska Green Resources Gets Tips From Washington

Marijuana Control Board members released regulations on commercial establishments on November 20; those included the rejection of a THC limit in consumables and an amendment to allow on-site consumption.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/EXCITED-POT-GUY.mp3Springer: “Mr Emmett? Yes. Mr Schulte? Yes. I vote yes. YES!”

Alaska will become the first state in the nation to allow marijuana bars after the Marijuana Control Board voted Friday to allow customers to sample the products they’re buying before leaving a store.

Pot Bars Allowed, Not Clubs

Soon after those commercial marijuana regulations were released, the Soldotna City Council passed a moratorium on cannabusinesses until 2018.

Newly appointed council member Tim Cashman voted yes on the ordinance, citing that Soldotna residents voted no on Ballot Proposition 2 in 2014.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/CASHMAN-ON-MORATORIUM.mp3Cashman: “My feeling on the council is they really, it is a wait and see, and they want to see how it’s affecting other communities and see whether it’s a fit for Soldotna or not.”

Soldotna Council Bans Commercial Marijuana in City for 2 Years

That decision was met with criticism from the public, who say Soldotna will miss out on a new source of revenue when local marijuana businesses decide to start in Kenai because of the moratorium.

The City of Kenai is working to finalize its commercial marijuana zoning and regulations.

Kenai Deciphering Commercial Marijuana Buffer Regulations

At a recent work session, city council members recommended allowing on-site consumption for marijuana businesses and allowing those to be in multi-use buildings.

Kenai Discusses On-Site Cannabis Consumption

Commerical marijuana in Alaska and other legalized states still has hurdles to overcome, such as federal laws that regulate banking.

Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan says he is working to minimize the discrepancies between federal and state laws pertaining to marijuana.

http://radiokenai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/SULLIVAN-ON-FED-POT-2.mp3U.S. Sen. Sullivan: “It’s not 100% clear where we would have to change federal laws to enable states that have chosen to do what Alaska did, like Oregon, like Colorado, to move forward. So we are working with the federal agencies, we are working with the state of Alaska, we’re working with some of the other states, I’m working with some of the other senators on first understanding what the exact issues are and how to address them. It is complex, like I said.”

Sen. Sullivan Investigating Complexities of Legalized Marijuana
Source: Google Alerts – MarijuanaKSRM Top Stories of 2015: #2 – Alaska Develops Marijuana Regulations

Snoop Dogg Invests In Marijuana Industry But Ignores New California Weed Laws

Snoop Dogg Invests In Marijuana Industry But Ignores New California Weed Laws
Snoop Dogg and the legal marijuana industry were a partnership written in the stars long ago, but it does not mean that Snoop Dogg is still standing behind marijuana legalization projects he supported in the past, according to some.

Currently, Snoop Dogg is juggling between being a celebrity, creating new music, raising a family, volunteering with his 10,000-strong youth sports project, supporting his own brands within the legal marijuana industry, and now he is hosting a football television program.
According to Adweek, the new 8-part series will be called Turf’d Up, and Snoop Dogg is partnered with Adidas (and not the marijuana industry) to help them represent “how Adidas Football is the only brand that fuses sports and culture.”
The first episode of Turf’d Up will post to Snoop Dogg’s WestFest YouTube channel after it airs on December 30.

However, also on Snoop Dogg’s YouTube channel are lots of references to his business ventures in the marijuana industry. On Twitter around Christmas, Snoop Dogg tweeted about marijuana industry products available on a website in conjunction to his music work and marijuana industry involvement.
Although Billboard points out that Snoop Dogg recently showed hometown pride with his song “I’m From Long Beach,” it appears that Snoop Dogg is not supporting a nearby marijuana industry project any longer.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Snoop Dogg has traditionally supported the marijuana legalization laws in his home state of California as it pertains to Proposition 19.

Snoop Dogg will be the host of a new football show starting December 30. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for AOL)
Despite this, they noted on December 10 that Snoop Dogg made a public service announcement about Prop. 19 in 2010, but now is no longer saying that he is in support of a new upcoming marijuana bill in California.
Could it be that Snoop Dogg is concerned with a conflict of interest between his own marijuana industry products and some of the language of the newly proposed marijuana legalization laws?
The L.A. Times notes on October 10 that the new California marijuana law doesn’t “clear all the hurdles for marijuana dispensaries” and states the following.

“California’s new medical marijuana regulations will likely reduce federal crackdowns in the state, but dispensaries will continue to have difficulty obtaining banking services and deducting business expenses…”

In other words, if Snoop Dogg is not behind the new marijuana law in California, he might have a good reason because it concerns his business dealings.
Moreover, image, branding, and the fine print in new laws concerning the marijuana industry might be something important to Snoop Dogg right now because, as the Seattle Times points out, the emerging legal recreational marijuana industry means that business and brands have a chance to build their public image and advertising.

Snoop Dogg will continue to perform in the New Year. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for AWXII)
Adding to this, NWI Times says that the emerging celebrities in the marijuana industry branding game are Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. While Snoop Dogg already has products on the market, Eric Greenbaum, of Vireo Health, was quoted as saying that the next step will be when the government starts awarding marijuana industry-related patents.
For now, Time reports on November 11 that Snoop Dogg has already started selling his new marijuana industry products in Colorado and calls the company Leafs by Snoop. In addition, Snoop Dogg is launching a media platform that will include the marijuana industry called Merry Jane.
So far, it appears that the states that have a recreational marijuana industry are excited that Snoop Dogg is a part of their public image. Oregon Live reports that Snoop Dogg was given three duffel bags of weed from the legal marijuana industry in that state for Christmas.
Regardless, in order to comply with Oregon marijuana laws of carrying one ounce at a time, Snoop Dogg shared his marijuana industry gift with over 30 people attending the Christmas party.
Currently, according to Fox5, Snoop Dogg is in Las Vegas celebrating the New Year by performing at the Tao nightclub.
[Picture by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]
Source: Google Alerts – MarijuanaSnoop Dogg Invests In Marijuana Industry But Ignores New California Weed Laws

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