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“The results of using cannabis with my patients and bringing to bear the latest research with traditional medical treatment has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.” Dr.Moskowitz.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. February 24, 2018

Michael Moskowitz, MD, MPH and Randy Perretta of Anandamedicine, Bill Heriot of Liposome Formulations Inc, George Bianchini of Medi-Cone and Leonard Leinow of Synergy Wellness have joined to form the Medical Cannabis Research Consortium of Marin (MCRCM). These five long-term Marin County residents are making Marin County the national research center for vertically integrated medical cannabis research, maintaining California’s innovative leadership in establishing, maintaining and evolving medical cannabis as an effective, patient-centered treatment. Dr. Moskowitz stated, “We found each other through the research each of us has been doing with medical cannabis. We are researching it from seed to symptom.”

Dr. Moskowitz, the author of Medical Cannabis: A Guide for Patients, Practitioners and Caregivers is a Pain Medicine and Psychiatric practitioner. He wrote this book to bring together the most current research on medical cannabis with this rapidly developing, patient-led treatment. He learned that there was excellent pharmacological science, but scant clinical research or medical guidance. “Great preliminary work had been done. Now we have a plant with so many independent and synergistic pharmacological effects, but only minimal clinical research or mainstream medical involvement.” He has lectured across the country on medical cannabis and has integrated treatment with it deeply into his pain treatment practice. “The results of using cannabis with my patients and bringing to bear the latest research with traditional medical treatment has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life.” Dr. Moskowitz has been conducting a prospective clinical case series for the last two and one

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A Chicago man was arrested at Tulsa International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers allegedly found $50,000 in cash that smelled of marijuana in his suitcase.

Steffon Mose Jackson, 31, was arrested Thursday on a complaint of possession of drug proceeds, according to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and Department of Homeland Security officials.

TSA officers reportedly found the money concealed in a false bottom in Jackson’s suitcase. Deputies reported that he could not provide a legitimate explanation for the money.

Jackson was on his way to Las Vegas via Dallas, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Roebuck.

He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Thursday evening and immediately posted bail, Roebuck said.

His bond was set at $5,000.

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The market for marijuana is booming. Seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. An additional 22 states have made medical use of marijuana lawful.

Along with buying marijuana to smoke, customers can now get cannabis-infused candy, cookies, brownies, sodas and cuisine prepared by specialized marijuana chefs like Andrea Drummer in Los Angeles. Customers can even get marijuana when they buy art, as they do when purchasing art from District C, created by a group of Gallaudet students. The $60-dollar paintings are delivered to the buyers’ front door along with an eighth of an ounce of cannabis.

The main barrier to entering the cannabis market, according to experts and Black entrepreneurs, is money. Race, they explain, is still a factor. (Courtesy photo)

According to ArcView Group research, revenues from the U.S. marijuana industry are expected to grow to over $21 billion by 2021.

Even as the marijuana market grows, the faces of dispensary operators, growers, cultivators, suppliers and other marijuana-related businesses are overwhelmingly White. According to Amanda Lewis, who covers drug policy at Buzzfeed, African Americans own only about 1 percent of the nation’s more than 3,500 marijuana dispensaries.

Getting in the marijuana business is difficult, and the major hurdle for Black entrepreneurs is money.

Cannabis purveyors require licenses or permits and the type of documentation required depends on the location of the operation and the sort of marijuana business the owner intends to run. A company that grows and sells marijuana to retail businesses may require different licensing and permits than one operating a dispensary or a restaurant using marijuana in its cuisine.

In Maryland the application fee is $8,000 and the licensing fee is $80,000. In Texas the application fee is $7,356 and the license fee is $488,520 for a two-year period. In

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New York City residents consume more than double the amount of marijuana than residents of any other city in the United States, and the Big Apple leads global pot consumption as well, despite the fact that cannabis for adult use remains illegal in New York state. 

The data was compiled as part of a report by Seedo, a European company that sells hydroponics and other supplies that can be used to grow marijuana. The report looked at the price of marijuana and consumption in cities around the globe. 

While New York City residents consume 77.44 metric tons of weed each year, residents of Karachi, Pakistan, the city with the second highest consumption rate, use just 41.95 metric tons, USA Today reports. New Delhi, India has the third highest rate of consumption at 38.26 metric tons, followed by Los Angeles at 36.06 metric tons. 

Chicago is the only other American city listed. The Windy City consumes 24.54 metric tons of weed each year, putting it at No. 8 globally for consumption. 

Marijuana use is fully illegal in Pakistan and only medical use is allowed in New York state. However, changing laws around cannabis use could affect consumption rates, especially in Los Angeles, where adult use of marijuana went into effect on January 1. 

The researchers pointed out that understanding pricing and consumption of marijuana in individual cities can help lawmakers and voters make more informed choices when it comes to changing cannabis laws. 

“This study has revealed some incredible insights into the kind of tax revenue that legalizing weed could generate,” Uri Zeevi, chief marketing officer at Seedo, said in a press release. “Take New York City for instance, which has the highest consumption level in the study at 77.44 metric tons of cannabis per year. If they taxed marijuana at

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What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas.

Tourists catching a flight out of Sin City can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport.

The 10 green bins dubbed “amnesty boxes” prevent federal transportation agents from finding pot on passengers during security screenings. The drug is legal in Nevada but still banned by the U.S. government.

The containers were installed last week following a county ban on marijuana possession and advertising at McCarran International Airport, aiming to keep it in compliance with federal law. They are bolted to the ground and designed so marijuana and prescription drugs can only be dropped in, not taken out.

“The amnesty boxes are offered as a way to help people comply with this ordinance,” airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said in an email.

Transportation Security Administration agents normally hand over marijuana-related cases to local law enforcement. Las Vegas police Officer Aden Ocampo-Gomez said no citations have been issued stemming from the airport’s ban on marijuana possession and advertising, passed in September.

The boxes are something travelers may have seen before — at least two airports in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is also legal, offer amnesty boxes.

But they’re likely to be a bigger draw at the Las Vegas airport, which saw 48.5 million passengers last year. Legal sales of recreational marijuana began in the state on July 1, and they have exceeded expectations.

That’s despite a ban on consuming it in public, including the Las Vegas Strip, hotels and casinos. Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot and use it only in private homes.

The airport boxes display Clark County’s ordinance and are clearly marked, with a black, bold font stating: “Disposal for Prescription and Recreational Drugs.”

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× Illinois lawmakers move ahead with advisory referendum on recreational marijuana

CHICAGO (Illinois News Network) — A Chicago Democrat wants to know – in theory – if Illinois voters want to get high.

It would only be an advisory question, but state Sen. Bill Cunningham’s legislation would have voters answer if they would “support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age, subject to regulation and taxation that is similar to the regulation and taxation of tobacco and alcohol.”

Eight states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Cunningham says ballot questions are how other states have gotten the ball rolling.

“In all but one of those entities, it was done by ballot initiative,” he said. “I think it’s appropriate that while we have a debate going on in this building right now and a series of hearings going on throughout the state, that we bring the public into the debate.”

Vermont is the only state to legalize recreational marijuana use via the legislature.

Ralph Rivera with the Illinois Family Institute says the language is biased in support of legalization.

“This language is unfair and biased. I think a better way to take this to the voters would be to take that first part,” he said. “‘Do you support the legalization and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age?’ period.”

The referendum would be advisory, as Illinois traditionally uses binding referenda to change the state Constitution. Chicagoans will answer a similar question on their ballots on March 20.

Previous statewide polls have shown support for legalization of recreational marijuana use. A pollconducted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute reported 66 percent supported decriminalizing

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Last Thursday, the first legal sales of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania history took place inside a fortress-like building in Butler, near a city baseball field not far from the center of town.

One week later and Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is up and running statewide and largely without the shortages and snafus that have plagued similar programs in other parts of the country.

That’s not to say there haven’t been issues, and here we look at a few of them, as well as what’s ahead for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and where experts see reason to celebrate and reason for caution.

There were delays in the weeks leading up to medical marijuana’s rollout here.

Perhaps more crucially, though, was the wait for state officials to formally approve two of the state’s 12 permitted growers, even after sales of medical marijuana were officially underway.

One of those growers, AGRiMED Industries in Carmichaels, Greene County, was approved by Gov. Tom Wolf to begin operations this week, the governor’s office announced Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 11 grower/processors out of 12.

The second, AES Compassionate Care in Chambersburg, is still waiting.

“There are 12 permits currently issued for grower/processors in the state, and I believe only 10 are operational, and that’s an issue,” Judy Cassel, an attorney with Cannabis Law PA in Harrisburg, said Thursday before the governor announced his approval of AGRiMED Industries.

“You would think if there was any lag it would be in the dispensary category, and so it’s curious as to why two of these grower/processors are not up and running yet.”

The DOH confirmed Wolf’s approval of AGRiMED Industries on Thursday but offered no further insight into the process or holdup.

Mark Kaminski, chief creative officer with AGRiMED Industries, told The Incline by email that “a number of scheduling factors and the holidays contributed to the

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It’s the dawning of a new era for Californians, and for Angelinos in particular

VAN NUYS, Calif. February 23, 2018

Los Angeles, CA: Today, The Green Earth Farmacie, leading cannabis dispensary specialists, announced they are now open for adult use recreational customers. The Green Earth Farmacie is one of the first dispensaries in Los Angeles to officially open their doors to the general public. To participate, customers must be adults 21 years and over, with a valid ID to verify legal age.

“This is an exciting time for us, and quite frankly, it’s exciting for the people of L.A.,” said John Smith, Founder and CEO. “I feel like this has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to provide our high-quality cannabis to people who have otherwise had their access restricted for far too many years.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the implementation of Proposition 64, a California State initiative passed in 2016 that saw voters legalize the sale of recreational marijuana used by adults. The measure also calls for taxation on the cultivation and retail sale of cannabis. Revenue generated from these taxes are set to go to drug research and treatment, youth programs, and various health and safety grants.

“It’s the dawning of a new era for Californians, and for Angelinos in particular,” continued Mr. Smith. “We’re still going to continue proudly serving our medical cannabis patients, but we are happy that we now have the opportunity to provide the same great service and high-quality cannabis options to the public, too.”

About The Green Earth Farmacie

Based out of Van Nuys, CA, The Green Earth Farmacie is a leading cannabis dispensary. They specialize in providing a wide variety of hybrids, Indicas, Sativas, concentrates, edibles, and other high-quality cannabis

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NEW YORK, February 23, 2018 —

According to Hexa Research, the U.S. medical cannabis market was valued at USD 5.44 billion in 2016 and is expected to be valued at USD 19.48 billion by 2024. The expected growth is driven by the growing acceptance of medical advantages linked with cannabis, particularly for patients with cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. Symptoms and conditions that may be treated by cannabis include, cancer, HIV, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Chronic pain accounted for 46 percent of the U.S. cannabis medical market share in 2016. According to the research, cannabis infused solid edibles were widely used and the segment expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.8% over the forecast period. Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTC: NUGS), Kush Bottles, Inc. (OTC: KSHB), Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTC: VBIO), GW Pharmaceuticals plc. (NASDAQ: GWPH), 22nd Century Group Inc. (NYSE: XXII)

Starting January 1st 2018, the state of California has started legal sales of cannabis products for recreational use. A report by CNBC quotes MedMen CEO and co-founder Adam Bierman, who explains the current state of the industry, “There is so much excitement now around legalization nationally coming in Canada. There is so much excitement about the fact that California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts all legalized recreational marijuana… The Canadian public markets offer access to a lot of capital, with a lot of certainty and a lot of speed, and there is this appetite among global investors to invest in a U.S. play… Specifically, global investors want to invest in a U.S. play that has California exposure. Now is the time where it makes the most sense.”

Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTC: NUGS) on February 20th announced that, “it has signed an agreement to acquire Pure Applied Sciences and its

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The Canadian cannabis sector has the most stringent compliance standards in the world, and our firm is assisting many innovative companies succeed in the marketplace.

JUPITER, Fla. February 23, 2018

Producers of the award-winning Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. television series will educate audiences on recent advances taking place within the cannabis industry. This episode is scheduled to air nationwide 2Q, 2018. Check your local listings for more information.

Canada is the only G7 country to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis on a national level. To facilitate this, Canada has established the most stringent requirements for commercial production on the planet. Achieving compliance means following strict protocols regarding security system designs and procedures, cultivation programs, quality assurance programs, record keeping, sanitation and standard operating procedures.

With years of experience in the quality, regulatory, security, and cultivation sectors, Cannabis Compliance Inc. (CCI) is dedicated to helping clients achieve and maintain compliance. This segment of Innovations will educate audiences on the company’s services for both medical and recreational cannabis businesses, and how it is helping numerous Licensed Producers to start, build and grow their cannabis businesses.

“We are excited and privileged that CCI will be featured on such a popular and well-respected program,” commented Brian Wagner, Founder and CEO of Cannabis Compliance Inc. “The Canadian cannabis sector has the most stringent compliance standards in the world, and our firm is assisting many innovative companies succeed in the marketplace.”

“Cannabis Compliance offers risk mitigation, due diligence, and government licensing for commercial cannabis producers around the world,” said senior producer, Robert Sikich. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this information to the public.”

About Cannabis Compliance:

CANNABIS COMPLIANCE INC. offers regulatory compliance for medical and recreational cannabis producers and resellers around the world. CCI focuses

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