Pennsylvania Town Decriminalizes Marijuana, Sees Future in Legal Pot

Civic leaders in the borough of Steelton, Pennsylvania unanimously passed an ordinance to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana on Tuesday evening. At a special meeting called to considerer the proposal, members of the borough council voted 5-0 to remove criminal penalties for first-time offenders possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. Simple possession will instead be charged as a summary offense and be subject to a fine of $25 to $100.

Brian Proctor, the president of the borough council, said in a press release that the town was actively pursuing cannabis reform.

“Steelton Borough Council recognizes the changes in attitudes towards marijuana nationally, at the state level, and locally, and strives to be at the forefront of progressive marijuana policy,” said Proctor. “We believe policy needs to change with the times. That includes taking a new look at marijuana, its potential to benefit our community, and realigning criminal justice policy to appropriately fit marijuana-related crimes.”

Borough Manager Doug Brown said that decriminalization is just one aspect of the community’s new approach to pot.

“The passage of this ordinance signals the progressive direction Steelton is taking related to marijuana both in terms of righting a social wrong and preparing the borough for economic opportunity,” Brown said. “Since 2012, other states have shown that marijuana policy can be implemented in a responsible and beneficial manner. Steelton does not have the luxury of being stuck in the past or thumbing its nose at changing times; our survival depends on what is happening now and …

Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Fly Me To The Moonroot

This week Craig meditates meditation and welcomes Dani of Moonroot Meditation to the show, while Tha Big Puffa brings new music from The People North West for Dab Time. We’ll also get Grow Tips from Unknown Grower 420, and do another Puff Puff Pass It Along giveaway too. Join Craig Ex Thursday at 4:20pm PT from #Studio710 […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Fly Me To The Moonroot

This week Craig meditates meditation and welcomes Dani of Moonroot Meditation to the show, while Tha Big Puffa brings new music from The People North West for Dab Time. We’ll also get Grow Tips from Unknown Grower 420, and do another Puff Puff Pass It Along giveaway too. Join Craig Ex Thursday at 4:20pm PT from #Studio710 […]

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Legal Marijuana Toke Prompts Pentagon to Review Security Clearance of Tech Billionaire

Using marijuana is legal in California, but apparently, if you’re up for top-level security clearance with the U.S. government, you may want to think twice. employment attorney

The Orange County Register reports The Pentagon is reviewing the federal security clearance of California tech billionaire Elon Musk following an on-air marijuana toke on a comedian’s podcast last fall. Musk reportedly refiled the SF-86 security form required of federal contractors and/or employees who seek security clearance. The form requires filers to answer truthfully whether they have used any illegal drugs at any point in the previous seven years. Musk reportedly had a higher-level secret clearance, thanks to his position spearheading a company (Space Exploration Technologies Corp. – SpaceX for short) that is permitted launch of military spy satellites.

The company’s day-to-day operations aren’t overseen by Musk, and the company won several national security space launch contracts in the wake of the podcast, but the Register reports it’s only with the refiling that Musk may have some issues.

Employers, Contractors Allowed to Set Ground Rules for Off-the-Clock Cannabis Use

Los Angeles marijuana employment attorneys know that while most people aren’t grappling with billions of dollars or military spy programs and top-level security clearance, many ARE dealing with employers who are leery of cannabis use.

Some key points for employees to know are:

  • Federal law places very few restrictions on employer drug testing of employees or prospective hires.
  • The right to drug test employees/potential hires extends beyond just those in government jobs to those in the private sector too.
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L.A. Deputy Convicted of Fake Cannabis Bust to Steal Stash, Cash

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy scheme to get rich by robbing a marijuana dispensary – and cover it up by making it look like a government raid – did not go according to plan. Now, he’s facing 40 years-to-life in federal prison after pleading guilty to five felonies related to the faux raid. The nearly $650,000 in cash, money orders, half-ton of marijuana and Mercedes-Benz he allegedly heisted during the operation were also turned over to federal authorities. L.A. marijuana criminal defense lawyer

Los Angeles marijuana criminal defense lawyers have taken note that this is one of the most brazen robberies of a dispensary in recent memory. The Los Angeles Daily News reports the law enforcement officer, age 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and armed robbery. He was also convicted of depriving others of their rights under color of law.

One of his co-defendants pleaded guilty to many of the same charges, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. That individual was also convicted in state court of burglary in the second-degree, as well as possessing marijuana for sale and assault with a deadly weapon. He is also facing a lifetime behind bars.

Sentencing is slated for early summer. Four other defendants are also accused, one having signed a plea agreement to testify against the others. 

An Elaborate Plan to Rob a Los Angeles Marijuana Dispensary

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Oh, the places you’ll go: Where will cannabis take you?

Cannabis can take people to all kinds of places. Where does or has it taken you? For many people, cannabis takes them to a place of happiness. A place where the pain is reduced, anxiety is lessened, and depression seems to melt away for a bit. How does this misunderstood plant accomplish this task though? […]

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Namaste Technologies Announces New Auditor and Application for Management Cease Trade Order

TORONTO, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N) (FRANKFURT: M5BQ) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF) wishes to announce the appointment of Baker Tilly WM LLP (“Baker Tilly”) as its auditor.  This follows Namaste’s prior announcement on March 5, 2019, announcing the resignation of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as its former auditor.   The Company’s audit […]

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Ontario rushes to open 25 cannabis stores by Apr. 1 deadline

Even though Canada legalized cannabis over 5 months ago, Ontario won’t have any cannabis stores open until April 1- which means that for 12 more days, the only legal option for citizens of Canada’s most heavily populated province is to buy cannabis off the government-run website. Making matters worse, Ontario’s goal of having 25 private […]

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Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Weigh Allowing Pot Smoking in Public

In California, vaping or smoking marijuana in public is not lawful. You’d be forgiven, however, if you didn’t realize that walking on any random strip in Southern California. Lighting up almost everywhere has become practically ubiquitous. Homeowners, renters and businesses have had their share of complaints. Some businesses have even posted explicit signage making it clear: No smoking allowed. Nonetheless, the smell wafts on near every corner. marijuana lawyer

Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know there has been an uptick among local law enforcement citations for smoking in public areas, particularly those nearby to schools, parks, restaurants, shops and in cars or boats. (No, you cannot light up in a car, even if you’re a passenger.) Police say many individuals aren’t familiar with this provision of the law, and even visitors who have come to the state on vacation end up leaving – well, not on probation, but with wallets $100 lighter. That’s the fine for public marijuana smoking in California.

Common areas in apartments and even balconies are forbidden spots for outdoor pot smoking, though that usually goes unchecked unless your neighbors complain. This restriction has become particularly burdensome for those who use the drug as medicine. 

Even recreational users scoff at the law, though. After all, it’s supposed to be regulated the same way as alcohol, and if you can walk into a restaurant or bar and order a drink of alcohol in public, why not allow the same for cannabis?

The City of Los Angeles has issued statements indicating it does not sanction or …

Harvest One To Supply Shoppers Drug Mart with Satipharm brand cannabis

Launch of Satipharm branded cannabis in Canada VANCOUVER, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (“Harvest One” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HVT; OTCQX: HRVOF), through it’s wholly-owned subsidiary United Greeneries Ltd. (“United Greeneries”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart.  Under […]

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The tangled lies of Cannabis Prohibition

Deception, lies, and greed. This is the fuel that has fed Prohibition for so long and has ultimately led to the tangled web in which we all currently hang upon today. Way back when in 1937, cannabis officially became outlawed in the U.S. This came to be because of lying and deceiving individuals who were […]

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Preventing Overdoses and Staying Safe During the Opioid Crisis

In 2018, illicit drug overdoses killed at least 1,489 in BC, according to the BC Coroners Service, with Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe saying “the rate of overdose deaths surpasses the numbers of people dying from car crashes, homicides and suicides combined.” BC’s overdose rates were declared a public health emergency in April 2016, but the […]

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Chelsea Handler Makes Another Move in the Cannabis Space and Invests in Civilized

Best-selling author, comedian and activist sees a bright future for the cannabis lifestyle start-up after many successful engagements LOS ANGELES, CA /CNW/ – After joining Civilized on several projects in the cannabis space last year, including her first speaking appearance in Canada, Chelsea Handler has taken yet another leap with the upstart lifestyle brand: she’s signed on as an […]

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Craft Cannabis: Have You Heard of It

The green rush is sweeping across the continent of North America. From Canada to the United States and even Mexico, cannabis has opened minds and changed viewpoints. Support for cannabis legalization is at an all-time high in Canada (which legalized it last October) and the United States. The impending legalization of marijuana feels inevitable, and America […]

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Namaste Completes Share Acquisition of Pineapple Express Delivery

TORONTO /CNW/ – Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (TSXV: N) (FRANKFURT: M5BQ) (OTCMKTS: NXTTF) announced on Mar. 13 that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of 49% of the common shares of Toronto-based Pineapple Express Delivery Inc. (“Pineapple Express”). In June 2018, the Company announced that it had entered into a subscription […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – That’s Comical

This week Craig gets comical and welcomes Vancouver based cannabis activist David Malmo-Levine to Studio710 to share more on his new Vansterdam Comix collaboration with Bob High and Weeds. Tha Big Puffa brings in Ian Cromwell aka Crommunist to perform live during Dab Time; and the latest from the Products by SeC ladies about their […]

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First ever legal cannabis lounge coming to Toronto’s Craft Beer Festival

Cannabis Smoking Lounge Takeover Happens June 21st-23rd at Ontario Place TORONTO, March 12, 2019 /CNW/ – The Ontario Craft Beer Festival today announced its intention to include cannabis in its annual celebration of Craft Beer through a collaboration with Kensington Market mainstay HotBox Cafe. Attended by over 10,000 people from across North America, this event will […]

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Edmonton’s supervised consumption sites win big in federal court

Edmonton’s supervised consumption sites, aka safe injection sites, have won big over a local business association that wanted two of 3 downtown sites closed. Back in October 2018, the Chinatown and Area Business Association (CABA) filed a judicial review application, claiming that it was not properly consulted before Health Canada’s decision to open 3 supervised […]

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Liht Cannabis Corp. Responds To Veritas News Release

KELOWNA, BC, March 11, 2019 /CNW/ – Liht Cannabis Corp. (CSE: LIHT) (OTCQX: LIHTF) or the “Company”) today responds to the claim made against the Company by Veritas Pharma Inc. (“Veritas”). On March 4, 2019, Veritas Pharma Inc., filed a Notice of Claim against the Company for recovery of a loan of $1 million. October 13th, […]

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Donnelly Group Confirms Plan for Cannabis Retail Chain, Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store

Nine private recreational stores set to open nationwide beginning April 2019 VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Donnelly Group, the Canadian hospitality company, today confirms its new cannabis retail venture. Nine locations of Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store (“Hobo”) are set to open in rapid succession across B.C. and Ontario beginning April 2019. Eight stores […]

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Canna Costs: What are Cannabis prices around the world?

How much does weed cost where you live? This is a question that is asked by many, and prices are likely to vary significantly depending on who is being asked and where they live. One Tel Aviv based company sought out to answer this question to the best of their ability, and the results may […]

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Chronic Cooking: Creamy Kale Smoothie

In this episode of Chronic Cooking, Craig Ex brings you his latest cannabis-infused creation- the Creamy Kale Smoothie We live in a world surrounded by smoothie bars and protein shakes, but they’re missing Craig’s favourite ingredient- cannabis! If you make your own smoothies, you already know how fast, easy and convenient it is to have […]

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Flower One Announces Hardware Partnership with Grenco Science, Makers of G Pen

Adding advanced technology hardware to its portfolio, Flower One will offer Nevada cannabis retailers an increase in both supply and brand diversity of the popular G Pen vaporizer TORONTO /CNW/ – Flower One Holdings Inc. (“Flower One” or the “Company“) (CSE: FONE) (OTCQB: FLOOF) is pleased to announce a new long-term licensing agreement and partnership with […]

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Marketing Cannabis in the social media age

If you have a cannabis business or consider yourself to be a cannabis entrepreneur, then you know all too well the struggles of marketing your business. It takes countless hours of hard work and dedication to build social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and others. Sadly, for such a green industry it appears that […]

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BC gets far less cannabis tax revenue than expected

The data is in for BC’s first six months of cannabis legalization and the amount of tax revenue fell far short of expectations. In the 2018/2019 budget, the BC government predicted the federal excise tax would generate $200 million for BC over the next three years. That number has been readjusted to $68 million, which […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Nomad-der What

This week Craig welcomes Infused Dinner Series Chef The Nomad Cook Travis Petersen to #Studio710 to talk about upcoming events in the cannabis cooking series. Our bud Derrick shares a few Grow Tips, and brings some products from the folks at Interior Cannabis with him to sample. Tha Big Puffa has music from Kairo during […]

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Rolling Along: 4 Unique papers for your joints

Rolling papers have been an essential part of the cannabis culture since its invention and the first record of its existence in 1532. The first rolling paper company to ever open was called the Lacroix Rolling Paper Company which was opened by the Lacroix family in 1736. Since then there have been many different takes on this […]

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Florida Man Burns Pile of Pot Leaves in Backyard, Leads Cops to His Stash Inside

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. And where there’s weed smoke, there are nosey neighbors. One towering column of cannabis smoke later, and police arrived at the home of Fellsmere, Florida man David Ellis. To officers’ surprise, Ellis made no effort to hide the open burn that was quickly engulfing the trimmings from a few dozen cannabis plants. In fact, he welcomed officers inside his home, just to make sure they understood the difference between flower and trim. Because in Ellis’ words, he wasn’t burning cannabis, as police claimed. He was burning “trash, the stuff you don’t smoke.”

Florida Man Gives Sheriff’s Deputy the Easiest Weed Bust of His Life

As Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Keppel pulled up to Ellis’ home, he quickly saw what prompted a neighbor’s complaint in the first place. Blanketing the quiet neighborhood in a smokey haze, the unmistakable smell of cannabis wafted through the air. At ground zero was an open pile of debris, Deputy Keppel said, spewing out flames about a yard high.

When Keppel knocked on the door of the residence, Ellis answered. Together, the officer and the Florida man walked toward the burning debris pile. Ellis told the officer it was just leaves. It wasn’t a lie. Leaves, stalks and other trimmings from several small cannabis plants were in the fire. Keppel accused Ellis of burning cannabis. Nah, Ellis replied, he was just burning leaves, just burning trash. If Deputy Keppel wanted to see cannabis, he should come inside. And that’s exactly …

Ohio Highway Patrol Confiscates 55 Gallons of CBD Oil During Traffic Stop

State troopers confiscated 55 gallons of CBD oil last week after discovering several buckets of the hemp extract during a traffic stop, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The driver and a passenger of a U-Haul truck that had been pulled over for a “marked lanes violation” on Interstate 70 were arrested and taken into law enforcement custody.

Troopers observed “criminal indicators” during the traffic stop just after noon on February 25 in Muskingum County, about 60 miles east of Colombus, according to police. After an OSHP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, a “probable cause” search of the moving van was conducted and troopers discovered eleven plastic buckets containing 7,040 liquid ounces of CBD oil, with an estimated value of $165,000.

Both the driver, Joshua Sellers, 37, of Providence, R.I, and the passenger, Richard Defedele, 37, of North Kingston, R.I., were charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, a first-degree felony. If the men are convicted, they could face up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

CBD Tightly Controlled in Ohio

Despite the legalization of hemp and CBD at the federal level with the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabidiol remains a controlled substance in Ohio. In December of last year, state regulators announced that CBD from any source fell under the auspices of the Ohio medical marijuana program that was passed into law by the legislature in 2016. With CBD now considered a form of medical marijuana, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy …

How the SNC-Lavalin Scandal reveals the corruption in Cannabis Legalization

SNC-Lavalin was charged by the RCMP in 2015 over fraud and corruption. After Western nations invaded Libya and decimated the country (opening the door to Europe’s refugee crisis), the Montreal-based construction firm won exclusive contracts to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. During this process, they allegedly bribed Libyan officials and defrauded them of millions of dollars. […]

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Now HIGH-ering: 7 Cannabis Jobs You Might Not Have Thought About

If you’re thinking about looking for a job in the rapidly budding cannabis industry, you’re in luck. Many places are looking for talent. If you have a skill that you’re good at, chances are it can be applied to the cannabis sector. Now you might be thinking to yourself, I’m not great at rolling joints […]

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All Cannabis Use is Medicinal: How to Use Responsibly for the Future

Change is ripe in today’s age. Rapid expansions and fast-paced advancements in technologies are exploding, with society adapting at an equal rate. Through all of this, a few things have remained robust in their evolution. Cannabis is one of them. While it has changed drastically and taken on many new forms, it’s a  mainstay in society. […]

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Great-West Life expands medical cannabis coverage & enters agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart for Medical Cannabis Coaching Program

Eligible medical cannabis claims can also be submitted at the point of sale for immediate reimbursement WINNIPEG, March 1, 2019 /CNW/ – With more than 300,0001 Canadians choosing cannabis for medical treatment and that number only expected to grow, Great-West Life announced today it has expanded its coverage of medical cannabis, including a new agreement with […]

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Canopy Growth Names Trailblazer Hilary Black as Chief Advocacy Officer

SMITHS FALLS, ON /CNW/ – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is pleased to announce it has named Hilary Black as its Chief Advocacy Officer, effective Feb. 25, 2019. In her expanded role, Hilary’s mandate includes driving patient advocacy efforts worldwide, executing the Company’s global corporate social responsibility strategy, and leading […]

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Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – It’s In The Tarot Cards

This week Craig welcomes Tarot Card reader Jessie Macpherson to the #Studio710. Tha Big Puffa brings music from Mama Rude Gyal for Dab Time, Jodie Emery stops by for How I Roll… and a big Puff Puff Pass It Along giveaway too. Join Craig Ex Thursday at 4:20pmPT from Studio 710, for another episode of “Expert Joints LIVE!” Now find More Well Put Together videos available […]

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CANNSELL course will teach Ontario budtenders how to tell if you’re high

Lift and Co. and MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) have teamed up to create CannSell, Ontario’s first cannabis retail training course, which aims to teach retailers how to tell if someone is high or not. Right off the bat, the certification program raises questions as one might wonder if “CannSell” rhyming with “cancel” is […]

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Organigram Signs Quebec Letter of Intent; Now in All 10 Canadian Provinces

Supply agreement cements Organigram’s position as a national leader in Canada’s recreational cannabis marketplace MONCTON, NB, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF), the parent company of Organigram Inc. (the “Company” or “Organigram”), a leading licensed producer of cannabis is pleased to announce it has signed a letter of […]

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Cannabis Industry Safety & Health A Growing Priority

Workplace safety is a topic of growing concern among those in the cannabis industry amid numerous reports of hash oil manufacturing site explosions because of unregulated use of butane gas. But Los Angeles marijuana industry attorneys know that isn’t the only safety concern facing growers, manufacturers and retailers, and it places cannabis companies in a vulnerable position of liability. There are several forms of workers’ compensation available to marijuana businesses in California, and The Cannabis Law Firm can help you determine the best one for your business plan.Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer

Last year, the California Insurance Commissioner announced a new marijuana industry workers’ compensation program through Atlas General Insurance Services tailored specifically to the cannabis business. The program accommodates an array of risks involved in numerous aspects of work in the cannabis industry – from growing and extracting to lab work and medicinal manufacturers to food and beverage products makers, packaging, warehousing and distribution, transportation and retail work.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, there are a laundry list of potential risks for employees and contractors in the cannabis market. Workers at risk include:

  • Cultivators
  • Trimmers
  • Extraction technicians
  • Edible producers
  • Budtenders
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Cultivation owner/operator
  • Administrative workers
  • Transportation workers
  • Maintenance workers

Among the cannabis workplace hazards these workers face:

  • Exposure to mold, sensitizers, allergens, CO2, pesticides/fungus
  • Poor workplace ergonomics
  • Slippery walking/working surfaces
  • Lighting hazards
  • Chemical exposures
  • Workplace violence
  • Occupational injuries (including burns, cuts, electrical hazards, elevated heights/falls)
  • Exposure to extreme noise levels
  • Dangerous/heavy equipment

Cannabis industry employees working directly with the plant can …

New Cannabis Laws May Help Black War on Drugs’ Targets a Leg Up on Legal Pot

California is one of the first states to attempt to make right decades of racist drug policies that tore apart families and and destroyed lives. When the voters approved a ballot measure for recreational marijuana, they also allowed those with previous marijuana convictions to apply to have those records expunged. Very few people actually acted on it. So lawmakers last year passed a different measure that ordered prosecutors to review each prior conviction automatically and decide whether to reduce or dismiss the sentences and records of low-level marijuana offenses. Los Angeles marijuana defense attorneys understand this is the very first law of its kind in the U.S.Los Angeles marijuana business attorney

It is no secret that for the entirety of the war on drugs’ decades-long span, minority communities suffered the devastating impact to a hugely disproportionate degree. Los Angeles marijuana attorneys have watched how these communities are still punished with a cyclical merry-go-round of arrest, limited employment options and poverty. Increasingly, as marijuana legalization gains traction across the country, many advocates are taking it a step further, asking for a remedy for the racist application of law and policy. In cases where those calls have been heeded, criminal records for marijuana dealing and possession are being automatically expunged. There is also help for members of minority groups looking to launch their own California cannabis businesses.

Still, even current enforcement policies aren’t totally equal. In Oakland, where voters passed a ballot initiative to order police to make marijuana enforcement the lowest priority – even lower than jaywalking – evidence …

5 things you’ve probably wondered about cannabis

Whether you have been smoking for decades or just a few days, chances are you have some questions regarding cannabis. For some, it may be questions like why the hell are the people that have kept the culture alive for so many years being pushed out of the legal market? For others, it may be […]

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Beverage Trade Network Launches the inaugural Cannabis Drinks Expo

SAN FRANCISCO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via CannabisNewsWire — Beverage Trade Network is organizing  Cannabis Drinks Expo, its first-ever event focused on the cannabis-infused beverage industry. The trade event is scheduled to be held on July 25, 2019 in San Francisco and it will be the first event to tackle the issue head-on. Cannabis Drinks Expo will give the worldwide […]

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Review- The Little Book of Cannabis: How marijuana can improve your life

The first thing you might notice about The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life is how aptly it fits its title. Written by award-winning journalist and cannabis writer Amanda Siebert, The Little Book of Cannabis clocks in at just over 200 pages long, but it’s a small book full of 10 […]

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Sundial announces appointment of Brian Harriman as Chief Operating Officer

CALGARY, Feb. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – Sundial Growers Inc. (“Sundial”) is pleased to announce that Brian Harriman will be joining the company’s leadership team as Chief Operating Officer starting April 9. Harriman brings considerable leadership experience most recently from Alcool New Brunswick Liquor (“ANBL”) and CannabisNB (“CNB”), where he was President and CEO. “As Sundial continues […]

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Marijuana Manufacturers, Site Owners, May be Subject to New Problem: Exploding Factories

As attorneys representing marijuana companies and workers in Los Angeles, we urge them to carefully analyze every aspect of the business plan – including safety. Now, a safety issue previously believed to be fluke with marijuana manufacturers appears to be a growing cause of greater concern: Cannabis factory explosions and fires. Workers have been hospitalized with severe burns and revealing a major issue in an industry that operates without clear safety standards.marijuana factory explosions liability

Politico reports that in the 33 states where marijuana is legal to purchase for medicinal or recreational use, there have been at least 10 fires or explosions in the last five years. Each of those known incidents occurred at sites where workers were tasked with extracting hash oil for use in edible products. Almost every single one of these incidents led to serious injuries for staff who worked on the production line.

The process for extraction is something that is continuing to evolve, and we don’t know all there is to know about it yet. The fire-safety industry hasn’t offered any guidelines or warnings about best practices. That doesn’t mean marijuana manufacturing operations are off-the-hook when it comes to worker safety.

As noted by the California Department of Industrial Relations, all employers ion the cannabis industry – including those who cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell or test marijuana and/or its products need to protect employees from any health or safety hazard that may arise related to their work.

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VCBC founder Ted Smith on Health Canada’s Proposed Edibles Regulations

Ted Smith, the founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club and longtime advocate for the rights of cannabis growers and users, sounds off on Health Canada’s edibles proposals in a new interview with contributor Julia Veintrop. 1- What do you think about the proposed THC limits for the new edible class of cannabis products? The 10 […]

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FDA Ruling Spurs City Crackdowns on CBD Edibles

In what is being characterized as an abrupt change in CBD edible products policy, New York City has begun cracking down on CBD oil following by a late-last-year ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deeming CBD unsafe for consumption in culinary use. Los Angeles CBD business attorneys have begun seeing in this in California also. CBD edibles California law

Last summer, the Orange County Health Department began paying visits to coffee shops, bars and cafes, seizing CBD-laced food and warning the company to stop using illegal cannabis or else pay a fine. The Orange County Register reported the new rules were causing a major shift in the trend of widespread use of CBD oil. The rules impacted many L.A. restaurants and bars that were beginning to rely on sales from CBD cocktail and/or supplement. Some businesses reported CBD-laced products account for 30 percent of their business.

Last week, Florida’s new Secretary of Agriculture – who ran partially on increasing access to medical marijuana – recently made a public statement asserting CBD is not legal to sell in Florida. There is, however, a pending bill in the state legislature that proposes a state regulatory framework for cultivation of hemp and quality control for CBD. Mandatory testing and FDA approval would all be part of that, but so far, that measure has not passed.

While hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of cannabis from which CBD (or cannabidiol) is derived, was all but declared legal by the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD remains something of a legal gray area. Although …

California Hemp Businesses Cautioned Interstate Deliveries Still

California hemp businesses cheered when the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) approved federal expansion of legalized hemp and hemp-derived products – including CBD (cannabidiol). But when mapping supply chains that cross state borders, Los Angeles hemp business lawyers urge caution.interstate hemp sale

This may seem a bit confusing, given that section 10114(b) of the 2018 Farm Bill expressly states that no state or Indian Tribe has the authority to bar transportation or shipment of hemp or hemp-derived products across boarders, so long as the products meet the criteria of section 10113.

Straightforward, right?

Why Interstate Hemp Shipping Requires Caution 

The problem, as our Los Angeles hemp business attorneys can explain, is that the protection provided herein to hemp farmers and distributors has to do with the fact that last year’s Farm Bill section on hemp transportation is expressly contingent on the previous section. That provision requires federal oversight of hemp production by the USDA, responsible for rubber-stamping state and Native American Tribal regulatory systems that cover hemp production. Such plans must by law be submitted to the federal agency. If a state hasn’t already approved hemp farming, it is to use the framework drafted by the USDA.

Yet so far, the federal government hasn’t approved any state plan, nor has it crafted its own for states with no hemp law. That could change; the USDA hasn’t expressly refused to do this. However unless and until it does, it’s important to bear in mind that hemp and its CBD oil extract are still considered …

Expect State, Federal Government Crackdown on Illegal Pot Shops, Dealers

The latest report on the recreational cannabis industry in California reveals aggregate profits of about $345 million – not $1 billion as was anticipated in its first year. A new report by the state’s Cannabis Advisory Committee, revealed in-depth that one of the biggest drags on the market is dilution due to black market sales of the drug – often cheaper and more accessible than legal purchases from a licensed dispensary – creating unfair competition. Los Angeles marijuana business attorneys know the complex regulatory system doesn’t help. Los Angeles marijuana business lawyer

Gov. Gavin Newsome, a staunch proponent of recreational marijuana legalization who received some $340,000 in campaign contributions from the cannabis industry, said it could take at least five years before the market truly hits its stride. One strategy by the state has been to extend timelines to licensed businesses to comply with all aspects of complicated state and local regulations. However, some evidence suggests this could be hampering business for those already in compliance. Part of the problem also has to do with the fact the state lacks adequate resources to enforce the laws. Pot shops also pay hefty taxes and must invest in significant resources to manage a cash-only operation.

Recently, the governor announced plans to expand the effort to shutter illegal cultivation of marijuana, particularly those operated by international drug cartels in Northern California. Specifically, he’s lending expanded aid from the California National Guard to assist the federal government in cracking down on black market marijuana operations. Analysis by New Frontier Data, a private …

Expert Joints LIVE on CLN – Internet Savvy

This week Craig welcomes Internet Savvy #Instagrammer and Model SavvyStonedGirl to #Studio710. Tha Big Puffa brings music from Tee Krispil for Dab Time, Al The Alchemist brings some dope gear during Expert Selections, and gives us a few Grow Tips… plus Kass & Honey are back to hang out too. Join the live-chat here. Now find […]

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Lawyer warns parents: “Keep edibles away from kids, it’s the law”

A mother in Brandon, Manitoba is speaking out about a scary ordeal that unfolded in her household after her two young children accessed a hidden stash of cannabis-infused edibles. The woman, who has not yet been identified by the media, discovered that her five-year-old son had climbed up onto a counter to access a kitchen […]

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Gabriella’s Kitchen’s Joint Venture with Eximius Coffee introduces Infused Ready-to-Drink Cold Brew Coffee and Pods

CALGARY and SANTA ROSA, CA, Feb. 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc. (“GABY” or the “Company”) (CSE: GABY), an innovative and leading-edge cannabis wellness company, is pleased to announce a joint venture (“JV“) with Eximius Coffee LLC (“Eximius”) to launch a line of cannabis and CBD infused coffee beverages and infused single-serve grounds suitable for steeping. […]

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LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON CANNABIS EDIBLE’S 10 MG THC LIMIT

(Written by Ted Smith, the founder of Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club) Tomorrow is the public’s last opportunity to send comments to Health Canada regarding regulations controlling the production and sale of edible and topical cannabis products, as well as other concentrates! This is a common tactic of Health Canada; They give interested taxpayers two months […]

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Bhang and Indiva Announce Roll-Out for Canada’s Edibles Market with Origin House

Bhang to host sensory sessions at 180 Smoke locations across Toronto to educate Canadian consumers on proper edibles use in advance of legalization Sessions highlight Bhang’s focus on leading the expanding cannabis marketplace with an unmatched portfolio of award-winning brands LOS ANGELES (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bhang Corporation (“Bhang” or the “Company”) announced on Feb. 13 that it […]

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Green Gold: Cannabis prices in the USA

Could green be the new color of gold? More precisely, could the leafy green plant called cannabis become more valuable than gold? You can build computers with gold. You can make jewelry with gold. One thing gold doesn’t do very well is providing any form of relief from medical conditions. Cannabis, on the other hand, […]

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UK Cannabis Study reveals surprising generation gap between Gen Z and Boomers

A Cannavape survey in the UK asking public opinion on cannabis-derived medicine revealed an interesting and unexpected divide between the older and younger generations. The survey’s 2000 respondents were asked about the legalization of cannabis-derived medicine which occurred on Nov. 1, 2018, which was when the UK made it available with a prescription. The survey […]

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