Craft Cannabis Growers Say Better Bud Will Be Key to Thriving in the Legal Market

While Canada’s licensed cannabis producers are in a frenzy of deal-making, jockeying to take control of rivals and massive greenhouses ahead of legalization, cannabis entrepreneurs like Kelly Coulter are operating at a different pace. This spring, she leased two acres of farmland in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley with several other women and intends to launch an environmentally sustainable market garden and cannabis operation called Slo Farms.

“We will be applying for a micro licence and our intention is to be a small and slow cannabis farm,” says Ms. Coulter. “I think there is a real opportunity there for small independents.”

Last November, Health Canada said the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana would include a category of licence aimed at allowing small producers into the legal market. Under proposed regulations, a micro-cultivation licence would permit a company to have a plant canopy of 200 square metres. Security regulations are expected to be lighter than those faced by the licensed producers (LPs) currently authorized to grow for medical users, as well as future standard recreational licence holders. (Current LPs are expected to be automatically licensed to produce and sell to the recreational market in the new system.)

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Cannabis and the Border: What Pot-smoking Canadians Need to Know

‘I see a wall on the northern border for Canadians because of marijuana,’ immigration lawyer says.

Each day, 400,000 Canadians cross the Canada-U.S. border. Beginning Oct. 17, 2018, more and more of those travellers could be forced to answer an uncomfortable question posed by wary American customs officers: Have you ever smoked pot?

Those who tell the truth risk being banned from the United States for life and might have to apply for special waivers in order to visit the U.S. in future.

Questions about cannabis use have dogged some Canadian travellers in recent years, with mixed results. Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S., while others have been banned simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives. For American border guards, a confession is just as good as a conviction.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Study: THC Blood Levels “Do Not Correlate Well” With the Level of Driving Impairment

A new study has found that “blood levels of tetrahydrocannabinol do not correlate well with the level of impairment”, and heavy marijuana use doesn’t consistently lead to “cognitive and psychomotor impairment”.

“Marijuana is the most widely consumed illicit substance in the United States, and an increasing number of states have legalized it for both medicinal and recreational purposes”, begins the abstract of the study, which was published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health. “As it becomes more readily available, there will be a concurrent rise in the number of users and, consequently, the number of motor vehicle operators driving under the influence.”

With that in mind, the study examined “the cognitive and psychomotor effects of cannabis, as well as current policy concerning driving under the influence of drugs.” To do so, “The authors performed a MEDLINE search on the epidemiology of cannabis use, its cognitive and psychomotor effects, and policies regarding driving under the influence of drugs.”

Twenty-eight epidemiological studies, 16 acute cognitive and psychomotor studies, 8 chronic cognitive and psychomotor studies, and pertinent state and federal laws and policies were reviewed.

Researchers found that “Current evidence shows that blood

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Cooking on High: Netflix’s Foray into Weed Cuisine is Half-Baked

An unusual cooking competition show sees expert chefs make sumptuous meals with cannabis while a judging panel of weed enthusiasts get stoned.

As Canada becomes the second country to legalize recreational marijuana, and weed dispensaries that look like Apple Genius bars sprout in progressive states across the US, it was only a matter of time before Netflix threw its hat in the proverbial smoke ring. The result is Cooking on High, television’s first ever cannabis cooking competition show, one that remarkably fails to capitalize on either of the dual pleasures at its core: binge-watching and/while getting high.

In all fairness, Cooking on High has a steep hill to climb: watching people consume pot, by way of a bong or french onion soup, is not nearly as enjoyable as consuming it yourself. If the standard cooking show provides both vicarious pleasure and the tools to actually make the meal, Cooking on High suggests, like the Viceland show Bong Appétit, that the mere act of watching stoners eat decadent, cannabis-infused food is a draw. Hardly so.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.

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Full Vending Machines. Pot on the Pillow. What Some California Hotels Are Doing to Attract Marijuana Smokers

A few months after California legalized recreational use of marijuana, the Desert Hot Springs Inn in the Coachella Valley began advertising itself as cannabis friendly — a place where guests can smoke by the pool or heat up a vaporizer in the rooms.

What surprised innkeeper John Thatcher was not only that business improved by as much as 50% but that most of his pot-smoking guests were upper-income baby boomers.

“It was not your basement stoner crowd,” he said.

Like the rest of California, the hospitality industry in the state has moved slowly and tentatively to embrace the use of cannabis on a widespread basis. Desert Hot Springs Inn is one of only a handful of hotels in the Golden State to openly welcome smoking, vaping and otherwise enjoying pot on their properties.

– Read the entire article at LA Times.

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Canada’s Impaired Driving Laws Just Got a Huge and Controversial Overhaul — Here’s What You Should Know

Bill C-46 made reforms to alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving, and police now have powerful new tools to charge drivers.

A sweeping overhaul of Canada’s impaired driving laws was given Royal Assent on Thursday, meaning the new rules are starting to come into effect and drivers should be prepared.

Bill C-46 made reforms to both alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving, and police now have powerful new tools to detect and charge drivers. The bill also made many technical changes to help the courts deal with impaired driving cases more quickly.

There are three big — and controversial — changes Canadians will need to know about.

– Read the entire article at National Post.

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Rapper Jim Jones Arrested for Marijuana, Firearm Possession

New York City rapper Jim Jones ran into some legal trouble recently. While spending time with friends in Georgia, the musician was busted on charges including marijuana and firearm possession.

A Run-In With Cops

After a car chase in Coweta County, Georgia on Thursday night, Jim Jones is facing a number of charges. According to TMZ, who broke the story, the whole thing started when cops pulled over a vehicle that Jones was a passenger in.

The cops who pulled the car over said that instead of pulling to the side of the road, the vehicle sped off, starting a high-speed car chase.

The speeding car ultimately ran into a deputy’s vehicle and was forced to stop. When cops moved in, they found Jim Jones in the car along with the driver and two other passengers.

Unfortunately for Jones and his friends, that wasn’t all the cops found. Law enforcement said they saw marijuana, vape cartridges, THC cannabis oil, oxycodone, Percocet, two loaded pistols, and a stash of what Jones reportedly called “just petty cash.”

Making matters even worse for Jones and his friends, the cops said that one of the pistols was stolen.

All four were reportedly busted for

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Pot Bill Supported by Trump Going Nowhere Fast in Congress

The cannabis bill supported by President Donald Trump does not appear to have much traction with lawmakers. So far, congressional leaders have failed to back the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the bill in the Senate on June 7. Then the following day, Trump told reporters that he “would probably support” the STATES Act, as the bill is also known. Two months earlier, Gardner announced that he and the president had come to an agreement about cannabis and states’ rights, ending an impasse over judicial nominees.

Congressional Leaders Haven’t Yet Signed On

But despite the support from Trump for the bipartisan bill, key congressional leaders have not yet backed it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that he supports the decriminalization of marijuana. But a spokesperson told BuzzFeed in an email that the senator hasn’t endorsed the STATES Act.

“Schumer hasn’t taken a position on this bill,” the spokesperson said.

The Republican chairs of key congressional committees have also not yet backed the STATES Act. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would have to approve the bill before it could

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Oklahomans to Vote Tuesday on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The state with the country’s harshest marijuana laws can become the 30th to legalize medical cannabis on June 26 when Oklahoma voters go to the polls to decide on State Question 788.

The measure would allow licensed patients and/or caregivers (18 years old or older) to grow up to 12 plants and create a commercial market with dispensaries, cultivators, processors and testing labs. To apply for the latter licenses, you’ll have to be 25 years old. Read the text of SQ 788 here.

Currently in Oklahoma, possession of any amount of flower, hash, concentrates or paraphernalia are misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sale or distribution are felonies, punishable by a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $500,000 fine for flower and $50,000 for concentrates. See NORML’s guide to Oklahoma Laws & Penalties here.

YES ON 788’s WILLIAM JONES: “State Question 788 was designed to make Oklahoma the most patient-oriented and business friendly state for the medical marijuana industry.”

Predictably, Republican Oklahoma Senator James Lankford opposes the measure: “If you read it, it’s a recreational marijuana bill. It’s very clear the way it’s written, to allow people to have

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Massachusetts Approves State’s First Recreational Marijuana Business License

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously yesterday to approve the state’s first-ever recreational marijuana business license.

The commission approved granting the license to Sira Naturals, a marijuana cultivation facility (located in Milford). The company currently grows medical marijuana.

“We’re very excited about it and we are going to work very, very hard to continue our tradition of providing premium cannabis sustainably grown and sold with integrity,” said Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas following the commission’s approval of his company’s license.

Following yesterday’s meeting Steven Hoffman, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman, said that “Even though this is a significant milestone”, he wants “to stress it’s the beginning, not the end”. The commission is expected to reviews dozens more applications in the coming days.

Sira Naturals was granted a tier-3 license, allowing them to grow between 10,000 – 20,000 square feet. Although they can’t sell what they grow to consumers, they can sell it to licensed marijuana retail outlets, who in turn will supply it to anyone 21 and older who wishes to purchase it.

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