LA Real Estate Developers are Taking High-End Living to the Next Level

What do Blake Griffin, Justin Bieber, and DeAndre Jordan have in common? Besides being A-list celebrities and star NBA players, they all live in homes developed and built by Huntington Estate Properties, one of Los Angeles’ best-known ultra high-end real estate companies. Today, Huntington announced plans to develop five new mansions in Bel-Air and West LA. But these homes will have something no other Huntington property has. Namely, amenities entirely devoted to providing the most luxurious at-home cannabis experience money can buy.

Take a Tour Around LA’s New Marijuana Mansions

On Wednesday, TMZ broke an exclusive story about Ray Nosrati’s plans to build five new, ultra high-end homes for pro athletes, celebs and execs who are all about that cannabis lifestyle. The founder of Huntington Estate Properties, Nosrati has been building luxury homes in Southern California for more than a decade. Huntington is unique among high-end real estate developers because Nosrati has a hand in each home’s design. His properties are known for their wow-factors, like vintage screening rooms, indoor bowling alleys and even secret rooms.

But Nosrati’s new plans will feature wow factors of a different kind: those that will give residents everything they need to grow, harvest and enjoy

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St. Louis DEA Warns of Weed and Meth Laced Candies This Halloween

The St. Louis Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) just issued a warning for kids going trick or treating tonight in Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois. Watch out for dangerous candy. In particular, the DEA is warning folks to watch out for suspicious looking candies that could be laced with meth and—in good old Reefer Madness-style—weed.

DEA’s Warning About Dangerous Candy

The DEA St. Louis Division’s warning focused on “the dangers of drug-laced treats this Halloween.” In particular, candy that’s been laced with meth and weed.

The warning played up the fear of “marijuana-laced candies sold in packages designed to look like traditional candies; including Munchy Ways, 3 Rastateers, Twixed, Keef Kat and Rasta Reese’s.” Of course, the DEA failed to mention that these are commercially sold edibles in states where weed is legal. Instead, they leave it there, hinting at evil plots to trick kids into getting high.

After warning parents to be on the lookout for meth or weed candies, the DEA provided a set of instructions. First, parents should screen their kids’ candy for “unusual wrapping or misspelled candy labels.”

As soon as they discover anything suspicious, parents are directed to “give it to your local

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West Virginia general election is less than one week away!

Learn where candidates stand on marijuana policy before you vote on Tuesday, November 6!

West Virginia’s general election will take place next Tuesday, November 6. The outcome of state legislative races will be critical in determining the future of marijuana policy in West Virginia. There are also strong contrasts between the candidates in races for U.S Congress:

• State Sen. Richard Ojeda (D), who championed West Virginia’s medical cannabis bill and strongly supports federal reforms, is running for an open Congressional seat in District 3. His opponent, Del. Carol Miller (R), voted for the medical cannabis bill, but she also voted to dramatically restrict it, and she won’t commit to supporting federal medical cannabis legislation.

• District 1 candidate Kendra Fershee (D) has expressed strong support for medical cannabis. Her opponent, incumbent Rep. David McKinley (R), has not supported marijuana policy reforms.

• In District 2, incumbent Rep. Alex Mooney (R) has voted to protect state medical cannabis programs from federal interference. His opponent, Talley Sergent (D), has expressed strong support for medical cannabis.

Before you go to the polls, please take time to review MPP’s voter guide, which includes survey responses, votes cast by incumbent legislators, and candidates’ public

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New Mexico: Election Day is less than one week away

Do you know where your candidates stand on  marijuana policy?

New Mexico’s General Election Day is less than one week away, and early voting has already begun! If you are registered to vote, you may cast your ballot early through Saturday, November 3.

Here’s a look at where gubernatorial candidates stand on marijuana policy: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has said she would support legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use under certain circumstances, while Steve Pearce (R) remains unsupportive. Both candidates are supportive of New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.

Check out the state’s website here for more voting information, including where you can cast your ballot. You can find more information on current marijuana policy in New Mexico here.

Please forward this to your family and friends, and be sure to get out and vote!

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Minn.: Election Day is less than one week away!

Check out the Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization’s cannabis voter guide!

Minnesota’s General Election Day is less than one week away! You can vote early in person until Monday, November 5. You can also register and vote on Election Day!

The Minnesota Campaign for Full Legalization (MCFL) has put together a state legislative voter guide with results of their candidate survey and incumbents voting records. (Note that an F grade may not mean the candidate is opposed; they may simply not have responded to the survey.)

Here are a handful of competitive races where candidates differ on marijuana prohibition:

• House District 3A (International Falls): Incumbent Rob Ecklund (DFL) is supportive of legalizing and regulating cannabis and also cosponsored marijuana legalization/regulation bills, HF 926 and HF 4541. Challenger Randy Goutermont (R) did not respond to MCFL’s survey.

• House District 11A (Moose Lake, Barnum, Scanlon): Mike Sundin (DFL) cosponsored bills to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults’ use, HF 926 and HF 4541. Challenger Jeff Dotseth (R) did not respond to MCFL’s survey.

• House District 19A (North Mankato): Jeff Brand (DFL) is supportive of legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults’ use, while Kim Spears (R) did not respond to

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Alaska: It’s not too late to submit written comments supporting on-site cannabis consumption rules

Written comments can be submitted by email until 4:30 tomorrow, November 1

The Marijuana Control Board is still accepting written comments on proposed rules for on-site use, which may be submitted by email until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 1. Oral comments may also be submitted at a hearing to be held on Wednesday, December 19.

A link to the state’s announcement on the public comment period is available here, and the proposed rules are available here. Those who would like to submit comments by email may direct them to amco.regs@alaska.gov.

Under the proposal, a retailer could obtain an endorsement allowing it to sell adults 21 or over up to a gram of cannabis, which could be consumed at the premises. Products containing THC or other cannabis ingredients could also be sold, in addition to non-cannabis food and non-alcoholic beverages. Concentrates would be prohibited. Significant security and access provisions would apply, but these seem reasonable, and local communities would have final say.

Adoption of the proposed rules would be a significant step forward and a solution to a pressing challenge, and it is likely these rules would provide a model for other states considering on-site use.

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Getting Medical Cannabis in Australia is Apparently Pretty Complicated

Although Australia legalized the medicinal use of cannabis in 2016, accessing it remains a lengthy, bureaucratic ordeal that’s left many Australians frustrated. The introduction of a new online application was intended to simplify the process. But reports from Down Under have indicated that the road to acquiring medicinal cannabis in Australia might be bumpier than most people realize.

According to BuzzFeed News, a panel of industry experts had trouble explaining “the many layers and bureaucratic processes” involved with the application. The event, which took place at the University of Sydney on Monday, brought together government representatives, academics, and patient advocates. While the panel was “formally focused on addressing the experiences and challenges faced by all sides of the medical cannabis world,” the conversation quickly turned to “the country’s often criticized access pathway.”

John Skerritt, deputy secretary for health products regulation at Australia’s Department of Health, cited “the 48-hour turnaround online portals” as evidence of a streamlined application process. Lucy Haslam, a former nurse and patient advocate, said that her phone “would not stop ringing” with calls from people who experienced technical difficulties with the government’s system, reports BuzzFeed News. Some audience members shared their stories of resorting to buying cannabis from

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Woman Tries to Murder Husband For Using Medical Marijuana

A Pennsylvania woman is in jail on attempted murder charges after stabbing her husband over his use of medical marijuana. Adams County Assistant District Attorney Miranda Blazek announced the allegations against Palma A. Conrad, 70, in a press release on Tuesday. Conrad is charged with attempted murder, attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault.

“It is alleged that Conrad stabbed her husband multiple times in the chest, face, neck, and mouth intending to kill him,” Blazek said.

According to a police affidavit filed by Officer Anthony Gilberto of the Littlestown Police Department on Monday, Conrad stabbed her husband, Richard Conrad, because of his desire to use medical marijuana, saying she was “sick of it.”

Gilberto had responded to a 911 call from the Conrads’ house and as he arrived saw Mrs. Conrad exiting the home with a black eye and blood on her hands, arms, and face. She told Gilberto she had stabbed her husband, who was inside the house, according to the police complaint. Mrs. Conrad was taken into custody and placed in a police car.

Upon entering the home, police found the victim lying on the living room floor covered in blood. He told police he had been sleeping in a chair when

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Coca-Cola CEO Denies Plans to Develop CBD Drink

Last month, rumors started going around about the possibility of Coca-Cola entering the CBD market with a new, infused beverage. And by September 17, Bloomberg was reporting on “serious talks” between Aurora Cannabis, a major Canadian cannabis company, and Coca-Cola. Unnamed sources insisted the two companies were in the advanced stages of negotiating a drink deal. Publicly, however, Coca-Cola dodged questions about the talks, saying only that it was keeping an eye on the CBD space. Aurora likewise declined to issue any comments about the rumored talks.

But Aurora’s stock price still soared 23 percent the day the rumors became public. Ultimately, though, the rumors proved they didn’t have much staying power. At the same time, investors seemed to reason, why wouldn’t Coca-Cola pursue partnerships in the multi-billion dollar legal cannabis industry? Today, however, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey put to rest any lingering sense that the rumors were true.

Coca-Cola CEO Says There are No Plans for a CBD Beverage at This Time

Speaking with investors over the phone on Tuesday, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey fielded a question about the CBD drink deal with Aurora. That’s a “simple one,” Quincey replied, reports Business Insider. “We don’t have any plans at this

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Legal Weed in Canada Might Be Dry for a Year

The world of cannabis has been celebrating Canada’s legalization of marijuana earlier this month. But now, it looks like things might not be as great for Canadian weed smokers as everyone might have assumed. That’s because the country is already seeing massive problems with supply.

So much so, in fact, that many stores and provinces are completely out of product. Additionally, some experts think it might take a year or longer before the country can supply enough weed to meet demand.

Canada’s Weed Shortage

When marijuana became legal on October 17, dispensaries and online shops around the country were flooded with customers. As a result, the legal industry got off to an explosive start.

But now, less than two weeks later, Canada’s legal weed market is failing to keep up. Provinces are already running out of cannabis. And the demand doesn’t seem to be letting up.

As a result, some dispensaries have had to temporarily close down. Others have scaled back the number of days and hours they are open for business. Similarly, many province-run online stores are reportedly listing many products and strains as “out of stock.”

What’s Driving the Shortage?

According to experts, there are a number of different,

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