Police Threaten Seizure but Refuse Arrest Despite Obvious Breaking of Provincial Cannabis Act

CANNABIS CULTURE – On a day reserved to remember those who fought and died for freedom, Cannabis Culture founder Marc Emery took to the streets of Montreal in protest of Quebec’s Cannabis Regulation Act.  “I’m trying to get charged. Please call the authorities. There’s a menace on the loose promoting freedom of expression,” Marc joked. The police made a brief appearance and asked Marc to leave, but they refused to arrest him despite obvious breaking of the…

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Texas Representative Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill on Monday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Texas House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 63, was submitted by Moody on the first day of the pre-filing period for the 2019 legislative session.

If passed, “a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana [sic] in an amount that is one ounce or less does not commit an offense but is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $250,” according to the text of the bill.

It appears the bill might have a chance at success. Both Moody’s own Democratic Party and that of state Republicans call for cannabis reform. And in September, Gov. Greg Abbott, long an obstacle to marijuana reform, indicated that he was “open” to reducing the penalties for possession of small quantities of pot.

Texas Republicans Support Reform

In June, at the convention for the Republican Party of Texas, delegates approved a platform that included several planks in favor of cannabis reform.

“We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one

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Cathedral City Just Opened SoCal’s First Legal Consumption Lounge

The issue with legalization in California—and many other adult-use states—is that there aren’t many places to legally consume cannabis in public. Many argue this contributes to making “legalization” a scam: how is weed legal if you can only consume it in your home without consequence? One Southern California desert community is providing a solution to that problem. Cathedral City Lounge, located in the Coachella Valley, made history opening the region’s first licensed on-site consumption bar on Wednesday, October 31.

“This is a whole new feeling for people to be able to consume in public without anyone making comments or having to worry about getting arrested,” Nick Hughes, the owner of Cathedral City Lounge, told High Times in an interview. “Comfort is everything.”

Hughes is also the owner of Cathedral City Care Collective, a dispensary the consumption lounge is connected to. He explains the lounge fills a void by providing a place for people to hang out, try new products, and have a safe place to sober-up after imbibing in various forms of greenery.

Cathedral City Lounge is equipped with a pool table, couches, private rooms, music, and a number of entertainment options. Customers can rent pipes, bongs, dab rigs, and other smoking devises.

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Three Prison Guards Arrested For Smuggling Weed, Other Contraband Into Prison

Three South Carolina prison guards were placed under arrest on Friday for smuggling drugs and other contraband into two different correctional institutions. According to a statement, South Carolina Department of Corrections Police Services made the arrests after the suspects’ fellow officers discovered their smuggling attempts. Today’s arrests are the latest in a string of enforcement actions against prison guards at multiple correctional facilities across South Carolina. And they highlight the ongoing problem of abuse by prison guards in a state that locks up one out of every 100 of its residents.

Prison Guards Smuggled Marijuana, Rolling Papers, Tobacco, Cell Phones and Wire Cutters

The three officers arrested Friday in South Carolina all face charges for smuggling drugs and other contraband, like tobacco, rolling papers, wire cutters, and cell phones, inside the prisons where they worked. Police arrested Yolanda Whitaker for smuggling 20 cellphones and other contraband into Kershaw Correction Institution. Kershaw is a medium security facility. Yvanda Maria Hardy faces charges for attempting to smuggle marijuana into McCormick Correctional Institution. And a second guard at McCormick, Carmen Bess Jenkins, attempted to smuggle in 143 grams, or about five ounces of flower—and some perfume, naturally, to hide the smell. McCormick is

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There Was Over $135 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in Colorado in September

There was over $135 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in September, according to data from the state’s Department of Revenue.

In total there was $135,536,453 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in September. This is slightly less than the $141 million sold in August, which set a record in the state for the most marijuana sold in a given month.

Of the $135 million in marijuana sold in September, $27.9 million came from medical marijuana sales, the remainder coming from the sale of recreational marijuana. These sales helped Colorado garner around $20 million in tax revenue for September alone.

This new data brings the state’s total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,157,781,963, putting Colorado on track to sell around $1.6 billion in legal marijuana by the end of the year. This would a little higher than the $1.5 billion sold in 2017, and nearly 20% more than the $1.3 billion sold in 2016.

Marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2013, thanks to voters approving a legalization initiative in 2012; the first marijuana store opened in 2014.  In Colorado marijuana is taxed at 15%, plus the standard 2.9% statewide sales tax. Revenue

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A Cannabis Coke and a Smile? Colorado Companies Hoping to Tap Infused Beverage Craze

Coca-Cola, Molson Coors, New Belgium just some of the companies with their eyes on infused drinks.

When Coca-Cola publicly announces it is sizing up business opportunities in an industry, people take notice.

That was the case in mid September when Coke — the world’s largest beverage company with a market cap north of $211 billion — said it was keeping an eye on cannabis infused drinks, with a particular focus on beverages containing the non-psychoactive compound CBD. The announcement sent pot stocks soaring.

Coke may be on the sidelines for now, but at least one notable producer of bubbly beverages isn’t waiting around. Denver-based Molson Coors Brewing Co., one of the largest beer makers in the world, launched a joint venture this summer with a Canadian cannabis company with the aim to create alcohol-free, infused drinks.

– Read the entire article at Denver Post.

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MJBizCon Vegas Highlights: Speakers, Luncheons and Parties

The largest marijuana trade show in the country, MJBizCon, returns to Las Vegas from Nov. 13-16. More than 1,000 exhibitors will be displaying their products at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), including Freedom Leaf. We’ll be introducing our new companies – Hempology, Leafceuticals, Irie CBD and Accuvape – at Booth 1869.

Expo Schedule Highlights

Nov. 13: Crash courses, symposiums and forums.

Nov. 14: The expo officially opens with a series of morning keynotes from MJBiz’s Chris Walsh, Acreage Holdings‘ Kevin Murphy and Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Chris Hagedorn.

Nov. 15: A full day of speakers on a variety of subjects, including “Corporate Responsibility,” “New Tech and Innovation” and “Federal Marijuana Reform.”

Nov. 16: Getaway day has a shortened schedule. Morning highlights include “The Future of Hemp” with Joy Beckerman, “Private Equity Investing” with Al Foreman and “How Diversity Leads to Profitability.”

Luncheons, Receptions and Official After-Parties

Nov. 13: After-party at Omnia nightclub,3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 9;30-10:30 pm

Nov. 14: Minorities in Cannabis luncheon, 12-2pm, LVCC

Nov. 14: MJBizCon mixer, 4-6 pm, LVCC

Nov. 14: After-party at 1-Oak nightclub, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 10:30 pm-1 am

Nov. 15: Investor luncheon, 12-2 pm, LVCC

Nov. 15: Women’s Networking reception, 5-7 pm, LVCC

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A Rookie’s Guide to Growing Cannabis at Home, Legally

As of October 17, Ontarians can grow as many as four cannabis plants per household without legal repercussions, as long as they use legally purchased seeds and don’t try to sell the fruits of their labour. But is it worth the effort? We scoured the city’s grow-op landscape for information on how it’s done, and what it costs.

The Easy Way
For those without the time or inclination to raise plants the old-fashioned way, new semi-autonomous grow boxes (which run around $3,000 a piece) promise to make cultivating weed almost as easy as microwaving a burrito.

– Read the entire article at Toronto Life.

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What Trump’s New Ag Means for the Cannabis Industry

Tuesday’s election will have major short- and long-term effects on marijuana policy. In the immediate sense, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults, while successful ballot measures in Missouri and Utah brings the total number of states with medical marijuana laws on the books to 33. Numerous pro-legalization candidates were also elected to governorships and to Congress, and the two most anti-marijuana Representatives will not be returning to the House in 2019.

But one of the biggest changes—and perhaps the one with the most significant long-term impacts for the entire industry—came the day after the election, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Trump.

With Sessions gone, the table has been cleared for Trump to select a new Attorney General—that could be either very good or very bad for the cannabis industry. Despite the uncertainty, however, there’s still reason to be hopeful.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative Should Take Effect Next Month

In all likelihood marijuana will become legal next month in Michigan.

On Tuesday Michigan voters handily passed Amendment 2, which legalizes marijuana for everyone 21 and older. The measure will now take effect 10 days after election results are certified, which almost always occurs in early December This would put the state on track to have marijuana legalization by the end of the year.

Once in effect, the new law will allow those 21+ to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or up to 10 ounces at a private residence; they will also be allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at a private residence.

Although the initiative legalizes marijuana retail outlets, it likely won’t be until late 2019, or the first half of 2020, when these stores will begin opening.

Amendment 2 was passed with 55.91% voting in favor, making Michigan the 10th state to legalize marijuana.

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