Woodstock’s Owners Licensing Cannabis Brand for Festival’s 50th Anniversary

The original Woodstock was a three-day music festival filled with drugs, sex and mayhem that defined a generation known for its deep distrust of authority. But 50 years later, the owners of the festival name are getting an assist from a federal judge. 

Power to the people, indeed.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said that Woodstock Ventures, which produced the 1969 festival, could indeed license its name to create a marijuana brand commemorating the concert’s golden anniversary this summer. In doing so, Gardephe rejected a claim that the cannabis brand would infringe on Woodstock Roots, a company that does business as “Woodstock American Products” and that sells a variety of hemp-related products. 

In his ruling, Gardephe said that the commemorative marijuana products brand sought by Woodstock Ventures are “different” than the cannabis-related “smokers articles” offered by Woodstock Roots. Woodstock Ventures products “all involve the use of recreational marijuana, while [Woodstock Roots] have expressly disavowed the notion that their products are intended for use with recreational marijuana,” the judge said in his ruling. 

“Accordingly, even if the parties’ products are marketed through the same or similar trade channels, this fact does not suggest a likelihood of confusion, because [Woodstock

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Utah’s Top Anti-Cannabis Lawmaker is Also One of the State’s Largest Opiate Sellers

A potentially explosive report detailing the distribution of pharmaceutical opiates reveals a disturbing connection between Utah’s anti-medical cannabis movement and the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, one of the state’s leading anti-legalization policymakers is also one of the state’s biggest seller of opiates.

The revelation has sparked outrage among medical marijuana patients and advocates, and has intensified ongoing tensions surrounding Utah’s controversial medical marijuana laws.

New Stats About Opiates Made Public

Recently, the Washington Post released a trove of federal data related to the distribution of pharmaceutical opiates across the country. Specifically, the searchable database tracks who is selling opiates and how much they’re selling.

The stats unveil a number of problematic trends. For starters, the database shows that the country’s pharmaceutical companies have sold 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills between 2006 and 2012. During that same time period, roughly 100,000 people have died from complications related to opiates and opiate addiction.

Additionally, the publication of the database has spurred in-depth searches and analyses, one of which found that Utah Senate Majority Leader—and top anti-cannabis lawmaker—Evan Vickers is one of the state’s biggest sellers of opiates.

As a result, legalization advocates are calling foul. And some of Utah’s top activists are

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Masked Activists Hand Out Nearly $1000 Worth of Cannabis in Manchester

There are growing calls in the United Kingdom to legalize recreational marijuana, with parliamentary officials even suggesting that it could be done in the next five years. But some people apparently aren’t willing to wait that long.

A pair of individuals, both clad in black masks, were filmed in Manchester this month doling out free cannabis to passersby. The video shows the two in Piccadilly Gardens, one of the city’s major green spaces, unfurling a sign that makes it abundantly clear what they set out to do: “FREE BUD ‘SOUVENIRS.’” The duration of the footage plays out as you would expect, with the masked individuals — donning black attire from head to toe — pulling out one marijuana bud after another to an ever-swelling group of park-goers.

The two individuals reportedly passed out £800 (about $980) worth of free marijuana. Video of the stunt surfaced online Monday, but according to Lad Bible, it was shot on July 14. “One of the two pot peddlers, however, was intercepted by police and arrested as they headed home,” Metro reported. The other individual involved, identified only as “Outlaw,” told Metro that he successfully evaded authorities.

“‘You can’t arrest a character with a made

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Cannabis Only Allowed at Osheaga if in Unopened Container From Government Source

Less than a week before Montreal’s annual Osheaga festival, the event’s organizers are warning that even though cannabis will be permitted on site, only sealed containers from a government source will be allowed.

A tweet published Saturday on the festival’s Twitter page reads that all cannabis products brought onto the site must be legally purchased from Quebec Cannabis Society (SQDC) or an approved non-Quebec cannabis store and in a sealed container that has never been opened.

Festival-goers will, therefore, not be able to enter with any cannabis in their own metal or glass jars, or in a previously opened SQDC container.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Louisiana Could Have Medical Cannabis on Shelves by Next Week

Patients in Louisiana could see medical cannabis products on dispensary store shelves as soon as next week, according to an announcement from state regulators on Monday. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain said in a press release that the initial batch of cannabis oil formulations had been received from GB Sciences of Louisiana for laboratory analyses by the agency.

“Once testing is completed and the product passes for homogeneity, potency and is deemed free of contaminants, it will be ready for distribution,” said Strain.

GB Sciences is cultivating cannabis and producing cannabis products for the state’s medical marijuana program, working as a subcontractor for Louisiana State University. Strain told reporters that it should take about seven business days to test the samples delivered to the LDAF by the company. If any issues arise during testing, however, the process could take longer.

“Hopefully if everything is good by next week it will be cleared and moving to the pharmacies,” Strain said.

Product Packaged and Ready for Sale

LDAF personnel picked up a randomly selected sample of cannabis products from GB Sciences merchandise ready to be distributed to dispensaries. The products include cannabis oil drops and inhalers for

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Illegal Dispensaries Stay Open Because Ontario’s Lottery System ‘Unfair’: Cannabis Lawyer

A belief that Ontario’s lottery system is ‘unfair’ to dispensaries looking to enter the legal market is why illegal dispensaries stay open despite legal ramifications, says cannabis lawyer.

Last week, after 18 people were arrested in connection with the Café chain of cannabis dispensaries across Toronto, police blocked the entrances with cement blocks.

The barricades did not stop sales, however, as marijuana transactions were conducted one by one on the street outside.

“The lottery system is perceived by many as an unfair entry point into [the]market,” cannabis lawyer Caryma Sa’d said on CTV’s Your Morning Monday. “There have been people who have an immense amount of expertise and knowledge, these craft producers entrepreneurs, who are being shut out from the very industry they effectively helped legalize.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News

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New York’s Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a historic bill on Monday to decriminalize the possession of cannabis. “Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” he said. In 30 days, New Yorkers will no longer need to worry about getting picked up on the street for small time pot possession.

That is a win. Even better; an estimated 600,000 state residents could now be eligible for the expungement of past cannabis-related convictions. 

But it would be wildly inaccurate to call this the legislative outcome that Cuomo, legislators, and cannabis advocates were seeking — or even the New York public, which has shown itself to favor the end of marijuana prohibition. 

Full-scale legalization was very much on the table this year. In fact, the governor promised during his re-election campaign that he would pass a plan to regulate the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana within the first 100 days of his second term.

For a moment there, it seemed that New Yorkers would see legalization in 2019 via the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which was co-sponsored by 16 Democratic senators. But

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Tragedy in Kansas: Medical-Marijuana User Dies After Police Raid

Jennifer Hess, her husband Homer Wilson and their two sons were minding their own business on the night of Thursday, May 23 in their Eureka, Kansas home when policed knocked on the door. What happened next would change their lives forever.

The officers said “someone had reported screaming coming from my house, which there wasn’t, and I went to close the door. At that point, they forced the door open. Two of them entered the house, and they demanded I go outside,” Hess tells Freedom Leaf.

On June 14 on Facebook, she wrote: “They said they were getting a search warrant, alleging they had seen drug paraphernalia in the house.”

Police searched the house and found “293 grams” of cannabis, “all personal use.” Hess and Wilson both had medical conditions and used marijuana for that purpose, she said. “They made up a reason to come to my door, probably because there was no one we associate with to do a controlled buy.”

Wilson and Hess Arrested on the Following Charges

• distribute marijuana 25-450 grams

• possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture/plant/cultivate a controlled substance

• possession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant

• no drug stamp

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Vertical Integration VS Horizontal, the Nuts and Bolts

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Is Mary’s operation applying horizontal or vertical integration in order to grow? What’s the difference between the two? And why would she want to employ one or the other?

In this brief article, we’ll go over the differences between horizontal and vertical integration as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of each system of expansion.

Understanding Horizontal and Vertical Integration Is Especially Crucial In the Cannabis Industry

 

Understanding the difference between vertical and horizontal integration is especially important in the cannabis industry. This is because each state’s cannabis regulations are different. And even within each state, sometimes counties or individual municipalities have their own rules and regulations to follow.

Some states require vertical integration. In these states, retailers must grow and manufacture their own products. And some states actually forbid vertical integration. If you own dispensaries in these state’s, you’re not allowed to operate a cultivation facility.

A good example of a cannabis company that is growing horizontally is Ohio based dispensary chain Terrasana Labs who currently has three open locations in Ohio and are slated to expand.

A good example of vertical integration is Florida where cannabis companies were originally required to be vertically integrated — that is to grow, process, and manufacture all products that they sell in their dispensaries. (The vertical integration requirement may be changing due to legal challenges.) The three top licensed producer/dispensary retailers in Florida are Trulieve, Curaleaf, and Surterra Wellness.

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If Cannabis Is Having Any Dire Health Effects, Canadian Hospitals Haven’t Seen Them

More than half a year in, Canada’s relaxed cannabis laws appear to be earning a clean bill of health from major medical organizations.

While many hard numbers on health shifts are not yet available, some of the country’s largest mental health and emergency centres say the new laws have dumped no discernible increase in cannabis-related cases on their doorsteps.

“It’s certainly something that we’re very concerned about and want to be watching for,” says Robert Mann, a senior scientist and impairment expert at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “But I’ve heard nothing — no indication that there’s all of a sudden a large increase.”

– Read the entire article at The Star.