New Jersey getting closer to finally legalizing marijuana

While the new bill to legalize and regulate marijuana has not yet been revealed to the public, lawmakers and the Murphy administration are reportedly close to reaching a deal. However, it is not yet clear what the legislature intends to do to help people who are still suffering from the collateral consequences of a prior marijuana conviction.

If you’re a New Jersey resident, please ask your lawmakers to support not only ending marijuana prohibition for adults moving forward, but also ensuring that those harmed by prohibition in the past are able to clear their records and move on with their lives.

New Jersey has been hotly debating the best way to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis since Gov. Phil Murphy made that an important part of his campaign in 2017. MPP continues to advocate for adopting the best practices of other states to ensure that legalization allows opportunities for people impacted by marijuana prohibition and small businesses, and we’re encouraged that these ideas are reportedly being included in the legislation.

However, we want to continue fighting to include criminal justice reform as well. If you live in New Jersey, please help by asking your legislators to include strong expungement provisions

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Insurance for Cannabis Businesses is Becoming More Available As Legalization Spreads

Federal law keeps the cannabis industry from flourishing. Aside from a lack of banking, cannabis businesses are also prohibited from being fully insured, thus making them extremely vulnerable. In California, however, the last year-and-a-half has seen a wave of insurance providers writing coverage for the industry. At the end of last month, Golden Bear Insurance Co. was approved to lower existing insurance rates, bolster coverage options, and expand the types of business they will cover.

“We’re moving in a positive direction,” Commissioner Jones told High Times in an interview. “It demonstrates that there’s a market for this coverage and that it’s necessary.”

Golden Bear also now provides equipment breakdown coverage. So, if there’s a loss of inventory and income caused by the failure of refrigeration, manufacturing, or other equipment necessary for processing and maintaining cannabis and its products, Golden Bear will likely provide coverage.

“The insurance covers the equipment that’s integral to the business’ operations.”

Last November, the Stockton-based company became the first commercial insurer to offer protections for the California cannabis industry. The other type coverage plans offered are general liability, products insurance, and property coverage. These plans extent to cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers. Some policies will even cover crime.

Cannabis law

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New Report Says Concentrates are the Fast Growing Favorite Among Consumers

Marijuana concentrates are the fastest growing product category in the cannabis industry, according to data released by Arcview Market Research on Tuesday. Projections for legal cannabis sales in the United States were produced in conjunction with BDS Analytics and are contained in the report “Concentrates: The Hottest Product Category in Cannabis.”

According to the data from Arcview, consumer sales of cannabis concentrates will grow by 49 percent in the second half of 2018, reaching a total of $2.9 billion. The research firm expects concentrates to be the second most popular cannabis product category with consumers after marijuana flower.

Dr. Markus Roggen, the vice president for extraction at OutCo Labs near San Diego, California, told High Times via email that the variety of concentrates available offer many new alternatives for cannabis consumers.

“Concentrates are the obvious future of cannabis because they allow for novel products such as oils, sauce, live rosin, tinctures, edibles, and topicals, which new consumers are more comfortable with than flower, as [it] removes the classic ‘stoner’ image from cannabis consumption,” said Roggen.

Legalization Leads to Innovation

Roggen noted that many firms are committing resources to further innovation in the production of cannabis concentrates.

“The entire industry has been investing heavily in

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Grassroots Expo in Vancouver

CANNABIS CULTURE – Sept 15th and 16th saw the Grassroots Expo happening in downtown Vancouver at SFU  Harbour Centre, put on by the good people at the Georgia Straight with Aurora listed as a *Co-Presenter and Groundwork, some of the other sponsors included Tweed, Crop King Seeds, Weeds Glass and Gifts, Kwanten Polytechnic University, Choom, Mackie Research Capital Corporation, to name a few.

The Grassroots Expo is geared towards the Cannabis Curious as it’s billed for the event, the general theme is a place for people to come learn about a wide variety of subjects pertaining to marijuana, The Collage of the Rockies was there promoting their online cannabis training series, for a person to learn more about becoming a cannabis retail specialist, a 26 week online study with the goal of becoming a licensed cannabis distributer with a wide ranging curriculum covering 

-History of Cannabis

-Nutrition

-Cannabis distribution centre practicum

and more, this with a hefty $3,990 price tag.

My good friend Chris Bennett was there promoting his new book Liber 420, Cannabis Magickal Herbs and the Occult and the fine folks from Weeds Glass and Giftshad two tables set up, Crop King Seeds was also on hand with 2 large displays, those guys always go all out.

But this wasn’t

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Kristen Bell Opens Up About Weekly Cannabis Use and Exploring Other Drugs

Kristen Bell might possess a look of innocence, but apparently, she has quite the party side.

In a recent episode of comedian Marc Maron’s podcast, “WTF With Marc Maron” the 38-year-old actress revealed her love for cannabis, as well as a few other drugs she’d like to get her hands on.

It appears all of that quality vacation time with Aldous Snow has seriously rubbed off on the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actress.

Kristen Bell Loves the Ganj

Bell, on the latest episode of the podcast, said that weed remains her ‘drug’ of preference. The Veronica Mars alumni says she even smokes in front of her husband, Dax Shepard, despite the fact he’s been sober for over 14 years.

Bell claims he’s totally fine with her toking up in front of him, which isn’t necessarily surprising, considering the willpower it requires to achieve 14 years of sobriety in the first place.

“I like my vape pen quite a bit. I smoke around my husband and it doesn’t seem to bother him,” Bell began. “Weed rules. Weed is my drug of choice, for sure.”

Unfortunately for Bell, a mother of two young girls, getting a chance to relax and smoke up isn’t always a

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America’s Youngest Black Woman Dispensary Owner : Hope Wiseman

CANNABIS CULTURE – Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Hope Wiseman is passionate about her community. A graduate of Spelman College, where she received a Bachelor’s in Economics. She is now a trailblazer for women of color wanting to enter the emerging market of medical cannabis.

This passion has now bloomed into here latest venture, dispensary Mary & Main.

Hope cites her time as co-founder of her Alma Mater’s Habitat for Humanity chapter as some of the most educational and inspiring opportunities she encountered on her road to entrepreneurship. After spending a year at SunTrust as an Equity Institutional Sales Analyst, Hope decided to continue striving for excellence by pursuing her dreams of entrepreneurship. With her financial and banking background, Hope founded Mary and Main (formerly Compassionate Herbal Alternative) on the foundation of her vision to create opportunity for minorities who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Hope holds personally the core values of Mary & Main, making it her mission to provide quality products to her community while offering a comfortable experience to patients who suffer from chronic debilitating illnesses.

But, what IS Mary and Main? Passionate Pioneers Against Negative Stigma

Cannabis has been

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Canadian Doctor Charged For Writing Improper Marijuana Prescriptions

A Canadian medical marijuana doctor has come under fire recently and is now being accused of improperly writing prescriptions. The allegations have not yet been proven and an investigation is ongoing.

Medical Marijuana Doctor Facing Charges

At this time, the doctor’s name has not been made public. But according to Canadian news sources, he used to be a doctor at a medical marijuana clinic in Saskatoon called Natural Health Services.

This week, the doctor came under fire when the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons leveled serious charges against him. In particular, the College claimed that the doctor was improperly making medical marijuana prescriptions during January and February 2017.

In order to prescribe medical marijuana, doctors in Canada must comply with a strict set of rules and regulations. According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the doctor in question failed to follow these standards.

Officials at the College allege that the doctor did not conduct adequate or appropriate patient assessments before giving out prescriptions. Similarly, the College claimed that the doctor was billing patients too much for his services.

Beyond these offenses, the College also maintains that the doctor did not follow established protocols for follow up care after

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MPP endorses North Dakota’s legalization ballot measure

MPP endorses North Dakota’s legalization ballot measure

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Learn more about the campaign and make a donation here.

Last month, a team of grassroots activists beat the odds and succeeded in qualifying a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota. With just a few weeks left until Election Day, they need our help. Today, MPP is endorsing their effort and urging allies to support Measure 3.

There’s a real chance North Dakotans could approve Measure 3, which would end prohibition and create a process to seal criminal records for nonviolent marijuana convictions, but polling suggests the vote is going to be very close. Every dollar the campaign receives goes towards voter outreach and education. North Dakota has a small population, so your contribution could make all the difference.

Will you make a donation to support the grassroots campaign to legalize marijuana in North Dakota?

A victory for Measure

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The Meteoric Rise of Canada’s Legal Cannabis Industry

While the US boasts the largest economy and stock market in the world, with giants Apple, Netflix and Google, Canada offers the largest cannabis companies for now.

To be sure, US cannabis companies such as MedMen Enterprises Inc. and Terra Tech Corp. have been expanding quickly. But Canada’s Tilray Inc., Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc., Aphria Inc., Cronos Group Inc. and others have bulked up significantly. The leading Canadian company, British Columbia-based Tilray, is currently valued at $14.4 billion.

With adult-use sales scheduled to begin in Canada on October 17, the spigot of capital has opened as investors pour money into the nation’s top pot stocks. The total cannabis market in Canada, including medical and recreational products, may yield up to $5.4 billion (C$7.2 billion) in sales next year, according to estimates from Deloitte.

With an eye on this growth, financiers and executives have been eager to offer investors new options. Tilray’s shares jumped 30% in their stock market debut on the NASDAQ on July 19, giving the company a total market value of $2.7 billion at the time. It’s a rich price tag for a business on track to earn just $80 million this year.

But that’s the kind of valuation pot

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This Oil Infusion Appliance is the Kitchenaid of Cannabis

While private pop-up dinners, farm-to-table feasts and Insta-famous chefs are ruling the cannabis cuisine scene right now, LEVO is changing the game for curious home cooks.

First launched in 2017, the appliance makes the infusion of oil and butter from dry cannabis flower as easy as the touch of a button and now, the company is readying for the release of the LEVO II—an even more streamlined experience packed with improved features and innovative technology.

For founder and CEO Christina Bellman, the journey from concept to countertop started in 2011, long before recreational legalization even seemed feasible (let alone a career in cannabis). Then a college student studying finance, international business and philosophy at New York University, Bellman had a self-described “lightbulb moment” while watching a group of friends attempt to make marijuana-infused treats in their dorm room.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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