May 052016
 May 5, 2016
State Department Says NIDA Monopoly On Research Marijuana Is Unnecessary

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty. The statement came in response to a direct request from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding whether issuing multiple licenses to grow medical marijuana was a violation of the Single Convention. The State Department’s interpretation is at odds with that of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which has always maintained that the treaty only allows a

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May 052016
 May 5, 2016
Calling All Oregonians - We Want You At The 17th Annual Global Cannabis March In Portland!

Portland is having its 17th annual Global Cannabis March this Saturday. This has always been a successful event/protest in the past, and with the way things are in Oregon right now, this march is needed more now than ever before. I want to see as many people attend as possible. I unfortunately will be out of town on a family vacation, but I know a lot of people that are planning on attending. I was talking to former Portland Trailblazer Cliff Robinson and the Uncle Spliffy crew, and they plan on attending and you should too! I checked the weather

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
Eugene Monroe Has A Bright Future As A Cannabis Reform Advocate

This week ArcView Group held an event for the first time in Portland, Oregon. Portland is home to an amazing cannabis community, and having the ArcView Group in town is a big validation for Portland’s growing cannabis industry. The event had a heavy sports cannabis focus because former NBA All Star Cliff Robinson was presenting on behalf of his new company, Uncle Spliffy. Former Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams was in attendance, in addition to the founder of The 420 Games Jim McAlpine. A lot of the speakers touched on the benefits of cannabis for athletes, as well as the

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
Learn How To Get Into The Growing Marijuana Industry From A True Expert

It wasn’t that long ago that the cannabis industry was considered to be a fringe industry. I remember when I co-founded this blog in 2010 how many of my friends and family thought it was silly. To be fair, not only was I jumping into the marijuana world when the blog started, I was also starting a blog. Blogs are very common now, but back then, they weren’t so much. My how things have changed for both blogs and the cannabis industry! According to the ArcView Group’s annual marijuana industry research publication, there was roughly 5.4 billion dollars in legal

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
National Cannabis Industry Association And BDS Analytics Partner To Serve Members With Valuable Industry Data

Members of the National Cannabis Industry Association will be getting a valuable new benefit, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership with leading cannabis market intelligence firm BDS Analytics. Beginning in June 2016, NCIA member-businesses will receive free interactive access to crucial market and category-level sales data compiled and contextualized by BDS, the industry’s leading source of market data and business insight. All NCIA members will have access to data and market intelligence reports through an interactive set of dashboards, spreadsheets, and detailed reporting powered by the GreenEdge™ sales tracking software developed by BDS. Reports will cover crucial insights such as market

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
2015 Annual Retail Sales For Hemp Products Estimated At $573 Million

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released final estimates of the size of the 2015 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food, supplements and body care products in the United States at $283 million. Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
Hillsboro, Oregon Paves The Way For Energy Efficient Marijuana Grow Facility

There are a lot of people that want to grow marijuana in Oregon. It’s one of the most common questions I get from Oregon friends, family, and readers – ‘What would I have to do to become a licensed marijuana grower?’ One of the biggest hurdles I tell them that they will face is finding a suitable location that meets all codes and zoning. You can’t just open up an industrial indoor garden on a whim. There’s a lot that goes into it. And that’s exactly why when I received the below press release it instantly raised my eyebrow. It

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
Next Week: 100+ Cannabis Business Leaders On Capitol Hill For NCIA's Annual Lobby Days

Next week, cannabis industry leaders from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s sixth annual Lobby Days. More than 100 cannabis business professionals will take part in policy discussions and citizen lobby meetings to advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry. On Thursday, May 12, NCIA leaders, business owners, and members of Congress will hold an 11:30am press conference at the House Triangle to kick off two days of meetings across the Hill between cannabis industry leaders and congressional staffs. Top priorities for these business owners are a solution to the

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
May 8: Rep. Jordan Harris Marijuana Legalization Announcement In Philadelphia

Marijuana reform activists and advocates will march in Philadelphia on Sunday May 8, 2016 to celebrate significant progress for the issue. When the participants arrive at City Hall, Representative Jordan Harris will introduce a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill for Pennsylvania. “As advocates gather it’s important that we look at the next step that we move Pennsylvania in the right direction in how we deal with cannabis,” said Rep. Harris. The march begins at 3:30PM on the corner of 8th and Market streets then proceed to City Hall where speeches will commence at approximately 5:00PM. Derek Rosenzweig of PhillyNORML, who is

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
Vermont House Shoots Down Marijuana Legalization Efforts

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Members of the Vermont House spent over six hours today debating various amendments to reform marijuana policy, but ultimately decided against enacting any significant changes in law. House lawmakers voted 121 to 28 to reject Senate-approved language that sought to regulate the adult use, commercial production, and retail sale of marijuana. Although Gov. Peter Shumlin and Attorney General William Sorrell publicly supported the effort, House members expressed little interest in seriously considering the measure. House members also rejected an alternative measure that sought to expand the state’s existing decriminalization law to also include the

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