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It’s was a rocky road to medical marijuana, but a new push towards full recreational legalization could put an initiative on the 2020 ballot — and it’s looking like there’s plenty of support.

For years, the possibility of legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana in Florida was little more than an afterthought — but in recently, momentum’s picked up. In 2016, Florida voters approved an initiative that legalized medical cannabis, only for state lawmakers to subsequently ban smokeable forms until earlier this year. Now, legal recreational marijuana in Florida may be a reality as soon as 2020.

One of the signs of cannabis-related change next year is the new political committee Make It Legal Florida, which registered with the state earlier this month. It’s chaired by Nick Hansen, a longtime advisor to Republican State Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, who recently took on the role of southeastern director of government affairs at MedMen, the California company that’s attempting to take the retail pot world by storm. The company currently has a store in West Palm Beach and a delivery service in Orlando, and will soon have a chain of locations across the state (at least 11 additional stores are “coming soon,”

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Waterloo Brewing is getting in on the booming cannabis industry.

On Wednesday the company announced they have secured a research license from Health Canada to begin development on a new cannabis-infused beverage (CIB).

“The cannabis market has garnered a great deal of investor interest and after an in-depth review of our strategic options, the company is positioning itself to be a major producer of CIB’s and to take full advantage of this new and developing beverage category,” said President and CEO George Croft in a press release. “We plan to be the production partner of choice for the beverage cannabis business.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Finance minister says aware of concerns, and working on improving profitability.

As the doorbell at Thomas H. Clarke’s independent legal cannabis shop goes non-stop, its owner laments its looming closure.

“I did $1.4 million in sales, which is the highest sales of any retailer in Newfoundland, as far as I know. And I’m just barely scraping by,” Clarke said Thursday.

Nearly a year into legalization, Clarke says he may have to close his doors in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s because the eight per cent commission on cannabis sales isn’t holding up — and he wants double.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Those hoping for a respite from cannabis possession-related charges in Florida shouldn’t get too comfortable, even after top prosecutors announced that the state has limited technology to pursue such offenses. The Northern Florida US Attorney’s office sent out a press statement saying that it will continue to prosecute marijuana possession cases, and that it will even review cases that have been set aside by state attorneys.

The feds have even considered the staffing concerns that could arise by prosecuting cannabis crimes. The US Attorney also announced that its office would be looking into the possibility that assistant state attorneys could be sworn in as federal attorneys in order to pursue marijuana cases. Attorney General Ashley Moody and Statewide Prosecutor Nicholas Cox have already given their permission to have some of their assistants temporarily sworn in as these “Special Assistant United States Attorneys.”

The move is in response to State Attorney Jack Campbell’s July announcement that his office will not be prosecuting cannabis possession cases going forward. Campbell said that the state is not equipped with tests that can tell the difference between marijuana and hemp, the latter of which is now legal. There is a chance that this policy will

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CANNABIS CULTURE – *This article contains images and subject matter that may disturb some readers.

“Marijuana is not going to make you go out and massacre school kids or abortion providers. This happens because we live in a country that glorifies the god of violence and his sacred warriors.”

The CIA As Organized Crime, Douglas Valentine, Clarity Press, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, 2017, p. 173

Left: The horrific aftermath of the My Lai Massacre Right: James Holmes, perpetrator of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. Attempts have been made to scapegoat cannabis use as the cause of these and other tragedies. This article will tear such fallacies apart.

So the New York Post – notorious for pushing the debunked “cannabis use harms developing minds” myth is at it again – this time with the old “cannabis use contributes to mass shootings” myth.

Before I destroy their arguments, I would like to examine a period of history where these arguments were first made. At the moment I’m writing a book about the history of reefer madness. It will cover the last century or so of newspaper (and other media) coverage of “cannabis-related psychosis” stories. These

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Bob Dylan wrote his indelible classic “The Times They Are a-Changin’” at a moment of enormous political and cultural upheaval in the country. Nearly 60 years later, the lyrics have been invoked—in a court of law, no less—to capture the winds of change in marijuana policy.

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 this week that the smell of pot alone is not sufficient grounds to search an individual. The court cited the state’s five-year-old law that decriminalized marijuana possession for 10 grams or less. And it also cited the king of folk. At the very top of the opinion, Maryland’s highest court placed the iconic lyrics from the song, which Dylan released in 1965 as an anthem for the Civil Rights era.

The case dealt with the arrest of Michael Pacheco, a 26-year-old who was approached by a pair of Montgomery County, Maryland police officers in his parked vehicle in May of 2016. The officers testified that they smelled freshly burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle and that they could see a joint in the center console. After ordering Pacheco out of the vehicle, the officers searched and found cocaine in one of his front pockets.

Pacheco and his

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At Custom Cones USA, we love all things cannabis, so we keep tabs on the most interesting cannabis world records. We have to give props to people for having goals. They set the precedent for everyone else. We didn’t know the four-minute mile was possible until Englishman Roger Bannister did it in 1954.

Just like we didn’t know it was possible to smoke more than 100,000 joints in a lifetime until Irvin Rosenfeld accomplished that feat a few years ago (for Irvin’s sake, we hope some of those joints were made with our pre-rolled cones). Or that the largest blunt ever rolled could keep most people stoned for a decade or more – this I can attest was not one of our hemps wrap blunt cones.

And so behold this impressive list of cannabis world records; no one can ever again say that pot smokers lack motivation. The proof is in the numbers.


#1: The Largest Producer of Cannabis (Country)

On March 31, 2010, Afghanistan set the world record – and this is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records – for being the largest producer of cannabis by country. The numbers came in

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On Monday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two measure that expands the state’s medical-marijuana program while cementing it into law.

The measures signed by Governor Pritzker not only adds additional ways in which patients can access medical cannabis and adds 11 new qualifying medical conditions, but it makes the state’s medical marijuana program – which up until this point has been a pilot program – a permanent fixture of the law.

“We’re telling each and every one of those patients, we’re on your side,” Pritzker said during a press conference. The legislation adds chronic pain, autism, anorexia nervosa, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, polycystic kidney disease, and osteoarthritis as new medical marijuana conditions.

According to High Times, “The new legislation also guarantees the right of patients to be able to have a home grow operation of up to five plants as of January of next year. Under current provisions, the cannabis plants must be out of public view, and in a locked area. Effective immediately, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants will be able to certify patients for inclusion in the program.”

The two measures signed into law are Senate Bill 2023 and Senate Bill 455. The latter makes it

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A committee of experts advising regulators in Ohio has withdrawn its recommendation to approve adding autism and anxiety as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. The action by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program’s expert review panel on Wednesday follows a recommendation to approve the two conditions for inclusion in the program the committee issued in May.

After hearing additional testimony from four physicians and reviewing several letters opposed to the plan on Wednesday, the committee voted to reverse the earlier decision.

Dr. Michael Schottenstein, the president of the Ohio State Medical Board, is a psychiatrist practicing in the Columbus area. He is also a member of the review committee and opposed adding autism and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

“Approval feels premature at this time,” Schottenstein said after the committee voted to reverse course. “For the medical board, there should be consensus to do so among respected medical authorities.”

Committee member Robert Giacalone was also opposed to approving the recommendation.

“There is, at best, anecdotal evidence on the other side,” he said.

“The comfort’s just not there,” Giacalone added. “I’m hearing solid science on one side and, at best, anecdotal science on the other.”

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More than 20 people have been hospitalized across the midwestern United States due to severe breathing problems linked to vaping.

The hospitalizations occurred to individuals in three different states: four in Minnesota, 12 in Wisconsin and six in Illinois.

The exact reasons for the illnesses aren’t yet clear. Doctors are still determining what devices were used, where they were purchased, or what was in them. But many of the patients were apparently young adults–little surprise given the popularity of e-cigarettes like Juul. And some were vaping both nicotine and THC.

“We know there are certain characteristics in common with these cases, but we have not been able to get to the bottom of exactly what aspect of the vaping habit or product or solvent or oil is causing the injury,” Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children’s Minnesota, a pediatric health system headquartered in Minneapolis, told NBC News. 

Chapman said that the four teenaged patients who were admitted to Children’s Minnesota were originally diagnosed as having a respiratory infection like pneumonia, but that they got worse when given treatment.

“They have progressed to have significant difficulty with their breathing and increasing lung distress,” Chapman told NBC. “They’ve ended up

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