Maine Marijuana News

Republican Party groups in Oklahoma have joined the fight against restrictions added by regulators to the state’s new medical marijuana program. On June 26, voters passed State Question 788 (SQ 788) by a margin of 57-43 percent. The measure legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in the state and creates a regulated supply chain to provide medicine to patients.

But then last week, the Oklahoma State Board of Health (OSBH) slapped controversial restrictions on proposed rules to govern the program. One bans the sale of smokable forms of marijuana in dispensaries, while another requires that cannabis providers have a licensed pharmacist on site.

The Fight Begins

Almost immediately, activists and some individual lawmakers vowed to fight the board’s restrictions. So far, at least two lawsuits have been filed to challenge the rules in court.

“We will absolutely throw the book at them with class-action lawsuits on behalf of patients. We won’t be railroaded,” said Chip Paul of the advocacy group Oklahomans for Health.

“We simply want our state question implemented and properly regulated,” he added.

A press release from Oklahomans for Health called on legislators to join the fight to “reinstate the will of the people and do whatever is needed

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Good news! Today, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that it will begin accepting applications for six additional businesses that can grow, process, and sell medical cannabis in the state. The winning businesses are supposed to be announced on November 1. Unfortunately, there is no provision yet for equity applicants, although applicants may be awarded up to 50 (out of 1,000) points for diversity.

With the tiny number of existing businesses, patients have experienced supply shortages and high prices due to a lack of competition. Today’s expansion should help begin to address these problems, although more will need to be done. Separating the licenses for growing, processing, and selling cannabis will help make many more types of products available to patients, and the health department plans to consider additional applications for these licenses beginning in the fall.

In other news, while the June 30 budget deadline came and went without legislative action on any of the pending marijuana bills, Senate President Steve Sweeny has said he believes there could be a vote on legalizing and regulating this summer.

If you are a New Jersey resident, click here to ask for your lawmakers’ support.

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No matter what state your marijuana dispensary operates in, there are certain regulations that apply to remain cannabis compliant. Meeting these requirements is essential when seeking approval for a dispensary business license. However, cannabis retailers often struggle to consistently meet compliance standards while running a storefront day to day. Fortunately, taking control of cannabis compliance is easy when your retailer is equipped with powerful dispensary software. 

Age Validation

As soon as a customer walks into your storefront, there are compliance protocols that must be followed and validating age is the very first. Most states with medical marijuana allow consumers 18+ to purchase cannabis and recreational use is a mandatory 21+ across the board. Installing IndicaOnline’s intelligent dispensary software will allow you receptionist to validate a customers age with one swipe. 

A hidden advantage of swiping a patrons drivers license is that there ID information will be automatically fill certain fields on their customer profile. This will ensure that your dispensary doesn’t serve underage clientele, while expediting check-in for those customers who are eligible to make purchases. Selling to minors is a very serious compliance violation, and there have already been several license suspensions in California, Colorado, and Oregon for this specific

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is gearing up to roll out new regulations for the state’s licensed cannabis growers. The regulations aim to give the state more control and oversight over cannabis harvests. But growers are already pushing back. They say the new rules could interfere with the delicate and often unpredictable timing of harvesting plants at their peak.

New Harvest Regulations Aim To Better Monitor Crop Surpluses

One of the major reasons states legalize adult-use cannabis is to push out illicit operators. The idea is to have a monitored, regulated market that makes it too risky and difficult for black market producers to survive. It’s either get above board or perish.

The reality on the ground, however, isn’t so clean cut. While on the decline, the illicit cannabis market still exists alongside the legal, regulated one. Especially as states make the transition to legal marijuana.

And that’s exactly Oregon’s concern. The state worries that legal cultivators are diverting their surplus crops to the black market.

In response to those concerns, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is working on a new set of rules to give regulators a better sense of how much cannabis growers are producing—and where it’s all

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CANNABIS CULTURE  – On the final weekend of June 2018, legions of glass artists and heady aficionados congregated in Sea-To-Sky country at Gone to the Dogs farm for the Great Canadian Glass Gathering. On display, was the latest in technique and creation. The finest Boro and bud the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Cannabis Culture tribe member Chris Kooiker, went into the woods and brought back these pictures.

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This past weekend, we traveled abroad to the Netherlands for this year’s Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. The competition brought attention to dozens of hard-working and inspiring people—growers, innovators, and company owners. Here are the seed companies that are the winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup:

Hash

1st Place: Gelato 41 by Field Extracts x Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Headbanger by Nature Boyz x Karma Genetics

3rd Place: Sour Power OG by Karma Squad x Flawless Extract

Hybrid Flower

1st Place: Biscotti by Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Rainbow Rider by Karma Squad

3rd Place: Smarties by Kush for Breakfast

Indica Flower

1st Place: Wedding Cake by PhenoFinders Seeds

2nd Place: Spumoni by The Plug Seed bank x Alien labs

3rd Place: Gelato 41 by Connected Canabis

Sativa Flower

1st Place: Gelonade by Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Purple Strawberry Sherbert by PhenoFinders Seeds

3rd Place: Purple Lemon Punch by The Plug Seed Bank

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CBD may be a useful treatment for various breast cancer subtypes, according to a new study published by the journal The Breast.

“Studies have emphasized an antineoplastic effect of the non-psychoactive, phyto-cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD)”, begins the study’s abstract, which was epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health. “However, the molecular mechanism underlying its antitumor activity is not fully elucidated. Herein, we have examined the effect of CBD on two different human breast cancer cell lines”.

In both cell lines, “CBD inhibited cell survival and induced apoptosis in a dose dependent manner as observed by MTT assay, morphological changes, DNA fragmentation and ELISA apoptosis assay.”

The results “suggest that CBD treatment induces an interplay among PPARγ, mTOR and cyclin D1 in favor of apoptosis induction in both ER-positive and triple negative breast cancer cells, proposing CBD as a useful treatment for different breast cancer subtypes.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt, can be found by clicking here.

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Allowing cannabidiol harvest could generate $10 billion in economic activity over the next 10 years, government estimates.

While the federal government is legalizing marijuana to regulate and tax the psychoactive drug, Prairie farmers growing non-smokable hemp appear set to become major beneficiaries of the new regime.

The updated industrial hemp regulations, released this week alongside Health Canada’s recreational cannabis rules, will allow hemp growers to harvest the flowers and leaves from their crop for non-psychoactive compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD).

– Read the entire article at Financial Post.

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Toma Giuffre has binders full of newspaper clippings, personally annotated doctor’s notes, letters from lawmakers — all pieces of a puzzle she’s been trying to solve for decades: How to make the pain go away.

For the last year, Giuffre, 74, has been collecting every published scrap of information on medical cannabis she can find, underlining the articles in different colors as she’s studied them time and again. When the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Bethlehem in January, she went to Keystone Canna Remedies’ informational sessions on every topic.

“I researched this marijuana like I was paid by the hour,” she said.

Like millions of Americans, Giuffre takes opioids such as Vicodin and morphine to reduce her chronic pain. And until recently, she had a prescription for fentanyl, the powerful opioid responsible for a surge in overdose deaths across the country.

– Read the entire article at The Morning Call.

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The power of simulated sunlight is showing remarkable results in growing cannabis.

A high-tech lighting system that mimics the huge variety of sunlight — manufactured by Edmonton company G2V and developed in a University of Alberta lab by research scientist Michael Taschuk — is now being tested in four cannabis grow operations across Canada.

The results have been astonishing, so much so that this lighting system could have numerous beneficial applications for food and plant growing.

Travis George of Endless Sky cannabis in British Columbia has been testing high-end lighting systems for three years but found the G2V lights grow cannabis plants much faster. “It’s an Alberta-manufactured product that exceeds all other lighting on the market … It kicked their asses.”

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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