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Portugal’s Decriminalization of Drugs and the Impact on Drug Use

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Globally, cannabis has run the gambit of public policy. This struggle actualizes voices in both opposition and support of legalization. From shadows a once silenced citizen stretches under a new light of acceptance to discover together a new status quo. An obscure movement by labeled criminals and supposed fiend’s. Friends disappear, families shatter, and reasonable people […]

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Portugal’s Decriminalization of Drugs and the Impact on Drug Use

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Globally, cannabis has run the gambit of public policy. This struggle actualizes voices in both opposition and support of legalization. From shadows a once silenced citizen stretches under a new light of acceptance to discover together a new status quo. An obscure movement by labeled criminals and supposed fiend’s. Friends disappear, families shatter, and reasonable people […]

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FREE Webinar on What You Need to Know Now to Get Your California Cannabis License on January 1: December 18, Starting at Noon

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Get ready for California cannabis licensing

If you are looking to get involved in California’s soon to be massive legalized cannabis industry, you do not want to miss our upcoming webinar, entitled, “What You Need to Know Now to Get Your California Cannabis License on January 1,” will be on Monday, December 18, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Featuring two of Harris Bricken’s Los Angeles-based cannabis attorneys, Hilary Bricken and Julie Hamill, and two of our San Francisco-based cannabis attorneys, Alison Malsbury and Habib Bentaleb, this webinar will give listeners an overview of the recently issued emergency MAUCRSA rules governing medicinal and adult use cannabis licensing and operations in California. It will cover the licensing process for each license type, operational standards for all license types (including renewable energy requirements for cultivators), the 6-month “transitional” period for product and operations, major changes between the MCRSA and MAUCRSA rules, and key unknowns posed by the rules.

You can register for this free webinar here.

We will be taking audience questions before, during, and after the presentation. For logistical questions or to send questions to presenters in advance of the webinars, please email firm@harrisbricken.com.

We look forward to “seeing” you there.

Source: https://www.cannalawblog.com/free-webinar-on-what-you-need-to-know-now-to-get-your-california-cannabis-license-on-january-1-december-18-starting-at-noon/…

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The Highest Yielding Strains for Home Grows

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When it comes to home growing, a lot of aspiring cannabis cultivators seek out the most bang for their buck. We often get asked what strains are best for indoor growing and which will provide the highest yield. When selecting strains to cultivate, it’s imperative to focus on genetics.

Choosing the right genes is essential to any grow. If you select the wrong seeds, your yield will fail to live up to the quality you’ll want to consume. If you live in the right environment, you could find the right seeds locally. In other occasions, you’ll have to do further research and sourcing.

Today, we’ll show you some of the highest yielding strains in the PotGuide strain database to help get you started on choosing some proper genetics.

High Yielding Cannabis Strains

Sour Diesel

Looking for a tall plant and high yield? Then, you’ve come to the right place. Sour Diesel emerged from America’s east coast and has produced clones of this sativa-dominant flower for fans the world over. Flowering time can vary from 75 to 85 days on average, with longer grows for the fuel and funk to join the citrus element that appears earlier.

Sour Diesel Strain
Sour Diesel is a classic strain providing excellent yields to the experienced grower.

While a popular strain, Sour Diesel fails to yield as …

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Is the Supreme Court Gambling on State Cannabis Laws? Christie v. NCAA

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We are hoping for a good roll from the Christie case

Christie v. NCAA is a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) challenge to the federal law that bans states from allowing sports gambling. Though nothing in Christie addresses cannabis directly, SCOTUS’s decision, due out next year, could give Congress a tool to ban states from allowing legal marijuana.

In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibits states (save for some that were grandfathered) to “authorize” gambling on sports. The state of New Jersey, which was not grandfathered, passed laws in 2012 to authorize sports betting. In a federal case, the state admitted that these laws violated PASPA, but argued that PASPA unconstitutionally allowed the federal government to “commandeer” the state to enforce federal law. The Court of Appeals found that the Constitution’s anti-commandeering doctrine (derived from the 10th Amendment) didn’t apply here because PASPA didn’t affirmatively require New Jersey to do anything, but simply prohibited it from enacting laws that allowed betting on sports. The Supreme Court declined to review the Court of Appeals’ decision.

In 2014, New Jersey passed a new law that merely repealed existing its laws prohibiting sports betting. The Court of Appeals was unconvinced that the new law was any different than the 2012 law. According to the Court of …

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The Best Cannabis Gift Ideas for Marijuana Enthusiasts

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Deck the halls with boughs of…all things cannabis! No matter how you decide to deck your halls, ‘tis the season to shower gifts on your nearest and dearest, and what better way to do that than to share your love of ganja? Finding the right gift can sometimes be a hassle, but in our handy dandy gift guides, you’re sure to find something for everyone, from your experienced stoner to your canna-newbie. So go ahead and shop! We’ve done the work for you, making it easy to cross everyone naughty or nice off your list.

Great Cannabis Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Beginner Stoners

Here at Pot Guide, we know that some people are new to the world of weed, so in our Gift Guide for Beginner Stoners, we’ve listed some cannabis basics. Take the Kasher Lighter Tool, with a built-in poker at the ready to unclog a bowl or blunts wherever you are, and the AirRestore Purifier to change a room’s tell-tale smell from skunky to fresh.

Kasher Lighter Tool
Kasher’s useful lighter tool makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Kasher

Rolling your own is a tough feat, even for more experienced users, but not with RAW Papers, one of the most popular rolling paper brands in the world. Their innovative lineup of “fill-you-own” cones solves the rolling problem …

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Much Ado About RICO and Cannabis, Part 3

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Cannabis litigation is its own thing

Two previous posts (here and here) discussed the McCart v. Beddow case, in which an attorney who was fed up with cannabis grows next to her rural home filed RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) claims against dozens of defendants who allegedly participated in a criminal enterprise that damaged her by diminishing her property value, among other things. The defendants aptly described the lawsuit as an “attempt to put some shiny federal lipstick on an otherwise quite beleaguered pig of a state-law nuisance claim.”

The McCart case appears to be wending its way towards settlement.  Although motions to dismiss the complaint were filed, the plaintiff never responded to them and the court never addressed the merits. We probably won’t get to see the terms on which the parties settled, as settlements are usually kept confidential.

Meanwhile, the same attorney has filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of property owners in the Lebanon/Albany Oregon area, against various grow defendants. Ainsworth v. Owenby, Case 6:17-cv-1935, D. Or. It will be interesting/important to see how the RICO/nuisance claims hold up this time around.

In the meantime, this case nicely highlights how cannabis litigation can be so different from other litigation; who brings a RICO claim against their neighbors? Which is a perfect segue to …

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What to Expect When Visiting a Medical Marijuana Clinic

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Nobody likes going to the doctor. As important as a visit can be for your health, most people will put it off to avoid discomfort or fear. If you would like to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis as a treatment option, you might also be concerned about the stigma attached to the drug! Despite almost being legalized, cannabis is often misunderstood and somewhat mysterious when it comes to its medical properties and benefits. 


Source: http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/what-to-expect-when-visiting-a-medical-marijuana-clinic…

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Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Terpenes

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You cannot consider yourself to be any kind of cannabis connoisseur, until you know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Ask any sample group of 100 cannabis users and chances are at least 90 of them will tell you that they know cannabis contains Terpenes. However, ask the same group of 100 cannabis users […]

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US Government (Finally) Considers Cannabis as an Opioid Solution

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As the United States struggles with an ongoing opioid epidemic that is undoubtedly fueled by the pharmaceutical industry, many people are coming forward in favor of cannabis as a viable option to replace prescription drugs altogether. While this is not a new idea to many cannabis consumers who have experienced firsthand the healing benefits of marijuana, it has never been widely accepted or contemplated in the mainstream – more specifically, in the federal government.

It appears the tides are changing however, as government officials are seemingly becoming more open to the idea of cannabis as a solution to the opioid crisis.

The US Government Talks Cannabis

Recently, in a Senate subcommittee hearing titled “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in America: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” cannabis was brought up not once, but twice in the discussion. Although marijuana did not dominate the hearing, it is important to recognize the shift beginning to occur. Where cannabis used to be brushed aside as a ludicrous solution, it is now being recognized by leaders of the United States as a possible remedy to the nation’s opioid crisis.

While this is certainly good news for supporters of cannabis legalization, it also creates an interesting paradox.

Cannabis is still a schedule I substance, meaning it has no medicinal value in the eyes of the federal government. …

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