Oklahoma Quickly Becoming Medical Marijuana Hotbed

The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June.

The ballot question received 57 percent support and established one of the nation’s most liberal medical pot laws in one of the most conservative states. Six months later, the cannabis industry is booming. Continue reading “Oklahoma Quickly Becoming Medical Marijuana Hotbed”

Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work

Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with marijuana laws.

The U.S. House of Representatives officially returned from recess Tuesday morning, but a slew of Democrats got to work Monday by adding their names as co-sponsors on four marijuana-related bills: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 (House Bill 975), The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (House Bill 1227), Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (House Bill 1823), and Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (House Bill 1841). Continue reading “Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work”

Las Vegas may have marijuana lounges by spring 2018

Officials want to make Las Vegas the country’s first city to allow marijuana smoking lounges, and hope to do so by March or April of 2018.

“We’re still trying to work out the little details,” said Bryan Scott, the city’s deputy city attorney. “But we’re trying to get it right without the feds coming down on us.”

Under the drafted regulation, the lounges would be allowed to obtain separate licenses to sell marijuana paraphernalia, like pipes, t-shirts and bongs. Scott also discussed the possibility of allowing food service, as long as the food sold at the consumption lounges did not contain pot. Continue reading “Las Vegas may have marijuana lounges by spring 2018”

Army moves to excusing prior marijuana use in recruits

Smoked pot? Want to go to war?

No problem.

As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth — as long as they realize they can’t do so again in the military. Continue reading “Army moves to excusing prior marijuana use in recruits”

Oregon marijuana growers face lawsuit from vineyard owner over crop’s smell

A Yamhill County judge has denied a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by a vineyard owner against aspiring marijuana growers.

The vineyard owner, Momtazi Family LLC, claims marijuana odors would damage wine grapes with “foul-smelling particles.”

The Capital Press newspaper reports Steven, Mary and Richard Wagner asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit because there was no evidence that odors would cross property lines and because the planned marijuana operation wasn’t yet definite. Continue reading “Oregon marijuana growers face lawsuit from vineyard owner over crop’s smell”

Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids

U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

The fraud and racketeering case against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor came the same day President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Continue reading “Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids”

Why Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical marijuana crops

When Ohio officials award licenses next month allowing two dozen companies to cultivate medical marijuana, the growers will have almost a year to build facilities and produce their first crop.

But where will they get the seeds? It will still be illegal to purchase marijuana plants from anyone but themselves.

Many of the applicants have cannabis-growing operations in other states, but it’s still illegal under federal law to bring marijuana across state lines. Continue reading “Why Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical marijuana crops”

California marijuana growers are assessing the fire damages. After the shock, resignation.

The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a disaster that could have far-reaching implications for a nascent industry.

At least 34 marijuana farms suffered extensive damage as the wildfires tore across wine country and some of California’s prime marijuana-growing areas. The fires could present challenges to the scheduled Jan. 1 rollout of legal marijuana sales at the start of an industry that is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue. Continue reading “California marijuana growers are assessing the fire damages. After the shock, resignation.”

California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers. Continue reading “California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever””

Oregon cops get more complaints about marijuana grows than they can handle

A bizarre kidnapping and robbery case sparked a raid by law enforcement Wednesday at a house off West McAndrews Road where police say they seized 180 pounds of illegal marijuana plants and arrested three men.

“We received a report of a car jacking at gunpoint from the victim,” Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. “That turned out to not be entirely true, but it did lead us to an illegal marijuana deal involving several hundred pounds.” Continue reading “Oregon cops get more complaints about marijuana grows than they can handle”