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CBD Made Illegal by DEA

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Great… I suppose there had to be something to slow down the amazing growth we’ve been having in this industry, and here it is. The DEA has officially changed their definition of a marijuana extract from specifically banning THC to: “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.” They’ve basically grouped it into the Schedule 1 Classification, along with THC.

This puts a huge dent into the business model of many drop-ship companies. Many of these companies have been supplying medical-grade CBD to patients in need. I personally have family that needs CBD that has been imported from out of state, now what are we to do?

“Once again, the federal government has shown that it has not caught up with modern science,” says Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. “It’s common knowledge that CBD has numerous medical uses, including curbing the effects of epilepsy and reducing muscle inflammation from injuries. To deny that shows a complete disregard for the facts.” I’d personally have to agree because I’ve seen how it helps people first hand.

Obviously, our community isn’t happy, there’s even a Denver law firm considering a lawsuit against the DEA.

I guess for now people will be forced to get their medication from the black market. It was nice while it lasted. I saw a flourishing CBD market, people being helped. Miraculous Youtube videos on the healing power of CBD. And a wonderful community emerge.


The States that decided to Legalize Marijuana in 2016

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Well it happened (I can’t believe it yet), everyone went green this year and decided to legalize cannabis in one way or another. Which states legalized and what does it mean for you?

California: Amendment 64

Regulations have yet to be finalized, but so far we know:

  • Adults 21 and over can purchase cannabis.
  • Allowed to cultivate 6 mature and 6 immature plants.
  • Creates regulations for cultivation of industrial hemp.
  • Allows marijuana offenders to reduce or even expunge their sentences through an appeal process.
  • Cannabis ‘Czar’ will be appointed to oversee regulatory commission.
  • Licenses for Cultivation, Sales, Dispensaries.

Massachusetts: Question 4

  • Creates a ‘Cannabis Control Commission’ to oversee their new taxable and regulated industry.
  • Adults 21 and over can purchase cannabis.
  • Legalizes possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.
  • Allows cultivation of 6 plants.
  • Creates a ‘Cannabis Advisory Board’ which will research and study cannabis and cannabis products, to advise the commission.

Maine: Question 1

  • Places the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry in control of cannabis taxation and regulation.
  • Legalizes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.
  • Legalizes cannabis ‘Social Clubs’.

Nevada: Question 2

  • Legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis.
  • Allows cultivation of up to 6 plants for those who live more than 25 miles from a dispensary.

 

The following states passed medical laws which allow use for medical patients with debilitating diseases. They also allow for a caregiver to provide them cannabis when they are unable to.

  1. Florida- Amendment 2
  2. Arkansas- Issue 6
  3. North Dakota- Measure 5
  4. Montana I-182

 

Why did legalization fail in Arizona? It appears there was a good amount of opposition from lobbyist groups who also had well-placed ads all over the media during voting time. Add that to Arizona being a notoriously ‘red’ state, and it’s not too surprising.

I’m looking forward to all of these states finalizing their regulations, then we’ll really see the final results of all this.

 


Cannabis Election Day!

How did you vote this year? With so many states considering cannabis laws, how much longer can federal prohibition continue?

 

Some of these proposed laws just aren’t fair to the cannabis community. In California, we see Amendment 64 being biased towards corporate interests, as well as creating new crimes for simple possession of cannabis. This has created a huge grassroots movement from growers and dispensaries against 64… I don’t think it’s going to pass. Personally, this reminds me of the Ohio law from a year ago, which sought to create a monopoly of 10 licenses, one for each of the well-connected individuals who financed the bill itself. I don’t think it’s unusual that in the midst of all of these states trying to legalize, we’re seeing a lot of corruption trying to pose itself as a benevolent law. It’s obvious the corporations are trying to muscle their way in by taking advatange of voters who don’t know much about cannabis.

 

In my 10+ years consulting in this industry, I’ve never held my breathe for any of these laws. You will know when the right one comes along. The cannabis community will be your #1 indicator in these matters. Look to their blogs, social media, and industry leaders. The one thing I ask for, is for us to be aware of negativity surrounding legalization. Keeping something illegal and unregulated will never be good for you, or your profitability. Yes, you will need to pay a fee to get licensed, and yes, you will need to get your grow operation up to proper state standards. It’s hard work but it’s SO worth it to no longer hide from police.

 

If it’s fair, embrace legalization!

 

-Rob


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