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Maine: Marijuana Legalization Advocate Challenges Police Chief To Pot vs. Booze Drug Duel

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Local advocate willing to go ‘hit for shot’ with Chief Edward Googins — who said, ‘Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny’ — to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol

David Boyer will be waiting for Googins at high noon in the Mill Creek Park gazebo — with enough alcohol to kill a man — to determine who will be the last one standing for a 7 p.m. debate

In order to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, marijuana initiative proponent David Boyer is challenging South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a drug duel. Boyer will be in the Mill Creek Park gazebo at high noon on Wednesday prepared to take a hit of marijuana for every shot of alcohol consumed by Googins to see who will be the last man standing for a previously scheduled debate for 7 p.m. that evening.

In an October 14 news story Chief Googins said, “Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny.” He also said marijuana is too dangerous to make legal for adults because it “continues to create and perpetuate other problems.”

Chief Googins made a similar comment during a press conference at the Mill Creek Park gazebo earlier this year. He is actively campaigning against a citizen-initiated referendum on the November ballot that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older under city law.

Washington: Premium Cannabis Infusions Usher In New Era of Marijuana Edibles

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It’s been nearly two years since voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502. And it’s been more than two months since legalized retail cannabis finally became available in the state. Yet, something has remained missing – something consumers have been so eagerly awaiting, according to the Seattle-based Db3 Corporation.

Zoots premium cannabis infusions are now available at select licensed retailers in Washington state, "bringing with them," the company says, "the promise of changing the way people think about marijuana edibles." Zoots concentrated liquid drops, energy drinks and lozenges all feature proprietary blends, made with the highest quality ingredients, that the company says give consumers the power to control their own experiences, safely and enjoyably.

“This day has been a long time in the making, and we couldn’t be happier for the people of Washington State now that it is finally here,” said Michael Devlin, co-founder and president Db3, the maker of Zoots. “We worked long and hard to dot all our I’s and cross all our T’s so consumers can be assured of top quality edibles. To finally be able to bring such edibles to the market is a testament to our team’s hard work.”

With concerns in Colorado and Washington about dosage, THC levels and transparency, Zoots is the brand consumers can turn to when they want the freedom to control their own experiences, according to Devlin. Zoots proprietary blends bring something unique to the market, including packaging that provides consumers clear instructions on both serving size and usage, according Db3.

Washington Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Regulation Measure

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Second sheriff endorses Measure 91: “The evidence keeps coming in: Our new approach is working”

The Sheriff of King County, Washington, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported I-502, Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because, he said, Washington state’s regulated approach to marijuana is working.

“Month by month, tax dollars are going to schools and police, not the drug cartels,” Urquhart says in a new ad from Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign (you can view the ad at the bottom of this article). “Wasteful arrests are way down. DUIs are down. Drug prevention programs are getting funds. Strict regulations are working.”

U.S.: New Marijuana Market Research Report Predicts $21 Billion Legal Cannabis Market By 2020

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GreenWave Advisors, LLC, a newly established independent research and advisory firm serving the burgeoning marijuana industry, on Tuesday released its inaugural research report, “The GreenWave Report: State of the Emerging Marijuana Industry – Current Trends and Projections.” The firm estimates that retail marijuana industry sales could reach $21 billion by 2020 and separately, suggests that if marijuana is legally sold in all states and D.C. by 2020, the consolidated market for retail medical and adult use sales could total $35 billion in the first full year of a federally legalized market.

The firm is the first to provide a state by state bottom up fundamental analysis of the U.S. medical and adult use marijuana retail markets. The analysis also provides a first glimpse of the similarities in reported results in the legalized markets thus far.

“We are pleased to offer investors the first independent, comprehensive, detailed and transparent look at the market potential of the retail marijuana industry,” said Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner at GreenWave Advisors, LLC.

In the upcoming election, Florida residents will vote on a measure to legalize medical marijuana and the citizens of Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide on full legalization. “We want investors to be ready for the imminent changes that will profoundly impact investment strategies in the marijuana industry”, Karnes said.

Colorado: Company Launches High-End Grow Box For Either Weed or Veggies

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Rather than move furniture to make room for his indoor garden, Aaron Schrems put his garden inside the furniture.

With no carpentry experience and modeled using pieces from IKEA furniture kits, Schrems, CEO of Chicago-born and Colorado-based North of 80, invented what he calls "the ultimate urban garden:" a grow box, complete with lights and shelves for plants, that doubles as a beautiful piece of high end furniture.

"With more and more people in the world living in cities, I thought that this would be a perfect way to help people reconnect with nature," Schrems said. "At the same time, they can produce their own healthier food."

And there’s marijuana... of course.

"In places where it's legal, people can grow their own marijuana from seed or clone, which means saving up to thousands of dollars a year while putting to rest any questions about provenance, quality, and value."

The stylish growing cabinet Schrems created, called the 108, has a sleek exterior composed of sustainably harvested hard woods. Inside, constantly circulating fresh air is filtered by activated charcoal as it enters and exits the box. Premium LED lights with a spectrum tuned to the nanometer improve productivity nanometer, while an adjustable shelf and custom copper plant tray maximize growing area and light coverage.

U.S.: 'High Maintenance' Web Series Features Nameless Cannabis Dealer

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Catch up on the celebrated web series High Maintenance before new episodes premiere on November 11 on HighMaintenance.tv

The web series High Maintenance, which follows a nameless cannabis dealer as he delivers his product to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city they live in, marks Vimeo’s first foray into original programming with the six episodes launching exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Emmy Award-winning casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor and editor Ben Sinclair (Delocated, 30 Rock, The Big C, and the forthcoming film, The Nest) and manager Russell Gregory at Regarding Entertainment first debuted High Maintenance on Vimeo in late 2012.

"High Maintenance" is collaboration in every sense of the word; Blichfeld and Sinclair write, direct, and edit every episoden together. Taking the new medium of the “web series” to different heights, the two make every episode as long as it needs to be, rather than having any particular set program length, with Vimeo providing them with the freedom to both experiment and perfect their special brand of short-form storytelling.

Critic Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker has called "High Maintenance" "A shoebox that opens into Narnia [...] Meditative, dreamy invasions into the lives of creative-class New Yorkers, with smart dialogue, seams of compassion, and an O. Henry air of surprise.”

New York: NYPD Continues Quixotic, Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

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From March to August Under de Blasio/Bratton, NYPD Made More Marijuana Possession Arrests than Bloomberg/Kelly in Same Period of Previous Year

Extreme Racial Disparities Persist as Blacks and Latinos Make up 86% of Marijuana Possession Arrests, Despite Young Whites Using at Higher Rates

A new report released on Monday by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities.

The report, "Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014" draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues its practice of making wasteful, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests.

Oregon: Moms from Oregon, Colorado and Washington Endorse Measure 91 Marijuana Legalization

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Moms from Oregon, Washington and Colorado on Friday gathered at the Yes on 91 headquarters to show their support for Measure 91, which would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older in Oregon.

“My top priority is the safety of my children,” said Leah Mauer, who founded a Facebook group called Moms for Yes on 91. “The current approach is failing to keep them safe.

"A better approach is to take marijuana away from illegal dealers and cartels and put it behind the counter at a regulated, inspected and properly zoned store,” Mauer said.

Colorado and Washington are already experiencing successful results from their approval of the regulated use of marijuana:

• Teen use and access to marijuana is down in Colorado. (Source: US News & World Report, Aug. 7
• Arrests are down for marijuana violations. (Source: The Denver Post, Jan. 14)

Delaware: New Poll Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new University of Delaware poll finds that 56 percent of Delaware adults support legalization of marijuana.

The university polled 902 state residents between September 10 and 22, finding just 39 percent are opposed to legalization, reports Jonathan Starkey at The News Journal. Residents older than 60 and self-identified conservatives were the only demographic groups to strongly oppose marijuana, while young adults and liberals were heavily in support.

Support crossed racial and geographic boundaries, with respondents in all three of Delaware's counties saying they back legal weed.

"I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware," said Paul Brewer, political communications professor at the University of Delaware, who supervised the poll. "The results also reflect what's going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization."

Just 36.9 percent of Delawareans 60 or older favored legalization, while 68 percent of those under 30 supported the move. Among self-identified conservatives, just 39.2 percent favored legalization; among liberals, 73 percent said they think cannabis should be legal.

Florida: Poll Shows Medical Marijuana In Trouble

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new poll shows that Amendment 2, the Florida ballot measure that would amend the state Constitution to allow medical marijuana, falling short at the polls next month.

Even supporters acknowledged on Thursday that the drive for medicinal cannabis in the Sunshine State is struggling in the face of well-funded conservative opposition, reports Bill Cotterell at Reuters.

After a two-week barrage of attack ads, the poll showed just 48 percent of Florida voters supporting the amendment to allow doctors to authorize cannabis for medicinal purposes. As a constitutional amendment, the measure needs 60 percent of the vote to pass.

The University of Florida Poll found 44 percent of voters were opposed to medical marijuana, with just 7 percent undecided.

"It's like a cliche in political races, but we're at a point when the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day," said Ben Pollara, who runs United For Care, the group behind Amendment 2.

Oregon: First Lady Admits Planning Illegal Marijuana Grow

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Governor John Kitzhaber, has confessed to planning an illegal marijuana grow operation with her then-boyfriend back in 1997. The revelation comes less than a week after Hayes admitted she illegally married an Ethiopian immigrant that same year.

Hayes said she was living on the property with her then-boyfriend in Okanogan, Washington, near the border of Canada, for the purpose of growing and selling marijuana, reports Sara Roth at KGW.

"Last Thursday, I admitted that 17 years ago I was in the middle of a very difficult and unstable period of my life," Hayes said. "I said then, and I'll say again ... I was associating with the wrong kind of people and making mistakes."

"I am not proud of that brief period of time," Hayes said. "I was involved in an abusive relationship with a dangerous man. We lived together for several months on the property in Okanogan that was intended to be the site of a marijuana grow operation that never materialized."

The man who sold the property, then repossessed it, indicated that a marijuana grow was already in progress. "There was a full-sized pool table upstairs in the house and that was the first clue," broker Patrick Siemion told KGW's Mike Benner. "There were marijuana trimmings on the table.

U.S.: 10 Most Popular Marijuana Jobs Revealed

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420careers.com, a marijuana industry job listing site, has revealed the 10 most popular marijuana industry jobs in the United States.

“Because the marijuana industry is so new and expanding so rapidly, many employers only require minimal or no experience necessary for their jobs posted on 420careers.com. This means that almost anyone 18 or older can apply for a job and be a highly considered candidate for the position,” stated Colby Ayres, the Director of Marketing at 420careers.com.

10 most popular marijuana jobs in the United States:

1. Budtenders (marijuana “pharmacists”) – assist dispensary customers with marijuana inquiries.
2. Marijuana Cultivators (growers) – cultivate marijuana for dispensaries.
3. Edibles Chefs – create marijuana-infused foods such as cookies, brownies, teas, sodas, and sauces.
4. Extraction Technicians – help make marijuana-infused products by creating marijuana concentrates.
5. Marijuana Industry Journalists – write about the marijuana industry for publications or blogs.
6. Vaporizer Sales Representatives – sell vaporizers for manufacturers or distributors.
7. Dispensary Security Officers – patrol dispensaries for illegal activity.
8. Trimmers – harvest and process marijuana for dispensaries.
9. Dispensary Managers – manage all or various aspects of dispensaries.
10. Marijuana Delivery Drivers – deliver marijuana to customers.

10 most popular auxiliary jobs the marijuana industry helps employ:

1. Lawyers
2. Accountants
3. Event Planners

California: Exhale Med Center Offers Highest Tested and Rare CBD Strain

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Pioneers in cultivating CBD (cannabidiol) genetics for over two years, Exhale Med Center, the #1 rated medical marijuana shop on Yelp, carries one of the rarest strains of CBD-rich cannabis found today, called “CBD Web.” This strain contains 16 percent CBD to 2 percent THC, a ratio high enough to comfort the parents of a sick child suffering from epilepsy, giving them the confidence that the child will not feel high while reaping the medicinal rewards.

CBD Web is a constant at Exhale Med Center, in addition to three variations of CBD-rich strain genetics, CBD edibles, tinctures, creams, Rick Simpson Oils, and many different forms of concentrates. With last year's release of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN Special Weed, a demand has been created for highly concentrated CBD products that will help patients’ symptoms without giving them a psychoactive high.

Known as one of the elite shops in Los Angeles, Exhale Med Center is a Prop D compliant, “Pre-ICO,” medical marijuana pioneer, offering one of the best selections of strain variations in town, in every price range. From high-end indoor sativas and hybrids from the Bay Area and top shelf indicas from SoCal to the outdoor and green house varieties from Northern California’s ‘Emerald Triangle’, Exhale says its range of more than 50 strains offers a quality remedy for most ailments. This December will mark their first year anniversary in their new zone-compliant location at 980 North La Cienega Blvd, Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

U.S.: Advocates Launch 'Vote Medical Marijuana' Ahead of November Elections

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New tool makes political candidates' positions, records on medical marijuana more accessible to voters

The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State.

The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide at VoteMedicalMarijuana.org that provides information on political candidate positions as well as voting statistics and a report card for each Member of Congress and certain state elected officials.

"We want to better educate supporters and the general public about casting their ballot for candidates who have their best interests in mind," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "Our elected representatives in Congress and in state legislatures are making policy decisions on medical marijuana that affect millions of patients in the U.S."

U.S.: Obama To Nominate Pro-Legalization Candidate To Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

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President Barack Obama intends to nominate Vanita Gupta, the American Civil Liberties Union’s deputy legal director, to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Sari Horiwitz at The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. This news comes not long after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his imminent resignation, and indicates a continued initiative of positive federal drug policy changes.

Gupta has been outspoken on a number of issues, including racial sentencing disparities, federal incentives to state police that prioritize the investigation of drug arrests over violent crime, mandatory minimum sentences and related disparities, as well as marijuana legalization. She currently leads the ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. Gupta has also garnered bipartisan support with conservatives Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and David Keene, former president of the NRA, both speaking highly of her.

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