Expanding from its home market in Los Angeles, Nestdrop, which calls itself "the country's first completely in-App, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service," is now available for San Francisco patients on Android smartphones and tablets.
Medical marijuana patients will be required to upload a photo of valid ID and either a doctor's recommendation or medical marijuana identification card to Nestdrop's securely encrypted vault to receive approval before ordering. Unlike other online medical marijuana delivery services, Nestdrop says it is the first to provide an entirely in-app marketplace experience and orders will be fulfilled within an hour or less.
Nestdrop's medical marijuana service is currently available on Android throughout San Francisco as well as parts of Oakland and San Jose. More cities in the Bay Area will be added regularly.
"Expanding into San Francisco marks a milestone for us as we continue our mission of providing a safe method for medical marijuana patients to get the medicine they need in a convenient, discrete fashion," said Nestdrop co-founder Michael Pycher. "We are also excited to be the first medical marijuana delivery service in two major markets, with more on the way."
Panel of Councilmembers Approves Legislation that Would Establish Licensing and Regulation of Marijuana in Washington, D.C.
Council Acts Just Weeks After Nearly 70% of D.C. Voters Approved Ballot Measure Legalizing Marijuana
D.C. lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large).
Tuesday's action by D.C. lawmakers on a tax and regulate bill comes just three weeks after nearly 70 percent of voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 71, a ballot initiative that legalizes possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 and allows individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home. However, due to D.C. law, the initiative was not allowed to address the taxation and regulation of marijuana sales.
The panel of Councilmembers voted to approve sections six through eight of the “Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013” (Council Bill #20-466), which was introduced in 2013 by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large). Tuesday's vote followed a hearing on Council Bill 20-466 that was jointly held by the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Committee on Finance and Revenue.
"Unlike New York-based High Times events or L.A.-based Hempcon, The Emerald Cup is presented by locals, for locals, and the state’s definitive county fair draws much of California’s original cannabis industry." ~ SFGate, "Smell The Truth"
“Not only is the spirit of the event responsible, it is vital that the lessons it has to offer are heard and understood by those outside it. Sustainability, earth-friendly practices, clean medicine and better business standards all take center stage during the event, one which is beginning to attract a global audience.” ~ John Vergados, SKUNK Magazine
The Emerald Cup will make its highly anticipated return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, on December 13 and 14. For more than a decade, The Emerald Cup has become synonymous with setting the highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis and is the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world, making it “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.”
For the third year in a row, SKUNK Magazine will present the Emerald Cup’s grand prize of an all-inclusive stay for two at their resort, Pure Garden, in Negril, Jamaica.
“The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table” Campaign Highlights Those Not With Us Because of Incarceration, an Overdose Death or Prohibition Violence
Each holiday season, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) and moms from around the country share their stories of loss while calling for an end to the War On Drugs -- which has been so disastrous for tens of millions of families. Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally impacted by the War On Drugs.
The holidays are a particularly painful time for families – whether they are separated because of a loved one’s incarceration, lost on the streets due to drug problems, in danger because of drug war violence, or have lost a loved one to accidental overdose.
“I have painful memories of holidays when my son was absent because he was locked behind bars for drug use, and of family celebrations when one of my sons wasn’t included because he was lost in the maze of his addiction,” said Gretchen Burns Bergman of San Diego, founder of A New PATH, Moms United lead organizer and the mother of two sons who have struggled with heroin addiction and incarceration.
“We haven’t celebrated the holidays since 2008, when my son died of an accidental overdose," said Denise Cullen of Palm Desert, California. "We can’t escape the emptiness.”
By Steve Elliott
A Democratic state senator from Gwinnett County not only pre-filed a broader version of medical marijuana than has previously been considered by the Georgia Legislature -- he also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate sales of cannabis, using the tax proceeds to fund education and transportation.
Senate Bill 7, the medical marijuana bill filed by Sen. Curt Thompson of Norcross would allow doctors to authorize up to two ounces to patients with medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's, reports Dave Williams at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This is in contrast to legislation pre-filed last week by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), which would be restricted to legalizing cannabis CBD oil for treatment of seizure disorders in children and adults.
A bill pushed by Peake during this year's General Assembly that would have opened the door to CBD oil only died on the final day of the legislative session.
"While I adamantly support cannabis oil treatments for children with severe medical problems, I believe physicians should have the ability to care for all of their patients, regardless of age," Sen. Thompson said in a prepared statement.
OBA Error Makes Pain Patients Suffer Delayed Relief
Just weeks after Attorney General Trevor Moniz announced that Marinol (synthetic pure THC pills), and not herbal cannabis, would be allowed for medicinal use in Bermuda, a new Harvard study has confirmed the complaints of activist Alan Gordon -- Marinol simply does not work as well as real inhaled cannabis for pain management, because the former takes 60-90 minutes to reach peak effect, whereas real cannabis effects are achieved much more quickly.
Gordon said this allows patients not to overdose on herbal cannabis, whereas Marinol overdoses are common.
The activist, who has dogged the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) incessantly on the cannabis issue, feels that due to a cultural war between government and Rastafarian ideals, government has gone to great lengths to ignore his perspectives at any length, even if that means the OBA is running roughshod over scientific facts and punishing patients.
“Patients have known for decades that Marinol doesn’t dissolve properly, and other studies have shown the same thing, over and over again since the 1990s,” said Gordon from Rhode Island early Monday morning, where he is lawfully assisting cancer patients grow their own medicine.
Latest ‘Consume Responsibly’ ads feature a young child looking at a glass of wine and cookies, and it reads: ‘Some juices and cookies are not for kids: Keep “adult snacks” locked up and out of reach’
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is launching billboards this week in Denver and Seattle that encourage parents to keep marijuana out of reach of children. The ads are part of a broader public education campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where marijuana is legal.
The billboards feature a child looking at what could be a glass of grape juice or a stemless glass of wine and a few cookies that might or might not be infused with marijuana. It reads, “Some juices and cookies are not meant for kids,” and urges them to, “Keep ‘adult snacks’ locked up and out of reach.”
MPP spokesperson Mason Tvert was accompanied at the Monday unveiling of the billboard by Jane West, a marijuana consumer and mother of two small children, who serves as director of Women Grow, a national organization dedicated to helping women influence and succeed in the cannabis industry.
“We need to treat marijuana like any other product that is legal for adults and not meant for children,” West said. “A marijuana-infused cookie might look like a regular cookie to my four-year-old, just as a glass of wine might look just like grape juice. Whether it’s marijuana, alcohol, or household cleaning products, it’s our job as parents to keep them locked up and out of reach.”
Those who are looking for accurate sources of info on getting into the medical marijuana industry and successfully securing a license now have a free resource available where they can learn from experts and get their most pressing questions answered.
MariMed Advisors’ DispensaryPermits.com division is hosting the free webinar series to educate medical marijuana (MMJ) entrepreneurs on how to break into the industry and share MariMed and DispensaryPermit’s proven license application techniques. MariMed Advisors is a Worlds Online (OTCQB: WORX) subsidiary.
“Many entrepreneurs are intrigued by the opportunities presented as states open their doors to medical cannabis and they need somewhere to turn for accurate advice and education on how to get started or how to bridge the gaps in their knowledge base to successfully complete the license application process,” noted Sara Gullickson, Dispensary Permits executive director. “There are a lot of consulting services popping up that don’t have any real experience or a proven track record of success.
"Our ‘CannaBusiness’ webinar series is the perfect place to learn more, ask questions and discover MariMed and Dispensary Permits proven processes, backed by a solid record of success,” Gullickson said.
The Ohio Hemp Chamber of Commerce is extending an open invitation to the public and media to honor Apeks Supercritical at their groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of their new 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
The site is located at 150 Commerce Boulevard, Johnstown, Ohio, 43031, and the ceremony will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 25. State Representative Jay Hottinger will be in attendance along with several Licking County Commissioners and Johnstown Village Representatives.
A tour of Apeks’ current manufacturing facility, located at 14381 Blamer Road in Johnstown, along with a demonstration of their liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction equipment, will follow immediately after the ceremony.
Apeks Supercritical has been manufacturing botanical oil extraction and concentration systems for the flavorings, natural products and nutraceutical industries since 2001.
In 2012, the company released patent-pending Valveless Expansion Technology (VET) for their fully automated Supercritical CO2 Extraction systems. Since releasing VET, revenue for Apeks has grown more than 1,100 percent to approximately $9 million USD for 2014 and now has more than 200 extraction equipment installations across the country.
Apeks Supercritical currently employs 15 people in Johnstown, Ohio; two employees in Denver, Colorado; and one employee in Portland, Oregon.
Andy Joseph, the president of Apeks Supercritical, is a US Navy veteran and earned his BS and MS degrees in Welding Engineering from the Ohio State University.
"Veterans Equal Access Act" would allow VA physicians to discuss medical marijuana with their patients without federal censure
U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with 10 bipartisan Congressional cosponsors on Thursday introduced the "Veterans Equal Access Act" (VEAA), marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country's veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it's legal. The VEAA would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients, a right enjoyed by physicians outside of the VA system.
"Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," said Blumenauer, the bill's author. "Sometimes even more so because of the devastating effect they can have on a veteran's family.
"We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows," Blumenauer said. "It's shameful."
By Steve Elliott
Legalized marijuana is inevitable, California Attorney General Kamala Harris admitted this week, and she has no "moral opposition" to that happening and is "not opposed" it, she said.
This comes as something of a surprise, since Harris won reelection in California last month by beating the pro-marijuana Republican candidate, Ron Gold, reports RT.com. But while Harris said pot legalization has a "certain inevitability," she didn't actually endorse it.
Harris, the consummately cautious politician, hedged her bets by claiming she had "concerns" over the law enforcement implications of legalization.
"I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana,” Harris told Buzzfeed News in an interview. “I'm the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a public safety perspective.
"I think we are fortunate to have Colorado and Washington be in front of us on this and figuring out the details of what it looks like when it’s legalized,” Harris said. “We're watching it happen right before our eyes in Colorado and Washington.
"I don't think it’s gonna take too long to figure this out,” Harris said to Buzzfeed. “I think there's certain inevitability about it."
Ramoil Management, Ltd on Tuesday announced that RAMO Bio-Med, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has now completed the R&D, printing and packaging and has begun the initial product rollout of "RAMO CBD Pain" product line, utilizing proprietary formulas and a proprietary high CBD, extremely low THC cannabis strain, through Natural Elements Group, Inc. in California.
Further, RAMO Bio-Med, Inc. also consulted with Natural Elements Group, Inc. to formulate their own THC product line as well, the company announced.
RAMO Bio-Med, Inc. is presently ramping up production and said it will soon be able to ship its proprietary "RAMO CBD Pain" formula to all 50 states as well as internationally. As for THC, RAMO Bio-Med, Inc. will act as a consultant and formulator in each state to assist local state licensed growers to develop their own private label THC lines and brands for their respective state markets.
"Ramoil Management and RAMO Bio-Med are now open for business!," said Michael Goeree, Ramoil Management's chairman, president and CEO.
About Ramoil Management, Ltd.
Ramoil Management, Ltd. (RAMO) is a development stage company. The company is an online wholesaler of e-cigarettes containing nutraceutical vapor oils, e-cigarette delivery systems and hydroponic lighting and nutrients.
Green Cures & Botanical Distribution Inc. on Wednesday announced that it intends to merge with Green Cures Inc. ("GCI"), a California corporation and the major controlling shareholder of Green Cures. Green Cures management also announced that following the planned merger, the Company intends to continue its strategic focus on the development of concepts related to nutritional, sports, functional beverage, hemp-infused, and body care products.
GCI owns the brand Green Magic, a Registered Mark, and the brand Green Cures, a Registered Mark.
Green Cures management noted that becoming a fully reporting company has been one of management's top priorities, and if successful, management said it anticipates that this strategic merger will enable Green Cures to become fully a reporting company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, following which management plans to seek to have the Company's shares traded on the OTC QB or other over-the-counter market.
GCI management said it will seek during the next approximately two-and-a-half months to obtain the necessary audited financial statements. Green Cures management said it anticipates that at closing, GCI will transfer all of its intellectual property and registered marks to Green Cures.
Management of Green Cures said it plans to complete the merger and become fully reporting during the first quarter of the year 2015, after which the Company said it will seek to have its shares accepted for trading on the OTC QB or other over-the-counter market.
Northsight Capital, Inc. on Thursday announced the launch of what it called "the first marijuana strain rating website," www.RateMyStrain.com. The site offers a free service where anyone can discreetly search, rate, review, discuss, and learn about the medical or recreational effects of more than 750 marijuana strains.
RateMyStrain.com also allows users and dispensaries to post their own new strains on the site for others to see and review.
Legalized marijuana industries (medical and recreational) are so new and rapidly expanding that people are often unfamiliar and uninformed of all the effects that come from using different marijuana strains, whether for recreational or medical purposes.
RateMyStrain.com says it provides users with one of the largest online libraries of marijuana strains that will allow them to search for strains based on: strain type (indica, sativa, hybrid), strain name, effects, rank, medical or recreational usages, and more.
Another feature on RateMyStrain.com is the “Suggest a Strain” option, which allows users to suggest a marijuana strain to be added to RateMyStrain.com’s library of marijuana strains. This feature is vital in the swiftly developing marijuana industries where dispensaries are constantly growing their own exclusive, one-of-a-kind marijuana strains.
RateMyStrain.com is a sister site to www.WeedDepot.com. Cannabis industry businesses will be able to cross-advertise on both sites.
By Steve Elliott
Maine voters could be looking at not one but two marijuana legalization measures on the 2016 ballot, if two competing groups are both successful at qualifying for the ballot.
Legalize Maine, based in the northeastern part of the state, on Wednesday announced a plan to have its own measure on the ballot, joining the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which has already announced its referendum, reports Sarah Delage atr WCSH.
Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine said the group is focused on jobs. According to McCarrier, marijuana legalization would bring economic development to rural areas.
McCarrier said his group is moving forward with its own legalization plan after talking with people in other states who have worked with the Marijuana Policy Project.
"We are not interested in being subjugated to MPP or the Washington D.C. policy," McCarrier said. "These will be competing measures and we will win."
MPP, based in the District of Columbia, plans to put a similar question on the 2016 ballot. The group put the question to voters in Portland and South Portland, where it was approved, and in Lewiston, where voters rejected it.
"Ideally it makes sense to have one initiative," said David Boyer of MPP. "But if we can't see eye to eye then we will move forward and we hope voters choose the plan that will make marijuana legal and stop punishing adults for using a substance safer than alcohol."