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California: Sports Pain Management Panel Slated for Cannabis World Congress In LA

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“Sports Pain Management and Cannabis” will be a high level panel presented at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles. Taking place September 16-18, 2015, CWCBExpo in LA covers the entire spectrum of legalized and medical marijuana.

Many professional sports players, especially among the high impact sport of football, are citing marijuana and cannabinoids as effective medicine for pain relief and stress reduction. This important panel at CWCBExpo in LA is being presented by Coalition for Access Now 501C4 and moderated by Geoff Whaling, its founding member and board treasurer, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The medical research community has been severely restricted in their attempts to access a natural plant product that has overwhelming anecdotal evidence supporting this therapy.

“The ‘Sports Pain Management and Cannabis’ panel will further demonstrate, using real life examples, what the true potential is to help millions of Americans, beginning with just one drop of CBD hemp oil,” said Whaling. “The advancement of industrial hemp and therapeutic hemp oils will not only provide safe access for many families, but will also serve to boost the American economy by utilizing our valuable agricultural resources and farmers.”

Sharing first-hand knowledge and medical expertise the “Sports Pain Management and Cannabis” panel features a well-rounded line-up of speakers including:

California: Cannabis World Congress In L.A. Boasts Women Grow Sponsored Education

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Women Grow, a professional networking organization for women leaders in the cannabis industry, is partnering with the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles to produce 15 business-focused educational sessions at the September event.

CWCBExpo in LA will take place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Women Grow tracks at CWCBExpo in LA will feature leading industry experts from the Women Grow Speaker's Bureau. These women and men will draw on experience to share entrepreneurial insight with the next generation of industry professionals.

Topics include "Upcoming States for New Licenses;" "Future Billion-Dollar Segments: Pets & Skin Care;" "New Technology for Efficient Grows;" "What Women Want From the Cannabis Industry;" and "Capitalizing on the Senior Market While a Providing a Service."

"Women Grow's ongoing partnership with CWCBExpo is an exciting opportunity for us to educate and inspire the next generation of cannabis industry leaders," said Jazmin Hupp, cofounder and CEO of Women Grow. "By offering expert-led educational programming that focus on the topics that matter to new entrepreneurs, we are setting the stage for the industry's long-term success."

Women Grow's national leadership team will be in attendance at CWCBExpo in LA, according to Hupp. They will network with attendees and share insights on investment, cultivation, retailing, brand marketing, advocacy, and more.

California: Democratic Party Grants Brownie Mary Democrats Statewide Charter

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It took a year to happen, but on Sunday, August 16, history was made as the Brownie Mary Democrats of California received by unanimous vote of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party, their statewide organizational charter.

"BMDC now joins only four chartered statewide organizations in representing the interests of its members to the Democratic Party," said Lanny Swerdlow, RN, president of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County.

"I would like to thank all of you who took a minute and sent the California Democratic Party an email of support for the BMDC application," Swerdlow said. "Although there was no opposition of any kind to the application, the 66 supporting emails were duly noted and indicated to the Party the widespread support for marijuana law reform and for the Democratic Party to take a leading role in bringing marijuana prohibition to an end.

"Not only was there no opposition, but when approval of the application for the Brownie Mary Democrats of California was announced as part of the consent calendar, hundreds of people gave it a spontaneous round of applause which they had not really done for much of anything else that was announced as part of the consent calendar," Swerdlow said. "It seems Democrats like marijuana or at least ending marijuana prohibition.

California: Legislature Takes A Look At Medical Marijuana Ahead Of Recreational Legalization Vote

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By Steve Elliott
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The likelihood of a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is prompting lawmakers in the Golden State to take a serious go at "regulating" the state's large medical marijuana industry, which has existed for 19 years.

Two bills in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical cannabis growers, manufacturers of infused products, dispensaries, and delivery services, reports Lisa Leff at the Associated Press.

California voters approved medical marijuana with a 1996 ballot measure allowing doctors to authorize patients to use cannabis for any ailment, deliberately leaving out specifics to allow wider latitude. With advocates now working to qualify recreational adult use initiatives for the November 2016 ballot, the state's medical marijuana industry may soon be losing some of the latitude it has enjoyed for almost two decades.

Last month the Assembly approved a licensing scheme on an overwhelming 62-8 vote. a compromise measure to create a Governor's Office of Medical Cannabis Regulation, AB 266, is endorsed by both the California Cannabis Industry Association and the California Police Chiefs Association, which, as you might imagine, don't often find themselves agreeing.

California: Melissa Etheridge Confirmed As Keynote At Cannabis World Congress

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Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award winning singer-songwriter, will be a keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Etheridge's much anticipated keynote address will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 2 pm. The CWCBExpo in LA is an event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries.

“I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the negative stigma and educating people about its real medicinal value,” said Etheridge.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa Etheridge Keynote at CWCBExpo in LA,” said Christine Ianuzzi, managing partner of Leading Edge Expositions, LLC, and show director for CWCBExpo. "Not only is she an iconic rock star, but also a very successful entrepreneur and advocate within the legalized cannabis industry. Her historic keynote will be enormously well received and very captivating."

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. She began her distinguished musical career in 1988 when she stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.

California Cannabis Hemp Initiative Signature Drive To Begin October 31

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The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016) is organizing a statewide infrastructure of volunteers and activists in a drive to qualify for the November 8, 2016 ballot.

The group's signature drive is set to begin October 31, 2015 through April 21, 2016, and CCHI 2016 will have just under 180 days to gather 600,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to proponent Michael Jolson.

"We are at a 30-year low in the amount of signatures needed to qualify an initiative for the California ballot," Jolson wrote in a Wednesday fundraising email. "We will need to gather 365,880 signatures ... In order to attain the necessary 365,880 signatures, we will need to gross around 600,000 signatures by April 21, 2016! We will submit our signatures into the counties on April 26, 2016."

"We are building our grassroots volunteer infrastructure in preparation for our upcoming signature drive," Jolson said. "The more volunteers and activists we can get to help us organize our grassroots effort, the better chance we have of qualifying for the November 8, 2016 ballot!"

"We need to raise massive support throughout California," Jolson said. "We need help coordinating volunteers in all 58 counties and are organizing Regional Coordinators for this task.

"We are growing as a grassroots political movement towards 100 percent ending the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp," Jolson said. "We are gaining interest every day. We, the CCHI 2016, look forward to having your help with our all grassroots effort to end the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp in California!"

California: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Says Golden State Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

California voters will legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in the 2016 general election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. "I'm leading the effort," Newsom added.

"As some folks may know, we're very likely to have a ballot initiative in 2016 and we have strong confidence that we'll win," Newsom said, reports David Downs at SF Gate.

"We gotta do it right and be thoughtful and deal with the legitimate concerns folks have about our children, and not allowing Big Tobacco come in and do Big Marijuana," Newsom said. "So we want to do it in a very thoughtful way and we want to have that opportunity next year."

Lt. Gov. Newsom has been working with a Blue Ribbon Commission on legalization; its findings were released this summer. An initiative is expected soon.

A winning marijuana legalization initiative campaign could cost half a million dollars or more, and that's just for paid signature gatherers, never mind the ads. Those will run a cool $10 million or so -- and that's assuming no major opposition.

California: George Zimmer To Keynote At Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo

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Iconic Entrepreneur & Business Leader to Headline West Coast Event for the Legalized & Medical Marijuana Industry

The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles (CWCBExpo in LA) on Monday announced that the iconic founder of Men’s Wearhouse and zTailors, George Zimmer, will be its headline keynote speaker. Taking place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CWCBExpo is a trade show and conference for the legalized and medical marijuana industries.

As a renowned business leader, and one of the early pioneers of Conscious Capitalism’s stakeholder model, Zimmer started what would become the largest men’s tailored clothing company in America. In his role as founder, chairman, CEO and TV spokesperson, he guided Men’s Wearhouse with a workingman’s ethos that valued his employees and his customers equally with his shareholders, creating an enjoyable service-oriented experience.

“I value all stakeholders, not just the shareholders,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer is once again revolutionizing the apparel industry with his new venture that was recently announced, zTailors. Coined the “Uber of Tailoring,” this new concept delivers the time-honored craft of tailoring directly to the consumer for a remarkable, and highly personalized customer experience.

California: The Green Exchange Launches Online Marijuana Store

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The Green Exchange, Inc. has launched the world's first online marijuana store. This innovative portal allows California dispensaries or collectives to view available cannabis inventory, connect with growers, make purchases direct from the farm, or place a bid via a unique online auction platform.

The Green Exchange is free to use, and there are no contracts, fees or obligations. Dispensary owners or managers are invited to visit the website and try it out.

The new system also provides an automatic social media notification, so when a dispensary obtains cannabis, a message can automatically be sent to the dispensary's Twitter and Facebook followers, notifying them that a new selection of cannabis is available.

In this regard, the website also functions as a sales and marketing tool that gets the word out to dispensary patients and potential patients – all free of charge.

The Green Exchange was developed by a group of cannabis industry veterans, who have been growing in Mendocino County for more than 10 years.

"We think it's important for everyone to know that we are not Wall Street outsiders or Silicon Valley Executives, looking to make a fast buck in the marijuana industry," said Joshua Artman, cofounder and CEO of The Green Exchange, Inc. "We get our hands dirty every day.

"We know how to grow a quality product," Artman said. "And now, through an innovative, web-based system, we are able to offer this product directly to dispensaries, with no middleman or markup."

California: Santa Cruz County Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban Repealed

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A historic vote in medical marijuana history took place on Wednesday at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting. The County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to repeal Ordinance 5201, the ban on cannabis cultivation, and approved appointments to a 13-member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.

This outcome is a result of the recent successful referendum spearheaded by Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz (RCSC), with the help of Cannabis Advocates Alliance, which overturned the cannabis cultivation ban with more than 11,000 signatures.

The new 13-member panel of the Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee will work together until December 23 to create a policy framework for regulating medical cannabis in Santa Cruz County.

"The Supervisors want a committee of community members to develop recommendations that, protect our neighborhoods, protect our environment, and ensure that there is an adequate supply of medical cannabis for those that have a doctor's recommendation," wrote Supervisors John Leopold and Zach Friend.

The ordinance that was overturned would have allowed a patient/caregiver to cultivate only on a space 10 feet by 10 feet, and required the garden to be on the property where the patient/caregiver resides. The ordinance also would have allowed only a single collective to operate in the entire county.

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California: Nadelmann To Keynote At Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo In L.A.

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Developing a responsible, safe and ethical marijuana industry will be the theme of Ethan Nadelmann's keynote speech at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo taking place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the real drug czar," Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and is known for his persuasiveness and passion for promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. His keynote presentation will take place at 2 pm PST on Thursday, September 17.

"California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, almost 20 years ago, and its marijuana industry is certainly the biggest, most diverse and dynamic in the country," says Ethan Nadelmann. "The state is now poised to become a true global leader in responsible cannabis regulation, provided a smart and winnable ballot initiative prevails on Election Day 2016."

Nadelmann and his colleagues have played pivotal roles in many of the major drug policy reform ballot initiative campaigns in the United States on issues ranging from medical marijuana and marijuana legalization to prison reform, drug treatment and reform of asset forfeiture laws. They also have reformed state and federal laws involving drug sentencing, access to sterile syringes to reduce HIV/AIDS, access to drug treatment, prevention of overdose fatalities, and all aspects of marijuana policy.

California: Loud Cannabis Skirmish With Google Featured On Yahoo Finance

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The Green Exchange, Inc., developers of "Loud Cannabis," the world's first HIPAA compliant service that connects marijuana growers directly to patients, on Thursday announced that the story of their ongoing battle with tech giant Google, was featured in Yahoo Finance. The article was titled, "For cannabis apps, the road to the app store is paved with rejection."

"Google's Play and Apple's app stores are home to hundreds of cannabis-related apps, but one that aims to cut the middlemen by connecting growers with customers in California — which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 — just got yanked from the virtual shelf," the Yahoo article reported.

The Loud Cannabis App was created to provide a "farm-to-table" direct link between growers and medical marijuana patients, as well as a safer and smarter alternative to other delivery app services that utilize 3rd party drivers whom are often unscreened and do not undergo background checks.

The mission of Loud Cannabis is to serve a co-op of growers, along with medical marijuana patients who want the freshest, organic cannabis available.

The app, which debuted on Google Play last summer, was recently kicked out of the Google store. "We had no indication they were going to pull the rug out from under our feet," Loud Cannabis founder and CEO Josh Artman said.

California: Marijuana-Infused Sprig Soda Launches In Dispensaries

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The creators of Sprig -- a THC-infused citrus soda -- announced that distribution of the product has begun in Southern California and is now available in select medical marijuana dispensaries.

According to the makers, Sprig is the first scientifically made, low dose THC beverage in California. Sprig says it "advocates a safe, social, light-use message for new and experienced cannabis consumers."

"A lab-made, light cannabis beverage is the ideal way to consume medical marijuana," said Sprig founder, Michael Lewis. "It is healthier than smoking, and safer than current high dose, homemade edible products.

"Sprig was created by experienced scientists and beverage experts," Lewis said. "As marijuana reform sweeps North America, people deserve a superior product they can trust."

Last week, Sprig began widespread distribution to Southern California's top medical marijuana dispensaries. Sprig is available in 12-ounce cans, each with 15 milligrams of THC extracted from premium cannabis. Sprig claims its "scientifically-made THC blend and flavor results in a great experience every time -- a citrus soda that is delicious and uplifting with noticeable effects in less than 30 minutes." (Those of us with elevated tolerances have our doubts about 15 milligrams.)

California: Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo Coming To L.A.

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Registration is now open for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) taking place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

CWCBExpo in LA is sponsored by the International Cannabis Association (ICA) and will be providing information, resources and tools for producers, processors, dispensary owners, healthcare professionals, investors, and lawyers, as well as cannabis entrepreneurs.

Following a June educational and trade show forum in New York that had more than 2,000 attendees, CWCBExpo in LA will offer a comprehensive conference program with the medical, legal, financial and product development fields represented. The educational program will provide insight on what is needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry, including workshops on September 16 that cover:

• Cannabis Careers and a Job Fair
• Certification in Opening a Cannabis Business
• Investor BootCamp and CannaPitch
• Pre-Certification for Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

In addition, conference sessions on September 17-18 will include sessions for entrepreneurs, growing and sustaining a cannabis business, insight into what’s ahead and what’s next for the industry, and direct access to thought leaders and innovators.

Following his rousing address at CWCBExpo in New York, Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will present at the LA event and bring his dynamic expertise and knowledge on legalization of cannabis and drug policy reform to the West Coast.

Maryland: Consulting Firm Releases Analysis For Opening A Marijuana Dispensary

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With medical marijuana coming to Maryland, experts at Green Rush Consulting have evaluated this emerging market in a new Maryland Market Analysis for the Medical Marijuana Industry. This analysis examines both the latest draft regulations and the potential of the Maryland market.

"With a favorable political climate and more than 50 percent of Maryland residents in favor of recreational marijuana, the Maryland market is full of promise for the medical marijuana industry," according to Green Rush. "This analysis not only estimates the industry revenue potential, but also breaks down the patient population – critical information for opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland."

The Maryland Market Analysis for the Medical Marijuana Industry also summarizes the application process with reference to the critical sections of the current draft regulations.

The GRC team gives applicants a handy reference as they begin preparing for the September application process:

• Comprehensive analysis of Maryland's political climate as it relates to medical and recreational marijuana;
• Descriptions of the qualifying conditions for patients, and a disease-by-disease estimate of the potential patient pool;
• Detailed breakdown of the application process for cultivation centers, processors, dispensaries, physicians, and patients;
• Projections of the revenue potential for dispensaries and cultivation centers; and
• Discussion of the potential future of recreational marijuana in Maryland.

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