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Bermuda: New Study Shows Gordon Right, Government Wrong On Medical Marijuana

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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.

U.S.: Medical CannaBusiness Webinars Focusing On Licensing, Organics

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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.

Ohio: Hemp Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Botanical Extraction Facility

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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.

U.S.: House Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

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"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."

U.S.: Company Begins Sales of CBD Oil For Pain

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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.

California: Green Cures Announces Merger, Launches First Online Ad Campaign

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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.

U.S.: Marijuana Rating Website RateMyStrain.com Launches

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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.

California: Nestdrop Offers 20% Off Medical Marijuana Delivery With Cyber Monday Deal Dec. 1

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Available on Cyber Monday only, Los Angeles residents can get 20 percent off alcohol and medical marijuana deliveries

Popular alcohol and medical marijuana delivery app, Nestdrop, aims to make this year’s Cyber Monday, December 1, the best one yet for Los Angeles.

By using promo code CYBER, Angelenos can receive 20 percent off alcohol and medical marijuana deliveries through the Android and iOS* apps.

Available since June as an alcohol delivery, Nestdrop is the country’s first in-App, on demand medical marijuana delivery service. Medical marijuana patients are 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.

Nestdrop delivers both medical marijuana and alcohol in an hour.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
Delivery hours vary by location and service

WHERE: Greater Los Angeles area

*Note: Medical marijuana deliveries are only available on the Android app as of Nov. 19. iOS deliveries will be added in the next few weeks.

Oregon: NextGen Partners With Merry Jan's Cannabis Edibles Bakery

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Next Generation Management Corporation on Tuesday announced its wholly owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, has entered the rapidly growing cannabis infused edibles market by signing an agreement with Merry Jan's Edibles, an Oregon based bakery. Both parties have agreed to terms; final partnership agreement is being drafted.

Merry Jan's has more than 30 years baking experience and is currently supplying a small number of existing marijuana dispensaries with a variety of gourmet cookies, brownies and other baked goods and confections. Merry Jan's THC-infused cannabutter is made in-house.

"Now that Measure 91 has passed, legalizing marijuana in Oregon, we will continue to expand operations by strategic partnerships," said Darryl Reed, CEO of NextGen. "Our role in the newly formed partnership will be to assist in the expansion of the brand by hiring sales staff, increase awareness through social media and other forms of mass marketing.

"Merry Jan's is currently working on rolling out a Holiday platter that will include cannabis infused cookies, pecan pie bars, raspberry white chocolate bars and chocolate mint brownies," Reed said.

"NextGen also continues to look for a location in the Portland, Oregon, area to open a licensed dispensary," Reed said.

Next Generation Management Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, was formed to hold its Oregon cannabis assets.

Global: Voices Against Brain Cancer Partners With Spanish Cannabinoid Research Group

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The Cannabinoid Research Group of Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and Voices Against Brain Cancer, a U.S. foundation headquartered in New York, on Monday announced that a collaborative medical marijuana research alliance has been signed by both organizations.

The consideration of the benefits of marijuana and the compounds contained within the plant known as "cannabinoids" for medicinal purposes is currently a prominent subject matter in North America. In an effort to fast-track the propagation of accurate scientific based information on therapeutic opportunities incorporating cannabinoids, these two groups have formed an exclusive partnership in the United States.

"We have chosen Voices Against Brain Cancer to act as our voice in North America where they will support and herald our efforts," said Manuel Guzmán, chairman of The Cannabinoid Research Group. When asked about the research findings to date, Guzman noted that "published research clearly shows the anticancer action of cannabinoids impacting glioblastoma multiforma (GBM), and how chemotherapy results of tumor reduction are improved upon by adding cannabinoids as part of the treatment regimen."

"We have an obligation to remain open minded about where the cure for brain cancer will come from," said Michael Klipper, chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer. "Manuel Guzmán and his research team are world class leaders in the clinical research of cannabinoids and cancer."

Nevada: Las Vegas Beckons To Marijuana Tourists Next Year

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Las Vegas may have hosted this year's Marijuana Business Convention and Expo, but historically it hasn't been a friendly city to the weed. Things are looking to change for the positive, though, next year, when medical marijuana dispensaries are scheduled to open and welcome out-of-state tourists with authorizations from their own states.

This, therefore, may have been the last year of strangely jarring discrepancies such as the one had by photographer/herbalist Lisa Little (who also operates a medical marijuana collective in her home state of Washington) when she called the the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino -- which hosted the marijuana convention -- to ask about specific smoking policies to accommodate medicinal cannabis patients.

Little told me that after speaking with no fewer than four different Rio employees, none of whom seemed sympathetic to her plight, and all of whom, she said, "treated me as if they thought I was a criminal," she still hadn't gotten an adequate answer as to what accommodations might be available for out-of-state patients who might need to medicate on premises at the expo.

"They finally handed me off to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Narcotics Unit," Lisa told me with a sigh. "The officer, once again, treated me as if I were some sort of felon, reminding me that I'd better not break the rules in Nevada -- and I had to ask him, if I was planning on breaking the rules, why would I call the police department and tell them so?"

Florida: Nutraceutical Company To Acquire 2014 Cannabis Cup Winner

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Plans Expansion of Line Of Hemp CBD Oils to Compete with Leading Pharmaceutical Products

Florida-based nutraceuticals company Zappy, Inc. has agreed to acquire Browns Botanicals and plans to release proprietary hemp CBD formulations for potential aid in various ailments including anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, pain and other ailments.

The formulations were developed using Hemp CBD Oil derived from industrial hemp, which it says is legal in all 50 states and 40 countries. Browns Botanicals is a nutraceutical leader specializing in the highest purity legal Hemp CBD-rich botanical products.

"We are honored to have Browns Botanicals as the backbone of the hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes science that we are bringing to customers," said Mike "Zappy" Zapolin, CEO of Zappy Inc. "Browns is well known in the industry for having the very best CBD products, and testimonials from customers with various illnesses, including epilepsy and several different auto-immune issues, are incredible."

Browns Botanicals recently won the first ever "Best Non-Edible Medically Infused Product" at the 2014 Cannabis Cup with an Industrial Hemp-derived CBD oil product, beating out the competition with their CBDemu, which is being used by Olympic athletes and sports teams.

Nevada: MariMed Advisors, DispensaryPermits.com Help Secure Medical Marijuana Permits

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According to company officials, MariMed Advisors, Inc. and DispensaryPermits.com were instrumental in helping clients capture highly coveted provisional medical marijuana cultivation and production permits awarded by the State of Nevada on Monday, November 2. "The Nevada provisional permits continue MariMed and DispensaryPermits.com’s track record of success in securing medical marijuana permits," read a joint statement from the companies.

Washoe County-based CannaVative Group, LLC received both cultivation and production provisional permits. Clark County based Harvest Foundation, LLC received a cultivation permit.

“We are excited and honored to be given this opportunity to advance the medical marijuana industry in Northern Nevada,” noted Joey Gilbert, Esq., V.P. Strategy & Government Affairs, The CannaVative Group, LLC. “We are looking forward to working with the City of Reno, Washoe County, the State of Nevada and the MariMed and DispensaryPermits team to create one of the best medical marijuana programs in the country that will provide safe medical marijuana to the patients who truly need it.”

The receipt of the provisional permits culminates an intensive five-month permit application process requiring submission of extensive security, design, financial, systems and reporting, cultivation, packaging, marketing and ongoing operations plans and background checks.

California: Nestdrop Launches Medical Marijuana Delivery On Android

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Nestdrop says it launched the country's first in-App, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service for Android smartphones and tablets on Friday, and immediately started delivering to patients in need. The iOS version of Nestdrop will receive medical marijuana service in the next few weeks, according to the company.

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 is the first to provide an entirely in-app marketplace experience. Nestdrop orders, for both alcohol and medical marijuana, will be fulfilled within an hour or less.

"The response we've received since our initial announcement has been incredible with patients throughout the nation excited for Nestdrop," said Nestdrop co-founder Michael Pycher. "Today marks a giant step forward in providing a safe alternative method for medical marijuana patients to get the medicine they need in a convenient, discrete fashion."

As part of the simple registration process, medical marijuana patients must upload a photo of a doctor's recommendation or Medical Marijuana Identification Card as well as a valid ID to order from Nestdrop's medical marijuana section. Once manually approved by a local dispensary, which can take as little as five minutes, patients will have full access to the same medicine that they are used to getting in-person, for the same donation amount.

Nevada: DigiPath Gets State Approval For Cannabis Testing Lab In Las Vegas

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DigiPath, Inc., an independent cannabis testing and media firm, on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the state of Nevada for its DigiPath Labs subsidiary to open and operate a cannabis testing laboratory at 6450 Cameron Street, Suite 113, in Las Vegas.

DigiPath Labs is in the process of applying for construction permits, ordering equipment, and hiring staff in anticipation of opening the Cameron Street laboratory. To expedite construction, the company is working with a local architectural firm it engaged during the application process. The lab is expected to open its doors to customers in early 2015.

"We are grateful to the State of Nevada for helping to advance our goal of setting a new benchmark for medical cannabis testing and safety screening," said Todd Denkin, CEO of DigiPath, Inc.

"DigiPath Labs is dedicated to increasing transparency of the ingredients inside cannabis-based products," Denkin said. "We believe that this information will benefit patients and dispensaries by providing them with important information regarding the products being sold for consumption."

DigiPath Labs will screen medicinal cannabis for potentially harmful contaminants, including:

• Solvents
• Pesticides
• Mold
• Heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium
• Biological toxins, such as aflatoxin, ricin, and botulinum toxins
• Residual organic chemicals used in extraction
• Microbial contaminants including E. coli, salmonella, and Aspergillus

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