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Re: The Potfolio - Recreational Marijuana Sales in Canada face Fresh Delay
« Reply #450 on: February 15, 2018, 07:08:22 PM »
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Recreational marijuana sales in Canada face fresh delays
REUTERS 5:55 PM ET 2/15/2018
By Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The sale of legalized recreational marijuana in Canada, which has already been pushed back once beyond the planned July start date, is set to be delayed even further, government officials said on Thursday.

The ruling Liberals are sparring with the upper Senate chamber, where a draft law is currently under review. Critics in the Senate - which must approve the law - complain the Liberals are moving too quickly.

The Liberals initially planned for pot to be legalized in July but Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the Senate vote on the draft legislation would be on or around June 7, later than expected.

If senators recommend amendments, the bill will be sent back to the House of Commons lower chamber for review, and would then have to go back to the Senate.

Asked by reporters when legalization was likely to happen, Petitpas Taylor said: "If you do the math, you can certainly see that it certainly won't be July 2018."

She did not give further details. The House of Commons is due to break for the summer on June 22 and will not come back until Sept. 17.
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Last week, Petitpas Taylor said recreational marijuana would only go on sale a few months after it was legalized because the new retail system needs time to start working properly.

Canada would be the first Group of Seven country to legalize recreational cannabis nationally.

Some of the country's 10 provinces - which have responsibility for setting up a system to handle sales - and police forces have argued that the timeline initially set out by the Liberals was too tight.

Medical marijuana is already allowed in Canada. The Liberals, which made legalizing recreational use part of their successful 2015 election campaign, say the new law would keep marijuana out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)


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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #451 on: February 15, 2018, 09:26:28 PM »
Yes vigorous debate around actual problems of implementation. An upper house not just rubber stamping legislation but wanting to study the issue. Nobody threatening a boycott or shutdown or tying some bizarre extra bit of legislation to it... Functional messy democracy and all very beaurocratic. The ugly political side is the federal libs want to drag it out until after the ontario election. It's contentious and their provincial liberal cousins are facing possible defeat and don't want to run on it.
Honestly I wish they would just do it already so everyone I know can make one legal purchase as cover to grow their own😁😀😃. I do wonder how those pot stocks will do once the stigma of illegality is removed and people can easily plant what is an easy to grow weed.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #452 on: February 16, 2018, 05:14:58 AM »
About the same number that brew their own beer, most likely.

The real money for the Canadian pot industry will be supplying medical world-wide. They have first mover advantage on that, and it's huge.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #453 on: February 16, 2018, 08:11:01 PM »
Interesting. Well we need something to replace all the lost extractive industries. Many fortunes were made in canada shipping good booze during prohibition. When does it blow out though? I cannot imagine the larger western world leaving all that revenue on the table for long.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #454 on: February 16, 2018, 09:20:45 PM »
Germany is big, and they want the Canadian companies to supply them. Their national health insurance covers cannabis. There are already a number of deals that have been made between leading Canadian companies like Canopy Growth, Aurora and others, and German partners. They have the quality. Medical pot is crazy hard to grow. They don't allow any contaminants. Medical pot found with fungicides is recalled and charged back.

Much of the world is new potential markets. the US is the most backward country of all. So no competition from us. Law enforcement is a more important business. Prisons.
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« Reply #455 on: February 16, 2018, 09:54:21 PM »
always interesting...
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The Potfolio - Kucinich annouces OH. to legalize Cannabis
« Reply #456 on: February 23, 2018, 11:47:53 AM »
https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/02/ohio-gov-candidate-dennis-kucinich-legalize-marijuana-medical-recreational.html

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🌿 Leaving Las Vegas? Dump your pot at the airport first
« Reply #457 on: February 25, 2018, 12:09:22 AM »
How do they "dispose" of these drugs after they collect them up from the airport recycling bin?  ???

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Leaving Las Vegas? Dump your pot at the airport first
Posted 7:17 pm, February 24, 2018, by CNN Wire


After spending time indulging in the pleasures of Sin City, tourists heading back home may need to leave a thing or two behind — like their weed.

The sale of recreational marijuana has been legal in Nevada since last summer, but pot is not legal at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

So to keep travelers from getting in trouble in the airport security line, big green bins — dubbed amnesty boxes — were set up a week ago outside McCarran, allowing people to toss their pot before catching their flight. Twenty of the boxes were installed at McCarran and its car rental facility, Henderson Executive Airport and the North Las Vegas Airport.

The bins are about the size of a mailbox, bolted to the ground, monitored and designed to keep what’s tossed in them inside the box. In addition to pot, the bins can also be used to drop off prescription drugs.

“We’ve had a variety of other things disposed of in the bins,” Christine Crews, McCarran airport’s public information administrator, told CNN. “For example, I was sent a picture of one of the bins containing pills, vape pens, rolled tobacco-looking products, prescription bottles and marijuana-infused drinks.”

The boxes are periodically emptied by a contracted company that disposes of the contents.
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The bins were necessary after Clark County, Nevada, which owns and operates the airport, banned marijuana possession and marijuana advertising on airport property last fall to stay in compliance with federal law.

Similar amnesty boxes were installed in airports in Colorado after that state legalized marijuana in 2012.

Nevada’s marijuana law lets adults 21 and older possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Voters approved the law in November 2016.

Nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use, but weed remains illegal under federal law.
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Re: The Potfolio - Alaska Goes Rogue....
« Reply #458 on: March 06, 2018, 11:39:25 AM »
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/alaska-moves-forward-law-grow-commercial-hemp/


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Alaska is one step away from becoming the latest state to fight back against the federal government’s “War on Nature” after a bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp passed the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor’s approval.

Residents are hopeful that Gov. Bill Walker will sign Senate Bill 6 into law, which would legalize the regulation and production of industrial hemp, and provide for hemp pilot programs. It would also separate hemp from the definition of “marijuana,” and clarify the fact that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product.

    “An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of ‘marijuana’; providing that cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of ‘hashish oil’; clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product, and providing for an effective date.”

Hemp is the product of a variety of the cannabis plant, and although it is non-psychoactive, it is still treated as a drug in the United States. However, hemp has the potential to be used in more than 25,000 products, including fibers, textiles, paper and construction and insulation materials—which may explain why the federal government seems intent on keeping it from the public.

Alaska Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes told Alaska Public Media that she introduced the bill more than a year ago after she was approached by local farmers who wanted to grow hemp to use for feed and bedding for livestock and to clean up oil spills.

“It was time to remove hemp from the marijuana statutes. There’s no psychoactive impact from hemp. If you were to smoke acres and acres and acres of hemp, all you would get would be a sore throat and a cough,” Hughes said.

A businesswoman seeking to grow hemp to supplement livestock feed and to use in natural body balms and salves, Ember Haynes, said she is hopeful for the new legislation because it would allow her to stay local instead of having to outsource the products she needs.

“I just want to use Alaska hemp,” Haynes said. “It’s been frustrating for us, just because our business is entirely made up of products that we wild-craft or grow ourselves. And so the hemp seed oil, that would just change everything for us, to have it completely Alaska-grown and made herbs and plants in our products.”

Alaska Cannabis Exchange Owner Aaron Ralph told KTUU News that he is hopeful he will have the opportunity to legally bring his hemp business in Colorado to Alaska. “Being able to grow hemp with 50,000 different uses for hemp it is a no-brainer that we can utilize what we are growing here in some form or facet to help benefit Alaska and it’s economy,” he said.

As The Free Thought Project reported, the state of Nevada passed a new law in June that authorized the cultivation of industrial hemp for commercial purposes and the production of agricultural hemp seed. The legislation also acknowledged the role of hemp in aiding the state’s flourishing cannabis industry.

The law stated that Nevada will allow “a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products and a medical marijuana dispensary to acquire industrial hemp from a registered grower or handler,” and will also allow “a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to use industrial hemp to manufacture edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused product.”

Cannabis for recreational use became legal in Alaska in 2015, and it is one of several states pushing to legalize further research on the production of industrial hemp. In 2017, at least 15 states—Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—passed legislation establishing new licensing requirements and programs for hemp.

While the federal government continues to demonize a natural product that could revolutionize a number of industries, it should be noted that according to the Congressional Research Service, the United States is the “only developed nation that hasn’t developed an industrial hemp crop for economic purposes.”

In contrast, “farmers in more than 30 countries worldwide grow industrial hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food.”
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The Potfolio-FDA knew in '74 that Cannabis shrunk tumors
« Reply #459 on: March 17, 2018, 01:32:21 PM »
http://humansarefree.com/2014/07/cannabis-shrinks-tumors-and-government.html


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🌿 Research Shows Cannabis May Curb Alcohol and Cocaine Addictions
« Reply #460 on: March 26, 2018, 01:36:52 AM »
http://www.complex.com/life/2018/03/research-shows-cannabis-can-curb-alcohol-and-cocain-addictions

Research Shows Cannabis May Curb Alcohol and Cocaine Addictions

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Danielle Corcione is a news writer for Complex. Their work has also appeared in Teen Vogue, Playboy, Esquire, Vice, and more. Visit daniellecorcione.com to learn more. Follow @decorcione
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Solutions to public health problems, such as the opioid crisis and addictions, might be right under our noses.

Recent research has shown cannabis can help curb alcoholism and cocaine addictions. The Daily Mail reports researchers gave rats cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.

CBD is a cannabis compound, similar to THC, which provides the benefits of medical marijuana without the psychedelic head high.

A number of conclusions were made from the research. Rats who consumed CBD, which is known to reduce anxiety and stress, were less likely to relapse five months later. Notably, researchers pointed out that the chemical's ability to minimize impulsiveness was significant.

The study was conducted by Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

The legality of CBD is confusing, especially amid the revival of the War on Drugs by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump. CBD is legal in the United States if it's acquired from industrial hemp; however, CBD is not legal if it's acquired from THC-concentrated cannabis.

Other benefits of CBD, according to Healthline, include relief for chronic pain, acne, and cancer-related symptoms. It can also be used to treat diabetes, neurological conditions, and heart problems.

Access to medical cannabis seems to be an essential part of the equation to make the results work. This recent evidence follows similar conclusions made about how cannabis can reduce opioid use and abuse in states with exceptional medical cannabis programs.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #461 on: March 26, 2018, 06:06:11 AM »
Cocaine addicts respond to transcranial magnetic stimulation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcranial_magnetic_stimulation

Great new article on addiction in National Geographic, of all places.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/the-addicted-brain/

Pot has its place in all this, but there are many unsubstantiated claims for CBD and other cannabis treatments that are probably bogus. We need  more research, but.....Jeff Sessions.
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🌿 Hulking Hemp: Using Cannabis to Elevate Your Nutrition
« Reply #462 on: March 27, 2018, 12:52:56 AM »
http://www.westword.com/marijuana/cannabis-nutrition-using-hemp-to-improve-health-and-diets-10128557

Hulking Hemp: Using Cannabis to Elevate Your Nutrition
Madeline St. Amour | March 26, 2018 | 11:04am



Heather DeRose realized she had to take a hard look at her lifestyle and eating habits after college. She was forty pounds overweight and routinely felt sick after eating. A doctor told her she was allergic to eggs, dairy and wheat, which she found on the label of nearly everything in her pantry.

During that overhaul, DeRose found hemp. Now, she and her husband, Antonio, run MJFITNUT, a website that promotes using cannabis to supplement a healthy and active lifestyle. The two held an event on Sunday, March 25, at Urban Sanctuary to teach about using hemp for nutrition while raising money for Realm of Caring, a nonprofit in Colorado Springs that funds cannabis research, spreads education about the plant and advocates for greater access to cannabis treatments.

The two were the first people to complete a national tour of The 420 Games, a series of fitness competitions  that aims to end the stereotype of cannabis users as lazy stoner bros. In 2017 the DeRoses competed in nine races across the country, and Heather took to the podium in three races for first-, second- and third-place wins.
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Now they hold events and produce content to raise awareness around “cannafitness” and fight against its stigma. Heather is optimistic that attitudes are changing as more celebrity athletes talk about their past and present use. In September 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in hemp, from its prohibited-substances list, opening the door for more medicinal use.

“It’s definitely moving forward” as more people come out of “the green closet,” Heather said at the Urban Sanctuary event. “What we’re trying to do is get people to talk about it.”

For Heather, hemp made sense because it checks off a lot of nutritional boxes. It’s high in magnesium, vitamins B and E, iron, zinc and omega-3 acids. Many of the vitamins it contains help support proper brain function, which in turn helps her epilepsy, she said.

Before switching to hemp, Antonio was using dairy-based whey and casein protein powder, which stressed his gastrointestinal system. After switching to hemp protein powder, which is made from hemp seeds, and then a plant-based diet, he believes his GI issues have subsided.

Hemp is a complete protein, according to Antonio, because it contains all nine amino acids and all of the BCAAs, or branched-chain amino acids. Taking supplements high in BCAAs before and after workouts has been shown to help muscle trauma and recovery, he said, “which means you can train longer, harder and more often.”

“A lot of people think about meat when they think about protein, but I eat a plant-based diet,” said Antonio, who gets all the protein he needs from plants and hemp, which is mostly made up of edestin, a relatively easily digestible protein.
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Devin Alvarez, the CEO of Straight Hemp, was also present to teach about CBD's benefits for the body. Straight Hemp is a Colorado-based company that makes CBD oils, salve and Terpsolate, among other things, and Alvarez spoke about other ways CBD and hemp could be beneficial for the body.

Hemp could affect the nervous system with regard to perceiving pain, according to Alvarez, who looked into plant medicine after losing family members to opioid overdoses in Florida. While at the United States Air Force Academy, he became more experienced with cannabis and decided to go back to school for biotechnology and environmental science. He worked as a quality-control engineer before founding Straight Hemp in hopes of having a greater impact on his family’s health.

“I set out to craft some products that my mother could afford and I would feel comfortable with her using,” he said, explaining that his mother is using CBD oil and salves for pain after a lifetime of working on her feet and being prescribed pharmaceutical drugs.

Some studies have shown that CBD can also prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by reducing neural inflammation and eliminating amyloid plaques in the brain, Alvarez said. In the same way, CBD can reduce inflammation in a number of places throughout the body, making it beneficial for athletes suffering from pain or soreness.
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Re: The Potfolio
« Reply #463 on: March 27, 2018, 09:13:50 AM »
I am today officially out of the equity markets altogether. My guess is that stocks will not tank hard any time soon, but my pot stocks have been doing a slow bleed for a few weeks, and I decided to take a different approach. Surprisingly, I am still up nearly 30K for this year from the January rally, even though I gave some back.

My view is that substantial uncertainty exists over the short term with respects to the markets, mostly due to Trump and Powell, both of whom are doing the wrong things right now. I  have decided to take the money I've been trying to invest, and use it to pay off the note on my storage property.  Since this is a business that has a modest cash flow, it will create a nice positive revenue stream that I will then use to pay off the stead earlier than previously planned.

This amounts to a guaranteed 5.5% ROI, since that's the interest on the commercial real estate note. Because I won't be working forever, it behooves me to retire all the debt on properties that do not produce a positive cash flow, of which I have three --- the house in the canyon, the stead, and the lake cottage. I have been investigating the possibility of selling the stead, although it doesn't make me happy to think about it. My initial inquiries lead me to believe that currently I have some decent equity there. If I could get it paid off, it'd be easier to justify keeping it.

I am also getting out of the pig biz completely over the next month or two, as soon as it's practical. This will also take a little more off my monthly nut and maybe help me come up with more money to pay off debts. I am getting more defensive, although it's likely that pot stocks will still do better than what I have planned.

But I don't have unlimited assets, and I'm going for the bird in the hand.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-fake-weed-synthetic-cannabis-warning-20180329-story.html

Synthetic pot warning issued as number of users experiencing severe bleeding jumps to 32


State and local health officials have issued a warning about a synthetic pot in Illinois that has caused users to experience severe bleeding.

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that 32 people in the past few weeks visited emergency rooms with severe bleeding after using a synthetic cannabinoid product. That’s up from the 22 cases the state reported just the day before.

The department also released a geographic breakdown, reporting eight cases in Chicago, four in suburban Cook County and one each in Will, DuPage, Kane and McLean counties. The hot spot seems to be the Peoria area, with Tazewell County reporting 10 cases and neighboring Peoria County six.

Most of those affected were in the Chicago area, but health officials warned the contaminated products also could be present elsewhere across the state, said department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.

The health department said Thursday that symptoms have included bleeding from the eyes and ears. On Friday, officials clarified that while this can happen, those affected in Illinois have reported other symptoms, like coughing up blood, blood in urine, bloody noses, bleeding gums and, for women, heavier than usual menstrual flow.

Though synthetic pot has long been considered dangerous, severe bleeding is not a known side effect, said Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

“This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly,” she said.

Despite a statewide ban, Arnold said manufacturers could be slightly tweaking the molecular makeup of the products as a way to “get around” the law, allowing for them to be sold legally. They are also sold on the street, she said, and those experiencing the bleeding said they obtained the products in convenience stores and from dealers and friends.

Health officials reported 32 people who experienced the symptom since March 7, and they continue to track the situation, Arnold said. So far, there are no deaths reported.

A change in the latest formula could be behind the new, dangerous symptom, Millewich said. Because health officials don’t know the exact makeup of the products, it’s unclear what’s causing the bleeding, she added.

While there have been no such cases at Good Samaritan’s ER, Millewich said, synthetic pot, often called “fake weed,” “K2” or “spice,” has previously displayed life-threatening symptoms like kidney failure, along with psychosis.

“People don’t realize how dangerous this is,” she said.

The man-made substance is a mixture of hundreds of chemicals, often called cannabinoids because they affect the same brain cell receptors as the main ingredient in marijuana. Cannabinoids are sometimes sprayed on plant material for smoking, or are sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, the health department’s warning said. The products are also sometimes referred to as herbal or liquid incense.

Recent patient reports of severe bleeding led health officials to warn the public not to use any synthetic cannabinoid products.

While those affected by the outbreak admitted using cannabinoids, it’s been difficult to determine their exact source for the substance, Arnold said.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the public health department, says there’s an erroneous perception that synthetic cannabinoids are a safe and legal alternative to marijuana.

Shah says they're unsafe because it's difficult to know what chemicals they contain or what an individual's reaction will be.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found there’s also an association between teens who use synthetic pot and a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs.

Anyone who uses these drugs and experiences unexplained bleeding or bruising is advised to call 911 or have someone take them to an emergency room.

Associated Press contributed.

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