3 Legal Cannabis Benefits Receive Presidential Praise – MaryJNews.com

Larry Downing / AP U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress.

MaryJNews, US – Three legal cannabis benefits recently  received presidential praise. President Barack Obama made statements during the 2015 State of the Union address that may have signaled the upcoming legalization of Medical Marijuana as a Legal and legitimate form of medicine. During the Obama administration marijuana in the mainstream has gained more ground than expected or imagined. Now, with his term coming to an end, the finalization of legal medical marijuana on a federal level may be coming to fruition.
Making no direct statements using Cannabis, Marijuana, THC, or Cannabidiol Oils (CBD), the president did briefly discuss the future of medicine.

#1. The Overhaul & Advancement Of Modern Medicine

21st century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine: one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.

In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. Tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.” – President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

There has been no greater high profile figure that has done more for medical marijuana, doing so without showing support publicly. Acknowledging the new jobs created by new industries was mentioned. One of the fastest growing industries in the United States is cannabis related jobs. This ranges from production, sales, store workers, independent growers through the large scale cultivation of industrial hemp.

#2. Increase In The Creation Of  Jobs In A New Industry In America

Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined.

Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. Some of our bedrock sectors, like our auto industry, are booming. But there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago: jobs at companies like Google, and eBay, and Tesla.

So no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future. But we do know we want them here in America.” – President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

Hemp & marijuana production is turning into the next big cash crop, providing thousands of new jobs included in that number along with thousands more on the way.
Lastly, the only crimes committed typically by marijuana users is the actual use. The overwhelming majority of what is considered a crime is the actual sale, possession, and distribution of pot for medical and recreational use. Since legalization of marijuana or the de-criminalization in several states, drug-related crime is down those states that have legalized some uses of marijuana. This was predicted to happen when you lift an industry out of the black market, regulate it, and tax it. As President Obama stated, the numbers support it.

#3. Less Crime & Imprisonment For Marijuana Related Issues

And surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all of us.” – President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

However, marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. This means no lawful marijuana businesses can use normal banks, no scientific research can legally conduct studies. It also means that anyone using marijuana for one of the several conditions that this is prescribed for along with the millions that use recreational marijuana for leisure purposes is considered a criminal.
With the read between the lines statements in the President’s speech, along with his apparent behind the scenes support, it may not be long before the dream of legalized marijuana is distributed through Federal Dispensaries.

We can do this.

A brighter future is ours to write.

Let’s begin this new chapter together, and let’s start the work right now.

Thank you. God bless you.” – President Barack Obama

 

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Top Poker Players Show Support After Online Gambling Suspects Indicted

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Some of top poker stars have lined up in support of Asian gambling kingpin Paul Phua Wei-seng and his associates, who are accused of operating an illegal soccer gambling ring in Las Vegas. According to Nevada court documents seen by the Sunday Morning Post, a host of top poker stars – including Phil Ivey and Andrew Robl – have paid bail costs and have expressed solidarity with the detained men.

Last week Las Vegas grand jury indicted Phua, 50, along with his son Darren Phua Wai-kit, 22, fellow Macau junket operator Richard Yong Seng-chen, 56, his son Yong Wai-kin, 22, and four others, for allegedly running an illegal international betting scheme worth billions of Hong Kong dollars during the soccer World Cup. The attorneys for the Phua’s have vowed to fight the charges in court.

Ivey, who is considered by some to be the best all-around poker player in the world, put up US$500,000 for Phua’s release, documents deposited with the court show. The remaining US$1.5 million was funded by Robl, a 27-year-old professional player originally from Michigan. He also contributed US$500,000 each for Phua’s son and Yong and his son, court documents show.

During a court hearing to determine bail conditions for the two Yongs on Thursday, Ivey, a 10-time World Series of Poker champion, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he had “the utmost respect and trust for them”.

Meanwhile, five-time World Series of Poker champion John Juanda described the elder Yong as “a man of honour and high integrity” in a letter to the court. Yong is a “kind-hearted family man loved by everyone around him”, said Juanda, adding that he had known the Malaysian for five years. After the court hearing, Yong and his son were released on bail alongside Tang Hui, 44, a Hongkonger facing the same charges. Tang was released after posting a US$1.5 million bond and a guarantee by celebrity online poker player Tom Dwan that he would stay in his Las Vegas home.

Dwan was with Phua, Yong and their two sons when they were arrested on July 13 by FBI agents, according to an affidavit filed by him. Ivey, Robl, Juanda and Dwan did not respond to requests for comment by the Post. Phua and Yong are prominent figures in “high-roller” poker circles around the world from Macau to Monte Carlo. Phua is said to be a leading figure behind the online betting website IBCBet, based in the Philippines.

A month before his arrest in Las Vegas, Phua was arrested by police in Macau on charges of promoting illegal gambling and criminal association. He left the territory shortly after being released on bail.

US police and prosecutors have stated that Phua was a “high-ranking member of the 14k triad”, an allegation that his lawyers strongly deny.

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Electronic Cigarettes International(ECIG) Launches Nationwide Campaign Behind FIN® Brand

Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (ECIG), one of the largest electronic cigarette companies in the world and marketer of electronic cigarette and vapor products brands including VAPESTICK®, FIN®, Victory®, and VIP®, today announced that it has commenced a major new national advertising campaign behind the FIN® Advanced Vaping System in the United States. The campaign supports the expansion of the ECIG’s Advanced Vaping System “AVS”, one of the group’s most successful product launches in its history that has expanded to more than 30,000 accounts in both the United States and Europe.

The new multi-million dollar campaign supports the national distribution that the FIN® AVS has gained in less than 4 months since its initial launch, led by some of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States. The campaign which will run throughout the year, kicked off in late December with an initial wave running throughout the first quarter of 2015, and challenges smokers to try the great taste of FIN® as an alternative to smoking. National and regional radio comprises the bulk of the advertising effort, augmented by an extensive digital marketing and social media campaign, with extensive public relations in support of the overall effort. A large portion of the initial media investment is occurring in the first quarter of the year to build awareness and trial for the FIN® Advanced Vaping System in current retailers and another 15,000 planned outlets in national convenience store chains that begin distribution in the first quarter of 2015.

The Advanced Vaping System from FIN® is the first of its kind in vaping and is the only vaping system that comes with pre-filled V-tanks avoiding the hassle, mess and risk of filling standard vaping systems with open e-liquids. The system also comes with a larger universally compatible battery that provides greater vapor production relative to traditional vaping products and an ‘all-day vape.’ Not only is it an easier and more convenient alternative to other vaping systems, it provides both retailers and consumers the confidence and consistency eliminating any perceived concerns about handling open e-liquids.

About Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (ECIG)

Electronic Cigarettes International Group (ECIG) is dedicated to providing a compelling alternative to traditional cigarettes for the more than 1 billion current smokers around the world. ECIG is a fast growing independent electronic cigarette company, and owns the trademarks VAPESTICK®, FIN®, Victory®, VIP®, and others. The Company owns multiple subsidiary companies and has operations in North America, Western Europe, and Asia Pacific. ECIG offers consumers a full product portfolio that incorporates the highest quality and latest technology, and has been rated as superior in real tobacco taste amongst major brands. The Company’s website is www.ecig.co.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are any statement reflecting management’s current expectations regarding future results of operations, economic performance, financial condition and achievements of ECIG, including statements regarding ECIG’s expectation to see continued growth. The forward-looking statements are based on the assumption that operating performance and results will continue to materialize consistent with recent trends. Management believes these assumptions to be reasonable but there is no assurance that they will prove to be accurate. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: ECIG’s reliance on additional financing, ECIG’s profitability and financial health, risks associated with ECIG’s products, including that they may pose a health risk; governmental regulations may impact ECIG’s business; the market or consumers may not accept ECIG’s products; ECIG relies on a single class of products; existing or pending patents may affect ECIG’s business; and other factors disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless required by applicable law, ECIG undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

 

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18 ZaZZZ Machines $ERBB Shipping in December – MaryJNews

18 ZaZZZ machine from American Green, Inc. (OTC PINK: ERBB) are set to ship in December. This comes after months of waiting for American Green, INC to finish field testing and upgrading the predecessors to the next generation ZaZZZ Proprietary and Identity-Verifying Vending Machines. These dispensary vending machines are used for self service in dispensaries for a variety of THC products. Additional products that can be distributed by a next generation ZaZZZ Proprietary and Identity-Verifying Vending Machine may include OTC pharmaceuticals, event tickets, edibles, beverages, and employee-needed products such as safety gear along with select merchandise. The units, which are made by VE Global Vending are shipping this month for use in 2015 at the first twelve locations in five states, some of which are taking multiple machines. The prototype ZaZZZ machines at Denver dispensaries are also being replaced with the next generation ZaZZZ Proprietary and Identity-Verifying Vending Machines. After 12 months of extensive investigation, hardware improvements and custom software requirements to meet the unique end-user processes, internal controls and governmental regulations American Green, Inc. (ERBB) ZaZZZ machinee can now live up to their plan of building a complex network of dispensary vending machines to support the rapidly growing legal marijuana market.

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Denver Makes #2 On Best Beer Cities 2014 List – MaryJNews

beerMaryJNews_Denver – There is no secret that the people of Colorado love their beer. Possibly even more than these Coloradans like their pot. Now they are finally getting their recognition for it. Denver has now been named the No. 2 Best Beer City in 2014 by Livability.com. This puts them just behind Bend, Oregon who took the number one spot.

“Denver offers innovative and award-winning breweries, residents who consume beer at higher rates than the average American, sophisticated beer tastes and a high-quality of life for beer lovers,” Livability.com exclaimed in a recent press release regarding the list.

The editor at Livability.com’s takes into account beer production and consumption when choosing which towns make the list. Also taken into consideration is the number of liquor stores per capita and the city’s reputation as a beer town.

“Being a great beer city has positive implications for attracting talent, fostering business and drawing in tourists,” Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael stated. “But most importantly it means you have great beer.”

The 10 Best Beer Cities 2014 from Livability.com:

1. Bend, OR
2. Denver, CO
3. San Diego, CA
4. Albuquerque, NM
5. Tampa, FL
6. Grand Rapids, MI
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Bellingham, WA
9. Hershey, PA
10. Billings, MT

Colorado is home to four of the fifty largest breweries in the United States along with six of the fifty largest craft breweries in the country. These stats are provided by the annual numbers released in 2013 by the Boulder-based Brewers Association.

Statistics show that the residents of Denver consume beer more often than the average American. The city is also claims to be home to the best beer walk in America, where a beer enthusiasts can reach 20 breweries and pubs on drinking foot patrol. Denver also plays host to the annual Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. This festival attracts brewers from all over the country.

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