Düsseldorf moots cannabis legalization – The Local.de

Participants in the Berlin “Hemp Parade” on August 8th 2015. Photo: DPA

City councillors in Düsseldorf, capital of Germany’s most populous state, are following Berlin in planning a pilot project in which cannabis could be sold legally to adults.

The move is the result of a joint push by the three parties which form the city’s governing coalition, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

The “traffic-light coalition” (red, green and yellow are the parties’ respective colours) in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital came together on Wednesday to pass a plan providing for a strictly-regulated cannabis trade that would provide the drug to adults.

“Study, prevention and aid fall short because of criminalization,” Green councillors Angela Hebeler and Norbert Czerwinski wrote on their party’s blog on Thursday, adding that “the number of [cannabis] consumers fell drastically after it was decriminalized, for example in Portugal and the Netherlands.”

“Controlled trade in cannabis products… opens up a possibility for sensible regulation that the black market obviously doesn’t permit. This would undermine the foundations of illegal trade,” they go on.

“We must investigate whether people with problematic consumption patterns can be more easily reached with this form of access and whether harm to health can be reduced by more effective consumer protection.”

Now civil servants in Düsseldorf must apply to the Federal Institute for Medicines (BfArM) for a license.

Councillors from the Düsseldorf faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have vowed to oppose the plans for the pilot project.

Following Berlin’s footsteps

They’ll be following in the footsteps of Berlin district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, which was the first local authority in Germany to apply for a cannabis license at the end of June this year.

Faced with an intensive cannabis trade in the district’s parks, the Green party mayor asked the BfArM for permission to offer the drug legally so as to reduce crime in the area and limit health risks and sales to minors.

The capital’s branch of the SPD may also ask members whether they are in favour of the policy in a survey planned for later this year.

Greens are the grass-friendliest party

The Green party has traditionally been at the forefront of calls for cannabis legalization.

Green state leaders in Baden-Württemberg and Bremen have also called for the drug to be legalized.

And the party introduced draft legislation in the Bundestag (German parliament) earlier this year in a bid to focus attention on the issue.

It would allow adults to possess up to 30 grammes of cannabis legally and grow up to three plants in their home, as well as providing for trade in the drug to be taxed.

There is almost no chance of the Green bill passing, however, with MPs in the CDU strictly opposed to the idea of legalization.

They argue that cannabis is not the harmless drug that its proponents believe, and that it can trigger serious mental illnesses like depression.

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PEI RCMP continue cannabis investigation on farms – CBC.ca

P.E.I. RCMP are working with local farmers and seed providers to remove hemp or marijuana from a number of farmers fields in the Travellers Rest area.

Police say that in the past two weeks, 2,300 plants have been removed from this area.

On Tuesday, police were focusing their efforts on a field in the Fernwood area off Route 225.

Over the last few days, Cannabis sativa, a crop that can be classified as either marijuana or hemp depending on the levels of tetrahydrocannibol (THC) found in it, was found in a number of Island fields, according to police.

They say the cannabis sativa hemp and marijuana look very similar, so it is necessary to run a lab analysis to determine which type of plant is in the fields. The testing is being done at a Health Canada facility.

RCMP say it could be weeks before the test results identify the plants.

Even if the substance is hemp, a licence is needed to grow it, so the crop must be removed.

In three of the fields where Cannabis sativa has been found, borage, a seed grown for its oil which also produces bright blue flowers, is grown for Technology Crops International of Kensington.

The company contracts out a number of Island farmers to grow seed provided by the company. 

“We have come to find out from the company that sold the seeds to the farmers that there are a number of fields in P.E.I. which have borage and Cannabis sativa mixed together,” said RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler.

Police aren’t sure how long will take to remove all of the plants, but do say that when the cannabis plants are removed, the borage crops will need to be destroyed.

On Monday, Technology Crops International said it was unsure where the Cannabis sativa was coming from.

RCMP say the affected farmers and Technology Crops International have cooperated fully with the investigation, which remains ongoing.

Police say it could take weeks to determine whether other fields in P.E.I. are facing the same situation. They are asking Islanders not to go looking for cannabis plants in borage fields, adding that not all borage growers purchased seed from the same distributor.

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Photo Release — Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s HempMeds Featured on NBC 7 … – GlobeNewswire (press release)

Real Scientific Hemp Oil(TM) (RSHO(TM)) as Seen in Wall Street Journal – Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — San Diego’s economic development is being fueled by one of the oldest plants on the planet: cannabis.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=35086

“San Diego is actually becoming, literally a booming hemp hub, number one globally for the entire nation,” Andrew Hard, Spokesperson for HempMeds® and CEO of CMW Media told NBC 7 News in a report that aired Friday, August 7. “This is a major destination for the cannabis industry as a whole, and basically it’s very important for San Diego to know that and, even more, embrace it.”

Nestled in and just outside the Greater San Diego area are several of the cannabis companies that are making headline news around the world:

  • Medical Marijuana, Inc. – the first publicly traded cannabis company and an industry investor fostering the growth of the cannabis industry
  • HempMeds® – the world’s trusted source for CBD hemp oil products
  • HempMeds Brasil™ – a key source of CBD hemp oil that is approved for export and can be subsidized by Brazil’s federal government and health insurance
  • Dixie Botanicals – one of the most widely recognized brands in the cannabis industry
  • Kannaway – the world’s first award-winning CBD hemp oil product-focused network marketing company
  • MPSI – U.S. cannabis security solutions
  • Haenep Source – a hemp lifestyle company

“Trending are cannabis products with cannabidiol or ‘CBD’ hemp oil that give all the benefits of cannabis just without the psychoactive ‘high’ that one receives from the cannabinoid THC,” Hard states. “CBD from hemp is not a scheduled substance so products with it can be shipped nationwide and around the world.”

Retail brands of CBD hemp oil products – also known as “low THC cannabis” in “CBD-only” states – that are also trending online include:

Hard explains, “What the public may not know is that today’s cannabis consumers range from toddlers to seniors, professional, collegiate, and youth athletes, Veterans – even pets!”

Over the weekend, HempMeds® supported the local cannabis industry as a presenting sponsor at the 1st annual San Diego Cannabis Professionals Cup. There, Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s HempMeds® showcased their cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil portfolio brands letting the public know that although some states are grappling with the logistics of implementing “low THC cannabis” laws for marijuana-based products, there is an immediately available alternative with CBD hemp oil.

About HempMeds

HempMeds® offers mainstream marketing, sales, customer service, and logistics for the cannabis industry. HempMeds® is a corporate portfolio company of Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC Pink: MJNA) and the Company’s exclusive master distributor and contracted marketing company. In addition to handling sales and distribution, HempMeds® is the communication hub for the Medical Marijuana Inc. portfolio of companies.

About Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Our mission is to be the premier hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally-friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.MedicalMarijuanaInc.com.


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.


This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements and information, as defined within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the Safe Harbor created by those sections. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Medical Marijuana, Inc. to be materially different from the statements made herein.


Medical Marijuana, Inc. does not sell or distribute any products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substances Act (US.CSA). The Company does grow, sell and distribute hemp-based products and are involved with the federally legal distribution of hemp-based products within certain international markets. Cannabidiol is a natural constituent of hemp oil.

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Public Relations contact:
Andrew Hard
CMW Media
P. 858-380-5478

Corporate contact:
Medical Marijuana, Inc.
Toll Free: 888-OTC-MJNA (888-682-6562)

Investor Relations:
GH Investment Advisors
550 West "C" Street, Ste. 2040
San Diego, CA 92101
Nick Massalas
Office:  (858) 264-6500
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Oregon cannabis feud pits marijuana growers against hemp farmers – The Register-Guard

SALEM — Marijuana growers worry that Oregon’s emerging hemp industry could take the buzz out of their recreational and medicinal weed.

Some lawmakers hope to clamp down on the state’s embryonic industrial hemp crop amid concerns that through cross-­pollination hemp could harm outdoor medical marijuana grows, particularly in Southern Oregon.

Hemp — a cousin of marijuana that has much lower levels of pot’s psychoactive component, THC — can ruin valuable marijuana crops through cross-­pollination by lowering marijuana’s THC content, pot advocates say.

Hemp fiber can be used to make cloth, rope and other products. And, like marijuana, hemp, consumed as an oil, has medicinal value, hemp supporters say. But you can’t get high from smoking it. Hemp was first approved for cultivation by Oregon lawmakers in 2009, but a long-standing ban at the federal level blocked legal hemp grows.

That changed with the 2014 federal Farm Bill, which allowed research-based hemp crops. Earlier this year, the state Department of Agriculture started issuing licenses for legal hemp grows for the first time.

It has not gone smoothly.

Department officials initially issued licenses to hemp growers without obtaining GPS location data and maps of where the crop would be planted or information about the size of the grows, in violation of the department’s own administrative rules.

Immediately, existing medical marijuana farmers became concerned that several proposed hemp grow sites in Southern Oregon might cross-pollinate with their crops.

Lauren Henderson, the Department of Agriculture’s assistant director, acknowledged his agency’s error in an interview Wednesday, attributing it to the “pains of setting up a completely new program and doing it expeditiously.”

But he added that Ore­gon’s 2009 hemp law didn’t direct the department to try to account for “co-­existence” between marijuana and hemp crops.

“Those (location) requirements were designed so we would know where the (hemp) crops are” to comply with federal law, Henderson said. “It wasn’t a consideration related to co-existence.”

Now, pro-marijuana lawmakers are stepping in, to the dismay of new hemp growers.

Under new amendments proposed for House Bill 2668 on Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture would revoke all 13 licenses it has issued to hemp growers so far. Those licenses have been issued for areas in Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley, though none appears to be in Lane County.

The amendments would then allow six “test plots” throughout Oregon, where Oregon State University would study cross-pollination risks. None of those plots could be within 5 miles of a registered medical marijuana grow site.

Backers say some of the existing licensees could qualify to become a test site. The state would reimburse those who aren’t allowed to convert to one, for their prior setup costs as well as the value of their crop if they’ve already planted it.

The amendment would also block approval of any other new hemp grow sites until the end of 2017.

Rep. Peter Buckley, an Ashland Democrat who drafted the amendment, said it is intended to correct “the haphazard approach that we’ve taken so far in introducing hemp.”

Lawmakers “made the assumption in 2009 that possible conflicts with medical marijuana would be addressed by the Department of Agriculture,” he said. “We want to set up good areas for growing hemp, without damaging anyone else.”

The House Rules Committee didn’t adopt Buckley’s proposed amendments on Wednesday. Another amendment, which would be more lenient on the hemp industry, has also been proposed.

Critics say Buckley’s amendment would significantly damage the hemp industry just as it’s starting, potentially causing most farmers to miss three more growing seasons.

The amendment “is designed to kill this industry,” said Mark Gatlin, a Grants Pass city councilor at a brief hearing on Wednesday.

After receiving his license earlier this year, Cliff Thomason planted hemp on 43 acres near Williams in Josephine County last month. His main goal is to produce hemp for medical purposes, as a nonpsychoactive alternative to medical marijuana, he said.

Thomason said he can’t understand why lawmakers are proposing such a heavy-handed approach.

“I’ve been waiting eight years (to grow hemp), and now they’re already trying to shut me down,” he said. Lawmakers “are trying to give preference to medical marijuana over hemp on what is notoriously some of the best farmland for cannabis.”

Thomason said he understands “the threat I pose to medical marijuana industry” because of cross-pollination. But he said he believes “farmers and neighbors could work things out together” without a statewide rule.

For example, he said, hemp farmers could be limited to growing only female plants outdoors. That way there would be no male hemp plants outdoors to pollinate the marijuana crops, which are all-female, Thomason said.

“No one wants to be in the agro-terrorism business,” he said.

Geoff Sugerman, a lobbyist who represents marijuana growers, said female-only hemp crops “might provide an avenue” to co-existence between the two crops in the future. But, he said, marijuana growers would first need in-depth study of whether that solution was feasible.

“Right now, we want a timeout (on hemp grows) so we don’t damage our existing and successful medical marijuana crop,” he said.

The conflict over cross-pollination mirrors a long-standing conflict in the Willamette Valley between farmers who want to grow canola and established specialty seed and vegetable farmers. The specialty farmers fear their crops would be pollinated by canola.

Lawmakers stepped into that conflict as well, most recently limiting canola crops to 500 acres in the valley until 2017, while the crop contamination risks are studied.

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2015 Pot Stock Rally – CNA Finance (press release)

Pot StocksWith the Marijuana and Hemp Stock sectors starting to gain massive attention, traders are beginning to notice unusual activity in these stocks. Unusual volume in certain stocks is spiking curiousity. Pre-market trading in the 100,000’s of thousands of shares is making investors wonder. Could this be the start? These Pot Stocks are scraping the bottom of the barrel now. How much lower can we go? One stock, THCZ, made an incredible run from under a penny to .047 cents most recently. Ironically, the stock seems to just have teased investors. Holding out for a true explosion. On the other side of the coin, we have a stock like ERBB repetitively kissing 52-week lows what seems like every session. ERBB is an amazing company with a solid gameplay just sitting back and waiting to collect profits. Investors don’t like waiting. So in the meantime, we’re watching the stock get drilled down into sub-penny land. What’s that old saying — Buy Low, Sell High? Perfect timing with ERBB. Load up 500K shares and your thank you letters will be drone-choppered to my private mansion. Sorry in advance, I won’t be able to respond. But you’re welcome. I wouldn’t count on this one to be down too long before we see some sort of long-term trend reversal. HEMP is another stock traders enjoy keeping a watchful eye on. This volatile, explosive stock can rally from .03 to .33 too quick to notice. It’s a real gainer. Just better be ready for it. CBIS is another more stable grower. A major player in the cannabis market and a reasonably priced stock coming in at only about .0494 cents a share. One of the leaders, truly positioned for long-term growth in the field. MJNA is another stable one. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Medical Marijuana, Inc. If not, go familiarize yourself with it’s coolest member, Tripp Keber! Tripp got arrested some time back in Alabama for possessing a small amount of concentrate. Way to go Tripp!! We love you!

Alaska now joins the nation as the 3rd official state to straight up legalize weed. DC may be next. Or a host of others. Maybe Florida, who barely missed legalization last time around. The Pot tentacles are growing, extending, spreading, and reaching out. Smart businessmen and investors appreciate the seriousness and reality of this movement. Big elections are coming whereby Marijuana will without question be a highly discussed topic as far as legalization.

Investors and trader are quietly accumulating. It’s no longer a secret. It’s now just a matter of time until each and every one of the marijuana and hemp stocks, and even those related thereto, experience the massive upward surge that has been whispered all over the town.

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