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This marijuana cultivator says he grows ‘luxury, high-end cannabis,’ but what does that even mean? Colorado Cultivation 

This marijuana cultivator says he grows ‘luxury, high-end cannabis,’ but what does that even mean?

It’s really easy to grow weed, but it’s really hard to grow good weed. That’s the mantra of Mike Leibowitz, who founded Veritas Fine Cannabis and has positioned his Denver-based company as a “luxury, high-end cannabis” brand. Leibowitz joins Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show to talk about what the branding entails. “Not to sound too arrogant, but after doing this since the beginning, we just realized that what we were doing in the field, in our grows, was a little bit better than everybody else,” Leibowitz says. Read the full article…

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Study: Cannabis production uses as much energy as data centers Cultivation 

Study: Cannabis production uses as much energy as data centers

Growing cannabis uses a lot of energy, according to a report by EQ Research LLC, an organization that provides clean energy analysis for businesses and nonprofits. According to the report, cannabis grow facilities have energy needs similar to those of data centers. The reason cannabis cultivation is so energy intensive, says Rachael Speegle, director of operations at the Verdes Foundation, New Mexico’s highest-grossing medical cannabis producer, is because the plants are usually grown inside. Read the full article HERE

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Former reporter who quit on air to become cannabis advocate now facing 54 years in prison Alaska Dispensaries & Retail Sales Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

Former reporter who quit on air to become cannabis advocate now facing 54 years in prison

A former television reporter who quit on air to become a cannabis advocate is now facing 54 years in prison on drug charges. In 2014, Charlo Greene, a reporter for CBS affiliate KTVA, was doing a report on efforts to legalize marijuana in the state when she abruptly revealed that she was the owner of the Alaskan Cannabis Club, a group that connects medical marijuana patients with suppliers. Read the full article HERE

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Marijuana Food And Drinks 2016: Pot-Infused Alcohol Could Soon Be Sold Nationwide Edibles & Infused Products 

Marijuana Food And Drinks 2016: Pot-Infused Alcohol Could Soon Be Sold Nationwide

Canna-Beer – Dad & Dudes Breweria’s marijuana-infused beer – may soon be available in more than just Colorado. The adult beverage brand, which officially rolled out the first line of Drew’s Brews packaged cannabis-infused beers back in 2015, recently announced plans to sell their General Washington’s Secret Stash in stores across the United States. Read the full article HERE

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California marijuana legalization faces unlikely foe: growers California Cultivation Legal, Regulatory & Compliance 

California marijuana legalization faces unlikely foe: growers

Oct 4 Hezekiah Allen is a third-generation marijuana farmer in this Northern California county, where the cool coastal fog pours off the Pacific Ocean, coaxing pot plants to heights of 20 feet. The executive director of the California Growers Association trade group, Allen has long sought an end to what he calls “prohibition” and has looked forward to a day when he and the thousands of pot farmers here would no longer be outlaws. But he said he can’t bring himself to vote for Proposition 64, a referendum on California’s…

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Jamaica, Long Opposed to Marijuana, Now Wants to Cash In on It Uncategorized 

Jamaica, Long Opposed to Marijuana, Now Wants to Cash In on It

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Jamaica has long bemoaned its reputation as the land of ganja. It has enforced draconian drug laws and spent millions on public education to stem its distinction as a pot mecca. But its role as a major supplier of illicit marijuana to the United States and its international image — led by the likes of Bob Marley, whose Rastafarian faith considers smoking up a religious act — have been too strong to overcome. Read the full article HERE

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Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana Uncategorized 

Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana

Just two years ago, pot lobbyist Michael Collins was a pariah on Capitol Hill. Marijuana reform was too much of a risk. Lawmakers wouldn’t meet with him. Not anymore. “I’ve got offices reaching out to me,” said Collins, the deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit group that supports the legalization of marijuana. “It’s definitely a big change.” Marijuana-related legislation was on a fast track to nowhere until 2014. That was the year Republicans and Democrats alike approved a measure that kept federal authorities from interfering in states that allowed…

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The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana Uncategorized 

The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana

The American Legion, a group representing 2.4 million U.S. military veterans, has called on Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act and “reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.” In a resolution passed at the Legion’s annual convention last week, the organization said it hopes that better research into marijuana and an official acknowledgment of its potential medical benefits will hasten the development of new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, ailments that have plagued veterans returning…

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Marijuana Could Be the New Sin-Tax Gusher Uncategorized 

Marijuana Could Be the New Sin-Tax Gusher

Is marijuana the new sin-tax gusher for the states? It sure looks that way. In November, voters in five states will decide on whether to allow recreational use of the drug, while citizens in four other states have the option of legalizing medical marijuana. Unlike the fierce battles of the past over decriminalization, resistance by governors, law-enforcement groups and state medical associations is down (though not entirely gone). The ability to collect mountains of new taxes could be a reason, judging from the experience of Colorado, where voters approved medical marijuana in 2000…

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