420 with CNW – Using Medical Marijuana in Florida Could Affect Gun Ownership

As more patients get certified to use medical marijuana in Florida, it has come to light that their use of this particular drug could prevent them from purchasing a gun if they declared that they use state-legal marijuana. This reality also applies to medical and recreational marijuana users in states where such use is legal.

When someone goes to buy a gun, he or she is required to fill ATF Form 4473. This form captures all the relevant records pertaining to the firearm you wish to purchase, including details about the buyer.

Section 11e of that form clearly stipulates that the use of marijuana remains a federal crime even if states have legalized the drug. In short, even if medical cannabis is legal in Florida, that legality is of no consequence during the purchase of firearms.

For now, many people may not yet be aware of the implication of using medical marijuana and its effects on gun ownership, but lawyers warn that people will start taking notice or being upset if their applications to buy guns are rejected or when they face criminal charges related to owning a gun when one is a user of marijuana.

However, Craig Kailimai, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the ATF office in Tampa, Florida says that it is unlikely that the federal government could prosecute gun owners who use medical marijuana in Florida unless the law enforcement agencies can prove that the individual poses a real threat of violence.

Kailimai is quick to add that while charges may not be instituted, it remains a crime to buy a gun if you are a user of marijuana. But, the ATF and the federal government will only pick interest in a marijuana user who conforms to state marijuana laws if such a user becomes violent or reveals violent tendencies.

Unless federal marijuana laws change, people who wish to act in accordance with the strict spirit and letter of the law could be faced with a difficult choice between taking the medical marijuana that they need to deal with their health condition, or to buy and own a firearm.

Analysts believe that marijuana industry players like Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) could be citing such contradictions between federal and state laws as they campaign for marijuana law reforms at the federal level. No one should have to choose between using medical marijuana and giving up his or her right to own a firearm in the U.S.

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420 with CNW – Seven Oklahoma Marijuana Dispensaries Sue Facebook

It seems that Facebook is unable to decide whether it loathes or loves marijuana. At about this time last year, the social media giant was reported to be silently banning companies that were either advocating for marijuana or selling marijuana products. In October last year, Facebook seemed to have softened its stance when it announced that it would start allowing verified legal cannabis companies to use its platform for marketing or advocacy purposes.

However, all that doesn’t seem to have become a reality since many cannabis companies still complain that their content is flagged. Now seven Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries have decided enough is enough and have sued Facebook on the matter.

Danna Malone and her dispensary Ye Olde Apothecary Shoppe were the first to go to court alleging that Facebook, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the COO Sheryl Sandberg and Peter Thiel (executive team member) had placed the dispensary in what they called “Facebook jail” and prevented the legal business from posting about its shops and products.

This first lawsuit was filed in May this year. On July 18, six other medical cannabis dispensaries joined Ye Olde Apothecary Shoppe as plaintiffs in this particular case. The complaints of the additional dispensaries were similar to those of Danna Malone.

When a profile or page is taken to “Facebook jail,” that particular profile or page is temporarily disabled by the platform as a result of a perceived violation of any of the Facebook standards. The seven medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma that assert that Facebook put them in “Facebook jail” want the social media giant to be compelled by court to stop blocking these businesses from promoting their shops on this platform.

The companies are also demanding for a total of $75,000 as damages for the economic losses that they have suffered as a result of Facebook’s actions.

Additionally, the plaintiffs are requesting court to compel the defendants to meet the legal fees of the plaintiffs if the seven dispensaries decide to engage an attorney to argue their case.

The petition of the plaintiffs states that “Facebook has an arbitrary, discriminatory and subjective policy which is archaic and doesn’t apply uniformly to all.” The seven dispensaries also claim that the implementation of that policy appears to be random and there is no one at the platform who can be contacted if someone or a business has a concern.

The plaintiffs say the people at Facebook “hide behind their keyboards” while deciding the punishments they should mete out upon those they feel have contravened one of their subjectively defined community standards.

The lawsuit states that on the surface, it appears that Facebook isn’t sanctioning companies in states, such as California, Washington and Oregon, which have legalized recreational marijuana.

Industry watchers believe that this case will be followed closely by cannabis industry players like Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) since it could open the floodgate of lawsuits by marijuana companies that feel aggrieved with the platform in different jurisdictions.

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420 with CNW – First US Marijuana Cafe Set to Open in September

Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café is set to become the first marijuana café to open its doors to the public if its launch on September 1 this year goes according to plan. The West Hollywood Business License Commission gave the new business its final approval by a unanimous decision during a meeting that was held on July 16.

Andrea Drummer, the Head Chef of the café, said that they are proud to be the first in the U.S. to open a cannabis café. Drummer added that they take that responsibility highly, since it will set the pace for the educational and responsible use of marijuana as a food ingredient.

Drummer, a longtime cannabis advocate has authored a marijuana cookbook titled “Cannabis Cuisine: The Art of Cooking with Marijuana.” She has also served as a private chef to several celebrities, including Whiz Khalifa and Miguel. Andrea Drummer has also appeared on a number of television shows showcasing how people can cook with marijuana. These include “Cooking on High” on Netflix and Chelsea On!

The menu of the café, which will include CBD and THC-infused edibles, was designed by Drummer.

The café will have an area designated for people who don’t smoke cannabis and another area for those who smoke the drug. In the smoking area, a tableside service featuring unique strains grown by the company, will be available. A “Flower host” will be in charge of offering this service.

This “flower host” will explain the flavor profiles and specific effects of the different strains on offer before helping patrons to roll a joint. Dabs and bongs will also be available.

Representatives of the café also revealed that the establishment will have an advanced air filtration system in order to respect the interests of people in the neighborhood who may object to the cannabis smells wafting from the café.

The value of this filtration system took on greater importance when it emerged that the rabbi of a nearby synagogue had written to the license commission objecting to the planned location of the cannabis café.

The café is also taking the added precaution of planting landscaping that has been proven to absorb odors and purify air. Digital renderings of this landscaping were released to show that the café is taking every possible step to limit the impact of the establishment upon those in the neighborhood.

Drummer disclosed that the café idea has been fine-tuned over a period of four years and it was a logical next step after the push to have marijuana legalized was attained.  Industry watchers believe that the entire industry, including Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), will be thrilled when this café opens since it will be another step towards making cannabis a mainstream substance.

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Legalization Results in Fewer Illegal Grows in National Forests, Study Finds

New research shows that as marijuana started being legalized for recreational purposes in different states across the U.S., the reported cases of illicit grow sites within protected lands started falling.

The research findings, released in Ecological Economics, specifically point out that illegal grows on national forests saw a major decline in the Pacific Northwest after cannabis legalization started.

USDA’s Forest Service analyzed the available data on the illegal marijuana grow sites discovered and reported between 2004 and 2016. This data was in regard to 111 national forests. The researchers considered several factors, such as the retail price of pot, state laws, risks of being discovered running an illegal grow site, and many others.

The researchers then used that data to create six different simulations of what would happen to the number of illegal grows if marijuana policies changed.

For example, one simulation seeks to see how the number of these illegal grows would change if all the state laws legalizing both medical and recreational cannabis were revoked. Another simulation explores what would happen assuming that all the taxes on the legal marijuana on the market were waived/eliminated.

The researchers found that policies legalizing some form of marijuana are linked to a reduction in the number of reported cases of illegal grow sites within national forests.

The predictive models of the research also show that if the existing medical and recreational marijuana laws in different states were to be revoked, then the rate at which illegal grow sites would be discovered is likely to grow by double digit percentages while expanding the number of states with laws legalizing marijuana would reduce such grows by at least a fifth, as per the available 2017 data.

For example, if all the 23 states that had enacted medical cannabis laws by 2016 enacted recreational marijuana legalization laws as well, then the illegal grows within those areas would reduce by at least 35 percent and as high as 51 percent.

While the researchers found that marijuana decriminalization didn’t have any effect on illegal grows, they discovered that imposing harsher penalties on those convicted on charges related to illegal marijuana cultivation activities had an effect of reducing the number of illegal grows. Increasing law enforcement personnel in the national forests only had a negligible effect on the stats, according to the research.

The study concludes that of the two ways (legalization and increased enforcement) to reduce illegal grows in forests, legalization offers a more cost-effective way to preserve the forests from the attendant problems, such as the use of strong rodenticides, which come with the illegal grow sites.

Analysts think industry players like Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) aren’t surprised by the findings of this research since the cannabis industry has always asserted that legalization can stamp out the black market and its risks.

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420 with CNW – Congress Schedules Hearing on Ending Marijuana Prohibition

A major Congressional subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next week on ending cannabis prohibition. The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee will discuss a number of proposals that are aimed at passing legislation to protect states which have enacted marijuana laws.

Considering the list of people who are expected to be invited to speak to the subcommittee on Wednesday (July 10), one is left to conclude that the subcommittee is interested in learning how prohibition can be ended rather than gathering views on whether reform should happen.

For example, one of the witnesses who is expected to testify during the subcommittee hearing is Malik Burnett, a leading physician at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Previously, Burnett worked with the Drug Policy Alliance as its National Policy Advisor. In that role, he helped to secure success for a voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington, D.C. in 2014.

Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State Attorney, is also on the list of those to testify. She is noted for announcing in January this year that her department would no longer prosecute any marijuana possession case.

David Nathan, a doctor and board president of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) is also set to make an appearance before the subcommittee. DFCR is a pro-legalization group of physicians.

As you can see, the people who are lined up to talk to the subcommittee all share a desire to see the end of marijuana prohibition.

While the legislators will not be voting on any specific bill, it is nonetheless an important hearing since it marks the most important Congressional sitting on matters of marijuana policy reform. The information that they gather is expected to be passed on to the powerful House Judiciary Committee under which this subcommittee falls.

The importance of this committee explains why Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) earmarked that committee as the one that will deliver the end of prohibition in his roadmap to cannabis legalization.

Worth noting is the fact that every Democrat on the full Judiciary Committee cast his or her vote in favor of the recent amendments preventing the Justice Department from taking action in states where marijuana laws have been passed. Six Republicans also cast their votes in support of the spending riders, and this is regarded as a positive sign that broader cannabis law reform can win bipartisan support in this crucial House committee.

It is widely expected that the entire cannabis industry, including entities like Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), will be keenly following what transpires in the subcommittee.

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420 with CNW – New York Marijuana Decriminalization Expands as Full Legalization Fails

As plans to legalize marijuana fully appear to have hit a dead end in the New York State legislature, the lawmakers have agreed to expand the decriminalization of the drug in addition to providing for the automatic expungement of low-level cannabis possession convictions across the state.

On Thursday, Senators agreed to treat the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis as an infraction punishable by a $50 fine instead of regarding it as a crime. This measure marks a huge change in a state where thousands of residents have been caught on the wrong side of the law and been incarcerated.

The agreement on the expungement measure comes as a compromise deal after it became apparent that there wouldn’t be enough support to pass a full legalization measure. While legalization has failed, cannabis industry advocates still regard this approved measure as a step forward for the industry.

The bill passed with a 39-23 vote in the Senate as the legislative session dragged beyond its expected end on Wednesday.

Gov. Cuomo, who a couple of years ago called marijuana a “getaway drug” was all praises for the decriminalization measure. He said the measure will give relief to the thousands snared by the state’s criminal justice system because of marijuana.

This isn’t the first time that the State of New York is decriminalizing marijuana possession. In 1977, the state decriminalized the possession of a maximum of 25 grams. The new bill more than doubles that possession limit.

It should be noted that under the new law, the possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana is still a crime and nothing has changed regarding smoking cannabis in public. It is still forbidden.

All the same, this limited measure is still a victory because New York has been notorious for its restrictive marijuana laws. For example, under the medical marijuana program which was legalized in 2014, smoking medical marijuana isn’t allowed.

Many Senators who spoke during the hearing on the measure were disappointed that the bill didn’t seek to fully legalize marijuana. They cited the fact that medical marijuana has been legal for years as proof that cannabis has some value, so they couldn’t understand why it still remained illegal in the state.

The legislators are also debating a proposal tabled by State Senator Diane Savino to expand the medical cannabis program from its “current overly restrictive design” to something more accommodative.

Republicans, who are now the minority in both legislative chambers in New York State, made futile attempts to block the decriminalization measure, calling it “harmful to people.” It isn’t yet clear how industry players like Chemistree Technology Inc. (CSE: CHM) (OTCQB: CHMJF) and Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) will react to the current cannabis news coming out of Albany.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Flight Crews Banned from Consuming Marijuana 28 Days Before Flying

According to a new policy which has just been made public by Transport Canada (the federal transport regulator), flight crews as well as other industry employees will no longer be allowed to use marijuana within 28 days before they are due to fly.

The policy, which was announced on Thursday (June 6), takes immediate effect and it affects cabin crew, pilots and air traffic controllers. This policy was released in order to clarify the position of the regulator when recreational marijuana was legalized on October 17 last year.

Transport Canada asserted that aviation industry employees are required to maintain a certain minimum “level of fitness for duty” during the time when they are at work. Those employees must therefore refrain from using or being under the influence of any substance which can impair their faculties to a degree that can compromise aviation safety, the regulator added. Transport Canada also affirmed that their policy decision was informed by the current science available on the matter.

The announcement by Transport Canada isn’t altogether new in the Canadian aviation industry. The policy announcement comes after commercial airlines in the country, such as Westjet and Air Canada, had already issued blanket bans to their staff regardless of whether the employees wanted to consume recreational marijuana when they are off duty.

Speaking about Westjet’s radical policy on marijuana, the airline’s spokesperson said that the policy reflects the airline’s position as a leader in aviation safety, and that was why they were requiring Westjetters to report for duty while fit and stay that way throughout their shift.

Transport Canada has chosen to take the path similar to what the Department of National Defence decided to take on recreational marijuana. The military rules were updated to state that any serving military officer who wishes to use recreational marijuana should not do so within eight hours of starting their shift on duty.

The military rules also state that any personnel who operate weapons or vehicles aren’t allowed to consume recreational pot 24-hours before reporting for duty. Those that engage in high-altitude parachuting and those who serve on military aircraft are banned from using recreational cannabis in the 28 days prior to reporting for duty.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also announced earlier that any of its personnel who serve in “safety-sensitive positions” are prohibited from using cannabis 28 days prior to reporting for duty.

It would be interesting to know what companies like Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) think about these policies announced by aviation companies and regulators.

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420 with CNW – Canopy Growth Funds Digital Tools to Combat Underage Cannabis Use

Canopy Growth, one of the largest marijuana companies in Canada, has teamed up with two drugs awareness organizations to develop digital tools which will help to curb drug abuse among young people.

The two entities with which Canopy Growth has partnered are Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the second is Parent Action on Drugs. The collaboration has resulted in the creation of a text messaging service and an educational chatbot which will help parents, educators and youth to speak candidly about marijuana use.

Hilary Black, the Chief Advocacy Officer of Canopy Growth, revealed that the partnership was cemented two years ago at a time when recreational marijuana was not yet legal in Canada. The partnership was born out of the realization that once recreational cannabis was legalized, concerns and questions about the likelihood of minors abusing the drug would arise.

Black added that Canopy Growth has a responsibility to make sure that kids aren’t consuming cannabis and exposing themselves to the potential risks associated with underage consumption of the substance.

Canopy Growth therefore gave one grant to Dr. Jenna Valleriani. Valleriani serves as the strategic adviser for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy. That grant was used to design the educational materials contained in the Sensible Education Toolkit. The toolkit has evidence-based marijuana education guidelines designed for young people.

Parent Action on Drugs received the other grant and they used the funds to develop a chatbot and message system to convey the educational information in the toolkit to the youth.

The chatbot can be accessed on the website of Parent Actin on Drugs. It provides an interactive experience through which parents and their kids can start a frank discussion about marijuana use.

Three types of activities are available once you start the chatbot. First, you can play a game of charades and if you identify the term provided correctly, the bot gives you a number of useful tips about marijuana use.

You can also opt for the Q&A activity on the chatbot. Here, you ask questions about cannabis use and the chatbot provides the answers. The third option is titled “Scenarios” in which different real-life situations of exposure to cannabis are raised and a discussion about what one would do in those situations begins.

One has to visit the Parent Action on Drugs website in order to sign up for the SMS service. The automated texts are sent to your phone once each day for a total of 54 days. The content of the messages varies from cannabis laws, effects of cannabis on the body, to suggestions of how one can reduce or quit cannabis use if they have already taken up the habit.

The “What’s with Weed?” campaign was launched on Tuesday (May 28) and it is expected to be a major hit due to its highly interactive design. Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) salute Canopy Growth for making a contribution towards equipping youth with the information they need to make informed decisions about cannabis use.

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420 with CNW – Should California Reverse its Promise to Give Local Authorities Control Over Marijuana Businesses?

When Proposition 64 was passed, one of its “key” promises was that local authorities would have the right to decide whether to license recreational cannabis businesses within their jurisdictions or not. About 70 percent of all cities and counties have opted to ban recreational cannabis sales within their jurisdictions, and this has hampered the growth of the cannabis industry. Now some lawmakers are proposing that this tenet of Prop 64 be changed to rein in the power of local authorities on the matter. Several arguments have been presented in favor of and against this suggestion.

First, those in favor of Assembly Bill 1356, the bill which would force local authorities where a minimum of 50 percent of the voters supported Prop 64 to license some pot shops, say that the blanket ban on cannabis businesses has created room for the black market to thrive since locals have no access to legal marijuana.

Because of that black market activity, the state has been unable to regulate and tax those illegal cannabis sales. This creates public health safety issues. For example, the unregulated marijuana may have high concentrations of pesticides and other contaminants which can affect the health of consumers. The loss of tax revenue also denies the state the funds that it needs to deliver services to the people in addition to funding the regulation of the pot industry.

Proponents of AB1356 also say that by banning pot sales, local authorities are disregarding the wishes of the people in their areas. This is because there is overwhelming public support for legal marijuana.

The people who oppose the reversal of the promise in Prop 64 to let local authorities have a say in whether cannabis businesses should or shouldn’t be allowed in their areas say that this right was crucial in getting Prop 64 to pass. Reversing that promise would therefore tantamount to reneging on the principles which allayed the fears of some people and led them to support the ballot measure years ago.

Some people are also concerned about the risks associated with cannabis businesses since these businesses operate on a cash-only basis as a result of the federal status of marijuana. Marijuana is still illegal federally, so marijuana businesses cannot access banking services. This raises the risk of armed robberies and other opportunistic crimes. Local authorities should therefore reserve the right to allow or ban marijuana sales, they argue.

Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS) call on all concerned to think carefully about the future they want for the cannabis industry so that this standoff between the state regulators and the local authorities is resolved in a way that puts the will of the people at the center.

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420 with CNW – Michigan Retailers Ordered to Only Stock Cannabis from Licensed Growers

Michigan has been struggling to get a handle on the illegal cannabis market and their latest action has seen them instruct medical marijuana provisioning centers to stop accepting cannabis grown by caregivers and instead only accept supplies from growers licensed by the state.

LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) also says that caregiver growers can start selling cannabis to the licensed growers and processors, but the caregiver growers will have to meet the cost of testing their cannabis before the licensed processors and growers can accept it.

Rejecting the cannabis grown by caregivers is just another twist in the regulatory chaos as the state struggles to move from a largely informal industry to a regulated one. Their efforts in this direction have been met by legal challenges initiated by the unlicensed cannabis businesses which the regulators wanted to close.

Judge Stephen Borrello of the Court of Claims has variously described what the regulators are doing as “freakish or whimsical.” The Judge has so far made several rulings against LARA, the most recent being one in which unlicensed dispensaries can continue operating for 60 days after LARA has rejected their application for a license.

During that court session, the judge gave the regulators the liberty to decide whether caregiver growers could continue supplying medical cannabis to dispensaries. The regulators promptly acted on that and issued their guidelines barring caregiver growers from taking their cannabis to dispensaries.

This action by LARA has stirred what is an already sour relationship between the “corporate cultivators” and the caregiver cannabis growers. The caregiver growers see the large corporate cultivators as being only interested in making profit at the expense of patients while the big growers see caregiver growers as people who supply cannabis of questionable quality to undercut their profits.

Those accusations have some basis, because some of the cannabis from caregiver growers has tested positive for mold, E-coli, Salmonella and other contaminants. Nonetheless, consumers prefer the cannabis from caregiver growers because it is more affordable and is in tune with the needs of patients.

Critics of the action taken by LARA now say that the caregiver growers are simply going to start supplying the unlicensed sellers, to the detriment of the legal cannabis industry since these products will not have to undergo the costly testing processes required in the regulated market.

Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC: NUGS) hope that the regulators take well-considered decisions so that the medical cannabis industry in Michigan can finally stabilize.

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