Is Your Weed Buying History Safe from the Feds?

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by Erik Muenker D.C. |  Exclusive CBDbusinessBlog.com

Federal Marijuana Crackdown Coming?

Is a federal crackdown on marijuana coming in 2017? After all, the Feds locked up over 3,500 people for marijuana related drug offenses, in 2016 alone. No one knows for sure what the new administration will do.

Should you be worried that your marijuana buying history could end up in the wrong hands?

Just think about all of the potential conflicts:

– You could be denied purchase of a firearm!
– It could jeopardize your health insurance coverage?!
– You could be denied employment!
– You might even be denied citizenship!
– Involved in a child custody proceeding?

Well Oregon legislators aren’t waiting around to find out. Oregon legalized recreational cannabis in July of 2015, and a new Oregon Bill that just passed the legislature (53-5) will prohibit marijuana retailers from keeping information collected from their customers for more than 48 hours.

Perhaps it’s time to start asking some questions.

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Oregon Bans Marijuana Strain Names

CBD News Pick – Cannabis Business Times

New testing and packaging requirements barring strain names passed just before starting recreational sales Oct. 1.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved 26 licenses for 26 recreational marijuana retailers Sept. 30, as well as modified rules regarding state licensee testing requirements and labeling and packaging restrictions.

Approved retailers were able to open for business selling recreational marijuana Oct. 1, the goal date promised by the OLCC to Oregonians, according to a press release. The OLCC enacted temporary changes to lab testing rules to lessen the strain on labs able to test recreational cannabis products. Out of the 26 licensed retailers, 12 were able to open Saturday, according to Steve Marks, executive director of the OLCC, in a conference call with reporters Sept. 30.

Under the new rules, an amount (still to be determined by Oct. 3) of randomly chosen samples from batches of usable cannabis will be tested. If any part of those samples fails pesticide testing, every 10-pound lot is required to be tested, according to an Oregon Live article.

Originally, every batch would have to be tested by an accredited lab. The stringent testing strained the few approved labs in the state, and Gary Ward, the administrator for Oregon’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP) wrote in an email Aug. 26 that the program was “on the precipice of collapse,” as Cannabis Business Times reported last month.

Currently, the state is caught up with testing, and four of the 10 licensed laboratories are able to manage the required pesticide testing under the new rules, and more labs will be accredited, according to Marks.

In order to remain on store shelves, existing products must be clearly labeled as tested under the previous rules, and be in childproof containers before leaving the store, according to a Fox News article. All products made after the Oct. 1 deadline must be tested under the new, temporary rules. The modified rules will revert back to the original requirements as of Mar. 1, 2017.

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been able to sell recreational marijuana under a different set of rules since October 2015 (which CBT covered here). Those dispensaries will be unable to sell recreational marijuana after Dec. 31.

Rules regarding packaging and labeling of recreational marijuana products were left unchanged in the special session Sept. 30, according to the OLCC press release. If packages and labels have not been pre-approved, licensees should use generic packaging according to guidelines set by the OLCC, found here.

The OLCC also passed a temporary rule regarding marijuana strain and product names in connection to “product wording commonly associated with products marketed by or for children,” according to the bulletin, found here. The list includes at least 14 strain names determined to be suspect that cannot be used on compliant packaging or labeling in Oregon dispensaries.

The strains currently listed include:

-Girl Scout Cookies

-Grape Ape

-Candyland

-Charlotte’s Web

-Cinderella

-Dr. Who

-Bubblelicious

-Smurf

-Bruce Banner

-Death Star

-Skywalker

-Jedi Kush

-LSD

-Blow

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Cannabis in Washington State to Be Randomly Tested For Pesticides

CBD News Pick – The Stranger

In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, the Washington State Liquor and Control Board announced some serious action on pesticides for potthat’s been a seriously long time coming.

Rick Garza, the agency’s director, outlined a $1.15 million program wherein the WSLCB will contract with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to set up a randomized pesticide testing scheme for the state’s cannabis producers.

It’s been a damn long time coming, but this agreement marks a major shift in the state’s attitude towards the use of disallowed pesticides on cannabis, which was widespread in the unregulated medical marijuana industry and didn’t exactly cease when weed was legalized.

 “This agreement will significantly expand the state’s ability to test for pesticides,” said WSLCB Director Rick Garza in a press release. “Testing for pesticides is a complex and costly process. Labs need specialized equipment and highly-trained staff to carry out the tests. This agreement will satisfy those obstacles. It will send a strong message to any producer applying illegal pesticides that they will be caught and face significant penalties, including possible cancellation of the license.”

That $1.15 million will cover the expensive gas chromatography equipment required to test cannabis for disallowed pesticides, as well as two full-time staffers to handle the testing. The agency hopes to run 75 samples per month for about 100 pesticides, which is about 75 more samples per month than they’ve been testing over the last three years of legal weed.

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The Oregonian/OregonLive to host Public Forum on Business of Cannabis

CBD News Pick – Oregonian 

Whether you grow your own marijuana, process the plant or run a cannabis shop, it’s not like any other business. Conventional banking isn’t possible.

Tax credits and deductions aren’t available. And investing in the new industry comes with significant risks.

The Oregonian/OregonLive will convene a panel of experts to discuss the complexities of operating a marijuana business in Oregon and what entrepreneurs and potential investors will want to know about financing these new enterprises.

Google-MapsThe event will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark, in Southeast Portland. Click here to RSVP.

Panelists include: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer; Dave Kopilak, an attorney with Emerge Law Group; a representative from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; and Noah Stokes, CEO of CannaGuard Security. Staff writer Noelle Crombie will moderate.
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CBD-BB Cannabis News for 9-7-16 | Weedmaps Faking Reviews + Legalization + Oregon OLCC Lab Collapse + Drug War Duo + NIDA

CANNABIS NEWS:  September 7th, 2016

Cannabis news articles from the day, handpicked by the CBD Business Blog Editorto keep you informed on cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) industry news.

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CBD News Pick –Four Reasons why LEGALIZING Marijuana could be the SOLUTION to America’s Problems

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CBD News Pick – Huffington Post

For a few years now Americans’ have disputed on the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana. Recreational cannabis is legal in four states: Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington state.

This November, five states will vote to legalize recreational cannabis: California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Nevada. We’ve heard all the research and the majority of adults will admit to having tried cannabis at least once in their life.  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –Oregon OLCC Accreditation for Pot Labs on Verge of Collapse

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CBD News Pick – Houston Chronicle

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon officials struggle to license all sectors of the recreational marijuana industry before the end of the year, a top official of the agency that accredits pot-testing labs says it is overwhelmed — a potential blow to the rollout.

Gary K. Ward, administrator of the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, known as ORELAP, emailed dozens of labs awaiting licenses, saying his agency’s abilities to accredit them is “on the precipice of collapse … because of the lack of resources and the last minute rush of cannabis labs with applications.”  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –7 Must Attend Cannabis Events This Fall

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CBD News Pick – Merry Jane

There’s some pretty epic shit happening in cannabis this fall.

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition | September 7-9. The event takes place in downtown at the Los Angeles Convention Center will feature experts, proponents, advocates, activists, and connoisseurs in the cannabis industry.  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –Marijuana Legalization: Having an Impact on Illegal Use
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The main desk at Columbia Care, a medical marijuana dispensary in Manhattan. Drake Baer / Business Insider

CBD News Pick – Business Insider UK

With legal allowances for both medical and recreational use on the rise all over the US, the favored illegal drug of Americans has never looked more professional.

That’s because the business of legal marijuana has never been better. We’re talking about a $7 billion market, according to ArcView Market Research (a firm that tracks the legal cannabis trade).  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Reference Guide

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CBD News Pick – Steep Hill Labs, Inc.

Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly referred to as “Δ9-THC,” “D9-THC,” “d9-THC” or simply “THC”) is a neutral cannabinoid, well known for being strongly psychoactive.

Of all the scientific discoveries that have been made about THC, probably the single most important was how THC enabled scientists to discover the existence of the Endocannabinoid system in vertebrate animals (including humans): a critical part of physiology that, up until then, was unknown.  THC has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments and disorders including pain, tumors, nausea and ADHD.  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –The Biological and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol

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CBD News Pick – NIH/NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse

“Cannabidiol: Barriers to Research and Potential Medical Benefits”

Mr. Chairman, Ms. Chairwoman, and Members of the Senate Drug Caucus, thank you for inviting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to participate in this hearing to share what we know about the biology and the potential therapeutic effects of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main active chemical compounds found in marijuana. In light of the rapidly evolving interest in the potential use of marijuana and its derivative compounds for medical purposes, it is important to take stock of what we know and do not know about the therapeutic potential of CBD.  Click for more →


CBD News Pick –Drug War Duo Urges Expedited Evaluation of CBD Therapy 

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CBD News Pick – The Leaf Online | Click for Letter

A bipartisan pair of conservative US Senate prohibitionists has quietly teamed up and been working behind the scenes to get the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) to coordinate efforts and move quickly to remove barriers to the scientific and medical evaluation of cannabidiol (CBD), an active ingredient of marijuana, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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