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The Denver Post | OCT 5, 2015 Colorado marijuana business LivWell has been sued by two cannabis consumers over selling pot grown with an unallowed pesticide that allegedly turns into cyanide when smoked
Large Colorado pot grower LivWell sued over pesticides
Omar Juarbe inspects the hundreds of marijuana plants at LivWell in August. In October, LivWell was sued by a pair of users over alleged use of a potentially dangerous pesticide. (image:Denver Post file)
David Migoya and Ricardo Baca
A pair of marijuana users in Colorado one of them a medical-card holder with a brain tumor have sued the states largest pot grower for allegedly using a potentially dangerous pesticide on the pot they later purchased.
The lawsuit against LivWell Inc. by Brandan Flores and Brandie Larrabee seeks class-action status and alleges the company for years inappropriately used Eagle 20, a heavy-hitting pesticide with myclobutanil that kills a variety of pests endangering the plants.
Flores lives in Denver and Larrabee is a Grand Junction resident.
Neither alleges they were sick....
Bongs, buds and beats: A night with Redman at Portland`s DOPE Cup
Veteran hip-hop star Redman performs at the Portland DOPE Cup at Refuge on Oct. 4, 2015 (image:David Greenwald/The Oregonian)
The smoke hits my nose as soon as I turn onto Southeast Yamhill Street on Sunday night for Portland`s first DOPE Cup, DOPE magazine`s traveling competition and sampling event. As it turns out, the sampling starts in the multi-block linewhat better way to pass the time, maaan?and joint after joint makes its way through the throng, puffs of smoke lifting and lingering in the fading sunlight. ``It`s expletive lit`` a man wearing a tied-died Flatbush Zombies shirt says as a tattoo-covered fellow puts an extremely extravagant fish-shaped glass pipe back into a briefcase.
Las Vegas Hempfest: A Look Inside Nevadas Marijuana Future
My continuing travels to some of the more interesting marijuana legalization events around the country and one coming up in Jamaica brought me this past weekend to Las Vegas to attend the 2nd Annual Las Vegas Hempfest on Saturday.
The Las Vegas Hempfest, which licensed the name from the original Seattle Hempfest, was held outside the citys convention center with two stages, lots of good music, and scores of industry exhibitors. Tommy Chong was the star of the show, and received a lifetime achievement award from the Hempfest organizers.
Our friends at Freedom Leaf, who wer....
Passing the Sniff Test: Odor-Minimizing Technology Proliferating in Cannabis Industry as Complaints Rise
Marijuana Business Daily staff
High Valley Farms has tried several methods to quell the odors coming from its cultivation facility that sits 20 miles north of Aspen, Colorado, amid frequent complaints from neighbors.
But doing so effectively proved difficult, time-consuming and costly.
So far this year, its employed a mist-vapor system and a dry-vapor system, both of which emit their own odors that some local residents find offensive, founder and chief executive Jordan Lewis told county commissioners at a recent meeting. It also installed a hydroxyl system it hopes will eliminate odors before they get ....
U.S. Attorney General Says She Supports State Cannabis Laws
(image:U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch)
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that states should be allowed to decide their own cannabis laws, even if that means they legalize it for recreational use.
I think states have to make those decisions on their own, Lunch said in an interview with NBC on Thursday They listen to their citizens and they take actions.
Lynch did note that in order for states to avoid federal interference, they need to; have a system designed to, number one, mitigate violence associated with their marijuana industries. And number two, and perhaps most importantly, keep young people, childr....
Californias 2016 pot legalization campaign launches
Voters sign a 2014 legalization petition in San Bernardino County (image: David Downs)
The campaign to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over officially gets under way this week. The largest, best-funded group of marijuana legalizers they call themselves ReformCA announced Friday they had taken a long-anticipated major step: filing their initiative language with the California Secretary of State.
If the initiative passes as written, it would:
legalize possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and over. You could grow up to 100 square-feet.
license commercial farms and stores through the state.
allow cities and counties to ban pot shops by popular ....
Consumer Lawsuit Over Pesticides On Marijuana Would Be First In Nation
Pesticides are used on tobacco and food a lot. According to scientists, there is a threshold for pesticide ingestion where below certain levels is harmless, and above certain levels is considered to be a hazard to your health. Pesticides are commonly used when growing marijuana, but there are not any studies or scientifically proven limits as to how much pesticides is too much on marijuana, and what pesticides should be avoided altogether. Its something that states have been struggling with as they see their medical and/or recreational marijuana industries grow.
Marijuana To Go On Sale In Uruguay Pharmacies Starting Next Year
Uruguay made news when it became the first country on the planet to legalize marijuana. When the policy change was announced, it was a very celebrated moment around the world. Uruguay seemed poised to be a world leader when it came to marijuana, with many people within Uruguays government estimating that marijuana would eventually be sold for as low as $1 per gram. Unfortunately, the $1 grams have yet to become a reality.
But it does sound like marijuana sales, which have yet to occur, will begin next year. Two cultivators won licenses to produce the marijuana. Per Reuters....
Full Text Of The California Control, Regulate, And Tax Cannabis Act Of 2016 ReformCA
Many experts consider ReformCAs marijuana legalization effort to be Californias best shot at legalizing recreational marijuana during the 2016 Election. Thats not to dismiss other efforts, but I have definitely seen more and more activists and social media friends posting ReformCA stuff compared to other efforts. Maybe from your perspective thats not accurate, and if so, definitely feel free to post so in the comments section.
After a lot of anticipation, ReformCA has officially filed its initiative. Below is the text of the initiative. What do California readers think? Is....
At `Checkpoint Of The Stars,` Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases
Federal agents at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint in West Texas used to make 20 to 30 busts per day for marijuana possession. (image:Google)
A federal inspection station on Interstate 10 in the West Texas desert earned the nickname ``checkpoint of the stars`` for all the entertainers who kept getting busted there. In the past six years, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Fiona Apple were all arrested for possession of marijuana.
These days, though, after a decision by a local lawman, everyone from personal pot smokers to medium-size marijuana traffickers can avoid jail.
The Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint was once the bane of pot smokers driving from Los Angeles to Texas. Green-suited federal agents a....
How Oregons marijuana law compares with Washingtons
Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland , Ore., Thrusday, Oct. 1, 2015. (image:Timothy J. Gonzalez / The Associated Press)
With Voodoo doughnuts in hand, some Portlanders got their first taste of legal, recreational, purchased-in-Oregon weed early Thursday morning.
With cheaper taxes, legal home grow and a regulated medical marijuana system, some in the Washington pot industry worry the state will struggle to compete once Oregons market gets running at full speed.
Heres how Oregons law compares:
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana clones are monitored inside the Clone Room at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Cuttings are taken to this room where they take root and get light 24 hours a day. Cuttings take root in seven to 21 days. (image:AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Its harvest time in southeastern Illinois. And in one city, that means not just corn, but medical marijuana.
The Associated Press recently gained an exclusive look at Illinois first legal marijuana crop, and the new farmland ritual beginning amid the cornfields surrounding the historic town of Albion.
Illinois is among 23 states that allow marijuana for at least medicinal purposes. The states restrictive law doesnt allow people to grow their own, only state-approved cultivation centers with rigid security systems.
A company called Ataraxia is harvesting medical marijuan....
| OCT 2, 2015 The case has drawn national attention over the federal prosecution of marijuana growers in a state that has legalized medical marijuana and recreational use
Federal prison for Washington medical pot growers
Pictured is a group of defendants accused by federal prosecutors of growing marijuana in rural Washington state. Shown here from back left: Rhonda Lee Firestack-Harvey, Jason Zucker, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg stand with Larry Harvey outside the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (image:Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review)
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The three remaining defendants in the case of the so-called Kettle Falls Five were sentenced to federal prison on Friday for growing marijuana in a state where both the medical and recreational use of marijuana are legal under Washington laws.
The defendants are known as the Kettle Falls Five because of their original number. They were convicted earlier this year of growing marijuana on their rural property near Kettle Falls, in violation of federal law.
Rolland Gregg was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. His wife, Michelle Gre....
Supporters of top marijuana legalization initiative could part ways
Californias best shot at legalizing marijuana could be going up in smoke.
The ReformCA initiative, which currently has support from major advocacy groups such as Americans for Safe Access and NORML, could possibly lose one of their main supporters in the Drug Policy Alliance, reports LA Weekly.
The Drug Policy Alliance, one of the most influential groups working in marijuana-related politics, is preparing its own circulation language for a bill other than ReformCA, and could file the initiative later this month if they arent happy with how other initiatives will be prepar....
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