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Report: More Than 60% of Weedmaps Reviews Are Fake; Real Reviews Most Likely Incentivized
If you are a legal MMJ patient living in a cannabis friendly state, you are most likely already familiar with the process of using some of the more popular dispensary locator tools like Weedmaps and Leafly. Gone are the days of sneaking into the shadows to quickly exchange money for a bag of weed, or hoping a friend’s friend’s cousin can come through for you. Times change, businesses change, and patient’s needs change, but internet magnates such as Yelp, Google and Facebook continue to resist the idea of accepting and focusing on building cannabis-related listings. For the past …
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Appeals Court Says “NO” to Feds: Funds Are Not To Be Spent on Prosecuting Those in Compliance with State Medical Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana patients and supporters are celebrating a well-deserved win this week. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously that the Department of Justice is prohibited from spending funds to prosecute people in medical marijuana states if they are in compliance with state laws. Justice Diarmuid O’Scannlain rendered the decision on behalf of the panel in United States v McIntosh et al. – F.3d – (9th Cir. Aug. 16, 2016): “By officially permitting certain conduct, state law provides for non-prosecution of individuals who engage in such conduct. If the …
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CWCBExpo to Host Educational & Business-Building Event in Los Angeles Sep. 7-9
Sponsored by CWCBExpo All eyes are on California with the impending passage of Prop 64 (AUMA) in November. The legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana in California would make this state the largest cannabis market in the US. There is no better place to learn how to be part of this incredible sea of change than at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition. Taking place September 7-9, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CWCBExpo LA provides end-to-end information and resources for those just entering the business or for established businesses …
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BREAKING: DEA Raids Major MMJ Companies in Northern California
UPDATE – 6/16/16 @ 10pm The founder of Care By Design, Dennis Hunter, was released from Sonoma County jail tonight on no bond and with no charges. His family thanks all of the medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and industry activists who stepped forward and showed their support. “This fight is not over but it is definitely swaying,” says Mr. Hunter’s son. UPDATE – 6/15/16 @ 9pm One of the organization’s founding patient members was arrested and charged with felony for manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction (a law created for meth labs); and is being …
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California Could Soon See A Huge Tax Increase on Medical Marijuana
More taxes may be soon be imposed on medical marijuana in California under two separate proposals that were approved by lawmakers last week, one in the Senate and one in the Assembly. Both bills will now be considered by members of the opposite chamber. Senate Bill 987 Imposes an Additional 15% Sales Tax Last week, lawmakers in the California Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve imposing a 15% sales tax on medical marijuana, passing the measure by a 27-10 vote on June 1. The bill, Senate Bill 987, now heads to the Assembly for consideration.
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Calling All Californians: Bernie’s Last Stand
The 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential primary race will go down as one of the most unpredictable, farcical and important races in modern memory, and Californians will have a crucial role in writing the ending to one of the more absurd chapters in American history. Get Involved In The Election Process and Vote! If you want to be part of that history, and you are not registered as a Democrat (or “no party preference,” and request a Democratic ballot) no later than this Monday, May 23, you will miss your opportunity. California also offers online voter registration, so …
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U.S. Surgeon General to Headline San Francisco Marijuana Conference
Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders will headline the International Cannabis Business Conference on Feb. 13 and 14 in downtown San Francisco. She’ll be joined by Andrew Sullivan, a prominent author and blogger; Tommy Chong, star of the Cheech & Chong movies; Arjan Roskam, who started the “Strain Hunters” documentary series; and Anthony Johnson, the executive director of Oregon’s successful campaign to legalize marijuana. “Business and Politics” is the theme of the conference, which comes as several legalization initiatives vie for a spot on the state’s November ballot. California has a …
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Cannabis Mixes with Tech and Media Nov. 20-21 in San Francisco
Silicon Valley’s technology and venture capital firms are starting to make big bets on legal cannabis. Whether, it’s Y Combinator, Tao Capital, or TechCrunch Disrupt, cannabis is a hot topic of interest. Seizing the moment, 1,000+ CEOs, VCs, founders and journalists will gather for two days, 20 panels, 60 panelists, and 36 exhibitors for the first-ever New West Summit — the cannabis industry’s first conference devoted to tech, investment, and media. Opening the Summit Friday, Nov. 20, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ pollster Ben Tulchin will share his forecast for cannabis legalization in …
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The Battle for Legal Cannabis in California Ignites: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker’s Initiative Heats Things Up
The battle in California to legalize marijuana is heating up. An alliance of industry organizations and wealthy supporters, spearheaded by Napster co-founder and jet-setting billionaire Sean Parker, are looking to disrupt the cannabis industry just as Parker did in the music and technology industries. Sacramento political consultant Gale Kaufman and the capital political law firm Olson Hagel & Fishburn were engaged to draft the 2016 initiative. On Nov 2, official proponents of the measure (Michael Sutton, an environmental attorney and Dr Donald O Lyman, a member of the …
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Gov Brown Signs Historic Bills to Regulate California’s Medical Marijuana Industry
Nearly 20 years ago, California led the nation in legalizing cannabis for medical use with the enactment of the Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215). However, the Act offered little guidance on how patients should obtain medical cannabis or how the industry should be monitored. This uncertainty has created a hodgepodge of local rules and ordinances and some very disturbing environmental and safety issues, but that’s all about to change. Bringing Oversight to California’s Medical Marijuana Industry On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a trio of bills that …


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