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The EPA Will Deny All Requests to License Pesticides for Cannabis – News

Trump-appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that he will deny all requests to license pesticides specifically created for cannabis, creating yet another hurdle for the nation’s legally grey cannabis industry. Last month, California, Washington, Nevada, and Vermont applied to register four new pesticides created for cannabis crops by General Hydroponics, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. In a letter to the four states attempting to register these new pesticides, Pruitt said that he denied these requests because marijuana is still a federally prohibited drug. This signifies a major change in direction from the Obama administration, when former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy allowed states to take the lead in regulating cannabis pesticides. Still, the EPA’s recent pot denial should …

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The Justice Department Shut Down AlphaBay, the Dark Net’s Largest Online Drug Market – News

The Department of Justice announced this week that they have seized AlphaBay, the largest-ever “deep web” criminal marketplace. Federal authorities worked with law enforcement agencies in Europe, Canada, the U.K., and Thailand to track down and arrest the individuals involved with running the illicit e-store, where users were able to anonymously purchase drugs, fraudulent identification documents, malware and hacking tools, firearms, chemicals, and other illegal contraband. AlphaBay reportedly connected over 40,000 vendors to over 200,000 users, according to an anonymous staff member of the dark market. Before the site was taken down, there were over 250,000 listings offering illegal drugs and toxic chemicals for sale, in addition to another 100,000 listings for other assorted items. By contrast, the famous Silk …

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More Details From Feds’ Secret Marijuana Enforcement Meetings Emerge – News

Colorado officials have come forward to reveal more details over the secret marijuana enforcement meetings held over the past few days between local, state and federal officials. Earlier this week, KKTV 11 News and the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the Department of Justice, the DEA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) were meeting with Colorado officials to discuss “sensitive investigative information” pertaining marijuana. Although Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, who attended one of the meetings, eventually said that “most of the discussion centered around the huge black market that exists for marijuana in Colorado,” there was some speculation that these little governmental pow-wows actually centered on the highly publicized, yet still unconfirmed, federal pot …

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Trump’s New Communications Director Thinks Legal Weed Is Creating Cities Full of “Pot Zombies” – News

Sean Spicer is unemployed. The bumbling, stumbling White House Communications Director officially resigned yesterday and was almost immediately replaced by self-described “American entrepreneur” and Trump golf buddy Anthony Scaramucci. But while “the Mooch” took the storied podium yesterday to tell the American public that Trump would be doing “a lot of winning,” everyone else was busy looking through Scaramucci’s old tweets to find out what really makes him tick. And while Trump has been famously quick to disparage anyone who so much as looks at him funny, Scaramucci’s public opinions show that the New Yorker has tweeted in support of increased gun control, gay rights and Hillary Clinton’s competence. But while he may be a little more liberal-leaning than his …

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Maine Governor Says He Will Veto any Cannabis Regulations that Leave Medical Marijuana Untaxed – News

Voters in Maine legalized recreational cannabis last November, and now, after months of discussions in the state legislature, lawmakers are almost ready to pass regulations and start the cannabusiness licensing process. But as lawmakers work to establish rules for the newly passed legalization, Pine Tree State Governor Paul LePage said this week that he would veto any bill put in front of his desk that did not set tax rates for both recreational and medical marijuana. According to the Mount Desert Islander, Gov. LePage spoke at a local Rotary Club meeting this week and told constituents that legislators current cannabis tax plan, to pull state funds out of the recreational market but leave the state’s medical sales tax-free, will not …

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Washington’s New Cannabis Advertising Rules Go Into Effect This Weekend – News

Washington State’s cannabis retailers are taking down signage, changing logos and doing everything they can to preparing for this weekend’s implementation of new marijuana advertising regulations. With a mass-sanitization of cannabis imagery, the new rules are set to radically change the way pot shops attract customers. According to local NBC affiliate King 5, the new regulations, which go into effect tomorrow, Sunday, June 23rd, will restrict licensed cannabis retailers to two large permanently affixed signs (including billboards) and ban sandwich board signage, flags, sign spinners, and any other outdoor advertising. In addition to the outdoor signage ban, the new regulations will also set strict rules for what can be posted on the allowed signs and store windows and awnings. Pot shops …

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Senators Urge Trump Task Force to Consider Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids – News

Two Senators from Connecticut have sent a list of recommendations to President Trump’s opioid task force after attending a recent summit on the opioid epidemic currently ravaging their home state, urging the federal government to allow the use of medical cannabis as an alternative to addictive painkillers.  In a letter addressed to all five members of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal wrote that “the opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the nation and more must be done to combat this crisis.” “In 2016, more people in Connecticut died from drug overdoses than from homicides, suicides, and car accidents combined,” the letter continued. “We urge you to use these comments …

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Hawaii’s Medical Cannabis Rollout Has Been Delayed For Over a Year – News

One year ago this month, Hawaii’s medical marijuana law permitted dispensaries in the state to begin selling medical cannabis to registered patients. But even though many of these dispensaries are stocked with product and ready to do business, the state Health Department has prevented them from opening their doors until three cannabis testing labs are approved.   The initial July 2016 rollout of medical cannabis had already been delayed by the Health Department in order to approve a statewide seed-to-sale tracking system. Earlier this year, the contract was granted to BioTrackTHC, but dispensaries were put on hold again so that the department could implement a testing system for the cannabis that will be sold. The Department of Health is now …

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California Working to Avoid Recreational Marijuana Shortage – News

In an effort to prevent California from experiencing the same kind of shortage of recreational marijuana as Nevada, the state’s marijuana czar is working to issue early cultivation licenses to ensure the state’s dispensaries are fully stocked when the fully legal sector finally gets underway sometime next year. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, told the state legislature earlier this week that it was necessary for the state to issue “temporary, four month licenses” to cannabis farmers in order to prevent “a break in the supply chain.” The majority of production licenses are expected to be granted at the beginning of 2018, but the goal now is to “make sure” …

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Americans Are Smoking Weed at Highest Rate in Recorded History, According to Gallup Poll – News

More Americans are coming out of the shadows and owning up to their past marijuana use than ever before, according to a new report from highly respected research firm Gallup. Not only are more people saying they’ve lit up in the past, but the new poll also suggests that legal weed and relaxing attitudes across the country have led to the highest percentage of current cannabis users since researchers began collecting data almost 50 years ago. The poll, conducted earlier this month with over 1,000 respondents from all 50 states, found that 45% of American adults said that they had tried marijuana at some point in their lives, while 12% said that they are current users. Despite threats from the …

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