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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Watch This: Snoop, Cheech, and Chong Talk Memorable Cannabis Moments

It’s kind of hard to believe the Snoop and Cheech and Chong had never met before this moment, but alas, it’s true. In this video, Sway Calloway, who hosts a SiriusXM show called Sway in the Morning, is interviewing Cheech and Chong when he brings Snoop in. They give some mutual respect of being Class A stoners before discussing their worst experiences when it comes to cannabis. As you can guess, these experiences mostly surround receiving terrible bud. Been there. Especially when it causes you a headache. That’s the worst. Chong knows what I’m talking about. Continue reading at Leafly.com

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Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

TJ Baker | July 22, 2017 YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense. Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders. A second offense within five years would result in a fine of $300, with a third carrying a $600 fine.  For those that can not afford to pay the fines, there is an option for offenders to perform community service instead. Under state law, marijuana possession is a criminal misdemeanor that carried up to 30 days in jail, a $500 …

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The Spark: Best Southern California Art Walks to Enjoy While High

(Aneese/iStock) So-Cal rocks its own personal style, and nowhere is that more apparent than the sunshine-soaked art walks through its biggest cities. Check out the best of San Diego and LA below. Los Angeles Ahhh, the City of Angels. Creative minds flock here to express their innovative talents and show off their hard work to the masses. If you’re a local, you’ll want to arrive early for the laid-back vibes and a chance to hit every gallery before closing time—and don’t skip on a chance to see the Sokamba Performing Arts Company put on live performances throughout the walk. Nibble on a decadent California-based infused chocolate bar like a sweet Satori as you wander on a self-guided tour chock full …

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The Spark: Best Oregon Art Walks to Enjoy While High

(JodiJacobson/iStock) Galleries and showings are a way of life in Oregon, and cannabis goes right along with them. The following are the best of the best in Portland and Eugene. Portland According to Portland history, the Pearl District got its name from a local gallery owner who felt that the buildings in the old warehouse district were like “crusty oysters and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls.” So it should come as no surprise that this little patch of artistic paradise regularly caters to more than 10,000 visitors during its vast and widely celebrated art walk. Grab some buzzworthy Oregon Pinot Noir for a close-to-home strain that will make you feel like a tried and true local …

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