Monthly Archives: April 2014

Latteno Opens Medical Marijuana Evaluations Office In Los Angeles – Marketwatch

To support Latteno’s aggressive, multi-faceted MMJ expansion, theCompany had previously announced a full page advertisement in OCWeekly’s April 10th special edition, Rolling Paper 420 Guidebook.This marketing program will be supported by additional advertisementsin WeedMaps.com, OC Weekly and LA Weekly. “The opening of our MMJ Evaluation Office in LA, together with theongoing expansion of RxHC, including its groundbreaking MMJ DeliveryService, is evidence of our growth commitment in the MMJ market. Weare pleased with the progress we have made to date and we lookforward to further developments both in California and in our newhome, Colorado,” commented CEO Thu Le. “We will continue to report onthe progress of our MMJ current initiatives in California, Colorado;and elsewhere, as well as new plans and opportunities as they presentthemselves for all our operating units.” About Latteno Food Corp. (Latteno.com) Latteno Food Corp. is an investment portfolio company that acquiresfood products, medical marijuana edibles and relatedproducts/services to enhance their growth and development. Thecompany builds revenues and asset value through a model of continuousgrowth, income from or sale of its portfolio holdings, and productlicensing or distribution agreements. About Rx Harvest Collective Inc. (RxHC.org) Southern California-owned and licensed medical marijuana co-op andtransporting. The specific purpose of this corporation is tocollectively facilitate medical marijuana cultivation andtransactions by and between qualified patient members of thiscorporation and/or primary caregiver members who have the oral orwritten approval or recommendation of a licensed physician, aspermitted and authorized by the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Healthand Safety Code section 11362.5) and the Medical Marijuana ProgramAct (Health and Safety Code sections 11362.7 – 11362.83).
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420 Dilemma? Marijuana Emerges In Local Search

Or, do you need to avoid overtly promoting the products on a website perhaps implying without outright stating, or making use of double entendres? Geographic And Demographic Targeting Some have argued that its not particularly fair for Google to disallow the paid ads for recreational marijuana, since they could be okay in a legal sense through demographic targeting. I can currently see one marijuana retail listing appearing for a search for [marijuana, denver, co] on Google: The business in question is actually a medical marijuana dispensary ( Best Marijuana in Denver Medical Weed Dispensary , according to their website title, although the homepage promises The best party in town). So, its possible that ads for medical marijuana may not be limited by the states prohibition on advertising. Or maybe this one just slipped through. But, wait the companys homepage states that they offer both medical and recreational marijuana. It seems the advertising limits are not applied to medical dispensaries, although they are not supposed to promote marijuana in recreational terms. Obviously, this leaves something open in interpretation its understandable that quite a few dispensaries would have branched out into also offering recreational sales this year. It is now easy to find local listings on Google and Google Maps for [medical marijuana] in Denver: On Bing, one can find local shops for just a [marijuana] search in Denver: If you search for [recreational marijuana], though, the local listings disappear, while paid ads for Recreational Dispensary do appear: In Washington State, the rules for retail marijuana advertising appear to be less restrictive; they seem to focus upon advertising that appears in conjunction with the physical location: Q: Are there any restrictions on advertising? A: Retailers are limited to one 1,600 square inch sign bearing their business/trade name. They cannot put products on display to the general public such as through window fronts.
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Medical Marijuana Delivery Service Shut Down By City Of San Rafael – Marin Independent Journal

“We sent one person in plain clothes to ask about purchasing marijuana,” Fink said. “He didn’t have a card. He simply asked, ‘What’s the procedure?'” Fink said the undercover officer was admitted to an antechamber, but the officer never gained entry to the main office so Fink doesn’t know if there was any cannabis on the premises. “I can tell you when we were there talking to them there was an extremely strong smell of marijuana outside the gates of their business,” Fink said. “I don’t know if that is because they were smoking it in there or if they had product in there.” Fink said his undercover officer was told “they would sell to him there with a card or they would also do delivery.” Bollinger said, “No medicine was on-site here at the office. This was just to keep our computers going, punch in the sales, that kind of stuff. The medicine was coming from someplace else.” Bollinger said, however, that people would come to the office to sign up for the collective. “We also did counseling here,” she said. “It was place for people to come for feedback, information and support, but not to get medicine.” At one time there were at least half a dozen medical marijuana collectives dispensing cannabis out of Marin County storefronts. Following a crackdown by federal prosecutors in 2011, however, only one remains: Marin Holistic Solutions in Corte Madera.
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Should City Regulate Medical Marijuana Edibles, Concentrates? | Kpbs

Riffel / City News Service San Diego City Council members have called for a study on how, or whether, to regulate medical marijuana that comes in edible or concentrated forms. The council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee met Wednesday and looked into a series of proposed amendments to the municipal code, brought about by recent action that will soon allow dispensaries to operate legally in San Diego. Committee Chairwoman Marti Emerald said she wanted the changes to go through only if they allowed dried plant material but not edibles or oils unless there was some way to certify them as safe. The city, county and state don’t have systems to certify medical marijuana, she said. “Because the city cannot determine the safety of marijuana concentrates and edibles, as a public policy-maker I feel compelled to err on the side of caution,” Emerald said. However, council members Myrtle Cole and Ed Harris said the issue should be studied by city staff. Harris said a city ban could “force this material to be produced in someone’s garage or some other way that is not as safe.” Some medical marijuana advocates who spoke during about an hour and a half of public testimony said it’s often the sickest people who consume the edible or concentrated forms. The City Council gave final approval last month to medical marijuana land-use regulations that will allow dispensaries to operate legally, 18 years after state voters passed the Compassionate Use Act.
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Martinez Bans Outdoor Medical Cannabis Cultivation | Legalization Nation | East Bay Express

That trend continued last night when the five city councilmembers of the East Bay city of Martinez unanimously voted to ban medical marijuana patients from growing even a single pot plant in their backyard, KTVU reports . The ban exposes patients with cancer, AIDS, and other serious illnesses to police searches and fines, jacks up the cost of medication from $5 per ounce to $450, and forces the sick to travel long distances to obtain the herbal remedy from licensed dispensaries. Critics of growing cite the plant’s odor and the potential for theft. Martinez has also banned dispensaries, but continues to be served by unlicensed, unregulated delivery services. The ban is also a gift to black market pot dealers and growers who will continue to flout the ban in order to serve the increased customer base caused by the ban. Martinez joins Concord as the second East Bay city to ban outdoor.
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Ny Close To Legalizing Some Medical Marijuana – Philadelphia News, Weather And Sports From Wtxf Fox 29

A woman charged with buying guns for a convicted felon who later used them to kill two volunteer firefighters in an ambush was convicted Tuesday of falsifying business records. A state Supreme Court jury in Rochester found 25-year-old Dawn Nguyen, of the town of Greece, guilty because she lied when she said on a gun purchase form that she was buying the weapons for her own use. Updated: Monday, April 14 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:52:41 GMT A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York, including the city of Syracuse. A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York, including the city of Syracuse. Sunday, April 13 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-04-13 18:51:55 GMT Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says New York is losing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says New York is losing.
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Medical Marijuana Delivery Services Rise In California Amid U.s. Dispensary Crackdown

“If a delivery service wanted to open up in Los Angeles and do it all by the book, they couldn’t get licensed, even if they wanted to, because there’s no system in place for doing that,” explained DeAngelo. “I’ve heard expressions of concerns about the situation from law enforcement and I think that’s pretty reasonable,” DeAngelo added. Other medical marijuana advocates also said more rules need to be put in place to ensure these businesses don’t simply become cover for the black market. A bill currently making its way through the the California legislature may do just that. Introduced by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill would create a new regulatory body under the aegis of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission overseeing the entire medical marijuana supply chain from cultivation to point of sale. The legislation, which supporters said may get a vote before the state Assembly later this month, doesn’t specifically mention delivery services, but it leaves open the possibility that the newly created regulatory agency could take delivery operations under its purview if it chooses. Much as the explosion in pot delivery services is an outgrowth of California’s internal fight over medical cannabis, DeAngelo said he sees Harborside’s expansion into delivery as something largely driven by external circumstances. “If all our physical locations are forced to close, there’s no question we’d go delivery-only, but I’d view that as a strategic retreat,” said DeAngelo. “There’s no way patients can get the level of convenience or service with just delivery. There’s a need for both options.” Related on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow $13.7 Billion Saved On Prohibition Enforcement Costs The government would save an estimated $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana, according to a paper endorsed by 300 economists. Marijuana Inmates Cost Prisons $1 Billion A Year Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S.
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Cohen Named Cmo Of Medijane Holdings | Today’s News | Boulder County Business Report

Cohen has developed an approach to wellness that combines functional medicine with the use of natural substances, such as medicinal cannabis. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved in a project that I’m so passionate about,” Cohen said in a prepared statement. “This industry is on the cusp of fantastic new medical breakthroughs and I’m proud to be working with MediJane to do our part to ensure the long-term sustainability of medical delivery systems for the safe and legal access to medical marijuana.” In the 1990s, Cohen practiced obstetrics and gynecology initially with the Boulder Women’s Clinic and then formed Full Circle Health Associates, a group that combined conventional and integrative medicine. During that time. Cohen was both the medical director of the Center for Integrative Therapeutics at Longmont United Hospital, as well as department chairman in OB/GYN and pediatrics. In 2001, Cohen left Colorado and began working with women from several different cultures. This included Hispanic women at The Medical Center of Aurora where he worked as a hospitalist, Native American women in Wyoming (Arapaho and Shoshoni tribes) and Maori women in Whanganui, New Zealand. During the past decade he has been studying functional medicine. Since returning to Boulder from New Zealand in 2009, he has integrated medical marijuana into his holistic functional medicine practice. MediJane has sales offices opening in California and Colorado, and a planned expansion into a national footprint.
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New San Diego Medical Pot Proposal Has Big Loopholes | Utsandiego.com

That ordinance explicitly authorized 36 co-ops in San Diego, four in each of the nine council districts. Because of other restrictions, dispensaries are expected as a practical matter to be limited to 30 citywide. The follow-up ordinance lays out the permits required, authorizes the city to establish fees to cover the cost of processing permits, requires fingerprinting and background checks of people involved with the cooperatives and requires that co-ops operate on a nonprofit basis. Importantly, it also requires basic labeling of marijuana sold in dispensaries, including warning labels on edible marijuana products and concentrates such as hashish oil. If there is going to be medical marijuana at all, those provisions are not just reasonable and good, but necessary. But some drug-abuse prevention advocates are rightly concerned that the ordinance fails to address important issues. First, they argue, there should be a provision requiring the 60 marijuana dispensaries they say are still operating illegally in the city to first close down before City Hall attempts to regulate new storefronts. That makes sense. Second, they seek specific language in the new ordinance regulating the 90 marijuana delivery services they list as now operating in the city. The delivery services largely escaped the earlier crackdowns by the offices of U.S.
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As Marijuana Loses Its Stigma, More Residents Use The Drug Medically | Mlive.com

“The prescription drugs I was using beforemedical marijuana were not effective in treating my symptoms at all,” she said.”I smoked marijuana recreationally prior to 2008, and swore up and down for ayear, it was the only thing that actually helped with the constant pain thatcomes with GERD.” Young people’s drug While some marijuana proponentspush for the drug’s legalization and decriminalization, those on the other sideof the aisle decry medical marijuana as a way for younger marijuana users tosidestep federal law. “The best customers for themedical marijuana industry are not adults at all,” said David Frum, spokesmanfor Smart Approaches to Marijuana an alliance of organizations dedicated to a health-first approach tomarijuana. “The majority of people whotry marijuana quit by age 30. With so many medical marijuana cardholderswalking about, it’s simply inevitable that some will resell their marijuana tounderage users.” According to the National Institute on DrugAbuse an organization strongly opposed to marijuana use about 45 percent ofAmericans 26 and older have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime,while 53 percent of citizens 18-25 have tried the drug, a sign that points tothe drug’s prevalence in younger generations. A miracle medicine For some users, though, agedoesn’t matter. They say the benefits ofthe drug are nothing short of miraculous.
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