Cannabis conference seeks to educate, open minds

Medical professionals, researchers, distributors and scientists participated in a series of panels during the day-long ‘More than Just Green: The Color of Cannabis Conference’ hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) on Saturday at the Science Center in West Philadelphia.

“This is the PABJ’s way of starting and elevating the conversation around medical cannabis use,” said Manuel McDonnell Smith, PABJ president and assignment editor at NBC10.

“Our board members noticed very early on that on multiple levels, the African-American community was being left behind when it came to medical cannabis. There is a legitimate medical uses that people have, there are plenty of seniors who find real benefits from cannabis related medicines as opposed to opioids and other medicines that have them being sick or feeling unhealthy,” he said.

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Blacks Haven’t Benefited From Marijuana Legalization

Will Florida legalize recreational pot? Medical marijuana is already legal. But who really cares? It’s all bad for Miami’s black community, where weed has helped drive the economy for years.

What governments aren’t even mentioning is paying reparations to black-dominated countries or African-Americans who have or will lose their livelihoods from all this legalization.

State legislators in Florida, more than anywhere else, have concentrated the power and money of pot in just a few hands — and almost none of them belong to African-Americans. Nationally, about 81 percent of cannabis business owners or founders are white, while only 4 percent are African-American, Marijuana Business Daily found last year.

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IS CANNABIS THE CASH CROP OF THE FUTURE?

Attorney General William Barr has said he supports a measure put forward by the Democratic party that would strengthen state laws that have legalized cannabis.

The “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” (STATES Act) would protect companies and citizens from federal marijuana laws, encouraging growth and increased production.

“Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana but, if there is not sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to permit a more federal approach, so states can make their own decisions within the framework of the federal law and so we’re not just ignoring the enforcement of federal law,” Barr said about the act being presented to Congress.

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New bill fully protects veterans from losing federal benefits for marijuana use

The new bill also would allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

Military veterans in states where marijuana is now legal would be fully protected from losing federal benefits for marijuana use in the future, based on the new bill introduced by Florida Rep. Greg Steube, a veteran himself.

The measure would not only enshrine current policy but would also pave the way for VA physicians to:

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With growing operations sprouting up across the state, Utah could soon see a hemp boom

Since the Utah legislature cleared the way for people to grow industrial hemp in Utah last year, 56 licenses have been issued to growers.

Scott Ericson, Deputy Director of The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, says the types of growers vary from those who are experienced in agriculture to total novices.

“There are a lot of experienced farmers taking a portion of their fields saying ‘we want to try this’ and there are some that have a dozen plants trying to grow it in their backyard,” Ericson said.

Hemp is used to produce many products including like CBD oil, which people already use for a variety of ailments. Many see it as a safety alternative to prescription medications.

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New bill fully protects veterans from losing federal benefits for marijuana use

 

The new bill also would allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

Military veterans in states where marijuana is now legal would be fully protected from losing federal benefits for marijuana use in the future, based on the new bill introduced by Florida Rep. Greg Steube, a veteran himself.

The measure would not only enshrine current policy but would also pave the way for VA physicians to:

 

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New York City Looks to Bar Marijuana Testing for Job Applicants

New York City employers wouldn’t be allowed to require job candidates to submit to drug testing for marijuana as a condition of hiring, under a bill approved by the City Council.

The bill (Intro. No. 1445-A), passed April 9 on a 41-4 vote, was part of a city drive to reduce the legal consequences of marijuana use. City police and prosecutors have vastly cut down on arrests and prosecutions for low-level marijuana crimes, and the council passed a resolution in March urging the state to legalize recreational marijuana.

“We need to be creating more access points for employment, not less,” said Public Advocate Jamaane Williams (D), who sponsored the bill in his capacity as a citywide elected official who presides over the council. “And as we move toward legalization, it makes absolutely no sense that we’re keeping people from finding jobs or advancing their careers because of marijuana use.”

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NJ marijuana legalization: Phil Murphy sets May deadline for legal weed vote, what’s next?

When Gov. Phil Murphy came into office, he vowed to legalize marijuana within 100 days.

Now? It’s looking like weed may not be legalized until 500 days into Murphy’s tenure — at the earliest.

The push for New Jersey marijuana legalization hit a roadblock last month when scheduled votes on the bill to legalize weed were postponed. While the bill had enough votes to pass in the Assembly, the support wasn’t there in the Senate.

Instead of watching the bill fail, legislative leaders decided to regroup in the hopes of winning over holdouts on legal weed.

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PayThink Crypto, cash and overseas cards are unreliable for cannabis

Banks tend to follow the laws of the federal government, even when it comes to states where cannabis has been legalized. Not only does growing, selling and consuming cannabis violate federal law; handling the proceeds of any related transactions is as well. Very few banks are willing to take the risk. Nevertheless, the state of cannabis payment processing is hopeful.

Not being able to access banking pretty much requires that businesses operate on a “cash-only” basis. People know cash; they get how it works. However, this is a huge pain for cannabis businesses attempting to modernize. Because of the aforementioned banking difficulties, businesses are forced to store hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash (along with product). This is an insane security risk.

Running on a cash-only basis ultimately increases the cost of running your business because you will need to pay for added security and transport. Cash is tough and inconvenient for customers as well; cannabis is one of the few industries that demand the use of cash, and it’s no secret that ATM fees will eat a major hole in your wallet.

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This Entrepreneur Wants to Cure the Sick with High-Quality Cannabis

Lucia, a Colombian girl, suffered severe epileptic seizures since adolescence. Although she visited many doctors and specialists, at 35 years of age she had not found anything that would help her treat the debilitating symptoms of her illness.

One day she was able to travel to Canada where a specialist recommended a brand of medicinal cannabis oil that, as soon as she tried, significantly mitigated her ailments. Her spasms were less violent and her triggers less frequent.

Upon returning to her home country, however, Lucia could not locate the medicine that had benefited her so much. Although she tried many cannabidiol presentations available on her local market, none gave her the same result she had experienced in Canada.

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