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Social High, Connecting Marijuana Users Globally, Now Available On Android To Users In 60 Countries Wordwide

User Search: Find other cannabis enthusiasts in your area by using the User Search tool. Identified by their location, favorite strain, photo and rating, users can connect with old friends and grow new relationships. Strain Search: By using integrated Leafly strain reports, Social High users can explore the different cannabis strains available throughout the legal market. Direct Messaging: Users can connect through the applications direct messaging feature, which allows Social High members to interact with one another in a more intimate space. Facebook & Twitter Sharing: Users are given the opportunity to share Social High posts on additional social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Social High can be an especially beneficial resource for those using medical marijuana, as the app will be offering various support groups and methods of connecting with other patients. Through these connections, medical users can share their own advice and perspectives while boosting spirits by offering encouragement to others. With diverse cannabis backgrounds, co-founders Scott Bettano, Marsh Sutherland and Sonny Steele joined forces in 2014 with a vision of building a safe community for cannabis users to share their culture with like-minded individuals. As a former member of the marijuana black market, Bettano was seeking a way to transcend his knowledge of the cannabis community into the now legal marijuana industry; Sutherland, heartbroken after losing his ex-wife and the mother of his children to cancer and angered that she was not given the opportunity to pair cannabis-infused treatment with her chemotherapy, sought to take his tech start-up expertise into the newly emerging cannabis marketplace; Steele’s relentless search to get his son the medicine he needs after pharmaceuticals have failed, and now wants to help individuals like himself. Marsh Sutherland is enthusiastic about the apps ability to move the industry forward and make a positive impact in the community.

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New York Medical Marijuana Program To Begin Thursday – Washington Times

The Department of Health announced Tuesday it would soon post a list of those physicians willing to be publicly identified. The states cautious approach was intended to address concerns about the risk that marijuana would be diverted for recreational uses. Our program ensures the availability of pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana products for certified patients and establishes strict regulatory controls to protect public health and safety, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Tuesday. Many patients and advocates of medical marijuana have expressed frustration not only with the 18-month implementation period but also with restrictions on the number of dispensaries and types of qualifying conditions. Julie Netherland, deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, said her organization also is concerned that many patients may have to wait longer for medication because of the delay in opening all 20 dispensaries. Even with 20 dispensaries there were going to be problems with patient access, she said. Im sure every state program has a period of working out the kinks. But for us this just reveals some of the problems with the program. The larger question here is are patients going to have access to medicine. The program cannot be declared a success until that happens. The states Department of Health has asked the five companies selected to produce and dispense the medication to develop a delivery option to get it to patients who cannot travel to one of the open dispensaries.

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Tacoma City Council May Place New Pot Shops On Hold | The News Tribune

Now the state Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering a new wave of licenses that could double the number of Tacoma marijuana stores. Liquor board director Rick Garza said Tacoma could see another eight licensed stores as the agency selects established and well-behaved medical stores from a pool of applicants that have so far eluded official regulation. The latest round of licenses is spurred by the Legislatures move last year to bring medical marijuana shops under the regulatory framework built for recreational marijuana. In working to merge the two markets, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board has raised the statewide cap on marijuana retail licenses from 334 to 556. It distributed those extra 222 slots to areas without bans on pot businesses. Despite a pending moratorium, Garza said the agency plans to issue Tacomas full allotment of retail marijuana licenses. Those applications weve received, we will process those, Garza said. They (the businesses) will need to comply with the local jurisdictions (zoning laws). The citys moratorium is intended to allow the city Planning Commission time to suggest changes to the citys land use and nuisance laws. Tacomas current rules were written with the assumption that the city would have only eight stores and might need to be adjusted now that more are coming, city officials say. Theres been concern about aggregating marijuana stores and creating a pot district, Planning Commission chairman Chris Beale said.

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Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis To Severely Ill, Veterans – Veterans – Stripes

A simple premise Alaska voted to commercialize recreational marijuana use in 2014. In the months following the legalization vote, businesses popped up claiming to give away marijuana. They asked people to make a donation for the product, essentially swapping the word buy with donate. Three of those businesses are today facing felony drug charges. Alaska Green Angels was created partially in responseto what McKenzie called predatory practices against medical marijuana users. We strongly felt that there were individuals out there kind of acting with a real mercenary attitude toward the sickest people, McKenzie said. It all just kind of coalesced to answer this need. The Green Angels started with a created by McKenzie last winter. The premise is simple. Post a need for cannabis and one of the members with marijuanawill respond. Soon, the groups numbers ballooned. While they used to know every member, those days are long passed, Tara said.

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Ex-congressman Forms Pro-medical Marijuana Group | Local News – Wlky Home

Twenty-three states have legalized some form of medical marijuana. Ward said it is Kentucky’s turn. “I think there is a chance we could pass a simple bill that said marijuana could be added to the list of controlled substances that could be prescribed by medical professionals,” Ward said. Last year, the bill made it through the Health and Welfare Committee in the House, but did not make it to a floor vote. Opponents said despite the medical benefits, there are still concerns about the abuse and recreational use. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a medical marijuana bill last year. That measure stalled, but Stumbo says he would pursue it again this year if there’s a chance for passage. During last year’s campaign, Gov. Matt Bevin said he would support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Ward hopes his organization will help push the bill further this year.

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Medbox Board Promotes Jeff Goh To Ceo, Clinton Pyatt To Coo – Yahoo Finance

Earlier, he held management positions in finance and real estate. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years in several operational capacities, including participation in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Somalia rescue efforts. About Medbox, Inc. Medbox, Inc., a leader in the rapidly emerging cannabis sector, provides specialized services to operators of dispensaries, cultivation centers, manufacturers and research facilities in those states where approved. Through trusted clients and affiliates, the company promotes efficient, consistent, high quality products that are priced right, readily available and safely packaged. For more information about the company or to explore partnership, please visit www.medbox.com . Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Such statements, including, but not limited to, pursuing growth opportunities, are based on current beliefs and expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic, regulatory and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the company’s control. In addition, certain forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change.

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Hemp Cultivation Legal In Nevada As Of Jan 1, 2016 – Yahoo Finance

Hemp, Inc., for example, could possibly provide hemp seed to farmers.” The NV Department of Agriculture requires any hemp research project to use certified seed in which Hemp, Inc. could be the potential supplier. Per the NV Department of Agriculture, “A certified hemp research project must use certified seed. An applicant may request that the Department import certified seed. If the Department agrees to request the importation of seed, the applicant agrees that: the Department is not liable for and does not warrant that the seed is fit for any purpose; the applicant will pay in advance 100% of the costs associated with the importation of such seed, plus $1.00 per pound of seed; and, any seed that is not used will become the property of the Department without charge or reimbursement required.” Aside from possibly supplying certified seed to growers in Nevada, there are potentially many more opportunities for Hemp, Inc. ( OTC PINK : HEMP ) in the state of Nevada since hemp cultivation has been legalized. “Whether we end up growing industrial hemp, joint venturing, funding, producing hemp fiber with our portable decorticating machines, producing CBD’s, or engaging in any other possible, profitable business venture, Hemp, Inc. is already positioned to be the driving force and avant garde of the industrial hemp movement in our corporate headquarters state of Nevada, as 2016 progresses.” “Even though Hemp, Inc.’s direction has shifted towards more advanced processing in the milling line with its multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina , the company is one of the best sources for premium hemp materials,” noted Perlowin. A leader in the industrial hemp industry, Perlowin was recently honored with the Jack Herer Cannabis Hemp Award in recognition of Hemp, Inc.’s “Major Achievement in the Hemp Industry”. Producer and Co-Creator of the Jack Herer Cannabis Awards, Michael Whalen, recognized Perlowin and Hemp, Inc. as having a major impact within the industrial hemp industry as one of a handful of people paving the way for others “as this multi-billion dollar industry unfolds after being suppressed for decades.” The awards ceremony was held to not only benefit and bring awareness to the hemp industry, but awareness to the industry in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis To Severely Ill, Veterans – Veterans – Stripes

Now, the groups members are communicating with each other independently of the founders, Tara said. Such was the case with Dakota Davis. Davis received his first free cannabis from a stranger who responded to his post. Davis, 26, said that he had avoided marijuana after being honorably discharged from the Navy due to Crohns disease. He had never really used cannabisand didnt like the idea of getting marijuana from this black market thing. Through the advice of a business professor, he got connected with the Alaska Green Angels. These guys have been helping me out tremendously, Davis said. He says he uses cannabis to alleviate nausea brought on by chemotherapy he undergoes for Crohns. He also uses it in place of opiates, which he said negatively affect his mood. Its not a cure-all, Davis said, but it really improves my quality of life. The group insists their cannabis products are always free of charge.

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11 States Least Likely To Legalize Marijuana

Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St. 9:11 a.m. EST January 4, 2016 These are the least likely states to legalize marijuana according to a 24/7 Wall Street study. A woman shops at Oregon’s Finest, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) 23099 CONNECT TWEET 31 LINKEDIN 169 COMMENTEMAILMORE Illegal in the United States for nearly 80 years, marijuana accounted for 8.2 million arrests nationwide between 2001 and 2010. Despite the decades old federal ban, the country’s attitude toward marijuana has been changing. While only 12% of Americans supported legalizing pot in 1969, 58% of Americans supported an end to marijuana prohibition in 2013. Starting with California in 1996, medicinal marijuana use is now legal in 23 states. Of the states with laws protecting medicinal users, four have legalized recreational pot use as well.

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Judge: Pot Credit Union Can’t Access Nation’s Banking System – Yahoo News

Associated Press District Judge R. Brooke Jackson dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday because federal law prohibits the drug. He said the U.S. Department of Justice has pointed out that Congress still deems marijuana dangerous, and that financial institutions that deal with money generated by the pot industry could be breaking the law. Jackson concluded that the marijuana banking situation is untenable, and he hopes it will soon be resolved by Congress. The credit union claimed that although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, the Federal Reserve as a quasi-government institution lacks the authority to keep marijuana banks out of the nation’s financial system. Mark Mason, an attorney for the credit union, argued in December that a pot bank would serve the government’s interest in keeping better tabs on the drug money. “They intend to take this money out of shadows and off of the street so that they can track it and trace it,” he argued. Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said Tuesday that Jackson’s ruling sends the message that Congress must act.

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