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Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level.

It comes after Sessions sent responses recently to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, who asked him to allow the pot experiments to continue in the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana. Sessions detailed concerns he had with how effective state regulatory efforts have been or will be.

Washington state also responded to Sessions this week. Gov. Jay Inslee said the attorney general made claims about the situation in Washington that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

“If we can engage in a more direct dialogue, we might avoid this sort of miscommunication and make progress on the issues that are important to both of us,” Inslee and that state’s attorney general wrote to Sessions.

Since taking office, Sessions has promised to reconsider pot policy, providing a level of uncertainty for states that have legalized the drug. A task force assembled by Sessions encouraged continued study of whether to change or rescind the approach taken under former President Barack Obama.

In Alaska, Walker said he shared Sessions’ concerns about the dangers of drug abuse but said state rules for marijuana businesses address federal interests, including public health and safety concerns. The governor said Sessions cited a 2015 state drug report in raising questions about Alaska’s regulations but noted that the first pot shops didn’t open until

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AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biodynamics, a subsidiary of GreenGro Technologies Inc. (OTC:GRNH), today announced that it has received a commitment from Ohio Medicinal Gardens LLC (OMG), based out of Akron, Ohio, to build a state of the art Level-I 25,000 square foot medical marijuana facility. “I am 100% behind the system, it is the best we have seen,” said Joseph Scaccio, CEO of Ohio Medicinal Gardens.
The facility will be equipped with three tiers of fully automated recirculating vertical hydroponic production, and will be powered by a combined chilling heat a power (CCHP) positive pressure HVAC system to improve energy efficiency and sustainability.With medicinal cannabis, recently being legalized in the State of Ohio, applications are being submitted and accepted for cultivation facilities in record numbers. OMG and GreenGro Technologies successfully submitted the application to the State by the June 30, 2017 deadline and is currently waiting for approval, which could be received as early as November 2017.OMG was the first of seven facilities to be approved by Akron’s Planning Committee in early June, and on  Monday, July 31st,, Akron’s City Council approved OMG Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the facility’s location.  “Biodynamics was founded in Akron, Ohio, and we are excited to have the opportunity to build one of the most advanced medical marijuana cultivation facilities in the country, right here in our home town,” said Trisha Madden, CEO of Biodynamics.GreenGro Technologies (OTC:GRNH), parent company of Biodynamics, is excited to be a part of The State of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Industry as it continues its expansion across in the US.
Ohio is accepting twelve Level-I facilities and twelve Level-II facilities. According to the Marijuana Business Daily, Ohio should generate an estimate of $200 million – $400 million in annual retail sales.OMG has also committed to working with GenoBreeding,

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A board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia is holding its first meeting.

The advisory board is set to meet Wednesday at the University of Charleston. Among the topics for discussion is a work plan for the program’s first year. The meeting is open to the public and will include a comment period.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a law April 19 making West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.

The law permits doctors to recommend marijuana be used for medicinal purposes and establishes a regulatory system. The law states that no patient or caregiver ID cards will be issued until July 2019.

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A small town in California will soon be known as the pot capital of America. Nipton, California was recently purchased for $5 million by American Green, one of the largest cannabis dispensary brands.

Nipton, California is located 90 minutes outside Las Vegas in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The once thriving mining town is now home to just 16 people. Nipton includes a trading post, a café, hotel, mineral springs and the rest is desert land.

No one in the town knows exactly why American Green chose Nipton as its next project, but resident Jim Eslinger says he came here to get away from people.  

“I fell in love with the sunsets with the sereness out here and the quiet and not the hustle and bustle of the big city life, this is the place to get away from it all.”

Eslinger says, the folks in Nipton are just a bunch of “honey badgers” and they really don’t care too much about outside life, especially money.

The town has only experienced change in the last 4 years after a multi-billion-dollar solar plant was built in the town over. 

Eslinger says, “Our population went from 11 to 80 and me and Ann almost moved because it was getting over populated.” 

Despite more people moving into their town, Eslinger said they stuck around and noticed things going back to normal. However, he understands this time around things could change for good. 

“Sometimes change is good, sometime change is not so good but I’m willing to accept the inevitable of what could come.”

American Green plans to invest $2.5 million into Nipton.  It hopes to complete its project in the next 18 months.  While the company is not sharing many specifics about its vision to make Nipton a marijuana destination, one

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Tiger Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested on a DUI charge earlier this year, a report released Tuesday by prosecutors said.

Police in Jupiter, Florida, released the report less than a week after the golf superstar agreed to enter a diversion program to settle his driving while intoxicated charges. The report’s contents were first reported Monday by ESPN.

The report, prepared by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, says Woods, 41, had THC, the active ingredient for marijuana; as well as the painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid; the anxiety and sleep drug Xanax; and the anti-insomnia drug Ambien in his system when he was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter. Officers had found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.

Woods issued a statement Tuesday saying he had been trying on his own to treat his insomnia and pain from his fourth back surgery, which he underwent in April. He did not specifically address the marijuana issue. None was found in his possession.

“I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance,” said Woods, who completed an out-of-state drug treatment program last month. “I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress.”

Woods is scheduled to plead guilty to reckless driving Oct. 25 and enter the county’s diversion program.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. In the diversion program, Woods will

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For years the only way to get marijuana was to grow it at home illegally or buy it on the black market. But today 205 million Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for either recreational or medical use. Kristen Hwang, The Desert Sun

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The Hawaii Department of Health is preparing for an upswing of patients signing up for the state’s medical cannabis registry, as two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are officially open for business.

More than 18,000 patients have joined the state’s medical cannabis registry.

About 38 percent of the patients reside on the Big Island, while 29 percent live on Oahu, Hawaii News Now reported (http://bit.ly/2vYcz7c ).

“We do see the beginning of a possible trend that shows more growth happening on Oahu,” said Scottina Ruis, coordinator for the state’s medical cannabis registry program.

The state has managed to bring the turnaround time for applicants down to three to five business days.

“At the high end, when we got the program initially, the process was an entirely paper application process, so a lot different functions for staff,” Ruis said. “I think high end of turnaround time was six to eight weeks.”

There are four full-time employees and three more will be added by the end of the year.

“We’ve only got so many live bodies and we’re doing our best to keep up with the demand and hopefully, we can stay ahead of that,” Ruis said.

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CLEVELAND – A year shy of Ohio’s medical marijuana program becoming operational, Cleveland Cannabis College is expanding it’s curriculum in the hopes of helping to fill the thousands of jobs that could be created with the budding industry.

Cleveland Cannabis College staff tout the program as the only full-time medical marijuana education of its kind in the country.

The school, which opened in January 2017, will soon offer three majors including horticulture, business and medical applications of cannabis. 

They’re hoping to prepare Ohioans for the estimated 2,000 jobs that will have to deal specifically with dispensary, processing, testing and cultivation roles.

“And that’s a conservative estimate, we expect thousands of other ancillary jobs as well,” explained Richard Pine, Dean of Recruitment and Public Relations for the Cleveland Cannabis College. “I’m already getting calls asking if we’ll have employees.” 

The CCC is not accredited by the Ohio Board of Colleges and School. Jacob Wagner, Dean of Instruction and Student Services at the Cleveland Cannabis College, says that’s because they don’t fit in a category.

“At least not yet,” Wagner explained, “We hope to have whatever accreditations that they ultimately decide we need as soon as possible.”

They offer certificates of completion rather than diplomas and the investment ranges from $6500 to $12,500 depending on whether the student is completing a single major or an executive package.

Staff said their focus is on keeping jobs in Ohio that would otherwise go to out-of-state professionals with experience in other medical marijuana states.

“It’s going to keep jobs in Ohio by having the qualified educated people here,” Pine said.

Enrollment ends September 4 for classes starting September 11.
 

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Eli Harrington thinks holding the first-ever Vermont Hemp Festival in the rural, remote Northeast Kingdom makes perfect sense.

Harrington and Monica Donovan, co-founders of Heady Vermont, chose to have their inaugural hemp conference in the NEK because the Kingdom has an important history with hemp.

“The last time hemp was prevalent in the NEK, a couple of guys from the St. Johnsbury Hemp Company named Fairbanks changed the world,” says Harrington.

Harrington said the platform scale invention by the Fairbanks Scales Company was inspired by the need to weigh hemp crops at the St. Johnsbury Hemp Company in the 1830s.

The festival is planned for Sept. 9 at the new hotel and conference center at Burke Mountain.

Heady Vermont, the event’s organizer, is a 2-year-old grassroots statewide network and digital media company in Burlington’s South End Arts and Business District.

According to Harrington, “Heady Vermont covers everything from statehouse happenings to artists to investigative reporting and the identities of the individuals who are changing the face of Vermont’s cannabis culture.”

The event has an admission charge, and organizers say there will be an NEK resident discount.

There is more information about the conference at the website, http://headyvermont.com/vermont-hemp-fest/

Heady Vermont’s announcement noted, “As the future of recreational and medical marijuana remains uncertain, the national hemp industry is growing and Vermont remains one of 17 states where hemp cultivation is legal under state law.”

“Hemp is defined practically as cannabis that has less than .3% of the compound THC, the cannabinoid of the plant showing psychoactive effects. Historically, hemp was a government-mandated crop grown by American settlers and even inspired Vermont’s own industrial revolution via the Fairbanks Scales, originally invented to weigh wagon loads of hemp,” Heady Vermont’s news release about its upcoming Hemp Festival says.

“We’re fortunate in Vermont

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Drug paraphernalia

Items found during traffic stop: A Parma man, 27, was cited with minor misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession after police stopped his vehicle for speeding on Ravenna Road’s 9400 block at about 10:25 p.m. Aug. 6. Police said that after they saw a marijuana smoking device in plain view in the vehicle, they found a second smoking device, with both containing residue, in the vehicle. Police said they warned, but did not cite, the man for the speeding violation.

Man cited during traffic stop: A Solon man, 19, was cited with minor misdemeanor marijuana possession following an unspecified traffic stop in East Aurora Road’s 2600 block at about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 5. Police said that after the man consented to a search of some bags on his vehicle’s back seat, they found a marijuana grinder.

Drug possession

Marijuana found in purse: A Cleveland woman, 22, was cited with minor misdemeanor marijuana possession after police stopped a vehicle she was a passenger in for excessive window tint on Ravenna Road at about 10:10 p.m. Aug. 5. Police said they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana in the woman’s purse. Police issued a warning for the window tint to the 22-year-old Cleveland man driving the vehicle.

Open container

Police respond to report: A 45-year-old Youngstown man was cited with minor misdemeanor open container after another motorist reported seeing a vehicle the man was a passenger in traveling slowly with its hazard lights on while a front-seat passenger hung out the window yelling on Interstate 480 eastbound at 11:15 p.m. Aug. 4.

Police said they stopped the vehicle just after it exited onto East Aurora Road and saw an open bottle of alcohol next to the Youngstown man in

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