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1 CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery SaysThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara This Week (CN ON) Author:Hutton, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:10/06/2017

The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis.

"We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."

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2CN ON: Education And CollaborationThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Druzin, Randi Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2017

Hundreds of cannabis industry insiders expected to gather in Niagara Falls

With the legalization of recreational marijuana less than a year away, cannabis is becoming a hot topic of conversation across the country and interest in one of the biggest cannabis events of the year is intensifying.

Thousands of cannabis industry professionals and others are heading to Niagara Falls for the Grow Up Conference and Expo, to be held at Scotiabank Convention Centre on October 6-7.

The conference will include 40 sessions led by industry experts from both sides of the border and will feature more than a hundred notable speakers. Among them is Ed Rosenthal, a leading authority on marijuana who has written or edited more than a dozen world-renowned books about cannabis cultivation and social policy, marijuana activist Jodie Emery and John Prentice. He's president and CEO at Ample Organics, a widely adopted seed-to-sale solution among Canada's licensed producers. There will be more than a hundred booths at the expo and organizers expect about 3,000 people to attend Grow Up overall.

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3 US OR: A Different Kind of Pot Plant: Marijuana Debuts atFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Dake, Lauren Area:Oregon Lines:102 Added:08/27/2016

New Ground Broken by Oregon Agricultural Show Growers Look to Product's Potential As Cash Crop

This week Nathan Martinez's family will head to the Oregon state fair to view the prizewinning plants he has hydroponically grown and lovingly cultivated: both the sativa super sour diesel and the indica granddaddy purple.

Oregon legalised the recreational use of cannabis by over-21s two years ago

For the first time, the fair, one of the country's most family-friendly traditions - synonymous with the tilt-a-whirl, funnel cake and blue ribbon pigs - is to feature marijuana plants.

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4 US OR: Column: Weed ReadsThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:91 Added:08/18/2016

What to Read Before-and After-You Get High

HELLO THERE! Do you enjoy reading? How about reading about cannabis? I ask because if you're reading this column (or if it's being read to you by a service monkey using typing-to-speech-recognition software), it seems like you might enjoy some books on cannabis. I certainly hope so, because this week's column is about four of them. You could get them all through Powell's or many local, independent booksellers.

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5US OR: Pot Growers Take Home Blue RibbonsMon, 15 Aug 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Hogen, Junnelle Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2016

SALEM, ORE. - Marijuana leaves of all shapes and sizes lined a competition alcove at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Saturday. The plants were surrounded by hundreds of booths listing technology, agriculture and business innovations in the cannabis growing industry.

"People say we've 'Microsofted' the cannabis industry," organizer Mary Lou Burton joked.

The weekend was the first marijuana growers fair in Oregon, hosted at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Sponsored by the state marijuana business council, and with presentations from state agencies regulating the newly legalized industry, it highlighted a number of desires from Oregon entrepreneurs and businesses to turn the state into a go-to region for marijuana.

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6 US OR: First-Ever Marijuana Growers' Fair OpensSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Flaccus, Gillian Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:08/14/2016

SALEM (AP) - People flocked to Oregon's first-ever marijuana growers' fair on Saturday where a competition for best pot plants was being held, with the winners to be displayed at the Oregon State Fair.

The inaugural two-day Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair underscores how the once-illicit marijuana industry is starting to go mainstream in Oregon, one of four states to have legalized recreational marijuana use, along with Washington, D.C.

Ed Rosenthal, known in pot circles as the Guru of Ganja, poked, prodded, rubbed and sniffed several dozen marijuana plants - some of which were so big they engulfed him in an exhibition hall on the Oregon State Fairgrounds. He and other judges were picking nine winning plants - three in each of three categories - that will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair for two weeks starting later this month.

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7 US CA: Column: A Legal Green And Dank ThumbWed, 03 Aug 2016
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:109 Added:08/03/2016

Dream up your legal weed garden with Oakland's celebrity author latest tome.

Legalization is in the wind. Can you smell it? With less than one-hundred days until a historic California vote on adult-use of marijuana, many are wondering what they'll do if Proposition 64 passes.

Odds are fifty-fifty that, for the first time in more than a century, Californians ages 21 and over could be able to legally garden up to six cannabis plants. No doctor's note needed. Just be 21.

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8 US OR: Pot Goes To The FairFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Anderson, Rick Area:Oregon Lines:72 Added:07/29/2016

Marijuana Growers Will Compete for Blue Ribbons in Oregon, Another Indicator of Cannabis' Booming Reputation As Cash Crop

SEATTLE - To the list of breakthroughs in an ever-changing world where cars drive themselves, faces are surgically transplanted and Russian hackers are accused of manipulating the U.S. presidential campaign, add this development: marijuana growers can now compete for blue ribbons in the state fair.

That's what Oregon officials say will happen at their fair in Salem next month. Besides tastiest apple pie and plumpest pig, pot will be judged for its finer attributes, including color, aroma, leaf structure and lack of pests.

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9 US CA: Column: Thank Donald Trump If California Legalizes WeedWed, 06 Apr 2016
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:112 Added:04/07/2016

It Appears That Only One Flavor of Legalization Will Make the Ballot This November, and It Might Have a Strange Ally.

For those wondering what's going to happen with the crowded field of proposals to legalize cannabis in California this year, look no further than an independent source of information with boots on the ground: paid signature-gatherers. Thousands of these mercenaries have fanned out across the Golden State this April, earning an estimated $2.50 per signature to help place pot legalization on the ballot.

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10 US CA: Column: Holiday Shopping, 420-StyleThu, 10 Dec 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:68 Added:12/10/2015

Doing the holiday shopping. Any good ideas?

- -Quan Za

Oh yes. I love the winter holidays! I feel like people should practice gift giving year-round and not just when it's cold outside or someone has a birthday. Anyway, weed is always a great gift. Giving your cannabis colleagues a nug or a doobie or a nice wax will make you very popular during the holidays. If you can afford it, look into the "weed of the month club" at www.potbox.com. It's like Harry & David, but for pot. I will take a Sweet Island Skunk over a summer sausage just about any day of the week. If you would rather just give cool marijuana-themed gear, www.cannabox.com is Loot Crate for potheads. Here is an idea for a win-win: Maybe you can sign yourself up for a Cannabox, then give your friends small gifts on a monthly basis. Frugal yet generous is always a good look.

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11 US CA: California's School Of Pot Bets Boom Will ComeMon, 16 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Solovitch, Sara Area:California Lines:200 Added:11/16/2015

Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master's in special education. Now, she's trying to decide what to do with her third degree: a certificate of achievement from Oaksterdam University, the Harvard Business School of marijuana.

"I'm Italian," said Kennedy, 56, a retired high school biology teacher with graying hair and a heavy New York accent. "You know Italians, we grow tomatoes. Maybe I'll grow some plants."

Horticulture 102 is one of the many subjects Kennedy studies at Oaksterdam, whose storefront campus is set amid the hip cafes, restaurants and cannabis dispensaries of downtown Oakland. Founded in 2007, the school sees itself as a training ground for citizen advocates in the fight to legalize marijuana.

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12 US WA: Column: Hempfest Still Matters, DudeWed, 12 Aug 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:127 Added:08/12/2015

After 24 Years, and Several Locations, It's Still Going Strong.

"Not so sure about hitting Hempfest this year, bro," said my biggest stoner pal TJ, loading yet another fat bowl of black market Blue Dream. "I mean, we legalized it. What's the point?"

"I'll tell you why," I replied, sucking down the tube. "As soon as I can remember what the question was!"

Amazingly, Hempfest is celebrating its 24th year this weekend. In addition to being the world's largest cannabis rally, Hempfest has always advertised itself as a "protestival," commemorating the advances of cannabis, and protesting the ongoing War on Drugs-and the fact marijuana is still very much illegal at the federal level.

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13 US CA: Le'Or Aims to Put Marijuana Legalization on the JewishFri, 13 Feb 2015
Source:Jewish News Weekly (CA) Author:Spence, Rebecca Area:California Lines:200 Added:02/14/2015

"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?"

That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.

Fast-forwarding some four decades, a new nonprofit in Oregon is hoping to prove Nixon right. Le'Or, founded about a year ago with seed funding from a soap manufacturer that uses hemp oil in all of its products, wants to convince American Jews that ending marijuana prohibition belongs on the progressive Jewish communal agenda alongside marriage equality and immigration reform.

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14 US CO: Column: What's All This About Pot Stifling Creativity?Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:12/19/2014

Dear Stoner: I saw something the other week about marijuana not being good for creativity. It seems like it should have come from The Onion or National Report, since pot seems to help people be more creative - but it was real. WTF?

P. Nutbag

Dear Nutbag: We thought it was a joke, too, but apparently scientists in the Netherlands claim it's true. Of course, their "study" was extremely narrow and, ironically, limited in creativity. Scientists gathered three groups of tokers in a lab and gave each group edibles - - some had 22 milligrams of THC, some had 5.5 milligrams of THC, and the losers got no THC at all. Whomp. The test itself was to come up with as many uses for a pen as they could in five minutes, and to find the link between the words "hair," "time" and "stretching." (We posted the answer below so you can test yourself later while stoned.) That's it. No word on if the test subjects considered themselves creative types in the first place or even if cannabis helped increase creativity in people in other realms - like music, visual arts, dance, coding or writing. And who knows what type of herb they gave the test subjects? Some strains are only good for melting into a couch. Of course, we're also not saying that an artist in a creative slump can do a dab and instantly create a masterpiece - but to deny the link between cannabis and creativity is pretty absurd.

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15 US CA: Adventures In Legal-Weed LandThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:334 Added:09/20/2014

Our Writer Goes to Washington to Explore Marijuana Legalization

SN&R's resident cannabis expert goes to Washington-the state-and dishes on the marijuana-legalization experiment up north

Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." I have a similar observation about marijuana activists: If you ask them how to make a pie, they will tell you how to grow a tree. Most of their stories are full of tangents, sidebars and digressions. It's not that they ramble and are unfocused, but that they feel you need to have the whole story so you can form your own ideas. I will try not to ramble too much, but I have been a pot activist for more than 20 years, so rambling is kinda my thing.

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16 US CA: Column: The Fest SeasonThu, 07 Aug 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:74 Added:08/08/2014

Hey, I am trying to figure out my travel plans for this summer. Any ideas?

- -Norm Madic

I can probably think of a few things. Late August marks the beginning of hemp-fest season, and the hemp fests this year should be epic. There's the Seattle Hempfest, a.k.a. the world's largest "protestival." Last year, more than 200,000 people showed up to party for pot, and this year should be an even larger turnout. Expect the recreational-cannabis dispensaries to run out of weed early (August 15-17, www.hempfest.org).

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17 US CA: Column: Warriors and A's Have an Awesome New Neighbor: WeedWed, 07 May 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:115 Added:05/09/2014

Win or lose, Oakland's Coliseum district is now a lot happier thanks to a shiny new medical pot dispensary, Phytologie.

East Bay medical cannabis patients have a new access point for their alternative herbal remedy of choice. Phytologie Wellness Center opened for business late last year on Enterprise Way near the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex. And the new medical pot dispensary is a model for cleanliness, security, and professionalism.

While most East Bay cities ban dispensaries because of inaccurate fears about crime, Oakland is part of a compassionate constellation of cities - including San Francisco (which has about two dozen clubs), Berkeley (which has three clubs), and Richmond (which also has three clubs) - that has embraced medical weed. Oakland began regulating medical cannabis outlets in 2004 and collects roughly $1.4 million in annual taxes from them.

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18 US CA: Column: How To Grow Organic PotWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:116 Added:04/16/2014

Tips for harvesting your own sustainably grown medical weed.

Spring has sprung, and if you're thinking about growing some medical cannabis this year, it's time to get cracking. Growing pot organically in one's backyard can be a safe, rewarding, affordable way to obtain the botanical remedy. But coaxing decent medicine from the soil takes plenty of time and attention to detail.

First off, you're going to need to get legal and learn about the plant. The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allows any state resident with a doctor's recommendation to grow medical cannabis for personal use. State guidelines call for a maximum of twelve immature or six mature plants (but check local cultivation ordinances). Oakland allows home-growers a maximum of twenty plants, while Berkeley allows ten. But Concord has banned all outdoor medical pot cultivation, and the City of Martinez may vote to do so this week.

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19 US CA: Cannabis ConfusionThu, 27 Mar 2014
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Gascoyne, Tom Area:California Lines:110 Added:03/28/2014

Sorting Out the Multiple Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

According to the California Secretary of State's Office, six initiatives to legalize marijuana are currently being circulated for signature gathering. In reality, there are only four, as two were early iterations of what's essentially the same petition created by the same supporters.

That's just one of the reasons this year's legalization efforts are confusing. Then, there is some talk that those pushing the initiatives may back off this election year, join forces and aim for 2016, a presidential election year when greater numbers of younger and liberal voters will most likely go to the polls.

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20 US CA: Column: When Girl Scouts And Medical Weed Went ViralWed, 26 Feb 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:116 Added:02/27/2014

A Bay Area Mom's Decision to Allow Her Daughter to Sell Cookies in Front of Medical Pot Dispensaries Made International Headlines.

A progressive Bay Area mom who boosted her daughter's sales of Girl Scout Cookies by targeting medical pot clubs made international news this month, after the Express first published a report about it on its blog on February 19 and the story was picked up by everyone from Mashable and NPR to KTLA and the Huffington Post.

The idea, by San Francisco mom Carol Lei, was genius: Set up a table in front of a cannabis storefront to sell boxes of cookies to marijuana users. (Cannabis is, of course, a powerful appetite stimulant that works directly on nerves in the stomach as well as the brain.)

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