Cannabis Pesticide Regulations Need Rethink

(Catching up on old news…It’s here because it’s important!)By Adrian Devitt-Lee on May 05, 2017As cannabis is legalized for medical and recreational use on a state-by-state basis, safety regulations regarding cannabis products are becoming increasingly important. One aspect of safety regulations involves setting maximal allowable limits on pesticides. Such regulations are particularly significant given that …

AKA Responds to Kratom Businesses Being Targeted

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Union calls for no-confidence vote on Louisville jail chief

(backdating the news…this is a month old – but important!)Phillip M. Bailey , @phillipmbailey Published 10:52 p.m. ET April 25, 2017 Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton emphasized working with corrections staff to improve conditions at jail facilities on Wednesday afternoon, a day after rank-and-file officers moved to hold a no-confidence vote …

Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and herself…

Steve Sarich with Eddy Lepp and 94 others.May 23 at 3:42pm · PLEASE SHARE FAR AND WIDE!Yesterday at 12:10 pm the WSDA Industrial Hemp Coordinator, Emily Febles, was served with a lawsuit filed against both the WSDA and the herself, both individually, and in her capacity at the WSDA.The lawsuit filed by John Worthington is …

How Kentucky’s Members Of Congress Are Responding To The CBO’s Health Bill Score

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Kentucky public schools, marijuana/hashish use and possession was the number one law violation committed by students on school property in 2015-16.

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Bevin: Kentucky breaks record for business investments

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Oakland-Based Startup Develops Marijuana ‘Breathalyzer’ to Sell to Police Departments

When the governor of Vermont vetoed a marijuana legalization bill this week, he said he was especially worried about stoned driving. He wants to hear more about an “impairment testing mechanism” to detect it.The problem is that no such mechanism exists. There is no Breathalyzer for pot.Urine and hair tests can detect whether a person …

Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod

It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps:STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit …

Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island

    By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and …

What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?

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Hey Sheree, I find this photo annoying or distasteful. Would you please take it down?

ShereeKrider, May 20, 2017 President Lincoln did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation until January 1, 1863, more than one and a half years after the war started. His goal was initially to preserve the Union, and he only issued that proclamation when he felt doing so would promote that objective. One could argue that if …

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

Hannah McCarthyin Feature Long Reads Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy Just 2 miles outside of downtown Cave City, Kentucky, the landscape quickly turns from old brick and mortar to farmhouses and dirt roads. Down one such dirt road, a 45-acre plot of land rests nestled between patches of trees, large stretches of wildflowers and tall …

Not taking an action that can provide such benefit in fighting this (opioid) scourge is not only callus and inhuman but also morally indefensible!

    By:  Msgt. Thomas Tony Vance, Alexandria, Ky. Callus and Morally Indefensible! Mercy Health Hospitals in an Op-ed in the May 11, 2017 Kentucky Enquirer talks about the opioid epidemic and calls for a multi-pronged approach in dealing with it. Their program of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, SBIRT, has screened thousands …

Updates Following Descheduling Press Conference Held On Capitol Hill

Rev. Mary

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So in an attempt to find out what actually took place on the Hill, As I was not actually able to attend or see the actual Press Conference, this is all I was even able to locate in the News or On-line about it. ~

Congressman focuses bright D.C. cannabis spotlight on popular legalization bill
https://www.cannabisbusinessexecutive.com/2017/05/20536/

May 18, 2017 by David Hodes 0 Comments

Yesterday, May 17, Virginia Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett announced more details of his bill, H.R. 1227, “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” which he introduced in Congress in February. He updated the crowd of advocates and reporters with more on the hoped-for success of the bill that is going forward now with a host of new co-sponsors.

The bill, which the congressman says is similar to a bill by Senator Bernie Sanders that floated around briefly in Congress in 2015 (some say there is…

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Started by a group of Kentucky Fried Chicken investors in the early 1980s, CCA quickly grew into the largest private prison operator in the world.

Colorado's For-Profit Prisons a Bad Bet, Says Ex-Employee Turned Author Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. By Alan Prendergast Sue Binder's quarrel with the private-prison giant Corrections Corporation of America began shortly after she started to work at one of CCA's cut-rate hoosegows in southeastern Colorado. It continued for thirteen years, right up until …

Senators from both parties try to ease banking for marijuana businesses

By Lisa Lambert | WASHINGTON Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday renewed their drive to make banking easier for marijuana-based businesses in those U.S. states where the drug is legal, undeterred by signals from the Trump administration about maintaining tough marijuana restrictions nationally. The eight senators, who spanned the political spectrum from libertarian-leaning Republican Rand …

Shop owner pleads guilty in marijuana pipe case

  Daniel Borunda , El Paso Times Published 6:30 p.m. MT May 16, 2017 An El Paso woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge for selling marijuana pipes to undercover officers at her smoke shop in Sunland Park, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico said. Brenda Riveroll, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court …

Companies need workers — but people keep getting high

By Danielle Paquette May 17 at 1:50 PM Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert — but prospective hires keep failing drug screens. “Some weeks this year, 90 percent of applicants would test positive for something,” …

Federal Appeals Court Sidesteps Major Marijuana Ruling

The Associated Press / May 17, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has sidestepped making a ruling on whether U.S. prison officials can hold people who were convicted of marijuana offences that were legal under state medical marijuana laws. In a decision Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused instead …

Today: Press Conference On Marijuana Descheduling To Be Held On Capitol Hill

Rev. Mary

I will be calling Capitol Hill again today on this. To lend my support and to Thank! All those on the hill involved in bringing this Legislation forward.

If you haven’t made a call to show your support for this Legislation. Now is the time!
https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

I just Featured this Bill on our new Americans For Cannabis Site (Still under construction) here http://americansforcannabis.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_17.html

Ref. Article https://www.weednews.co/today-press-conference-on-marijuana-descheduling-to-be-held-on-capitol-hill/

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Today, a press conference will be held by members of Congress from both parties highlighting the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, HR 1227, introduced by Representatives Thomas Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

H.R. 1227 seeks specifically to remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from the federal schedule of controlled substances, thereby leaving regulation up to the states.

Details for the press conference are as follows:

What: Press Conference on H.R. 1227 to highlight the necessity for federal deregulation of marijuana
When: May…

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“…We need support in dealing with transnational criminal organizations and dealing with human trafficking – not in going after grandma’s medicinal marijuana,”

Kamala Harris to Trump: Leave grandma’s marijuana alone By Sean Cockerham scockerham@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Sen. Kamala Harris of California used the year’s first big 2020 presidential spotlight Tuesday to rail against Trump administration drug policies and call for easing laws governing marijuana. “Let me tell you what California needs, Jeff Sessions. We need support in dealing …

Kentucky Surging Forward Following Legislative Session

  Commonwealth of KentuckyGovernor's Office FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov Kentucky Surging Forward Following Legislative Session Op-Ed by Governor Matt Bevin FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2017) – On the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby captures the attention and fascination of the world and creates special moments that will long be …

Owner of Old Louisville Pesticide Plant Prepares to Sell

Black Leaf property owner gives Courier-Journal exclusive look inside a property that triggered the state's biggest ever urban environmental cleanup.   By JAMES BRUGGERS, The Courier-Journal LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Metal roofing has collapsed. Trees are growing tall inside buildings. Walls are heavily tagged with graffiti. And trespassers have set up makeshift camping or lounge …

Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

    A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday. A federal jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning …

Nevada’s new DUI marijuana testing is improvement but still poses concerns

  Ray Hagar, rhagar@rgj.com The state of Nevada is poised to mandate the use blood tests and eliminate urine tests in DUI convictions for marijuana. Although Washoe County already uses blood tests for pot, the state Senate this week gave the final vote of approval for the testing change for the entire state. Now, this …

AG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

By Laura Jarrett, CNN Updated 7:54 AM ET, Fri May 12, 2017 (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove. Friday's announcement follows a line of several other significant departures from Obama-era domestic policies at the Justice Department, but …

Vermont lawmakers become first to approve legal pot

April McCullum, The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s Legislature become the first in the nation Wednesday to approve a recreational marijuana legalization bill. Vermont's bill, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana possession in 2018 and anticipate the possibility of a taxed and regulated legal marijuana market, was approved in the Vermont …