Crowdfunding Canna-Dreams

The massive crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is besotted with pot ideas.

As cannabis prohibition crumbles in increasingly wider swaths across America, business opportunity abounds. However, turning vision into reality requires calculated effort and capital. The latter is often the toughest hurdle, even if the idea only requires modest seed money to launch.

For these myriad, smaller cannabis related ventures, particularly for entertainment projects, journalism, social apps, educational or artistic material, often the most logical place to turn is a crowdfunding platform. Despite the fact that those companies often have opaque project acceptance policies to match the cannabis gray market, some ventures do find investors.

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Cold Winter, Hot Films

Warp through space and time with “Stars Wars: Rogue One” and “Assassin’s Creed”.

The holidays are usually a high-energy season packed with plans to enjoy specially-prepared meals, score some sweet gifts or just spend some time relaxing with friends and family. While it’s always great to spend quality time catching up with loved ones, now that things are slowing down, it’s a nice time have a low-key way to wind down solo or with a couple of other people who share your joy for chilling. Check out these five new film releases to give you some entertaining downtime.

“Rogue One”

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AFC, NFC & THC: 2017 NFL Playoff Strain Breakdown

The new year is just starting to pick up steam and professional football is rapidly closing in on the final showdown of Super Bowl LI. Cannabis Now’s resident football (and Patriots) fan breaks down what the twelve 2017 NFL playoff contenders might be smoking on the road they all hope leads to victory.

Football’s regular season has come to an end and the twelve best teams in the land are preparing for what we all hope will be a series of violent escapades on snowy grass and turf.

Much like last year, a team from a legal cannabis state is expected to win it all. But what will they smoke on their path to victory? Here’s a list of the strains these titans of pig skin should be puffing.

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Smoking Bud At the Wheel is (Kind Of) Legal in California

California’s DUI laws already outlaw cannabis intoxication at the wheel, and Prop 64 (the state’s recently adopted adult use legalization law) explicitly bans “open containers” of marijuana in a moving car. But two state legislators say a loophole in 64, coupled with imprecise and unreliable testing methods for marijuana DUI, makes smoking weed behind the wheel (technically) legal. They’ve introduced legislation that would explicitly ban lighting up on the road.

Cannabis became legal for all adults 21 and over in California on Election Day when California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. AUMA legalized cannabis, but it also banned “open containers” of marijuana in a vehicle, including automobiles, boats and aircraft.

Lawyers interpret this to mean something similar to having an open container of alcohol. So if there’s a burning joint, a pipe in between passes or a glowing dab rig in your car, you could be in trouble.

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D.C. Activists Promise Massive Marijuana Protest For Trump’s Inauguration

Much pomp and specific circumstances mark the quadrennial swearing-in of the President of the United States, and Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will be no exception. There’s the 21-gun salute, there’s the playing of Hail to the Chief, there are the balls and the parties and the protests.

And, unless Trump declares his support for marijuana legalization in all 50 states, there will be the 4,200 joints fired up and passed around just as the Trump’s inaugural speech gets going.

If you can guess how many joints are in these bags, you might get a free one at #Trump420!

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Fake Medical Marijuana Card Scam in Maryland

Maryland has been moving towards a functional medical marijuana program at a glacial pace since 2014. Now some patients are falling victim to a scam that takes advantage of patients’ anxiety about that long delay.

Here’s the good news: Maryland’s long-awaited medical marijuana legislation will likely go into effect next year, providing much-needed relief for residents of the Old Line State that are suffering from a series of conditions ranging from chronic pain to seizures and eating disorders.

But here’s the less-than-savory news: along the way, the state has hit an embarrassing number of roadblocks and setbacks; the most recent of which is a rash of attempts to scam Marylanders into purchasing illegitimate “marijuana cards” or to sign up for “pre-approval.”

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Shock & Sadness: the Cannabis World Mourns Franco Loja

Master cannabis breeder Franco Loja, 42, half of the team behind the popular Strain Hunters series, has died while filming an episode in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cause of death is still unknown, but there are unconfirmed reports that Loja succumbed to an aggressive case of malaria.

The cannabis community just celebrated 2016 — one of the biggest years in the history of the plant — but now it starts 2017 reeling over the shocking and sudden loss of famed Strain Hunter and master breeder Franco Loja.

Early in the afternoon on Monday, January 2, rumblings began on social media that Franco had passed while shooting Strain Hunters with VICELAND in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two days prior to his passing, he posted a video of his African travel companions working to free a bus that was trapped in the mud outside the DRC capital of Kinshasa.

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Medical Marijuana Program Takes Shape in Maryland

It’s been over two years since Maryland officially decriminalized medical marijuana and patients are still relying on the illicit market. The Free State’s medicinal cannabis program is finally taking shape with the first round of licensing pre-approval for 102 dispensaries selected from a pool of over 800 applicants. Cannabis Now spoke with the passionate providers behind one of those still-unopened medical pot shops about their vision for the future.

Maryland recently took another step towards a working medical marijuana program with their announcement of the preliminary round or pre-approvals for cannabis dispensary licenses. This development came not a moment too soon for patients and providers struggling under a delayed timeline for the program, which was signed into law in 2014.

Of the 811 applicants for licenses 102 were pre-approved. Among them, Peninsula Alternative Health, which will be located on the Eastern Shore.

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Big Pharma Gets Green Light

Guess who benefits when Uncle Sam opens the research weed supply chain?

Cannabis is still highly dangerous and has no place in modern medicine, according to the U.S. government – who still wants a bigger and better supply of the troubled stuff on hand anyway, just in case.

And Uncle Sam wants you – yes, you – to try and grow some research-grade cannabis for your country. But good luck with that. It won’t be easy.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Mary Jane

Explore these resolutions to ensure 2017 is a bright year for cannabis.

While 2016 certainly had its rough patches, it was a great year for Mary Jane! More states passed legislation legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use and those with existing programs continued to develop them and fight for reasonable regulations. It’s a great time to be a cannabis enthusiast, but there’s always room for improvement, such as implementing these resolutions to make 2017 another dank year for weed.

Clean Your Glass

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