Is CBD Legal? Indiana Cops Don’t Seem to Know Either

Amid the legal ambiguities about the status of cannabidiol (CBD), authorities in one state that has cracked down on preparations of the salutary cannabinoid are now admitting that they themselves are confused.

Weeks after Indiana State Excise Police declared products containing CBD oil to be illegal—and carrying out a raid on an Indianapolis-area natural goods store to prove it—state officials say they don’t actually know if CBD oil products are illegal or not.

“It’s a complicated issue, and we’re trying to work through it and figure out what the rules are,” said David Cook, chair of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, according to local WTHR. “We’re trying to determine the legality. There’s differing legal opinions whether it’s legal or not, so until those issues are resolved, we’ve placed a moratorium on confiscating it.”

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Nevada County Considers Rules for Recreational Marijuana Establishments


ELKO — Concerns over federal law and security regarding recreational marijuana establishments led the Elko County commissioners to vote 3-2 Wednesday on the first reading of an ordinance to prohibit such facilities in the county’s unincorporated areas.

“When we take our oath, we swear to support the Constitution and the government of the United States, right?” Commissioner Cliff Eklund asked Aug. 3, when the board directed county staff to draft the ordinance. “So if we are swearing to support not only the Constitution but the government of the United States, and the Government of the United States says it’s illegal, what kind of position does that put us in, having to support what they say is illegal?”

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West Virginia's Cannabis Board Sets to Work on Regulating State's New Medical Marijuana Industry


For all of the work lawmakers and West Virginia residents put into making the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act of 2017 a reality, there still is a magnitude of work left for state officials to lay the foundation for the medical marijuana industry in the Mountain State.

That much was evident Wednesday during the first meeting of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, in the Erma Ora Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston, where the 13 members of the board worked to get a better understanding about how their collective role is defined in cultivating the industry.

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Court Case Highlights Need For Continued Federal Protections

Last week, a US District Court blocked federal prosecutors from continuing a case against a medical marijuana cultivation company as a result of the current, albeit limited, congressional protections from the Department of Justice.

LA Weekly reported:

Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute) but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.

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Throwback Thursday: A Smoking-Good Present for Uncle Sam

We had cut down the billboard showcasing Nixon and his pal, Spiro Agnew. Our chainsaws were now quiet, their grrring songs still ringing in our heads. Stoned that we were, we all gathered on top of Nixon and Agnew and raised the saws heavenward over our heads. It was still night, but Haggis snapped a picture of us with his camera, the flash traveling outward from the bulb, finding our haggard and stoned faces in the dark, the moment captured. Then the moment was gone. Inexplicably, like all moments. Except in the remembering. Without this image in time, we might never have been there.

Proof of the Past

There is no present like the past—or the future. In fact, there is no present at all. Merely an illusion, an invisible line drawn between the two, a line you cross. You step out of the past into the future through the moments that take you there. Those moments go by in an instant, if that. Fleeting, to say the least. As though they were never there. Except for a photo on an old Nikon, captured with a handheld flash. And your memory taking you forward into the future. Moments. Like the flash going off and blinding you. Photos are the one remnant of the present, now the past.

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary Receives Zoning Approval


WILKES-BARRE — The city’s Zoning Hearing Board gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a medical marijuana dispensary to open up in a Kidder Street shopping plaza.

But it’s unclear when the place will begin operation. It depends on how long it takes marijuana growers and processors to get up and running.

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LumiGrow Partners With CF Industrial for Local Lighting Service in Ontario, Canada

<![CDATA[LumiGrow Inc., a smart horticultural lighting company, announced today their partnership with CF Industrial, a lighting and power solutions provider in Leamington, Ontario. The new partnership bolsters LumiGrow’s commitment to their Ontario greenhouse growers, further providing responsive local support for those implementing smart horticultural lighting for precision greenhouse management. The CF Industrial team is yet another addition to LumiGrow’s Ontario-based services, as the company has already deployed plant science research support across the region, according to a press release.

“We are happy to welcome CF Industrial as a LumiGrow Canada Partner. This partnership will ensure that our superior level of technical support can be deployed immediately upon short notice. Our local lighting specialists will be able to personally visit and consult with commercial growers in Ontario, assisting with lighting implementation, as well as environmental and horticultural considerations.” says VP of Sales and Marketing, Jay Albere.

CF Industrial has been a symbol of reliance and service excellence for over 35 years. Jason Papp, CF Industrial Business Operations Manager says, “It’s important for us to find partners that share our values of long-term customer relationships, and we feel that’s exactly what we’ve found. We’ve been involved in the greenhouse industry here in Leamington for many years, and until now we haven’t seen an LED technology work like the LumiGrow solution. Both companies have been in business for a long time and realize that enterprise horticulture takes more than the right tools, but requires top-notch service from experts you can trust. We’re really here to bring this high level of knowledgeable support closer to home for our Canadian growers.”

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Cannabis Industry Rallies at Los Angeles City Hall in Support of Licensing


A large group of cannabis industry supporters rallied at Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday afternoon in support of licenses for cannabis businesses and other changes to the city’s proposed cannabis regulations. A City Council committee [reviewed] the proposed rules [Tuesday night].

STATE BY STATE: California Cannabis News

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World Health Organization to Review CBD & Fake Pot

The World Health Organization will review the impacts of rescheduling around cannabidiol and some synthetic pot ingredients in Geneva this fall.

The Food and Drug Administration has put out the call for folks to submit their input on the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of 17 substances including CBD. Also included are the synthetic cannabis ingredients 5F-ADB, 5F-PB-22, AB-CHMINACA, AB-PINACA and UR-144, many of which are already banned in some countries.

The United States is a signer of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, which says if a party to the convention or WHO has information about a substance they believe requires international controls for public health and safety (or change in such control), they will notify the secretary-general of the United Nations and provide information in support of their opinion.

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