Nevada County Warns Pot Industry Against Promoting Public Use

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are warning the recreational marijuana industry against any advertising that can be considered promoting public consumption.

Las Vegas marijuana business owners last week received a letter from Department of Business License Director Jaqueline Holloway reaffirming marijuana regulations.

The letter issued Monday threatens to suspend or take away licenses of dispensaries for any involvement with non-licensed pot businesses and anything “that promotes public consumption.”

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How Marijuana Can Help Treat Addictions to Opioids, Other Rx Drugs and Alcohol

Photo by Javier Hasse. 

This article was originally published on Benzinga, and adapted exclusively for HIGH TIMES.

People often talk about marijuana as an alternative to opioids and as a treatment for numerous addictions like alcohol and tobacco. But, like most praises (and condemnations) of weed, these claims are frequently based on hearsay rather than on actual science or quantitative evidence.

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Utah Activists Push for Medical Marijuana on Ballot

Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a green light from state election officials on Thursday to start gathering the 113,143 signatures required to qualify their MMJ measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The political issues committee Utah Patients Coalition’s spokesperson said they will begin collecting signatures next week—with a stated goal of gathering all the signatures required before the beginning of the legislative session in January 2018.

According to UTP, in 2014 HB 105 made it legal for patients to possess and use low-THC cannabidiol when directed by a doctor. Since this initial victory for patients, cannabis legislation has barely progressed.

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Nevada Opens Pot Distribution to Non-Liquor Wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said they’ll begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.

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Every Famous Astrophysicist Agrees: Marijuana Should Be Legalized

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There aren’t very many famous scientists in the world—for some reason, celebrity and peer-reviewed research don’t go hand-in-hand—but where popular culture and rational inquiry intersect, the resulting Venn diagram is pro-marijuana.

On Monday, prominent astrophysicist (and Twitter personality) Neil deGrasse Tyson joined the ranks of learned academics to endorse cannabis legalization. Who knew—there isn’t an intellectually honest argument in support of drug prohibition and the carceral state to be had.

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Weediquette 101: How to Be a Good Pot Citizen

Rolling Stone recently published a Miss Manners-style guide to pot-smoking etiquette, with the goal of banishing stereotypes and instructing the growing subculture to be responsible, polite and conscientious consumers.

“Whether you’re livening up a dinner party with some gourmet infused cookies or scoring some unlabeled bud from your dealer for your friend’s mom, it is important to consider how to be a good weed citizen,” wrote Amanda Chicago Lewis.

How to best live openly as an ethical stoner, says Lewis, is to keep in mind how “your behavior affects other people, and how can you better educate those around you.”

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Growers Say Ohio’s Tight Timeline Could Delay 1st Pot Crop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio say they don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the timetable Thursday.

It drew immediate concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. The association had anticipated growers having about a year before the September 2018 deadline to ramp up their operations and produce their first crop.

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Radical Rant: Former Baltimore Narcotics Officer Has Solution for Rooting Out Bad Cops

You’ve no doubt seen the not-one-but-two separate body cam videos where officers with the Baltimore Police Department are seemingly planting drug evidence. With these, and so many other videos of bad cops run amok, what can been done to better police the police?

On my daily cannabis news podcast, The Marijuana Agenda, I sat down with Major Neill Franklin, a former cop with 34 years of experience as a narcotics officer for the Maryland State Police and as the commander for the Education and Training Division of the Baltimore Police Department. He’s also the executive director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership[*], a non-profit organization of former police, prosecutors, judges and others dedicated to advancing reforms in criminal justice and drug policy that improve public safety.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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New York to Expand the Kinds of Cannabis Products Sold in Dispensaries

While New York’s medical marijuana law was, at one time, considered among the most restrictive in the nation, state health officials have been working diligently for the past year to give the program more reach.

The state has added more qualified conditions, allowed more companies to grow and sell marijuana, and now it is expanding the kinds of cannabis products that patients will have the ability to buy at their local dispensary.

Earlier this week, the New York Health Department announced a brand spanking new set of regulations that will give patients more of a variety when they go to purchase medical marijuana. The new products, which could be in dispensaries by the end of September, include lotions, ointments, patches, chewable tablets and lozenges.

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