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Cannabis To The Rescue: Saving The Family Farm

Posted on  September 26, 2012 by  Site Admin

  Humboldt Stories "It's not Weeds, it's Real." By Sharon Letts Nick turned off Myrtle Ave onto Park Street, and down a dirt road. Caitlin had been living in a trailer on someone's property since leaving Jake. Today, they were traveling together to an historic apple orchard he was looking to restore, with an eye on good medicine. "Why shouldn't cannabis be grown with food," he argued to a circle of self-righteous, back-woods growers. "Why shouldn't farmers be allowed to include Cannabis and Hemp?" "Because they will throw your ass in Federal prison," someone responded to howls of laughter. Caitlin was waiting at the end of the road, smiling and waving as he pulled into the drive. "Forgive me for not inviting you in," she said, a little shy about her new digs. "The good news is, Jake is NOT inside!" "No worries, Caitlin," Nice countered quickly. Not wanting to add to the awkwardness. "How about them apples?" he winked, and they both shared a laugh. "Did you know there is a doctor that lives in this neighborhood with more than 100 varieties of apples on just one acre?" Nick informed, veering the conversation away from "Jake the Jerk," as he liked to call her old boyfriend. "I did not know that," Caitlin said, visibly impressed, and grateful for the change of topic. "They grow this close to the coast?" "Some do," he said. "I also read that one apple can produce many varieties, and because of this little known...

Cannabis Businesswomen To Obama: Stop The Crackdown

Posted on  September 13, 2012 by  News Admin

  National Cannabis Industry Association releases report detailing economic benefits of industry in Colorado The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), in conjunction with the Women's CannaBusiness Network, a project it launched earlier this year, today called on President Obama to cease enforcement actions against state-legal medical cannabis providers while the administration reviews its policies to determine whether they are in the public interest. Respected industry businesswomen defended their work and powerfully expressed their frustration with the administration's crackdown. "The women here today are compassionate and courageous leaders," said Jill Lamoureaux, owner of Colorado Dispensary Services. "They are pioneers in alternative medicine. They are job creators and tax revenue generators. They are hear to bring awareness to the Obama administration's reversal on medical marijuana policy and to ask that the Justice Department immediately stop shutting down state-legal businesses that are serving patients, creating jobs and generating tax revenues." Jen Reynolds, a mother of four who will lose her job on Monday because of the actions of the U.S. attorney in Colorado, urged the President to think about the people whom are being affected. "This is not about 'marijuana dealers,' Reynolds said. "This is about medical cannabis patients having a safe and regulated environment in which to purchase their medicine. It is about employees like me, who had the amazing opportunity to help patients alleviate their suffering, while earning a living wage. My center should have been a model for others to follow, not a target for federal action." NCIA also released...

Businesswomen To Ask Obama To Stop Cannabis Crackdown

Posted on  September 12, 2012 by  News Admin

National Cannabis Industry Association's Women's CannaBusiness Network to host event Group will release report detailing economic benefits of industry in Colorado Employers and employees to speak The National Cannabis Industry Association, in conjunction with the Women's CannaBusiness Network -- a project it launched earlier this year -- will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, September 13 at 9:30 a.m. At the event, female business leaders from the medical cannabis industry will call on President Obama to cease enforcement actions against medical cannabis providers while the administration reviews its policies to determine whether they are in the public interest. The women will explain the hardships - including loss of jobs, tax revenue, and harm to patients - caused by the federal government's ongoing crackdown on legitimate medical cannabis businesses. "In the last year alone, the Department of Justice has taken action against hundreds of medical cannabis providers, including a large percentage who were acting in full compliance with state and local laws," said NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith. "It is painfully obvious that the Department of Justice is not following the administration's stated policy of respecting state medical marijuana laws. "We are simply asking the Obama administration to put an immediate hold on all active medical marijuana-related cases so that they can be reviewed to ensure compliance with the 2009 Ogden Memo and repeated assurances that state-compliant operators would not be targeted," Smith said. The group will also release a report entitled, "The Colorado Cannabis Industry:...