CA: Adelanto Mayor To Speak When World Cannabis Conference Comes To Town

Adelanto The city’s promise to keep its stadium a hub of activity all year long will continue to ring true when the 5th Annual Abra Ca Dabs World Cannabis Conference comes to the High Desert.

Cannabis enthusiasts from across the nation are expected to attend the three-day festival with its goal to "Unify our community through music, art and concentrates."

The conference begins March 24 at Adelanto Stadium, the former home of the High Desert Mavericks and new home of the High Desert Yardbirds.

Former NFL players Kyle Turley and Ron Brown are part of a nearly two-dozen guest speaker panel who will share their expertise on the cannabis industry.

Other speakers include Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr, local veteran Jose Martinez, California Black Caucus Representative Darren Parker, Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman Frank Montes and cannabis activist Dr. Dina.

"We’re excited to bring Abra Ca Dabs to Adelanto," event organizer John Mendoza told the Daily Press. "The High Desert is the perfect place for our conference and the City of Adelanto and the fairgrounds have done a great job to help us make this happen."

Mendoza emphasized the conference will include a heavy dose of "cannabis education," with a variety of speakers sharing their expertise on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, recent legislation, cultivation, business opportunities and more.

The festival is scheduled to open with a cannabis industry job fair on March 24 where dozens of cannabis companies will be on hand. The job fair is free and attendees must be 18 or older and have a valid ID. There is no specific dress code for the job fair, but business attire is strongly suggested and applicants should bring copies of their resume.

The event will also include a free on-field yoga class, social mixer and community luncheon. The musical lineup includes reggae band Hirie, Dilated People, mix-expert Derek Ali, rapper Jason Martin, DJ Carisma, DJ Baju, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, True Press, The Alchemist and Turley, who has released several albums and launched his own record label.

Anyone is welcome to attend the conference, but visitors must be 18 years or older with a valid doctor’s recommendation to enter the Prop 215 medicating area.

Ticket costs for one-day and multiple-day admission range from $20 to $250. Tickets for the B2B Mixer and Charity Luncheon are $150 per person, and $1,500 for a Skybox Lounge.

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Nevada Retail Marijuana Industry To Cost $14 Million

Las Vegas Nevada officials say getting the state’s retail marijuana industry started will cost about $14 million over the next two years.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Department of Taxation Director Deonne Contine said Thursday that most of that money will be used to pay state-level personnel in charge of regulating the industry, new equipment, operating expenses and information technology needs.

About $10 million of that budget is set aside as grants that local governments can apply for to pay for local regulatory needs.

Contine says the state is moving forward with its plan to accelerate the industry by allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in good standing with the state to be able to apply for temporary recreational sales licenses.

The state hopes to begin accepting applications in May with sales beginning July 1.

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Marijuana Activists Marc And Jodie Emery Granted Bail After Toronto Arrest

Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery have been granted bail after being arrested in Toronto.

The self-styled Prince and Princess of Pot were arrested at Torontos Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening and charged with several drug-related offences on Thursday.

Marc Emery faces 15 charges, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts.

The Emerys own the Cannabis Culture brand, which is used by a chain of 19 marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said seven Cannabis Culture locations five in Toronto, one in Hamilton and another in Vancouver were searched on Thursday along with two homes in Toronto, one in Stoney Creek, Ont., and one in Vancouver.

The Emerys appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Friday afternoon where they were granted bail with several conditions, including a prohibition on possessing or consuming marijuana and other drugs except with prescription, a ban on attending any Cannabis Culture location or other dispensary, as well as facilitating or participating in the operation of any Cannabis Culture location.

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OH: Loudonville OKs Medical Marijuana Site

Loudonville Loudonville residents have mostly had positive reactions to village councils support of a Cleveland-based companys possible state application to build a medical marijuana growing facility in the village’s industrial park, Mayor Stephen Stricklen said this week.

Council voted unanimously Feb. 27 in support of a state application by BZGIST, LLC (doing business as Glasshouse Farma) to produce medical marijuana in village limits.

The Mohican Area Growth Foundation met earlier this month, also endorsing having the company operate in southern Ashland County. And two Ashland County commissioners, Mike Welch and Denny Bittle, along with other area leaders have written letters expressing their support, local officials said.

The chain of positive reactions in the southern Ashland County village appears to contrast with what happened in Richland County, when Ontario council which asked for public feedback before it made a decision whether to support a potential growing facility within its city limits heard mixed reactions.

While a number of Ontario area residents saw economic development potential, council was presented with a letter from 70 pastors (many from outside the city) who opposed a growing operation. Several area police chiefs also lined up against having a medical marijuana growing operation in Richland County.

Glasshouse Farma is likely to make a decision on whether to commit to Loudonville as a potential site in its state application for a cultivators license within the next week or so, Mohican Area Growth Foundation Executive Director Kathy Goon said this week.

Both the mayor and MAGF official said they were uncertain whether Loudonville currently is in direct competition with other communities as a potential medical marijuana growing site.They did say that we were being considered (as a site), Stricklen said.

We are just working with the company to make sure that their comfort level (for choosing Loudonville) is good, Goon said.

Two Glasshouse Farma representatives had met privately with a number of decision makers from Ashland County, including officials from Loudonville and Perrysville, prior to council’s vote.

Loudonville council’s resolution emphasized local officials wishes for increased economic development and to encourage safe and legal businesses to locate in the village and benefit from the unique location, resources and potential employees offered by our community.

All six council members voted to pass the resolution, the mayor said.

Glasshouse Farma must deliver over 1,000 pages of application-related documents to the state by April or May, and the success of its application will depend on factors including community support and the company’s plan, including details outlining steps to provide security for the facility, Goon said.

BZGIST was formed as an Ohio corporation in early 2016. It registered its intention to do business as Glasshouse Farma, providing greenhouse services, and giving a business address of 1481 Lindazzo Ave., in downtown Cleveland, on Feb. 1 of this year.

Ohio Department of Commerce spokesperson Kerry Francis said a deadline for final applications for cultivator licenses has not yet been set.

Francis had no immediate information on whether Glasshouse Farma has told the state agency what locations it is considering applying for growing licenses for.

Community support from Loudonville has been very good, with no one identified as strongly opposing a growing facility in the villages industrial park, which is physically located in Holmes County, Goon said.

While Loudonville officials have heard a little bit from both sides pro and con from local residents, once the product is explained, most people support it, Stricklen said.

Glasshouse Farma described an operation that would create 30 jobs, "from white collar jobs all the way up to botanists and scientists, Stricklen said.

But the mayor added he primarily supports getting a growing facility up and running locally because he believes medical marijuana is medically useful.

The product is a pharmaceutical product that helps a lot of people. Ive seen some of that first-hand," the mayor said.

The proposed facility would be a pharmaceutical business producing drugs for people with 21 medical conditions including Crohns disease, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

And it would be a production facility, not involved in direct retail sales to individuals seeking to use it, Stricklen added.

It matters to residents that the business would produce medical marijuana, Goon said. "If it was recreational, we wouldn’t be having this conversation."

Ohio will issue 12 licenses for larger facilities with up to 15,000 square feet of growing space, and six more licenses for operations up to 1,600 square feet. The Ohio Department of Commerce and Ohio Board of Pharmacy jointly oversee new regulations for medical marijuana.

Officials in some areas of north central Ohio have lined up officially against allowing marijuana growing facilities in their region:

That includes Washington Township, which approved a resolution in September the same month medical marijuana became legal in Ohio prohibiting marijuana cultivators, processors or retailer dispensaries from operating within its borders.

Township trustee Bob Entenmann said the township officials voted proactively to discourage a type of business local officials did not want in operation there.

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Colorado House Approves 16-Plant Home Pot Limit

Denver Colorado is moving to curb the nations most generous marijuana allowance for medical patients growing their own plants.

The state House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill limiting marijuana patients 16 plants in their homes, down from 99.

The measure aims to make it harder to grow pot outside the taxed and regulated commercial pot system.

Colorado regulators have tried for years to stop people from growing large amounts of pot without state taxation or oversight. But because Colorados constitution gives people the right to grow as much pot as their doctors recommend, the state has had a hard time making that happen.

We need to close this loophole, said Rep. KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat and sponsor of the bill.

This years effort would say that marijuana patients cant have more than 16 plants in a residential property. The change would force those patients to either move to an industrial or agricultural area, or shop at a dispensary.

Of the 28 states with legal medical marijuana, none but Colorado currently allows more than 16 pot plants per home.

Many Colorado jurisdictions including Denver already have per-home plant limits, usually at 12. But the lack of a statewide limit makes it difficult for police to distinguish between legitimate patients and fronts for black-market weed, bill supporters argued Friday.

The time has come for us to give law enforcement the guidance they need, said Rep. Cole Wist, a Centennial Republican and another bill sponsor.

Marijuana patients have been flooding lawmakers with complaints about the bill, which was introduced just last week. The first hearing on the measure lasted until near midnight.

Lawmakers softened the bill by raising its original limit from 12 plants to 16 plants, and by saying that patients caught with too much pot in the House would face a petty offense, and felony charges only later.

But those changes werent enough for some Democrats, who argued in vain that it shouldnt be a felony until the third offense to have too much pot in the home. They argued that the limits wont hurt criminal drug operations, which could simply grow their plants in areas that arent zoned residential.

A lot of patients are on fixed incomes. Theyre ill, said Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Commerce City. Cartels have the money to go rent warehouses.

The resistance effort even brought one lawmaker to tears. Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, held a stack of patient letters and said the change would hurt people who cant afford to shop in dispensaries.

Were throwing patients in jail! Lebsock cried.

But Republicans sided with other Democrats to prevail on an unrecorded voice vote. The bill faces one more formal vote next week before heading to the Senate, where its prospects are strong.

A companion bill to give law enforcement more money to sniff out illegal pot growers is awaiting a House vote Monday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper backs the plant crackdown and has called on lawmakers to send him a statewide limit.

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