Posts in Cannabis Laws
SAFE HARBOR ACT 2019: New Legislation Looks to Provide Much Needed Reform for Vets

Beard Bros. Media Guest Contributor Eric Goepel of the Veterans Cannabis Coalition takes a hard look at a much-needed piece of legislation being considered in the nation’s capital right now - The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act of 2019. Our vets are suffering and potential relief from medical marijuana use is being unfairly withheld from them even though legalization is sweeping the nation. Instead of thanking a veteran for their service, tell them you’re voting for candidates who support cannabis reform. Instead of buying a service member a meal, tell them you’re pushing your member of Congress to make CBD available to troops in the field. Instead of standing back and letting apathy and cynicism poison your outlook, take positive action.

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Building a Fire: How Will We End Cannabis Prohibition?

Instead of thanking a veteran for their service, tell them you’re voting for candidates who support cannabis reform. Instead of buying a service member a meal, tell them you’re pushing your member of Congress to make CBD available to troops in the field. Instead of standing back and letting apathy and cynicism poison your outlook, take positive action.

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#TEAMCANNABIS4EPILEPSY: Battling Epilepsy & the Negative Stigma Around Cannabis One Step at a Time

In reality, we are just scratching the surface of the healing properties of not only CBD, but THC and the wide array of cannabinoids and terpenes that occur naturally in the cannabis plant in varying ratios depending on the strain of the plant used for the extraction, and on the extraction method itself. Decades of federal prohibition have ironically and ignorantly stunted our institutional scientific knowledge of cannabis even as one state after another passes medical marijuana laws right under the nose of the feds. Instead, the rise in popularity of cannabis and cannabis oils and extracts as medicine had been fueled mostly by anecdotal evidence for years as patients and their families found relief for their ailments outside of the medical system.

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CARERS Act of 2019 — An In-Depth Look at this Long Overdue Legislation

So far, the same Washington politicians who drape themselves in the flag and hide behind the soldiers anytime their motives get challenged have repeatedly failed to pass sensible laws to give our vets the same rights afforded to civilians in the 33 states and counting that have legalized the medical use of cannabis. Gridlock in D.C. has ground every recent effort to a frustrating halt. Now, however, with a newly seated Democratic Congress in power in the nation’s capital, hopes are once again high that our vets will not be left behind in the war against cannabis prohibition. Learn more in this installment from guest author Eric Goepel of Veterans Cannabis Coalition

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Better Late Than Never: New Legislation Looks to Rewrite Cali’s History with Hemp

In December of 2018, just before the completely avoidable federal government shutdown began, Republican Senator (and undercover Sleestak, probably) Mitch McConnell famously signed the 2018 Farm Bill with a pen made out of hemp, sending it to President Trump for his final signature that would mark one of the few victories for his Adderall-addled administration.

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Will 'Track & Trace' Be the Cure for California's Crippled Cannabis Market?

Washington state is already on its second stab at a track and trace program and in Oregon, the seed to sale system says that they have a million unsold pounds of pot, roughly enough for 4 free ounces for each of the state’s 4 million residents. Four million residents, eh? 3 mill or so in Nevada. 5.6 mill in Colorado. 7.4 mill in Washington. Well, we’ve got 40 million in California so any problems that these smaller markets have experienced could be scaled up greatly once the experiment is fully underway here. Hell, harking back to our dude Mickey one more time, there are more people in Los Angeles County alone (10.16 million) than there are in 42 states in this country…Cali is a different beast.

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Reluctant Arkansas State Officials Can No Longer Ignore Neighboring Cannabis Success Stories

We’d all like to believe that it is the very real medicinal benefits that cannabis can deliver that’s causing this ideological shift at the top levels of our government, but let’s face it, money talks. As depressing as that may sound, it is still driving real reform across the country and that is a net positive. It should also remind the cannabis movement that we are in a highly influential position.

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Represent Cannabis

Beard Bros. Media welcomes guest author Eric Goepel, the founder and CEO of the Veterans Cannabis Coalition and an Army veteran of the Iraq War. In this first installment, Goepel and the VCC spell out the case for legal cannabis for veterans, active duty soldiers, and everyone else who can benefit from this healing plant.

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GW Pharma Denied Blanket Patent on Treating Epilepsy with Cannabinoids

Science has begun to accurately map the genome of cannabis and as exciting as that is, it also opens the door to the potential for smothering monopolies and corporate influence the likes of which our culture and this industry are just now starting to witness. So we fight back and celebrate small victories.

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As the Sun Sets on MMJ in the Wild West, the Villain May Not Be Who You Thought

When Californians passed Prop 64 in November of 2016, not only did they legalize the adult recreational use (and production and sale) of cannabis, but they dug the grave for MMJ in the Golden State. 
The thing is, medical was already dead and laid in the coffin by then and it wasn’t Prop 64 that killed it... 

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Pacific Expeditors is Distributing More than Just Cannabis

PacEx shares a common vision with The Emerald Cup in promoting the value of a natural, organic product created by someone with a tangible craft skill. As we witness massive alcohol and tobacco producers retreat from decades of lucrative production and sprint headfirst toward the cannabis industry, it is reassuring to remember that while Budweiser is struggling, Stone Brewing is not. Preserving the history of cannabis, according to Pacific Expeditors, is the key to its future.  

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Cali Cannabis Lab Testing Challenges the Integrity of the Industry

Until their technology advances enough to close these gaps in accuracy, or the state loosens the law enough to account for those gaps, testing labs may need to meet their customers in the middle in order to protect the small to midsize producers at the essential grassroots of this potentially lucrative and efficient market.

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Oklahoma’s Rapid Reform Points Out California’s Cannabis Complexity

There are currently too many barriers to entering the legal cannabis industry in California and hopefully many of them will be eased or eliminated when the agencies overseeing the state’s legal weed finalize their regulations sometime next month. That will mark more than two years since Californians passed Prop 64 and will be the first time that we truly know what the legal landscape will look like.

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5 Things We Must Demand From Any Future Cannabis Legalization Measures

80% of the country is still dealing with a patchwork of unique medical marijuana laws or outright cannabis prohibition. As these states look to the future, with the benefit of watching those that blazed the trail before them, there are some fundamental planks that we believe must form the foundation for any effective and thorough cannabis reform.

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State Inspection Reveals Cali Cannabis Lab Has Been Faking Test Results for Months

Growers and manufacturers spend even more time and money doing preliminary R&D product testing hoping to identify and eliminate any issues before the crucial final compliance testing. But what good does that do if every lab is using different equipment, following different operating procedures, and in some cases, just outright faking the results?

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VIDEO: Bumbling NYPD Cops Caught on Bodycam Planting Blunt in Suspect's Car

Erickson’s report claimed that the blunt was found “in plain sight”, even though both officers searched the area unsuccessfully, and Pastran’s body camera footage shows no such evidence. What Officer Erickson apparently didn’t realize is that somebody smarter than him already thought of the ol’ broken camera trick and his body camera had a feature built in that somehow allowed it to record 30 seconds of footage before Erickson reactivated it.

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In Michigan, Legal Weed & Voter's Rights Draft Blueprint for Political Success Nationwide

With a substantially higher margin of victory than even the already impressive races at the top of the ticket, clearly cannabis carried some clout into Election Day. But remember, there were two other proposals on Michigan’s ballots that day, and together with weed, they form a blueprint for future electoral success in all points on the political map.

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With Two Fewer Sessions in D.C. the Smoke Begins to Clear on Federal Cannabis Reform

For two unrelated men that share not only a last name, but also an extreme hatred for the cannabis plant, both Jeff Sessions and Pete Sessions find themselves out of a job today for very different reasons. But the cannabis community isn’t too picky and we’re glad to see them both go for any reason.

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High Times Bails Out Chalice Festival But Who Will Bail Out High Times?

Gemini Finance Corp. reacted to the cancellation of the Chalice Festival in July by foreclosing on a $587,000 loan that they had out to event organizers. Sensing blood in the water, the sharks at High Times swooped in and gobbled up a $560,000 debt to purchase the rights to the future of the Chalice Festival. Yep, High Times now owns Chalice…sort of…

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These Four States Vote on Cannabis Legalization Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Election Day in America and the stakes surrounding the results of races for the Senate and Congress all the way down to your local representatives couldn’t be higher. Voting is a fundamental right of being an American, and your vote absolutely matters. These four states vote on cannabis legalization tomorrow - here’s what you need to know.

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