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Cannabis News Roundup: 11.20.15

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Columbia to legalize medical cannabis… City offered cut in grow site… First tribal reservation store opens… More bad news for concentrates… Health… Events… and Willie Nelson.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Columbia to legalize medical marijuana // Times Union  “Colombians for two decades have been allowed to possess small quantities of any narcotic for personal use thanks to a series of Constitutional Court rulings guaranteeing the ‘free development of one's personality’."

Humboldt County commission wrestling with land use // North Coast Journal  “In the course of four meetings in the last eight days, commissioners have heard hours of public comment and talked in depth with county counsel and planning staff in the commission's mission to come up with recommendations for the ordinance.”

BUSINESS

Permit applicant offers city a share //  MJbizdaily.com  “When Harvest Inc. announced that it offered the tiny town of Hancock, Maryland, a 5% stake in a cultivation facility it hopes to open there, a few eyebrows went up.” The company “rejected the assertion that offering the town an equity stake is a bribe, as local officials have no say in who wins MMJ business licenses.”

Nation’s first native tribe marijuana store opens // KLCC Radio   The Puget Sound business is considered the first in the U.S. to open on a reservation.

Protecting intellectual property becomes priority // SF Chronicle  “With California voters likely to see legalization on the ballot in 2016, there are fears among the state’s estimated 50,000 cannabis farmers that Big Pharma and Big Ag will swoop in.” But how do you register a plant?

Is this an energy drink, or what? // Quuigley’s  “Ease the Day” is the slogan of a company making “cannabis shots.”

HEALTH

DEA chief needs to go: Congressman // Huffington Post   "[Chuck] ‘Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,’ says Rep. Earl Blumenauer during a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning.”

More bad news for concentrates // NORML  “Doing a dab” may appear clean; it’s not. “Over 80% of the concentrate samples were contaminated in some form,” a study from southern California reports.

Cannabis users half as likely to have “metabolic syndrome” //  NORML  “Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.”

EVENTS

New West Summit // Globenewswire  “The first conference to focus exclusively on the game-changing, disruptive developments in technology, investment and media within the cannabis industry” takes place today and Saturday in San Francisco’s Union Square. 

The Patients’ Cup competition & expo // The Patients’ Choice  This event is in its ninth year and runs all afternoon November 28 in San Francisco.

BOOK

NORML exec “provides road map” // Times Herald  Paul Armentano’s guide “is the first book to provide both consumers and non-consumers with an explicit road map of this complex and rapidly changing legal landscape” surrounding marijuana.

IN OTHER NEWS….

Sam Farr announces Congressional retirement // Alt.Roll Call  The long-time marijuana advocate from the Central Coast says it’s time to spend more time with family.   

Willie Nelson receives Library of Congress honor // Tennessean.com  This story has nothing to do with cannabis, but it celebrates marijuana consumer Willie Nelson, so you might like to have a look.

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