Entrepreneurs are pouring into the cannabis industry, starting new stores, testing labs and myriad of other businesses spurred by a booming cannabis economy. The industry is harnessing the power of technology as the trend towards legalization continues. Betty Aldworth is the Executive Director at Students for sensible Drug Policy. She spoke at a recent Cato event, discussing how technology can solve prohibition problems in the newly (and increasingly) legal cannabis industry. [Source]
Scott Greiper is the President and Founder of Viridian Capital Advisors, a New York based financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to backing and building market leaders in the emerging cannabis sector. Greiper explains the hurdles that New York State Medical Marijuana lottery winners have to overcome, he also foresees biotech as the next new wave in the cannabis industry. [Source]
Tennessean Adam House served 15 months in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He speaks powerfully of the need to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of PTSD symptoms. [Source]
Steve DeAngelo is a national cannabis leader who has inspired millions throughout his four decade career as a cannabis activist, advocate, entrepreneur and educator. Driven by his compassion for others, Steve has founded many successful socially responsible ventures including Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. [Source]
After years of debate and planning, medical cannabis distribution started July 1 in Minnesota.
A Golden Valley family thought they would have to wait months before their sick child would receive medical marijuana. But a doctor approved 3-year-old Harlow Hundley for the program June 29.
Harlow suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, which causes daily seizures.
"Seizures are one of the most scariest things to watch, so to have your own child suffer from daily seizures and seeing how it impacts her ability to participate in activities is heart breaking," says Harlow's mom, Beth Hundley. "It literally takes life away from her."
Beth says Harlow has hundreds of tiny seizures a day. To keep the seizures at bay, Harlow is on five medicines a day plus supplements. Now, in addition to that, she's takes medical cannabis twice daily. Although it's only been a week of taking medical cannabis, her mom says Harlow is already showing signs of improvement.
"She was brighter, happier, more vocal," said Beth.
She also says Harlow is not having as many seizures. The family says they are cautiously optimistic.
"It's too early to know if this is going to be the new norm, but we're going to pray that it is," said Beth.
Harlow will stay on the low dose of medical marijuana for two weeks. Her parents will take notes and then report back to their doctor after two weeks. The doctor doesn't want to change any of her current medicines at this time to see if the medical marijuana is having an impact. [Source]
Watch the public city forum in Provo about the possibility of legalizing medical cannabis in the state of Utah. Hear from patients and just a few of the many Utahns who would be benefited by this legislation passing. [Source]
Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hempcrete/Responsible Design [Source]
In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year.
But with being America’s fastest growing industry, comes growing pains. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which has led to conflicting state laws, restrictive regulations, and endless problems for cash-only marijuana business owners and operators.
VICE News meets the investors cashing in on the green rush and finds out how fractured marijuana laws are causing the American market to miss out.
In this extra scene, VICE News takes a tour of the grow operation at Medicine Man, one of Denver's most well-known marijuana cultivators and dispensaries. [Source]
Women Grow, a professional network that supports and trains female entrepreneurs in all segments of the rapidly growing marijuana industry, recently held its first Leadership Summit in Colorado, drawing 121 women from 20 states, ranging from 23 to 68 that included lawyers, doctors, farmers, dispensary owners, research scientists, financiers, and CEO's of companies, one of which is valued at $40 million. Now that marijuana is medically legal in 23 states plus the District of Columbia and fully legal in four, Women Grow asserts that it's time for women to claim their place. [Source]
Cannabis News Network is introducing the CannaTest, a test which shows which compounds are present in the plant. Reporters from all over the EU will gather weed from street dealers which will be tested in one testing facility. [Source]
Caroline Smith, a 52-year-old mum of two, worked as an NHS nurse for nearly 30 years.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 7 years ago she has since retired - now dedicating her time to her health, art, and to fighting for access to a legal cannabis medication to alleviate the symptoms of her disease. [Source]
Cherese LeBlanc is the mother of Kayla, a 14-year-old who was born with a brain anomaly. As a result, Kayla has something known as bilateral perisylvian syndrome, which causes epilepsy and cerebral palsy, among other things. Kayla regularly experiences seizures, as many as 60 per day, according to Cherese. After trying numerous methods to reduce the seizures, Cherese decided to try medical marijuana tinctures with CBD and some THC. After a few months, the medical cannabis has reduced Kayla's seizures by half, to about 30 per day. Cherese hopes that one day, she can get Kayla completely off her conventional medications, and advocates for her daughter and other children with special needs. Cherese has found comfort in Support For Families, an advocacy and support group that connects parents of children with special needs with resources. [Source]
Dennis Hill is a biochemist who graduated from the University of Houston Texas, doing his Graduate Work at Baylor Medical School. Employed as a researcher at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. Five years ago Dennis was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 prostate cancer, thanks to cannabis oil he is now cancer free.
In the following video interview by Natalie Mazurek (2nd year chemistry student), Dennis explains in chemistry terms, how the essential oil derived from cannabis kills cancer cells.
In the interview Dennis states "how it was a trivial process using cannabis oil to cure himself of stage 3 prostate cancer.
No side effects, just a feeling of well being"
In this enlightening interview, Dennis explains in detail as only a biochemist could, how the cannabis works with the human bodies endocannabinoid system to kill cancer cells. [Source]