All of the Top 10 Entries from the 2017 NorCal Cannabis Cup

All of the Top 10 Entries from the 2017 NorCal Cannabis Cup qualify for the World Cup at the end of the year. TOP 10 EDIBLES 1 — Satori Chocolates by CannaCraft 2 — Stratus: Blueberry, Lemon & Poppy Seeds Cluster by Atlas Edibles 3 — Cannabis Love Bar by LuLu’s Botanicals with Higher Vision 4 — Dark Chocolate Blueberries by Satori Chocolates…

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States Offer Breaks to Minority Ganjapreneurs

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide: ___ CALIFORNIA California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected in January. Oakland officials approved a program that initially sets aside half of the city’s marijuana licenses for low-income residents who have been convicted of a cannabis crime or who live in…

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Obama Administration Wanted to Decriminalize Marijuana

President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was on the verge of pushing for nationwide marijuana decriminalization, but reports show those plans were quickly buried for a variety of political reasons. A former official with the ONDCP recently told the Huffington Post that during President Obama’s first term, the office wanted to make federal marijuana laws less restrictive by eliminating the criminal penalties associated with minor marijuana possession…

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Prescription Drugs Still Vanishing at VA Hospitals

If you are in need of prescription opiates, make your way to the nearest Veterans Affairs hospital. Not because VA hospitals prescribe opiates to anybody for any reason, even when it is very bad and dangerous to do so—though they do that, too—but because VA hospitals do a very bad job at stopping employees from stealing armloads of the stuff. In February, the Associated Press discovered that opiates are going missing from VA hospitals at double the rate private…

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New Highs! HIGH TIMES Acquired by Tech and Entertainment Conglomerate

HIGH TIMES, the leading voice of the cannabis movement for 42 years and parent company of the world-renowned Cannabis Cup, has been acquired by a group of savvy entrepreneurs, cannabis pioneers and entertainment veterans—marking the magazine’s first change in ownership since 1974. Operating as High Times Holding Company (HTHC), the company, which owns a thriving events business and a collection of digital properties, as well as the print publication, was purchased by a group of…

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