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May 31, 2015


When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, last July, “they took everything,” she told state legislators on Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator.


They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, “even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws,” which means “I am allowed to possess and deliver.” Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.


Hency’s compliance with state law explains why a St. Clair County judge last week dismissed the charges against her. But when she asked about getting back her proper...

May 28, 2015


Marijuana growers worry that Oregon’s emerging hemp industry could take the buzz out of their recreational and medicinal weed.


Some lawmakers hope to clamp down on the state’s embryonic industrial hemp crop amid concerns that through cross-­pollination hemp could harm outdoor medical marijuana grows, particularly in Southern Oregon.


Hemp — a cousin of marijuana that has much lower levels of pot’s psychoactive component, THC — can ruin valuable marijuana crops through cross-­pollination by lowering marijuana’s THC content, pot advocates say.


Hemp fiber can be used to make cloth, rope and other products. And, like marijuana, hemp, consumed as an oil, has medicinal value, hemp supporters say. But you can’t get high from smoking it. Hemp was first approved for cultivation by Oregon lawmakers in 2009, but...

May 22, 2015

Chicago was bombarded by cannabis businesses this past week at the storied Hilton Hotel – who proudly displays such famous past guests as Richard Nixon, Queen Elizabeth, The Beatles, and John F. Kennedy.


The show was spread out over 4 halls, and featured display booths from virtually every sector in the industry, notably including: grow equipment of all kinds, packaging, testing devices, edible products, and more vape pens then could possibly be used in the next 10 years.


Steven Levitt, author of “Freakonomics” delivered the keynote address, and compared his self-described struggle to get through college and start a business, with the challenges facing those entering the cannabis industry. While his speech was funny and engaging, no mention of the controversy that follows his theories was mentioned. A...

May 15, 2015

A Boulder company has created a quick, convenient way to measure marijuana potency.


“You put the sample on the viewing window here. You cover the viewing window with the black cap to block out any other ambient light,” said Matt Kaplan with Sage Analytics. “We’re gonna’ hit dry sample on our touch screen here. Now it’s going to calculate potency.”


It only takes a few seconds to get the results.


The device tests THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, CBD, the medicine within the marijuana and CBN, the freshness of the THC.


It can measure solid products and even extracts, which is a base ingredient in edibles.


“We’re trying to create a new way of doing business in the marijuana industry where you can actually get instant feedback about what you’re putting in your body,” said Kaplan.


Kaplan’s Sage Anal...

May 13, 2015

The healing powers of marijuana have been known for years. However, many patients don’t want the side effects associated with smoking pot.


Groundbreaking research is taking place at Northeastern University, where researchers are trying to capture the pain relieving powers of pot while eliminating the high.


That would be good news for Bill Downing of Reading. He has suffered from genetic gout for more than 30 years. “If it is really bad, I cannot walk,” he says.