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  1. 296SHARES Share on Facebook (286) Share on Twitter (10) + Image: Jose A. Huertas via Flickr The City of Vancouver is introducing a plan to regulate all marijuana-related businesses to achieve “a careful balance between ensuring adequate availability for those in need and ensuring community health, safety, security, aesthetics, equity and enjoyment of property.” In a press release, the City cites the lack of a clear regulatory framework for how and where marijuana businesses operate and emphasizes how quickly the industry has grown in Vancouver, with a growth rate of 100 per cent per year in marijuana-related businesses, including from 60 to 80 in the last four months alone. The proposal is in conjunction with VPD, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Coastal Health, business improvement areas and “several key stakeholders in the industry”. According to the City’s proposal, key points under the proposed framework for marijuana-related businesses, include: 300m distancing from schools, community centres and neighbourhood houses(Existing practice is 1000ft as established in WA and CO states)300m distancing from other marijuana-related businesses(Existing practice is 1000ft as established in WA and CO states)Implement a licensing fee ($30,000) to recover costs from the significant burden across the City to manage and enforce new regulatory framework Operators must sign a Good Neighbour AgreementOperators require a Development Permit which would include a standard community notification processGeographic restrictions specific to unique areas in the city, limiting them to commercial areasMust not be located in the Downtown East Side other than on Hastings Street or Main Street Must not be located in the Granville Entertainment District Must not be located on a minor street Those who wish to apply for a marijuana-related business licence will have to undergo a three stage review process. Though the City has no authority to regulate the sale of marijuana, or any controlled substance, they do have the jurisdiction under the Vancouver Charter to regulate land use and businesses. The report outlines that there are currently 80 marijuana-related businesses in Vancouver operating without a business licence. Vancouver City Council will vote on the amendments during a meeting on April 28.
  2. Hi Vancouver parents struggle to find help for daughter Navigating the medical marijuana system remains difficult in Washington, even for those who want to use CBD, a non-psychoactive component of the plant. Jim and Cindy Lightheart of Vancouver first learned that their daughter, Courtney, was sick nearly 25 years ago, when the girl was 5 months old. Courtney suffers from Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes her to have small seizures every eight seconds or so and grand mal seizures on a weekly basis. "The grand mal, it's like a volcano," Jim Lightheart said. "It builds and builds and then it erupts. At her peak, she was having 17 of them a month. Now she's down to about one a week." Courtney has never been able to speak, but she does use a few hand signals and expressions to tell her parents when she's thirsty, hungry or not feeling well. The couple have gone through dozens of pharmaceuticals to try to help her — many with severe side effects. "A lot of these medications just make her so miserable," Cindy Lightheart said. "One medication a few years ago, she just screamed and screamed all the time. It took us forever to get her off of it, but there was no way we could watch her suffer like that." Other medications have damaged Courtney's liver and kidneys, including the current one she's using. And she still has hundreds of seizures a day. "Three years ago, we had to pull out all her teeth and put her on a feeding tube," Jim Lightheart said. "It was so hard to do that." A few years ago, the Lighthearts heard about the success of a high CBD cannabis strain called Charlotte's Web used in Colorado to treat seizure patients. They're on the waiting list for treatment with it — but to do so they will have to move to Colorado, because the treatment is only available there and in a few other states. It's not available in Washington. "It's been helping a lot of people," Cindy Lightheart said. "I talked to a mom back in Colorado and she's using this CBD oil. She said her son is sleeping better, he's more alert. He used to lean over and drool; now he sits up." Part of the problem with the medical marijuana system here is that it's been hard for the couple to find a high-content CBD oil — even though their doctor recommended it for Courtney. "Doctors, their hands are tied," Jim Lightheart said. "They can ... (suggest) it, but once that's done, it's up to you to find it." Because the medical system has been so unregulated in this state, they haven't been able to find a list of reputable medical dispensaries that sell tested CBD oil that they know is safe for Courtney. And on the recreational side, where there is some demand for high CBD products, it's also been hard to get anything to meet their specific needs because the market is still evolving and many of those products aren't yet available. Another problem with going through the recreational market, which has far stricter testing requirements for marijuana than the medical side, is that consumers on that side are looking for products that have both THC and CBD — and the Lighthearts don't want Courtney to be exposed to THC, the substance that gets people high. "We don't want to give her any THC," Jim Lightheart said. "Charlotte's Web, that's the main thing we've heard about that's just CBD. If we find anything here that's similar, we want it to be tested so we know exactly what we'll be giving her." http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/mar/15/vancouver-marijuana-seizures-nonpsychoactive/ Bongme
  3. Hi Ticketing for pot possession on radar for Tories With just 12 weeks left before Parliament shuts down for an election, the Conservative government is considering introducing a bill to let police issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, instead of laying criminal charges. The potential legislative change is in the hands of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who has spoken strongly about the dangers of marijuana use. The government has not made a final decision on the proposed change. As well, it isn't clear if it would introduce a bill in the current Parliament, which ends in June, or make it a campaign promise in the fall election. But what is significant, Tories say, is that the idea is still on the government's "radar" as it prepares for re-election. It is looking for a marijuana proposal to contrast with the position of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who would legalize pot. The proposed ticketing change was advocated two years ago by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and has the support of a group of former police officers in the Conservative caucus. They say police are hamstrung because they have only two options if they find someone with a small amount of pot: ignore it and let the person go; or lay a criminal charge that creates more paperwork for police and increases delays in an overburdened court system. Anyone found guilty of possessing a small quantity of marijuana for the first time can get a criminal record and potentially face a $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail. The CACP is urging the justice minister to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to provide police with the "discretionary option" of issuing a ticket for simple possession of cannabis (30 grams or less of marijuana or one gram or less of cannabis resin) in cases where a criminal charge "would not be in the public interest." "Our government is still considering changes to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) aimed at creating a new ticketing proposal for possession of small quantities of cannabis," said a statement issued by his office. Clive Weighill, president of CACP, said his group is looking for ways to "streamline policing costs." "I think the world has really changed on this," said Weighill, who is Saskatoon's chief of police. "I think a lot of the judges right now are loath to give someone a criminal record because the police find him in possession of a couple of joints." The law, he said, puts police officers "in a very tough situation." "If you stop a vehicle and one person has a couple of joints in their pocket and the other person has open liquor, you give the person with open liquor a ticket. And yet what do you do with the person with the two joints? Do you charge them criminally? Do you let them off ?" © Copyright © The Regina Leader-Post http://www.leaderpost.com/Ticketing+possession+radar+Tories/10859400/story.html Bongme
  4. Hi Smoking rate in Nova Scotia increases, belies national trend LIVERPOOL — Nova Scotia’s smoking rate is on the rise. The results of the 2013 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey were released Tuesday, and while the numbers show a new national low, they also show a nearly four per cent increase in the smoking rate for this province. After posting a smoking rate of 15.6 per cent in 2012, the province’s number increased to 19.4 per cent for 2013, second only to New Brunswick’s 19.6 per cent. British Columbia had the lowest smoking rate of any province at 11.4 per cent. The number remains better than the 15-year high of 29.8 per cent, registered in 2000. “Obviously, we’re pretty alarmed by the jump and the total number of smokers,” said Kelly Cull of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Nova Scotia chapter. “We’re a bit discouraged particularly by the 20-24 age group … For us, that’s really one of the biggest groups of concern and it’s a reason why we push for things like bans on flavoured tobacco.” Broken down by age, the province’s smoking rate was: 9.7 per cent for 15-19; 21 per cent for 20-24; 27.1 per cent for 25-44; and 16.4 per cent for 45-and-over. At the Main Street Kwik-Way in Liverpool on Tuesday, Nancy Whynot waited on customers who came in to get their tobacco fix. Whynot, who’s worked at the store for the last two years, said she hasn’t seen a big swing one way or another in the number of people coming in to buy tobacco products. “It seems about the same to me,” she said between customers. Cull said it’s difficult to explain the jump, but the way to change it is by “stopping youth initiation in the first place.” That’s why Cull and her group have pushed so hard for a ban on flavoured tobacco. The Liberal government introduced legislation calling for just that — with an exemption for menthol — last autumn, but it scrapped the bill in the face of an outcry from electronic-cigarette users who objected to flavoured e-juices being included in a ban. The Health and Wellness Department is in the process of a public consultation period to gather feedback before the Grits introduce new legislation during the upcoming spring sitting of the legislature. Health Minister Leo Glavine has promised a flavoured tobacco ban for this spring. It’s a must if smoking rates are to decrease, Cull said. “One in 10 young people (between) the ages of 15 and 19 are picking up a tobacco addiction and we believe — and the results show this — that 50 per cent of those people are using flavoured tobacco and that is a product that is proven to help people ease into a smoking addiction.” Nationally, the smoking rate among Canadians is at an all-time low, at 15 per cent of the population. The 2013 survey found 11 per cent reported smoking daily, while four per cent say they use tobacco only occasionally. The survey of 14,500 Canadians aged 15 and older included questions for the first time about the use of e-cigarettes. Overall, nine per cent of respondents reported having tried an e-cigarette, among them 20 per cent of people aged 15 to 24. The survey also found that 11 per cent of respondents of all ages reported using cannabis in the previous year, with 22 per cent of teens and 26 per cent of 20- to 24-year-olds saying they had smoked pot. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1267056-smoking-rate-in-nova-scotia-increases-belies-national-trend Bongme
  5. Hi Couple defends supplier of cannabis oil used to treat Summerland tot A Summerland couple is urging the mayor and council of Grand Forks to allow a dispensary of medical cannabis to remain open in their town. Two Grand Forks citizens had lodged complaints about the business. In a recent letter to the Grand Forks officials, Chris and Elaine Nuessler told of the invaluable assistance Jim Leslie has been to their granddaughter, Kyla Williams, through his business, The Kootenays Medicine Tree. “You and these citizens (two who complained) need to understand the extreme need for this dispensary and the derivatives they sell. Jim Leslie is very knowledgeable and has helped many people including numerous children. Please educate yourselves and do what you can to save this business,” the Nuesslers wrote. Leslie, who knows first-hand the benefits of medical cannabis, holds a bachelor degree in criminal justice and retired from the position of border services officer in 2011. Under the federal Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, which came into effect April 1, 2014, licensed producers can sell only dried marijuana, which means derivatives such cannabis oil are illegal. “The law against derivatives will be going to the Supreme Court of Canada in the next several months. We all have a right to a quality of life,” the Nuesslers wrote. Cannabis oil has proven to be an effective treatment for Kyla, who was diagnosed with a severe seizure disorder at six months of age. Her condition deteriorated in spite of care provided by her pediatrician and doctors at BC Children’s Hospital. “By her second birthday, she had rejected all forms of viable pharmaceuticals as well as the ketogenic (high-fat) diet and was suffering up to 200 seizures a day. This severely affected her brain and Kyla’s development stopped,” the Nuesslers wrote. The doctors told Kyla’s parents, Jared and Courtney Williams, they had exhausted their treatment options. Today, Kyla is much more socially interactive and is steadily gaining strength to the point where she is trying to stand by herself. Kyla will celebrate her third birthday on Feb. 1, wearing her first pair of real shoes. The dramatic turnaround in Kyla’s condition began last April, when Kyla’s family learned of the potential beneficial effects of cannabis oil for children with seizure disorders in a CNN report. “We started investigating if this oil was available in Canada and how to get it,” the Nuesslers wrote. Kyla’s pediatrician and the doctors at Children’s Hospital understood the family’s desire to try cannabis oil, but they could not legally assist in obtaining it. “The concentrated, lab-produced cannabis oil with high CBD (cannabidiol) and low THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) was what we were looking for, and that is when Jim Leslie came to our rescue. He provided us with oil that worked almost immediately,” wrote the Nuesslers. Kyla is now a happy little girl. She is not cured. She is disabled. However, there is much hope for her future. http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/life/article_2a9ea090-9873-11e4-b90c-37cf292b620d.html Bongme
  6. Hi As attitudes mellow, could legal pot be next? By Sheryl Ubelacker The Canadian Press TORONTO – Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it — marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor’s prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets. At the same time, Canadians also appear to be softening their attitudes towards the drug. “They see it as more normal,” says Lorne Bozinoff, president and CEO of Forum Research, which found in an August poll that 66 per cent of almost 1,800 respondents across the country supported either complete legalization or decriminalization for possession of small amounts. Just 16 per cent wanted the laws left unchanged, while 14 per cent champion the notion of stiffer penalties. “We don’t get numbers like that in polling, where two-thirds of Canadians agree on the same thing,” says Bozinoff. “In any event, a huge, huge majority of people — excluding the prime minister — are OK with either the legalization with taxation or decriminalization of marijuana,” he says, referring to the Harper government’s tough-on-drugs stance. “So that’s where the country’s moved to, and this is a good social barometer of where the country’s at.” Some health groups have also shifted their attitude towards cannabis, although their reasons are more about protecting Canadians’ health. Early this year, the chief medical officers of health for B.C., Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia called on Ottawa to rethink its marijuana control strategy, including considering regulation and taxation. “There is clear evidence to demonstrate that the so-called war on drugs has not achieved its stated objectives of reducing rates of drug use or drug availability,” said B.C.’s Dr. Perry Kendall. “There are alternative approaches that have proved more effective in protecting public heath while not enriching organized crime and driving gang violence.” The Canadian Public Health Association echoed that sentiment in its own policy statement, saying “Canada needs a public health approach to managing illegal psychoactive substances that de-emphasizes criminalization and stigma in favour of evidence-based strategies to reduce harm.” In October, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) threw its support behind legalization, saying a few select strains of marijuana should be sold like beer, wine and spirits in outlets like the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, with strict age limits to prevent its purchase by minors. “We are actually not favourable to what has been happening in Colorado and Washington,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH, referring to the first two U.S. states to legalize weed (Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., recently followed suit.) In Colorado, for instance, pot is sold in stores with few restrictions and even advertised on TV, said Rehm, likening the state’s wide-open legalization to the Wild West. CAMH wants to see only a few varieties sold in regulated outlets, and only those that contain moderate levels of THC, the main psychoactive substance in grass, said Rehm, noting that the drug carries a number of dangers, including fatalities when stoned drivers get behind the wheel and the risk of developing dependence. “Let’s do it correct from the beginning. Let’s not say this is a harmless drug, nothing will ever happen. No, it is a drug, it has consequences. They may be less than with alcohol, but it’s still a pretty severe consequence.” Marc Emery, the self-styled “Prince of Pot” who returned to Canada in August after more than four years serving a U.S. prison sentence for selling cannabis seeds to Americans, says the city he calls home offers a good model for the rest of the country. “Vancouver right now is closest to how legalization would look in many ways than any of the legal jurisdictions like Washington State or Colorado or even Alaska and Oregon,” he says. “The reason I say that is because we have very little crime related to marijuana use, and yet we have over 60 dispensaries now selling marijuana and most of them sell 10 to 20 different varieties, and it’s priced cheaper in Vancouver than any other place in the western hemisphere.” In Vancouver, a gram of weed sells for $5 on average; next-door in Washington state, the same quantity goes for $28 in government licensed stores, says Emery, whose Cannabis Culture store peddles pot and related products. While marijuana remains illegal, he says there seems to be a detente with Vancouver police, who tend to look the other way when it comes to simple possession. “The results are in — there’s very little social negative byproduct as a rule of this proliferating marijuana market. It attracts nice tourists, it attracts people from the rest of the province, it provides a lot of cash to the neighbourhoods and everybody’s very well-behaved because no one wants to rock that boat.” Politically, the normalization of marijuana was also given a boost last year when federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came out in favour of legalization, a position met with a flurry of attacks by the Harper government, which has remained steadfast in its opposition to softening the law. While the New Democrats want to see decriminalization, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has said his Conservative government is considering stricter enforcement of marijuana laws, including possibly making possession of small quantities of dope a ticketing offence. The pollster Bozinoff believes the Tories are out of step on the issue. “I think they thought they had caught Justin Trudeau in a gotcha moment. They made a big deal over the whole marijuana thing, and no one cared, as the numbers showed.” Indeed, the government’s change in medical marijuana regulations, which designates licensed producers to supply the drug via a doctor’s prescription, has also bolstered the argument for legalization because proponents can point to a specific example of Canadians who’ve been given legal access, he says. “When something is allowed for one small group, the taboo is broken. It’s allowed and it’s no big deal. The world didn’t end.” Rehm also believes the change in how medicinal pot is supplied has opened a “sort of side door” to legalization, which he predicts could occur as early as next year if the Liberals win the federal election slated for October. “If you legalize it or you don’t legalize it, it will be even wider used,” he says. “Right now, we already have 42 per cent of all Ontarians below 30 using it. If you look at lifetime prevalence, it’s in the 70s (per cent). “This is a normalized behaviour. It may be officially prohibited, but it is what most young people at some point in their lives have experienced and this is to some point irreversible.” Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1245970/as-attitudes-mellow-could-legal-pot-be-next/ Bongme
  7. Hi Published on 25 Nov 2014 4 20 Attracts Cannabis Smokers And Talk Of Legalization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOZ42HYn4mc Bongme
  8. Hi Published on 20 Nov 2014 Why does my son have to smoke his medical marijuana? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3lPYJEOlKY Bongme
  9. Hi Marc Emery, the Prince of Pot, to return to Canada today Toronto activists to welcome him in Windsor By Matt Mernagh The Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, will walk across the Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge at approximately 4 pm today, where he will be welcomed home to Canada by friends and supporters after a four-year stint in a U.S. prison. Local pot activists left Toronto early this morning to provide a hero’s welcome in Windsor and to webcast the historic cannabis occasion. Emery was charged by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency almost a decade ago for selling marijuana seeds from his Vancouver storefront. Former Conservative Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed Emery’s extradition order in 2009 in a move that was widely viewed as being politically motivated. On July 9 Emery completed his five-year sentence (with credit given for good behavior) in Yazzo City federal prison in Mississippi, but has had to wait for Canadian immigration officials to issue him a temporary passport. He’s been in a Louisiana prison immigration facility awaiting transfer to Detroit where he’s scheduled to be flown this morning and released. During his imprisonment the Prince of Pot learned how to play bass guitar and joined a band STUCK and then Shiny Side Down. Emery admits in early blog posts from behind bars that he has no talent for playing, but through dedication and voluminous amounts of time he has mastered it. Since his imprisonment marijuana has become legal in two U.S. states, Washington (where Emery pleaded guilty) and Colorado. Before he went to prison, Marc Emery gave a speech in Toronto: http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=199195 Vid On Link Bongme
  10. Hi Pot edibles industry creating a buzz Growing gourmet market By Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press July 18, 2014 Mike Fitzgerald teaches behind a sample display of cannabis-infused products during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. Some pot users turn to edibles because they don't like to inhale or smell the smoke, or just want variety or a longer lasting, more intense high. Photograph by: Michael Dwyer, The Associated Press , The Associated Press Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn as more states legalize the practice and awareness spreads about the best ways to deliver the drug. Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopee pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year. "You're seeing a lot of these types of products like cannabis cookbooks," said Erik Altieri, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "They've always been popular among a subset of marijuana, but with the fact that more and more people from the mainstream are able to consume, there's a lot more interest." Many pot users turn to edibles because they don't like to inhale or smell the smoke or just want variety. For many people who are sick or in pain, controlled doses of edibles or tinctures can deliver a longer-lasting therapeutic dose that doesn't give them the high. And there's money to be made. Blue Kudu, in Denver, started producing marijuana chocolate bars for medicinal purposes three years ago. Since recreational use became legal this year in Colorado, owner Andrew Schrot said, the wholesale business has more than doubled its sales from several hundred chocolate bars sold a day through dispensaries to more than 1,000, at $9 to $17 a piece. "There seems to be quite a bit of intrigue about the infused products from the general public and consumer, especially tourists," Schrot said. Cooking classes have sprung up. One in Denver - led by a chef who has turned out chocolate-covered bacon and Swedish meatballs with a marijuana-infused glaze - has grown so popular that it will be offered every week in August. It's also part of a vacation package that provides pot tourists with a stay at a cannabis-friendly hotel (vaporizer and private smoke deck included), a visit to dispensaries and growing operations and the cooking class. Students are advised not to smoke before they come to class because there's a lot to learn about the dosing and they will be sampling foods along the way. "By the end of the class, everybody's pretty stoned," said founder J.J. Walker. Mountain High Suckers in Denver sells lollipops and lozenges for medical marijuana users and plans to release treats for recreational users at the end of August. The company hopes they will take off. "People are turning the corner and making lots of money in the rec department, and we expect to almost double the business in a year," said Chad Tribble, co-owner of Mountain High Suckers in Denver. High Times, a 40-year-old monthly magazine based in New York, has always featured a cooking column with a recipe. At least 40,000 people attended its Cannabis Cup in Denver in April, a sort of trade show that includes judging of marijuana edibles, said editor-in-chief Chris Simunek. "Like everything else in marijuana at the moment, it's sort of experiencing a renaissance where the more people get interested, the more experiments they do with it," Simunek said. The magazine said its Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook is the top-selling title of the five it offers. It's not just a hobby or business; there's a science involved. THC, marijuana's psychoactive chemical, must be smoked or heated - as in cooked - to be activated. When ingested rather than inhaled, it provides a longerlasting and often more intense feeling. © Copyright © The Regina Leader-Post http://www.leaderpost.com/edibles+industry+creating+buzz/10044232/story.html Bongme
  11. © JONATHAN RILEY – TC MEDIA Shawn Harvey doesn’t want to pay a large corporation for cannabis, something he says he can grow naturally at home. He has two rooms up there, built out of white fiberglass paper and hung with bright lights; one room contains 60 large plants — they get a warm yellow light—and across the hall are a couple hundred younger plants under cooler white lights. The large plants are budding and almost ready to harvest; the smaller plants will be the next crop. It’s all legal until March 31 under the federal Marihuana Medical Access Program. Harvey has a prescription that allows him to use 14 grams of marijuana a day; he has a Personal-Use Production Licence that allows him to have 69 plants in production. “It’s a ridiculous amount,” said Harvey. “I couldn’t smoke it all if I started first thing in the morning and smoked all day.” Harvey wore his back out working on scallop draggers. “Bent over with your hands around your ankles is not a healthy position to work in,” he said. He has a herniated disk and uses cannabis, about three or four grams a day he says, to handle the pain. “My pain is with me all the time, there is no getting away from it,” he said. “Cannabis gives me some relief, it’s a warm feeling of relief.” Currently they are three ways for Canadians with a prescription for medical marijuana to source their medication. They can buy it from Health Canada, they can grow their own or they can appoint someone else to grow it for them. None of those options will exist come April 1. Harvey and the other 37,000 Canadians with a personal-use production licence will have to destroy their plants and buy their cannabis from a federally licensed producer. The federal government says it’s changing the rules because the system is “open to abuse” and they say the new system will allow cannabis dosage and potency to be standardized and it will cut down on criminal activity like theft from growers and home invasions. The federal government has so far licensed nine companies to produce medical marijuana in Canada. Harvey expects the companies will be charging upwards of $10 a gram. He estimates it costs him between $2 to $4 a gram to grow his own. Harvey originally was prescribed other painkillers and pills for his pain but was scared of a serious addiction and other side effects. Cannabis worked better for him but he says he can’t afford to buy cannabis from the companies and doesn’t see why he should have to, in his words, “make them rich.” “Cannabis is a natural herb, it grows naturally on the planet, versus pills manufactured by a pharmaceutical corporation,” said Harvey. “I’m not an overly religious person but it says right on the first page of the Bible that God gave us every herb and plant to use.” Harvey is referring to Genesis 1:29, near the end of the first chapter of the Bible where God says, “Let there be light” and there was light. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Harvey doesn’t think it’s right for the government and these companies to be making money off people with illness and says he will keep growing his own. He will move his plants away from his mother’s property because he doesn’t want her to be involved. But he says he’ll take his chances in court. “If 12 members of my community find me guilty, then so be it,” he said. “I’ll take my chances in front of 12 members of my community.” http://www.trurodaily.com/News/Local/2014-03-11/article-3643992/Cannabis-grower-says-he-won%26rsquo%3Bt-stop-growing-his-own/1
  12. Hi GrowLife and CEN Biotech Announce Collaboration on the World's Largest and Most Advanced Legal Cannabis Production Facility New Canadian Facility Capable of Producing Up to 1.3 Million Pounds of Medical Marijuana Annually By PR Newswire January 29, 2014 WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GrowLife, Inc. (OTCBB: PHOT), a diversified company operating in the legal cannabis industry which develops, markets and deploys products and services of legal cannabis, is pleased to announce that Organic Growth International, LLC ("OGI"), its previously announced joint venture with CANX USA, LLC, has entered into a series of agreements with CEN Biotech, Inc., subject to the approval of the GrowLife Board of Directors. GrowLife currently has a 45% ownership interest in OGI, with conditions under which it can gain majority interest. CEN Biotech, working under the inspection and authority of Health Canada, has completed the extraordinary governmental processes in Canada to receive approval to begin constructing their state of the art medical marijuana facility in the City of Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada. The facility has undergone extensive vetting by authorities to ensure strict compliance and facility security requirements of Canadian Government and provincial requirements in Canada. Importantly, the facility has been graciously embraced by the town of Lakeshore and the Windsor Essex Economic Development Authorities as a most desirable source of jobs and economic activity for this highly agricultural region. This production facility is expected to have the capacity to produce up to 1.3 million pounds of dried medical marijuana annually, and the total may include capacity that is set aside for import and export. While facility construction has commenced, as of the date of this release CEN Biotech has to next secure the final and formal permissions to grow, harvest, package, and sell medical marijuana in Canada or for export. Through a series of agreements, OGI facilitated a 25% equity position in CEN Biotech which is in addition to the ownership interest in certain licensing fees from CEN Biotech held through OGI, along with a shared right to revenue sharing of 7.7% of all gross payments received by CEN Biotech. In addition, GrowLife and its affiliates will serve as CEN Biotech's exclusive supplier of legal cannabis growing equipment for the entire term of the shared ownership, subject to certain limitations. Furthermore, if and when CEN Biotech achieves cumulative manufacturing and sales volume of one million pounds of cannabis, OGI will be entitled to a $100 million payment. In exchange for the rights listed above, and others, GrowLife will issue to designated CEN Biotech shareholders a total of 235,294,118 shares of restricted GrowLife common stock, the equivalent of $40 million at $0.17 per share, after CEN Biotech is formally approved to produce and harvest cannabis by the appropriate Canadian authorities. The shares will be issued only if CEN Biotech receives final approval to grow and sell marijuana as currently planned, which means any issuance will likely be months in the future and closer to when there are revenue opportunities for CEN Biotech and therefore GrowLife. If these shares are ultimately issued, GrowLife will be obligated to register them under applicable federal and state securities laws. This contingent issuance is also subject to the GrowLife shareholders increasing the authorized common stock at the upcoming special meeting of shareholders. "The agreement represents an outstanding beginning for GrowLife's newly expanded business model and entry into lucrative global market sectors in legal cannabis," stated Sterling Scott, CEO, GrowLife Inc. "The scale of the planned operations is truly unprecedented for legal cannabis worldwide as the facility has been proposed and is under construction for a production capacity of up to 1.3 million pounds of dried medical marijuana annually. We are extremely pleased to participate in this tremendous revenue opportunity for GrowLife and its shareholders which we believe clearly installs GrowLife as one of the foremost cannabis related companies on an international level." "When we were provided with the opportunity to potentially provide these services in Canada our team realized that we needed the additional support and expertise of an elite cannabis company with the assets, technology, and intellectual capital to see our dream through to reality," stated Bill Chaaban, President and CEO, CEN Biotech. "In GrowLife we have found that ideal partner." A full 8k detailing the Agreement will be released within the allowed time period. A GrowLife Investor Presentation can be viewed online at http://growlifeinc.com/growlife-presentations-october-2013/ From time to time, GrowLife will provide market updates and news via its websites GrowLifeInc.com, Cannabis.org or the Company's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tellthetruthfederalgovernment About GrowLife, Inc. GrowLife, Inc. (PHOT) (www.growlifeinc.com) develops, markets and deploys products and services addressing the needs of legal cannabis growing and retail operations, including hydroponic growing equipment and retail support software. The Company provides these solutions in our nationwide retail network, as well as online sites Greners.com, Phototron.com and 58Hydro.com. The Company also operates the political and social forum, Cannabis.org About CEN Biotech CEN Biotech, Inc. was established in 2013 as a partially owned subsidiary of Creative Edge Nutrition (OTC Pink: FITX) for the sole purpose of supplying the Canadian public with pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis under the newly established Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) CEN Biotech Inc. has submitted a comprehensive application to become a licensed producer (LP) of dried marihuana for medicinal purposes and has received a ready-to-build approval from Health Canada. Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This release contains "forward-looking statements" that include information relating to future events and future financial and operating performance. The words "may," "would," "will," "expect," "estimate," "can," "believe," "potential" and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which that performance or those results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time they are made and/or management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in demand for GrowLife's products, the introduction of new products, the Company's ability to maintain customer and strategic business relationships, the impact of competitive products and pricing, growth in targeted markets, the adequacy of the Company's liquidity and financial strength to support its growth, and other information that may be detailed from time-to-time in GrowLife's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Examples of such forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding future sales, costs and market acceptance of products as well as regulatory actions at the State or Federal level. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting GrowLife, Inc. please refer to the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, which are available at www.sec.gov. GrowLife, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investor Relations Contact: Integrity Media Kurt Divich (702) 396-1000 kurt@integrityir.com SOURCE GrowLife, Inc. Published January 29, 2014 – Reads 128 Copyright © 2014 SYS-CON Media, Inc. — All Rights Reserved. Syndicated stories and blog feeds, all rights reserved by the author. http://www.sys-con.com/node/2946520 Bongme