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American Green Smart Vending System Unveiled to the Public on April 19th in Las Vegas at the Largest Machine Industry Event (NAMA) in America

American Green’s system is unique for three important reasons, all of which will be on display:

  • The market-leading interface is in use already and can be seen here: which many consider the most sophisticated operating system for smart retail currently available in the world.
  • American Green’s patent-protected process, created to enable the vending of controlled or age-restricted products has been designed to be ‘as good as a human.’
  • And lastly, to demonstrate the strength and versatility of American Green’s system, there will be machines from three manufacturers side by side, something that until now has not been seen in the relatively new market of smart vending combined with secure purchasing.

The biometric verification portion of the system is utilized by the US military and many large corporations who require top-notch security for identification prior to entering a facility. In addition to all of this, the entire system can be accessed via an app which allows remote purchasing in participating machines. Upon arrival at the physical machine, patrons login to their account, verify with the biometric control, and simply display the QR code on their smartphone to retrieve the product or products they purchased.

“American Green and our technology partner, PanPacific, have been working non-stop to improve this process for over four years now. The adoption of smart phones, familiarity with apps on those phones, and improvement in related vending technologies have now merged with a concept that the public could easily grasp before but are much more prepared to use now,” said David Gwyther, chairman and acting president at American Green. “Creating a process that allows flexibility in the machine selected by clients yet permitting verified accounts to login to the machines of any companies who choose to participate will grow adoption faster and simplify use by all parties. A baseball fan could buy a beer at the game in New York and cannabis from a dispensary in California the next day through the same app utilizing their verified account. This is a huge step forward for smart retail and the automated sale of regulated products,” Mr. Gwyther concluded.

In other news, the Company’s mobile app (available here: which can be shared with others and added to your phone’s screen, has been updated with a new survey. The new survey is focused on the use of smart vending for regulated purchases which should provide interesting and timely results for the NAMA show. The results of the first survey can be found here and will soon be visible on the company’s website at

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Be sure to visit the Company Store for great American Green’s Amazon Store for clothing and apparel. Just click here: to get there. Also, find some of the finest CBD products at the company’s own store here: Also, click over to the company’s website at and sign up for the company’s EMAIL ALERTS to stay current on news. The company has over 6,600 shareholders and interest-holders on its private list and the list is growing every month. In addition, shareholders can join in the conversation about American Green here:


Except for any historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports and filings. Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by that Act. Reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because they involve unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as estimates, anticipates, projects, plans, expects, intends, believes, should and similar expressions and by the context in which they are used. Such statements are based upon current expectations of the Company and speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which they are made.

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People always used to say that if you drank milk, it would help your bones grow. Well now, studies have showed that cannabis might have a similar impact. While people have been using cannabis for ages both medicinally and recreationally, only recently have the other effects of cannabis come to light. One of the most important development is the discovery of the “endocannabinoid system,” a collection of chemical pathways found in mammals whose existence wasn’t demonstrated until the 1990s.

This system is made of specific receptors that are affected by chemicals in our body-the endocannabinoids. Many of the chemicals in cannabis known as “phytocannabinoids”, are almost identical to the endocannabinoids present in our bodies. Therefore, the cannabis chemicals can also affect these receptors if they make their way into your bloodstream.

One of the most well-known chemical is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which creates the psychoactive “high” people desire when they use the drug for recreation. Other research has discovered other phtyocannabinoids that do not produce the psychoactive effect, but show therapeutic potential. The most prominent of these other chemicals is CBD (cannabidiol), which has been proven to show strong pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, and also has been shown to essentially stop seizures caused by the neurologic condition Dravet’s Syndrome.

Scientists performed a study involving these chemicals to see how it affected broken femurs in laboratory rats. They found that CBD increased the strength of healed broken femurs. They found CBD to be most effective with other constituents removed. CBD increases the expression of a gene that results in a higher production of collagen, which creates harder bone material, a process named collagen cross-linking.
What is interesting is that, the CBD specifically has more therapeutic effect than the cannabis plant as a whole. Therefore, consuming canna

cannabis as a whole would not be nearly as effective as consuming the CBD itself. To be most effective a treatment would require the isolation or concentration of CBD and the removal or reduction of THC.
There is still much to be studied on this matter, but there are hopes that this could help strengthen human bones in the future.

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Cannabis has never been a “for-profit” industry in any country on earth; at least not until United States voters made it one. According to Gallup polls; the end of the cannabis prohibition seems almost inevitable considering a record 61 percent of Americans support legal adult use, but many questions remain unanswered. How will cannabis be sold and advertised? How will marijuana sales be regulated? Who will dominate the markets? Will weed be changed? If so, how? Finally, how do we know the legal sale of cannabis will not create a disaster?

These questions do not have simple answers, but CBSN set out to address them by traveling to Canada as well as five states and interviewing people on all sides of the issue from consumers to sellers, lobbyists to elected representatives. At one point Dan Riffle was one of the nation’s most influential activist for cannabis legalization. Riffle is now against what he views as a commercial takeover of the industry and the creation of a market which depends on marijuana abusers and children.

“Legalization is happening, you know, for the first and only time,” he said. “And it seems like instead we’re just going to do alcohol again. We’re just going to do tobacco again. We’re just going to create this big, commercial model.”

Once long-time supporter of legalization and professor of public policy at New York University; Mark Kleiman, shares Riffle’s concerns. “We’re lurching from prohibition to the most wide-open kind of legalization,” he said. “Probably a bad idea.”

Mason Tvert; Riffle’s former colleague at the Marijuana Policy Project, disagrees big time. Earl Blumenauer, a congressman from Oregon, and the leading voice for marijuana legalization nationwide also disagrees big time. They both argue that there is already a “Big Pot” –the Mexican drug cartels. They emphasize that what is actually frightening is not high profits and declining public health; rather criminal gangs selling a product that is not safe and the heartless criminal justice system putting people behind bars for consuming it.

“What’s scary is that we are destroying lives. What’s scary is we can’t protect children now. What’s scary is that we are subsidizing Mexican drug cartels,” Blumenauer said.

“What’s scary is that the unaccompanied minors that are flooding into the United States are here because of the disruption in Central America and the destabilization in Mexico. … African-American young men are four times more likely to be arrested or hassled for something that most Americans now think should be legal. Now those are things that are scary now! Those are things that are wrong now!”

Brendan Kennedy is an important person in the evolving landscape of legal pot as well as CEO of Privateer, a holding company for mainstream marijuana brands. He is the first marijuana entrepreneur to get over $100 million from investors including backers in Facebook, Spotify and SpaceX. He desires for Americans to trust him to sell weed responsibly.

Kennedy answered questions such as “Is there a trade-off in this industry between profits and public health?” and “Does it concern you that according to federal data, over 4 million Americans meet the criteria for cannabis abuse or dependence?”

Kennedy believes cannabis consumers will benefit because they will have access to a safer and better regulated product. He also feels that consumers of marijuana will benefit from access to a wider variety of cannabis-based products.

“I think that most people in the United States who want to consume cannabis are already consuming it,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how the different products lower the percentage of people who actually consume via smoke. I think we’ll see other form factors that will be far more appealing from a health perspective than actually smoking cannabis. … I know more than a dozen elite athletes who consume cannabis. But they’re not consuming a joint. They’re vaporizing. They’re using cannabis as a topical for sore muscles.”

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Early this morning Arcturus GrowthStar Technologies (TSX: AGS, OTC: AGSTF) announced an LOI to purchase a farm in the great state of Florida that produces ornamental plants which are basically flowers, trees, fruits, vegetables etc. It’s actually a huge business down here and there’s definitely a significant demand for that. Now, you might be thinking why would a company in Canada take steps to buy a farm in Florida, when they can buy a farm anywhere else they wanted to? Let’s play devils advocate for a second and say that the CEO Bill Gildea really likes Orchids & Lilly’s and he loves a farm that is operating in the black, ie making money at a profit. Arcturus specialized in Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) which is a fancy way of saying that they can increase yields of flowers, vegetables, or Cannabis by doing a bunch of sciency stuff I won’t bore you with; think hydroponics, aeroponics and most importantly vertical farming.

I reached out to the company this morning to ask one very important question; How does the current facility have their greenhouse configured? Is it flat tables with plants or is it racked layers that are vertical? The answer was that the current layout in the greenhouse is one that is entirely FLAT. So, if AGS just wants to be in the ornamental flower game they can take a farm that is doing $400,000 in profit, $2,600,000 in revenue and on the conservative side triple the yield with CEA tech to $1.2 million in profit, or $7,800,000 in revenue or on the realistic end quadruple output to $1.6m profit and $10.4m in revenue. One important thing to note, CEA is efficient and cost effective which will mean that there is likely more of a profit margin and the elimination of redundancies with regards to personnel. Making even the purchase of an Ornamental farm a profitable endeavor.

Now let’s talk about the part of the PR that said “zoned for cannabis or fits the criteria for cultivation in Florida.” In case you do not already know, Florida’s ballot 2 initiative comes with a few strings attached, the biggest one being that anyone that wanted to produce cannabis via license had to be in the agriculture business for at least 30 years; this farm has been in operation since 1959. The 30 year’s in business has been a non-starter for many people going after the 6 auctioned off licenses, not to mention the insane capital needed for those first 6. The good news is, 6 groups will not be able to meet production for the state and with the passage of Amendment 2 this will definitely change. Also, I know a few Canadian Companies that are already LP’s gunning for Florida, which is interesting. Getting into Florida first ahead of all the states on the west coast seems like a smart move, plus Florida has great weather for cultivation of cannabis (so I’ve heard). Either way, I’m sure we will get more details on what AGS is planning, specifically from John Sweeney who use to be the VP of Operation of the Tilray facility. That facility is 60,000 square feet and owned by Privateer holdings (owners of Leafly, Marley Natural etc). Hopefully Tuesday ends up being a good news day for Florida, Nevada and California, because I’m sure we will be hearing from people like John Sweeney much more. FYI polling data shows that Florida’s Amendment 2 is polling at 73% in favor, it needs 60% (super majority) to pass, California is looking good and Nevada is very close, but pulling towards passing…

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We wanted to share this press release with everyone since the #PotStock craze is in full swing, especially with the elections on Tuesday. VPRB has an interesting story because of one glaring factor. That factor being it recently acquired the entire asset base of Vapor Corp (VPCO) in August of this year. VPCO has/had annual revenues around $4,000,000, and also up-listed to the Nasdaq in 2014.

Unfortunately shortly before the up-listing the management team left the company it built up and Vapor Corp’s new team decided to make heavy investments into brick and mortar vape shops, which did not go well for them. As many companies put into a bind have done, they took on very bad toxic debt. Despite the fact that the business was still generating revenue, the publicly traded stock never recovered and it became an acquisition target. 

So here’s why this is interesting: The person that built this company before its epic fall is the CEO of VPRB. The company has zero toxic debt, is tightly held and clearly knows the business. This is a story that we’ve been following and we encourage everyone to read the shareholder update we’ve been waiting for. 

FT LAUDERDALE, FL / ACCESSWIRE / November 3, 2016 / VPR Brands, LP (VPRB) on behalf of the company, I am pleased to give our shareholders a 90-day corporate update regarding the recent acquisition of the wholesale operations and assets of Vapor Corp (VPCO). We are excited to inform our shareholders that the transition of our management and business operations are proceeding on schedule. The Companys wholesale division, along with current product lines have never stopped generating revenue since we took over. The transition has been seamless and this is partly due to the fact that we kept many of the former employees and sales associates on board, while strategically lowering costs by eliminating corporate redundancies and creating a business culture that is efficient and fiscally responsible.

On the corporate side, it is important to note that VPRB has no toxic debt. The company has a very low float of 2,343,816 and is widely held by insiders and management. Under my previous management we were able to uplist Vapor Corp from pink sheets all the way to the Nasdaq in 2014 just prior to my departure. Our management is again focused on building shareholder value while increasing sales and profit margins on our product lines.

The current brands under management are:

HoneyStick brand ( a premium open tank mod specifically designed and intended to be used for essential oils and which is becoming popular in medical and recreational marijuana legal states.

Vaporin brand ( is a high quality entry-level range of product sold nationwide in smoke shops, convenience stores and gas stations.

VaporX brand ( a premium mod and open tank system program for the experienced Vape customer all for under $100 and available at retail in custom display.

Hookah Stix brand Hookah flavor inspired cigalikes (which are electronic cigarettes designed to look as much as a tobacco cigarette as possible).

Helium brand ( the very first eliquid to be sold chilled to stay fresh in its unique customer counter top display chiller.

With regards to the legal Medical and Recreational cannabis markets we have heavy market penetration in California, Colorado, Oregon, Connecticut, and Minnesota as well as service and have accounts in Washington, Nevada, Michigan, New Mexico, Alaska, , Vermont‎, and Illinois.

Our products are sold in dispensaries with both private label and our flagship Honeystick brand. The Company has aligned with key partners in the states whether on the extraction or distribution side to service dispensaries within each market. We will be providing further updates on these partnerships, but expect our Co-branded items to be rolled into the market in Q4 2016.

As stated previously we are fully operational at the original Vapor Corp offices and warehouse‎ located at 3001 Griffin Rd, in Ft Lauderdale FL and have even negotiated a reduction in our monthly facility rent by 30% per month. The core team employed in the wholesale operation of Vapor Corp. have been integrated into VPR Brands, LP (VPRB) assuming similar roles in sales and logistics. This is important as it will preserve continuity in the business allowing for the preservation of current customer relationships. Additional continuity is being preserved because all the brands, trademarks, websites and customer accounts were also transferred over to VPR Brands. Integration has been going smoothly and the wholesale and distributor accounts are pleased to have original Vapor Corp management back‎ at the helm.

Vapor Corp name recognition, existing relationships with both suppliers and customers since 2008 is one of the longest running in the industry and is invaluable to VPR Brands, LP (VPRB). Vapor Corp has previously sold to over 25 of the countrys largest distributors and retail chain store customer and has existing vendor # ‘s with these accounts. It is our goal to reignite our business relationships with all the previous customers who helped make our products the most widely recognized in the industry. Under my previous management (of Vapor corp) sales peaked close to $25 million in 2014.

Although Vapor Corp was once among the strongest in the industry, previously reported revenues for their wholesale business dropped from a reported$1,889,777 in the first quarter of 2016 by approximately $520,000 to a reported $1,369,415 for the 2nd quarter ending Jul 31, 2016. Considering the acquisition of the Vapor Corp wholesale business occurred at the end of July 2016, VPR Brands will report only two months of acquired wholesale business in this coming 3rd quarter 2016. Prior to the acquisition, VPR Brands previously reported $61,526 in revenue for the 2nd quarter related to sales of its Helium brand e-liquid.

The timing of the acquisition of Vapor Corps wholesale business was also very important. Within the E-cigarette and vapor industry significant upheaval is occurring due to a change in regulatory treatment by the FDA of these products. The government had set August 8, 2016 as the cutoff date of any new product from being introduced at retail in the U.S. without first receiving premarket approval from the FDA. It is expected this provision will allow for products that were currently available prior to August 8, 2016 to remain in the marketplace likely through 2019. Considering that no new products are being allowed to come into the marketplace, current wholesalers, such as VPR Brands, are especially well-positioned to provide product to retailers and consumers via online assets.

There is a massive shift occurring in the market for electronic cigarettes and other related products. Where several years ago the major use of electronic cigarettes was as a replacement for traditional cigarettes, the prevalence of using electronic cigarette technologies for the consumption of cannabis is quickly sweeping the marketplace. Whether for traditional tobacco product use or as a delivery mechanism for either medical or recreational cannabis usage, there is simply no debate about the sheer size of this market and the growth the market has experienced. We are positioned to be a large part of this industry.


Kevin Frija CEO
VPR Brands, LP.

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WikiLeaks’ most current exposure of political emails displays the staff behind the scenes of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign made it a point to advise her on the issue of marijuana prior to a debate. It also reveals that the Clinton administration most likely will not make any notable changes to marijuana policy at the federal level. A preparatory document discovered in the hacked emails of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, gives details on what Hillary was advised to say if she was asked whether she would legalize marijuana as the next leader of the free world.

“While YOU should avoid saying marijuana accounts for a signification portion of the U.S. correctional population or a significant portion of those behind bars for drug offenses, it IS correct that there are hundreds of thousands of arrests for marijuana crimes, and that there are thousands of people serving (some) time for marijuana crimes—many of whom would likely be better off in their communities,” the briefing reads.

The document then continues to explain that, with regard to nationwide marijuana reform, Clinton would most likely continue to follow President Obama’s “hands-off approach.”

“Like the Obama Administration’s current approach to the criminal enforcement of federal marijuana laws, YOU would not intervene in states that are reforming their own marijuana laws, as long as those states adhere to certain federal priorities,” the brief continues. “These priorities include not selling to minors, preventing inter-state transport of marijuana, and keeping organized crime out of the industry.”

Interestingly, however, the same collection of intercepted emails reveals that Hillary Clinton supports policies aimed toward the decriminalizing cannabis. Although the Democratic presidential candidate admits to being somewhat perplexed over how to achieve this concept at the national level.

“From my perspective, we do need to look hard at decriminalizing behavior that is not harmful, that is not leading to violence, and try to figure out how best to do that,” she said last year during a meeting with Black Lives Matters.

“I’m not sure exactly how you would implement it and how —you know, because remember, most of the laws you’re talking about are state and local laws,” Clinton continued. “I mean, the federal government can encourage, can make suggestions, can provide incentives, but most criminal law, most policing, all of the problems that we’ve been discussing are really controlled at the local and the state level. So you have to have a buy-in by others, not just by the federal government.”

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As a new cannabis patient in early 2014, Michael Bourque (Co-Founder and Inventor of the CannaCloud system) saw the need for industry improvements when first trying medical cannabis. He struggled with intimidation, confusion, and lots of unknowns in terms of strains, dosage, and frequency of use. He also struggled with the methods of inhaling from smoking to edibles to vaporizing. As an experienced machinist, CAD designer, and inventor, he went into his lab to start building a better way to consume medical cannabis. He machined components, 3D printed parts, disassembled other similar appliances, programmed microchip controllers, and experimented with various doses and strains of cannabis. Eventually, all these parts and components started working together and became the very first version of the high-tech CannaCloud vaporizer.

Then Michael started to think about what Keurig did in the coffee industry to add convenience and consistency to the single-serve coffee industry, and how that consumer business model could really help medical cannabis patients control their doses and help ensure they had a great experience every time they vaporized. So he set off to develop a pod-based vaporizing system, not just a vaporizer, along with experts from a variety of fields who joined him on his journey.

The original three partners founded CannaKorp, Inc. just north of Boston. The technology start-up’s goal is to simplify and improve the cannabis consumer experience. Their first product innovation is the world’s first pod-based vaporizing system, the CannaCloud™. The company has developed a new delivery method to provide unprecedented quality-assurance, convenience, and consistency. The CannaCloud and pods have gained mainstream attention because its modern design and easy operation are so appealing to the growing mainstream cannabis market. In addition, the pods are filled with natural cannabis flower creating a unique form factor that does not require additives or denaturing but does ensure cannabis’ “ensemble” effect is intact.

The cannabis industry is continuously evolving cultivation standards, packaging, quality validation, and dosing guidelines – which, in some ways, are still not meeting consumer demands. In order to meet those expectations, CannaKorp has developed the means to modernize and legitimize the way cannabis is grown, processed, packaged, sold, and consumed to enhance convenience and the overall experience for those mainstream consumers who seek benefits from this alternative medicine.

CannaKorp is partnering with leading, licensed cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers to produce CannaCloud pods that meet our quality standards. This is the first-ever suite of proprietary products designed to deliver consumer satisfaction and help people achieve their personal wellness goals, all while being easy to use and a great experience.

CannaKorp is led by a highly experienced team with a track record of success and backed by experts in the industry. The management team includes three former Keurig executives, each of whom contributed to Keurig’s early success eventually leading to $5 billion in revenue. CannaKorp’s mission is to empower consumers to realize and embrace the benefits of cannabis. CannaCloud products are expected to be available in select markets in early 2017 and will then expand throughout the US and Canada.

In addition, CannaKorp is investing significant time and resources to create recyclable CannaCloud pods and packaging as social and environmental responsibility are an important part of CannaKorp’s core values. The team is working diligently to ensure our products and systems are environmentally friendly. CannaKorp will publish more detailed information as we progress and develop these plans and programs.

If you would like to learn more about CannaKorp, visit or you can reach them at 781.435.1812 or email You can also follow them on social media for daily updates and other interesting general information.

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With voters in five states planning to make their way the polls this November to make the decision whether cannabis should be made legal-putting the United States in the position of possibly having, even more, states that have legalized marijuana, some reports have implied that one of the greatest worries right now is how all of this legal marijuana will affect the overall intelligence of the great American populous.

It seems that since the federal government has maintained their position of being hell bent throughout the years in denying to allow any meaningful investigative study to take place to research the therapeutic advantages of the cannabis plant, there are still those individuals out there who are convinced that the consumption of cannabis could have negative results on the human brain.

This is mainly due to most of those people growing up during a period of time when public service announcements were viewed during Saturday morning cartoons that not only asserted that marijuana was a harmful and addictive drug but also that it would destroy your brain.

OK, yes, there has been research done which has displayed a slight drop in IQ points in those people who began smoking marijuana in their younger years during a time when the brain was still developing, however, the researchers behind these finding concluded that there was nothing to suggest that people who started using marijuana in their adult life experienced any cognitive decline.

The research collected, which was published by researchers in New Zealand, has been the center of much controversy for the last few years because other scientific minds claim that it did not take into account a number of crucial variables, including upbringing and household financial status.

This research was responsible for inspiring Nicholas Jackson, senior statistician at the University of California, who had a heavy hand in a popular marijuana IQ study published earlier this year, to get to the bottom of all this “Pot reduces intelligence” business by comparing twins.

“If marijuana was causing IQ decline, what we would expect to see is that the twin who goes on and uses marijuana should have IQ deficits,” Jackson told NPR. “We don’t find that.” Obviously, IQ points varied for the sets of twins utilized in the midst of the research conducted, but at the end of the day, researchers discovered no proof that cannabis was transforming the stoned sibling into more of a degenerate than the other.

There is not likely a single marijuana user in the world who would dare say that his or her experience with the leaf has turned them into slobbering moron-most would argue that cannabis has expanded the scope of their intelligence by allowing them to become more introspective and self-aware.

Medical experts have stated that what is typically being mistaken for a decline in brain function is actually just a marijuana user’s short-term memory taking a temporary vacation.

Dr. Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the University of Albany, told NPR that while being stoned at school may prevent a student from learning a state capital, “When it comes to things that are more liquid intelligence, more fluid intelligence, they’re usually pretty good at those because it requires just intelligence in the moment, so to speak.” Interestingly, the federal government is preparing to launch a major research program to study the link, if any, between drug use during the formative years and a decline in brain function.

Researchers with the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study will monitor thousands of 10-year-olds as they make the journey into early adulthood, utilizing neuroimaging technology to spot any discrepancies in the brain.

Some of the latest polls coming from states with marijuana ballot measures up for consideration this November seem to indicate strong support-hardly the tale of a people frightened by the possibility of slipping further into the cesspool of stupidity.

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The DEA has recently declared that it would finally rip down some of the walls that have stopped the scientific community from examining cannabis by providing more possibilities for institutions of higher learning to get involved with the cultivation research of cannabis. A new information shows that the DEA’s offer to help more federally sanctioned cultivators who may not bring about the vigorous transformation the marijuana community had hoped for because many universities have absolutely no desire for cultivating marijuana.

Recently, the people at STAT contacted close to a dozen universities across the united states some of which already run industrial hemp programs to find out just how many of these schools are excited to crawl between the same sheets as the federal government to expand research on marijuana. What they discovered is that none of the big time universities they contacted with seem to have any plans of joining Uncle Sam’s cultivation network.Cornell University, the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech, all stated they were not interested in cultivating cannabis. The University of California, Davis, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, said they had no intentions to get involved with the DEA. Colorado State University, Oregon State University, and Purdue University made the same statement.

For the past several decades, the DEA has relied on the University of Mississippi alone to grow all of the cannabis it distributes for investigative study purposes. Because of this, much of the marijuana community was excited by the news of the DEA’s plan to allow additional universities to join in the marijuana cultivation game. Any university that receives permission to begin growing marijuana for the government would be forced to cough up millions of dollars in construction expenses alone before it could ever get started.

This past year, a post from the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed that its contract with the University of Mississippi, which is valued close to almost $69 million, needed the school to cultivate marijuana in a “Secure and video monitored outdoor facility of approximately 12 acres” and run an indoor compound of at least 1000 square feet, “Having controls for light intensity, photo cycles, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide concentration.” Interestingly, the STAT report goes on to suggest that independent growers will be another sector vying for federal cultivation contracts.

“In this context, illegal activity includes any activity in violation of the CSA as well as activity in violation of State or local law.” The memo goes on to say that while cultivating cannabis in states that have legitimized the plant one way or another “Does not automatically disqualify an applicant, it may weight heavily against” them.

However, the DEA is now officially accepting applications for additional growers, the drug agency has not established any timeframe for when it will make a decision.

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Although cannabis is now legal in Ohio for medicinal use, a panel for the state’s Supreme Court said recently that lawyers are not permitted to provide legal services for those groups and individuals interested in getting into the business of medical marijuana because cultivation, sale and use of herb still remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

According to a ruling handed down last week by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct, attorneys are not only prohibited from lending legal aid to those people working to establish a legitimate cannabis operation, but these professionals are also forbade from using medical marijuana even if their doctor provides them with a recommendation.

The board’s advisory opinion indicates that, “a lawyer may not advise a client to engage in conduct that violates federal law, or assist in such conduct, even if the conduct is authorized by state law.” Furthermore, the decision suggests that a lawyer’s use of medical marijuana “May reflect on a lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, and overall fitness to practice law.” All of these factors, the board said, put lawyers at risk for ethical violations that could lead to disciplinary action, even disbarment.

Ohio attorneys can still offer the medical marijuana community some guidance, the board said. The only acceptable contribution in terms of counseling these entrepreneurs toward a prosperous weed-slinging business is to offer “Advice as to the legality and consequences of a client’s proposed conduct under state and federal law.” What is interesting about the board’s opinion is that it is a complete contradiction to the language of law.

In May, when the Ohio General Assembly pushed through a bill aimed at creating a statewide medical marijuana program, which was signed into law by Governor John Kasich, it came attached with a provision intended to make attorneys prosecution proof for playing a role in the medical marijuana industry.

Ohio attorney Brice Keller, who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, told HIGH TIMES that it is important to understand that the board’s opinion is non-binding.

He believes that lawyers who are not very knowledgeable of the scene will simply play it safe and “Error on the side of caution.” Keller, who uses medical marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, said the board’s opinion of whether attorneys should participate in Ohio’s medicinal cannabis program is another issue that does not really carry much weight.

“The question about use is tough, because lawyers aren’t really prohibited from personal use in Ohio because it’s not criminal,” Keller said.

“A marijuana ticket isn’t enough for attorney discipline alone. The board says no use for attorneys, but that it’s not enforceable. It’s a factor, if that use contributes to other problems.” Ethics panels in a significant numbers of states that have legalized medical marijuana have ruled in favor of allowing attorneys to participate in the cannabis industry.

Boards in states like Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii and Maine have all made determinations similar to Ohio..

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