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Because recreational marijuana has the possibility of popping up soon, the Reno Police Dept. is reminding possible consumers and current residents of the rules when sales begin.

Marijuana, much like alcohol cannot be smoked in any public place including but not limited to; parks, sporting events, casinos, hotels, concerts, festivals and special events. If one chooses to do so anyway, they will be fined $600 for their first offense.

The only place where it is legal to consume marijuana is at a private residence or in the comfort of your own home.

The only people eligible to purchase recreational marijuana are those who are over twenty-one years of age. If a person is eligible, they are only allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated cannabis.

It is technically legal for homeowners to grow up to six plants per person however the law stipulates that you cannot grow marijuana if you live within twenty-give miles of a dispensary. This makes growing in Reno or Sparks essentially off-limits.

You can legally keep cannabis within your vehicle, but the laws of driving-under-the-influence (DUI) still apply. Law enforcement can pull you over and administer classic field sobriety tests and ask if the suspected DUI-er consents to a blood test.

The Reno Police Department is still working out all of the details with legalizing the plant including the laws of being under the influence in public and more. Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said “That’s a tricky question. I don’t see the Reno Police Department aggressively enforcing people being under the influence. I do see it being reserved for those extreme cases where someone is aggressive o extremely uncooperative.”

Another gray area is if a person carrying a legal amount of marijuana is arrested for an unrelated crime, can the officers take the legal marijuana into their possession?

“Because it’s federally illegal, we’re concerned that we’re violating federal law if we give the individual back their marijuana, so those are issues that are still hanging in the balance.” Robinson stated.

From now on we will see the path that recreational legalization takes on Reno. It is a complicated area of legislation but the police and lawmakers of Reno are working hard to figure out the details.

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In 1912, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) was founded to provide consumers with protection and to self-regulate various industries.

105 years later, the BBB has gone back to its original motives and has begun to regulate the marijuana industry, assuring consumers are not getting beaten by fraudulent online scams.

Having received a tip through a service BBB created called Scamtracker, the Bureau stepped up to the plate and began investigating two web-based businesses. Those businesses were Denver Marijuana and Denver Smoke Buds.

The investigation they ran found that the fake companies claimed to be selling a large amount and variety of substances like bath salts (the drug for notoriously making people eat others faces) and “research chemicals”, as well as some marijuana products.

First, they checked out the business addresses, which didn’t compute in any system, as well as their hyperlinks leading to false addresses.

Krista Ferndelli, director of marketing and communications for the BBB of Denver stated in a press release that “One huge red flag for us is when there is no link to register with the Colorado Secretary of State. Both of these places show no owner, no managing staff, and have some sketchy information about where they are based.”

The first of the two, Denver Smoke Buds, claims in some places on its website to be based out of Atlanta, Georgia, while on other pages it claims to be based out of Denver.

“Whenever we called them, they would deliberately hang up. They also list themselves as winners of fake awards on their website.” Ferndelli said.

The BBB speaks to consumers and says that mail-order weed is very illegal on all state and federal levels and one should go through the process legally if they went to obtain marijuana.

“The BBB can always be a good way to check if a business is legitimate,” Ferndelli suggested. “Make sure to listen to other people in the marketplace and try to understand the laws surrounding marijuana.”

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There are so many fronts in the war for marijuana legalization that it’s an arduous task to monitor all of them, yet the job has never been more important. And Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration stealthy over-stepped its boundaries (again) and advanced its prohibitionist agenda. The mainstream media failed to report this, and it was through Technical 420’s own careful review of recently amended DEA codes that this was uncovered.

In October of 2016, the Cannabis Community was sent in to an uproar when the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration tried to make CBD Oil’s illegal by redefining what constituted as marijuana extract under the “Final Rule establishing a new Controlled Substance Code Number (drug code) for marijuana extract”. You can read it here: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2016/fr1214.htm

The important part of the code can be found under ‘Final Action’ where it states: “Meaning an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.”

Essentially, last October, the DEA tried to categorize any extract from any part of the marijuana plant as a schedule one substance. This excluded extracts from resin or seeds, however, any other extract was a schedule 1 narcotic regardless of THC content.

Private companies, non-profits, and advocacy groups struck back with lawsuits claiming the law was over-reaching. And it seemed that the DEA backed off, and the cannabis community sighed a breath of relief.

However, sometime last month, the DEA quietly and unannounced posted an amendment to the code. The mainstream media, and even most CBD manufacturers, failed to pick it up this new posturing from the DEA. You can read it in full here:

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/marijuana/m_extract_7350.html

Under the “Clarification of the New Drug Code (7350) for Marijuana Extract” the definition of marijuana extract changes. While they do make changes to better structure their own legal grounds on the definition of what is marijuana extract, the important part of this updated code is that now anything extracted from marijuana is also included as a schedule one substance.

Just to highlight how absurd this is, consider that you can extract pure omega fatty acids from cannabis resin. No cannabinoids, no THC, just Omega (like 3, 6, & 9) Fatty Acids. The DEA literally just claimed that Omega Fatty Acids are a schedule 1 controlled substance when extracted from cannabis. Enough said.

To be as clear as their new rule is: Anybody selling CBD oil is now undoubtedly and unequivocally selling a schedule 1 substance. Seeds, while still not included in the code, are the only part of the cannabis plant that cannot produce quality CBD oils, just hemp oil.

It now is clear that their goal is to strengthen their positioning in their upcoming court battles over CBD’s scheduling classification. The updated code attempts to redefine CBD to include extracts and attempts to skirt around most of the legal claims of law suits already in the courts dockets. It’s an incredibly unethical and corrupt move.

Not to mention, these codes do not come from elected officials, but rather from bureaucratic actions that do not represent the American people. We will, of course, be keeping an eye on this latest development very closely.

Authored By: Jason Spatafora

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Up until its legalization, marijuana has been a black-market business relying solely on cash. As the business moves out of the shadows and gets it rightful government oversight, new regulators have been hired to make sure laws are being followed. All of these regulators have no experience given the nature of the industry being brand new.

The result of this can sometimes be a perfect mixture for government corruption.

Many recent cases noted in Colorado and Washington have dealt with the issue of current or former marijuana regulators and their accusal of improper dealings within the industry of legal cannabis. This is shocking given that the two recreational marijuana states have the oldest recreational programs in the country, having weed legalized in defiance of federal law since 2012.

A few cases several years into marijuana’s legalization may not seem like a big deal to many, but all it takes is a few to make a large dent in the confidence behind a medical marijuana industry. This can also bring back the feeling that the industry is criminal and fuel many fears behind its illegitimacy.

One of the cases states that former Colorado marijuana enforcement officer Renee Rayton, is accused of helping pot growers grow plants for use in out-of-state sales.

After being accused, state investigators say that the former inspector quit her job and immediately went to work for the illegal pot ring, yielding an eight thousand dollar per month job.

In Washington, the state agency behind regulating marijuana recently fired an employee who controlled the leasing of land to a prospective pot grower.

The man behind the accusal is named Grant Bulski. Bulski was charged with leasing twenty-five acres of land to a marijuana entrepreneur for close to three-thousand dollars per month. The law forbidding this states that pot regulators cannot have a financial state in the businesses, however Bulski was not charged with any crime.

These may be just a few cases concerning the affects of the recreational marijuana, but all it takes is a few to take the public into believing the market is illegitimate. However, do some research and quickly find that the market has a history of legitimacy and medicinal benefit to all who use.

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In February, the cannabis industry recorded a major milestone when Australia became the first continent to legalize medical marijuana.

The legislation amended the Narcotic Drugs Act and allows for the cultivation of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes. Following the passing of this legislation, Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley made the following statement:

“This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals. This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey and will now see seamless access to locally-produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”

iCAN Australia is Born

Australia represents a new opportunity for cannabis companies and yesterday, iCAN: Israel-Cannabis entered the market by forming a joint venture with LeafCann Research and Advisory. The partnership, iCAN: Australia will collaborate on a range of initiatives including medical cannabis research, innovation, acceleration, and education.

iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO Saul Kaye stated, “We are thrilled to partner with LeafCann to form iCAN: Australia. Our collaboration will bring world-class cannabis products to the Australian market as well as accelerate our collaborative research and development of new products for a range of indications.”

LeafCann’s practitioner education program will be incorporated into iCAN’s product offerings and distributed by iCAN. iCAN: Australia will take a significant interest in CannaTech Australia, a medical cannabis summit modeled after CannaTech’s events in Israel.

Canadian Titans Have the Early Mover Advantage

Although iCAN is not the first company to target the Australian cannabis market, it has taken a different approach when compared to the other companies that have entered the market.

Earlier this year, Cann Group announced that Aurora Cannabis (ACB.V) (ACBFF), a licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada, acquired 19.9% of the company ahead of its initial public offering.

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) (TWMJF), the largest licensed medical cannabis producer in the world also entered the Australian medical cannabis industry through a partnership with AussCann (ACNNF). Canopy Growth will help AussCann increase market share and capitalize on the Australian cannabis market.

Global Expansion Continues

Marijuana legalization may not be a top priority for the United States right now, but change is occurring all over the world. The global marijuana industry has gathered support from many high-ranking officials over the last two years which has increased overall support for the reform of restrictive laws.

Progress toward this goal is hampered by political realities, such that cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I substance. It is time for change and for the authorities to recognize its medical benefits and to remove some of the restrictions that are not supported by scientific research.

Not only is this a medical necessity, but it just makes good business sense.

Authored By: Jason Spatafora

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Although it may seem at first glance that there is little to no science behind the testing and determining of strength of various cannabis products, there is a lot that goes into those that the bud-tender tells you. Growers, labs, dispensaries and even individual patients have the option to send their pot-related products to many different testing labs where they can test everything from potency to the presence of pesticides as well as the various terpene levels

However, this process has remained slightly arbitrary throughout time. Still in place today, California has yet to regulate or monitor any of the testing procedures, and although there are some procedures that remain standard, it all depends on the lab.

This is where the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation comes in. They hope to reign upon the industry and propose different models as a set of regulations upon the testing industry. This was announced last month.

According to the statement released, the labs will need to be certified by the International Organization for Standardization. The rules will also apply to technician training, storage techniques and what factors will need to be tested. All of these will also need to be tested twice.

Dr. Robert W. Martin, co-founder and CEO of Oakland’s CW Analytical lab stated that he applauds the state’s efforts, but finds them to be expensive and unnecessary. His opinion is that the state lacks the proper barriers for monitoring quality of the product.

Martin stated “Many levels of detection recommended by the state are at such low levels that many analytical processes will have difficulty providing accurate results…Overall, the regulations, as proposed, will chase many lab operators out of the business as well as growers back to black market pursuits.”

These rules have yet to be fully finalized, and the state is still waiting for public input before they make a hard decision. The opportunity for the public to comment ends June 20th.

Dr. Robert W. Martin is hopeful that organizations across the board will have their opinions reflected on the new rules and the changes that the government wishes to put in place.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed that Mexico has decided to legalize the use of Medical Marijuana after unanimous support from Mexico’s House of Congress.

After many months of speculation for what was once vehemently opposed by President Nieto, the policy has been put into re-examination after a nationwide public debate on the subject. Nieto told the 2016 National General Assembly Special Sessions that “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Pena Nieto even went as far as to introduce a law that would allow the citizens of Mexico to be in possession of up to an ounce of marijuana without repercussions. However, the bill stalled and did not pass in Congress.

The medical marijuana bill passed through congress with ease late in 2016 and Mexico’s lower house passed the bill almost unanimously earlier in the year with a vote of 347-7. Mexico’s Secretary of Health voiced his approval of the bill stating “I welcome the approval of therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.” This is a policy we are not used to seeing in a developed country.

The decree given out by the President specifies that the Ministry of Health will be given the task of drafting as well as implementing the various policies associated with the new bill. Pena Nieto’s bill will effectively decriminalize the medical use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all of the various cannabis derivative that help to ease the suffering in numerous conditions.

Although the current stipulations only permit the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol to not exceed one percent, the Ministry of Health will be required to research the medicinal benefits of the plant in order to change the stipulations. Mexico has changed from their past policy of strict drug enforcement given the current state of criminal drug activity to a newer more lax policy as they realize the medicinal benefits.

The road to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use may be hard, but Mexico has surpassed the first major hurdle.

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Despite this interesting headline, North Korea has a much stricter policy than its Southern family, however you could be forgiven for believing so due to a group of recent headlines.

Although the news has not become popular in the U.S., the big news in South Korea is a marijuana scandal surround the singer T.O.P. who hails from a popular K-pop band named Big Bang. T.O.P. could face five years in jail after a hair follicle test by the Seoul Metropolitan Police came back positive for marijuana. The singer was forced to take the test after a young woman claimed him as a supplier for “liquid marijuana” following her arrest.

The conflict could see the end of Big Bang whose extremely large fan base makes them one of the largest boy-bands in South Korea currently. T.O.P. was found unconscious in his home from an apparent overdose of tranquilizers leading the public to believe the old myth of marijuana being a gateway drug.

A popular news outlet titled Korea Exposé notes that the hemp plant has in fact been grown on the Korean Peninsula for thousands of years where it has been mostly used to manufacture rope and traditional fabrics. The plant wasn’t outlawed in South Korea until the Narcotics Act in 1957 under pressure from Washington.

The law only mentioned “Indian Marijuana” technically leaving the locally grown product legal. Not until the 1960s did smoking the plant become popular with Korea’s youth.

Its rising popularity prompted a crackdown by then dictator Park Chung-hee, South Korea’s longest ruling military strongman. Chung-hee forced curfews and regulations upon hairstyles as well as clothing aimed at destroying the rising counterculture. The technicality in the law soon became irrelevant as conservative values became more and more emphasized.

Although marijuana users in North Korea would be sent straight to death if they could even find the plant, South Korea’s drug-policy remains extremely tense.

Maybe one day, the people of North Korea and South Korea will be able to pass a blunt across the DMZ, but for now the plant remains strictly illegal on both sides.

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There is a large issue big pharmaceutical companies are facing in the coming years. Many people are choosing marijuana to treat their conditions rather than opioids and many other prescription drugs.

Former professional athletes from the NFL and NBA have come into the spotlight stating that the leagues should let them at least give cannabis a shot to manage their constant pain, given the ongoing opioid epidemic.

There is a myriad of studies underway proving the health benefits of medical marijuana for pain management in addition to other conditions. It wasn’t until recently that a study conducted found what the massive switch to natural medical marijuana away from large pharma could do to the latter industry.

The study done by New Frontier Data, a Washington, D.C. – based date analysts company focused on the legal marijuana industry, decided to research the effects of people using marijuana as opposed to prescription drugs for the nine illnesses most commonly treated by cannabis.

Their findings showed that Big Pharma could lose almost five billion dollars per year. This is a staggering number, but it does have a catch. The study is based on the assumption that marijuana will become legal across all fifty states.

This may seem highly unlikely with our current leadership, but it still proves what is at stake for the medical marijuana industry and what Big Pharma could lose.

The group then considered a twenty-sixteen study which found that the amount of prescriptions for drugs dropped by eleven percent among older patients in the states that medical cannabis is legal.

New Frontier gathered data on the amount of money spent on prescriptions for the following conditions; Chronic pain, PTSD, Sleep disorders, Anxiety, Nerve pain, Chemotherapy— induced nausea, Tourettes Syndrome, Glaucoma, Seizures/epilepsy. The analysis showed that medical marijuana could take away between four and five billion dollars a year from pharmaceutical sales.

This study is dependent on the idea that marijuana may find its rightful legalization in the upcoming years across the nation. If this occurs, people could have access to a preferred medicine with less side effects, and a lessened chance of addition than the opposing prescription drugs.

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MCIG to Manage and Staff Indoor Grow Facility in Las Vegas Through its Subsidiary, Grow Contractors

MCIG will be providing R.H Medical operational support to the facility, in tandem with Las Vegas and the State of Nevada beginning the rollout of recreational cannabis, voted on and passed on November 8, 2016. GC has brought on an experienced cultivator with a track record of growing high quality THC & CBD products, and with an expert understanding of growing indoors in desert climates.

“As R.H Medical ramps up operations for harvest, GC has the option to manage the entire facility and operation (including sales and delivery) for 6% of gross revenue in addition to its current management fees. MCIG (via Grow Contractors) will be adding such types of revenue streams and arrangements in Nevada, as many cultivators are scrambling for operational support in ramping up for the recreational market,” said CEO Paul Rosenberg.

He added, “MCIG’s management has a clear strategy on how to increase value for its shareholders. In addition to working on construction projects, we are now offering staffing and management services for grow facilities in an effort to tap into opportunities that we feel MCIG has first-mover advantage in. Our goal is to acquire a medical marijuana cultivation & production license in Nevada and eventually start our own grow operation — this is still the forefront of our Nevada strategy, and we are very close to achieving this milestone,” said Paul Rosenberg, CEO of MCIG, Inc.

“As we have witnessed in Colorado, Nevada, and various recreational marijuana states, cultivation operations are generating several millions of dollars per year and need operational support in order to scale for growth & expansion, positioning GC as a necessity to the industry. I have been building and managing grow facilities for 10 years and have never seen a market as explosive as the one in Las Vegas. Grow Contractors is becoming the most sought after company for grow facilities, design, construction, consulting and management in the cannabis space. While based in Nevada, GC continues to penetrate the market further by establishing its presence in the latest recreational States,” says Rob Kressa, CEO of Grow Contractors.

“Grow Contractors has proven themselves not only in being skilled with all aspects of growing and MIP production, they have also been consistently reliable and honest, qualities that will help make this a success,” says owner of R.H. Medical. “I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with them, and I am eager to begin branding and promoting our products in what will likely be the hottest cannabis market in America.”

About Grow Contractors

Grow Contractors is MCIG’s group of Cannabis consultants, engineers, architects, contractors, and grow experts combining over 100 years of experience and talent combined, to bring efficient and high-quality grow spaces. Grow Contractors offers a practical approach to cannabis design, construction, and operations to create profitable and compliant facilities, and a custom tailored approach to every client, because there is no one-fits-all approach to cannabis facilities. Grow Contractors also offers several high tech greenhouse products from starter to large, high tech greenhouse buildings capable of covering tens of thousands of square feet. From California to Washington, to Oregon to Nevada, Grow Contractors provides products and services in all legal cannabis markets.

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About MCIG Group ( OTCQB : MCIG )

Headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, mCig, Inc. ( OTCQB : MCIG ) is a diversified company servicing the legal cannabis, hemp and CBD markets via its lifestyle brands. mCig, Inc. is committed to being the leading distributor of technology, products, and services to fit the needs of a rapidly expanding industry. mCig, Inc. has transitioned from a vaporizer manufacturer to industry leading large scale, full service cannabis cultivation construction company with its Grow Contractors division currently operating in the rapidly expanding Nevada market.

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