FLORIDA: Peter Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance, died on Saturday afternoon at his home in Coconut Grove Florida apparently due to natural causes. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday on November 11.
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CALIFORNIA: The state of legal marijuana markets is strong for many, yet daunting for others. The watershed implementation of full retail marijuana legalization for adults in Colorado and Washington State, coupled with the adoption of medical marijuana regulations by new states, are fueling industry growth.
Yet, even as the broadening definition of legal marijuana expands the addressable market, enforcement actions that target dispensaries, cultivators, and regulators in some states have actually contracted the overall market since the last edition of this report was published in 2011. Phases of growth and retrenchment in legal marijuana markets have been more rule than exception.
The report projects sales in 2014 to grow to $2.34 billion, an increase of 64%. At this rate, U.S. cannabis sales will outpace the worldwide growth of smartphone sales, which expanded at an impressive 46% according to Gartner. Harborside Health Center is a sponsor of this report and Steve DeAngelo is President of ArcView.
The report predicts that 14 more states will legalize adult use and 2 more states will legalize medical use over the next 5 years. These new markets plus maturation of the existing markets will create a $10.2 billion annual market potential by 2018.
Findings of the report include:
- California is still the largest legal cannabis market in the country at $980 million.
- More than 590,000 consumers will purchase cannabis legally from a retail storefront in 2013
- Arizona is poised to be the fastest growing market expanding from $22 million in 2013 to $134 million in 2014.
- Massachusetts will be the largest new market opening in 2014 with a $55 million market.
- Adult-use marijuana sales in Colorado will add $359 million to the existing medical marijuana market of $260 million resulting in a combined $619 million market in 2014.
- The transition from the medical market to an adult-use market in Washington, which won’t start until spring, will result in a combined $271 million market in 2014
- New Jersey, Maine, Delaware and the District of Columbia markets struggle under restrictive patient access and slow regulatory processes.
- There is increasing investment activities in retail dispensaries, cultivation businesses and ancillary businesses such as security services, point of sale software, and grow lights.
I can see why pharmaceutical companies don’t want marijuana legalized. Take a $4 blood pressure pill with a glass of grapefruit juice, and you might get the effects of $1.75 of that medicine. Wow, with a whopping 47% of medicine ineffectiveness, it seems like a giant waste of money for a product that won’t do you any good if you eat certain foods or drink some juices. Continue reading
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My name is Michael (Adam) Assenberg, pronounced (ACE-N-BERG).
The year 1985 changed my life forever. I was working as a security guard, saving money so I could afford to go to the L.A. Police Academy. But that was to never be — as I was attacked on the job, as I was guarding a mine in Corona, California.
Some crooks wanted to steal dynamite, and I got in their way. For doing so, I was attacked with a baseball bat, pushed 15 feet off a bridge onto boulders, and left for dead.
It has taken me over 25 years to get back to where I could once more protect the public. During that time, I have been a patient using cannabis. I was run out of public housing for being a legal medical marijuana patient. I took my fight to court, serving as my own lawyer.
I used to run a public access radio show called, “Marijuana Fact or Fiction,” where I had doctors, former law enforcement and many others guest experts on my show. It was during this time that I dug heavily into both state and federal law in my efforts to find a way of fighting a federal government gone crazy.
Over the years, I have found many medical marijuana dispensaries that were doing right by patients, but also many that were selling marijuana with mold, or other issues. I have also witnessed law enforcement gone wild with dispensary raids. In 2011, I decided to open my own dispensary, Compassion 4 Patients, to “set a trap” for the feds.
Instead of the feds raiding me, the local sheriff (Brett Myers) fell into my “trap,” and on January 4, 2013, I won my case. I went back to court the following week, and got the Judge to order the sheriff to return my cannabis and everything else taken in the raid.
During my fight in court, I discovered that a sheriff has the legal power to arrest DEA agents, but this is not done due to our system of ‘Policing for Profit’.
It is time for the local sheriff to once again be an “oath keeper” to the people that place him/her in office, instead of working for a federal system that is under the control of big business.
As sheriff, I would arrest DEA agents that violated the rights of patients and providers. I will focus on property crimes. People living in apartment buildings tell me that often “landlords” do nothing about troublemakers because those landlords want to keep their units full, so the “all mighty dollar” can be made.
As sheriff, I would push to have these types of apartments listed as “nuisance property”, blocking the landlord from making his money until he took care of the trouble.
I would also see to it that records of your tax moneys were kept, to show where your money was being spent. And, I would hold public meetings once a month to stay on top of any trouble spots.
I am just one man. But if all of us reading this just stand united behind these issues, what a force for change we could make.
Because of my false arrest, I have a case pending in the court system for six million dollars. Only part of the lawsuit is for the raid; the other part of the lawsuit is for violating my right to address my first line of government when my State rights were violated.
Here is the letter telling me that I could NOT ask the county why a state sheriff can use tax money to violate my rights under I-692.
You will note in the letter that the people running my county would not honor my question, and would even use the same sheriff who attacked me to block my right to speak at an open meeting.
Or call me at 509-288-4799.
Veteran Hempfester seeks donations, plans ahead for next year’s cannabis festival — Seattle’s is the largest Hempfest in the country with more than 250,000 attendees.
By Little Sweetwater
I am a professional in the medical field. I make $32 an hour, and I am 63 years-old. The state where I live – Wyoming — still believes marijuana should remain illegal, is bad for you, will make you insane, good-for-nothing, and anyone who uses it should go to jail.
Most people around here have not seen the little girl with epilepsy, with constant fits, fighting for her life. They have not seen that same little girl now almost seizure-free because of medical marijuana.
Weed has changed her life, as well as everyone around her! I find it wonderful that she doesn’t have to take two handfuls of pills anymore, the manmade chemical compounds which have numerous side effects and contraindications.
I find it amazing that people are so willing to condemn the parents for giving their child cannabis. Would they feel the same if it were their own son or daughter going through hell? Personally, I opt for a natural substance with proven qualities; it’s too bad they can’t experience the difference. I did.
Two years ago, I had breast cancer — surgery, chemo, radiation, the whole 9 yards. Me, and more than a million other men and women. My pain was pretty well controlled with Advil, or in my case an Advil clone that I chose for the price.
My nausea — Oh Boy! You don’t know puking! We started with Compazine, oh no–we won’t even discuss that med. Zofran, ok, that was my friend, when it worked. I am not a good pill-taker, and sometimes I would gag on the pill I was trying to swallow for my nausea.
So, I decided it was easier to throw up a few time a day than swallow that pill. Besides, I like to have a drink in the evenings, since I don’t have marijuana access, and I didn’t want the side effects of the medicine on my liver and kidneys.
Chemo was bad enough. Before one of my 4 hour oncology visits, I saw an “older” woman, (ha, my age), smoking a pipe. I went over and asked her if I could “visit”.
She let me in her car and for the next 15 minutes before our IV session, she told me about the effects of weed on nausea and how it has helped her. She gave me a small amount and a pipe to try when I got home. I was very nervous about it, because of my job.
Always, without fail, I would have to pull over and puke 45 minutes into my 1 1/2 hour trip, and again within a few hours of being home. That day was the same. When I got home, I put a hit in the pipe to get it ready when the nausea butterflies struck.
The wait was only 3 hours. After I took the hit of weed, I just waited for the puking to begin. After a couple of minutes, I knew it wasn’t going to. Wow, nice! I had no more nausea for the next 7 hours.
Weed was my recourse for the next 3 days to control my vomiting. I no longer had dry heaves before breakfast for 3 days! It really messed with my diet plan, since it stopped my after breakfast puking. I did lose 15 pounds from puking, though…
We both finished chemo and radiation, but we didn’t keep in touch. I still have episodes of nausea, and wish I could have some marijuana when I need to control it. I sincerely hope in my lifetime that our state will allow the legalization of marijuana.
Marijuana works for nausea! I know that it works, because I did the experiment myself.
By Pebbles Trippet
Marijuana legalization is dangerous. It will make us a threat to our government. Or so we are told.
But according to Jeffrey Miron, Harvard University, it costs close to $20 billion annually to outlaw marijuana. The country could not only save that by ending marijuana prohibition, but could also reduce prisoner populations, which are alarming and climbing : 1.5 million in China, 2 million in the US. There has been an 80% increase in US federal prisoners since 1970, caused by mandatory sentencing laws, not higher crime rates.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement about reforming drug policy, expected this week, may include giving judges discretion in applying mandatory minimum sentences and perhaps further reducing the shockingly racist and disproportionate sentencing guidelines for powder cocaine vs crack cocaine. These are obvious long overdue reforms, and would result in releasing a fraction of prisoners, largely the poor and people of color, but it is not enough.
These reforms are piecemeal, and do not come from an enlightened government that wants to admit its culpability in a 40-year long unpopular drug war, but rather from dangerous incarceration consequences of a bloated prison system largely stemming from “drug crimes”.
So many bodies locked in cages piling on top of each other under tortuous conditions has led to the current hunger strike in California prisons, with many prisoners feeling they have nothing to lose if they die from taking a stand. This heartbreaking situation makes me yearn for the days of public stockades where people faced their accusers and public scorn one on one. Now millions of prisoners are locked away in cages, like dungeons, based on their drug stash.
Out of sight, out of mind will never bring justice.
The entire drug war needs to be rethought, reversed & renounced by policy visionaries who assess drug issues from a medical, rather than a criminal perspective. Marijuana should be removed from Schedule I of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (“no medical purposes”), with prescription access and research approval restored. Cannabis prohibition should be repealed altogether with police priorities shifted away from non-violent to violent crime.
There has been a definitive cultural shift in the past couple of years, where the popular majority in poll after poll is embracing reasonable regulation to replace marijuana prohibition. Imagine that.
WASHINGTON: Mellow was the mood as the dedicated followers of cannabis converged onto Heritage Park — a modest chunk of field in the shadows of the gilded dome of the Washington State Capital building — for the first day of the 10th Anniversary of Olympia Hempfest.
There will be many cannabis celebrations happening this summer, but it is important to remember that Olympia Hempfest was the first such event when it debuted a decade ago. These days, however, Olympia Hempfest is overshadowed by Seattle Hempfest — an hour north and three weeks away. While the Seattle festival expects to attract upwards of 100,000 attendees, a mere 2,500 will stop by Heritage Park this weekend.
For many of the Washington-based vendors and exhibitors, today and tomorrow serve as a dress rehearsal for “the largest hemp festival in the country” next month.
booth at Olympia Hempest
Real Legalization was circulating a petition in support of home growing, sharing and amnesty
Still, there was plenty to see, eat and do. A giant stage offered speakers and live music, though the posted schedule was more suggestion than strictly adhered agenda. Many in attendance spread out blankets on the lawn to enjoy the weather, or strolled along the bench-lined waterfront path.
Hundreds in tee-shirts, shorts and bandanas browsed the dozens of exhibitor booths that ringed the waterfront park. Beneath green leaf-emblazoned banners and neat tables of symmetrically laid-out marijuana-related merchandise, grizzled vendors stood next to pierced-and-tattooed Kush Girls hawking their wares.
And while every manner of pipe, bong and beautifully-crafted glassware items were on display and for sale — you could not buy the herb itself at Olympia Hempfest. The voters of Washington State may have overwhelmingly passed a law legalizing recreational marijuana in November, 2012, but the Washington State Liquor Control Board won’t release final regulations until next month, and weed won’t be available in stores until sometime in 2014.
So instead, local political activists like Keith Henson, Director of the Pierce County chapter of NORML and Jared Allaway for Initiative 584, circulated petitions, recruited volunteers and solicited donations for the next phase of reform.
Real Legalization booth
Libertarians call for Jury Nullification in Marijuana trials
Vendor Olympia Hempfest
Kush Girls and Booth Babes shared the venue with veteran activists from NORML, and the Libertarian Party.
Entertainment included performances by The Herbivores, Troupe O WA belly dancers, Unhailoed, Corson Swift, C*F*A (Cody Foster Army).
Scheduled speakers included Jodie Emery, John Davis, Cat Jeter, Steve Phun, Jared Allaway, Kitty Miller, Vivian McPeak, Paul Stanford, John Parr, Brian Stone, Justin Kover, Gideon Israel, Joe Grumbine, Julia Peter McWilliams Tribute, Ed Saukkooja, Kristin Flor, Adam Assenburg, Jeremy Miller, Melissa Hysom and Sharon Whitson.