May 28, 2017

Anthony Johnson, Marijuana Politics Blogger and Editor

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.

OMBC to Cover Marijuana Testing as Deadline Approaches

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There are certainly several disputes and controversies within the Oregon cannabis industry and community, but none greater than marijuana testing standards. Last October, stringent testing guidelines went into place, making Oregon regulated cannabis “safer than food.” The standards for Oregon cannabis were so high, that reports surfaced that a vast majority of California cannabis on the shelves at local dispensaries would fail Oregon’s pesticide testing standards.  However, those strict standards created shortages and price increases throughout the Oregon market, especially for edibles and extracts.

The Oregon Health Authority has proposed new testing regulations, but many feel decreasing testing requirements is bad public policy. For those interested in Oregon’s cannabis testing rules, the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference will cover the latest developments on April 28th, just two days ahead of the April 30th deadline to provide public comment to state regulators on the subject.

The Register Guard reported on the proposed testing changes last December:

Responding to reports of rising marijuana prices, product shortages and processors laying off employees, Oregon health officials Friday eased pesticide and other testing requirements for pot.

Processors and growers had complained that strict testing rules for medical and recreational marijuana imposed by the state on Oct. 1 had created a backlog at testing labs, which led to pot product shortages at dispensaries.

Now, the state has imposed temporary rules that “significantly reduce the amount of testing that cannabis processors or producers have to undergo,” said Andre Ourso, Oregon Medical Marijuana Program manager for the Oregon Health Authority.

My friend Keith Mansur calls the proposed rules dangerous in a recent piece for the Oregon Cannabis Connection, calling out pesticide contamination as the real culprit:

Proponents of the changes decry foul play by laboratories for overcharging and fixing the rules. They point to the shortage of concentrates and edibles on dispensary shelves as the reason these changes are needed, but after delving deeper into the issue, it appears the current shortage is being driven by pesticide contaminated cannabis, not high prices and a long wait for test results.

There are two major provisions of the new rules that are in dispute. One would be to change testing on concentrates from the current levels down to only a single annual random sample from cannabis processors. Concentrates are the most contaminated of all the cannabis products in Oregon. Another rule would dial back the current requirement for at least 33% of the flower batches be tested for pesticides to only 20%. These apply to recreational cannabis only.

The current contamination rates are at 10% failure for flower and 26% for concentrates, according to the OHA.

Finding the right balance between public safety and workable regulations will always be a struggle. The Oregon cannabis industry has already exceeded projections with thousands of jobs created and millions of dollars generated. I am confident that the state will eventually find the sweet spot on testing standards to ensure safe cannabis in a manner that will allow mom and pops to compete in the market. In the meantime, it is important that folks in the cannabis community get informed and make their voices heard. The OMBC will be a great opportunity to learn and share ideas on how the industry should move forward on testing and a whole host of matters. And no matter where you stand on the issue, make your voices heard by emailing the Oregon Health Authority regarding its proposed testing regulations at publichealth.rules@state.or.us.

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference kicks off the evening of April 27th with a VIP party that will include an appearance by Henry Rollins. All things Oregon marijuana industry related will be covered April 28th. Get you tickets now

Register-Guard Previews the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference

Henry Rollins OMBC

Cultural icon Henry Rollins is following up his keynote address at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco with a speech at the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) on April 28th in Eugene. The cannabis community is fortunate to have a prominent persona like Rollins, who doesn’t use marijuana himself, advocating for legalization.

As the Register-Guard reports, Rollins is urging cannabis entrepreneurs to think about people over profits:

The full-day program begins with entertainer Henry Rollins, who will take the stage as keynote speaker. Rollins is considered a Renaissance Man by many, noted for his gigs as actor, author, musician and spoken-word artist among others. “We’re really excited to have Henry’s energy to kick it off,” Rogers enthuses.

As host of the History Channel’s “10 Things You Don’t Know About …” Rollins did a show on cannabis and hemp several years ago. “I got a really interesting understanding” about the industry, Rollins admits in a recent phone interview. Rollins is not a cannabis user, but if he ever were to use it, he says “I don’t want to go to jail because if one day I get arthritis, I want access to this product that we find has a myriad of uses.”

More importantly, Rollins says, cannabis entrepreneurs have a responsibility to educate the public and to help potential users understand how cannabis, in its various forms, works. “Because to have cannabis legally sold in a state where it was illegal before, we’re making a cultural impact. If you’re only in it for the money, then you’re kind of part of the problem. You have to be cool, patient and realize that you have a responsibility to the history and to helping people.”

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference is a great opportunity for those in the cannabis industry or thinking of joining to learn the latest information and network with others in the business. In full disclosure, I do help produce the concert, but I am honestly proud to do so. It isn’t often that you get to hear a broader, outside-the-box message at a business conference like the one that Rollins will deliver (let alone, add on a VIP party with the man). Throw in the practical knowledge that the OMBC provides and the event truly is the must-attend event for the cannabis community.

This blog was originally published at Weed News and has been reposted here with special permission.

Leafly After-Party Caps Off the First Day of the ICBC

KRS-One

It was very fitting that the first day of the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin focused heavily on medical cannabis research as the German medicinal marijuana system just recently improved, paving the way for thousands of patients to utilize cannabis to improve their lives. It just made sense that the first day of the Berlin ICBC would be sponsored by Leafly, an international company that has done so much to educate and inform patients about various strains and dispensaries. Suffice to say, the after-party did not disappoint as hip hop MC legend KRS-One took the stage, along with the reggae-dancehall-hip phenom Rocker T.

The ICBC always strives to provide the best, up-to-date information, and the Berlin event was no different, featuring two of the top German medical marijuana doctors, Dr. Eva Milz and Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen, along with other preeminent researchers, extractors and consultants from around the world. In addition to the newest developments in science and business, ICBC events provide excellent opportunities for cannabis advocates and entrepreneurs to network and the Leafly-sponsored after-party definitely didn’t disappoint.

Leafly

Rocker T, who has performed at many ICBC events and at concert venues and parties, around the world, brought his positive message, getting the crowd hyped. KRS-One, for those that may now know, about this music icon, brings a socially conscious message to his music, peeling back the veil on government corruption and hypocrisy, to his prepared music, as well as his freestyle performances. Inspired by KRS-One, and urged on by Rocker T, ICBC founder Alex Rogers, known as Jahbhang to those familiar with his musical background, even joined in the freestyle fun.

Rocker T JahBhang

 

The Berlin ICBC has been a historic conference and such an epic event needs a great after-party and Leafly made sure that the party didn’t disappoint. Leafly, already known around the world as a leading resource for the cannabis community, will be implementing a German-specific site, Leafly.de in the near future, so Leafly has been the perfect partner for Europe’s first business-to-business cannabis industry conference.

KRS-One rocking the mic at the ICBC after-party, sponsored by Leafly. #ICBCberlin #hiphop #legend #arealmc

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Leafly has Unique Expansion Plans for the German Medical Marijuana System

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Leafly has Unique Expansion Plans for the German Medical Marijuana System

My favorite part of helping organize conferences like the International Cannabis Business Conference is learning from cutting edge activists, entrepreneurs and businesses from around the world. One of my biggest goals for the ICBC in Berlin, which has attendees from more than 35 countries in attendance, is highlighting the German medical cannabis provision that covers patients’ medicinal marijuana thru insurance coverage.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with Leafly’s Linn Baumgardt who was literally on her way to Berlin. Linn is speaking on Wednesday, April 12th, at noon on the ICBC’s Consumer and Tech Branding Panel. Leafly, of course, has been a leader in helping patients and consumers learn about cannabis strains and dispensaries around the world and it was a pleasure learning a bit more about the company’s plans for Germany.

Anthony Johnson: What is your position and duties with Leafly?

Linn Baumgardt: I’m the Director of Strategic Initiatives. I’m responsible for the expansion of Leafly into Germany, a burgeoning medical cannabis country that is helping the global movement to legalize medical cannabis in Europe, and around the world.

What are Leafly’s plans for the Germany expansion?

Leafly.com is available in every country. However, we will be launching Leafly.de in May 2017. Leafly.de will look and function differently from the US website, as there are currently no dispensaries in Germany.

Medical cannabis is a new topic to many Germans, and Leafly.de will serve as a competent and trustworthy informational resource for German speaking patients, doctors, pharmacists, and adults who are interested in learning more about the topic.

Germany’s plan is to start having medical cannabis covered by health insurance, do you think that this would be a good approach for other countries?

It will be interesting to see how this will be implemented by doctors and health insurers. Germany’s health insurers may cover medical cannabis prescriptions for the “seriously ill” as stated in the new law. Rather than creating a new legal category for cannabis (the way US states and Canada are doing it,) Germany is modifying their narcotics prescription medication law to include cannabis. If other countries go down the same path as Germany, it would make sense for them to look at what is working in the German system and adapt similar practices accordingly.

 Have you heard good feedback from patients and customers about Leafly’s services?

One of the reasons we are launching Leafly.de is that we are hearing of an overwhelming need for information from German patients, medical practitioners, media, and regulators. While there are activist groups in Germany that have been very passionate and vocal about the topic for a long time, for mainstream Germans this is new territory. We are very excited to launch Leafly.de and get feedback on what our site visitors like and what they would like us to add on and develop.

Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to meeting you and hearing more about Leafly’s innovative  expansion plan for Germany. 

Thank you, see you soon!

US Congressional Delegation Heads to Europe to Discuss Cannabis and Donald Trump

Dana Rohrabacher CPAC

The last few months has seen a flurry of activity with regard to congressional support for modifications to the laws governing medical marijuana in the United States of America. So much so that that a bipartisan US Congressional Delegation is heading to Europe next week to study the various drug policies and regulatory systems that are currently in place in several countries in Europe today. The trip caps off in Berlin at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC).

Germany has recently legalized medical marijuana and is expected to have an industry bigger than Canada’s within just a few years.  As Germany’s Cannabis Agency is being established, and other kinks in the new cannabis laws get ironed out, the visit from the representatives comes at an auspicious time. “We are more than excited to have the bipartisan delegation at our event,” says Alex Rogers, founder and producer of the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC). “Our goal is to connect and educate people in the industry, as well as help move cannabis policy forward in all of the places around the world we do our events”.

As part of a multi-country tour, Congressman Brian Higgins from New York and California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher will stop by the ICBC to answer questions regarding   cannabis laws and the new Trump administration, and discuss national and international drug policy. Congressman Rohrabacher, a former speechwriter to Ronald Reagan, will keynote the April 12 session. Representative Rohrabacher commented on the progress of marijuana law reform, “This is an exciting time for drug policy reform. I haven’t witnessed this scale of reform in the world since I worked with Ronald Reagan in 1987, when he uttered those famous words: ‘Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.’  Now, almost 30 years later, the Berlin Wall of medical marijuana prohibition is crumbling.”

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Don’t Miss MedCann Founder Pierre Debs at the ICBC in Berlin!

MedCann

MedCann founder Pierre Debs has a rather remarkable story about how he rose to the highest ranks of the medical cannabis industry in Germany. The European powerhouse’s medical law has emerged as a progressive beacon that is helping lead the way for the rest of the world in a number of areas, thanks to pioneers like Dr. Debs. I am really looking forward to meeting with Pierre at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin and am appreciative that he could set aside a few minutes to talk with me over Skype about his history with medical cannabis.

Pierre Debs’ tale with cannabis started with a family member’s bout with cancer.  Pierre delved into learning about medical cannabis, including the the human endocannabinoid system and the phytocannabinoids in the plant itself. Debs intensely focused upon his research and science, after leaving the lab in early  2015 he co-founded MedCann to help German patients acquire safe medical cannabis.

“It is fantastic that in Germany insurance companies will cover medical cannabis. What is even more fantastic is that the ruling conservative political party pushed the policy,” Debs told me.

MedCann was the first German company to import dried medical cannabis flowers from Canada, helping add to the momentum for international cooperation that Germany has fostered to implement its medical cannabis system. MedCann has been acquired by Canada’s Canopy Growth recently, and the German operation remains the same, they “just have a different owner.” Germany has recently expanded its medical cannabis program and will soon start licensing domestic production.

As someone born in the states, but living in Germany since 1999,  Pierre has a unique perspective on the medical policies in both Europe and the United States, noting that, “Each country is in its own process. The laws and restrictions in the United States have provided an opportunity for Europe to take the lead on medical cannabis research in many ways. But it hasn’t been easy in Germany, and we are making progress to get where we need to go. And we will. And so will the United States.”

With so much progress recently in Germany, it is easy to see that it is helping lead the way internationally. Hopefully, other nations will soon follow in Germany’s footsteps and cover medical cannabis with healthcare insurance. With researchers and dedicated minds like Pierre Debs forging a path that is normalizing and mainstreaming medicinal cannabis at a rapid pace, the world will be hearing from, and learning from, the German medical cannabis community in the months and years to come.

Join Pierre Debs and other great medical and business minds at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin, Germany, on April 10-12. This is a truly historic event that is expected to sell out, so get your tickets soon

This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission. 

Get Your ICBC Berlin Tickets by Midnight and Save!

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Attending Europe’s first B2B cannabis event is your dream, and Berlin, Germany is your destination! You have the chance to join like-minded entrepreneurs and activists from around the world and immerse yourself in cannabis culture, business and politics for the marijuana conference of the year.

The International Cannabis Business Conference is landing in Europe in just over three weeks, and TICKET PRICES GO UP AT MIDNIGHT! Do not delay! The event is expected to sell out, so there is no need to wait to secure your place at a truly historic, ground-breaking event designed to inform, engage and continue the worldwide momentum for cannabis legalization reforms.

Come see and hear what the buzz is about for this monumental meeting of internationally-recognized experts in all areas of the cannabis world. Join the likes of actor-comedian Tommy Chong, the German Hemp Association’s Georg Wurth, United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Harborside Health founder Steve D’Angelo, Magnolia Wellness’ Debby Goldsberry, NCIA director Aaron Smith, and “the Guru of Ganja” Ed Rosenthal, along with many, more! Find out the latest about Germany’s new medical marijuana program, how Berlin and several other localities are moving towards legalizing for all adults and what the future holds for the global cannabis trade.

Great progress is being made across Europe and the globe and the ICBC will have you up-to-date on the latest information that you need to know and will provide excellent networking opportunities for everyone in the industry, or thinking of joining. And, unlike many other conferences, the ICBC prides itself on keeping true to the foundations of the cannabis movement, keeping people out of prison and securing safe access for sick and disabled patients, so the event will also help empower activists politically so we can continue to dismantle the failed and harmful War on Cannabis country by country.

We want to see you there, so don’t wait any longer! Be part of the International Cannabis Business Conference this April 10-12 in Berlin, Germany! BUY YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS BEFORE MIDNIGHT tonight and SAVE $150!

This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission. 

Punk Rock Cultural Legend Henry Rollins Brings His Message to the ICBC

Henry Rollins

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) strives to provide the latest pertinent information on cannabis laws and our event in San Francisco is no different as we are proud to give the California cannabis community the latest on the upcoming new rules and regulations. Additionally, we do our best to provide an outside-the-box perspective and this year’s keynote with punk rock icon Henry Rollins definitely follows in that tradition.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Rollins regarding his positions on marijuana:

Q: So what message do you hope to carry to the canna-business people?

A: That legalization hopefully will be more to these people than a new financial frontier.

And while I don’t smoke marijuana, perhaps I’m one of the perfect people to speak at this thing. … This is bigger than your profit margin. This is bigger than making something legal. You are changing cultural perceptions of who uses cannabis.

To decriminalize something, a lot of the less-than-enviable forces of law enforcement do not have as much traction to demonize the poor guy, the nonwhite guy. And you can’t call these people “scum” or whatever.

Rollins has such a unique perspective on our culture and society and we are happy to bring his message to the cannabis community. Be sure to check out the full interview the Chronicle’s David Downs.

We are so pleased with our lineup for our San Francisco conference, and want to thank all of our speakers, attendees and exhibitors. Up next, is our Berlin, Germany, conference on April 10-12, so please stay tuned for more exciting news.

This blog was originally posted at www.internationalcbc.com and has been published here with special permission.

Opportunity to Question California’s Marijuana Czar at the next ICBC

Lori Ajax

The California cannabis industry will be undergoing a huge overhaul as the state develops and implements new regulations for the state’s medical and recreational systems. The cannabis community will hear a lot about proposed rules over the next year and, unfortunately, a ton of misinformation will filter through the grapevine since the “telephone game” can distort the message. Four other states have undergone similar regulatory upheavals, but each state is different and the Golden State has its own set of issues to address.

Thankfully, Californians will be able to hear directly from the state’s marijuana czar, Lori Ajax, at the upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco on February 17th.  Ajax, who previously served as chief deputy director at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, impressed medical cannabis pioneer Steve DeAngelo when she toured the Harborside dispensary and other industry professionals declared themselves cautiously optimistic about their new head regulator. The state’s head marijuana regulator will be joining many California cannabis industry experts as well as rock icon Henry Rollins and four-time NBA champion John Salley at the San Francisco event.

Most importantly, ICBC organizers plan on saving most of Ajax’s hour-long panel for questions and answers, giving attendees the opportunity to have their burning questions addressed. This unfiltered exchange should prove extremely valuable for entrepreneurs as they prepare their businesses for new regulations.

“We want to help conference attendees be as prepared as possible and bringing in the state’s cannabis czar is a great way to bring the most relevant and pertinent information directly to entrepreneurs and business owners,” stated Alex Rogers, lead producer of the ICBC.  “We are very excited to have Lori Ajax at the San Francisco ICBC and are thankful that she found the time to answer questions and address the concerns of the California cannabis community.”

The International Cannabis Business Conference will host its third event in San Francisco on February 17th at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Early bird tickets are available until February first at www.internationalcbc.com.

This blog was originally posted at www.internationalcbc.com and has been republished here with special permission.

German Parliament Greatly Improves Medical Cannabis Access

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Last Thursday, some seriously ill patients in Germany breathed a sigh of relief when lawmakers in the lower house of Germany’s Parliament unanimously approved a measure which would improve accessibility to medical cannabis.
The law will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for some serious illnesses without forcing patients to go through the current rigorous and complicated process, which requires patients receive special authorization to use cannabis as medicine. The law will also allow some costs to be refunded through health insurance. New procedures will go into effect in March.
Though the plant remains largely illegal, nearly five percent of German citizens use the plant.  A unanimous vote for medical cannabis signals a clear change regarding German’s attitudes toward the plant. One might expect that more changes regarding liberalization of the cannabis plant are on the horizon, though some politicians remain as cautious as ever, emphasizing the urgency of patients’ needs, The Cannabist covered:
Health Minister Hermann Groehe has stressed the move does not mean marijuana will be legal for non-medical purposes.
Groehe says: “Seriously ill people must be cared for in the best way possible” and that includes allowing the public health system to fund cannabis prescriptions for patients “if they cannot effectively be helped any other way.'”
Find out more about what’s happening with Germany’s emerging medical cannabis program and within other European countries this April 10th-12th, 2017 at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin. Buy your tickets today!
This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission.

Don’t Miss Four-Time NBA Champ John Salley at the ICBC in San Francisco

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Sports are huge in America, not only business-wise, but culturally. Sports were racially desegregated in America before the rest of our society. Athletes can have a profound impact upon our culture, we have seen this from numerous athletes, from Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali. It is very telling that more and more athletes, particularly former ones, are now speaking out about the need to improve our nation’s cannabis laws. Current athletes have their livelihood and careers at stake, so they need those like four-time NBA champion John Salley to speak out for them and Salley will be speaking out loud and clear at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco on February 17th!

Too often, cannabis users have been portrayed as lazy and unmotivated and athletes help shatter this ridiculous stereotype. Cannabis use didn’t stop Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt from becoming Olympic champions. In fact, the biggest detriment that marijuana seems to have on an athlete is getting arrested or failing a drug test. Salley, who is best known for his time on the Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” championship teams in 1989 and 1990, believes that his NBA career could have been prolonged if he had started using medical cannabis earlier.

John Salley joins the growing ranks of former athletes speaking out for cannabis law reform, including fellow former NBA star Clifford Robinson and former NFL pro bowlers Ricky Williams, Kyle Turley, Eugene Monroe and Mark Stepnoski. NBA champion (as a coach and player) Steve Kerr acknowledged his medical cannabis use as did coaching legend Phil Jackson. Hopefully, with more and more athletes speaking out, we’ll start to see sports leagues change their strict anti-cannabis policies.

It is great to have John Salley willing to speak out about his support for the cannabis community and industry and he joins rock icon Henry Rollins to make this year’s ICBC a unique, one-of-a-kind event that mixes together great business information and political activism. With California, the world’s 6th-largest economy legalizing cannabis, this year’s International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco is a must-attend event. Get your tickets now before prices go up on February 1st!

This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here  with special permission.

The California Cannabis Market Is How Big?

Grape Crush Marijuana

A new figure has been making the rounds that has ganjapreneurs and cannabis investors on the west coast sitting up in their seat. The number is $23.3 billion, and it’s the latest economic estimate on just how much cannabis stands to be produced in California now that plant is coming out of the proverbial closet of prohibition.

Where did this number come from?

Last week, The Orange County Register deduced data sourced from California Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Agency, Leafly.com, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and Priceofweed.com to estimate current marijuana market production and values. The paper came up with a huge figure – one which places marijuana at the top of the state’s crop production, and would account for more market activity than the next five agricultural commodities combined. (Milk, almonds, grapes, cattle, and lettuce in California account for $22.2 billion annually.)

Veteran drug policy expert Phillip Smith explains how the newspaper arrived at its conclusion, but suggests the number may be a little high:

“The newspaper extrapolated from seizures of pot plants, which have averaged more than two million a year in the state for the past five years, and, citing the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, used the common heuristic that seizures account for only 10 percent to 20 percent of drugs produced. That led it to an estimate of 13.2 million plants grown in the state in 2015 (with 2.6 million destroyed), based on the high-end 20 percent figure.

“It then assumed that each plant would produce one pound of pot at a market price of $1,765 a pound. Outdoor plans can produce much more than a pound, but indoor plants may only produce a few ounces, so the one-pound average figure is safely conservative.

“The $1,765 per pound farm gate price is probably optimistic, though, especially for outdoor grown marijuana, which fetches a lower price than indoor, and especially for large producers moving multi-dozen or—hundred pound loads.”

While the newest number estimating California’s entry into the legal adult cannabis market could be overstated, there is no doubt that marijuana is already the state’s biggest cash crop, and it’s only going to get bigger.

Find out more on February 17th at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Join industry pioneers, leaders, investors and entrepreneurs who are forging the path of this exciting new trade enterprise.

This blog was originally posted at www.internationalcbc.com and has been republished here with special permission. 

Don’t Miss Henry Rollins at the ICBC in San Francisco!

Henry Rollins
The upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco, will once again display revolutionary, unique thinking by featuring a keynote address by entertainment guru and internationally-famed rockstar Henry Rollins. The informative conference will take place for one day only on Friday, February 17th, but attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the Rollins and other conference speakers at a VIP event the evening of the 16th.

Rollins is an acclaimed American musician, actor, writer, and comedian. Rollins hosts a weekly broadcast on NPR affiliate KCRW in Los Angeles and is a regular contributor to LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia, and he follows on the heels of previous ICBC keynoters such as former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, author and blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan and travel guru Rick Steves.

Rollins is a true pioneer of contemporary American culture and a long-time human rights advocate, and is not shy about his feelings on cannabis. Rollins is known in political spaces for extensive work he has done to support gay rights and gay  marriage, and for his efforts to help exonerate the “West Memphis Three”, a group of three young men from West Memphis who many believe were wrongly accused of murder. Rollins has also done work with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization.

Regarding cannabis, Rollins has been forthcoming. Henry attended the first High Times Cannabis Cup to be held in an adult-legal US state – it was 4/20 in Denver in 2014. While many “insiders” of the cannabis world have a lot of opinions about where we are going, Rollins’ ability to look at the external elements of the situation is obvious.

From Rollins’ Westword article about his Cannabis Cup experience:

Damn, that was a great day. We arrived at “The Cup” a little before the 1100 hrs. opening. The line stretched around the parking lot. Thanks to a media pass, I was one of the first ones in. I stood facing the doors, watching people stream past me. Mostly young, white and very excited. Lots of happy noise. People yelled “Happy 4-20, Henry!” at me as they poured into the massive Denver Mart for day two of this epic event. I read on CNN.com that “tens of thousands of visitors — by some estimates 80,000 — [have] come to Denver to mark 4-20 (April 20), a date that’s emerged as a holiday among those steeped in cannabis culture.

That’s a lot of people, but that’s missing the point. I don’t think there is a “cannabis culture,” any more than there is a “tobacco culture.” Cannabis consumption is not a fringe-element interest. Some might like to think it is, but that’s just prejudicial bullshit, intended to prolong the myth that only deviants and other undesirables seek out the weed.

“Henry Rollins is a name recognized through countless and widely-varied circles of artists, scholars, and political animals of many stripes,” says Alex Rogers, lead producer of the ICBC. “Henry has continued to push himself forward and to the brink physically, intellectually, emotionally, and in terms of social awareness over the past several decades. He is an out-of-the-box thinker who has been way ahead of his time on many social justice issues.”

The International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco will arm attendees with important knowledge about the California cannabis industry and business in general. Keynote speaker Henry Rollins provides industry participants with a fresh, outside-the-box voice from someone who has been outspoken and unafraid of taking calculated risks to make the world a more enriched place to be. Tickets are expected to sell out, so don’t wait to get yours!

This blog originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission. 

Dutch to Increase Medical Marijuana Exports to Germany

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Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported earlier this month that exportation of medical cannabis from the Netherlands is looking very likely to increase due primarily to increases in demand fueled by the burgeoning market for medical marijuana in Germany. The Netherlands currently exports medical cannabis to Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Finland and Germany for medical use, scientific research, and importation and exportation of cannabis resins.
The English language news website Dutch News reports:
The current export limit is 100 kilos but this will soon be increased 350 kilos and go up again to 700 kilos in 2019, the Telegraaf said.
Until now, the production of medical marijuana has cost more than is reaped in sales but the increase in exports will generate cash for the treasury, the Telegraaf said.
Medical marijuana is not an official medicine in the Netherlands and is not included in the basic health insurance policy.
Obviously the Dutch have long been known as a major international destination of cannabis liberty, with their quasi-legal and highly tolerant policies regarding the plant. Indeed the Netherlands has been growing cannabis for medical purposes since 2001 through its Cannabis Bureau agency.
In the United States there are five categories, or schedules, in which regulated drugs are placed. Those drugs which fall into the “Schedule I” category are considered to have absolutely no medical value and are absolutely forbidden. Cannabis, along with a few other substances such as heroin and LSD, fall into this group. Unsurprisingly the Dutch take a much easier approach, in which drugs fall into two basic categories “hard drugs” and “soft drugs”. Recognizing that scientific research always yields new information, their policy allows for exemptions to be granted to certain agencies to study substances in the “hard drugs” category.
The country’s Cannabis Bureau has received such an exemption and through this government agency, oversees five licensed brands in the Dutch market, which are then sold in pharmacies. Those brands are all produced through one company called Bedrocan, working under contract for the Dutch Ministry of Health.
There is no doubt that things are moving forward at a rapid pace in Europe on the medical cannabis front. As the United States and world progress toward a legal international cannabis market, it will be interesting to see how the more capitalist-leaning United States will compete on the market with more long-established government-run programs.
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin, Germany, on April 10-12, 2017, will be the best place to begin to answer those questions. Cannabis experts from around the globe will be in attendance and creating the future of the marijuana world. You won’t want to miss it!
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Will Denver Be Replaced as America’s Marijuana Capital?

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Following Colorado’s brave leap into adult legalization in 2012, there is general agreement that Denver currently sits as the cannabis capital of the United States – and maybe the world. On the flip side, Northern California remains a stronghold of OG producers and activists in both licit and illicit markets, earning  The Emerald Triangle and the San Francisco Bay area a long-term international association with quality cannabis.
It’s hard to say which city may end up taking the crown, but with California and several other states coming online as the next big cannabis legalization state in the country, the fight is on to capture the title as the next new world cannabis capital. Los Angeles? Boston? Sacramento?
Adam Bierman is the founder of MedMen, a cannabis business consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Naturally, Adam predicts Los Angeles will emerge as the dominant global cannabis destination in a piece for CNBC
Los Angeles will emerge as the marijuana capital of the world. The financial industry has Wall Street, the tech industry has Silicon Valley, and the cannabis industry will soon have Los Angeles. No disrespect to Denver, but Los Angeles is about to come out of the shadows and steal the spotlight. 
By some estimates Los Angeles’s medical cannabis market is already worth close to $1 billion, larger than Colorado’s entire recreational market. Unfortunately, most of that business operates in the shadows today. But that is about to change. 
However, marijuana expert Troy Dayton CEO of The Arcview Group, a cannabis angel investment organization, argued in Masslive.com that the East Coast’s Boston could play a leading role as the next international cannabis destination. 
“Unlike other places where cannabis is legal, Boston is within driving distance of many of the most populous places in America,” Dayton said. ‘This will make Boston the cannabis capital of the world in short order. This cannabis tourism will drive significant revenue, tax dollars, and job growth which will make legalization very attractive to neighboring states.”
Still yet others see cannabis as another crop that should become normalized like other commodity products in the central valley region of California, which serves as the backbone of US agriculture both domestically and abroad From Reuters:
“The Sacramento region should be to cannabis what Detroit is to automobiles in terms of both a center of innovation as well as production,” said Daniel Conway, who left his job as chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson to become Truth Enterprises’ managing partner. “This region has the ability to be to cannabis what Sonoma and Napa are to wine.”
Centering some of that business in the Sacramento region would take advantage of the area’s proximity to farmland and agricultural processing facilities as well as such population hubs such as the San Francisco Bay Area and tourist destinations like Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley….
So what will be the next big cannabis capital of the world? The debate is on! Come join the argument this February 17 at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco, CA and find out! 
This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission.