CCMA Greenbrief October 17: State Water Board to Discuss Cannabis Cultivation Water Rights… Captives Could Solve Cannabis Insurance… Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Says Cannabis Should be Fully Legalized, Not Decriminalized…


Political greenBrief
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
 “We understand that not every community needs or wants dispensaries, or other cannabis activities, but every community has medical marijuana patients who deserve safe and private access at their homes or businesses.”
Elizabeth Wilhelm, President Of The San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance
“My goal is to come up with any way I can to affect these ‘pot lifers.’ They’re prisoners, dealing with people who are rapists, child molesters, murderers and they see them come and go while they stay [in prison] with this stigma around pot.”
Deedee Kirkwood, Activist Who Writes Letters To Prisoners Locked Up For Life On Marijuana Charges
Tuesday, State Water Board To Decide Water Policy For Cannabis (CA – Cannabis Policy)
Redheaded Blackbelt (October 16, 2017) California continues to move forward with the legalization of cannabis cultivation. Regulation of water use and of water quality are key aspects of this process. This Tuesday the 17th of October, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) agenda deals predominately with cannabis cultivation issues.
California Releases A Comprehensive Checklist For Cannabis Growers Ahead Of Licensing (CA – Cannabis Licensing)
Merry Jane (October 16, 2017) With summer already a distant memory and winter quickly approaching, California’s cannabis growers are preparing for a monumental shift. After more than two decades under Proposition 215’s loosely regulated medical program, recreational legalization is bringing a new set of rules and procedures for both sides of the Golden State’s legal weed industry at the beginning of 2018, giving the sector less than 100 days of preparation to sort out permits and allowances from a variety of regulatory agencies.
Sheriff Sting Of Marijuana Delivery Services In Santee Draws Complaint, Calls For Reforms From Medical Cannabis Advocates (CA – Medical Cannabis)
East County Magazine (October 15, 2017) On October 12th, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department targeted medical marijuana delivery services in a sting operation.  Six arrests were made, including one driver who was a registered sex offender, the Sheriff’s department reports. The Santee station’s COPPS unit ordered purchases through online sources using delivery drivers within Santee’s city limits, a violation of the city’s municipal code.
The Growing Cannabis Industry And Captive Insurance (CA – Cannabis Industry)
Insurance Journal (October 16, 2017) Across America, the tides are turning in favor of the cannabis industry. While the federal government continues its policy of prohibition, most U.S. states have legalized cannabis to some extent. This rapid shift has created an explosion of revenue in the cannabis sector. Publicly released tax revenue data from the states of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon demonstrate that the industry is growing exponentially.
MassRoots Prepares For California Recreational Cannabis Implementation As Cannaregs Closes Multiple Commercial Contracts (CA – Recreational Cannabis)
Markets Insider (October 16, 2017) MassRoots, Inc., one of the leading technology platforms for the cannabis industry, announced today that CannaRegs, Inc., has secured commercial contracts with 153 Californian law firms, dispensaries, grow facilities and private businesses.  MassRoots recently entered into definitive agreements to acquire CannaRegs, Inc.
North American Cannabis Holdings Inc Firms In New Plan To Refocus Legal Marijuana Business (CA – Cannabis Industry)
MMJ Reporter (October 16, 2017) In America, the recreational marijuana business is taking shape. Following the move to legalize recreational marijuana in some form across twenty-nine states, the entrepreneurial instincts of firms dealing with marijuana are now in overdrive. Two mainstream firms, North American Cannabis Holdings Inc and Puration Inc have today released details of their strategic plan to refocus the recreational marijuana business.
Fire At Suspected Honey-Oil Lab Shoots Fireworks Skyward (CA – Cannabis Industry)
U.S. News (October 16, 2017) Authorities say a fire at a suspected California cannabis honey-oil lab injured a man and sent fireworks shooting into the surrounding neighborhood, causing the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to deploy its bomb squad to the scene. The Orange County Register reports Orange County firefighters responded to a call Sunday afternoon in Yorba Linda and discovered a backyard shed on fire.
In Search Of A Greener Future For The Weed Industry (CA – Cannabis Industry)
Pacific Standard (October 16, 2017) It’s hard to get a word in with Derek Smith. He’s winding through the crowd, shaking hands and nodding hellos across the locker-lined corridors of Revolution Hall, a hulking high school auditorium-turned-venue in Portland, Oregon. At one point, Smith stops to chat with John Plummer, the owner of Bull Run Craft Cannabis—a wiry man wearing a trucker hat and a powder-blue suit jacket over a T-shirt that reads CORP WEED SUCKS.
This Activist Writes Letters To Prisoners Locked Up For Life On Marijuana Charges (CA – Cannabis Industry)
LA Weekly (October 16, 2017) Deedee Kirkwood has been smoking pot for 50 years. In all that time, she could’ve been busted — after all, California only legalized medical marijuana 21 years ago, and only in recent history have cops finally begun to leave some pot smokers alone.
Treating Autism With Cannabis Now Has Scientific Support (USA – Medical Cannabis)
Civilized (October 16, 2017) New research suggests that the cannabis-extract cannabidiol could help treat autism. Autism is challenging to treat pharmacologically because there’s no single cause. Autism can be caused by genetic factors, environmental factors (e.g., pesticide exposure) or a combination of both. Depending on the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms ranges across a spectrum, thus leading to the classification of autism as a spectrum disorder.
Prohibition ‘Has Done More Damage To Public Health Than Marijuana Has,’ Says Former Surgeon General (USA – Cannabis Industry)
Civilized (October 16, 2017) Marijuana prohibition is more harmful marijuana itself, according to former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, America’s top doctor during the Clinton administration.  “The war on marijuana exacerbates poverty, which is strongly correlated with — among other problems — reduced access to health care,” Elders argued in an article that will be published in next month’s Journal of Public Health. “The unjust prohibition of marijuana has done more damage to public health than has marijuana itself,” she added.
Legal Marijuana Is Saving Lives In Colorado, Study Finds (CO – Medical Cannabis)
The Washington Post(October 16, 2017) Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.
KIND Financial Launches First ‘Seed-To-Payment’ System In Canada (Int. – Cannabis Industry)
Ganjapreneur (October 16, 2017) KIND Financial has rolled out the cannabis industry’s first-ever “seed-to-payment” system in Canada, which will allow users to track the complete lifecycle of a plant from seed to payment, including granting users access to bank accounts and credit card processing. The e-commerce platform also allows companies to explore international trade options without worrying about foreign relations and security and is designed to work with multiple currencies and languages.