U.S.A. Triathlon Embraces CBD – The New York Times

The sports industry’s embrace of cannabis products is continuing to evolve as U.S.A. Triathlon has become the first national governing body of an American sport to make a sponsorship deal with a company that sells products containing cannabidiol, or CBD.

CBD is a nonintoxicating compound that, like the intoxicating compound THC, is found in varying amounts in hemp, a legal cannabis plant. In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances. THC and scores of other cannabinoids remain on the banned list, but by removing CBD, WADA opened the door for elite athletes to use and endorse CBD products.

CBD’s benefits are said to include preventing pain and inflammation, relieving stress and anxiety and even aiding digestion. CBD products are available in several forms, including oils and lotions.

The financial terms of the four-year deal between U.S.A. Triathlon and Pure Spectrum, which is based in Colorado, were not disclosed. It came less than a year after Congress passed the Farm Bill, which legalized hemp. Growing the plant had been against federal law for many years. Since then, sports organizations have tiptoed toward CBD and its growing business. Much of the population knows little about CBD. There are some who still associate it with the more illicit uses of marijuana, which remains illegal at the federal level and in many states, even though it has been decriminalized in some.

U.S.A. Triathlon’s exclusive deal with Pure Spectrum will help the relatively small national governing body support growth of the sport while trying to keep fees for races and other costs associated with the triathlon at a reasonable level.

Membership in U.S.A. Triathlon declined about 25 percent from 2013 to 2018. Interest in the sport increased significantly after it became part of the Olympics in 2000, but has waned in recent years for a variety of reasons, though triathlon boosters say they have reversed some of those trends.

U.S.A. Triathlon has annual revenues of about $16 million. About $2 million, or roughly 12 to 15 percent, comes from sponsorships.

Athletes at every level — who are often some of the earliest adopters of anything that can help people feel better, recover from workouts or improve performance — have embraced CBD. Rocky Harris, chief executive of U.S.A. Triathlon, said the movement to embrace CBD among participants in the sport led his organization on a six-month endeavor to determine the actual risks and benefits of CBD and whether U.S.A. Triathlon could responsibly pursue making money through a sponsorship deal with a CBD company.

“We needed to be able to say if you use this product you will not fail a drug test,” Harris said.

U.S.A. Triathlon is not the only sports organization that has a relationship with a CBD company. The Ultimate Fighting Championship and CrossFit also do. However, the risk for a national governing body of an Olympic sport is higher because those organizations have to abide by all WADA regulations and submit to the most intense drug testing protocols. Privately controlled athletic organizations, such as the major American sports leagues, can choose to make up their own rules and drug policies.

Harris said U.S.A. Triathlon finally became comfortable with Pure Spectrum because the company controls the manufacturing process from the beginning and tests the products five times during production to make sure they do not have any THC. Pure Spectrum offer CBD as lotions, oils and tinctures. It stopped selling vape products last week because of rising health concerns.

Brady Bell, the company’s chief executive, said Pure Spectrum had targeted elite athletes and consumers with active lifestyles since its founding in 2015.

“I understand what these athletes go through on a daily basis, from the stress leading up to a competition, or training, the breakdown their bodies experience,” he said. “What better market to prove this on than on the most healthy and educated athletes?”

During the past year, a number of notable personalities from sports have established relationships with CBD companies or acknowledged experimenting with the products. They include Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors; John Isner, the tennis player; Bode Miller, the skier; and Bubba Watson, the golfer.

THC remains on the banned list because it meets at least two of the three criteria for prohibition — offering the potential for excessively enhancing performance, representing a health risk and violating the spirit of sport.

THC, as well as other compounds from cannabis, can decrease stress and anxiety, potentially improving performance. They can also be harmful to a person’s health, and they can be considered a violation of the so-called spirit of sport because cannabis is illegal in many places.

However, doping officials no longer test for cannabis out of competition and have raised the threshold for cannabis compounds that results in a violation. Also, it is listed among those recreational drugs that carry a lesser penalty.

Harris and Bell said they were confident that anyone who uses Pure Spectrum products would not test positive for THC.

“We have hundreds of athletes using our product and more than 1,000 members of the military,” Bell said. “We understand we are dealing with the livelihoods of these people.”

Harris said research he did ahead of the deal had allowed the federation to answer questions it received from triathletes at every level about CBD’s benefits and risks compared with other forms of medicine.

“Athletes prefer not to take prescription drugs,” Harris said. “They want organic and healthy. They want to find something more natural.”

Current State: Which Gourmet Cannabis Muse Fuels Creativity Best? – Forbes

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My current state

Warren Bobrow: iPhone XR

The Hall of Flowers, held twice per year in Santa Rosa, California acted as my muse bringing together the best and the brightest to my trained palate. But don’t take it from me directly, you simply must travel to California yourself and take the journey. As I found covering the craft spirits business and writing six books on the topic, there are different levels of good. A couple weeks ago I led a panel at the Berlin Bar Convent for Park Street University on Cannabis Cocktails. The consensus at the end of the panel was encouraging. High quality craft spirits manufacturers are genuinely intrigued by the combination of their excellent craft spirits and the addition of hemp based CBD. Unfortunately here in the USA, even the mere reference to THC is much more oblique. Through marketing, anything can be invented. Just look at the worm in Mezcal. If you ate one of these things please contact me. And if you drink rum based on the color of the liquid in that expensive bottle, you’ve been hoodwinked again. Most of what you pay extra for has been caramel colored. Oh gosh, why would they do that? Because there are no rules in rum! Rhum? Well that’s another story for another day. They have rules, but you are confused. I’m positive. No need for that in cannabis.

Outdoor and indoor grown cannabis in California has a massive responsibility to the cannabis smoking billionaire. Ok, I’ll make it easy for you, millionaire. These are the people who have more money than time. You know it’s true when you go to a dispensary and there are customers who spend more than you make in a month on delicious things. Since we are talking about high end cannabis instead of bottles of Barrell Bourbon you have to understand that the same energy that drives people to want the best bourbon in the world, also want the best cannabis they can find.

I’m not telling you that this list is the best. It just happens to be the ones that I’ve reached to for inspiration. To write my thoughts, to share those with the world, that is the true gift of an author. You can agree, or disagree. That’s ok. What I reach to for inspiration may not be to your taste. Just like Burgundy might not please your wine palate. I got that having sold and written about organic and Biodynamic wines. What I seek to do is raise the bar. That old bartending term which means, do better. I want to create a consciousness that is less sweet and more intellectual. The market demands it. My palate demands it too.

While in Berlin I smoked a few joints with my new friend Lucas. He had some amazing cannabis from Spain. When we split hairs over the best I’ve ever smoked, Spain is definitely on that list. Maybe it was being in Berlin while everyone else I know was back in the United States at work. Who knows what that really means. But cannabis is the driving force of my creativity. That is something that I do know.

A list of who and what is inspiring me, right now.

Casa Humboldt. With the rolling power failures plaguing California, it’s nice to know that Casa Humboldt is completely off the grid. Her Charlie Girl bemuses and beguiles in a way that shows me that the best is not necessarily grown in a plastic pot, surrounded by LED’s.

Brotherly Love Cannabis: Not Shown– I only had a joint left: Brotherly Love Cannabis from Humboldt. Biodynamic. juicy. Earth, pine, lemonade. Shaved cedar. The best people growing the best cannabis. ‘Nuff said.

Canndescent: Also not shown, because I smoked it, sorry. What do you get when you get indoor-grown, lovingly tended cannabis and you sell it to a crowd more accustomed to Hermes, than WalMart? You get the experience of 100% whole flower and effects over confusion.

Wonderbrett- I’ve never been so intrigued. Teach me more weedhopper. You have a student for life.

Josh D.- I hope you continue to make your parents proud of your success and your appreciation for the very best. You are certainly an artist in not so small ways.

Flow Kana: The finest outdoor grown cannabis, lovingly tended by passionate growers and artists alike. Small farms do grow better cannabis that speak a language not yet translated, but well on the way through consciousness. Like fine wine, cannabis needs to be propagated without added water (dry farming), cannabis also needs to be revealed as something just as pertinent as the finest organic/Biodynamic wines. The market demands the very best!

Stone Road: I found my stash of Stone Road prerolls yesterday. What joy it is to share these with those lucky enough to ask when. Grown organically with love means something to me. 1g. Sour Patch Infused With Biscotti Hash? Say the words Connecticut. Sure you can.

Highrize: Is it a play on words? Why to these tiny, .35 of a gram, hash and good old California cannabis and ice water hash have to do with anything really? That is strictly inside your own head my friend. Highly recommended because I wrote this little conundrum finely twisted on one.

Higgs: I think Miami Beach or Palm Springs every time that I reach for a Higgs pre-rolled joint. And not to be overtly marketing geared, their slim shape and jet black filter, etched with the word, Higgs in script does not go unnoticed. It reminds me of a mid-1970’s Benson and Hedges 100 cigarette. Very slim, very elegant. Right? You’ve got to see their old ads. Talent!

Island: They downplay the obvious cannabis elements on Island Mini’s. Sure they say cannabis, right on the front of the cleverly designed box. 100% Natural Cannabis, good show! But inside, they are perfectly formed little bundles of friendship. Just enjoy because there is enough for two, or three in a pinch. That little tangle of happiness pushes the pen of creativity.

Old Pal: When I was growing up in New Jersey, my late father smoked a Dunhill Pipe. No one thought about what damage a pipe could do to your body, but the overall gist of the memory was the folded leather pouch of pipe tobacco that held his cavendish tobacco. The design of Old Pal is reminiscent of this journey into my memories. On the outside the package of Old Pal reads, ready to roll. On the inside is found, attached to the lip of the pouch, a package of custom made glued rolling papers. They are good and thick, for beginners like myself. I really need more practice, but I’ve been saying that for over forty-five years! Old Pal is pre-ground to a perfect grind. There are even a couple of really nice nugs inside the pre-ground package, nice touch! (I noticed) as if to show that not all of it was ground up. And a half-ounce? I weighed it. It’s more. Also a nice touch. Thank you.

Sunrise Mountain: When you achieve something in life that is so different from the original path, that is called success. Thank you for inspiring me to raise the bar. I’m better now because of your inspiration on my behalf.

Brother David’s. Every time I wash my hands with Dr. Bronner’s, I’m called to task for a simple reason, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. From the first time I discovered this magical cleaning potion while a student at Emerson College, to the present day whenever natural and effervescent cleanliness is concerned, Dr. Bronner as a product, is a deeply spiritual inspiration. David Bronner is no exception to the rule of product inspiration. His Pineapple Punch, lovingly grown by Elysian Fields in Mendocino County is a moment into personal brilliance and rampant intellectualism. I’m a lucky person to be able to say that I’ve enjoyed these flowers and in turn they unlocked my doors of perception and intrigue found deep within myself.

That’s a Stay Maitri pipe that I’ve been enjoying for a couple years now. Great stuff. And all is being rolled on a StashTray.

Many women and health care providers assume CBD safe during pregnancy despite lack of research – EurekAlert

ORLANDO, Fla. – While most women of childbearing age understand drinking alcohol while pregnant is harmful, they may be less skeptical about the safety of cannabidiol (CBD), even though there is no evidence to support that belief, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

Researchers surveyed women 18-44 years old, physician anesthesiologists, certified nurse midwives and doulas (trained non-medical companions who support women during pregnancy and the birthing process) about CBD, alcohol and marijuana use during pregnancy. While only 9% of the women said they believed one drink of alcohol a week was safe, 29% thought topical CBD was safe. Physician anesthesiologists and certified nurse midwives were more skeptical (18% of physician anesthesiologists and 20% of certified nurse midwives thought it was safe), but doulas generally thought it was OK – 70% said they believed it was safe during pregnancy.

„We observed women and doulas using CBD lotions during pregnancy and labor to reduce nausea, anxiety and pain, although no studies have examined its benefits, no safety data exists, and its effects are largely unknown,” said Mark Zakowski, M.D., FASA, senior author of the study and chief of obstetrical anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. „That’s concerning because CBD may interact with commonly used anesthetics that might be needed during labor and delivery. And ongoing CBD use has shown the potential to act like a common class of antidepressants, SSRI inhibitors, which can adversely interact with other drugs.”

While CBD is a compound from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, it does not cause euphoria, or a „high.” However, CBD is unregulated and products have been found to have different potencies and potentially harmful contaminants, he said.

Online surveys were completed by 315 women of reproductive age, 113 physician anesthesiologists, 48 doulas and 9 certified nurse midwives, all of whom live or work in California.

Among women of childbearing age surveyed:

  • 66% have seen CBD for purchase.
  • 20% would consider using any form of CBD to reduce anxiety during pregnancy and 28% would consider using it during labor. Their attitudes towards using CBD for nausea and pain were similar.

Among providers surveyed:

  • 7% of physician anesthesiologists would consider using CBD to reduce anxiety in women during pregnancy or labor
    o 12% would consider it to reduce nausea during pregnancy and 8% during labor

    o 13% would consider it to reduce pain during pregnancy and 12% during labor

  • 42% of certified nurse midwives would consider using CBD to reduce anxiety in women during pregnancy and 33% would consider it during labor
  • 54% of doulas would consider using CBD to reduce anxiety in women during pregnancy and 44% would consider it during labor
  • 62% of physician anesthesiologists said they never ask pregnant women about topical CBD use and 57% said they never ask about it being taken orally

„Pregnant women and anyone having surgery or needing anesthesia should tell their physician anesthesiologist if they use CBD, or other herbal products, and physician anesthesiologists should ask their patients whether they use it,” said Dr. Zakowski. „Clearly we need more research to determine if CBD is safe for pregnant women.”



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Gov. Newsom disappoints cannabis industry on some bills – Los Angeles Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom led the campaign to legalize marijuana in California three years ago but has since angered some in the industry by refusing to allow pot in hospitals and outlawing its use on tour buses and in limousines.

Newsom took the action on tour buses and hospitals as he signed several other bills in the last few weeks that will ease pot restrictions, including measures waiving taxes on cannabis provided for free by charities to people with serious health problems and allowing parents to provide medical marijuana products such as oils, creams and pills to their sick children on K-12 school campuses.

This was Newsom’s first chance to act on cannabis laws since he led the 2016 campaign for Proposition 64, which legalized the growing and sale of marijuana for recreational use. By the Oct. 13 deadline for acting on bills for the year, Newsom used his pen to sign or veto more than a dozen pieces of marijuana-related legislation.

“The 2019 legislative session has been a mixed bag for the cannabis industry, but with priority bills signed by the governor in the final hours, the industry is optimistic about future partnership with the administration,” said Lindsay Robinson, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn.


Newsom’s approval of the bill prohibiting the smoking or ingestion of cannabis in buses, taxis and limousines was supported by law enforcement groups including the California Narcotic Officers’ Assn., which argued that the smoke from passengers could affect bus and limo drivers who then would endanger people on California’s roads.

“The problem was the driver was put in a position where he or she could be impaired by people using cannabis, and that creates a serious safety issue,” said John Lovell, legislative counsel for the narcotic officers group.

However, the measure was blasted by members of the burgeoning marijuana tourism industry, including Bryan Spatz, chief executive of Loopr, which offers cannabis tours in California and Colorado.

“Shutting down the industry entirely, instead of working towards a reasonable compromise that had already been laid out, is a slap in the face to the small-business people who have invested their livelihoods in this industry,” Spatz said.


Legislators say the ban will give the California Highway Patrol and other traffic safety experts time to develop standards for separating the driver’s compartment, including its air circulation system, from the back of tour buses.

“We are already in L.A. operating, but because of this measure we are considering all options, including pulling up stakes and moving out of California until a reasonable compromise can be reached,” Spatz said.

Other cannabis supporters were disappointed Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed dying patients to use smokeless forms of medical marijuana in hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and hospices.

Ken Sobel, an attorney for the Cannabis Nurses Network, sent a letter to the governor criticizing his rejection of the bill. “Your veto simply rewards big pharma and the medical industrial complex allowing them to use opioids as the sole source of pain relief for dying mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers,” Sobel wrote.

The governor said in his veto message that he was acting “begrudgingly” in keeping the measure from becoming law, citing the conflict with federal law, under which marijuana remains an illegal drug. He said it could jeopardize federal reimbursement to hospitals for healthcare costs.

“Patients who are hospitalized and facing the end of their days should be provided with relief, compassion and dignity,” Newsom wrote. “It is inconceivable that the federal government continues to regard cannabis as having no medicinal value.”

But, he added, “this bill would create significant conflicts between federal and state law that cannot be taken lightly.”

Jim Bartel, who campaigned for the law after his son died of pancreatic cancer, disputed the governor’s concerns, saying the bill was written to allow hospitals to opt out if a federal regulatory agency forbids cannabis use.


Sobel said it is unlikely the federal government would seek to withhold reimbursements and noted California has challenged federal policy in the past with so-called sanctuary cities and setting its own vehicle efficiency standards.

State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), the bill’s author, noted that similar laws have been adopted in New York, Connecticut and Maine. “I don’t see why we can’t achieve the same in California,” Hueso said in response to the veto.

Newsom signed a bill setting steeper fines for licensed and unlicensed pot firms that violate state law, which was a significant act, according to Javier Montes, vice president of the United Cannabis Business Assn. The group has complained that illicit sellers were not facing stiff enough penalties.

Jeannette Zanipatin, the state director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said the most significant new law signed by Newsom will waive fees for cannabis firms formed by people from disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

“We really wanted to emphasize the need to ensure that communities that were overpoliced, folks with prior convictions, are able to take part in this industry,” Zanipatin said.

As for Newsom’s balking at other expansions of cannabis use, Zanipatin said, more work needs to be done on scientific research and public education to build support for some policies. “He’s sort of taking a somewhat cautious approach, but in a good way,” she said.

Lawmakers shelved a bill for the year that would have allowed the state to license banks to handle money from marijuana businesses after the governor’s office raised concerns about how it would work and the author decided to provide more time to work on answers, one official said.

Those surprised by Newsom’s level of caution on some pot bills include Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization.


“For someone that we might have expected to earn an F on marijuana policy, this gives him a D,” Sabet said. “I think when it came to such extreme issues as marijuana in hospitals and tour buses, he knew there would be local pushback.”

Cannabis offers help for Hebrew Home residents – The Riverdale Press


Zelda Fassler isn’t going quietly into that good night. She’s living out her golden years on her own terms.

Some of that includes keeping her mind sharp and joints limber as an active member of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. It also includes partaking in a ground-breaking treatment using an unorthodox substance she’d never let her kids try when they were younger.

“Goodness, if I thought my children were taking marijuana in the ‘60s, I would have died,” the 87-year-old said.

But Fassler is one of several participants in the home’s medical cannabis program. And she’s had good results. The little green canister of liquid contains a carefully balanced mix of CBD — common in creams and other personal care products — and THC, the chemical that produces the high most people associate with recreational marijuana.

Like most medical cannabis, what Fassler takes can’t get you high. But that doesn’t stop people from hoping.

“People still ask for just a little hit of it,” she said. “It’s an oil. I ask, ‘Do you want a syringe?’”

Leading the pack

The Hebrew Home has long pioneered individualized care within an institution. It was among the first nursing homes in the country to have a sexual expression and intimacy policy, because the home’s leaders understood even when there’s snow on the roof, there’s still a fire in the chimney.

It’s also established the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice, which shelters victims of elder abuse. The center provides several levels of assistance to men and women victimized by caretakers or others.

And in 2016, Reingold took a bold but innovative step as soon as the state’s medical marijuana legislation was signed into law. Much like voting or access to the postal service, nursing homes should allow and encourage residents to exercise their rights.

“So if a resident wants to use medical cannabis, it’s not just a matter of we’re going to let them or not let them,” he said. “We have an affirmative obligation to ensure that they get to exercise their rights as citizens of New York.”

Reingold saw first hand how cannabis, used as a medical treatment, could radically improve quality of life for the sick and dying.  About 20 years ago, Reingold’s father was dying of cancer.

“He was in terrible, terrible pain, and there was nothing, no pain management protocols in place at the time,” he said. “I had read about cannabis being something that could be helpful.”

He got his hands on some marijuana, brewed it into a tea, and introduced it to his dad as a health food store remedy.

“And the last two weeks of his life before he died, it was truly miraculous,” Reingold said. “His appetite was restored, his whole mood was elevated. I mean, he was stoned.”

How to make cannabis work

Even before the ink of the governor’s signature was dry, Reingold had medical director Zachary Palace in his office working on how to make medical cannabis an official Hebrew Home policy.

Using cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions isn’t new. Those suffering with chronic pain have used it for years as an alternative to addictive opioids. There’s promising data showing it can treat certain types of seizures. New York became the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis.

“Despite that, when I was inquiring with colleagues in other states about how they were using medical cannabis in other nursing homes, basically everyone I spoke with had nothing to say,” Palace said. “They said, ‘We don’t do that. We don’t allow that. That’s Schedule 1 and we don’t go there.’”

While state laws permit restricted usage, cannabis is still considered an illegal drug at the federal level. Most skilled nursing facilities are part of federal medical programs like Medicaid. Few are eager to do anything that could jeopardize their participation.

There’s also not a lot of data about the medical benefit of cannabis, mostly because American researchers don’t want the trouble that could come from administering a Schedule 1 substance.

So making the Hebrew Home’s program took plenty of thought, research and planning. Palace and Reingold did a lot of legal and medical research. Before Palace would recommend it to his patients, he needed to find enough evidence showing there’s a tangible benefit, and that it’d be safe for older folks to take.

Reingold thought up a policy that would allow residents to be referred for a medical cannabis prescription, but also kept the home safe from any legal ramifications.

The Hebrew Home physicians can recommend medical cannabis to treat state-restricted symptoms, but that’s where its influence ends. Residents must pay for it themselves, self-administer it, and keep it in double-locked strongboxes in their rooms.

Reingold and Palace formed a medical committee to weigh in on the proposal. After presenting the idea, the committee was unanimously in favor, Reingold said. They then pitched it to the board of directors, who were similarly enthused about it.

“Their one concern was that they were afraid the food budget might go up,” Reingold said.

Not what you think

But don’t assume that medical cannabis means Hebrew Home residents are rolling joints and lighting up in the halls. It’s a no smoking facility — and that includes e-cigarettes.

Instead, most participating residents down a carefully measured, carefully calibrated pharmaceutical-grade cannabis extract. The medical staff knows exactly how many milligrams of THC and CBD patients are getting in each dose, Palace said. That allows them to adjust either chemical to optimize the beneficial effects.

There’s not been any controversy or pushback from residents and families. That’s due, Palace said, to a thorough education about what medical cannabis is and how it affects the brain.

Once potential patients learn it’s not about getting high but treating symptoms without potentially harmful substances like opioids, more are willing to give cannabis a shot.

Fassler, herself was on several medications. Some were things like vitamins, but the majority were for pain.

“And they were pretty powerful medications, too,” Fassler added.

When pain reaches a certain level, the sufferer is desperate for even a little relief. Palace’s recommendation was enough to overcome any hesitation she felt about cannabis due to its recreational reputation.

Fortunately, it works well for her. It doesn’t take all the pain away, and she’s still on more traditional pain medications. But she takes fewer pills now, and without their negative affects, Hebrew Home staff said she’s more outgoing and participates in more activities.

“And I don’t get high,” Fassler said, with mock disappointment. “I wouldn’t mind it, from what I hear.”

Attorney-General Christian Porter warns ACT residents cannabis possession is still against the law – ABC News

Posted October 20, 2019 11:50:18

Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has written to the ACT Government to warn the territory’s new cannabis laws do not provide the legal protections it aimed to achieve.

Key points:

  • The ACT Parliament passed changes that legalised the possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis per person
  • But Attorney-General Christian Porter said the ACT laws did not provide a defence to federal laws that criminalise this possession
  • He has advised the territory that it is still against the law to possess cannabis in the ACT

The new laws passed last month, allowing for the possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.

„Their law has not done what they think it does, which is provide some kind of defence or out for people who would be possessing cannabis in the ACT, it doesn’t do that,” Mr Porter told the ABC’s Insiders program.

„They’ve not achieved what it is I think that they set out to achieve, legally.”

The changes legalise the possession up to 50 grams per person and a maximum of four plants per ACT household.

The legislation conflicts directly with Commonwealth laws prohibiting the possession of cannabis.

Mr Porter made the conclusion after his office last week saw the full details of the changes.

„The Commonwealth law that criminalises possession of cannabis in amounts under 50 grams is still valid law in the ACT,” Mr Porter said.

„The ACT laws removed the criminal component at a Territory level but didn’t establish anything that is a positive right to possess, which means there’s no defence to the Commonwealth law that criminalises amounts under 50 grams.

„So my advice and the advice that I’ve provided to the ACT Attorney-General is that it is still against the law of the Commonwealth to possess cannabis in the ACT.”

On Sunday, Mr Porter wrote to his ACT counterpart Gordon Ramsay to express his warning.

„I would expect that ACT Policing will continue to enforce ACT and Commonwealth drug laws in accordance with their processes and procedures for investigating suspected breaches of criminal laws,” Mr Porter wrote.

The new laws will come into effect early next year and have been the subject of much criticism from senior federal ministers.

Last week Mr Ramsay warned Mr Porter against any challenge to the legislation.

„The Act has been passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly as a self-governing body with the authority to make laws for people of the ACT,” Mr Ramsay wrote.

„I reiterate my previous advice that this legislation expresses the will of the ACT people and convey my deep concern should the Commonwealth seek in any way to overrule and intervene in the democratic processes of the ACT.”

The ACT Government has been contacted for comment.

Topics: drugs-and-substance-abuse, community-and-society, drug-use, federal—state-issues, states-and-territories, federal-government, government-and-politics, health, law-crime-and-justice, drug-offences, australia, act

Cannabis Makes Carpinteria Stink – Santa Barbara Independent

We can’t help noticing that you’ve set up a Cannabis Corner in the Independent, prompting a  few questions:

Is this a weekly feature to promote the marijuana industry and its products?

Will it be dedicated to just the Pros (and no Cons) about cannabis but not its myriad negative impacts to the county?

Which gives rise to the question: Is the cannabis industry assuming a financial interest to publish this feature?

We ask because we both live in Carpinteria, one of us near Summerland border and the other near Highway 150 — and it stinks from one end of the Carpinteria Valley to the other.  Try driving by Santa Claus Lane or near Carpinteria High School with your windows open one evening.

But no one from the Independent has bothered to interview people like us or quote someone from our community. Nor from Santa Ynez’s equally negatively impacted community, as well as impacted areas in all five districts in the county.

Maybe ask us how many people we know who have respiratory issues?

Or talk to the workers in greenhouses when they return home and try to wash the  odors out of their clothes?

Or the all-too-often harassment of those who speak out by agents of marijuana growers.

At a recent Carpinteria School Board meeting, we saw a reporter  from the Los Angeles Times taking notes and conducting interviews, but no one from the Independent.

To date, it has been the national media (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times etc.) that pays any attention to the county’s extraordinary grass-roots resistance — and has taken note to what can reasonably be called The Cannabis Coup of Santa Barbara County.

We understand that the cannabis growers can likely contribute much-needed advertising revenue.

But how about the lives and efforts of thousands of county residents, avocado growers, and vintners who have given their hearts, time, and wallets to protect the health and safety of  schools, preexisting industries, children, and residents?

Do we also count at your paper?

P.S. It was a very smelly morning at the polo fields today!

Lionel Neff is a member of Friends of Shepard Mesa.

Editors Reply: Cannabis Corner covers products, people, and trends of what is now a legal and extremely popular product. It is not a news column; Indy reporters have covered cannabis, odors, and Carpinteria extensively.

What Can The End Of Alcohol Prohibition Teach Cannabis Entrepreneurs? – The Advocate

As the United States crawls slowly toward the end of the cannabis ban, the end of alcohol prohibition may provide a roadmap for entrepreneurs.

Nearly 100 years ago, Congress passed a law banning the sale and import of alcohol in the U.S. People who had been drinking all their lives didn’t simply quit, as those pushing for the law had hoped. That led to a spike in organized crime, speakeasies and homemade liquor. Thirteen years later, Congress ended the failed experiment by repealing prohibition in 1933.

Cannabis and its byproducts have faced a much longer road. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a few states placed restrictions on the sale and use of cannabis products. After the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, cannabis became de facto illegal in the United States. Successive laws, such as mandatory sentencing requirements, reinforced that position.

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Prohibition’s Clues For Cannabis

Americans’ relationship with marijuana has come a long way since the days of “reefer madness.” Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans in late 2018 advocated for legalization, up from 16 percent in the 1990s and 32 percent in the 2000s.

Several states now allow businesses to sell cannabis products legally. Federal legal reform could occur within the next few years, which means companies looking to get ahead of the cannabis craze need to know what to expect.

Still, as Oregon startups learned, cannabis products don’t sell themselves. The post-Prohibition 1930s showed that markets take time to adjust. Whether you’re already in the industry or plan on joining it, be sure to:

1. Prioritize Education

At the end of Prohibition, a generation of people who had been told alcohol was an illegal poison suddenly found themselves able to buy it at supermarkets. Some reacted recklessly, drinking too much and at inappropriate times, while others’ worries kept them from purchasing it at all.

Create a stable customer base by emphasizing education, even for non-psychoactive products. Hawke Media, a marketing agency that works with CBD brands, suggests appointing a chief education officer. This executive’s role should span marketing and product development, using content and packaging to describe the drug’s effects, how to consume it, when to take it and more.

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Just as importantly, the chief education officer should ensure compliance with federal and state regulations that prohibit cannabis companies from making medical claims. Despite the fact that people use CBD and cannabis medicinally, there isn’t enough research available yet to sell them as solutions for particular conditions. Be cautious with your phrasings to stay on the right side of the law, especially as that law evolves.

2. Skip Traditional Marketing Strategies

Even after Prohibition ended, most alcohol companies followed a semi-voluntary advertising ban until the 1990s. Long barred from advertising on television and radio, the internet gave alcohol companies a new form of media to explore. Shortly thereafter, Seagram opted to break the longstanding arrangement, and the rest of the industry followed along.

Although a similar relaxing of restrictions may be coming for cannabis companies, entrepreneurs in the space shouldn’t count on traditional media. Because the drug is in a legal gray area, many digital and print platforms opt to avoid the controversy entirely.

Bypass advertising bans by exploring alternative channels. Invest in tactics that promote positive word of mouth, such as influencer, email and social media marketing. Not only does getting your fans to do your marketing for you save money, but it means you don’t have to worry about where the line is with each media outlet.

3. Welcome New Audiences

Young people may be the poster children for legalization, but Millennials aren’t the only ones interested in cannabis. Other market segments, including aging Boomers, are curious about whether cannabis derivatives like CBD can alleviate their aches and pains.

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A recent Cision study that reviewed social media content about CBD suggested its audience may range from working professionals to cancer patients. More than 280,000 posts mentioned pain management, including joint pain, inflammation and chronic cancer-related pain. About 250,000 spoke to CBD’s effects on mental health issues like anxiety, depression and insomnia.

By the end of Prohibition, campaigns against alcohol use had painted drinkers in a poor light. People who’d only been exposed to anti-alcohol content would not have believed safe, moderate drinking to be possible. Cannabis products face the same battle, so be ready to combat stigmas and embrace skeptics.

Research, regulations and consumer sentiments move more quickly today than they did in the 1930s. When federal regulators finally give cannabis the green light, get ahead by applying these lessons from Prohibition’s aftermath.

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Matt Every Reveals Cannabis Use Was the Reason for 3-Month PGA Tour Suspension – Bleacher Report

BLAINE, MINNESOTA - JULY 04: Matt Every of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities on July 04, 2019 in Blaine, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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The PGA Tour announced Friday that Matt Every has been suspended three months for violating the conduct policy on drugs of abuse.

According to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), Every said the suspension was a result of prescription cannabis: „To be clear, I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse and a drug that I have a legal prescription for in the state of Florida.”

Every added that he uses cannabis to aid his mental health:

„For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment. With that being said, I have no choice but to accept this suspension and move on. I knew what WADA’s policy was and I violated it. I don’t agree with it for many reasons, mainly for my overall well-being, but I’m excited for what lies ahead in my life and career.”

Every was arrested in 2010 for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance when the police were called because of a strong marijuana odor emanating from his room at a casino hotel in Iowa.

The 35-year-old Every is the seventh player to be suspended under the PGA Tour’s policy against drugs of abuse.

Every, who has been a pro since 2006, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and a one-time winner on the Nationwide Tour. He won the Nationwide Tour Championship in 2009 and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015.

He has also competed in each of the four major tournaments multiple times, with his best finish coming at the 2005 U.S. Open, when he tied for 28th and finished as the low amateur.

Because of the suspension, Every will be ineligible to play in the Bermuda Championship, the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico and the RSM Classic at Sea Island. He will be eligible to return Jan. 7.