THE ROLE OF MARIJUANA IN TYPE 2 DIABETES

Wednesday , October 29th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

MARIJUANA AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

Marijuana has been controversially used in the treatment of numerous illnesses. The list of demonstrated benefits may experience an addition very soon since researchers have revealed compounds present in marijuana that might aid in controlling metabolic ailments, or to be precise, Type 2 Diabetes.

The question presently at hand is whether marijuana has a role in weight loss.

Scientists in southern England are secretly growing marijuana vegetation using GW Medicines, bred to yield diverse volumes of cannabinoids, which are elements extracted from the plants. Cannabinoids are substances that trigger cannabinoid receptors in the human body, which in turn might have an effect on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal activity, bones and overall pain management.

GW Pharmaceuticals has presently manufactured a drug from cannabinoid that is called Sativex (an oromucosal spray that eases cancerous pain as well as treating signs of manifold neuropathic pain and sclerosis). Researchers announced a discovery of two substances, THCV and cannabidiol, found in the leaves of marijuana that can intensify the quantity of calories your body burns.

This discovery demonstrates that these particular two constituents can be used to treat Type 2 Diabetes in animals. Consequently, it opens possibilities for drugs that can treat metabolic disorders which are an amalgamation of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, which escalate a person’s opportunity of suffering a heart ailment or a stroke.

Both cannabidiol and THCV has been shown to help with levels of fat and how your body reacts to insulin. Precisely, researchers discovered that THCV augmented sensitivity to insulin in animals by guarding the cells that manufacture insulin.

Possible negative effects of marijuana:

As much as we are investigating the effect of marijuana on diabetes, let’s not forget to focus on its possible negative effects on the human body. Studies have shown that cannabis has a numerous effect on blood glucose regulation depending on dosage. These include:

  • Concentration and memory related complications which may affect glycaemia control.
  • High appetite and a thirst for sweet and fatty foodstuff that subsequently may result in hyperglycemia (unusual high levels of blood sugar).
  • Compromised tolerance to glucose and hyperglycemia when used heavily.

Potential benefits of marijuana:

Researchers have found significant health benefits of cannabis in regards to diabetics. These include:

  • It can stabilize blood sugar level.
  • It can suppress arterial inflammation regularly experienced by diabetics which leads to a cardiovascular ailment.
  • It can prevent nerve irritation and ease neuropathy pain in diabetics by stimulating brain and body receptors.
  • It can lower blood pressure that can aid in reducing the danger of a heart disease and further complications.
  • It can assist in keeping blood vessels open and advance blood circulation.
  • It plays a vital role in easing muscle contractions and gastrointestinal (GI) syndromes.
  • Finally, it can be of use in the manufacture of topical ointments that can get rid of neuropathic pain and itchy feeling in the feet and hand as well.

Marijuana elements have also been related to a reduction in intra-ocular pressure (fluid pressure in the eye) in people ailing from glaucoma. An eye sickness instigated by disorders that sternly limit blood flow into the eye, such as severe retinopathy diabetes.

The main focus to this project is on diabetes, since this ailment is so prevalent, and a national insurance number is necessary in effectively managing diabetes.

Marijuana and its constituents present an extensive range of medicinal possibilities. Hopefully, these discoveries will give way to an effective cure to this ailments associated with obesity such as Type 2 Diabetes

 

 

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CANNABIS BUSINESS SUMMIT EVENTS

Monday , October 6th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

10% OFF YOUR CANNABIS BUSINESS SUMMIT REGISTRATION

The National Cannabis Industry Association is proud to present the first annual Cannabis Business Summit, a series of events which offer cannabis business leaders a national stage to discuss best practices and business developments from around the industry.National Cannabis Industry Association Logo

NCIA is pleased to offer readers of Smoking with Style an exclusive discount at any of the upcoming four events. Simply enter the code TDSWS10 to receive 10% off registration.

These events will provide essential educational and networking opportunities, making it a must for any cannabis industry professional. Visit them online, and register at http://cannabisbusinesssummit.com/.

Our upcoming events include:

Infused Product And Extraction Symposium: Denver CO October 27-29, 2014
The infused and extracted product revolution is sweeping the nation. Industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and newcomers will gather to learn and discuss best practices and cutting edge technologies surrounding this movement.

Cannabis Tax and Law Symposium: San Diego, CA January 14-15, 2015
This two day conference will educate Accountants, Lawyers and business owners about the complexities of the doing business in the cannabis industry. Best practices will be presented by experts in the industry who have weathered the legislative storm, and have an inside view of the current legal environment. CPEs and CLEs will be presented upon completion of this conference!

Cultivation Management Symposium:  Seattle March 3-5,2015
This three-day conference will showcase presentations from leaders in the cannabis cultivation arena. From horticulture techniques to the best business practices of running a grow, the cultivation management symposium will bring together the best and brightest from around the country.

Cannabis Policy and Reform Symposium: Washington DC  April 24th, 2015
Without a strong political machine driving legal reforms across the country, there would be no cannabis industry. This one day conference focuses on the latest efforts to reform state and federal marijuana laws. The event will be held alongside NCIA’s lobby days, and will feature both panel discussions as well as an interactive workshop teaching you how to lobby for cannabis reform. Join us for this pre- lobby day conference and workshop!

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States.

 

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HOW TO AVOID LEGAL PITFALLS WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Wednesday , October 1st, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

LEGAL PITFALLS WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA

With the issue of Medical Marijuana’s legality cropping up in several states (and the states of Washington and Colorado being recreationally legalized), more and more people will become legitimate users of this substance. If you are one of them, you may want to take certain precautions, by reading our advice below, on what is legally acceptable as a marijuana user, what may get you arrested, and how to avoid legal pitfalls.

 

  1. Always carry your Medical Marijuana card.  In the event that you are detained by the police and are under the influence or have marijuana in your possession, you will have the proof that you are a legal user of marijuana. Make sure you are following the guidelines of the amount your card says you are allowed to have and not more.
  2. Never use marijuana and drive. It is important to exercise caution and not operate a car or machinery while under the influence as driving under the influence is still illegal. Just as you would not drive a car after too many drinks, one puff of marijuana may make you intoxicated and once you partake in any marijuana use through any method of ingestion, you should not drive. Before getting high, designate a sober driver if you plan on going anywhere after you use marijuana. It is never a good idea to have the smell of burnt marijuana in your vehicle.
  3. Smoke in the privacy of your home. Just because you are legally authorized to use marijuana does not mean you can smoke it anywhere you go. Even in the states where it is recreationally legalized, it may still be illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
  4. Make sure to store your marijuana in a safe place away from children and animals. Sometimes marijuana comes in fun-to-eat baked goods and candies. Kids who cannot read or just aren’t careful could accidentally ingest something and become very ill. With both animals and kids, keeping your marijuana in a childproof container, in a hidden place, is a good way to make sure they do not ingest some and become sick or worse.
  5. Know your rights. If you happen to have the unfortunate experience of getting arrested for a marijuana related offense, know that you have the right to remain silent and to refuse to being searched (without a warrant) and the right to an attorney. Research a good lawyer and keep his or her contact information in your phone in case you need someone to come to your defense.

Although it is exciting that Marijuana laws are more liberal in some places and that people are able to reap the benefits of it for their medicinal needs, it needs to be said that there are still serious restrictions on when, where and how it is legal to use medicinal (or recreational) marijuana. If you want to avoid legal problems and damaging your record, you should strictly adhere to these guidelines, so you can remain a safe, happy, and legal marijuana user.

 

 

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10 USEFUL HERBS TO HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING

Monday , September 22nd, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

HERBS TO HELP YOU QUIT SMOKING

Despite the fact that people know the health threats posed by smoking tobacco, most of them go ahead to smoke. By the time someone becomes addicted to smoking, it is often too hard for them to get out of the habit. However, herbs can be a great solution to help one quit smoking by decreasing anxiety, detoxifying the lungs and reducing the craving. Some of these herbs, however, would taste very bitter on their own. Therefore, people often mix them with other herbs to combine the taste and effect. The following are some of the herbs that can help you quit smoking.

  1. CALAMUS – This is often referred to as “Sweet Flag.” It helps to reduce the congestion in the bronchioles and eliminate excess mucous. It is a traditional medicine that is used in the treatment of asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis. It can help in the clearing of the toxic substances that are left in the lungs by tobacco. Calamus is a centering and calming herb that can help you reduce your craving for tobacco smoking. Try chewing its roots and it will kill the tobacco taste.
  2. COLTSFOOT – This herb is helpful in promoting a cough and expelling the mucous from the lungs. Preferably, use it in low dosage to aid you in eliminating the excess phlegm and removing the toxins left by the tobacco.
  3. HORSETAIL – It is helpful in eliminating the cravings for tobacco especially immediately after withdrawing from tobacco smoking. It is recommended that when taking this herb, one take a break at the third week. This is because excessive use of the herb can result in irritation when urinating. Yikes!
  4. CATNIP – Besides the fact that this herb excites cats, it also calms down human beings. It is helpful especially with the insomnia that is experienced by individuals who withdraw from the use of tobacco. It reduces the cravings for tobacco and much of the anxiety. It is advisable that you put some drops at the back your tongue.
  5. KOREAN GINSENG – It has adapt genic mentality that is helpful to the body in dealing with all the anxiety and emotional stress experienced by someone who wants to withdraw from the use of tobacco. It aids you in boosting your stamina and endurance during the withdrawal period.
  6. HYSSOP – This herb is responsible for soothing the irritation in the mucous membranes. Moreover, it helps in reduction of stress after withdrawing from the use of tobacco. It also leads to enhanced mental clarity.
  7. LICORICE – It is a demulcent and expectorant herb. It aids in the balancing of the cortisol levels, reduces fatigue and aids in recovering any lost energy. It is advisable not to use this herb for more than six weeks.
  8. MULLEIN – It helps soothe the inflammation in the lungs and all the irritation that one gets after withdrawing from tobacco smoking. It also purifies the lungs by removing the excess mucous.
  9. OATS – It helps in tackling the fatigue and nervous pressure. It even encourages sleep. It is a highly recommended herb when withdrawing from tobacco smoking.
  10. LOBELIA – It is sometimes referred to as “Indian tobacco.” It brings about relaxing effect to the nervous system. It eases the tension in the nervous system by calming the nerves. It is a perfect aid to those undergoing the tobacco withdrawal program.

CONCLUSION – Tobacco has a lot of negative health effects that are both short and long-term. Start your EHIC Application today and get the best health care at the most affordable costs. You will also get to learn the best health practices to improve your health and withdraw from tobacco smoking.

 

 

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SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD IS SELLING WEED

| Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carrie-ann Pishnak, Marketing Manager
Phone: 323-464-8542
E-Mail: capishnak@secondcity.com
Comps: Industry & Press comps available upon request.

We don’t have any potato chips, and you will have to get up off the couch to come see it,
but we’re totally fine if you stay in your comfy pants when attending YES WEED CAN at SecondCityHollywood on Thursdays at 9pm. This musical comedy about the history of
cannabis in America will delightfully
inform and entertain you though December 18th.


YES WEED CAN • Thurs @ 9pm • Closes Dec 18
The musical story of cannabis in America… that gets in a few pot shots along the way.

Starring Michael Boumenot, Nathan Caywood, Amanda Blake Davis, Hans Holsen and Jaime Moyer.

Meet the cast! http://on.fb.me/1wxiTJK

Written by Shawn Handlon & Jaime Moyer
Directed by Nancy Edwards
Musical Director, Chad Krueger

The SecondCity celebrates 50 years of cutting edge satiric revues and continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and countless others. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

www.secondcity.com/Hollywood

CLASSES • GROUP SALES • CORPORATE EVENTS • FAMILY SHOWS

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PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CANNABIS BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Thursday , September 4th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

CANNABIS BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Visit Their Site: http://internationalcbc.com/

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is bringing in cannabis experts from around the globe to create an educational and networking opportunity unlike any other conference of its kind. The two day ICBC experience includes cutting edge business, legal and political information while also providing an array of networking social events. Whether you are a grower, processor, dispensary owner, involved in a cannabis-related endeavor or just curious about entering the cannabis industry, you will find the ICBC engaging and entertaining and leave with valuable knowledge to take your respective business to the next level. You do not want to miss this world class cannabis business conference!

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014

9:00 AM

Conference Overview: Alex Rogers

Event organizer and founder of two of Oregon’s most successful medical marijuana clinics.

9:15 AM

Keynote: Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan’s blog, The Dish, is an innovative media site that is trailblazing a successful, independent path in our new media age. The blog has become a must-read for the cannabis community and has even been banned by some workplace filters that screen out “marijuana” websites. Sullivan is uniquely qualified to provide general business tips to the emerging cannabis industry and to share personal and business experiences that will further help dispel the many myths and stereotypes that surround cannabis use.

10:15 AM

Federal Tax Reform: U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer

What is being done at the federal level to amend IRS Code 280E, a harmful provision denying state-regulated cannabis businesses the ability to make normal and customary business deductions? Who is working on this important issue at the federal level? What can you do? Who should you be supporting? Our tax presentation will provide the latest information regarding the important work being done in Congress to ensure that state-regulated cannabis businesses can operate the same as any other business.

11:15 BREAK

11:30 AM

Cannabis and the Oregon Legislature Panel: Senator Floyd Prozanski and Representative Peter Buckley

Oregon has been a trailblazer on cannabis law reform in the United States and the Oregon Legislature considers proposed reforms every session. The Beaver State was the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973, ending the threat of arrest and jail time for possession of less than an ounce; in 2005, legislators voted to increase the possession and cultivation limits allowed under the state’s medical act; and in 2013, the legislator de-felonized up to a quarter pound, ended the practice of stripping one’s driver’s license as a penalty for possession of less than an ounce; and added PTSD as a qualifying condition.

The Oregon Legislature will face hot-button issues regarding cannabis in the years to come.  Our panel will touch on where the legislature is currently, where it may be headed and how can advocates be most effectively lobbying to protect and improve our marijuana laws. While this panel is Oregon-centric, the advice and insight provided transcends state boundaries.

12:30 LUNCH

2:00 PM

Colorado, Washington, California, and Oregon:

The Wild West Gets Regulated

Moderator: Anthony Johnson

Colorado: Brian Vicente

Washington: Dominic Corva

California: Robert Jacob

Oregon: Russ Belville

California has been a clear leader in developing a successful cannabis industry, but Colorado has beaten the Golden State in legalizing regulated and taxed cannabis sales to all adults. Washington is poised to join Colorado and Oregon is hoping to learn from the other states in finding the sweet spot between regulation, taxation and the free market. This panel will provide a comparative analysis of the aforementioned states with regards to what types of businesses are thriving in each respective state and the reasons for their success.

3:30 PM

Current Opportunities in the Cannabis Industry: Troy Dayton

The cannabis industry is creating thousands upon thousands of jobs across the country and has become a multi-million dollar business. While growers and retailers are obvious players in this burgeoning industry, what about processors, security firms, consultants, accountants and other ancillary businesses? And are there any other business opportunities that will present themselves as the cannabis industry is further legitimized and professionalized?

4:15 BREAK

4:30 PM

International Panel: Lessons and Tales from Around the Globe

Canada: Philippe Lucas

Uruguay: Laura Blanco

Uruguay seems to have sparked a cannabis cultural revolution by becoming the first country to end cannabis prohibition; Portugal has been at the forefront of ending harsh Drug War penalties; countries across Europe have demonstrated tolerant attitudes towards the cannabis industry and Canada seems to implement more sane cannabis policies than the rest of the world, but every once in a while seems to take a step back. Our panel of international experts will shed some light on the advancements and setbacks of the cannabis industry in their neck of the woods.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

9:00 AM

Production & Processing

Norris Monson, Todd Dalotto, Amber Senter

Most of the laws, regulations and attention seem to be centered on retail outlets, but the outlets wouldn’t have anything to sell without those that cultivate cannabis. And medicated edibles and concoctions have been extremely popular with patients and recreational consumers. Learn the ups and downs of cultivating cannabis commercially and the tricks of the trade that can help turn culinary skills into a lucrative career.

10:00 AM

Advanced Dispensary Operations: David McCullick, Don Duncan

Learn from a long-time cannabis dispensary operator who can help you succeed and avoid the pitfalls that can plague any business and others that may be cannabis-related. The different business entities to choose from, the pesky bank and tax issues, security, the hiring and firing of personnel, community and political relations will all be touched upon. How do you keep your doors open when folks want to shut you down and how can a mom & pop shop survive the dog eat dog business world?

11:00 BREAK

11:15 AM

Advanced Cannabis Business Panel

Moderator: Debby Goldsberry

Cash Accounting: Liana Held

Trademark and Intellectual Property: John Mansfield

Corporate Compliance and Protecting Yourself Into the Future:

Dave Kopilak

Licenses and Permitting: Robert McVay

Meeting Your Corporate Goals: Diane Fornbacher

This panel will delve into the details of managing a cannabis business, with a focus on the most difficult concepts and tasks facing entrepreneurs in this field. Many of these issues apply to all businesses, not just cannabis-related, but dealing with cannabis can add extra layers of complexity for any businessperson.

How to best meet your corporate goals and compliance requirements and develop solid governance and oversight will be covered. Additionally, human resource decisions can make or break any business, especially when coupled with labor and employment law. Cash accounting, the IRS 280E provision and extra scrutiny from regulators must be effectively dealt with. Once your business succeeds, then a whole new list of issues arise as you will want to protect your trademark, brand, intellectual property and other intangible assets of your business.

12:45 LUNCH

2:15 PM

Hemp: A Blueprint for the Next Agricultural and Industrial Revolution

Doug Fine

You may have heard all of the facts: humans have harvested hemp for its fiber for thousands of years; George Washington and Thomas Jefferson cultivated hemp; industrial hemp yields more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis; and hemp seed is nutritious, containing more essential fatty acids than we can get from any other source. Sadly, industrial hemp production was needlessly swept up in the Reefer Madness that we are still recovering from today.

Even more maddening is the fact that the United States has banned the production of hemp, but allows for its products to be bought and sold within its borders. In fact, the US is the only industrial country banning hemp production. However, hope is on the horizon as common sense is starting to prevail across all levels of government around the country. Coloradans and Kentuckians will soon be cultivating hemp for food, fuel, industrial components and clothing. Hemp laws have moved in the right direction in North Dakota and Oregon.

Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution is a blueprint both for the hemp farmer and entrepreneur. The bestselling author shares his insights from around the world, shining a light into a future billion-dollar industry that has the capability of providing farmers with a sustainable, profitable crop that can stock the shelves of health food stores, produce paper, help build houses and wean us off of petrochemical products. There’s a reason that Willie Nelson calls the book a blueprint for the America of the future–a billion dollar industry that improves our environment and health cannot be ignored any longer.

3:00 PM

Oregon Panel

Anthony Johnson, Tom Burns, Leland Berger

Oregon has long been a trailblazer on cannabis law reform as the first state to decriminalize personal amounts of marijuana in 1973 and one of the first states to enact a medical marijuana law in 1998. Medical cannabis dispensaries operated in a gray area of the law for years as the state’s medical law prohibited anyone from actually making a profit, merely allowing reimbursement for supplies and utilities. In 2013, the state enacted a law allowing for state-licensed medical marijuana facilities, and in 2014, those facilities became operational, but not everything has gone smoothly as many cities and counties have enacted moratoriums preventing the establishment of facilities within their jurisdiction. And this November, Oregon may just join Colorado and Washington in regulating, legalizing and taxing adult use of cannabis.

Attorney Leland Berger, is a criminal defense attorney and long-time cannabis law reform advocate, working to protect the rights of patients, providers and consumers. He is now transitioning his practice toward compliance issues and he will provide an on-the-ground assessment as to the political, legal and  business climate across the state as he represents people in all areas of the cannabis industry. The Oregon Health Authority’s Tom Burns heads the state medical marijuana facilities division and is on hand to explain OHA’s current policies and give some insight into what is on the horizon for the medical dispensary program. Anthony Johnson is, among other things, the Chief Petitioner of the New Approach Oregon measure that is likely on the ballot, and he will help explain what is next for Oregon as the state may soon be licensing and regulating commercial producers, processors and retailers of adult use cannabis.

4:00 PM

Entrepreneur Panel

Philippe Lucas, Adam Mintz, Rich Masterson, Amy Poinsett

The cannabis industry and community is filled with visionaries (seriously, given enough time, the cannabis community can think of anything and everything). However, taking that vision into the realm of entrepreneurship takes hard work, common sense, business sense, perseverance and maybe a bit of luck. Our panel of entrepreneurs has succeeded for a variety of reasons and they will share some war stories and tips of their trade before answering your hard-hitting questions.

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BOSTONS FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONVENTION

Wednesday , September 3rd, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

NEW ENGLAND CANNABIS CONVENTION

NECC announces dates for Boston’s first

For immediate release – September 2, 2014

NECC announces dates for Boston’s first Medical Marijuana Convention

New England Cannabis Conventions will be hosting the first-ever expo for the Medical Marijuana Industry in Massachusetts on January 31st and February 1st 2015.  This consumer-focused event will be open to the public and feature a showcase of industry related businesses such as hydroponics and smoking accessories, educational institutions, and advocacy groups.  There will also be a full schedule of workshops & seminar programming both days.

The show will be open to the public (legal ID proving age of 18+ required to enter), with a $20 admission on the day of show.  A limited number of tickets will be made available for $15 via an online pre-sale at noon this Friday (August 29th) at digboston.com/deals/tickets/NECC/.  This event will kick off NECC’s schedule of four conventions in 2015, including shows at the Providence Convention Center April 4th & 5th, The Portland (ME) Expo Center June 6th & 7th, and a return to Boston in September.  Future plans include shows in Manchester (NH), Burlington, (VT), and Worcester, (MA).

“After many discussions about the lack of established resource hubs for the rapidly expanding Medical Marijuana industry in New England, we decided these events were overdue”, said Marc Shepard, co-founder & President of NECC.   “Our goal is to provide arenas where patients, advocates, businesses, educators, and consumers can connect”.

New England Cannabis Conventions was created by Jeff Lawrence & Marc Shepard, 2 veterans of the local Alt-Weekly industry with long histories of successful event Creation.  Jeff is the Founder, owner, and President of  Dig Publishing.  Marc is the Associate Publisher of Dig Boston & VP of Sales for Dig Publishing.

For further information, please contact: Marc Shepard, Co-founder, NECC
774-254-5073     |     marc@digboston.com

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MARIJUANA TAX FIFTH AMENDMENT HEARING

Thursday , August 21st, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

MARIJUANA TAX FIFTH AMENDMENT HEARING (8/22)

For immediate release: August 21, 2014

{Denver} — There will be a preliminary injunction hearing in Denver District Court on Friday in a lawsuit brought by marijuana civil rights activists seeking to protect their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Plaintiffs will argue in front of The Honorable Judge John Madden IV that payment of marijuana taxes violates a citizen’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

*THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS HEARING*

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: 9am to 12noon
Location: Denver District Court (Old Building)
1437 Bannock St.
Denver, Colorado
Courtroom #203: The Honorable Judge John Madden IV

Note: Please dress nicely and maintain quiet in the courtroom. Bring a photo ID with, as you may have to show it to get through courthouse Security.

*BACKGROUND*
Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed the lawsuit on June 9, 2014 seeking to permanently end Colorado’s marijuana taxes, on the grounds that payment of the taxes forces citizens to incriminate themselves as criminals under federal law.

The complaint was filed on behalf of an unnamed licensed medical and retail marijuana center, the “No Over Taxation” issue committee (which campaigned against Proposition AA, the marijuana tax issue approved by Colorado voters in 2013) and several individuals, including Kathleen Chippi, Larisa Bolivar, Miguel Lopez and William Chengelis.

Corry is seeking unspecified damages and a refund of all tax monies collected by the state.

If successful, Corry’s lawsuit could be the basis for overturning ALL regulations regarding marijuana licensing and registration in Colorado on the same grounds. As long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, states cannot require people to give any information about themselves in order to distribute or purchase marijuana. ANY and ALL requirements to identify oneself would result in a “real and appreciable” risk of self-incrimination, and would require a citizen to implicate himself in federal crimes.

As witnesses, the State of Colorado has called attorneys Brian Vicente and Christian Sederberg, two self-proclaimed “marijuana lawyers” who helped campaign for Amendment 64, to provide testimony to support the State’s assertion that payment of these taxes is not incriminating.

Read more about the Fifth Amendment here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Corry cites a 1973 Colorado Supreme Court case (People vs. Duleff) that overturned a man’s conviction for “selling marijuana without a license” because compliance with the licensing requirement would have required that person to violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination and reveal a violation of federal law. Corry writes, “The Colorado Supreme Court held specifically that the Fifth Amendment prohibits state licensing requirements that force a person to reveal a violation of federal law.”

From the Duleff decision, Corry quotes the Colo. Sup. Ct.: “The Fifth Amendment prohibits licensing requirements from being used as a means of discovering past or present criminal activity which is subject to prosecution by calling attention to the licensee and his activities….There is no doubt that the information which Duleff would have been required to disclose would have been useful to the investigation of his activities, would have substantially increased the risk of prosecution, and may well have been a direct admission of guilt under federal law. The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from such compulsory, incriminating disclosures and provides a complete defense to prosecution.”
– Colorado Supreme Court (1973)

Corry also cites a 1969 US Supreme Court case (Timothy Leary v. United States) in which the highest court in the country overturned Leary’s marijuana possession conviction and ruled that the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was illegal, due to the fact that a person seeking a tax stamp and complying with the law would be forced to incriminate himself, in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Corry writes, “Marijuana-specific taxes require plaintiffs and any other person paying said taxes to incriminate themselves as committing multiple violations of federal law, including but not limited to, participating in, aiding and abetting, or conspiring to commit a ‘continuing criminal enterprise’ and ‘money laundering.’ These illegally-collected taxes are ultimately laundered by the State of Colorado through J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, which also participates knowingly in the continuing criminal enterprise.” Item 67, Corry complaint filed 6/9/14.

Corry concludes, “It is illegal for government to retain tax monies illegally collected in violation of the constitution, so all amounts must be returned, and all records related to previous tax payments, destroyed.”

Corry asks the Court to:
“Enter a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and/or permanent injunction ordering the Defendants, and all those acting in concert with them, to cease and desist from enforcement of the marijuana tax statutes, to cease and desist from any further collection, deposit, or laundering of the marijuana taxes, for a full refund of marijuana tax monies paid by any person or entity, and for destruction of all tax records and identifying information after full refunds are made.”

“The state can’t have it both ways. If it’s illegal under federal law, you cannot collect taxes on it,” says Kathleen Chippi, a plaintiff and member of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project. “We have another case pending in the Colorado Supreme Court now, Coats v. Dish Network, where Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argues that medical marijuana patients can be fired from their jobs for using medical marijuana off-duty, even though it is legal under state law. Suthers argues in the Coats case that, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, patients have no rights.”

“Yet Suthers and Hickenlooper, as kingpins in their continuing criminal enterprise, happily collect and spend the marijuana taxes, even though they were collected in spite of multiple clear violations of federal law,” Chippi concludes.

Read Boulder Weekly article on Federal Preemption issues and the Coats v.
Dish Lawsuit (5/22/14):
http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-12900-local-attorney-argues-fed-laws-donrst-apply-to-mmj.html

*FOR MORE INFORMATION*

Click here to read the complaint
No Over Taxation, et al, v. Hickenlooper, et al
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/colorado/propaa.complaint.corry.pdf

People v. Duleff (Colorado Supreme Court case)
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/colorado/people.v.duleff.html

US v. Leary (US Supreme Court case)
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/395/6/

Read more about the Fifth Amendment here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
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DOES LEGALIZING POT EXPLOIT ITS USERS

Friday , August 15th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

DOES LEGALIZING POT EXPLOIT ITS USERS?

For immediate release — August 15, 2014
Contributing Author: Laura

Courtesy of http://www.businessinsider.com

 

DOES LEGALIZING POT EXPLOIT ITS USERS?

The majority of the US now believes we should legalize pot in a bid to lower crime rates and hard drug use. The amount of marijuana users in America now totals an estimated 18.9 million and, it stands to reason that if pot was made legal, marijuana-based crime would fall dramatically. The trial in Colorado reflects this prediction, with a 77% drop in crime since pot was legalized. However, what the Colorado experiment has also shown is the government is able to earn millions in revenue; this mainly comes from taxing the product – similar to alcohol. The question is: how will this revenue be used? Many states adjust alcohol laws and tax when they need extra money and it looks like pot will go down the same road. Will this money be put to good use or will pot users just be exploited?

WHERE WILL POT TAX GO?

The best way of judging where the tax on pot might go is to look at a substance which was previously prohibited and now isn’t: alcohol. Much in the same way pot is now being sold in Colorado, alcohol was and is used to general money. According to the government, the tax on alcohol, known as ‘sin tax’ goes towards healthcare, programs and education. However, would marijuana tax also be put to the same use? In Colorado, although the first $40 million dollars was said to go towards building schools, it’s estimated that far more than this will be generated and the public population of Colorado is none-the-wiser as to where this money will go. The main concern is that it will go towards unneeded, irrelevant government expenditures and not into helping the state. Therefore, it’s unclear that if pot was legalized where our pot tax would be going and whether we would merely be exploited for our use of the substance.

To get around this, Profession Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs suggests we avoid ‘dumb’ pot legalization. In order to do this, America needs to approach small, nonprofit growers, state-by-state and not large corporate companies where the product could lose its ‘character’. Kleiman describes a ‘beer-like oligopoly’ in which people can’t tell the different types of pot apart and it becomes one, nationwide product. The public also needs reassurance that the tax will go towards treatment, programs and general help for those who want it.

 

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SHINE 24K GOLD ROLLING PAPERS

Monday , July 28th, 2014 | Posted By: Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

Products: Shine – 24K Gold Rolling Papers

Items Provided by: ShinePapers.com

 

Stoner Score: 4 out of 5 pot leaves!

 

A WORD FROM SHINE PAPERS

Launching in 2011, Shine Papers is the inventor of the worlds first ever 24 karat gold rolling paper. The brand quickly gained popularity and became the “go to” brand for those who celebrate all of life’s highs.

Not only do Shine Papers turn every head in the room, but the papers also burn extremely slow while also leaving behind a “gift” in the ashtray. Yup, the gold stays on your ashes which is refered to as “the gems,” but unfortunately you cannot pawn your ashes (the question gets asked all of the time).

Enjoy your Shine papers and the Shine team looks forward to seeing your pictures on Instagram! #goldlife

 

SMOKING WITH STYLE REVIEW

Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers provide a unique rolling experience. You roll your joint just as you would with any “regular” paper and then spark it up. It smoked quite nicely and the gold leaf burned very evenly as described by the distributor.

Are these rolling papers necessary to enjoy smoking your herb? Nope. Is it something that will promote you as one who smokes with absolute style? Hell yeah! In fact, I think Shine Gold Rolling Papers will become MY go to  for all “high class” events. Why would Bud S. Moker, Th.C. settle for anything else?

At a price of $4.60 per leaf, these papers may be cost prohibitive for some. However, isn’t that the idea? If everybody was burning 24K gold papers, they would lose their luxury status.

 

BUD SAYS: I found these papers to be slightly more difficult to roll than your average paper. However, once I got the edge tucked in, it rolled quite well.

Toke to ya soon,

Bud S. Moker, Th.C.

 

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