The Denver Post | OCT 5, 2015 Colorado marijuana business LivWell has been sued by two cannabis consumers over selling pot grown with an unallowed pesticide that allegedly turns into cyanide when smoked
Large Colorado pot grower LivWell sued over pesticides
Omar Juarbe inspects the hundreds of marijuana plants at LivWell in August. In October, LivWell was sued by a pair of users over alleged use of a potentially dangerous pesticide. (image:Denver Post file)
David Migoya and Ricardo Baca
A pair of marijuana users in Colorado one of them a medical-card holder with a brain tumor have sued the states largest pot grower for allegedly using a potentially dangerous pesticide on the pot they later purchased.
The lawsuit against LivWell Inc. by Brandan Flores and Brandie Larrabee seeks class-action status and alleges the company for years inappropriately used Eagle 20, a heavy-hitting pesticide with myclobutanil that kills a variety of pests endangering the plants.
Flores lives in Denver and Larrabee is a Grand Junction resident.
Neither alleges they were sick....
Passing the Sniff Test: Odor-Minimizing Technology Proliferating in Cannabis Industry as Complaints Rise
Marijuana Business Daily staff
High Valley Farms has tried several methods to quell the odors coming from its cultivation facility that sits 20 miles north of Aspen, Colorado, amid frequent complaints from neighbors.
But doing so effectively proved difficult, time-consuming and costly.
So far this year, its employed a mist-vapor system and a dry-vapor system, both of which emit their own odors that some local residents find offensive, founder and chief executive Jordan Lewis told county commissioners at a recent meeting. It also installed a hydroxyl system it hopes will eliminate odors before they get ....
U.S. Attorney General Says She Supports State Cannabis Laws
(image:U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch)
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that states should be allowed to decide their own cannabis laws, even if that means they legalize it for recreational use.
I think states have to make those decisions on their own, Lunch said in an interview with NBC on Thursday They listen to their citizens and they take actions.
Lynch did note that in order for states to avoid federal interference, they need to; have a system designed to, number one, mitigate violence associated with their marijuana industries. And number two, and perhaps most importantly, keep young people, childr....
Californias 2016 pot legalization campaign launches
Voters sign a 2014 legalization petition in San Bernardino County (image: David Downs)
The campaign to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over officially gets under way this week. The largest, best-funded group of marijuana legalizers they call themselves ReformCA announced Friday they had taken a long-anticipated major step: filing their initiative language with the California Secretary of State.
If the initiative passes as written, it would:
legalize possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and over. You could grow up to 100 square-feet.
license commercial farms and stores through the state.
allow cities and counties to ban pot shops by popular ....
Consumer Lawsuit Over Pesticides On Marijuana Would Be First In Nation
Pesticides are used on tobacco and food a lot. According to scientists, there is a threshold for pesticide ingestion where below certain levels is harmless, and above certain levels is considered to be a hazard to your health. Pesticides are commonly used when growing marijuana, but there are not any studies or scientifically proven limits as to how much pesticides is too much on marijuana, and what pesticides should be avoided altogether. Its something that states have been struggling with as they see their medical and/or recreational marijuana industries grow.
American Academy of Family Physicians Endorses Decriminalizing and Rescheduling Cannabis
Cannabis consumption, both for medical and recreational purposes, can be a divisive issue for many doctors. Now, the American Academy of Family Physicians AAFP, representing over 100,000 family physicians as well as students and residents, has taken a stand on the issue, and made their opinion clear.
On Wednesday, the AAFP held their annual Congress of Delegates and passed two resolutions regarding cannabis. The first, Resolution No. 503, put forth by delegates from the State of New York, calls for the decriminalization of cannabis. It was originally written to secure the....
Phoenix business owner Ed Polish scans the cannabis on display at Green Valley Wellness on Thursday in Talent, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana... (image:Bob Pennell/The Associated Press)
At 10 a.m. Thursday, the doors of the Pure Green dispensary opened for the first time to recreational sales, with staff ushering in customers waiting outside who could choose from two dozens strains of pot, and receive a free joint along with their first purchase.
Pure Green is one of 119 medical dispensaries scattered across Portland that as of Oct. 1 can sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. These dispensaries turn the city into a recreational pot mecca, where such outlets outnumber those that sell hard liquor, according to state regulatory agencies.
Marijuana dispensaries report brisk sales on opening day
The line began at about 11 p.m. Wednesday night at AmeriCanna RX, a marijuana dispensary in Northeast Portland, and one of a handful of dispensaries that opened its doors to recreational sales at midnight, October 1, 2015 (image:Beth Nakamura/Staff)
The line formed at Oregrown before the doors opened at 8 a.m. Thursday and stayed that way until the shop closed nearly 16 hours later.
The numbers alone tell the story: More than 1,100 customers came through the downtown Bend shop on Thursday, the first day of legal marijuana sales in Oregon, said Oregrown owner Aviv Hadar. In all, they spent a staggering $55,000.
``The numbers just blew us away,`` he said.
Legal recreational marijuana sales got underway in Oregon this week with 245 dispensaries eligible to sell the drug. Many shops in Portland, home to more than 100 ma....
Oregon`s legal pot sales robust but violations worry stat
Co-owner Traci Watson helps a customer at Maritime Cafe in Gladstone on the first day of legalized recreational pot sales in Oregon, October 1, 2015 in Oregon. (image:Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Staff)
Oregon opened its recreational market Thursday to festive and orderly crowds eager to make their first legal purchase of pot.
Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority gave 245 medical marijuana dispensaries the go-ahead to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older, though the agency does not know how many stores actually sold the drug on Thursday.
The sheer number of marijuana outlets meant most shoppers didn`t endure extra long wait times that marked the opening days of regulated marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington, the only other places where pot is sold in state-regu....
Obstacles, Pitfalls for Marijuana Companies Seeking Insurance
Finding the right insurance policy or policies in the cannabis industry can be tricky.
Although its typically fairly easy to get some kind of basic coverage, the devil is often in the details. Many marijuana businesses have been burned by plans that looked good at the 30,000-foot-view but failed to provide a safety net when they needed it most.
The stake are high, particularly for startup companies that could lose everything if they encounter a fire, a natural disaster or even a serious power outage, all of which could be devastating for cannabis companies without quali....
Six Tips for Hiring, Retaining Employees in the Cannabis Industry
Although the marijuana industry is booming, the vast majority of cannabis-related companies are still small businesses employing anywhere from a handful of workers to a couple dozen.
So hiring and retaining the right employees is absolutely critical. Each worker plays a hugely important role in the success of the company, unlike at big firms where employees who arent a great fit can get by.
With that as the backdrop, Marijuana Business Daily talked to three staffing professionals that work with the cannabis industry to get some tips on how to hire and keep great employe....
Legislation To Protect Marijuana In The Next Presidential Term
With the presidential election season in full power, it seems there is one thing on every marijuana enthusiasts mind in legal states: who is going to protect my rights? Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington D.C. all have legal recreational marijuana, this is a big question in the upcoming election. Who is going to honor these states decision and who is going to shut it down when their term begin? Especially with the recent Republican debates, it seems some Republican candidates will have absolutely no problem showing up to Colorados door with federal agents.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley, left, talks with an attendee at a round table meeting in Denver, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. OMalley met with Colorado officials and marijuana activists and business owners in Denver Thursday, where he repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected. (image:Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)
Democratic presidential hopeful Martin OMalley met with Colorado marijuana regulators Thursday and vowed immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office even as he laid out contradictory plans about how hed do that.
The former Maryland governor repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected. He sat down with state pot regulators, along with marijuana activists and a few representatives from the industry.
Reclassification could open the door to doctors being able to prescribe marijuana, which currently has no accepted medical use un....
Quandary for Dispensaries, Recreational Marijuana Shops: Produce Extracts or Buy From Third Parties?
Marijuana Business Daily staff
Kevin Lamb, whos been advocating for marijuana legalization over the past three decades, has been around long enough to know one thing about the cannabis industry: set yourself apart or get left behind.
That thought was paramount when he and his business partners two growers and a dispensary owner decided to purchase extraction equipment costing about $280,000, which they plan to use to start a company that will make cannabis oil cartridges for vape pens.
There are a lot of people growing marijuana right now, and to differentiate yourself, it helps to be able to produce....
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