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Recreational marijuana isn’t even legal yet in New York; but that is not stopping one state school from adding cannabis industry as a minor, according to WSYR-TV, a local Syracuse outlet. Clearly, SUNY Morrisville is anticipating legalization of the adult-use market on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s clarion call for it. (New York legalized medical cannabis in 2014).

The program will focus on growing the plant, providing a framework of study that will enable students to understand the science behind production. Speaking to the media outlet, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, an assistant professor of agricultural science at the school, explained the rationale behind the program, which SUNY Morrisville hopes to roll out in time for the fall 2019 semester, “We’re an ag[riculture]and technical college. Our job is to train the workers that are on the ground in the workforce and that’s our goal, that’s what we’re doing. So, if these jobs are going to be there, we need to make sure our graduates are the ones filling those positions.”

Drawing heavily upon the school’s existing curricula in agricultural engineering, science and horticulture, the program will be tailor-made for the serious-minded. In other words, stoners need not apply.

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The government of the Northwest Territories is hoping Creepy Baby and Stoney the Inukshuk will help educate northerners about cannabis.

The territorial government released four animated posters equipped with augmented reality as part of a cannabis education campaign it funded alongside the federal government. It announced the launch of the campaign with the federal government Friday at the public library in Yellowknife.

MP Michael McLeod announced that over the next three years, the federal government would be investing $1.8 million into the territory’s cannabis education.

It’s been working on the augmented reality posters for about two years.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has announced that he now supports legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (photo: Steve Appsa/Wisconsin State Journal/Associated Press).

Attorney General Josh Kaul also said on Wednesday that he would make the case across Wisconsin for legalizing medical marijuana as an alternative to prescribing more opioids to combat pain, reports the Associated Press.

“At the end of the day do I favor legalization? Yes,” Evers said at a meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council on Tuesday. “I want it to be done correctly so we will likely have in our budget a first step around medical marijuana.”

WisPolitics.com was the first to report on his comments.

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking more details.

Evers said he may call for a statewide referendum on legalization. Such referendums are advisory only in Wisconsin, but could increase pressure on reticent Republicans.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he’s open to legalizing medical marijuana, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn’t support it.

“I still don’t believe the support’s there within the Senate caucus to move in that direction, but I know the debate

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St. Louis, Mo., gynecologist Becky Kaufman Lynn faced a problem: her patients wanted her to explain how cannabis affected how they experienced sex, but she wasn’t sure how to answer.

“Women would come in and say, ‘My sexual problems are so much better when I smoke marijuana,’ or, ‘My pain is better when I smoke marijuana.’”

“They would ask me about it, and I would say, ‘I don’t know what to tell you.’”

Lynn, who also teaches at the Saint Louis University medical school, tried to read up on it, but quickly ran into another issue: there has been almost no research into how marijuana affects sex, for better or worse.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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As the Jan. 22 deadline to accept or decline cannabis shops looms, more than a third of the 414 eligible municipalities in the province have yet to decide.

As of Friday afternoon, councils representing some 170 cities, towns, townships and regions across the province had not exercised their option to bar brick-and-mortar pot shops from their precincts.

And while some may simply choose to abstain from voting — tacitly accepting the stores under Queen’s Park rules — many still have their fingers in the air, industry experts say.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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Arizona saw a 41 percent increase in medical marijuana sales in 2018, according to data released by the state Department of Health Services this week. In all, approximately 61 tons of cannabis products were sold by medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Sales by weight of cannabis flower were up 40 percent and the total sales by weight of edibles, concentrates, and other products grew by 55 percent. The department does not estimate dollar values for the cannabis sold.

Sales of marijuana products grew faster than the number of medical marijuana patients registered with the state. More than 186,000 patients are now registered, an increase of nearly 20 percent. Will Humble, a former state health director who served when medical cannabis was legalized in Arizona in 2010, said the difference in the growth of patients and sales does not necessarily indicate that the average patient is consuming more cannabis.

“You’ve got a subset of the patients that are buying a lot of marijuana,” Humble said.

“And then there are patients that aren’t buying anything hardly,” Humble added, noting that some registered patients continue to buy their cannabis from the black market rather than from medical marijuana dispensaries licensed by the

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On Sunday, journalist Deidre Olsen posted a Twitter thread presenting allegations from several individuals that Marc Emery, a Canadian cannabis activist known as the “Prince of Pot,” created an uncomfortable, sexually charged environment at his groundbreaking Cannabis Culture dispensaries. The accusations even go as far to say that he based women’s employment off of their tolerance for his “unwanted sexual harassment.”

“I was watching Surviving R. Kelly and couldn’t make it through the first episode, I was so upset,” Olsen (who uses the pronouns they and them) told High Times. “I have not been traumatized into silence. I decided that enough was enough.”

Olsen was 17-years-old when they first met Emery online. He would often send them flirtatious messages, and on a trip to a Cannabis Culture store, he put a bong between his legs. Emery then invited Olsen to sit on his lap and take a hit. He went so far as to offer Olsen a job at Cannabis Culture, which they turned down with their mother’s support.

Marc Emery is known as a leader in the Canadian cannabis legalization movement. In 2005, he was arrested and extradited to the United States on charges of selling marijuana seeds by mail. He served

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As the United States continues to grapple with cannabis legalization on the federal level, a number of companies in Canada are positioning themselves to succeed on a global scale. But few have managed to spread their roots like the Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corporation. Already known for its high quality ganja brand Tweed, the company has been eyeing a market that stretches far beyond the Great White North.  

Earlier this week, Canopy Growth announced that it had acquired a license in New York state to produce and process hemp. With the assistance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY-D), the Canadian cannabis entity is planning to build a large-scale operation for hemp extraction and product manufacturing within the United States.  

The license was granted just weeks after Gov. Cuomo presented his plan to legalize recreational cannabis across New York in 2019; and a month after hemp production was federally legalized in the United States via the 2018 Farm Bill– a measure that Sen. Schumer was instrumental in getting to pass.

Canopy Growth Attempts to Corner U.S. Hemp Market

Originally founded in 2013, Canopy Growth has been fortunate enough to have a few years to build a solid

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An agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been implicated in a scheme to launder $7 million in drug profits, according to a report from the Associated Press. Leonardo Concepcion, the attorney for an alleged co-conspirator, declined a request for comment on the case but described it as one “involving serious corruption by a DEA agent.”

Concepcion is the lawyer for Gustavo Yabrudi, a DEA informant with American and Venezuelan dual citizenship. According to five current and former law enforcement officials, Yabrudi and former DEA agent Jose Irizarry are accused of conspiring to launder more than $7 million in drug profits. Irizarry’s Colombian wife, Nathalia Gomez, is a relative of Diego Marin, one of the top money laundering suspects of the past ten years, according to U.S. and Colombian officials.

Irizarry and Yabrudi, one of his clandestine informants, allegedly set up an offshore account for drug cartels that wanted to send illicit profits back to Colombia. The funds were used to buy shipping containers full of electronic and textile goods, which were then shipped to Colombia for resale in discount markets. The funds were then transferred back to the cartel, minus a commission for the money launderers.

Undercover Operation Gone Awry

Irizarry, who

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