COLUMBUS, Ohio – A state board authorized a $2.1 million loan Monday afternoon to Ohio agencies that are running the medical marijuana program, which is experiencing delays getting product on shelves.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program is expected to be self-supporting from license fees from cultivators, dispensaries, testing labs and other medical marijuana-related enterprises. The businesses are to start paying the fees once they receive certificates of operation from state regulators, Mark Hamlin, senior policy adviser for Ohio's Department of Commerce, told the Ohio Controlling Board, made up of lawmakers and representatives of Gov. John Kasich.
But few certificates of operation have been awarded, due to a series of delays that have prevented the program from being fully operational Sept. 8, the deadline specified under the Ohio law that legalized medical marijuana.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on New York state to fully legalize recreational marijuana, which would open the door for legal sales, government regulation and taxes on the drug.
The governor said this step would help to end what he called "two criminal justice systems; one for the wealthy and well-off, and one for everyone else."
"And that's going to end," Cuomo said in his address in Manhattan outlining his 2019 legislative priorities. "We must end the needless and unjust convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma and let's legalize the adult use of recreational use of marijuana once and for all."
The governor's announcement Monday marked another milestone in his evolution regarding marijuana. As recently as 2017, Cuomo called marijuana a “gateway drug” that could lead to more significant substance abuse.
SANTA BARBARA, CA – December 17th, 2018 – PRESS RELEASE – The explosive growth of legal cannabis has changed the industry seismically. Except for this: Women remain woefully underserved. However, the sector’s rising number of fem-trepreneurs is creating the culture shift from its former tie-dyed stoners to today’s high-end consumers wanting to nourish their bodies and souls, i.e. females.
Autumn Shelton, CFO and co-owner of Santa Barbara County based Autumn Brands, says, “Cannabis represents an industry of health and wellness whether you utilize its benefits for medical or recreational purposes. As awareness grows, people are finding out just how incredible this under-appreciated plant can be for themselves, family, and friends.”
Along with other Santa Barbara County cannabis growers, Shelton’s Carpinteria-based, family-owned farm is building a reputation for its crops in the same way the area’s vineyards became known for world class wines. That is, agricultural best practices, experimenting and adherence to state and local regulations. Their line of products includes a full flower line, with an available lower THC flower that many women prefer. Scheduled to debut shortly are a high CBD/low THC flower, vape cartridges (favored for their discreteness), sauce cartridges, and mints.
In short, the Cheech & Chong days of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure defining the market are up in smoke. Numbers and projections of cannabis’ billions of dollar potential differ depending on the source of information, but the one consistent piece of news is that women routinely are being ignored in the equation.
Not a mainstay yet, cannabis is becoming very quickly a go-to, mainstream self-care product found in medicine cabinets and on nightstands in homes across demographic lines, thanks to the woman of the house.
“Self-care is taken very seriously by women, who are the fastest growing segment in cannabis,” notes Shelton. “This is an exciting time for women and the industry.”
The list for pesticides that can be used on cannabis without being a violation of the Pesticide Applicators' Act has been updated. Please note the following products have been added:
- TetraCURB Organic
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently reviewing pesticide labels upon request and maintaining a list of products whose label it has reviewed that it believes could be used on marijuana without violating 35-10-117(1)(i), as long as the applicator follows the label directions.
Please be sure to review the list; pesticide products may be removed from the allowed products list if the registrant has not renewed their pesticide product with the Department. Use of unregistered pesticides on cannabis would be a violation of the Pesticide Applicators' Act.
For the latest information on CDA's Pesticides Program, visit: these important webpages:
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