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Oregon Marijuana Shop Owners Plan to Open a CBD store in Boise Mall, Awaits Decision from Officials



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The Farm bill passed in December 2018 came as a hope for people who had been intending to enter into the business world with an amazingly great product. CBD or cannabinoid has gained immense popularity since it was removed from the list of the Controlled Substance Act by the federal law. CBD is popular for its potential heath benefits like reducing stress, anxiety, depression, pain, swelling, inflammation and many other severe ailments like cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Justin Long and his wife Jenny Long also entered into the CBD space with a new shop in Ontario, OR last month. According to 670 KBOI, they are also planning to add one more shop in Boise Towne Square. However, it’s far from a done deal. According to the Malheur Enterprise, the longs opened the Golden Nugget CBD store in Ontario on April 13th.

The couple also owns a marijuana dispensary and a coffee shop in Sumpter, a small town in Baker county. Justin Long told KBOI that he was just waiting to hear back from the Boise authorities and mall officials who are on board.

Long told KBOI that the mall’s position with respect to the shop was quite clear, they said that if the documents were signed off on by the Prosecutor or the BPD, they had no problems with it.

But Darren Howard with the mall owner Brookfield Properties, said no lease is signed, neither any decision is made.

Howard said that though CBD shops are opening in some of the Brookfield’s 161 centres across the country, the decision to open such a store in the Boise property will be made by taking into account the local needs in mind. Despite of CBD being a legal drug according to the federal law, many states and consumers have shown resistance in accepting it. The compound is famous for its health benefits, but a lot of people are awaiting the green flag from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is holding on to their decision for CBD infused edible products.

Howard said that ultimately the decision would be taken for the benefit of the local people, which boils down to evaluating what the consumers really want. There are two possible scenarios for this – understanding the needs of the buyers, identifying whether CBD is needed in the local community or not. Once both these evaluations are done, the officials can come to a final decision.

BPD Holds Back from Signing

Nonetheless, a vibe of restraint has been showing up from the police officials regarding this. A Boise Police Department spokesperson stated that such an approval isn’t something that they look forward for or promote.

Haley Williams, the public information officer of Boise Police Department said that they don’t sign off on any type of businesses like these and that BPD has not given the Golden Nugget any kind of opinion or approval. She also mentioned that the department would probably work on the backside if the business opened up and any complaints came in.

Williams added that if any problem is faced by the consumers or a complaint is filed against the store, they would investigate into the products that they are selling. According to the laws that apply, the police officials will then work with the prosecutor and determine what needs to be done.

Idaho Law about CBD Products

The Enterprise said that the Long’s Ontario shop sells CBD based products like hard candies, dog treats, capsules and other items. However, according to KBOI reports, the Boise store will only sell CBD based products that are free from THC, tetrahydro cannabinoid, the chemical compound which has psychoactive properties. THC is banned in many states for its nature, it tends to cause the ‘high’ that users feel while smoking pot and alters the state of mind.But CBD products are low in THC as they are derived from hemp plant, a cannabis genus plant with low traces of THC.

A 2015 opinion from the Idaho Attorney General said that for CBD products to be legal, they can not contain any amount of THC.

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Setting A Specific Diet May Boost CBD Oil Benefits Even More




CBD or cannabidiol has elevated its popularity status in the past few years and poised to become a multi-billion enterprise due to the high number of recreational athletes claiming that this substance helps alleviate pain, grant faster recovery, improve sleep and a whole lot more.

While the general public might still be divided about the opinion on CBD, a few studies have popped up to show how CBD effects may vary depending on how an individual responds to the substance, the preparation being taken and dosage, and even genes.

The Research

A journal called Epilepsia has recently published an article that states how diet affects the way the body absorbs the compound. It also shows how food can dramatically determine the efficacy of a CBD supplement by measuring the amount of CBD supplement taken.

The small-scale study involves eight adults prescribed with the CBD-infused drug approved by the FDA to treat seizures that are related to epilepsy. Half of the volunteering subjects took the recommended dose of their CBD four hours before breakfast in the first half of the research. The remaining half had an intake of a breakfast burrito containing high-fat level, specifically 52% or 850 calories of fat in around 30 minutes of ingesting CBD oil. The two groups exchanged setup around two weeks later.

After blood works done regularly within the duration of the study, results showed that their food intake is correlated with the amount of CBD effectively absorbed by the body. The volunteers who had a breakfast burrito with their CBD increased their CBD uptake of up to 14 times on average, compared to those who ate nothing before taking CBD. The amount of cannabidiol absorbed by their system quadrupled along with eating the said high-fat breakfast.

Researcher’s conclusion

The proponents of the study concluded that cannabidiol should be introduced with food to improve the absorbing capacity of the body for CBD. They also indicated that low-fat meals do not have the same absorptive function as that of high-fat preparations, which was shown to boost the amount of CBD in the body.

According to Angela Birnbaum, Ph.D., co-author of the study and University of Minnesota professor in the College of Pharmacy, stated that while a certain food type made a huge impact on CBD absorption, it can also foster variability. This is because not every meal has the same fat content and therefore needs to be planned out to get the optimum level for greater absorption.

Another co-author of the research, Ilo Leppik, said that an increase in the amount of CBD being absorbed by the body may lead to fewer expenses on medication and treatment.

If you think that your CBD intake isn’t as effective as others despite using the same dosage and brand, it might be time to adjust your diet and let in high-fat foods to get the most out of cannabidiol.

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Colombian Law Enforcers Seize 300 Kilos of Cannabis Stored in Coffins, Hawaiian Hemp Crops Being Destroyed



Colombian Law Enforcers Seize 300 Kilos of Cannabis Stored in Coffins

Cannabis laws are a hot topic on a global scale following back-to-back legalization passed by lawmakers in some US states and a few European countries. This turn of events, however, has not stopped the black market from becoming alive. A lot of users who don’t have access to legal dispensaries or purchase from their own state turn to smuggled goods. This is why some distributors turn to smuggle for their supplies.

BBC released a report earlier about a police operation recently in Colombia, wherein 330 kilos (660 lbs.) of cannabis, which was hidden inside a coffin, was seized by authorities.

Details about the Operation

Regional Police Commander Fabian Ospina said that two coffins transported by a hearse were caught by police officers for possessing a huge amount of the illegal substance. As of writing, only the driver was detained and questioned, but no additional information has surfaced yet regarding the incident. There is also no word about the ongoing investigation of other people suspected of involvement in the said case.

Marijuana is still very much illegal for recreational use in all of America. Anyone caught possessing such substance is subjected to fines, detainment, and criminal charges. This is because marijuana is included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of controlled substances as a schedule 1 drug.

Marijuana is known to have a psychotropic effect on a user’s mind, causing a “high” to kick in, especially if the substance has a very potent amount of tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabis component responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive property.

Hawaii’s hemp crops are being wiped out

The plight of marijuana in the face of law is still largely uncertain, but it’s also unfortunate how hemp crops grown in Hawaii are set to be destroyed. Half of the cultivated crops from 2019 are in danger of being included. This is due to the fact that reports by the Hemp Industry Daily revealed that such crops have been tested and are shown to have elevated levels of THC.

The THC in Hawaiian hemp crops may have been brought about by the shortage of cultivars that can thrive on the island’s climate, which is known to be tropical.

Eighteen hemp crops were destroyed by authorities although for four have been waived from destruction because their THC contents were only a little over 0.3%. Officials from the state’s agricultural officials are convinced that Hawaii faces multiple challenges when it comes to growing local hemp crops.

Authorities expect only four hemp crops to be produced yearly in the state. Most hemp cultivars are imported from the European Union and Canada. These crops are used to long summer days and low-temperature evenings.

Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L., a plant species that is the source for marijuana, too. Hemp has been embroiled in controversy for many years because of this. However, after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed by President Donald Trump, hemp has been excluded in the federal definition of marijuana. This legalized harvesting, processing and using hemp and its derived products anywhere in the US as long as state laws also allow it.

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Feds indicate CBD, hemp not qualified as controlled substances



Fed indicates CBD not hemp legalized

The US Justice Department recently decided to expand its marijuana research program which earned a lot of comments from the media and the general public. Along with their press release is the information that small Nebraskan businesses have been hoping to hear for a long time.

Authorities confirm that the hemp plant and extracted cannabidiol or CBD from such variety that has less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content does not belong to the federal list of controlled substances.

Long-awaited Clarification

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) finally cleared the air just as the law enforcement from Nebraska are marred with confusing regulations about the hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species that also produces marijuana, which is understandably included on the prohibited substances list.

Prior to the announcement from DOJ and DEA, Nebraska laws concerning hemp and its oil extract has been confusing especially for cops who are trying to uphold the law when it comes to possession, distribution, and use of the said products.

Doug Peterson, Nebraska’s Attorney General, told a news outlet during an interview at the Capitol building halls that official comments would be released but at a later date. Peterson’s office was asked about his position regarding CBD and hemp confusion.

Raids and prosecution issues

A memo from Peterson’s office authored before the state announcement from Nebraska’s lawmakers to differentiate hemp from marijuana became the basis for raiding a CBD store in Herman.

Felony drug charges were pushed by the local prosecutor thrice, but judges dismissed each attempt. However, the office of the County Attorney appealed each time a decision was made.

The biggest prosecuting office in the state says CBD is not a cause for concern because it does not cause a high unlike the related CBD extracted from marijuana.

Don Kleine, Douglas County Attorney, told the media in an interview that the people conducting the drug tests confirm that hemp CBD does not have the same impact as cannabis CBD, making it a challenge to secure a conviction regarding cases of possession. This statement was made prior to the change in statutes made by Nebraska lawmakers to align with the federal law.

The Agriculture Improvement Act

The 2018 Farm Bill is responsible for the change in state laws regarding hemp and its derived products. Signed into law by President Donald Trump in December of last year, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 states that hemp is excluded from the legal definition of marijuana.

Hemp and CBD extracted from the said Cannabis sativa L. variety is legal to grow, process and use, provided that it has no more than 0.3% THC content based on the dry weight. The THC content is an important marker for differentiating hemp from marijuana, which is the substance having a psychoactive effect on users.

The federal law is the main cause for most states in the US to legalize hemp and grant growers an official license to harvest hemp and extract CBD from it. There are specific regulations concerning the process, but laws enable growers and distributors to legally sell hemp products that users can lawfully take.

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