Creating a Green Altar for the Virgo Full Moon • High Times


We’re back with the latest installment of The High Priestess, and guess what? It’s gonna be magical AF! If you were here with me in my first installment of this series, then you know that I dared you to be more intentional with your cannabis consumption and to be grateful for the plant in however you chose to work with it. If you took on this challenge and felt a shift, please let me know! Tweet me and tell me– I would love to hear your thoughts! I took on this challenge during the week as well and learned that taking three hits is the perfect amount for me to feel open and a little stoned without feeling like I’m on another planet (which, let’s be real, sometimes I enjoy.)

This week I have another way you can incorporate weed into your magical practice, if you’re so inclined. We’re going to be creating a green altar–in honor of weed, money, and healing—to correspond with the Virgo Full Moon on Feb. 19. I know there’s a lot going on in that statement, so let’s break it down:

The High Priestess: Creating a Green Altar for the Virgo Full Moon

Alexandra Herstik

An altar is an energetic focal point of a space dedicated to an intention. You can have an altar for love, healing, ancestors, the moon, money and abundance, or whatever else you desire. You can place candles, photos, flowers and plants, crystals, tarot or oracle cards, jewelry, knick-knacks, and whatever else that relates to your intention on your altar.

The Full Moon is a time of completion, and the energetic climax of the month. We start our lunar month with a New Moon, when the moon is dark and there’s no light reflecting on her surface. This is the beginning of a cycle. When the Full Moon arrives, it’s the peak of the month energetically when our intuition is on high, our power is on full blast and we’re able to manifest and work whatever kind of magick we want. The Full Moon is the peak and the end of a cycle—and a perfect time to set our intentions.

The Full Moon in February is in the earth sign Virgo, aka the Virgo Full Moon. Virgos are the detail-oriented perfectionists, the ones who refuse to do anything except their own way, the friend who helps you ground and see things from a new perspective. Virgo energy is the energy of working hard, killing the game, being productive and owning your worth. This earth sign is also very nurturing, helping us heal from the roots up while giving us space to grow into what we’re meant to grow into.

If there’s a sign that knows how to find their niche, work to the bone out of dedication and make things happen, it’s Virgo. So what better time than the Virgo Full Moon to create a weed and money altar? This altar during the Virgo Full Moon will help you visualize and call in abundance while also honoring cannabis and whatever you need to heal. Green is the color of money and wealth and it’s also the color of the heart center, also known as the heart chakra. It’s the color of love, healing, and nurturing.  Not only can we attract more riches into our lives through visualizing and working with this altar, we can also help to heal our hearts or send out healing energy to someone else who may need it.

How to Create a Green Altar for Money, Abundance, and Healing

Step 1: Gather your supplies

First things first: you’ll want to gather your supplies and find a space to set up your altar. Although you can find a permanent space like a side table or a dresser (which is what I use), you can also create non-permanent altars that you store away, like in a box. So get creative! The theme of this altar is wealth and abundance, as well as healing, so some suggestions of things to include are: gold and green candles, crystals for abundance like Aventurine and Citrine, gold jewelry or talismans, dollar bills (I like withdrawing like $20 in ones and fives and using this as a base for my money altar,) any icons that you work with, WEED, mint (another money herb), fresh flowers, and photos or letters to anyone that needs healing—yourself included!

Step 2: Organize

Now comes the fun part of setting everything up. If you don’t know where to start, pick one item to be the center of attention. And since this is a weed column– and a green altar– placing your weed on your altar as the focal point would be very appropriate. You can add candles near this, dollar bills, gold coins and whatever other items you chose. I usually place a layer of bills down and then place my candles, crystals, and talismans above this to create my money altar. If you’re adding candles to your altar, you can dedicate them to drawing in money (more on how to do that here). And if you placed some weed on your altar, you hold it in your hands and ask that it continues to bring you healing and wealth as you smoke it. Place any photos of loved ones or yourself here and rearrange until you find a layout that looks good and makes you happy! Sometimes less is more.

Step 3: Dedicate it

Okay so your Virgo Full Moon altar is set up, your weed is glowing, your photos are positioned just right. Now comes the real magick of dedicating this space. You can write down a little intention or prayer and then read it aloud, or you can simply think of your intention. And if you’re looking for more abundance or money you can literally write down an amount that you want to receive and place this on your altar. You can also dedicate this altar to help heal anyone you know or love. I would like to suggest setting the intention of healing and freeing those who are incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes as well; may cannabis help us find peace for all!

To finalize this dedication, we’re going to be doing a breath to cleanse and clear the energy of the space. This breath draws white light down from the universe and then exhales this white light to whatever is being cleansed. You can do this while smoking, blowing smoke onto your altar to further dedicate it to all things green. Regardless if you use smoke, you’ll hold your intention for your altar in mind as you do this. Once you’re ready, you’ll begin to inhale as you imagine a white light from the heavens moving through the top of your head down to your throat. Hold your breath as you imagine this light in your throat growing brighter and brighter. When it’s at its brightest and you can’t hold anymore, you’ll exhale onto your altar, clearing it of any stagnant energy. And voila! Your Virgo Full Moon altar is cleansed, cleared and charged!

The High Priestess: Creating a Green Altar for the Virgo Full Moon

Alexandra Herstik

Now what?

Okay so now that your altar is set up, what do you do? My suggestion is to return here every day. You can breathe, place change you’ve collected throughout your day here, light your candles, and visualize green light permeating and surrounding you to further receive the energy of wealth. You can pray, you can smoke, you can thank the universe for all the abundance and love you have in your life. This is your space and you can come back here to honor your intention however you like.

Happy Virgo Full Moon, babes! Send me photos of your altar on Twitter and Instagram!

PS: I know I highlighted Black and Pink in my last column, but it is Black History Month so this is a reminder to support Black-owned businesses, people, cannabis companies… all of it! Also, you can always support Black Lives Matter by getting involved with the organization or by donating financially.





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Will Denver Be the First Place in America to Legalize Magic Mushrooms?


Dried psilocybe cubensis mushrooms (WikiMedia Commons)

Denver could essentially legalize psychedelic mushrooms by next spring if a group of local activists has its way. But they have a few hurdles to overcome first.

This week, members of Denver for Psilocybin handed in to city officials a pair of municipal initiatives aimed at removing penalties for possessing and consuming the fungi, which contain the psychoactive ingredient psilocybin. That’s the first step in a process that could see the issue put before voters in the May 2019 local election.

One measure, the Denver Psychoactive Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative, reflects the activists’ maximum program; the other, the Denver Psychoactive Mushroom Enforcement Deprioritization Initiative, is a less ambitious backstop.

Both initiatives would make enforcement of laws against magic mushrooms a low law enforcement priority by adopting language that would “prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties for the personal use and personal possession of psychoactive mushrooms.” Under both initiatives, the sale of magic mushrooms would remain illegal.

The initiatives differ in two important respects. The broader one allows for the “personal possessions, use, and propagation” of magic mushrooms; the backstop version only allows for possession and use, not propagation. And the broader version contains no limits on possession, while the backstop would limit possession to two ounces.

Kevin Matthews, campaign manager for Denver for Psilocybin, told Westword he hoped the broader measure would pass muster with both city officials and voters, but that allowing propagation may be a bridge too far.

“It’s a natural right. It’s a human right. This one is our Hail Mary victory shot,” Matthews said. “It’s more a matter of public opinion,” he said of the two-pronged approach. “Are people ready to accept that people are already propagating?”

The Denver City Council now has a week to schedule a comment and review hearing led by Council Executive Director Leon Mason and Assistant City Attorney Troy Bratton. While the hearing is open to the public, there is no opportunity for public comment.

If the council approves, the initiatives then go to the Denver Election Division, which will have three days to decide whether to accept or reject them. Denver for Psilocybin had earlier versions of the initiatives rejected by the Elections Division but hopes it has addressed those issues with the new versions. If approved by the Elections Division, the group will then have to come up with some 5,000 valid voter signatures by January to qualify for the May ballot. They are confident that if they can get the measures on the ballot, they can win.

“I am extremely optimistic. I think we’re gonna win. I think we’re going to pass this thing,” he says. Even if voters don’t side with the group, “simply getting on the ballot will be a victory.”

Denver isn’t the only place where moves to legalize or decriminalize magic mushrooms are afoot, but it may be the first place voters get a chance to weigh in. In Oregon, activists aiming at 2020 are working on an initiative that would legalize and regulate the therapeutic use of psilocybin, while just to the south, the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative campaign tried to get their measure on the 2018 ballot, but came up short on signatures. They will be back.

Magic mushrooms remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. But so was marijuana when Coloradans voted to legalize it in 2012. And here we are.


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No evidence tougher policies deter adolescent cannabis use — ScienceDaily


A new study from the University of Kent has found no evidence that teenage cannabis use is lower in countries with tougher policies.

The study, by Alex Stevens, Professor in Criminal Justice in Kent’s School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, used data from the World Health Organisation’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey. This survey asked over 100,000 teenagers in 38 countries, including the UK, USA, Russia, France, Germany and Canada, about their cannabis use.

Professor Stevens’s analysis of the data found no association between a country having a more liberal policy on cannabis use and higher rates of teenage cannabis use. The analysis controlled for differences between the countries, including their national income, and between the teenagers, including their gender, their affluence and psychological problems.

The new study was undertaken in response to a 2015 study that had concluded there was an association between policy liberalisation and a higher likelihood of adolescent cannabis use. This study has been used in the past to justify calls for tougher policies for cannabis use.

However, Professor Stevens found this was based on a misinterpretation of that study’s own numerical results. When taking into account the differences in cannabis use between boys and girls in different countries, and using more of the available data, a statistically significant association between policy liberalisation and adolescent cannabis use cannot be found.

Professor Stevens said: ‘My new study joins several others which show no evidence of a link between tougher penalties and lower cannabis use. This is useful information for governments as they consider the best way to deal with cannabis. As it is, the harms and costs of imposing criminal convictions on people who use cannabis do not seem to be justified by an effect in reducing cannabis use.’

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Diego Colorado Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Record-Breaking Sales

Diego Pellicer – Colorado Celebrates
Second Anniversary On Valentine’s Day Announcing Record-Breaking Sales

Triple digit year-over-year growth; Innovation, premium product

and industry expertise keep Diego Pellicer – Colorado on a sweet path of success

 

DENVER (Feb. 14, 2019) – On Valentine’s Day, good things often come in pairs. For Diego Pellicer – Colorado, a couple of years have been good to the West Alameda location. Valentine’s Day marks the store’s second anniversary and another important reason to celebrate: triple digit growth. Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: DPWW), the premium marijuana brand and retail development company, today announced the Denver licensee’s location has reported an astounding 111% year-over-year growth from Jan. 2017 to Jan. 2019.

 

“It’s a winning combination: outstanding customer service, premium marijuana and competitive prices. Clearly, Diego Pellicer – Colorado has struck a chord in the cannabis marketplace, demonstrating how Diego Pellicer Worldwide licensed tenants bring a world-class experience to customers,” said Ron Throgmartin, chief executive officer, Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. “We congratulate Diego Pellicer – Colorado’s team on its success. With our leadership, branding model and experience, we look forward to helping other retailers and operators experience such prosperity.”

 

Innovation, Cannabis Expertise and Collaboration

To better serve its increasing customer base, Diego Pellicer – Colorado recently introduced an app for Android where customers can order from current, in-store inventory, browse the product photo gallery, take a virtual tour of the store, get instant notifications of product specials and stay connected via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The app can be downloaded directly at https://co.diego-pellicer.com/android/

 

“Whether it’s the convenience of ordering online or offering a new, premium product category, we are constantly working to make the Diego shopping experience a pleasure for our customers,” said Nicholas Jack, chief retail officer, Diego Pellicer – Colorado. “We stay current with the market trends out here in Colorado and work hard to ensure we carry what’s in demand.” Strong relationships with vendors allow Diego Pellicer – Colorado to consistently offer the most premium flower and cannabis products the industry has to offer, the moment the products are available to the public.

 

About Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: DPWW)

Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. is the premium marijuana brand and management company. In addition to its branded locations in Colorado and Washington, the company actively seeks to develop and manage high-end, turnkey cannabis retail stores. When federally legal, DPWW is positioned to become a national, vertically integrated marijuana company. To learn more about how to become a branded Diego Pellicer retailer, cultivator or investor visit www.Diego-Pellicer.com.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). The words “estimate,” “project,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the “safe-harbor” provisions of the Act. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

CONTACTS:           Suzanne Herrick, Fedoruk & Associates, Inc., 612-247-3079, suzanne@fedorukinc.com

Nello Gonfiantini, Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc., 775-690-2188, nello@diego-pellicer.com

Neil Demers, Diego Pellicer Colorado, 720-937-9073, neil@diego-pellicer.com

 

WEBSITE:               www.diego-pellicer.com; co.diego-pellicer.com

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Man Arrested in North Carolina for Weed Turns Out to be Fugitive Murder Suspect


A man arrested on marijuana charges by law enforcement officers in North Carolina on Saturday turned out to be a fugitive from California wanted for murder, according to media reports. Boren Lay, 25, was arrested by agents with state Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) at the El Barracho, a bar licensed by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Winston-Salem.

The agents had been conducting an investigation at the bar when they discovered cannabis. After obtaining a warrant to search the establishment for drugs, agents confiscated more than 11 pounds of marijuana and 842 vials of THC oil. Lay and two other men, Sovath Yern, 30, one of the owners of El Borracho, and Sovann Yern, 31, who are both of Massachusetts. Police say that they have confirmed that all three men are members of the Southern California street gang known as the Asian Boyz.

After his arrest, Lay reportedly concealed his identity from police for almost nine hours. When he finally revealed his true name, officers discovered that Lay is wanted for a murder that was committed in California in July 2013. Bryan House, ALE branch head, said that officers with the agency have to be prepared to act on any violations that they discover.

“Through the course of a normal investigation, ALE special agents never know who they could potentially encounter,” said House. “As highly trained professionals, ALE special agents’ primary job is to investigate any criminal behavior associated with an ABC licensed establishment and arrest those responsible.”

Facing Multiple Charges

The men arrested have been charged with multiple crimes including trafficking marijuana by possession,  trafficking marijuana by transport, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a building for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and allowing violations of the controlled substances act to occur on the licensed premises.  El Barracho could also be penalized by the ABC with fines or a license suspension or revocation.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Lay on the drug charges but denied for the murder charge. Bail of a $50,000 secured bond was set for both Sovath and Sovann Yern.

A detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that while deputies had not been actively looking for Lay, his arrest is “extremely important.” Lay has been wanted by the LASD as a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old Timothy Teapaco. According to witnesses, Lay had been arguing with Teapaco in a parking lot, when he allegedly shot him. Reports say that Teapaco had allegedly been in the gang Tiny Rascals, but became “inactive” after he and his girlfriend had a child together.

Lay is expected to be extradited to California within the next two weeks for a court arraignment in Bellflower, California.





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MPP Endorses North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative


WASHINGTON, DC — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) announced Wednesday it is endorsing Measure 3, the initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota and expunge past marijuana-related convictions.

MPP is the nation’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to marijuana policy, and it played leading roles in the successful legalization initiative efforts in Colorado, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada. It is the latest organization to throw its support behind Legalize ND, the local grassroots campaign that qualified Measure 3 for the November ballot.

“The Marijuana Policy Project supports Measure 3 and strongly encourages North Dakotans to vote in favor of this important initiative,” said MPP Deputy Director Matthew Schweich. “North Dakota’s current marijuana prohibition laws are ineffective and wasteful, causing more harm to consumers and to the community than marijuana itself. Adults should not be punished for using a product that is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and law enforcement officials’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes. Once marijuana is a legal product for adults, it can be regulated and controlled similarly to alcohol. It is time for North Dakota to join the growing number of states that have ended prohibition and taken new, more sensible approaches to controlling marijuana.”

MPP will assist Legalize ND by offering guidance and support with strategy and fundraising, as well as by mobilizing its supporters in North Dakota and around the country.

“We’re thrilled to have MPP’s support, and we look forward to working with them in the weeks leading up to Election Day,” said Legalize ND Chair David Owen. “With their help, we’ll continue to educate voters about the benefits of legalization and the harms of prohibition.”

Measure 3 would remove penalties for possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older. It would also establish a process for sealing criminal records of individuals with prior marijuana convictions. In 2016, North Dakotans approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative, Measure 5. State regulators have been slow to implement it, and dispensaries are not expected to open until 2019.

“MPP is proud to throw its support behind this local grassroots effort,” Schweich said. “There is clearly a strong desire for change in North Dakota, and since state officials have not taken on this issue, it is up to the people to get it done. Voters will have a chance to make their voices heard this November, and we hope they will use it to say ‘yes’ on Measure 3.”

MPP is supporting several ballot initiative efforts this year, including Prop. 1 in Michigan, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use, and Prop. 2 in Utah, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for medical use. Nine states and the District of Columbia have already approved laws making marijuana legal for adults, and eight of those states also regulate the commercial production and sale of marijuana for adult use.

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New Jersey Mayor Who Banned Weed in His Town Revealed to be Paid Lobbyist


Stephen Reid is the mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. In December 2017, under Mayor Reid’s leadership, Point Pleasant became the first New Jersey city to preemptively ban any cannabis industry operations, should the state legalize them. The Point Pleasant Beach ban kicked off a statewide trend, leading to more than 10 percent of all New Jersey towns, representing nearly every county, passing resolutions restricting, banning or opposing cannabis industry operations and adult-use legalization.

Today, the total number of towns that have opted out has topped 60, and Mayor Reid continues to be a leading voice in the effort to oppose marijuana reform — in fact, he gets paid to do so. Thanks to the investigative efforts of blogger Patrick Duff, we now know that Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid is on the payroll of an influential anti-marijuana lobbying group.

Mayor of First New Jersey Town to Ban Weed Is on the Payroll of an Anti-Cannabis Lobby

In late November 2018, New Jersey lawmakers in both the Assembly and Senate voted to advance an adult-use bill, marking the first official legislative action on the issue since pro-legalization Gov. Phil Murphy assumed office in 2018. But since their 2016 takeover of the New Jersey legislature, Democrats have expanded qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatments, licensed more dispensaries and centered criminal justice reform.

At the same time, opposition to the adult-use industry dug in, and a groundswell of anti-cannabis advocacy prompted a number of cities to opt out of any legal-weed future. Point Pleasant Beach mayor Stephen Reid has been at the heart of that movement. After making his city the first to ban the retail cannabis industry in late 2017, Reid has traveled around the state advising other towns to join Point Pleasant’s policy of prohibition.

But since at least May 2018, Reid has been pushing prohibition on the payroll of the prominent anti-marijuana lobby group New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy. Now, that connection and its potential conflict of interest are the subject of a lawsuit filed against Point Pleasant Beach.

Mayor Reid isn’t just on NJ RAMP’s payroll. Since May 2018, he has been the group’s executive director. Blogger Patrick Duff revealed the connection after suing Point Pleasant Beach himself, to obtain records of Reid’s emails with the group. Reid has himself never been upfront about his connection with RAMP. In fact, he failed to properly register his lobbying activity on behalf of RAMP with the state until October, five months after taking the job.

Lawsuit Targets Point Pleasant Beach Mayor’s Connection with Anti-Cannabis Lobby

As mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, Stephen Reid banned the cannabis industry before he began receiving checks from NJ RAMP. But in his public statements about marijuana policy after May 2018, Reid has never fully disclosed he was receiving compensation from the anti-cannabis group.

And that compensation is substantial. Being mayor of Point Pleasant Beach pays just $6,500 annually. NJ RAMP has been paying Mayor Reid $3,000 monthly since May. Duff’s lawsuit against the city alleges Reid improperly mixed his work as RAMP executive director with his duties as mayor. Duff called the mayor’s undisclosed lobbying efforts “the ultimate misuse of office.”

Reid acknowledges that he didn’t properly register his lobbying activities with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. But he denies any conflict of interest. “I don’t see it as a conflict; I see it as a complement,” Reid told NJ.com. Reid then doubled down on his denial, accusing the marijuana industry of coming after him.

New Jersey law may be on Reid’s side. According to the director of the state’s election commission, Joseph Donohue, the agency has no specific laws preventing local government officials from working as lobbyists.





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NORML Endorses Utah’s Medical Marijuana “Proposition 2”


WASHINGTON, DC — The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has endorsed Proposition 2: The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which regulates the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation.

Seventy-seven percent of adults express support for the law change, according to statewide polling data compiled in March.

Proposition 2 is the result of years of intransigence on the part of Utah politicians who have time and time again refused to move forward with legislation to provide regulated cannabis access to the array of patients who could benefit from it,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said.

Under legislation enacted by the legislature in 2018, only those patients who are terminally ill may potentially access cannabis-infused products. To date, however, such products are not yet legally available.

“Passage of Proposition 2 will assure that those patients with qualified debilitating conditions who need medical cannabis have access to lab-tested products via a tightly regulated system of licensed, above-ground state-licensed facilities,” Strekal added.

If enacted by voters this November, Utah would become the 32nd state to permit patients’ access to medical cannabis.

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UPS Brings Lawsuit Against Cannabis Delivery Services for Trademark Violation


Here’s a good reason to forgo the parody logos so popular in the cannabis industry; last week UPS became the latest brand to sue its marijuana copycats. The company has filed a lawsuit against United Pot Smokers, UPS420, and THCPlant, a group of medical marijuana delivery businesses, for misleading advertisements and using brand identifiers that encroach on the United Parcel Service’s trademarks.

This is far from the first time a cannabis company has been taken to task for a copyright infringement. Last year, Hershey’s Chocolate renewed its quest to keep its brand away from candy-crazy pot brands. In 2017, Detroit’s Buds R Us dispensary was ordered away from its name by Toys R Us, and Gorilla Glue adhesives reached a non-monetary settlement with Gorilla Glue Strains. That same year, Tapatio Hot Sauce sued a company marketing an infused salsa under the name “Trapatio”.

And now the multinational delivery company is taking issue with the fact that the United Pot Smokers brand was promoted with a logo that echoed the original UPS’ well-known shield, not to mention the shipping service’s distinctive acronym.

The complaint, filed on February 13 in Los Angeles’ Central District federal court, also cites the fact that websites www.upsgreen.com and www.ups420.com were operated by the defendants to coordinate mail orders of cannabis product. On them, the companies used language that could possibly have led to confusion between them and the venerable brand.

World Intellectual Property Review reports that among the offending nomenclature on the United Pot Smokers sites were lines saying that it was a “nationwide logistics expeditor” and “operational courier”.

Requests for comment by Bloomberg were not immediately responded to by the suit’s defendants. The lawsuit’s demands include compensation for damages and that control over the websites in question be passed to the original UPS company.

The two URLs cited in the lawsuit now forward users onto a pair of defunct-looking websites—one for an out-of-stock marijuana storage system and the other for marijuana clones and grow equipment. The site www.ups420.com now links to a defunct-seeming page for California marijuana clones, and once offered “business class transportation” for cannabis products within the state.

Worries about the brands’ aesthetic similarities were apparently heightened by user reviews about United Pot Smokers “ripping off” medical cannabis patients that were included in the lawsuit’s filings.

UPS stated that United Pot Smokers “have acquired a reputation for unlawful and unprofessional conduct, including offering sham services.” In addition, it claims the cannabis company disregarded more than one cease-and-desist warning from the UPS legal team and “intended to capitalize off UPS’s extensive goodwill and reputation.”

Marijuana Business Daily reports that on Feb 15, a judge denied UPS’ request for a temporary restraining order, preferring to wait to hear the other side’s testimony at a March 7 hearing. The defendants must respond to the UPS allegations by February 28.





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Senators Wyden And McConnell Urge Quick Implementation Of Hemp Farming Act – Weed News


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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently sent a letter to U.S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging USDA to ensure that the provisions from the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 included in the 2018 Farm Bill are implemented expeditiously and follow Congressional intent.

As authors of the Hemp Farming Act, Wyden and McConnell are encouraging proper implementation of the law by the USDA to support hemp’s lawful future for farmers and producers in Oregon, Kentucky and across the country.

In their letter, they wrote, “We specifically drafted the Hemp Farming Act in a way that allows hemp pilot states to build upon the progress and investments made through the pilots established by the 2014 Farm Bill. Our states have seen tremendous success in researching and developing market opportunities for hemp through the state pilot programs, and we are hopeful that the growth and innovation we’ve seen through the pilots will continue to expand now that the domestic production of hemp and hemp products is legal.”

Additionally, the Senators urged USDA to move forward expeditiously with the rulemaking process and wrote, “We ask that you consider issuing guidance when necessary to minimize any interference with the lawful interstate transportation of hemp products and to end any uncertainty the banking industry might have with this legal commodity. We also would like to know when to expect the Department’s plans for implementation, including state implementation plans.”

The Hemp Farming Act provisions in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) signed into law on December 20, 2018:

  • Removed hemp and its derivatives from the list of controlled substances;
  • Established hemp as a legal agricultural commodity;
  • Authorized the production, consumption, and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products in the United States, consistent with other federal laws, like the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act;
  • Authorized the use of federal funds to support hemp research under the National Agricultural Research, Extension National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 and the Critical Agricultural Materials Act; and
  • Explicitly established the protection of the interstate commerce of hemp or hemp products, and further prevented states and tribal governments from prohibiting the transportation of hemp or hemp products through the State or the territory of the Indian Tribe.

Source: Senator Wyden’s office



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