Month: September 2016

Ban on Kratom Delayed

At the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that they are making kratom illegal, placing it as a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin, cannabis and other substances deemed to be the most dangerous in the world. The move was initially set to become official today, September 30th, but DEA spokesperson Russ Baer tells us that the move has been delayed indefinitely, though it’s “just a matter of time” before it will be finalized.

According to Baer, the proper paperwork to make kratom a Schedule 1 drug has not been completed, which is the cause of the delay. The DEA’s Diversion Control Division is currently preparing a final order, which will be in effect for several years and will outline criminal sanctions associated with those continuing to use and sell kratom. Once complete, it will go to the Federal Register which will publish it a few days after.

The DEA wouldn’t confirm when all of this will take place, but we can expect kratom to be illegal within a matter of weeks, or even days.

A petition calling on the White House to stop this move has received over 140,000 signatures in a 30-day period, well more than the 100,000 required to get an official response (the 30-day period ended yesterday, so a response can be expected in the coming days).

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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Trump Backs Up Titanic , Hits Iceberg Again

Trump backed his personal Titanic up again and again, and tried to just ram through the iceberg, over and over. He was even up early this morning, providing yet another day’s legs for this story.

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Oregon’s First Recreational Marijuana Retail Outlets Open Saturday

By The Associated Press

Starting on Saturday, residents can buy Oregon marijuana for recreational use at shops intended for that purpose.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced on Friday it has approved licenses for 26 retailers around the state, meeting a key deadline almost two years after voters passed a ballot measure legalizing pot.

“It’s a pretty exciting day for the OLCC,” Steven Marks, the executive director of the commission charged with regulating recreational marijuana, said in a conference call with journalists. He said 12 recreational retailers can start operating as soon as Saturday.

October had been set as the month in which retail store licensing would start under an OLCC timeline. Medical marijuana stores have been permitted to sell recreational marijuana since last October. Such dispensaries won’t be allowed to sell to recreational users after Dec. 31.

The approved retail shops are located in the Portland area, and in southern, central and western Oregon, including along the coast. Other applications are pending.

The commission has also licensed dozens of recreational producers.

Ten testing laboratories have also been licensed, Marks said. Recently, the head of the agency that accredits labs that tests pot for pesticides, potency and other elements complained that the agency was overburdened and at the point of collapse.

Marks said those issues seem to have been resolved and that the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, known as ORELAP, made a “heroic effort” in dealing with lab accreditation applications.

Marijuana sold legally in Oregon had been tested before, but now the labs must be accredited, and the packaging labeled with the lab results.

Products previously bought by retailers and sitting in back rooms and on shelves can be sold through March 2017. But items that shops buy after Oct. 1 must be tested under the new, more regulated system, Marks said.

The OLCC is also focusing on keeping names and labels on cannabis products from being attractive to children, Marks said.

Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana, and it is on the ballot in several other states in November.

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Meet Patrick Moen, the first-ever DEA official to defect to the marijuana industry

Despite the nation’s ever-increasing battle against widespread opioid addiction, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration still said no to rescheduling marijuana in August. Perhaps the unlikeliest champion of the decision? Privateer Holdings’ managing director and general counsel Patrick Moen. For a high-ranking cannabis industry executive, Moen also has the unlikeliest of…

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