Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly | Drug Policy Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA — Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the California Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote on Monday. The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $ 40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying […]

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ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation Accelerates Business in Japan

Pleasant Grove, Utah (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation (OTCBB: FVRG), a leading direct marketing company and provider of health-centered products, today announced Ron Williams, CEO and founder of ForeverGreen, as well as several other senior executives traveled to Japan to meet with top leaders and prepare for the expansion of business in the region.

PowerStrips, an FGXpress product listed with the FDA as a Class 1 Medical Device for the temporary relief of minor pain, has greatly increased in popularity in Japan, prompting the company to accelerate business in the county. Using all natural ingredients, PowerStrips can be mailed anywhere in the world and are marketed in 174 countries by a growing network of ForeverGreen members, making the product attractive to business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers across Japan.

Japan captures approximately one ninth of worldwide direct selling sales. ForeverGreen expects Japan to be a top producing country in 2015. “Japan is considered one of the big three markets in our industry,” Mr. Williams said. “It takes more time and resources, but the upside potential is worth the investment.”

Mr. Williams as well as Jeff Graham, President of North America, and other management met with top leaders to discuss how to improve logistics and advance ForeverGreen’s presence in Japan. According to Tomoko Tatematsu, ForeverGreen’s Japanese Country Manager, having Mr. Williams share the company’s vision in person encouraged top leaders in Japan to continue growing their businesses and to look toward ForeverGreen’s Las Vegas conference in May.

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation develops, manufactures and distributes an expansive line of all natural whole foods and products to North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and South America, including their new global offerings, PowerStrips, SolarStrips and BeautyStrips. They also offer Azul and FrequenSea(TM), whole-food beverages with industry exclusive marine phytoplankton, the Versativa line of hemp-based whole-food products, immune support and weight management products, Pulse-8 powdered L-arginine formula, TRUessence(TM) Essential Oils and Apothecary, 24Karat Chocolate(R) and an entire catalog of meals, snacks, household cleaners and personal care products.

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Medical marijuana could be Jamaicas economic legacy, says businessman Joe Issa

(PRWEB) February 13, 2015

Executive Chairman of Cool Group, Joe Issa, says medical marijuana could be Jamaica’s economic legacy, according to an article in the North Coast Times newspaper published on January 9, 2015 at

Issa made the comments as the authorities now look to taking the next step in 2015, of legalizing marijuana for the purpose of making medical and other products that can be monetized. Issa’s heightened expectation is also shared by others, as is expressed in The Gleaner newspaper’s Letter of the Day titled, Is It Ganja To Our Rescue?

Published on January 15, 2015 at /2015 0115/letters/ letters 1.html, the author says Jamaicans are captivated by a high, not that which comes from smoking marijuana, but “by another high which comes from their eager expectation for the legalisation of marijuana and the economic transformation they envision from its large-scale production for export and the development and manufacture of products, especially for medicinal purposes.”

Ganja reform has remained an elusive dream for many years until 2014, when the promise was made by business savvy Justice Minister, Mark Golding who, along with two long-time friends which include the current National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, founded a hugely successful and award-winning investment banking house, which was reputable, progressive and innovative (see

In the article titled, Jamaica: Government Promises Relaxation Of Ganja Possession Laws by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 13, 2014 at, Golding said “Parliament was in favour of legislating to expunge the criminal records of persons with minor marijuana convictions” and that “additional legislative efforts are also underway to develop a legal framework which will allow the emergence of medical ganja and industrial hemp industries in Jamaica.”

Last year October, Golding steered the Jamaican Parliament into passing the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Act 2014 and by year-end had legislation drafted to make the possession of small quantities of ganja a non-arrestable, ticketable infraction, and allow the possession and use of ganja for scientific research, religious and medical purposes, says the government’s news agency, Jamaica Information Service, in its year in review of the Justice Ministry’s ganja reform legislative agenda, at

Talking to the North Coast Times newspaper in an interview about the highly anticipated next step of legalizing medical marijuana by the Jamaican parliament and what that will mean for the country, Issa says “it may be the country’s economic legacy,” calling it “a once-in-a-life-time opportunity” which, when comes along “must be grabbed, nurtured, protected, administered and monetized.”

However, many like Issa think the move has taken too long, coming 40 years after Jamaican reggae icon Peter Tosh sang “Legalize It”. Issa laments that Jamaica is behind the United States in medical marijuana, an industry that could turn the Jamaican economy around by providing significant income for farmers and others in the value chain, jobs for people and money in government coffers through taxes, which cannot be levied as long as marijuana remains illegal.

Currently, some 14 US states have legalized marijuana, and over-the-counter sales is already a booming industry, leading Issa to posit that Jamaica could be left behind in the race and may even have to import marijuana from the US, unlike which, Jamaica has few natural resources other that bauxite, and depends largely on tourism and agriculture to provide jobs for its people and infrastructure.

Issa’s position is supported, from as early as 2001, by Jamaica’s National Commission on Ganja which, among other recommendations in its report published at htm, says “in order that Jamaica be not left behind, a Cannabis Research Agency be set up, in collaboration with other countries, to coordinate research into all aspects of cannabis, including its epidemiological and psychological effects, and importantly as well its pharmacological and economic potential, such as is being done by many other countries, not least including some of the most vigorous in its suppression.”

In its preface, the Commission report of 2001, which recommends decriminalizing ganja for personal, private use by adults and for use as a sacrament for religious purposes, says “for well over a hundred years, ganja has become the subject of considerable debate and investigation, beginning with the much celebrated India Hemp Commission of 1894, which was followed by no fewer than ten landmark Commissions and studies.”

The 2001 report is said to have come following “exhaustive consultation and inquiry involving some 400 persons from all walks of life, including professional and influential leaders of society”, and the favourable sentiments expressed about marijuana by Jamaicans, were found to be consistent with those of similar studies in the US, which show that 70% of Americans believe marijuana must be legal for medical purposes, while 53% support the drug being given the same recognition as alcohol, and most of them say it should be accessible to adults, according to figures stated by noted advocate, Dr Ethan Nadelmann in a Gleaner newspaper article published on December 19, 2014 at

Professor Nadlemann, who is the executive director of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading body promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights in the US believes, like Issa, that Jamaica is far behind on medical research on ganja and that “if something isn’t done soon, Jamaica could find itself importing ganja from the United States in the next 10 years,” says another article posted on December 15, 2014 at

Known for his outspokenness on the issue, Hadlemann says half of the US has now made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes and millions of Americans are now receiving the drug through recommendations from medical doctors. He says there are also thousands of dispensaries, shops and stores selling marijuana legally, with millions of dollars in tax revenues going into US government coffers, as has been expressed by Issa to be the potential outcome for Jamaica when ganja is legalized.

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Industrial Hemp Testimony at The Oregon State Capitol

Director Rod Pitman chronicles the state of Oregon’s historic attempt to legislate the legalization of industrial hemp. Although this initial attempt failed, the documentary remains a teaching tool to help citizens of The United States legalize the production of hemp as a alternative to petroleum based products in their state. Anything that can be made from oil can be made from hemp. Industrial hemp provides food, fiber, fuel, medicine and hemp plastics. If the United States Congress were to allow the individual states to manage the production of industrial hemp, this would produce sustainable jobs to help save the health of the planet as well as local and global economies.

The year is 1999, North Dakota, Hawaii and Minnesota have passed legislation allowing their farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear actor Woody Harrelson’s case, which challenges Kentucky law that classifies hemp as marijuana.

The Oregon State House Agriculture and Forestry Committee heard house Bill 2933 sponsored by Rep. Floyd Prozanski which would let Oregon farmers grow hemp, a cousin to marijuana that is useless for drug purposes but whose fibers, seeds, and oil have a multitude of industrial uses.

Seven of the nine members of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee including Chairman Larry Wells, R-Jefferson had told Prozanski they were willing to send the bill out for a floor vote. House Speaker Lynn Snodgrass told Wells not to take up the bill again. Wells, agreed that Prozanski probably had the votes to send the bill to the floor. But, he said, he had hearing on the bill, and would not bring it up for a committee vote unless she approved.

Lynn Snodgrass, Speaker of the House of Representatives for the state of Oregon did not approve of the bill. Subsequently, it died April 30, 1999, without being put to a vote by the representatives of the state of Oregon.

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Cannabis School Teaches New York, Illinois, and Nevada Entrepreneurs

(PRWEB) December 03, 2014

The Cannabis Career continues teaching the nation about the industry in New York, Illinois, and Nevada. On December 7 classes will be available in Buffalo, New York at the Hampton Inn near the Buffalo Airport, in Chicago, Illinois near the Chicago O’Hare Airport and in Reno Nevada at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

As seen on High Times In New York the Compassionate Care Act was signed and initiated by Governor Cuomo in June. This makes the state the 23rd to legalize medical marijuana and over the next few months’ lawmakers will create regulations, producers, stores and more will be chosen and written to overlook the program. CNN announced Illinois Governor Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act went into effect on January 1 of this year. This act protects registered patients, caregivers, growers, and dispensers from arrest or denial of rights. Hemps Meds happily stated Nevada approved Question 9 this decriminalized medical marijuana use, possession and growing. Only those who have a qualifying debilitating medical condition under Nevada’s cannabis program have access to the medicine.

As the industry spreads across the nation the Cannabis Career Institute is preparing entrepreneurs to create successful companies nationwide. The classes are focused on educating students on the professional side of the cannabis industry. Experienced instructors provide a basic step-by-step course with all the tools for marketing, regulations and business models. Each class covers state’s unique laws, the history of cannabis, and much more with instructors with years of experience in the industry with answer to every question.

CCI continues to expand working with other advocacy groups offering information at classes, conventions, and online. To enroll into the institute there’s a one time all access fee of $ 299 with classes’ year around nationally. For more information and scheduling please call Robert Calkin 240.338.8785 or email: [email protected] To find out more about Cannabis Career Institute

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