Mexico’s Fox: Add marijuana to NAFTA

Cannabis should be added to the North American Free Trade Agreement just like any other form of produce, says former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Fox, who sits on the board of Toronto-based medical marijuana producer Khiron Life Sciences Corp., said he expects Mexico’s new government to legalize recreational cannabis in 2019. The country legalized medical pot in 2017.
Fox has long advocated for legal cannabis, arguing that it will help defeat the cartel violence that has plagued Mexico for years.
“We can change criminals for businessmen, we can change underground, illegal non-taxpayers into an industry, a sector of the economy,” he said Thursday in an interview in Toronto, where he met with Khiron’s board. “I think it should be part of NAFTA and that’s what I’m pursuing.”
If that happens, Mexico could become a major exporter of legal cannabis to the U.S. and Canadian markets, Fox said.
“On vegetables, on fruits, on avocados, Mexico produces and provides up to 70 percent of the U..

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Marijuana banking backlash snares Vancouver couple

Ty and Tracy Camp have been together for 11 years, and married for seven, but they rarely mix their finances.
Until May, she worked as an assistant vice president and financial center manager at Bank of America in Vancouver, and also owns and manages several residential properties around Clark County. He owns a construction company and Sunshine Farms, a marijuana grower and processor in Sifton. They share only one bank account, which they use to cover mutual costs — a rental property they co-owned, and some standard household expenses.
Which is why Tracy Camp was floored to return home from a vacation with her husband to find that she’d been fired from her position with the bank, and told by an internal company investigator she’d been flagged on suspicion of money laundering.
Her husband, who works in the marijuana industry, had moved funds from his construction business’ account into their joint account, and she’d moved some of the money from the joint account into her personal acc..

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My First Indoor Grow: Part 3 – Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button So after yesterday’s revelation, I needed a little help. Today, I walked into work and got to tell my coworkers about my stupid mistake. Thankfully, they sent me home with a plan.
My plants never truly entered the flowering stage, because of the extra 12 hours of blue light, but for the past three weeks I’ve been feeding them flowering nutrients. So my first step is to flush the flower nutrients from the soil. I am planning on flushing the soil another two times, and then switching the plants back to veg nutrients for two weeks, and reinitiating the flowering process.
Today, I trimmed down the plants rather considerably, since they had grown so tall, and evened out the branches. Each of my four plants seems to have one branch that grew rather considerably longer than the others. So this should hopefully even out the growth, so the plants grow bushier and more evenly.
I will report back once I see how the plants respond.
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Oregon’s cannabis glut a cautionary tale

PORTLAND — When Oregon lawmakers created the state’s legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market.
That meant low barriers for entering the industry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana growers, whose product is not taxed. As a result, weed production boomed — with a bitter consequence.
Now, marijuana prices here are in freefall, and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before broad legalization say they are in peril of losing their now-legal businesses as the market adjusts.
Oregon regulators on Wednesday announced they will stop processing new applications for marijuana licenses in two weeks to address a severe backlog and ask state lawmakers to take up the issue next year.
Experts say the dizzying evolution of Oregon’s marijuana industry may well be a cautionary tale for California, where a similar regulatory structure could mean an oversupply on a much larger sc..

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Clark County Council doesn’t change stance on legal pot

No member of the Clark County Council signaled that they had a change of heart regarding the county’s restrictions on pot following a nearly 2 1/2 -hour special work session on cannabis Wednesday evening.
The wide-ranging work session was the second the council has held on the topic this year as the county has considered lifting its ban on recreational businesses it’s had in place since recreational sales were legalized in Washington.
In recent months, the county has begun rethinking its position after recreational pot shops have sprung up in Vancouver and Battle Ground and Oregon legalized the drug in 2014.
Republican Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Eileen Quiring have remained steadfastly opposed to lifting the county’s restrictions. Councilors John Blom and Julie Olson (also Republicans) have expressed some interest in lifting the ban. Council Chair Marc Boldt, no party preference, had previously been open to lifting the ban but later reversed his position.
The topic has become an..

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