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THIS WEEK's HEADLINES

FDA:  Crackdown on CBD oil makers 

DENVER:  Marijuana seizures increase nearly 1000% 
COLORADO:  Arts world cozies up to marijuana industry

FDA cracks down on CBD oil suppliers

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to several CBD oil manufacturers who are selling their products in interstate commerce, an action that violates several sections of FDA law.
 
The companies advertise CBD products, such as Dixie Botanicals Dew Drops Hemp Oil Supplement, pictured above, on their websites. Company claims that CBD products cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent various diseases place CBD in the category of new drugs, which are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the uses advertised FDA explains, adding:
 
“New drugs may not be legally introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without prior approval from the FDA,” citing specific sections of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act the companies are violating. “FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.” [Emphasis added.]
 
The products also are misbranded: their labels “fail to bear adequate directions for use.”
 
Companies are responsible for complying with all requirements of FDA regulations, the letters point out. Failure to take prompt corrective action “may result in legal action without further notice, including limitation, seizure, and injunction.”
 
Click here to read FDA’s letter to California’s Hemp Oil Care. 

Click here to read letters to Arizona’s CBD Life Holdings, South Carolina’s Twin Falls Bio Tech, and Washington state’s Purecbd.
Denver Police Department sees nearly 1000%
increase in marijuana seizures since 2011

The Denver Police Department seized 8,092 pounds of marijuana in 2014 compared to 937 pounds in 2011, an increase of nearly 1000%.
 
A spokesman from the Denver Vice and Narcotics Bureau says Colorado has become a source state for the nation. State-grown marijuana sells for $2000 to $2400 a pound in Colorado but $5500 to $6000 in the East. That’s causing a new black market where people from all over the world grow pot in Colorado and sell it back home.
 
They can do this because there is no limit on the number of plants caretakers can legally grow in the state. Denver’s city council is trying to change that by limiting the number to 36 plants per person in nonresidential areas.
 
Click here to read story.
Colorado art organizations
cozy up to marijuana industry

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center cut a deal with a local medical marijuana dispensary. For a $2000 donation to support production of the center’s satirical musical, Reefer Madness, the dispensary got to place its logo on the show’s promotional materials.
 
A movie theater chain in Littleton, Alamo Drafthouse, partnered with a Denver dispensary to organize a pot-party bus on which 25 people, selected via a social media contest, rode around Denver smoking pot with the director of the drug-saturated film Inherent Vice.
 
And Levitt Pavilions, planning to open in Denver in 2016, has accepted a $200,000 campaign contribution from a local pot shop, which will get recognition on the pavilion’s website and mailers in return.
 
The alliance between the arts and the industry began when the Colorado Symphony hosted four chamber music concerts in a series called Classically Cannabis. The series, organized by a pot-event-planning company, raised some $250,000 in support for the symphony. Said the event planner, “The more we can keep producing high-end events that showcase arts groups that aren’t anything like you would picture at a marijuana event, the more we can keep normalizing cannabis use and changing the face of the user.”
 
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.
 
Click here to read story.

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With this issue we welcome many new subscribers. We hope you find our e-newsletter will keep you up to date on the marijuana story. More than 21,000 readers have clicked through to read the health report from Colorado featured in the February 4th issue of The Marijuana Report. Many of you shared that issue with others and apparently so did they. More than 9,000 readers have clicked through to the Colorado public safety report featured in our February 11th issue. Thank you for being such effective, committed networkers. For those who missed the report in the February 4th issue, click here; in the February 11th, click here.
 
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