New California Grow Pix

USEI Cannabis logoTHE TOP THREE IMAGES IS WHAT OUR PARTNERS PRODUCE… THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HOPING TO BE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS… THE BOTTOM IS AN UPDATED IMAGE..CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT

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USEI’S CALIFORNIA GROW PROJECT

USEI Announces That Its Cannabis Grow Project Has Started in California

USEI CANNABIS Initiatives CORP, a wholly owned subsidiary of US ENERGY INITIATIVES CORPORATION, INC. (OTC PINK: USEI) is a California based company and is pleased to announce that it has begun growing cannabis in southern California. This is one of the Company’s 2017 goals that it hoped to accomplish… that is now a reality!!

 According to Anthony Miller, CEO as I have previously mentioned… USEI has a current license to grow and partners that have been growing for many years successfully in California that produce some of the hottest marijuana strains that produce the highest yields and money. We have officially started growing cannabis with them and our hope that our first crop will come in the coming months. Images of this project can be found on our website at www.useicannabis.com/web/useis-california-grow-project/ … and in the coming weeks we will continue to post updates of our plants growing… including our signage and also video footage of our progress. We will continually post the images on our website and our twitter page concurrently… this is an exciting time for us… and this is just a start…. Our hope is to expand this operation into a larger significant grow operation before years end…. Our goal is to learn lessons from the best of the best growers so that we can ensure our success. In 2018 California will be issuing licences to growers for recreational cannabis growing (the largest cannabis marketplace in the world) and it our goal to be ready for that opportunity. This is an important step in that direction.  (click on images to enlarge)

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The Trump crackdown on legal marijuana probably isn’t coming

John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appears on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press.” NBC

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he doesn’t think the Trump administration will crack down on states that have legalized marijuana, following an hour-long conversation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

Sessions “didn’t give me any reason to think that he’s going to come down and try and put everyone out of business,” Hickenlooper told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd following the meeting.

Marijuana is federally illegal, though eight states have passed legislation to allow the recreational use and sale of the plant. 

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about whether or not they intend to crackdown on the burgeoning marijuana industry.

Sean Spicer promised “greater enforcement” of federal laws in February, and Sessions himself has said that he’s “not a fan” of the expanded use of marijuana, and that he’ll enforce federal laws in an “appropriate way.”

However, Sessions is a “pretty strong supporter of states being laboratories of democracy,” Hickenlooper told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. 

Hickenlooper added that Sessions has “got his hands full” with the opioid crisis and other hard drugs— along with implementing the Trump administration’s agenda on immigration. 

marijuanaGrower Anthony Nguyen sells marijuana at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo

Sessions reportedly told Hickenlooper toward the end of their meeting, “you haven’t seen us cracking down, have you?”

Jeff Sessions not poised to intervene in states with legal marijuana: Colorado governor

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens to reporter's question before a meeting of the Attorney General's Organized Crime Council and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Committee to discuss implementation of the President's Executive Order 13773, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

– The Washington Times – Friday, April 28, 2017

A meeting this week with Attorney General Jeff Sessions has left the governor of the first state to legalize marijuana less concerned over the possibility of the federal government pursuing a war against recreational use.

While Mr. Sessions has hardly been reserved about his opinions on pot, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters that a face-to-face meeting with the attorney general this week gave him the impression a federal crackdown is far from imminent.

Mr. Sessions “feels strongly” that “more people smoking more marijuana or doing any kind of drugs is unhealthy for the country,” the Democratic governor said in a Wednesday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Nonetheless, the attorney general indicated his Justice Department is more concerned with going after dangerous substances, according to Mr. Hickenlooper.

“He’s got his hands full with things — heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine — other things are even more significant. But doesn’t mean that he feels in any way that he should be cutting any slack to marijuana,” he told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd after Wednesday’s meeting.

“And he certainly was very direct and clearly said they’ve got a lot of priorities,” the governor continued. “And, at one point, he said, ‘Well you haven’t seen us cracking down, have you?’”

“I interpreted that as he’s got his hands full,” Mr. Hickenlooper added.

California Looks to Unite Cannabis Laws

California Cannabis Regulations Cannabis Now

The Golden State is looking to bring its medical and recreational cannabis programs in line with each other.


California Gov. Jerry Brown stepped in to shepherd passage of the state’s historic medical cannabis laws in 2015. Now he’s stepping up to unify medical and recreational cannabis regulations before both markets compete in 2018.

In case you’ve been wondering where Brown stands on policy that will determine the future of an industry worth more than $5 billion, the governor dropped a 79-page trailer bill proposal last week. Some things quickly jumped out:

● Brown wants to eliminate a third-party distribution model requirement favored by the Teamsters union, law enforcement and alcohol interests.

● Brown wants to let businesses grow and sell cannabis, a vertical-integration scenario that critics fear will breed monopolies.

● Brown wants to delay wine-like appellations of origin for cannabis.

● Brown wants the state to stop issuing California Medical Marijuana Identification Cards.

Those proposals, along with prioritizing environmental protections and other nuts and bolts, will require two-thirds of the Legislature’s approval. Brown said consolidating functions of state’s 2015 medical cannabis laws and the 2016 voter initiative that legalized recreational use will save $25 million, just shy of half of the $52 million the governor budgeted to regulate California’s recreational cannabis market in 2018.

“Implementing the current medical and recreational cannabis statutes separately will result in duplicative costs,” Brown’s budget says.

Lori Ajax, head of the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, said Brown’s trailer bill proposal “harmonizes the many elements of the two main statutes governing medicinal and adult-use cannabis, while preserving the integrity and separation of those industries.”

Critics say the distribution model required by Prop. 64 — in which independent middlemen distribute products from growers and manufacturers to testing labs and retail outlets, while also acting as tax collectors — will raise prices and push consumers to the illegal market when recreational sales start in early 2018. the remainder of this article can be found at: https://cannabisnow.com/california-looks-unite-cannabis-laws/

California Could Become The Cannabis Industry’s Safe Haven

California Leaders Want to Block a Fed Move Against Cannabis

Politics The latest in cannabis legalization including laws and policies, legislators’ views, election coverage, and more.

HAYLEY FOX…March 31, 2017

California Leads Nation in Legal Marijuana Sales

More than a quarter of all legal cannabis in North America is sold right here in California, despite much stricter laws than Colorado or Washington...Tue Mar 28th, 2017 3:12pm

Literally anyone age 21 or over can buy marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and this has been well-known for years. California, despite the passage of Prop. 64 legalizing recreational cannabis use, still weeds out most buyers by requiring they have a Medical Marijuana ID card. That requirement will remain in place for at least the rest of 2017.

Even with the additional bureaucratic burden of requiring a medical card, California still sells a lot more legal marijuana than the far more permissive states of Washington and Colorado. According to cannabis market research firm the Arcview Group, California makes up more than one-fourth of all legal marijuana sales in the 50 U.S. states plus Canada combined.

“California accounted for 27 percent of the 2016 legal market in North America,” Arcview Group notes in its recently released State of Legal Marijuana Markets report. “Colorado represented 20 percent and Washington represented 11 percent.” 

 

Keep in mind that those figures cover just 2016 — a period primarily before California had approved recreational marijuana. Colorado and Washington had been puffing the stuff with virtually no adult restrictions all year.

The report, which also includes Canadian cannabis sales, estimates that legal cannabis is now a $6.7 billion annual industry in North America. That’s up 34 percent from the previous year’s estimate of just over $5 billion.

The other side of Eden: Commercial marijuana takes root in Steinbeck country

 

John Steinbeck’s quintessential California novel “East of Eden,” about pain and poverty in an agricultural paradise, cast this setting in near biblical tones, depicting it as a place of mystical breeze and light, “full of sun and loveliness” and warm like “the lap of a beloved mother.”

He wrote “the top soil lay deep and fertile” and “the whole valley floor, and the foothills too, would be carpeted with lupins and poppies.” Here, Steinbeck called the fields of lettuce “green gold,” and to this day, the productive valley – between the Gabilan Mountains to the east and the Santa Lucias to the west – is known as “the Salad Bowl of the World.”

But it has seen challenging times. In the 1980s, producers of cut flowers erected cavernous greenhouses south of Salinas. Heated and cooled by abundant sunshine and ocean breezes, these buildings created the perfect micro-climate for growing lilies, tulips, delphiniums and orchids. Then global competition, particularly from Latin America, decimated the market. The downturn, occurring over the past two decades, left tracts of vacant, collapsing structures and helped to push the recent unemployment rate to more than 11 percent, well above the state’s 5.1 percent average.

Investor Rush Follows California Town’s Cannabis Vote

 STEPHEN PAULSEN….March 15, 2017