Nation’s Largest Hemp Processing Plant Opens in Colorado

Colorado City, a town of fewer than 2,500 in southern Colorado, will soon be home to up to 50 million pounds of hemp, now that a massive hemp-processing facility is open for business.

Paragon Processing opened a 250,000-square-foot hemp-processing facility on Wednesday, August 29. Not only does the company say that the new facility is the largest of its kind in the country, but it could help bring 250 new jobs to Colorado before the end of the year, with a number of them located in Colorado City.

According to Paragon co-president Matt Evans, the facility will produce a variety of hemp extractions through isolation and distillation techniques, and soon will be processing around one million pounds of the plant each month. By the end of the 2019 harvest season, he wants to see that total hit two million pounds.

“With the legalization of the 2018 Farm Bill, the production and interstate transfer of hemp has increased the demand for both hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products, and we aim to propel the industrial hemp manufacturing efforts in order to confidently answer this call,” Evans says in a statement announcing the new facility.

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Colorado legalized hemp in 2012, when the state’s voters approved recreational marijuana, but the federal government didn’t come around on hemp until late 2018, when Congress passed the Farm Bill. With a six-year head start on the majority of the nation, Colorado quickly jumped to the top of the list of states farming industrial hemp. However, hemp business groups have continued to call for more testing and processing facilities in the state. Paragon’s operation, located in a former Columbia House Records space and a Kroger distribution center, does both.

Now that more states are focusing on hemp, Colorado lawmakers point to the southern part of this state as a key destination for new hemp farmers and businesses. Rural areas with agricultural experience, such as Pueblo County, have welcomed both the marijuana and hemp industries, using them to help climb out of the steel and housing recessions, with moderate success.

Governor Jared Polis’s administration has pushed for looser regulations on hemp farmers and businesses in order for this state to maintain its top spot in the hemp industry. During a recent speech at a hemp and CBD industry conference, Polis said that hemp farming was part of his rural economic initiative, and that he’d like to raise Colorado’s current 62,000 acres allotted for hemp farming by 20 percent.

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Medicine Man Agrees to Buy Country’s Largest Outdoor Marijuana Farm

Well, that didn’t take long: Less than a week after Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill that expanded marijuana business investment opportunities for publicly traded companies, venture capitalists and private equity firms, one of the state’s largest pot corporations announced plans to scoop up two commercial marijuana operations, including the largest legal outdoor cultivation in North America.

On June 5, Medicine Man Technologies announced that it had reached binding agreements with Los Sueños Farms, an outdoor marijuana farm on 36 acres outside Pueblo, as well as Mesa Organics Ltd, which owns a commercial cultivation, dispensary and extraction facility in Pueblo. The price of the acquired companies will be 125 percent of their respective gross revenues in 2019, according to Medicine Man CEO Andy Williams, who says that operations should remain the same outside of a few administrative changes.

The sales can’t take place until the language of House Bill 1090 goes into effect, however, because Medicine Man Technologies is a publicly held company. After the new law takes hold on November 1, Medicine Man plans to finish purchasing both companies by February 1, 2020, Williams says.

And that might not be the end of the buying spree: Medicine Man Technologies’ most recent quarterly report with the Securities and Exchange Commission notes that the company has binding term sheets executed “with three entities.” Williams is mum on future acquisition plans, but confirms that Medicine Man is looking to purchase more companies.

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“The new law repealed the prohibition against public companies from owning cannabis licenses in the state. It also made provisions to allow out-of-state ownership of cannabis licenses without the restrictive provisions that were in place before,” he explains. “Now, outside investment can come from a public company or private money, like investment funds, banks or private equity capital.”

As initially written, Colorado regulations regarding marijuana companies were designed to discourage criminal investment in the pot industry, which is still federally illegal and largely a cash-only trade. But as more states (and Canada) legalize recreational marijuana and ease investment opportunities, Colorado’s larger pot companies began to get frustrated with this state’s relatively strict rules.

The new rules allowing public investors and more funding revenues weren’t supported by all of the industry, though; owners of smaller marijuana businesses were concerned about increased consolidation within the state. But even so, those walls are about to go down, and Williams expects similar moves from other marijuana companies with deep pockets.

“Not everybody is going to do this, but I do know other companies that I have a lot of respect for that will be going down similar paths,” he says. “That is going to be great for Colorado, ending up with two or three headquarters of the country’s largest cannabis companies.”

One of the first marijuana companies to file with the SEC, Medicine Man Technologies is already a big conglomerate. The company currently reports ownership of Medicine Man dispensaries in Colorado, as well as a cannabis nutrient brand (Success Nutrients), a hydroponic store and wholesale supplier (the Big Tomato), a marijuana consulting business (Denver Consulting Group), a publishing outlet for books and phone apps (Three a Light) and a cannabis pharmaceutical research firm (MedPharm Holdings).

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Largest Pot Bust in Colorado History Claims Over 80,000 Plants

Colorado law enforcement officers, district attorneys and federal authorities collaborated on what they describe as the largest collective marijuana bust in the state’s history.

During a press conference on May 24, Jason Dunn, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, discussed the two-year investigation that included nearly 250 location searches in eight counties across the state and led to  42 arrests after raids over the last three days.

“To be clear, these grows are not ones that were otherwise legal under state law. These are pure black market,” Dunn said. “We want people to know these grow operations are not occurring in abandoned houses or poorer parts of the metro area. These are happening in middle- and upper-class neighborhoods, [where] many of us live and raise families.”

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dunn’s office, several Colorado district attorneys and over thirty local sheriff and police departments. Over 80,000 marijuana plants, 41 homes, 25 vehicles and more than $ 2.1 million were seized during the busts. Dunn declined to reveal whether those arrested were all part of the same criminal enterprise, citing an open investigation.

Sixteen of the defendants are facing federal charges, while the other 26 will be tried in state courts. The majority of the grows had more than 100 plants, Dunn said, and eleven defendants were charged with growing 1,000 plants. None of the arrested individuals had medical marijuana patient or caregiver cards, he added.

U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn described a two-year investigation into illegal marijuana growing that culminated in 42 arrests.

U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn described a two-year investigation into illegal marijuana growing that culminated in 42 arrests.

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While industry reports claim that Colorado has the smallest black market for marijuana of any state in the country, Colorado district attorneys Dave Young and George Brauchler believe otherwise. During the press conference, both DAs said that recreational pot legalization has led to a rise in large-scale criminal growing operations, taking advantage of state laws that allow individuals 21 and older to grow up to twelve marijuana in their homes to disguise the grows.

“It’s clear that when Amendment 64 passed, this is not what the voters had in mind when they legalized marijuana in Colorado,” said Young, the DA for the 17th District of Colorado, calling the state a “hub” for illegal pot activity. “We have put a big dent in that hub today.”

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In an interview in 2018, previous U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said that federal authorities were investigating criminal operations from China and Cuba that were gutting homes, stealing utilities and growing illegal marijuana in the Denver suburbs; Brauchler and DEA special agent Tim McDermott confirmed that individuals from both countries were among the 42 arrested.

“[Colorado] did not vote for the wild west of weed, and that’s what we are becoming,” said Brauchler, the DA for the 18th District of Colorado. “This is not an urban issue. This is a suburban and rural issue that grows out of Amendment 64.”

Brauchler said he’s frustrated by the amount of resources that law enforcement within his jurisdiction has spent on fighting illegal marijuana cultivations; his office has had to hire an extra prosecutor specifically for illegal marijuana grows, he noted.

“There are parts of this state, and I represent them, that did not vote for Amendment 64 but are bearing the brunt of the growth of the black market that was generated from it,” Brauchler added. “For all the other states going down this same green, green-brick road: if you legalize marijuana and allow it to be grown in homes, this is what you can expect to happen.”

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Aurora Cannabis Becomes the World’s Largest Marijuana Producer

In a move industry insiders had previously called a hostile takeover, Aurora Cannabis has bought CanniMed Therapeutics for $ 1.1 billion CAD ($ 852 million USD). The purchase makes Aurora the largest cannabis producer on Earth based on market value, overtaking Canopy Growth Corporation. While the United States continues to grapple with the conflict between state and […]

America’s Largest Veterans Organization Calls For Weed to be Rescheduled

America’s largest veterans organization is calling for cannabis to be rescheduled, according to

The organization, American Legion, has over 2 million members. Last week, it passed resolution calling for Congress to reschedule cannabis.

“The American Legion urge Congress to amend legislation to remove Marijuana from schedule I and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value,” the resolution reads. 

The resolution points out that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are major medical issues in the veteran community, and it points out that marijuana could conceivably be useful for treating these ailments.

About 20 years ago, scientist discovered a system in the brain called the endocannabinoid system that responds to 60 chemicals in marijuana, also known as cannabis,” the resolution reads. “This system plays a role in many of the body’s functions, such as in the heart, along with the digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems … This discovery sparked interest in finding specific chemicals made from marijuana that could be targeted for specific conditions.”

The DEA recently refused to reschedule marijuana, and that angered many in the veteran community who believe it is a safer option for treating conditions like PTSD than highly addictive opioids. As we’ve noted before, veterans are twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose than the average American.

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Largest Study to Date Finds CBD Cannabinoid Helpful For Children with Epilepsy

Providing some much-needed hope for parents of kids suffering from severe forms of epilepsy, a new study provides further evidence that marijuana’s non-psychoactive cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD), offers a safe and effective form of anti-epileptic therapy.

As parents and guardians of epileptic children have been scrambling to obtain those few strains known to be high in the miracle cannabinoid – like Charlotte’s Web and Haleigh’s Hope – some were acting out of blind faith rather than scientific evidence. Until recently, there had been scarce scientific data on cannabidiol’s overall safety and efficacy as an anti-epileptic. Fortunately for all, that nagging little question has been put to bed this week – at least for some.

Praised as being the largest study performed to date, the American Epilepsy Society met in Philadelphia this week to review the results from the 2014 study:

“261 patients received at least 3 months of treatment and had available data at last group data collection (136 (52%) were male; average age 11.8 years, range 4 months-41 years; average weight 38 kg; range 6.4-127). The most common diagnoses were DS (44; 17%) and LGS (40; 15%). The average # of concomitant AEDs was 3.0. After 3 months of therapy, the median overall seizure frequency reductioHimn was 45.1% in all patients and 62.7% in DS patients. For LGS patients, the median reduction of atonic seizures from baseline was 71.1%. Among all patients, 47% had a ?50% reduction in seizures. Seizure-freedom at 3 months occurred in 9% of patients and 13% of DS patients. Clobazam co-therapy was associated with a higher rate of treatment response (?50% convulsive seizure reduction): 57% v. 39%; this may reflect elevations in the desmethyl clobazam metabolite. Safety data from 313 patients representing 180 patient years was available at 16 sites. Adverse events in ?10% of patients included somnolence (23%), diarrhea (23%), fatigue (17%), decreased appetite (17%), convulsions (17%) and vomiting (10%). 14 patients (4%) had an adverse event leading to discontinuation of CBD. 36 patients (12%) withdrew primarily due to lack of efficacy.”

While the CBD cannabinoid was shown to be beneficial for most participants, unfortunately for some, epilepsy can be one of the more difficult conditions to control. Approximately 1/3 of all patients have an intractable form of epilepsy.

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Those in 50s Largest Group Battling Drug Addiction

Those in 50s Biggest Group Battling Drug Addiction

Big jump also seen in those aged 60 and older needing treatment for painkiller, heroin abuse

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By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs, a study based in New York City found.

Narcotic painkillers include prescription painkillers, such as morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Percocet). These medications are also known as opioids.

The researchers’ analysis of data revealed a “pronounced age trend in those utilizing opioid treatment programs from 1996 to 2012, with adults aged 50 and older becoming the majority treatment population,” principle investigator Dr. Benjamin Han, from New York University, said in a university news release.

People aged 50 to 59 accounted for about 8 percent of narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment patients in 1996, but they represented nearly 36 percent in 2012. The proportion of patients aged 60 to 69 also rose dramatically, from 1.5 percent to 12 percent, the study revealed.

“These increases are especially striking, considering there was about a 7.6 percent decrease in the total patient population over that period of time, and suggests that we are facing a never before seen epidemic of older adults with substance use disorders and increasing numbers of older adults in substance abuse treatment,” Han said.

The proportion of such patients aged 40 and younger fell from about 56 percent in 1996 to about 20 percent in 2012, the study showed.

Among patients aged 60 and older, there was a 10 percent increase in whites, and almost a 4 percent increase in Hispanics. There was nearly 14 percent decrease in the number of blacks in treatment programs in this age group, the study showed. Among patients aged 50 to 59, the rate for Hispanics increased 9 percent, for blacks by 6 percent and for whites by 3.5 percent, the study noted.

Overall, the proportion of white patients remained steady. There was a slight decrease in black patients and a slight overall increase in Hispanic patients, the study found.

The growing number of older adults in treatment programs for narcotic painkiller and heroin addiction is likely to continue for years, the study authors said. They added that additional research is needed to learn more about the health needs of this group of patients.

The study was published Nov. 23 in the Journal of Substance Use & Misuse.

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Next Apple TV Described as “Apple’s Largest Ever Attempt to Lure Console Players”

The next edition of Apple TV will come with a Wii Remote-like controller and mark the software giant’s “largest-ever effort to lure players from traditional consoles,” according to one unverified report.

Technology and Apple publication 9to5Mac claims to have received information from purported inside sources “with knowledge of the product,” who say that the fourth-gen Apple TV will feature support for more traditional controllers, and allow a whole range of third-party devices to connect via Bluetooth.

Apple TV’s rumored integrated motion controller, meanwhile, is expected to include both tactile physical buttons and a touchpad interface. A microphone is also rumored, which could be used for UI navigation in a manner similar to Microsoft’s Kinect.

“For gaming purposes, the remote control will have the built-in motion sensors introduced in the iPhone, so that it can be used as a steering wheel for car racing titles and similar games,” the publication claims.

“Importantly, however, the controller is said to connect to the Apple TV over Bluetooth, rather than using a sensor bar with IR support. As a result, the Apple TV’s support for motion controls is unlikely to include a system navigation and pointing interface akin to Nintendo’s Wii.”

At the time of going to press, none of these claims could be verified. Apple very rarely responds to articles based on rumor.

Apple has sent notices to the media and software partners to attend its next press conference, set for September 9 in San Francisco. In the invite, the corporation hints that one topic of conversation will be its Siri voice control software.

Several major software companies have attempted to compete with traditional games consoles with microconsoles such as Ouya, Amazon Fire TV, and even Sony’s own PlayStation TV.

So far, none of these products have achieved success in terms of market share versus Xbox One, Wii U, and PlayStation 4.


Largest City in Kansas Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

Yesterday, voters in Wichita, Kansas approved a ballot measure that greatly reduces the penalties for marijuana possession.

The Wichita Eagle reports:

Of the 37,000 Wichita voters, 54 percent said they wanted more lenient penalties for first-time offenders. About 45 percent wanted to keep the status quo.

The major provision of the ballot initiative was to reduce the punishment for a first-time marijuana conviction to a $ 50 fine. Violations would be an infraction that wouldn’t have to be disclosed on most job and college scholarship applications.

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Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, attended an Election Night party with the measure’s supporters and said she hopes the win in Wichita will send a message to the capital for the state to ease up on marijuana.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt has issued an opinion that the initiative is unlawful, primarily because it conflicts with state law.

Under state law, first-time marijuana possession is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a penalty of as much as a $ 2,500 fine and a year in jail. Legally, that puts it on par with violent offenses including assaulting a police officer.

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Wal-Mart getting largest PS4 shipment to date this weekend

In the market for a PlayStation 4? You may want to consider Wal-Mart, as the retailer announced today that it will receive its largest ever PS4 shipment this weekend.

Systems will be available at Wal-Mart stores across the country beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, December 15. Consoles will also be available online while supplies last.

Xbox One systems remain old out at Wal-Mart. Separately, Wal-Mart said today as part of the Xbox One 2 million sales announcement that the company is refreshing its inventory “as fast as we can” to ensure customers can purchase the system for Christmas.

Wal-Mart also announced today that it will launch a Christmas Countdown Savings Event beginning on Friday, December 13 at 8 a.m. Game-specific deals include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Grand Theft Auto V, and NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) for $ 40.

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90 Gram Dab Party Sets Record For “World’s Largest Dab”

They don’t have a category for World’s Largest Dab in the Guinness Book of Records–yet. Cause if they did, this would certainly qualify for the award, as it’s by far the biggest dab we’ve ever witnessed in our life.

This stunt was pulled off by “NW Green Thumb,” utilizing a custom, mega titanium plate built by Titanium Innovation. The move can clearly be construed a waste of concentrates–90 grams of that stuff will last most patients a year–and there’s children dry in Ethiopia! But that clearly wasn’t these dabbers’ concern…

The other burning question: does the hotbox actually work? The amount of smoke proliferating from the plate is out of control, and you can hear audible coughing throughout the video, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it “worked” and people got high. But without mouth on rig inhalation (or mouth on blunt), it’s often difficult to get a full high from just a Hot Box.

Then again, this is not your after school Hot Box, and the crowd seems to be feeling the medicine. See for yourself and provide your conclusion in the comments:

This really didn’t need to be 16 minutes long, either.

World’s largest geyser puts on rare show at Yellowstone

The sunrise is reflected in the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The sunrise is reflected in the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, June 24, 2011.

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Thu Aug 1, 2013 4:47pm EDT

(Reuters) – The world’s largest geyser has exploded to life at Yellowstone National Park for the first time in eight years, sending a high-pressure burst of steamy water 300 feet into the air, a park official said on Thursday.

The stream of 160 degree water released on Wednesday night by the so-called Steamboat Geyser lasted for roughly 10 minutes, delighting a small number of “geyser gazers” who have waited years for such a show, Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said.

“There are a lot of people who wait hour after hour, day after day, for things to erupt,” he said.

Yellowstone visitors could potentially wait a lifetime for Steamboat Geyser, which has gone as long as 50 years between major eruptions. Steamboat Geyser last sent a superheated torrent of water hundreds of feet into the air in May 2005.

Yellowstone, which stretches across the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is the oldest and arguably best known U.S. national park, attracting more than 3 million visitors a year.

The park contains half the world’s geothermal features in the form of more than 300 geysers and countless hot springs, boiling mud pots and steam-emitting fumaroles.

Old Faithful, the park’s most famous geyser, gained its name by reliably spewing hot water and steam every 90 minutes.

Major eruptions of Yellowstone geysers can be likened to pressure cookers. They are caused when cold water from snowmelt and rain meets underlying rock liquefied by heat.

The mix creates steam that rises in temperature and pressure until it shoots through surface vents, carrying overlying water with it.

Geyser eruptions can trigger seismic tremors and have sometimes been mistaken for earthquakes by Yellowstone visitors.

“The ground shakes and you can hear it from several miles away. It sounds like a jet taking off,” Hottle said.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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California pot shop billed as world’s largest may stay open for now -judge

SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Jul 3, 2013 7:00pm EDT

(Reuters) – A medical marijuana dispensary billed as the world’s largest cannabis store may stay open while the city of Oakland fights a U.S. government effort to shut it down or seize the property, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

There has been a tug-of-war in California between federal and local authorities over cannabis sold for purported health reasons.

In February, Magistrate Maria-Elena James, the same judge who ruled on Wednesday, said the city had no right to intervene in a federal prosecutor’s civil-forfeiture action against the Harborside Health Center, which was featured on the Discovery Channel reality TV show “Weed Wars.”

The city appealed the ruling, and James’s latest order allows the dispensary to continue to sell marijuana to individuals carrying a doctor’s recommendation while the appeal is under review. James called the question of Oakland’s legal standing in the case “a matter of significant public interest.”

Attorney Cedric Chao, who is representing the city in the case, called the ruling “very significant.”

“The court has recognized that Oakland has legitimate interests in protecting its residents’ health, in promoting public safety, and in protecting the integrity of its legislative framework for the regulation of medical cannabis,” Chao said.

“Today’s order, coming right before the July Fourth holiday, reminds us all that one of the strengths of our country is its independent judiciary.”

Harborside’s landlords have moved to evict the store under pressure from federal prosecutors, who have threatened to seize the property as part of a U.S. government crackdown on what it deems to be illegal pot shops in California.

The city of Oakland in October sued the federal government in an effort to allow Harborside to continue selling marijuana to its 100,000 patients. Oakland officials warned that a shutdown would lead to a “health crisis.”

The city expects to collect $ 1.4 million in medical-pot sales tax revenue this year.

A representative for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco was not immediately available for comment.

Federal authorities in recent years have launched a crackdown in California and other states against what prosecutors consider an illegal network of cannabis suppliers established under state medical marijuana laws.

California was the first to legalize pot for medical purposes, and nearly 20 other states and the District of Columbia have enacted similar statutes, though marijuana is classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law.

(Editing by Steve Gorman, Toni Reinhold)

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Facebook Suspends Canada’s Largest Cannabis-Related Page

The admin team of the Kingston Compassion Club Society’s (K.C.C.S) Facebook Page, “It’s Cannabis, Not Marijuana,” on August 27 received notification from Facebook that the page is being suspended. They are unable to create posts, access the page analytics, also called Insights, and have lost administrative rights, such as posting as the page in other sections of Facebook.

The admins attracted the attention of Facebook by attempting to add the physical address of the K.C.C.S in Ontario via the admin panel. They are currently working with Facebook to have the name changed to Kingston Compassion Club Society or to keep the current name, in an attempt to prevent Facebook from outright deleting the page.

This page is the largest Canadian Facebook presence, with almost 28,000 “Likes”,and a source of accurate, non-biased cannabis news and education for millions. Many cannabis blogs follow the page and re-blog stories that the page shares.

The page tolerates an open-debate policy in it’s comments, rarely deleting any content submitted by users. Already several cannabis-content pages on Facebook have expressed their support for KCCS and have called out Facebook for it’s attack on Freedom of Speech in its community. 

The following was received by KCCS via email from Facebook:

According to our Pages terms, we don’t allow users to admin a Page that represents a generic location or entity. You can read more about our Page terms here:

Page names may not solely use the generic term for the category of products or services you offer (e.g. “beer” or “pizza”). Additionally, users may not admin Pages about towns, cities, or states (e.g. “San Francisco” or “New York State”). Those users attempting to admin Pages about generic content may have their administrative rights automatically removed.

You may propose a new Page name that accurately reflects your brand or entity on Facebook. If we determine that the new Page name complies with our terms, we may allow you to change it. Otherwise, we will remove the administrative rights for the Page, and you will have an opportunity to set up a new Page and ask your current fans to Like the new Page.

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