Cannabis Reg. Update: Veterans Employed In Marijuana Industry Eligible For Home Loan Benefits, Oklahomans To Vote On Legalization This Fall & More

Cannabis Reg. Update: Veterans Employed In Marijuana Industry Eligible For Home Loan Benefits, Oklahomans To Vote On Legalization This Fall & More

Oklahoma Advocates Turn Over Signatures, Statewide Vote On Legal Marijuana This Fall

Oklahomans might finally get to decide on marijuana legalization this fall as advocates have turned in over 164,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office to place the initiative on the November ballot, reported U.S.News.

Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws submitted far more than approximately 95,000 they need to qualify State Question 820 for the ballot.

Keeping in mind the extra signatures, campaign advisor Ryan Kiesel, said that it’s “very unlikely that there's a credible challenge to our process that could delay this."

If and once approved by voters, marijuana use will be legal for adults over 21 to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to cultivate up to six mature plants and six seedlings for personal use. 

Veterans Employed In Marijuana Industry Eligible For Home Loan Benefits, Lenders Concerned About Cannabis Prohibition

On the heels of newly published documents by the House Appropriations Committee which address hemp manufacturing, CBD advertising and home loan benefits for veterans employed in legal marijuana markets,  medical cannabis research for veterans and alternative treatments for PTSD such as psychedelics, the VA said military veterans are eligible to receive home loan benefits even if their income is from a state-legal cannabis business.

Still, the department warned in a memo on Monday, that some lenders may refuse to issue loans to veterans who use marijuana, touting instability in the cannabis industry due to federal prohibition as the main reason.

“It may be difficult for lenders to establish the stability and reliability of Veterans’ income derived from marijuana-related industries,” the memo said. “As such, lenders may find it problematic to rely on such income when underwriting VA-guaranteed loans.”

However, due to hemp being federally legal, veterans who work with it should not be affected when applying for loans.

“Income from employment in industries that are not prohibited at the federal level, such as the legal hemp industry, is not problematic for underwriting purposes,” the memo stipulates.

California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Reveals Enforcement For Illegal Cannabis Growing Season

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Dept. of Cannabis Control and the State Water Resource Board have teamed up to authorize enforcement teams for the 2022 cannabis growing season.

Their mission is to tackle illicit cannabis cultivation that affects water resources as well as harms sensitive habitats leading to drought conditions.

“California’s streams, which are common victims of illegal water diversions, play an important role in ecosystem biodiversity and habitat value, the press release published on Wednesday said. “Tributary streams are often critical in providing clear, cold water for larger waterways. Many sensitive aquatic species such as southern torrent salamanders, coastal tailed frogs, steelhead, and coho salmon rely on these tributaries in the late summer months to maintain water quality and temperatures necessary for survival.”

Over the past four years, CDFW in collaboration with its partners destroyed more than 19.2 million illegal cannabis plants and 918,591 pounds of illegally processed cannabis statewide.

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.


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