Canada’s likely pot legalization may create border issues

Canada’s likely pot legalization may create border issues

The Columbian / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Canada’s likely move to completely legalize marijuana next year promises to produce immediate spillover effects in the United States, starting with increased confusion at the U.S.-Canadian border.

“I’m expecting my business to boom,” said Len Saunders, an immigration attorney from Blaine.

With recreational marijuana legal up and down the West Coast, from Alaska to California, he said, more Canadians may let down their guard and admit to U.S. authorities that they’ve used marijuana, reason enough to get foreigners barred from entering the country.

Beyond that, pot retailers and legalization backers say it’s difficult to predict exactly what might happen if Canada, as expected, becomes only the second nation in the world to fully legalize pot for anyone over 18 on July 1, 2018.

Even with such a big move, Jacob Lamont figures the Canadian customers will keep coming to Evergreen Cannabis, his pot shop in Blaine, just a few blocks from the U.S.-Canadian border.

“I enjoy my brothers and sisters from the north — obviously they support my business quite well,” said Lamont, who estimates that Canadian customers make up 60 percent of his business. “They still come down here. They buy a lot of milk, they buy cigarettes and they buy alcohol, because the taxation is so high up there. And I have a feeling they’re going to follow suit with marijuana.”

Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer said it could be a game changer for Congress.

“It completely changes the dynamic,” he said. “Some regard Canada as the 51st state. This is going to make a big difference in terms of adjusting attitudes and accelerating progress. It’s going to help us bring these things to a head.”

Saunders scoffed at the idea that the United States would ever legalize marijuana with President Donald Trump, a teetotaler, in the White House.

“You have a president who not only has an attorney general (Jeff Sessions) who is going to fight drugs, but you have a president who’s never even had a sip of alcohol,” Saunders said.

One of Saunders’ clients, Alan Ranta, 36, a freelance music journalist from Vancouver, B.C., got barred last year as he tried to drive his Toyota Yaris into Washington state. During questioning, he was handcuffed and told a U.S. border guard he had smoked marijuana in the past. Even though he was not carrying the drug with him at the time, Ranta said, he was told that under U.S. law he had committed “a crime involving moral turpitude.”

“It lulls you into a false sense of security when you don’t have anything on you and you’ve done nothing wrong and you’re going to a place where it’s legal,” Ranta said. “You keep thinking, ‘This is crazy, why am I getting in trouble?’”

He figures he was stopped because he and a friend were headed to a music festival, with a banana suit, tutus and a psychedelic top hat visible in the car: “If it’s an electronic music festival, we like to dress up in weird things that we’d never wear day to day.”

Saunders said that even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as a private citizen, could be denied entry since he had admitted to smoking marijuana in the past. Saunders is advising people not to lie to border authorities but to refuse to answer any questions about past pot use.

“Let’s change the question: What if they asked about your sex life? Would you be so forthcoming?” he said. “If you’ve smoked in the past, it’s nobody’s business. If you don’t answer the question, the worst thing they can do is deny you entry. If you answer that question and say ‘yes,’ you are inadmissible for life. It’s a lifetime ban.”

Saunders said Canadians who were barred could apply for a waiver, paying $585 but then having to wait for months for permission to enter the country. The requests are rarely disapproved, but he got his first denial last month for a case involving a 20-year-old Canadian who had admitted smoking pot to an agent. Saunders predicted that it’s a sign of more to come from the Trump administration.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said any decision by Canada to legalize marijuana would not change anything at the U.S.-Canadian border.

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Published at Mon, 08 May 2017 13:05:48 +0000

PUF Ventures Grows Interest in Cannabis Grow

PUF Ventures Grows Interest in Cannabis Grow

VANCOUVER, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ – PUF Ventures Inc. (the “Company“) (CSE: PUF) (Frankfurt: PU3) (OTCPK: PUFXF) announces that it has issued 500,003 common shares at a deemed price of $0.40 per share to the shareholders of AAA Heidelberg Inc. (“AAA“) pursuant to the Share Exchange Agreement among the Company, AAA and the shareholders of AAA dated for reference January 26, 2015 (the “Agreement“).  These shares are subject to a four month hold period.  As result of this share issuance the number of issued and outstanding shares of the Company increased from 41,908,455 to 42,408,458.

Pursuant to the Agreement, upon the issuance of these shares by the Company, the shareholders of AAA will be transferring an additional 9.1% interest in AAA to the Company.  This transfer will result in the Company owning a total of approximately 54.49% of AAA.

About PUF Ventures Inc.

PUF Ventures is moving into the biomedical cannabis sector by purchasing a 100-per-cent interest in AAA Heidelberg, a private Ontario company that is currently in Stage 5 of 7 in its application for an ACMPR (access to cannabis for medical purposes regulations) license.  Although the Company cannot guarantee nor estimate the timing for the issuance of a license to AAA Heidelberg, it is PUF’s goal to become the next publicly traded Canadian company to be granted a new medical marijuana production license.

VapeTronix, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, is in the process of expanding its 1313 brand of electronic cigarettes, marijuana vaporizer delivery devices, and associated technologies.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Derek Ivany
President & CEO

No stock exchange or securities regulatory authority has reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE PUF Ventures

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Published at Tue, 09 May 2017 15:57:55 +0000

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Announces Filing of 2018 Ballot Initiative

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today announced that it has filed petition language with the State of Michigan, kicking off an effort to enact an adult use law at the ballot box in 2018.

As of the writing of this post, ballot language was not available on the Coalition’s website. Earlier today, that website linked to a March 22, 2017, draft of the ballot measure. Highlights of that draft included:

  • Allowing cultivation, processing, possession and use of marijuana by all Michigan residents more than 21 years of age.
  • Allowing “homegrow” of up to 12 plants.
  • Protecting users of marijuana from adverse governmental actions.
  • A unique provision for “microbusinesses,” which could grow up to 150 plants, process marijuana into infused products, and sell marijuana and marijuana products.
  • Provisions for licensing growers, processors, testing laboratories, retailers, and transporters, largely mirroring the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA).
  • Limits on market entry—for two years, only businesses licensed under the State’s MMFLA could receive adult use licenses for businesses other than the new microbusinesses or 100-plant growers.
  • Providing for licensure and regulations by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Allowing municipalities to “opt out” of allowing licensed businesses, although decisions to opt out would be subject to citizen referenda.
  • Providing a short time frame for the State to act on license applications.
  • Providing that if the State did not have regulations completed within one year, adult use businesses would have the right to apply for licensing at the local level. If licensed at the local level, the State would be prohibited from enforcing regulations against the licensee for one year.
  • Although the earlier draft split tax revenue on a new 10 percent excise tax between municipalities, counties and community colleges, the Coalition’s website now states that taxes will be split between the School Aid Fund, the Transportation Fund (for repairs to roads and bridges), municipalities, and counties.

Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog will have more details on both the initiative and the next steps in the process as they become available.

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Published at Thu, 04 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

ART ON WALLS AT THE GREAT CANADIAN CANNA MALL

ART ON WALLS AT THE GREAT CANADIAN CANNA MALL

Give us a place where we all can be free to medicate without fear of persecution and we will start to heal in ways no one could have imagined; some of us didn’t know we were sick or hurting until we realized how much better we felt when we came together and lit up a joint.

The positive energy created at The Green Ceiling has manifested into some incredibly beautiful art. All of it done on the volunteer whims of the artist, to be viewed with pleasure and the aid of some cannabis.

For those of you who might not be able to make it Victoria BC, sit back, light up and see whats gracing the walls at The Great Canadian Canna Mall. 

Thanks to Paul Archer, Jason Balaam, Monica Andrade, Raya-Jayne Peters and Sarah Weston for sharing their work.


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Published at Thu, 04 May 2017 11:05:33 +0000

Music To Smoke To: Always High – Juicy J + Wiz Khalifa

Music To Smoke To: Always High – Juicy J + Wiz Khalifa

Mrs. Nice Guy

Picture me rolling around Portland chiefin with the sunroof open blasting this song with a huge grin on my face.

I am super slow and just barely hearing this chronically enhanced track from Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa.

“Always High” premiered on 420 and it’s produced by Crazy Mike and Juicy J. I heard this song twice over the weekend during DJ Whoo Kid’sWhoolywood Shuffle show on Shade 45 and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

I am digging the mellow vibe, the back and forth between both MC’s and the catchy chorus. The stoner rap genre is growing and we can thank both gentleman for partially assisting in its growth.

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Published at Tue, 02 May 2017 20:48:59 +0000

Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

Everything You Need To Know About Kannastor Grinders – Expert Review

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  • Performance

  • Grinding Quality

  • Value For Money

Our Verdict

The Kannstor Grinder is the best grinder you can get on the market today. Beautiful designs, great prices and a variety of sizes makes this grinder a great buy!  

Want to know more about Kannastor grinders?

Smart move, you came to the right place.

Finding the right grinder is an absolute necessity for people that have a strong desire to have the best vaping experience.

Over the years, the demand for the best vaping experience has increased which also paved the way not only for high tech vaporizers but additionally for the high end high grade accessories that compliment them such as the grinder.

You’ve heard this advice a million time.

When looking for a new grinder, you need to make sure its user-friendly, durable, and a design that makes it functional.

It needs to do its job well of grinding herbs in order to maximize the vaping experience.

One of the brands that stood out over the years is Kannastor. Kannastor has been around making different types of grinders since 2003.

That’s 14 years of experience for them. 

They’ve covered both the single chamber and the multi-chamber varieties. And given their years in the business, this makes them a veteran in the world of vaporizers and grinders.

All these years, they’ve been working to adjust their designs in order to create the best grinders possible.

The Good

There are a lot of good things that can be said about the Kannastor vaporizers.

In fact, they offered some of the most advanced designs in the market today.

One of the features that make them unique and a stand out brand is the material used on their products.

Kannastor Grinders are made of aerospace grade anodized aluminum.

Aerospace grade anodized aluminum offers a more durable option than your typical aluminum grinders.

Still not convinced?

Get this: Kannator grinders have a glass fronted storage that allows you to see what exactly happens inside the grinder.

And having an exterior threading, the device secures the materials that you place inside the grinder.

Also, a trademark design of Kannastor Grinders is its ability to churn the herbs smoothly.

Let’s dig a little bit deeper. 

It has sharp diamond shaped teeth that can simply break down the herbs without a problem. You end up with consistent and smooth grind every time you use their products.

In some cases like the GR8TR grinders by Kannastor, it even made use of teeth on both top and bottom to make sure that it is easier for its users to make ground herbs.

It also comes with a warranty that ensures users that they purchased a durable product. Unlike other brands, you can guarantee that Kannastor Grinders will last for a long, long time.

The aerospace aluminum plays a role in terms of maintenance.

This makes it easier for you to get rid of all the dirt and pieces that were stuck from the last grinding session. All the

All the gunk and pieces stuck between the parts can easily be removed using household cleaning items.

In addition to that

The screen used on the Kannastor Grinders is made of stainless steel material. This prevents rusting and can help maintain the quality of your herbs.

The screen also has the perfect size that only allows the kief to be collected at the bottom of the device.

You can also choose different types of screens from Kananstor depending on how fine you want your herbs.

Another great feature of the Kannastor Grinders is its large storage capacity. This makes it the perfect option for those who prefer to do a long vaping session, not to mention help organized users store their herbs in one place.

The Bad

One of the most common problems that we have experienced with Kannastor Grinders is the fact that it is quite difficult to replace the screens.

It is a bit ironic on the part of the company considering their main selling point is Kannastor’s removable screens.

However, replacing the screen isn’t really something that you will have to do regularly.

If you are the type who vapes regularly, it is a good idea to already have additional screens right from the start the moment you purchased the Kannastor Grinders.

Another common problem is the plastic part on the Kannastor grinder sometimes detaches that can interfere with the process of grinding the herbs.

Design and Performance

Kannastor, over the years, perfected their grinder designs.

They’ve come up with different varieties that can help meet every vaping enthusiast’s preference and needs.

The construction of each grinder is quite different.

They’ve designed a range of single chamber to multi-chamber grinder designs for its markets with different needs and preferences.

The single chamber grinders make a perfect accessory for those who love to vape on-the-go while multi-chamber designs are perfect for those who love to vape for medical reasons.

All of its multi-chamber grinders have easy to remove screens that help you to maintain the device without a problem.

In fact

You can even choose how fine you want the screen to be!  That means that you can get the desired consistency that you want for your herbs.

Aside from the grinder’s screen, the design of Kannastor Grinders prevents resin from getting stuck in between the teeth of your unit.

Maintenance

Maintenance is an important part of ensuring a grinder’s performance.

Since the Kannastor Grinder is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, this is something easy to do. However, make sure that you use solvents such as alcohol to get rid of the resin stuck on your screen and in the teeth. You can also apply dishwashing soap and water on the grinder.

Different types of Kannastor Grinders

  • 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder

Kannastor produced many 4-Piece grinder variants. These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

These grinders have a crank top which makes grinding easy. Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

Watching the herbs go down the holes is also a thing of beauty in this particular device with its clear window top.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder comes in different sizes from 1.25 inches to 3 inches depending on how wide you prefer your grinder to be.

The 4-Piece Kannastor Grinder has a magnet that keeps the top piece in contact with its lower pieces. This prevents you from making any mess while grinding your material. In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

In true Kannastor fashion, this 4-piece grinder has a screen that does a great job separating the large particles and the small ones that end up on the bottom.

It also makes use of diamond-shaped teeth that allows the device to perform a good ground on the herbs that you place inside the device. Combine it with the crank design, and you end up with a user-friendly device.

The GR8TR by Kannastor is a highly versatile product that you can enjoy.

The GR8TR is available in Solid Body Grinder, Jar Grinder, and Vape versions.

Whichever you choose, the GR8TR offers a number of unique features that you might like to check.

For instance:

It has interchangeable grinding plates. This means that you can choose the consistency that you want every single session.

It has a Micro-Teeth and Dish Press Design which offers effortless grinding.

Which give you the ability to grind on both sides top and the bottom end of the grinder.

It was designed specifically for people with medical conditions requiring lesser physical effort in order to deliver the best ground for their vaping sessions.

Kannastor Grinders feature what they call Friction Rings. Offers is an easy grinding experience after

Friction Rings offers an easy grinding experience session after session.

The Friction Rings create an “air ride” which helps reduces the friction between the exterior wall and the inner wall of the grinding chamber.

In addition to this, the manufacturer also focused on providing better storage for their device.

It has storage for an additional GR8TR plate which allows you to adjust how fine you want the grind to be.

On top of the device, you can find more storage area that can be used for course, fine and unground material.

  • Single Chamber Grinder

From a 1.25-inch version to a 2.5-inch version, Kannastor offers good single chamber options for its users.

What makes the single chamber grinders still relevant today in the world ruled by multi-chamber grinders?

For starters, the single chamber grinders have a straight forward design.

It can also be a portable version that you can pair with your portable vaporizers.

Though it doesn’t have the screen that allows you to collect the kief, it offers a compact design which allows you to do the basic thing that every vape enthusiast wanted.

Final Verdict

Kannastor developed many different types of products over the years.

They’ve catered to the different types of vape enthusiasts ranging from those who love to maximize the kief to the more straightforward individuals who prefer the single chamber designs.

Kannastor grinders make the perfect pair for any device used for vaping.

It provides a smooth consistency that can make the vaping experience even better.

It has a non-stick feature that is also worth mentioning.

Sleek and modern design, it has the right kind of material that prevents messy preparations from happening when grinding your herbs to finer pieces.


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Published at Wed, 03 May 2017 15:21:04 +0000

TerrAscend Listing on Canadian Securities Exchange

TerrAscend Listing on Canadian Securities Exchange

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 2, 2017) –

TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER) (“TerrAscend” or the “Company“), is pleased to announce that the Company’s common shares (“Common Shares“) have been approved for listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE“) under the symbol ‘TER’. Pursuant to the CSE bulletin dated May 2, 2017, the Common Shares will commence trading on the CSE at market open on May 3, 2017.

“The listing of the Company’s Common Shares on the CSE is an important milestone in the development of the Company and towards achieving our goal of becoming a leading provider of medical cannabis.” says Basem Hanna, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We have the infrastructure and key personnel in place to provide shareholders with a unique value proposition.”

TerrAscend is focused on the production, sale and distribution of cannabis and its derivatives for the medical market. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Solace Health Inc. is in the final stage of its application for licencing under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. TerrAscend has an experienced management team and Board of Directors with expertise in pharmaceutical production, cannabis cultivation and a deep-rooted network of healthcare professionals.

Solace operates a wholly owned, 67,300 square foot production facility in Mississauga, Ontario, with a distinct geographic distribution advantage being proximate to Pearson International Airport and seven major transportation arteries. Upon completion of the final build-out of the production facility, management anticipates the total annual production capacity to exceed 6,000kgs of dried product per year with over 9,500 sq. ft. dedicated to research and development.

Stock Option Grant

The Company has today issued options to certain directors, officers and consultants of the Company to purchase an aggregate of 1,450,000 Common Shares at an exercise price of $0.60 for a period expiring 10 years from the issue date. 100,000 options vest immediately, 350,000 vest upon listing of the Common Shares on the CSE, 300,000 vest on March 7, 2018 and the balance vest on upon the achievement of certain predetermined corporate milestones. The stock options are being granted pursuant to the terms of the Company’s stock option plan.

About TerrAscend

Based in Mississauga, ON, TerrAscend is a vertically integrated Canadian Cannabis company that strives to create and deliver quality products and services that meet the evolving needs of the medical cannabis market. TerrAscend’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Solace Health Inc., is in the final stage of its application for lincencing under Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although TerrAscend believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because TerrAscend can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. TerrAscend undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of TerrAscend, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). TerrAscend disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

TerrAscend Corp.
Alex Correia
V.P., Corporate Affairs & Communications
1-855-TERRA-95 x105
acorreia@terrascend.com

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Published at Wed, 03 May 2017 13:14:12 +0000

Expert Joints LIVE!: Brothers For Life

Expert Joints LIVE!: Brothers For Life

This week Craig and Jen welcome the hip-hop duo Brothers Grim, and the organizers of the upcoming Cannabis Life Conference to the studio. They’ll sample products from TreesAndClouds.ca, do a little Baked Baking; and giveaway more stuff during another installment of Puff Puff Pass It Along. All that… plus news, updates, and much more! May the fourth be with you.

Original air date – May 4th, 2017

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Published at Tue, 02 May 2017 14:34:52 +0000

Colorado House Votes 56 to 7 to Prohibit Law Enforcement from Assisting in Federal Marijuana Crackdowns

Colorado House Votes 56 to 7 to Prohibit Law Enforcement from Assisting in Federal Marijuana Crackdowns

By Associated Press

Colorado may prohibit law enforcement officers from assisting in a potential federal marijuana crackdown.

The state House voted 56-7 Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.”

The Colorado bill doesn’t specifically mention marijuana. But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. Federal authorities generally rely on local law enforcement to enforce federal drug law.

California lawmakers are considering a similar bill .

Colorado is also considering a measure to allow marijuana growers to reclassify recreational pot as medical pot, a gambit to avoid federal seizure of recreational pot plants.

The Trump Administration has sent mixed messages on whether a marijuana crackdown is planned.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:17:20 +0000

Mexico Lawmakers Approve Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mexico Lawmakers Approve Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mexico’s lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

According to Reuters, the bill sailed through the Senate in December, passed the Lower House of Congress on Friday, and will now be sent to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it.

“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” the Lower House said in a statement on its website.

The measure passed in a general floor vote with 371 in favor, seven against and 11 abstentions, and now classifies the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as “therapeutic.”

Speaking in April 2016 at a special session where world leaders gathered to rethink global strategy in the war on drugs for the first time in two decades, Pena Nieto said drug use should be addressed as a “public health problem” and users should not be criminalized.

Pena Nieto, once a vocal opponent of drug legalization, has said the United States and Mexico should not pursue diverging policies on marijuana legislation. Last year, he proposed a bill to allow Mexicans to carry up to an ounce of marijuana, a measure that has since stalled in Congress.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:45:17 +0000