Michigan Seeks Input On Marihuana Testing Rules

Michigan Seeks Input On Marihuana Testing Rules

Michigan Seeks Input On Marihuana Testing Rules

As the State of Michigan continues to moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the third time to seek stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions pertaining to safety testing of marihuana and marihuana infused products.  

Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

As you may be aware, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) may consider holding discussions regarding the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, to examine the issues and get feedback from those who have expressed interest in certain related topics or the new law in general. Similarly, LARA is currently seeking comments from interested parties on the topic of marihuana safety testing as it relates to the licensed categories. The purpose of this document is to gather information only, and it is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when these panels are appointed as provided under the Act. To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 10th, 2017. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to curtisc8@michigan.gov.


  1. The Department in consultation with the Board is required to establish testing standards, procedures, and requirements for marihuana. What testing standards should be considered mandatory and what are acceptable levels (e.g. maximum thresholds/limits)?
  2. Should proficiency testing be used for safety compliance oversight?
  3. Should the testing of marihuana be required at each facility point by licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers (in other words, at which point(s) in the supply chain should testing be required)?
  4. Should testing be required of every batch of marihuana and if so, what is an appropriate sample size for testing from a batch?
  5. When a sample is received for testing should the rest of the batch be sequestered and if so, by what method?
  6. What accreditation standard should be used for safety compliance facilities and why?
  7. Should the THC content and possible allergens contained in the product be labeled on marijuana infused products?

We anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement again notes that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s continued outreach to the industry is promising.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.


Published at Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Can Cannabis And Hemp Be Considered A Superfood?

Can Cannabis And Hemp Be Considered A Superfood?

Can Cannabis And Hemp Be Considered A Superfood?

cannabis is a superfood

“Superfood” is easily the most popular buzzword in the health and fitness industry, and has been for several years now. From supplements to power bars, hundreds of products on the market tout that they are extremely good for you because they contain “superfoods”.

What are superfoods, anyway? These are usually plant-based foods that contain exceptional nutritional properties, and thus are thought of as being potent in preventing sickness and maintaining overall health. Some of the most well-known superfoods include acai berries, kale, spirulina, maca, and more. It’s only natural for anyone who wants to be healthy and live a long life to gobble down products that are marketed as superfoods because they are proven to have extra-large quantities of vitamins and minerals that help prevent disease. Many superfoods contain high amounts of antioxidants which are necessary for fighting cancer, keeping fat levels in check, preventing cardiovascular disease, and more.

Cannabis, and its humble cousin hemp, should be considered among the list of superfoods; here’s just a short list of the conditions it can help with:

And so much more: that’s barely even scratching the surface. This is why juicing raw cannabis is growing in popularity  – you might want to take this to your next weekend brunch. Whether you decide to smoke or ingest the stuff, you can be sure that you’re doing your body a whole lot of good – more than any other combination of superoods can do.

Nutritional Properties of Hemp


Hemp has an infinite number of nutritional benefits. Hemp seeds, in particular, are a nutrition powerhouse! They’re a great source of essential fatty acids as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids which are helpful in preventing heart disease, depression, and ven cancer.

Hemp seeds also contain an unusually high amount of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a poly unsaturated fatty acid found in plant seed oils that has been known to help treat different illnesses ranging from ADD to allergies. In fact, just an ounce (two tablespoons) of hemp seeds already has 10 grams of protein, the ideal amount necessary for rebuilding muscles after you’ve worked out at the gym and MUCH more than the amount of protein found in chia seeds which contains around 4 grams in each serving.  This is why vegans and vegetarians in the know take hemp seeds as one of their preferred sources of protein. Also, an ounce of hemp seed oil already has 77% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin E, necessary for protecting the body from harmful free radicals and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Taking an ounce of shelled hempseed also contains more than 48% of the daily recommended intake for magnesium, which is necessary for the proper functioning of more than 300 different biochemical reactions in the body. More than half of the American population are magnesium deficient.

How To Consume More Cannabis And Hemp In Your Diet


Smoking cannabis isn’t the only way you can enjoy the superfood properties of this magical pant. Many patients benefit from adding raw cannabis juice to their diet. Hemp also comes in many forms. Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, tastes like a delicious combination of pine nuts and sunflower seeds. These can easily be sprinkled onto your salads, soups, oatmeal, yogurt, and roasted veggies for an added punch of protein.


Hemp oil is made by squeezing hemp seeds until they release their juices. Hemp oil is actually an excellent super nutritional alternative to cooking with olive oil. Keep in mind that hemp oil contains delicate fats that are good for you, so it shouldn’t be heated. Instead, add it directly on dips, pesto, and salad dressings.

Hemp protein powder is also available at many stores and is a great addition to your fitness regimen. Hemp protein powder can support your training since they contain both dietary fiber as well as protein. Hemp contains all the essential amino acids that you need to repair muscles, and is ideal for both carnivores and vegetarian. The powder can be added to smoothies, or into baked good batter and pancake mixes.

Do you use raw cannabis or hemp as a superfood? Share with us in the comments below!









Published at Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Licensed Producers In the Best Position to Push For Insurance Coverage

Licensed Producers In the Best Position to Push For Insurance Coverage

Millions of Canadians are prescribed medications that are paid for by insurance coverage. For many of them, this coverage is what allows them to take the prescriptions their doctors prescribe, as they simply couldn’t afford them otherwise. Coverage encourages prescription compliance, and the studies are there to prove it.

In 2012, CMAJ published an article that researched the effect of cost on adherence to prescription medications in Canada. They found that approximately 1 in 10 Canadians report cost as being a reason they don’t fill their prescriptions. When they considered respondents with insurance coverage, their findings were clear, “After multivariate adjustment, we found that lacking insurance for prescription drugs was associated with a more than fourfold increase in the odds of cost-related nonadherence.” There are even statistics that show a direct correlation between co-pay fees and adherence. The lower the co-pay, the more likely that prescription will get filled.

As more and more retirees show interest in cannabinoid therapy, they’re faced with the shocking truth that switching from pharmaceuticals to Cannabis means a few hundred dollars out-of-pocket a month. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you’ve had almost everything covered for years. Cost is a definite roadblock for many who want to try Cannabinoid therapy. Not so single-payer after all?

Statistics from 2012 state that 2.3 million working-age Canadians were on disability, a quarter of which were considered severe. Cannabinoid therapy works very well for many severe disabilities like chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, MS, some cancers even. So as it stands today, if any of these income-limited citizens wants to try cannabinoid therapy they have to pay for it out of their disability payments. Many juggle food and medicine each month, rationing everything at all times. This undoubtedly affects country-wide healthcare costs. As long as Health Canada refuses to consider medical cannabis a medicine, both patients on disability and patients with insurance coverage will have to pay out of pocket for their cannabis.

Insurers say they cannot cover our medical marijuana prescriptions because Cannabis has no drug identification number (DIN). And, at least by the standards Western medicine has set thus far, they’re right. Is this one little acronym going to keep safer medicine out of the hands of Canadians?

Upon further inspection I learn that the DIN has much less to do with how the drug affects you, and much more to do with tracking, categorizing, and marketing. The number itself is computer generated and upon search, will tell you everything from the manufacturer to the mode of administration. But since a DIN is granted only after testing is done, the DIN in effect, ensures that the product has undergone sufficient testing. You see the problem. No one wants to pay for studies on something that they’re not going to reverse engineer. And as far as the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled, we have the right to use this plant however we see fit (aside from using organic solvents).

Pharmaceutical companies spend millions proving the safety, efficacy, and detriment of the chemical concoctions they sell. But with successful medicines, these companies reap the rewards. If most LP’s deem themselves a part of this industry, shouldn’t we expect the same from them? It must be choking for some pharmaceutical companies who only sell pills, to see certain LP’s posting profits, hiring celebrities, buying mobile units, and trading on the stock market for selling something that they spent no funds to prove or create. Who else would we expect should pave the way to not only societal acceptance through studies, but to attain insurance coverage for their patients?

We seem to be at a standstill in Canada where studies are concerned. So many are done on animals not humans. So many are done in other countries, where standards differ from our own. But who better to perform these crucial human studies than the ones who have all the plant product! They’re literally growing more every day! And as time flies by, some of these LP’s are even opening storefronts where information and assistance can be attained. Those outlets would be a great place for data recovery and study product distribution. Sort of like study headquarters for participants to report to. All under the strict guidelines that the ACMPR demands of the Licensed Producers.

From a Licensed Producer’s viewpoint, I want you to adhere to your doctor’s authorization, and have a recurring monthly order with me. But from a patient perspective who sees the prices LP’s charge, I can tell you that isn’t likely to happen every month. ACMPR patients supplement their medicine by buying elsewhere, meaning the LP’s are missing out on revenue. Putting in the time, resources, and might that is required to legitimize this medicine to the point of insurance coverage is good for their bottom line. Insurance coverage encourages compliance, and Cannabis compliance may just have more to do with convenience than with price or quality.

Like Pharmaceutical companies, Licensed Producers just want the bill paid. If a DIN or the equivalent thereof is required for that to occur, it just seems logical that the Licensed Producers themselves be the ones to foot that bill. I foresee a CDIN (Cannabinoid Drug Identification Number) perhaps grouped by ailment identifying ranges of cannabinoids and terpenes found therein. Or one umbrella DIN to cover the whole team.

I believe that this DIN argument is simply a foot-dragging attempt to delay progress. Someone is profiting, so why change the status quo? Because the status quo isn’t benefiting the average Canadian. When we adhere to our prescriptions, the country’s health care costs go down. We need to demand coverage for all insured and all those on social assistance. We know what needs to be done.


Published at Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:54:36 +0000

Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer

Everything You Need To Know About Vapexhale Vaporizer


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Our Verdict

This guys created one of the best desktop vaporizers out there. The Vapexhale is a great investment and with all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

Want to know more about VapeXhale EVO Cloud Vaporizer?

You come to the right place.  

Over the years, a lot of cannabis users have resorted to desk and portable vaporizers for their herbs and e-liquids.

Let’s Be Honest

Unfortunately, A lot of people can’t afford to invest in an expensive Volcano as their primary desktop vaporizer.

Good news:

Given these dilemmas, the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer makes a great option.

It isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of VapeXhale vaporizers.

In fact, the VapeXhale EVO is already the improved version of the original VapeXhale Cloud vaporizer.

The VapeXhale CloudEVO is the newer and lighter version that has faster heat times and a steadier temperature than the original VapeXhale Cloud. And the good news is that the first version of the VapeXhale Cloud was already considered a stand out by both vape connoisseurs and critics alike.

For someone anticipating the best vaporizers for this year, the 2017 VapeXhale Evo Vaporizer is probably one of the best things that you shouldn’t miss. It has a lot of hype behind it, thanks to its sturdy construction and improved design.

The Good/ For starters, The VapeXhale CloudEvo offers high-quality vapor and impressively large clouds with the VapeXhale CloudEvo because of the vaporizer’s superb heating element and PerpetuaHeat technology.

Though it isn’t advertised as a medical device, its all-glass vapor path ensures that you only get high-quality vapor from this device.

For some, we may even be looking at the next contender to possibly dethrone the best vaporizers in today’s market.

Unlike other vaporizers that simply cater to herbs, the VapeXhale Evo is also a versatile option that can cater to your preference for different materials.

Users have the choice to use either herb or concentrates on this device.  And since it has a flexible temperature range, you can get the best-tasting vapor regardless of the material that you use.

You can also choose to replace the mouthpiece with different glass attachments called Hydratubes.

The purpose of these glass attachments is to provide different kinds of diffusion to its users.

That simply means an entirely different vaping experience for the same unit.

You can make use of a Hydratube specific for mild to more concentrated output.

The Bad  / We’ll have to admit that there are not a lot of bad things to say about this device. However, let’s discuss things that can still be improved.

For instance, you have the 30-minute auto shut off feature. Though it was included in its design for safety and to decrease wear and tear on its parts, however, it can also be a cause of slight inconvenience.

If you are the type who loves to vape for a couple of hours with friends while doing other things, you’ll have to wait for the device to start again once it turns off.

Next, in order to enjoy maximize the use of the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer, you’ll have to make an extra investment with the Hydratube.

That simply means that unlike other vaporizers that come with either a whip or balloon (or both), you still have to spend a few extra dollars in order to enjoy the full potential of the device.

And since it has a lot of glass parts, it is a good idea to be very careful when using the device.

Though it goes with a warranty, it can be a bit annoying to wait for the replacement of the hydratable once you’ve accidentally dropped it.

If you are very particular about the temperature of your vaporizer, you might find the vaporizer’s design a bit problematic.

Without LED display, you have no idea if you are hitting particular temperature.

Since it only makes use of a knob, you’ll just have to remember the position of the knob to get the exact same setting that you liked the last time.

In terms of performance, though you get excellent flavor from the device.

Though it takes a bit longer for the device to heat up, it is something worth it. You’ll have to wait for two minutes for the CloudEVO to get to the right temperature.

However, when it has reached your ideal temperature, you still have to wait a bit longer before you can take a draw.

And lastly, after consuming a bowl, it takes around 10 minutes between sessions to cool the bowl in order for you to load new material.

Yes, it still takes a bit of patience when using the CloudEVO. But don’t worry, it is all worth it from here.

What’s New

VapeXhale Vaporizer - What's new What exactly is new on this device?

Let’s begin discussing its design approach.

The CloudEVO makes use of a simplified approach to desk vaporizers. It doesn’t have any additional fancy feature that complicates things. That being said, it is the perfect non-intimidating device for beginners.

Also, this convection vaporizer is quite different from forced air versions that make use of a fan to get air into your lungs. Instead, it only provides vapor for every draw that you make, allowing this unit to give the user the best value for their money on their material.

Also, unlike other vaporizers that give you fixed vaping experience, it offers different options to choose from.

Are you the type who loves to get strong vapor from every draw? Or perhaps, you are the type who simply likes a mild hit?

Investing on Hydratubes can help give you the right fit for your device.

Construction and Functionality

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Build  The CloudEVO is an 8 inches high device minus any glass attachment on top.

It has an out-of-the-box design compared to other products that you see out there.

It doesn’t have the usual LED lights that you see on your typical desk vaporizer.

Though it looks a bit odd, its design is functional meant for the user’s vaping preference.

A default version of the VapeXhale CloudEVO standard starter kit has a standard mouthpiece.

When attached, it adds around 6-8 inches on top of the vaporizer. It also goes with two herb baskets and the VapeXNail concentrate attachment.

If you prefer a more specific vaping experience, you can choose to replace the mouthpiece and have the VapeXhale Hydratubes. The Hydratubes makes use of water filtration and adds 6-10 inches to your device.

The initial size of the VapeXhale CloudEVO isn’t too big without the glass attachments but suddenly becomes a stationary vaporizer once all the necessary glass attachments have been placed.

Compared to the other vaporizers, it is still much smaller than the Volcano. The VapeXhale EVO’s base is stable even with all the contraptions.

It has a durable design with easily accessible on and off switch. You simply have to turn the knob fully clockwise to tinker the preferred temperature that you want.

The device itself heats up in just two minutes, while it also includes an auto-shutdown feature that turns off the device after 30 minutes of inactivity.

The chamber can hold as much as 0.5 grams of material depending on how packed you placed your material in its bowl.


VapeXhale Vaporizer - Performance In terms of performance, the device is among the top in the vaporizer industry today.

But what makes this product unique is the different kinds of experience that you get for every Hydratube contraption that you opt to attach to the unit.

It caters to individuals who love getting a strong vapor to those who love an average level of diffusion.

As a convection vaporizer, VapeXhale Cloud EVO offers flavorful draws.

It makes use of a patent pending “PerpetuaHeat” technology that allows the system to adjust the temperature according to its user inhales method, which means that the herbs in your chamber are not used if you are not drawing.

This also means that the vapor doesn’t have any plastic taste due to the all-glass path design of this vaporizer.

How easy is it to use The CloudEVO?

All you need to do is to switch the power and select the temperature.

You can even opt to just leave the device at your desired temperature as last time for it to automatically heat at that the same temperature once you begin a new session.

The glass piece will turn red once it starts to heat up and then turns green once it hits the desired temperature.

Heating Element and Temperature

VapeXhale Vaporizer - Heating elementPrecision is the key to what makes this vaporizer stand out. It has a ceramic unit along with the Thermal Technology system.

But unlike other convection devices that have a noisy fan, the VapeXhale simply relies on your draws to heat the herb in its chamber.

In terms of temperature, there’s no way of telling exactly what the device is going to give you.

However, the device can give you the lowest temperature at 7:00 at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest at 5:00 which gives a temperature of around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Placing the knob at 12 o’clock can give you approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Depending on the material that you use, you’ll have to play around with the device to get the best results.

As for dry herbs, you can start placing the dial at 1 to 2 o’clock and play around from 3 to 4 for the concentrates.

Your dial approach will also depend on your choice of Hydratube contraption.

It is suggested that you stick to experimenting with the dial of your device in order to get the best flavor.

How to use the vaporizer?

VapeXhale Vaporizer - How to use Simplicity is what makes The VapeXhale CloudEVO vaporizer a great device.

Though for some, the lack of LED lights to indicate the temperature is somewhat a bit of a turn-off.

It is undeniably beginner friendly and has a less intimidating approach to modern day desk vaporizers.

  • Loading your herb

The first step is to load your material on the device. As rule of thumb, 50% full is an ideal setup since it is a convection vaporizer and you’ll need air to heat the material. Packing as much 75% of the bowl’s capacity will simply not give you the best results.

Also, make sure that you don’t pack the material too tightly since you will need to draw in order to heat the substance. The good thing about this device is that it includes EZ bowls. It makes loading of your material easy.

  • Loading concentrates

We mentioned that the VapeXhale CloudEVO also allows the use of wax, e-liquids, and oils. For this scenario, you have the VapXnail which is a separate attachment that can be used. It is made of same glass material that ensures butane free vaping sessions.

  • Filling with water

Next, you’ll want to fill the mouthpiece percolator chamber with water. Next, you will have to set it on top of the vaporizer neck.

  • Heat and draw

Then, you can turn on the device and toggle to the preferred temperature. Once the LED light turns red, it signals that your device is already heating towards the desired temperature. And once it turns green, this means that the desired temperature has been reached. This signifies that you can already take your draw from the VapeXhale CloudEVO. From here, you can take a draw and enjoy.

Bottom line

VapeXhale proved that there’s so much more to improve even if you already got it right the first time around.

But since the company is committed to crafting the next “king of vaporizers,” they’ve provided the market with the VapeXhale CloudEVO.

They took the simplified approach to vaporizer design and got it right!

It is a breath of fresh air to see no LED temperature display and other quirky controls in front. It is also lightweight and durable, not to mention it also offers clean tasting vapor.

Also, the Hydratubes is considered a game changer by many vape enthusiasts.

This allows users to tweak their vaping experience without relying on a new device.

It gives you the opportunity to control the diffusion that you want for your vape sessions.


Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:36:38 +0000

Cannabis Surveillance in Federal Liberal Budget

Cannabis Surveillance in Federal Liberal Budget

In the Liberal budget (which is about $20 billion more in spending than Justin promised during the election) there is a bit about cannabis legalization.

The budget proposes $9.6 million over five years, and $1 million every year thereafter, for “public education programming and surveillance activities.” 

Surveillance activities? What the actual fuck?

No wonder Bill Blair said legalization was going to require more police powers.  The Liberals have been adamant from day one that legalization will stamp out the black market.

And of course, they aren’t going to do that by legalizing the non-violent “criminals.” There will be no peaceful coming to the market for BC Bud. There will be no end to the fear of persecution.

The Liberals are taking a page from Harper’s playbook and continuing the drug war against BC Bud and other non-violent cannabis-producing Canadian connoisseurs.

Surveillance means ramping up the drug war against the craft producers.

Surveillance means everyone loses their civil liberties so the cops can continue to shut down any cannabis production, investment, and consumption that hasn’t gone through Trudeau’s LP scheme.

Surveillance means that those who have given up their liberty for security receive, nor deserve, either.

The Liberals never promised to legalize because the drug war is unjust or that we are self-owning human beings. No, Justin promised to legalize based on appeals to emotion, literal logical fallacies, and now we are paying the price.

But Caleb, you might say, the task force recommended a craft industry, and even bad legalization is better than fully functional prohibition.

But this argument misses the mark. What the task force recommended can be ignored, as well, the “craft industry” as defined by the tax-and-regulate interventionist Liberal government need not include the current growers or anyone with a cannabis criminal record.

And there’s no guarantee that the “craft industry” as defined by Liberal standards will be any less severe than the LP regulations. It could just downsize the greenhouse requirements from large square footage to smaller plots.

It’s already annoying that the Liberals claim to support the middle class by raising their taxes.

It’s beyond forgivable for Justin to harp about the “young people” while borrowing from their future to spend on today’s boondoggles and other wasteful “infrastructure” projects.

And this $9.6 million toward cannabis “education, programming and surveillance activities” is a giant slap in the face to those who fought so hard for legalization only to have the word co-opted by the corporate puppet that is the Justin Trudeau brand.

But the former-Liberal supporting cannabis connoisseurs should have seen this coming. As I and many others pointed out, the Liberals promised harsher penalties for those who fell outside their regulatory system.

Basically, the same policy Harper promised. Continue with the corporate LP scheme and install harsher punishments for BC Bud, the original homesteaders of Canada’s cannabis industry.


Published at Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:11:26 +0000

Rollin’ 1 Travel Joint Box Review

Rollin’ 1 Travel Joint Box Review

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Rollin’ 1 Rolling Box Review

Rollin’ 1 is an all-in-one joint rolling container featuring all of the following which hold to the box via magnets:

  • A 30mm Aluminum Grinder
  • Two 2.5 oz. Aluminum Containers
  • 2 Sizes of Rolling Papers
  • Dedicated Joint Space
  • A Spoon Tool
  • Space for your Favorite Lighter



  • Contains everything you need … except the cannabis.
  • Holds all components in place via magnets.
  • Great for a weekend trip.
  • Keeps the smell inside of the container pretty well.
  • Compact and easy to carry/conceal.
  • Very unique and quite stylish.


Because of it’s compact size, the items contained within the Rollin’ 1 are very small. This should not be a problem for the “weekend warrior,” but would pose an issue for the everyday toker.


With the pros outweighing the cons 6 to 1, the Rollin’ 1 earns a high mark of 4 out of 5 pot leaves. Get your Rollin’ 1 here.

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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:28:24 +0000

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Over the last few weeks, Michigan State University Extension has been hosting a series of 13 seminars across the state entitled, “Regulating Medical Marijuana Facilities: A Workshop for Local Government.” I attended the three-hour seminar held on campus at MSU.

As most readers of this blog know, Michigan’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) establishes a framework for the regulation of five different types of licensed facilities. The MMFLA contains a local opt-in provision, meaning licensees may only operate in a local jurisdiction that has affirmatively authorized the specific type of licensed facility. Local governments may also cap the number of facilities of each type they allow, and regulate them through zoning and other requirements, so long as local regulations do not conflict with the MMFLA or address purity or pricing of marijuana.

MSU Extension’s seminar is intended primarily to educate municipal officials on the MMFLA. Of the hundred or so attendees in East Lansing, I would hazard a guess that 80 percent or more were local government planning staff, elected officials, or attorneys. Most reported that they are hearing from constituents with questions or recommendations on how to implement the MMFLA—with some, of course, advocating that no facilities be allowed at all.

As for the substance of the seminar, MSU Extension staff provided what I felt to be an unbiased explanation of the MMMA and the MMFLA, and the issues confronting municipal governments. Seminar attendees were given in-depth written materials, including draft ordinances. Attendees also engaged in role-playing exercises intended to have them listen to a range of views on the desirability of having licensed facilities in their communities.

Industry participants would be well-served to understand the issues and concerns from the municipal official perspective, and also to hear what those officials are being told both by MSU Extension staff and municipal government organizations. Although I found the seminar staff and materials to largely “play it straight,” I also heard advice that was disconcerting. A common refrain was that “it is easier to first say ‘no’ and then later say ‘yes’ than it is to first say ‘yes’ and then later say ‘no.’” More troubling, attendees were told that given the timing for license applications, municipalities could wait until late summer or early fall before beginning the process of crafting ordinances. For those of us advising clients acquiring real estate and getting their business plans in place to apply for licensure, such a delayed timing is highly problematic.

MSU Extension has just one more of these seminars yet to come; March 23 in Bessemer. For those who don’t wish to pair a seminar with skiing at Big Snow, MSU Extension also today announced a live webinar to be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 30. Registration is open until March 23 at the following link:



Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

Because of pressure from the public, the government has allowed individuals who possess a current ACMPR to send samples into laboratories for testing! Previously, the law stated that all illegal substances tested could only be done so if they were sourced from a government agency. However, the public debate about contaminants and potency of dispensary cannabis prompted a need for access to testing so in 2016, the laws changed…

What this means…

If you purchase cannabis or cannabis products for personal use:

You can send in a sample to any medical labratory for full testing! This service will give a breakdown of the entire content of that product including cannabinoid profiles; for certain conditions, this will be invaluable. If you have ever wondered about the quality of the shatter you vape or what is the cannabinoid profile of that strain that works so well, you can access that information. Plus, you will never have to wonder how strong or safe your products are again!

If you produce or sell cannabis or cannabis products:
You can have everything tested in a medical lab and get printed results breaking down everything in your product!

What you need to do:

If you do not have your own personal ACMPR, have a patient of yours who does have a current ACMPR register with the Lab. Samples can be sent under the registered name and will be sent back with a full scope of test results.

While the current laws may protect the rights of an individual to test their personal medicine and a government Licensed Producer may also do so, dispensaries are still not given access. Furthermore, they are falsely villainized for having untested products, despite the fact that many dispensaries have put themselves at great risk to find ways to have lab analysis.

Chances are, both you or the ACMPR patient will likely sample the product being tested; the fact that it is also being produced or sold to others is redundant. Therefore, using a personal ACMPR for dispensary testing is one of those little loopholes that you can use and feel good about.


Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:20:56 +0000

Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Powerhouse cannabis firms form lobby group to protect state-based weed laws

Some big-name firms in cannabis have formed a national advocacy and lobbying organization with an aim of turning big bucks into big changes for marijuana on Capitol Hill.

Denver-based dispensary powerhouse LivWell Enlightened Health and lawn-and-garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro are among the founding board members of New Federalism Fund, a non-partisan 501(c)4 organization backing state-based regulatory systems for marijuana and policies to change federal tax and banking laws to better those systems.

Other founding board members include Dixie Elixirs, a Denver-based cannabis products company; Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based marijuana private equity firm; Tryke Companies, a Tempe, Ariz.-based medical cannabis business; and Denver dispensary operators Native Roots and Medicine Man.

The launch of New Federalism Fund, or NFF, comes in the wake of White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions making unfavorable remarks toward the flurry of state-regulated legal marijuana programs.

“It’s really vitally important that we try to engage in a productive way and tell our story and try to educate the government,” Neal Levine, LivWell’s senior vice president of government affairs and spokesman for the NFF, told The Cannabist.

NFF’s priorities include protecting the state-based legal marijuana programs, limiting the use of enforcement resources on those systems, changing federal tax law to ensure that cannabis businesses are not penalized by IRS Code 280E, and promoting federal-level actions that would allow for cannabis businesses to openly bank.

A key component of NFF’s efforts will be conveying how the industry operates, contributes revenue to state and local coffers, serves as a source of employment, and offers a regulated means to pull the drug from the black market, Levine said.

“Let’s all agree, if we can, that marijuana is not going to be eradicated off the face of the Earth … we’re the solution to your drug cartel problem when it comes to marijuana,” he said.

The Internal Revenue Service classifies 501(c)4 groups as “social welfare organizations.” They can advocate for social causes and also engage in some political activity — so long as it is not the primary source for its funds, according to the IRS.

The Washington Post breaks that down in simpler terms in its Q&A-style explainer of the classification:

What that means in practice is that they must spend less than 50 percent of their money on politics. So long as they don’t run afoul of that threshold, the groups can influence elections, which they typically do through advertising.

There are no limits on the size of the contributions that can be made to 501(c)4s, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org.

It’s undetermined how much NFF intends to or could raise, Levine said, adding that the organization expects to wield a “significant amount” of money — into the seven figures “at least.”

As a 501(c)4, NFF can supplement the work of other organizations such as trade group the National Cannabis Industry Association, of which Levine is a board member, he said.

“We’re not getting involved in a federal legalization debate,” he said. “We are focusing on the federalism aspect of an unfair tax policy.”

IRS Code 280E disallows credits and business deductions for income generated from the sale of controlled substances, which is how the federal government classifies cannabis.


Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:50:06 +0000

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he’ll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. 

The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as those establishments don’t serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.

The bill doesn’t say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor pot smoking.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated pot clubs, and towns aren’t sure how to treat them.

Pot clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado’s sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with pot smokers since the state legalized recreational weed in 2012.

“We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana,” said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.

The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado’s pot market. 

Colorado is in violation of federal drug law for not making it a crime to smoke pot, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump administration have said states should not be able to legalize pot. 

“I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana,” Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.

Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn’t expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate pot-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it.

“Smoking is bad for you,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m not sure that’s a great thing to be encouraging.”

Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking. 

“These marijuana membership clubs are so private that’s they’re more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant,” Gardner said.

Ten Republicans voted against the pot club bill. Some of them said they fear it’ll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling weed inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill.

“How are we supposed to stop that?” asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren’t defined. 

State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffee shops than pot bars.

“I’m sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can’t drink whiskey and smoke marijuana,” Gardner said.


AP writer James Anderson contributed to this report.


This story has been corrected to show that Colorado’s governor says clubs should not allow indoor smoking.


Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:44:36 +0000

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