Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers are as popular nowadays as they have ever been in the past. New Portable Weed vaporizers seem to be released week after week as the advancements in vaporizing technology shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. There has been a continuous growing trend in recent years as we see people become more health conscious and this can also be seen to be spilling over into the vaporizer industry as people seek the most healthy and efficient way to consume their dry herb materials. Vaporization offers many fantastic health benefits over combustion and this combined with the growing advancements in Vaporization technology means we are seeing vaporizers that are more compact, aesthetically pleasing and more efficient than ever before. Of course this is absolutely fantastic for all the Vape enthusiasts out there who wait patiently to get their hands on the newest and most anticipated vaporizers on the market, however it can become over-whelming, especially for those of us out there who do not have the best knowledge of the vaporizer market. This is what we will be aiming to do today, taking a much closer look at the best weed vaporizers that are currently available today. Some of the brands you may recognise as they have become near household names (especially within the Vaping industry) and some of the brands may be new to you, but whatever the case may be, here below are the top 5 best portable weed vaporizers that are currently available in 2017.
The original Firefly Vaporizer was one of the most well-known and popular portable dry herb vaporizers to first burst onto the scene. The original Firefly Vaporizer was a huge success and Vape enthusiasts across the world fell in love with it. The Firefly was known for it’s super quick heat up time, and believe it or not the Firefly 2 has actually improved on this. The Firefly 2 was hugely anticipated once it was announced that the original Firefly was to have a successor and people from all walks of life waiting impatiently for the release of this new beast. Similar to the original unit, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is the perfect vape for someone who is in search for a portable vaporizer that is capable of producing premium, high quality vapor nearly on-demand. The Firefly 2 Vape has nearly instant on demand heating systems so this is the perfect unit for those of us who enjoy splitting a bowl across multiple sessions or are in need of a quick session without wasting any of the good dry herb materials.
Firefly 2 – Design
The Firefly 2 is a much more compact piece than the original vaporizer. In comparison to it’s predecessor, the Firefly 2 Vape is roughly 33% smaller and more compact and it weighs in almost 55% lighter which really shows just how far the vaporizartion technology has come in recent years. If we were to compare it to other well known vapes out there, the the Firefly 2 Vape is a similar height and weight to the Crafty Vaporizer from Storz and Bickel. The Firefly 2 is much lighter as manufacturers turned to using a magnesium alloy body as opposed to the stainless steel one found in the original Vaporizer. The Firefly 2 is definitely a very stylish vaporizer and it’s colour scheme may be off-putting for people who value discreetness as a priority in their Vaporizers, however with it’s super impressive heat up time, the Firefly 2 Vape allows for ultra-quick sessions and also minimal smell is left behind in comparison to other handheld weed vaporizers.
Firefly 2 – Technology
In comparison to the original Firefly, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is a much improved piece of equipment. The FF2 makes use of a impressive 50 watt heater system that is also combined with a whole borosilicate glass bowl, the combination of these two things is the reason behind Firefly’s impressive premium vapor. The Firefly 2 Vape comes with six different heating settings which include 5 that are for vaping dry herb materials and one heat setting specifically for vaping concentrates. The heating system in this vaporizer really is no slouch, it’s capable of reaching 400F (240C) in just 3 seconds and can hit 420F (215C) in a mere 5 seconds, this thing is seriously impressive. The Firefly 2 Vape will only heat your dry herb materials when you are hitting them and this is why it is so successful at splitting a bowl across many different sessions, something that is a massive advantage over other handheld dry herb vaporizers. The Firefly 2 Vape also has a much better airflow than it’s predecessor and this is down to a unique design change: the bowl of the FF2 has a 55 hole pattern in it which allows it to intake much more air and thus improving airflow which means that the vapor produced is much more pure and delicious.
Firefly 2 – Summary
The Firefly 2 is a fantastic vaporizer. The fact that it can produce premium vapor that is on par with some desktop vaporizers really says it all. As far as portable dry herb vaporizers go, the Firefly 2 is damn near the top in terms of quality of vapor produced. The Firefly 2 also has a minimal learning curve and is hugely accessible to all people, regardless of their previous Vaping experience. The FF2 is also a very low maintenance piece, requiring minimal cleaning and updating to keep it in top condition. This Vaporizer is also extremely good for those of us out there who enjoy vaping concentrates (one of the fastest growing aspects within the Cannabis industry) the 500F temperature setting for concentrates allows for supreme, tasty and pure vapor – something that would be very difficult to find in other portable weed vaporizers.
One of the standout Vapes to be released in recent years. The Boundless CFX Vape took us, and many more, by surprise – a really, really good surprise. The Boundless CFX was released at a very competitive price for the quality that this vape is capable of. The Boundless CFX is a portable dry herb conduction vape that is paired alongside it’s brother vape the CF Vaporizer (which is a smaller, less powerful handheld weed vaporizer) and they are both aimed at the classic Storz and Bickel Vapes the Mighty and Crafty. Both of the Boundless Vapes were released at significantly lower prices and can easily compete with competition due to their powerful batteries and heating systems. The CFX Vape comes with a complete temperature spectrum which can be controlled by the user and is displayed on a 1.7″ LCD display screen.
Boundless CFX – Design
The Boundless CFX Vaporizer may not be the most compact or small vape when we compare portable weed vaporizers, however it does have a very nice feel in your hand and it can be easily pocketed if discreetness is something that you require in a vaporizer. The CFX Vaporizer does come with a large bowl which makes using it in groups and in a session with friends, easy and enjoyable. The Boundless CFX Vape stands at 5 inches tall and is roughly 3 inches wide to just over an inch in depth, so it is quite a decent portable vaporizer but maybe not as compact as others within this list.
Boundless CFX – Technology
The CFX Vaporizer comes with a ceramic heating chamber that is combined with a medical grade plastic vapor path whihc ensures the smoothest, pure and tasty vapor is produced. This vaporizer also has a full range of heating temperatures at it’s disposal, the spectrum ranges from 100-430F (38-221C). One of the best aspects to the Boundless CFX Vape is it’s quick heat up time. The CFX is capable of heating up to 400F in roughly 20 seconds which is extremely good for a dry herb portable vape of this size and at this price. The Boundless CFX actually has one of the fastest heating systems for conduction styled vaporizers currently on the market. As far as vapor quality goes, the Boundless CFX Vape is exceptional for the price of this vaporizer. You can expect to get real dense vapor that is both cool and smooth with top notch taste as well, you can’t really ask for much more, can you?
Boundless CFX – Summary
For their first release of portable Vaporizers, Boundless have really hit a home run here. The Boundless CFX is an extremely good vaporizer for it’s price, and those out there who have tried it have had only great things to say about the device. The CFX has the ability to reach full temperature in roughly 20 seconds, it offers a complete range of temperature spectrums, so whatever you preferred vaping temperature is, the CFX has you covered and it can produce thick, dense clouds of vapor almost effortlessly. All in all, the Boundless CFX is a top notch dry herb portable vaporizer that is available at an extremely competitive and consumer friendly price.
DaVinci have been involved in the manufacture of Vaporizers for quite some time now and the IQ Vaporizer is their third portable vape that they have produced. DaVinci put their name on the scene when they introduced the first DaVinci Vaporizer which was a massive hit when it was first released. They then followed this up with the release of the Ascent Vaporizer, another fantastic portable weed vaporizer which had a hugely anticipated release and subsequently lived up to the hype as people feel in love with the DaVinci brand. Towards the end of 2016, DaVinci announced the imminent release of their third portable dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer and this one is the best by far and away. The IQ Vape comes with entirely new and slick design and has many impressive features including smart path technology and the use of zirconia for their vapor path (zirconia ceramic bowl, zirconia vapor path, and mouthpiece).
DaVinci IQ – Design
One of the most impressive things about the IQ Vaporizer and probably the first thing that you will notice is how small and compact a vaporizer it really is. This is a look at just how far vaporization technology has come as the DaVinci IQ is one of the most powerful yet smallest vapes. As for as aesthetic purposes go, the IQ Vape is one of the nicest and slickest looking portable dry herb vaporizers currently on the market. Seriously, this thing is gorgeous. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer weighs in at roughly 145 grams, which means it isn’t the lightest portable dry herb vape on the market (for reference the Pax 3 Vape weighs in at around 95 grams) however the IQ more than makes up for this with it’s compact size.
DaVinci IQ – Technology
Straight to the point, the vapor quality that is produced from the IQ Vaporizer is fantastic, in fact it has gotten such rave reviews that people have said it is the best vapor that you will get from a conduction based portable dry herb vaporizer. One of the main reasons for this is that the IQ Vaporizer has a vapor path constructed 100% from zirconia and this helps to produce very dense and cool premium vapor quality. The IQ Vaporizer is quite the powerful vaporizer and it sure is capable of producing some huge, dense vapor clouds and it also is powerful enough to not become over-worked or over-powered as easily as other conduction based portable vaporizers when you’re looking to hit the vape back to back. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is also extremely efficient when vaping your herb and the AVB (Already Vaped Bud) that is left over can be seen to be toasted quite evenly. The IQ Vaporizer also comes with a full range of temperature spectrum which ranges from 250F all the way up to 430F. The heating system also works exceptionally fast and the IQ Vape can reach your desired vaping temp in roughly 45 seconds.
DaVinci IQ – Summary
The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer is one of the finest portable weed Vaporizers to be released for some time. The combination of it’s superb style, exceptional battery and efficient vaping with it’s price point means that the IQ Vape is really a winner. DaVinci have hit the ball out of the park with the IQ Vape: the quality of this Vape is seen through it’s solid and sturdy build, innovative heating systems and features and the size, design and style are all massively on point. All in all, DaVinci have done it yet again, the IQ Vaporizer is a real winner.
Pax is a name that has become synonymous with portable vaporizers. The original Pax was one of the most well known and popular vaporizers to be released and since then Pax have continued to release real quality portable weed vaporizers. Pax has been dubbed the “iPhone of Vaporizers” and it’s really hard to argue with this as they continue to up the ante on all other competitors within the portable dry herb vaporizer industry. Towards the end of 2016 we seen them get ready for the release of their most highly anticipated vape yet, the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 was a significant upgrade over it’s predecessor (the Pax 2 Vape) and it included the ability to vape concentrates (which more and more people are looking for to be a standard in their portable weed vaporizers).
Pax 3 – Design
The Pax 2 Vaporizer was one of the most popular portable dry herb vaporizers so naturally there was huge anticipation for the new release of the Pax 3 Vape. The Pax 3 has the same physical dimensions as it’s little brother however it has gained 3 extra grams due to the change in features and internal functions. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is a very beautiful and stylish vaporizer and it is discreet and compact so it can be slipped into a pocket at a minutes notice if needs be. The finish on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is also one of it’s best features as it has a gleaming, high polished finish and looks fantastic.
Pax 3 – Technology
This is one of the biggest areas of improvement for the Pax 3 Vaporizer. The Pax 3 has a significantly faster heat up time in comparison to the Pax 2. The Pax 3 is capable of reaching it’s desired vaping temperature in roughly 15 seconds, which is perfect for those of us who wish to enjoy a quick vaping session. The Pax 3 Vaporizer comes with 4 different heating temperatures that range from 360F(182C) to 420F(215C). The biggest new feature to be added to the Pax 3 Vaporizer is it’s ability to vape concentrates. This was obviously influenced by the growing demand within the cannabis industry for all things concentrate related, and Pax listened to their die-hard fans and delivered. The Pax 3 Vaporizer is also compatible with a smartphone app which allows the user to gain exceptional control over the range of vaping temperatures.
Pax 3 – Summary
Overall the Pax 3 Vaporizer is a seriously impressive vape. The upgrades to the Pax 3 from the Pax 2 have made this a significantly more efficient and powerful portable weed vaporizer. the faster heat up time on the Pax 3 Vaporizer is certainly a massive draw for fans, and combined with the smart control app means that this is one of the finest portable vapes currently on the market.
The Mighty Vaporizer is brought to us from German Vape manufacturers Storz and Bickel. The Mighty is portable vape that uses a hybrid convection heating system, which is the same for its little brother vape the Crafty. The Mighty differs from the Crafty in that it is nearly twice as powerful and and over twice the battery life. The Mighty Vaporizer has one of the best battery life out of all portable weed vaporizers and that really is saying something.
Mighty Vape – Design
The Mighty Vaporizer is one of the largest portable vaporizers that is currently on the market and there have been arguments made over whether it is a true portable vape or not. However it is handy to throw into a bag or purse, you may run into difficulty trying to squeeze the Mighty Vaporizer into your pocket. This is a fantastic Vaporizer to be used when you are hanging with friends and it’s perfect for sharing when in a group session.
Mighty Vape – Technology
The Mighty Vaporizer is unique in that it uses both conduction and convection heating elements which can also be called a hybrid. This method allows the Mighty Vaporizer to produce some outstanding vapor which is dense and absolutely full of flavour. The Mighty Vape is capable of producing this premium vapor consistently and will vape your bud evenly and efficiently. The Mighty Vape has a built in LED display that makes using it so simple and it also is super easy to control and maintain the temperature.
Mighty Vape – Summary
All in all, the Mighty Vaporizer is one of the best vaporizers you can get at the moment. It is exceptionally powerful and efficient. This is a vaporizer that could be marked as a “Must have” and if you can deal with the the ability to easily hide it, then this is the perfect vaporizer for you, regardless of your vaping needs. The Mighty Vaporizer is so easy to use, produces premium and dense vapor and is one of the most consistent vaporizers on the market.
Even though Cannabis is illegal on the federal level, it doesn’t mean it’s not used often. Marijuana is used for recreational fun and even medicinally. Actually, up until 1937 before America enacted the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, it was legal for everyone to experiment with it. Before that time, it was simply a plant being grown and no attention was really paid to it. Until America’s “who’s who” found a way to have the government stop its citizens from using it so they can profit off other endeavors. The government started spreading false lies saying that entertainers, which consisted mainly of African-Americans and Latinos, were smoking pot and raping white women. (Learn about Refer Madness here.) This worked to scare people away and paved the way for more propaganda and lies for the following 80 years.
The truth is, medical marijuana has untold uses. Hemp is a strong tool that can be used for foods, crafts and ropes. Marijuana can be used to help sick patients with cancer and other serious illnesses. Upon making it illegal, the government and big corporations (including Big Pharma) could now benefit and profit from people who are caught using marijuana while the pharmaceutical companies line the politicians’ pockets.
However, with all the talk on the benefits of marijuana, there are also a few drawbacks. With daily pot usage, comes some minor and minimal effects. For a lack of better words, we will call them marijuana withdrawals. The withdrawals are not what you’re used to, which is why “withdrawals” is not the perfect word. You don’t go into cold sweats and get nauseous. Rather, the marijuana withdrawals are very small and only last a day or two.
Lack of Sleep – You will notice, the first day you don’t smoke weed, it will be hard to sleep. Your body is not relaxed like it is used to so you’re generally up longer with a ton of thoughts running through your mind constantly while you try to sleep. A nice warm chamomile tea right before bed might help with this.
Lack of Appetite – The one marijuana withdrawal people find when quitting is that they’re not that hungry the next day. This is common and usually lasts only until dinner time. A good way to combat this is to exercise during the day. Not only will it make you hungry enough to eat a good amount, but it will also get you tired enough to sleep more quickly.
Anger – Some people have said that, after smoking marijuana every day for a long time, they tend to get aggressive for the first couple days when they stop. This marijuana withdrawal could be because you’re not as relaxed as you were previously or because you’re less mindful of what’s going on. Either way, meditation is a wonderful way to help with this. Meditation helps you become more mindful, but relaxes you at the same time. It’s good to meditate right after waking up and/or just before sleeping.
Marijuana is nothing like the lies would have you believe, but there are some minor withdrawals that can linger for a couple days after you stop using it daily. Use the tips provided above to make things easier for you if and when you ever decide to quit or take a break.
Michigan Announces Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Seed-To-Sale Solution
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the State of Michigan formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. Contained within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, popularly known as LARA, the new Bureau brings together oversight of the patient and caregiver registry under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act with the new regulatory structure of the Medical Facilities Licensing Act. The Bureau is helmed by Andrew Brisbo, most recently the Director of LARA’s Licensing Division.
LARA today also announced that the State has chosen Franwell, Inc., to operate the “seed-to-sale” monitoring and tracking program required for participants in the State’s new medical marihuana regulatory framework. Franwell’s Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Regulatory Compliance system, or “METRC,” is also used in Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.
Notably, the State has still not announced appointees to the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. LARA is required to consult with that Board in promulgating rules for the industry. With only 8 months until the State is required to begin accepting license applications, the fact that the Board has not yet been appointed makes it highly likely that the State will need to adopt emergency rules.
As with all reviews, I take a few photos of each product in real lighting situations so you can get an idea of what the item looks like without the glamour of a light box and/or Photoshop. Below are 6 photos I look of the Smoke Ghost sent to me by the guys at smokeghost.com.
From the Manufacturer
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What is Smoke Ghost?
Simply put, Smoke Ghost masks the odor of the smoke you exhale with aromatic fragrances. This essentially means that you can smoke anywhere in the world without leaving a trace. Here is a short summary of all the benefits and features the little Ghost provides:
Prevents second-hand smoke
Saves environment from polluting and carcinogenic toxins
Contains interchangeable scent cartridges
Masks odor of smoke completely, can be used indoors and in vehicles
Portable, under 3 inches long and under 2 inches thick
Now let’s delve deeper into the Ghost’s power.
You may have seen similar smoking filters that attempt to deal with the smell of smoke. Smoke Ghost is distinct in that it not only filters your smoke but it alters the scent of your smoke into essential oil fragrances. The oil fragrances not only smell delightful, they combat the smell of the burning end of the substance you’re smoking in order to fully mask the smell.
The nozzle component of the Ghost contains a carbon filter that cleanses the smoke as you blow through. The nozzle is wide enough at the base (about 1.5 inches) to encapsulate your lips as the smoke leaves your mouth. This means that all of the smoke passes through the nozzle.
The first component of the device is the nozzle, the second component is the scent cartridge, the magical part. The scent cartridge contains an essential oils compound that radically transforms the odor of your smoke. This stuff smells sweet. Interchangeable Scents
One of the most awesome features of these scent cartridges is that they’re interchangeable. Every scent cartridge is compatible with the filter. Typically, a scent cartridge is 100% efficient in altering smoke odor for around 300 blow throughs (this is for our current prototype, we expect to increase this number once the first PO is placed). After this point, the cartridge gradually declines in efficacy. So once one scent cartridge begins to decline in potency, you can simply replace it with another. This adds even more life to your Ghost.
Smoking With Style’s Smoke Ghost Sploof Review
I had one of my most avid smokers (KC) try out the Smoke Ghost over the weekend with minimal results.
Took a puff, blew through it, and I don’t think it disguised it at all.
-KC, SWS Reviewer
As the above quote alludes to, he didn’t have much success with it. Aside from the usually issues such as side stream smoke, he didn’t think it helped 100% even with the smoke blown through the unit.
I had KC give the Smoke Ghost to a 2nd smoke with the same results. She said that dryer sheets inside of a toilet paper or paper towel roll (the original sploof) worked better. KC had her take a hit and blow it into his face. He could still smell the cannabis and felt like the scent was basically a mix of the two smells together.
All of this with a price tag of $19.99, led me to give the Smoke Ghost a 3 out of 5 stars. It makes for a great gift, but it’s not particularly practical.
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 email@example.com.
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)?
Should proficiency testing be used for safety compliance oversight?
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)?
Should testing be required of every batch of marihuana and if so, what is an appropriate sample size for testing from a batch?
When a sample is received for testing should the rest of the batch be sequestered and if so, by what method?
What accreditation standard should be used for safety compliance facilities and why?
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.
Why is Trump against marijuana? Has the time come for the cannabis community to panic? Or is the industry already too strong, widespread and important for even Trump and Co. to touch it?
Uncertainty has been the name of the game for the cannabis industry over recent weeks. The overhauled White House has given very little indication as to its long-term intentions for legal marijuana, leaving millions across the US in a rather unpleasant state of limbo. Pot proponents really didn’t want to see Trump installed in the first place, but such concerns paled in comparison to those regarding Mr. Jeff Sessions. His appointment to the position of Attorney General seemed like the worst-case scenario…and that’s exactly what played out.
In the interim, there’s been little to go on. Instead, it’s been a case of referring back to previous comments and rhetoric to determine possible outcomes. In the case of Sessions, this is the man who once stated that he’d happily see cannabis dealers executed. He also famously said that “good people don’t smoke cannabis” while adding that the KKK would be fine, if it wasn’t for the fact that they advocate cannabis use. Pretty creepy for the man with his finger on the Federal law button.
As for the idea of Trump against marijuana, he’s indicated on a number of occasions that he thinks the cannabis issue is one that can and therefore should be handled at a state level. This also formed part of his campaign to get into the White House in the first place – a pledge that it would continue to be left up to individual states to determine their own pot policies.
So why is the industry holding its collective breath right now?
Because going entirely against this, the White House announced late last week that under Trump’s reign, there will most likely be “greater enforcement” of anti-cannabis law at a Federal level.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer was speaking with reporters on Thursday, when he stated outright that the medical cannabis industry would not be touched by Federal cannabis law. However, he did state that this was partially due to the fact that Congress had banned the government from such action. Had it not, perhaps this side of the industry would be under threat too.
As for recreational cannabis, he made it abundantly clear that the two represent wholly different issues for the White House, stating that: “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement” of federal laws against the use (and presumably the distribution) of recreational marijuana.
Now, to the average bystander this doesn’t say a great deal at all. It could be seen as rhetoric, or perhaps an indication that the governments intends to clamp down on those who flout state-imposed cannabis rules, illegal smugglers, importers and so on. However, to those with a stake in the cannabis industry, it clearly conveys one severely disappointing message:
Cannabis is NOT going to be legalised at a Federal level.
This is hugely significant, as the one thing that’s standing in the way of the industry reaching its maximum potential now is Federal law. While cannabis remains illegal at a state level, major banks, lenders and investors in general will not go near the industry. Obtaining finance can be nightmarish, accountancy and recruitment are no picnic, those that do get involved don’t really know where they stand and there’s the ever-looming concern that accompanies knowing you are breaking Federal law.
Suffice to say, not exactly what the industry and its millions of supporters want to hear right now.
Despite having achieved meteoric growth and success over recent months, the industry has nonetheless been sitting on a knife’s edge, waiting and wondering what the Trump Administration has in store. Even though the appointment of Trump and Co. represented a hammer blow for the industry, most remained optimistic that he would, if nothing else, keep his promise of largely keeping out of the issue altogether.
If recent developments are anything to go by, this may not be the case. A potentially major shift in enforcement was indicated by Spicer, which indirectly gave the impression of an impending crackdown on recreational cannabis.
“There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”
Unsurprisingly, Spicer kept things as vague and non-committal as they’ve been to date, offering no information as to time-frames or other specifics. Technically speaking, every single person playing a role in the US cannabis industry, using or distributing cannabis in any way, shape or form is breaking Federal law and liable for prosecution.
This in turn means that an incalculable number of businesses spanning Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California are all up for potential prosecution, though to date the Justice Department has kept its distance from state-level cannabis policy.
“Now either the president is flip-flopping or his staff is, once again, speaking out of turn — either way these comments leave doubt and uncertainty for the marijuana industry, stifling job growth in my state,” commented Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder-area Democrat.
“The public has spoken on recreational marijuana, we’ve seen it work in Colorado, and now is the time to lift the federal prohibition.”
What’s becoming more than apparent is that should the Trump Administration choose to crack down on recreational cannabis, it will be going directly against the sentiments and wishes of the public. A recent study carried out by Quinnipiac University found that across the right states that have legalised recreational cannabis, a landslide 71% of the population opposes the idea of Federal law being enforced. In addition, an incredible 93% believe in the importance of medical cannabis legalisation. The Justice Department has made it impossible for the Fed to touch the medical cannabis industry at any level, but has so far imposed no such restrictions on recreational cannabis.
Speaking on behalf of Marijuana Majority, a pro-legalisation campaign group, Tom Angell said that to enforce Federal cannabis law to any degree could have disastrous consequences for Trump’s already struggling approval ratings.
“If the administration is looking for ways to become less popular, cracking down on voter-approved marijuana laws would be a great way to do it,” he told reporters from USA Today.
“On the campaign trail, President Trump clearly and repeatedly pledged that he would leave decisions on cannabis policy to the states. With a clear and growing majority of the country now supporting legalization, reneging on his promises would be a political disaster and huge distraction from the rest of the president’s agenda.”
As far as cannabis proponents are concerned, the benefits of cannabis legalisation are clear, apparent and too significant to overlook. They argue that the popularity of recreational cannabis is such that to enforce Federal law would be counterproductive and nonsensical. Were recreational cannabis to once again be outlawed today, it would have no bearing whatsoever on the number of people choosing to use pot for recreational purposes. Instead, it would simply lead to the streets once again being flooded with illegal drug dealers, making a fortune selling low-grade cannabis and putting communities in jeopardy. It would lead to tens of thousands of job losses, rob the country of billions in tax revenues and make criminals of millions. Trump himself recently commented on “drugs as cheap as candy bars” on US streets due to illegal imports…an issue the criminalisation of cannabis is 100% guaranteed to further intensify.
“It is hard to imagine why anyone would want marijuana to be produced and sold by cartels and criminals rather than tightly regulated, taxpaying businesses,” commented Marijuana Policy Project spokesman, Mason Tvert.
Given the controversial decisions and actions taken by Trump and Co. so far, nothing is out of the question. But at the same time, experts remain largely convinced that what’s happening right now is simply a case of sabre rattling – a newly-installed government flexing its bureaucratic muscle to keep everyone on edge and let America know who’s in charge.
Realistically, the backlash of the Fed declaring war on cannabis would be too insane to comprehend. Every day sees the industry getting stronger, more people throwing their support behind it and communities all over the US reaping enormous benefits. We’re talking millions of people across the country and thousands of businesses, not to mention state senators and other officials who’d refuse to sit idly by and let progress be eroded. We’re not talking simple protests here, but rather vast swathes of the country rising up and refusing to cooperate. It’s unlikely that even Trump and his staff would have the audacity to go ahead and prosecute a sizable proportion of the entire country. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.
So while the bad news is that legalisation of cannabis at a Federal level seems well and truly off the cards, the likelihood of the plug being pulled on the entire industry is minimal to say the least.
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:
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Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment
Today, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released its draft initiative. The Coalition is accepting comments until Saturday, February 25, so those wishing to weigh in should do so quickly.