Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the five members of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. Under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Board is responsible for working with the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (within which the Board is housed) to promulgate the rules that will govern the medical marijuana industry in Michigan. Beginning this December, the Board will start accepting license applications, and will then oversee the licensing and regulation of industry participants. Governor Snyder’s press release follows:


Gov. Rick Snyder makes initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

Friday, May 26, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board established by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the five-member board was created to implement the system of licensing and regulation established under the act for marihuana growth, processing, testing, transporting and provisioning.

“This board will help provide the proper oversight of medical marihuana facilities to keep the public safe by ensuring proper health and safety standards are being met,” Snyder said.

Member with term expiring Dec. 31, 2018:

Nichole Cover of Mattawan is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens. She currently serves as chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and previously served as the Board’s representative on the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. Cover holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. She will represent Independents.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019:

Serving as the nominee of the Senate Majority Leader is Rick Johnson of LeRoy, who also will serve as chair. He manages Common Cents Farm in LeRoy. Johnson was a state representative from 1998–2004, serving his last four years as Speaker of the House. Johnson holds an honorary doctorate of public service from Ferris State University. He will represent Republicans.

Serving as the nominee of the Speaker of the House is David LaMontaine of Monroe.  He is a business agent and executive board member for the Police Officers’ Association of Michigan. LaMontaine previously served in the United States Marine Corps, as a police officer in Hamtramck, and as a hostage negotiator and detective for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. LaMontaine studied employment and labor relations at Wayne State University. He will represent Republicans.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2020:

Donald Bailey of Traverse City recently retired as a sergeant for the Michigan State Police with 36 years of law enforcement and investigative experience. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University, attended the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and received a certificate from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Police Management, Staff, and Command. He will represent Republicans.

Vivian Pickard of Bloomfield Hills is the president and CEO of The Pickard Group consulting firm. She recently retired as director of public policy for General Motors and served six years as president of the General Motors Foundation, during which she managed all the company’s U.S. philanthropic donations. Pickard holds a bachelor’s degree in human services management from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. She will represent Independents.

After this round of initial appointments, subsequent members will serve four-year terms.


For further updates on the rulemaking process and development of Michigan’s industry, check back here with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog.

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Published at Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

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Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Psilocybin and Cannabis: A Comparative Analysis

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) cannabis and psilocybin (commonly referred to ‘Magic Mushrooms’) have no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse. While this description for both of these substances is highly inaccurate for a wide variety of reasons, the current classification makes it very difficult to conduct research into the medical benefits of the plants.

Regardless whether these substances are illegal, millions of people around the world use these ‘Teacher Plants’ for recreational, medical and spiritual uses. Thus, in the following analysis we’ll be going into details about the effects, potential medical uses and potential pitfalls when consuming these substances.

How Accessible are Weed and Shrooms?

Despite the fact that there is an entire government system and an international collaboration to inhibit people from consuming these substances, it has done very little to stop people from taking them. In fact, the highest consumed illicit drug is cannabis. Mushrooms, on the other hand, are not consumed nearly as much as cannabis for obvious reasons (we’ll get into that later).

Today, there are 28 states in the United States that have some sort of marijuana legislation in play whereas zero states provide easy access to the hallucinogen psilocybin, save for a few universities where studies are being conducted.

Most people around the world find their own ways to get their hands on these substances, whether it’s through cultivating the plants at home, or purchasing it illegally on the black market.

Mushrooms grow wild in places where there is a lot of humidity and frequently can be found in cattle ranches or certain mountainous areas. People who consume magic mushrooms go on the “hunt” within the first few hours after it rained and before the sun is too potent that will make the mushrooms dry out and wither.

How to Consume Weed and Shrooms

For the most part, people consume cannabis via smoking it. Lately, with newer devices, vaporizing cannabis has become popular. However, with the expansion of the cannabis industry, the methods of consumption has evolved drastically.

From extracts to infusions, cannabis can now be consumed via smoking, vaping, eating, drinking and even topically through creams and so forth.

For mushrooms, however, most people eat it directly or drink it in a tea. Depending on the strength of the mushroom, usually 6 ‘caps’ would do the trick to send you into a hallucinogenic state. For preservation, some people place the mushrooms in honey, allowing it to be stored for years while others dehydrate the caps, which gives it a shelf life of about six months to a year.

The Effects of Cannabis and Mushrooms

Some people say you can’t “trip” on cannabis, however, they would be mistaken. It takes roughly 10 micrograms of cannabis in your system to induce hallucinations (in most) however, this mostly occurs through edibles. For those who smoke marijuana, the effects are usually mild, with a case of euphoria due to dopamine levels increasing, laughter, hunger (the munchies). Since cannabis has nearly an infinite amount of strains, the effects may range depending on the genetics of the plant you are smoking. It will either ‘lift you up’ or ‘lock you down’ depending on the phenotype you’re smoking (indica/sativa).

Mushrooms, on the other hand, are much more ‘intense’ in terms of experience. The mushroom trip lasts anywhere between 6-12 hours depending on the amount you consumed. As opposed to cannabis, psilocybin is a fully immersive experience that will create vivid hallucinations to the point where you can ‘smell colors’ or ‘feel sound’. This is due to the fact that when under the influence of psilocybin, the entire brain is connected and the sensorial experience is magnified.

For some, they experience psilocybin almost with a child-like fascination. It’s common to have people giggle like little children, frolic in nature and amaze at the wondrous sights they see. Others, experience a much more intense experience where there is a sense of inter-connectivity between the individual and the surrounding areas.

It’s quite difficult to explain a subjective experience such as psilocybin to someone who has never tried a psychedelic. In fact, every experience is unique. One of the most important factors is to have your mind in the ’right place’ to induce a pleasant experience. This means, not harboring feelings such as ‘guilt, envy, fear etc.’ Within the realm of psychedelics, these emotions tend to leak into the visual experience and can turn a ‘good trip’ into something ‘not-so-pleasant’

Medical Uses

Cannabis is said to treat up to 200 individual diseases and conditions ranging from cancer, depression, pain management, inflammation, seizure disorders, arthritis, PTSD and much more. There are over 20,000 publications outlining the medical benefits of cannabis and as laws surrounding the plant fades, more research will be conducted to verify the benefits of cannabis.

Psilocybin on the other hands has only recently been utilized for medical reasons. For the most part, researchers have been looking into mushrooms to treat things like depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Utilizing Cannabis and Mushrooms Simultaneously

Every good psychonaut uses cannabis with whatever psychedelic they are using. There are several reasons for this namely, Cannabis is a regulator allowing you to ‘surf the psychedelic’ and cannabis also acts as a booster for when your ‘trip is diminishing’ it can give you an extra few hours of “tripping”.

Cannabis and mushrooms go very well together and whenever you feel like your mushroom trip is getting ‘out of hand’, a few tokes from weed can bring down your anxieties and provide you with a slight sense of control over the experience.

The biggest factor when tripping on mushrooms is to accept your fate, to understand that you will be tripping for a few hours and that is ‘okay’. Simply accept it, ride it out and you’ll be fine.

Conclusion

To say that cannabis and mushrooms have no medical validity and a high potential for abuse is erroneous. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis as it is virtually impossible and similarly with mushrooms, people tend to stop after consuming a certain amount as the sensorial experience is intense and doesn’t require greater doses.

Of course, these are people who do abuse these substances, however for the most part…this is not the case.

Author Bio

VolcanoVape founder and vape enthusiast, Ian Lebowski has been involved in marijuana industry for close to a decade now. Originally working in quality control and testing, he has reviewed hundreds of vape products over the years. He also loves to write so he never misses a chance to share his knowledge trough some marijuana-related article.

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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 04:34:00 +0000

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

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Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Is vaping safer than smoking? Pitched as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, we unravel the hype and break down the controversy surrounding vaping and vaporizers to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really a safe alternative to tobacco?

What are the benefits, risks and controversies surrounding Vaping?

The concept of vaping has rapidly shot to the spotlight over the last few years, and is rapidly becoming a mainstream phenomena. Evolving from a socially acceptable smoking alternative, vaping and vaporizers have now become the epitome of cool for millennials and gadget-enthusiasts alike. As the popularity of vaping intensifies, vaping it has even become a full-fledged competitive sport – ushering in a new era of self-styled YouTube stars, vaping communities, and even fierce competitions! If vaping is so socially acceptable and trend-setting, why are many states and countries gradually banning vaporizers from public places, and even stigmatizing or alienating vapers? Marketed as a healthy cigarette alternative, each week there seems to be a myriad of conflicting reports on the subject. For every positive study there is a negative one on the health effects, dangers and risks of vaping. So we have put our detective glasses on, to produce your e-guide to vaping. We break down the hype, opinions, stigmas and studies to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really as healthy as they smell?

Vaping vs Smoking Cigarettes

Why is Smoking Dangerous?

Back in the day, smoking was marketed as the essence of style, grace and even prescribed by doctors to pregnant ladies for positive health benefits. However with the advancement of medicine, science and technology, studies have shown smoking tobacco is highly addictive, containing tar, nicotine, carcinogens as well as plenty of other cancer-causing agents. And that’s just the start, as tobacco contains dangerous chemicals that can cause lethal diseases. The World Health Organization reports that smoking kills around 6 million people per year worldwide. Smoking has slowly become less socially acceptable and in this millennial age of health-obsession, conventional smoking has become socially outlawed and banned in most public places.

Is Vaping a Healthy Alternative?

To answer this question, we had to dive into the archives, as there have been many conflicting reports on the health benefits, dangers and risks involved with vaping. In one monumental study from the UK’s Department of Health, e-cigarettes were found to be 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and therefore a much healthier alternative to tobacco. Another recent scientific study

by Cancer Research UK, showed that after six months, smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had fewer toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies than tobacco smokers. The report also negated previous studies which suggested vaping is as dangerous as smoking.

However, across the pond in the US, many authorities have taken a negative and cautious view on e-cigarettes. Some studies have shown that vaping is harmful, as vaporizers use e-liquid or e-juice, which contains nicotine. Other reports show e-cigarettes contain toxins, formaldehyde, or even cancer-inducing chemicals. In another twist, other studies have shown that this is only harmful with e-cigarettes been used at high temperatures. In moderate temperatures, there is actually less nicotine and chemicals than cigarettes. The vape is also not lit like a cigarette, so there is no combustion or release of carcinogens. Instead, the user inhales flavoured steam, which is comparatively safer. Others would argue that there still are traces of other chemicals, which one would not otherwise inhale and there are issues with second-hand smoke.

Why do many states have a negative view of vaping?

Despite numerous studies showing that vaping is a cooler, healthier alternative to smoking, vaping is still stigmatized by many and viewed on par with smoking. This is because e-cigarettes and vaporizers still produce “second-hand vapor” and trace-chemicals. People also argue that studies are not conclusive at the moment, as we will only know the long-term effects of vaping in years to come. Since there is still some controversy surrounding vaping, many countries, states and cities have even begun banning vaping in public places.

Conclusion: Vaping Versus Smoking

In a show-down battle between vaping and smoking, vaping would win hands down. In health terms, e-cigarettes and vapes contain less nicotine and other cancer-causing chemical and concoctions than tobacco. Another benefit is the smell, as many e-liquids have a mesmerizing aroma, like sweet vanilla, and do not discolour your fingers or teeth. This means vaping is comparatively more socially acceptable, less offensive and there are less bans and laws about vaping than smoking. Another cool benefit is that vaping has become a fierce competitive sport and “claim to fame”, with a new generation of vaping super-stars and viral videos. Another plus for gadget-enthusiasts is that vapes come in variety of vaporizer models from beginner to pro, with a myriad of trendy accessories, gadgets and kits. You can also find uber-convenient dry herb vaporizers that are compatible with weed, and stealthy vape pens for your wax.

So, while vaping still contains nicotine, and we have to wait to see full the long-term effects, it’s safe to say vaping is comparatively safer than smoking. Vaping also wins hands-down in terms of cool factor, trendiness, and social acceptance.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 04:51:43 +0000

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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What is The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser?

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is a remarkable little powerhouse that delivers huge, consistent results, fast! We set out to alter, no…we set out to ROCK the world of herbal infusion and develop a product that will bring a higher and mightier way of living into your lives and homes. And because we know that in today’s world, people love choices, we’ve packed the Mighty Fast chock full of options that are certain to meet your needs. The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is equipped with High & Mighty’s proprietary technology featuring infusing methods; Mighty Fast 1, Mighty Fast 2, Mighty Long and of course the Mighty Clean.

How to Use the Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

This product was created and produced with the philosophy that in today’s ever evolving world all of us should feel empowered to take charge of our health and cooking. Personal choice was a big factor in determining how to develop our infuser. There is a tremendous amount of information out there in the world. At High & Mighty we fully believe in personal choice. We’ve logged in the research time trying to pin down exact scientific times and temperatures to create the best infusions. From this research we can confidently tell you that just as you feel that you have nailed down the “correct” time to cook your infusion and temperature to cook it at, you will inevitably find someone else who will tell you that they did it completely different than you and too yielded a useful product. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and handed you a fantastic option, choice.

BUD SAYS: Love it? Buy The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser today!

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Published at Mon, 01 May 2017 05:10:37 +0000

Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

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Vaping Cannabis or Smoking – Which is Safer?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Vaping cannabis or smoking – which one is safer of better?

Cannabis can be enjoyed in several different ways. It can be smoked, vaped or dabbed. There’s a constant debate happening around the main pros & cons of vaping Mary Jane versus conventional cigarette smoking. Most studies argue that the mere idea of vaping cannabis is losing ground. Nonetheless, there are people who have positive things to say about vaping marijuana. As opposite to smoking pot, vaping it doesn’t harm the lungs; even though the effects are milder, three hits are enough to get you high.

Is vaping cannabis healthier than smoking it?

Vaping is without a doubt healthier than smoking – whether it’s nicotine or cannabis, it doesn’t really matter. Burning the cannabis plant creates tar – just like tobacco – as well as additional carcinogens. Through vaping, it’s just essential plant oil; this happens because the plant doesn’t catch fire. The effects of vaping marijuana comes from the terpenes and cannabinoids oils, meaning that vaporization can have the exact same effects as smoking pot.

However, there’s a main drawback associated with vaping pot. For starters, there are lots of devices out on the market, and many of them are made in China. This means they don’t work properly, and might feature defects. Rumor has it that some may even contain heavy metals or glue which are off-gassed at increased temperatures.

But there are trusted manufacturers out there. It’s very important to stick to the one that makes quality parts. The best vaping pens are made from titanium and ceramic heating elements, which excel in quality are a lot better than those manufactured from glass or steel.

Vaping is discreet

Portable vapes have increased in popularity because they’re more discreet and subtle. When you use a vaporizer, the smoke is barely noticeable, and it doesn’t catch on your clothes, breath, and hair. High-quality vaporizers have a soft smell that instantly dissipates when you exhale. Furthermore, the device is thinner and sleek; it almost looks like a very interesting tech gadget, and some people won’t even tell if a cannabis vaporizer. Another added benefit is that vaping devices are very easy to charge with an USB recharger. You can forget all about taking the time to roll a joint or load a bong.

Different flavors

Since vaping doesn’t involve burning the cannabis plant, the flavor is cleaner and free of that woody and harsh finish we often get when we smoke pot. Some people prefer this nuanced flavor, but this doesn’t mean you should too. Just remember that smoking catches tar and additional chemicals you won’t find when using a vaporizer. As far as flavors are concerned, they vary and often depend on grow skill, plan strain, and more.

It’s no secret that smoking – whether cigarettes or weed – is harmful to the health. Burnt tobacco and pot produce tar and other toxic chemicals that might get straight into your lungs. Vaping on the other hand, is a lot safer because it doesn’t involve burning. This means that the intake of carbon monoxide is reduced, leading to fewer toxic hydrocarbons. Basically, a vaporizer can fill out a need without the side-effects.

Interesting designs & outstanding effects

There are lots of efficient, incredibly appealing vaping pens in the marketplace. Choose the shape and size that best appeals to your personality, and forget all about rolling joints. These cool new devices are very high-tech. To some degree, you might confuse them with the most interesting social device, but with an added twist. You won’t need lighters anymore because vaporizers are recharged by USB.

We can’t guarantee that vaping cannabis is healthy. But it is healthier than smoking cannabis. Vaporizers can be even better, and make you higher without too many puffs. It all depends on how qualitative the device is. We prefer them because they’re flavoured liquids. The pungent flavor of pot doesn’t fade away when vaping, and you only need a few hits to get the desired effect. Now it’s all up to you, although it’s best to thoroughly assess all your options. This way you’ll be able to a make a sensible choice; a choice that might help preserve your health and the health of those around you.

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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 04:48:32 +0000

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

Monday, May 1st, 2017

mighty fast herbal infuser

What is The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser?

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is a remarkable little powerhouse that delivers huge, consistent results, fast! We set out to alter, no…we set out to ROCK the world of herbal infusion and develop a product that will bring a higher and mightier way of living into your lives and homes. And because we know that in today’s world, people love choices, we’ve packed the Mighty Fast chock full of options that are certain to meet your needs. The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is equipped with High & Mighty’s proprietary technology featuring infusing methods; Mighty Fast 1, Mighty Fast 2, Mighty Long and of course the Mighty Clean.

How to Use the Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

This product was created and produced with the philosophy that in today’s ever evolving world all of us should feel empowered to take charge of our health and cooking. Personal choice was a big factor in determining how to develop our infuser. There is a tremendous amount of information out there in the world. At High & Mighty we fully believe in personal choice. We’ve logged in the research time trying to pin down exact scientific times and temperatures to create the best infusions. From this research we can confidently tell you that just as you feel that you have nailed down the “correct” time to cook your infusion and temperature to cook it at, you will inevitably find someone else who will tell you that they did it completely different than you and too yielded a useful product. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and handed you a fantastic option, choice.

BUD SAYS: Love it? Buy The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser today!

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Published at Mon, 01 May 2017 05:10:37 +0000

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

Monday, May 1st, 2017

mighty fast herbal infuser

What is The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser?

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is a remarkable little powerhouse that delivers huge, consistent results, fast! We set out to alter, no…we set out to ROCK the world of herbal infusion and develop a product that will bring a higher and mightier way of living into your lives and homes. And because we know that in today’s world, people love choices, we’ve packed the Mighty Fast chock full of options that are certain to meet your needs. The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser is equipped with High & Mighty’s proprietary technology featuring infusing methods; Mighty Fast 1, Mighty Fast 2, Mighty Long and of course the Mighty Clean.

How to Use the Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

This product was created and produced with the philosophy that in today’s ever evolving world all of us should feel empowered to take charge of our health and cooking. Personal choice was a big factor in determining how to develop our infuser. There is a tremendous amount of information out there in the world. At High & Mighty we fully believe in personal choice. We’ve logged in the research time trying to pin down exact scientific times and temperatures to create the best infusions. From this research we can confidently tell you that just as you feel that you have nailed down the “correct” time to cook your infusion and temperature to cook it at, you will inevitably find someone else who will tell you that they did it completely different than you and too yielded a useful product. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation and handed you a fantastic option, choice.

BUD SAYS: Love it? Buy The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser today!

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Published at Mon, 01 May 2017 05:10:37 +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

RocVape Vaporizer Reviews

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RocVape Vaporizer Reviews

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Vaporizer Reviews

RocVape sent us a couple of vaporizers to review. Following is a review of these two vaporizers by our expert reviewer KC:

  • Origo CVB – Utilizing the latest Complete Vaping Box technology, the Origo CVB presents an incredibly small form factor and looks extremely stealthy. It designed with great ease of use. Give the leak-proof built-in tank, you are ready to go!
  • Origo CVT – The new Complete Vaping Tube technology makes the Origo CVT a next generation vaping starter kit! It integrates the battery, chip set and tank, etc. into a whole, presenting incredible simplicity and solidity. Pull it out of your purse or pocket, give the leak-proof tank a refill and enjoy the delicious clouds!

RocVape Vaporizer Review Photos

Origo CVT Vaporizer Review

PROS:

  • Small and easy to conceal
  • Top fill to prevent leaking
  • Good throat hit
  • Adjustable air flow
  • Good battery life
  • Leak-proof tip to prevent juice in your mouth
  • Cool/sleek design
  • Good beginner or on-the-go vape
  • Changeable tip
  • Cheap price (around $25)

CONS

  • Tank is smaller than it looks / does not hold much juice
  • No adjustable heat
  • Does not work when charging!
  • Vape is nicotine only, no THC

OVERALL

The Origo CVT is a good vape for vapers who are not looking for the “cloudy” type vapes. this vape is very easy to use, comes with all the necessary equipment, and is a good mod. One definite improvement they can make to this vape is to allow it to hit while charging.

Origo CVB Vaporizer Review

PROS

  • Very small and easy to conceal
  • Light weight
  • Cool design
  • Built-in tank helps prevent leaking
  • Air flow on the top to help prevent leaking
  • Good/strong hit
  • Button on top which helps prevent “firing” when in your pocket
  • Interchangeable tips
  • Good battery life
  • Standard micro USB charger
  • Comes with all necessary items
  • Good price (around $43)

CONS

  • Small tank
  • Cannot change wattage
  • Cannot hit while charging!
  • Vape is nicotine only, no THC

OVERALL

Overall, I would give this vape a 5/5. Some vapers like huge clouds. I personally like when a vape has a good “throat hit.” the Origo CVB has the ability to blow big clouds or just keep it simple and have a small hit. With its adjustable air flow, this vape meets the needs of all vapers. I would recommend this product to anyone in the vaping industry who is looking to have a simple mod, but still get the satisfaction of a well-designed vape.

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Published at Tue, 02 May 2017 04:19:24 +0000

Illinois Cannabis Update

Illinois Cannabis Update

Illinois Cannabis Update

Action has been heating up in Illinois recently regarding cannabis regulation that culminated in legislative hearings this week centered on the prospect of potential legalization of recreational cannabis use in the state. On Wednesday, a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee met to take testimony from Barbara Brohl who is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The hearing was in response to recent legislative initiatives that have been introduced in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly to authorize the regulation and taxation of cannabis for recreational use. Brohl provided information and took questions from committee members regarding Colorado’s experience with recreational use sales. Among the highlights of her testimony were specifics regarding the Colorado regulatory and tax structure for recreational use cannabis as well as what she perceived as her state’s successes and struggles with implementation of this process. Significant debate was had between Brohl and committee legislators regarding the state’s tax structure and the resulting revenues generated for various Colorado state services. This discussion played out against the backdrop of Illinois’ ongoing state budget crisis and lawmaker’s continued efforts to find additional revenue streams. Another focus of the debate centered on the ongoing cannabis banking conundrum that has caused significant difficulty for cannabis businesses and their customers from utilizing traditional banking services across the country. Further committee debate focused on legislator’s concerns with reports of increased emergency room visits in Colorado and other recreational use states as well as concerns with DUI enforcement and restrictions on access to minors. Rounding out the testimony provided to the committee this week was a representative of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) who gave a national update on which states have authorized recreational use of cannabis and their preliminary findings. One particularly interesting note from this testimony was that all states that now allow recreational use have done so via ballot initiative and not through direct legislative authorization. Most Illinois cannabis observers agree that direct legislative authorization will be necessary here due to the state’s notoriously difficult ballot initiative process. 

While sponsors of the pending Illinois legislation aimed at authorizing recreational cannabis use have conceded passage of legislation is unlikely this spring, they announced to the committee  this week that more in-depth hearings are to follow in the coming weeks and months with an ultimate goal of calling legislation for a vote at a later date.   

A link to both the language of the pending bills mentioned above are linked below. They are identical and pending in both the Illinois House and Senate at this time.

HB 2353

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/HB/10000HB2353ham001.htm

SB 316

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB0316sam001.htm

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000