Michigan Seeks Input on Multiple Licenses and Co-Location
As the State of Michigan moves forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for stakeholder input on critical issues—whether and how applicants can seek multiple licenses and co-locate operations under different license classes. Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:
Many of you have been made aware during previous meetings or conversations regarding the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) was considering holding discussions to get feedback from those who have expressed interest in certain related topics or the new law in general. To examine issues that have been brought to LARA’s attention while working to implement the law, LARA is therefore seeking comments from interested parties on the topics of license stacking and co-locations as it relates to the licensed categories. The purpose of this document is to gather information only and is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when they 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. on Tuesday, February 28th, 2016. 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.
Questions: Topics: License Stacking and Co-locations
Should an entity be permitted to have more than one grow license at a single location?
Should an entity be permitted to have more than one level of grow license at a single location?
Should multiple licenses issued at a single location be restricted to Class C grow licenses only?
Should the licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to apply for multiple licenses?
Should a demonstrated ability to sell inventory be required as a prerequisite to issuing additional licenses at a single location? If so, what percentage of inventory over how long of a period?
Should different entities operating at the same location be required to have common ownership interests?
A few other states, such as Colorado, allow growers and processors to operate at the same location and allow license stacking. Should license growers and processors be allowed to operate at the same location?
There has been some mention of possible safety and security concerns if licensed growers, processors, and provisioning centers are all operating at the same location, such as one building. Should growers, processors, and provisioning centers be allowed to operate at the same location?
We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement noted 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 initial outreach here is a promising first step.
As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.
The Following Ganjamole recipe was given to us by the band Tribe Society. Check them out when you get the chance.
4 Haas avocados
1 sweet white onion
2 small heads of garlic
1 cup of small cherry tomatoes
1 ounce of Basic marijuana olive oil (recipe below)
1 level of teaspoon paprika
1 level of teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Cracked pepper and sea salt to taste
Marijuana Olive Oil Ingredients
3.5 cups of virgin olive oil
1 ounce of weed
Marijuana Olive Oil Directions
Heads up friends: this makes more than you will need for your Ganjamole!
First, grind up your weed like crazy. Put your olive oil in a saucepan and turn the burner to medium – don’t let the oil reach boiling point! – and then add the ground up weed.
Now your job is to stir the weed and olive oil mixture often and to not let it boil. If it does begin to boil, remove it from the heat, turn the burner down, and stir the mixture ‘til it cools down.
Let the ganja cook in the oil for at least an hour, preferably two if you have the time.
After 2 hours or so, remove your olive oil from the heat and let cool. Once it is cool, strain your olive oil mixture (using a cheese cloth) into a bowl making sure you strain ALL the oil out of it.
You now have cannabis olive oil for your Ganjamole or any other thing you want to cook with it!
’cause you’re probably already baked and forgot how to make ganjamole…
The first step is to put on some good tunes and then follow the following directions:
Take avocado out… Dice it
Take white onion out… Dice it
Take garlic out… Dice it
Take cherry tomatoes out…. Dice it
Take Basic marijuana olive oil out… Mix it
Take your paprika out… Mix it
Take your chili powder… Mix it
Take your cayenne pepper… Mix it
Squeeze lime in… Mix it
Ok, maybe you don’t need to mix each item in separately, but I think you get the idea. Now you got yourself a party favorite, GANJAMOLE!
About Tribe Society
Not just another stoner band, Tribe Society blends the iconic alt/rock stoner sound with thumping urban beats. You can hear this in the band’s latest single “Smoke Out the Window”. In addition to the recipes, we would ask that you share the band’s single as well.
State of Michigan Issues RFP for Marijuana Seed-To-Sale Tracking
As Michigan continues to move forward in establishing a regulated system for its medical marijuana program, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) this week issued the Request for Proposals for a “seed-to-sale” monitoring program. This statewide monitoring program is required by Public Act 282 of 2016, and all licensees in the new system will be required to participate in the program.
LARA’s RFP requires any bidders to submit questions to LARA only in writing through the State’s procurement process, with those questions due February 9, 2017. Attempts to contact LARA other than through this process can result in a bidder’s disqualification. Bids themselves are due March 2, with an anticipated commencement date for the contract of June 8, 2017.
Back in the early 70’s, I was working as a machinist in Vermont. I began experimenting with different pipe designs because I wanted a more practical, durable and affordable smoking device. I wanted something that was portable, something that was not wasteful, something that I could extinguish and re-light at a later time, something I could use in an instant.
After a few trial and errors, I machined a small, pocket-sized pipe with a screw-on cap. I knew I had a great product and eventually acquired my own lathe and milling machine to build these pipes in my basement. Through the years, I must have hand made over 200 pipes for friends who kept advising me to market my product. In my early retirement days, I found a means to mass produce my invention. At the last moment, with my daughter’s advice, a sleeve was added to the stem of the pipe to prevent overheating of the mouth piece.
I was finally able to offer this fine product to the public, and the InstaPipe was born. I still use the very first InstaPipe I made over 40 years ago. Check it out at http://www.TheInstaPipe.com
As the State begins the process of creating rules for the medical marijuana industry, recent amendments to the rulemaking process will give the Michigan Legislature greater influence over the outcome.
The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) governs the process by which state agencies promulgate rules. The APA spells out numerous steps to create rules, beginning with a request for rule-making to the Office of Performance and Transformation (OPT) and ending when the rules take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.
Toward the end of the rulemaking process, proposed rules must be submitted to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR may object to proposed rules, but may only do so on specific grounds, such as the agency lacks statutory authority for the rules, the rules are arbitrary or capricious, or the rules are unduly burdensome to the public or to a licensee. Until recent amendments to the APA, if a notice of objection was approved by a majority of JCAR, JCAR’s option was to introduce legislation to rescind the offending rules. However, the bill to rescind offending rules had to be approved within 15 session days, or else the agency’s proposed rules would nevertheless go into effect.
Public Act 513 of 2016, signed by Governor Snyder last month and effective on January 9, 2017, gives JCAR two more options in the rulemaking process: (1) to suggest changes to the proposed rules, or (2) to propose a legislative alternative, and delay the proposed rules for 9 months.
First, upon reviewing proposed rules, JCAR may now recommend that the agency make changes. If the agency agrees to do so, it must withdraw the rules and submit the new revised rules to OPT. OPT will then analyze whether the new rules are less burdensome than the original proposal. If so, some APA requirements for further analysis are waived. In any event, though, the revised rules will again go before JCAR, causing some delays in the process. If the agency does not agree to change its proposed rules, JCAR may proceed to file a notice of objections.
Second, JCAR may now decide to introduce legislation to enact the subject of the proposed rules into law. In other words, JCAR can propose a legislative alternative. Practically speaking, if the agency declines to change proposed rules upon a request from JCAR, it can be expected that JCAR will submit such legislation. If JCAR introduces a bill in the Legislature, then the Secretary of State may not file the agency’s proposed rules for 270 days. If the proposed legislation is defeated in either the Senate or the House, then the agency’s proposed rules may be filed.
The net effect of Public Act 513 is that JCAR can significantly delay the effective date of new regulations and rules if JCAR does not agree with their contents. If JCAR asks the agency to change its rule and the agency agrees, OPT will have to evaluate the costs of the new rule, which will take time. Moreover, there is nothing in Public Act 513 preventing JCAR from asking the agency to change the rule again, lengthening the process further. In addition, JCAR now has more authority to introduce legislation, which could also lengthen the rulemaking process. Previously, JCAR could only introduce legislation after it filed an objection, which can only be done in certain circumstances. In contrast, under Public Act 513, JCAR can now introduce legislation without limitations. Further, JCAR’s bill could be in the legislature for up to 270 days, rather than the 15 session days under the previous law.
As new rules are proposed for the Marijuana industry, the administration will need to be more conscious of JCAR’s preferences for rules. Failing to account for JCAR’s views could make it impossible for rules to take effect in time for license applicants to file for licensees this year.
Marijuana may be safer than alcohol and tobacco but that still doesn’t provide a leeway for one to use it carelessly. In fact, if you consume more than the recommended dose, it can leave you very uncomfortable for several hours.
Marijuana edibles come in handy for people who want a discreet and healthy method of consuming cannabis. Nevertheless, they take at least 30 minutes before they are synthesized. During this time, an inexperienced user could think that the delay is as a result of an insufficient dose and choose to consume more. This exposes them to potential marijuana intoxication once the drug begins to take effect.
Some issues associated with cannabis intoxication include rapid heart rate which increases the chances of heart attack, mental confusion causing one to be unaware of their environment, hallucinations, panic attacks, and extreme paranoia. No need to worry, though, since you can ensure your wellbeing by using these 7 tips for safe consumption of marijuana-infused drinks and edibles.
Read and Understand the Labels The law demands that edibles are labeled to show the amount of THC or recommended servings for each package. If you purchase a chocolate bar labeled 100 milligrams THC, have in mind that if you divide it into 10 equal portions, each is expected to contain 10 milligrams of activated THC. Make sure you dose appropriately to avoid unwanted incidences.
Consider your Level of Experience If you are a beginner in marijuana use, you probably haven’t figured out the dosage that would be appropriate for you. This makes it important to go slow. Start with a small dose, preferably lower than 10mg and weigh the effect before trying another dose. In case you have been smoking or vaping but are now trying out edibles, beware of the difference in absorption time as discussed below.
Beware of the Digestion Time Unlike smoking and vaping, marijuana consumed in food and drinks takes at least 30 minutes to cause any effect on the consumer’s body. Many people mistake this slow onset for low potency and continue to increase the dose so that they can begin to experience a high. Unfortunately, the dose accumulates and the effects could be detrimental. Edibles have to be digested for their content to get to the blood stream. Food synthesis can continue up to 2 hours after consumption, at which time the effects of marijuana will be at peak.
Listen to The Response of Your Body There are different factors that will determine the dose suitable for you. Your metabolism rate, age, body mass, and gender are some of these. As your weight or age changes, it is possible that the dose you had been using won’t fit you anymore. Talk to your doctor or supplier and have them help you determine a suitable dose depending on your body mass, age, metabolism and other variables.
Keep off Marijuana when Hungry It may be food, but do not forget it is drug-infused. Just like you wouldn’t encourage a painkiller on an empty stomach, so too with marijuana-infused edibles or drinks. The effects could be stronger than you can handle or than you expected.
Avoid Mixing with Other Intoxicating Substances Marijuana edibles mixed with other substances such as alcohol or tobacco can produce magnified effects. It is possible to experience nausea and dizziness too.
Understand that Different Brands have Distinct Consistency The choice of marijuana edibles in the market is overwhelming. From cakes to gummies and hard candies, there is no lack of choices. However, note that each brand may have a different cannabis level depending on the strain of flower they use to prepare their edibles. Always go slow when trying a new brand and monitor how your body reacts before increasing the dosage.
It is crucial to understand that cannabis-infused drinks or foods take effect differently. They provide a distinct intense feeling, are experienced for longer time periods, and can take longer to vanish. One is also at a high risk of overdose if they do not have the right information or experience. Use the above tips to make sure you do not go overboard with your marijuana edibles and drinks.
About the Author
Paul has more than 5 years of experience working in the marijuana industry. He is a marijuana enthusiast that loves to read and write on anything that is remotely related to cannabis. At the moment, he is working as a content manager at CannabisOwl.
Published at Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:37:31 +0000
Marijuana Use – Different factors in decision-making
Even in states where marijuana use is legal, about a quarter of people will never use it. There are also about a fifth of people will use the drug regardless of its legal status.
However, for all the people in the middle of those two extremes, many things factor into their decision of whether to use marijuana. The price, potential governmental records and the rules in their workplace are all important considerations, according to Mike McLaughlin, a Yale School of Public Health graduate student. He noted that workplace bans are a particularly key issue.
McLaughlin presented his research at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting. He tried to determine what matters most to people in the states that are voting on marijuana legalization, and what states can do to influence people’s decision.
For his study, he surveyed over 500 adult residents of Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Michigan.
Workplace rules have the greatest impact
About five percent of survey respondents said that they would be less likely to use the drug if the state government tracked purchases. A similar number said that if it were illegal to smoke in public, that would be a deterrent. If the price rose by about $20/gram (through taxes and fees), another five percent would be less likely to use.
However, if a state made it difficult for a company to fire an employee for using marijuana outside of the workplace, nine percent of people were more likely to smoke. A complete lack of workplace repercussions meant that 20 percent more people would use the drug.
Certainly, as McLaughlin said, an individual’s commitment to their job makes a difference. If someone is in a low-paying job with high turnover, they may care less about their employer’s rules. However, someone with a highly paid job that they enjoy might decide that avoiding any possible repercussions is most important to them.
Might not be a problem much longer
Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, companies are allowed to test for marijuana use and prohibit employees from using even when they are off the clock. But, if it stops being regulated at the federal level, that could change.
It’s difficult for a test to tell how recently a person used cannabis. In Colorado, employers have started turning to drug tests that ignore marijuana use altogether, since the drug has been legal for recreational use since 2012.
Many industries have relaxed their views on recreational marijuana use outside of work hours, but industries with a high level of safety concern have been more likely to maintain a no-tolerance policy.
For most people in McLaughlin’s study, the goal was clear – they want marijuana to be treated like alcohol. Depending on how votes go in the next few years that may happen sooner than you think.
Written by Robert Bergman, founder of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com. Robert has been passionately exploring and experimenting with cannabis seeds for over 20 years and shares these insights to help prospective growers get the most out of their plants. On top of that, Robert engages to fully liberate marijuana by offering his views in the political, social, market and industry area of our beloved plant.
ABOUT Erica Silva
Erica Silva is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs.
Find her on Twitter:@silvaderica
Published at Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:42:45 +0000
After a tough work month full of endless hustles, wouldn’t it be a nice idea to go for a holiday at a location of your choice, grab a legal cannabis and enjoy the culture at your pleasure? It is, however, difficult to find places where you can enjoy your vacation and pot at the same time without wondering if you are safe or not. Well, there are a few destinations around the country where you can sit down, relax, smoke and enjoy your vacation with safety guaranteed. The top five cannabis destinations are listed below:
Colorado – Being among the first states to legalize recreational weed, Colorado is one of the leading cannabis destinations for vacation (not only for the users of marijuana but also for those who want to know more about cultivation and its associated businesses). It boasts one of the largest number of monthly pot smokers than any other state in the country. As long as you are above 21 years old, recreational marijuana stores such as Green Man Cannabis in Downtown Denver and Peak Dispensary are always open to do business with you. Apart from this, Colorado is also an excellent destination for weed tourists who would like to have excursions both for educational purposes as well as pleasure. It is also in Colorado that you can explore tourist attractions such as Mesa Verde National Park, Garden of the Gods just to mention a few.
Washington – Apart from other tourist attractions such as Tacoma Museum and businesses, Washington is one of the best cannabis destinations that has an unforgettable impact on its visitors. Heading north to Seattle, you can easily find a room at Baked Bed and Beyond; fully renovated B&B or Orcas Island Lodge across Bellingham Bay all of which are incredibly gorgeous, pot friendly and relaxing to visitors. For the lovers of quiet, serene and breathtaking nature, Mountain View B&B has you covered. The front and back porch are well designed to enable the view of the surrounding area as you have your high-quality weed joint. Other destinations such as Moon Dance Inn are also marijuana friendly and affordable around Washington.
Oregon – Cannabis is now fully legalized in the State of Oregon, and if you are planning to visit anywhere in this region as a weed lover, you can easily access the cheapest weed than most of the places in the country. With its intriguing rock formations, beautiful ocean views and nice beaches, pot lovers can enjoy their stay in Oregon at any season of the year. Due to its hiking trails available, you may bike or ride a horse at your convenience. There are also several camping sites for anyone to enjoy. For those who want a next level pleasure, plenty of dispensaries await you. Oregon Coast Dispensary and Sweet Relief Dispensary, as well as many shops in the nearby, have all the valuable products for you to choose. All of these things make Oregon one of the great cannabis destinations.
California – Despite weed not being entirely legal in “The Golden State” (as some refer it), it doesn’t keep it from being among the best cannabis destinations for pot diehards. As history would judge it right, California has for a long time been one of the most weed-tolerant states having first legalized marijuana in 1975. This was however meant for medicinal use only. It is just in 2016 that recreational pot was decriminalized making life more enjoyable for users over the age of 18 years in California. It takes one a possession of a California Medical Card to access many marijuana-related services to avoid getting in trouble with the Federal laws. Living Waters Spa is one of the eye-catching facilities in Palm Springs that you can always go back for more after coming in touch with its friendly environment. Despite the rooms being declared as non-smoking, there’s a dedicated smoking table for weed smokers who have a California Medical Card on the outside. The spa in itself is a standard and perfectly designed holistic environment for guests. Other areas where you can enjoy the treat you have always yearned for are Hotel Normandie, Amber House B&B among a dozen others. There are also plenty of dispensaries out there to serve you. Exhale Med Center is one of the places that has made a name in the recent past where getting concentrates is not a big deal. The service is astonishing as you will wait for just five minutes at most for the services you need.
Alaska – Simply choosing a day between August 20th and April 20th when the skies are clear, and the weather is friendly will be enough to give you unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime memory in Alaska. At this time you can witness aurora borealis from the hot springs of Alaska outdoors. Hotels such as Chena Hot Springs Resort will cater for your accommodation while you enjoy your stay. Purchasing Cannabis requires one to be a member of Cannabis Club of Alaska, but smoking it is not a big deal.
Having listed the leading holiday cannabis destinations for weed enthusiasts around the United States, it is up to you to choose a location of your choice and according to your budget as well as preferences … enjoy.
Published at Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:18 +0000
Need to know how to pass a drug test for weed? No problem, man. You’re probably not alone. As marijuana legalization spreads and more adults smoke pot—more adults are at risk people will be forced to submit to a drug test. Luckily Stuff Stoners Like have put together a super in-depth field guide on how to pass a drug test. It’s probably like the guide on how to beat a drug test on the interwebs. Keep in mind there are several drug tests out there including a hair, mouth swab and blood drug test and we’ll touch on how to beat them in this post. But most adults are forced to take a urine drug test. Which feels like a horrible invasion of privacy, doesn’t it? We get it. Certain peeps in certain safety-sensitive industries like healthcare, defense, law enforcement and transportation—should be drug tested. Federal law requires it and that’s understandable.
Some industries like professional sports, education and medical care employers drug test to maintain positive public perception. But most employers don’t have to drug test potential or current employees for drug use—especially marijuana. Trade-schools.net claims that between 40 and 65 percent of today’s employers look to drug test or drug screen employees or potential hire whether they are required to or not. So why do employers drug test? It’s all about liability. They don’t need any intoxicated employees getting injured on the job.
How to pass a urine drug test
Some stoners insist that the only way to pass a urine drug test for marijuana is to just wait it out. Over time the marijuana metabolites that drug testers are looking for will make their way out of your system naturally. But drugs like weed will stay in a person’s system for up to a month. Most people don’t have time. That’s why a multitude of products are available on the market to help people pass a drug test in 24 hours or less. If you’ve got a few days or more before your drug test be sure to check out the post, How To Get Weed Out Of Your System Fast. But if you need to pass a drug test now. Here are our 3 best ways to beat one. First we recommend synthetic urine because it’s what labs use to test their equipment. As long as it’s warm you’ll pass your drug test. Many come with heating powder to make it easy.
Second would be fruit pectin. We have many comments on our post about Sure Jell and Certo fruit pectin to prove it.
Third would be a detox program consisting of detox drinks or detox pills. Stuff Stoners Like have several comments from actual people saying which brands helped them perform a quick and temporary weed detox so they could pass a drug test. Have any comments or helpful hints on how to pass a drug test for weed? Please leave them in the comments section below.
Published at Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:52:52 +0000
The popularity of the vaporiser is rising, due to people being more health-conscience. More so, the newest discoveries in terms of the effects of medical marijuana and the herb being legalized in more and more American states and all over the world led to the increase of cannabis consumption. If you are smoking dry herb or cannabis oil, you definitely should think of how to protect your lungs with smoking alternatives.
Smoking regular cigarettes or using a bong or a pipe does tremendous damage to your lungs through the inhalation of the burning residues. Using a vaporiser heats up the solid herb and transports it to your lungs through vapors – there won’t be any burning residue you will get into your body any more. The other special feature of using a vaporiser is that you can actually control the intake of the active substances by regulating the heat that the vaporiser produces.
Why should you switch to vaping cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is one of the less popular methods of consuming the herb and it represents the THC extracted from the plant by using solvents or high-pressure gas. The final product can vary in colour, texture and strength, depending on the quality of the plant and the extraction process.
Why should you choose vaping cannabis oil over smoking the traditional blunt or tobacco laced joint? Mainly, you will get rid of all the byproducts of regular smoking – tar, nicotine, free radicals and many nasty substances that go straight to your lungs. Vaping does not burn the substance; instead it heats it up at a high temperature and gets it in your lungs in the form of vapor, not smoke.
The other advantage of using oil instead of dry herb is that it will have a much stronger effect with only a fraction of the used quantity. Naturally, since the oil itself is already an extract. Combining it with the process of vaporisation gives you a pure, strong high that also lets you enjoy the strong flavor of the cannabis. While the benefits of the oil apply to everybody, I would recommend this type of intake to experienced cannabis users, as it may be quite strong for a beginner.
Caring for your vaporiser
Getting into technicalities, it is also important to develop a good cleaning routine for your vaporiser and pipes, as cannabis oil can be sticky and viscous and clog your device. You will find out that solvents do the job really well and regularly cleaning your vaporiser keeps the quality high each time. Residues of oil can block the air from circulating into the pipes and give you the impression that the stuff is not working. For cleaning you can use cheap, available isopropanol.
Besides giving you a strong high, cannabis oil has been proven to fight off cancer. With its increasing legal status, there are more and more studies about its cancer fighting properties being conducted and so far a lot of benefits have been demonstrated.
Not all vaporisers on the market are designed for cannabis oil use, so make sure to read the reviews before purchasing one. Usually, a vaporiser that can be used with the oil has foam pads or similar features that ease the use. Given its liquid state, the cannabis oil can be used with most vaping pens that are meant for nicotine oils and waxes. Then again, it’s best to do some research and find out what other cannabis oil users have chosen and tested.
Another piece of advice after the basic technicalities: take it easy. As mentioned before, cannabis oil has a significantly greater concentration of THC compared to the dry herb and you might want to enjoy the high and not go all the way too fast. It will definitely be healthier than the traditional methods and you get the most out of it.
Should you give up smoking completely and go e-liquid? Well then, the best thing that you can do is to try vaping. It’s a lot healthier and the perks are similar to those of traditional smoking. However, you’ll be able to breathe better, feel better, and protect your general wellbeing as well as those around you.
Published at Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:13:12 +0000