Weed Trading Cards Unveiled
In California's competitive marijuana growing industry, popular strains such as “OG Kush” and “Blue Dream” can generate big profits, and inventing a hit new strain is a lifetime goal. This week, Berkeley Patients Care Collective honors some more of Northern California's weed celebrities with the release of BPCC's medical cannabis collector cards “Series Two.”
Following the success of BPCC's first set of ten cards in 2010 , patients who buy a gram or more of the strain “MK Ultra” this week can get its collectors card while supplies last. Nine more cards will become available at a rate of one every other week, and eventually patients can purchase all ten for $10 at the collective on Telegraph Avenue. Pics after the jump:
Series Two features: MK Ultra, Purple Kush, Morning Star, Durban Poison, Peak 19, Ogre, Purple God, Sage & Sour, Blue Moonshine, and Blackberry Kush.
The card's front showcases a high-resolution photo of the strain's sticky bud, along with an inset photo of the microscopic trichomes on the plant. Bowers said all photos were taken at BPCC from what came in the door, representing some of the most popular, most available strains in the Bay.
On the back of the card, BPCC traces the strain's history, describes its effect, and the ailments it has been known to treat. For example, MK Ultra is “named after a covert CIA human research program begun in the 1950's, this strain is a cross between the infamous 'government grown' G-13 and OG Kush.”
“Flavor: A spicy and pungent lemon pepper up close, but smells like a skunk from far away. Very strong lung expansion.
“Effect: One of the strongest and heaviest varieties available. Starts out with a powerful euphoria followed by long lasting physical relief.
“Medicinal Recommendations: Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Appetite, MS, Anxiety, PTSD, Glaucoma, Migraines, Gastrointestinal Issues, AIDS, Cancer, Epilepsy, Alcoholism, Arthritis, Anorexia.”
Bowers said the first set of cards reaffirmed the impact of specific strains on different ailments. “It really made people understand and inspired to know more about strains that are good for them,” he said.
BPCC's experienced staff determines strain when growers come into the collective with a fresh crop. A good wholesale buyer can tell a strain from across the room, Bowers said, but bud morphology, smell, and texture also help confirm the strain. Buyers also use data from overseas seed banks like Green House in Amsterdam.
However, strains change over time and location, and growers constantly alter them to gain notoriety, leading to a new problem: the strain names themselves. The counter-culture roots of pot growing in California must now contend with the new mainstream legitimacy of the plant.
Dana Point shutters 3 medical pot dispensaries
A Southern California coastal city has shut down three medical marijuana dispensaries for routine building and municipal code violations.
The city of Dana Point on Monday shut off utilities and closed the Beach Cities Collective, Holistic Health and The Point Alternative Care. Orange County sheriff's investigators served search warrants Friday at Point Alternative, but no details are available on that search.
The city and dispensaries have been at odds for 18 months over Dana Point's efforts to obtain dispensary records, including client names, as part of an investigation on whether the pot shops are operating legally.
The Orange County Register says the city then sued to shut down the dispensaries.
Lawyers for two shuttered dispensaries say they will go to court to reopen the businesses.
ANN ARBOR: Council delays decision on marijuana dispensaries
The Ann Arbor City Council unanimously voted to delay the decision to vote on the marijuana regulation ordinance, instead deciding on a temporary moratorium for the next two months.
The decision from council came after deliberating over the newest ordinance. Dispensaries within the city have been operating on a temporary moratorium since August 2010.
“We are going to be extremely careful that we craft some legislation that we believe is going to best serve the patients and the caregivers — and anyone who is involved in what is for our state, certainly for our community, a new endeavor," Mayor Hieftje said, regarding the amount of time it has taken council to make a decision on the subject.
Local marijuana advocate and dispensary owner Chuck Ream was present at Monday’s meeting, and shared his concern over the delay of the official ordinance.
“I’m certainly happy about the progress but there are still a few steps left to go,” said Ream. “In the current text, it says that the dispensaries will have to display the name and contact information for all owners, all business managers. Yes, there should be a contact person, but not a multitude of people’s names, right up there in public, where any criminal or wacko can see them and go rob their home or hurt their children.”
Ream also expressed concerns about members being able to maintain privacy, as well as issues dealing with the delivery of products. But his main concern was with record keeping at the dispensaries as well as presenting them to the city if requested.
“This is chilling. It’s illegal…only the big guys would participate in this type of system. The little growers would never take the risk of having their names on such a dangerous list that the Feds could demand at any time.”
Council will be voting on the ordinance Feb. 7. The moratorium will be extended until March 31
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Heights council OKs ban on marijuana dispensaries
DEARBORN HEIGHTS — Marijuana dispensaries and grow centers will not be allowed in the city according to a new ordinance, which will still allow registered patients and caregivers to use it for medicinal purposes under state law.
City Council unanimously approved the zoning ordinance amendment Tuesday following its second reading. The ordinance will go into effect upon publication.
It prohibits land use contrary to federal, state and local laws.
Corporation Counsel Gary Miotke said the ordinance as its written is not designed specifically for
However, he said the city has no interest in prosecuting anyone in concurrence with state law in regards to medical marijuana.
An alternate version of the ordinance approved by the Planning Commission would’ve allowed medical marijuana dispensaries and manufacturing facilities in commercial and industrial zoning respectively.
Rick Coogan, Planning Commission chairman, supported this version that he said would have been more on the side of patients by making help for them more accessible.
He understands why council approved the ordinance it did, he said.
While state law now allows marijuana possession and use by authorized patients and caregivers, federal law still classifies marijuana as a prohibited drug.
The ordinance will prohibit marijuana-related businesses since federal law doesn’t allow businesses to manufacture or distribute controlled substances.
Police raid medical marijuana dispensary, seize cash
OAK PARK - People at an Oak Park medical marijuana dispensary said officers entered their building Wednesday evening, searched people there and took money.
Rick Thompson, who writes for Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, a publication located in the same building as the dispensary and Big Daddy’s Hydro, said between eight and 10 officers came into the building at 5 p.m.
“They were very polite, there was no yelling or flash grenades,” he said, noting three officers were masked.
“They were courteous to the 10 patients and employees, and even let one pregnant woman go to the bathroom.”
Thompson said he believes the raid was a response to recent court matters involving the DEA’s request for patient information.
“This was just reactionary action directed by Lansing to intimidate us and the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs and our stand to protect patients’ rights,” he said.
A call has been placed to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for a response.
Officers asked to see drivers licenses and medical marijuana cards.
“Since everybody had proper ID, there were no concerns,” said Thompson.
Officers seized $2,874 and some medical marijuana, said Thompson.
No one was arrested.
“They didn’t take patients’ money or medicine, but they have done that in the past,” he said.
“They took some medication, whatever we had on hand, and brownies and suckers.”
Thompson said the dispensary uses a locker system, similar to one used at a Mt. Pleasant compassion club.
“It was found to be in compliance and we have a similar system of distribution,” he said.
He explained caregivers bring medicine in for their patients and then dispensary workers distribute it to patients “in a way that means caregivers don’t have to stay all day long,” he said.
“It’s safe and secure and legally correct.”
Thompson said he found the raid’s timing odd.
“What is odd is if they wanted to arrest someone for doing illegal transfers, they could have done that or if they had wanted to hal business for not operating within the law they could have done that. They didn’t toss the place but only focused on one or two rooms.”
Grand Rapids medical marijuana hearing postponed
A judge in Grand Rapids postponed a hearing Wednesday to determine if the state of Michigan should cooperate with a federal subpoena seeking medical marijuana records.
The delay Wednesday was due to a last-minute request to intervene by a group called the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs.
Federal drug investigators have served a subpoena on the state seeking information on certain people with medical marijuana or marijuana caregiver cards.
The Drug Enforcement Administration won't talk about the Lansing-area probe but says it's not cracking down on medical marijuana users. The agency says it pursues large-scale drug traffickers. The state says it will comply if there is a court order.
More than 45,000 people in Michigan are registered to use marijuana to ease the symptoms of cancer and other health problems.
Thompson said officers said, “‘Don’t blame us, it comes from above.’”
No undercover officers first attempted to buy medical marijuana, he said.
“Now they (officers) come in almost apologetic,” he said
“This tells me this wasn’t directed by the Oakland County Sheriff.”
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