Michigan House Votes In Favor Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Taxes, And Edibles

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

safer michigan marijuanaSome very important medical marijuana bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives today. Those bills were HB 4209, HB 4210 and HB 4827. TWB posted an article earlier today viaThe Compassion Chronicles. In that article Rick Thompson had the following to say about the bills:

4209 will end all the existing dispensaries in the state and require them to get a new local and state authorization to reopen. It establishes a big government program to control growth/production/sale of marijuana to registered patients through commercial facilities. Commercial distribution of medical marijuana has been prevalent in Michigan since 2010 and is a pure market that is unregulated, robust and encompasses most of the state’s 175,000 registered patients.

Production of cannabis is already regulated through the state’s medical marijuana program. Michigan has approved approx. 30,000 licensed caregivers, who sell their extra cannabis to the dispensaries. Under the 4209 program, that all goes away. Not the caregivers, or the extra cannabis, just the safe and legal place for them to sell it. Where will people get rid of all their extra marijuana, when the dispensaries refuse to take it?

4210 re-legalizes the medical use of non-smoked forms of cannabis. It requires labels, packages, and containers for commercial production of foods, bans the use of butane extraction methods indoors, and contains penalties for failure to comply.  

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Amoeba Music Hoping to Add Marijuana Dispensary to Berkeley Store

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

The music industry has been on the decline for the past several years, mostly due to a lack of physical retail sales brought on by a technological swarm of platforms providing digital downloads, and in a lot of cases, access to pirated albums. However, there is some evidence that the cannabis industry could help revitalize the business of selling recorded tunes by doing what California-based Amoeba Music is planning to do—incorporate legal marijuana and music.

For the past year, Amoeba’s San Francisco location has successfully housed a medical marijuana evaluation clinic, which assists music fans in getting their hands on a state MMJ card, but a recent report from the East Bay Express indicates that the record seller’s flagship store in Berkeley is preparing to step it up a notch by opening a full-scale medical marijuana dispensary. 

While there are not as many people walking into record stores these days to pick up their favorite music, Amoeba’s addition of the evaluation clinic has helped  keep the Bay Area location from succumbing to the dirge trumpeted in by the digital age. Because of this, Amoeba co-owner David Prinz believes the obvious transition from providing pot recommendations to actually selling weed in the same location where CDs and records are sold is a foolproof concept with a wealth of potential.

"Music and weed go together like—music and weed,” Prinz said.

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How Hemp Can Clean Up Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

MINNEAPOLIS — The cannabis plant has myriad uses, from paper, fabric and even fuel that can be created from industrial hemp, to the many health conditions which benefit from medical marijuana. Here’s one more benefit to add to the list: removing toxic metals and even radiation from soil.

The process of using plants to clean polluted soil is called phytoremediation. According to a 2014 report from Nation of Change’s Christina Sarich, two members of the mustard family are more frequently used in phytoremediation, but cannabis has shown some promise because of its hardiness to toxins and quick growth rates. Some have even considered using it near Fukushima.

A group of representatives of Consolidated Growers and Processors, PHYTOTECH, and Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops experimented in the late 1990s with using industrial hemp, a form of the plant that’s high in fiber but low in psychoactive or medical benefits, near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, where a great deal of agricultural land is still unusable because of the presence of radiation and heavy metals still lingering from the 1986 meltdown.



Are Dangerous Pesticides In Your Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

black widow marijuana strainIt seems that the talk of the cannabis industry right now is pesticides being used by growing operation in Colorado. Over the past few years, the marijuana industry has gone fairly unregulated on how businesses can grow their plants and what pesticides can and cannot be used, due mostly from industry pressure. However, this may be coming to an end as the first class action lawsuit is presented within the United States’ cannabis industry.

Brandon Flores and Brandie Lorrabee, both medical marijuana patients in the state of Colorado, are suing LivWell for their use of dangerous pesticides on their crops. LivWell is a large dispensary chain with 9 stores across the Denver area, and uses the pesticide Eagle 20 on their crops. While Eagle 20 is safe to use on crops like fruit, they are not allowed to be used on crops like tobacco due to the hydrogen cyanide gas they can produce, which is extremely toxic.

The lawsuit aims to end the use of this dangerous pesticide in growing operations, and also seeks compensation for health damages done because of the use of Eagle 20.

Just going onto the LivWell website, you can speak with a customer service representative and this is what they had to say to me:

“Testing of our finished product by an independent, state-licensed lab approved by the City of Denver showed that our products are safe. All of the substances used during cultivation are certified by the Organic Materials Research Institute.”



California’s Recreational Marijuana Law Would Allow Cannabis Cafés and No Stoned Driving Limit

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

The most highly anticipated marijuana initiative in California—perhaps even across the entire United States—was finally submitted earlier this week to the state attorney general. ReformCA, the financially endowed coalition working to legalize recreational marijuana in the Golden State during the 2016 election, recently announced that their proposal, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016, was simply waiting for the approval of state officials before they launched a mega-campaign that could change the course of prohibition for the entire nation.

“We believe this effort has the most statewide input and consensus, and thus the greatest likelihood of succeeding on the 2016 ballot,” Dale Sky with ReformCA said in a statement. “We engaged in extensive discussions with thousands of stakeholders across California, including community leaders, activists, elected officials, city and county employees and locals.” 

Running along the same vein as other initiatives that have been passed in America over the past few years, the ReformCA measure would establish a regulatory model for the cannabis trade, allowing adults 21 and over to purchase weed in a manner similar to way they do alcohol. It would also eliminate the criminal penalties for possession by allowing adults to hold up to an ounce of weed, while also permitting residents to grow up to 100 square feet of cannabis.

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Latest US Sentencing Reform Effort Is More Hype Than Guts

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

While federal lawmakers were busy getting nothing done in Washington, D.C. last week, there was at least some harmony on the hill regarding the issue of sentencing reform.

After several months of negotiations, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois struck a deal within the U.S Senate by introducing “The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.” The proposal begs to impose modest changes to the criminal justice system in the United States that would create more flexible guidelines in the area of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

The bill is being hailed by supporters as one of the most substantial criminal justice reforms to be introduced since the inception of the War on Drugs—a signal that some believe to be an indication that a treacherous era is finally coming to an end.

The legislation, however, is not exactly salvation’s wings.

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