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  1. First Marijuana Hearing Of The New Congress Posted by CN Staff on February 06, 2019 at 19:07:01 PT By Tom Angell, Contributor Source: Forbes Washington, D.C. -- Congressional Democrats are already moving ahead with plans to consider broad changes to federal marijuana laws in 2019. Whereas the Republican-controlled House for the past several years had blocked votes on most cannabis-related measures, the chamber's new Democratic majority on Wednesday announced it has scheduled a hearing for next week to examine the difficulties that marijuana businesses face in opening and maintaining bank accounts. Titled, “Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related Businesses,” the hearing will take place on February 13 before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. Although a growing number of states are moving to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, cannabis remains federally prohibited. As a result, and despite a 2014 guidance memo released on the topic by the Obama administration aimed at clearing up the issue, many financial services providers remain reluctant to work with the industry out of fear of violating money laundering or drug laws. "When we introduced this bill six years ago, we warned that forcing these businesses to deal in cash was threatening public safety. No hearing was given," Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) said in an email, referring to marijuana banking legislation he and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have filed for the past several Congresses. He lamented that Republican leadership didn't schedule a hearing on the proposal even after a security guard at a Colorado dispensary was killed during a robbery. "Chairwoman Waters has made it one of her first priorities to address this urgent and overdue issue, demonstrating that she understands the threat to public safety and the need for Congress to act," Heck said of the committee's new leader. "We have a bipartisan proposal to allow well-regulated marijuana businesses to handle their money in a way that is safe and effective for law enforcement to track. I am eager to get to the work of refining it and passing it into law." That a hearing on the issue was in the works was first noted earlier this week by Politico, and Marijuana Moment reported that the full committee is also actively planning to vote on a marijuana banking bill in the coming months. The newly scheduled marijuana hearing is a signal that Democrats intend to move cannabis legislation this year, and is likely to be the first in a series of committee-level actions across the House on the issue. "The upcoming hearing presents a real opportunity for the Democratic Party to assert their leadership by finally beginning the conversation on how we end the failed policy of marijuana criminalization," Justin Strekal, political director for NORML, said. While two limited medical cannabis research bills were able to advance out of House committees last year, they never made it to the floor for votes. Meanwhile, Republican leaders consistently prevented members from offering marijuana-related amendments—including ones on banking issues—to larger legislation. In contrast, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) suggested in a memo to party leaders late last year that they pursue a step-by-step approach to legalize marijuana in 2019. His plan recommends that Financial Services and other committees first begin holding hearings on incremental reforms like banking access, research expansion and medical cannabis for military veterans before passing bills on those issues as part of a lead up to ultimately approving broader legislation to formally end federal marijuana prohibition by the end of the year. A House bill to protect banks from being punished for working with state-legal marijuana businesses that Heck and Perlmutter introduced garnered 95 cosponsors in the last Congress, and 20 senators signed onto a companion bill, but neither were given hearings or brought up for votes. "Depriving state-legal cannabis businesses of basic banking services and forcing them to operate entirely in cash presents a significant safety risk, not just to those businesses and their employees, but to the public," Don Murphy, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in an email. "Support for addressing the cannabis banking problem is strong and bipartisan, and it appears Congress may be ready to adopt a real, commonsense solution. Members concerned about public safety should be jumping at the chance to express their support for this legislation." Congress has held only a handful of hearings on marijuana reform issues in recent years, and never before has any come at a time when broad cannabis reform legislation seemed to be conceivably on its way to passage. "This hearing is historic for cannabis policy reform advocates, business owners and the banking sector, and could directly lead to the first in what is hopefully a series of positive changes in the 2019 legislative cycle," Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in an email. "Allowing banks to work with cannabis businesses more easily will benefit public safety, increase transparency, provide more financing options for small businesses and communities that have been targeted by prohibition, and help companies thrive so they can further displace the illicit market." Outside of the two committee markups of cannabis research legislation last year, which were not preceded by formal hearings on the relevant issues, Senate panels have on a few occasions held lengthy discussions on marijuana. In 2013, for example, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to dig into the fact that a growing number of states were legalizing marijuana in contrast with federal law. The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, which is not a formal standing committee of the body, hosted a discussion on federal marijuana enforcement in 2016. Its two cochairs, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), have long been among Congress's most vocal opponents of cannabis reform, though Feinstein began to shift her position last year. Also in 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on the risks and potential benefits of medical cannabis, but it did not lead to votes on any marijuana legislation. Meanwhile, pressure to address cannabis banking has been growing. Several top Trump administration officials have indicated they support clarifying the issue. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for example, suggested in testimony before a House committee early last year that he supports letting marijuana businesses store their profits in banks. “I assure you that we don’t want bags of cash,” he said. “We do want to find a solution to make sure that businesses that have large access to cash have a way to get them into a depository institution for it to be safe.” In a separate hearing Mnuchin revealed that addressing the issue is at the “top of the list” of his concerns. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the growing gap between state and federal marijuana laws “puts federally chartered banks in a very difficult situation... It would great if that could be clarified." And last month, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting called on Congress to "act at the national level to legalize marijuana if they want those entities involved in that business to utilize the U.S. banking system." Meanwhile, although many major financial institutions are staying away from the cannabis industry, federal data does show that an inceasing number of banks are beginning to work with marijuana growers, sellers, processors and related businesses. It hasn't yet been announced who will be testifying at next week's cannabis banking hearing before the Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee. Tom Angell publishes Marijuana Moment. Follow him on Twitter for breaking news, subscribe to his daily newsletter and support cannabis journalism on Patreon.
  2. Restorium2

    Medical Marijuana Strain For Pain

    Dispo in Bay City will help you with that. They understand patients and their needs. Then you will have to do a trial and error. keep track of your results, take notes. Soon you will be an expert on your needs. It's not too bad if your do it systematically with a good source.
  3. Restorium2

    KIVA

    Exactly why I always put it in a gel capsule. You can't taste it. It all goes to the same place at the same time, the stomach. Totally repeatable and controllable. No repeats because it tastes great and you gotta have some more. There's no use for making cannabis into candy. That puts cannabis oil into a position to be used incorrectly and abused knowingly or unknowingly. It's a very bad thing for medicine and anything else you should be keeping away from children and/or adults that can't handle keeping their dosage straight and consistent. We have all seen industries using bad packaging and misconstrued concoctions that invite trouble from everyone especially the opposition. Cannabis doesn't need to go there too but it has, regrettably. It's just plain ignorant at this point.
  4. Restorium2

    MM specifics

    I know the process Dispo goes through to acquire their cannabis oil. First off it gets tested. So it would be consistent, you know what you are buying. I haven't purchased any cannabis oil anywhere. Just looking and asking so I know what's out there for patients.
  5. Restorium2

    MM specifics

    My cannabis oil is all the same for ingestion. Get it at Dispo in Bay City and it will be the same every time. It's all tested. You should get some gel caps and put the dosage in that. Be careful to make the dosage exactly the same in each one. Sounds to me like you need a consistent, reliable source, then dial in your dose.
  6. Restorium2

    Pure Green

    Doesn't look like art to me. I guess you would have to have a better understanding of art than I do to see it. All I see is false advertising. Fakeness. I guess I see your point having said that. Art doesn't have to be real. It's art because it IS fake. This 'art' stuff is in the eye of the beholder and fake can be what it's all about.
  7. Restorium2

    KIVA

    If ONE needs chocolate then eat it. It has nothing to do with medical cannabis as a whole.
  8. Restorium2

    KIVA

    Not sure why someone who wants medical cannabis effects needs chocolate mixed with it? You don't need extra fat and calories. Just ingest a carefully prepared gel cap of 100% cannabis oil and then enjoy your favorite food or candy. I don't think it's all that healthy to associate the two. They went way down a bad path, for what reason? Ah, to make money. Bad idea gone too far. When your idea doesn't really help anything/anyone but your bottom line then think again.
  9. Restorium2

    Pure Green

    Sublingual tabs that work in 5 minutes? Pure BS. The work does speak for itself. However, you need an interpreter to fill you in on the false advertising. Know your cannabis. Learn to spot a fake.
  10. Restorium2

    Highlighter by Bloom Farms

    Looks like false advertising to me. I like it that they used natural terpenes from the same plant the oil came from. I know that they must have added something to make it vaporize in that pen. Something that you don't want in your body. After looking at three different links to the product and the product selling page, no where do they disclose the additive. They make it seem that it's 100 % cannabis. Should be sued for that. You can't legitimize a false product with fancy packaging.
  11. Great question. Wish I knew the answer. It just happens. I can't make it happen. When it does happen there is no effort involved. That guy who made his chess machine come on without it plugged is documented. He did it over and over. I only turned on the sound machine once.
  12. ommmmm Find your frequency. You will know what is going to happen a few seconds ahead of time. Quite the advantage. Hard to explain or even understand. Some people explain it away like it's nothing. Like when two people say EXACTLY the same thing at the same time. Or you think something and then you see it on TV a few seconds later. Or you know the phone is going to ring and then it does. I turned on a sound machine that I used to help me sleep. Ocean sounds. The next morning I realized it was not plugged in. I had removed the extension cord the day before. I saw an episode of Mysteries At The Museum and a guy could use his chess machine without turning it on. They thought it was ghosts doing it! I know from my experience that the guy playing chess is the one who powered the machine that wasn't plugged in. Lots of stuff like that in my life. I get a pressure around the top of my head like I'm wearing a headband. Wondered why they call a strain I grow headband. Then I figured it out.
  13. “Currently, Federal law criminalizes marijuana and hemp derivatives because public opinion is still against it and legal commercial production in the U.S. is currently handled by a patchwork of small farmers whom are not trusted by investors. A major player as Monsanto could bring confidence within government and towards investors in the market if it were to own a large part of the exploitable lands and commercial products”. Other experts, such as James Adamson, president of Medical Marijuana Technologies, believe the only way marijuana is to become legal in the US is through the branding of a GM strain “There is presently no way to control the production of marijuana and the quality of the strains. A GM strain produced by a company with the credentials and prestige of Monsanto would definitely lend a massive hand to pro-legalization activists within certain spheres of government and within the business world” he explains.
  14. They already are. Their strain never gets mites. Grows 5 pounds a plant. Beautiful huge sticky buds that nobody gets high off of. No one knows for sure it's really cannabis but it sure can make a really nice looking bag.
  15. I watched a documentary about a regular farmer turned warehouse grower. He grew one strain, Blue Dream. That's it, one strain. He could grow that one strain well. Didn't realize it was a fail because he grew only one strain. This isn't corn. You can't summon Monsanto to your rescue. I bet that strain was weak and made huge buds because it's a BigBud cross. Try growing the old original grail strains like Headband, Chem D and OG Kush in your warehouse and see how you do.
  16. Growing cannabis is an art more than a science. All the variables change when you go from strain to strain. One formula across the board doesn't work anywhere but on paper. Sorry warehouse grower, it's just not that easy. It's not corn so we want more than one strain the rest of our lives.
  17. Restorium2

    caregiver & rec plant count

    Definitely separated. If you are maxed out for your number of patients it wouldn't be very good to go above that. If a caregiver isn't a patient they should be able to grow their own 12 for their recreational use separately. I think you might run into trouble if you double dip saying these plants are my medical and these are my recreational so I can have 24 for myself. 12 per person max is safe. 12 per residence recreational. Most folks will not run into any trouble unless they are caught selling. Then they are under the microscope.
  18. Restorium2

    2 caregivers share

    It needs to be separated so that no one has access but the caregiver that is responsible for the plants on the forms to the State. Locked up like your life depends on it. No reason two caregivers can't use the same building if it's done right.
  19. Restorium2

    3% Excise Tax

    Yup, they missed the boat. Now they hang their hat on being better because they don't have dispensaries. When, in reality, they are perpetuating the wrongs done to us for decades. They are racking up some more bad karma.
  20. Look on weedmaps. There are a few. Google weedmaps and once you are on site use the map function.
  21. Restorium2

    3% Excise Tax

    The trick to reading the bulletin is when it says MRTMA it means recreational. Our township made the applicants for dispensaries and grows pay $5000 per application. We raked. Not sure where the money went.
  22. Restorium2

    3% Excise Tax

    The dispensaries pay it to the State. (Supposed to.) Dispo in Bay City gives a rebate/incentive/points that cover all the tax.
  23. Restorium2

    3% Excise Tax

    The 3% excise tax on medical cannabis goes away 90 days after recreational cannabis became legal. The 10% excise tax is only on recreational cannabis(MRTMA).
  24. Restorium2

    I have extra clones

    They should and they will. Just like Colorado.
  25. Restorium2

    I have extra clones

    I thought up an idea to help you with that. If you are a registered caregiver you can sell your rooted cuttings to the dispensaries.
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