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  1. This should answer any further questions about legal caregiver cannabis . . . Michigan officials end caregiver marijuana supply to medical pot shops The stock of medical marijuana products at licensed Michigan businesses will soon change, as a result of new guidance from state officials. Effective immediately, licensed medical marijuana provisioning centers can no longer stock their shelves with products grown by caregivers, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced Thursday in a press release. Licensed shops can only buy from state-licensed growers and processors. Caregivers, however, will be allowed to sell to state-licensed growers and processors -- who will be required to test the product and enter it into the state’s tracking system. The switch away from the illegal supply of caregiver weed to the regulated market was supposed to occur April 1, but was delayed for a month due to a barrage of lawsuits filed against the state in a separate but entangled issue over the ability of unlicensed pot shops to operate. Michigan judge slams state for ‘freakish’ regulation of medical marijuana businesses A judge's order prevents regulators from setting any new deadlines for unlicensed medical pot shops. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello issued his orders two days ago -- which allow unlicensed pot shops to stay open until 60 days after officials decide on their license applications. Borrello left the issue of caregiver product up to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to decide. Now the embattled medical marijuana market will switch over to regulated product as its main source. Corporate mega-growers have criticized the use of caregiver marijuana for the past five months, as it has tested positive for E. coli, Salmonella, mold, lead and other heavy metals. No illnesses have been reported to the state from its use. Mega growers, medical marijuana caregivers battle over industry control Business interests lured by the promise of a recreational market are clashing with patient needs. Licensed growers have also complained that competition from caregivers is hurting their business. In turn, patients and caregivers have lashed out against the corporate growers. They claim mega growers aren’t manufacturing the medicinal products that they need and are only focused on products that recreational users will want. Jerry Millen, owner of a Walled Lake licensed provisioning center, predicted the market will not respond well as a result of the state’s latest regulatory action. “I’m afraid this is going to make the black market explode 100-fold,” Milen said. Michigan’s corporate medical marijuana growers rally for ‘clean cannabis’ "Enough is enough," said Jeff Radway, CEO of Green Peak Innovations, over boos and jeers from protesters. Caregivers won’t be keen to start new business relationships with the same licensed growers that insulted their products last week, Millen said. Instead, caregivers will likely flood the unlicensed pot shops that the state has allowed to open with their product -- a black market with lower prices and more medicinal products that patients will likely seek out, Millen said. Michelle Donovan, a lawyer with Butzel Long who sued the state over the caregiver supply issue, also predicted a surge in the black market as a result of the state’s action. “It’s going to allow the caregivers to sell their products directly to the dispensary centers that don’t have their state license,” Donovan said. “Do I want to drop mine off and pay to get it tested, or do I go down the street?” https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/05/michigan-officials-end-caregiver-marijuana-supply-to-medical-pot-shops.html?fbclid=IwAR2De28QcN712Pyuyk5qMs05NN9kCwSaNYshBm-akDRRxwvvHO_x8KV1tKE
  2. https://www.cannabiscup.com/event/high-times-cannabis-cup-michigan-2019/4
  3. Here in Michigan . http://greatlakesgenetics.com
  4. ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - A $40 million cannabis business park will break ground in Orion Township next week. The nearly 300,000 square-foot complex will house growers, processors, secure transporters and safety compliance operators. Grow, Cannabis Marketing says the development will bring hundreds of new jobs to Orion Township and will provide a safe and secure environment for commercial cannabis operations. The three buildings on Premiere Drive are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The cannabis business park, which is under the umbrella of the Oakland Business Park, is the product of several local investors, attorneys and cannabis industry consultants who have worked with its tenants throughout the entire process. To ensure that all tenants have ample power, DTE is building an on-site substation with two 13.2 KV circuits. According to GROW, Cannabis Marketing, the development is heavily supported by the Township of Orion and specifically, Township Supervisor Chris Barnett along with members of the board, planning commission and other departments, all of who are expected to attend the groundbreaking at noon Tuesday. Michigan voters will decide on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in November. The proposal aims to regulate marijuana like alcohol. https://www.wxyz.com/news/michigan-s-1st-cannabis-business-park-to-break-ground-in-orion-township
  5. Incremental Change and Why It Doesn’t Work Everyone who knows me, or has read any of my articles, knows that I am quite adamant, and quite literal regarding REAL legalization. Truly, I don’t understand why it isn’t the goal for all of us. In my travels over the last thirty years, I have found very few who didn’t find prohibition to be at best an infringement of our rights as an American. And yet, the ones that I find most lacking in faith for REAL legalization are the very activists striving to bring it. It’s unfortunate that some have actually made “Cannabis reform” a life-long career. Now, after years invested, they find themselves striving against their first love, intent on preserving their income and position. These are usually the first to claim quite emphatically (and apathetically) that “ALL” things come in “Baby steps”. Actually, “baby steps” are quite common in state government. Haggling over some issues can take years and require much compromise. By the time many issues become law, they have little or no resemblance to their former self. But what if there were an injustice that was long overdue a correction.. something that was so monumental that it spanned almost a century and impacted the lives of billions? What if within this injustice were found literally no truth, but only prejudices, lies and propaganda – much birthed from our very government? Now, what if we had it within our power to by-pass ALL the corruption that had grown like a cancer for over seventy years – quickly and completely? How can “baby steps” be incorporated into this scenario? The fact is, it can’t! First, it’s important to understand how state government works. Our laws for the most part reside in what are called “state statutes”. Statutes are the part of state government that is supposed to support the state Constitution and provide all ancillary protections for citizens and businesses operating within their borders. Statutes are where we find regulations for virtually all things regarding the day to day operation of life within any particular state. This is also the realm of state Senators and Representatives. Its where they live. Almost nothing makes its way into the statutes without first passing through the hands of MANY lawmakers. Lawmakers can afford “baby steps” as they fumble about in state law because they’re spending our seemingly endless tax dollars. What’s even worse for us is that they are and always have been in direct opposition to true FULL legalization. Most still see Cannabis as a harmful dangerous drug. It is also within the statutes that we see the most glaring reason why defense attorneys should NEVER write state policy. Unfortunately, most lawmakers ARE defense attorneys. I have seen some of the most horrendous and bigoted state law amid my research into most states. So how do we change law when the very ones we have elected to maintain and create law are in direct oppositions to our values? It is unfortunate, but most Cannabis-using citizenry have resigned themselves to either living feebly within their state’s imposed “legal” corruption, or skate along under the radar until fate and time catches up with them. That may be the fate for most, but at least for those living within sixteen states where they can do what is called a “Direct Initiative”, or “Citizen’s Initiative”, there is a glimmer of self-representation. Within those states, THE PEOPLE can effect law profoundly. According to Wikipedia, The “Progressive Era” birthed the Initiative process as a way of “…eliminating problems caused by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and corruption in government.“ “Corruption in government“? Sounds like today, doesn’t it? Incremental changes implemented over time, often years, – that’s what “baby steps” usually are in state policy. Perhaps a ready tool for lawmakers spending tax dollars, but profoundly useless to citizens working with limited funds and a volunteer workforce. The initiative process requires months of collecting signatures (usually a set quantity from each county), organization, advertising, literature, transportation – the list goes on. As well, opportunities only come round every two years with general elections. It’s important that it’s done right, since mistakes could equate to thousands of dollars lost and decades of more senseless prohibition. For states that have taken the seemingly easy way with “baby steps”, the path to REAL legalization continues to grow. In researching Colorado law, I identified over 150 statutes that effect cannabis. That was a couple years ago. I know the amount of divisive, prohibitionist rhetoric has grown considerably within the statutes since then. This is what has happened and continues to happen today because the writers of Colorado’s “medical” and “recreational” bills, after much effort and expense, handed over control of the welfare of their Cannabis patients and their fledgling Cannabis industry, through their poorly written initiatives, to the very agencies and politicians who pledged never to support Cannabis reform. And, as a result, thousands of pages of senseless regulation, misinformation and prohibitionist bigotry, not only continue to exist in Colorado, but are flourishing within the Colorado state Constitution. More regulation and control… and of what? A NON-TOXIC plant? How can activists with ANY understanding of the Endocannabinoid system and the multitude of patient testimonies endorse anything short of complete legalization? It’s painfully obvious that a lot of hands are in this very lucrative pie and few are concerned with the welfare of the consumer, let alone the patient as they continue to impose more costly restrictions, taxes, licensing, packaging, etc, etc. Who pays for it all? The consumer – further pushing this life saving medicine away from the grasp of the patient. Prohibition has not gone away for Colorado. In fact, it’s alive and well. The inflated prices and ever restricting access are fueling an ever growing black market. In addition, the heavy taxation has strangled retail sales and further inflated prices. Who do you know that can afford $500 to $1000 of additional monthly expense? If you know more than a handful of people who can, you run in much richer circles than I. The vast majority of Coloradoans who truly need cannabis have NEVER had access – except through occasional token visits to dispensaries and black-market sources. Essentially, it has ALWAYS been cost prohibitive, particularly for those who need consistent dosing. The actions of the powers-that–be insure that the cannabis industry will remain in flux for years to come – while consumers (patients) pay the price. Literally. With each day that cannabis prohibition exists, people are incarcerated unjustly and lose their property – in EVERY state, including Colorado. Some lose their children. The sick are deprived of their medicine. Some suffer and some are helplessly left to die at the hands of conventional (Medicaid) medicine, because conventional medicine is toxic and limited when it comes to many life-threatening conditions. This is the case since no real provision has been made for the chronically ill, the poor and the dying. That’s not an exaggeration. It’s a fact. I have witnessed it for years, first hand. And it continues, even here in Colorado. Remember. Cannabis is not “legal” here. It’s a Schedule I, “Controlled Substance”, here, and throughout most of the country. In every state, people go to prison for Cannabis. Cottage Industries The opportunity to set things right becomes increasingly more difficult with the passage of time. Cottage industries are created with each “baby step” that caters to prohibition at that particular level, becoming entrenched – politically and financially. For them, greater freedom for all spells the end of their livelihood. With each “step”, more of those who supported REAL legalization are swayed to accept prohibition with the empty promises of wealth at the expense of fellow patients and freedom fighters. Where Patriots Abide With a Direct Initiative, citizens can bypass lawmakers, even the Governor, taking an issue directly to the people. The only way we are going to see true legalization is by citizens changing the law themselves. And doing so COMPLETELY. This is how it’s done. A Direct Initiative is not easy. It puts a significant physical and financial burden on everyone involved. A Direct Initiative can potentially cost many thousands of dollars. Each and every initiative involves thousands of volunteers, committed to many, many selfless hours. Thousands of signatures have to be gathered from all across the state. It requires great sacrifice. This is the price of self-rule…and that being only for sixteen of our fifty states. Over the course of almost two decades, Colorado has dealt with two poorly written cannabis initiatives at the cost of millions, and yet they are still lacking the freedoms of “REAL” legalization. How many more “steps” must Coloradoans suffer before it’s patients and consumers are finally given sane and just access to this natural substance that is safer and more nutritious than any other Colorado crop? Funding for a Direct Initiative, because it is so costly, has to come from private donations and investors. And in that is yet another issue. With private donations comes personal agendas, which explains much of the verbiage we find in virtually ALL cannabis reform policy across this nation. We No Longer Have Time to Tarry I have spent the last ten plus years of my life talking to patients all over this nation. I’ve been to their homes and slept on their couches. I’ve been in their hospital rooms and sat with them as they passed. I have made life-preserving oil for those who could not. I have counseled the terminally ill and I have comforted widows and widowers. I have learned their hopes and their dreams, but most importantly, they have expressed to me their need. They need this medicine. This is a VERY serious issue for me, not only because I have been a cannabis patient for over twenty years, but because a bare the faces of thousands of patients from all over this nation, permanently ingrained in my mind. With all that is involved and at risk, it is insane to draft anything short of REAL legalization, freeing the plant once and for all. No “baby steps”. And in so doing, we must effect each state Constitution, so NO ONE perpetrates these injustices on the American people ever again. The Constitution of ANY state should not be open to casual edit. Within it bares the very basis of our freedoms, so we must be wise, in that what we put into it should only improve our lives and not limit them. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” We have within our grasp the tools of liberty. We who have the power to protect and enrich the lives of our fellow citizens are in every way compelled to make it a reality. It is not only our right, it is our directive. http://medicalcannabisjournal.net/2018/09/10/the-fallacy-of-baby-steps-in-cannabis-reform/ I only hope the people in Mi. are as smart as the people in Ohio
  6. I haven't visited any dispensary that did NOT run their cannabis through a tumbler to strip the trichomes off the buds so as to make concentrates or whatever . I only visited these establishments out of curiosity with other people & always had a loupe to take a look at the stripped buds , really disgusting . Maybe it's better now ? I don't know , I jumped off the cannabis train when the "Tax & Regulate" crowd took over . Nothing could be more despicable than to give Govt. control to tax & regulate a completely harmless substance that is beneficial to my health & endo-cannabinoid system after the FACT that they have been extorting & de-frauding the people of their money freedom & property for almost 100 years now . It might not be so bad IF the tax & regulators weren't actually bribing the Govt. with a higher than standard 10% tax so we can fix the roads & the schools that we don't have any money for because it's already been stolen & funneled away to political cronies for studies & such . Seems to be a lot less traffic on this site since the last election & all this tax & regulate BS . It's kind of comical how all these members that have joined 6,7,8, years ago & never made a post are coming back to change their profile photo & still not making a post , lol .
  7. Any one going ? https://www.cannabiscup.com/michigan/
  8. Oregon’s marijuana cultivators are facing a falling market that favors vertically integrated companies and craft cannabis. Wholesale prices for outdoor-grown marijuana have dropped as low as $50 a pound, and the situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon. With hundreds of producer and retail licenses pending approval from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the state’s cannabis industry, the supply glut is expected to only increase, depressing prices further. As of Jan. 26, there were 520 retailers in the state, with 141 licenses pending approval, according to the agency’s website. Compare that to the 906 licensed producers, with 858 pending approval. Retailers apparently are joining growers in a race to the bottom in cannabis pricing. At $49 an ounce, Oregon’s retail prices are nearing the low mark of $40 experienced by neighboring Washington state. To ride out even more contraction in the market, businesses – either nascent or long-standing – should be well-capitalized, industry insiders say. “People would stop trying to get in the industry if they actually knew what was going on here,” said Aviv Hadar, co-owner of Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Bend. “If you think there’s money in growing cannabis, put on a seatbelt and sit back for a 5-10-year ride, because it is not easy.” Oversupply issues Cultivators selling outdoor-grown cannabis to processors are getting as little as $50 a pound, according to Hadar. “(The market) is just decimated. Decimated,” he said. “There’s so much oversupply.” “I believe it,” said William Simpson, founder and president of Chalice Farms, a vertically integrated marijuana company in Portland. He said he’s seen wholesale marijuana selling for as low as $100 a pound, but $50 a pound is “absolutely” possible. Donald Morse, executive director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said he’s heard of some people paying only $50 a pound for outdoor-grown cannabis trim, but it’s more common to see $100-$150 a pound. “Prices have come down dramatically,” he noted. Pete Gendron, president of the Oregon Sungrown Growers Guild, said characterizing the situation as dire for growers “is not an overstatement.” In the past two years, prices have undergone about a 50% annualized drop, according to Gendron, and he expects prices to drop even more next year as the market continues to contract. Hadar thinks the industry will look a lot different in a couple of years. “Half of these people are going to be out of business,” he said. Most of Oregon’s outdoor growers are selling their product to be made into cannabis oil, often contracting out their harvest to manufacturers for two to three years, according to Hadar. Contracting with a processor ensures a return on their crop and eliminates the risk of shopping it around. Hadar said there aren’t enough retail outlets to buy outdoor-grown flower. But, he added, there is a use for outdoor-grown cannabis in the form of vape cartridges, which are driving the Oregon market. The cannabis oil in vape cartridges also is used for other infused products, including edibles and tinctures. Hadar argues that consumers favor discrete consumption methods. For consumers who aren’t concerned with discretion, the flower that sits in jars on retail shelves is from indoor grows, and the best of that indoor-grown flower commands a premium. Oregon is seeing more boutique cannabis farms that don’t harvest a lot of product. These operations are slowly expanding as they pump out high-quality cannabis. “Quality control really is the name of the game right now,” Gendron said. “If you still have top-shelf flower, you’re still getting paid a pretty decent price for it.” Vertical integration The only way for growers to make it in the current Oregon market is to be vertically integrated, Simpson said. “There’s so much competition,” he added. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council’s Morse agreed. Without a retail license, he said, a grower is competing with all other producers and often getting the lowest price. “They have to be vertically integrated,” he added. According to Hadar, retail stores are a necessity in your operation if you want to be successful. While a customer can buy an ounce of flower for as low as $49 at some retail shops, a similar amount sells for a high of $560 in Hadar’s store. It costs him about $50 to grow a pound. “That business model works,” he said. “Unless you own your own stores, good luck to you.” Gendron doesn’t necessarily agree that growers must be vertically integrated to survive. For example, he said, retail chains are developing in Oregon, and a business with 10 stores is going to need a diversified product pipeline to maintain its supply. He added that businesses that are better capitalized will weather the fluctuation. Gendron, who also does some consulting, said he recently was approached by someone with a business plan that allotted $500,000-$1 million to get in the game. If you’re running an efficient business, Gendron said, that’s enough to get started. “If you have a business plan that’s designed around lower margins or if you’re internally capitalized, you’re probably going to do fine,” he added. What to do? Morse attributes Oregon’s oversupply to a black market that’s more active than ever. That’s because growers who can’t find a buyer in the legal sector end up selling to the black market, contributing to the supply being produced by illicit growers. “They’re undercutting the prices in a dispensary,” he said. “We lose a lot of our domestic market share to black-market activity.” The Oregon Liquor Control Commission could intervene if it deemed such action were necessary. According to Morse, the agency has the right to evaluate the harvest, compare it to demand, then limit or expand canopy sizes for all grows. But that’s not the most attractive solution. “I’m not one for market protection,” Morse added. “I believe in free enterprise.” Simpson expects the industry to overcome this oversupply situation and get to the other side. “We will gain more of an equilibrium as an industry and become more of a mature market,” he said. “It will level out to a market that will sustain.” https://mjbizdaily.com/decimated-oversupply-oregons-wholesale-marijuana-prices-drop-50-pound/
  9. On Tuesday, February 6, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 4158, a bill that would require a criminal conviction before members of law enforcement could seize, keep and/or liquidate property siezed in connection with an alleged crime. I’ve been in contact with the sponsor of this bill, Rep. Peter Lucido, and he is seeking people who have had their property seized by overzealous members of law enforcement. He would especially like to hear from people who have had assets forfeited and who were never charged with any crime! Rep. Lucido’s bill bans seizures where the victim was never charged with any crime and forces cops and prosecutors to obtain a conviction before they can keep a person’s possessions. If you have been an asset forfeiture victim and you would like to tell our legislators your story, please contact me at bradforrester@minorml.org, or drop a comment below. http://minorml.org/asset-forfeiture-victims-needed-for-house-testimony/
  10. 1944, Born on this day, Alvin Lee, guitar vocals, Ten Years After
  11. Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs still can't recommend medical marijuana, but they are being encouraged to talk more about it with military veterans. That's what a new V.A. policy being rolled out this month says. The directive urges government doctors to "discuss with the Veteran marijuana use, due to its clinical relevance to patient care, and discuss marijuana use with any Veterans requesting information about marijuana." However, the policy reiterates the department's long-held position that "to comply with Federal laws such as the Controlled Substances Act...providers are prohibited from completing forms or registering Veterans for participation in a State-approved marijuana program." https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/12/19/v-a-issues-new-medical-marijuana-policy-for-military-veterans/#359dbf0d5b90
  12. The ONLY thing these people are concerned with is the bottom line of their Stock Portfolio !!!
  13. A ballot measure could decriminalize psilocybin – known colloquially as "magic mushrooms" – in California as early as 2018. Filed at the state Attorney General office on Friday, the initiative would exempt adults aged 21 and over from criminal penalties for using, possessing, selling, transporting and cultivating psilocybin. Before California voters can vote on the measure, at least 365,880 signatures will be required to put it on the 2018 ballot. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Magic-mushrooms-could-be-legal-in-California-as-11973494.php
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