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  1. The 2018 Farm Bill includes new guidelines for growing hemp. It moves hemp under the Title 1 commodity program. Early this year, USDA issued a Notice to Trade, stating they are in the process of gathering information to initiate rule making necessary to implement this program. The USDA’s goal is to issue regulations in fall 2019 to accommodate the 2020 planting season, the agency said in a recent release. “During the 2019 planting season, the 2018 Farm Bill directs that states, tribes and institutions of higher education may continue operating under authorities of the 2014 Farm Bill until 12 months after USDA establishes the plan and regulations required under the 2018 Farm Bill,” they said in the release. READ THIS – https://michiganhempindustries.com/mdard-industrial-hemp-ag-pilot-program-for-2019-planting-season/ Recent Posts USDA To Release Hemp Regulations In Time For 2020 Posted: May 20, 2019 The 2018 Farm Bill includes new guidelines for growing hemp. It moves hemp under the Title 1 commodity program. Early this year, USDA issued a Notice to Trade, stating they are in the process of gathering information to initiate rule making necessary to implement this program. The USDA’s goal is to issue regulations in fall […] 0 comments Professionals say CBD products don’t affect drug test results Posted: May 20, 2019 DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) (5/20/2019) – Cannabidiol oil is becoming very popular around the world and some have raised concern on whether it’s hindering people from passing drug tests. THC is the compound in marijuana that gets people high. Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is another product that can come from hemp or marijuana. Many states have laws for […] 0 comments Case against U.S. CBD firms moves forward Posted: May 20, 2019 A federal court in New York has ruled that a racketeering and fraud case against a trio of related companies can go ahead based on a truck driver’s claims after he failed a drug test after using one of the firms’ CBD products. 0 comments Michigan State Police raid home of Macomb County prosecutor Posted: May 15, 2019 MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan State Police executed a raid at the home of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith in Macomb Township, sources confirm to 7 Action News. 7 Investigator Jim Kiertnzer was on the scene and said agents removed surveillance cameras from Smith’s home. The raid is in connection to state police’s investigation […] 0 comments MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL PUSHES FOR MARIJUANA BANKING Posted: May 13, 2019 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is taking measures to move the marijuana industry in the state forward by trying to troubleshoot legal issues and supporting federal legislation that would make it easier for weed businesses to bank their money. This week she announced she’s started a legal work group on medical and recreational marijuana issues […] 0 comments MICHIGAN COURT RULES-NO MARIJUANA SMOKING IN PARKED CARS Posted: May 13, 2019 According to MLive the Appeals Court concluded that it is illegal for medical marijuana patients to smoke marijuana in their car when parked in public places. This ruling comes for a case in August of 2013. When a medical marijuana patient, Robert Michael Carlton smoked a joint in his car parked at the Soaring Eagle Casino. […] 0 comments MICHIGAN HEMP INDUSTRIES – MEETING – May 29 2019 Posted: May 8, 2019 MICHIGAN HEMP INDUSTRIES – MEETING – May 29 2019 Who: Michigan Hemp Industries What: Networking – Member Meeting When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Where: 30903 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Time: 6pm – 8pm Event This event provides a good chance to network and learn more about the Michigan Hemp Industries as well as the current status and the future of […] 0 comments Traveling by Air With CBD-Can You? Posted: May 8, 2019 CBD has swiftly made its way into every aspect of daily life including air travel. Rules and regulations concerning traveling with CBD onto planes and into airports are unclear. CBD is legal in some states and the TSA is a federally ran agency with airports subject to federal laws and marijuana is still considered federally illegal. The […] 0 comments Federal Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act – The 420 Bill Posted: May 8, 2019 According to the new bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act has been given the surname of S. 420 0 comments Marijuana Regulatory Agency Addresses Recent Court Decisions Posted: May 2, 2019 May 2, 2019 – As of April 30, 2019, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) was established via Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-7. Over the next several weeks, the MRA, led by Executive Director Andrew Brisbo, will be implementing new practices to streamline the application process and ensure access to safe marijuana products. Earlier this week, the Court of […] 0 comments The post USDA To Release Hemp Regulations In Time For 2020 appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  2. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is taking measures to move the marijuana industry in the state forward by trying to troubleshoot legal issues and supporting federal legislation that would make it easier for weed businesses to bank their money. This week she announced she’s started a legal work group on medical and recreational marijuana issues to regularly review and analyze laws and regulations that affect the Michigan market. “We are working hard now to avoid the years of uncertainty, lawsuits, appeals and uncertainty that followed the enactment of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act in 2008,” Nessel said in a statement. “With new laws and regulations on the books, particularly concerning recreational marijuana, I am confident this diverse group collectively has the knowledge, experience, and thus credibility to make recommendations that will be accepted and implemented by all involved.” The state of Michigan has also faced numerous lawsuits over its implementation of the 2016 law — the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act — in the past year. Most recently in April, Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello chastised officials in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for being “ill-equipped” to handle the licensing process in a timely manner — which has led to a market of unlicensed businesses. Also this week, Nessel joined a group of attorneys general from 38 statesin bipartisan support of a proposed federal law — the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595). The measure would allow legitimate marijuana businesses to use the federal banking system. “All legal and legitimate businesses should have a safe place to put their revenue and not have to rely on under-the-floorboard safes to store their legally earned money,” Nessel said in a statement. “Michigan expanding its market to include legal recreational sales of marijuana this year compels us to join this effort to ensure we protect Michigan businesses from becoming unnecessary targets of bad actors, keeping everyone safe in the process.” The bill received the approval of the federal House Financial Services Committee in March, and now awaits the vote of the full House. Nessel has brought a new approach to marijuana to the attorney general’s office since starting her tenure in January. By February she announced she had dismissed charges against four people in two pending marijuana cases. Read More Here at MLive The post MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL PUSHES FOR MARIJUANA BANKING appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  3. According to MLive the Appeals Court concluded that it is illegal for medical marijuana patients to smoke marijuana in their car when parked in public places. This ruling comes for a case in August of 2013. When a medical marijuana patient, Robert Michael Carlton smoked a joint in his car parked at the Soaring Eagle Casino. According to WZZM13, the police were notified that a man was smoking in his car while parked at the casino by the casino’s security workers. The medical marijuana patient was charged with possession of marijuana. The Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office charged him because he was smoking in a public place. The prosecution argued that the smoking in his car was irrelevant. Rather, he was smoking on public property, the casino’s parking lot, and the parking lot is open to the public. The defense believed that because the car is not a public place, but private, that the charges should be dismissed. Carlton is a registered medical marijuana patient. WZZM13 reported that the district court judge “sided with Carlton” and charges were dismissed and the ruling was upheld by the Isabella County Circuit Court. but the Court of Appeals decided to reverse the decision and sent the case back. “It (the Court of Appeals) found that Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act does not permit card holders to smoke “in any public place.” COA Judge Douglas Shapiro disagreed with the majority ruling. He wrote that because Michigan medical marijuana law has specifically said that smoking on public transportation is prohibited that suggest that vehicles are seen as private in some circumstances. He said, “The majority looks only at whether the vehicle itself is in a place defined as public. But the statutory language leaves open the possibility that in some circumstances a private vehicle can constitute a ‘private place’ even though it is located in an area to which the public has access.” The post MICHIGAN COURT RULES-NO MARIJUANA SMOKING IN PARKED CARS appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  4. CBD has swiftly made its way into every aspect of daily life including air travel. Rules and regulations concerning traveling with CBD onto planes and into airports are unclear. CBD is legal in some states and the TSA is a federally ran agency with airports subject to federal laws and marijuana is still considered federally illegal. The TSA has the authority to ban or stop a traveler with edibles, dried flower or any forms of “marijuana” that contain a certain amount of THC. According to the DEA and FDA, The CBD made from hemp is not considered to be the same as psychoactive marijuana. The agency suggests that if the THC content in the CBD oil is below 0.3 percent, no legal action will be taken place. Some CBD oil is sold in medical dispensaries and is often THC concentrations can be detected easier and test at a higher level making the source of the CBD illegal under federal law. It is said that according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when it comes to traveling with CBD oil, it must contain THC content below 0.3% to be cleared. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill made Hemp legal on the Federal level, individual states can still elect to make the sale and possession of CBD illegal. The Transport Security Administration (TSA) regulations are required to report any speculated violations of law if they encounter one. Read the TSA What can I Bring. “Meaning an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that have been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plants(58) Marihuana Extract–7350”-DEA. Bottom Line – You can but you can’t…You are on your own and at the mercy of the location, the agency and the agents you encounter along your travels. Recent Posts Traveling by Air With CBD-Can You? Federal Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act – The 420 Bill Marijuana Regulatory Agency Addresses Recent Court Decisions Bubba Watson partners with CBD company amid PGA Tour warning Michigan officials end caregiver marijuana supply to medical pot shops The post Traveling by Air With CBD-Can You? appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  5. Marijuana could become legal federally thanks to a bill that would make it legal and regulate it like alcohol. The bill was introduced by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. According to the new bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act has been given the surname of S. 420 by Wyden and is a companion measure to H.R. 420, which was initially introduced in the House of Representatives by fellow Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer back in March. A spokesperson for the Senate Finance Committee announced that the new bill aims to “responsibly legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the federal level,” according to multiple reports. During a press conference on Friday Wyden explained that ” the time is now for marijuana reform at the national level.” “The federal prohibition of marijuana is wrong, plain and simple. Too many lives have been wasted, and too many economic opportunities have been missed,” Wyden declared. “It’s time Congress makes the changes Oregonians and Americans across the country are demanding.” “Oregon has been and continues to be a leader in commonsense marijuana policies, and the federal government must catch up,” Blumenauer explained. “The American people have elected the most pro-cannabis Congress in American history, and significant pieces of legislation are being introduced. The House is doing its work, and with the help of Senator Wyden’s leadership in the Senate, we will break through.” The new bill is part of a package of laws that are aimed to reform federal cannabis policy, put in place by Wyden and Blumenauer as the Path to Marijuana Reform. These include the Small Business Tax Equity Act to repeal provisions of the tax code that deny cannabis business the right to take the fair tax deductions as would any company in other industries. The Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act would diminish any federal criminal penalties and civil assets forfeiture for individuals and business complying with the states law. Under the new bill, it would allow marijuana businesses the legal right to access banking, bankruptcy protection, marijuana research, and advertising. The bill also includes an expungement process for some marijuana convictions, the approval for some financial aid and even placement within federal housing. The bill would also give all veterans legal access to medical marijuana programs in any state and would protect Native Americans from prosecution under federal marijuana laws. State and Local Regulatory Licensing and Compliance Our business law and regulatory attorneys have assisted to facilitate businesses and individuals navigate the complex and ever changing commercial cannabis licensing and regulation landscape. To schedule your consultation with Komorn Law regarding licensing Call our Office at 800-656-3557 Recent Posts Federal Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act – The 420 Bill by admin | May 8, 2019 | News | 0 Comments According to the new bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act has been given the surname of S. 420 Read More Marijuana Regulatory Agency Addresses Recent Court Decisions by admin | May 2, 2019 | Michigan Medical Marhuana Regulation, News | 0 Comments May 2, 2019 – As of April 30, 2019, the... Read More Bubba Watson partners with CBD company amid PGA Tour warning by admin | May 2, 2019 | News | 0 Comments Bubba Watson announced a partnership with cbdMD on Wednesday, which comes less than two months after the PGA Tour reportedly issued a warning to its golfers about the use of CBD. Read More Michigan officials end caregiver marijuana supply to medical pot shops by admin | May 2, 2019 | News | 0 Comments 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. Read More Michigan judge slams state for ‘freakish’ regulation of medical marijuana businesses by admin | May 2, 2019 | News | 0 Comments “At the outset, the Court notes that LARA’s entire method of handling license applications has been ‘apt to sudden change, freakish, or whimsical,’” Read More Mich. police can’t search passengers in stops without consent, ruling finds by admin | April 28, 2019 | News | 0 Comments A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling on police searches of passengers during traffic stops can give people more power to challenge such probes and is expected to affect police training in Metro Detroit and across the state, officials and legal experts say. Read More Want Grow Hemp In Michigan This Year? Here’s What You Need To Do. by admin | April 22, 2019 | Hemp, News | 0 Comments On April 18, 2019 – Governor Whitmer launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in farming hemp this year. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Read More Lawsuit served to remove marijuana from controlled substances list in Michigan by admin | April 4, 2019 | Medical Marijuana, Medical Marijuana Attorney Michael Komorn, News | 0 Comments John Sinclair, The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Komorn Law and others filed a lawsuit to remove marijuana from the Michigan controlled substance list. Read More CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board by admin | April 3, 2019 | News | 0 Comments Stores throughout Ohio continue to sell... Read More FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products by admin | April 3, 2019 | News | 0 Comments At his final hearing before a Senate... Read More There’s a new report out on marijuana and impaired driving by admin | April 2, 2019 | News | 0 Comments A new report suggests that there should be no... Read More ISRAEL TO PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION by admin | April 2, 2019 | News | 0 Comments The plan which went into effect at midnight on... Read More 400 plus Michigan communities opt out of recreational cannabis businesses. by admin | April 2, 2019 | Hemp, LARA-MMFLA Info, News | 0 Comments After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More Michigan Officials-Adding CBD oil to food and drinks is illegal. by admin | March 31, 2019 | Hemp, LARA-MMFLA Info, News | 0 Comments After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More LARA-Board Meeting Resolution 3-21-19 – Product Access For Patients by admin | March 21, 2019 | LARA-MMFLA Info, News | 0 Comments The resolution of Marijuana product access to... Read More New Michigan marijuana proposal: What would change if it passes by admin | March 15, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments Amid concerns about minority businesses being... Read More Cerebral Palsy approved as Condition for Medical Marijuana Patients by admin | March 12, 2019 | Medical Marijuana, News | 0 Comments March 11, 2019 – The Department of Licensing and... Read More MI Attorney General Drops Marijuana Charges Against Four Defendants by admin | March 1, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, Feb. 25, 2019... Read More Case Dismissed Against Man Charged With Growing Pot by admin | February 28, 2019 | Blog, News, Recent Victories | 0 Comments Charges have been dropped against a local man accused of illegally growing large quantities of marijuana. Read More Michigan State Police to expand roadside drug testing pilot by admin | February 21, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments Last November the Michigan State Police wrapped... Read More Supreme Court Puts Limits on Police Power to Seize Private Property by admin | February 20, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments WASHINGTON — Siding with a small-time drug... Read More Marijuana and the workplace questions by admin | February 14, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued. Read More Sued over job rejection due to medical marijuana by admin | February 14, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued. Read More Do pot and heroin have anything in common? by admin | February 7, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments February 4th, 2019 What do pot and heroin have... Read More Opioid Alternative Pilot Program in Illinois by admin | February 7, 2019 | Blog, News | 0 Comments The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program launched... Read More The post Federal Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act – The 420 Bill appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  6. 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. 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. Read More From MLive By Amy Biolchini | abiolch1@mlive.com The post Michigan officials end caregiver marijuana supply to medical pot shops appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  7. Michigan judge slams state for ‘freakish’ regulation of medical marijuana businesses A year-long saga of changing compliance deadlines for 50 medical marijuana shops allowed to operate unlicensed is over. Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello ordered Tuesday that Michigan regulators cannot set any new compliance deadline for unlicensed pot shops. In his 12-page opinion, Borrello chastised officials in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for being “ill-equipped” to handle the licensing process in a timely manner — which has led to the current market of unlicensed businesses. “At the outset, the Court notes that LARA’s entire method of handling license applications has been ‘apt to sudden change, freakish, or whimsical,’” Borrello wrote. Temporarily operating provisioning centers will be allowed to operate until their license applications are considered by the state — and officials can only ask them to shut down 60 days after their license application has been denied, Borrello ordered in a ruling that affects eight consolidated cases. Borrello has left the issue of whether caregiver marijuana can be used to supply the licensed market up to the state to decide. The state’s new Marijuana Regulatory Agency is reviewing the court orders before issuing a statement, said David Harns, spokesman for the agency. The state has been trying to hold unlicensed businesses to a licensing deadline since June 2018 but have been thwarted by court orders. Borrello has previously extended the deadline. The most recent attempt to enforce a deadline was brought forward by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who had proposed March 31 — but another barrage of last-minute legal filings from medical marijuana businesses stopped that under a ruling from Borrello. Read the rest of the story here at MLive By Amy Biolchini | abiolch1@mlive.com The post Michigan judge slams state for ‘freakish’ regulation of medical marijuana businesses appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  8. Medical Marijuana Now Available to Patients Immediately After Receiving Online Approval May 1, 2019 – Effective today, medical marijuana patients in Michigan who apply for their marijuana registry card online may now use their approval email as a temporary substitute for a valid registry card in order to obtain their medication the same day they are approved. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has implemented a change to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) to ensure that patients with debilitating medical conditions are able to obtain marijuana for medical use as quickly as possible. “A process that used to take several weeks now can be done in a single day,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “We are excited to offer this new online approval option for the state’s medical marijuana patients.” The email that patients receive after an online application has been approved may serve as a temporary substitute for a valid registry card. This approval email is valid until patients receive their card in the mail or for up to 10 days from the date of the approval email. As a result, patients will not have to wait to receive their registry cards in the mail and will be able to purchase or obtain medication the same day they are approved. A valid driver’s license or government-issued identification card with a photographic image is also required to purchase marijuana. To utilize this online service please visit www.michigan.gov/mmp and note the following: A patient’s certifying physician must have an online account with the MMMP. A patient must register for an online account. The patient must submit an online application. In the past, registry cards could only be obtained through the traditional mail-in process, which took up to five weeks for patients to receive their card. The process was recently updated to allow for online processing – but a patient still had to wait for 7-10 business days to receive their registry card. This new process allows for medical marijuana patients to gain access to their medicine immediately after receiving approval. The post Medical Marijuana Now Available to Patients Immediately After Receiving Online Approval appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  9. I’m a current/prospective medical marijuana patient. Should I go to a third-party business to get/renew my registry identification card? Can my application and physician certification serve as a temporary registration card? The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program that administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008. MMMP is a division within the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR), is separate from the Facilities Licensing Division within BMR, and is governed by a different law. MMMP is not affiliated with any third-party business operations, “dispensaries,” provisioning centers, caregivers, or certifying physicians and is not associated with any business operation that uses the terms “Michigan Medical Marijuana Program” or “MMMP” in their name or advertising. Applicants often receive inaccurate information from third parties that result in their applications being delayed or denied. Third-party business operations which tell patients that their application and physician certification serve as a temporary registration card are putting the patients at risk of possible arrest. As outlined in the MMMA, a patient or caregiver must present their valid registry identification card and a valid driver license – or government-issued identification card with photo – to law enforcement to be protected from arrest. BMR recommends that applicants wait until they receive a registry card before engaging in the medical use of marijuana. You may now register, renew or make changes to your registry card online. You must be a qualified patient without a caregiver and your physician must have an online account. Instructions and the online portal are available on our website at www.michigan.gov/mmp. If a patient or caregiver is submitting a paper application or an amendment to the MMMP, it is important to read and follow the instructions for completing the form and include all required supporting documents listed in the instructions. If a patient or caregiver is unsure about the instructions, they should call the MMMP before mailing the documents. It is also important for patients to only submit one application and its supporting documentation per envelope. If a patient was denied after submitting a paper application and is reapplying, it is important that they read and follow the instructions in the denial letter and – if they are unsure about the instructions – call the MMMP before mailing the documents. Patients should date the new application on the date they sign it – do not backdate or use the same date that was on the application that was denied. Patients should not allow other individuals or third parties to submit their applications or any other documents to the MMMP as patients will be unable to determine when or if their applications were submitted. Patients should not allow other individuals or third parties to retain copies of their documents, state-issued driver licenses, personal identification cards, or voter registrations as that increases the possibility of fraudulent submissions. The most recent approved application and forms are available on the MMMP website at www.michigan.gov/mmp. Applicants, registered patients, and registered caregivers are required to use these updated forms. Failure to use current forms will result in a denial or the form being rejected. Those submitting an application or request for changes to his or her registration should only download forms from the MMMP’s website. Patients who wish to acquire medical marijuana or medical marijuana-infused products from licensed provisioning centers must first present a valid registry identification card at the time of purchase. The post LARA FAQ – Temporary Registration Card appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  10. PLANET GREEN TREES RADIO CELEBRATES SHOW #420 Planet Green Trees radio celebrated it’s 420th episode on April 18, 2019. The show was broadcast from the Grow Green Warehouse location in Whitmore Lake courtesy of Tony Portelli owner of Grow Green. Your host Attorney Michael Komorn presided over the show the usual suspects of Jim Powers- Michigan Parents for Compassion co- founder, Steve Miller, Jamie Lowell, Rick Thompson and Debra Young. Special Guests making an appearence on the show included the legendary John Sinclair, Adam L Brook (Hash Bash Organizer), Michigan State Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-18th District, Nick Zettell and many more guests who have made the show a success. One guest invaded the scene just as he did during the Hash Bash, Cannabis Cup A2 and the Monroe Street Fair. Who was it? The Promoto Dragon of course. Thinking of Starting a Cannabis or Hemp Business? Komorn Law has associated our law firm expanding its cannabis and hemp industry services across the globe. If you are thinking about starting a business in this area you will need legal guidance and corporate counsel. Contact our office to find out more information. Call 800-656-3557 Some Past Shows PGT #420 – 420th Episode! 107 8 18 Apr 157:01 Consoler of the Lonely 90 9 28 Mar 131:54 PGT #418 – I Have Realized bunny muffin Shows Are My Muse 67 6 21 Mar 300:58 PGT #417 – They’re the making whoopee worst 59 5 14 Mar 151:30 PGT #416 – Fully Cocked 75 8 07 Mar 300:59 PGT #415 – Under the Influence 85 12 14 Feb 132:36 PGT #414 – On the road again 85 7 07 Feb 151:32 PGT #413 – We’ll Settle 79 7 24 Jan 128:45 PGT #412 – Where’s the weed at? 84 7 17 Jan 139:22 PGT #411 – It cannot be described as anything but a failure 88 11 10 Jan 146:55 See More Want Grow Hemp In Michigan This Year? Here’s What You Need To Do. On April 18, 2019 – Governor Whitmer launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in farming hemp this year. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Read More Lawsuit served to remove marijuana from controlled substances list in Michigan John Sinclair, The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Komorn Law and others filed a lawsuit to remove marijuana from the Michigan controlled substance list. Read More CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board Stores throughout Ohio continue to sell... Read More FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products At his final hearing before a Senate... Read More There’s a new report out on marijuana and impaired driving A new report suggests that there should be no... Read More ISRAEL TO PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION The plan which went into effect at midnight on... Read More 400 plus Michigan communities opt out of recreational cannabis businesses. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More Michigan Officials-Adding CBD oil to food and drinks is illegal. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More LARA-Board Meeting Resolution 3-21-19 – Product Access For Patients The resolution of Marijuana product access to... Read More New Michigan marijuana proposal: What would change if it passes Amid concerns about minority businesses being... Read More The post Mich. police can’t search passengers in stops without consent, ruling finds appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  11. PLANET GREEN TREES RADIO CELEBRATES SHOW #420 Planet Green Trees radio celebrated it’s 420th episode on April 18, 2019. The show was broadcast from the Grow Green Warehouse location in Whitmore Lake courtesy of Tony Portelli owner of Grow Green. Your host Attorney Michael Komorn presided over the show the usual suspects of Jim Powers- Michigan Parents for Compassion co- founder, Steve Miller, Jamie Lowell, Rick Thompson and Debra Young. Special Guests making an appearence on the show included the legendary John Sinclair, Adam L Brook (Hash Bash Organizer), and many more. One guest invaded the scene just as he did during the Hash Bash, Cannabis Cup A2 and the Monroe Street Fair. Who was it? The Promoto Dragon of course. Thinking of Starting a Cannabis or Hemp Business? Komorn Law has associated our law firm expanding its cannabis and hemp industry services across the globe. If you are thinking about starting a business in this area you will need legal guidance and corporate counsel. Contact our office to find out more information. Call 800-656-3557 Some Past Shows PGT #420 – 420th Episode! 107 8 18 Apr 157:01 Consoler of the Lonely 90 9 28 Mar 131:54 PGT #418 – I Have Realized bunny muffin Shows Are My Muse 67 6 21 Mar 300:58 PGT #417 – They’re the making whoopee worst 59 5 14 Mar 151:30 PGT #416 – Fully Cocked 75 8 07 Mar 300:59 PGT #415 – Under the Influence 85 12 14 Feb 132:36 PGT #414 – On the road again 85 7 07 Feb 151:32 PGT #413 – We’ll Settle 79 7 24 Jan 128:45 PGT #412 – Where’s the weed at? 84 7 17 Jan 139:22 PGT #411 – It cannot be described as anything but a failure 88 11 10 Jan 146:55 See More Want Grow Hemp In Michigan This Year? Here’s What You Need To Do. On April 18, 2019 – Governor Whitmer launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in farming hemp this year. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Read More Lawsuit served to remove marijuana from controlled substances list in Michigan John Sinclair, The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Komorn Law and others filed a lawsuit to remove marijuana from the Michigan controlled substance list. Read More CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board Stores throughout Ohio continue to sell... Read More FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products At his final hearing before a Senate... Read More There’s a new report out on marijuana and impaired driving A new report suggests that there should be no... Read More ISRAEL TO PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION The plan which went into effect at midnight on... Read More 400 plus Michigan communities opt out of recreational cannabis businesses. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More Michigan Officials-Adding CBD oil to food and drinks is illegal. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More LARA-Board Meeting Resolution 3-21-19 – Product Access For Patients The resolution of Marijuana product access to... Read More New Michigan marijuana proposal: What would change if it passes Amid concerns about minority businesses being... Read More The post PLANET GREEN TREES RADIO CELEBRATES SHOW #420 appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  12. In a lawsuit served this week to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chairwoman, Nichole Cover, the plaintiffs claim the current law that issues medical marijuana cards to patients and licenses dispensaries is contradictory to the state’s Controlled Substance Act that classifies the drug as contraband. Because of that, they say its status violates their due process and equal protection rights and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. “It’s not a Schedule 1 drug,” Sinclair told The Detroit News. “It’s been legalized by the citizens and approved by the state. There are thousands that take it and licenses to sell marijuana. That’s why it needs to be corrected in my opinion.” A Schedule 1 classification refers to substances that have no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. It includes drugs such as heroin and ecstasy. The Michigan Board of Pharmacy determines the scheduling. The lawsuit focus on the 2016 Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act in which the state legislature granted the state permission to license marijuana businesses. The state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board began issuing licenses for businesses to grow, process, transport and sell medical marijuana last spring. As a result, the plaintiffs that include medical patient Josey Scoggin, physician Dr. Christian Bogner, pharmacist Paul Littler, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws of Michigan Inc. and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association claim marijuana’s Schedule 1 listing is repealed by implication. Michael Komorn, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, stated: “This is not a controlled substance.” He added “The idea that someone would be growing an opioid … and bringing it to a pharmacy because they were running low on their meds is the scenario that would have to exist in order for marijuana to remain as a scheduled drug.” Poet and activist John Sinclair has been a cannabis activist in Michigan for more than 50 years. He stated: “For 80 years they’ve been locking people up and taking their possessions and harassing and terrorizing us as citizens because we like to smoke weed,” adding “I want to be part of every effort to completely remove the police from our lives regarding marijuana. They’ve got nothing at all to do with marijuana.” The lawsuit argues that Michigan laws recognize the medical benefits of marijuana, and yet the Michigan Board of Pharmacy continues to list marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug — a designation that means it has no accepted medical benefits and has a high potential for abuse. “The Michigan Department of Attorney General is in the process of reviewing and preparing a response to the complaint,” according to a statement from spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney. The “absurdity” of the legal conflict between the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and the Public Health Code has to be addressed, said Michael Komorn, one of the attorneys behind the case. “It’s intellectually dishonest,” Michael Komorn of Komorn Law said. Sinclair has a long history of advocacy in Michigan; his 1967 arrest over two joints sparked the first Hash Bash in Ann Arbor. The Michigan Supreme Court in 1972 noted in the opinion that overturned Sinclair’s conviction that “not only that there is no rational basis for classifying marijuana with the ‘hard narcotics’, but, also, that there is not even a rational basis for treating marijuana as a more dangerous drug than alcohol.” Federally, marijuana remains listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and its use remains illegal. The U.S. Attorney General’s office has declined to prosecute states or businesses that have launched medical and recreational marijuana programs. President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Bill Barr, has said he’ll continue that approach — but believes overarching change is needed. Thinking of Starting a Cannabis or Hemp Business? Komorn Law has associated our law firm expanding its cannabis and hemp industry services across the globe. If you are thinking about starting a business in this area you will need legal guidance and corporate counsel. Contact our office to find out more information. Call 800-656-3557 Lawsuit served to remove marijuana from controlled substances list in Michigan The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) In a lawsuit served this week to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chairwoman, Nichole Cover, the plaintiffs claim the current law that issues medical marijuana cards to patients and licenses dispensaries is contradictory to the state’s Controlled Substance Act that classifies the drug as contraband. Because of that, they say its status violates their due process and equal protection rights and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. “It’s not a Schedule 1 drug,” Sinclair told The Detroit News. “It’s been legalized by the citizens and approved by the state. There are thousands that take it and licenses to sell marijuana. That’s why it needs to be corrected in my opinion.” Read More Want Grow Hemp In Michigan This Year? Here’s What You Need To Do. On April 18, 2019 – Governor Whitmer launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in farming hemp this year. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Read More CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board Stores throughout Ohio continue to sell... Read More FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products At his final hearing before a Senate... Read More There’s a new report out on marijuana and impaired driving A new report suggests that there should be no... Read More ISRAEL TO PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION The plan which went into effect at midnight on... Read More 400 plus Michigan communities opt out of recreational cannabis businesses. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More Michigan Officials-Adding CBD oil to food and drinks is illegal. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. Read More LARA-Board Meeting Resolution 3-21-19 – Product Access For Patients The resolution of Marijuana product access to... Read More New Michigan marijuana proposal: What would change if it passes Amid concerns about minority businesses being... Read More The post Lawsuit served to remove marijuana from controlled substances list in Michigan appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  13. At his final hearing before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Thursday, outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was again pressed on the agency’s plan to regulate hemp-derived CBD products. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) voiced concerns about the “significant regulatory and enforcement uncertainty” surrounding marketing CBD, which has been raised at several hearings since industrial hemp and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. The senator asked Gottlieb how he thinks the FDA should use discretion in its enforcement efforts. “We’re using enforcement discretion right now,” the commissioner said. “I will take enforcement action against CBD products that are on the market if manufacturers are making what I consider over-the-line claims.” But what constitutes an “over-the-line” claim? Gottlieb specified that people who are marketing CBD and “claiming that it can cure cancer or prevent Alzheimer’s disease” will be subject to enforcement action “because that can mislead a patient into forgoing otherwise effective therapy.” “But there are products on the market right now that, given our enforcement priorities and our limited resources, we haven’t taken action against,” he said. “That’s not an invitation for people to continue marketing these products—we’re concerned about it—but we heard Congress loud and clear here.” As Gottlieb has explained to lawmakers a number of times this year, part of the reason that regulating CBD products is especially complicated is that CBD currently exists as an approved drug in the form of the epilepsy medication Epidiolex, and is also “under substantial clinical investigation.” “Even if it wasn’t an approved drug, because it was never previously in the food supply, we don’t have a clear route to allow this to be lawfully marketed short of promulgating new regulations,” he said. That challenge will be taken up by an FDA working group comprised of “some of our most creative policymakers,” who will develop “potential legislative alternatives” to CBD regulation. In essence, Gottlieb has suggested that unless Congress passes a law that specifically targets CBD, it could take years for the FDA to enact CBD regulations. “There is precedent for Congress legislating in the context of a single ingredient,” the commissioner told Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) in a subsequent exchange. “You could, for example, contemplate a scheme here where Congress gave FDA authority to contemplate CBD as a food ingredient at certain concentrations and potency and purity and then have it exist separately as a drug product at a different concentration, different potency and purity.” “Fish oil, for example, exists that way in the marketplace,” he said. “But fish oil, we didn’t need to come up with a legislative option to do that because it was previously in the food supply. CBD, obviously, it was not.” …..Wait…really? The post Want Grow Hemp In Michigan This Year? Here’s What You Need To Do. appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  14. Komorn Law and The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association will be at the Monroe Street Fair on Tappan Street (Booth #55) The 48th Annual Hash Bash – 18th Annual Monroe Street Fair – Year one of Marijuana Legalization THROUGH THE YEARS 2002 We planned and put the first event together in less than 2 weeks. My good buds Fred & Paulie stepped in and helped finish pulling this event together the morning of the first show. James Cameron invaluably came through with his stone works company’s van, generator and 8’x16′ trailer for us to use as a stage. We had no instructions or experience. We just did it. The weather was great and we rocked it! Thank you Fred, Paulie & Jim for coming through and helping to make the 1st Free Fest Freedom Festival highly memorable. We love putting on the show and remain great friends to this day. 2008 The April before Michigan passed the 2008 law that went into effect in 2009. Bigger & better things ahead for patients, caregivers, Hash Bash & the Monroe Street Fair and all things cannabis in general. Heading in the right direction. Let’s party! 2017 We are told that the 2017 Monroe Street Fair attracted 15K – 20K fans, the largest Hash Bash crowd since the late 1990’s. A BRIEF HISTORY 2012 – 2018 2018 The 17th annual Monroe Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning at NOON. Check back on this web site for the latest Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival updates and details. Look for this year’s show to be the most epic stoner event you will be at all year! 2017 The 16th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. April Fool’s Day has a unique role in the history of Hash Bash. We encourage you to Google Hash Bash if you have not done so yet. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew once again provided the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick poster art. Show sponsors included Depot Town Dispensary of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke Shops, Cannabis Legal Group, GOT MEDS, Michigan Norml and MIHEMP. I opened our rooms window curtain and I was surprised; There was little frost on the cars and grass. This was typical for a Hash Bash day. Cold, temps just above freezing in the morning and warming throughout the day to a high of 57* and cooling off again into the evening. The afternoon weather was sunny with minimal clouds and NO precipitation! NO RAIN – SUNSHINE! A great day! We are told that the 2017 Monroe Street Fair attracted 15K – 20K fans, the largest Hash Bash crowd since the late 1990’s. Our 2017 show included special guest musical acts Covert Operations, Dixon’s Violin, Leaving Lifted, Lavamoth , Act Casual & Eliza Neals and the Narcotics. We are thankful for our poet Lori Beth Coolidge’s Hash Bash musings. We are thrilled with our special guests Jorge Cervantes & Danny Danko’s appearances and messages. Thank you! Jamie Lowell of 3rd Coast Provisioning Center & MILEGALIZE brought us the most up to date cannabis skinny. Matthew Hoffmann of Hand Grown spoke of Hand Growns Intentions and Marvin Marvin, our ceremonial host helped fire up everyone up with his special and unique delivery of pot messages. Thank you again for all that contributed in special ways helping to make the 16th Annual Monroe Street Fair the best to date! 2016 The 15th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. The Covert Productions crew put up the shows sound system and prepared for its production early Saturday morning. Set up went smooth and the DJ was on by 11:00am and the first band went on shortly after noon. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick poster art for the 3rd year in a row. He also created a new Tommy Chong Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash poster for the 2nd year in a row! Show sponsors include Show sponsors include Depot Town Dispensary of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, Cannabis Legal Group, BDT Smoke Shops, Michigan Norml and MILEGALIZE. This year was extra special as America’s favorite pot hero Tommy Chong and his new cannabis brand Chong’s Choice came to and set up at the fair. They had all kinds of cool merch from t – shirts to vaporizers to papers and more. There was plenty of Cheech & Chong memorabilia. The weather was awesome and tommy stayed to 7:15 and signed them all. The show also featured special guests Mugen Hoso, a punk band from Tokyo Japan. Weather started out colder than usual. We had great sunshine and blue skies til about 1:30 pm, then the weather took on a whole new personality. It was wet, blustery and mysterious at times throughout the afternoon. The sun returned around 7pm, just as the site clean-up was finishing. This was a cold, mostly freezing day, rainy, snowy and foggy with temperatures in the high thirties. Our 2015 show included musical performances by Kung Foo Lovers, Bison Machine, Black Note Graffiti & Bronze Mambas. 2 of the most knowledgeable experts on cannabis laws and business, Rick Thompson of the Compassion Chronicles, and Jamie Lowell of 3rd Coast Provisioning Center & MILEGALIZE brought us the most up to date cannabis law reform skinny. Amelia Neibel of BDT Smoke Shops with messages of head shop events and fun and Marvin Marvin, our ceremonial host, all contributed in special ways helping to make the 15th Annual Monroe Street Fair the best to date! Monroe Street Fair 2015 The 14th annual Monroe Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 beginning at 12 NOON and Dallas and the Covert Productions crew once again provided the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick poster art. Show sponsors included Depot Town Dispensary of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke Shops, Cannabis Legal Group, Grow Show, Death 2 Reggies and Michigan Norml. This year was another great show! This year was extra special as America’s favorite pot hero Tommy Chong and his new cannabis brand Chong’s Choice came to and set up at the fair. They had all kinds of cool merch from t – shirts to vaporizers to papers and more. There was plenty of Cheech & Chong memorabilia. The weather was awesome and tommy stayed to 7:15 and signed them all. The day was perfect. Weather started out colder than usual. I opened our rooms window curtain and I was not surprised with the frost on the cars and grass. This was typical for a Hash Bash day. Cold, often freezing when I wake up and warming throughout the day to an average of 55* in the afternoon and cooling off again into the weekend. The afternoon weather was sunny with minimal clouds and NO precipitation! NO RAIN – SUNSHINE! Our 2015 show included special guest acts Chief Greenbud of Nashville, Tennessee; Baoku from Cincinnati, Ohio; The Howling Loud from right here in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Traveling, Broke and Out of Gas, traveling broke and out of gas to Ann Arbor from Lafayette, Indiana ; Detroit’s own heavy stoner band Bison Machine and local area favorite Tetra of Ypsilanti, Michigan We laughed; Comedians Jeremy Shipley of Detroit, Mi. & Lauren Booza And Dj Snacksalot had the clever & funny stuff throughout the day. Poets Lori Beth Coolidge and Chris Collins brought stories, thoughtful musings and commentary of current events. 2 of the most knowledgeable experts on cannabis laws and business, Rick Thompson of the Compassion Chronicles, and Jamie Lowell of 3rd Coast Provisioning Center & MILEGALIZE brought us the most up to date cannabis skinny. Amelia Neibel of BDT Smoke Shops with messages of head shop events and fun and Marvin Marvin, our ceremonial host, all contributed in special ways helping to make the 14th Annual Monroe Street Fair the best to date! Monroe Street Fair 2014 The 13th annual Monroe Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 beginning at 12 NOON. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew will once again provide the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick poster art. Show sponsors include Depot Town Provisioning Center of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke Shops, Cannabis Counsel, MediSwipe, Michigan Norml and MIHEMP. This year looks to be another great show with bands representing Michigan from Ann Arbor, Flint, Fraser, Detroit, Wayne, and Kalamazoo. New this year is a number of bands from around the country. Michigan bands from Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Flint and Fraser are represented and new this year a wider sampling of artists from around the country including Boston Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, St. Louis, Missouri, Nashville, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Memphis, Tennessee. Sal has booked an incredible show this year. The line-up includes: Chief Greenbud – Nashville, Tennessee, Lil Wyte – Memphis, Tennessee, Bizarre – Detroit, Michigan, I.L.O. – Detroit, Michigan, Covert – Flint, Michigan, Jeremy Shipley – Roseville, Michigan, Tony Klee , Michigan, Rufi0 – Detroit, Michigan, Skinny Pigeons, Boston, Massachusetts, DRIX, Los Angeles, California, Baoku & The Image Afro-beat Band, Cincinnati, Ohio, Infatuations, Detroit, Michigan, Mt. Thelonious, St. Louis, Missouri, Black Note Graffitti, Ann Arbor, MI and Dan Diamond, Las Vegas, Nevada. Monroe Street Fair 2013 The 12th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew once again did a stellar job providing the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick poster art. The day started out a little chilly (30 degrees) and the temperature rose throughout the day to a high near 60 degrees. The day was partly sunny and we had zero precipitation. The show fired up at about 11:00am with a drum circle led by local Native American Indians joined by festival goers and launched into high gear with performances by, in no particular order, Lil’ Wyte, Chief Greenbud, King Jazzy, Down Home, Bizarre from D-12, I.L.O. (I Live Once), Dan Diamond, 5th Wall Concept, Austin Scott, Dixon’s Violin, and Thumb’s Up! The show featured a comedy show by Zak and what Army, the comedy of Jeremy Shipley, and poetry of Lori Beth Coolidge. This year’s guest speakers include, Keith Stroup, Esq. (NORML Founder), Dan Skye (Executive Editor – High Times Magazine), Ed Rosenthal (Horticulturist, Author, Publisher, Marijuana advocate), Mathew Abel, Esq. (Executive Director at Michigan NORML), Christeen Landino (Executive Board at Michigan NORML), Dr. Mike Whitty (Dr. Detroit – Univ. of San Francisco, Univ. of Detroit), Jamie Lowell (3rd Coast Compassion Center) and Marvin Marvin, (Hemp Hemp Hooray!) (Party Party) This was Sal’s second year booking the show and we had our most diverse line up since the earliest days of the fair. Show sponsors included Bhang Chocolates, Depot Town Dispensary, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke Shops, Cannabis Counsel, MediSwipe, Michigan Norml and MIHEMP. 2012 The 11th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 7th, 2012. The event became known as the Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival by basically popular demand due to the associations of the Hash Bash, a festival and a street fair by just about everyone who cares. The temperature started out in the mid twenties but warmed up to about fifty degrees by the time the show started. There was very little precipitation on this sunny day. The rain came and went before it could really hassle anyone’s good time. The crowd continued to grow as an estimated 10 to 15 thousand people came through that day. Our poster was created by Desiree of Detroit, Michigan. The show kicked off with a Drum Circle, followed by Chief Greenbud, SHOTGUN SOUL, I.L.O., Lil Wyte, Bizarre/King Gordy, Covert, Dragon Wagon, Fluid Impulse and GLOWB. Show speakers included Mathew Able and Brandy Zink. We introduced the side walk row section of the fair to accommodate the demand for vending. We now had about 24 vendors with many of them returning from last year. Sal Aiello became our show’s first music director this year and booked an incredible show this year. Sal also handles all responsibility related to the day of the show production. Monroe Street Fair 2011 The 10th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011. We had average temperatures with highs in the fifties. It was a mostly sunny day with zero precipitation. The crowd was huge this year with the total attendance in the 10 – 15 thousand range. We had 19 vendors this year. Our show poster was created by Rudolf P. The show kicked off with a Drum Circle, followed by smokin’ sets by Covert, Rootstand, Jimkata, Dr Dwyer, King Jazzy and The Endaze. Kotar booked the show and managed the stage production. Monroe Street Fair 2010 The 9th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Our poster was created by Rudolf P. of Detroit, Michigan. We had the best weather in the history of the fair. Mid seventies, sunny, a little misty precipitation for about ten minutes; It was a beautiful day! We had estimated crowds of 8 – 12 thousand come through that day. We rented the same stage as last year. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew provided the stage and sound production. The show featured The Booby Scooter, Covert Operations, Rootstand, The Endaze and Glowb. Our first ever major sponsor helped bring this growing show to Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash partiers. Kotar of Flint, Michigan booked the show and managed the stage production. Monroe Street Fair 2009 The 8th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 4th, 2009. It sure seems like the days always start in the mid thirties, but rise throughout the day. This year was sunny, No precipitation with highs in the mid fifty’s. This was our best year yet. We rented a covered 16 foot by 32 foot stage from the largest staging company in Michigan. We now use this stage every year. Eight to ten thousand fans, enthusiasts and aficionados showed up for a great day of celebration and partying. Our poster this year was created by Kotar of Flint, Michigan. Glowb, Ras Paka Lolo, October Babies and Brando & Friends. Kotar booked the show and managed the stage production. Monroe Street Fair 2008 The 7th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2008. The weather once again started out in the mid thirties, but this year Dallas and the Covert Productions crew did a stellar job providing the stage and sound production. Artist Nix of Detroit, Michigan created our festival poster art. The day started out a little chilly (30 degrees) but very sunny and the temperature rose throughout the day to a high near 60 degrees. The day was partly sunny and we had zero precipitation. Ground Score, Burn’in Man, Covert Operations and Glowb, with the return of special guest John Sinclair, provided all the kick donkey jams we could handle. Kotar of Flint, Michigan booked the show and managed the stage production. Attendance was great, as we had our biggest year to date with about 7,500 people stopping by. Monroe Street Fair 2007 The 6th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 7th, 2007. Oak Hill Productions provided the stage and sound production this year, and Nix created our awesome poster art. It was a colder day with temperatures in the high thirties and a little precipitation. It seems like about 5 – 15 minutes of rain has been showing up occasionally just to bother us a bit. But most are not bothered by it as all are in a festive mood and partying. The 6th annual fair was a special one. We had a very special guest with David Arquette stopping by to promote his movie, The Tripper. David hung out most of the day, signing autographs, and mingling with the crowd. Thanks for stopping by David! Besides David stopping by, the show rocked! We started off with Jam Samich that filled all our hungry lunch time belly’s. Their awesome sounds, and filling jams was more than enough to handle those munchies. Treetown Underground took over after that, with their roots music, blu-grass, gypsi-jazz, & Reggae. These guys are just a hoot to watch and are sure to get your dancing shoes grooving. Glowb took the stage after that with their dynamic fusion of diverse genre music. Glowb is a staple of the Monroe Street Fair and these guys never disappoint. The Mac Podz finished it all out with their Disco be-bop, strong soul, and R&B influence. This was the perfect way to finish out another great year in Ann Arbor. All the vendors, once again, had a great day selling many cool items. All these vendors sell unique items, from t shirts to hemp clothing and accessories, to hemp soda to pipes and smoking accessories. Add to that various street peddlers and testing companies, student groups, medical provisioning centers, politicians, MINORML and MIHEMP and we have variety that has become a staple of the Monroe Street Fair. Thank you! Monroe Street Fair 2006 The 5th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 1st, 2006. Oak Hill Productions provided the stage and sound production this year, and Nix and EJF created our awesome poster art. The weather treated us rather nicely this year with no precipitation, and about 4,000 people showing up throughout the day. We were back to the Show Mobile from the City of Wyandotte with the Ragbirds opening the show with their fresh blend of world music, followed by the high energy grooves of Ground Score. Amy Heard took the stage at 3:30pm with her harmonic acoustic set and Glowb brought it all home with their dynamic fusion of diverse genre music. All sixteen vendors had a successful day with most of the vendors returning from last year. The vendors continued to support the show and they were all very happy with the event. Most said they wanted to return in 2007. Monroe Street Fair 2005 The 4th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005. The weather started out at 37 degrees and rose to about 45 degrees. Another cold year with a little precipitation, but attendance continued to rise as about 3,500 people came through. We had 16 vendors with most back from the previous year. A platform stage was used again, only this year, Light Show Bob handled sound and he built scaffolding around and over the stage. The event featured musical guests John Sinclair with Glowb, Moon Madness, the Salt Miners, and Troubleman. The fair had fifteen vendors. The fair’s poster art was created by Mark Stopke of the Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour. Michigan NORML continued their outstanding support of the fair as a cornerstone of the event. Monroe Street Fair 2004 The event was held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2004. We had our best year so far. We had advance promotion of the event distributing 200 posters and 5000 post cards. The weather once again started out a little cold and we had a little precipitation that day. Attendance was stronger this year as about 2,500 people came through during the day. This year we rented a platform stage. The show featured musical guests John Sinclair with Glowb, Muruga and the Ceremonial Global Village Band, Troubleman, Soot, and RIB. The fair had fourteen vendors showcasing a variety of crafts and wares. The fair’s poster art was created by Mark Stopke of the Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour. Special guest speaker Jack Herer was fired up as he addressed the crowd, Jack’s mission for all of us is: “Don’t stop till all pot prisoners are free”. Monroe St. FREE Freedom Festival 2003 The event was held on Saturday, April 5th, 2003 and was named the FREE FEST. We rented the Show Mobile from the City of Wyandotte and it was a great improvement over last year’s trailer stage. The temperature started out a little cold and we had our first rain and snow (.04 inches) and cloudy day. It wasn’t necessarily wet all day, but we sure could have done without the light precipitation and cold weather. The crowd wasn’t that big, with maybe a thousand people coming though that day. The fair featured musical guests John Sinclair with GLOWB, SOOT, Last Days, Buddha Fulla Rymez, Bowlscraper, Hype Engine, and RIB. The fair’s poster art was created and printed by Jah Lion Studios Monroe St. FREE Freedom Fest 2002 The event was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2002. The new event organizers obtained the event’s first ever special event permit, enabling the block party to grow into a fair and festival featuring amplified music exempt from the city noise ordinance along with vending. We had great attendance for the first fair as the weather was a little chilly (24 degrees when we woke up, and rising into the low 40’s as the festival got under way) but the sky was very sunny and the day was dry and beautiful. The fairs stage was a flat trailer attached to a cargo van and the show featured musical guests The Brothers Groove, Face, RIB and Moon Maddness, and special guest Muruga. There was not a festival poster in 2002 as we only had 2 weeks to put it all together. We made flyers instead. If anyone has one of those FREE FEST flyers, please let us know so we can get a copy of it. ← CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board The post 48TH ANNUAL ANN ARBOR HASH BASH. appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  15. Stores throughout Ohio continue to sell cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, months after the state’s board of pharmacy ruled that the cannabis extract can only be sold in medical marijuana dispensaries. CBD has something of a cult following, and its users believe it can treat a variety of conditions. The pharmacy board cited the Ohio Revised Code in its August decision, which defines marijuana as any product derived from cannabis. But CBD distributors say they believe the pharmacy board overstepped its boundaries, and that selling CBD is legal. Lucky’s Market in Clintonville and several Fresh Thyme locations throughout the state still have special sections for CBD oils. And the Columbus Botanical Depot, a boutique shop in Clintonville, sells CBD products almost exclusively. Josh Hendrix, president of hemp production for San Diego-based CBD distributor CV Sciences, said the company’s products are protected under federal law because they come from hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp, which is derived from cannabis and lacks the intoxicating effects of marijuana, from a list of controlled substances and defined it as a commodity, opening the door for states to legalize it. Ohio has yet to do so. “There is no list of controlled substance that includes CBD,” Hendrix said. “It’s a naturally occurring compound within a legal plant.” Hendrix said that his company has educated lawmakers and law enforcement officials on CBD in other states, and has helped change laws in states like Indiana. An effort is afoot to legalize CBD in Ohio. Senate Bill 57, which was recently passed by the Ohio Senate, would legalize hemp and give retailers the right to sell CBD. Enforcement of the current law is left to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which responds to complaints, director Dorothy Pelanda said. In January, the department embargoed a CBD oil sold by Jungle Jim’s International Market at their Fairfield and Cincinnati locations after the owner of a different store asked the state if he could legally offer the product, Pelanda said. Agency employees banned the oil because they were unable to determine its origin, she said. The grocery store removed the oil from its shelves. Representatives of Jungle Jim’s did not respond to messages seeking comment. Pelanda said she wasn’t aware of any other complaints regarding CBD. Grove City police told Midwest Vapors, a Stringtown Road vape shop, to remove CBD products from its shelves in April. Grove City police Lt. Doug Olmstead said officers spotted the CBD during a routine check. Retailers say they continue to sell the products because it helps their customers. The benefits of CBD, however, are disputed. Employees of the Columbus Botanical Depot tell customers that CBD will treat everything from anxiety, to trouble sleeping, to ADHD. “We’re not doctors and we can’t make a diagnosis, but we can speak to our experiences and the experience of our customers,” General Manager Max Kamer said. CV Sciences, which distributes the CBD products found on store shelves in Ohio, sells their product as a dietary supplement rather than a drug, which means they can’t make any claims about its health benefits. But Hendrix said that customers use CBD to treat a variety of conditions. Researchers say claims about the medicinal qualities of CBD are at best premature. The FDA has approved the CBD-based drug Epidiolex to treat seizures in rare forms of childhood epilepsy, and limited studies suggest other benefits. “But we really still do not know where CBD can be helpful outside of seizures,” said Anup Patel, section chief of neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. His research aided the approval of Epidiolex. “There is not well-done scientific literature showing the benefits of CBD for conditions other than epilepsy,” he said. Patel hopes that the approval of Epidiolex will open the doors for further study. In the meantime, “I would ask the public to proceed cautiously, and not accept every claim without rigorous scientific evidence backing it up,” Patel said. The perceived benefits of CBD could be a placebo effect, said Dr. Robert Carson, an assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics at Vanderbilt, who holds both a medical degree and a PhD. It isn’t a bad thing if someone uses CBD oils and it makes them feel better, he said. “But in virtually every situation,” it’s best to take the proven medication, Carson said. Dr. Daniel Neides, president and CEO of the Northeast Ohio health clinic Inspire Wellness, is a rare doctor who recommends CBD, saying his patients report symptoms of chronic pain and anxiety improving with its use. Neides acknowledged that their experiences are largely anecdotal, but said his plethora of anecdotes must indicate some beneficial qualities. The post CBD declared marijuana by the pharmacy board appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  16. The plan which went into effect at midnight on Monday, use and possession of marijuana in small amounts in personal homes is not an offense. Possession in public of amounts for personal use will result in a fine of about $275 for a first time offense and double for the second offense. A third offense within seven years will trigger a criminal investigation, or loss of driver’s or gun license. Personal use is defined by the country’ Anti-Drug Authority as about 15 grams, though the reform legislation does not name a specific amount. Those with permission to possess cannabis for medical use must be able to present their license to police if confronted in public. The plan was adopted in 2017 by Knesset after the recommendations of a panel set up by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. The reform legislation is temporary and will last three years, at which point the Knesset can decide to make it permanent. Israel had already increased the number of doctors who can write prescriptions for medical cannabis, removed limits on the number of marijuana growers, made cannabis available at public pharmacies, and made it possible to receive medical cannabis with just a doctor’s prescription. The new marijuana reform does not apply to soldiers, minors, or those with a criminal record. Minors will, however, be directed to rehabilitation programs as opposed to entering the criminal justice system. The post ISRAEL TO PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA POSSESSION appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  17. Michigan officials are informing citizens that food and drinks with CBD oil aren’t legal yet. CBD is the new thing in the health alternative market. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. “The whole scheme is fascinating. It doesn’t make the subject matter into an illegality,” said Michael Komorn, a lawyer and president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association. “It’s a not a crime, it’s a regulatory fine. You won’t get arrested, but it may prevent you from getting a license to do that in the future.” Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is waiting on the federal government to write its hemp program regulations before it comes up with its own rule set — and that won’t happen until 2020. “It won’t be until 2020 until a state government can have a state plan for raising industrial hemp in their state,” said James Averill, deputy director for MDARD. However, a mechanism in the 2014 Farm Bill that allows farmers to grow industrial hemp by working with universities or with state departments of agriculture — and Averill said Michigan is considering a way to help farmers plant hemp sooner rather than later. “For putting seed in the ground this year — we have to work off the 2014 Farm Bill and that is a conversation that we’re continuing to have with the administration,” Averill said. Previously, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requirements made the state’s direct involvement to authorize hemp farmers difficult. The 2018 Farm Bill changed that, Averill said. LARA RELEASE 3/29/19 Michigan Offers Guidance on CBD and Industrial Hemp March 29, 2019 – The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) and the Michigan Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) issued joint guidance today regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and industrial hemp. From the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation: CBD products produced from marijuana will not be regulated as marijuana if the THC content is below 0.3%. Edible marijuana products containing CBD made by licensed processors may only be produced using CBD obtained from regulated sources. Currently, these regulated sources include state of Michigan licensed growers or processors under the MMFLA. BMR is in the process of writing administrative rules under the MMFLA and MRTMA to determine the methods for industrial hemp grown under the Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act to be transferred to licensed marijuana facilities. Until the administrative rules are written, there is no authorized method for licensed facilities to obtain industrial hemp. Only facilities licensed by the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) under the MMFLA can commercially grow, process, and sell marijuana and marijuana products. BMR does not regulate marijuana or marijuana products grown or produced by registered qualifying patients or designated primary caregivers under the MMMA or individuals over 21 for personal use under the MRTMA. From the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: Any product derived from industrial hemp with a THC concentration above 0.3% is classified as marijuana and regulated under the laws that apply to those products through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Products derived from industrial hemp, including CBD oil, fall under several different categories. Any substances that will be added to food or drink or marketed as dietary supplements must first be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that intended use. At this time, the FDA has not approved CBD for use in food or drink or as a dietary supplement. Therefore, it’s currently illegal to add CBD into food products or drinks or sell it as dietary supplements. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) is a list of substances that the FDA considers safe to add to food. Hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil are considered GRAS, as of 12/20/18. CBD is currently not considered GRAS, as of 3/29/19. In Michigan, any food production falls under the Michigan Food Law and the licensing requirements within the law. Growing industrial hemp will require a license from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD is in the process of developing a licensing program for growers to meet the requirements of both state and federal laws to allow interstate commerce of the plants. Definitions Marihuana (legal term) or Marijuana (common term): the plant Cannabis sativa L. with delta-9-THC concentrations above 0.3%. Includes products made from the marijuana plant, but excludes stalks, products made from the stalks, and some products made from seeds. Industrial Hemp: the plant Cannabis sativa L. with delta-9-THC concentrations below 0.3%. Includes products made from the industrial hemp plant. CBD (Cannabidiol): a substance derived from cannabis plants that does not have psychoactive effects. 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  18. Michigan officials are informing citizens that food and drinks with CBD oil aren’t legal yet. CBD is the new thing in the health alternative market. After Proposal 1 passed in Michigan which legalized adult-use marijuana and industrial hemp as well as the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill which legalized hemp nationwide there has been a rise of products made with CBD. “The whole scheme is fascinating. It doesn’t make the subject matter into an illegality,” said Michael Komorn, a lawyer and president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association. “It’s a not a crime, it’s a regulatory fine. You won’t get arrested, but it may prevent you from getting a license to do that in the future.” However, a mechanism in the 2014 Farm Bill that allows farmers to grow industrial hemp by working with universities or with state departments of agriculture — and Averill said Michigan is considering a way to help farmers plant hemp sooner rather than later. “For putting seed in the ground this year — we have to work off the 2014 Farm Bill and that is a conversation that we’re continuing to have with the administration,” Averill said. Previously, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requirements made the state’s direct involvement to authorize hemp farmers difficult. The 2018 Farm Bill changed that, Averill said. LARA RELEASE 3/29/19 Michigan Offers Guidance on CBD and Industrial Hemp March 29, 2019 – The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) and the Michigan Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) issued joint guidance today regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and industrial hemp. From the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation: CBD products produced from marijuana will not be regulated as marijuana if the THC content is below 0.3%. Edible marijuana products containing CBD made by licensed processors may only be produced using CBD obtained from regulated sources. Currently, these regulated sources include state of Michigan licensed growers or processors under the MMFLA. BMR is in the process of writing administrative rules under the MMFLA and MRTMA to determine the methods for industrial hemp grown under the Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act to be transferred to licensed marijuana facilities. Until the administrative rules are written, there is no authorized method for licensed facilities to obtain industrial hemp. Only facilities licensed by the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) under the MMFLA can commercially grow, process, and sell marijuana and marijuana products. BMR does not regulate marijuana or marijuana products grown or produced by registered qualifying patients or designated primary caregivers under the MMMA or individuals over 21 for personal use under the MRTMA. From the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: Any product derived from industrial hemp with a THC concentration above 0.3% is classified as marijuana and regulated under the laws that apply to those products through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Products derived from industrial hemp, including CBD oil, fall under several different categories. Any substances that will be added to food or drink or marketed as dietary supplements must first be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that intended use. At this time, the FDA has not approved CBD for use in food or drink or as a dietary supplement. Therefore, it’s currently illegal to add CBD into food products or drinks or sell it as dietary supplements. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) is a list of substances that the FDA considers safe to add to food. Hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil are considered GRAS, as of 12/20/18. CBD is currently not considered GRAS, as of 3/29/19. In Michigan, any food production falls under the Michigan Food Law and the licensing requirements within the law. Growing industrial hemp will require a license from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD is in the process of developing a licensing program for growers to meet the requirements of both state and federal laws to allow interstate commerce of the plants. Definitions Marihuana (legal term) or Marijuana (common term): the plant Cannabis sativa L. with delta-9-THC concentrations above 0.3%. Includes products made from the marijuana plant, but excludes stalks, products made from the stalks, and some products made from seeds. Industrial Hemp: the plant Cannabis sativa L. with delta-9-THC concentrations below 0.3%. Includes products made from the industrial hemp plant. CBD (Cannabidiol): a substance derived from cannabis plants that does not have psychoactive effects. The post Michigan Officials-Adding CBD oil to food and drinks is illegal. appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  19. LARA and Michigan Marijuana Regulation – Alerts – Bulletins – Public Hearings. Public Health and Safety Bulletins Public Health and Safety Advisory Utopia Gardens 2-26-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory 664 Vassar LLC Elite Wellness Vassar Updated 2-26-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory HG Lansing Updated 2-11-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory CCBD Updated 2-11-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory Kenzy Consulting Inc The Patient Station Updated 2-11-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory TGMD Updated 2-11-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory Indica LLC Updated 2-11-2019 Public Health and Safety Advisory 1-4-19: Voluntary Recall BMR Advisory Bulletins Intellectual Property – Brands and Recipes Bureau of Fire Services Marijuana Plan Review Checklist Visiting Qualifying Patients: Out of State Registration – Updated 3/12/2019 Purchasing Limits Maximum THC Levels for Marijuana-Infused Products – Updated Michigan Department of Treasury: Notice to Taxpayers Regarding the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act Updated Consent Form for the Sale or Transfer of Untested Marihuana Product Recent Changes to Marijuana Laws Notifications of Diversion, Theft, Loss, or Criminal Activity Medical Marijuana Facility Temporary Operation Set to End on December 31, 2018 Updated Universal Symbol THCA Crystals/Diamonds Caregiver and Patient Status Requirements for Certain Licensed Facilities Protecting Water Resources When Growing and Processing Marihuana Clarification Regarding Chairman Johnson’s Statement at Today’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Meeting 30-Day Transition Period Regulatory Assessment FY 2019 September Emergency Rules Transition Edible Marihuana Products Bulletin Health and Safety Guidance for Medical Marihuana Facilities Processor Reminders Bulletin Facility Reporting Requirements Regarding Hazardous Materials Application Process Grower Gas Detection System and Fumigation Processor Gas Detection System Criminal History Disclosure CPA Attestation Statement of Money Lender Form License Stacking for Class C Growers Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities Registered Caregivers/Patients Transition to Facility Licensee/Employee Local and State Fees Licensee Capitalization Requirements and Proof of Financial Responsibility Public Act update and Sample Collection Required Marihuana Product Testing Points License Application Process Municipal Authorization of Marihuana Facilities Continued Operation with Local Authorization Application Document Checklist LARA Tips For Licensees In Person Metrc Training March 18th and 19th LARAs Tips Testing Requirements for Production Products and Package RFID Tags – Updated Criminal Background Checks and METRC Requirements for Facility Employees Tips for Licensees Fire-Rated Separations Important Metrc Training Info Beginning Inventory Guidelines for Michigan Tips for Licensees 7-6-2018 Tips for Licensees Lara News Releases March 11 LARA Approves Cerebral Palsy as a Debilitating Medical Condition for Medical Marijuana Patients 06 LARA Recommendation Ensures Safe Medical Marijuana Supply in Michigan February 26 BMR Recalls Marijuana Product in Detroit, Adds One Product to Vassar Recall 25 LARA Seeks Participants for Adult-Use Marijuana Stakeholder Workgroups 12 Proposed Medical Marijuana Rule Changes Reduce Application Fee, Eliminate Other Fees 11 BMR Updates Public Health and Safety Advisory Bulletins, Adds Two Products to Detroit Marijuana Product Recall 06 Nine Marijuana Products Recalled from Elite Wellness in Vassar 04 LARA Updates Marijuana Guidelines for Active Ingredients, Safety Tests, and Remediation Protocols 01 Thirteen Marijuana Products Recalled from The Patient Station in Ypsilanti January 30 Online Options Expanded for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Patients 18 Marijuana Products Recalled in Ypsilanti 15 Medical Marijuana Patients Protected Under LARA Recommendation Regarding Temporary Operating Facilities 11 Marijuana Products Recalled in Lansing 11 Marijuana Products Recalled in Detroit and Kalamazoo 04 LARA Issues Health and Safety Advisory Regarding Voluntary Recall of Marijuana Products Technical Bulletins 02-04-2019 Safety Compliance Facility Sampling and Testing Information – Updated 02-22-2019 Technical Bulletin – Retesting and Remediation Updated 02-04-2019 Department Banned Chemical Active Ingredients – Updated 02-04-2019 Department Approved Active Ingredients for Growers – Updated Clarification on the use of term “dispensary” for Provisioning Centers Grower Inspection Guide Provisioning Center Inspection Guide Processor Inspection Guide Secure Transporter Inspection Guide Safety Compliance Facility Inspection Guide The post LARA and Michigan Marijuana Regulation – Alerts – Bulletins – Public Hearings appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  20. Amid concerns about minority businesses being left out and general frustration with the pace at which Michigan is moving on both the medical and recreational marijuana fronts, a group of organizations with marijuana business interests is preparing legislation they hope will make significant changes in how the market will operate. Their sweeping proposal — which will face a tough climb in the Legislature because some changes would require a super-majority vote — would make the “gifting” of marijuana illegal; fundamentally change the caregiver system that has been in place since 2008 when voters legalized marijuana for medical use; reimpose the 3 percent excise tax on medical marijuana that ended on March 6; allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin immediately selling marijuana for adult recreational use; require people who grow their own marijuana to register any heavy equipment they use with their local community, and allow unlicensed dispensaries to continue to operate through the end of the year. “We’re not trying to circumvent how recreational will operate,” said Eric Foster, a consultant with Banks & Company in Southfield, which has a number of marijuana business clients. “We’re just trying to accelerate the market and address some of the concerns from local government.” Besides Banks & Company, the groups involved in developing the bills are the Florida-based Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Cannas Capital, a Muskegon insurance and investment agency that specializes in cannabis businesses; Michigan Economic Stimulus Fund, a Kalamazoo-based cannabis consulting firm and the Lake Newaygo County chapter of the NAACP. Applicants for marijuana business licenses have been frustrated by the pace and inconsistency in action taken by the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board. Since the state started awarding licenses last summer, only 121 licenses have been approved. Of those license approvals, 105 — 31 growers, 11 processors, 54 dispensaries, four testing labs and 5 transporters — have paid their state regulatory assessments and actually been awarded licenses. The state has denied 41 license applications, as well as 125 applications seeking preliminary approval. Minority groups have especially been worried that they’ll be left out of the lucrative market. The state doesn’t keep statistics on the demographics of people who have been granted or denied licenses, but many Detroit-based marijuana businesses have been denied licenses. The organizations have one potential sponsor in the legislature and is looking for others. Rep. Ronnie Peterson, D-Ypsilanti, has met with the group and is interested in sponsoring some aspects of the proposal, but said there are other areas that need to be addressed too that aren’t included in the initial plan. “How do the communities benefit from these businesses beyond the taxes? And we still have no legislation dealing with banking and community reinvestment programs,” he said, referring to the fact that the marijuana business is almost all done in cash, because the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal substance and banks don’t want to risk their license by accepting proceeds from pot sales. Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, was involved in developing and campaigning for the November ballot proposal that voters approved, legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. He doesn’t think the legislation has much of a chance in the Legislature. First, several aspects would need super-majority votes from ¾ of both the House and Senate because the bills would change voter-approved proposals, including getting rid of the current caregiver system from the 2008 medical marijuana ballot proposal and eliminating the “gifting” services that have popped up since the legal weed proposal passed last year. And second, he said, such sweeping changes are premature. “The citizens just overwhelming passed Proposal 1,” Irwin said. “I think we have an obligation to the citizens to let it work and see how it works before we start talking about changing it.” He also questions the motives of those pushing the legislation. “There is a certain group of deep-pocketed people and people from out of state who are already invested in the cannabis industry who want the Legislature to build a little walled garden so that they can make a lot of money off of Michigan consumers,” he said. “Anytime you have the Legislature trying to rope off an industry for a small group of people, I find that very dangerous.” Some lawmakers tried to change the marijuana legalization law after the election, by outlawing home-grown marijuana, but the measure never came close to having enough support and never got a vote. Medical marijuana caregivers would go away The biggest change would be scrapping the caregiver system, which was created after the 2008 vote to legalize medical marijuana and allows each registered caregiver to grow up to 72 plant for six medical marijuana cardholders. The proposal would get rid of that category in favor of less expensive transitional licenses for smaller marijuana grow operations, and potentially open the market up to more minority business owners. In Michigan, there are more than nearly 293,000 medical marijuana cardholders and 41,440 registered caregivers. The caregivers have been selling their excess marijuana to dispensaries, but after March 31, the caregivers will only be able to sell their overages to licensed growers and processors. Peterson said it would be beneficial to allow caregivers to more easily transition to the licensed market without having the same regulatory expenses – a $6,000 state application fee, a $10,000 regulatory assessment and the ability to show $250,000 in assets. “These small shops should be able to compete with some type of entry level license because having to show $250,000 or a half a million in assets isn’t fair.” Irwin said, however, that the November ballot proposal already created another class of license for “micro businesses,” that don’t carry the same large expenses. This proposal would require a ¾ vote because it changes the 2008 ballot proposal on medical marijuana. The proposed legislation would also allow unlicensed dispensaries that are awaiting a license from the state to continue to operate through the end of 2019. But those dispensaries, which have faced a variety of deadlines to get a license or shut down, are now facing a hard March 31 deadline. 3 percent excise tax would be revived Foster said the 3 percent excise tax on medical marijuana should be reinstated as an incentive to communities to allow legal medical weed businesses in their towns because a portion of those revenues would come back to the communities. The language to remove the tax was included in the Legislature’s 2016 laws that regulated and taxed medical marijuana and stipulated that if recreational marijuana was legalized, the excise tax on medical marijuana would disappear. Medical marijuana is still subject to the state’s 6 percent sales tax. When recreational marijuana becomes commercially available for sale early next year, it will carry a 10 percent excise tax, along with the 6 percent sales tax. Irwin said it will be a hard sell to convince lawmakers to reimpose a tax on those using medical marijuana. ‘Gifting’ of marijuana would be eliminated In an attempt to tamp down the black market for marijuana, the proposed package would make “gifting” of marijuana illegal. Under the November ballot proposal, individuals can grow up to 12 plants for their personal use. They can give that product away, but not sell it. As a result, “gifting” services, which skirt the letter of the law, have cropped up across Michigan in which a person can pay $55 or more for a muffin and some juice or a T-shirt and get a gram of marijuana or a vape cartridge as a gift. This also will need a ¾ vote in the Legislature because it changes a provision of the November ballot proposal. Recreational marijuana sales would start immediately The state has until December to come up with the rules and regulations that will govern the recreational marijuana market and then begin to accept applications for licenses for marijuana businesses. But under the legislation that’s being drafted, medical marijuana dispensaries would be able to immediately begin selling recreational marijuana to people 21 and older, even before the regulations are developed by the state, Foster said. That could pose problems for the state. In other states where recreational marijuana is legal, there are different standards and dosages for medical and recreational marijuana. Those standards haven’t been developed yet for the recreational market in Michigan. Citing safety concerns, Peterson said he’s in favor of another provision in the proposed package that would require home growers to register any heavy equipment they use to grow marijuana with their local community. “Particularly in urban cities, you could have five or six people growing in one block,” he said. “I’m very concerned about that.” Foster said the bills are expected to be drafted and introduced in the next couple of weeks once sponsors have been identified. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is taking a wait and see attitude on the proposals. “We appreciate and evaluate input offered from all stakeholders,” said LARA spokesman David Harns. “If the proposal is introduced into the legislative system, we’ll take an in-depth look into it at that time.” Kathleen Gray covers the marijuana industry for the Detroit Free Press. Contact her: 313-223-4430, kgray99@freepress.com or on Twitter @michpoligal. ——- Let the circle of greed and control begin to close to completion. The post New Michigan marijuana proposal: What would change if it passes appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  21. March 11, 2019 – The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has approved adding Cerebral Palsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions set forth in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008. Cerebral Palsy was approved by LARA after the Medical Marihuana Review Panel members unanimously recommended approval. LARA also denied the condition of Chronic Aggressive Behavior after panel members unanimously recommended denial. The Medical Marihuana Review Panel made their recommendations to the department after receiving citizen comments in February related to the petitions to add these conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions identified in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MCL 333.26423). The approval or denial of the petitions by the department are considered final department actions. Effective immediately, Cerebral Palsy is now added to the following current list of debilitating medical conditions already approved for medical marijuana in Michigan: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Arthritis Autism Cancer Chronic Pain Colitis Crohn’s Disease Glaucoma Hepatitis C Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nail Patella Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Parkinson’s Disease Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Rheumatoid Arthritis Spinal Cord Injury Tourette’s Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome Severe and Chronic Pain Severe Nausea Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis ← Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA)-8.8 Immunity and Protected Activities The post Cerebral Palsy approved as Condition for Medical Marijuana Patients appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  22. 8.8 Immunity and Protected Activities The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) creates a state licensing system that provides licensees, certified public accountants, and financial institutions with immunity from prosecution for MMFLA-compliant marijuana-related activities. The MMFLA licenses and regulates medical marihuana growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure transporters, and safety compliance facilities. The MMFLA “does not limit the medical purpose defense provided in . . .MCL 333.26428 . . . to any prosecution involving marihuana.” MCL333.27204. A. Licensee Immunity “Except as otherwise provided in [the MMFLA], if a person has been granted a state operating license and is operating within the scope of the license, the licensee and its agents are not subject to any of the following for engaging in activities described in [MCL333.27201(2)]: (a) Criminal penalties under state law or local ordinances regulating marihuana. (b) State or local criminal prosecution for a marihuana related offense. (c) State or local civil prosecution for a marihuana related offense. (d) Search or inspection, except for an inspection authorized under this act by law enforcement officers, the municipality, or the department. (e) Seizure of marihuana, real property, personal property, or anything of value based on a marihuanarelated offense. (f) Any sanction, including disciplinary action or denial of a right or privilege, by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau based on a marihuana-related offense.” MCL 333.27201(1). B. Protected Activities “The following activities are protected under [MCL 333.27201(1)] if performed under a state operating license within the scope of that license and in accord with [the MMFLA], rules, and any ordinance adopted under [MCL 333.27205294]: (a) Growing marihuana. (b) Purchasing, receiving, selling, transporting, or transferring marihuana from or to a licensee, a licensee’s agent, a registered qualifying patient, or a registered primary caregiver. (c) Possessing marihuana. (d) Possessing or manufacturing marihuana paraphernalia for medical use. (e) Processing marihuana. (f) Transporting marihuana. (g) Testing, transferring, infusing, extracting, altering, or studying marihuana. (h) Receiving or providing compensation for products or services.” MCL 333.27201(2). C. Immunity for Owners and Lessors of Real Property “Except as otherwise provided in [the MMFLA], a person who owns or leases real property upon which a marihuana facility is located and who has no knowledge that the licensee violated [the MMFLA] is not subject to any of the following for owning, leasing, or permitting the operation of a marihuana facility on the real property: (a) Criminal penalties under state law or local ordinances regulating marihuana. (b) State or local civil prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (c) State or local criminal prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (d) Search or inspection, except for an inspection authorized under this act by law enforcement officers, the municipality, or the department. (e) Seizure of any real or personal property or anything of value based on a marihuana-related offense. (f) Any sanction, including disciplinary action or denial of a right or privilege, by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau.” MCL333.27201(3). D. Immunity for Certified Public Accountants “Except as otherwise provided in [the MMFLA], a certified public accountant who is licensed under article 7 of the occupational code, . . . MCL 339.720 to [MCL] 339.736, is not subject to any of the following for engaging in the practice of public accounting as that term is defined in . . . MCL 339.720, for an applicant or licensee who is in compliance with [the MMFLA], rules, and the Michigan medical marihuana act: (a) Criminal penalties under state law or local ordinances regulating marihuana. (b) State or local civil prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (c) State or local criminal prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (d) Seizure of any real or personal property or anything of value based on a marihuana-related offense. (e) Any sanction, including disciplinary action or denial of a right or privilege, by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau based on a marihuana-related offense.” MCL 333.27201(4). E. Immunity for Financial Institutions “Except as otherwise provided in [the MMFLA], a financial institution is not subject to any of the following for providing a financial service to a licensee under [the MMFLA]: (a) Criminal penalties under state law or local ordinances regulating marihuana. (b) State or local civil prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (c) State or local criminal prosecution based on a marihuana-related offense. (d) Seizure of any real or personal property or anything of value based on a marihuana-related offense. (e) Any sanction, including disciplinary action or denial of a right or privilege, by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau based on a marihuana-related offense.” MCL 333.27201(5). The post Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA)-8.8 Immunity and Protected Activities appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  23. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 LANSING – Citing weak cases and changing laws, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will this week move to dismiss all the charges against four defendants in two of the three marijuana cases pending in the office’s Criminal Division, and will offer pleas to reduced charges to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases. “We are focusing all of our efforts and resources on the truly bad actors and those who have non-marijuana related charges,” said Nessel. “They will be held accountable and we will pursue them.” With that said, added Nessel, “Juries don’t want to convict people on charges concerning something that is now legal,” referring to Michigan’s recent change to legalize recreational marijuana. “The dismissals against some of the defendants in these cases also reflect that they either were not major players in these marijuana cases or that the evidence is simply insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they committed the charged crimes” said Nessel. The Attorney General will be moving to dismiss all the charges against the following defendants in the following two cases: People v Mark Sochacki, Terra Sochacki, James Amsdill, Debra Amsdill, Amanda Amsdill – St. Clair County Circuit Court Mark Sochacki. Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana. Terra Sochacki. Charged with felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana. Amanda Amsdill. Charged with conducting a criminal enterprise. People v Landon Boggs, Tyler Stanley, Ronald Earley, William Stewart, Robert Bruton, Nichole Lathers, Mark Hanna, Daniel McCready and John Lougheed – Hillsdale County Circuit Court, Jackson County Circuit Court Noelle Lathers. Charged with 2 counts of felony delivery/manufacture of marijuana and 2 counts of felony conspiracy to deliver/manufacture marijuana. In the third case, People v Darryl Berry and Johnny Cooper, Genesee County Circuit Court and Livingston County Court (Berry only), there will be no dismissals at this time, but there may be an offer to allow a plea to reduced charges. The law enforcement agencies involved in each of the listed cases has already been contacted by the Attorney General regarding the office’s new position on the pending cases. The post MI Attorney General Drops Marijuana Charges Against Four Defendants appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  24. Feb 28, 2019 – Charges have been dropped against a local man accused of illegally growing large quantities of marijuana. 45-year-old Anthony Portelli of Whitmore Lake, along with two other men, was charged almost four years ago with various counts of delivering and manufacturing marijuana. The case against the men has spanned years, with motions alleging various medical marijuana defenses being held in abeyance. At a status conference Thursday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the case against Portelli and a motion to do so was granted by a Livingston County Circuit Court judge. In an email to WHMI Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt stated, “In light of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, we determined that it was no longer an appropriate use of resources to proceed.” The charges against Portelli, Jeffrey Mote of South Lyon and Richard Lee Riley of Brighton were filed in 2015, following a police raid in 2013 at an alleged marijuana dispensary in Brighton Township and two other homes. Authorities had claimed that Portelli managed the dispensary, Riley grew the marijuana plants and Mote owned the homes where they were being grown. The case against Mote was dismissed in 2016 due to insufficient evidence, while Riley was sentenced that same year to six months of probation after pleading guilty to maintaining a drug house in exchange for the original charges being dismissed. (DK) The post Case Dismissed Against Man Charged With Growing Pot appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  25. Last November the Michigan State Police wrapped up a year long pilot program in five Michigan counties to test the accuracy of a roadside drug test. In December lawmakers agreed to fund an expansion of the program based on its success. A fatal crash in the Upper Peninsula city of Gladstone in 2013 was the catalyst behind the drug testing pilot. A semi-truck driver was convicted on six-felony charges in connection with the crash, including two counts of operating a motor vehicle with the presence of a controlled substance causing death. According to MSP the number of drug-impaired fatal crashes has increased over the ten year period between 2007 and 2017 by 151%, up from 98 to 246. When his parents were killed in 2016, the couple’s son contacted his legislator who got the ball rolling on legislation to curb drugged driving. Senator Thomas Casperson introduced a pair of bills to combat the problem and come up with a solution to roadside testing. Public Act 242 and 243 of 2016 became known as the Barbara J. and Thomas J. Swift Law, and police started looking at test instruments. Members of MSP, prosecuting attorneys, toxicologists and forensic experts got together, forming the Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis Pilot Program Committee. Their report was recently released along with the recommendation to expand the pilot state-wide for at least a year. The oral fluid roadside test is the Alere DDS2, which detects six different drugs, including a component of cannabis known as Delta 9 THC. It also tests for the presence of amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates and benzodiazepines. Program director, F/Lt. Jim Flegel said an independent laboratory as well as the MSP Forensic Lab tested the results, and across the board they proved accurate. In all 92 people were tested and 89 were arrested. According to the report 83 people tested positive for substances; and over 80% of those who tested positive for cannabis. 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