By keith mclaughlin
In this Special Edition episode of Let's Be Blunt, Montel Williams and fellow veterans speak out in support of medical cannabis in a virtual press conference organized by MPP in hopes of furthering the Compassionate Cares Act introduced by lawmakers earlier this year in South Carolina. According to the Veterans Affairs National website, veterans will not lose access to benefits if they use medical cannabis through a state sanctioned program, but they cannot allow use or possession at any VA facility due to federal laws, “Veteran participation in state marijuana programs does not affect eligibility for VA care and services. VA providers can and do discuss marijuana use with Veterans as part of comprehensive care planning, and adjust treatment plans as necessary.”
The commercial marijuana part of LARA, the BMMR, is looking to sanction caregivers selling to dispensaries for the entire 2019 year. They are presenting it to the licensing board next week, 12/7. The question that comes up is are we protected?
1st there is the basic question that case law says I can not sell to anyone other than my patient and LARA issuing a ruling does not seem to negate the law
2nd, how much can I sell ? Can I only sell 2.5z per patient/transaction? If yes, can I transport the excess weight without being charged?
3 can I save up all these sales dollars and use them as my liquid cash to apply for a grow license?
Here is the recent story on this issue...
Medical marijuana shortage pushes officials to consider breaking their own rules
Updated Nov 29, 4:43 PM; Posted Nov 29, 12:56 PM 7 Gallery: First medical marijuana retail sale in Michigan
24 1.3kshares By Amy Biolchini
Michigan officials are proposing a solution to a shortage of medical marijuana in the newly licensed industry -- but some lawyers say it's an ironic suggestion that could land caregivers in jail.
To keep shelves stocked at licensed medical marijuana shops, state regulators are asking the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board to look the other way if the shop is buying marijuana from caregivers. Right now, licensed retail stores could be fined or lose their license for such activities.
"It's an agreement to not take licensing action for certain activities," said Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. "It's not an authorization for anything outside of that."
The board will consider the resolution at its next meeting Dec. 7.
But lawyers representing provisioning centers find hypocrisy in the request.
"It's ironic that so many of these caregivers have been punished or felonized for this activity," said Josh Colton, a lawyer with Komorn Law. "Now the government is turning around and telling caregivers that they are needed."
During the past year, state regulators have agreed to not go after dispensaries who sell marijuana grown by caregivers.
It's the reason nearly 100 dispensaries have been allowed to operate in Michigan unlicensed, and the source of a constantly changing deadline for compliance. There currently is no deadline.
Unlicensed pot shops won't be shut down this year
State regulators agreed to not take enforcement action before Dec. 31.
The stance by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has allowed caregivers to continue to sell to dispensaries -- at their own risk.
"That's the irony: the state didn't acknowledge where the product was coming from," said Thomas Nafso, an attorney who represents three Detroit provisioning centers owned by Green Skies. "There is nothing in the law that permits the caregivers to deliver to the dispensaries."
A court case established that caregivers in Michigan could only sell marijuana to five registered patients with whom they have a relationship. There is no provision in state law that allows caregivers to sell to businesses.
Michael Komorn, a criminal defense attorney and president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, said he has caregivers as clients who have felony criminal cases pending for possession with intent to deliver.
"I have had many cases over the last eight years that alleged felony marijuana crimes for behavior that LARA just codified as a part of their system," Komorn said. "The takeaway it would suggest is that it has been realized now by the state that they need caregivers for the state's medical marijuana program to work. They may not want to admit it, but this last play by LARA seals it."
That practice was supposed to end once a provisioning center gained a state license and switched over to sourcing its medical marijuana from a licensed grower.
The state has been issuing licenses since July; so far 40 provisioning centers and 12 growers are among the 67 licenses issued. There still is not enough medical marijuana from licensed growers to go around.
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Forty provisioning centers are licensed, but some shops say there's no medical marijuana to sell.
The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is now proposing that caregivers could continue to provide medical marijuana to licensed provisioning centers without fear of retribution from the licensing board.
"As we move forward with the transition to the regulated market there were certainly concerns that arose with continued access of product," Brisbo said.
There are 43,056 caregivers in Michigan, and 297,515 patients.
Brisbo said the intent of the resolution has been communicated with law enforcement partners.
Specifically, the proposed resolution would allow a licensed provisioning center to stock up on marijuana and marijuana products from caregivers until Dec. 31 -- and could continue to sell it after Jan. 1, 2019, as long as it has been tested and entered into the state's tracking system.
Colton said he's skeptical as to whether the proposed resolution from LARA would be effective in the long term.
"It's still, in my opinion, a short-term solution to a much longer-term problem," Colton said. "This is certainly much-needed relief and would certainly allow patients to get the same medicine that they have had under the past 10 years through Dec. 31."
Colton added: "I would be remiss to think this is the last extension."
-- Amy Biolchini is the marijuana beat reporter for MLive. Contact her with questions, tips or comments at email@example.com.
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By Michael Komorn
Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP), the first all-hemp, publicly-traded company in US history forges path in the industrial hemp industry, continues its effort to blow the lid off a nest of deception and double standards many feel have been imposed by the United States government concerning the ancient superfood, hemp seeds. Despite the Cannabis classification, hemp seeds aren't for smoking, nor does it get you "high" as countless people have been led to believe, according to the Kimble Group, LLC. Hemp seeds are growing in popularity, thus, questions are arising concerning their presumed health benefits. So what is it 'they' don't want the American people to know? Why would such enlightening, useful and beneficial information be kept under wraps?
The first all-hemp, publically-traded company in US History,Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP), hemp.com, blows the lid off a nest of deception.
(PRWEB) September 28, 2012
It wasn't until this year, August, US senators Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul ardently worked together in a bipartisan effort to get industrial hemp removed from the federal doghouse. If passed, this historic senate bill will create economic opportunities by removing federal restrictions on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp.
Before light is shed on the benefits on hemp, let's take a look at how and why hemp has been getting a bad rap over the years. According to Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP), the first all-hemp, publically-traded company in US history, William Hurst, an influential American newspaper publisher, created a yellow journalism campaign to associate hemp with marijuana. Why?
Commercial hemp seeds contain very low amounts of THC, the property responsible for the drug response, plus they contain a substance that counteracts THC. According to Dr. David P. West, who specializes in plant breeding and genetics and who has written a plethora of articles on industrial hemp, says, "The washed hemp seed contains no THC at all. The tiny amounts of THC contained in industrial hemp are in the glands of the plant itself. Sometimes, in the manufacturing process, some THC- and CBD-containing resin sticks to the seed, resulting in traces of THC in the oil that is produced. The concentration of these cannabinoids in the oil is infinitesimal. No one can get high from it."
Hurst, along with his friend Pierre DuPont, succeeded in outlawing hemp in America and in turn robbed the world of an environmental cash crop. Why would they do such a thing? As noted by Hemp.com, "Because instead of using hemp for paper, clothing, fuel, oils, resins, medicines, and many other uses, we now use trees and synthetic petrochemicals. Hearst owned huge forests and interests in lumber mills. DuPont made synthetic fuels and fibers (nylon, rayon, plastics) from petroleum." Go figure.
Hemp seeds go back as far as 8,500 years. Initially, the Chinese were harvesting it and using the plant fibers to produce durable cloth, however, 3,000 years ago, they began using the seeds as a food source. Hemp seeds have been a proven source of protein on the planet, primarily because they contain all twenty one known amino acids.
Clinical herbalist, Larken Bunce, says, "Hemp seeds are a nutritionally dense food source that provide the body with necessary macro- and micronutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The addition of hemp seeds to your daily diet can ensure you are getting necessary essential fatty acids, a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, a good source of fiber as well as some essential vitamins and minerals."
Essentially, the human organism is unable to produce all essential amino acids, but amazingly, hemp does. The hemp seeds are a great source of polyunsaturated fat as well as essential fatty acids. According to Nourishing Gourmet, hemp foods are also a rich source of phytonutrients, the organic compounds of plants that are thought to promote human health.
More specifically, Dr. Cassandra Forsyth, nutrition researcher at the University of Connecticut, says, "Hemp seeds are rich in omega3 fatty acids, which reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke." According to an article in Men's Health, written by Carolyn Kylstra on 9/25/12, a 1-ounce serving of the seeds provides 11 grams of protein, not to be confused with incomplete protein found in most plant sources. The article's research found the protein in hemp seeds to be comparable to that found in meat, eggs, and dairy.
If hemp food is easily digested and in turn can be used to treat malnourishment, why such a bad rap? Why not mass produce since the consumption of complete proteins is necessary for human survival? The US Government's complacency of 'profit before health' can no longer stand on the incredulous foundation on which it was built. The American people are, indeed, waking up.
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Great Show last night- we had the world renowned leading specialist in the human cannabinoid system Dr. William Courtney. If you want to learn about the health benefits of Raw Juicing the cannabis plant, this is the show you want to listen to. (Dr. Courtney and the Medical Cannabis Communities favorite Legislature Representative Callton will be speaking tonight Friday 10 12 12 at the Genesys Conference and Banquet Center, 801 Health Park Boulevard, Grand Blanc township, MI 48439). Also calling in was Stephanie Sherer, the executive director of ASA. A longtime activist in the medical cannabis community, she provided many details to the upcoming challenge filed by ASA against the Federal Governments schedule 1 classification of marijuana. A special thanks to our in studio staff and other callers who participated in this informative and exciting show: Jamie Lowell, Peanut Butter, Greg Palowski, Pernell, Q tipper, Rick Thompson, Chad Carr, Kevin Spitler, Charme Gholson. Planet Green Trees is sponsored by” the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association-.michiganmedicalmarijuana.org and Komorn Law-18006563557. The archive to this episode can be found here: http://www.blogtalkr...am-l-courtney-s
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Well this is interesting. So imagine where this is headed, politics aside. This is going to make this a more efficient and streamlined process. Less transport company involvement.
Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities Operation of grower, processor, and/or provisioning center facilities at the same location The purpose of this bulletin is to advise the public and potential medical marihuana licensees of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s intention to allow for the operation of licensed grower, processor, and/or provisioning center facilities at the same location. This bulletin is only for advisory purposes and is subject to change. A potential licensee may apply for and be granted a license to operate as a grower, processor, and/or provisioning center. It is the Bureau’s intention that growers, processors, and provisioning centers may operate at the same location under the following conditions: Each licensed entity remains distinct and separate within different working areas. Each licensed entity has separate entrances and exits, point of sale operations (if applicable), and record keeping systems. The municipality in which the facility is located does not prohibit co-location of facilities through its local ordinance or zoning regulations. Each licensed entity is compliant with local and state public health standards and building inspection and fire safety regulations. Each entity’s license is posted on the wall in its distinct working area. The Department has authorized the licensees to operate at the same location. Other considerations regarding co-location of facilities: Additional inspections and/or permits may be required for licensed entities operating at the same location. Each grower, processor, and provisioning center requires its own separate application, regulatory assessment, and license.