Everything you need to know about Vapexhale Vaporizer

Everything you need to know about Vapexhale Vaporizer

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This guys created one of the best desktop vaporizers out there. The Vapexhale is a great investment and with all the different attachments, the ability to vape through water, and the punch it packs, it’s a hard one to beat.

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Over the years, a lot of cannabis users have resorted to desk and portable vaporizers for their herbs and e-liquids.

Let’s Be Honest

Unfortunately, A lot of people can’t afford to invest in an expensive Volcano as their primary desktop vaporizer.

Good news:

Given these dilemmas, the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer makes a great option.

It isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of VapeXhale vaporizers.

In fact, the VapeXhale EVO is already the improved version of the original VapeXhale Cloud vaporizer.

The VapeXhale CloudEVO is the newer and lighter version that has faster heat times and a steadier temperature than the original VapeXhale Cloud. And the good news is that the first version of the VapeXhale Cloud was already considered a stand out by both vape connoisseurs and critics alike.

For someone anticipating the best vaporizers for this year, the 2017 VapeXhale Evo Vaporizer is probably one of the best things that you shouldn’t miss. It has a lot of hype behind it, thanks to its sturdy construction and improved design.

The Good/ For starters, The VapeXhale CloudEvo offers high-quality vapor and impressively large clouds with the VapeXhale CloudEvo because of the vaporizer’s superb heating element and PerpetuaHeat technology.

Though it isn’t advertised as a medical device, its all-glass vapor path ensures that you only get high-quality vapor from this device.

For some, we may even be looking at the next contender to possibly dethrone the best vaporizers in today’s market.

Unlike other vaporizers that simply cater to herbs, the VapeXhale Evo is also a versatile option that can cater to your preference for different materials.

Users have the choice to use either herb or concentrates on this device.  And since it has a flexible temperature range, you can get the best-tasting vapor regardless of the material that you use.

You can also choose to replace the mouthpiece with different glass attachments called Hydratubes.

The purpose of these glass attachments is to provide different kinds of diffusion to its users.

That simply means an entirely different vaping experience for the same unit.

You can make use of a Hydratube specific for mild to more concentrated output.

The Bad  / We’ll have to admit that there are not a lot of bad things to say about this device. However, let’s discuss things that can still be improved.

For instance, you have the 30-minute auto shut off feature. Though it was included in its design for safety and to decrease wear and tear on its parts, however, it can also be a cause of slight inconvenience.

If you are the type who loves to vape for a couple of hours with friends while doing other things, you’ll have to wait for the device to start again once it turns off.

Next, in order to enjoy maximize the use of the VapeXhale EVO vaporizer, you’ll have to make an extra investment with the Hydratube.

That simply means that unlike other vaporizers that come with either a whip or balloon (or both), you still have to spend a few extra dollars in order to enjoy the full potential of the device.

And since it has a lot of glass parts, it is a good idea to be very careful when using the device.

Though it goes with a warranty, it can be a bit annoying to wait for the replacement of the hydratable once you’ve accidentally dropped it.

If you are very particular about the temperature of your vaporizer, you might find the vaporizer’s design a bit problematic.

Without LED display, you have no idea if you are hitting particular temperature.

Since it only makes use of a knob, you’ll just have to remember the position of the knob to get the exact same setting that you liked the last time.

In terms of performance, though you get excellent flavor from the device.

Though it takes a bit longer for the device to heat up, it is something worth it. You’ll have to wait for two minutes for the CloudEVO to get to the right temperature.

However, when it has reached your ideal temperature, you still have to wait a bit longer before you can take a draw.

And lastly, after consuming a bowl, it takes around 10 minutes between sessions to cool the bowl in order for you to load new material.

Yes, it still takes a bit of patience when using the CloudEVO. But don’t worry, it is all worth it from here.

What’s New

What exactly is new on this device?

Let’s begin discussing its design approach.

The CloudEVO makes use of a simplified approach to desk vaporizers. It doesn’t have any additional fancy feature that complicates things. That being said, it is the perfect non-intimidating device for beginners.

Also, this convection vaporizer is quite different from forced air versions that make use of a fan to get air into your lungs. Instead, it only provides vapor for every draw that you make, allowing this unit to give the user the best value for their money on their material.

Also, unlike other vaporizers that give you fixed vaping experience, it offers different options to choose from.

Are you the type who loves to get strong vapor from every draw? Or perhaps, you are the type who simply likes a mild hit?

Investing on Hydratubes can help give you the right fit for your device.

Construction and Functionality

The CloudEVO is an 8 inches high device minus any glass attachment on top.

It has an out-of-the-box design compared to other products that you see out there.

It doesn’t have the usual LED lights that you see on your typical desk vaporizer.

Though it looks a bit odd, its design is functional meant for the user’s vaping preference.

A default version of the VapeXhale CloudEVO standard starter kit has a standard mouthpiece.

When attached, it adds around 6-8 inches on top of the vaporizer. It also goes with two herb baskets and the VapeXNail concentrate attachment.

If you prefer a more specific vaping experience, you can choose to replace the mouthpiece and have the VapeXhale Hydratubes. The Hydratubes makes use of water filtration and adds 6-10 inches to your device.

The initial size of the VapeXhale CloudEVO isn’t too big without the glass attachments but suddenly becomes a stationary vaporizer once all the necessary glass attachments have been placed.

Compared to the other vaporizers, it is still much smaller than the Volcano. The VapeXhale EVO’s base is stable even with all the contraptions.

It has a durable design with easily accessible on and off switch. You simply have to turn the knob fully clockwise to tinker the preferred temperature that you want.

The device itself heats up in just two minutes, while it also includes an auto-shutdown feature that turns off the device after 30 minutes of inactivity.

The chamber can hold as much as 0.5 grams of material depending on how packed you placed your material in its bowl.

Performance

In terms of performance, the device is among the top in the vaporizer industry today.

But what makes this product unique is the different kinds of experience that you get for every Hydratube contraption that you opt to attach to the unit.

It caters to individuals who love getting a strong vapor to those who love an average level of diffusion.

As a convection vaporizer, VapeXhale Cloud EVO offers flavorful draws.

It makes use of a patent pending “PerpetuaHeat” technology that allows the system to adjust the temperature according to its user inhales method, which means that the herbs in your chamber are not used if you are not drawing.

This also means that the vapor doesn’t have any plastic taste due to the all-glass path design of this vaporizer.

How easy is it to use The CloudEVO?

All you need to do is to switch the power and select the temperature.

You can even opt to just leave the device at your desired temperature as last time for it to automatically heat at that the same temperature once you begin a new session.

The glass piece will turn red once it starts to heat up and then turns green once it hits the desired temperature.

Heating Element and Temperature

Precision is the key to what makes this vaporizer stand out. It has a ceramic unit along with the Thermal Technology system.

But unlike other convection devices that have a noisy fan, the VapeXhale simply relies on your draws to heat the herb in its chamber.

In terms of temperature, there’s no way of telling exactly what the device is going to give you.

However, the device can give you the lowest temperature at 7:00 at approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest at 5:00 which gives a temperature of around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Placing the knob at 12 o’clock can give you approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Depending on the material that you use, you’ll have to play around with the device to get the best results.

As for dry herbs, you can start placing the dial at 1 to 2 o’clock and play around from 3 to 4 for the concentrates.

Your dial approach will also depend on your choice of Hydratube contraption.

It is suggested that you stick to experimenting with the dial of your device in order to get the best flavor.

How to use the vaporizer?

Simplicity is what makes The VapeXhale CloudEVO vaporizer a great device.

Though for some, the lack of LED lights to indicate the temperature is somewhat a bit of a turn-off.

It is undeniably beginner friendly and has a less intimidating approach to modern day desk vaporizers.

  • Loading your herb

The first step is to load your material on the device. As rule of thumb, 50% full is an ideal setup since it is a convection vaporizer and you’ll need air to heat the material. Packing as much 75% of the bowl’s capacity will simply not give you the best results.

Also, make sure that you don’t pack the material too tightly since you will need to draw in order to heat the substance. The good thing about this device is that it includes EZ bowls. It makes loading of your material easy.

  • Loading concentrates

We mentioned that the VapeXhale CloudEVO also allows the use of wax, e-liquids, and oils. For this scenario, you have the VapXnail which is a separate attachment that can be used. It is made of same glass material that ensures butane free vaping sessions.

  • Filling with water

Next, you’ll want to fill the mouthpiece percolator chamber with water. Next, you will have to set it on top of the vaporizer neck.

  • Heat and draw

Then, you can turn on the device and toggle to the preferred temperature. Once the LED light turns red, it signals that your device is already heating towards the desired temperature. And once it turns green, this means that the desired temperature has been reached. This signifies that you can already take your draw from the VapeXhale CloudEVO. From here, you can take a draw and enjoy.

Bottom line

VapeXhale proved that there’s so much more to improve even if you already got it right the first time around.

But since the company is committed to crafting the next “king of vaporizers,” they’ve provided the market with the VapeXhale CloudEVO.

They took the simplified approach to vaporizer design and got it right!

It is a breath of fresh air to see no LED temperature display and other quirky controls in front. It is also lightweight and durable, not to mention it also offers clean tasting vapor.

Also, the Hydratubes is considered a game changer by many vape enthusiasts.

This allows users to tweak their vaping experience without relying on a new device.

It gives you the opportunity to control the diffusion that you want for your vape sessions.


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Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:36:38 +0000

Liberals Announce Legalization for July 1, 2018

Liberals Announce Legalization for July 1, 2018

CBC News is reporting that the Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize cannabis in Canada by July 1, 2018.

The legislation is expected to follow the recommendations of the federal task force that was chaired by former Liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.

While the federal government will be in charge of licensing producers, Ottawa is handing sales to the provincial governments. As well, while Ottawa is setting a minimum age of 18 to buy cannabis, the provinces will have the option of setting a higher age limit if they so choose.

Provinces will also have the options of setting prices and determining how cannabis is to be distributed.

For Canadians wishing to grow their own cannabis, the Liberal government will permit 4 cannabis plants per household.

The Liberals are expected to announce the legalization legislation the week of April 10.


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Published at Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:08:46 +0000

The Hassle of Getting my ACMPR – Part 2

The Hassle of Getting my ACMPR – Part 2

My Doctor and I continue to brawl. Unfortunately, My health likes to roller coaster and I find myself needing that paperwork a little sooner than I imagined. I am going under the knife again pretty soon and I don’t take opiates so, I want to be licensed. I am taking this as a sign that I am meant to have my ACMPR and this is the universes way of proving it to me; also, this flare up gives me a little extra leverage in terms of cementing justification for said ACMPR. Silver linings do exist.

So here is where I am at:

I have been visiting with my family doctor every 2 weeks now trying to figure this issue out. I started to bring various family members to visits to make the appointments a bit more uncomfortable. I wanted to remind my Doctor that when someone is denied their choice of safe medicine, the entire family is suffering. Although we have had several conversations about it, it is clear that my GP and I are at an impasse. He has and continues to refuse to fill out the paperwork for medical marijuana under ANY circumstances for ANY condition. Our last visit was very interesting and we came to a few conclusions…

1, He has no problem with me using Cannabis.

The fact that I haven’t had any other pain killer in over 2 years is something my Doctor and I both celebrate. He thinks it is awesome that I don’t ever want to see a triplicate prescription pad (unless I am desperate for a rolling paper) and whatever I am doing to replace that works for him. In fact, I have never received any form of negative reaction or discouragement of my cannabis use whatsoever.

2, He will refer me to a different Doctor so that I can get my ACMPR – I just have to find them myself.

Being horrified at the minimum $200 application fee wasn’t enough to get him to reconsider. So far, $200 is the cheapest I can find but some places it’s a cool $500 just to start the process. Even worse, the license is only good for a year so this would become an annual expense. In my opinion, the idea of this fee is corrupt. Sick people don’t have the extra money to buy the right to access their medicine every year. The wealthy and those who have exaggerated an illness for recreational purposes can afford this but those financially limited from sickness cannot. I have a friend with a license for 400 plants for “mild anxiety” and I am a cancer patient fighting for her access to any.

3, He freaked right out when he realized I will be going through surgery without opiates.

I have told him time and time again but he didn’t listen. My Doctor always imagined that when the time came, he could pull out his prescription and dole me out some pills until this last visit. The conversation began with him telling me I might change my mind when the time comes but it is coming soon so it has to be discussed. I explained again that my plans were to go through surgery using anti-inflammatories, local anesthetic and cannabis. He suggested Gabapentin:

-He started to explain it and told me that perhaps if I started taking that every day, it might help my pain. I would be on a new medication every day potentially for the rest of my life.

“No thanks, cannabis please”.

– He explained I could try it for a few months.

“Nope, cannabis thanks”.

– It turned into, “You can’t just assume this herb will be your wonder drug.”

– I very sweetly and politely reminded him that as a Canadian Citizen, It is my legal right to take whatever medicine I would like to treat whatever condition I have. That the College of Physicians and Surgeons do not legally back any new medical information unless it has been confirmed by long-term human testing of more than 10 years and that has not been concluded… yet. Thus, Cannabis has yet be proved or disproved as an appropriate medicine and I am choosing to exercise my legal right to use it.

“Well…you have to see a pain specialist then. I am sending you to a pain specialist. They will talk to you about different drugs you could take.”

“Sure, I’ll talk to them about my cannabis use.”

I was watching this deep crimson colour creep up his neck from his collar it dawned on him that I really mean to do this. He was utterly flummoxed and totally pissed. Then, he said the funniest thing I have ever heard a doctor say…


“well…well…what….well….What are you gonna do? Smoke a doobie in the operating room????!!?? They can’t give you IV MARIJUANNA!!!!???!!”

It was really hard to keep my composure as I could tell he was flabbergasted but trying to understand. I explained that we could use anti-inflammatories, local anesthetic and there are concentrated cannabis products that I can take sublingually. He shook his head and put in the referral for the specialist.

The Conclussion – My Doctor earns every penny he makes when I walk in the door and we both know it. He has no idea what to do with me hounding him for my ACMPR but he has been with me since I was a kid, so, he knows I will never stop. You will never meet a GP who sticks to the letter the law more so than mine and we are at a stalemate. I am going to see my specialist in Vancouver and this pain specialist; I am being told to bring the ACMPR forms to them. The point I will make and stress: If a doctor has a legitimate reason to prescribe me an opiate, why won’t they prescribe me a medicine that is much safer? They better have a good reason because I am getting frustrated…

This article first appeared in the Cannabis Digest

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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:46 +0000

How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

How to get your Cannabis and Cannabis products tested in a lab

Because of pressure from the public, the government has allowed individuals who possess a current ACMPR to send samples into laboratories for testing! Previously, the law stated that all illegal substances tested could only be done so if they were sourced from a government agency. However, the public debate about contaminants and potency of dispensary cannabis prompted a need for access to testing so in 2016, the laws changed…

What this means…

If you purchase cannabis or cannabis products for personal use:

You can send in a sample to any medical labratory for full testing! This service will give a breakdown of the entire content of that product including cannabinoid profiles; for certain conditions, this will be invaluable. If you have ever wondered about the quality of the shatter you vape or what is the cannabinoid profile of that strain that works so well, you can access that information. Plus, you will never have to wonder how strong or safe your products are again!

If you produce or sell cannabis or cannabis products:
You can have everything tested in a medical lab and get printed results breaking down everything in your product!

What you need to do:

If you do not have your own personal ACMPR, have a patient of yours who does have a current ACMPR register with the Lab. Samples can be sent under the registered name and will be sent back with a full scope of test results.

While the current laws may protect the rights of an individual to test their personal medicine and a government Licensed Producer may also do so, dispensaries are still not given access. Furthermore, they are falsely villainized for having untested products, despite the fact that many dispensaries have put themselves at great risk to find ways to have lab analysis.

Chances are, both you or the ACMPR patient will likely sample the product being tested; the fact that it is also being produced or sold to others is redundant. Therefore, using a personal ACMPR for dispensary testing is one of those little loopholes that you can use and feel good about.


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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:20:56 +0000

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Michigan State University Extension Hosts Workshops on Local Regulation of Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Over the last few weeks, Michigan State University Extension has been hosting a series of 13 seminars across the state entitled, “Regulating Medical Marijuana Facilities: A Workshop for Local Government.” I attended the three-hour seminar held on campus at MSU.

As most readers of this blog know, Michigan’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) establishes a framework for the regulation of five different types of licensed facilities. The MMFLA contains a local opt-in provision, meaning licensees may only operate in a local jurisdiction that has affirmatively authorized the specific type of licensed facility. Local governments may also cap the number of facilities of each type they allow, and regulate them through zoning and other requirements, so long as local regulations do not conflict with the MMFLA or address purity or pricing of marijuana.

MSU Extension’s seminar is intended primarily to educate municipal officials on the MMFLA. Of the hundred or so attendees in East Lansing, I would hazard a guess that 80 percent or more were local government planning staff, elected officials, or attorneys. Most reported that they are hearing from constituents with questions or recommendations on how to implement the MMFLA—with some, of course, advocating that no facilities be allowed at all.

As for the substance of the seminar, MSU Extension staff provided what I felt to be an unbiased explanation of the MMMA and the MMFLA, and the issues confronting municipal governments. Seminar attendees were given in-depth written materials, including draft ordinances. Attendees also engaged in role-playing exercises intended to have them listen to a range of views on the desirability of having licensed facilities in their communities.

Industry participants would be well-served to understand the issues and concerns from the municipal official perspective, and also to hear what those officials are being told both by MSU Extension staff and municipal government organizations. Although I found the seminar staff and materials to largely “play it straight,” I also heard advice that was disconcerting. A common refrain was that “it is easier to first say ‘no’ and then later say ‘yes’ than it is to first say ‘yes’ and then later say ‘no.’” More troubling, attendees were told that given the timing for license applications, municipalities could wait until late summer or early fall before beginning the process of crafting ordinances. For those of us advising clients acquiring real estate and getting their business plans in place to apply for licensure, such a delayed timing is highly problematic.

MSU Extension has just one more of these seminars yet to come; March 23 in Bessemer. For those who don’t wish to pair a seminar with skiing at Big Snow, MSU Extension also today announced a live webinar to be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 30. Registration is open until March 23 at the following link:

https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=6030ABBEE42C13BE

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Published at Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Study: 27% of U.S. beer drinkers switching to weed

Study: 27% of U.S. beer drinkers switching to weed

A new study shows that Americans are increasingly opting for pot bellies over beer bellies.

Roughly one in four of 40,000 surveyed Americans are now spending their cash on cannabis instead of suds, researchers from Cannabiz Consumer Group found. Twenty-seven percent of beer drinkers are now legally purchasing pot instead, or suggested they would if it were legalized in their state. The research group last year.

Those purchases will take many forms, infused beverages among them. If cannabis were legalized nationally, the beer industry would lose more than $2 USD billion in retail sales.

About 24.6 million Americans legally purchased pot in the U.S. last year and that number is expected to grow. Numerous states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and a smaller number of states have legalized it for recreational use. Massachusetts, Maine, California and Nevada all passed measures to legalize recreational use in 2016, and more than half of U.S. states now permit the medical use of marijuana. The Department of Justice under the Obama Administration also relaxed federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states where it is legal, but the Trump Administration may reverse that trend.

Still, the group predicts the cannabis industry will grow to $50 billion. The U.S. beer market sells over $100 billion in beer each year, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.


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Published at Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:37:53 +0000

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

The Columbian / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.”

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.

On a recent morning, Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog lapped up in seconds. It’s become part of Hudson’s daily routine.

“We think it’s really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog,” Fasman said. “It’s not that she’s changed. She’s just back to her good old self.”

As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer.

Most of these pet products, which aren’t regulated, contain cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis that doesn’t get pets or humans high. They contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the cannabis compound known for its psychoactive effects.

But veterinarians say there isn’t enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into its potential medical benefits for humans or animals.

Veterinarians in California and other states are legally barred from prescribing or recommending cannabis. They risk losing their veterinary licenses if they do.

“Our hands really are tied,” said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. “Definitely we’re getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we don’t have any answers for them.”

Karl Jandrey, a veterinarian who teaches at the University of California, Davis, said he tells his clients they “use them at their own risk with the potential to spend money for no improvement, or a risk of adverse side effects.”

Despite the lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced cannabis has improved their animals’ health and well-being, based on their own observations.

Lynne Tingle, who runs a pet adoption center and animal sanctuary, regularly gives cannabis edibles and topical ointments to older dogs with health or behavior issues, including her own elderly dogs Chorizo and Alice.

“You just see a real difference in their spirit. They’re just not in pain, so they’re happier and they’re moving better,” said Tingle, who founded the Richmond-based Milo Foundation. “They just get a new lease on life.”

San Francisco-based TreatWell Health is one of a growing number of companies marketing cannabis products for pets despite questions over their legality.

TreatWell sells cannabis tinctures — extracted from marijuana plants in Humboldt County — that can be added to food or dropped directly into an animal’s mouth. Co-founder Alison Ettel works directly with clients and their pets, recommending different formulations based on the animals’ ailments.

TreatWell pet tinctures can help treat anxiety, poor appetite, pain, inflammation and seizures, as well as kidney and liver problems, cancer and glaucoma, according to its website. They also are used in end-of-life care.

“What we find is a lot of the animals are coming to us when there are no other options and pharmaceuticals haven’t worked for that animal,” Ettel said. “They’re at that last resort, and cannabis is really good for those types of situations.”

Barbara Stein is one of TreatWell’s most enthusiastic customers. She said the cannabis tinctures helped treat anxiety and digestive problems in her 13-year-old cat, Willie. And she believes the drug helped Willie’s sister Prudence maintain her weight and stay comfortable when she was battling cancer.

Stein, a retiree who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, said she got a medical marijuana card so she could buy cannabis for her cats. She has since recommended cannabis to many friends with aging and sick pets.

“All I know is that none of the traditional medications she got from the vet worked, but the cannabis did,” Stein said. “I swear by the stuff.”

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:29 +0000

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Pharmacy Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Pharmacy Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil

Legislation legalizing the production and distribution of CBD and THC-A oil has been signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Senate Bill 1027 was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe on Thursday. His signatures comes after a unanimous vote in the state’s Senate and House of Representatives (137 to 0).

Senate Bill 1027 “Authorizes a pharmaceutical processor, after obtaining a permit from the Board of Pharmacy (the Board) and under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, to manufacture and provide cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil to be used for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.” The measure is an expension of a law passed in 2014 that legalized the medical use of CBD and THC-A oil, but without authorizing a legal means of obtaining it.

Under Virginia law CBD oil is described as having at least 15% cannabinoids and no more than 5% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and THC-A (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) oil is described as having at least 15% THC-A and no more than 5% THC.

The full text of Senate Bill 1027 can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:55:31 +0000

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he’ll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. 

The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as those establishments don’t serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.

The bill doesn’t say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor pot smoking.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated pot clubs, and towns aren’t sure how to treat them.

Pot clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado’s sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with pot smokers since the state legalized recreational weed in 2012.

“We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana,” said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.

The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado’s pot market. 

Colorado is in violation of federal drug law for not making it a crime to smoke pot, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump administration have said states should not be able to legalize pot. 

“I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana,” Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.

Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn’t expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate pot-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it.

“Smoking is bad for you,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m not sure that’s a great thing to be encouraging.”

Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking. 

“These marijuana membership clubs are so private that’s they’re more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant,” Gardner said.

Ten Republicans voted against the pot club bill. Some of them said they fear it’ll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling weed inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill.

“How are we supposed to stop that?” asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren’t defined. 

State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffee shops than pot bars.

“I’m sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can’t drink whiskey and smoke marijuana,” Gardner said.

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AP writer James Anderson contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that Colorado’s governor says clubs should not allow indoor smoking.

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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:44:36 +0000

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

Michigan Seeks Input on “Inventory Startup,” Transition Issues

As the State of Michigan continues to move forward in developing rules to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today reached out for the second time for stakeholder input on critical issues. This time, LARA is asking for feedback on questions that LARA characterizes as concerning “inventory start-up.” Fundamentally, these questions address how and whether individuals involved in the current caregiver model under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act can transition to operating under the MMFLA.

Specifically, the Director of LARA, Shelly Edgerton, issued the following statement and request:

LARA is currently seeking comments from interested parties on the topic of inventory startup as it relates to the licensed categories. The purpose of this document is to gather information only and it is not meant to interfere with the authority of the Board or Advisory Panel procedures when these panels are appointed as provided under the Act. To that end we are asking for your input by responding to the questions below. We are only asking for brief answers, or comments limited to a short paragraph or a few sentences. Please provide your responses by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. After the responses are compiled, a meeting and/or conference call may be scheduled if appropriate to review the responses and receive additional input. Please submit your responses to curtisc8@michigan.gov.

Questions:

    1. Should LARA require all licensees to begin without inventory or zero product on day 1 of license issuance and thereafter track all cultivation from the date of licensure?
    2. Should LARA have an inventory startup period that allows a grower licensee to transition medical marihuana cultivated as allowed under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) into the future Statewide Monitoring System for tracking and inventory verification provided it is recorded/tracked? If yes, should LARA limit the timeframe in which these acquisitions can occur? What would you recommend as a timeframe?
    3. Should LARA consider an inventory startup period for all 5 license categories?
    4. Should a licensed grower or processor be permitted to include into a startup inventory the existing marihuana or marihuana-infused products cultivated or processed under the MMMA of the former registered primary caregiver who becomes an active employee of the licensee pursuant to the Act?

We can anticipate that LARA will continue to solicit stakeholder input, although LARA’s statement again notes that its work on the rules is to be in consultation with the yet-to-be-appointed Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Board and Advisory Panel. Given that the formal roles of advisory panels are fairly limited under the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the new Board and LARA will have some discretion with respect to how deeply they involve the Advisory Panel. While it remains to be seen what opportunities will be provided for public input into the rulemaking process (apart from those required under the APA), LARA’s continued outreach to the industry is promising.

As the rulemaking process in Michigan continues to unfold, check back here to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000