Home-Growing Bans and other asinine restrictions

Home-Growing Bans and other asinine restrictions

Quite a week for Canadian cannabis news

First, Quebec exhibited another reason why we should kick them out of Confederation. Other than the excessive equalization payments they receive, and a belief that governments can and should dictate what women wear, now they’re aiming to ban recreational cannabis home-growing. 

Which begs the question — can they even do that? Growing is supposed to be federal jurisdiction, the provinces have been tasked with the distribution framework.

Quebec’s decision will likely result in court challenges, or at the very least, an influx of residents looking for medical licenses since growing for medical purposes is a constitutional protected right.

Meanwhile, in Alberta, the NDP proved themselves to be farther to the right than Ontario’s so-called centrist Liberals by allowing for private brick-and-mortar cannabis shops. 

Which is pretty funny when you think about it.

Poor Ontario, they’ve under siege by radical leftists in the Ontario Liberal Party.

It’s quite irritating to see cops raid dispensaries in Kensington market. I mean, I understand (not really, but bear with me) raiding illegal dispensaries in other parts of the province… But Kensington market? That smelly, glorified yard-sale hippie village deserves every private dispensary the market can bear.

In BC, a group of landlords and doctors think the provincial government should ban home growing for the safety of everyone. Clearly, these people are unaware that people can and do brew their own beer or grow plants that are toxic to consume and won’t even get you high.

Worse, their reasons have already been debunked in a court of law.

Risk of fire? Nope.

Humidity and electrical problems? Bitch, please.

Use of hazardous chemicals such as pesticides? That area of expertise belongs to the LPs. Home-growers can put whatever they want on their plants. They’re the only ones consuming it, after all.

Lack of quality control regarding potency of the product? We’re not talking commercial products here, this is a private garden in a private residence, man.

Now, my libertarian values overrule certain appeals to emotion. That is to say, I don’t trust landlord associations recommending policy to the BC government, but I do support private property rights as sacrosanct.

If you’re renting and the landlord doesn’t want you growing cannabis (or brewing beer, or installing a bowling alley or listening to Frank Zappa) then that’s just too bad. It’s technically his or her property.

Work out those details in the rental agreement.

But, of course, that said, what the landlords are recommending originates from pure ignorance.

John Horgan should ignore it like he ignores Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.

And speaking of arguments from ignorance, there’s the New Brunswick government vowing to look back into their regulations demanding that cannabis be locked up at home like a gun. 

Forgetting this gross violation of private property rights, there’s the fact that cannabis is the last thing one should worry about in their home.

Think of the easily accessible dish-cleaning fluids kept below the sink. Or laundry detergent. Alcohol. Kitchen knives. You could kill someone with household items. Nobody is going to die from cannabis.

If you ban recreational home-growing or severely restrict it, all you’ve done is incentive black markets and encourage people to register as medical patients, since, as before-mentioned, medical grows are constitutionally protected and not limited to these asinine restrictions on liberty.

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Published at Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:51:04 +0000

Chronic Cooking: Waking and Baking Cannabis-infused breakfast muffins and more

Chronic Cooking: Waking and Baking Cannabis-infused breakfast muffins and more

Catch Chronic Cooking with Craig Ex and Chef Cody as they whip up a batch of cannabis-infused breakfast favourites. In this first ever episode, you’ll get to find out how to make 3 of Chef Cody’s favourite recipes:

  1. The Morning Power Muffin
  2. His healthier Whole Wheat Oat Pancakes
  3. Purple Berry Smoothie

It’s a ‘wake and bake’ on multiple levels as Craig and the muffins both get baked for the most important meal of the day. 

Learn about the “2 Bowl” mixing method that Chef Cody demonstrates in the video- but having a bowl or doob, or two, as you’re cooking is completely up to you.

Even better, the recipes call for cannabis tinctures, which are widely available at most dispensaries and you can even easily make tinctures yourself. One of the best things about tinctures is that they’re so convenient- with a couple drops, you can instantly infuse anything. Food or drink.

And once you see the food start cooking, it’s sure to inspire a whole lot of munchies.

Plus, you’ll want to see who shows up to help eat those pancakes and make that smoothie (hint: it’s Loudonio) and for more from Chef Cody, check out his website, The Wellness Soldier.


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Published at Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:30:19 +0000

Southeast Washington county to vote on pot production ban

Southeast Washington county to vote on pot production ban

The Columbian / Associated Press

Southeast Washington county to vote on pot production ban

PROSSER — Officials in a southeast Washington county will consider an emergency ordinance to ban new marijuana production and processing for six months.

The Tri-City Herald reports Benton County commissioners will vote Tuesday on the ordinance in Prosser.

Like a current retail ban, it would only affect new operators. It would not apply to the 47 cannabis producers and 35 processors with physical addresses in Benton County.

Benton County planning manager Jerrod MacPherson says the ban would end after six months unless the county commission acts to extend it or make it permanent.

Benton County has struggled with the unexpected consequences of recreational marijuana for much of the year.

Washington voters approved Initiative 502 in 2012. It passed statewide by 56 percent to 44 percent. Benton County voters rejected the measure.

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Published at Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:28:56 +0000

Vaping your THC On the Go

Vaping your THC On the Go

Nothing beats a quality vape session at home. You can dab as much as you want and whenever you want – getting high on your own time to your heart’s content. However, there are times where taking your vaping on the go is a must. Therefore, you need something compact (and just as equally delicious) to take with you to load up your sticky stuff and fire away. That is where a good vape pen comes in…like the ones reviewed on TheVape.Guide’s best vape pens list (just saying).

As well, you also want to keep in mind a few things before venturing out for the first time. Just some simple tips that will keep you moving right along and keep you under the radar while you enjoy your high. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Privacy Is Key

The last thing anyone wants is to draw unnecessary attention while vaping in public (especially if it consists of the green stuff) – unless you are really a daredevil. With this in mind, having a super discreet, compact vape pen will definitely ensure that you remain inconspicuous while you savor the taste of your wax or shatter. The main thing that you can do to aid in this is to choose a vape pen that meets some carefully considered criteria such as:

  1. Portability – your vape needs to be small enough to fit into a pocket or purse once you are done with your sesh and doesn’t draw too much attention by making a lot of “noise” (being big and flashy).
  2. Ease of use – your pen should be simple enough for you to use quickly and efficiently. The last thing you want is to spend time figuring it out which will warrant unwanted curiosity from others.
  3. Storage (optional) – if you intend to be out for extended periods of time, finding a vape pen that can hold extra dab would be quite helpful. Some usually have a discreet slot at the base for storing your excess THC.

Vaping Laws and Courtesies

For the majority of places (regardless of their current status of recreational marijuana), it is still illegal to smoke or vape it in public places – with a few exceptions of course. This also applies to most businesses and government buildings as well. While some businesses will allow vaping on the premises, there are still some that are wary of vaping in general so keeping these tips in mind will be super helpful when enjoying your THC while out and about.

  • If you aren’t sure you can vape somewhere, you can always ask a manager or the store owner.
  • If in doubt, just don’t do it to avoid getting in trouble or unwanted attention.
  • Do your research regarding the vaping laws and regulations to keep yourself in check while out.

By following these “guidelines”, you will be much more likely to enjoy vaping while out and avoid negative reactions from people should you find yourself having to resort to vaping around them. However, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a secluded place to enjoy your THC – untouched and unbridled by the world. vapeBe Respectful

This one is a no brainer for most. With whatever you do, you should always be respectful to others especially when you are in a public place. This, more than anything, applies to vaping.

Smoking, which is frequently compared to vaping, has gotten such a bad reputation over the decades (for obvious reasons) and those who are uneducated about vaping are likely to lump a vaper into the same crowd as a smoker and become irritated when they vape. In situations like this, just take the time to read people around you and get a vibe of how they will receive you if you vape.

If you are unsure or believe that your vaping will not be well-received, either refrain from vaping or just leave the area and vape elsewhere.

Take-Away

Vaping at home can be very fun especially when you whip out the bad boys for that extra fun and exciting vape sesh. However, when you do have to venture outside your home, vaping in public can be just as enjoyable, if you know what you are doing. All you have to do is:

  • Be respectful of others and businesses that you frequent when you decide to vape.
  • Read up on your city and state’s (or province’s) laws and rules of vaping.
  • Enjoy your vape pen and choose wisely to maximize privacy while out and about.

Do these things and you’ll see–vaping your THC wax on the move isn’t going to be much of a problem. Just don’t go breaking any laws. 😉

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Published at Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:26:33 +0000

Study Finds Cannabinoids May Effectively Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Study Finds Cannabinoids May Effectively Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Results of a new study “support the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in patients with OSA [obstructive sleep apnea]”.

For the study, published in the journal Sleep and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, “73 adults with moderate or severe OSA received either placebo (N=25), 2.5mg dronabinol (N=21) or 10mg dronabinol (N=27) daily, one hour before bedtime for up to 6 weeks.” Dronabinol, also called Marinol, is a synthetic THC meant to mimic the effects of natural, cannabis-based THC.

‘These findings support the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in patients with OSA” states the study’s abstract. “In comparison to placebo, dronabinol was associated with lower AHI [Apnea–hypopnea index], improved subjective sleepiness and greater overall treatment satisfaction. Larger scale clinical trials will be necessary to clarify the best potential approach(es) to cannabinoid therapy in OSA.”

The full study 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 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:25:44 +0000

Michigan’s Marihuana License Educational Sessions Focus on Application Procedures, Not Substantive Guidance

Michigan’s Marihuana License Educational Sessions Focus on Application Procedures, Not Substantive Guidance

Michigan’s Marihuana License Educational Sessions Focus on Application Procedures, Not Substantive Guidance

by Hilary Vigil

On Wednesday, November 8, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and its Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) kicked off the first of a series of six educational sessions on Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing. LARA’s staff presented information about the two online platforms that will be used to apply for facility licenses and to track and inventory cannabis plants and products once facilities are open for business. The session did not, however, address many of the substantive questions that arise out of Michigan’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”).

The first half of the session included a step-by-step walk-through of Accela, the platform that applicants will use to apply online for facility licenses. LARA confirmed that applicants may submit a paper application instead of using Accela, if they prefer. The Accela presentation highlighted the platform’s functionality, but it did not provide any insight into how LARA plans to interpret key provisions of the MMFLA. For example, LARA did not address how the emergency rules to be issued later this month will interpret statutory disclosure requirements and ineligibility criteria for an applicant’s affiliates. LARA also did not reveal the contents of certain disclosure forms that applicants and their affiliates will be required to submit as part of the application. While many industry hopefuls were wishing for much-needed guidance, it appears that answers will be provided only when the State’s emergency rules are issued.

The second half of the session consisted of an overview of the statewide monitoring system, Metrc, that the state and industry members will use to track marihuana growth, processing, transportation, testing, and sales. The training touched on everything from how the cloud-hosted online system will track plants and products using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to how medical marihuana business owners will interface with the system, as well as how the state will use the system as a regulatory and compliance tool. Metrc staff reassured applicants that there will be more training and interactive support available to licensees who use the system once licenses have been issued.

Metrc will function mainly to log facilities’ employees and tasks, and to track marihuana inventory by location in each facility. Compliance investigators from the state will be able to scan an entire room of marihuana plants or products at once using an RFID scanner that reads an RFID tag attached to each plant or product. Licensees will use Metrc to assign a plant ID number and corresponding tag to each immature plant that will remain with the plant through its vegetative and flowering cycles. The system also facilitates harvest tracking in batches. During processing, licensees must assign package ID numbers to each product batch. Packages will be labeled with a new RFID tag. Metrc also facilitates transfers of plants and products between facilities; for example, a grower must assign its plants and their ID numbers to a secure transporter and then to the processor when transferring cannabis to a processing center. Each facility is responsible for the plants and packages corresponding to the ID numbers in its Metrc log, and compliance investigators will be able to compare inventory manifests in Metrc with plants and products physically present at each facility. Metrc aims to make regulatory compliance procedures efficient, but it also aims to provide value to facilities required to use the system.

Although Metrc was not created for the express purpose of managing or organizing businesses, facilities will receive some business management tools from the system. For example, facilities will be able to input information about marihuana strains, inventory items other than cannabis plants and marihuana products, and track weights and waste through the growing and processing stages. In its presentation, Metrc staff emphasized that enterprising facilities can use the system to analyze the regulatory data captured, to perform supply and demand forecasts based on moisture loss and waste data, and to calculate cost of goods sold. Information stored on Metrc will only be accessible on the industry side by the facility licensee and on the regulatory side by the state. The secure information will not be available to the general public.

As always, check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

New York Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

New York Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of cannabis for those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The bipartisan legislation (A7006) adds PTSD to New York’s medical cannabis program, allowing those with the condition to become legal medical cannabis patients. As with other conditions that are part of the state’s medical cannabis program, those with PTSD will need to receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state before they can legally purchase and use medical cannabis. Governor Cuomo signed the bill today, on Veterans Day.

A7006 received widespread, bipartisan support in New York’s Legislature. It was approved by the Assembly in May with a vote of 131 to 8, and was subsequential passed by the Senate 50 to 13. New York now becomes the 28th state to allow medical cannabis for PTSD.

“We thank Gov. Cuomo for his support of this compassionate bill. No one should have to leave the state to have access to a treatment that might help them have a better quality of life,” said Landon Dais, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill, said, “Governor Cuomo’s action reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York’s medical marijuana program.”

“Gov. Cuomo should be applauded for helping thousands of New York veterans find relief with medical marijuana,” said Bob Becker, legislative director for the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations. “PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.”

Twenty-eight of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs will now allow patients with PTSD to qualify. In the only state that does not, Alaska, marijuana is legal and regulated for adults 21 and older. Bills to add PTSD to state medical marijuana programs were signed into law in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont this year.

“Now, PTSD patients will have access to medical marijuana everywhere it is legally available,” Dais said. “Over the past two years, New York has made important strides toward having an inclusive, workable medical marijuana program. We urge legislators, Gov. Cuomo, and the Department of Health to continue improving the program. To better serve patients, the state should expand qualifying conditions, allow patients to use the type of cannabis products that work best for them, and reduce burdensome rules that drive up prices.”

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, 11 Nov 2017 20:21:09 +0000

Voters in Athens, Ohio Vote to Depenalize up to 200 Grams of Marijuana, 10 Grams of Hash

Voters in Athens, Ohio Vote to Depenalize up to 200 Grams of Marijuana, 10 Grams of Hash

By NORML

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent.

In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar depenalization ballot measures. Under Ohio state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine, but no jail time or criminal record.

“Voters overwhelmingly approved of TACO because the continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of the vast majority of adults in the United States, 64 percent of whom now endorse legalizing and regulating cannabis,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “While politicians continue to drag their feet, citizens are showing leadership at the local and state level in jurisdictions where the ability to achieve marijuana reform is possible at the ballot box.”

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 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 04:14:51 +0000

Price hike coming with California’s new pot market

Price hike coming with California’s new pot market

The Columbian / Associated Press

Price hike coming with California’s new pot market

LOS ANGELES — California’s legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it’s grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything.

Be ready for sticker shock.

On a retail level, it costs about $35 to buy a small bag of good quality medical marijuana in Los Angeles, enough to roll five or six joints.

But in 2018, when legal sales take hold and additional taxes kick in, the cost of that same purchase in the new recreational market is expected to increase at the retail counter to $50 or $60.

At the high end, that’s about a 70 percent jump.

Medical pot purchases are expected to rise in cost too, but not as steeply, industry experts say.

Or consider cannabis leaves, a sort of bottom-shelf product that comes from trimming prized plant buds. The loose, snipped leaves are typically gathered up and processed for use in cannabis-laced foods, ointments, concentrates and candies.

Growers sell a trash bag stuffed with clippings to manufacturers for about $50. But come January, the state will tax those leaves at $44 a pound.

That means the tax payment on a bag holding 7 or 8 pounds would exceed the current market price by five or six times, forcing a huge price hike or, more likely, rendering it essentially valueless.

“All it would become is compost,” predicted Ryan Jennemann of THC Design in Los Angeles, whose company has used the leaves to manufacture concentrated oils.

Governments struggling to keep up with the cost of everything from worker pensions to paving streets are eager for the cascade of new tax money from commercial pot sales that could eventually top $1 billion statewide.

But higher taxes for businesses and consumers give the state’s thriving illicit market a built-in advantage. Operators in the legal market have been urging regulators to be aggressive about shutting down rogue operators.

Market advantage

Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles medical cultivator and retailer, predicted the higher level of state taxation next year is “just going to help the illicit market thrive.” He said more needs to be done to cut the cost, especially for medical users, many of whom won’t be able to absorb a price jump.

The increased tax rates are just one part of California’s sprawling plan to transform its long-standing medical and illegal markets into a multibillion-dollar regulated economy, the nation’s largest legal pot shop.

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Published at Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:05:18 +0000