Arkansas to Begin Accepting Medical Marijuana Applications Next Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry will ramp up in the next week, with the state poised to accept applications from potential patients, growers and distributors.

Beginning Friday, the state Medical Marijuana Commission will accept applications from those hoping to grow or supply marijuana, while the Health Department will take applications from those hoping to benefit from the first marijuana-as-medicine program in the Bible Belt. The application periods will run until Sept. 18.

State officials expect anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 people to seek permission to use the drug for a number of health problems. It will cost $50 to apply and permits must be renewed yearly.

Potential patients must submit written certification from a physician to obtain a registration card, demonstrating that the doctor has fully assessed the patient’s medical history. The application must show that there’s an established physician-patient relationship and that the patient has a certain qualifying medical condition.

All applicants must have a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, and those under age 18 need the consent of a parent or guardian to apply. [Read more at US News & World Report]

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Utah Patients Coalition Launches 2018 Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative Campaign

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Patients Coalition has launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah, according to a press release. 

The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It represents a conservative approach to medical cannabis policy by prohibiting home cultivation and prohibiting smoking medical cannabis.

“For the past several years we have advocated for a medical cannabis policy that allows patients to seek medical treatment without breaking the law, but the state legislature has refused,” said campaign spokesperson Christine Stenquist, who also leads the patient advocacy group TRUCE. “Now it is time for Utah voters to decide.”

The initiative limits the number of dispensaries and cultivators, allows local zoning for medical cannabis facilities, prohibits using medical cannabis in public view, maintains the illegality of driving while intoxicated, and closely mirrors the legislation passed by the Utah Senate in 2016. The full text of the initiative is available at https://www.utahpatients.org/initiative and a summary is available at https://www.utahpatients.org/initiative/summary.

Utah voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative by a strong margin. Utah Patients Coalition released polling results that found the following:

•    When asked how they would vote on a ballot initiative to allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and other serious illnesses, 73% of respondents said they would vote yes (with 49% saying they would definitely vote yes). Only 20% said they would vote no, and 7% were undecided. A majority of Utahns in every age category said they would vote yes on the initiative;
•    79% of Utahns said they support medical cannabis in principle; and
•    72% of Utahns said that they would be more likely to support an initiative that allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana for chronic pain.

“Utahns are compassionate, and medical cannabis is ultimately a question of compassion. Voters in our state support allowing sick Utahns to legally and safely access medical treatments that alleviate suffering,” said campaign director DJ Schanz. “The patients cannot wait any longer, so we are proposing a conservative medical cannabis initiative that Utahns across the political spectrum will approve at the ballot box next year.”

Utah Patients Coalition is supported by a number of groups including: TRUCE, a Utah patient advocacy group; Libertas Institute, a Utah free market think tank; and the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization.

Under Utah law, a ballot initiative requires signatures from five sponsors before it can be filed with the lieutenant governor. The sponsors of the 2018 medical cannabis initiative are:

•    Christine Stenquist, medical cannabis patient and leader of patient advocacy organization TRUCE
•    Carl Wimmer, former state legislator and law enforcement official
•    Candi Huff, patient caretaker
•    Desiree Hennessy, patient caretaker
•    Melissa Butler, hospice nurse

“As a Christian, I’m opposed to things that would alter our minds and bodies. I would be against recreational drugs of any kind,” Wimmer said. “But I am strongly supportive of the legalization of medical cannabis for those who are suffering and have no other means to get relief. I believe it is the compassionate route to take.”

Having filed the ballot initiative with the lieutenant governor, Utah Patients Coalition will now await initial approval and a fiscal note from the state. The next step will be a series of seven regional meetings with voters. After that, Utah Patients Coalition can begin collecting the 113,143 signatures required for qualification for the 2018 ballot.

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Nevada Lawmakers Are Optimistic Adult-Use Program Will Begin July 1

<![CDATA[Nevada lawmakers remain optimistic about recreational marijuana program taking effect July 1, despite a battle with alcohol distributors.

 

The logistics dispute between the state’s alcohol distributors and the Department of Taxation has threatened Nevada’s “early start” program, but legislators are confident the issue will be overcome and recreational sales will still begin next month.

 

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, when Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, the ballot question stipulated that for the first 18 months, only licensed wholesale alcohol distributors could receive licenses to transport the product. In March, the Department of Taxation opened the application process up to medical marijuana businesses after reaching out to alcohol distributors in November and citing “insufficient interest” on their part to get involved in the industry.

 

The Reno Gazette-Journal goes on to say that a group of alcohol distributors have come forward, demanding to have exclusive rights to transport recreational marijuana for the first year and a half, as promised. Carson City District Judge James Wilson validated these concerns, and issued an order that prevents Nevada from issuing any recreational distribution licenses until the conflict is resolved, which created concerns that the state would not get recreational marijuana sales in July, as originally promised under their early start program.

 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that in an emergency regulation signed by Governor Brian Sandoval on Thursday, marijuana dispensaries that have received temporary licenses will still be able to sell their existing inventory starting on July 1 so long as they meet certain packaging and label requirements. These regulations are expected to be adopted on Monday.

 

In an interview with Cannabis Business Times, Independent State Senator Patricia Farley said while the early start date is July 1, the mandatory start date is Jan. 1, 2018, and quite a bit of work has been done so that the early start program will roll right into the Jan. 1 start.

 

“We got all application processes and rules worked out so it will be bumps in the road, but not huge potholes,” she said.

 

Farley indicated that the program is coming along “extremely well,” despite the setbacks brought on by the dispute over who will get the first distribution licenses. She said now that Wilson has upheld the alcohol distributors’ side, officials are meeting with the tax department to see how to move ahead with licensing. According to Farley, 25 licenses were granted on Wednesday, and every current medical establishment will be applying and hopefully receiving licenses.

 

She said that some recent and notable updates to the legislation include not only the early start program that has created so much stir in the state, but also an added 10% excise tax on recreational marijuana and the tightened laws on packaging and marketing materials, including warnings for children.

 

Farley is also optimistic about the program because Nevada has other states to partner with to see what has worked and what has not in terms of regulating the industry, and she believes that having a gaming board to model the industry after is helpful in terms of public safety and expunging criminal records.

 

“The industry here has really worked to be professional,” she said. “I think it will be great for Nevada.”

 

Farley says cultivators are stocking up and trying to prepare for the market to explode on July 1 so they can keep up their production to meet demand.

 

Democratic State Senator Tick Segerblom shares Farley’s positive outlook on Nevada’s early start program. In an interview with CBT, he said, “The program is incredible. When you look at all the other states that have gone recreational, they have always taken longer than mandated by law, but we’re going into effect early, and medical was already in place—we are just combining the two.”

 

He said merging the existing medical program with a recreational program will allow for one coherent structure and taxation system, and calls the dispute between the alcohol distributors and the Department of Taxation a “slight problem.” He says until the alcohol distributors are given licenses, nothing can move forward, but also says there are ways around that, and hopefully the two sides will end up working together.

 

“We have the best laws and best industry in the country,” he said. “We started from the beginning with a great medical program, and just need to transition into recreational.”

 

Morgan Fox, Senior Communications Manager for Marijuana Policy Project, also believes that the rollout of Nevada’s recreational program is progressing well.

 

“Despite Nevada’s medical program being delayed for many years, it was able to get off the ground very quickly and is now aiding in the establishment and implementation of [accepting applications and granting licenses],” she said. “The rollout seems to be going well, and is progressing faster than the other states that made marijuana legal this past November.”

 

Fox says that under the early start program, as applications are only being accepted from existing medical marijuana licensees, there have been more than 80 applications received from those various businesses.

 

“While it’s not practical to issue new licenses to distributors quickly enough to make [the July 1] date, the department has not announced any later date. Some MMJ businesses are planning to stock up before the early-start so they don’t run out of stock while they wait for distributors to be licensed.”

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AP Explains: Sorting Out the Cannabis Conundrum

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By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the state’s recreational marijuana law, it’s now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out.

On one hand, there’s a House bill that infuriated pro-marijuana activists by proposing a major overhaul of the voter-approved law. On the other, a more restrained Senate bill won praise from the groups behind the November ballot question.

RELATED: Massachusetts House Approves Revised Recreational Marijuana Law

Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the House bill’s lead author, suggested before the votes that the two chambers were in about 80 percent agreement on their respective approaches.

There is, in fact, more common ground than readily apparent given the dialogue of the past week.

Neither the House nor Senate changed the current legal possession limit of up to 1 ounce of pot or home growing provisions that permit up to a dozen plants per household.

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Canadian LGC Capital Partners With South African AfriAg to Produce and Export Medical and Recreational Cannabis Across the World

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MONTREAL and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 26, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – LGC Capital Ltd. (TSXV: QBA) (“LGC”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic alliance with AfriAg (Pty) Ltd to create a new 50/50 Joint Venture to grow and distribute medical and recreational cannabis products in the southern African region for export to regulated and certified end users around the world.

AfriAg has extensive experience with managing agriculture operations including greenhouse cultivation. It also owns and manages certified facilities and is one of the largest distributers of perishable food products by airfreight to the world from the southern African region.

The new Joint Venture will aim to develop a fully-regulated cannabis growing and processing industry in the southern African region for export to certified end users world-wide. AfriAg will assist LGC with securing significant agricultural land packages and processing facilities in the region to grow cannabis crops and produce, including seeds, cannabis extracted oils, dried marijuana leafs, cigarettes and vapours.

“LGC, in conjunction with AfriAg, will now be actively pursuing this first of its kind opportunity in the southern African region, which expands LGC’s focus into a truly international investment company,” said John McMullen, CEO of LGC. “AfriAg is a great development partner for a venture such as this and this opportunity is unique. If successful, we will make LGC the first and only Canadian publicly-traded company to be licenced to grow and export recreational and medical cannabis on a global basis.”

“AfriAg can bring a tremendous amount of growing, manufacturing and global logistics expertise to this partnership”, said Paul de Robillard from AfriAg. “Southern Africa has the commercial advantage of very competitive labour rate, a highly-skilled agriculture workforce, excellent climatic conditions, and rich soils that are well suited to outdoor and indoor crop production. We look forward to working with LGC on this new venture.”

About LGC Capital

LGC Capital Ltd. is a Canadian incorporated public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: QBA.V). LGC Capital’s objective is to become a diversified business group with core business divisions that provide shareholders with exposure to a diverse range of businesses, products and services, many of which have some exposure to high growth Cuban business opportunities and some that have no exposure to Cuba at all. LGC Capital now plans to enter into the agricultural space in southern Africa through its new joint venture with AfriAg.

About AfriAg

AfriAg (Pty) Ltd is a global agriculture and agri-logistics specialist, and provides crop growing and logistics solutions, food marketing and bespoke distribution services, by road, air and sea, to many major food retailing and wholesale corporations around the world. AfriAg (Pty) Ltd is 40% owned by London listed AfriAg Global PLC.

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Americans for Safe Access Partners With U of Maryland to Expand Training in Cannabis Industry

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MARYLAND — On Thursday, June 22nd, the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Training Program unveilled its new training platform on the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s online learning platform. The partnership between PFC and the School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS)  is directed toward medical cannabis  businesses to help expand their access to certified training courses and signifies a commitment to quality education and an expanding curriculum that meets the needs of the burgeoning medical cannabis industry, which includes cannabis growers, manufacturers, dispensaries and labs. Founded in 1841,  the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has a 175 year history of leading pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in Maryland and beyond, while ASA brings 15 years of hands-on expertise in developing state medical cannabis laws and regulations.

PFC is a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization in the country that has been educating the medical cannabis industry since 2002. Targeted toward regulators, operators, and industry workers, the PFC training program ensures regulatory compliance and promotes safety for patients and providers. CIPS is extending the reach of the PFC training program through its online platform (www.pfctraining.org), making PFC available to more professionals  working in the medical cannabis industry.

Each state with a medical cannabis program in the U.S. requires that all personnel who work in the cannabis industry receive adequate training; The PFC training program was designed to meet training requirements for these 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Unlike many other programs offered in the medical cannabis  industry, PFC is based on standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph.

The PFC training program curriculum was designed by ASA to help industry personnel implement procedures and practices to ensure safety, quality and professionalism and to set national standards for policies, operating procedures, and products and facility safety for the medical cannabis industry. Training materials include information to educate all sectors of the medical cannabis industry, including cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and laboratory.

The content of the PFC training program will continually respond to the growth and evolution of the medical cannabis industry, and its curriculum will continue to incorporate scientific and health research findings as they emerge.

“The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is responding to the urgent need for a knowledgeable and well-prepared medical cannabis workforce,” said Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, executive director of CIPS, associate dean for clinical services and practice transformation, and a professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. . “The School of Pharmacy’s partnership with ASA uses our online educational technology to meet the training needs of medical cannabis industry employees and advocates in 30  states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Through this partnership, we seek to promote medication safety through training and ultimately educate healthcare providers on the consideration of medical cannabis in treatment decisions.

“From private cannabis operations to government public health laboratories, the PFC training program addresses an urgent need for training and education from a reliable source; it also meets the regulatory requirements  to work with or handle cannabis across the United States,” said Jahan Marcu, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Auditor at Americans for Safe Access.  “PFC addresses educational requirements for anyone who works at dispensaries, manufacturing centers, cultivation operations, and both private or government public health laboratories to ensure safe products for patients. We are excited that the training is available to more users now than ever before thanks to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and look forward to furthering industry professionals’ knowledge of medical cannabis as the training program progresses.”

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Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday to implement the medical marijuana amendment voters approved last year.

Amendment 2, approved by 71 percent of the voters in November, took effect on Jan. 3 and required that laws had to be in place by July 3 for how patients can qualify and receive the drug. Scott has noted that the constitutional amendment “was passed overwhelmingly” and said the law “make sense for our state.”

RELATED: Orlando International Airport Bans Medical Marijuana

“This is a good day for sick and suffering Floridians. The signing of this law provides a framework for the future of our state’s medical marijuana system and while it is far from perfect, it will begin providing access to patients,” said Ben Pollara, the executive director of Florida for Care.

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Cannabis Business Insurance: Why You Shouldn't Be Caught Without It

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This article originally appeared in the June 2017 print edition of Cannabis Business Times. To subscribe, click here.

As the cannabis industry continues to expand, and standardization and acceptance continue to move forward, the risks associated with providing consumable products to a growing portion of the population will increase. In other words, more consumers purchasing cannabis products equals a greater risk for consumer claims. Cultivation operations should take the steps necessary to ensure they are adequately insured should a claim arise. Because of this, it’s critical that business owners take their time in selecting the most appropriate insurance coverage for their business. Not only is it smart for your business, but in some states, such as Washington, cultivators are required to purchase insurance (according to the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner).

In the days of unregulated sales and basement cultivation, mitigation of risk through insurance policies was the furthest thing from most cannabis cultivators’ minds. The very act of cultivation, distribution and sales was, in itself, a risky endeavor, and no policies existed to protect farmers from a no-knock raid. Things have changed dramatically in the past few years, as numerous U.S. states and Canada have legalized commercial cannabis cultivation and sale for recreational and/or medical purposes.

With seed-to-sale tracking being the standard for Cole memo compliance, it’s now possible for consumers to identify and trace their cannabis purchases back to the farm that cultivated it. This level of accountability, while great for consumers, places additional pressure on businesses to ensure they are covered in the event of an injury or claim.

In the past few years, several product liability and injury lawsuits have been brought against cannabis companies for pesticide usage, including LivWell, Inc., based out of Colorado, and most recently both Mettrum Ltd. and OrganiGram of Canada face similar suits. While decisions and settlements have not been reached in any of these cases (update: Livwell’s case was dismissed early in 2016), there is no reason to believe that this is the end of class action and liability claims against cannabis companies. As cannabis businesses grow and increase their footprint in various states throughout the U.S., an increase in legal action against these businesses will likely follow. If they haven’t already, now is the time for cannabis cultivators to get their operations covered in order to protect their company and its assets.

To read the full article in Cannabis Business Times’ June edition, click here.

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Scientists Claim To Have Discovered The Optimum Dose Of Weed

Researchers Believe They HERO Scientists Claim To Have Discovered The Optimum Dose Of Weed

How much weed is too much weed? The answer is largely dependent on who you ask. Terms like ‘greening out’ are floating around to describe the reaction that a number of people may have from smoking too much weed. But some say you can never have enough of the stuff. However, a recently conducted academic study published by the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Dependence claims to have the answer.

The magic number

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According to the Journal, 7.5mg of THC is optimal in keeping one relaxed and providing stress-relieving results. Beyond that, researchers say, carries a greater likelihood of having a negative impact on overall mood.

Clinicians took 42 healthy volunteers and placed each of them in a stressful situation, then gave them a non-stressful task. The subjects were split into a placebo group, a 7.5mg of THC group, and a 12.5mg of THC group. After measuring subjective mood, vital signs and cortisol levels the findings revealed,

7.5mg THC significantly reduced self-reported subjective distress after the TSST (Trier Social Stress Test) and attenuated post-task appraisals of the TSST as threatening and challenging.

The 12.5mg THC subjects had different results,

By contrast, 12.5mg THC increased negative mood overall i.e., both before and throughout the tasks. It also impaired TSST performance and attenuated blood pressure reactivity to the stressor.

One dose does not fit all

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One major hurdle in the fight to legalize cannabis is in finding the optimum dosing requirements to find the desired effects. Federal agencies have often cited these issues when denouncing the use of cannabis in general. But while it’s a start, 7.5mg of THC is a relatively small dose, as is 12.5mg when compared to the THC sold in dispensaries.

According to NBC News, “in Colorado’s legal bud, the average THC level is 18.7 percent, and some retail pot contains 30 percent THC or more.” This means that just a puff or two of weed could soar beyond the 12.5mg negative mood inducing dose that the study points out.

High Times also remarked on the study’s glaring issues,

Study participants were dosed with THC Capsules-meaning pure THC, no other cannabinoids, no terpenes. As has been demonstrated time and again, cannabis’ net effect on the body and brain has everything to do with the other constituent cannabinoids present, as well as the strain’s terpene content.

The study also fails to take into account users with high tolerances. For them, 7.5mg of THC just ain’t getting it done.

It’s all on you

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All-in-all, when it comes down to how much weed is too much, diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks. Women, for instance, become high more quickly than men do. Women also develop tolerances faster than men. This most likely has to do with the fact that women have a higher body fat content to store and absorb more THC.

Individual metabolic levels are also key when attempting to understand which THC levels are optimal. So for now, only you know how much weed is best for your unique needs. If not, have lots of fun while finding out.

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Puffing, Painting And Getting High: Must-Do Las Vegas Cannabis Events

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Picture this if you will, a warm night in a beautiful, modern residence located minutes from the Strip in SW Las Vegas. Inside, both local residents and tourists are engaged in art, music and fun times while unapologetically blazed. This little piece of paradise is what I experienced when I attended CannabisTours.com’s, (bring-your-own-cannabis) Puff, Pass, Paint and Puff, Pass, Pastry classes a couple weeks ago. As part of the CannabisTours experience, the organization is quickly becoming the gold-standard for cannabis loving tourists across the country.

A brief history

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Colorado Cannabis Tours was founded in 2014 in Denver by Michael Eymer, and Puff, Pass Paint was founded by Heidi Keyes at the same time. The two collaborated for a year and then merged their businesses in October of 2015, founding CannabisTours.com.

They became the standard for cannabis tourism by providing an array of classes, events, and lodging for cannabis tourists around the country. Their menu of fun cannabis inspired events has expanded to more cities (DC, Portland, LA, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Oakland), but I have to admit that given Las Vegas’ novelty culture, these classes seem tailor-made for the valley.

Puff, Pass, Paint

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Once I walked into the Puff, Pass, Paint class, I was overwhelmed by the chill and welcoming vibes. I was immediately greeted by Kristal Chamblee, who can only be described as super-intelligent, knowledgeable, funny and quite extroverted. I then met Michael Cassini (who goes by Mikey), it’s friendly, open and laid-back instructor who directed to a table set up with paint, paintbrushes and a blank canvas. The walls were adorned with paintings, which I later learned

The walls were adorned with paintings, which I later learned were done by previous attendees. After allowing for an additional 5 or 10 “stoner minutes,” as they called it, the class got underway. Mikey explained, “We’re gonna work on a Tiki Man tonight.”

And that’s when we lit up

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The crowd ranged in age from the early 20s and up, but there were no divides here. Nor were there any pretenses about the ‘puff, pass’ part. Mikey gave us our initial instructions but allowed us all to freestyle within our own pot-induced creative leanings. Between the smooth, low-volume hip hop and reggae beats and the large flat screen displaying videos of “happy tree” painter Bob Ross, I was fully immersed in the atmosphere; save for my self-consciousness over my lack of visual arts talent. But Kristal and Mikey were super reassuring.

Midway through the class, Kristal launches into a fun cannabis-trivia quiz for free Puff, Pass & Paint T-shirt giveaways. In a foggy haze, I wondered if these two knew that they had landed the pot smokers’ quintessential dream job.

Mikey says that combining cannabis with his love for art and people is a ‘totally joyful experience,” and it shows.

I started with Cannabis Tours in Las Vegas after rec voting was confirmed last year. Kristal and I are privileged to host the most fun cannabis events in town and this is just the beginning of our Las Vegas Cannabis adventure. – Mikey

Regarding the overwhelmingly positive reviews of their classes, Mikey continues,

One thing that we hear all the time is how therapeutic the painting and pottery events are.  People are amazed at being able to smoke with strangers in such a relaxed environment. What amazes us the most is seeing people from different walks of life or generations sharing joints and laughing.

Kat, a radio personality in Vegas and repeat attendee of the classes says she heard of them on Facebook and has since become a fan. She enthusiastically recommends the classes to anyone who would enjoy this type of thing, but she clarifies that,

The information that is given in the classes is phenomenal and the classes are always fun. It is not just about indulging in marijuana, but being educated as well as having fun.

As the city preps for recreational marijuana sales, slated to begin July 1, cannabis-oriented events will need to strike a balance between fun and education in order for legislators to keep their minds open with regards to expansion. When asked about the impacts of legal recreation on Vegas and CannabisTours.com Mikey stated,

Rec in Nevada will provide a new vibe for the Las Vegas entertainment scene. Now, Las Vegas visitors have the option to slow down, burn some great Nevada buds and enjoy the many different attractions in our entertainment city.

My hope is that recreational cannabis will help the city with much needed tax dollars for education and public works. We are excited to continue hosting great cannabis experiences and being a positive force of the community!

Puff, Pass, Pastry

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While Puff, Pass, Paint offers a tranquil experience, Puff, Pass, Pastry feels somewhere between relaxed and wildly informative. For a newbie, trying to find out how to properly cook with cannabis can be a difficult task. But after watching Kristal, a passionate culinary professional who knows her stuff, you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible.

Taught on a Sunday afternoon, Kristal delves into the scientific creation of simple syrups, blueberry lemonade and waffle sandwiches with cannabis-infused maple syrup (my mouth is watering as I write this).

Kristal’s class is a prime example of what the cannabis industry in Las Vegas needs, an educational yet fun approach to working with the plant. When asked later about her involvement with CannabisTours.com she replied,

Heidi and I were connected via social media in February, and within a week I was part of the Las Vegas CannabisTours.com family.  It has been such a dream to create my own cooking class as the Puff, Pass & Pastry Chef. Cooking and cannabis are my passion and to share with people from all over the country makes me feel great.

Given her vast knowledge, you’d think she’d been a cannabis connoisseur for a lifetime, but Kristal says that while she took her first puff in high school, she didn’t really develop a love for cannabis until she attended culinary school where she meshed cannabis with her passion for the culinary arts. She says, “Some of my best work is done while lit!”

Anyone interested in how to properly infuse cannabis with their meals needs to take a lesson or two from Kristal. Her passion is clearly reflected in her current work and in her ambitions.

As a chef, my dream is to have huge infused dinner parties at my house and share my infused food with the world.  Recreational cannabis allows me to do this without the idea that we are doing something wrong!

My hope is that rec will help with educating the public about cannabis in a positive light!  We smoke pot, we have fun and cannabis tours is here to help everyone do that in a safe open-minded space.

The go-to event for cannabis-friendly tourists and residents

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Visitors to Las Vegas who’d like to take advantage of Las Vegas’ new recreational law must remember that cannabis consumption, medical or otherwise is not permitted in or around the Las Vegas Strip.

In essence, CannabisTours.com’s series of classes may be one of the few places to safely and legally partake. Residents can also come as many times as they’d like! All events are BYOC (bring-your-own-cannabis), so do yourself a favor and book at least one of their activities while you’re in town at puffpassandpaint.com. You won’t regret it.

Their current event schedule is:

  • Puff, Pass, Paint: Thurs., Sat. – 7-9pm
  • Puff, Pass, Pastry: Sundays – 11:30-2pm
  • Puff, Pass, Pottery: Fridays 7-9pm
  • Puff, Pass, Poof Magic Show: Wednesdays – 7-9pm
  • Airport Pickup/Private Tours: Starting July 1
  • Group Tours: Coming July 1

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