Michigan Medical Marijuana Board Asks Dispensaries to Shut Down Until New Licensure

EAST LANSING, MI – Medical marijuana dispensaries would need to cease operation by a date certain if they wanted to be eligible for licensure in the future, the chair of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board signaled at a meeting on Monday.

“If we don’t do this today we’re going to do it somewhere in the future. Because it needs to be done,” said Rick Johnson, who chairs the board.

The board ultimately postponed the motion, which came from board member Donald Bailey. He proposed that if dispensaries did not close by Sept. 15, they would not be eligible for licensure under the new dispensary licensing system that will be put in place on Dec. 15.

He pointed to a 2013 Michigan Supreme Court decision that pegged dispensaries as operating illegally.

“Every dispensary that’s out there right now is open in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act,” Bailey said.

The action was strongly opposed by medical marijuana patients.

Sue Molff, a patient from Traverse City, said she didn’t appreciate the board talking about shutting down dispensaries. She said she depended on the concentrates she was only able to get at medical marijuana shops.

“What am I supposed to do during that time? Am I supposed to go back on the black market and get what I need?” She asked.  [Read more at MichiganLive]

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These States Are Most Likely to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Next

Every week’s there’s a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here’s a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

10. New York

New York is one of the most liberal states in America. And yet, it continues to keep recreational marijuana illegal. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has expressed concern about smoking marijuana. Smokeable and edible marijuana are not available in the state’s medical program. However, there remains strong support within the state to expand both the medical marijuana program and allow recreational use. Considering how powerful liberal voices are in the state, Cuomo may not be able to resist the legalization movement for long.

9. Rhode Island

Unlike many states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Rhode Island has no ballot initiative process where voters can pass laws through referendums. But, there have been several legislative attempts to legalize marijuana, and polls show that 59 percent of the state supports recreational use legalization.

8. Delaware 

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Cannabis Startups Can Learn from the Dot.Com Past

The pressure is always on.

In Silicon Valley, we’re accustomed to tech startups moving at the speed of light to get their innovative products to market. All while fending off tough competition, being careful with their capital and acting nimbly to meet and exceed expectations.

Now, many businesses in a fledgling California industry—cannabis businesses—are running fast out of the gate on a similar path to growth. Ever since voters approved the recreational use of cannabis here in California, opportunities keep opening up as state regulations continue to be crafted. In addition to the inroads companies on the medicinal side have made so far, an expanding mix of opportunities exist along the cannabis value chain—from cultivators, processors and manufacturers to retailers and logistics providers and, yes, even tech companies.

Consider that last year, California made up 27% of the legal market in North America, according to 2016 stats by The ArcView Group, which invests in cannabis-related businesses. California businesses are expected to triple the United States’ legal industry, which stands at $6 billion, according to research firm Cowen & Co.

Which of the companies involved in this emerging industry will repeat past entrepreneurial mistakes, and which ones will flourish and gain market share? Much depends on whether they’ll take the time to learn the lessons from companies that came before them.

Many of the challenges faced by cannabis-related businesses resemble what rising tech startups dealt with before they reached their stardom (or demise—it’s estimated that 90 percent of tech small businesses fail). In order to succeed, at least to start, these new businesses need a niche to set them apart from the competition plus access to funding and, of course, a realistic plan forward.

So, for companies that want to add on to their offerings by expanding into the cannabis market or entrepreneurs starting a new venture, they need to factor in the following similarities they’ll have with the high-tech sector:

1. No need to re-invent the wheel: It’s tough out there for any new business. But the startup stage can be made easier when you can pull wisdom from the past. Pick up best practices from another industry where entrepreneurial spirit reigns and rapid speed is a necessity. High tech businesses have set precedents for thriving even with scarce resources and uncertain futures. Build off what has worked for them, and create relevance by tailoring best practices to the cannabis industry.

2. There’s a thin line between planning and pivoting: The ability to change as needed and knowing when to vector typically separates the companies that can grow even in chaos from those who are destined to languish. How will canna-business entrants rapidly adjust to unexpected market conditions? Are they built to withstand changing regulations as well as increased competition?

Flexibility is always a must, but it’s especially critical in the early days when cash burns fast. Course corrections without credible cash forecasts are where many emerging growth companies can go wrong fast.

3. It takes a village to birth and grow your baby—your company: Just like tech companies get good advice from their peers, canna-businesses need places to turn to strategize on their next moves. You can’t run your business in a vacuum. Experts are needed along the way, for guidance, consultation and strategic advice. Lean on trusted advisors and specialists who have guided young companies from shaky beginnings to solid ground. Look for pros who are adept at powering through uncertainty, shifting compliance situations and a fast pace.

We’ll continue to closely follow the developments of the cannabis industry as it unfolds and new businesses and strategic partners continue to take part. Here’s what we know with certainty: The courage and tenacity of entrepreneurs play a big role in their ability to be successful. They’re breaking into uncharted territory. Fortunately for those in the cannabis industry, they do have a roadmap to follow. They can make it their own by learning from other startups’ mistakes and adopting proven best practices.

Operating their business amidst the numerous issues facing the cannabis industry (regulatory constraints, banking roadblocks galore, tax questions, among other issues), the entrepreneurs at this level must be strategic. This begins with carefully managing resources, shaping a network of experts who can help guide you, and knowing where to turn for the best advice.

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Science Just Confirmed That Cannabis Leads To Better Sex

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Recreational cannabis users have long-linked pot and heightened sexual ecstasy, and now researchers are fervently trying to determine if such claims can be backed up by scientific evidence. It’s well-known that too much cannabis can leave people too lethargic to function and may also lead to diminished sexual function in males. But multiple studies are suggesting that smaller doses of weed taken before sex could be a major libido-booster.

Sex and Mary Jane

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The Pharmalogical Research Journal recently published a study to determine the aphrodisiac potential of pot and found that 70 percent of people who smoke before doing the wild thing experienced “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction.” The study reported,

The identification of THC and later on, the discovery of the ECS have opened a potential therapeutic target for sexual dysfunctions, given the partial efficacy of current pharmalogical treatment.

The sex-enhancing effects of cannabis didn’t differ much between men and women, which gives everyone an equal opportunity for better sex. Nick Karas, author of The Passionate High – A Lovers Guide to Cannabis has built an entire business based on the premise of microdosing weed to enhance your sex life. He told Leafly,

When incorporating the right strain, dosage, and intention, cannabis users report that it increases sexual stamina and skill, awakens creativity, prolongs orgasms and intensifies the emotional bonding between partners.

Just a little bit

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The researchers from the University of Catania in Italy and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic were initially interested in settling the abundance of contradictory claims made when it comes to cannabis and sex.

While women don’t tend to report diminished sexual function as a result of smoking cannabis, the same can’t be said for some men. Healthline reported,

Smoking can damage your blood vessels and ED is often a result of poor arterial blood supply to the penis.

However, the researchers emphasize that THC in small doses can have the opposite effect. Wayne Koff, CEO, and president of the Human Vaccine Project also documented in 1974 that the key to utilizing cannabis as a sexual stimulator was to remember that dosage is an important factor. A single joint was enough for a pleasurable experience, while anything more became detrimental to the experience.

Given the prevalence of popular sexual-enhancement drugs like Viagra, ExtenZe, and even natural products that stimulate the female libido, we have to wonder whether using cannabis as a tool for better sex might open the floodgates for greater acceptance overall. Should states move to add sexual dysfunction to the list of qualifying conditions?

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David Letterman Just Admitted He Once Accidentally Smoked Animal Tranquilizer

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Last Wednesday, when in the studio with Howard Stern, David Letterman got candid about cannabis. But the most memorable of his cannabis use was the time he thought he was smoking weed. He was new to California and thought he was about to smoke weed, but he accidentally smoked animal tranquilizer.

David Letterman and the accidental ingestion

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Yes, the former host of The Late Show recalled the occasion in which he visited his friend George Miller – the standup comedian who made many appearances on Letterman’s’ late-night shows – at the latter’s apartment, along with two female friends, where he accidentally wound up smoking weed that was laced with animal tranquilizer.

I’m new to California and I thought, ‘I guess this is what you do!’ They’re passing around a joint; and, I’m the dope from Indiana, and I take a hit, take another hit, and the young girl says, ‘You taste that?’

He did taste something, what he initially thought was mint, which is why he assumed it was mint-flavored cannabis. But, no, it was anything but another herb.

She says, ‘No, that’s PCP.’ And I said, not wanting to be a complete dope, ‘Oh, what’s PCP?’ And she says, ‘Oh, it’s animal tranquilizer.’ And I said, you know what? I just got out of there, and I just thought, ‘What? I don’t want, why?!’ I just thought, ‘Do you need that animal tranquilizer?’

It’s hard not to agree to agree with Letterman, though, as it’s best to keep it green.

Listen to the full interview with David Letterman on Howard Stern here.

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This Edibles Company Wants You To Bake Better At Home

Baking Co hero This Edibles Company Wants You To Bake Better At Home

A new company is offering customers the opportunity to create delectable cannabis treats from the comfort of their own home. Whether it’s a delicious pie or a gooey cookie, these recipes not only come pre-portioned and packed full of sweetness, but they’re healthy, too. Fed up with the processed edibles offered on the market today, the masterminds behind this business decided to create products free of gluten and refined sugars, so even those with food allergies could experience quality edibles. The process is simple, just bring your own herb and start the easy-to-follow steps.

Quality is key for the Baking Supply Co

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Today’s cannabis market offers consumers more options than ever before. There are infused wines, special cannabis-themed dinners and every edible imaginable. However, many of these treats come loaded with empty calories from sugar, flour, and preservatives.

This lack in healthy edibles is what sparked an idea in the minds of a brother-sister duo from Australia.

The Baking Supply Co. offers customers a new way to create edibles. Each month, subscribers receive a refrigerated box filled with all the essential ingredients to bake a delicious treat that is gluten and refined sugar-free.

Customers need only bring their cannabis. Each recipe lays out step-by-step directions, from infusion to finished product, even beginner bakers can follow.

Co-founder Ali Francis explains why The Baking Supply Co. is a great option for any health-conscious cannabis consumer.

We’re pretty passionate about helping people eat better. We love baked goods, but we don’t so much love the way they make you feel after. Most herbal baked goods on the market are pretty unhealthy, full of sugar, white flour, and ingredients devoid of anything good for you.

In an age where we’re hyperaware of the way food and diet affects our wellbeing, we wanted to create something that everyone could eat, both recreationally and to treat symptoms from conditions like cancer, migraines, glaucoma, nerve pain, period pain, or seizures, naturally.

Final product

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Creating these delicious salted chocolate oat cookies is simple and fun. The step-by-step directions make it so easy to incorporate infused ghee, guaranteed to deliver an edible unlike any you’ve had before.

Gluten-free baked goods often get a reputation of being tasteless, but these cookies are mouth-watering and moist, even better than their unhealthy counterparts.

The Baking Supply Co. is doing their part in reducing the company’s environmental footprint. The shipments and products are sent using recyclable, reusable and minimal materials, so there’s less waste to deal with. In an attempt to help local farmers regain some of the

In an attempt to help local farmers regain some of the foothold they’re losing to industrialized farming, The Baking Supply Co. uses locally grown produce. Ingredients are sourced from direct relationships with farmers. The founders are passionate about creating a network of companies that can all benefit from the Baking Boxes, as Francis explains.

We’re almost there with The Baking Supply Co. We’ve developed a ton of recipes, branded the packaging, and lined up our distributors and vendors. We’ve found the best quality, local ingredients. Now, we’re excited to create a meaningful community around The Baking Supply Co. and bring our concept to life for everyone to enjoy.

Customers can visit BakingSupply.co and sign up to begin their subscription. Baking Boxes start at just $40 and provide an unforgettable experience. Those who sign-up before August 15 will receive a special 25% discount from Indiegogo.

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Brewers Are Adding Terpenes To Beer Now And People Love It

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While some may find the smell or taste of cannabis as noxious, more and more are coming to love it, in everything. If the flavor is king for you, check out some of the many ways you can enjoy that herbal essence in everyday products. While these terpenes won’t cause you to get high, they are certainly creating a buzz.

Buds and Suds

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The hops in beer and cannabis share not only the largest combined fan bases of virtually any plant in the world, but distant family tree ties as well. Now, they are coming together for a reunion to make everyone happy.

Lagunitas brewing and AbsoluteXtracts combined forces to craft not only a terpene infused beer line, but a hops infused cannabis vape line to compliment it. Supercritical is served in select California establishments, with more locations on the way.

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It’s no secret that our first president loved Indian Hemp. He grew it and founded the nation on its fibers. With the release of General Washington’s Secret Stash IPA, Dad and Dudes Breweria brought his two loves to life. Colder than the Delaware River and as refreshing as liberty itself, its Colorado fanbase continues to grow.

Jetty Extracts and Thorn Street Brew Brewing Co. combined the sweet taste of hops with terpenes from Pineapple Express, Girl Scout Cookies, and other scrumptious strains.

If a heavier hitting buzz calls your name, try Earth Mama’s terpene infused vodka. Or enjoy a fine glass of cannabis wine from CannaWine with an upscale meal.

If DIY is your style, there are plenty of mixed drink recipes for cannabis and terpenes. Cocktail Whisper Warren Bobrow published a whole book of them for your mixing pleasure.

The terpenes of cannabis go beyond the bong, and even the bottle. Chefs incorporate it into entire menus, cosmetics incorporate it into perfumes and lip balms, lotions and nail polishes.

Cannabis is quickly becoming as universal as vanilla, as refreshing as mint, and as sought after as pumpkin spice.

Terpenes make the taste

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For some, the passion is in the pot, so why not enjoy the taste any chance they can? But for those who haven’t, the tastes and aromas are a new and unique palette to explore.

As cannabis grows in popularity, alcohol sales in legal states have shown a noticeable decline as well. So it only makes sense that if you can’t beat em’, join em’.

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Jim Carrey Is A Painter Now And You Need To Watch His Art Documentary

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At one point, Jim Carrey was not only the king of movie comedies, but he was also the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. These days, the comedian has taken a step back from the limelight, becoming somewhat of a recluse in Hollywood.

Jim Carrey: In living color

That change in lifestyle has seen the actor notably absent from the screen, with his last starring roles The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2, back in back in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

His last appearance on-screen was actually a supporting role in The Bad Batch, which was released a year ago, where he was unrecognizable in the small cameo. During the release, Carrey also chose not to support the film, by rejecting all press opportunities.

So, just what has Jim Carrey been doing? The answer is painting, a creative outlet he is passionate about, which is seen in his short documentary I Needed Color. The six-minute video, which was uploaded to Vimeo in July, has since racked up almost five million views. As you’ll see in the documentary, Carrey spends a lot of time in his art studio, where he spends his

As you’ll see in the documentary, Carrey spends a lot of time in his art studio, where he spends his days painting.

When I really started painting a lot, I had become so obsessed that there was no room to move in my home. Paintings were everywhere, they were becoming part of the furniture – I was eating on them. I found myself looking ’round at one point, in a really bleak winter in New York, and it was so depressing – I think I needed color.

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You Won’t Believe How Much Vancouver Dispensaries Owe The City In Fines

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Having some of the highest density of dispensaries in Canada, the city of Vancouver is having a tough time regulating the budding businesses. Not only have these shops been operating within the gray area of medical cannabis in Canada, but 64 of them don’t even have a business license. This has resulted in the city issuing a huge amount of tickets to the dispensaries, with only 20% of them actually being paid.

In Vancouver, it’s business as usual

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With sights already set on legal recreational bud next year, it appears that many of these Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs are ignoring the cities current regulations for dispensaries altogether. Among the 64 unlicensed dispensaries in the lower mainland, a total of 2024 tickets has been issued to them by the municipality.

The total dollar amount for these outstanding tickets is a whopping $1.2 million, and in the time span of just over a year, only $160,000 has been paid by the dispensaries. Comparing with the usual city-issued ticket repayment statistics of 86%, cannabis businesses are under a 20% collection rate.

The municipality of Vancouver has filed 53 injunctions against pot shops operating without business licenses or zoning approval. In an attempt to force their closure, the city’s chief license inspector Kathryn Holm says that they are at the behest of the judicial system.

We are waiting to have (injunction hearings) scheduled, but unfortunately that’s something we don’t directly control. We are able to file and then request access to the courts, and we are just waiting to obtain that access. – Kathryn Holm

Delaying until legalization

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Vancouver’s bylaw inspectors will continue to ticket unlicensed dispensaries, simply adding that the sum total of unpaid fines. A Vancouver counselor says this “just provides even more evidence that they’re breaking the bylaw… But we just have to get in front of a judge.”

It appears that the courts are not prioritizing the crackdown on these cannabis businesses in the city because if they were, those 64 unlicensed vendors would not exist. The processing of these bylaw infractions are taking a back seat in the judicial system, which many would argue is better for the city as a whole.

By clogging up the courts with cannabis-related charges right before the stuff gets legalized would be a huge waste time and money, so the actions or lack thereof of the BC courts are popular among the eyes of the cannabis community.

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This Chef Is Sacrificing The Easy Life To Help The Cannabis Cause

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Would you be prepared to sacrifice for something you believe in? As hemp is still not legalized in New Zealand, one New Zealander has put his life aside to make sure that the plant thrives Down Under, giving up his home, and cooking out the back of a van. That man is Cameron Sims, who is doing all that he can for hemp.

Cooking for the cause

If you’re on this website, you’ll know that hemp is the non-psychoactive form of cannabis, which is rich in protein (and has many health benefits) but is also illegal in New Zealand.

For some people, their home is their castle, but for this Kiwi entrepreneur, his home is his car, having chosen to live in his van to further the cause. In an interview with One News, Cameron Sims says,

I have a comfortable mattress, and it’s all I need. I’m really focused on my business.

And his business? That’s Plant Culture, which supplies food products made from hemp.

I love hemp. I’m possessed by hemp. I want to share hemp with New Zealand.

As is the case with countries that haven’t legalized hemp, the reporter does bring up the stereotypical stoner cliché, as is often the case. That sees the reporter, Tim Wilson, asking Sims – albeit, in the aim of laughs – if he “smokes pot,” “gets high,” or, yes, even if he “blazes up.”

For all those questions, the answer from Sims is a firm no. It is a means to an end, with the video quickly explaining that the still illegal “clean, green and delicious” hemp can produce a hemp seed oil that is legal, but the byproduct, hemp protein, isn’t. But it looks like the latter will soon be legal in New Zealand.

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