L.A. Won’t Join California’s Legal Pot Party Jan. 1

LOS ANGELES – We have the privilege of seeing history play out in front of our own eyes, with there being no legal pot party in Los Angeles on Jan. 1.

California kicks off recreational sales on New Year’s Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal marijuana. But, Los Angeles officials announced Friday that dispensaries in the city won’t be part of the celebration.

The city won’t begin accepting applications to sell legal recreational pot until Jan. 3, and it could take weeks before those businesses are properly licensed with the city and state and open their doors.

“Come Jan. 1 in the city of Los Angeles, there are no legal, adult-use sales,” Cat Packer, who heads the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation, told reporters at City Hall.

“We are starting a process. This is something that is not going to happen overnight,” Packer said.

Los Angeles is California’s largest pot market and the opening of legal sales was widely anticipated. In March, 80 percent of city voters endorsed a ballot measure that set in motion creation of the new pot marketplace.

The decision to delay licensing, even for several weeks, was a disappointment for growers and sellers who have feared they could be squeezed out of the market if LA lagged in licensing.

“It’s a scary time for the operators,” said Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a marijuana industry group.

“It’s not just the retailers. There is still complete uncertainty to other aspects of the industry,” such as cultivation and transportation, he added. “At the end of the day, the city is not ready.”

Los Angeles struggled for months to get rules in place to license businesses for legal sales, only agreeing to guidelines earlier this month. Packer was hired in August, just months before legalization kicked in.

Under Los Angeles rules, neighborhoods would be largely off-limits to pot businesses, and buffer zones would be set up around schools, libraries and parks. The city has long been a hive of unlicensed dispensaries, and hundreds have been shut down.

So far, legalization has resulted in a patchwork of regulations around California.

Santa Cruz, San Diego, Shasta Lake, San Jose and West Hollywood are among the cities where businesses have been authorized for recreational sales. But Kern County is among the places that have banned all commercial marijuana activity.

In general, California will treat pot like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to 1 ounce of the drug and grow six plants at home.

The slower rollout in Los Angeles will leave operators in a kind of legal limbo, at least temporarily. The state has said licensed businesses should only do business with other properly licensed operators.

However, Packer said that medicinal sales to consumers with a doctor’s recommendation can continue. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state for two decades.

There could be more confusion to come.

The first licenses are expected to go largely to retailers. However, if not enough cultivators hold licenses, sellers would have to look elsewhere in California to stock their shelves.

“I will admit this is an incomplete process,” Packer said.

The route to legalization began last year when state voters approved Proposition 64, which set the stage for recreational pot sales to adults.

 

Courtesy of:  The Associated Press

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First Maryland Medical Cannabis Dispensary Finally Opens

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for the prescribed cannabis.

Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon.

William Askinazi, one of the owners, said people who work at the store were euphoric that the day had finally arrived. More than half of all U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized a comprehensive medical cannabis program, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“You can tell there’s a buzz, and we’re excited for so many reasons,” Askinazi said. “We’re giving care to people who need it.”

A long line of people cheered late Friday as sales began.

Denise Broyhill was among the first in the door to buy marijuana tablets. She said she was upbeat and relieved after years of delays by authorities in making medical cannabis available in the state. A resident of the state capital city of Annapolis, Broyhill also said she hoped for good results managing the pain from a neurological condition.

“I’m very excited to try it and relieved to get through the whole process after waiting so long,” Broyhill said. “It’s been a longtime, but I’m looking to have some good pain management.”

Palm Beach County’s First Medical Cannabis Shop to Open Tuesday

The first medical cannabis dispensary in Palm Beach County is set to open next week.

It will be right across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.

The new medical cannabis dispensary will be at the corner of Lake Avenue and Dixie Highway.

The doors are locked now, but when the place opens Tuesday, one woman says it can’t happen soon enough.

“I love it, I think it’s good. I think it’s a great medicine. I think it was put on this earth to help cure us,” said Cheryl Grundwald, a Lake Worth resident and grandmother.

Grundwald her husband run South Florida Speaker Repair. Cheryl has a medical cannabis ID card and she’s been using medical marijuana for several months for relief from Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Three times a day, she uses cannabis oil in a vaporizer. She orders it on-line and it’s delivered to her home twice a month. The cost: about $200.

‘It’s a miracle drug for me. It makes me feel so much better,” Grundwald said.

She’s glad to learn a medical cannabis dispensary will open next week in Lake Worth, right across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.

“I’m very thrilled to have our first dispensary here in Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County. I wish we could get more. I can’t wait ‘til we get more. It’s gonna be so much more convenient to be able to drive and get the medicine,” Grundwald said.

Adriano Aguilar and his wife Elsa run a jewelry and clock store in downtown Lake Worth less than a block from the pot dispensary.

“Well my own opinion is if it’s medical it’s fine. But if its recreational, no,” said Elsa Aguilar, co-owner of Arlex Jewelry and Clocks.

While some cities have banned pot dispensaries, Lake Worth takes a different view.

“It’s not a controversy here in the city of Lake Worth per se, because um like I said, a majority of the voters supported having medical cannabis available to people who need it,” said Michael Bornstein, Lake Worth City Manager.

The city of Lake Worth will eventually have two medical pot dispensaries, but has a moratorium in place. So at least for now, there won’t be more than two.

The operators of the dispensary said in a written statement: “Knox Medical is dedicated to compassionately provide patients access to the highest quality medicinal cannabis in an unrivaled, professional healthcare environment that puts the welfare of patients first.”

They also have dispensaries in Gainesville, Orlando, Tallahassee and Jacksonville.

The one in Lake Worth at 1 South Dixie Highway is scheduled to open at 12 noon next Tuesday, November 14.

Peru Legalizes Medical Cannabis in Move Spurred by Mother’s Home Lab

SOUTH AMERICA – Lawmakers in Peru have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to legalise medical marijuana, allowing cannabis oil to be locally produced, imported and sold.

With a vote of 68-5, Peru’s Congress approved the bill which will be written into law in 60 days, once regulations for producing and selling cannabis have been set out.

Alberto de Belaunde, a governing party lawmaker and advocate of the proposal, said: “We’ve ensured that thousands of patients and their family members will enjoy a better quality of life.”

“This is a historic moment and my dream is that empathy and evidence can continue to defeat fears and prejudices,” he told the Guardian.

“This was not an abstract debate, it had a human face,” he added.

The legislative approval followed a government proposal to decriminalise the medical use of marijuana for the “treatment of serious and terminal illnesses” after a police raid in February on a makeshift laboratory where a group of mothers made marijuana oil for their sick children.

The laboratory was in the home of Ana Alvarez, 43, who founded the group Buscando Esperanza or Searching for Hope to treat her 17-year-old son Anthony who suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, as well as tuberous sclerosis, which causes tumours to grow on the brain and other organs.

“We’re very happy with the fact that Peruvian law has approved this,” Alvarez told the Guardian. “But we’re not totally satisified.”

“We want associations like ours to be included in the production of this natural medicine,” she said, adding that the new bill only allowed strictly regulated local production of cannabis oil, precluding organisations like hers.

She was also worried that imported marijuana derivatives would be too expensive for her to buy for her son and for the families of other patients. The homemade oil was made for a fraction of the cost, she said, and came in different varieties for the personalised use of more than 300 patients.

“We would have liked the patients’ associations to be have been allowed to produce their own cannabis oil,” De Belaunde agreed, adding it could be possible through university investigations into medicinal marijuana, which are now permitted.

After Colombia, Peru is the largest producer of coca, the leaf used to make cocaine, and it has a thriving illegal drug trade. It is now the sixth country or territory in Latin America to legalise the use of cannabis in some form.

The medicinal use of cannabis oil is now legal in Peru’s neighbours Colombia and Chile as well as in Puerto Rico. In Uruguay, marijuana cultivation and use is permitted in all its forms.

 

Courtesy of The Guardian

Cannabis Inhaler From Israel Gives Controlled Medical Doses

TEL-AVIV – The epicenter of progressive cannabis culture has just developed something else to get excited about: a 3D printed inhaler.

In a feature by the Jerusalem Post, Perry Davidson, CEO of Syqe Medical, talks about his humble beginnings. Patients with terminal illnesses would desperately seek his help to obtain medical cannabis before it was licensed in Israel. “Back then, I was picking up the cannabis in the garden, going on the bus, wrapping it up so it didn’t smell and physically giving it to the patient,” he says. “I was a 26-year old schmuck, and I was dealing with hundreds of cancer patients… How did we get to a situation where if I didn’t wake up in the morning, these cancer patients would or wouldn’t get their medication?”

Big names in pharma have already partnered with Syqe Medical, a drug delivery company based in Tel Aviv, in order to distribute a brand-new 3D-printed MMJ inhaler. Through the product, doctors can remotely prescribe the drug in controlled doses, solving one of the biggest problems we face in the medical cannabis community today: accurate dosage.

The inhaler is the only metered dose cannabis inhaler made out of plant material in the world. The device was approved by the Israeli Health Ministry over 2 years ago for use in a pilot program conducted at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, the first location where doctor prescribed the drug as “standard medical treatment”. Since then, Israel has come a long way in pioneering how medical cannabis is used. Israel is also where Professor Raphael Mechoulam came from, whom we know of as the Godfather of THC because he was the first person to ever isolate and identify the cannabinoid THC as we know it today, back in the 1960’s.

Israel is home to ingenious, pioneering cannabis startups which make it ripe for the growth of Syqe Medical who benefited from a 3D printer worth half a million dollars, which they got for free as a beta product. Syqe Medical also received $1 million in funding from the Israel Innovation Authority. “The R&D, localized support, it has very much to do with the innovative climate in Israel and the financial support of seed investors… Now, investors are knocking at our doors every day,” Davidson says.

Precise dosage has long been an issue particularly for medical cannabis patients who need this information more than recreational users. Defining precise dosage is still in its infancy, but the Syqe inhaler seems to have found a solution. Smoking cannabis has raised many health concerns particularly for those who suffer from respiratory allergies or diseases that affect the mouth, nose, and breathing function.

Using the Syqe handheld inhaler only takes 3-5 minutes for the concentrated cannabis to reach the bloodstream. Another impressive aspect of this device is that it’s built to be smart – the inhaler collects data and sends it back to Syqe immediately so that researchers can monitor the patient’s usage and use this information to build case studies that can strengthen the case to legalize cannabis. It does this through the use of preloaded cannabis VaporChips, which look just like computer chips, which are stored in a cartridge. The inhaler also features thermal controllers and lung interfacing which can be used to stop or increase airflow based, while speed and pace can also be adjusted, allowing patients to meet a precise dose within 100 micrograms, a medically accepted threshold of accuracy.

“We were able to deliver a plant with the same rigor, safety, and precision as a [traditional] pharmaceutical,” says Davidson, referring to a 2016 contract with Teva Pharmaceuticals who will be distributing the inhaler domestically. Syqe is also planning for a trial with the US FDA next year.

“We give them credit, for Teva, to have the chutzpah to sign up with us to prescribe cannabis in its natural form,” says Davidson. “The fact that we had to go through all the due diligence with the top management in Teva to have this marketed by a pharmaceutical company – if that doesn’t mean we’re a drug, I don’t know what is a drug.” Even Philip Morris has poured in $20 million in Syqe with the objective of finding ways to reduce health risks associated with smoking, giving Syqe a total of $33 million today.

Several hundred Israelis are now using the Syqe device, out of 30,000 who are all prescribed MMJ. They’re all also under the watch of Rambam Hospital. Davidson said that there are people calling weekly asking, “Is it in the market, is it in the market?”. But patients will have to wait until 2018 to use the inhaler outside Rambam Hospital.

Courtesy of Cannabis.net

 

Atlanta Just Decriminalized Weed

GEORGIA – Atlanta has become the latest city to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There used to be a $1,000 fine and up to six months of jail time if you were caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in Atlanta, but now it will be a $75 fine and no possible jail time. That’s a big change, and as Fortune notes, it will mostly impact the black population, because “92% of individuals arrested for marijuana between 2014 and 2016 were black.”

Dallas, Nashville and multiple other southern cities have also decriminalized weed, so this seems to be part of a larger trend. Georgia has not legalized medical or recreational marijuana, so residents outside Atlanta aren’t going to get as much leeway.

“Today we stand with every parent of Atlanta who is fearful of or has seen their children’s lives destroyed, or careers ruined because of a racist policy that unjustly incarcerated minorities by more than ninety percent,” Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall said. “Reforming the racist marijuana laws on the book in Atlanta has been just one in a number of reforms that I have fought for.”

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Courtesy of the 420 Times

The Next Generation in Drying and Curing Systems: Cann Systems LLC

Boulder, CO – August 23, 2017—Legalization of the cannabis and hemp industries has become a reality. They are turning quickly into multi-billion dollar industries in the US and several other countries. These emerging industries are generating business opportunities that are driving many companies to develop a whole new technical infrastructure. Newly developed equipment is giving growers the tools and information to create the best, most pure and potent products available to the consumer.

The industry has changed tremendously over the last several years. From the type of products, the purity content of thc and cannabinoids, the extraction methods for oils and concentrates, edibles to the genetics being produced. New technologies and equipment are available to help growers and processors create the best possible products.

One process which is commonly overlooked is that of Drying and Curing. Addressing issues such as contamination; moisture variations; keeping the oils preserved and basically “how to offer a product that is of consistent quality” is of highest priority. Preserving the integrity and potency thru the drying and curing process can enhance the flavor, improve the smell, assure the highest potency, maintain beautiful presentation and, one of the most critical aspects of the dry/cure, preserve the terpenes. Terpenes are extremely elusive and can begin to evaporate into the atmosphere upon drying/curing. Always properly drying and curing terpenes can boost the flower profiles immensely. A superior cure can also extend the life of the cannabis and hemp plant. To address this opportunity, a cutting edge new product has been launched for this process that is so important to the final product: Drying and curing your product correctly!

Cann Systems LLC introduces its new line of Cannabis and Hemp drying and curing equipment. Cann Systems is an innovative company bringing over 40 years of drying experience to the industry. Decades of drying experience developed in industries such as lumber, food and in recent years the health food industries and carefully adapted to the specific needs in the Cannabis and Hemp industries.

The Cann Systems drying and curing systems are energy efficient heat pump based dehydration systems including a closed chamber and a programmable computer control that allows one to precisely set a preferred drying curve and repeat it time after time for a high quality and consistent end product. All from the palm of your hand with a smartphone or tablet. From a portable one rack system to larger industrial equipment holding 48 racks or more, Cann Systems covers it all.

Throughout the country there has been an emergence of states going legal, generating many new products and businesses. However, in the drying/curing space of the industry we have seen very little advances. The process of growing has become more advanced and it’s all about the quality. However, if top quality is the mission then following up with a next generation drying/curing process has to be part of it.

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