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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

You Can Bet on It: Roadside Drug Testing is Coming to Michigan - by Tim Beck

   In what may be a historic first, two persons in San Diego, California were arrested for marijuana impairment by the California Highway Patrol. These were not normal arrests. The drivers were busted  after being drug tested by a device called the "Drager 5000."

       The Drager 5000 uses a swab sample of saliva. The sample is then placed in a chemical solution and the result comes back within eight minutes. The Drager can also detect the presence of heroin, cocaine, meth, benzodiazepines and prescription opiates. In the San Diego arrests, when the device detected the presence of marijuana, the persons in question were taken to the police station and a blood test was administered. In effect, the Drager worked exactly like a "preliminary breath test" (PBT) now used by cops all across the USA to detect alcohol intoxication. PBT results are not considered valid in and of themselves. However, if the PBT result is positive for intoxication the person is arrested and a blood test for alcohol is administered. A blood test is considered the final word, and is almost always accepted in a court of law as "accurate."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

FIND YOUR WAY! It's Totally Worth It... - by Citizen Jay Daily

     So, you wanna quit your day job and move to a Cannabis-legal state and get a weed job, do ya?  Well in 2017, while that may be a whole lot easier than it was just a few years ago, it’s still not a sure thing.  Unquestionably, there are now twice, no three times as many Cannabis businesses in the United States as there were just a few years ago. The ArcView Group says that by 2019 all the state-legal Cannabis markets combined will be worth around $11 Billion annually.  Still, the market for jobs is as tight as can be.  The desire for those jobs is ever on the climb.  Luckily, Cannabis is a renewable resource.

Turning the Tide Against Big Pharma - by Rebecca Veenstra

     It’s getting to be farmer’s market season. There’s nothing I love more than strolling through the rows of produce taking in the colors and scents of all the beautiful fruits and vegetables. It always seems like there are so many different varieties and colors. Even the local grocery store always seems to have a huge selection of all kinds of fresh grown goodies to delight my eyes and appetite. Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that over 90% of the varieties of fruits and vegetables grown on the planet have been lost in the 20th century. The last study to count seed variety in the USA was done in 1983.

     Of the 544 cabbage varieties, all but 28 are extinct forever. 9 out of 158 different types of cauliflower are available to us. Of 288 types of beets humans used to have access to all but 17 have become permanently extinct. The same goes for onions, peppers, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, melons, fruit trees… 94% of the varieties that used to exist are just plain gone forever. I can’t help but wonder how the heck does something so drastic happen without us realizing it?

An Interview with Steve Embree of Snap36 - by Peter Boehm

I recently sat down with Steve Embree, President of Snap36, to find out why the cannabis industry needs to bring its products to life with 360 photography.

What is 360 product photography?

Steve: 360 product photography is surprisingly simple. It’s just a bunch of photos of a product shot at different angles to create a sequence of pictures. The sequence of pictures is stitched together, like a flipbook, to give an interactive view around the product. When viewing a 360 photo online, consumers can use a mouse or finger to “spin” the product, rotate, and zoom on any angle to see specific details. This ability gives consumes complete control over how they visually engage with a product.

Plant-Based Healing for the Skin - by Peter Boehm

     It may come as a surprise, but cannabis-derived skin treatments applied directly to the skin can greatly improve skin health.

     HumanKind Skincare’s Founder, Jennifer Ford explains, “The skin is our largest organ. It’s our defense barrier from the external environment, protecting us from UV radiation, bacteria, pollution viruses, etc. Our skin is an external expression of our internal health and is a great barometer showing us things are affecting our health both internally and externally. For this alone, it’s important to keep skin healthy.”

GROW TIP: Growing Outdoors - by Ben Horner

     In Michigan, an outdoor grow is only legal if done in a specific manner.. Collectively, judges have defined “locked and enclosed facility” through a number of case opinions. Paraphrasing from disparate jurisdictions, the judges collectively require 6 planes (roof, 4 walls and floor). Must not be accessible to those without a key only if tools are required to enter (the enclosure must not be susceptible to spontaneous, casual break-in). It must not by itself be “bait”, making known that it is a grow.

Cannibals of Freedom - by Daniel L. Price, Esq.


     Here we are, its June already and of course raining.  This means spring, which is the prelude into a nice warm summer.  This also means more people on the roads and on the Michigan waterways.  Unfortunately, this also means more police on the roads to write more tickets to generate more revenue for the State.  And to express an appropriate emotion in this regard, I’ll borrow a Norwegian phrase and say “Uff Da!”. 

     But there are some things you can do to help enjoy the summer without the hassles of getting burned by the revenue generators, or worse arrested for living your life the way you see fit by ingesting your meds.  First and foremost, when doing your spring cleaning, you should check that all of your vehicle’s lights are working properly.  Also, be sure to place that sticker on your license plate and keep your vehicle registration up to date.  Remember to use your turn signal when changing lanes, and turning corners.