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Friday, January 18, 2019

VGIP Update - by MM Report Staff

In Loving Memory; A Fallen Cannabis Soldier

Kristopher Erwin Kemerer, 52, of Kingsley, MI died on December 11, 2018 at home. Kristopher was born in Saginaw, MI on December 12, 1965 to Ronald and Marchia (Erwin) Kemerer. Kristopher loved being surrounded by nature: he was an avid gardener, took pleasure in fishing and enjoyed rivers and woods. He was a very accomplished musician and composer with a minor in music from Saginaw Valley State University. Kristopher also enjoyed cooking and learning about different cultures. He believed in the truth and the value of real friends; he always stood up for what he believed in and believed the world could be a better place. Kristopher earned a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University. Kris was proud to have won a first place High Times Cannabis Cup for his creation of the strain Obamanator. Over the years he received countless medals and awards for his strains CPL. Crema, Great White Buffalo, Michigan Bud, Northern Hash plant and New World Kush. 

Kristopher is preceded in death by his adored great danes; Abby and Niles, his grandfather; Clifford Erwin, his grandmother; Barb Erwin and his great grandma and great grandpa Johann. Kristopher leaves behind the love of his life; Rebecca Veenstra, his singing Chihuahuas; Tucker and Mr. Woo, his mother and friend; Tish Kemerer, his father; Ron Kemerer, sister; Heather Gorski, nephew; Joey Gorski and niece; Summer Gorski of St. Cloud, Florida, many aunts and uncles as well as his true friends and everyone who shared his love of life and curious adventurous spirit. He touched countless lives and the world is a much richer place for all the days he walked this earth. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Kristopher, a donation may be made to Coats for Kids, www.operationwarm.org. A Celebration of Life was held at his home on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1 pm to 7 pm. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cover Story - Bam-FX: Growth, Yield & Quality - by MM Report Staff

BAM-FX: THE KEY TO POWERFUL PLANTS

BAM Agricultural Solutions, Inc. is a next generation, agricultural biotechnology company offering its patented platform technology product BAM-FX® (Bio Available Minerals-Formula X), which is designed to increase crop yields and quality, while also addressing crop plant mineral deficiencies and environmental stress related challenges. The BAM-FX Plant Mineral Solution, which was originally developed for NASA astronauts to grow robust and nutrient rich food crops in space, now offers substantial agricultural benefits here on Earth. BAM-FX is effective as a stand-alone product and also had synergistic benefits by enabling other treatments and nutritional inputs to perform more efficiently.

BAM-FX is an ionic micronutrient liquid concentrate that allows for the efficient uptake of its mineral and mobilizes other soil micronutrients. It works like a key to unlock a plant's growth and yield potential by enhancing its natural growth processes, which leads to better yield and quality of crops. Field and greenhouse trials have consistently demonstrated significantly greater overall plant growth and vigor response from BAM-FX applications. Robust plants are able to achieve superior growth, yield and quality as well as an enhanced ability to withstand environmental stress.


BAM-FX AND CANNABIS

Increasing regulation and taxation along with decreasing profit margins and pressure to produce a connoisseur level product are common challenges growers are facing in the current market. Growers accustomed to buying top priced products without major impact on profits are now managing their costs down to dollars per acre. Many are looking for a competitive edge through innovation products and practices that can increase their return on investment without compromising product quality.
For an increasing number of growers, BAM-FX gives them the competitive edge they are seeking. BAM-FX trials conducted in Humboldt and Mendocino counties in California and other locations, have consistently demonstrated the product's ability to increase yield and quality, while also lowering the cost and use of other inputs.


ORGANIC GROWER EXPERIENCE

Noah Beck, owner of Highwater Farm, a 20,000 sq. ft organic cannabis farm in Humboldt County, CA had this to say in a recent interview after incorporating BAM-FX into his grow program during the last two seasons:

“I added a small amount of BAM-FX (1mL/gallon) at the nursery stage along with my standard nutrient solutions to a few varieties of plants just as the roots began to emerge from the medium. I saw immediate results in terms of stronger root development, including more fine root hairs. After one more application of BAM-FX foliarly (25mL/50 gallons) prior to transplanting to the field, I again saw instant results in terms of color and leaf position. Although no additional BAM-FX was applied during or after the nursery stage, the treated plants experienced almost no transplant shock and were able to immediately begin growing again."

“As the row of BAM-FX treated plants grew and matured after transplanting, it was, as a whole, very uniform and among the top 20% in terms of overall quality, yield, vigor and leaf size as compared to the other rows that were not treated with BAM-FX at the nursery stage. I also noticed that the BAM-FX treated plants showed an increased resistance to gnats and other pests. I will definitely be using BAM-FX in my nursery crops from now on.”

Since BAM-FX is not yet OMRI certified, Mr. Beck's experience with BAM-FX was limited to use only during the nursery stage; however, the effect of just two early treatments were enough to give those young plants a sufficient boost to put them ahead of the rest of the crop for the entire season. Growers in other facilities who are using BAM-FX throughout the entire crop cycle are reporting tighter stacking of flower sites and denser buds.

Learn more at: BAM-FX.com

Grow Tip - January 2019 - by Ben Horner

Time to Get Growing

Given recent changes in Michigan’s Marijuana policies, there is an increasing number of home growers. While some may already be in the know, there are many first timers and novices to the growing game. It may seem intimidating, but once you are properly prepared with information and physical resources you are on your way!

Grow Novices

Learn the basics, and make sure to log information regarding your grow. A journal composed of past grows can prevent future mistakes, and provide helpful information in recovering from them. It seems a bit old fashioned, but knowledge is power and observation of trial and error will lead to success. Some first grows are perfectly successful, but keep in mind the first time may not be the most immaculate grow.

Being attentive to light, feeding and watering times and climate control are absolutely crucial to the grow process.  For new or old growers gardening is made easier by implementing the use of mechanical timers and smart controllers. These devices measure the variables you have control of in your operation, so pay attention and make necessary changes to continue a consistent and healthy environment for your plants.

Humidity

For those with an established grow, you know that humidity is key in your climate control. Too much humidity can lead to excessive moisture which increases your chance of molding buds. Plants that develop hard buds are especially susceptible to holding in moisture compared to the more airy and fluffy buds. Lower humidity during the last weeks of your grow will encourage the buds to seal and protect themselves with additional resin (in other words, a sparkling outer layer of THC-heavy trichomes).





Cannibals of Freedom: We Can't Let Freedom Break Out in America - by Daniel Price


Happy New Year!  And what an old year?!  Michigan officially legalized marijuana for growing, selling, smoking and well, enjoying for many.  But what does this mean?  Will the federal government’s “drug running” schemes in order to tamper with the governments of foreign countries come to an end?  Highly doubtful.

But I digress.  What does legalization of marijuana mean in the context of freedom?  Let’s take a look.  Currently, there is a bill before President Trump that would take hemp off the schedule 1 drug list.  This would allow people to grow hemp throughout the states, so long as the states do the same as we did in Michigan.  Hemp is such a plant that it can be used to make concrete, insulation, paper, clothes, sun glasses, bottles and containers, and so much more.  It can pretty much replace all petroleum-based products.  

So, what does this mean for freedom?  Well, according to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, freedom means, “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action”.  But according to M-live, Joe Brown, a Saranac hemp farmer stated, “Just like corn or soybeans, you have to have permission to grow hemp”.  As a result, if we must have permission to do something, including growing a plant, then we are not free.  Wow!  Did Mr. Brown willingly give up his freedom in order to grow hemp?  Did he openly admit that we are not free?  Or does he not understand the definition of freedom?

Keep in mind the use of industrial Hemp would not only make goods cheaper, but also biodegradable.  Hemp would cut down on the use of fossil fuels like oil for making products like clothes, plastics, and a great many other things.  Oil and gas will become more plentiful and cheaper.  Trees take decades to mature, Hemp takes weeks.  Paper made from trees uses 40% of the trees cut down every year, so using Hemp will save millions of trees.  Hemp can also be used to make roads, housing, and other structures more cleanly and more cheaply.  Perhaps the best result will be to cut down on pollution and poisonous contamination.

Only the parasitic nature of voters like Mr. Brown, industry, and the parasites in government has kept Hemp illegal for the past 75 or so years.  The economic boom from Hemp production will be truly amazing.  But under the current parasitic social trend in our country and our state, this boom will come at great costs to freedom.  Moreover, those who own the parasites in government will make sure that they will be the ones who profit.  This will be done by making it a crime to grow Hemp and Marijuana without permission, as Mr. Brown admitted.

Clearly Mr. Brown lacks the understanding of what it means to be free, or maybe he hates freedom. But the legislature doesn’t really need his help in the destruction of our freedom.  For sure, just when the marijuana party is getting started, so to speak, those parasites in government and their “owners” in industry are hard at work in their attempts to stop the people from having a voice. Their owners don’t want our interfering with their destroying and incarcerating their competition. In fact, in response to the people of Michigan demanding the legalization of marijuana, the current legislature has worked to undermine voter choices.  Indeed, on December 21, 2018, the Michigan legislature voted to make it harder for citizens to initiate ballot drives like those for hemp and marijuana.  At the same time, the legislature passed a bill to lower the penalties for themselves when they violate campaign finance laws.  If signed by the governor, the citizens right to petition government will be restricted, and the parasites ability to violate the law will become less restricted.  Of course, according to M-Live, the business community supports this legislation.  After all, they own those parasites and contribute to their campaigns!

This reminds me of a poem I previously wrote and rewritten it here as follows:

"I once knew many people with limited sight.
All refusing to see wrong from right.
Living off each other in order to take.
All refusing to acknowledge the reality of their fate.
Banning a plant to enrich themselves.
While the world spins into an environmental hell.
Poisoning all in the name of the public health.
At last when it seemed reason and freedom would gain.
The people helped the parasites tighten the chains."

I end this article with a salute to 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King.  Judge King granted a motion to dismiss the much-maligned case against the marijuana grow in downtown Detroit on July 31, 2018.  I salute you on behalf of all those who seek freedom sir.
Till next year, as always, keep rolling on.

Disclaimer:  This is an informational article only.  It is not to provide individual legal advice.  If you need legal services, feel free to contact me, or any attorney of your choosing.

Free the Weed 95 - by John Sinclair

   

     Happy New Year’s, everybody, and welcome to the brand new year of 2019. Now that marijuana is legal in Michigan at last, I’m looking forward to a new kind of public reality where smokers like ourselves are no longer criminals nor subject to the whims of the police and courts.

      But before I enter into my elongated preachment for this month—Dismantle The Police State—I’d like to invite all my readers to join me at my new coffeeshop, the John Sinclair Foundation Café, located inside Dr. Bob’s Psychedelic Healing Shack at 18700 Woodward Avenue at Goldengate Street in the North End of Detroit.

      Following our Grand Opening on New Year’s Eve, the John Sinclair Café is open daily from 2:00 pm until closing, with live music from 8-10 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, live poetry on Sundays curated by M.L. Liebler, anda live broadcast if the John Sinclair Radio Show over Radio Free Amsterdam each monday night at 9:00 pm. The café is serving coffee, espresso, teas, juices, fresh Dutch Girl donuts and handmade snacks every day, with hi- speed wi-fi service for all patrons and continuous music provided by Radio Free Amsterdam.

     The music line-up includes guitarists Jeff Grand on Tuesdays, Tino Gross on Wednesdays (followed by the traditional Dr. Bob drum circle), and Billy Davis on Thursdays, with Ras Kenta and his reggae posse on Friday nights and special jazz and other musical presentations in Saturdays. The Café is managed by Adam Brook for the John Sinclair Foundation, the music is curated by Matty Lee and myself, and the sound system is directed by Mike Boulan of Straight Ahead Sound.

     I’d like to repeat my special thanks and appreciation to my old friend Rodriguez, the singer & guitarist sometimes known as “Sugarman,” who’s helped inspire me to undertake this venture in order to provide people today with the kind of place we used to enjoy in the old days with music, poetry, a warm, relaxed atmosphere, coffee and juices, and art, cultural and historic materials displayed on the wall—a place where we can go to be with other people like ourselves in a welcoming environment where we are always made feel at home. Me and Rodriguez came up in this sort of e environment and we want to try to bring it back for the people of today.

     We’d like to invite all our friends and neighbors to join us at the John Sinclair Café for a coffee and a smoke at your earliest convenience. Bring your personal electronical devices and relax with us in a creative, supportive atmosphere unlike anywhere else. And bring your friends—they’re always welcome. I’ve waited a great many years to be able to open a place like this, and as I write this on Christmas Day, I’m thinking that Santa Claus has really been good to me in my old age despite my recent physical set-backs, which now seem finally about to relent.

     And speaking of relenting, with the legalization of marijuana on December 6, 2018 there are certain unacceptable forms of behavior that should cease altogether this year, including arrests for marijuana possession and use, seizure of sacraments and property under the power of law, denial of public benefits to marijuana users like public housing, job opportunities, and welfare support, and in general the fearful aura of repression and interference with the pursuit of happiness by otherwise innocent Americans.

     It’s going to take a while for all this to sink in, but it’ll take even longer to force the police and legal authorities out of our lives altogether for the rest of the future. Witness the fervent attempts by the vicious Republican legislature in Michigan to subvert the intent of the citizens’ initiatives passed by majorities of Michigan voters with respect medical marijuana use and now, recreational use as well.

     I’ve preached about some of these topics before in this column, but the most galling to me is the idiotic call to track marijuana distribution from “seed to sale,” which is projected to provide employment for something like 150,000 police officers who—Instead of busting your door down and dragging you off to jail—will sit in front of their computers and count marijuana seeds and follow them from one destination to another and, presumably, come up with some sort of punishment for offenders of the intricate seed-selling regulations.

     But the whole complex of rules and regulations being promulgated by the hostile legislators and enforced by their goofy agencies completely fails to grasp the actual intent of the citizens who voted to legalize the use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes (i.e., what we call “getting high”).

     What we want is for marijuana to be legal in every respect, to be recognized as the medicinal and positive social force it is, and to be free to be grown, transported, distributed, bought, sold and ingested at every level by everypne who wishes to do so. Marijuana needs no greater level of regulation than, say, carrots or lettuce, and commerce in marijuana should be regarded as no different from trade in other vegetable matters.

      The business of dismantling the war on drugs starts with the prevention of the sort of regulatory nonsense that’s being devised in the present period of transition. We must contemplate the ugliness of a situation where the very people who arrested and imprisoned millions of us for marijuana use or sales are now charging citizens thousands and thousands of dollars to presume to want to grow, distribute or vend marijuana to consumers.

     The authorities who devised, enacted and enforced marijuana criminalization constructed their eventual empire on a flimsy structure of bullshit, half-truths and outright lies, and they gave it life through the force of weapons, jackboots kicking down your door, cynical prosecutors and district attorneys, corrupt judges, venal probation and parole departments, and the millions of employees of the nation’s vast web of prisons, courts and jails.

      The world of drug law enforcement is the darkest emanation of the American urge to suppress and punish people who refuse to subscribe to the nation’s societal norms. A gigantic machine powered with lethal force has been constructed on the backs of the marijuana smoking populace and used for 80 years to oppress smokers and fill the coffers of the government and the national community of defense lawyers.

     The power and might of this evil social construct has permeated every aspect of American life for several generations, but now it’s time to bring it to a complete and utter end. I can’t possibly predict how this is to be accomplished, but my faith in the creative and organizational genius of the voting public leads me to believe that we will continue the struggle against the War On Drugs until every trace of this filth has been eliminated from our lives. Amen! Free The Weed!

—Psychedelic Healing Shack,
Detroit
December 25, 2018

© 2019 John Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

Cannabis Legalization in Michigan; The Big and Little Picture - by Tim Beck


Tim Beck
Chairman of the Safer
Michigan Coalition
On December 22, the sun again started its primordial journey from the winter to summer solstice. The days will gradually become brighter and for long suffering cannabis consumers in Michigan, that sun, in an esoteric way, will be even brighter in 2019.

While marijuana will not be regulated like a tomato plant as some would prefer; the new reality for the vast majority of us is profound. The ugly yoke of full blown prohibition for simple adult use, possession, and growing up to 12 plants for personal use has been lifted.

Among other things, no cop can legally bust you because he or she "smells" marijuana around your home or other private real estate (with owner’s permission). Screwball neighbors or relatives no longer have the leverage they once had to infringe upon your life. State "Child Protective Services" enforcers and quack health personnel can no longer break up your family just because they can. Cops will have to prove actual impairment to convict you for "drugged" driving. Within a year or so, there will be state licensed "provisioning centers" for recreational users of the herb, who prefer this kind of convenience.

Unless you want to work for an employer with "zero tolerance" for marijuana, you no longer have to stay in the closet. You no longer have to submit to the mental cruelty of those who once defined you as a criminal. They no longer have any moral authority that is validated by state law. You can tell them where to go with impunity. Angry ex spouses with an ax to grind are now out of luck in divorces and child custody cases, if marijuana is the major part of their repertoire.

That is why lots of us have been fighting the system for years. Many of you reading this have taken the hit from cops, prosecutors, authority figures and self anointed moral arbitrators of every stripe.
Personally, I have been arrested four times in my life. On three occasions, I spent the night in a police lock up. Thanks to the grace of a higher power, firm resolve under intense police pressure, and with expert legal counsel, I have no official criminal record. In addition, at times in the past, I was stopped by the police for no good reason. That only ended a few years ago, when I transferred the ownership of my vehicle and registration to another party.

So glad those days are over for most all of us, as far as state law is concerned.

For some of you reading this, who have been literally risking your life and liberty for years to provide needed medicine and higher consciousness, legalization may not seem to be all good news. Profits may decrease over the long run. However, 2019 could still be a banner year, since there will be no legal places for a recreational user to get their stash until 2020. In addition, the likelihood of getting caught has dramatically decreased since the voters said YES to legalization in November.

The year ahead can be an opportunity to refine your business model and /or find a place in the new milieu.

As far as the immediate future is concerned, I had a brief interview with David Harns, LARA marijuana media spokes person, on December 19. Right now, (this column was written on December 22) it seems there are no plans on the LARA department agenda beyond December 31, 2019. Regarding the provisioning supply center issue, currently operating facilities can get all the provisions they need from caregivers, as long as it is tested according to Mr. Harns. When that supply runs out, there could be problems.

"Any responsibility beyond that rests with the (MMFLA) board. They could extend the deadline beyond December." Mr. Harns explained.

Factually speaking, many deadlines have come and gone since the MMMFLA was signed into law by the Governor in 2016.

With the passage of Proposal 1, police have less motivation to be concerned about marijuana. They must now answer to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

On a macro level, cannabis stocks are now trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

Some old timers remember the days of smoke filled rooms, where debate would occur into the wee hours about what would happen in the event of 'legalization." Some predicted big alcohol and drug companies would make their move. That concept was not discounted in these mystical dialogues.
Fast forward to 2018 when Canada went legal; the giant tobacco, pharmaceutical and alcoholic beverage corporations Altria, Novartis, Constellation Beverages and AB INBev all invested in Canadian cannabis producers who want to do business on a world level. There will be more deals like this coming down in the year ahead. The concept is the cannabis plant has such a myriad of uses in addition to getting high that demand will grow exponentially. This will be especially true in the medical area.

Money can be made in these securities now, if one has nerves of steel and can handle extreme market volatility. That said, positive changes in US Federal Government policy toward marijuana in the year ahead, will mean more stable growth in share prices. It will also accelerate entry into the market by larger corporate players as legalization and regulation evolve.

So what is the meaning of these things?

The answer is pretty simple. The world for cannabis users on a micro as well as macro cosmic level is changing. This is practically all good, especially for those of us in Michigan.

For the true purists and old fighters from the days of John Sinclair and before; the right to grow one’s own cannabis crop is the best insurance ever for any negativity which may come down the road. Changing that equation would require a 3/4 super majority vote of the Legislature and that is a very heavy lift.

World News - January 2019 - by Meghan Smith

Amsterdam’s King of Cannabis sets his sights on Canada 

Amsterdam has long been home to some of the best known Cannabis cafes around the world. Most notably is the Green House, which has hosted a multitude of celebrity patrons including Eminem, Rihanna, and even Snoop Dogg. The owner, Arjan Roskam is a 43 time Cannabis Cup winner, and has made it his life’s mission to search the globe for the best Cannabis strains to create his champion seeds.

While the sale and use of Cannabis is legal in the Netherlands, there are no formal rules regarding where the cafes obtain their product, however the laws also currently restrict the growth of more than 5 plants. This back door problem has spawned a significant underground cultivation culture. Arjan, among a number of other Dutch Cannabis experts will be bringing their vast Cannabis knowledge and expertise to Canada in a collaboration with pot-giant Canopy Growth to cultivate champion seeds, in a more structured cannabis environment.

Contaminated Cannabis Recalled

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LCGA) and the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBL) released a joint statement claiming that Bonify, a local, licensed medicinal cannabis producer that owns a 320,000 sq. ft. production facility in Winnipeg, is currently under investigation regarding 2 of their cannabis strains. The strains, Cherry Lime Pie and Warlock Kush were found to have “irregularities”, and an immediate recall has been issued. roughly 52 units of the recalled product were sold between Nov. 20-30, and involved three retailers.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister stated “Our officials here in Manitoba have acted, on the information and materials that came into our possession, quickly and with diligence to get products that are illegal off the shelves to stop the sale of them, [We] also moved to seize those products, which are in stock in retail locations or ready to be used for mail order, and to instruct customers as to their right to return product from this company. this is a black day for the distribution of legal cannabis. It casts appall on the other companies who didn’t do anything wrong who are working through the system.”

Bonify has been reluctant to comment on the situation, however they did release a statement on their Twitter account; “An investigation into these irregularities is ongoing and Bonify’s board will be able to provide further comment at the appropriate time after the investigation reaches its conclusion.”



New Zealanders to Vote on Recreational Cannabis 

An opinion poll conducted last year has suggested that two thirds of New Zealand residents support cannabis legalization, and shows that by the age of 21, nearly 80 percent of all residents have tried cannabis at least once. In response to this, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party promised a vote during cross party talks, which has helped to form a coalition government. Until recently the Prime Minister had been avoiding the topic of cannabis reform, however a vote in favour of the reform would make New Zealand the first Asia Pacific country to allow cannabis use recreationally. Chloe Swarbrick, spokesperson for the Green party stated "We've had countless opinion polls for decades now, confirming New Zealanders are positively well ahead of political action on the issue of cannabis law reform, this binding referendum presents an opportunity to have the will of the people trigger meaningful legislative change.”



Cannabis Reform on the Horizon

The first cannabis convention in Africa’s history was held in the Capital of Pretoria this December, and while the actual plant was barred from the expo for both consumers and vendors, the packed event showed that cannabis has big business potential, particularly for export. Southern Africa is an ideal climate for cannabis cultivation, especially in the “dagga belt”, an area including the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. So long as trends continue South Africa could one day become a cannabis cultivation giant.

Earlier this year, cannabis consumption and cultivation for adults in private was decriminalized by the Constitutional court, however no formal regulations have been placed into effect regarding the buying and selling of cannabis, nor the use of it outside of one’s own private dwelling. There are still many obstacles to overcome, but it has become obvious that advocates and supporters are making sure their voices are heard.



South Korea Becomes First Asian Country to Legalize CBD for Medical Use

South Korea, is said to have some of the most oppressive anti-cannabis laws in the world, with citizens even being prosecuted for using cannabis in other countries where recreational laws are in place. Those found guilty of the use or trade of cannabis can be sentenced to up to five years in prison. However, government officials recently made a surprising decision to legalize the use of CBD for patients with debilitating conditions such as epilepsy. The legislation will hold strict restrictions on the medical cannabis program, and will only allow for the use of hemp and CBD, while THC use will remain illegal. Patients will need to receive a recommendation from a physician, and then obtain the approval through a government agency called The Korea Orphan Drug Center, and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.



Government Scientists to Research Cannabis for Medical Use

The Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine’s (IIIM) is looking to further research the medical advantages of cannabis in the management of conditions such as epilepsy, sickle cell anemia, and cancer. Clinical trials are to be conducted at Tata Memorial Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a Raipur-based hospital. Director at Tata Memorial Centre, Rajendra Badwe said that cannabis could potentially be called a “natural product” and not a “drug.”

The study will focus it’s research on the medical benefits of the combination of the 2 primary compounds of the Sativa plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (the psychoactive compound) and cannabidiol. Dr Ram Vishwakarma, director, IIIM stated “There is a lot of misconception about cannabis, owing mainly to its abuse because of its psychotropic component, tetrahydrocannabinol. But the two compounds are also very effective for pain relief,” further explaining that “effective pain relief” requires both components.

Currently (along with coca and opium poppy) cannabis cultivation, production, possession, usage, and transportation, is prohibited in India for purposes other than medical and scientific under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. In order to provide the product to conduct this research, IIIM has been give special permission from the state of Jammu and Kashmir to cultivate a limited amount of cannabis.



Artisanal Cannabis Honey Creates a Buzz

An Israeli based cannabis technology company is creating artisanal cannabis honey by feeding honey bees a spectrum of cannabinoids. Bees are insects, and do not possess mammalian endocannabinoid systems, the nutrients pass directly through their honey making process, and the bees are unaffected by the compounds. The bees convert the full spectrum of the plant into the honey, and as a result of this process has created a purely natural cannabis honey, not a cannabis-infused product. The process allows for a wide range of strains with various ratios of concentrations, in order to cater more directly to specific patient needs.