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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Begging the Master for Mercy - by Daniel L. Price Esq.

January, 2018!  Wow, another New Year’s Eve party, another year passed in the war against our freedom. It’s sometimes interesting, and sometimes disheartening to see the result of this war in the court rooms of our state. 

I will repeat what I have consistently said and wrote in the past, dispensaries, and selling to those who are not your specific patients is illegal.  Always has been.  Although that will change somewhat in December of 2017. Still, it is a crime that parasites continue to arrest, convict, steal property from, and cage people for exercising freedom.  Clearly, it’s not about a damn plant!  It’s about denying freedom due to bigotry and the desire for the unearned.

Having said that, I attended the sentencing of Susan Bond (“Bond”), a Grand Rapids, MI dispensary owner, on December 6, 2017.  At sentencing for multiple felony racketeering and marijuana related convictions resulting from a trial, her attorney “begged for mercy”.  He also spoke of Bond’s psychiatric history. Then Bond spoke and claimed she didn’t know what she was doing was illegal, and that she received bad advice from attorneys who she intends to speak against, apparently by way of spreading rumors.  Bond was sentenced to 1 year, and assessed a $50,000.00 fine, along with about 3 years of probation.


Susan Bond, Grand Rapids, MI Dispensary Owner

I found it rather interesting that Bond, who openly advocated legalizing marijuana, begged for mercy and pointed out her psychiatric problems. In other words, she implied that she was crazy, stated that she didn’t know the law, and blamed unnamed attorneys, rather than point out the fact that she was about to be caged for exercising freedom. 

As far as whether Bond is looney, I cannot say, as I am not a psychiatrist.  But I can say with firsthand knowledge that Bond at all times was fully aware of all the raids on dispensaries around the state.  Moreover, she knew for several year that these dispensaries and their owners were being raided, all the money, homes, vehicles and product seized, and the owners, and in some cases the workers, were being prosecuted, fined, sentenced, and cageds. 


What is more, on November 18, 2015, the same day her dispensary was raided the first time, a letter was sent to her from the State Bar of Michigan (“SBOM”), the regulatory body over attorneys and Legal Assistants.  The purpose of the letter was to investigate Bond for practicing law without a license.  In that letter, the State Bar noted that Bond had claimed to be an, “Interstate Paralegal”, who had a “legal assistant number assigned by the [SBOM] and therefore recognized as such by the [SBOM]”.  The letter also noted that Bond made claims that, “Attorneys call me all the time for legal advice” and that she “gives legal advice all the time”.  Further, that as far as the dispensary was concerned that she was, “quite comfortable with my direction and can challenge anyone who speaks otherwise”.  The letter then went on to state that Bond was not an attorney, and there was no record of her being a licensed Legal Assistant, and that the [SBOM] does not license “paralegals”.

I know these facts because I received that letter as part of an inquiry from the SBOM, because apparently Bond was also telling people that I “served as in-house counsel for her [dispensary] business”, without my knowledge.  I responded to this inquiry noting that I had never represented Bond or her dispensary in any capacity, and that I did not direct her to give legal advice to anyone. In fact, I repeatedly told people that if Bond gave legal advice that she was not an attorney.  I also had conversations with many people telling them that dispensaries were not legal in the State of Michigan, and Bond disliked this fact.

The fight for our freedom is never ending.  It requires a rigorously intellectual search for the truth of the very meaning of freedom, and reasons why it is denied, i.e., bigotry and the desire for the unearned in both matter and pride. Moreover, it requires an unrelenting, consistent advocacy against bigotry and greed, and in favor of freedom for all. It also requires that people be aware of hucksters who claim they are knowledgeable attorneys or paralegals, and then give false advice to gain the confidence of the unsuspecting in order to make a fast buck. If someone claims they are a licensed attorney,  paralegal, or legal assistant in order to get you to purchase medical marijuana, or anything for that matter, check them out. Ask them for their license number and go to the SBOM website and do a name check to see if they are honest. It only takes a few minutes. You can also see if they have ever been in trouble as well.


Be skeptical, be safe, and be free.
Till next month, as always, keep rolling on.

MMMR RECIPE: Canna-Creamsicle Smoothie - by Annette Nay Nay

Directions:
Set the ice on the side. Combine all remaining ingredients in the blender. Begin blending and gradually add ice 1 cube at a time. Blend until smooth. Pour and serve with a garnish and straw.

Time Required: 5 minutes

Yields 4 Smoothies

What You Need:

Blender                                
6 ounces Orange Juice
concentrate frozen                     
1 cup Cannamilk or Cannabis Almond
Milk
1 cup water                              
8 ice cubes                                         
2 tablespoons of honey         
1 teaspoon vanilla extract     
¼ cup fresh fruit of your choice
(optional)
1 banana cut in slices   

Cover Story: MiWEEDJOBS.COM Has Arrived! - by MMM Report


The launch of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) in Michigan offers a great opportunity for some business owners. In 2018 the state will issue protected licenses in five different industries: cannabis cultivation, testing, processing, transport and distribution.

The state already has hundreds of businesses in the patient services industry performing these tasks, and has since 2009. The licensed MMFLA businesses are displacing the current market, which means upheaval among business ownership- and the loss of jobs for literally thousands of Michigan citizens who have already made their living in those five industries.

Confounding the issue is a set of MMFLA-mandated requirements for employees, management and ownership. Who qualifies? In which businesses is a criminal background check necessary before a company can hire a person? Which jobs allow you to work in the industry and still be a caregiver for your patients?

Workers and management trying to re-enter the job market under the new regulations are confused and discouraged. How can they make a connection to business owners they have never met before, most of whom do not even have a brick-and-mortar shop up and running yet?

There is a solution, and it comes in the form of the
MiWeedJobs.com website.

MiWeedJobs.com connects employers in the patient services industry with the people looking for a job. But this is not just another jobs board, nor is it a temp agency or a training center. MiWeedJobs.com evaluates the available positions and categorizes the job seekers to help find the perfect pairing of employee skills and job requirements.

The service is affordable, too. People looking for work pay just $5.99/month to use MiWeedJobs.com and employers pay only when they have jobs to list.

The website is available for employers and interested parties from all industries working in the cannabis business space. People in the construction and repair industries, those offering or needing professional services in the financial and legal sectors, security firms and the like- all can find value in the MiWeedJobs.com service.    

Michigan has more than 260,000 registered medical marijuana patients. The new regulated MMFLA program will generate millions of dollars in revenue and taxes; thousands of employees in hundreds of different jobs are needed to make the system work properly.

The MiWeedJobs.com service is available starting January 1, 2018, and that's an important date. The MMFLA program began taking applications for new businesses on December 15th, but even before then some cities were closing down businesses in those five named industries. Even testing labs have had a hard time convincing local leaders to leave them alone!

Workers are looking for jobs now, not in a few months, and new business applicants are trying to fill key roles in their new operations before they receive approval from the state. The MMFLA is ushering in a new set of business owners, most of whom have not been involved in Michigan's cannabis economy prior to applying to the state. Those potential businesses have a need for qualified persons to fill their jobs but have no real way to connect with the displaced workers or those who are still employed and may be looking to upgrade their paycheck. the MiWeedJobs.com service helps people make those connections.




The MiWeedJobs.com service is based in Flint, and those people know all about the struggles of trying to find work in a tough job market. The state needs a strong cannabis business environment to help jump-start the economic recovery our citizens have long been waiting for. This service will help create a strong industry, and a strong state economy, which means more jobs and higher wages for all.

To match employers and job seekers the MiWeedJobs.com site has a quick set of questions that help categorize the skills a candidate offers, their education history and some basic background questions. People seeking jobs can sign up for the service without revealing their identity to the public, so anyone who is still employed can look for a job upgrade without fear that their current boss will find out.

Employers can sign up and browse the job seekers, too, looking to determine the depth of qualified persons available in Michigan. The MMFLA program allows out-of-state businesspersons to compete for the cannabis industry licenses; the MiWeedJobs.com service is ideal for those who want to check out Michigan's jobs market before or during their application's approval process.

MiWeedJobs.com offers additional services, too, like background screening. Every employee in the MMFLA businesses will have their background evaluated for criminal history, including drug convictions or incarcerations. If you are not sure what pops up when the police search your history, it's best to do a criminal background check prior to applying for some jobs. Some industries will not require background checks, so even people with a sketchy history can still use the service to find work.


Another add-on service offered by MiWeedJobs.com is resume creation. In 2017 the pool of employees is easily divided into two groups: those with resumes and those without them. For some jobs it is just a necessity to be business professional when applying, and a polished resume makes a great first impression. 

To help potential employees figure out what industries they may fit into, and how the service works, the MiWeedJobs.com site has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section available for reading, free of charge. It's a great way for job seekers on a budget to find out if the new industry is right for them, and how the website's job matching service can help out.

The service is available for people of all backgrounds and education levels, from degreed persons looking to run a high-tech testing laboratory to a person whose expertise is all about measuring nutrients and troubleshooting hydroponic growing systems. MiWeedJobs.com has an interface which customizes questions asked based on the industry a candidate is interested in, and allows employers to streamline their online experience by eliminating workers who do not meet their job requirements.


Membership fees for MiWeedJobs.com can be paid directly through the website using PayPal or a credit card. It's easy!

At its core, MiWeedjobs.com is a Michigan company serving Michigan residents who are stuck in a problem unique to Michigan. The service is designed by people who have hired or been hired in the patient services industry. Their experience can be seen in the useability of the site, the affordability of the plans and the compassionate intent of the company's mission. MiWeedJobs.com is exactly what the state needs, when it needs it, for those all-important people who make up the medical marijuana program. 


Grow Tip for January 2018 - by Ben Horner

JANUARY 2018 GROW TIP

Venting from Your Furnace

Many home growers struggle with finding a way to properly ventilate their grow rooms. Most professionals complete room volume calculations and use in-line fans for air intake and exhaust. Carbon filters for odor control are often needed to be installed on the air outtake and attached to light hoods to pull hot air outside.  I have several friends that have found that exhausting air outtake through their furnace, water heater, or sewage stink pipes is the easiest solution.

CFM=Room Volume
                 5min

Room Volume= Length x Width x Height


The rate of air exchange is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). For every cubic foot that is blown out of your room an equal amount of cubic feet of air must be brought in. Low air pressure will cause your plants to grow poorly, and
anyone working in that room for that matter. Airflow should be met with the least possible resistance whenever possible. Turns, bends, and reductions in duct work will reduce the CFMs, so try to keep the duct moving in straight lines whenever possible and use the widest pipe or flex ducting.

When a vent pipe is not easily installed, you can use existing ventilation in your home. Regardless of what you tap into, back-flow is the main concern. Back flow preventers can be installed between where you tab in the appliances exhaust to keep all air moving in the right direction.   Hot air will rise, but an in-line fan may be needed.

Purification - by Rebecca Veenstra

PURIFICATION

Every New Year I find myself thinking about how this season symbolizes a clean start. A fresh slate? I know...that is not how it really works. Wouldn’t that be cool though? If you could just turn the page and embark on the New Year with out any regard. Just head on out there like it’s all new again?

     I suppose that thinking pattern leads us all to our yearly resolutions-- and insincere promises to improve our lifestyles, to exercise, to sleep more, complain less, be on time more often, save more money, eat less chocolate. 

     So, this year I’m looking to incorporate small life changes. Things that don’t take a heap of effort. This way we start the New Year fresh with out setting ourselves up for failure. Because honestly, who’s really going to turn down M&M’s and actually exercise every day?

     I think there are things we can incorporate into our daily lives that will make a true difference. If every year for the rest of our lives we sought to learn one new trick. Maybe we could become old and happy, filled with wisdom and peace of mind.

     Herbal writings define purification primarily as detoxification. Many texts speak of the benefits of removing poisons, fats and general build-up in our bodies is an important part of feeling healthy. Sometimes, the word detoxification is interpreted to imply harshness or drastic flushing of the body. That type of detoxification can be very dangerous and generally renders temporary results.

     The body’s balance of electrolytes is delicate. What that means is the systems or machines of the body require a particular balance of salts, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, etc.  Every part of our body; our blood, organs and brain--require their own individual balance of nutrients.

     Harsh cleansing can remove necessary elements which could cause health problems or even emergencies. I once heard of a man doing an “as seen on TV” colon cleanse that sent him into kidney crisis. A lot of us have done those quick cleanse drinks. Those just flush the kidneys. The way to ultimately clean the body is to avoid putting bad things in... LOL... but that’s easier said than done.

     So, really the best approach is to live how you want to and compensate for your unhealthy habits by doing extra healthy things on the other end. For example, if you like to eat a whole pizza every day-- take up walking. If you like to eat two pizzas-- take up running. Really, it makes sense, even though it sounds silly.

     The Harvard Health Publications state that “the human body can defend itself very well against most environmental insults and effects of occasional indulgence. If you’re generally healthy, concentrate on giving your body what it needs to maintain a robust self cleaning system...” The text goes on to extol the virtues of a healthy diet and regular exercise. So, instead of reading that and wondering how to fit ten carrots and a 2 mile run into our day-- I vote for small changes with big benefits.

     Lemon Juice is a terrific cleanser. It purifies the blood, reduces mucus build up in the body tissues and organs, and alkalizes our blood. Our bodies perform at their best with an alkaline ph. Another interesting benefit of using lemon juice is that according to some writings limonene in lemons interacts with the cannabinoid and THC receptors in our bodies allowing our bodies to utilize the terpenes and THC in cannabis more effectively. The Handbook of Cannabis refers to a study done about ten years ago where the research subjects reported that Limonene added to THC made the experience of marijuana use more cerebral and euphoric.

     The best way to add lemon is to put a bit in a glass of water or tea. Some people like to drink the juice of several fresh lemons. It does really cleanse the system. But, people with acid reflux might find it more tolerable in smaller doses. The bottled lemon juice sold in the store will work fine but pay attention to the ingredients. The cheaper bottles sometimes aren’t a bargain. They will contain more lemon oil than juice. One lemon a day cut into quarters provides four nice lemon juice drinks otherwise.The added benefit is not only do you get the lemon-- you are also incorporating extra hydration. Just upping water intake a little bit can often increase energy and a person’s sense of well being.

     There are many herbs that can be added to a morning tea with lemon that can assist the body in removing build up and congestion from the blood and tissues. Many of them are pleasant tasting and easy to incorporate into a regular routine.

     Dandelion is a very common herb with tonic abilities. Dandelion leaf and root are rich sources of vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, calcium, potassium and iron. Dandelion leaf is mildly diuretic, this means that it promotes urine flow. Both the flowers and leaves are used in salads and teas, while the roots are sometimes used as a coffee substitute. Dandelion leaves and roots have been used for hundreds of years to treat liver, gallbladder, kidney, and joint problems. In some traditions, dandelion is considered a blood purifier.

     Another good cleansing herb is Ginger. The dry powder has been reported in some texts to have higher Gingerol content than the fresh root but either would work well for tea. In addition to its liver cleansing properties ginger has been used to treat people with arthritis. A small number of case studies suggest that taking fresh or powdered ginger may reduce the symptoms of swelling and pain. Side effects due to ginger are rare when used as recommended. However, some people are sensitive to the taste and may experience heartburn. In addition, people with a history of gallstones should consult a doctor before using ginger


     One of my personal favorites is Lemongrass which has been reported to assist in cleansing the liver, kidneys, bladder as well as the entire digestive tract. It tastes mild and has a beautiful fragrance.

     In addition to its historical and current use as an anti-inflammatory substance; Tumeric has been used for hundreds of years as a blood purifier. It grows in a root like ginger. It is widely available as a dried powder though. Tumeric has been known to thin the blood. People on anticoagulants would want to research and consult their physician before adding Tumeric to teas.

     Green Tea is a well known antioxident.  Maybe you have some pain issues and use Cannabis in the daytime. That can really add up over time. Maybe you use a little more than you would like to to achieve relief. A nice pick me up of Green Tea and lemon might help alleviate the sleepiness from your Cannabis during the day and also help to cleanse build up from the body which could over time decrease your usage.

     Another way to cleanse the body is to address the energy systems with in us. Many texts refer to these energy centers as Chakras. Chinese medicine calls the points meridians. Western medicine acknowledges endocrine glands and cannabinoid receptors in our bodies that correspond with the ancient writings on Chakras and Oriental medicines. Even Sanskrit writings pre-dating Christ refer to the energy our bodies contain.

     If we start our day with a nice cleansing cup of tea with lemon, that seems simple enough. That alone is buying some time for ourselves--taking the time to care for ourselves and purify our flesh. But what about the Chakras? Who has time to meditate? Meditation can be a difficult thing to incorporate into real life. There just never seems to be enough quiet or enough time. It’s like the resolution we know we will never keep. So, we pass it off as a nice idea and watch TV instead.

     What if I told you in the time it takes your tea to cool you could go through a simple meditation that would set the tone for the rest of your day? Have you ever heard the saying “The rest of your life begins today?” Its the kind of obvious thing that escapes us I think. It’s like the song “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” Purification can pertain to our perspective as well. It is important to clean house emotionally and spiritually as well as to drink lots of water and eat well.

     So, maybe you are running around putting the kids together before work and the idea of a cup of tea is the funniest thing you have heard in ages. Don’t lose hope. At some point in your day all you need to do is stop and take a few deep breaths. You might be surprised how adept you can become at centering yourself after a little bit of practice.

     I think a gardening metaphor works best in this instance. My mind is best able to visualize flowers but feel free to innovate. Some people like to visualize colored orbs of light or colored flames. Use the image that works best for you. Intent is the most important aspect of the whole excercise. Even if it feels ridiculous and you can’t feel anything happening, that’s ok. The idea that you are dedicating the thought to the process is all it takes. It really is that simple.

     Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a column of white light at least six feet around. Feel the light around you as best as you can.

     Then, place your feet on the ground, (even if you are sitting) and imagine your feet are growing roots deep into the earth. Try to feel a loving connection to the earth-- again, as best as you can.

     Next you will proceed through the chakras one at at time imagining a flower opening at each point. The color, and the process of opening are the most important things to be consistant with. Orbs of light, stained glass jars opening, what ever is easiest for you to visualize.

     At the base of the spine around the tailbone imagine a red flower opening. Take 6 deep breaths and then imagine your attention moving to the sacrum and pelvis. The color for this chakra is orange. Imagine an orange flower opening. Take 6 more breaths and move your attention to your navel. The color you want to imagine here is yellow.

      Take 6 deep breaths and imagine a yellow  flower or light opening. Continue with 6 more deep breaths as you raise your focus to your heart area. There imagine a beautiful green bud opening... or an orb of light if you rather...lol...After you take 6 more breaths picture the color blue around your throat area as a flower or what ever you have chosen. Concentrate on that area opening for 6 more breaths. Next imagine a purple bud opening behind your eyes, or anything purple that makes you happy. Inhale and exhale deeply 6 more times and think about the very top of your head. The color here is white. Feel that color opening into your column of white light.

     Take 6 more deep breaths and begin to move downward doing the same process backwards. Imagine your white flower closing down to a bud, and your purple flower closing, and your blue, and green, and yellow, orange and red. Like a rose bud in time lapse photography backwards from the big open flower to the tight brand new bud.  You want to finish with all the flowers closed at the end of the excercise.

     Once you have closed the last one ( the root chakra), the red one at the base of your spine. Imagine your column of light transforming into a cloak of white light. Some people I know imagine armour of white light. Use your imagination. This is another instance where intent is the real medicine. In your mind’s eye, dress yourself in your cloak of white light, or armour. Take the time to picture yourself putting on the sleeves and covering your body with the white light. The more detail you can picture the better. The text I used to learn this meditation finishes by saying:  “ In this way you take light with you wherever you go without being open and vulerable.”

     If you breath very deeply this excercise might take up to 15 minutes. Basically, in 84 deep breaths you can begin and complete a grounding meditation. Many spiritual practitioners do this excercise every morning. The opening of the chakras/energy centers in theory allows for purification by releasing excess energy, both positive and negative. Then, the process of closing the chakras/energy centers allows us to retain our energy and ward off negative energy from entering our energy centers. It’s the kind of simple taking time for ourselves that can reap huge benefits through out the year to come. Remember, this stuff sounds loopy but it predates our modern religious practices by centuries. There might be something to it...
Often users report that using Cannabis prior to practicing yoga or meditation allows them to achieve their goals with more ease. I think that is worth mentioning. 

     So, having a nice cleansing cup of tea with lemon and doing a 84 breath meditation... doesn’t seem too imposing as far as New Year’s resolutions go. Maybe it’s not earth shattering and most likely my jeans will probably still be snug next year too...Still, It seems like the kind of thing I might actually follow through with. I especially like that chocolate is allowed and no running is required.

Live long, be wise, and prosper.

Peace,

Rebecca Veenstra
Chartered Herbalist
New World Seeds, Traverse City, Michigan

Free the Weed 83 - by John Sinclair

   Happy New Year, everybody, from the heart of the Motor City at the end of a long and treacherous year—the first in the era of Resident Rump and his gang of right-wing maniacs in Washington DC who are trying to turn our country into the even uglier monstrosity it used to be when the white people ruled supreme and racial segregation was the law of the land.

     I know it’s a myth that all pot smokers are more open minded and politically liberal than the average bear, but if you’re getting high and dreaming about Making America Great Again with our fake president and his insane clown posse of an administration, you’d better select a different strain before you lose your mind completely.

     When marijuana use began to creep into the fringes of American society around a hundred years ago, the weed was sort of a culture bearer in itself. It came from a place where it was passed on from one person to another in a ritual called “turning people on” where the wonders of marijuana were carefully shared between friends and fellow travelers.

     After the Harrison Tax Act of 1937, smokers were also bound together by their shared identity as criminals and outlaws under the draconian narcotics laws that replaced the oppressive anti-alcohol machinery of the Prohibition Era.

     In Michigan, for example, until 1972, possession of weed carried a 10-year prison sentence; selling or giving weed to another mandated a 20-year-minimum prison sentence upon conviction, with a maximum of life.

     This was serious business, and it had to be taken into account at all times. One had to be careful with whom one smoked, from whom one obtained one’s weed, with whom one might share it, and who might find out that one smoked weed. A roach left in an ashtray in your room could lead to the landlady calling the police. The person who wanted to get up on your weed with you could well turn out to be an undercover police officer trying to entrap you into an arrest for narcotics possession or sales.

     This was a sick world, but one strictly created by the forces of law and order who believed that weed was at the center of an insidious plot by blacks and Mexicans to degrade and abase the white race by addicting its women to marijuana and subjecting them to jazz music and exotic sex.

     The original U.S. commissioner of narcotics, Harry J. Anslinger, said as much when he sold marijuana prohibition to Congress in 1937, and to paraphrase William Burroughs, the senators and representatives in Washington swallowed this tissue of horseshit like some greased and nameless asshole.

     The ugly, ignorant, all-pervasive mythology of the War OnDrugs misinformed and controlled our lives as marijuana smokers for decades. Many of us were hounded, harassed, arrested and imprisoned for marijuana offenses, but the vast majority of smokers developed survival and elusive skills that enabled them to get through life as marijuana habitu├ęs without serious damage from the authorities.
     The culture of marijuana was a wondrous thing that united millions of people of disparate backgrounds in what Jerry Rubin once called a “conspiracy of saliva” where the values of the marijuana culture were passed along with the joint.

     Sharing, valuing friendship above all else, supporting one’s friends and their endeavors, watching the other person’s back, keeping your hands out of the other person’s pocket, standing up for your beliefs, pursuing your own personal happiness in your own waywithout interfering in the pursuits of others—these are some of the precepts you took in along with your intake of the holy smoke.

     As far as obtaining and sharing one’s weed, everything was strictly on a black market basis and one was fortunate to find appropriate suppliers who came through with the good stuff at a reasonable price on a consistent basis.

     While most smokers were content to track down their own supply and insure that they had it safely in hand, some were motivated to fill the important roles of suppliers and distributors and—in this writer’s view—heroically stepped up, found the source of the weed that could be had for purchase, arranged for its transportation to their own locality, and distributed it to the people who would get it to the people who wanted to smoke it.

      From small circles of smokers in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s to much larger numbers of tokers in the ’60s and ’70s, this pattern held for years and the fabric stretched to accommodate what became millions of marijuana users.

     This culture first flourished in the segregated African American neighborhoods and their entertainment districts throughout the country, then organically crossed over to white people through the conduit of jazz musicians, writers, artists and the caucasian intelligentsia who defied convention to follow the music and culture of black America during the long period of strict racial segregation.

      When the marijuana culture spread in a huge way during the 1960s, heralded by the hundreds of rock & roll musicians who were smoking weed and extolling its virtues to all who would listen, the patterns of use and distribution developed in the black ghettos likewise spread and took root in the hippie enclaves across the country where marijuana smoking was endemic.

     It would not be inaccurate to say that the marijuana culture became the hippie culture as this new mass movement of mostly young white people embraced the ideals, the rituals, the logic and the spirituality of the marijuana culture that had evolved among Mexican-Americans and in the black ghettos of America. As the joints were passed from one music lover to another, so were the practices and principles of marijuana culture at its best.

     The marijuana legalization movement as we know it had its origins in 1964 when the first legal challenge to the marijuana laws was mounted in San Francisco. Early in 1965 poets Allen Ginsberg and Edward Sanders formed New York LEMAR to agitate for marijuana legalization, and the movement spread from there to Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo and the West Coast,culminating in the formation of Amorphia—The Cannabis Cooperative, the first California Marijuana Initiative in 1972, and the institution of the $5 fine for marijuana offenses in three cities in Michigan: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and East Lansing.

     This is as far as it went for the next 20 years despite the twin towers of NORML and High Times magazine holding firmly to control of the legalization movement. The future would come in the form of the medical marijuana movement and its victory in California in 1996, and now we’ve had 20 years of steady progress toward legalization. Here in Michigan I’m sure the issue will be on the November ballot and the citizenry will once again affirm that the weed must be freed.

     But as we all know, it’s a different world now whether or not one has even experienced the “old days” of the marijuana culture. Big business beckons and the old ways are seen as irrelevant. But me, I’m like so many of us, just a smoker who wants to get high and not get arrested, and I’m feeling that I should be thankful for whatever progress we have been able to achieve. Bring it on! Free The Weed!

—Detroit
December 26, 2017

© 2018 John Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

How Healthy and Productive is Anti Cannabis Leader Scott Greenlee? - by Tim Beck - Chairman of the Safer Michigan Coalition

How Healthy and Productive is Anti Cannabis Leader Scott Greenlee?

On November 29th, a story appeared in the Detroit Free Press with the headline "Opponents of legalized marijuana in Michigan form group to fight ballot proposal."

In brief, the article described the emergence of a group named "Healthy and Productive Michigan" (HPM). HPM's  goal is to persuade Michigan voters to vote down the legalization of marijuana in Michigan in November 2018.

The group's leader, Lansing resident Scott Greenlee, age 50, declared "now that big money has started to get behind legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan, its time we put Michigan first  and oppose these efforts...we remain opposed to increased marijuana use in Michigan"

The Free Press story went on to explain that Greenlee, who is owner "Greenlee Consulting" declined to say who was backing his efforts, but claimed his group "is a large coalition" that includes business, law enforcement and faith based organizations.

"We plan to be very aggressive to fight this" he continued, suggesting his group could bring at least one million dollars to the anti cannabis effort.

With the exception of the Free Press, the only important statewide media outlet to cover Greenlee's announcement was Michigan Radio.

However, a deep background check of Greenlee and his past lives was made

The first unusual thing to pop up, according to Michigan Secretary of State Records, is his committee's officially registered name is "Health and Productive Michigan" yet he calls himself President of "Healthy and Productive Michigan."

A check of his Facebook page has him posing with a pistol and a big dog, in front of a rack of 30+ rifles and hundreds rounds of ammunition. The caption reads "Since I can't carry this very friendly dog (Bullet) around with me and in light of my announcement two weeks ago that I will be heading up the fight against recreational marijuana...these nice, peaceful, non addicted, friendly, open minded and respectful people who really want to see the law changed and recreational marijuana made legal and because of their threats (they really want their weed) I decided to upgrade my second amendment rights..."

According to a public records search, since he first surfaced on the Michigan political scene as "Founder and First President" of the Grand Rapids Community College Republican Club in 1987,  the data indicates he had at least 14 changes of address, ranging from Missouri, Illinois, Grand Rapids and Lansing. He has worked mostly as a volunteer for Republican notables such as John Engler, John McCain, Rick Snyder, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Bill Schuette and Donald Trump. At one time he was a Vice Chair-Coalitions, of the Michigan GOP and a party leader in Kent County.

Prominent political employment positions in his life, include a one year stint as "Export Director" for the "Michigan Economic Development Corporation" from March 2011 to February 2012 and "3 years 1mo"  with Attorney General Bill Schuette as a "constituent relations" manager. He operated his political consulting firm while he was on Schuette's payroll.


In a quixotic campaign for Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in 2014, Greenlee proclaimed  himself in the west Michigan political news letter "Michigan Blogspot" to be "Attorney General Bill Schuette's right hand man, a seasoned political pro who has both grassroots and establishment support."

Big GOP financiers and power brokers like Betsy DeVos, Ronna Romney, Terri Lynn Land, Paul Welday, Ron Weiser, Congressman Paul Mitchell, and State Rep. Peter Lund were also touted as being in the running for the chair at that time. Mitt Romney's niece Ronna Romney was ultimately elected to the position.

Greenlee Consulting prints campaign signs, literature, business cards, marketing brochures, and palm cards. It also does robo calls and "traditional and electronic media buys for clients."

The only record found to date of Greenlee Consulting activity, appeared in TDE Journal from Richmond, Virginia in 2014. It identified Greenlee as chairman of a shadowy PAC called the "Patriots Fund." The Patriot's, in conjunction with one term Oakland County Michigan Congressman Kerry Benitvolio, orchestrated a barrage of robo calls, accusing Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall of missing too many legislative votes. Mr. Marshal won the election in spite of Greenlee's efforts.

Greenlee does not appear to be a high net worth individual. Campaign contribution web sites and information services, indicate his personal campaign contributions have been in small denominations, never exceeding $1,000 a pop.  Virtually all of his donations went to the Republican Party or various Republican political candidates.

He lives in a 1160 sq ft, 1 bath condo in Lansing which he purchased for $75K in 2014.

Perhaps there is more to know about what Greenlee is up to and who he represents.  However, calls and messages to Greelee's one and only known phone number were not returned.

It seems at this time,  Mr. Greenlee and/or "Health and Productive Michigan" is not in a position to defeat legalization of cannabis by the voters of Michigan in November 2018.

V.G.I.P. Update for January 2018 - by Kathy Hess

 THE VOTE GREEN INITIATIVE PROJECT

If there was anything we learned from 2016 it was the importance of every vote, even before the

Some of us also learned that there are many important positions in government beyond the President, which influence or dictate legislation. You know, important stuff, like what referendums go before the president, including whether or not cannabis should still be listed as a schedule 1 narcotic.

So what does that mean going forward?
infamous 1st Tuesday of each November. 2016 proved that most people weren’t happy with either of the major parties candidates for the oval office. It was clear to many people that the primary process was broken for the Democrats, and that most traditional Republicans weren’t happy with their party’s primary results either. Call it politics, as the battle of the shiniest of two turds played out before our eyes.

Clearly, if we want to continue to make changes for cannabis reform, we as voters need to get out earlier than November. Here in Michigan we’re luckier than some states, and have an open primary process. Meaning that you do not have to be registered to a particular party to vote in primaries, however you can only vote for a candidate on one side or the other. You cannot cast more than one ballot during the primaries.

Of course, there are other reasons to register beyond the primaries, and even if you don’t need to, you may still want to. For one thing, joining a party opens doors to meetings and events with like-minded individuals; this advantage is most easily gained by going through the party itself. Find your local or national party website (often broken down by county, making it easier for you to find local representatives), meet leaders in your community, attend a few meetings, talk with people, etc.

Joining a mailing list is also a good way to find new and unique opportunities for supporting your party and the candidates/issues you feel strongly about. Of course, you don’t have to go fanatic crazy: You can register as a member of a party and vote in primary elections without painting your face blue or red or riding a donkey or elephant to work. However, if you’re looking to be active in the community as well, there are a great number of resources available to help you get started.

There are Caucuses for nearly every major group, be it the Black Caucus, the Rural Caucus, the Young Caucus, the Disability Caucus, the Cannabis Caucus and many more. These caucuses have meetings where they hear from their constituents, and that could be you.

You can get started here;
Democrat direction, https://www.democrats.org/
Republican direction, https://www.gop.com/
Libertarian direction, https://www.lp.org/
Green Party direction, http://www.gp.org/

Get out. Get involved. Make a difference. Vote Green!

World news for January 2018 - by Kathy Hess

Canadian Marijuana Stocks on Fire

CANADA:  Short-selling Canadian marijuana stocks can be very expensive due to the fact that companies are continuing to climb which leaves few shares available to borrow, which happens to be a key step in betting against a security.  The brokerages of Canadian banks don’t trade those stocks, and smaller firms charge prohibitive interest rates to lend them.


“It’s harder to find that borrow, and that borrow is very expensive,” said Matt Bottomley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity Group. “It’s a hard industry to short.”

Canadian marijuana stocks are on the rise as the nation is headed for legalization by July. The country’s top four producers are now worth more than $7.8 billion after Canopy Growth Corp., more than doubled this year,  Aurora Cannabis Inc. more than tripled,  Aphria gained more than 180 percent and MedReleaf Corp. has climbed more than 60 percent since its June debut. While investor optimism is being fueled by estimates that there could be $6 billion (in Canadian currency) in recreational sales by 2021, Canada is still working out the details of how they will regulate, tax and distribute the products, and some publicly traded companies have not made a sale.  And also, some analysts are skeptical about their demand projections.

But any investor who is willing to bet those risks will bring down the value of the stocks, would have to pay a high price. The annual interest rate to short Aurora,  Aphria or MedReleaf is up 20 percent.

The problem is most of the Canadian marijuana stocks are small to companies held by small retail investors who don’t have margin accounts for short trades. The higher loan fee means there’s barely any stock left to short, and those investors who chose to take short positions in the market have already lost money.

In short-selling, investors sell stocks that they borrowed when prices are high, with the intention of buying them cheap later when they have to return the shares to the lender. They profit from the price difference minus the cost of borrowing.

London Discovers Mental Health Benefits of CBD Oil

LONDON: Doctors in London have discovered some mental health benefits of a key component of medical marijuana. They are calling it an “entirely new” type of treatment for mental health patients suffering with hallucinations and delusions.

CBD Oil is commonly used to treat chronic pain. However, more recently, the first clinical trial exploring the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), found that it could relieve symptoms in patients with psychosis.

CBD has a broadly opposite effect to THC, the main active component in cannabis that causes paranoia and anxiety.
CBD does not give a patient the feeling of being high so there is little recreational benefit.

This led to CBD being studied as a potential therapy for mental health conditions, epilepsy, and in Parkinson’s disease.

Psychosis is a mental health diagnosis in which effect patients by way of hallucinated voices or visions, or delusions where patients have strong and unfounded beliefs, such as feeling there is a conspiracy to harm them.

Antipsychotic drugs have been used in treating it for 60 years, but they have serious side effects and the effectiveness of the drugs is question

Professor Philip McGuire, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, was the lead author of the study.

He said conventional drugs acted by blocking biological receptors for mood-altering chemical dopamine. 

“However, dopamine is not the only neurotransmitter whose function is altered in psychosis, and in some patients dopamine function may be relatively normal,” he added.

The trial ultimately found that patients given a CBD treatment saw statistically significant improvements in their psychosis symptoms compared to a group given a placebo.

The 83 patients, from the UK, Romania and Poland, also saw significant improvements in their health and severity of their illness as measured by their therapists.



Manitoba First Nations Say Yes to Legal Marijuana Sales

Three Manitoba First Nations have recently joined forces to help establish a cannabis distribution network in the province.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Peguis First Nation alongside National Access Cannabis, a health-care service provider that helps patients access medical cannabis through a licensed producer, are joining forces to ensure that pot sales are legalized.

Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches said cannabis is a great economic opportunity for First Nations.

“Although the cannabis industry might not be the saviour for our First Nations, Indigenous people, it will go a long way in helping provide sustainable development in the years to come,” he said. “Our people need to work. We need to lift our people out of poverty … the struggle for economic independence is real.”

NAC and the three First Nations are working hard at finalizing a proposal to be one of the province’s licenced retailers.

Pot Activist Charged for Passing Out Marijuana Seeds

CALGARY, CANADA: An appeal has been filed by federal Crown prosecutors in Alberta in a case involving B.C. pot activist Dana Larsen.
The appeal is an attempt to convince the court that previous drug possession and trafficking charges should still be brought against the Vancouver man who led a failed referendum to relax marijuana enforcement laws in 2013..

In April 2016, Larsen, now 46, was arrested in Calgary after he handed out marijuana seeds to attendees of his 14-City speaking tour. Larsen handed out the seeds in effort to encourage people to grow their own marijuana.

He was initially charged on counts of drug possession and trafficking, but they were eventually thrown out after his lawyer Kirk Tousaw argued that Larsen's rights were violated because it took too long for the case to make it through the court system.

A date has not been set for Larsen's next appearance in Calgary, although he expects it to visit sometime in the spring or summer.

He says six months will have to be set aside to argue the application that the case featured unfair delays. He's also surprised about the appeal because of delays Alberta's courts are facing.

Alberta prosecutors warned "Whatever you think about cannabis, it should be lower on the list," he said.

Still Larsen admits that handing out marijuana seeds wasn't the smartest idea. He also says that he knows that it was against the law and he's willing to accept responsibility if the court eventually rules against him.


National news for Januaryr 2018 - by Dolan Frick

PAST MARIJUANA CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA COULD BE FORGIVEN

LOS ANGELES —With California on the verge of legal recreational marijuana sales starting Jan. 1,  hundreds of thousands of people could have their drug convictions wiped away, thanks to a lesser-known provision in the new state marijuana law.

California is offering a second chance to people convicted of almost any marijuana crimes, from serious felonies to small infractions, with the opportunity to have their criminal records cleared or the charges sharply reduced. State officials hope to reverse decades of marijuana convictions that can make it difficult for people to gain meaningful employment and disproportionately affect low-income minorities.

“We worked to help create a legalized and regulated process for legal marijuana, but we also wanted to make sure we could help — some way, somehow — repair the damages of marijuana prohibition,” said Eunisses Hernandez, a policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance. The alliance said there have been 500,000 arrests for marijuana offenses in California in the past 10 years, and it estimates that up to a million people have reviewable convictions on their records.

At least 4,500 people had filed petitions to have their sentences reduced, redesignated or thrown out as of September, according to the California Judicial Council. The highest amount came from Riverside County, where 613 applications were filed. In addition, at least 365 people have applied to have their juvenile marijuana convictions thrown out. Not every county
reported data.

The change here is part of a nationwide movement to reduce marijuana charges and atone for harsh penalties during the war on drugs. At least nine states have passed laws expunging or reducing marijuana convictions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Maryland, Oregon and Vermont also now allow convictions for marijuana offenses that are not crimes under current law to be wiped off a criminal record.
The re-designation of marijuana crimes in California went into effect immediately after voters approved the measure legalizing pot. Many viewed it as an offshoot of a 2014 ballot initiative that reduced penalties for certain drug and theft crimes.

Those who want their marijuana convictions lessened must present their cases in court. Prosecutors can decide not to support a reduction should someone have a major felony, such as murder, on their record. Old convictions will be reclassified under the law as it reads now. For example, if someone had been convicted of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, that conviction would be tossed out because that is now legal in California.

Some district attorney’s offices notified the recently convicted and incarcerated that they were eligible to have their records changed and that they potentially could leave prison. Last year, prosecutors in San Diego searched for people convicted of marijuana offenses in the prior three years who would be eligible for reductions. When the measure passed, prosecutors got their petitions before a judge as soon as possible.

“We absolutely didn’t want people to be in custody who shouldn’t be in custody,” said Rachel Solov, chief of the collaborative courts division in the San Diego district attorney’s office. She said that as of mid-December, the office has handled nearly 600 reductions.

But advocates said many people who completed their sentences still do not know they could be able to change their criminal records. Hernandez and defense lawyers said that the state has put little effort into outreach and that most people are hearing about the opportunities through word of mouth or social media.
“One of the projects we’re working on this year is to notify people that this is an option,” said Bruce Margolin, a Los Angeles defense lawyer who specializes in marijuana cases. “It’s a viable thing to do, obviously, because people are suffering with these felony convictions in so many aspects of their life.”
Omar Figueroa, a defense lawyer in Sebastopol, Calif., who specializes in marijuana law, said the requirement to go to court makes it more difficult for the poor to take advantage.

LEGAL MARIJUANA JUST CAN'T CATCH A BREAK

The marijuana industry has taken a couple of hits in Washington this month.

First, an amendment that would have stripped a part of the tax code that places extra financial burden on cannabis businesses was pulled at the last minute from the GOP tax plan approved by the U.S. Senate.

Also, Attorney General Jeff Sessions again made remarks that seemed to threaten a potential federal crackdown on the legal marijuana business any day now, maybe even by the time you read this. The events underscore the fact that even as the marijuana industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds, it still faces challenges.




No tax relief, yet. Marijuana industry entrepreneurs had hoped the sweeping tax changes voted on by Congress would provide the perfect opportunity to end the dreaded provision 280E in the federal tax code.

The provision blocks marijuana businesses from deducting normal business expenses on tax returns. Such deductions are used in every industry. Costs deducted including buying materials and supplies, paying employees and purchasing and maintaining equipment.

ALCOHOL SALES FALLING DUE TO POT

Medical marijuana becoming available in U.S. states led to a noticeable fall in alcohol sales, a recent study finds.


Researchers looked at retail sales data for beer and wine in the aftermath of states passing laws that legalized medical marijuana, and in counties that bordered on them. Two years after medical marijuana became available, sales had fallen by 13 per cent.

Medical marijuana becoming available in U.S. states led to a noticeable fall in alcohol sales, a recent study finds.

Researchers looked at retail sales data for beer and wine in the aftermath of states passing laws that legalized medical marijuana, and in counties that bordered on them. Two years after medical marijuana became available, sales had fallen by 13 per cent.

TEEN MARIJUANA CONSUMPTION ON THE DECLINE

Earlier this week, reefer madness acolytes issued a warning that “young adult use has skyrocketed over the past 10 years,” but the latest federal data proves the claim is demonstrably false. In fact, the opposite is true. As adult recreational legalization of marijuana spreads across the United States, teen consumption is on the decline. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual nationwide survey, discovered drops in teen marijuana use in all but one of the five states (Alaska) that had legal cannabis from 2014 to 2016.

“These survey results should come as welcome news to anyone who worried teen marijuana use would increase following legalization,” Brian Vicente, a Denver lawyer and a marijuana legalization proponent, said in a statement.

“The days of arresting thousands of adults in order to prevent teens from using marijuana are over. As a proponent of Amendment 64 and a parent of two young children, they certainly came as welcome news to me,”

Michigan news for January 2018 - by Kathy Hess

Judges Sees Obstruction

Few people were in attendance in a courtroom north of Detroit, mid December, to hear the judge reprimanded a prosecutor for delaying the return of a bank account with $11,000 that she previously ruled was improperly seized by drug investigators.

“This hints at more than just a mistake. This continuous action hints at obstruction,” Judge Chabot said, citing the 22 months it took to obey a court order and unfreeze the account. Chabot even fined the prosecutor; awarding $2,500 “in sanctions” to defense attorneys.

This case was to get back the joint bank account of a mother and son, which was seized in November of 2014 — an account containing $10,938, of which $10,000 belonged not to medical-marijuana user Donny Barnes, 42, of Orion Township, but to   Barnes’ mother.

But, as Barnes is quick to point out, he was not convicted of anything. A different judge, in a criminal trial in February, dismissed the only charge against him — marijuana possession with intent to distribute — after ruling that police failed to establish probable cause for raiding Barnes' house, office and warehouse.

Law enforcers have a powerful financial incentive to seize property because the property becomes a significant revenue source for police budgets, above and beyond their limited public support from tax revenues. As civil forfeiture became more widely understood, and, some say, abused, critics have stepped forward from across the political spectrum.

“That’s the deal that law enforcement strikes with the many people who lack means to defend themselves, and so they choose giving up their property when they’re threatened with a criminal trial and possibly going to prison if they lose,” said attorney David Moffitt, one of several lawyers who has represented Donny Barnes.

“My client is different — he has the means to hire me and other attorneys to fight the totally unjustified seizure of his property, "Moffitt said. He added: "This case is showing that when people are able to do that, the unbridled power of the police and prosecutors to use drug forfeiture laws can be brought to heel.”

To get back the joint bank account of about $11,000, Barnes said he "probably spent almost $100,000 in attorney fees.”

House Bill 4158 (Criminal procedure; forfeiture; asset forfeiture; require a criminal conviction before proceeding.), was stuck this year in the House Judiciary Committee — which will go to vote in 2018.

Warning on Weed

LANSING - Legislation has advanced in the House that would require warning labels on marijuana products, just as we see on tobacco products.

The state House, in mid December, appropriated a bill requiring marijuana goods to carry a warning that use by pregnant or breastfeeding women may result in birth complications or negative long-term effects for the child.

House Bill 5222 was approved by a 104 to 6 vote; it now advances to the state Senate for consideration. Under the bill, the health warning would be printed in clearly legible type, surrounded by a continuous heavy line.

“Providing a warning label on marijuana products is necessary because women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may use marijuana to treat such conditions as morning sickness,” said state Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, who sponsored the bill.

“Some studies show that children exposed to marijuana before birth had ‘lower scores on tests of visual problem solving, visual-motor coordination and visual analysis’ than children who were not exposed,’’ according to a report from the House Fiscal Agency.

Both the ACOG and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that marijuana be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In 2015 the American Medical Association called for warning labels on marijuana products, claiming use of marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding could be harmful to babies.

Alaska, Colorado, and Washington already require warning labels informing consumers that marijuana should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.




Tea in the Bay

BAY CITY- Earlier this month, the City Commission made amendments to the marijuana ordinance to increase the number of grower and dispensary licenses, as well as allow growers to stack licenses under one roof and change the buffer zones around schools, churches and law enforcement centers.
The Bay City Commission on Monday, Dec. 18, voted 7-1 to approve an ordinance regulating the industry throughout the city. As approved, the city can issue up to 50 licenses for as dispensaries, and 25 licenses for each class of grower. The Mayor, Kathleen Newsham, has until end of business Thursday, Dec. 21, to veto the ordinance approval.

Pending any hiccups, the earliest date businesses could submit an application was Tuesday, Dec. 26. Once an application is complete, applicants are required to submit it to the Bay City Clerk's office along with a $5,000, nonrefundable application fee.

Chemists at the city's wastewater treatment plant are then scheduled to review each business for an industrial wastewater discharge permit. The Bay City Public Safety Department will also perform background checks on all business owners. The city's planning department will also review site plans, and building and code enforcement will review all new construction plans.

Based on those reviews, City Manager Dana Muscott then either gives a yes or no recommendation for a license to the Bay City Commission for approval. The commission has the final say on all licenses. Those who are granted approval will then have to apply for the State license.
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No Rush on the Reefer
LANSING — On a chilly, snow-white morning the State of Michigan began accepting applications for commercial cannabis licenses. Despite the much anticipated 15th of December, the day started with a whimper, rather than the bang which state regulators had prepared for. Two hours after the doors opened at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, only two people had arrived to turn in their applications for commercial medical marijuana licenses.

Two Michigan State Police officers stood on guard outside, waiting along the stanchions and red velvet ropes that formed a line for a thrall of people that didn't show up.
Online was a different story, 68 people submitted at least some of the documents required to apply for a medical marijuana license and five of those people turned in completed applications and paid the $6,000 fee. But only nine people showed up at LARA offices in Lansing to turn in applications.
Andrew Brisbo, director of the state's Bureau of Medical Marijuana Licensing, stayed up all night at the department watching as applications started to roll in online.
"It was exciting. It's the culmination of a years worth of hard work," he said.

Lawmakers tried for several years to regulate the marijuana market and legalize non-smokable forms of medical marijuana, such as baked goods, candies and infused oils, but couldn't get a package together that gained enough support until last year.
Now with a fully regulated market, five categories of licenses (grower, processor, testing facility, secure transporter and dispensaries) which are expected to begin to be handed out in the spring by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.
And then legal sales and growing operations can begin for the 266,000 Michiganders who have medical marijuana cards.
But on Friday, with four stations open and ready to accept applications, state officials said it was better to be ready for a crowd, especially with nearly 2,000 people showing up for classes held around the state last month to explain the licensing process

"One of the challenging things all along was predicting how many applications we'd get and how many people there would be," Brisbo said. "We wanted to over prepare versus under prepare. We've been consistently surprised with the interest that we've had with everything that we've done since the passage of these bills."

There is no deadline for applications with the state. Under the law, the state cannot put limits on the number of licenses awarded. However cities, townships and villages can determine if they want medical marijuana businesses in their towns or not, and how many businesses they'll allow, if any.