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An Open Letter On Health Canada’s Approved Sprays

An Open Letter On Health Canada’s Approved Sprays

Before we get into the pesticides and sprays approved by Health Canada, I would like to introduce myself:

My name is Freddie Pritchard, and I’ve been a Canadian Cannabis Activist in Canada for eighteen years. I have a long history with Cannabis- I’m the former owner of a compassion club in Windsor, Ontario (now closed by the WPD), I spoke on the panel at the Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs, I’ve been immersed in Health Canada and Cannabis for the fifteen years of its existence, and I’m proud to know almost all of the first Section 56 exemptees in this country.
I’m well-known and highly respected in the Canna community for my activism work, accuracy, and time spent fighting for patients’ access to safe and affordable cannabis. I have ten years of cannabis growing experience,  have been a daily cannabis consumer for 33 years, and I run a weekly live show on YouTube that reports each week on everything that happens here in Canada about Cannabis.
One of the bigger projects I have been working on for over a year is on the topic of the large marijuana producers, their 10 recalls, and the illegal and legal pesticides and sprays they use. I did a series of shows with Cannabis Life Network where three of us smoke tested, and lab tested for THC and CBD contents, 17 different strains from six different large producers. The three of us standing in front of the camera combined carry 80 years of cannabis experience.

The smoke test results we found were very bad…..

  • poor burn-ability
  • black ash
  • sparking up
  • very terrible chemical tastes
  • obviously sprayed and containing chemicals

This was filmed and shot one year ago (July 2016) and a recall later came from Organigram, issued on January  9, 2017, for all 74 lots and went back a full 11 months! As well, Mettrum and Aurora had to issue a recall for carrying those Organigram products as well.

On January 9, 2017, Organigram Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes located in New Brunswick, began a voluntary recall of sixty-nine lots of product under a Type II recall, in addition to 5 lots of product under a Type III recall that was initiated on December 28, 2016.

The products that are being recalled include dried marijuana and cannabis oil that were produced between February 1, 2016 and December 16, 2016, and the affected lot numbers can be found below:

The results were from an illegal spray called Myclobutanil that when burned or combusted creates the extremely poisonous hydrogen cyanide!

The bottom line here was that in that YouTube episode above we smoked the myclobutanil and were right about it being sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. Until the recall, patients were smoking it, too.

In the instances of the 11 month recall by Organigram and more recently, a 15 month recall by Hydropothecary, the long-term recalls failed patients miserably as it’s clear all the Large Producer’s members/patients consumed it, whether through combustion, vaporization or in the form of a edible.

In other episodes, bad chemical tastes and black ash were readily apparent in most cannabis sampled, and even worse, some were from large, licensed producers of cannabis that have not been caught for myclobutanil.Now many patients since then have been suffering symptoms such as getting very sick/ill, experiencing nausea, and losing weight- I have reported on all the below stories on my show at the time they happened.

Presently there are 2 class action lawsuits, a third proposed, and the Veterans are getting together for possibly even another.

Part of being involved involved so deeply in the Medicinal side of Cannabis and having access to social media is I have been hearing from many patients for over 2 years now and they said the very same things reported in the stories below.

I’m not alone and as you can see below most patients do not trust their large producers, which have a 13 percent approval rating- the worst of all sectors! The difference among age groups lends weight to the view that the younger and more inexperienced do not know better when compared to the over 50 crowd that has that experience and has seen quality cannabis.

Just 13 per cent of roughly 1,500 people gave marijuana companies a rating of five or higher on a seven-point trust scale.

The Globe and Mail reported that while findings differ somewhat by age group, trust is an issue across the board: Just 10 per cent of people over 50 trust marijuana producers, while only 17 per cent gave a rank of five or higher amid the highest-trust group, those between the ages of 18 to 24.
In a Globe and Mailpiece on the Class Action lawsuits filed against Mettrum and Organigram for using banned pesticides, they spoke to Ms. Downton, a medicinal cannabis patient who after taking the product daily “began to suffer from severe nausea and vomiting within approximately two weeks after first consuming the Affected Product”.
According to reports, sick veterans have been urging Health Minister Jane Philpott to further probe tainted medical marijuana.
In another story, Robert Lamarre, a 59 year-old medicinal cannabis patient, says “I’ve been consuming all my life since I was 13 years old. I was never affected, got sick because of cannabis, never, never”. He says that when he started smoking the tainted Organigram product, he began coughing and experiencing other symptoms. “I lost 40 pounds in the space of 6 months”.
According to The Globe and Mail, the Nova Scotia man listed in the new proposed class action lawsuit allegedly became violently ill after consuming medical marijuana he purchased from Mettrum. This is the third proposed class-action lawsuit over pesticide-laden medical marijuana in Canada!
In a story from Now Toronto, Patty Wade was concerned because after starting one of Mettrum’s cannabis oil products she says she spent weeks feeling extremely ill with vomiting and nausea. Dawn Rae Downton, who is the lead plaintiff in the OrganiGram action, says she contacted Health Canada to report her adverse reactions, but the department later claimed to have no record of her report. Vomiting, dizziness, pain and dry-heaving are all part of what Downton says she experienced two weeks into her first batch of weed from OrganiGram.
For more information on the Class Action Lawsuit against Organigram and Mettrum by Wagner’s serious injury law firm, please click the following link.
However I need to bring your attention to these 17 approved sprays and their acceptable levels that can pass through testing, as they are approved to be sprayed on flowering and dried marijuana. As per the Heath Canada website, and as detailed out in the ACMPR regulations for the Large producers, it is clear that they cannot spray unless it is one of the 17 approved sprays.

I watched this list grow from 7 sprays to 13 and now 17 approved sprays.

According to the Health Canada website:

  • As per section 18 of the ACMPR, licenced producers are not permitted to use additives in the production of fresh or dried marijuana, or marijuana plants or seeds intended for sale. “An additive means anything other than marihuana but does not include any residue of a pest control product or its components or derivatives unless the amount of the residue exceeds any maximum residue limit specified for the product, component or derivative under section 9 or 10 of the Pest Control Products Act.”
  • Licenced producers must also adhere to section 66 of the ACMPR which states that “fresh or dried marihuana or marihuana plants or seeds must not be treated with a pest control product unless the product is registered for use on marihuana under the Pest Control Products Act or is otherwise authorized for use under that Act”

Contrary to what a lot of politicians in the House of Commons have been saying lately while debating Bill C-45, and Bill Blair talking about how Cannabis is unsafe, and the need for a safe regulated supply of known potency, purity and providence- it is not true.

Those who grow Cannabis do not succeed if they spray in the flowering phase or on dried cannabis. That is why we don’t.

It is a practice not only frowned upon, but not generally followed by growers, for the same reasons a lot of patients do not like the Large producer Cannabis.

Black ash and chemical tastes. You can tell. Anyone that enjoys or knows cannabis can tell by the bad taste. The end result here is the seller does not receive much if any repeat business.

Now firstly and to be highly noted these 17 sprays are made for ornamental plants and food crops. NOT to be put on medicinal Cannabis and then combusted (burnt and inhaled). There is a drastic difference. Pesticides are designed to be washed off and broken down by the digestive system, which does not happen during combustion by medicinal users.

In the case of sprayed cannabis the medicinal users get hit with the handling of these chemicals, getting it on their skin, and then through combustion, they consume them because Cannabis does not get washed.

Last February on my show I reported that Warren Porter, a specialist in molecular and environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison agreeing with me.

This article from The Globe and Mail notes that although myclobutanil is approved for use on some foods to control mildew, it is designed to be washed off while any remaining residue is metabolized by the digestive system so that it is not a threat to the body. The reason it is banned for plants that are smoked, including tobacco, is that the chemical enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs, without being metabolized.

Secondly these pesticide all come with massive percentages of Inert/other ingredients.

Inert/Other ingredients are used in pesticide products for a variety of reasons, including to help the pesticide stick to surfaces like leaves and soil. They are designed themselves to stick and leave their residues, to combat pests, molds and fungus. And some examples of Inert/Other ingredients are emulsifiers, solvents, carriers, aerosol propellants, petroleum products, fragrances and dyes.

In some cases the Inert/Other ingredients can be more dangerous then the active ingredients in the pesticides!

Inert and Other Ingredients Information

http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/inerts.html
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/inert-ingredients-overview-and-guidance

Thirdly these Inert/Other ingredients all come with signal words…..

CAUTION – means the pesticide product is slightly toxic if eaten, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or it causes slight eye or skin irritation.

WARNING–  indicates the pesticide product is moderately toxic if eaten, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or it causes moderate eye or skin irritation

DANGER – means that the pesticide product is highly toxic by at least one route of exposure. It may be corrosive, causing irreversible damage to the skin or eyes. Alternatively, it may be highly toxic if eaten, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled. If this is the case, then the word “POISON” must also be included in red letters on the front panel of the product label

Now, of the 17 approved sprays, 11 carry a “caution” label which means they are toxic, but only mildly if absorbed through the skin, inhaled, and can cause slight eye or skin irritation.

The 11 approved sprays with a “Caution” label are listed below:

  • actinovate
  • BIOPROTEC CAF
  • Bioprotec PLUS
  • Botanigard 22 WP
  • Botanigard ES
  • MilStop Foliar Fungicide
  • Rootshield(R) WP Biological Fungicide
  • Vegol Crop Oil
  • Bio-Ceres G WP
  • Influence LC
  • prestop

The other six have a warning label which indicates it is moderately toxic if absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or causes moderate eye or skin irritation

  • Sirocco
  • Agrotek Ascend Vaporized Sulphur
  • Neudosan Commercial
  • Opal Insecticidal Soap
  • Kopa Insecticidal Soap
  • Rootshield HC Biological Fungicide Wettable Powder

Now, the warning labels all say toxic for handling, being inhaled, getting absorbed through the skin, and getting in the eyes, and on most of the labels are clear warnings that outline their toxicity.

I have assembled here all of the above pesticides labels and Inert and other ingredient information:

Now clearly we have mild and medium toxic chemicals of the pesticides’ “Active ingredients”, and a lot that are unknown with massive percentages of Inert/other ingredients. “Actinovate” is a whopping 99.96 percent inert/other ingredients and almost all the others have 80 percent or higher Inert/Other Ingredients.

None of these are designed for inhaling, combustion, vaping or edible ingestion- they then become poisons.

No testing has ever been done that can refer to the combustion and inhalation by humans these toxins.

Most people would agree they do not want these harmful pesticides on their food stuffs, but I can tell you, it should not be approved, 17 of them now, to be on cannabis for medicinal users, to be then consumed in any form.

So in recapping

  • Experienced cannabis smokers noticed chemical tastes, black ash, bad burn ability
  • Experienced growers do not spray on flowering of dried cannabis
  • Many product recalls, 2 very long term that failed patients, illegal sprays
  • Patients report getting sick/ill
  • Class action lawsuits
  • Most patients do not trust their large producer
  • Health Canada approves 17 sprays on flowering and dried cannabis
  • All the approved pesticides are either mildly or moderately toxic, based on their own labels
  • They contain massive percentages of Inert/Other Ingredients
  • They are designed to stick to plants and leave residues
  • The pesticides are for non food and food crops not for combustion
  • Patients handle it and consume it

Recently, Health Canada took away the large producers ability to foliar feed.

Foliar feeding is a essential practice use by growers of all plants, to feed nutrients to the plant through its leafs.

Cannabis plants benefit greatly from this practice in the vegetative stage, before floral clusters form.
This cannot be confused with pesticide spraying and normally, growers use a mild nutrient solution and typically cease this practice in the flowering stage.

I remember 15 years go talking with Bruce Erickson who worked for the Office of Controlled Substances, Department of Health, and had a big hand in writing the MMAR regulations. I had asked him over the phone if he had ever talked to any activists or cannabis growers before writing the draft regulations. He said ‘he never did. How could we?”

In this article by the Financial Post, Anne McLellan  recently said, “Black market marijuana growers should be included in the legal market as they can provide valuable expertise as it evolves”.
I have been through this for the 15 years medical cannabis has been legal here in Canada. I have watched and heard many patients suffer as they try to find reasonable and affordable access. I can’t help thinking that after all this time, through Section 56, MMAR, MMPR, and now the ACMPR, that Canada has never allowed real, quality cannabis to exist, nor provided reasonable or affordable access, for ALL patients.

In light of those falling ill, the sprays, and lawsuits it is getting worse. I would really like to be able to bridge that gap that exists between the cannabis world and Health Canada. Our knowledge and information has been pioneered and passed down for generations, and you need to talk to people like us.

If there is anything at all you would like to talk about please do not hesitate to get a hold of me

I would ask that Health Canada and the Large Producer consider the following very seriously……

– DO NOT allow the spraying of anything on cannabis in the flowering phase OR on dried cannabis, including ALL of the 17 approved sprays
– Only allow spraying pesticides in the vegetative growth stage and cease when flowering
– Allow foliar feeding in the vegetative stage and cease when flowering

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Published at Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:21:07 +0000

States move aggressively to protect pot industry

States move aggressively to protect pot industry

The Columbian / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — If a whiff of uneasiness hung over the trade show that drew thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here this month, it wasn’t because they were just around the corner from a White House that has threatened to shut them down.

They had bigger worries, like sorting out the legitimate business ventures from the hype among row upon row of exhibitors showcasing cannabis growing, smoking, eating and even banking products. The Trump administration’s menacing signals seemed a mere sideshow to those who make their living off reefer, or aspire to.

After an initial period of postelection anxiety, pot businesses are increasingly confident that states where they are setting up shop have their backs, despite Justice Department warnings meant to rattle marijuana enthusiasts.

State leaders are proving themselves nimble at responding to the threat, moving to inoculate local marijuana industries that are fast becoming too important to state economies to leave vulnerable to the whims of Washington.

And they are moving not just in the places where it is politically easy, such as California. Even some Republican states are signaling Trump to back off.

“We are seeing states have become very territorial about their rights to do this, regardless of what the Trump administration does,” said John Hudak, a marijuana policy expert at the Brookings Institution. He points to Nevada, where Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval opposed the state’s successful legalization initiative but is nonetheless vowing to move forward with recreational pot there.

“This is someone who easily could have said, ‘No, let’s wait and see what Trump does,’ ” Hudak said. “But he is not doing that.”

Some of the more than 200 marijuana entrepreneurs who walked the halls of the Capitol this month during the industry’s annual lobby day — an event that has grown exponentially in size — were surprised by how many Republican congressional offices were eager to engage.

“People here are treating this more seriously,” said Morgan Paxhia, a San Francisco marijuana investor who was among those lobbying.

Trump’s intentions on pot are unclear. The White House has warned that recreational pot businesses could be subject to federal enforcement actions. Trump tacked a signing message onto the budget he recently signed that indicates he may not honor its prohibition on busting medical pot businesses operating legally under state laws. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an old-school drug warrior eager to restore some of the zero-tolerance tactics that haven’t been part of the federal playbook for years.

But states say they can’t afford to wait to see how federal policy plays out.

“You have to have blinders on to not understand how large this industry can become,” said California Treasurer John Chiang. He has been taking a lead in the state’s efforts to move the industry into legitimacy, holding lengthy hearings aimed at helping banks step around the federal rules that make them reluctant to work with pot firms.

The easier it is for companies to get out of the shadows and operate like other normal businesses, Chiang says, the quicker they can start paying taxes to the state — and the harder it will be for the Justice Department to undermine the industry.

In several states, lawmakers are scrambling to find creative ways to keep federal agents out. California lawmakers are debating giving pot businesses the same kinds of protections as it has extended to immigrants in the country illegally, prohibiting local law enforcement from helping federal agents target them.

Colorado is mulling over a law that would let pot sellers instantly reclassify all their recreational pot as medical in the event of a federal crackdown. (The White House condones medical pot.) Oregon lawmakers passed a bill aimed at protecting the privacy of pot users from federal intrusions by requiring cannabis shops to destroy records of what consumers purchase.

Not that some states aren’t tapping the brakes. Amid the federal uncertainty — and to the deep disappointment of marijuana advocates — Massachusetts lawmakers voted in December for a six-month delay in opening the state’s first recreational marijuana shops, pushing it back to mid-2018.

Colorado lawmakers eager to allow clubs where pot connoisseurs could consume the product opted to hold off, worried their efforts could antagonize the Justice Department. Gov. John Hickenlooper warned legislators off plans to allow medical marijuana deliveries in Colorado, saying they would send the wrong message to Washington and put the state at risk.

Hickenlooper, who opposed the ballot measure legalizing recreational pot in his state but has embraced the industry it created, has taken a diplomatic approach to keeping Washington at bay. He and Sessions had an hourlong meeting in Washington a few weeks ago, from which the governor emerged mildly optimistic.

“At one point he said, ‘You haven’t seen us cracking down, have you?’ ” Hickenlooper recalled to MSNBC. “I interpreted that as: He’s got his hands full.”

Other state officials are more antagonistic, as in California. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently mocked the warnings from Sessions, daring him to try to disrupt legalization in California.

Portland, Ore., congressman and longtime legalization crusader Earl Blumenauer suggested the administration is too scandal-consumed to do much damage to the vibrant legalization movement. “These people are like one dumpster fire after another,” the Democrat said.

Some in the nascent marijuana industry suggest the dose of uncertainty Trump has injected isn’t entirely bad. John Vardaman, a former Justice Department official now at a tech firm called Hypur that helps marijuana sellers and other businesses comply with financial regulations, said the threat from Washington intensifies pressure on companies and state regulators to operate with high ethical standards and not cut corners as the pot trade increasingly moves out into the open.

“In some ways, this potential threat could be a blessing,” he said. “It could ultimately create an industry that takes compliance with the rules more seriously.”

In the bustling main hall of the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo this month, worries about what Trump may do were taking a back seat to deal-making and networking. A fledgling headhunting firm devoted exclusively to pot companies called Vangst reported that it had placed 3,000 workers in two years. A Colorado company that makes neon signs advertising craft beer had on display some trippy designs now being used to hawk edible pot products.

Is business threatened by this administration?

“Who knows?” said Alan Bloom, chief executive of Zeon, the sign company. “We are dealing with politicians. I never underestimate the stupidity of politicians. But there is a lot of tax revenue on the line, and this industry has been growing like crazy since the election.”

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Published at Tue, 30 May 2017 03:53:09 +0000

Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower over stinky smells

Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower over stinky smells

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — A pot farm’s neighbor can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neighboring marijuana-growing warehouse.

The horse farm’s owners, the Reillys, sued in 2015, claiming the pot-growing warehouse would diminish their land’s value by emitting “noxious odors” and attracting unsavory visitors. A federal district court dismissed the claim, and the pot warehouse opened in 2016.

The horse farm owners appealed, and a three-judge appeals panel agreed Wednesday that their claims should be heard. But the judges said the Reillys can’t sue Colorado to force the state to enforce federal drug law and not allow the pot warehouse in the first place.

The southern Colorado horse-vs-pot case is interesting because the horse farm owners are trying to use a 1970 federal law crafted to fight organized crime. The Reillys say that federal racketeering laws entitle them to collect damages from the pot farm, even though the pot farm is legal under state law.

“The landowners have plausibly alleged at least one (racketeering) claim,” the judges wrote.

Pot opponents say the racketeering strategy gives them a possible tool to break an industry they oppose. It could give private citizens who oppose pot legalization a way to sue the industry out of business, even as federal officials have so far declined to shut down most pot businesses operating in violation of federal drug law.

“This is a tremendous victory for opponents of the marijuana industry,” said Brian Barnes, a Washington-based lawyer who represents the Reillys on behalf of the anti-crime nonprofit group Safe Streets Alliance.

Owners of the pot warehouse, owned by a company called Alternative Holistic Healing, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday. An attorney representing them in the case could not be reached, either.

The case now goes to back to a federal district court that had earlier dismissed it.

The appeals panel handed pot opponents a defeat on another case Wednesday, however. The judges ruled that a lower court was right to dismiss a claim from a group of sheriffs in Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma, who had asked the federal court to block Colorado’s pot law.

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Published at Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:15:05 +0000

Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement

Colorado toughens up on home grows, boosts funding for black market enforcement

Colorado may be the laboratory for testing adult-use marijuana regulations, but it doesn’t need to be the Wild West of cannabis legalization, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.

Hickenlooper signed two bills that aim to both clamp down on the black market and rein in regulations to close loopholes spurring “gray market” activity.

“The whole point of legalizing marijuana is you don’t continue to have a black market,” Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper signed House Bills 1220 and 1221, which cap home-grow limits at 12 plants and allocate $6 million of marijuana tax revenue toward black market enforcement efforts, respectively.

Related: See which 2017 Colorado marijuana and hemp bills became law

Hickenlooper, who stood in the West foyer of the state Capitol and was surrounded by lawmakers and law enforcers, said the state’s previous home-grow limits of 99 plants for medical marijuana purposes effectively created “large-scale grow operations in people’s homes.”

“So by setting a limit of 12 plants per home, I think we’re protecting neighborhoods from violence often associated with illegal drug trafficking,” he said during the public bill-signing ceremony.

The 12-plant cap puts Colorado more in line with other states that have marijuana programs in place, and it also could hit at the heart of gray market activity, Hickenlooper said following the ceremony.

“But we know for a fact that people are pretending to grow medical marijuana and then exporting it to other states — not one, not two, many,” Hickenlooper told The Cannabist. “So we’re trying to tighten that loophole up.”

Colorado’s Amendment 64 approved by voters in 2012 allows an adult age 21 and older to cultivate up to six marijuana plants, with a maximum of three in a mature, flowering state. A number of municipalities, including Denver, already have set caps on the number of plants allowed in a residence, regardless of how many adults live there.

HB 1220 was amended to allow for medical marijuana primary caregivers with “exceptional circumstances” to have up to 24 plants, if they register with the state.

The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Rob Corry, a Denver-based marijuana attorney, told the Colorado Springs Independent earlier this week that he may file an injunction against the state’s new plant-count law.

That lawsuit will be filed in a matter of days, Corry told The Cannabist on Thursday.

“We’ve got bills here that are in direct conflict with the voters’ will in enacting Amendment 64 as well as the voters’ will in enacting (medical marijuana) Amendment 20,” Corry said.

Hickenlooper, when asked about the claims and potential suit, responded with: “Bring it on.”

“If he wants to sue us, he can sue us … that’s why democracy is so great,” he said.

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Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:39:44 +0000

Legal or Illegal: Be Prepared!

Legal or Illegal: Be Prepared!

I recently traveled to Toronto with Cannabis in my purse.  I am a card-carrying legal patient within the ACMPR so these days, I’m like a new 19 year old just begging to be checked.  But after yet another legal patient and friend of mine got arrested for possession of Cannabis, I will no longer be so bold.

As legal patients we’re advised of what we need to carry with us to prove our legality, all of which is controlled by the licensed producer that we’re registered to buy from.  Most LP’s give you a credit card-like I.D. card or a letter to carry with you.  If you’re carrying any Cannabis, you should carry it in the current bottle it came in.  But as one friend and patient of mine just found out, this advice did him no good.

In fact, in newly legal fashion, new users like myself have been waiting so long to be legal that we’ll proudly announce it.  That’s what this guy did and yet after the cop did some digging aka googling, he said that the producer who’s name was on the card and bottles is not a legal LP.

I can tell you they’re one of the biggest.

Alternative ways to prove legality:

Your Medical Document

You are entitled to a copy of your medical document, the Cannabis industry’s equivalent to a prescription.  If the clinic who assesses you disagrees, please correct them.  This can act as evidence of at least recommendation from a physician.  It does not however prove that you’re buying your medicine from a legally regulated source.

Your Shipping Invoice

This will match the info on your current container and further prove that the Cannabis therein has been sourced from a legally regulated source.

A Clinic Letter

The clinic that assessed you should be more than willing to provide you with a letter confirming the date that you were assessed and registered with the licensed producer.  Most clinics are there to help you and will assist in any way they can.

Here’s the thing, it’s becoming obvious that law enforcement has no clue what legal means.  And, with 44 different licensed producers who can decide what their flashy cards and bottles look like, it’s no wonder!  It’s like proving you have an Oxy script by showing your receipt from Purdue.  As someone working in the industry I’ve been told that the protocol for law enforcement is to call the licensed producer to confirm that the person in question buys his Cannabis from them.  I can only assume that the officer called the 1-800 number on the back of that card but no one answered because they don’t work Saturdays.

Let that sink in.

So that means that we are all at risk of arrest on the weekends because if Police can’t confirm you, then goodbye Cannabis and goodbye I.D. card, too.  They take it all and hand you a summons.  I may never leave my house on the weekends again!  Does that sound like a good thing for the economy? Tourism?  The food and beverage industry?  What if we work on the weekends and use our high CBD medicine on our breaks?  How has no one thought of this?

I’m calling on Parliament to look into this, I’ve already emailed this patient’s MP and MPP and our Mayor for good measure.  This lack of education isn’t doing anyone any good.  Instead of liberating patients, this program is leaving them with a false sense of security that is simply unfair, unethical, and inhumane.

Come on Canada … we are more than this!

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Published at Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:04:38 +0000

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Filmmaker Brett Haley wrote the script for his latest film, “The Hero,” with two muses in mind: veteran character actor Sam Elliott and the marijuana strain Platinum Cookies.

Elliott stars as Lee Hayden, an over-the-hill Western actor exiled to voiceover work who smokes weed with his dealer Jeremy (Nick Offerman) and dreams of once and future on-film glory. When he’s diagnosed with cancer, Lee is forced to come to grips with his mortality, past sins and lost opportunities.

Platinum Cookies makes its silver screen debut in this exclusive clip shared with The Cannabist by Haley and entertainment company The Orchard, which bought the rights to “The Hero” following its 2017 Sundance premiere. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 9, followed by a national rollout beginning July 4.

The-Hero-new-poster
(Provided by The Orchard)

“Platinum Cookies is an indica-sativa hybrid I came across in my travels,” Haley told The Cannabist. “It was a fun, chill weed — and I liked the name.”

The strain name’s cadence made sense for this scene introducing Jeremy as Lee’s only friend, Haley said.

“Platinum Cookies, the real good shit,” a stoned Lee deadpans in his gravelly drawl to Jeremy, as if in the voiceover booth. It’s the only scene in which the film’s hero seems to find joy in his iconic voice.

Marijuana keeps Lee in the clouds, disconnected from the reality of his lonely life and, now, his devastating cancer diagnosis, Haley said.

It also fuels his dreams — an imaginary film shoot that Lee flashes in and out of — where he grapples with past glories, missed opportunities and hopes for one last shot at his brass ring.

Haley has said that he wrote “The Hero” as a love letter to Elliott, who also starred alongside Blythe Danner in Haley’s 2015 film, “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” But after reading the script, the veteran actor was a bit surprised by the amount of marijuana his character smoked, Haley said.

“‘Can people really smoke this much?’” Haley recalled Elliott asking him. When Haley told him he knew people who smoked that much weed, Elliott responded: “‘If that’s how you want the guy, I’ll give it to you.’”

“And that’s just Sam,” Haley said. “His star is brighter than it’s ever been, and I loved writing for him and working with him.”

Despite death’s long shadow, “The Hero” doesn’t linger on Lee’s mortality. Instead, the aging movie star’s arc shows that legacy isn’t defined by movie roles or awards, but in one’s personal connections in this world. As Lee deals with his cancer diagnosis, he rediscovers romance when he meets Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comic with “a thing for old guys.” He also begins an emotional reconciliation with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter).

Near the film’s conclusion, Lee is back in the sound booth, enduring yet another voiceover session; nothing has changed, yet Lee is a transformed man.

“Escaping in a film can also mean engaging in truthful, honest characters that make you think of your own life,” Haley said. “At the end of this film, I want people to say, ‘I’m glad I spent this time with Sam Elliott.’”

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Published at Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:03:08 +0000

Expert Joints LIVE!: Cruisin’ With My Buds

Expert Joints LIVE!: Cruisin’ With My Buds

This week Craig and Jen welcome back a number of familiar faces to the show, with a plethora of updates. Guest include Riel (Glacial Gold & Socialweedia) and Remo (Urban Grower & Remo Nutrients), as well as Clint & Aaron of MMJ Canada; who area all a part of upcoming The High Cruise. Also returning is Creative Roller Cody Van Gogh from the National Joint League; and the Saltwater Cowboy Tim McBride for a very special “Q & A’ edition of Tim’s Tales! All these fine folks, plus a whole lot more… so toke up and tune in.


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Published at Sun, 04 Jun 2017 17:01:06 +0000

It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head

It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head

My third son, William, was born on April 28. I’ve spent the past month or so getting to know him (thanks, Washington Post’s generous parental leave policy!), and not paying much attention to federal drug policy.

As it turns out I missed quite a bit. In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its tough-on-crime rhetoric and put in place some policies that give that rhetoric some real-world bite.

You may have missed them too, as many of the decisions were made with little fanfare, and all of them came amid a steady string of revelations about Russia, Paris, Comey, Kushner and even covfefe. Here’s a recap of everything that happened while I was out changing diapers.

Mandatory minimums are back

The big news last month was a memo from Sessions directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible for any crime, including drug offenses. That means more mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes, a policy that the Justice Department administration had backed away from under President Barack Obama.

In the latter years of the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. had instructed federal prosecutors to seek less severe prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenders. Sessions’s directive reverses that policy.

The net effect of the change is that more people will be going to federal prison, reversing a decline in the federal prison population in recent years. Sessions laid the groundwork for this in February when he directed the Justice Department to start using private prisons again to “meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

Sessions defended the move as a “key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” citing a recent uptick in homicides in some cities.

But the best available research suggests that harsh prison sentences do little to deter crime. Sessions’ own Justice Department, citing decades of research, states that “sending an individual convicted of a crime to prison isn’t a very effective way to deter crime” and that “increasing the severity of punishment does little to deter crime.”

Indeed, imprisonment often has the opposite effect, according to the DOJ’s research division: “Inmates learn more effective crime strategies from each other, and time spent in prison may desensitize many to the threat of future imprisonment.”

A drug war hardliner is reevaluating federal marijuana policy

One of the key architects of Sessions’ sentencing memo was Steven Cook, a former federal prosecutor and a lifelong hard-liner on criminal justice issues. Cook is now considering changes to policies governing marijuana and civil asset forfeiture, according to the Associated Press.

While Cook didn’t give away any details of his agenda, he told the AP that “when you put criminals in prison, crime goes down.” As noted by the Justice Department research above, Cook’s formulation is simplistic and largely inaccurate.

“Steve Cook thinks that everyone who commits a crime ought to be locked up in jail,” said Bill Killian, a former U.S. attorney who worked with Cook in the past.

Marijuana use remains a crime at the federal level, regardless of what state regulations say. The Obama administration chose to largely ignore state-level legalization efforts. If Cook intends to reverse that approach, even partially, it could prove disastrous for the country’s $6.7 billion legal marijuana industry – to say nothing of the 33 million adults who use the drug.

Trump signals possible trouble ahead for medical marijuana

For several years now, the Justice Department has been prevented from aggressively targeting medical marijuana operations in states where they’re legal due to a provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, included in omnibus spending bills. The amendment simply states that the Justice Department cannot use federal funds to interfere with the operation of medical marijuana programs in places where they’re legal.

That provision was recently renewed through Sept. 30. But in signing the spending bill it was attached to, Trump added a twist: a signing statement indicating he would “treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Prior presidents have used such statements to ignore or undermine policies they disagreed with. If Trump were to do so on medical marijuana, it could set up an awkward showdown with one of his staunchest allies in Congress: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), co-author of the amendment.

For his part, Rohrabacher doesn’t think that will happen: “It would be a huge waste of his time and money, and why would he do that?” he told the Orange County Register last month.

The DEA continues to wage war on marijuana, regardless of what the research says

At a speech at the Cleveland Clinic last week, Drug Enforcement Administration acting chief Chuck Rosenberg reiterated his belief that “marijuana is not medicine.” This flies in the face of decades of research into the effects of marijuana use, most recently outlined in a massive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering.

Rosenberg said that any potential medical application of marijuana should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But such approval is nearly impossible to obtain because of the drug’s strict regulation under federal law, creating a Catch-22: Marijuana is tightly regulated because it has no accepted medical use, and it has no accepted medical use because it’s so tightly regulated.

A rhetorical escalation

In the past month, leading law enforcement figures have been deploying some of the apocalyptic anti-drug rhetoric that characterized much of federal drug policy in the ’80s and ’90s. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein recently gave a chest-thumping speech before DEA employees, calling them “warriors of freedom” who were fighting an epidemic that is laying waste to society. Demand for illegal drugs is creating “a cycle of death and despair,” he added.

Sessions, meanwhile, has been attempting to tie drug use with the rise of violent crime in some cities. “We know that drugs and crime go hand-in-hand,” he said recently. “Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.”

At another speech in West Virginia, Sessions warned of opiate-dependent babies who “scream inconsolably and suffer from tremors, vomiting and seizures” and who are “at risk for developmental and health problems throughout the rest of their lives.” The language echoes the early ’90s panic over “crack babies” that turned out to be largely unsubstantiated.

Trump admires a dictator’s brutal anti-drug crusade

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has encouraged his constituents to kill drug addicts and has overseen a bloody anti-drug crusade that’s resulted in thousands of deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers and groups operating extrajudicially.

In late April, Trump called Duterte to praise his drug war and invite him to the White House.

“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that,” Trump said.

Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to addiction treatment

Medicaid provides coverage for substance abuse treatment for roughly one-third of all Americans dependent on opioid drugs.

Trump’s budget would cut Medicaid nearly in half by 2020, jeopardizing substance abuse coverage for the roughly 2.3 million opiate-dependent people who use it.

That change is of a piece with the administration’s general views on drug use – a crime to be policed and punished, rather than a public health problem.

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Published at Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:36:21 +0000

Mama P’s Grinder: Build To Last – Expert Review

Mama P’s Grinder: Build To Last – Expert Review

Can I be honest with you? 

The best vaping experience doesn’t just come from your vaporizer.

You’ve heard the advice a million times,

You need to have the right accessories to get the best vaping experience.

If you are tired of making a mess when prepping your herbs, it’s time that you explore the Mama P’s Grinder.

Mama P is a brand known for its high-quality grinders that you can use for your vaping needs.

The company is a five-time cannabis cup winner and is popular for their award-winning products.

Mama P’s classic grinder received the 1st place for Best New Product at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Detroit in 2012.

Not only are Mama P’s grinders popular among random recreational cannabis users, their innovative products have also received praises from the medical community as well.

They’ve won the 2012 Los Angeles Medical Cannabis Cup for the Mama P’s Wholesome Grinder.

Apart from the different grinders, they are also known for other cannabis related products.

They are the makers of the first only magnetic lighter. They also have water pipes, and pollen presses to name a few. What this means is that they have the ability to create out-of-the-box ideas using high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Mama P is one of the brands that still manufacture their products in the US.

In fact,

They inspect each product no less than 10 times before it reaches circulation. Considered even by connoisseurs as one of the top companies in the US, Mama P implements top-notch materials on all of their grinders such using 100% aircraft grade aluminum on their products.

They also made it a practice to make use of a 60-micron titanium screen that ensures uniform sized herbs to pass through once the herbs have been churned by the grinders’ teeth.

The Good

There are a lot of positive things that can be said about Mama P’s as a company.

In today’s day and age wherein companies would most likely purchase from Alibaba and rebrand these items as their own product, Mama P took the effort to do their own research and build their grinders in the US.

And for this reason, they’ve been able to provide high-quality products above the usual products that you would see in the market.

They are also known for providing products that are known for their durability.

They’ve made products with high-quality materials including aircraft grade aluminum that can withstand a good amount of grinding sessions.

Also, Mama P specifically made their screen replaceable and easy to clean. Made not of your typical stainless material but of titanium, you can take it out whenever it already becomes messy.

And if you are the type who is taking cannabis for medical reasons, might as well pair your high-end vaporizer with a Mama P’s grinder.

The Bad

There are not a lot of bad things that we can say to a multi-awarded company that brought us some of the best grinders in the business.

So what are the things that customers usually don’t like about Mama P’s grinders?

If there is anything that the company can improve on, let’s take a closer look at the price. Yes, their grinders are more expensive than your average grinders.

However, let’s admit that you pay for what you get.

As a multi-awarding company that produces grinders that can surpass any of its competitors, you just can’t expect anything cheap from this company.

Design and Performance

Classy, durable, and efficient are just some of the things that can describe the usual Mama P products that you see in the market. The design of each grinder is known for its durability given that the company made use of the very same aluminum used on aircraft. It is said to have all the elements of what an all American made product is all about.

In terms of its performance, it offers precision by providing the right sized herbs for each user.

And if you think that they are simply offering the usual herb grinders, they also have the likes of a 1-inch mini herb grinder. It can even be placed on your neck and fit your fashion statement.

If you are a fan of making the most out of your herb, Mama P doesn’t disappoint. The four piece grinders made by the company also has high-quality stainless steel mesh that allows you to maximize the kief for later use. It has 60-micron holes in order to make sure that only the finest excess goes into the compartment where the kief is stored.

Sharp diamond shaped teeth can efficiently grind down the herbs into small pieces. And as long as you are placing the ideal amount of herbs on the grinders, you can expect nothing but the high-quality output from Mama P grinders.

Maintenance

Maintenance is another thing that you will love about the medical grade Mama P grinders. Aluminum is not only a great option if you like grinders that can last the usual wear and tear; it is also an easy to clean material that guarantees the clean herbs for every session.

You can also remove the titanium screen for easy cleaning. And if it is time to replace the screen, you can easily get a new one preventing you from changing the entire grinder.

Different Types of Mama P’s Grinder

Mama P’s Classic Herb Grinder

The Classic Herb Grinder by Mama P is probably the most popular product that came from the company.

This product is a four stage herbal grinder that gives you the chance to enjoy not only the herbs that have been grounded but also the kief.

It offers an easy to clean and durable material that you can use for years.

In terms of performance, it is also easy to use the grinder. It is best known for its ergonomic design and even praised by people in the medical cannabis industry. It was made to function with minimal friction that caters to users that have mobility concerns.

The 60-micron screen filter made of titanium is also what makes the product a great choice. You can easily get a new one for this screen if it already needs replacement due to wear and tear.

Mama P’s Custom Two Color Herb Grinder

If you prefer grinders that are out of the ordinary, Mama P’s Custom Two Color Herb grinder is probably the best option that you can go for. It offers a chance for users to express their personality with these hand painted grinders. According to Mama P, this makes no two Custom Two Color Herb Grinders have the same design.

It isn’t just about the looks. It has been viewed by some of the most respected figures in the vaping industry including High Times Magazine and was even dubbed as the “world’s best grinder, period”.

The Neodymium magnets is a cool feature that holds the herbs in place, to make sure that everything is air tight inside the unit.

There are few interesting features that you rarely see from the other products:

It has an ashtray that can hold a pipe and Lighter mate lighter.

It also offers replaceable titanium screen. Making sure that you can simply get a new screen once it has been ruined or gets funky from regular use. And because of Mama P’s confidence to its product, it has a lifetime warranty.

Mama P’s Exclusive Color Herb Grinder

Mama P’s Exclusive Color Herb Grinder is another stand out product from the company. For starters, it makes use of the same aluminum used on aircraft. Similar to Custom two Color Herb Grinders, this product also has room for a pipe or a Lighter mate lighter.

It also offers smooth grinding operations and a removable titanium filter.

This filter can come in handy in its maintenance or when having a new screen.

And if you opt to use the herb grinder as your herb container they cover it too.

You can rest assure that its magnet can keep the materials air tight to maintain maximum freshness.

Final Verdict

In terms of reputation and products in the market, Mama P is undeniably among the best out there.

They provide the best grinders that caught the attention of vape enthusiast and even by medical cannabis industry users.

It says a lot that they have won many prestigious awards given to exceptional products for the medical cannabis niche.

Mama P Grinder is the perfect product if you are looking for:

  • An all American-made product
  • Great quality
  • Can produce the best results.

Unfortunately, their items don’t come cheap.

But is it really worth it?

If you are the type of vaping enthusiast who prefers the cleanest vape experience, consider their products as a good investment that can last for years.


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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:59:12 +0000

Nevada's July 1 recreational weed sales start in jeopardy

Nevada's July 1 recreational weed sales start in jeopardy

RENO, Nev. — The July start of Nevada’s recreational marijuana sales could be delayed after a group of alcohol distributors filed a legal challenge to a licensing deadline, arguing they have the first rights to distribute recreational pot.

A judge in Carson City on Tuesday evening sided with the alcohol distributors and barred Nevada’s Department of Taxation from enforcing a May 31 deadline to apply for marijuana distribution licenses.

The ballot initiative legalizing pot in Nevada gave liquor distributors first dibs on licenses to act as middle-men between marijuana growers, producers and retailers.

Nevada officials said there wasn’t enough interest from alcohol wholesalers so medical marijuana license holders were allowed to apply.

A lawyer for the liquor distributors told Reno Gazette-Journal that dozens of distributors were interested but state officials withdrew applications amid worries about conflicts with federal law.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:34:55 +0000