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Leafly List: The Top Cannabis Dispensaries in Oregon, September 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: OREGON

September 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Oregon. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

3609 SE Division Street Portland, OR

Brothers Cannabis Club medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon

Brothers Cannabis Club was established in 2010 and has been dubbed Portland’s oldest dispensary. It’s known for its top-quality flowers from local growers, and its knowledgeable budtenders are friendly and welcoming. Brothers Cannabis Club is cash only, but luckily the location has an ATM if you need it.

Index: 86.37

Last Month: #8

What People are Saying:

“Love the crew here! Knowledgeable and friendly, makes it easy to take friends there or people who don’t quite know what they’re looking for.” –ZakSeth

1926 NE 40th Ave Portland, OR

Silver Stem Medical Marijuana and Recreational Cannabis Dispensary in Portland, Oregon

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis is working to create a world where everyone has the right to care for their own health using alternative medicine. The location provides patients with an understanding and knowledgeable staff who are eager to educate and empower patients. It’s well-known for its quality product, safe practices, and transparent nature.

Index: 85.16

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Love the deals! 20% off everything on Monday and wax Wednesday. This place is awesome!” –bobbygpdx

10931 SW 53rd Ave Portland, OR

Nectar medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon

Nectar specializes in great deals on its huge selection of strains and more. The Southwest Portland store tests its product constantly to ensure the absence of mold, mildew, and pesticides, and champions a “clone to client” approach.

Index: 85.13

Last Month: #10**

What People are Saying:

“really love coming here just because of the staff. smiles when you enter and ready to help with your selection.” –Nyrd

340 River Rd Eugene, OR

Nectar Eugene medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Eugene, Oregon

Nectar’s newest location brings the service and quality standards developed in Portland down to Eugene. With its huge selection of top-quality flower and a friendly, informed staff, it’s easy to see why Nectar is on the move.

Index: 82.27

Last Month: #29

What People are Saying:

“We had excellent service by a gentleman budtender today. Very cool person and engaged us as customers and human beings. Left the store feeling positive. Every customer should be treated like we were. :)” –tj.ames.50

4160 SW 109th Ave Beaverton, OR

Growing ReLeaf medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Beaverton, Oregon

Beaverton’s first dispensary is conveniently located down the street from Beaverton Town Center, near Home Depot and Target. Its high-quality cannabis combined with its mission to educate its patients and recreational consumers make this location stand out as a top option.

Index: 81.38

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. First visit was to find a strain that is hard to come by. I was pleased by the high quality, and selection. I’ll be back!” –onefish

Salem, OR

TLC Cannabis Emporium Dispensary in Salem Oregon - Leafly List

Salem’s TLC Cannabis Emporium carries well over 100 strains of flower alone, welcoming new and returning patients alike into a huge wood-lined showroom-style space and helping them navigate the extensive inventory to find the perfect product to take home.

Index: 77.82

Last Month: #142

What People are Saying:

“Shyenne was an amazing budtender! I love the selection and [it’s] always easy to find a new strain to try out!” –robtherabbit44

8201 SE Powell Blvd Portland, OR

Puddletown Organics recreational cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon

Puddletown Organics is Southeast Portland’s answer to the local experience. A neighborhood staple, this dispensary is locally owned and operated. Its menu highlights the best local farms with a vast selection of strains for every budget.

Index: 77.77

Last Month: #65

What People are Saying:

“Whoever makes the shatter available here really knows their stuff. Smooth hits, good taste and wonderful highs.” –Admin4Hell

Portland, OR

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A welcoming, relaxing atmosphere characterizes the rustic space at Collective Awakenings, which vaguely recalls a classy cabin or even a treehouse. The store carries an impressive range of everything from concentrates to edibles to pre-rolls, topicals, and plenty of classic, high-quality flower.

Index: 77.44

Last Month: #42

What People are Saying:

“To the great team at Collective Awakings I love coming into your great shop. The moment I hit the door I am greeted by my 1st name right away. I guess you can call me a regular here, the reason why is because [they] have everything I need and want. The staff here is great, caring and full of knowledge. Thanks for being here for us.” –pdxdenzel

6814 NE Glisan Portland, OR

The Green Front medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon

The Green Front is known for being open 24 hours a day for Oregon’s medical marijuana patients, though it is currently in a battle to keep its right to stay open all night. Its trained budtenders are patient and knowledgeable about its farm-direct cannabis cultivated just outside of Portland’s city limits.

Index: 77.35

Last Month: #16

What People are Saying:

“Small shop, BIG HEART. Cool people serving good bud at good rates. Def coming back for more.” –HUGEMETALFAN

214 NW Couch Street Portland, OR

Rose City Wellness Center marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon

Rose City Wellness Center, located at the heart of downtown, is proud to be one of the first dispensaries in Portland. Opened in 2011, the location has built a loyal following by selling high-quality flower, concentrates, and more in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.

Index: 76.95

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“Their Girl Scout Cookie concentrate is the best I’ve had for sure. Their pre rolls are real bud not shake. And I buy different flowers all the time cause of the great selection. The best in town. Go here!” –JackStrawGD

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*The September 2016 Leafly List uses customer feedback metrics from August 2016

**Nectar – NE 122nd Ave (77.74) and Nectar – NE Sandy Blvd (77.55) withheld due to franchise limitations


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Top Cannabis Dispensaries in Michigan, September 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: MICHIGAN

September 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Michigan. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

16890 Telegraph Rd Detroit, MI

The Jazz Club medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

The Jazz Club opened its doors in the summer of 2015 with a commitment to top-shelf medicine, quality patient care, and friendly service. With a seemingly endless menu and great selections at all prices, it’s easy to see why The Jazz Club is one of Michigan’s best dispensaries.

Index: 93.58

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“Emmy was so pleasant I really appreciated all her [help], she’s always so helpful. Plus the popcorn is always on point. The Jazz club is the best that has ever happened to me excellent meds. Thank You!!! #emmyliketheawards” –Jdogg67

4981 Plainfield Ave NE Suite 4 Grand Rapids, MI

The Third Day medical cannabis dispensary in Grand Rapids, Michigan

With medicinal cannabis tested by Iron Lab to ensure quality, plus an informative staff to help you navigate you to your desired effect, The Third Day is one of a select group of Midwest dispensaries raising the bar.

Index: 93.02

Last Month: 3

What People are Saying:

“Excellent experience for my first trip to a dispensary. Friendly and helpful staff. Look forward to returning. Highly recommended.” –citizendan

15308 E. 8 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI

A jar full of cannabis buds

Healing Tree Wellness Center in Detroit is known for its great selection, especially for flower. The well-kept, spacious facility and educated staff will make sure you don’t leave without something to meet your needs.

Index: 90.81

Last Month: #8

What People are Saying:

“My absolute favorite spot, great atmosphere and great quality in flowers.” –hbombbaby

6640 E 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI

The REEF Detroit medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

REEF strives to offer the best service, products, and prices. With its beautiful location and extensive menu, this location is well on its way to the top of the Leafly List! REEF’s staff members go out of their way to help you find what you need, and they pride themselves on the knowledge they have to offer and in treating all visitors like family.

Index: 90.08

Last Month: #10

What People are Saying:

“The REEF is the finest dispensary in Detroit! It is a safe, modern location for transferring medications. The budtenders were very knowledgeable to recommend specific strains for my symptoms and medical conditions. Bree at the front counter was particularly helpful both on the phone and in person. The only place I will shop.” –garymech

7641 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI

313 Relief medical cannabis dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

313 Relief is Detroit’s medical cannabis caregiver center. With excellent prices and a knowledgeable staff, the team offers quality and insight where some others only offer grams.

Index: 89.45

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Best deal in Detroit for 1st time patients! Nice quality buds, good prices when you can catch a special and a points rewards system to top it all off!” –313THCREVIEWS

8941 W. 8 Mile Detroit, MI

Cannabis buds in a plastic bag

Looking for a great location to get your medicine in Detroit? Look no further than Firehouse. With a convenient, secure location and quality staff, Firehouse shows off the best of what Detroit’s MMJ scene has to offer.

Index: 89.22

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“Great place. Been going there for a while. Great bud. Guys in the back are super cool. Security is awesome.” –stacie113

2201 E. Michigan Ave Lansing, MI

KIND medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing, MI

KIND was one of the first medical marijuana providers in the Lansing area. Its recently remodeled location serves up lab-tested cannabis, and its helpful staff is ready to answer any questions you might have.

Index: 89.13

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“Best of the best in the Lansing/ Grand Rapids area! Would recommend KIND to anyone I know looking for a positive and friendly dispensary!” ­–TJB979

Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan Relief Hub Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Grand Rapids Michigan – Leafly List

Michigan Relief Hub in Grand Rapids stands out for its knowledgeable team members, who are always ready and willing to help patients select the best medicine for their needs and budget. The flower-focused menu is updated daily.

Index: 88.84

Last Month: #11

What People are Saying:

“Absolutely love this place. So many selections to choose from. I go all the time. Always leave satisfied.” –couchpotato420

3340 E. 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI

Glass jars full of cannabis buds

With quality flower, potent concentrates, and great prices, House of Dank in Detroit is a one-stop shop for all your cannabis needs.

Index: 88.73

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“Great prices and great selection!! The budtenders are very knowledgeable and professional! Got a free gram and goodie bag for being a first time patient…the meds are great!!! Will be back.” –smokintoker

16196 Telegraph Rd Detroit, MI

Greenside Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

Greenside Collective’s selection of over 50 strains is among the largest in the Motor City. Along with daily deals and a patient reward program, the dispensary also offers monthly raffles and free gifts for new patients.

Index: 88.59

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Fantastic place! Excellent quality bud, and the best prices I’ve seen in the area. I always stop by when I’m in Oakland county.” –tullius43

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Don’t see your favorite dispensary on the list? Make sure you follow, rate, and review your favorite cannabis locations to let the world know where to find the best cannabis products, service, and atmosphere.

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*The September 2016 Leafly List uses customer feedback metrics from August 2016


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Top Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado, September 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: COLORADO

September 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Colorado. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

1569 S Colorado Blvd Denver, CO

Preferred Organic Therapy & Wellness medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado

Preferred Organic Therapy is a recreational and medical cannabis dispensary based out of Denver. Its vision is to empower patients with a revolutionary approach to maintaining wellness for the mind and body. Stop by and chat with the professional, knowledgeable staff to find the right cannabis for you.

Index: 93.29

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Awesome service. Knowledgeable. Took his time. Good deals and discounts available. Will definitely be coming back! Wonderful staff and store.” –hannad

Aurora, CO

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Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics and potent cannabis. Among its locations, the Iliff store stands out for having a personable staff that customers depend on in selecting the best products for their needs from the extensive, varied menu.

Index: 92.45

Last Month: #198

What People are Saying:

“I enjoy coming to this lightshade. I see familiar faces newish strains and the atmosphere is always chill and I always leave with satisfaction with my choice!! I definitely recommend this new location!!!!” –ccdahybrid1993

4735 W. 38th Ave Denver, CO

The Joint medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado

The Joint serves medical and recreational cannabis consumers alike from their location on West 38th Avenue near downtown Denver. Its signature strain offering, Voodoo, is always on the menu, and keeps patrons coming back for more.

Index: 91.74

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“Everyone I’ve talked to has been helpful and friendly. Great prices and deals! Awesome daily deals, definitely check em.” –benzamora

380 Quivas St. Denver, CO

L’Eagle cultivates all of its own cannabis in-house, using professional horticulturalists who specialize in organic and sustainable growing. All of the location’s flowers are pesticide-free, and L’Eagle even offers to pay the tax for all local Colorado residents. Its slow-dried cannabis is cured for a minimum of 60 days, helping each strain reach its full potential.

Index: 91.19

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“Awesome! Super clean and friendly. Very informative. Great deals and prices, high quality product.” –GodsLove307

503 Havana St. Aurora, CO

Lightshade - Havana medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Aurora, Colorado

Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics and potent cannabis. With four locations to chose from, you’re sure to find a Lightshade in your neighborhood. Come see why the team at Lightshade says “the difference is night and day.”

Index: 91.16

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“I was referred here by a friend and now it’s the only place I go. I live on Parker Rd and love the Havana location for its really good service and convenience. The selection is the best!” –CashMonie

432 S. Broadway Denver, CO

LivWell on Broadway medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado

With a growing number of LivWell locations throughout Colorado, you’re sure to find one in your neck of the woods. Its Broadway shop sits in a historic building constructed in the 1890s and is equipped with 16 budtender stations to serve cannabis consumers in an efficient fashion, even when busy.

Index: 90.07

Last Month: #22

What People are Saying:

“It’s like willy wonka and that gosh dang chocolate factory. So much to see and flowers are great. Reasonably priced. Would def come back.” –chefSouffle

4380 E. Alameda Ave Denver, CO

Kind Love medical and recreational cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado

Kind Love serves top shelf cannabis, concentrates, and edibles in a comfortable and upscale environment. With a focus on meeting the needs of medical marijuana patients, Kind Love’s budtenders give each visitor an individual consultation to find the right strains and products for their specific ailments.

Index: 89.74

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“The BEST place to buy. Very clean and fresh with an awesome selection. Exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable people.” –Alambiotte

900 N College Ave Fort Collins, CO

Infinite Wellness Center medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Fort Collins, Colorado

Infinite Wellness Center stands on three pillars: offering the best products, with the best prices, and all with the best service. Its professional environment is matched by its competitive pricing that offers affordable options for consumers of every income level.

Index: 89.63

Last Month: #18

What People are Saying:

“With decent pricing and excellent quality, Infinite Wellness is one of the best dispensaries in Northern Colorado. I found the flux shatter to be especially pleasing.” –soundsquared

2119 Larimer Street Denver, CO

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Denver, Colorado

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary is located in the heart of downtown Denver, just two blocks from Coors Field. It caters to a wide variety of holistic needs and serves both medical and recreational consumers, offering an expansive menu and free parking across the street. Visit its Leafly menu to pre-order your favorite strains today!

Index: 88.95

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“I’ve been to several different dispensaries and love the variety of products and knowledge available by the proliferation throughout Denver. However, regardless of where I may be headed to or from, when I’m in town, stopping at Ballpark is an absolute priority for me. I’ve visited quite a few places but none are as approachable and consistent–important for a traveling out of towner like me–as Ballpark is. I always come here and it remains the only recommendation that I give friends and colleagues when asked. In fact, I’ll be back in town this weekend and bringing several friends for their first time.” –DankGoogler

3054 Larimer St. Denver, CO

Bowls of cannabis buds

Botanico is praised for its consistency and superior quality. Its cannabis is accessible to all, with an exceptional price-to-quality ratio and an expansive menu that will surely have something you’re looking for.

Index: 88.82

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“I visited Botanico for the first time last weekend after doing an online search for the best live resin in Denver. Look no further, it’s here!!! I picked up a gram each of three different strains and none of them disappointed; I’ll even go on to say that the Green Crack was the best sativa concentrate I’ve had to-date.” –TonyLobelt

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Don’t see your favorite dispensary on the list? Make sure you follow, rate, and review your favorite cannabis locations to let the world know where to find the best cannabis products, service, and atmosphere.

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*The September 2016 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from August 2016


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

A Brief Guide to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House gave final approval to bills Wednesday that would further regulate medical marijuana nearly eight years after its use was first authorized by voters.

The main legislation, which passed 83-22, would impose a new tax and establish a state licensing system to grow, process, sell, transport or test cannabis. Non-smokable forms of the drug such as food and lotions would become legal under a bill that was approved 93-12, surpassing the constitutionally required three-fourths needed to amend a voter initiative. Another measure, OK’d 85-20, would create a monitoring system to track cannabis from “seed to sale” and flag excess purchases.

Here’s a look at the marijuana measures that Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law:

Why Is it Needed?

Under existing law, 211,000 patients registered with the state grow their own cannabis or obtain it from 37,000 designated caregivers who can supply a limited number of people. That system will continue. The bills’ supporters, citing court rulings spurred by prosecutions, say the legislation is needed to allow dispensary businesses that have gone unchecked in some municipalities and have been blocked in others under a Michigan Supreme Court ruling. Backers add that marijuana would be safer if it were tested and distributed through a tiered system similar to alcohol. Patients, including children, also could benefit from using alternatives such as cannabis pills, backers say.

Opposition

Some marijuana advocates say the new 3 percent tax on dispensaries — coupled with adding more middlemen between growers and sellers — would make cannabis a more expensive medicine and potentially lead to more fraud and abuse. There also is criticism that patients who continue growing their own marijuana or buying it from caregivers have to help pay for the additional regulations. The legislation allocates $8.5 million to implement the licensing and tracking systems; the money would come from a fund that is financed with fees that patients and caregivers must pay to get registry ID cards.

Local Control

Growers, processors, shippers, testing facilities and dispensaries (“provisioning centers”) could not obtain a state license unless their local government adopts an authorizing ordinance. Municipalities could cap the number of licenses within their borders and assess no more than a $5,000 fee per license. A state board would charge application and renewal fees to cover costs including for substance abuse programs and law enforcement.

Tax Revenue

Legislative economists have not estimated how much in tax revenue may be generated. The money would be split as follows: 30 percent to the state; 30 percent to counties with a marijuana facility; 25 percent to cities or townships with a facility; 5 percent to the Michigan State Police; 5 percent to county sheriffs; and 5 percent for a law enforcement standards commission. The state’s share initially would go to the general fund. Starting in October 2018, it would be deposited into a fund to cover workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters with certain types of cancer.

When Will Changes Happen?

The laws will take effect 90 days after they are signed. But people wanting state operating licenses could only begin applying 360 days later, likely sometime in early 2018. The state is required to seek outside bids from companies wanting to create and run the cannabis tracking system. Once a contract is awarded, the firm would have 180 days to deliver.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

State of the Leaf: Are Dispensaries (Finally) Coming to Michigan?

U.S. News Updates

California

A new device could transform the way law enforcement handles cannabis-related traffic stops. A breathalyzer aimed at detecting THC on drivers’ breath is already being used on California streets. The brainchild of Hound Labs, with chemistry assistance from the University of California, the device apparently can detect THC if drivers have smoked or ingested cannabis within a two-to-three-hour window. Hound Labs CEO Mike Lynn, also a reserve deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, pulled over drivers and asked them to submit to the voluntary test. “Basically everyone agreed because they were curious,” Lynn told U.S. News & World Report. At least one driver admitted to having consumed cannabis within the last 30 minutes, which resulted in a much higher readout, while two other drivers admitted to having consumed cannabis within the last two to three hours. The test confirmed it. None of the drivers were arrested, but they were not permitted to continue driving. The next stage of testing will entail sending drivers under the influence of cannabis on an obstacle course in an effort to correlate drivers’ THC levels with actual impairment. Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledges it’s “difficult to establish a relationship between a person’s THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects.”

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Maryland

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, which comprises 45 of the General Assembly’s 188 members, is exploring options to ensure more diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry. Although the law was originally drafted to prioritize minority-owned businesses, many feel the results don’t show it. Of the 15 grower licenses and 15 processor licenses handed out last month, only one in each category was awarded to businesses with any sort of minority ownership. The caucus is considering filing an injunction against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to increase the number of licenses. Another possibility would be to introduce emergency legislation to de-authorize the commission — a move that would restart the entire license selection process.

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Ohio MMJ Law’s Focus on Minorities Raises Legal Questions

Michigan

The Michigan Senate last week passed legislation eight years in the making that would license and regulate medical cannabis dispensaries. Under the legislation, a license would be required to grow, process, sell, transport, and test marijuana, and dispensaries would pay a 3 percent tax on gross retail income. Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008, but the law was drafted in such a vague way that dispensaries inhabit a legal gray area, constantly under threat of raids and prosecution. The bill passed by the Senate last week would also legalize cannabis edibles and topicals. The National Patients Rights Association has been pushing for the changes since the state’s medical marijuana law was enacted. Although the Senate has approved the set of bills, they must still be approved by the House and win a signature from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Nebraska

With the general election less than two months away, cannabis advocates are already setting their sights on 2018. A group seeking to eliminate the penalties for small amounts of cannabis possession has begun gathering signatures to put the issue on the 2018 ballot. Another group, which is pushing a broad constitutional amendment that would legalize cannabis in Nebraska, has also filed petition language with the Secretary of State. Although Nebraska decriminalized the first offense for possession of cannabis in the 1970s, individuals caught with an ounce or less are still subject to a $300 civil fine. Subsequent offenses carry criminal penalties, including jail time.

New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie has signed a law to expand qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The move is a bit of a surprise. Although cannabis advocates have been pressuring Christie to sign the bill, the governor has long been a staunch opponent of cannabis, having referred to medical marijuana tax revenue in the past as “blood money.” The measure will allow patients to use cannabis to treat PTSD if their condition can’t be helped through conventional therapy. In approving the measure, Christie stipulated that the state health commissioner must enforce additional regulations to provide “clear, objective criteria” for cannabis as a PTSD treatment.

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International News Updates

Canada

Two major Canadian banks have said they will stop working with cannabis-related businesses, concluding that the industry is still too risky. Scotiabank and Royal Bank of Canada will no longer allow new accounts to be opened by cannabis-related businesses and are cancelling existing ones — despite the fact that federal legalization of cannabis for adult use is slated for next year. The banks have already begun closing accounts, including that of businesses permitted by Health Canada as licensed producers for medical patients. Also closed was the account of Hemp Country, which doesn’t sell cannabis products but does offer hemp items and paraphernalia.

The Netherlands

Mayor Peter Noordanus of Tilburg, the sixth-largest city in the Netherlands, announced that residents who rely on medical cannabis may grow up to five plants for personal use without fear of persecution. In order to qualify, one must be an adult with a medical certification and a fire-safe home, and plants are must be no more than three meters tall. This is a clear break with past policy, under which authorities seized plants and evicted even growers cultivating cannabis even for their own personal, medicinal use. Just last week, a multiple sclerosis patient, Jean-Paul ‘t Gilde made international waves when the mayor of Middleburg moved to evict him for the possession of 364 grams of dried marijuana and three plants.

United Kingdom

A new report from the All-Parliamentary Group on Drug Reform says it’s “irrational” to ignore the medicinal value of cannabis. The report calls for an end to the criminalization of those who use cannabis for medical reasons. “The results are clear. Cannabis has a medical benefit for a wide range of conditions,” said neurologist Mike Barnes, who was commissioned to analyze nearly 20,000 scientific and medical reports as well as evidence from patients, medical professionals, and those who have led medical cannabis regulatory efforts in other countries. The government’s position on cannabis not only ignores the evidence, Barnes said, it also prevents further study: “This research is being stifled by the government’s current classification of cannabis as having no benefit.”

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Michigan Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Tax, Regulations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would tax medical marijuana in a tiered regulatory system that would explicitly authorize dispensary businesses under bills that cleared a big hurdle Thursday in the Legislature, where supporters said the framework addresses a “wild west” atmosphere enabled by a confusing 8-year-old state law that legalized the drug.

The main bill, approved 25-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate, would require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport and test cannabis used for medical purposes. “Provisioning centers” that sell the drug to patients or their caregivers would pay a new 3 percent tax on their gross retail income.

Another measure would clarify that allowable cannabis includes infused, non-smokable forms such as lotions and edible products.

“What we have now is totally out of control like the wild, wild west.”

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge

Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008, but the law has led to conflicts in the courts. More than 211,000 qualifying patients grow their own marijuana plants or obtain the drug from nearly 37,000 registered caregivers.

The GOP-led House approved much of the package nearly a year ago and could send it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature as early as next week.

Sen. Rick Jones, a Republican from Grand Ledge, said law enforcement groups and local governments “are crying for help, for clarification. What we have now is totally out of control like the wild, wild west.”

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that patients and caregivers could not transfer cannabis to another patient or anyone else, and dispensaries that facilitate such transactions could be shut down as a public nuisance. Some municipalities have let the dispensaries continue to operate unchecked while others have not.

The legislation would allow patients to continue to grow their own cannabis or buy it from individual growers. A five-member board would grant operating license applications, assess fees, and oversee and inspect marijuana facilities. Background checks would be required.

The five-tier regulatory system — which has been likened to the state’s alcohol regulations — would include growers, processors, “secure transporters,” provisioning centers and testing facilities. They could not obtain a license unless their local government adopts an authorizing ordinance. Municipalities could cap the number of licenses within their borders.

The tax on the provisioning dispensaries would generate an unknown amount to be split among the state and municipalities.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton was among 12 Republicans to vote against the legislation, which was discharged to the floor because a committee considering the bills was opposed. He said it goes “well beyond” what is called for under the voter initiative and would set the stage for the eventual legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

“There’s a lot of money at stake for a lot of the players involved in this,” he said. “A lot of money at stake for the wholesalers, the distributors, the retailers. There’s a lot of money that’s been donated to lawmakers to assist them in their decision-making.”

Sen. Ken Horn, a Republican from Frankenmuth, said the “big bureaucratic system” would drive up marijuana costs and do nothing to help patients and caregivers.

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But Sen. David Knezek, a Democrat from Dearborn Heights, said his district has seen an “unregulated and unchecked proliferation” of medical marijuana facilities, including nearly 200 in Detroit alone.

“They’re next to our schools, they’re next to our churches, they’re next to liquor stores,” he said. “They’re places that none of us want them to be. These bills are going to finally give teeth to our local units of government to be able to enact rules and regulations that are going to keep our children safe, that are going to keep our communities safe and frankly are going to keep our patients safe as well.”

The state has estimated a need for as many as 151 additional employees under the proposed regulatory framework. Under a “worst-case scenario” estimate of $21 million in annual costs, the average amount passed on to each patient would be $100.

In January, however, the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency said the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulating Affairs seemed to be basing its cost estimate in anticipation of the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use.


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Montana Dispensaries Close as Restrictions Take Effect

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries across Montana have closed their doors as new restrictions took effect Wednesday that limit cannabis providers to three patients apiece, leaving thousands of state-registered cannabis patients without a legal way to buy the drug.

The restrictions begin after five years of unsuccessful court battles to overturn the 2011 state law that rolled back much of a voter-approved law that brought medical marijuana to Montana in 2004. It is one of the most significant rollbacks by the 25 states and Washington, D.C., that allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana advocates estimate that over 12,000 patients are losing legal access to cannabis because their providers did not choose them as one of their three patients. There were 13,190 registered patients at the end of July, says the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Dispensaries posted Facebook messages to their patients that they were closing Tuesday. Some offered their products at discounts, such as Lionheart Caregiving’s $3 marijuana brownie sale, while others gave away inventory before closing down.

“Everybody’s shutting down,” said Kate Cholewa, government relations director for the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. “It’s over.”

The Montana Supreme Court this year upheld three key provisions of the 2011 state law: marijuana providers can sell to no more than three registered users each; doctors who recommend the drug to more than 25 patients in a year must be automatically reviewed; and cannabis advertising is banned.

‘We’re hoping they do abide by the law, and if we find out otherwise, we will be visiting with them.’

Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County Sheriff

Enforcement of the new restrictions will be the duty of sheriff’s offices and local police departments. In Gallatin County, which had 130 medical marijuana providers in July, Sheriff Brian Gootkin said he just doesn’t have the manpower to knock on doors to confirm that everyone is following the law.

Instead, the department is sending out letters to providers to make sure they know what is required of them.

“We’re taking the approach that we’re hoping they do abide by the law, and if we find out otherwise, we will be visiting with them,” Gootkin said.

The state health department, which oversees the medical cannabis program, has already spent months contacting patients and providers about the changes, department spokesman Jon Ebelt said.

Only 1,900 patients told the department they kept their provider, found a new one or plan to grow their own, Ebelt said. Another 8,600 registered patients have not told the department what they plan to do, and health officials will issue them 30-day cards to allow them more time to make plans.

Out of the 488 registered providers in the state at the end of July, 304 sold marijuana to more than three patients. Ebelt said 305 providers have told the department that they will continue to provide marijuana to up to three patients.

The rest either did not respond or asked to be removed from the state registry, Ebelt said.

Many patients who are in hospice or have serious illnesses aren’t strong enough to grow their own cannabis, while others don’t have the first clue how to do it, said Katrina Farnum, who runs Garden Mother Herbs in Missoula.

As a result, some of her patients are leaving the state, while others have said they may have to go on opioids or try to buy the drug on the black market, she said. Farnum was one of the providers who gave patients cannabis for free before closing, up to the legal limit of 28 grams.

Patients and providers alike have pinned their hopes on a ballot initiative in the November election that would reverse many of the restrictions put into place. Dispensaries, in their Facebook farewell messages, urged their patients to vote for the measure and vowed to re-open if it passes.

“The patients of the state of Montana are counting on voters to turn out,” said Tayln Lang, a patient from Hamilton who is backing the ballot initiative.

But an error in the initiative could delay its implementation by more than half of a year, even if it passes. Initiative organizers did not update the section of the proposed bill’s effective date in the most recent draft, leaving the bill to read that the three-patient limit would not be lifted until June 30.

Organizers called that a clerical error that can be corrected after the election, but the chief legal counsel for the Montana Legislative Services Division said it was a substantive change that would require legislative approval.


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Constitutionality of California’s New Medical Marijuana Law Challenged in Court

Constitutionality of California’s New Medical Marijuana Law Challenged in Court

SAN JOSE, CA — California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, signed into law this month to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, violates the state’s constitution, a medical marijuana collective operator claims in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the law on Oct. 9, to establish a comprehensive legislative framework for the production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana in California.

The bipartisan group of legislators who drafted the laws says they will provide a licensing structure for the industry, establish security, worker and safety standards and protect patient access, under a combination of state and local control.

But David Armstrong claims the law violates the California Constitution because it amended a voter initiative- the 1996 Compassionate Use Act, which legalized doctor-recommended medical marijuana – without voter approval.

The Oct. 21 complaint also says federal law pre-empts the act in prohibiting possession of marijuana for any purpose. Armstrong made that claim, seemingly at odds with his job, to prevent federal complications should the state law stand, his attorney said.

Armstrong objects to the act’s restrictions on the amount of marijuana a person can grow for medical purposes, the amount of marijuana a patient’s primary caregiver can grow for medical use, and restrictions on the number of patients to whom a physician can recommend marijuana for medical use, among other things.

He also says the federal Controlled Substances Act conflicts with and pre-empts the act.

Armstrong’s attorney Nicholas Emanuel said in an interview that the full effects of the new legislation on medical marijuana dispensary operators are not yet clear, but his client thought it best to go ahead and file suit to “get a jump on things.”

“The law essentially changes everything [the operators] do,” Armstrong said. “It’s going to require the state government’s OK to participate in this activity at all, and it’s going to be up to the state’s discretion to determine who’s allowed to distribute.”

Emanuel said his client is not anti-regulation – in fact, he favors it – but he believes the act is “not the most effective way to do things,” since the act is “completely illegal under federal law.”

“To develop a coherent and realistic policy we need to have all levels of government working together, rather than this sort of patchwork regulation that we have now,” Armstrong said.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, one of the act’s primary authors, was traveling Friday and not available for comment, but his spokesman said he would be able to soon.

Armstrong seeks declaratory judgment that the law violates the California Constitution and its Business and Profession Code, that it is pre-empted by federal law, and attorney’s fees.


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