Marijuana Enforcement Division:MED Industry Bulletin 17-07, discussing labeling and marijuana edibles sale and production rules effective October 1, 2017.17-07_IB-October 1 2017 Rules_FINAL
Michigan plan to close current dispensaries could leave patients in cold
The state’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation is putting dispensaries on notice
ATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan is giving medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk not obtaining a license under a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the industry.
The decision means registered patients will have to grow their own pot or obtain it from caregivers — as allowed for under existing law — until the state issues the licenses, likely in the first quarter of next year. It will accept license applications starting Dec. 15.
After learning of the decision, a new state licensing board that met near Lansing on Tuesday, dropped a member’s proposal to tell shops they would not get a license if they stayed open beyond this Friday — which had been criticized by frustrated patients, shop owners and others. They expressed concern, however, with the new deadline as well, questioning how patients will find their marijuana.
Nevada Kills Leaf Data Contract In Favor Of Metrc
Seed-to-sale tracking company Metrc has just notched another state on its belt. Nevada notified all marijuana establishments on September 12 that the state would replace Leaf Data Systems with Metrc effective November 1, 2017. All data that is reported to the Department of Taxation should be switched to Metrc as of November 1, although companies could continue to use approved tracking systems like MJ Freeway to send data to Metrc.
Yerington Paiute Tribe has plans for marijuana dispensary
The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the city of Yerington and Lyon County to enter into a compact to open a medical marijuana dispensary within city limits.
The potential dispensary site is a building behind the Smoke Shop at 601 W. Bridge St., said Joe Dice, co-founder and former president of Tribal Cannabis Consulting. The property is owned by the tribe.
Tribal Cannabis Consulting, a national consulting firm based in Nevada, has established cannabis compacts between Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office and the Yerington Paiute, Ely Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes. The compact governs the production, processing, purchase and sale of marijuana on tribal land. The compacts were signed earlier this summer under Senate Bill 375, which recognizes the authority of tribes to grow and sell marijuana in a state where the drug is legal for medicine and recreation.
Liquor and Cannabis Board to Hold Public Hearing on Recreational Marijuana Home Grows
Agency tasked by new law to conduct study and make recommendations to Legislature by Dec. 1, 1017
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will hold a public hearing on Wed. Oct. 4, 2017, to receive public input on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana. The public hearing is during the regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. Board meeting at its headquarters at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia. Due to space and parking restrictions, the WSLCB encourages written public comment. Written public comment may be submitted by email through Oct. 11, 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy at PO Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504.
Note: The Board may adjust the testimony time allotted to each speaker based on the number of attendees to ensure that everyone has time to testify.
Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the WSLCB to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the United State Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized. The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2017
“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.
The WSLCB is seeking input on three options at the public hearing
· Option 1: Tightly Regulated Recreational Marijuana Home Grows
- This option allows recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework based on the Cole Memo:
- Requires a permit;
- Four plants maximum per household;
- All plants must be entered into the state traceability system;
- Requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
- Jurisdiction is shared between WSLCB and local authorities
• Statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants if beyond limit;
- Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit;
- Same restrictions on processing marijuana that apply to medical marijuana (no combustible processing).
· Option 2: Local Control of Recreational Marijuana Home Grows
- This option is based on statewide standards including requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.;
- Limits plants to 4 per household;
- Allows recreational growers to purchase plants from licensed as long as growers have a permit.
- Requires a permit to possess plants.
Difference from Option 1
· Does not require plants to be entered into traceability
- State sets minimum requirements. Local jurisdictions can be more restrictive.
· Authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions;
- Home grows are prohibited without local permission;
· Option 3. Recreational Home Grows are Prohibited
- This option preserves the status quo. Recreational home grows continue to remain prohibited:
- A regulated market exists today with statewide access;
- Recreational home grows may provide a cover for diversion;
- The Cole Memo is concerned with diversion, youth access, and the criminal element;
- Home grows for medical marijuana are allowed as well as cooperatives.
Among the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Washington is the only state that does not allow marijuana home grows. Washington allows authorized patients to have limited grows for medical purposes or to be part of a four-member medical marijuana cooperative if the cooperative registers with the WSLCB and the local jurisdiction does not object.