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President Trump is a “Firm Believer in States’ Rights”, Says Press Secretary Sean Spicer

President Trump is a “Firm Believer in States’ Rights”, Says Press Secretary Sean Spicer

During today’s White House Daily Press Briefing, President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Trump is a “firm believer” in states’ rights.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

During the briefing the very first question related to transgender bathroom laws: “Can you give us an update on the administrations plans with regards to transgender bathrooms?”, the reporter asked.

Spicer replied by stating that the president is “a firm believer in states rights”. He ends his answer by claiming that “certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level”

Although the question had nothing to do with marijuana, Trump continuing to be a “firm believer” in states’ rights on this issue is a good indication that he’ll take the same approach in regards to state-level cannabis laws.

The full press conference where these comments were made can be found below, or by clicking here:

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:56:27 +0000

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Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Releases Draft Initiative for Comment

Today, the Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released its draft initiative. The Coalition is accepting comments until Saturday, February 25, so those wishing to weigh in should do so quickly.

The draft is available on Dropbox, and may be accessed through the Coalition’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RegulateMichigan/. The Dropbox site enables direct comments on the document.

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Published at Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Weed delivered to your front door could be reality under new Colorado bill

Weed delivered to your front door could be reality under new Colorado bill

Pizza, prescriptions, Prime … pot?

A bill introduced this week in the Colorado Senate would open the door for home-delivered recreational and medical marijuana in the state.

Senate Bill 192 would allow for medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational pot shops to apply for a license to deliver marijuana products to the private residences of Colorado adults or qualifying medical marijuana patients. The legislation is modeled after Oregon’s newly launched marijuana home delivery regulations, said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora.

“This hopefully solves some of the problems as it relates to people concerned about marijuana DUIs or sick patients who don’t have access to dispensaries,” Singer told The Cannabist in a phone interview Friday.

Colorado’s bill goes a step further to also try to put in place a Plan B should there be a major change in federal enforcement policy — or local or state, for that matter.

SB 192’s language calls for single-instance transfers of product from a retail marijuana store to a medical dispensary — effectively creating a “safety valve” for the state’s operations, Singer said.

For example, if a municipality were to ban recreational marijuana or federal crackdown occured, affected businesses would be allowed to transfer their inventory to a medical dispensary.

“This ensures that we have safe passage … and it doesn’t escape out the back door,” he said.

The meat of SB 192, however, is dedicated to delivery regulations.

Among the notable provisions:

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries and retail marijuana shops can apply for a delivery “endorsement” from the state, which would allow an employee or approved contractor to deliver flower, concentrate and infused products to adults over the age of 21 and parents and guardians of a medical marijuana card holder.
  • A local jurisdiction could not prohibit the delivery of medical or recreational marijuana by a licensed entity
  • The daily purchase limits apply (one ounce recreational cannabis flower or equivalent products; two ounces medical)
  • Licensed delivery operations need to meet specific training procedures, including age verification, record-keeping, security, vehicle requirements, and limits on the amount of product that could be carried in a vehicle
  • Inventory tracking, transportation, packaging and labeling requirements apply
  • Endorsements for medical marijuana begin Jan. 2, 2018, and the endorsements for retail marijuana begin Jan. 2, 2019

The bill is scheduled for a hearing March 1 with the Senate Business, Labor, & Technology committee.

In Oregon, home delivery is still a fresh concept, having launched just this month.

“It’s super exciting,” Spencer Krutzler, manager of La Cannaisseur in Linnton, told KGW.com. “This is like, you’re going to call the pizza guy, then you’re going to call us. We’re going to have a good time.”

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission oversees the regulations for recreational cannabis, including how the deliveries work.

Outside of residential homes, there are limits on where a recreational customer can have their cannabis delivered: Public spaces such as parks or campgrounds are out; also excluded are dormitories, motels, bed & breakfasts or other similar commercial businesses.

Delivery workers must verify that the person receiving the order is the same person who placed the order; is age 21 or older and not visibly intoxicated; and the person must sign for the order.

Deliveries are closely tracked. Route manifests are required for the state’s Cannabis Tracking System and must include the driver’s inventory of products and their retail amount, the number of locations and the route between destinations. No more than $3,000 worth of cannabis products may be sent out on a delivery route, and everything must be kept in a lock box securely affixed inside the vehicle.

To read the text of Colorado SB 192 as introduced, click here.

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Published at Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:09:55 +0000

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Trump Administration May Eliminate Office of National Drug Control Policy/Drug Czar Position

Trump Administration May Eliminate Office of National Drug Control Policy/Drug Czar Position

The Trump Administration may eliminate the Office ofNational Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which is headed by the nation’s “Drug Czar”.

The ONDCP seal.

According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending.

The Times states that, “Mr. Trump has spoken volubly about the nation’s drug problems, yet the list includes the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, which dispenses grants to reduce drug use and drug trafficking.”

Eliminating the ONDCP would be an unprecedented move that would remove federal drug czar as a position in the government; given that the drug czar is forced by law to oppose any attempt to legalize an illegal substance – regardless of the merits in favor of doing so – it’s certainly not a position many drug reform advocates will be upset about losing.

Of course at this point anything can happen, and Trump may very well end up retaining and funding the ONDCP, but the fact that he may not is an interesting revelation.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:17:43 +0000

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Vapir Prima

Vapir Prima

Prime Vaping with Prima

The Prima is Vapirs first portable vape; its unique design, great looks and decent functionality drop it right into Pax 2 territory – with superior vapor quality. In short, its a real beauty that packs a fair punch.

The Prima arrives well packaged and with bright, easy to read instructions, which is always a good start. The device itself does not disappoint, its vibrant metallic blue and unique shape making an immediate impact.

Built from metallic-looking high temperature polymer, like the casing on the Volcano, the Herbalizer and a dozen others vaporizers. The stealth factor is not great; this is quite a large portable that can just about be palmed but I wouldn’t carry it in a back pocket.

Great Battery

The battery charging dock plugs into a wall socket or operates via USB. The battery itself is large for a portable, but powerful – 3200mAh. It slides off the Prima’s base easily and was ready to use with just 30 minutes of juice time.

A green light on the dock lights up to show it’s on, and loaded with the battery it turns red until fully charged, when it turns green again. Once charged, the battery slides back on the device with a slight click. Release is easy – there’s no locking device or anything like that.

Simple interface

On the Prima’s upper surface is the main on-off button. Holding it down for a couple of seconds switches it on and displays what temperature it’s set on (1-4 green lights). Press the On button repeatedly to cycle through the temperature settings:

1 light = 176-182 C.
2 lights = 185-190
3 lights = 193-198
4 lights = 199-204

Then hold the On button down to begin heat up; the selected number of lights blink until the temperature is reached.

Vapir recommend you set the heat to max and run the heat-up to auto-shutoff cycle 3 times to burn off any residues remaining from the manufacturing process. Actually, this is a good tip for any new vape.

Heat Up

I chose level 3 and began the heat up; 3 lights flash. As the lowest temp is hit, 1 stays lit while the other 2 keep flashing, then 2 stay lit and finally when level 3 was reached, all 3 lights are on and we’re good to vape. With a fully charged battery this took around 30 seconds (to Level 3), dropping to around 50 seconds on a lower charge.

Auto-Shutoff

All four lights flash green when auto-shut off is initiated (after around 5 minutes without use), then red and the Prima powers down. Press the On button twice to cancel shut off and extend your session. The same 4 lights indicate battery remaining; press the On button briefly and 1-4 lights glow green (when the device is switched off).

Cool Oven Design

Its magnetized oven lid pulls off easily, to reveal a mid-sized bowl of ROH certified brass, and snaps back snugly. There are vented airways to allow air into the oven and through the herb.

A rubber cap sleeve can be slipped over the oven, primarily for insulation from the oven’s heat though to be honest, overheating was not an issue. The Prima delivers a cool and flavorsome vapor and draws as easily as any premium handheld. I kept the guard on to reduce the chances of my Prima from scratching.

Medium Ground

I found dry (pref. medium ground) herb worked best at 2-3 lights, but even at 4 the herb was efficiently heated without burning. I didn’t try concentrates, though Vapir recommends small dabs done at the highest temperature (to prevent saturation of the wire pad and dripping into the oven).

Convection + Conduction

The Prima uses a combination of true convection and conduction for even heat exposure, and has room built in for heated air to pass through the herb.

I did find that with a deep inhalation, the temperature of the oven dropped off before I’d finished the draw, and then took a few seconds to return to its level. While not serious, I’d say this was the only real flaw in this otherwise outstanding vape.

Swappable Batteries

Battery life was good for a vape this size, and a cool feature is the ability to pre-charge and swap a fresh battery in about 2 seconds; slide out the used, slide in the fresh; easy (being well-made though, a spare battery is quite expensive).

Accessories

The Prima comes with two extra wire pads and two extra screens, a large dry herb-loading scoop that works well. A cleaning tool, pointy at one end for removing the pad and screen from the oven, and with a small scoop on the other is perfect for loading powdery kif.

The included cleaning brush has a rubber wedge at the end, so it slides into the mouthpiece for storing when not in use and effectively cleans your vapor path every time you store it.

Super Cleaning

Basic cleaning with the brush is easy, and the Prima comes apart for an occasional full Iso clean. The mouthpiece and oven screen pop off and the steel tube slides out, leaving all parts of the vapor pathway accessible for a thorough swab down. This fully cleanable pathway is one of the great aspects of the Prima.

With the oven at the opposite end of the vape to the mouthpiece and a stainless steel tube connecting the two, the Prima’s vapor is relatively cool and nicely flavorsome. When clean, the vapor taste is good and fresh with very little leakage when the device is idling. The heating is efficient and even, leaving no dark scorched-herb spots.

A water pipe attachment is available; we’ve ordered one and will update the review or do something on water attachments for vapes in general, but even without trying it’s nice to know there’s a smart portable out there with such expansion.

The Verdict

At the premium end of the portable spectrum, the Prima is up there with the Crafty or the Pax2, and is priced accordingly. It’s a great looking, unique design, but despite the attractive exterior, it feels pretty rugged and sits well in the hand.

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Published at Mon, 23 May 2016 11:04:58 +0000

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InstaPipe: A History

InstaPipe: A History

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The History of the InstaPipe

The Story of InstaPipe: From the Inventor

Back in the early 70’s, I was working as a machinist in Vermont.  I began experimenting with different pipe designs because I wanted a more practical, durable and affordable smoking device.  I wanted something that was portable, something that was not wasteful, something that I could extinguish and re-light at a later time, something I could use in an instant.

After a few trial and errors, I machined a small, pocket-sized pipe with a screw-on cap.  I knew I had a great product and eventually acquired my own lathe and milling machine to build these pipes in my basement.  Through the years, I must have hand made over 200 pipes for friends who kept advising me to market my product.  In my early retirement days, I found a means to mass produce my invention.  At the last moment, with my daughter’s advice, a sleeve was added to the stem of the pipe to prevent overheating of the mouth piece.

I was finally able to offer this fine product to the public, and the InstaPipe was born.  I still use the very first InstaPipe I made over 40 years ago.  Check it out at http://www.TheInstaPipe.com

Bruce
The InstaPipe
bbent4986@gmail.com
https://www.theinstapipe.com/
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Published at Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:52:35 +0000

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Second New Mexico Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp With 10 to 1 Vote

Second New Mexico Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp With 10 to 1 Vote

A proposal that would fully legalize hemp in New Mexico has passed its second committee, sending it towards a vote in the full House of Representatives.

hempHouse Bill 166 was filed by Representative Rick Little (R). The measure passed the House Agriculture, Water & Wildlife Committee last month. Earlier this week it also passed the House Labor and Economic Development Committee with a 10 to 1 vote.

According to the measure’s officially legislative summary; “House Bill 166 adds new language to the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) to explicitly exclude the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) concentration of not more than 0.3percent on a dry weight basis, the seeds thereof and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant or its seeds.”

The proposal now heads for a vote in the full House of Representatives, where its passage is expected. It will then go to the Senate, where passage will send it to Governor Susana Martinez for final consideration.

Click here for the full text of House Bill 166.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:19:52 +0000

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Bill allowing for administration of medicinal marijuana on school property passes committee

Bill allowing for administration of medicinal marijuana on school property passes committee

The Columbian / Associated Press

ABERDEEN — An Aberdeen schoolgirl plagued by a seizure disorder that’s proven untreatable by mainstream medication is one step closer to finding relief today with the State House of Representative’s Health Care and Wellness Committee’s 13-3 approval of a bill that would allow parents and guardians to administer medical marijuana to qualified students on school property.

According to the bill summary, House Bill 1060 – also known as Ducky’s Bill – would require school districts to allow students to consume marijuana for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school sponsored event. School districts would be required to adopt policies to allow that practice. That policy would have a long list of requirements of its own, ranging from which students would qualify to the establishment of legal protections for anyone involved with providing that student medicinal marijuana.

“Ducky” is the nickname for River Barclay, an elementary school student who is only able to attend half-days of class because her seizures are “intractable,” meaning not controllable by any of the anti-seizure drugs available today, according to her dad, John Barclay. The only thing that has proven to give her relief from these seizures is marijuana, said Barclay. The bill, if passed, would allow him or another guardian to administer the medication to his daughter on school property.

“With four out of the five seizure medications she tried she presented with even worse seizures,” said Barclay. “The one that didn’t do that to her didn’t help at all.”

The marijuana helps with the seizures themselves, and also with the withdrawals that come from being weaned off the other medications she had been taking; the detox experience of these drugs can be compared to those endured by opioid addicts, said Barclay.

House Bill 1060 is sponsored by 19th District Representatives Brian Blake, an Aberdeen Democrat, and Jim Walsh, an Aberdeen Republican, and others. The legislation needs to get through the House Rules Committee to make it before the Legislature for a vote.

“I talked to Walsh and he said with that kind of support from the committee, and only one negative public comment compared to the dozens for it, he didn’t see it being held up in the Rules Committee,” said Barclay. He added that Rep. Joe Schmick from the 9th District, who is ranking minority leader on the Health Care and Wellness Committee, was key helping clarify certain provisions of the bill which that could help it through the rules process.

If passed, the legislation would be implemented beginning in September. There is a companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 5290, sponsored by Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, and others.

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Published at Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:37:04 +0000

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Amendments to Rulemaking Process Will Give Legislature Greater Influence Over Marijuana Rules

Amendments to Rulemaking Process Will Give Legislature Greater Influence Over Marijuana Rules

Amendments to Rulemaking Process Will Give Legislature Greater Influence Over Marijuana Rules

by R. Lance Boldrey and Paul Mooney

As the State begins the process of creating rules for the medical marijuana industry, recent amendments to the rulemaking process will give the Michigan Legislature greater influence over the outcome.

The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) governs the process by which state agencies promulgate rules. The APA spells out numerous steps to create rules, beginning with a request for rule-making to the Office of Performance and Transformation (OPT) and ending when the rules take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.

Toward the end of the rulemaking process, proposed rules must be submitted to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR may object to proposed rules, but may only do so on specific grounds, such as the agency lacks statutory authority for the rules, the rules are arbitrary or capricious, or the rules are unduly burdensome to the public or to a licensee. Until recent amendments to the APA, if a notice of objection was approved by a majority of JCAR, JCAR’s option was to introduce legislation to rescind the offending rules. However, the bill to rescind offending rules had to be approved within 15 session days, or else the agency’s proposed rules would nevertheless go into effect.

Public Act 513 of 2016, signed by Governor Snyder last month and effective on January 9, 2017, gives JCAR two more options in the rulemaking process: (1) to suggest changes to the proposed rules, or (2) to propose a legislative alternative, and delay the proposed rules for 9 months.

First, upon reviewing proposed rules, JCAR may now recommend that the agency make changes. If the agency agrees to do so, it must withdraw the rules and submit the new revised rules to OPT. OPT will then analyze whether the new rules are less burdensome than the original proposal. If so, some APA requirements for further analysis are waived. In any event, though, the revised rules will again go before JCAR, causing some delays in the process. If the agency does not agree to change its proposed rules, JCAR may proceed to file a notice of objections.

Second, JCAR may now decide to introduce legislation to enact the subject of the proposed rules into law. In other words, JCAR can propose a legislative alternative. Practically speaking, if the agency declines to change proposed rules upon a request from JCAR, it can be expected that JCAR will submit such legislation. If JCAR introduces a bill in the Legislature, then the Secretary of State may not file the agency’s proposed rules for 270 days. If the proposed legislation is defeated in either the Senate or the House, then the agency’s proposed rules may be filed.

The net effect of Public Act 513 is that JCAR can significantly delay the effective date of new regulations and rules if JCAR does not agree with their contents. If JCAR asks the agency to change its rule and the agency agrees, OPT will have to evaluate the costs of the new rule, which will take time. Moreover, there is nothing in Public Act 513 preventing JCAR from asking the agency to change the rule again, lengthening the process further. In addition, JCAR now has more authority to introduce legislation, which could also lengthen the rulemaking process. Previously, JCAR could only introduce legislation after it filed an objection, which can only be done in certain circumstances. In contrast, under Public Act 513, JCAR can now introduce legislation without limitations. Further, JCAR’s bill could be in the legislature for up to 270 days, rather than the 15 session days under the previous law.

As new rules are proposed for the Marijuana industry, the administration will need to be more conscious of JCAR’s preferences for rules. Failing to account for JCAR’s views could make it impossible for rules to take effect in time for license applicants to file for licensees this year.

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Published at Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Contaminated pot blamed for California cancer patient’s death

Contaminated pot blamed for California cancer patient’s death

A rare fungal infection has killed a California man undergoing cancer treatment and his doctors say contaminated cannabis could have been the cause.

The treatment left the man’s immune system compromised, but his death still surprised doctors because he was relatively young and his cancer was expected to be treatable, according to CBS News.

The fungus that reportedly killed the man “was equivalent to what is on rodent droppings,” and the death could prove to be a canary in the coal mine for the fast-developing medical cannabis industry.

After the patient died, 20 other medical marijuana samples from across the state were tested for contamination, and the “vast majority” were tainted with “dangerous bacteria and fungi.”

In another recent test, six medical cannabis samples from dispensaries in the San Francisco area underwent tests for potentially dangerous pesticides and only one of them tested completely clean.

Several states have adopted lists of approved  pesticides, and product recalls have become almost commonplace when contamination is detected.

And depending on how the investigation into his death plays out, it could signal the start of a new era of legal liability for cannabis businesses.

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Published at Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:15:09 +0000

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