Michigan’s first recreational cannabis company opens Grand Rapids location – Grand Rapids Business Journal

<a href="https://www.newleafcannabisconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Exclusive-Brands-e1614192165886.jpeg" data-caption="Exclusive Brands Grand Rapids had a soft opening last week and will hold its grand opening on Friday with a ribbon-cutting event at 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy Exclusive Brands“>Exclusive Brands Grand Rapids had a soft opening last week and will hold its grand opening on Friday with a ribbon-cutting event at 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy Exclusive Brands

Ann Arbor-based Exclusive Brands announced the opening of its newest retail store to serve both adult-use and medical cannabis consumers in Grand Rapids.

Exclusive Brands Grand Rapids had a soft opening last week and will hold its grand opening on Friday with a ribbon-cutting event at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at 2350 29th St. SE.

“We are very excited to announce the opening of this new retail store location in Grand Rapids and to work with the local community on helping with the economic rebound in a troubling time — and on new social equity programs and other initiatives,” said Narmin Jarrous, chief development officer of Exclusive Brands. “For Exclusive Brands, our role in helping and contributing to the local community is always our top priority, and we’re excited to open up access to top industry brands like Kushy Punch and Platinum Vape.”

The newest addition to Exclusive’s dispensary store portfolio follows the company’s two existing retail stores in Kalamazoo and its flagship location in Ann Arbor, the first adult-use dispensary to open in Michigan.

The Grand Rapids retail store will roll out its operations in two phases. Phase 1 incorporates the 2,050-square-foot facility that offers a variety of brands like Kushy Punch, Strain Kings, Platinum Vape, Terpene Tanks, Church Cannabis Co. and more.

Phase 2 includes the approval of a Class A grow license that will allow Exclusive Grand Rapids to have a cultivation site next to the retail store. Phase 2 is slated to open in late summer or early fall.

Exclusive Brands partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council of Michigan Chapter to lower emissions, install the most energy-efficient lights, appliances and related practices in the company’s facilities. The company also partnered with Davide Uccello, co-owner of Flo’s Pizzeria, in the opening and operations of Exclusive Grand Rapids to support the local community and create more than 40 retail associate jobs.

“We’re thrilled that the launch of Exclusive Brands’ first-ever retail location in Grand Rapids includes a new sustainability program that was developed working hand-in-hand with key community leaders,” Uccello said. “I am excited to lead the development of this industry leader’s footprint in Grand Rapids, and the community and city have been very open and great partners in getting this operation off the ground.”

Exclusive Brands Grand Rapids is welcoming customers into its store, but online ordering curbside pickup also is available.

Customers also can place orders via the Exclusive Cannabis App for iOS and Android.

More Thoughts on the Medical vs. Recreational Divide in Arizona

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Our Tuesday story about medical marijuana patients not feeling the love from local dispensaries post-legalization stirred a lively debate over on Facebook.

Lots of grumbling about higher prices, increased wait times, product shortages, and a general lack of attention paid to MMJ patients — all of which we covered in the piece. But there were some new perspectives on the issue that didn’t make it into the story as well. Here are some highlights.

Ryan says: “It takes over an hour now for what used to be a 15 min errand so that every pajama-wearing stoner in AZ can get their fix.”

Mike adds: “Long lines, lack of flower, and increased prices … I’m all for it being legal but the dispensaries are showing that it was never about helping people…”

Mechille responds: “Quite a few vendors have increased their wholesale prices due to the new testing regulations forcing dispensaries to meet their margins. Thankfully my company hasn’t increased in prices. Couple that with AZDHS not knowing what the heck they want to enforce…..it’s been a total zoo for AZ’s cannabis industry.”

Woody agrees: “Testing and labeling requirements cost extra. It’s passed on.”

Dave says: “There is a rush of recreational customers right now because it just became legal. It should level out in a month or 2 once the ‘novelty’ wears off.”

Donald agrees: “Once dispensaries are plentiful as Starbucks, and it will happen, things will be less nuts and much better pricing. I’ve lived in two rec states, so this is not just my opinion.”

Cesar has a tip: “I have a buddy who is a cardholder and says at the dispensary he goes to, even if there is a line, he can cut everyone … Just confirmed with him, he goes to Valley of The Sun Dispensary out in Goodyear just in case you want to know.”

Parker also has a tip for those who don’t want to fight off rec customers: “TruMed is only medical on 56th Street and McDowell.”

Danielle has a prediction and some perhaps not-entirely legal advice: “Pretty soon it will be like Oregon where there was a literal surplus of weed and grams were $5. This was pre-pandemic, and I heard business was booming for them during lockdown. It takes time to make this all work. For now, just keep your dealer on speed dial.”

William doesn’t see what the fuss is all about: “Don’t know why people are bitching about recreational, it’s gonna help our state like it did Colorado and most other states. People don’t realize when you got your medical cards you’re not paying this 16 percent tax increase on top of a sales tax.”

Finally, Sean has some sage advice for the operators: “If there are dispensaries listening…anyone who really went out of their way to address these issues would probably find themselves some devoted customers. Just sayin’.”

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AZ Town to Ban Adult-Use Marijuana Dispensaries and Testing Labs

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Another Arizona town is attempting to ban aspects of the state’s new recreational marijuana law, known as Prop 207 as well as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act.

The town council in Paradise Valley, an affluent suburb of Phoenix, will be discussing the implementation of an ordinance to ban recreational dispensaries and cannabis testing labs. Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be affected.

The ordinance reads, in part, “the Town seeks to protect the public health, safety and welfare by prohibiting marijuana establishments and/or marijuana testing facilities in the Town.”

The town is also attempting to ban marijuana cultivation.

In late 2020, Payson, Gilbert, Sahuarita and other cities and towns put local restrictions on aspects of the state’s adult-use marijuana law.

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Fully Functioning Grow Facility for Sale – El Reno, OKEl Reno, OK, USA

Fully functioning Cannabis cultivation and processing facility for sale.

20 acres + Custom-built indoor grow just under 9,000 sq. ft. 

Near Oklahoma City Metro (but not within city limits!).

This property offers everything you need: indoor cultivation, outdoor cultivation, and ample room for expansion of any kind including greenhouses.

 

Yetiva Farms currently has 39,500 sq. ft. of combined indoor/outdoor grow space. The 9,500 sq. ft. indoor grow space is custom-designed, state of the art, and tailored for the cannabis industry. The facility has unique spaces designed for each specific function of the grow process.

 

Mother Room – (513 sq. ft.) includes pallet racking, lighting, and necessary irrigation.

 

Clone Room – (166 sq. ft.) EZ Clone Commercial Pro System that features the newest innovations in precision aeroponic propagation and designed for full-time year-round production of cuttings, a stainless-steel sink, and countertop, and necessary pallet racking.

 

Vegetation Room – (1505 sq. ft.) Andin dehumidifier, Carrier client control, fans, CO2 injection, pallet racks, Lumatek lighting, necessary irrigation, and transplanting equipment.

 

Flower Room #1 – (508 sq. ft.) 4ct of 4 x 16 rolling tables, Carrier climate control, Lumatek LED lights, CO2 injections, Sensaphone environmental monitoring system, FloraFlex irrigation, and Andin dehumidifier.

 

Flower Room #2 – (508 sq. ft.) 4ct of 4 x 16 rolling tables, Carrier climate control, Lumatek LED lights, CO2 injections, Sensaphone environmental monitoring system, FloraFlex irrigation, and Andin dehumidifier.

 

Flower Room #3 – (558 sq. ft.) 4ct of 4 x 16 rolling tables, Carrier climate control, Lumatek LED lights, CO2 injections, Sensaphone environmental monitoring system, FloraFlex irrigation, and Andin dehumidifier.

 

Flower Room #4 – (665 sq. ft.) 2ct of 4 x 16 rolling tables, 4ct of 4 x 8 rolling tables, Carrier climate control, Lumatek LED lights, CO2 injections, Sensaphone environmental monitoring system, FloraFlex irrigation, and Andin dehumidifier.

 

Dry Room – (320 sq. ft) outfitted dry pallet racks, Carrier climate control, Andin dehumidifier.

 

Loading/Mixing Room – (320 sq. ft.) exterior overhead door great for receiving access, lots of storage and easy cleanup, pallet racking, Carrier climate control.

 

Mechanical Room – (700 sq. ft.) 2ct 500-gallon reservoirs with RO systems, Aero mixers (mixing nutrients) pallet racks, changing area with lockers and bench, stainless steel sink and countertops.

 

Trim Room – (353 sq. ft.) resonator, CO2 trimmer, pallet racks, stainless steel tables, pre-roll machine, and trimming equipment.

 

Cure Room – (150 sq. ft.) pallet racks and cure tubes.

Office – (100 sq. ft.) desk and security monitor.

 

Bathroom – (100 sq. ft.) shower and stainless-steel sink.

 

Entry/Conference Area – (400 sq. ft.) conference table with chairs.

 

Extraction Area – (235 sq. ft.) pallet racks and stainless-steel tables.

 

Commercial Kitchen – (375 sq. ft.) fully functioning kitchen with all stainless-steel commercial-grade appliances including a refrigerator and oven. Also, Stainless-steel sink and tables.

 

Covered Patio – (1700 sq. ft.) with country views.

 

Building Highlights – video surveillance, access control, intercom systems, fire and CO2 monitors, VFR, Carrier climate control, LED lighting, air curtains on critical entry doors, complete construction envelope of non-combustible items (no wood) 100% sealed envelope in all critical rooms, specialty coating on walls, epoxy flooring with floor drains.

Outdoor Grow consists of a 30,000 sq ft cultivation area fully fenced with a gravel base. An automatic watering system including reservoir tanks, pumps, and irrigation. Conex storage space, 100-gallon reusable smart pots. All outdoor facilities are also protected from video surveillance. **OMMA Licenses are non-transferable**

Please call Matt with any questions at (405) 640-0319.

Sacramento – Distribution & Type 6 ManufacturingSacramento, CA, USA

$1,500,000 for Sacramento approved cannabis type 6 manufacturing and type 11 distribution. 

$7,200 per month lease. 

Leasehold improvements: bathroom, laundry, commercial kitchen, (2) 40′ x 8′ x 9′ high boy modified shipping container extraction lab. Comes with engineered mechanical plans and architectural drawings and the scheduled TCB Spark resistant fans. C1D2. 

6 three tiered bays of pallet racks

Upgraded electrical to service extraction lab and entire facility (500 amps). 

Price includes $640,000+ in equipment:

CUP 30 Centrifuge CUP 30 and Accessories (kegs, bags, stems, fittings, dip tubes) 
FFE 60, GD Chiller Delta Separations Falling Film Evaporator. 
Ertel Alsop 4-Stage Filtration Skid 1 Micron, Carbon, lenticular, Particulate 
DC-40 Ethanol Chiller 30 gallon to -40 in 20 min. Works with CUP 30 
(2) Across International 20 liter rotovap 
(2) Across International 50 Liter Decarb Reactor
Forklift 6,000 pound warehouse forklift 
Portable Lab Converted Shipping Containers C1D2 
Misc formulation equip Tables, glassware, scales, etc. 
Pallet Racks 6 bays. (3) 9′ shelves/bay 
Exhaust Fans Vector and TCB explosion proof 
Cryofridge Sanyo (-40) 

The Buyer will be required to complete the buildout to premises for its operations.

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420Post: Michigan's 2 Microbusiness Licensees Explain The Ins And Outs Of Entrepreneurial Cannabis – MITechNews

ANN ARBOR – A Michigan microbusiness license allows the holder to grow up to 150 plants, process those plants into a variety of cannabis extracts and edibles, and sell those products directly to the consumer. Today on Four20Post we have the state’s only two microbusiness license holders who will discuss their experiences.

Ben Kolasa, the owner of Sticky Bush Farms, discussed doing business as a cannabis microbusiness, including all the issues he had to deal with that were unexpected.

Luann Sun, the owner of Sun Provisioning, also explained why she decided to to become a cannabis entrepreneur.

If you want to apply for a microbusiness license, cannabis attorney Scott Roberts also in the second half of the program.

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Lobby Hobby: Arizona NORML Goes to Phoenix (To Advocate for Good Marijuana Bills)

Now that adult-use recreational marijuana has been legalized and we inhale the smoke of freedom, we might take for granted how regulation comes about. But when the sausage of cannabis laws is being made, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is there watching the grinder, advocating for constituent-friendly legislation and against laws that ultimately hurt the cannabis-using public.

Despite the passage of Prop 207 legalizing adult-use, there is still plenty of work ahead for the organization that has “provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition” since its founding in 1970.

The state chapter of NORML, along with Tucson-based Southern Arizona NORML, recently completed its annual February lobbying event that featured a new twist in the COVID world: Instead of a day of in-person lobbying, NORML representatives, constituents and volunteers carved out a week for a series of Zoom meetings with legislators to lobby on behalf of or against three bills that were making their way through the legislative process.

“Some of those offices are really small, and you’re really cramming people in,” said Southern Arizona NORML executive director Mike Robinette. “We didn’t want to put volunteers, constituents or anybody from Southern Arizona NORML or NORML at risk relative to COVID so we decided early on to conceptually shift and try to do something virtually. That evolved into what we eventually called lobby week.”

NORML organizers were pleased to discover that scheduling was easier, there was increased participation and, given the past year of working from home and sheltering in place, everyone was experienced at Zoom meetings.

“It was serendipitous in the fact that we discovered that it was so much more effective to do it virtually that I don’t think we’ll go back to an in-person lobby day,” Robinette said.

Lobby week ended on Feb. 12, and throughout the week NORML board members and volunteers attended more than 50 meetings with Arizona state legislators. The meetings focused on three pieces of legislation, HB 2298, HB 2084 and HB 2154, as well as its “mirror bill” SB 1209.

HB 2298 would provide grants for medical marijuana clinical trial research with funding from the state’s Medical Marijuana Fund. The bill would also shield researchers from liability and allow them to use Arizona-grown cannabis, instead of “ditch weed” from the University of Mississippi they must legally use. The bill was introduced by Representative Kevin Payne (R-21) and would allow researchers to study the safety and efficacy of cannabis and how it interacts with prescription drugs.

A similar research bill put forth by House Speaker Rusty Bowers focuses on marijuana use that correlates with violent behavior or schizophrenia. NORML does not support the bill and is trying to get it amended to create better legislation.

“We support a broad and extensive research bill that doesn’t limit the topics on research nor create an inherent bias relative to that research,” Robinette said. “Therefore, we’d like to see 2024 amended to support research into myriad topics regarding marijuana and its safety and efficacy.

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HB 2084—reported in last week’s Weedly column—died an unceremonious death when its sponsor John Kavanagh (R-23) pulled it from the agenda.

The bill established a 2 nanogram/milliliter blood concentration that would have gone against the intent of language in Prop 207 that states prosecutors must demonstrate a driver is “actually impaired to the slightest degree” before they can be convicted of a DUI. Prop 207 does not allow legislators to establish a “per se” limit until there is scientific consensus and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified what that limit should be.

HB 2154 and SB 2298 are mirror bills that would add autism to the list of qualifying conditions to obtain a medical marijuana card, joining at least 15 other with similar provisions. HB 2154 was introduced by Rep. Diego Espinoza (D-19), while Sen. Juan Mendez introduced SB 2298 (D-26).

In other legislative news, SB 1646, a marijuana testing bill that would have fined Arizona testing facilities that could not complete tests in a seven-day window, was dead on arrival and a similar bill, SB 1647, that had less stringent deadlines was also killed in a 3-6 vote in committee.

SB 1647 was supported by the Arizona Dispensary Association and represents a legislative effort to avoid cannabis shortages due to testing backups that may be on the horizon.

ADA Executive director Sam Richard said that even though SB 1647 has been defeated, his organization is dedicated to finding a solution that will be amenable to all stakeholders.

“A lot of people are worried about shortages and there are a lot of different opinions of why we’re in this mess,” he said. “We’re 100% committed to creating a vehicle that will work for all stakeholders and to get that work across the finish line.”

Be sure to vote in this year’s Cannabis Bowl! Visit TucsonWeekly.com for details.

Lake County California Cannabis Cultiivation OpportunityJerusalem Grade, Lower Lake, CA, USA

This 39 acre property is on the market for the first time.  The property has a new construction 1700 square foot home and garage.  Just add finishing touches.  There is an approved 1 acre cannabis garden with over 44,000 gallons of water storage. On early activation from the County of Lake but State permit has been issued.  This property is very private and in an area south of Middletown.  The price is $1,500,000 with possible owner financing.  This is a grand opportunity to get into the burgeoning Lake County Cannabis Cultivation business.  Contact Mark McDonald at 707-799-8202 for more information or a personal showing.