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BAY CITY, MI – A new marijuana dispensary in Bay County is breaking into a new market, according to its owners.
Hashish Boyz at 305 N Euclid is planning on offering more than just the typical fair of recreational and medical marijuana products. CEO and Founder Brandon Dabish said that the store will be selling clones, which are cuttings of marijuana plants, starting next week and that to his knowledge that Hashish Boyz is the first retailer in the state to sell clones.
“We feel like it’s a great opportunity to give people an opportunity to see the kind of care and the kind of work you have to put into a plant to really bring it to life and turn it into medicine and to medicate with it, and all the benefits of it,” Rami Kirma, COO said.
Dabish explained that there will be a limit on the number of plants that one can purchase but that there will be a variety of strains that customers can pick from.
So why offer clones instead of just seeds? Kirma said that cloning speeds up the process and allows already desirable plants to cloned, instead of home-growers having to start from scratch to select and breed traits that they like.
“Basically with clones, all you’re doing is taking a cutting off of a live plant and replanting that so that it gets rooted and you replant another one,” said Kirma.
Creating and selling clones is just a part of the Hashish Boyz operation in Bangor Township. The store also provides a variety of products to both recreational and medical customers in an area where municipalities have been holding an for cannabis entrepreneurs.
“We felt like this was home, they opened the door and they welcomed us with open arms,” said Kirma. “When you get treated like that by any particular municipality in this industry, that’s highly regulated as it is, you want to hold on to that kind of partnership.”
To celebrate opening their store up to the public in Bangor Township, Hashish Boyz hosted an outdoor grand opening event on Friday, April 9. Musicians and DJs, numerous cannabis vendors, and food trucks all were gathered in the parking lot at the store.
The store’s location is in the former Los Quatros Amigos and Stars Chinese restaurant building on Euclid. The building as been outfitted with 70s décor as a way to pay homage to those who took the first steps in the marijuana industry, said its owners.
“It’s a torch that we want to carry,” said Kirma.
The celebration was well attended, with attendees standing in long lines stretching throughout the Hashish Boyz property to access the store in small groups due to COVID-19 capacity limits. According to attendees, some heard about the event on a popular site among the cannabis community called Weed Maps and set out to pay the Bay County location a visit.
One of these fans was Lori Defrain who drove from Flint after discovering it on Weed Maps. Defrain said that the opening of dispensaries around the state, including Bay County, have made it more convenient for those who are traveling but use medical products.
“I love this, this makes it convenient for traveling anywhere about the state of Michigan. It allows medication to patients wherever, I love it,” she said.
The celebration also involved a special visit from former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and former Lions guard Rob Sims as they represented their cannabis research company called ‘Primitiv.’
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LANSING, Mich. — Their background is in forensic science but three former Michigan State Police lab technicians are taking their skills and applying them to a new industry right here in Lansing.
Todd Welch, Greg Michaud and Michele Glinn are all retired from the Michigan State Police.
The three worked in the forensic science division, but, when Michigan’s cannabis industry opened up, they saw an opportunity and jumped at it, starting Viridis Laboratories.
“We thought that this industry, we could carry over our experiences in forensic science into the testing process for the health and safety of those who are taking cannabis for medicinal use or for recreational use,” Welch said.
The venture has been a success. Right now they have two locations and employ more than 30 people.
Welch says although there are differences, the reason they do the work is very similar to what it was in the forensic science division.
“With this particular industry, you now it’s the general public that we are providing a health and safety issue for. There are some parallels there because again as a state police officer our function was to make sure that we protect and keep people and property safe,” Welch said.
Growers and producers contract the company to test their products.
Chief Science officer and partner Michele Glinn was enthusiastic explaining the work they do.
“Those are called the Geno/Grinders and what those are used for is to take the samples when they come in and grind them up into a homogeneous powder we can then use to test,” Glinn said, talking about one of the tools of their trade.
And those machines are really being put to work.
Right now, Viridis tests about 250,000 pounds of cannabis each year.
A cannabis flower sample will go through at least six different tests before getting the lab’s seal of approval.
“A flower that needs full compliance needs potency testing. So it tells us who much THC content is in the flower. It needs water activity. It needs foreign matter. It needs pesticide analysis. Heavy metal analysis, microbial analysis. And that’s all,” Glinn said.
Glinn, Michaud and Welch say they are hoping to expand, opening more laboratories and hiring more people in the near future.
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A Michigan university is offering scholarships for an unusual degree starting in the fall of 2021: cannabis chemistry. In 2019, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) established a chemistry program focused on cannabis study.
According to the university’s website, they are the first such institution to develop this degree: “LSSU’s Cannabis Chemistry is the first degree program in the United States focusing on the quantitative analysis of cannabis related compounds and contaminants including THC, CBD, terpenes, etc.”
The scholarship offers $1,200 annually for students pursuing this degree and is funded by Steadfast Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Hazel Park, Michigan. This program allows students to graduate with an associate or bachelor-level degree.
According to the press release for the scholarship, “Applicants also must be at least sophomores and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students who reside in Wayne and Oakland Counties, the service areas for the company.”
Their website details the chemistry program:
This exciting new cannabis degree program launched in Fall 2019 equips you with the knowledge necessary to gain employment in emergent cannabis markets – specifically within the scientific community. Combining a mix of core curriculum chemistry with cutting-edge cannabis courses, (such as Cannabis Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Cannabis Separations) you’ll gain a truly unique career-focused education. Cannabis Chemistry graduates earn over 600 hours of experience in state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratories and industry standard techniques, giving them the required proficiency to work in law enforcement, public health and safety, regulatory management, and business applications.
LSSU said there were projected to be 500,000 new jobs in the cannabis industry by 2022, as more states legalize marijuana and cannabis-related products.
While LSSU claims to have the first ever cannabis chemistry degree program, Northern Michigan University has been offering a Medicinal Plant Chemistry degree, which focuses on marijuana, since 2017. According to their website: “Medicinal Plant Chemistry at Northern Michigan University was the first 4-year undergraduate degree program of its kind designed to prepare students for success in the emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis, and distribution.” Their classes, and degree requirements are similar to those offered by LSSU.
While LSSU may not have been the first to offer a bachelor’s degree in such a program, it is the first scholarship in this field. We thus rate this claim as a “Mixture.”
South Dakota has been in the headlines for both good and bad reasons since they legalized cannabis with a ballot measure during the last election cycle. While they did manage to legalize, anti-cannabis forces immediately sued over this decision. Now, the case comes before the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Amendment A, which legalized adult-use cannabis and set up a regulated market, and Measure 26, which legalized medical cannabis, both became legal last year, however the recreational part of the measure has still not been able to move forward. While the state’s residents approved medical cannabis at a 70 percent margin, Amendment A was approved at a much smaller margin of 54 percent.
For a brief time, the state rejoiced about the new laws, but that excitement was crushed pretty quickly. Following the election, South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom sued to block the amendment on a technicality. They claim that the measure violates the constitution by trying to set up a framework for legalization and also legalizing, rolling two things into one.
Even worse, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who is conservative when it comes to cannabis, came out in support of the suit, claiming she never wanted to see cannabis legalized.
“I was personally opposed to these measures and firmly believe they’re the wrong choice for South Dakota’s communities,” Noem wrote in a statement. “We need to be finding ways to strengthen our families, and I think we’re taking a step backward in that effort. I’m also very disappointed that we will be growing state government by millions of dollars in costs to public safety and to set up this new regulatory system.”
South Dakota Supreme Court to Hear Arguments For Both Sides
Now, both sides have the chance to argue their points before the South Dakota Supreme Court. On the morning of April 28, plaintiffs Thom and Miller will give their oral arguments as to why cannabis should not have been made legal, and supporters of Amendment A, represented by South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, will explain why legal cannabis should be a part of South Dakota’s future. Noem is covering the expenses of the plaintiffs, giving them what some complain is an unfair advantage.
In a statement from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), deputy director Paul Armentano criticized the attempt to deny the will of the voters.
“Legalization opponents cannot succeed in the court of public opinion or at the ballot box,” said National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Deputy Director Paul Armentano when the opposition to the newly passed law first began. “Thus, they are now seeking to overturn election results in a desperate attempt to maintain cannabis prohibition. Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics.”
As of now, Measure 26 is safe and set to go into effect July 1, so the state will at least have a medical cannabis program in its near future. However, the fate of recreational cannabis in South Dakota is still very much up in the air. Advocates for cannabis legalization can only hope that the South Dakota Supreme Court will rule in favor of it.
New Jersey’s cannabis industry is abuzz about the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission holding its first meeting Monday to begin setting the Garden State on a path to a long awaited adult-use market. The five-member CRC is responsible for the how many licenses are released for growing, producing, selling, delivering or testing cannabis items.
In the meantime, cannabis-centered businesses have been getting ready for when the market opens. On Tuesday, NJ Cannabis Insider Speaker Series hosts its latest mixes for the business community. A limited number of tickets are still available for the two-hour event, featuring state Sen. Vin Gopal and some of the Garden State’s most knowledgeable power players April 13.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon is presented by Foley Hoag, a full-service Cannabis Practice comprised of attorneys with unique insight and experience to assist cannabis and cannabis-related operators and investors with all aspects of their business. The speakers series event will include themes on legalization, CBD & hemp as New Jersey begins to position its cannabis industry as a northeastern economic powerhouse while simultaneously navigating difficult questions about improvements on the existing legislation and social equity.
Legal trends in the hemp marketplace, transitioning from a hemp business to a cannabis business and what future homegrow can look like within the state are some of the many topics that will be covered.
Our panel will feature Pure Genesis CEO Faye Coleman, HillviewMed CEO Ken VandeVrede and Foley Hoag cannabis law practice counsel Mike McQueeny.
McQueeny also serves as counsel for the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, a trade organization that represents the medical marijuana providers within the state. Outside of their respective business roles, Coleman and VandeVrede are founding members of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association’s Hemp Policy Committee.
The committee was established in the wake of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill when hemp went from being a Schedule 1 drug to being an agricultural commodity.
We’ll also be having a Q&A session with Gopal, D-Monmouth, who recently introduced a bill for adult-use home cultivation.
The virtual speakers series also offers a serious networking session, where cannabis insiders have the opportunity to discuss and connect with one another. Roundtables will have focused discussions on what you need to know to get in on New Jersey’s Green Rush. Supporting sponsors, include:
- Foley Hoag, our presenting sponsor, has been at the forefront of the medical and adult-use cannabis industry since the very early stages of its regulation and legalization in specific U.S. states and beyond.
- Supreme Security Alarms, New Jersey leaders in the security space, providing custom designed, state-of-art systems to protect your business.
- Hance Construction was selected to build one of the first cannabis grow facilities in New Jersey, and has since worked on other medical cannabis projects, offering consulting and site-location services.
- The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, the Garden State’s largest trade group, operating as the state’s cannabis chamber of commerce.
- Stockton University, the interdisciplinary minor in Cannabis Studies offers students a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry. Last week, Stockton announced it expanded its cannabis program with the opening of The Cannabis & Hemp Research Institute, which will research hemp cultivation and develop lab testing.
- NJ Cannabis Certified, which provides training for all entry level jobs in the cannabis industry, including dispensary training and entry level cultivation and lab technician training.
- The Cannabis Health Equity Movement (CHEM), which includes a coalition of BIPOC cannabis industry leaders working and innovating in the field. It recently launched CHEM Global Campus, a White House supported project, in partnership with Southern University Law Center to produce customized curriculum development for tomorrow’s cannabis leaders.
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