HALLELUJAH! IT’S TIME TO GET RELIGION!! ⛪️

The FIRST CANNABIS CHURCH OF LOGIC AND REASON is set to hold its first service and potluck in Lansing, Michigan.

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The city of Lansing has supported its 70 dispensaries and medical marijuana use since 2008.  Jeremy Hall, an ordained minister and state licensed medical marijuana patient and caregiver will lead the service.  His goal is to provide a place to be both spiritual and safe for those who want to take their medication.  “If they feel that cannabis is part of their spirituality, they can combine the two in a safe environment”.

Encouraging both medical marijuana users and non-users to come to the service, he says that when cannabis is consumed, it “breaks down all of these preconceived notions and barriers and provides an outpouring of love”.  The congregation is even expected to “pass a marijuana roach collection jar during the service” for those in need.  So do not throw your old roaches away, simply bring them to church to help your fellow congregants.  And if you are in charge of bringing any of the dishes for the potluck, please be sure to clearly label whether or not it has been infused with marijuana or marijuana oils.  They don’t want their non-user members to reach those types of spiritual heights if they are not fully prepared.

Lansing’s City Council is considering an ordinance that may give more protection to dispensaries and licensed patients and caregivers but as with other cities across the nation, these regulations “depend on the resources the city has and the dedication it has in enforcing the law” said Chris Walsh, the Marijuana Business Daily’s founder.  If the Church can get the majority of the population to get excited about these services, then maybe the city will take their regulations to a ‘higher’ ground.

VHerb 

No Green Thumb, No Worries, You Can Grow!

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No green thumb, no worries, you can grow! If you are thinking that it would be kind of awesome to grow your own weed but you are afraid of failure, then look no further.

Doug Slimmer’s wife was having cancer treatments when he looked for a way to grow marijuana to get rid of her associated nausea.  Say hello to Gro.io, a hydroponics system that makes growing weed simple.  Hydroponics typically uses water and nutrients to grow plants instead of the typical soil based grow systems.

He created a system that is fully automated and powered by Hub and makes beginner growers very excited.  “powered by an embedded Linux OS on a IGHz ARM Cortex – A8 processer, you do not have to go through all of the trial and error stuff in order to get your grow started.  It actually takes care of oxygenation, the water top-off and the aeration system.  Because of this precision, the pH of the water that is so critical when feeding your plants, is spot on.  Gro.io has smart sensors to make sure that your “fool proof” garden gets the right doses and also has the ability to “connect to the internet” and can send you “real time email and text notifications about your growth and progress”.  How crazy is that?

Only issue?  The cost.  Prices vary depending upon the number of plants you grow and upon how many lights you will need.  Basic Hub systems start at $1,000.00 but the rest of the system can cost anywhere from $700.00 to $1775.00.

Maybe its worth it when you don’t need to look any further than your own back yard?  But PLEASE, check your local and state laws before growing any weed!

VHerb

Growing Pains; The Effects of California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act on Growers

The cannabis capital is busy readying itself for what lies ahead in 2018, when the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act takes effect in California. For the state’s marijuana growers, this means coming to terms with an impending shift that veers away from the secluded way of life many have led for half a century. These growers have cultivated the nation’s most prestigious pot in largely clandestine communities, where the premium product has funded community resources like schools and fire departments. While marijuana dispensaries have become more mainstream and accepted, growers have continued to operate quietly amongst each other. By 2018, however, growers who hope to continue selling their marijuana legally will have to come out of the shadows and embrace a more integrated business model.

AB 266, one of the Act’s main components, creates 17 different medical marijuana licenses, one of which is a distributor license. Consequently, growers will no longer be able to sell directly to dispensaries. Instead, they will have to sell their marijuana to distributors, who will act as middlemen and resell the product to individual dispensaries. Growers’ sentiments toward distributors vary from fear to hope. Many smaller growers fear that the introduction of distributors into the legal marijuana industry will mean their end. Marijuana prices have been steadily dropping and the extra step of distributors in the industry would mean even less money for growers and the communities whose survival depend on pot profits. Others, however, are hopeful that the mandated use of distributors will allow growers more power to set firm prices with dispensaries, who have been known to shortchange growers upon delivery.

While the effects of distributors on growers remains to be seen, one thing is certain; this new class of licensees will add more than just an extra step into California’s legal marijuana industry. Distributors will create another tier of marijuana businesses, which will require banking, cash management, and compliance services. Their arrival will make compliance and payment processing platforms like PayQwick, which serve the entire marijuana chain from seed-to-sale, exceptionally important. By allowing all types of marijuana businesses to pay each other electronically through its platform, PayQwick makes the integration of distributors into California’s legal marijuana industry seamless and eliminates the concerns of growers.

KBerke