The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has announced the date, time, and location for its next Social Equity Education Session featuring an interview with Byron Swift, owner of Swift Cultivation, LLC, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: Zoom Webinar
Telephone: USA 215 446 3657 US Toll
USA 888 363 4735 US Toll-free
Conference code: 997442
Mr. Swift will provide insight as to why he decided to pursue ownership of an establishment in the adult use marijuana industry. He will discuss his experiences working with his local municipality and the MRA throughout the planning, licensing, and operation stages for his business as a participant in the Social Equity Program. Mr. Swift will detail how he overcame barriers and difficulties along his path and provide valuable insight about what he’s learned along the way.
The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, which will allow the attendees to ask questions that Mr. Swift will answer during the session.
Please be sure to learn about the MRA’s Joint Ventures Pathway Program (JVPP) on our website, here. The JVPP connects eligible social equity participants – and those seeking to become social equity participants – with adult-use licensees, potential adult-use licensees, and any businesses or organizations that wish to work with social equity participants and are interested in pursuing partnerships. Those partnerships may include Joint business ventures, Mentorships, Incubator programs, Employment, General inquiries, among others.
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has received an opinion and order from the State of Michigan Court of Claims regarding the November 17, 2021 marijuana product recall. Please view this Public Health and Safety Bulletin for more details.
Via the Public Health and Safety Bulletin:
Update to 11/17/21 Notification of Marijuana Product Recall The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has received an opinion and order from the State of Michigan Court of Claims regarding the November 17, 2021 marijuana product recall. Pursuant to the Court’s order, effective immediately, the recall “as it pertains to Viridis North, LLC” has been enjoined. The MRA is required to comply with this order. Therefore, the MRA will release the administrative holds on all products tested by Viridis North, LLC that were included in the recall. This includes any products that have been subsequently retested, regardless of whether those retesting results were passing or failing. The full Court order may be viewed here. Questions may be sent to the MRA’s Operations Support Section: MRA-Compliance@michigan.gov
Public Health Alert: Fentanyl-laced Marijuana
Read the official notice for more details: MiPDC Notification: Emerging Health Threat- Fentanyl laced marijuana — Michigan Poison Center (wayne.edu)
The Michigan Poison & Drug Information Center (MiPDC) wants to alert those who use marijuana products of a potentially emerging public health threat. Outside of Michigan, several patients have been treated in emergency rooms for opioid exposure and overdose after patients claimed to have only smoked marijuana. In Connecticut, a sample of one of the marijuana products found at an overdose scene was seized by local law enforcement and tested at a state laboratory. The sample tested positive for:
Per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), there have not yet been any laboratory confirmed cases of marijuana laced with fentanyl in Michigan. However, since June 1 of this year, eight suspected cases of fentanyl-laced marijuana in Michigan have been identified in a review of probable opioid overdose Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses, where there were mentions of marijuana being potentially laced (fentanyl, heroin, unspecified). To date there have not been any reported deaths among the suspected cases.
If you purchase marijuana products, only do so from licensed and reputable sources and vendors. Marijuana users should be cautious when sourcing products and be aware of the symptoms related to opioid use/abuse and the signs of an opioid overdose including:
Fetal exposure to fentanyl can result in fetal opioid dependence and withdrawal, respiratory depression, and abnormal growth and development.
Call 911 immediately if anyone who has used marijuana develops symptoms that may be related to a fentanyl or other opioid exposure. The MiPDC stresses the importance of storing marijuana products out of sight and reach of children. Unintentional and intentional use and misuse of fentanyl can be fatal.
Training for the use of the reversal agent for opioid overdoses, naloxone, is encouraged. Visit the michigan.gov/Opioids for programs and resources near you from MDHHS.
For more information or questions please call us to speak with our certified poison specialists and board-certified toxicologists.
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The MRA has added six additional frequently asked questions to the bulletin titled “Additional Information for Retesting Recalled Product.” The updated document can be found here.
On November 17, 2021, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a Notification of Marijuana Product Recall for all marijuana products tested by Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North between 8/10/21 and 11/16/21 except for inhalable marijuana concentrate products such as vape carts, live resin, distillate, and any other cannabis concentrate created through residual solvent extractions.
The intent of this new bulletin is to provide additional information to assist licensees with retesting product subject to the 11/17/2021 recall and to answer many frequently asked questions related to this recall.
On November 17, 2021, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a Notification of Marijuana Product Recall for all marijuana products tested by Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North, LLC except for inhalable marijuana concentrate products such as vape carts, live resin, distillate, and any other cannabis concentrate created through residual solvent extractions. The marijuana products impacted have a test date between August 10, 2021 and November 16, 2021. The sales locations listed in this new bulletin are impacted by the recall.
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has identified inaccurate and/or unreliable results of products tested by laboratories Viridis North, LLC and Viridis Laboratories, LLC.
In the interest of public health and safety, the MRA is issuing this health and safety advisory bulletin for all marijuana products tested by Viridis Laboratories, LLC (license numbers SC-000009 and AU-SC-000113) and Viridis North, LLC (license numbers SC-000014 and AU-SC-000103) except for inhalable marijuana concentrate products such as:
The marijuana products impacted have a test date between August 10, 2021 and November 16, 2021. All marijuana product labels are required to list the name and license number of the safety compliance facility that conducted the testing and date the product was tested.
Note: An MRA investigation is still on-going.
Consumers who have marijuana products in their possession that meet the recall criteria may return the products to the marijuana sales location where they were purchased for proper disposal. Consumers with weakened immune systems or lung disease are at the highest risk for health-related incidents such as aspergillosis, which can impact lung function, if these potentially harmful products are consumed.
Consumers who have experienced adverse reactions after using these products should report their symptoms and product use to their physician. Consumers are requested to report any adverse product reactions to the MRA via email: MRA-Enforcement@michigan.gov or via phone: 517-284-8599.
Marijuana sales locations that sold product covered by this bulletin must display this recall notice on the sales floor, visible to all customers, for 30 days from the date of this notice. Marijuana sales locations that receive adverse product reactions from consumers should report the adverse product reactions to the agency at MRA-Enforcement@michigan.gov and document these reports in METRC.
Licensees with products remaining in their inventory that meet the recall criteria have the following options:
Licensees that opt to have product sent back or retested will need to create new METRC packages with new METRC identification numbers prior to transferring or submitting the products for testing. Additional guidance can be provided to licensees who need assistance in creating these packages by reaching out to MRA-Compliance@michigan.gov.
The West Michigan Cannabis Guild endorses Dan VanderMolen in his candidacy for City Commissioner of Kentwood. Dan is a respectful and thoughtful person who cares deeply about improving the quality of life of people in Kentwood. As City Commissioner, he will seek to create more housing opportunities in Kentwood and new opportunities for skills development and training, remote learning, and more. His platform includes investment in new green spaces, better alignment of City policies to the City's diverse population, and much more. Vote for Dan VanderMolen for Kentwood City Commissioner on Tuesday, November 2!
We encourage voters to check out https://www.danvandermolen.com/ and Dan's campaign Facebook page, Vote Dan VanderMolen | Facebook.
You can help with Dan's campaign with phone banking and Get Out The Vote activities. You can also tell others in Kentwood about our support for Dan VanderMolen and encourage them to vote on November 2nd.
The West Michigan Cannabis Guild endorses Emily Bridson in her candidacy for Kentwood Mayor.
Commissioner Bridson has served the City of Kentwood with strength and direction in her tenure as Commissioner, leading the City to grow Kentwood's economy, expand industries, and bring in businesses, all in a sustainable, environmentally conscious way. She plays a vital role in the community and has worked hard for the people of Kentwood as Commissioner.
She has shown that she respects cannabis advocates, patients, business owners, and employees as a legitimate industry, and we appreciate her work. Just a week after the majority of Kentwood voted in favor of recreational cannabis statewide, Commissioner Bridson was the sole 'no' vote when the Commission prohibited legal cannabis in Kentwood. We support Emily Bridson for Mayor and hope she wins on Tuesday, November 2.
You can help Emily with her campaign by door-knocking, greeting voters on Election Day (Tuesday, November 2), telling your friends how they can also support Emily, and more. Visit www.emilybridson.com or her Emily Bridson for Mayor | Facebook campaign page to volunteer or donate.
Vote for Emily Bridson for Kentwood Mayor on Tuesday, November 2!
Click here for Kentwood's election and voter registration info.
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