WMCG Vice President Landon Bartley gave a quick cannabis news update to Commissioners at the recent GR City Commission Meeting. Watch the video below for Landon's comment and continue reading for more info. We encourage you to watch the entire public comments section, so you are aware of the other important issues happening right now in Grand Rapids. Trust, that cop in the corner was a total creep.
The Cannabis Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NISD) released its first report to improve laboratory operations in cannabis testing. Interlaboratory variability has led to concerns about dosing accuracy and overall uncertainty regarding failed tests which most often result in mandatory destruction of entire batches and is a devastating profit loss for cultivators. The federal government has had 80+ years of prohibition to determine arbitrary thresholds for the phytocannabinoids in cannabis vs. hemp. While this study is a good step forward for laboratory standardization, we believe that federal research should only exist to protect the health of patients and consumers. We stand against funding research that enables the continued criminalization of people over a plant.
A recently published scientific review highlighted the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in patients with skin diseases like eczema, acne, and dermatitis. Stimulation of hair growth appears to be tightly regulated by receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, more research is necessary to fully understand the mechanisms by which certain exo-and endocannabinoids modulate hair growth in humans.
A review published in Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports shows that cannabis legalization in the US has not impacted the prevalence of cannabis use among adolescents (similar findings were recently shown in Canada). The authors further conclude that increasingly permissive state laws, either medical or recreational, do not appear to have significant implications for behavioral neuroscience studies of youth.
Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released new draft rules that include new lab testing requirements and the allowance for continued curbside pickups. We hope GR will continue to allow curbside as an option, which significantly improves accessibility for disadvantaged individuals. Additional license types also proposed in the new rules include a Class A Microbusiness (up to 300 mature plants plus retail, but no processing) and a Marijuana Educational Research license.
The MRA's Veteran Marijuana Research Grant Program announced the award of two major grants funded by $20 million in tax revenue to support research examining the efficacy of marijuana in treating medical conditions of US veterans and preventing veteran suicide. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) will receive nearly $13 million, and Wayne State University over $7 million. We applaud the MRA for following through with this part of Prop 1 and want to sincerely thank all the cannabis-loving taxpayers in Michigan for funding this critical and much-needed research.
There are 8,453 medical cannabis patients and 815 Caregivers in Kent County. With cannabis use banned in most places throughout GR, there are no legal spaces available for safe cannabis consumption unless you own your own home. We urge the GR City Commissioners to respect the majority (65.4%) of their constituents who voted in favor of Prop 1 by approving licenses for designated consumption establishments and allowing temporary event licenses in the city.