The West Michigan Cannabis Guild endorses Ambie Bell in her candidacy for Benton Harbor City Commissioner. Ms. Bell has shown outstanding leadership in Benton Harbor, both when legalizing the cannabis industry and in other aspects of her platform too. At our recent policy event, Ms. Bell was knowledgeable and spoke compassionately about the issues that matter most to residents of Benton Harbor.
You can help Ambie out leading up to the election by door knocking, placing a yard sign in your yard or window, getting your friends to support Ambie too, and more. Check out www.ambiebell.com and the Facebook page of the Committee to Get Stuff Done With Ambie Bell to help get her into office. You can sign up to door knock online at Knock with Ambie · Michigan Democratic Party (mobilize.us)
Vote for Ambie Bell for Benton Harbor Commissioner At-Large on Nov. 2nd!
The West Michigan Cannabis Guild is pleased to announce that is endorsing three candidates for local office in West Michigan, including financial contributions to each candidate's campaign. The candidates are:
Each candidate has a broad slate of issues on which they're campaigning - supporting businesses and job creation, helping to increase community sustainability and public health, increasing access to educational opportunities, and much more. However, they also recognize the benefits to their citizens of legalizing the licensed cannabis industry in their communities. We agree! If you live in Benton Harbor or Kentwood, be sure to support these deserving candidates on election day (November 2, 2021)!
The WMCG also endorsed Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier in 2021. If you're not sure what's on your November 2021 ballot, or have questions about where or how to vote, check out Michigan's Voter Information Center (https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/).
September 29, 2021
For Immediate Release:
Grand Rapids City Commission Votes yes to Support for Decriminalizing the Use and Possession of Entheogenic Plants and Fungi at the Local, State and Federal Levels
It was incredible to work with Commissioner Reppart and the whole City Commission. We thank them for taking this resolution into consideration and voting to affirm it. We've established some important relationships, and generated lots of conversation on the topic. We appreciate the willingness of the Mayor, City Commission, and City Staff to listen and learn with us and look forward to continuing to learn more together.
Highlights of the resolution:
The Mayor and City Commission hereby support local, state and federal legislative efforts to decriminalize Entheogenic Plants and Fungi and plant-based compounds that are listed on the Federal Controlled Substances Schedule”.
After the yes vote, Mayor Bliss said, “I am familiar with (Michigan) Senate Bill 631, so after we vote tonight, I’ll be reaching out to our legislators to personally express my support.”
While there is still work to be done, this resolution is a great first step for the city of Grand Rapids and their commitment to rethinking punitive penalties and alternative ways to approach psychological and spiritual health.
The day after the resolution passed, we received this email from someone who couldn’t make the commission meeting. He wrote, “Praying for you guys. So sorry I couldn't make it. I am 50 and the only time since childhood that I have had a time when I wasn't suffering from depression and anxiety was the two times I tried mushrooms. I have been on multiple medications throughout my years and nothing worked like mushrooms did.
I hate that I don't have any access to them and if I did it would be illegal. Sorry I couldn't make it".
Wow! What a moving testament to how important this campaign is.
Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids Board
Mary Reed Kelly
For more information, contact Chad Beyer, Co-founder of Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids, at DecrimNatureGR@gmail.com or visit https://www.decrimnaturegr.org/.
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.
WMCG Vice President, Landon Bartley, is featured in the July 2021 issue of Sensi Magazine, where he shares his origin story on becoming a local cannabis superhero. Check it out!
DNGR had a strong presence at the GR City Commission on Tuesday, July 14!
At least 20 attended in support, with many sharing personal stories and moving experiences during the public comment.
Check out the video here (public session: 31:40-1:46:05)
Congratulations to Trimell Hawkins for winning the May 2021 5x5 night, hosted by Start Garden. Trimell is the first cannabis entrepreneur to win this long-running business pitch contest. His startup, Higherarchy, will produce edibles for special diets (like gluten-free, low/no-sugar, vegan, etc). Sounds good to us!
The Guild is giving Trimell a complementary membership, and we hope we can continue to support him and other West Michigan cannapreneurs on the road to success. Please join us in congratulating Trimell on his win!
West Michigan Cannabis Guild
P.O. Box 3591
Grand Rapids, MI 49501