Striking Oil: The Business of Edibles, Topicals and Concentrates Is Jan 21st In Tacoma, WA

The Marijuana Business Association and Front Runnerpowered by TetraTrak, have announced their first Professional Seminar of 2016: “Striking Oil: The Business of Concentrates, Edibles, and Topicals.”

The half-day MJBA Professional Seminar takes place on Thursday, January 21st, 2016,1PM-6PM, at the Red Lion Hotel in Tacoma, WA. Hosted by The Marijuana Business Association and business intelligence firm Front Runner, “Striking Oil” will provide I-502 Producers, Processors, Retailers, and industry professionals with an in-depth look at Washington’s emerging marketplace for cannabis concentrates, oils, edibles and topicals.

The legal cannabis marketplace has evolved well beyond the bud, and today Edibles, Topicals, Concentrates and Oils represent the fastest-growing segments for Washington’s legal cannabis industry.  MJBA and Front Runner will kick off the afternoon with a detailed parsing of the LCB sales numbers to date, with forward-looking analysis from Front Runner CEO Brian Yauger.

CannaSol Farms founder Jeremy Moberg will deliver the keynote address, providing his prospective as one of the state’s leading Producer/Processors, and an outspoken advocate for naturally-grown cannabis. He will focus his remarks on the needs for Washington producer/processors to self-regulate.

Exciting new cannabis-infused products and concentrates bring with them a host of new business challenges for our emerging industry, including how to create best practices and common standards for Contaminants/PesticidesDosing and Packaging, and Lab Testing/Quality Assurance.  To provide their insights into these pressing issues and others, MJBA has assembled subject matter experts from Washington’s top cannabis companies to serve as our VIP Panelists.

Leading subject matter experts from Db3 (Zoots) , Mirth Provisions (Legal) , Eden Labs, Cannabis Basics, Avitas, Kush Creams, Mary’s Medicinals, The Goodship, Ethos Extracts, Robotanical, Spot, Integrity Labs, Landrace Labs, Dama, Amoebic Extracts, (and many others) will lead discussions on Edibles; Topicals, Concentrates and Lab Standards.

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

Industry Thought Leaders Speak at MJBA/Front Runner Seminars

Tickets are $99 in advance/$125 Day of Show. MJBA Members and Front Runner Subscribers receive special discount!

Reserve your tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/striking-oil-the-business-of-edibles-topicals-and-concentrates-tickets-20114229201?

“Striking Oil” VIP Sponsors include Robotanical, Eden Labs, Cannabis Basics, PayQwick, Avitas and Great Pacific Packaging. .

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Ensuring The Safety Of Marijuana Edibles

Imagine being informed by your local city health department that you are not allowed to include a nutrition facts label on the popular products you make and sell for human consumption. Julianna Carella faced that very problem relative to gourmet snack items she produces at her Oakland, Calif.-based business, Auntie Dolores Kitchen.

“In 2010 the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) told us we had to take the nutrition label off our products,” says Carella, the company’s founder and CEO.

To be sure, Part 101 – Food Labeling of Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Subchapter B holds no authority over any Auntie Dolores commercial offering.

Imagine further that, even though you’re clearly turning out pretzels, assorted cookies, glazed pecans, chili lime peanuts, cheese biscuits, caramel corn, and fudge brownies for retail sales, your manufacturing facilities and products are not subject to any state or federal food laws, regulations, or inspections. Not for now, anyway.

Rocky Mountain High: Marijuana Industry Push Back On More Rules

COLORADO:  The powerful Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce “[has] not and will not” endorse the latest proposed changes to the state ‘s edible marijuna regulations that call for the placement of a “THC Stop Sign” on each pot-infused package and marijuana serving.

A Cannabis Chamber spokesman told Food Safety News the marijuana industry group cannot go along with the “stop sign logo as we believe it is sending a political message to stop THC.”

Almost two years ago, when Colorado became the first state to make recreational marijuana use legal, it led to the birth of a booming new industry that infuses food and beverages with marijuana. The state currently has 134 manufacturers licensed to make “infused” food and beverage products.

Medical Marijuana Users Can Bake It, Not Just Smoke It, Top Court Rules

CANADA:  The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that users of marijuana for medical purposes have the right to bake the drug into cookies, take it in lozenge form or as topical oils, in addition to smoking it.

In a unanimous ruling Friday, the court said that federal law limiting medical marijuana use to smoking the dried form is arbitrary, and runs counter to the government’s stated objective of protecting health and safety. “The evidence amply supports the trial judge’s conclusions that inhaling marihuana can present health risks and that it is less effective for some conditions than administration of cannabis derivatives,” the court ruled, in a decision signed collectively by “the court,” which sometimes happens to give institutional weight to a ruling.

The right at stake was described by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association as the right to personal autonomy in medical decision-making – no matter what medical science may say about the wisdom of the decision.

 

How To Brand, Market, And Sell Marijuana Without Breaking The Law

COLORADO:  Earlier this year, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, perhaps Colorado’s best-known cannabis brand, took its THC-infused drinks off the market. It had no choice.

That’s because a couple of weeks later, on February 1, new packaging regulations for recreational marijuana edibles went into effect in the state and the screw top aluminum bottles were no longer compliant.

The new rules require that drinkable cannabis products come in childproof, resealable packaging. Dixie also had to come with a way to measure out a single dose, like the tiny plastic cup on a bottle of cough syrup.

Dixie enlisted a Colorado packaging company called TricorBraun to design a new bottle that met all the specs, but by the time the new bottles reached dispensary shelves last week, the company had lost 90 days of selling its flagship product.

A Delay In Marijuana-Infused Edibles Makes Sense

OREGON:  Oregon regulators trying to find a way to safely craft a recreational marijuana program have asked lawmakers for a delay of up to a year to figure out the best approach for pot-infused edibles: candy, cookies and other foods laced with THC. This would allow the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, charged with helping the Legislature implement and later regulate the voter-approved Measure 91, to focus on the equally gnarly challenges of making retail pot available in storefront settings by 2016 and in reconciling a recreational pot trade with Oregon’s already mature medical marijuana program. It’s a smart request, and the Legislature’s joint committee on implementing Measure 91 should say yes to it. Oregonians can wait a bit for their magic brownies.

Mainly, the OLCC wants to know how to ensure the creation of food products with safe marijuana dosages and to demand edibles whose serving sizes are carefully metered and recognizable to consumers. It has wisely asked the Oregon Health Authority to convene a panel to determine whether the Colorado and Washington standard of 10 milligrams per serving has pharmacologic meaning and, if followed as a guide in consumption, ensures safety. Separately but significantly, the agency asks, in an April 1 memo: “How many servings should there be in one product?” It may seem like a simple arithmetic question, but it cuts to a potentially dangerous challenge in dosing: If you have in your hands what looks like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that is laced with five servings’ worth of THC, you’ll be in a world of pharmacologic hurt if you fail to note the instructions, break it into pieces and nibble on just one tidbit. Perhaps THC shouldn’t be delivered in multiple doses at all in one food item.

More Pot Packaging Battles Loom As Legislative Session Nears

COLORADO:  Marijuana entrepreneur Nick Brown prefers education to regulation when it comes to the packaging, production and marketing of edible pot products so they stay out of the hands (and mouths) of kids.

“With cannabis, parents really need to explain the edible side of things to their children,” Brown said. “You really could end up in the hospital or at least think you need to go to the hospital if you consume too much of an edible product – the gummy bears, the cookies, the brownies.”

That educational focus is understandable coming from Brown, an owner of High Country Healing and its seven retail and medical outlets in Silverthorne, Colorado Springs and Alma. The Princeton grad says his career arc in the pot biz dispels many marijuana myths.

“I’ve consumed cannabis the majority of my life – I’m 32 years old – and I’ve never done a hard drug in my life,” he said. “It’s been the opposite of a gateway drug for me. I was actually the Colorado Football Player of the Year in high school and then I ended up playing football at Princeton for four years while consuming cannabis the whole time. I graduated in four years.”

Colorado Still Can’t Figure Out Final Rules For Edible Marijuana

COLORADO:  A working group convened to help Colorado regulate edible marijuana products failed to come up with consensus recommendations at its final meeting Monday, punting the issue to the state legislature.

Officials have long been worried that edible products, which can take the form of sweets like lollipops and treats like brownies, will lead children to experiment with marijuana or accidentally ingest it. In May, the largest children’s hospital in Colorado reported that nine children had been brought in after accidentally eating such products, double the amount the institution had seen in the previous year. Despite fears that Halloween would see a spike of such incidents, the hospital didn’t report any cases of accidental ingestion.

The working group was formed to develop ideas for keeping edibles safe and out of children’s hands. The ideas ranged from making all marijuana edibles a certain color to banning most forms of edibles, limiting production to only lozenges and tincturesA variety of suggestions will be presented to the state legislature when it reconvenes in January.

Makers of edible products don’t want to see their section of the market shrunk and point out that every “preparation of the plant” was given the green light when state voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012.

 

Cannabis Infused Fizzy Drinks On Sale In US

WASHINGTON:  A cannabis-infused fizzy drink is now on sale in the state of Washington as part of the ever-expanding US market for legal pot products.

Less than two months after recreational cannabis became legal in the west coast state, Washingtonians can now get their highs out of a soda bottle.

The drinks, called Legal, come in cherry, lemon and pomegranate flavours but are all infused with 10mg of liquid cannabis. The drinks cost around $10 (£6).

They are being marketed as a gentler alternative to smoking that could be attractive to those still wary about cannabis.

 

Edible Marijuana Sales And Public Health Concerns Flourish In Garden City

COLORADO:  John and Mary Rotherham, 74 and 73, aren’t exactly a couple of hippies.

Despite the fact that their son, John Rotherham Jr., owns a medical marijuana store in Garden City, the pair never even touched pot until they reached their 70s.

But when arthritis in John’s leg and back began keeping him awake at night, his son recommended edible marijuana in the form of a candy bar from his Nature’s Herbs and Wellness Center, 522 27th St. in Garden City. Doctors recommended a shot in his spine three to four times a year.

Pot brownies have had a home in college dorm rooms for decades, but with the legalization of weed in Colorado, a flurry of new marijuana-infused edibles, from candy bars to sodas to spice cakes, have hit recreational shelves and gained popularity as an alternative way to get high.