Revolution Enterprises Wins Preliminary Approval To Dispense Cannabis In Maryland

MARYLAND: Revolution Maryland Retail LLC received preliminary authorization to operate a medical cannabis dispensary in Maryland. Revolution Maryland Retail was awarded license pre-approval to operate in Maryland’s Senatorial District 34 following a competitive licensing process that drew 811 applications for up to 109 available licenses statewide. District 34 sits northeast of Baltimore along the Interstate 95 corridor, and encompasses a majority of Harford County.

“Our mission is to enhance the lives of our qualifying patients by providing them with superior medicine, education, and service,” says Revolution Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Dustin Shroyer. “Patients will enjoy a comfortable and familiar retail experience while having the opportunity to learn more about cannabinoid medicines that may improve their wellbeing.”

Revolution Maryland Retail LLC is a subsidiary of Illinois-based Revolution Enterprises, which has two of 19 cannabis cultivation licenses issued in Illinois. In Illinois, Revolution Enterprises owns and operates more than 150,000 square feet of state-of-the- art cannabis cultivation and processing facilities. Revolution Maryland Retail will benefit from access to the operating procedures perfected and intellectual property developed in the Company’s Illinois cannabis businesses.

“We are leveraging our expertise to advance Revolution’s brand nationally,” Shroyer says. “We look forward to planting the Revolution flag in Maryland and continuing to promote common sense solutions for improvements in health care.”

The Company is also exploring partnerships with Maryland licensed medical cannabis growers and processorsMaryland dispensary licensees have 365 days from date of pre-approval to implement their operations.

 

Farmer Tom Calls For A Safer Cannabis Workplace

WASHINGTON: Tom Lauerman, universally known as “Farmer Tom,” is a well-known and beloved figure in Washington’s cannabis community.  Attend any cannabis event in the Evergreen State – from farmer’s market to the steps of the Statehouse in Olympia – and you are likely to see Farmer Tom – long flowing Santa beard and floppy hippie hat – front and center representing the cause.

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The Feds Visit A Cannabis Farm

These days, when he’s not working with his business partners on an upcoming line of “organic” soils and nutrients, Farmer Tom can be heard espousing the benefits of establishing best practices and standards for the cannabis  industry – advocating for everything from safer pest management and testing practices to the rights of his fellow workers in weed.

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Farmer Tom is a pioneer in working with the Federal Government to create workplace safety standards for the cannabis industry. Last fall, he and his wife Paul invited the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to visit his medical marijuana farm in Vancouver, WA.  The feds spent several days on the farm reviewing for the first time the working conditions on a real cannabis farm.  The visit garnered quite a bit of attention for the media-friendly Farmer Tom, including a feature in this month’s DOPE Magazine.

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I Don’t Make Snake Oil

Workplace safety “runs in the family” for Farmer Tom. “My Grandfather was head of HR at both Republic Steel and Covair and was on the first national safety commission,” Lauerman told MJ News Network.  “I handled OSHA paperwork and meetings while in the corporate world and worked with the Union drafting a workplace health and safety manual.”

As part of his mission to raise awareness of safety issues among leaders of the legal cannabis industry, Farmer Tom will be a featured presenter at a “Cannabis Industry Safety Night” panel discussion on May 26th, an event sponsored by the MJBA Portland, and CannaGuard Security.   Joining Tom will be environmental, health & safety expert Sally Koch, Indy Safety; Paul Equall, Life Safety Corp; and Mike Sotelo, CEO of Consolidar Networks.

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Farmer Tom has plans to publish a cannabis workplace health and safety manual soon. “I’m working with a few groups developing workplace health and safety standards,” he explained, “and have been approached by Washington state university on doing continued research in the Cannabis world.”

Stay tuned here.