Cannabis.Pro, LLC

January 19th, 2013 by link No comments »

CANNABIS-PRO

Thank you for your interest in Cannabis.Pro, LLC!

Our goal is to establish a free (as in freedom) open source cannabis industry beginning in America, and continuing worldwide.

Transparency is the key to removing stigma, fear, and breaking down stereotypes.  This plant has been in use for centuries but has missed a few generations thanks to prohibition.  Our goal is to reintegrate this plant into society as a substitute for petrochemicals and deadly pharmaceuticals with increased use in food, fiber, fuel (renewable & carbon negative) and a myriad of industrial uses.

We promote a community of individuals and businesses working together to support themselves on a local level.  As relegalization continues to apex, we advocate renewable energy sources to power greenhouses and full sun outdoor growing.  Always using land and locally soucred resources on a sustainable level for future generations benefit and use.

Cannabis.Pro, LLC consults with local and state governments on the implementation of taxation/regulation models as well as implementing/revising medical cannabis laws.  By advocating an Open Source model to the industry, it is our hope for consumers of the plant to have scientifically standardized methods to interpret the bio-chemical content of what they choose to consume rather than rely upon antiquated misnomers.

Cannabis.Pro, LLC specializes in R&D, consulting services and product management expertise.

 

OG Kush leaf over hand

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US Made Portable Vaporizers

June 10th, 2016 by link No comments »

In the last few months, we have been introduced to some new dry herb vaporizers made in the United States.  Until recently, most handheld vaporizers have been imported from China, some of which combusted material without hesitation, others that are made with cheap plastic and most of which are destined for a landfill at some point in time.

We understand that not all vaporizers are created equal and we also know that you get what you pay for.  However, there are products out there coming in at under top dollar that work better than some of the premiere vaporizers flying off shelves based on name and brand recognition alone.

In 2013, the Grasshopper project was launched on Indiegogo by a group calling themselves Hopper Labs.  They are based out of Boulder Colorado and have been working tirelessly over the past 3 years to get their Grasshopper vaporizer to market.  In the next month or two they hope to be caught up on backorders as all of the Inidiegogo units have been fulfilled.

The Grasshopper is produced in Stainless Steel and a Titanium variant (although it is not 100% Ti).  It uses a proprietary removable LiIon battery for power.  The charger included with the device is magnetic although we have to confess that we never used this charger as it has had a history on earlier models of the Grasshopper of causing the backend to fail (the company has fixed this issue according to a recent email from Hopper Labs).  This area is where the charger connects and it also the place where the power button engages/disengages with a strong ink-pen like click On/Off.

Since early February when we scored a Grasshopper from an Indiegogo retail kit bought by Vapefiend.co.UK, it’s been our daily driver at home and out in the woods.  Prior to this we were using the Vapolution 3 (Vap3) at home since we received a production version of the device and the prototype Vap3 we received mid 2015.  The Grasshopper heats up within 5 seconds and we normally vape on the 2.7-2.8ish dial setting.  On a single battery we get 3-4 sessions.  It holds about .25g herb in the chamber.  We’ve rigged our 420EDC TiChillum to work in tandem with the silicon heat shield mouthpiece included with the Ti Grasshopper.  The TiChillum seals up nicely and allows us to get bigger cooler hits than we could with the device alone.

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420EDC TiChillum on Grasshopper Titanium Vaporizer

We have been using the Grasshopper almost exclusively up until this week when received another US Made vaporizer from RastaBuddhaTao called the Milaana.  Turns out these folks are just around the corner from us here in Vermont out of upstate New York.  Since receiving the Milaana, the Grasshopper has not been seeing as much use.  We have been taking the Grasshopper when out and about for stealth purposes only.

The Milaana we received was one of the earlier released production units.  Since we received ours, we have seen pictures of the updated build that has a more recessed female glass joint housing as well as a heater vent filter made from the same stainless steel screen used in the mouthpiece/bowlpiece male stem.

We are getting 3-4 sessions on our 2500 mAh LG (yellow colored case) battery and are expecting to get 4-5 sessions on the 3000 mAh LG (brown colored case) battery as they have 20% energy as well as a lower internal resistance allowing them to run a bit hotter according to the Rasta Buddha Tao team.

RBT Milaana Herbal Vaporizer

RBT Milaana Herbal Vaporizer

We’ll be adding the Milaana to our 420EDC webstore as soon as we get the merchant account finalized.  Our standard package will include a single 18650 protected battery charger and likely a Mendo Mulcher 1.5″ Grinder, perfect for EDC and complimenting the dry herb grind recommended for best extraction using the Milaana.  All of the extra batteries we sell are the 3000mAh LG that are now included with all Milaana production models including those we have for sale currently.

If you’d like a Milaana immediately check out 420EDC to learn how we can put one in your hands.

The 1st Virtual Cannabis Health Summit

January 5th, 2016 by link No comments »

The 1st Virtual #CannabisHealthSummit was held on January 23rd and 24th 2016.  Perhaps you watched the event and want access to it again to watch/listen & learn more.  Some of you may have missed it, you can access it anytime here:  http://bit.ly/1P1yo4y

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Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders in Response to John Hudak’s Washington Times Commentary

December 11th, 2015 by link No comments »

Dear Senator,

My intentions for writing to you are not negative in any fashion. I want to bring some light into your campaign concerning marijuana law and your outlook and positions on current legislation. I lobbied with some aides from your office in 2013 regarding medical marijuana access for veterans and IRS reforms concerning taxation of medical marijuana dispensaries and adult use marijuana dispensaries.

It was my understanding that you are friendly with your views towards the way the marijuana industry is progressing in legal states and that you wish to change federal law. After reading the Monday’s article by John Hudak from the Washington Times “Bernie Sanders, pot panderer”:

Why aren’t you co-sponsoring the CARERS Act?

Why aren’t you co-sponsoring S. 1726 the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act (the type of legislation I came to your office about in 2013 in DC all the way from Vermont)?

Why aren’t you proposing Senate companion legislation for Rep. Earl Blumenaurer’s HR 667, Veterans Equal Access Act (again, another issue I came to you about in 2013 in DC)? 22 US Military Veterans are committing suicide daily in this country. There is no time like the present to propose this legislation.

As someone who has worked on marijuana legislation, legalization, and patients rights for medical marijuana for the past 11 years, I have to agree with Mr. Hudak that “He (Sen. Sanders) needs to bridge the gap between the real and the ideal. If he is unable or, worse, unwilling to do that, it is not the signal of a public official cloaked in principle; it is the mark of a presidential candidate who lacks seriousness.”

This is a serious issue. This industry can save the middle class in America with the right kind of laws. It can provide thousands of jobs, save billions on police spending, and generate billions in taxes. The time is now to act appropriately and maintain a progressive stance on ALL marijuana policy, not just what you have proposed at perhaps the wrong point in time.

I support you in your campaign and wish you luck.

Sincerely,

Mark J. Linkhorst
CEO
Cannabis.Pro LLC
US Army Disabled Veteran

Testimony Presented to Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations

November 19th, 2015 by link No comments »

CANNABIS-PRO

Presented November 3rd 2015 in Montpelier

Testimony from Mark Linkhorst, Owner Cannabis.Pro LLC, Open Source Cannabis Consulting and Industry Development

Marijuana Legalization in Vermont:  A Green Way Forward

Cannabis Should be Taxed & Regulated as a Wellness Product

I.  Sin Taxes-  High tax rates will not reduce consumption, higher taxes will allow the black market to remain supported vs. legal markets that generate tax revenue.

II.  Denial of Service:  Banking and credit card payments must be in place to reduce cash burden by 50% or more.  Banks need to accept the business and allow accounts to be open and used without fear of being frozen.  Security services must be accessible to transport cash to financial institutions for those dispensing cannabis.

III.  Home Growing:  As was dropped from the 2013 decriminalization law, home growing must be part of a legalization law passed by the legislature. Proper rules should be in place to ensure electricity is up to code and safeguards are in place to prevent fire indoors.  Outdoor rules should be established to protect cultivators and their crops.

IV.  Limiting Patients:  Remove limits to state medical marijuana program on limitations of conditions.  This will allow patients under doctors supervision to utilize this program on a broader scale which should take into account economic needs and protect the medical program.  It is vital for research and information about cannabis therapy to be ongoing.  Sales tax should not be charged nor should the sin tax be in place for patients.  Patients should be able to visit any dispensary they wish.

V:  Limiting providers:  The state limited providers with its medical marijuana program.  This has led to shortages, long waits to access safe medicine, and a price structure that is higher than the black market.  This needs to be resolved under legalization.  The more providers, the more competition lowering prices to compete with black marketeers attempting to undercut legal  markets.

VI.  Criminalizing Profit:  Current medical marijuana guidelines impose non-profit status on dispensaries.   Businesses moving into this new legal marketplace should be allowed to make profits and compete with others doing the same.  A great happy medium would be for anyone operating in this space to be a B Corporation which is already part of Vermont statutes.

VII.  Land Use:  Cannabis farming outdoors should be treated as agriculture.  Safeguards and precautions should be implemented to protect farms and crops from rogue elements.  Indoor cultivation should be zoned as industrial/commercial for large scale grows outside of the limits on home grows.  Processing and production should also be done in industrial/commercial/agricultural zones as appropriate.

VIII Mandatory Indoor:   As under current medical marijuana law in Vermont, there have not been ample abilities for the production of marijuana outdoors.  The best marijuana possible is grown outside in full sun, while greenhouses and hybrid greenhouses can also replicate this quality when done properly.  Indoor production is not the only answer and should not be mandatory in the laws drafted in an open and legal marijuana market.

IX  Vertical Integration:  Should be an option for those wanting to cultivate, process, produce/package, and retail their products.  This should not be the standard or norm, as it has become in the medical marijuana laws of the state.  Separate licenses should be available for those only wanting to specialize in one part of the legal market equation.  Segmentation creates opportunities to check on compliance which is more difficult in a strict vertical system.

X.  Past  convictions:  Cannabis convictions alone should not be a right of refusal for the state to deny applicants.  Violence, dishonesty, and other offenses should be considered.

XI.  Public Use:  No public use policy has been visited in any established law in the US.  I’ve smoked and vaporized in dispensaries in California that were grandfathered from the state smoking ban as well as Measure Z clubs that were operating in Oakland.  We can’t setup a regulatory model without addressing a permitted setting for cannabis use in a coffee shop or private club environment.  Smoking cannabis in public is a nuisance however, vaporizer pens should be permitted anywhere e cigarettes or cigarette smoking is permitted.  Smoking cannabis should be allowed in “coffee shops” and private cannabis clubs, in designated sections with proper ventilation.  Tourists can purchase short term membership to private clubs.

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A Letter to Vermont Agency of Administration and RAND Corp. on Taxing and Regulating Marijunana

August 11th, 2015 by link No comments »

Vermont:  Agency of Administration
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609

11/22/2014

After last weeks statewide discussion on marijuana in Vermont, I wanted to offer my thoughts on reflecting over the meeting, and perhaps a middle ground and way for the state to move forward with marijuana reform that could be an example for the rest of the country.  I offer this as someone who has provided testimony to the state on Decriminalization in 2013.

To further highlight my credentials in this industry, I worked in Nevada and Alaska on tax & regulate initiatives in 2004.  It was great to see Alaska finally legalize marijuana in this past election.  I’ve been a medical marijuana patient in California since 2005.  As a veteran with PTSD, Chronic Pain, Tinnitus, and sleep disorders due this combination of ailments, I realized upon exiting the military in 1998 how marijuana helped me, so I’ve worked to advance any laws that reform prohibition.  In 2007, I was the inaugural class valedictorian of Oakland’s acclaimed cannabis college, Oaksterdam University.  Soon thereafter, I was working for the Berkeley Patients Group which became a model dispensary for many New England States, and my former human resources manager now runs 4 dispensaries in Maine.  With BPG I worked as a QA/QC manager and dispensary manager during my interim there.

While working in California, I found myself at the dispensary working 50-60 hour weeks.  On my days off, I would visit other dispensaries and eventually decided to work for myself rather than for a company to learn more about the industry.  After leaving Berkeley, I moved to Humboldt County and worked with over a dozen dispensaries in across Northern California, providing seeds from industry renowned breeders, providing affordable high quality concentrates in the form of dry sieve kif extractions and H2O hashish extractions, and sometimes oils and wax extractions.  In developing relationships with the various dispensaries, I also provided them with high grade pharmaceutical grade glass for storage of the medicine in its various forms, and filter bags for the extraction of H2O hashish that I sourced from Canada.

Since moving to Vermont, I was hoping for some of the things I was a part of in California.  However, the industry is a closed vertical integration model that doesn’t lend well to outside vendors, no matter how much experience or expertise they might have.  So after starting my consulting company Cannabis.Pro LLC early last year I realized that I needed to look toward the public sector to remain viable in the industry as a consultant.  Last September I was brought on board of mCig, Inc. (OTCQB:  MCIG) as the Chief Operating Officer, and since then we’ve brought 7 products to market, some of them even manufactured here in Vermont, other domestically, and some from China.  During this tenure, I’ve also become the CEO of VitaCig, Inc. a company that produces an e-cigarette type vaporizer aimed at harm reduction without addictive nicotine.  We’ve just been approved by the SEC to be publicly traded as well.

My intention as an industry developer is to advocate for the open source model for this industry, a free cannabis industry.  Not as in “free” like free beer, but free, as in an open market.  It is with this perspective that I present my ideas for reform in Vermont vs. a flat out legalization model in haste.

Vermont’s medical marijuana law is broken and needs reform.  I had to spend months finding a doctor who would even sign the paperwork for me to become a patient in Vermont, even though I was a qualified patient in California since 2005, from one of the leading doctors in the industry.  My main issue here is that as a disabled veteran, I had to go outside the VA system in order to find a doctor because it is currently VA and federal policy to not allow any VA doctors to sign off on medical marijuana recommendations or paperwork.

Once I finally found a doctor, I then still had to wait 6 months for the state to recognize me as a patient.  This borders on the grounds of patient abandonment because the state will accept doctors of other states that border Vermont but not doctors who have 20-40 years of experience in the industry in California.  What other medicine is a patient forced to quit for 6 months legally when they move from one state to another?

Beyond the difficulty of finding a doctor, I also found it difficult to find good quality medicine at the dispensary I picked.  Luckily I knew to buy single grams of each medicine to find the right ones for me, but there was a lot of money I wasted on poor quality and poor potency medicine.  What I’ve found also was that I was being sold wet improperly dried and cured hashish that I was paying top dollar for.  It was mediocre hash at best, but with a monopoly that is state sanctioned, I was forced to buy it because I had no other alternative than the black market.  Luckily the dry herb and hashish did improve in quality over time, but it is still not anywhere near the quality of medicine I regularly found in Northern California, be it the Bay Area or the Emerald Triangle.

I’m now in my 2nd year as a legal patient in Vermont, and I switched my dispensary to try another.  I didn’t want to pay $25 and be unhappy with the decision, and then be forced to wait 90 days in order to go back to the dispensary that I was getting mediocre medicine from.  I didn’t want to go from C grade to D or E grade, and I had no way of determining that.  This part of the law in Vermont is broken.  Patients should have 90 days to determine which dispensary they like best and there should be a way for the state and dispensaries to communicate the meager 2 oz. per month limit, in my professional opinion, this should be lifted to 4 oz. per month, for the fact alone of the winter months.  The federal government provides 8-9oz/month to the patients that remain on the Federal Compassionate IND program.  Another reason people should have a larger access to plant quantity is if they want to cook their own medibles or make their own food oils or topicals, and 2 ounce per month may not be enough for some patients.

As a veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, I don’t see the difficulty in making PTSD a qualifying condition.  The Israeli military has thoroughly researched this medicine on its military with valued efficacy.  In fact, my proposal is for the state to open up qualifying conditions to any condition that a certified medical professional sees fit to recommend the plant for therapeutic purposes.  Under federal law, we all need to be enrolled in an insurance program, so technically we all need a doctor, even more-so will people in Vermont have this access as we move towards the single payer system.  This is one proposal I have for the state to fix its medical marijuana program and offer a middle ground on legalization without flat out over the counter sales to any adult in a “recreational” market.

There needs to be more than 4 dispensaries in the state, the state needs to allow patients to shop for the best dispensary for them.  This limited market in which there is a mini-monopoly with Shane Lynn’s operation is unacceptable.  I propose that each county have its own dispensary, and Chittenden county itself should have 4 dispensaries. I can tell you that Champlain Valley Dispensary has too many patients to handle and Vermont Patients Alliance doesn’t have enough, after just one visit to VPA.

Patients should be allowed to grow their own medicine, and between crops, be able to purchase from a dispensary the 2oz/month.  This would allow patients who farm to grow some of their own medicine outdoors if they choose to, as with the meager plant limits, a patient could potentially grow a year supply of medicine with one well maintained and cultivated outdoor harvest without any need for a dispensary.  Weather can turn an outdoor harvest into mold and mush in one poorly timed storm, so patients shouldn’t be stuck with having to supply their own medicine either if they choose to do so.  In fact, indoor harvests can also go wrong with an extended power outage often caused by Vermont’s hectic weather patterns, mold, mildew, bacteria, virus, pests, etc.

With Vermont’s tourism industry, it would also be wise to open up the dispensary system to patient’s traveling here from other states who already have medical marijuana as just in the eastern US we have Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and perhaps even Pennsylvania in 2015.  As the microbrew industry is world recognized here, perhaps so can the state’s cannabis.

As we realize that the sky isn’t falling with reformed medical marijuana laws.  I believe the state will have less DUI, less domestic abuse, less sexual assault, less of an opiate problem, less teen use of cannabis, less suicides, less violent crime, and more happy people in general with a more progressive medical marijuana program.  With a sunset on this type of law, then the state can consider a move to overall legalization without fear of the unknown as we can study statistics, police blotters, and other programs implemented throughout the country and world.  We can learn from others’ mistakes as we correct our own and truly make medical marijuana accessible to those who need it and are already using it to self medicate whether they realize it or not.

I look forward to your reply and am open to discuss this further with anyone with the State or with Rand Corp.

Sincerely,

Mark J. Linkhorst