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RastaBuddhaTao Milaana Vaporizer Production Coming to Vermont

January 6th, 2017

Cannabis.Pro LLC is thrilled to announce that we’ve been contracted to build the RastaBuddhaTao Milaana Aromatherapy Vaporizer in Vermont.  The RBT Milaana is designed for the consumption of essential oils, terpenes/terpenoids and flavonoids found in phytocannabinoids.  It uses a 45W heater powered by a high drain interchangeable 18650 lithium INR battery.  Featuring a simplistic vapor path design of wood, stainless steel, mica and borosilicate glass, the Milaana offers taste and an ease of extraction unsurpassed by any device on the market.

#StopViolatingTrichomes and start enjoying #WholePlantCannabis at its finest.

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Rastabuddhatao Milaana Vaporizer on Camel’s Hump Vermont

Testimony for Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee on Medical Cannabis in Vermont

December 8th, 2016

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Testimony for Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee on Medical Cannabis in Vermont

Every year the non-profit organization Americans for Safe Access rates US States on medical cannabis laws and changes to state sanctioned programs.  In 2015, Vermont’s grade was a D+ while the highest grade was a B+ for several states:  California, Illinois and New Mexico 

These grades are derived from 5 general categories and the report is available online via ASA’s website at http://www.safeaccessnow.org  Here are the 5 Categories:

  1. Patient Rights and Civil Protection from Discrimination
  2. Access to Medicine
  3. Ease of Navigation
  4. Functionality
  5. Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements

According to the report, areas for improvement for the State of Vermont are as follows:

Facility sanitary conditions, Recall protocol, Allergens on product labelling, Potency/compound identification, Active ingredient identification, contaminants, facility and equipment sanitary conditions, workforce safety protocols, water management, required testing, sample retention, shelf life testing, lab operations training, method validation in accordance with AHP guidelines, result reporting- disclose the type of testing used, equipment and instrument calibration, sample tracking, disposal/waste protocols and storage protocols.  Report Card 347 out of 500 points with Product Safety breakdown of 39 Points out of 100.  Vermont was awarded 25 bonus points for improvements to the program and not enacting laws that would harm the program in place on the Report Card. 

As a medical patient for over 11 years I have had access to the California program for a number of years and found a great deal of issues with the law in Vermont.  I’m a US Army veteran that is disabled and it took me months to find a doctor willing to write a recommendation for me when I first came to Vermont.  Vermont failed to allow PTSD as a qualifying condition in 2014, which is a slap in the face to not only Veterans but also for anyone else who has dealt with trauma in their lives in which cannabis can be a safe medicine to alleviate symptoms and anxiety.  PTSD has been recently approved in states with programs much worse than Vermont’s, even Chris Christie recently signed legislation adding the condition to New Jersey’s list. 

My recommendations to the State of Vermont are as follows beyond addressing issues brought up in the ASA report:

  • Allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for any condition they see a fit.
  • Raise the cap on the number of dispensaries operating- there is not a large enough supply of medicine in the state, dispensaries are growing mediocre cannabis and charging top dollar.  By there not being competition and too many patients to serve, dispensary operations are able to get away with selling subpar medicine at above black market prices. 
  • Dispensaries are growing thousands of plants but patients are restricted to 9.  Many things can happen to a harvest and plants for individuals growing their own medicine.  Plant limits should be doubled in total to 6 flowering and 12 vegetative.    
  • Court Qualified Cannabis Expert Chris Conrad states that patients should be allowed to have between 3-6 pounds of cannabis on hand to address shortages and supply chain issues.  This is too often the case in Vermont: Find a new strain and buy a small amount to see if it is suitable.  Patient tries the strain and is happy with the effects then on their next appointment they visit the dispensary and realize that strain is out of stock or no longer available.  Patients are forced into this scenario daily in Vermont because of the barriers to safe access and a micro-monopoly supply chain in which they are forced to rely upon if not growing for themselves. 
  • Adopt reciprocity into the Vermont law- Vermont should allow out of state patients to have access to the dispensary system in Vermont while visiting.  Medical cannabis patients moving to Vermont from other states should not be restricted access to the State’s dispensary system.  In terms of doctor patient relationship, the previous 6 month wait that is now 3 month is still outlandish and borders on patient abandonment.  Is this provision in place for opiate/opioids?
  • Patients should be able to visit any dispensary they wish and purchase medicine from all operating facilities in compliance with State law.  Charging patients $25 to switch dispensaries is detrimental to the program and the filing of paperwork is tedious for a patient to find the medicine or medicines that help them best.  This is most certainly the case when black market cannabis can be acquired for less than the price sold at state licensed dispensaries. 
  • Patients growing medicine for themselves should have access to the dispensary system to buy medicine and not be forced into perpetually providing for themselves if they choose to grow.  The systems should be open as a rule, not closed due to fear and over regulation.  Protocols should be established to minimize diversion but punishing patients shouldn’t be part of that equation. 
  • Vermont’s medical cannabis program has an immense carbon footprint due to the paranoia protocol enacted in its medical cannabis laws.  This past legislative session on adult use marijuana had amendments proposed that would have allowed any adult in the state to grow cannabis in an outdoor plot.  Why can’t patients do the same now?  Why is special permission only given to dispensaries in this regard?  Vermont is an agricultural state, medical cannabis is an agricultural crop that can give great yields when properly grown outdoors or in greenhouse environments.  For more information on the carbon footprint and indoor marijuana growing read this report by Evan Mills called “The carbon footprint of indoor Cannabis production:  http://evanmills.lbl.gov/pubs/pdf/cannabis-carbon-footprint.pdf
  • Federal IND program allows a minimum of 7 grams per day in smoked form via joints delivered from the University of Mississippi federal facility, that’s 210 grams per month, almost 6 pounds per year compared to Vermont’s 1.5 pounds.  For patients choosing an ingestion route of administration orally or sublingually, the amount of cannabis needed can be 3-5 times that amount.  Patients choosing vaporization as a form of delivery may also need twice the amount compared to cannabis that is smoked.  Meanwhile patients in Vermont may have to choose opiate/opioid alternatives to supplement their pain relief needs when they could be using cannabis alone if the law permitted real world scenario amounts to prepare foods, tinctures, oils, lotions, concentrates and/or salves beyond dried flowers.
  • Vermont should become a hub of cannabis cultivars for New England by establishing a repository of genetic material and seed stock at the University of Vermont for research within the State’s medical cannabis program.  This program should work to make as many strains as possible public domain for the benefit of greater good for everyone in the State that may eventually need access to this vital plant.    

US Made Portable Vaporizers

June 10th, 2016

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.

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

December 11th, 2015

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

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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.

XII.  Edibles:  Smart limits should be established » Read more: Testimony Presented to Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations

Cannabis.Pro, LLC

January 19th, 2013

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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.   In the end, the intention 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 sourced 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.

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