Embracing the Majority Michigan is ready to develop its cannacultural areas

As the cannabis industry is maturing into a more organized and professional mode, in legalized states we are beginning to see growers include a designation of place of origin for bud and various extracts and infused products. This emerging sophistication in the cannabis industry is using district appellations to designate growing locations, similar to those used in the wine industry.

Michigan has four recognized American viticultural areas: Fennville, Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula. It likely will have more than four American cannacultural areas in the future. Those interested in more information about this topic should acquaint themselves with the Cannabis Horticultural Association by visiting www.chascience.com/cannaculture, which is a project crafted and designed by grassroots horticulturalists from Humboldt County, California.

“Companies with processing licenses in Michigan will be manufacturing a wide range of products. Some will be “private label” where the company owns the production facility, with others being “white label,” where the product is made for any company to apply their brand name and logo thus selling a branded product one way or another.”

With or without a unique appellation, much of the emerging commercial market will involve branding in one way or another. Companies with processing licenses in Michigan will be manufacturing a wide range of products. Some will be “private label,” where the company owns the production facility, with others being “white label,” where the product is made for any company to apply their brand name and logo thus selling a branded product one way or another.

Once we move into branding, those property interests need to be protected from encroachment by others. That is the area of intellectual property, involving trademarks and service marks for names, logos, slogans and the like, along with patents for inventions of products and processes.

Curiously, the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act has business residency requirements for individuals but not for entities like corporations, LLC’s, nonprofits and such.

Meanwhile, Michigan NORML conducted a third annual poll on the question of legalization of cannabis in Michigan. The question asked of those polled was as follows:

“On another topic, voters may circulate petitions to place a proposal on a future election ballot relating to the issue of marijuana. The proposal would make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older. Also, it would allow the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 or older only by stores that would be licensed by the state, and finally, it would tax the sale of marijuana by these state licensed stores. If this proposal were to appear on a future election ballot, if the election were held today, would you vote yes to approve of the proposal, or would you vote no to oppose it?”

The results were 57 percent of people polled were in favor, and 40 percent opposed, with three percent who refused to answer. This shows a continuing trend of support for cannabis legalization increasing at the rate of three percent per year, so by the time we get to hopefully vote on legalization at the polls in November 2018, support should exceed 60 percent. Legalization is inevitable, but cannabis will not legalize itself, so get active, donate money if you are able, and be vocal in your support for legalization. Do not be afraid. We are the majority.

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