California Medical Cannabis Compliance Lawyer Recommends State Adopt 3 Types of Regulations for Marijuana

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Crescent City, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2012

The vagueness of laws governing the use of medical marijuana in California has resulted in a patchwork of local regulations and tensions with federal regulators. The confusion has prompted activists to search for a way to improve California medical cannabis regulations. Medical marijuana attorney Chris Van Hook proposes using 3 existing frameworks for regulating marijuana, depending on its intended use: pharmaceutical, herbal, or food/industrial.

Van Hook, founder of the Clean Green Certified medical marijuana inspection program, points out medical cannabis is used in a few distinct ways. Cannabis-based drugs like Sativex are prescribed by doctors in Europe and Canada as an actual medicine, and although they are not available in the US at this time, Van Hook believes there is a large potential market here. Patients also use cannabis as an herbal remedy to relieve various ailments by inhaling, vaporizing, eating or using cannabis tinctures. Finally, cannabis is taken as a dietary supplement/food/fiber crop.

“Each of these methods of use is legitimate and the uses are not exclusionary; in fact, they should be recognized and further developed,” says Van Hook.

The California medical cannabis compliance lawyer says pharmaceutical cannabis will most likely always be grown indoors. There will be very specific patentable strains producing patentable compounds that will help in the very specific manner for which they have been tested and developed. Regulatory standards for cleanliness, dosage standardization labeling and prescribing will be thoroughly developed, as they should be for that particular market.

“The expansion of this market will increase the number of people who will become more comfortable with cannabis. This in turn will increase the number of patients who will become comfortable with the other regulatory categories of cannabis—herbal remedies and food/fiber crops,” he explains.

Cannabis used in herbal remedies will come from both the indoor- and outdoor-grown cannabis production models. The regulatory constraints of herbal remedies are much less burdensome than the pharmaceutical regulations, and their use need not be prescribed by a doctor. Examples of this type of use include edibles, falling under existing food regulations; in pill form, similar to garlic pills or fish oil pills; in tincture form, like Echinacea; or inhaled in a manner similar to aromatherapy, where herbs and plants that are burned and the smoke is inhaled to clear nasal systems or to break up colds. The smoke may be inhaled or the plant matter vaporized to reduce the smoke intake.

“Under this regulatory framework there need not be any medical proof that it is working; there only need be the patient determining that it is helping them,” notes Van Hook. He says this largest category of use does not require the strict regulations applied to pharmaceuticals. The agricultural standards for the production, field handling, and manufacturing/processing of herbal remedy crops are already in place and successfully used to regulate the multi-billion dollar herbal products industry.

Cannabis as a food and fiber agricultural crop will almost exclusively come from outdoor cannabis production, which can support the larger volumes of cannabis required for the developing juicing methods, hemp fiber and dietary oils from seed production. Existing agricultural production, field handling and food processing regulations are already in place to produce and market raw fresh wheatgrass juice to consumers, and these regulations could easily be adapted for cannabis juicing, says Van Hook.

He says by properly placing the different ways that medical cannabis is used into the appropriate existing regulatory frameworks of: pharmaceutical, herbal remedy, and food and fiber crops, California will 1) widen and expand the market for all cannabis uses 2) help assure that the agricultural and small farm component of the industry is not overburdened by pharmacological standards and regulations, and 3) more accurately describe the regulatory frameworks each use of cannabis should be in.

“By expanding the regulatory categories cannabis can operate under, each category’s growth would enhance and support the other two. Each developing use would have clear regulatory guidelines that are already in place. Each category of participant could then be buoyed by the success of the other two categories and friction between the different types of uses would be minimized,” Van Hook concludes.

About Clean Green Certified

Clean Green Certified, an independent third-party medical cannabis certification program created by attorney Chris Van Hook, is an agricultural process review and certification program based on the non-use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and sprays, and the building of consumer confidence that their agricultural products are produced in manner that is both healthy and safe for the environment. Their California medical marijuana quality control programs also include Best Practices certification, which allows the limited and responsible use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, and compliance with Mendocino County Code 9.31 (the medical cannabis cultivation regulation ordinance).

Clean Green’s expert legal team also provides services that include: medical cannabis expert witness testimony; on-site inspections; medical cannabis compliance for growers and for handlers/processors/dispensaries; formation of grower collectives and nonprofit corporations; commercial leases; product licensing; contracts and real property issues; administrative law; and permit assistance and acquisition.

For more information about the Clean Green Certified program, call Chris Van Hook at (707) 218-6979 or visit


Getting Familiar With The Types Of Weed

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Cannabis is commonly known as weed, the plant contains psychoactive substances which enable its use in different psychoactive purposes. Throughout history the plant has been used as intoxicating agentsBasically, weed or what we called as cannabis is widely used in the dried herbal form. Weed can be consumed in different ways but the effect of the consumption of this weed is for intoxication or getting high.

There are mainly three varieties of cannabis or Weed Thee, each having its own unique characteristics as well as extractions. These varieties of weed are – Sativa, Ruderalis and Indica. Among these, the indica and sativa versions are used for consumption. Let’s find out some of the types of weed and their effects right here: Afghani – Afghani is one among the types of weed. This is originated from Afganistan and falls under the category of Indica strain. It is often considered as one of the best weed types, with its stems and leaves are round giving of strong aroma.

Kush – Kush also includes in one of the best versions of weed. This plant is usually grown indoors and has a special taste. Belonging to Indica strain, the plant itself is very unique, which is a result of years of inbreeding.

Northern Lights – One of the best versions of weed also includes Northern Lights. It usually grows indoors and is a result of years of selective breeding. It is highly potent with a distinct earthy taste. This weed is very popular in Netherlands. White Widow – White widow is also one of the popular choices which have a skunky taste. It falls under the category of Indica strain and is considered to be one of the strongest weed, with extreme high.

Shiva – Its name is given after a Hindu god, the plant is usually short in height and not very bushy. Belonging to the category of Indica strain, its taste is highly exotic in nature.

Haze – This plant is basically the original Jamaican sativa plant. As a typical sativa plant, it is capable of growing tall and bushy. Its seeds of this plant are small but potent.

Purple Haze – One of the popular kinds is purple buds. This weed has distinct taste as well as small. It is usually sour and sweet in taste.

Durban Poison – This version of weed has its origin from Africa. It smells like candy and easy to grow and is considered to be one of the best weed version around the globe. Ice – This weed is considered to be more tasty and stronger than other types of weed. Referred to as the new age’s ideal weed plant, it has remarkable taste and smell, making it a fine quality of weed.

Red Dawn – This type of weed plant is mostly found in Russia. With a raw and hard taste the plant gives a very clear high.

Weed Theecan also be used as tea which is called weed thee which can be used as a herbal

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