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Santa Rosa Public Hearing Testimony

To our esteemed patients and customers,

I recently provided testimony at the final Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety,  California Department of Health public comment hearing in Santa Rosa, Ca regarding the proposed regulations. I have provided a transcript of that testimony for your consideration. It is so important that we work, united, in efforts to ensure practical regulation in California.

Best regards,

Christopher Coggan – CEO

 

Good Morning, thank you for having me. My name is Christopher Coggan and I am the founder of Therapy Tonics and Provisions. We specialize in cannabis Infused, ready to drink, specialty coffee and teas, made with organic, non-GMO ingredients. We currently operate out of La Jolla, California.

As a member of the CCIA manufacturing committee, I’d Like to thank the California Department of Health and the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety for being mindful of our advice as manufacturers in the drive towards regulations that are practical and effective. We share the common goal of ensuring safe access for patients and providing a fertile environment for evolution and innovation in this growing multi-billion-dollar industry.

That said, I believe there are several proposed regulations that are ill-conceived and threaten to limit access to both medical and adult use consumers, significantly increasing costs and stifling innovation in what will be the largest cannabis market in the world.

I would like to focus on Section 40300 in the proposed regulation text entitled “prohibited products”. Firstly, it is important to note that none of these regulations exist in a vacuum, but rather in the real world.

In the real world, California is a state of great diversity, but many of the defining characteristics are embodied by what California Board of Tourism captures in there marketing efforts, which is best summed up as the California lifestyle. Extrapolating on this, we are a progressive, forward-thinking state defined by active lifestyles and the healthy choices that promote and support these lifestyles.

That said, I find it hypocritical that a state known for cold-press, organic juices, fresh, farm to table choices, and the ‘got milk?’ advertising campaign, would restrict access to the very ingredients that many of our residents have come to depend on in the mainstream marketplace. The proposed elimination of fruit and vegetable extracts or juices, as well as dairy is counterintuitive to this market, a market that has been borne from alternative medicine and a holistic approach to health and wellness.

If I were to guess, over 80% of infused products currently available today would either disappear completely or have to compromise their formulas to accommodate these poorly considered prohibitions. The results for consumers would be catastrophic. Gone would be many of the products that have come to depend on. Gone would be the growing number of healthy choices and organic ingredients. Gone would be the innovative spirit that accompanies the cannabis industries drive for alternative, healthier forms of medicating.

What exactly replaces dairy or a fruit-derived substitute like coconut milk in a chocolate bar?

What replaces a fruit-derived sweetener in a beverage?

What we would be left with is a greatly reduced selection of products, filled with synthetic, processed ingredients and preservatives. In many ways, this completely compromises the values of Californians as well as the progressive choices that accompany the turn to alternative medicines and the holistic approach to health.

Add to this the prohibition of all products that are not shelf stable, and you have severely curtailed patient’s choices and destroyed the innovative spirit of our industry.

To reiterate, this is the real world. Refrigeration has been a common feature of every American household since the 1950’s and as savvy consumers turn more and more towards fresh and organic alternatives in the infused cannabis market, the dependence on temperature controlled options will increase exponentially.

I believe that any product that follows existing food safety standards through the production, distribution, and storage process should be available to cannabis consumers. For example, my company’s drinks are produced and packaged in accordance with current FDA guidelines as well as the health and safety standards as defined by the state of California.

In closing, it is important to note that this industry has self-regulated rather effectively for the last 20 years in California. Long before the state made any effort to monitor our manufacturing or regulate our processes, we stepped up to the plate and took on that responsibility ourselves.

In the real world, you are not regulating a new industry, you are regulating a maturing industry. Guided by existing food safety standards, our own principals, and commitment to safe access for patients, we provide the state a clear roadmap to regulation through example. Please embrace our knowledge and address our concerns to ensure that California leads the nation and the world in this emerging and innovative Cannabis economy.

By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Causes for the Cannabis Industry

Causes for the Cannabis Industry

Help get the voices of California cannabis be heard by their state representatives, sign this petition.

More than twenty respected members of the California cannabis industry have supported this petition to change the proposed regulations set forth by the California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Our friends at Therapy Tonics are one of these companies. On their website, they set forth the proposed changes in the form of a petition. We’ve laid out the exact same information that these independent bodies have formed in bold type below.

Read Full Article: terpenesandtesting.com

By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Petition Targets Proposed California Regulations

Petition Targets Proposed California Regulations

“As California cannabis manufacturers and organizations advocating on behalf of patients and consumers, we support practical, effective regulation that will encourage innovation and ensure that you as patients retain safe, affordable access to your favorite infused products,” says a new petition regarding the California cannabis industry. The petition addresses four specific regulations that would impact businesses, patients and consumers, and they are as follows:

First, a proposed regulation would ban edibles that contain more than 10mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving and 100mg per product. By comparison, some states have limits on alcohol-content, e.g., Arkansas limits the alcohol content in beer to 6.25 percent, but California has no such limit for beer and spirits and a 24 percent limit for wine (the average being 13 percent). Per the petition, “[Some patients require] access to higher potency medications” and “this regulation will establish an unfair financial burden on patients and have no meaningful impact on public safety.”

Read Full Article: prohbtd.com

By in California MMJ Law, News Comments Off on Interview with Christopher Coggan on California’s Proposed Cannabis Regulations

Interview with Christopher Coggan on California’s Proposed Cannabis Regulations

CANNA Business Now conducted an interview with Christopher Coggan––a California business owner who works in the cannabis industry––about the proposed amendments, the dangers they pose, and revisions that should be made for clarity’s sake.
Read Full Article: cannabisbusinessnow.com

By in Health, News Comments Off on How Do Edibles Work?

How Do Edibles Work?

People have made cannabis edibles for decades. Now, the world is interested to learn more about them, and see what kinds of delicious cannabis-infused creations are being made – like our ice cold artisan cannabis coffee and tea drinks, for example!

Edible cannabis products are popular among patients with gastrointestinal issues, people who want to medicate but would prefer not to smoke, and now, new consumers who want to be discreet about their consumption. But exactly how do edibles work within the body to create their long-lasting effects?

Some easy science education can help you feel confident about edibles in no time.

The Blood-Brain Barrier

Just as marijuana smoke works its magic after it enters the bloodstream, edibles must find a way to cross the “blood-brain barrier.”

When eaten or drank, THC actually starts to metabolize right in your mouth! The sublingual blood vessels are located under the tongue, and can absorb many nutrients directly. The rest of the THC passes through the GI tract, and eventually the liver, where it’s dispersed throughout the bloodstream and to the brain.

A Different High

The euphoric high and body sensations produced by cannabis edibles can actually feel much more powerful than the effects you get from smoking.

Usually it’s quite relaxing, and can help patients go to sleep with ease. However, with an edible, it’s quite possible to dose too high on the THC and feel uncomfortable. Hence the importance of starting out very small and working your way up, especially if you’re a beginner to using cannabis!

We include a dosage indicator on our standard-size bottles, to ensure anyone can use what they’re comfortable with.


So, are you ready to try an edible that will blow your mind?

Therapy Tonics & Provisions iced cannabis beverages are dosed from 25mg all the way up to 120mg THC, making them a great choice for everyone looking to experience something new. Each one is made with real coffee or tea, as well as all-natural traditional ingredients and flavors.

Check out our Therapy Tonics dispensary map, and stay in touch as we are always growing our footprint in California.

By in Federal MMJ Law, News Comments Off on First Marijuana Bill Already Introduced In New Congress

First Marijuana Bill Already Introduced In New Congress

As a new administration prepares to take control of the federal government, we expect to see many federal changes in marijuana regulations as they relate to scheduling, banking, research and regulation.

for more information check out this article that Tom Angell wrote for marijuana.com:

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