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ONE MORE WEEK WRITING OUR HISTORY

MedCan Foundation - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 


ONE MORE WEEK WRITING OUR HISTORY


History will absolve us, only if we know our past can we be masters of our future. Pharmacology University's main interest is education. We are always looking for new fields of research, new solutions, producing content and managing knowledge. We recognize the importance of the historical, social and philosophical component surrounding cannabis medicine and we want to know it all! As always in our blog, you will find the fresh news of our work in the world as well as content and information that will surprise you.

Medical cannabis has shown us that it has immeasurable potential in the hands of scientific research, technology, regulation and education. Medical Cannabis has been confirmed to be an effective treatment for more than 45 diseases and health conditions, including treatments to cure addictions, through the use of this plant. These benefits are what move Pharmacology University day by day. For us, opening the medicinal cannabis furrow in the world is based on love and empathy for humanity. This means that: We, all of us, "must become greater than we have ever been, braver, greater in spirit, broad in our eyes, we must become members of a new race, overcoming the petty prejudice, we owe this to our supreme loyalty for our fellow human beings within the human community. " (Haile Salissie, 1963, United Nations).

A little history…

Cannabis is one of the oldest plants grown by humans. The archaeological records found show their uses and planting in Central Asia, (where it is thought to be their place of origin) more than 12,000 years ago. By that time, hemp fiber was already being used and the medicinal properties of cannabis sativa were used in traditional Chinese medicine, as well. It was also used for religious ceremonies in India more than 6,000 years ago and it came to the Netherlands at least 4,200 years ago to finish being distributed all over the world. This means that for more than 6,930 years cannabis traveled the world, was consumed and used as a medical treatment in a legal way, without even being considered a malignant drug.

This week…

Pharmacology University is also making history: This week we expanded our knowledge by rigorously studying cannabis legislation in the countries where we are working, gaining more and more information. We have also coordinated our next cycle of seminars to begin in August. We are very excited to present our work agenda and for you to follow closely all that we have prepared for the following months. We will hold seminars on medical licensing, research, cultivation and entrepreneurship in 4 countries around the world. During the next 5 months, we will work tirelessly for this cause. And here we present our schedule of activities:

DATE

CITY

LOCATION

August 12

Little Rock, Arkansas

Marriott Hotel

August 26

Orlando, Florida

The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

September 9 & 10

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

September 23 & 24

Las Vegas, Nevada

Rio Las Vegas

September 30

Bogotá, Colombia

JW Marriott Hotel

October 28 & 29

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

November 4

Bogotá. Colombia

JW Marriott Hotel

November 11

Mexico City

Marriott Reforma Hotel

December 2 & 3

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

This was an exciting week in the world of medical cannabis. Not only did Uruguay and the State of Florida complete its legalization, but the State of Las Vegas recently approved for recreational use! These recent government pronouncements were something we were already preparing for. It is the faithful proof that we have a whole panorama of opportunities to start a beautiful path of assistance to those who need us.

We are very excited to now participate in these other countries and reaffirm that we always give 100% of our potential and we get involved with this noble cause because we remember that what inspires us is the compassion and the pursuit of the well-being of those who need us.

Each week we will bring much more knowledge and exciting news from the great medicinal cannabis industry. Don't miss out!

                

WE ARE IN A MOMENT OF CELEBRATION!

Henry Levinski - Wednesday, July 05, 2017




WE ARE IN A MOMENT OF CELEBRATION!
 
 
There are moments in life where many transcendental things happen in a short span of time. The windows of opportunity, emotions and transformations are an aderanline injection for a person, couple, family and, of course, a company. We want to emphasize this reflection because in the last few weeks we have had several positive experiences in our corporation. At the same time, we see how the legalization of medicinal cannabis continues evolving in diverse states and countries.
 
We could say that the internal experiences to which we are referring to are directly related to the laws that have been consolidated or transformed in countries like Mexico and Puerto Rico, to the extent that we are developing strategies that show with altruism the incredibly positive effects that Cannabis has in the treatment of chronic diseases. We are certain that this is the approach that is beginning to follow from those who push laws, to those who interact with patients; and for this reason, the perception of the importance of cannabis continues to take fantastic strides in the tough road that the world faces.
 
Our path takes a long journey that we have filled with growth and conquest. It is in moments like these when we recognize the value of our work and how each day our goals become bigger and more significant for the world. We want to mention those transformations, advances, changes, successes of the last few weeks in which we can say looks like a beautiful photograph to add to our album of successes:

  We celebrated the approval of the reform to the General Law of Health, to allow the medical use of cannabis in Mexico and the draft Law 340 in Puerto Rico. 

  We celebrate the important moment facing Florida and what our experience can bring.

  We celebrate that our campaigns are receiving positive reception in social networks.

 · We celebrate that Keara has suggested an image of a beautiful Arkansas painting, for which Jannina made an excellent design, and that Dante has made a perfect segmentation to reach many Facebook users.

 · We also celebrate with joy and judgment the successful development of our seminar in Arkansas. There is no doubt that the professionalism and craving of a world that understands the scientific value of cannabis is showing itself with the most human and correct face possible. We congratulate each of our speakers as well as Henry, Phillip and Keara for this result. Our seminar was broadcasted in local media and here we can take a look: https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/pharmacology-university-comes-to-fayetteville-to-educate-residents-about-medical-marijuana/750764338


 · We find it special that the members of our team can make videos expressing our mission to the world. At the end of the week, we will have some more beautiful videos that will continue to show that Pharmacology University has the most complete educational system because we have the scientific knowledge, the knowledge of the needs of the patients and, most importantly, a team that understands that this is a mission that is sometimes difficult, but extremely rewarding.

This is an open letter to add more motives to celebrate. We know that doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and patients who have been part of our educational system have many success stories and emotions to share.
 
Celebrate together and work to make this a celebration that never stops!

Medcan Foundation Inc Supports Medical Tourism in Latin America and The Caribbean

MedCan Foundation - Saturday, May 06, 2017


Medcan Foundation Supports Medical Tourism in the Caribbean & Latin America

From the desk of: Doralice Rivera

Public Relations Director of Medcan Foundation Inc. Puerto Rico

Contact: + 1 817-528-2475

The so-called medical tourism is generally known for being the transfer or trip that many patients make to some destination in order to obtain a medical treatment for any of their conditions. This is mainly due to budget reasons, the availability of treatment and in some cases, the patient's safety or confidence in receiving such treatment in a specific place.  In Medcan Foundation, Inc. we are truly aware of how important a medication is for a patient’s treatment and quality of life.  As a matter of fact, this has been one of the main reasons for us to work so hard on the advocacy and education for medical cannabis use through the years, ever since we started in Texas back in 2005. Currently, we are honored to be part of the historic events taking place in Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico, with the legalization of medical cannabis use. These steps forward in scientific development, agricultural activity and effective healthcare options will also open the door to a new aspect of medical tourism in the beautiful destinations of Latin America and The Caribbean.

In the past few years, the use of medical cannabis and the development of the laws that have been implemented in their favor in different states and territories, has impacted drastically and positively the lives of patients, their families and the medical community, who deposit both effort and energy in their work. Cases such as those presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta in her CNN documentaries called "Weed" (made since the year 2013), among others, expose from the scientific perspective the benefits that patients receive with medicinal cannabis. Also, beyond a positive social impact, cannabis has a favorable economic effect that today we cannot deny, because the tax earnings issued to the States where it is currently legalized is shown in their reports.

As a result, the list of States and countries that are creating laws in favor of patients and this treatment is increasing at an exciting pace. Now, speaking of exciting options, for the vast majority of people, making a trip is an activity that fills them with joy and possibly, expectations as well. It is very likely that the patient who uses medical cannabis should be asked if they have options to travel to other places where they can feel free and safe to acquire their treatment, using the proper documentation. At Medcan Foundation, we have worked hard to promote education on medical cannabis among the medical community, health professionals, patients and representatives of the law or Government. Our purpose? That this wonderful medicine is accessible to all patients who suffer and that the whole process is done in a legal and responsible way. Therefore, our work in territories like Puerto Rico means that our effort to educate the population and promote the development of this industry will also contribute to tourism, which also benefits the country’s budget.

Currently, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company is one of the institutions that also bets that the new laws that allow the use of medicinal cannabis will represent a great economic incentive for their budget and a great experience for the tourist. This means that those patients in other jurisdictions who are considering a trip to the Caribbean and have their authorized patient identification, plus the required medical documents, may choose to visit Puerto Rico and continue their treatment during their visit.

On the other hand, speaking the same language and with the same compassion, there are Mexico and Colombia, the new homes of Medcan Foundation in Latin America. Our presence and contribution in these countries has increasingly excited us for being countries with great potential and for sharing with us the desire to help others. We have been received with open arms and all of us who are part of this company share a common mission, to improve the quality of life of so many patients who need it and at the same time, be part of a contribution in the development of the local talent.

In the near future, we are very happy to know that countries like Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia, will become destinations that those travelers looking for a touristic experience or even a business trip, can enjoy their stay without worrying about how to get their medicine. As we hope to see with our own eyes, these destinations await you with their delicious food, their architecture, beautiful nature and certainly, their friendly and warm people.

All of us in the Medcan Foundation Inc. family are excited to see that how this beautiful industry continues to move forward, proud that our engine is love and compassion. We wish a happy trip to all!


The Future of Cannabis in Texas and Arkansas

MedCan Foundation - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS:

IN TEXAS AND ARKANSAS

From the desk of: Celeste Brewer

Director of Media for Medcan Foundation, Inc.

Contact: + 1 817-528-2475

Texas is making giant strides in the field of medical cannabis. After, Greg Abbott signed the bill, SB 339 that legalized the restricted use of cannabis extracts for severe epilepsy; there was a house bill and a senate bill inducted to make the medical cannabis program more inclusive to other/additional diseases and disorders.

Yesterday at 11:30 central time, supporters of HB 2107 and SB 269 held a news conference on the north steps of the capitol in Austin. They called on the Representative from the House Committee on Public Health and the Health and Human Services Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule a hearing on these bills. If the bills are approved it could not only bring billions of taxable revenue, it will also improve the quality of life for many suffering with debilitating conditions.  

As for bill SB 339, regarding the use of medical cannabis for severe epilepsy, the Department of Public Safety is currently finalizing the list of applicants for dispensing organization licenses. The date of approval is set for April 30th, 2017 and under favorable circumstances they will be operating as soon as September of 2017.

In Arkansas, The Department of Health is approaching their deadline to make changes to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment regulations. However, they have recently released rules and regulations for dispensing and cultivation operations.  

The rules and regulations outline the following; labeling, and testing standards; caregivers assisting patients who are physically disabled or under the age of 18, oversight, recordkeeping, and security requirements for dispensaries and cultivation facilities.  As well as the manufacturing, processing, packaging, and dispensing of cannabis, procedures for inspections and investigations of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and much more.

Arkansas had a maximum of 180 days from November 9, 2016 to establish a registry for identifications cards and begin licensing for dispensary and cultivations sites. The application fee for cultivating and dispensing organizations will be $7,500. The license fee is $25,000 for cultivating dispensaries and $2,500 for non-cultivating. With that said, they will be accepting applications for 32 dispensary and 6 cultivation licenses by July 1, 2017.

 We are all very excited and looking forward to the developments and roll-out of these programs.  It is long overdue that these great states begin to show compassion to those citizens who suffer the most and afford their entrepreneurs with the same opportunities seen in other states.  There is still a long journey ahead for both patients and operators, but the light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen and we will make our way to it, together.


LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL CANNABIS

MedCan Foundation - Monday, April 17, 2017


LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL CANNABIS:

 FIVE CURRENT REFERENCE COUNTRIES

From the desk of Henry Levinski

National Director of Operations for Medcan Foundation, Inc.

Contact: + 1 817-528-2475 MB

Today at Medcan, we would like to give everyone a short summary of the importance of the work being carried out around the world within the niche of our company and the talents that are being generated in this emerging industry that we promote.

In every period in time, there has been a subject of controversy, difficult to accept, that it is incomprehensible to our sometimes innocent human ignorance. Without going too far, let’s remember when the idea that the Earth was round was chaotic and unacceptable to even think about it. In the same way today, accepting many aspects of life in our society generate the same debate, in which some defend their arguments and others have an invalid or invisible participation. The imminent importance of medicinal cannabis is the best example of this issue. From all corners of the world there is a new or old fight to educate people about the positive effects that this plant has against chronic diseases.

Medcan Foundation is forging the way in some US states and countries where there is already some hint of apprehension on the issue and even more in places that are structuring laws in favor of the medical cannabis industry.

In US states and territories such as Puerto Rico (which we already work hand in hand with), Texas, Mexico, Colombia, and more recently in South Africa, we are establishing ourselves with force.

We have been working very hard in Texas since the SB339 proposal by Sen. José Menéndez was presented in 2015, which enables the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation and delivery of low-THC medicinal cannabis for epilepsy. We at Medcan have worked together with the Government to help Texas enter the list of the 28 States that approved the use of medical cannabis in the United States.

Recently there has been an amendment introduced to the Bill which seeks to replace the language of "prescription" for "recommend", create independent testing facilities, limit the application fee to just $5,000 and allow patients to cultivate at least 6 plants for personal use. These have been great advances for the industry in terms of legalization of the product, but not until May 2018 the State regulate and distribute the oil, supervised through the Department of Public Safety.

From the desk of Romina Porcara

Director of Operations for Medcan Foundation, Inc. Mexico

Contact: + 1 832 - 965-4350 MB

In Mexico, we are managing our first educational seminar which will be held on July 22 under the certification of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) in the city of Monterrey Nuevo León.

Although a law has still not been established, there is an initiative with a draft decree whereby they reformed, added and repealed provisions of the general law of health and therefore amended article 195 of the Federal Penal Code. This initiative was presented by the federal executive and has entered into discussion since 2016 when it was sent to the Chamber of Senators.

However, we are already working in Mexico to promote this initiative and to teach doctors and the community in general that the cannabis industry will bring great benefits to the medical and scientific community.

From the desk of Luisa Fernanda Soto Villada

 Director of Operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. Colombia

Contact: + 57 - 320-789-3513 MB

On the other hand, in Colombia we have a letter of reference, with the newly enacted law 1787 of July 2016 where the scientific and medicinal use of cannabis to be grown, manufactured, distributed and exported under legal regulations is enabled.

Once the Colombian law was established, we realized the task of shaping our Medcan Colombia team and have made significant progress in terms of public relations.

We’ve had the pleasure of making contact with the directors of the National Academy of     Medicine in the country who were ready to help us in all of the accreditation process for continuing education for Colombian physicians. We’ve also made visits to various faculties of medicine in Bogotá for support of our educational seminars, both legally and scientifically, working hand in hand with a great project that seeks to contribute a bit to the peace process that the Government is advancing.

We’ve also managed to make contact with individuals from public policy to learn the different positions and in a case in point, we talked to a Chancellor representative for the conservative party, who said that the approval of the law and the arrival of Medcan to the country may be the beginning of a rampage of illegal drugs and recreational use marketing. But Medcan at this meeting had the opportunity to tell them that what we seek is to break such paradigms starting with education, because we understand that, if ignorance is broken, the evolution of this industry will be imminent, although a long history of social suffering exists.

That representative meeting reached a fortunate conclusion, exposed by the Lord Chancellor, and that is we have to focus our efforts in changing the mentality of those who do not believe in the wonders of this industry. So, we offered to set up a meeting with the conservative party to teach them how medicinal cannabis works, because it was evident that lack of knowledge predominates his refusal of acceptance.

From the desk of Dr. Barbara Collazo Cortes

Director of Operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. Puerto Rico

Contact: + 1 787-988-2187 MB

Regarding Puerto Rico, it is seen as pioneer in the research of the medicinal use of cannabis and is a source of knowledge recognized by countries that want to start the same way and in which Medcan made its presence nearly two years ago. The opinion of the American legislator from Colorado Daniel Pabón stands out in that he promotes not only the legalization of medical cannabis, but its recreational use. Pabón said: "having travelled the world investigating this topic, I can say with certainty that Puerto Rico is on the verge of being at the forefront of research and development around the world like in no other place on the planet”.

Medcan continues to comprehensively monitor in Puerto Rico changes to the law in relation to the approval of the recreational cannabis and we continue operating thoroughly our function as certifying officers on the subject of health with physicians in the country.

From the desk of Diana Avellanet

Director of operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. South Africa

Contact: + 1 787-354-4039 MB

We are also managing our arrival in South Africa. Since February 20, they issued that the Government will give fulfilment to a measure that was proposed in 2014 in which they shall grant the first licenses that allow the production of medicinal cannabis and we hope that with our leverage we will provide great benefits to the national economy of this beautiful country.

Our main interest is to help those who need it and applaud approval of the medicinal use of cannabis oil and its derivatives in Argentina, a country that we carry to heart and where surely Medcan will promptly find a space.

So here we are, speaking out for the less advantaged.

In a week we’ll post again to tell you more about what is happening with Medcan Foundation and the medical cannabis industry. Stay tuned!

 

Luisa Fernada Soto Villada

Director of Operations

Medcan Foundation, Inc. Colombia

Phone: + 57 320 789 3513

E-mail: dpicazo@medcanfoundation.com

For more information please visit our website: http://www.medcanfoundation.com/

 

Decreased Crime Through Increased Education

MedCan Foundation - Wednesday, April 12, 2017



Decreased Crime Through Increased Education

First, let me tell you a little bit about what Medcan has been up to!

We are currently the go to provider in order to obtain the certifications that is required to get into the cannabis industry in Puerto Rico. We are approved by the Puerto Rico Health Department to do seminars and courses for Doctors, occupational, cultivation, dispensary technician, manufacturing, and oil extraction in order to obtain a license on the island. In addition, we are also able to provide CME credits for Doctors.

Medcan is currently helping 36 clients obtain their license in Puerto Rico and has already received pre-qualifications for 28 of those. Moreover, Medcan just completed turning in applications for 5 clients in Texas. These are all for completely vertically integrated companies that comprise cultivation, processing, manufacturing, testing, and dispensing including delivery; each application was roughly 2,200 pages long.

Medcan has expanded to Florida where we now have 4 clients who are preparing to apply for a license in the Sunshine State. Arkansas, whose applications come out in July, will soon be next. We are also at work with the Governments in Mexico and Columbia to bring educational and consulting services to Latin America. With all that said, you can now see how Medcan is expanding both nationally and internationally.

 

Cannabis as a pathway to reduce on crime

It is no secret that much of the crime in American streets is in one way or another linked to drugs. From simple theft to assassinations, many people risk their lives when they become involved in the underground drug world. Cannabis has been the epicenter of the drug war, where people’s lives have been ruined by the State for simply possessing a joint or two.  However, the erroneous perceptions about Cannabis are gradually fading, making its positive impact in health, society and the economy a fact to keep an eye on.

Although cannabis has picked up traction and is now being legalized by states in one form or another, it is very clear that the fight for legalization nationwide is still very much alive. People are still being arrested for cannabis possession, including lawful patients who treat their illnesses with cannabis.

Recently, Chicago lawmakers have proposed a plan to decriminalize possession of cannabis and to allow residents to grow, possess or buy up to an ounce of cannabis. Medcan Foundation believes this could be a big step forward in combating crime in this state, specifically in cities like Chicago, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, most of them linked to drug-related crimes. It could also help with the city’s budget deficit and help a decaying economy prosper.

In Puerto Rico, where Medcan has seen firsthand the wonders cannabis can do for patients and the industry, similar proposals have been brought to the table. Colorado legislator Daniel Pabón suggested in a recent hearing held in Puerto Rico that cannabis should be fully legalized given how successful it has turned out to be in Colorado. The state has reported a decrease in drug related crimes and certain types of crimes since decriminalization took effect back in 2014. In 2016, Colorado’s dispensaries bagged $1.3 billion in recreational and medical cannabis sales, based on Colorado Department of Revenue tax data released on February of 2017. We believe this spells nothing but great news for Puerto Rico and all other states and countries who have embraced cannabis and its wonderful attributes!

Dr. José Torres, our National Medical Director, agrees that Puerto Rico is privileged in having the best regulation for medicinal cannabis that helps protect the patient and the island. We must make sure that all patients have access to cannabis in Puerto Rico by giving the industry an opportunity to develop. The new law will help the industry grow in Puerto Rico and better itself so that all patients have access to this wonderful medicine.

Equally, more legislation is being written to help aid the path to legalization nationwide. In a recent effort, Oregon lawmakers presented a law reform that seeks amongst other things to help people involved in the cannabis industry avoid legal prosecution and help clear any criminal records of marijuana-related offenses. Similar efforts have been made by other lawmakers, and even bi-partisan bills have been presented to Congress to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and to regulate and tax it just like alcohol.  

And the effects of the benefits of cannabis are being felt worldwide as well. Medcan has been a witness of the rapid growth of the cannabis industry in countries such as Mexico and Colombia, where decriminalization has begun and is seen to be a positive sign of how far the cannabis industry is going to move forward.

Although there is much that still needs to be done, the message is clear: cannabis has been redefined, and countries like The United States, Mexico and Colombia are paving the way for medical cannabis patients and the industry workers. Less crime in Puerto Rico as a result of legalization could mean a better quality of life for everyone, so if the tendencies sustain, full legalization of cannabis in Puerto Rico and the rest of the world may well be around the corner.

“Patients, doctors, caregivers and activists all had a unified message which is rare,” said Ben Pollara, who is the campaign manager for United for Care. “They want impediments removed and a free market place.”

Sources:

http://fox6now.com/2017/03/27/pondering-pot-illinois-considers-allowing-people-to-possess-grow-or-buy-marijuana/

https://bouldercolorado.gov/police/crime-statistics

https://news.vice.com/story/a-3-part-plan-to-fix-legal-weed-in-the-u-s-was-just-unveiled-by-two-oregon-lawmakers

http://cb.pr/recomiendan-legalizacion-del-cannabis-recreacional-en-puerto-rico/

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/02/09/colorado-marijuana-sales-2016/73415/

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/02/13/florida-medical-marijuana-regulations/73496/

Texas Regulation Changes & New Bills Introduced

Henry Levinski - Friday, January 13, 2017


Dear friends,

 

We wanted to update everyone on the latest set of regulations sent out from the DPS, as well as inform you of the bills already being presented to the Texas legislature. The department will accept applications for dispensing organizations (An organization licensed to perform the regulated functions of cultivation, processing, and dispensing of low-THC cannabis) licenses from February 23, 2017 through March 23, 2017.  As reflected in the proposed amendments to the administrative rules to be considered for final adoption by the Public Safety Commission on February 22, 2017, a non-refundable application fee will be payable at the time of application.

The department will review the applications and by April 30, 2017 will notify those applicants that are conditionally approved (applications are not yet available).  When the applicants are ready for the onsite inspection of their facilities, the department will conduct inspections and confirm the facilities’ compliance with the program requirements, and accept payment in full of the license fee. Upon successful completion of all inspections and satisfaction of all requirements, the department will issue the license.

Latest set of Regulations From the DPS:

  • The DPS has added a “Production Limit” to the regulations.  As it is currently, every September 1st the Department of State Health Services will issue a report indicating the number of intractable epilepsy patients in Texas and the most current recommended dosage to treat an individual for 1 year.  The DPS will then determine the maximum amount of product necessary to treat 1/3 of the population and the number of plants needed to produce this amount.  Each licensee shall not annually produce more than the amount of product described, divided by the number of licensees.  However, there is a provision that if it can be shown that additional plants/product needs to be produced to meet demands, the DPS can raise the limits.
  • On March 1st, 2018, the Department of State Health Services shall release updated population and dosage amounts required that will determine the maximum amount of product allowed until September 1st, 2018.
  • The department agrees that shareholders in a publicly traded company who are not otherwise involved in the affairs of the business should not be required to register. The proposal is being amended accordingly.
  • The proposed rule limits research to that which is necessary for development and production of low-THC cannabis products.  The restriction against broader research is intended to limit the potential for violations of federal law. This will not change.
  • Specifically, the department estimates commercial liability insurance coverage, for dispensing agents, will likely cost $4,000 to $5,000 per year. 
  • Its requirement that dispensers have a fire alarm and fire extinguishing system will impose costs, depending on the size and complexity of dispenser's structures. The department estimates a basic fire alarm system with smoke and heat detectors, and alarms with both visual and audio alerts, will cost $1 to $2 per square foot. More complex systems in large buildings may cost $3 to $6 per square foot. A sprinkler or other extinguishing system may cost $3 to $12 per square foot, not including installation. Monitoring fees may cost $50 to $60 per month. 
  • Section 12.7 requirement of a ventilation system with the capability to detect and signal problematic exhaust levels for the extraction room, are estimated to cost approximately $5,000 for those dispensers using C02 systems and $15,000 for butane based systems.  The requirement of an emergency power backup system will vary considerably with the size of the facility, but the department would estimate a backup generator to cost $3,000 to $15,000.
  • Representative samples of all processed products must be tested for the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, residual solvents, pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, mold, and heavy metals.
  • All facilities must be inspected and approved for their use by a local fire code official, or by the state fire marshal or local designee of the state fire marshal, and must meet any required fire, safety, and building code requirements.
  • Licensees must provide certification by a Texas licensed professional engineer that the extraction system to be used to produce low-THC cannabis products was commercially manufactured, safe for its intended use, and built to codes of recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices.

Application for License

  • Proof of ownership and current status in the manner required by the department, including but not limited to a current Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Authority from the Texas Office of the Secretary of State and a Certificate of Good Standing from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
  • Application fee of $7,356 is required when application is submitted, the licensing fee of $488,520 is required once you are approved for licensure. The renewal fee every 2 years is now $318,511.  In addition, there is a fee of $530 per registrant (managers and employees). These are reduced from the previous $1.3M application fee as the DPS has agreed to not require a DPS State Trooper at each location, instead a special investigator will be hired to visit each location several times per week.
  • Proof of commercial general liability insurance coverage against claims of liability for damage to property of third parties and for personal injuries to third parties, including bodily injury, property damage, and product liability, with limits of:
    •  $1,000,000 each occurrence
    •  $2,000,000 General Aggregate limit
    •  $1,000,000 Product Liability
  • The technical and technological ability to cultivate, process, and/or dispense low-THC cannabis, evidenced by experience in the areas of:
    • Cultivation
    • Analytical and organic chemistry
    • Analytical laboratory methods
    • Micro-biology
    • Patient education and interaction
  • The ability to secure the premises, resources, and employees [personnel] necessary to operate as a dispensing organization, evidenced by:
    • Descriptions of all properties applicant proposes to utilize to cultivate, process, and dispense low-THC cannabis, including ownership information for the properties
    • Descriptions of the methods proposed for the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of low THC cannabis
  • Description of the applicant's proposed testing laboratory, and description of the proposed [cannabis] testing protocols and methods.
  • Department approved acknowledgments executed by the applicant's directors, managers and employees indicating familiarity with the federal laws governing marijuana and its interstate transportation; in other words, verifying you know that transporting seeds across state lines is illegal. (This was added in place of the DPS regulation requiring growers to divulge the source of their seeds, which could in fact put them in jeopardy of violating the interstate transportation of cannabis laws).
  • The financial ability to maintain operations for two (2) years from the date of application, evidenced by:
    • Applicant's business organization, and corporate structure if applicable
    • List of all owners of any non-corporate applicant, or all shareholders of a corporate applicant
    • All individuals and entities with control over the applicant
    • Projected two (2) year budget
    • Description of available assets sufficient to support the dispensing organization activities.

As of January 13th there are 17 bills introduced thus far pertaining to cannabis and we have until March to get others introduced. So far we have:

  • 12 various decriminalization bills being presented to the House and Senate
    • 4 Bills proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis trying to put on the ballot for the public to vote on in the November 6, 2018 election
    • Senator Menendez SB269 which is an amendment to the current SB339.  SB269 would remove the THC/CBD limits; vastly increase the number of ailments (including chronic pain); replace the “subscription” language with that of  “recommend”; create independent testing facilities; limit the application fee to $5,000; and allow patients to grow at least 6 plants for their own use.

We are hopeful that all of you will be available to attend our seminar January 21st at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin and is a one day seminar from 10am to 7pm. We will be discussing all the above information as well as anything new we receive from the DPS prior to that date. In addition, we will be discussing funding that we have available to qualified individuals and/or organizations. If you are able to join us, please register as soon as possible so we can be sure to make all the necessary arrangements. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

All my best,

Henry Levinski

Director of Operations

Medcan Foundation

817/528-2475 MB

hlevinski@medcanfoundation.com


Finally a Paradigm Shift in The Cannabis Industry

MedCan Foundation - Friday, November 11, 2016

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Dear Clients, Franchisees, Investors, Partners and Friends;

CONGRATULATIONS! November 8, 2016 is a day that will go down in history as one of the most historical and influential days for the cannabis flower. It was the day that changed our immediate future and all future generations that  are currently dependent on our actions. We have experienced a paradigm shift for the Cannabis flower, but the most important thing is that truth and compassion have been demonstrated at their best and will continue to prevail. California, recreational;  Nevada, recreational; Arkansas, medical program; Florida, medical program; Massachusetts recreational; Maine recreational; among many more ... and Texas is becoming, the second largest market in the American union!

Constitutionally speaking, with all the states that have agreed to improve their laws regarding the Cannabis Flower, we now have enough states to be part of more than one-third of the US legislature, which means that we have the strength to present a Bill directly to Congress and change the Federal Law by Constitutional Form. We will no longer have to wait for the President,  have to ask the Federal Government for permission,  our patients will not have to continue suffering, and our recreational brothers will not have to remain imprisoned. Right now we have the force for a Bill to modify and exclude the Federal Government from our path; or in other words, make the Federal Government an Allie rather than an enemy. Our vision of the future is not yet to come, but it is now a reality.

I invite you to prepare for what is coming: Interstate Commerce, Research and Development at the scientific level, reclassification of Cannabis as a controlled substance I drug, Health Insurance, reclassification of CBD as a nutritional supplement, etc.  Cannabis has overflowed the cause of our rivers and surpassed any of our expectations. What comes, depends on us, we finally have the wind in our favor, we can stop being a candle in space and develop into a  flare as powerful as our aspirations.

With so many blessings and opportunities, I invite you again to think about how we are going to train our doctors nationwide and our patients as to the best method of ingestion and dosage. As we continue to educate about the safety of equipment, Entrepreneurs,  working with the IRS, seed banks, and what new programs or careers we will implement at the university level, think of how just a few years ago this was not even the slightest thought possible. For example, Budtenders work with patients and formulations, provide a more formal educational decision, and assist in viable practical content with a much safer job exit. In conclusion, we have a lot of work ahead of us!

The space galaxy of the Cannabis flower was recognized worldwide the night before yesterday and the period of pregnancy reaches an end, beginning the process of delivery. Therefore, we will have to control our growth in a serious, responsible, organized way, to continue conquering the success for which we have fought for, for so long! The re-inviting of our recreational brothers has arrived, it is time to get them out of prisons, pay them homage for what they have suffered, because without them we would not be here. Not to mention the medical benefits of Cannabis are unbelievable and now it has finally time to reaffirm to the world  that our flower is indisputably a medicine.

With all things considered and under the euphoria of news Medcan Foundation asks for your help. Please send us your resume because we are looking for staff that represents us in the states of Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We are looking to hire Budtenders, Graduates, Entrepreneurs, Growers, Doctors, Administrative staff , Chemists and all other personnel related to the Medical Cannabis Industry. Unfortunately, we will not be able to answer phone calls, so please just send your resume to www.medcanfoundation.com

P.S. Please do not forget that Medcan has always been and will continue to strive to grow together. Like they say in Argentina, "Together we are better", or in Puerto Rico: "Together we do better."


All my best,

Dante Picazo, CHA

President & CEO

Medcan Foundation, Inc.

214-733-0868 MB

817-528-2475 OF

dpicazo@medcanfoundation.com

Latest Updates from the DPS Regarding SB339

MedCan Foundation - Friday, August 19, 2016



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From Henry’s Desk:

 

Dear Friends, Partners, and Shareholders,

 

The following are some of the new and/or revised DPS Regulations for SB 339. One of the major issues that was addressed is that regulatory compliance testing can be done by  Testing Laboratories owned and operated by Dispensing Agent Licensees meaning you can test your own product and have it be approved by the DPS. Additionally, all processing and production of edibles, oils, pills, etc. must be done in a location that would pass the same type of inspection guidelines as a restaurant. For example, all work stations must be sanitized and chemicals be stored properly, effectively and labeled to avoid contamination. Secondly, all products must be tracked whether it be with low THC cannabis as well as any products used in the processing/production of the finished manufactured goods. All Licensees must now carry Commercial General Liability insurance coverage against claims of liability for damage to property of third parties and for personal injuries to third parties, including bodily injury, property damage, and product liability, with limits of: $1,000,000 each occurrence $2,000,000 General Aggregate limit $1,000,000 Product Liability.

 

Cultivation Facilities:

Insofar as there are no pesticides authorized for use in the cultivation of marijuana, and the unauthorized application of pesticides is unlawful, a licensee may not apply pesticides in the cultivation of marijuana.

Low-THC cannabis products and production methods must comply with the United States Department of Agriculture’s organic standards reflected in Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Part 205.

Processing Facilities:

All facilities must be inspected and approved for their use by a local fire code official, or by the State Fire Marshal, and must meet any required fire, safety, and building code requirements.

Other applicable standards including following all applicable fire, safety, and building codes in processing and the handling and storage of the solvent or gas.

Any processing equipment using a flammable or combustible liquid shall be located within a hazardous exhaust fume hood, rated for exhausting flammable vapors.

Electrical equipment used within the hazardous exhaust fume hood shall be rated for use in flammable atmospheres.

Heating of flammable or combustible liquids over an open flame is prohibited, with the exception that the use of a heating element not rated for flammable atmospheres may be used where documentation from the manufacturer or a nationally recognized testing laboratory indicates it is rated for heating of flammable liquids.

All product processing sites shall be located at least 1000 feet from any private or public school or day care center that existed prior to the date of initial license application.

 

Extraction Process:

The Extraction Process must be continuously staffed during operations by registered personnel trained in the extraction process, the transfer of LP-gas where applicable, and all emergency procedures.

All staff training records shall be maintained on-site and made available upon request by the department or local law enforcement or regulatory official.

Licensees must provide certification by a Texas licensed professional engineer that the extraction system to be used to produce low-THC cannabis products was commercially manufactured, safe for its intended use, and built to codes of recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices.

All electrical components within the extraction room shall be interlocked with the hazardous exhaust system and when provided, the gas detection system.

When the hazardous exhaust system is not operational, or the gas detection system is activated, light switches and electrical outlets shall be disabled while leaving lights on that are necessary for evacuation. The electrical systems shall include: (1) Extraction room lighting; (2) Extraction room ventilation system; 10 (3) Solvent gas detection system; (4) Emergency alarm systems; (5) Automatic fire extinguishing systems; (6) Vent failure alarm system; and (7) Emergency power backup system.

For extraction processes utilizing gaseous hydrocarbon-based solvents, a continuous gas detection system shall be provided. The gas detection threshold shall be no greater than 25% of the LEL/LFL limit of the materials.

Mechanical ventilation shall be in accordance with the International Mechanical Code and shall have: (1) Mechanical ventilation in the room or area of rate of not less than 1 cubic foot per minute per square foot; (2) Exhaust system intake from a point within 12 inches of the floor; and (3) Ventilation operating at a negative pressure in relation to the surrounding area.

Any liquid extraction process using flammable and combustible liquids in which the liquid is boiled, distilled, or evaporated must operate in compliance with this section and NFPA 30.

Licensees are responsible for determining whether specific waste materials or waste water constitute hazardous waste under applicable federal or state regulations and for ensuring disposal of any such waste complies with applicable disposal regulations. All waste materials must be stored on the licensee’s premises prior to destruction and disposal

 

Security of Facilities:

During the regular course of business activities, a licensee may not allow access to the facility's cultivation, processing, or product storage areas by unauthorized personnel or to the public.

All cultivation of low-THC cannabis shall take place in an enclosed, secured or an enclosure within a building that provides reasonably adequate protection against the diversion of low-THC cannabis or raw materials used in or by-products created by the production or cultivation of low-THC cannabis.

Access to the facility’s cultivation, processing or product storage areas by authorized personnel shall at a minimum be restricted by a physical barrier with a mechanical locking device that must be kept closed and lock at all times when not immediately being used to enter or exit the area. These areas shall be clearly and conspicuously marked at all access points. When unregistered individuals, are to be present they must be recorded in a daily log that included the full name of each visitor entering the regulated premises, the time of arrival, the time of departure, and the purpose of the visit. The requirements of this subsection do not apply to representatives of the department or other law enforcement agencies who tour the facility as part of their official duties.

Licensees must have an alarm system capable of continuously monitoring the regulated premises for intrusion by means of camera recording, door switches, and motion sensors. The system must have the capability of immediately alerting local law enforcement of a security breach during non-business hours, and of being manually activated by staff during business hours.

The camera monitoring system must be capable of recording at least 90 days of footage to an external hard drive at a minimum resolution of 720x350, with camera coverage of all regulated areas, including all ingress or egress areas, and the building exterior. Point of sale areas, if applicable, must have a camera placed in a manner to provide visual identification of any qualifying patient or legal guardian. Exterior lighting must be sufficient to support camera monitoring. The system must comply with local city or county alarm permitting requirements. The system must be capable of continuous function upon total power loss for a minimum period of five minutes.

Access to the licensee’s cultivation, processing, or product storage areas must be through a metal security door on a metal frame with hinges that are protected from ingress. The metal door must have secure locking capability. If the door utilizes magnetic locks, the lock must work independently without exterior power. Post-cultivation low-THC cannabis products must be stored in a locking safe or metal locking container, in compliance with Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations, §1301.72.

The cultivation, processing, production, or raw material storage areas should have no windows unless the windows are shatter resistant or burglar proof, or are reinforced with metal bars or grates to prevent entry.

In the event the licensee’s facility shares space, or has an adjacent building, the facility must ensure no mutual access points exist, including ceiling or roof areas which would enable unauthorized access from the adjacent structure.

Final low-THC cannabis products and raw materials, including plants in any stages of growth, may not be visible from the exterior of the building during non-business hours.

 

Security of Vehicles:

Prior to transportation of any product, licensee shall complete a trip plan that includes: (1) The name of the registered employee responsible for the transportation; (2) The date and start time of the trip; (3) The anticipated route of transportation and destination; and (4) A detailed invoice or log of the specific type of product and amount to be transported.

Promptly following transportation, licensee shall enter the end time of the trip and any changes to the trip plan, including any changes to the amount of product delivered to the location.

 

Response to Security Breach:

The licensee must immediately report any unauthorized intrusion or other security breach of the regulated premises to both the local law enforcement agency with primary response jurisdiction and within 24 hours to the department.

The DPS is accepting comments, suggestions, and recommendations via their website @ https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/contact/CUP.aspx. Please review all the changes and lets all work together to make sure we can ensure the best regulations for the state, entrepreneurs, doctors and patients.


We will be getting a revised version of the regulations around the 25th of August and we will keep everyone updated as to changes made.

 

All my best,

 

Dante Picazo, CHA

President & CEO

Medcan Foundation, Inc.

(214)-733-0868 MB

(817)-528-2475 OF

dpicazo@msn.com

Lessons for Texas from Abroad

MedCan Foundation - Friday, August 19, 2016



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From Phillip’s Desk:

Dear Friends, Partners & Shareholders,

          As many of you know, Medcan has been heavily involved in the burgeoning Medical Cannabis Industry in Puerto Rico.  It has been an exciting roller-coaster ride that continues to provide invaluable learning experiences.  Dante has been in Puerto Rico for the past six months working directly with the Department of Health to help shape regulations and to implement an education and certification program for  Doctors, Cultivation, and Occupational Licensees.

          Medcan was the first education company to be authorized by the Health Department to provide certification courses to both Doctors wanting to recommend cannabis and to potential occupational licensees who want to work in the industry.  The response to these courses has been overwhelming.  Every class that has been offered fills to capacity with people excited to be a part of this new and exhilarating industry.  The response from Doctors is especially reassuring, since at the genesis of the program they seemed to be hesitant to voice their support.  Now, however, they are lining up to be a part of the program.  Hopefully this is an indication of how Doctors will act in Texas as they become more educated and comfortable with the idea of prescribing cannabis to their patients.   

Medcan is proposing for the DPS to implement a similar certification program in Texas as the one in Puerto Rico.  We believe this is in the best interest of all Texans and would demonstrate that Texas is serious about having the best medical cannabis industry in the Nation.  Even though the Compassionate Use Program is projected to be relatively small in the beginning; it seems very likely that this program will be expanding in the near future.  Such a program benefits everyone involved; the doctors get the information that they need to provide quality care, the people who will be working in the industry learn what is expected of them and the State and citizens are reassured that qualified people are involved in the industry. 

Puerto Rico is ahead of Texas in the fact that they are already accepting applications and issuing licenses to cultivators.  Medcan represents several clients there and has already taken some through the entire process, all the way to getting their license.  Dante will be returning to Texas this month and is eager to share all of the lessons that he has learned while navigating the application process. 

Texas will soon be moving as fast as Puerto Rico and it is important that we all are prepared to move with it.  Medcan’s involvement in Puerto Rico is a blessing for Texas and our clients, because we are already well seasoned and running in high gear.  Medcan has vast experience in dealing with government offices and officials and a track record of being able to effect positive change.  This is incredibly pertinent in Texas when dealing with the DPS, who are very supportive but new to the cannabis industry.  Medcan has been able to offer suggestions; guidance; and feedback throughout the entire existence of the Texas Compassionate Use Program and we will continue to have an active dialog and positive relationship with the DPS, moving into the future.


From JLO’s Desk:

Our past seminar on August 6th & 7th  in El Paso was a great success where we had the privilege of meeting a variety of individuals at the Camino Real Hotel. Our seminar was attended by people with backgrounds in business, the medical field, Real Estate, Finance, and advocacy. Although, I am one of the original founders of Medcan Foundation this was my first seminar and chance to see how the seminars actually work and be able to see first-hand how people were very interactive and their ability to freely ask questions on their minds and be open. For instance, one young man had a strong passion about cannabis and even created a YouTube channel to inform his followers about the benefits of hemp. To say that not many care about this industry is truly incorrect because the majority of our seminar attendees were very informed and interested. They seemed to have a strong desire to alter the vision and stigma we have today about cannabis and help those who are seriously struggling with medical conditions.

 We are also currently expanding into the Florida market to begin conducting educational seminars about the benefits, opportunities, patient qualification, chemistry, history, and creating a pathway for innovation. Moreover, we have been blessed with having been invited by Congress to introduce and assist in creating the medical bill to the President of Argentina in October to explore what Argentina has in store for Medcan. As well as, Dante has been given the opportunity to have a meeting that is significantly comparable to a meeting with U.S. Senators.  So, as you can imagine we are all very excited for all the upcoming events and the opportunities Medcan represents.  As a matter of fact Argentina just approved the law to use Cannabis Oil. 

I am also very eager to have the privilege to work with such a great company and see this movement for change in the Medical Cannabis industry develop. I look forward to meeting you all and representing Medcan on September 13th at our Colorado Industry tour.  The following is what we have scheduled for our tour on September 13th; A tour and Q&A with Blue Line Protection Group which provides armed protection, professional compliance and investigative services, and secure transportation services. A tour of a CO2 Extraction Lab to learn and see the process of making food grade edibles and concentrates. A visit to a Dispensary to review product line and model (Doctors will be able to visit a MMJ doctor’s office to meet with a doctor and owner of the business.) A visit to a supply store as well as, a stop at a High end boutique style dispensary to review business model and product lines. Lastly, we have scheduled a Tour of KUSH Bottles which produces child proof containers, they are the nation’s largest and most respected distributor of marijuana packaging and supplies. We have tons of exciting things planned so I hope you can join us! If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

Lastly, Our next local seminar is on November 19th & 20th at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin, TX be sure to register to secure your spot. The following is a link to register remember seating is limited and Austin normally fills up pretty fast Register Now

 

Jennifer Casey

Director of Client Relations

Medcan Foundation, Inc.

469-767-4177 (MB)

817-528-2475 (OF)

jenniferncasey1234@gmail.com





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