TreeCity Dispensary does not accept new caregivers. We work with existing caregivers that have shown strong moral character and safe growing techniques. Quality control and safety are the two main factors that led us to be the only Michigan dispensary to not accept walk in caregivers. In the past, we did welcome all caregiver overages under very strict guidelines; however, less than 2% of the available overages passed our quality control test. The overages available simply were not able to meet our standards.
New legislation in Michigan will soon require a seed to sale tracking system for each dispensary. House Bill No. 4209 was passed on September 21, 2016 and went into effect on December 20, 2016. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will not begin enforcing the new requirements until late 2018. The system will allow the state to determine exactly where any medication came from and give them the ability recall any batch if it is found to be unsafe. This is a great step forward in patient safety and quality control.
Seed to sale tracking will allow a plant to be tracked from the clone or seed, to the final consumer. This will be facilitated by assigning every seed/clone a bar code. Pharmaceutical manufactures have been using this method for decades and it has saved countless lives. Often referred to as "chain of custody tracking,’ seed to sale implementation is perhaps the greatest advancement in the medical marijuana industry so far.
In Michigan, basement grows are very common. Growing in a basement has always presented many challenges. Mold and powdery mildew are commonly found in Michigan based grow operations. Mold and mildew when ingested into the lungs could present serious health risks, particularly for those that may already have a lung ailment.
We estimate that over 50% of all marijuana grown in Michigan is contaminated with mildew and/or mold. In most cases, the grower knows when a crop is infected and will often harvest the infected marijuana when it should have been destroyed. To make matters worse, many growers will still attempt to distribute these dangerous crops into the mainstream market. They will take the overages and go from dispensary to dispensary until they find a facility that will accept the tainted crops for patient distribution.
Thankfully, stricter legislation at the state level will hopefully end these dangerous methods. Seed to sale tracking will allow the state to take control and identify dangerous medicine that has reached the market. They will have the ability to recall the crop that is infected. New legislation requires strict licensing for all grow operations in Michigan and should be in effect by 2018. As for now, powdery mildews and molds are still present on many dispensaries shelves. These dangerous compounds can severely impact the elderly.