Everything You Need to Know About Michigan’s Marijuana Market

It seems like every other day, and there is a new, legal marijuana market popping up somewhere, somehow. However, that is not the case when it comes to the wholesome state of Michigan. In fact, and hindsight, Michigan might be one of the earliest adopters of the cannabis industry. The first to reap the benefits of the illustrious plant, Michigan turned itself into the Sweet Leaf Capital. 

As with every new industry, whether it be something as complex as technology or as simple as a plant, there will always be hesitant people and people who are flat-out bearish about the entire ordeal. But then you have those eager to jump at the opportunity. And without question, Michigan has reaped the rewards of being an early adopter.  Especially one as promising and opportunistic as the cannabis industry. From the legalization of Cannabis comes an abundance of economic activity and economic sub-sectors, like cannabis real estate loans, cannabis equipment financing, and much more. 

That is one point of view of how Michigan has utilized its bold move toward legalization. But of course, there are other aspects as well. Here is everything you need to know about Michigan’s Marijuana Market. 

The Market Keeps Growing

Of course, the first thing on anyone’s mind is, “how is the market doing?” Like many other states, cities, or countries that have legalized cannabis, Michigan quickly saw demand outstrip supply. Michigan’s recreational market grew at a record-fast pace.

In 2020 alone, the state of Michigan generated $400 million to $475 million in sales. Even with the onslaught of the pandemic, Michigan could still navigate the obstacles and maintain the hefty sales volume. 

This isn’t a fluke, and the sales aren’t expected to slow down. But in fact, they are expected to keep growing, with estimates putting sales numbers to reach $1.9 billion to $2.4 billion by 2024. That is almost five times the market growth rate. As more and more consumers, customers, and even market players transition from the illegal market of Marijuana to the legal one, these numbers and statistics are only expected to grow. 

A Need For Cash

High Life Farm is Michigan’s largest and oldest cannabis cultivator. High Life Farms owns and operates a 6,000-plant grow facility and striking deals with several converted licensing agreements with popular Cannabis plants. This need and urgency to increase the supply to meet the demand will, without a doubt, lead to more and more financing tools for this market. As cultivators, farmers, and dispensaries look to continue growing and expanding, they will look for ways to finance this growth. 

Currently, financial institutions like banks and funds are not allowed, even prohibited, to deal with cannabis firms. They are also not allowed to accept electronic payments, cash, checks, or any payment from cannabis businesses. Some cannabis entrepreneurs say this requires cannabis companies and individual professionals to have large-scale capital on reserve if need be. Currently, the cannabis industry is outside the financial system looking in. 

However, recent legislation being passed on the federal level could change that situation. If that were the case, cannabis business owners could apply for several forms of loans. We could see the birth of cannabis real estate loans, cannabis equipment lending, and other forms of cannabis working capital loans. This opening up to the cannabis industry will only fuel its potency and growth. 

A Friendly State 

The success of marijuana in Michigan, making it the sweet leaf capital, was not an overnight success or a fluke. The road to cannabis prosperity was long and bumpy. Michigan first legalized marijuana for medical use back in 2008. This early adoption and investment in cannabis paid off in the long run. Until today, Michigan is often called the closest to California in the Midwest. A point meant to compare an up-and-coming example to the ideal scenario. 

All this could not have been possible if the state of Michigan was not supportive of marijuana, its usage, and its legalization. Several CEOs of companies in Michigan lament the state’s regularly powerful performance in adapting to the times and accepting the benefits of marijuana. Some also credit Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency for the success that Michigan has had with the cannabis plant.

No matter how you slice it and dice it, Michigan has set an example, a blueprint for how to best go about the legalization process. It’s best to split the process into incremental steps and milestones. Then it’s best to galvanize the support of the entire state, not just the governing bodies. After all, the most prominent financiers will be the constituents of that state. Then pave the way towards recreational use and allow the market to partake in healthy competition. These are some of the crucial steps a state should take when considering the legalization of cannabis. 

The Bottom Line 

Cannabis is likely to have a massive future in several industries across the board. All around the world, cities, and countries are rushing toward legalization efforts for their reasons. Some are handicapped economically and can use the sweet leaf capital generated from the cannabis plant. Others are eager to experiment with the psychological and physical benefits of the plant and further enhance its medical capabilities. 

As for the Midwest state of Michigan, it was always big on cannabis. One might say the very first marijuana advocates. Their legalization efforts stem from 2008. It has been a long road filled with promise and prosperity. Of course, the boatloads of profits they have been able to sustain year in and year out are pretty good—especially considering that they have skyrocketed to a billion-dollar market. Ultimately, there is no debate that the future looks green for Michigan.

Not only is “Fauda” illiterate, dishonest, and tragically absurd. It’s incitement against Palestinians.

There is already an abundance of false information, hazardous propaganda, and insinuations in the Middle East. Fauda is capable of doing better. *Contains spoilers*

As an Arab, I am aware that many Israelis and viewers throughout the globe really think that the Netflix series “Fauda” offers an informed, if not “balanced,” perspective on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The series’ subtitle, “The human stories from both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict,” shows just this.

Unfortunately, the false belief that the show provides a realistic representation of Palestinian life and identity has far-reaching and harmful effects.

The same Israeli undercover commando team that successfully and contentiously carried out operations within the West Bank during seasons one and two now has a new theater of operations: Gaza. The team, whose members are trained to both assassinate and “fit in” and speak Arabic, takes part in an operation to free two Israeli children who Hamas has abducted.

Israeli and Egyptian forces have enforced a land, air, and sea embargo on the Gaza Strip since 2007. There aren’t many entrances and exits because the only other border is the sea. In the past 15 years, perhaps very few Israelis have visited Gaza. Few West Bank-based Palestinians have either, however. Does Fauda provide a unique glimpse into an essentially locked-off region?

The season’s authors believed they had fulfilled their need to be truthful by sometimes highlighting Gaza’s frequent power shortages. They demonstrated how unclean and filthy the water is there.

However, 38 percent of people live in poverty, which is worse than even the most dismal television screenplay could hope for. 54 percent of people experience food insecurity. Over 90% of the water is unusable, and 39% of young people are unemployed.

Even less than the most elementary setting for the actual event is the reality of life in Gaza. On the other hand, the authors seize every chance to highlight the radicalism in Gaza.

In one of the episodes, Doron Kavillio, the main character and the undercover unit’s head (by force of personality rather than by title), enters a store in Gaza while posing as a Palestinian. He starts by giving the business owner a cool English “Hi” before referring to the young woman as “habibti” (Arabic for “my love/my dearest”).

Indeed, we Arabs frequently use the term “habibi” in contexts other than what it means, but this is hardly ever directed towards a random person of the opposing gender, and certainly not in Gaza. That use of “habibi” is Israelism. Doron’s cultural indiscretion would have raised a flashing red light in the “real” Gaza, which would have been sufficient cause for him to be apprehended.

While waiting for Doron to exit the business, Eli and Sagi, two of Doron’s employees, are detained by a Hamas police officer after Doron becomes unduly too linguistically comfortable with the Gaza shop owner. They are traveling in a wrecked old automobile and are dressed in rough, filthy clothing. They identify themselves as West Bank traders, and Eli says he is getting married tonight in Gaza. In all honesty, I couldn’t help but chuckle.

First, it is impossible to measure the number of West Bank traders that visit Gaza in a good year; they are always the wealthiest and most well-connected businesspeople. Second, the notion of a West Bank guy being married to a Gazan lady is absurd and inconsistent because it no longer occurs due to the embargo. Thirdly, isn’t it tragically ludicrous that Israel would let the trader’s buddy to attend the wedding as well? That is simply excessive.

It is understandable that the series’ enormous worldwide audience could lack the knowledge and resources to understand Gaza’s reality, but this just makes the filmmakers’ guilt, who don’t even attempt to tell the truth, all the more outrageous.

It gives off the sense that Palestinians are capable of proper use for theatrical content but not for anything that resembles an accurate portrayal. Perhaps Fauda needs more guidance from Palestinians.

This brings me to the root of my main issue with the program. The Israeli commandos are portrayed by Fauda’s writers as being personally and operationally principled at every opportunity. They focus on their intense concern for protecting the civilians of Gaza and their extraordinary efforts to keep their promise to the family of the Palestinian informant who helped them. No Palestinian women or children are depicted being shot or killed by them.

However, Fauda is waging a war against the truth. The evidence is overwhelming that the reverse is true. In regard to only one of the Israel-Hamas wars, the 2014 Gaza war, 2251 Palestinians were murdered, of which 1462 were civilians, 551 were children, and 299 were women, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Israelis need to be aware of the blatant truth—that their army is to blame for all of these civilian fatalities—and to understand the difference between those killings, their perpetrators, and Fauda’s idealized warriors.

The Israeli military veterans whose testimonies Breaking the Silence compiles describe how entire neighborhoods have been virtually erased from the map and soldiers have been ordered to, and I quote, “shoot anyone in your proximity,” if it’s too difficult to trust Palestinians and international humanitarian organizations. Read the statements made by members of Israel’s own administration, such as Avigdor Lieberman, who served as the country’s defense minister at the time and said in 2018, “You have to realize, there are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip.”

One of the ugliest, and potentially deadly, sequences, in my opinion, is when an Arab physiotherapist makes an attempt to assassinate the director of a Shin Bet branch in the West Bank as he begins a treatment session in an Israeli hospital toward the conclusion of the third season.

It’s important to analyze this plot: Arabs make up 17% of Israel’s medical professionals, 24% of its nurses, and 47% of its pharmacists. Arab medical professionals working in Israel have never once violated the Hippocratic oath and injured a patient.

The idea of using a persona and a narrative that portrays Arab employees of the Israeli healthcare system as dishonest and aggressive attackers is beyond absurd. It can only exacerbate existing interpersonal distrust. The promotion of such an image is utterly dishonest and misleading; what’s more, it feeds the voices who consistently denigrate Israel’s Arab inhabitants, legislate their disparity, and instigate against them, including those at the top of Israel’s government.

I hope the authors and creators take their obligation to reflect a more accurate social and political reality more seriously. They should turn away from the barely covert anti-Arab rhetoric. And that they are now able to show Palestinians the same regard for human life that they repeatedly failed to show for the fundamental intricacies of Arab culture.

There is no need to further validate biases and widen ignorance in a place that is already brimming with deadly propaganda, defamatory language, and false information. Fauda is more capable.

3 Tips For Quality Invoicing That Encourage Timely Payment

Are you a freelancer?

If yes, then you probably already know that good invoicing skills are not an option for you!

After all, how timely or untimely clients pay you depends largely on the kind of invoice you share with them.

What Constitutes Quality Invoicing?

Part of what makes you a professional and gives you an edge as a freelancer is an ability to create/send a comprehensible invoicing system.

Do not make assumptions or leave anything to guesswork. Your job is to remove the confusion/guesswork from reading an invoice, not add to it.

One quick look at an invoice should tell your client –

  • What payment method do you prefer
  • The due date for the payment
  • The exact amount they owe you

Often beginner freelancers wonder how to send an invoice via email.

You do get a variety of options to pick from. Some may sound more effective than others depending on your industry. Read on to see all available solutions –

  1. Sending it as an email attachment; the DIY route.

If you like to keep it simple and basic, stick with Google Sheets or Excel Spreadsheet. See to it that your invoice includes all essential fields like –

  • Date of issue
  • Client name and contact information
  • Due date
  • Details of services
  • Discount (if any/applicable)
  • Cost per service
  • Serve fees and taxes (if applicable)
  • Total amount due
  • Late fee (if applicable)

Do not leave out the preferable payment method. Include your payment address if you use digital payment services like PayPal and Stripe. Pay special attention to AVOIDING TYPOS.  One misspelled word can make you lose your payment and hard work.

Save the invoice as PDF so no one can change the information. Attach the PDF file to the email. It’s better to include the invoice number in the subject line.

The body can include a note along the lines of, “Please find the attached invoice for October. Kindly remit the payment to the address mentioned in the invoice. Thank You”

Note – Since the whole process is manual, the responsibility to send reminders will fall on your shoulders. Also, know that this invoicing style is highly prone to incorrect keystrokes and typos.  

Do not send email invoices if you send some personally identifiable financial data. They are unencrypted and unsecured. Certain project types and industries may not accept email-based invoices if the payment is going via direct deposit or directly to your bank account.

  1. Professional Billing Services and Invoicing Software

This is another way to invoice via email. An invoice generator takes a lot of work out of this otherwise tedious/manual process. Typically you can pick from various templates to fill in all the relevant information. Much of the language in invoice templates come pre-filled, which removes much effort. It’s one of the systems you need to skyrocket your freelancing career.

Benefits of Using Invoice Generator/software

  • Option to integrate expense tracking
  • Ability to discern how much profit you are making as a small business
  • Better cash-flow management
  • Awareness of the total amount clients owe you
  • Information about pending freelance bills

The best part of using an invoice generator service is – easy integration with digital payment platforms like PayPal, Chase Pay, Zelle, and Stripe. Clients can click a button to pay directly through their business account, which cuts down on the number of steps involved and the time taken to make the payment.

Built-in functionalities also avoid the chances of typos and mistakes, so your money doesn’t end up in the wrong account. Sending reminders is also easy with an invoice maker.

However, on the flip side, these services can often be expensive for beginner freelancers or those with only one or two clients.  

Weigh the pros and cons to see if it hits the sweet spot regarding ROI.

  1. Freelance Management Toolkits

A freelancer management suite such as Bonsai gives you the perks of dedicated billing functionalities. Translation? You can set up custom invoice templates for different clients, send them securely, and track the money from all channels.

Companies design these suites/toolkits with the knowledge that most freelancers don’t have hundreds of clients. That is why the often price their services rather reasonably.

Often these systems incorporate other elements of freelancing that enable you to earn more and be more professional.

Benefits of Using Freelance Management Toolkit

  • Setting your expectations right in terms of what you charge
  • Option to create bespoke service proposals
  • Time tracking
  • Expense management
  • Project milestone management for different clients
  • It gives you the big picture of the entire project
  • Easy billing with a one-click option

Unpaid invoices will automatically trigger a reminder/alert to your client after the due date. You can customize such a courtesy reminder at any time.

The best part – these suites are available at more or less the same pricing as bookkeeping services.

So, Which One Is The Best?

Let’s say what is best for you may not be for another freelancer. It all boils down to your budget, number of clients, expectations, nature of the business, industry, etc.

Freelancers who are short on time often find that good invoicing practices save them time and billable hours to devote to more productive business activities.

If you spend too much time on administrative tasks like invoicing – you may want to explore professional invoice creator and management toolkits. 

4 Must-Have Features of Prisoner Transport Vehicles

Prisoner transport vehicle

Transferring prisoners from one jurisdiction to another is risky for both the prisoners being transported and the police officers or third-party contractors who handle their transport. In response to the need for prisoner transport vehicles, manufacturers have created various solutions to make the process safer and more efficient. Nowadays, there are several kinds to choose from, and here are a few must-have features you need to look for when it comes to securing the right prisoner transport vehicle:

  • Exhibits durability. For both safety and longevity of use, a durable vehicle that can transport inmates from one location to another is always preferred. Choose vehicles that are made of high-quality materials, such as those with all aluminum construction and with a white powder coat finish. Aside from heavy-duty doors and windows, the overall build of the prisoner transport vehicle must be sturdy enough to stand regular transport and even long and frequent ones.
  • Compartmentalized and secure. The prisoners must be segregated from the police officers or contractors, as well as from their fellow inmates, during transport. Vehicles with extra-tough partitions, compartments, and seat dividers, prevent any untoward incident that can delay the process or harm anyone during prisoner transport duty. Similarly, look for window guards, door panels, and door lock restrictions for added safety and security.
  • Well-ventilated. In-vehicle temperature regulation is a must during transport. To ensure that the officers, contractors, and, most especially, the inmates are comfortable during travel, prisoner transport vehicles need good ventilation. Choose prisoner transport vehicles that have heating and cooling system setups.
  • Allows for add-ons. First aid kits, intercom features, and meal pass-hinged doors are examples of useful accessories that can be added to a standard prisoner transport vehicle. For some models, video camera systems monitoring inmates are also available as an added security feature. Others also opt to install in-car computer mounts that allow whoever is in charge to access necessary files, even while on the road.

Because of the nature of prisoner transport, safety and security are among the highest considerations when it comes to choosing the right vehicle. Comfort for the inmates, as well as convenience for the police officers/contractors in charge, should also be considered.

Top online resume assistance platforms to land a job faster

a clipboard near pen and laptop on a marble surface

The paper version is moving to online platforms. Some websites and applications allow you to turn ordinary text into bright infographics. Moreover, you do not need to create something new: a set of templates is already in the service itself.

What for? A bright resume will make you stand out from the crowd of other applications. It also becomes easier to understand: a table and a diagram can be learned in seconds, while a recruiter will wade through unstructured paragraphs for 10 minutes.

Today we are sharing a selection of 3 sites that will make your resume stand out from other applications.

Where to look for some resume assistance

Needless to say, it would be a good idea to ask for professional resume writing assistance from writers who have written many such resumes while working for a resume assistance company. They are the best in this kind of service and are called professionals. But if you have decided to try to make it on your own, feel free to look through the following list of special services for creating a resume. 

Canva 

Canva is an app for those who enjoy the design, layout, and presentation process itself.

Why is it useful? You can create a memorable resume from scratch, use ready-made templates or customize your own, choosing a color, font, stickers, and illustrations.

What else can you do?

Make up a daily, monthly, or yearly schedule, personal calendar, multi-page logs, diaries, habit trackers, posters, invitations, cards, social media headers, and more.

If you want to create a creative presentation of yourself step by step, turn to the built-in resume builder. When searching for templates, write “Resume” – you will immediately see many options. Choose the one you like, or open a new file and create a resume from scratch. Add shapes, dividers, and social media icons. Add text by double-clicking on the already existing blocks in the template. If you are making a resume from scratch, click “Text” on the left. Customize colors, and fonts. Add a photo (via the “Downloads” section).

Canva offers free and paid subscription options. What is the difference? All formats are available with a free subscription (resume, poster, letter, invitation, etc.). However, there are restrictions on some graphic elements or features. So, for example, both versions allow you to create a resume, but a premium subscription allows you to add your fonts, create animations, and much more.

Another nuance is that a premium subscription makes most of the templates free. Whereas in the regular version of the site, you will have to pay $ 1 for some of them. But there is a way out: you can always find a free analog or remove paid elements from the template (usually a font or pattern), which will also make it free.

Vizualize.me

Application for students and young professionals with work experience aimed at working abroad or in international business.

Why is it useful? 

Without much effort, here you can make a full-fledged resume in English from your LinkedIn account, post it on social networks or download it on a PC and send it to recruiters.

What else can you do?

Turn your resume into a straightforward outline.

If you have already looked for a job, then you probably know about the existence of LinkedIn. So, Vizualize.me takes data from your LinkedIn profile and turns it into a complete resume that you can share with potential employers as if writers did. For those who do not have an account, registration via email is available, but in this case, all the data must be entered by yourself.

What are the benefits of vizualize.me? From your knowledge and experience, it creates a semblance of a map, convenient for viewing and editing. Choose a template, and change colors and fonts in the tabs on the left. There are few ready-made options, but you can create a unique resume by changing the data. On the timeline, you can visually reflect on which company and how long you worked or interned. The languages ​​learned will be marked on the world map. The acquired skills are also displayed as icons and numbers from 1 to 10.

The only difficulty that the user may not like is that the site is presented entirely in English. Therefore, even if you fill in the information in Russian, the section titles will be in English. You should not send it to Russian corporations for a resume, but for other companies that work in English, the designer will be a godsend. 

Among the sites similar in functionality are Kinzaa, Google Templates, ACenter, and CVmaker. The mechanics are similar, the only difference is the different templates. Somewhere the timeline will be replaced with a reading list, or symbols will be used instead of text. You are to choose!

ICanChoose

The application is a professional analog to the previous one, but with an interface in Russian and synchronization with hh.

Why is it useful?

The ICanChoose site downloads your data from Facebook and HeadHunter to create a resume in Russian or a foreign language.

What else can you do?

Expand your resume to include hobbies, courses taken, personal accomplishments, and skills acquired. It most fully shows you to the recruiter (sometimes it is unnecessary, but still).

This site will be of assistance to candidates for work in both Russian-speaking and foreign companies. Moreover, the site is convenient for those who create a resume for the first time and do not know what to write and where to place it. Icanchoose has 20 free templates for you, a one-page format, and tips from site administrators. First, you need to register via Facebook or email. Next, select the language of the future resume: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish or Italian. Upload a photo and add all the information you want to show to the employer. Choose a template.

The site provides advice on how best to provide information. For example, when you enter an email for communication, you will be prompted not to use too creative e-mail or with the domain of the current employer. There are also examples of successful and unsuccessful photos and tips for correctly using the company name.

Another brownie point is the right on the site where you can write and attach a cover letter to your resume, which will also be saved on your PC or published on the Internet. In addition to various resume templates, the platform makes it possible to create a resume website. Therefore, it will look cool not only on paper but also on the phone screen.