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Magic Mushroom Coffee and Tea Coming to a Pot Near You?
August 05, 2019

Magic Mushroom Coffee and Tea Coming to a Pot Near You?

One of the biggest challenges of eating magic mushrooms is the eating part, so a Denver coffee roaster wants your dose to come from a cup of joe instead. Anticipating looser regulations around psilocybin and more public acceptance, Strava Craft Coffee just announced plans to sell coffee beans and tea products infused with the psychedelic substance.

The coffee and tea will be designed to help fight anxiety and depression, according to Strava, but don't start boiling water just yet: Strava doesn't anticipate selling the beverages until 2020 at the earliest, banking on a more favorable regulatory environment emerging within the new few years.

"Just as cannabis has been misunderstood and controversial for decades, psilocybin from mushrooms has been equally polarizing, yet proponents of both suggest they each can contribute meaningfully to the human experience," Strava CEO Andrew Aamot says in a statement announcing the new product. "As research is proving, with measured consumption, cannabis and psilocybin can both promote physiological, mental and spiritual health."

When used in small doses, psilocybin has shown promise in treating patients with severe depression as well as those dealing with anxiety, according to several trials and studies. Strava plans on infusing coffee and tea with "microdoses of psilocybin," according to its announcement.

The company already has a little experience with plant-derived substances, as it was one of the first coffee roasters to sell CBD-infused coffee in 2017. Something tells us this effort will be a little bolder, both in flavor and chutzpah.

Original source: Westword

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New York decriminalises use of cannabis
August 04, 2019

New York decriminalises use of cannabis

New York has decriminalised the use of marijuana – becoming the 16th US state to do so.

The move, which would make possession of a small amount of the drug a violation rather than a felony, was signed into law by governor Andrew Cuomo.

The measure also demands that criminal records of offences linked to low-level marijuana cases either be marked as expunged, or destroyed – an apparent reflection that in the past communities of colour suffered unduly from different application of the law.

“Communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

In many respects, the decision by politicians in the state capital, Albany, is behind the trend in many parts of the country.

While New York has become the 16th to decriminalise the drug’s use, 11 states plus the Districts of Columbia, otherwise known was Washington DC, have legalised personal use. Its use remains a federal crime.

Those pushing for greater liberalisation welcomed the move, but urged legislators to go further. Some said there were still many negative consequences that come with having marijuana as an illegal violation.

“Police have historically found a way to work around the decriminalisation of marijuana,” said Erin George, of Citizen Action of New York.

People can still face probation violations and immigration consequences under the decriminalisation bill, she said.

The legislation signed by Mr Cuomo will make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $50. Possession of two ounces will carry a fine of up to $200

The penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot or a maximum of $200 for one to two ounces. It will go into affect in 30 days.

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Illegal drugs less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and should be reclassified, finds major report
June 27, 2019

Illegal drugs less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and should be reclassified, finds major report


‘The current distinction between legal and illegal substances is not unequivocally based on pharmacological research but in large part on historical and cultural precedents’

Illegal substances such as ecstasy and cocaine can be less harmful to individuals and societies than tobacco and alcohol and should be reclassified to reflect their actual risk, a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy has concluded.

Calling for a review of the classification of drugs, the body comprising 14 former heads of state or government criticised the “incoherence and inconsistencies” of laws based on “unreliable and scientifically dubious” methods that punish the use of some substances while ignoring others.

“This de facto prohibition is arbitrary,” the group wrote. “The current distinction between legal and illegal substances is not unequivocally based on pharmacological research but in large part on historical and cultural precedents.

presumed ‘good and evil’ distinction between legal and illegal drugs.”


 

They argue governments must now regulate the market of illegal substances, establishing a new system for classification “adapted to the dangerousness of each drug and based on solid scientific assessments”.

A major study of the overall dangers of the entire spectrum of drugs both to the consumer and wider society ranked alcohol as the most damaging.

The 2010 research, carried out by the former government chief drugs adviser, Professor David Nutt, put it above heroin and crack cocaine.

Tobacco was also deemed to be more harmful than a list of drugs including ketamine and mephedrone.

However, this did not correlate with the scientific consensus around the dangers of these drugs.

For example, LSD and ecstasy are among the lowest scoring drugs for levels of harm, yet globally are subject to some of the strictest prohibitions.

The Global Commission’s report said the “only responsible answer to this complex topic is to regulate the market of illegal drugs, starting by establishing regulations and a new scheduling system adapted to the dangerousness of each drug and based on solid scientific assessments”, as is currently done for food, medications and other products that can pose a risk to health.

“While the international community continues to struggle to find a new consensus, countries should move forward with designing and implementing a more rational policy of scheduling, controlling and regulating psychoactive drugs,” the group said.

 

Source: Independent.co.uk


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Illinois Officially Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Weed
June 26, 2019

Illinois Officially Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Weed


While the Land of Lincoln isn’t the first state to go legal, it’s the first to ensure social justice came with the total package.

Last year, JB Pritzker ran for the Illinois governor’s office on a promise to legalize weed. On Tuesday, June 25, he made that promise a reality by signing HB 1438 into law.

Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize cultivation, sales, and possession of recreational, or adult-use, cannabis. But it’s the first state to do so through its legislature rather than ballot question left to the voters. (Technically, Vermont is the first to legalize through its legislature, but only for possession, not sales.)

More importantly, Illinois is the first state to guarantee social justice and equity in its legalization program, as well. 

“Studies have shown time and time again that black and white people tend to use cannabis at the same rates, but black people are far more likely to be arrested for possession,” Gov. Pritzker said during a press conference. “Criminalization offers nothing but pain, disruption, and injustice. The legislators and activists standing with me today have heard you.”

So just how did Illinois accomplish what Colorado, California, Oregon, Alaska, Michigan, Washington, and other weed-legal states failed to do with their legalization bills?

One of the bill’s lead sponsors was Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), who already carved her niche among the state’s progressives by championing Illinois’s 2013 marriage equality law and a recent expansion of women’s reproductive rights

Getting weed legalized through the Illinois legislature wasn’t some accident, either. “That was the whole game plan from day one,” Cassidy told MERRY JANE over the phone. “When you have a [voter approved] ballot initiative, you only get a paragraph [of bill text] to work with.” 


By going the legislature route, Cassidy got to sit down with other lawmakers, state agencies, attorneys, and activists to craft the legalization bill from scratch. That meant hours upon hours of impassioned debate, negotiation, and education, not to mention multiple line-item strikes and revisions as the bill was arduously, but ultimately, fleshed out.

“It was one of the first truly collaborative processes I’ve been a part of. We cried together, we laughed together, and we worked our asses off. I don’t think it was easier,” she said regarding legalizing cannabis through the legislature, “but the end result was better.”

How did Illinois’s weed bill turn out “better” than the previous ten states’? HB 1428 includes the usual rules that have become standard by now: no selling to kids, keeping organized crime away from licensed weed profits, potency limits, and strict packaging rules. But while other weed-legal jurisdictions – like California – have approved programs for social equity or expungements, those were post-hoc moves. Illinois lawmakers ensured social justice came with the total package, instead of just another inconvenient afterthought following legalization. 

Under the expungement portion of the bill, Illinois must clear criminal records for the state’s 770,000 low-level weed offenders. That’s good news for residents who’ve struggled to find jobs, housing, or loans because they were convicted of victimless cannabis crimes.

“The mechanics of expungement were a serious concern,” Chris Lindsey, the Senior Legislative Counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), told MERRY JANE during a phone call. MPP is responsible for pushing legalization in several states, such as Colorado and Maine, and Lindsey worked closely with Illinois’s legislators, activists, and state agencies to ensure HB 1438 made it to Gov. Pritzker’s desk. 

“How do you set this up so there’s a feasible way for the state to do what you want? It’s very tricky….There are all these different counties. The [criminal] records don’t go into a massive database where someone can just hit ‘undo,’” he said.

To begin expungements, state officials will need to dig up old court orders, find the records, then remove the records, county-by-county. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen eventually.

“It’s very much a hand-held process,” Lindsey continued. “Getting those pieces to fit together, figuring out how we define what equity means, what benefits are available to people who fall into the equity applicant category…. Basically, how do we ensure it’s fair for everybody else?”

Under the social equity sections of the bill, prospective canna-business owners who live in “Disproportionately Impacted Areas” – in other words, low-income neighborhoods that are often targeted by police patrols – get bumped to the front of the line for the state’s much-coveted cannabis licensing. 

Social equity applicants can also qualify if they have prior weed arrests or convictions, or if they belong to a family that was “impacted” by the drug war. 

“Social equity is certainly the hallmark of this legislation,” Lindsey added.

While it’s going to take time to implement the bill’s social justice provisions, launching legal weed sales is on a tight deadline. By law, the program must be up and running by January 2020. The legislature officially approved legalization on May 31, and although the governor said then that he’d sign the bill as soon as he possibly could, it took nearly a month for HB 1438 to receive his signature. 

Why did the signing take so long? According to Rep. Cassidy, the governor joked that he wanted to hold off on signing it until “Snoop comes to the State Fair.” 

Uncle Snoop is set to perform in Illinois in August, so it’s probably best that Pritzker didn’t wait. 

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Florida Man Arrested After Inviting Police Officer to Smoke a Bowl With Him
June 02, 2019

Florida Man Arrested After Inviting Police Officer to Smoke a Bowl With Him

Another Florida man is under arrest after being too welcoming and inviting toward the police. Bunnell, Florida resident Arthur Carracino just really wanted a pair of Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies to check out his home-grown cannabis plant and smoke a bowl with him. In a body-camera video captured in the wee hours of the morning,
Carracino attempts to get the on-duty officer to join him for a puff. And almost reluctantly, that officer ended up arresting Carracino for growing cannabis, which is against the law in Florida.
“You Gotta Smoke a Bowl with Me Please”
There’s a very lonely, almost plaintive tone in the way Florida man Arthur Carracino invites a police officer to smoke a bowl with him. “You gotta smoke a bowl with me please,” emphasis on the “please.”
Sometimes, you just want to be social. Sometimes, you just want someone to pass the bowl to. Even if they’re a cop—if you’re a Florida man. “I know, you’re on duty,” Carracino said to the incredulous officer, as he nevertheless heads off into the darkness to get his pipe.
The rural town of Bunnell sits on the east coast of Florida, about midway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. There’s not too much for Flagler County police to do. Residents like Carracino seem like they could use some company, as well.
So when officers pulled up alongside Carracino’s residence responding to a completely different incident, this Florida man decided to do the neighborly thing. According to the deputy’s report, Carracino was smoking weed when they arrived.
Florida Man Requests Starbucks During Late-Night Arrest
The ensuing body-cam footage is heartwarming and ridiculous. It’s the middle of the night, and the chirping crickets almost drown out the voices. But there’s Carracino, scantily clad in a blue speedo and an unbuttoned button-up shirt, rocking a large silver pendant that reflects the beam of an officer’s flashlight.
Since Carracino is smoking a joint, the deputy asks him for his medical cannabis card. Medical use is legal for authorized patients with qualifying conditions in Florida. Carracino responds that “Oh. Yeah. Yeah I do. I’m working on it.”
There’s some laughter at the contradictory response, at which point Carracino just says, “Come on guys, let’s talk.”
But the officers are more interested in the two-foot tall cannabis plant—just one—in Carracino’s yard. “Is that your plant?” they ask. Carricino proudly answers in the affirmative, and the officers ask if he uses Miracle-Gro or just water.
That’s when Florida man officers some sage growing advice. “I thought it was gonna be easy going out to California and learning how to grow pot. The indica strain, the sativa strain and oh boy, you’re looking right at the smallest crystals.”
Just before falling entirely into revery on his plant, the Florida man invites one of the officers to smoke a bowl with him.
The body-cam cuts out for a moment, and picks up with Carracino in the back of the squad car. Police ask him if he knows what’s going on. Carracino says of course, “it’s two o’clock in the [expletive] morning.” The officers point out that its actually a quarter of three in the morning. And it doesn’t look like Carracino is going to be getting much sleep. So he asks for a pick-me-up.
“Okay, I need a cup of Starbucks. Anywhere local we can get one,” Carracino asks, perhaps hoping the deputies would return kindness with kindness.
Unfortunately, the officers say no to this request as well. But they do tell Carracino that he’s under arrest. “For?” Carracino asks. “For growing marijuana,” the officer replies.
“Oh yeah,” Carracino says.

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Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps
May 23, 2019

Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps

No one enjoys living in physical pain. 
If there are natural ways to prevent the pain, many of us are interested.
There's obviously been a big trend towards finding more natural ways to cure what ails us. Honey for coughs, turmeric for arthritis pain and now marijuana for menstrual cramps and pelvic discomfort.
Although if you ask Grand Rapids pain expert Dr. Marla Gendelman of Liberate Pain Management, it's not anything new, "Cannabis has been used for PMS literally since pre-biblical times. They burned incense and it was used as topically and orally."
When it comes to treating those painful monthly menstrual cramps, it may be time to put  those other pain killers like Motrin, Midol or Vicodin back in your medicine cabinet and give marijuana a try.   Numerous women face intense pain and muscle cramps during their periods, so they will be delighted to hear that a company called Foria has created “cannabis vaginal suppositories”, designed to help them relieve these symptoms as they are suppositories with cannabis that dissolve inside the vagina.
Foria Relief, currently available only in California and Colorado, has introduced a medicated tampon that the company promises will “maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high.”
The  marijuana tampons contain 60mg THC / 10mg CBD.


You can find topicals and oils in area medical marijuana dispensaries. Even Whoopi Goldberg has opened an online shop specializing in pain management for women.
Women who have tried the tampons claim that they are incredibly effective, but in order to purchase them, one needs to join Foria’s collective and depending on the state you live in, she might need to submit an application along with a physician’s recommendation letter. Additionally, a pack of four of these tampons costs $44.
Lake Effect Consulting is a medical marijuana dispensary in Portage. Rachel Fogleson with Lake Effect says they provide a few options for women looking to manage their menstrual pain most of their products are topical or oral, "Each dose is going to be a little bit more specific to what your needs are your pain levels and things like that."
The Foria tampons are not available for sale yet in Michigan, but that could soon change now that recreational marijuana is legal. Fogleson says it's a good thing, "There's a huge market for women, but not a lot of products that are directed towards women."
Dr. Gendelman agrees, stating "I think there's going to be all kinds of things out there." From skin care with claims to reduce your wrinkles to other products Dr. Gendelman says might make you do a double take, "There's even CBD mascara, which I question the need for."
Some products will push the boundaries of marijuana's medicinal claims -- others like the Foria weed tampons, will push the boundaries of your wallet at $11 dollars a suppository. Either way, it looks like women may start to have more choices when it comes to managing monthly pain.
Ingredients Label Is Short:
  • Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter
  • Distilled THC Oil
  • CBD Isolate (99.99%) from Organically Grown Hemp
Results?
The product will give your vagina a slightly intoxicated sensation, but the effect won’t travel to your brain. (And it won’t exactly make your vagina high.) According to one happy customer, the product “smells like cookie dough and cocoa butter.”
In October Harvard University announced it is conducting an observational study of 400 women who have agreed to use marijuana suppositories for menstrual pain. The hope for researchers is that this is a first step towards clinical trials that may eventually lead to FDA approval
On the website Racked.com, Sophie Saint-Thomas tested the suppositories and reported her results:
IT WAS LIKE IF ATIVAN MADE A BABY WITH TYLENOL, EXCEPT I HADN’T THRUST ANY NASTY PHARMACEUTICALS INTO MY VAG; JUST CANNABIS AND COCOA BUTTER.
And here’s the science:
THC POSITIVELY AFFECTS THE NERVES AND ASSISTS IN BLOCKING OUT PAIN WHILE ALSO ALLOWING FOR MORE PLEASANT SIGNALS TO BE RECEIVED BY THE BRAIN. CBD WORKS IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM BY SUPPRESSING THE MECHANISMS RESPONSIBLE FOR INFLAMMATION. CBD ALSO SLOWS DOWN ELECTRICAL SIGNALING TO MUSCLES AND ALLOWS THEM TO RELAX, THEREBY REDUCING CRAMPING.
Is it FDA approved? Nope. Since cannabis is considered a Schedule 1 drug by our federal government, the FDA cannot and will not sanction the medical efficacy of the product. Yet.

Interested in making your own?
Check out this article!

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Why Marijuana Edibles might be the best option for Fibromyalgia pain.
May 20, 2019

Why Marijuana Edibles might be the best option for Fibromyalgia pain.


 

In this article we’ll explore how marijuana edibles can help with fibromyalgia, how to use and make it,  and finally some of the best-recommended cannabis strains for treating this condition.

Imagine being constantly tired with pain spreading all over your body. Your hips ache, your skin feels bruised and you never know what the next symptom will be.

This is exactly what fibromyalgia sufferers go through on a daily basis.

Fibromyalgia, a rheumatological condition, jeopardizes the normal functioning of the human body by causing musculoskeletal pain and constant fever-like symptoms.

Current medication for fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is still relatively new in medical circles and there is no specific medication for it. The condition is usually treated with painkillers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.

There are three drugs commonly being used for treating fibromyalgia:

  • Lyrica (pregabalin)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
  • Savella (milnacipran)

The effectiveness of these drugs was explored in a survey done in 2014 by the Global Pain Initiative, which interviewed more than 1,300 fibromyalgia sufferers:

Only 8-10% percent of patients said that they found some relief with prescription drugs. Around 60% of patients did not see any improvement in their symptoms.

An article of the sun provided information on how painkillers might be making your fibromyalgia even worse.

Research on Cannabis for fibromyalgia pain

There has been a handful of research studies which have provided promising evidence supporting medical marijuana in treating symptoms of fibromyalgia. While THC and CBD work best together to treat fibromyalgia pain, just CBD on it’s own have shown to have amazing. Effects. Which is perfect for someone that does not want to get high from the edibles.

From NORML.org: Researchers at Germany’s University of Heidelberg published a study in Current Medical Research and Opinion in which they evaluated the analgesic effects of oral THC in nine patients with fibromyalgia over a 3-month period. Subjects in the trial were administered daily doses of 2.5 to 15 mg of THC and received no other pain medication during the trial. Among those participants who completed the trial, all reported a significant reduction in daily recorded pain and electronically induced pain.

Another study published in 2011, patients with fibromyalgia were given various doses of cannabis (which contains naturally-occurring CBD within it), and then were tested for pain levels. After just a couple of hours of cannabis use, many of the test subjects reported a decrease in pain using VAS scoring for analysis, and within the conclusion of the study, scientists stated that “the use of cannabis was associated with beneficial effects on some fibromyalgia symptoms.”

Even CBD alone are commonly purported to help relieve the symptoms of dozens of other conditions as well, including:

* Alzheimer’s disease
* Anorexia
* Anxiety
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Bipolar disorder
* Cardiovascular disorders
* Chronic pain
* Depression
* Epilepsy (seizures)
* Glaucoma
* Huntington’s disease
* Inflammation from various conditions
* Insomnia
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Nausea (emesis)
* Obesity
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
* Schizophrenia
* Tourette’s syndrome

How to use marijuana edibles for Fibromyalgia pain.

Cannabis edibles are one of the best forms of pain management on the planet, and use of these products makes cannabis far safer than any other medication for pain relief. Fibromyalgia pain treatment has shown to have the best effects with a combination of both THC and CBD in your edibles. You can simply put a couple of drops of cannabis oil under your tongue or make a food recipe from it.

You can either make your own cannabis edibles here or buy them from the dispensary. If you buy them, ask your budtender which suits best for fibromyalgia. If you make them yourself, these are some great cannabis strains for fibromyalgia:

  • Harlequin
  • Cannatonic
  • Critical mass
  • Tahoe OG
  • Granddaddy purple
  • Blueberry
  • Bubbakush
  • Headband
  • GSC

If you are completely new to cannabis edibles for pain relief. Here are some tips:

  • Start with a low dose, 5 mg to 10 mg, and wait at least two hours before taking more. As edibles usually kick in after about an hour.
  • Do not drive. At all. Period.
  • If you feel like you are getting to high. Don’t panic. Have some CBD flower(actual marijuana flower) and smoke it. CBD has been shown to reduce the high people feel from THC.


    Source: Cannadish.

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Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers
May 17, 2019

Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers


 

Repeated attempts by police to clear dealers from Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg prompts move by park manager.

Drug dealers in Berlin are to be given designated spaces in a city centre park to carry out transactions, leading to criticism that authorities have capitulated to criminal gangs.

For years there has been a heated debate about Görlitzer Park, a popular meeting point in the trendy southern Berlin district of Kreuzberg, which has been attracting an ever increasing number of drug dealers. Local people said they were reluctant to let children and pets roam free there.

After repeated attempts by police to clear the dealers failed, the park manager declared areas where they should be allowed to operate, identified by spray-painted pink boxes.

Cengiz Demirci said the pink zones would mean that visitors to the park – known locally as Görli – were no longer intimidated by groups of dealers, typically men operating in gangs, who crowd the entrance.

“This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,” Demirci told local radio station RBB. “It’s not that we’re legalising the selling of drugs.”

Demirci said a much more effective solution would be if authorities gave the dealers work permits. The majority of them are asylum seekers who are not allowed to work while waiting for their claims to be processed. He added: “If they did that then 90% of them would stop what they’re doing immediately.”

Police chiefs criticised the move. “What is needed to ensure that the park is drug and crime free, is a constant police presence and judicial resolve,” Benjamin Jendro from the Berlin branch of the police trade union GdP told Bild.

Previously Berlin administrations have declared a “zero tolerance” attitude towards drug dealers in Görlitzer Park, but local residents reported that nothing changed as a result. On Thursday they said that none of the dealers were abiding by the new rule.

The Stehplätze, or standing-room policy, as it has been dubbed, triggered outrage among Berlin politicians for whom the Görli situation has been a persistent headache for decades.

The sharpest remarks came from Germany’s national anti-drugs tsar, Marlene Mortler, of the conservative Christian Social Union, who told the Funke Mediengruppe: “If this is true then it marks the capitulation of our constitutional state. We should not be issuing the dealers with a licence to deal.”

Source: The Guardian.


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Cannabis Kills All Types of Cancer Cells That Science Has Tested so Far
May 10, 2019

Cannabis Kills All Types of Cancer Cells That Science Has Tested so Far


Standard cancer treatment must be adapted to the type and location of tumor, whereas cannabis is an equal opportunity killer. Cannabis kills all types of cancer cells.

Curing cancer is the holy grail of medical research and it’s the most-coveted breakthrough of our time. If we could discover a way to prevent malignant cells from overrunning the human body, not only would we save millions of lives, we would end years of suffering. And, we could finally feel superior to sharks which are rumored to be cancer free (It turns out, they actually can be afflicted). Is cannabis the way? Studies, so far, show that cannabis kills all types of cancer cells.

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One Treatment Doesn’t Fit All

While chemotherapy and radiation have certainly helped humanity’s battle against cancer, research into the recently discovered (1990s) endocannabinoid system keeps providing new information about how tumors form, spread and turn deadly.

But cancer isn’t just one thing. It’s an umbrella term for a collection of related illnesses. What unites these is the method of mayhem: cancer divides and spreads like ants at a picnic. And because it’s not just one kind of ant, we’ve developed slightly different ways to deal with each species.


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Partially, that’s because when cancer infects the brain, we can’t necessarily handle it the way we would handle cancer in the foot. Even if the same treatments would effective at stopping the cancer, the collateral damage to brain cells is just too risky.

But when cannabis treats cancer, it doesn’t cause the kind of negative side effects that chemotherapy, for instance, does. Although human trials and solid scientific research are still a ways off, early studies indicated that cannabis might be the one truly universal way to kill cancer cells.

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Cannabis Stops Blood Vessel Formation For All Types of Tumors

One of the key ways that cannabis combats cancer is through anti-angiogenic effects. That sounds like a mouthful, but the concept is straightforward. Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels form from old ones — like a potato sprouting. New blood vessels are how wounds heal, people grow, and new and better pathways form for circulation. It’s a vital and healthy part of the body’s daily regimen. But it’s also how tumors transition from benign growths to malignant cancers.

Cancer creates cells that don’t have the ability to divide in a controlled fashion, leading to out-of-control growth. But what fuels that growth? For tumors to get larger and spread, they need a supply of essential nutrients and oxygen, which they get from the bloodstream. So when a cancer begins to grow, it has to do so at the same rate as the blood vessels which nourish it. Without new vessels, the tumor couldn’t expand. Thus one of the best ways to combat cancer growth is by limiting the ability of the body to generate new blood vessels. That’s anti-angiogenesis.

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And cannabis happens to be particularly effective at that. New blood vessel growth is regulated in part by the body’s endocannabinoid system, so when cannabinoids enter the body and react with that system, it interferes with cancer’s ability to force new blood vessel growth. By taking up room in the protein receptors, cannabinoids prevent cancer from commandeering and directing the body’s new growth functionality — at least to a point. In this study, tumor growth was significantly slowed, although not completely stopped. And, amazingly, this happens to work against cancer cells, but not against normal new blood vessel growth.

Cannabis Stops Metastasis for All Tumor Types

As tumors grow, some cancer cells acquire the ability to escape the primary mass and proceed to invade surrounding tissues or migrate to distant sites, where they found new colonies. This is known as metastasis. It’s what responsible for most human deaths from cancer. These rogue cells invade healthy tissue, grow new tumors, and limit the body’s organs form fulfilling their life-preserving duties. So the best way to prolong cancer patients’ lives are to ensure that these cells don’t escape tumor masses and found new cancer sites.

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That’s where CBD comes in. Cannabinoids play a key role in cell migration, invasion and metastasis. Specifically, CBD has proven anti-proliferative effects on glioma cancer cells by inducing something called apoptosis. From the Greek for “falling off,” apoptosis can be best be understood as a cell’s self-destruct sequence. It’s how the body rids itself of bad or non-performing cells. Cancer can fool the body into thinking that tumorous cells aren’t bad and shouldn’t undergo apoptosis, but CBD has been found to mess with that ability and allow the body to kill the cancerous cells.

CBD Can Lead to Tumor Shrinkage

Studies have also shown that CBD aids tumor regression. One found that cancer in mice was reduced by 70 percent in 18 days after they were treated with CBD. Again, this was glioma (a particularly nasty type of cancer that starts in the brain and spine), but the researchers suggest that the anti-tumor activity associated with CBD could be carried over into other cancers.

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The way scientific research works means that cancer treatments will be approached whack-a-mole style — one at a time. For example, cannabis has to be proven to treat lung cancer and brain cancer individually. So the only way we’ll know if cancer is the panacea against cancer that we all hope it to be, is to find that out one disease at a time.

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Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music
May 08, 2019

Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music

 

The rapper will debut “Shaboink” — his line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape products — across the Golden State on his birthday, July 4th.

There’s a new — heavily tattooed — face joining California’s cannabis market this summer. According to TMZ, Texas rapper Post Malone is the latest musician to lend his name to a legal weed brand, and his new imprint, Shaboink, is set to debut a line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape pens this summer.

Following in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg, Berner, B-Real, Willie Nelson, and countless others, the White Iverson rapper announced his foray into the Golden State ganja market late last week at Hall Of Flowers, an industry trade show in Santa Rosa, California. 

 

 

The brand, named “Shaboink” after a Posty-ism that TMZ was able to translate to "the act of two people fornicating in a wild spontaneous fashion," will not release any cannabis products until this summer. But at a sparsely decorated booth at the expo, Malone’s team showed off smoking accessories that were custom-designed by the pot paraphernalia company Hemper, as well as early branding for the rapper’s personal strain — a cut of the fruity hybrid flower Goji OG, renamed Posty OG.

On the company’s website, the brand relays a heavy dose of Malone’s trademark eccentricity, offering a rambling stanza instead of any real information.

“Wandering through the jungle, you might come across any varietal of indigenous flora,” the Shaboink website reads. “A white lotus, perhaps, or a rare cycad. Just as rare is the flower vended in the concrete jungle by Shaboink, so high in quality and so crystalline your vibrant mind might disconnect from your earthly vessel and float away into the cumulus clouds above.”

If we can attempt a translation, we’re pretty sure that means: “Buy Shaboink, it will get you really stoned, dude.”

In addition to full-strength THC products like Posty OG, Shaboink will also sell a line of CBD-focused products.

Shaboink products will hit licensed dispensaries across California with a bang this summer, debuting on Posty (and America’s) birthday, July 4th. 

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These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed
May 06, 2019

These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed

 

For a lot of people, consuming weed is a way to tap into creative thinking. If that’s true, then the folks responsible for a new edible product must have consumed a ton of weed. Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops are one of the most creative takes on edibles to hit the market. These lollipops combine getting high with growing weed.

How Does It Work?

The process is super simple.

Step one:

Eat the THC-infused hard candy.

Step two:

Plant the stick

Step three:

Add water

Step four:

Grow Your Cannabis

What Does The Lollipop Contain?

The half-spherical lollipop—designed to look like a half moon—is jam packed with cannabinoids.

The company behind Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops has so far released seven flavors. Lunar Lavender, Watermelon Wonderland, Hot Mama Mango, Calming Caramel Açaí, and Lit Lemonade all come with 25 milligrams of THC.

The seventh flavor, CBD Lunar Lavender, has 25 milligrams of CBD instead of THC. This one is designed for anyone looking for the medical and health benefits of cannabis, but who doesn’t want any psychoactive effects.

According to Half Lit’s website, the hard candies are made with organic, pesticide-free, and non-GMO cannabis. This is important if you have any concerns about weed products that may be contaminated by fertilizers or pesticides that could be harmful.

And while this is already enough to get excited about, it’s only half of what these lollipops have to offer. Once you’re done eating your lollipop and your high is setting in, it’s time to put the stick to good use.

Instead of throwing it away, plant it. The sticks used in Half Lit lollipops have a cannabis seed embedded inside them. When you plant it and start watering it, the stick breaks down so the seed can germinate and begin to grow.

Feed, water, and take care of your plant. In just a few months, you’ll have your own weed plant full of crystal-covered buds.

Addition To The Edibles Scene

Edibles are some of the hottest products on the legal cannabis market. Edibles are popular for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s a great way to get high—or to use medical cannabis—without having to smoke. If you don’t like the idea of inhaling smoke, but you still want the benefits of cannabis, edibles are a good option.

Similarly, eating edibles is one of the most discreet ways to get high. Edibles also produce a unique kind of high. It takes longer to set in, but when it does, it’s usually super intense. Expect to stay high for a much longer time than you would if you smoked your weed.

Given the huge popularity of edibles, cannabis companies have come up with all sorts of edible and drinkable products. You can buy everything from cannabis-infused soft drinks to chocolates, popcorn, cookies, muffins, and even pizza sauce.

While infusing THC and CBD into hard candies isn’t anything new, Half Lit’s idea of putting it on top of a seed-laced stick is an innovative addition to the edibles scene.

To make the whole thing even better, it’s also a waste-free way to consume weed. After planting your stick and letting it grow into a cannabis plant, there’s nothing left to throw into the landfill.

 

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The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game
May 05, 2019

The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game


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You won’t be dunking hemp-flavored Oreos into a tall glass of milk anytime soon, but the brand behind some of the country’s favorite munchies is already entertaining the idea of a CBD play.

It seems like everywhere you look these days, from head shops and health food stores to pet shops and trendy coffee shops, CBD is everywhere. Now, the hemp-derived cannabinoid is coming for your grocery store snack aisle.

According to a new report from CNBC, Mondelez, the Illinois-based multinational snack conglomerate behind munchie favorites like Oreo, Nilla Wafers, Ritz, Chips Ahoy!, and more is preparing to dip its spoon in the world of cannabidiol. Like Coca-Cola and other large companies looking to dive into CBD, though, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put has said that the brand will enter the world of weed with caution.

“Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” Van de Put said Wednesday on the CNBC show “Squawk on the Street.”

Since Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law last year, it is technically legal to produce and distribute CBD products made from hemp plants with less than 0.03% THC across America. But because the FDA has not yet set clear standards for the production of food and beverages made with hemp cannabidiol, the edible CBD market is still fraught with lingering questions and complications.

“The space is not clear,” Van de Put said. “It’s a bit clearer in non-food products. In food products, I’m hoping that the FDA will bring some clarity in the coming months.”

If Mondelez does get into the CBD game, Van de Put made it clear that the company will not be rolling out hemp-flavored Oreos anytime soon. He noted that the weed-adjacent product might be too risque for its “family” brands, and could be used in other product lines, or in a new snack altogether. In addition to Oreo, Nabisco, and Chips Ahoy!, Mondelez owns Toblerone chocolate, gluten free cookie company Tate’s Bake Shop, and a huge variety of other food-related brands.

Taken properly, CBD has been known to reduce anxiety, encourage relaxation, help inflammation, and promote a number of health benefits. It is not exactly clear how the benefits of CBD will transfer to a serving size of cookies or chips, but Van de Put told CNBC that Mondelez is currently investigating the cannabis compound and its potential benefits if added to their products. 

So next time you’re perusing the supermarket shelves and you see those three familiar letters popping off a bag of cookies or a pack of crackers, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910
May 03, 2019

Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910

This lovely young Parisian woman is enjoying a serene moment in her lush garden in 1910 France. Her companions are her fluffy faithful feline and her caged bird. Keeping songbirds as pets is a hobby as old as the ancient Sumerians, but small home aviaries became a status symbol in the 1800s and early 1900s. Likely, this young lady enjoyed the company of her birds as a way to connect with nature. Interestingly, her garden contains several cannabis plants. It could be that the unique leaves and vibrant foliage were sought after as a garden plant. Or it could be that the young woman or her family were utilizing the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant to treat any one of a number of ailments.

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These kids were picking up trash for Earth Day. Then they found a 22-pound bale of weed
May 03, 2019

These kids were picking up trash for Earth Day. Then they found a 22-pound bale of weed

 

Student volunteers participating in a post-Earth Day mangroves cleanup in Islamorada last week expected to find the usual array of bottles and cans, plastic bags, straws and the occasional shoe.

They did find all that. Lots of it.

They also found a 22-pound bale of marijuana, according to the Adam Hoffner, agent in charge of the Florida Keys for the U.S. Border Patrol.

“The package was reportedly discovered by students at Coral Shores High School during a field trip,” Hoffner said.

The volunteers called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Border Patrol agents picked up the drugs.

“We continue to encourage community members to immediately report any suspicious packages that they encounter to local law enforcement agencies,” Hoffner said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Narcotics Bureau conducted an investigation into a marijuana hydroponics laboratory, where a large amount of marijuana was seized.

 

 

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Narcotics Bureau conducted an investigation into a marijuana hydroponics laboratory, where a large amount of marijuana was seized.

 

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95-year-old woman smoking marijuana for 85 years.
May 02, 2019

95-year-old woman smoking marijuana for 85 years.

95-year-old, Melita Gordon has been smoking marijuana for 85 years, now even her doctor is encouraging her not to quit.

 

She now lives Maroon Town, Jamaica, and is approaching her 100th birthday.
Melita Gordon, 95, has no intention of quitting a habit that has stayed with her for a major portion of her life, smoking marijuana. Even with the protestation of her children and other relatives, the senior citizen insists that her life is not going up in smoke.

The diminutive Gordon, who stands at four feet, eight inches, reinforced her point by relating the view of her medical practitioner that her journey to 100 would have been cut short had she thrown down her loyal pipe and marijuana long ago.
“When mi go a doctor him say him nah tell mi fi stop smoke marijuana, because if mi stop, him a go lose mi,” Gordon told 18 Karat Reggae.

 

Gordon, who is from Falmouth in Trelawny, became hooked on the habit of smoking marijuana when she was “baptized” in the practice by her parents, Michelle Jones and Richard Gordon, both of whom smoked marijuana.

She would serve as the designated lighter by the time she was approaching age 10.
But she was having her own smoking episodes, outside of the knowledge of her biological elders.

“A because mi start light the weed fi dem why mi start smoke,” Gordon explained.
All through elementary school she continued smoking marijuana and when she started having her nine children, seven of whom are still alive, there was no letting up.
Even while she sold wares outside Maldon Primary School and worked at times at the now closed Maroon Town banana boxing plant, she became known as the pipe lady who pulled no punches in defense of her habit.

 

Strangely, her husband of over 50 years, Manuel Gordon, was one who stayed far from marijuana.

“Him never smoke at all, the only thing him do was drink beer, but him never try force mi fi stop,” she told 18 Karat Reggae of the man who died eight years ago after making it to age 100 years, six months and 12 days.

There is no special reason for her being hooked on marijuana, although she will readily admit that smoking marijuana relaxes her and helps her to think more clearly.

With pressure mounting from family members, including her daughter with whom she lives, to quit, she has proposed a compromise by reducing her smoking to once a day, a far cry from when she would smoke marijuana all day long.

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May 01, 2019

Man Owns Undercover Cop Trying to Bust Him for Weed, Sells Him Flowers Instead of Pot [Video]

 

In an epic act of trolling, a man who knew he was being set up, filmed himself selling completely legal flower buds to an undercover cop who was trying to buy weed.This is a perfect example of the crazy the drug war that is still going on in many US states. Cops in Troy (Ohio) recently spent taxpayer dollars on busting a man they thought was selling weed. In reality, the man only sold them flowers because he knew the cop was undercover.

As you can see in the video, the officer in the hoodie looks suspect. He keeps asking to see the marijuana and acts as if he is in dire need of it as if he’s addicted.

“I just really need some f**kin’ bud,” the alleged undercover officer says as if he’s buying heroin. “Alright, give it here.”

The alleged officer then buys a bag which he has no idea of what’s in it. This was a dead giveaway that he was undercover, so the man filming asks him.

“You’re an undercover cop aren’t you?”

Hilariously, the alleged officer slips up and says ‘yes’ before denying it.

“Yeah…No,” the officer says.

After the transaction is over, the man filming tells the alleged undercover cop that he just bought a bag of flower buds for ten dollars. He then gets back in his car to leave.

Before he can leave, however, he is swarmed by cops who hold him at gunpoint but watch for yourselves.

 

 

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Biology student has been denounced for crossing a weed plant with strawberries
April 30, 2019

Biology student has been denounced for crossing a weed plant with strawberries

 

A 24-year-old student in the Faculty of Biology in University of Miami has been brought to the authorities after exhibiting a crossbreeding of two plant species between strawberry and marijuana in his practical class.

He has been fanatic of this plant for a long time. Also he says he hasn’t consumed any kind of marijuana “I’ve never smoked, nor one puff, I just think it’d be cool to create this crossbreeding of species, just like there are flavored tobacco products I think it would be a good idea to combine strawberry flavor with marijuana”. The teacher was very surprised so he came immediately to the principal’s office. In view of the situation, they decided to report to the authorities, so as not to jeopardize their image.

The police have taken the plant, but it was not easy, many students were trying to take it “Some of my classmate gone crazy; they wanted to cut some leaves and make a joints. But police came too soon, just I hope justice can be merciful, I’m not a junkie, just I am a student and I have been trying to play God.

 

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Smoking up Before Sex Can Lead to More Intense Orgasms
March 25, 2019

Smoking up Before Sex Can Lead to More Intense Orgasms


A new study reveals that science is on our side.

Weed can do a fuckload of great things: make food taste better, make your periods suck less, and make you lose weight. Now, it turns out, it can help women who spend a little time with the bud before having sex, to have higher sex drives, less pain during sex, and more satisfying orgasms compared to women who abstain.

These are the findings of a study recently published in the science journalSexual Medicine, which also goes on to say that “women with frequent marijuana use, regardless of use before sex or not, had 2.10 times (editor’s note: holy fuck!) higher odds of reporting satisfactory orgasms than those with infrequent marijuana use.”

The study—led by a team at the USA-based Saint Louis University School of Medicine—saw 373 participants, of which 34 percent reported having used marijuana before sexual activity. Combining smoking up and sex for the sake of science, these women reported positive effects in overall sexual satisfaction, desire, orgasm, and improvement in sexual pain though not in lubrication.

But, honestly, the findings are not THAT much of a surprise now, are they? We asked some women around us what they thought of the survey and most of them had always thought of stoned sex as great sex, even before they had this survey to back them up. “At least, it’s not like alcohol where the man (if you’re having sex with a man, that is) can get a whiskey dick, or you have to stop midway to vom,” one said. Added another, “The worst that can happen if you have had a toke is that you start giggling midway or forget you’re having sex.” One more said, "I feel way more chilled, less anxious about my bodily insecurities, and generally better in touch with myself when high."

Back to the new study. Though it’s interesting to note the above findings, what’s unclear is what exactly it is that leads to the heightened sexual experience. “It has been postulated that it leads to improvement in sexual function simply by lowering stress and anxiety,” the findings say. “It may slow the temporal perception of time and prolong the feelings of pleasurable sensations. It may lower sexual inhibitions and increase confidence and a willingness to experiment. Marijuana is also known to heighten sensations such as touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing.” They also note the possibility that weed may help activate neurotransmitters linked to sexual pleasure.

A previous study on a similar subject had also revealed how the illegality of marijuana—making it one that you consume in a more ‘private’ area than, say, alcohol, which can be had pretty much anywhere—also contributed to the facilitation of sexual actions. Another study—this one in 2017 by Stanford University researchers—had found a direct correlation between frequent pot-smoking and frequent sex. This study, though, stands out for concentrating on female pleasure and orgasms, especially when the reality of an orgasm gap—the clear disparity between men and women when it comes to achieving orgasm—still exists. This might not really help close that gap but on our way to that equal world, we will at least be doubling our chances of enjoying those Os.


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The inventor of Jelly Belly has launched cannabis-infused jelly beans
March 25, 2019

The inventor of Jelly Belly has launched cannabis-infused jelly beans

 

The inventor of Jelly Belly has a trendy new jelly-bean creation.

David Klein, who invented Jelly Belly in 1976, recently launched a business called Spectrum Confections that makes jelly beans infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana.

The candy comes in 38 flavors, including roasted marshmallow, pina colada, and strawberry cheesecake, and each bean contains 10 milligrams of CBD.

"The jelly bean is perfect for the proper dosage" of CBD, Klein told Cannabis Aficionado.

The CBD-infused jelly beans are available in bulk on the Spectrum Confections website, though the candies were sold out as of Monday.

Klein has been involved in the candy business since the 1970s, selling the Jelly Belly trademark in 1980 to the jelly-bean maker Herman Goelitz Candy Co., which changed its name to the Jelly Belly Candy Co.

While Jelly Belly is not involved with Spectrum Confections, the candy industry is bracing for the impact of cannabis-infused foods and beverages.

CBD is seen as an especially ripe area for growth. A team of analysts at the investment bank Cowen recently estimated that the US market for CBD could skyrocket to $16 billion by 2025 from roughly $1 billion to $2 billion now.

Via BusinessInsider.

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Alaska First State To Legalize Social Marijuana Use
March 23, 2019

Alaska First State To Legalize Social Marijuana Use

Although marijuana is legal in a handful of states for recreational use, the powers that be in most of those jurisdictions have put their foot down when it comes to allowing cannabis users to consume the herb in a public setting in the same way that has been done with alcohol for decades. But not Alaska. Earlier this week Lieutenant Governor Kevin Myers put his signature on a bill that will allow licensed dispensaries to open up social consumption sites for those 21 and older.

As of the mid-April, dispensaries all across Alaska can apply for an exclusive license to open a cannabis lounge section in their stores. There are a few stipulations: This part of the operation must be completely separate from the retail side of the dispensary, but there are no rules are whether the smoking section must be inside or outdoors. It is conceivable that it could even be both.

Dispensaries must also provide security and ventilation that meets the standards of the Marijuana Control Board. And unlike a bar situation, where patrons can drink as much as like as long as they don’t start fighting or bothering others, there are some serving limits. Reefer retailers may only sell one gram of weed (or one 10 mg edible) to a customer a day. It’s far from a perfect system, but it is one that cannabis advocates hope more states will start to embrace very soon.

By preventing retail outlets and other venues from being licensed and regulated for social consumption, many patients will have to choose between effective cannabis treatment for their ailments or being thrown out of public housing,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri saidin a statement. “This causes the civil liberties that come with marijuana legalization to still being kept at arm’s length from low-income individuals and members of other marginalized communities.”

While Alaska is the first state to legalize social pot consumption, it is not the only spot in the United States where the concept is being implemented. In San Francisco, a similar model is being used. Dispensaries there can provide a special section for patrons to use marijuana in a social setting.

Denver also has a social use law now, only it doesn’t allow smoking and patrons must bring their own weed. The other major setback to the system is the city now only has one participating location. The other licensed shop went out of business earlier this year. So, it’s pretty rag-tag as far as the kind of cannabis lounge model that advocates would like to see implemented elsewhere.

Social marijuana use is struggling to take off in the United States.

Maine was supposed to have a social marijuana use component – at least it was written in the language of the law – but regulators have not created a system for it as of yet. It is essentially the same deal in Massachusetts. Las Vegas is another city where lawmakers have been pushing for cannabis lounges.

Alaska understands that what it is doing is new and that many other jurisdictions are looking to  it as a guide.

“This is something that’s not happening anywhere else in the U.S. yet. As we start to develop this, people are really looking at us, so I know that everybody wants to get it right,” Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, told the Associated Press.

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You Can Now Legally Mail Cannabis (Sort Of)
March 21, 2019

You Can Now Legally Mail Cannabis (Sort Of)

 

 

New guidelines from the USPS reveal that the federal agency will now ship and deliver hemp. But you still should think twice before sending some dank to your buddy out in South Dakota.

New guidelines from the US Postal Service reveal the federal agency will now ship and deliver some cannabis products. Specifically, hemp products.

As first reported by Kight on Cannabis, the USPS “quietly released” the memo earlier this month. The letter cites the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, which federally permitted and expanded hemp cultivation throughout the US in states that legalized weed. The guidelines state the USPS will only handle cannabis products made from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Hemp is a form of cannabis that contains negligible amounts of THC, so it won’t get anyone buzzed. In recent years, its cultivation has grown popular in the US for extracting CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medicinal properties.

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Of course, the US government won’t make mailing weed products easy. First, to ship hemp or hemp products through the USPS, mailers must fill out a form confirming they are sending hemp and only hemp. Lying on the self-certification statement could subject the mailer to federal perjury laws.

Second, only licensed industrial hemp producers can mail hemp products. So, think twice before sending some dank shatter hash to your buddy out in South Dakota.

Cannabis has been legal to varying degrees at the state levels since the 1990s, when California first approved medical cannabis. But even after Colorado and Washington state launched America’s first recreational or adult-use cannabis sales, the USPS forbade mailing any cannabis products through the postal system in accordance with federal law.  

Despite the USPS’s ban, people kept sending weed through the postal system. In 2017, the agency discovered over 900 packages containing weed in Colorado alone.

The USPS memo does not change federal law, but rather it clarifies shipping rules now that hemp is federally legal. According to Marijuana Moment, the US Department of Agriculture, which oversees hemp nationwide, plans to issue new, comprehensive regulations for the plant sometime next year.

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