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In an appeal with national implications, a petition has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, demanding that the federal statute criminalizing marijuana, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), be declared unconstitutional. The case, Washington v. Barr, was brought on behalf of five plaintiffs, including 14-year-old legalization activist Alexis Bortell, Iraq War Veteran Jose Belen, and nine-year old […]
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City of Portland’s Cannabis Program Awards $548,000 to Reinvest in Communities Impacted by Prohibition
The Office of Community & Civic Life’s Social Equity & Educational Development (SEED) Grant Fund has announced its 2020 grant recipients. Six local organizations will receive a total of $548,000 to provide economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. The grant is funded from a portion of Measure 26-180 which directs […]
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The Best Way to Cure Weed and Quickly Drying a Sample So you’ve just harvested your marijuana crop: the smells are divine, and the buds are looking fluffy, tipped with beautiful multicolored colas–that is the tip of the flowering bud. Your weed looks good enough to eat, but is it ready to smoke? Well, […]
Social Justice & The War On Drugs | Part 4: The Broken U.S. Prison System Demands Immediate Reform to Address Overcrowding and Social Injustice
The current state of and unacceptable practices within America’s prison system are two of the biggest social justice issues that come up when discussing the War on Drugs. The numbers regarding mass incarceration and the privatization of prisons are some of the most staggering statistics in the world, and the need for prison reform has […]
Different Cannabinoids Explained What are Cannabinoids? Do you ever wonder why smoking weed gets you high? It’s because of cannabinoids, different chemical compounds found in cannabis that enact with the human endocannabinoid system. There are numerous cannabinoids found in marijuana and each have a slightly different effect than others. Their cumulative effects can produce the […]
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Some meals are created from resources and necessities. I grew up in a single parent home and my mom had to work several jobs to keep food on the table. Many times, my family and I created meals from what was in the house at the time because that was all that was all we […]
This is one of my favorite comfort foods! I honestly believe I could eat this everyday. This dish was something our family would have often. My Granddad Benny would take me crabbing in the early morning hours and sometimes shrimp would get caught in the nets. I would let them go until Benny would fuss […]
For those of us who have been around the block in the cannabis movement, seeing industry professionals who are advocates at the core bridge into policy work is one of the most encouraging things to witness. Many advocates and industry leaders choose to stay in the private sector for a variety of reasons, and are […]
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Cannabis industry professionals Dale Hunt, PhD, JD, Ethan Russo, MD, and Robert C. Clarke have brought together their expertise and joined forces to create the first cannabis company to focus on intellectual property (IP) protection specifically for independent plant breeders and licensing IP for access to markets worldwide. Named Breeder’s Best, the company hopes to […]
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical compounds in marijuana, hemp and other cannabis products. The program aims to increase accuracy in product labeling and help forensic laboratories distinguish between hemp and marijuana. Another goal, said NIST research chemist Brent Wilson, is to […]
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Former public defender, Keeda Haynes, who spent nearly four years in federal prison for a marijuana-related felony, of which she says she was innocent, is running for Congress. Taking on a nearly 20-year incumbent, Rep. Jim Cooper (D), Ms. Haynes hopes to become the first Black congresswoman from Tennessee. The last time Tennessee sent a […]
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In a move directly affecting cannabis research, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released preliminary guidance on the government’s approach to several topics pertaining to clinical research related to the development of drugs containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds. The guidelines, released on July 21, 2020, outline how companies seeking approval to develop cannabis-based products […]
The House of Representatives has approved a measure that will allow U.S. military members and veterans to use hemp-based CBD so long as the products meet the federal definition of hemp, which stipulates they contain not more than 0.3% THC. The vote comes up against an earlier directive from the Pentagon that had signed a […]
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Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine (UCI) researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The study’s results, released July 17, 2020, could have wide-reaching […]
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Medical marijuana has been legalized in Missouri since 2018. As of the current date, recreational marijuana has yet to be legalized, however we are holding out hope that the next opportunity will present itself in 2022. There were high hopes of getting adult-use recreational marijuana on the ballot this November, but unfortunately the pandemic halted […]
Does Missouri Have Medical Cannabis? Yes. After voters passed Amendment 2 by an overwhelming margin in November 2018., Missouri voters showed their support behind MO Medical Marijuana, making it legal for card-carrying qualifying patients and caregivers to possess and cultivate marijuana in Missouri, with the program being administered by the Missouri Department of Health and […]
There are few who would deny that former President Nixon’s 1971 War on Drugs was aimed at the nation’s Black communities and anti-Vietnam War protestors. That war still rages today though, thanks to persistent advocates, change seems to be in the air. A working group in Colorado succeeded in expanding social equity in the cannabis […]
When Prabjot Nagra tried to drive a commercial truck across the Peace Bridge at the end of June with 9,500 pounds of weed in vacuum-sealed bags, the border X-ray scan machine went crazy, prompting U.S. Customs and Border guards to, well, take notice. The 5-ton bust was the largest seizure to date of marijuana attempting […]
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Jim McGovern (D-Mass), Chairman of the House of Representatives Rules Committee, said that when it comes to cannabis reform, common sense has not prevailed within the current political climate. “This is what happens when you allow the world’s greatest deliberative body to actually deliberate and debate. That shouldn’t be a radical idea,” Rep. McGovern recently […]
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It was August 2016 when U.S. military veteran Sean Worsley and his wife Eboni were on a road trip to visit each of their parents. They’d stopped to buy gas in a small Alabama town when a local cop approached and told them their music was too loud and that he wanted to search their […]
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