Latin America Moves Toward Legalization With Some Absurd Exceptions


Before he was elected, the President of Argentina said that “the war on drugs has failed” and “the solution isn’t to go around persecuting people for smoking a joint”.  Latin America has been very hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Argentina and other countries continue with their chronic economic problems. Now the New York Times is reporting that the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has issued a decree that allows pharmacies to sell cannabis-based…


Arizona Can Help End Stigma Against Migraine Sufferers And Marijuana Use


A migraine sufferer and researcher advocates for migraines to be put on a list of acceptable MMJ conditions. The following column is the opinion and analysis of the writer: For the nearly 39 million Americans who suffer from debilitating migraines, stigma is nothing new. Despite the fact that they struggle with a chronic neurological disease that is the sixth-most disabling illness in the world and is more common than asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy combined, migraine…


Maine Records $1.4 Million In Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales In First Month


Average sale during an inaugural month limited by supply shortages and in-store purchase limits was about $66, state records show. In its first month, Maine’s new adult-use cannabis market reported $1.4 million in legal sales, according to state records. Those records show 21,194 sales made at six recreational marijuana stores licensed to do business in Auburn, Bangor, Northport, South Portland and Stratton. That works out to an average transaction of about $66. About three-quarters of…

Grow Light in The Darkness (Blind Grower Sees Hope in Oklahoma)


CANNABIS CULTURE – Kenny Abbe took an Oklahoma growhouse by storm when he started growing some of the most beautiful cannabis plants without having the benefit of being able to actually see them.     “Disability is only a true disability if the person suffering from it allows it to disable them,’ Abbe said.  In 2014, Abbe was living life as any other family man, working and raising his children with his wife, Shayana.  Then…

What To Do With Your Cannabis Stalks, Stems And Leaves


You lovingly raised your cannabis crop from seed to flower; you harvested those beautifully frosted buds, trimmed, washed, and dried them; and now, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with a truly excellent toke. But what do you do with the rest of the plant once you have what you wanted? Are the stalks, stems and leaves of your crop worthless, or can you make them as valuable as the flower? – Read…

Nepenthe, A Cannabis Infused Wine for Grief?


CANNABIS CULTURE –  Nepenthe was an ancient herbal infused wine, that appears in Homer’s famous tale The Odyssey. Its use to quell grief in a funerary setting has caused many researchers to identify it with cannabis. The Odyssey of Homer (9th-8th century BC) describes the Nepenthes which came to the Greeks from Egyptian Thebes: “Then Helen, daughter of Zeus… cast a drug into the wine whereof they drank, a drug to lull all pain and…


Ireland Needs To Have The Adult Conversation About Medical Cannabis


A woman who smokes cannabis to deal with her back pain has said Ireland needs to have ‘the adult conversation’ about the drug. There has been a lot of conversation surrounding legislation and access to medical cannabis. In 2019, legislation was passed to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis for five years. ‘Sally’ – a pseudonym – said she takes the drug occasionally for back pain as…


Cooking with Cannabis in Downtown Windsor


The legalization of marijuana in Canada has inspired some to take their kush to the kitchen. “We never knew how interested people were about cooking with cannabis until we started seeing the cookbooks flying off the shelves,” says Sam Katzman, owner of Greentown Cannabis. The growing popularity has prompted Greentown Cannabis to host a second live cannabis cooking demonstration. – Read the entire article at CTV News.


Field Trip (Ten Years of Therapy in an Afternoon?)


CANNABIS CULTURE – We do want everyone to have access to the benefits of some good, old fashioned consciousness expansion, don’t we? According to Independent Consultant Mort Goldman, Pharm.D., “Ketamine is relatively short-acting, with an incredibly high level of safety. That’s why it’s a favorite among doctors as a procedural anesthetic.” That’s also why ketamine seems like one of the most reasonable solutions to treating mental and emotional distress in a time when few have access to—or…

Women Are More Likely To Swap Prescribed Medication For Medical Cannabis, Study Finds


Increased medical knowledge and changes in social norms have meant that over the last decade attitudes towards medical cannabis have changed exponentially. After speaking to clinicians and patients studies have concluded that while it may have once been taboo, medical cannabis is now believed to be a legitimate medical therapy by some. It may be much more accepted but few studies have looked into how patients use medical cannabis and whether men and women see…

Does CBD Help With Nausea? Here’s What Experts Have to Say


Feeling nauseated is one of the ickiest feelings in the world. Upset stomachs, throwing up, digestive issues — I would be happy if I never had to experience those again. If you have nausea caused by side effects of another treatment (like chemotherapy), it can be even worse. People have drastically changed their diets, tried motion-sickness bands and pills, and even experimented with Cannabidiol (CBD) to try to ease their nausea. But does CBD really…


Keep Your Spirits High With Cannabis-Infused Recipes From Chef Nikki Steward


Let’s be honest. This years’ Thanksgiving might be a little different than it has been in the past. With the pandemic still in full gear, many are foregoing the large scale family gatherings and parties, and instead planning small, intimate meals with those already in their quarantine bubble. If you are planning your own Quarantine Thanksgiving, it doesn’t have to be a depressing affair. While it’s sad to not be able to gather with our…


America’s Longest Serving Nonviolent Cannabis Prisoner To Be Released Following Efforts by Last Prisoner Project


After 32 Years Behind Bars, Richard DeLisi Clemency Approved Christmas is coming early this year for cannabis offender Richard DeLisi and his family. According to prison officials at South Bay Correctional Facility, DeLisi, America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner, will be released next month — 18 months ahead of schedule. This will be the first Christmas since 1988 that DeLisi does not have to spend behind bars. The early release date follows combined efforts by Last Prisoner Project and pro bono attorneys Chiara Juster, Elizabeth Buchanan, and Michael…


Marijuana Mom Petitions NJ Gov For Rec License, Fears Small Businesses Will Be Overlooked


Cannabis legalization in New Jersey doesn’t necessarily alleviate the industry of its troubles. Recently, Garden State residents voted in favor of marijuana legalization. Cannabis entrepreneurs like Debi Madaio are now faced with a new hurdle: attaining a recreational license. The registered nurse and owner of NJWeedman’s Joint — a cannabis-themed eatery — launched a campaign after Election Day via Change.org. Her goal is to petition New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to award her small business…


Saskatchewan Woman Says Use Of Cannabis To Help Her Addiction Not Accepted


For Shelby Curtis, keeping away from hard drugs starts with quieting her thoughts. The 26-year-old got a prescription to use cannabis medicinally earlier this year while in recovery and living in Regina’s Raising Hope housing program for new mothers facing issues such as substance abuse. She uses THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to manage depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. – Read the entire article at The Hamilton Spectator.


Former Blackberry Executive Pivots To Weed, Set To Open Cannabis Store In Kitchener, Ont.


“The irony is that cannabis has been demonized, while the excessive consumption of alcohol, a literal poison, is celebrated. This is why we believe strongly in the normalization and de-stigmatization of cannabis.” Owen Allerton, a former director with Blackberry, says that while alcohol is commonplace in corporate environments despite its harms, cannabis still carries a stigma. “A startup with beer in the fridge is seen as ‘cool’, and it is entirely normal for a sales…


Cultivation Under Covid (A Grower’s Life in Lockdown)


CANNABIS CULTURE – While many struggle with the stress and anxiety of isolation, Andy, of the Syracuse area in New York State, has kept a level head — by keeping his hands in the dirt.  Andy was diagnosed with Lyme disease two years ago, and when COVID isolation started, he had to take it extremely seriously. Over video chat, he said about the disease, “It was destroying my fundamental health and it takes a lot…


Down (the Rabbit Hole) and Out (of Addiction) 


CANNABIS CULTURE – Magic Mushrooms, now legal in Oregon. have shown promise in treatment of addiction and depression. The question is — will the psychedelic approach ever be legal everywhere else? Numinus just announced its plans to begin a compassionate access trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for substance use disorder. Dr. Evan Wood, Chief Medical Officer at Numinus had this to say in the announcement released today: “Research has already demonstrated great promise for psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy as…


More Utah Doctors Will Be Able To Recommend Medical Cannabis Under New Bill


More Utah doctors will be able to recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients, under a new bill being proposed. The forthcoming legislation will allow physicians to recommend cannabis for up to 15 patients without having to go through hours of specialized training through the state. But if a doctor does, they can help up to 275 patients. “We want to make the barrier to entry on the part of providers, prescribers, lower,” said Rep. Ray…

Easy Marijuana Edibles Recipes


Want to spice things up — or, in this case, weed things up — on Thanksgiving, but intimidated by the work? It doesn’t have to be that hard. We’re not talking about stuffing a turkey with a half-ounce of Sour Diesel; leave the bird alone. But side dishes, primarily those with plenty of butter and dairy (or coconut oil, if you’re vegan), are prime candidates for cannabis infusion. Just have cannabutter at the ready or…


Vancouver Projects Give Weed to Curb Overdoses. Police Just Raided One


A council motion has supported ‘low barrier’ cannabis as an alternative to opioids. Neil Magnuson says he provides more than 200 people free high-potency cannabis edibles as an alternative to them using opioids. On Saturday, he says, Vancouver police raided his supply on wheels. Magnuson, founder of the unlicensed Cannabis Substitution Project, started the project out of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users office more than three years ago. Two years into Canada’s legal…


This Treehouse Is A Socially-Distant, Cannabis-Fueled Dream Vacation


Craving a socially-distant weed vacation to soothe the pain of 2020? You’re in luck. Tucked high up in the trees of the Cascade foothills in Monroe, Washington, about an hour outside of Seattle, sits Mountain Views Tree House Joint. This retreat of cannabis consumption-friendly treehouses offers adults a socially-distant dream trip. The whimsical bed-and-breakfast treehouse rooms come with all the amenities— including a locally purveyed cannabis package for an upgrade ($90). The rentals are for…

Formerly Homeless Man Gives Out Socks, Cannabis At Unusual Saskatoon Event


When Sterling Wilde was on the street, there was one thing he could never find: a pair of clean socks. After he got off the street and became a cannabis activist, he decided there was one thing that always improved his day: a joint. Since 2018, Wilde has married his past and his passion by handing out hundreds of socks and pre-rolled joints in a Saskatoon charity event like no other, aptly called TubeZ and…

Sex, Love and Ecstasy in the Digital Age (Connection Through Psychedelics)


CANNABIS CULTURE –  Shared MDMA experiences are “like waking from a dream, and having something there to reassure you that not every part of the dream was fake,” says Psychedelic comedian, founder of Hello SciCom and emcee of the Listening to ecstasy Webinar — Sarah Rose Siskind.I signed up for this digital trip expecting to cover a book release party for Charley Wininger’s book about his own journeys with MDMA, and his mission to set the record…


Wiping Slate Clean For Marijuana Offenders Opens Doors


As CEO of Common Citizen, one of Michigan’s largest cannabis producers, I can tell you firsthand the state’s new Clean Slate law is a game-changer that will benefit families, communities and our state’s economic resurgence. Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month, the Clean Slate law expunges criminal records of those convicted of certain cannabis-related felonies and misdemeanors that are no longer considered crimes under Michigan’s adult-use cannabis law. The new law creates a system…


State Urged By Cork Mother To Let Medicinal Cannabis Deliveries Continue


A Cork mother is calling on the Department of Health to allow medical marijuana to be delivered to her severely epileptic daughter post-Covid-19. Vera Twomey said that the drug has saved her daughter Ava’s life, leaving her 95% seizure-free, happy, able to attend school and independent of heavy medications. She had been travelling every 12 weeks to collect medical cannabis, with permission from the State, prior to April 6 when the Department of Health arranged…


Can Farming Hemp Help Fight Climate Change?


A small farm in upstate New York is working to revolutionize the organic farming industry, starting with supporting their local ecosystem while growing, among a variety of grains, hemp — the plant behind the multi-million dollar CBD industry. Hemp, a species of cannabis that does not create a marijuana-like high, has an ancient history with usage dating back centuries. Ben Banks-Dobson, who runs Stone House Farm’s 2,600-acre operation, is hoping to help the Earth while…


Calgary-Based Cannabis Grower, Chocolatier Cook Up Sweet Deal


Sundial Growers says its partnership with city confectioner Choklat to produce edibles in time to stuff Christmas stockings is part of the recipe for the cannabis company’s recovery during the tough times of an industry downturn. Two Calgary-based companies are ready to combine a cannabis buzz with a sugar rush. Sundial Growers says its partnership with city confectioner Choklat — to produce edibles in time for Christmas — is part of the recipe for the…


Doctors And Patients Don’t Discuss Marijuana Use, But Should: Paper


Following Tuesday’s election, 36 states have created or voted to create medical cannabis programs, but conversations about the substance are still rare in doctors’ offices around the country. It’s time for that to change, according to a paper published recently in the journal Pain Management Nursing. Clinicians should create an environment in which patients can openly discuss their cannabis use and participate in shared decisions about the drug’s potential health effects, the paper authored by…


Israel Announces Plan To Legalize Recreational Cannabis Within 9 Months


According to recommendations of interministerial team, marijuana will be sold to users aged 21 and up, but not for consumption in public. Israel is planning to legalize cannabis for recreational use within nine months while balancing “liberalism and responsibility,” Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said Thursday. Nissenkorn presented the recommendations of an interministerial team that has been reviewing the matter, alongside Likud MK Sharren Haskel and Blue and White MK Ram Shefa, who have been leading…