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If you’ve never visited a state where cannabis is legal (and you’ve never been to Canada), you might imagine the fully-legal corners of the world as hash heaven – people picnicking with joints in hand, basking in Bob Ross-like golden rays of sunshine and the sweet freedom that comes from being able to light up whenever you please.

We hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but that’s not the reality – like, at all.

Smoking or vaping cannabis in public is still illegal in every part of the United States, including states where recreational marijuana is legal. Though laws on using tinctures and edibles outdoors vary, state laws on smoking or vaping cannabis tend to mirror laws on alcohol – i.e., if you’re in a space where you can’t crack open a beer, you probably can’t whip out a joint.

The only thing that makes cannabis law different than the laws on alcohol in these states? There are no marijuana bars. While Colorado and California may award cannabis licenses to businesses that provide on-site consumption areas, these “cannabis lounges” are the exception to a general rule among states that have legalized recreational marijuana: You can vape and smoke weed, but only at home.

This may matter to you because you want to get a buzz while picnicking with your partner, but it’s also a real medical issue.  For the over four million medical marijuana patients, it means they can’t take their medicine (legally) unless they’re basically back at home.  Easy during a pandemic maybe, but not practical when working or running errands.

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District of Columbia home-growers are celebrating the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations by giving away free weed, cannabis reform group D.C. Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) has announced.

The campaign, dubbed ‘Joints for Jabs,’ will see the group distribute free bags of cannabis outside of vaccination centres.

 
 
 

“We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis,” says DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller.

“DCMJ believes that cannabis should be consumed safely and responsibly, and the pandemic has made this incredibly difficult for many adults to share their homegrown cannabis. When enough adults are inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine, it will be time to celebrate — not just the end of the pandemic, but the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition in the United States,” Schiller adds.

Since its founding in 2013, DCMJ helped to pass Initiative 71, which legalized the possession and cultivation of cannabis within D.C., and has led a number of high-profile campaigns, including distributing more than 10,000 joints at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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Jersey City doesn’t have any cannabis dispensaries yet, but the City Council will review an ordinance this week creating a 2% tax on medicinal marijuana sales.

While legislation legalizing recreational marijuana has stalled in Trenton, state law allows municipalities to levy a tax of up to 2% on medical marijuana sales. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop tweeted over the weekend that the tax revenue generated from such sales would be directed toward affordable housing efforts in the city.

“Mayor Fulop has been a vocal supporter of marijuana legalization with taxes benefiting the local municipalities,” Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

 

The City Council ordinance establishing the tax is up for introduction Wednesday.

 

Hoboken adopted a 2% tax last summer. Harmony Dispensary won approval in August for a dispensary on Hudson Street, and at least two other companies want to open stores in the Mile Square City.

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The events of recent months – which, at no risk of ambiguity, will not be discussed here – have created something of a roadblock for nearly every industry that was, just twelve months ago, thriving in the global marketplace. 

Not least among those industries is the world of travel and tourism which, on both a local, national and international level, has ground to a halt for nigh-on twelve months. 

There are plenty of ideas swirling about the best ways to restart the world of travel when circumstances allow, and forecasts for how that side of life will have changed for good. The notion of harnessing the new freedom surrounding marijuana usage holds plenty of potential for the industry, and offers an exciting new normal for millions of people. Read more below. 

It Began at the Heyday of Commercial Air Travel

Of course, the notion of cannabis-related tourism is nothing new – it is, in reality, the driving force behind the sheer quantity of strains we now have today. 

Take, for instance, the foundational strains that each gave rise to the many thousands of iterations and hybrids that exist at this very moment. Leading cannabis researcher Cannigma have curated a wealth of knowledge on this subject, and their recent article, What is Kush, delves into the fascinating, transcontinental journey that this strain made from the ageless mountain communities of Afghanistan, through the mid-twentieth century, to Los Angeles of the 1990s. 

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Products made with CBD oil have become popular, but there are restrictions when it comes to mailing them, as the USPS reminded postal workers on Monday.

“The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It also clarified that interstate commerce of hemp is permitted and created a process for each state to regulate hemp production and distribution,” according to the post on USPS Link newsletter site.

It referred postal employees to Publication 52, Section 453 where it states mailers must comply with all laws and must retain records establishing compliance with such laws – for no less than two years after the date of mailing. That includes laboratory test results, licenses, and compliance reports.

The USPS said mailers are not required to obtain prior authorization from the Postal Service to mail CBD products and said employees are not responsible for the mailer’s compliance.

It also noted that hemp and hemp-derived products are not permitted to be mailed to international or military destinations.

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Maine's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless.

Maine wasn't able to replicate the grand opening scenes that have followed the first sales in other states. But regulators reported more than $1 million in sales in October, more than $1.2 million in November and nearly $2 million in December. The number of retail businesses also continues to grow.

“Despite all the market challenges, everything from COVID to supply chains and beyond, Maine has done a really good job getting this market up and running,” said Thomas Winstanley, vice president of marketing for Theory Wellness, which has locations in South Portland and Waterville. “Cannabis is becoming part of the social fabric.”

Nearly a third of U.S. states have approved legal adult use marijuana. That includes several states with longer established marijuana programs and four that just went legal in the 2020 elections and are developing programs.

But only Maine went legal in 2016 and then took nearly four years to create a legal framework for retail sales. Those sales began in October, just as the pandemic was worsening in the state and around the country.

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“Cannabis tourism” may be coming to an end in Amsterdam if the environmentalist mayor Femke Halsema gets her wish to ban foreign tourists from the city's coffee shops by the time coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted.

It’s no secret that the city’s first female mayor, along with many locals, simply has had enough of "the power of attraction of Amsterdam as a holiday resort for soft drug tourism," as Halsema wrote in a recent letter to her city council, included in her new plan expected to be passed that would permit marijuana product sales only to Dutch nationals and residents of the Netherlands.

A total of 46 million people visited the Netherlands in 2019, with most coming to Amsterdam and many buying and smoking cannabis at the marijuana shops.Before Covid-19 lockdowns, the euphemistically-called coffee shops, along with the renowned red-light district, attracted more than one million visitors a month — more than its permanent population.

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The passage of Proposition 207 in Arizona, legalizing recreational cannabis, ushers in a new opportunity for the home gardener. Adults ages 21 and older are now allowed to grow a limited amount of cannabis plants at home for personal use. 

"We don’t see any difference between growing cannabis and growing vegetables and growing lavender, they're all plants," said Ryan Jerrell, co-owner of Dig It Gardens in Phoenix.

But like growing any plant, it can be easy to overthink it, he said.

The Arizona Republic asked two experts to share their tips for beginners: Noah Wylie, master grower at The Mint Dispensary based in the East Valley, and Josh Sundberg, farmer and co-owner of Community Roots AZ in Cornville, southwest of Sedona.

Wylie has been cultivating cannabis since 2002, when he first started growing for patient use in California. Sundberg cultivates cannabis for personal use and offers workshops for other growers.

Cannabis plants grown in the past by home gardener Josh Sundberg, who launched Community Roots AZ with his wife in Cornville, Arizona.

With the coronavirus pandemic stubborn to release its grip on countries around the globe, travelers are being asked to continue stifling their wanderlust for the foreseeable future. And while the shutdown of leisure travel is hardly the most significant impact of the outbreak, it has left many world explorers desperate for the taste of a faraway locale.

To fill the void left by canceled itineraries, alternatives including online guided tours of historic city centers and must-see museums have become a popular choice for vicarious visitors. And now, Californians can elevate their virtual travels with a new line of cannabis edibles that are inspired by traditional Italian desserts.

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The creation of Simone D’Antonio, a classically trained chef and chocolatier from the Amalfi Coast, the new confections from Mammamia combine the flavors of his native Italy with the finest cannabis from his adopted home of California. Each is based on a traditional Italian dessert, and in combination represent a culinary journey through the Old Country.

Amazing Faraglioni cliffs panorama with the majestic Tyrrhenian sea in background. Capri island, Campania region, Italy.

Marijuana should be legalized for recreational purposes in Iowa among adults.

The illegal cannabis market in this country is estimated to total about $50 billion a year (National Affairs, 2020). A legal product could help eliminate that dangerous illegal market with legitimate access and the stabilization of appropriate chemical composition.

Medical marijuana was legalized in 2014 in Iowa because it has effective therapeutic consequences. The website WebMD reports that hemp can help stop or slow some cancer cells, prevent Alzheimer's, relieve arthritis, control epileptic seizures, ease pain and tremors from multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons, decrease anxiety, stress and PTSD symptoms, reduce the impact of Lupus and Crohn's Disease and more.

The legalization of recreational cannabis can also offer financial benefits, as well.

 

According to the Iowa Tax Education Foundation (2020), the pandemic will cost the state of Iowa a loss of jobs and income totaling almost $18 billion by March of this year, and tax revenue will drop by a minimum of $1.2 billion. The Motley Fool (2019) reported in December 2019, that California generated $3.1 billion in that year from medical and recreational marijuana sales and Colorado raised $1.6 billion, followed by Washington, Florida and Michigan, at $1 billion. Tax profits in these states are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and aiding in the funding of education, health care, veteran’s support, drug abuse prevention programs, public safety efforts, literacy projects and other state necessities (Brookings Institute, 2018American Progress, 2019).

Medical marijuana being grown in Warren, Michigan.

Wyoming is now one of the last holdout states that hasn’t accepted legal cannabis, surrounded on all sides by legal states. It’s not clear exactly when they will join their neighbors, but they are already looking around to their legal counterparts for information on legalization. 

The reason for this research is probably that the data shows residents are looking for more access to cannabis. A study from the University of Wyoming last month shows that more than half of residents support legalizations. Fifty-four percent, to be exact, say they support adult-use cannabis. 

“This continues the steady increase in support observed from 2014, 2016 and 2018, when support rose from 37 percent to 41 percent to 49 percent, respectively,” the report claims. 

With this information in mind, Travis Koltiska, chief of police in Sheridan, Wyoming, feels that cannabis trafficking over state lines won’t stop any time soon, and that the state could be looking at an increase. 

“Large legal operations in surrounding states have also shown us increased availability in distribution amounts, and that will likely increase if we look at data from the past,” Sheridan County Sheriff Allen Thompson adds. He realizes that Wyoming residents traveling to other states to get cannabis is common, and that there could be even more of an increase to that traffic in coming months. 

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America has a bad case of pandemic anxiety.

COVID-19 infections are rising.

Tens of millions of workers lost their jobs and face dismal prospects of getting new ones.

There is no end in sight.

Anxiety has gone mainstream and so has marijuana.


It all started with the nic-a-like (first generation), then clearomizer (second generation), and mod (third generation).

The pod, currently the fourth generation, is quickly gaining popularity.

Vaping is now widely accepted, and anyone wishing to delve into it will need a top quality vape starter kit, which is more user-friendly than box mods. 

Vaping technology is continuously evolving to achieve the best performance.

Here are more ways in which technology has changed the face of the vaping world.

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Obviously, cannabis is trending: Weed has been making headlines left and right!

It’s all about what’s next for the popular plant, from the future of financial projections to groundbreaking advancements in the medical world. While this deluge of news keeps cannabis enthusiasts on their toes and creates buzz in the industry, modern cannabis coverage can leave some holes in perspective for those who may not be well-versed in the plant’s background and historical significance.

Having a grasp of cannabis history lends us a deeper understanding of some of the current hot topics in the cannabis world, like equity in the industry, why cannabis is still federally illegal and how the truth about its healing potential has been intentionally suppressed.

For anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the plant’s past in order to help them understand the present and even postulate its future, these books will point you in the right direction. But keep in mind that these are just a handful of great reads that will begin to give you a more well-rounded view of what’s going on now. Use these suggestions as a starting point for your research and keep looking for other books that will augment your cannabis education.

“Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America”

By Box Brown

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New Year’s resolutions can help you start the year off motivated and excited. Here are 5 helpful ideas if you consume marijuana.

New Year’s resolutions have their limitations, but they’re a nice thing to do when looking ahead towards the coming year. These goals can range from something tangible, like losing a set amount of pounds, to something less easy to define, like getting more joy out of each joint you smoke. The latter one seems like an easier and more enjoyable thing to add to your resolutions.

No matter your objectives, resolutions should be done in a way that makes you happy and more fulfilled, never in a way that adds extra stress to your life or makes you feel like you’ve failed at something. For those trying to get more enjoyment out of your smoke sessions, or simply trying to change your relationship with marijuana, here are some healthy ideas for your New Year’s weed resolutions:

Make a smoking schedule

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A schedule can help you smoke more or less, depending on your needs. With lockdown measures and tons of people working from home, smoking and drinking can quickly transform into every day activities, habits that are easy to form but difficult to break. While this works for some, the majority of people need stretches of time where they’re sober in order to work and be productive.

setting a schedule can make you less productive

The final numbers are in for Oregon cannabis in 2020, and as expected, they’re impressive — on both the adult-use and medical sides of the industry.

Combined sales were $95.9 million in December, up 39.2% compared to a year earlier, driving the total for 2020 to $1,110,520,723.

That was a 39.7% increase over the $795.1 million sold in 2019 — a big uptick from growth rates of 22.6% in 2019 and 24.1% in 2018, according to data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Sales leaped when the pandemic hit in March and stayed strong, with some typical seasonal variation, as the year wore on. As the Business Journal reported, they crossed the $1 billion mark the day before Thanksgiving.

Adult-use sales alone topped $1 billion for the year, ending at $1,001,295,497, up 37.9%.

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Another New Year comes, and we find ourselves once again making goals, resolutions and promises to ourselves and others. For many people, making healthy food choices is always top of the resolution list, as the over-indulgence of the holidays inevitably ends up expanding the waistline.

New diets for the New Year also can re-shape our relationship with food. When it comes to edibles, people tend to first think of brownies, cookies and other sugar-laden products. And if you swore an oath to take on a plant-based diet or low sugar diet, then how are edibles going to fit into your new lifestyle choice? Edibles do not have to be merely consumed through sugary vessels to be enjoyable, as there are a wide range of savory recipes that will keep your diet on track. Learning to pair the terpene and flavonoid profiles of strains to the savory food items you have will ultimately make your edible experience more enjoyable. Think of each strain as a unique spice with specific flavor profiles that also brings a specific medicinal outcome.

Some of my favorite healthy edibles recipes include sautéed summer veggies made with the Island Sweet Skunk strain, Yugoslavian finger squash baked with some Mr. Nice canna-butter, and a gluten-free CBD cookie made with refined sugar substitutes.

But this recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, also makes for an incredibly delicious and healthy snack, and is made with decarboxylated kief from the Herijuana strain so that you don’t have to consume any canna-oil or canna-butter! Enjoy responsibly.

Recipe: Roasted Herijuana Pepitas

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The city of Westfield received $45,000 this fiscal year that it didn’t get last year.

Quite the story in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt city finances and everything — especially the revenue picture — seems to turn out worse than expectations.

The payment, for the fiscal year’s first quarter, came from the state as the city’s share of marijuana taxes collected this year for the first time. The city’s first marijuana retailer, Cannabis Connection, opened in June.

Westfield is not alone in seeing new money from the state’s growing cannabis industry. But cities and towns, and the businesses themselves, don’t necessarily know what will happen next. As the industry begins to mature, there is burgeoning competition and market fluctuations as consumer acceptance and habits change following pandemic-related lockdowns.

Will the end of COVID-19 restrictions mean more business? Will new shops that open dilute receipts, or will greater social acceptance lead to more sales? Will new shops in neighboring communities — Springfield’s first opened in September, and its taxes aren’t in yet — change the bottom line in communities that had monopolies in the early days?

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When it comes to Virginia and cannabis, Virginia didn’t see any big changes with the last US election. This is because the state had already decriminalized cannabis earlier this spring, and expanded on its own medical legalization policy this past summer. However, there’s one other thing when it comes to Virginia and cannabis, something that’s often misunderstood. Virginia was actually the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana, back in 1979.

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Was Virginia really first?

Indeed it was! And it went through with practically no buzz at all. In 1979, Virginia did an overhaul of its drug laws which included the inclusion of the use of cannabis medicines for people specifically suffering from glaucoma and cancer. The medical legalization allowed patients with these illnesses to receive the medications, but wasn’t expanded on past that point for many, many years. In fact, it wasn’t until 2017 that the bill was finally expanded to include more conditions and generally looser policies. It was updated yet again in the summer of 2020.

So, what happened to the bill? Not much. The issue with legalizations is that they don’t come compact with finished frameworks for regulation. They merely state the decision to change the legality of a specific thing. Once the status is changed, especially when a former black-market product becomes a regular market product, there has to be some kind of setup for how it’ll work. Will it be taxed, at what rate, and by what entity? How can it be used exactly, and where? Are there age restrictions? What’s the cost, and is there a cost ceiling? Where can the product come from, and what are the regulations for producing it?

These things and more must be figured out, and if they aren’t, the legalization is open to much debate in court, apart from the fact that it stymies the ability to have an operational industry. For years the law sat, practically unknown to the Board of Medicine, attorney general, or court system in general.

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It’s easy to sit back in seclusion and complain about what a difficult year 2020 has been. Yes, we have all encountered great tribulations and changes we never expected. But as an old hippy, I highly recommend you get comfortable, smoke a fatty, go with the flow and consider the benefits of living during a pandemic. There is always a silver lining, if you just take the time to look.

Of course, in the world of cannabis, the number one reward for Californians was issued last March when Governor Newsom announced that all licensed marijuana businesses in California could continue with business as usual during the imposed lockdowns, deeming it an “essential” business. Wow – from illegal to essential, thanks to COVID-19. Cannabis sales sky rocketed, although now they are primarily executed by delivery services or curbside pickup services at dispensaries. More time at home equals more time to get high.

Thinking Outside the Bowl

During these singular times, many people experiencing loneliness have undoubtedly turned to cannabis as a companion to heighten creativity and elevate their mood. While the old-fashioned art of sharing a joint may be gone forever, here at the Swami Select farm, we have been learning how to smoke out of our own bowls or personal paraphernalia. We’ve even had Zoom calls where we pretend to pass the doobie. And the cool thing is, we can do this with friends all across the globe! Having a big imagination helps a whole lot during lockdown.

It’s funny how quickly a word can become so ubiquitous. Take “Zoom” for example. It’s a noun (“Are you on Zoom?”); a verb (“Let’s Zoom”); and even an adjective (“She has Zoom burnout”). We found that Zooming is a great way to have a seshin’ with your friends, share stories and music, and even check out cannabis together. 

While the traditional December Emerald Cup is cancelled for the first time in 17 years, we do still plan to hold the contest virtually in March. Judging will happen with the help of some sort of Zoom arrangement. It’s simply the time to think outside the bowl.