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Seth Rogen provides an inside look at Houseplant headquarters

 

Seth Rogen recently invited Architectural Digest to present a tour of the Houseplant headquarters’ interior décor and operations. Architectural Digest often explores the personal living spaces of celebrities, such as Cara Delevingne, Serena Williams, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, and Binging with Babish, to name a few.

Architectural Digest’s tour of Houseplant, which went live on April 27, is a little different. It explores the décor both as a home, as well as a business space. Houseplant was founded in 2019 by Rogen and his business partner, Evan Goldberg. Originally they partnered with Canopy Growth Corp. to operate exclusively in Canada, but have since moved to operate out of California instead, as of 2021.

The brand sells a line of cannabis that is currently only available in California, but also offers a variety of unique and modern home décor items such as ashtrays, lighters, and even a lighter caddy in the shape of Rogen’s dog, a Cavalier King Charles named Zelda.

Houseplant’s headquarters is located in a 1918 bungalow in Los Angeles. Architectural Digest describes it as “Mid-century-modern-inspired furniture creates a cozy but streamlined aesthetic.”

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Dry vs. oil vaporizers: Which is a better bang for your buck?

Whether you need to twist a cartridge on or grind up some flower first, vaping eliminates the need for sometimes messy joint rolling, cleaning glass pipes, etc.

Vaporizing cannabis has quickly become the preferred consumption method for many. Also known as vaping, it’s easy to see why people like it compared to smoking.

Both vaporizers are:

Discreet and portable: Vape pens are discreet compared to using bowls or even a joint. The smoke produced is minimal and smaller, allowing individuals to vape even indoors without having to worry about the smell. The exception here are desktop vaporizers, which are meant to be used the way its name sounds: on desks or tables.

Rechargeable: Except for disposable vape pens, other vaporizers are rechargeable. This is beneficial for heavy consumers who want to have peace of mind that you’ll never run out of juice when you need it.

Easy to use: Vape pens are designed to be easy to use. Some may be more complex in design, but you can easily learn how to use them after a few tries. There are also some models on the market that have more options to learn such as the temperature controls, though they are still fairly easy to learn. Meanwhile, others simply require clicking a button a few times to smoke, while some will automatically shut off to save battery.

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A large percentage of Americans think cannabis is safer than alcohol

Millennials, Gen Z, Gen X and Boomers all noted they think cannabis is less risky than alcohol.

A new poll shows just how much Americans have stopped fearing weed. The majority of those surveyed reported they consider alcohol to be more harmful than cannabis, indicating just how much perceptions around the plant have evolved. The poll, conducted by market research company SSRS, showed that more than half of respondents (58 per cent) of respondents believe cannabis is safer than alcohol. Millennials, Gen Z, Gen X and Boomers, in that order, all noted they think cannabis is less risky than alcohol.

A deeper look into the results shows these are in line with what previous cannabis polls have demonstrated: the vast majority of Americans believe in legal medical marijuana (92 per cent), a smaller yet still large percentage believe in recreational marijuana (69 per cent) and Democrats (78 per cent) and Independents (74 per cent) are more likely to support legal marijuana than Republicans (54 per cent).

While national policies remain slow to embrace change, with every passing year people in the U.S. continue to warm to cannabis.

Comment on the poll’s results, Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws noted in a statement that :voters support legalizing marijuana regardless of political party affiliation.”

Armentano went on to say:

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Poll: 69 percent of adults support legalizing marijuana, most say it’s less harmful than alcohol

 

A super-majority of Americans say that the use of marijuana should be made legal for adults, and most respondents agree that it is less harmful to health than drinking alcohol, according to national survey data compiled by the market research firm SSRS.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents – including 78 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Independents, and 54 percent of Republicans – support legalization. When asked whether cannabis ought to be permitted for therapeutic purposes, support rises to 92 percent.

Commenting on the polling data, NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “Voters support legalizing marijuana regardless of political party affiliation. At a time when national politics remain acutely polarized, elected officials ought to come together in a bipartisan manner to repeal the failed policy of cannabis prohibition. It is one of the few policy reforms that voters on the right and on the left can all agree upon.”

Fifty-eight percent of respondents, including 71 percent of millennials, said that “alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health than marijuana.” Only four percent of respondents perceive marijuana to be more harmful. Prior surveys have similarly reported that most Americans say that cannabis is far less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco.

Sixty-five percent of respondents, including 72 percent of ‘Baby Boomers,’ acknowledge having tried cannabis at least once during their lifetime. That percentage is significantly higher than has been reported in other national surveys. Members of ‘Gen Z’ and the ‘Silent Generation’ are least likely to report having ever used cannabis.

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/– 3.5 percentage points.

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Ballot measure for recreational cannabis in Missouri claims 200,000+ signatures

Cannabis advocates in Missouri who want the state to become the next to legalize cannabis for adult use have reached a new milestone in their ballot drive with two weeks to spare.

Legal Missouri 2022, a group petitioning to put recreational cannabis on the ballot, announced that it collected more than 200,000 voter signatures to date as outreach efforts escalate ahead of the May 8 signature submission deadline. 

John Payne, Legal Missouri’s campaign manager, said that the efforts are going well and are getting around 9,000 new signatures per day with the aim to collect even more before the deadline. The ballot initiative has raised $1,433,927.10 in total since its launch in 2021 with the vast majority of funds coming from Missouri cannabis companies. New Approach Advocacy Fund is the largest contributor so far, donating $300,000 in total, with BD Ventures, which owns Flora Farms, New Growth Horizon, and the Proper brand, all donating $215,000 each in total coming in second.

“I think this will help the industry grow and give great opportunities in Missouri in many ways,” Payne said. “1 out of 10 new jobs since 2020 were in the medical [cannabis] industry. There’s gonna be thousands of new jobs through legalization.”

Besides contributions, Legal Missouri 2022 is tightly connected to the state’s cannabis inidstry through personnel. The chief strategist of Legal Missouri is Alan Zagier, a principal of Democratic political consulting firm Tightlight Public Affairs. The president of Tightline is Jack Cardetti, director of communications for the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association.

The ballot drive was drafted in 2020 and signatures were collected beginning in October 2021. Payne said that efforts slowed down as the omicron variant of COVID-19 began to surge. 

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National cannabis festival draws enormous crowds for enjoyment, education

 

Hazy clouds of smoke hovered over massive crowds of mellow patrons at Saturday’s National Cannabis Festival.

The tradition of the annual festival at the Robert F. Kennedy Festival Grounds in southeast D.C. began in 2016 after the D.C. Council passed recreational cannabis legislation, Initiative 71, which allows adults 21 and up to legally own up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to two plants. This year’s festival – which ran from noon to 10 p.m. – featured more than 60 food vendors, more than 100 cannabis “exhibitors” and all-day musical performances with headliner Wiz Khalifa.

Once we finally secured parking after running into numerous blocked-off roads surrounding the event, we followed a stream of hundreds of people toward the main entrance. Before we even got to the gates, we passed by people hawking tickets for the festival and selling tacky weed-themed t-shirts.

On the trek, one man yelled from his car “Can we bring joints in?” to which a fellow festival-goer responded, “Joints? I’m bringing it all – flowers, papers, joints. Whatever they’ll let me bring in!”

Many, like the curious man in his car, were able to bring their own cannabis products – they were not on the list of prohibited items. And even though the District prohibits public consumption of cannabis, most festival goers gripped lit joints and blunts in between their figures.

With press tickets, we were allowed to bring in cameras, unlike other patrons. But in a manner telling of the event’s strictness overall, our bags weren’t even checked before heading into the festival grounds.

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Backstage talk on marijuana use in WWE

WWE Superstars can celebrate with no worries as talents have recently told Fightful Select how they have not been suspended or fined for marijuana use in years.

This is a progressive change from the policy that is still on the books as in the past WWE would issue a $2,500 fine for positive marijuana tests.

It was noted by one WWE talent that they still get tested for “everything,” but WWE officials do not hand down fines for marijuana anymore. The section of the WWE Wellness Policy was rumored to have been quietly removed, but it is still listed on the WWE Corporate website. The section of the Wellness Policy reads like this:

Word is that before the policy was redacted, RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton was an integral figure in influencing a change on the main roster. Orton’s tag team partner, Riddle, was said to be outspoken about penalties for marijuana use in WWE NXT, as was Kona Reeves, who was released in August 2021. There was internal push-back by top stars before that, going back to the 1990s when WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart was very outspoken about anti-weed positions, noting that pot use was a safer alternative than the other ways some wrestlers chose to cope with the rigors of the road.

A WWE higher-up reportedly noted, “I haven’t even heard anyone as much as gossip over one of the boys or girls smoking weed in years, much less a fine being handed down for it. A lot of the perception has changed, and a lot of what Bret was talking about way back when ended up ringing true. I don’t expect us to come out with WWE themed cannabis incense any time soon, but the has policy has been relaxed and we’ve used a lot of that culture in our storylines.”

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'It's going to be a party': Weed prepares to host blowout 420 cannabis festival

Where else would you expect a 420 party celebrating marijuana but in the Northern California city named Weed?

The Siskiyou County festival will be centered at a dispensary where you can rent a bong in its "consumption lounge" and there are shops on either side of Weed Boulevard that offer souvenir T-shirts and mugs that proclaim "I (heart) Weed."

The La Florista Cannabis dispensary at 242 Main St. once again will host a cannabis festival on Wednesday, April 20, that promises to attract hundreds of out-of-towners.

"We're going to have the whole street shut down," said La Florista's Jackie Jones, one of the dispensary's inventory managers.

"It's going to be a party. We're so excited."

Last year's 420 festival included the Perfect Union dispensary across the street, but Jones said that cannabis outlet shut down a month ago.

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Bikini-clad female oil wrestlers arrested in Texas on marijuana charges

Five women who are members of the Hollywood Knockouts, bikini-clad female oil wrestlers who travel throughout the country for events, were arrested on marijuana charges while driving to Fort Worth for a performance on Tuesday, according to social media posts.

The performers were expected to be at Whiskey Garden on West 7th on Tuesday night when the event was canceled “due to some unfortunate circumstances with the wrestlers,” the venue said on Facebook Tuesday evening, about four hours before the event.

Whiskey Garden is trying to reschedule the event, according to the post. The bar did not explain what the circumstances were and did not respond to a request for comment.

Busted Newspaper, the following morning, posted the wrestlers’ mugshots from Wise County public records on its website and Facebook page.

Two of the women were charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, one was charged with possession between 2 and 4 ounces, and two were charges with possession of more than 4 ounces, according to the records. They were released on bond.

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Florida’s biggest cannabis celebration takes place this weekend

The Florida Groves Festival is going all out in celebration of music, art and cannabis.  

Organizers released the full line-up for the festival’s first year, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, at The Orlando Amphitheater. This event, centered around cannabis culture, will take place from 1 to 11 p.m. The music, which will be performed on the Trulieve stage, is primarily reggae with about 5 bands, from Julian Marley – the son of reggae legend Bob Marley – and The Uprising, The Expendables, Kash’d Out, Roots of Creation and Honey Hounds to DJ Lance-O. 

According to Cody Edwards of Dab Day Productions, the event will have a huge field for people to chill and watch live music from.   A few of Florida’s finest artists, including Miami’s Atomik known for his mischievous oranges, will paint live for attendees to appreciate. Additionally, Swamp City Gallery Lounge has curated a live glassblowing demo for the festival. 

There will even be a tattoo booth for those that have the itch to get inked. Pre-picked “420” designs will be available, with prices ranging from $50 to $75. 

In the same area, an interactive hemp farm, courtesy of Treadwell Farms, will educate interested individuals on best practices from the growers themselves. 

“We’ve learned that while what we farm may change, our agricultural traditions, passion and experience remain steadfast,” according to their About Us page.  

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Does smoking weed help you concentrate and improve productivity?

It’s important to know the potential adverse effects of weed before you run to your local dispensary and pick up a strain that’s supposed to help you focus.

One of the most common and exaggerated marijuana stereotypes is the image of a thoughtless and lazy stoner. This is because weed has been historically associated with a lack of motivation, forgetfulness and an overall unambitious state of being for decades. 

As marijuana has gone more mainstream, these stigmas have, at least partially, been broken. This is especially true as more high functioning individuals admit that they regularly get high to help achieve their successful feats. Still, limited research has been conducted on marijuana’s ability to help improve concentration and stimulate productivity.

Using weed for concentration issues can have both positive, and negative consequences. There are certain effects of THC that you should be wary of if you have a deadline, but also certain qualities in several marijuana strains that may help you complete a lingering task with pleasure and ease. For example, some people claim that cannabis sativa strains in particular can help relax an anxious mind, which makes it easier to focus on other things.  

The type of marijuana strain you pick should target whatever inhibits your ability to focus. The tricky part is that there are many reasons people have difficulty concentrating. Concentration issues can steam from “mild cognitive impairment, or a mood disorder, like depression and anxiety,” according to Harvard Medical School. They can also come from common lifestyle issues “such as stress, fatigue, poor sleep, dehydration, an unhealthy diet, or sedentary behavior.” 

Since there are so many different factors involved in why people struggle to concentrate, there is no singular cannabis-induced “cure” to concentration issues. There are, however, a few general rules of thumb if you are in the market for weed that helps you focus. For example, sativa is known as “the energy queen” of cannabis.  

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Is sticky weed a good or bad sign?

One good rule of thumb to determine if your cannabis is sticky or wet is a quick smell test. Properly cured and sticky weed should smell potent and fresh. 

There are so many types of marijuana on the market these days that many consumers have stopped trying to keep up with which strand is which. In fact, it can feel like every time you go to a dispensary there’s a brand new list of strain names you have never heard of.

The whole process of choosing from all these new types of weed can be a bit overwhelming. If you don’t want to choose by name, you might use your nose to smell through the variety of buds and see what perks your nostrils. 

Inevitably in your search you will locate a few buds that are so sticky, they almost feel like they are oozing a crystalized sap. These buds seem complex and unique, and are often fragrant. They can also be so sappy that they are a bit harder to handle.

Considering these factors likely has you wondering about sticky marijuana. Are sticky buds a great trait to have or a cause for concern?

Sticky weed, if it was dried and cured properly, normally equates to high quality and potent flower. This is because trichomes are the main contributor to the sticky nug phenomenon. Merriam-Webster defines trichomes as “an epidermal hair structure on a plant.” So when you see a flower with lots of hairs and what appear to be crystals, you are looking at a plant with a great deal of trichomes. These nuggets will also most likely feel sticky when touched.

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10 Great US cities for weed lovers in 2022

 

Thanks to a never-ending pandemic and more opportunities to telecommute, many Americans are picking up and moving. If you’re a weed lover, you may want to consider these cities.

The last few years have proven to be times of change for many Americans, whether it’s  starting a new job or starting over in a new city. Because of this, along with the growing legality of marijuana, previously under-the-radar cities have skyrocketed in popularity.

Moving is not always enjoyable, but if you happen to love weed and are looking for somewhere new to live, there are several cities in the U.S. that might be a good fit.

Here are 10 of them. 

Anchorage, AK

Weed enthusiasts who love the wilderness and don’t mind an extended winter might want to consider looking North. Alaska, while conservative leaning in several respects, was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Anchorage is the most populated city in Alaska. It has plenty of great restaurants and dispensaries, but the great outdoors is never far away in America’s 49th state.

Ann Arbor, MI

Historically known as a college town, Ann Arbor Michigan is becoming a very cool small city to live in, especially now that weed is legal in Michigan. Ann Arbor has many of the conveniences of a city, but still has a small town vibe for those who don’t love the hustle. This is among the reasons it ranks as the number 6 in best places to live according to CBS News.

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Does cheap weed give a consumer a good high?

 

There are a growing number of similarities between wine enthusiasts and weed enthusiasts.

The rise of the weed dispensary has brought joy to many cannabis consumers. Some say that marijuana dispensaries have helped diversify the strains of weed and have completely revolutionized how people in the U.S. get high.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in many U.S. states has given birth to the trusted budtender, and even an occasional weed snob. In fact, there are a growing number of similarities between wine enthusiasts and weed enthusiasts. But not everyone is after the pricey cream of the crop. Many are simply looking for a cheap quality bud that provides a good high.

Given that, is cheap weed any good, or should a buyer stick with the top shelf to ensure a premium experience?

The price of weed does not necessarily mean it is going to give a user the best high. Nor does the most expensive weed even mean it is the best weed. There are, in fact, many factors that go into the price of weed.

”Everything from grow and extraction methods to crop yields, supply and demand and natural disasters (like wildfires) can directly affect the strains available, the prices of each strain and the quality you receive as a discerning cannabis consumer,” explains the Colorado dispensary Karing Kind.

This means there is a chance that a strain of cannabis can be inexpensive in an area where there is low demand and it grows easily. The same type of weed can be much more expensive, however, somewhere where there is high demand and there were certain environmental difficulties the plants faced during the growing season.

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Taxing Marijuana: Which Recreational States Levy The Highest Taxes?

American attitudes towards the legalization of marijuana have shifted in the last few years. In 2019, 66% of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, which represents a stark difference from the 33% of Americans who supported the measure in 2009.

As a result, a growing number of states have legalized recreational marijuana. Nine states are currently selling marijuana recreationally and several other states have legalized marijuana but are still setting up the retail and tax structure. 


Source: Tax Foundation 2020

 

States currently selling recreational marijuana:

AlaskaCaliforniaColoradoIllinois MassachusettsMichiganNevadaOregonWashington

States where marijuana is legal, but not sold yet:

MaineVermont

Selling marijuana recreationally is a fairly new trend, so as you might expect, the tax codes are still evolving. 


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Few options exist at MSU for prospective cannabis students

Thousands of students attend Michigan State University to study biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, business and agriculture. While these programs might not seem all too similar, an uncommon link creates a connection between them all — cannabis.

Its multi-disciplinary nature and wide variety of uses have resulted in a multi-million-dollar industry, especially since its legalization for recreational use in 2019. This has resulted in a student population that is seeking to focus on entrance into this industry.

 
 

But these students won't find any level of cannabis-focused education at MSU.

Students looking to learn about cannabis are unable to participate in a related degree or certificate program at MSU. In fact, administrators in several colleges at MSU were unable to name a single class dedicated to the science, use or cultivation of cannabis.

There are, however, other options available for prospective cannabis students in Michigan.


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Pasco schools receive grant for youth tobacco and cannabis prevention and education

The Educational Service District 123 received over $230,000 in grant funds for tobacco and cannabis prevention and education over the next five years. The Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program Hispanic/Latinx Priority Population grant takes effect with the start of the 2022-23 school year. 

The funding goes towards educational resources for Hispanic and Latinx students and families regarding cannabis and tobacco prevention. Some resources include education for both parents and youth, media outreach in English and Spanish and the distribution of containers that store products safely by locking. 

The program mission cites preventing and reducing cannabis and tobacco use across those ages 12-20, supporting the adults in their lives and reducing substance-use education inequalities. 

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How to prevent uneven burning in your rolled joints

Canoeing is a term used to describe the uneven burning of a joint. The blunt burns more on one side than the other, which takes the fun out of smoking. Here’s how to avoid it.

Regular and occasional smokers would have had a joint at least once since they commenced their smoking journey. The few who might deny it probably have no clue what canoeing means, or they’ve been fortunate.

Canoeing has nothing to do with experience because even the most experienced smokers occasionally have their blunts shaped like canoes.

What Is Canoeing?

Canoeing is a term used to describe the uneven burning of a joint. The blunt burns more on one side than the other, and trust me, and this takes the fun out of smoking. Imagine coming home after a long day, taking the time to roll a blunt, only for the joint to canoe after a few drags. It sometimes gets infuriating. To derive the most satisfaction from your joint, you must try everything possible to avoid canoeing.

Joint canoeing is a problem. No one wants to take the time to smoke a joint that only smolders on one end. The blunt-taking appearance of a canoe is not the main problem but the effects of this uneven burning. When a joint canoes, it results in less-satisfying drags, faster-burning flowers, and a coarser, denser taste and smell. Overall, joint canoeing is more or less a waste of paper and cannabis flowers.

How to Avoid Having an Unevenly Burning Joint

If you immediately you notice your joint canoeing, there are quick fixes for you to remedy the situation, but it’s best to avoid the occurrence altogether. You have to take caution from the very beginning—which is grinding. Novice smokers often make the mistake of loosely rolling their joints and filling them with air pockets. And there are times when you could light your blunt in the wrong manner. There are various things that could go wrong, from grinding to pulling on your joint. Here are some steps to follow to prevent canoeing.

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What is TAC and why should you care about it in your cannabis products?

 

TAC allows you to experiment with different product ratios to decipher the concentration that gives you the best cannabis experience.

Cannabis is a highly versatile herb. As the world continues to embrace it, millions of people are being introduced to the various cannabinoids that make up the plant. Often, the tag “TAC” can be found written on the packages of cannabis products. But very few understand what this “TAC” is all about.

First of all, TAC stands for Total Active Cannabinoids. It refers to the cannabis profile of a strain. When purchasing a cannabis product or seed, consumers are able to have more insight into the total cannabinoid content of the strain. With TAC, users can customize their cannabis sessions.

The Total Active Cannabinoids of a strain take the focus away from THC alone and directs more attention to other minor cannabinoids in the plant. TAC information informs users about how potent or effective a strain may be when consumed. Most of the time, the TAC is indicated by a cumulative figure, while a few manufacturers choose to disclose the individual properties of the cannabinoids present in the strain. This way, users can effectively decide which product they need at that very moment based on its potential effects.

TAC represents the total amount and potency level of the various cannabinoids found within a specific cannabis plant. Cannabis plants contain over 50 different cannabinoids, although not all are detectable. Current testing methods can only identify a set of cannabinoids available in substantial quantities. So, in reality, the TAC figure is usually less than the exact amount of cannabinoids in the strain.

Note that the non-detectable cannabinoids in a strain are inactive or not sufficient enough to induce a notable impact. For cannabinoids to be included in the TAC means that they will have some form of influence on the effects that manifest in the user. Cannatech operators are yet to figure out a direct mechanism to identify the mechanism of an individual cannabinoid in a strain.

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Shining a light on the Thailand cannabis community

In a country known for cannabis exports, the Thailand cannabis community thrives despite legislative challenges.

Thailand hasn’t always prohibited cannabis; it’s part of the culture.

Ganja plants were typically grown on the side of the house and used in traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. Even today, some grandparents cultivate a few plants and toss a couple of leaves in their Tom Yom (traditional Thai soup).

The U.S. illicit market fueled Thai Stick exports, which came from U.S. soldiers based in the Kingdom during the Vietnam War. At the time, there was no legal or moral taboo surrounding the plant in Thailand.

Then, during the 1980s, the United States’ War on Drugs pushed Thai legislators to change the law, burdening consumers and OGs (original ganjapreneurs) with the threat of severe penalties for cannabis smuggling, sales, production and consumption.

The Kingdom has made some progress over the last few years. However, its emerging legal cannabis market is still in its beginning stages, characterized by confusing legislation, empty promises and false reporting about what’s allowed.

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