James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal's first THC-infused edible products hit medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois Friday, with the launch of Mindy's Dark Chocolate Brittle and Milk Chocolate Brittle. Mindy's gourmet marijuana-infused ... [...]
Snoop Dogg, Merry Jane: Last year Snoop Dogg and media entrepreneur Ted Chung launched Merry Jane, a resource for cannabis enthusiasts covering everything from cannabis news, food and style. Snoop also has a range of cannabis strains called Leafs ... [...]
Legislation introduced last week by Republican California Sen. Bob Huff (San Dimas) designed to crack down on drugged driving is drawing harsh criticism from medical marijuana patients and advocates, according to a report by CBS-13 Sacramento. [...]
MEDICINAL cannabis has been made legal in Victoria and will be grown and supplied to patients in Victoria as early as 2017. The historic Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 passed the Victorian parliament just after 6pm. Children suffering severe ... [...]
Why do we call marijuana marijuana? Growing up, I assumed that "marijuana" was the original Latin name for the plant I discuss every week in this column. But that's not the case. Cannabis is its actual name. Cannabis is the genus that contains the ... [...]
In the Nixon administration’s hallmark hammering tone, John Ehrlichman, a former aide to the President, summed up the motivation behind the War on Drugs by saying, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people…Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
The quote comes from a 1994 interview with journalist Dan Baum. Ehrlichman’s admission demonstrates that we are ready to carve a path through our misinformed past towards a more realistic understanding of drug prohibition.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black people,” Ehrlichman told Baum, “but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.”
Ehrlichman’s colleagues have since suggested that the quote was either a joke or a fabrication and remain certain that Tricky Dick’s crusade on dope was born out of a thirst for justice rather than bigotry. But whether or not the War on Drugs was sinister from the day it slithered out of the Nixon White House, nations around the world are beginning to consider whether it’s caused more problems than it’s solved.
Canada, recent events have given the country reason to believe that the war on cannabis in particular is winding down.
The reason for marijuana’s prohibition in 1923 has baffled historians who haven’t been able to find any record of a debate on the issue. The closest they’ve come to an explanation is a late-night Senate session in which the government seemed to arbitrarily add cannabis to a list of banned substances that included opium.
Though we may never know the Senate’s thinking, recent studies conducted by Forum Research show that two thirds of Canadians believe marijuana laws should be relaxed while nearly half believe that they should be able to grow the plant on their own. In late February, a Vancouver court opened a path to better regulations for medicinal users, and Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to legalize recreational use. A new era of legal cannabis is on its way to Canada, but what will it look like when it gets here?
Cannabis businesses today operate on the edge of legality and are locked in a legal no-man’s land where shaping the rules for the future means navigating a maze of regulations that weave through federal and provincial law as well as local bylaws.
“I saw five lawyers before I started this; two said great idea, two said terrible idea, the other said I don’t know,” Jeff Donaldson, co-owner of Bellwoods Dispensary in Toronto told The Plaid Zebra. “You have to have a little bit of guts because we could be shut down tomorrow. We exist in a grey area, at the whim of the city council and the Toron [...]
In an interesting about-face, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) announced today that they believe pharmacies are the safest way to dispense medical cannabis in Canada. The CPhA formerly opposed the inclusion of pharmacy distribution in ... [...]
New research looking at the effect of gamma irradiation on dried cannabis is soon to be published in the Journal: Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology. “Evaluating the effects of gamma-irradiation for decontamination of medicinal cannabis” looked at 4 ... [...]
There seems to be a common belief that the federal system for medical cannabis is designed in such a way that it favours large scale 'corporate cannabis' operations. In other words, high costs of market entry are a barrier for those who are interested ... [...]
The social upheaval towards cannabis legalization for medical and recreational use is catching health practitioners off balance. As taboos are lifted and people become more interested in cannabis applications, doctors, psychiatrists and other health ... [...]
Diese Studie wird Kiffern gar nicht schmecken: In einer Langzeituntersuchung stellten US-amerikanische Forscher fest, dass regelmäßige Cannabis-Konsumenten im Leben echte Loser sind. Diese Studie scheint die Klischees des faulen Kiffervolks zu ... [...]