Juneau City Officials Approve On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Dispensaries

City officials in Juneau, Alaska approved an ordinance on Monday that will allow the on-site consumption of cannabis products at licensed marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance was passed by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly at Monday’s meeting by a vote of 6 to 2.

Under the measure, Juneau cannabis dispensaries licensed by the state would be permitted to allow customers to smoke marijuana and consume cannabis edibles. The consumption of edibles would be permitted indoors but smoking cannabis would only be allowed outdoors at locations approved by state regulators.

The ordinance was approved after months of debate over whether on-site consumption could be allowed without conflicting with Juneau’s second-hand smoke laws. Assemblymember Wade Bryson, one of the supporters of the ordinance, believes that allowing cannabis smoking at dispensaries would discourage people from illegally smoking pot in public places.

“If you don’t like marijuana smoke, you should be for this ordinance,” Bryson said during Monday’s meeting.

Assemblymembers Maria Gladziszewski, Carole Triem, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Rob Edwardson, and Michelle Bonnet Hale also voted in favor of the on-site consumption ordinance. Mayor Beth Weldon and Assemblymember Mary Becker voted against the measure. Becker said she doesn’t “want marijuana used inside or outside.”

“If I had my way, it’d be nowhere, but I do not have my way,” she added.

Before the Assembly voted, Weldon proposed an amendment that would have only permitted the vaping of cannabis products at outdoor on-site consumption areas but the change was ultimately not included in the measure.

Ordinance Stricter Than State Law

Although she voted for the ordinance, Assemblymember Triem said that smoking cannabis should be permitted anywhere cigarette smoking is allowed. Gladziszewski said that smoking indoors at dispensaries may eventually be allowed, noting that regulations in California originally did not permit on-site consumption but have since been relaxed.

“If California can figure it out, Juneau can figure it out, too,” Gladziszewski said.

Business owners in Juneau’s legal marijuana industry including Jennifer Canfield, a co-owner of cannabis retailer Green Elephant, and Ben Wilcox, co-owner of THC Alaska, say that the on-site consumption ordinance goes too far because it is more restrictive than state law. Wilcox believes that concerns over second-hand smoke are given too much weight, noting that he doesn’t drive but is subjected to vehicle exhaust every day.

“We’re looking for 100 percent safety?” he asked. “We’re in Alaska. We have crabbing. We have oil.”

Green Elephant may be the only dispensary in Juneau that will be able to make the accommodations necessary to provide an outdoor on-site consumption lounge for smoking cannabis. But although the ordinance goes into effect in 30 days, Canfield doesn’t believe that on-site consumption will begin at Green Elephant any time soon.

“It’s not going to happen this year,” she said.

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Boo Williams: From the NFL to a Life of Giving Back

After former U.S. National Football League (NFL) player Eddie “Boo” Williams’ athletic career ended via blunt head trauma and subsequent damage to his frontal cortex, he thought his life was over. Laying down on railroad tracks, waiting to die, he was rescued by homeless men who took him to a friend’s home.

Chronic concussions in football, specifically with damage to the frontal cortex, limits complex thinking and impulse control, causing a short fuse, with former football players becoming erratic, angry, and worse. Dealing with the pain alone, with its subsequent laundry list of pharmaceuticals, is a whole other matter, typically leading to addiction and an early death. 

Though Williams said he never became abusive, he knew he had some serious issues to work through.

“I was watching the Khloe & Lamar docuseries, and they were interviewing a friend of Odin’s who was depressed, then got help at a place in California called, the Crosby Clinic,” Williams shared. “I knew I had to get there, and called them. In one week, I was there.”

A video clip on YouTube produced at The Crosby Clinic in Southern California, features Williams getting healthy, looking good, and advocating for the center; stating, he found a sense of well-being after overcoming injuries, emotional distress, and subsequent drug abuse.

The Crosby Center focuses on individualized programs for drug and alcohol recovery; with Williams proudly proclaiming he added another dimension to the programs offered, including using cannabis to overcome emotional obstacles.

“Crosby isn’t about alternative medicine, but if your doctor approves it, you can use cannabis,” he explained. “We had a session around a fire pit at Crosby one night. We introduced the plant to the players there with an open discussion. Everyone was able to open up about their true feelings – they were able to say what was really bothering them – some of them for the first time. It was helpful in going into the group sessions – now they were able to share, when they weren’t before.”

Williams believes cannabis helps open up your third eye, allowing you to see past the emotional chains that often binds someone to a hurtful or abusive past. 

According to a piece in Waking Times, Canadian author, Chris Bennet, who has penned books on the spiritual and Biblical history of cannabis, states that our Pineal Gland, or the “’Seat of the Soul,’ as described by Rene Descartes; “… is the focal point of our spiritual guiding system which makes us go beyond the five senses of rationality and become multisensory; tuned into and aware of higher dimensions of consciousness within a holographic cosmos.” Bennet continues, “Cannabis or Marijuana among other psychedelics, facilitates the activation of the pineal gland and helps turn on the third eye or the mind’s eye, directing our spiritual evolution to wholeness.”

This theory was not lost on Williams, who, prior to recover, felt lost emotionally and broken physically, after his football career ended. 

As quoted in Vice, via David Davis, “I was in a dark place,” he said. “I thought I was a small person in a big person’s body. I felt like I had no purpose.”

“Before cannabis, I only had a green light on all the emotions I was feeling – there was no yellow light to red, and no stopping if things got heated,” he shared during a phone conversation. “Cannabis gave me a yellow light, to stop and think about how I’m feeling, and gives me a red light, keeping my emotions in check.”

Once he began ingesting cannabis via medibles and tinctures, both his pain levels and emotional well-being notably improved.

“CBD is like taking an aspirin, you don’t feel it working, but the pain is gone,” he shared. “Add THC and it replaces SSRIs – helping your emotions, anxiety – everything is in check in a more natural way, with no bad side effects.”

Williams was inspired to start his own line of cannabis products via BooBeary Products. His current line is comprised of tinctures, liquid capsules, and topical creams, available online via his website and in several locations throughout Louisiana and Florida.

Testimonials include help with muscle pain via the lotions and body pain via the capsules.

“It took me every ounce of energy to move my legs, then enter Boo Williams, stage left, and I started taking BooBeary capsules,” Michelle Vogel said via a Facebook posting. “My quality of life has improved, I can walk much better and even my mental state is getting better. I thank God for putting Boo and his products into my life. A BooBeary a day keeps thee dumb-ass specialists away!”

Leann Bird-Robbins writes in another post, “My girlfriend’s mom used your cream on her hands that are filled with arthritis, and the pain was gone within hours! She was in disbelief – has tried everything and nothing worked like the BooBeary cream.”

Since being helped himself, Williams said he’s walking the talk, reaching out to people in need, giving them some love and hope – and not just with CBD products. His home state of Florida continues to be ravaged from hurricanes, and he’s been there in real time to lend a hand with his Floridian not-for-profit Corporation, BooBeary Kares, Inc.; also a Federal 501c3 non-profit.

This year BooBeary Products joined forces with Summit Harbor Holding, Inc., and Limitless Venture Group, Inc., bringing BooBeary into the publically traded market. At this time they are seeking investors for several projects, including help in building a multi-unit retreat center out of hemp, as temporary housing for those displaced by hurricanes along the Florida and Gulf Coast. 

The property slatted for Logan’s Retreat in Youngstown, Florida, is owned by Shelly Summers, is already set-up to host multiple families. Logan was Summers’ son, who was killed in a car accident. Williams and Summers are eager to build hemp structures in her son’s memory. 

After recovery, using cannabis as one of the tools in his kit, he said he was led to a life of service – to the community at large, for the greater good. 

“When celebrities go to Vegas, they don’t visit shelters, but I do,” he shared. “I live near the same neighborhood I grew up in, and people here need help from hurricanes. My crew will go in, set up a barbecue, and hand out clothes, personal care products – whatever they need. Then, I can talk about cannabis and how it changed my life.”

This form of educating via volunteerism is working for Williams and the people he’s reaching.

“Cannabis helped me get off the drugs – including the legal prescription meds,” he surmised. “Cannabis helped me find my gifts; showed me who I am; and what I was put on this planet to do. Football was a big part of my life, but it’s not my entire life now. I believe was put here to help and inspire others. And cannabis helps me do that every single day.”

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Cómo pasar una prueba de drogas bucal .

La marihuana legal no garantiza necesariamente una experiencia de cannabis sin restricciones. Los empleados aún son sometidos regularmente a exámenes de detección de drogas con hisopo bucal. Y la policía en los estados de uso recreativo está tratando de averiguar cómo lidiar con un supuesto aumento de conductores bajo la influencia del cannabis. En resumen, con más gente fumando marihuana, más gente está interesada en realizar pruebas, especialmente en el trabajo y detrás del volante. Y a diferencia de las pruebas de sangre u orina, las pruebas de drogas con hisopo bucal son baratas y rápidas, lo que significa que saber cómo pasar una prueba de drogas con hisopo bucal es más importante que nunca.

Descripción general: ¿Quién le teme a un hisopo bucal?

Esta guía es para cualquier persona que se enfrente o pueda enfrentar una prueba de drogas con hisopo bucal o una prueba de saliva para detectar marihuana. Vamos más allá de lo básico, y ofrecemos consejos prácticos para pasar su prueba de drogas con hisopo bucal junto con información sobre lo que la prueba busca, cuando está en mayor riesgo y cómo prepararse con poca o ninguna advertencia.

¿Qué son los exámenes de drogas con hisopo bucal?

Es importante comprender qué separa las pruebas de frotis de saliva del enfoque estándar de orinar en una taza para detectar la marihuana en su sistema. 

Para empezar, las pruebas de drogas de saliva y las pruebas de orina detectan compuestos completamente diferentes. En el análisis de orina se analiza el THC-COOH, que es un metabolito que produce el cuerpo a medida que metaboliza el THC delta-9, el compuesto que es psicoactivo y lo drena cuando lo inhala o lo come.

Las pruebas de hisopo, por otro lado, están buscando THC activado, es decir, delta-9 THC. En otras palabras, exactamente lo que tendrías en todo el interior de tu boca después de inhalar un timo gigante de tu bong.

Y esa es la buena noticia y la mala noticia acerca de las pruebas de hisopado bucal. No pueden detectar los metabolitos del cannabis que pueden estar persistiendo en su sistema. Pero pueden detectar el THC psicoactivo y, por lo tanto, ilícito que queda atrapado en su saliva.

¿Cuál es el rango de riesgo para fallar una prueba de drogas de hisopo bucal?

Y esto nos lleva a nuestro siguiente punto: ¿cuando eres, fumador / consumidor de cannabis, cual es el riesgo de fallar en una prueba de saliva?

En términos técnicos, está en riesgo mientras la concentración de THC en su saliva esté por encima del umbral inferior que la prueba puede detectar. Los expertos llaman a esto el “corte de confirmación”.

Este límite varía según quién realice la prueba, y los fabricantes siempre intentan marcar el nivel ideal. Además, los diferentes estados tienen diferentes límites legales para la intoxicación por cannabis, por lo que las pruebas deben ajustarse a la ley.

Le ahorramos los detalles sobre microgramos por litro, etc., lo que todo esto significa en términos prácticos es simple.

Probablemente estarás del lado seguro después de uno o dos días de abstinencia de cannabis. Darte una semana sería realmente seguro.

En pocas palabras: el rango de riesgo de fallar una prueba de drogas con hisopo bucal es relativamente corto.

¿Por qué THC no se queda en la saliva por mucho tiempo?

El THC simplemente no se queda en la saliva por mucho tiempo. Y, por supuesto, hay pasos que cubriremos a continuación, que puede seguir para acelerar el proceso.

Afortunadamente, cualquier metabolito de THC que pueda abrirse paso a través de las glándulas de su saliva al salir de su sistema no aparecerá en la prueba de hisopo. Simplemente no está buscando esos químicos.

En última instancia, no hay nada que mantenga delta-9 THC en su saliva, excepto el hecho de que después de fumar marihuana recubre toda la superficie de la boca. Es por eso que solo se mantiene por un día o dos. Una semana, tal vez, si nunca te lavas los dientes o algo por el estilo.

Saber cómo pasar una prueba de drogas de hisopo bucal

Saber qué es lo que está buscando una prueba de hisopo y cuánto tiempo está en riesgo es información crucial para aprobar su evaluación. Si sospecha que hay una prueba de saliva en su futuro, simplemente deje de fumar unos días antes.

Comer alimentos comestibles puede reducir su riesgo de detección, pero, por supuesto, no es tan seguro como abstenerse por completo. De hecho, los investigadores están trabajando arduamente para desarrollar pruebas que tengan un rango lo suficientemente bajo como para detectar el consumo reciente de comestibles.

A veces, sin embargo, no puede darse el lujo de una advertencia avanzada. Sin una alerta, como una prueba sorpresa en el trabajo o un punto de control policial puede dejarlo vulnerable a la detección de hisopo bucal, especialmente si ha fumado recientemente.

En este caso, hay dos formas confiables de pasar la prueba de hisopo.

Cómo pasar una prueba de drogas con hisopo en la boca con unas pocas horas de aviso.

Empecemos por el mejor de los casos. Te van a hacer una prueba en el trabajo, pero tienes unas horas antes de que te saquen un hisopo. Comience a beber muchos líquidos y revise los tiempos de detección de marihuana para su uso. Agita vigorosamente el agua alrededor de tu boca. ¡Enjuague y repita!

Consiga una porción de la comida más grasosa que puedas encontrar. Recuerde, el THC se adhiere a la grasa, por lo que comer alimentos grasos podría ayudar a sacar el THC persistente de la boca.

Cómo pasar una prueba de drogas con hisopo bucal con poca o ninguna advertencia.

Ahora para el peor de los casos. Estás detenido y no tienes tiempo de sobra. No te preocupes: después de leer esta guía, estarás preparado. Es hora de cometer alguna adulteración … de tu saliva!

Los adulterantes son sustancias químicas que interfieren con las pruebas de detección de drogas, y aparecen nuevas y mejoradas todo el tiempo. Es un baile: un nuevo adulterante funciona, supera la prueba. Pero luego una nueva prueba descubre cómo detectar las huellas del adulterante.

Para las pruebas de drogas con hisopo bucal, el peróxido de hidrógeno es el adulterante de elección.

Y una compañía tuvo la ingeniosa idea de poner pequeños paquetes dentro de la goma de mascar. Simplemente introduzca un chicle, rompa el paquete y muévalo.

Hay enjuagues bucales que hacen lo mismo, pero usar uno de esos en tu auto puede ser un poco menos discreto.

Tenga en cuenta que la adulteración de su saliva solo lo mantendrá limpio durante media hora, máximo. Pero dado que esta es una solución de último minuto, con suerte, eso es todo lo que necesita.

Palabras finales sobre cómo pasar una prueba de drogas de hisopo bucal

Con suerte, puede respirar un poco más fácilmente sabiendo que las pruebas de drogas con hisopo bucal para marihuana son definitivamente las pruebas más fáciles de pasar. Las pruebas de frotis de Delta-9 THC que están buscando no se quedan mucho tiempo en su saliva. Y en caso de necesidad, puede neutralizar su saliva. De hecho, estas pruebas son tan poco confiables, que incluso podría pasar una prueba con un hisopo unas horas después de fumar. ¡Buena suerte!

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High Folks: Kevin Ford Jr. Upholds Cannabis’ Good Name

“Minorities have always had access to cannabis. I’m more focused on the importance of minorities having access to business and job opportunities within the industry,” says Kevin Ford Jr., the founder, and CEO of Uplift Maryland. According to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), 58% of Maryland’s cannabis business employees are minorities, but only 35% are owners.

Uplift Maryland, a forward-thinking organization focused on training minorities on how to be successful in the medical cannabis industry in Maryland, received one of five grants from the MMCC to develop cannabis educational and business training programs for minorities and women.

“Both of my parents are doctors, so growing up I always had an interest in the medical side of things,” shared Ford over the phone. His interest in medical marijuana was peaked even more when he realized he could use the plant to treat his classic migraines. “Classic migraines are the most debilitating headaches. Throughout college, I worked to figure out how to use cannabis during a migraine or even in preparation for one coming,” says Ford. 

After graduating from Morehouse College in 2013 with a B.A. in Marketing, Ford returned home to Prince George County, MD., one of the most affluent black communities in the United States, to pursue a career in commercial real estate. Upon moving back home, Ford, who had already been advocating for cannabis for about 10 years, saw an equity disparity. He eventually went to work for Mary & Main, a black women-owned dispensary in Maryland, as an inventory manager before receiving the MMCC grant.

“I was actually one of the first employees at Mary & Main. During that time, I figured out that my knowledge base on the plant and the business together was way above average,” says Ford. “At that point, we actually applied for the MMCC educational business grant to develop a training program for minorities and women who are looking to get in the industry on an entrepreneurial front.”

“I think my message kind of shifted from medical patient outreach to business development outreach because they’re a lot of people who really do want to be part of the industry. What I’ve told everybody who’s come to our training classes is that the first way to get into the industry is to become a patient, check out the product and see what it’s really about, so you can inform yourself about what’s going on,” shares Ford with High Times.

Prince George County’s paints itself as a “cultural and economic leader of tomorrow”. The same progressive language can be found in Uplift Maryland’s mission.Through education and conversation, Ford believes he can change the way many minorities interact with the cannabis plant on a business level. 

“With my company Uplift Maryland and our mission, which is to end the cannabis stigma with education and training, what we’re really about is educating folks, letting them know that this is an actual industry now and that there is an opportunity on multiple levels for folks who look like us [to benefit], especially with this new push for social equity that’s coming along.”

One of Ford’s main focuses is to encourage open and honest conversations about cannabis in minority communities. 

“In my experience, cannabis has broken various barriers of age, race, and religion. It’s my hope that openness about cannabis could lead to [more] conversations on other taboo topics,” says Ford. 

As a new dad, he says that his parents have questioned whether he will have weed around his child. “As the son of two doctors, although liberal, I grew up in a conservative environment. However, I was able to have my own thoughts and dreams,” says Ford.

“I told my parents that weed is just a plant. If this is a smell that he’s familiar with, then so be it. Because it’s not an issue. It’s normal, and we need to be bringing the next generation up to understand, be educated on it and not make it so taboo.”

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Circle K’s Parent Company Invests in Canadian Cannabis Retailer Fire & Flower

Owner of the Circle K chain of retail stores, Canada’s multinational convenience-store business Alimentation Couche-Tard has announced that it is investing in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp., owners of the Fire & Flower Inc. cannabis retailer in Canada. Fire & Flower offers a curated selection of hand-picked strains, in addition to apparel and accessories such as dab gear, grinders, housewares, and more. The cannabis company maintains a Saskatchewan-based wholesale distribution unit and operates or licenses 23 cannabis retail stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Fire & Flower also owns the proprietary Hifyre™ digital retail platform for cannabis consumers.

“Convertible debentures worth about $26 million Canadian ($19.8 million) would give the Quebec-based company a 9.9 percent stake under the agreement,” reports the Boston Globe. “Couche-Tard will also get warrants which would allow it to boost its stake to 50.1 percent. Edmonton-based Fire & Flower said that would give it more than $380 million Canadian in growth capital.”

With American Eagle Outfitters and Rite Aid both now selling CBD-infused products, Couche-Tard is the latest in a line of major retailers to become involved in the cannabis industry.

“Couche-Tard is excited to make this strategic investment in one of the fastest growing cannabis ‘pure-play’ retailers,” president and CEO of Couche-Tard, Brian Hannasch, said in a press release. “This investment in Fire & Flower, with a path to a controlling stake, will enable us to leverage their leadership, network and advanced digital platform to accelerate our journey in this new and flourishing sector.”

Fire & Flower’s CEO, Trevor Fencott, added: “This strategic investment by Couche-Tard, one of the world’s largest retailers, is transformative for Fire & Flower. The support of Couche-Tard’s world-class leadership team, coupled with their capital strength and impressive international footprint, provides us with outstanding opportunities for aggressive growth.”

Couche-Tard has a network of nearly 10,000 convenience stores throughout North America, employing over 100,000 people throughout its network and North American service offices. Fire & Flower is the second cannabis company to attract the attention of Couche-Tard, which also recently came to a financial agreement with Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corporation, the first publicly-traded cannabis company in North America.

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FDA Sends Warning Letters to Curaleaf

Curaleaf Hemp, a well-known and publicly traded cannabis company, made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Curaleaf President Joseph Lusardi for making unsubstantiated health claims and for misbranding their products as drugs.

FDAThe health claims in question appear to be removed from their website and social media accounts. In the warning letter, the FDA cites numerous claims made on Curaleaf’s website, Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can check out the health claims they found here, but it’s essentially a list of instances where Curaleaf said their products can be used to treat specific conditions. They claimed their CBD vape pen can be used for chronic pain and said another one of their products is a “[S]oothing tincture for chronic pain.”

For most of the health claims the FDA cited, it appeared they were articles or blog posts on Curaleaf’s website. Take a look at some examples of statements that should not be posted on a CBD products website (taken from the warning letter found here):

  • “CBD has also been shown to be effective in treating Parkinson’s disease.”
  • “CBD has been linked to the effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease . . ..”
  • “CBD is being adopted more and more as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical-grade treatments for depression and anxiety.”
  • “CBD can also be used in conjunction with opioid medications, and a number of studies have demonstrated that CBD can in fact reduce the severity of opioid-related withdrawal and lessen the buildup of tolerance.”
  • “CBD has been demonstrated to have properties that counteract the growth of spread of cancer.”
  • “CBD was effective in killing human breast cancer cells.”
  • “Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year, and CBD does a number of things to deter it. The two most important of these are the ability to lower blood pressure, and the ability to promote good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.”

While the FDA is expediting their push to roll out hemp and CBD regulations, companies should still be cautious when marketing their products for interstate commerce. Dr. Amy Abernathy, Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting CIO, said in a series of tweets earlier this month that the FDA is eager to get to work and plans to report on their progress by the end of summer. The public hearing they held back in May helped jumpstart their efforts to begin investigating regulation of the market.

Still, companies need to be careful when marketing CBD products. The FDA has made it abundantly clear in a lot of warning letters that drug claims are not allowed. Here are two articles that give advice on how companies should proceed with marketing and how to go about properly labeling their products.

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What’s in Your Stash? Jane West, CEO of Jane West, Inc.

Jane West came into the cannabis space in 2014, via her past company, Edible Events & Co., offering up a 420-friendly space with gourmet appetizers and fine wine in a high end gallery in Denver’s art district. She lost her lucrative mainstream day job after she sported a vape pen on national television, in an attempt to educate the masses on the normalcy of cannabis use. 

Her name became her brand overnight after the incident, forcing her into the cannabis space full-time. Shortly thereafter she partnered with Jazmin Hupp, and together they gave women in the cannabis industry a place and a voice, founding Women Grow, in the male-dominated industry.

Not officially a cannabis patient, West refers to her cannabis use as a “healthy habit.”

‘I don’t have a list of symptoms I medicate for, but I also don’t feel the term ‘recreational user’ fits me either,” she explained. “That language downplays the wide ranging ripple effect of benefits the plant brings to my life.”

West feels her cannabis use promotes wellness, prevents against illness, and gives her a general overall feeling of well-being to her often hectic life of wife, mother, and CEO of her lifestyle brand, Jane West, Inc.

“I typically take just one or two hits at a time to help me focus if I have a big day ahead of me,” she shared. “I’ll take a puff of a mellow indica or an uplifting sativa – depending on the mood I’m looking for. If I have a big project in front of me that requires more focus, I’ll definitely use a sativa to uplift and clear my head. If I’m doing morning yoga, it will always be an indica.”

Courtesy of Jane West

West gave up alcohol for cannabis a few years ago, sharing, “When the kids go to bed, mommy no longer has a glass of wine. I’ll be hitting on an indica for bedtime, and sleep better now smoking from glass than when I was tipping the wine glass,” she laughed. “Cannabis helps me turn off the noise in my head. Some say that cannabis makes you forgetful, but sometimes forgetting can be as important as remembering.”

In 2018 West added a wellness line, formulated by Can-Tek Labs, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The line is comprised of daytime and nighttime full-spectrum CBD capsules, with a mix of other beneficial plants, including moringa for daytime use, helping to combat fatigue. Moringa is another superfood, like cannabis, fighting infection, reducing inflammation, while strengthening the immune system. 

She also has a line of CBD coffee, adding, “I used to drink coffee all day long, until I became shaky from nerves. Now, I have a cup of CBD coffee and it mellows my morning and day like nothing else. It was definitely a game-changer for this chronic coffee partaker.”

While her own stash includes pieces from her high-end line of smoking glass designed by Grav Labs, she also has favorites from other brands – some sentimental. 

“My tray is from the Container Store and is large enough to fit everything I need,” she shared. “The porcelain dish with the red lips is by artist, Jonathan Adler. Lauren Rudick – one of the most amazing cannabis lawyers I know – gifted it to me. The borosilicate glass Taster piece holds the perfect amount of flower for a solo session.”

Johnathan Adler is a renowned designer of fine household accessories, recently instated at Barney’s of New York’s new cannabis shop, The High End, in Beverly Hills, with pieces also found at Cannabis Now’s shop at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

The Taster piece is from the Jane West, Inc. line of glass smoking accessories. Borosilicate glass, more commonly known under the brand, Pyrex, is made with silica and boron trioxide, known for its strength and resistance to shock and heat changes. 

West uses the cigar cutter for pre-rolled, one gram joints. She uses them to cut off the charred end before lighting up multiple times, stating, “Cutting the end off makes the rest of the joint far more enjoyable and better tasting.”

“I acquired the heavy metal Clipper brand lighter on a recent trip to Barcelona,” she said. “While it’s slightly annoying, in that it requires re-filling with lighter fluid, I love the flame it gets and the feel of it in my hand.”

Her go-to for topicals has been Mary Jane’s Medicinals of Telluride, Colorado, but she’s always trying out new products. 

“Right now I’m into Cannabliss by KymB,” she shared. “I put the eye cream on my smoke session tray and gently massage it into my eye area and temples. This has become one of my session rituals. I’m actually more likely to apply it daily using this habit from my tray than I would using it at night before bed – I always forget! If it’s on the tray, it gets used.”

Her own line may include a launch of cannabis-infused teas soon, but until then she’s enjoying a blend by her own brand’s CBD coffee maker, Steepfuze.

Courtesy of Jane West

“I bought this fun little silicone tea holder at Herbal Equipment in Altoona, Pennsylvania,” she continued. “It’s a fabulous female owned headshop – I love seeing more of these shops pop up. Herbal Equipment was one of the first boutique shops to carry our entire line. The tea holder really brightens up every cup of tea.”

Her grinder is made by Grav Labs, the designer of her glass line. West expounds on the necessity of grinding bud before smoking, releasing all of the essential oils or terpenes and flavors from the flower, for what she calls a “premium smoking experience.”

Though West has been in the space for some years now, with many product launches, she never tires of bringing something new to the table.

“The amount of flower lost if you don’t grind the bud all the way down is not cost effective,” she said. “My new flower packs have just hit the market and I’m so excited about them for this reason. Each pack contains the perfect bowl size amount of pure bud perfectly ground and ready for use. It’s changed my life to have these little sealed, air-tight containers in my stash or purse. I love how fresh the material stays from the moment it leaves our hands.”

West’s stash is a perfect reflection of her own products and pieces, combined with those she admires; but one thing is constant, her love of the plant and her desire to raise the ritual for everyone in the space.

“We’ve come a long way from hiding out in alley ways, smoking flower from a plastic baggie,” she laughed. “I’m proud to be a little part of a higher calling for design and beauty in the space. If I can upgrade just one item in anyone’s stash, it’s a plus. I came out in a big way on national television – it changed everything for me, but I’m happy to be a part of the movement to bring cannabis to the next level – normalized in a beautiful and sophisticated way.”

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Key Takeaways from Today’s Hearing on the SAFE Banking Act

A Senate committee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss ways for cannabis businesses operating legally under state law to obtain access to banking and financial services. At the hearing, Senators and witnesses including members of the cannabis industry focused on the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019.

Under the measure, federal banking regulators would be prohibited from penalizing banks that choose to serve cannabis firms doing business in accordance with state law. Under current regulations, banks are subject to penalties under federal money laundering and other laws for servicing such companies, leaving the cannabis industry to operate in a risky environment heavy in cash.

The Senate’s version of the measure, (S. 1200) was introduced in April by Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, and has 31 co-sponsors. The House bill (H.R. 1595) was introduced by Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Oregon and is co-sponsored by 206 representatives. In March, the bill was approved by the Financial Services Committee and is expected to be considered on the House floor after the August recess.

Witnesses Testify at Hearing

In his testimony before the committee, Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, one of the co-sponsors of the SAFE Banking Act, testified that public opinion is in favor of a change in cannabis policy reform. Gardner also noted that the bill has bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, a rarity in today’s hyper-partisan political climate.

“There has been a dramatic shift in Americans’ views of cannabis in recent years,” Gardner said. “Polling shows that about 65% of Americans support legalization of marijuana. 93% support medical marijuana. In fact, majorities of both parties support legalization. In a time when all the talk is about how divided we are, it’s hard to find that sort of support for an issue.”

Gardner added that cannabis policy reform was even succeeding in conservative states and that in just the last year five more states, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, and Vermont, had adopted or expanded marijuana programs.

“In short, the states are leading on this issue, and the federal government has failed to respond,” he said. “It has closed its eyes and plugged its ears and pretended the issue will go away. It won’t.”

Current Rules an Unfair Burden on Cannabis Industry

Another witness who testified before the committee, John Lord, the board chair of the Cannabis Trade Federation and the CEO of a Colorado vertically-integrated operator in the industry, said that current regulations put a substantial burden on cannabis businesses.

“Due to the dichotomy between state and federal laws, banks and credit unions have been reluctant to serve cannabis businesses or have refused to do so altogether,” Lord told the committee. “In some cases, banks that were willing to work with cannabis companies were discouraged or prevented from doing so by their regulators. As a result, we have frequently struggled to obtain and maintain bank accounts with egregiously high fees.”

Lord also noted that the negative impacts of current regulations hit small firms the hardest.

“The current situation is especially challenging for small businesses. While we, due to our size, are able to absorb the additional costs associated with cash management and exorbitant bank fees, many small businesses are not,” he added. “Furthermore, resolving the banking issue could significantly aid cannabis businesses in securing business loans. This is critical to small business owners who may not have access to other sources of capital.”

Cannabis Insurance Measure Introduced

Before Tuesday’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey announced that he was introducing a bill that would give the cannabis industry greater access to insurance services. The bill would protect insurers who offer coverage to cannabis firms and associated firms such as landlords and attorneys.

“Current federal law prevents these small business owners from getting insurance coverage, and without it, they can’t protect their property, employees, or customers,” Menendez said. “We can solve this problem with legislation that allows insurance companies to provide coverage to these enterprises without risk of federal prosecution or other unintended consequences.”

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10 ideas de primera cita para los amantes del cannabis

Las personas que les gusta los tragos lo tienen fácil cuando se trata de citas: hay un bar en cada esquina. Pero, ¿a dónde llevas a la chica stoner caliente con la biografía de Tinder compatible con 420? Incluso si vives en una ciudad que aún no se ha legalizado, hay muchas maneras atractivas de pasar tiempo con tu nuevo amigo con una mente mejorada.

Aquí están 10 de mis ideas favoritas de la primera cita 

1. Comer un poco de pizza:

Ya sabes el dicho de que el sexo es como la pizza, incluso cuando es malo, ¿sigue siendo bueno? Bueno, si estás drogado, se garantiza que tanto la pizza como el sexo serán estupendos.

2. Visita un refugio de animales:

Una de mis cosas favoritas sobre la marihuana es que me hace menos gilipollas, y finalmente comprendo la sensación a la que a menudo se hace referencia como “felicidad”. Agregale  algunos perros corriendo con sus lenguas colgando y lindos gatitos frotando mis pies , y le daría lo que fuera al tipo que me llevó allí (si no asustaría a los animales).

3. Noches de manualidades:

Si la cita es con alguien que no te daría miedo invitarlo a tu casa, invitalo a una noche de manualidades. Puedes quemar, luego cortar papel de colores y jugar con pistolas de pegamento como un grupo de niños de cinco años. Eso es, por supuesto, hasta que tomes tu nueva tiara de cartón para colocarla en tu cita y coronarla como tu diosa del sexo stoner.

4.Mirando las estrellas

Ya sea una manta en un campo o un par de sillas de cubierta en un tejado de Brooklyn, enrolla un poco de Northern Lights debajo de las estrellas para suavizarte y besarte con tu soñadora de elección.

5. Yoga

Algunas ciudades ya están ofreciendo clases de yoga 4:20, pero todo lo que necesitas son dos alfombrillas, una lista de reproducción relajante y un Sour Diesel que levanta el ánimo en la primera cita.

6. Visita un museo

Solía ​​pensar que el Museo Metropolitano de Arte era para gente vieja y rica y que olía a pedos. Eso es hasta que fui a una gira de Museum Hack precedida por algunas pastillas de CBD y cookies de Girl Scouts (ya sabes de qué tipo estoy hablando) en una primera cita. “Un recorrido por el museo para personas a las que no les gustan los museos”, nos mostraron el diente de Mary Magdalene escondido en un jarrón antiguo (a menos que yo alucinaba eso).

7. Caminar en la naturaleza:

Tan glorioso como quedarse y tragar comida, ponte un par de pantalones, enrolla un porrito (o tres) para guardar en tu bolsillo y lleva tu cita a un parque o jardín botánico. Puedes enamorarte por el olor de las rosas y contemplar en silencio una telaraña durante 10 minutos preguntándote cómo algo tan pequeño podría crear algo tan hermoso.

8. Ver algo de música:

La marihuana y la música ya tienen una mejor relación que cualquiera de nosotros experimentará con otro humano, así que aprovechemos esa energía para tu primera cita. Para una noche más íntima, vea un espectáculo en un espacio de bricolaje o una galería emergente; Sofar Sounds es una organización increíble para encontrar pequeños conciertos en todo el mundo. Probablemente incluso puedas llamar la atención de los músicos, simplemente no dejes que te roben tu cita.

9. Pintura: ¿Qué es mejor que fumar con tus enamorados y pintar jirafas? Tira algunos nachos y tendrás la tarde perfecta. Si esta fecha es tan buena como debería, un año más tarde puede comprar un kit Love is Art para su aniversario: un lienzo en blanco para cubrir su piso y botellas de pintura para cubrir sus cuerpos a medida que  hacen el amor y arte.

10. Ir al cine:

Netflix and chill es una rutina increíble para deslizarte una vez que estás en una relación, pero para la primera cita quieres al menos pretender estar cómodo con tu pijama y entre los vivos. Ver a Matt Damon tratando de escapar de Marte será infinitamente más entretenido si fumas Skywalker antes de las vistas previas, o mejor aún, infórmate en algunas gomitas de cannabis para comer durante el show.

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How To Choose The Best Convection Vaporizer Without Breaking Your Bank

Vaping technology has single handedly changed the way we consume cannabis, and it’s here to stay. Believe it or not, vaporizers have origins going back to 1963 when a “smokeless tobacco cigarette” patent was first proposed by Herbert Gilbert. Yet, it wasn’t until 2003 when inventor Hon Lik patented the modern electronic cigarette to curb his own smoking addiction that the benefits of the vaporizing really started to take to the masses. 

While vaporizers have been available on the market for roughly 16 years now, many are still confused on how they operate and what the difference is between convection and conduction heating. If you have been asking yourself similar questions, let us break it down for you. Vaporizers heat in three ways: Conduction, convection, and hybrid heating. Conduction heating involves placing cannabis or cannabis concentrates onto a heated surface. Convection heating, on the other hand, involves heating the air that encounters the cannabis or cannabis extract, using either an internal fan or through the process of inhalation. Hybrid vaporizers combine both heating systems. While conduction vaporizers have been available on the market longer, convection vaporizers offer a superior vaporizing experience, boasting cleaner flavor, evenly distributed heat covering more surface area and no combustion which could prove harmful to the lungs. Some might argue, best of all, that it also allows you to use your weed twice.

Unfortunately, convection vaporizers have been notoriously expensive, alienating users new to vaporizing or looking for a bargain—that is, until now.

Welcome to the best convection vaporizer under $100, the Linx Eden

We are Linx Vapor, a SoCal based, health conscious and technology driven vaporizer brand with a mission to expand the boundaries of the market as we know it today. Our cannabis line of vaporizers has landed many top awards by leading industry media such as Forbes, High Times, Gizmodo, Leafly, and Herb.

Over the past few years, our customers have given us some amazing feedback on our award-winning products and it always seems to boil down to the same few things: Flavor, technology and affordability. The result is something we couldn’t wait to share with all of you. Our team is happy to introduce the best convection vaporizer for under $100, the Linx Eden.  We stand by our word, now let us tell you why. 

Inspired by a minimalistic design, the Eden is stripped down to only the essentials, flavor and vapor. The device is packed with the latest technologies to optimize flavor delivery, including a true convection heating system, pure quartz chamber, and dual use capabilities – allowing simultaneous use of both dry herb and concentrates with the included “Lava Plate” concentrate pads. The Linx Eden can truly unlock the flavor of your herb.  

And yes, you read that right, the Eden lets you use your herb twice. How does this work you may ask? The Eden’s convection heating system activates cannabis molecules (THC-A or CBD-A) by a process called decarboxylation. While combustion triggers these molecules, they are destroyed. Convection heating on the other hand not only activates, but preserves them. After vaping, the nice brown leftovers can be then used in a variety of ways, from cannabutter to a food garnishment that will get the job done (and quite well, may we add.) 

At this point, we know what you’re thinking. If all the Eden’s technologies are this advanced and its design is made of only the highest-grade materials, how can we possibly offer it at such a low price? Comparable models can easily cost as high as $200- $300, yet the Eden comes in well under that at $99.99. While we’ve done our homework and opted for the latest vaping technologies and materials that are needed to make a great vaporizer, we had to trade off on features such as variable temperatures or a designer shape. (If those features are more up your alley, click here to learn more about the award winning Linx Gaia) 

Even with such tradeoff, the Eden’s long list of attributes for the price are still unrivaled. Every Linx Eden features four pre-programmed temperature settings and comes complete with an interchangeable silicone sleeve, magnetic mouthpiece cap, cleaning brush, glass mouthpiece, USB charger, filter screens, and medical grade stainless steel.

We have also remained on the forefront of health consciousness, minimizing the use of plastics throughout our entire product line. The Eden is no exception. It uses air instead of silica gel to insulate heat production.  Furthermore, Linx has completely removed the plastic insulation section in the chamber itself. Such design is so unique and novel that it separates us from other mainstream vaporizers. 

It is this type of dedication- a constant pursuit of the prefect balance of value, experience and innovation that has put us on the map. The Eden is keeping the momentum going, already taking the title of “Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Under $100” by Medium as well as placing #1 on the Vape Guide’s “Best Dry Herb Vaporizer List Under $100 by The Vape Guide.

We know you’ve got a lot of options to choose from these days, but there’s a reason our Linx fam continues to grow. Try the Eden for yourself and learn more on how we are shaking things up in the vaporizer industry.  This one’s dedicated to all of you!

Order your own Linx Eden here!

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