The Marijuana Conspiracy and the Strangest Experiment in Modern History

What do you get when you combine the progressive atmosphere of the 1970s, clashing cultural views and restrictions imposed on women, and an extensive and very secretive government study on cannabis with results that mysteriously vanished? You get one hell of a marijuana conspiracy, that’s what.

Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory right? I mean, the entire history of marijuana in the western world is shrouded in conspiracy. A healing plant, one that can possibly heal cancer, with no real side effects… and it’s banned for decades all to fulfil the agendas of some greedy politicians and business owners. Nothing really screams machination louder than that.

Even in stoner legends we hear the tales of “secret government facilities” running experiments on unsuspecting potheads. You know, the stories of your old college roommate’s second cousin who participated in the one, he was locked in a room decked out with psychedelic décor while nerdy scientists watched him smoke unbelievably dank government super-weed. He went home stoned, thousands of dollars richer, and with a seriously interesting story to tell during the next smoke sesh.

On the surface, the real-life version of these government funded cannabis studies weren’t much different. Participants were housed in a research facility that was arranged to feel somewhat leisurely, and they got paid good money to smoke extremely potent government pot. But what exactly was going on behind the scenes? Surely they weren’t just lounging around, watching movies, eating snacks, and smoking good weed for months on end? What was the objective here? What was the Canadian government trying to accomplish and learn with these studies? To this day, the answers to these and many other questions remain uncertain.

As study participant Sharon Purdy mentions, “It was such an upside-down set of circumstances. Here you were under the best medical supervision available with the best pot available, kind of, doing something illegal legally.”

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About the Movie

The movie, titled The Marijuana Conspiracy – set to debut for streaming on 4/20, tells the story of this dubious study from the perspective of the women involved in it. The idea for the film came from none other than a study participant herself, Doreen Brown. Many years after the experiment ended, Brown starting sharing her story more publicly which eventually led to a full investigative report conducted by Diana Zlomislic from the Toronto Star in 2013.

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The film uncovers the motivations of those involved in conducting the experiment such as the funders, designers, and implementers; as well as the experiences and backgrounds of the test subjects. Although some aspects are clearly dramatized and some of the characters’ backstories are fictionalized, the overall narrative stays pretty close to the line of truth.

Most importantly, the film discusses how researchers collected a “mountain of data” but never publicly released a single finding. Even now, the extent of what was uncovered during that 4 month period is still a big mystery. So, if you plan on watching any movies this year for 4/20, make sure to add The Marijuana Conspiracy to your list.

A Bit of Canada’s History with Cannabis

In the 1970s, the entire western world was at odds when it came to cannabis legislation. On one side were conservatives who argued that cannabis was the downfall of society, poisoning our youth and turning them in to lazy, impulsive losers. On the other side, and the side that we all personally align with here, were progressive thinkers who believed the plant was not only harmless, but held medicinal value and should be legalized for all to use.

For the most part, if you were pushing for cannabis legalization back then, you were on the fringe. No mainstream media outlets or politicians were inclined to be very vocal on the subject, unless of course, they were discussing the dangers of cannabis and their various ‘reasons’ for keeping it prohibited. To give you a quick example of what I mean, the Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs released a report in the late 60s finding no evidence of the gateway drug theory that experimentation with soft drugs like pot inevitably leads to harder drug use, like meth and heroin.

The release of these results was met with some serious hostility, with members of some medical and political circles claiming that decriminalization and legalization of marijuana “would be tantamount to legalizing ignorance.”

Ironic how they chose the word “ignorance”, isn’t it?

It’s clear that cannabis was a threat of some sort to the powers that be, and governments were dealing with this plant in different ways. In the U.S., President Nixon dedicated $15 million to hire a small army of lawyers that would prosecute dealers and users nationwide. In Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau (the current prime minister’s father) launched a royal commission to investigate and study the effects of this plant. The thought was that, through enough research, they could definitively prove that this plant was unsafe and thus, should remain illegal.

“To make a sound decision, it is necessary to have valid information respecting the effects of the drug on health and social functioning,” wrote British psychologist C.G. Miles in a preliminary report on cannabis research. Miles is the mastermind behind the experiments that followed. In 1970, he launched his first study by recruiting six unemployed male volunteers to build wooden stools while smoking increasingly potent cannabis strains for 70 days straight – no leaving the facility and no communication with the outside world.

The purpose was to see if cannabis affected productivity. Would the men be motivated to continue building those stools for $2 apiece the more stoned they got? As it turned out, cannabis had very little to do with it. The men remained productive, regardless of weed consumption, until they unexpectedly went on strike and demanded higher wages. Once the pay was increased to $2.75 per stool, their output was right back on track.

“Evidence shows that the inability or unwillingness to earn following high cannabis consumption can be overcome by an economic incentive,” Miles wrote. Interesting findings, but how reliable were they? Miles couldn’t say for sure, but he convinced his superiors to let him investigate this phenomenon further through a series of longer and more in depth research projects.

A Social Taboo: Women and Cannabis

At that time, there was almost no clinical research examining the effects of cannabis on females and even to this day it remains a topic rife with questions and concerns. A 1972 report on cannabis by the Le Dain Commission highlighted the lack of scientific data in this field. The question of how cannabis effects women was also at the top of Miles’ list, as he mentioned in a preliminary report to Ontario’s Ministry of Health.

“The necessity for repeating this experiment with women is occasioned by the almost complete lack of information about the behaviour of females under even acute cannabis intoxication.”

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The idea of women smoking weed has always been a bit of a social taboo. Even in today’s progressive pro-pot society, men have always dominated and monopolized the cannabis scene. Historically, it has always been more accepted, and even encouraged, for men to take risks. We was women have always faced a much harsher cultural restrictions than men, from the clothes that are deemed “appropriate” for us, to the number of sexual partners we’re allowed to have, and yes, even the things we consume.

Anything even mildly intoxicating was off limits, because our delicate little minds simply couldn’t handle a few puffs a joint without going off the deep end, right? Check out this quote from a British professor of psychiatry at the University of London:

“A young Englishwoman on one occasion smoked two-thirds of a home-made hashish cigarette which had not upset her husband; she promptly developed gross incoordination of the hands, astasia (inability to stand or walk), rapid pulse and dyspnoea (shortness of breath).”

Ouch. She didn’t even finish the joint and completely lost it… but hey, at least she didn’t upset her husband right? Undeniably sexist but unfortunately, a sign of the times. Did marijuana really turn women into fragile, unproductive burdens on society who had absolutely no control over themselves? Miles was about to find out.

The Winter of 1972

On January 31, 1972, Miles and his team recruited 20 young women ages 18-25 to take part in “one of the weirdest experiments in Canada’s history.” For 98 uninterrupted days, the women were held up in a Toronto-area hospital just north of Chinatown. Ten of the women – the experimental group – smoked increasingly potent cannabis strains daily and the other half – the control group – were there simply for observation. The two groups were housed in different parts of the hospital.

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For the experimental group, their brains, hearts, kidneys, livers, blood and urine were analyzed multiple times per day while a team of nurses kept records of their moods and behavior 24/7. Although the control group was not required to smoke, they were allowed to, and both groups could purchase as many mild joints as they wanted for 50 cents apiece at a store that also sold alcohol, junk food, cigarettes, magazines and some toiletries and accessories.

The basis of this study was a sort of micro-economy in which the women were required to cover all of the expenses (expect bed and water) for the duration of their stay. They earned money the same way the men did in the study two years prior, via the production of small goods.

They worked on Guatemalan back-strap looms, which, if you’re unfamiliar with them, are primitive wooden devices used for weaving textiles and fabrics. The women were weaving colorful, wool belts with knotted tassels that had to meet a couple quality standards – they needed to contain two colors and measure exactly 132 centimeters in length. At first, it could take each woman up to 8 hours to create one belt, but eventually that time was cut down dramatically. The women earned $2.50 per belt that passed inspection.    

Extreme Isolation

“The first month or so was the best part—getting high, having fun, and making friendships with the other women,” recalled Doreen Brown. “There were no worries about ‘normal’ life, like working at a job I didn’t enjoy, paying rent, or supporting myself in general. It was an escape.”

However, as time went on, much of the lighthearted fun quickly faded. As the “experimental government super-weed” continued to get more potent and the isolation started to wear on them, the women’s mental health began to deteriorate. Communication with the outside world was only permitted via writing and they weren’t allowed to step out of the hospital for the entire 98 days. Some equated it to “psychological torture” and a few from the experimental group refused to continue past the halfway mark.

“The isolation, I found it very hard,” Brown recalls in an interview with the Toronto Star. “I’d be looking out the windows thinking, ‘I’d love to go out for a walk just to get out of here.’ It probably — even though I was with these nine other women — increased my loneliness.”

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“I saw a few people get kind of unhinged,” Purdy says. “It gradually built up in our systems so that your peripheral vision was shot. There were things flashing through the air that weren’t there. It felt like you had an iron lung. Not coughing. I just mean you felt heavy. It definitely had a build-up effect.” The isolation also took its toll on the non-smoking group. Marcia Smith’s roommate, a woman named Misty who was part of the control group, also quit the experiment just before it ended.

“She withdrew,” Smith recalls. “She went into a cocoon. She broke down “There were few protections in place for the young test subjects in 1972. Today, researchers who receive government funding must abide by a stricter code of conduct.

“You cannot go and take people and lock them up in an artificial environment and pretend these are real-life conditions,” says Benedikt Fischer, a professor in the faculty of health sciences at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University. “The ethical standards and scrutiny has changed dramatically.”

Everyone and Everything “Seemed to Vanish”

To this day, the extent of what researchers discovered during those 98 days remains unknown because the data from the study was never released – not publicly, and not even to the participants. By the time the women left that facility, they were broken, isolated, confused, and covered in so many track marks from blood testing that doctors had to give them notes to prove they participated in a study and were not drug addicts.

They were paid thousands of dollars to essentially smoke extra strong weed and make accessories for months on end, all funded and controlled by the federal government, but strangely, the results were buried and even many of the people who conducted the research seemed to “vanish”, according to participants and reporters.

 “I want to know, I want to know,” says Brown. “The dosages. What they found psychologically, physically. I feel ripped off, taken advantage of. It’s just like it didn’t happen. I feel like, yeah, you gave three months of your life for what? Were the results that horrible that they didn’t give them to us? You wonder. I think they might have supported legalizing marijuana. That’s why they didn’t come out. I don’t know. It leaves you with a lot of questions.”

She’s not the only one who believes that. According to the Toronto Star, some of the study’s documents eventually landed in the hands of an economist at Texas A&M University. After analyzing the data, he confirmed that “despite smoking a lot of high-grade cannabis under fairly dystopian circumstances the women in the mandatory weed group remained perfectly rational and worked their butts off.” Yes, he actually said, “worked their butts off”.

The results were politically inconvenient because they showed cannabis in a favorable light, and some suggest the study wasn’t a “study” at all, but rather expected to function as some kind of smear campaign against cannabis legalization, masked as clinical research. One of the main themes of the film, The Marijuana Conspiracy, is the idea that the entire project was actually a conspiracy.

Over the next few decades, the women involved in the study made several attempts to get more information from the Addiction Research Foundation on what happened to them during those few months in 1972. Unfortunately, all to no avail. In 2009, C.G. Miles passed away, so that door was shut and locked, but one of the junior researchers on the project, Dr. Galfrid Congreve, confirmed that his team did actually “product mountains of data”, although he also, did not elaborate any further.

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Final Thoughts

Conspiracy theories and marijuana go hand in hand, but this one is more than just off-the-wall stoner lore… this really happened and because the results of the study didn’t align with the government’s anti-cannabis sentiments at the time, they promptly swept everything under the rug, in hopes that no one would ever find out stoners can be productive members of society.

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Precise Cures – How Nanotechnology Enhances Cannabis Products

As the cannabis industry expands, it also gets more technologically advanced. Within the last few years, a new trend has started which will change how we use cannabis for consumption, especially on the medical front. With nanotechnology, cannabis products can be made to fit a precise diagnosis, and delivered to the exact point necessary.

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What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is a branch of technology that involves manipulating particles on an atomic level, with sizes under 100 nanometers. Which – to give a frame of reference – is about 1000 times the thinness of a piece of paper. Nanotechnology is similar to nanoscience, which attacks the same topic, but from the physics side. The two topics are very much intertwined.

In physics, different fields investigate how masses of different sizes behave. Astrophysics examines the nature of how large objects behave, whereas particle physics – on the other end – investigates how the very smallest of particles behave. And particles of these two different extreme sets, behave in their own strange ways. In terms of nanotechnology, particles often conduct electricity better, offer more strength, different reactivity to chemicals, and magnetic abilities.

One of the abilities of nanotechnology, is the ability to force together liquids that would ordinarily not go together: think oil and water. This is an emulsion. When done on particles of bigger sizes, it’s called macroemulsion or microemulsion. When it happens to particles at the size of 20-200 nm, it’s called nanoemulsion. Mico and macroemulsions are used in food products, and chemical industries like for pesticides. Nanoemulsions are newer, and used primarily in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and by biotech companies.

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Nanotechnology and medicine application

This process of putting together unlike substances – emulsions, allows for non-water soluble medications to be absorbed by human beings. The process of taking two immiscible liquids and turning them into one liquid, is done with an emulsifying agent like a surfactant (substance that reduces surface tension). By being absorbed into the bloodstream at a very quick rate, nanoparticles can deliver medication more quickly and effectively. Nanoemulsions are also created to increase the effectiveness of medications at their point of interaction.

Nanoparticles can be used as diagnostic tools, to mask the taste of oily liquids, to protect drugs from hydrolysis and oxidation, and to deliver medicine in a targeted fashion. They can also lengthen the time frame of a medication, and increase bioavailability. On top of all this, they can deliver stem cells, create heat, be metallic, or even be radioactive.

To give an idea of what it means to have a targeted drug delivery system, consider that with nanoparticles, instead of a drug being ingested, digested, and then put into the bloodstream where it effects the entire body, the medication can be delivered straight to the necessary site, bypassing the rest of the body. If there are infected cells, nanoparticles can attack them directly, without hurting healthy cells around. Think about how any time you take an antibiotic, it kills all the good bacteria in your stomach and digestive tract leading to all kinds of problems with reflux and superinfections. With targeted applications, these negative effects wouldn’t necessarily have to exist.

How insanely specific can these delivery systems be made? Well, researchers at MIT just created a cancer drug by combining two nanoparticles. The drug, with these two nanoparticles working in conjunction, does two things. It can both target the cancer cells in patients, and deliver a treatment to the infected cells. That’s a pretty cool one-two punch.

Nanotechnology and cannabis

We know that nanoparticles are made by essentially smashing two liquids that don’t actually mix, into one liquid. We know that this is accomplished using a surfactant, or surface tension lessening agent. And we know that once employed, a nanoparticle can provide a couple different services in disease fighting, like the ability to locate a specific site, and the ability to deliver medications to that site. On the website ‘Neurology of Cannabis’, Dr. Daniel Stein published the article Cannabis & Nanotechnology in 2020, which addresses the growing field of nanotechnology and cannabis applications.

Says Stein, when it comes to cannabis, there are several diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and intense inflammation that are already being looked at in regards to cannabis nanotechnology. Since cannabinoids can be stored within nanoparticles, and delivered to a specific and targeted site, cannabis medicines can be stored, protected, and then delivered for a controlled release without degrading. Nanotechnology can even detect and locate diseases by the first few damaged cells, and deliver a cannabinoid to modify the cell’s behavior before more damage can occur.

cannabis and nanotechnology

One thought is that if a nanoparticle can identify and focus on a specific cannabinoid receptor right when a disease is first starting to grow, it might be able to pull a 180degree turn, and keep the entire inflammatory process at bay. Other researchers are working on nanoparticles of a ‘superclass’ which would have the ability to treat illnesses across a much broader spectrum. Future research into the use of nanotechnology and cannabis will focus on making the physical particles stronger, increasing the bioavailability, and improving on routes of administration via pills, injections, or sublingual drops, according to Stein.

Future versions of nanotechnology might include ways to maximize absorption and minimize side effects to create the most potent products possible. Considering all the different varieties of cannabis, with all their specific properties, companies can use nanotechnology to offer custom-made therapeutic products. General benefits could also be enhanced through bioengineering to create a more effective version of nearly anything.

Nanotechnology and the blood brain barrier

The blood brain barrier is a barrier that exists around the brain, and which keeps particles from being able to penetrate into the brain. Drugs that cause a person to feel different mentally, have crossed the barrier. In fact, the barrier can be thought of as a bouncer that keeps unwanted molecules out of the brain.

So when it comes to taking medications for anything that would effect the brain, like antidepressants, or for treatment of nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, it’s important to get active compounds into the brain. In answer to this, researchers are currently working to engineer lipid nanocapsules that will contain cannabinoids, that will be able to get through the blood brain barrier, and deliver treatment to areas of the brain.

Nanotechnology and cannabis edibles

Cannabis edibles are becoming more widely used these days with tons of options for food and drink-related products. However, edibles are tricky in that its hard to define how a specific person will absorb them, and how quickly they will actually start working. The company Sunderstorm started manufacturing Kanha Nanotech Gummies, which CEO of the company Cameron Clarke says should kick in within 15 minutes. At the very least this dissuades people from taking a second dose too early, and possibly overdosing on THC.

It seems there is already quite a building competition between brands in the ‘nanotechnology for cannabis edibles’ department. Back in 2019, as Trait Biosciences – a Toronto-based cannabis company, introduced its own product line developed from technology which transforms fat-based cannabinoids to water-soluble ones, it warned consumers against the very technology it was employing, if it was coming from another company.

cannabis nanotechnology

Yup, as the company put out its nanotechnology line of cannabis products, it warned consumers “Nanoparticles can permeate into many different types of tissues and you can’t really control that.” And that comes from Dr. Richard Sayre, the Chief Scientific Officer for Trait.

This, of course, doesn’t make what Sayre is saying untrue, in fact, its quite the opposite. He essentially pointed out possible faults in his own company’s products by pointing this out, as well as mentioning his general concern over the use of emulsifying agents like surfactants, and their ability to accumulate in a human system.

There are also other questions which can’t be accounted for yet, like whether nanoparticles can pass from a mother to her unborn child, and if nanoparticles can accumulate in different parts of the body, like the heart, liver, or lungs. Says Dr. Anubhav Pratap Singh, University of B.C.’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems assistant professor, people should know about risks associated with nanotechnology ingestion, especially when the particle size goes under 100 nm.

Companies that sell nanotechnology cannabis products

There are already plenty of companies using nanotechnology to produce cannabis products. Sunderstorm and Trait have already been mentioned, but there are lots more. One such company to be aware of is Geyser Brands, which reportedly closed a deal with Chinese HMI – Hanma Investment Group, which is China’s biggest hemp conglomerate, and a major global technology innovator. Geyser is a cannabis company that develops health and wellness products. They create CBD and hemp-based preparations for conditions like anxiety, pain, and insomnia, using patented nanotechnology delivery systems to allow for slow release.

When it comes to companies specifically in the CBD field which are using nanotechnology, there’s Pressure BioSciences, Inc, a technology company specializing technology solutions, consumables, and, pressure-based instruments. In 2020, it was reported that Pressure signed a deal with Can B Corp for a CBD oil processing system to create a water-soluble nanoparticle solution.

There’s also CBDLiving, which according to COO Sean McDonald, helps with the problem of bioavailability in edibles. Edibles are known to have a low bioavailability. Sometimes only 4-20%, according to McDonald, is actually taken up by the body. He stated, “By nanosizing the protein down to a molecular level, the protein is more easily absorbed into the body, thus increasing the bioavailability to 90 to 100 percent.”

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Another is EmbarkNano, formerly Axiomm Technologies, which is coming in from a slightly different direction. Instead of producing a nanoparticle product directly, EmbarkNano produces a precursor to a nanoparticle, in the form of a micro goo, called µGOO. This special goo makes it easy to create nano products, and in that sense acts as a general base for product manufacturing. µGOO is available to other companies, and can help keep R&D budgets in check by offering this service. Companies can then use the goo to build their own individual products. Like a white-label starter kit for nano cannabis products.

Conclusion

A 5-second internet search will tell you that the field of nanotechnology for cannabis use is competitive and growing. By this time next year, there will likely be at least a hundred products out using nanotechnology for cannabis delivery, or other purposes. It should be kept in mind that nanoparticles are like little rebels, doing what they please, and often in an unpredictable way. So perhaps before we get too comfortable in this new nano-sized world, we should make sure that it’s safe, and not doing harm as it gets us our meds.

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Delta 8 Syringes, the Best Vape Ban Workaround

We’ve been talking about it for over a month, and this month the US mail vape ban went into effect. Luckily, the world is full of ingenuity, and as an answer to recent events, a new way of using cannabis has taken root. Delta 8 syringes are an inventive vape ban workaround.

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The vape ban

A quick recap of why this is happening at all. In December, former president Donald Trump signed off on The Omnibus Appropriations and Coronavirus Relief Package bill, a piece of sprawling omnibus legislation which involves tons of unattached provisions for things completely unrelated to the corona pandemic. Like the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, which was wedged into this bill. What does this act do? It institutes a high level of regulation to the tobacco vaping industry, ending all mail shipments by USPS, as well as FedEx, UPS, and DHL which all agreed to participate.

Technically, no private carrier is banned from carrying products, but if the regulatory process is too costly, and a carrier cannot afford it, they won’t be able to provide this service. How USPS will go about things has not been released, but it is possible the government mail agency will carry vape products after strict guidelines can be uniformly implemented. USPS will give a final rule about how it will conduct itself in the future by the end of the month.

This is not an actual ban, however. The use, production, and sale of these products was in no way outlawed, but, in order to send them through the mail, any company must submit to a high – overbearing – amount of regulation, which is untenable for many product and shipping companies. In order for a company to send products through the mail, it must use a private delivery service that collects a signature at the point-of-receipt by an adult, as well as check about a million other boxes including registering with the attorney general, ATF, and all tax-collecting agencies in every place of business, walking all packages in by foot, using correct tax stamps, applying sales and excise taxes, and collecting information on customers to report to the government, among other things.

To be fair, it’s not all that weird for the government to regulate an industry. However, there are privacy protections that are in place to ensure no overstepping is done, like the 1974 Privacy Act laid out by the Department of Justice, which USPS functions off of, according to their own site. While there are 12 exceptions to this privacy rule, it is highly debatable that the reasoning for this mail ban requires such a privacy break. This mail ban may very well end in court, or need to be changed and downgraded from where it is now.

It is, perhaps, the extreme level of regulation that seems off in the end, as if vape juice was deadly material. It should be remembered that some of the specifications of business owners is to collect and report on the products being purchased by consumers and in what quantity. And this along with customer ages, and other personal information. Some might say that these mail restrictions are posing a danger to personal privacy, while offering no actual protection for anything.

If you’re now wondering what this has to do with cannabis products, the answer is that due to the 2008 Federal Law for Control of Tobacco Products bill, cannabis products are lumped right in with tobacco products, so this ban also hurts the transport of all cannabis vape products. CBD products and newer inventions like delta-8 THC, are expected to be hit very hard by this new institution of regulation.

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Why is this happening?

According to the government, its to protect children. Of course, to anyone paying attention, who can see through a smear campaign, this logic is flawed at best, and dangerously backwards at worst. So far, according to the CDC, there have, in America, been 68 confirmed deaths related to vapes since the inception of vaping in the early 2000’s up until February 2020. There have also been 2,807 hospitalizations in that time. For the most part, deaths and hospitalizations aren’t even related to tobacco or cannabis products (or herbal healing or vitamin products that can also be vaped). Damage seems to be caused by additives like vitamin E acetate.

On the other hand, 480,000+ people die from smoking every year, including 41,000 that die of second-hand smoke. Ever heard of someone dying from secondhand vaping? Didn’t think so! Since no anti-smoking campaign ended smoking, and every year, tens of thousands of people start smoking habits, it seems that in order to protect people, pushing them toward vaping is the solidly safer idea.

68 deaths over approximately 15 years vs 480,000+ deaths every year consistently, is a silly comparison to make. Obviously vaping is the better option. The only regulation that should have been instituted in order to actually protect people, was for the chemicals used in vape products to be verified as safe. This did not happen, and instead, regulation was put in to slow down the process of sending products through the mail. What seems like the much likelier reason for such regulation – since nothing was outlawed, is the government trying to recoup lost tax revenue from an industry that managed to get by without it.

Of course, once again, where the regulation is needed, it’s not being applied. This Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, comes as an update to the PACT act, which worked to initially close tax holes in the tobacco industry at the inception of tobacco regulation. While it might seem logically like tobacco has been regulated in the US for a long time, this is not the case, and in fact, only became a regulated industry in 2008. The PACT act was known as a way to maximize tax profits by setting up regulation systems.

Perhaps what makes the government give the line of safety, is that the government doesn’t have a right to implement such high regulation which impedes personal privacy, without a large threat. Think of all the smear campaigns for vaping right now. Think of how these low death numbers – like 68 – are being used to incite fear, despite the fact that their comparative number is 480,000 deaths a year from cigarettes. The number of cigarette-related deaths, by the way, is brought to you by the CDC, the same agency that thinks its wise to call 68 deaths in about 15 years from vaping, an epidemic.

Delta 8 syringes as the best vape ban workaround

Luckily, the cannabis industry tends to stay a foot ahead, and even as the vape ban was being prepared, retailers were already investigating another way to sell products. And the new answer to the vape ban is another method of consumption that doesn’t involve smoking. One thing to remember, is that people chose to go to vaping themselves. It was known practically instantly that it was safer, probably because less damage is felt by the smoker.

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I can personally attest to the fact that regardless what I have vaped (and I’ve bought plenty of non-dispensary pens), it has never for a second caused the damage that one hit from a joint can cause, and that says a huge amount. People like me wanted a better answer. We didn’t necessarily want to stop consuming these products, but we very clearly wanted a better way to do it. So, what are cannabis syringes, and how do they work as a vape ban workaround?

The answer of cannabis syringes to the vape ban works well in that it does not promote going back to cigarettes, which would be a terrible outcome of this new regulation. Instead, it promotes another healthy means of consumption. Cannabis syringes are not the syringes that you think of when hearing the word ‘syringe’ which is so often associated with illicit drug use, like heroin. These syringes are merely large plastic syringes without a needle, in which there is some form of cannabis oil. This can mean CBD oil, standard cannabis oil, delta-8 THC oil, or any other oil that can be produced from the cannabis plant. The oil is placed under the tongue for sublingual administration.

For anyone unfamiliar with the term ‘sublingual administration’, this means administering a drug in the mouth and under the tongue. This is often done because there are tons of blood vessels right under the tongue which make it easier and faster to absorb a medication into the bloodstream. These oils are often very thick though, and using the syringe allows the correct amount to be administered at a time. This method lets users obtain the same benefits they were receiving from vaping, and without going back to the old way of causing damage through smoking.

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Are there other ways around the ban?

Sure. Using Delta 8 syringes to combat the vape ban is great, but some people still want their vapes. It should be remembered that its not a ban, just a high amount of required regulation. Companies like IGEN are coming out to help with the highly complicated world of product taxation, with other companies likely following suit. This can help with the myriad of regulatory laws that must be followed in order to be in compliance with tax and reporting laws. There are also new companies coming around to help with shipping to customers, like X, which is a partnership between two enterprises that was put together specifically to ship vape products at this time.

Then there’s the freight industry, and companies like VapeFreight, that already ships LDL and freight, and will soon do parcel packages as well. According to owner Michael Wittenberg, this B2B shipping solution already has 5,000 carriers in place. This service might not help the end user directly, but it’ll help make sure their products end up in a location where they can buy them. Whether this service will do residential shipping in the future is hard to say, but for now it looks to establish networks to keep B2B vape shipping intact, and to help make sure that dispensaries don’t get shut out by an inability to get their products on shelves.

Smaller shipping services are also taking the bait, with Uship and Shipstation leading the way. Both are looking to capitalize on the situation by offering services currently being cut by bigger private mail providers. Shipstation, for its part, has been requesting and collecting user shipping data in an effort to better understand needs, and looks to be trying to turn this information into a viable answer for shipping vape products in the future.

Conclusion

Perhaps this ban will be all bark and no bite. Maybe just big words, but not a lot of follow-thru. And maybe it’ll be knocked down in court within a month for violating privacy policies. Regardless, we are a population that relies on ingenuity, and that we have in spades. Whether it’s companies that help with complicated tax structures, or alternate shipping avenues, or companies that go from vape products to Delta 8 syringes to get around the vape ban, the one thing you can always count on, is that if there is a repressive law in place with no real value, we’re going to get around it somehow.

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German Court Ruling Now Allows Hemp in Food

To be clear, the recent court decision is not specifically related to hemp in food, but by clearing hemp tea sellers of trafficking charges, the German court ruling opened a door to allow hemp products in food.

The world of cannabis just got bigger as a German court ruling opened the door for hemp to be used in food. This is as exciting as the advent of delta-8 THC products, and the ability to get the same kind of benefits as standard THC, while experiencing less psychoactive effects, and less anxiety. We can even help you get started if you’re a beginner with this new THC. Check out our awesome delta-8 THC deals, and join in on the excitement!

Germany and cannabis

Before getting into how a German court ruling on drug trafficking could allow hemp in food, let’s take a look at how cannabis is governed in Germany. According to Germany’s Federal Narcotics Act, cannabis possession is illegal and offenders can face up to five years in prison. Use crimes are not specifically mentioned in the Act, and therefore, offenders are usually sent to some kind of program instead of prison, at least for small amounts. In Germany, the term ‘small amount’ is judged not by the quantity held, but the quantity of THC within the product. And different regions of Germany use different amounts to denote this ‘small amount’. Generally speaking, it means in the neighborhood of 6-15 grams.

Cultivation, sale, and supply crimes are all illegal. Most of these crimes can earn an offender up to five years in prison, although supply crimes can go up to 15 years, depending on the specifics of the case. Supplying to minors, using weapons, and/or having very large quantities are some of the extenuating factors that can lead to higher prison sentences.

Germany does have legal medical cannabis. This started in 1983 with nabilone – a synthetic derivative of THC. In 1998, the pharmaceutical THC medication dronabinol was also approved. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that the country instituted a real medical cannabis program, opening the door for more disorders to receive treatment with cannabis medications. Since 1996, Germany has also allowed the legal cultivation of industrial hemp.

German ruling hemp food

In 2019, Germany passed a law to institute a regulated system for the export of medical cannabis products. In that same year, Germany was both the biggest importer AND exporter of cannabis oils in the EU. Obviously, there’s a disconnect here, as Germany is putting precedence on its export market, rather than supplying itself first.

In 2019, Germany paid out approximately $240.9 million for cannabis oil imports, making up 7.8% of the market that year. It was second only to the US. That year it also exported $229.8 million, making it the 4th biggest global exporter of cannabis oil, and the biggest out of the EU, accounting for 8% of the global market.

What is this hemp tea case?

The German hemp tea case involves Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi, operators of the store Hanfbar, in Braunschweig, Germany. Hanfbar was a retail store that was selling hemp tea. It was announced in 2020 that prosecutors in the case were seeking jail time of three years, and 2.5 years respectively, according to the newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung. Hanfbar had been selling CBD oil, as well as hemp food and drink products since 2017.

The meat of the case is in the idea that hemp tea is technically banned under the German Federal Narcotics Act. The reason for this, is that the law states that hemp products can’t be used for the purpose of intoxication. Ingestible products are generally regulated by (BfArM) the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which follows rules set by (BfR) Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. BfR is a part of the Ministry for Food and Agriculture which offers scientific advice for food consumption regulation. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture set the following guidelines about THC use in ingestible products:

  • Beverages can have up to 5 micrograms per kilogram of beverage
  • Oils can have up to 5,000 micrograms per kilogram
  • Food products can have up to 150 micrograms per kilogram

The defendants in the case argued that the charges were unjust, and that similar products were already widely available. Hanfbar is actually a vegan café, and the products being sold were hardly meant for intoxication. In fact, the view on hemp according to Hanfbar, is that its “the key to a sustainable and conscious lifestyle.”

hemp tea

Prosecutors claimed the defendants showed a “blatant lack of understanding about the illegality of their actions”, and were unable to be worked with given their indifference to previous police raids. The defendants in question were originally charged with drug trafficking…for selling hemp tea, and found guilty! As it turns out, the prosecutors are now eating their words.

German court ruling now allows hemp in food products

On March 26th, 2021, it was reported that (BGH) Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, annulled charges against both Kaine and Hatefi. They did so on the basis that the Narcotics Act does not actually ban the sale of hemp leaves and flowers directly to consumers for consumption. By overturning this case, going against a regional court ruling, and setting this new legal precedent, the high court of Germany just opened the door for hemp to be used in food products throughout Germany.

The Federal Court of Justice didn’t come down on lower courts for an error in judgement, but it did state that regional courts had not fully examined whether the defendants had meant their products to be used for intoxication purposes.

According to Hempro International GmbH, one of Germany’s leading hemp companies, “From now on it is more a matter of the actual intake of the psychoactive substance THC… The supply and possession of unprocessed industrial hemp products to end consumers is therefore not subject to the Narcotics Act as long as deliberate abuse for intoxication purposes is excluded.”

Hempro, for its part, has current legal proceedings of its own regarding cannabis. The company is actively suing the city of Düsseldorf after it banned marketing and sales of CBD products in extract form. It also has a case against the city of Braunschweig since 2019, which contests the city’s use of a stop-sell order that was levied against one of the company’s wholesale buyers. In light of this legal reversal for Kaine and Hatefi, Hempro hopes that its own cases will be resolved soon.

The verdict was also celebrated by (BvCW) Germany’s Cannabis Industry Association, which released the statement: “This means a great relief for the sellers, who have so far been often affected by raids that damage their business.”

EU and cannabis

What next?

It’s possible this verdict will, in fact, influence the cases Hempro has in the works currently. The more substantial outcome, however, is that the highest court in Germany just said that so long as the intention is not to cause intoxication, that hemp leaves and flowers can be used in food and beverage products at will. As most people don’t go to hemp when looking for intoxication, this would include pretty much any edible hemp-based product.

The case also highlights how a ruling in one specific avenue, can have resounding effects throughout an entire industry, and beyond. This is similar to France vs the EU, where the EU’s ruling that France cannot restrict imports of CBD oil into France by other EU countries – that were made in compliance with EU law, made CBD legal throughout all of the EU. In the current case, by Germany trying to put a couple guys out of business, what the country actually ended up doing, was expanding the legal boundaries of the hemp industry to include food and beverage products.

Conclusion

There’s something special about a case like France vs the EU, or the German hemp tea case. Maybe because the intent was so malevolent, that the opposite and stronger outcome feels that much more like a victory. And in both instances, new case law was essentially formed by governments trying to impose unnecessary and unfair restrictions on their people, and losing. So, here’s to Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi, two of today’s current cannabis heroes, who successfully fought to overturn their verdict, and in doing so, elicited a German court ruling that now allows hemp to be used in food.

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Disclaimer: Hi, I’m a researcher and writer. I’m not a medical professional, I have no formal legal education, and I’ve never been to business school. All information in my articles is sourced from other places, which are always referenced, and all opinions stated are mine, and are made clear to be mine. I am not giving anyone advise of any kind, in any capacity. I am more than happy to discuss topics, but should someone have a further question or concern, they should seek guidance from a professional in the relevant field for more information.

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How to Invest in Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Psychedelics Industry

As the legal cannabis market booms, another class of drugs on the horizon is getting closer to legalization, with its own impending boom coming. And that means a whole new place for investment. So as MDMA, psilocybin, and DMT work their way through medical trials, here’s how to invest in this new medical psychedelics field.

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What are psychedelics?

Psychedelics are a subset of hallucinogenic drugs, which themselves are a subset of psychoactive drugs. Whether made in a lab like LSD, or found in nature like psilocybin or peyote, psychedelics are known for causing ‘trips’. When a person is tripping, they may have altered perceptions of the world around, experience/feel/taste/see/hear things that are not real (hallucinations), feel a heightened sense of connection to those around them, experience euphoria, feel a sense of spirituality and connectedness with the universe, and a greater sense of self-introspection. A large percentage of psychedelics are serotonergic, meaning they effect serotonin receptors in the brain, though they can do this in different ways.

Some drugs like DMT produce short trips of less than an hour in duration. While other drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline can cause trips that last for many hours, as many as eight or ten. Sometimes people experience bad trips in which negative, or even scary, hallucinations are experienced, and/or a rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea, disorientation, and fatigue occur. There is indication that the majority of these symptoms can be controlled through proper dosing. In fact, many therapeutic psychedelic users consume the drugs in micro-doses.

All psychedelics are Schedule I in the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, a drug scheduling treaty which defines the legality of different compounds globally. Starting with the Staggers-Dodd bill in 1968 which illegalized LSD and psilocybin, and finishing with the placement in the Convention, making all such substances illegal to buy, sell, or consume, with no purported medical value.

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Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years, all throughout the world, though their uses in medicine in the mid-1900’s, and proposed uses today, are generally different than the shamanistic/ritualistic way they were primarily used in history, although this is not to say that there were not traditions that did use psychedelics therapeutically. Technically, if a shaman is consuming ayahuasca to get rid of demons, I suppose that could be thought of as therapeutic anyway.

Medical psychedelics research

Psychedelics, particularly, LSD, were introduced to modern medicine around the 1950’s after Albert Hoffman synthesized the compound in Switzerland in 1938. Several psychotherapists at the time, like Humphry Osmond and Ronald Sandison caught onto the idea, bringing these treatments to England and America. Hoffman conducted, among other research and therapy, the Saskatchewan trials, and ultimately came up with the idea of ‘psychedelic therapy’ in which a single large dose of LSD was given along with therapy sessions.

‘Psycholytic therapy’ is what Ronald Sandison’s version became known as in the UK, with the difference being that Sandison’s treatment style was to do multiple sessions with smaller amounts of the drug that increased through the process. Both doctors found great success particularly with alcohol addiction. How much success? According to the Saskatchewan trials, as many as 40-45% of drinkers were still not drinking a full year after the therapy session.

Unfortunately, when the drugs were made illegal, all ability to continue such treatments ended, and the ability for research into the field was completely stymied, and did not pick up again until much more recently. However, to give an idea of the massive turnaround that has been going on when it comes to psychedelics, consider that the US’s Food & Drug Administration (FDA), singled out both psylocibin in 2019 and MDMA in 2017 as ‘breakthrough therapies’ for depression and PTSD respectively. Such a designation by the FDA is meant to speed up research and development for products deemed necessary for health.

This indicates a desire by a US government agency to not only test these drugs, but to get them to market. And they’re all schedule I right now. One exception to psychedelics all being schedule I, however, is magic mushrooms. Though its psychoactive components like psilocybin are Schedule I, and therefore illegal, the plants themselves are not outlawed, creating a bit of gray area in terms of mushroom use, cultivation, and production. This gray area could prove useful in the future.

What can be expected?

If you’re wondering why this matters, consider how massive – and growing – the legal cannabis markets are. Well, psychedelics offer many of the same medical benefits, especially psychologically, with possibly added abilities in other departments. And they’ve proven to be very safe. As an industry in which much of it is pharmaceutical to begin with, it’s a safe bet that these drugs are going to pick up quickly. Because the pharma world is sure to take a massive interest, it gives even more reason to invest in medical psychedelics now, before everything explodes.

psychedelic-assisted therapy

So how much is it worth? I’m not the kind of writer who generally likes to get into these numbers. Every publication makes its own predictions, off its own information, and very rarely do these predictions seem to consider world changes. Whatever the size of the CBD industry was originally predicted to grow to a few years ago, that number would be invalid by now because it didn’t account for THC-based medicines growing in popularity, or legal markets, or psychedelics.

Imagine how much psychedelics could eat away at cannabis revenue. And not only that, any predictions of the future market size for psychedelics would have to take into account the still expanding cannabis markets (with more countries constantly legalizing in some form or another), and the question mark of what currently unforeseen factors could upend the trend a few years down the line. So, I’m not concerned with too many predictor numbers, but here’s just one, in order to get an idea what we’re dealing with.

PRNewswire, citing an analysis by Data Bridge Market Research, explained the forecast for 2020-2027, in which the field is expected to grow to $6.8 billion by 2027. It was worth just over $2 billion in 2019.

Best ways to invest in growing medical psychedelics field

Now that a certain barrier seems to be broken, more companies are conducting clinical trials, getting patents, and starting to get clearances for products. In fact, if you thought the psychedelics market was off limits, you’d be very much mistaken. Not only is this a growing market with a lot of possibility, but companies are already staking their claim, leaving room for you to start investing. So, if you like the idea of getting in on something before it explodes, consider investigating the following companies, and invest in the medical psychedelics field.

Much like with cannabis, Canada is quickly establishing itself as a leader in medical psychedelics, with the top companies coming out of this country. In the first half of 2020, $150 million USD was raised by six different companies: Mind Medicine, COMPASS Pathways, Field Trip Psychedelics, ATAI Life Sciences, Orthogonol Thinker, and Numinous Wellness. Mindmed and Numinous are already publicly listed companies. This is an early stage entry for investors. In fact, to give an idea of how seriously Canada is taking this, the first exchange traded fund – The Horizons Psychedelic Stock Index ETF, made its debut in January. ETF’s are like regular asset exchanges, except that they include a mix of stocks, commodities, and bonds. This exchange is solely for psychedelics.

The CEO of the fund, Steve Hawkins, said that while larger pharmaceutical companies have been admitted to the fund, the idea is to keep it mainly for smaller psychedelics companies. Companies can be added to the fund if they can tick the following boxes: be a part of a regular US or Canada-based stock exchange, be a biotechnology company focusing on medical psychedelic research, be a producer and/or supplier of psychedelic medicines, and be a company that works within the general supply chain for psychedelic medications.

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Biggest names so far

When it comes to emerging fields and investing, the majority of people will never get there preemptively, and will instead act by reaction. For anyone who wants to get in on it before the top blows off, the following companies currently provide the best prospect for future growth, expansion, approval, and ability for revenue. These names should be noted, they will likely be bringing you the first approved medical psychedelic products, and for anyone looking to invest in this rapidly growing field of medical psychedelics, they stand out as the best options so far.

Mind Medicine is one of the furthest along when it comes to getting a product out there. It’s a pharmaceutical company that specifically works to develop psychedelic medications. The company is currently in the middle of six different trials on drugs like MDMA, LSD and DMT. In January of 2021, MindMed announced the first ever clinical trials to involve a combination of MDMA and LSD, with company president Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli stating:

“I believe that when LSD and MDMA are taken together they have exceptional potential to open a window into our mind which will awaken it to new levels of awareness by changing the fluidity of the ‌state‌ ‌of‌ ‌consciousness, amplifying‌ ‌changed‌ ‌perceptions,‌ ‌intensifying ‌emotions‌, ‌and‌ stimulating ‌novel‌ ‌thoughts. It is like a gateway to a multidimensional universe.”

When it comes to MDMA trials, MAPS – Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies,  is also making its way to approval. MAPS entered phase III of its trials into MDMA for PTSD, and aligned this phase with the FDA according to a Special Protocol Assessment made directly with the FDA. This means that so long as the trials show clinically significant results, the study will already check all FDA regulatory boxes, and make it that much easier for approval.

However, a psychedelic drug has technically already been approved by the FDA. In March of 2019, Johnson & Johnson’s Spravato got approval. The spray treatment is considered for those who have not received a benefit from at least two separate anti-depressants. Spravato is a drug that’s a chemical cousin of the drug ketamine, which is classified as a dissociative drug, but also as a psychedelic. The medication is meant for severe depression.

There are tons of companies popping up. Apart from the companies already listed, prospective investors should check out Champignon Brands, Hollister Biosciences, Better Plant Sciences, Captiva Verde Land, Core One Labs, Cybin, Empower Clinics, Ehave, Jazz pharmaceuticals and EGF Theramed Health. All of these companies are associated in some way or other with the production of psychedelic medications. And while I have yet to see it mentioned in an article, it seems to me that what might upend everything I just said, is the ability to cultivate magic mushrooms.

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Something to consider

Much like cannabis, mushrooms come with the ability for easy self-cultivation, as well as large scale cultivation. People who invest in today’s cannabis cultivation already know the value of having growing fields. Imagine the same thing, but with mushrooms. I personally believe that the biggest way in the future to invest in medical psychedelics, will be through the growing of mushrooms.

As stated, this is my opinion, and has not been discussed much as far as I can tell. This is not shocking though, and really doesn’t mean much, as this topic is also an undesirable one for any biotech or pharmaceutical company that – much like with cannabis – would much prefer you know nothing about how to do this on your own. And much like cannabis, it’s easy enough to learn how for anyone who needs some help getting started. Plus, since cultivation and sale of the mushrooms themselves is actually legal in many places, it’s way more legal to grow a field of mushrooms in much of the world, than to grow a field of cannabis.

How to invest in Medical Psychedelics – Conclusion

That the medical psychedelics field is coming is not as much up for debate as many would believe. It might be growing in the shadow of the cannabis market, and being kept quiet until the ability for large scale monetization is possible, but it’s coming, and it will be big. For those who want to invest in the growing medical psychedelics field, getting in now is probably the best idea, and with all the new companies popping up every day, it’s sure to become a heated race very soon.

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Disclaimer: Hi, I’m a researcher and writer. I’m not a medical professional, I have no formal legal education, and I’ve never been to business school. All information in my articles is sourced from other places, which are always referenced, and all opinions stated are mine, and are made clear to be mine. I am not giving anyone advise of any kind, in any capacity. I am more than happy to discuss topics, but should someone have a further question or concern, they should seek guidance from a professional in the relevant field for more information.

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Celebrity Brands – Celebrities and Their Cannabis Companies

From Snoop Dogg to Seth Rogen to Mike Tyson. One of the great things about being a celebrity is the ability to both back desirable products (for money, of course!), and start your own company. Sure, we’d all do it if we had the money, but since the majority of us will never be able to use multi-million-dollar paychecks to fund our projects of love, the best we can do is check out those who can. Cannabis is huge in popular culture, and used by the biggest stars out there. Let’s take a look at which celebrities have gotten into the field of starting cannabis companies.

Celebrities and their cannabis companies might be all the rage, but that’s not the only big trend in the cannabis world. One of the coolest stories of late is the addition of delta-8 THC products. Unlike delta-9, delta-8 produces less psychoactive high, and less anxiety to boot. For this reason, many people prefer this newer form of THC to the old standard. If you think this might be good for you, check out our awesome delta-8 THC deals, and get in on the latest cannabis trend.

Mike Tyson

We all know him, we all love him. Well, maybe not Evander Holyfield. But the rest of us have become pretty endeared to the face-tattooed, heavy-weight boxing champion over the years. And what is this face-tattooed, heavy-weight boxing champion doing now? Setting up cannabis ranches. When California changed its laws, and opened the door for cannabis production, Mike Tyson didn’t waste any time, setting up Tyson’s Ranch in El Segundo, California.

He even started a podcast called ‘Hotboxin’ where he chats with other celebrities, smokes, and promotes his other cannabis-related ventures. His company works as more than just a cannabis-growing ranch, functioning as a licensing and branding company as well. The end goal is for an entire entertainment complex with hotels, stores, entertainment venues and so on to be built.

Tyson didn’t stop with the continental US though, he’s been planning on taking his operation to the island of Antigua, which opened the door for medical cannabis tourism in 2018. The country does not yet allow recreational cannabis (though its working on it), but it does now have lax policies that allow for investors like Mike Tyson to come in and start businesses there. When the story was originally reported in early 2020, Tyson had submit a proposal to set up a wellness center on the island along with a hotel. While initial requests were said to have gone through just fine, a full proposal was subsequently requested.

Most news on this venture came out last year when Tyson was initially looking into the paradise island location for his new wellness center. And it likely won’t be a story again until the doors of said center are ready to open.

Seth Rogen

When it comes to celebrities and cannabis companies, some names just make more sense. A name like Seth Rogen has become synonymous with marijuana, much like later entry Snoop Dogg. We’ve watched Seth Rogen light up in movies, from This is the End to Pineapple Express. And we’ve heard him talk extensively about it in tons of publications. Now, Seth Rogen is no longer simply a cannabis aficionado, he’s a cannabis entrepreneur as well.

It was reported earlier this year that Seth Rogen, along with business partner Evan Goldberg, would launch their cannabis brand in the US in March. The brand, cleverly named Houseplant, is a cannabis goods and accessories company that will sell the likes of ashtrays and lighters, as well as actual cannabis, which will only be shipped in the California area to start. This operation is almost all Hollywood-based, with business partner Evan Goldberg, and co-founders Alex McAtee and James Weaver, all associated with Rogen and Goldberg’s studio, Point Grey Pictures. The last co-founder Michael Mohr, who will be acting CEO, is the only one not entertainment related, instead coming in as a venture investor.

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Part of the idea of Rogen’s new company, is to show the positive side of cannabis consumption. Said Mohr through an e-mail, “Our founders have a long history enjoying cannabis and believe it should be treated with the reverence it deserves… Through their film work, and the pride with which they speak about cannabis publicly, Seth and Evan have shown the world that not only does the potential exist to have a healthy relationship with cannabis, it is also very normal, and can have an amazingly positive impact on one’s life.”

This is not the first venture for the company, however. Houseplant initially started doing business in Canada in 2019. It joins the US market now as more states change tack, legalizing cannabis for recreational use, including New York State and New Mexico, which both passed legalization policies within 24 hours of each other in the past month.

Snoop Dogg

I feel like it would be remiss to write an article on celebrities creating cannabis companies, without mentioning the grandfather in the world of celebrity cannabis. Good old Snoop Dogg. Some would say Snoop Dogg (aka Calvin Broadus) and cannabis go together like peanut butter & jelly, or Colombia and cocaine, it’s almost hard to imagine one without the other. And when it comes to celebrities entering the cannabis game, Snoop Dogg was one of the first – predictably – to throw his pipe in the ring.

Snoop Dogg

After bringing us album after album filled with the most pot-friendly of lyrics, and outspokenly letting us know how he feels about the plant, Snoop Dogg was one of the first celebrities to get involved with cannabis companies. Back in 2015, Snoop Dogg announced the opening of a new company called Leafs by Snoop in conjunction with Canopy Growth Corporation, a cannabis company with products like flower concentrates and edibles which was geared, at the time, for sales in Colorado.

All flowers involved in Leafs by Snoop are handpicked by Snoop himself, and hand-weighed for accuracy. “It’s a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y’all today” said Snoop at the time, “From the flower, to the concentrates, and edibles – it’s all hand-picked by yours truly so you know it’s the hottest product out there. It’s the real deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!”

But that’s hardly the end of the story for Snoop Dogg and cannabis. In fact, it isn’t even the beginning of it. In 2013, Snoop Dogg partnered with Grenco Science to produce a line of vaporizers called the Snoop Dog G-Pen. In 2019, Snoop partnered with Israeli company Seedo as a brand ambassador for the company that promotes home growing. The deal was for Snoop to endorse the latest Seedo product, ‘Seedo Homelab’, a machine with AI technology that aids in growing cannabis plants. Mr. Dogg also co-founded a marijuana investment company called Casa Verde Capital which announced at the end of 2020 that a deal for $100 million in funding had been closed, according to paperwork filed with the SEC.

Willie Nelson

Snoop Dogg isn’t the only name synonymous with cannabis. Let’s not forget rock icon Willie Nelson, who was also one of the first celebrities to get involved with cannabis companies when he started Willie’s Reserve in 2016. Nelson opened his company with the idea of helping people by providing good products, as well as supporting smaller local businesses.

He kicked off the opening of his company with two concerts. Products were originally only available in Colorado, but since that time have started being sold in other locations. In 2018, it was reported that Tuatara Capital, the parent company of Willie’s Reserve, raised $12 million for the brand, which was used to expand the company into other locations, and which brings the total raised funds to $29.5 million.

Some interesting aspects of Nelson’s operation? Well, for starters, Nelson acts as the company’s chief testing officer (CTO), and while this might be a joke, it suffices to say that Nelson takes an active approach to the quality assurance of his products. In 2019, Nelson launched Willie’s Remedy and Willie’s Rescue in conjunction with GCH incorporated, a cannabis intellectual property company. While Willie’s Remedy focuses on hemp-based wellness products for people, Willie’s Rescue focuses on hemp-based products for pets.

Rappers and cannabis

Starting a cannabis company seems all the rage for top rappers of today. I already mentioned Snoop Dogg, but he’s not alone in this. Take Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) who started Monogram, which launched its first products in 2020. Monogram so far specializes in indoor grown craft cannabis strains, with the OG Handroll – a 1.5 gram joint – being its flagship product. Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp, an acquisition company, announced in 2020 it would acquire Monogram.

Then there’s Ice-Cube, or O’Shea Jackson, who announced in February 2021 the launch of the well-titled Fryday Kush, which was inspired – as it sounds – by his iconic film Friday. Ice Cube is launching the brand in conjunction with Caviar Gold, with products currently available in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arizona.

What other rappers are becoming ganjapeneurs? Drake (Aubrey Graham) announced the launch of a branded marijuana products line through More Life Growth Company in conjunction with Canopy Growth Corp. According to the company, his product line is meant for “wellness, discovery and overall personal growth with the hope of facilitating connections and shared experiences across the globe.” And let’s certainly not forget Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), who launched his own cannabis brand in 2019 called GKUA Ultra Premium. The line of high potency marijuana products is “designed to provide consumers with the best high of their lives.”

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Dead celebrities have cannabis companies, and other people too

While Bob Marley might not be living anymore, his family has carried on his name through the cannabis company Marley Natural, which launched in 2014 with funding help from Privateer Holdings. Privateer Holdings signed a 30-year licensing deal with the Marley family. Bob Marley is not the only dead guy to have a line of products in his name.

The family of Jerry Garcia is also getting in on it. In late 2020, Garcia Hand Picked was launched in California, with marketing through Holistic Industries, a multi-state cannabis operator. Said Garcia’s daughter Trixie on the partnership: “We picked Holisitic Industries based on shared values, a proven track record of successful operations, scalability across multiple states and their ability to launch and market new brands; not to mention they have a senior leadership team full of Deadheads.”

There are way more celebrities who are involved in the cannabis industry, than can be mentioned here. But I’ll leave you with a few last entries. First up is Tommy Chong, another name in the cannabis world where the business created meets a generally held expectation. Chong reunited with Cheech Marin, his co-star in Up In Smoke, among other films, to produce a line of Cheech & Chong dispensaries in 2020 in legalized states across America. And then there’s our favorite kitchen maven Martha Stewart, who also released a line of CBD products in 2020 through Canopy Growth, the same company working with Seth Rogen, that bought out Jay-Z’s line, and which is doing business with half the entries on this list.

In 2019, yet another iconic rocker, Jimmy Buffet, entered the arena, partnering with Surterra Wellness, to create his Coral Reefer line. The tagline for the company is ’Good for the Body, Good for the Soul’, and focuses mainly on vapes thus far. In 2020, yet another musician got involved when Carlos Santana launched his own brand Mirayo by Santana, released through California’s Left Coast Ventures. The initial offerings of the line are pre-rolled joints and premium flowers.

Last, but certainly not least, and in an effort to show that it’s not just actors and musicians becoming cannabis entrepreneurs, we’ve got Calvin Johnson of Detroit Lions fame. The former wide receiver founded Michigan-based cannabis company Primitiv in 2019. It was even announced that year that Johnson, along with partner, and former teammate Rob Sims, had landed a partnership with Harvard University to specifically research cannabis for chronic and traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and for the general use of pain management.

Conclusion

If you’ll notice, the majority of celebrities that have started cannabis companies, have done so within just the last few years. This is a testament to how quickly the cannabis industry is growing, and how far-reaching it really is. The options for cannabis products are getting more and more varied, and this recent push from high profile names we already know and love, may even help to change legal policies.

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Start Spreading the News: Recreational Cannabis is Legal in New York… and New Mexico

We’re all familiar with New York City, that mess of concrete and high rises that holds the largest number of inhabitants of any US city. As a general liberal hotspot, in a generally liberal state, it’s almost surprising it took so long. But it’s finally happened. Recreational cannabis is now legal in New York. But that’s not all. In 24 hours, both New York and New Mexico became cannabis legal for recreational use.

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New York – 19.45 million inhabitants

New Mexico – 2.097 million inhabitants

What’s the news?

On Wednesday March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation officially making recreational cannabis legal in the state of New York. The new bill allows for adult-use, starting at the age of 21, and permits adult residents to have up to three ounces of cannabis, and up to 24 grams of concentrates. Each household will also be able to grow up to six mature cannabis plants, however this does not go into effect until 18 months after sales begin, possibly to get consumers used to buying before allowing them to grow for themselves, which will likely eat into official revenue numbers.

The bill, The New York State Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act, passed as Senate Bill S854A, with a vote of 40 to 23, and then went on to the Assembly where it passed in a vote of 100 to 49. This vote was done in a late-night session Tuesday night. Cuomo made the following statement Wednesday upon signing: “This is a historic day in New York — one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits.”

The bill is not just meant for the people in New York, but for New York businesses as well. The new legislation creates a licensing system for producers and distributors. It also works to expunge convictions for crimes that would not be crimes anymore under the new legislation. Under the new law, a 13% sales tax will be applied at the point of sale.

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…And then New Mexico did it too

About 24 hours later, on the night of Wednesday April, 1st, 2021, New Mexico’s legislature voted in the Cannabis Regulation Act, which is now expected to be signed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. New Mexico actually has two bills, one which legalizes recreational cannabis use for those 21 and above, and a separate one which expunges criminal records received previously for cannabis crimes which are no longer crimes.

Regarding this aspect, the governor stated: This important legislation accompanies the legalization of cannabis and will ensure that New Mexico ends the harmful long-term impacts of cannabis conviction records, enabling New Mexicans to build better futures.”

The bill sets up a licensing and taxation system to regulate the production and sale of cannabis products. Retail sales are expected to start no later than April 2022, giving the state a year to set up its market. Under the new law, private citizens can have up to two ounces of cannabis, and are allowed to grow up to six plants in their homes. A final aspect of New Mexico’s bill which separates it from New York’s bill, is that New Mexico is not allowing local governments to choose not to have retail cannabis sales. In New York, that ability to opt-out is still there.

US States and cannabis

New York and New Mexico aren’t exactly breaking any records here. Neither is the first state to have a medical cannabis policy pass, that would be Virginia. And neither is the first state to develop a comprehensive legal medical cannabis bill, that was California. And certainly, neither are the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use, that designation goes to Washington and Oregon, which both legalized for recreational use at the end of 2012. There’s no ‘first’ here to be rejoicing over, but instead, the understanding that two of America’s states, including the home of America’s biggest city, just became pot friendly.

So where do New York and New Mexico stand then in the US landscape of cannabis legalization? Well, things have been changing quickly in the US, so much so that every article written on the subject is invalidated within a couple months tops. New York makes the 16th state to legalize recreational cannabis, and New Mexico the 17th, bringing the total to 19 locations with legal recreational marijuana policies including Washington DC, and Guam.

In terms of states, New York and New Mexico join: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Maine, Vermont, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, and New Jersey. For anyone doing the math, that now makes up 34% of states with recreational legalization policies, and accounts for approximately 150 million people.

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On a broader scale, when looking at ‘America’, it should be remembered that North America is made up of three countries: the US, Mexico, and Canada. Canada is already a federally legalized country for recreational cannabis, and Mexico’s court system also legalized cannabis recreationally by knocking down current legislation as unconstitutional, thus requiring new legislation which is due out at the end of this month.

As such, all North American countries have some amount of cannabis legalization. When widening the scope even further, we include South America, which is home to Uruguay, the first country in the modern world to legalize cannabis for recreational use. The continents of North and South America together make up the most cannabis friendly region of the world.

Possible gains

In both states where recreational cannabis was made legal, New York and New Mexico, there were strong sentiments of righting a social injustice. However, as with pretty much any location that legalizes, there is also a massive financial incentive.

As far as recreational cannabis being legal in New York, the governor’s office has previously stated that such an industry can create somewhere between 30,000 – 60,000 jobs, and bring in $350 million per year in tax revenue via the 13% sales tax. Tax revenue is already set to go to the New York State Cannabis Revenue Fund, with unused money being split between education, community grants, and drug treatment/public education, at a rate of 40%, 40%, and 20% respectively.

The tax breakdown goes as follows: it’s actually a 9% sales tax, with 4% local taxes added on. Then there’s a separate THC tax which adds on half a cent per mg of flower, and .8 cents per mg of concentrate. For edibles it tacks on three cents per mg.

When looking at New Mexico, there is also a great financial incentive. The Albuquerque Journal stated that the industry is predicted to bring in as much as $20 million for the state by 2023. Said Governor Grisham, “Workers will benefit from the opportunity to build careers in this new economy… Entrepreneurs will benefit from the opportunity to create lucrative new enterprises. The state and local governments will benefit from the additional revenue. Consumers will benefit from the standardization and regulation that comes with a bona fide industry.”

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What this means for federal policy

Any location with separate governments for federal and state, are likely to at some point have the issue of one going up against the other. It can be seen in the EU, where different member states create policies that go against EU law, like when France went up against the EU over CBD sales. It can be seen in Australia, where Canberra is the only legal state for recreational cannabis use in an otherwise illegal country. And it can certainly be seen in the US, where out of 50 states, a third now allow recreational cannabis for legal adult use, including New York. So, how long can a federal policy stand as the states it governs change policy to go against it?

I haven’t seen a direct answer to this question, but it’s an important question. At what number of states with opposing laws, does the federal mandate no longer hold? Though there might not be a technical answer to this, the logic answer is that regardless of whether it would legally push a change to have a majority of states/people under legal policies in opposition to the federal law, it would certainly create some tension.

Perhaps the six states that have adopted legalization policies since the last election have now finally put enough pressure on the federal government to make some changes. After all, the last thing the federal government wants is to look weak against a whole bunch of state governments which are no longer complying with it.

Perhaps it was these recent legal updates that inspired Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s statement that this year the government would aim to pass sweeping legislation that would finally end the federal ban. This would act to instill regulated adult-use markets in every state and territory, and it would work to expunge all cannabis crimes that are no longer crimes without a ban.

While this is still a more liberal-centered movement, republicans are certainly feeling the burn in their voting populations, having to come to terms with the idea that their personal convictions for cannabis illegalization are not meshing with their voters’ desires for legalization. This push from constituents on the right, is helping to aid the left in pushing legislation for lifting the ban.

Conclusion

No one likes to look like an idiot in life, and its this sentiment that will likely be what pushes the US to federal cannabis legalization. It doesn’t want to look silly holding an empty federal law, while every state has its own opposing policy. My guess is that very soon the federal government is going to do a 180º, just to keep this from happening too intensely. In fact, I expect it will happen this year or next at the latest. With recreational cannabis being made legal in New York, that much more pressure has been put on the federal government to legalize the whole country.

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Here is everything wrong with Biden’s “forced rehab” plan for drug reform

Although the latest talks regarding cannabis legislation have been slightly more hopeful, it seems pretty obvious that President Joe Biden isn’t a diehard supporter of legalizing the plant entirely.

Back in the 1980s, Biden was actually very committed to the war on drugs, and cannabis in particular, helping draft numerous pieces of legislation that would keep low-level, non-violent drug offenders incarcerated for years to come. As of 2010, his opinions hadn’t changed much and he can be quoted saying, “There’s a difference between sending someone to jail for a few ounces [of marijuana] and legalizing. The punishment should fit the crime. But I think legalization is a mistake. I still believe [marijuana] is a gateway drug.”

Fast forward another decade and Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States, during a time when cannabis legalization is an incredibly polarizing topic on many fronts: economic, social, and health institutions all have a major stake in the industry. At the very least it seems Biden has accepted that cannabis legalization is inevitable, and even mentioned that he thinks “it is at the point where it has to be, basically, legalized.”

However, he maintains his stance in favor of decriminalization over full legalization. But as we already know from watching the many states that have tried it already, decriminalization is a completely pointless step in between prohibition and legalization that allows for too much “interpretation” of the law.

For example, in a decriminalized state, a police officer can take your cannabis, fine you, and send you to court where your case will end up getting thrown out if it meets the criteria of a legal decriminalized amount. So, you’re out the money you spent on flower that remains confiscated, the city doesn’t get any money from your fines because they’re tossed out in court, and the entire ordeal is a mega waste of time for everyone involved.

Regardless, this is what Biden supports. And not only does put him at odds with most US citizens who have been wanting cannabis legalization for years, but it pits him against the majority of his own political party. This year, with Democrats in control of the Senate, leadership just promised to pursue comprehensive cannabis reform legislation within the first term year. To make good on this promise, Joe Biden proposed a plan for mandatory rehabilitation instead of jail/prison time for non-violent drug offenders. The idea might sound good on paper, but it is 100% misguided, and let me tell you why.

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The mandatory rehab proposition

Cannabis has been illegal in the US for the better part of the last century, and as a result, thousands of people have been unjustly incarcerated for completely non-violent offences, and it continues to this day. This puts even more weight on the importance of passing comprehensive cannabis reform legislation.

New laws couldn’t come soon enough, but with any kind of significant legal changes in a country with millions of people, there will undoubtedly be some kinks to work out in the beginning. Many details go into the making of a successful cannabis market – such as social equity, interstate commerce, at-home cultivation, racial justice, business zoning and so forth.

Another important issue is legislating the newly legal product itself. It’s “legal”, yes, but for who? And what amounts are legal? And who is allowed to sell it, and how much? Where can it be grown and where can products be manufactured? The list goes on. Of utmost importance though, is how to deal with people who don’t follow the established guidelines.

According to President Biden, “nobody convicted of a drug crime should go to prison, they should go to mandatory rehabilitation,” he emphasized at a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin late last year. “Instead of building more prisons… we [should] build rehabilitation centers.”

On the surface, it appears like a logical option instead of sending someone to prison. But it begs the question, if court-ordered rehab is mandatory, what happens if the person doesn’t complete the program? Or what if they don’t show up at all? Most likely, they will go to prison. So while it seems like a reasonable way for people to possibly avoid jail, it’s likely that a large number of people will still end up serving time, often based on arbitrary and unrealistic standards that patients are required to meet before they can “graduate” from their treatment programs.

As a matter of fact, a report published in 2017 by the group Physicians for Human Rights found that drug courts and rehab programs “regularly set participants up for failure.” The report went on to say that “Drug courts in the United States routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders, with treatment plans that are at times designed and facilitated by individuals with little to no medical training… Few communities have adequate treatment facilities, insurance plans often won’t finance effective treatment programs, and the criminal justice objectives of drug courts often overrule the medical needs of the patient in ways that threaten the rights and health of participants.”

Skewed data and shady practices at rehabs nationwide

While some drug court advocates claim the programs are a success, the actual data presented is a bit warped – starting with the fact that many of them are funded by privately-run, for-profit facilities that obviously have a vested interest in getting more patients, and subsequently, more funding. Additionally, many of the studies are basing the effectiveness of rehab programs by comparing them to prisons. So by those standards, it’s no surprise that people in rehab facilities have slightly better outcomes than those locked away in prison.

It’s also not unheard of for drug court judges to engage in the same discriminatory practices we see in our regular justice system. Knowing the programs will be evaluated based on a recovery-to-recidivism rate, they often choose enrollees that they believe will be most likely to complete the program successfully; completely glossing over the marginalized groups of people who may actually benefit most from a legitimate treatment program.

And that leads us to another issue with rehab facilities, are they legit? So many programs have been faced lawsuits for unethical, unsafe practices, and outright abuse.  Take the notorious treatment program from the 1980s known as Straight, Inc. They demonized casual cannabis use and urge parents to send children who have tried it to their facilities.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that minors in their program were “routinely subjected to unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse…and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.” Needless to say, the facilities were all eventually shut down, but many more exist and continue to abuse their patients, causing more problems and lifelong issues than they will ever fix.

The founders of Straight, Inc., Mel and Betty Sembler, took the vast fortune they amassed off the pain of struggling youth to start their own organization – The Drug Free America Foundation. Using their foundation, they funded numerous anti-cannabis campaigns and currently continue to remain major fundraisers for the republican party. Overall, Straight, Inc. is the perfect example of how a rehab facility (or the owners) can get rich for doing absolutely nothing, then use that money in a completely self-serving way. For them, keeping cannabis illegal wasn’t about helping adolescents or bettering the community, it was about lining their pockets and getting as wealthy as possible.

Overcrowding at already congested facilities

As of now, Biden administration plans for forced rehabilitation aren’t concrete yet, but it’s already a common practice in many states where cannabis is still illegal, mainly in the Southern US. There is an obvious problem with forcing people into rehab when they don’t need it: that leaves less room for the people who actually do.

This country is already in the grips of a national opioid crisis, and frighteningly, the number of overdose-related deaths has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to research published this month by the American Medical Association, “In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the nation’s opioid epidemic has grown into a much more complicated and deadly drug overdose epidemic … More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.”

2020 saw over 81,000 overdoes deaths, compared to just under 71,000 the previous year. People are seeking help and trying to get placed into appropriate rehab facilities, but there just isn’t room for many of them. In most states, rehab wait lists are up 18 months long with hundreds, if not thousands, of people desperately waiting for treatment. Statistics found the most people drop off the list after about 2 weeks.

The most recent data available from the Department of Health and Human Services, states that more than 50% of all cannabis users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. Less than 20% checked in voluntarily.

Final thoughts

According to numerous studies over the last decade gauging the addictive qualities of various substances, cannabis rates lower than alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine. That’s not to say you can’t become addicted to cannabis, because you totally can (and before you bite my head off, I’ve met people who would spend their rent and grocery money on pot, so that signifies a problem).

For some people, therapy and rehab could be beneficial. But forcing someone with no addiction problems to choose between jail and rehab is completely illogical and not at all in line with “comprehensive” drug reform; and for Biden to even consider this as a possibility for cannabis users, is wrong as can be.

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How to Get Around Vape Mail Ban – And Get Your Delta-8 THC Carts

At this point we’re all aware of the recent vape ban legislation that got squeezed into last year’s Omnibus bill for corona relief. And we’re all aware that main carriers like UPS, USPS, FedEx, and DHL will not be able to legally deliver vape products. But maybe not everyone is aware of how to get around these restrictions. Fear not, there are alternate options to get around the vape mail ban.

Is it the end of an era? As of March 28th, USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL will no longer deliver vape products like delta-8 THC through the mail. Luckily, many companies are already working on new ways to get you your products, but until the kinks are worked out, best to stock up now. So, check out our awesome Delta-8 THC deals and let us send them out to you before the ban begins.

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What is this vape mail ban?

Weirdly, it starts with the coronavirus, or rather, the coronavirus relief package called the ‘The December 2020 COVID Relief & Omnibus Spending Bill’. Though it sounds like this means the legislation would be purely related to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, an ‘omnibus’ bill can include provisions that range many different topics. Because of the large field of coverage, these bills are not debated in congress, but voted on once and passed. For this reason, and because such random things can be stuck in, these bills have often been used to hide unpopular legislation from the public, or rush through laws under the cover of night.

As part of this omnibus bill is the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, aka the Vape Mail Ban, which technically had already passed both sides of congress by July 2020, though in a different form. Not too many businesses seemed flustered by it at the time, but that’s probably because then-president Trump had not been for it, though he later signed the omnibus bill, making it a law.

There are two main provisions of this new law. The first is an instruction to USPS (US postal service) to create regulations that ban the shipment of any and all vape products to any US residential address. The second provision puts ‘vaping products’ into the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT). This new Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act works outside of the FDA’s standard tobacco and vaping regulations, and broadens the definition of vape product to include everything including: e-juices, vapes, CBD vapes, delta-8 THC, vape replacement parts, paraphernalia, and literally any device that can be used to vape anything, and everything it could possibly vape. This bill did not come from the FDA, but from the ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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What does the ban cover?

After the law passed, the three major private shipping companies: FedEx, DHL, and UPS also stated they would comply with this new ban, and stop shipping vape products like e-juice or delta-8 THC vapes through the mail to either residential homes or businesses. DHL had already banned the shipment of such items, and both UPS and FedEx claimed they’d be done with it by April 5th.

USPS published a proposed rule to cover its requirement, called the ‘Treatment of E-Cigarettes in the Mail’ to the Federal Register, and left a 31-day window for public comment, with a final rule expected to take effect by March 27th. As part of the proposed regulation, USPS would add vape products to its already existing set of rules related to mailing tobacco products, however with small changes so that vape purchasers won’t be affected. The law would ban shipments from companies to residences, and make it difficult to ship from company to company.

Weirdly enough, the existing laws already have an exception in place that allows regular residents the ability to send up to 10 packages a month through the mail containing tobacco or smokeless tobacco products to other residents or businesses. The intention is for sending gifts or returning defective products to manufacturers. It’s stipulated that the packages must be under 10 ounces, and senders must follow very specific rules. It is assumed that this exception will also apply to vaping products, although this is not known yet.

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The previously mentioned PACT Act was actually an amendment in 2009 to the already existent 1949 Jenkins Act. The main reason for passage of PACT was to diminish online sales of untaxed tobacco products. The law already prohibits sending cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products through US mail services, apart from online sellers who are fully registered with the ATF and local taxing agencies.

As part of PACT, online sellers are mandated to report earnings to state and federal authorities and pay taxes, and private delivery services are required to follow standards for tobacco delivery. The PACT Act’s main goal was to close tax loopholes, and enforce compliance of tax payments. This time around, with the inclusion of vaping products, the stated intention is to prevent minors from purchasing products online, though it sounds like more of the same as PACT.

Wait, it gets even worse

Not only does the vape ban make it nearly impossible for vape products to get shipped to residential addresses, it makes it just as difficult for brick-and-mortar retailers. The private shipping companies FedEx, UPS, and DHL will also not deliver packages to companies, and there is no USPS exception for companies as of yet, although the final rule could involve one. Even if it does, the other restrictions and requirements mean a likely more expensive and time-consuming shipping process.

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To give an idea of the restrictions put on companies in order to make shipments, they need to give the address and name of every business they will send to, and update it for any new additions before anything can be delivered. All customer licenses must be given, specific post offices must be named for shipping and only those branches used, all packages must be carried into the post office physically, and processed in person. There are tons of other little requirements that must be attended to. Think about what this means for a large supplier who makes many shipments. Manufacturers and suppliers are getting screwed by this too.

Is this really a ban?

No, not even close. In fact, it sounds to be an extension of PACT in terms of closing tax loopholes and collecting untapped tax revenue. An actual ban wouldn’t passive-aggressively block the consumer from the product, it would make the product, production of it, and its sale and use, illegal. None of this happened. To get more into it, this ban doesn’t even ban shipment of any of the products mentioned, so long as the company checks the following boxes:

  • Verify the age of customers
  • Use only private shipping services that collect a signature from an adult only, at the point of delivery
  • Register with the US Attorney General, and the ATF
  • Register with all state and local tax administration offices, in all places business is conducted
  • Collect and pay taxes, with required tax stamps attached to products sold
  • Send a list of transactions monthly to state tax administrators with the names and addresses of consumers, what they bought and in what quantity, as well as the name, address, and telephone number of whoever delivers the package

If it hasn’t sunk in yet, the only vape products that will be available through the mail, will require you to have all your information – both private about yourself, and about what you’re purchasing – sent to the government. So no, it’s not a ban. A ban wouldn’t allow for legal sales. And just so you know what the company you want to buy from is dealing with, PACT comes with strict standards and penalties for those who break the law. This can include large fines as well as federal prison time.

Plus, each state will have its own requirements for companies that do business within it, meaning that business owners must follow the differing protocols for every state they deal with. This can even mean forcing business owners to collect sales or excise taxes in some places, which would raise the price of products. These tax collection requirements may be a large reason for many small enterprises to fail once the ban begins. It’s analogous to a large company bleeding out a smaller company in court by burying them in motions until they don’t have the time/money/people to get the job done.

Get around the vape mail ban to get your delta-8 THC vapes and other smoking items

New laws tend to create new trends, and that’s what’s happening now as companies look for ways to get around the vape mail ban. Whether you’re trying to get nicotine cartridges, delta-8 THC, or a new vape, there are ways to do it through the mail. For one thing, large tax compliance companies are already creating software to aid online vape product enterprises. So far, only one exists, but the ban hasn’t even gone into effect yet.

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IGEN, a Wisconsin-based tax compliance firm provides a software for companies that exist in fields with heavy regulation like tobacco, firearms, oil, etc. IGEN provides a service that integrates tons of different tax and legal information for all locations, but might not be cost-effective for smaller companies. I expect within a year, plenty more options will be available with lots of different price points. This service doesn’t so much get a company around the ban, but helps them integrate with it.

Another possible option for how to get around the vape mail ban is a new partnership between a private company and a national and residential shipping agency known simply as X. The company is in the process of building a vape product delivery network that can service residential customers. What areas will be covered, and what companies are involved are still unknown, but chances are, if X thought to do it, so will other companies.

This will also add an extra fee, on top of the tax collection that will invariably raise prices. Once again, just like IGEN, this doesn’t get around the ban, so much as provide a way for companies to more easily work with it’s regulations. While companies of this nature might start small in scale, the end goal is to reach as many customers in general, with expansion intended over time. Building a network like this is not easy. Larger locations with more people and more orders will be the first to be served, just like bigger companies with more purchases will be the first onboard.

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Then there’s the freight industry, which is a conglomeration of national, regional, and local carriers. Vaping companies can build networks within this industry depending on willingness by particular companies to be involved, and institute logistical systems to keep track of shipping and tax information. It takes time, of course, but once established, this could provide a strong backing for the industry that can’t be broken as easily. It’s even possible for a national freight system to be established as a result of this. The company VapeFreight is described by owner Michael Wittenberg as being a “complete B2B shipping solution for the vape industry.” 5,000 carriers are already involved in the service, and Wittenberg said that while they currently ship LTL and freight, that they’ll be adding parcel very soon.

Another possible option to get around the vape mail ban are all those other smaller shipping companies that have been popping up in the last few years. Take uShip for example, which seems to really want to take this business. uShip doesn’t seem to have an issue with the requirements, and is using the new law to attract business to themselves, offering parcel and LTL delivery services. Here, the company is already setting itself up to be a new delivery method for tobacco and vape products, and represents one of the best ways to get around the vape mail ban.

Last but not least is ShipStation, another smaller shipping company like uShip which is looking to put together something to provide merchants with different options. They are asking merchants to contact them here to hear individual issues, so they can provide individualized solutions. It seems like they are working on a bigger answer to the problem, but are currently collecting information and trying to help businesses one-by-one.

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Conclusion

If you want to get around the vape mail ban, it won’t be easy. And simply getting around it doesn’t mean not having to pay exorbitant fees, and raise product prices. When I look at the landscape, though, it’s actually very promising. Before the ban has even gone into effect, companies have started to look for workarounds, and find other ways. In fact, smaller shipping services might be the biggest winners, as well as a tech industry that’s always ready to find a new solution. Plus, once supply issues are figured out (and they likely will be soon), there is always the dispensary option for those who have one available.

And then of course, there’s the going DIY method. When cannabis became illegal, what did people do? They grew it themselves. Perhaps this is the start of a population of people who will learn how to process their own marijuana, create their own cannabis oil, and delta-8 THC, and perhaps not rely as much on government-run delivery services and regulation programs to get them their products. Maybe in the end, the vape mail ban will result in something good.

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Resources

Why the Vape Ban Is Happening, and How It Will Impact Delta-8 THC
Delta-8 THC Exploits Fantastic Legal Loophole

DIY: How to Make Delta-8 THC at Home
New Vaping Bill: Effective March 2021 No More Mail Order Of CBD & Delta-8 THC Vape Carts
What is DELTA 8 THC (FAQ: Great resource to learn about DELTA 8THC)

GW Pharma Makes UK Biggest Medical Cannabis Exporter
Extra Potent 11-hydroxy-THC and the Power of Cannabis Edibles
The CBD Flowers Weekly newsletter (your top resource for all things smokable hemp flowers).  The Truth About What’s Going On With The Vape Industry Best Delta-8 THC Vape Bundles – Winter 2021
Delta 8 Update: Shipping Vape Ban Goes Into Effect Soon. Are You Ready?

The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter (All you need to know about Delta 8 thc) and the Best Delta 8 THC Deals. How To Choose Delta-8 THC Flowers?
Delta-8 THC Exploits Fantastic Legal Loophole U.S. Vape Shop Survival Depends on CBD What Are Delta-8 THC Moon Rocks And Where To Get Them?
Delta-8 THC and the UK: Is It Legal?

Disclaimer

Disclaimer: Hi, I’m a researcher and writer. I’m not a medical professional, I have no formal legal education, and I’ve never been to business school. All information in my articles is sourced from other places, which are always referenced, and all opinions stated are mine, and are made clear to be mine. I am not giving anyone advise of any kind, in any capacity. I am more than happy to discuss topics, but should someone have a further question or concern, they should seek guidance from a professional in the relevant field for more information.

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