Which Cannabis Cannabinoids Will Survive Into the Future?

There are a ton of new cannabis products coming out all the time now, some with more relevance and staying power than others. Which will really survive this stage and go into the next? It’s hard to say. Some cannabis discoveries have caught on better than others. Which cannabinoids will survive the current industry, any new decriminalization or legalizations that might occur, and prosper into the future? This still remains to be seen.

Is delta-8 one of the cannabis cannabinoids that will make it into the future? Of all the alternate cannabinoids on the market, delta-8 is the most popular, and most likely to make it big. We’re ahead of the game with tons of delta-8 THC products and deals for you to look into. But delta-8 isn’t alone in the game, other hemp-derived THC products, such as delta-10 THCTHCVTHCO, THC-PHHC are also selling very well and might survive into the future.

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Everyone knows about delta-9 THC. This is the main psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, and the part that makes a person feel euphoric. THC was first isolated in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam, but it was first found by Roger Adams in the early 40’s, around the time that CBD was isolated. CBN was the first cannabinoid to be isolated, in an attempt to find the ‘intoxicating factor’ of cannabis, which it didn’t end up being. CBN was discovered by Thomas Easterfield at the end of the 1800’s.

Everyone also knows about CBD at this point, the other major cannabinoid of the cannabis plant, which is the primary cannabinoid of the low-THC hemp plants. Significantly less CBD is found in high-THC marijuana plants, and vice versa. CBD was discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams, although Alexander Todd discovered it at about the same time in the UK, making for dueling research and discoveries for several years.

The whole reason Roger Adams investigated cannabis at all, was at the behest of the US government. The US government, often through the military and CIA, has done all kinds of drug research and testing, from the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments, where THC-O-Acetate was given to military personnel, to MDMA tests during the Cold War era for use as psychological warfare. There are even various unconfirmed reports of unleashing chemicals like LSD in public places. That compounds like THC-O-Acetate and LSD were found on the streets at the time of such testing even indicates that street use might have been started by these organizations in an attempt to study the compounds further.

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This, of course, is supposition on my part, but in the 1940’s, the government did sponsor research into cannabis, with a main factor being the isolation of the intoxicating agent. In so doing this, and in the follow-up research when THC was isolated, several different cannabinoids were found, including other delta THC’s, like delta-8, delta-7, and delta-6, some naturally occurring, and some entirely synthetic. Other compounds were found around this time including CBL, CBC, and HHC.

Most of what has been mentioned are cannabinoids, but what exists in the actual cannabis plant, before decarboxylation, oxidation, or any other chemical process that changes the chemical structure, are phytocannabinoids. THCA and CBDA are the precursor acids to CBD and THC, and a range of other cannabinoids. These cannabinoid acids also have tons of medical benefits, but are different from their cannabinoid counterparts. THCA, for example, is not psychoactive, and does not cause the same response as its decarboxylated version, delta-9 THC.

Research into the cannabis plant has turned up tons of naturally occurring cananbinoids like delta-8 THC, THCV, CBC, CBG, and 11-hydroxy-THC, what delta-9 becomes after being ingested. There are also a range of purely synthetic compounds that can’t be found in nature. These include delta-10 THC, delta-7 THC, THC-O-Acetate, and HU 580.

How popular are these alternate cannabis cannabinoids?

This is an interesting question, and one without a formal answer, as there isn’t much data out on buying patterns for these products. This might be partly because this is an unregulated market, and a relatively new one, where that kind of information has not been collected as of yet. The best indication for establishing interest, come from individual sales statistics, mentions and conversations online, and overall population know-how about these compounds. Different researchers might turn up different opinions, since even these metrics involve personal research methods, and subjective analysis.

If a person is to blindly believe the marketing hype of an industry, delta-8 is about the biggest thing out there. But marketing campaigns are rarely real life, and looking at real metrics, (and over a period of time), is the better way of establishing where something actually fits into the grand scheme. Maybe delta-8 has raised in popularity, but if it has, will this be a passing fancy, to disappear in a year from now? And how big is this popularity to begin with?

It’s always good to remember that while it’s great to take the plant apart and find new ways to access different aspects of it, we never lose the original cannabis plant itself, which has been doing just fine keeping people happy for millennia. Whether these compounds really become stable market representatives or not, will likely do little to effect a worldwide cannabis industry that has propelled itself along, even under worldwide prohibition. This means, regardless of which currently out cannabis cannabinoids make it to the future, we’ll always have our standby.

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Sales statistics – there aren’t any

When it comes to sales, I don’t see any massive breakthrough reports about any of these compounds. Delta-8 THC gets the most press, but mainly only within the world of weed itself, and as a niche part of the cannabis market. For the most part, even delta-8 goes unnoticed in terms of sales statistics. Even in the articles where delta-8 is mentioned as a growing fad, none of them can offer any backup for this. In fact, an article like this one in Fortune Magazine, show this well. The article refers to delta-8 as the “fastest-growing segment of the market for hemp chemicals for roughly the last year.”

This makes it sound pretty big, right? But then it goes on to state that this happened only after “wholesale CBD prices plummeted amid oversupply and other issues.” This merely implies that with CBD leveling off (or possibly losing value), that delta-8 has taken its place as the top hemp chemical product. Even the comparison is weak, and shows a changing fad, from CBD to delta-8, with the inability to keep that trajectory long-term. Considering delta-8 isn’t likely to produce anything substantially new for users, the expectation of it getting to the point where it could threaten the longstanding regular cannabis industry, is sort of short-sighted.

One of the biggest indicators, which the authors of the Fortune article seemed to gloss over, is that if cannabis cannabinoids like delta-8 THC follow in the footsteps of CBD, they’re not going to make it into the future, especially if they don’t hit the same volume before leveling off. That CBD has lost momentum, is an indication that delta-8 is just a passing fancy too. 2021 numbers for CBD sales (when released) might help us understand how cannabis cannabinoids like delta-8 THC might fair in the future, better.

Mentions and conversations

Without sales statistics, one of the other ways to see how big something is, is simply in how much its mentioned and talked about. The internet is a huge place, so finding mentions of a subject is never that hard. But the questions become, how often is it mentioned, where is it mentioned, and what is being said? When it comes to delta-8 THC, the most popular of the alternate cannabis compounds, there are plenty of mentions online. Many of these mentions come from large scale publications that are non-cannabis related. Most mentions are of the fear variety, talking about the possible detriments, or mentioning new regulatory measures to keep it out. As an untaxed item with any amount of popularity, this makes sense. Delta-8 THC is undesirable for governments that can’t tax it.

But the general conversation is limited. Apart from what seem like pre-emptive fear-marketing campaigns, people aren’t talking about it all over the place. There aren’t a huge number of questions being asked, or reviews being given. Even a site like reddit, has some, but not too much. When I changed my search results to just the last month, only one reddit mention came up, and as a news article about issued warnings. A search for ‘Acapulco Gold’ turned up several mentions on Reddit just from the last month. And that says a lot. Since delta-8 proposes an issue to the government as an unregulated and untaxed product, the issues of legality and regulation are among the bigger talking points, when it does show up on-line.

Realistically, if the stuff is sitting on store shelves, at least some people are bound to buy it. Most of what’s written, however, seems like a reaction to the possibility of an out-of-control market, more than the reaction to an actually out-of-control market. This is also backed up by very few arrests being made, or government intervention beyond these articles.

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Do people know about it?

I find this question to be the most interesting one. It’s possible to get the wrong idea by something being seen online. It’s easy to forget how big the internet is, and how much is necessary to show real engagement with an industry or product. Marketers can fill internet pages with content that isn’t backed up by anything, and governments can put out campaigns in an effort to stop something before it starts. Neither has to indicate mass appeal, though they can be a factor in it. So, one of the best ways of assessing whether something has an influence, is to see if its actively influencing people. And this is where I see the biggest issue.

The vast majority of people have no idea what delta-8 THC is. Had I not been a writer in the cannabis industry, I probably wouldn’t know about it either. I know a lot of weed smokers, and somehow, not a single one has heard of this compound. First off, it’s only a US product that hasn’t gained popularity anywhere else, and that means we’re only looking at a US audience. On top of that, cannabis – as stated – is a stable industry, and its been there for a while. Even now it exists as bigger black markets than legal ones, which means, we already have a version we can use. It’s not like delta-8 is the answer to not being able to get any weed at all. We can all get it, and this will always be a roadblock to delta-8 sales.

Having said all this, I will point out one countering factor. Governments are making specific legislation to rule out delta-8 THC, even with other legalizations. This could indicate that sales are high enough to cause worry and necessitate these laws. But, it could also be a reactionary measure meant to stifle a possible industry, whether it would actually meet the potential indicated, or not. That it would be singled out by governments does say something for its existence, and ability for at least some popularity. However, even this doesn’t indicate that it’ll stick around.

Cannabinoids Future – Conclusion

None of this article really answers the question of what can be expected for all cannabis cannabinoids in the future. However, the most useful point comes from the fact that delta-8 seems to be following in the footsteps of CBD, which itself has been leveling off after a few years of being the golden product. If this is any indication, none of these products will last it out, not even delta-8 THC. In the end, there realistically isn’t a great reason for it. Does this mean it doesn’t have good or alternate benefits? No, it doesn’t mean that. But it’s also quite possible that the slightly lesser high and clearer head are more important  for medical patients, and might not be as desirable by those looking for a full effect. On top of that, reports of causing less anxiety have never been totally confirmed meaning it might not provide these effects the way we read about them.

Though this doesn’t mean something can’t catch on further, my best bet is that none of the newly released, bottom-feeding (let’s be honest) attempts to capture a greater part of the industry, will work. Alternate cannabis cannabinoids might be fun to try, but if they don’t provide a better answer, and if they come at a higher price, they’re likely to be dropped fast and never see the future. Luckily for us though, we’ll always have our regular weed. And if the last few years is any indication, our black markets for that aren’t going anywhere.

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Legal Delta-9 THC, Is It Worth It?

The 2018 US Farm Bill created quite a stir by legalizing the production and manufacture of hemp products. With it came a possible loophole for products like delta-8 THC, which can be sourced from hemp. Now, that legal conundrum has gotten even more intense as products containing what is called ‘legal delta-9 THC’ are now available. Are these products legal? And are they worth it?

The world is definitely a changing place when legal delta-9 THC can be found on shelves. Truth is, it might not be completely legal, but it definitely is available. This is also true of compounds like delta-8 THC, delta-10, THCP, THCO, THCV, HHC and more. The cannabis world has gotten so big, that new products are coming out nearly every day. We’ve got a great overall selection of deals, and plenty of other products for you to check out and try for yourself.

Delta-9 THC

Delta-9 THC, sometimes just referred to erroneously as simply ‘THC’, is the primary psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, and is responsible for the feelings of euphoria that come with use of the plant. Delta-9 is actually only a version of THC, which itself stands for tetrahydrocannabinols, and refers to several different compounds, not just delta-9. Often the term ‘THC’ will be used in place of ‘delta-9’, but in reality, the true name of the compound is not ‘THC’.

Plants that are higher in delta-9 than CBD, are called marijuana, with the federal cutoff being over .3% delta-9 in dry weight as the standard for ‘marijuana’. Cannabis with less delta-9 than this, is referred to as ‘hemp.’ Whereas hemp was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, high-THC marijuana, was not.

Delta-9 THC has been on the Controlled Substances list since its inception in 1970. Prior to that, the new age of prohibition started in 1937 with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act, which stopped medicinal and recreational use, as well as stunting the hemp market. At that time, the hemp market contributed to tons of different industries, from building, to clothing, to paper, and so on. Delta-9 THC has this chemical formula: C₂₁H₃₀O₂, which is the same as CBD, as well as other cannabinoids like CBC (Cannabichromene) and CBL (cannabicyclo), and even the sex hormone progesterone.

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Is it legal?

No, and I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure where the debate on this one comes in. Here’s why… According to the 2018 US Farm Bill: ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.’

This definition includes extracts, so if something is extracted, like delta-9, it couldn’t legally be extracted in a higher percent than .3. To make matters worse for the claim, not only does the definition apply to the plant in question for production, but all products produced from it, and all parts of the processing procedure. If the delta-9 amount rises above .3% at any given point, then the product becomes illegal. Since these products are above .3% delta-9, they are automatically illegal.

There has been an ongoing debate about compounds like delta-8 THC, a naturally occurring oxidized version of delta-9. Though delta-8 occurs naturally through this oxidation process, it occurs at extremely low rates. This means, in order to make products with it, it must be synthesized in a laboratory, and this can then mean the use of chemicals or processes that can be dangerous. Since delta-8 can’t simply be extracted, it brings up the question of whether it should be considered natural or synthetic. Sure it occurs naturally in nature, but any product we use of it is synthesized. As a synthetic, it’s automatically illegal. Of course, there are other issues with delta-8, but this is a big one.

The difference with delta-8 and delta-9 in this regard, is that delta-9 is specifically mentioned in the definition of hemp, and so there is no question. It doesn’t matter where delta-9 is produced from, as any product that has over .3% of it would be illegal anyway on a federal level. Whereas the Farm Bill creates what appears to be a loophole for delta-8 (which really isn’t technically there), there’s really no such illusion with delta-9.

Is something illegal if you can’t do anything about it?

This, of course, brings up the question of why ‘legal delta-9 THC’ products are being advertised as legal, when there is no legal basis for them. And the answer, as far as I can tell, is actually pretty basic. Vendors can get away with advertising legal delta-9 THC, because no one’s going to do anything about it. And this begs the question, if there are no actual repercussions to an illegal activity, is it actually illegal?

The idea of ‘illegal’ depends on punishment. After all, if something is stated as illegal, but there’s never a punishment for it, it creates a form of a loophole. It’s not technically legal, sure, but anyone participating also won’t have to worry about criminal repercussions. It’s a strange loophole that exists, which can be created by different factors. In this case, the factors seem to be related to the ability to police the industry, which considering how many unregulated cannabis compounds are being sold from illegal dispensaries, isn’t happening.

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Taking a step back, and looking at the whole war on drugs, confirms that point further. The US government was never able to stop any kind of illegal cannabis trade, and has been generally weakened by the majority of its states adopting policies that go against federal mandate. Plus, the government has gotten plenty of backlash in the past for continuously attempting to give criminal penalties to people legally using by state law. It’s honestly hard to imagine the government really being able to do anything about it at this juncture.

What about actual legal THC?

Truth is, the US government knows it has to pass a bill very soon since it can’t keep its states under control. This can be seen in different places. One big giveaway is a state like North Carolina, and its republican-led medical cannabis bill. Republican representatives have made no bones in that state about understanding that the population wants it, and that they must comply if they want to keep their seats.

On a bigger level, the US government has two bills currently working their way through Congress, which would each work to end cannabis prohibition, though in slightly different ways, and with different laws and regulatory measures. The MORE Act, is a decriminalization act, which would also work as somewhat of a legalization measure. This is because it institutes tax rates on cannabis products, something that can’t be done in a simply decriminalized market.

A tax rate makes it on the up and up. Decriminalization only refers to a lack of criminal penalties; and decriminalization measures generally come with some kind of minor, non-criminal punishment. This bill passed the House last year, but didn’t make it to the Senate before adjournment. It’s up for another House vote this year to continue on.

Then there’s the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which is a full-on legalization bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. This would go further than the MORE Act, though they would both drop cannabis from the Controlled Substances list. This bill would also drop Section 280E from the IRS tax code, which would work to allow cannabis operators to access the same tax deductions as other businesses. Both bills come with their own structures for tax and regulation, with the Opportunity Act proposing much higher tax rates, but allowing for things like interstate sales.

Is it worth it?

In my opinion, absolutely not! And I doubt many people will care much for it. We have a stable and working black market for good weed in America, and 18 states with legal dispensaries (or which soon will have them if they haven’t gotten there yet). It’s not the idea of it being technically illegal, so much as simply unnecessary. Weed is accessible, that’s why the government has always had such a hard time stopping the industry.

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The more confounding issue in my mind, is that rather than just using the plant to access delta-9, this would mean using synthetization techniques, which in this case, are sort of ridiculous. The debate exists with delta-8, because you can’t access a large enough amount naturally, and it has good enough qualities to make synthesizing it worthwhile. We can access delta-9. Pretty much anywhere in the world.

This doesn’t mean it can’t be useful, especially if its sold in places where cannabis is illegal recreationally, and perhaps harder for some to get. Although I have to question if in such places, it would be wise to expect to see these products on any shelves. If so, then perhaps its something in place of nothing. Otherwise, apart from mild curiosity, my best guess is that this is a misplaced venture that will be invalidated before it has time to really catch on anyway.

Conclusion

Legal or not, it seems like delta-9 THC is being sourced from low-THC hemp, and sold as a (legal) product. Maybe I’m wrong and legal delta-9 THC will be the next big thing, but in a country on the brink of a legalization/decriminalization, and with the ability to easily get real cannabis in most places, I don’t think this is anything more than a gimmick, and not the best one I’ve seen.

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Bob Dylan – Music, Counterculture, and Cannabis

“But opium and hash and pot–now, those things aren’t drugs. They just bend your mind a little. I think everybody’s mind should be bent once in a while.” – Dylan on Playboy Magazine

The 1960s were a time of incredible music, important political movements and amazing psychedelic drugs. Jimmy Hendrix and the Beatles were doing their thing, the civil rights movement was empowering and acid was being passed around like never before. People were beginning to look into the eyes of the ruling establishment and ask questions. People were beginning to look at the world in a different way.

People were beginning to listen to Bob Dylan. With 95 singles, 12 released albums and an incredible singer-songwriter ability, Dylan is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever. His career spanned over decades and, surprisingly, he’s still alive today. But could he have done it without cannabis? Dylan’s love for cannabis is well documented and, just like many musicians before and after him, he was aware that music and cannabis is the perfect partnership. So let’s take a look at how Dylan and cannabis worked together to create something very special. 

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Bob Dylan’s Career 

Bob Dylan was born in 1941 in Minnesota. Back then, his name wasn’t Bob Dylan. It was in fact, Robert Zinnerman. But he changed his name to Bob Dylan after his favourite poet: Dylan Thomas. 

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Perhaps it is this quote from Dylan Thomas’ poem that has kept Dylan alive into his 80s, despite so many musicians around him perishing. 

Bob Dylan had a plethora of idols to choose from when he decided to become a musician, however Elvis was seen to be his favourite. So he picked up a guitar, grew out his hair, and began to play. He began playing folk-music all around his town and it wasn’t until 1961 that he got his big break and signed his first recording contract. However, his first album – named ‘Bob Dylan’ – wasn’t a success. But then came a new figure. Not Bob Dylan; the young inexperienced musician. But instead, Bob Dylan; the political activist. 

Bob Dylan; the Political Activist 

Bob Dylan was inspired by the civil rights movements and the ways in which America was changing. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were two of many that were leading African Americans in protests against the Jim Crow Laws and the way they were being mistreated in 60s America. The promise to black people in the USA of ‘separate but equal’ was far from the truth. Separation was most definitely occurring, but equality couldn’t have been further from reality.  

Bob Dylan began writing music about what he saw in America. He wrote songs about turmoil, about unrest and, of course, he released his third album in 1964: The Times They Are Changin’. His songwriting was new and refreshing. He filled his songs with so much message and narrative. He was able to insert so many lyrics into his songs, so that each song felt like a story. He played at many music festivals, stood against injustice, and gained huge amounts of popularity.

Bob Dylan Now

Some cynics would say that the best thing to happen for any musician’s popularity is for them to die just after their peak of popularity. However, Dylan didn’t. Unlike the likes of Jeff Buckley, Jimmy Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Dylan is still living and breathing. Whilst his music is perhaps less relevant than it used to be and his era has definitely been and gone, his legacy will never be forgotten. In addition, the albums and singles he writes now feel like a nostalgic trip to the past rather than a desperate attempt to be relevant again. So whilst Dylan’s voice may not be the same as it once was, and his music not as poignant to some, it’s still an absolute joy to have him around. 

Cannabis & Music 

So the question still sits lingering on everyone’s lips: what’s the connection between cannabis and Dylan? Well, first of all, it’s important to understand the relevance of cannabis in 1960s America as a whole. The truth is, America was a melting pot in the 60s. 

1960s America 

Whilst many images of America in the 60s show hippies, colour and drug-enthused joy, the reality was actually pretty bleak. The Vietnam War was unjustly killing hundreds every day, both Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated, there was the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Civil Rights Movement was trying to fix something that was so broken and ingrained into society that all hope seemed to be lost. On the news every day you’d see images of an African American being brutally attacked or murdered by a while policeman or civilian. It was a scary time. 

However, as is the case with all detrimental moments in history, beauty came from it. People joined together, regardless of the colour of their skin, and stood against the establishment. This rebellion came in many forms. It came in the clothes people wore, it came in the places people went, it came in the words people spoke, it came in the drugs people smoked and it came in the music people listened to. Dylan was right in the forefront of this. He was combining political music with the beauty of cannabis. 

Cannabis 

Cannabis stood for something more than just what it was. It stood for a political movement; the same way that a colourful shirt did, or a tie-dye shirt, or a Bob Dylan song. Lots of things were grouped together to stand against the way that America was being run. Therefore, cannabis and the mind-opening wonders of THC were political. Similar to how Jazz music and cannabis came hand in hand, so did Dylan and cannabis. It isn’t just weed’s illegality that makes it the perfect drug to be part of political movements. It’s also – much like acid – the perfect drug because of how it makes people feel. The effects of THC include euphoria, feeling like your mind is opening, feeling close to those around you and being accepting. It isn’t a coincidence that cannabis has been a part of essentially all political protests in the 21st century. 

Bob Dylan and Cannabis 

Bob Dylan loved cannabis from the beginning. In a Playboy Magazine article Dylan said:

“I wouldn’t advise anybody to use drugs–certainly not the hard drugs; drugs are medicine,” he answered thoughtfully. “But opium and hash and pot–now, those things aren’t drugs. They just bend your mind a little. I think everybody’s mind should be bent once in a while.”

He knew of the mind-bending qualities of cannabis, and loved the way it worked with his music writing. In fact, in 1964 he met The Beatles for the first time and supposedly introduced them to cannabis. They’d never tried it before and Dylan ensured that he opened their eyes to the beauty of THC. He didn’t hide his thoughts on cannabis whatsoever. In his hit song ‘Rainy Day Women #12&35’, he proclaims proudly: ‘everyone must get stoned!’

Dylan did get into harder drugs of course, due to his excessive time on the road. However, he understood the difference between good habits and bad habits. That’s why in 1969 he told Rolling Stone co-found Jann Wenner: ‘I was on drugs, a lot of things. A of things just to keep me going, you know? And I don’t want to live that life anymore’. This was supposedly just as he was trying to kick a heroin habit. It seemed Dylan understood that everything works best in moderation. Whilst cannabis may be harmless, heroin and harder drugs can be harmful. Dylan’s best friend was cannabis, not the other drugs. 

420: National Weed Holiday

Funnily enough many people have claimed that the name for 420 – which is the national cannabis holiday that occurs around the world every year on the 20th April – was first originated from a Dylan song. Dylan’s song ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ has created many theories as 12 multiplied by 35 equals 420. In addition, in the song he does tell everyone to get stoned. So, perhaps that is where the cannabis holiday name ‘420’ comes from. It might sound ridiculous, but weirder things have happened. It’s clear that Dylan and cannabis have a special connection, and perhaps this is the final one. 

Conclusion

Dylan was and is a fantastic musician with a career that spans over a full lifetime. Like many before him, he found his way of utilising the wonders of cannabis throughout his career. The truth is, Dylan and cannabis have a special connection and one that benefits all of us that get to listen to his music now. Are you a Dylan fan?

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Vape Cart Reality: Is It Real, or Is It Fake?

Smoking a joint used to be the go-to method for weed consumption, with bowls, bongs, and brownies also popular options. These days, its all about oil vaporizers, and those small oil-filled containers we call cartridges. The sad situation of today is that this has become a massive fakes market, and its hard to know if you’re sucking on the real thing, or just breathing in chemicals. The vape cart reality is that it’s nearly impossible to tell if it’s real or if it’s fake.

The vape cart issue is definitely a thing, and it’s not easy to tell a real one from a fake one. The best thing you can do as a buyer is be informed about where you buy from, and what’s in the product you’re buying. Of course, there are a lot of great vape products out there, from delta-8 THC to CBDA to THCV. It’s up to you what you want to vape, and what precautions you want to take. If you’re looking to try some of these compounds, we’re happy to get them out to you right away! Check out our deals for delta-8 THC and many other marijuana products, to experience the positive side of vaping cannabis.

What’s a vape cart?

When it comes to the word ‘vaporizer’, there are two main types that apply to cannabis (and a third that applies to decongesting your chest with water vapor when sick). In terms of cannabis, there are dry herb vaporizers in which cannabis flower is directly placed in, and then heated to the point of vaporization. The other type of vaporizer is an oil or concentrates vaporizer, which can come in the form of a dab (for concentrates or oils), or as a battery-operated oil vaporizer which utilizes a cartridge for the oil, attached to a stem that acts as a battery.

The latter vape is the one that has been growing in popularity of late, likely because of its general ease of use, and disposable nature. While longer lasting batteries are popular, disposable pens are also very big, providing a much more waste creating method of vaping oils. Either way, this method depends on the oil being put in a little container that attaches to the battery, and which has a mouthpiece on the other end. When the battery is turned on, the temperature can be chosen, and then the oil is heated to vaporization, and pulled into the lungs through the mouthpiece.

I admit, I love using oil vapes, because they are very easy. A good battery can last for days of pretty heavy use, and it’s super convenient to bring places. The oil won’t spill out, there’s no smell of fresh flower, there’s no work that must be done to load it, and no cleaning regimen that must be taken afterward. And it produces a vapor that at times can smell like cannabis, but in a much less offensive way than smoke, and more easily cleared. The convenience level is unbeatable, and the vapor produced is very powerful, so these are great tools to get a good high, and for medical use.

The vape cart issue of real vs fake

Fakes industries are all over the place, and not at all particular to the field of legal cannabis. Think about going to a cheap market and seeing brand name clothing and accessories, but at ridiculously cheap prices. And think about checking out those super sleek-looking leather bags that somehow just don’t smell like leather, even though they bear names like Gucci, or Coach. These products are made to look like their more expensive counterparts, which rely on the idea of a brand name, and an understood and expected level of quality.

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Of course, when buying these items, what a person generally finds is that there are minor visible inconsistencies, and that the products are generally of far lower quality, meaning less durability, cheaper materials, cheaper dyes that may run onto your skin, and rips and tears in products that should last much longer due to poor quality manufacturing. It means not knowing what exactly the product is actually made of, or what chemicals are used for it. If a high end shirt uses dye that is safe, and a knockoff brand uses dyes that are not, buying the knockoff brand means not only not getting the desired product, but also possibly having exposure to things like unsafe chemicals.

The newly forming cannabis industries of America are all up against existing black markets with generally lower prices than dispensaries, which must adhere to mandatory tax rates. Things like actual cannabis flowers are nearly impossible to fake. When stories come out about fake weed of the flower variety, what they’re referring to is generally a collection of standard dried leaves and foliage, like someone scooped a handful of stuff off the ground and crushed it up. It might be mistakable for very low quality cannabis, but it could never be mistaken for actual high quality cannabis flowers. This material is then sprayed with a synthetic.

Apart from regular flowers, vaping has taken over as one of the most popular forms of ingestion, and since fake oil and real oil look pretty much the same, the door has been opened for a massive fakes market in the vape cart industry.

What’s a fake vape cart?

There are a selection of closely related synthetic cannabinoids that are generally used in fake cannabis products. These synthetics are closely related to HHC, a compound found and studied by the US government back in the mid-1900’s, and deemed safe. Though the synthetic cannabinoids themselves have shown to be safe, there has been a marked issue with additives for different things. From flavoring, to stabilizers, to thickening agents, and so on, these additives, at times, have caused injuries to many people, including deaths.

These numbers are not huge to begin with, and show up in specific incidences of bad batches. Nonetheless, these incidences still occur since there is no regulation in a black market in terms of what chemicals can be used. Though the massive and widespread usage of fake vapes and synthetic cannabis with so few incidences, does show a certain level of safety, this isn’t that comforting for those who want to be more careful with what they put in their bodies, in which case unidentified materials in a vape cart are not ideal.

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What should be remembered though, is that, regardless of the fact that danger can be caused by the usage of bad chemicals, that the government’s intention to blow the problem out of proportion creates the image of a much bigger issue. The government itself has stated through the CDC, that since the inception of vaping, until January 2020, a total of 68 confirmed deaths were registered as being related to vaping.

That’s a nearly 20 year period with 68 confirmed deaths. On the other hand, smoking causes 480,000 deaths a year, 41,000 of which come from secondhand smoke, also according to the CDC. Oh, and as the government uses the word ‘epidemic’ to describe people smart enough to switch to vaping from smoking, it ignores the true epidemic of opioid use which has claimed over 70,000 lives in 2019, and as many as 93,331 in 2020 alone. And this epidemic was created by pharmaceutical companies, and allowed to prosper by way of shoddy government regulation.

Though vape cartridges are not all real, with many fake options on the market, they have not yet shown even close to the danger level of cigarettes, opiates, or alcohol.

Vape carts – real or fake, how can you tell

So how does a person know if the product they’re buying is the real deal? Sometimes this can be very hard to do visually. There are a few things to keep in mind when going vape shopping, which can help you determine if your vape carts are real or fake. Everything I’m listing here has been found to be true through my own personal experiences, though individual experiences can certainly vary.

1 – The taste. The thing to know about synthetics is that they don’t have a flavor. And neither do distillates or isolates, which are concentrates of just one cannabinoid (or one main cannabinoid along with minor cannabinoids) with everything else burned out. A real cannabis full flower oil will taste exactly like cannabis, and this can’t be faked very well. However, it’s already expected that distillates and isolates will taste like flavoring, and not marijuana. So, when a fakes manufacturer is trying to pull off a fake vape cart, it’s more likely to be of a distillate or isolate since the user won’t be able to distinguish the taste. Buying full flower vape oils can give you a better indication if you’re smoking the right thing.

2 – The packaging. The truth is, fakes manufacturers are getting extremely good, complete with fake lab results and fake QR codes. Anything can be faked, so seeing these things on a product doesn’t mean anything anymore. The real product producers will change things up regularly to try to stay ahead of the fakes market, instituting details in packaging to set themselves apart from their copycats. But that means you have to keep up with what should be expected in your product packaging. I’ve caught fakes by minute details before, which can often be found online for a specific product. Do a search for what you’re buying, see if anyone posted where the fake makers mess up, and look for those inconsistencies in packaging.

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3 – The price. Real vape carts aren’t cheap. They take processing time, they require large amounts of cannabis to produce, and they are heavily taxed in real dispensaries. A one gram cart will run about $100 in a legit dispensary, and that’s not a debatable price. A ½ gram runs about $50, and these are low end prices, as higher quality products can still cost more than this. Black market retailers want your money, and part of what gets you in their non-legal dispensary, is lower pricing. If you buy a one-gram cartridge for $30, it’s probably not going to be real. The fakers want you to buy, so they have no reason to compete with super high prices. Their costs are lower, and they can make plenty of money from charging you half the price or less. If the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

4 – The effect. Synthetic cannabinoids used in fake cannabis products, are not generally direct synthetics of THC, but instead are more closely related to a molecule called HHC. HHC was investigated as part of government research, in a quest to create a THC-like molecule that could effect receptor sites, but without doing anything else. Essentially, a minimized version of THC. The current synthetics out there are generally related to this compound (though there are likely many versions out there at any given time).

In my personal experience, synthetics have all felt about the same. Getting me high in a way, but not fully, or in a slightly different way than standard weed. I can suck on a synthetic vape all day and still go out and exercise, and this with an advertisement of a strong indica and 90% THC. If the vape was actually an indica with 90% THC, I’d be stuck to my bed, and I know this. Most of the synthetics out there will not give you the same high that you get from regular cannabis, though they will produce a decent high. So pay attention to how you feel. And question if its really applicable to what’s being advertised.

Conclusion

The unfortunate aspect of vape carts, and trying to establish if they’re real or fake, is that there’s a certain reality to quality and pricing that exists in this market. If you’re buying a cheaper product, from a store that seems to be able to offer a lot of lower-than-market prices, and it lacks the intensity of what’s advertised, comes in questionable packaging, or tastes like flavoring when its supposed to be full flower… you’re likely smoking a synthetic. Just be glad they’re really not that likely to cause major damage. And remember that in today’s dispensary world, you might be able to get good black market weed still, but if you want a quality vape cart, you’re going to have to pay out.

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What Are The Most Popular Cannabis Dispensary Products?

I don’t know about you, but me personally, I feel like every time I set foot into a cannabis dispensary (whether it’s a new one or one that I frequent regularly), I’m pleasantly surprised by a wide array of new and innovative products. Me being a stoner, I’m tempted to try them all, but I also don’t want to waste money on a passing fad that won’t produce the desired effects. From traditional flower to unique edibles, and even topicals, capsules, and THC-inhalers… Whar are the top cannabis dispensary products today?

Weed is the best; and what’s particularly fun about today’s industry is the sheer variety of products you can find online or in most dispensaries. In-fact many of the top cannabis dispensary products could be found online, if you know where to look for them. If you would like to learn more about how to find them online, or try out different products make sure to Subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter to learn more and for exclusive deals on Delta 8Delta 10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC.


A Quick Overview of What’s Popular

Point blank, flower remains king when it comes to the most popular cannabis products, included in nearly half of all dispensary transactions. Next in line are edibles (including beverages) and pre-rolled joints, raking in 17% and 11.5% of total sales, respectively. Also popular are concentrates and vape pens.

Additionally, a survey conducted by Headset, a well-known cannabis industry data and market intelligence company, broke it down even further to see what type of flower is most popular. According to their numbers, hybrid flower is the best seller at over 25% of total flower transactions, followed by indica at 11% and sativa flower at 10%. This might come as a surprise to many people considering how heavily most budtenders push the indica strains.

When it came other products, gummies and high-quality chocolates, carbonated beverages, live resin, and various vaping items are seeing a sharp spike in popularity. Of the above listed products, live resin has the highest growth rate, averaging about 29% higher sales every month.

Keeping it Old School with Flower

According to the budtenders I’ve spoken to, they estimate that traditional flower accounts for roughly half of all dispensary sales. And statistically, that number is not far off. Data provided by Headset, indicated that 49% of all dispensary transactions are for the purchase of flower.

That being said, “traditional” flower is not quite so traditional anymore, with quality and overall potency on the constant uprise. Even on the lower end, today’s strains average 16-18 percent THC, but for top-shelf buds that number can soar to over 30 percent. Compare that to an average of 10 percent with high quality flower clocking in about 20 percent just a decade ago, and you can see that despite peoples’ inclination to chose flower, there is a growing demand for higher THC products.

Even when people use other products, like concentrates and edibles, they often buy some flower as well. Additionally, flower products are often the first choice for novice users and good flower deals are proven to help attract new customers to a business.

Eat or Drink Your Cannabis

When looking at both THC-infused food products AND beverages, this sector makes up just under 17% of the overall market. Food product transactions stand at 13.1% and beverage sales account for about 3.7% – totaling 16.8% of a standard dispensary’s sales.

Although dosing isn’t particularly accurate with edible products, they offer many other benefits including discretion and potency. Not to mention the sheer variety of products you can find these days. Sweets like gummies, cakes, cookies, brownies, and chocolates dominate the market, but some stores sell savory treats like chips and popcorn as well.  

Cannabis-infused beverages are also an up-and-coming trend, with many people preferring them over other options because they are easy to consume and often have less sugar and dietary fat than most of the readily available dispensary edibles.

One of the primary reasons that edible products are so popular is because they offer more intense, and longer-lasting effects than smoking or vaping flower. When THC is processed via the digestive system, the body breaks it down and metabolizes it in the liver, producing the cannabinoid metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH), which is regarded as being much more potent than regular delta 9 THC. It takes longer for 11-OH to reach the brain, but once it does, the high will be much more intense and can last for a few hours, whereas smoking hits almost immediately but the effects fade after about 1 hour at the most.

Concentrates or “Dab” – Wax, Shatter, Live Resin, and More

Cannabis concentrates, or “dabs” are extracts that contain high levels of certain cannabinoids, typically THC. Popular concentrates include wax, shatter, crumble, sugar, sauce, badder, live resin, and many others. They typically average 70-80% THC content, but some will boast close to 100% purity. Most concentrates are extracted using butane, CO2, hydrocarbons, alcohol, heat, propane, and/or water.

Due to their strength, and the fact that you may need specific, often more complicated devices to consume them, concentrates can be intimidating to some users – especially older or inexperienced users. By late last year, concentrate sales reached $94.8 million and account for just under 30 percent of total dispensary revenue; and that number is on the rise.

Nick Tennant, founder and chief technology officer of Precision Extraction Solutions, a hemp- and marijuana-extraction company based in Detroit, says that concentrates are often a small part of new markets, but they tend grow in popularity over time.

“We tend to see an 80%-20% in favor of flower in early markets,” he said. “As consumers become more seasoned, you see that trend shift. The shift can go all the way to 65% flower versus 35% concentrates as the market evolves.”

Healthier Consumption with Vape Pens

Between vaping and smoking, vaping is without a doubt the healthiest option out of the two. The reason is because you can regulate your device to heat up to whatever the optimal temperature is for the particular product you’re consuming. Regardless of how many benefits there are to using cannabis, inhaling burnt plant matter comes with some risk of side effects, albeit less than cigarette smoke.

And when you consider that today, you can vape concentrate, oil, AND raw flower, it’s no surprise that vape pens are one of the most popular dispensary products on the market, accounting for about 8.2% of all industry transactions. You can get a very basic vape pen for standard carts for under $20 at most dispensaries or headshops, but some of the more specialized, brand-nape options can run up to well over $150.

Pre-Rolled Joints for Convenience           

Although this is technically a flower product, pre-rolls deserve their own category because of how much growth this particular item is experiencing. A lot of people, even many of my own friends, prefer pre-rolled joints because they’re discreet, convenient, disposable, and moderately inexpensive. For example, my local dispensaries sell packs of 14 prerolls, each one weighing 1 gram, for $50-55, which is roughly the same price as a quarter of raw flower but with much less work if you’re a regular joint smoker.

Despite popular belief that dispensaries use their low-quality shake in the pre-rolled joints, that’s actually not true. Prerolls are usually made with the same cannabis that they sell in flower form. The product that I referenced above, comes from the Pacific Stone brand, who also sells a variety of flower strains.

In total, the sale of pre-rolled joints in general grew 59% last year, from $704 million in 2019 to $1.12 billion in 2020. The sale of multipack prerolls grew by 69.4 percent while single joints only saw an 18.1% boost. By comparison, the entire cannabis market which has seen substantial growth, has only increased by 54.2% during the same time period.

Let’s Take a Look at Profit Margins

All these products are experiencing significant growth, but when it comes to actual profitability, some products have much higher margins than others. What’s interesting is that profit margins don’t always correlate with product popularity. They are simply a measure of how much net profit a product brings in after expenses.

Flower, which is the most popular product in all dispensaries, has the lowest profit margin at 53.5%. Shake and trim also has low margins. The least popular product in the industry, capsules, have the highest profit margin of 58.0%. When it comes to finding that perfect middle ground, vape pens are both popular and carry high profit margins. Edibles and prerolls also have relatively high margins. You can see there is a trend with convenience products, and these tend to have high margins and sell quickly.

According to Priconomics Data Studio, flower products are less profitable from the retailers’ perspective. “That’s why they are probably glad, if not encouraging, the rising popularity of alternatives. People are increasingly likely to leave a dispensary with baked goods, candies, gum, and vapor pens. This may hint at a shift in marijuana habits. Or these alternative products may just be the dispensary equivalent of impulse buys at the cash register.”

Cannabis Dispensary Products – Final Thoughts

Most of the available data examines the cannabis industry as a whole, but it’s important to look at the sales statistics and profitability of individual products – one, because it gives a good idea where the consumer side of the industry is headed (hint, convenience products are on the rise), and two, because it offers some sort of guidance for new dispensary owners.

What are your favorite dispensary products? I’m personally a fan of raw flower and concentrates, but I love a nice, infused preroll occasionally as well. Let us know your go-to items in the comment section below. And thank you for stopping by CBD TESTERS, your hub for all things cannabis-related. Remember to subscribe to The CBD Flowers Weekly Newsletter for more articles like this one and exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles and other products.

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Cannabis Catering: Private Parties with a Buzz

Cannabis restaurants are still a little hard to come by because of current laws and regulations in the cannabis industry. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve up some awesome marijuana meals to guests at your party. With the advent of cannabis catering, everyday events can be celebrated like 4/20. Here’s a look at some of the top companies that will ensure your party is perfectly pot-centric.

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What’s the deal with cannabis restaurants?

We already know that cannabis isn’t legal for recreational use everywhere, so the idea that there would be a streamlined idea for cannabis restaurants, doesn’t exist. Though we now have the ability to go into dispensaries and order food infused with cannabis, in most places, we can’t go into an actual restaurant and order ourselves a big old bacon double weed burger. At least not yet.

In order for dispensaries to operate, they must follow a strict set of regulations, and these restrictions, while similar, vary in specifics from state to state. For example, in California, cannabis regulation is highly particular, down to the layout of the building which houses the operation, and the bathrooms within. Though dispensaries are able to serve up cannabis foods, a real operating restaurant is harder to find, though they do exist.

From Stoned Gourmet Cannabis Pizza in New York, which serves a whole menu of Italian food goodness, to Monarch & the Milkweed restaurant in Vermont which has everything to get your sweet tooth going with a CBD infusion, there are some legalized locations where prospective cannabis restauranteurs are finding ways to institute their businesses. Another Vermont option is Zenbarn, a restaurant that serves up good old-fashioned comfort food, but with an added CBD-sauce kick, and cannabis-infused beverages.

Cannabis cuisine

The very first cannabis restaurant to open did so in California, and is called the Original Cannabis Café. This restaurant offers a full regular menu, with the option of a THC upgrade for $20. This restaurant, like the others mentioned, should be checked for hours as covid has altered business operations in many locations.

Cannabis catering, the best way to get your party started

If you want to have a big blowout party, and you want to serve up some tasty cuisine that can bring on a buzz, there are companies ready and waiting to meet your weed needs, and not in a standard restaurant environment. If you’re looking to plan a private birthday party, or wedding celebration, or graduation party, and you want to do it pro-cannabis style, these cannabis catering companies can make sure you pull off a night to remember, even if it’s all a bit hazy.

Much like any other catering company, cannabis caterers come to where your celebration is planned, and bring a pre-organized menu of the food you want to serve your guests. In the case of cannabis catering, that fine cuisine can be a full menu of cannabis-infused food. A stipulation for such a service does require being in a location where this practice can be done legally.

Popcultivate

If you’re looking for the high-end cannabis cuisine experience for you, and your party, Popcultivate offers one of the best services available. Popcultivate offers a five-star dining experience, organized by former chemist (and current chef) Chris Yang. The company is not specific to one location, and can operate and cater your party in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or Denver, meaning if your party is in one of these locations, Popcultivate can make sure you’ve got the most high-end, cannabis-infused, buzz-inducing fare out there.

Popcultivate doesn’t stop with that, though, and offers a service to meet you in your location, assuming your location is legal. With more legalizations in the future, Popcultivate might be showing up in more places around the country soon. Popcultivate has a team of classically trained chefs, who are excited to cook up new creative dishes, along with an appreciation for art, music, and overall discovery. Each chef is determined to make sure that they find the perfect menu to suit each individual request.

The Herbal Chef

Another quite awesome company to offer cannabis catering services, is The Herbal Chef, a farm to table setup with the motto of “Destigmatizing Plant Medicine through Modern Cuisine.” This company starts with the cannabis cultivation, picking farms with high standards and no usage of pesticides. Then a partner lab is brought in to test extracts and ensure they are of the correct strength and quality. The products from the lab go on to a chef in the Herbal Chef Network, who then uses the ingredients to whip up a fully customized meal to suit your desired experience. Each chef is already highly trained in working with cannabis in food, and dosing correctly.

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The Herbal Chef is a hospitality company that offers full food and beverage services. The company creates events, caters private celebrations, and provides meal prep experiences as well for those who want to know how to prepare food themselves. Chefs can prepare meals for standard events, or even accompany interested parties on vacations to other locations. Chefs work all over the country in legalized locations, meaning so long as there is regulation allowing for it, The Herbal Chef can help you host the best weed-infused party ever. Interested party-throwers can enter their information in the ‘Hire A Chef’ section to see availability and pricing.

Cannaisseur Series

Yet another interesting option when it comes to cannabis catering, is Cannaisseur Series. This operation started in 2015 by Chef Coreen Carroll and her husband, Ryan Bush, a cannabis entrepreneur. It began as a monthly meetup in an underground pop-up fashion, as a way to serve some gourmet cannabis-infused food. Each meal is made with seasonal ingredients, along with cannabis flowers, edibles, and extracts, all from high-end providers. Cannaisseur Series provides the full experience, from hors d’oeuvres to the main course.

These days, the company offers private dining experiences as well, and can be hired out to cater your event in a super weed-friendly way. Each event has a menu designed specifically for it, and can be customized for any dietary restrictions. Cannaisseur Series does require that all attendees of an event are 21 or above, and does list some basic prices, though interested parties should certainly check with the company to ensure pricing for their specific needs.

The company requires a 10-person minimum for event catering, at $295 per/person for a starting price. With a 20 person minimum, the price can drop to as little as $125 per/person as a starting price. When the minimum is at least 40 people, the starting price per a person is lowered to $35 a head. Whether you’re interested in a communal dining meal hosted by Cannaisseur Series, or a private dining experience for your own party, this company can certainly make it happen in style. The company is not terribly specific about where they can operate out of, but is based out of California, meaning at least that state can take advantage. Other interested parties should check with the company for availability in their location.

Cannabis catering locally

At this point, not as many companies will operate across state lines, and finding a cannabis catering company might be easiest in your specific location. Here are a few examples of companies that are catering marijuana laden food in their specific communities.

If you’re in Michigan, then Michigan Cannabis Chefs might be your best bet for a weed-infused party. The company creates artisanal cannabis-infused cuisine for all kinds of special occasions and group events. Whether its presented as a sit-down dinner, or buffet, or picnic-style occasion, the menu can be designed to have as many infused items as desired. The company also hosts cooking lessons, and provides personal chefs.

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If you’re in Washington, DC, then you’re lucky enough to have Green Panther Chef available to you. Founded by Chef Jazz, this full-service cannabis catering company has a team of cannabis infusion chefs, and a fun and happy waitstaff to make any event an exciting one. As a part of the Premium Dinner Party Experience, the company offers the creation of a tailored five-course meal, a unique and custom cake, complete waitstaff and kitchen staff, the appearance of Chef Jazz herself, and a beautiful keepsake centerpiece. These parties can accommodate up to 20 people.

For those in the LA area, there’s Weedbar LA. This company operates in the LA area, but is also national, and will work with party hosts in any legalized location. This company offers not just a delicious weed-infused catered meal, but provides entertainment, creates an awesome atmosphere, and even offers education. Weedbar LA puts together local chefs with expert budtenders, and uses the finest of ingredients. The company takes its parties a step further even, including lotions and topicals along with a professional to apply them, a full dab bar, cannabis mocktails, a large weed bar, CBD products, and goody bags so everyone walks away happy. When it comes to creating the full experience, Weedbar LA really has it down!

Conclusion

While cannabis restaurants are starting to pop up locally, the idea of the cannabis catered private party is becoming all the rage. With cannabis catering, your private party can be as buzzy as you’d like, in a high-fashion surrounding, totally cool and chic environment, or anything in between. If you want your party guests to be able to get high without incident, or for getting high to be the crux of the celebration, check out the cannabis catering options near you, and throw yourself the best stoner private party ever.

Of course, when it comes to edibles in general, you don’t need to throw a whole party just to get high. With a range of all different kinds of edibles, from the fancy to the downright interesting, you can get almost anything infused, even your drink. And in the privacy of your own home.

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Keep it Cruelty-Free with Hemp Leather

With the hemp revolution underway, tons of products from plastics to clothing to paint, can be made using this natural material. But it goes even further. What if hemp could replace another commonly used animal product like leather? Well apparently, it can. These days you can keep it cruelty-free and high quality, with hemp leather products.

The world of cannabis gets bigger everyday with hemp plastic, building materials, and even hemp leather. The world of marijuana is just as expansive, bringing us all new compounds like delta-8 THC, another form of THC which leaves users with more energy, a clearer-head, and less of the irritating anxiety that can be caused by delta-9. Go ahead and check out our selection of deals for delta-8THC, and a range of other cannabis products.

What is leather?

In a way this is kind of a silly question, but in order to get into the benefits of a cruelty-free option like hemp leather, it’s best to go over the natural product. In this case, it is the actual animal leather that is the natural product, and the hemp leather that’s the synthetic. Though it’s a synthetic that itself is made of natural materials.

Leather is simply the skin, or hide, of an animal, which has been treated with chemicals to preserve it. Leather is often used in clothing, especially for boots, jackets, and belts, as well as for other products like pocketbooks, tools, sporting equipment, and furniture. Quite obviously, from the nature of the material, it requires the death of an animal in order to create these products.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between the terms ‘skin’ and ‘hide’, so was I. While they denote the same basic thing, ‘skin’ is used when referring to smaller animals, and ‘hide’ is used to refer to the skin of larger animals. Now, not to get gross, but skin doesn’t just stay the way it is once its no longer a part of a living animal. Much like everything else living, it starts to decay. In order to preserve it, a tanning process is used to create a non-decaying, and stable material.

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Leather can technically be made from the skin of almost any animals, so long as the skin is thick enough. And though sometimes stranger animals are used like ostriches or lizards, the most common leathers are made from animals like cows, oxen, zebras, horses, pigs, seals, and alligators, to name a few.

The process of turning perishable skin into a long-lasting product is achieved using processing with different compounds. This can include vegetable tannins (like from tree bark), mineral salts, and oils from fish or other animals. Skin is more than one layer, and involves parts that must be removed. So, the leather-making process involves removing these parts using acids, bases, tannins, enzymes, and salts. Not only are unnecessary parts dissolved and removed, but this process strengthens the bonds between fibers as well.

Leather has been used by humans for more than 7,000 years. It’s been popular for this long in part for its durability. What generally sets real leather apart from its faux counterparts, is the overall strength end durability of leather, that is not often seen in the competition, as well as the comfort and breathability of the material. Fake leathers, especially those of the plastic variety, are known for making skin hot and sweaty, much like with synthetic clothing.

What is hemp leather?

Leather is generally considered one of the better options when it comes to things like clothing, as it provides a more breathable option to fake leathers made of synthetic materials like plastic. Between leather and plastic leathers (‘pleathers’), leather is the much more quality, and better performing option. Generally speaking, when it comes to leather, it is the fake versions that are almost always considered sub-par in comparison. However, hemp leather proposes a different scenario to standard fake leathers.

Hemp leather is a material made from hemp that has the general feel, appearance, strength, and texture of leather. While clothing and other materials have been made from hemp for centuries, it has not always been done so to replicate the consistency of leather. This seems to be a newer invention. In a US patent from 1989, Tae S. Hwang, and Kyung H. Kim describe their process for creating hemp leather. Their process for creating cruelty-free hemp leather goes something like this:

“(a) firstly digesting natural hemp fiber with weak alkali solution, (b) secondly digesting with ammonia gas, (c) presoak treating either with methylol urea and ammonium phosphate, or sodium chromate and sulfuric acid, and immediately adding ammonia thereto, respectively, (d) beating with SBR resin and cyclohexylcarboxyl diphenylamino thiazolyl sulfonamide, (e) jetting through a multiple stage fiber jetting device, and soaking in a soaking bath container containing methylphenol and SBR resin.”

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The inventors state in the patent that their goal is to create a hemp leather product that has “excellent stiffness, flexibility, and hydroscopic property, which is very similar to natural leather.” Quite obviously, this process is not a chemical-free one, but it does show a strategy for getting hemp into leather form.

In practice, some companies are already offering hemp leather products, and they state their own processes for creation. Take the company Hemp Bio Leather, for example. This company creates toxin-free, biodegradable, and cruelty-free hemp leather, using hemp fiber residue, which comes as a by-product of the current hemp industry in Denmark. The company doesn’t explain its process any further, except to say the leather is 100% made of hemp, and that it doesn’t require animals or chemicals in any way.

Is hemp leather better for the environment?

Most fake leathers are made from plastics, and therefore offer no further ability to lessen the environmental burden. In a 2018 report, researcher Martina Hultkrantz studied the difference in environment impact between standard bovine leather, and hemp leather. Preliminary life cycle assessment (LCA) results for both leathers were based on existing literature. And the two leathers were then compared.

Hemp leather showed generally less environmental harm, with a couple exceptions. Creating bovine leather required 99% more energy use, with a 78% higher potential for acidification. Bovine leather also had a 99.9% higher potential for eutrophication, and caused 83% higher global warming potential. The two categories where hemp leather was not superior, were in water consumption and hazardous waste. While the author stated that the water consumption levels during manufacturing could be due to “over dimensioning of inputs”, I do wonder if the overall result has mainly to do with the fact that hemp is a plant which must be watered.

Though hemp leather is preferable in almost every category, it does produce more hazardous waste than bovine leather production. This 13% increase in attributed to the cresol and sodium chromate used in the processing. Even so, when all metrics are examined, in this particular investigation, hemp leather makes the better choice environmentally. And since it’s cruelty-free, hemp leather also makes the better ethical option.

Interested buyers can start looking for hemp leather products. While Hemp Bio Leather might, or might not, still be in operation, other companies are also offering hemp leather products. Hemp Safari offers leather hemp bags and accessories, available for pre-order now. I did have issues with the site, so interested parties might want to check with the company.

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Another newcomer is Napee, an Italian company, that much like Hemp Bio Leather, creates products using waste materials from hemp cultivation. The company does not claim to use 100% hemp for its eco-leather, but does claim that no solvents are used and no environmentally harmful waste products are produced.

Where else is hemp showing up?

Hemp might have been used for pretty much everything at one point in history, but prohibition laws against cannabis in the 1900’s changed the landscape of mass production, essentially taking hemp out of it. With these prohibition laws being chipped away at all over the world, a vibrant hemp industry is slowly being reinstated, with more and more alternative products made of hemp, entering products markets.

Now, things like hemp clothing are making a huge comeback, both as just hemp, and as a mixed natural fiber with cotton or bamboo. Hemp building materials like hempcrete are providing a better answer to the environmental issue of cement, while also proving to be stronger, and with benefits like mold resistance, and better ability to insulate. Products like hemp paint and wood finishing oils allow for non-toxic home improvement, as well as being available for use industrially. And hemp plastic, which provides a fantastic, non-toxic, biodegradable alternative to the massive and growing issue of plastic pollution, can easily be used for mass production.

These better options propose challenges to current industries, particularly the oil industry which is the basis for plastics, and the cement and concrete industries which are the basis for building. Since a lot of money is made by these industries, and a lot of money filtered into the federal government to protect them, the hemp industry has not picked up as quickly as it probably should have.

However, if recent developments in the medical and recreational cannabis industries tell us anything, its that regardless of how much fighting back is done by an industry trying to hold onto something (pharmaceutical), that eventually, if the people want something done differently, they can get it done. This is evidenced by how close the US is to passing a full decriminalization or legalization measure, and the fact that republican-led legalization bills are being pushed because politicians are aware that if they don’t bend, they’ll lose their jobs.

Conclusion

Hemp has shown to be good for so many things, its mindboggling that we still insist on tearing apart our environment instead of using it more widely. But times are changing. And all the things mentioned in this article were barely existent a few years ago. Which means in a few years from now, who knows how far these industries may have exploded.

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Report Shows Decreased Percentage of Women and Minority Executives in Cannabis Industry

MJBizDaily released a report on October 4 called “Women & Minorities in the Cannabis Industry,” which reviews new statistics about female and people of color executives and business owners in the cannabis industry.

According to MJBizDaily’s findings, the percentage of women and minorities in executive level positions in the cannabis industry have dropped between 2019-2021. The national average of women who hold executive positions in the industry throughout the country is 29.8 percent, but over the past two years, women in those positions in the cannabis industry has fallen to 22.1 percent.

In 2019, approximately 36.8 percent of executive positions in cannabis were held by women. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the percentage of women in higher level positions in other industries is significantly higher, around 30 percent (in 2018, it was 21 percent).

Likewise, the percentage of people of color in executive positions decreased as well. Currently, only 13.1 percent of those positions are held by people of color, compared to 28 percent in 2019.

In the report’s introduction, MJBizDaily author Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier shares that in this third iteration of this report, much has changed in the industry. “However, racial and gender diversity in the marijuana industry is still lacking—especially in ownership and executive positions,” she wrote. “So too is the amount of hard data by which to benchmark the current state of diversity in the marijuana sector, understand the obstacles standing in the way of a more equitable industry and contextualize the initiatives states are putting in place to address the issue.”

The report was written with data collected from various governmental agencies, as well as statistics gathered by MJBizDaily surveys.

Representation of People of Color and Women in Cannabis Broken Down

The report covers 12 charts reflecting “deficiencies” in the industry’s diversity. On a national level, 19.9 percent of women own a cannabis business. Twenty-five percent operate out of Nevada, 19 percent in Colorado, 10 percent in Ohio and five percent Massachusetts, which makes a stark comparison between older markets, newer markets, and those that currently only support medical cannabis versus recreational cannabis industries.

The report also exhibits the breakdown of women in executive positions, the highest being at testing labs (53.9 percent), consumption lounges/events (48.1 percent), wholesale cultivators (40.1 percent) and ancillary service providers (39 percent). The lowest percent of women in certain roles includes investors, vertically integrated businesses and ancillary technology or products.

“The low rate of executive positions held by women at cannabis investment firms is worrisome, as access to capital has become a critical component of creating and running a successful marijuana company,” the report states. “While cannabis businesses could be started with only $50,000 five years ago, licensing alone in most markets will run into six figures today. With men accounting for such a large portion of leadership in cannabis investing—and possibly favoring management teams led by other men, whether consciously or unconsciously—female executives could have a tougher time raising money.”

Percentages of minority business owners remain small when viewing data collected from Colorado, Michigan and Nevada, according to this breakdown.

Asian American/Pacific Islander: Four percent in Colorado, 3.8 percent in Michigan and 6.3 percent in Nevada.

Black or African American: 2.7 percent in Colorado, 3.8 percent in Michigan and 5.1 percent in Nevada.

Indigenous: 0.4 percent in Colorado, 0.8 percent in Michigan and 2.5 percent in Nevada.

Latino: 7.7 percent of owners in Colorado, 1.5 in Michigan and 12.8 percent in Nevada.

White/Caucasian: 83.7 percent in Colorado, 79 percent in Michigan and 63 percent in Nevada.

“While the data is limited in scope and might not be an indicator of minority representation in the broader cannabis industry, it provides an accurate snapshot of the level of diversity in these three markets and shows a distinct difference in the effect early focus on diversity can have on building the market,” the report notes about the limited data available.

The number of minority executives has also changed. In 2017, the report shows the percentage of cannabis business led by minority executives at 16.8 percent, with a jump to 28 percent in 2019. As of 2021, that number has since decreased down to 13.1 percent, which is only 0.1 percent of the national average.

MJBizDaily suggests that the strong push for social equity could increase these numbers. “Social equity programs are a critical aspect of new regulated marijuana markets, and several of the first markets are looking for ways to fix this gap,” the report states. “But most programs have fallen short of their goals. Some of the contributors to these hurdles include licensing delays, challenges to how the policies are implemented and a lack of access to capital for economically disadvantaged communities.”

The second portion of the report identifies the challenges that minorities face in the cannabis industry, which includes the high price of entry in application and licensing fees, as well as other startup costs such as real estate, renovations, utilities and security necessities. The median household net worth of Black or African Americans ($24,100), Hispanic or Latino ($36,200), or those of other/multiple races ($74,500) is significantly lower than that of White individuals ($188,200).

The report concludes with the suggestion that two things need to change: access to capital must be increased, and social equity programs need to continue to be established. It recommends support for numerous organizations whose goals are to improve general access and social equity efforts.

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Where’s It From? The Specifics of Germany’s Cannabis Import Market

As the global cannabis industry expands, different markets are emerging around the world as the biggest contenders in the overall global market. When it comes to Europe, Germany reigns supreme, with a quickly growing, and quickly evolving, medical cannabis industry. Since opening up its list of import countries, this market has grown even further. Here’s a look at the specifics of Germany’s cannabis import market today.

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Important points about cannabis and Germany so far

First and foremost, cannabis is illegal in Germany for recreational use. Possession of the plant can garner up to five years in prison. When it comes to use, ‘small amounts’ have been somewhat decriminalized, though the term ‘small amount’ is actually not specific, and can vary between provinces, ranging from about 6-15 grams. Strangely enough, there’s no specific mention of cannabis use in the German Federal Narcotics Act, which regulates cannabis in the country. So as long as a first-time offender is caught with just a ‘small amount’, there is generally no criminal punishment for use, though this does not necessarily extend to a further offense.

Sale, supply, and cultivation are all illegal in Germany. Such crimes can be met with prison sentences of up to 15 years, depending on extenuating circumstances, though they can start as low as one year. Extenuating circumstances can include things like children being around, or sold to; the amount in question; and if weapons were involved; among other factors.

Germany does have a comprehensive medical cannabis program for its residents which started in 2017. This expanded on a previous legalization from 1998 when Dronabinol was first legalized, and opened up an allowance for more disorders, also creating a regulated market. In 2019, this was expanded on further with the institution of an import/export market. Germany’s cannabis import and export markets are some of the largest in the world at the moment, and this without a recreational legalization.

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In terms of how many patients are being treated with medical cannabis in Germany, there has been no exact number released. In an answer to questions from political party Die Linke (the Left) to officials in parliament, on March 4th, 2020, BfArM – The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, which regulates the cannabis industry in Germany, stated that survey results by the agency showed 13,343 complete records. What does this mean? The market intelligence firm that wrote about it, Prohibition Partners, estimated that about 128,000 residents currently receive medical marijuana yearly in Germany.

Back in 2019, Germany was already making its place at the top of the European cannabis world, as the top importer and exporter of cannabis oils for that year. It was actually 2nd in the entire world of oil imports, with $240 million worth imported, and 4th in the world for exports, with $230 million worth of oil exported. At that time, Germany would have only been importing from a couple different countries. As a basis for comparison, in the import category, the US was 1st in the world, importing $893 million worth. And in the export category, China ruled the roost, exporting just under $1 billion worth of cannabis oil.

So how big is Germany’s cannabis import market?

Germany’s medical cannabis import market has been growing by leaps and bounds, with a large part of it due to opening up for imports from more countries. Prior to Germany updating regulation in 2019, all the cannabis used for medical purposes in the country was imported, and from mainly only the Netherlands and Canada. Since 2019 this has been changing, with new numbers showing just how much Germany is importing, and how much from each country.

In the last quarter of 2020, Germany imported 3,264 kg of cannabis flower into the country. Not only did this mark the highest quarter for imports at that time, but it brought the import total for the year up to 9,249 kg. Germany has had 100% year-over-year increases in imports between 2018-2020. The cannabis imported today is now coming from at least 17 different countries, including Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, Israel, and Australia, just to name a few (although a full list of import countries has not yet been released.)

What was released, however, was a response by the federal government to a question posed by Dr. Schinnenburg, a former member of parliament, along with the Free Democratic Party of Germany, which he represented. The response was in reference to 2021 cannabis import quantities into Germany and the countries of export. According to this response, Germany’s cannabis import market saw an 80% increase in just the first half of 2021 in comparison to the same time frame the year before.

Germany imported 8,966 kg of cannabis flowers in the first two quarters of 2021. The first two quarters of 2020 saw imports of about 4,946.3 kg. These numbers relate to cannabis flower to be sold or used as flower, whether for customers or scientific research. In terms of cannabis flowers imported for extract production, Germany imported approximately 980.4 kg in the first two quarters of 2021, whereas the year before it was about 820.3 kg imported for this purpose during the same period. This is a 19.5% increase in the flowers imported for extract production.

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Who contributes what, to Germany’s cannabis import market?

So now we know Germany’s got a pretty big cannabis import market, but where is this weed coming from? And which are the leading countries in getting Germany’s business? The information from the government was published here by cannabiswirtschaft, and then reinterpreted a bit more clearly, here by Vice President of Investment Analysis, Alfredo Pascual, of Seed Innovations Ltd.

According to the breakdown, the two biggest exporters into Germany’s cannabis import market, are still the Netherlands and Canada, which were responsible for 22% and 32% of Germany’s imports respectively. Denmark showed itself to be a major contender, however, contributing 19% to Germany’s imports, and Portugal wasn’t far behind either, exporting out 13% to Germany.

Other countries showed lower levels, but have still been getting in on the game. Australia contributed about 5%, Uruguay about 4%, Spain exported out about 2% of what Germany imported, and Austria also provided about 2%. Another 1% came from the combination of several other countries, including Poland, Malta, Lesotho, and Israel.

In terms of what amounts these percentages relate to, here is a list of what the top exporting countries contributed to Germany’s cannabis import market in the first half of 2021. These numbers reflect both flowers imported for sale and use as flowers, and flowers imported for use to make extracts.

  • Canada – 2,998.8 kg
  • Netherlands – 1,989.4 kg
  • Denmark – 1,732.4 kg
  • Portugal – 1,583.1 kg
  • Australia – 746.2 kg
  • Uruguay – 358.2 kg

What’s next for Germany’s cannabis import market?

Germany is interesting because it’s a country with an already huge medical cannabis industry, which is also in the middle of undergoing some pretty intense political changes. In the 2021 Bundestag elections last month, the incumbent party and former leader of the last coalition government, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU), lost seats. This time around it came in second to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), 25.9% to 24.1%. This means the SDP won 206 seats, and the CDU/CSU only 196.

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Not only that, but there was an overall strong showing of left leaning parties, with the Green party taking 118 seats, the Free Democratic Party taking 96, and the Left party winning 39. This means that whatever coalition government is built, is likely to made up of at least some parties that are for cannabis legalization. As such, as Germany puts together its new government, its ability to expand its current medical cannabis industry, into an even bigger recreational one, has become a very viable possibility.

It should be remembered that the CDU has been the top party since 2005, forming coalition governments over the years with different parties, but mainly with the SDP. These partnerships affect voting, which means, when Germany shot down a recreational cannabis bill last year, it wasn’t because there weren’t technically enough parliament members who supported it, but more because the SDP voted against it along with the CDU as part of its coalition partnership, even though the SDP generally supports legalization. Without that voting partnership, a future vote of the same nature, could turn out very differently.

Conclusion

Germany has certainly become one of the main countries of interest when it comes to the world of weed. Not only are Germany’s cannabis import and export markets some of the biggest in the world, but with new elections and a new government forming, it could be the first country in Europe to legalize as well.

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The MORE Act to Decriminalize Cannabis Advanced One Step Further

It’s been a long time coming, right? This wait for federal cannabis reform. To show the tides are turning, the MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis, advanced one step further in Congress, bringing the US that much closer to a federal decriminalization policy. Can this bill go through?

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Cannabis in the US of A

Most of us know the basics, but before getting into the changes that are coming, it’s best to go over where we currently stand. Cannabis, in the United States is illegal for both medical and recreational purposes. Cannabis used to be an important aspect of American life, with hemp grown for all kinds of industrial uses, and cannabis being found in tons of medical (and non-medical) products. By the beginning of the 1900’s, the one thing cannabis wasn’t used for as much, was getting high.

Getting into the story of marijuana illegalization is certainly controversial. While some will stick to the government story line of cannabis being dangerous and in need of eradication, the other story involves different factors, like pharmaceutical companies that didn’t want to compete with a plant that could be easily grown by the people themselves, or a paper industry that saw hemp paper as competition, or a chemicals industry that felt likewise about it. When it comes to the illegalization of cannabis, these two stories run counter, but regardless of why it happened, this was the outcome.

In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act was passed which placed massive taxes and restrictions on marijuana, making it nearly impossible to either research it, without express permission, or use personally. This wasn’t a full illegalization though. Different laws were passed over the years, leading to cannabis being put in Schedule I of the DEA’s Controlled Substances list, with the advent of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. This made all uses of it illegal, with the plant seen as having no medicinal value, whatsoever.

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Federal vs state

Obviously, this isn’t the end of the story, as cannabis is not regulated through the constitution, giving individual states the ability to create their own laws. Not only do many states have decriminalization measures, many stemming from the 70’s when cannabis was first completely illegalized, but the majority have comprehensive medical marijuana programs, and 18 (including two of the most populous states: New York and California), allow legal recreational use, essentially 100% going against the US government.

For those who have been paying attention over the years, this has caused many problems. In the earlier days of medicinal legalizations, the federal government still targeted users, often subjecting them to criminal punishments, though they weren’t breaking state laws. It’s even seen today still. The DEA just announced intentions to expand legal cannabis cultivation in the country, but with caveats that will likely keep former cannabis cultivators who have worked legally by their own state’s laws, from having a chance to participate, since the federal government still considers their past work as criminal activity.

For the most part these attacks have lightened over the years. I expect because there’ve been too many states going against federal regulation for the US to continue attempting to punish people. And with so many states essentially flipping the bird to federal law, it’s also not surprising that the federal government has been scrambling to change directions. This is likely to save face in this changing climate of weed acceptance, where the population has been steadily, and uncompromisingly, going in the opposite direction to federal mandate.

What is the MORE act, and will it decriminalize cannabis?

The first thing to understand about the MORE act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act), or HR 3617, is that it isn’t a legalization measure at all, but is meant to federally decriminalize cannabis. It would officially de-schedule cannabis out of Schedule I of the Controlled Substances list, and seemingly off of it entirely. This would officially take away criminal penalties for certain crimes. Under the law, individual states could continue to make their own decisions concerning full legalizations in their own domains.

The bill takes a complete 180 degree turn from current policy, essentially saying that cannabis is no longer dangerous, and that it has medical value. In fact, it’s practically a legalization. This is backed up by the fact that the bill would introduce a 5% tax on cannabis products. Usually when the government expects for something not to be sold, it doesn’t attach a tax to it. After all, it means the government fully accepts retail sales if its setting up a system to regulate taxes for it. So though this bill works to decriminalize cannabis, it also clearly promotes its legal sale (and therefore use) by way of setting a taxation amount.

The tax from the products would go to fund projects for criminal and social reform, and would eventually rise to 8% from 5%. Tax money would be distributed by a newly formed agency called the Office of Cannabis Justice, which would reside within the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. At least some of the money would be used for grants intended toward communities hard hit by the war on drugs.

MORE Act

Along with this, it would prevent benefits like public housing, or other federal benefits, to be denied to those who have been found guilty of cannabis crimes. It would also keep simple possession or use acts from causing an impact under immigration laws. The new law would do what most legalization bills do, it would expunge past convictions of those who have been found guilty of relevant cannabis crimes. This means, if a person served time for cannabis, or received any kind of relevant conviction, they will no longer have to state this, as it will no longer apply. Those currently under active convictions would be able to petition the courts for a resentencing.

Another aspect of the MORE act is that it would allow marijuana businesses to apply for, and receive, small business administration loans, as well as other banking services and insurance. These are things that have been repeatedly denied to cannabis companies due to federal regulation against the drug.

The MORE act was originally introduced in 2019, and it officially passed the US House of Representatives on December 4th, 2020. This is the first time a part of congress has approved a bill that’s meant to end cannabis prohibition laws. It didn’t have time to go through the Senate though, and therefore had to be reintroduced in 2021. In order to become law, it must pass a final vote in the House – again, as well as make it through a full Senate. The MORE Act has 76 co-sponsors, one of whom is republican.

MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis gets one step further

On September 30th, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee voted on the bill, and passed it by a vote of 26-15. The House Judiciary Committee is chaired by Jerrold Nadler, who is also a co-sponsor of the MORE Act. Though the vote went mainly by party lines with all 26 democrats voting in favor, they were joined by two republicans, while 15 voted no.

As stated before, this bill passed the House in 2020 in a vote of 228-165, but since the Senate never got to it, it couldn’t be passed fully. When a new congress took their seats in January, the whole process actually started from scratch with the reintroduction of the bill. This means that though the same bill was passed in the House already, it will need to repass it again to continue.

The House Judiciary Committee, upon passing the bill, referred the bill for a vote by the entire House once again. As it passed by large margins the last time, it is expected to do okay again, even with a different configuration of congressmen due to the results of the 2020 elections. The much bigger obstacle is for it to get through the Senate. Once it passes the House again, that conversation can begin.

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Will the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis pass?

This is an interesting question, and it can really go either way. It’s not shocking to understand that much of government is still going to be against such a decriminalization, especially those with more conservative mindsets. However, there’s a growing and undeniable reality about all this. Nearly every state has some sort of decriminalization, medical, or recreational policy, even if only a minor one. And the news is constantly filled with mentions of new states pushing through comprehensive medical bills, or full-on recreational ones. About half the country is already living in recreational locations.

The US government weakens itself by allowing this, and since it can’t stop it, or reverse it, or bully it, or arrest it, or even lie about it anymore, it must change tack if it wants to save face. And ultimately, this is non-negotiable. The US can’t have a federal mandate that no state will follow, so the question of ‘will a decriminalization measure or legalization measure go through soon’, has the very easy answer of ‘yes, because it has to.’

Having said that, though the walls are certainly closing in, it could be the next one and not this one. While I expect things can’t go on this way for more than another year tops, it doesn’t mean it has to be this particular bill. I do, however, think the MORE Act has a great chance of passing, even if just because of the timing.

To give an idea of how much the government does understand this, there are now states like North Carolina, where republicans are pushing legalization measures. Not because they agree, but simply because they understand that it’s what their constituents want, and that if they want to keep their seats, this is the new deal.

There is even yet another bill making the rounds in Congress, this one an actual legalization measure. The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act is led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and seeks to go a step further by legalizing cannabis and instituting a federal market for it. This is more extreme, making the MORE Act slightly more likely between the two, in my estimation. That a bill has to pass soon is a fact of US federal power and control, but chances are it will be a less aggressive one. Competition between the two bills could even cause problems, though they technically do different things, and could potentially both be passed.

Conclusion

This is certainly an exciting time in the world of weed. The MORE Act might just be the ticket to federal cannabis decriminalization, and the end to restrictive and silly prohibition laws. The one thing we can be almost certain of, is that a bill of this nature will pass soon. However, for now, we’ll have to carefully watch progress to see the fate of HR 3617.

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