Delta 8 Flowers – Milder Than Cannabis, But Very Relaxing and Uplifting

When it comes to Delta-8 THC products, flowers are usually not the first choice, as this title reserved for Delta-8 THC vape cartridges and Delta 8 gummies. However, lately we have seen a rise of new Delta-8 THC infused hemp flowers (AKA Delta 8 Flowers), which offer us a new and improved way to get our Delta-8 THC, by smoking.

The new flowers have arrived

Not only is the quality of the new Delta 8 flowers is much better than what was offered only a few months ago, but also the price went down. As a result, currently you can get really good flowers for less than $650/lb (when using the 35% discount code, currently available to the subscribers of the the CBD Flowers Weekly newsletter).

The new Delta 8 flowers are hand-trimmed indoor hemp flowers, carefully treated with Delta-8 THC distillate and sometimes dusted with CBD or CBG Kief, for the extra touch. Unlike regular cannabis flowers, high in Delta-9 THC or high-CBD hemp flowers, the Delta 8 flowers are a twin-peak product. As such, they have high-levels of both Delta-8 THC and CBD (or CBG, depends on the hemp strain) which creates a category of its own.

That’s why smoking Delta-8 THC flowers is unique, both because Delta-8 is different than Delta-9 and also because of the twin-peak effect of the products. If you happen to like blended, enhanced or even infused products, these flowers are exactly what you are looking for.

Good Delta-8 flowers are an incredible experience. They allow you to experience a new high, milder than what regular THC offers, but very relaxing and uplifting. Delta-8 high also comes with less anxiety and paranoia, compared to Delta-. No wonder why so many cannabis and hemp users are shifting to Delta-8 THC lately.

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Delta-8 THC Moon Rocks – Only $139.99/oz
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This is by far the best deal on Delta-8 THC moon rocks, only $139.99/oz!

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Sour Space Candy is a sativa-dominant cross between Sour Tsunami and Early Resin Berry. These parent genetics give Sour Space Candy pungent notes of citrus and tropical fruits followed by earthy tones. Users can expect a happy, uplifting, and energetic feeling.

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While in most Delta-8 THC moon rocks the main cannabinoids are Delta-8 and CBD, these Asteroids give CBG a leading part, making it one of the most interesting products out there.

If you love CBG in your products, you musttry the new Delta 8 Astroids. With 19% CBD6% CBG and 7% Delta 8, you can expect a truely remarkable smoking experience.

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The New Rise of Medical Psychedelics

As the battle for cannabis legalization continues globally, the re-acquaintance to its medical use has reopened the door for other drugs that have also been labeled as narcotics, or scheduled so that people have no access to their medical benefits. One of the major classes of drugs that has shown great promise therapeutically, is psychedelics. With a greater level of liberal acceptance, there has been a recent rise in the medical use of psychedelics.

What’s one of the most widely used psychedelic compounds on earth? THC! And not just the standard delta-9 THC that most people are familiar with. With the addition of delta-8 THC, users can choose how they want their experience to be. Want less psychoactive effect and less anxiety, then check out our Delta-8 THC deals and give the other THC a try.

What are psychedelics?

A psychedelic is a drug containing psychoactive compounds capable of altering a person’s mood, perception and cognition. This can include naturally occurring and man-made substances. Examples of psychedelics include: mescaline, which can be found in San Pedro cactus and peyote; DMT, one of the main ingredients in ayahuasca; LSD; and psilocybin, which is what makes magic mushrooms so magical.

Psychedelics are known to produce life-altering experiences, wherein the user can find insights into life and consciousness. It are these attributes that have been the main instigator for the recent rise in research of medical psychedelics.

Psychedelics, much like cannabis (which is technically a psychedelic), occur naturally in different plants around the globe, and have been used for millennia in different ceremonial, religious, and medical practices throughout history. Unlike cannabis, they were not all outlawed together in one sweeping move, but rather, became illegalized over time. In the US, the criminalization of psychedelics started in 1968 with the Staggers-Dodd bill which specifically illegalized LSD and psilocybin.

The word itself, ‘psychedelics’, was first used in 1957 to recognize substances that were said to open the mind, however, the more scientific term for them is ‘entheogens’. This term was adopted less to be scientific, however, and more to allow the field to operate without the stigma attached to psychedelics from the smear campaigns of the 1960’s. The term entheogen comes from Greek where it means ‘building the god within’.


History of illegalization

When it comes to the illegalization of cannabis, it is becoming understood more widely that there was more to it than a fear for public safety. The entire movement to illegalize was spearheaded in the government by Harry Anslinger, with media giant William Randolph Heart pushing the anti-hemp movement from outside, in an effort to kill the enemy of his paper industry.

Some might see it as a similar manner of business, when psychedelics were demonized in the 60’s and70’s, as when cannabis was in the 1930’s onward. In the case of psychedelics, much of the news, controversy, and general story around them, took place during the Vietnam war, and served as a good distraction from the horrible ridiculousness of that mess and the unnecessary violence and deaths that came from it. Think about what actually came out of that war. The nothingness that was accomplished in the face of the massive death toll that was taken. How easy is it to get your population to go along with such antics? And would focusing on the truth of it have made it a harder sell?

In 1970, the US congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act which enforced stricter measures for pharmaceutical companies, requiring stringent reporting, and better security of drug stocks. These aren’t bad things, of course, but they led to the current model of drug scheduling, which has, essentially and with much bias, ruled many drugs out.

The Single Convention on Narcotic Substances is a treaty that was formed out of international discussions concerning drug controls in 1970. This was followed up with the Convention on Psychotropic Substances in 1971, a similar treaty which also orders drugs into classes based on their potential level of harm and usefulness. In both treaties, schedule I is associated with the most dangerous drugs with no medical benefit, but a high addiction possibility, and schedule IV denotes safer drugs with medical purpose. Psychedelics took the schedule I spot in 1970, ruling out their use as medicines.

Putting psychedelics in this scheduling category seems to have been the result of industry issues, much like with cannabis. During the discussions for the treaties, bigger and more developed countries with bigger and more developed pharmaceutical industries, pushed for the illegalization of these natural compounds, whereas countries with less development, and which didn’t have competing industries, were not for their illegalization. As with cannabis, the bigger, stronger countries won out, and forced these decisions on everyone else.

In fact, in 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under Nixon, made this statement about the war on drugs that was fought under Nixon, highlighting an alternate reason for pushing anti-drug measures at that time:

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

And then it got worse. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan’s administration put out the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which allowed for emergency banning of drugs by the government. This was put into effect the following year when the subject of MDMA came up, and was used to immediately illegalize it. And this despite a judge’s decision to schedule it as Schedule III, and allow it for medical use. This action entirely stymied any research progress into the drugs, and slowed the rise of medical psychedelics to a halt.

magic mushrooms

Psychedelics in history

As with anything else, putting together the history of psychedelic use in antiquity, is dependent on ancient texts, findings, and rituals. While there is a current rise in the use of medical psychedelics, this does not imply that they were used for the same exact purpose back then, as they are today.

One of the interesting finds related to psychedelics, is the discovery of a pouch in southwestern Bolivia, dated to a thousand years ago. The pouch contains traces of several psychedelic compounds including harmine and DMT (dimethyltryptamine) which denote the use of ayahuasca, bufotenine (from toad skin), and psilocin – another psychedelic constituent of magic mushrooms. The pouch also contained traces of cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine, which would have likely come from coca leaves.

The discovery came from the Sora River Valley. The pouch – made of three fox snouts – was part of the contents of a leather bag, which mass spectrometry carbon dating has put between the years of 900-1100 CE. It is thought that because of the dating period, that the pouch likely belonged to a member of the Tiwanaku, which pre-dated the Incas. The use of ayahuasca denotes the earliest evidence of it that has been physically found.

The reason this part is interesting is because the two compounds that were found that ayahuasca is made from, come from two separate plants that work in combination to produce the effects. This means that the ancient population this comes from, was putting two plants together to gain a psychoactive effect that wouldn’t be felt if they were used on their own. Another interesting aspect of the find is that the plants used to make ayahuasca were not from that area, so whoever procured them, had to go out and find them somewhere else.

Other findings

According to this study, Mayan culture is associated with the drinking of balché, a drink consisting of Lonchocarpus bark extracts that create a mildly intoxicating effect, which is strengthened through the use of honey. This was used in group ceremonies to reach intoxication. Peyote for mescaline, hallucinogenic mushrooms for psylocibin, and ololiuhqui seeds for lysergic acid amide (a precursor to LSD), were used by the Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, and Zapotecs.

During the period when the Olmecs were around, it was also customary to use bufotoxins which come from the skin of the Bufo spp. toad. At the same time, wild tobacco, Jimson weed, Salvia divinorum, and water lily were used for psychoactive effects. And while the exact use is arguable, mushroom stones dating back to 3,000 BC have been found in the Mesoamerican region in religious/ritual contexts which could indicate the use of mushrooms that far back. Archeological evidence of the use of peyote goes back as far as 5,000 years.

Mesoamerica isn’t the only location where psychedelic remains have been found. Researchers into psychedelic use in the near-East have turned up botanical remains in the form of residues, pollen, fibers and fiber impressions, and carbonized seeds. Where were they found? Traces of Blue Water Lily extract, a potent narcotic plant, were found in none other than Tutonkamen’s tomb from the 14th century BC. And in the late bronze age temple Kamid el-Loz in Lebanon, a storage jar containing 10 liters of Viper’s Bugloss was found, which is a very strong hallucinogen.

Things to consider…

One thing to take into account, is that there is a great amount of controversy over whether something like the use of ayahuasca can actually be traced back through history, with a lot of evidence pointing to confusing stories that come more from Western tourism, than actual history. Researchers into the topic have continually found a mesh of newer ideologies masquerading as old-school folklore as a means to sell a product. In fact, the whole idea of how ayahuasca is used today to treat mental illness, is not how it seems to have been used in history, when shamans took it to contact the supernatural, and battle evil beings.

psychedelic toad

Does this mean that psychedelics weren’t used in history? Of course not, but it does shed light on the idea that what we consider real history, might have been altered because of tourism. It should also be remembered that there are a lot of kinds of psychedelics that would have factored into different cultures and time periods. For example, the aforementioned study into hallucinogenic drug use in pre-Colombian Mesoamerica, which has findings based on archeological, ethno-historical, and ethnographic evidence, found plenty of indication of hallucinogenic drug use in that area, for that time period.

Rise of medical psychedelics

There is quite a bit of medical research into psychedelics, as well as historical evidence to its uses, going back thousands of years. According to the more recent medical research, psychedelics have shown a possible ability to aid in depression, PTSD, and with addictions. It should be remembered that cannabis itself is considered a psychedelic drug, with research into a multitude of categories including: insomnia, depression, neurodegenerative diseases, spastic disorders, inflammatory diseases and so on.

Psychedelics have not just been touted as a treatment for different mental illness. They have shown strength in dealing with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and have even shown possibility in treating autoimmune disorders. If these benefits prove consistent over time, it will likely help boost the current rise in medical psychedelics.

However, despite all the relevant research into the useful benefits of these compounds, the DEA has continuously rejected information, and stood in the way of scientific progress. Kind of makes a person wonder what the agency is even there for. The report highlighted found that the DEA has continuously slowed down scheduling decisions, while increasing speed on banning drugs, in order to restrict all access.

It took an entire 30 years in all to respond to requests to reschedule marijuana, with gaps of 16 years, five, and nine in between requests and responses. The DEA even overruled its own judge to illegalize MDMA by putting it in schedule I. This, of course, has never gotten in the way of military testing of these compounds, which seems to be perfectly okay with the same agency.


With cannabis opening the door into the medical (and recreational) use of drugs like marijuana, the rise in medical psychedelics is sure to keep going. Just like with cannabis, it will likely be found over time, that the notions we have related to these drugs are way more attached to long-lasting smear campaigns, than the actual dangers they pose. And that just like cannabis, they can offer incredible medical benefits that have been suppressed for quite some time now.

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The Best Delta 8 THC Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Someone

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and we can help you find the perfect gift for your special someone with Valentine’s Delta 8 THC deals from some of our top-rated partners!

If you’re here, then you’re already considering getting a cannabis gift for your loved one this holiday and we couldn’t agree with that decision more. If you’ve been following the weed trends lately, you’ve noticed that Delta 8 THC is everything right now, and it makes sense… I’m mean, it’s basically legal THC that you can order anywhere, it doesn’t get much better than that!
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This unique product would make a perfect valentine’s day gift for the special person in your life, and it’s something fun that you can enjoy together! The Rose Capa Cannagars are potent and completely natural, using high quality Delta 8 hemp flower never with any seeds, stems, or trim, and they are wrapped in Rose Petals using an all-natural, plant-based adhesive!

Each cigar contains 5 grams of Delta 8 hemp flower, 625 mg of delta 8 THC, they are 3 inches long with a ring gauge of 34. They start at $35.99 for one (with the LOVE coupon code), but the individual prices goes down if you buy more! Get one for each of you or split a cannagar, either way, it will be a valentine’s day you both remember!

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These edibles are made with full spectrum, Delta 8 THC extracted from legal hemp, so they’re full of terpenes and flavonoids as well.  There is no delta 9 in these edibles so you get all the therapeutic benefits of THC without the cloudy and sometimes anxious feelings that accompany it.

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These Sour Gummies taste like sour without any hemp taste. They are flat out delicious and deliver a bright pop of flavor with each bite.

Each bag contains 20 Sour Gummies of 25MG of Delta-8 THC in each, total 500mg.

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If you want to save money on Delta 8 vape carts, you should choose the Delta 8 premium 12-pack bundle! Now, with our 20% discount code, it is only $200 for the whole 12-pack bundle!

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Everything You Need To Know About Delta 8 THC Gummies

In the cannabis market, both edibles (gummies specifically) and Delta 8 THC are undeniably popular products, and they only continue to gain recognition as trending wellness products that are both fun, and good for your health.

So, what happens when you combine these two trends into some potent, delicious, and discreet Delta 8 THC gummies? Well, then you have the best of both worlds. A type of vitamin gummy that you can take anywhere, they offer numerous therapeutic benefits and a mild high, all while allowing you to remain focused and keep things on the legal side of the spectrum. Does it get any better than that?

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What is Delta 8 THC?

Before we really dive into the information about gummies, it’s important to know exactly what Delta 8 THC is, and how it’s different from Delta 9 THC that you would find at most dispensaries. Delta 8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring, minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Although structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, which is one of the plant’s most abundant compounds, it’s quite different and only found in trace amounts in the plant. Delta 8 is not even produced by the enzymes in cannabis, rather, it is created when Delta 9 THC oxidizes and slowly degrades into Delta 8. Further degradation of Delta 9 would create the cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol).  

So, what exactly is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC? It all comes down to one molecule, which can make a huge difference in the world of chemistry. As the name implies, Delta 8 THC has a molecular bond on the 8th carbon chain, whereas Delta 9 has this bond on the 9th chain.

Similar to its more dominant counterpart, Delta 8 THC is a partial agonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning there are effects to be felt in numerous different parts of the body, despite having weaker psychotropic potency. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”

Medical Benefits of Delta 8

Numerous studies dating back to the 1970s, most of which come from Israel and were conducted by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his associates, found Delta 8 to be associated with a number of different health benefits – for example, it can be used to treat anxiety, as a sleep aid, and for pain.

Initially, it was being researched to determine what kind of effects this cannabinoid could have on the immune system, what but they found was that Delta 8 could play an important role in fighting cancer. This was first observed in a 1974 study that determined delta-8 THC alone slowed tumor growth, and when combined with CBN (cannabinol) actually caused tumors to shrink after 20 days. Another study in 1995 on children with leukemia, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling nausea and vomiting caused by other therapies.

The latter study was conducted at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem – once again, led by Raphael Mechoulam. The creators of the study noted that “at the same this research was occurring, there had been 480 successful treatments of cancer with delta-8 THC.”

What remains somewhat of a mystery still, on a scientific level anyway, is exactly how the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 THC compare with those of Delta 9. According to another study from the 1970s, they found Delta 8 to have 2/3 the psychoactive effects of Delta 9, which is substantial, but still enough that a user will feel some noticeable effects.

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When it comes to edibles, they’re a completely different ball game than smoking flowers because the method of ingestion will have a huge impact on your overall experience. When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the active compounds are absorbed into your bloodstream almost immediately.

However, when you eat an edible, it has to pass through the digestive tract. There, it’s absorbed by the stomach, then the active compounds are metabolized by the liver. The process is much lengthier and it takes more time for the cannabinoids to get into your bloodstream, but it’s more potent and has a longer half-life; meaning you will feel the effects for much longer than you would if your were smoking.

That said, delta 8 gummies are a totally different world than flower and vape, but still not as potent as delta 9 THC so you don’t have to worry about getting stoned into oblivion when munching on these. They range in strength from 5mg to 50mg of delta 8 THC per gummy. The ones I tried were 25mg and I took three. I’m lucky to not suffer from any type of chronic pain, but I currently have a wrist injury that has been annoying to deal with and the delta 8 gummies were exactly what I needed.

They alleviated my pain without making me feel stoned or groggy, and I was able to stay focused on my work and obligations throughout the day – something I was struggling to do being distracted by pain and discomfort when doing day-to-day tasks. As much as I love smoking weed, sometimes I need to be a bit more clear-headed, and on those days I choose delta 8 products.

Another added bonus that I’d be remiss to not mention, is the amazing sleep I had that night. I fell asleep quicker than normal, slept soundly all night, and felt fully rested the next morning. If you’ve been following some of my other articles, you may know that I suffer from mild insomnia so good sleep can be hard to come by for me.

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In my opinion, they’re worth checking out and can be of interest to any type of cannabis user. Someone who uses CBD regularly can try Delta 8 if they want something a bit more potent, and someone who uses THC products regularly can check out Delta 8 if they want to feel the medical benefits of marijuana with milder psychoactive effects.

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Cannabis and the South: How Things Change

When it comes to the North vs the South in America, there is usually a pretty evident divide when it comes to social issues. From abortion to religion in schools to drugs, the South is generally slower to adopt new policies. In the case of cannabis and the south, a lot of change has happened in the last few years, signaling a massive shift in overall public perspective.

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Sometimes change comes slow to the South, and this is evident from resistance to legalized abortion, pushing religion being taught in schools, letting go of slavery (let’s not forget that one), and the decriminalization and legalization of different drugs. But even those slow with the pickup, eventually come around. Whether it’s the changing of society through new generations being born, or the insertion of new information that changes minds. Whatever the case here, and as highlighted by the last election, how cannabis is viewed in the South, has seen much change and improvement in the last few years.

The last US election, and what is the ‘South’?

The last US election was quite the circus, with a persistent battle that continued after results were in, as to who actually won. As it stands, Joe Biden was officially sworn in to the white house in January, effectively ending that conundrum. But perhaps bigger news than a post-election presidential standoff, is the inclusion of several more states when it comes to cannabis legalization. In fact, for the first time, it became evident that cannabis is no longer shunned in the South, with new laws reflecting this change in perspective.

It wasn’t just the South that saw these changes. Four new states became legal for cannabis recreationally: Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Jersey. On the medical front, South Dakota (pulling double duty) and Mississippi joined the ranks of the legal for medical use group. Of all these states to change policy, the one that stands out the most, is Mississippi.

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Why is Mississippi interesting? Because it’s a southern state, and the only southern state to be on the list of changed state policies for this past election. When talking about southern states, there is not actually a strict definition. Being a ‘southern state’ does not necessarily mean being in the south of the country as California, New Mexico, and Arizona, all of which are touching Mexican borders, are not considered part of the south. On the other hand, West Virginia, which isn’t really all that south, is generally included in southern states. The following are considered the southern states of America: South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland, Florida, and Texas.

Many people define the ‘South’ simply by the inclusion of states that fought for the confederacy during the civil war. This is in contrast to the US federal government which includes Delaware, Washington, DC, and Oklahoma.

Then there’s the deep south states, also known as “the Cotton States”, since these states relied on cotton farming prior to the civil war. The deep south only applies to the southeastern corner of the country, and includes: Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. These states were the biggest supporters of slavery, and keeping it intact.

Where is the South now with cannabis?

The first thing to know, is that of the 15 States, one district, and two territories (Guam and Mariana Islands) that have legalized cannabis for recreational use, none of this exists in the South, no matter how it is defined. So far, all progress made in cannabis legalization in the South, has to do with a change to medicinal legalization policies and decriminalization policies.

For the purpose of this article, we will not use the federal government’s definition of the South, but the one more generally used that I listed above, so Delaware, Washington, DC, and Oklahoma are out. The southern states that have legalized for medicinal use so far are: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Texas (kind of), and Mississippi.

In terms of decriminalization measures, the following southern states have some sort of cannabis decriminalization, though what this means varies greatly by location: Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee (partially) and Virginia. Of the southern states, Maryland, Mississippi, and Virginia have both a full medical legalization, and a decriminalization measure.

The biggest holdouts for cannabis legalization are in the South, highlighting how some places change more slowly. Southern states where cannabis is completely illegal (or close to it) are: South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Medical cannabis

Of course, the interesting part is that even these holdout states, aren’t as illegal as we generally think they are. In fact, no US state is totally cannabis illegal since the last farm bill, and the only state to have no written cannabis policies on the books is Idaho (which isn’t a part of the South, but is even more cannabis unfriendly than Kentucky.)

I’ll start with Texas, even though I didn’t put it on the holdout list. Texas has no formal medical policy, but it did approve limited medical use in 2015, which was expanded in 2019, and it does have licensing for cultivation and sale. In that sense it kind of does have a real medical policy, but the limitations of it are what keep Texas on this list.

In South Carolina there’s Julian’s Law which allows very limited use for people with certain kinds of epilepsy that do not respond to standard treatments. It applies only to CBD, and is vague about cultivation and sale, meaning there isn’t technically a solidly legal way to obtain such medications. So though there is technically a legal protection offered through the law, the gray area of the law still allows for patients to get in trouble.

Alabama Carly’s Law, which allows for an affirmative defense for having CBD oil for debilitating diseases, and Leni’s Law, which expanded on this allowance to any individual with seizures where a doctor recommended the use of CBD oil.

Kentucky really is a very restrictive state. In fact, the only legal cannabis option is CBD oil, which was legalized to a sort of gray area in 2014, with a doctor’s recommendation, and under clinical trials specifically at the University of Kentucky.

This does not include the ability to produce and sell, nor is it a standard law as it relates to clinical trials. However, because it exists, Kentucky does outdo Idaho, making the most restrictive state, not in the South! In 2020, a medical legalization bill was introduced, but never made it through because of corona. Representative Jason Nemes, stated he will resubmit the bill again in 2021.

Tennessee – This is an interesting state, because while the population overwhelmingly wants both medical and recreational legalizations, the state does not support an overall voter initiation policy, meaning a ballot measure cannot be started by citizens, only by the government, which has repeatedly shut down legalization bills. Having said that, Tennessee does, as of 2015, allow the use of high-CBD oil for seizure sufferers, although much like South Carolina, there are no laws to govern a regulated system.

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Another thing about Tennessee is that it did pass bills for decriminalization in Nashville and Memphis, only to have them repealed. While the repeal was meant to prevent local governments from making any further decriminalization bills, that was not the case, and as of July 2020, Nashville was successful in partially decriminalizing recreational cannabis, in that minor possession charges will no longer be prosecuted.

Georgia is on the list because it tends to come up on these lists, but this too, is incorrect. Georgia is actually a bit like Virginia. It passed a bill in 1980 for the medical use of cannabis for cancer and glaucoma patients, but essentially never acted on it, leaving it sitting for about 30 years. In 2015, Haleigh’s Hope Act was passed allowing medical marijuana for certain illnesses. This was expanded on in the next few years, but only in 2019 was a bill passed to set up a regulated market for in-state cultivation and sale of low-THC cannabis products.

What this means

What it means is that, while we often talk about how parts of America are still completely cannabis illegal, this actually isn’t true at all. What it comes down to, is that Kentucky is the most restrictive, having no real medical policy, but still isn’t 100% cannabis illegal. The only 100% cannabis illegal locations are not in the South at all.

This doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement, as there is plenty of that. All of the states mentioned today are, indeed, very strict about cannabis policies, but to say that cannabis is fully illegal in them, is completely untrue at this point. It also means that out of 50 states, one district, and five territories, Idaho and American Samoa are the only ones that don’t allow any form of cannabis under any circumstances, and Kentucky is right behind, with about the flimsiest policy out there.

I should take a second to point out the difference between a full medical legalization, like Pennsylvania or Florida, and a bill that legalizes certain and specific things, like in Kentucky or South Carolina. The latter two have laws on the books that allow medical cannabis, but they are highly specific, and have no actual regulated market in which these legalizations can be useful. In that sense, they aren’t real medical programs at all. But Idaho doesn’t even have that, and neither does American Samoa, and that is still a big difference. Pennsylvania and Florida have fully functioning medical cannabis policies, complete with regulation systems, dispensaries, and laws of protection for users.


A whole article could be written on why cannabis policy in the South has seen less change than in other locations, but that’s a story for another time. The more important aspect to ‘why’, is the idea that the ‘why’ is changing. At this rate, it’s not weird to think that all of these states will get past their issues in the next few years, and it’s even quite possible that Virginia will give us the first recreationally legal state in the South.

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How Criminal Organizations Are Dealing with Corona

One of the major issues with the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic is the effect it has on job security, general income, and the sheer ability to work. Many people are feeling the burn of lost income, and the frustration of not having options. So true is the case with criminal organizations dealing with corona. And just like everyone else, they have adjusted themselves, and their businesses, to adapt to this new corona world.

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What happens to criminal organizations in light of the corona pandemic is not of great importance to most people. At least they don’t think it is. In fact, most people wouldn’t bat an eye at the idea of a cartel leader or mafia boss losing some pocket change, or having obstructions in their way of business. At least they don’t think they would.

Truth is, for anyone into buying products like cannabis, either in a legal location or an illegal location, the functioning of criminal organizations during something like the corona pandemic, is actually rather important. And maybe more important than the ability of us black market buyers getting our supply, is the idea of just how these organizations are making it through the pandemic, and what that means to above board businesses.

The coronavirus

Covid-19 isn’t quite as novel as the word ‘novel’ would have you believe. Not unless you want to use that word for every new flu and cold strain out there. In fact, we know plenty about coronaviruses, and the diseases they cause in both mammals and birds. This is because evidence of the most recent ancestor to today’s version of the virus, goes back as much as 8,000 years. Some models say that this antecedent to today’s coronaviruses could be as old as 55 million years.

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It’s said that many coronavirus strains originate in bats, like strain NL63 which shared a common ancestor going back to between 1190 – 1449 CE. The illnesses themselves are a group of viruses, related through RNA. In humans and birds the viruses are known to cause respiratory issues, and cases can be anywhere from mild (or no symptoms at all) to death. Many common colds are coronaviruses, although rhinoviruses make up a larger percentage of this class. SARS is an example of a more extreme version of a coronavirus.

In short, Covid-19 is a contagious coronavirus. Many people will show no symptoms. Those currently at risk are the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. Like most wintertime viruses that come and go yearly, it causes basic flu symptoms, and follows all other basics of viral transmission rules for its specific class.

Mexican drug cartels and corona

Let’s remember that criminal organizations are synonymous with trafficking, whether it be cannabis, cocaine, fake Gucci products, or people. And this means, they too, need to get across borders. At a time when borders are closed, and air traffic is limited – and watched carefully – this is very difficult. And this accounts for illegal products going in all directions. Take Mexico City’s Tepito market at the start of the pandemic, for example. This market is a hotspot for counterfeit and illegal products. At the start of lockdowns last year, the pressure could be felt in such a marketplace, where the already rock-bottom prices were cut by as much as 50% more.

The Tepito market is run by criminal organization Union Tepito, which started to feel the burn when the flow of Chinese products slowed to a dribble as supply chains everywhere essentially stopped. Business being down doesn’t stop an organization running the show from expecting what they always expect, and in this case, vendors in the market are required to pay protection money to the organization in order to use the space to sell. This didn’t change because of business slowing, which led to abductions and killings since many vendors weren’t able to make payments.

The synthetic drug market was also badly hit in the beginning, much of which depends on chemicals from China and India, and the ability to ship containers and use ports. Fentanyl is one of the big trafficking drugs for which raw materials generally come from China. This stoppage in the supply chain meant a temporary increase in prices for synthetic drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine. At one point, prices went from 2,500 pesos for just under a half kilogram of methamphetamine, to 15,000 pesos.

Getting products across borders at all was difficult in the beginning. A Mexicali drug smuggler made this statement to publication Riodoce right after lockdown started: “Five days ago was the last time we brought something across the border. Just three kilos… We have arrangements with border police and our smugglers know which borders posts to use. But now, many crossing have surprisingly been shut. That makes our business much more risky.”

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In terms of using the air, though criminal organizations aren’t known for stocking commercial flights anymore, they are known for using the sky to get products from one country to another, and at a time when flights are greatly reduced, any criminal organization actions are that much more noticeable.

How are criminal organizations dealing with corona?

As should be expected, they’re evolving, or even going back to old standards. The initial kink in supply chains, and border and flying restrictions, made for a decrease in general action. But this changed, and led to secondary markets for raw materials, production, and the selling of new counterfeit and fake products like masks and antibacterial gel, which hadn’t garnered an income for these organizations before.

According to the DEA, in New York it was found that many small packages were being sent through the mail containing high-potency drugs like fentanyl. In fact, Mexican cartels took on more of the processing work as a result of supply issues, pressing fentanyl into pills for better transport. Older methods are still being employed as well, and perhaps increased. Like hiding drugs in regular products like baby wipes when using parcel delivery services, in hidden compartments of vehicles, and included in shipments of produce. Some cartels have even employed the use of backpackers to get drugs across borders.

In an effort to move products during lockdown mode, its expected by many officials that criminal organizations have turned to other avenues like submersible crafts, drones, tunnels, and ultralights, while the use of cryptocurrencies has also skyrocketed as a result of the corona situation.

The DEA added that, after the initial upset in supply, Mexican cartels have quickly found new providers of raw materials, possibly increased their production, and are actually sending more fentanyl and methamphetamine into the US than prior to the pandemic. It also appears that operations like cultivating poppies and producing heroine, have not been obstructed. This would include cannabis cultivation and production as well.

In Mexico, while business is still good, there have been some changes within the cartel landscape. Smaller cartels have taken on new business enterprises, some larger cartels have fractured a bit, and overall the competition has increased. While some crimes have decreased during Mexico’s lockdowns, homicides have remained high for this reason.

Criminal organizations are even using the corona situation to step in for the government. In Southern Italy, Brazil, and Mexico these organizations are supplying badly needed products, sometimes enforcing lockdown measures, and emphasizing that the government can’t handle the situation, while gaining new support in local communities.

Some criminal organizations are benefitting from the sheer lack of observers around because of corona lockdowns. This goes for the trafficking of endangered species, in which poachers have been able to do as they wish in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, with very little currently to stop them.

The Italian mafia

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The Italian mafia has been particularly good at taking advantage of the situation by targeting failing businesses in Italy and the rest of Europe for money-lending. The goal isn’t to lend money, but to take over these businesses for their own uses like money laundering, and getting in on a new industry. Many believe that when things improve, the Italian mafia might be dominating many different industries in Europe, including industries and companies not infiltrated before.

Of course, business owners are not expected to pay back the money lent, but to eventually operate as front men for the illegal operations, which, because of their situations, and the threat of violence for not paying, they have no choice about. Failing businesses are not just an issue with Italy, and the Italian mafia has been worming its way all throughout Europe.

Italy, it should be remembered, has been one of the hardest hit countries, with more than 390,000 businesses being closed, approximately 200,000 independent workers going bankrupt, and such a dramatic increase in poverty that the government has had to give out €400 million in shopping vouchers, and charity organizations have given out 30% more in food aid.

By March of 2020, mafia organizations were already giving out much-needed food baskets to the hardest hit places and families. As banks began lending far less money, the mafia stepped in to take care of temporary monetary needs with dirty money, which they use the businesses to clean. In an effort to combat this, the Italian government issued 1,600 mafia bans in 2020 to attempt to keep operatives from making bids for public contracts, this is a 25% increase from the year before.

Expansion into new markets

Another aspect of making it harder for criminals to operate in their own field, is the expansion into other fields. One example is using the increase in online business, as most people are working from home. This has meant an increase in credit card fraud, phishing scams, cyberattacks, and fake donation requests via pirated sites. A lot of the time, the coronavirus is specifically used in the selling of high-demand products, like face masks and disinfectants, which have actually become highly trafficked products in the corona age.

It fact, whether it was warranted or not, Interpol has warned about mafia groups possibly trying to infiltrate and disrupt supply chains to get ahold of corona vaccines for their own distribution. This may, or may not, also apply to covid-19 tests. The group established that “of 3,000 websites associated with online pharmacies suspected of selling illicit medicines and medical devices, around 1,700 contained cyber threats, especially phishing and spamming malware.”

According to the Guardian, just a couple weeks into the lockdown last year, as many as 70,000 scam sites popped up selling products like hand gel and masks, as well as other remedies that were either nonexistent to begin with, stolen, or fake. The shift from the majority working in offices to the majority working from home so suddenly, has left IT security teams in a bind, and has opened up more vulnerabilities, which has increased issues with malware, and even ransomeware, a type of malware that can lock a computer’s files until a ransom is paid.

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In the end, except for initial supply chain issues that led to a decrease in available products, and an increase in product prices, most criminal organizations seem to have rebounded just fine. Not only have they found ways around the trafficking obstacle courses set in front of them, but they’ve figured out ways to expand into new venues. So, for anyone worried that they won’t be able to get their standard marijuana fix, or the next line of cocaine, no worries, some people are still hard at work for you.

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New Jersey Wants Home Cultivation for Cannabis

Every new location to legalize cannabis either recreationally or medically, comes up with its own set of rules for exactly what is legal. After the last US election, there were a few new additions to the legalization family, one of them being New Jersey, which legalized for recreational use. However, the State didn’t get everything it wanted. New Jersey wants home cultivation of cannabis to be legalized for its citizens, and right now, it is still not.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 was the date of the last US presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. It was also the day that several states held referendums to allow their voters to decide certain issues, one of the biggest of which was the legalization of cannabis. Many states held votes for the legalization of medical cannabis, recreational cannabis, or both (in the case of South Dakota). When the results of the election came in, four new states had gone legal recreationally: South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, and New Jersey.

The New Jersey referendum

On November 3rd, the people of New Jersey were given the right to vote for or against a recreational cannabis policy through Public Question 1 on their ballot. Approximately 67% of the voting population answered ‘yes’ on this ballot measure, legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults 21 years of age, or older. The bill legalized the cultivation, processing, and selling of cannabis commercially.

Public Question 1 acted as a constitutional amendment. The ability for this was passed as a resolution by the New Jersey State Legislature in December 2019, which was supported by 72 out of 79 democrats, and disapproved by 36 of 41 republicans. New Jersey, and the use of Public Question 1 on the ballot, marks the first time that a state legislature has referred a legalization measure onto its voters.

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In states like Vermont and Illinois, the measure was passed by the state legislature, and in all other states, ballot measures were used in which campaigns were set up to collect signatures in order to be able to put the question on the ballot. New Jersey doesn’t have such a ballot initiation process, and it was the state legislature that made the decision to pass the vote onto the people.

The whole reason this referendum came up (and was forwarded onto the people), is because of a failed measure prior to it, in which the government was not able to pass a law to legalize cannabis. With the election in 2017 which brought on Governor Phil Murphy, and President of the Senate Stephen Sweeney – whose goal it was to get a marijuana legalization bill passed within Murphy’s term, there was much drive to get cannabis over the line into legal adult-use. The team pulled off what they were hoping for, in getting a recreational cannabis bill passed.

The regulation of this new industry is overseen by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), a five-member group established in 2019, to oversee the medical marijuana program, which was originally legalized in 2010 under the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. A law that was improved on in 2013 so that patients under 18 could consume medical marijuana edibles, and then again in 2019, when ‘Jake’s Law’ was signed in honor of Jake Honig, a child fighting cancer who was using medical cannabis treatments. That update substantially opened up medical cannabis, making it accessible to more patients, easier to acquire, and eligible in increased amounts. However, it did not come with a legalization for home growing for medical use.

The new recreational cannabis industry in New Jersey will use the standard state sales tax rate of 6.625%, with an additional requirement added into the legislation that local governments can add as much as 2% tax only. If no other taxes are imposed, like an excise tax, this would mean New Jersey would have substantially lower tax rates than its compatriot states, some of which have leveraged a total of as much as 30%.

What the ballot did not indicate, was anything to do with how much a person could possess, a regulation structure for selling, or rules for home cultivation. All of these specifics were dependent on the CRC enacting new laws to clarify. This means that at the time of the vote, the people of New Jersey had no way of knowing if New Jersey would legalize the home cultivation of cannabis.

New Jersey and home cultivation of cannabis

New Jersey made great progress in the last few years, expanding its medical marijuana program, and pushing for the recreational legalization, which was aided by the entrance of Governor Phil Murphy. However, not every legalization was created equally, and in the case of New Jersey, the legalization was confirmed to not cover home cultivation of cannabis. Meaning, while it might now be legal to buy, sell, and use cannabis recreationally, it is still illegal for an individual to cultivate the plant in their own home. In fact, it’s still a felony. And New Jersey is the only legalized state to hold this contradiction. Any growing, for any reason – recreational or medical is illegal. But it is legal both recreationally and medicinally for use.

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In mid-December, the follow-up laws were passed in a State Senate committee, from which it was scheduled for a full floor vote. When the new law passed the committee, it was noted that a copy of the bill was not released to the public with the most current wording, which made it a bit odd for advocates speaking in its favor, who only knew the general idea of what they were speaking to, and not the specifics.

What was made clear at that time, though, was that cultivation would not be legalized, and the only way to legally procure cannabis, would be via a licensed state cultivation facility. Though the bill is obviously being supported by cannabis advocates, this omission has greatly angered those fighting for legalization, as it means stiff penalties including jail time for something that was just made legal. In the end, it also creates a lot of legal gray area.

Said New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union, executive director Amol Sinha, “We supported it, but it’s not perfect… We’ve been advocating for home grow for the better part for decade now.” He went on to say, “It’s absolutely crucial from a racial and economic justice perspective, as well as a health care perspective.” Citing the current situation, he reminded, “People shouldn’t be forced into going to dispensaries for specific strains they need right now during COVID… It would be so much easier if they had access to their own supply, but we just prohibit that. And what’s worse, we punish it severely in New Jersey.”

New Jersey’s current laws for cultivation, post – Public Question 1 – are that up to five pounds (or 10 plants), is a 3rd degree crime which comes with a punishment of 3-5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. Growing 5-25 pounds (10-50 plants) is a 2nd degree crime, punishable with 5-10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. If a person grows above 25 pounds (50+ plants), it’s considered a 1st degree crime, which incurs 10-20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $300,000. In the case of a 1st degree crime, a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years is imposed. This is a lot of prison time, and a lot of cash, for growing a plant which is otherwise legal to use.

Where are we now?

The law was originally scheduled to be enacted officially on January 1st, 2021. But, as tends to be the case, this did not happen, and as of February 1st, the law is still not updated. Disagreements over what to do about underage users ended up tanking discussions. This is partly because New Jersey actually passed two measures, not one. One is the bill being spoken about which legalized adult-use cannabis and the establishment of a regulation system. The other is a law that decriminalizes the possession of up to six ounces.

The decriminalization bill doesn’t come with penalties for underage users, essentially allowing cannabis use for anyone of any age. The legalization bill, however, comes with criminal penalties for underage users. The governor is requiring a 3rd ‘clean-up’ bill to account for this contradiction. The governor has until February 8th to sign the new legislation.

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A clean-up bill was proposed in early January, but opposition led to its cancellation, as there was fear it would mean the targeting of black kids, which would greatly undermine any social-justice improvements that a legalization policy intends. Late last week, a new clean-up bill moved past the New Jersey Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee, which hasn’t seen the same pushback as the previous one, while offering nothing but a lowering of the fine an 18-20 year old would have to pay if caught.

As the debate for how to deal with this discrepancy goes on, now three months after the legalization measure was voted in, that other issue of cultivation has not been forgotten. In a strange turn, a republican senator – Gerald Cardinale – is the primary sponsor for a new bill that would make it legal in New Jersey for the home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants.

Cardinale made the very astute point that “The people of New Jersey made it clear in November that they want to lift the prohibition on cannabis… Since then, the Legislature has spent three months fumbling around with what should have been a simple task, and complicated the legalization effort with countless fees, licensing and extra layers of bureaucracy.”

Advocates in New Jersey have been fighting to legalize home cultivation of cannabis for medical use for years, with this new recreational legalization making it that much more frustrating that this still hasn’t happened. Cardinale, for the record, never even supported legalization. His bill is contingent on the governor signing the legalization bill.


Considering how marijuana policies go, the question right now is, will this legislation really be signed by the 8th, or pushed back for some longer amount of time? We will find that out in a few days, but we might not get an answer on the cultivation issue. For now, New Jersey either wants to keep taking money off illegal growers, or protect the commercial industry from being hurt by home growers (are there ever other reasons?) Regardless, New Jersey will likely have to wait a bit longer to get its home cultivation for cannabis passed. At least for now, legislation is on its way, making it generally legal recreationally. And that is definitely something.

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Sinaloa Cartel Might Run Mexico’s New Cannabis Industry

As Mexico prepares to open its legal recreational cannabis industry, the question of who will really run it becomes relevant in a country dominated by drug cartels. New reports indicate the Sinaloa cartel is looking to take over Mexico’s new cannabis industry.

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Just getting the laws through has proved to be quite a challenge for the Mexican government. Whether this is because of disputes between parties over things like taxation and local farmer protections, or over concerns about how this industry will fit into a cartel dominated country, is hard to say. As the next deadline for legislation looms ahead, reports indicate the Sinaloa cartel has made it clear that when Mexico’s new cannabis industry opens, it plans to take control.

How did Mexico become legal?

Mexico did not establish its new cannabis legality like the other legalized countries. Rather than it pass by way of a bill that makes its way through government, Mexico’s cannabis legalization came through its court system. Due to jurisprudencia in Mexico, if five supreme court rulings are made on a specific topic, that are all the same, and consecutive, the ruling becomes binding for all lower courts. If a court can only rule a certain way, it becomes a legally binding measure. In this case, since the current legislation of the country does not match these supreme court rulings, the legislative arm stands in contradiction to the judiciary arm, requiring an update in laws.

Until this happens, Mexico is left in a strange position. Written laws tell police officers they can bust a person with over five grams of marijuana, but judicially, so long as the cannabis was for personal use, and doesn’t go over about an ounce, the courts cannot find the person guilty of a crime. In fact, they likely won’t even hear the case if it’s a clear-cut personal possession or personal use case. Does this go for all cannabis crimes in Mexico? Certainly not. The old rules still apply both legislatively and judicially. If you’re caught selling marijuana, growing it commercially, or trafficking it around the country or across borders, you don’t get out of a punishment, which could be anywhere from 10-25 years in prison.

Mexico and cannabis

In Mexico, due to a 2009 decriminalization measure, amounts of up to five grams of cannabis are allowed, with more than that capable of incurring prison time. Cannabis cultivation is actually the direct subject of the string of court cases that pushed through this legalization. Updates to the Federal Criminal Code have already decriminalized personal cultivation for first time offenders. Other circumstances can incur prison time, since commercial growing is still illegal.

Why hasn’t it happened yet?

The supreme court rulings that established jurisprudencia happened between 2015-2018. The original date for the legislative branch of government to update its laws to be in concert with the court system, was the end of 2019. When this date approached and the laws were not passed, the date was pushed to April 30th of 2020. Due to other issues, perhaps coronavirus related (perhaps not), the date was once again pushed to December 15th 2020. Once again, the Mexican government could not get its stuff together, and it was pushed off yet again until April 30th, 2021.

Of course, since there doesn’t seem to be a measure set that mandates the government to finish by this new date, we have no way of knowing if the government will push it off once again. With mounting pressure from within to solve this legal gray area issue that was created, along with the rest of the world watching Mexico expectantly, it seems there’s added stress put on Mexico to just get it done.

When the government pushed it off this last time, the complaint was about the complexity of the issue, and the need for more time. Of course, with so many places globally that have already set up regulation systems for recreational marijuana, it sounds silly that Mexico can’t seem to figure it out. It’s like the US having the rest of the world to look at for healthcare models, and then complaining about not knowing how to put together a working healthcare system. In both instances, enough information exists on how to do it, and how to deal with different and opposing needs. The better question becomes, is there another reason that this isn’t being done timely or correctly?

The Mexican cartel violence issue

To say that Mexico has issues with cartels and drug violence is the understatement of the year. This implies two things though, one which is often overlooked. The first is the violence itself and the damage to society. The second – while it’s never actually said this way – might be the more important factor to governments, and that’s the lost revenue for governments because of illegal black-market operations being carried out by these cartels. Which really holds more water in the end? Your guess is as good as mine. But let’s take a look at both factors.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mexico has more than 200 drug trafficking cells, which have caused approximately 150,000 deaths since 2006, and are responsible for 150+ deaths of candidates and politicians just leading up to the 2018 election. That last piece of information should be remembered when considering what could be holding up the politicians passing the legislation meant to cut cartels out. In 2018 alone there was a 15% increase in cartel-related homicides, with a whopping 33,341 murders that year. This increased even more to 34,500 homicides in Mexico in 2019 – though this might not all be attributable to cartels. This number stayed about consistent with approximately 34,523 murders in 2020.

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This cartel issue stems from the 1980’s when Mexico’s criminals instituted a certain amount of organization between them as a way to split regions, trafficking routes, and to establish new businesses. This wasn’t a smooth operation, and competition between the organizations led to fighting over territories and operations. This was compounded by Mexico in 2006, when the government actively got involved, bringing in the military to combat the cartel violence at the behest of then president Felipe Calderon, and with US backing from the Bush administration.

This strategy was reformed by President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012, who attempted to move away from more violent measures, instituting policies more directly related to improving public safety and law enforcement reform. This helped for a bit, but went down the drain when a power struggle erupted in one of the biggest cartels – Sinaloa – due to a void left by the final arrest and extradition of the cartel’s leader Joaquin Guzman (aka El Chapo) in 2017. It was around this time that murder rates started increasing to the more recent numbers mentioned previously.

And the money?

Remember that second reason I gave for why governments aren’t so into cartels? They lose a lot of money to them. Period. Like any illegal industry, getting hard numbers is difficult, but there are plenty of estimates for how much money drug cartels bring in – and away from standard markets. There is no standard way to make these estimations, but many studies assess things like drug consumption and the street value of drugs. These numbers (much like murder statistics which vary by publication), are all over the board, ranging from as low as $3.9 billion to as high as $29 billion.

In a report by the UN in 2011, it was estimated that at that time criminal organization revenue globally accounted for an entire 1.5% of the global GDP, which was equivalent to $870 billion in 2009. In a 2017 study conducted by the Global Financial Integrity, a think tank out of Washington, DC, which studies illicit money flows, the approximated retail value of drug-trafficking crimes transnationally was between $426-$652 billion globally.

When it comes to Mexico specifically, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the 2006 estimate for cartel income derived from drug trafficking was $13.8 billion from sales to the US alone, with $8.5 billion of that specifically related to the marijuana trade. A 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office put the number at $3.9-$14.3 billion in 2005 for just the marijuana trade, with an average of $15.5 billion for all drug trafficking in Mexico, if taking the midpoint of the range for each drug category.

The Department of Homeland Security in 2010 put the number between $19-$29 billion a year. In a 2011 report, the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime put the number at $11 billion annually. A Reuters report from 2018 stated cartel revenue is approximately $21 billion per year. Another 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service put the number between $5-$7.5 billion, and a Rand study from 2010 set the range at $6-$8 billion.

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It should be remembered that these numbers come from different years, sometimes come from offices or organizations that can benefit from having specifically higher or lower numbers, are not calculated by any standardized measures, and unless noted, apply to all drug trafficking, not just cannabis-related. The one thing outstanding about all these numbers is that they’re very high. No matter which report is closest to fact, the one thing we know is that a lot of money is being made by Mexican cartels.

Will the Sinaloa cartel run Mexico’s new cannabis industry?

It’s hard to know exactly what will happen when transferring an all-illegal black-market industry into an above-board legal industry. Logically, anyone making money off such a black-market industry is probably going to try to find above board ways of keeping that income, should it become untenable to maintain the old system.

Since the 1980’s, one of the biggest and most powerful cartels in Mexico is the Sinaloa cartel. Recent publications have fingered cartel operatives as explaining how the Sinaloa cartel is planning on taking over Mexico’s new cannabis industry by importing stronger strains of cannabis, and finding ways to infiltrate into the legal market.

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise though. If proponents of drug reform actually thought that something like marijuana could be made legal in a place like Mexico, without those who are already cultivating it and selling it finding a way to keep their business, then it doesn’t say much for the intelligence or critical thinking abilities of those in office.

Did someone from the Sinaloa cartel really make these statements? Maybe. Maybe not. Does it matter? No! Because this was always what was going to happen, and once again, anyone surprised by the idea of it, hasn’t been paying attention to history, or reality. In fact, the better question – and concern – is, how bad will these cartels be fighting it out to control this industry? It could very well be that not only will this new legislation not take money away from cartels or curb cartel violence, but that it might increase both earnings for the cartels, and the violence between them. Essentially, this legislation is like a major land grab, and right now, a lot of criminal organizations that have already been working in this vein, are going to want it.

So, will the Sinaloa cartel take over Mexico’s upcoming cannabis industry? Maybe. Maybe not. But the one more sure fact of this matter, is that the cannabis industry, will undoubtedly (I know that’s a big statement…) be run by cartels. Technically this is just my opinion, but very little indicates it would go any other way.


Personally, I expect that one of the biggest issues with Mexico passing this cannabis legislation is the large number of politicians who have been taken out for not acting according to cartel desires. I certainly wouldn’t want to vote for something that might very realistically get me shot in the head. Unfortunately for Mexican politicians, this is the situation at hand. Perhaps the best thing they can do, is not try to stop what is already slated to happen, however weird that may sound to some. After all, it’s not like their measures ever worked in the past.

The Sinaloa cartel will most definitely be trying to take over Mexico’s new cannabis industry, but let’s be honest, so will every operating cartel in Mexico. When the legislation passes, it might be best we all stay inside for awhile.

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Will Cannabis Tourism Be Over in Amsterdam?

It’s probably not the first time you read a title stating that cannabis tourism might end in Amsterdam. It’s happened before. However, with a new policy in the air, the city might actually shut its coffeeshop doors to non-residents, ending cannabis tourism in Amsterdam, which truly would be the end of an era.

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For a long time, there weren’t a lot of options for tourists who wanted to find a place to smoke marijuana. The cannabis tourism in Amsterdam revolves around its coffeeshops, which have often been the best known, and sometimes only known, place where a tourist could sit and enjoy a smoke without law enforcement breathing down their neck. Things have changed though. Cannabis social clubs exist in tons of countries. Some countries have altogether legalized, with others on the way. And many of the counties that have not, have loosened their policies, often turning a blind eye to small cannabis offences. Amsterdam has already been losing its value in the last few years.

Amsterdam and cannabis

The first thing to do is to look at the general laws that govern cannabis use in the Netherlands. First and foremost, cannabis is not legal for recreational use. This is confusing to some due to the abundance of cannabis coffeeshops where people do, indeed, smoke freely. The Netherlands does consider cannabis to be a soft drug. The 1928 Opium Act made the drug illegal; however, a 1972 Policy of Tolerance was instituted, which allows the coffeeshops to operate, and for the cannabis tourism market in Amsterdam to thrive.

Local authorities have the ability to decide if a person has made a violation of cannabis law, but this happens mostly in extreme cases – like endangering a child, and law enforcement tend to look the other way for small infractions. Smoking cannabis in public places is considered illegal which is why, when in Amsterdam, you don’t find people smoking in the streets (which I can personally attest to.)

Netherlands and cannabis

Amsterdam does have personal use laws which allow for five grams. The fine for being caught with more than this is €75 – which is actually pretty low when compared to other countries. A large enough amount can incur a prison sentence, however, there are no specifics here and the punishment is applicable to the explicit occurrence.

Cultivation is decriminalized for five plants or less, and if caught, the plants will likely be confiscated, but no punishment will be handed down so long as the plants were being grown for personal use. If it is determined that they were not for personal use, the offender could be prosecuted, or find themselves in mandatory community service. Commercial growing is illegal for private citizens, as is trafficking, but that probably doesn’t have to be said.

Obviously, we know that cannabis can be sold in the Netherlands. Those coffeeshops aren’t there to serve coffee! The way this works is through the Law of Tolerance, which allows coffeeshop owners to sell marijuana so long as they abide by strict laws, like not selling alcohol, not selling to minors, not selling more than a certain amount to a single person, not keeping more than 500 grams in stock, not advertising sales, and not selling to non-residents. This last point is generally ignored (which I can also attest to), but it seems like the Netherlands is looking to make a change.

The Netherlands back-door market

The laws in the Netherlands are somewhat contradictory, which has led to a massive back-door market. This market has been causing quite a problem that the government has been trying hard to fix. You see, coffeeshop owners can legally sell cannabis to their patrons, but according to Netherland laws, they cannot legally purchase said cannabis from growers, as cultivation is illegal. Since coffeeshops are not subsisting on any kind of government grown cannabis, this has created a massive ‘back-door’ market.

Since it is a back-door market, there is no quality assurance (though owners will likely not buy repeatedly from a grower if their patrons don’t like the product), and it invites the participation of criminal organizations. One of the main reasons that the government would like to close this back-door probably doesn’t have as much to do with what was just stated (considering how long they’ve allowed it), but more to do with lost tax money, since coffeeshop owners are buying the product tax free.

To give some idea of the monetary value here, most of the cannabis grown in the Netherlands comes from an area called Brabant. According to a 2016 study, just the city of Tilburg alone (within this region) employs approximately 2,500 people in the illegal cannabis industry, with €800 million per year in revenue coming out of that single location. The entire illegal cannabis industry in the Netherlands was estimated by Statistics Netherlands to be worth about €4.8 billion in the year 2015 alone. To combat this, the government set up plans to hand out cultivation licenses for producers to supply cannabis to coffeeshops, though how this would effect pricing, through increased taxation, is hard to say. It also hasn’t happened yet.

Will cannabis tourism be over in Amsterdam?

cannabis coffeeshop

The government has tried before to stop tourists from being able to access coffeeshops, but so far nothing stuck, and the pushback was apparently enough to shut the government up for at least a little while. It seems its looking to try it again. While it hasn’t been put into effect – and might not be in the end, the mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, proposed limiting who can enter coffeeshops just in Amsterdam, to citizens of the Netherlands. This would affect 166 coffeeshops, and is said to be important in order to decrease overcrowding in the red-light district. As Halsema put it, “We have seen many groups of young people who only come to Amsterdam to go to the ‘coffeeshops’.”

It’s said the number of coffeeshops could be reduced down to 73 by the year 2025, to meet only the demand of residents in the city. Last February, Halsema referred to a published report by the Dutch Office for Research, Information and Statistics which indicated that tourism would decrease if a policy limiting coffeeshops was put in place. According to the report 34% of those who responded claimed they’d come back less frequently if coffeeshops were not available to them, and 11% said they would not come back at all. Said Halsema to Dutch TV station NOS, “We would like tourists interested in the richness and beauty of cultural institutions to come here, and not tourists who only come here to walk around drunk and drugged.”

The new proposition wouldn’t just stop foreigners from entering coffeeshops, it would do a couple other things. The new policy would include setting up an Amsterdam coffee shop brand, and would limit coffeeshops from becoming chains. In order for this to go through, the city parliament would also have to approve the new update.

Let’s break this craziness down

At one of the worst times monetarily on a global level, the Netherlands wants to actively limit tourism. And when I say the ‘Netherlands’, I mean the mayor of Amsterdam, and apparently local police, and the public prosecutor’s office. At a time when other countries are rushing to change cannabis laws in order to grab at any available revenue, the mayor of Amsterdam is not only dumb enough to try to cut revenue coming in by cutting tourism, but is dumb enough to think this won’t bring the drugs that were kept in the coffeeshops previously, onto the streets.

The spokesman for the Association of Cannabis Retailers in Amsterdam, Joachim Helms, had a much more realistic view of this, saying “Banning the tourists from the coffeeshops now will have a major negative side-effect. That is that the people who still want to smoke cannabis – and that’s a lot of people – will go to buy it on the streets from street dealers.” And it’s really hard logically to assume on any level that this would not be the case. Not only would more drugs be on the streets, which seems to be a stated issue of the mayor, but revenue from tourism would go down as well. How does this help anything?

To show on another level just how ridiculous this is, think of the argument Halsema is making. She wants to decrease overcrowding in a red-light district. I’ve never heard a public official say something like that. And I’ve been there, it’s not that bad. Nothing that would necessitate such measures. With thinking like that, half of Chinese cities would have to be destroyed for having too many people. I’ve been to much more uncomfortably crowded places, and none of them are talking about restricting tourists.

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The even more ridiculous line, though, is this one: “We would like tourists interested in the richness and beauty of cultural institutions to come here, and not tourists who only come here to walk around drunk and drugged.” Is the mayor of Amsterdam trying to tell people what they should be interested in, and that only people with certain interests should be allowed to visit? Again, I’ve never heard of such a thing. Tourism is tourism, and money in money. A country doesn’t get to tell those interested in it, what to be interested in, and it shouldn’t! It should be glad for the revenue. Tourism is competitive. Apparently this public official can’t conceptualize what will happen to the Netherlands without this influx of tourists.

Last, but not least, setting up an Amsterdam coffee shop brand sounds like a way to limit who can own a coffeeshop at all. In fact, while it also states that coffeeshops cannot become chains, it sounds like the desire is to make it all one brand, and one chain. Not enough attention has been paid to these statements in the media, or what they actually mean.

Will it happen?

My guess is no, and for two reasons. The first reason can be seen in the illogical reasoning of the mayor which could work to tank the tourist economy, and hurt the regular economy with it. If her words sound so ludicrous to me, they will to many others as well. The argument is flawed, and could be damaging, and this has already been tried before and failed.

The second reason might be more important though. The Netherlands hasn’t actually closed the back-door market. In fact, this new attempt to stop tourists from entering coffeeshops might even be a last-ditch effort to limit an industry that the government can’t really control. But that should be paid attention to. If the government isn’t controlling the supply chain, then criminal organizations are, and they won’t be as happy about this happening. It’s one thing to try to convince the public (which probably won’t happen with such paltry arguments), but its another thing entirely to take money away from criminal organizations. And because of this, I doubt it’ll go through in the end.

In an article from last year about how the Netherlands wants to close the back-door market, Professor Pieter Tops, one of the country’s leading experts on how organized crime impacts society, made this statement: “This is a schizophrenic situation we’ve somehow managed to live with for 40 years. But no longer. The drugs gangs are increasingly out of control. That inevitably raises the question of whether our policy of tolerance and decriminalization may have been a fundamental mistake.” Whether a person agrees with Tops (who didn’t actually make a statement about citizens being in danger), or not, what he does make clear is that the cannabis industry is not in the hands of the government at all.


Nothing is set in stone right now, and this is certainly not the first time the Netherlands has tried to stop cannabis tourism. If cannabis tourism is over in Amsterdam, the Netherlands as a whole will most definitely feel it. Considering the competition out there, and the awful state of things in the world, you’d think the country would be smart enough to hold on as tightly as possible to what it has. But then, whoever said public officials were working for their people?

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