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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// Montana Bill To Implement Marijuana Legalization Heads To Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

// Confirmed: Pennsylvania Is Crushing It In Cannabis (Green Market Report)


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// Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Ninth House Committee On Path To Floor (Marijuana Moment)

// Texas Lawmakers Approve Marijuana And Psychedelics Reform Bills (Marijuana Moment)

// Fire & Flower Q4 Revenue Increases 157% to $43.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Valens Buys CBD Company In Deal Valued At $60 Million (Green Market Report)

// These License Plates Got the Highest Bids in Colorado’s Cannabis Vanity Plate Auction (Green Entrepreneur)

// Marijuana Packaging Recycling Bill Filed In New York Days After Legalization Takes Effect (Marijuana Moment)

// Seth Rogen Is Making Retro PSAs About How To Safely Consume Marijuana (Bro Bible)

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The Best E-Rig: Why You Should Ditch Your Torch

Cannabis concentrates have been around since the 1940s, though the concept of “dabbing” didn’t arise until the early 2000s. Since then, the popularity of dabbing has skyrocketed as people have been exploring different ways to consume their favorite oils.

While dabbing originally started with a torch, advancements in technology have led to the creation of vaporizers and electric dab rigs – also known as E-Rigs. This newer method of consumption has come to the forefront of the cannabis industry, boasting a plethora of benefits that beat out the traditional dabbing experience with a torch.

With several frontrunners fighting for first place among consumers, competing in an ever-changing industry means constant innovation. One of the best electric dab rigs that not only stands out among the competition, but will also make you retire your torch altogether, is Dr. Dabber’s newest portable vaporizer–the Boost EVO. Before we explore the ins and outs of Dr. Dabber’s latest tech, let’s address some of the justifiable concerns revolving around dab torches and why we think they’re now obsolete.

Disadvantages of Using a Torch

Beware of the Burn

So, you’ve burned yourself with a torch. You may even have scars to prove it. It’s a tale as old as time. PotGuide.com warns, “using a torch requires all of the attention that you have available, especially as it’s an integral part of the dabbing process, as the nail must be heated up to a certain temperature.” The last thing we want to worry about when getting stoned is devoting all of our attention to a potentially dangerous, open flame.

Negative Stigma

In an industry like Cannabis, there’s naturally a negative stigma surrounding marijuana. Despite the progress made in recent years, we still have a long way to go before we can give this plant the recognition it deserves. As cannabis workers, consumers and educators work to destigmatize what’s been engrained in people’s brains for such a long time, many feel the torch and banger combo only reinforces these negative opinions, comparing the setup to that which resembles something used for harder substances.

Time-Consuming Process

Compared to the modern option of an E-Rig that heats to target temperature in a matter of seconds, the traditional torch method in comparison, can be extremely time consuming, tedious and stressful. Not only do you have to wait while torching your glass, but you then have to wait for the glass to cool down enough before you can take a dab. Aside from time, there’s no way to gauge the exact temperature, which leads to a bit of a guessing game. Pair those two issues with needing to find the exact place to drop your material. All in all, there are far too many factors at play that can lead to a lackluster dabbing experience. And when you’ve paid for a high-quality wax, it’s a shame to waste it.

Costs You $$$

Just like you would replace propane tanks for your grill, you have to regularly replace butane for your torch. After a while, these replacements start to add up and can get costly. Not to mention, if you run out of butane mid-sesh, it can ruin your whole day. When you upgrade to a battery-powered rig, you never have to worry about running out of butane. If your E-Rig ever dies, just put it on the charger for a little. Some electric dab rigs even offer pass-through charging, like the Boost EVO (more on that later).

Accessibility Issues

Torches aren’t really an option for users with disabilities like cerebral palsy and arthritis. Torches can cause issues ranging anywhere from minor irritating complications to being completely inaccessible for some users. And the harder a torch is to operate, the more dangerous it can become for a disabled user.

It’s no surprise that the banger and torch setup isn’t as popular as it used to be, especially with new portable electric dab rig products like the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO hitting the market on a regular basis. This compact device boasts a wide variety of impressive features that make it completely unique from a glass banger and also set it apart from other E-Rigs we’ve seen on the market.  We’re particularly excited about the stealth mode, 20 or 40 second hold time, and auto shutoff feature.

Boost EVO

Man using Boost Evo

Released in late 2020, Boost EVO is quickly making waves in the industry, gaining recognition from popular tech publications like Geekspin to well-respected cannabis publications like Weedmaps. With so much recent attention surrounding the Boost EVO, we had to know what all the hype was about.

“Powerful dabbing with minimal fuss.”– Geekspin

“If dabbing is something you want to–or already include–in your regular cannabis routine, this sleek hassle-free rig could easily be your go-to device.”–Weedmaps

“A small device packed with big personality.”– Medium

While you can check out the full suite of Boost EVO features on Dr. Dabber’s website, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites. These features stand out to us due to the sheer ingenuity behind their design and because we feel they solve many issues people commonly find in vaporizers.

No Carb Cap, No Problem

Boost Evo Airflow Release

Carb caps can be great, but they also pose a variety of issues. How many times have you dropped and broken yours? Or have you ever lost a carb cap? Besides, nobody likes having to scrub off built-up residue. It’s tedious, time consuming, and takes away from what we really want to be doing. These dabbing accessories can also be pricey and are often an add-on that you have to buy separately.

Here’s where the Boost EVO comes in: Dr. Dabber’s latest release has an incredibly unique design, featuring an airflow release button that essentially replaces a carb cap altogether. As you draw from the Boost EVO, vapor starts to accumulate in the glass attachment as you feel resistance. When you’re ready, a simple press of the airflow release button does the trick, releasing all vapor and providing much lower resistance. Whether you’re more accustomed to a traditional glass banger or an E-Rig that’s been on the market for a while (like the Dr. Dabber SWITCH or Puffco Peak), it’s hard to deny the ingenuity and efficacy behind the Boost EVO’s airflow release button.

An Atomizer That’s Built to Last

Most people have a love/hate relationship with their atomizers – we get it. Some devices require expensive atomizers that need replacing far too often. It’s clear Dr. Dabber didn’t cut any corners in the development of Boost EVO, but their attention to detail really shows in Boost EVO’s Quartz Atomizer. Instead of the “monthly” atomizers that you find on many products, Dr. Dabber says that you can expect Boost EVO’s Quartz Atomizer to last up to a year, even with heavy usage.

Boost EVO’s Quartz Atomizer is truly revolutionary in the cannabis industry. It’s a fully built component that includes an IntelliTEMP heating element (more on this below), a quartz vaporizing chamber, and a stainless-steel body. The heating element and the internals of the atomizer are completely closed off from your oils and the vapor path to prevent any residue build up.

Dr. Dabber calls it “IntelliTEMP” heating, meaning “intelligent temperature.” But what makes this heating element so intelligent? Boost EVO’s heating element includes a built-in, patent-pending temperature sensor that sends feedback on the atomizer’s temperature in real-time to the unit to deliver an accurate, repeatable vapor experience every single time. The Quartz Atomizer also features Dr. Dabber’s signature Snaptech magnetic fitments – another awesome design feature. In fact, the Boost EVO is entirely magnetic, with both the aforementioned atomizer and the QC adapter benefitting from Snaptech. No more threading or twisting during insertion or removal – just “snap” it into place. Most importantly, Boost EVO’s temperature sensor leads to an overall more consistent vaporizing experience and better flavor.

Pass Through USB-C Charging

As mentioned previously, a rechargeable battery-powered rig solves the issues that butane poses. But, nowadays, being battery-powered isn’t enough. Nobody wants to wait around until their E-Rig charges enough to take a dab, which is why Dr. Dabber designed their newest vaporizer with pass-through charging. This means you can literally use your device while it’s plugged into the charger. The Boost EVO also features the more powerful USB-C charging option, which means faster charging times. A true game-changer among modern vaporizers.

Quality You Can Trust

Utilizing a quartz-to-glass vapor pathway yields a variety of significant benefits. All materials used to make Dr. Dabber’s latest E-Rig that come in contact with vapor or concentrates are food or medical grade.  The Boost EVO passes our safety standards, but that’s not all. A quartz-to-glass vapor pathway actually improves the dabbing experience. You can expect to taste your terpenes better, leading to improved and preserved flavor for the best E-Rig experience you’ll ever enjoy.

Heat Settings Designed by Dabbers, for Dabbers

The Dr. Dabber Boost EVO features six temperature settings, ranging from 500-750° F, with each temperature setting increasing in increments of 50 degrees. Boost EVO’s temperature range can easily appeal to a variety of dabbers, including both newcomers and connoisseurs. Dr. Dabber’s expert team specifically calibrated these heat settings based on feedback from tens of thousands of previous Boost consumers.

Whether it’s a torch you use or an E-Rig, there’s no right or wrong way to take a dab. But we do think an E-Rig like the Boost EVO is one of the easiest, safest, most efficient ways to consume concentrate. Dr. Dabber is known for constant innovation and revolutionary technology in the cannabis industry, and Boost EVO is no exception. This new E-Rig solves many of the issues we see among the traditional torching method and among other vaporizers on the market. We can confidently say Boost EVO is worth the hype.

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Hunting Big Buds in Bigfoot Country

I cling fast to the battered bed of an earth-spattered pickup truck as my guide deftly tools it down a narrow, unpaved road carved into the slippery cliff edge of a muddy mountain ridge — in reverse at full speed.

He chats with me casually through the open back window, as if his high-speed automotive acrobatics are as normal as walking. I furiously scribble notes and puff fresh organic cannabis grown from the same warm earth that rises with the mist to meet my eager nostrils. I’m somewhere in the wild woods of Willow Creek, California, at the meeting point of Humboldt and Trinity Counties. I have come here, to the beating heart of the world-famous Emerald Triangle, to hunt legends.

This is Bigfoot country, a fact advertised at regular intervals throughout the small town, from the shameless accumulation of Sasquatch souvenir shops and tourist traps to the explicit theme of our lodging for this adventure: the Bigfoot Motel. Here, we’ve booked the “suite” — a cozy cabin with a kitchenette, one bedroom and a wrought iron Bigfoot cage on the side of the patio opposite the charcoal grill.

And it isn’t just a gimmick — or if it is, it’s one the locals are deeply committed to keeping up. Scratch the generally polite surface of nearly any Willow Creek resident and you’ll find a Sasquatch story.

My guide for this excursion, Kyle Walton of Spire Ridge Farms, is no exception. He shares his theory as he effortlessly tools the sturdy blue pickup around a rain-slicked hairpin turn at full speed with all the interest of a man folding his socks.

“Look, nothing can hide in these woods for that long. People have been out here looking for Bigfoot for years. If it was a big ape or something it would have been found by now,” he says. “So my best guess is that it’s some kind of inter-dimensional alien. That’s why you see it but then can’t find it here afterwards.”

But the aliens I’m here to see aren’t reality-bending proto-apes or pre-evolutionary hominids. I’m here for the flagship flowers of a new cannabis brand carrying a very old torch in the Willow Creek way: Spire Ridge Farms

With house strain names like Alien, Space Wrangler, Halley’s Comet, Abduction OG and U.F.O.G, the farm’s branding promises an otherworldly cannabis experience. And as I spend the day zooming from one part of the ridge to the next — soaking in the scope, size and sophistication of this remarkable farm — I’m struck by the feeling of being worlds away from the slick packaging and mainstream marketing of the cannabis industry.



Land of Legends

Cannabis is a unique industry because everyone who’s worked in it for any substantial amount of time is an outlaw. That’s easy to forget in those places where cannabis has become a de facto commodity. In today’s California, the experience of purchasing marijuana is about as exciting as buying milk.

But the struggle-hardened farmers who work the unforgiving Humboldt hills have never walked an easy road, and they still don’t. The ascendancy of the legal cannabis industry means new opportunity, but it also means the looming threat of marginalization for the people who created the genetic and cultural bedrock of the cannabis capital of planet Earth.

“These are the guys who make it possible for you to have cannabis, the people who make all of this happen,” Walton says as he gestures towards his business partner, and president of Spire Ridge, Percy Busman. “They’re the kind of people who get their whole crop chopped down and confiscated by the feds,  who get arrested and go to jail — and the first thing they do when they get out? Go home and replant all those seeds.”

Busman, a longtime Willow Creek grower who’s been cultivating cannabis for nearly two decades — with all but four of those years spent on the land now known as Spire Ridge — is quick to affirm this.

“It happened to me two times,” he says.

“And is that what you did?” I ask him. “Replant the minute you got home?”

He looks at me — not with pride or frustration, but almost a hint of confusion: his mouth says “That’s exactly what I did.” His eyes say “What else could I possibly have done?”

And while law enforcement is an ongoing concern, it isn’t the only threat to the farm. Like anyone sitting on large quantities of high-value product, security is a constant concern during the window between full bloom and harvest when theft becomes a serious possibility. Theft has plagued the region for years, sometimes with lethal consequences.

Walton and Busman both avoid talking too directly about their security issues and how they address them. This seems to be about 50 percent motivated by a desire to keep things light and friendly for our visit and half rooted in the kind of tight-lipped secrecy that keeps a farm like theirs safe.

Busman will say that the vibe gets more intense as the later portion of the season kicks in.

“When it’s that time in the season, you look out into those trees and you can feel the difference,” he says. “We have a system of cameras and…” he stops himself, “We’ve got everything we need to keep our farm secure.” 

Mo Money Mo Problems

All of the grows on the ridge were once independently owned and operated by individual farmers, Busman among them. Now it’s one unified farm, which means more buying power, more manpower, more product and more profits.

But that growth isn’t just the result of the farm’s aspirations, it’s a defensive response to the influx of outside capital into the cannabis industry. From a spectator’s vantage, it might seem like the sudden spike in interest about cannabis among venture capitalist types would be a good thing, but for traditional cannabis cultivators unable to adapt to the rapidly shifting legal and financial realities, it’s a case of “mo money mo problems.”

So what Spire Ridge has created is bigger than a collective of farms and farmers, it’s a union of cultivators united for economic representation and market viability.

Now, with the care and cooperation of a unified group that includes original owners like Busman, Spire Ridge isn’t just repairing the soil and bringing the ridge into county compliance. They’re also doubling down on the old ways — the traditions, values and culture responsible for making the Emerald Triangle the high-end “brand” it’s becoming.

Willow Creek is not an easy place to grow cannabis, but Walton is quick to point out that cannabis can grow easily enough anywhere with proper care — it’s the people growing it who face the biggest struggle.

“This plant grows everywhere in the world and develops strains adapted to its environment,” he says with a tone that borders on reverence. “But logistically and legally speaking, there’s pretty much no harder plant to grow.”

Because in the face of the seemingly bottomless capital being leveraged on the sales and marketing end, back on the farm, it’s still dirty work.
The Emerald Triangle has a long history of massive, coordinated enforcement efforts by local and federal authorities, and to this day, police in helicopters are a part of life. With legalization taking hold, the new challenge isn’t prohibition but regulation — and the county is enforcing those regulations.

Our visit is early in the season, and some structures not currently in use are being renovated to meet county codes. The ones already in action are textbook examples of the kind of innovation that fuels the legendary quality of Humboldt bud: a wood-burning furnace helps control the greenhouse temperature without reliance on a generator.

And as Busman points out, wood is one resource Spire Ridge is in no danger of running out of.

And ultimately, it’s that ingenuity on display at every level of operations that is the farm and the region’s greatest strength. Despite the insistence of those advocating for the concept of “terroir” in cannabis cultivation, the true value of the Emerald Triangle as a region has less to do with its soil or climate than it does the collective knowledge and experience of the committed, generationally invested community of cultivators who call the region home.

The Humboldt Braintrust

Humboldt is a braintrust of cannabis knowledge and know-how — and those two things are not the same by a long shot. It’s easy to find people who can tell you everything there is about growing cannabis. Those guys are lurking in Instagram comment sections right now, fighting each other.

Meanwhile, up on Spire Ridge, they’re working the land the hard way — the only way they know — and creating some of the best cannabis on planet Earth using the wisdom of the Humboldt old timers.

Busman visibly bristles at the idea of Central Valley-style monoculture replacing the arduous soil amendments and hillside cultivation style he’s dedicated a major chunk of his life to. However, he also exudes pride and confidence when he addresses the issue head-on.

“If it ever comes down to that — growing in 60-acre monoculture fields — we’ll change it and do it right,” he says. “We’ll find a way to do permaculture on that scale.”

Before we head down the hill into town, we make a pre-descent stop at a house near the top of the hill for some dabs of the farm’s top-shelf quality BHO shatter and a sampling of some more of their flowers.

And because this is Willow Creek, Bigfoot comes up in conversation.

Busman has heard a more terrestrial theory than Walton when it comes to the legendary monster. Like most knowledge in this part of California, it comes by way of the “old timers,” the foundational growers whose expertise and experience earned the global reputation of the region’s herb.

“I know an old timer — of course he wouldn’t want me to share his name — but he claims he knows the truth behind the whole Bigfoot mystery,” Busman says nonchalantly. “He said a bear got its leg stuck in a trap and broke it pulling it out, so it walked with a club foot, which is why the tracks look different.”

It isn’t the most compelling theory I hear during my visit, but it’s more plausible than an inter-dimensional alien.

After a long day spent showing us around and the better part of an evening spent discussing every facet of the cannabis plant (and several dozen Bigfoot theories) over some surprisingly decent pizza and a few gallons of excellent beer (which he didn’t drink), Walton is understandably tired and heads back to the farm.

I, on the other hand, am still dead set on sighting a Sasquatch, or at least giving it the old City College try.

Back at the Bigfoot Motel, my Cannabis Now colleagues are asleep. I sit up in the small kitchenette for an hour or so, drinking beers, smoking joints, taking dabs and building up the courage to venture down to the shadowy banks of the Trinity River alone in the wee hours.

As I near the river’s edge, a shadowy figure darts across my field of vision. I spin on my heel to follow it but find only deep darkness. My pulse quickens as the air fills with the unmistakable feral stench of a wild animal and the shadow splashes across the river — much larger now —  vanishing at the edge of my vision, leaving only the beastly smell (stronger now) and the deafening roar of my own pounding heart and frantic breath.

A hand grips my shoulders and I shriek with mortal terror as my body crumples into a quivering heap of disjointed limbs and raving panic. The hand keeps shaking me, thrashing me into oblivion, as I fall into the icy depths of the river, the hand still clinging to my shoulder.

And then I hear the sound of a familiar voice and feel the hard wood of a kitchen table under my head and a hand gently nudging my shoulder.

“Greg, it’s checkout time — pack your bags.”

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Cannabis, Lies, and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade (Pro Publica)

// Tight capital markets – worsened by COVID-19 – derail Schwazze’s cannabis acquisitions (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Black residents made up 97% of marijuana arrests in New York state capital (Leafly (AP))


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// Analyzing Congress’s Latest Vote To Protect Legal Marijuana States From Federal Enforcement (Marijuana Moment)

// FDA approves GW Pharmaceuticals’ cannabis drug for new indication (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Massachusetts Senator Gives Wicked Chill Marijuana Response To Blunt-Smoking Constituent (Marijuana Moment)

// Major Cannabis Companies Shun Oklahoma (Fresh Toast)

// The pandemic is eating away at the illicit marijuana market (Politico)

// Louisiana Law Allowing Medical Marijuana For Any Debilitating Condition To Take Effect (Marijuana Moment)

// Recreational marijuana sales reached almost $61 million in July, setting a record for the third month in a row (Chicago Tribune)


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Friday, March 6, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, March 6, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Boston’s First Legal Weed Shop Is Finally Expected to Open on Monday (Merry Jane)

// New York arrest video makes the case for cannabis legalization (Leafly)

// Oregon Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Measure (Marijuana Moment)


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// New Michigan rule could increase business for cannabis growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ontario Cannabis Store releases first annual report covering legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pot distribution charges dropped against man transporting hemp through state (Rapid City Journal)

// New Justice Department Memo Aims To Block ‘Habitual Marijuana Users’ From Buying Guns (Marijuana Moment)

// VI cannabis advisory board meets for the first time (Vibe High)

// Check Out Leaked Photos of Nike’s New ‘Strawberry Cough’ Sneakers for 4/20 (Merry Jane)


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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve likely asked “How does it work?”

Elise Keller was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she explores this same question in her TED Talk entitled “The Surprising Connection Between Cannabis and Mind-Body Health.”

Keller considered herself to be a healthy person. Frustrated by her diagnoses, she sought out ways to come to terms with cancer and move forward.

At the recommendation of her nurse and other patients, she tried medical cannabis, which helped immensely with her pain, nausea and anxiety. After meeting patients with a range of illnesses who all are using cannabis for treatment, Keller wondered how it is possible that cannabis can help with so many unrelated illnesses.

“In a nutshell, I learned that the reason cannabis was working for so many different conditions is because it interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, responsible for maintaining balance in the body,” Keller explained in her presentation. “Used properly, the plant can help activate, tone and support the endocannabinoid system when it’s out of balance,” she further explained.

Many are unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system, which has even been dubbed the body’s own “master system” due to its role in maintaining balance over all bodily networks.

In her 15 minute TED Talk, Keller offers a digestible break down of how the endocannabinoid system works, explaining how mind, body and medicine are equally important in keeping it strong and healthy.

Understanding how the cannabis plant interacts with this system can further support one’s journey towards achieving truly integrated whole-person health.

Watch the video to learn about Elise Keller’s own discoveries around cannabis and mind-body health.

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Mind-Body Health: Cannabis & the Endocannabinoid System

If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve likely asked “How does it work?”

Elise Keller was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, and she explores this same question in her TED Talk entitled “The Surprising Connection Between Cannabis and Mind-Body Health.”

Keller considered herself to be a healthy person. Frustrated by her diagnoses, she sought out ways to come to terms with cancer and move forward.

At the recommendation of her nurse and other patients, she tried medical cannabis, which helped immensely with her pain, nausea and anxiety. After meeting patients with a range of illnesses who all are using cannabis for treatment, Keller wondered how it is possible that cannabis can help with so many unrelated illnesses.

“In a nutshell, I learned that the reason cannabis was working for so many different conditions is because it interacts directly with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, responsible for maintaining balance in the body,” Keller explained in her presentation. “Used properly, the plant can help activate, tone and support the endocannabinoid system when it’s out of balance,” she further explained.

Many are unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system, which has even been dubbed the body’s own “master system” due to its role in maintaining balance over all bodily networks.

In her 15 minute TED Talk, Keller offers a digestible break down of how the endocannabinoid system works, explaining how mind, body and medicine are equally important in keeping it strong and healthy.

Understanding how the cannabis plant interacts with this system can further support one’s journey towards achieving truly integrated whole-person health.

Watch the video to learn about Elise Keller’s own discoveries around cannabis and mind-body health.

TELL US, do you use cannabis as medicine?

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BigMike Is Giving Weed to Those in Need This 4/20

Michael “BigMike” Straumietis, founder and CEO of Advanced Nutrients, is as well known for his philanthropic work as he is for helping people grow great cannabis. He puts emphasis on taking direct action, rolling his sleeves up and getting to ground zero of the communities his organizations directly help.

And during this uncertain time as a result of the COVID-19 virus, once again BigMike has led the charge of helping the vulnerable members in society who need it most.

BigMike spoke to Cannabis Now about the three community projects he’s mobilized in response to COVID-19 that go beyond cannabis.

Cannabis Stimulus Package

An economic downturn has hit the United States hard, with over 20 million people reportedly filing for unemployment. BigMike wants to ease the pressure of choosing between day-to-day essentials and weed, so he’s partnered with Moxie to give away free cannabis.

“Something like this has never been done so I wanted to partner with the right company,” said BigMike. “I’ve been in cannabis for over 37 years and I’ll be honest, I’ve seen companies come and go like wildfire…”

This 4/20, 200 residents of the greater Los Angeles area can be in to win $50 worth of cannabis delivered for just one penny.

“Moxie makes some of the best extracts I’ve ever had. They’ve been a crucial part of our industry for years and have made some major innovations in the extraction game,” said BigMike. “When it comes down to it, they have roots in our industry and actually care about our community. When I talked to their owner, Jordan Lams, he was all for the idea.”

“With an increasing amount of outsider money coming into our industry, it’s now more important than ever to support the OGs and give back to the community that got us here,” he said.

It’s really easy to apply for the cannabis stimulus package.

1. Follow @BigMike  and @enjoymoxie.
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments.
3. Must be 21+ and live in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
PRO TIP: Extra comments and story shares will get you extra entries.

The last day for submission is April 18, 2020. Winners will be contacted on April 19 with a one-time promo code for use on Moxie Delivery.

Humanity Heroes on Skid Row

BigMike founded Humanity Heroes to help ease the suffering of the nearly 60,000 homeless living on the streets of Los Angeles. The non-profit’s “Heroes Wear Masks” campaign has donated thousands of face masks to homeless shelters in Los Angeles to help the people of Skid Row during the COVID-19 crisis. 

“The homeless community is one that is often severely neglected and overlooked, an issue that’s just become more evident in light of the recent pandemic,” said BigMike. “My team and I decided to take action to make sure these people get the support they need during this time and delivered 17,000 face masks on the streets of Skid Row. But stopping there wouldn’t have felt right to us.”

Additionally, Humanity Heroes donated 5,700 face masks to Homeless Healthcare of Los Angeles, who provide the homeless with a 24/7 hygiene center with access to washing and laundry facilities known as The ReFresh Spot. 

“Because of the unique circumstances of this global pandemic, we wanted to do everything we could to make sure we were giving back to the city of Los Angeles at a crucial point in time. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my forty years as a cannabis entrepreneur, it’s that you’ve got to support the people who support you if you want to succeed. So, we also delivered 700 N-95 masks to the essential workers at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank.” 

Humanity Heroes plans to continue “Heroes Wear Masks” in May, this time focusing efforts on first responders including firefighters, police and EMT while continuing to supply face masks to homeless shelters and hospitals. 

To join their effort, visit joinhumanityheroes.org.

Chronic Relief

Cannabis has a long tradition of unifying people, especially on 4/20. And this year, though we may be forced to social distance, we can still have fun, right? For those looking to embrace this year’s unprecedented canceling of events and connect together as a community, Chronic Relief will be hosting a live digital telethon from 12 pm-5 pm on 4/20.

Organized by Fairchild and sponsored by Advanced Nutrients, 100% of all funds raised via donation during the broadcast will be given to Feeding America, an organization that is providing for Americans who are facing hunger during the pandemic.

How is BigMike spending 420?

“I will be celebrating at home for the holiday and I encourage you to as well. I know cannabis can be a social thing for some of us, but with technology, we can celebrate simultaneously with people across the globe,” says BigMike. “So with that spirit, I will be on my social media all day reposting people and enjoying the holiday with the community. Join in on my @bigmike Instagram and let’s create the biggest virtual smoke session ever.

“Also, to continue spreading the good vibes, I’ll be tuning in to Farechild’s ‘Chronic Relief’ event,” he continued.

TELL US, are you doing anything to help those less fortunate during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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// Boston’s First Legal Weed Shop Is Finally Expected to Open on Monday (Merry Jane)

// New York arrest video makes the case for cannabis legalization (Leafly)

// Oregon Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Measure (Marijuana Moment)


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// New Michigan rule could increase business for cannabis growers (Marijuana Business Daily)

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// Utah’s top medical marijuana regulator is stepping down (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Pot distribution charges dropped against man transporting hemp through state (Rapid City Journal)

// New Justice Department Memo Aims To Block ‘Habitual Marijuana Users’ From Buying Guns (Marijuana Moment)

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Chicago Police Department Produces Video Explaining New Weed Laws

The Chicago Police Department has produced a video to explain the rules that will apply when recreational cannabis is legalized in Illinois next month. The video was posted to the police department’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

In the video, city police officers explain that beginning January 1, adults 21 and older will be allowed to consume marijuana recreationally. Adults will be permitted to possess and purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of concentrate, and infused products containing up to 500 milligrams of THC.

The video notes that the home cultivation of cannabis will still be prohibited except for registered medical marijuana patients. Cannabis purchases will only be allowed at dispensaries licensed by the state. Private sales are illegal.

Police officers also explain that while recreational marijuana will become legal in the state on New Year’s Day, people won’t be permitted to light up or nosh on edibles anywhere they’d like. Under the new law, the consumption of cannabis products will be legal in private residences, although property owners and landlords will have the right to ban use by their tenants. Marijuana use will also be permitted in businesses that have been licensed by the state for onsite consumption.

Legal In Chicago Except Where It’s Not

It will still be illegal to consume cannabis in a motor vehicle and locations such as Chicago Transit Authority property including buses and trains, school grounds, restaurants and bars, or any public place. The video defines a public place as “any place where a person can reasonably be expected to be observed by others such as streets, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds, and front porches.”

The video advises that when transporting cannabis in a motor vehicle, it must be in a sealed child-resistant and odor-proof container that is placed in a reasonably inaccessible part of the vehicle. Violations of the ordinance governing cannabis use can result in citations or other enforcement action.

“As we move into the new year, we ask all adults who choose to legally purchase cannabis products do so in a safe and responsible manner in order to ensure the public safety of all Chicago residents,” an officer says as the video wraps up.

City officials in Chicago have also been hosting information sessions for residents to learn more about the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Illinois. Two more community meetings are scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at Malcolm X College and Friday, December 6 in the Breakey Theatre at Chicago State University. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter.

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