We're going deep into the weeds of the marijuana legalization conversation.
Your Friends That Smoke Weed Aren't Lazy
Please note: this is a repost from my Medium page. In 2012, Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana in a ground-breaking political victory. I was twenty at the time, and even though I was an adamant control freak and had never smoked cannabis myself, I knew enough about it to believe that people deserved a choice. When it was officially legal, I gave it a try and was surprised by the experience, but not as surprised as I was to meet an army of corporate 'stoners' a few years later who changed the way I looked at pot forever.
Cannabis Could Be Legal in the UK in the Next 5-10 Years
Three British MPs predict that cannabis will be made fully legal in the UK within the next 5-10 years. Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative), David Lammy (Labour) and Sir Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrats) made the statement following a fact-finding visit to Canada—the first G7 country to fully legalise the drug for recreational use (it's also legal in certain US states).
How Legalizing Cannabis Can Help All of Us Emotionally Heal
Legalization is not only about sitting stoned on the couch all day people. The generations that have suffered through war fighting for this country have everything from PTSD to pain in their bodies that legalization of cannabis can help relieve.
Everything You Need to Know About California's Marijuana Social Lounges
In a rapidly growing and diversifying landscape of weed-friendly businesses, marijuana social lounges are emerging onto the scene as popular spaces to smoke pot, vape oils, and consume some of the strongest edibles you can buy right now in public. Lounges have opened across California, featured prominently in San Francisco and Los Angeles, to provide smokers with unique and amiable environments in which a wide range of cannabis products can be enjoyed safely. The success of these social lounges is certainly making a mark on the weed industry; and as these spaces continue to trend in major cities, the social element of cannabis is beginning to make its way to the forefront as a new businesses model.
Marijuana Prohibition Harms Americans
“On March 18th, 2014 our home in Bates County (Missouri) was raided. We spendt one week in jail. During that time my husband wasn’t given any medications for anything. He had very bad diabetes. He had a silent heart attack in jail and consequently died,” Halbin says. Dolores and her husband, Gene, were married for 40 years. She wears a pendant containing her husband’s ashes.
10 Countries Poised to Legalize Cannabis Soon
With Canada recently legalizing the widespread use of recreational cannabis, we are now, at least unofficially, seeing the beginning stages of the end of marijuana prohibition as we know it. The legalization in Canada remains a huge milestone in the fight for recreational green, as it's become the largest country to legalize pot, and the second country overall (behind Venezuela).
Surprisingly Good Cannabis Cookbooks to Try
The edible can be a magical blend of your two favorite foods to indulge in: sugar and cannabis. The trick is having the right recipe to have a truly enjoyable desert. The world has grown to include so much more than just pot brownies for good cannabis dining. You now can find cookbooks on cannabis desserts, drinks, hamburgers, eggs, and much more.
States Expected to Legalize Marijuana by 2019
In an age of advancing medical science and analysis, many professionals are willing to take a different look at substances once dogged by society due to the influence of political and commercial interests. After realizing the medical benefits and general harmlessness of cannabis through deeper study, some states have decided to allow its recreational use. Though only recreationally legal in Oregon, Alaska, Washington State, Washington D.C., Vermont, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado, we may likely see its introduction in a number of new states soon. For reasons both practical and social, many other states are looking into this possibility. As many political, commercial, and social forces have grown to see the potential assets and benefits offered by cannabis, the tide of legalization is beginning to come in. With the coming 2018 midterm elections, many ballot initiatives and power shifts, as well as votes by various state legislatures, are expected to bring about cannabis reform in a number of new states. With voters support rising and the potential profits becoming apparent, legalization is expected to expand past the United States of America in the near future. Though there is still a great deal of push-back from the federal government, numerous states are expected to legalize marijuana by 2019 or soon after.
Cannabis Community; Faces of the Nation Divided
As the cannabis community grows, with nearly 11 million posts on Instagram, it's hard to deny that we are not only surviving, but thriving.
10 Reasons Why Cannabis Isn't like Other Drugs
Nixon's "War on Drugs" and America's D.A.R.E. program are largely considered failures in people over the age of 18. I'll admit that when I was in grade school, hearing about drugs like crystal meth and heroin scared the living hell out of me; and as an adult, I have a more in-depth understanding as to why staying away from these substances is absolutely in my best interest. Sitting in a dark room as my classmates read off their group presentations on different illicit drugs though, I remember listening to the facts rattled off about marijuana and thinking, "What's the big deal?" Maybe I was an observant and rebellious youth (I was not), or maybe the thought of a "gateway drug" creating a "greater risk" to try other substances didn't really connect with me, but either way I steered clear of narcotics while in most of my formative years. Now, as an adult, I have been exposed to marijuana on a handful of occasions, and still find myself wondering, "What's the big deal?" Guess what? Marijuana is not a gateway drug, and you and I both know cannabis isn't like other drugs, too. I'm not just talking about what kind of high it gets you (although I will touch on that); just take a look at this list to see why with a stipulation here and there, cannabis isn't like other drugs.
My Life with Weed
I grew up in upstate New York in the 60s and 70s. I first saw marijuana when I was around 10-years-old. I found a bag of weed in one of my older brother's friend's car. It was a garbage bag full of pot. I didn't smoke any, but I knew what it was from the war on drugs propaganda that was being fed to us in school.
It's easy for a physician to prescribe an anti-inflammatory or even narcotics to someone who has chronic pain or is needing something for pain relief. There is so much conversation and taboo around using cannabis for people who suffer from many conditions. We, as a world, are starting to feel a little more comfortable with the use of cannabis. People are realizing that cannabis isn't the "worst" thing to be putting in your body. I mean let's be a little more real here for a second... In the 1880s, cocaine was commonly used for toothaches (don't think for a second, adults were the only ones using it). Or better yet, using some good Ol'Herion hydrochloride to soothe that annoying cough. What are the benefits of cannabis or opioids? The dangers? Side effects? Read more to find out! There's a good chance this extraordinary plant will be your best bud!