The DEA Just Approved a Way to Smoke Marijuana Legally for the First Time

The unofficial pot-smoking holiday of April 20 may be over, but marijuana advocates got another reason to celebrate on Thursday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the first time approved smoking marijuana as legitimate medical research. The DEA green-lit a clinical trial of smoked marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in American military veterans, a spokesperson for the government agency confirmed to Read entire story

Marijuana Activist Jodie Emery Requests Liberal Legalization Task Force Role

CANNABIS CULTURE – High-profile marijuana legalization advocate Jodie Emery has sent an official request to Bill Blair and the Liberal Government of Canada, seeking to be included on the marijuana legalization task force. "It is essential that the federal government consult with professionals and individuals who have devoted their entire life to researching marijuana and drug law reform," said Emery, who sought the Liberal Party Vancouver-East Read entire story

Overdoses Fell with Medical Marijuana Legalization

While opioid pain relievers offer critical benefits to certain patients, such as those with cancer-related pain, the rise of opioid prescriptions has had devastating public health consequences. The C.D.C. recently urged physicians to be very cautious in prescribing these drugs. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has expanded rapidly — 24 states and D.C. have legalized its broad medical use — and chronic or severe pain is the most common Read entire story

Coming Out to Your Kids About Cannabis

As a parent, you may have been dreading the question even more than “Is Santa Claus really real?” When your little one asks, “Did you and daddy (or mommy) smoke pot?” what exactly do you say? It’s even worse when your young son or daughter inquires, in a voice of disdain, eyes blinking (oh, yuck) “Do you, like, ever use weed?” Present tense. Here and now. Truth and consequence. What do you do? Tell it… The post Coming Out to Your Kids Read entire story

Oregon ‘Cannabis Campus’ Lets Tourists See How Their Weed is Made

The first "cannabis campus" just opened in Portland Oregon’s first cannabis campus has opened in hopes of blazing a trail to the state becoming the definitive marijuana destination. At the 30,000-sq-ft Chalice Farms headquarters and campus in Portland, visitors can see how the marijuana is grown and prepared for sale on the premises. Edibles are made in the kitchen, and extra cannabis can be stored in a vault, Portland’s KATU2 reports. - Read the Read entire story

Cannabis vs Caffeine: Which is Safer, a Cup of Coffee or a Puff of Weed?

CANNABIS CULTURE – “In wise hands poison is medicine. In foolish hands medicine is poison.” – Casanova A POPULAR DRUG Like most drugs, this one goes by many names. In the world of science, it’s sometimes called “Theine” or “Guaranine” or “Methyltheobromine”. On the street, it’s called an “upper” or “stimulant” or “pep pill” or “candy bar” or “headache pill” or “hot beverage” or “soft drink”. Like sugar and alcohol, it’s more often considered Read entire story

Be Aware, Take Care: How To Avoid Bad Trips and Have a Fun Time at 4/20

CANNABIS CULTURE – Almost all 4/20-related medical problems are either somebody taking too strong a dose, or heat stroke, or some combination of over-heating and overdosing. So please stay cool, stay hydrated and only use in moderation. Spread your toking out – take a hit, let it sit - and only do a half a cookie unless you spent time with that particular batch of cookies before. Cannabis harm reduction is primarily about moderation Read entire story

GW Weed Emporium, Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Opens in Heart of Downtown Oshawa

Dispensaries starting to crop up across Durham. A medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors in the centre of downtown Oshawa last week, catching City officials by surprise. GW Weed Emporium opened at 8 Simcoe St. N. on Friday, April 1. The business has proven to be popular, with a steady stream of customers pouring in. “We’ve got more positive feedback and the more negative feedback was from local dealers who are upset there’s a Read entire story

Pot Activist Dana Larsen Arrested In Calgary For Giving Away Marijuana Seeds

CANNABIS CULTURE – Marijuana activist Dana Larsen was arrested in Calgary today during the second stop of his Overgrow Canada tour, a cross-country mission to give out a million free cannabis seeds to encourage growing as a form of civil disobedience. Larsen and another person were taken into custody by Calgary Police and Larsen's van was raided and seized. "We're going to give away more seeds. This is peaceful transparent civil disobedience. Read entire story

Marijuana Dispensary Interested in Buying Denver Broncos Stadium Naming Rights

If the Denver Broncos open up their stadium naming rights after Sports Authority recently filed for bankruptcy, a Colorado marijuana dispensary is expected to have interest. Per CBS 4 in Denver, Native Roots said it is "fully ready to make a multi-million dollar commitment if the contract between Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Sports Authority ever ends." Sports Authority, which has held naming rights for the Broncos' stadium since 2011, Read entire story

Budshot: Gas

CANNABIS CULTURE – Sticky buds of a marijuana strain known as Gas.   Photo by Jeremiah Vandermeer. See more budshot galleries on Cannabis Culture. The post Budshot: Gas appeared first on Cannabis Culture. (c) Cannabis Culture - Read entire story here. Read entire story

Veterans Using Marijuana to Ease PTSD

A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over. They’re increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and is unapproved by the Department of Veterans Affairs because major studies have yet to show it is effective against PTSD. While the research has been contradictory and limited, some former members of the Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Advocate Speaking to Seniors Curious About Cannabis

For years, Steven Stairs has advocated for medical marijuana users in Winnipeg – but recently, his audience has changed. "It's definitely reaching a different demographic of seniors; that is much more unexpected than I ever thought it would be,” he said. Recently, Stairs has started hosting information sessions at assisted living centres because residents are curious about cannabis. "I tell seniors that doctors used to give me time frames for how Read entire story

Action Bronson Gets Own Brand of Cannabis Concentrate

While filming a recent episode of his VICELAND series, F*ck That’s Delicious, Action Bronson took a trip to X-Tracted Labs in Seattle, where the Flushing, New York rapper got to assist in creating his own custom-flavored batch of cannabis concentrate, commonly know as “dabs.” Action and his entourage met with the team at X-Tracted Labs, who walked them through the tedious process of creating dabs. The extraction process is capable of isolating Read entire story

House Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

A bill to let Pennsylvania patients who suffer from a list of ailments obtain marijuana for therapeutic purposes easily passed the state House on Wednesday, leaving only approval by the Senate, which overwhelmingly passed a similar bill last year. The House voted 149-43 for legislation that would set standards for growers, dispensaries and physicians. Patients could take the drug in pill, oil or liquid form, but would not be able to obtain Read entire story

Holy Smokes! CANNABIS has Preserved Ancient Indian Artwork in the Sacred Ellora Caves for 1,500 Years

Artists may have often turned to drugs at times to help them find inspiration, but it seems cannabis has also played a role in preserving precious artworks within ancient caves in India. A mixture of hemp, clay and lime plaster is responsible for preserving paintings and intricately carved scenes in the sacred Ellora Caves, which were hewn from rock 1,500 years ago. This is because it regulates humidity and deters pesky insects, which have Read entire story

Budshots: Flower Bomb Kush

CANNABIS CULTURE – Fat golden-frosted buds of the Flower Bomb Kush. Photos by Jeremiah Vandermeer. The post Budshots: Flower Bomb Kush appeared first on Cannabis Culture. (c) Cannabis Culture - Read entire story here. Read entire story

This Restaurant Has Banned Hoodies and Customers That Smell Like Weed

Martin Tanaka of Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina is a man with opinions. And in his opinion, people who wear baggy pants and hoodies are just plain rude. He has even declared it in a controversial sign that is now plastered on the front door of his restaurant. Other signs of disrespect, according to Mr. Tanaka, include the following: wearing a hoodie with the hood up, speaking on a cell… The post This Read entire story

NDP Leader Calls For Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

CANNABIS CULTURE – NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair called on the Canadian government today to immediately decriminalize possession of marijuana. "I think we owe it to ourselves to be clear on this to make sure nobody ever again in Canada gets a criminal record for simple possession of marijuana for personal use," Mulcair told reporters. "The signals that keep getting sent out is things have changed, then the government tries to dial it back once Read entire story

Protecting The Young and The Poor From Prohibition

CANNABIS CULTURE – Protecting the young and the poor from prohibition: the environmental, economic and anti-oppression benefits of an inclusive cannabis re-legalization model. DOWNLOAD AN ILLUSTRATED PDF FILE OF THIS REPORT Advice from David Malmo-Levine to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Note: Cannabis was legal and readily available from the 1860’s to 1923 in botanical drug stores all across the country – with no real health or social Read entire story