This article poses an interesting outlook on the side effects of cannabis criminalization in India. Governmental measures have led to an increase in trafficking and rural disdain for police enforcement. Cannabis demonization has further spurred blackmarket production as opposed to culling it. It will be impossible to eradicate a plant that has had such significant cultural impact for thousands of years and one that is so widely harvested. Despite the criminalization of marijuana, farmers have opted to continue growing it over other staple crops due to its higher financial returns. Until the government can offer a solution that is economically sustainable for these farmers we can expect to see no change in their actions. Prohibition is truly an effort in futility due to the vast geographic area and high altitudes in which the plant is being harvested. It’ll be interesting to see how this controversy unfolds and if the Indian government will choose to enact any regulatory policies that could help veer away from blackmarket business. Hopefully in the near future these high-alpine farmers will be able to capitalize on their status as the “Amsterdam of the East”. This could provide a means to safely sustain their existence and way of life for generations to come.
Opportunities for non-biased cannabis education are difficult to come across for the general public; even in states where marijuana has been recreationally legalized. It’s in this vein that Kent Hutchison decided to create a program at The University of Colorado that aims to help facilitate learning surrounding the subject. As cannabis becomes more prevalent in modern society its classes like this that will disseminate viable cannabis based information to the masses. The class’s main goal is to teach people about health benefits/risks and the possible treatment options that cannabis products can impart. With courses like this being offered to any interested parties we hope to see a wider understanding of the plant become the status quo. By shedding misconceptions of the past and substituting them with factually based knowledge we as a community hope to remove the veil and make cannabis treatment less of a taboo and more of a commonality. Cheers to The University of Colorado for seeing the importance behind this subject matter and for making it available for our entire community.
As the 90’s began the notoriety surrounding The Grateful Dead’s fan base nearly overshadowed their music, and essentially became what the band was most associated with. The socioeconomic and geographic diversity of the group that toured with The Dead was a key factor in facilitating the meeting of Chem, Joe Brand and P-Bud. The gravity of this chance encounter was not understood at the time, but would prove to be an initial stepping stone on the road to creating the strain Chem Dog. Forging this masterpiece laid the genetic groundwork for countless other popular strains. It’s laughable to think that one of the world’s most prolific strains was born from a random meeting in a Podunk parking lot in Deer Creek Indiana. After nearly 30 years Chem Dog is still as pervasive and potent as ever, a truly timeless strain. Whether you like The Dead or not if you use cannabis their existence and the community they molded has played an integral role in shaping the modern cannabis market. Next time you find yourself smoking some Chem derivative strain remember to thank your lucky stars that those gentlemen met in that parking lot and traded some seeded ganja all those years ago. Cheers to improbable situations yielding spectacular results.
Could William Shakespeare’s success and creativity be partially attributed to the mind altering properties of the cannabis plant? This article delves into the possibility of it based on pipe fragments found in The Bard’s garden; which after inspection were found to contain remnants of marijuana. The term ‘tobacco’ in Elizabethan England was used loosely and actually sometimes was used to describe cannabis sativa. It seems that cannabis proved quite useful in Shakespeare’s creative writing as he alludes to in Sonnet 76; ‘invention in a noted weed’. Intriguing how this ‘noted weed’ has provided a different perspective for creatives over hundreds of years and how it continues to do so today.
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has been celebrated and enjoyed since 1978 and now they’ve crafted some tasty takes regarding the current cannabis climate in America. This article breaks down the unfortunate reality surrounding legal marijuana and how systemic racism is the root cause for disproportioned numbers of incarcerated people in our country today. Ben and Jerry’s has initiated a campaign “to expunge prior marijuana convictions and provide pardons/amnesty to anyone whose only crime was smoking a joint.”
A frightening article that illuminates some of the barriers that working legal immigrants face if they are involved in the cannabis industry. Such barriers are considered a ‘second wall’, which further inhibits the path for legal immigration and increases government scrutiny. The federal government is setting a dangerous precedent by directly associating poor moral character with employment in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. Fortunately for those who have been unfairly compromised Denver’s governor has echoed their voice.
A fun little read about comparative pricing on cannabis products across different states. After finishing this article we can’t guarantee that you won’t be jealous of other states prices for similar products! Fortunately for us Coloradans most products are cheaper here than states like California and Nevada.
*Stay safe out there and remember never to bring infused products across state lines!*