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Weed Porn: Blue Magoo

Weed Porn: Blue Magoo

Mrs. Nice Guy

Blue Magoo is a strain I reviewed before, but it was purchased on the rec side in Washington and it was only a gram, so the pics didn’t turn out as awesome as I wanted them to. A friend who grew for me when I was a medical patient grew the stuff pictured above.

I enjoy the sweet taste and berry-like aroma of Blue Magoo, also THE COLORS. It’s so pretty!

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Published at Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:24:20 +0000

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What are the Health Benefits of CBD?

What are the Health Benefits of CBD?

What are the health benefits of CBD?

Other than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) is another component found in cannabis. It is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not make users get high. Its anti-inflammatory property has made it emerge as an effective component to treat various medical issues. Hence with CBD, there are several health benefits and in this article are some of the health benefits to expect. It might be worth trying out CBD oil if you have any of the below issues as it might dramatically help improve your health.

Treating chronic pain

Cannabinoid in medical marijuana helps in relieving both acute and chronic pain such as chronic back pain. The reason behind this is that CBD interacts with brain receptors and the immune system thereby resulting in painkilling effects. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD doesn’t get you high, making it good to treat chronic pain in kids and pets. Moreover, CBD has natural anti-inflammatory properties that reverse the inflammation effects of muscles.

Relieving menstrual cramps

Apart from relieving chronic pain, CBD has shown effectiveness in relieving menstrual cramps. It has anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant properties that help relax muscles thereby resulting in lesser pain. CBD strains also help treat symptoms that result during menstruation. When you use CBC oil, it activates the cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region, which results in the reduction of pain and discomfort in the cervix, uterus, and ovaries.

Reducing seizures

CBD can treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. It helps lessen both the frequency and intensity of seizures. According to recent studies, patients who have epilepsy have shown a lot of improvements after taking CBD. This research also suggests that it can help treat disorders related to epilepsy such as neurodegeneration, psychiatric diseases, and neuronal injury.

Improved Acne

Acne occurs due to overproduction of sebum which then clogs the hair follicles causing pimples or blackheads. This conditions can be quite depressing resulting in low self-esteem. CBD can help reverse overproduction of sebum. It limits oil production from the skin, which helps control acne. The reason behind this is the presence of endocannabinoid receptors in sebaceous glands and hair follicles, which makes cannabinoid effects successful. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD on the sebaceous glands also help in the treatment of acne. Apart from this, CBD helps provide relief from the low self-esteem as a result of acne. You shouldn’t treat yourself however without consulting with your dermatologist.

Assists in fighting cancer

CBD has anti-cancer properties. However, these are just findings from the early stages of research. According to these findings, cannabis oils has shown success in fighting cancer cells among medical marijuana patients. How does CBD help with cancer? It connects to the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors on the cancer cell causing an increased ceramide synthesis which accelerates the death of cells. It also helps to shrink tumors and alleviate cancer symptoms. Its ability to keep inflammation under control and combat cell reproduction make it a promising treatment for cancer. However, it is recommended that patients with cancer should not self-medicate.

Anxiety relief

CBD has high anti-anxiety properties. Moreover, unlike other drugs used to treat anxiety related disorders, it has no adverse side effects. CBD works to enhance transmission of 5-HT1A receptors which are responsible for the management of the release of serotonin. With the liberation of enough serotonin, the brain can control depressions resulting to an enhancement of mood. Through interaction with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, it helps inhibit release of fatty acid amide hydrolase which is responsible for the degradation endocannabinoid anandamide. With the degradation of anandamide, the body cannot control anxiety and depression.

Based on research CBD health benefits are on the rise. It is advisable that you consult your doctor before taking any herb containing this component for medical reasons.

Author Bio: Taylor Walker is a freelance writer who has a keen interest in the health benefits of marijuana. From CBD oil to smoking weed he has covered it all! Make sure you keep an eye out for his other articles.

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Published at Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:14:48 +0000

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Munchies: Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches

Munchies: Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mrs. Nice Guy

Summertime is now in session, so cool treats are mandatory!

When I found out that Hostess released an ice cream sandwich version of their Ding Dong dessert snack I had to have one. I did what any sane and somewhat stoned person would do and rushed to my local Freddy’s.

The Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches are wrapped individually and come 5 in a pack, each sandwich is 180 calories. The sandwiches are slightly bigger than the unfrozen version of itself and they’re covered in a smooth layer of chocolate coating. Once you bite into it the coating won’t hold up well and it’ll crack and crumble, so they can be a little messy. If you eat it with the wrapper you should be a-okay, or if you wanna get fancy with it you can go full Costanza and eat it with a knife and fork. Once you bite into it you’ll also notice a crunchy chocolate cookie layer and the inside filled with vanilla ice cream. Think a Klondike bar, only better!

Fans of regular Ding Dongs and Ice Cream Sandwiches will definitely love to cool down with this dessert, I only wish they were bigger. While these sandwiches aren’t life changing, they’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings…AKA THE MUNCHIES!

Hostess has other ice cream products: they have a Twinkies Cone and Snoballs Bar along with Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Snoballs ice cream. Too bad they didn’t include Chocodiles.

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Published at Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:45:51 +0000

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Many pot firms strapped with cash

Many pot firms strapped with cash

The Columbian / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Slip a fresh $20 bill under the bulletproof teller window of Donnie Anderson’s Medex marijuana dispensary — perhaps for a gram of cannabis or some THC-infused toffees — and the legal tender is transformed into something else: drug money.

Though the transaction is legal in California, under federal law that bill is not much different from the contents of a drug cartel’s safe — cash that most banks won’t touch.

So how is Anderson supposed to pay his employees, suppliers or business taxes? He deposits cash, in drips and drabs, into an account held by a limited liability company that his bank thinks is a property management firm.

“The bank doesn’t know what we do,” he said.

If this sounds like money laundering, you’re not far off.

Yet consider this: That same $20 exchanged at Canndescent, another cannabis company, takes a direct and transparent route into the financial system.

When the marijuana cultivator sells its product to a dispensary, one armored car drops off the pot and another picks up the cash payment — and then heads to a downtown Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

There the cash is deposited into the account of a local credit union, one that’s eager to do business with Canndescent.

“After all the horror stories I’ve heard, it does seem like a little bit of magic,” said Tom DiGiovanni, Canndescent’s chief financial officer.

Indeed, though the same laws apply to Anderson’s dispensary and Canndescent’s farm, the world of cannabis banking is so full of contradictions that one business can truck money to a federal facility while the other is left to play a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek with its cash.

“It’s the early stages of the Wild West,” said California Treasurer John Chiang, who is leading an effort to reform cannabis banking, a problem dating back to 1996 when California legalized medical marijuana.

With recreational use set to become legal next year under Proposition 64, cannabis sales in the state are expected to top $7.5 billion in 2020, up from about $3.3 billion last year, according to data provider New Frontier and cannabis investor network Arcview Group.

But while Proposition 64 broadened the legal use of pot, it did nothing to relax banking regulations.

“It left significant questions unresolved,” Chiang said. “How do you handle the taxation of cannabis dollars and the banking of billions of dollars of transactions that are going to take place here in California?”

Last year, Chiang created a group of cannabis and banking industry trade groups, attorneys, regulators and others, trying to figure out how to bring the cannabis industry into the financial mainstream. But it’s a vexing challenge, and one that cannot be solved by the state alone.

Marijuana is legal for medical use in 29 states and for recreational use in eight, yet the federal Controlled Substances Act lists it alongside heroin and LSD as both dangerous and having no accepted medical use.

And for banks, federal laws are paramount.

Banks and credit unions can guarantee deposits because they have federal deposit insurance. They rely on Federal Reserve systems to make wire transfers, handle electronic payments and process checks. And they all answer to at least one federal regulator.

Banks and credit unions also are required to tell federal authorities if they suspect that their customers might be engaged in illegal activity. And when it comes to following those rules, the stakes are high.

“The FDIC could step in and shut down a bank, and it can do that with very little notice,” said Julie Hill, a law professor at the University of Alabama and former finance industry attorney who has studied cannabis banking. “Nobody’s ever gotten their bank brought back to life after it’s been closed by regulators.”

Because of that, many banks won’t even take the risk.

“From a federal level, it’s illegal,” Jim Brush, chief executive of Summit State Bank in Santa Rosa, Calif., told Chiang’s working group in May. “It really doesn’t matter what California does.”

Still, federal officials have cracked open the door for banks and credit unions.

In 2013, the Justice Department said it would focus its marijuana-enforcement efforts on preventing sales to minors, interstate trafficking and a handful of other crimes.

The following year, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, part of the U.S. Treasury Department, released guidelines for financial institutions that want to work with marijuana companies. They require additional reporting and demand that banks monitor companies for activities that remain Justice Department priorities.

No clear protections

FinCEN reported that 368 banks and credit unions were serving the industry in March, up from fewer than 300 at the beginning of 2016. But that’s a tiny fraction of the nation’s nearly 12,000 banks and credit unions.

Hill said so few institutions are playing along because FinCEN’s guidelines don’t offer clear legal protection. And some banks don’t want to be in the uncomfortable position of policing cannabis companies.

“How would you know a business isn’t selling to minors unless you’re in the store all the time?” Hill said.

What’s more, with a new administration in the White House and avowed marijuana opponent Jeff Sessions running the Justice Department, it’s not clear whether the feds will take a harder line on pot.

With many cannabis companies unable to get bank accounts, they are often left to deal in cash, which is inconvenient and dangerous.

Take Jerred Kiloh, owner of Higher Path Collective. His Los Angeles dispensary had sales of about $4 million last year, so he owed more than $200,000 in taxes to Los Angeles alone, he told Chiang’s group.

Imagine, Kiloh said, carrying that much cash.

“Right now, at the downtown office of finance, there’s a six-story parking structure 500 yards away,” he said. “I have to walk through what is essentially a homeless encampment with a duffel bag full of cash, walk across the street, go through security and then sometimes stand in line.”

Kyle Kazan, a former area police officer who runs a firm that invests in cannabis growers and retailers, said the lack of access to banking poses big safety risks.

“Real lives are in danger because there’s so much cash in play here,” Kazan said.

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Published at Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:00:07 +0000

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Strain Review: Space Queen From Phat Panda

Strain Review: Space Queen From Phat Panda

Mrs. Nice Guy

Have you guys checked out Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

I have and I meant to post about it shortly after the movie, but you know me, Lazy old Becks!

Myself and a couple people were pretty stoked to check this flick out back in May, and I thought what could help elevate this viewing? Well wouldn’t you know it, a 1 gram preroll of Space Queen fell out of the sky and went right into my lungs.

Space Queen is the lovechild between the Indica strain, Romulan, and the dreamy Sativa, Cinderella 99. As I took the preroll out of its container, I gently slid the cone against my nostrils and was met with a sensual aroma of vanilla-spice that transported me to an enchanted forest where I imagined myself lying in a meadow in deep meditation taking in each earthy scent. Since I was only imbibing on Space Queen in preroll form, I wasn’t lucky enough to see what she actually looks like…that is until Phat Panda was nice enough to provide some snaps. Covered in a regal coat of crystals with majestic hairs popping with color, Space Queen looks as decadent as she smells.

The movie was already bright and loud given that it was in full HD and picture, but Space Queen took my viewing experience to a whole nother level by making the colors and sounds much more vibrant. I felt like I was traveling through the galaxy, vibing to the soothing sounds of Yacht Rock that the soundtrack provided. The movie was emotional at times, but somehow Space Queen deepened those emotions and made them much more apparent. It was like Space Queen was Mantis and let my inner feelings out.

While I found Space Queen to be mostly cerebral, there was a nice level of physical relaxation that flowed through my body without making me feel tired when I came down. Space Queen is a great strain to elevate sour moods and enhance entertainment. I mostly felt like I was in a spaced out-dreamy-paradox with an energetic sense of euphoria and calmness. I highly recommend this strain if you’re feeling depressed, this will calm your nerves and get your mind right. My preroll of Space Queen came from Phat Panda and purchased at the Herbery , pick one up and enjoy the trip!

Space Queen: 9 – Snoop Dogg

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Published at Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:03:17 +0000

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Study: THC May Help Prevent HIV from Becoming AIDS

Study: THC May Help Prevent HIV from Becoming AIDS

According to a new study being published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may help prevent the progression from HIV infection to the development of AIDS.

“Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) play a crucial role in host antiviral immune response through secretion of type I interferon”, states the study’s abstract. “[P]rolonged pDC activity has been linked with progression from HIV infection to the development of AIDS.”

The study states that; “Patients with HIV in the United States routinely use cannabinoid-based therapies to combat the side effects of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy. However, cannabinoids, including Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are well-characterized immunosuppressants.” In this study, researchers report that “THC suppressed secretion of IFNα by pDC from both healthy and HIV+ donors through a mechanism involving impaired phosphorylation of interferon regulatory factor 7.” These results suggest that “THC can suppress pDC function during the early host antiviral response by dampening pDC activation.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Michigan State University East Lansing, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Wed, 12 Jul 2017 03:10:59 +0000

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Nevada Legal Marijuana Running Out, Governor Endorses State of Emergency

Nevada Legal Marijuana Running Out, Governor Endorses State of Emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in Nevada due to a dwindling supply of marijuana.

Legal marijuana sales began in Nevada just 10 days ago, but the state is already running low on the plant. This has led to the Department of Taxation to declare a state of emergency, a declaration that has now been endorsed by Governor Brian Sandoval.

“Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately,” says department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein. “Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days.”

According to Klapstein, the department is continuing “to work with the liquor wholesalers who have applied for distribution licenses, but most don’t yet meet the requirements that would allow us to license them”, in order to speed up the process. ‘Even as we attempted to schedule the final facility inspection for one of the applicants this week, they told us their facility was not ready and declined the inspection. As of mid-day Friday, not one distribution license has been issued”.

According to estimates from the Nevada Dispensary Association, there was roughly $3 million in legal marijuana sold in the first few days of sales, resulting in around $1 million in taxes for the state.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:43:32 +0000

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10 Surprising Ways That CBD Effects The Body

10 Surprising Ways That CBD Effects The Body

cbd body effects

CBD also referred to as cannabidiol is known to be a compound derived from cannabis and has a great impact on our bodies. Traditionally a lot of people used to take marijuana as a drug where it left them stoned but with time doctors has discovered medical benefits from the plant. Unlike THC compound which has psychoactivity properties, CBD is nonpsychoactive hence making it more suitable for treatments. The compound is used widely for treatment of various diseases and pain relief. One thing to note though Is that the use of cannabis is not legalized in all countries as some states still view it as a drug and if one is caught planting it may face jail time. These countries are mostly from Africa but in UK and USA cannabis is legal.

What are benefits of using CBD?

pain relief

1. Relief pain.

One of the uses of CBD is pain relief in both adults and animals. Unlike other over counter prescriptions which have side effects, cannabis has no side effects hence making it suitable for use. CBD is used together with THC to treat various pains related to acute and chronic pains, for example, surgical pains, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer among others.

neck pain

2. Supports joint and organ health.

Some inflammatory ailments such as arthritis affect the body joint and organs whereby it severely attacks the body’s immune system making the body weaken. This causes one to become immobile due to the weaken body joints and organs. Well according to a study about CBD carried out at Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, they reported that CBD could work in restoring one’s strength and support the joint muscles and improve the functioning of the organs if given the right prescription.

digestion help with cannabis

3. Improved digestion.

Are you experiencing bowel discomforts, have inflammatory bowel diseases and intestinal issues such as diarrhea? Well CBD can work magic in restoring your normal health. Research shows that CBD is a great cure for such ailments. This is because it has an anti-inflammatory property to it that aids in treating the inflammatory diseases, hence solving all the above listed gastrointestinal and digestion issues.

cannabis for appetite

4. Increase appetite.

A lot of patients especially the one suffering from diseases such at HIV/Aids and cancer tend to become weak since they don’t have an appetite which weakens their body. Research shows that if CBD is consumed in the right dosage can highly increase the appetite of the patient as it gives one an urge to keep on eating. So the people who are undergoing chemotherapy or have HIV are advised to consume CBD so as to increase their appetite.

brain activity increases with cannabis

5. Promotes active brain.

Cbd has a significant benefit in improving the function of mitochondria which is known to be the source of energy for the brain cells. The CBD ensures that the oxygen in this organ is clean and that the body cells are functioning well and in return, this makes the brain remain active and hence slows down the rate of aging. Cbd destroys the free radicles that tend to affect the functionality of mitochondria, and this act helps the brain to receive the right amount of energy which is required for its functioning.

cannabis for depression

6. Remedy for psychotic disorders

The psychotic disorder is a brain disease which causes individuals to have abnormal thinking and perception such as hallucinations and delusions about situations and things. Well, a lot of drugs that are used to treat this disorder tend to cause various side effects, and therefore the doctors prefer to use CBD as it is a natural remedy that has no side effects when consumed. CBD is also known to provide therapeutical services for people suffering from these disorders within a short period.

anxiety and cannabis

7. Treats anxiety.

Anxiety is a brain disorder that affects a lot of people from the age of 18 years and above. Studies were conducted on individuals who were suffering from social anxiety whereby after they had taken CBD they were given a public speech test. With the use of CBD, the people were able to control the social anxiety and improve their speech too. Cbd works by improving the function of limbic which is responsible for the formation of emotions and memories as well.

insomnia and cannabis

8. Reduce insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that is experienced by a lot of people whereby it can be associated with lack of sleep, or a person keeps on waking up in between the sleep. Insomnia is usually linked to various problems such anxiety, depression or even chronic diseases. So as to treat insomnia one is advised to take CBD as it is a natural remedy and has no side effect as compared to other sleep disorder medication. CBD helps in relieving the pain, treating anxiety and depression and any other ailment associated with insomnia hence restoring your sleep.

cannabis to help stop cigarettes

9. Help treat addictions such as the cigarette.

CBD has a great effect in curbing various drug addictions such as smoke, alcohol among others. How? A lot of effects that occur when a person experience withdraws are anxiety depression and irritability. When you are smoking, the nicotine works by enhancing the brain’s reward mechanism and when you quit smoking the brain start to ask for some mechanism in the form of withdrawals. Therefore CBD works by restoring the normal functioning of the brain’s nerve systems and ensures that there are no adverse effects such as anxiety and depression.

microdosing cannabis

10. Anti-bacterial treatment.

CBD was used in the from the 1950s to treat tuberculosis diseases, and with time other studies have been carried out that shows that CBD can be used to boost the immune system and prevent bacterial infection due to its inflammatory property. Also, the fact that CBD is a natural remedy makes it suitable and more efficient to use.

So what does it all mean?

CBD is used to treat a wide range of diseases, and from the above information, we can see that more researches are being carried out to determine other health benefits of CBD. It has no side effects hence making it more suitable than other medical prescription for those suffering from pains and other disorders. If you were interested in CBN might be worth checking out American Hemp Oil as they offer CBD Oil.

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Published at Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Report: Wages growing in state’s marijuana industry

Report: Wages growing in state’s marijuana industry

The Columbian / Associated Press

Wages and jobs in the legal marijuana industry may be on the rise in Clark County and across the state.

A new, 28-page report from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy examined employment and wage data for businesses with marijuana licenses in the state of Washington and found growth in wages and number of workers.

From 2014 to 2016, licensed marijuana businesses reported employing an equivalent of 6,049 full-time employees statewide and paying $286.1 million in wages, adjusted for inflation.

For Clark County, the study reported that an equivalent of 222 full-time workers were paid $1.9 million at the end of 2016, earning an average hourly wage of $16.58 and a median hourly wage of $13.01.

Statewide, the average hourly wage was $16.42 and the median hourly wage was $13.42.

One big caveat of the study, said co-author Bethanne Barnes, was that it did not look at the marijuana industry in a vacuum. Researchers cross-referenced marijuana licenses from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board with wage data from the state Employment Security Department, so the success of other products or services could have attributed to the rise in wages and employment.

For example, a farm with a license to grow marijuana could have grown on the strength of another crop and reported paying higher wages or greater numbers of employees.

“These businesses might have operated doing something else and generated the same number of jobs and wages doing something else,” Barnes said. “We didn’t design the study to look at that.”

Still, those businesses seem to have grown substantially. The study reports that 20 percent of that $286.1 million were paid in the final three months of 2016.

Ramsey Hamide, co-owner of Main Street Marijuana, a trio of stores in Clark and Cowlitz County, said they have seen wages and benefits rise for its 95 or so employees.

“Most of our employees earn $15 to $16 an hour plus tips,” he said.

But that’s more of a function of their brand of weed retailer trying to keep employees happy and earning a living wage, he said, because their customers care a lot about whom they buy from. Turnover would disrupt that, he said.

“Even in the black market, you had your guy for years and years and years. We wanted our store to be their guy,” he said. “They’re not the same customers they were three years ago; they’re extremely knowledgeable and come in daily or weekly. If we bring in a new employee and the customers know more than they do, that’s a problem.”

This is the second cost-benefit analysis of the legal marijuana industry after the passage of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in November 2012 and led to the marketplace today.

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research organization governed by the state, released a similar report in 2015.

It will release another in September and in 2022 and 2032.

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Published at Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:39:39 +0000

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Cannabis Infused Cocktails Being Served At Flore In San Francisco

Cannabis Infused Cocktails Being Served At Flore In San Francisco

Flore, SF-based restaurant, starts offering cannabis cocktails

cannabis drinks

San Francisco is a beautiful city, on the bucket list of travelers around the world who come to see the Golden Gate Bridge and the unique culture you can’t find anywhere else in the world. It’s an even better place to visit, or live, especially if you’re a cannabis enthusiast. San Francisco has some of the best dispensaries in the country, but now there’s a new reason to visit.

Located at the famous Castro district, the Flore café has just launched a new product: a line of delicious cannabis cocktails, making it the first bar in San Francisco to do so. The line includes 16 new drinks with names as intriguing as its ingredients: Harvey’s Hibiscus Sangria, Peron’s Perverted Punch, Castro Cup, and many more. Last April 20, they also launched a cannabis-infused beer called the Tokeback Mountain and is now the most in-demand brew at Flore.

Together with the cocktails, Flore is also launching a new menu specifically designed to cater to your munchies. Seems like the team behind the bites know exactly what a stoner wants to eat; these include chicken fried bacon strips, jalapeno hog and cheese bites, hummus, and buffalo Tater Tots made with blue cheese crumbles. YUM.

Terrance Alan, co-owner of Flore, says, “The Castro is the neighborhood where medical marijuana got started in this city.” This is why he dedicated a drink to medical cannabis activist Dennis Peron, who helped in the battle for the city’s dispensaries with Proposition 2015, which legalized medical cannabis use in San Francisco back in 1996. Alan, also a nightlife consultant, says that the initiative is part of Flore’s way of trying to continue the tradition.

“When Brownie Mary and Dennis Peron met for the first time, it was here at Flore”, says Alan, talking about the time that Peron met another medical cannabis activist Mary Jane Rathbun. Alan bought Flore with Aaron Silverman, his business partner in January. Their mission was to create a unique menu that would also offer cannabis-laced products. The two met during cannabis legalization and advocacy work in California, and through their discussions realized that they shared a vision of developing a restaurant where customers can enjoy great food while sharing cannabis.

Alan’s history of cannabis activism dates back to the 1970’s, when he worked with Peron to legalize medical cannabis. Today, he sits on the board of San Francisco’s Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. Silverman, on the other hand, is an experienced cannapreneur.

CBD DRINKS AT FLORE

Obstacles

Alan was already aware that realizing his vision would come with its own hurdles. According to local laws, bars are forbidden from selling cannabis products which made it difficult. Despite this he found a way around the law; by using CBD derived from hemp. This was something he discussed with his lawyers, which he told the Bay Area Reporter.

Alan worked with Christopher Longoria, an established mixologist who consulted him for the new menu, as well as chemist Chris Emerson, Ph.D. and also one of the founders of a cannabis company called Level Blends. Alan says that customers won’t get stoned when they consume the new cocktails, since CBD is used and it isn’t psychoactive. Rather, patrons of the bar who enjoy his new cannabis-infused drinks can benefit not only from great-tasting drinks but also from the medicinal properties of CBD including pain relief, relaxation, and more.

Alan also told the Bay Area Reporter that smoking cannabis on the premises is “”strictly prohibited at all times.”

Because of the changing recreational and business landscape involving cannabis consumption, the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force recommends that the state develop new licenses to cater to “”the diverse businesses within the adult use cannabis industry such as baking or cooking licenses, consumption lounges.”

Cannabis dishes and drinks using THC won’t be on the menu anytime soon, he says. Proposition 64 was just launched and in order for customers to enjoy THC-infused meals, the law would have to be amended and San Francisco would need to create licenses for businesses, which he’s optimistic about.

The owners of Flore are hopeful that customers will enjoy the new offerings. “We’ll see which drinks are popular over the next couple of weeks, “says Alan, “and make any necessary adjustments.”

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Published at Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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