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Expand Your Mind at the Best Weed Museums in the U.S.

April 13, 2024 · Thrillist

THE FIRST THING YOU SEE upon entering the Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is a digital stained glass window stamped “Cannfessional.” Behind it is a small sound booth, wrapped in cloud-print wallpaper, with a glowing neon chair and a microphone dangling from the ceiling. Facing the chair on the wall is a TV with a camera mounted on top. This is where you reveal your truth. With the Cannfessional, the museum encourages participants to record themselves telling stories… Read more.

Step Into Eco-Friendly Fashion With Weedo Shoes

April 5, 2024 · Cannabis Now

In today’s cannabis industry, there’s an immense array of products ranging from flower to cartridges, concentrates and extracts, to edibles and topicals. And then there are all of the ancillary smoking accessories: pipes, rolling paper kits, bongs, vapes, dab-rigs—you name it. There are also lifestyle products created for the cannabis lovers such as artwork, clothing, backpacks, watches, sunglasses and even shoes made of real CBD flower. Yes, you heard that right! We’re talking about the Weedo Hemp Shoes, created by… Read more.

The Grand History of Cannabis

April 2, 2024 · High Times

In 2023, an artist and his patron set out on a seemingly impossible task: illustrate the vast history of cannabis in a single art piece. Inspired by the Tapisserie de Bayeux—an ancient chronological tapestry depicting a two-year invasion of England by the Normans—Stefan van Swieten commissioned his friend Mossy Giant to create a piece for his cannabis social club in Barcelona, Spain. Now stretching across the wall at La Creme Gracia, the artwork displays incredibly detailed and interconnected scenes. Starting with the Big Bang, the… Read more.

True or False? – There Are Now More Dispensaries Than McDonald’s in America, Yet Cannabis is Still Federally Illegal?

March 5, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The majority of Americans now live in places where marijuana use for recreational purposes is legal, reflecting a significant shift in public opinion toward the drug over the previous 10 years. It took just twelve years for this to change when recreational cannabis became legal in Colorado and Washington. 55% of people live in places where it is legal to consume marijuana recreationally, according to Pew Research Center research. Additionally, the survey shows that 74% of Americans reside in places where marijuana is… Read more.

Chef Jordan Wagman’s Still Chasing the Sun

February 5, 2024 · Cannabis Now

There are chefs who cook with cannabis, then there are James Beard-nominated chefs who cook with cannabis. Toronto-based culinary master Jordan Wagman is in the latter category. For the uninitiated, receiving a James Beard nomination is very much akin to an Oscar nomination for acting. It’s a big deal (as all you Top Chef fans know). But this chef was on a mission. “It all comes back to my health,” Wagman says when asked about his journey to becoming one of the… Read more.

These Academics Went Public About Using Drugs

February 2, 2024 · Vice

When drug policy researcher Jean-Sébastien Fallu saw a recent op-ed in the Atlantic argue that destigmatizing drug use has been “a profound mistake,” he was furious.  The piece said “cultural disapproval of harmful behavior can be a potent force for protecting public health and safety” and that we need “more consistent rejection of drug use, not less.”   Fallu, 50, an associate professor at Université de Montréal’s school of psychoeducation, believes the opposite is true. Stigma, he said, is leading to worse health… Read more.

Delaware Group Offers ‘Joints For Junk’ To Fight Trash Pollution

December 28, 2023 · High Times

An advocacy group in Delaware is enlisting volunteers to clean up their community –– and then clear their mind.  Called “Joints for Junk,” the program works exactly like it sounds: in exchange for a round of trash clean-up, the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network awards the volunteers with a joint of legal cannabis. “People preregistered, showed up, signed a waiver and we gave them a joint,” says Zoë Patchell, president of Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network, told the Delaware News Journal. “And, actually, nobody took… Read more.

The End of Big Alcohol Is Coming? – Cannabis Use vs. Alcohol Use Is Almost Dead Even Now in the 18 to 25 Year-Old Demographic

December 24, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A recent analysis by TD Cowen's analyst, Vivien Azer, sheds light on a shift in consumer behavior, highlighting the competition between legal cannabis and alcohol sales. Over the past five years, alcohol sales in states where cannabis is legal have lagged behind by 100-150 basis points, according to Azer. In terms of future growth, Azer's research, initially reported by the Green Market Report (GMR), predicts a substantial surge in U.S. cannabis sales, reaching $29 billion by 2023. This growth is expected to maintain… Read more.

Cannabis: It’s What’s For Christmas

December 24, 2023 · Cannabis Now

There was a time in most of our young lives when the heady few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were spent compiling a list of all the fiendish new toys we wanted Santa to bring us. The idea that some strange man with a pack of flying reindeer was coming in December just to leave a bunch of free stuff was nothing less than mind-blowing. It was also the perfect opportunity to score all of the gear that our parents… Read more.

Book Review: “The Successful Canna-Preneur”

December 20, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Are you eager to embark on a journey of establishing your own legal cannabis business, yet feel uncertain about where to begin or how to achieve success? Look no further. Acclaimed author JM Balbuena has your back. In her debut book, The Successful Canna-Preneur: The Practical Guide To Thrive In The Legal Cannabis Space, the author shares the knowledge she’s acquired in her decade-long cannabis career and extensive experience building successful cannabis companies.  Balbuena’s ability to speak about success can’t be… Read more.

The Cannabis Connoisseur’s Guide to Holiday Parties

December 19, 2023 · Cannabis Now

It won’t be long before most of us are scrambling around like a bunch of Mississippi pimps trying to fit in all of the holiday parties that we’ve been invited to this year. This is a relatively good sign that we’re still semi-popular, liked for the most part, and our company is something that our families and friends do not wish to be without. Or maybe this onslaught of invites was brought on because we always seem to show up… Read more.

Most California Social Equity Programs Still in Development

December 6, 2023 · Green Market Report

A new report provided to state lawmakers this week confirmed what many already knew: California’s social equity programs still have a long way to go. The report, which was due to the California Legislature in July but was only published this week by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), delivered both a breakdown on where $35 million in funding was sent last year, and also the status of such programs as of December 2022. The upshot? California has 23… Read more.

Women of Influence: Dr. Sue Sisley

December 4, 2023 · cannabis-now

Arizona-based physician and president of the Scottsdale Research Institute, Dr. Sue Sisley, is globally known for having led the only Food and Drug Administration-approved randomized and controlled study examining safety and efficacy of smoked cannabis flower in combat veterans suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—a huge accomplishment. Dr. Sisley continues to advocate for the lifting of federal restrictions on cannabis research through her work as principal investigator at Scottsdale Research Institute and Field To Healed Foundation and as a… Read more.

Women of Influence: Rosie Mattio

November 27, 2023 · Cannabis Now

As founder of MATTIO Communications, the largest cannabis-focused marketing and public relations agency in North America, Rosie Mattio is considered a powerhouse PR person.  Since launching the firm as a one-woman operation in 2004, Mattio has redefined conversations around the emerging industry by garnering global media coverage in mainstream publications for clients, including the first cannabis article ever published in Oprah Magazine.   Mattio has worked in the cannabis space since launching her company nearly two decades ago and says time… Read more.

Women of Influence: Vanessa Dora Lavorato

November 20, 2023 · Cannabis Now

You may recognize Vanessa Dora Lavorato from VICE TV’s James Beard Award-nominated cooking show Bong Appétit, which she co-hosted for all three seasons (2016-19). Lavorato discovered her love of cooking when she was studying at UC Berkeley and soon became passionate about fusing her two favorite ingredients: cannabis and chocolate. This deliciously dope combo eventually led her to create Marigold Sweets, a California-based edibles company whipping up luxurious, high-quality chocolate truffles.  Lavorato’s popular online show, The Edibles Club, sees the talented chocolatier… Read more.

Progress not happening fast enough for marijuana social equity entrepreneurs

November 14, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Arizona, Illinois and Michigan were among a handful of states over the past year where Black entrepreneurs opened marijuana stores in key markets. In March, Nuggets Dispensary became the first Black-owned business with a marijuana social equity retail license to open in Detroit, four years after the city approved recreational cannabis sales. Later that month, High Profile Cannabis Shop, a majority-Black-owned, adult-use marijuana store, also opened its doors in the Motor City. Despite state and local jurisdictions earmarking more licenses for social equity applicants, success… Read more.

Reefer Madness Reversed – Traffic Fatalities Drop in States That Legalize Cannabis, Dispelling Anti-Pot Predictions

November 13, 2023 · Cannabis.net

According to a recent Quartz Advisor report titled "Legalizing Marijuana Hasn't Improved Road Safety," data reveals a decline in traffic fatalities in four states that legalized adult-use cannabis since 2016. In contrast, there was a slight increase in fatalities in five states where cannabis remains illegal. Nevertheless, the report also highlighted some anomalies, notably a slight rise in traffic fatalities nationwide during the pandemic years 2020 and 2021. This report by Quartz Advisor was published on October 24, and it emphasized three key findings: In California,… Read more.

Scientists Find Weed Traces in 17th Century Italian Skeletons

November 10, 2023 · High Times

Researchers in Italy have found evidence that cannabis was used by residents of Milan hundreds of years ago by studying bones from a 17th-century cemetery. In a report on the research, the scientists surmise that weed was likely used recreationally, noting that hospital records from the time do not include cannabis in an inventory of medicinal plants used in Milan in the 1600s. Medical records from the Middle Ages show that cannabis was used in Europe as an anesthetic and… Read more.

Gallup Poll Shows 70% of Americans Think Cannabis Should Be Legal

November 9, 2023 · High Times

A new Gallup poll published on November 8 showed that opinions on legalization are at an all-time high in the U.S. An estimated 68% of Americans, or seven out of every 10 individuals, said “yes” to the poll questions, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be legal, or not?” Only 29% believe that cannabis should not be legal, and 1% said they were unsure. Gallup began asking Americans about cannabis legalization back in 1969, when only 12% of Americans supported… Read more.

Women of Influence: Loriel Alegrete

November 8, 2023 · Cannabis Now

40 Tons, a social impact cannabis brand striving to change lives by helping those with past cannabis convictions find careers in the industry, is led by CEO Loriel Alegrete. While that’s the primary goal, she says the company collaborates with other brands, retails premium products and provides education and opportunities for those who need it most. The company sees the objective as a win-win since it also brings value to businesses in need of candidates.  Alegrete co-founded the businesses and… Read more.

Women of Influence: The Dank Duchess

November 3, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Employing an “All Weed Everything” mentality, where cannabis is integral to literally every aspect of life, The Dank Duchess, under the apprenticeship of the legendary Frenchy Cannoli, took a new path as a hashmaker.  The cultivator-turned-hashishian is dedicated to changing the narrative around cannabis by educating people about plant medicine via her public speaking platform and role as hashish consultant. The Dank Duchess is pleased to see more female hash makers emerging and always looks forward to collaborating with fellow… Read more.

Best Scary Movies to Watch When You’re High

October 27, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The Halloween season is a time for many traditions. Some, like finding a costume, are timeless, while others, like the annual marketing blitz for products featuring pumpkin spice, are more difficult to decipher. One thing that is definitively October, however, is the occasionally stressful pastime of getting together with loved ones to watch some scary movies—especially when you’re stoned. Sure, watching a zombie disembowel something can be unpleasant, but the toughest part? That’s usually having to decide which horror films… Read more.

Ranks of women, minority cannabis execs rebound to pre-pandemic levels

October 25, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The percentage of women and members of minority groups holding executive positions in the cannabis industry has returned to pre-pandemic levels after a significant drop during the past three years, according to a new report from MJBizDaily. In 2019, MJBizDaily estimated that more than 36% of marijuana executives were women and 28% were from minority communities. Whether by choice or not, people from both groups exited cannabis leadership positions in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic upended the world economy. By 2021, women were estimated… Read more.

Midwest Women in Cannabis to Shine at Upcoming Summit

October 25, 2023 · Green Market Report

In the heart of the Windy City, an event of innovation and empowerment is about to unfold. The Midwest Women in Cannabis Summit, hosted by the Green Market Report, promises to be a transformative gathering for women seeking to make their mark in the booming cannabis industry. The conference is set to take place on Nov. 2 at Chicago’s Epiphany Center for the Arts, a historic former church, as like-minded women who share a passion for the world of cannabis come together. From… Read more.

Women of Influence: Kristen Angelo

October 23, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Launched shortly after Washington State passed adult-use legislation in 2012, A Pot Farmer’s Daughter has uniquely positioned itself as one of the first female-owned cannabis photography agencies at the forefront of the commercialized cannabis industry. Founder Kristen Angelo is the daughter of a prohibition-era grower and drug war veteran. She says she began photographing farmers as a passion project inspired by her own personal connection with cannabis. Thus, the brand name. A Pot Farmer’s Daughter specializes in documentary, editorial, commercial… Read more.

OG Outlaws Come Into View

October 12, 2023 · Cannabis Now

It’s a classic scene. Imagine it’s 1979, and you’re somewhere in the heart of the Emerald Triangle in far Northern California. You cruise into the local grocery store parking lot, and there’s your neighbor and old friend, who you know darn well is also an underground marijuana grower. While you may be the only long-haired freaks in the lot, there are plenty of redneck lumber types around who simply don’t like them “damn hippies” moving into the area. Discretion is… Read more.

Human Use Of Cannabis—For Food, Fiber And Psychoactive Effects—Stretches Back Millennia, New Report Says

October 11, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A new paper in the European Journal for Chemistry traces the history of cannabis through “thousands of years of contact with mankind,” noting the plant’s legacy as a source of fiber, nutrition, medicine, spirituality and pleasure. At the same time, it notes that cannabis “is perhaps one of the greatest controversies in contemporary humanity” and a key driver of the modern war on drugs. The paper, “From ancient Asian relics to contemporaneity: A review of historical and chemical aspects of Cannabis,”… Read more.

Cannabis Companies, Breast Cancer Organizations Join Forces for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 5, 2023 · High Times

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 240,000 women and 2,100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Of that number, an estimated 42,000 women and 500 men lose their lives to the disease. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s diagnosis, including older age, genetic mutations, or having a family history of breast cancer. In order to treat the condition, patients can undergo surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and more, but it depends on the type… Read more.

High Hospitality: How to Host the Perfect Cannabis Party

October 4, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Whether you love her, hate her or hate to love her, you’ve got to admit that when Kim Kardashian makes a move, the world watches. So when the social media starlet announced that her fourth baby shower would be “CBD-themed,” with A-listers like Paris Hilton, Chrissy Teigen and, of course, the entire Kardashian clan blissing out with a sound bath and making custom CBD bath salts, cannabidiol had officially gone mainstream. With millions of fans watching along on Instagram, it’s… Read more.

Smoking a Joint Is a Journey

September 23, 2023 · Cannabis Now

I would like to sing the praises of smoking a well-rolled joint. By that, I mean a joint made with the finest organic flower, grown biologically in living soil in the sun for the long season. Then, properly dried and aged to realize and reveal the full power and complexity of the cultivar. As the popularity of dab rigs, vape pens, vaporizers, Volcanoes, Puffcos, pre-rolls and other forms of inhaling cannabis keeps increasing, let’s not forget that it all starts… Read more.

The Craft Cannabis Industry: Following in the Footsteps of Craft Beer

September 22, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

In recent years, the cannabis industry has undergone a transformation, evolving from an underground, unregulated market to a legal and burgeoning sector. Within this transformation, a trend has emerged that seems to parallel the growth of another well-established industry: craft beer. Just as craft beer disrupted the traditional beer market and captivated consumers with unique “niche” offerings, the craft cannabis market is set to mirror this trajectory, offering high-quality products and a very personalized experience. Roots of the Craft Movement… Read more.

Method Man’s Tical Official Makes New York Debut

September 15, 2023 · Cannabis Now

If someone would’ve told us that everyone’s favorite rapper lately—and one of the founding members of legendary East Coast hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan—would build an empire entirely separate from his storied music career while maintaining his status as one of the greats of the genre, we would’ve said that they’re crazy. But it’s true. Method Man, the gravelly-voiced MC from New York’s Staten Island—who made a career synonymous with cannabis use or “TICAL” as he has affectionally dubbed it—has… Read more.

Women & Weed: A Story as Old as Time

September 11, 2023 · Cannabis Now

While Bob Dylan’s 1964 release of “The Times They Are A Changin’” became an anthem among frustrated youth, many of whom would go on to call themselves “hippies,” the lyrics ring ever true today. Some six decades later, our society is facing different challenges, different battles. But despite the hard times, progress has been made. Cannabis is becoming ever more normalized—not just for flower children or gangsters or those high school surfing stoners whose name might as well be Spicoli… Read more.

Adult Marijuana And Psychedelics Use Now At ‘Historic Highs’ While Teen Consumption Remains Stable, Federally Funded Study Finds

August 18, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

While underage marijuana use has remained stable amid the legalization movement, a new federally funded study shows that adult consumption of cannabis, as well as of psychedelics, reached a “record high” last year. The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey—which is conducted by the University of Michigan with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—found that past-year marijuana use among those aged 19-30 hit 44 percent in 2022, while 28 percent of older adults aged 35-50 said they… Read more.

5 Cannabis Podcasts for Every Enthusiast

August 18, 2023 · Cannabis Now

In many ways, podcasts are an ideal form of entertainment for cannabis enthusiasts. You can listen to shows about how America got to the moon, full-length broadcasts of entirely fictitious baseball games, or a series where guests spend hours dissecting their favorite bands. Once you’ve found your chosen show, one need only smoke up, settle in, and press play to be transported to a seemingly infinite sea of audio possibilities. As part of this content deluge, a few notable podcasts… Read more.

I Doobie: 5 Must-Haves For a Weed Wedding

August 13, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Wedding season may be coming to a close this year but for the lovestruck, anxiety-ridden, nail-biting couple counting down every single second until their special day, you can use all the time in the world. Tending to every little detail is an inescapable task of wedding planning, but if you’re trying to pull off something a little different—like an epic weed wedding—it may be even harder to find ideas that fit your theme. If you need help figuring out ways… Read more.

Lauren Morrow’s (Finally) Ready

July 31, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lauren Morrow is turning 38 this summer. She says “almost forty” thoughts occasionally take over her brain, attempting to sabotage the wins of her past and present. The curly-haired, curvy blonde is perhaps best known for her decade-long tenure as frontwoman of the popular Atlanta-based Americana band, The Whiskey Gentry. But now Morrow’s exploring a different, truer side of herself with the recent release of her debut album, People Talk. A window into Morrow’s life, the lyrics on the… Read more.

LA’s Celebrity Cannabis Party Scene Is a Vibe

July 30, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Living in California, everybody wanna visit for women, weed and weather From all around the world for the women, weed and weather Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 collab with Dr. Dre, “The Recipe,” perfectly describes the vibe when it comes to Los Angeles, coolest city in the Golden State, mecca for the world’s best cannabis. In recent years, Los Angeles has transformed itself to become SoCal’s go-to hub for all things cannabis culture, as more and more celebrities are getting into the… Read more.

Emily Eizen, Cannabis Artist

July 29, 2023 · Cannabis Now

By creating psychedelic-inspired works that defy convention, Emily Eizen, a queer multimedia artist and model, seamlessly merges cannabis and art while showcasing the beauty, freedom and diversity of the cannabis community. Eizen says her relationship with cannabis began while studying political science at George Washington University in DC. Her social justice advocacy started off strong, holding the freshman chair position for the campus LGBTQ+ organization and meeting President Barack Obama. However, she says the culture shock of moving from a… Read more.

Colorado Legalizes Online Cannabis Sales

June 9, 2023 ·

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last week signed legislation to legalize online cannabis sales, ending the prohibition on internet shopping enacted following passage of the state’s landmark 2012 ballot measure that legalized adult-use cannabis. The measure, House Bill 1279, which was signed by the governor on June 1 after being passed by Colorado lawmakers last month, repeals a regulation that specifically prohibited online cannabis sales while establishing regulations for internet sales of licensed cannabis products. Under the law, adults 21 and… Read more.

Illinois’ First Music Concert Allowing Onsite Cannabis Consumption, The Miracle In Mundelein, Unveils Details + Lineup

Illinois is about to witness a groundbreaking moment with the announcement of the inaugural The Miracle In Mundelein, the state’s first-ever music concert allowing onsite cannabis consumption. Presented by RYTHM Premium Cannabis, Sacred Rose, and Dayglo Presents, The Miracle In Mundelein is set to merge the realms of music and cannabis culture on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, just outside of Chicago, across the street from RISE Mundelein in Mundelein, Ill. The innovative event, also simply referred… Read more.

‘Spark in the Park’ festival brings cannabis, Method Man and Redman to Ypsilanti

June 8, 2023 · M Live

Scents of cannabis and sounds of hip-hop will fill Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park this weekend with the arrival of the first Spark in the Park music festival. Staples of 90′s and 2000s hip-hop including Method Man and Redman and B-Real are slated to headline the festival, which takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 in Riverside Park, located at 2 E. Cross St. The lineup is rounded out with a range of hip-hop… Read more.

Art-focused retailer sprouts in a central California cannabis desert

June 8, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Being one of a small number of stores in a cannabis desert might seem like an easy proposition: Open your doors and let customers roll in, unencumbered by competition. But as Lauren Fontein, founder and president of The Artist Tree marijuana chain in California, learned when she opened a store in Fresno (population 500,000), being a cannabis oasis comes with its own challenges. These include a community inexperienced with cannabis, staffing issues and more. “It really is a cannabis desert,”… Read more.

Jonathan Adler’s Stylish World

June 4, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Acclaimed New York City-based potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler is perfectly poised at the intersection of high-end design and subversive style. Since launching his first collection at Barneys New York two decades ago, Adler has built a cult-like customer base with his covetable, tongue-in-chic ceramics and interior accoutrements. He correctly refers to his gorgeously recognizable design aesthetic as “modern American glamour.” Bullseye. Checking in on the celebrated designer’s views on drug iconography and the evolution of cannabis paraphernalia was… Read more.

The Healing Art

May 30, 2023 · Cannabis Now

One of the worst nights of Susan Barron’s career came a few years ago, when the artist was in Manhattan to unveil her mixed-media art series, Depicting The Invisible. Military veteran portraits adorned with paint and text comprised the collection, which Barron designed to highlight veteran struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Just before the show, Barron’s phone rang. On the other end of the line was the mother of one of her photographic subjects. “She said he had succumbed… Read more.