‘I Can Still Do That Foundation’ & Tom Pacheco Premiere “Freida’s Secret Garden”

Shot in Humboldt County, the video uses local talent and filmmakers to promote cannabis legalization

NEW YORK: The I Can Still Do That Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to connect people so they can share information and empower each generation to teach the others, launched “Freida’s Secret Garden “  a pro-pot music video based on a song by legendary Woodstock singer-songwriter Tom Pacheco.

“The time to end irrational prohibition of cannabis is now,’  Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the Foundation, announced. “With 33 States now recognizing the benefits of medical cannabis and another 11 States legalizing recreational cannabis, a majority of Americans are in favor of legalization and the end of the irrational and Draconian laws which have stifled research on the potential benefits of cannabis. These laws have had a disparate impact on people of color and restoration of civil rights to those who have been adversely affected is also required to promote equity. The patchwork of irrational and inconsistent federal and state laws must end and the federal law must allow these now legal business to access the federal banking system to that black market producers of questionable products can be replaced by healthy and tested, legal cannabis and CBD products.”

“We want to thank advisor Lelehnia DuBois and her friends in the Humboldt County for helping us make the new music video,” Schneider said. “You can see the new video here in a sneak peek. Please share it with friends. We are trying to help Tom get the recognition he deserves as a legendary singer/songwriter who has written songs for Bob Dylan, The Band, Jefferson Starship, and others. He has a music publishing catalogue of more than 500 songs; “Freida’s” is just one of many great ones.

Still Do That advisor, Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley, said, “This song and video bring together the West Coast and East Coast hippie vibes – from Humboldt County to Woodstock – that have given rise to the contemporary cannabis legalization movement. Call it Cannafest Destiny. The fun, the healing compassion and sensible restoration of marijuana’s rightful place in society are all captured humorously in Tom’s lyric and rocking rhythm.

David Rheins, founder of the Marijuana Business Association and Still Do That Advisor agreed: “Marijuana has gone mainstream, and the mainstream media is now getting hip to the power of the plant and the amazing possibilities that legalization brings.  Through the work of artists and activists like  Tom Pacheco,  we are raising cannabis consciousness, and dispelling the dangerous myths and harmful policies of prohibition.”

Still Do That Advisor Melissa Gibson, founder of Hemp and Humanity said, “This folksy and campy musical send-up to the authentic cannabis lifestyle pays homage to the plant, place and people who have championed it for generations. As marijuana use reaches a tipping point in mainstream acceptance, and the cannabis industry has attracted big business, Tom Pacheco take us back to the root(s) of this plant and its essential spirit of connecting humans with one another. What Frieda and her happy, hippy grandson Paul know, is that cannabis has the power to heal, clothe, feed, house, fuel and sustain human’s ability to live on this earth. And that’s worth singing about.”

Still Do That Advisor Lelehnia DuBois, cannabis community advocate and Sensi Magazine publisher, who co-produced the video and played the title role of Freida added, “I come from a culture of Frieda’s. It felt like she was my own mother. It was an honor to play the role”

According to Schneider, an entertainment lawyer by trade, the Foundation plans to produce a weekly TV news series called, “High Hopes”,  to educate people on the history, legal issues, health issues, science and finance surrounding the booming legal cannabis industry.  “We may even use Tom Pacheco’s song as a theme song for our TV series,” Schneider said. “We are currently looking for partners and sponsors for the series and are particularly interested in pro-cannabis celebrities to help demystify the stigma surrounding cannabis.”

Colorado: State Issues Report Assessing Legalization’s Impact On Public Safety

COLORADO: The Colorado Department of Public Safety has issued its first-ever baseline report assessing the impact of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado. Lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation authorizing regulators to conduct the five-year review, which seeks to better identify ways in which legalization has impacted public health and safety.

Authors reported that the total number of marijuana arrests fell 52 percent between the years 2012 and 2017. In Denver, marijuana arrests fell 81 percent over this same period of time.

Authors also reported that youth marijuana use has remained largely unchanged since legalization. The report acknowledged “no significant change in past 30-day use of marijuana between 2013 and 2017.” Authors further reported that marijuana use by Colorado teens in 2017 was virtually no different than the national average. By contrast, the percentage of Colorado adults reporting marijuana use increased from 13.6 percent in 2014 to 15.5 percent in 2017.

Authors acknowledged that police are now more likely to make DUI arrests for drivers suspected of being under the influence of cannabis. Specifically, 15 percent of DUI arrests in 2017 involved cannabis versus 12 percent in 2014. However, authors cautioned that this uptick is may be partially due to “an increase in the number of law enforcement officers who are trained in recognizing drug use,” rather than as a result of any changes in driving behavior. Authors further reported that the total number of drivers involved in fatal accidents with elevated THC blood levels over 5ng.ml fell between 2016 and 2017.


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the report, “Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283,” appears online.

The Legal Cannabis Farmhand Life

By Pamela Dyer

Over the summer I took a job on a legal Tier 3 outdoor cannabis farm in Washington State called Sticky Mantis. My objective for taking the job was to build on my cannabis resume, experience a growing season from veg to harvest on a farm that size, and be able to share stories about what it is like working in this part of the industry.

I knew enough about cannabis from growing my own and from being on other large farms in the industry that I knew I would be in for a tedious and smelly time.

I took the position at Sticky Mantis specifically because they are family owned and have been in operation since the beginning legalization in Washington State. Unlike what I imagine my family would be like trying to manage a cannabis farm, I found out this farm’s family is not only fun to be around but they work well together and somehow managed to make the tedious parts of the work much more enjoyable.

Pam is outstanding in her field

Pam is outstanding in her field

The other reason I accepted the job was because this farm does not grow with pesticides. I was able to daily receive the benefits of working with fresh air, clean water, working with plants, and sunshine without the exposure to toxins in pesticides.

Initially, I started in the processing room one or two days a week finger trimming and as harvest came on my job was moved outside and shifts increased to 7 days a week. I have to say that trimming and packaging cannabis is not a bad gig if you can handle sitting or standing in one place for days on end and working as quickly as possible on a super tedious and repetitive tasks. As a part-time job or once a seasonal extra job it is very low stress and physically doable even if you have health limitations. The only possibly bad thing is that you will go home covered in dry weed crumbs and smelling like flowers until you change your clothes and take a shower.

Working outside with live plants is a whole other type of job from trimming dried flower. It is much more physical and much, much dirtier. I would be chopping down buds and climbing through beds of sticky, smelly plants towering over my head. While I was grateful to have a job that takes me outside where I am immersed in fresh air and directly connected to nature through this amazing plant for hours each day, at the end of the day I would be covered in sticky trichomes and I smell more like a defensive skunk everywhere that I go.

Any skin that was exposed and touching plants would get super sticky and sometimes cause irritation like itchy and burning skin. I learned not to touch my face with a sticky hand or glove. The only way to get that kind of sticky residue off is with some kind of rubbing alcohol or oil to act as a solvent before you can wash it off your skin.

As soon as they had me outside working in the plants, I created a dedicated uniform that I wouldn’t mind destroying with a scent I was told would never come out. The outfit consisted of denim overalls, hat, long johns for cold mornings, and long sleeved t-shirts to protect my skin especially when it was warm outside and the plants were extra sticky.

Now, for the romantic part of the job. During the most beautiful months of the year I was outside under sunshine and blue skies with an almost constant breeze making the entire garden dance with each gust. I was surrounded by tall, full, beautiful, healthy marijuana plants and got to witness dozens of strains I had never grown before mature and flower before my eyes.

With each different strain I was cutting for hours, I would often notice myself reacting to the cannabis that I was working with. For example, when I was cutting in the Bubba Kush I would regularly getting a case of the yawns while over on the Lost Coast I would feel extra happy and motivated. Now, I know that I am sensitive to cannabis but being able to experience that kind of feeling from just working around a plant was extra fun for me.

Overall, my experience working on a pot farm has been super positive. Although my position there was low lady on the totem pole making minimum wage, I had no stress and got to spend the season watching what it is like to operate a cannabis farm.

Harvesting cannabis is tough, tedious, intensive work and it is certainly not for everybody. If ever you thought that being a cannabis farmer would be glamorous on any level, you would be in for a rude awakening.

Now, as I address the smell of my car after harvest and consider possibly burning my clothes that may never fully be trichome free again, I imagine that if I get pulled over, the officer would be understanding of the strong smell of cannabis while I show him my 502 employment badge plants and pull out my loud weed jokes. Clearly, I am a privileged white woman if I am thinking about the jokes I would tell the cop in such a scenario while people in Texas still get 20 days in jail for possessing an eighth. Maybe that should be my lead joke.

In the end, I would definitely go back to help at Sticky Mantis. Nothing beats being surrounded by the plants I use as medicine as they are grown the way God grows, outside in the sun.

Big thanks to Sticky Mantis for sharing this part of the industry with me and being able to add this to my ever expanding cannabis resume.

LAX Relaxes Pot Policy

CALIFORNIA: High flyers delight. No need to hide your stash on your next West Coast flight.  The fine folks at LAX have relaxed their pot policy, and now say it is now OK to fly with up to one full ounce of your favorite strain, or up to 8 grams of concentrate.

LAX Relaxes Pot Policy

LAX Relaxes Pot Policy

Here’s what’s written on the official LAX web site:

While federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana (inclusive of federal airspace,) California’s passage of proposition 64, effective January 1, 2018, allows for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption. In accordance with Proposition 64, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. However, passengers should be aware that marijuana laws vary state by state and they are encouraged to check the laws of the states in which they plan to travel.

 

 

Combining Yoga With CBD For Pain Relief

By Isabella

Introduction

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a new marijuana derivative, a plant compound known as a cannabinoid, that has seen an increased presence in the wellness and alternative medicine market in the past few years. With the loosening of cannabis laws and the dispelling of persistent myths about the plant, and CBD in particular, many consumers have added the substance in their everyday routine.

People who have turned to CBD for anxiety relief and pain management have done so because, unlike cannabis’ psychoactive compound—THC—CBD does not cause a high. Consumers can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of cannabis products without worrying of psychotropic consequences. This is why wellness-oriented individuals have suggested that you can combine CBD consumption with a yoga routine.

CBD is big business

How Does CBD Work?

When someone’s skin absorbs CBD, it activates their endocannabinoid system, which aids in regulating the nervous and immune systems, responding to aches and pains. Our cannabinoid receptors, and in particular those in the peripheral and central nervous systems, make your brain sense that you’re feeling pain or aches in your joints and muscles. These receptors, in turn, signal our brain to desensitize the pain at the site of it.

Why combine CBD with yoga?

Yoga is popular among many different demographics for being able to treat several aches and pains, particularly in the neck and lower back. In a study, 66% of the people who reported pain in a particular area in their body said they also saw improvement in their bone, muscle, and joint pain after yoga.

Combining these two wellness methods is vital. CBD acts in a fast and efficient way on our pain receptors, without the risk of physical and mental exertion. This works in conjunction with the mindfulness and physical exercise that yoga offers. Practitioners would introduce themselves to a more holistic approach to daily mental and physical wellness.

In fact, CBD and yoga can help put our systems at ease, moving them from “fight or flight” response, which is the norm for moments of anxiety, to state of “rest or digest”. When working in conjunction, yoga and CBD are also more effective in the treatment of everyday physical problems like inflammation and joint issues.

When and how to combine

You can consume CBD in many forms. If both CBD and yoga are part of your daily routine, the best way to go about it incorporating this combination would be taking a few drops of CBD oil or another kind of edible a short while before climbing onto the mat for your yoga. If you are taking a CBD supplement with food, it is important to remember to give it enough time to kick in, as it would be digested with that meal.

Alternatively, and if you are worried about areas like wrists and elbows that are sensitive to yoga pain, you could apply CBD lotion on those areas. Human skin absorbs cannabidiol much faster than our digestive system, allowing you to begin physical activity almost immediately.

Conclusion

Yoga has been seeing an increase in popularity for many decades now, and cannabidiol is swiftly catching up. With virtually no side effects and excellent synergy, combining the two could be what you need to take your daily exercise routine to the next level of wellness.


Isabella is a freelance writer from Los Angeles specializing in writing for the holistic health and cannabis industries. She’s also a full-time yoga enthusiast and an advocate for mindful wellness.

Legalization of Cannabis Will Not Blunt Wine and Liquor Purchases, New TABS Analytics Report Reveals

CONNECTICUT: As legalized, recreational cannabis becomes available in more states, it is not expected to have a significant impact on the purchasing of wine and liquor, according to the TABS Analytics 2018 Wine and Liquor Study. Similarly, consumers are not strongly influenced by brand, outlet and price when it comes to their making purchasing decisions. Even though nearly two-thirds of consumers make wine or alcohol purchases, the study shows a highly fragmented, immature market in which 27 percent or fewer of survey respondents noted they were familiar with liquor brands and only 19 percent for wine. In comparison, brand engagement for other consumer packaged goods (CPG) categories typically exceeds 40 percent to 50 percent, with customers shopping more frequently at specific outlets, while seeking discounts and other deals.

“The wine and liquor markets are quite unlike any of the other CPG categories TABS tracks. Both categories are intensely fragmented, and consumers are not as heavily engaged in purchasing, which results in weaker brand power than we see in categories like cosmetics, vitamins or grocery,” said Dr. Kurt Jetta, president and founder of TABS Analytics. “Additionally, we don’t see the traditional deal-seeking behavior consumers typically exhibit when it comes to the beverage alcohol market. Even though outlets like Costco, Walmart and Trader Joes – which offer lower costs products – are among the top retailers, prohibitions on discounting liquors and other state-specific regulatory limitations to where these products can be sold result in pricing being less of a driver.”

TABS Analytics’ inaugural Wine and Liquor survey was conducted in June 2018 by SSI Research to examine key consumer, product and channel trends across 11 types of red and white wines and eight types of liquor, as well as attitudes toward use of cannabis. The survey included 1,900 geographically and demographically dispersed consumers, ages 21 and older.

Other key findings from the study include:

    • Legalization of cannabis to have minimal impact on beverage alcohol sales – Only 5 percent of regular wine purchasers and 9 percent of regular liquor purchasers indicated strongly that they would drink less if cannabis was legalized. Further, there does not appear to be a strong constituency against the legalization of cannabis, with less than 20 percent of wine and liquor drinkers saying they strongly opposed legalization.
    • Higher Education and Income Drive Wine and Liquor Purchases – Education has a high correlation with wine purchasing, growing from 29 percent for high school graduates or less to 60 percent for those with post-graduate degrees. Liquor purchases follow a similar trajectory, peaking at 40 percent with college graduates. Income appears to be a stronger predictor than education, however, for wine purchase levels, with 68 percent of consumers with incomes of $250,000 or more saying they regularly purchase wine. Liquor also shows upward momentum at higher income levels but is only regularly purchased by 42 percent in the highest income bracket. The survey also showed definite skews in ethnicity, with white consumers purchasing wine more frequently, black consumers purchasing liquor more frequently, and Hispanic and Asian purchasers at equally high levels for wine and liquor.
    • Geographic Wine and Alcohol Preferences Defy Conventional Wisdom – With the popularity of wine destinations of Napa and Sonoma in California, one would expect the West to dominate in wine purchasing. However, looking at regional preferences, the Northeast is the region where the largest percentage of people (53 percent) reported purchasing wine at least once during the past year, with the state of New Jersey outpacing the other top 13 states by a wide margin. Interestingly, the West region ranks lowest at 41 percent. Liquor purchasing is steady, around 35 percent in all regions overall. A closer look at census regions shows that only in the mid-South is liquor and wine purchasing equal at 41 percent.
    • Types of Wine and Liquor Purchased Highly Fragmented – Merlot (44 percent), Chardonnay and Cabernet (tied at 38 percent) are the top three types of wine purchased, while the remaining eight types are being purchased by 33 percent or fewer of consumers. At 61 percent, vodka is the most popular alcohol, with whiskey (45 percent), rum (36 percent) and tequila (35 percent) rounding out the top four types.
  • Walmart leads in wine, specialty retailers in liquor – Walmart accounts for 29 percent of wine purchases, followed by Costco (21 percent) and specialty retailers (19 percent). For liquor, specialty retailers rank at the top with 27 percent, followed by Walmart (20 percent), Costco (16 percent) and ABC stores (16 percent). The rest of the market for both wine and liquor is highly fragmented, with most other types of outlets accounting for less than 10 percent, including eComm, which has an estimated share of 5 percent

“Based on our survey, the wine and liquor industry appear immature, from the standpoint of market structure and consumer attitude, at present time,” Jetta said. “The combination of these factors create a fertile landscape for targeted marketing and investment spending to drive greater brand awareness. Since preferences and popularity of types of wines or liquors can change on a whim with a little catalyst, visibility at retailers – either through promotions at point of purchase or greater share of shelf – becomes disproportionate for wine and alcohol brands.”

Throughout 2018, TABS Analytics is conducting five studies across the consumer-packaged goods industry including: baby care, vitamins, wine and liquor, food and beverage, and cosmetics. The next webinar, on the food and beverage industry, will take place on September 12, 2018.

New Frontier Reports Legal Cannabis Sales On The Rise

NEW YORK: The legal cannabis market was valued an estimated $6.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach more than $24 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent during the forecast years According to a report from New Frontier Data.

Accelerating pace of legalization for both medical and recreational cannabis in the U.S. is the main factor that drives the growth of the market. On January 1st, recreational cannabis products have become legal in California, the world’s sixth-largest economy. New Frontier data projected legal cannabis sales in California to reach $2.8 billion in 2017 and $6.6 billion by 2025.

Data also shows that support for cannabis legalization continues to rise. According to Gallup’s latest poll in October, 64 percent of Americans support for legalizing cannabis, the highest level in nearly a half-century. The survey is based on a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older. According to another poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, 60 percent of respondents now supported legalizing cannabis for personal use, up from 55 percent in 2014.

Poll: Tobacco, Alcohol, Sugar Perceived As More Harmful To Health Than Marijuana

NEW YORK: Most Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses fewer harms to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a nationwide Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents chose tobacco (41 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (21 percent).

Only nine percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health. That percentage is nearly identical to the total reported by pollsters in 2014, the last time they surveyed the issue.

Sixty percent of respondents also acknowledged that they favored the passage of state laws permitting “adults to purchase small quantities of marijuana for their own personal use from regulated, state-licensed businesses.” That total is consistent with those of other recent polls finding that a strong majority of voters support legalizing and regulating adult marijuana use.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

Raw Cannabis Juicing: You’ll Probably Have To Become A Grower

WASHINGTON:  Raw cannabis juicing is a lifestyle discipline that I wholeheartedly embrace, but it requires a lot of effort and plants. For the past few years I have relied on the kindness of other cannabis growers to supply me with raw cannabis they were otherwise discarding or allow me into their gardens to defoliate their plants. This year, however I started tackling the idea that I can grow my own for juicing.

The very idea of growing my own is an intimidating one. I don’t have much privacy or property and I live in a rainforest that only gets sunshine in the summer. Plus my research on what is required for a raw juicing routine has suggested that I need to have 30 plants so as to be able to juice one a day. This is not legal or sustainable for me. So, I’m trying to see what kind of raw cannabis experience I can have with a few plants and if it would still be beneficial.

Last summer I grew a couple of plants but they did not produce much, were stricken with spider mites and powdery mildew,  and turned out to not something I wanted to eat. This year has been a different story.

My garden didn’t get any bigger, but my plants sure did. I started with healthy clones in nutrient rich, organic soil and they grew into trees that I have had to work to keep smaller than my fence so as to keep them as discreet as possible. I also planted mint, sage, and lemon balm around my garden as a potential bug barrier. So far any growing issues have been minimal and spider mites are non-existent. That in itself feels like a huge accomplishment.

Here’s What Is On Our Weed Reading List

Sometimes we like to power down the iPad, find a nice quiet spot and settle down with a good book.  Perusing our local Seattle Public Library, we compiled the following list of some highly-recommended books about our beloved cannabis, we’re calling our “Weed Reading List.”

Big Weed

An Entrepreneur’s High-stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business 

By Hageseth, Christian Book – 2015 

Cannabis 

What Were We Just Talking About? 

(Series: Philosophy for Everyone) Book – 2010 

Cannabis 

By Duvall, Chris S. Book – 2015 

Cannabis Pharmacy 

The Practical Guide to Medicinal Marijuana 

By Backes, Michael Book – 2014 

Cash Crop 

An American Dream 

By Raphael, Ray Book – 1985 

Chasing the Scream

The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs 

By Hari, Johann Book – 2015 

Heart of Dankness 

Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup 

By Smith, Mark Haskell Book – 2012 

Medical Cannabis Guidebook 

The Definitive Guide to Using and Growing Medicinal Marijuana 

By Ditchfield, Jeff Book – 2014

Smoke Signals 

A Social History of Marijuana : Medical, Recreational, and Scientific 

By Lee, Martin A. Book – 2012 

Too High to Fail

Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution 

By Fine, Doug Book – 2012 

Weed the People

The Future of Legal Marijuana in America 

By Barcott, Bruce Book – 2015