East Coast Green Scene

East Coast Green Scene

If great people and some of the best craft beers surround you, chances are you might be in Burlington, Vermont. What a great place to be if you are a cannabis consumer as well. With hints of legalization coming in 2016, the market for ancillary services related to the cannabis industry is beginning to boom. Medical and civil laws can be confusing. Let’s try to clear the air and paint a picture of the do’s…

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Cannabis Credit Union

Cannabis Credit Union

One of the biggest obstacles to cannabis being a mainstream industry is the federal government. The feds classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 controlled substance effectively keeps all federally chartered financial institutions from doing business with anything cannabis related. The reality is the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) claims that cigarettes kill over 6 million people worldwide every year and almost 500,000 in the United States alone. For this, tobacco farmers get tax breaks…

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Transitioning With Weed

Transitioning With Weed

  As Utah transplant and 23 year-old Humboldt State University graduate, Marval A. Rechsteiner transitions from a biological female to a male, with the use of cannabis literally evolving with him.   “I initially thought I wanted to be completely sober when I went under the knife,” he said from his home in Humboldt County. “But the more I learn about its benefits for pain, inflammation, infection and overall healing, the more I’m realizing I’m…

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Celebrity Advocate Laganja Estranja

Celebrity Advocate Laganja Estranja

With gay rights in America fully out of the closet, the last outcasts still crowded in the smoky closet of discrimination seem to be pot smokers.   Twenty-six year old Jay Jackson, aka: Drag Queen extraordinaire Laganja Estranja, would like to help open that door, strutting her stuff and waving a multi-shaded green flag for Ganja; speaking out for the plant as a patient.   No small task, as the cannabis industry is a somewhat…

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Interview with a Grower

Interview with a Grower

Interview with a Grower [series continued] By MJ Oscar | Image by Justin McIvor “Mmmm. I do appreciate a beautiful day. Something you just want to bask in forever. Glorious.”   The Grower is looking at me. Here is a man who assesses many situations, and I feel he is assessing me. From the porch I look around at my surroundings; it is a beautiful day. Nice and arranged. “I am a lucky man, I know….

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Medibles and So Much More

Medibles and So Much More

How Will Our Cannabis Businesses Grow? With cannabis re-legalization on the horizon (it was legal until 1937), abundant business opportunities are right around the corner for entrepreneurial folks. The cannabis industry has always been an energetic one. Even while shadowed by state/federal conflicts on the medical side and outright illegality on the social use side, economic development fueled by cannapreneurs is one of the steady successes of the past half-century. From the profusion of plant…

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Maya’s Story

Maya’s Story

We live in an era of change for medical cannabis and its legalization in California. In December 2014 Congress finally took steps toward ending federal prohibition by forbidding federal agents from interfering in legal, state-authorized medical operations.  Yet, the National Guard still seizes medical gardens in Mendocino County and Native American Tribes suffer raids on sovereign land.    California provides excellent environmental conditions conducive to growing organic cannabis, including those plants high in the chemical…

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The King of CBD

The King of CBD

“The whole thing about cannabis and CBDs, it’s really awesome. We’re here in Southern Humboldt, and we kind of made this happen here. I don’t know if it was an accident or made to be, but it is.  So the best thing I can do is try to make it available to everyone. I wish it wasn’t illegal, I’d give it to the world.”  – Lawrence Ringo, Cannabis Consciousness January 5, 2014   When word…

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A Ray of Sunshine

A Ray of Sunshine

A Ray of Sunshine: Sun Kissed Farms A Radical Approach to Cannabis and Medicine   Blessed, or cursed, by the wealth of competing and often contradictory information that we’re allotted in the age of the internet, even medicine breeds mistrust. For better or worse, we’re all now forced to have insurance through privatized industries. Many prescriptions, if they’re even affordable, seem to have a myriad of side effects that often seem on par or worse…

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Guide to CBD

Guide to CBD

Guide to CBD Cannabis Without the High “CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and anti-anxiety properties without the “high.”   Cannabis contains many compounds, with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) being one of the more popular and well known. However, a new cannabinoid is stepping into the spotlight – CBD (cannabidiol). Where THC provides a psychoactive effect (the “high” feeling), CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and anti-anxiety properties without the “high.”   Some…

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