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The Trump administration’s new war on marijuana, explained

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a new war on marijuana legalization. On Thursday, Sessions rescinded guidances from former President Barack Obama’s administration that allowed states to legalize marijuana with minimal federal interference. In a statement, Sessions said that the move will allow federal prosecutors “to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.” In effect, this will let federal prosecutors use their own discretion to crack down on marijuana businesses in states where pot is legal for recreational purposes. The move is a big deal for legalization efforts. While marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes in eight states and Washington, DC, it remains illegal at the federal level —...


Carving on Cannabis with a Snowboard Gold Medalist

FUEL: Snowboarding Gold Medalist Ross Rebagliati Snowboarding gold medalist Ross Rebagliati whisks us around Whistler, BC, showing us how he’s fully embraced and integrated cannabis into his life and diet. OCT 29 2017, 10:00AM In this episode of FUEL , Canadian Olympic Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati embraces his infamous past and embarks on a new venture. Ross Rebagliati was once embroiled in unchartered controversy at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano where he won gold and then tested positive for cannabis in the first-ever snowboarding giant slalom event. Eventually, it was determined that there was no infraction of the rules and his gold medal was reinstated. Fast-forward to today, when cannabis culture and legislation has drastically changed; Ross is now the go-to guy for cannabis in athletics. He openly helms a thriving cannabis company,...


Cannabis Businesses in Victoria, BC

Cannabis Businesses Operation of a storefront cannabis retail business is contrary to federal law. Any rezoning or business licensing approval provided by the City of Victoria does not preclude law enforcement officials from proceeding with enforcement action, including prosecution. The City of Victoria has implemented regulations for cannabis businesses, to reduce the community impacts of these businesses. The City's regulations are for businesses selling cannabis. They do not legalize or permit the sale of cannabis; this is the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. There are three categories of cannabis businesses in Victoria: Storefront Cannabis Retail: A retail business where cannabis is sold or provided to a person who attends the premises. Cannabis-Related (Cannabis Onsite): A business where cannabis is: promoted, advocated, paraphernalia used in the consumption of cannabis is sold or provided, and...


Can Cannabis Help Addicts Recover from Drug Use?

Could weed really help you kick a meth habit, or is it just a matter of replacing one vice with another?   Photo via Flickr user pransa420 Weed is having something of a moment. It seems all of my friends who used to spend their weekends drowning themselves at the bar have given up the bottle for the kush. And although the renaissance may have started out west, it's rapidly spreading to the east coast. Jersey already has a medical marijuana program, and New York just released regulations for its own slated to start next year. With pot's rising popularity, many people are wondering if we will see a corresponding decline in binge drinking and hard drug use. A study published last fall in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that states with legal medical marijuana...


Veterans Push for Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD

Marijuana being trimmed at a farm in California. The American Legion asked Congress to remove the drug from the list of Schedule 1 narcotics. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times Among critics of the federal prohibition of marijuana — a diverse and bipartisan group that includes both criminal justice reform advocates and Big Alcohol — the American Legion and its allies stand out. For more than a year, the stalwart veterans group has been working to reframe the debate as a question of not only moral and economic imperatives, but also patriotic ones, arguing that access to medical marijuana could ease suffering and reduce suicide rates among soldiers who return from the horrors of war. “We’ve got young men and women with PTSD and traumatic brain injuriescoming to us and saying...


Recreational Cannabis Use Is Coming to Canada

John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme Pharmaceuticals, inside the greenhouse complex where the company grows legal marijuana. CreditCole Burston for The New York Times TIVERTON, Ontario — Behind a forbidding high-security fence topped with razor wire, Supreme Pharmaceuticals is busy preparing for the legal marijuana trade, with workers expanding a greenhouse complex where the lucrative crop grows. But while Supreme looks like it will be ready for the day when prohibition ends, Canada’s governments still have a lot of work to do. Proposing legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana was the easy part for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. With about eight months to go before Canada becomes the second nation after Uruguay to take this step, the federal government and the provinces are staring at a formidable to-do list. Ottawa still...


End the Stigma of Cannabis Consumption

We as a community have come a very long way since the days of stone cold cannabis prohibition. As activists and advocates push forward to help bring change to our outdated laws, we move closer to ending the stigma surrounding cannabis consumption. Yet this culture of stigma is still very alive and well within our society. It doesn’t take looking very far to see that, even in legal states, cannabis use is still heavily stigmatized by many. How can we as a community contribute to ending this stigma. Here are 4 ways that you can start: 1. Educate Yourself: Nothing is more important than learning the facts about cannabis use. For decades, information about the efficacy and usefulness of cannabis was suppressed. Today, thanks to the tireless effort...


Cannabis and Spirituality: A Smoking Exercise!

Everyone explores Consciousness and Reality in their own way. For those who like to use Cannabis to expand their consciousness, this is an article you will probably find interesting. If you’re a usual smoker, then I’m sure you probably already know that Cannabis works by intention. You need to consciously decide what effect you want it to have before you smoke, otherwise your subconscious will choose for you. If you want to have it increase your appetite, that is what it will do. If you smoke a joint before a hike because you want to make the hike more enjoyable, that is what it will do. If you smoke it because you want to ease your pain, relax and/or de-stress yourself, it will help you do...


Powerful benefits of CBD

More people in the wellness world are turning to CBD for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects, but just as many are confused about the nature of the compound. The basics are simple enough: CBD is derived from hemp and marijuana plants, but unlike THC, it's completely non-psychoactive (meaning it won't make you high). Years ago, the therapeutic properties of CBD were brought to light when a little girl, Charlotte, went from having hundreds of seizures a week to virtually none after dosing with the substance. It's since gained a cult following, with thousands of parents taking medical tourism trips to Colorado to experiment with the plant's healing powers. Recently, though, CBD has exploded onto the scene, transcending the world of the seriously ill to the...


Find Your Inner ‘Ganja Goddess’

Deidra Bagdasarian refers to cannabis as both a “healing herb” and a “therapeutic aid” – or, in other words, an arguably essential ingredient absent from conventional wellness retreats. “Cannabis allows you to feel safe. It allows you to get real vulnerable real quick, by letting you take off your mask and bring down all those walls we put up around strangers – especially other women,” Bagdasarian, the founder of Bliss Edibles, tells Civilized. “When we talk about progress and empathy and equality and deepening our values as a society, cannabis is a tool in the toolbox to help promote all of that.” It was with this idea in mind in 2016 that Bagdasarian founded Ganja Goddess Getaways (GGG), a series of overnight retreats for women who are interested in using cannabis...